How You Can Redecorate For Little To No Cost.

Do you ever watch an entire episode of Fixer Upper and then dream for hours about how you could redecorate your home?  And then cry all night over a pint of Ben and Jerry’s trying to figure out how you can wake up with a million dollars? Unfortunately stuff costs money, and redecorating can really break the bank.  You want my secret?  Sell your stuff.

So I bought these lamps a few months ago because I was rushing to get some lamps when we first moved in.   I have the patience of a toddler, and rushed to fill the apartment before really taking the time and picking something I wanted.

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Don’t get me wrong, they’re cute, but they’re kinda traditional.  I wanted something a little more industrial, and so I decided if I wanted new lamps, I had to sell these first. You know, so my husband wouldn’t kill me, because I do this A LOT.

And so I did, for the EXACT same price as I bought them.  I also ended up selling some frames that were in the picture and so I ended up with some extra change at the end of the day.  (Oh, Snap!) I went online, purchased my new lamps, and the package came and I opened it before I had my morning coffee like it was the first day of christmas.

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I started assembling those suckers, I couldn’t wait!

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And TA DA!  My new lamps from Ikea baby!  You can get these here, but sorry guys looks like the price went up $7 since I purchased them last.

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Ok so how did I sell these?  Like Magic!  JK.

There was a time when I put everything on craigslist.  However, a few years ago, I found an App called Offerup, and it has literally changed my life.  My first sale was for $600, and ever since then I have been hooked.  Here’s how it works:

1.  Download the App.

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It’s called OfferUp.  What I love about this app, is you don’t have to share personal information, and you communicate solely through the app.  What’s even cooler, is you can see how people are rated (it’s a star system), how many purchases and sales they’ve done, and what they’re selling (if they have anything posted).

2. Upload your pictures.

Because it’s an app on your phone, it’s SO EASY to upload the pictures.  Be sure not to take crappy photos though. You need to take a few with good lighting like below.

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Then take a few of what they would look like in a home..

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Be sure to zoom in on certain parts of whatever you’re selling.  For example, this is a zoomed in picture of the shade.

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And then one of the base, so they can really see the lamp.

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3. Type up a description.

I put as much info on there as possible.  I ALWAYS provide dimensions, the current condition, and how long I’ve had it.  I also like to add if whatever I’m posting has multiple uses too.

4. Price

For this app, picture yourself at a flea market.  No one is ever going to pay full price.  Therefore, yes, always post it for more than you want to sell it for.  ALWAYS.

5.  Click finish and it’s posted within minutes!

What’s also cool about this app, is you can see how many views your post is getting.  You get notifications when you have an offer, and you communicate directly through the app.  It’s also cool because you can see if the message has been read or not, it looks just like a text message.

Lastly, I did not get paid to talk about OfferUp, and if you know of any better Apps for selling stuff, let me know!  However, I really do love this app.  I hope you check it out, and end up buying something new and thinking of me.

Love,

Deema

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3 Simple Hacks To Hide Cords and Media Equipment

You know how sometimes you listen to sad music in your car to really get in the mood?  Except you’re at a stoplight thinking about the cords in your living room, and how they made you really sad this morning while you had your morning coffee and then you hear a loud honking noise and you’re like “OMG lady it’s only been 2 minutes!” And then you drive off, turn up the music and wipe the tears off your face?  Hypothetically speaking, I’m not crazy guys.

So it’s been a month since I started sharing ideas in this space.  And the most popular post has definitely been the 3 Simple Hacks For A Prettier Home.  And I thought since many of you are clearly on the same spectrum of psycho that I am, then you probably have nightmares about cords too, right?  Great, so here we go, 3 simple hacks to hide those hideous cords and media equipment in your home.

1.  Electronics Hider

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Ok, so I get that most TV stands have a cabinet to put this in and close the door.  And, yes, I have that in my living room.  However, I’m assuming many of you have TV’s that are not in your living room?  This DVR and Roku equipment has been sitting on the dresser in my bedroom taunting me for months.  It was a huge eye sore, and I hated it.  Luckily Covogoods on Etsy sells these custom electronics hider.

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So it’s basically a bunch of books that are carved out to cover your equipment.  It’s open from the side and from the back.

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And it folds into your equipment like this.

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Tada!  Yes, folks, all that stuff went inside.  The back and side are open.  Scroll down to #2 to see how I hid all the cords.

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This shop is super responsive, and you get to pick the colors and sizes of the books.  Check it out HERE, it’s amazing.  And no, I did not get paid to share that.  One other thing, you can place this vertically to cover those hideous wireless routers you may have exposed in your home for the internet.  I’m pretty sure that’s why the sides are exposed, I have mine placed horizontally.

2.  Zip Ties + Decorative Accessories

So we have a ton of cords from the DVR, to the router, to the Roku, and God knows what else.  How do we organize all that?  Super cheap zip ties folks.

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There would have been no way to hide all these cords if they weren’t bunched together.  You can get these zip ties HERE.  Top off the books with a clock, an extra book I had at home (because it wasn’t quite high enough), and bam, no more cords.

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Now in the picture below, I also had three different cords that I zip tied together.

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Then I placed a large stack of books, and topped it with a super cute set of iron glasses from Pottery Barn to hide it below.

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3.  Be creative w/ furniture or home accents

Lastly, sometimes you need something a little bit more dramatic than some simple zip ties and tiny accents.

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Every single night we sat down to watch TV, I would complain to my husband about these hideous cords.  I zip tied them, started to color one white to blend with the wall (yes, I know), and I was still super annoyed.  Like daydreaming at a stoplight annoyed.  So I did what any other normal person would do, I went to HomeGoods for some inspiration.

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At first I went in looking for a trunk or a bench, but I have one on the other side of my TV stand and I felt like that would be too much.  Then I passed by the basket section and a light bulb went off.  I grabbed some decorative pillows, got a super cute shawl, and called it a day.  No. More. Cords.  I was happy people.

In sum?  Buy some zip ties, cover that stuff up with some cute decor or furniture, and if you don’t have a media stand, buy that super cute electronics hider for your router or DVR equipment  And trust me, ignore the lady honking behind you, sometimes we all just need a minute, or two.

Love,
Deema

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3 Simple Hacks For A Prettier Home

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for little things I can do to make my home look just a little bit better.  Luckily I’m the daughter of a mom that is a bundle of OCD.  She’s shared a ton of tips over the years, and while I’m not quite at her level of matching spices and clothes hangers, I may be on my path to getting there.

You want cute optics?  I’m about to blow your mind with three simple hacks that will seriously, I mean seriously, make everything in your home look A LOT better.

1.  Labels

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You want a home that’s easy on the eyes?  Ya, that story doesn’t involve labels. Seriously, they’re ugly, they’re tacky, and they’re usually filled with pointless words, clutter, and unnecessary logos.  And, guys, they are honestly so easy to take off.  And for those that aren’t, please, you are an adult, you should own some Goo Gone.  I’m talking about doing something so simple, and making everything look so much cleaner.  REMOVE. THE. DAMN. LABELS.

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I’ve removed labels off deodorant, hand soap, dish soap, shampoos, and so many other containers and it looks so much cleaner.  It makes your home look like a HOME, and not like a pharmacy.  This is NOT Walgreens folks.

2.  Replacement containers and bottles

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LOOK. AT. THAT. EYE. SORE.  FYI,  I’m the kind of person that will skip out on a bottle of shampoo or lotion if the bottle is ugly.  However, I get that you are probably not on the same spectrum of psycho that I am.  Take my husband for example, he LOVES himself some Nivea.  Guys, Nivea is BLUE.  BLUE!  And, removing a label is just not enough for me.  Looking at that bottle every morning while I brushed my teeth didn’t make me happy.  You know what makes me happy?  This bottle.

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Look how much cleaner it looks in a separate container.  Everything now blends in.  It’s also super cute, and you can reuse it.  I also keep our Q-tips in this glass container.  You can get these anywhere, and they are so cheap.  I got mine at HomeGoods and the jar at Target.  Here’s another example in my mom’s bathroom.

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She has her cotton balls, Q-tips, and medicine in pedestaled apothecary jars.  I love these because they’re practical, organized, and look like decor.  Moral of the story?  If it came in something hideous, you need to put it in something beautiful.

3.  Colors (or not)

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My daughter broke her arm right before she turned two.  I asked if they offered neutral-colored casts, and my husband was mortified.  Get a bright color they said.  She will be happy they said.  I died a little inside that day.

Look, for the record, I love colors.  I’m just VERY particular about the pairings of the colors, and the shades.  Just look at these two sets of cups.  You have a pretty table set for dinner, do you want all these random colors all over the place?  Or a nice clean clear cup for the kiddos?

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And with that said, I’m very conscious of everything I buy.   Also, to avoid eye sores, I try to get all accessories for my home in neutral colors.  Yes, that means I have neutral colors for everything from my kitchen accessories like my dustpan or dish brush, to the toothbrushes in my bathroom, to the plates and cups we eat on, to the reusable grocery bags we use.

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Alright, now roll up your sleeves, grab some Goo Gone, and get to work.  I promise you, you will thank me.  Oh, and  this guy is seriously my spirit animal.

Love,

Deema

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