Minimalism vs. Maximalism

There has always been a push and pull between the both . . .

Minimalist design is about prioritizing the essentials. A minimalist building, object, or interior design is stripped of its core functionality.

It is realized using limited materials, neutral colors, simple forms, and avoiding excess ornamentation to achieve a pure form of elegance.

While the final expression of a minimalist design might appear effortlessly simple, as spare as a poem, and as clear as a bell, achieving this kind of powerful simplicity is anything but easy.

It takes purposeful decision-making to bring it all together.

Maximalism design is popular among younger generations, particularly millennials, who were eager to incorporate plants, mixed colors, and other accessories into their spaces.

Maximalism became a way to define an eclectic home with a chaotic array of colors, prints, objects, and textures in a single space.

Maximalism is the art of more-is-more; layered patterning, highly saturated colors, ample accessories and artwork hung “salon-style”, and a real sense of playfulness and bold gestures.

Maximalism is all about going big, or going home!

Here is a list of articles, and information about both minimalist & maximalist design:

Slowing down is an act of minimalism โ€“ Minimalism Life

Minimal Maxims – Quotes from The Minimalists

Shared understanding โ€“ Manu (manuelmoreale.com) 

Inside Minimalism: Essays on Simple Living (Volume 1) – Kindle edition

Everything You Need to Know About the Cluttercore Trend Cluttercore: The Scariest Home Design Trend That Makes Us Cringe – Treadstone Mortgage(thespruce.com)

Cluttercore Is Where Sentimentality and Organized Chaos Meet (bhg.com)

Maximalism Interior Design: What It Is, Examples and Decor Tips (goodhousekeeping.com)

Your friendly Organizer & Coach, Cheryl

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New Year To Go Back . . .

To the basics . . . I am returning to where I started thirty-three years ago, providing my clients with Organizing & Coaching services.

People are overwhelmed with their clutter, but most American families live within chaotic family and work schedules, which keeps them in the clutter because they’re telling themselves “I don’t have time” so clutter has the time to accumulate. We can help break that cycle.

We can help you find the time, when you’re surrounded by clutter, your mindset is in total chaos – that’s where we can first help. We can partner to find a starting point along with an action plan while moving you forward to your goal.

We provide a safe place for you to start letting go of your clutter.

Your friendly Organizer & Coach, Cheryl

Why disorganization cause stress

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Spruce up your home with these easy redesign ideas

Are You Ready For A New You This Year?

Letโ€™s be truthful, clutter makes us feel crappy. Thatโ€™s why, every year, after the big ball drops, oodles – oodles and oodles of us vow โ€œthis year we will get organized,โ€ Fist pumps in the air, the family high-fiving each other. But, as days, weeks, and months go by and we resume our daily routines, the motivation to declutter tends to diminish. Perhaps your inner โ€˜neat freakโ€™ merely needs the incentive to jump-start the organizing process.

Do you have too much clutter lying around? Do you have tripping hazards? such as tripping over toys in the middle of the night. Nevertheless, clutter causes many internal problems which โ€“ although less obvious than the Lego maze spread across your family room floor โ€“ are quite impactful on your life. 

Putting in the effort of getting organized, especially if this organization extends to multiple areas of your life, can help reduce stress and anxiety levels long term by requiring less last-minute scrambling in a variety of directions in everyday situations. It can also feel empowering, so you can experience new situations as “exciting” rather than “stressful.โ€

HEALTH BENEFITS OF BEING ORGANIZED:

*Boost your energy and productivity

*Reduce stress & anxiety

*Sleep better

*Lose weight

*Improve your financial health

Clutter happens to all of us at one time or another and regaining control over the chaos can be challenging. Fortunately, science has shown getting organized has so many health benefits. Making small changes and successive improvements in one area can lead to positive effects in other areas. For example, less stress means a better nightโ€™s sleep. This just might be the motivation you need to kick your organizing goals into high gear.

Check out the three Organize & Coach Packages that are available now. 

Make 2023 the year you get yourself organized. 

The 3 Organize & Coach Packages:

  1. ADD, ADHD, Chronic Disorganization, Hoarders, Clutter-Bugs Coaching

 I have focused my organize + coachwork on busy professionals that have struggled with chronic disorganization throughout their whole life. My clients and I work together to understand their challenges and to identify, and strategize along with learning new skills and habits.

Chronic Disorganization Fees
  • $75 / hour 60 – 90 – 180 minutes sessions

  1. Walk & Talk Strategy

A 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hour Walk & Talk Strategy Session will provide clarity and a written step-by-step strategy for getting organized. We begin with an interview and an examination of the spaces of concern, then continue with an evaluation of various organizing options and product recommendations (if needed). I can provide a sketch of the future layout as part of this package and would also be pleased to advise you on how to work with an assistant or temporary help in order to achieve your organizing goals.

Walk & Talk Fees
  • Individuals, non-profits, small businesses โ€” $75/hour plus expenses
  • Corporations โ€” $100/hour plus expenses

3. The Organizing Operation

I’ll sort through the clutter, create simple systems designed to your style and specifications, and replace the chaos with a pleasing functional, clean & tidy space.

  • Have a deadline?
  • Not productive or frustrated by your desk, filing system or office?
  • Overwhelmed with household storage areas, home office, or the so-called guest room?
On-Site/In-Person Organizing Operation Fees
  • Individuals, non-profits, and small businesses โ€” $75 per hour plus expenses
  • Corporations โ€” $100 per hour plus expenses

Coaching Package Activities:  to facilitate your journey to a  Simple Lifestyle!
  • Vision/Mood Board Kit – learn techniques of creative visualization to achieve goals
  • Journals Kit – help you organize your thoughts, set goals with positive self-encouragement 
  • Daily Planner Kits – help with time management, become more productive, stay on tasks
These three pathways fit into all Organize & Coach packages:
Hands-on Sessions.

In-home organizing tailored to fit your lifestyle and design style. For help making all spacesโ€”including walk-in closets, home offices, pantries, playrooms, and everything in betweenโ€”functional and stylish.

DIY Organizing ~ Virtual Coming Soon!

Expert guidance via videos & guidebooks. Follow a personalized plan and shopping list that fits your budget and design aesthetic. LBD prefers placement over purchase to style the space, we will have you shop your home before sending you off to the stores. You will then put it into action with one-on-one organizing support in real-time. You will receive a written action plan within the personalized guidebooks for your organizational needs.

Organization Design.

Customized Review of planned closet systems and/or built-in kitchen, bath, or garage cabinets. So you can be sure your newly built or remodeled storage spaces will be well organized for your lifestyle, and that the storage fits the purpose of the space.

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Are You Ready To Dip Your Toe Into The Organized Pool This Year?

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Please enjoy the 12 Blogs I have been enjoying during the past year.

Excellent information, mouth-watering images of the organization, fun stories, along withย purposeful tips & tricks from professionals.

When I was a teacher – I wrote in my Teacher Journal on my fifth day of teaching these words:ย 

I AM NOT THE BEST TEACHER, BUT I AM A GREAT STUDENT.

It means I may have some of the answers, but I will do my best to get all your answers.

I hope one of these lovely professionals has the answers youโ€™re looking for in your post-holiday cleanup.

Wrangle the Post-Holiday Mess With These Pro Tips (thespruce.com)

Tips for Cleaning up After the Holidays – House Cleaning Central

10 Budget-Friendly Ways to Re-Organize Your Home This Fall – Men With Kids

How to Organize Your Home – 30+ Organizing Ideas – Organizing Moms

Home | Abby Organizes (justagirlandherblog.com)

How to Start an Overwhelming Organizing Project

A Bowl Full of Lemons. Life. Organized.

Home – Organization Obsessed

Welcome to The Home Edit – You can purchase their products at Target

Cleaning Tips Archives – Clutterbug

Home by Jenn 

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by your home? – Happy Organized Life

Peace & Harmony

Your Friendly Organizer, Cheryl 

How An Organizer Can Help You During The Holidays

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Do you know that period of time between Christmas and New Year? 

I always remember as a former House Cleaner,  those days were the busiest, most chaotic, and all schedules โ€œgo to hellโ€ week. 

  • The kids are acting up, and the pets are acting up.
  • Kids are out of school and โ€˜jacked upโ€™ on holiday sweets and chocolates
  • The family is visiting, and even though they visit every year they forget where things go so everything is on the stairs itโ€™s a competition โ€˜who can create the best displaysโ€™.
  • Your schedule has remained the same at work during this period, but the schedules at home have gone to hell!
  • You have ribbon all over the place, gifts in boxes scattered all over the floor, the cat is laying on every single wrapping paper it can find, and the dog has cleaned the kitchen island with its tongue . . . someone spread more jelly on the cutting board than the bread.
  • Friends want to stop by to visit your relatives in town, and you canโ€™t find the living room through all the gifts, paper, ribbons, kids, parents, and pets.

Thatโ€™s where a Lifestyle Organizer comes in – to be those extra hands to help keep your home in that Holiday Spirit to welcome in the New Year. A welcome filled with less stress, organized surroundings, a place where you are comfortable welcoming all that come to your home without worry or anxiety. This year you will probably for the first time truly enjoy YOUR Holiday Season.

Your home is not only your sanctuary during the holidays, but it’s also the stage for many holiday events. Whether you are hosting parties for family and friends, gift wrapping, or decorating your space, we are here to help you create your vision of what the holiday season means to you. 

Want to decorate but can’t find the time to get to the attic where you store your decorations? We can help with that! Need to declutter and clean your closets, pantry, or bedrooms before guests arrive? We have that covered on our list, too! As you prepare your home for all of the wonderful memories to come, we can help you organize it to accommodate any event you have visioned this Holiday Season.

This Holiday, give yourself the best gift you could ever receive– the gift of Peace & Harmony!  so you can enjoy the holiday events as you should.

Your Friendly Organizer, Cheryl

Repeat After Me . . . Staging costs less than a price reduction

Here’s how a Home Stager can get the premium price from a sale

Stagers are professionals who work with real estate agents to help them sell homes by enhancing interiors for the best possible presentation. Realtors know that selling is more effective, and perceived values increase when prospective customers walk through rooms that are beautifully designed and decorated. This is where the stager can be an essential partner to the agent and the seller.

We partner with real estate agents and Property Managers like yourself in order to market your listings to their best capacity.  Partnering with a professional home stager & Redesigner adds credibility to your business, tremendous value to your listing package, and ultimately results in faster, more profitable home sales. Certified Home Stagers are specially trained to work with agents to quickly transform the inside of the home so that the traffic that the agent drives to the home will result in multiple offers.

How do they do this? We use an 8-step “FEEL HOME EMOTIONS” mission in each room of the home that serves to engage your clients (the home seller) in the process while ensuring that every detail is dealt with in the transformation of the home. 

 Here are the three easy steps to ensure a SOLD home:

1.  Before listing the home, have a Home Stager come to the home and develop a plan for staging the home that focuses on quick transformations, return on investment and works within the client’s budget. Even if you’re a DIYer, we can create a WALK & TALK action plan for you to reference.

2.  Working with the home seller, the  Home Stager makes only those changes that will reap a large return on dollars spent AND will speak to home buyers’ emotions.

3.  Once staged, the home is photo ready!  Since 95% of home buyers are using the Internet to determine whether to visit the home, photos of professionally staged rooms will set the listing apart from the rest.

Staging of Owner-Occupied Homes for Sale We offer a variety of services for occupied homes including in-home consultation, a DIY Walk & Talk action plan, art and accessory packages, and staging only a particular room to showcase its function. Occupied staging focuses on decluttering and furniture placement over purchase to make your home market & photo ready.


Staging of Vacant Homes for Sale We walk every property before providing a bid so we can create a customized design plan that positions the home to sell fast, with the most abundant amount. Our bid is a fixed, flat fee – no monthly fees, no ongoing fees, no design fees, no delivery fees โ€ฆ NO Surprises! The rental fees are based on the number of rooms or square footage of the home.


Interior Redesign Lifestyle by Design can provide options and ideas for “refreshing” your home’s decor as well as providing assistance with shopping (which is primary in-home shopping) and setup.  Services and products can be customized to fit the homeowner’s budget. This service works well if you have an upcoming personal or business event that youโ€™ll have within your home, great way to showcase your sanctuary.


Holiday and Event Staging – Whether you’re planning an event at your home or office and need assistance decorating for the holidays, Lifestyle by Design can provide options and ideas to give your space that perfect look to enhance that special occasion. Services and products can be customized to fit the homeowner/clientโ€™s budget.


 Itโ€™s human nature to be attracted to pretty things and staged homes are much prettier than unstaged or badly staged homes. Staging relieves your client of stress and pressure and worries if their home looks good enough for buyers to pay the highest price.

Professional staging will encourage the buyer to form an โ€˜emotional linkโ€™ with the house and itโ€™s that connection that leads them to buy the home. When our home was on the market I put out pamphlets of information about the local schools, local farmer markets, local wineries & Music – this way it makes them a part of home & community. Itโ€™s an idea I took from going up military, for each new deployment we would have a welcome kit waiting for us with all the information we needed to engage with our new community.

Remember staging is an investment, not an expense. You are investing in a proven method for appealing to the greatest number of potential buyers willing to pay the highest price. Remember earlier when I said we had our home on the market – it was on the market for 1 day, our home was a 30-year-old home with some aging, and it was bought within 4 hours. I asked our realtor what was her response to your survey question, and he said as she walked around she felt she had found โ€œHomeโ€.  

Your Friendly Organizer, Cheryl

Here’s your FEEL HOME EMOTION pdf … Feel The Joy!

If youโ€™re looking for guidance beyond this post today, my Coach/Organize/Stage Programs can be customized just for you and/or your clients. Book a Complimentary Session to discuss how I can help your clients get the best and quickest price for their homes. I look forward to guiding you on your journey to achieve a โ€˜Showcaseโ€™ of your homes or business.

Ways to contact us!

Call/Text 860.961.6824 or you can email envisionsdesigns@gmail.com for your free 1/2 hour consultation.

Our ๐“๐“ฎ๐”€ 3 Simplify Your Lifestyle (SYL) Coaching Packages:

  1. Simplify Your Lifestyle (SYL) Hands-On Professional Organizing works best if the client is present for the decluttering portion to make decisions about what to keep vs. discard as we go through the spaces that the client has chosen to start. Charges for these services are in 2 segments: Labor (package pricing available) and Product (if needed). ($50/Hour)
  1. Simplify Your Lifestyle (SYL) Total Space Refresh is another option. This service is great for those who are behind with dishes, laundry, organizing, picking up, and cleaning – youโ€™re always late out the door, and the kids are late to school without their homework.  Itโ€™s an organizing service that offers it all! ($50/Hour) New London County, donโ€™t stress as the clutter & chores pile up. Let us tackle them for you once and for all, giving you a fresh start along with customized organization systems and habits from which you can move forward, with a clean space.

ย ย ย ย ย ย ย 3. Simplify Your Lifestyle (SYL) Slow-Living Coaching Session:ย 

           Each Session Includes Organize/Clean/Redesign Services ($50/Hour)

What is a Slow-Living Lifestyle? Taking time to enjoy life

What are the benefits? Less stress, increase happiness, more time to enjoy moments

Declutter your spaces- having organized spaces give you more energy and time

Learn to say โ€œNOโ€ – you will learn not to feel bad for making yourself a priority

Step away from Social Media – there is no such thing as living slowly on these platforms

Spend time doing nothing – Not Literally! Savor time during the day to enjoy what brings joy

Do things more slowly – This IS Literally! Be less aggressive and more purposeful with your time

The SLOW acronym means: Sustainable – Local – Organic – Whole 


Coaching Package Activities:  to facilitate your journey to Simplify Your Lifestyle!

  • Vision/Mood Board Kit – learn techniques of creative visualization to achieve goals
  • Journals Kit – help you organize your thoughts, set goals with positive self-encouragement 
  • Daily Planner Kits – help with time management, become more productive, stay on tasks
These three pathways fit into all three SYL coaching packages:
Hands-on Sessions.

In-home organizing tailored to fit your lifestyle and design style. For help making all spacesโ€”including walk-in closets, home offices, pantries, playrooms, and everything in betweenโ€”functional and stylish.

DIY Organizing ~ Virtual Coming Soon!

Expert guidance via videos & guidebooks. Follow a personalized plan and shopping list that fits your budget and design aesthetic. LBD prefers placement over purchase to style the space, we will have you shop your home before sending you off to the stores. You will then put it into action with one-on-one organizing support in real time. You will receive a written action plan within the personalized guidebooks for your organizational needs.

Organization Design.

Customized Review of planned closet systems and/or built-in kitchen, bath, or garage cabinets. So you can be sure your newly built or remodeled storage spaces will be well organized for your lifestyle, and that the storage fits the purpose of the space.

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Call first for your complimentary consultation to start planning your active, purposeful, stylish lifestyle! ~  

Then, book a free 3-Hour Session ~ youโ€™ll be amazed at how much transformation takes place in a short amount of time!

Functionality Design is our business!

We Welcome Everyone . . .

There Are Benefits Of Downsizing

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You spend a large part of your life and hard-earned money on the concept of the American dream, buying and living in your forever home. Your home is a special place, filled with lots of memories, love, and tons of laughter. As you age, you might start asking yourself whether your home works with your changing daily routines and needs. 

To ease challenges and simplify living, you may want to consider downsizing. Downsizing can offer many financial and lifestyle benefits for seniors.

Why Downsize? Downsizing is the idea that your current space is more than you need and moving to a smaller space may fit your future needs better. Minimizing your living space and the amount of stuff you have can lead to less stress, lower living expenses, and a simpler overall life.

What to Look For. Before you downsize, create a list of your needs and wants in a new home. First and foremost, make sure you are moving to a space where you feel safe and comfortable. If you are going from a single-family home to a condo, consider that you will now have neighbors and the style of living will be different, but sometimes different is good and can expose you to new things you would never enjoy if you didnโ€™t downsize.

Also, consider your future health needs. You may no longer want or be able to go up and down the stairs easily, so consider a ranch-style home or a first-floor unit. Ensure you have optimal mobility in your new living space to help prevent accidents and falls.

YOUR FIRST STEP:

Declutter.  As we get older we seem to accumulate a lot of treasures over the years. Moving into a smaller space forces decisions on how to sort through treasures. There are some basic ways to streamline possessions when downsizing:

  • Determine what is going on with you
  • Give items to the adult children
  • Donate
  • Sell
  • Create 4 piles when declutteringย  each space – K-T-D-S = KEEP TOSS DONATE SELL

Packing. If the senior and family members are packing up instead of using professional movers, there are a few tips to consider:

  • Pack one room completely before moving on. This means making the more difficult decisions up front without leaving items to decide on late in the process.
  • Pack dishes and glassware with care. Use extra packing paper and wrap each individual piece. Stack dishes vertically, not horizontally. Pad the container’s top and bottom with cloth or towels and mark the box โ€œfragile.โ€
  • Pack essentials separately. Consider what will be needed in the first week in the new homeโ€”examples: medications, toilet paper, shower curtains, towels, and hand soap. Make sure you Label the boxes so that each container does not have to be opened to discover what is inside. Label each box with – WHAT ROOM DOES IT GO, CONTENT believe me as many times as I have moved your friends will appreciate these two bits of information.

Consider a portable storage unit or a moving pod, which will provide a less stressful experience because it can be loaded over time. Make sure when youโ€™re setting a new budget for your new home – you budget this item.

Consider hiring professionals. There are Professional Organizers (like Lifestyle by Design) who specialize in assisting older adults and their families with the emotional and physical aspects of relocation or a transition in your lifestyle.

If youโ€™re looking for guidance beyond this article today, my Coaching Programs can be customized just for you. Book a Complimentary Session to discuss what’s holding you back. I look forward to guiding you on your journey to achieve organized spaces in your home or business.

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Call/Text 860.961.6824 or email envisionsdesigns@gmail.com for your free 1/2 hour complimentary consultation.

Let me coach you to transformation by getting rid of Clutter and bringing Clarity to your life.ย