Keeping Your Remodeling Plans Organized
Home decorating involves many different elements. You must keep track of them in order to achieve a successful design that pleases your taste and your home’s functionality.
Many times I come up with ideas that, if I don’t track, I’ll forget after a day or so and never put into practice. Since work, family, and hobbies take such a large part of our time, keeping tabs on your decor ideas is a good idea to prevent them from slipping away.
If you keep your ideas and resources organized, you’ll save time and will be able to apply most, if not all, of the ideas that you come up with.
If you build an orderly portfolio of your likes and dislikes, it will be a lot easier for you to pick out the right options for the style of decor that you select.
Where Will You Keep Your Notes and Plans?
First, you must select a place to put your information. You can choose anything from a nice box to a briefcase or small filing cabinet.
If you are planning on taking your resources to your local design store, make sure to select a carrying bag that is easy to transport back and forth from place to place. There are some essential items to have on hand to record your ideas and make choices that are relevant to your decor’s theme and atmosphere. You can keep magazine cuttings and fabric samples to remind yourself of techniques or styles that you want to employ.
Don’t Get Caught Without Pen and Paper (or your smartphone?)
It’s also important to have something to write with, just in case you need to note information such as paint colors, hardware brands, or other design tips. For paper, you can use post-its or notepads to compile your info and separate it if needed. Of course, in this day and age of smart phones, you can also input information into your phone’s notes app.
Keep a Floor Plan Handy
Finally, keeping a floor plan of the room you are going to decorate handy will save you extra trips to the store. Make sure that your floor plan is to scale and has exact measurements so that you can select the best option from the choices you have. Measurements should include everything from doors to walls and windows. The floor plan should also have unusable nooks and electrical outlets so that you can best consider the layout of your furniture. (i.e. – Isn’t it a pain when you cover up an electrical outlet that you need with a large piece of furniture!)
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