May is National Moving Month!

Houses are selling like crazy! If you have been thinking about moving, now is a great time! However, getting ready to move can be overwhelming. Here are some tips to get you headed in the right direction. Set up a special filing system to handle all paperwork related to the move. An accordion file works perfectly for this and is portable. Set up files for the house you are selling,…

Freshen Up Your Home for Spring

When the fresh light of spring starts shining in your windows, you can realize the house is looking a little drab. Time to freshen it up and enjoy the warmer temperatures. Air things out. If the weather allows, open up the windows and let some fresh air in. Declutter. Grab a donation bag or box and a trash bag. Go room to room removing items that you no longer need.…

Living Large in a Small Space

There are many reasons for downsizing. Maybe you have reached the age where you wish to have less to take care of and someone to take care of you. Limited finances can also cause one to look for a smaller space. Some also choose to downsize because they realize they don’t’ need all of the space they have and want to free up more time and for making memories and…

Create a Hub for Paperwork

Not everyone has the luxury of having a home office to deal with paperwork, but that is not entirely necessary. I find that those who have home offices do not always use them for sorting paperwork but tend to gravitate to a move convenient location like the kitchen counter top. You can create a paper management station in the kitchen, on a small desk or a small table. Here are…

Reclaim Your Space

Now that the holidays are done, you begin to realize that your house has taken a beating. With all of the busyness of the season, it is hard to keep up with maintaining organization in the home. Break it down. Don’t be overwhelmed by the entire project but break it down into smaller tasks. Carve out time. Plan uninterrupted time and protect that time. Things will come up to take you away…

Simplify Holiday Shopping

Think back to past years and the presents you received. Did you love them? Do you still have them stashed in a closed unable to part with them because they were a gift from someone you care about? It is the thought that counts, right? This holiday season, keep that in mind while shopping for your loved ones. Instead of creating clutter, let them know you are thinking about them.…

Decluttering the Catch-All Room

You know that room that used to be a child’s bedroom but now you barely recognize it? They left and it became a little of everything – guest bedroom, office, exercise room, craft area. With too many purposes, the room becomes a space that is not functional – a dumping ground where you stash things you don’t know what to do with. Follow these three steps to begin to enjoy…

Creating a Home Inventory

September is National Preparedness Month.  After seeing the recent damage done by Hurricane Harvey and with fires blazing in other parts of the country, it is the perfect time to consider what you would do if you were to face the loss of your home. Insurance experts recommend that you have a home inventory, which is a detailed documentation of your home and its contents.  Here are some simple guidelines…

Clearing Sentimental Clutter

So often we find ourselves storing their children heirlooms and other possessions. Many times no one wants these but there is still a sense that you are responsible for holding on to them.  When is it ok to let them go and what else can these mementos be used for? Make a digital memory book. Simply having a visualization of an item may invoke a particular memory. Without having to…