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

War on School Papers

If you're anything like me...you are always battling a war on paper...specifically school papers.  We talked about those stacks of paper last week.  Let's continue to talk about how those stacks of paper enter your home.  They don't always enter your home as a stack...usually they come in the form of cute drawings and special stories written by your children.  They come in the form of papers from the teacher and communication from school.  There are all kinds of sources  ...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

Clip It Up

It's almost back to school time! All three of my children will be going to school full time this year.  This year we're moving back into our regular school building after it has been COMPLETELY renovated..in fact, most of it was demolished and a new building was built behind and attached to the historic building.  Suffice it to say that there will be a lot of change and chaos around the start of school this year. Thankfully our school is fantastic at communication. ...continue reading

Office and Laundry Room Update

Back in August we decided to update our laundry room/storage area and turn it into a functional office space for the Mister and a much more comfortable laundry room for myself.  This area is accessed by going out of our house into our carport and then there is a little room off the carport.  It's been cold and ugly and dirty...not exactly the place you'd like to be doing laundry or working, right? Here is a little reminder of what we did to the room in August. And here ...continue reading