Here's a belated July guest post from the adorable Dalestair Ophelia Zodiac... you can see more from fabulous Dalestair at her blogaroo Nightmare Zodiac.
The weather is cooling down (or warming up, if you’re an Aussie Goth) which means it's the perfect time to do some spring cleaning. And what is great motivation for cleaning? RENOVATING, OF COURSE!!! It is said that you can tell a lot about a person from their home. So how do you project your Gothic self into your house while still retaining a welcoming atmosphere for these who aren’t Goth? Perhaps these steps will help!
Step One: Plan – Don’t just jump in and start painting every surface of your house black. Work out your budget and how you want your room to look after you’re done. Also think about functionality – If it’s a bedroom, where are you going to sleep? How big is your bed? What else is the room used for? Can you comfortably fit everything in?
Also consider things like where you’re going to sleep while paint dries if you are painting, what furniture you are buying and when you can go and get it, as well as a VERY important thing if you are living with your parents or other people: AM I ALLOWED TO DO THIS!?
Step 2: Clean – I recommend four boxes/piles.
Keep, Maybe Keep, Salvo’s/Donation, Toss out.
Throw away all the rubbish. Pick up everything that’s on the floor that is toss out stuff. CHUCK IT AWAY! Leave everything else. This is how I manage to clean my room, and from a messy & busy 17 year old, this WORKS! :-) Listening to music that’s up beat helps.
Next, pick up Keeps/Maybe’s/Donate items. Sort them through as you go. I usually start with clothes, then move onto things like stuffed toys, books, games or accessories.
My bed is normally covered in junk as well, so I go through the same process again but with the stuff on the bed. Throw it out or sort it. If you’re not sure about something put it in the maybe box. All clothes unless they’re new or you KNOW they fit and you want to keep them should go into MAYBE box for trying on.
Once everything’s in bags and/or boxes I usually move it into the front yard or under the carport/garage.
You’ll notice how much cleaner your room is now that you have got rid of the junk. Now it’s time to do the same with furniture. Make little signs or write KEEP ME on sticky notes. Everything you want to keep should have a sign or a sticker on it. Then get some help moving all the furniture out your room.
If your room is covered in posters you’ll hopefully have decided what you are going to do with them once the walls are dry and it’s time to move back in. Are you going to stick them all back up, frame a couple and put them up or throw them out? If you cannot stand to part with them but don’t want them on your pretty new walls, why not create a folio with them in it? A simple binder should fit most A4 magazine style posters. Then you can keep them for as long as you like.
Once your room is empty the renovating can begin! :-)
Step 3: Decorating – You will hopefully have planned when the new carpet is being put down or what colour paint you’re sticking on the walls and will have arranged to have the paint in time. Lay down a tarp and paint the walls. Seriously, masking tape is your best friend here. For more tips on painting walls click here.
I recommend light neutral colours on walls, so that when you move out, you don’t have to go through the whole thing of re-painting the walls neutral tones like some agents insist. Also, your parents are more likely to approve if you pick something they can live with.
Step 4: Arranging - Following the plan you made in step 1 as a guideline, once the paint is dried and the carpet/flooring down you can start to put your furniture back in. Where is the bed going to go? What about the book shelf? Do you really need that Ikea mirror or are you going to come up with a cute way of making it fit? Really think about utilizing the space you have.
Step 5: Accessories – This is the fun part! Depending on what sort of style you are wanting for your room you can go and decorate however your little black heart desires.
3. Next, create a hem at the top that is big enough to fit your Curtain wire or string through, and slide comfortably. Sew that up.
4. Attach the hooks to the wall so they are opposite from each other on opposite walls.
5. Attach your false wall curtain. And you’re done.
Your room is now clean and pretty and you should be able to utilize your space more readily. It’s time to curl up in the new bedspread with a good novel or hit the shops to pick up a new full length skirt now you have thrown away the one that was 3 sizes to large/small.
Lastly, some inspiration for your room design! I apologise for not knowing where most of these came from, they were on my USB I found… when cleaning my room! :-)
EDIT: Dalestair, I couldn't get your images to work! I have uploaded some that I found on Google in the meantime. Sorry - let me know if these are OK!