New Year Resolution: Organize The Closet (And Keep It That Way)

Keeping an organized closet throughout the year is a challenge for most of us. However, it is a possible feat. To help you keep an organized closet this year, here are some helpful tips!

Clean It Out Yearly
If you haven’t worn the outfit in over a year, it’s probably time to get rid of it. Make it a habit once a year to take the time to go through all your clothing. For the clothes that do not fit or you do not wear anymore, donate them! It will free up closet space for the clothes you do wear!

Take Inventory
Think about what you already own before you go shopping. Plan out outfits in advance and figure out what pieces might be missing from your wardrobe. This will probably help you save money on those shopping trips as well!

Always Put Clothes Back On Hangers
Get in the habit of putting your closes back where they came from. This will take a little bit of determination, but once it’s a habit it’ll make a big difference.

Try Something New
If an old way of storing your jeans always ends with your jeans in a heap on the floor, it’s time to try a new plan. Try to store them in a different way or a different spot, figure out what works for your routine and stick with it!

Add More Storage
One reason your closet becomes a mess might be because it is overflowing. If cleaning out your closet didn’t free up enough space, try getting creative with your storage! Try adding shelves and racks to keep your things together.

Shoe Storage
Cubbies, over the door organizers, and shelves are great for getting shoes off the ground and out of the way. You want them to be in a location where they are visible but also not obstructing the rest of the closet space.

 

What tips and tricks do you use to keep your closet organized year-round? Comment and share your ideas below! 

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

 

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Places to Add Holiday Decor Around The Home

 The holidays are rolling in quick and we are scrambling to make sure our spaces and places are decorated and ready for the following week! If you are looking for ideas on where to start decorating, here are some of our favorite spots in or around the home to add holiday decorations without going overboard!

 

Front Porch

The front porch is a great place to add holiday decorations. A wreath on the door, garland around railings or around the door, a festive welcome mat… there are endless ways to add holiday decor to this area.

 

Foyer

This is the first thing your guests will see after they enter your home, making this one of the best places to add holiday decorations.

 

Stair Cases

Wrap garland around stairway railings. Incorporate other decorations and lights if you want to add even more holiday flair.

 

Bathrooms

Making the bathrooms festive can be relatively quick. Add festive hand towels and soaps to quickly make the bathrooms look seasonal.

 

Kitchen Table

The kitchen table is a great place to add a holiday centerpiece. If you use flowers and other seasonal foliage to keep the centerpiece relevant through Thanksgiving to the New Year.  

 

Mantel

Mix up the mantels typical decor by adding seasonal greenery and lights. Instantly the mantel will look like a cozy place to relax next to during the holidays.

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

Make Your Guest Room As Welcoming As Possible

 

Throughout the holidays we typically have more guests parading throughout our homes. If you are also going to have more quests staying with you, here are some tips on how to make your guest room as welcoming and comfortable as possible.

 

Extra Toiletries

Put out extra toiletries to make your guest feel even more at home. In the bathroom, put out a basket or small container of travel sized shampoos, conditioners, toothpaste, ect. Amidst all their travel plans it is likely that they forgot one of their toiletries. If they did happen to forget anything, putting some mini toiletries out for them will be greatly appreciated.

Extra Blankets/Pillows

Put out a few extra blankets and pillows for your guests. They might prefer sleeping with less covers or they might like having themselves wrapped in numerous blankets. To make them as comfortable as possible make sure they have options with how many blankets they want to be bundled in.

Books

Put out a few of your favorite books and some recent magazines out for your guests to enjoy when they are in their room. If they are night owls or morning birds they might appreciate having something to read so they do not disturb the rest of the sleeping house.

Extra Towels

Put a few extra bath and hand towels out for your guests to use throughout their stay.  This will make them feel more at home and comfortable because they will not feeling like they are inconveniencing the host/hostess if they have to ask for fresh towels.

Fresh Flowers

Depending on the season, consider putting a vase of fresh flowers into the guest room. This will instantly brighten up the room and make them feel welcomed.

Beverages

Consider placing a carafe or bottle of water on the bedside table. This will keep your guest(s) from having to shuffle through the kitchen in the middle of the night.

 

Do you have any tips or tricks when decorating your guest room? Comment and share your ideas below!

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

Decorating With a Live Outdoor Wreath

 

‘Tis the season for holiday decorating! One of our favorite pieces of decor is an evergreen wreath because there are endless ways to accessorize and customize them. Wreaths can be as fun or simplistic as you want. To save time, they can purchased already decorated. For a fun holiday activity, purchase a plain wreath and decorate it yourself. Pinecones, poinsettias, lights, and ribbon are all beautiful ways to accessorize your wreath.

This year, if you decided to purchase a live wreath, keep these maintenance tips in mind to increase its longevity:

If you purchase the wreath before you are ready for it to be displayed, store the wreath in a cool, dark location.

If you are using the wreath outdoors, typically it is not necessary for the wreath to be watered. In warmer climates it might require being spritzed once or twice. Try to hang your wreath in a location that is not in direct sunlight.

If you are using the wreath indoors, it will need to be sprayed periodically to keep the wreath healthy.

How do you decorate for the holidays? Have you decorated with a wreath? Share your decoration tips below!

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

 

Preparing The Home For Winter

 

Despite the mild weather we have had lately, winter is quickly approaching.  Having maintenance issues during the winter can result in uncomfortable repairs in the cold, delayed holiday baking, and much more! As we brace ourselves for the cold and snowy days that are ahead, here are some tips to ensure your home is ready.

 

Check For Drafts

Take a walk around the perimeter of the interior of your home. Check if you feel any air coming into your home through any cracks. Especially around windows and doors to ensure that everything is sealed properly. This way you will make sure you are keeping the heat inside, and the cold outside.

 

Program Thermostats

This is also a great way to save money on your electric bill. Program your thermostat to be on when people are home, and at a lighter setting when the home is vacant (this might be during work/school hours).

 
Clean Gutters  

Throughout the year various bits of debris has probably accumulated in your gutters. These need to be cleaned out before the winter weather hits, consider hiring a professional if you do not feel comfortable doing this yourself. This is an important thing to have done because if the gutters become clogged it could cause drainage issues when snow and ice cannot drain out of the gutters on warmer days.

 

Check Trees

If there are any trees that look unhealthy, you might want to consider having them cut down before the winter hits. This will eliminate problems that might arise if there is a winter storm and the tree cannot handle the snow or ice being piled onto it.

 

Make Sure You Have Emergency Supplies

Have emergency supplies such as flashlights, ready-to-eat foods, water bottles, first aid supplies, batteries, and other necessities in an easily accessible place. Check these products periodically to make sure batteries still work and food has not expired. These are all good things to have on hand in case of power outages and natural disasters.

 

How do you prepare your home for the winter months? Comment and share below!

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

Having Houseguests During The Holidays

 

It’s a busy time of year and the holidays are right around the corner. Many people are planning their trips to see family or friends and others are preparing for the influx of guests they are about to receive. If you are the person receiving the guests, here are some tips to get your home ready and to keep everything running smooth.

 

Determine Lengths of Stay Beforehand

This might seem like a no-brainer, but when guests arrive and tell you they will have to stay for longer than anticipated, stress levels can skyrocket. Double-check with guests before their arrival to make sure you are both on the same page with how long they will be staying. If your guests have pets, check with them if they will be bringing their furry friends with them. This way you can make proper accommodations for the animals if needed.

 

Vehicles

If your guests flew in, determine how travels will be made to and from the airport. Also, figure out how they are going to move around when they are at your home. Will they borrow a vehicle of yours? Or will all trips be made together? Set the expectation before they arrive to prevent any awkwardness later on.

 

Make Some Extra Space

Coat closet, shoe racks, and other spaces around the home should be cleared so your guests feel comfortable to leave their belongings there. This will (hopefully) help your guests keep their belongings together rather than scattered throughout your home.

 

Knock Out The Grocery List Early

Plan the meals you are going to make ahead of time. Once you know what you will be served, knock out the grocery list early. If you have time, try to prep some of the meals as much as possible ahead of time. This will allow you to enjoy more time with your guests rather than spending all your time in the kitchen. Also, plan on leaving easy snacks in an easily accessible location for your guests to snack whenever they are hungry.

 

Increase Your Outlets

The majority of your house guests will probably be traveling with several electronic devices. To keep battles over power outlets at a minimum, break out some power strips so everyone can easily power their devices.

 

How do you prepare your home for holiday houseguests? We love to hear tips and tricks!

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

 

Holiday Party Etiquette

As we move closer to the holidays, there are typically more parties and events to attend. Parties can create stress for not only the host but for people attending the affair as well. There are many questions people typically have regarding proper etiquette. Here are a few answers to some of the most trivial questions and tips for both hosts and guests.

 

Invitations and RSVP’s

Make sure you send out invitations with enough time in advance that people will be able to make necessary arrangements if they want to attend. On the invitation, specify when and how you would like your guests to confirm if they will be attending or not. If you are the person receiving the invitation, it is important to respond in a timely manner.

 

Should you bring anything, and if so, what?

You should bring the host/hostess a gift. However, the gift should not make more work for the host. For example: if you bring fresh flowers, bring them already clipped and in a vase. This makes it easy for the host to place the flowers on a table rather than worrying about finding a vase to put them in.  

 

Should you be fashionably late?

Never show up to the party early, this will add stress to the host to start entertaining before they are ready. Arrive as close to the start time of the part as possible, 10-15 minutes late is perfect.  If you have to show up to a party over 15 minutes late, be sure to let the host know as soon as possible or with your RSVP.

 

When should you leave the party?

Unless you are a close friend of the host of the party, when the party starts winding down it is time to find the host and leave the event. If the invitation specified an end time, keep that in mind as well. Typically when all the food is cleared and plates, glasses, etc. are being put away, it is time to leave the event.

What holiday faux pas are you trying to avoid this year? Share your holidays planning tips and tricks below!

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.