How to Declutter Your House to Sell During COVID-19

Due to social distancing mandates as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, you might have a lot of time on your hands these days. If you’re quarantined, why not spend some of that time decluttering your house? Whether you’re in the midst of selling or just getting started, decluttering is one of the wisest actions you can take. Not only can it help you prepare to move, but it can enable potential buyers to picture themselves living in the house more easily — which is a win for you. But how should you approach the decluttering process? Let’s explore five tips to help you declutter your house to sell during COVID-19.

 

1. Categorize your belongings

Now is the time to determine what should stay and what should go. The ideal way to approach this is to focus on what you actually use. If you have three sets of dishes, but you only use one set on a daily basis, put the others away if they have sentimental value. Be honest about the degree to which you use certain items. What can be kept in the house, kept but packed, tossed, recycled, donated, and sold? As you move through the house, room by room, and categorize your belongings, consider using your garage as an organizing space.

2. Make a plan for bulky items and electronics

Whether you have an old TV, computer, or video game console, and other electronics you may have accumulated over the years, determine a) whether it’s in working condition, b) whether it’s sentimental, and c) whether it can be recycled or given away. Categorize them as before, wipe any remaining data from the hard drives, and set them aside. You can then research special electronics recycling days in your area. However, keep in mind that depending on where you live, this service may be suspended until further notice due to COVID-19. If that’s the case, you can still categorize your electronics while you’re at home and schedule a pickup when the suspension is lifted.

3. Tackle one small area at a time

When you stand in your house and look around, the task of decluttering may feel like a herculean effort. Avoid becoming overwhelmed by taking it one step, one room, and one section at a time. Try starting with items that have less sentimental value and can easily be replaced. If you think you might have a hard time letting go, this is a good way to slowly work up to minimizing your belongings — or at the very least, making a plan for them.

4. Use clear bins

If you’re not quite ready to pack your belongings in boxes, organize the ones you want to keep (but are not using everyday) with clear bins. From sentimental clothing and important papers to extra books and special knick knacks, consider separating these items in clear bins and stowing them in your garage or another large storage area. This way, you know exactly what each bin contains should you need to add or retrieve anything as you prepare to sell your house. 

5. Walk in the buyer’s shoes

As you categorize and organize your belongings, it’s wise to picture each room from the buyer’s perspective. For example, after sifting through items in your master bedroom, take a step back and walk in as if you were a buyer seeing the room for the first time. Does any item, like a framed photograph, detract from your experience? If so, consider removing it completely. At the end of the day, you want buyers to feel like they can picture themselves living in the house. So be sure to declutter to create an open, transferrable environment that still retains its charm and appeal.

 

Sellers and agents have become more reliant on digital selling techniques, like virtual tours and live-streaming, from the impact of COVID-19. As a result, the task of decluttering your house is even more critical. By using these tips to declutter your rooms and categorize your items, you’re also setting the stage to sell your home during the coronavirus — and beyond.

 

For more on COVID-19 and real estate, check out HomeLight’s Top Agent Insights report.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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5 Easy Ways to Streamline Your Life

 

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From easy recipes to saving money, working moms are always looking for ways to streamline their busy lives. Below, we’ll discuss 5 ways moms can simplify their days, improve their finances, and free up more time for the things (and people) they love. 

Carpool Ride-Sharing

If every day feels the same, it might be time to look for ways to switch things up! What mom wouldn’t love to have a few mornings or afternoons to herself to take care of errands or get in an extra workout? If you have school-aged children and are feeling more like a chauffeur than a mom – you’re not alone. Reach out to the parents at your child’s school and see if anyone would like to join a carpool ride-sharing group. With several parents rotating shifts throughout the week, everyone can get more done! This can also be a great idea for your child’s sports teams and events. 

Go Green

Saving money doesn’t have to be complicated. One of the simplest ways to improve your finances is to consider investing in renewable energy. Solar panels can drastically reduce your energy costs over the life of your home. There are plenty of solar companies to choose from. Shop around and see what savings are available by finally joining the bandwagon and making the switch! 

Meal Prep

Using Sunday afternoons to prep meals for the week is a great timesaver. It takes a bit of practice, but it’s well worth the effort. Prepping meals can mean a few different things. Some people are satisfied by simply writing out the meal plans for each day of the workweek. This prevents mental fatigue, bickering among the kids, and last-minute grocery store runs. Other moms do actual cooking in bulk on the weekends, and carefully divide up portions to be used throughout the week. Chili, soup, chicken, beans and rice are all great options to prepare in bulk and divy out as the week goes on. 

Morning Workouts

Remember all that free time you gained from joining a carpool or rideshare for the kids? Don’t just waste that precious time scrolling on social media and drinking coffee – get up and move! Working out in the morning sets the tone for success. Get more work done throughout the day with a clear head, strong body, and plenty of post-workout, feel-good chemicals. Did we mention your clothes will fit better? 

Bulk Shopping

It’s believed that one of the key ways people can improve their spending is through bulk shopping. If you can afford it, buying items in bulk can save you tons of cash. When you purchase items from bulk shopping stores, you’re often saving 15-20% over the normal retail price you’d pay on a per-item basis. Bulk shopping comes with some drawbacks, like more plastic waste – so be sure to be conscientious and recycle whenever possible. Hate big box stores? You can find places that sell bulk items online

Start implementing these practices today, and watch your finances, free time, and fitness improve dramatically! 

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Making the Perfect Packed Lunch for Your Children

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When you’re planning your child’s meals, chances are you lay the bulk of focus on breakfast and dinner, as these are meals you can generally make at home and ensure your little ones are eating properly. But their lunch is extremely important too! If your kid takes packed lunches to school, why not place a little more focus on ensuring they get the best meal possible? Here are some suggestions that could create exciting, healthy and balanced lunches for them!

The Main Aspect of the Meal

Sandwiches are great for lunchboxes. They’re easy to make, they can be eaten without any cutlery and they can be wrapped easily. But this isn’t the only option when it comes to your little one’s lunch. Remember that you can get more creative. Why not cook something that can be eaten cold at lunch? This will mix things up and make sure that your child’s diet is balanced and more exciting each day. Why not make something like rasta pasta, sushi, a wrap, a salad packed with extras like tofu or chickpeas, or anything else?

A Whole Piece of Fruit

Kids, like everyone else, should eat five portions of fruit or vegetables a day. Their lunch box is a great way to work some of this into their diet. A whole apple, banana or pear can be thrown in easily and doesn’t need to be wrapped. Softer fruits, such as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, sliced grapes, and kiwi slices are another option, but these will have to be placed in tupperware of some sort to avoid them getting squashed.

Special Treats

Of course, health comes in moderation. You don’t have to completely eliminate sugar or healthy fats from your child’s diet. Everything should be balanced and a small occasional treat can bring a big smile to your child’s face when they open their lunch box. An unexpected piece of cake, a small bar of chocolate or something else can be absolutely fine in their lunch.

Don’t Forget a Drink

When we pack our kids’ lunch, the food itself tends to be our main area of focus. But you need to remember to include a drink too! Staying hydrated is extremely important for everyone, including little ones. But it is particularly important that you choose your child’s drink wisely. All too many unhealthy drinks are specifically targeted at children, who are likely to encourage their parents to buy the bright packaging packed with excess sugar. Instead, there are healthier alternatives that won’t prove so damaging for your little one’s teeth. Water tends to be best, but flavoured waters can be fine too and a little more fun for your kid. Good options include bottled drinks, pouches or cans, as these can be easily and safely stored in your child’s lunch box without spilling easily.

These are just a few different elements of your child’s lunch that you can focus on. Hopefully, some of the above advice will help you to make great quality lunches that will provide your child with all the nutrition they need!

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Amazingly Simple Ways To Save Water At Home

You wouldn’t think that it’s possible to cut back on your water usage at home, but when there is a water shortage, you don’t get a choice. The best thing that you can do to ensure that you don’t have to suffer through a water shortage is to save as much water as you can this can be done every single day and updating your home to make it a water-saving house is so important if you want to ensure that you are getting this right! 

 

The biggest ways you use water in the home is with your toilet, shower, washer and dishwasher. It’s easy to overlook saving water but if you want to be greener in your home, it’s the best way to get started. Below, we’ve got some of the simplest updates that you can make to ensure that you are able to conserve water at home.

 

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Slow It Down

You can save water simply by slowing the flow of water that you are using. Toilets and showerheads, bath taps and kitchen taps can all benefit from being fitted with valves to reduce the water flow. When you do this, you stop using as much water as you usually would, and while you may have older fittings, you can add these and save both money and water.

Upgrade Your Appliances

Older appliances waste more water than the newer models, and the only way to prevent this is by upgrading to appliances that have excellent water ratings. The stores that you plan to buy from should be able to show you which are the better options. The more stars on the label, the less water it will use. You’ll save money and you’ll save the environment.

Install Rainwater Tanks

You don’t have to spend a ton of money to be able to do this, but rainwater tanks from The Water Tank Factory can make all the difference to how much water you use. When you use how much rainwater you can use the water you save will change. You can install rain tanks and save a ton of water without even trying as it collects the rain from the sky! You can then use that water on the house, the garden and in the toilets. Collecting and recycling your water is a smart thing to do and you don’t have to have a huge tank at the side of the house. Your tank can be as slim as you like and discreet enough to hide behind the home.

Ditch the Dishwasher

It’s nice to have a dishwasher: it saves time and it ensures that your dishes are clean. However, you have a perfectly good pair of hands and if everyone helps, you can get the dishes done by hand with one sinkful of water! If you really cannot part with your dishwasher, consider waiting until the load is full before you run it. You should also schedule regular cleanings so that you can ensure it’s running to optimum efficiency.

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I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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After School Activities To Set Your Child Up For The Future

Every parent wants nothing but the best for their child. No matter the circumstances, mothers, fathers, and guardians work tirelessly to provide a prosperous future for their children. While daily efforts are made to create optimal childhood environments, the reality of modern life is that it can be hard to find time for your children to have an opportunity at everything. 

Although you may enroll your child in an extracurricular activity or two, it’s difficult to know what the best activities are. Some parents adopt a very hands-on approach by signing their kids up for lots of different activities and classes. However, this can have a negative impact. Forcing children into things can ruin the enjoyment.

The truth of the matter is that there is no golden formula for setting your child up for the future. Different personalities suit various hobbies and activities. The most important thing is to give your child the opportunity to try out different things. 

If you’re looking to add to your child’s development by signing them up for some after school activities, here are some great ideas. 

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Team sports

There are several amazing benefits for children in team sports, both socially and physically.

First and foremost, they are benefitting from regular exercise. This helps keep them physically fit, strong, and healthy. 

Secondly, team sports involve a lot of skill development. Whether it’s hand-eye coordination, ball skills, footwork, or other sports-related skills, this can help with many other aspects of your child’s life. 

Finally, while competitiveness isn’t necessary at a very young age, participating in team sports teaches children how to win and lose in a healthy environment. In life, things don’t always go the way you want, meaning this is a valuable lesson to learn. 

 

Artistic outlets

Arts, crafts, and other creative outlets have much more benefits for kids than you might think. They enhance coordination, skill level, and problem-solving abilities. Art boosts confidence and self-esteem as it shows children that they have the power to create. 

As an innovative activity, art provides children with an alternative form of expression. This can be a crucial aspect of their development. 

 

Additional classes

Education is a vital part of a child’s development. Certain kids require additional lessons to reach their potential, while others rely on extra classes to keep up with their peers. Find online school resources for your child and help them reach their true potential.

 

Music lessons

Like painting, drawing, or crafting, music is an artistic and expressive activity that brings joy to so many children. Music plays a major role in several cultures and can be a natural inclination for a lot of kids. 

If your child expresses interest in music or musical instruments, consider enrolling them in some lessons. Dance classes are hugely beneficial, while instruments such as guitar, piano, ukelele, and flute can be picked up quickly. 

 

Learning a second language

Childhood is often seen as the best time to learn a language. Learning a second language can improve critical thinking, listening skills, memory, concentration, and multitasking abilities. As well as developmental benefits, a second language can open up children to new cultures and gives them more opportunities for the future.  

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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