How to Host a Clothing Swap

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Hosting a Clothing Swap

Clear the Clutter and Upgrade your Closet!

  1. Include friends of all sizes & shapes.
  2. Host your swap at the end of the season – use Evite or Facebook invitation (save some trees).
  3. Note the minimum or maximum number of items each person should bring.
  4. Only items in good condition.
  5. Add accessories to the mix (handbags, scarves, shoes, belts) gently worn – this will ensure that everyone can find something.
  6. Designate one room for changing – have at least 2 full-length mirrors.
  7. Ask friends to throw everything in the dryer (handbags & shoes too) on high heat for 10 to 20 minutes – State on invite: if your items have already went through the dry cleaning process – skip this step.
  8. Find a local charity that will take the overflow – (Dress for Success, Goodwill)
  9. Have plenty of Wine, food and music, and you will get plenty of laughs, good time and your friends go home with a new outfit ….. Priceless!
  10. I wanted to add this – if you are friendly with your children’s teacher(s), please invite them, they are always looking for items for their classroom. Especially, if you have preschooler, the teachers are looking for clothing for Dramatic Play area, or an Art teacher – looking for shirts as smocks when creating, Dramatic teacher that puts on plays at the school, School Nurses to have extra clothes on-hand. These professionals struggle to get items for their students, and this is a good way to help!

Enjoy and Have fun!

Peace & Harmony, Cheryl

 

Now….I’m thinking Spring Cleaning!

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Does this weather in New England have you thinking spring cleaning and declutter – if it does Envision-Designs can help with these four items & much more:

  1. Attics, basements, garages
  2. Organize closets
  3. Reorganize book cases , cabinets, etc.
  4. Restyle the rooms

Clean ~ Organize ~ Simplify your home!

If I can help you with any of my Organize.Redesign.Stage. services ~ contact me @ envisionsdesigns@gmail.com – right here, comment below – Facebook – Follow me on twitter.

Peace & Harmony, Cheryl

 

 

Are you thinking Spring?

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I am here at Envision-Designs ….

To help my clients during tax time, tuition time and whatever other financial obligations you have at this time of the year – I have decided to drop my package prices 20% from now throughout the Spring 2016. If you need help with any Organize.Redesign.Stage. services, please call, text or email to book a session.

Peace & Harmony, Cheryl

Selling your Home in the Spring?

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I have created a list of projects you need to get started before you can list your home, these projects would take a weekend or two to complete, these items are a great start to maximize what you have, so that it appeals to buyers. Successful home staging must make financial sense and I am experienced and trained in making the most out of your current belongings in order to turn buyer traffic into offers.

  1. Fill nail holes – Start in one room, I would start upstairs if you live in a two-story, working yourself Left to Right in every room. Take all art work and pictures off the walls – lay them out in another room – inventory what you will keep for staging and pack the rest. Fill the nail holes, put on a fresh coat of paint (cheaper than a price reduction).
  2. White trim? Start by cleaning it, then a fresh coat of paint to make the room look brighter.
  3. Rebirth Radiators – Sand them first or use a wire brush to remove grime, dust, loose and scaling paint. Then apply an oil-based primer, next paint with oil-base paint.
  4. Grout – Use a grout cleaner on shower walls and floors – purchase a mini grout brush, mix a half & half solution of vinegar and warm water (as a former housekeeper, I used for 20 years) with some ‘elbow grease’. For more stubborn stains make a paste of baking soda, water – apply to grout, then spray with half & half solution.
  5. Shower head build-up- Fill a plastic container with enough vinegar to cover it, minimal build up – soak for 30 minutes – severe build up – soak overnight. If too gross, replace it!
  6. Check all caulk – It tends to wear out after years of cleaning and discolors with age. Reapply the caulk for the low cost of about $5.00.
  7. Clean all windows – Both indoor and outdoor – in addition to cleaning the windows, run a vacuum over the screens and curtains. Dust all blinds.
  8. Make sure all your kitchen cabinet knobs are tight, cabinet doors close properly. You might want to change your knobs to add appeal.
  9. Dust both the ceiling and all of those ceiling lights, make them dust & cob-web free!
  10. Clean all appliances – inside & out

Fixing your home – one room at a time, is like finding the ‘heart beat’ of the house! I cleaned homes for over 20 years, I can tell you – each home has it’s own heart beat – that is why you can walk into some houses, and say “I just feel so at home here” and there are homes, when you walk in and say “I need to leave here”…. it’s the heart beat! If you need help finding yours – please reach out to me at Envision-Designs – text or call 860.961.6824

Peace & Harmony …. Cheryl

How To Clean The Right Way

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I am going to share a secret with you…..

I cleaned homes for 16 years in my former business – Cheryl’s Interiors & More. I was blessed to have great clients, residential and commercial. I had the same PLAN for every home and small office I walked into…..Ready? Here’s the secret plan:

I cleaned the rooms – Top to Bottom (t-b) and then Left to Right (l-r), that’s it – that would be my PLAN every time entered a home. I started high dusting/cleaning (top) – left to right of the room, then low dusting/cleaning (bottom) – left to right of the room. I worked myself right to the entry door, did a walk-through to make sure windows were closed, things were picked up, everything looked tidy and clean. I would go outside for a breather – walk back in to get a good sniff of the cleanness …..I was addicted to that smell!

This PLAN worked for homes under 1000 sq ft to homes over 5ooo sq ft – this PLAN also worked for the small offices I cleaned. Once you get the hang of this PLAN, you will not be spending your whole weekend cleaning your home!

Keep me posted, to let me know how this PLAN works for you!

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

Superbowl 50

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It should read Superbowl L – Because of marketing and design issues, the NFL decided to ditch the roman numerical system this year. It will return next year for Superbowl 51 which will look like this: Superbowl LI. As a designer, I too have changed the rules a bit to accomplish a design that has balance and flow! This is what I learned, there is no zero in roman numerical system. Multiplication and division is impossible, so how did the Romans undertake some of the world’s most impressive engineering projects using this method of counting? It’s probably because they were designer first then engineers~

Who are you cheering for a Panther or a Bronco?

 

It happens to the best of us……

Do you need help with some office organizing – I did!

Yes, I as a Professional Organizer need to look at my own space once in awhile to make sure I’m practicing what I preach. I remember some months ago I wrote a blog “Does your office make you feel like a million bucks?” I looked around my office, and said “NO”. My office was picked up after every work day, but it had these small little areas that needed help. It happens with everyone, especially the self employed, you are too busy with getting your business started and all the things that go along with that part of your life – you forget about YOU! I was not helping anyone, if I’m walking into my office not feeling like I am successful ~ I have some more redesigning to do, but I can tell you this, I feel like a million bucks when I walk into my “little sanctuary” these days.