Terry’s Blog

Organize, Simplify, Solve. “If a home doesn’t make sense, nothing does.” ~ Henrietta Ripperberger

Organize to Sell

Organize to Sell

Showing your house while actively living in it is daunting. Owners must be ready at a moments notice for potential buyers to view their home. As part of our staging consultation, TLC Home provides tips on how to live in and show a house with least effort and maximum success. We focus on tweaking those most used systems and routines: the enter/exit zone, kitchen counter activity, laundry, dressing, bathrooms and pets. These high frequency, essential systems can’t be packed away and dealt with at a later date. Instead, adjust organizational systems already in place and focus on minimizing non-essentials, concealing

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How NOT to Spring Clean

How NOT to Spring Clean

Spring is a season of light, warmth, flowers and spring cleaning. But who wants to spend these warm and breezy days cleaning? Wouldn’t you rather enjoy your time with family or at spring events? With cleaning on the brain, spring is a great time to consider not-cleaning and hiring professionals. TLC Home recommends hiring professional cleaning services to our clients, and to everyone else. Hiring a cleaning company gives you more time for activities you want to enjoy and pushes you to maintain home organization. Time is a precious commodity that is nonrefundable. Cleaning requires time and concentration to achieve quality

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When Staging and Organizing Come Together

When Staging and Organizing Come Together

Peggy is a senior preparing to move into a retirement apartment and overwhelmed with the details of the upcoming move. She didn’t know where to begin and couldn’t separate what needed to be done into manageable projects. She was stressed and confused by the many organizing projects and decisions to make. I recommended that her primary focus be to stage her home, confident that organizational issues would be simplified by the staging process. At the staging consult we discussed what needed to be done in order to prepare her home for sale. I was hired to provide hands on staging

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The One-In One-Out Rule Applies to Hobbies too!

The One-In One-Out Rule Applies to Hobbies too!

January is a great month for getting back into those hobbies we don’t make a priority in the busier months. New Year Resolutions combined with wet and chilly weather keeping us indoors means we have the motivation and the time to get back into old hobbies or start new ones. It can be so exciting to start something new and see the end result in our minds eye. A trip to a Joann Fabrics or William Sonoma can be fun in and of itself. However, often times we start and don’t finish our projects and hobbies. We clutter closets with

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Pop of Color, Staging White Avenue

Pop of Color, Staging White Avenue

  I received a call recently from a realtor I work with that was concerned about a property in Baltimore. It had been on the market for nearly 4 months already and another house down the street had sold much quicker. The other property had been staged. The realtor didn’t have much of a budget for staging the newly renovated, American Foursquare house built in the 1920s in a classic Northern Baltimore neighborhood.   The renovations were well done, lots of space and a great kitchen. The only problem was the house was empty and had gray everywhere. Gray walls, carpets, floors,

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10th Anniversary Celebration Ribbon Cutting

10th Anniversary Celebration Ribbon Cutting

In January of this year, TLC Home celebrated 10 years of  business. Throughout the year we created specials, posted on Facebook, and made an effort to do more speeches and networking. But I couldn’t figure out how to top it all off in a celebration. How do you throw a ribbon cutting for a business that started out as an organizing service? Do you just throw a party at a restaurant, or could we make it more unique to what TLC Home does?  My answer came in September in the form of a job opportunity.  I was contacted to stage

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Memorabilia Matters

Hello!  What a week so Far! I have a new client that has really reminded me why I love to work with organizing clients and help them to simplify their lives. Organizing with passion and active interest in making your home more functional and fun is important. Clients that have that passion are more likely to succeed long term. The only way to truly instill active interest is to work with my clients and fit organizing into their lives. What is important to my clients is important to me and informs how we work together to achieve our organizing goals.

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I’ve Got a Prescription for That!

I was with a client the other day and we laughed over a joke I made. I told her, “I think people should have to get a prescription from an organizer before they buy a container!”  Disorganization is no laughing matter,  but the joke did inspire some reflection. When I came home I was struck by just how consistent of an issue it has been over the past ten years. Clients know they have a problem in their homes. So they go out to Target or The Container Store and buy containers. When they get home, they often don’t ever

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Organizing for My Future

Hello There!  I’m Tess, Terry’s marketing assistant! It’s odd to be talking to the world about myself. But is seemed appropriate, given what we do at TLC Home, the time of year, and where I am in my life.  For those of you who don’t know what we do at TLC Home, we are an organizing and staging company.  What that really means is this: TLC Home helps our clients to improve their lives by enhancing their home.  It could mean that we are  helping you sell so you can move into your dream house with your family. Or that

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Charming Staged House in Pasadena, MD

This Pasadena waterfront property was attractive and intriguing, with a couple challenges to keep things interesting! A small cottage with a lovely, relaxed water view, the house had been renovated to keep as much of the original character as possible – and there was a lot of character. The home was originally designed with rich, warm shiplap interior paneling that had very  rich coloring that brought charm, and challenges. The size of the living space, the renovated wooden interior, and a uniquely small set of rooms upstairs created the most significant challenges that could have prevented potential homeowners from seeing

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What Their Father Learned

My Granddaughter came for a visit last week. She played with her toys and talked to her Grandpop, but her favorite activity was sitting quietly and stringing beads to make a bracelet. Sitting at the craft table, she reminded me of twin four year-old girls I had met and their playroom. I was hired a few years ago by a nice couple with a problem. They both worked long hours and the playroom in their home was a mess they didn’t quite have time to fix. Just knowing the mess existed was extremely stressful for the wife; that’s when they

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Find Your Starting Point: Before and After Garage

Early in my career I had a client “Jane” that really provided insight into how a lack of organizational systems in the home can affect a family financially, physically, emotionally and mentally. Neither Jane nor her husband “John” had grown up with in organized homes and as adults, they both had different organizational issues. Four young children and irregular work schedules further exacerbated  the  problem.    Jane and John wanted to get organized but couldn’t find a starting point. They were overwhelmed and stressed with the process. It didn’t help that the disorganization aggravated health issues in the family. When

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