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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  May
   16

 

In our 2014 Celebrating Those Who Served campaign, we heard many touching stories of obstacles US veterans and their families face. Our veterans have encountered many challenges in the line of fire, but their trials continue even here at home, in the form of homelessness, PTSD, and unemployment.

This Memorial Day, Christmas Tree Market honors the bravery of our soldiers and acknowledge the obstacles they face every day. Learn more about our veterans, the statistics, organizations, and other facts surrounding the U.S. Armed Forces in this infographic from Christmas Tree Market.

Military Infographic


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  May
   11

 

Christmas Tree Market’s Emerald Fir: Defining Value

Christmas Tree Market’s Emerald Fir: Defining Value
Christmas Tree Market’s Emerald Fir: Defining Value

At Christmas Tree Market, we believe true value comes from a combination of practical features, great pricing, and even better construction quality. Today, we look at why the Emerald Fir is one of Christmas Tree Market’s best sellers and one of the best value for money artificial Christmas trees around.

Value for Money Defined

The Emerald Fir’s solid PVC construction and premium features define “value for money.” Made from high quality PVC branches, the tree stays lush and upright through years and years of use. The needles are two shades of green — a deep, dark green and a lighter, more traditional green. A touch of brown along the stems gives this artificial Christmas tree a more natural appearance. The Emerald Fir features a sturdy folding metal stand that keeps the tree in place throughout the holiday season, and pre-lit models also come with UL-approved commercial grade bulbs, which stay lit even if one bulb burns out. A tree of similar quality would often retail for $300 or $400, but at Christmas Tree Market, you can find it on sale for under $200 with free shipping included.
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  Apr
   29

 

For non-Christmas-y door wreaths, I love a simple grapevine wreath, favorite ribbon, and green foliage. They are easy to make, and instantly liven up any space — in this case, the front door.
 
For these projects, I made a quick trip to Hobby Lobby and picked up two grapevine wreaths and spring-like foliage that I loved. In addition, I purchased ribbon to coordinate with my wreaths. The grapevine wreaths are very affordable at Hobby Lobby. And while the flower garland is pricier, luckily there was a 50% garland sale which made it much more affordable.
 
Both of these wreaths are made using this tutorial from On Sutton Place. Ann provides really clear, easy to follow instructions. My only change was using one grapevine wreath per project instead of wiring together two wreaths as she suggested. I also followed her really simple bow-making tutorial for these projects.
 
Check out my quick and easy front door DIY wreaths for summer!
 
DIY Grapevine and Flower Wreath
 

DIY Door Wreaths – Grapevine and Flower Wreath
White flowers on green foliage is a great combination for spring!

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