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Home Staging by Simple Spaces

I’m pleased to announce that I am now offering vacant home staging from my business as a service for agents, builders, and individual sellers! I am working on updating my website and will have more info to come, but I want to share with you pictures from my first job.

I had started a blog to share the listing, but the property went under contract 3 days after it hit the MLS, so I didn’t have time to finish my post!

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Nilesh Jethwa of Next Home Cape Fear contacted me about this home, because it had been on the market for a few months with no movement. He, along with the sellers, decided to try relisting it with fresh paint and staging. As you can see, it worked! I’m so thankful to be a part of this success along with Nilesh and Crystal Glass Photography who took the MLS photos.

Below I’m sharing some Before/After shots that I took to show you the difference staging makes. Some are with prior paint colors and some I took after the walls were painted. You can see the drastic enhancement staging makes- even with fresh paint in a vacant room!

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Living Room – with new paint in “before”

 

 

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Dining Room – with new paint in “before”

 

 

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Master Bedroom – with original paint

 

 

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Hall Bathroom – with fresh paint in the “before”

 

 

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Entryway. I was unable to get a “before” shot due to lighting. This table with a few touches really made it feel inviting.

 

 

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Close-up of the bed

 

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Dresser with mirror

 

If you or someone you know is in need of home staging, please remember me. I will make sure your home stands out to potential buyers!

Melissa

Get Organized. Simply Live

 

Organizing Your Family

Life moves fast

All of us find ourselves constantly on the run, especially during the week. Coordinating family schedules and maintaining good communication can be tricky, but it’s essential. Having a “message center” in your home can help reduce stress for the entire family.

Message Center

A message center is simply the center of written communication for a household. I have seen individuals living alone also utilize a space like this more as a “command center”, which is essentially a physical place to organize your brain.

Items to keep in your message center might include

Calendar

Bills, mail

Reminders for yourself and each other

Basic supplies such as a pair of scissors, roll of tape, pen, sharpie, stamps, etc.

Stationary and envelopes

Invitations for parties displayed on a bulletin board (don’t forget to put them in your calendar as well!)

Keep this in mind:

Don’t set up yours exactly like one you see on Pinterest or at your friends house. You must customize it to fit the needs of your family. Otherwise, it will only add stress instead of benefiting  you.

You may see that you can combine this space with another. In my own home, this space exists in conjunction with my office/workspace. And then we put outgoing items (things that need to be returned to a store or borrowed items to return to people) in our mudroom.

I recently worked with a client on creating this space within her living room bookcase.

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There are many spaces in which a message center can be incorporated to help you with personal or family organization.

Be thorough. Be creative. And make it fit YOUR needs.

Keep it Simple,

Melissa

Get Organized. Simply Live.

Garage Organizing Success

I often receive calls from people wanting to gift a loved one with organizing, whether it be through a gift certificate or my completing the project as a surprise. A few weeks before Christmas, I was contacted by a lovely woman who wanted to organize her garage as a Christmas gift to her husband. My first thoughts were: “What a gift!” The garage is the space that most of us cringe at the thought of conquering. This woman was up for the challenge. And she wanted to do it for her husband in order to take something off his plate and make his life easier.

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We did some consulting through the phone and email, came up with a plan of action, and while her husband was away on business I came over and we got to work!

There was existing pegboard, some hooks, and a set of 2 floating shelves. We had a few things to work with. My client purchased a set of utility shelves, storage tubs, and a few pegboard accessories. We created zones, moved things around, and utilized new storage solutions.

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I am shocked that we finished in less than 3 hours!

Though we went through the shelves housing all things fishing, there were a few small boxes of fishing gear for my client (and her husband once he was home) to go through before it was complete. Below is a picture before going through the shelves.

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When I went over for final pictures I was elated! Look at the fishing gear zone now!

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The tools were divided into two separate places, one being on the other side of the garage. We consolidated the tools and put the pegboard above the table to good use!

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Cleaning tools have their own spot.

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Yard tools have a place together as well.

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We took full advantage of the pegboard and hung everything we could, including beach chairs.

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One set of utility shelves was just right. Loose items are organized and stored in see-through totes for easy locating.

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Lastly and certainly most importantly: Her husband came home and was BLOWN AWAY! Perfect gift for him! Now they can both find everything they need right away, and don’t have to waste anymore time trying to figure out how to organize the garage. Its done! Everything has a home and all that’s required is putting it back after its used.

Here are a few more shots of the transformation!

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I felt honored to be a part of this tremendous Christmas gift that brought much relief and joy to both the husband and his wife.

AND THAT’S NOT ALL. There’s nothing like hearing it straight from the source! Go here to view my client’s testimonial video.

Every client, every project, and every story is different. Each time I walk away with a renewed passion for helping people get organized so that they can spend their time LIVING.

Melissa

Get Organized. Simply Live.

Closet Organizing Special

Is your closet driving you nuts? Do you feel like you have nothing to wear? Do you try again and again to bring some sense of order with no lasting results?

I have a special just for you! For the next 2 weeks, you can book a closet organizing session with me at a special price. This includes 2 hours of:

  • Picking my brain for storage solutions.
  • Strategizing for easy maintenance.
  • Hands on help with purging as we go through some of your clothing racks and shelves using my simple strategy.
  • No hassle donating. At the end of the session, I will take all your unwanted items from the purge to be donated and mail you the tax receipt. You will be simply left with progress made in your closet.

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Take note, the thing this does NOT include is judgement on my part. The positive feedback I receive from clients always includes: “And she didn’t judge me.”

It DOES include my encouragement and professionalism.

I DO want to help you figure out how to maximize storage in your closet. Walking into chaos everyday with no hope for solution is taxing. Mentally and emotionally exhausting. You don’t have to live that way.

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I DO want to help you feel confident in what you wear. Our closets, after all, house the very items that we utilize to express ourselves to the world. The items in our closet have the power to change the way we feel about ourselves, as well as how we present ourselves to others.

For the next two weeks, you can book me for a 2 hour closet organizing session for $100. Contact me by sending a message complete with your contact info to: Melissa@GetSimpleSpaces.com

Do you need help with a different closet? This special applies to any closet in your home.

I look forward to helping you with the transformation,

Melissa

Get Organized. Simply Live.

 

Enough With The Stuff

I can guarantee that MOST of you reading this post have enough. Particularly, enough STUFF in your home. Enough for you. And if some of you were completely honest, you have enough stuff for another entire family!

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Yet we all strive for more. MORE! And it clutters up our living spaces and interferes with our ability to do just that.

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The overflow of stuff interferes with our ability to enjoy doing life with those we love.

I am sending out a challenge to take steps to DECREASE and ORGANIZE in 2016. My challenge is simple, I promise :)

  1. Pick a few spaces in your home. Choose 1 per month for the next 3 months.
  2. Take an inventory of what is there. What are you using? What are you not using? Are there any 2 things that serve the same purpose?
  3. Get rid of some stuff. Donate the unused items. Donate the extras. Part with those things you spent too much money on. What is most important to you: Keeping stuff that is stressing you out because you spent a lot of money on it? Or feeling peaceful and at ease when you walk into your decluttered home where everything has a purpose and place?

There you go. Decluttering, simplified.

Start small. Build momentum. Relish in the victory.

If you keep starting and stopping, if you are stuck, if you feel overwhelmed, if you feel like you need help, contact me! I offer consulting, as well hands-on organizing services. I also offer coaching if you feel that you can tackle on your own, but just need someone to track your progress, offer troubleshooting, and encourage you. Are you not local? No problem! I offer virtual consulting and coaching via phone, email, and video chat! I have never had a client that regretted reaching out for assistance.

Make 2016 count!

Melissa

Get Organized. Simply Live.

“After moving into a smaller house and downsizing almost 2,000 square feet, I was overwhelmed with all of our stuff that no longer had a place! I finally admitted that I needed help, and Melissa was wonderful! She came over and we came up with a workable plan that she then helped me implement over the course of several weeks. She is realistic, practical, and non-judgemental, and I can tell that she is passionate about what she does and helping the people she works with. Months later, my house is still transformed and I am no longer stressed and overwhelmed about the loss of space.” ~Sarah