How to Organize Your Home – Different Strategies for Success Copy

Excessive messiness can lead to stress and anxiety – yet many of us don’t know how to rid our homes of the clutter that causes such worry. Often, it’s not as easy as just picking up trash or unwanted items and throwing them away – much of what we accumulate over the years holds sentimental value and fond memories and can be difficult to part with.

So how do you decide what stays and what goes? How do you determine which items hold real value, and which are just taking up space?

There are several theories on the matter, but we’ve researched three of the most popular. Below is a brief synopsis of each, so you can decide whether or not they’ll work for you.

KonMari Method

Created by organizing consultant Marie Kondo, the KonMarie method promises to greatly simplify your life. How? Clean your house once and never do it again. Really!

Marie says that traditional ideas on tidying up – such as throwing out one old item for every new piece you bring into the house or storing out-of-season clothing in bins – are more problematic than they are helpful. In the end, they all just lead to more… stuff. You never actually get rid of anything!

Her solution? One massive, no-holds-barred cleaning sweep. Lose anything that doesn’t bring you joy, anything that doesn’t contribute to your overall purpose in life. Though it sounds complicated, it’s really a simple process – you can read more about it in her book.

NumNee Method

Created by the minds behind BNeato Bar, the Numbers and Need method is…well, exactly what it sounds like! Simply go through your house and, room by room, determine how many of each specific type of item you have. For instance, do you have 18 coffee mugs? Do you really need them? Unless you have 16 children or you’re running a B&B, chances are you’re never going to need more than, say 4.

Once you start, you’ll be surprised at how many of each item you actually have. When you pull out all your DVDs, or all your pens and pencils, or all your summer shoes and pile them up together – it can be astounding. People often accumulate things without realizing how much they have.

New Order

Organizer Fay Wolfe believes that de-cluttering isn’t just about the actual stuff you have laying around the house – it’s also about what’s in your mind. Of course, we all want a neater home – and that’s what we’re here to talk about – but organization doesn’t start by sorting things out. It begins by sorting YOU out.

Fay believes that disorganization is the product of a cluttered mind – fear, excuses, reasons for not beginning the process – and you can’t sort out your stuff until you sort out your thoughts. Her book is all about developing the basic skills to help get you started.

What are your thoughts on decluttering? Have any of these methods worked for you? Let us know in the comments!

Posted on November 19, 2018 at 5:38 pm
Metro Denver Office | Category: Enjoy Your Home

How to Organize Your Home – Different Strategies for Success

Excessive messiness can lead to stress and anxiety – yet many of us don’t know how to rid our homes of the clutter that causes such worry. Often, it’s not as easy as just picking up trash or unwanted items and throwing them away – much of what we accumulate over the years holds sentimental value and fond memories and can be difficult to part with.

So how do you decide what stays and what goes? How do you determine which items hold real value, and which are just taking up space?

There are several theories on the matter, but we’ve researched three of the most popular. Below is a brief synopsis of each, so you can decide whether or not they’ll work for you.

KonMari Method

Created by organizing consultant Marie Kondo, the KonMarie method promises to greatly simplify your life. How? Clean your house once and never do it again. Really!

Marie says that traditional ideas on tidying up – such as throwing out one old item for every new piece you bring into the house or storing out-of-season clothing in bins – are more problematic than they are helpful. In the end, they all just lead to more… stuff. You never actually get rid of anything!

Her solution? One massive, no-holds-barred cleaning sweep. Lose anything that doesn’t bring you joy, anything that doesn’t contribute to your overall purpose in life. Though it sounds complicated, it’s really a simple process – you can read more about it in her book.

NumNee Method

Created by the minds behind BNeato Bar, the Numbers and Need method is…well, exactly what it sounds like! Simply go through your house and, room by room, determine how many of each specific type of item you have. For instance, do you have 18 coffee mugs? Do you really need them? Unless you have 16 children or you’re running a B&B, chances are you’re never going to need more than, say 4.

Once you start, you’ll be surprised at how many of each item you actually have. When you pull out all your DVDs, or all your pens and pencils, or all your summer shoes and pile them up together – it can be astounding. People often accumulate things without realizing how much they have.

New Order

Organizer Fay Wolfe believes that de-cluttering isn’t just about the actual stuff you have laying around the house – it’s also about what’s in your mind. Of course, we all want a neater home – and that’s what we’re here to talk about – but organization doesn’t start by sorting things out. It begins by sorting YOU out.

Fay believes that disorganization is the product of a cluttered mind – fear, excuses, reasons for not beginning the process – and you can’t sort out your stuff until you sort out your thoughts. Her book is all about developing the basic skills to help get you started.

What are your thoughts on decluttering? Have any of these methods worked for you? Let us know in the comments!

Posted on June 27, 2018 at 6:11 pm
Metro Denver Office | Category: Enjoy Your Home

10 Ways To Avoid Holiday Fire Hazards ~ Windermere Metro Denver Real Estate

 

The holidays can be a fun break from the daily grind as we get busy decorating, cooking, shopping and festivities. But with the change of routine, there’s actually a spike in hazardous accidents. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports from late November through January, there is a spike in house fires caused by Christmas trees, candles, lights and holiday cooking.

There are some simple steps to assure your household’s safety during this special time of the year.

1) Keep your tree watered

Live Christmas trees can dry out pretty fast in the Colorado winter. So to keep it fresh, cut the tree’s base before putting it into a sturdy stand.  Then water it daily so the needles remain moist.

2) Double-check your lights

It’s really important to only use outdoor lights when you decorate outside! Inspect them for fraying, damage and wear.  If wires are showing through the insulation or sockets/connections are cracked or loose, do not use the lights. Also strands can overheat and fail if you plug more than three strands together.

3) Plan the home fire escapes

Every room should have two exits in case of a fire.  Be sure your smoke detectors are all working too.

4) Have a carbon monoxide detector

In Colorado a CO detector is required in every home with a fuel burning heater or appliance, a fireplace, or an attached garage. The detector must be installed less than 15 feet from every bedroom/sleeping area entrance.

5) Clear 3 Feet around Flames

Be sure all materials are at least 3 feet away from your fire place (even Christmas stockings).  And don’t leave candles unattended.

6) Toss, don’t burn wrapping paper

After gifts are unwrapped, be sure to recycle it. Burning it can clog the chimney or become a fire hazard.

7) Check extension cords

Use laboratory-approved extension cords, just like your lights.  You actually shouldn’t staple, tape or run them under rugs.  Don’t overload your electrical outlets.

8) Safely place the Christmas tree

Be sure your tree is away from fireplaces, vents and other heat sources and does not block pathways or room exits.

9) Decorate your tree safely

Tree ornaments can actually be a choking hazard, so watch using small ones. Be sure they don’t puncture the wiring of the tree lights.

10) Cook with caution

When you have multiple burners and the stove cooking at once, watch out for the hot surfaces and overflowing pots/pans. Of course never use a turkey deep fryer indoors.

 

For more online resources about holiday fire safety, check out the U.S. Fire Administration and the National Fire Protection Administration.

 

Check out our blog for more tips or contact us for advice:

Windermere Metro Denver Real Estate

(720) 643-4411

metrodenver@windermere.com

 

Source: http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/news/baltimorecountynow/Ten_Tips_for_Avoiding_Holiday_Fire_Hazards

Posted on November 20, 2016 at 5:11 am
Metro Denver Office | Category: Enjoy Your Home, WMDRE Blog

Smart Decorating: Let your style shine without hurting your future home sale.

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To make a property your real home, of course you want to decorate with your personality and style! But investing in certain design choices can backfire when it’s time to sell. Because here’s the thing: buyers need to picture themselves in your home. Any of our MDREG real estate professionals will tell you, a property does much better on the market when its décor is more:

  • – Neutral
  • – Low maintenance
  • – Easy to clean
  • – Fixtures are not too modern, ornate or vintage

“Ugh! Boring….” You may be thinking. But don’t worry! Here are some great ways to use your ideas from Houzz and Pinterest (without losing thousands of dollars on your home):

Walls & Wallpaper

Go bold or graphic with your walls, but just do one or two feature walls and leave the rest of the room neutral. This way it’ll be easier for you to repaint before listing your home. Or use removable wallpaper or hang panels instead.

Light & Metallic Fixtures

If you want your fixtures to have a “wow” factor, choose pieces which are easy to replace. After all you may be advised to replace that modern chandelier or silver kitchen faucet with simpler lighting and brushed nickel. When it’s time to show your home, buyers are more interested in how they’ll add their own “wow” to the home.

Flooring

Investing a lot of money into fancy carpeting or unique flooring can definitely be a mistake. Buyers find hardwood and neutral tiling more appealing (as they assume carpet needs to be cleaned or replaced). So why not purchasing large rugs or temporary tiles instead.

Landscaping

In Colorado of course you should create a luscious outdoor living space! There are great ways to make it beautiful without making the next homeowners responsible for a lot of upkeep (they’ll prefer the yard to be basic and neat). Put your lavish flowers in huge pots. Invest in a self-containing water feature instead of building a waterfall pond in the backyard.

Still unsure about your decorating or remodeling plans?

Check out our blog for more tips or contact us for advice:

Windermere Metro Denver Real Estate

(720) 643-4411

metrodenver@windermere.com

Source: http://www.realtor.com/advice/10-interior-design-trends-turn-off-home-buyers/?cid=soc_20150902_51814986&adbid=10153642234692871&adbpl=fb&adbpr=35368227870

Posted on October 11, 2015 at 7:33 pm
Metro Denver Office | Category: Enjoy Your Home, WMDRE Blog

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