I have a high tolerance for disorder. Until I don’t.
Two years ago we moved into this fixer upper. It’s a much smaller house than we had before and I could no longer hide my messy ways or sweep them under the cowhide rug, if you will.
I started paying attention to how those Tidy People lived in their homes. I observed my mom and mother-in-law. I even asked my Tidy Friends questions about their habits without trying to seem like a weirdo.
Here’s what I’ve discovered…
1. Tidy People don’t act like a slob all day, and then get their house tidy in one fell swoop.
Tidy People are smart, and know that cleaning up all at once is hard and not fun.
I’m my biggest enemy when it comes to keeping my house tidy. The number one thing I’ve learned from Tidy People is how valuable it is to develop some simple, non-drastic, tiny habits that when added together will change the level of tidiness in your home.
Tidy People are in a constant state of low-grade tidying, I don’t even think they realize it.
2. Tidy People Don’t Run out of Cleaning Supplies. They find cleaning products they love and they stock up so an empty soap bottle is never between them and a clean counter or tidier bathroom. Amen.
Y’all, I even found a Tidy Hack for this one!
Listen, if you’re ready for your home to smell tidy and fresh, like your Mom and Martha Stewart cleaned all day, then you’ll love Grove Collaborative. If you haven’t tried it, it’s the easiest thing you can do to keep your cleaning routine simple, doable and smelling like a dream.
I’m a long time Grove customer myself (three years now!) and along with practicing the tidy tips in this post, Grove is my secret weapon for keeping a tidy and clean home.
BY TARA-NICHOLLE NELSON
We’ve all heard about how “bad” the real estate market is. But what’s bad for sellers can be good for buyers, and these days, savvy buyers are out in spades trying to take advantage of the buyer’s market. Here are 13 thing you can do to help sell your house.
1. Audit your agent’s online marketing. 92% of homebuyers start their house hunt online, and they will never even get in the car to come see your home if the online listings aren’t compelling. In real estate, compelling means pictures! A study by Trulia.com shows that listings with more than 6 pictures are twice as likely to be viewed by buyers as listings that had fewer than 6 pictures.
2. Post a video love letter about your home on YouTube. Get a $125 FlipCam and walk through your home AND your neighborhood, telling prospective buyers about the best bits – what your family loved about the house, your favorite bakery or coffee shop that you frequented on Saturday mornings, etc. Buyers like to know that a home was well-loved, and it helps them visualize living a great life there, too.
3. Let your neighbors choose their neighbors. If you belong to neighborhood online message boards or email lists, send a link to your home’s online listing to your neighbors. Also, invite your neighbors to your open house – turn it into a block party. That creates opportunities for your neighbors to sell the neighborhood to prospective buyers and for your neighbors to invite house hunters they know who have always wanted to live in the area.
4. Facebook your home’s listing. Facebook is the great connector of people these days. If you have 200 friends and they each have 200 friends, imagine the power of that network in getting the word out about your house!
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We’re SO proud of our friends at ERA Starr in Door County Wisconsin.
Read the article below:
ERA Starr Realty honors agents, staff
ERA Starr Realty held its 25th annual awards banquet Jan. 28, where agents and staff members, including Kathy McCaulley and Jill Harper, were celebrated for their accomplishments in the past year. Bob Gray, Laura Sutherland, Lori Raye, Gretchen Porten, Barry Sargent, Bill Becker, Lynn Mraz, Dan Lenius and Paul Dreutzer received Million Dollar production awards and Di Wagner, Jan Campbell, Bob Starr, Lois Mickelson, Dina Boettcher and Susan May received awards for production greater than $1 million.
Excelling with over $8 million in production was MarJean Gutschow, while the top producer for 2016 was Heidi Neubauer with $13.6 million. Neubauer also was honored as the 2016 Associate of the Year.
Additionally, Lifetime Achievement Honors went to Lynn Mraz and Joni Slaby for their exceptional contributions to the real estate industry. Gale Zahn also was recognized for more than 40 years in the real estate business and the award was presented by Dennis Starr, who also holds this distinction.
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