Spring Organizing

Organizing Room-by-Room Spring fever has arrived! Spring brings warmer weather, longer daylight hours, and a need for Spring cleaing. After being cooped up all Winter we have a desire for openness and air. One of the easiet ways to obtain this in our home is through organization. Kitchen: Countertops: they should only hold things that are used on a daily basis. Create a permanent spot for everything else, including appliances. Personal Items: to prevent the room from becoming a dumping ground try this rule: By dinnertime, the kitchen must be clear of all personal items. Mudroom: Create an Outbox: locate by the door so you can easily grab library books, DVDs, or outgoing mail on your way out. A Place for Everything: whether it’s a dedicated room or a stretch of wall inside the door, create a place for all the things that need to go no further into the house (i.e., coats, boots, mail, keys, etc.). Family Room: Control the Extras: limit yourself to no more than two issues of a magazine and keep only movies, games, music and books that you use and that realistically fit on your shelves. Bedroom: Look Below the Bed: clear plastic containers are great for seasonal clothing, linens, and shoes. Also keeping them dust free while allowing you to see what’s in them. Final Resting Place: dresser tops, bedside tables, and chairs can quickly become towers of stuff in need of a home. Track the things that stack up over a week and create permenant places to keep them in the room. Bathroom: Let It Go: scan your linen closet and medicine cabinet at least once a month and toss expired or unused products. ANDY’s Helpful Tips! Spring Home Maintenance Reminders: It is not recommended to delay or ignore regular home maintenance. Keeping your house well maintained can affect the overall value of your home. Check cement for cracks. Temperature changes can implement cracks. Simple cement caulk can mend smaller cracks. Use sealants to protect decks, porches, railings and fences from the blistering sun and heat. This also improves their appearance. Clear outdoor drains of debris. Inspect roof for wear and tear. Inspect basement and crawlspaces for water damage. Check and maintain indoor/outdoor plumbing. Extreme temperatures can cause leaks. Install ceiling fans to circulate cooler air and help reduce AC costs. Service AC unit – Coolant levels should be checked. Evaluate insulation...

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