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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!

Redesign RightBy 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 .

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.

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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 .

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 .

Are you planning a Basement Redesign or Renovation?

As we go into a new season, and the kids head back to school, is it time to consider a redesign or renovation on your basement?

Does your basement look like the photo on the left?  Could you imagine that it could look as fabulous as the photo on the right?  Here is an example from HGTV.com where the look goes from disorganized drab to an organized and happy feeling!

blog-sept-base-floorIf you have an unfinished basement and you’re not prepared to finish it, or you’re unhappy with the tiled or linoleum flooring – consider these carpet floor tiles from Flor.com where you can mix and match colors or create designs, which is a nice idea as you can complete one area of your basement as the designated play area or family area.  This can supply color and comfort to a cold and unwelcoming floor.

I also like the idea of creating something that can work as a storage area now and then can be used as something else when your child grows up or your needs change.  This idea from Realsimple.com uses an Ikea.com shelving unit, which was turned on its side, then pillows were used to make it a seating area and baskets or plastic bins can be used for storage.  If you wish to make this look from scratch yourself, check out these instructions from HGTV.com.

Keep in mind that you don’t have to use “kid” colors or as I like to refer to them as Fisher Price colors … you can use any color combination you like!  There are many storage ideas that come in different colors, such as these Mercado Baskets from Serena & Lily – I love the Navy and White!blog-sept-base-basket

Keep in mind, you can make your basement storage match your décor.  In this photo from BHG.com, the storage boxes all match the neutral tone of the shelves.

The quickest way to make a change in a basement that is used by kids is to be sure the space is organized and clutter free.  This requires that there be a place for everything.  This requires a system that works for you and your kids.  If everything is labeled and the kids know where things belong, the clean-up process should be stress-free for you and them!  If you need some inspiration, click here for some ideas from Houzz.com.

For all of your redesign 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, and .

New Year’s Resolution – Redesign and Organize

Redesign Right Happy New YearIs 2013 the year you’re going to do it?  Put all excuses aside and forge ahead with that one trouble area in your house, or that room that hasn’t been painted since you moved into your house?

At the start of each New Year, there are always two primary topics that are discussed the most as needing change.  They are organization and de-cluttering.  Real Simple Magazine has dedicated 2013 as the year to focus on various “problem” areas as reported by readers.  Click here to read more about those tips from RealSimple.com.

This month Real Simple suggests focusing on the kitchen.  Does your cupboard look like the one in this photo?  If not, than perhaps this challenge may be the right goal for you to accomplish in 2013!

emerald paint chipAnother top New Year’s resolution for your home is painting.  Are you still living with builder white?  Are you still stuck in the 80’s with mauve walls?  Picking a new paint color can be daunting! Click here to review a past blog post that many of my readers found very helpful when weeding through the sea of colors! Check out some of the ideas and helpful hints.  If you are looking to add some of the newest Emerald Green into your space, click here to read a great blog with wonderful photos to conjure up some inspiration!

If you are overwhelmed with all of the ideas in your head and the many things you want to accomplish, the first task would be to sit down and create a list of what areas bother you or need an update the most.  Sometimes a room redesign can make all the difference to how you feel when you enter a room and live in that space.  Whether you need help selecting a new paint palette or reorganizing the items that you have; contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com to help you check those items off your 2013 Resolution List!

Decorate my Garage?

Absolutely!  How many times do you leave your garage door open and give your neighbors a window into how you live?  Your garage should be as organized and good looking as the rest of your home! One of the biggest problems with garages is that they become the catch all for all our stuff we don’t want in the house!   However, with the proper planning you don’t have to eliminate all that you own, you just need to plan and rethink how to organize it.

The first step to any reorganization/design is to empty out the garage entirely.  Yes, a great deal of work but an empty garage gives you a clean palette in which to work and map out where all the stuff will go.  Set up sections in your garage with specific functions in mind.  Such as a gardening, sports, car, beach and kitchen overflow section. Set your areas up so that the items are easy to get to. Knowing where your turkey fryer is will save you time when you need it!  So pick a nice fall Saturday and tackle this with the goal that you are going to finally park your car in the garage!

Don’t forget the ceiling

workbenchThe ceiling of your garage holds much potential for hanging items such as bicycles, ladders, or luggage.  Click here for instructions on how to hang your bicycles from a ceiling.  Check out this ProStar Garage Elevator from Organize.com, this very useful idea lifts items overhead without the need for a ladder!

Floor shelving, shelving hung from the ceiling or cabinets may be used to store all your items.  If you have tools lying all over the place, create or purchase a workbench.  Home stores offer a variety of options.  The goal is to keep stuff from accumulating on the floor of the garage.

sports ballsAh…Sports Equipment!

Trying to keep your kids sports equipment organized seems like a tough proposition, doesn’t it?  It can be done!  Either have a bin for each child, or a bin for each sport.  There are many different types of items that can be used, such as this handy Ball Claw which holds a single soccer ball, football, or volleyball.  Rubbermaid makes a very clever ball holder.

Help!

If the idea of doing it all yourself is overwhelming you, home stores such as Lowes or Home Depot have people onsite that can help you with all of your shelving needs.  There are companies such as SafeRacks.com that will come to your house and set up a storage system for all of your needs.

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Ball Claw

Once you have an organization system in place, your whole family will love it as they will always know where to find things!  Now, go park that car in the garage!

For more information on how Redesign Right can help you with decorating your garage contact debbie@redesignright.com or 610.955.8202.

Are you organized or free spirited?

I unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you look at it, am very organized.  If I have too much “eye noise” coming at me, I cannot concentrate on the task at hand or have a complete thought!

I have found a few inexpensive but effective organizing tips that may help you get started: 
Use Decorative storage boxes to store your regularly used belongings and get them out of sight. Have fun with this!  Use attractive boxes, of different shapes, sizes and fun colors of the season.

  • Use them in your closets for storing bulky sweaters, blankets, and other lightweight items.
  • Use them in your office on shelves to add not only order but color!
  • Use large colorful boxes without lids in a playroom to store/organize children’s toys.
  • Use plastic boxes with a picture of the item on the front for easy recognition.  I love to do this with shoes and handbags!

I love Hooks around the home for storing items used regularly.

  • Hooks on the backs of bedroom doors can organize jackets, bags, and hats.
  • Hooks in a mudroom can hang wet clothing items.
  • Hooks in a kitchen cupboard to hold all the important keys.
  • Hooks to hold all your long necklaces that get tangled in drawers.  You can color coordinate them too! Thank you Container Store!
  •  Decorative hooks on the walls of children’s rooms are ideal for schoolbags and other belongings.
  • Hooks in the bathroom will conserve wall space for hanging towels.
  • In addition, hanging shoe organizers on the backs of bedroom doors using hooks can not only hold up to twelve pairs of shoes but other items too. These holders are great for organizing scarves and small toys.  I also used them to organize my college students in their dorm rooms.  These pockets held face cloths, umbrellas, iPods anything that was small and had no home!  It works great if the pockets are clear. 
  • Ikea has a great organizer for scarves and pashminas!  Love this item!

Use file cabinets as a way to keep papers tidy. I know this sounds silly but it is amazing how easy you can become buried in paper. Paperwork lying around in various locations creates clutter and leaves you disorganized.  I try only to touch paper once, especially the mail.  I try to “trash” or “file it” somewhere other than my desk or counter top.  If space is limited, I suggest using a compact accordion-style file organizer.

Start being better organized by trying the 3 inexpensive ideas above. They are simple things to do but you will feel better organized, more satisfied with your life and find you may have a little more time on your hands because you weren’t searching for things!

I love to organize and simplify my life.  I find the magazine Real Simple is a great read!  Check it out.