Clutter often takes many years to accumulate and will take some time to eliminate. Just remember that de-cluttering is an ongoing lifestyle not a finite project. Many people feel overwhelmed and fear just the thought of de-cluttering the home. It doesn’t have to be that excruciating, there are actually some creative ways to get started.
Getting started can be the hardest part. You have to begin your war against clutter one draw or cabinet at a time. Just pick one area of the house and focus on that. It is best to start a de-cluttering session by designating one hour a day to it. If that still seems over whelming for you, start with five minutes a day. You will be surprised what you can accomplish in the clutter war in just five minutes. Remember that any type of progress is better than none. The important thing is to make sure to stick with it each day, or even every other day. Avoid planning an all day de-cluttering session that involves your whole house, as you will never get around to it.
Donate or dispose of items you no longer have any use for. Look at items that you feel an attachment to and ask yourself the following three questions: Do I love it? Will I have a need for it again within 3 months? Will I miss it if I throw it away? If you answered no to the questions then you can safely dispose of the item. If you answered a definite yes to these questions, take those items and put them into an organizational bin. Once the bin is full place it in an out of way place in your home and revisit it in about 6 months. If you were able to go that long without needing anything from the bin, chances are it is time to donate or dispose of the items. Don’t forget charitable donations to the Salvation Army and Goodwill, etc. are tax deductible.
Probably one of the best ways to let your junk go is to watch an episode of Hoarders on television.
If you are moving soon you have probably thought about packing, hiring a mover and moving day but, have you considered what to do after the move? After the money has changed hands and the boxes are piled up in your new home, the question is… now what?
1. Create a game plan for unpacking
First determine which rooms you will unpack first. You may want to choose one room to unpack and make feel “homey” before moving on to other areas of the house. This way you will have one room in your new home that feels settled.
2. Make the kids feel at home
If you have kids you might want to put unpacking a “kid zone” at the top of your priority list. Moving can be stressful on children. Set up space with their familiar items to help make them feel at home in the new house.
3. Meet the neighbors
Take time to introduce yourself to the neighbors. Become involved in area events and activities as soon as you can. Sign the kids up for sports, after-school activities or other community events.
Buying a new home and making the move can be stressful, but it is what comes after the move that matters most.
Are you looking for more space, ventilation or light in your home? One way to add more space or light to an existing home without a huge addition is to add dormers. If you’re thinking about adding dormers to your house you will want to make sure they complement your home style.
Dormers can take on many shapes and sizes here is a guide to the most popular:
Gable- This is probably the most popular type of dormer. A gable dormer is typical in the English Tudor style home. Gabled dormers have gabled roofs, with two sloping planes that meet in the center.
Hipped- These are similar to gabled dormers but hipped dormers are sheltered by side roofs and sloping fronts. They form a pointed cap meeting at a common ridge line.
You can mostly find them on a Shingle, Prairie, and French Eclectic style home.
Eyebrow dormers- These dramatic dormers look like their name, they have a low upward curve and a lack of vertical sides. The eyebrow dormer is often a feature of Shingle style architecture.
Shed- The shed dormer is the most simple, they feature single-planed, pitched roof. Shed dormers provide the greatest headroom and window space.
The costs of adding dormers can vary; plan on an average cost of cost between $80 and $140 per square foot. This price reflects only the exterior work, when adding dormers there will be interior work, such as dry walling, painting, and more.
Have you ever thought of selling your home on your own? If so, you may want to think again. It is not just the expense, time and legal issues you will have to worry about you also need to worry about getting a buyer.
According to the National Association of Realtors, ninety percent of all real estate transactions happen with the help of a real estate professional. Why? Besides the legal challenges of representing yourself in a sale, buyers just don’t trust the homeowner when it comes to selling a home. Real estate professionals have a legal and ethical obligation to disclose defects in the home. Buyers know that it is impossible to remain unbiased when selling your own home.
Often times buyers who attempt to buy from an unrepresented seller will only try to deduct the commission from the home price in the negotiation process. According to the National Association of Realtors, sellers who use a real estate professional actually net 16% more in the sale of their home.
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