The change of seasons, getting ready for holiday guests, family dinners, and get-togethers with friends! Tis the season for decluttering! What? Who has time for that? You do! Really! It's not that bad if you do a little at a time, as you go. Here are some tips to get you on your way to a clutter-free home:
• The Coat Closet: The cold weather has come and the coats, scarves, gloves, and hats are at the front of the closet! But what is lurking in the back? What has fallen on the floor? Get those coats that don't fit, those hats that itch, those unwanted scarves outta here! Take a good look at shoes and boots-do they still fit? Are they still in good shape? If not, place them all in a big plastic bag and take them out to your car to donate. That's right-take them right out to the car. When you need to hang up your guests' coats, you'll be glad you did!
• Kitchen Cupboards: As you entertain, pay attention to what you are NOT using! Serving dishes and trays, glassware, the odd utensil you're not really sure what to do with-if they haven't been used this past year, out the door they go! When the entertaining is done and it's time to put everything away, you'll have a much easier time of it!
• The Linen Closet: If you have houseguests, they will probably see your linen closet! Are you ready? Gather the worn towels and blankets and donate them to a local animal shelter. Often animals are brought into the shelters cold and wet and most just want something to lie on. Your donation would bring some comfort.
A little bit at a time, baby steps, will get you on your way! You can do it! I know you can!
Michele Rose is a Realtor and Professional Home Stager in Burlington County, NJ. She has been assisting both buyers and sellers with their real estate needs since 2004. In 2007, she founded Rose-Colored Staging, a professional home staging and redesign business, to help sellers successfully market their homes with professional home staging.