Column: Home for the holidays, and after

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Commentary by Randy Sorrell and Bill Bernard

The holiday season brings with it a whirlwind of activities. My neighbors are busy populating their lawns with inflatable characters of all sizes, shapes and themes. One Santa in particular has apparently been enjoying a little too much eggnog. He spends most of his time face-planted on their front lawn. 

Amazed and intrigued at the volume of decorative accessories, I wonder where folks have room to store these family treasures. Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing the neighborhoods transformed. We intentionally drive home different routes so the kids (and I) can see some of our favorite spectacular productions each year. Again, where do they put it all? Santa’s got elves, but I only have teenagers. When I finally muster the courage to venture into our basement storage room, I cringe at the thought of what I will find. I remember we were in a hurry to put things away last year and the kids were “helping” put things away.

I need help. I need a plan. How about you? Are there areas of your home where the “stuff” has taken control? Can you only park one car in your multi-car garage? Do you need real shelving installed in your basement, garage or attic storage room? Do you have a kitchen counter that has become the family catch-all? Did the original designer of your home not understand just how much laundry just one teenager can produce – not that my children will actually bring their laundry to the laundry room.

Sometimes, it helps to have an objective outsider come in and ask the hard questions and help you devise a plan to control the clutter. Whether it’s holiday decorations or just everyday stuff, we can help you find a way to bring order back to your home.

Stay home. Be moved.

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