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854 North Central Street
Knoxville, TN, 37917
United States

(865) 245-9080

Help You Dwell is a home and workspace organizing service based in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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the HYD flea is a week away!

Caroline Smith

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We are gearing up for our bi-annual Fall Flea on September 28th and 29th and we can’t wait to share these amazing finds with you! The Help You Dwell Flea originally started as a local makers market where we provided a place for our Knoxville artist and maker friends to sell their goods. As Help You Dwell grew and other makers markets popped up, we transitioned into pop up flea markets twice a year as a way to encourage our clients to purge while making money for the items that no longer served a purpose in their homes. We curate the flea with items that you can’t just walk into a place like Target and purchase. Over the years our items have been a mix of vintage, antique, gently used, and always unique. We have a whole new spread of furniture and home decor to pass along to new folks.

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This year we’ve come up with a way for you to get a sneak peak of the items that will be for sale and one lucky winner will get the chance to purchase or hold an item of their choice. On Thursday September 27th at 7pm we will have a Sip ‘N Shop! $5 gets you in the door, a glass of wine and enters you into the drawing. Come hang out with us and get a first look at what we will have for sale this year!

We will post more pictures as we get set up but for now, here are a few things you will find…

This year we have more lamps than ever before-everything from high end-brand new, to vintage, to hand painted and custom lamps— even light fixtures! We’ve got art coming out of our ears— Original paintings, botanical lithographs, and Italian mirrors too! We’ve got rugs of all sizes and lots of different styles and colors. We’ve got Americana pieces, hand painted furniture, antiques, mid century, farm house, and glam. We’ve got candle sticks, vases, planters, bed linens, and serving pieces. We’ll have armoires, bed frames, end tables, statement chairs, book cases, ottomans, bar stools, kitchen tables, historic salvage and more.

If you’ve never made it to one of our sales before, we hope to see you next week! Check out our slide show of previous fleas to get an idea of the kinds of things you can expect to find at our next sale!

What's with all the pressure to be organized??

Caroline Smith

If you keep up with blogs, or honestly, any form of social media, you've probably observed this obsession with being organized that has surfaced over the past few years.

Let's talk about this trend.

If I'm being honest, all of the lovely pictures that grace the pages of magazines, Instagram streams, and blog posts make me swoon. They also make me less content with that I currently have and how my home currently looks. I often feel frustrated when I see the perfectly color coordinated kids rooms, the toys that are set exactly 3 inches apart from each other lining a shelf, the immaculately folded linens in a closet--these things are not realistic for me. I totally understand wanting a well designed and well organized home and the desire for things to look nice. What I do want to acknowledge is that I am a professional organizer, and my home will never look like those pictures unless I've specifically staged it for pictures (which would last all of about 30 minutes).

What I've been thinking about and trying to embrace lately is that being organized means different things to different people. The value of being organized is different for every person. I know for myself that if my house feels out of order, I feel distracted and overwhelmed--but my definition of "out of order" is not the same as everyone else’s definition. For example, I like for things to generally have a designated place, I like having clean surfaces, I don't like to store much on my counters, and I like things to be contained. Some people love to have lots of things on every shelf, and that's totally fine. For many, that doesn't feel disorganized or overwhelming at all. The truth is, we hope you never feel pressured by media, fashion, trends, friends, or family to become a version of "organized" that doesn’t work for you.

You may have noticed that many of our “before and afters” do not feature “after” pictures that look perfect- this is purposeful. Many of our clients are looking for practical help, things that can easily be maintained. Sometimes we complete a job where our client really values uniformity and a more picturesque final product, and we are happy to provide that result, but we never want to leave a client with something that doesn't feel realistic to their every day life. We realized that organization looks different for each person and we want to customize our work in a way that leaves each client feeling good about moving forward and maintaining their newly achieved order.

We love to help people who feel overwhelmed by their belongings, who want to let go, have the desire to purge, rearrange, re-invision their space etc. We've found that a very real sense of relief often comes when you purge and get more organized. Our greatest desire is that you feel content and able to enjoy your space without feeling burdened by it!

 

Organizing your time

Caroline Smith

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Being organized doesn't just apply to your home, it also applies to your time. We live in a "yes" culture where too many people are too over committed. If you are feeling overwhelmed or like you are a slave to your schedule, we have created an exercise to help you figure out where your priorities lie and how to evaluate the best use of your time.

1. Make a list of your daily, weekly, and monthly commitments. Focus on the thing that reoccur-- not one time appointments. (examples: monthly book club, weekly counseling appointment, small groups, quarterly board meetings etc)

2. Make a list of the people in your life that you see, talk to, or spend time with regularly. Include long distance relationships if phone calls, skyping etc with them are part of your regular routine. Include parents, grandparents, siblings, spouse, children, partner, and friends, etc.

3. Make a list of activities, groups, or people that you don't currently have time for but would like to make time for or wish you had time for.

4.  Take a look at the three lists you have made and evaluate your commitments. What commitments and what people are life giving to you and which of them are draining. Are you committed to certain things for seasons? Can you delegate any of your current commitments that are no longer working for you? Is it time to redefine relational boundaries with someone in your life? Take the time to go through the information you've written down to see the big picture of what and who you are giving your time to.