Fall Is Coming And It's Great Chance To Clean Out Your Closets

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker

Overstuffed ClosetOver the last few years I have become acutely aware of the clean up and throw out process. It started when I began downsizing myself. Along the way I became friends with the folks at the Fairfax County Dump, Salvation Army, 1-800-Junk, PODS and more My new routine is if I haven't used it in a year then I can live without it forever.

Need some help getting started on the de-cluttering? It is over-whelming I can admit it! So here are a few ideas that helped get me started on the stuff purging:

Pick a room-doesn't matter where you start
Set a timeframe-only work on the room a couple of hours at a time
Sort throughit-look at it once and decide if it is a keep, toss or donate
Don't reminisce-high school is long over, the faded corsages have got to go
Keep the space organized-have trash bags and plastic bins handy so that you aren't surrounded by piles
Repeat the process-
on the next room-move on the next day or next weekend to another space.
Reward yourself-
trust me after you have made a run to the dump you want a reward

So take a look around and decide what you really need and what is ready to go. You might be surprised how good it feels to not have all of the stuff cluttering up your life. And don't try to pass it off on your kids. It will only come back to you when they decide to move!

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Rainmaker
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Yvette Chisholm
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Rockville, MD
Associate Broker - Rockville, MD 301-758-9500

We recommend 1-800-JUNK-REFUND - they will try to sell your "trash" and refund you a percentage of the money they make = win-win.

Sep 10, 2011 01:37 PM #1
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Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 AdrianWillanger-broker.com - Seattle, WA
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Pat-what a liberating feeling cleaning a space and purging unused and unwanted items. Excellent idea!

 

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Sep 10, 2011 01:39 PM #2
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Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Pat, great tips, especially at this time of year when we are looking at the excesses in our homes

Sep 10, 2011 01:57 PM #3
Rainmaker
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Toronto, ON

Hi Pat - Fall is a great time to clean up before the winter sets in.

Sep 10, 2011 05:54 PM #4
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Pat Fenn
Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker - Springfield, VA

Yvette-interesting idea. 

Sep 11, 2011 07:40 AM #5
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Pat Fenn
Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker - Springfield, VA

Adrian-of course the trick is also not to refill the space with more stuff.

Sep 11, 2011 07:41 AM #6
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Pat Fenn
Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker - Springfield, VA

Chris-I'm always amazed at what seems to pile up.  I swear I don't bring it home it just multiplies on it's own.

Sep 11, 2011 07:42 AM #7
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Pat Fenn
Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker - Springfield, VA

Marc-get it done while the weather is still decent.

Sep 11, 2011 07:42 AM #8
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Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

I pay my kids .50 to a 1.00 for every item they donate to Goodwill, this cleans it out pretty fast.

Nov 14, 2011 12:40 PM #9
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Mary Macy
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It is that time again to be inside, cleaning out a space takes time, but it is so rewarding.

Nov 14, 2011 03:26 PM #10
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