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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Home Office Ideas

A home office can keep you sane and organized. Whether you work from home or need a space to centralize your family’s activities, here are a few ideas to keep in mind when organizing a home office.

Determine your needs first, then identify the space you will use. How much physical space can you devote to an office? Will this solely be a work space or will it be a family organizing area? Should you devote an entire room for an office, or would a corner or closet work well for you?   Keep productivity in mind by choosing a space that keeps foot traffic and noise to a minimum, especially if you are working from home. If your home office is solely for family purposes, what area of the home makes the most sense to keep things centralized and organized?

Utilize vertical space as well as horizontal. Most of us spread our belongings horizontally throughout the home. Install shelves which extend from the floor to the ceiling to provide storage and make the most of the space. This is especially crucial in smaller areas. Place items most used within close reach, while storing unused items such as photos and memorabilia on the top shelves.

Bring nature in. Working for long periods of time in an unnatural environment is detrimental to your health and well-being. Find a room or space that utilizes as much natural light as possible. Hang artwork which includes nature. Bring in live plants to provide beautiful color, texture and detail. They will enliven the space and provide oxygen to the brain throughout the day, keeping you productive.

Make it versatile. If you’ve devoted an entire room to your home office, you will likely want to use it for other family purposes outside of work. Obvious essentials are a desk, office chair, shelving, storage and lighting. Place another small chair or chair set, end table and light to add this home element to your office. Move from your desk to the additional seating area if entertaining a client and when reading or reviewing work. Having these additional spaces within the home office gives it an ascetically pleasing look, lets you have perspective throughout the day, and provides more options for the family.

Minimize clutter. Many home offices become the gathering place for everything paper: mail, school calendars, receipts, bills, work notes, even old homework. Clear piles of paper by sorting and organizing into files, recyclable items and trash. Donate your old clunky computer to charity and invest in a laptop or desktop computer with a flat panel monitor to provide more workspace.

Stop by one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon and Newark today and talk to your sales representative about these and other ideas to properly design your home office.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Creating a Family Time Capsule


Remember how you felt after finding that beautiful red sweater you used to wear but thought was lost?

Love the feeling of reminiscing through old photos and remembering days gone by?

Ever pull out an old diary and think, “I can’t believe I did that!”?

Memories – especially fond ones can bring you back to exact moments in time instantly. The trouble is, most of us don’t remember specific events in time unless we have something to jog our memories. Each new year you say to yourself, “Wow, I can’t believe it’s (insert year) already! Where did the time go?” And each year you realize you’re not getting any younger – nor will you ever!

Capture long lost memories each year with a family time capsule. Create a family time capsule at the beginning of each new year and allow yourself an entire year to fill it up. Once it’s filled, set a “reveal date” – 5, 10, 15, even 20 years. Here are some “filler” ideas . ..

First, choose wisely a case for your time capsule. It can’t be so large it’s overwhelming. Small is okay if the items you choose to fill it with are small. Perhaps it’s a box, a plastic tub, even a large envelope. Keep the time capsule out of the way, but in a convenient place so you can come back to it with new items each month at a minimum.

Start a diary or scrapbook. Record events throughout the year with the specific intention of placing this book in the time capsule. Hang on to momentos and keepsakes throughout the year in one handy place.

Record themes. Take note of your diary or scrapbook and label each month – or the whole year in overarching themes that seem to be emerging in life.

Take and collect photos. Take pictures specifically for your time capsule and either print them out, or collect them all on a flash drive expressly for this purpose – sealed until a later date.

Place crafts and gifts handmade by the children in the time capsule.

Take pictures of your home – inside and out – specifically for this reason. You’ll be amazed at how much the landscape changes. You’ll be equally surprised by your choice of home furnishings. How often do you change the easy things in your home – pillows, throws, table tops, prints, wall art?

Do you have a baby or babies at home? Keep one or two clothing items or a favorite toy items for your time capsule. If you don’t keep it, you WILL forget.

Remember fragrance. Spray a few of your items with your favorite perfume of the day. Scent brings back memories like nothing else.

Burn a CD of fave songs.

Books – movies – places. Make a list of books you read, movies you watched, places you visited.

Record family milestones.

The sky is the limit with your family time capsule. Try it out this year and set yourself to open it in 2018 – just 5 full years from “seal date”.

At Connell’s you know we’re all about home furnishings. We live and sell them everyday. But we’re also so much more. We know your home is your castle and we know it’s the one space you make the fondest memories. We want to help you do that. Stop in to one of our two locations today in Mt. Vernon and Newark for beautiful home furnishings, exceptional service and excellent value.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Easy & Effective Storage Solutions

It’s mid February, and while the weather is an indication spring is coming one day, it’s certainly something opposite the next! Nonetheless, it will be here before we know it. After a long winter of being hunkered down inside, get ready to throw open the windows and let the sunshine and fresh air in once spring is finally here. Now is the perfect time for cleaning and clearing clutter that has accumulated throughout the winter months. As always, Connell’s has easy ideas for clearing, de-cluttering and storing to make your life a little bit easier.

Make a grand first impression with an impressive entryway. Convert a bookcase into locker-style storage for your entryway. Hang hooks to give coats and bags an easy landing place and use lidded boxes placed high up high for off-season items.

Your message center no longer has to be messy. Sort everything within your message center in piles according to what they are. Keep contact info and important to do items on the board, while moving outdated items elsewhere. Toss everything you no longer need.

Beautiful bookshelves feel and look at home. Pull everything from your bookshelves. Thoroughly clean the shelves themselves, then reorganize books in alphabetical order, by color or subject, or in some other logical fashion. Recycle magazines and identify a few books to donate.

Create a craft closet to keep your supplies centralized and organized. Identify a closet that you can turn into your crafting or scrapbooking center. Hang shelves, hooks and other storage solutions. Keep most used items at eye level, while storing lesser used items near the top or bottom of the closet.

A clutter-free home office space provides much needed sanity to your busy day. Whether you work from home or just need an office space to keep family organized, try some of these tips. Install wall mount cubes and baskets to hide clutter and give the space an organized stylish feel. Choose a simple, slim desk for your work space and look for a little lamp to free up desk space. A memo board or magnetic board for appointments and important reminders should be placed at eye level when sitting at the desk.

A positively pleasing pantry is possible. Pull everything off shelves and take a good look at the way your panty is configured. Look for storage accessories like trays and baskets to help you store more efficiently. Scrub down shelves then get ready to re-organize. Keep items most frequently used in the most accessible places.

Stop in to one of Connell’s two location in Mt. Vernon or Newark today for more great tips from our design experts. Always expect beautiful home furnishings at exceptional prices with outstanding customer service.



Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Spring Organization Tips

Finally! Open the windows and revel in fresh air! And while you’re at it, complete the final stages of spring cleaning. Now is the perfect time to get down and dirty so your home is sparkling clean for summer. Wash windows and siding, clean windowsills, mop and clean corners and hard-to-reach spaces. But beyond that, reorganize your home in a way that feels open and free. Summer is the season of the most activity, not the time to let your home weigh you down. Clear clutter. Choose a weekend or spread it out over several weeks and incorporate the following tips.

Start with a Spring Cleaning Bucket. Since cleaning in the spring involves more intense cleaning spread throughout the home, organize all of the essentials into a box or bucket that can easily be toted from room to room. Include a scrub brush, toothbrush, towels, washcloths, all-purpose and glass-cleaning sprays and a sponge.

Don’t forget your outdoor spaces. Spring cleaning is about deep cleaning, but its also about de-cluttering your space to welcome the warmer season ahead. Use lattice to organize and arrange gardening tools within easy reach. Purchase a plastic tub to store everyday tools – include your handheld shovels, diggers, hoes, a watering can and seeds for easy planting.

Conceal clutter. Winter is about snuggling and hibernation, but spring invites spaciousness. Now is the perfect time to organize and store those items that do not regularly get used. Place homework tools in drawers or boxes until Fall. Organize or recycle magazines and other loose papers. Install shelves or buy a storage bench for dual use.

Create a summer fun craft station. As you store items the kids were using during the school year, organize an area for them to create fun projects on rainy summer days. Use a box or plastic tote and include crayons, markers, construction paper, glue, scissors, stickers and other items found at the craft store.

Organize and place herbs and spices within easy reach. Spring is the perfect time to plant herbs for use throughout the summer. Keep live herbs in pots in the kitchen or nearby on the deck or patio. Place 10 to 12 of your favorite dried herbs within easy reach for use in salads and on fresh veggies throughout the summer. Fresh basil is fabulous with tomatoes from the garden. Cilantro and garlic are perfect to have on hand for homemade salsa.

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