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Home Office Not Just For Function

2 Sep

A home office is not an impersonal work cubicle.

Make it a warm, inviting space personalized with color, artwork, rugs and memorabilia, as well as totally functional.
So often, our home offices are an afterthought – a room that’s functional, but not fashionable, and often they end up

as the place that collects clutter. Don’t let that happen to you! Make your home office a reflection of your personality, as well as a functioning room for the tasks you need – or want – to do there.
Whether you call this room a home office, a study or a library, your first HomeOffice3consideration is to customize it for the tasks you need to complete. You may need this room for heavy-duty desk work on a daily basis, or just use it once in a while to check your laptop or write a few personal emails.
Most important is a desk that works for you and a good quality desk chair that’s the right height and is comfortable for you. And why not buy a stylish desk and chair, instead of the cheapest functional pieces of furniture you can find? Good lighting is key too – not just ambient lighting, but task lighting on or above your desk. Think ahead about all the devices and equipment you need, including computer(s), printer(s), file cabinets and more.

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Other enhancements to consider include:

  • built-in shelving to display work-related memorabilia, including certificates, diplomas, awards and photos
  • closed cabinets to store necessities that don’t look very pretty – envelopes, paper and toner cartridges
  • a system to hid the “ugly stuff,” such as modems, routers, surge protectors, chargers and those oh-so-many cords that go along with all of the above
  • window fashions that block the glare on your computer screen that happens at certain times of day or certain times of the year

Whether you use your home office to complete important work assignments or just read the newspaper, take the time to make it a place that reflects your personality.

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January Is National Organizing Month

21 Jan

Organizing Is a Never-Ending Story

Earlier this month we talked about de-cluttering after Christmas to start healthy habits for 2015. January is National Get Organized Month and there are multitudes of ways to revamp your home.

Top areas in a home where organizing gets haywire are: office/den, kitchen, closets, master bedroom and the garage/attic/basement. We can help you get organized this year!

  1. Decide where to start– Which area of your life is the most chaotic? Is it your desk? Is it the stack of mail, bills, and reading material that has taken over the dining room? What things are you always looking for? Find the area in your life that is really causing you the greatest stress, and start there.
  2. Be brutal – What really makes sense and what doesn’t? What belongs under the kitchen sink and what belongs in the cleaning or laundry closet?
  3. Go vertical –Look for shelves to maximize your vertical space in cabinets. In a closet add extra rods, hangingstorage column bags or drawers for instant space. Move up not out!
  4. Use doors – The backs of your doors are often an underutilized gold mine of storage!
  5. Surfaces that collect clutter– Put away appliances you don’t use, file papers you need to keep, and process mail at least twice a week.
  6. Repurpose-Use household items to help clear clutter. Mason jars store pins, tacks or coins easily; Velcro tape helps keep wires tidy and organized; and clear boxes or storage containers are perfect for art and craft supplies.
  7. Get creative– If you have the space and ability to build, here are some fun ways to get some storage in already usable space.underbed storage

There are lots of great ideas on the internet for building your storage to fit your needs: 10 Sly Spots to Stash Your Stuff

     8.  One thing at a time– And last but not least, start small. Don’t plan to organize the whole house this weekend. Start with one drawer, one desk or one closet.

Good luck!

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Decluttering After The Holidays Can Help You Next Year

2 Jan

How to De-Clutter after the Holiday Madness
“Clutter is nothing more than postponed decisions.” -Barbara Hemphill

Holidays are over and now it’s time to pack it all away for another 11 months. All that work for just a few weeks of joy. And how did you acquire so much stuff?!

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Well, here are some quick and easy ways to de-clutter and store so that next year you aren’t sorting through it all when it’s time to decorate. Also, this will help you in the New Year to keep your home clutter-free with all those new presents to put away.

  1. Keep one, toss two-whether you donate or throw out…this includes white elephant gifts. And by all means, if it is broken-throw it out!
  2. Leftover mailing boxes-pack up donations to reuse them and get them out of the trash and the house.
  3. Sort as you stow-this helps with space saving. Keeping things grouped together makes it easier to stack in the attic or closet-this is also how decorating next year will be a breeze. You won’t be tearing through the 8 places you put the Christmas stuff trying to find the star for the top of the tree. Also pack to move-we often overstuff storage so that it’s difficult to move and put away, which means it can be left behind collecting dust because no one wants to move it.
  4. Re-gifting gifts for next year-wrap and store with decorations…again this also includes white elephant gifts. If you don’t get them ready now, you’ll forget about them and come across them in the middle of summer next year when you could have given them away.
  5. Don’t wait til spring to get rid of what you haven’t used in 6 months-get rid of old toys and clothes now to make room for the newly acquired gifts. Let the kids be involved with it too. You may be surprised how quickly they are willing to give away their toys and clothes once they have new ones.

Make sure you have the proper storage for what you have:

This is critical. Don’t just throw things in random cardboard boxes if they are delicate. We all want to just tear everything down and get it out of our living rooms, but that is how we end up with broken items at the beginning of the next season.

Declutter3For example, get a storage bag or box for your wreath, divided storage for ornaments, and clear plastic bins (so you can see what is in what bin) that are easy to stack.Declutter4
This is a great way to start the New Year, with a neat and de-cluttered home to hibernate in for the next few months while winter rages on outside.

If you are looking for a few ideas to keep the momentum going, check back with us throughout the year for more tips. But for now here are 2 tips to keep you going into January:

Trash Bag Tango:

  • Take two bags, set a timer for 10 minutes and go through the whole house. One bag for trash and recyclables, one bag for things not being used, wanted or needed.
  • Always finish what you start-whether it’s putting the laundry in the hamper, getting rid of the junk mail once you’ve gone through the mail, put away things after you get them out.

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Spring Cleaning

10 Apr

  Organizing your stuff will help you breathe easier and enjoy your home more.

Spring cleaning is such a cliché, but a bit of streamlining really does enhance your decor.
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I would bet that even the most organized home owner still has at least one shelf, drawer or closet that has become a repository for “stuff” that has no function or adds no decorative value in the foreseeable future.
That means we can all benefit from a bit of “spring cleaning,” even though it’s such a cliché. Not only does managing your “stuff” make it easier to find the items you use most; it also makes your house look streamlined and clean, and enhances the design elements. Sometimes it’s not even about getting rid of “stuff”; it’s more about re-organizing what you have.

Start with just one shelf, cabinet or drawer so you don’t feel overwhelmed – and so you get a sense of accomplishment that spurs you on. Here are some ideas about where to start:

Your closet full of clothes and shoesOrganizing pic
Your pantry stuffed with foods and housewares
Your linen closet crammed full of sheets and towels
Your bathroom cabinets crowded with out-of-date medications and cosmetics
A cabinet in your garage or family room that’s brimming with games, DVDs and books
Your home office that’s bursting with papers and computer accessories you no longer need

 

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