You only get one chance to make a first impression – and that’s especially true when your home hits the market. If you’re thinking about listing your property, here are a few tips to ensure it’s in optimal showing condition.
Whether you have heard about Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, or have seen the trailers for her Netflix series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, there is no mistaking that Marie Kondo will have a lasting influence on the way many people view their material possessions. The KonMari Method, Marie Kondo’s custom style of decluttering and organizing, helps you keep items that spark joy and eliminate everything else. If the thought of a certain closet or drawer creates stress, it’s likely you need some Marie Kondo in your life. If you don’t have time for a Netflix-binge, consider this your cheat sheet to KonMari your home.
There are inevitable home items — storage containers, hardware, fixtures, among others — that are necessary to create a functional space. Including these practical pieces in your home helps contribute to an overall comfortable way of living. However, these unavoidable selections don’t need to be generic or eye sores. Below are room-by-room options to improve the aesthetics of these essential home features, without sacrificing style.
After several decades of helping your children plant their roots, it can be hard to believe it’s time for them spread their wings. With kids at college or officially moved out on their own, this is the time to downsize or transform the additional space you now have. Aside from the obvious choice of creating a guest room, use this opportunity to be creative with how you can reinvent parts of your home. Whether it is to explore a new hobby, recommit yourself to previous passions, or rethink your livable square feet, find out how to maximize your home to create a new and improved version.
Maybe you were enjoying a much-needed vacation with friends or family, or maybe you were busy carpooling from one summer activity to the next. Whatever your reason for putting off those home improvement projects, there’s no need to worry. In fact, fall is a great time to tackle your to-do list. Here’s why:
Do you ever feel stuck when it comes to decorating your house? Lately, I’ve been experimenting with inexpensive ways to transform a room. It’s important to stay away from the ‘full makeover’ mindset and start small with statement pieces you may already have around the house.
It’s been scientifically proven that room design affects moods and productivity (I can’t work in my office unless everything is put away). However, it can be hard to design a space you love with personal touches when you’re renting or planning on selling soon.
Today’s post is all about simplicity — we’re focusing on inexpensive and non-permanent tricks that will transform an entire room so you can enjoy it while you’re there and get the biggest bang for your buck when it’s time to move on.
Kids’ sticky hugs, gummy smiles, and belly laughs are the best parts of your family’s home. Their oversized and generally clunky colored gear, however, is not so endearing. Whether you are settling in your new home, or you are staging your house to sell, avoid letting the space become overrun with brightly colored plastic. These tips will help blend your children’s belongings into your home’s aesthetic, without compromising your personal style.
My kids outgrow toys almost as quickly as they blow through light-up gym shoes and blow out the knees of athletic pants. In the back corners of our closets of shame are stacks of unopened holiday presents, complicated Lego sets, and board books I’m holding on to for the third child I will never have.
While I’m doing a far better job deactivating the birthday gift-splosion, we still have too many corners and bins and storage space filled with itty-bitty baby onesies, once-loved-now-forgotten dolls, strollers no one will sit in and too many toys. It’s time to release the guilt and over-gifting and pass on our bounty to neighbors who are truly in need.