Make Room for What You Love: Your Essential Guide to Organizing & Simplifying Paperback – 1 May 2016
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"I just love Melissa's approach to decorating to give yourself time to let the process of decorating happen in your home, give yourself grace, and enjoy the process. She really speaks to my heart and brings out the best in me when it comes to my home." --Rachel Dowd, Sweet and Simple Home
"I've read The Inspired Room cover to cover, and it's going to be one of the most useful books I've ever owned. Melissa is a great teacher, and designer, and is so very humble, and she just has that 'you can do it' spirit about her." --Sandy Coughlin, Reluctant Entertainer
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"Love the Home You Have speaks not only to the well-organized mom who wants to create a beautiful and lovely home, but to the disorganized, stressed, often-overwhelmed mom (me) who just needs some reassurance about what a home truly is. Melissa has a passion for life and beauty that translates into one of the best (and most needed) books I have read in a long time. Well done!" --Amanda Rettke, I Am Baker
"Melissa feels it's important to 'use what quality pieces you have to become the building blocks for your style.' There are so many welcome tips in The Inspired Room to help guide you when uncertainty with your decorating process steps in. The helpful hints prod you to gently move forward with your changes but remind you to stay true to yourself and your family. I love that." --Kristy Wicks, KristyWicks.com
"If you are stressing out about how your home looks and feels and want to make it the best it can be, then Love the Home You Have is the book for you. It doesn't matter if you live in a tiny basement apartment or a grand, 5,000-square-foot home. The ideas and tips Melissa shares can be done by anyone, in any decorating style, and even on the tiniest of budgets." --Diane Henkler, In My Own Style
"After reading Love the Home You Have, I've felt an overwhelming sense of contentment and joy in my home. Melissa has a way with words that really changes the way you think and leaves you with inspiration (true tips to put into place!) to make it a lasting feeling!" --Corinna Henderson, A Designer at Home
"Melissa puts into words so many simple, straightforward, real-life, functional ways to embrace your home. Plus, her ideas include and account for children, pets, and even sometimes husbands! (wink-wink)" --Shannon Fox, Fox Hollow Cottage
About the Author
Melissa Michaels is the creator of The Inspired Room, voted the 2015 and 2014 Better Homes and Gardens Readers' Favorite Decorating Blog. With creative, simple ideas for decorating and organizing the home, she inspires more than half a million women each month. Melissa is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Love the Home You Have, Make Room for What You Love, and The Inspired Room coffee table book. She and her husband live in Washington, where they planted a church in 2009.
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This book was more about organizing. She talks a lot about buying all sorts of organizing boxes, adding hooks on walls to hang stuff, putting up shelves to put your stuff on, buying a hassock ect. If I were to buy all that organizing stuff, my place would actually be more cluttery. I would much prefer to get rid of stuff than to buy new organizing contraptions to store an ever increasing amount of stuff.
She does have some good ideas for beginners, such as wash your dishes every day, so you don't have a mountain of dishes; and buy a hamper to put your dirty clothes in, so you don't have dirty clothes lying all over the house. So people with really messy places may find some good tips.
She also has good ideas for organizing a household with small children.
For me, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing" was what I was looking for. It was written by a lifelong Japanese de-cluttering fanatic. Some of her ideas were kooky, and I didn't follow all her ideas; but it really inspired me to donate a bunch of bags to the thrift store.
By getting rid of clutter you can truly obtain that in your home.
I love reading her books
It's now a how to
It's a girl friend telling you what you need to hear when you need to hear it
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This book is one of the best. Melissa writes in a way that doesn't stress you out but gives you concrete
plans of action in a loving, calm way. This book helped me start the process of simplifying my life, and
it all starts with your home. You can't have a clear head/mind for anything else until you start at home.
It also prompted me to find a local de-clutter expert, who has become a good trusted friend now. The people
that do this kind of work are indeed life-changing angels and Melissa is a great start to your new life!