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Relaxing on the beach reading the first edition of a wonderful new magazine that includes my NAPO-LA colleagues Deron Bos and Nonnahs Driskill. Definitely the best magazine I’ve read that focuses just on organization! Pick it up today for more than just inspiration, but education!

Relaxing on the beach reading the first edition of a wonderful new magazine that includes my NAPO-LA colleagues Deron Bos and Nonnahs Driskill. Definitely the best magazine I’ve read that focuses just on organization! Pick it up today for more than just inspiration, but education!

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I’m in love with this jewelry armoire that I found at Marshall’s. It’s really slim and the front is a full-length mirror. And at $150 it’s a great deal! #fabfound #marshalls

I’m in love with this jewelry armoire that I found at Marshall’s. It’s really slim and the front is a full-length mirror. And at $150 it’s a great deal! #fabfound #marshalls

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January is “Get Organized” Month. Tip #3: Use all the empty vases that you have crammed into a cabinet (you know you have them!) and put them to use as containers for all sorts of things around the house. I use mine in the bathroom, kitchen, and bedroom to hold decorative items, tea bags, cotton swabs, loose change, and kitchen utensils, among other things.
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January is “Get Organized” Month. Tip #3: Use all the empty vases that you have crammed into a cabinet (you know you have them!) and put them to use as containers for all sorts of things around the house. I use mine in the bathroom, kitchen, and bedroom to hold decorative items, tea bags, cotton swabs, loose change, and kitchen utensils, among other things.

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January is “Get Organized” Month. Tip #2: Ask yourself why you are holding onto your collections of things. If they are meaningful to you, they should be treated with respect and displayed appropriately for you to enjoy. If not, they should be sold, given away, or donated for others to enjoy. Also, you can stop collecting at any time! If you do not have the space for your collection, you may want to edit it down to your favorite items so you can enjoy them, whether it’s every day or just during special occasions. Resist the thought “It will be worth something someday” and realize it may be worth something right now, or it may never be worth anything and you’re just cluttering up your home with something that doesn’t bring you joy!
© K. Marie Design 2013

January is “Get Organized” Month. Tip #2: Ask yourself why you are holding onto your collections of things. If they are meaningful to you, they should be treated with respect and displayed appropriately for you to enjoy. If not, they should be sold, given away, or donated for others to enjoy. Also, you can stop collecting at any time! If you do not have the space for your collection, you may want to edit it down to your favorite items so you can enjoy them, whether it’s every day or just during special occasions. Resist the thought “It will be worth something someday” and realize it may be worth something right now, or it may never be worth anything and you’re just cluttering up your home with something that doesn’t bring you joy!

© K. Marie Design 2013

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Preparing for Next Year’s Holiday

There is still work to do after the holidays are over. Keep everything organized after the holiday season, and you’ll ensure that next year’s events are merrier than ever. 

• Have an un-decorating party with family and friends. Take time to donate or throw out holiday ornaments and decorations that you no longer love. Play your favorite music, serve treats, and enjoy time with your guests. 

• Invest in sturdy organizing containers to neatly separate and store tree trimmings and lights. Or to save money, use large cardboard boxes and cut handle holds in opposite sides. (Be sure to store in a dry area of your home.) Keep all decorations in one area of your home. Try to limit your decorations to one or two containers. 

• As you un-decorate, make a list of decorations you want to purchase for next year. Buy them at post-holiday sales — along with holiday cards and gift  wrap — but avoid purchasing items not on your list. You’ll be all set to write your cards over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend next year, beating the rush!

 • Update your holiday card list so you’ll be ready for next year. Add, modify, or delete as needed so your list will be ready to use next year. Or consider keying names and addresses into your computer and printing labels each year instead of hand writing envelopes.

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Christmas Decorating

I don’t go overboard decorating my home for Christmas (no decorative soaps, pillows, hand towels), but each thing I do is fun, involves the whole family and is meaningful in some way.  I try to keep my décor to a sprinkling of items in the main gathering rooms of the house and have found that poinsettias are an inexpensive way to make things look festive without looking tacky.  My three main are areas of decoration are:

My Christmas Village that is set up on the sideboard that separates our living room from the dining room.  It’s a small village by most collectors’ standards and I keep it more modern-looking by not putting all the fake snow underneath and having a bunch of accessories to try and make it look like a “real village”.  My aunt started this collection for me when I moved into my first home and she would buy me a new piece each year for Christmas.

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Our Christmas Pyramid from Germany.  My grandparents had one when I was little and I always loved watching it spin during Christmas.  I also love the scene in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation where Cousin Eddie spins Clark’s pyramid and breaks it!  So, when my husband and I traveled over to Munich years ago before the holidays, I made it my mission to find the most beautiful pyramid I could find and have it shipped it back here.  I also found smaller ones and bought them as gifts for some of our relatives and they too love putting them out at Christmas, lighting the candles, and watching them spin!

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Our Holiday Card Display on the sliding door.  You don’t need to buy an elaborate card display, just use what you’ve got, even if it’s a window, a wall, or a door!  I love watching the door fill up with cards from our friends and family over the month of December.

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Our Upside-Down Christmas Tree is our family’s favorite decorating tradition!  I saw it about 5 years ago at a store here in Los Angeles called Stats and thought it was so funny that I had to have it!  My husband and kids love that no one else has one and it fits perfectly with the quirkiness of our family.  Besides humor value, it has some other great qualities too. like lots of room underneath for presents, and because of its shape all of the ornaments hang away from it.  And because all of the bulk is at the top, it takes up less space in the den and I don’t have rearrange any of our furniture to put it up.  It’s a fun, family tradition that I love the look of! 

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You’ll see that you don’t need to cover your home in tinsel, lights, and mistletoe to make it feel festive at Christmastime. Just a few well-placed, meaningful decorations and you’ll have a welcoming and merry home for the holidays!

© K. Marie Design 2013

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