RISMedia's Real Estate Magazine

FEB 2018

Real Estate magazine is the industry's leading source for real estate news and information since 1980. Published monthly by RISMedia, Real Estate magazine offers timely and relevant real estate news to the industry's top brokers and agents.

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RISMedia's REAL ESTATE February 2018 87 {Blog Spot} Place Stress-Free Living Above Sentimentality If you're a sentimental person, it can be hard to organize efficiently. Vetting through items becomes a dreaded task, choosing to store precious mementos can feel coun- terintuitive, and it can be difficult to clean around the piles of memories throughout your home. Visualizing how much easier your home will be to care for once you've parted with a few extra items is key to getting started. Tackle the Paperwork Kids' art projects, semi-important receipts and memorabilia you just can't let go of all tend to become wandering souls, moved from sur- face to surface without a real home. End the clutter shuffle by purchas- ing accordion folders for tax papers, temporary receipt savings and war- ranty information, and by purchasing photo boxes or magazine organizers for the rest. When your mementos box becomes too full, it's time to vet what you've saved. Declutter and Donate All organizing should begin with a good purge. Start with the easy part, and toss worn out or broken items. When tackling this step, don't be wasteful, but do be realistic. For ex- ample, those strappy sandals you were sure you could find a way to fix? They aren't worth the real es- tate in your closet. Recycle any items that can be recycled, and say goodbye to garbage that's taking up precious storage space in your life. Rotate Gifts If you have young children, chances are you're overwhelmed with the amount of toys your kids continue to receive from friends and well-mean- ing relatives. The reality is, children don't have the attention span to truly enjoy all of these presents at once. Instead of inviting chaos from over-stimulated children pulling out several toys at once, take a few of the new presents and put them away for later. Down the road, when the current toys lose their appeal, swap them out for the new items. In a month or two, repeat the pro- cess, and your child will be perpetu- ally entertained with "new" toys to examine. Better yet, you won't have to clean up a plethora of playthings each evening. Getting organized can feel like a daunting project, but little tasks can lead to a big accomplishment. If maintaining a calm and organized home is on your list of resolutions this year, there's no better time to start. RE This article originally appeared on RISMedia's blog, Housecall. Visit us at blog.rismedia.com. Have You Resolved to Get Organized? 4 Techniques for 2018 by Brentnie Daggett W ith the holidays behind us and New Year's resolutions still going strong, you may find that organization is at the top of your list of things to accomplish this year. While it can be tempting to hide everything in a closet and try to deal with the resulting tornado later, there's no better time to declutter. In addition to making space for new gifts, organizing and decluttering will also provide the opportunity to give back to those who need it most.

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