If your relationship with New Yearâs resolutions is anything like ours, then things tend to fall by the wayside right aboutâwell, now.
Mid-January has been statistically proven to be the time when all those well-intentioned goals get left behind and replaced with well-worn habits of years past. So if getting organized was one of your resolutions in 2021, there’s a good chance you’ve thrown in the towel and are already starting to see the clutter pile up.
Don’t despair! We’re here to help get you back in the saddle, and we called in the pros for some reinforcement. We’ve pulled together their insider secrets on the easiest organizational resolutions you can actually stick to this year.
Read on for the simplest goals you can achieve, and all the tips youâll need to make it happen.
Resolution No. 1: Practice a daily 10-minute ‘tidy up’
One of the best ways to ensure that maintaining a clean house becomes a lasting resolution is to practice tidying up daily. But it doesn’t have to take the better part of an afternoon. Small but regular spurts of time devoted to organizing can keep things in order.
âThis is perfect if you have kids, or a partner who’s on the messy side,” suggests Afoma Umesi of Oh So Spotless. “Do a 10-minute ‘blitz’ every evening where everyone picks up and puts things back in their place. You can even set a timer, to make it more fun.â
Resolution No. 2: Make your dang bed
If we’re giving you flashbacks of your mother with this one, well, that’s OKâMom knows best, after all. Right?
âVisualize your dream bedroom,â says Ali Wenzke of The Art of Happy Moving. âImagine what it would be like to enter your room every day and have it feel like a five-star hotel. Declutter any items that take away from that feeling, and tie making your bed to a current habit like waking up in the morning. As soon as your feet land on the floor, pull up the sheets and comforter.â
Not only will making your bed please Mom, but it will also elevate the overall look and feel of your bedroom.
Resolution No. 3: Ditch bulky packaging
Weâre all guilty of keeping too many cardboard boxes around, especially in this age of endless deliveries. But one easy way to keep your stuff (and clutter) in check this year is by ditching packaging as soon as you get it.
This is a tough one, and we know what’s going through your mind:
“What if I need it later?”
“It’s a really good box, though…”
“It doesn’t take up that much space.”
Well, we’ve got news for you: You can always find more boxes. And that packaging is killing your decluttering efforts: âCardboard packaging often takes up double or triple the space of its actual contents,â says Amy Bloomer of Let Your Space Bloom.
Beyond cardboard, Bloomer also recommends removing plastic wrap or any other kind of packaging from products (as much as possible) before putting them away. One example Bloomer gives is frozen foods.
âRemove cardboard packaging and label the plastic bag with a Sharpie marker to make the contents easily identifiable,â she says.
Resolution No. 4: Get better at recycling and composting
While most of us have at least tried our hand at recycling or composting, it can be a hard habit to keep up.
âDon’t overthink composting,â says one professional organizer, Caroline Clark. âA mixing bowl with a lid works great, and is easy to move around the kitchen as you cook, and throw in the dishwasher after emptying it.â
If the actual compost pile is whatâs dragging you down, check with a neighbor or even your city council to see if thereâs a communal composting bin you can use.
As far as recycling goes, one of the best ways to ensure it that becomes a habit you can keep is by keeping a bin in the kitchen.
âMake sure your recycling bins are easy to access, without doors or lids that make it harder to put things in them quickly,â says Clark.
If the recycling bin is as easy to operate as the trash can, youâll have no reason not to use it.
By ditching bulky packaging right away, youâll be able to conserve more precious storage space for the things that actually matter.
Resolution No. 5:Â Get rid of your ugly stuff
Weâve all got some stuff hanging around the house we canât standâwhether it’s artwork you bought in college that you thought was so cool back then, or well-intended Christmas gifts that didn’t hit the mark. This year, itâs time to get rid of it.
âThe ugly statue you got from a distant cousin for your wedding? Donât feel obligated to keep it,â says Marty Basher of Modular Closets.
âLet go of the guilt of getting rid of a gift you donât want. This can be hard for people who might see it as an insult to the giver, but the reality is, if you hate it and are never going to wear, display, or use said gift, itâs better to donate or otherwise dispose of it.â
Resolution No. 6: Eradicate surface clutter
Weâre all guilty of letting things pile up here and there, but clutter is especially problematic once it starts taking over every usable surface space in your home. Wenzke gives us some tips on wiping out surface clutter in 2021.
âDeclutter like youâre moving,â she says. âGet rid of items you wouldn’t want to move again. Then, with whateverâs left, put similar items together, and return them to your closets or drawers. The only items that should remain on display are the ones that you love and want to look at every day.â
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Stephen and David St. Russell, self-taught renovation and fixer-upper experts, are sharing their advice for homebuyers who are looking to explore buying a home that needs some extra TLC.
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Open houses may be staged to look like a home decor dream, but donât let that distract you from the real reason youâre there: to potentially buy a home. Make sure you can look past the neatly arranged furniture and focus solely on whether the house would be a good fit for you and your family. To help, hereâs a home buyerâs checklist of things you might have missed at first glance.
Windows â Look specifically if they are facing the right direction to let sunlight in, and whether they open to a nice view (versus directly toward another neighborâs window).
Under the Sink Cabinets â Check for possible signs of water damage due to leaky plumbing.
Electrical Outlets â Make sure there are enough outlets for the appliances and other electronics youâll be using. If not, you can decide if thatâs a renovation youâd like to make.
Storage Space â Donât just look to see if thereâs enough closet space, but look for closet placement. Also check that the storage is in a convenient location.
Appliances â If theyâre included in the house, make sure theyâre in good condition. They should be on and working while youâre there.
Under the Rugs â Lift up any rugs to check the condition of the floor underneath.
Floor Level â Check to see if the floors are level. Place a marble or another small, round object on the floor and see if it rolls consistently in one direction.
Attic â If the house has one, make sure itâs well insulated.
Water Spouts â Runoff from the gutters should be pointed away from the house, so take a step outside to see if this is the case.
This list isnât all-inclusive, but itâs a good place to start. Talk to a CENTURY 21 Â® agent to see what else he or she might add.
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A new year is the perfect time for new beginnings, especially when it comes to your home decor. And what better space to refresh than the room where you start each new day?
To provide you with inspiration for your decor endeavors, we turned to Instagram (as we do every week) and we scrolled through hundreds of bedroom posts, seeking out the cutting-edge looks that racked up the most likes. And, as always, weâve got the details on how to steal the look.
So whether youâre looking to bring a bold new look into your bedroom this year, or just to make a few meaningful additions, weâve got you covered. Here are five first-look bedroom trends of 2021.
1. Sage-green bedding
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Quite possibly the easiest way to remake your bedroom this year is by updating the main focal point (aka your bed) in a trending color, like this sage-green linen featured by @homewithkelsey.
âSage green has been a trending color in home decor for years now, so itâs no surprise itâs made its way from kitchen cabinets and wall paint to bed linens,â says designer Andra DelMonico of Next Luxury.
âThe color is soft and sophisticated, giving your space an elegant, relaxing feel. Try pairing your sage bedding with wood grains and other soft colors, like pale yellow, cream, or even pastel pink,â she says.
Get the look: Add some sophisticated sage-green vibes to your bedroom with this Palmer linen blend duvet cover.
2. Midnight accent wall
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Looking to make an even bigger change to your bedroom in the new year? Look no further than this midnight accent wall featured by @mikaswohnsinn.
âBlack is bold, sophisticated, and a bit masculine,â says DelMonico. âPainting an accent wall black can give your home a sleek and modern feel, and it can also bring depth and coziness to a space by reducing the amount of harsh, bright white. Pair your black wall with lighter or bright furniture pieces and accents to keep the room feeling welcoming.â
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Get the look: Bring some midnight magic into your space with this Pitch Black paint by Farrow & Ball, or get even bolder with this Crocodile black wallpaper from Graham & Brown.
3. Black and white tribal rug
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Speaking of bold, we canât get enough of these trending black and white tribal rugsâlike this one from @arrowsandbow.
âTribal rugs are popular due to their geometric patterns and plush textures,â says Kobi Karp of Kobi Karp Architecture & Interior Design.
âThe black and white style is admired for the minimalistic and monochromatic elements, while this tribal look is part of the boho style, one of the most popular and rising trends in fashion and interior design,” says Karp. “A tribal rug like this one also has an artisan feel to it, which gives it a unique human and cultural aesthetic that people really seek out.â
Get the look: Upgrade your bedroom with a unique cultural aesthetic, including this nuLOOM Savannah Moroccan fringe rug.
4. Iron canopy bed frame
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This trending iron canopy frame from @greywillowdesign is sure to give your space that one-of-a-kind vibe in the new year.
âThe canopy bed has made a comeback, especially during the unprecedented times of 2020,â says Karp. âPeople tend to want to be in spaces that bring a sense of comfort and safety, one of the main features this bed frame provides. The iron material brings a modern twist to a classic structure as well as a luxurious appeal to the bedroom, and a bit of rustic charm.â
Get the look: Bring a bit more charm and comfort into your bedroom with this Bhupender canopy bed.
5. Vintage screen
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We might have saved the best for last with this gorgeous vintage screen featured by @chairishbydesign.
âWith vintage design styles making a comeback, this is the perfect way to add both an old and new design feature in your space,â says Karp. âA vintage screen like this one adds a reflective and eye-catching aesthetic. This trend works because it adds style, beauty, and versatilityâas it can mimic a headboard or be used as a room divider.â
Get the look: Bring some of that romantic je ne sais quoi into your bedroom this season with one of these Claribel room dividers.
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Being a homeowner on a budget is nothing to be ashamed of, if anything, most people prefer to keep their expenses low, especially after recently purchasing a home! But,there are some things you shouldn’t cheap out on, and we’ve got you covered.
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You hear the term all the time. After all, itâs an essential concept for apartment investors because it not only reflects the viability of your investment but also its value.
But what really is cash flow? How do you compute it, and more importantly, how can you increase the cash flow of your multifamily property?
Cash flow is simply the money that moves in and out of your business. For apartments, the cash coming in is in the form of rent, and the cash flowing out is in the form of expenditures like property taxes and utilities.
Cash flow â or lack of it — is one of the primary reasons businesses, or real estate investments, fail. Without sufficient cash flow, youâll run out of money. Thatâs why itâs essential that you have sufficient capital to not only purchase an apartment property but also sustain it in the event that cash flow fails to be what you projected â for example, if units turn over more often than you expect or rents decline.
Here are some ways you can improve the cash flow of your apartment investment:
- Increase rents. This is perhaps the fastest and easiest way to improve cash flow. Consider repositioning the property â investing some capital to improve the units and then bumping rents.
- Reduce utility costs. Fix leaky shower heads and faucets, which waste water. Install energy-efficient appliances and lighting fixtures.
- Decrease expenses. Renegotiate your property management contract, or put it out to bid at the end of the term. Use free rental property listing sites rather than paying a broker to rent apartments.
- Encourage residents to stay. Moveouts are expensive, so when tenants renew their leases youâll save time and money on prepping the unit.
- Add additional streams of revenue, such as pet deposits and rent, garage rentals, vending machines or valet trash.
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