livingroom konmari

Now that Spring has finally arrived, you’re probably chomping at the bit to declutter and organize your home. But where to start? And how to decide what to part with?

The KonMari Method is trending, largely because of its focus on parting with anything that doesn’t “spark joy.” The real beauty of the KonMari Method is that it forces you to consider what you truly love and want, and stop collecting things you only think you need. Quality over quantity, if you will. This way of thinking also trickles over into your shopping habits, which will help you chose items of higher quality that stand the test of time and offer a better return on investment.

It might be difficult to decide what “sparks joy” when you first start the KonMari process, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be putting everything that doesn’t put a huge smile on your face or recall a pleasant memory in the donate bin.

Getting Started

If you’re like most people, you have a lot of stuff, so it can be difficult to decide how to start your decluttering process. The KonMari Method recommends working by category, such as shoes, clothes or reading material, rather than in a particular room.

Clothes

Empty your closet and drawers. (You can do this by room/person to make it easier to manage.) Examine each item, one at a time. Keep basic items that are in good condition, such as solid t-shirts or layering tanks. If you pick up an item and you can’t recall when you last wore it, put it in the donate pile. Make an exception for timeless, high-end, or special occasion items, but part with anything that doesn’t fit, flatter or “spark joy.”

This can take a while, especially if your closet is overflowing, so enlist the help of a friend and a nice bottle of wine.

Shoes

If your shoe collection rivals Imelda Marcos’, this is going to be a challenge. Line up every pair and look them over carefully. If you haven’t worn them in years, donate them. If they’re badly worn or beyond the services of a good cobbler, toss them. Try on all the remaining pairs and walk around in them. If they’re uncomfortable, they go. Again, make an exception for timeless and special occasion styles, but only if you really love them and will actually wear them.

Paperwork and Reading Material

Your home office is probably chock-full of paperwork you never reference. Create a digital filing system and scan anything you need to keep for your records. Then shred and recycle the originals. Review your magazines and books. Anything you don’t regularly reference or re-read can be donated to a local literacy group. First or special editions and signed copies can stay, of course, if they “spark joy.” 

You can apply the KonMari method to your home furnishings, art and accessories, too!

Examine your furniture for wear and tear. Reupholster quality pieces. Discard tired, flat pillows or those that Fluffy turned into a chew toy. Clean or replace stained or worn rugs. Consider your artwork – do you love it? Does it complement your décor?

Donate anything you don’t love, but will be useful for someone else.

Marie Kondo, who developed the KonMari method, even has tips for organizing and decluttering your kitchen, bathrooms and children’s rooms. Check out her books The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy for more advice.

Bill Andrea Grandin Theatre

In late April, the historic Grandin Theatre completed a 10-week renovation giving the façade, entry way, box office and lobby a new look.

The Grandin Theatre Foundation was able to remodel and restore the Theatre's box office, double sets of doors, adjoining windows and marble footers, and re-roof the marquee. The Foundation was also able to add functionality to the new doors to give patrons with disabilities easier access to and from the facility. Despite all the wonderful upgrades, something was still missing.

Reid's Fine Furnishings, a Grandin Village neighbor since 1995, knew they could help make the Theatre even better. Owners Bill and Andrea Waide donated benches and tables to give the lobby a new, but familiar, look. The furniture was hand-picked by the Waides to refresh the space with the classic Reid's twist, while keeping the theatre's original vibe intact.

"In traditional Grandin Village style, we reached out to Bill and Andrea Waide of Reid's and invited them down to do a walk-through," said Grandin Theatre Foundation Executive Director Ian Fortier. "Bill and Andrea are great assets to the Grandin Village and two of the biggest supporters of this historic Theatre. From their very first visit, it was evident that they wanted to be a part of refurnishing the lobby. We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the contributions they made to the Theatre's improvement," said Fortier.

Built in 1932, the Grandin Theatre is the last remaining historic independent cinema house in the Roanoke Valley.

Reid’s Fine Furnishings is thrilled to be part of WSLS Daytime Blue Ridge’s Furniture Focus.

The first episode, which focused on the quality construction of the Stickley Furniture brand, aired on May 2nd.

Upcoming episodes will highlight topics such as the Ekornes furniture line, rugs, upholstery, interior design, furniture care and more.

Set your DVR to record or catch us on WSLS-10 at 12:30pm on the following dates:

  • June 9th
  • June 23rd
  • July 22nd
  • August 3rd
  • August 26th
  • September 8th
  • September 12th
  • September 26th

Steve21

Bill and Andrea Waide are proud to announce a new addition to the Reid's Fine Furnishings family of interior professionals.

Steve Parker brings his life-long love of interior design, art, and retail sales to his new position as Interior Director. Parker will be responsible for creating beautiful vignettes that highlight the furniture, art and accessories in the Reid's Fine Furnishings showrooms located in the Historic Grandin Village in Roanoke and at Forest Square in Forest. He’ll also be working with Reid’s clients to design and outfit the spaces in their homes.

"Steve's experience in art sales and framing, retail sales, store management and merchandising, and interior design services made him an ideal candidate for this position. We're really pleased he's part of our team," said Andrea Reid Waide, Owner of Reid's Fine Furnishings.

Parker graduated from the University of Richmond with a bachelor's degree in marketing and has completed professional training in sales, marketing and design. In addition to focusing his career on the decorative arts, Parker has volunteered with non-profit organizations supporting and promoting creative individuals and their fine crafts. Parker was raised in Hampton, Virginia, and most recently moved to Roanoke from Asheville, North Carolina.

Please help us welcome Steve to the Reid’s family! If you’d like to make an appointment with him to discuss your interior design needs, call our Roanoke location at 540.342.1844 or fill out our online contact form today.

The innovative Gathering Island from Stickley will solve your seating problem elegantly.

The Gathering Island is similar to a sofa table in that it sits directly behind the sofa, but it’s a bar height that allows for bar stool seating. During parties, it serves as additional seating and serving space, and the rest of the year it provides a place for you to work on your laptop or the kids to do homework without sacrificing quality family time.

The clean, simple lines will blend well with any style, and you can choose bar stools that suit your unique taste.

It’s available in solid quarter-sawn white oak or cherry, with multiple finishes to choose from for either wood. Stationary shelves and built-in power strip and USB connections are standard. Stop by our showrooms in Roanoke or Forest to see it in person!

 

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