Dogs have a reputation for eating just about anything, and with good reason. Walk them down a city street and they’re on the lookout for something yummy to scarf up off the ground. Most of the time it’ll be something you and I would turn our nose up at, but to the dog its a yummy treat. These same dogs will walk into a home kitchen and look for crumbs in the toe-kick area under the cabinets and sniff the cabinet doors for drippings. Come meal time some of these dogs practically inhale their food. Cats are not exempt from this behavior. They may not gulp down every meal, but I’m sure there have been a few times when you’ve walked into a room to find regurgitated undigested cat food on the floor. Clearly the food was swallowed whole – inhaled.
Bathroom vanities come in many configurations. Some have double sinks and lots of storage space, others are small with either double doors or many draws. In many bathrooms there’s a mirror over the sink but no medicine cabinet. If you own your home and need more storage space its possible to remove the mirror and replace it with a medicine cabinet. I have a client left the mirror over her vanity and had a medicine cabinet put in the opposite wall. In one apartment I lived in I replaced the vanity with a pedestal sink and hung a rather large cabinet on the opposite wall. Continue reading
With increased work loads seen by many professionals along with an increasing desire for more play time, many are looking for faster ways to get their everyday personal tasks done. This means “outsourcing” everything from grocery shopping to resolving insurance claim issues, to planning a baby shower. A lot of services and apps have sprung up to provide concierge type services, but how do they compare to hiring a personal concierge?
Let’s go back to the original concept of a concierge. In the Middle Ages, concierges were the “keepers of the keys” at castles. The comte des cierges was the person in charge of catering to every whim and desire of a palace’s visiting nobility. Noted government buildings also employed comte des cierges during this time.
Traditionally when we think of organizing or reorganizing our living space we think about discarding things that don’t work and purchasing new things that work better for our current situation. However depending on why you are decluttering or re-organizing, you may have the option of re-purposing some of your belongings.
Last year I downsized from an 1100 sq ft apartment to an apartment that was only 768 sq feet. When I moved into my former apartment my dining room table was a tad to big for the width of my dining area, and then to long after I inherited by mother’s china cabinet. The table was a pine English gathering table that seated 8 people, and filled most of the allotted dining space in the apartment. When I knew I was moving I tried to sell the table but had no takers. It pained me to put it out as trash, and as I didn’t have a replacement for it yet, I moved it to my new apartment where it was a tight fit.
Its April, and here in Boston we’re coming into the start of prime moving season. Moving is something most people dread, and with good reason. If you’ve lived in your current home for a few years, chances are you’ve collected things that you no longer use or need. They could be in your basement, garage or attic, or they could be in closets, under beds, or out in the open taking up floor space. You may even be renting external storage. Continue reading
Sadly I no longer get to celebrate Mother’s Day. I have no children of my own and my mother passed away a few years ago. Having said that, I have fond memories of the Mother’s Days we celebrated in the past. I can remember as a child picking out cards with raised sachets set in the cover (all the vogue in those days), and going with my father to purchase her favorite perfume Evening in Paris. Later on as a young adult, I remember celebrating by going out to dinner; my mother, father, sister and me.
This spring I was totally thrown for a loop when I suddenly found out I was going to have to …