Messy Home: How to Keep Your Things Organized

Where did I put that appointment card? Have you seen my favorite blue shirt? How on earth did the keys end up in the fridge? If you frequently find yourself asking these (or similar) questions, or you simply want to declutter your life, then this article is for you. It contains simple steps on how to organize a room with too much stuff as well as some useful organization tips for your home, to help you get organized and stay organized!

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PART ONE: Getting Organized

No, organizing is not shunting piles from one room to another, and neither is it shoving shoes under the bed. The easiest, quickest and most painless way of organizing your home is to tackle one room at a time. Each room can be divided into smaller, manageable sections, such as the floor, closet, pantry, draws, and tables – then give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back as you achieve each of your goals.

Get rid of everything you no longer need – As you progress from room to room, first make piles of anything that you no longer need, including paperwork, clothes, utensils, and ornaments. These items can be donated, passed on, recycled or thrown out. The creative soul may wish to repurpose or upcycle – extra mugs, pots and empty shoeboxes are ideal for creating a new and improved storage system.

Add extra storage – Corners, high places, and other hard-to-reach places are often wasted space that can be exploited for storage with the simple addition of bookshelves or cupboards. This is a great chance be creative with many ingenious storage solutions available, such as rotating cupboards in corners, nooks under stairs and floor-to-ceiling shelving. Raising the bed onto a plinth with roll-out drawers or adding a loft may also be viable options. If you still feel that your home is bursting at the seams, consider building a garden shed or renting a storage container off-site.

Give every item a home – This important step allows you to tidy quickly and efficiently later on, setting you up for success in PART TWO: Staying organized.

Use labels – If you think you might forget where things live (or know that other people will), labeling draws, boxes and those repurposed mugs is a quick, simple and stylish solution – and is one of the best ways to organize a cluttered bedroom.

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PART TWO: Staying Organized

Identify problem areas and times – Mess is commonly encountered at the dining room table after breakfast, on the living room floor at Christmas and in the closet all year round. Once identified, you can then create a system and routine that works for you.

Create systems – For doing laundry, dishes, rubbish, recycling and any problem areas identified. For example, you could consider using a drying rack, multiple washing baskets or a composting system.

Form habits and routines – As with any skill, keeping your room clean and organized all the time needs to be practiced regularly (yes, it can be classified as a skill). Soon, your systems will become productive habits that will save you time, energy and stress in the long run. This may be always making the bed in the morning, sorting the mail as soon as you come home or clearing the dining room table immediately after dinner before sitting down with a hot cup of cocoa as a reward.

Make a list for errands, shopping, and chores – A chalkboard, whiteboard or tear-off notepad can be a stylish addition to your kitchen décor and ensures you will never again have that awful sinking-stomach feeling when you discover you forgot to buy more cereal. It also allows clear communication between roommates/family members, so you are informed when they do use up the last of the cereal.

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Create lists of daily and weekly chores – This could include washing dishes, vacuuming and cleaning the bathroom/toilet.

Draw up a job roster – If there are multiple people in the house sharing the workload, try drawing up a “chores wheel” consisting of your daily and weekly chores. This way, everyone knows exactly what is expected – and has a deadline. The same method can be applied to just you if you need some extra motivation.

Stock up on cleaning products – So there are no excuses for a missed rotation on the job roster!

Schedule in down time – You have deserved it! Whether you love reading a book before bed or attending sunrise yoga classes, make time to enjoy the satisfying and liberating feeling of being organized!

Cleaning And Organizing For Easter

As a traditional family holiday, Easter is usually a time for big family gatherings, lavish festive meals and fun group activities in the beautiful weather outside. And if everyone is coming to your home this year, Easter means one more thing – spring cleaning. On one of the sunny weekends ahead, gather up your strength and plan your time well. With a good strategy, cleaning and organizing for Easter is easy and doesn’t require an entire army of professional cleaners.

Winter isn’t really a wonderful time for washing windows and deep cleaning of carpets, and towards its end our homes are far from looking their best. Dust and dirt have found their way to every corner of your house and removing them unfortunately isn’t as easy as we would want it to be. But where to start? The preparations for Easter seem so many that finding the right organizational system is really important. One of the essential steps is obviously deep cleaning, but before starting with it, try to go through every room, de-clutter and pick out the things you don’t need any more – old clothing, torn and de-colourised bedding, piles of old newspapers and magazines, broken toys, and so on. Decide on what could be recycled or reused, and what’s for the garbage. Check the attic, every closet and every cabinet, and get rid of all the clutter – it can make spring cleaning even more challenging.

Next, you can proceed with the clean-up. Start with the kitchen and pay some special attention to the oven and the refrigerator, because you will be probably doing a lot of cooking around Easter. Greasy grime is settled on the kitchen cabinets – remove the build-up with a wood cleaner or a soapy water and a soft cloth. Then go to the living room and start with the book shelves, cupboards and cabinets. Wash the windows well both on the inside and on the outside, using either a household cleaning product, or a mixture of water and lemon juice. Instead of wiping with a regular rag, rub the windows with an old newspaper – it’s great for really dirty and smudgy windows. Professionals like Sparkling Carpet Cleaners Battersea advice to wash the curtains, vacuum clean upholsteries or if they have stains, clean up with a mixture of water and white vinegar. Mop all the the floors, even the wood ones, using soapy water and cleaning the baseboards with a dampen cloth.

Move on to the bedrooms – they are usually the easiest to clean up. Wash all the bed linen and coverings, dust off, polish the furniture. Use the vacuum on the mattress and follow up with a good disinfecting spray to kill all the bacteria and odours. Put the pillows and blankets in the washing machine. Don’t forget the bathrooms – clean them after a hot shower, the steam makes dirt come off easily. Mix water and baking soda for the tiles, but if you run into serious stains, choose a good bathroom cleaning product. Change the towels and wash the shower curtains – they should be changed or washed regularly. Clean the washing machine, as well – run it with hot water, then rub it with baking soda and white vinegar, leaving them for an hour. Run it again and after it finishes, wipe it dry. This should remove not only the dirt from it, but also any unpleasant smells.

After cleaning your home and throwing all the garbage, organize and tidy the yard and the garden. Prepare for the Egg hunt by removing weeds, dead or dry plants, as well as any leafs that are left from the autumn. Mown the lawn, refresh the shed with a new coat of paint, and plant early spring flowers to have a colourful and beautiful Easter. You can try pansy, bloodroot, wild “harmony” iris, yellow Trillium, Grape Hyacinth, daffodil, and others. Right before Easter, set the festive mood by decorating your home with cute Easter candles, egg and Easter bunny décor and a lot of fresh flowers.

Selling Your Home – Tricks Of The Trade To Help You Get Top Dollar By Jason Phillips

Selling your home is easier than you think. It all comes down to several basic principles: marketability, price, and advertising skills. Hiring a competent realtor to sell your home is equally important; you think you can do it all on your own, but you’re wrong. Here are some cool tricks of the trade to help you get the best deal.
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Settle on the right price
Before putting your home up for sale you’d better find out how much is it worth first. After you’ve done that, shave about 15% off that price. You’ll instantly be pelted with bids from multiple buyers; and that will happen even if the market is not strong. They’ll start bidding and the initial price you gave will go up. Your house’s value will increase, although let’s not forget that we’re talking about an investment. You are taking a risk, so it is important that you know what you’re doing.

Pay more attention to half empty closets
Many home buyers crave for storage. If you want to make a good impression on potential investors, you are advised to empty your closets. Take your stuff out and make sure all storage spaces left available are neat and clean. This will create a positive impression. Buyers like to snoop around, so it is fundamental that your cabinets and closets look tidy and organized.

Let your home shine
Light up your home if you want to people to like it. Apart from an ideal location, buyers search for good lighting. This is key to purchasing a home. Nobody would want to invest in a property that’s dark and unappealing, so keep that in mind when putting your house up for sale. Take down all the drapes and curtains, make sure the light bulbs are bright, clean all windows and change the lampshades. Welcome as much natural light as possible and you’ll make your house appear welcoming and sellable.
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Hire an informed broker
Believe it or not, hiring an informed broker is easier said than done. There are so many inexperienced realtors out there who claim to be the best. Make sure yours knows what he’s doing. Perform a thorough check on his background before employing his services. He should be able to monitor multiple listing services, know property types that hit the market, as well as neighborhood comp. Go for someone who likes to use technology; a tech savvy broker will have all the tools necessary to help you sell your house at a convenient price.

Avoid over-upgrades
It’s always a good idea to go for quick fixes prior to putting your home up for sale. However, stay away from over-upgrades because you won’t any cash back. Significant improvements don’t pay off. As an alternative, you could stick to updates that are worth it. Painting the walls, cleaning the curtains, or even purchasing new ones, can be a convenient and effective way to make your home appear more welcoming.

Minor décor touches can go a very long way when aiming to sell a home. Replace cabinet hardware, door handles, and it might even be a good idea to place welcome mats at the entrance. Clean the grout too, and be sure to fix leaky faucets.

Depersonalize the home
When trying to sell your home it is important to depersonalize it. If you keep things that are too personal, buyers won’t be able to imagine themselves starting a life there. Put all your personal stuff in storage. Memorabilia collections, family photo and other personal keepsakes should go away. To maximize your home’s potential; you could consider hiring the services of a home stager. A stagger is a professional that will help you arrange the furniture in order to maximize the space available.
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All eyes on the kitchen
Many home buyers would say that a house’s most important room is the kitchen. There are endless benefits to remodeling a kitchen prior to making the sale. The best part is that you have 85% chances of getting back the sum invested. The most convenient, fastest kitchen updates are painting and replacing old cabinet hardware. Stick to a neutral color in order to allow the buyer to envision a personal style.

Whether you’re selling a property in Turkey to a foreign investor or you’d rather stick to the US marketplace, it is essential that you abide by several basic principles to get top dollar. And believe it or not, sometimes the most effective upgrades are the simplest.

Tips On How To Make Your House Clearance Go Without A Hitch

What is a clearance service?

Clearance companies are the professionals when it comes to clearing out your home or office. They can handle all types of situations and are the experts at clearing away rubbish or junk that you do not need anymore. The clearance company will deal with all aspects of services and can be of assistance to domestic and business needs. They are the experts who know the correct procedures in dealing with clearing almost any type of rubbish.
Tips on how to make your house clearance go without a hitch
Are you are a landlord and the previous tenant has left a considerable amount of junk to dispose prior to a new tenant moving in?

Do you need to help an elderly relative move into a residential home or into a smaller property?

Are you on the move and need to get rid of some old clutter that has been with you for years?

Whatever the reason, a clearance company can help with the complete clear out that excess rubbish from your property, leaving it empty. A professional clearance is the first call when you want to dispose of unwanted items and rubbish. You can call and arrange a quote, and then they will provide all the necessary advice you need to follow during this busy time.
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If you just want rid of everything then that is fine it can be arranged. If you are clearing out after a death of a loved one or friend then you may just want to leave it to the experts. But, for most people it is a good idea to check what is worth salvaging for recycling, selling, donating to charity or throwing away first as somebody’s junk is another person’s treasure. Nowadays, too much stuff gets thrown away so you can help the environment by recycling, selling it on or donating it to a needy cause.
Before you have the rubbish or junk removed professionally is to make sure you have sorted everything you want to keep. It is a good idea to allow some time for this process. Going through the contents of a house or office is a big job. It is a good idea to go through one room at a time, and be completely organized with everything. You will need to have a plan of what you want to keep, sell, donate and dump. A good tip is to have a color code to each of these tasks to make it a little easier. If you are keeping some of the possession then they will needed to be packaged safely and labeled so they don’t get thrown away by accident.
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Sell on at car boots or in a local paper bits and pieces you don’t want. It is a good idea to give away what you don’t need and charities always need unwanted items so call and arrange for a collection. Some of your contents can be recycled remember paper, metal, glass, plastic and metal etc. If getting rid of paper remember to shred the paper first for security measures. The correct disposal of paints, asbestos, light bulbs, oil and pesticides is required and a clearance company can deal with this. In addition electrical items will need special permits to tip.

When you have done what you need to do the clearance firm can sort the remaining stuff and completely empty the remaining junk. After all of this hard work your place will be are left clear and free. If you require other services such as house removals and storage or cleaning then a clearance company can help arrange help to get things back into order.

Eliminate the Clutter in Your Home and Life By Guest Writer Ella Andrews

Eliminate the Clutter in Your Home and Life         Life is a complicated thing and it involves so many aspects that you often find it very hard to manage with everything, that can come on your way. It is very difficult to decide what needs more attention and what to put on first place. Should this be the home and the order in it or you better pay more attention to the work and your career, that will let you earn more and have better life? Or is it good to go out with friends, when your children are hoping to spend a little time together with you?

There are so many choices and so many things to do, that sometimes when you take a look around you, you will find yourself piled up with unnecessary things and living in nice huge messy place, when you can not find anything that you need.

In this situation you will probably need few advices to put everything back in order, so you do not get lost in all these. You should know that the hurry will not save you time. Just the opposite you will feel under pressure all the time and you will be forgetting important things because you are short of time. So whatever you do, do it slowly for as much time as it takes and give good thinking, so you will not need to do it twice.Eliminate the Clutter in Your Home and Life2

A good place to start from can be your desk, no matter if this will be the one in your home or the one at the office. Get rid of every paper or papers that you no longer need, but have stayed on your desk for so long and have piled up with other documents. Make sure you have thrown away everything that you no longer need, because if you leave it for a little more, surely soon you will have the same piles again.

Wipe up the dust, because it creates very ugly look. It will not take much time, but the result will be very good.

Check your drawers and sort your stuff. Make sure you have opened any closet in your house and you have put everything in order and again make sure you have got rid of everything unnecessary.

Eliminate the Clutter in Your Home and Life3 Last but not least, put your thoughts in order as well. You have to be sure you know your priorities and what you can leave for later. Once you have established what is important for you, make sure you follow your system so you will not be in difficult situation or you lost your way and forgot what you should do first and what second. Get organized this way so you finish your work on time and have enough left for doing things you really enjoy.

Bio: Ella Andrews has been writing about home related matters since years. Home organizing and decorating are some of her favorite topics to treat in her work. She is constantly searching for motivation is house maintenance  related matters. Find some more of her tips and advices here: www.removalsoffice.co.uk/man-and-van/SE19-van-hire-crystal-palace.html