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Tips on Purging Items from Your Closet

March 8th, 2017 · No Comments

If you are like most people you likely have a ton of stuff in your closet that you don’t really need.  There is something about having a full closet that makes one feel like they have all they need however the art of purging can make you feel so much better about life!  Below are a few tips on purging items from your closet to get you started in the right direction.

  1. When you begin to purge items from your closet  the best place to start is any clothing you haven’t worn in the last year.   A good way to figure this out if you struggle knowing what you have and haven’t worn is to turn all of your hangers backwards and as you wear a piece of clothing turn that hanger the opposite direction.  At the end of the year get rid of any clothes that still have the hanger turned backwards.
  2. Most likely you have a ton of shoes that you haven’t worn lately in your closet. A good idea for purging when it comes to shoes is to just look at them.  Do they have any holes or a lot of wear and tear?  If your answer to either question is yes then it is time to purge those particular shoes.
  3. Many of us have clothes in our closet that we simply can no longer fit into.  If this sounds familiar, do yourself and your closet space a favor and toss those clothes out.  Why waste much needed space in your closet with clothing you can no longer wear.   Make this fun by going out and purchasing a few new clothing items that fit you.  It’s always fun to purchase new clothes!
  4. If you have any clothes in your closet that you absolutely love but they have stains on them that just won’t come out….throw them away and purchase the same shirt or pants new if you just have to have them.
  5. T-Shirts and promotional clothing can also take up space in your closet that is unnecessarily wasted space. Find a spot or a drawer in which you can place these types of items if you feel the need to keep them for nostalgic reasons.

These are just a few ways in which you can get started purging items  from your closet to make the space a more useful and functional area.   Take what ideas work best for you and leave the rest.

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

Tags: Buyer Info · home improvement · home ownership · Seller Info

Top Things to Purge from Your Kitchen

February 8th, 2017 · No Comments

Top Things to Purge from Your Kitchen

Let’s face it we all have stuff we need to get rid of in our homes, and typically the kitchen has a ton of stuff that doesn’t need to be there lying around in it.  Since we are currently in the cold of winter, there is no time like the present to start cleaning out your kitchen and making it look a bit more presentable.  Below is a list of the top things you should purge from your kitchen.

  1. We all have one, a junk drawer and that junk drawer is many times located in the kitchen. It’s where we put all the items we have no idea what to do with but aren’t; quite sure we want to get rid of just yet.  Take that junk drawer and go through it with a fine tooth comb and decide what you need and what you don’t need.  Throw away all that you don’t need.  Most times the things you don’t need are the items you haven’t used in the past 6 months.  I promise you won’t miss anything.
  2. Another thing we all seem to have lying around our kitchens is all those restaurant sauce packets we feel the need to keep. Sure you might use one once in a while but most times they just take up space either in the junk drawer or in the refrigerator.  Throw all the restaurant condiments out!  It will make your kitchen look much lovelier.
  3. Yet another thing we all need to purge from our kitchens is the dressings, sauces and other items that have long since expired. There isn’t much worse than getting ready to put some sauce on your food only to find that it expired two years ago.  Clean out your fridge and only keep those things that you are going to use within the next week or so or at least make sure that all the dates are current.
  4. Most everyone has some sort of a stack of lids in their kitchen that they just can’t seem to find a container for. If you have a bunch of lids that don’t have matching containers to secure them to, why not just throw them out.  They no longer serve a purpose.

Hopefully this list of items you need to purge  from your kitchen will get you starting thinking in the right direction.  At least it will be a starting point for you.

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

Tags: Buyer Info · home improvement · home ownership · Seller Info

Tips To Get Rid Of Bad Odors in Your Home Before You Sell

January 11th, 2017 · No Comments

There are many things to think about before selling your home and many times folks tend to forget small steps to make a house show its best.  One of the things that might be forgotten or looked over by you when you are trying to sell your home is the way that it smells.  Most of the time, since we live in our homes we don’t smell anything when we enter our own house.  This is not true however for folks who have never set foot in your house and may be coming to a showing.  Below are a few tips to help you get rid of bad odors in your home   before you sell.

  1. Many times a showing will take place in the evening due to folks working during the day and that means that your evening meal may still be lingering throughout the house.  The best way to keep this from happening of course is to perhaps eat out on a night that you know your house is going to show.  However if you don’t know a showing is going to take place until the last minute you may need to open your windows for a while and turn on the range fan to get the residual dinner scent out of the house.
  2. Another odor that tends to turn folks off during a house showing is pet urine. No matter how well trained your animals may be, we all know that sometimes they have accidents and those accidents can add up to a smelly situation if not dealt with properly.  A good way to get rid of the scent of pet urine is to spray an enzyme spray that is specifically made for pet urine on the soiled area.
  3. Another bad odor you should get rid of before your showing is garbage disposal gunk. This one is sometimes hard to pinpoint exactly where the odor is coming from but once you find it, it is easy to get rid of with just a few slices of lemon down the drain.  Be sure to turn the disposal on and let the lemon do its thing!
  4. Be sure to take out the trash before a showing as well because garbage can have a foulness all its own that is not good for anyone to smell.

These are just a few ways to get rid of household odors before your house shows for a potential sale.  Hopefully these will be of some help to you and you will have an awesome showing, perhaps even with an offer!

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

Tags: home improvement · home ownership · Seller Info

Tips To Help Your Housekeeper Do Their Job

November 23rd, 2016 · No Comments

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Having a housekeeper to clean your house is a wonderful way to get some help with your housework if you have to work outside of the home and don’t have much time to do it yourself.  There are ways to make your housekeeper’s job a bit easier than it otherwise might be however and the list below is a list of tips to help your housekeeper have an easier time making your house more beautiful and tidy.

  1.  Be sure if you want your house cleaned like you want it that you are clear on specifics about what exactly it is you want done.  If you write a list of what all you want cleaned for example you need to spell out each thing you want done and how you want it done so that you are not disappointed when you get back home after the housekeeper has done their job.
  1. Another tip to help your housekeeper  get their job done well is to take care of your pets.  Your housekeeper is there to clean your house, not to pick up after your pets and their messes.  If you can take your pet over to a friend’s or family members house while your housekeeper is there cleaning it may be best for all involved.
  1. If you have things around the house that you can do before the housekeeper comes you may save yourself a bit of money.  An example of the types of things you can go ahead and get done before the housekeeper comes is to get rid of your trash from last night’s dinner as well as go ahead and wash the dishes.
  1. If there is something really nasty in the house such as dog poo then clean it up before your housekeeper gets there. If it is too nasty for you then it is too nasty for your housekeeper and you shouldn’t expect them to take care of it for you.
  1. Clean up any clutter before your housekeeper comes to your home so that they won’t have a hard time getting the floors cleaned and also so they won’t have to wonder where things belong and therefore may end up putting something in the wrong spot.

These are just a few tips that will make your housekeepers life a bit easier.  If a clean house is what you are after, do your part to make it happen and to keep your housekeeper happy.

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

Tags: home improvement · home ownership