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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 .

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 .