Is there such a thing as being too organised about staging your home? When it comes to getting your home ready for sale, experts always advise that your home should be neat and free of clutter. So can your home be too organised for potential buyers? The short answer is yes. They need to feel comfortable in your home and be able to imagine themselves there. In many cases when your home is overly organised, it can make potential buyers feel uncomfortable instead of “at home”. Being organised is a good thing, but having too much in your home during staging to be organised is where you run into the problem. Here are organising mistakes that can make your house look messy and unappealing to buyers.

Don’t Confuse Clean with Organised

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Even if you have neatly organised piles, that is still clutter. Until you learn to designate a spot for everything you have, your home won’t be completely organised. You have to give it away or find a place for it. Once you get the hang of it and turn this into a habit, staying organised and clutter free will become easier.

Don’t Keep Your Counters too Clean

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There is one thing to be organised and keep your counters clean, but sometimes it can be going overboard. If there is something you use daily, then make a space for that on your counter and leave it there. No need to waste time taking it out and putting it away every day.

Don’t Fill Your Refrigerator with Magnets

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Your kitchen can be beautiful, spotless and clutter free, but if your refrigerator is filled with magnets, it can make the whole kitchen seem full of clutter or messy. The refrigerator is the focal point of the kitchen, which is why having this one thing cluttered up can cause a problem for the appearance of the entire kitchen. Your children’s artwork and family pictures can be displayed inside the cabinet or neatly framed on the wall.

Don’t Keep Kitchen Shelves Disorganised

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The whole kitchen can look messy if the shelves are disheveled. If you have a kitchen with glass cabinets, make sure to either keep the shelves behind them organised or instead put fabric or contact paper in front of the glass to keep the cabinets looking uniform.

Don’t Make the Mistake of Only Using “The Usual” Storage Places

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Just because the dishes “usually” go in the cabinets doesn’t mean they have to go there. Find your own best places for storage that work for you. If you want to have clear windows for your cabinets, then sometimes you just have to pick and choose what goes where and how to make your home the most organised.

Make a Great First Impression

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Whether you have an entryway or a mudroom, it can be the first impression for guests entering your home. It can also be one of the most cluttered or messy areas of the home. However, there are ways you can design this part of your home to ensure that it remains a clean and organised space. Even a simple basket for shoes goes a long way toward eliminating clutter and also preventing anyone from tripping on said shoes. If you have kids that are having a hard time helping you keep this space organised, then adding labels will help prompt everyone to put their things away upon entering.

Don’t Skip Storage near the Front Door

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If you are like most people, things always get left by the front door including mail and other papers you might be bringing home. Don’t make the mistake of not putting a storage option for papers by the door thinking that causes clutter. Instead, it is a way to organise what inevitably ends up there anyhow.

Don’t Mistake an Organised Closet for a Functional One

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If you are focusing on organising your home, then your closets are usually one of the first things to organise. However, don’t make the mistake of over-organising your closets and making them non-functional. Your closets are busy centres for your everyday life, so make sure that it isn’t just organised well, but also functional.

Don’t Organise by Throwing Things in Drawers

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If you are big on organising, you may cringe at the idea of a “junk drawer”, but so many of us have at least one. Instead of creating a junk drawer, every drawer should have organisers in them to keep that from happening. When everything has its place, it makes it easier to be organised when every item is in a specific place.

Don’t Skip the Labels

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Without labels, the organising can get out of control fast. Labels help everyone in the house stay organised.

Don’t Make the Mistake of Having Too Organised Bookshelves

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Just organising everything you keep on your shelves and bookshelves can make you fall victim to over organising things. Instead, choose what to keep on the bookshelf and what goes into storage or gets put away in a different place. Everything doesn’t have to be on the bookshelves, even if it means that is making it more organised. Too much stuff on your bookshelves is still too much, even if it is all organised.

Don’t Over Organise Your Books

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Don’t make the mistake of putting all of your books on display. Similar to the example above with overcrowded shelves, too many books can make the space look cluttered, even if it is organised. Just put the books out that look nice. Maybe you want to colour code your books on display, or just keep to a theme that keeps them in a minimal presentation. Then, put the rest in storage or somewhere that is still organised, just not on display.

 

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With so many people working from home and giving up the commute to work these days, you might also be considering turning a room into your home into your home office. A home office is a great idea, but will be at its best when it is planned out in advance. Here are some step by step tips for moving into your home office and making it a success.

  • First, choose the room in the house that is most isolated from the others. You will want to have a quiet place to work. If you happen to have a room that has it’s own entrance, that is even more ideal.
  • Second, set the new office room up for success. Take the bedroom furniture out. When the room is empty, give it a good cleaning and maybe even repaint the room. Maybe you will like a cool and calming color like blue or grey that helps you relax and concentrate while you are “at work”. Or, something like yellow or orange that is energizing. The office furniture you choose should be ergonomic.
  • Third, protect the floor. It is likely that your home flooring, whether it is rug or wood is not built for a rolling chair causing wear and tear or ruining the carpet. You can easily protect the flooring with a plastic cover made for a rolling chair.
  • Fourth, move in your office furniture. Keep it as professional as possible while making it comfortable, but not too comfortable. You shouldn’t want to stay in there when you aren’t working. It should be just comfortable for working.

Having an office at home can be a catch 22 since it means that your work is at home and you have to separate the two. Getting it set up properly is the first step to ensuring that you will be comfortable when you work and still having it apart from the rest of your home. There are definitely benefits to working from home; some are more obvious than others:

  • Save on the commute time and gas.
  • Save on office space, if you were renting.
  • Make your own hours.
  • You might be eligible for tax breaks for using part of your home as your office.

When you need to move your office, Budget Trucks Australia is your source for quickly and easily moving your office into your home. We have all different size trucks available, small and large. You can get a great deal when you look into one of our specials, like overnight deals, weekday truck rentals, and hourly rate specials.

 

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When you rent, moving from one place to another can put a lot on your “to do list”. In addition to shopping for a new place to live, signing contracts, and packing, you have to worry about getting your bond back from your current place. Cleaning to ensure you receive your deposit is just one more thing to add to the list of things to do. Go through the list on the lease that outlines your end of the lease cleaning list. That will increase the chances that you get all of your money back. Here are 5 things you can do to clean your home and make sure that you will get that deposit back to invest in your new place.

  1. Use a Professional Exterminator:

Before you start the end of the cleaning process, have an exterminator come in to fumigate your home or apartment. Be sure to do this before the final cleaning so that you can get out the bug spray smell along with any bugs or other critters that might be hiding in the cracks.

  1. Hire a Cleaning Company:

Weigh the pros and cons of the expense of a professional cleaning company versus doing the cleaning yourself. Remember that you already have so much to do and some cleaning can be left to the professionals. Look for a company that specialises in end of lease cleaning jobs, and be sure to give them the cleaning list your landlord gave you. If you don’t hire a cleaning company, you can actually learn their tricks with a quick online search. That will help you clean up for free using their secrets like:

    • Instead of expensive cleaning products that can just mask smells, use all natural ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, and cornstarch.
    • Just a touch of olive oil or baby oil can shine silver appliances right up.
    • Using newspaper on mirrors and glass is cheaper and leaves less dust and residue than paper towels.
    • Clean from the top down and start in the far corner and work your way out.
    • A pumice stone can remove toilet rings.
    • A brillo pad will clean all the soap scum off of shower doors and the tub.
    • A grout cleaner will help tile on the floors, kitchen, and bathroom look brand new.
  1. Pay Attention to the Details:

Refer back to that end of lease cleaning list often to be sure that you are cleaning and paying attention to what is important to your landlord, not just what is important to you. What do they expect you to clean and repair? What do they consider “normal wear and tear”? Take care of all the parts of your rental property including the outside patio or porch, doors, windows, blinds or curtains. Are you expected to clean behind furniture and appliances? Especially if you are taking them with you, be sure that everything is clean so that you aren’t leaving a surprise behind the day you move. Some end-of-lease cleaning and repair hacks include:

  • Buff scuff marks out from floors using a tennis ball.
  • White toothpaste can help smooth out your patches over any holes in the walls. This also helps cover crayon marks on the walls.
  • Grease and burnt-on food in the oven can be removed with baking soda and water.
  • Microwaving lemon juice and the rinds in the microwave for 3 to 5 minutes will loosen any grime or crusted on food in the microwave and make it easy to wipe clean.
  • Ask for help from the maintenance department if your apartment complex has one.
  1. Clean the Carpets and Upholstery:

If you have carpet, be sure to either rent a carpet cleaning machine or have them professionally deep cleaned. Freshly shampooed carpets make a huge difference in a clean room for the fresh smell in addition to removing any stains. The same goes for couches and other upholstery like curtains and any other fabrics that you are leaving in the apartment. Work on spot cleaning any stains too.

  1. Plan Ahead to Give Yourself Plenty of Time: Don’t wait until the last minute to do all the cleaning. You should plan ahead and do the cleaning in stages and maybe even start to clean a few months in advance so that you can get a progressively better more intense clean each time. Start decluttering and give away or throw away things you aren’t keeping. It also puts less stress on you as it gets closer to moving time when you have to pack and do so many other things.

Summary

When you are done, be sure to take pictures of every room. Keep them on file and then follow up with your landlord. If you run into any issues getting your bond or security deposit back, ask for details of the problem in writing. Also ask if you can correct or fix anything that could be preventing you from getting your deposit money back.

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Sydney is one of the most iconic and well-known cities in the world. It is the capital of New South Wales and the second most populous city in Australia. If you are moving to Sydney, you can use this blog post as a resource to help you learn about the city, what it is like to like there and what things there are to do when you aren’t working. Sydney’s location is unique. While it is a major metropolitan hub, the mountains, national parks, and countryside nearby make it ideal for getting variety and a lot of different Australian landscapes near the place you live and work. We previously featured Sydney on our blog with tips for moving there and 6 reasons why you should move to Sydney. Continue reading

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Are you planning to move to Adelaide? We regularly feature city spotlights here on our blog and we have featured Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia  before, but since that was almost three years, ago, it is time to revisit what it’s like to live in Adelaide, South Australia.  As we mentioned, Adelaide is the capital of South Australia and it has a population over 1.3 million. This city has the most centralised population of any other state because more than 75 per cent of South Australians live in Adelaide. Adelaide is a planned city with five squares arranged in a grid with the Adelaide city centre in the middle with a ring of parks called the Adelaide Parklands. There is a great deal of variety with the beaches, the city, and the Adelaide Hills all nearby, residents can experience a lot of variety close to the city. Most of the homes in Adelaide are single-storey detached homes built on 1,000 square metre blocks with a wide variety of styles. Adelaide is considered a “20 minute city”, which means that you can reach any destination in the city from another destination within 20 minutes. Continue reading

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