Clean up your Act in 2012 …
Better yet…Clean up your house! Act like you are going to put your home on the market, whether you are or not. See what we are asking you’re listing clients to go through. De-clutter!
Where do you start is the biggest question I hear. Start with one drawer and keep moving. If you do one room a week….it won’t take long to do your whole house.
I have a rule….If I haven’t touched it in the last year…I don’t need it. If I haven’t worn it in the last year…I don’t need it. If it doesn’t fit…get rid of it. It will make room for things that will fit.
Be aware of the difference of need and want. We all want a lot more than we need…and a lot of wants are just junk taking up space. This is part of why we have Craigslist…Use it! They pick up and you don’t have to haul it. Someone’s trash is someone else’s treasure. Just remember the difference between trash and treasure. Don’t be afraid to throw away…and don’t forget to recycle!
Yes, there are things we need to keep. That is why they invented file cabinets. And if you put things in folders in those cabinets…they are easy to find. My husband is amazed how I can find warranty information on something we bought 15 years ago, that had a lifetime warranty. I have a folder for warranty on appliances and one on furniture. I know which plastic tub has Christmas, computer things, etc. I only keep the Holiday stuff I like and use. The rest is out of here! I do keep a lot of photo’s. Those are something that are not replaceable. However, I don’t keep out of focus pictures or bad photo’s of anyone.
Some folks are blessed with basements or places to store things. Here in the Austin area, we don’t have basements. So it can be a chore to find places to store things. Attics can get hot and melt stuff. I usually advise my home buyers to get an extra bedroom right off the bat. You need 3 bedrooms, get 4. They all thank me later. When you don’t have a pantry, linen closet in any bathroom or hall, and no basement….Where are you going to put the Christmas tree and other holiday stuff, the turkey roaster, even the vacuum cleaner? Perhaps the Sam’s or Costco bulk paper items that can really take up space?
If you don’t have room for the things you need…you need a bigger house. Call me!
Sherry Scales Austin Real Estate Specialist
HomeNet Realty, REALTOR, ABR, GRI
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