Resolve Your Way to an Organized Home in 5 Simple Steps
We make them every year, some are easier to stick with than others, yet we aim high with New Year’s Resolutions and the goal of better living in sight. For your 2019 resolutions, why not get organized at home? A house cleared of clutter is easier to keep clean and can make daily living more comfortable. With a bit of planning, organizing your Cook County home can be a New Year’s Resolution you can keep.
First, decide which rooms you need to be go through. You can take a top-to-bottom approach or start with the basement and work your way up. If only some rooms need an overhaul for better organization, begin with the toughest ones first. When you get a big area done the rest won’t seem so daunting, and it’ll be easier to keep up the pace towards home organization.
Second, treat each space to be organized like an appointment. Just as you would a Dr’s visit or tune-up for your car, set a date on your calendar for each room you plan to work on. Determine a few days a month which you can set aside to make progress on your resolution to get organized at home and stick with your planned dates. Need to work on the entire house? Don’t stress, instead, give yourself several months to tackle the project- a New Year’s Resolution needn’t be met in one week.
Third, begin each room with a big clean-up. Remove unused items and any garbage or recycling. Go through old boxes, closets, desks, drawers and cabinets. Clear off shelves in the garage and other storage areas of old materials such as paint and garden pesticides. Be sure to dispose of hazardous materials properly. Donate items you no longer use and recycle what you can, there’s no need to keep an old wine box, unless you can use it to store something you’re keeping.
Fourth, make better use of your space with drawer sorters, pull-out shelves for cupboards and closet systems. All of these features can be built-to-suit and will expand the use of key storage areas. They also make for an excellent selling point when it’s time to list your property. This is because amenities such as these help you stay organized. Many a buyer likes the idea of move-in ready organization options.
Fifth, set up a home message center to keep the whole family organized with daily things. Choose a central location in your home and include a place to hang keys, purses and backpacks as well as a coat rack or hooks and a shoe-bin. Install a large corkboard where you can post messages and leave important reminders such as the grocery list, which anyone can add to when they need something. Incorporate a home smart hub or charging station to keep devices ready to go.
Resolve to get your Cook County home organized, find more ideas at GoodHousekeeping.com. Whether you’re selling or buying a home, work with a Realtor® who understands what it takes to sell or buy homes in the local market. The Driscoll Properties Team is here to help you achieve your home dreams. You can rely on us to help you every step of the way. Learn more at our website, DriscollProperty.com, then contact the Driscoll Properties Team at 847-533-6786 to help you discover the home of your dreams.