John R. Lefferdink and Associates

John R. Lefferdink and Associates
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Organize Your Home for the Holidays

By Pia Mangini
Certified Home Stager and Interior Designer

Need help organizing your home but don’t know where to begin? Homeowners have a difficult time organizing their own homes. Why? Because our homes are like our children, we don’t always see all of its flaws. We’ve gotten used to the way it looks and it is emotionally difficult to change it.


Some people are simply born with an organization gene. The rest are not. If the thought of entertaining in your home this holiday season has you stressed, here are a few simple tips for organizing your main gathering space that will put the family back in your family room!


Keep Surfaces Clutter-free
The family room is often more cluttered because it is a central gathering place. Papers, books, brochures and magazines tend to accumulate on flat surfaces, particularly in the family room. The family room is often more cluttered because it's a central gathering place in the house. Purchase attractive floor baskets or baskets to fit under the sofa table to keep magazines and books neat. Store your remotes in the baskets as well..


Display Photos Creatively
A lot of small photo frames tend to clutter up a room. Photo albums and collage frames are great options for storing a lot of photos. A digital photo frame is useful for those who don't use film. Don't just use your mantel or side tables; use vertical space on the wall. Organizing your photos by date or occasion in photo boxes is especially helpful for scrap bookers who can keep these in one central location on a bookshelf.


Make Your Coffee Table Functional
Coffee tables that look great but don't have any storage for magazines, remote controls or drink coasters, are probably making your life more difficult. If you don't have the budget for a new one, consider adding low storage baskets to fit under the table. Try to keep the surface clutter free with only a statement décor piece or plant and a book or two.


Curb Your Collectible Enthusiasm
Collections can take over valuable space in a family room and can create both visual and physical clutter. Large collections display best when only a few pieces are shown at a time. Display your favorite pieces now but rotate to keep the decor fresh. Put your other pieces into an appropriately sized container and store it in a hall closet.


Tame Your Houseplants
Don’t let your houseplants overtake your room. Weed out the unhealthy plants and choose a few that are proportional to the room or your display location, accentuate your color scheme, and add life to your room. Do not place all plants on your surfaces; display some in stands corner, pedestal and tiered.


Feel free to call me about your organizing or design needs. I work closely with John and Angela to stager properties for a quicker and more profitable sale and can help you organize your home after moving day! Pia Mangini, Certified Home Stager and Designer, 760.717.0476; Please visit



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