“Slow Home” Renovating

I thought I would share an article from the Calgary Herald about my brother and sister-in-law’s “slow home” renovation.  We all know that renovations are expensive and hard to live through, so why not take your time and go “room by room.” Each renovation will get easier understanding the process and having greater knowledge of your style. Great job Mike and Jenn…absolutely beautiful!                                                                                                         Calgary Herald Jennifer and Mike Elliott waited 14 years to transform their home into the sanctuary they had always wanted. “It was really all about timing. Well, that and the fact the kitchen was starting
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Categories: Kitchen and Bathroom Redesign.

Storage Idea for Deep Drawers

Haute move  recently organized a kitchen that had a couple of 7 inch deep drawers.  The home owner used one as a utensil drawer, which they tried to keep organized, but it was just a matter of time and it was the “disaster” drawer again. Most drawer organizers are single level and approximately 2″ high. This drawer is 7 inches deep so we didn’t want to waste the additional 5 inches. We chose stackable bamboo drawer organizers to solve the problem. These containers come in a variety of sizes so it’s best to measure the dimensions of the drawer before you
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Categories: Organizing.

How to Stage a Kitchen

Which room is the most important room in the house?  Most of us will say kitchens. Isn’t this the room we all tend to all gather around in?  Potential purchasers must be able to imagine themselves hanging out in the kitchen with friends (and wine of course) and cooking a gourmet meal. The kitchen is the center stage of a home. Staging is a balance between costs and results. You want to improve the chances of a quick sale but you don’t want to put too much money in.  If you’re in a buyer’s market, you should go beyond cleaning
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Categories: Staging.

Using Egg Shells as Planters

          If you haven’t already started to plant seedlings here is another alternative for planters. An eggshell…it’s the perfect size!  Before commercial peat pots were used, people used an egg shell to start seedlings. They are light weight, small, easily available, and best of all earth friendly.  Steps  You can use hard boiled or raw eggs. Cracking them close to the top of the shell leaves a nice deep cavity for planting. Rinse out the eggshell with water and then create a drainage hole in the bottom by piercing it with a pin or needle. Place the
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Categories: New Uses For Common Things.

Organizing your Books

  Books have a tendency to accumulate.  Haute move  has organized home libraries, and sorted through many boxes of books that clients have collected over the years.  The book shelves just won’t hold anymore and the boxes are just taking up space. It’s time to sort by using the three R’s.  Reduce, Reuse and Recycle! Placing books in the curbside recycling is not acceptable since the bookbinding glue prevents them from being recycled. So here’s how we can use the three R’s in an environmentally safe way: Reduce According to Green Press Initiative, approximately 30 million trees are cut down each
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Categories: Organizing.

Spring Clean up in the Yard & Garden

  Winter has almost past and most of us can’t wait to get back into the garden?  While we can be anxious, we must avoid doing some jobs too soon. Here are a few tips: Rake – Wait until the grass and flower beds are dry. Rake your lawn to remove leaves, pine cones, dead growth, and debris to let light and air into the soil.  This will encourage the grass to grow. Re-seed bare or damaged patches of lawn. Scratch up the soil with a rake. Mix soil and grass seed and spread it into the patch you are
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Categories: Cleaning Tips for Outside.

Tips for Downsizing your Home

Downsizing into a smaller home or helping your parent’s transition to a nursing home or senior center can be physically exhausting and an emotionally draining experience. The possessions have accumulated over the years and it’s impossible to find  space for all of these items in the new home.  It’s time to start sorting, donating and disposing. Here are a few suggestions to help make for a peaceful and stress free move. Give your self time – This can be a very emotional time, especially for the elderly.  Most have lived in their home for many years and have many fond
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Categories: Organizing.

How to keep your Passwords Safe

“Incorrect password or user name…please try again” Have you ever had this happen to you? Now you dig through your pile of sticky notes or scrap pieces of paper to find the correct passwords and user names. Of course the one you need has disappeared from the pile so you try the most likely with a few variables.  Linda1, Linda12, Linda13…nothing is working.  Frustrating and very time consuming!  Using the same password for all of your online accounts can prove to be disastrous if your information is stolen. The intruder would automatically have access to all of your personal data. The
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Categories: Organizing.

Where to Store Batteries

Do you have batteries cluttering up drawers in your home? Are they good or drained? So many items require batteries so it’s a good idea to keep a good supply of different sizes on hand. I used to keep ours in a zip-lock bag stowed in a lower kitchen drawer.  That changed after I was in need of a couple of “AAA” batteries and was not happy to discover we were all out. So frustrating, since I just came home from a trip to the store! After a little research our batteries have found a new home.  Take a look at the battery rack  storage from The Container Store.
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Categories: Organizing.

Where to Store Warranties & Instructions

Do you have instruction manuals & warranties for your refrigerator, oven, blender, camera, furnace, televisions, iPod, etc. in drawers or boxes scattered all over the home? Something we really don’t think about until we’re in a panic to find one. A simple way to keep these organized is to assemble a binder that can store all of these papers. Purchase a 3 ring binder and plastic sleeves to insert instructions, warranties, service receipts, etc. Many instructions also come in the form of a CD in which there are plastic sleeves made for these. I also like to keep a plastic sleeve specifically for
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Categories: Organizing.