Charlotte Redol, sole owner of English Rose Staging and Design, provides services to minimize clutter, prep your home to sell, and adds a fresh new look to your living space.
Because to-do lists are full, many people feel they don’t have the time, they lack energy, or they don’t know where to start. However, there are negative impacts to the clutter in your home which provide reasons to remove what is not beautiful or useful.
Organize Don’t Agonize
Clutter can be dangerous and unhealthy. If there are too many items strewn about it can be a trip hazard. Clutter can also foster a breeding ground for harmful germs and pathogens which is why it’s beneficial to get rid of useless items.
Put it on the calendar and spend 15 minutes each day organizing a specific area. Start by organizing one room in the house. If you take it in chunks, it easier to manage. As you organize the room, put things into categories, put away, recycle, fix/mend, trash, or donate.
Downsizing can be a challenge for families, especially elderly folks because the sentimental value attached to items in the home. Perhaps it was a wedding gift or a piece that has been in the family for several generations. It’s important to remember, you are not your stuff, and your memories reside within you, not the eight-piece china set you received on your wedding day.
Start by cleaning out the attic or garage. Use the same philosophy when you declutter but limit the categories. When you downsize, choose things to donate or give to family members, throw away, or sell at an auction if it has value. Investigate selling things via Angie’s List, Craig’s List, or Facebook.
Staging a Home
The most important thing about staging your home is understanding the Why. In competitive real estate markets, it’s critical for you to highlight the strengths of your property. Once the clutter is organized, you may need to select a few pieces of furniture to store. When someone walks in a room, they want to visualize their things in each room. Too much clutter or furniture hinders their ability to see themselves in your home.
If you have a pulse on organizing and decluttering, you may be looking for some interior design advice. Shabby Chic with a hint of modern best describes Redol’s style. However, if you want your style to age well, she recommends keeping major purchases traditional in style and add splashes of trendy items that can be replaced when the styles change.
When Redol walks into room, she immediately sees the potential. She can walk away with ideas for downsizing, decluttering, and adding style where needed. “For me, it’s a trait I was born with. Although I think interior design and organization can be learned, it comes very natural to me,” Redol says.
Message her on Facebook or call 507-990-4573 for more information on her services.