What does Reshuffle mean to you?

To Merriam Webster, Reshuffle means to reorganize usually by the redistribution of existing elements.  To Sweet Abode, Reshuffle means to find something in one place of your home and make it work somewhere else.  It is so important to keep in mind: what does it mean to make a change to a room, a space or your whole house? 

Reshuffling is a simple concept where you use existing furnishings and shop in your home for hidden treasures.  It is also a transformation of your space within 1 day and at no cost to your wallet or the environment. 

1.  Start by thinking of how much better the traffic and light can flow in the room.  Is there balance and functionality in the space?  If not, how can you mix the different pieces you have so there is a better stability.  When there is an imbalance in the room you have too much lumped together on one side and a blank wall on the other.  If you have too many pieces in one room there is probably a new, happy home for it in another room.

2.  If you are just tired of looking at the old, dingy sofa or chair why not just recover or refurbish it?  There is not always a need for new.   There are so many fabric stores open to the public these days with tons of price options.  If you are crafty, you can make your own slip covers and if you are not you can have your local upholsterer do the work.

3.  Another great way to add new life to a space is by using your photos and art.  It can be as simple as framing a favorite artwork or photo.  You can even frame a piece of really cool fabric, wallpaper or wrapping paper.  Hang a group of pictures together or blow up a favorite picture and hang it as the focal point of the room.  Don’t be afraid of framing!  You can find used frames at  local thrift shops or be on the lookout for craft store sales.

4.  There will come a time when you will need new pieces to mix in with the old.  At that time, just look for green choices first.  Secondhand stores like e-bay, Craigslist, freecycle.org and thrift stores are a great way to find unique additions to your home.  There are also many eco-friendly materials being offered by sustainable vendors.

Change is good!  If you want to spruce up your space don’t be afraid to reshuffle and redesign!  All it takes is what you have and a little creativity.  In the end your home, wallet and the environment will thank you!

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