Decorating For The Holidays Is Made Easier With The Help Of Interior Design Specialists
By Laura Griffin
Organization is the angle from which Neil Bindelglass, owner of Let Me Organize You, begins. He is an accredited staging professional who approaches home staging in a straightforward manner. "You most likely have a beautiful home. And you most likely have some beautiful things in your home. Unfortunately, you haven't opened a retail business to sell your things. You have opened your home to the public in order to sell it. And it is your house that you want the public to see, not your large collection of books. This is what staging is all about."
It may not be obvious how home staging and decorating fit together with organizing, but Bindelglass explains: "In addition to de-personalizing your home, home stagers de-clutter your home as well to make it appear larger and more inviting. In my case, as a professional organizer / home stager, I help my clients lighten their load and pack away things that they own but will not need until they move into their new home, thus making their move easer and often cheaper."
One of Bindelglass's long-standing clients illustrates this connection. The homeowner is passionate about decorating for the holidays - all holidays, not just those at this time of year. For every holiday, she used to have to go through her vast collection of decorations to pull out what she needed, and it was extremely time-consuming.
Bindelglass came on the scene, assessed her needs, then put together a plan to organize and reduce what amounted to a roomful of decorations into 50 large plastic tubs, duly sorted and labeled. It took four days and countless Sharpies, but the pay-off was his client's ability to set up and break down from any holiday easily and happily.
When this same client was looking to change homes, she once again called on Bindelglass, asking for his assistance in organizing the move, staging the home for sale, and setting up a designated area in her new basement with industrial shelving for her 50 tubs of holiday decorations.
Although this client's situation was unique, organizing and decorating can still be overwhelming for many people. They appreciate having an extra pair of hands during the process, and they are pleased with the end results. Many of Bindelglass's clients, in fact, find that they enjoy learning how to pare down their possessions and enjoy a simpler environment, year-round.
Bindelglass's services include staging model homes. During the holidays, that entails swapping out table linens and runners, filling bowls with attractive displays, perhaps even adding a swag around a mirror. Bindelglass reveals a "stager's secret" - it has to look terrific but does not have to be expensive. It's perfectly acceptable to pick up a rich-looking linens at Targer, for example, or tasteful holiday dishware at Marshall's.
Families with multiple homes also appreciate Bindelglass's services during the holidays. For example, he received a call from a client with a vacation home who gave him a budget, a check, and a date on which he would be arriving with his family and guests. Bindelglass had carte blance to prepare the home, both Bindelglass and the client were delighted by the project. While Bindelglass does not call himself an interior designer, he receives kudos for his great taste and good eye.
What about decorating for religious holidays? For home staging or commercial decorating, it's best to focus on the seasonal, natural aspects and steer clear of outright religious decor. Using Nature as your palette can yield beautiful, warm results. For example, look for natural items collected from your back yard: acorns, pine cones, even twigs can be arranged in a glass vase. Evergreen garlands make classic decor. Abundant use of tiny white lights can create a magical setting reminiscent of a starry night sky. Pine and cinnamon can provide a clean, homey scent throughout the space.
Let Me Organize You deals primarily with residential customers who seek organization, with many also looking for staging help. Geographically, Bindelgalss is seeking to focus on the Albany and Saratoga areas from now on, although he has enjoyed his work with clients in New York City in the past.
You may get in touch with Neil Bindelglass of Let Me Organize You by calling 914-466-4585 or emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also consult his Web site, www.LetMeOrganizeYou.com.