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Posted by Upper Cape Realty on 2/6/2019

Although clutter in your home may seem like an insignificant problem, it can actually have a negative impact on everything from your personal productivity to family relationships.

When dirty dishes pile up, clothes gather on the floor, and toys are scattered everywhere, it often creates a feeling of discouragement that can seep into every aspect of your life.

While most people view clutter as an annoyance or an eyesore, studies have shown that it can contribute to stress, feelings of guilt, and even depression. Books have been written on the topic and well-known websites have devoted countless pages to the connection between stress and clutter.

In addition to feeling embarrassed when guests drop over unexpectedly, household clutter makes it difficult to find important things, like car keys, homework assignments, or cell phones. A disorganized, messy home can also lead to bills being paid late, which can bring with it a whole separate set of problems, such as late payment fees, collection letters, and credit rating issues. For people planning on applying for a mortgage in the near future, a damaged credit score could adversely affect interest rates, loan terms, or even their chances of obtaining a mortgage.

Fortunately, there are ways to turn the tide on your battle with household clutter. The first step, of course, is to recognize that you have a problem. The second step is to begin writing a plan or set of goals for taking charge of the clutter. The third step is to begin taking action and to set aside 15 to 30 minutes a day for organizing your home and putting clutter in its place!

If you're considering putting your home on the market in the near future, you may need to bump up that time allotment! Cluttered closets, storage areas, and countertops are sure to send the wrong message to prospective home buyers. Living areas that contain too much furniture, stacks of magazines, or piles of unsorted mail will convey an unwanted image of chaos, messiness, and disarray. Clutter can also have the effect of making rooms look smaller and less appealing.

In addition to establishing new and better habits for keeping your home organized and looking its best, it's also important to enlist the cooperation of your family. When everyone does their part to keep your home looking presentable and well maintained, fewer things will get misplaced, moods will be lifted, and you'll no longer feel embarrassed when company drops by!

The best time to begin attacking the problem is now. If the project seems overwhelming, the solution is to start small, but stick with it on a daily basis. As the famous quote says, "The race does not always go to the swift, but to those who keep on running."

Posted by Upper Cape Realty on 10/24/2018

Living with kids can be challenging for so many reasons. One of the biggest concerns that most parents have within their home besides keeping their home safe is keeping it neat and clean. Although it can seem like an impossible task, you can keep your house clean while your kids are still living in the house. Read on for some tips to a clean and organized house. 

Get Rid Of What You Donít Use

Too much stuff is one of the first problems in a messy home. You need to make a list of every space in your home. See which areas need improvement. Start in those spots to see how much more space you can make. Keep only the essentials. Everything else should be donated or tossed in the trash. If you have more space to get organized, the task of being neat will be even easier to achieve.

Everything Needs A Place

After you get rid of what you donít use, clutter can still accumulate easily. If you donít have a system in place to help your kids put things away, chaos will continue to ensue. How do you develop a sense or organization? Group things together. Electronics, batteries, and cords should go together. Different types of toys can have separate bins and containers. Keep blocks with other blocks and crayons with art supplies. Not only will things be more accessible to put away for your kids, but theyíll also be able to find item easier as well. Do you see that you still need a ďjunk drawerĒ? You can designate one spot in the house for miscellaneous things that either need a home or are in transition. Just donít let this space be too big or get out of hand. 

Have A Clean-Up Time In Place

Sometimes, clutter becomes a problem because we donít make cleaning up a priority. Add cleaning up clutter to your list of what needs to be done on a daily basis. Just as you clean your dirty dishes up from the sink, you should take the time to put items back in their place. Are you a procrastinator? Make sure you keep the importance of cleaning up fresh in your mind. Keeping clutter at bay is a habit that needs to be developed by both you and your kids. As a parent, you can make a game or competition out of clean up time. This contest can help to motivate your kids to learn your organizational systems and keep them in place. 

Keeping a neat house when you have kids isnít as impossible as it seems when you attack the project from the right angle.   

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Posted by Upper Cape Realty on 7/20/2016

Declutter your home and your stress may lower. You might also enjoy greater mental clarity. Reduced financial waste, greater personal savings and less time spent searching for keys, gadgets and other misplaced items are additional advantages that you could receive after you declutter your home. Get Rid of Excess and Gain More Space Even if your home is overloaded with furniture, it's possible to declutter your home in 30 days. It's also trouble free, especially if you really want to simplify your life. To start, get large moving boxes to place needless items inside. Other steps that you can take to declutter your home are:

  1. Identify items that you don't need. As a tip, if you haven't used an item in three months or longer, there's a good chance that you don't need it.
  2. Place three to five items in a box each day.
  3. Go through your closet and place clothes that are either too big or too small for you in a box.
  4. Remove packaged dry food from countertops and place them in cupboards. Keep sauce pans and skillets beneath the kitchen sink.
  5. Donate old books to your local library.
  6. Store folding chairs in the garage or a storage closet.
  7. Install brighter lights in dimly lit rooms and remove heavy drapes from windows to allow more natural light inside your home. Not only can this step help to declutter your home, it could also keep your home cooler in spring and summer, potentially lowering your utility bill.
  8. Install a ceiling fan and get rid of floor fans or store floor fans in a closet or the garage until they are needed.
  9. Build decorative shelves in one or more rooms of your home. Place family pictures, knick knacks and books in the shelves. Remove empty bookcases from your home.
  10. Clean the attic, garage and storage closets at the start of each new season.
For large items like sofas, chairs and dressers that you are ready to let go of, consider calling a charity and asking them if they will pick up the furniture free of charge. Also, declutter your home office if you telecommute.† You could store paper files electronically and set a date for when you will get rid of old files. As an example, you might decide to get rid of files that are 10 years or older. Consumerism drives us to spend, buying furniture, gadgets, clothes and jewelry that we don't need and might only use once. A decluttered home can make your home more spacious and help you recognize what's most important, behaviors like spending quality time with your family, getting outdoors more, participating in your favorite hobbies and setting aside time each day to relax.