New home!

New Home

New home!

Today was a very fulfilling day as I put a client into their new home. It is as rewarding as tucking your child into bed and having them give you that smile like all is right in their world. My favorite part is taking their picture at the front door while they use their key for the very first time, the smile on their faces is so happy and excited you can’t help but join in on their glee!
The house we closed today was transformed simply by the absence of the previous owners’ personal items. It is often hard to see past clutter and closets full of various personal items and viewing it completely empty opens up many possibilities as you can finally envision your personal touch on each room. The closets looked larger and the master bedroom seemed enormous without all the excess furniture. My client ran (not kidding) through the house from place to place in her excitement to see it all once again.
When we went into the basement we were delighted to discover that there was an upgraded hot water on demand system instead of a traditional tank. When viewing the home, you could barely peer into the utility room because it was piled with personal items. It was a fun afternoon of discovery as we looked at it through a new owners’ eyes, imagining all the possibilities that are ahead.
Often our home can develop into our personal dumping ground and we develop tunnel vision in our day to day living. It is easy to not see the piles piling and the clutter cluttering and before you know it you are faced with a major project before the stuff begins to take over. My office mate was moving desks today and she must have filled an entire bag with stuff as she muttered ‘why do I keep all of this stuff’?
A vital piece of design is organization and simplicity; you can create a spectacular room simply by streamlining items and organizing potential chaos. This includes the items you use on a daily basis; they can be out in plain sight but try to contain them in a decorative or presentable way. Closed storage is the best solution for all of those daily dragons we need to slay to keep our homes organized. Decorative boxes and trunks are inexpensive and effective ways to hide clutter and give every thing a home at the end of the day – I have a cute red basket for my pups toys and if I can ever train him to put his things away life will be so much easier!
It takes a minute to clean up a home that is prepared for organization rather than continuously trying to contain clutter and move it from place to place. Be ruthless when purging items you no longer need and donate or sell those things that you haven’t used in over a year. We all carry more than we need in life and a fresh look at our interiors can help us free up some of the stress and aggravation in our lives. We don’t need to live in an empty house to feel that freedom but we can make our loads a little lighter and make our rooms look bigger and broader with just a few organizational habits.