How decluttering can benefit your life

Have a hard time decluttering unopened mail, clothes and long-forgotten toys?

Here are reasons decluttering is good for you:

1.  You will be more efficient.

Effeciency comes with not having to try too hard to getting things done. Let’s take an example: keeping up with healthy habits. Decluttering your kitchen will often help you to make for enough counter space and well organised cooking wear which will help you prepare meals and eat at home, rather than choosing a processed meal.declutter

2. You will live in a healthier environment.

How can a cluttered surface possibly be wiped clean? In a decluttered home it is easier to remove dust and toxins from the air– which can improve allergy symptoms. It will also prevent you from twisting your ankle rolling on a screwdriver you left behind.

3. It will boost your confidence.

Dr. Robert London, a psychiatrist based in New York City, says decluttering may also help you feel better about yourself because it’s something of an accomplishment.

4. You will unwind and sleep more easily.

A Princeton University Neuroscience Institute study showed that people with a cluttered home felt increased exhaustion as a result of expanding mental energy on stress that’s caused by their messy environment. When you want to relax or sleep, clear your bedroom of projects you need getting done ( laundry that needs sorting, or a document you have to bring back to work tomorrow).

5. It will save you time.

Because you now have less things, and a place for each object in your home, you won’t repeatedly loose 5 minutes looking for your tax document, your child’s medical certificate, your keys, your wallet, your phone (you name it!), and you will be on time more often (your family will thank you for that!). You can then have time and space available for the things you like doing (like listening to a good oldy on the long forgotten disc player).

6. It will save you money.

Too much unopened mail might mean a lost or unpaid bill, which can cost you a lot in the end. And having too much stuff might lead you to buy duplicates, some unusible because past their due date, which adds to the clutter.

7. It will help your social life.

Are you reluctant to let the delivery man get a peep into your home, and don’t dare invite friends and familly over because of the stuff piled up everywhere? Sort and let go, so you can let people back into your life!

Going through your things a little bit at a time, and only keeping what you use and/ or love is well worth it! Write a list of a few things you would like getting done at home. And start with baby steps; every day or every other day tackle a 5 to 15 minute task, like a drawer, checking your first aid kit, or decluttering kitchen counters.

A little bit at a time brings results for joy every day! 😉

 

Organize working from home!

Working from home can be a challenge. Here are a few things to think about to help you organise your space:

Can I have an entire room,  just a desk area, or is there no place I can dedicate completely to working from home?

When will this space be used? Rather in the evenings or during the day? If it’s during the day, move closer to a window. For the evening choose the right lighting so as not to tire your eyes.

Who will be at home while I work? Can I work properly in the living room if my roommate or spouse, or children are there? Or do I need a fallback solution to concentrate and / or make phone calls?

Who will use this office?

Working from home, what material do I need? A computer, printer, filing room, supplies, electrical outlets, wifi connection, billboard, books?

What will my work schedules be?

What are my goals? Once I know what my goals are, I need to list what my tasks to do are this month, this week, and today.

Personally I adopt the solution of the flying office. That is, I only take the material I need (usually my computer, my diary with my to do list, and my phone), and I move to the best place;

  • when I need all my files, to sort mail for example, I settle in front of my bookshelf, where all my files are easily accessible.
  • if I need to isolate myself from the rest of the family I use a side table in my room,
  • during the day I sit at the dining room table bathed in natural light,
  • and in the evening I put my flying desk in my storage bookcase, out of site, out of mind in seconds!

So even with little space I can work efficiently from home, without cluttering my living space. And I can move on once I’m done! Come on, it’s time for apéro!

 

How to sell your house or apartment fast and at the best price!

Staging will help you make an excellent first impression! And that is essential to attracting buyers, whether it be when they search online and look at your photos, or actually visit your home. That’s why you need to read this article, to learn how to successfully home stage your home to sell it fast and at the best price!

Just because you’re leaving this home doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be giving some money, time and effort to making it more appealing. Home staging is all about making the most of your particular space without spending a ton of money or making major changes, and can go a long way in getting offers rolling in! 

Having a home the way you like it, and staging to sell, can be very different and worth considering. Here are the three most important elements:

  1. Get rid of the problem spots:
  • Declutter, downsize and simplify! Bring each room down to its basic furniture. The 3 chairs, extra cupboard, big doll house, armchair, and dressing table in your daughter’s room just create confusion in the visitor’s mind. It is crammed, which gives the impression it is too small, even if it is a big room in m2! It could be the right time to get rid of things. It will also make your move that much easier.
  • Repair! Go around your home and make a list of what has to be repaired. Call in the professionals if needed. You don’t want potential buyers to think “trouble” when they see a leaking tap.
  • Paint to neutralize or refresh! Bold colours can be too much for some individuals, and a particular colour may repel them. It can also be too style-specific and inhibit their vision of the house. If there once was a water damage, now’s the time to repaint the wall or ceiling. Give these areas a fresh coat of neutral-colored paint.
  • Get rid of bath rugs, shower curtains, or drapes than have seen brighter days! You can get new ones you will then use in your new home.
  • Remove “you” from the home! Some people get stuck on the homeowner’s décor, and don’t go past it. Make room for a buyer to imagine themselves in the home. Remove family photos, children’s artwork, or any collections. (You can start packing them away, you’re leaving, right?)
  1. Know your buyer!

Who is the most likely buyer for your home? Stage accordingly! If it’s a family, turn your sports/computer room back into a bedroom, so parents will remember it as a room, and will add it to the number of rooms they have seen, and have the correct number in their mind when it’s time for them to make a decision concerning your home.

  1. Bring out the WOW!

Now you want to accentuate the positive to impress any potential buyer and have them eager to make your home their own!

  • Clean and tidy is how you need your home to be! Clean the windows to let all the light in!
  • Tend to, or add plants! They bring life and colour to your space.
  • Appeal to the senses and the aesthetics! The smell of a cake baking in the oven or of fresh flowers speaks of warmth and happiness. Add beautiful accessories such as soft cushions, lavish throws, matching towels, pretty candles and luxury bed linen.

This will attract a potential buyer to the vision you have created – situated between our real lives and our aspirational ones – that’s what sells!

If I can assist you in homestaging your property for a quick sale at the best price, please feel free to get in touch: Laetitia Ronsin 06 62 33 65 05, or write me an email.

 

 

 

 

 

Before and after!

Before and afters, don’t you just love them?
The laundry room- phase 1:
I could have – sorry bro– called this article… Does anyone know where the floor is?

In this laundry room the pictures speak for themselves:

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This place had been presented to me as the laundry “from hell”! For a start, this is what it looks like after two hours of sorting, and one hour of cleaning.

Being in paradise, will happen after the next phase.

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What is needed to optimise this room to complete the before and after would be:

  • a basket per person living in the home, so each family member can bring folded laundry up to his/her bedroom
  • hangers for clothes coming out of the washing machine, they will dry without wrinkling,, and can be directly put away in the closet- no tshirts collapsing from shelves.
  • three dirty laundry baskets (whites, colours, delicates) near the machines– If we keep only the essential (What we like and what we really use), There are less things to manage, wash and store!

Now, I’m going home– I want to do the laundry too!

 

How long should you keep your make up ?

Why should I sort through my beauty products today ?

Just like the products you have in your fridge, make up has an expiration date. Why? Because chemicals deteriorate, with a risk of irritation or inefficiency . So sort the products you have in your bathroom and makeup bag !

Here is a list of the average storage time for the beauty products you have at home:

Moisturizers and creams : from 6 to 12 months

Anti-aging creams and sunscreens : from 6 to 12 months

Mascara : 3 months

Lipstick : 2 years

Gloss : 1 year

Powders, eyeshadow and blush : 2 years

Foundation : 1 year

Nail polish : from 1 to 2 years

Perfume : from 8 to 10 years

Buying all this is expensive! How can you make sure none of it will be wasted?

The first thing to look at is this small pictogram. organise creams

If it says 12 M, it means you can use it for 12 months after having opened it.  And if you are up for it, use a marker to note when each product was opened. Personally I believe an anti-aging cream that has lost some of its effect is no big deal. But not knowing when you first used your sunscreen, on the other hand, would be more detrimental to your health!

In your fridge, keep unopened or less often used products . Because heat activates bacteria proliferation, putting make up in the fridge will protect active substances and preservatives.
Clean and dry your hands before use. Conscientiously put lids back on to protect from air and dampness.

sort fridgeMake sure you finish a tube before opening another one, this is especially true for mascara, that oxidizes quickly! To avoid infection, do not share mascara! If you have very sensitive eyes, you can use an additional brush that you wash after each use, to keep the original brush “bacteria free”.

My advice when buying cosmetics: look for a tube of cream, ideally with pump, to avoid putting your fingers in a jar of cream (some of you might use a spatula). A product that doesn’t often come into contact with air, needs less preservatives, which means less on your skin, and a longer lasting item!home organizer
Finally, for those of you who, like me with my foundation, use a product beyond the recommended limit, immediately and mercilessly throw away any mascara causing you an infection, or any cream that has changed color, texture or fragrance!

What chores for your children ?

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Here is a list of what your children can do at every age, how they can learn new skills, lighten your load, and contribute to a more relaxing home.

With little ones it’s best to do the work together, they’re keen on sharing activities with their parents. It will take more time, but their taking part in the coming years will be precious! Older children may complain, but they will be proud they can do “grown up jobs”, and can manage certain things all by themselves !

two- three year olds

  • collect toys.
  • help feed pets.
  • put napkins on the table , spoons and tableware that does not break.
  • take dirty clothes to the laundry basket.
  • Wipe the ground or a low piece of furniture with a small cloth.

four-five year olds

  • help make beds
  • set the table
  • water the plants
  • help do the shopping and store groceries away .

six to eight year olds

  • declutter toys, and keep their room or their playroom tidy.
  • make their bed.
  • sort the laundry.
  • put clothes away.
  • Fold trousers, socks and shirts.
  • do simple cooking chores .
  • help wash the car.

nine-ten year olds

  • wash the bathtub and sink.
  • help prepare meals.
  • wash the dishes.
  • load the dishwasher.
  • declutter their closet.
  • clean the floor with a broom and a mop.

11 and older

  • plan meals and prepare certain meals.
  • wash the laundry by using the washing machine and the tumble-dryer.
  • wash the car and vacuum the inside of the car.
  • do the grocery shopping.

Don’t aim for perfection! Your child’s skills will improve over time.

Need some ideas to make it more fun? Go read this !

 

Organize your way to giving a great speech !

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  1. Dress the part! Choose in advance the outfit you will wear, adapted to the venue.
  2. Train, and if you can, get feedback from someone you trust can help you.
  3. Stress isn’t always visible. Even if it’s to varying degrees, most people are stressing out, and we don’t notice it. It’s the same for you. Even if people did notice, they wouldn’t blame you!!
  4. You don’t need to look straight into people’s eyes. Look at their eyebrows , their nose, their hair, or shoulders, you’ll see, no one will notice. And it will allow you to focus your energy on your emotions and what you have to say.
  5. And precisely, talking about the content, organizing your main ideas and keeping them on a sheet of paper, will help you in case you forget what you wanted to say.
  6. One more thing: you might have liked the experience, and want to start again soon!

If you are looking for more help towards success, read this!

 

How to stop procastrinating and finally take action :

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Call your best friend, ask him or her to tell you exactly what you need to hear to finally motivate you to work on your project/ your studies/ your dreams for the next 3 hours, months, or year.

I just called my best friend and she told me to go to a nice comfortable café where I’d like to work. Maybe buy a nice magazine for inspiration. And she said she knew I liked writing, that I had always written, and that I write well, that I had a crazy side to me, and so it’s such a pleasure reading what I write. She added she knew blogging was really great for me, and that it’s something I like doing. I laughed – approving her message 100%!

But I left out the idea of reading a magazine – I would have spent my afternoon looking through it, and nothing else! Instead, I read a few articles about how to write blog posts, and I got going! This is my third article yet !

So my advice is to call your best friend; It’s the person who knows you the best and who knows your dreams – listen carefully – it is a gift that life gives you!