Posted by Andie on February 28, 2012
I can't even remember the number of times I've had to take my vacuum into the repair shop over the past 6 months. We get one thing fixed and then without fail another problem always arises. When you realize you have the repair shop's phone number memorized and you're chummy with the owner you know you have a serious problem.
I think vacuums are one of the most under-appreciated appliances out there. You don't begin to fathom just how much you need one until your vacuum is on the fritz and you have to walk around with socks on because you're so disgusted by the state of your carpet. Obviously I'm in the market for a new vacuum.
I understand that there are lots of great vacuums out there, but what I really want to save my pennies for is a Dyson. Sure, they tend to be more expensive than other brands, but from the research I've done and the many customer reviews I've read online I think they are definitely worth the price.
Here are some of the features people love about Dyson vacuums:
- Ball technology makes steering super easy
- Great maneuverability around furniture and hard to reach places
- Cyclonic separation removes dust and other particles from the air stream, allowing the vacuum to pick up MUCH more dirt than other vacuums
- Amazing suction power
- Super lightweight and easy to carry around
- Removable canister so that you can dump dirt anytime- no more vacuum bags to deal with
- Multiple settings- vacuums carpet, wood floors, tile, etc with just the touch of a button
- Great hose reach and attachments that are a breeze to use
- Picks up pet hair like a champ
It sounds more like a toy than a vacuum! RC Willey is running a great Dyson vacuum sale right now- buy any of our Dyson vacuums and you'll get 20% of your purchase back on an RC Willey gift card! If you're looking for a new vacuum anyway, now is the time to buy!
Are you happy with your vacuum, or do you want need a Dyson too?
Posted by Andie on February 24, 2012
Moroccan poufs have been around in the design world for a while now, but they continue to be a popular accessory people can't seem to get enough of. These beautiful round leather embroidered ottomans are perfect when it comes to adding a little glam or pop of color to a room. Not only are they pretty, but they're functional too. In addition to being simply a decorative statement piece, a pouf can act as a footstool, a small coffee table, or even an extra chair!
If you have your heart set on a pouf but don't want to fork out the large sum of cash it takes to land one that is authentically handcrafted , don't fret. You can find cheaper versions out there (some knit instead of leather), or if you're really ambitious you can make your own! If you're ready for a fun DIY project, take a look at these instructions from apartment therapy and give it a go!
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Would you put a pouf in your home?
Personally, I'm loving the metallic gold......
Posted by Andie on February 22, 2012
The long winter months always bring out the crazy, organizing, clean freak in me. Probably a result of being cooped up in the house with so little fresh air. It's bad this year my friends. I've spent every Saturday for the past month furiously attacking the pantry, closets, drawers, cupboards and closets in an attempt to get organized and eliminate all the clutter. I know, sounds lame, but I'm already feeling so rejuvenated!
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So what are the benefits of being organized anyway?
Believe it or not, physical clutter can be psychologically grating and emotionally taxing on your soul! The National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) claim that organized people save time & money while also reducing their stress and frustration levels. Did you know that approximately 80% of clutter is the result of disorganization, not lack of space? And best of all, getting rid of clutter eliminates 40% of housework in an average home!
Ummm, I'd like to eliminate 40% of my housework, how about you? It's obvious that making even small changes and taking steps to discard and simplify can bring about a great sense of satisfaction and peace in your daily life. Here are a few basic tips to help you on your quest for an organized life.....
1. Haven't used something for a year? Get rid of it!
Let's be honest. Many of us (myself included) tend to hang onto things for sentimental reasons, but often times those sentimental items are the worst clutter culprits in our homes! That sweater you haven't worn in five years? Guaranteed you'll never wear it again. Plain and simple- if you haven't used it, worn it, or looked at it in a year, throw it away or give it to charity! (This includes clothing, makeup, most food items, games, etc.) Make a pile of the things you don't think you can live without but know you should chuck and ask a friend or family member who is emotionally unattached to go through it with you- they'll probably be able to coax you into letting most of it go. Promise you'll thank me later!
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2. Take inventory of what you have
Our lives become so cluttered with possessions and "stuff" that it's easy to forget what we already have and just keep buying more. How many times do you pick up food at the grocery store, only to come home and realize you already have it in your pantry? Has anyone else bought a new shirt only to find one that looks identical to it in your closet? Try to keep track of what you have, and then you won't waste money re-buying the same things, and clutter will naturally be kept to a minimum.
3. Start with one room
The NAPO teaches that organization is a process, not a state achieved in one day. Anyone can organize a room, but you want to STAY organized! Go slow and methodically enough that the changes you make will actually last! Work on one room or area at a time so that you don't get too overwhelmed. Once you finish that space you'll feel accomplished and motivated to start on the next room.
4. Find a place for everything
It's really quite simple. If everything has a "place" you won't have clutter coming out of your ears. It just boils down to finding a home for everything. Start by simply walking around your house picking up piles and putting things away. Carry a bin with you, and if something doesn't have a home, throw it in the bin. Afterwards, go through the bin and either find a home for each item, or throw it away. No piles of clutter allowed!
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5. Invest in tools to make organizing easy
There are so many cool products out there that are specifically designed to help you organize your life, such as drawer dividers, hooks, bins and baskets that you can label, etc. You don't have to spend a fortune, but you'll definitely want to pick up a few items that will help make STAYING organized a breeze.
What are your favorite organizing tricks?
Posted by Andie on February 17, 2012
One of the coolest parts about working in the furniture industry is the fact that there is always new product coming in! So much that it's hard to keep track of it all! We just got a brand new assortment of sofas in for our President's Day Sale this weekend, and so I thought I'd give you a little sneak peak...
Which one would you pick for your living room??
Personally, I'm loving #2 and #7!
What do you think?
Don't miss out on our President's Day Sale this weekend if you're in the market for something new!
Posted by Andie on February 14, 2012
Happy Valentine's Day! While some people loathe this day of love, I think it's one of my very favorite holidays ( I know I say that when every holiday rolls around, but I really do adore V-day). I love the fact that an entire day is dedicated to celebrating love and all of the important relationships in your life, eating candy, and decorating with hearts of course! Hearts just make everything better, don't you think?
In addition to relying on my February staples (heart shaped sugar cookies and ju ju hearts), I've been thinking that planning a whole meal around the shape of the heart would be really fun. I've rounded up some of my favorite heart shaped food ideas for Valentine's day from the web for a little inspiration. Do you have any heart shaped food traditions?
Valentine's Day Papa John's Heart Pizza
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Heart shaped carrot green salad
Heart Berry Pancakes
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Heart Rice Crispy Treats
More Heart Pancakes
Four Cheese Heart Ravioli
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Heart Eggs with Toast
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Strawberry Heart Towers
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Heart fruit cabobs
Heart shaped brownies
Whether you're single or attached, have a happy love day!
Congratulations to our Two Valentine's Day Jewelry Armoire Winners, Elaine, and Connie! It sounds like they'll both be hanging on to these armoires!
Ladies, shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we'll get you all squared away with your new jewelry armoires for Valentine's Day!
Posted by Andie on February 8, 2012
Whether it's my grandmother's vintage pearls, a string of beads from a thrift store, gold bangle bracelets I bought online, or earrings my sister brought me from the middle east- I love all jewelry and can't seem to get enough.
For years though, my love of jewelry posed a real problem. Despite my best efforts to keep things neat and tidy, my jewelry lived in a state of complete and utter chaos. I couldn't ever find what I was looking for and it refused to stay in one place- jewelry was strewn about in the closet, on shelves, in drawers, on the bathroom counter, etc). The clutter was ridiculous.
Then several years ago my parents gave me a jewelry armoire for Christmas and it fixed all of my problems! Thanks to this little piece of furniture, I now live a very sane life. I am convinced that every jewelry loving/collecting girl should have one of these puppies.
Here's why I love (and can't live without) my jewelry armoire:
1. Everything is in ONE place!
2. Love the hooks, drawers, cubbies and built in organizers- it's a disorganized person's dream!
3. It has TONS of storage space.
4. My jewelry is protected. (Necklaces don't get tangled together and I don't lose things anymore!)
5. In addition to holding jewelry, it also functions as a beautiful, sturdy piece of furniture.
And now, just to show you how organized your world will be with a jewelry armoire, I took a few photos. Obviously this wasn't staged or I would have straightened things up a bit. (But I guess that's the point- it works for disorganized people like myself!)
Exhibit A) Two swinging doors featuring strong hooks for long necklaces.
Exhibit B) A hinged lid opens up to rows and rows of ring dividers and another compartment for bigger jewelry items.
Exhibit C) A drawer boasts perfect little cubbies for earrings and other small jewelry.
Exhibit D) Another drawer is divided into four big compartments for larger pieces of jewelry.
Exhibit E) And here's a very deep drawer where anything goes (there are 3 drawers like this).
Don't you need one of these?!
Since Valentine's day is coming up, I'm going to give two lucky readers this beautiful jewelry armoire (it's not exactly like mine, but very similar)! It's the perfect Valentine's Day gift for your significant other!
To enter to win, simply become a follower of this blog if you aren't already, and leave a comment telling me who you want to give it to for Valentine's Day, or if you plan on keeping it for yourself (no judgments here- in fact, I wouldn't blame you)! I'll pick two random winners on Monday, February 13th! Good luck!