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December 29, 2010

Home Organizing, Sorting and Packing Tips

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Trash or Treasure: What to keep? What to toss?

On New Year's Eve my husband and I have a tradition of walking around our neighborhood at midnight, sipping champagne, listening to firecrackers, and leaving things behind in the old year that we don't want to carry into the new year. We name disappointments, bad habits, unpleasant memories, the same 10 pounds (some items refuse to cooperate), forgive grievances, and announce that they cannot accompany us into the new year. Rather than add resolutions to our plates, we prefer to scrape off stubborn crumbs and start clean.

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November 3, 2010

Find a New Owner For Your Pet

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  When You Cannot Keep Your Pet Try This Idea

 It's heart-breaking to be with sellers and meet their pet only to hear, "We can't take Fifi with us; do you know anyone who wants a pet?"  First, I cannot imagine being in that situation, but sometimes it happens and for many reasons beyond their control.  This is what I did when we couldn't bring home the cat from my husband's work place when they closed, resulting in a new home for "George" in less than one week! 

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June 22, 2009

Garage Sales Made Easier

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Garage Sales Made Easier:  No Prices on Anything!

Twice now I've done this and both times it has been successful:  I didn't put a price tag on one single item.  I mean, does anyone ever actually pay the price on the tag anyway?  And that's the most time-consuming part of the process!

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November 12, 2008

Easy Way to Select Paint Colors

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Giant Paint Chips Exist in Your Closet!

Thinking about changing the paint color of something but are wondering how it will look?  Check out your closets for giant paint swatches–shirts,  pants, towels, blankets…whatever you own that is a color.

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Creative Re-purposing for Collectibles

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Hang Collectibles on Your Christmas Tree!

When my grandmother died my father asked my sisters and me to take turns choosing pieces from her costume jewelry.  These were not items I would wear, but among them were glass-bead necklaces with matching earrings, cut-glass brooches…and they look fabulous on my Christmas Tree!

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June 14, 2008

Cute Idea Before You Move

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Cute Keepsake Idea To Do Before You Move: Film Your Children as Tour Guides

While staging the home of a precocious 8-year-old who had all kinds of things to share about her home, it occurred to me: Wouldn't it be interesting if homes tours were conducted by children?  I thought about how the home would be presented from their perspective–their memories of each room, what would stand out as important, and how it might not be the granite counters or upgraded light fixtures!

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