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Organize your home in less than an hour a day

Did you ever notice that your self-improvement pacts with yourself are action oriented? Walk 10,000 steps a day. Fix that leaky faucet. Register for VolunteerMatch.

But “get organized”? It’s a goal so broad that just trying to figure out what action to take makes you wonder what you were thinking in the first place. It’s like you need an organizing plan for your organizing.

Ta da!

Here it is. Follow these steps, spending less than an hour day (sometimes just a few moments), to a better organized home by Sept. 1:

1. Do That Project

“What about your space is making you feel uncomfortable or overwhelmed?” asks Amy Trager, a professional organizer in Chicago. Is it the paperwork disaster in your office? The pile of clothes teetering on your dresser? Or that mess that surrounds your doorway? Start with what’s annoying you, she says. One hour on that task will get your organizing engine revving.

2. Create a “Go Away” Box

Put anything you’re planning to donate in it (or give to a friend, or take to recycle). And keep it by the door so you can easily grab it when you’re leaving.

3. Deal With the Decorations

Hallelujah — the holidays are over! When you’re putting away your décor, donate anything you didn’t bring out last season, and separate decorations by holiday. No need to dig through your St. Patty’s clovers when you’re searching for a menorah.

4. Create a System for Your Entryway

Set up a “command center” so your front door doesn’t become a lawless accessories arena, especially during winter months. Add hooks for coats, bins for shoes, and a mail sorter if you need it. (Remember to keep a place for your “go away” box).

5. Wrangle Your Pet Supplies

Minimize the time spent scrambling when your pup is desperate for a walk or eager for a meal. Hang hooks and cubbies near the door and keep leashes, kibble, bowls, and toys in one convenient spot.

6. Organize Your Spices

Arrange your herbs and spices alphabetically, by cuisine, or by brand — whatever makes them easier to find when you’re in the middle of your noodle stir fry.

7. Pare Down Your Utensils

You’ve accumulated several dozen kitchen utensils in your culinary career: can openers, microplanes, four (what?!) wine openers. Pare down the collection and use drawer dividers to keep the remainders in order.

8. Reconfigure Your Pots and Pans

Stop digging around in your shelves for the oversized, cast-iron skillet. Donate the pots and pans you hardly use, and install cupboard organizers to help manage the rest.

9. Throw Away Expired Foods

You never use Worcestershire sauce — except that one time. Go through your refrigerator and pantry and ditch or donate anything past its prime.

10. Stack Your Pantry Staples

Make better use of your pantry by sorting through your staple dry goods — think flour, sugar, pasta, oatmeal, dry beans — and putting them in airtight, stackable containers. You’ll free up a ton of space, too.

11. Downsize Your Kitchen Gadgets

You had noble intentions when you purchased that spiralizer. (Zucchini noodles every night, right?) Give those space hogs to someone else with lofty dreams.

12. Say No to Coffee Mug Over-Saturation

Every time you lose a sock, a new coffee mug appears. Keep one or two mugs for every coffee or tea drinker, and donate the rest.

13. Sort Your Food Storage Containers

No singles allowed. Toss any tops or bottoms that have no mates.

14. Reassess Your Display Shelves

Shelves crammed with knickknacks, books you’ll never read, and stuff you somehow accumulated are just a waste of space. Donate books to the library, discard the junk, and arrange what’s left in a way that pleases you.

15. Deal With Your Cables

With a Roku, PlayStation, DVD player, and a cable box, it’s no surprise your entertainment center is a mess. Create ID tags for each plug from bread tags or cable ties, and bundle the clutter together with velcro strips.

16. Put Clothes on New Hangers

Switch your clothes over to the slimmer, grabbier hangers. They use less space and keep your clothes from sliding down to your closet floor. As you do this, discard the clothes you never wear.

17. Corral Your Accessories

Belts, scarves, purses, hats — all the accessories that don’t have a drawer or spot in the closet can end up everywhere. Buy an accessories hanger or install a simple series of hooks to give your wardrobe’s smallest members a home.

18. Purge Under the Bed

Under-bed storage is ideal for out-of-season clothing. But when out-of-season becomes out-of-sight and out-of-mind, clear out those clothes you’ll never wear again from this precious storage space.

19. Declutter Your Desk

When your workspace is swimming with collectibles, staplers, Post-its, and more, paring down can keep you focused when it’s time to hunker down.

20. Shred Old Paperwork

Not every form, statement, and tax record needs to stay in your filing cabinet forever. Check out this list to make sure you’re not wasting space. Shred the rest to ward off identity thieves.

21. Tidy Your Files

Now that you’ve shredded the paperwork you don’t need, tidy up your files by organizing them and labeling them clearly. Colorful folders can help organize by theme (home stuff, tax stuff, work stuff, etc.).

22. Get Rid of Mystery Electronics

Admit it. You’ve got a drawer where black mystery cords, chargers, and oddball electronic bits go to die. Free that drawer up for better uses, or at least get rid of the ones you know for sure are “dead.”

23. Pare Down Your Personal Care Stuff

Your intentions were honorable when you bought that curl-enhancing shampoo — but it expired two years ago, and you haven’t used it since. Throw away any expired potions, salves, hair products, and medicines.

24. Tackle Under-the-Sink Storage

Clean everything out. You’ll be amazed at what you find (like those Magic Erasers you could never find). Then put back everything you’re keeping in bins you can easily pull out so nothing gets lost again.

25. Hang a Shelf

Wall storage is so often overlooked. Find a spot in your home where a shelf would solve a problem, and hang it. Maybe it’s for some toiletries in the bathroom, or laundry supplies, or for your kid’s stuffed toys.

26. Reduce Your Towels and Linens

There are the towels you use — and the stack of towels you never use. Donate them to the animal shelter. Those torn pillowcases? Convert to rags or toss. Same for napkins, dishtowels, pot holders, etc.

27. Hang a Shoe Organizer

Hanging shoe organizers can solve a ton of storage problems beyond the obvious. They can store scarves, mittens, cleaning supplies, craft supplies. You can even cut them to custom-fit inside a cabinet door.

28. Organize Your Junk Drawer for Good

There’s no shame in a junk drawer — but why not organize it? Dump the whole thing on one surface and sort everything into piles. Use drawer dividers to keep each pile in its own space.

29. Store Your Tools the Right Way

Finding the right Phillips-head screwdriver to put together that cute IKEA bookshelf shouldn’t be so hard. Track down your hammers and screwdrivers, and arrange them in one easy-to-access spot, such as a pegboard.

30. Plan for the Future

See how much you’ve accomplished! Take a look around your newly organized home, making note of any spaces you missed. Then dream a bit about your next home project. Maybe paint that dining room, finally?

Post written by JAMIE WIEBE who is a writer and editor with a focus on home improvement and design. Previously, she worked as a web editor for “House Beautiful,” “ELLE Decor,” and “Veranda.”  REPOSTED from Houselogic.com

 

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Sold!

It has been a big month for Homes for Heroes sales. We had two clients sell their homes and purchase a new home with us.

The first client was an assistant principal who saved $2,024.25 when she sold her condo and will be getting a rebate check for $2,887.50 for the purchase of her new home!  This client also used a local Homes for Heroes Lender adding an additional $500 to their savings!

The second client was a double hero who is a Veteran and a sub contractor for Cal Fire during fire season.  They saved $4,281.25 when they sold their home and will be getting a rebate check for $5,950!!

Congratulations to both clients and I hope they help spread the word about how easy the program was to use!

Those who qualify to use the Homes for Heroes Program:  Veterans, Military, Medical Professionals (nurses, doctors, medical billing), Educators, EMS, Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters. Homes for Heroes is a nation wide program Click here for more information

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San Luis Obispo’s North County

Today I am sitting here editing photos for a report and I am reminded of the beauty and peacefulness of our area.  This photo was taken on a 100+ property in east Templeton with views of Templeton and Paso Robles.

If you live in the area, or visit, please comment below and tell everyone why you live or visit the area.  I would love to hear your opinions. DSC_0770 edit

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Price Reduced

These sellers are motivated!  $15,000 price reduction to $784,000.  You can’t rebuild everything here for that price!

Don’t miss this solar powered home with a pool and large yard. This roomy home features 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms plus two office spaces which can be used as additional bedrooms. All in 3900+/-square feet with a formal living room and a generous family/entertainment room. The spacious kitchen offers a walk-in pantry, breakfast bar and pass through window into the family room. Outside you will find a large back yard with a pool, covered patio, basketball hoop and plenty of space for the kids or pets to run.

The house is located at the end of the cul-de-sac on a well established street.

Priced at $784,000 MLS# NS1075134

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Rebate Potential-  By using a Homes for Heroes Realtor you can qualify for a rebate worth up to $5,400 and if you use a Homes for Heroes Lender you can save an additional $500… that’s a potential savings of $5,900!!

The qualify for a rebate you must be active or retired in the following fields:  Military, Law Enforcement, Teaching, Medical (Doctor, Nurse, etc), Fire Fighter or EMS! If you think you qualify, but aren’t sure, please call, email or leave a message here.   On average Buyer’s and Seller’s receive $2500 just by using a Homes for Heroes Realtor when buying or selling! That’s it! No Catch!

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Busy Week

It’s been a bit of a busy week in our office.  Congratulations to our amazing clients and affiliates who make it all possible.

Friday we sold 40 Terrace Hill, Paso Robles

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Tuesday we sold two properties in Creston, Squirrel Place and 354 acres in Highway 41.

Today we sold 605 Clydesdale, Paso Robles

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And, if your still with me, we have a few new listings!

220 Abramson, Templeton.  4 bedrooms 2 bathrooms plus an office in 1+/- acres, conveniently located with a wonderful backyard completed with pipe pens and cover, perfect for horses or 4-H animals. Priced at $715,000.

Two 40+/- acre parcels in Lockwood featuring elevated build sites with beautiful views.  Each lot has a well installed.  Price at $305,000 and $325,000.

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North County Real Estate 3Q 2016

This is a snapshot of the North County Real Estate Market through the first three quarters of 2016.

In town residential single family home sales were even in volume with 2015 and prices rose 5% to an average sale price of $396,000. Homes on an acre or more were also even in volume with 2015 and the average sale price of $653,000 reflected a similar 5% increase over the comparable 2015 period. Homes for sale dropped 7% as inventory continues to shrink.

Million dollar home sales increased a bit over 2015 and average sale pricing actually increased 4% year over year. Million dollar homes for sale increased 24% in 2016 over 2015. This market has been selective and less robust throughout the recovery. Demand has been consistent but supply is way ahead of absorption.

Vineyards and homes with vineyards are finally seeing some consistent action. The water ordinance has stopped all Eastside planting. Slowly growers and investors are realizing that the only way to be in the Grape Business is to buy existing vineyards. Most grape varietals are firm in pricing which is an added bonus. Buyers of Vineyards today are protected from an increase in supply by the ordinance.

Commercial properties are in the best position since 2008. Vacancies still exist but there is a lot more actual user activity at this time. Tourism is super strong and growing.   Apartments are in demand by tenants and investors. Financing is still a challenge across the board.

Home prices may be entering a plateau phase. There is an inverse relationship between interest rates and asset prices such as homes. It seems that interest rates have found a bottom and in fact expectations seem to be in minor rate increases. Residential rates seem to have stabilized.

North County has risen to the challenge of competing in a no growth economy. Our city government works. The wine industry has created an industry of scale that attracts high quality consistent tourism dollars. Every weekend it seems we are Party Fresh. Perhaps our greatest asset is the community spirit inherent in our citizens. We have a healthy respect for our past and generous attention to our future. Who has it better than we do? Nobody!