Now that 2016 is here and the chaos of the holidays is over, many of us in Northern Virginia are setting New Year’s resolutions — whether personal, professional, or real estate-related. It is the perfect time to set goals and welcome the new year with a fresh start.
If selling your Northern Virginia home in 2016 is in your plans, now is a good time to thing about getting rid of your clutter.
10 Ways to Get Rid of Last Year’s Clutter
“Out with the old, in with the new” as the saying goes. To help you start fresh with a clean and organized home, here are ten tips for kicking out the clutter and keeping it out in the new year.
1. Tackle Holiday Messes First
Start by cleaning up the holiday decorations. Throw away all of the used wrapping paper and boxes, sweep up the Christmas tree needles and throw away all the leftovers. Cleaning up from the holidays is a great place to start, and HGTV offers a great article about how to clean your home in 45 minutes.
2. Vacuum the Floors
Now that the holidays are over and the constant flow of guests has diminished, give your floors a little TLC with a thorough vacuuming. Even this simple cleaning task can make a world of difference in the look and feel of your home. This might be a good time to get your carpets professionally cleaned as well.
3. Open the Curtains and Blinds
Freshen up your living spaces by letting in the natural light. Opening the windows helps make your home seem more inviting to both you and your visitors.
4. Refresh and Rearrange
Tired of the layout in your living room or bedrooms? Mix it up for the new year to add flow and a fresh look to your home. Don’t know where to start? Look through Pinterest and Houzz for some good ideas.
5. Dust in High and Low Places
Pull out the micro cleaning cloth and swifter to dust away all the cobwebs and dust bunnies. Start with the lowest shelf on the bookcase and move up to the ceiling fans and the hardly seen areas behind your shelves and under the beds.
6. Replace Light Bulbs and Fix Squeaky Doors
Have a minor fix that you haven’t gotten around to correcting yet? Maybe it’s the burnt-out lightbulb in your bathroom or squeaky door to your closet. Make those tiny repairs now and your home will start to feel new again. If you didn’t have the HVAC technician in to look at the furnace in the fall, now is the time to make sure it’s in top operating condition.
7. Organize and Declutter
We all have that one space we use as a catch-all for our miscellaneous clutter, whether it’s a closet, a chair, or a table. The new year is a great time to take old papers to the local shred station and clean out the junk drawer. If you haven’t used it in a year (except for important papers) then it’s time for it to go.
8. Donate or Discard Old Clothes
What better way to say “out with the old” than to get rid of any shirts, jackets, pants, or shoes that you no longer wear? Now you’ll have more space in your closets and if you are selling buyers love to see closet space.
9. Deep Clean Your Bathroom
A clean shower door and bathroom wall can do wonders to enhance the overall appearance of your bathroom. If the caulk in your shower is looking a little worse for wear, clean it out and re-caulk. It’s a little messy but an easy DIY job.
10. Put Out a New Welcome Mat
What better way to welcome the new year and your guests than with a new, clean welcome mat? You’ll impress your visitors from the moment they walk in, and that curb appeal can do wonders for how even your neighbors perceive your home.
Decluttering Works Well During Home Staging, Too
These home organization tips are a start to getting you started for an organized home. If you are selling it makes the to do list shorter when you are ready for buyer’s to take a look. If you are planning on selling your Northern Virginia home we can recommend other home staging tips and resources to help you sell your home quickly and for top dollar.
We hope you had a wonderful New Year’s and are looking forward to what 2016 has in store. If you are interested in putting your Northern Virginia home on the market this spring give me a call to talk about how we can help you make a move.