Category Archives: Organization

All The Home’s A Stage…(sorry Shakespeare, couldn’t resist! :D )

Let’s talk about home staging!  Home staging is something you might already be familiar with if you’ve ever gone house hunting or looked for a new apartment.  You can really tell the difference if the seller or rental agent has invested any time and effort in making your prospective new home feel like such from the very moment you pull up at the curb outside.

Whether it was a few simple things such as making sure the landscaping was clean and tidy, to actually setting up a lovely display of furniture, or even seemingly small details such as a small basket of new molded soaps in the bathroom, from the first time you laid eyes (and nose!) on the place, you were already dreaming of your happy new life there and visualizing where your belongings will be placed.

With a great many folks looking to move states for a great many reasons, or even looking to move abroad depending upon which way the political winds blow this November 😀 , a lot of homes will be going on the market, with their owners hoping to get them sold and done with in record time.  Home staging will be an important part of that process.

But home staging is useful for more than just selling a property, many of the tips in the infographic below** can also be applied to your rented home if you’re looking for someone to sub-let so you can get out of a lease early, if you’re planning to host your boss or that influential neighbor for dinner, or even if it’s your turn to host the fundraising committee for the PTA and you’d rather not have them come away with the impression that you’re maybe only a degree or two above actual slovenliness.  Occasionally in-laws might pay a visit and it’d be nice to get through the experience without them making snide remarks about your home resembling a Comic-Con refugee camp.

If the latter description resembles you in any way, believe me I sympathize! (Star Trek rules!) Getting your home muggle-ready may seem a gargantuan task when your idea of decorating is a ton of bookcases and your favorite fandom posters, with your well-loved sci-fi tchotchkes hodge-podge all over the place collecting dust.  However, going step-by-step through the infographic below can cut down on the overwhelming and before you know it, your home will look like one of those well-put-together spreads you’ve secretly admired from real estate open houses and home & garden magazines.

An additional tip: a couple hours before company comes over, pop an apple pie or two in the oven (even a frozen one, if you’re short on baking skills).  The smell of fresh apple pie can put someone at ease and make them feel welcome! (Unless they’re allergic to apples, in which case you might want to swap for an alternate baked goodie.)

The occasions when I’ve done some home staging (to impress my kids’ well-off playdates’ moms) were immensely gratifying when my husband would walk through the door after work and do an actual double-take in amazement at how nice everything looked! 😀

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**Infographic supplied by Moms With Voices Media. This was a sponsored post.  The opinions expressed herein were entirely my own and were not influenced in any way by the sponsor or the small fee I received in compensation for writing it.

Out with the old, in with the new!

For the past one year, our family has been going through a process of weeding out the pockets of negativity that have been bogging us down on many levels, to make room for more positive happenings to come.

Bit by bit, the boxes and bags of never-to-be-used, but handy-to-keep-just-in-case junk are being gone through and sorted into Donate/Sell/Trash/Keep. We’re getting to way way back in the pantry cabinets and trying to make use of things that haven’t seen the light of day since we first bought them. Some of those things are perplexing.

What on earth was I thinking when I bought THREE sacks of lentils? I mean, I like sprouts as much as the next person, but not THAT much!

We’ve also done a purge of our art supply bins and found a lot that needed to be resorted and stored better so that we could actually make use of it all.

I’m sure that if all of us went through this, we’d be amazed at how many unused resources we have that we initially sank our hard-earned money into that have gone to waste.

We’re cutting down on our spending – or at least trying to.

And last, but not least, we’ve also been taking stock of the relationships we’re part of and the organizations we’d been members of and done some reflection and evaluation.

Some needed a little more maintenance on our parts, some needed a lot, but are worth making the time and effort for.

Some were pretty darn toxic and needed the ol’ heave-ho. In some cases, the revelation of just how poisonous and toxic they were was of earth-shaking, cataclysmic proportions. No exaggeration. So after we’d done some relationship and organization termination, and in at least one case made sure to not only burn bridges but do a little earth-salting as well as do the modern-day equivalent of nailing up wads of garlic to get the ‘Not Welcome Anymore’ message across, we pretty much had to rebuild a lot of our worldview and try to figure out what things like faith, family and future meant for us.

I think we’re making pretty good progress. Sure, it’s been difficult, stressful, and a helluva paradigm shift, but we’re so much happier now than when we began to retrench our lives over a year ago. And with luck, things will improve for us even more.

As for New Year’s Resolutions, here are mine:

Lose the final 20 pounds
Get one story professionally (not ‘self’) published
Complete one Crochet amigurumi project
How about you? Anything going on in your or your family’s lives that you need to reconfigure? Drop a comment below and let me know 🙂

The Mommy, The Mess & The Wardrobe

Now that the kids are back in school, I’ve got time to tackle all the things I’ve let slide during the kids’ summer vacation.

One of which is the lurking depths of each and every closet we’ve got…shudder…

You may have guessed by now that I’m not the world’s most organized person.

I need help to keep things tidy. Way back when I lived in Florida, we had double the closet space, and there were neato little shelves built in that made it much easier to tame the mess monster.

Now we’re in New Jersey with teeny tiny, fewer closets (all shelf-less) and instead of the stately opening to Narnia upon entry, it’s more like ‘Fight for your very survival against dangers untold – IF you dare!’

…and sadly, there isn’t a friendly Mr. Tumnus the faun to help with the tidying up after the innards of my closet tumble out.

For me, organization only occurs if either A) My husband does all the tidying up for me (not his favorite activity – go figure!), or B) I have Order imposed on me from the outside.

And since we’re a bit closet-deprived in our new, smaller home, we’re thinking of buying ourselves one or two high-quality wardrobes.

Now this is more like it! This is what I want for Christmas!

Rather than one great gaping big cavern, there are all those neato cubbies, drawers, hanger poles and shelves to neatly place things upon!

How lovely it would be to have everything tidied away, instead of our home being one great game of ‘hop to it’ as we leap and bound (like frolicking deer) from one empty spot on the floor to the next one…over there…

Of course, I could always just scamper off to Narnia.  (I hear Reepicheep gives excellent tours to newcomers!)

Or does the Goblin King collect mess if you wish that away?

*This is a partnered post. As always, all my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.

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