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Clean, Declutter, Refresh - Simple Changes to Make Your Home More Livable

Current circumstances mean we are spending a lot more time inside than usual, and for some of us that might be highlighting frustrations with our current home.  But this period of enforced indoor time could be the ideal opportunity to do something about that, and make your home into a more desirable place to be.  While we are not suggesting you start knocking down walls or installing a new bathroom, there are some simple tasks you can undertake that will make a big difference.


      Green Mop


Ok, maybe not everyone’s favorite thing to do, but now is an ideal time to do a spring clean and get to some of those tasks you have been putting off.  Empty out your kitchen cupboards and wipe down inside and outside, wipe walls and baseboards, wash windows (where you can reach), clean the oven, dust your closet shelves and rails, pull out furniture and vacuum behind it.  Spending some time on these deep cleaning tasks now makes it easier to stay on top of your regular daily or weekly cleaning - and gives you a great base to start your next task…



Clothes Hanging in Closet


Once you have pulled out the contents of your cupboards or closets don’t automatically put everything back again.  Take the time to figure out what you really want to keep, and decide whether some things can be donated or repurposed.  Depending on your closet storage, you could consider packing away out of season clothing to make it easier to find the right item for the weather.  Winter clothes that you haven’t worn this year probably aren’t going to get worn again, so before you pack them away think about whether someone else could benefit from that sweater that no longer fits.  There are many places that will gladly accept donations of clothing - although they may not be accepting items right now they will be very grateful for them once things reopen.  In Winchester, try the EnKa Exchange, the Goodwill Truck near WholeFoods in Woburn, or for kids try Cradles to Crayons.   Once you have arranged your closet, you can tackle your basement, attic or that junk drawer in the kitchen, and get a clean slate for the next stage...


Decorative Throw Pillows


Now your home is clean and you have removed some things that no longer “spark joy”, you can start to think about how to best display your favorite items.  If you have photos in frames on your mantel or shelves, changing these will give you some fresh memories to enjoy.  New throw pillows can give a lease of life to an older couch, and fresh sheets or blankets will revitalize your bedroom.  Changing out the artwork on the walls can give a room a whole new look - think about rearranging your prints or changing frames.  Updated lighting such as introducing floor lamps can also make a huge difference to the look of a room.  If you want to go further, a new coat of paint will really brighten up your space, whether it's a refresh or a completely new color.  Local hardware stores offer a contactless service where you can order your paint and pay by phone, and then pick up your items or even have them delivered to your home.  

If after all this effort your home is still not meeting your needs, our agents are available to  help you search for something new.  With interest rates low and homes continuing to come on the market there are still opportunities to make a move.  And all of your hard work will mean your home is looking its best and ready for sale!  Contact us to find out how we are helping buyers and sellers while keeping everyone safe



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