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Beautifully Organized and Functional Spaces

I’m often asked for organizational tips from clients that hire me to decorate and beautify their

spaces. After all, the two really do go hand in hand. If a cluttered, disorganized home is preventing

you from seeing and enjoying your home as the sanctuary that it should be . . . it’s time to take

control.

The following are a few guidelines that, if followed, will surely help you feel as if you’ve won the

battle with organization!

“A place for everything, and everything in its place” really is the golden rule for true home

organization. Everything needs a home! . . . Although this will most likely be the most timeconsuming and labor-intensive step to incorporate here, once you’ve determined the best, most

logical spot for everything, you’ve climbed half the mountain. Utilize folders, drawer dividers,

labels, baskets and organizers, and store them in the rooms where they are actually used.

Handle mail once! This culprit of kitchen and office clutter should be divided into 4 groups

immediately upon taking it in your home. 1. Trash or shred junk mail. 2. Recycle, directly into a

bin, magazines, catalogs and flyers that you’re not interested in. 3. File paperwork that needs to be

kept for reference or record into labeled folders. 4. Place bills and correspondence that need your

attention in a designated box, drawer, or file in your office, or in the location where you’ll address

them.

Make the most of your wall space for additional storage. Utilize a large bulletin board to post

coupons, schedules, important phone numbers, grocery lists and take-out menus. Hang it in an easy

to access area, such as the laundry room, pantry, back hallway, or mudroom. Install hooks in those

same locations to keep jackets, backpacks and umbrellas off the floor.

The key to keeping a beautifully organized and functional space is to take that "extra time"

everyday to ensure that things are put in their proper place. Remember, it's natural that you'll

want to maintain a space that's beautiful to look at much more than you'll want to keep up an

unattractive one. 

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As far back as I can remember, I was drawn to decorating and design, and was passionate about


continually improving on spaces, whatever or wherever they were, so that those spaces could


bring joy, comfort, beauty and functionality.


I received my Bachelor’s Degree from the University Of Connecticut School Of Business and I


studied Interior Design at Fairfield University.


Initially, I spent years working for companies including Ultima Cosmetics, Adolfo Sportswear


and Victoria’s Secret in positions that ranged from Account Rep to District Sales Manager. I


truly thrived on the fast pace, customer interaction, problem-solving and merchandising. I also


loved the opportunity to surround myself with stylish products and work in beautifully designed


spaces.


My love of homes and style led me next to a career in Real Estate. I worked for several years


as a realtor specializing in homes and condominiums, new construction and representing both


buyers and sellers. I loved helping buyers see the potential of a home and envision a look and


lifestyle that embodied exactly what they desired.


When my family and I relocated to beautiful St. Augustine I knew that it offered a new


opportunity to build a business doing what I love. I started Donna Mancini Staging & Redesign


Inc in 2010 and offer services that include home staging, interior redesign and styling, color


consultations, home organization and any other services that will ultimately assist my clients in


creating the ideal space for their particular needs and desires.


I’ve been married to my husband Mike for 25 years. We have 2 sons – Michael is a rising


sophomore at UF and Dan is a rising senior at Nease. We also have a gorgeous german shepard


name “Doc”. When I have free time I enjoy running, biking, yoga, reading, movies, the beach,


and taking on new projects at home.

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