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Start the New Year with a Mission: Declutter and simplify

The family room is one of the hardest rooms in your home to keep neat. The space gets used a lot – and doesn’t usually offer much storage. Some of these spaces have bookcases and a small television console, but let’s face it, there’s not much space for hiding clutter.

This January, it might be a good time to tackle the problem permanently. To do this you need to:

1. Decide what items are absolutely necessary in the space and find a permanent home for each item.

2. Purge those items that aren’t necessary.

3. Assess whether you need to invest in furnishings to keep the space neat and tidy.

The best place to start is to empty your bookcases and television console. Place your items on a temporary table (e.g. card table). Sometimes it’s tempting to just move clutter around, which just transfers clutter around the home and doesn’t deal with the actual substance. Don’t forget the electronics, remotes, gaming systems items, etc.

Get three empty storage bins and label them: Keep. Donate. Toss.

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Then, separate the items into the respective bins.

When you’re completely done with the purge, look at the items in the Keep bin. Then, look at your available storage space and see if you have ample space for your must-have items. If there’s not enough space, you might to consider investing in a TVLiftCabinet for the space. Each unit beautifully displays your flatscreen television when you want to watch a program, but more importantly, it has wonderful storage space for everything you need in this part of your home. And when you’re done watching television, the television disappears, leaving you with an uncluttered cabinet with everything you need and nothing you don’t want laying all over your room.

This decluttering method will work well in every room in your home. This is one resolution that will be easy to keep – and will continue to improve your quality of life for the rest of the year. Have fun.

Happy holidays from everyone at

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The holiday season is a time that is supposed to draw out good cheer and compassion toward each other. For some, however, the demands of the holiday season can be overwhelming as more and more tasks get added to already busy schedules.

If you’re feeling the stress, we urge you to take a few moments to yourself and take a deep breath. Then take another deep breath. Then exhale slowly. Let this be a time to celebrate all the things that are right in your world. Focus on the positive and remove things that add stress to your life. Walk away from the smart phone and spend quality time with people you enjoy.

And as 2017 draws to a close, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and those who have helped to shape our business. It’s been quite a year for us all. We hope that the year has been just as memorable for you and your loved ones. There is no greater joy than an opportunity to reflect on what really matters. May your holidays and New Year be filled with the joy and peace of the season.

Is it too early to think about the Big Game?

If you’re a football fan, no. It’s never too early to think about the biggest game of the year. In fact, many super fans start planning the next Big Game party. More than 111 million people tuned into the 2017 game. It’s one of the most anticipated television events of the entire year. And it’s just a few short weeks away (sure, there’s Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day in between), but if you’re a Super Fan, the wheels are already turning on how to make this year’s Game Day memorable.

First thing on the list? Do you have enough space to host the party this year? Is there a central location where people can watch the game, chat with everyone (or no one) and grab some awesome food? Look at the numbers and scope out the best place in the house to maximize viewership and entertainment.

One way to enhance the Big Game experience is to have your television on a 360-degree swivel – so you can change the viewing with the flip of a switch. What? You can’t do that right now? Have you ever thought about getting a TVLiftCabinet that features not only a 360-degree swivel, but is a gorgeous cabinet that is finished on all sides, so you can place it anywhere in a room and create a focal point for your guests. One of the most popular units is the Crystal Pointe – it comes in many different finishes and has tons of storage, as well as that all-important swivel feature.

Once you have your space and your viewing options nailed, the rest can be done the week of the big event. And, if you take care of it now, you can enjoy the space during all the play-offs, too.

Downsizing continues as Baby Boomers retire in huge numbers

10,000. That’s how many Baby Boomers will retire every day through 2030, according to a Pew Research Study. For some, it’s the beginning of new adventures. For others, it’s time to downsize and figure out what’s next. And for most people, it’s time to downsize. And yes – I’m in that mode right now.

One of the most difficult things for people who are preparing for retirement is to downsize incrementally, yet it can be the most cleansing part of the process of moving forward. Here are a few tips to consider:

Baby steps for Baby Boomers. You don’t need to tackle everything at once. Pick small projects each month. Go through one shelf in a closet or one file cabinet drawer. Label three bins (Keep, Toss and Donate). If you choose to keep something, make sure it’s something you really need moving forward. Then Toss and Donate the other items the same week (so you don’t have time to change your mind).

One thing to keep in mind is that most children and grandchildren don’t have space for all your treasures. Have conversations with them before you downsize about whether or not there are items in your home they might cherish. And don’t hold it against them if they don’t want your great-grandmother’s teapot.

When it’s time to replace home furnishings, start to consider the need to downsize in a few years. Think ahead to what makes sense in the next five to eight years.

Instead of a 70” flatscreen television, consider instead a 40” TV Mirror – which is both a smart, flatscreen television and a beautiful mirror. Something that will work well in any environment for years to come should be the first thing to check off your list when you shop.

Downsizing doesn’t have to consume you – it can be very cleansing and satisfying. If you’re in your early 60s, it’s not too early to lessen your load and prepare for the wonders yet to come.

The best gift for the men in your life

It’s happening: lists with the best gifts of 2017 are all over the internet. It’s not too late to plan for the big days ahead. 

One thing I know for sure, my husband and sons are pretty laid back and just wouldn’t appreciate things like ties, electronic gadgets or clothes. They prefer things they can use regularly – and have function in their lives. One thing they all enjoy is watching television. If they could watch it from every room in the house, that would be a great option.

In fact, the first thing my husband does when he enters the house is turn on a television set. He doesn’t much care what’s on (except for football, baseball and golf). I’m kidding. He does care – a lot. This year, I’m thinking about ways to make his life a little easier (which always makes my life easier). We’re planning to retire in a few years, so I’m looking for things that are transportable that won’t require a lot of special electronic gadgets.

Bingo. A TVMirror for the bedroom. When the TV is in the off position, it appears as a decorative framed wall mirror blending effortlessly into a room. When turned on, the TV is fully functional, smart TV. They come in a wide variety of sizes, they’re easy to transport from place to place and mount easily on any wall.

So, if you have television-loving men in your life, it may be time to get a little creative and get them something they’ll enjoy for years to come. TVMirrors are just the ticket for the best gift this year.

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