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Bringing Color Into Your Home

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For many, moving into a new home is overwhelming. There are decisions to be made and much to do to get you and your family settled. Oftentimes, in an effort to make that happen quickly, homeowners overlook the importance of color and go for the quick fix of painting everything neutral.

When used in a thoughtful way...

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

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I’m not trying to be an endorser of products in general, but there are some go-to products that I absolutely love and would like to share with you. The first one (I may have mentioned this in previous columns) is the Williams-Sonoma Professional Chopper. It is absolutely wonderful and I also have one for Pesach. It’s my go-to chopper.

My next must-have is a Toss & Chop. I use this all the time when I have a salad in the bowl and I didn’t have time to pre-chop the veggies. It chops as you toss, just as it says. I haven’t seen this in stores. I always buy mine online.

Another go-to product is chicken scissors. I only discovered these many years into my marriage, as my mother and...

Organized & Clutter Free: I’ve Been Looking for This!

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A funny thing happens when a professional organizer is called into a home to assist with de-cluttering and organizing. All of the sudden, items that were forgotten or lost begin to reappear. I would like to share some highlights of 2015 and what I’ve helped my clients recover from right under their noses.

Over the summer I uncovered a blank, unaddressed envelope in a bedroom bookcase filled with $380.00 in cash. Other professional organizers have told me that they have found thousands of dollars in cash in their clients’ homes. This is a typical phenomenon for homeowners who want to safely hide their cash so well that six months later they cannot remember where they put it. Soon it...

Tips, Tips, Tips

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To keep guacamole from turning brown, you can put water on top of it and drain when needed.

To keep milk fresh longer, try adding a pinch of salt to the milk when you first open it.

If you run out of Windex, you can polish your mirrors with a coffee filter and a mixture of equal parts of water and vinegar.

If you need to quickly ripen your bananas, you can put them in the oven by baking at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until desired ripeness has been achieved.

You can clean your grill with an onion. While the grill is still hot, take a freshly halved onion, stick it on a fork and use the cut side to scrub the residue off the grate. The oils in the onion will take most, if not all, of...

Redesigning for Your Empty Nest

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Your youngest child is off to college, your oldest is expecting her first child, and your middle child is newly married. How can you update your home to reflect this new phase in your life and make your home more functional for your growing and changing family?

The first and most obvious place to start is in the kids’ bedrooms. The rooms they grew up in have probably seen a lot of wear and tear. Start with the basics. New carpet, paint and light fixtures will give the shell of the space a clean and updated look. You no longer need to stick with the typical pink for girls and blue for boys but you should keep in mind who grew up in that room and try to set a new, mature tone that...

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