Fall In Love With Your Home

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I consider myself lucky to be able to go into a variety of homes to give organizing advice, staging advice and de-cluttering advice.  I work for a few real estate agents that have me go into a home (before it’s listed), to walk through with the owners.  It is during this walk-through that we identify areas that could use a little bit of tweaking – and sometimes there is a LOT of tweaking.  Whatever the home situation is when I walk in, after all of the changes have been made, I consistently hear the same comments:

“I can’t believe the change in our home!”

“Now I don’t want to move!”

“Why didn’t we do this sooner?”

I get excited to hear those comments yet at the same time, I feel a bit sad.  Sad that it took a potential move to a new home for individuals to fall in love with their home again.  As I look at my consultation reports, there are consistent tips that I give to each home owner.  Here are my top 5 tips that I consistently seem to give:

  1. Clear off every flat surface.  If you have never heard this before, hear it now!  Flat surfaces are the easiest to become cluttered in no time.  Take one room in your home and do a ‘flat surface check’.  Are there piles of paper laying around?  If so, where do they belong?  Have your children just thrown, tossed or left behind some of their things?  If so, where do they belong?  Find where they belong and put them away.
  2. Kitchens are a key area where potentiaLove your homel buyers will spend a lot of time.  I have a little rule that I use when staging:  for every counter, no more than 1 item (2 smaller items) on the counter.   Take a look at your kitchen counters.  Do you have a coffee maker AND a toaster on one counter?  Do you have a spice rack, a knife block, cooking utensils all on one counter?  Although most people leave those items out because they get daily use, if kitchen counters are cluttered, chances are other surfaces in your home (flat surfaces) are cluttered too.  Evaluate what you truly use and tuck the rest away (or even better – if you don’t use it then get rid of it).
  3. Bathrooms are another key area.  Almost every homeowner that is looking to sell ends up going through their bathroom cupboards. What do they find?  Expired medicines, old lotion, old Christmas gifts, etc.  My tip that I give is to use our 4 seasons as a guide to go through bathroom cupboards.  At the end, (or beginning) of a season, go through each bathroom cupboard.  Toss expired medicine (many pharmacies will take expired prescriptions), get rid of old lotions, give away (donate) unopened bathroom supplies that you have no intention of using.  Give the cupboard a good wipe.  Finally, use containers to keep ‘like’ items together.  By using containers it allows you to easily see what you are running low of and what you already have plenty of.
  4. Cleaning.  Ugh….Yes – I had to bring this up.  Pride of ownership goes a long way and is easy to spot immediately.  If you keep up with vacuuming, dusting, washing floors, it shows.  Homes that are not clean show as a dirty home.  Plain and simple.  I happen to love a clean house but secretly, I absolutely hate cleaning it.  You can do one of two things:  do a full clean at one time OR, break down your cleaning into sections.  One day, focus on the bathrooms, the next day, focus on dusting and vacuuming.  For me personally, I can’t bear to think of cleaning every day, so I focus on one day a week and just go until it all gets done.
  5. Less Is More – I think I’ve said this at least a thousand times.  Less truly is more.  When I go in and de-clutter a space, a room, an entire home, the owners can not believe what their home can really look like.  Honestly, it’s because all of the ‘stuff’ is no longer there.  Imagine walking into a room that was once piled with magazines, kids toys, dirty dishes that no longer looks like that.  It now looks like a new home!  Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying to get rid of everything.  What I am saying is to evaluate what you and why you have it.  When someone says, “Yes, I know.  I have to get rid of all that clutter.”  Why is it out in the first place if you know it’s clutter?

By doing just a few small things, you too can fall in love with your home again – and you don’t even have to move!

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  1. Zack Nicholas
    on 30.10.2012
    at 7:37 AM

    Thanks for your these five tips for me, which are very helpful for my improvement.

    • on 09.07.2013
      at 7:27 AM

      So glad you enjoyed them!

      • on 25.02.2015
        at 4:46 AM

        Very simple ideas that can make a big impact! Additionally, are there any items that you find commonly placed around a house that ring alarm bells in the eyes of prospective buyers?

        • on 25.02.2015
          at 11:06 AM

          Hi Patricia,
          While these may not be common, they can be a turn off: cigarette ashtrays, religious items (in abundance) and pet items. That is all I can think off the top of my head. ~Sheri

  2. on 30.10.2012
    at 7:43 AM

    You’re welcome! Have a great day!

  3. on 02.06.2013
    at 3:17 PM

    I have always thought our homes are really external expressions of what is going on inside our minds. our lives become cluttered with events and details and we become tired. Having someone come from outside and de-clutter our homes can have a similar effect inside. Its no wonder they don’t want to leave ,

    • on 03.06.2013
      at 4:13 PM

      Hi Brian,

      Thanks for stopping by! I couldn\’t agree more re: …\”our homes are really external expressions of what is going on inside our minds. \”

      We are just happy to be able to give individuals and businesses some tools and strategies to help them and their particular situation.

      I hope you have a great day!

  4. on 02.07.2013
    at 1:59 AM

    Nice tips in improving your home. One suggestion I was quite having a difficulty in this post. If possible, please highlight the key points in the article. Thanks!

  5. on 02.07.2013
    at 1:38 PM

    Both hit the nail on the head, indeed that is where the saying ‘tidy desk, tidy mind’ also comes from. Less is often more, and I would imagine most of us are guilty of hoarding someting once in a while. Such habits are often those that lead to clutter and disorganisation. We are also most likely to clutter when we are tired, stressed or pre-occupied, and taking time to destress and de-clutter the mind can have a positive effect on the presentation of our homes.

    • on 09.07.2013
      at 7:29 AM

      We couldn\’t agree more – \”We are also most likely to clutter when we are tired, stressed or pre-occupied…\”! That is something we consistently see.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Hope you have a great day.

  6. Eden Rivera
    on 03.07.2013
    at 6:55 PM

    These are helpful tips. Thank you for this. It really helped me a lot.

  7. on 09.07.2013
    at 7:30 AM

    Hi Eden,

    So glad we could help out! Hope you have a wonderful day today.

  8. on 12.07.2013
    at 4:14 AM

    Couldn’t agree more with your comments about the kitchen! I can not stand when things pile up on the counter because we get home from work, plop it down and there it stays for days on end. I really like what Brian said as well, “our homes are really external expressions of what is going on inside our minds”. That’s deep!

    • on 12.07.2013
      at 12:07 PM

      Thanks Steve. I too enjoyed Brian\’s comment!

  9. on 25.07.2013
    at 6:55 AM

    Hi Gitcalgary
    Great post especially as I studied Feng Shui for many years. As an interior designer of glass I found two great ways to unclutter the look of your home is to add frosted glass tint to the kitchen cupboards and in the bathroom to hide the shower. It adds a polished and classy finish when done professionally.
    Cheers Tony.

    • on 29.07.2013
      at 10:51 AM

      Thanks Tony for stopping by and leaving a comment. Frosted glass is such a great idea! I agree 100% in that it adds a polished and classy look.

      Have a great day!

  10. on 31.07.2013
    at 7:17 AM

    Thank you! I will show my wife this post. I love minimalism. My wife has dust magnets strewn over every horizontal surface. It makes dusting a long drawn out chore! I love the idea of giving each room a dedicated cleaning day. Thanks for the tips xx

    • on 01.08.2013
      at 8:26 AM

      You are so welcome! I hope it helps you. It\’s amazing how short of time it takes for things to \’clutter up\’. It certainly does makes cleaning a longer process when you have to deal with stuff before you can even clean. All the best to you!


  11. on 18.09.2013
    at 8:43 AM


    This is a great post. I could not agree more. I offer window tinting in Houston, TX and see a lot of homes, so I know what you are talking about. Thank you for sharing.

    • on 26.09.2013
      at 6:58 PM

      Thanks for dropping by and enjoying the post! Hope you had a great day today!

  12. on 25.09.2013
    at 11:50 AM

    I’m shaking my head while reading all of these excellent tips and imagining doing them as soon as I finish working this evening, but it’s the implementation that’s the problem! I’ve had a few motivated spurts and managed to get most of the flat surfaces in my house cleaned off, but it’s keeping it that way that I (mostly my family) have fallen short. Needless to say, I will be revisiting this post for a while…

    • on 26.09.2013
      at 7:02 PM

      Hi Miranda,
      Thanks for stopping by! One tip that I find extremely useful is to create a routine. It’s easy to walk by a pile – especially when we’re tired, we’ve had a busy day, and we’re exhausted. We are creatures of habit so one habit (routine) that I have is that I don’t leave a room empty handed. When moving from one room to the next, grab something and put it where it goes. Have family, get them to do the same (if you can). I hope that helps! 🙂

  13. on 26.09.2013
    at 10:18 PM

    Hi Gitcalgary, I am really impressed with your work. Organizing a house is not an easy task. It is a hard work to do. Thank you so much for sharing this tips. I find it very useful. I am hoping to read more from you. Thanks!

    • on 01.10.2013
      at 7:24 AM

      Thanks Jordan! I hope you have a great day today! 🙂

    • on 29.02.2016
      at 4:14 AM

      Hi Gitcalgary

      I completely agree with you Sheri. You have explained all the things so appropriately.

      I know that to manage everything is not an easy job but the way you have explained, I really feel that it is a very easy job.

      Thanks for changing thought process and make the things easier for everyone.

      I will be waiting to

      • on 03.03.2016
        at 10:55 AM

        Thank you.

  14. on 06.10.2013
    at 4:59 PM

    Funny how your attitude can change about things when you do a bit of freshening or modernizing. I found some real modern timers and switches for my house at the website http://ww.timersandswitches.com. They can simplify life with touch screens and programmable features.

    • on 09.10.2013
      at 9:47 AM

      I’ll definitely go and check out those switches. And yes, I agree on what a little bit of freshening can do to a home. I hope you have a great day today!

  15. on 15.10.2013
    at 6:51 PM

    Great post, I couldn’t agree more that your house is one of the most precious things.

    I have the honour of working in clients real estate everyday and enjoy the lovely creations and designs people come up with. It really shows how much people respect their home.

    • on 16.10.2013
      at 7:44 AM

      Hi Andy,
      Thanks for stopping by. A home really is, for most people, their biggest investment they will ever make. I couldn’t agree with you more – “one of the most precious things.” I hope you have a great day today!

  16. on 20.10.2013
    at 9:07 PM

    Thank you for this article. I find in my own business that clients have the hardest time with declutter. They initially think there is value in having all of the pictures of fido strewn all over the house! I know for me its takes an effort to get them to see that declutter and minimalism are all designed to help them sell their home for the highest dollar value! Most see the value, but it does take some “gentle” persuasion! Thanks again for the important message you have shared with the web! Good luck to you.

    • on 21.10.2013
      at 11:08 AM

      Hi Andrew,
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments! I agree with you when you say it’s not always easy letting clients know about their own ‘clutter’. I typically word it like this, “Now that you’ve decided to sell your home, you need to view it as a property to be sold. Having your home staged will highlight your home’s best features. This is not to say your home is not already well decorated or well maintained. How you live in a house is simply different from how we will present it for sale.” That usually helps. I hope you have a great day!

  17. on 26.10.2013
    at 7:40 PM

    Thank you for this great article. Those are very useful tips! I think putting in fireplaces in homes will also add to its overall appeal. 🙂

    • on 29.10.2013
      at 9:41 AM

      Thank you for leaving a comment. I agree, a fireplace does add to its appeal. Makes a home cozy and warm too! I hope you have a great day today. Sheri

  18. on 15.11.2013
    at 10:12 AM

    Looks like the biggest tip here really is organization. Even though you are not actually improving the value of your home potential buyers perceive as such when they enter a clean organized house. Nice article.

    • on 15.11.2013
      at 1:29 PM

      Hi Donald,
      It’s easy to spot pride of ownership right away.
      Thank you for leaving a comment! I hope you have a great day.

  19. on 15.11.2013
    at 1:12 PM

    Great advice, I never did like a clutter, although I usually have one…or two. Another cool thing to do to make one love their house a little more is a home renovation…oh yeah…

    • on 15.11.2013
      at 1:30 PM

      Hi Donald,
      Yes… a little home reno (we call it a micro reno as opposed to a major reno) can really spice up a home without having to break the bank!

      Have a great day today!

  20. on 27.11.2013
    at 6:09 AM

    I’m just in love with my bathroom. 🙂 Anyways it was nice reading your blog much informative i’ll surely try to follow those points. Thank You!

    • on 27.11.2013
      at 8:31 AM

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving the comment! So glad to hear you love your bathroom. I hope you have a great day today!

  21. on 29.12.2013
    at 9:19 AM

    Ohh, Really awesome and interesting tips, I think those tips are very helpful/useful to improve my house. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing.

    • on 30.12.2013
      at 3:22 PM

      Hi John,

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment. Glad to provide you with some helpful tips!

  22. on 09.01.2014
    at 9:02 PM

    I surely love eating and so I usually stay in my kitchen during days off. It has become my favorite area at home. I guess we have moved for around 4 times already since I was born. My father is a traveler and we move to wherever it is near to his job. The home that we have now is the most lovable place I have ever lived in. Just last week we renovated the kitchen and installed granite countertops to it. I guess that if we would have to sell this house in the future then it will be just too hard for me to give up the kitchen. LOL

    • on 11.01.2014
      at 8:51 AM

      Hi Ashton,
      I love hearing about people who love their homes! I especially like the way you put it, “The home that we have now is the most lovable place I have ever lived in.” LOVE IT!

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment!

  23. on 13.01.2014
    at 7:14 AM

    Thank you for this great article. Those are very useful tips! , Very cool I love how it is so different from everything else you see 🙂 …….. ..

    • on 19.01.2014
      at 12:33 PM

      You are so welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

  24. on 22.01.2014
    at 5:47 AM

    I still remember the days when I moved to a new apartment. I have to admit, it took me a minute to get in touch with the surroundings, with the vibes of the rooms and with the bathrooms. My advice is to make every corner of the room about you. Even if you’re using old furniture, get a new picture on the wall that’s about it. It will affect the general mood of the room, and it will let you know that this home is… yours.

    • on 24.01.2014
      at 1:30 PM

      Anne, GREAT idea and suggestion! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. 🙂

  25. on 13.02.2014
    at 11:19 AM

    I accidentally came across this article. I think your article is a special one and I never seen this type article any where on the web. I always feel a attachment to my home. I usually suffer when I leave my home. Anyway thanks for sharing nice tips

    • on 14.02.2014
      at 11:07 AM

      Thanks Ashikh! I hope you have a great day today.

  26. on 28.02.2014
    at 5:06 PM

    Our home is where we live and of course we all want to have a beautiful home. Thanks for the tips by the way.

    • on 03.03.2014
      at 8:16 AM

      Hi Mercedes,
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment. Glad you enjoyed the tips!

  27. on 12.04.2014
    at 11:56 PM

    I don’t have real attachment with my home because I travel a lot. I stay mostly different countries during travelling purpose but surely by following above provided ideas I can make me fall in with the places I stay for quite sometime. Thanks for the handy tips.

    • on 14.04.2014
      at 7:18 AM

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving your comment. It sounds exciting that you travel a lot. I’m sure you have seen some amazing places. Wishing you safe travels in the future!

  28. on 01.06.2014
    at 9:46 AM

    I am new to blogging. your articles has given me good idea for developing presentation skills. Please update me with your new posts

    • on 09.06.2014
      at 7:28 AM

      Thanks! Be sure to subscribe to our blog so that it gets delivered right to your inbox! The subscribe box is to the right of our blogs. Cheers!

  29. on 03.07.2014
    at 10:44 PM

    wow great, i also love my home and always to live here in my 10th floor apartment

  30. on 26.07.2014
    at 5:17 PM

    Hi there, we’ve been living in our renovated home (which took 3 years), but our 2 boys are rapidly outgrowing our beautiful home, so sadly we need detach ourselves from our home that took so much blood sweat are tears! But hey, family comes first right!

    • on 28.07.2014
      at 7:27 AM

      Hi Amanda,
      That is so common. For some, detachment is an easy thing to do while others really struggle with it. I wish you all the best with your new home and yes, I agree that family does come first 🙂

  31. on 31.07.2014
    at 3:44 AM

    Nice post

    For many people home is their favorite place they would like to be.Having a beautiful home is mostly everybody’s dream. I have heard that our homes can speak a lot about the people who live in it. The tips you provided in the above post are really very helpful. Especially that clearing off flat surfaces , bathrooms and managing all the things around in a room. I am sure that by following the above tips provide I can make my house very beautiful and clean.

    Thank you for sharing.

    • on 02.08.2014
      at 8:12 AM

      Thanks Sagar! So glad you found the tips useful.

  32. on 02.08.2014
    at 7:22 AM

    Almost everyone renovate their living room, but overlook the importance of bathrooms. If you want your home looks perfect then you must pay attention towards it.

  33. on 04.08.2014
    at 7:09 AM

    thnk you for this article. I am glad to see that…I miss my home very much after reading this.

  34. on 15.08.2014
    at 6:41 AM

    Thanks for the tips. I like reading about tips on home decoration these days because I am building upper portion of my home and I am looking for kitchen and bathroom ideas. I liked your tips and advices for both kitchen and bathroom tips

    • on 15.08.2014
      at 2:50 PM

      So glad you are finding them useful!

  35. on 05.11.2014
    at 2:49 AM

    Kitchen and bathroom are the most important part of a home. Keeping them clean and simple can give your home a great look. My home is my heaven and I love it very much. Thanks a lot for your tips. 🙂

    • on 05.11.2014
      at 7:06 AM

      Thanks Ray for your comment. I couldn’t agree more – clean and simple! ~Sheri

  36. on 13.11.2014
    at 6:03 AM

    You are thoughtful indeed. I have the same problems with all the surfaces in my house. You indicated everything right. You are so true about bathroom cabinets…… all things clutter if we become careless. But your tip of doing it all once a week is a very useful idea. Excellent home care tips and i want to fall in love with my home by following your suggestions.

    • on 14.11.2014
      at 9:15 AM

      I wish you all the best with falling in love with your home. One day at a time, one week at a time…~Sheri

  37. on 17.11.2014
    at 2:01 AM

    Hi Gitcalgary, I really love this post! We just moved in our new house and I’m glad that I found your blog, at least I’m now aware of the things that I need to buy and not to buy. I really love all your tips especially the last one. Thanks for the inspirations.

    • on 19.11.2014
      at 7:17 AM

      Hi Julieane,
      You are so welcome. Glad you found us! ~Sheri

  38. on 21.11.2014
    at 11:51 AM

    I have been working from home for last 5 years and you can call me full-time home worker. It is truly challenging when you have interruptions, however it is also very rewarding. I love being capable to spend time with my family and work together. I don’t have a boss and so happy that it brings handsome money which is not achievable in any job.

  39. on 08.12.2014
    at 8:50 PM

    Thank you for sharing all of these tips, you’re right we should love our house, take care of it. Cleaning is the best thing to do to show care and love to our house. Great post of yours.

  40. on 12.12.2014
    at 5:07 AM

    Great post. Thank you for these amazing and useful information. These are a lifesaver.

    • on 12.12.2014
      at 10:03 AM

      You are so welcome! Glad you enjoyed them. ~Sheri

  41. on 23.12.2014
    at 1:55 PM

    I quickly forwarded this to my wife. Great advice which we have needed around our house for quite some time now. Will definitely improve my chi!

    • on 24.12.2014
      at 4:14 PM

      Thanks Trey. I hope you and your wife enjoy the tips! ~Sheri

  42. on 28.12.2014
    at 2:11 PM

    Great article you have here 🙂 I wanted to give my home a makeover anyway by looking more and more into home automation & the smart home. I will incorporate your tips and tricks. Especially number 5 is a good one: Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication 🙂 Keep up the good work!

    • on 03.01.2015
      at 8:15 AM

      Thank you Martin. Wishing you all the best with your home makeover! ~Sheri

  43. on 03.01.2015
    at 9:13 PM

    Thank your for the good article! As a general contractor in Canada i know what i’m talking about! Thank you and good luck!

  44. on 04.01.2015
    at 12:20 AM

    Thank you Sheri for another good article! It’s very nice to read your post! Wish you good other post like this one in 2015!

    • on 08.01.2015
      at 2:26 PM

      Thank you! All the best in 2015 to you as well. ~Sheri

  45. on 21.01.2015
    at 4:38 AM

    You often hear the term less is more and it seems that you can apply it to so meany things including home decoration.

    • on 21.01.2015
      at 5:36 AM

      Yes Dewald – less really can be more with home decoration(s). I believe people can overdo it with decorations and what could be a gorgeous space can look cluttered and busy.
      Thanks for stopping by to leave your comment! ~Sheri

  46. on 24.01.2015
    at 6:24 PM

    Since organization is my weak spot, I was glad to read this blog post and I will try to implement some of these ideas. thanks a bunch!

    • on 26.01.2015
      at 9:40 AM

      You are so welcome Marty! All the best with your organizing journey! ~Sheri

  47. on 26.01.2015
    at 2:55 AM

    This reminds of me that I need to clean out the pantry this weekend. One thing I figured out over the years of cleaning is that the less furniture and other stuff you have around, the easier it is to clean the entire place. Plus, no need to keep moving things around to get to all the nooks and crannies.

    • on 26.01.2015
      at 9:41 AM

      I couldn’t agree more Claire. If you have to tidy up before you can even start cleaning it can sure make cleaning a task that no one will want to do. ~Sheri

  48. on 29.01.2015
    at 12:47 PM

    Great article. I just love all those practical tips – especially that bit about cleaning up by “sections.” Makes total sense for me since that’s what I usually do. May I also add by mentioning about the importance of roofing repairs (or replacement, in some cases)? It increases not only a home’s value but most importantly, its overall comfort.

    • on 01.02.2015
      at 1:35 PM

      Always important to remember the roofing Grant – no worries about mentioning it!

  49. on 01.03.2015
    at 12:32 PM

    Good advice Sheri, and advice that needs to be listened to by many! I’m amazed at the amount of TV shows offering similar tips yet sellers are shocked when others don’t like pink and black wall paper or collections of gothic ornaments taking over living rooms etc. Each to their own but when trying to sell a house it needs to be a blank canvas to a certain extent.

    • on 01.03.2015
      at 4:16 PM

      That is so true Robert. How you live in a house is simply far different from how you present it for sale. I would like to think that homeowners would do everything possible to get top dollar for their home however, that is not always the case.

  50. on 04.03.2015
    at 5:48 PM

    Thanks for the great article Sheri. You give some great ideas on keeping the home lovely.

    • on 06.03.2015
      at 7:16 AM

      Thanks for stopping by! ~Sheri

  51. on 08.03.2015
    at 1:10 PM

    Thank You for your post, always good to read!

  52. on 12.03.2015
    at 11:09 AM

    Thanks for your all of those five tips for me, which are very helpful for my improvement.

  53. on 18.03.2015
    at 3:23 AM

    Hey Sheri..

    Its very good post…
    yes its a bit difficult when we are going to shift to the new home because we have lots of memory with old places….
    I personally experienced this situations so many time…


    • on 26.03.2015
      at 12:00 PM

      Sometimes it’s easier said than done that’s for sure. ~Sheri

  54. on 24.03.2015
    at 8:24 AM

    Very good article, if you want advise on garage doors or else just tell me!

    • on 26.03.2015
      at 12:02 PM

      I will certainly contact you re: garage doors! Thanks for stopping by and leaving your thoughts. ~Sheri

  55. on 28.03.2015
    at 10:02 PM

    I personally like the idea of cleaning in sections than do everything in one day. An hour for each room a day is not bad at all. Another good tip is that, if you are too lazy to clean up your mess, then don’t mess at all.
    Excellent tips! Thanks for sharing.

    • on 29.03.2015
      at 8:14 PM

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment! I agree and tell my teens that all the time: don’t want a mess – don’t make a mess! ~Sheri

  56. on 10.04.2015
    at 9:22 AM

    I found this article interesting and helpful too.Thanks to you for your post.Always great to read your post.Attractive appliance will work for the home .thanks for your advice keep going 🙂

    • on 13.04.2015
      at 7:33 AM

      Thanks Carol. ~Sheri

  57. on 10.04.2015
    at 11:29 AM

    This something unique to read.You have everything very easily.The best quality of this post is your choice of words .The ideas is clear.The interior decoration makes anyone to fall in love with the home.Thanks for valuable post .

    • on 13.04.2015
      at 7:33 AM

      Thanks Rob. ~Sheri

  58. on 23.04.2015
    at 12:41 AM

    Love, love, love the read, I’m smiling because i totally relate when it comes to cluttering flat surfaces. We always have a fight with my mum about this too.

    • on 24.04.2015
      at 8:06 AM

      Esther, I have this conversation about removing ‘crap’ almost daily with my teenage daughter. My hope is that one day she will finally get it. 🙂

  59. on 30.04.2015
    at 6:58 AM

    A good investment in order to sell easely a house or appartment is to make it eco-friendly.
    Its quite a cheap investment that can provide auto-energy production, with a quick ROI.
    Thats my advice

    thanks for the good post ideas


    • on 08.05.2015
      at 7:49 AM

      Thanks for stopping by David! ~Sheri

  60. on 05.05.2015
    at 7:05 AM

    I hate keeping things in my home that I know I will never use again…I just changed my doors I didn’t keep them i sold them and bought two new beautiful doors.having a clean space just calms me

    • on 08.05.2015
      at 7:41 AM

      Having a clean and uncluttered space calms me too. ~Sheri

  61. bea
    on 07.05.2015
    at 2:51 AM

    Maybe try out changing something old into something new.
    Convert your TV screen into a lovely picture frame.
    Play a video like this and watch how it affects your home.

  62. on 05.06.2015
    at 6:32 PM

    thanks for sharing such wonderful ideas .very creative and considering while making your dream home. top notch information.

  63. on 14.06.2015
    at 3:58 AM

    This are really great tips! And super simple yet very much effective. We can truly see the beauty of a space when it is cleaned and free from any unnecessary things. “Less is truly more”.Thanks for sharing!

    • on 14.06.2015
      at 7:42 PM

      Thanks for stopping by! ~Sheri

  64. on 26.06.2015
    at 8:38 PM

    Sheri How long have you been writing for? I did not get a chance to read your BIO. I love reading your posts! You keep me at the edge of my seat wanting to read more.

    It’s so funny because I can’t relax when the house is a mess and some of these tips I have never really thought about.

    • on 29.06.2015
      at 6:54 AM

      Thanks for the great comments. I’ve been writing, consistently, now for just over 2 years. I used to blog just once a month but now I blog once a week (or more if I can carve out the time). ~Sheri

  65. on 20.07.2015
    at 3:23 AM

    Great post! I really don’t like it when my house is a mess, but unfortunately I don’t have the time to keep it as tidy as I’d like and when I do have some free time that I could use to tidy up a bit, I seem to prefer spending it doing more relaxing things, like sleeping for example… Your tips will surely help me a lot with organizing my home and keeping it nice and tidy in what little free time I have. Thanks a lot!

  66. on 27.07.2015
    at 5:48 AM

    Great tips and ideas which makes to clear, all the mess thing at my home thanks sharing.

    • on 27.07.2015
      at 7:20 AM

      You are so welcome. ~Sheri

  67. on 30.07.2015
    at 11:59 PM

    I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that you take this approach with potential listings. I remember several times when I was looking at homes with a Realtor and the homes we walked into were atrocious. One home had garbage in the basement – the entire basement just littered with garbage! At another home a lady just sat upstairs and smoked while we walked through and there were piles all over the table and counters. They would have benefited from tip #4.

    And I know you didn’t mention this, but a fresh coat of paint makes a huge difference. New paint is fabulous for covering up scuffs and marks that don’t wash off easily (especially if your home is filled with small children). Also, it is so worth paying for professional carpet cleaning. We own a standard home carpet cleaner and went over all of our carpets before leaving. Our kind Realtor persuaded us to hire a carpet cleaning company and I was amazed how much better the carpets looked afterwards and it really was not expensive at all.

    • on 04.08.2015
      at 6:51 AM

      Peter, thank you for leaving your comments. My good friends were recently looking for a new home and the stories they told me were horrible including two teens still sleeping! It truly amazes me what people think when they’re trying to sell their homes.

      Great points regarding fresh coat of paint and professional carpet cleaning too. ~Sheri

  68. on 26.08.2015
    at 2:15 PM

    This is an oldie but a goody.

    For me it’s all about the stuff. Less ‘stuff’ could server so many people better and save them money and absolutely help alleviate the clutter.

    • on 29.08.2015
      at 4:34 PM

      Great comment Steve. Thank you for sharing. ~Sheri

  69. on 14.09.2015
    at 1:35 AM

    Great article! I really enjoyed reading it

    • on 14.09.2015
      at 2:22 PM

      Thank you – and thanks for stopping by! ~Sheri

  70. on 01.10.2015
    at 6:39 PM

    Hi Sheri,
    Great article as mentioned already. We see this daily with our clients and we have found the help of a stager or organizer prior to listing really helps them and us reach our goal of selling the home. Keep up the great info! Thanks Jeff

    • on 05.10.2015
      at 6:02 AM

      Thanks Jeff! I appreciate your comments and stopping by my blog! Cheers, Sheri

  71. on 02.10.2015
    at 10:21 AM

    Great post! Thanks for the 5 very useful tips for a better house rearranging.

    • on 05.10.2015
      at 6:01 AM

      You are some welcome! Thanks for stopping by. ~Sheri

  72. on 21.10.2015
    at 4:11 AM

    This is a really good article. I think too often looks around their home and sees “their home” – even when coming up to selling it. It is really hard to take a step back and look at it from the perspective of a prospective buyer. What do they see? What do they think?

    Too many times I think people consider expensive re-modelling projects as the way to get their home up to scratch before selling and don’t just try to put themselves in the shoes of a buyer and try to stage the home in a way which is likely to appeal to them.

    Your article reminds us all that this is probably the best way forward.

    • on 21.10.2015
      at 5:14 PM

      Thanks so much for your kind words Ben. ~Sheri

  73. on 17.11.2015
    at 1:13 AM

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful article.

  74. on 19.11.2015
    at 4:02 AM

    Good article. Clean home always gives you a fresh feeling and energy and make you fell happy. It is place where you spend your whole life and celebrates festivals with your loved ones and should be maintain properly.

    • on 19.11.2015
      at 8:49 AM

      Thanks Saira!

  75. on 23.11.2015
    at 1:51 PM

    Thank you for this article. I will definitely fall in love with my home a million times because of your blog!

  76. on 03.12.2015
    at 4:36 AM

    Great tips or advice in organizing a home. But we can’t deny the fact that sometimes we accidentally lock our house and left the key inside. It’s really a problem especially if you’re in a hurry and you need to call a locksmith to fix it. You may find a reliable locksmith before this things happen and have their contact numbers readily accessible.

  77. on 16.12.2015
    at 2:06 PM

    Thanks for this post! It’s always annoying when you go inside a beautiful home and it’s not clean, definitely something you can spend 30 minutes a day doing to make your home more enjoyable. Thanks again!

    • on 16.12.2015
      at 5:38 PM

      Thanks for stopping by to leave your comments. ~Sheri

  78. on 21.12.2015
    at 7:39 AM

    So many people go about their lives picking up things they make use of and then as soon as they are finished the put the item down (not in the place they picked it up from). I call these people Use-n-Droppers. After a day or week of doing this ones house can be total chaos. I find it only takes a few seconds to replace the item used in its proper place. This also saves huge amounts of time in searching for that item that you used yesterday but can’t locate today. You will actually save time in your busy life by actually putting things back in their proper place.

    • on 21.12.2015
      at 11:05 AM

      I couldn’t agree more Tom. Putting things away when you’re done using them is such a simple concept yet a challenge for many. My little motto: ‘Never leave a room empty handed’ is one that I have used for many, many years. It takes all of 5-10 seconds to put things away. Like you said, after a week of not putting things away, ones house can be in chaos. I used to tell my kids that I actually was lazy so putting things away – right away – was actually the lazy way of tidying up the house! 🙂

  79. on 10.02.2016
    at 2:53 PM

    My flat surfaces definitely get cluttered the fastest. I usually just clear one cluttered surface by cluttering a new surface. Gotta leave my coffee make on the counter though for easy access!

  80. on 11.02.2016
    at 3:34 AM

    Great share..

    The Kitchen counter tip is really very effective, and will really gonna implement it as soon as my kitchen remodelling will come to an end..

    • on 11.02.2016
      at 6:10 AM

      So happy to hear!

  81. on 12.02.2016
    at 4:21 AM

    Nice share… 🙂

    Must say; that the top 5 tips are the best 5 tips to keep our home beautiful.

    By keeping all these points in our mind, we can actually keep our place neat and clean. and obviously, if our place or home will remain clean all the time then it will be good from hygienic point of view and who so ever will come to our place from outside will also liked it and definitely that person will also going to praise and everyone is the found of it 😉

    These tips will definitely going to work for everyone’s home 🙂

    Thank you so much for this nice post.

  82. on 19.02.2016
    at 5:13 AM

    Great Tips!!!

    These are very useful for me.

    My friend is looking for the home interior design tips. Now, I can give him the better tips as you suggested.

    Thank You!!

    • on 21.02.2016
      at 10:11 AM

      You are so welcome.

  83. on 26.02.2016
    at 5:58 AM

    Don’t just pack everything up and take it home with you. This happens so often and it is the worst idea yet. Sorry I’m being a little tough and too honest, but it makes for even a harder job on the other end and clutters up your family, home and life. Deal with it in the relative’s home once. Don’t bring it all home to your house.

    This is great advice!

    • on 26.02.2016
      at 9:47 AM

      I couldn’t agree more. Although it takes time, purging BEFORE you move is always the best (IMHO).

  84. on 01.03.2016
    at 5:41 AM

    Having efficient windows and doors in your home will make you love your home even more when it stops costing you an arm and a leg to heat it!

  85. on 13.03.2016
    at 3:16 PM

    I own a remodeling business and this is a very informative article.

    Its always good to get some tips on just overall on how we can better provide our clients

    Oh yea, my wife loves this article haha

    “Less is more” love it!

    Thanks again,


    • on 13.03.2016
      at 4:48 PM

      Thanks for stopping by to leave the comment!

  86. on 17.03.2016
    at 8:40 AM

    I love taking care of my house because it’s where I spend my precious time with my family, where I relax after a hard working day. I want to make my house really comfortable. Thanks for sharing great tips with us. I believe I will fall in love with my home more after following your hints.

    • on 17.03.2016
      at 1:17 PM

      So glad to hear!

  87. on 28.03.2016
    at 11:59 PM

    Great Article Sheri!!

    As an IICRC Certified Master Carpet Cleaner for the last 23 years, I see my fair share of people trying desperately to sell their home with no prior success because they were missing all the fine details in the presentation of their home. Everything from flat surfaces being cluttered like you mentioned, to their carpets being absolutely filthy, or worse yet, filthy and smelling not so fresh. Its amazing how the first impression of a home is such a powerful detail and yet so many homeowners miss these key elements in preparing their home for a quick and profitable sale. Carpet cleaning, especially professional carpet cleaning with a reputable IICRC Certified technician is so important. You will never regret hearing your real estate agent bring groups of interested home buyers that are commenting how fresh your home smells and appears. Your carpet is the first line in the sand. You will either sink or swim depending on its condition.

    Kindest regards,
    Brent Ambrose – Masters Touch Carpet Cleaning and Duct Cleaning, Lethbridge


    • on 29.03.2016
      at 2:26 PM

      I agree Brent. Thanks for stopping by to leave the great comment!

  88. on 29.03.2016
    at 9:27 AM

    I think is fitted to leave here a beautiful quote from a beautiful movie:
    “If more people valued home over gold, this world would be a merrier place”

  89. on 01.04.2016
    at 1:59 AM

    This is actually amazing!

  90. on 01.04.2016
    at 10:23 PM

    This is one of the great share I ever read
    All the tips are really amazing and informative .
    Thanks for share !!

    Cheers 🙂

    • on 02.04.2016
      at 9:34 AM

      Thanks Vern!

  91. on 05.04.2016
    at 8:35 PM

    Make your home clean and things organised properly Cool Stuff Bro !!
    online shopping Street for womens clothing
    Cheers !!

  92. on 03.08.2016
    at 3:20 AM

    Hey Dear !

    Fantastic stuff! Thanks for posting !
    All tips are really helpful and informative !
    I will bookmark this post and share with my friends 🙂

  93. on 13.05.2017
    at 5:56 AM

    I have read quite a bit about whether or not smart devices in a home make it easier to sell. Just from reading your post, it is obvious that you visit many homes. Do you think that the addition of smart gadgets such as security cameras or thermostats, make a house more sellable?

    • on 14.05.2017
      at 5:00 PM

      Hi James,
      This is just my personal opinion: it really depends on the area and who your ‘target market’ is. For the most part, if your home is in a neighbourhood where young families are moving in, the yes – I would say go ahead. I believe the key is not not overdo it with all the gadgets. Let the bones and the design of the home wow your potential buyer.

  94. on 27.11.2017
    at 3:16 PM

    Hi Sheri,

    Great post – i think there is so much you can do with your home without having to spend too much money. My wife rarely listens to tip number 5!

    I work in building attic conversions and roofing and i can’t tell you how many times people want extra storage space ‘to put all their clutter’ – The average costs is £5k for a small attic conversion! That’s an expensive way to keep clutter!

    • on 27.11.2017
      at 3:32 PM

      Hi Jack,
      It does amaze me the amount of money people spend on storing items. I am starting to see a more minimalistic trend so perhaps there is change coming! However, after this last weekend’s Black Friday, Cyber Monday (today) I’m not sure we’ll be seeing it any time soon!

      Thanks for stopping by to leave your comments!

  95. on 09.12.2017
    at 6:45 PM

    Nice article. You should do one about smart homes. They’re the new thing and they are very cool. Set up some smart devices in your home and you’ll feel like you’re in the future.

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