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Tidy Home - Happy Home

by Melissa Thompson


A new year has arrived and now is a good time to start breaking bad habits that lead to an untidy home.  If you are one of those people who look around your house and wonder how it got to be such a mess, chances are you aren’t even aware of the bad habits that have formed over time and have you feeling overwhelmed with housework.  But there are indeed certain things that people who keep tidy homes don’t do. If you are guilty of doing these things, you can now begin the process of changing your habits and creating the tidy home you crave.

Things people with tidy homes DON’T do:

  • Tidy people don’t overdo it.  People with tidy homes tend to be minimalists. They don’t have a lot of extraneous furnishings and knick knacks.  They also don’t over decorate.  They value the pristine nature of clear surfaces. And let’s face it, the less you have, the less you have to clean.  Imagine how quickly you can dust a room when you only have a few clear surfaces to clean! How to Master the Art of Minimalism
     
  • Tidy people don’t settle down for the night until they have cleaned up.  After a long day, it’s tempting to leave the dinner dishes in the sink, the mail on the counter and bags on the floor so that you can just relax.  But tidy people are “never leave until tomorrow what can be done today” kind of people.  If you clean up before you settle down to watch television, read, or go to bed, it’s like resetting for the next day.  It will be easier for you to relax if you know you will be waking up to a neat and clean home.
     
  • Tidy people don’t let their homes get messy all day and then try to clean it all up at one time.  Staying on top of the mess is key to keeping a tidy home.  If you complete small tasks on a regular basis, you will never get to the point where you have to spend hours cleaning the whole house at once.
     
  • Tidy people never run out of cleaning supplies.  They figure out what products they like and they stock up on them.  And guess what? They keep them tidy and organized.  Two story house? They have cleaning supplies stored both downstairs and upstairs.  They probably even have two vacuum cleaner so that they don’t have to drag one up and down the steps. 
     
  • Tidy people don’t use the floor as a spot to store things.  If you have been to the home of a tidy person you probably noticed there is nothing on the floor…no bags, books, magazines, or baskets with blankets and pillows.  In a tidy home everything has a place and there is a place for everything.
     
  • Tidy people keep a schedule.  They don’t clean randomly “as needed”. They schedule tasks and keep to that schedule as much as possible.  You will find it surprising how easy your house cleaning will be when you break it up into small tasks done on a regular basis. How Often You Should Clean Everything

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor, Melissa Thompson, and let her help you with all your real estate needs. Give her a call at 901-729-9526 today!

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Back to School - Kitchen Organization Tips!

by Melissa Thompson

It’s that time of year again.  Back to school.  Curb chaotic mornings by organizing your kitchen in a way that makes lunch prep a breeze!  The following tips will help:

  1. MAKE A LIST

Don’t just wing it.By creating a menu of items that you will use for your kids’ lunches, you will not only save time in the mornings (because you won’t spend time trying to decide what to pack in their lunch bag), you will also have a handy, dandy shopping list for when you go grocery shopping.Here are some to get you started.

  1. MAKE YOUR FRIDGE LUNCH BOX FRIENDLY

Organize the space in your refrigerator to make lunch prep quick and easy.Clear plastic bins with labels can be used to divide things up by type of food/drink or by day of the week.Experiment with these ideas and find the one that works best for you:

  1. CREATE A STAGING CENTER

Have a designated spot in the kitchen for lunch prep.A basket or bin for lunch bags/boxes will mean that you will never be frantically searching for them in the morning.Have your kids empty them of containers/trash when they get home from school and place them in the designated area.Keep containers handy and make sure you have enough counter space to accommodate everything you will need.

  1. HAVE A SUPPLY STATION

Clean out a drawer or cabinet near your staging center and keep all your lunch prep supplies in one spot.Stock up on baggies, containers, napkins, straws, plastic utensils, foil, saran wrap etc.

  1. STOCK PANTRY WITH “SCHOOL LUNCH ONLY” ITEMS

Avoid the frustration of going to grab something for your child’s lunch only to discover there is none left.Create an area in your pantry that is only for school lunches.An over the door hanging shoe organizer is a great space-saver and can be used to store school snacks.

Whether you prepare your children’s lunches, or you have them do it themselves, being organized will make the process easier and quicker. 

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor, Melissa Thompson and let her help you with all your real estate needs. Give her a call at 901-729-9526 today!

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Clean Up the Clutter with Creative Family Room Storage

by Melissa Thompson

Some people call it a Family Room, others a Great Room, but whatever you call it, for many families it is the heart of the home.  It’s where you gather to spend time together, to watch television, to play games, to socialize with friends and to relax.  Since so much time is spent in this room, you want it to be comfortable and inviting, while also being neat and tidy.  A cluttered room does not promote a relaxing vibe. But where do you keep everything?  Here are some creative storage solutions for your family room:

  • Ottomans - A pillow for your feet and a great place to keep extra blankets and pillows!

An ottoman that opens does double duty and provides hidden space for items that you don’t want sitting out in the open all the time.


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  • Coffee Tables - Another piece of furniture that can serve more than one purpose is the coffee table.  Does your family love board games?  With the right coffee table you can conveniently store them and have room to play them!


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  • Open storage - You don’t have to hide everything. You can achieve a neat and tidy aesthetic by organizing items such as books and magazines in stacks.  There are many ways to style a coffee table so that it is both useful and pretty! Coffee Table Styling and Decor Tips


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  • Baskets - Find baskets that blend in with your décor to hold various items.  Large baskets can hold blankets, pillows, dog toys and games.  Smaller baskets are great for holding remote controls, phones and chargers.


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  • Drawers - Furniture with drawers is a great way to hide all the “stuff” that might otherwise clutter your family room.  Everything from pens, crayons, coloring books, remotes, eye-glasses, books, magazines and more can be efficiently stored in drawers!


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If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor, Melissa Thompson and let her help you with all your real estate needs!Give her a call at 901-729-9526 today!

Maximizing Small Spaces

by Melissa Thompson

The tiny house craze is alive and well, and while you may not be looking for a tiny home you might be looking to downsize and simplify.  There are many perks  to living in a smaller home.  First, it costs less money…which frees up funds for other things you enjoy like travel and hobbies.  And the peace of mind that comes with living within your means is priceless.  Also, with less space, there is less to clean.  And less cleaning means more time for fun and relaxation.  But sometimes it can be challenging to fit everything you need (and want) into a home with limited square footage.  Don’t despair!  Not only can you make it all fit, you can do it with style and create a comfortable, cozy home that suits all your needs. Here are some clever ideas for making the most of small spaces:

  • Make everything seem bigger by painting walls in light colors. 
  • Use small scale furniture rather than large, overstuffed pieces that will overwhelm the room.
  • Use mirrors to create the illusion of more space.  One mirror will make an impression, but two facing each other will make a bigger impact by amplifying the semblance of added area and light.
  • If you’re thinking of doing any renovations, consider adding a bay window. Not only will it maximize square footage, but it will provide the added bonus of flooding the house with natural light.
  • Keep things simple.  Clean lines make things feel streamlined and give the impression of openness.
  • Take advantage of high ceilings by going vertical with cabinetry.  Not only will it draw the eyes up and away from the limited counter space, but it will also provide maximum storage.
  • Continue thinking up and not out by utilizing tall bookshelves.
  • Use furniture pieces that serve more than one purpose.
  • Got stairs?  Don’t let the area underneath them go to waste.  There are great options for creating extra storage that will be functional and look great too.
  • If you’re going to hang curtains, hand them as high as you can to make the ceilings seem higher and extend the rods about 4 inches on either side to make windows seem wider and to allow more light in when they are open.

Downsizing and simplifying will make you realize that less really is more, but it doesn’t mean you must sacrifice style and comfort!

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Back to School Drop Zone

by Melissa Thompson

August. How did it get here so fast?  Seems like just yesterday we were buying end of school year teacher gifts and cleaning out book bags.  But the new school year has started and it’s time to get organized so that the transition from summer to school will go as smoothly as possible.  Creating a drop zone for the items your kids need for school will prevent the chaos and craziness that ensues when you’re rushing out the door and book bags/raincoats/lunch boxes are nowhere to be found.  Check out the following tips for creating a back to school drop zone:

KEEP IT SIMPLE

The whole idea is to create a space that can be maintained by your children.  So, keep it simple.  It’s ok if you want to make it cute, but too much “stuff” defeats the purpose of keeping things organized.

DESIGNATE A SPOT THAT IS CONVENIENT

Your kids will be ready to drop their bags the minute they walk through the door, so the drop zone should be easily accessible. Picking the perfect spot will go a long way toward making this system work for your family.

USE HOOKS FOR HANGING BAGS

You can experiment with different ideas to see what works best for you and your family.  Keep book bags off the floor and counter tops by providing hooks for hanging.  Use labels of some sort to designate spots for each child.  

MAKE ROOM FOR IMPORTANT PAPERS 

There is nothing worse than discovering that you have no idea where the permission slip is for your child’s field trip is on the day of the field trip!  It’s probably not the end of the world, but if you have to get to work, chances are you don’t have time to run by the school and sign another slip.  Make sure that never happens by having a special place for important school related papers.

BE CREATIVE

There are so many good ideas for drop zones available on the internet.  Whether you are utilizing a small space or you have a whole mud room to work with, be creative and make it a space that fits in with the décor of your home.

 

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Luxurious Laundry Rooms

by Melissa Thompson

The laundry room is probably not the first space you think of when you hear the word luxurious.  But it is a room you spend a lot of time in.  Doing laundry is a necessary part of life, so why not make it more appealing by creating a comfortable, practical and pretty environment that will make it feel less like a chore and more like a pleasant task. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make your laundry room a calm and soothing work space.  There are opulent touches you can add that will improve your disposition while performing the essential duties of washing, drying, folding and ironing.

 
  • Paint the room in a soft, neutral color - choose from greens, blues or yellow.
  • Hang some art on the walls.  Pick pieces that you love or are meaningful to you. You don’t have to spend a lot of money…just choose paintings or pictures that bring 
  • you joy.
  • If you lack storage in your laundry room, add some simple shelves with clean lines.  Get some clear containers for your detergent, fabric softener sheets, clothes pins etc. so you can dispose of the unsightly bags and boxes they come in. 
  • Use baskets or bins to pre-sort clothes into whites, colors, sheets, towels etc.
  • If your laundry room is spacious, create a folding area.  You can have a table or if you are using front loading machines, design a counter to go on top of them.  Add a small, wall-mounted television and a comfy chair, and folding clothes won’t seem so boring anymore.
  • Add a small vase with fresh flowers.  Being amidst the beauty of nature will make you feel better about being stuck indoors doing laundry!
  • Remember, guests are not likely to see your laundry room, so make it all about YOU.  Be funky and unique with your décor and have fun with it!  Before you know it, you will look forward to doing all that washing, drying and folding.  Ok…maybe you won’t look forward to it, but at least you won’t dread it! 

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Clearing the Clutter

by Melissa Thompson

Does your home suffer from “flat surface syndrome” (if there is a flat surface, it has something on it)? Is the “stuff” in your house ruling your life?  I’ve heard it said that a cluttered home leads to a cluttered mind.  Now is the time to declutter and simplify your life.  Here are some tips to help you minimize the clutter in your home and maximize your peace of mind!

  1. Stop the flow of stuff coming in.   Decluttering doesn’t work if you simply replace old stuff with new stuff. As you begin to simplify, you will need to slow the flow of things coming into your house.  Make a conscious decision today to buy less.  You won’t regret it. The freedom from the desire to acquire is a wonderful thing!
  2. Declutter at least one item a day. Decluttering doesn’t have to be done all at once.  You don’t have to disrupt your whole household with a frenzy of “cleaning out”.  Making it a gradual process will give you time to process what you are doing and to change the way you think about stuff.  That way it becomes a lifestyle change and not just a crash diet of decluttering.
  3. Declutter the easy stuff first. There is no reason to torture yourself by trying to declutter the hardest stuff first. Doing that would likely make you feel overwhelmed and deter you from completing the task all together.  Start with the easy stuff, and as your will to reduce strengthens, it will be easier to get rid of the harder stuff.
  4. Have a disposal plan in place. Do your research.  Investigate your options for selling, donating and/or recycling items you choose to get rid of. The more you prepare for the task, the easier it will be and the more likely you will follow through with it.  Check out Freecycle and Ebay and local thrift stores for disposal options.
  5. Decide not to keep things out of guilt or obligation. Only keep things that you love and use.  Don’t let other people determine what you should keep or get rid of.  If something is not meaningful or useful to you, get rid of it!
  6. Don’t be afraid to let go.  If you are hanging on to something because you might use it someday, don’t.  Be realistic.  If you haven’t used it in years, chances are you will never use it.  Let. It. Go.
  7. Gifts do not have to be material. There are many gifts that end up as clutter. Encourage people to follow the concept of giving alternative gifts such as experiences and time spent together.  Check out these Clutter Free Gift Guides for ideas.
  8. Do not over-equip your home.  Be realistic about your true needs.  When deciding what to keep, think about the number of people that live in your home.  If you buy new dishes or linens, make sure to get rid of the old ones.
  9. Only declutter what is yours.  Allow your other family members to decide which of their own belongings they want to keep and dispose of.
  10. Do not waste your life on clutter! Every item that you own takes time out of your life: time to manage it, repair it, take care of it, clean it and maintain it.  That’s in addition to the time you spent shopping for it or the time spent earning the money to pay for it in the first place.  Make the decision today to stop living for things.  Simplify and be happy!

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