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How to Recover Your Bedroom From Clutter

We spend roughly one-third of our day in our bedrooms, most of it sleeping.  Little wonder it can be difficult to keep a bedroom tidy and clutter-free.  Following these easy-to-remember steps will help you keep things in order—maybe even get a good night’s sleep.

Make your bed first thing in the morning. It makes the room look tidier and will motivate you to keep it that way. cluttered-room

Keep a laundry basket handy for dirty laundry to avoid creating piles of clothes on the floor.

Add hooks to your closets for belts, scarves, and accessories to keep them organized and prevent them from being misplaced.  You should also consider attaching a tie or shoe rack inside your closet doors. 

Arrange your dresser so you have one drawer for underwear and one for socks or stockings. Consider sorting through your dresser drawers every two months to discard items that have holes or mismatched socks. 

Place your purses on a shelf, or hang them on a coat rack.  This will free up space and allow you to easily access and change purses for any event or season.

Sort your clothing seasonally.  Place all clothing items that are not in season in plastic containers, and place them in a storage closet or in the bottom of your clothes closet.

At the beginning of each season, hang all of your clothing hangers backwards.  After you wear and wash an item, return it to your closet and set the hanger straight.  At the end of the season, anything that is still hung backwards should be donated since you didn’t wear it for six months.

bedroomFeb09Can’t accommodate a large jewelry box?  There are attractive, multi-compartment containers available that allow you to arrange your necklaces, rings, earrings, and bracelets.  

Get your shoes off the floor and onto a shoe rack, on shelves, or even in a shoe bag. 

Don’t have a separate linen closet?  Fold and place linen on top of a closet or dresser, if easily accessible.

Turn Your Home Into a Residential Commercial

Simple steps to increase the appeal of your home to potential buyers

Preparing to sell your home this year?  The most common mistake many sellers make when staging their homes that you can avoid is preparing your home based on your personal tastes.

When selling, you are creating a ‘residential advertisement’ for your home, so it must appeal to the audience you want to reach.  Because the market is very broad, the look or decor of your house must appeal to a wide variety of potential buyers.  After all, like any ad, you have limited time to engage a potential buyer. If they can’t instantly see themselves in your property, they’ll move on to the next one.

Here’s what I recommend to create an effective residential advertisement:
 

1) Have a great opening First impressions are crucial. Make sureoutside your property is well maintained, including your garden. Create curb appeal or buyers will drive right by to view the next property without giving your home a second chance. Remove any leaves, equipment or trash from your lawn, driveway and gutters.  Exterior upgrades — a freshly painted door, new welcome mat, clean windows, new house numbers — will help to enhance the appeal of your home.  And consider first impressions once the buyer enters your home.  Keep your entry hall spacious and bright, and ensure your home is free from any food, pet, cigarette or other unpleasant odours.

2) Edit When selling your home, less means more.  Buyers want to picture themselves and their belongings in your home, which they can’t do if it is cluttered or filled with personal items.   Remove extra furniture and any collections, family photos, religious, or seasonal artifacts.  Neutral paint and décor will help increase the appeal of your home, creating a blank slate for buyers to imagine how they will use it.  You should also clear clutter and personal items from closets, storage spaces and medicine cabinets.  In short, keep only those items you need on a daily basis, and donate or pack the rest.

3) Sell the positive features and benefits Highlight and draw attention to the positive aspects of the home, such as a great view, architectural details, repairs, renovations and equipment upgrades.  Your kitchen and bathrooms are prime selling opportunities, so pay special attention to these areas. For example, you should keep your kitchen counters clear of any knickknacks and small appliances, and remove any magnets or personal items from your fridge.

Clean Couch4) Create Visual Appeal Dirt, mold, fingerprints and cobwebs all detract from the appeal of your house.  Be sure to clean thoroughly in every nook and cranny and empty all wastebaskets, for enhanced appeal.  You should also consider updating the look of your house by removing dated items. Replace these with a few well-chosen accessories like fresh flowers or lighter drapes that brighten up your house.

5) Make it easy Buyers should know what each room or space is used for, so leave something in each room to make its purpose clear.  Ensure traffic flow throughout your home is easy and arrange furniture to convince them to linger in each room, creating a lasting, positive impression.  Be sure to make any necessary home repairs- buyers will appreciate knowing they can move in without any extra effort or costs.

Remember, the key to selling your house is to put yourself in the buyer’s shoes.  This will help you to create a residential advertisement that maximizes the appeal of your house, leading to a quick and easy sale.

How to Recover Your Bedroom from Clutter

We spend roughly one-third of our day in our bedrooms, most of it sleeping.  Little wonder it can be difficult to keep a bedroom tidy and clutter-free.  Following these easy-to-remember steps will help you keep things in order—maybe even get a good night’s sleep.
1. Make your bed first thing in the morning. It makes the room look tidier and will motivate you to keep it that way.
2. Keep a laundry basket handy for dirty laundry to avoid creating piles of clothes on the floor.
3. Add hooks to your closets for belts, scarves, and accessories to keep them organized and prevent them from being misplaced.  You should also consider attaching a tie or shoe rack inside your closet doors.
4. Arrange your dresser so you have one drawer for underwear and one for socks or stockings. Consider sorting through your dresser drawers every two months to discard items that have holes or mismatched socks.
5. Place your purses on a shelf, or hang them on a coat rack.  This will free up large-messy-bedroomsspace and allow you to easily access and change purses for any event or season.
6. Sort your clothing seasonally.  Place all clothing items that are not in season in plastic containers, and place them in a storage closet or in the bottom of your clothes closet.
7. At the beginning of each season, hang all of your clothing hangers backwards.  After you wear and wash an item, return it to your closet and set the hanger straight.  At the end of the season, anything that is still hung backwards should be donated since you didn’t wear it for six months.
8. Can’t accommodate a large jewellery box?  There are attractive, multi-compartment containers available that allow you to arrange your necklaces, rings, earrings, and bracelets.
9. Get your shoes off the floor and onto a shoe rack, on shelves, or even in a shoe bag.
10. Don’t have a separate linen closet and space is an issue?  Fold and place extra linen under the mattress.

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Be Organized, Be Safe

Knick-knacks, magazines, electronics, pictures, keepsakes, rugs, and tables.  These common household items seem harmless enough, but the more we have in our homes, the more difficult it can be to move!  Sometimes we have so much stuff it can block doorways or paths to exit the house—dangerous in the case of a fire!  Think about all the dust that collects on the surfaces of figurines, picture frames, and other ornamental pieces.  It can make dusting a real chore but more importantly it can make breathing more difficult as well.

As you can see, there are lots of health and safety reasons to motivate you to get organized. But where to start?  Here are a few things to do, to make the rooms in your home easy to navigate.

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Take a look through the magazine rack and let go of any out of date magazines.  If you have a bathmat, make sure it is rubber backed and out of the way for you to get to the toilet.  Keep a towel out to wipe up any water to prevent slips. Try to limit the amount of items around your sink so dust doesn’t gather there. Take a minute to get rid of expired medications and other toiletries.

Keep a first aid kit easily accessible and don’t forget a nightlight!

Living room and bedroom
Make sure there is a phone on every level of your home.   Make sure the furniture is arranged to give you plenty of room to move about.  Eliminate floor mats as they are a tripping hazard and keep items off the floor.

Consider getting rid of extra tables if you do not have adequate space.   Tidy up tangled cords and use power bars where multiple items are plugged in.   Run cords around the perimeter of the room instead of across the floor. Keep craft supplies tucked away in a basket to be pulled out when needed.  Take a minute to let go of any supplies you have not used for a long time. Pick a few favorite pictures to display and put the others in a photo album or photo box. Make sure the table is kept clear for you to set items such as a cup of tea or a notepad on. Lots of paper is hard on the respiratory system and a fire hazard.  Recycle old newspapers, magazines, and go through your files to eliminate no longer useful items.

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For many of us the days of cooking large meals and entertaining are not as often as they used to be. There was a time when you cooked and used many more utensils, pots and pans and dishes than you do now.  It’s time to simplify your life and let go of the items that no longer suit your lifestyle.  Take a look in your cupboards and see what you no longer use.  Store heavy items in low cupboards and drawers; keep items you use frequently at eye level and within reach.  If you need to reach something high, use a sturdy step stool or ask for assistance. Store your oven mitts close to the stove and keep all cleaners in labeled bottles.

 
Stairs
Don’t leave items on the stairs. Instead use a table or basket next to the stairs.  Make sure your stair rail is sturdy and your stairwell is well lit.  Be careful going up and down stairs in long clothing like night gowns, robes, slippers or sandals which may slip off or trip you.

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Have a bench for sitting to put on and remove shoes.  This is especially helpful in the winter. Some benches have storage under the seat (great for hats and shopping bags).  Have a place for wet boots to dry–wet floors are a slipping hazard.  Hooks are a good option for easily tiding up coats and scarves.  Hang them within reach.

Outside
Keep sand or salt for steps close at hand in bin near the door – and don’t forget a scoop.
Be sure to put away garden tools after use.  Reposition your mailbox if it is difficult for you to reach or see inside.  Turn on the outside light if you know you will be returning after dark and make sure your house number is visible from the road and at night.

Taking time everyday to go through one drawer, one cupboard, or one closet can make your home a safer space.  Plus, you’ll be able to help local families in need of household items by donating items you no longer use.  Organizing is good for the health and good for the heart! Be organized and be safe.

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