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Decorative Swapping

The other day I was watching Oprah and she had the adorable Nate Berkus and the clutter cutter Peter Walsh on. They were showing neighbors swapping furniture in order to recreate new looks in their homes. The point behind the show was to open our eyes to how, in hard times with limited budgets, we can be creative in our design to get the best out of our space. Now of course having a fabulous designer makes a huge difference when you are decoratively challenged (I think I just created a new word), but the point was easy to get. The “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” was spoken loud and clear here. 

Anything unused or unloved is clutter! Clear your clutter by having a swap party! Have you thought about other ways to swap? It doesn’t have to be just furniture! How about:

  • Kitchen Gadgets
  • Video Games
  • Women’s Clothing
  • Children’s Clothing
  • Accessories (belts, scarves, jewelry)
  • Children’s Toys
  • Books
  • Magazines

The list is endless. You can save so much money by trading what you don’t want, need, or have grown tired of with someone else! The only thing you must remember in a swap is that this is not a garage sale! These items are good quality and something someone would really want in their home (or closet) to update their look. Your tattered couch that the dog has called home for fifteen years may not qualify! 

Let me know if you have had an opportunity to swap with friends, neighbors and/or family to get the best results for your homes! What was your experience? What worked? What didn’t?