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Wednesday, August 21 2013

When was the last time you took a good look around your home?  Is it time for a change?

I recently met with a new client who has lived in her home for about 18 years.  She lives alone.  

As we went through the home I learned that she does not use her dining room in the traditional sense.  She does not have dinner parties or sit-down dinners with friends or family.  She uses the space to gather paperwork as it comes in the door.

This prompted me to ask her if she would be interested in converting this space into a home office.  Upon some consideration, my client decided this was a good idea.  As a school teacher, she has a lot of paperwork to process and needs a larger and brighter area in which to work, rather than her current space in an area of her basement.  

The dining room is spacious enough for a long table or desk and a filing cabinet to store her personal paperwork and school work.   It is set off from the foyer so it is not the first thing you see when you enter the home.  It's the perfect solution as it would eliminate the need to go downstairs to the small cramped area in the basement to work.  My client would have easy access to the kitchen and powder room as needed.  

When I purchased my home, the builder had intended the room next to the kitchen to be a family room.  I already had a living room on the first floor so another family room would not suit my personal needs.  Instead of having a small dining area divided by a pony wall in the living room, I decided to make the intended family room into a nice-sized dining room where I could easily entertain and serve my guests from the kitchen.

Just because a room is originally intended for a certain purpose does not mean that is what you have to have it be.  Change a dining room into a home office!  Change a family room into a dining room!  It's okay!  The point is to create a home that suits your personal needs - and this might change over time. 

So, I suggest that you take a look around your home.  Are there areas of the home that are not being used because their original intent no longer fits your needs?   Is it time for a change?

If you need assistance in creating organized and functional spaces in your home, I can help.  You deserve A Better Space.

In the meantime, leave me your comments about the areas of your home that you would like to change or have already changed to accommodate your current needs.  This might inspire others to do the same.

Have a great week!         

Posted by: Audrey Cupo AT 11:33 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Monday, August 12 2013

Recently I helped a client prepare her home for sale.  She was downsizing from a three-bedroom rancher with a full basement to a two bedroom condo.  I not only helped her de-clutter, I helped organize, downsize and stage her home in preparation for putting it on the market.  

This prompted me to think about some low cost ways you can spruce up your home to make it more attractive to potential buyers (or even for you to continue to live in):  

1.  Landscape - Your home's curb appeal is the first thing that people notice when they drive up to your home.  Keep your lawn mowed and weed-free.  Trim the shrubs low enough to be able to see the front windows.  Put out some colorful hanging baskets of flowers near the front door to create an inviting entrance.   

2.  Paint the interior - A fresh coat of paint or a new color on the walls can change the look of a room very quickly.  If you are painting in order to sell your home, avoid dramatic colors and stick with neutrals.  Save the color for accent pillows, area rugs or other items that are mobile and easily changed out. 

3.  Give the kitchen cabinets and drawers a makeover.  You can refinish the cabinets and drawers with a coat of paint or stain to give them a fresh look.  Updating the hardware on will provide a whole new look.  

4.  Update light fixtures.  If you are currently dining under a chandelier or light fixture that is 20 years old or if you are getting ready each morning under drab lighting in your bathroom, it's time to add some new lighting.  Select tasteful yet simple fixtures and add a dimmer in the dining room for extra appeal.  Use bright, natural lighting in the bathroom.  By cleaning your fixtures, you will be able to provide additional brightness to a room very quickly. 

5.  Maximize storage.  As a professional organizer, I believe that this is very important.  Cramped closets are unattractive to buyers and frustrating to your family members.  Clear out everything from the closet and only put back what you currently need to keep.  Use a closet system that provides plenty of shelving and rods for efficient organization. 

Whether you are putting your house on the market or want to simply spruce up your home for you and your family, utilizing these tips will start you on your way.

After helping my client to stage her home, she was able put it on the market and received an offer within six days.  She is making settlement at the end of the month.

If you need assistance with preparing your home for sale, contact me.  I can help. 

In the meantime, have a great week! 

 

Posted by: Audrey Cupo AT 02:01 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
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