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Love, Money and Organizing

Love, Money and Organizing

Organizing does not really necessarily fit with love and money right? I dabble here and there with Feng Shui, because many of their principles apply to good design. Clutter is the number one thing they tell you to remove from your spaces. Here are some ideas and principles that might just get you to organize and who knows, gain you some love and money.

To bring in more prosperity it is important to have a clutter – free home. The clutter can lock up good energy and can lead to procrastination. If you have a lot of clutter in a room you get lost, you get side tracked causing you to become unproductive. That obviously is not good for prosperity, and with the clutter it can bring anxiety which is defiantly not good for love.

Each and every room throughout the house can be a positive energy center, but first removing the excess and minimizing what you have in the room will help bring it forward. By removing the clutter you can then hold a yard sale, or sell some of the items that you don’t use, love or need. Space brings opportunity.

Some areas I would suggest to concentrate on when thinking of improving your home so that love and money can begin to flow forth are:

The Front Door

front door with clear path

It is the place where the flow of energy enters. If there is not a clear path; or plants, debris, and other detritus is about, it will block the positive flow. If the path is clear to your house it can bring you opportunity. Make sure the door is painted in a color that you like, obviously if you paint it red, and you dislike red you won’t feel invited into your own home. Choose a color that you like and is inviting to others. Fountains stimulate prosperity and energy, so if you have space consider adding one.

The Kitchen

soft yellow kitchen

If you have an organized pantry and refrigerator with fresh food you will save money because you will know what you have and only need to purchase what you don’t. Create a dining space that includes every member in the house, even if they do not eat with you every night, symbolically this shows love. If you can situate a round table where you eat it’s even better because everyone can share in the conversation better. Isn’t food typically a way to a man’s heart? Hmmm some love going on there!

The Master Bedroom

master bedroom

First off, treat it as your escape from the day’s stress, it’s your area of solitude, and relaxation. It should feel cozy to you, if not arrange it so it does. Your bed should be in full focus when you enter the room. Since it is the focus make sure it is made with bedding you LOVE. Remove the exercise equipment, TV, computer, and all the things you deal with throughout the day. If you are single, leave room for someone else, add an extra nightstand, leave room for opportunity. Add something that makes you smile so when you enter the room it puts you in a good mood.

If your spaces are organized you will begin to spend less time dealing with the “stuff” that isn’t important, and more time on the “stuff” that is. So by organizing your area’s you have nothing to lose and everything to gain, even money and love!

Other suggested reading:

Organizing and Decluttering a Closet

Being Organized Do I Have to Be OCD?


No Brainer De-Cluttering

No Brainer De-Cluttering

When it comes to selling, or just living in your house, clutter is one of those things we always realize we have. There are so many items though that we can get rid of. Here are 20 items that you don’t have to agonize over to depart with when de-cluttering. This is the easy stuff!

  20 Easy Items To Get Rid Of Now

  1. Plastic/paper bags- they will multiply before you know it, keep less than 12
  2. Expired coupons- if you like to clip go through once per month prior to shopping and purge. Or better yet just get the items you are going to buy online and print, better still get from your smart phone
  3. Old Magazines – pull the article/picture you think you need for future reference, add to a file by subject; toss the rest
  4. Old Newspapers- read and toss, if you have an article cut it out and file, same as with magazines
  5. Mail- before it even touches the counter pull out all junk mail and recyclerecycle
  6. Old Clothes – each season ask yourself when was the last time I wore this, if the answer is over a year, get rid of it!
  7. Pantry Items – all the canned and boxed items group together in an area of your cabinet, contact your local food pantry and donate what you will not consume in 2 months.
  8. Broken things- If you haven’t repaired it in a month, you probably don’t use or need it. Get rid of it
  9. Chipped dishes, mugs, and glasses- they’re in the back of the cabinbet right? Give yourself space and get rid of them
  10. Take-out menus – They’re online, get rid of themgarbage bin
  11. Expired Cosmetics- old cosmetics can harbor bacteria eww, some ingredients lose their effectiveness so get rid of them
  12. Books – those that you thought were just OK, or you would not revisit or use for reference edit them out for new books
  13. Electronics – anything that does not work, or work well, get rid of
  14. Stained, ripped bedding- will you be painting soon to use as drop cloths? If not get rid of, another words if you have no intended use, dispose of them
  15. Towels- those that are worn or have holes can always be used by your local pet shelter or veterinary office- they use bedding tooorganized linen closet
  16. Accessories- anything you have not worn in a year, this means shoes, jewelry, purses, ties, scarves, gloves etc. donate
  17. CD’s or DVD’s- those you haven’t listened or watched, get rid of them- especially if you have VHS tapes move on!
  18. Empty boxes- use these to pack up all the clutter you are throwing out and get them out of your house too. If you need storage buy plastic bins because it is more protective then cardboard
  19. Travel brochures – you can find more information online than in any pamphlet you have picked up to read about
  20. Toys- this can be a little hard with the kids around. As kids grow, so do there interest, donate those that they no longer use to a charity that needs them

before and after declutter

Once you de-clutter a space it feels more inviting. By removing all the extra stuff, giving it a home the room feels more relaxed. Start with one room and see if it gives you a new perspective.

Other Good Reads:

Clutter Prevent it Before it Takes Over

Organizing a Kitchen Part 1

Organizing and Decluttering a Closet

Case Study on Book Cases


Identifying Clutter | Move On

Identifying Clutter | Move On

Identifying our clutter is hard to do for some. Are those weights you purchased to strengthen your arms clutter or useful? Here are four categories of identifiable clutter that you probably can get rid of once you understand what it is.

Sentimental Clutter, OK I probably am the worse with this. I will tell my kids to clean out their rooms and then see in the piles they are throwing out an item and say “but you made that in first grade, don’t you want to keep it?” Of course I get “Mom, that was 15 years ago, what am I going to do with it?” You probably have other clutter throughout your house that is similar. That birthday gift your sister in law gave you and you have no idea what to do with it. The ornate picture frame you received as a wedding gift ten years ago and have never used. Yes, we all have it and you need to donate, give away, sell it or throw away. Move it on out so it is not collecting dust.

ornate vases

Inspirational Clutter, this is all the stuff you acquire when you think it is going to improve something for you in your life. That treadmill sitting in the room that has never been used in years, the fancy dress that you thought would make you look awesome, wore it once and never again. The expensive appliance you bought for a recipe that you never made again. The hobby or sport you thought was so fun to take up, and you just got frustrated at. All of those things you have accumulated are inspirational clutter that needs to be moved out to make space for clearing your mind.

Treadmill

Clutter With No Home, my parents use to say to me when I was a kid “a place for everything, and everything in it’s place.”  When you have an organized space within your home, every item has its own “home.” It might be a drawer, a spot in your closet, a storage container but the object has a place it belongs. Then we have the clutter that has no home- you know the clutter that piles up until we sort through it and decide what to keep, what to save, what to throw away. This applies to everything you bring into your home, if you do not have an intended use and place for it, don’t hang onto it or bring it in.

Bargain Clutter, at the time it was the incentive to buy __________, because you got ______________ for free even through you never used the free ___________. Yup you get it. We collect bargain clutter because we think it’s such a great deal. But what’s so great about something that sits around and collects dust? These are items that you can give or throw away and free up you space and mind.

freeofferstopbanner

So when it comes to decluttering your spaces think about what type of clutter those items are. If they fall into these categories most likely they can be donated, tossed out or maybe they have some value to sell them. Whatever they are, if you have not used the item in over a year the key is to get them out of your spaces to free up clutter that you have.

 

Organizing Your Life to be Easier

Clutter Prevent it Before it Takes Over

Organizing | Systems to Use


Are You Taking Care of Your Home or Is It Taking Care of You?

Are You Taking Care of Your Home or Is It Taking Care of You?

 

You build, buy new, or used you are excited to make your home yours. You paint the walls; fill your rooms with treasures to make it your own. The years go by, your home falls into the background … are you taking care of the home or is the home taking care of you where family memories are made?

Hmm… what, that makes no sense!? Like in any relationship it is a two way street. Many times when I go on a consult I can see the home owners were energetic when they moved into the house to make it their own, and then forgot it. Now… the decision comes to sell; repairs need to be made, and the question now I need to invest the money now? A fresh coat of paint is needed on walls, the tiles that are lose need to be replaced, the worn carpets are no longer desirable, the chimney needs cleaning, septic now needs to be pumped and maybe an appliance or furnace needs replacement.

As a homeowner we have obligations to our home. Some repairs are major like a new roof, windows, siding, some cosmetic like paint, updating light fixtures, replacing stained worn flooring. It is important to maintain both while you are a homeowner because it maintains the value of the home, and your home is one of your largest investments.

When I go on a consult the concentration is on the priorities where a seller needs to invest the money to obtain the best return on that investment. Yes, sometimes it is a new roof, but many times it is smaller and simpler. If you love your home and are thinking hmm, in 2, 3, 5 years I might sell… here are some suggestions.

  1. Look at the “workings” of the house.

Have you cleaned the furnace, pumped your septic in the last 3 years, and cleaned your chimney, made sure your appliances are working.

chimney-sweep

These effect in the value of your home

  1. Look around the outside of your house.

Are bushes trimmed, lawn maintained, landscaping colorful, pool maintenance updated taken care of, patios/ outside architectural elements power washed, clean- desirable

gardens along a house

These can increase the value of your home

  1. Look around your rooms and the interior.

Imagine who will buy your home. Remember when you fell in love with your house and wanted to create family memories here… now is time to think of “today’s” family. Many times people wonder if they need to update, things to consider are:

  • Flooring if it looks worn replace or refinish.
  • Kitchens and master baths influence buyers choice of house heavily so make sure these are up to date.
  • Look at colors and lighting are they desirable with the trends.

These can effect the time your house sells in

Caring for you home now will at least keep you in consideration with the competition when you do sell. If you are not sure where the best investments would be to make in your home if you are selling within the next couple of years contact us and we will help you create spaces within budget that works.

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