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Posted by Ari Koufos on 7/16/2019

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.

 





Posted by Ari Koufos on 1/15/2019

If you plan to sell your house in the foreseeable future, it usually pays to clean out the garage. In fact, a home seller who declutters the garage today can show homebuyers the true size and beauty of this space, thereby increasing a house's overall appeal.

Ultimately, it won't take long for a home seller to declutter the garage Ė here are three tips to help you remove clutter from your garage before you list your residence.

1. Identify Excess Items

Old automotive parts, tools and other excess items can take up lots of space in your garage. However, a homeowner who dedicates the necessary time and resources to identify garage clutter can plan accordingly.

Separate must-keep garage items from excess items. Then, you can determine exactly how much space that you'll need to store the items that you want to keep.

For many homeowners, storage cabinets and shelving units make it easy to keep track of items in a garage. Or, if you need extra space to store garage items, you may want to consider renting a storage unit until you finalize your home sale.

2. Sell, Donate or Dispose of Excess Items

When it comes to excess garage items, there is no need to delay the inevitable. If you sell, donate or dispose of garage clutter, you can quickly eliminate excess items from your garage.

Selling your excess garage items online or hosting a yard sale may prove to be worthwhile. In both instances, you can generate interest in assorted garage items and earn extra cash at the same time.

In addition, you may be able to donate excess garage items to local charities. If you reach out to local charities and learn about their donation policies, you can find out which charities will accept your excess garage items and schedule donation pick-ups.

On the other hand, if you find garage items that are broken or damaged, dispose of these items. That way, you can free up space in your garage immediately.

3. Conduct In-Depth Garage Cleaning

After you remove garage clutter, it is important to spend some time cleaning your garage from top to bottom. This will enable you to transform an ordinary garage into a spectacular one.

If you need extra help with garage cleaning, don't hesitate to contact a professional home cleaning company. This business likely employs friendly, diligent cleaning experts who can help you accelerate the garage cleaning process.

Lastly, if you're searching for the best ways to improve your home before you list it, you may want to hire a real estate agent.

A real estate agent can offer honest, unbiased garage cleaning recommendations and suggestions. Plus, this housing market professional will set up home showings, keep you up to date about offers on your residence and ensure you can enjoy a fast, seamless home selling experience.

Want to sell your residence soon? Use the aforementioned tips, and you can bolster your garage's appearance in no time at all.





Posted by Ari Koufos on 1/23/2018

We all like a clean home. As many times as we go through our daily and weekly cleaning routines, our homes can still be dirty. Thereís plenty of places in your home that you might be neglecting to clean. These places are germ breeders. Especially to help prevent the spread of cold and flu, itís important to keep these frequently used areas germ-free. The good news is that cleaning often overlooked spots is very simple. Weíll tell you where you need to clean and how with the tips below. 


The Refrigerator Handles


While youíre preparing dinner, itís very likely that you will need to open the fridge door more than once. You may surface clean the outside of the fridge, but often forget the handles that everyone grabs to get in and out of this appliance. You should scrub the handles down on a weekly basis with a mix of hot water and vinegar. 


Your Computer And All The Accessories


You probably spend a lot of time at your desk and at the keyboard of your computer. Think of the times you have spilled things, sneezed on your computer, or just plain sweat while sitting there. Thereís a ton of germs breeding all around your computer and its accessories. Make sure you do more than dust your computer off. Take off the accessories and scrub them every so often. If you have a laptop, turn the unit off and use a damp cloth to wipe it down. 


Toothbrush Holder


While you probably remember to brush your teeth twice a day, you may not remember to clean your toothbrush holder very often. You can easily throw toothbrush holders right in the dishwasher. Also, boil the toothbrushes themselves in water for a few minutes every so often. This is especially important during times of cold and flu to keep viruses from spreading.      


The Faucets


The faucets are perhaps one of the dirtiest places in your entire home. Be sure that youíre cleaning the handles and the faucet itself on a regular basis. You can do this with hot water and dish soap (something thatís already nearby!) For a deeper, disinfecting clean, use a paste of baking soda and vinegar.


Coasters


These great little inventions protect your tables from having the finish damaged by glasses and cups. Without a cleaning once in awhile, they can build up residue and bacteria. Be sure to give them a once over with warm water and soap.  


Some other areas that could use cleaning in your home:


  • Light switches
  • Placemats
  • Cabinet handles
  • TV remotes
  • Coffee makers


While your home looks clean, you want it to be clean. By following these tips and by paying attention to the most used areas of your home, youíll be on your way to a deep clean that avoids breeding germs.  






Posted by Ari Koufos on 10/3/2017

Your pet is a member of your family and gets plenty of love and attention day after day. However, even your pet can leave stains and odors that will impact your home and may force homebuyers to look elsewhere. As a home seller, you'll want to do everything possible to eliminate pet stains and odors before you show your residence to prospective homebuyers. Thankfully, we're here to help you take the necessary steps to keep your home pet odor- and stain-free. Here are three tips that you can use to reduce pet stains and odors: 1. Leverage a pet stain neutralizer. Want to give your carpets a fresh scent? Use a pet stain neutralizer, and you'll be able to noticeably improve the smell and appearance of your carpets. Pet stain neutralizers are available at pet stores and can deliver long-lasting benefits. These products will remove pet stains and odors that are deeply entrenched in carpets without delay. Meanwhile, they also ensure that you can eliminate these stains and odors quickly and effortlessly. Pick up a pet stain neutralizer, and you can minimize pet stains and odors any time you choose. 2. Clean your floors and walls with the right cleaning products. Before you use any cleaning products on your floors and walls, be sure to read the instructions. By doing so, you'll be able to ensure that these items will help you eliminate pet stains and odors. Remember, not all cleaning products are created equal, and you'll want to find the best items that deliver the desired results. But those who search for products designed for pet stains and odors that impact your home's floors and walls can work to eliminate such problems instantly. Don't forget about your pet's safety, too. You'll want to ensure that any cleaning products that you use won't harm your pet if accidental consumption occurs. 3. Utilize a carpet cleaning machine with furniture attachment. A carpet cleaning machine is a superior option for those who want to get to the root of pet stains and odors. This device usually can be rented or purchased from a home improvement store and empowers you to take full control of your pet stain and odor removal efforts. Plus, getting a carpet cleaning machine with a furniture attachment is ideal for pet owners who frequently let their pets rest on furniture. This attachment enables you to quickly and easily remove pet stains and odors from furniture, often in only minutes. Renting a carpet cleaning machine with furniture attachment usually serves as a cost-effective option for home sellers. Comparatively, those who want a first-rate device that will provide support both now and in the future may consider purchasing this machine and using it at their new residence as well. For home sellers, pet stains and odors may seem tough to eliminate, at least at first. But with the right supplies and know-how, you'll be able to remove such problems altogether. Lastly, don't forget to clean pet stains and odors regularly, as you'll be better equipped to keep your home looking and smelling great. And ultimately, you'll improve your residence's chances of making a positive impression on homebuyers.





Posted by Ari Koufos on 6/20/2017

While your home is a sanctuary, thereís plenty of ways that being inside of your own home can be stressful. In this article, weíll break down all of the ways that you can assess your home and make it a place of solace, not stress. Take A Step Back See what you love and what you hate in your home. If you take a step back to see what you need and what may be simply clutter, youíll be able to make your home simpler and happier. Make a list of what gives you the strongest impression in each room and work from there. Let Go If something is simply a dust collector, it may be time to let go of it. Items that no longer work properly are also candidates to head out the door. Also, consider ditching items in your home that cause unpleasant emotions to bubble up. You donít need that in your life! While sometimes itís hard to let go of certain objects, when you look at them from an outsiderís perspective, you may realize that you have been hanging on to too much for too long. Hang On Thereís certain items that you should definitely keep around your home. These include the things you love. If something brings you joy, you should absolutely hang on to it! These objects that you choose to keep donít have to be extravagant, they can be simple objects. If you love your wooden spoon and itís in useful condition, you should definitely keep it! Art and certain precious mementos are what we often think of when we bring to mind things that we love, but anything that reminds us of positive emotions can be a keepsake. Obviously, beat up, useless objects shouldnít be considered. That would defeat the purpose of this exercise! Deep Clean Giving your home a deep clean after the purging process is the next logical step. You may even consider hiring professionals for this step. Get out your vacuum, dusters and polish and get to it! Cleaning has a way of making things feel new again. This helps reduce clutter and in turn, reduces stress. Try New Things The next step is to try some new things in your home. Donít be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Maybe youíve been thinking of painting a room a color thatís a bit outside of the box. Maybe youíve been eager to cook a complicated dish in your kitchen. Everything new that you try will help you to change the way you identify with your home. Creating a relaxing space isnít a process that will happen overnight. With the right steps snd the right approach you can create your space to be something that you absolutely cherish over time. The material things of your life and your emotional well-being really do have a connection. Clearing the clutter around you can be a very effective way of reducing the stress in your life.




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