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home decorationIt’s the season again. One holiday haunts the next. It’s cold outside. Parties move from the lovely park into people’s interesting interiors. Are you prepared to welcome people into your home?

If not, help is underway. How about surprising friends and family with a freshly overhauled apartment? I’m sure it’s something they didn’t quite expect when they invited themselves.

Uncluttering and nicely reworking your home and patio decor is also one of the best gifts you can make to yourself. After all, your work and your home are the places where you spent most of your lifetime. Why not make at least one of these places worthwhile?

1. Unclutterer

UncluttererIf most surfaces in your house, i.e. tables, cabinets or floors, are covered with stuff, chances are you have a clutter issue. Unclutterer can help you clear the mess.

One of the best categories to look for hands on advice is Ask Unclutterer.

For those that are fairly organized already, Unclutterer provides tons of helpful Tips to be prepared for the unexpected. Also check out Weekend Projects for tips on how to address small clutter spots.

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My recent favorite was categorized into Home Organization and Parties and Celebrations. The article recommends to create a party pantry for spontaneous get togethers and provides a list of items to consider.

2. Instructables – Home Decorating

InstructablesThis is probably the most comprehensive source for do-it-yourself instructions for anything you can imagine, including cheap and easy home decoration.

Check out the home category for more great home and patio decor ideas from the incredibly creative user base of Instructables.

Here is one of my favorite examples:

Invisible Book Shelf

If you’re short on shelf space and have book clutter all over your place, go ahead and create some ultra unique magic shelves yourself.

book shelf

3. About.com – Interior Decorating

interior decoratingAbout.com provides an endless wealth of knowledge. If you want to learn about interior decorating, this is the right place to start.

Your first stop should be the Decorating 101 guide, which thoroughly introduces you to the ideas and principles of decoration, design, and style.

decorating

A great resource for practical advice is the HowTos Index. Articles include “How To Plan Your Christmas Party Decor”, How To Find a Focal Point in a Room or How To Quick Clean Any Room in the House.

The Holidays & Seasons section contains plenty of inspiration and material for your seasonal home decoration projects. Halloween is almost here and isn’t it time to Countdown to a Perfect Thanksgiving, yet?

4. Rental Decorating Digest

Rental Decorating DigestMost of us don’t live in our very own house or apartment. The majority of people rent and there is only so much you can do in a rented apartment.

That’s where Rental Decorating Digest comes in. All tips and guides are compatible with rented space. Below is an overview of the available categories.

categories

One of my favorites is Budget Decorating. Even if you don’t have a lot of money to spend, there is a ton of things you can do to spruce up your home.

5. DoItYourself – Home Improvement and Repair How-To Information

Do It YourselfIf you own a home, there is a lot you have to take care of. But you also have endless freedom. DoItYourself provides the necessary resources to make your design dreams a reality.

For general tidying up and uncluttering, the Organizing Your Home and Cleaning and Stain Removal categories are a good start.

The site has a separate category for Holidays and Celebrations, which contains an extensive list of articles, including home and patio decor ideas for Halloween Planning, Thanksgiving and Autumn Decorating, Christmas Preparation and Planning, and Christmas Decorating.

For more advice on cleaning, check out my article Cleaning and Stain Removal for Bachelors Cleaning and Stain Removal for Bachelors Cleaning and Stain Removal for Bachelors Read More .

How do you go about uncluttering, cleaning and decorating your home? Helpful advice is always appreciated, the comments are open!

Image credits: barunpatrol

  1. Gregor
    October 21, 2009 at 2:21 am

    Hi Tina,

    these pages are exactly what I was looking for. Since I live in a 2-room apartment with my gf, the space started to "shrink" so we're desperately looking for ideas on how to and what to buy.

    Thanks for these!

    • Tina
      October 21, 2009 at 8:16 am

      Gregor,
      I'm glad to hear the info is useful! Enjoy the reorganization, but remember it gets worse before it gets better. ;)

  2. utibStooryriz
    October 20, 2009 at 10:57 pm

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