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  • Tim Kraemer

Preparing for a New Year

Updated: Feb 13, 2019

With the new year right around the corner there is always talk of resolutions and how we are going to change ourselves in the coming year.  It is often a time of change and a breath of fresh air.  New year, new you right?!  So what does this have to do with real estate?!  We’d like to propose a little different way of thinking.  Have you ever made a list of New Year’s resolutions for your home?!  Well, we’d like you to try!

A home is a big part of our lives.  It’s where we gather, eat, sleep and make memories with our loved ones.  It is also often a part of our lives that gets put on the back burner.  Clutter piles up, dust gets neglected, projects get put on hold.  A home is always a work in progress much like humans are always a work in progress.  So to give our homes a little more attention in the coming year, we propose the following resolutions.

  • Declutter. Make a list of every room you’ve been meaning to declutter.  Seriously every room, every shelf, drawer, etc.  It may be overwhelming, but do it!  Once you have a list of everything you want to declutter, make a reasonable timeline to get it done.  Maybe you can tackle it in a day.  Maybe a week.  Maybe it will take months.  Clutter can be overwhelming and it often means making a bigger mess first.  Dig out that closet you haven’t opened in months.  Sort your belongings: keep, donate, throw away.  Get your home organized.

  • Tackle Those Projects. So you’ve got a plan to get your home organized.  Now make a list of all the projects you’ve been meaning to get done.  That leaky sink, that burnt out light, the walls that need to be painted.  Write it down.  Along with this list, make a budget for each project.  Try to estimate how much each will cost in both time and money.  Are they projects you can do, or will you need to hire someone? Are they costly projects?  Will you need to spread them out due to finances?  Or will you just need to find the time do get them done?  Once you have all the projects written down and budgeted, once again make a reasonable timeline of when it can be done.

  • Be Thankful. Too often we get bogged down with the hassles of our homes.  The endless projects.  The money.  I want you to make a conscious effort in the new year to be thankful for what you do have.  Be thankful for the ugly colored countertops, the doors that squeak, and most importantly the memories that you make inside your home.

Whether you own or rent.  Live in an apartment, townhome, condo, or house you can make some resolutions to keep your living space comfortable, organized and taken care of.

We wish that the New Year brings you many wonderful memories in your home.

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