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Household Chore Organization

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

If you’re like us, you enjoy having a clean home, but the process it takes to get there? Eh, not so much! Household chores can leave even the most organized individuals feeling overwhelmed and behind. Even a recent study showed that home disorganization can lead to stress and/or anxiety! Well, we certainly don’t want household chores to get the best of you!

Recently we came across a FANTASTIC {printable} tool to help you control the clutter and organize your cleaning routine! The Happy Money Saver has created this handy, editable household chore list! Stop by her website (www.happymoneysaver.com) to print your own!

Our hope is that this tool will provide you with a little relief from the daunting tasks that cause stress! Your time is precious and we want to see you make the most of it!

Selling Your Home During the Winter Months

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

Last year we visited the subject of SELLING YOUR HOME DURING THE WINTER MONTHS, and now that we’re back in the midst of frigid temps, it only seems right to re-share that post with you! So, here it is:

 

 

What could be more stressful than selling a home?  Selling a home in the winter, of course! And while January might seem a little late (according to the calendar!) to be broaching this subject, us Iowans know that, realistically, we still have 3-4 more months of “winter-like” weather.  This means that there is still plenty of time to take action and get your home listed and sold before spring even decides to show up!  Here are our top tips for selling your home in the winter months!

 

Take control of the snow and ice situation.  Keeping snow and ice at bay and away from your walkways and entryways is important if you want prospective buyers to get into your home safely and with ease.  Just like mowing your lawn in the summer, shoveling and maintaining your home’s exterior in the wintertime, helps the house look well taken care of and loved. Bonus tip: Even if you’re not currently living in the home, make arrangements with a friend, neighbor, or business to do snow and ice removal.

 

Go for a warm and cozy feel.  It might mean adjusting your thermometer a bit, but warming your home before a showing will help prospective buyers be comfortable.  And while you’re going for that comfortable feel, cozy things up a bit with pillows and throws in the living spaces, and perhaps a large folded-over comforter on a bed.  Make prospective buyers see themselves living comfortably in the house.

 

Make the most of natural lighting and supplement with good interior lights.  Lighting is especially important during the winter months when our days are shorter and the sun doesn’t always shine.  Take advantage of any and all outside light by opening all window coverings and turning on all (yes, all!) the lights in the house.  Again, we’re going for coziness here!  Bonus tip: Ensure that all light fixtures are clean and bulbs are burning bright.

 

Keep the windows clean.  Daylight during the winter can draw attention to dirt and grime that otherwise might go unnoticed.  Keep a prospective buyer’s focus on the home, not it’s state of cleanliness, by washing the windows.  If this isn’t a project you feel comfortable tackling, hire it out!  Trust us, a good window cleaning is worth the investment.

 

Make your home pleasing to the nose, not just the eyes.  Capitalize on our strong sense of smells, and feelings that those elicit by making sure that your home has a pleasant aroma -- without going overboard.  It can be as simple as baking a batch of chocolate chip cookies or burning a candle a couple hours before a showing (just remember to turn off the oven and/or blow out the candle!).  We’ve blogged about the Stinky Side Of Real Estate before and encourage you to re-read that to re-freshen your memory AND home prior to your first showing or open house!

 

While there may be fewer buyers during the wintertime, generally, the ones that do exist are serious and have some sense of urgency.  Capitalize on this by making your home stand out from the others with just a little effort and preparation.  And, as always, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, let us help!  Contact us anytime!

 

Steve Hidder, Broker/Owner

Ankeny Real Estate Service

219 SW 3rd Street

Ankeny, IA 50023

(515)964-3662

www.ankenyrealestateservice.com

Easy Laundry Room Organization

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

Laundry doesn’t have to be a chore! Our helpful tips and smart collection of laundry essentials will help you put a new spin on laundry organization.

  1. Sorting saves time

Sorting your laundry by whites, brights, darks or dry cleaning as soon as you undress will help you save time when doing laundry. Choose (or make!) a laundry hamper with compartments to do the job. If you have a small laundry room, hang laundry bags from a rod above the washer and dryer to aid in sorting. You won’t have to dump the contents of a large hamper to find whites when laundry day arrives — it’s already sorted for you! Get the kids involved in sorting their own laundry and you’ll save even more time!

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  1. Get the hang of it

When laundering items that tend to get wrinkled, put them on hangers as soon as possible to reduce wrinkling and save time when ironing. Incorporate a closet rod into your laundry room plan, or you can opt for a freestanding garment rack to hang freshly pressed or straight-out-of-the-dryer garments. Use different colored hangers for each member of the family, so it’s easy to know where to return clothing once dry!


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  1. Protect delicates

You can prevent damage to delicate items such as undergarments by taking special care when laundering. Set up a special container to keep delicates separate from the rest of the laundry. When it’s time to wash them, place them in a fine washables bag. Be sure to include a place to dry delicates when planning your laundry room.

  1. Minimum space, maximum storage

Maximize storage space by using slim drawers between the washer and the dryer for storing detergent, stain sticks and other laundry items. When storing cleaning supplies, use a carryall to keep them both handy and organized. Do the same with laundry detergents to maximize space by placing them in uniform containers.

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