Tips for an Organized Home

Springtime is just around the corner – and that means spring cleaning is too. Thanks to Allison Farrar, guest speaker at this week’s Slifer Social Series, we have all the advice you need to get your home in tip-top shape.

Here are Allison’s helpful tips for organizing 10 different spaces in your home: 

  1. Entryway. Use a decorative tissue box to dispense doggie bags. They’ll be right by the door when it’s time to take your dog on a walk, plus they look much cuter than just a pile or roll of bags.
  2. Living Room. Roll blankets and store them in a large decorative basket or bin.
  3. Holiday Décor. When putting your holiday décor back into bins after the holidays, load everything in reverse. Put your ornaments at the bottom of the box with items like lights and tree skirts on top. That way when you go to set up next year, the things you need first will be on top.
  4. Bedroom. Make your bed! It seems so simple, but it goes a long way in making your space feel clean and fresh. Plus, don’t forget about the extra storage space under your bed. This is a great place to stash things you don’t need to access regularly, but still need to have close by.
  5. Closet. Organize your clothes by item type (tank tops, t-shirts, sweaters, pants, etc.) then by color. This not only makes it easier to find specific items, but it also creates an easier system for pairing items together. Be discerning when sorting through your closet; removing items you don’t actually wear will help you see what you have – and maybe even fall back in love with a piece you haven’t worn much. And when you put away your winter clothes for summer or vice versa, do the same with your shoes. Chances are you won’t need flip flops in the middle of December. 
  6. Luggage. Pack smaller pieces of luggage inside larger ones for better storage. And keep a quart-sized Ziploc bag inside your toiletries bag for quick and easy packing.
  7. Powder Room. Use cute decorative containers to store items that you use regularly, like your toothbrush, toothpaste, cotton balls, Q-tips, etc. Consistency containers help make small spaces like powder rooms seem much cleaner and more organized.
  8. Garage. Think up, not out. Store as many things as possible using hanging racks. Bikes can be hung from the ceiling. Tools can be hung from a peg board on the wall. By stacking things vertically by category (e.g. a camping stack), it makes it easier to access things when you need them. And when you can, store smaller items inside larger ones. Snow tires make for excellent storage.
  9. Office. Keep your stationary next to stamps to make it easy to write and mail letters. Prioritize your files and keep your workstation clean. This helps you focus on what’s important today, which goes a long way in creating a healthier lifestyle.
  10. Kitchen. Organize your cabinets so supplies are stored close to the appliances or processes they relate to. For example, stash coffee grounds and filters in the cabinet directly above or below your coffee maker. And don’t forget to use your drawers. They’re the perfect place to store things like spices that are difficult to sort through in cabinets. Ziploc bags, aluminum foil, and plastic wrap are great for drawer storage, too. 


No matter what organizing you’re doing, start small. Focus on a project you can accomplish in 2-3 hours to avoid getting overwhelmed. And always have four different bags/boxes on hand: (1) trash, (2) recycling, (3) donations, and (4) items that need to be moved to another room.

About Allison Farrar. Allison’s company, As You Wish, specializes in personal assistance, event planning, and concierge services, including everything from home organization to weddings to errands to helping you prepare for a big move. They cater to busy individuals, companies, and families seeking more time and freedom to enjoy life in Colorado. Learn more at

Slifer Social Series, Edition Six


Please join us for Edition Six of the Slifer Social Series.

Spring is just around the corner – and that means spring cleaning is too – which makes this the perfect time to start getting organized. Join us on March 7th to hear from a local home organization expert as she walks us through how to get your home in tip-top shape, one room at a time.

Featuring Allison Farrar of As You Wish

When: Wednesday, March 7th, 5:30-7:30pm

Where: Slifer Smith & Frampton Office
1610 Little Raven Street, Suite 115 — Denver

Expect delicious bites, great conversation, and a special clean-crafted wine bar from our friends at Scout & Cellar!


Five Questions, One Broker: Sara Garza


Sara Garza, Broker Associate at Slifer — Denver

Name one thing we might not know about you.

I’m addicted to pho! I eat it at least once a week, if not twice. Depending on what type of pho I’m craving, I usually alternate between a few of my favorite spots on South Federal. For beefy pho, it’s Pho 95. For veggie, it’s Tony’s Pho. And for shrimp, it’s Pho Le. And, if I don’t have time to make it that far south, I’ll head for Pho Fusion in West Highlands on 38th. Hopefully one day we’ll get a great pho spot a little closer to Union Station!

What are you inspired by in downtown Denver? 

I love that Denver continues to focus on building community throughout the rapid growth we’ve seen downtown. The city is always looking for ways to engage and connect with residents and visitors alike, with fun things like art installations, pop-up parks, and community events. I think Denver has always been a special place, largely thanks to the kindness of those who live here, and it’s inspiring to see that same love and goodness thriving as we continue to grow. 

What’s your go-to spot in Denver? 

One of my favorite spots in Denver is the Oxford Spa, a little hidden gem by Union Station. I love how peaceful and calm it is there, despite being in the middle of the city. It’s a great place to relax with a massage, facial, or a few minutes in their huge steam room. Plus, their prices are great and it’s usually easy to get in for an appointment, even at the last minute. (Insider Tip: you can use their gym the day of your scheduled service if you ask ahead of time!)

What are you the most excited about in life right now? 

This spring, my 19-year-old daughter is moving back to Colorado! She’s been living in San Diego while she finished school and just decided she wants to move back to Denver to settle in and plant her roots. I’m so excited to have my workout and mani/pedi buddy back! I was a young single mom when I raised her, so we are very close and the fact that she’s coming back this way excites me more than anything in the world right now. 

What are you looking forward to in 2018?

It’s been so much fun following all of the development in Downtown Denver. I’m particularly excited to see The Coloradan come to life by Union Station this year. I’ve loved watching them add more and more of the design details and can’t wait to see what restaurant, coffee shop, or cool new fitness space will be going into the retail spaces. I have a good number of clients and friends purchasing in the building, so the housewarming season there is going to be off the charts!

Sara Garza,, (720) 499-4937

#MyFavoriteBlock: Nicole Sullivan

Nicole Sullivan, Owner-Operator, BookBar

If you’ve never been to BookBar, put it on your list. Part bookstore, part wine bar, this gem on Tennyson Street is comfy and cozy, with that perfect neighborhood vibe. We caught up with BookBar’s owner, Nicole Sullivan, to get the inside scoop on her favorite block in Denver:

“My favorite block is, naturally, the block where I spend most of my waking hours: Tennyson Street from 42nd to 44th. Two of my businesses are located there, BookBar and BookBed (our author and book lover B&B above the bookstore wine bar). 

This block is full of a variety of locally owned businesses. Directly across the street from us is Lalu, a creative arts studio. Right next door to Lalu is Real Baby. We collaborate with them on our monthly Real Baby story time where, you guessed it, we present a story time for babies and provide Real Baby coupons to attendees. Ooh Ahh Jewelry and Sarah O. Jewelry (both by the same owner) carries my favorite jewelry in Denver. 

My go to lunch spot is Biju’s Little Curry Shop for a fast, healthy lunch when I can get out of my store. 

This great new gallery just opened up called Tesoro Gallery. They just moved up here from Santa Fe Art Disctrict. They have some fabulous art, home goods, and jewelry as well. They often feature tea leaf readings, too! And right across from them is Berkeley Untapped, a great little bar with a fantastic owner. 

A little further up the street is Feral Mountain Company, a boutique outdoors outfitter, and Spruce Men’s Clothier and styling shop. Both Feral and Spruce have very energetic, forward thinking owners. 

Two of my favorite restaurants (and where you will likely find me if I’m not in my store) are El Chingon and Parisi. Both restaurants do what they do better than anyone else and always welcome you as if you are family. 

The block wouldn’t be complete without the iconic Oriental Theater. One of NW Denver’s staple venues, it is always producing fun and innovative shows from authors to classic to punk musicians; from community parties to large screen movies. There aren’t too many blocks in Denver that can boast this much locally owned, authentic variety and I feel so very lucky to be a part of it.”