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HOW TO KEEP YOUR HOME CLEAN AND ORGANIZED AFTER A MOVE

The process of moving can seem never-ending. But there’s nothing quite like the feeling of finally getting everything unpacked and settling into your home. Those first few days after unpacking are pretty glorious—everything is in its right place and your space is perfectly clean and uncluttered. The good news is, it’s actually pretty easy to keep it that way.

Embrace small changes first

If you’re generally a bit messy, it may be difficult for you to adopt a tidier and more organized lifestyle. Trying to clean your home from top to bottom at once can be quite overwhelming for you, so you should try to adopt simple habits first. For instance, you can start by simply washing the dishes after your meal every time. Gradually, you can implement other changes until you realize that living in a clean, organized home is much more inspiring and motivating.

Greet change at your front door

When cleaning your home, you should embrace change at your front door – leave your shoes there. You can imagine how much dirt and bacteria you’re bringing inside when you walk around your home in your shoes. So, once you step inside, take off your shoes and leave them by your front door. If you have a lot of shoes, make sure to introduce enough storage units for you and your family members. You can even design a built-in shoe closet next to your entry.

Start your morning the organized way

Your bedroom will seem more organized the moment you make your bed in the morning. This will take just a few minutes each morning and you’ll be able to start your day by creating an organized look in your bedroom. Afterwards, your personal sanctuary will seem more relaxing and inspiring, which will have a positive effect on you, as well.

Clean as you go

You probably passed by a blanket thrown over your sofa or a pile of magazines lying on your coffee table countless times. Instead of choosing not to even pay attention to these messy spots, you should tidy them up as soon as you notice them. Every time you pass by a cluttered or dirty area in your home, don’t ignore it, but deal with it immediately. This will save you a lot of trouble later on when you can’t postpone cleaning anymore.
Keeping your home clean, tidy and healthy often entails adopting simple habits that will make both your home and your life more organized.

Author: Chloe is a graduated journalist from Adelaide and a regular contributor to Smooth Decorator. She loves everything related to decor, aesthetic and lifestyle topics. She is also passionate about photography. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world and take some stunning photographs of beautiful places. Besides all this, she enjoys drinking coffee and reading a beautiful book from time to time.

HOW TO PLAN A SUCCESSFUL GARAGE SALE BEFORE MOVING

Packing isn’t usually something most people look forward to. While you can’t avoid it, you can certainly make the process easier on yourself! It all starts with making sure don’t spend time (and money) packing and moving things that you don’t really need to take with you. One of the easiest way to get rid of all your unwanted things is to have a garage sale.

 

IDEAS ON HOW TO HOST A SUCCESSFUL GARAGE SALE

Garage sales might seem like a lot of work, but they’re pretty easy when you take the time to do some planning beforehand. The key is to start planning early on, so you aren’t scrambling to organize a garage sale right before your move date.

BEST TIME TO HAVE A GARAGE SALE

When it comes to garage sales, it’s all about timing. (There’s a reason winter garage sales aren’t super common!) Late spring to early fall is the ideal time of year, so aim for this timing if possible. As for the day of the week, you’ll have better luck with foot traffic on days where people aren’t at work, so it’s best to stick to weekends. Both Saturdays and Sundays are good options. If you schedule it on a Saturday, you have the option to extend it to Sunday if things don’t sell as quickly as you expect.

As for the time of day, it’s always best to start early. If you’re having your garage sale during the summer months, it will be much cooler in the mornings. It’s best if you can avoid being outside during the hottest hours of the day, and you’ll get less people stopping by if it’s too hot out. Even if it’s not super hot out, people tend to like earlier sales so they can get some shopping done before moving on with their day.

HOW TO ORGANIZE A GARAGE SALE

Once you’ve decided on your date, it’s time to think about what you’re actually going to sell! Treat this as part of your pre-move decluttering process. Grab a box and go through your home one room at a time. As you go through your things, think about how often you use each item. If you haven’t actually used something in months (or years!) then it’s time to toss it. While you’re bound to come across a few things that you’ll just need to toss, there’s a good chance that most of your things can be sold. People will buy just about everything from old electronics and clothing to furniture and trinkets. You can always donate or recycle anything that doesn’t end up selling.

The next step is to let the world know what you’re up to! Most people make signs to post around the neighborhood. Make sure you include all the important details like where it is, date, hours, and include a short general list of items you’ll have for sale. This helps people decide if your sale is worth a visit. Many people won’t want to take a chance unless they have some idea of what kinds of things you have for sale. This is also a good time to prep your on-site signs. These can be larger to catch the attention of people passing by and make it easier for people to find your sale.

You can also create an online ad to post on community message boards, free online classifieds, and on social media. Social media is especially great for spreading the word—you’ll reach more people when you get your friends to share your posts across their networks too.

Think about what you’ll need to properly display all your goods. Gather up any portable tables or lawn chairs to set up your sale. If you have a bunch of clothes to sell, try to borrow a garment rack to hang them on. You’ll also need stickers, tags, or tape in order to attach the prices to all your items.

You should also make sure you have some cash on hand in order to make change. It’s a good idea to get a mix of smaller bills and coins ready to go. Pay a visit to the bank before sale day to get this part sorted.

Sort your items into categories first. It’s easiest to group like items together, like clothes, books, kitchen goods, decorations, etc. Once you’ve grouped them, you can start pricing your items. Try not to overprice things in the hope that people will end up paying more. People like to negotiate, but you also need to be realistic about how much people would actually pay.

Try to get everything sorted ahead of time. This means putting all the grouped items together in boxes so they’re ready to go, hanging up any clothes, and having all your signs and supplies ready. On the day of the sale, all you should need to do is lay everything out and get it set up.

Customers at yard sales are always going to want to bargain with you. Just expect it to happen. Remember, the goal is to make it easier for you to get rid of the things you don’t want to move, so don’t get hung up on price. Consider how much of a hassle it would be if you have to get rid of it yourself—it might be worth it to accept a lower offer just to get it off your hands.

Realistically, you’ll probably end up with a few things that don’t sell. You can always gather up everything and drop it off at a local charity shop. This is also a good time to deal with all the other things you couldn’t sell to begin with. If you’ve got a large amount of stuff to get rid of, it might be worth looking into hiring a junk removal company to clear everything out.

Author: Chloe is a graduated journalist from Adelaide and a regular contributor to Smooth Decorator. She loves everything related to decor, aesthetic and lifestyle topics. She is also passionate about photography. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world and take some stunning photographs of beautiful places. Besides all this, she enjoys drinking coffee and reading a beautiful book from time to time.

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