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Holiday Cards – It is not too early

Posted on Nov 14, 2013

I know you are all thinking, is Angie crazy? Well, yes, but remember, Thanksgiving day is 2 weeks away. If you are ordering your holiday cards, it takes time to create them and a few days to receive them in the mail. Or you may be manually preparing your own holiday cards. Either way, start preparing now! Here are some websites that I like: www.simplytoimpress.com www.paperculture.com www.minted.com www.peartreegreetings.com www.zazzle.com...

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3 Reasons Mason Jars Rock

Posted on Oct 18, 2013

We all know that mason jars are making a major comeback. They’re showing up at weddings, in hipster kitchens, and all over Pinterest for those really cool DIY projects. Coming from a practical hipster, here are my top three and notes for loving them in my home.     The cups/oz are marked on the side. Portion control is no sweat, used them for transporting lunches & making freezable soup portions. Pro-tip if you’re freezing your jars get the ones that are strait walled rather than the ones with the bottle “neck”. Helps you reach your goal of drinking more water by letting you know exactly how much you’ve drank. All your measuring cups are dirty, but if you have mason jars they make a versatile solution for measuring in a pinch My boyfriend loves them to pop a blender ball in them to make protein shakes, because they’re air tight and our original plastic blender ball started to leak.   Admittedly, I only love this when he remembers to rinse them out immediately after! (Ladies, can I get an amen?!)  They make great green storage containers for food, preserves, and freezer items. Left-overs, chicken stock, tomato sauce from a can or something else w/o ? Pop it into a mason...

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Donate, Sell, or Recycle Your Unwanted Items

Posted on Oct 9, 2013

Now that your closet is organized, what do you do with all those unwanted clothes and shoes? DONATE Dress for Success is a great place to donate your dressy and business casual clothes. Click on the link for donation guidelines. Soles 4 Souls is a wonderful organization that accepts all shoes, new or worn. Click the link for info on how to donate. American Red Cross and Salvation Army are also great spots to donate and are close to almost everyone. SELL Tired of having garage sales or posting on Craigslist….check out these online selling resources Dresm is a site for Women, Men and Kids. Most sites cater to women, so this is a great site! Twice is the easiest way to purge and get paid. They offer free shipping and cash upfront, check them out. RECYCLE SMART is a company that is doing good for the world. Here is a statement from their website: “Glass, cans and paper can all be recycled. What about t-shirts? Yes, in fact all forms of textiles can be recycled. The EPA estimates that the average person throws away 70 lbs of clothing per year. That adds up to 3.8 billion pounds of unnecessary waste added to our landfills.”  ...

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How Do You Organize a Closet?

Posted on Oct 8, 2013

I often get this question when clients ask me to organize their master closet. So here are my basic, easy to follow rules when organizing a closet. They may sound very detailed, but hey, that is why you hired me, right? From left to right, I begin grouping clothes by type and color I start with sleeveless tops, then on to short sleeves, 3/4 sleeves and finally long sleeves Next in line are jackets, which consist of suit jackets, light outerwear and zip-ups Jeans and pants are next. I separate casual ‘weekend’ wear from ‘dressy/business casual’ wear Skirts and dresses are last. I start with skirts – short to long – and finally, dresses. Dresses are further sorted by sleeve length I’m also a huge believer in shoe racks for all your shoes. Put those beauties on display, so you can easily find them Once your closet is organized, it’s easy to...

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Never Forget Your Paint Color

Posted on Sep 24, 2013

Have you ever needed to touch up a wall and thought to yourself, I wish I could remember the paint color we used. When we moved into our house last Summer and painted the walls throughout, I decided to keep the paint swatches and write the specific room on the color we chose. I keep the swatches in a file folder labeled ‘Home’. If you’d like to go digital, snap a photo with your smart phone and save it to folder on your computer or to a free & nifty cloud service like DropBox or Google Drive. Is there anything you do that helps you remember key elements of your project?...

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Organizing Artist Spaces

Posted on Aug 6, 2013

I recently helped one of my clients, Sondra, organize her art studio in her home. She does beautiful work both creating and restoring jewelry. As you can imagine, most of her supplies are tiny pieces that are difficult to keep organized. I started by helping her create a new system for displaying and storing these tiny pieces so that she can quickly identify them while she’s working. We had a great time working together! While we were organizing, I noticed these beautiful dia de los muertos earrings and commented how much I liked them. Sondra was gracious enough to give them to me and I wanted to share them with you. The beads are from Oaxaca, Mexico, the leaves are made of glass and the wires are sterling. Check out her amazing work on Etsy! The photo shows her contemporary work at www.SondraBerk.etsy.com, she will be adding more items soon! Her vintage pieces can be found on www.GlamEras.etsy.com. If you like her work and this post, feel free to share it using the buttons...

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