I did the same thing when I was that age. I wanted to redecorate and organize. As for the organizing, one thing you will have to do is throw stuff away. Stuff from when you were younger is usually just going to be hidden in the closet. So when you go through you stuff, think about sentimental value, and actual value. If you come across some things that you really want to keep for later, you might want to invest in a large plastic box that you can stow away in the attic. But for your closet, you could get a few small tubs and organize your things in that way. But as for decorating, don't go with so many colors.
All you really need is two main colors. I would suggest 1 bright color like the turquoise or a similar blue because it has a calming effect and it can be a very nice color. However, it is easy to go over board. Pick a shade that is not overwhelming also try many shades. (You can go to a home depot and they can help you) and i think it would go well with you theme idea.
Also, keep in mind complimentary colors. those are like blue and orange, purple and yellow, and green and red. Look it up on google for a full list, but when you decorate with this colors, it actually adds a good effect. Remember, if you really want a theme, stick to it. Don't leave other stuff that you like out in the open where it can clash with a perfectly good theme.
Is there a Ross store near you. I've seen alot of vintage decor there. Try thrift stores, yard sales, antique shops.
For organization and flexibility you can't go wrong with the white modular cubes at Home Depot, Lowes and WalMart. You can move them around, get some with doors and some that are open. I like the cube ones but there are other shapes too. You can add photos to the doors with Handi Tak or just leave them plain. They are also reasonably priced and you will always be able to reuse them in another room or closet or whatever. I have found them to be pretty indestructible.
For vintage photos--try a search of your city or state or area of interest on eBay and save copies of the postcards and other ephemera to your computer. You can print them out and use for decoupage or frame them. If you want them to be black and white just change them in a photo editing program. Most old postcards are Public Domain now so no copywrite infringement problems anymore.
Too many accent colors. I would pick just two of the five colors, especially if you're using black and white photos for a theme. Remember you can vary the colors by using different shades of your two accent colors.
The best thing to do is keep it simple. Choose just two or three really great pieces you find. My neighbor just gave me a working strereo console from 1964 and just that alone is a conversation piece!
Go through your room and start your own "Clean Sweep' and get rid of what you don't need or truly love. That helps with clutter right there.
Dollar stores have black plastic organizers. This will match your photos. You want your colors and shades to tie together so it 'makes sense'.
Hope it helps. Good luck!
I live in Tucson, too, and I'd recommend shopping around Grant - not for the high priced vintage items - but for ideas. You'll see alot of great boutique vintage shops there. Then hit the thrift stores and also on the web. Sometimes just keeping in mind the colors you want helps simplify things. Or sometimes looking specifically for items (drapes, bedspread, a night table, etc.) can help.
Another idea is to look at decorating magazines. Cottage, victorian and retro are all big right now and intage can be any of these depending on what time period you're looking for.
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