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10 Tips to give your Home a Fresh Look

Often as the season’s change, I find myself wanting to change something in my home. If you find yourself feeling this way my advice is first to clear stuff out. I’m not a fan of continually adding things to a home without removing things. To give your home a fresh look first, you have to declutter and focus on the elements that you love. Though this may sound like a big project, here are ten areas to tackle to get you started. Let’s get started! First, create three boxes, labeled:  Recycle, Sell, Donate. Have everyone in the house participate as a family project, and reward yourselves with a special treat when completed!

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  1. Broken Electronics

Find all old CD, DVD or VHS players, TVs, Cell Phones, broken electronic game consoles or toys. Best Buy will responsibly recycle your electronics, click here to view their guidelines and what they will accept. Please note they will take old tube TVs 32″ or smaller. They will take Flat Panel TVs:  LCD, Plasma, LED smaller than 50″. If you recycle your cell phone, be sure to erase or wipe it of all your information by resetting it, look up how to do this for your particular phone. Click here to view recycling tips and resources from the EPA or Recycle Nation. You don’t want these things filling up our landfills releasing bad things into the environment.

  1. Old cables and wires

While you are getting rid of broken and unused electronics, also get rid of their cords or cables. If you find a box of these, and unsure what they belong to, take them to your local Staples or Best Buy location as they will recycle them.

  1. Old bills and paperwork

There is no need to hang onto old electric statements from your first apartment! Check with your financial adviser if you are unsure what you should keep and what you can safely recycle. Click here to read an article with some tips on this topic. Staples offers a paper shredding and recycling service to help you safely and responsibly get rid of potentially secure information on paper. To read more about this service, click here.

  1. Near empty bottles

Look in your cabinets in your kitchen, bathroom, and garage wherever you keep your cleaning items and check if you have multiple bottles of the same thing, consolidate and recycle. Also get rid of old toiletries, makeup, hair products, or hotel samples. If they are new you may be able to donate to shelters in your area, click here to view a list of places to contact.

  1. Unused or broken kitchen equipment

If you were given an ice cream maker or bread maker as a wedding gift and you have never used it, now is the time to liberate yourself of them! Donate to a Habitat Restore in your area or sell in your communities Facebook group.

  1. Old towels, linens, and worn out bath mats

The quickest way to give your bathroom a new and fresh look is to add new towels and bath mat or rug. Give old towels and linens to animal shelters; they are always in need, click here to find one in your area.

  1. Outdated clothes or clothes that don’t fit

I would recommend adding shoes and handbags to this category. If they are quality items that you haven’t used in years, consider selling to a consignment shop. There are online sites such as Rebagg where you can sell your designer bag. Get rid of those old t-shirts from high school, or old promotional shirts from past jobs and sporting events! All of these items can be dropped off at your local Goodwill location.

  1. Children’s artwork

I know this is a challenging category, and I get it, you want to keep everything. After having raised four kids, all budding artists, the amount of artwork can be overwhelming. My suggestion, pick the best piece from a school year and create boxes or books for your kids that you can give to them as memory gifts. Create digital copies of the artwork and use online companies such as Snapfish to compile a customized journal of your child’s art. If you have sculptures or clay pieces, designate a display cabinet where you feature the best pieces from each of your children.

  1. Wrapping paper scraps, packing material, old boxes

If you have a pile of crumpled wrapping paper or packing material from your Amazon orders, recycle it in your local paper pickup. Save what is in good shape and create a storage area for your paper and bows, so they are useful for the future. For some creative ways to store things, click here.

  1. CDS or DVDs

Old computer programs, kid’s games, or old movies you will never watch should be given away or recycled. This plastic is a #7 you will need to confirm with your recycling center if it can handle this, if not click here to find a disc recycling center near you.

The next step, after you have cleared out the stuff no longer enjoyed or used, is to create a fresh flow to a room and decorate in such a way so that there is a focal point using colors and accessories that bring you Redesign Right, LLCjoy. If you need help with a home redesign or a color consultation, call Debbie 610.955.8202 or email to get your project underway before the holiday season.

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram. (Feature Photo from Houzz: Organized Living)

Organizing and Storage Ideas

shutterstock_91914161As we wind down the holidays and approach a New Year, it’s a good time to reevaluate the things around us. For many of us, we will soon be packing up and storing our holiday decorations. During this period I highly recommend going through the process of asking yourself for each item that you carefully pack away, “Do I love this?” or “Does this bring me joy?” If you find yourself answering “No” to these questions, choose to dispose if it is tattered and falling apart or consider giving the item to a charity foundation. Taking this action will accomplish many things. One, it will make you feel better. Two, by getting rid of things you remove clutter and free up space. Three, if you are giving things away, you bring joy to someone else.

For all the items that you are choosing to save, you will want to pack carefully, label and organize them for next year. Be sure to pack all the things that go together in the same container. I found some great tips from Better, Homes & Garden to help you with this process, click here to view.

If you find yourself storing things haphazardly, you will be very frustrated when you go to decorate next year. I suggest heading to one of your local home stores such as Bed, Bath, and Beyond or Target and pick up some storage products. Or check out the online site, Overstock for many discounted storage options, click here to view.

I also recommend The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up:  The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. After reading it, I had a whole new approach to organizing and how you look and live with your “things.” Check it out as I think you would enjoy it!

Enjoy this last week of December as you ready yourself for the new year! If you are interested in pursuing a new career in Interior Redesign and Home Staging, I have published my new training schedule, click here to view! I would love the opportunity to discuss any questions you may have, give me a call 610.955.8202! Best wishes for a beautifully designed 2016!

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Organization Tips for Your School Age Kids

As we finish off the last couple of weeks of August, it’s time for all parents of school-age kids to get their “school mode” caps on so the start of the school year begins smoothly and without aggravation and arguments. Having four kids has taught me a thing or two about this process.

If you don’t have one already, I highly recommend having a command center. A designated place where you and your kids will put their school things, such as back packs. I recommend having a place for important papers that need to be reviewed for upcoming school and sporting events. You don’t have to give up style or décor, and I wanted to offer some ideas. I have put together an idea board on Pinterest to inspire you, click here to view.

Let’s get going! First, decide what needs to be in the space and what tasks you want to be able to do in that space. Second, decide where you have space to develop your command center. Third, draw out your plan labelling each item and where it should go. The drawing should include measurements of the allotted space and the included items.

Decorate

Now for the fun part! Create your shopping list! You do not have to use plastic bins to corral the belongings. Consider using any decorative stacking bin and add wheels! Be sure it is sturdy, such as a wood box that you have decorated or a lovely wire basket for a shabby-chic feel. Wayfair offers many excellent options, click here to view. To help you with adding caster wheels to your box or bin, click here for step-by-step instructions from eHow. I found a fabulous idea for adding wheels to wire baskets by using zip ties, for instructions click here. A decorated storage ottoman is another very good idea as it can double as a seat when your kids are getting on their shoes.

Plan the Hooks

I find that the hooks are too close together on pre-made hook bars that you can purchase. I would recommend creating your own, or use one of the many inspirational ideas on my Pinterest board for hanging heavy items such as backpacks or sports packs. These hooks will need to be rugged and capable of holding weight since kids will be pulling things off of them. For help on the best way to hang your hooks, click here for some help.

Where do the Papers Go

I came across some fabulous product ideas for paper placement. You can have a place for each child’s papers or have a centralized place for all outgoing and incoming papers. Whatever you think will have the most success is your best option. Remember, a system works only when people follow it! If you have limited space, the idea of wall pockets is a great idea! Ballard Designs offers a wood design that is attractive, click here to view. Or if you are looking for an inexpensive option, click here to see a magazine rack from IKEA that is inexpensive. Also, look for decorative or unusual options at stores such as Home Goods and Target.

Setting up a system and explaining the expectations before school starts will ensure a smooth and happy first day of school!

Redesign RightIf you need help with redesigning an area or picking how your command center should work, call Debbie 610.955.8202 for an appointment!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

Organize Your Garage or Shed

GarageIs your shed or garage summertime ready? From gardening tools to toys do you have a place for everything? Too often, the areas of the home that are not “lived” in have a tendency to be ignored yet there are many fantastic ideas out there to help you with this task.

The first step in organizing your space is to come up with a plan:

  1. What categories of things do you need to store? Separate everything into these categories and place them together.
  2. Determine how much space you will need to organize the items nicely and write out a plan.
  3. Be sure to give away, throw away or sell any old items that are no longer used. If you still have all of your kids hockey things or basketball shoes from 3rd grade, and they’re in high school, it may be time for some serious purging! Also, be sure to clean out your garage or shed with a good sweeping.

Organize your space for maximum use and storage! Here are three ways you can accomplish this:

Use your vertical space. I love this idea where PVC piping is used to hold unwieldy gardening tools. Click here for step-by-step instructions. If you want to be organized and don’t want to have to make a system, consider the Rubbermaid FastTrack Organization System. It can be purchased at your favorite home store, and you can get only those items that you need. Click here for a video on how the system works.

Make it portable. Depending on the types of tools you are storing, having the opportunity to make them portable so they can move with you when working on projects is a huge benefit. By using this system, tools are always returned to their spot after use. That is the key to staying organized when items always have their place and are returned after use. For a tip on creating this, click here.

Label Everything. If you are using bins be sure to label each one and have the container available at the height required for your kids. Labels will help you and your family maintain the organization.  Have a rotating system where the seasonal items that are not being used during the current season are located high in the system and keep in mind that sleds and bikes can be hung from the ceiling.

Once you have everything in its place, you will feel great about the space and hopefully your family will stop bothering you if they can’t find something! For further ingenious ideas on garage and shed storage, I created a board on Pinterest for your viewing enjoyment, click here to enjoy!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

Creative Storage Ideas

redesign-changeHave you ever found yourself sitting in an area of your house and not liking it, disliking the amount of stuff in it, or not enjoying the feel of the room? If any of these apply, you may want to consider a fresh way of storing things, creating a new look for your existing things, and changing the flow of the room.

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There are many out-of-the-box storage and design ideas, and I put together a Pinterest board for you to peruse various ideas for inspiration, click here to view the Creative Storage Ideas board. Keep in mind that you don’t have to use plastic bins to get organized! You can use items you may already own, such as a dresser or bookcase that can be repurposed to fit a space. Depending on how old your home is, storage places may not be plentiful, and you can create your own without remodeling your home. To help you find some creative and unique storage ideas, I looked around for you and came up with a list of options for you, click the link to view shopping options:

Create a New Look

I have covered the topic of creating a new look in past decorating posts about repurposing and creating new things out of old items such as What is Old is New. I challenge you to look at the pieces in the room where you are in need of a new look and consider a new way of looking at it. Perhaps removing clutter and organizing may be the best option; however, adding more items to an already cluttered area may not be the best choice. Consider taking an item that is in the room and modify it to handle multiple purposes, or there may be another piece of furniture in another room in your house that could fit the perfect spot. Remember, textures, and paint color can be changed.

Feel of a Room

Several aspects of a room can cause you not to “feel right” in it. Often it can be as simple as the paint color in the room doesn’t work for you. Frequently I have found that it is the layout or flow of the room, and a room redesign can take care of that. Perhaps you have too much furniture in a room? Taking a step back and looking at your house with fresh eyes can be challenging, yet it offers you the opportunity of seeing your home differently.Redesign Right

Have some fun with this process and if you find yourself stuck, don’t fret, give me a call and we can work something out together! Call 610.955.8202 for all your design needs!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

Spring! Cleaning Tips and Decorating Ideas

by Debbie Correale

Ahhhh, that beautiful sweet smell of springtime air!  I find it so energizing and especially enjoy the longer days of sunshine!  With the start of spring many fun holidays are quickly approaching, are you ready?  In honor of this lovely season, I decided to share some spring cleaning and holiday decorating tips with you as you get ready for the holidays.

iStock_000023718532SmallFirst, we need to clean out old items or what we no longer use.  This can be done by giving items to charity, selling them, or disposing of them.  There are many charity options for you.  Consider giving to your local church, Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, Humanity ReStore, or the Salvation Army and Purple Heart offer at home pick up for certain items.  (Click on the charity to read more about the donating options.)  In Southeast Pennsylvania there are many high-end consignment stores where you can turn your clothes into cash.  Click here to view a list of stores from MainLineToday.com.

For tips on de-cluttering and organization, I turn to the organizing expert, Peter Walsh, who has a plan titled, “5 Ways to Declutter Your Home This Weekend.”  Too often we see projects as unattainable or too much work for the time we have to invest.  These tips break it down into manageable results!  He details many great ideas and offers the amount of time it takes per project.  I love his tips on organizing the closet as I find in many homes this is one of the biggest problem areas.  He offers that it should take a few hours to de-clutter shared closets, what do you think?  Are you up to that task?

Depending on the holiday you plan to celebrate, I have included a list of resources for various holiday decorating ideas.  For these fabulous tips, I turn to MarthaStewart.com, click on the topic to review the details.

It’s such a beautiful time of year, plan to incorporate the beauty of nature outside and reflect it inside for your decorating ideas.  This can easily be accomplished by a simple centerpiece for a holiday brunch.  Purchase grocery store potted plants; such as, primrose or daffodils.  Place the plants on a platter or simply arrange down the center of the table, creating a table runner of plants and intersperse with decorative holiday items to suit your purpose.  Simple, quick, and inexpensive!

Logo-JPEG-1If you find your house is looking drab or you are so used to living with it that you need a fresh eye, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com to help you realize the full decorating and layout potential of your home.

Happy Spring!

Debbie Correale is founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

Do You Need Organizing Help this January?

Get All Your Rubber Ducks In A RowIt’s a New Year, do you find yourself thinking, “Time for a fresh start … time to get my ducks in a row!”  The first step in any redesign or re-imagining of space is to remove clutter and get organized.  I am involved in the NAPO organization and have had the opportunity to work with many wonderful organizers in the Philadelphia area.  The key to long-term organization is to have a system that will work for you and your family.  Often this task is larger than we have the time or energy to handle.  In those situations, I highly recommend a Professional Organizer.  I recently asked Daniel Loya, Owner of Spaces Transformed to answer a few questions to help my readers glean a better understanding of the options available.

When do people contact organizers?  People who are losing time, space, and money due to clutter or disorganization contact me.  Also, people who have projects related to organizing reach out to me.  Some examples are:  preparing for the Holidays, taking inventory of possessions for insurance, preparing emergency kits for disasters, etc.

How long does it take?  Small organizing projects usually take a few hours.  Big projects like unpacking a home can take weeks.

Will it require a lot of work from me?  Organizing does take time and commitment.  I work one-on-one with my clients, and the results of saving time and money (and gaining space) are always well worth the time invested.

Do you pack for people who are moving?  Do you unpack?  Yes, I do pack and unpack people who are moving.  If the job is very large, I bring in other organizers to help with the project.

Do I get to be home?   Not only do you get to be home, you get to work with me during the collaborative organizing process.  This way I can achieve skill transfer so you can implement new organization systems that work for you.

How much does it cost?  The cost depends on a variety of factors such as the hourly rate ($60/hour) vs. package rate (10% off), distance traveled (if my client lives more than an hour from my office), etc.

There are lots of organizers out there, what is your specialty?  My specialty is working with busy professionals in the Center City area.  We work mostly in their homes and offices, creating systems for paper flow, de-cluttering, downsizing, and space optimizing.  Even though the bulk of my clients are working professionals, I also work with seniors, families with children, and other categories of clients.

Once I am organized, do you have a maintenance or tune-up service?  I do offer maintenance sessions (often at discounted rates) so systems I set up with my clients can be maintained.

spacestransformed-logoIf you need organizational help, contact Daniel by calling (215) 327-2289 or email dan@spacestransformed.com.  Visit his website for more information SpacesTransformed.com.

Logo-JPEG-1For more information on help with a room redesign, home staging, or any interior decorating needs, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com.

Debbie Correale is founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

Decorating Solutions for the Home Office

To successfully organize and decorate a home office – you first need to understand exactly how the office is used.  If you have multiple family members using the office at one time and little space, potentially a system such as this one from the ContainerStore.com could fulfill your needs.  They offer the ELFA system where you can put together your own layout.  As this photo from Better Homes & Gardens depicts, you don’t have to give up on a beautiful decor in the home office!

If you battle with clutter, your best bet is to start with a system.  HGTV.com offers a great check list for your home office, in summary:

  1. Invest in adequate furniture.
  2. Establish activity centers.
  3. Properly place the hardware and peripherals.
  4. Conceal Cables and Wires.
  5. Establish a paper processing area.

To read the full report from HGTV.com, click here.

Invest in a good paper shredder and shred those old bills, receipts, etc.  If you do not want to keep paper files, scan your important documents into your computer and store them in easy to find folders.  If you do store your papers on your computer, be sure to back up your system frequently in case something happens to your computer!

Organizer, Anna Sicalides of AnnaOrganizesU.com offers these great tips for you and your home office, “Prior to doing your taxes, take all of the 2012 paperwork, bank statements, etc. and put them together with your tax paperwork

Toss all your appliance manuals, yes, toss them…you can go online to the manufacturer’s websites to get the information that you need.  There are also websites that have manuals safemanuals.com and manualsonline.com are two places to get manuals online.

Go through your email, search for the term “unsubscribe” review all of your newsletters and delete the ones that you no longer care about. Set a goal of unsubscribing from a minimum of 50% of the ones you receive.”

As this photo from Better Homes & Gardens depicts, you don’t have to give up on beautiful decor in the home office!  To help you with your home office redesign, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com!

Decorating ideas and trends for the Bedroom and Bathroom

Bedroom

Your bedroom should have a relaxing, calming effect on you.  It should be designed for your life style.  This article from SoundBuiltHomes.com is great if you are looking at different color combinations for painting your bedroom, click here to view.  According to diyhomedesignideas.com, “The color trends include mixing earthy tones with shades of blues and green.”  They also suggested “pairing [earth tones with] bold colors such as bright blue with violet, pink, or lime.  These can be used as accent colors in furniture, bedding, or decorations with a simple wall background color.”

If you are looking to create more storage in your bedroom, you can use the space under your bed.  If you have a bed skirt, you can use storage containers from retail stores or online at ContainerStore.com.  However, if you do not use a bed skirt and wish to have something nicer looking you can make your own storage.  Here’s a great idea from Martha Stewart, to create a ‘Closet on Wheels’, click here to view those instructions.  To reduce clutter on bedroom surfaces, Organizer, Anna Sicalides of AnnaOrganizesU.com, recommends this idea, “Instead of adding more picture frames, why not replace an older photo with a new one.”  By following this tip, you can add change without adding more things!

Bathroom

The theme of trends in bathroom design for 2013 is slick, natural and eco-green.  Overall, you need an environment that is functional and beautiful.  To help organize and de-clutter, I found this great idea from Better Homes & Garden to create personalized bath storage.  If you have multiple family members sharing one bathroom, it will help to eliminate confusion and keep potential messes to a minimum.  I found a fun article from OrganizedHome.com that describes the ABCs of storage and gives a detailed summary guide to help you with your bathroom organization, click here to read that article.  If you need to create storage in your bathroom, but you don’t have much room try this idea from HGTV.com.  Stack wicker baskets on top of each other and store necessary bathroom items in them.

This is a great tip to help you with your linen closet from organizer, Kathy Luskus, of OrderlyManorOrganizing.com, “When organizing your linen closet, keep in mind that each bed needs just three sets of sheets – one on the bed, one in the laundry and one in the linen closet.  Keep your best and donate the rest.”  If you struggle with how to fold your fitted sheets to ensure they fit in your linen closet, click here for step-by-step instructions.

Have fun this spring with your bedroom or bath redesign!  If you need help, contact mailto://debbie@redesignright.com!

Kitchen Trends for 2013

Spring is right around the corner you can hear it in the morning birds!  March is such a great month on the east coast as it’s a time when you know winter is over, but there is still a tease of winter from time-to-time.  This March I want to dedicate my blogs to areas of your home that you want to refresh, redesign, incorporate new trends and make some changes.

For this first post, I want to focus on the kitchen area of your home.  Let’s get started by organizing and removing clutter – which is the first step in any redesign.  To get those creative juices going click here to view ideas from Houselogic.com on 10 Ideas to Squeeze in More Kitchen Storage.  The trends are such that we use our kitchen space as a place to cook, play, work, do crafts, do homework, and eat meals.  Accommodating all of these needs can be overwhelming and too often piles grow.  To try to eliminate the piles, click here to read about the ideas from RealSimple.com to create a Family Command Center.  For ideas on organizing your pantry, Better Homes & Garden (BHG.com) has the best ideas, click here to review.

Organizing Consultant, Anna Sicalides of AnnaOrganizesU.com has a great tip on kitchen organizing:  “Go through your cabinet with food storage containers, take them out and match the tops and bottoms.  Toss all of the ones that don’t match up.  Check the dishwasher before you throw any out.”

Kitchen Trends for 2013

Here are a few of the kitchen trends for 2013 that I wanted to highlight for you as reported by Homethangs.com:

  • Moving toward modern – the design for 2013 is simplified; big open spaces created for gathering.
  • Hideaway Appliances – the trend is to create more counter space and keep appliances installed in kitchen islands, under the counter, or stored.
  • All-Over Lighting – You will see the terms LED and ambient lighting a lot in 2013!
  • Eco-Friendly Everything – If you are looking to replace kitchen flooring, this is a must-read article on how to choose and understand FSC certified products, click here.
  • Decorative Range Hoods – There are many new options available for a range hood that can be beautiful and practical! Click here to view some beautiful ideas.

“Design is the conscious effort to impose a meaningful order.”  ~ Victor Papanek, Designer

To help you add order to your kitchen redesign, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com!