Getting Rid of Stuff Feels Good … Why?

7-General-Action-Plan-for-Decluttering-Your-Home-Successfully-2Many of us strive for a more simplified life, in which what surrounds us are things we either truly love or truly need, preferably both. To arrive at — and to maintain — such a lifestyle, we have to get rid of things, whether it’s in one fell swoop or in small doses. While it feels like a big mountain to climb, getting rid of things ultimately feels sooo good. Here’s why.

Physical space and mental space go hand-in-hand. Clutter is visual noise, and the disarray creeps into our mental faculties as well; for some of us more than others. So it stands to reason that clearing out our physical spaces, making room for air and light and growth, would be mirrored in our psyches as well. Just think how much better you work when your desk is cleaned off — now extend that to your life.Kitchen-Counter-Declutter-Before-After-Only-Took-10-Minutes

Separating from the past can heal us. We hang onto so many things because of the memories tied to them. When we de-clutter, we have the opportunity to interact not only with our physical possessions, but with the memories and feelings they trigger. This can be negative but cathartic, as when we let go of things we’ve held onto out of fear of letting go or of not being in control. The act of getting rid of these things can be painful but is nevertheless triumphant, inspiring a feeling of this has no hold on me!! as things are discarded. I think watching this interplay between our things and our personal histories is what had me hooked on Hoarders for a time.

Making decisions makes us strong. When we make a decision about something, even something as small as whether to keep those curtain rods, we dogain some control, and the feeling is addicting and self-perpetuating. If you can donate years’ upon years’ worth of children’s clothes, for instance, you’re not only making room mentally and physically. You’re also empowered to tackle that next thing that’s been hanging over you or crowding your consciousness: exercising, asking your boss for a raise, copying your pictures off your phone, whatever.

You have less stuff to deal with. This is the most obvious reward of getting rid of stuff, and most definitely not the smallest. Each thing that goes out your door is one less thing you have to find a place for, organize again and again, or clean. That, my friends, is freedom and boy does it feel good!

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Prepare to Sell Your Home With Professional Photography

4downloadYou only get one chance to make a first impression.  most buyers utilize technology in search of the perfect home long before they ever see it in person.  That’s why I use professional photography by Showcase Photographers to highlight your home’s best features and impress potential buyers right from the start.  Before the photographer arrives, it is important that everything looks inviting, comfortable and simple.

As your Real Estate Professional I will guide you through the selling process and staging your home for professional photography and for potential buyers touring your home.  Following are some easy tips to help you get your home ready for showcase.


  • Remove all cars (parked vehicles in front of the home can be seen through windows on interior
    bicycles, boats, garbage bins, hoses, alarm signs , empty pots or pots with dead plants.
  • Sweep off patios, decks and walk-ways.
  • Remove fallen limbs from the yard.
  • If you have patio cushions, please arrange them neetley on the furniture.
  • Remove grill covers.
  • If yu have a pool, make sure the Polaris or cleaners has been pulled out.


  • Open all blinds, curtains, sheers (including in the garage)
  • Turn on all ceiling lights, lamps, under counter lights, and turn OFF all ceiling fans.  Replace any non-working bulbs.
  • Kitchen: Remove all soaps, sponges, drying racks, dirty dishes, food,off ofimages (1)dounters and top of refrigerator, hide the garbage can, take towels off the fronts of appliances, and remove everthing from the exterior of the refrigerator.
  • Bathrooms:  Remove all personal items from countertops (razors, toothbrushes, soap, perfumes, personal
    photos, etc.
    ) In the shower, hide shampoos, razors, sponges, soaps, squeegees, etc.
  • Picture-150All pet beds, toys, bowls, food and supplies should be hidden.  Also, plan to confine your cats or dogs in a room.
  • Attempt to hide cords from you electronics as best you can — if you don’t wish to unplug them, move a big plant or some other decorative item to help do the job.
  • Clean mirrors and shower doors, removing any smears. Clean windows go a long way when potential buyers are touring your home.images
  • Assess lighting in each room.  If you feel a room is too dark, bring in a few lamps to compensate.
  • Remove small area rugs.  If you have wood floors or nice tile, it is better to show those then “hide” them with rugs.
  • Put all remote controls in drawers or under pillows
  • Please make sure items hidden under beds do not show at a distance.


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Freshen Up Your Home Decor and Lift Your Spirits

Your mind can’t help but flood with images of blooming tulips and daisies, gleaming sunshine and a home bursting with spring flavor.

You’ve already got the fever, my friend, the fever for a change in décor. Weary of the dark, drabness of the winter months, you’re itching for the light, energetic mood of the spring season. But who has the bandwidth or the bucks?

I felt compelled to share these great ideas from three interior design pros – Lauri Ward, Lisa Turner and Candace C. Peters – whipped up dozens of quick, easy and dollar-conscious ways to freshen up your living space before the flowers start to bud. Here’s what you can do in no time:

Here’s what you can do in no time

Rotate art

Are your walls all cluttered with stagnant artwork? Then it’s time for a change. “Some people hang everything they own on every wall,” says Ward, the pioneer of “one-day decorating” and author of “Home Therapy: Fast, Easy, Affordable Makeovers”. “Look at it all the time, and you start taking it for granted.” Try this: Separate art into summer and winter piles. Hang the lighter, pastel colors for spring and summer, and put the deep, oil paintings in storage. Every six months, rotate your pieces. “This way, you enjoy your art with a new vigor, and it’s something you can do in minutes.” Ward also suggests art collectors leave one blank wall in each room. It gives visitors a place to rest the eyes.  or simply just move your art around or to different walls 

Soothe the senses

Spring is not only a colorful season, but a fragrant one, too. Bring the aroma indoors. “Scents have a profound effect on mood,” Peters says. “Infusing scent into your décor with diffusers, candles, fresh cut plants/flowers, or incense can change the overall feeling of a space.” Ward offers this quick, floral tip: Purchase an inexpensive bouquet of flowers. Split flowers up by color, and place each bunch in small vases around your home.

Beautify your boudoir

Bright, new bedding can do wonders for your personal space. Tuck away the heavy, winter flannel comforter and pull out crisp linens with coverlets for color, Turner says. Bring in the spring with floral-designed spreads or colorful solids. Don’t forget accent pillows for added style and comfort.

Buy new bulbs

You’re thinking flower bulbs, right? Not a bad idea, but we’re talking about light bulbs. Ward says many of us aren’t using our lights properly. “In the winter, you need more light,” Ward says. But in the spring you can get away with less. Swap your 60-watt bulb with a 3-way bulb to allow you to soften light in a room, she says. “It really makes a difference to have the flexibility.” Look into energy-efficient bulbs, which may cost more than a standard bulb, but last longer and can cut down electric bills.

Let the sunshine in

In the winter, dull, dusty windows can go unnoticed. Shorter, darker days give us an excuse. But in spring, take advantage of the sunny season by giving the windows a wash. “People tend to let the windows go, and they don’t get as much light,” Ward says. “You can have a gorgeous room, but if the windows are dirty, it won’t look as beautiful or as bright.” For an added tip, Turner suggests pulling back dark window treatments and adding a shade or valance for a touch of color. Or, you can also replace window treatments with ecru or white sheers for an elegant look.

Update accessories

Just as you’d add a scarf or necklace to enhance an outfit, do the same with your home. “Dress your home like you would yourself,” Turner says. “Look for great accent pillows in bright colors. Put away the winter throws and drape light, bright throws on your sofa. Pick out spring-hued vases or candles to boost a cocktail or dining room table.

Show off your collection

Everyone knows you love elephants. You’ve got an assortment of statues in every room! Experts say to centralize your collection in one spot so your space looks organized and your visitors can truly enjoy it. “It gives a more dramatic effect,” Ward says. “If it’s a small collection, anchor it on a tray. Then people will notice.”

Lose the magnets

In just minutes, you can tidy up a kitchen by getting rid of the scraps of paper, business cards and take-out menus stuck to the fridge. If you have odds and ends everywhere, it looks messy,” Ward says. “If you clear it, your kitchen looks neat.”

Keep out things you use on a daily basis, the expert says. Invest in a pretty bulletin board to take care of important items.

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Backyard Living

Bring the elegance of the indoors to the wonders of the outdoors with these simple decorating ideas.  Look at your exterior space and design it with the same principles with which you approach interior rooms. Try treating the natural environment as your own décor inspiration—it can help dictate color, texture and scale.

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Select neutral colors and natural fibers. They consistently feel clean and will help create a peaceful environment.

Seamless Transitions

Connect indoor and outdoor spaces by using the same color scheme in both.

Breaking Barriers

Erase the barrier between indoors and out. Furnish your deck, porch, or patio as if it were your living room. Then you can’t help but enjoy the good weather.

Try lining your garden with rope lighting and adding window mirrors to the fence to make your garden look larger

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With outdoor space, more is better. There is no good reason to want less space to work with. Yet some people are overwhelmed by the size of a yard or patio and simply choose a corner to stick a grill and a bench, end of story. A better way to approach open space is to create zones, just like you would with social spaces indoors.

Think first about what outdoor-only features you definitely want, such as a fire pit, a sheltered area, a walkway or patio, a fountain, a pool or a spot for lawn games like horseshoes. Essentially, anything that you’ve already placed in your outdoor space can be a center that you position seating and décor vignettes around. After those focal centers are determined, go about decorating and positioning as you would indoors. Don’t be afraid to combine several seating and table vignettes into a larger social cluster.
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These shady book nooks require just a hula-hoop and a curtain.


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Happy Easter and a Festive Table Setting to Try

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This is a table setting I put
together for a friend: a festive touch that is easy for anyone to create.  You can add your own unique bunny or Easter decoration.



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Gorgeous Townhome in the Heart of Nashville TN


Under Inspection Just 2 Days on the Market

MLS # 1618713

Gorgeous Townhome Conveniently Located in a Prime Neighborhood of Green Hills Nashville TN

2 bedroom, 1 -1/2 bath Townhome Close to

Green Hills Mall ♦  Restaurants ♦ Hill Center

Trendy  Hillsboro Village and 12th Avenue South

Historic Bluebird Café ♦ Vandy ♦ Belmont University ♦ YMCA

If comfort is your goal this is the home for you !


Crown Molding ♦  Neutral Color Scheme

 Hardwood Floors Up and Down

Wood Burning Fireplace

Bedroom Window Seats ♦ Ceiling Fans

Stainless Steel Appliances

Open Style Kitchen ♦ Formal Dining

New Cedar Shake Mansards, Roofs, and Gutters

Newly Designed Private Courtyard ♦ Pool

Year Built: 1967 / Square Ft: 1080 /  Bedrooms:  2  / Bathrooms:   1.5  / Assigned Parking:  1 /  Stories  2  / HOA:  exterior & ground maintenancewater / pool / insurance
 The information presented here is deemed reliable, though not guaranteed.  Subject to changes, errors, omissions or withdrawal without notice.  Buyers to verify taxes, square footage, and schools.


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Welcome Spring With Fresh Flowers

You’re excited about the arrival of Spring and you can’t wait to fill your home with flowers.  Here are some tips I found on one of my favorite sites  I want to share with you.  If you like you might want to check their site sometime.

Cut flower stems at a 45-degree angle one inch from the bottom. This instantly increases the surface area for water intake, so your flowers will be well hydrated.

Use a teacup as a vase, or any smaller item you love. Don’t trash flowers with shorter stems. Keep the stems together using a clear hair tie so they don’t separate.

Open closed buds quickly by putting them in warm water first, then cold water.  After cutting flower stems as described in No. 1, put flowers in a glass filled with warm water. After a minute, move flowers to a vase filled with cold water and leave them for 20 minutes. Flowers will open up to their maximum size.
Add a vodka-sugar elixir to your water to keep flowers looking flawless longer. (I would never have thought of this one) Before putting your flowers in a vase, add several drops of vodka and a teaspoon of white sugar, which delays wilting. When your flowers eventually do start to die (sad face), add a shot of vodka into the water and the stems will stand up straight again for a day or two.

Display succulents in pretty dessert bowls. Dessert bowls make chic pots for a succulent! Simply fill to the brim with potting soil. Over time, it will begin to grow roots. Just be sure to spray them once a week with the spray bottle until the top of the soil looks wet.
Water your orchid with an ice cube. Water the orchid with one ice cube a week. For larger orchids, use two ice cubes a week. The ice cube melts slowly and gives the orchid a slow drip of hydration, so that it doesn’t drown it.


Create a grid with transparent tape to keep flowers in place in a shallow vase. 


Stack a vase within a vase in order to layer fruit slices along the inside. Find a vase that fits inside another vase with half an inch of room between them. Fill the space between the two vases up most of the way with water before slipping in sliced lemons. I personally like this one; I’m sure you can come up with some other creative ideas.

Drop a penny in your vase to keep your flower water fresh longer. The copper in pennies works as an acidifier, which helps prevent fungus or bacteria from growing. Note:Marshall suggests looking for pennies minted before 1982, since they contain more copper and will keep your arrangement look amazing a couple of days longer.
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Turn Your Clocks Ahead March 8th

I’m sure many of you are ready for Winter to be over and welcome Spring!

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Simple and Tasty Snacks

Fueling up for the Super Bowl? These tasty snacks will have your football fanatics cheering for more.

chips-guacamole_300Guacamole and Chips

Hands-On Time 15 minutes … Serves 8

5 avocados, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
1 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 16-ounce bag tortilla chip

Directions:  In a large bowl, combine the avocados, onion, jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice, salt, and pepper. Stir well. Serve with the tortilla chips.  by Sara Quessenberry

bacon-wrapped-potatoes-ictcrop_300Bacon-Wrapped Potatoes With Creamy Dill Sauce

Hands-On Time 20 minutes Total Time 50 minutes … Serves 8


1 1/2 pounds new potatoes (about 15), halved
15 slices bacon, halved crosswise
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
salt and black pepper


  1. Steam the potatoes in a steamer basket in a large saucepan until tender, 15 to 18 minutes. Let cool.
  2. Heat oven to 425° F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Wrap each potato with a piece of bacon and place, seam-side down, on the baking sheet. Bake until the bacon is crisp, 18 to 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, buttermilk, dill, caraway seeds, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Serve with the potatoes.  by Charlyne Mattox

bed2a49c-04d8-4c0a-9b65-27d600e389d20342decf-04ec-441e-8c3d-e5cf7c4e02e4Pigskins in a Blanket

prep time 25 min / total time 40 min / ingredients servings


2 cans (8 oz each) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls

48 cocktail-size smoked link sausages or hot dogs (from two 14-oz packages)
Yellow mustard, from a squeeze bottle

If you’re an old hand at rolling up mini crescent dogs, make sure you read the directions! For the football shape, these pigskins are rolled from the opposite end of the dough from the classic crescent dogs.

1. Heat oven to 375°F. Unroll both cans of dough; separate into 16 triangles. Cut each triangle lengthwise into 3 narrow triangles.

2. Place 1 sausage on thin point of each triangle. Roll up, starting at point and rolling to opposite short side of triangle. Place seam side down on 2 ungreased cookie sheets.

3. Bake 11 to 14 minutes or until golden brown, switching position of cookie sheets halfway through baking. Immediately remove from cookie sheets to serving tray.

4. Cool 2 minutes. Squeeze 1 line of mustard crosswise and 3 lines lengthwise to make laces of football. Repeat with remaining crescent dogs.

Feel like spicing these up? Sriracha makes a fun substitute for the mustard  by Pillsbury

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