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Posted by John Boey on 5/19/2019

When many homeowners set out to declutter their home, they arenít quite sure of what theyíre getting into. Decluttering is a big job that requires some planning and an understanding of your end goals.

Some homeowners are setting out to declutter their home because theyíre moving in the near future and want to simplify their move or make their home more appealing to potential buyers. Others have just noticed the junk piling up in their drawers and on their countertops and are fed up.

Regardless of your situation, if you want to declutter youíve come to the right place.

In todayís post, weíre going to talk about one of the best ways to set out on your mission of decluttering your home.

Why room by room?

Decluttering a home can take a lot of time and can be demotivating if you arenít seeing a lot of progress. One way to break this process down into more manageable pieces is to declutter your home one room at a time.

This method also helps you manage the time you plan on spending decluttering. If your goal is to declutter one room per week until you move, then make sure you have 4 or 5 weeks to complete your cleaning and decluttering.

Bathroom

Weíll start with one of the smaller and easier rooms in your home, the bathroom. A good way to start is by going through your closet and cabinet and getting rid of old supplies and medicines.

Have a first aid kit that you havenít touched in five years? Thereís a good chance most things in it are expired anyway.

Once youíre done throwing out expired items, see if you can reorganize whatís left. A good way to take advantage of the space in a small bathroom is to use door hangers on the inside of your bathroom closet for hanging brooms, dustpans, mops, etc.

Does your bathroom also have messy stacks of assorted towels? One good solution is to roll up your hand towels and store them vertically in a basket that will be kept in your closet. This prevents your stacks of towels from tumbling over, never to be straightened again.

Kitchen

Itís amazing how kitchen utensils and appliances can add up over the years. Do you have a garlic clove grinder thatís been sitting in your drawer for years? Chances are you can toss it out.

Once youíve made some space in your kitchen drawers and cabinets, bring some order to whatís left by using compartments and stackable organizers. This will help keep you on track by giving each item in your kitchen a ďhome.Ē

Bedrooms

You probably already guessed it, but the most disorganized area in most bedrooms is the closet. A good rule of thumb when cleaning out clothes is to ask yourself if youíve worn the item since this time last year. If not, thereís a good chance you can safely donate it to a thrift store.

Have a tendency of throwing dirty clothes in piles on the floor? Make things easier on yourself by keeping a clothing bin nearby that you can toss all of your dirty clothes into and worry about sorting them later.





Posted by John Boey on 4/21/2019

You've thought that now might be one of those times to try a cleanse. Then you think a little bit longer and go, "Nah, maybe next time." But there is a cleanse that doesn't require juicing, drinking exotic drinks, or gut-wrenching reactions: a closet cleanse.

No, that doesn't mean you hide in your closet while you avoid drinking the cleansing elixir, it means clearing out your closet to start fresh.

How to begin a closet cleanse:

Whether it's a change of season, a new season of your life, a new size or just a need for something different, all closet cleanses should begin the same way and flow through until you have just the right clothes, shoes, scarves and other accessories to make your life smooth and your day starts out put-together.

-  Review everything in the closet. Pull it out, look at it, try it on. Donít return it to the closet if it doesnít fit, you donít like it, or you donít wear it.

-  Bag up all the items youíve decided you canít or wonít wear for giveaway to charity. Don't go back into the bags for things when you have second thoughts. You know you won't wear it, and it merely takes up space. 

Organize the items that are going back into the closet in one of these ways:

  1. By outfit (matching or coordinating tops and bottoms together with scarves, belts, sweaters or jackets)
  2. By type (blouse, skirt, slacks, dress, etc.)
  3. By season (warm weather, cold weather, transitional, layers)
  4. By style (work, casual, dress, evening, event, etc.)

-  Try on every pair of shoes. If they donít fit, out they go. 

-  For the ones you keep: check for wear, damage, worn heels, or gaps between the sole and the upper. If any shoes need repair, put them in a bag to take for repair on your next trip out the door. Donít delay or they will languish in a bag in the bottom of your closet until the next closet cleanse.

-  Review your accessories: hats, scarves, gloves, belts. If you've arranged your clothing by the outfit, scarves and belts should already be with their coordinates. Otherwise, hang belts and scarves. Even gloves hang on clipped skirt hangers. Place hats above or on shelves protected from the weight of other articles.

-  Finally, tackle those purses and handbags. If handles are cracked or worn, plan to have them repaired, or place them in the giveaway bags. Take care to check each pocket or flap for personal belongings, that hidden $20 or your favorite lipstick. If the purse is too small for everyday use, tuck it away in a box meant for special events only.

With everything tucked back into its place, and all the extra clothing and accessories removed, youíre ready to start the new week cleansed.

If you find that your closet remains too small, it might be time to reach out to your local real estate professional to see if you can find a better fit.





Posted by John Boey on 4/14/2019

One of the biggest challenges of putting your house on the market is keeping it clean, organized, and ready for the next showing!

This is no easy task, especially if you have pets, messy kids, and/or a hectic schedule. If you're like most people, you're probably contending with all three conditions!

Although it's human nature to get immersed in our own view of the world, it's helpful to try and see things through the eyes of prospective home buyers. When buyers walk into your house for the first time, they're not going to immediately know about all the improvements you've made to your property or the many ways your home has served your family's needs for all these years. They're not aware of the "big picture" and may never be. They only know what they see, hear, and smell during their brief visit to your home.

Anything which makes a negative impression can sour them on the idea of buying your house. It's a delicate balance and it doesn't take that much to tip the scales in either direction. That's why it's so important for sellers to get into a routine of keeping their house clean, orderly, and well maintained.

It's amazing what a difference 24-hours (or less) can make on the appearance and cleanliness of your home. Rest assured, if you've said or thought the words, "But I just cleaned it, yesterday!" -- you're not alone! Cleaning your house when it's on the market is a lot like shaving: It doesn't take too long for that "five o'clock shadow" to start creeping in!

Reminding everyone in your family to clean up after themselves is the first step to being ready, but it also pays to have a checklist to refer to when preparing for a real estate showing. If you don't use a task list, chances are you'll forget something important -- like wiping off the kitchen counter, sanitizing the toilets, putting away dirty dishes, or cleaning the bathroom sink. Floors almost always require a quick sweeping, mopping, or vacuuming, and waste baskets need to be emptied. Crumpled towels, bath mats, and bedspreads may also be in desperate need of straightening and smoothing out! If you own pets that tend to have "accidents" or kids who haven't quite mastered the art of cleaning up after themselves, you might also want to allow a few extra minutes in your routine to take care of the "unexpected."

While it's true that you want your house to have a "lived in" appearance, it's all-too-easy to cross that thin line into a whole different category! No reasonable house hunter will expect your home to be spotless and perfect in every way, but if it looks messy, disheveled, or neglected, then that could be a potential deal breaker!





Posted by John Boey on 2/10/2019

People tend to procrastinate when it comes to cleaning the house. Well, that shouldn't be much of a shocker as cleaning a messy house is never a pleasant job. So, you keep procrastinating until you have some guests coming over or can't deal with the feeling of living in a dirty house anymore. Frustrating, right?

If you are one of the millions out there who fall under these categories, then you are at the right place (or page) as compiled here are a couple of easy tips to back the sparkle in your home in an hour or less. Doubt it? Then, stick around as to discover how the trick works.

Pre-cleaning Tips

Step One: Get the Juice Flowing with High-Tempo Music

Cleaning your house doesn't have to be a tiresome, daunting task that you must check off your to-do list. Make it fun, easy, and fast with tempo music. Background music aims to keep you active and happy through the task. So, you can choose any music mix you love and get the volume up.

Step Two: Draft a Plan and Stick with it

Have you ever wondered why it is easier to clean someone else's house than your own? It is because you have no attachment or distraction in the house. No photo albums or old magazines are screaming for attention. Try employing the same level of focus while cleaning your home. Ditch the photo albums or magazines or quickly tuck them away first. Draft an hour plan and stick with it. No breaks or timeouts or cellphone checks. Put in all your focus, and you will finish in an hour or less.

Step 3: Always Start at the top

Our first big tip is to start from the top, irrespective of the room or activity with which you begin. Cleaning from the top ensures that dirt and dust from higher surfaces fall on Ďuncleaned' lower surfaces. This order helps eliminate the time you would spend re-cleaning lower surfaces.

Step 4: Learn to De-clutter

Whether it is the living room, kitchen, or any other part of the house, always learn to organize the area before cleaning. This way you will have things off the floor and where they are supposed to be.

Step 5: Spray and Allow to Sit

An easy way to get the dirt off your tub or counters or wall is to sprinkle cleansers on them and allow it to sit for some minutes before scrubbing. The trick is that the cleansers, like detergents, help break the bonds (especially in greasy stains), making it easy to wash off. You could use the time between spraying and scrubbing to clean other areas of the house.

Step 6: Save the Floors for the Last

This point helps emphasize the importance of Step 1. Endeavor to start all cleaning activities from the top and save the floors for the last cleaning step. Organizing helps prevent spending extra time re-cleaning the floors.

Cleaning the house does not have to be a tedious and daunting exercise to check off your to-do list. Follow the steps mentioned above religiously, and you will find cleaning to be a fast and easy exercise that isn't worth procrastinating. Get your home sparkling in an hour or less!

Keep these tips in mind when your real estate agent calls for that last minute showing.




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Posted by John Boey on 6/17/2018

After a move, everything feels fresh and energizing. This is, of course, in part because of the energy that comes with a big change. But it also comes from having a neatly, organized home. In the jumble of packing and unpacking, junk gets tossed and items get new homes. Everything gets a new dedicated area where it belongs. Everything is tidy, as it should be.

So how then can you maintain this wonderful feeling and continue to keep things neat and tidy?

First, you need to make a daily habit of doing a quick clean sweep every day. Whether you do it in the morning, afternoon or before bed isnít important. What is important is that you do it every day.

Go through the house to make to corral up stray dishes, put items back into their dedicated places, and give homes to those who donít have one yet.

And if you canít think of somewhere to put it? Question its purpose and consider either donating or tossing it.

Aim to keep your surfaces clear of items. Allowing things to accumulate is one of the fastest for clutter to quickly take over. Stop it in its track by tidying up when youíre done using this ďstationĒ of your home.

Practice not being ďlazyĒ. If you bring your tea to sip on the couch when you leave the room take your mug with you straight to the dishwasher. If you finished the last of the chips put the clip away where it belongs instead of leaving it out on the counter. Put pens back away after using them to jot out notes. Recycle magazines when you're done reading them.

If you find things are building up as clutter quickly you might have too much stuff. Which is okay, it happens!

Decluttering isnít a one and done process. We need to consistently be assessing the things that collect in our homes and what benefit they are adding to your life. Sometimes we once used all the time have fallen out of favor or need to be repaired/replaced.

Make time once a month for a quick declutter session and once a season for a more detailed one.

And the best way to avoid clutter is to closely monitor what youíre allowing to come into your home in the first place. If you find you love to take things home just because they were free or on sale, itís important to take a step back and ask yourself why.

After all, the less stuff we have in our homes the less there is to manage. Which means more time spent doing what you enjoy doing, like spending time with your family, and less time organizing it all.