I am a list maker. I choose to go room to room preparing a list of items or tasks that must be done. I do not care about order terribly although I find the items on the top of the list is those items that really needed addressing. (I get frustrated too when other members of the family do not prioritize the way I do). I am pretty sure this is where they came up with that phrase, “If you want it done right, do it yourself.”
I use a tip I read about years ago where you have 3 laundry baskets or 3 areas if you have larger items and as you go about your to do list categorize items into Toss, Donate, and Things to Sell. (remember if you toss it its gone, if you donate it, its gone, if you choose to sell it you might have to hang onto it for awhile or risk no one else wanting it). This thought often helps me get the item into the appropriate toss or donate pile from the get go.
Once the decluttering is complete go at each room one at a time and address some of those larger tasks such as carpet cleaning and painting. You don’t have to be an expert in all areas either. You might find that hiring someone to do some of the service related tasks can save time and frustration in the long run. Can I order those window cleaners now? Check out a prior post on window cleaning at: https://midwestliving.wordpress.com/2012/01/13/window-washing-101-hire-a-professional/
Once you tackle that indoor to do list take some time to clean the garage and to work in the yard. Some new mulch and a bit of trimming will do wonders for that curb appeal and will have everyone in the neighborhood wanting their yards to look this nice too!
Kim Woehl is a Realtor with Keller Williams Premier Realty. You can reach her by calling 651-214-1459 or by visiting her website at kwoehl.kwrealty.com