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Sharing some lovely updates

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Photo by Texture Photo.

Photo by Texture Photo.

We are excited to announce our fresh, new website design, featuring new home organizing packages, exclusive HYD memberships, and other services. Take a look around!

We’ve created a round up of our favorite local resources for donation spots, consignment locations, and service providers.

Did you know that HYD offers presentations and workshops? We can create a customized presentation for any specific group.

Looking for a last minute gift card for a loved one? We’ve got them!

Photo by Texture Photo.

Photo by Texture Photo.

Photo by Texture Photo.

Photo by Texture Photo.

Also, we wanted to remind you that our 5th birthday giveaway is still open! Don’t miss your chance to win - enter before next Thursday 2/21 at 11:59 PM. The lucky winner will be announced on Friday 2/22. Celebrate our birthday with us next week by participating in daily giveaways on Facebook & Instagram.

Explore our updated website here!

Suggestions for an orderly linen closet

Image from  Homesong

Image from Homesong

During the gray days of January is a great time to focus your attention on the spaces in your home that are often used but rarely seen. Let’s talk about linen closets. Whether you have a large closet or a small nook or set of shelves that function as your “linen closet”, these tips will help.

How many should I have?

  • Sheet sets: 2 sets for each bed, potentially 1 older extra set to use for painting or other household projects

  • Blankets: one for each bed plus an extra for each size of bed that you have for guests

  • Pillow cases: 2 for twins, 4 for full, queen and king sizes

  • Towels: 2 sets per person plus an extra (in case you have guests and need to do laundry at the same time). A set includes: bath towel, hand towel, and wash cloth.

What else goes in the linen closet?

  • Surplus of toiletries (travel size products for guests or to pack for trips)

  • Extra toilet paper

  • Bathroom cleaning supplies

  • First aid/medicine **Check expiration dates on all products & toss the old ones

How to store:

  • Store sheets by size. Fold the flat sheet and fitted sheet as neatly as possible, then store them inside one of the pillow cases. Consider labeling the spot on the shelf where each specific size sheet set goes, to avoid confusion or having to un-fold the sheet set to find the size you’re looking for. You could use cloth storage boxes to keep sheets free of dust.

  • Stack or roll towels. Sort by size and color, or by particular bathroom in which they are used.

  • Use large baskets or bins to hold extra blankets & comforters or sleeping bags. This will keep them off of the floor & avoid dust.

Enjoy a few lovely examples of orderly linen closets…

Image from  Honey We’re Home .

Image from Honey We’re Home.

Image from  Texture Photo .

Image from Texture Photo.

Image from  Waiting on Martha .

Image from Waiting on Martha.

Say Hello to Kellye

Having watched Help You Dwell grow for the past five years, and now as part of this team, I can tell you that there’s a heartbeat to what we do. Yes, we may pack boxes and organize pantries, but the core of who we are is relational. We know each homeowner has a unique story, and we seek to empower them to navigate seasons of transition well and to organize and order their spaces in a way that reflects who they are.

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It’s this beat that brought me to Help You Dwell — it speaks to the core of who I am as a person. If you and I were to look back on the jobs I’ve had since my first at 12-years-old, we would find that there are two distinct attributes that vividly mark my work life:

One, I will always make my work relational.

Whether I’ve been crafting hot lattes, ghost writing a book, speaking to hundreds of high school students, or managing social media accounts, I’ve always asked the question: How can I connect with people here? There is something beautiful about taking a thing that could be very transactional and making it relational. It surprises people. It blesses them. It ushers light and color into a moment that would be dull and grey otherwise. There’s nothing better than that!

I come by this honestly as the fourth born (of seven!) to the single-most relational people I know. My sweet parents, Joe and Mary, daily model what it looks like to really see people, to listen to their stories, and to encourage them. And that’s more important to me in my work life than any particular task I may complete.

My not-so-little family at Thanksgiving this year - My parents, their seven kids and four spouses, and four little grandkids. Family is incredibly important to me.

My not-so-little family at Thanksgiving this year - My parents, their seven kids and four spouses, and four little grandkids. Family is incredibly important to me.

It’s important in all other areas of my life as well - when hosting women in my home, spending time with my family, writing, and serving my little church family here in Knoxville.

And two, I thrive when I am supporting those around me.

Perhaps it’s because I’m a middle child or it’s just the way God made me, but I’ve found I am aware of and quick to notice others’ needs. That comes in handy when you’re in a supportive role like mine.

As the office manager / jill-of-all-trades at Help You Dwell, my goal is to both support our team in a way that allows them to do their jobs well, and to care for you, our clients, as you work with us.

I may rarely set foot in one of your home’s, but I am caring for you in my own unique ways: creating systems and processes that provide you with a seamless experience, serving as a point of contact as you navigate the work we are doing in your home, caring for our team so the team can, in turn, care for you.

I prefer to organize spreadsheets, invoices, and schedules, but I’ll confess: I do love a good gallery wall in at least one space in my home!

I prefer to organize spreadsheets, invoices, and schedules, but I’ll confess: I do love a good gallery wall in at least one space in my home!

I am pretty lucky. I’ve joined a team that values the two things that are at the core of my work life: relationships and care. I prefer to organize spreadsheets, invoices, and schedules, and I get to do so while nurturing connections and supporting those around me.

As we start a fresh year, I’m thankful to be a fresh face here. I hope to “meet” you over the phone soon, as you schedule your next organizing session or big move. To serve you will be my pleasure!