Home Organization 101: Top 7 Tips for a Show-Ready House

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Selling your house and having troubles keeping it clean for showings? Make life easier with these top 7 tips to keep your home organized in the midst of chaos!
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1) Put it Back

This is the simplest tip and the one that, if it’s the only tip you follow, will render your house “clean enough.” Rethink the storage locations of the things you hate putting away the most. For example, move the most used dishes directly above the dishwasher so they get put away with more ease.

2) Keep it Local

A sharpie in the freezer to mark those bagged leftovers, pens and a notepad by where you plug in your iPhone, laundry detergent with clothes, dishes stashed near the sink, the extra set of sheets stored underneath the mattress. Even if the place you put it seems crazy (jewelry in the kitchen, vitamins by the front door), if it works for you and it gets put back, work it. It’s your house.

3) Chuck It!

Some stuff, as much as you love it and think it’s ridiculously beautiful and useful, is just not working for your life. As hard as it is to admit that there isn’t a place in your life for that fully-equipped wicker picnic hamper or hand-painted teaset that you’ve never used, getting rid of these things can have an enormous affect on your cleaning routine. Let your home have more room to house the things you actually use and feel a lot less guilty.

4) Create an Outbox

Place unnessecary items in an “Outbox” and subconsciously work through the anxiety of getting rid of it. After about a month or so, it’s easier to make a rational decision about what to do with it.

5) Quality over Quantity

Life can get a lot simpler when you start to cut down on quantity of items purchased. For example, having only two sets of high-quality sheets—one for the wash, one for the bed. It feels good to have less to store, and higher quality items are more likely to get used.

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Concentrate on keeping one thing clean in each room, making the rest of the room feel clean, thereby spreading to the surrounding areas. That may mean keeping the bed made, the coffee table clear, the desk free of papers and the bathroom sink wiped.

7) The Landing Strip

It’s not only a place to put down the mail and your keys, but it’s also a launch pad to put items that will be used the next day. This way you may be less likely to rip apart the house looking for your phone or wallet. Home clean home is home sweet home.
Article courtesy of ApartmentTherapy.com

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