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How To Clean A Loved One’s Home After A Death

Whether it’s preparing the house for a sale or clearing items out, dealing with a home after the passing of a loved one could be emotionally difficult. Here are some steps you can take to help you empty the house, organize your home, and prep it for sale.

Forward the Mail and Change The Locks

Securing the premises is the first thing you have to do  when organizing a house. You don’t know how many people have keys to the house. Instead of trying to collect all of the spare keys from relatives, friends, and cleaners, why not change the locks instead? Also, don’t forget to forward the mails of deceased person to your office or home by filling out a form for a change of address with USPS and other services. Doing this will help you figure out who are the creditors of the deceased and if payments are current. This will also help you determine which subscriptions you need to cancel.

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13 Simple Home Organizing Tips For The Holidays

Some Americans think that the holiday season is blissful while others believe that it’s stressful. In a survey performed by the Rasmussen Reports last year, they found that about 46% of American adults consider the holidays as a joyous season. On the other hand about 42% think the holiday season is nerve wracking. The holiday season starts from the Halloween to New Year’s Day. The season will last much longer if you include the holiday shopping. Depending on how you look at it, that is a whole lot of stress or bliss. One of the important points when it comes to making the holiday season less stressful and more enjoyable is to organize your home.

Home Organization Tips You Need To Know

  1. Make a to do list for the holidays.

Home organizing includes listing down all of the things you have to do for the holidays. You can write your list on a notebook, in an app, or even in a bulletin board. Doing so will help you feel that you are in control of everything.

  1. Set Deadlines

Split up your to-do lists into smaller tasks and give each of them a deadline. Let’s say you want to send out holiday cards. Your to-do list should include the date when you’ll take the family photo, make the card, update the mailing list, and mail the envelopes.

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Home Organizing Tips Before The Holidays

It’s already October and, just like every year, time seems to move fast as the holiday season draws near. Before you know it, December will be here and if you are just like other people, you would like to enjoy the festive season as much as you can and that’s why you have to start your organizing your home.

There’s so much buildup that comes with the holidays that you may wind up feeling overworked and overwhelmed rather than enjoying all of the parties, concerts, get togethers, events, and activities that come during this time of the year.

Fortunately, there are some home organizing tips before the holidays that can help reduce these feelings. Being prepared and organized lets the season go as smoothly as possible, which means you’ll get to relax more.

Home Organizing Tips

Christmas Decors and Wrapping Supplies

Now is the perfect time to go through all of your holiday decorations and wrapping supplies. Segregate all those that you have not used or no longer want to use and get rid of them. You can either donate them to charitable organizations prior to the holidays. It’s also a good idea to create a list of your wrapping supplies and decorations so you can avoid buying duplicates and overbuying when you’re out shopping.

Purse and Wallet

You are most likely going to do some shopping in the coming weeks. So, it’s best to get your wallet and purse in good shape. Go through all of your receipts and identify which ones to keep and throw away. It’s also a good idea to add a mini filodex or a small bag where you can place your new receipts in so they won’t’ overtake your purse or wallet when you are out shopping. Your wallet can easily be filled with cards. You should think of using an app on your mobile phone where you can store your card barcodes. That means you can leave your card’s hard copies at home. You should also take note of all the gift cards that you have and know how you can use them when you go Christmas shopping.

The Pantry

Make a list of what’s in your pantry and what you need to buy. You should also include a list of the ingredients that you use for your holiday baking. Get rid of expired or old food and take note of the ones that are nearing their expiration date. You can donate dry goods that you won’t use to a food bank in your local area. Prepare your pantry so it’s ready for you the holiday groceries.

Fridge and Freezer

Organizing your home for the holidays includes your fridge and freezer. Create an inventory of what you have in your freezer and fridge. Throw out old items and come up with plans on when to use the items that are nearing the expiration date. Create a list of staples that you no longer have or almost out of and make sure to stock up before the holiday season. Go through and pin the holiday recipes that you wish to try and think of giving them a test run before the holidays. Don’t forget to add those ingredients to the list of items you need to buy. You should also come up with a list of things that should be readily available in case guests drop by so you can easily offer them a drink or a snack. Easy to make snacks, wine, beer, soda waters, pop, teas, and coffee should be readily available during the holiday season.

Command Center

If you already have a command center for your calendar, filing, paper work, etc., then you have to make sure that your filing and calendar is updated with the activities and events for the coming holiday season.

Dresser and Closets

Purge all that items that you have not used for more than a year. This is the perfect opportunity to declutter your dresser and closet. Now is the best time to donate warm clothing and jackets to charity. You should check your dress clothes to find out if you need anything new to wear to some of the parties or events that you will be attending during the holiday season.

Guest Room and Guest Bath

If you have turned your guest room into a dumping room throughout the year, you need to go through all of it before the holidays. Deal with the clutter and prepare the room for your expected guests. Create an inventory and be sure that you are stocked with clean towels, bedding, and all homey necessities that you would like to provide your guests with in both the guest bathroom and bedroom.

Call Brunswick Organizing Solutions if you need the help of a professional organizer in preparing your home for the upcoming holiday season.

Brunswick Organizing Solutions
Leland, NC 28451
910-477-3768
https://www.getorganizednc.com/

Brunswick Organizing Solutions
Shallotte, NC 28470
910-477-3768

Brunswick Organizing Solutions
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-429-8158

Cities Served
Leland, Wilmington, Shallotte, North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, Southport, Bolivia, St. James, Oak Island, Ocean Isle Beach, Sunset Beach, Carolina Shores, Calabash, Castle Hayne, Burgaw – Brunswick and Horry County

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Tips For Creating More Storage Space In Your Home

In many homes, storage space is at a premium. You’ve probably heard some people complain that they have too many closets. The truth is they don’t. That’s why it’s crucial to know how to use the spaces efficiently using the following home organizing hacks.

Home Organizing Tricks to Create Additional Storage Space

Get Rid Of Stuff

Decluttering or getting rid of your stuff is the first step to home organizing. You have to learn how to declutter if you want to maximize your space. Clutter will drain your energy and it will cost you money and time. The best method of decluttering is to go through one room at a time. If your rooms are complicated or too big, you can split them into zones. For items that you’ve decided to let go but can still be used, you should consider consignment or donation.

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When Is The Best Time To Get Organized

When is the perfect time to get organized? This could mean organizing your place, your schedule, or your even your life. If you pay close attention, it’ll be easier for you to determine if it’s time to get started. In most cases, they involve making avoidable mistakes or feeling out of control. Here are some indications that you need to start your home organizing project.

Signs That You Need To Get Organized

  1. Missed Schedule Meetings

Yes, this may happen for an unpredictable and legitimate reason. But the first sign refers to missing schedules for no good reason and it happens more than once. If this is the case then you should take it as a sign that your way of organizing your schedule isn’t working.

  1. Misplaced Belongings

Everybody makes mistakes and that is a fact. However, if you constantly lose track of your wallet, glasses, or keys, then your organization routine has broken down.

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Storage and Organizing Tips For Campers

If you are a camper, you know very well how easy it is for clothes, food, and gears to be in a chaotic mess. In some cases, you’ll find yourself spending a lot of your time outdoors rummaging through your things trying to find what you need. To avoid all that and to make sure that you make the most out of your time while camping, here are some storage and organization tips for campers like you.

How To Stay Organized While Camping

  1. Keep it lightweight and organized

Make good use of your bag’s pockets to keep and organize the things you want to bring for camping. Assign which pocket will hold your toiletries and which one will hold your snacks. The point here is to have a place for the things you wish to bring with you.

  1. Color code your dry bags

Organize your gear using color coded dry bags. This way, you’ll know what you’re grabbing especially when you are in a hurry.

  1. Use see-through storage bins

If you’re going on a car camping trip, it’s best to bring see through storage bins. They will keep your gears secure while allowing you to see what’s inside without taking the lid off.

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Home Organizing Tips For Back To School Season

It’s back to school once again and things will start to become more hectic and stressful. Do you want to do it differently this year? Do you want to get rid of the stress and time wasters? Listed below are some back to school home organizing tips that will help keep your home running smoothly, clean, and organized.

Back To School Organization Ideas

Functional Entry Space For Storage

Control the chaos and clutter right at your home’s entrance, by making an entry that will catch everyone well before they get too far inside the house. Create a spot with a seat or bench where dirty shoes as well as other outdoor gears can be removed.

Add more hooks where jackets and backpacks can be hanged. Add the color coded or labeled baskets underneath the bench for the smaller items of every family member. The next morning, each of your family members will leave the house in a much smoother process. So make sure that all of you get into the habit of leaving all their things in their designated spot.

Create An Assigned Breakfast and Snack Station For Your Kids

Create a spot in your kitchen for your kid’s morning breakfast, after school snacks, and even lunches. This can be as simple as a drawer or a whole cabinet filled with food and drinks. This will depend on how big your kitchen is and the space you can allot for this section.

Create A Kitchen Homework Spot

The kitchen is considered as the heart of the home and that means it is a great place for you to set up a homework spot for your kids.

Sort Out Your Laundry Room

Sports and school uniforms, towels, and socks pile up quickly during school week. You should organize your home, especially your laundry room using dirty laundry baskets that are labeled into lights, colors, dark, as well as an emergency basket for things that are dirtier than usual and require immediate attention. You should ask everyone in your home to put their dirty laundry in the respective baskets. If they get into this habit, you no longer have to search in gym bags and under the bed for clothes that need washing. You can even save more time by putting clean items in respective baskets that each of your kids can bring back to their room and put away.

Create An Operations Command Center

Create a well organized command center. Set up a bulletin board, calendar, a place for your mail or paperwork, and a dry erase board for all your to-do lists.

Call Brunswick Organizing Solutions now and let our professional organizers help you organize your home and prepare it for back to school season.

Brunswick Organizing Solutions
Leland, NC 28451
910-477-3768
https://www.getorganizednc.com/

Brunswick Organizing Solutions
Shallotte, NC 28470
910-477-3768

Brunswick Organizing Solutions
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-429-8158

Cities Served

Leland, Wilmington, Shallotte, North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, Southport, Bolivia, St. James, Oak Island, Ocean Isle Beach, Sunset Beach, Carolina Shores, Calabash, Castle Hayne, Burgaw – Brunswick and Horry County

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How To Have An Organized House Before A Sale

Summer is the perfect time for several homeowners to sell their houses, pack up, and move to a new place. However, this process is generally stressful. For sellers, it is easy to be overwhelmed with everything that needs to be prepared before they put their house on sale in the market and begin the process of packing. There is so many things to organize and a lot of details to deal with. Here are some home organizing tips to help you get started.

Home Organizing Tips Before Selling Your House

  1. Declutter before you sell.

Don’t allow paper and other items to pile up on desks, countertops, and tables. Keep horizontal surfaces clean and clear visual clutter and lets possible homebuyers to see the space without any distraction.

  1. Cut Back Before You Sell

Overstuffing cupboards, filing cabinets, bookcases, closets, and other storage spaces in your house is a big no to possible buyers. It says insufficient storage. Limiting and cutting back on the number of things you keep in these spaces tells your potential buyer that you have enough and abundant storage area.

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How Can Being Organized Change Your Life?

Are you longing to be an organized person? For some, home organizing comes naturally. But don’t worry. It’s a skill that you can learn. You just need to be motivated. One good way to spark your interest is to think about its many benefits.

Benefits of Home Organizing

Reduce Stress

You will feel less stressed if your home is not cluttered. A study revealed that individuals who live in a cluttered house are prone to depression and stress. Those who describe their home as very chaotic or not fun were more at risk of experiencing high cortisol levels, depression, and fatigue. Meanwhile, those who describe their homes as tidy, restorative, and restful had lower stress levels.

Boost Productivity

If you feel depressed or stressed, it also follows that you can’t focus on anything. When you are in a disorganized setting, your brain will also get distracted. This lack of concentration means you take longer to accomplish your tasks. By improving your skills in organizing your home, you also boost your efficiency in completing your tasks.

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Clean Your Garage With these DIY Organization Ideas

Some homeowners are fortunate enough to have a garage that comes with enough storage space that works properly. Other people find it difficult to take care of their garage that serves different purposes. Plus, they usually contain a lot of stuff and can no longer fit the car during the winter. In case you are one of them, you should consider a garage organizing DIY project.

You don’t need a magic wand or a lot of specialized skill to create sufficient garage storage for all the things you own. But you should have patience, time, and elbow grease, of course.

Here are some garage organizing tips and some DIY garage organizers that you can make yourself.

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