The New Year is upon us, and colder weather has definitely moved in over the past few weeks. So just because it’s cold outside, that doesn’t mean that we have to sit around and wait for better weather. We can accomplish a lot during this time, and Gabriela Barkho at the National Association of REALTORS® consumer website, HouseLogic.com, provides several tips that will help save time, money, and hassles all year long. I am happy to share a few of her suggestions and hope you’ll find these as helpful as I do in the coming months.
Organize Your Seasonal Storage Space. Packing away holiday decor presents a big opportunity. It's the best time to sort, declutter, and reorganize that space where you store your seasonal stuff.
So before simply stuffing your holiday things back in there wherever, take inventory; then sort, filter, donate, trash, and re-home as many of your things as possible. It'll help keep you more organized all year long, and make it easier to find all your holiday stuff next year.
Deep-Clean the Kitchen. All of that holiday merriment-making is rough on a kitchen. Give it a good deep cleaning now that the glittery dust has settled. Purge your pantry and frisk your fridge, passing what you can on to local food banks. Scrub the walls and kickboards, and even pull those appliances right out from the walls for a thorough vacuuming to prevent gunk from accumulating.
Plan Summertime Projects Now (Especially if You Need a Pro). Finalize plans for any landscaping, decks, patios, or other outdoor projects that need warm weather. Two good reasons:
1. If you're DIYing, you'll be ready to roll at the first hint of nice weather. That way, you'll be less affected by any supply chain shortages and have your improved yard ready to enjoy by summer.
2. If you're hiring a contractor or other professional, getting your bids and contracts in place now will save you from competing with the spring rush (wait too long, and you may not be able to book anyone!).
Create a Schedule to Clean ALL Your Home's Filters. It's not just your HVAC. The filters in your fridge, your vacuum cleaner, your dryer, your air filter, and other household items need to be changed or cleaned at least once a year to be effective, usually more often — especially your dehumidifier. Mold grows easily there. Check manufacturer instructions for all the filters in your home, and create a master schedule; then add them to your calendar app to remind you.
Save Some Green at White Sales. Linens and towels go on sale in January. It's a long-standing retail tradition that started back when linens only came in white (hence the name), and it still has a solid rep as a money-saver — only in more colors today. Cut your threadbare bath towels into rags and restock your supply, plus fill in any gaps in your bed linens you may have noticed if you had a house full of holiday guests.
These are some great tips to accomplish over the next few months, so thank you Gabriela. Also, remember that Realtors are glad to help our clients and community get the most enjoyment out of their property investment. That’s Who We R®.