Posts Tagged ‘2010’

Don’t Want to Forget the Milk? There’s an App for That

May 1st, 2010

Phones just keep getting smarter and smarter and our lives just keep getting busier and busier. Since many of us use our phones for practically everything, the phone really has really become work horse. And now with so many apps out there, your phone can even help you be more productive. Just check out the top 30 apps for organization and productivity. Keep in mind that while it seems like you can never have too many apps, it is best to consolidate and only download the apps that will truly make your phone more productive. Otherwise, even your phone can contribute to disorganization.

Toy Overload: Toy Organizing Tip

April 30th, 2010

Children’s toys seem to multiply, don’t they? Between grandparents, birthdays, and occasional treats, toys can really get out of hand if you don’t have some kind of system in place. And while storage bins can be helpful to organize and store toys while they are not in use, sometimes even the storage bins can get out of hand. Instead of buying more bins and baskets when you accumulate too many toys, try this idea from Ohdeedoh: Institute a toy storage limit. Once a bin is full, ask your child to help you go through the bin and throw out any broken toys. If there are toys in the bin that are rarely used, consider donating or consigning the unused toys. By reducing the amount of toys you store, you will not only reduce clutter, but your child will also be able to find those toys that he or she plays with regularly.

Organizational Tip: Create a Family Disaster Action Plan

April 25th, 2010

Planning for the unexpected is never any fun, but keeping things organized in case of an unfortunate event is the best way to stay prepared when disaster does strike. It really doesn’t take a whole lot time to sit down with the family and create a plan of action. The action plan doesn’t have to be complicated, but it should include where everyone should meet and what to do in case of an emergency. It sounds simple enough, but how can you start? The NHC has a great list that can help you map out your plan. Here is what they recommend:

check markDiscuss the type of hazards that could affect your family. Know your home’s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind.

check markLocate a safe room or the safest areas in your home for each hurricane hazard. In certain circumstances the safest areas may not be your home but within your community.

check markDetermine escape routes from your home and places to meet. These should be measured in tens of miles rather than hundreds of miles.

check markHave an out-of-state friend as a family contact, so all your family members have a single point of contact.

check markMake a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate.

check markPost emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.

check markCheck your insurance coverage – flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance.

check markStock non-perishable emergency supplies and a Disaster Supply Kit.

check markUse a NOAA weather radio. Remember to replace its battery every 6 months, as you do with your smoke detectors.

check markTake First Aid, CPR and disaster preparedness classes.

Want to Donate? Stop By Our Showroom this Saturday!

April 22nd, 2010

As part of our Spring Clean for a Cause event, we will be collecting your gently used clothes this Saturday from 10-1 in our showroom. Just stop by our showroom to drop off your donation and while your here, you’ll also get a chance to meet local talk radio morning news personality Jimmy Barrett!

Bowl-A-Thon for Junior Achievement

April 16th, 2010

In March we participated in the 25th annual Bowl for the Green bowl-a-thon for Junior Achievement. We just got word that the bowl-a-thon raised over $93,000 for Junior Achievement. Way to go, everyone! And a special congratulations goes out to Debra Young from Central Virginia Bank who won a $250 gift certificate from Closet Factory. We look forward to working with you!

Here are a few pictures from the event:

Join Us for the Southern Women Show this Weekend at the Richmond International Raceway!

April 14th, 2010

Peggy will be running the booth during the show, so stop by and say hi! Here a some more details for the show:

About the Southern Women’s Show, Richmond:

We have something for everyone.From savvy shopping to creative cooking ideas healthy lifestyle tips. Plus, you won’t want to miss our trendy fashion shows, great celebrity guests, and fabulous prizes.

Mark your calendar to Satisfy Your Cravings at the
Southern Women’s Show in Richmond, April 16-18, 2010.

2010 New American Home

April 11th, 2010

We were proud to be a part of the 2010 New American Home. Here is some more information about the showcase home: (Click on the image below to play the video.)

The New American Home 2010 (TNAH) was shaping up to be a model of style, grace and technological innovation, built to NAHB’s Green Building Standard and the Department of Energy’s (DOE) ENERGY STAR®energy efficiency program. That was before the home got caught up in the credit crisis that has hammered the home building industry across the country.

As a result of tight credit and a soft market for high-end homes in Las Vegas, The New American Home 2010 was not completed in time for tours during the International Builders’ Show (IBS). But as always, the showcase home, which is roughly 75 percent complete, includes some of the most interesting and innovative new products on the market. The 2010 New American Home was sold at auction after foreclosure. The new owner is finishing the project to the previous specifications and the home will be completed in time for the Las Vegas Parade of Home from May 13-30, 2010.

Meet the Trashiest Garage Contest Winner!

April 9th, 2010

We have partnered with Clutter Cleaners to clear out and clean up one contestant’s trashiest garage. And we are excited to announce that Donna Taylor is the lucky winner! (Her contest entry is pictured below.) Donna has also been blogging about the transformation on her own blog if you want to take a look. Check back soon for the big reveal!

Tax Organization

February 11th, 2010
Apartment Therapy

Apartment Therapy

I am sure that you are one of those people who have all your tax documents in order in nice, neat color-coded folders. If describes you, there is no need to read further. But if you are like the rest of us, tax season always seems to be a fight against paperwork. Where are all those pesky tax deduction receipts and 1099s? Where is last year’s return? While, we always seem to start the year with good intentions,  as April 15 creeps up, panic sets in and there is the mad dash to get everything in order.

So, to help you get ahead of the game this year, we put together a list of resources that might help you as you begin to tackle your taxes:

Apartment Therapy, How to Manage and File Paperwork
IRS, Earned Income Tax Credit Rules
Bankrate, How Long Should You Keep Your Tax Records?

By Jessica Scheufler