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Spring Cleaning Prep Tips

The weather is going to get warmer and you might be itching to begin the spring cleaning – you’re thinking about opening  your windows and letting in the fresh air and taking down the curtains to wash and dry outside. But then you see the thermometer is saying winter is still here. What can you do?

 Early Spring Cleaning Tips

Organized drawer

Can you find your TV remotes? Are the drawers in your house clean enough to find what you need? Get ready for spring by picking one or two drawers and cleaning them out – you’ll be happy you did.

  1. Purge, purge, purge. It’s easier to deep clean when the clutter is gone.
  2. Go through those winter hats, scarves and gloves. For parents, if your kids have winter gear that’s too small now or will be too small next year, make sure it’s clean and donate it. The same with boots. (wipe down the boots, be sure they’re clean before packing them away.)
  3. Wash or dry clean winter coats before packing them away.
  4. Wipe snow shovels, before you pack them away. If your shovel is broken, get a new one now. (And it’s ok to have more than one shovel. One for each member of the family means “many hands make little work.”)
  5. Wipe down the front of the kitchen drawers and cabinets and the insides of your appliances.
  6. Iron items like tablecloths and napkins before putting them away in drawers. (while you watch TV is a great time for doing that)
  7. Clean out your drawers. Do one drawer at a time (it’s less overwhelming) Dump the contents onto a tablecloth to catch any dust and dirt. (at the end of the project, you can just shake the tablecloth outside or throw it in the laundry)
  8. Scan children’s pictures and photos. Make a backup of the digital files, and you can throw away some (if not all) of the originals.
  9. Stop the ceiling fan and clean it. You can do this by putting your hands in a pillowcase and slide it over the blades, and the pillowcase will catch the dust. Change the setting for spring, remember: Spring – up, Fall – down.
  10. Check the filters and vents on your clothes dryer, heater and air conditioner. If it’s been awhile since you had your heater serviced, call and schedule it now.

How do I know if I need an organizer?

Here’s a check list to use in case you are wondering if you need organizing help.

A Professional Organizer is needed if..

If you answer yes to more than 5 of these questions, you could benefit from a Neat appointment!

1) Do you ask yourself daily: “Where are my keys?  Where is my Phone?  Where is my Wallet?”

2) Did you run out of counter space/flat areas to pile things?

A porch that needs to be decluttered

3) Do you have piles; Do your piles have piles?

4) Are your closets bulging and doors hard to close?

5) Do you own more organization items than you have put to use?

6) Do you own several items of the same item because you can’t find it and had to buy another? (very common item is scissors)

7) Do you have more than one junk drawer?

8) Do you avoid a room/space because it’s too overwhelming to deal with?

9) Do you have four sizes of clothing in your dresser/closet? (including children’s)

10) You can’t see your floors (due to piles)

11) Do you have expired food in your refrigerator or pantry?

12) Do you have unopened boxes with unknown contents? (ie: mail packages or previous moves)

13) Did  you find gifts you purchased for Christmas last year that you found this year?

14) Do you have a collection of single socks (more than 5 is a yes)

If you have answered YES to more than 5 of these questions, please call or email us right away! If you know someone who could benefit from our services, please feel free to share our information with them or better yet, get the a gift certificate!




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HAVE A NEAT DAY!

The Magic of Energy

Did you ever walk into a place and say “Wow! I don’t ever want to leave?” That’s the energy talking to you. It’s a good energy when you enjoy being in a place that makes you happy or peaceful. Is that happening in your own space?

Feng Shui in your HomeHow do you feel at home?

Think of all of the areas of your home and how they make you feel. If you aren’t feeling content and peaceful in your space, it might have energy issues. Does your space leave you feeling tired or sad? Or maybe you feel overwhelmed with all the projects that aren’t completed that you wanted to have done by now.

I know the feeling well! I have an old house, and there is always something that needs doing. But sometimes you can’t do what you want – we have to wait until the weather conditions are ideal for painting inside and out, wait for a great sale to get just what we want, or hope we can save up enough to get these projects done.  I’ll wait for the weekend, when there isn’t a birthday party or a ball game… and I think, when is the time going to be just right to get something done around here?

How to Begin

But you don’t have to wait to win the lottery or a vacation day. You can begin to change the energy in your house a little at a time. Small things like switching out your moldy shower curtain or cleaning the handprints off your glass front door can make you feel better. Think of any little project that would make you happy, then I say go for it!

Small steps every day, like clearing one drawer or going through one cabinet looking for expired food, will help you reach your  ultimate goal of getting your home clean and in order and ultimately changing the energy to positive. Every time you take something as simple as junk mail to the trash, you are changing the energy of your space because taking out the negative makes more room for positive.

Once you address one thing, it’s done and is no longer an issue or a concern, just done. It always makes me feel better, and it can help you feel better too.

Small Steps

Don’t try and get everything done at once. Just realize that by doing one small thing today, right now, you are shifting the energy to positive by doing something simple that will make a huge difference in a small way.

Does your work space work for you?

We all have a little nook where we work at home, whether it’s homework for the kids or where you take care of your bills. Terrible Work SpaceWhat does this space say about you? Is it working for you? Are you productive while you spend your time there?

 

Or, is it a black hole sucking the energy out of you to the point you give up before finishing your tasks more frustrated than when you sat down? Can you concentrate while you are there? Is there enough light to be able to focus on your task?

 

What is happening in your “think zone”? Can you think there?

 

I share a work space with other members of my family.  I can’t always count on it to be clear and clean, let alone quiet.

8 Home Work Space Improvement Tips

 

Here are some tips to help you create that NEAT space you NEED in order to be creative and focused at your work space.

 

1) Whether it’s a desk or table, clear anything off of the top before you sit down and get comfortable. This will eliminate distractions.

 

2) ACTION PILES –  When I work I make piles on the floor for myself – – in time sensitive order – today/tomorrow/by Friday, etc. When I’ve finished the task, the items get filed away where they belong – or left in their file on the top of my desk until the next time I sit down to work.

 

3) I have only what I need on the top of the desk while I am getting things accomplished – one task at a time; if I need to switch tasks I switch files.

 

4) I always have my feet on the floor to ground myself so I can focus better.

 

5) If the family is around, I plug in headphones and listen to some soothing tunes as I work to drown out the murmurs in the background.

 

6) I turn my phone to silent while I am being productive and concentrating – it helps keep me focused.

 

7) I try to only have the programs going on the computer that I need open to complete the task at hand. You would be amazed at the time you save by not clicking over to social media. Get the job done and after that you can play or shop.  Resist the urge of distractions. This is important while driving your car, why not when you are paying your bills?

 

8) Each member of the family has their own time at this space; we have to share and be respectful of each other. Setting boundaries is very important. They know they don’t want my papers in their way while they are working, and I don’t want their spelling words getting mixed up with my invoices.

 

Think about your workspace. What could you do today to make it more functional?

 

 

 

Home Staging Consultation Services …created home staging consultation Services page

In addition to all the other services Such A Neat Freak provides, we are happy to do a home consultation for you. Not only can we help you see your home through a fresh pair of eyes, but we will make recommendations that will enhance your space for better viewing to potential buyers.

It’s not always easy for sellers to notice things from a potential buyers’ point of view. That’s what we do! We look at every space in your place to make sure it’s NEAT before buyers come in and take a look at their new home.

If you’re getting ready to list your home for sale and want to make sure the staging of your house will look good in realtor photos, we can help. If your house has been sitting on the market, you may need a fresh view. Please feel free to contact us to schedule your appointment.

We help you get your place NEAT and sold quickly!

The magic of energy…

Did you ever walk into a place and say “Wow! I don’t ever want to leave?” That’s the energy talking to you. It’s a good energy when you enjoy being in a place that makes you happy or peaceful. Is that happening in your own space?

How do you feel at home? Think of all of the areas of your home and how they make you feel. If you aren’t feeling content and peaceful in your space, it might have energy issues. Does your space leave you feeling tired or sad? Or maybe you feel overwhelmed with all the projects that aren’t completed that you wanted to have done by now.

I know the feeling well! I have an old house, and there is always something that needs doing. But sometimes you can’t do what you want – we have to wait until the weather conditions are ideal for painting inside and out, wait for a great sale to get just what we want, or hope we can save up enough to get these projects done.  I’ll wait for the weekend, when there isn’t a birthday party or a ball game… and I think, when is the time going to be just right to get something done around here?

But you don’t have to wait to win the lottery or a vacation day. You can begin to change the energy in your house a little at a time. Small things like switching out your moldy shower curtain or cleaning the handprints off your glass front door can make you feel better. Think of any little project that would make you happy, then I say go for it!

Small steps every day, like clearing one drawer or going through one cabinet looking for expired food, will help you reach your  ultimate goal of getting your home clean and in order and ultimately changing the energy to positive. Every time you take something as simple as junk mail to the trash, you are changing the energy of your space because taking out the negative makes more room for positive.

Once you address one thing, it’s done and is no longer an issue or a concern, just done. It always makes me feel better, and it can help you feel better too.

Don’t try and get everything done at once. Just realize that by doing one small thing today, right now, you are shifting the energy to positive by doing something simple that will make a huge difference in a small way.

Does your work space work for you? ….

We all have a little nook where we work at home, whether it’s homework for the kids or where you take care of your bills. What does this space say about you? Is it working for you? Are you productive while you spend your time there?

Or, is it a black hole sucking the energy out of you to the point you give up before finishing your tasks more frustrated than when you sat down? Can you concentrate while you are there? Is there enough light to be able to focus on your task?

What is happening in your “think zone”? Can you think there?

I share a work space with other members of my family.  I can’t always count on it to be clear and clean, let alone quiet.

Here are some tips to help you create that NEAT space you NEED in order to be creative and focused at your work space.

1) Whether it’s a desk or table, clear anything off of the top before you sit down and get comfortable. This will eliminate distractions.

2) When I work I make piles on the floor for myself – ACTION PILES – in time sensitive order – today/tomorrow/by Friday, etc. When I’ve finished the task, the items get filed away where they belong – or left in their file on the top of my desk until the next time I sit down to work.

3) I have only what I need on the top of the desk while I am getting things accomplished – one task at a time; if I need to switch tasks I switch files.

4) I always have my feet on the floor to ground myself so I can focus better.

5) If the family is around, I plug in headphones and listen to some soothing tunes as I work to drown out the murmurs in the background.

6) I turn my phone to silent while I am being productive and concentrating – it helps keep me focused.

7) I try to only have the programs going on the computer that I need open to complete the task at hand. You would be amazed at the time you save by not clicking over to social media. Get the job done and after that you can play or shop.  Resist the urge of distractions. This is important while driving your car, why not when you are paying your bills?

8) Each member of the family has their own time at this space; we have to share and be respectful of each other. Setting boundaries is very important. They know they don’t want my papers in their way while they are working, and I don’t want their spelling words getting mixed up with my invoices.

Think about your workspace. What could you do today to make it more functional?

Hiring a Landscaper for Home Staging

As part of our home staging services, we often times have to do a bit of landscaping to improve the curb appeal. However, home owners may want to hire a landscaping contractor who can design a landscape that will bring the most dollars for their investment.

Additionally, we like to see a well manicured yard, with a well designed landscape that has some water features, possibly a patio or deck, and of course who wouldn’t want an outdoor fireplace.  Well regardless if you are planning on hiring a landscaper for your home staging or just want to redo your landscaping, there are somethings you should ask any prospective landscaper.

The Following is a guest post by ProMark Landscaping, which we have never used, but by looking at their site, we sure would not mind having them make a patio for our backyard.

 10 Questions to Ask Your Landscaper

If you are thinking about landscaping your property, there are certain questions you need to ask your landscaper before you start the project or make any commitments. It is important that you work with a reputable company, who not only understands what you want, but who will get the job done right.

The following are 10 questions you will want to be sure to ask your landscaper before the start of your landscaping project.

 

  1. Do you give free estimates? Most do,  so you’ll definitely want to take advantage of, so always ask.Montgomery County Pa Pavilion and Patio
  2. How long have you been in business? Find out if the company you are considering is new to the business or if they have been around for years and have a well-established positive reputation.
  3. How many people do you employ and do you use subcontractors? You need to know exactly who will be working on your project and why.
  4. Are you insured? Do not do business with a landscaper who is not properly or fully insured. This includes making sure the company has Workers Compensation Insurance. Without this insurance, this puts you at risk of being liable should an employee hurt themselves on your property on the job. Insurance helps to protect you from lawsuits.
  5. What expertise do you and/or your staff have and are you certified? It is important to know what expertise a landscaper has. This doesn’t only include knowing what their particular talents might be, but also if they are certified in these areas. Certification means that they have proof of the experience and knowledge they claim to have. Certifications could include: arborist certifications, material systems certification( EP Henry Authorized), and/or Retaining Wall Design certifications, etc).
  6. Have you ever done a landscaping project like this before? What are your specialties? Ask to see pictures of previous projects that were similar to yours, as well as ask for referrals from these past clients. Ask to see pictures of completed jobs.
  7. Do you have all of the equipment that is needed to complete the task? All of the equipment required should be provided by the company.
  8. What kind of products/materials do you use? You’ll want to make sure that the products they use are high quality, will work well within your space, will not be harmful to the environment and they are certified to use the products(ie EP Henry Authorized Hardscaping Contractor).
  9. What should you anticipate during the landscaping process? You’ll want to know what the project schedule looks like. This could include how many workers should be on your property at a time, who they are, how many hours they will work in a day, how many days it will take, etc. This will help you anticipate how long the project will take and limit the number of surprises that pop up along the way.
  10. Can you provide me with a realistic estimate of how much my landscaping will cost? Find out what is covered in the cost, i.e. materials, labor, time, etc. Know what is expected and sign a contract. Do not rely on assumptions and a handshake.

Well those are the ten questions that ProMark recommends you ask when hiring a landscaper.

From the perspective of a home owner and a professional home stager, I know a landscaped yard adds a tremendous amount of value to the investment known as your home.

Office Makeover Video, Pottstown, PA

 

Please enjoy this Neat before/after  Office Makeover video and client’s reaction to the reveal of the space.

Office Makeover Video Transcript

This is currently a sitting room in the basement of a client’s home. We will be turning this into an office today. We are really excited..so..trying to get it all in here..check back in 2 hrs…so here is the office 2 hrs later. We cleared all the clutter..added some art..lamps decorative throws, seating area, pillows, desk, credenza, printer, chairs and more art, and a plant we added there..little shelf..and there you have it..can wait to see what she(client) thinks..ready 1,2,3 (yelling) so what do you think..its so great..its so nice..its perfect..thank you so much for my new office..I love it..

End Transcript

As you can tell from the video, our client was more than thrilled with her office makeover.

The video music is Kurt from FunkyFrets Music and @FunkyFretsMusic on twitter.

The video was edited by a good friend of mine, who I will gladly refer you to, if you ask me.

 

 

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Make a Headboard? No Problem!

Make a Headboard

One of favorite Pottstown PA client’s spare bedroom bed doesn’t currently have a head board. Until she finds one she loves, we decided to make a headboard or a pseudo headboard by  hanging three similar colored mirrors on the wall above the head of the bed. What do you think? She LOVES it!

mirrors as headboard

No need to purchase a headboard for your spare room; or make a headboard, just use mirrors as a thrifty alternative.

How Can You Make this Headboard Alternative

We found the center mirror with the pattern at TJ Maxx & the two side mirrors at Target.

Total cost of three mirrors: Less than $50 (way cheaper than a headboard!)

This time of year, yard sales are great places to find mirrors like these. I am sure, you could find a few mirrors at your local yard sales, and spend much less than $50.

Do you have any other unique headboard alternative ideas to share with us?

Spring means Clean up! Bring on the Yard Sales & Flea Markets!

I was asked for some Neat Tips for hosting a yard sale or a flea market table! I’m happy to share with you some tips I have learned!

Yard Sale Tips for Neat Freaks

  1. Before you do anything: Ask yourself if you will need a “RAIN DATE”? You should reserve your space/table at the flea market (these usually cost $) Then choose your date – if you happen to live in an area where you need permission/a permit; you want to get that taken care of at least three weeks prior to your event. Ask your neighbors if they want to participate (we have shared ad/permit costs & sign making duties; it was fun & less inexpensive for everyone!) We made ours into a semi-block party!
  2. Once you set your date, get busy advertising/sorting & pricing! Tell people what sort of items you will be selling Yard Sale Signin your ad. (ie: Furniture/household items/clothing/kid’s toys, etc.)
  3. MUST HAVE: GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP THE NIGHT BEFORE! There are always the people who show up while you are setting up, who want FIRST PICK at your items, before you even get them set up! These sales are a lot of work, so get some help/co-host, ask your family members or fun friends to hang out with for the day! These are normally outside (bring a cooler with drinks & snacks!) and normally in the spring and summer  onths. (bug spray/lawn chair/sun hats are  helpful!)
  4. HAVE A PURPOSE: People who are going to yard/garage/rummage sales and flea markets are looking for something. A treasure that they can get for a few bucks. People who are hosting these events are usually looking to unload their STUFF and make a few bucks.  You have to ask yourself what is your goal? To purge unwanted items? To make a few bucks? For charity?  To clear out grandma’s old linens no one no longer uses?
  5. PLAN AHEAD: The work involved can be exhausting unless you spread the work out over a week or two. Plan your work/Work your plan.  Be certain you place ads a week or two in advance for sales in the local paper/on social media, etc. (ie: Craig’s list/facebook, twitter, etc.) Make some colorful signs to hang at BUSY INTERSECTIONS with specific addresses, arrows, add some ballons! Make it a party!
  6. THE PRICE IS RIGHT: The first thing I recommend is looking up the items you are selling (if you think they are worth $100, you may want to charge less) everyone is looking for a deal and will try to negotiate prices with you. If you ask fair pricing, you are more likely to sell your item and get it out of your space. (wasn’t that the idea?) Clearly price your items for sale. Be willing to negotiate!
  7. DO THE WORK: Be sure your items are clean and neat – people don’t want to buy something you should have thrown away.
  8. GET CREATIVE: Set up your selling area like a store, make it attractive! I mean you bought/obtained these items one way or another – if you didn’t like it to begin with, it probably wouldn’t have ended up in your possession. So show people how lovely your things are. Put items together if there are pieces and display them as they are. If you have the box for that thing, show it! If it’s still in it’s box (never used) leave it in the box.  If you have a bunch of size 3t boys clothing, pin the outfits together; people RUMMAGE through and leave your hard work of folding look like a pile of mess after they sort through.  Put in a box & label the side “boy’s size 3t” (you get the point.)  If you can, use a clothing rack you can borrow, use hangers and hang items with price stickers on them so that looks more organized and neat.
  9. RESIST THE URGE TO KEEP YOUR PURGE: The most important thing I can tell you about hosting a sale is: DO NOT BRING IT BACK INSIDE! After I finish any event where I want to unload items; I load the leftover items  all into the car & take them to the donation center. Doing this keeps your spaces clear & makes room for new opportunities in your life.

Good luck with your sales!

Help Me Organize My Kitchen & Make It Cozy

A  Boyertown client asked me to help her make her eat in kitchen more organized and cozy feeling. She lives in a rental space and everything is WHITE and felt cold and institution-like.

Since we couldn’t paint the walls, we chose to add color through curtains, rugs, pictures and accents to the space to warm it up.

Kitchen Organizers to the Rescue

Lazy Susans for Kitchen Organizing - After

We added lazy Susan’s to the shelves in this corner cabinet to make it easier to find things.

When she moved in to her Boyertown rental, she just put items where they fit without really planning how the kitchen would be used from day to day. So she also needed help getting her cabinets/cupboards/closet spaces more organized and functional.

First, we found her a more logical organization system in the cabinets and drawers to create better flow while she was in the kitchen. We then added several lazy Susan’s to store items in the corner cabinet and to the spice cabinet as well. Next, we added shelves inside of the closet to organize her recycling.

Lastly, we moved things around to make more sense for her in her kitchen.

She says it will be fun watching the family search for items for the next few weeks :)..

My client absolutely loves the feel of her new cozy kitchen. She said she feels like she WANTS to be in there now. It’s not so cold and institutional feeling to her anymore.

Check out the before and after pictures on the Facebook picture album Adding Warmth to a Cold Kitchen.

 

 

 

Junk Drawer

Every Kitchen has a Junk Drawer

Junk Drawer Organized

Junk Drawer Organized

Room Re-purposing – Organizing for Living

Organized Family SpaceAn organizing situation I’ve been asked to help with, more than once in the past few years is how to make living spaces share-able. When several generations of families are living in the same home, sharing spaces gets a little tricky. It’s very difficult for the younger generation to “take over” their parent’s homes and make them their own, not to mention bringing all of their stuff with them back to an already full house. Sometimes sharing a living room doesn’t provide enough privacy to read a book or do your paperwork. Not everyone has enough room for a private office.

My client’s mother passed away over 10 years ago and she and her family moved back to the family home to help care for her aging father. Her bedroom became “The room that everything gets thrown into and the door pulled closed when anyone is coming to visit” with a big “DO NOT ENTER” sign on the door. Yes, that room! She asked us to make this room into a usable space once again. The job of changing mom’s room into a functional “family” space was very challenging for her; not only physically, but also emotionally.

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