Are you looking for a simplified, organized home?

Moving can be hectic - and we know the biggest pain that most Buyers AND Sellers experience is moving into our out of an entire home they've grown accustomed to, as well as accumulated a generous amount of belongings in. And this usually holds true regardless of what stage you are currently going though in life.

First hand, I can tell you more about my experience as I know how it feels to move while I was starting out in college using the back of a Toyota Tercel, all my belongings fit neatly into the back of that subcompact truck. And then life changed, and my wife and I were moving into our first apartment using a friend's pick up truck. Fast forward again, all the way to upgrading from a cargo van to a small boxed truck, and NOW contemplating whether I really want to move. Would I need a huge semi truck or can unload a bunch of things, and spring for a smaller moving truck after decluttering. Going into spring, it would be a good idea to declutter our home - or any home, the though of moving aside.

Yes, you got that right, the family and I are looking into moving from our house of nearly 15 years close to Cambrian Park, to the architecturally inspiring neighborhood of Shasta Hanchett Park.  Key word: thinking. Stay tuned, nothing is set in stone, as this place we're looking at needs a TON of work, and we're even on the fence about if we're up for it. Once again, feeling what a lot of my clients feel through this process. 

(I always say every few years I need to re-align myself with what my clients feel once every few years, so here I am. And it's always a good time to declutter regardless of the situation.)

Well going back to the topic on hand, organizing and decluttering your home, I found this really great article on Pintrest (and linked it below) on how to simplify your home. Whether you've been there a long time and just need to declutter here and there OR you are like me, and find yourself overwhelmed with how many things you need to be packing up and moving soon. 

And these tips are GREAT if you find yourself moving from a home with an enormous amount of storage space, none of which pertains to me except maybe my garage and my home office, all of course is dedicated to the rest of my family, and I will not name any names in particular...

Just kidding. It may be all me.

So the author of this very useful post, Karen Schravemade, suggests mapping out "8 ZONES" to target through-out your home, starting with your wardrobe/closets, then targeting your Bathrooms, Kitchen, Linen areas, Kids rooms, office/media rooms (do people still use the term "media room"? It may have been a few years since I heard that term) anyways, and lastly the general household areas and the garage in the end.

I doubt you may be housing any excess of junk in your patio area, as often, it can be the most neglected part of your home along with your garage.

Going back to the "8 ZONES" here are just a few of the best tips I found in this post and I've listed them below:

1. Wardrobe/Closets

-Old and word belts, handbags, hats and broken luggage or duffel bags you don't use

-T-shirts that have lost their shape

-Old event wear you may never wear again (weddings, holidays, etc.)

-Dozens of ties you don't use anymore (ahem, may be good to keep a few only)

-Broken watches, jewelry and other items you will NEVER repair

-Dresses with hemlines that make you uncomfortable

-Hangers from dry cleaners or mis-matching socks (will you EVER find the missing pair?)

2. Bathroom

-Sample bottles from hotel rooms (I am guilty)

-Novelty gift products that you have never used

-Excess body lotions (you can NEVER have TOO many? Maybe so.)

-Broken scales, dried out nail polish, and old toothbrushes

3. Kitchen

-Duplicate utensils

-Novelty appliances you may have never used in the past few years

-Unused jars, Tupperware with no lids, extra storage containers

-Expired coupons, or old recipe books

-Travel mugs that leak, are broken, or unused

4. Linen/Storage

-Excess sheets or more than 2 sets per bed

-Unused table linen

-Anything damaged, stained, with holes

-Extra unused pillows

-Too many large quilts or blankets

5. Kids Rooms/Older Adult Rooms

-Excess clothes, hand me downs, damaged clothes

-Old sets of toys, board games, pens, shoes

-Stuffed animals and toys too bulky to keep in storage

6. Office/Library/Media Room

-Cords that don't fit anywhere in the house (Guilty again)

-Out of date calendars

-Old textbooks

-Books you don't read or don't love

-Unused or old magazines, newspapers, brochures, conference notes, etc.

-DVD's you will NEVER watch again

-Remotes that you don't use

-Outdated computer storage

-School paperwork (you can scan and save in Evernote)

7. General Household

-Cleaning products unused

-Out of date vitamins, medicines, etc.

-Unused picture frames, posters, etc.

-Excess vases, leftover curtain rings, ugly decor items or outdated decor

-Left over theme party supplies

-Unwanted gifts

8. Garage

-Rusty or non operating tools

-Leftover building materials

-Old camping gear that needs upgrade or you haven't used lately

-Air beds that leak

-Swimming gear, bikes or other devices the kids may have outgrown

-Unused outdoor bulky recreation gear (we all have it)

-Hardware gizmos you are not sure if you need

Well, that's no where near 250+, but I can keep going. OR you can check out the full article:

I apologize in advance if that was a lot to take in. Phew,  that was exhausting, but the truth is we have ways to go in this process of getting organized/moving, and the best time often comes up as you sell and move home. If you're looking for someone that can REALLY help you through the many stages of this process- I haven't even touched on all the work that goes into doing a partial remodel on the home we are looking to move into, let alone, our home of 15 years which we will need to spruce up with some projects here and there before we sell. Stay tuned, and once again, we represent ALL types of families through out Silicon Valley (& beyond) - moving up OR moving down - and are here to help YOU (or someone that you know). Don't hesitate to send us an email or reach us direct.