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Trend Watch: Lighted Closet Rods image

Picture an average closet. You walk into a small dark room and fumble for a switch or string to turn on one lonely light. Even with the door flung wide open to let in as much light as possible, sometimes you can’t see what you have hiding in the shadowy corners, and you might even get to work only to discover that you grabbed the wrong navy pants for your navy jacket. Ladies, have you ever worn a black shoe with a blue shoe to work? Gentlemen, have you ever gotten to the office only to discover your suit jacket doesn’t quite match your pants? Most closets need better lighting, but more importantly, they need light in the right places. Recently, we have ...

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How to De-Clutter Your Closet image

A closet can easily become a dumping ground for things we don’t use and don’t need. The items we use most often come to the front while everything else gets pushed farther and farther back. Eventually, your closet space is overwhelmed, and it becomes harder and harder to use. If your closets feel like work, it’s time to de-clutter. Most clients have tried some form of de-cluttering but found it frustrating. If you take one item out at a time and try to decide if you should keep it or not, chances are you will quickly give up. If you want a process that works, use ours: Take everything completely out of your closet. When you have an empty space in front of ...

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Is Your Summer “To-Do List” Stopping You In Your Tracks? standard

If you’re like me, the Summer to-do list can drag on and be a monkey on your back.  What really motivated me to take action was the fact that my husband was having his hip replaced and I wasn’t sure if he would be able to do the usual tasks to get our home ready for the upcoming season like painting exterior areas of our house, pulling our porch furnishings out of storage and tending to the garden. My self-imposed deadline to complete everything was “before Summer.” I love that deadline because things don’t loom in the back of your mind and haunt you. Every time I would try to relax I got this little pang of guilt saying “I should be painting ...

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Tips for Decluttering Your Home image

While it’s healthy to admit that your house will not be photo op-ready every day of the week, that’s no reason to give in to the clutter. Begin confronting the lack of order with a few straightforward approaches sure to make your home feel like a haven. Pinpoint a main flaw Maybe you wish you had the time for gutting drawers and labeling storage bins, but you just can’t swing a spring-cleaning binge right now. You can start by breaking a few small bad habits, like tossing mail on the kitchen counter or leaving clean laundry in a hamper. Organizing mail and folding laundry are tasks that only take a few minutes if you do them each day. But if ...

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Old School Organizing: Lessons I’m Still Learning From My Mom standard

My mom’s shoebox for receipts, a large check register that would not fit in your wallet, and an over-stocked pantry.  These are three things that in my professional life I might have advised against.  But my mom recently passed away and is continuing to teach me important lessons in simplicity. Her shoebox of receipts was a perfect receptacle for the year’s spending.  Little handwritten notes chronicled what was important.  It took twenty minutes to sort and document medical expenses, taxable items and things that were to be kept.  It was easy to see where she went and how she navigated life using this little paper trail.  There were not two or three places to look for these.  They were not ...

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