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Less Mess, Less Stress in 2014

Happy New Year!                                                                                                                

Thank you for making 2013 a great year to be in real estate! It’s great to look back over the year and remember how many happy clients I had who bought and sold great homes. Although reminiscing is great, I also enjoy the blank slate a new year brings. I look forward to helping more people with their real estate needs in the Brentwood, Tenn., area in 2014!

The beginning of a new year is a great time to make plans for your family and your home. If you are planning on selling this year, or if you just want to fall back in love with the home you have, one way to reach those goals is to get your house in order! That’s easier said than done for some, but as you look over the new items everyone got during the holidays, now is a great time to clean, organize, and donate. This will keep you or potential home buyers from missing out on the beauty of your home.

Psychology Today reports that, “Clutter can play a significant role in how we feel about our homes, our workplaces, and ourselves. Messy homes and work spaces leave us feeling anxious, helpless, and overwhelmed. Yet, rarely is clutter recognized as a significant source of stress in our lives.”

The article goes on to say that clutter distracts our brains and makes it harder for us to relax physically and mentally. It can also cause guilt if we know we should do better but we don’t know how.

One of the reasons some people feel so overwhelmed with cleaning their homes is because they don’t know where to start. The best principle to keep in mind is that you don’t have to do it all in one day. If you look at the big picture, then yes, you’ll get overwhelmed. But, if you are able to create a list and stick with it, over time you will eventually reach your goal.

I’ve compiled a short list of helpful websites to give you some great tips on getting your house in order.

30 Quick and Easy Cleaning Tips

Cleaning Tips From Maids:

And the following are some great sites if you need tips AND some sample cleaning charts to keep you on track throughout the year: