Kitchen Staging

Selling your home? Its time to depersonalize your space. When selling a home, the object is to create an environment that a potential buyer can picture themselves in. This requires removing personalized items such as cute refrigerator magnets, pictures of the kids at camp, your dogs water bowl and your display of spices that sit on the counter top.
Clean! Do a deep cleaning of all the cabinets, back splash, counter tops, base boards, sink, stove and fridge and anything else that you can see in the space. Make it shine! Replace dated, old or broken cabinet pulls or handles for a fresher look.
Be sure the counter tops are clear of other items too and leave a simple vase of flowers on display and a bowl of fruit or a small candle.
Clear drawers and cabinets of items you don’t need to use. Pack rarely used items away. You want your buyers to see the space in the drawer, not your stuff.
Take a good look at the appliances. Are they dated? Barely functioning? Replace them. A kitchen often sells a home. Potential buyers like new or gently used appliances.
Organize the pantry. Toss old or expired food and bulk items to create more open space. Again, its all about letting those potential buyers see how big that pantry is!
Remove trash cans from the kitchen altogether and out of sight from potential buyers.

“Buyers only know what they see, not the way it’s going to be!
-Barb Schwarz

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Philippians 3:12-14

12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

What a wonderful encouragement for those of us who have regrets or wish that we had made different decisions. Instead of dwelling on the past, we can chose to press on toward the goal and what is ahead. This brings great hope!

Crafty much?? How to organize that all encompassing craft room…

How many of us ladies love our crafts? Don’t deny you love to go in that craft room, shut the world off and create your master piece. BUT when your craft room is a chaotic mess and you cant find your shearing scissors or felt tip markers you may just want to turn around and walk out. So use these quick organizing tips to create a functional and zenful craft space.

Start off by pairing down unneeded items. Toss old worn out items, pieces of scrap papers or old sample fabrics that are no longer in style. Really be honest with yourself. This is a time to get rid of the old and make room for the new. Think about how you want to use the space for storing the projects you really want to do and have time to do. Choose one or two craft areas to focus on. This will limit the amount of items you need to purchase and store.
Separate your supplies. Place pens, pencils or markers in cute patterned containers. Look for attractive storage options for larger craft items at your local Home Goods, craft store or even at thrift shops. Be sure craft boxes will stack on each other for easy and room saving storage. Label the boxes with bold font so you can quickly and easily find what you need.
Use a rolling cart to store items. Roll the cart into other rooms as needed or stow it in a closet when guests come to visit.
Leave empty space for new projects. Avoid filling open shelves or closet areas. Maintaining open space will allow your mind to begin envisioning whats next in terms of new and exciting projects.
Keep an inventory. Have an updated list of all your crafty products handy. Refer to your list to determine how many items you currently have and what you may need to restock to complete a project.
Keep a tidy space. You may need to leave an unfinished project sitting out in your work space but be sure to put other items away after using them. This will help you maintain a chaos free environment. It saves time and effort for the next crafting session and allows you to get right to work rather then having to spend several minutes searching for what you need to begin.

 

My tidy closet…

These are things I do with my clients. There is not always a one size fits all way of organizing but these ideas generally work for most people.
Use labels on drawers, baskets or shelves. This works especially well for children when you want to teach them how to put things away. With labels there is no second guessing where things go!
Use clear storage bins with seal tight lids for seasonal items. Label the bins as specifically as you need to avoid having to guess what the contents are.
Color code your closet. Hang like colors together. This will save time and effort when selecting an outfit.
Use hanging storage racks with compartments for shoes and boots if you have limited floor space.
Don’t over stuff your closet. Select seasonal items and only the items you wear regularly and really like. Store the rest away in a storage bin or donate items you don’t need or care for.
Use a shoe rack. This allows you to see the shoes you have lined up in pairs. If you are a visual person, this will work well.
Use high shelves for hand bags, overnight travel bags or small bins of accessories youre not using often.
Fold T-shirts in half and then in half again then stack them according to color. This will save space in drawers or on shelves and reduces the time and effort in locating just the right shirt!
Purchase a jewelry tree for hanging necklaces. I have one and I love it because I can see what I have. I also use small “jewelry dishes” on my dresser for bracelets and other necklaces I wear frequently.
Lastly, always take inventory of what you have BEFORE you purchase something new. This helps avoid buyers remorse and it helps you to assess whether or not you have enough room in your closet for something new.

These are things I do with my clients.

There is not always a one size fits all way of organizing but these ideas generally work for most people.
Use labels on drawers, baskets or shelves. This works especially well for children when you want to teach them how to put things away. With labels there is no second guessing where things go!
Use clear storage bins with seal tight lids for seasonal items. Label the bins as specifically as you need to avoid having to guess what the contents are.
Color code your closet. Hang like colors together. This will save time and effort when selecting an outfit.
Use hanging storage racks with compartments for shoes and boots if you have limited floor space.
Don’t over stuff your closet. Select seasonal items and only the items you wear regularly and really like. Store the rest away in a storage bin or donate items you don’t need or care for.
Use a shoe rack. This allows you to see the shoes you have lined up in pairs. If you are a visual person, this will work well.
Use high shelves for hand bags, overnight travel bags or small bins of accessories youre not using often.
Fold T-shirts in half and then in half again then stack them according to color. This will save space in drawers or on shelves and reduces the time and effort in locating just the right shirt!
Purchase a jewelry tree for hanging necklaces. I have one and I love it because I can see what I have. I also use small “jewelry dishes” on my dresser for bracelets and other necklaces I wear frequently.
Lastly, always take inventory of what you have BEFORE you purchase something new. This helps avoid buyers remorse and it helps you to assess whether or not you have enough room in your closet for something new.

home staging is simple…

 

First off, declutter. Make sure every space in you home has been cleared of trash, piles of clutter and any other “eyesores”. Picture yourself walking through someone else’s home. What types of things would you NOT want to see? Apply that to your space.
Clean it! Every inch of your home should sparkle. If you can’t clean your space adequately or don’t have the time, hire a cleaning company for deep cleaning. Plan to scrub base boards, dust blinds and vacuum those hard to reach corners. Have carpets professionally cleaned if you plan not to replace them. Have someone who does not live in your home do the “smell test” to identify any pet odors or other distracting smells.
After removing pictures or wall hangings, plan to patch picture hook holes with putty, sand them down until smooth and then apply a fresh coat of paint to the walls. Select paint that is neutral in color such as an off white, gray or beige. Have a friend help you select the right color for your space.
Showcase the space. When a potential buyer looks at your home, be sure to show off the amazing closet space, high quality cabinets, granite counter top and the beautiful hard wood floors. Remove personal items and pictures that could be a distraction to a potential buyer. It is true that some people cannot see past the personal to what the space is actually offering.
Call me, Kirsten Gross Professional Organizer to help you stage your home and increase the value and sale price for the home you need to sell!

 

 

Im a professional organizer….I love my work and my clients….

Just a little about me… Ive been organizing for about 12 years and it is a true passion of mine. Im passionate about helping people get organized and even more then that, to feel more restful and less chaotic in their space. I really like helping people create function and order and hopefully learn ways to manage their environment with a new and healthy approach.
Like some of you, I was diagnosed at a young age with ADD. And while I do not struggle with hyperactive attention deficit disorder, I understand other aspects of the struggle such as distractibility, difficulty concentrating and at times, trouble with recall of conversations. However, I didn’t let any of that get in my way. In fact, knowledge of my own ADD has made me work that much harder against the patterns. I feel this gives me an advantage in helping my clients because I do understand the struggle. Over the years, Ive learned what works for me so I know that what Ive learned will also work for you. In fact, Ive gotten it down to a real science! I like to share what Ive experienced, learned and have had victory over with others with the hope that it helps.

Could I Be A Packrat??

A “packrat” by definition is someone who is unable to part with items of little practical use or value.

ADD patterns common in packrats
INDECISION-what to keep, what to discard…Do I donate? Recycle? Trash? Indecision alters quality of life by keeping us trapped or repeating the same cycle in regard to keeping things we don’t need… this leads to paralysis in healthy function in our homes or at work and can affect relationships with those closest to us.
INACTION-avoiding taking action to resolve your clutter unless forced to do so due to a certain circumstance. You’ve lost an important document, your family is coming to visit or perhaps its so bad, youre facing eviction from your apartment.
UNNOTICED-not realizing the clutter is there. My collections of mail, papers, books, shoes, plastic bags…(or anything else you can think of) have been there for so long…. I kind of forgot they were there!
AVOIDANCE– leads to procrastination and incomplete projects. Poor time management, distraction or a busy schedule lead to multiple “starts” to projects. We have great intentions but projects are left undone or incomplete.
IMPULSIVE-I want it! I need it! I don’t have it! That’s it, I’m buying it. NOW!! Not stopping to think about whether the purchase/decision I’m making will truly benefit me or my family. Impulsivity often leads to regret.
OVERWHELMED– interests in multiple things, too little time, trouble prioritizing. I LOVE to refinish furniture, cook all organic meals for my dog AND I’m creating a scrap books for all 3 of my children! Shifting from one interest to another can create undue stress, chaos and pressure. Trying to juggle multiple interests may even prevent someone from participating in any of the activities they enjoy.

Can you identify with any patterns mentioned here??

Relaxation…how do I that??

Deep breathing. Slowly take large, inhaled breaths through your nose. Slowly exhale your breaths through your mouth. Repeat up to 5 times or as needed to calm your breathing, heart rate or both.
Play soothing, soft music while resting in supine position.
Take a warm bubble bath. Use natural essential oils or bath salts to relax your body and any tension in your muscles.
Practice mindfulness. Close your eyes. Focus on what is happening in the moment as you quiet your mind and spirit. Allow your attention only to focus on the present.
Journal. Pour your mind out on paper. This is especially helpful in the midst of chaos or a particularly emotional or trying life situation.
Reflect. Take time to be grateful and kind. Express thankfulness to those you love, to God and to yourself.
Get a massage. No one argues with that suggestion!
Organize your space and keep the clutter away. An organized space helps promote calm, more creativity and a general sense of well being.
Pet an animal.
Talk with a trusted friend.
Exercise AND just as important if not more, eat well. This is really key when it comes to brain health and function.

“The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness.”
Sakyong Mipham

 

A few tips for organizing clothes and accessories

These are things I do with my clients. There is not always a one size fits all way of organizing but these ideas generally work for most people.
Use labels on drawers, baskets or shelves. This works especially well for children when you want to teach them how to put things away. With labels there is no second guessing where things go!
Use clear storage bins with seal tight lids for seasonal items. Label the bins as specifically as you need to avoid having to guess what the contents are.
Color code your closet. Hang like colors together. This will save time and effort when selecting an outfit.
Use hanging storage racks with compartments for shoes and boots if you have limited floor space.
Don’t over stuff your closet. Select seasonal items and only the items you wear regularly and really like. Store the rest away in a storage bin or donate items you don’t need or care for.
Use a shoe rack. This allows you to see the shoes you have lined up in pairs. If you are a visual person, this will work well.
Use high shelves for hand bags, overnight travel bags or small bins of accessories youre not using often.
Fold T-shirts in half and then in half again then stack them according to color. This will save space in drawers or on shelves and reduces the time and effort in locating just the right shirt!
Purchase a jewelry tree for hanging necklaces. I have one and I love it because I can see what I have. I also use small “jewelry dishes” on my dresser for bracelets and other necklaces I wear frequently.
Lastly, always take inventory of what you have BEFORE you purchase something new. This helps avoid buyers remorse and it helps you to assess whether or not you have enough room in your closet for something new.