Chic in Menlo ParkTransitional Kitchen, San Francisco
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Where to start asking questions. I recommend starting in the kitchen, because the decisions for kitchen items tend to be less emotional and easier to make. For example, do you use your small portable appliances? If the answer is, “Yes, daily,” you don’t have to ask any more questions. Pack it. If you are deciding on a platter that you never use, make your way to the next question until you get your final answer on whether you should keep it or not. Once you have decided what to bring with you from the kitchen, move on to the bedrooms. I recommend leaving the basement until last. It can be a more difficult space.Repeatedly ask yourself the questions above about the belongings in each area of your home. Remember, the goal is to move into a serene, clutter-free home! Your turn: Which items did you end up not taking to your new home? Tell us about them in the Comments. MoreRead more stories about movingHire a professional organizer to help you pack for a moveFind professional movers in your area
3. Soft blue makes the cut. This couple sifted through tons of photos looking for just the right color for their island. They knew they wanted to stay with a green, blue or gray to match the rest of the home’s decor, but even with those limitations, the options seemed endless. Eventually, the couple landed on a soft blue. Their choice wasn’t a specific paint color, so designer Christine Sheldon had to find a similar paint and then tint it until she had just the right shade. Island color: custom from Benjamin MooreSee more of this kitchen
One of the homeowners’ favorite features of the new design is their Carrara marble countertop, which — despite the extra care and maintenance required to keep it in top shape — brings them joy every day. They also like the design of their pullout pantry — to the left of the wine refrigerator, with circular hardware — which allows easy access and maximizes storage space. Since the pantry drawer pulls out, its full contents are visible and accessible from two sides, meaning there is no wasted space and no shadowy abyss, as at the back of a deep shelf in a traditional pantry cabinet.