Six Steps for Organizing Your Home, And Your Life

September 1, 2015

Photo: JacksonBuilt Custom Homes

By Meryl Cromarty

September is the month when we all start focusing on school and work again. It’s also a good time to get organized to make the upcoming year easier and more successful.

As a real estate agent, I am known to be rather meticulous about keeping my office organized at all times. I love to purge old stuff and color code my files, and have all the important documents in the right place. In a tidy space, I can think more clearly and stay focused on the important tasks for my clients.

When you organize your office and your house, you organize your life so you don’t waste time looking for things.

De-cluttering your home and making it look beautiful is a crucial task when getting your house ready for sale. But even if you don’t plan to put your place on the market any time soon, you and your family will benefit from making it clutter free. Here are a few tips for turning your home into a restful oasis:

Step 1.

Purge, purge, purge! Accumulated stuff can become very stressful. So sell it, donate it or toss it away. The upcoming Daniel Island Red Balloon Sale is a great opportunity to part with the old and make room for the new. Habitat for Humanity will come and pick up your old furnishings and sell them for a good cause. Your house and your family will be grateful once you make more space for them.

Step 2.

Organize what you keep: Invest in a good closet system if you need one, add dividers to your “junk” drawers, or find an entryway piece that will catch all your coats, bags and shoes. Little changes can make a big impact on the overall look and feel of your home.

Step 3.

Don’t let mail and paper take over your house. Designate one place for all your papers and keep it neat, then try to make that place look pretty with a large ceramic bowl to catch all your mail, or an elegant mail storage rack.

Step 4.

Make small fixes. Touch up paint on your walls and make easy repairs so your house feels and looks new again.

Step 5.

Spruce it up! Bring fresh flowers into your home and enjoy the happy vibe and fragrance they exude. Place new flowerpots on your front porch to make the entrance look welcoming (but only if you commit to watering and taking care of them).

Step 6.

To KEEP your home tidy, spend 15 minutes a day cleaning up one area. You will be surprised how small but consistent efforts can keep your place in good shape and ready for visitors.

An organized house is a happier house! Whether you are getting ready to put your home on the market, or just want to enjoy it more, declutter and tidy up and you will have more time for the good things in life.

Daniel Island Real Estate Agents

Meryl Cromarty, Sales Associate
Daniel Island Real Estate
843.971.3508 (o) 843.513.7076 (m)
meryl.cromarty@danielisland.com danielisland.com/merylcromarty

As a Daniel Island Real Estate agent, Meryl is known for her work ethic and passion for helping others. She has continually been a member of the Top Producers Club, has ranked among the top 1% of Charleston Realtors for many years and has received the Charleston Realtor of Distinction Award many times over. “I love Daniel Island and the Lowcountry. Many people dream of living in such a beautiful place. I am so lucky I do!” Meryl sums up her philosophy this way: “My goal is to share my expertise and passion for Daniel Island and all it has to offer with each person as they seek to find their own special place to call home.“