If you’ve been putting off organizing your closets for months — if not years — you’re not alone! Since closets are not usually a “high visibility” area of the house, cleaning them often ends up being relegated to the bottom of people’s priority lists.

It’s easy to postpone tackling the project because you can simply close the door and forget about what a disaster area it’s become!

There are, however, several sound reasons for bumping it up on your “to do” list.

  • First of all, you’ll probably find valuable things you thought were lost forever. Depending on how long it’s been since you last cleaned out your closets, there’s a good chance you’ll find miscellaneous valuable items ranging from missing gloves and address books to lost photo albums and unopened gifts. There’s no end to the possible treasures you could stumble upon in a closet that you haven’t organized for a while. You may even find lost items you were considering replacing. In that case, you can save your money or spend it on something else!
  • It’s an opportunity to help others. All communities have charitable organizations that distribute warm clothing, shoes, essential kitchen supplies, school backpacks, and other useful items to underprivileged families in your area. By giving away things you no longer need and use, you can accomplish two objectives: clearing out the clutter in your home and helping needy families or organizations in the community.
  • You’ll enjoy a sense of accomplishment. On one hand, when you keep putting off a project that you know needs to get done, it creates an underlying feeling of frustration. However, once you get the task underway and completed, you’ll feel like you’re making progress with your goals and moving forward. (Not only that, but your closets will no longer be an eyesore that cause you to cringe every time you go to grab a jacket or hang up your clothes!)
  • Completing one project helps create momentum for getting started on something else. As Sir Isaac Newton, the famous physicist, stated more than 300 years ago, “A body at rest will remain at rest, and a body in motion will remain in motion unless it is acted upon by an external force.” (Source: Live Science) That principle applies as much to human behavior as it does to inanimate objects. Once you force yourself to get started on a project — whether it involves organization, cleaning, repair, or home improvement — you’ll discover new-found energy and motivation for other tasks.

While it may seem as if cleaning your closets is a monumental task that makes you feel physically and mentally drained just thinking about it, the hardest part is getting started — taking those first few steps. By picking one closet to organize and setting aside just an hour or two to do it (and creating a semblance of order), you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish in just one session!

You can’t help but admire people who have an independent spirit and are determined to do things on their own. It’s reminiscent of early pioneers who lived by the belief that “God helps those who help themselves.” While it may be true that qualities like self sufficiency and initiative can help you get ahead in life, there are instances in which it makes sense to team up with an expert. You can’t always go it alone, and when the stakes are high — like in real estate sales — the last thing you want to do is try to reinvent the wheel!

Advantages of Working With a Professional

Realtors and real estate agents know the ropes, when it comes to the intricacies of marketing a home, finding qualified buyers, and negotiating the best possible deal. If you attempt to sell your own house without the benefit of an agent, you’ll be facing a steep learning curve and a lot of potential pitfalls.

Perhaps one of the most compelling reasons for hiring a real estate agent is that time is of the essence. From the minute you put your house on the market, the clock is ticking. If your property is still on the market after a few months, then its perceived value will start to drop. Many people will assume there’s something wrong with it — whether it’s a diamond in the rough or a polished gem!

Real estate professionals are not only attuned to the pulse of the local marketplace, but they can guide you through the often complicated process of selling a home. Here are a few of the many ways that agents can simplify your life, help you avoid costly mistakes, and increase the probability that you’ll receive top value for your home and sell it in the shortest possible time.

  • Home staging: By taking advantage of their knowledge and expertise, you can make sure your home is presented in its best light. Your agent should advise you of cost-effective ways to improve your home’s curb appeal and correct any potential issues on the inside that may detract from its marketability.
  • Salesmanship: A good real estate agent is skilled in the art of persuasion, establishing rapport with people, and helping them focus on both the positive aspects of your home and its future potential. Many homeowners, on the other hand, tend to either undersell or oversell the desirability of their property. Their lack of objectivity can also cause them to overprice their house, resulting in lost opportunities.
  • Negotiating skills: One of the skill sets that real estate agents have is negotiating the terms and final price of a home. Since they do this for a living, a seasoned real estate agent has the practical experience, knowledge, and insights to help you get the most value for your home. They generally know how to push the envelope, without pushing too hard. Homeowners who attempt to negotiate a real estate sale on their own may make one or more “fatal errors,” which can derail a potential sale.

If you’re unsure whether you want the help of a real estate agent or Realtor in finding a buyer, handling the paperwork, and jumping through all the legal and regulatory hoops that real estate transactions involve, then test the waters, first. Set up a meeting with a couple different real estate agents and pick their brains. That way, you’ll be sure to make an informed decision when you decide which path to take in selling your home.

As a home seller, you recognize that your house is one of many that is available to prospective homebuyers. However, unlike most home sellers, you’re willing to go the extra mile to ensure that your residence represents an attractive choice to homebuyers.

Although you may commit significant time and resources to get your house ready for a home showing, there are several factors to consider as you prep your residence.

Some of the most common factors to consider include:

1. Appearance

Of course, your home’s interior and exterior should look pristine so they can help your home make a great first impression on homebuyers.

Furthermore, you should clean and declutter your house as much as possible before a home showing. This will allow you to highlight how your house represents a spacious, immaculate oasis that a homeowner can enjoy for years to come.

Don’t forget to hide personal items like photographs before you show your home, too.

Ideally, you’ll want homebuyers to envision what it’s like to live in your house as they walk through it. And by removing personal items, you’ll make it easier for homebuyers to imagine a wonderful future in which they buy your home.

2. Smells

Strong smells may linger, and ultimately, impact a homebuyer’s impression of your residence. Thus, you’ll want to pay close attention to any smells that may turn homebuyers off.

Focus on using air fresheners and candles that deliver warm, inviting aromas throughout your house. Whether it’s lighting a candle that fills your home with a rich natural scent or spraying an air freshener that brings an unparalleled citrus aroma to your residence, you can use odor eliminators to disguise unpleasant smells quickly and effortlessly.

You also should consider smells that may develop on the day of a home showing.

For instance, cooking bacon on your kitchen stove may be part of your morning routine but can leave a lingering smell. Conversely, home sellers who try to maintain pleasant aromas throughout their houses day after day should be able to minimize repugnant smells immediately.

3. Lighting

Illuminate your residence’s interior and exterior as best you can, and you’ll likely find that homebuyers may be more attracted to your house over others that are available.

From dazzling pendant lights in the kitchen to recessed lighting in the hallways, you can make a bold statement with the right types of lighting throughout your home.

Also, you should open the windows prior to a home showing to let sunlight fill your residence. By doing so, you can use natural light to illuminate your house and allow fresh air to filter through your home simultaneously.

For home sellers, it is essential to devote time and resources to prep your house for an upcoming showing. And if you need extra support along the way, working with an experienced real estate agent ensures that you can receive expert assistance as you add your home to the real estate market.

Consider the aforementioned factors as you get your house ready for a home showing, and you should have no trouble generating interest in your house.

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Depending upon where your laundry room is in your home, it may be a breeding ground for plenty of stuff. People leave their shoes in there along with coats, an array of cleaning supplies and other “junk” piled up in one spot. However and wherever your laundry room is, you can organize it in a few easy steps.

Gather Off Season Items

If you place coats, boots, sandals, hats and gloves in the laundry room, you need bins to keep them organized. Either label bins and put items where they need to be, or get some baskets to sort everything out. Every member of your family can have their own bin for their off-season belongings.

Keep Hampers In The Laundry Room

For easy sorting, label hampers so that clothes are already sorted when you head to do laundry. This will cut down on your laundry time significantly. Each family member will have their own responsibility to bring his or her own clothes to the laundry room and sort them out.

Get A Retractable Clothesline

Since space can be limited in the laundry room, it’s hard to find places to hang clothes to dry that aren’t able to go in the dryer. If you get a clothesline that will enable you to hang your clothes vertically, you’ll save space. 

Clear Counter Space To Fold Clothes

If you have some counter space in the laundry room cleared way and reserved, you’ll have more space to be able to fold your clothes. Getting the folding done on the spot is a great idea because then, you’ll have less to do when you come out of the laundry room! 

Keep A Wastebasket Near The Washer

It’s inevitable that people will always leave something in their pockets. You don’t want tissues and receipts to end up in the wash. As you’re doing laundry, you’ll need a place to dispose of these items and a place to get rid of dryer lint and dryer sheets as well. Other items that are found in the laundry that don’t belong there should be kept in a separate basket for people to pick up at a later time. 

Install A Shoe Rack

If the laundry room is near an entryway to the home, you need a shoe rack there. People will be taking their shoes off and on, and you don’t want shoes strewn throughout the room. You may also want to get a good doormat, one that will pick up mud and dirt, to keep it from spreading throughout the room and the house.

With a few changes, your laundry room can be easily organized. You’ll just need to train your family on how to use the new systems in order to make life a bit easier for you!

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