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April 2013

Clutter Control by Our Feature Writer Denise Hughes-Professional Organizer

A. Here are some ideas to help get your household clutter under control. The best way to control clutter is to prevent clutter

B. Sort your mail over your garbage can or recycle bin. This way junk mail will never make it into your home or on your desk or computer top.

C. Avoid impulse purchases. Keep a wish list in your purse or wallet. When you see something you want (but do not really need) add it to the list. After a week or so, look over your list. Decide if you truly need, love, or have-to-have anything on your list. If so, go get it and enjoy! If not, throw out your list and pat yourself on the back! You just prevented clutter and saved some of your hard earned cash.

D. When shopping, do you ever say “I can always return it”? Clutter alert. How often do you actually end up returning these items? Instead, do these things ultimately become clutter in your closet? If you don’t love it in the store, there’s something wrong with it. Either it isn’t exactly what you are looking for or you don't’ need it. Let it go and find something better

E. Create homes for your belongings. Clutter often results when things don’t have a home or the home is inconvenient. Look around your house. What things are causing clutter? Do the items have a home? Is the home clutter convenient?

F. Store items where you use them. Keeping items where you use them will help you conquer clutter in your home. Here is why. When you store things where you use them, it is easier to use the item and put it away when you are finished. This last step, is critical in controlling clutter. When you see clutter in your home, that is a result of items that have not been put away. Double check it item’s home. If not, look for ways to carve out space for your items closer to where they are used. When you do, you will be taking one more step in the direction of a clutter free home!

G. I can always use another! One of the toughest things for people to let go of when they are organizing are the inherently useful items. It’s the pencils, pens, cleaning rags, plastic drinking cups, Tupperware ®, craft supplies, office supplies, and sticky notes that cause us to say “I can always use another one of those.” Sound familiar? Remember, no matter how useful something is, you only need so many of them! All of this extra stuff leads to clutter!

H. Decide to decide. How much of the clutter in your home is the result of indecision? One example: A flyer comes in the mail announcing an upcoming event. You hold onto it because you may want to go...but you don’t really decide if you will go or not. So the indecision known as the flyer sits on your computer for a few days until it is buried by the next few round of indecision. Should I go on this field trip? Should I use this coupon? Should I donate to this cause? It’s a good organization….I probably should...but I don’t know. I will decide later. And on and on it goes.

I. Not sure where to start? Clutter and the stress that accompanies it, can be extremely over-whelming. Sometimes it feels next to impossible to dig out. I suggest starting with the area that’s causing you the greatest stress. Focus solely on this area, working on it slowly and methodically. If your clutter hot spot is a single room in your home, start with the one corner of the room and move clockwise around the room, sorting and purging as you go.

Containers For Clutter Control

There are containers for just about every imaginable use to handle your clutter con-trol. Check your local discount stores, the dollar stores and the Container Store @ www.containerstore.com. Good Luck!

Make Up Container

A neat idea to organize makeup or other small items that are cluttering your space. A metal backing covered with pretty fabric and inserted into an old picture frame. Using a hot glue gun attach small magnets to the items, in this case the make-up containers and then place them on the board











Purchase an inexpensive shelving unit from a Target or Walmart etc. Use the bottom shelf as a place to keep the pet dishes out of the way. Trace the bottom of the bowl size onto the bottom shelf, then use a jigsaw to cut it out. Insert the pet dish. Use the first shelf for other storage as well as the top of the shelving unit.

Mosquito Repelling Plants

Cascading Geranium

Cascading Geranium, another bug repelling plant, will cascades over its pot and adds a delicate floral scent to your potagerie.

Be sure and call us for all your plant needs...Big or small
Telephone:
281-933-4321
Fax: 281-933-5898


April 2013

Clutter Control by Our Feature Writer Denise Hughes-Professional Organizer

A. Here are some ideas to help get your household clutter under control. The best way to control clutter is to prevent clutter

B. Sort your mail over your garbage can or recycle bin. This way junk mail will never make it into your home or on your desk or computer top.

C. Avoid impulse purchases. Keep a wish list in your purse or wallet. When you see something you want (but do not really need) add it to the list. After a week or so, look over your list. Decide if you truly need, love, or have-to-have anything on your list. If so, go get it and enjoy! If not, throw out your list and pat yourself on the back! You just prevented clutter and saved some of your hard earned cash.

D. When shopping, do you ever say “I can always return it”? Clutter alert. How often do you actually end up returning these items? Instead, do these things ultimately become clutter in your closet? If you don’t love it in the store, there’s something wrong with it. Either it isn’t exactly what you are looking for or you don't’ need it. Let it go and find something better

E. Create homes for your belongings. Clutter often results when things don’t have a home or the home is inconvenient. Look around your house. What things are causing clutter? Do the items have a home? Is the home clutter convenient?

F. Store items where you use them. Keeping items where you use them will help you conquer clutter in your home. Here is why. When you store things where you use them, it is easier to use the item and put it away when you are finished. This last step, is critical in controlling clutter. When you see clutter in your home, that is a result of items that have not been put away. Double check it item’s home. If not, look for ways to carve out space for your items closer to where they are used. When you do, you will be taking one more step in the direction of a clutter free home!

G. I can always use another! One of the toughest things for people to let go of when they are organizing are the inherently useful items. It’s the pencils, pens, cleaning rags, plastic drinking cups, Tupperware ®, craft supplies, office supplies, and sticky notes that cause us to say “I can always use another one of those.” Sound familiar? Remember, no matter how useful something is, you only need so many of them! All of this extra stuff leads to clutter!

H. Decide to decide. How much of the clutter in your home is the result of indecision? One example: A flyer comes in the mail announcing an upcoming event. You hold onto it because you may want to go...but you don’t really decide if you will go or not. So the indecision known as the flyer sits on your computer for a few days until it is buried by the next few round of indecision. Should I go on this field trip? Should I use this coupon? Should I donate to this cause? It’s a good organization….I probably should...but I don’t know. I will decide later. And on and on it goes.

I. Not sure where to start? Clutter and the stress that accompanies it, can be extremely over-whelming. Sometimes it feels next to impossible to dig out. I suggest starting with the area that’s causing you the greatest stress. Focus solely on this area, working on it slowly and methodically. If your clutter hot spot is a single room in your home, start with the one corner of the room and move clockwise around the room, sorting and purging as you go.

Containers For Clutter Control

There are containers for just about every imaginable use to handle your clutter con-trol. Check your local discount stores, the dollar stores and the Container Store @ www.containerstore.com. Good Luck!

Make Up Container

A neat idea to organize makeup or other small items that are cluttering your space. A metal backing covered with pretty fabric and inserted into an old picture frame. Using a hot glue gun attach small magnets to the items, in this case the make-up containers and then place them on the board











Purchase an inexpensive shelving unit from a Target or Walmart etc. Use the bottom shelf as a place to keep the pet dishes out of the way. Trace the bottom of the bowl size onto the bottom shelf, then use a jigsaw to cut it out. Insert the pet dish. Use the first shelf for other storage as well as the top of the shelving unit.

Mosquito Repelling Plants

Cascading Geranium

Cascading Geranium, another bug repelling plant, will cascades over its pot and adds a delicate floral scent to your potagerie.

Be sure and call us for all your plant needs...Big or small
Telephone:
281-933-4321
Fax: 281-933-5898


May 2013

Flip Flop Wreath

What Fun Are These?

All Styles of Wreaths-Made From Flip Flops!!

Get Creative! Hang a wreath on your front door, on your cabin door or the door at the beach house. Make one up for a baby shower, or a birthday party. So many ideas. Embellish with flowers, toile, ribbon, rhinestones etc. I bought seven pair of child size flip flops at the Dollar Tree Store in sizes 11-12 for $1.00/ pair. Put on a 12-inch straw wreath. Perfect size.






6 Herbs With Gorgeous Blooms

Thai Basil

Annual
This exotic variety, with a strong licorice scent, boasts reddishpurple flower spikes in late summer. Note: The leaves may start to lose some flavor once blooming begins.

Spearment

Zones 4-11
This refreshing member of the mint family flaunts cones of lilacpink bells by midsummer. Since mint’s invasive, be sure to contain it in a pot or raised bed.

Dill

Annual
By midsummer, vivid chartreuse-yellow blossoms appear atop tall stems with feathery foliage. To ensure a steady supply, sow new seeds each month.

Pineapple Sage

Zones 8-11
True to it’s name, this tender perennial emits a sweet pineapple fragrance, and as summer begins to wane, sends up stalks of vibrant scarlet blooms.

Rosemary

Zones 8-11
Grow this droughttolerant shrub, which blooms in early summer, as an annual in regions cooler than Zone 8. For rest results start with a plant, not seeds.

Greek Oregano

Zones 5-10
With a low mounding habit, this fuzzy leaved herb makes for a good looking ground cover. Expect clusters of pale, pinkish buds mid-summer.

A Greenhouse Kit Becomes A Private Studio

Private Studio
Private Studio

There are several modular greenhouse kits on the market these days. This would be an inex-pensive way to set up a private space attached the side of the house or standing alone in the backyard. A special place where you could read, do school work, write, paint, do craft projects or just a peaceful place to relax. Install a small air conditioner, put in a couple electrical out-lets to play a radio, set up your computer, or anything your heart desires.

Grow Vegetables In Containers

Stagger Heights | Select containers of differ-ent sizes and create a grouping to offer addi-tional interest. These four containers filled with cucumber, tomato, pepper, basil,thyme, and parsley add lots of visual appeal to a landscape.

Grow your lettuce or herbs in an old wine box--repurposed vintage!

Concrete Paver Planters

Making a concrete planter is a relatively easy task, which will enhance the look of your garden’s décor. Concrete planters can also be used in various other out-door settings because they can easily fit in with any style. Dry Run: Put pavers together using either square or rectangular sizes without us-ing the concrete block adhesive to make sure the size and shape are what you want.

Glue Sides: Use landscape block adhesive to attach the pavers. Run a thin bead, press pavers together, then let sit for 24 hours. Clamps should not be needed. Let sit for 24 hours.

Attach Bottom: Only attach bottom if you will be placing the planter on a concrete patio or some other stone surface. Note: If placing the planter in dirt you do not need to have a bottom as the water will drain into the soil. Glue the bottom piece on, using the same method as for the sides. However, leave a few gaps in the adhesive bead so that excess water can be drained.
Place Planter In Desired Location: Haul the planter carefully to the desired location. Fill With Potting Mix: Once the caulk has dried up completely, you can then fill your concrete planter with potting mix and plant the plants or flowers you desire.
Note: Work to build the planters outside as the process might be messy. Also, keep in mind that these plant-ers are heavy so you should consider putting on gloves to carry them from one place to another and it would be better to ask someone to help when transporting them.

Be sure and call us for all of your plant needs...BIG or small.

Telephone:
281-933-4321
Fax: 281-933-5898


June 2013

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Life Lessons

You may have thought I didn't see, Or that I hadn't heard, Life lessons thatyou taught to me, But I got every word. Perhaps you thought I missed it all, And that we'd grow apart, But Dad, I picked up everything, It's written on my heart. Without you, Dad, I wouldn't be The man I am today; You built a strong foundation No one can take away. I've grown up with your values, And I'm very glad I did; So here's to you, dear father, From your forever grateful kid.

A Few Examples of the New Trees & Shrubs for 2013

Bobo Hydrangea

Winner of the Gold Floral award for best novelty plant, the Bobo hydrangea is a flower factory, producing big heads of white blooms that slowly turn pink in the fall. Bobo is a cold-hardy, dwarf variety that grows only 3 feet tall so it's perfect for small spaces or large containers. You could also plant a line of Bobo hydrangeas to create a trafficstopping low hedge.

Tuff Stuff Hydrangea

A vigorous re-blooming hydrangea, Tuff Stuff is a new lace cap variety that's covered in semi-double to double reddish-pink flowers from midsummer until frost. In acidic soils, the flowers may shift to blue. In our Test Garden, it was in almost constant bloom right up until frost.

Midnight Magic Crape Myrtle

New from plant breeder, Midnight Magic is a gorgeous dwarf crape myrtle with deep purple foliage that highlights large clusters of mauve pink flowers throughout the summer. It's a fast grower that will quickly reach 12 feet tall, and it's drought-and disease-resistant.

ReBLOOM Azalea Family

It's easy to be a little disappointed with old-fashioned azaleas: They look beautiful for a few weeks, but then they're just green blobs in the yard. Newer breeding, such as the ReBLOOM series offers so much more -- flowers in spring then again in summer and autumn. Colors in this new family include Red Magnificence, Blush Elegance, Purple Spectacular (shown), Fuchsia Extravagance, White Nobility, Cherry-Pink Prestige, Coral Amazement, Pink Adoration, and Firebrick Fame, so there's one for every look.

Pink Chiffon Rose of Sharon

Like other members of the Chiffon family of Rose of Sharon, Pink Chif-fon is a tough yet elegant plant with graceful stems that bear gorgeous flowers from mid-to late summer. The semi-double flowers of newcom-er Pink Chiffon are a deep pink that doesn't fade in full sun. It looks terrific in the back of a perennial border in a large tub or container. You also can prune this handsome hibiscus, commonly called Rose of Sharon, into tree form.

'Pink Frost' Purple Anise

When selecting shrubs for your landscape, always look for species that offer several seasons of interest. 'Pink Frost' purple anise is a great example for Southern gardeners. It has dark red, star-like spring flowers as well as beautiful cream-and-green variegated foliage throughout the summer. After the first frost, the leaves develop beau-tiful rose-color highlights. 'Pink Frost' also tolerates wet soil.

Here is a complete listing of the New Trees & Shrubs for 2013

Everlasting Revolution Hydrangea BoBo Hydrangea
Plum Passion Hydrangea Tuff Stuff Hydrangea
Midnight Magic Crape Myrtle Princess Kylie Crape Myrtle
ReBloom Azalea Family Encore Autumn Jewel
Encore Autumn Lily Azalea Sparkling Sangria Loropetalum
Pink Chiffon Rose of Sharon Pink Frost Purple Anise
Show Off Sugar Baby Forsythia Goldspur Amur Choke Cherry
Pucker Up Dogwood Southern Lady Andromeda
Lo & Behold Lilac Chip Butterfly Tony Tower Dwarf Alberta Spruce
Feeling Sunny Cedar Huber’s Tawny Gold Yew
Atomic Red Trumpet Vine Summer Cascade Wisteria

What Plants Can do for Your Wellbeing Whether it is in Your Home or at the Office.

It has been proven that people react more favorably to a building when it contains plants.

It has been shown that plants fight against Sick Building Syndrome (SBS).

Also, it was shown the fact that plants:

  • Reduce carbon dioxide levels;
  • Balance the humidity;
  • Balance the humidity;
  • Reduce dust airborne levels;
  • Reduce air temperatures;
  • Soften or hide less attractive features;
  • Draw attention to features of interest
  • Break up large, open areas;
  • Engender a sense of well being;
  • Reduce stress levels.

Be sure and call us for all your plant needs...BIG or small.

Telephone:

281-933-4321

Fax: 281-933 5898