Great Books

Your Spacious Self :Clear the Clutter and Discover Who You Are by Stephanie Bennett Vogt
Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat? by Peter Walsh
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
The 10 Item Wardrobe by Jennifer Scott
Breathing Room: Open Your Heart by Decluttering Your Home by Melva Green and Lauren Rosenfeld

Reuse And Recycle-We would be irresponsible to not suggest you make every attempt to use what you already own instead of filling our landfills further. We suggest obtaining professional consultation advice which may cost a few dollars up front, but in the end, it will save you time, money, and aggravation by making informed decisions that add value to your home. Visiting sites like and for items can also save you a bundle. And likewise, when you have items you no longer need, post them with a picture, online, either free or for a price so others can save money and we can all contribute to a better world for our children.

Paint– Consumer Report claims that Kilz Casual Colors (WalMart), Glidden, and Behr (both Home Depot) are the best paints for interior spaces. My personal experience with Behr is that while the paint itself is good quality, finding great colors is a different story. Note that all paint departments can use technology to match a paint from a chip, a cupboard, etc., but choosing from their selections is a tricky process due to several factors. Be prepared to do a lot of legwork to find a specific color you’re looking for, bring it to them to match,  and then KEEP THE PAINT LABEL to reference/buy more later.

Carpet– try Cheney Carpet- Plymouth

Fabric– check out the fabric warehouses but first trip is always a bit overwhelming. The prices at SR Warehouse in Brooklyn Park- 763-424-3500 and Mill End Fabrics (various locations) are great but there’s so much to choose from. Be clear before you leave home or be prepared to return a second time. The Twin Cities have several great fabric stores-Treadle Yard Goods 651-698-9690 Calico Corners 952-925-5600, as well as Jo Ann Fabrics and Hancock Fabrics– both chains.


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