Simple is Beautiful

Spring, with its crisp mornings and sunny afternoons really awakens me from the winter blues. And this
spring, more than any I can remember, I have felt like cleaning and organizing my home. I have switched over all of my cleaners to eco-friendly ones. I feel good knowing that my children can help me without the guilt of exposing them to harsh chemicals. And, they do a fantastic job. It's a small step, I know, but it is one I feel good about. Once my house is cleaned, I have made a short list of projects to complete. I'm starting with closets. Fashion is seasonal. As the days grow warmer and longer, I begin to long for my summer wardrobe. As I
pack away the winter sweaters, I am prudent. I ask myself about each item. Is it worthy of storage until
next fall or is it ready for donation? By the simple act of purging a closet, I feel such a sense of accomplishment. My closets really aren't that small after all! Clutter diminishes our clarity and occupies space- physically and mentally. Clear those distractions out and start fresh. Start by keeping the things that are important to you and get rid of the items that you don't use or can live without. If you are considering putting your house on the market for sale this spring, start preparing now. Here are a few things that you can do to get started:

Closets- start going through them. Big closets are a sought after feature in homes. A closet organizer is
a sound investment.

Kids- if yours are anything like mine, they have too much stuff! Start by taking stock of their clothingswitch
out seasonal items, assess whether they fit or not, sort and put away. Toss any toys that are
missing pieces, donate ones that are being neglected, etc.

Pantry- Go through it and purge! Donate unwanted items to the food bank and throw out the outdated
items. Wipe out your shelves and put things back in an organized fashion. Buyers do look in cupboards
to see how much storage is available to them.

Home Office- Go through all of the papers and file as needed. Keep the items from the current year and
previous year in your file cabinet. Archive anything older to a different location.

Laundry and Storage- the TV shows are always featuring the most lovely laundry rooms. Install some
shelving and organize the space. Wipe off your appliances to give them a fresh new look. You too can
have one of those dream laundry spaces!

Think strategically. Buyers need to imagine themselves living in the space and if it looks too small for
you, then it will be too small for them as well. For more information on how staging prepares your house for sale, call an Gary Chambers or Kim Suntjens at Century 21 Power Realty.

Kim Suntjens is a Staging Professional working the Chambers Real Estate Team, Century 21 Power Realty

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