So, the date is set and your renovation is starting soon! There are two key things to keep in mind to prepare your house for the disruption: Where will you put kitchen items during the renovation? What will you eat and cook on during the renovation?
Are you thinking about renovating your kitchen? I just went through that process and learned a lot. When my husband and I bought our first house in July 2016, we discovered that the kitchen was outdated, and the cabinets were grungy and smelled weird. We painted them white, hoping to freshen up the look. This is a great budget-friendly option if your cabinets are in decent shape and just need a facelift. While that did brighten up the space, the interiors still needed updating. Also, the blue counters and fruit tiles were not our style. So, after saving and planning for a year and a half, we took the renovation plunge. Here are some helpful tips that I gleaned from that experience.
Another year has gone by, we have had some of the most challenging projects yet and also some of the most satisfying to complete. We want to share some of our favorite 2017 projects with you. The last 12 months have been filled with noteworthy projects, but a few are particularly memorable. Read on to learn more about our favorite memories and some ways in which we helped our clients reach their most organized year yet.
Apartment living has lots of perks. You aren’t committed to a 30 year mortgage. If you don’t like where you are, wait out the lease, or break it if you need to. Leaky faucet? Call the landlord. Pipes burst? It’s not coming out of your pocket! But there are definite drawbacks. Old and outdated kitchens and bathrooms are common. Most landlords don’ t want you to paint, and most don’t even want to refresh those beige or white walls between tenants. Gross. Holes in the wall are usually a no-no. So how do you add your personal style and guarantee that security deposit back? You’re in luck! Damage-free decorating is my middle name. Read on for some great resources.
My husband and I became first-time homeowners of a slightly dilapidated 1,200 square foot bungalow in 2007. At the time, I was newly pregnant with our first child. Although this house was a major step up in space from our 700 square foot rental in Boston, we acquired a bathroom that was top to bottom mint green – toilet and all! With some elbow grease and paint brushes we cleaned every inch, painted walls and cheerfully called our little house home for two years.
I am an avid DIY’er. I’m not always good at it but I try, and I love it when a project comes out the way I envision. When I start any project I make sure I have all the tools I need on hand so I’m not scrambling later on. There’s nothing worse than trying to hold a picture on a wall in the exact place you want it and then realize your pencil is in the other room. There are so many tools and products that you may need for any given project, but there are several that are my go-to’s for every project and I wanted to share them with you.
WE LOVE ELFA! Wait…I think we’ve mentioned that before. There really is no closet system that we love more. Whenever I see a closet, craft area or heck, any old space, I try to reimagine it designed with elfa and sigh with joy. My local pharmacists have no idea how efficient their workspace just got in my head. Since you can customize elfa to fit your space and individual needs, the limits are virtually endless. We’ve compiled some inspirational pics below to get your heart thudding too!
When we say we’re Professional Organizers, generally we get the “Oh, you do closets!?” response. Yes, we do closets. Lots of them in fact. But we do so much more than closets and many times the projects we are hired for end up transforming into so much more than our clients originally contacted us for, simply because they didn’t know just how much we are actually capable of as Professional Organizers. Here are our favorite “Yes, we do that too!” projects of 2016.
Are one of the rooms in your home feeling a little blah? It’s okay to admit it, we’ve all been there. My current apartment boasts a great location, large kitchen and driveway, but lacks a decent sized bedroom. I am forced to edge around my bed in order to get to the other side, not being able to fully open my closet doors without them banging into my bed. Having a small living space forced me to be creative to keep my living space fresh and exciting.
This time of year can be especially dreary – temperatures have decreased, the sun sets early, and we all anticipate those dreaded snow storms. Now is a great time to add some brightness and life to your living situation. Aside from heading to Trader Joes and getting a small bouquet for $3.99, here are some other ways to spruce up your living space with some spruces.