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5 Tips For Organizing and Decluttering Your Home

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: January 19, 2022

After a while, the phrase “everything has a place” goes out the window and your home is just one big catch all when it comes to toys, clothes, furniture, and more! Is one of your New Year resolutions for 2022 to organize and declutter your home? If so, here are some quick tips for getting your home reorganized and clutter free!

  1. Moving Into A New Home?

When moving into a new home, it’s the perfect time to grab a trash bag, some cleaning supplies, and start organizing your new space! Once you’ve decided on all of your design choices for your New Home, it’s time to get serious about getting organized. Start by purging what you won’t need in your New Home. Box up all of the out-of-season clothes, holiday décor, and any other items that you won’t be needing.

  1. Declutter by Category, Not Location

When decluttering your home, it’s tempting to sort through everything in one section of the house at a time, for example bathrooms first and then move onto the living room next. But this can make it harder to see what you have on hand since you’re not taking all items from one room at once. Instead, declutter by category – sorting all kitchen items in one pile, bedroom items in another, and so on. For example, start with throwing away old food in the kitchen and organizing your dry goods into bins or clear containers. Then move onto organizing all of your bathroom products into baskets or jars to set out on open shelving. Clear out all of your clothes and begin to organize your dresser drawers into separate piles for tops, bottoms, socks, etc. Then move onto organizing the living room items into similar piles – bookshelves first, then media storage (tv stand), etc.

  1. Start From The Top Down

The best way to organize a room is to start from the top and work your way down. So if you’re going to declutter by organizing the toys in the living room, start with moving all of the books off of the bookcases and finding homes for them. Then move onto other items such as board games or DVDs. Organize these items by laying out all of the board games on the floor. Then sort through each game and discard any that don’t belong, find homes for the ones you want to keep, and organize them neatly on the shelf with their box standing up vertically to save space. Once this is done, move onto smaller items like stuffed animals which can be organized into clear bins or baskets.

  1. Use the “One In, One Out” Rule

Many of us have been guilty of buying items from a store and bringing them home before realizing we already had something similar at home – so it gets shoved into a closet or drawer to be forgotten about! Stop this bad habit by implementing the “one in, one out” rule. For every new item you bring home, get rid of an old one.

  1. Make Use Of Vertical Space

When trying to declutter your closet, make the most of every inch by utilizing all available vertical space in your wardrobe area! Hang up all items that can be hung – clothes, scarves, belts, etc. Then utilize the floor area by organizing your off-season shoes and boots in boxes so you can easily see what’s inside. Organization bins with drawers are a lifesaver for storing everything from scarves or socks to underwear and extra pantry or household items.

We hope these quick tips can help you get your home organized and clutter free quickly! If you are looking for a home builder in Huntsville, Madison or Athens, contact Legacy Homes today!

 

What to Expect in the Real Estate Market 2022

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: December 14, 2021

 

Most people already know about the effect the pandemic had on the real estate market. Record-high and record-low mortgage prices and a shortage of houses on the market. 2020 and 2021 have been a competitive rollercoaster ride for the real estate market and everyone is wondering what will happen in the upcoming year, 2022?

 

While no one can predict the future, we do have a few predictions as to what 2022 will hold when it comes to the housing market.

Slowing Down

Housing experts have already discussed how the market is slowing down and returning to “normal” compared to the spring of 2020 and 2021. However, even with the market gradually slowing down from the frenzy, people should still expect tight inventory and challenges for buyers, especially first time buyers.

Sellers Market

We have all been hearing the term “sellers market” since the COVID-19 pandemic began. We predict in 2022 that will not change, as the housing market will still very much be a sellers market. With the housing inventory so tight, sellers can expect multiple offers and even bidding wars. They can also list their home for a much higher price than you would normally. The market will continue to be fast paced.

Home Prices

Compared to the 12% rise in home prices in 2021, it is predicted the prices will continue to rise but at a much slower pace of approximately 2.9% according to economists from Realtor.com. Even though prices will be rising at a slower pace, the prices that shot up in 2021 are not expected to come down in 2022 because of the continued shortage of houses on the market and the high levels of demand from buyers. Simply put, the price growth will slow down, however, the prices that reached new highs will not come down.

Low Inventory

Unfortunately, it is predicted that the shortage of inventory will continue in 2022. It is anticipated that only a 0.3% rise in homes for sale will occur. Part of this is because there is still a shortage for construction materials and workers. Another reason is the influx of investors snatching up homes to turn them into rental properties. Low inventory with the amount of homebuyers today makes for a very competitive and fast paced market. That isn’t expected to change in the upcoming year.

Rent Will Continue To Rise

For renters, they saw soaring prices in 2021. Unfortunately tenants are not expected to get any relief from the high rent prices and prices are expected to rise by 7.1% in 2022.

 

At the beginning of the pandemic we saw record lows for rent prices, which caused many people to move into a nicer or larger apartment, or even rental home. In 2021 however, tenants were hit with steep price increases. This is because there is a shortage in not only homes to purchase, but to rent as well. With so many aspiring homebuyers having to wait months or continually losing out on offers, they have to settle for renting.

 

 

While the future can be a scary thing, Legacy Homes is here to help you navigate through the real estate market. If you’re looking for a custom home builder in Huntsville, Madison or Athens, Alabama, contact us today.