Jun
   23

 

Staging your home is no easy feat, and it can be even more difficult with kids around. Imagine adding staging errands on top of everything else you already do on a daily basis! Four years ago, my husband and I faced the daunting task of selling our home. It was challenging, having to stage our house while corralling four active kids. With a bit of time management, some creativity and organization, and a lot of planning, we were able to pull it off. Here are some tips to get your home in tip-top shape and ready for viewing in no time.

Think of Your Audience

stage for everyone
Photo from Fawn Over Baby

Make your home appeal to everyone by minimizing all the kid stuff — discard, donate, or store most of their toys. This will really cut down on the clutter and help you organize things much quicker. Neutralize the color palette in your nursery or children’s bedroom, too. You can still leave a few homey touches, but keep them to a minimum.

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  Jun
   15

 

The garden or lawn is the perfect venue for summer parties, and with warmer weather here, go ahead and create your guest list and start getting your garden ready for summer festivities! From stringing white lights to touching up your fence, here are some ideas for taking your outdoor space from shabby to chic.

Trim It Down

Garden Rock Border (www.onsuttonplace.com)
Photo from On Sutton Place.

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  Jun
   08

 

Thinking of graduation gifts to give graduates — whether from kindergarten or college can be overwhelming, especially when you are looking for that perfect something. Luckily, with some creativity and imagination, you can give your kids graduation presents that they’ll enjoy and appreciate. From a special trip to the zoo for young students to a bountiful food basket for the college freshman, these graduation gift ideas are easy, fun, and absolutely helpful for the next stage in their lives!
 
For the younger graduates
 
Give them books
 

 
For the younger set, a book celebrating their milestone will do the trick. And if you’re feeling super motivated, you can have a book signed by your child’s teacher at the end of each school year, like this one from Cleverly Simple. I love this idea — the best part is if you remember to do this each school year, your kids will have an amazing collection of notes from their teachers to inspire and encourage. Let’s face it, the road to graduation — both high school & college — it’s lengthy! Students need all the encouragement they can get.
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  Jun
   03

 

It’s hard to believe, but four short years ago my husband and I were preparing to sell our home of 11 years and move to a different state! At the time, we had four children aged 5 and under: a 5-year-old, a 4-year-old, and 2-year-old twins. If you can imagine, our house was filled to the brim with kid stuff and eleven years’ worth of collected belongings.

Needless to say, we felt pretty overwhelmed. Where do you even begin? Enter our fantastic realtor, Keith. What I really appreciated was that he didn’t walk in and tell us what we wanted to hear. He listed the essential things we needed to make happen in order to sell our house during the worst housing crisis the United States had ever experienced. He was honest; we needed to lose half the accumulated belongings in our space, including the endless kid stuff! We had to repaint our main living space (living room & dining room) that had been well-loved by four toddlers. And finally, it was necessary to make critical repairs to our detached garage. Within a short amount of time, we took his advice and rented a storage space and cleared out all the clutter. We made a few cosmetic changes, as well as repairs, to the garage, and got the house on the market.

I recently chatted with him to get his input as a realty veteran for twenty-plus years, on essentials for prepping and staging your home to sell. Here are his tips and some of mine, too!

Segregate Your Belongings

Now is the time to declutter. I know it’s hard to let go of the treasures you’ve hung onto over the years, especially those with sentimental value, but it’s crucial to get rid of what’s no longer needed. Not only is it the first step to getting your house cleaner and more organized, but you’ll be thankful come moving time that you’ve got less to pack away and cart around.

Perhaps the best way to tackle this daunting task is to sort your belongings into different piles: what you’ll keep, recycle, donate, or throw away. Getting a rental unit is another option; I know I couldn’t bear to throw away some things that reminded me of family milestones, but that weren’t necessary to our day-to-day life anymore. Storage lets you put those away so you can still get back to them later on. (more…)


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  Jun
   01

 

Get your home ready for the summer heat — and I’m not talking about air conditioning! With hot weather approaching, try a few fast and simple summer decorating ideas that can make your home more comfortable and summer-friendly. From cleaning up your entryway to having a party-ready yard, here are some tips for having a summer-ified home!
 
Declutter First
 


 
Clear out your clutter to bring instant calm to your rooms; The Nester calls this quieting a room. It doesn’t have to be a complete overhaul, just enough to introduce a clear space to your home. Declutter one room per day or two hours daily to make it easier for you. And, the best part about decluttering is that it’s free!
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