Friday, June 19, 2015

Six Instant Ways to Improve your Home Organization

I am a firm believer in home organization and I know that there are a thousand blogs out there telling you how to do it, but I am going to share Six instant ways to improve based on the clients that I have worked with over the years.

1)  Put a trash can/recycle bin/shredder in the same place you open the mail.  Nothing starts clutter more than walking in the door with mail, sorting it and leaving the piles on the table.  If you have the proper places to discard, you are already ahead of the game.

2)  Put your clothes away.  After you do laundry, before you go to bed, anytime you change clothing.  Why add an extra step to your day and another pile in your bedroom.  Hang up, put away, throw in the hamper.  There, now doesn't that feel good?

3)  I know that this one may seem silly but, take out the recycling every week.  It does not matter if it's picked up every two weeks or every week, but moving it out of the home, makes everything seem neater.  Especially magazines and newspapers, which can seemingly multiply overnight!

4)  With school at year end, it's time to clean out the school year clutter.  Pick 4 or 5 items that you may want to keep, label them and put them in a larger storage tub for safekeeping.  Then discard everything else, trust me, no one will miss that horsey drawing Max made in 2nd grade.

5)  Date label items in the freezer.  We have all found that chicken pot pie we made two years ago and froze "for later".  Well, two years it a bit too much later and if it had been dated, you could have enjoyed a great meal and saved money by eating it and not tossing it.  Keeping a Sharpie tied to the freezer door helps to accomplish this task easily and serves as a reminder.

6)  Make a designated space for those everyday things that seem to "disappear" in your home.  We all have something - keys, cell phone, school permission slips - whatever it is make a spot and stick to it.  And most of all, don't make it a multi "thing" spot or you defeat the whole purpose.

These are quick and simple changes that can help you everyday to save money, time and headaches.

In the NJ, Eastern PA area?, Looking for help decluttering, organizing or decorating?  Let Devonshire Design, Ltd help you!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Why do I let it Win?

So last year I was churning along, working on my blog when July hit and suddenly the motivation left the table.  I let the inner voice within me win....

"No one reads the blog"

"Your not getting any feedback"

"It's certainly not in the place/space you want it to be"

"Maybe you should just shot the works and give it up"

This inner voice is what I have always called my deep dark hole and while I can usually fight it pretty well, I realized that last year I lost.  I know I had to do something to motivate myself and to control that inner voice.

But I stewed about it (of course) until this past week.  That's when the jewelry company I work with - Cookie Lee - changed their name to ViVi.  I was not sure if I wanted to be excited or sad.  Then I read all of the negative comments and realized I did not want to be that person.  So I scoured all the information I could and I picked up this...

"Playing Big, Finding your Voice, your Mission, Your Message" by Tara Mohr   and I started to read it.

It has blown up how I think.  and I am only about 20% into the book.

I am excited to  share this with you and I am ready to Think and Play Big.....

Join me.  Don't let "IT" win.....


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Main Living Spaces - Your Living Room/Dining Room - Month 6, Week 3

Here are some great resources for more ideas.....

How to arrange a combined space:

How to work with a smaller budget:

Beachy to Modern and great resources:

Small Living Room/Dining room ideas:

It's great to check out lots of resources so you can see what you like and MORE important, what you DON'T like.  Sometimes it's finding the dislikes that really help you key in on what feels more beautiful and comfortable to you.

Remember Devonshire Design, Ltd is always here to help!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Main Living Spaces - Your Living Room/Dining Room - Month 6 Weeks 1&2

First, I want to announce that the winner of the $25 Pier One card was Tracy C.!  Just need to send that out to you...Thanks for the feedback...

So, let's talk about Living Rooms and Dining Rooms.  In our parents day, most homes had that "formal" living room and dining room that were used only for special occasions and especially were only for the adults.  How many of us remember the plastic "slipcovers" that were on that furniture - even on the dining room chair seats!

And what did us kid's have?  That basement rec room....always cold, but we could get as loud as we wanted, leave our toys everywhere and sometimes we even had our own TV down there.... it was heaven.

Well, a lot had changed since then and many of us STILL don't use our Living Room or Dining Room except for formal occasions.  Maybe it should not be that way, or maybe it's the perfect space to read, relax and enjoy family dinner.  Why does dinner have to be at a kitchen table - or worse yet, in the family room in front of the TV?

Let's review the steps for decorating a room.  The five steps are:

1) Set a budget
2) Choose a color scheme
3) Create a room board including the layout
4) Choose the big pieces of furniture
5) Accessorize & Organize

For these rooms I believe we need to add a step.  Determine how the rooms will be used.  Will you be creating a Dining room that is for everyone or only for those big family meals?  Is your Living room going to have a TV or do you want a quiet space?

Of our steps, if the rooms are linked (i.e. in a l-shape or the same room divided) it's very important to perform step 3 - creating a room board with layout.  You'll need to know what fits and how (This is where a decorator can really help)!

Below are some clever ideas - the bamboo divider in the top photo provides separation without losing that open feel.  In the bottom photo you can see how ever a small space can be used for both.

Let me know what's going on with your living and dining rooms - what's the best and what needs help?