Hello everyone...it's been a long time since my last blog and I sincerely apologize to anyone that has been looking for some information on kitchen, bath or any room remodeling.  I've seen some activity on some of my past blog's and I am very excited to start writing again.  Please let me know if there are any questions you may have about a new project you may be starting.
Watch for my new blog on Sunday night...
Let's take a trip down memory lane...close your eyes...visualize a 20something year old you...the year is 1982...you've just purchased that new home...with the 1950's bathroom...wow!!! what were you thinking...time to remodel...exciting!!!
What does the 20something year old you want in this new bathroom...a huge whirlpool tub/a shower (not so huge)/his and hers sinks/a separate toilet area!!!
Now let's talk color...if you're smart you choose neutrals...but you want the "wow factor"...hunter green/mauve/peach/dark blue!!!
Now OPEN your eyes...your 50something year old you is saying...what was I thinking?
Don't worry about those choices...we are all in the same boat...time to update and make it "aging" friendly and "2016" acceptable!!!

Where to start...
tub/shower...how often did you use that large whirlpool tub...once or twice a year?  how often did you stand in the shower and wished you had a larger shower? maybe with a couple of body sprays, a seat? how about a steam unit?...Perhaps a smaller soaking tub would do the trick at this point in your life...
vanity/sinks...how many times have you looked at those double sinks and thought..."why?"...we only use one!  Perhaps it's time to eliminate one and create a make-up area...would you like to sit down while putting on your make-up?
And that separate toilet area...what were you thinking!!!

It's clear now...the 50something year old you...with eyes wide open...is ready for that 2016 remodel...
Stay tuned for more Blogs to help with your project...or call Cucina by Lina to get started!!!
See you soon!!!
The first step to that beautiful new kitchen you so desire is decluttering your existing kitchen.  Don't wait until two days before the demolition crew is scheduled to begin,  to start removing things from your cabinets.  Over the years, I have seen homeowners wait until the last minute, only to put everything away and end up with more boxes than they really need!  
Give yourself at least three weeks to prepare yourself for that new project...Week 1 for the upper cabinets...Week 2 for the base cabinets...Week 3 for miscellaneous items.  
Speak to your designer or contractor about setting up a temporary kitchen somewhere else in the house. Keep out any items you will need during the renovation...plates, soup/cereal bowls, glasses, coffee cups, pot, pan, silverware, etc.  At Cucina by Lina, we offer our homeowners a temporary microwave and an electric hotplate...for those nights that ordering in or eating out just aren't an option!

Before you start, give yourself an attitude adjustment.  To successfully declutter your kitchen, harden your heart before you begin...NO MERCY!!  Clear your countertops, get a minimum of four boxes and label them as follows:  Put Away (Kitchen), Put Away (Elsewhere), Give Away/Sell, and Storage.  Anything else gets thrown away!  
A good amount of sturdy black garbage bags will come in handy...why black bags?!?!...OUT OF SIGHT/OUT OF MIND...declutter into opaque trash bags for best results.

Now let's get started...
Open your kitchen cabinets...time to clean up!!!
Week 1 & 2...Empty the kitchen cabinets.
     *take everything out of the cabinets including any shelf dividers, racks, etc.
     *work on one cabinet at a time
     *avoid decluttering everything at once, it will help you to stay focused
     *give away or throw away small gadgets and appliances that are just taking up space
     *be rational about how many cups, plates, bowls, glasses, knives, forks, and spoons you actually need
        Suggestions:  If you're not sure, do a trial separation...pack up what you're not sure about and don't                   unpack it into the new kitchen...if you don't go back into those boxes, then perhaps you don't need it!
     *get rid of items you haven't used in a long time
   Week 3...Clearing up miscellaneous items.
     *consider removing items from the kitchen that don't belong there
     *remove all items for the top of your refrigerator and make a verbal promise to yourself to relocate them
       into another location in the new kitchen 

Once that new kitchen is complete, here are a few thoughts to avoid the clutter...
     *dish washing route...don't store dirty dishes in the sink...either put them in the dishwasher or wash them         right away (don't forget to dry them and put them away)
     *don't go out to buy containers for things that don't fit on your shelves...a good example are your coffee               cups...pick a shelf for your coffee cups...if it doesn't fit on that shelf, then you don't need it!
     *follow the "One for One Rule"...get a new skillet and get rid of an old one...it works for your wardrobe,             why not your kitchen gadgets!

Good luck...and feel free to suggest any Blog topics you would like to read about!
Time for me to go follow my own decluttering advice....see you next week!