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4 Types of Value Attached to Our Family Heirlooms

 Posted by Jared Erfle on June 6, 2022 at 9:30 AM
What is a family Heirloom? Heirlooms are usually possessions passed down from generation to generation, holding a story about a piece of important family history. But not all heirlooms share the same type of value outside of your family circle. To most, that same heirloom isn’t worth much at all. That’s because everyone attaches a different value to their heirlooms, making it priceless in their mind. There are many different types of famil...

10 Ideas for Creating Your Own Family Heirloom

 Posted by Jared Erfle on May 30, 2022 at 9:30 AM
As we build our families and establish ourselves in the world, many of us begin to think about our legacy. We wonder how we can make an impact on the world but ultimately, who will remember us when we inevitably pass on. If this is something you have had on your mind, you should consider creating an heirloom you can pass down to your loved ones. Heirlooms are a great way to pass down a legacy but to also impart wisdom or your most precious...

Refresh Your Home with These Spring Decorating Ideas!

 Posted by Jared Erfle on May 23, 2022 at 9:30 AM
Bees are buzzing, the trees are colorful, and the air is sweet with the scent of blooming flowers. Which can only mean one thing—Spring is here! Are you itching to finally stretch your limbs and venture outside as much as I am? But as you look around, perhaps you’ve noticed your garden could use a little tender loving care, and your kitchen needs brightening up. Have no fear, Cathy & Garrett, from The Grit and Polish, can help you breat...

15 Upcycled Furniture Ideas

 Posted by Jared Erfle on March 14, 2022 at 9:00 AM
Upcycling antique furniture is an outlet for creativity and a great way to breathe new life into a tired item. Maybe you’ve got old furniture that you don’t want to part with, or you’ve been browsing some unique finds on our CTBIDS website. Here are some upcycled furniture ideas we found on DIY blogs that may inspire you to start your next project. Upcycled Furniture Idea #1: Drawers into Planter If you enjoy gardening, this is perfect for ...

Curating the Ultimate Upcycled Man Cave

 Posted by Jared Erfle on June 21, 2021 at 3:30 PM
June is Men’s Health month, and what better way to keep your sanity than enjoying your Man Cave? One of the most popular places men create is the man cave. A man cave can be an office, a den, a garage or any other space from a stylish basement bar or lounge to a gamer's paradise. According to thenest.com, "the average cost of a man cave is somewhere in the $5,000 to $10,000 range." Research has shown there may be a scientific link to mental we...

6 Tips For Managing A Move

 Posted by Jared Erfle on May 20, 2021 at 3:30 PM
Making a decision to take charge of health, safety or social needs by moving can be a challenging decision. Whether making the decision for yourself, a growing family, or determining the right choice for a senior loved one, managing a move can present challenges without a clear timeline towards moving day. Use the six tips in this article to make your next move more manageable. 1. Prepare in advance Whether choosing to move now or later...

Can a Home Inspection Give You a Higher Asking Price?

 Posted by Jared Erfle on April 17, 2021 at 10:00 AM
Guest Blog by Rocio Espinoza Are you selling your home? A home inspection might get you a higher price. A home inspection is an assessment of a property to ensure that it meets all current building and safety codes. People's financial transactions when they buy or sell their home are usually the biggest in their lifetime. You can do many things to increase the amount you receive for your property when it is up for sale. The most critical...

Downsizing & Dementia: Decluttering During COVID-19

 Posted by Jared Erfle on February 22, 2021 at 1:00 PM
Many families are struggling with layers of complexity as they assure their senior loved ones are safe and secure during the COVID-19 crises AND try to figure out which possessions should go or stay for a memory-impaired senior preparing to move. In addition, your senior loved one knows how priceless—whether monetary or personal— their items are, and simultaneously may be the least available to help you. While the task ahead is certainly a di...

Purging with Purpose: Beating Clutter

 Posted by Jared Erfle on February 6, 2021 at 10:00 AM
Purging in your home creates an environment that streamlines and reflects a meaningful, comfortable lifestyle for the future. Clearing clutter is a process that makes a difference to the way you view your home and live in your home. Whether preparing for a move or seeking a healthier home life, try some, or all, of the tips below to save space throughout your home. The Monthly Purge Creating a monthly routine to save space could help you s...

10 Items to Thrift for Your Home

 Posted by Jared Erfle on September 18, 2020 at 11:00 PM
Classic, vintage, charming, mid-century or antique. Whatever your preference, giving furniture a second life can add unique style to your space. Furniture brings your rooms together and helps you express your sense of style. There are many hidden gems with charm that could be the perfect addition to your room. See our tips to help guide your purchases. High-Quality Sofas and Couches Many shoppers consider thrifting a sofa a bit of a risk....
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