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Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 4/3/2019

You've probably heard the word minimalism within the past few months. It's a trending lifestyle that people everywhere are trying to adopt. Many people have the idea that to be a minimalist they must rid their households of anything that isn't essential for life. Only living on essentials is not what this minimalism movement is all about. 

Many people view this lifestyle as one that has many restrictions on what you can or cannot have, but the truth is, there is no rulebook to minimalism. Minimalism is solely about finding freedom. You can access this kind of freedom by ridding yourself of the unnecessary stress that comes along with owning so much stuff. Don't get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with possessions. The problem arises when we give meaning to these items that don't contribute anything back into our lives. For instance, if you have a collection that has significant meaning to you and makes you feel proud to own them, you should keep them. But let's say you have a living room with so much furniture in it that cleaning day is dreadful, you should minimize your home.

Here are three simple ways you can apply minimalism to your everyday life:

  • When going through your things, ask yourself "Does this item bring me joy?" "Are special memories attached to this item?" "Why am I keeping it?" If none of these questions provoke any reason as to why you should keep this item, then throw it into the donation pile!
  • When it comes to birthdays, holidays, or any occasion that invites loved ones to give your family gifts, ask for experiences rather than items. Activities can especially be fun for children! Family members could gift them with a lasting memory of going to the zoo rather than giving them a toy that will only bring temporary happiness. 
  • Go shopping with an intentional list of the items you truly need to purchase. Doing this will help you only go into the stores that you need things from rather than window shopping and leaving with way more than what you intended to buy. Intentionality will automatically help you declutter your overflowing closet and boost your bank account! 

Everyone can adopt minimalism into their everyday lives. Minimalism is not just for people who want to live in small spaces. Whether you have a large house or a small home, you can start today by reducing the things you keep and genuinely enjoying the things you have. If you need help de-cluttering your space, ask your realtor for a recommendation.





Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 10/17/2018

At times, trying to organize and declutter seems like a never ending task. You may have made attempts to declutter without many results. The truth is that with a plan, even the most disorganized among us can get on track to organization and freedom from clutter. Follow some of the tips below to get your home in order. 


Have A Goal


If your organizational attempts never seem to go anywhere, you may just need a goal. The idea is to pick one area and complete it. Organizing a little here and there wonít make any kind of a dent in your organizational needs. It will also look like you havenít done anything to improve your mess. Work on one room, one area at a time and youíll be on your way.


Utilize All Of Your Shelves


Many times the bottom or the top shelf of a closet or utility unit ends up getting unused. The problem could be that the shelves are so tall that no one can reach them and they go unused. You can fix this problem by simply moving the shelving or placing rarely used items up there that can be accessed by a step ladder.


You Have Too Much Stuff And Nowhere To Put It


Rather than buy a bigger house, you might want to go through your stuff. Between you and your children, youíre bound to have quite a few items that can be either sold or donated to a good cause. Consider setting up a donation pile in your house, where family members can put items that they no longer need or use. As an extra tip, donít let the items that are for donation sit there. When the bin is full, put it in your car and head off to the donation center.  



You Have A Lot Of Little Things With Nowhere To Place Them


This is a problem that can be solved by the right containers. If you can find a container thatís best suited for what you need to store, it will be much easier to find and access these items.  


Things Have Sentimental Value


Itís nice to have a few things that you cherish and bring back good memories, but sentimental value items can really get out of hand. If you think of when you last looked at something or how much memory an item truly holds for you, it can be easy to get rid of a lot of things when you put your mind to it. You can ask a friend to help you go through things. An outsider can advise you on what to save and what you should get rid of.


Your Refrigerator Is Gross


If youíre finding a lot of spoiled food and moldy leftovers in your fridge, donít fret. Just develop a clean out schedule to help you get rid of any food that is past its prime. Make it a point to have a designated day of the week to clean out all of your leftovers and expired food to keep the clutter that can spoil at bay.





Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 4/11/2018

Depending on its condition, a basement can be a mixed blessing. On one hand, basements can provide an abundance of storage space to help keep your home organized. On the other hand, basements can be plagued with water leaks, excess moisture, and mold growth.

Some solutions to wet basement problems can be expensive, such as installing French drains, perimeter trenches, or exterior waterproof membranes. If you're considering buying a house that may have basement moisture problems or water damage, a good home inspector can identify these issues beforehand and let you know how serious they are.

Moisture Control Tips

Relatively simple solutions to wet basement problems include buying a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier extracts excess water from the air and can help prevent mold growth and moisture damage to your belongings. Ideally, a home basement should be a place where you can safely store everything from clothing and holiday supplies to tools and family heirlooms. A humidity meter, also called a hygrometer, can be a good way to keep track of relative humidity (RH) in your basement. Whether you'd want to buy a cheap one or a more costly model depends on the value of the items you want to protect.

The EPA's Energy Star program recommends maintaining a humidity range in your home of between 30% and 50% to prevent bacterial and mold growth. (For homeowners living in colder climates, it may be necessary to keep the RH level below 40% to prevent window condensation.) Note: If you're storing moisture-sensitive items like wooden musical instruments, important documents, or cigars, it's vital to carefully monitor humidity levels and follow all recommendations for optimal care and preservation. (Depending on the situation, it may also be necessary to keep track of other climate control factors, such as room temperature, dust, and air quality.)

What to Do About Clutter

Another common basement problem that often develops after homeowners have lived in the house for several years is clutter and disorganization. The ideal scenario is to set up an organization system in the basement immediately after moving into a house. In the real world, however, many people tend to postpone unpacking moving boxes and allow clutter to accumulate over a period of years.

The solution may consist of buying shelving units for the basement, setting aside and organizing things you want to keep, and dispensing with items that no longer serve your needs. Options for getting rid of unwanted stuff may include holding a garage sale, donating old belongings to charitable organizations, giving them away to friends and relatives, or paying a junk removal service to haul them away.

Although keeping your basement dry, organized, and clutter free is an ongoing task, the benefits almost always outweigh the short-term inconvenience.