June is the month to...
June is the time of year that brings us warmer weather and longer days. After unpredictable spring weather, the warm summer months promise us a more casual lifestyle. We can open our windows and let the sunshine in, take some extra time off from work and break up our routines due to slower business times.
Walk into June with a few touch ups for an organized home, by de-cluttering, using color, and adding beautifully colored and scented flowers.
Color Your Life.
My good friend and Designer Extraordinaire, Dale E. Holman from Dale E. Holman Interior Designs Inc, has some points of view about color and how it affects Interior Design.
"We all see colors a bit differently. One does not have to be color blind for it to effect one’s color interpretation,. Color is definitely a viewpoint interpretation. Colors bring with them a feeling of emotions. These emotions are often based on our life experiences. Some of these experiences can be good, and some can be less desirable.
So, how do we pick colors? The first idea is to not look in our closet. Our wardrobe is often changed with the seasons and what is offered by the clothing industry. So, our wardrobe colors are always in a state of flux."
Next time…more about color choices.
Organize your closet.
- Before you organize what you have, de-clutter what you don't need. Go through your closet, and being completely honest with yourself, ask if what you have is something that makes you feel confident, beautiful and shows your true self. If not, don't be afraid to de-clutter. Once things are out of the house, you'll feel a sigh of relief. If you are like most of my clients, you'll also feel like you lost twenty pounds!
- The next thing to do is make sure you have all the tools you need to have a closet that makes sense. This includes using non-slip hangers that give you more room and also make your wardrobe look more organized.
- Color coding your clothes makes a huge difference. You'll be able to see what you have and decide what to wear more quickly. I organize my clothes by type, including sleeve length and fabric within color.
- I'm also a proponent of keeping your shoes out of boxes so you can see what you have. Things hidden doesn't allow us to see, and use, what we own.
- If you're like me and you have tons of colorful scarves to update and brighten an outfit, hang them on hangers and organize them by color so they are accessible for a quick lift.
- If you try something on, and it just doesn't look right, release it. I keep a bag on the bottom of my closet so I can quickly put it away for the donation bins. Let someone enjoy and benefit from what you can release.
Bring Nature Inside with the Flower of the Month - Roses.
The beauty of this flower expresses promise, hope, and new beginnings. It is contrasted by thorns symbolizing defense, loss, and thoughtlessness.
Some interesting symbolism:
Yellow roses symbolize joy, protection against envious lovers, and a mature love.
White roses symbolize purity, mysticism, and a secret admirer.
Red roses are typically thought of as symbolizing romance or passionate love, but they also represent sacrifice or memorial.
Pink roses are representative of healing, first love, and innocence.
Blue roses signify the unattainable or the impossible.
Feng Shui Your Life.
Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese practice of creating harmony in our lives through balance of ying and yang. We can express our creativity to reflect our unique nature through our homes and offices. When we clean out clutter, many hidden things are found. That can be anything from a scarf to a bank book with a balance that we have lost (yes, I have found these when de-cluttering with clients), to hidden blessings. Each month, I will focus on one area of the home or office that can help you have a better relationship to your space.
This month: "Relationships."
This is the area of the room in your home or office is in the upper right hand corner when you walk through your doorway (think 2 o'clock on a watch). This area is closely tied to Earth and brings about receptivity and openness. Make sure this area is not collecting clutter or an overflowing basket of dirty laundry.
To liven this space up, add pictures of anything in two's. This includes flowers, people, etc. If you are in a relationship and it is going through a rough patch, bring momentos that remind you of happier times. Also consider mirrors, upward growing plants, candles and water. Cushions and pillows are ideal as they reinforce support. As with all areas, clear the clutter. Clutter keeps your career, health and relationships stagnant and will negatively affect the stability of your life.
For color, keep hues natural and soft - this can include yellows and browns that are found in nature of earth.