If you trip over piles of shoes while entering your front door or have papers cascading off your coffee table, your living room is not ready for prime time romance. If your dining area has projects, bills, and used plates and silverware on the table and stacks of clothes on the floor, you are not ready for that romantic meal. If your bedroom has stacks of books, magazines, clothes, and collections on every surface, you are not ready for that special night.
Take a clear look at your living room, dining room, and bedroom. Envision how you want these areas to look. How do you want to feel in these areas? What is the real purpose of these zones?
Now, remove everything from the zones that does not match your vision. Have a specific place for every item that belongs in the rooms and then put them there. If you do not have enough space, consider letting some items go or temporarily storing them elsewhere until you can make a storage plan.
Now, clean and polish those newly exposed surfaces. Put out some flowers and candles.
Jonda S. Beattie Professional Organizer