Real Estate Tips: Preparing You & Your Home for School

August is usually the month for going back-to-school and you and your home can suddenly spin out of control. Below is a list of some hopeful tips to help you stay organized during this crazy time. 

1) Establish a routine. Start homework as soon as the kids get home from school. This is a great way to cut down the stress before bedtime. Also, Preparing food for lunches, laying out clothes, signing all homework, etc… can be done the night before and will save you time in the mornings.  

2) Get a calendar. Having a calendar on a wall near the kitchen can help you keep track of daily, weekly or monthly activities at a glance. You should include family event, test dates & other important information. Try adding a inspirational quote to the top every month. 

3) Make a designated area for school backpacks. A mudroom is an excellent place to keep backpacks. This way, they are out of sight to your guest yet your family knows exactly where to look for them the next day.   

4) Prep lunches. Its a good idea to have designated areas for school lunches in the refrigerator and pantry. This way you can grab the items you need to make a quick lunch. 
    Refrigerator: Make designated area for juice boxes (school drinks) in the door.

    Pantry: Designate a shelf or drawer for school lunches & store single serve                        snack items in different baskets or containers.

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Real Estate Tips: Let’s Get Organized!

Did you make a New Year’s resolution? If not, maybe we can help. Lets try to get organized this year. Below are a few tips to help you focus on your home and organization skills.

Mail call –  Most of us are guilty of getting the mail and tossing it on the counter where it piles up. It’s time to get your mail organized. Each day, toss junk mail straight into the trash or recycling bin and keep all bills and reading material in a separate area to help keep this situation under control. 

Stress list – Do you have so much to do to your home and don’t know where to begin? Start a list. Write down all the items and/or areas of your home that cause you stress. Then one by one, tackle the list until you’re finished. You will feel less overwhelmed and a great sense of accomplishment.

Five-minute rule – Have everyone in your household spend five minutes picking up toys, clothes, etc…before bedtime to help keep your home looking tidy. This will also free up some time for you.

Real Estate Tip: End of the Year Organization

  It’s the time of year where summer and fall need to be packed up and put away to make room for the upcoming holiday and winter seasons. Here are some ways to get started:    Pack It Up: The key to home organization is a good collection of storage containers. The act of simply packing up clothes and shoes that are out of season can make a huge difference in your house.    Label It: Some large storage containers come with dry erase or chalkboard areas on which you can write the contents of boxes. Try to keep holiday items together. Color-coding your storage (green for Christmas storage and so on) eliminates the need to label. Clothing should be labeled for sizing, but try to pack up contractor bags for donating to charity in order to cut down on storage space.    Fall/Winter Cleaning: You hear about spring cleaning all the time, but fall/winter with all its back-to-school clutter and sports equipment mud can often be a time where your home needs a good cleaning the most. Set time aside on your calendar for vacuuming, cleaning the bathrooms, or scrubbing the kitchen. Have a little extra cash? Consider a whole house cleaning- nothing makes you feel your home is ready for company more than a good scrub.   Decorate Your Dining Room: The oft-unused formal dining room often becomes the focus of seasonal holiday events. Clear the bills off the table, put on a pretty seasonal tablecloth, and buy some matching candles or a pretty silk flower arrangement for a centerpiece. Feeling like there’s one truly welcoming room in your home will help you be more comfortable with the upcoming family visits and holiday celebrations. Source: