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November
28

How to Organize Your Holiday Decorations

holiday decorations

Decorating your house is a great way to get into the holiday spirit. Especially if you recently moved into a new home, you probably can't wait to shop for new decor. But before you start stocking up on new holiday decorations, it's important to consider how you'll store them. With a little creativity, it's not that hard to stash them away. Our real estate agents have come across some incredible holiday decoration storage and organization ideas over the years, and they're excited to share them below.

  • Put Your Tree in a Rolling Case
    Artificial trees are cumbersome, heavy, and hard to find space for. One solution is to pack your tree into a rolling case. Several brands make wheeled cases specifically for trees. If your tree comes apart into smaller sections, you could even store it in a large suitcase. Park the rolling case in a closet or storage room on the same floor where you display the tree, and you've cleaned up for another year.

  • Store Wrapping Paper in an Over-the-Door Shoe Holder
    You've probably seen those plastic, over-the-door shoe holders that have slots for each shoe. Buy one for your holiday wrapping paper. Put it over the door in your storage room. Place rolls of wrapping paper in the bottom slots so they can stand up over the other compartments. Keep bows, ribbons, tape, and other wrapping accessories in the upper slots.

  • Keep Hooks and Hangers in a Tackle Box
    In a new home, you may need lots of hangers to experiment with different ways of hanging decorations. Purchase a plastic tackle box at your local outdoor store. Use it to store hangers, books, string, zip ties, and other accessories you use to hang decorations. Each item can have its own slot, so they don't get tangled together or lost.

  • Vacuum-Seal Tree Skirts and Tablecloths
    Do you have a tree skirt and other large linen items like holiday tablecloths? These items can take up an entire dresser if you simply fold and stack them. Instead, try putting them inside vacuum storage bags. There are ones you can purchase that are compatible with home vacuums. You use the vacuum cleaner to suck the air out, condensing the item. You'll then be able to fit more linen items in a single drawer.

  • Use Clear Totes
    If you have figurines, wreaths, and other cumbersome decorations, it's usually easiest to store them in tote bins. Use clear totes, and you won't find yourself having to take the lids off multiple tote boxes to find what you need. (You'll still want to label the totes, too.)

  • Store Lights Inside Toilet Paper Tubes
    Are you tired of holiday string lights getting tangled in storage? Try running them through cardboard toilet paper tubes to keep them straight. The tubes will keep them separate and straight. Use longer paper towel tubes for longer strings of lights.

  • Put Small Ornaments in Egg Cartons
    Egg cartons are sturdy enough to protect eggs, so they should be sturdy enough to also protect your fragile ornaments. Put one small ornament in each slot. You can easily stack a few filled egg cartons inside a tote box or large plastic container. If you really want to be organized, sort your ornaments by color or type. For instance, you could put all red ornaments in one egg carton and all green ones in another carton. 

We hope these tips serve you well as you decorate (and un-decorate) your home this year. If you're still looking for Richmond homes for sale, don't hesitate to contact us. Our friendly agents can help you find the perfect place to settle in.

June
14

How to Get Started With Upcycling Furniture

Upcycle Furniture

Where mere recycling does keep junk from hitting the landfills, upcycling breathes new life into old items and increases their value. The result is one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture that make a statement in your home. As our real estate agents show you some of our beautiful Central Virginia homes for sale, look for ways some homeowners have used upcycling to their advantage. Then let your own imagination soar.

  • A Solid Foundation
    As you browse thrift shops, you'll notice a vast difference in the quality of the materials used. Close your eyes to the water ring on the top of the bureau; it can be sanded away. Pay more attention to the sturdiness of the structure. While loose table legs can be secured, deep gouges in the wood or peeling veneer can be difficult to repair without leaving unsightly scars. 

  • Get Creative
    Some items can be difficult to imagine fulfilling a different purpose. For example, an outdated television cabinet, try to envision it with the doors removed and a new finish. Would it serve as shelving in the craft room? Or would it look better holding that eclectic collection of memorabilia from your travels? And don't get hung up on the boring maple stain from the '70s. You can change it to whatever finish you want to match the rest of your furniture.

  • Be Bold
    The real beauty of a home decorated with upcycled furniture is its totally unique character. You won't find a duplicate in a magazine or on Pinterest. This is your opportunity to inject your own personality in the house beyond just hanging family photos. So if you want to repurpose a thrift store treasure completely, go for it! An old cabinet door can become a beautiful end table, while dresser drawers can make stunning shelves. The only voice that will tell you that you can't do that is the one in your head.

  • Research Finish Options
    If your distressed chest of drawers makes your eyes hurt, don't feel alone. That weathered look is great if that's what you want, but what if your goal is an ultra-modern house? The good news is that the home improvement stores are loaded with millions of options. Think about the overall color scheme of the house and what will look best with it. Consider the style. A tabletop could be a piece of polished metal or a mirror. Remember, it's all about you.
     
  • Outsource if Needed
    Let's face it. We don't all have unlimited skills. But you don't have to limit your goals. When you find that great overstuffed chair for your home library, but the Naugahyde is split, there's no reason why you can't pay to have it reupholstered in the luxury fabric of your choice. Or perhaps you don't have the time or inclination to do a job yourself. A handyman would be happy to hang the shelves or paint a chest of drawers. An art student from your local junior college would likely be thrilled to get paid to add a mosaic top to an end table. 

Richmond has many beautiful houses just waiting for someone to make them their own. Contact us for assistance in finding yours. 

March
25

Moving to Your Henrico Home: Purge Before You Pack

Moving to a Henrico Home Tips for Packing

No doubt preparing for a move is a big deal, whether you're moving across town or the country. Are you moving from your current home, and feeling a little overwhelmed with all of the stuff that you'll have to take with you?

One of the best ways to simplify your move is to follow a straightforward rule: Purge before you pack. By getting rid of unnecessary items in your home--and we all have them--you can lighten your load, speed up the packing process, and maybe even save a bit of money in the process. Our real estate agents know what it takes to make a seamless move, and we've got some tips to help you prepare when moving to a new home in Henrico County.

Clearing the Clutter Before You Move

Let's say you've been shopping for homes in Henrico County, have found the right match, and now all that's left is to plan so that you're ready to make your move. Just one problem... where do you start, when there's just so much? If you've lived in your current home for a long time, then there's a good chance you've accumulated plenty of clutter, and there may be items stored away that you haven't even thought about in years.

If you want to make life easier, then it's time to purge before you pack, and decide what's worth taking with you to your new home:

  • Clean Closets and Decide on Clothes – Are your closets filled with too many years worth of clothes? That makes them the perfect place to start. Go through your closet, decide which clothes you can do without, which no longer fit, and which items have their best days behind them. Donate items that are in good condition, dispose of things that are worn, and consider consignment for valuable items you no longer need.

  • Donate or Sell Unwanted Household Items – Do you have furniture or knick-knacks that won't be making the trip to your new home? There are many charitable organizations which accept used furniture, which can be great for seeing your unwanted items given new life with someone who needs them. If there are furnishings you may use in the future, renting a storage unit is always an option.

  • Get Rid of Unwanted Electronics and Appliances – Unwanted electronics and appliances may be donated, though most organizations prefer to accept newer items less than 5 or 10 years old. Of course, items that still have high value may also be sold, providing one less thing to pack and a little extra money for your move.

  • Don't Forget the Pantry – A full pantry is a great thing... except when you have to move all of those cans and containers to a new home. If your pantry is stocked with items you'd rather not bring, donating to the local food bank is a great way to support a good cause and lighten your load.

  • Dispose of Hazardous Items Safely – Do you have paint, pool chemicals, fuel, aerosols, or fire extinguishers that won't be making the move? Moving companies will not allow these items on their trucks, so you'll want to get rid of them in an environmentally friendly way. Dispose of them safely at your local hazardous waste disposal facility.

Dreaming of a move to a new home, but still searching to find the right match? Let our experienced, local real estate team help. Contact Napier ERA to buy, sell, and learn about homes in the Henrico County, VA area.

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