Here’s What the Color of Your Bedroom Reveals About Your Personality

Color

The bed.  And the room the bed is in.  Is there anything more important in any given person’s life than their bed?  The one thing we’re all pretty much guaranteed to use every 24 hours?  Sleep is essential, but it’s also desirable.  There’s nothing better than laying down in your bed after a productive, busy day.  Teeth are brushed, pajamas are on, it’s go time.

Your bed is a very personal thing.  99% of the people in your life probably have no idea what your bed or bedroom looks like, but that doesn’t make it any less important!  Let’s talk about the color of the paint in your bedroom.  What does it say about you?

This article from HouseBeautiful.com states a few, here a few of my favorites:

YELLOW

“Yellow is luminous and warm and so are the people who prefer it,” says Eiseman. “They love innovation and originality. ”

LILAC

“Shades of the purple family are usually preferred by those who have a highly creative streak, and Lilac lovers aspire for uniqueness but lean to the more sentimental, softer side of purple.”

RED

“Shades of the purple family are usually preferred by those who have a highly creative streak, and Lilac lovers aspire for uniqueness but lean to the more sentimental, softer side of purple.”

Of course the question now is: “do you pick the color or does the color pick you”?  I’d like to think you’d read this list and choose the color that you want to feel those effects.

Your bedroom shouldn’t be decorated to impress the Smiths from down the street, it’s yours.  It exists to make you content and comfortable.  Choose a color that’ll bring you there.

 

Read the full article here.

 

Article thanks to MIBOR.


Posted on March 28, 2020 at 2:11 pm
Lindsay Ohmer | Posted in Uncategorized |

How to buy and sell a home at the same time

Home in Hand

 

We all believe buying a home for the first time is the hardest thing until we have to buy and sell at the same time!

If you’re looking to graduate from first-timer to repeat buyer, you know things are about to get much trickier. Unless you’re a bona fide house collector, you’ll have to sell your home in order to buy anew—adding a whole separate layer of anxiety to what you already know is a stressful home-buying process.

Realtor.com gives us some great tips on how to manage buying and selling without losing your mind.

  1. Know the market

Before you start seriously searching for a new home—or put your current home on the market—make sure you have a solid understanding of the housing market in your area (and the area where you’re planning to buy).

Ask your real estate agent: Is the market weighted toward buyers or sellers? Only then will you be able to fully strategize. In real estate, your best plan of action may depending on whether sellers or buyers are in the more powerful position.

  1. Plan your schedule carefully

You might be asking: Should you try to buy first, then sell—or vice versa? Both have their risks and rewards.

Selling first makes getting a mortgage easier, but it also means you’ll need to find a temporary place to live.

Buying first means that moving will be easier, but it also skews your debt-to-income ratio, making it harder to qualify for a new mortgage—not to mention the difficulty of juggling two monthly house payments.

  1. Know your financial solutions

For those who choose to sell first, the process is relatively straightforward: taking on the additional cost of a rental between homes.

However, you might want to consider the option of a rent-back agreement, where you negotiate with the lenders and buyers to be able to remain in the property for a maximum of 60 to 90 days—often in exchange for a lower selling price or for rent paid to the buyers.

This can relieve some of the pressure of finding a new home, giving you additional time to house hunt.

But if you’re buying first, talk to your Realtor about ways to decrease your financial burden and risk.

  1. Don’t let fear rush you

If your home has sold but you haven’t found a new place to live, don’t let anxiety push you toward a bad decision.

 

For more, visit here


Posted on January 8, 2020 at 3:07 pm
Lori Flynn | Posted in Buying, Homeowner, Selling |

YOUR HOME AND SNOW ARE NOT FRIENDS

Snowy houses

It’s always exciting to see the first snowfall of the season, we’re approaching that time rapidly. That means it’s time for snow days, sledding, and LOTS of hot chocolate. Did you know that snow doesn’t always have a good impact on things? It can damage roads, create power-outages, and be harmful to your home. Here are just a couple ways snow is damaging and what you can do to prevent help.

Snow Can Overload Your Roof

It takes about 4 feet of fresh snow to create stress on your roof, that may seem like an unlikely amount, but with todays unpredictable weather patterns you can’t be too sure! It’s best practice to have your roof inspected by a professional well before Winter has arrived, but it’s upon us, there isn’t a lot of time to get an inspector out. If you’re worried about it invest in a telescoping pole to rake snow off your roof to keep the stress low, or you can always hire a contractor if it’s gotten serious.

Ice Dams will hurt roof and your gutters

Hanging icicles are beautiful, but they are a sign that water is accumulating in your gutters and can form what is called an ice dam, this is exactly what it sounds like and will create blockage in your drains. Using a large rake pole for your roof, like in the previous paragraph, can be a great preventative measure to this as it will keep the majority of snow off your roof, minimizing the amount of water reaching your gutters to later freeze.

For more on this, you can read here!

 

Thanks for the article MIBOR.


Posted on December 23, 2019 at 4:43 pm
Lindsay Ohmer | Posted in Homeowner |

Meet Me On Main

Meet Me On Main

Shop, dine, make & take a Snow Globe Holiday Craft; enjoy music at AAA Insurance Holiday PorchFest; ride the Holiday Trolley

Carmel, IN – The holiday season is here and there is no better place to be this Saturday than Meet Me on Main with special activities throughout the Carmel Arts & Design District!

Enjoy a day of shopping and dining at the many stores on Main Street, Range Line Road and throughout the District, most of whom are offering holiday specials this weekend.

Ride the Holiday Trolley for a fun and easy trip across the District, including a special stop this Saturday for AAA Insurance Holiday PorchFest from 3-6 p.m. in the residential neighborhood north of Main Street and east of Range Line Road. Don’t forget the grand opening of the new Carmel Chocolate Café at 45 W. Main Street.

If you are looking for that special gift for a loved one or just looking for a night out with family and friends, Meet Me on Main features live music, face painting and caricatures, new exhibits and local art galleries and businesses staying open until 9 p.m. Join the Art Lab for our holiday themed snow globe make and take art project from 5 – 8:30 p.m. Join us at 110 W. Main St., Suite 125.

Meet Me on Main monthly drawing takes place once again! Each month, three $100 gift cards to businesses in the Arts & Design District will be given away. To enter, visit participating galleries and businesses to fill out an entry form; only one can be filled out per location but the more businesses visited, the more you can increase your chances. There is no purchase necessary to participate.

Special gallery exhibits will be featured throughout Meet Me on Main including:

  • When you’re ready for a break from the cold, stop in the Carmel Clay Historical Society for a reading of ‘The Polar Express’ from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. This festive evening of storytelling and fun includes cookies, hot cocoa, special gifts and holiday art activities. Holiday attire and pajamas are encouraged. All ages welcome – $5 per child. (211 1st St. SW)
  • Indiana Artisan Gifts & Gallery will be featuring two talented artists, Joe Krutulis and Kendall Reeves. Krutulis will be there to show you how he uncovers the hidden beauty in deadwood and creates beautiful wood pendants, earrings and mobiles. Reeves is a photographer who captures ghost towns, abandoned buildings and old trucks.   (22 N. Range Line Rd.)
  • All Things Carmel is set up for holiday shopping with specialty ornaments, candles, wooden wall art, clothing and more! Stop by and check them out for all your holiday needs and enjoy complementary dough balls and Christmas brew from Fork and Ale House.  (110 W Main St., #104)
  • Carmel Art on Main Gallery is featuring specially priced art work and photography in the front room for gift giving, with many subjects from landscape and travel to abstracts and holiday.  Need a gift for a teacher, family, friend, hostess?  Art on Main has many options including glassware, pottery, jewelry, note cards, tote bags, zip bags, paintings, mosaics, books featuring artists, coasters, chocolate and more!  (111 W. Main St., #140)
  • CCA Gallery will showcase unique handmade ornaments from their 36 artists, just in time to add a little something extra to your tree. They will also feature their Tiny Treasures and Mini Masterpieces collections. (111 W. Main St., #135)
  • The Carmel Arts Council Children’s Art Gallery will showcase an all-school art exhibit from the Towne Meadow Elementary students entitled Making Faces. This exhibit will feature 11 ground-breaking student-created portraits which were inspired by the great masters of art including The Girl with the Pearl Earrings by Johannes Vermeer and the Mona Lisa by Leonardo DaVinci. (40 W. Main St.)
  • Magdalena Gallery will be featuring a new artist, Mary E Strack. For a unique gift for the holiday season, visit Magdalena Gallery to see the Santa Faces collection on canvas. These are oil on canvas pictures from Barbara Kennedy for $65 each. (27 E. Main St.)
  • The Olive Mill is featuring their olive oil, balsamic, olives, serving pieces, salts and spices. Perfect for holiday gifts or stocking stuffers. (10 S. Range Line Road)
  • The Art Studio of Carmel will be hosting an open house featuring the work of their students, adults and instructors. (30 N. Range Line Rd.)
  • Carmel Chocolate Café by the South Bend Chocolate Company will cut the ribbon on its new café on Friday and celebrate opening weekend. (45 W. Main Street).

Activities taking place during Meet Me on Main include:

  • Free caricatures and face painting by Custom Eyes Designs inside of 110 W. Main St., Suite 125, near Highgarden Real Estate (110 W. Main St., #104).
  • Free musical entertainment throughout the district. Kassie King will play inside Indiana Artisan, Declan Nelligan will perform inside The Olive Mill and Low Key Jazz will perform inside Holder Mattress Co. at The Indiana Design Center.
  • Make and Take Art Project will be located at 110 W. Main St., Suite 125 next to Highgarden Real Estate from  5 – 8:30 p.m.

A map of the gallery locations and more information about Meet Me on Main activities can be found at www.CarmelArtsAndDesign.com.

Public parking is available in the Carmel Lions Club lot (141 E. Main St.), Sophia Square parking garage (entrance off of 1st Ave NW), Indiana Design Center parking garage (200 S. Range Line Rd.) or on-street. The Arts & Design District parking map may be downloaded at http://www.carmelartsanddesign.com/images/Carmel_District_ParkingMap.pdf.


Posted on December 13, 2019 at 4:08 pm
Lori Flynn | Posted in Carmel |

WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO RAKE YOUR LEAVES

leaves

I’m just going to go right into it- MUST WE PICK UP OUR DEAD LEAVES?  Who is the authority on this?  Mother nature?  Jeff and Becky from across the street?  Tradition?  On surface level, it seems like an unnecessary chore of yesteryear- like ironing bedsheets (yep- that’s totally a thing).  So, let’s dig in and discover together.

Before we get into the logistics, I’ll be honest- not only do I not want to spend my Saturday afternoon picking up dead leaves and stuffing them into yellow trash bags, I like the way a lawn looks with dead leaves!  The visual reminds me of fall, my favorite season.  And unlike an overgrown lawn or weeds, I think it looks natural and organic.  I love the crunch of dead leaves and the mosaic of festive colors covering the lawn before winter comes in and ruins the party for everyone.  I’ve said my piece; let’s continue:

According to TheSpruce.com, it’s a matter of lawn health.  When the dead leaves fall onto our lawns, they suffocate the grass, blocking sunshine and nutrients.  You may reply with “the grass is going to die anyway this winter”, but I’d counter that it’s not just hurting the surface level grass, but the roots that the grass must maintain year-round.  Our lawns are made up of “cool-season grass”.  This type of grass needs this season to “make hay” that’ll strengthen their roots for winter then be prepared to bloom in spring.  When there’s a heavy layer of sludgy, wet dead leaves, this whole process is disrupted.

Fortunately, for your lawn to remain healthy you don’t need to snatch up every single leaf before it touches your lawn, you simply need to give a limited effort.  After a windy day or a hard rain, clean up the major piles.  Or run a mulching mower over the leaves to break up the consistency.

In the Midwest we are given the gift of seeing fall in its best form.  Enjoy the watching the leaves changing colors and coating the streets and lawns.  But remember in the grand scheme: we need a healthy lawn for spring of 2020.  So, give an effort to pick up the pesky leaves- your lawn will thank you in the spring.

If you want to read more about why it’s important to pick up your leaves, go here!


Posted on November 1, 2019 at 2:53 pm
Lori Flynn | Posted in Homeowner |

5 REASONS TO TALK TO A LENDER RIGHT NOW – LONG BEFORE YOU BUY A HOME

Most potential home buyers wait to talk to a mortgage lender until they’re ready to buy. Makes sense, right? Why bother digging up your financial statements and filling out a bunch of paperwork if you’re not going to buy right away?

If buying a home is one of your long-term goals, you may be doing yourself a disservice by not talking to a lender sooner rather than later. The goal of any good mortgage lender is to help you get “mortgage-ready.” This means getting you and your finances in order so you can qualify for the best mortgage possible, with financial terms and a monthly payment that make sense for you and your budget.

So even if buying a home is a few years away, sitting down with a mortgage lender today can help get you on the path to homeownership. Here are five reasons why you should talk to a lender, even if you’re not quite ready to buy.

1. YOU MAY BE CLOSER TO BUYING A HOME THAN YOU THINK

One reason home buyers may hesitate to meet with a lender is that they think they aren’t financially ready. They may think their credit score is too low, or they don’t have enough saved up for a down payment.

They might be surprised, though.

“Every day, I’m able to show a prospective home buyer a home financing option or solution they didn’t know about,” says Gaurav Mahajan, vice president of residential lending at Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp. with the firm’s Rockville, MD branch office. “From a credit score, monthly payment, and down payment perspective, many potential buyers are closer to owning a home than they realize.”

2. YOU DON’T NEED PERFECT CREDIT TO BUY A HOME

Many people put off buying a home until they have a good credit score (typically a score of 700 or higher). According to Mahajan, a credit score of 620 is generally considered the minimum to qualify for a mortgage, but many lenders work with applicants with lower credit scores. Federal Housing Administration loans are available to applicants with scores as low as 580, and your lender may be able to connect you with other options.

3. A LENDER CAN HELP YOU CREATE AN ACTION PLAN FOR IMPROVING YOUR CREDIT

If your credit score is on the lower end, you may want to take some steps to improve your credit so you can qualify for a better interest rate.

“I often begin working with prospective home buyers one to two years in advance,” says Heather McRae, senior loan officer at Chicago Financial Services, in Chicago. “If there are [credit] items that need to be addressed—like how to boost your credit score to obtain the best rate and terms, or the best way to handle an account that has gone to collections—I guide people on how to best tackle these items.”

Michael Press of Penrith Home Loans in Seattle agrees. “If a buyer’s credit score needs improvement or perhaps they have an issue documenting necessary income or assets needed to qualify, a seasoned mortgage lender can help formulate a plan to get that same buyer in a better position to buy,” he says.

To formulate an action plan, lenders will typically:

  • Do a “soft” credit check—A soft credit check is a credit inquiry that doesn’t hurt your credit score. This gives your potential lender a sense of where you stand today.
  • Review your financial statements—Reviewing your bank statements and any investment or retirement accounts you have helps your lender know your available income and assets.
  • Ask you about your budget, income, and financial history—Don’t be shy or embarrassed when it comes to disclosing this information to your lender, whose goal is to work with you. If you had a financial rough patch, got behind on a bill, or co-signed on a loan for your brother-in-law that you really regret, let your lender know.

Once your potential lender knows the ins and outs of your financial situation, it can develop a plan to help you pay down debts that are dragging down your credit score.

4. A LENDER CAN SPECIFY WHAT YOU NEED FOR A DOWN PAYMENT

Lenders can also clarify exactly how much you need to save for a down payment. FHA loans, for example, require a down payment of at least 3.5%. You may want to make a larger down payment to bring down your monthly payment or to offset negative credit items. A larger down payment of 25% to 30% lowers the lender’s financial risk, making your application more appealing.

A high down payment isn’t a requirement to qualify for a mortgage, though. Depending on your situation, you may qualify for a down payment assistance program. Many of these programs are localized, so to find out what you qualify for in your city and state, you should sit down with a lender in your area. For example, McRae reviews the pros and cons of local down payment assistance programs with her prospective home buyers to help them make an informed decision.

5. YOU’LL KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT

The mortgage application process is lengthy, even for experienced home buyers. For first-time buyers, sitting down with a lender can give them an understanding of the mortgage underwriting process, how long it takes, and what documentation they will need to have prepared.

“With interest rates rising and many housing markets shifting, education and preparedness are more important than ever,” says Press.

Sitting down with a lender can help demystify the lending process, giving you time to get “mortgage ready” so you can purchase your dream home—whenever the opportunity presents itself.

For the full article, click here.


Posted on October 14, 2019 at 4:54 pm
Lori Flynn | Posted in Buying |

12 Tasks to Tackle this Fall

to do list

Fall is finally here!  Now’s the time to finish up any pre-winter maintenance and get your home and yard ready for those cold months ahead.

Follow these 12 tasks to get your home clean, warm and cozy!

  1. Fix cracks in concrete and asphalt
  2. Clean out the gutters
  3. Turn off outdoor plumbing
  4. Start composting
    1. All those leaves will bring you gardening gold next summer!
  5. Clean outdoor furniture and gardening tools
  6. Plant bulbs for spring-blooming flowers
  7. Prepare your furnace for winter duty
    1. Consider getting your furnace professionally serviced in time for the cold season.
  8. Clean the fireplace chimney
  9. Keep the warm air inside and the cold air outside
    1. Check your windows and doors and re-caulk if needed.
  10. Light the way
    1. Bring as much natural light into your home as you can. To accentuate, clean your windows and blinds.
  11. Create a mudroom
    1. Even if you don’t have a dedicated room, now is the time to organize an entryway that will serve as a mudroom for the cold and wet weather.
  12. Home safety check
    1. Replace the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide monitors. Create a family fire escape plan.

Now that you have done all the work – sit back and enjoy this season in your warm, comfortable, safe home!

 

You can read more on these tips here!


Posted on October 14, 2019 at 3:42 pm
Lori Flynn | Posted in Homeowner |

5 QUICK TIPS FOR DAZZLING CURB APPEAL

Take a good look at your home’s exterior. Does it give the first impression you want to make?

What could you do better to improve the look — and maybe value — of your property?

Whether you’re planning to sell your home or you just want to make it more inviting, one of the best things you can do is add curb appeal. It’s a quick fix that makes a huge statement.

So how can you make your abode more beautiful?

Make your house (numbers) stand out. Can friends, prospective buyers and delivery people read your address from the street? Or is it too small or tarnished to see? The latter means it’s time for a change. Invest in larger, more attractive house numbers to make a big impact.

Give your mailbox a facelift. You may barely notice it, but passersby do. Your mailbox isn’t a very welcome sight if it looks neglected. Replacing it — or simply painting it a fresh new color — is a no-brainer for quickly boosting curb appeal.

Revive your front door. This is the focal point of your home’s exterior. If yours is receding into the background, pick a bold paint color and some bright, shiny hardware to bring it back to the forefront.

Add interest with plants. Don’t just mow and edge your lawn; spruce it up with fresh mulch and flowers too. And if you flank your newly painted front door with pretty planters, it’ll pop even more.

Make the exterior sparkle. Last but not least, clean your windows so that they sparkle and shine. Don’t forget to pressure-wash your house, sidewalks and driveway so it all looks like new.

Just a little bit of work makes it more inviting and easier for buyers to picture themselves living there.

Looking to move? Reach out so we can talk!


Posted on August 30, 2019 at 3:06 pm
Lori Flynn | Posted in Homeowner, Selling |

ONE MONTH TO A CLUTTER-FREE HOME

 

If your plan is to de-clutter your home before listing it for sale, or just to live a simpler and more minimal lifestyle here is a plan to help get you there!

Days 1-5: The Warm Up

We’re going to ease into it. Start with these simple, refreshing fixes and you’ll crave a major cleaning spree by day 5.

Day 1: Fill one trash bag of junk from anywhere in the house. Then, toss or donate it.

Day 2: Pick up 5-7 things that don’t have a place, and find a place for them. These are things that you use daily, but don’t have a home. Here’s one of the biggest rules of an organized home: Everything should have a place.

Day 3: Pick a counter and clear off all the junk. Another big organizing tip: Every flat surface should be clear of clutter.

Day 4: Clear a shelf, any shelf. Keep five of your most display-worthy items, and donate the rest, or at least set them aside for storage (but keep in mind that you’re aiming to simplify, not end up purchasing a storage unit).

Day 5: Take this day to strategize. We’re going to walk you through general ways to eliminate clutter in every room, but you’ve got to make note of your home’s personal clutter “hot spots.” The table by the back door? Your bathroom counter? Your desk? All of the above? Make note of the spaces you want to declutter, and set deadlines for getting organized. Make boxes for keeping, donating, and storing – these will come in handy. If you’re prone to separation anxiety, make a box called “maybe” – when you can’t quite make yourself throw something away, store it here. After 6 months, pull it back out – if you haven’t so much as thought about an item, that means you should throw it out.

Days 6-8: The Bedroom

Day 6:  Take everything out of all of your drawers. If you haven’t used it, read it, or worn it in a year, donate it.  If it doesn’t belong in the bedroom, put it in an “elsewhere” bin (and put the collected items in their rightful places when you’re finished).

Day 7: Now that you have drawer space cleared up, focus on your bedroom surfaces (like the bedside table, TV stand, vanity, etc.). Donate the items that no longer have value; and limit yourself to displaying only five things on each surface.

Day 8:  Check under the bed. Getting rid of things you forgot you owned will clear up space for seasonal clothes and shoes.

Days 9-10: The Closet

Day 9: Start at the bottom. You’ll free up space to spread out and sift through your sweaters. Get rid of clothes and shoes that you haven’t worn in the past year, that don’t fit, or that are damaged.  As for items with sentimental significance, you’re not a bad person for throwing away your best friend’s bridesmaid dress. Snap a picture, and then donate it. Remember that memories exist in your head, not in a piece of fabric.

Day 10: Put everything in its place. Now that you’ve cleared up space, you can make sure that all of your favorite pieces are visible. Organize tops by sleeve length, pants by type, and shoes by occasion. Stow away any seasonal clothing (bathing suits, heavy coats) under your bed until it’s their time.

Days 11-14: The Kitchen

Day 11: Tackle the Tupperware cabinet. Once you’re able to open this seemingly endless cave without risking a plastic-container-waterfall raining down on your head, you can do anything! And the technique is simple. Throw away every single container that doesn’t have a matching lid, and every single lid that doesn’t have a matching container.

Day 12: Abandon your useless appliances. If it doesn’t work or if you haven’t used it in over a year, throw it away or donate it. The same goes for pots and pans – keep the ones you use daily; but you don’t need eight sheet pans.

Day 13: Refresh your refrigerator, and your pantry. Get rid of all those random condiments you bought three years ago (they expire), and spices that have seen better days. While you’re at it, donate the cookbooks that you’ve never cracked open.

Day 14: Now that you have all that extra space, clean off your countertops. Again, limit yourself to five items per surface. Store all appliances, besides the ones you use daily, like coffee makers and microwaves, in your clutter-free pantry.

Days 15-17: The Home Office

Day 15: Start with all those papers you have stacked up. You’ll need a system – we like a simple “to file,” “to do,” and “to toss.” Then, file your records in a way that makes sense for you. Be wary when throwing away sensitive personal information and important records. If you need a cut-off date for keeping semi-important documents, a good rule of thumb is seven years (the length of time lawyers are legally required to keep their own records).

Day 16 Now that you can see the surface of your desk, it’s time to de-clutter it. While it’s tempting to display your knick-knacks, keep it in check and limit yourself to five items. Throw away things that you haven’t used in over a year (you don’t need a mini stapler), and put things you want to keep to the side. It’s time to clear out some drawer space.

Day 17: Empty out all of your drawers. Once you get rid of the things you don’t use (last year’s planner, expired coupons), group like items, along with the leftovers from yesterday’s desk surface detox. Take stock of your supplies, and purchase drawer organizers that will fit the things you have. Never buy storage containers before you know what you have to go in them.

Days 18-19: The Bathroom(s)

Day 18: Don’t be intimidated, but some experts recommend decluttering all of your bathrooms at once, so you can take an accurate inventory of all of those long-lost soaps and lotions you forgot existed. Empty and wipe down all of your drawers, shower caddys, cabinets, etc. Throw away what’s expired, what’s nearly empty (that you don’t use), and that overwhelmingly-scented coconut bath bomb your grandma gave you five years ago. The same goes for medicine and makeup.

Day 19: Put like things together, and put them in their place. This may involve buying new drawer storage organization, but a clean bathroom is a happy life.

Days 20-22: The Living Room

Day 20: As in any room that is frequently used, things tend to collect in the family room. Put back items that have wandered from their homes.

Day 21: Take a look at your living room décor. Is it cluttered and overcrowded? Too many pillows, coffee table books, or picture frames? Clear off surfaces, leaving only the décor items you’ve purposefully chosen.

Day 22: Store smart. There are many useful items that do belong in the living room; the trick is to find sophisticated storage options to keep them hidden but still handy.

Days 23-25: The Laundry Room

Day 23: Designating bins for everyday washes, delicates, darks, and whites keeps clothes from piling up on the floor.

Day 24: Clean up your cleaning supplies. Use cabinets, baskets, and wire containers to organize cleaning supplies according to how often you use them. Keep detergent and other daily-use items in clear glass containers for sophisticated storage that doesn’t take up cabinet space.

Day 25: The dreaded sock bin. Honestly, consider throwing it away and starting from scratch. For goodness sake, throw away the socks that don’t have matches.

Days 26-29: The Basement, Attic, and Garage

Day 26: Divide the space into sections. You’ll be emptying out everything so that you can see what you have; these sections will keep you from feeling overwhelmed.

Day 27: Empty everything, one section at a time. Divide your stuff into “keep” or “give away.” Now, go get the rest of the stuff that you’ve marked as storage over the past 28 days. Is there anything that you’d rather give away, now? Adjust accordingly.

Day 28: Group like things together, and assess your inventory. Once you see what you’re working with, purchase storage containers that will fit your needs.

Day 29: Sort, stack, and label. Be amazed.

Day 30: The Mail

Day 30: Now that you’ve created a place for everything and everything is in its place, this is actually kind of fun. Rather than letting mail pile up on your clutter-free counters, sort through your piles of mail. Unsubscribe from useless catalogues, and separate the rest into bills, personal, invitations, charity, etc.

Day 31: Keeping It Clean

On the 31st day bask in your organized and simplified home. You’ll never need another 31 day detox again. Set aside 20 minutes every day for sorting mail and putting things in their place; don’t buy things just because they are on sale; and remember how good being decluttered feels.

For more information, please click here.


Posted on August 30, 2019 at 3:00 pm
Lori Flynn | Posted in Homeowner |

13 VISUAL TRICKS HOME STAGERS ARE PLAYING ON YOU

In today’s ultracompetitive real estate market, it’s said that potential buyers make up their minds within seconds of stepping inside a home. That’s why an ever-growing number of sellers turn to professional home stagers—whose services, some say, can add instant appeal and even sell a house up to 40 days faster.

Their secret? An arsenal of optical illusions and psychological tricks that draw buyers’ eyes to all the right places. Yep, that’s right. Home stagers are fooling us! (And we love it). Click here for the secrets to staging!


Posted on August 30, 2019 at 2:53 pm
Lori Flynn | Posted in Buying, Homeowner, Selling |