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6 Easy Steps For Decluttering Your Home

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

Whether you’re in the spring cleaning mood or readying your home for sale, DECLUTTERING your space can be difficult and downright overwhelming.  That is why we’ve put together a list of 6 easy steps to help ease the stress of cleaning out your stuff!  Well, what are you waiting for?  Clear that clutter!

 

1.  Make A Plan, Man! Whether it be a weekend’s worth of work, or many months, start with a written out strategy.  Begin with a list of areas of the home that need decluttered, then set dates to tackle those spaces, and stick with it! Oh, and one other must-do to boost morale and increase motivation?  Tackle your most dreaded/cluttered areas first.  See the payoff from those cleaned out spaces will be enough to keep you going!  And don’t forget to the enlist the help of your family/housemates. 

 

This is just one example of how your declutter calendar/plan could look:

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Find what works for you!

 

2.  Ready yourself...both mentally and physically.  Once you have your decluttering added to the calendar, you’ll be more likely to actually do it AND be prepared for it!  Give yourself no excuses to skip the stress by having the necessary supplies, such as trash bags, laundry baskets (keep reading), boxes, music, food, and a clear mind.

 

3.  Give yourself a set amount of time.  It’s easy to get overwhelmed and give up on clearing things out midway through, so we suggest working in blocks of time.  Whether it is 15 minutes, twice a day, or 3 hours on the weekend, set yourself up to succeed! And remember, slow and steady sometimes wins the race.  Commit to one room, drawer, closet, or area per day and see a BIG impact in no time at all!

 

4.  Make 3 Piles: Keep, Donate, Trash.  This is an easy system for your big stuff sort and, likely, everything you come across can be categorized in one of these 3 areas.  We recommend using large laundry baskets that can easily be moved from room to room or space to space.  Label your baskets, and don’t second guess your initial reaction! 

 

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Questions to ask yourself when deciding how to sort objects:

● Do I use this?

● Do I need this?

● Will I even know it is gone?

 

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5. Get creative with storage and use what you have!  Storage ottomans, cubes, boxes and baskets all make for useful clutter keepers. Think outside the box and, if necessary, invest in storage solutions -- but NOT before assessing your need!

 

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6. Designate a spot for everything AND a system for paper clutter.  This is the key to keeping clutter at bay.  Taking the time to organize after you’ve sorted all the stuff, will pay off HUGE when the doesn’t come back!  Check out our previous post on Home Organization for easy, applicable ideas!

 

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Bottom line when it comes to streamlining your stuff? Decluttering can be done effectively and with minimal stress if you have a plan and stick with it!  

Ankeny Listing Coming Soon: Pool House Preview!

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

With spring and summer just around the corner, NOW is the time to start thinking about making the most of warmer weather that is sure to be here soon!  And what better way to spend your summer than swimming and lounging poolside?!?  BUT, as we all know, pool properties in Ankeny are hard to come by...which is why we’re excited to share this soon-to-be listing, coming in mid-May, and complete with an IN-GROUND SWIMMING POOL.

 

 

 

This all brick 1,900 square foot ranch home not only boasts an in-ground pool, but also has an extensive party deck, patio area, significant landscaping, sliders from the large master suite with access to the hot tub deck, and many home updates. 

 

 

 

If you’re looking for a well-priced pool property perfect for entertaining, relaxing, and enjoying the outdoors, this might just be the home for you!  Stay tuned for additional details and pictures coming soon.  This home will not last long!  Call us (515-964-3662) today for more information!

 

Trending: Man Caves

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

Today’s real estate market has brought with it some often hard-to-find house hunter requests -- theatre rooms, scrapbooking spaces, and master bedroom laundry rooms -- just to name a few!  However, perhaps one of our favorites is the coveted MAN CAVE!  Not really a cave at all, this masculine metaphor is one of the most popular requests to top the list of “must-haves” on a man’s list.

 

So, what is a man cave?

 

man cave

noun Informal.

 

: a room or space (as in a basement) designed according to the taste of the man of the house to be used as his personal area for hobbies and leisure activities.

 

For many (if not the majority!) of our male clients, a Man Cave is not just a space where they can watch endless hours of sports on an outrageously large television, it is a place where they can be free of female decorating influences!  And just because you’re not in the market for a new home (& especially if you are!), doesn’t mean that you can’t make your own man cave.  That’s right!  All you need is a room (think: basement, garage, attic, spare bedroom, media room, or den) and a few essentials!

 

Below you will find a list of our favorite Man Cave essentials to get you started on a room sure to make every man envious!

 

1. Television.  Every functional Man Cave should, without a doubt, have a well-functioning TV.  Bigger is NOT always better, however.  Buy what your budget and space allow.  And if we might offer one more piece of advice?  Ensure that your tube is high-definition AND that your cable/dish provider offers the channels important to you!

 

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2. Funny signs.  Humorous or not, signs can add character to your space.  Decorate with items that show-off your interests and personality!

 

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3. Refrigerator. Bonus points if you keep it stocked!

 

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4. Snack area. Again, a fully stocked snack section scores major points with friends.  And remember that something as simple as a snack table can also be multifunctional, finding uses for meals, poker, and other games.

 

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5. Plenty of {comfy} seating.  Word of advice: don’t skimp on the seating.  Work within your budget (& space), but we encourage sofas, chairs, bar stools, and a place to put up your feet.

 

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6. Sports memorabilia and/or movie posters.  This is a great way to decorate your room and it doesn’t have to be pricey!  Use what you have or score some free posters from your local high school or college teams.  Movie posters are also relatively inexpensive way to add a little life to those otherwise boring walls!

 

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All joking aside, your newly created Man Cave might serve as a fun space to hang out, but it can certainly also add to the value of your home.  Curious about the value of your home -- Man Cave and all?  Call us today to have an analysis of your home’s value emailed to you directly!

Easy Ways to Add Character to a Newer Home

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

 

It’s been said that your home reflects who you are.  But what if you’re a full-of-personality-ambiance-loving-architectural-adoring-vintage-craving homeowner with a perfectly nice, newer, somewhat characterless home that just doesn’t fit your nature?  Well, we have good news!  We want you to love where you live and feel like your home is a reflection of you, which is why we’re here with 5 fairly easy, relatively inexpensive ideas to up the charm-factor of your newer home! 

 

Upgrade Fixtures

 

While, generally small in nature, updating things like lighting, hardware, door knobs, and outlet panels, make a BIG difference.  Chandeliers and pendant light fixtures, along with dimming lights and lamps, will give that moody ambiance often overlooked in newer homes.

 

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Update Doors

 

Here is an AWESOME post from Beneath My Heart on how to replace builder-grade doors with paneled ones.  I mean, who doesn’t love a good, old-fashioned, solid-wood, 5-panel door?  Rid yourself of the builder-grade hollow-core doors by making the switch to something with a little more style.

 

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Add Molding/Trimwork

 

Much of the character in older homes is due to the attention paid to the detailing of woodwork.  You can recreate this architectural look by adding base or crown molding, bead board or board and batten to walls, or even faux vintage ceiling beams.

 

 

 

Vinyl Decals

 

From letters and numbers to sayings and simple graphics, vinyl wall decals are an easy, extremely inexpensive way to add character and personality to a boring wall or piece of furniture.

 

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Wood Flooring

 

The look of original, restored hardwood floors is a timeless feature and can easily be recreated.

 

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