Posted by Competitive Edge Real Estate Services on 3/12/2019

So, the home is gorgeous, the yard is perfect but inside, your things cover every surface. Whether you’re setting up for an open house, or trying to get the packing done, the last thing you want is clutter complicating the process. Seems easy, right? But getting control of the mess can be harder than it sounds. 

You have plenty of choices: boxes, shelves, under-bench and table storage; so many that it can just make your job harder by creating more clutter. There are lots of television shows, DVDs and self-help books that purport to show you the best ways to organize your life. You don't need to become the model of organization to get your home on the market, merely start with these few simple rules. 

The Rules

Getting control of your clutter can be overwhelming, but you can get through it. 

1. One Step at a Time: It looks like a huge job, but you’ll manage. Just do one part at a time. Start small, say, with the kids’ toys or a junk drawer and work your way through the room. Then move to the next room and repeat. Focus on just the part you’re working and don’t worry about the rest until you get there.

2. Keep Track of the Time: It's easy to get caught up thinking about why everything is important or getting just the right setup on that bookshelf, but it's important to keep yourself going. Limit yourself to short blocks of time, 1-2 hours, and complete a whole block before moving on. For example, start with your junk drawer (come on, everyone has one): get the entire thing sorted out, then move on. That could mean moving on to the next project, but you can also go back to your life. Unless you've left this to the very last minute, don't think you need to get it all done in one day. You can reduce the stress substantially by spreading it out.

3. Give Yourself Enough Time: However long you think this job will take, double it. The doubling rule is a good standard for planning for two reasons: First, you won't be disappointed if it takes longer than you initially thought and second, if you are lucky and get done early you’ll be extra excited!

4. Keep it Simple: Making your de-clutter plans too complicated only slows you down. Use the four box rule: Keep, Give, Discard, Save. The discard box is for anything too used, damaged or otherwise inappropriate for giving away or keeping. Anything from junk to trash goes here. The Keep box is just a temporary spot, use it for things that are staying in the same room, drawer, or shelf. This helps keep them out of the way while you finish sorting anything else. The Save box is similar to the keep box, except these things go in other rooms. Lastly, the give box: this can be things going to friends or family, and should also include anything you want to donate to charity. Charitable donations are a valuable tax break that can help offset some of your other expenses. 

Your clutter is your business, but it’s a good idea to ask your real estate professional about any specific staging needs to help show off your home to potential buyers so you can take care of those items first.




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Posted by Competitive Edge Real Estate Services on 2/26/2019

Most ladies have a lot of makeup, lotions, and other bathroom supplies for which they sometimes cannot find enough space. These collections sometimes lead to a cluttered bathroom with many things scattered all over and make it difficult to find items when needed. With some extra creativity, however, it is possible to get even more storage space in a bathroom and maintain a functional organization that will make it easier to complete that glam look every time.

Cabinet door pockets

If you find yourself dealing with a snug bathroom, you can install cabinet organizers behind the doors to create more space for your makeup brushes and other bathroom essentials. These help to remove a lot of materials from the countertop and prevent clutter. You can also put your small appliances like flat irons here away from water damage.

Wick baskets

Baskets can fit under the bathroom sink. You can stack towels into baskets, new ones in one, old ones another. Many stylish baskets in varied sizes will fit whatever style of bathroom you have, even small condos. You can also mix and match different basket styles to add color and style to your bathroom.

Hidden Shelves

Mirror cabinets combine a mirror and a full-length wall cabinet that you can use for your makeup storage. This design also helps to create more space without losing any functionality. If the location for the mirror is depressed into the wall, it can be thick enough even to hold towels and declutter your bathroom.

Double rods

There is a plethora of things that you can hang in the bathroom. By installing another rod by the wall, create space for supplies typically crammed into the cabinets. You can hang organizers that will hold all your shampoo and hair treatment bottles, loofahs and pumice stones for a quick foot scrub. Ensure that the rod is installed correctly so that it can withstand the weight of the items you want to hand on it. 

Shelving over the toilet

These beautiful, well-crafted pieces of furniture make use of the space above the toilet to make room for two to three drawers and extra shelves for storage. This new space can hold toilet rolls, bathroom supplies, and cleaning solutions. Depending on the amount of space above the toilet, this underrated space can convert to useful storage space with plenty style points as an added benefit.

Make more out of your bathroom space today. Ask at your local hardware store for organizers and other things to help you make more space at home.




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Posted by Competitive Edge Real Estate Services on 4/17/2018

The thought of trying to declutter your home could stress you out. If you put off the act of organizing, however, you could end up even more stressed out. Clutter in the home is proven to be a cause of stress. Not being able to find what you need can cause you to feel that you’re living in chaos. There’s a few tips that you can take into consideration to help you declutter, destress, and get organized for good! 


When Planning Storage Solutions, Measure First


If you shop for containers and other storage organization tools first, you’ll never know what will fit properly. Taking the time to measure things out and get the right size containers can help you to avoid creating more clutter for yourself. Measuring spaces helps you to come up with a plan for what your vision is for that space.


Declutter For Less


You don’t need to go into a huge debt to declutter your home. You can shop at the local dollar store to find containers, hooks, and bins to help you stay organized. Organization doesn’t need a lot of fancy tools. 


For Kids, More Is Better


When it comes to finding containers and bins for a child’s room, more is definitely better.  Having many separate compartments really helps the kids to stay organized and find what they’re looking for when they want it. 


A Junk Drawer Is Actually A Good Thing


You can actually keep that junk drawer or bin that you have in the house. A junk drawer is a great place for collecting items. Just learn to keep it organized. If you have a bin, make sure that you clean it out from time to time so that tons of things don’t end up building up there in a pile. If you have a junk drawer, try to compartmentalize it with categories and separators for a “lost and found” or “things that need to be put away.”


Every Door Is An Opportunity


In your home, think of each and every door, cabinet door, or closet door as an opportunity to create more storage. You can hang things on the backs of these doors including spice racks, shoe racks, hooks for coats, and so much more. Don’t miss out on a simple yet very effective space saver.


  

Create Zones


In each room, there’s places where the same activity is done over and over again. Creating zones helps to reduce clutter and increase organization. In the kitchen, for example, you probably have a dedicated prep space along with a clean up station. In bedrooms, there’s a place where you get dressed, throw your dirty clothes, and get ready for the day. Have everything that you’ll need in each “station” or “zone” so that you can stay on top of being tidy.




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Posted by Competitive Edge Real Estate Services on 12/5/2017

No matter how big your kitchen is, making the most use of your storage space can be tough. There’s many ways that you can expand the kitchen storage that you already have without starting a demolition project. Below, you’ll find some stellar ideas for storage that may have never crossed your mind. These tips can help you to maximize the use of your kitchen storage space. Use Cabinet Doors For Storage You can put cork boards inside of a cabinet for reminders and shopping lists instead of hanging it on a wall. You can also hang a small spice rack for spice storage. You can even think about placing hooks inside of the cabinet doors of the kitchen to enable you to hang measuring cups and spoons along with other small kitchen utensils. A metal towel bar also makes a great storage apparatus inside of a cabinet door. You could hang everything from kitchen towels to utensils to the lids of your pots and pans inside of these cabinet doors. Check Out Unused Space Over Doors and Windows You can make great use of unused space over a door or window by hanging simple shelves above the frames. These shelves can be used for storing things like off season dishes or rarely used serving dishes and cooking vessels. You could even consider displaying bottles of prized liquor or wine on these shelves. Keep Pots and Pans Under Control Pots and pans are one of the bulkiest items in your kitchen. You can save a lot of cabinet space by hanging your pots and pans from a ceiling mounting rack. This way, all of your pots and pans are easily accessible, and you’re saving precious storage space. If you can’t hang pots and pans from the ceiling of your kitchen, use hooks and mount your pots and pans to the wall for some practical decor. Storage Solutions Many over-the-door storage solutions exist to help maximize space that would be wasted under other conditions. Small racks made from metal or plastic can be handy for the storage of things like plastic containers. Baskets and bins are also great in places like inside of the pantry where foo items can often become disorganized. Behold Baskets Baskets are a stylish and a practical way to keep clutter out of the way. Baskets can be placed on shelving or inside of cabinets to be used for snacks, kitchen towels, napkins, utensils and anything else that you can think of that may need a place! As you can see, getting creative with your kitchen storage is the best way to maximize the potential of the space.







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