September is National Preparedness Month!

from Organization & Relocation

Amidst the fires in Colorado and California that are threatening so many homes, businesses and the health of thousands, disaster preparedness is top of mind for many, including the team at Organization & Relocation.

The American Red Cross recommends developing a family disaster plan and having an emergency kit – do you feel ready to act quickly if a disaster strikes? Get prepared with tools and resources from the American Red Cross below.


PREPARE FOR FALL 🍂

Cool mornings, the smell of pumpkin spice and a sparkling clean home! Rounding up our top tips for Fall cleaning this season!

1. Store, Sort & Categorize

 

Before you begin the overhaul, determine where you will be storing your summer clothes. Make piles for keep, discard, and donate. Get rid of unwanted clothes or clothes that do not fit – if you don’t like them now, you probably won’t next Summer either!

 

2. Comb Through That Closet

 

Has work from home life changed your day to day wardrobe? Take inventory of your current “work” clothes and if that pant suit ship has sailed, place it in the donation pile! As you hang those Fall sweaters, ask yourself it that sweater brings you joy! No? Time to go!

 

3. Furnace Inspection 

Hire an HVAC professional to check heating efficiency, test for leaks and change the filter. Also, check for drafts by using a lighted candle around doors and windows and if you see a flicker, inspect for broken or cracked seals.

 

4. Organize the Shed

 

As summer items begin to fill up shed space, now is a good time to sort, purge and organize remaining items. Move summer items to the back and winter items to the front for easy access.

 

5. Set Your Kids Up For Success

   

Homeschooling doesn’t have to be a hectic experience if you’re organized! Label and organize your child’s homeschooling area – for better learning and your own peace of mind!

 


A few of our favorite organizing tools

Plastic Storage Bin with Handles
$5.99

Multi-Purpose Bins
$3.99

Large Cabinet Shelf
$7.99

Expand-A-Shelf
$9.99


 

Professional Organizers Share Tips for Your Home

Adapt Around Your Home
During Covid-19

With fall around the corner, homeschooling impending and many companies navigating towards a work from home policy, our team of expert organizers at Organization & Relocation weighed in on how you can optimize your space for spending more time in your home.


WORKING FROM HOME?

Tune in to these tips to make your #WFHlife more functional

1. Prioritize Location

You’ll likely spend many hours in your home office, so don’t stiff yourself on space (e.g. squishing a tiny desk into a windowless closet to preserve the rarely-used guest room).

2. Invest in a Great Chair 

You spend hours parked in your office chair; a beautiful, ergonomically correct, comfortable seat is worth every dime.

 

3. Organize Vertically & Horizontally

Hang floating shelves on the walls to get papers and office equipment off the desk, and use vertical file folders on the desk to keep important papers within arm’s reach.

 

4. Get Your Technology Together

Hide unsightly cords. Encase cords on the desk in a fabric cord cover, feed the cords into a desk grommet, or buy a cute cord manager!

 

5. Use Separators

Don’t get caught on a call with a need for a sticky note and you can’t find it because it’s buried in your drawer. Use separators to create nice compartments for your things.

 

6. Tidy Up

Just like making your bed every morning, close up shop at the end of each day by tidying up your desk when you’re finished with work. This is your “reset” to set yourself up for success the next morning!

 


 

19 Best Home Design and Decorating Apps

Design your own house with apps that make decorating, shopping, and renovating a whole lot easier!

5. Color911

Available for iOS; $4

Create and save color palettes for your next decorating project with the Color911 app. Color specialist Amy Wax has generated more than 80 downloadable color themes, but you can also create a palette based on a photograph taken on your device and organize favorite colors into folders, then share with friends or designers by email.

 

6. Color Capture

Available for iOS and Android; free

Spot a brilliant color while out that you’d love in your home? This app from Benjamin Moore allows you to snap a photo, and its technology will spit out suggested paint options to match it. Though some users say the colors skew dark, it’s a useful starting point, and the grouped color format will give suggestions for pairing colors.

 


SKETCHING & RENDERING HOME DESIGN APPS

 

Whether you’re a professional designer or just like to approach a project like one, these apps will let you keep sketches, mood boards, and notes organized.

 

7. Paper by Fifty Three

Available for iOS; free

The Paper app lets users make sketches and take handwritten notes that can be combined with photos and typed text. It’s a popular tool for architects and designers such as Daniel Libeskind and Kelly Wearstler.

 

8. Morpholio Board Pro

Available for iOS; free for basic use and $4/month or $12/year for pro tools   

Designed to make life easier for professionals, Morpholio Board Pro merges mood boards, shopping lists, cut sheets, and specs all into one app, making client presentations and project management a breeze.

 


MEASUREMENT INTERIOR DESIGN APPS

 

Who hasn’t bought an amazing piece only to bring it home to find that it’s not quite the right size—or, worse, that it won’t even fit through the door? These apps will help you make and store measurements so everything will fit correctly the first time.

 

9. Photo Measures

Available on iOS for $7 and Android for $5

No need to constantly carry around a tape measure; this app allows users to snap a photo of a space and write the measurements right on it. Next time you’re shopping for furniture, there’s no need to wonder whether the amazing piece you’ve found will fit. Just pull out the app for reference.

 

10. MagicPlan

Available for iOS; free

MagicPlan takes photos of your space and converts them into floor plans with accurate measurements. For an added fee, these plans can be exported in PDF, JPG, and DXF formats to share with contractors, designers, or real-estate agents.

 

11. Measured

Available for iOS; free

Lowes recently debuted this handy app, which uses augmented reality to let users measure a space or an object using only the phone’s camera. Measurements can be saved for those trips to the furniture or home improvement store.

The Zillow Digs app provides inspiration and estimates for remodeling projects.Photo: Courtesy of Zillow 


STYLING & ARRANGING HOME DESIGN APPS

 

Find the ideal furniture arrangement, try out art, or just get inspiration with these apps that will help you put the finishing touches on your space.

 

12. Rooomy

Available for iOS; free

Visualizing how new furniture will look in a space can be a challenge. With the ability to convert 2-D photos into 3-D renderings, Rooomy allows homeowners and designers to envision different configurations of art and furnishings in a specific space, with direct links to retailers when they settle on the perfect pieces.

 

13. Artfully Walls Try on Wall

Available for iOS and Android; free

Settling on art for your home may not always be as easy as buying what you love. Online art destination Artfully Walls helps you decide on an arrangement with its Try on Wall app, which uses augmented reality to display a preview of art you’re considering hanging on your own walls.

 

14. Room Planner by Ikea

Available for iOS; free

Would that Billy bookcase look better in the living room or office? Now there’s an easy way to see. Everyone’s favorite Swedish furniture purveyor has unveiled an augmented-reality app that lets users “try on” furnishings without having to navigate through the store’s maze-like aisles.

 

15. Art.com

Available for iOS; free

The online art purveyor’s new augmented-reality app lets you see how artworks will actually look on your actual wall before you purchase them, so you know that gallery wall will be perfect.

 


MAINTENANCE & UTILITY INTERIOR DESIGN APPS

 

Keep your home running smoothly with these apps that will remind you of repairs, help you with DIY tasks, or organize chores.

 

16. BrightNest

Available for iOS and Android; free

This app, from the company behind Angie’s List, acts as a personalized reminder system for the maintenance tasks that homeowners commonly forget (e.g., changing smoke-detector batteries). BrightNest also asks users a set of questions to determine which of its thousands of cleaning, organizing, DIY, design, and maintenance tips show up in the app’s feed.

 

17. Housepad

Available for iOS and Android; free

The brainchild of 1stdibs founder Michael Bruno, Housepad stores notes and visual instructions on household maintenance—shareable with family, guests, and staff. Decorators can use the to-the-trade component to catalog a home’s furnishings.

 

18. iHandy Carpenter

Available for iOS; $2

Don’t own a toolbox? Fear not. This handy app integrates some of a carpenter’s most useful tools, including a surface level, plumb bob, and steel ruler.

 


FUN & INSPIRING HOME DESIGN APP

 

19. Design Home

Available for iOS  and Android; free

If you can’t get enough of home design, then you’ll want to download this top-rated app on the double. True, you won’t actually be working on your own home, but you’ll be designing gorgeous interiors using real furniture from brands like Lexington, Article, West Elm, DWR, Brownstone, Badgley Mischka, Cynthia Rowley, and more. You’ll definitely get inspired as you design living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, dining rooms, outdoor spaces, and more—and you just may find some stunning furniture pieces you’ll want to buy IRL.


 

What Americans Love—and Hate—About Their Homes During Coronavirus, a REALTOR.com Survey

By  Clare Trapasso  |  Apr 27, 2020

There’s nothing like a pandemic forcing you to stay indoors to help you realize what’s really important in your living space.

 

As millions of Americans shelter in place, they’re realizing what they love—and what they desperately want to change—about their homes and neighborhoods.

 

The quality people valued most in their current living situation was being in a quiet neighborhood with outdoor space that’s near grocery stores and pharmacies, according to a realtor.com® survey of 1,300 homeowners and renters.

 

The survey was conducted during the week of April 5. About 13% of respondents ranked each of these characteristics highly.

 

“After more than a month of stay-at-home orders, it’s safe to say Americans are really getting to know what home features work and don’t work for their families,” realtor.com’s chief marketing officer, Nate Johnson, said in a statement.

 

That outdoor area in a quiet community can provide fresh air and a much-needed mental health break from those who have been cooped up at home for too long.

 

Ten percent of folks also appreciated having an updated kitchen, all the better for preparing meals at home when dining out is not an option. About 9% of participants liked their natural light, and 6% appreciated flexible spaces that can be used for crafting, gaming, or exercise.

 

What folks yearned for the most—but didn’t have—in their homes was more space. Hey, it’s hard to be quarantined with everyone on top of everyone else! About 19% of survey participants dreamed of additional square footage, while 13% wanted an updated kitchen and 11% wanted a home gym.

 

Updating the style of the home, wanting more natural light, and adding a yard or patio all ranked highly, with about 9% of participants each. An additional 6% hoped for an extra bathroom.

 

And since they’re stuck at home, many folks are making the best of it by finally getting around to their do-it-yourself lists. About 32% of those surveyed said they had started a home improvement project, and another 15% plan to embark on one.

 

“As we move forward, we expect the shelter-in-place experience to have a significant influence on home-buying trends and how buyers prioritize home features, neighborhoods, and home improvement projects” Johnson said in a statement.

 

The most common DIY project was finally getting around to cleaning out the closets or the garage, at 21% of participants. That was followed by gardening and planting, at 17%; painting, at 13%; redecorating a room, at 10%; and rearranging the furniture, at 9%.

 

In addition, folks were keen on adding artwork or decor to their homes, at 7%; adding a home gym or workout space, at 5%; and installing an office or work space, at 4%.

 

Clare Trapasso is the senior news editor of realtor.com and an adjunct journalism professor at the College of Mount Saint Vincent. She previously wrote for a Financial Times publication, the New York Daily News, and the Associated Press. She is also a licensed real estate agent. Contact her at clare.trapasso@realtor.com.

 

Local Perspective

The Value of Home is More Important Than Ever Before

While we are so grateful to have our homes, especially during this time of Sheltering in Place, being cooped up in your home can get monotonous.  How are you spending your time each day? Here are some ideas to spend the time that help stimulate your mind and body, and maybe even increase the value of your home or help the community at the same time!

 


Virtual Workout & Yoga Classes

Focusing on the health and wellness of you and your family is critical during these times of social distancing. It is important to keep a routine, continue to connect with others, practice mindfulness, and move your body as much as you can. Studios are offering online classes for reduced rates, donations, and even for free!

 

Amana Yoga Boulder offers a donation-based yoga class Tuesday’s at 5pm

Local instructor Lauralyn Sullivan is offering online donation-based Deep Stretch and Meditation with live Violin

Earth Yoga Boulder offers online yoga and meditation

Soul Tree Yoga in Louisville offers online yoga and meditation classes

Yoga Pod Boulder offers online yoga classes

Yoga Junction Louisville offers online yoga classes (prenatal and postnatal options too)

CorePower Yoga is offering free online classes each week

Peloton is offering a free 90-day trail of their online app that streams various fitness classes (no bike needed)

Physique57 offers Sculpting, core and barre classes, no need for equipment! There are a few free classes available, or you can buy a month for $15, use checkout code, “HilariaBaldwin” –

Yoga with Adriene offers free online yoga and she even has a kid’s yoga class

Cosmic Kids is a great resource of free online yoga and mindfulness classes for kids

 


Masterclass

Use this time to learn a new craft!  Masterclass has 82+ courses on subjects taught by world class instructors on topics like business, home design, culinary arts, writing, music, photography, and fashion.

Classes are taught by the ultimate experts in these fields.  Learn about photography from Annie Lebovitz, cooking from Gordon Ramsay, the art of makeup from Bobbi Brown, scientific thinking and communication from Neil DeGrasse-Tyson, or business leadership from Howard Shultz, to name a few. 

The annual subscription to access all the classes is $180, and they are offering a Buy One, Get one Free deal now so share it with a friend and each pay $90! 
Check it out here: https://www.masterclass.com/ 

 


DIY Home Projects

De-cluttering, organizing and creating new spaces in your home or backyard always brings a sense of accomplishment and gives your home life and energy, and you something to do! 

Easy Home Updates You Can Do Now
https://coloradolandmarkblog.com/easy-home-updates-you-can-do-now/

Family Arts and Crafts Ideas to Keep Little Hands Busy
https://coloradolandmarkblog.com/family-arts-craft-ideas-to-keep-little-hands-busy

DIY Network offers a great article on 17 ways to get instant curb appeal for less than $100!

Real Simple offers  10 Fun, Quarantine Hobbies to Try Right Now 

 


Support Local Businesses!

In Downtown Boulder, over 70% of our businesses are locally owned and operated. Many of the employees who work at these businesses are our family, friends and neighbors. This is our time to come together as a community and help.

 


Protect Your Mental Health

Having to make significant changes to our everyday lives in the face of uncertainty and adversity can be overwhelming and stressful. As life continues to change, it’s important that we show ourselves compassion through this process. Here are some ideas to help protect your mental health during this time of crisis. 

Here are 6 Ideas from CU Boulder:

6 Ways to Protect Your Mental Health During A Crisis 

14-Day Plan to Help Manage Coronavirus Stress: 

Two Week Stress Less Plan

The Scientific Reasons Showing Kindness Helps Ease Anxiety: 

realsimple.com/health/mind-mood/kindness-helps-anxiety

Online Happiness Class from Yale University: 

realsimple.com/syndication/yale-university-happiness-class-now

 


 

A Sense of Normalcy

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Create a Sense Of Normalcy During This Time of Uncertainty


1. Establish a Routine
Why? Routines can help you manage your emotional and mental health. “By making sure that you have some good routines in place, like exercise, connection, and putting limits on your news consumption, you can maintain some semblance of groundedness, even though we are all dealing with so many unanswered questions,” psychologist Patricia Thompson, Ph.D.


 


2. Make Your Home A Workable Space
This new norm…working, parenting, and now teaching from home is our reality. By setting up a dedicated work space, limiting distractions such as news and social media, we invite stability back into our lives.

 


 

3. Let Nature Be Your Refuge
The human connection with nature has important therapeutic benefits for mental health. Birds are busy making their nests, trees are starting to sprout and flowers are beginning to blossom. Let nature be your joy!

 

 


4. Keep Moving Forward
Are you planning a move? Juggling a variety of moving tasks isn’t easy. However, with the right organizational know-how, it can be done. A well-coordinated relocation is at your fingertips. Please reach out to us and we can provide you with a plan and our professional recommendations.

 


During this time, try to remember
that anxiety is a blend of
fear  and  hope, and see
if you can keep the hope part in mind.

We’re In This Together and We  Will  Get Through It!

Please reach out to us, your Org & Relo Team anytime.

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Easy Home Updates You Can Do Now


Being stuck at home can be overwhelming at times but look on the bright (or maybe dusty!) side – now maybe you have time to get a jump start on spring cleaning.  Here are some easy, affordable updates to keep you and your family busy and help your home look its best.

 

Whether you are thinking about selling, or simply want to clean up and simplify your life, the #1 to-do on many people’s list is de-cluttering. This can be time consuming if you have many different items to sort through, so it’s the perfect opportunity to tackle the more daunting tasks. Here are some great tips from tidying expert Marie Kondo, to help keep you motivated and spark some joy in cleaning!

https://www.insider.com/tidying-up-with-marie-kondo-organizing-tips-2019-1#stay-committed-to-the-process-and-know-that-theres-an-end-1

Is there a room in your house that could use a fresh coat of paint to liven it up? It’s amazing what changing the color of a space can do for the feel of it! Even adding an accent or two is an inexpensive way to change a room and make it more open and spacious. Bringing more energy into an area makes everyone happier and helps with the flow of the environment. Here are some fun painting ideas to get you started: 

https://www.familyhandyman.com/painting/13-great-paint-ideas-for-your-living-room/

Now that we are starting to see some warmer weather and sunny days, it’s time to start thinking about your garden and cleaning up the landscaping for the summer! Trimming up dead bushes and shrubs helps make sure the new growth can reach the sun and get big and strong. There are tons of things you can do to get your equipment ready as well as your yard, for the long summer ahead. Here are ten early spring yard maintenance tips from the Farmers Almanac to keep you on track:

https://www.almanac.com/content/10-tips-maintaining-beautiful-yard


Cleaning and disinfecting is at the top of everyone’s list right now, with trying to keep the spread of germs down and help everyone stay healthy. A clean home is where it starts so here are 20 Genius Cleaning Hacks for a Tidy Home in No Time!

https://www.bhg.com/homekeeping/house-cleaning/tips/cleaning-hacks/

Want some more great ideas on how to stay busy making home improvements while your spending more time there? Here’s a great list of ideas from Better Homes & Gardens if you need some more inspiration!

https://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/remodeling/budget-remodels/weekend-home-projects/?slide=slide_21b112de-9100-4fb6-9843-dec4bcfeb40b#slide_21b112de-9100-4fb6-9843-dec4bcfeb40b

Dress To Impress: Selling Your Home

Dressing up your home to sell is extremely important and goes a long way when you have interested buyers trying to nail down the perfect home they’ve been searching for. Of course they want to see the home but more importantly, they want to envision themselves living in it. Styling and staging your living spaces in the right way will not only make your home more marketable, but it will also give potential buyers a glimpse of your home’s potential and sense of personality.  Read along below for a few fabulous tips to keep in mind as you begin to introduce your home to interested buyers. 

1. Incorporate Color

Don’t settle for bland colors throughout the house. Having pops of color will add a little more life to each room, while attracting the eyes of those who are previewing your home. Not sure where to start? Add a few colorful home accents here and there such a throw pillows, rugs, vases or lamps to really grab the attention of potential buyers.

2. Mismatching Furniture

It is easy to stick to symmetry and uniformity when it comes to furniture in order keep consistency throughout your home. Although not a bad thing, sometimes mismatching different pieces of furniture will help off-set or break up the redundancy and create a cozier, more visually authentic feel. Different styled or colored chairs around the dining room table is a good example of this.

3. Painted Cabinets 

A great way to brighten up your kitchen or bathroom on a budget is by painting the cabinets. You can also embellish the cabinets by swapping out handles and knobs for more modern, edgier styles. These simple touches will make your kitchen or wash room feel crisp and modern!

4. Lighting 

Believe it or not — lighting can make all the difference in a room. Rustic, glass or shimmering lamps provide texture and warmth to the room and will serve as more attractive, eye-catching accents. Chandeliers can also add elegance and grandeur to your living and/or dining rooms.

5. Maintaining the Outdoors

Nowadays, there is a strong desire for open and well-maintained outdoor living spaces. One way to appeal to this feature is by taking advantage of any patio space or decks you may have. Add a sitting area, pots and planters, a grill, and lighting/lanterns to provide your home with an outdoor retreat. If your home doesn’t have a patio or deck, create your own space by planting small, lush gardens with a few cozy chairs overlooking the flower beds. Complete the area by adding a stone walkway that leads you to the garden from your home.

INCREASING YOUR HOME’S CURB APPEAL

Are you looking to spruce up your home’s curb appeal? If so, try a few of these simple tricks to help your home make a statement – It’s all in the details! 

1. Colorize Your Front Door

A great way to help your home’s curb appeal is by painting the front door. Easy, right? Adding a splash of color can make all the difference. A front door that “pops” immediately catches the eye and creates a more welcoming feel.

2. Embellish With House Numbers

Customize your home with big, bold house numbers that really speak to your home. Swap out the old and find the right style that matches your home’s personality. You’ll be surprised at how much of a difference it makes!

3. Freshen Up The Porch 

If you have a porch visible to the street, add furniture to fill any empty, barren spaces. This will not only liven up the entrance to your home, but it will also provide you with a peaceful area to relax, sit and ENJOY!

4. Swap Out Porch Lighting 

Have you had the same old, dreary sconce porch lighting since you moved in? Time to switch it up! Swapping out old porch lighting to newer, more contemporary forms of lighting will instantly give your home a glow (pun intended)!

5. Flowers Are Your Friends 

Gardening is one of the most effective ways to increase your home’s curb appeal. Adding flowers, bushes, oriental grasses and other vegetation will help brighten up your home and create a lush landscape that will set your home apart!

6. Paint The Garage Door

Most garages take up A LOT of visual space so it is important to keep your garage doors looking clean and well-maintained. If you think your garage doors may be in need of some help, spruce them up with a fresh coat of paint or try applying new hardware and/or handles to give them some personality!

7. Add A Fence

Adding a low fence around the front yard creates depth and ultimately gives the illusion of a bigger, more expansive yard! It also serves as a great boundary between the busy neighborhood street and your residence.

8.  Transform The Side Yard 

Cover up any eye-sores on the sides of your homes by creating a space just for them. Keep them camouflaged through attractive fencing or by surrounding them with large, beautiful bushes. Adding a stone walkway or path along with a terrace will complete the look!

Take Care of Your Home Through the Fall Season

Fall Tree

The leaves are changing and there’s a chill in the air – what a beautiful time to live in Colorado!

Fall is a great time to take care of your home and keep it looking great as the seasons change.  If you are selling your home, it’s especially important to keep working on the curb appeal.

Here are some tips to keep your home looking great during the Fall season:

– Rake and remove dead leaves as often as possible, especially sweep porches and walkways.

– As leaves and debris build up, it is VERY important to clean your gutters and downspouts frequently, so once the snow starts flying, the gutters are clean and ready to do their job.

– Remove weeds  and trim back dying plants from your  flowerpots, lawn and garden.

– Bring in pots of heartier flowers like chrystanthemums or place some pumpkins or other fall items around your front porch area and keep them neat – remember simple is better. Also, store empty flowerpots in your garage or shed.

– Have your sprinkler lines blown out and winterized before the first freeze – no one wants to deal with broken pipes!

– Be sure to aerate your lawn and fertilize before the ground freezes.  Consider planting some bulbs for the coming spring.

– Have your furnace serviced by a HVAC professional, and purchase extra filters to get you through the winter months.

– Check all windows and doors, and add caulk or weather stripping to seal any areas as needed.

– Take some time to check all exterior light bulbs.

– Cover or store patio and lawn furniture.

– Change out your lighter window coverings, throw pillows, and other accessories for warmer seasonal ones (again – think ‘simple’).

– This is also a great time to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Taking care of these items now will keep your house in great showing condition, and ensure that you won’t be worrying about your home once the snow starts flying.