9 Easy Home Improvements to Sell Your Home Fast

9 Easy Home Improvements to Help Sell Your Home Fast!

You’ve been trying to sell your home and you did everything you thought was expected of you. You connected with a real estate agent, had professional photos taken of your house, and opened your home to numerous strangers as they paraded around your halls on private tours and open houses. But after weeks of your home being listed, not a single reasonable offer has been made. Sound familiar?


Currently, the median number of days a home sits on the market is 41 days. And, of course, the longer your home sits on the market the more control homebuyers have when it comes time for negotiations. So, take your house out of seller’s limbo by adding perceived value (and actual value) to your home. Here are nine easy home improvements you can do that will make your house more appealing to potential home buyers and help sell your home fast.


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1. Upgrade Your Mailbox

Upgrading your mailbox might seem like a rather silly thing to do at first, but if we are talking about making a great first impression to potential home buyers, the mailbox is often the very first thing someone sees before pulling in the driveway. It’s also the easiest home improvement you can do.

It could just be a new mailbox that replaces the old, weathered one you’ve had for years. And let’s face it, most homeowners don’t put much thought into what their mailbox looks like, often becoming an eyesore to your driveway. Or, you could upgrade to a “Next Generation” mailbox that allows USPS to deliver large packages to your mailbox instead of your front door. And we all know packages that are apparently visible to any passerby have a better chance of not being taken.

In fact, with more and more consumer products being purchased online and delivered to homes, you may even consider upgrading to a security mailbox that keeps your mail and packages safe from theft altogether.

Either way, upgrading your mailbox is a simple, cost-effective method of bringing perceived value to your home.

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2. Paint Your House Inside and Out

This cannot be emphasized enough, but painting the inside of your home with a fresh neutral color goes a long way with potential homebuyers. For example, your kids’ rooms may have very unique colors that they had insisted upon at one time, but not every potential buyer is going to enjoy that purple room as much as your kid does. You’ll want to put a fresh coat of paint on those walls so anyone touring your home can envision themselves living in your space.

In fact, everything you’re doing to prep your home for sale is making your home look its very best and allowing potential homebuyers to envision themselves in every room of your house. You want people touring your house to think, what if I bought this house? This room could be my office, nursery, guest bedroom, etc. However, it becomes hard for potential buyers to envision themselves in a room with purple walls.

Alternatively, painting the exterior of your home may be the best solution to getting your home sold faster. If your home’s color has faded from its former glory, the paint is chipping, or your house has always been that home on the block the neighborhood kids call the orange house, you may want to consider getting your home painted a more contemporary color. Though painting the exterior of your home can be pricey, when done by professionals, the process has a very quick turnaround time and the result will be sure to leave a lasting impression on potential buyers.

3. Enhance Your Curb Appeal

It doesn’t matter if you live in Dallas, TX or Portland, OR, enhancing your curb appeal can go a long way toward making a great first impression on potential homebuyers.

First, you’ll want to look at your landscaping in front of and around your house. How does your lawn, trees, and overall vegetation look? Make sure your lawn is freshly trimmed, all dead debris (like sticks and leaves) are picked up, and 2 to 3 inches of fresh bark mulch is placed around your shrubs, trees, and plants.

Do you have hedges that line your property or some other form of fruit or decorative trees on your property? Having your hedges trimmed and your trees cut back can make your yard go from something that resembles an unruly wilderness to a well-maintained and welcoming paradise.

Also, if you don’t already have decorative plants bringing color to your front driveway and entrance, a few well-positioned potted plants are an inexpensive and inviting sight for newcomers to your home.

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4. Clean, Declutter, and Stage Your Home

Nothing turns potential homebuyers away faster than an unkept and cluttered home. If you’re looking to sell your house quickly, it might be a good idea to hire professionals to get your house in order. Decluttering and staging your home is a must if you want to make your home and all its uniqueness shine its best for potential buyers.

If your closets are overflowing with winter jackets, or you have too many large pieces of furniture in your living room, your spaces will not be showcased the way they should be. People touring your home like to look not just at the larger rooms, but also poke around in closets, drawers, and other storage areas to make sure their stuff will fit. If your stuff is in the way, that makes it much harder for buyers to see themselves in your space.

Furthermore, a deep cleaning is a must before any open house or home tour takes place. If you have a cat or dog (or both), you probably don’t smell them anymore. However, people that don’t have pets are acutely aware of homes that do, simply because it’s a scent they’re not used to. If you’re looking for a quick turnaround, a professional can help eliminate odors, stains, and any number of other things you may no longer be aware of and make your home feel brand new again.

5. Fence in Your Backyard and Refinish Your Deck

It’s amazing what a refinished deck or new cedar fence enclosing a backyard can do for a home. Not only is it functional and aesthetically pleasing, but the return on investment is nothing to shy away from if you’re looking for an easy project that will help you get your home sold fast.

In fact, the national average in 2019 for recouping the cost of a wood deck addition on a home is 75.6%. So, although you may take a small hit financially by adding a wood deck onto your house, you would recoup most of the cost and potentially sell your home faster because of the added feature.

Likewise, adding a fence to your property can do wonders for your home in a relatively short period of time. And according to a 2018 survey by the American Pet Product Association,”67% of U.S. households own a pet,” meaning over half the people touring your home have a fuzzy little friend, and a fenced in backyard is a bonus to some homebuyers but a must for others.

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6. Fix Your Light Switches and Update Your Fixtures

So it’s true, people touring your home will play with your faucets, open your drawers, and test ALL your light switches. If you have a light switch that doesn’t work (or an electrical outlet), now is the time to get it fixed. Light switches that do not work signify to homebuyers that your house may have electrical issues, when in fact, it may be something much more simple. Nonetheless, at that point, you’ve already lost that potential offer.

You’ll also want to replace all your burnt out light bulbs to make sure every room in your house is bright and inviting. Furthermore, all your interior lights should be the same color temperature for consistent lighting throughout your house.

Updating your light fixtures, ceiling fans, and even your hardware on doors and cabinets is an easy and cost-effective way of increasing the perceived value of your home. If you already have an electrician fixing your light switches, they could also replace your dated brass light fixtures with ones that have a more contemporary feel. Beyond making your interior appear more modern to homebuyers, you can take this opportunity to find fixtures that can help brighten your home and make it stand out among other homes for sale in your area.


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7. Upgrade Your Garage Door

Installing a new garage door is one of the simplest and quickest ways to give your home a much-needed facelift and impress potential homebuyers. New garage doors recoup nearly all the money invested into them, and, in some areas like the west coast, a new garage door actually recoups more than its initial investment at 123.8% on average. Meaning your new garage door could actually put money back in your pocket.

There are several styles and designs to choose from, just make sure that you go with a style that fits the look of your house. Especially if you’ve recently painted your home a more contemporary color, a new garage door can be that easy home improvement that pushes home lookers into actual offers.

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8. Get a New Front Door

Give others entryway envy by upgrading your front door and transforming the character of your home. Over the years, front doors see a lot of abuse and begin to look worn and tired. Luckily, a new front door is quick to replace and a very cost-effective way of making your entryway unique and aesthetically pleasing to anyone stepping up onto your doormat.

Solid wood doors are always a classic style for homes not to go out of style anytime soon. They’re solid and typically last much longer than alternative materials like fiberglass. Additionally, front doors with inlaid glass can also give your entryway more natural light for the interior of your home. Either way, a new door is a quick and easy way to impress homebuyers.

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9. Update Your Kitchen Appliances for a Fresh Look

If you’re looking to sell your home quickly, updating your kitchen with modern and timeless stainless steel appliances is a great way to go. Though this can be costly, new appliances really appeal to first-time homebuyers, and as a result, you could see more competitive offers.

Furthermore, there is a good possibility your appliances probably need to be updated anyway. Typically, larger appliances like fridges and stoves should be replaced every 10 years, while smaller appliances it’s recommended to be replaced every 5 years. Nonetheless, updated appliances are a safe bet if you’re looking to sell your home fast.

Originally published on Redfin

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Overcoming hurtles through Organization

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How to overcome any hurtle or struggle through Organization.

Hello there,

Have you ever felt overwhelmed with clutter but can’t seem to overcome the hurtles to get the job done? Could it be your current mindset that is holding you back? Or possibly a physical limitation? Well don’t you worry today I will be sharing different ways to organize that can be modified to fit your needs.

 
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I would like to share with you a personal story of how recently I found myself struggling with limitations and hurtles I had to learn to overcome. Earlier this summer I was in an accident which resulted in a broken arm and injuries to my face. The worst part of it all was that I broke my dominant arm. This summer has been filled with a lot of frustration but also a lot of learning. I quickly learned how weak my left arm is and how difficult even brushing your teeth can be using your opposite hand. When it came to organizing and working with my clients after the accident I felt useless. I could barely carry things or pick up items without cringing in pain. Rather then let myself feel frustrated or sorry for myself I decided to start finding ways to work through these obstacles.

 
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Take a deep breath..

The first thing I had to remember was to stop and take a deep breath. Nothing was going to be accomplished in stress mode trying to move a mile a minute. Here are some great ways to slow down and create a clear mind before you execute your decluttering.

  • Create a list of areas you would like to declutter or reorganize.

  • Create a desired layout for each space.

  • Create a timeline of completion.

  • Begin organizing one space at a time.

  • Finish one area before moving on to next space.

 
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Follow these 3 Steps to Decluttering:

When beginning the decluttering process you want to form 3 separate sorting sections. The 3 sections are Keep, Donate, Trash. Here is how they work:

  1. Keep: The keep pile is for any of those items that you use on a regular basis, family heirloom, or that still has purpose.

  2. Donate: This pile is for any of those items that are still in good condition that no longer serve you. For example: Clothing is one of the most common items to be donated as many of us know our bodies are always changing so we are constantly changing our wardrobe and style. Once we grow out of a style or size we can donate them to charity, goodwill, or shelters for others to benefit from.

  3. Trash: Now this is the easiest pile to sort. This pile contains any items that are worn out, no longer work, missing pieces and so on. Make sure to follow the restrictions for your local trash pick up.

 
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Don’t be afraid to ask for help..

Decluttering and Organizing a home can be a very overwhelming task for one person. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from friends, family or even an organizing professional. When looking for an organizing professional it is important to look for Professional Organizers in your local area, finding a professional that specializes in the area you are looking to declutter, and the benefits of their services. A great outlet to search for Professional Organizers is N.A.P.O. NAPO is the National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals.

So moral of the story. There are always opportunities to overcome your obstacles with organization and decluttering, you just have to look for them.

 

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Moving? How to Prepare your home to Sell.

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How to Stay Organized for your Move.

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I hope you are enjoying your summer and surviving this heat wave. I know I have been taking extra precaution with this hundred degree weather here in New York City. Today I would like to share with you this amazing article that covers all the steps of preparing your home when you are ready to move and looking to sell. This article was created by Jeff Anttila. I hope you enjoy.

 

Getting Ready to Sell Your House? Here are 11 things Most People Forget to Do.

You’ve started on your lists of small repairs, you’ve contacted a real estate agent, and now

you’re in the final steps of getting ready to sell your house. But before you put your home up for

sale, and certainly before having your first open house, here are 11 things to consider that most

home sellers forget to think about and could cost you a sale.

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1. Declutter and Organize Your Closets and Cabinets

Sure, you went through your entire house and reduced the clutter in each room, organized your

desk and other surfaces, and arranged your collection of antique ceramic kitty figurines to be

facing perpendicular to the window. However, did you tackle your closets and cabinets?

One thing you should definitely expect during an open house or individual home tours is that

potential homebuyers will be looking in your closets, kitchen drawers and cabinets. Will your

walk-in closet fit all of his shoes and her summer dresses? Is there enough storage space in

your kitchen for their cookware, bakeware, and all the kitchen gadgets that they seem to collect

each year? These are all questions homebuyers will be asking themselves as they walk through

your home.

Of course, you as a home seller will have no idea what the needs are of a potential homebuyer,

but you can definitely showcase what your house has to offer in terms of storage. Start by

decluttering your closets, cabinets, and drawers, and then keeping only enough belongings in

each to really show off the potential that space has to offer. Think of it as an extension of

staging your home, but for your storage areas.

2. Clean Stains and Eliminate Odors

We should all consider small stains, marks, and other imperfections as badges of honor for a

house that has been lived in for years. Nonetheless, these slight bumps and bruises your home

has encountered over time will stick out to potential homebuyers, so tackle them head-on.

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Begin by trying to put yourself in the shoes of a potential homebuyer and look at your house

objectively. Start by going outside and then re-entering your house as if you didn’t actually own

it but were an interested homebuyer looking at it for the first time. What do you see? Walk

through every room and take note of all the imperfections you notice. You might surprise

yourself with how quickly your list grows. You can then add them to your list of repairs so you

can make your house truly be at its best before your first open house.

Also, if you have pets there is a strong possibility that your home has an odor which you can no

longer smell. Deep cleaning your house is a sure fire way to help eliminate these odors, but also

think about using an odor eliminating spray every day for about a week before your first open

house. You can also place plugin room fresheners that offer a great crisp smell, like cucumber,

to help infuse a sense of cleanliness throughout your house.

3. Replace Light Bulbs

Walk through each room in your house and look at every light bulb to see if it’s working. As

homeowners, we sometimes forget to immediately replace a lightbulb when it goes out. You

want your house to be at its brightest when new homebuyers are touring your home and

replacing old burnt out light bulbs is one of the easiest ways to do it.

Also, don’t forget to walk around the outside of your house to make sure all the lights of your

home's exterior are working as well. Depending on the time of year, your open house or home

tours could happen when the sun is going down or when it’s already dark. So be sure to make

your house shine inside and out!

Pro tip: Make sure all your light bulbs are the same color temperature inside your house as well

as outside. A soft-white light LED bulb can create a bright but welcoming environment for new

homebuyers.

4. Think About the Small Details: Plants, Mirrors, Rugs

Consider each rooms individual characteristics, so you can really showcase the potential every

room in your house can offer. Here are a few ideas to keep in mind while you start prepping

every space for an exceptional open house experience.

Add a little green to your spaces

Nothing breathes life into a room more than a little greenery. A potted tree can work wonders in

a living room, but for smaller areas think smaller plants such as a small potted herb garden in

the kitchen or a miniature cactus on the mantel.

Open up even the smallest rooms

Mirrors can make small spaces seem large because they create the illusion of depth. Mirrors

also work wonders in darker rooms as they reflect light deep into areas of a room that may not

receive an abundance of natural light.

Add character to an otherwise unimpressive space

While staging your home, think about adding character to various spaces with rugs. However,

keep in mind that you want to use rugs to enhance a space, not be the focal point of it. Also, if

you have a strange space that you never really figured out a good use for, a rug could at least

offer a little personality while leaving the space and its potential to the imaginations of

homebuyers.

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5. Enhance Your Outdoor Space

You’re probably already aware that enhancing your curb appeal is one of the most impactful

things you can do to create a great first impression. However, you don’t want to forget about

your other outdoor areas, such as your front porch or entrance, your back entrance, side yard,

and backyard. You want to enhance your outdoor spaces around the house so potential buyers

can see themselves living as much outside your house as inside.

Simple enhancements like placing potted plants to your front entrance or adding fresh beauty

bark around the base of your hedges and trees can go a long way. If you don’t already have a

designated outdoor space for entertaining, think about building a DIY fire pit and adding four

Adirondack chairs to create the idea of outdoor fun. Ultimately, your outdoor space can be just

as important of a space as what your home has to offer on the inside.

6. Get Professional (Aerial) Photography

By now your research has probably shown you that homes with professional photos sell for

more and spend less time on the market on average. What you may not have considered is

adding aerial photography to your listing photos.

Aerial photography can show off your entire property, a scenic view, and the surrounding area.

If you have a lot of property, an aerial shot can easily put into perspective the full scope all your

land has to offer to potential homebuyers.

Furthermore, aerial photography has come a long way thanks to the rapid development of drone

technology, resulting in reasonable pricing that is accessible for many homeowners today. For

higher-end listings, drones can even capture video of your property, helping it stand out among

the hundreds of other homes for sale.

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7. Don’t Forget About Your Gutters

Imagine that you’re having your first open house and despite the rain, foot traffic has been

steadily increasing all morning. Your house looks immaculate, like one of those home's off of an

HGTV show, and your real estate agent has been messaging you updates every hour about

how great it's going. But then the unexpected happens. A small stream of water starts coming

down right in front of your large bay window in the living room. The stream is outside the house,

but your would-be buyers watch on as it grows into a miniature waterfall.

Red flags go up for the homebuyers touring your house as the foot traffic thins then disappears

altogether. What they didn't see was that the spillage was the result of a clogged gutter, nothing

more, causing water to spill over in a very inopportune place and at the worst time.

Depending on where you live, you may not see as much rain in locations like Phoenix, AZ, but

in many locations where rainfall is a common occurrence, such as Seattle, WA, this situation is

more likely to happen. If you don’t have time to clean your gutters yourself—because you have

a house to sell and a million other little things to do—there are professional services that can

clean your gutters for you so this little oversight doesn’t drown out your hopes of selling your

home quickly.

8. Paint Your Baseboards and Crown Molding

It’s pretty common knowledge that you should paint the interior of your home a neutral color to

appeal to more buyers. Homebuyers want to imagine themselves and their stuff in your space,

so your red accent wall will need to be painted over with a more neutral hue. But what a lot of

home sellers forget to do is pay attention to their baseboards and crown molding.

Where crown molding may just need some cleaning and touch-ups, your baseboards most likely

have seen a lot more traffic, especially if you have kids. It may be a toy truck that has repeatedly

crashed into your white baseboards, crayons that went rogue, or the black rubber wheels from

bikes racing down the hallway, most likely your baseboards have been marked with years of life

experiences.

To correct these homely blemishes, you can try cleaning your baseboards with simple dish soap

and water. But if it has been years of wear and abuse, you most likely will need to paint. Use a

paint with a semi-gloss finish that will offer a light sheen but not glossy enough to distract

attention away from your floors. You can also match your crown molding using the same paint,

making every room pop to potential homebuyers. Of course, if you end up hiring painters to

repaint that accent wall of yours, you might as well have them paint your baseboards while

they're there.

9. Focus on Your Floors

Your hardwood floors were once beautiful and one of the initial reasons you bought your home,

but after years of traffic your hardwoods have since dulled to a shadow of their former glory.

Likewise, your once plush carpet has also now matted down into obvious paths that lead from

room to room.

One of the first things potential homebuyers look at when entering a new home is the floors, so

make yours a statement.

If your carpet is approaching that 10-year mark, it is most likely looking pretty worn. Think about

recarpeting your house to make it look fresh and ready for new homeowners. Such as you did

with your walls, you’ll want to go more neutral in color to appeal to the majority of homebuyers.

If your carpet is only a few years old, however, getting it professionally cleaned can go a long

way in bringing your carpet back to life.

If you have hardwood floors bring them back to their former glory by refinishing them.

Refinishing hardwood floors typically includes sanding down the floors to eliminate the original

finish and stain, then restaining with the desired color followed by a coat or two of sealer. Your

floors will look brand new and really stand out during the open house.

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10. Gather Your Documents

You might not be aware of this but you’ll want to gather all the documents you have in regards

to warranties, manuals, service records, and repairs done to your house. These documents are

hugely important for several reasons and certain ones are needed by different parties before

you sell your house.

Your agent is your best friend during the home selling process. They are also your homes’ first

line of marketing and the more information they have about your house, the better they can

promote it. They will write out the specific details of your home as well as an enticing description

that will highlight key features that homebuyers want. So, if you’ve made recent updates like a

new deck, new roof, updated HVAC, or if your home has hot water on demand make sure your

agent knows it and you have the paperwork to back it up.

During the home inspection process, home inspectors are going to go over your house with a

fine-toothed comb. If your furnace or water heater hasn’t been serviced in years, they’ll let you

know. Take a proactive approach by gathering all your service records so you'll know ahead of

time if something needs to be serviced before listing your home.

However, beyond the paperwork your agent and the home inspector would like to see, title

companies require very specific documentation in order for you to even sell your home,

including:

● Mortgage loan information, which will show any outstanding mortgage balance and pay-

off balance (if there is any)

● Final purchase and sale agreement

● Deed

● Title report

● Property tax information, including most recent tax statement

● Homeowners insurance information

● Lease agreement, if you're currently renting the property

● Any reports or documentation that relates to the property

○ Warranty paperwork, permits, service documentation, instruction manuals, dates

of home improvement projects, and age of the roof, furnace, hot water heater,

HVAC, and all the other major appliances.

11. Pre-Sale Home Inspection

The last thing most people don’t think about before they sell their home is getting a pre-sale

home inspection. Though it is not mandatory, a pre-sale home inspection is a proactive

approach to understanding your home's condition at that point in time, and if there are any

repairs that need attention, you can address them now versus trying to do it during the home

selling process.

Homebuyers will most likely get a home inspection of their own, right? So, why would you get

one as a seller?

A home inspection report will most likely turn up a list of repairs that will need to be fixed. Would

you prefer to fix these issues now before you list your home, or after you're in negotiations with

a potential buyer? If you wait, you may push back the sale date of your house as repairs are

being made. Or, homebuyers may ask for concessions on your asking price in order to cover

the repairs and the time it takes to make them. Ultimately, getting a pre-sale home inspection

will leave you in a better position when it comes time to negotiate with potential buyers.

You may feel like spending a lot of time and money on your house is pointless because you’re

just going to sell it anyway, right? Just consider that the more you appeal to the majority of

homebuyers the more bids you’ll likely see and ultimately help you sell your house quicker and

for more money.

Originally published on Redfin

https://www.redfin.com/blog/getting-ready-to-sell-your-house-11-things-to-remember/


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Organized Kitchen for the Busy Family

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Hello,

Thank you for joining me today. I would like to share some quick tips with you on how to declutter and maintain organization in your kitchen while living a busy lifestyle.

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Kitchen Organization 101

First and foremost it is important to identify the needs and wants for your space. Here are just a few examples:

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Once you have identified your wants and needs for the space, you will begin to create and design your ideal organizational system that works best for your space. When you are creating your organizational system it is best to cover at least 85% of the “Needs” you have for the space. What I mean by this is making sure that you take into account the needs that will create a more functional and ease of flow for your daily routine. You also want to think about your ideal layout for the space. What layout is going to work for each member of the home.

The next step is to begin removing any items that do not belong in the kitchen now or moving forward. This will kick start the decluttering process. Once you have begun the decluttering process you will take one section at a time and sort the items into 3 separate sections: KEEP, DONATE, DISCARD. Items that remain in the keep pile are the items that are frequently used and serve an important purpose. Items that land in the donate pile are those that are no longer needed or have a use for that are still in excellent shape. The discard pile is for those items that are broken or in bad shape that are no longer being used.

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Layout

A functional layout is very important when reorganizing. If the space is not functional for your every day needs then all the hard work of decluttering will feel like a waste of time. When creating the layout you want to keep in mind the wants and needs that we discussed earlier. This will help you to prevent any unnecessary work or delay’s to your completion deadline. When organizing the layout you want to make sure you design it so that like items are with like items. For example you want to have storage next to your stove to be able to store your pots and pans keeping them easily accessible. Another example is to make sure that your glassware is easily accessible from the refrigerator as well as the sink. You want to make sure that any small appliances on the counter tops are located near an outlet without causing an obstruction in the flow of the kitchen. Having nice clean sight lines helps relieve stress about

 

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Struggles of Organization

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Hello and welcome to “Staying Organized with The Sanctuarian Blog”.

Today’s topic is about the struggles that organizing and decluttering can bring. Choosing to declutter or organize your life and space can become stressful. Knowing how to overcome that stress is what I would like to go over today.

One of the most common struggles of organizing is dealing with the upkeep of your space once you have decluttered. If you have a busy lifestyle it can become difficult to maintain the organizational system set in place. I know this is something that even I struggle with on a consistent basis especially after working a 60 hour work week between my organizing clients and my part time teaching job. The last thing I want to do when I get home is clean and reorganize my space. There are times I just want to plop down on the couch and binge watch one of my television shows. This plan only works for so long before I then begin to stress about the clutter that has accumulated in my space. So I have recognized that as long as I stay on top of the clutter in my space at least once or twice a week I can maintain the organization without feeling overwhelmed.

Another common struggle is that you grow out of the organizational system you created when you first organized your space. As your life begins to change and you begin to grow the original system you set up may no longer be beneficial for your current lifestyle. The key is to find an organizational system that works for the needs of your life now, not what worked best five, ten or fifteen years ago. Being able to adjust and rework your organizational system as you build your life allows you to reap all the benefits of a clutter free lifestyle for the rest of your life as you choose.

Organizing and decluttering doesn’t have to be this daunting challenge or task. The most important thing you need to remember is “What do I need?’ and “How can I make that happen?”. These two questions can help you when you are in the creating stages of decluttering and organizing.

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Jocelynn

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Do's & Don'ts of Organizing

Hello everyone!

I don’t know about you but I am definitely ready for some warm spring weather. Today I would like to share some do’s and don’ts when organizing for the first time. Now keep in mind not all of these may apply to you personally. The most important thing to keep in mind is that there is no “ONE WAY” to organize that works for every person because everyone’s situations are different. These are simply tips to make organizing and decluttering more efficient.

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Let’s Get Started! :)

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Remember once you have made the decision to declutter and organize your space it is very important to take it at your own pace. Only YOU can know the time frame it will take to achieve the clutter free space you have always dreamed of on your own. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. There is no shame in asking friends, family or an organizing professional for assistance or guidance during your decluttering process.

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Have a great week! :)

Jocelynn

Being a Female business owner in world of Men.

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Good morning!

Today I would like to talk about a topic that really hits home, being a female business owner in a male dominated world. Now don’t worry I am not going to start bashing the men, but I would like to talk about the struggles I have had with networking and growing my professional organizing business J. Flowers Organizing in today’s society. First off, I would like to say that I feel extremely proud to be a Women Owned Business here in New York City. If you’ve ever visited or lived in New York City you know that it is a rat race. Everyone is always on the go without any time to spare. Now this can be great for meeting new people every chance you leave your house but as a business owner it can be quite daunting.

When I first started my business as a professional organizer I was terrified to go out and market my business to total strangers because I feared their rejection or judgment. I had this fear that I wasn’t educated enough, or old enough for people to take me serious as a business owner. It wasn’t until this past summer I attended the Bigger Game Live conference in June 2018. At this conference I knew maybe 6 people total from previous conferences out of 150 or so that were in attendance. It wasn’t until the second day of this conference that I realized I am educated enough to speak with other business owners no matter my age or number of degrees. I have a business that I am completely passionate about and with that fire I can achieve anything, even speaking to total strangers in complete confidence about my business and what I can offer my clientele.

Once I decided to jump out of my comfort zone I was able to make so many exhilarating and profound connections with people who were just as excited about learning about my business as they were sharing theirs. So by the end of this conference I decided that once I returned back to the city I would try and attend at least 2 networking events a week. Now this wasn’t an easy task at first. I learned very quickly that I had to be very selective when choosing what types of events to attend. I learned that attending co-ed networking events was very intimidating and sometimes hurtful. I attended this one networking event that was co-ed and I was sharing what I do for a living and his response was “That’s cool but what is your real job?”. Instantly this made my heart sink, I began questioning myself and my business. The sad thing is this wasn’t the first time a man has made a comment like this.

So I decided after that moment that I would search more for women’s based networking events that are full of empowered and successful women. I am so happy that I did! In the last 6 months I have made over 350 new connections with amazing women who are kicking ass in their own businesses and still supportive of other women in business. With these connections I know that I always have a support system their to help me grow and cheer me on along the way. They have also given me the courage to begin attending co-ed events again by inviting me to one that they are hosting. I truly believe that the atmosphere of a networking event is about what kind of energy the host brings to it.

In conclusion, the most important thing I would like to share with you is to find your allies. These are the individuals who are there to support you, give you guidance, and most importantly without judgement. I know that I will be successful in my business because I have a group of allies that will be with me the whole way. So if you are looking to start your own business or already have your own business and trying to find out what to do next? Find your allies.

Have a wonderful week! :)

Warm regards,

Jocelynn

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Snow Day Organization

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Hello!

Here we are halfway through winter becoming stir crazy and tired of the cold winter weather. Well what better way to prepare for spring then by decluttering your home? I know I tend to do a major overhaul on my home once a year generally during the winter because I become bored being stuck inside with nothing to do. Today I would like to share with you the process I go through each winter during my decluttering spree.

  1. The first thing I do is make a list of every area of my home that I would like to tackle in the next week. I always make sure that my bedroom is the first area on that list and here is why.

    My bedroom is my sanctuary, the place where I can escape the stresses of work, family, friends and home life. If my bedroom is cluttered I have no where to go. I start with sorting through all of my clothes into 3 different categories KEEP, DONATE, TRASH. Items that end up in the trash category are generally stained or have holes in them and are in to poor of condition to donate. Items in the donate pile are usually items that just don’t fit anymore or never worn. That leaves me with only the items that I wear most often and truly love.

  2. Secondly I add one of the 3 common areas of my apartment living room, kitchen or bathroom. When tackling either of these items I have to keep in mind the needs of my two roommates as well. When you are thinking about decluttering your home when living with others you must find a common ground that works for everyone. There will always be some growing pains when deciding to change the flow of things but in the end everyone is able to adjust.

  3. When I am decluttering each of the areas above I make sure to take my time and thoroughly go through and throw out any expired items, add items I no longer use to the donate pile and organize the remaining items allowing them to be easily accessible but neatly in their designated space.

The most important thing to remember when you decide to declutter your space is to allow yourself enough time to do it efficiently and timely to your lifestyle. Not every space you decide to declutter is going to transform in one day. Trying to make that happen is only going to make you more frustrated when it doesn’t happen. Also, make sure you keep an open mind to the possibilities that will derive from the decluttering process. By removing clutter from your space you are creating a calmer, productive and beneficial space that will help you grow to new heights.

Thank you for reading! Stay tuned for next weeks post “Being a Female Business Owner in a Man’s World”.

Sincerely,

Jocelynn

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From a small town to the big city.

Lifestyle transition Small Town to the Big City..

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Hello everyone!

Today I would like to share with you a major lifestyle change that I made just a few short years ago. On July 31, 2015 I made the decision to move from my hometown of Sturgis Michigan to New York City. Coming from a town of only 10,000 people to a city of millions was quite daunting. Thankfully I had landed a job before moving and was able to meet people quickly through work. The two biggest adjustments I had to make when moving here were learning public transportation and a smaller living space.

My first apartment in New York was quaint 400 square foot 1 bedroom with ample closet space. I had to learn quickly that I had to be creative with how to set up my space that created flow and functionality. I started off by storing items in rolling storage bins under my bed as well as seasonal items in totes on the shelves of my closets. I learned very quickly that I owned more items then I had space for. I then did a large downsizing of my items including clothes, shoes, accessories that I hardly ever wore. This not only created more space but also a calmer atmosphere.

Lets fast forward to the present. I now live in a very spacious 3 bedroom apartment in Harlem with 2 roommates. After living alone for 4 years it was a major adjustment moving into an apartment with 2 other individuals who both live different lifestyles. This next stage taught me how to make organizational systems that not only worked for myself but also the rest of the household. Now I had already started my professional organizing business J. Flowers Organizing a couple years ago which had given me the knowledge to take on this next part of my life.

If you ever feel like you need a change in life but not quite sure what that is, declutter your space. This will give you a whole new outlook on an organized way of living and the endless possibilities out there for you. By relieving the stress and clutter in your home or work space can lead to new opportunities you may have never thought before.

Have a wonderful week! :)

Jocelynn

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Organizing with Anxiety

Hello!

Today I would like to share with you a little more about how I overcome my anxiety and stay organized in my day to day lifestyle. My lifestyle is very hectic and I am always on the go whether its running to a meeting with a client, teaching swim lessons, coaching a swim team, or making time to spend with friends or family. Struggling with anxiety can make this kind of lifestyle extremely challenging if you don’t know how to manage the triggers of your anxiety.

Struggling from anxiety is a life long battle, one way I have learned to cope and manage my anxiety is by learning what my triggers are. Through time I have found that my biggest trigger is stress from having clutter, whether the clutter is in my personal space or the communal space in my home. I live with two other roommates, a dog and a cat. Having this number of occupants with different lifestyles and ways of viewing clutter can be challenging to keep a space clutter free. When my space is disorganized it can turn me into an erratic mess of emotions. By learning how to identify my triggers and set a system in place of how to manage them I can reduce the amount of clutter, there for reducing the occurrence of anxiety attacks.

Here are a few tricks I use to stay organized with my anxiety.

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“Just because you have anxiety doesn’t mean you can’t be organized, it just means you have to prepare for it and learn how to manage it.”
— The Sanctuarian
 
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