Post-Holiday Purge

Recovering from the holidays can be quite a job. Here are THREE tips to help you get through this first month in the new year after a whirlwind of events and gifts! Edit your closet: Did you get new clothes or shoes or accessories? Before putting those new things away, check to see if there are any old items you can get rid of first! Let the new things take their place rather than just stuffing more in. Go through envelopes and Christmas cards: As you toss the holiday paper items, check for addresses and add them to your address
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Categories: Holiday Decorating and Organizing.

Holiday Shopping

Does your holiday shopping get out of hand? Do you have a hard time keeping track of gifts, budgets, or people to buy for? A checklist can be your best friend at this time of year. Just take these easy steps toward holiday gift sanity this year!   Make a list of people you’d like to buy gifts for. Everyone! Small gifts and larger… Then put them into categories such as family, co-workers, close friends, neighbors, etc. For each category (or each person) decide on a budget – how much are you able to spend on them or on that group
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Categories: Holiday Decorating and Organizing.

Writing Thank You’s

  Remember… …when you were a kid and your mom made you write thank you cards? Maybe your didn’t but mine did and it was always a painful process. I’m sure she thought so too as I resisted and she persevered. Now I’m so grateful she did! Its a wonderful way to wrap up the flurry of the holidays and recognize the people who traveled or gifted or both. So, how do you get through the thank you’s? If you only have a few (under 5), stop reading and get to it. Just get it done right now. Old fashioned
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Categories: Holiday Decorating and Kids.

How to Do Christmas

This might seem like a silly topic but lets face it, Christmas and post-Christmas can be the turning point form organized to chaos. So lets cover a few simple things that can help manage the chaos. Get large black trash bags ready to go. Dedicate someone as the trash picker-upper (preferably giving a job to a little one who can make it fun) and collect as you unwrap. Just like a wedding shower or baby shower, get a pad of paper and write down gifts and givers. The out of state gifts that were sent as well as the gifts
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Categories: Decorating and Holiday Decorating.

We Decorate!

Are you exhausted by the holidays already? Maybe you have too much to do in order to take time off. Or maybe the shopping is your priority and you’d rather have someone else do the crafty part. Whatever your holiday spirit, HauteMove is here to make it jollier! DID YOU KNOW? We decorate a number of homes for the holidays, from buying and decorating the tree to putting lights on the house outside to holiday tablescapes, we love to make your home sparkle! We can unpack your holiday boxes or go shopping for you. What is your holiday style this year?
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Categories: Decorating and Holiday Decorating.

Planning a Family Event

Most of us have been there… Suddenly finding ourselves as the hosts of the next family gathering. What do you first?! How can you ever clean your house? Here are a few steps/tips for staying sane during your next family gathering. If you are in a pinch and its stressing you out, call Haute Move! Yes, we can do that too! Make a list and make it somewhere you’ll remember it – in your agenda book, on your phone, etc. Write down all of the things you have to do (clean kitchen, buy toilet paper…). That way the list isn’t
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Categories: Decorating and Holiday Decorating.

Good Reads

Looking for some good, simple advice for decorating your home, new or old? Check out this good read from the editor of Domino Magazine! We love the message that your home doesn’t need to look like a hotel and doesn’t need to look typical! There are essays from various famous designers and artists giving a wide range of ideas and tips for you to choose from. Imperfection is wonderful!   “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” — Marilyn Monroe
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Categories: Decorating, Holiday Decorating, and Staging.

What to do with Photographs

Many of us and our clients struggle with photographs. Between the onslaught of digital pictures on your computer, CDs, or USB thumb drives or the old school printed photos spilling out of shoeboxes and albums, photos are a quiet love/hate struggle these days. We are overwhelmed with the number of photos we have from the past and the number of photos we take daily. So what do you do? What do we do?  1. Start now: take fewer photos now. If you are chronic picture taker, take some time away from the camera to experience life first hand. Miss amazing
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Categories: Holiday Decorating, Moving Tips, and Organizing.

Color Grouping

Just like the produce department or a farmers market, groupings of items or color can be very appealing! Look around. Whether in your closet or your kitchen, what could you group together that is all spread out? “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” Eleanor Roosevelt  
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Categories: Decorating, Holiday Decorating, and Organizing.