The Half-Life of Boxes

Moving soon? About to face the ol’ box issue? Here are some tips re: boxes that you might want to know… Keeping boxes from a move is a great idea IF you fit the following requirements: The only boxes you keep are in great shape (sturdy, not bent/folded, and a useful size). You have space for the boxes (under a bed or in the back of a closet). You anticipate moving again within 5 years. If you need boxes, check the following places for free boxes: Liquor stores (great for boxes that are the perfect size for books) Local Restaurants
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Categories: Moving Tips.

Out of Space? Maybe not…

Small spaces can be cozy but frustrating if you feel like you don’t have enough room for your things. Here are a few tricks to help you maximize your space:   Put up shelves around your room close to the ceiling! Like a border, this can be beautiful and a great place for collections, books, or hats/purses. A quick little step stool can make getting those things (that shouldn’t be needed daily) easy. Turn furniture catty-corner. This can look visually interesting AND provide some much needed hidden space behind the chair, shelf, or dresser. Take a trip to the Container
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Categories: Bedroom, Moving Tips, and Organizing.

Moving Blues

Moving can be the hardest thing! From the stuff you don’t know how to pack to feeling like you have too much and it will never get done, moving can take a toll. We learn a lot from the many moves we see and try to pass along tips as we see them. It seems like the order of things can be a hard thing for people so here is a little cheat sheet: If possible, paint before moving in or at least before unpacking. Move all boxes into the center of rooms. Then move all furniture into place. Then
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Categories: Moving Tips.

Staging your Home to Sell: 3 KEYS

Staging your home can be a great way to make it much more attractive and alluring topotential buyers. This does not just mean leaving your things there to show what it looks like with furniture. Staging can be quite an art and can do wonders in helping people imagine their own life in that space. Here are 3 keys when thinking about staging:   1. Clean. This may seem obvious but be sure the home is clean. Not just your usual cleaning routine – much more thorough. Get the carpets cleaned, wash the baseboards, wipe out the cabinets, shine the
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Categories: Before/Afters, Moving Tips, and Staging.

Decorated & Move-In Ready

HauteMove does all sorts of work for our clients. This recent client from Florida, bought a second home in Annapolis, which needed to be decorated and move-in ready. We took inventory of everything that was required and with a few long distance phone calls, we were able to get a sense of their style. They would be arriving in Annapolis in 3 weeks and 3 days after, they were expecting 12 house guests, so everything including the basics, were needed.  Daily shopping for furniture, accessories, lines, pictures, etc., kept us busy, but we finished the home in time. We were thrilled to help make this
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Categories: Moving Tips, Organizing, and Staging.

Budget Friendly!

Are you feeling lost and confused about where to turn next with a problem area of your home, office, bedroom, kitchen, playroom… ? Sometimes having an outside consultant come in and look, assess, talk, and work is the best solution. Some people think it is out of their price range. It is not. HauteMove wants to help. Our prices are competitive and fit almost any budget! If you are on a strict budget or don’t want to commit, we can even come for just an hour or two and make a huge difference while giving you some of the tips
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Categories: Before/Afters, Moving Tips, and Organizing.

The Essentials College Dorm Checklist

Now, HauteMove can’t help you with your homework but we can help you get off on the right foot. We’ve compiled a great and simple OFF TO COLLEGE checklist. Good luck in school and keep your room organized… You’ll get better grades if you can find your work! OFF TO COLLEGE CHECKLIST:      BED: Pillow/pillow case Comforter (duvet cover) Sheet set (or two) Mattress cover Bedside lamp Alarm clock (battery powered!) BATH: Beach towel Towels (set of two) Washcloths Bathroom caddy Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, ACT mouth rinse Shampoo, Conditioner, bar soap/body wash Cup for water Bathrobe Shower shoes DESK:   Flashlight Desk drawer organizer
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Categories: Kids and Moving Tips.