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Find Calm and Plan Your Move While Staying Home

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April 28, 2020 by Margaret Fearey Walsh of Changing Places, Inc.

Changing Places founder & president Margaret Fearey Walsh and her award-winning team offer wise advice to help us survive and thrive while we stay at home.

Virtual Move Preparation Now While You’re Home

Right now, we crave family and community. Our Changing Places team is truly a family of men and women in business for 27 years­–offering moving and relocation help all over the Bay Area. Our focus is downsizing, moving, organizing, and staging at our clients’ homes. Our mission is to create order, peace of mind, and beauty.

Amid the pandemic, Changing Places and movers are deemed essential services. Just last month, we were honored to help a family who lost a home in the Sonoma County fires move into their dream home in Healdsburg. We are essential and we are here for you.

During this time of sheltering in place, our team offers our relocation services to clients virtually to orchestrate and plan every aspect of the move process.

This newfound time at home is the perfect opportunity clear the clutter and find peace of mind in your household. We’re all spending more time cooking, cleaning and baking with our kids.

Click here for our free kitchen organizing tips. Tackle your most essential room in the house ­– the kitchen –while you’ve got the time. Here’s a sneak peek:

SETTING UP YOUR PERFECT KITCHEN:

Sort dishes, glassware, flatware and utensils:

  • Review dish and glasses sets for frequency of use. Assess what you use for everyday and special occasions. Edit out any items with chips, cracks or partial sets.
  • Sort water bottles, plastic cups and commemorative glasses (winery glasses, birthday, etc.).  Discard any that have lost their appeal.
  • Move everyday plates, glassware and flatware near the dishwasher for easy access to put away when cleaned.
  • Group salad bowls, service plates and everyday bowls together.
  • If adult beverages are a frequent libation, store cocktail and wine glassware near your everyday glassware.
  • Place specialty plates, bowls and platters in low priority areas as they are used less frequently.
  • Store special occasion or secondary sets of dishes (like holiday) in china storage bags in a low priority area. These rigid cases allow them to be stacked easily and safely.
  • Keep placemats and cloth napkins in a drawer near the table.

 Pantry Tips:

  • Group like with like foods together for easy locating or in bins. If you have pull out pantry drawers, use spring loaded dividers to keep items “in their own lanes”.
  • Turn labels forward for easy viewing.
  • Sort and discard items that:
    • are opened that should have been refrigerated, are outdated, and check for bugs
    • are discolored and/or have an “off” smell
    • you won’t use in the future, and can therefore donate
    • swelling cans that are old or have passed their SELL BY or BEST BY dates

Our team is here for you and working from our San Rafael office, our home offices, at www.changing-places.com and by phone at 415.461.6257.


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Kitchen Organizing Tips

Kitchen Organizing

Help your kitchen live up to its full potential with the right organization tricks. Our area-specific ideas will get your most essential room in the house organized—and rid yourself of “clutter anxiety” for good.

1) Sort:

Tips before you start to sort “Like with like” is the key. As you review items in your kitchen, edit out anything that is:

  • broken/chipped
  • outdated
  • stained/torn
  • duplicated too many times
  • starting to take up space instead of being useful

2) Do:

Shelf lining: This will help preserve the condition of your shelves and drawers from accidental spills and rubbing from metal and/or plastic. This is especially helpful whether you’re a new home owner or renting. Assess current lining; if you’re reusing, clean and reinstall. This is a good time to switch out shelf lining if you don’t love your current product. We recommend lining under sinks throughout home as well as any high “traffic” area (e.g. mudroom cubbies, pantry shelves, laundry room detergent shelves, etc.). No liner is needed for glass shelves.

Liner Products We Love:

  • TAP Plastics has store locations in the Bay Area and sells our favorite product, polypropylene (“PPP”) sheets. They are fairly clear and usually “disappear” on shelves and in drawers. These should be taped down on shelves. It’s okay to line just the two bottom shelves in upper cabinets.
  • Ribbed Plast-o-Mat is sold at the Container Store and Bed Bath & Beyond. It’s easier to cut than PPP sheets, and generally less expensive. It should be taped down on shelves and drawers.
  • “Easy Liner” (foam) is good for top kitchen drawers as it is non-skid especially if no inserts are being used. It’s also good in jewelry drawers in closets if no inserts are being used.

4) Containing Your Things!

Plastic Bins:

  • aid in keeping similar items together (ie vitamins, cookie cutters, napkin rings, etc.)
  • the lid keeps items clean and from getting misplaced
  • the bins are stackable, thus gaining more space

5) Drawer Inserts:

Available in Lucite, plastic or wood (and the wood comes in different types of finishes) and they

  • keep alike items together
  • aid in keeping the whole drawer organized
  • can be found at Bed Bath & Beyond, The Container Store, Target and online

6) Sort dishes, glassware, flatware and utensils:

  • Review dish and glasses sets for frequency of use. Assess what you use for everyday and special occasions. Edit out any items with chips, cracks or partial sets.
  • Sort water bottles, plastic cups and commemorative glasses (winery glasses, birthday, etc.) – discard any that have lost their appeal.
  • Move everyday plates, glassware and flatware near the dishwasher for easy access to put away when cleaned.
  • Group salad bowls, service plates and everyday bowls together.
  • If adult beverages are a frequent libation, store cocktail and wine glassware near your everyday glassware.
  • Place specialty plates, bowls and platters in low priority areas as they are used less frequently.
  • Store special occasion or secondary sets of dishes (like holiday) in china storage bags in a low priority area. These rigid cases allow them to be stacked easily and safely.
  • Keep placemats and cloth napkins in a drawer near the table.

7) Pantry Tips:

  • Group like with like foods together for easy locating or in bins. If you have pull out pantry drawers, use spring-loaded dividers to keep items “in their own lanes”.
  • Turn labels forward for easy viewing.
  • Sort and discard items that:
    • are opened that should have been refrigerated, are outdated, and check for bugs
    • are discolored and/or have an “off” smell
    • you won’t use in the future, and can therefore donate
    • swelling cans that are old or have passed their SELL BY or BEST BY dates

Note: if you’re moving, try to “eat through” your pantry. There is no need to have someone pack and move your food, and your mover may refuse to move open food containers.

Grouping By Categories:

  • Store grains, rice & pasta along with canned/jarred goods at mid-level as they are frequently used and need to be easy to see.
  • Store your least frequently used items or back up supplies higher up.
  • Group items in the same category with labels facing forward and newer dates in the back. It’s a good idea to label bins/areas with a label maker if you have one!

8) Baking Supplies:

  • Use vertical “file type” storage for cutting boards, baking sheets, and even baking pans and large platters.
  • Decorating Supplies: Bin them together and place on a lower priority shelf. This includes cookie cutters (if many; bin together separately), sprinkles, food coloring, rolling pin, baking/decorating spatulas, piping bags, piping tips, toppers, cupcake liners, etc.

9) Spices:

Review them to insure freshness by checking dates (spices are usually good for about one year after opening/sell by date).   Discard any that are:

  • expired
  • do not have a strong, fresh aroma (this means it’s stale)
  • have a “dull” appearance/lack of color/faded (this means it’s stale)
  • not likely to be consumed in the future

Store spices near the stove/cooktop in a cabinet or in a drawer. A double-tiered turntable is handy for the cabinet and there are foam or plastic inserts for inside drawers. Place spices alphabetically for easy locating. One exception: group various salts (e.g. truffle, Lava, pink, table salt, etc.), peppers (e.g. white, cayenne, green peppercorns, etc.) and spice mixes (e.g. “cajun”, Mrs. Dash, seafood, etc.) together within each type. Salt and pepper can be on the counter in a neat container.

Frequently used oils can also be on the counter or on a turntable in the cabinet for easy access.

10) Food Prep and Kitchen Essentials:

Review cooking and baking tools, editing out broken, rarely used and duplicate items. Keep measuring spoons and cups (both liquid and dry) together. Cooking utensils (like spatulas, tongs, wooden spoons, whisks, etc.) can be placed in a container on the counter or in a drawer near the stove/cooktop. Drawer inserts are helpful to separate each type.

Group food preparation items together (e.g. colanders, casserole dishes, graters, mandolin, etc.).

Knives can be on the counter in a holder or in a drawer with proper slotted inserts. Keep the sharpening steel handy.

Oven mitts should be in a drawer close to the oven. Trivets, kitchen towels and aprons can be in the same drawer or nearby.

Group service spoons/forks, and salad tongs together. Carving sets should go in a low-priority or special occasion area.

Keep plastic wrap, waxed paper, parchment paper, foil, and Ziploc bags in a drawer. Food storage containers should naturally be nearby, like Tupperware or “Gladware”. Keep only ones that have matching tops and bottoms.

11) Appliances:

Review appliances considering most frequently used ones: everyday appliances like juicers, blender/Vitamix, Soda Stream, electric kettle, rice cooker, Instant Pot, can be kept on the counter. Place less frequently used ones in a cabinet. Donate rarely used or outdated appliances. The one exception is the large stand mixer “Kitchenaid” – it can tuck in a corner or end of the counter as it is very heavy to move out to use. The toaster/toaster oven can be placed to where breakfast is being prepped unless you have an appliance garage.

If you drink coffee, keep your coffeemaker in a logical place on the counter and have mugs and coffee accessories nearby.

12) Pots and Pans:

Take out pots and pans, and line these drawers or clean liners as needed if reusing existing lining. Match all pots and pans with their lids. Donate any pieces that are missing a mate (note: not all pots and pans have lids). Review any duplicate sizes of cookware. Place larger/heavier pots on the lower drawer. Pans can be stacked. Put a separator between anything that is non-stick to protect the finish. Turn the handles in the same direction for a more finished look.

Less frequently used pans like roasting pans, stock pot, fondue pot, paella, etc. can be placed in the back of cabinets, the upper cabinet shelf or even in the garage if needed.

13) Paper Plates, cups + Picnic + Catering:

  • Create an area/bin for paper plates, cups, paper napkins and plastic utensils. Birthday candles can go here too.
  • Specialty items like oyster knives, seafood crackers, pasta cutter, etc.) can be placed in a lower priority area.
  • If you have young children, create a baby / toddler areas that’s set up for all of baby’s needs like bottles, sippy cups, bibs, etc. As the children get older, you may want to create a low, accessible area that stores their plates, cups and utensils so they can help themselves.
  • If you have pets, designate an area for their food, treats, medications and bowls as well as a place for them to eat.

14) Refrigerator & Freezer:

  • Wipe down shelves and drawers.
  • Discard items that have:
    • a lapsed sell by/expired date
    • discolored or smell “off”
    • mold (exception if on a hard or semi-hard cheese; can be cut off safely)
  • When in doubt, throw it out. This would also include things that you have not used in the past nor will be using in the future.
  • Group together as room allows, ideally on their own shelf:
    • Beverages: water, milk, juice, wine, beer, etc.
    • Dairy, yogurt, sour cream, etc.
    • Condiments
    • Eggs – keep in original container (not the plastic tray provided by refrigerator company)
    • In the coldest drawer keep meat, cold cuts and cheeses but keep seafood on ice
    • If possible, use your high humidity drawer for fruits and vegetables that are sensitive to moisture loss & ethylene gas
  • Periodically wipe out your freezer
  • Discard items that have freezer burn or ice crystals. Ideal freezer time is approximately 3 months (check with the FDA)
  • Group items together: oldest towards front or top. Remember “First in, first out” from each category

15) Catering Supplies

Keep party and catering supplies in an overflow area. This includes large pots, décor, sternos, chafing dishes and beverage containers. If you don’t have room in the main house, consider the garage, basement or even attic.


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The Changing Places Survival Guide to Sheltering in Place

Sheltering in place

THE CHANGING PLACES SURVIVAL GUIDE
TO SHELTERING-IN-PLACE

Now, more than ever, the Changing Places mission to create order, peace of mind, and beauty, rings true. These jarring times bring uncertainty, anxiety and disorder.

We feel passionately that offering the resources we cultivated over the last two weeks is a gift we can give you: our clients, partners and friends.

How are you and your loved ones doing? Send us a quick note to let us know what your new “normal” looks like.

We’re all in this together.

Breathe. Connect. Stay positive.

With gratitude,
Margaret Walsh, Katie Carr & The Changing Places Team

Changing Places is here for you:

TO CREATE ORDER

Order begins with clarity.

  • We’ve been amazed how many of us don’t fully understand what COVID-19 is. This enlightening video explains it calmly, clearly and scientifically.
  • Are you struggling to keep your kids engaged and homeschooling even when their schoolwork is done for the day? Khan Academy is an amazing resource, with its library of trusted, standards-aligned practice and. And even better: it’s all free!
  • Have you found yourself clearing out your closet/garage/spare room? Read these tips on what to do with your extra stuff while you’re stuck at home.
TO CREATE PEACE OF MIND

We don’t know about you, but our Changing Places staff is amazed by the ingenuity and creativity that’s arising out of our bored, sheltered and stir-crazy communities!

Meditate. Start a gratitude journal. Exercise.

  • ValTate.com

    Here are 60 indoor joy activities thanks to San Francisco psychotherapist Valerie Tate.

  • Marin-based meditation center Spirit Rock has opened its renowned programs free online through April 15, 2020.
  • There are more free workouts online than ever before! Even sportswear giant Nike is offering free access to its incredible line-up of online workout programs while gyms across the country remain closed indefinitely. Another is Freeletics, an exercise app available to Apple devices.
TO CREATE BEAUTY

We’re stuck at home. We’re all in this together.

Photo: Clea Shearer
Photo: Clea Shearer/People Magazine
  • Changing Places has curated a collection of fabulous home projects and tips that will help you tackle that spring cleaning agenda while social distancing.
  • We all have to visit the grocery store at least once a week, right? Here’s a great guide to disinfecting your car properly. Find some peace of mind knowing how to maintain a clean environment while you drive.
  • There’s no better time – or reason – to refresh your emergency kits. Here’s a fabulous six month preparedness calendar to get you kick- started.
COMING SOON: HELPING YOU VIRTUALLY
  • Changing Places is in the final stages of creating our virtual platform offering move management, consignment and organizing services online, through Zoom.com. Look for an email next week with more information.
  • We’ll also share a newsletter or blog post weekly with helpful, calming tips that will help you find your order, peace of mind, and beauty in these challenging times.

    SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

    As a small business whose business is creating peace of mind, order and beauty inside our clients’ homes, Changing Places is facing new challenges during COVID-19 pandemic.

    Like so many of you, we must take full advantage of the resources out there to keep our business alive–and thriving–once the stay-at-home order subsides and America is once again open for business.

    EDD set some guidelines to help Employees understand their rights and benefits during Gavin Newsom’s State of Emergency order. Here’s more information on filing a new claim if you’ve been affected by the business closures or work furlough.

    The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers affected by the coronavirus. Income tax payment deadlines for individual returns are being automatically extended until July 15, 2020, for up to $1 million of their 2019 tax due.

    Facebook has announced a program of cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries affected by COVID-19 pandemic.

    Call and let us know how we can help: (415) 465-6257

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Unpacking & Organizing Strategies for a Fresh Start in Your New Home

You’ve probably heard the thoroughly researched data that moving is one of the most stressful of life events, ahead of divorce or a break up. Finding the best moving company, coordinating packing, and then dealing with a dysfunctional home for weeks after moving day are huge contributors to this stress.

Fortunately we’re here to help get your home organized as fast as possible. If you’re looking for some practical, easy-to-understand tips for stress-free unpacking, take a look at this unpacking article from lifestyle website thespruce.com. Some highlights:

  • Get the essentials unpacked first, then take your time with the rest of the house.
  • Plan each room before you unpack too many boxes.
  • Anticipate future needs. Rather than putting off work—such as lining cabinet shelves or installing closet organizers—do it now, when it is most efficient.
  • Let each member of the family unpack their own bedroom, as applicable. This allows kids to participate in the event.

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Spring Home Organizing Tips

Spring has sprung! Are you organized?

Start by studying how you and your family move about your house. Recognize how you utilize each room, and how often you’re there–this will help prioritize your organizing. We’re offering some basic and clever tips for overall home calm: 

Spring Home Organizing

1. RESIST THE PILE HABIT
Most of us walk into our house with purses, groceries, keys, and more. An intuitive “drop zone” off your main entryway creates a home for essential items. It may include a key rack, an inbox for kids’ artwork or bills, or an attractive container for everyday items.
Bonus: Find space in your entryway for a custom–or makeshift–mudroom area.

2. ORGANIZE AN INSPIRING HOME OFFICE
Even if your home office shares space with a bedroom, create a dedicated work area that inspires you.

    • Love where you work–even if you don’t have a window, hang a pretty picture above your desk and personalize a small corner of your desk with framed photos, a living plant or kids’ artwork.
    • Buy a beautiful basket to tame your inbox piles on your desk’s surface, and use vertical file boxes for everyday papers.
    • Invest in an attractive, comfortable and ergonomic chair.

3. CLOSETS THAT MAKE SENSE
What good is that custom closet when your most needed items are inaccessible (or in a pile)? Make sure essentials are within arm’s reach and contained well.

    • Use garment boxes and sweater bins, which can also house handbags.
    • Slim, velvet hangers work well to maximize space–you can squeeze in 20-25% more than traditional wooden hangers.
    • See through acrylic shoeboxes stack well–and protect your (Jimmy) Choos!

4. A KITCHEN THAT WORKS FOR YOU
Arrange your kitchenware by frequency of use, with everyday dishes on an easy-to-reach lower shelf and special-occasion pieces up above. Create a cooking zone around the stove, storing pots and pans as close to the range as possible. Make it a snap for kids to grab snacks on the go with see-through wire baskets or airtight clear canisters. Lastly, declutter kitchen counters by mounting basics like your calendar, phone, to-do lists and receipts–on a wall-mounted bulletin board.

You’re welcome!

Download These Easy Home Organizing Tips

Sources: Changing Places’ team of expert organizers and a few extra tips from Real Simple magazine.

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Ultimate Holiday Gift

Ultimate Holiday Gift

Looking for a holiday gift for someone special?
Give the ultimate gift of organizing:
A Changing Places Gift Certificate

Give Yourself the ultimate gift of organization this Holiday Season Between planning a holiday party, shopping for gifts or hosting company, it feels like your to-do list never ends. Changing Places can help keep you organized and on track during the craziness of the holiday season.

How we prepare you for the holidays:

  • clear clutter throughout the house
  • organize your most-used rooms
  • install lights and decorations
  • organize and stock your kitchen for holiday cooking
  • prepare guest rooms to welcome family and friends
  • arrange furniture to allow socializing
  • donate unwanted items to charities
  • create room in your garage for holiday overflow

Contact us for help this holiday season and beyond.
415-461-6256    |   Info@Changing-Places.com

 

AN IMMEDIATE CALL TO ACTION

We need your immediate help!
The Salvation Army Chico is in dire need of volunteers!

Please help us create a call to action by sharing this letter with friends and family through any and all of your social media pages.

On Dec. 4, 2018, Margaret Walsh of Beyond Celiac and Elizabeth Tashiro of Explore Cuisine Pasta Co. drove up to Butte County with a second load of food for the Gluten Free community, delivering it to the Salvation Army Distribution Center. On their way up to Chico, they stopped at Sonoma Creamery to pick up a half a pallet of Gourmet Mr. Cheese O’s that was donated for the cause.

To date, Explore Cuisine has generously donated their high protein pasta to feed 2000, which has been met with deep gratitude.
When Margaret and Elizabeth arrived at about 11am, there were approximately 60 people waiting in line to fill up a cart with clothes, necessities and food. By the time they left at 3pm there was still a line of about 45 new people waiting outside to be helped. The staff can’t keep up with the demand and there was very little left on the tables and shelves by end of day.

Top Golf San Fran volunteered 8 staff personnel to work in the warehouse. They wore branded t-shirts and recorded it on camera—Keep an eye out on their social channels to see what they produce. All 22 locations of Top Golf participated in their call to action to bring new items to the Salvation Army of Chico. They started in North Carolina with an UHaul and zigzagged across the nation to Chico California. In the end they had two 27 foot UHaul trucks. Amazing!

Margaret and Elizabeth, as well as many others, have been profoundly impacted by the experience of volunteering.

Elizabeth of Explore Cuisine said, “Talking with survivors as we filled up their carts with supplies made it very personal to me. Bailey and Matt were no older than me and came to the center with 2 children under 2 yrs. old. They also have 9 yr. old twins who were in school at the time. This week, they were gifted a motor home for the 6 of them to live in. We joked about what baby food must taste like to babies. They had been staying with her sister and Bailey was shy to ask for items. I helped load their donations into Bailey’s car, which also contained all of her remaining belongings after the fire. Another person I helped, Linda, reminded me so much of my aunt—proud, put-together, and private. She could have easily been my aunt. Bailey and Matt could have easily been my friends from school. Because of sheer luck, geography and timing, they aren’t. That makes it really scary and important to me that we help each other. I can’t tell you enough how thankful I am for Margaret and Explore Cuisine for allowing me this time and for donating to this cause. “

Click HERE for more photos of the trip.

Recovery will continue for months.
FEMA has not begun re-building.
No one knew where FEMA was when we asked.

There has to be a way to get more help!

Some ideas we are exploring and companies we are reaching out to:

Marin Airporter: We are checking to see if they can offer a bus or buses to transport volunteers from Marin and SF for the day with each person contributing to cover the cost of the bus. Schools, businesses, and local folks could ride up to Butte early in the morning, work for 5 hours and be home for dinner.

Each bus holds 56 passengers. If we can fill the bus, it would work out to be about $25/ per person round trip.

Contact Information:
David T. Hughes, Charter Manager
Marin Charter & Tours
1081 Anderson Drive
415-256-8830
charter@marinairporter.com

Financial Donations for Gluten Free Products:
This is to be done later. We have to set up our 501C3 organization to host the funds we raise to cover the cost of the gluten free food and the deliver expenses.

It was really hard for Margaret and Elizabeth to tear away to go home. There is such a desperate need for volunteers to help. Please get the word out however you can.
Be loud, noisy and persistent!

Volunteer Opportunities:

Salvation Army Chico – they can use 50 volunteers per day

Monday – Saturday
Anyone can show up to volunteer anytime Monday through Saturday. The facility is open to survivors on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. The other days they need help re-stocking and organizing. It’s about a 4-hour drive from San Francisco.

Sign up here to volunteer: https://www.buttecaa.com/north-state-food-bank/

Phone Number: 530-570-7016
Head of Salvation Army services: Lt. Craig Rodriguera: 808-351-5817

“New” Donated Items Needed for Camp Fire Distribution Center

All food and product donations:
Salvation Army Distribution Center: 530-772-1009
1100 Marauder St, Chico, CA 95973
Receiving Mon-Sat 9am-4pm

List Below for items needed:

NEW CLOTHING
Jackets (Waterproof/Warm)
Men, teen boys, pre teens, tots
Women, teen girls, pre teens, tots
Baby clothes of all kinds and sizes
XL & 2XL Clothing
Sweaters/Flannels
Long Sleeve Shirts
Rain Boots
Men’s and Kid’s Shoes
Women’s and Kids Shoes
Jeans/Pants
Sweat Pants
Warm PJs
Belts

NEW HOUSEHOLD ITEMS
Pillows
Sleeping bags
Blankets
Sheet sets w/ pillow cases
Bath Towels
Batteries
Phone chargers
Pots & Pans
Can Openers
Plates / Utensils
Cooking Spoons / Spatulas
Laundry Soap / Dish Soap
Kitchen Supplies

FOOD (Non-Perishable)
Peanut Butter/Jelly
Canned Protein Meat/Tuna
Canned Fruit
Cereal
Oatmeal
Granola Bars
Crackers/Chips
Soup
Boxed food
Snacks/Items for kids lunch

GLUTEN FREE FOOD (Non-Perishable)
Macaroni & Cheese
Pasta
Crackers
Power Bars
Convenience Foods

THANK YOU,

 

Condo Renovation Project

This 1,200 square foot condo was constructed in 1975. Until renovation, nothing in the condo had been updated since it was built. From start to finish, the renovation took only 2 1/2 months.

Renovation Details:

  • 160 hours of wall plastering
  • 9 hours of electrical upgrading
  • Popcorn removal
  • Fireplace mantel installation
  • Kitchen gutted and replaced with an ecological chief’s kitchen
  • Kitchen storage increased by 35%
  • 3 pocket doors and 1 barn door – 4 new installations
  • Molding throughout
  • New carpets
  • 2 new bathrooms

Retail Cost: $145,000

Office Renovation Before & After

 

Downstairs Renovation Before & After

 

Kitchen Renovation Before & After

 

Family Room Renovation Before & After

 

 

 

 

Don’t Leave It To Your Heirs: Decluttering Tips For The Senior Community

DownsizingGiven the growing aging baby boomer population around the country, senior decluttering is a HOT topic.

More often, heirs are left with the daunting task of clearing a house that contains decades of clutter. Here’s how to avoid leaving the workload – and the stress – to your heirs.

START IN THE ATTIC
When you’re up against your memories, remember that you are simplifying your life NOT erasing your past.

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15 Tips for a Stress-Free Move

It may be a happy occasion, but a move is still a disruption of your routine. And any disruption of your routine causes stress. Moving disrupts the entire family.

Moves are considered one of the top five biggest stressors in life (alongside job loss, divorce and major illness).

If moving is so stressful, why do we do it? According to Forbes Magazine we move for positive reasons: to start a family or a new job; to live on our own, be closer to work or retire; to have a yard for a dog.

When the tasks associated with the move start to seem unbearable, take a deep breath and remember why you’re moving. This alone will reduce stress.

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