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Do you ever dream of taking a 3 or 4-week vacation from your business? For most of us, that's all it is, is a dream. Well, WAKE UP! What if you were told you can unplug from your business for a month—without destroying it?


It's all talked about in this latest article in Forbes Magazine. Click below to read.


Here's even better news! Dexterous Organizing is currently being "Clockworked". Soon we'll be serving our clients even better than before, getting out the kinks in our workflows, and beating burnout at the roots!


Who's excited to try this in their own business or know someone who can benefit?


Adrienne Dorison, cofounder of Run Like Clockwork, alongside her business partner, Mike Michalowicz, helps entrepreneurs step away from their laptops and out of the way of their own success.


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by Sarah Reeder of Artifactual History® LLC Appraisals


This is

an opinion piece, and a manifesto of sorts, born out of my personal thoughts working in the appraisal field about the widespread confusion and discomfort about how to mix antiques and art in contemporary homes.


For many years now, there has been an underlying pressure in mainstream culture that all furnishings in your home have to match cohesively, be from one distinct stylistic era, and also ideally be brand new, which has helped contribute to the commercial success of large furniture chains. These stores offer new mass-produced inventory that satisfies these cultural expectations and also removes the perceived risk of having bad taste by making all the design decisions ahead of time for the customers. Looking at it from a historical perspective, many notable 20th century modernists such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Charles Sheeler frequently mixed multiple design eras in interiors, so the expectation that everything must match is a much more recent development.


Skewering unique or atypical interior design choices has become a couch pastime in the nation (and yes, I’ve enjoyed my fair share of those television shows too, so I write this well aware of my hypocrisy!) Considering the phenomenon over time though from the perspective of my professional role as an appraiser, I think these trends of popularizing design judgment as a form of entertainment have contributed to making many feel uncomfortable expressing their individual originality and stylistic preferences in their own interiors.


Due to these conditioned fears of ridicule for “getting it wrong,” many people now feel more comfortable buying all of the items pictured on a catalog page of one of the popular mass-produced chain furniture stores, because they have the safety of knowing it was an already “approved” group of furnishings so they can’t make a mistake if they replicate the catalog page within their homes. Many stores even offer coordinating mass-produced printed canvases to hang on the wall above the furniture instead of original one-of-a-kind artwork.


This has been a real loss for our collective creativity and has robbed many of the opportunity to build a deep and intimate relationship with their home environments by selecting pieces that speak to them personally, regardless of whether they have been culturally approved as matching or being “in good taste.” From my professional perspective as an art and antique appraiser, I can also see how this societal practice has contributed to the softening of the art and antique market, particularly in the category of antique furniture.


I’ve had many conversations through the years with individuals who’ve inherited beautiful antique furniture from a family member. In talking with them, I can tell how much they are drawn to it, both for the powerful memories and the solidity of the natural wood materials (which, by the way, don’t give off toxic chemicals like many new mass-produced furniture items and don’t consume precious resources from our already-beleaguered environment), but inevitably there is a point where I hear “but they don’t match my furnishings.” In those instances, I try to...


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Having an organized home is something we all strive for, but may not always be a reality. With our busy everyday lives, it’s sometimes difficult to find the time to begin organizing, or even know where to begin. All you may need is a little guidance and we’ve got you covered. Whether you live in a condo in Miami or a home in Atlanta, there is no better time than now to start organizing.

To help get you started, I, along with other experts from across the country, shared some of our best tips and tricks with Redfin to help you start organizing your home. Check out what the article here!


Organize Your Home Like Never Before With These 12 Tips


No time to read the full article? Here is our direct snippet:


Have your day-to-day toiletries accessible

Keep multiple bottles of health and beauty products or large packages of toiletries in storage areas like linen closets or labeled and accessible bins or baskets. Keep prime real estate areas like under the sink, counter space, and in-sight shelving on the walls and in the shower for smaller quantities and everyday usage items. – Dexterous Organizing




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