Now that 2016Â is here and the busyness of the holidays isÂ over, many people are setting New Yearâ€™s resolutions â€” whether personal, professional, or real estate-related. It is the perfect time to setÂ goals and welcome the new year with a fresh start. And what better way to start the new year freshÂ than by cleaning and organizing your home?
10 WaysÂ toÂ Get Rid of Last Yearâ€™s Clutter
â€œOut with the old, in with the newâ€ as the saying goes.Â To help you start fresh with a clean and organizedÂ home, here are ten tips for kicking out the clutter and keeping it out in the new year.
1. Tackle Holiday Messes First
The busyness of the holidays often brings messes â€” shredded wrapping paper, loose Christmas tree needles, half-eaten leftovers in the fridge. Cleaning up from the holidays is a great place to start, andÂ HGTV offersÂ a great article about how to clean your home in 45 minutes.
Now that the holidays are over and the constant flow of guests has diminished, give your floors a little TLC with a thoroughÂ vacuuming. Even this simple cleaning task can make a world of difference inÂ the look and feel of your home.
3. Open the Windows
Freshen up your living spaces by letting in the natural light. Opening the windows helps make your home seem more inviting toÂ 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.
5. Dust in High and Low Places
Give your rooms a thorough dusting to get rid of last yearâ€™s grime, starting with the lowest shelf on the bookcase and moving up to the ceiling fans and the hardly seen areas behind your shelves.
6. Replace Light Bulbs and Fix Squeaky Doors
Have a minor fixÂ that you havenâ€™t gottenÂ around to correcting yet? Maybe itâ€™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.
7. Organize and Declutter
We all have that one space we use as a catch-all for our miscellaneous clutter, whether itâ€™s a closet, a chair, or a table. This year, keep the clutter at bay by getting rid of unused items, removing the clutter catch-all, or organizing everything in labeled bins.
8. Donate or Discard Old Clothes
What better way to say â€œout with the oldâ€ than to get rid of any shirts, jackets, pants, or shoes that you no longer wear? Now youâ€™ll have more space in your closets andÂ more room for new clothes.
A clean shower door and bathroom wall can do wonders to enhance the overall appearance of your bathroom. DIY Network has several easy cleaning tricks for bathroomÂ sinks, shower heads, and toilets that you can use to get rid of the built-up soap scum and grime.
10. Put Out a New Welcome Mat
What better way to welcome the new year and your guests than with a new, cleanÂ welcome mat? Youâ€™ll impress your visitors from the moment they walk in, and that curb appeal can do wonders for how even your neighborsÂ perceive your home.
DeclutteringÂ Works Well During Home Staging, Too
These home organization tips can work wonders when you sell your home, since the foundation of home stagingÂ includesÂ decluttering and cleaning toÂ give buyers the best first impression. If you are selling your home in the new year, 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 Yearâ€™s and are looking forward to what 2016 has in store. Let us know if thereÂ is any way we can help make the home selling process easier onÂ you in the new year.