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Guest Blogger: How to Declutter Your Home and Keep It That Way by Jackie Waters

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Maintaining a magazine-worthy home is likely not a realistic achievement, but having a clean, clutter-free home is attainable. If life has allowed your home to get out of control, you may feel overwhelmed just trying to figure out where to begin. Thankfully, there are several strategies you can implement to begin tackling the clutter in your home.

The “Why”

Before beginning any new project or lifestyle change, it is important to understand why you are embarking on this journey in order to help you stay focused and, more importantly, motivated. There is more to having a clean home than just the pride in appearance and possession. According to Shape, cleaning out your clutter can reduce stress, boost your productivity, and even lead to healthier lifestyle choices. Not only will your home be cleaner, but your mental and physical health will also benefit from the reduced stress of clutter.

Make a Plan

Now that you’ve decided to commit to cleaning up your home, where do you start? Make a plan to decide which room to tackle first, and then begin cleaning room by room until they are each done before moving to the next space. Each item needs to be categorized into “keep,” “trash,” or “donate.” Keep the items you want, trash the items that are broken or damaged, and donate the items that you are willing to part with. It can be a stressful process to determine which items to get rid of, but persevere through and know that the end is worth it.

Tidy Bedroom Means Better Sleep

Your bedroom is a great place to start decluttering. Studies show that you will sleep better in a clean bedroom, so that is great motivation to finally go through all the clothing that you’ve been collecting over the years. Once you have sorted through your clothes and decided which items to keep, it is helpful to get your closet organized in order to maximize the space and be able to see each item you have. Utilize clear storage boxes to store out-of-season clothing and install hooks to hang up scarves and miscellaneous items. Hanging a double rod will instantly increase the amount of space that you have to store hanging clothes. These tips will help you organize your space and be able to keep it tidy in the future.

Keep It Clean

After you have worked hard to declutter your home, it is now important to maintain the state of cleanliness and tidiness. There are several small habits that you can develop in order to keep your home clean. For example, keep your kitchen tidy by emptying your dishwasher each morning and continuing to clean up after each meal. Encourage your children to keep things neat and clean, and take time each evening to clean off the countertops and put away stray items. According to the New York Daily News, even just 10 minutes of intentional cleaning each day will make a difference and keep your home clean.

 

Maintaining a clean home is easier once you have gone through the difficult task of decluttering every room in your house. Each member of the family can have their own responsibilities and participate in tidying up and keeping things straight. It may even be fun to turn cleaning into a game or competition, seeing who can get the most done in a specific amount of time! Once you have created daily habits and a regular routine, you will all be rewarded with a relaxing home, and you will have extra free time to do other things that you enjoy.

 

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Jackie Waters can be found at Hyper-tidy.com

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2019 in Organizing

 

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Guest Blogger: DIY Mama Erin Reynolds-Why Now Is the Right Time to Downsize

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Regardless of who you are, life can be overwhelming at times. There is always something to be done, something to be cleaned, and something to be repaired. If you’re tired of feeling overwhelmed, now is the best time to downsize and reclaim control of your life.

 

Managing the Move

Starting the downsizing process now, as opposed to later, will help you begin to eliminate some of the stress in your life. However, once you find the home of your dreams, moving becomes the most difficult aspect. You need to sort your possessions to decide what you can give to family, sell, or donate. You also need to research moving companies ahead of time. This gives you the opportunity to compare pricing and contracts while checking reviews. Make sure you get a walk-through and that your deposit, should you need one, is minimal.

 

Saving Money

One of the most persuasive factors in downsizing is the amount of money you can save. Most of us realize that when we sell a larger home, we can pay off a smaller one outright. Even if you don’t cover the entire cost, having a sizable down payment will mean less interest in the long run. Yet, that isn’t the only way you could conserve your finances. Utilities should be minimized in a smaller home as it will use less energy to heat and cool. You may also save substantially on home insurance and property taxes, depending on your state.

 

Creating Time

Large homes can seem luxurious, but they end up eating away our precious free time. Many of us are lucky if we only work a 40-hour week. In fact, most of us work over that amount. As such, our leisure time is limited and precious. Instead of taking time to clean and maintain a large space, a small home is easy. When you live in the space you need, rather than the extra we have all been told to want, you end up with more time. Think of how long it takes to mow a big lawn. If you cut that lawn in half, you can commit those hours to something you enjoy.

 

Lowering Stress

When we have too much space, we tend to put things where they are convenient, rather than where they should be. If the stapler belongs in the office, but we use it in the entryway, we may just leave it. This can accumulate and create clutter and chaos. It’s hard for our minds to relax when we live in a disordered environment. We feel guilty for not cleaning up, and even our creativity can suffer. When we live in a smaller, more contained space, we have an easier time keeping things organized. This allows us to truly enjoy the time we spend in our homes.

 

Exploring New Things

Have you always wanted to live in the center of a city? It can be impossible when we look for giant homes, but it could be downright affordable if we scale down. There may be many benefits to living in a new area. This is your chance to give yourself what you have always wanted. A shorter commute? Better schools? More diverse culture? Near the beach? When you downsize, you have the opportunity to live the life of your dreams.

Greater Luxury

Living large does not mean living well. Smaller homes can offer luxury the way McMansions just can’t. When you have relatively small square footage, you can afford your ideal flooring. You can install smart tech in every room. There are fewer pieces to decorate, so you can buy what you want without compromising. You don’t need to be limited to the indoors, either. You can add a deck or veranda to extend the living space you have while enjoying fresh air and sunshine.

We all deserve simplicity. Having less to clean, look after, and maintain can free up more time than you realize. Not only that, but the money you save by doing so can also be life-changing.

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Posted by on January 22, 2019 in Organizing

 

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Make Your Home More Appealing w/ These Easy and Affordable Projects by Guest Blogger Erin Reynolds

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Make Your Home More Appealing with These Easy and Affordable Projects

 

When you have to sell your house, you want to make the most you can and do it as fast as possible. Of course, moving is also very expensive, and you don’t want to put a lot of work into your home that won’t necessarily pay off. Fortunately, there are plenty of things homeowners can do to make their place more appealing to buyers that take only a little effort and even less cash. We’ve outlined some of our favorite home improvement projects anyone putting their house on the market should consider doing.

 

Paint Vinyl and Linoleum Floors

 

When it comes to making DIY home projects affordable, your best friend is paint. A gallon of paint costs as little as $30 depending on the brand, so your time is the biggest cost when it comes to this project. Vinyl and linoleum floors can make your house look cheap. Painting vinyl floors a bold color or pattern gives your home a cool and modern look that appeals to buyers.

 

Add Mirrors Throughout the Home

 

By adding mirrors throughout the home, you don’t just make the place look larger. When people tour the place, they will constantly be seeing themselves in it… literally! A great way to add mirrors to your place without spending too much money is by securing cheap, framed mirrors to doors with the frames and doors painted to match. This is especially great for closet doors, where that last-minute reflection can catch outfit snafus before heading outside.

 

Declutter Everything

 

When it comes to staging a home to sell, all real estate agents suggest two things: get rid of personal items and declutter like there is no tomorrow. When it comes to personal things like pictures, diplomas, and souvenirs, you may not be ready to get rid of a lot of them. However, you still want them out of sight and out of mind while you are showing the house. Get a head start on packing by boxing these items up and keeping them in an off-site storage unit where they can be safe and secure until it is time to relocate.

 

However, when it comes to extra items that have no sentimental value, it’s time to get tough. Decluttering your home means getting rid of anything that doesn’t have a purpose in your life. Eliminate thoughts of “what if” or “maybe in the future.” If you need something in the future, you can buy a new one when that moment comes. For now, it can either go in the trash or to a local charity, wherever it best serves its purpose. Best of all, this project costs you absolutely nothing and will cut down on your packing once you finally sell!

 

Tips for decluttering:

 

  • Don’t just clean out the areas you can see! Your home’s storage is one of its biggest selling points. Get rid of junk hanging out in cabinets, closets, the attic, and anywhere else you store things so browsers can get a clear idea of all the house has to offer.
  • Send items places where they are needed most. While used decor and clothes can find a new home through a thrift store, your old towels, blankets, and cleaning supplies can be a huge help for the animals living in your local shelter.
  • Get your hands on a copy of Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Not only will you learn how to successfully let go of items that do not “spark joy” in your life, you will also learn how to keep your home tidy and organized so it looks great and is ready for people throughout the home-showing process.

 

If you want your house to look great and sell faster, you don’t have to put a lot of money in it. You can give cheap vinyl floors a chic update with not much more than a can of paint. If you want your house to look bigger while appealing to more people, add mirrors throughout the place. Finally, the most cost-effective way to make your house look great to buyers is by clearing out clutter. Box up and store sentimental items, but be ruthless when it comes to letting go of things that do not “spark joy.”

 

Thank you Erin!! You can follow her at http://diymama.net/

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2018 in Organizing

 

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