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Considering a Kitchen Remodel?

    If you're thinking about a kitchen remodel in your home you should also be considering where it's best to invest your money and where your should probably compromise.  Unless you have an open ended budget, which most of us don't, compromise may be key.  Houzz has published great information that may help you through the kitchen renovation process.  What would be some of your trade-offs and what's your non-negotiable?  I would love to hear!




Need another reason to call the beach home?

We all know that the First Coast has so much to offer and with the real estate market booming right now, there's no better time to make a move!  The best beaches line the coast off Jacksonville and the A+ St. Johns County School District makes Ponte Vedra Beach and Nocatee even more appealing to those moving to the area.  Yesterday WalletHub named Florida the 2nd most fun state in America and today, has named Atlantic Beach's Safe Harbor Seafood as the Best Seafood Restaurant in Florida.  Love seafood?  Then you'll love living here and being close to Safe Harbor.  Let's get your home search started and get you to the "funshine state"

Rightsizing Your Life!


Ten Tips for Rightsizing Your Life

Let the Design 55 team guide you towards a more simplified lifestyle

1. Set Modest Goals

Start small: a room, a closet, a shelf, a drawer, or a part of the basement. Begin in the areas of the house that you are currently not using. Start the sorting and clearing process in these rooms, because it will be least disruptive to your everyday life.

2. Create a Floor Plan for Your New Home

Most likely you will need to scale down the number of belongings you take to your new home. You will need to compare the size of your new home with your current home and visualize where your possessions will go. If space forces you to choose between some loved items, the decision will be easier for you to see with a floor plan on paper. Remember to make space for the things you love.

3. Begin Step-by-Step

For many people, starting the sorting and decision-making process is a daunting process. Make sure you approach it step-by-step, pile-by-pile until the job is finished. Start working in a specific room in your house or even a specific area of a room like a closet or a drawer. Begin somewhere, but begin.

4. Ask the Tough Questions

It's easier to get rid of belongings from rooms that are mostly used for storage, such as an attic or basement. There is less sentimental attachment to items that are simply being stored rather than used. Be realistic.

· When was the last time I used this?

· If I do use it, how often and why? What purpose does it serve?

· Is the item in good shape and easy to care for?

· Can I get by without it? Do I own another item that can serve the same purpose as this one?

· Is this item something I love? Does it have sentimental value?

· Could someone else benefit more from its use?

5. Organize into Categories

Decide what is still truly important for you to keep and what you are ready to let someone else enjoy. Create a sorting system before you begin.

· Household items to keep

· Items to give to family and friends

· Items to sell

· Stuff to donate to a favorite charity

· Broken items and stuff to toss

· Items for storage

· Things for the “maybe” pile---things I can’t decide about now and I need more time to think about

6. Take What You Love

Downsizing can be difficult. It helps to focus on the things in your home that have meaning for you, even if you have not used them in a while. Write a list of all the items you love and can’t live without. Keep what is most important to you and you will not be upset about the things that you can no longer keep.

7. Take Your Time

Sorting is exhausting. It will take a lot of time to go through all of your possessions, especially if you've lived in your home for many years. Plan to spend a few hours at a time working through the sorting process. This is not a task that you can do for long periods of time at any age. Make it a leisurely process for several months before your move and you'll not only feel more prepared but more relaxed about your move as well. Give yourself time to work through it. If you're tired, rest. Take a break. Go for a walk.

8. Making it Easier to Let Go

Sorting is as much about sorting through a lifetime of memories as it is about possessions. Don't expect to pack up those framed portraits of your parents and grandparents without shedding a tear! Belongings all contain memories, so take the time to reflect. Start a sentimental pile of possessions to pass on to family members. It will make you feel better to know that the family heirlooms are still around - just not under your roof.

9. Decision Making, Round Two

Remember the 80/20 principle. Most people use only 20% of what they have. The other 80% is just taking up space. After deciding what you “absolutely must keep,” give yourself a one-week break and go back through your possessions another time with a more critical eye. Once you get used to the idea of parting with certain belongings, it may be easier to make a final decision the second time around.

10. Call in the Pros!

If the last thing you want to do is add stress to your already busy “to-do” list, call in the Pros! The Design 55 team manages the stress to make the transition easier for you and your family. Call us at 904-826-7055 for a no-obligation home consultation.

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Spring is in the Air

These warmer Florida days bring out the longing for the outdoors in all of us.  Maybe curled up on the front porch enjoying your morning coffee and a good book, watching the birds start the morning at the bird feeder or enjoying some quiet time before starting your day ... just taking it all in.  Spring not only brings warmer temps but some spring cleaning too.  Time to dust off the cobwebs, change out the chair cushions and get ready to enjoy your front porch again.  Take some tips from the Houzz article: 10 Essentials for a Welcoming Front Porch.  Which is your favorite? 




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