As we enter into 2011, it's important to start the year fresh and energized. Even if you are not in the market to sell your home this year, it's still a great time to reorganize and declutter your home.
Selling your home can be very stressful, but if you start now by organizing and cleaning out things it can become a painless act in the long run. 1. Start with one room and finish it until the end.
Easier said than done! Many of us tend to start in one room and by the end of the day, we have moved things around and accomplished nothing. If you start in a bedroom, go right for the closets. Take everything out and put in piles. Anything that hasn't been worn in the past year, it's a safe bet you can donate it. Then, start by organizing the clothes by season. Anything not in the current season can be put in the back of the closet, or in plastic tubs. If you want to get super organized, you can then arrange them by color. Invest in removable hooks, these provide a great way to save space. 2. Re-arrange furniture.
This will give you a fresh start and a change of scenery. In doing so, you can then go through the room and vacuum. It's also a good time so go through your collections and group them together. If you want to have them out, try grouping them so that you can rotate and put some away. It can be very overwhelming to walk into a room with a ton of things scattered around. You will be surprised at what a great feeling this can give you!3. Get rid of old books and/or magazines.
You may have had good intentions to read those magazines, or save articles from them, but be realistic about what you will actually do with them. It's safe to say that anything from the past month, you probably haven't had a change to even look at it. But anything older than that, recycle it. Getting rid of magazines can be the easiest and quickest way to declutter. As far as books, these can be tougher to get rid of. Be honest with yourself about which books you MAY read again. If you've read it and have no intention of reading it again, donate it. 4. Clean out and organize your pantry and refrigerator.
It isn't a bad idea to give your kitchen a total makeover for the new year. I don't mean remodel, but clean out cupboards and organize that dreaded "tuperware" drawer. First start with the refrigerator. Check expiration dates and clean out everything from your Christmas and New Years celebrations. Give your refrigerator a nice cleaning and voila, it will look completely new. If you are selling your home, having a clean refrigerator will not only be attractive to potential buyers but can also be a useful negotiating tool. Do the same with your oven and microwave. In your pantry, toss out old spices and give the shelves a good cleaning. This is a great time to take inventory, so make a list of things you will need. Also, move the items that are still good to the front, so you can use those up first. This will save you money at the grocery store! 5. Declutter your storage areas.
If your basement or garage is where you store things, now is the time to declutter those areas too. As you are organizing the inside of your home, you may tend to put things in "storage." But keep in mind that even your storage areas will need a major rehaul. Why not keep that just as organized and decluttered as the rest of your home? Try to condense and regroup things as best as possible. Keep Christmas items all together and it's okay if they are not completely at arms reach. You only need these items once a year. Also, keep kitchen items or appliances you don't use in an accessible area.
Just a few reminders, ideas and tips for the new year! If you decide to sell your home this year, these can save you lots of time and agony. www.FindRochester.com