Holiday Decorating Strategies

Holiday Decorating Strategies

It’s 65 degrees here in central Virginia, so it seems crazy putting up holiday decorations, but that’s what I’m doing.  I don’t have days to tackle this job, just little snippets of time between appointments and other tasks.  Luckily, I have a few strategies that make decorating easier so that I am not swimming in boxes and bins for days at a time.  If you have a busy family, you know what I am talking about! I have packed my holiday bins so that everything I need to decorate just one area is all packed together in a single bin.  This is different that organizing items by category which is much more typical.  In Bin #1 I have everything I need to decorate my front entry: the greenery that goes around the door, the large balls and bows, the outdoor lights and the timer that turns them on from dusk to dawn. Other bins contain my indoor decor (including those lights), and tree ornaments.  You might have bins for mantle decorations, trimming the stairs, or the dining room buffet.  Each bin is numbered so that I can decorate in the order I prefer.   Just so you don’t think I’m a genius (which you will if you haven’t figured this out for yourself already) this system grew quite organically.  Before I was married, I had just one box of decorations that covered my apartment and my tree.  Once we were married, my husband and I started collecting ornaments from our travels.  We grew from one box to two.  One day I asked my husband to bring down a box...
Design Trends for 2013

Design Trends for 2013

I was recently asked to share my ideas for design trends for the coming year.  I’m no expert, but I have noticed that many of my clients are looking for more compact housing with quality of spaces stressed over quantity of square footage.  No more McMansions!  Also, a lot of baby-boomers (like me) are downsizing, so we want less stuff, but also a place to store the stuff we decide to keep. My clients do not want to sacrifice luxury just because they are downsizing.  They are still looking for beautiful and functional closets and other storage spaces that allow them to stay organized and not have to look at clutter.  Where space allows, we are putting islands in closets so that dressers, lingerie chests, and jewelry boxes can be eliminated from the bedroom creating a more restful space.   My condo has a small master; the original closets were also small and non-functional (wire shelving, ugh.)  We tore those closets out and designed a wall unit (manufactured and installed by the Closet Factory, of course) that spans one end of the room.  It looks quite serene to see one cohesive unit, and yet it holds everything: hanging clothes, shoes, sweaters, undergarments, jewelry, and the TV! Multi-functional wall units look more organized than having lots of different furniture pieces. For instance, this home office also contains two Murphy wall-beds that can be used when guests visit – the function of two rooms in the space of just one.   A media wall unit is another area that might hide a Murphy bed or desk area as well as the...
Welcome to my new blog!

Welcome to my new blog!

It won’t be hard for you to figure out that I am new at this.  But I have so many clients, friends, and acquaintances who ask me questions like: “what’s the best hangers to use in my closet?” and “do you have any ideas for how to store X, Y and Z?” that I thought I would give it a try. So who am I?  I think if you asked my friends, they would say that I’m the one in the group willing to ferret out information, organized enough to be able to retrieve it when necessary, and I’m not too shy to offer my opinion about what I find. Sometime after I started my organizing business, my Mom commented that as a bossy first-born, I was lucky to have stumbled upon a business where I could tell people what to do and get paid for it!  My younger siblings will attest that I did like to boss them around, but my goal with my clients was never to tell them what they had to do; my goal was only to offer suggestions on what might make them feel better and more in control. So in my blog, I plan to pass on tips I read or hear, personal experiences that might help others, and comments from my clients.  I’ll be delighted to read your comments too and to respond to your suggestions. I’m not a “writer” so this should be fun!   Share...