Martha’s Closet tricks to save space from MarthaStewart.com

To save Space in your closet:

1. Kitchen to Closet

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organize

A pair of paper-towel holders mounted on the inside of one closet door organizes scarves or ties and keeps them wrinkle-free. A kitchen-utensil rail proves to be ideal for belts: Each gets its own S hook.

2.Clearing the Air

The bottom of each pull-out shoe shelf is lined with tongue-and-groove cedar planks. The aromatic wood helps neutralize any odors and helps maintain a fresh-smelling closet.

3.Handbag Maintenance

Purses are stuffed with acid-free tissue paper so they maintain their shape when not in use. The bags are kept in flannel sacks to protect them from light and dust.

marthastewart

marthastewart

 

4.Long Term Care

Being kind to clothes between wearings and seasons is an investment in their longevity. Use appropriate hangers so that jackets and shirts retain their shape, and stack sweaters from heaviest to lightest.

Clothes and accessories stored for a season or longer need protection from light, moisture, and insects. A box filled with acid-free tissue paper, assorted cedar inserts, and dried lavender makes it easy to prepare items as you put them away.

Professional Organizer

Organizer

 

5.Dust Jackets

Twenty-inch cloth napkins (or same-size squares of fabric) become protective covers for coats and vests that don’t need to be stored in garment bags. Each is pierced in the center and reinforced with a grommet to slide over a hanger.

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Chinese rosewood table

Chinese rosewood table

Chinese rosewood table with marble inlay.  Late 1800s.  Excellent condition, 26 inches round by 31inches high.  $400.00.

Chinese rosewood table

Chinese rosewood table

 

 

 

 

Ethan Allen

Ethan Allen

Contemporary wicker chair from Ethan Allen, good condition.  36 inches wide, 35 inches high, 36 inches deep.   $200.00.

Ethan Allen

Ethan Allen

 

 

 

English Armoire

English Armoire

English Armoire. Late 1800s, excellent condition  80 inches high, 40 inches wide at edge of crown, 18 inches deep.  $350.00.

English Armoire

English Armoire

 

 

 

 

Noritake dishes 1955

Noritake dishes 1955

Complete set of Noritake dishes from about 1955.   12 of everything, serving dishes, gravy boat , etc.  Excellent condition.   Edgemont pattern.   $150.00

Noritake dishes

Noritake dishes

 

 

 

ceramic pot from China

ceramic pot from China

Ceramic pot from China.  9 inches high, 11 inches wide, inside painted with koi, outside is black and gold.  Comes with a rosewood stand, pot and stand together 16.5 inches high.  $65.00

ceramic pot from China

ceramic pot from China

 

 

 

 

Decorative chest

Decorative chest

 

Small storage decorative chest.  13 inches high by 15 inches deep.  Lined in black velvet.  $30.00

Garage Sale

Found these handy lists to help during a garage sale on Buffini & Company’s site!  If your like most people, you probably have items in the attic, basement, garage and closets that you don’t need, use and maybe even forgot that you had.  Garage sales allow you to make space in your home while making money.  Use these 7 easy steps to plan a garage sale.

1. Create an inventory sheet of what you’re selling and their prices, incase the tag is missing

2. Price it right.  Although you want to price your items slightly higher to account for haggling, don’t price them so high that you can’t sell them.  Remember shoppers expect bargains.

3. Sell with others.  Recruit your neighbors, family and friends to sell their stuff with yours.  Bigger garage sales often attract more people.

4. Get your items ready to sell.  Clean your sale items, and make sure that they’re in good shape.  If you’re selling electronics, make sure they’re in good working order, and have the cords attached.

5. Set the date and place for your sale.  Saturday is the best day of the week to hold your garage sale.  Choose a date a few weeks in advance to give you time to prepare, and choose an alternate date as well in ace of bad weather.

6. Advertise your garage sale in your local newspaper, on Craigslist and with signs on your local roads.  Choose bright colored poster board or cardboard, and write the details of your sale in large black letters that drivers can see from their vehicles.  Put up six to eight signs a few days before your sale to improve the chance of shoppers stopping by.

7. Set up an hour or two early on the morning of the sale.  Experienced shoppers will show up at the posted time so that they an score the best deals.  So if you plan to open your sale at 7 a.m. (the best time of day to do so), then start setting up around 5 or 6 a.m.

8. Promote your garage sale on yardsaletreasuremap.com, a free service that uses Google Maps to target the locations of garage sales in your area.

9. Mark down prices and take a decent picture of left over items to sell on line at Craigslist, ebay, Amazon, Half.com, and Threadflip.

Ensure sales success with these timeless tips to help you close the deal.

1. Greet your customers, and ask if you can help them find something.

2. Encourage them to buy more by offering them a plastic or paper grocery bag to carry their items.

3. Tidy up as the day goes on so that shoppers can see what you’re offering.

4. Negotiate for the sale.  Shoppers love to haggle, so be open to negotiation.

5.Bundle items that go together to give shoppers the impression of a better deal.

6. Offer refreshments, such as coffee or cans of soda, for 50 cents each.  Or, have your children set up a lemonade stand to sell beverages to thirsty shoppers.

7. Avoid overpricing items, disorganization, and dirty items/ location.

8. Remember to be safe, be aware of your surroundings, and keep all cash on hands at all times

2 Ways to Save with DK Larr & Co/ Phoenix Design Construction

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Refer a friend for any design, construction, or organization project.
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Advice on Organizing your Home and Family

Home Organization

Home Organization

Advice from an experienced Wife/Mother

Did you know that if you organized your drawers, you can fit more clothes, and flatware than if you just tossed everything in???  For instance: take your husband’s boxer shorts……..if you leave it up to him to put his own underwear away, the drawer won’t shut!!  Try folding then rolling each item and line them up next to his socks.  Amazing!!!  Do the same with his socks: tuck the leg opening of one into the other, then roll the pair sausage like.  Again, amazing!  There is a lot of air space wasted when stuffing clean laundry away.  Take this to your flatware drawer.  Again, stacking spoons and forks save so much space.  Knives are more tricky, so only do this with dinner knives: place half with handles facing and half with handles away.

~Submitted by: RWL

Esquire advice on personal organizing

Hi Diana:  The other thing we do for organizing our mail is to use a three drawer vertical small chest that we bought from Pier One. It’s made of wrought iron with three baskets.  Danny and I each have a drawer and the bottom one is for filing. When the mail comes in, we sort it by throwing out junk mail and depositing the rest into the drawers.

~Submitted by: MK

Organizing Tips

Linen Closets
Here is one of my organizing tid bits for linen closets… Store sheet sets together in one pillowcase and group by size (twin, full, king).


Clutter Questions
As you face the clutter in your home, ask yourself the following questions to help you find a path to being organized:
1. Do I love it?
2. Do I use it? How long ago did I last use it? (more than a year? toss it!)
3. Do I have the room to store it without it affecting my efficiency and stress levels?
4. Am I willing to give up something else in order to make room for it?
5. Can I imagine myself or anyone else in my family ever loving it or using it in the foreseeable future?

Color Coding

COLOR!!!

COLOR!!!

Color Coding
I am a big fan of color coding. From files to labels to storage bins, color coding helps keep things organized. All my business files are red. Each client has a clearly marked orange two-inch binder. If you store your holiday items, for example, in cardboard boxes, try color-coded bins, all labeled so there is no doubt what’s in them. This helps immensely in finding what you are looking for a year later, and helps when putting things away until next year. 

Use color coded labels on these bins rather than a Sharpie on the bin itself. Labels can be removed or covered with a new label. Permanent markers can easily make a mess and lead to more confusion as it is very difficult to erase what is already written.

Applications for color-coding are abundant in most homes. It is simple, efficient and effective.