When you're trying to sell your home, it can be hard enough to keep it presentable, but especially during that chaotic time of the year when summer starts to wind down and the kids get ready to go back to school. Because we understand the ups and downs of selling a home, we've compiled a list of three easy productivity tips to keep everything nice and tidy when your home is on the market.
The best way to stay consistent with a task is to link it with an already existing habit. Decide what's consistent in your day-to-day life and link it with daily chores you want to start doing more frequently. So, if you're accustomed to a morning cup of coffee, opt to always do a round of dishes while it's brewing. Before morning yoga, throw in a load of laundry. While the kids are eating breakfast, take five minutes to wipe down the kitchen. No matter what two habits you choose to link, this will bring a little bit of rhyme and reason to the chaos.
Make it Fun
Mundane chores are much more fun when made into a game, so why not get the whole family involved? Keep a running scoreboard on the fridge for each family member and assign points for each individual chore. Some activities might be worth more than others—for example, maximum points go to the brave soul who deep cleans the bathroom. However, also try to make it easy for everybody to participate. For your younger kids, make sure there are simpler but still helpful tasks available on the list. After all, every little bit helps. And don't forget the reward! You can all celebrate your hard work together at the end of the week, but there should be something special in it for the one with the most points.
If your home isn't organized to begin with, patrolling clutter can be a task and a half. However, a little structure goes a long way and makes things more visually appealing overall. Establish a system of organization so that tidying up becomes a logical task rather than a guessing game. If everything has a proper place, it becomes second nature to keep it there. And if you find that something doesn't have a logical place, perhaps reassess if you even need it. It might be time for a yard sale to get rid of anything that no longer seamlessly fits into your life. After all, you can always use the extra cash to invest in new things you can love and enjoy in your new home.
At Creative Home Stagers, we're dedicated to making your life easier during the stressful time of selling your home. While these simple tips will help you keep your space more organized, we understand that there's only so much time that you have. We offer our home staging services to anyone who's looking for a little extra help in making their home more attractive to buyers.
Contact us today for more information on our services.