Organize + Energize: 6 Things to do to Prepare for Your Move
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Here are 6 ways to prepare for your move:
Declutter and organize every closet in your home. Everybody wants great closet space and if your closets are cluttered and disorganized, buyers won’t get a vision of how the space can be utilized. Now is a great time to take everything out of your closets and go through them. This will also help you with your packing process. Pack away what you can.
Declutter and organize your kitchen. We all want a big kitchen to store appliances, prepare meals, and entertain. If your kitchen, food pantry and cabinets are cluttered, the buyer won’t feel comfortable in your kitchen. Again, declutter for your purposes too. Only take with you what you know you’ll be using.
Get rid of anything that is a dust collector. Pack away your collectibles and chatzkies. Get rid of the piles of paper, and anything else that is cluttering up your home. Remember, you’re not only prepping your home to sell, but you’re also making the process of packing everything up much easier.
Declutter and organize your children’s rooms. Buyers want to imagine themselves living here and it will be difficult to vision if they don’t have a clear picture of the space. Check what your kids have outgrown and get rid of anything they’re no longer using, including books and toys.
Declutter and organize your bedroom. Bedrooms are for sleeping and relaxing. Make this room the most peaceful, serene room in your home. Declutter the nightstand, tops of furniture, and get all clutter off the floor.
How much do you really need to take with you? Think about what you actually need in your new home. Are there items you haven’t used in years and actually forgot you had? Do you really need them? Be sure to purge before you pack. Do not pack anything you won’t be using in your new home. The transition of moving will go much smoother if just take with you the items you need. Once you get to your new home you can unpack and set up your organized systems, making the transition a breeze.
When you’re selling your home, the last thing a buyer wants to see is a home that is disorganized and cluttered. Clutter is a distraction and your buyers will not be able to focus on the selling points of the home when they are faced with clutter and/or disorganization. Selling a home is the best time to get organized, because you have to physically go through everything you own and make a fresh start!
Related Slideshow: Organizing Products For Your Closet
Flip flop organizer
How many flip flops do you own? Are they thrown all over the closet floor? How long does it take you to find a match to one of them? Bed Bath and Beyond has a $9.99 flip flop organizer that holds 6 pairs of flip flops and hangs nicely in your closet. This is a must-have if you have more than 5 pairs of flip flops. I’ve purchased these for my clients and they work great!
You love your scarves, but it takes you forever to locate one and you have to throw 5 around to find the one you are searching for. Use a scarf organizer and you will be able to see all your scarves and find them at a moment’s notice. Bed Bath and Beyond has a few different types of scarf organizers, including this one for $9.99.
Did you know people who didn’t own shoe racks were 7 times more likely to show up late for an event? Are your shoes in piles on the floor? Get them off the floor and contain them in a shoe rack. There are many options out there, like this one from Bed Bath and Beyond. Choose the shoe rack that is going to fit what you need to hold and fit in the space you are working with.
How are you storing your handbags? Are they stored all over your closet? Are they in bins or crumpled up on the floor? It’s time to organize your bags. There are many options depending on the space you are working with. You can stand them up on a shelf, you can hang them, or if they are small, you can store them in a canvas bin. The choice is yours. Think about how you function and develop a system from there.
Baseball cap organizer
How many baseball caps do you own? How are they organized in your closet now, and how long does it take you to find one? The Container Store (pictured here), Bed Bath and Beyond, and other stores sell this baseball cap organizer. I have a few clients that have purchased them and they love them!
Function over flash
There are many variations on these products. Choose the product that is right for you. There are some organizing products I would never use, but other people might choose to use them. Choose the one that is going to be the most efficient and productive product for you and your family. Don’t choose a product because it’s pretty, choose it based on functionality. Search online for different products before you rush out and purchase a product. You may find that one store is more expensive than another. Don’t forget if you are going to Bed Bath and Beyond to use their 20% off coupons. If you don’t want to purchase these items, get creative and re-purpose items around the home, or make your own!
Kristin Carcieri-MacRae, the founder and owner of Organizing in RI, has always enjoyed finding creative ways to streamline the environment around her. She has appeared on air on Patricia Raskin's Positive Business Radio and her articles have been published in the Rhode Island Small Business Journal and New England Home Life. Kristin's CD, Organizing Basics, is a 1-hour guide for the person who wants to get organized but doesn't know where to start. She is also available for organizing workshops. Tune into her weekly radio show, Organize, Energize! on Mondays at 8:30am on www.talkstreamradio.com.
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