If you've lived in your house for any length of time, chances are good that it could stand an overhaul. And, if you are contemplating the sale of your Decatur home in the near future, a few tips might be useful.
Many young families have rooms in their home that serve multiple purposes - dining rooms turned into toy rooms, closets that are overflowing, and hallways jammed with strollers, shoes, and play equipment. Older homeowners often have homes that are are filled with years of accumulation - their collections and those of their adult children. Most of us could use some de-cluttering advice:
Whatever your circumstances, here are some handy tips compiled by the National Association of Professional Organizers for beginning the job:
- Thomas Jefferson said "I find the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have". This seems especially true when faced with a major project like decluttering.
- Kitchen - Consolidate things that work together, such as baking pans, electrical appliances, and pots and pans. Get rid of all mis-matched plastic containers or duplicate items you never use. Remove outdated food staples and spices.
- Kid's Room - place bins and boxes on lower shelves so a child can put away toys, provide low hooks to hang up sweaters, jackets, book bags, etc., donate old or unused toys on a regular basis, make or buy a hall storage unit to store outdoor equipment, coats and shoes
- Closets - Pull out everything you haven't worn in the past year, hang like items together - shirts, pants, dresses, etc., display items you want at your fingertips and store the rest in bins or drawers. Make sure your closets are well-lighted.
- Garage/Basements - Toss things that don't work!, Sort, purge and properly store items you want to keep, decide how to use the space - workshop or storage center?
And, if you are thinking of selling your home, clean closets, a streamlined kitchen, and a well-organized garage/basement will help a buyer visualize how they can use the space. You may also want to consider renting a storage space to contain your overflow.
Good luck in accomplishing this difficult job - remember, the harder you work, the luckier you get.