Ready or not she is headed south y'all!
Believe to or not, I had a really fun day helping family with a project to get a condo ready to sell…
Ready or not she is headed south y'all!
Okie dokie, let's keep this short and sweet.
Does this seem over-simplified? It may, but the truth is so many clients struggle with stuff they just do not know what to do with. Let me be the one to tell you that if you decide the stapler is going to live one place, and then a week later change that location because you decided on a better location…THAT IS OK! What is not ok is being burdened by stuff and the paralyzing feeling that what ever decision that you make for the stuff has to be perfect. You are allowed to make mistakes and change your mind...I do it everyday and I still love myself. Love yourself too and take control!
Dedicating a home for items is one thing…getting them there is another story. Set time aside to tidy up and you will be much happier and save time later!
Life: Organized is in print for the August issue of Brava, a Madison based magazine.
Brava = women+substance+style.
You can read the full publication at http://read.dmtmag.com/i/354830
Making Peace with the Things in Your Life
Why Your Papers, Books, and Other Possessions Keep Overwhelming You-and What to Do About It
By Cindy Glovinsky M.S.W. A.C.S.W.
Platform: Paperback (Available through Madison Public Library)
This book really geared towards the casual reader in tone, but offers some really great insight into Thing management techniques for the professional organizer as well.
Cindy breaks the book down in to four sections
Part I: Rethinking Things
Part II: You and Your Things: Taking Inventory
Part III: Why Things Keep Overwhelming You
Part IV: What to do About Things
She really helps you try to determine why Things (capitalized on purpose!) are difficult for some. It feels a little like a history lesson. If you learn why you are holding on to things, or why you manage things a certain way, then you can avoid repeating that in the future. She makes some really great points about becoming aware of our surroundings and how it became to be the way it is. I often feel like I could write a book about organizing for my clients, but now I feel like I don't have to! This is a great book for the person trying to get organized, their families, and professionals.
"…time is time, however you chop it up. It's all about learning to make best use of whatever your brain does naturally, setting limits when you must and going with the flow whenever you can." (p139)
Ok, ugly is a little harsh…maybe visually offensive or displeasing? Whatever term you decide to use, know that there are solutions besides major remodels requiring a home equity loan.
First of all, if it is not nailed down (and maybe even if it is!), load bearing, or downright necessary, consider removing it! Examples?
But, what if removal is not an option? You will have to get a little creative!
What a difference a coat of paint can make! Can you paint the undesirable? If so, use analogous colors to help the uglies blend in to the colors around it. Then with complementary colors add pillows, art, and fun accessories to add a twist and to draw the eye away. Consider using bold patterns, throws, lamp shades, and art to freshen up the room. Give buyers a distraction that will draw their eyes to a feature in the room such as tall ceilings or windows. (Remember a previous post however that less is more when it comes to accessories. We are not staging for a magazine photo shoot, you want buyers to be able to image themselves in your home, so make it easy for them. Identify the use of the space, make sure it is clean, and minimize clutter!)
Not sure about analogous or complementary colors?
Analogous colors are next to (think neighbor), and complementary are across the color wheel.
For example an analogous color to yellow would be yellow orange or yellow green. A complementary color for yellow is violet.
Maybe you have really outdated yellow counters. You might consider choosing a very pale green or yellow to put on the walls (think almost white), that will make the counters less obvious. You are trying to make them blend in. Using these examples with the example color wheel may be difficult for you to swallow. If you are really uncomfortable choosing a color, take a sample into the paint store and they can help you choose just the right color. You will learn a thing or two about shade and tints as well!
To include an analogous color, identify the one thing (or two) in the room that you want buyers to notice. Maybe it is a large window. Make sure window treatments are minimal (curtains usually removed), and the window is sparkling clean. You may want to place a bud vase with one flower on the window sill to bring attention to the space, but not block the view or the light. Then use the complementary color of violet to add some flair around the room…more fresh flowers, towels, placemats?
There are many different types of speciality organizers in the world, and today I learned a little more about a specific type of organizing called Feng Shui. There was so much interesting information! Pam provided a glimpse into her practice and made me really excited to try some techniques in my own home, and to find ways that I could incorporate the practice into my work with clients.
So, here are the highlights of what I learned today. This only skims the surface of the practice, and I encourage you to check out Pam's website or your local library for more information if you are interested.
Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese technique and has been adapted to suit todays needs.
Pam gave us many wonderful examples including how to place key furniture facing doors to decrease vulnerability. Pam explained the process for clearing a space by using fresh air, burning sage and performing a blessing ceremony. Finally, she also suggested creating new energy through the use of the senses, such as bells, incense, and using natural materials.
I know like with many eastern practices, there can be some skepticism. I am the first to admit that I am open to ideas of Feng Shui, but because it is a completely new concept to me, and not evidence based science, I have a little trouble wrapping my brain around it. That said, none of the concepts seemed harmful, and sometimes you have to step just a little out of your comfort zone to explore.
Let me know if anyone has used any Feng Shui techniques. I would love to hear your experiences!
So, I am sure that by now most people know that if they are getting ready to list their homes for sale, they need to depersonalize. If you were not previously aware, you are now. I am bringing this up first because most homes have family photos displayed on the walls, tables, mantles, stairwells, bookshelves, and refrigerators, as well as in the living room, family room, kitchen, bedrooms, etc… Prepare to leave the house and take them down. If your house is on the market, pretend it is not yours!
Imagine yourself as a potential buyer and you are walking into your dream home… You would not want to see pictures of someone else living in your dream home… You want to imagine yourself living there! As a seller, you need to remove as much of your personality and style from the house as you can to make it easier for buyers to imagine theirs.
So, as you begin the staging process at your home, remove everything from the walls…
OK, let me say that again: remove everything from the walls. I will give you a moment to process that.
Staging is all about intent.
Do not leave something up or out because it looks good to you. As a stager, I am trained to remove everything from a room and only put back the necessary pieces. Necessary pieces include furniture that helps to display the rooms intended purpose and accessories that are intended to draw your eye to certain places in the room.
Not sure if it should stay or go? Err on the side of caution, and remove it! Especially if it is a personal item, give it the boot!
Once you have all the wall decor removed (and furniture plead…another blog post), you can assess the features of the room and draw attention to those, or perhaps draw attention away from less desirable places.
I had so much fun today working with a client, that I had to share what we worked on…before it was completed! This is my first pro bono project of 2014, and I am thankful for the opportunity to help out these small businesses! The space is an amazing industrial space that has been repurposed to house several small businesses. It is required to wear many hats including: offices, small and large meeting spaces, art studio, children's play area, kitchen, library, and storage… WOW!
The space was functioning, but not to the level that the ladies would have liked. The organization of the spaces was in need of an outsider's opinion. As with all my clients, first questions included: How is the space used? Who uses the spaces? What is working? What is not working?
We do have a couple of other changes to make in the future, which will include some partition walls to provide some much needed privacy to sensitive areas, as well as creating a more warm entry way. For now, they will use the newly defined spaces and be fabulous!
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