How Long Should You Keep Packaging Materials

Someone asked me recently what to do with all those boxes of electronics and appliances.  You may have been lucky enough to get some great presents for Christmas and now you have some boxes hanging out taking up space.  So the question is...do I have to keep them? And if so, for how long? This is not a yes or no answer so let's break it down. 1- Do you own the item still?  If no...GET RID OF IT!  If yes...see number 2. 2- Does the item have a warranty?  If ...continue reading

Basement Blues Be Gone

One of my faithful clients has recently moved into a new home.  Their previous home had a large unfinished basement and this new home has an equally large finished basement.  In an unfinished basement you care about how things look but let's face it...you're looking at studs and insulation all around you.  It's not THAT pretty.  But when your space is finished you tend to feel the need to take your room to another level.  My client loved this new space but she was ...continue reading

Intentional Shelves: Before & After

Just because you have a huge basement with lots of shelves doesn't mean you can't get overwhelmed by your stuff and getting it put on those shelves.  This is a wonderful before and after that I worked on with my client.  Her basement is very large and they have some awesome metal shelving that they have attached to the walls in the basement.  She hadn't really ever made the time to put things on the shelf in an organized way.  Something I teach all my clients is to be ...continue reading

Five Minute “Spruce It Up” Projects

Here are a couple of really simple ideas for sprucing up your home.  These were two ideas I had for a client this past week.  The first came about because she has several really beautiful scarves.  She accessorizes with these more frequently than jewelry and so we decided to turn them into something decorative for her bedroom.  We found this hook rack at Target and put it up on the wall by her dresser.  Voila...beautiful scarves to look at even when they aren't on her ...continue reading

Get It Outta Here!

So you've started working on organizing your home.  You have decluttered a bit and you have piles of stuff sitting around neatly waiting for you to find a home for them.  You have some furniture you're using but it's not exactly working for you like you wanted.  You paid good money for something or your mother gave it to you. What do you do?  There are a few ways to get rid of things...some require a bit more work than others. Selling Things Online: Craigslist:  This ...continue reading