Earlier this week, I spent two days helping my friend Jane prepare her house for sale— cleaning, sorting, and organizing. It was hot work, especially the hours spent in the garage! But in the end, both the garage and the interior of the home look great. (This surprisingly spacious Green Hills property will be listed shortly! Stay tuned!)
Whether you are moving yourself, a parent, or just spring cleaning, here are a couple of tips:
CLEANING, SORTING, AND ORGANIZING ARE MORE FUN WITH FRIENDS
Despite the heat, Jane, Jarred, Suzanne and I laughed all day!
HAVING THE RIGHT TOOLS IS ESSENTIAL
I arrived at Jane’s armed with bubble wrap, brown wrapping paper, a big Sharpie, Post-it labels, plastic bins, cardboard boxes, furniture covers, packing tape, and garbage bags. Also handy to have, scissors, paper towels, rubber gloves, and soap.
EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE
Everything goes somewhere! Create a staging area (ours was the garage) and sort stuff into all or some of the following piles:
- Hazardous material (paint)
- Yard sale, craigslist, or eBay
- Friends and family
Now that wasn’t so hard, was it?