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Make a Top 10 List

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

MAKE A TOP 10 LIST

Recently a powerful desert Monsoon thunderstorm hit our neighborhood. Within minutes, the wind was blowing through the trees bending them like tiny twigs. Then it happened, a sudden violent microburst of rain, wind, noise, and natural power turned the view out the window into a blurry sheet of water. As we watched the violence transform our landscape and break tree limbs, I could not help but wonder how much this beautiful act of Monsoonal nature was going to cost me!

When the torrential rain subsided, I made my way outside to assess the damage. I looked upward toward the roofline along the second story of the house and noticed the damage left by our violent visitor. An entire section of roof tiles had been peeled back from the roof’s edge.

After my initial angst with mother nature, I ruled out reporting the damage to our home owners insurance company. I did not want to call a roofer I did not know because they would already be inundated by similar emergencies. So, I called my trusted roofer listed in my cell phone directory. I had worked with him over the years on several custom homes. He came by the next day to fix the damage. I was fortunate to have his number on hand, it saved a lot of stress and time.

It is a very good idea to make a list of professionals you can call on at a moment’s notice for those unexpected emergencies and repairs that occur around the home. With a little prior planning, the stress of home repairs can be lessened by being able to quickly call on professionals you already know or have been referred to by friends. Here is a list of the top 10 professionals you may want to include on this list:

  1. Plumber
  2. Electrician
  3. Roofer
  4. Arborist (Gardener)
  5. Carpenter
  6. General Contractor (for major damage or repairs)
  7. Heating & Air Conditioning
  8. Handyman (for minor repairs and maintenance)
  9. Tile, Stone, Flooring contractor
  10. Mason

A Life Less Cluttered

Monday, July 20th, 2009

A Life Less Cluttered

In a recent article about a mom who was trying to organize her kids’ stuff, a friend proclaimed, “I feel that if you’re organized, you are a better person.” This statement may sound a bit smug and somewhat self-righteous. After having worked on many organization projects myself, I see truth in this comment. 

How does getting organized help you to become a better person? Maria Garcia of Get Organized Now! gives 10 little-known benefits of becoming organized: 

  1. more time to relax
  2. more time for yourself
  3. more time for your loved ones
  4. a good feeling about your environment
  5. a better role model
  6. a healthier lifestyle
  7. ability to breathe better
  8. ability to do better professionally
  9. save more money
  10. achieve more 

Any efforts you make to improve your living space will reap great rewards. Think about the life you have envisioned for yourself. How much of that life are you living now? There are so many good things that you can spend your life doing and being instead of constantly wading through piles of magazines, swimming through kid’s toys and papers or drowning in excess stuff you don’t really need. 

Decide to begin today to improve one space in your home. If you are so overwhelmed that you don’t know where to begin, start in your master bedroom. Give yourself a clean space to retire to at night and awaken to in the morning.   

You will find that a transformation will take place in your life by taking charge of your stuff instead of letting it control you. 

 

Organizing the Home, Garage, Office or Life

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Organizing Your Home: Getting Started

Your home is a sanctuary; a place to relax, rejuvenate and recharge. However, a home filled with clutter and “stuff” can not only rob you of peace and tranquility, but, most importantly, your life.

Stephanie Denton, author of The Organized Life: Secrets of An Expert Organizer states, “Being organized is about living the life you want to live. It’s more than creating a beautiful space or getting things done fast, although both are extremely valuable results of getting organized. Being organized is about reaching for your dreams and having an environment that supports your doing so.”

Here are some tips to help you get started:

• Begin with the room that, if organized, would make the most difference to you. This is usually the room in which you spend most of your time.

• Always have a garbage can, recycling bin and donation box handy when you go thru stuff. These are three of your most important organizing tools.

• Take on one small space at a time to avoid getting overwhelmed. Tackle a drawer or a shelf. You can always do more if you still have energy and are motivated.

• Assign a home to every object. Always do this before you go out and purchase containers or bins. This way you can be sure that the object is in its best place and your containers will fit.

• Purge regularly. Start with things that are most current and then tackle older projects. Maintenance is key so as things come into the home, such as mail, take care of it immediately by disposing, filing or creating a space for it.

Your home can and should be a place for dreams. You will be surprised how much peace you will experience when your home is organized and clutter-free. 

If you would like advice and expert coaching through any organization project, give us a call or email. We can assist you in navigating this process and getting your home, office, garage, or life organized. An expert coach is an invaluable asset, no matter the task or goal. 

Home Sweet Home

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

“Home is where the heart is” Fact or fiction?  For me, a definite truth. 

In essence our perfect place, our home, is anywhere we feel most loved and secure.  George Moore is quoted as saying, “A man travels the world in search of what he needs, and returns home to find it.”  The physical environment surrounding this personal utopia of happiness can have a dramatic impact on our feeling complete in all respects.  (more…)

“The Perfect Place” Home

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

“The purpose of life is a life or purpose”  ~ Robert Byrne ~ 

Webster’s defines “perfect” as, complete in all respects; without defect or omission; sound; flawless.  Rarely in our adult life do we come across something, someone, or someplace which is “perfect.”  For those fortunate enough to recall a worry-free blissfulness of childhood, or a passing sensation of complete wholeness with life and our surroundings, the definition mentioned above will instantly transport us to such a moment.  (more…)

10 Boomer Trends in Custom Homes

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Over the years I’ve had the pleasure of working with retiring couples, actively employed seniors, and those categorized as “boomers”.  These people are extremely giving and warm.  Many have worked for decades creating a lifestyle for themselves based on family, friends, and nostalgic memories.  I would like to briefly share a few characteristics which have consistently been an essential living trait boomers want in their DREAM HOME.  (more…)

The Dream Home is alive and well !!

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

In January 2009, during a recent job site visit of a luxury home under construction, I took some time to look around at what other builders are doing in the area. I wanted to get a feel for what is actually happening in the custom home market, aside from all the gloom and doom we constantly hear about.

One of the projects I am currently consulting on is located in the Gated Tom Fazio designed golf course community of Mirabel, located in north Scottsdale, AZ. This community is comprised of several hundred lots many exceeding the one-acre size. Many of the homes are multi-million dollar second estates for owners who live throughout the country. During the cold winter months, many of the owners return to AZ for relief, and call this community home. (more…)