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Graduations are just around the bend; give them a gift they’ll remember

Spring is in the air. Flowers are blooming. Trees are budding. And seniors in high school and college are getting ready to launch into their next life phase. This year’s graduates are among the best and brightest of this generation – ready to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. As parents and grandparents around the world consider a gift worthy of their graduates’ achievements, it might be nice to think outside the box for something that will not only be practical, but remind them just how much they mean to you.

So, step away from jewelry and clothes, and try to find something they really want and need.

Smart televisions are all the rage, but most graduates (high school and college), will be moving into small apartments or dorms, with little to no room for a television. Consider one of the new TVMirrors that maximize minimal space. When not in use, it’s a beautiful mirror that graces any wall. When in use, it’s a fully functional smart television, ready for the next Netflix binge or big game.

They come in a wide variety of sizes, starting at 32” to 65”. Right now, TVLiftCabinet is offering 50% off TVMirrors when you buy directly from the company.


Imagine the look on your graduate’s face when they open a gift that will continue to give them pleasure for years to come. And while you’re at it, consider a TVMirror for your home, too. At 50% off, that’s like two for the price of one.

Spring cleaning? No problem, we’ve got you decluttered!

Spring is in the air. Trees and flowers are budding. And it’s time to shake out the dust and open some windows. Each year, I vow to clear away the clutter and every spring I’m reminded that I have a long way to go. This is definitely my year to declutter, once and for all.

A place for everything – and everything in its place. If you don’t have a space for something, you may not need it. Life is so much simpler when you know exactly where to find something. Sometimes you need small spaces – to keep things from getting jumbled. Sometimes you need to think big – like getting a cabinet with lots of storage to keep things organized. I really like the TVLiftCabinet because it keeps all the stuff that used to surround our television areas clean – all the time. When we want a movie or video game, we just pull out what we need and replace it when we’re done. When we want the television to disappear. Bam! One click and it’s gone. Kinda wish I had that one click wonder for other areas of my home.

Love it or lose it!  Going along with the previous tip, sometimes you just gotta let things go. Cleaning guru, Marie Kondo, says, “The very personal stuff in our homes is the hardest to lose but unless it ‘sparks joy in your heart, you should get rid of it.” She’s got some great tips that have helped me clear out containers that have been gathering dust for far too many years. I’m also telling my children who now have homes of their own that we are not a storage locker for all the stuff their significant others don’t want in their home.

Say good-bye to multiples. How many throw pillows do you really need? I took a hard look in my living room and there were eight throw pillows (for three pieces of furniture), four afghans (which never get used because we usually sit in the den) and candles everywhere. All gathering dust. Some were thoughtful gifts; others just things that sparked my eye for some reason or another, but reality suddenly hit me. Why? Along the lines of love it, or lose it, it’s time to part with multiples that just don’t make sense (probably never did).

I feel decluttered already. And you can do it too!

Get your home “new mover” ready

The best time of the year to sell a house is in the spring. Some say it’s because that’s when tax refund checks are in the bank and funds are more available. Others says it’s because after spending a long winter inside, people want something new and fresh. Whatever the reason, sales peak in the spring. If you’re in the new mover zone, it’s a good time to get your house ready for that first open house. Here are a few tips to make your home ready to put on the market.

Most important tip: disassociate yourself with your home

  • It can be hard to “let go” of your ties to your home, but you need to make sure you realize that the house will soon belong to someone else.
  • Imagine yourself handing over the keys to the new owners and think about the new house you’re going to head to next.

De-personalize your home

  • It’s time to pack up your personal photographs and family knickknacks. People walking through the space want to imagine their own photos on the tables and walls. If they’re too distracted looking at your “stuff,” they’ll be less likely to think about how they might live in the space.


  • People collect so much “stuff” when they have a home. When it’s time to get your house ready for sale, take a look in every space and ask yourself what really needs to be there (and which items are really “wants”).
  • If you haven’t used something in over a year, you probably don’t need it.
  • If you don’t need it, donate it or throw it away.
  • Remove all books from bookcases. Strategically place two to three books or vases with fresh flowers in each space.

Azura Swivel

Clean everything off tables and counters.

  • Put essential items in a box that can be stored in a closet when you need them.
  • Hide your electronic gadgets (including your television) in a TVLiftCabinet. Take a look at the space around your television. For many people, it’s one of the most cluttered areas of the house. You’re trying to make each room look as big as possible. Flatscreen televisions take up a lot of space (not to mention all the gaming system items). You can hide them all when not in use and make the space work better for you – and the potential new homeowner who will be able to imagine themselves in your home. Plus you can take your TVLiftCabinet with you when you move on.

Rearrange kitchen cabinets and closets

  • People will open cabinets and closets. They want to know that all their clothes and kitchen items will fit.
  • Think of it as a chance to get a head start on packing.
  • These are just a few steps to get you started to get your house on the market at the best time of the year.

Oh, by the way, the best day of the week to list your house for sale: Thursday.

Amish-crafted furniture is just better

With over thirty years of furniture craftsmanship, our TVLiftCabinet artisans have designed and built many different types of TV lift cabinets and other television lift furniture. Handcrafted furnishings stand apart from other TV cabinets because they have solid construction, meticulous details and classic lines. Amish craftsmen build our cabinets, using traditional joinery techniques like dovetail drawers, heavy-duty ball-bearing slides, high-quality lid hinges and ventilated shelving and panels to prevent audio and video components from overheating in your TV lift cabinet.


In addition, the motorized TV lift consoles feature built in cable-management, as well as an integrated infrared relay that allow you to use your remote while the lift cabinet is closed. All pop up TV lifts come standard with a remote control, allowing you to hide and reveal your television with the push of a button. You can also hide all your electronic gadgets with all the extra storage in your cabinet.

Because Amish-crafted furnishing is so durable, you’ll enjoy your TVLiftCabinet for generations. There are a few simple things you can do to keep your cabinet looking its best. Simple dusting and an occasional polish is all it takes to restore the wood to its natural luster. It’s also a good idea to use a clean, microfiber cloth and non-wax polish. Avoid using silicone oils or ammonia-based products.

Don’t get mad, get a TVLiftCabinet

It’s hard to believe it’s nearly March – and you know what that means. March Madness. That’s right. First – it’s high school basketball, wrestling and hockey championships. Then, it’s onto the college basketball play-offs – nearly a month-long celebration of all things sports. My husband and sons have battled for years to get the best seat in the house to view the games for weeks on end. They tease each other mercilessly about who’s got the best view.

What they don’t know is that there is a way for everyone to have the best seat in the house – with a beautiful TVLiftCabinet that has 360-degree electric swivel. I like the Azura model that finished on all four sides – meaning you can place the cabinet anywhere in the room. The cabinet has a heavy duty electric swivel lift that is easy to operate via remote control, so you can adjust it so everyone has a great viewing experience in the room. There is also great storage for all the other electronic components that seem to appear anytime the boys are home. Now they’re hidden when they’re not around.

Tired of the bickering about who’s got the best seat in the house? Check out TVLiftCabinet for some great ideas and in just a few short weeks, you too can enjoy a much quieter spring.

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