Tips for De-cluttering Your Home When Selling

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Decluttering your home is key to putting your best foot forward when preparing your home for sale.  It has been said over and over that de-cluttering your home should be your first priority when selling — as it yields the best financial results.

The first step is to make sure your home has clear pathways so that potential buyers can walk through your home easily. Clear pathways help potential buyers move through a home and determine if the home’s layout and floor plan is suitable for their family. Picking up shoes, back packs, bags and other items and putting them in their rightful places such as closets and cubbies will help keep these pathways clear.

Review each room in the home and keep the home décor clean and remove any excess décor from tables, mantles and floors. A home presents better when new buyers can visualize their own furniture and possessions in it. Simplicity is the key.  If your home has a lot of items, or you feel that decluttering could help make your home more presentable, now is a great time to start packing away items for your inevitable move.

Kitchens are the money rooms when selling a home. Your kitchen needs to look clean and organized and the buyer needs to be able to see their family having meals there. If your kitchen needs a deep clean, now is the time to get it done.  Counter tops and islands need to be cleared off.  Remove all of the appliances and unused items from the countertops.  Clear off the paper clutter, electronics and anything else distracting the buyers’ attention.  If the buyer sees cluttered counters, they will assume there is not enough storage space and question the purchase of the home.

This same principle applies to bathrooms. Keep your countertops clean and organized. Store your products in cabinets or cupboards as this will allow the bathroom finishes, fixtures and layout to shine and stand out.

Decluttering and removing items to present the home in the best light possible is a valuable task that could make the difference as to how fast and for how much your home sells. Keeping your home decluttered and neat while you are trying to sell your home requires commitment and complete family involvement, but keeping on top of it will most likely result in a better sale price.

by Elizabeth Dodson with HomeZada

 

Make Room for Clarity

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Make Room for Clarity takes you through the journey of how and why people accumulate so much stuff. Reading it will help you understand the wants and desires that fuel our buying, the reasons why people continue to buy beyond their needs, and why it’s so hard to let go of stuff even when we don’t want it or use it.

Rick Woods reminds us that when our possessions don’t contribute to our lives or lifestyles, they are filling up the space between us and the life we could be living. His book invites us to make room for clarity in our lives by following his clear, concise, and realistic suggestions for de-cluttering and letting go without feeling guilty.

With each step, you will be creating space in your home—and your life. The end results will be:

• Having items around you that make you feel good.

• Possessions that serve you while meeting your needs.

• A home you’re happy to have other people see.

by Rick Woods

Make Room for Clarity: Getting Rid of the Clutter that Gets in Your Way

Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness

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Finally, a way to get rid of the clutter — and keep it away — without making the process a full-time job! Organizing expert Donna Smallin shows you how to enjoy the happy, healthy, inviting home you long for with hundreds of time-saving tips and solutions to your clutter and cleaning problems. Her approach is manageable and simple, helping you focus on the things that will make the biggest difference with the least amount of time and effort. You’ll discover small, quick routines that will keep your spaces clean and clutter-free over time, as well as lots of things that you can do to introduce order and serenity in just one minute! Clear away the clutter once and for all, and enjoy the happiness you’ll find hiding underneath.

by Donna Smallin

Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness: One-Minute Tips for Decluttering and Refreshing Your Home and Your Life

Goodwill and Uber Team Up May 2, 2015

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This is your chance to get help de-cluttering your home!

Goodwill and Uber have teamed up to help.  On May 2, 2015 simply:

1- Gather everything you want to donate/de-clutter

2- Request “GIVE” on your UBER app

3- An UBER SUV will arrive and take your donations to Goodwill for you.

Available in many US and International cities.

CLICK HERE for more details and information.

 

 

 

Life Hacks

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Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a way to make life easier? With Life Hacks, readers will find hundreds of methods that you they can start using right now to simplify their life. From folding a fitted sheet to removing scuffs from furniture, this book offers simple solutions to a variety of everyday problems. Each informative entry helps readers discover quicker, more efficient techniques for completing ordinary tasks around the home, at the office and just about anywhere. Readers will also learn how to make the most out of any situation with fun, problem-solving tricks like creating an impromptu iPod speaker from toilet paper rolls or snagging a free doughnut at your local Krispy Kreme shop.  Filled with 1,000 valuable life hacks, this book proves that you don’t have to search very far for the perfect solution to everyday problems.

by Keith Bradford

Life Hacks: Any Procedure or Action That Solves a Problem, Simplifies a Task, Reduces Frustration, Etc. in One’s Everyday Life

DIY Home Repairs

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DIY Home Repairs by Sarah Beeny (from the UK’s popular Property Ladder series) is an easy-to-use home improvement guide for homeowners of every skill level with everyday projects that will make any home as good as new. The book features detailed instructions and illustrations for 100 common home repairs from fixing a dripping faucet, to scratched floors, to wall mounting a TV.

Beeny teaches readers how to tackle all those common household issues themselves so they’ll be able handle any home maintenance issue and save some money while doing it, too.

Whether they need to clear a clogged toilet or have a weekend free to take on some home improvement projects, DIY Home Repairs is the perfect reference for homeowners looking to get the most out of their homes.

by Sarah Beeney

DIY Home Repairs: 100 Fix-It-Yourself Projects

10 Messiest Cities

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Just in time for our Spring issue, Molly Maids has come out with their list of messiest cities- do you live in one?

Here are Molly Maid’s 10 cities most in need of a deep clean, from the least to most messy:

10. Orlando, Fla.
9. Denver, Colo.
8. Seattle, Wash.
7. San Diego, Calif.
6. Atlanta, Ga.
5. Dallas, Texas
4. San Antonio, Texas
3. Charlotte, N.C.
2. Austin, Texas
1. Houston, Texas

“Houston takes the top spot in our evaluation of messiest homes, but residents shouldn’t be discouraged by our tongue-in-cheek ranking,” Molly Maid President Meg Roberts said. “With cleaning tips from the pros and little elbow grease, the entire country can be spotless this spring.”

Meg suggests prioritizing rooms and cleaning while resolve is high for spring cleaning success.

The kitchen, family room and bathrooms are the most dreaded and typically require the most work, so approach each space systematically by first clearing clutter, dusting and scrubbing from top-to-bottom and left-to-right, followed by sweeping.

In our Spring 2015 issue we share two great articles on how and when to clean your house!

If you need one-on-one help visit our list of Professional Organizers HERE

 

How To Be More Productive at Work

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Question:  I’m very busy.  I have lots of things I need to get done and I work long hours.  I feel overwhelmed and stressed because I work hard and yet still have trouble getting things done.  Are there ways for me to be more productive?

Answer:  Yes.  Many people feel busy and also frustrated because they still don’t get things done despite being busy. Here are some tips for working smarter:

  • Plan your work and work your planA few minutes of planning can save you hours of time.  Create a routine that supports planning for your work day.  Review your calendar and prioritize your task list.  Schedule time for getting work done.  Then work your plan.  This will help you stay focused on what’s important and allow you time to get things done.
  • Take regular breaks throughout the day.  If you’re working a marathon day, treat yourself like an endurance athlete.  To perform well your body needs to recharge with food, water and a change of pace (rest or physical activity depending on the type of work you do).  Your mind also needs a break from focused or intense work to recharge.  Try organizing your workday into 25-90 minute sessions.  Between sessions recharge and come back to the next session with renewed energy and focus.

Debbie Rosemont www.itssimplyplaced.com

Is a Messy Desk Good or Bad at Work?

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“Although not everyone cares about how your desk looks, having a messy workspace could lead others to question your professionalism,” said Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. “Keep your desk tidy and you’ll be able to find what you need more quickly and increase your work efficiency.”

OfficeTeam identifies seven desk organization mistakes:

  1. Creating a pileup. Recycle or shred unnecessary paperwork and file or scan everything else.    
  2. Failing to contain yourself. Use pencil cups, drawer and file organizers and trays to keep items in their place.
  3. Hoarding. If you haven’t touched something in a year, it probably shouldn’t be on your desk. Keep supplies you access most often within reach, and the rest out of sight.
  4. Not being tech-savvy. Going paperless can help you reduce clutter and find information more quickly, but only if you use a digital filing system or organizational app to keep track of everything.
  5. Over-accessorizing. It’s generally fine to show some personality with your workspace decorations, but leave your teddy bear collection and gigantic cat posters at home.    
  6. Being “crumb”y. Clear your desk of food wrappers, empty coffee cups and dirty plates. Wipe off your work surface after eating.
  7. Cleaning just once or twice a year. Spend a few minutes at the end of each day straightening up your workspace so you can get a quick start in the morning.

 

 

Drowning in Email- Help!

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Question: Help! I’m drowning in incoming email.  I start opening email in the morning and soon hours have passed and I haven’t done anything but sift through email.  How can I both manage my email and get my work done?

Answer: This is a very common challenge.  Here are some tips for getting in control of your email and assuring you have time to work:

  • Don’t start your day by opening your inbox.  Get something, perhaps the most important something, done from your task list first.  This assures you’ve met one of the day’s goals before you delve into your inbox.
  • Reduce the frequency you check email.  Checking email every few minutes when you’re trying to stay focused on your work is a very distracting and costly behavior.  Experiment working in 25-90 minute sessions without checking email.  You’ll be surprised at how much you can get done and how the quality of your work improves without so much distraction.
  • Turn off notification sounds and icons.  These notifications, even just hearing or glancing at them, can cost hours a day in lost productivity.  Take control of your email and check you inbox on your terms.

Debbie Rosemont – www.itssimplyplaced.com