Angela Skalitzky has served as Lead Project Manager for Design for a Difference interior makeovers of non-profits in the Madison area including Center For Families in 2015, The Rainbow Project in 2016, and Centro Hispano in 2017.Her objective in this role is to advise and inspire her peer group in the flooring industry to organize makeover projects in their own communities.And this move, my sixth in four years, has made me feel like a hot-air hypocrite. Because I am elbow-deep in writing “What to Do With a Houseful of Memories: A Heartfelt Guide to Downsizing,” which is supposed to help adult children clear out their elderly parents households. Sorting through our stuff or our parents’ stuff takes mental, emotional and physical effort.It’s supposed to help others keep on top of their own detritus so they don’t dump a fully loaded house with magazines that date back to the Eisenhower administration off on their kids, who no doubt have their own homes filled to the rain gutters. But the more you do it, the better and easier it gets. Whether you’re moving or not, make it a habit to continually sort, purge and edit your life and your stuff. “People think you and I are on a mission to get everyone to get rid of everything,” said Brunetz, who has his grandfather’s wallpaper-hanging tools featured in his home.
In three short years the contest has transformed into a national movement that benefits local community non-profits.So one would think that I, of all people, would not be slavishly dragging around boxes of stuff I don’t need, use or love. ” (Typical Mark — he cuts right to the quick.) “OK, if you really want to know, it’s emotional laziness. “People often ask me if I have ever regretted giving something away,” he said. “It’s like a muscle that’s been dormant,” Brunetz said. Then you will create a home filled only with the items you need, use and love. And your stuff won’t build to the point where someday you die and leave your kids a job that requires an archeologist, a bulldozer and some smelling salts. (I display my grandmother’s rolling pin, along with other family lore.) “This is not about getting rid of everything,” he adds.But there I was again, moving boxes vaguely marked “vases, books, business files” from one house to another, only to park them in the garage where they never get opened. “I know better.” “Everyone has these mystery boxes they move from one house to another and have no idea what’s inside,” he told me at the start of what turned into a 90- minute therapy session. I just bypass them because it’s faster to move boxes than sort through them.” “Bypass,” he said. Going through stuff detonates a chain reaction of memories. Deciding to go through stuff is a decision, said Brunetz. Read More Written by and Photo by David Dahmer (March 24, 2017) Centro Hispano is getting a total interior makeover of its building on Madison’s south side.That was the big news that came out of the Spring into Design kickoff event last night at FLOOR360 in Verona.