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Storage Solutions to Make Your Dining Room Office Sparkle

By Laura McHolm, co-founder of NorthStar Moving Company

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Remember life pre-pandemic lockdown before your dining room morphed into your zoom room, office, workstation, and study hall? Thanks to your new work-at-home lifestyle, files and papers found a permanent home on your dining room table. You probably haven't had a meal on that table, besides a quick sandwich and many lattes, since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now the holidays are here, and while we won't be hosting big gatherings this year, it would be nice to have a holiday meal with a few close family and friends in your safe bubble. It's time to reclaim and tame the dining room table! A little organizational magic, and presto! You can alleviate the room identity crisis and turn it into a beautiful two-in-one space. An office by day and a dining room by night!

Here are simple ways to keep your dining room/office space organized and easy to clear for holiday meals:

  • Place trays on the dining room table so your work stuff has a home. At the end of the workday, simply remove the trays and…voila! There's actually a clear table when it's time for dinner.
  • Use magazine organizers for filing. Place magazine organizers on a tray. They not only keep your files tidy; they can easily be transported from the dining room. Way more efficient than stacks of papers or files, and your paperwork takes up less room.
  • Tuck a folding computer desk in the corner of your dining room. Use it as the home base for all your office trays and supplies. And when you want to completely clean-up the dining room, move your office trays into a closet or bedroom, and simply fold up the desk and remove it.
  • Use a rolling utility storage cart for office supplies and items. They easily roll away into a closet. You might call it a "miracle vehicle" as it whisks away the office items, clearing the way for holiday meals and pie.
  • Reuse a toy chest, or purchase a trunk, simply store all your office items inside. A trunk can hold and hide everything from files to your laptop. You can even choose a trunk that complements your dining room decor.

Have fun shopping online for pretty organizers. After all, you spend a huge part of your time working, so make it enjoyable!

With these budget-friendly storage solutions, your dining room can easily do double-duty: a functional space to both entertain and work. Your transformed two-in-one space has the added bonus of giving you peace of mind. Mindfully designing your space so it actually functions will make you feel more relaxed, organized, and in control. Here's to a unique and joyful holiday season!


Laura McHolm is an organizational, moving & storage expert and co-founder of NorthStar Moving Company. NorthStar Moving Company is an award-winning, "A+" rated company, which specializes in providing eco-luxury moving and storage services.


Fun and educational things to do in Idaho Falls

by Brody Bunn

Maybe you just moved to Idaho Falls, or maybe you've lived here forever and just need some suggestions. Either way, these stops are sure to both be fun and educational. With widely known spots and an Idaho Falls hidden gem, there's something on this list for everyone. In this troublesome year, it can be hard to find a good reason to get the kids out of the house, so here are some suggestions that can be fun for the whole family!

East Idaho Aquarium  - 570 E Anderson St

Aquariums are fantastic places to visit, and the East Idaho Aquarium is no exception. Everyone knows how interesting it is to just sit and watch some fish swim around in their environment, and this local non-profit shows expertise in making your experience unforgettable. From starfish to sharks, and even birds, there's something to catch anyone's attention while you're here. If you've got an hour to burn and kids to keep entertained, this is the perfect place to do it.

ARTitorium on Broadway - 271 W Broadway St

The ARTitorium is one of the most unique places in Idaho Falls. They offer an interactive learning experience for any of those kids that love to get themselves covered in paint. While welcome to enjoy by kids of all ages, those twelve and under are sure to have the time of their lives here. Family night is on Monday from 5:00-8:30 pm, and they do birthday parties!

Art Museum of Eastern Idaho - 300 S Capital Ave

I know we already had an art-related item on this list, but the Art Museum of Eastern Idaho deserves its own slot. While the ARTitorium is great for kids and little ones, the Art Museum is much more suited for a more mature audience. That's not to say you can't bring your kids with you, just that your teens are less likely to refuse to go. Whether you want to visit to see the collective or take a class yourself, this museum has something for every member in the family. They even have a take-home, build your own ornament event coming up on December 19th, just in time for the Holidays. The best part is, it's free!

Collector Corner Museum - 900 John Adams Parkway

This one's a very special way to end our list. This antique collector's museum has one of the most unique collections you can possibly see in Idaho, with one very prominent focus: toys! This is by far the best place you can go to show your kids the things you asked for at Christmas when you were their age. From dolls to action figures to PEZ dispensers, there is something here from everyone's childhood. Expect to spend an hour or two showing your family around and reminiscing! While they don't have a website of their own, you can learn everything you need to from their trip advisor page.

If you are looking into moving in here from somewhere else, or just moving across town, we can help make sure you're in a good location to access whatever you're interested in. Contact Us to buy and sell homes in the Idaho Falls, ID area.


Holiday Wreath Tips

Coldwell Banker Tomlinson is pleased and excited to announce it has expanded its Idaho operations with the purchase of The Group Real Estate Company in Idaho Falls!  The move brings the internationally known Coldwell Banker brand to the eastern region of the state and increases the number of Coldwell Banker Tomlinson offices in Idaho and Washington to 14. 

The new Idaho Falls office, located at 950 Memorial Drive in Idaho Falls, will be managed by REALTOR® Kathy Carroll and lie under Coldwell Banker Tomlinson's Idaho umbrella, expanding it to five offices, including those in Boise, Meridian, Eagle, and Nampa, and over 300 REALTORS®

Bob Van Allen, designated broker of the Idaho offices and president of Tomlinson's Coldwell Banker franchises, said, "We're thrilled to add The Group to our CBT family and looking forward to bringing Coldwell Banker's first-class services to the agents, their clients, and the community."

"The addition of the new Coldwell Banker Tomlinson office will further strengthen the Coldwell Banker presence in the Idaho market," said M. Ryan Gorman, president and CEO, Coldwell Banker. "Coldwell Banker is pleased to add this new office to our network."

Since 1906, the Coldwell Banker® organization has been a premier provider of full-service residential and commercial real estate. Coldwell Banker is the oldest national real estate brand in the United States and today has a network of approximately 92,000 sales associates and brokers working in nearly 3,100 offices in 44 countries and territories. The Coldwell Banker brand is known for creating innovative consumer services as recently seen by being the first national real estate brand to augment its web site for smartphones, the first to create an iPhone application, and the first to fully harness the power of video in real estate listings, news, and information through its Coldwell Banker On LocationSM YouTube channel. The Coldwell Banker system is a leader in specialty markets such as resort, new homes, and luxury properties through its Coldwell Banker Global Luxury marketing program.

Need real estate information?  We're here to help! Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started. We are here to #GuideYouHome!


Holiday Wreath Tips

Any time our real estate agents consult with homeowners about listing their homes for sale, they always recommend dressing up the porch to improve the curb appeal. Some potted plants, a welcome mat, and a simple wreath can make a major difference. 

Even if you're not thinking about selling your home, decorating your porch for the holidays is a great idea! If you want to make your decor even more special, consider making your own holiday wreath this year. 

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