Moving Series: Lists

Being prepare for a move is always great, it can minimize the stress. I love lists, always have and I believe it helps a lot to have lists and review them daily so you know exactly what needs to be done, what can be moved to another day, etc……. I use a note book & post it notes for these list making.

For moving I always make lists by floors (Main Floor, Upstairs, Basement, etc…) & then rooms (Kitchen, Livingroom, Bathrooms, etc…). I like to leave bathrooms, kitchen, for later time down the list (closer to moving date) because you still use a lot of items from those rooms, but I still go thru those areas in case there are things that can get pack that I know wont be needed. So top of the list title will be the floor in the house, then list down by room and in order of packing and/or things that need to be done in those areas.

I also, take a look at the pantry, kitchen freezer, & the basement freezer and make a list of what we have in stock and base cooking on those. When moving you don’t want to be shopping for items not needed or for your overflow as you will need to pack and move those as well.

Another list making I do, is of any things left to do (example, cut grass, trash out, what needs to be bought to the trash bin at the garbage dump, etc…..)

I need lists, I live on making list. For the type of person I am list making makes me less stressed, my mind is so overwhelmed by trying to remember things. Less forgetting happens. I like to have things go as smooth as possible and making and having lists help me with that. Of course there will be some stress but why add to the stressful things you may run into. So I can say it more, lists will make life easier.

Another thing I do to help plan to get the things done off the list is, I print calendars and plan what days I can do what, and closer to those days I mark a note in my planner on what list to work on and stick that list with my planner so I am not looking for it. Life is busy and at times somethings wont get done when you want them too, but if planned out you can always be able to move it to another day and continue on.

Who else lives on making lists? I swear I don’t know what I would do without lists and my planner.

 

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Moving Series: Cleaning Current Home

This post is going to be a quick one.

I thought I would share my current cleaning routine of our house, I keep it real quick not really much detail cleaning as when we move and the house is empty I will be coming back to give it one last good clean for the new home owners. First I would say make lists of your must do’s, want needs to be done, and the final list of what’s left.

I continue to clean kitchen daily, bathrooms quick wipe downs during the week and a good clean one a week. Vacuuming still happens daily (apart of kids chores) and mopping as it needs. As I get a cupboard, drawer, or space empty I give it a good clean to spend less time once the final cleaning comes along. This helps to not be having to wipe cupboards, drawers, selves, etc… when you have other areas that will need your time the day you clean to prepare it for the new owners.

My time is focused on packing and getting things going and since I have a chance to return once the we move that helps a lot with less deep cleaning to happen now. I also take this time to wash blankets, rugs, decor pillows, etc…. to insure they have enough time to dry and can be packed clean and ready to be set in place at the new house. I also keep up with laundry with a load a day and as certain clothes won’t be needed to afterwards I pack them instead of returning it to the drawer or closet when they won’t be worn.

My routine would be different if we were moving the same day of closing the sold house and I wouldn’t be able to wait until the move to clean. I would need to plan a task of a good cleaning daily until closing, which I have done in the past.

 

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SOLD, NOW WHAT?

SOLD our current home, yayyyyyyy. It’s over! Well that processes is, we now start a new process which of course I am going to share in a series just like I did previously for getting ready to sell.

I am very happy and now can say finally stress free. No one ever shares  very stressful times of selling (not the preparing part of it, which is a another level of stress) I am talking about the stress when everything doesn’t look well. Last time we sold our home, we sold before buying and ended up not finding anything on time to move, so we had to move with some family and then another month in a Hotel (yep! with 4 kids!). So, this time we talked about it and decided to buy first and then sell.

Back in April & May 2017 here in the GTA area the market was through the roof with high prices, bidding wars, and a feeling of not enough homes out on the market to score one. Well, in time we did find a house and went for it, we actually got the house best news right. Once everything was final we decided to get our current house ready to be listed. We list and guess what??? The market freezes a few days after listing. Which turned to be pretty much no viewings! Long sitting on the market, price drops and stress. Stress of many different kinds, like I tried not to be house less again and this happens. Stress of no luck. Stress of not closing our new home on time.

Thankfully the market started up a bit, and we started getting viewings and sold.  We move into our new home before we actually have to be out of our current home. Music to my hears, lol. I get to clean an empty house & slowly move. Maybe things happen for a reason and this was the best way. As a working mom of 4, I was starting to think how would I get the new house done, with working and still everyday life. Well, the way it worked out I actually think this move will be less stress and more relaxed. I also get to come back to this house (the one we sold) and give it a clean for the new people without rushing and stressing to get out on time lol.

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Have you had a stressful sell, buying or moving experience and would like to share, comment below. Do you have some tips on moving you would like to share, comment below.

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Moving Series: Create a Routine

Creting a routine is so important in our lives, life is busy and we can have a lot to do in our daily lives. I have posted my Updated Daily Cleaning routine which you can check out here. With that being said my routine does change when I have my house for sale. I am a busy working mom of four, so I live on routines.

My AM Routine: I am always up before my kids & this helps getting things done. These are things as well that I do before leaving the house for the day.

  1. Quick run thru of all floors, put away anything that doesn’t belong
  2. Clean any mirrors or glass if required
  3. Any laundry that needs to be put away (either clean clothes or clothes for wash)
  4. Bed making (14yr old & 11 yr old make their own)
  5. Bathroom quick clean of surfaces (after we are done & clear surfaces)
  6. Load dishwasher, wash any dishes that don’t go in the dishwasher, & start dishwasher.
  7. Wipe kitchen counters
  8. Clean sink
  9. Quick sweep of kitchen floor
  10. Trash out

Kids Afternoon School Chores:

  1. Empty backpacks and lunch bags (items & backpacks are put away where they belong and stuff to wash in the sink)
  2. Vacuum of main floor
  3. Shoes, jackets, sweaters out away
  4. School containers, after schools snack dishes washed
  5. Unload dishwasher

PM Routine: I normal only do a the first few items while the kids are up, the rest is done when they are in bed.

  1. Load dishwasher
  2. A load of laundry
  3. Clean kitchen including sink
  4. Clean major appliances ( I have stainless steel appliances so there is always a hand print somewhere, lol.)
  5. After kids are in bed, sweep kitchen
  6. Sweep entry way, clean entry door (my door is glass so there’s always finger prints)
  7. Mop floors (normally only kitchen area requires it as it is dark wood and leaves foot prints)
  8. Quick clean of bathrooms
  9. Bring any dirty laundry to the laundry room
  10. Quick pick up or clean of all floors
  11. If any, put laundry away (with doing a load a day there is usually laundry to be put away)
  12. Take out the younger kids clothes for the next day
  13. Prepare anything I &/or kids need for the next day
  14. Every other day or so I sweep the porch

 

I am not a professional and my routine might not work for you, but you can take mine and create what works for you & your family. I like sharing and that is the whole point of me blogging, even if only one of my tips help someone it is worth it.

The reason I have posted the deep cleaning task post prior this one is because during the time your house is on the market and open to viewings, it so important to have a clean and tidy home. Doing the hard part first helps insure that your routine is more of an up keep to your deep cleaning job. It is also the key to having and insuring that your home is kept up with during this time without the stress and without having to feel overwhelmed that you have only an hour but more then an hours work before someone will be there for a viewing.

When you have time and you see something that may need some detail cleaning, do it when you see there is time, but don’t let it wait  as the list will begin to pile.
I still deep clean my bathrooms once a week, normally a Friday night or early Saturday morning & that also goes for changing bedsheets & kitchen. Mind you if the an area requires it before then I will do it normally in the late evening where I know the phone won’t ring for a viewing.

I plan to continue to share. I will continue to share it as the Moving Series for my tips and what I do once this house is sold and I am preparing for the move.
Also, let me know by commenting below if you would like me to share about the actual move to the new place, my cleaning (the new place), unpacking, etc… plans for our new house.

 

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Moving Series: Cleaning Prior To Sale

We are almost there! If you just turned in and want to check out the first post to the moving series, you can here.

It is now time to give your house one deep cleaning. When your house is listed you don’t want to do any deep cleaning that will take to much time. Once the house is up for sale, all you want to do is up keep, quick cleaning jobs. So tackle them earlier on so that the up keep of your home is so much easier.

Here is my deep cleaning jobs I tackle first;

Front door and entry way to the home:

  1. Baseboards
  2. Walls (spot clean)
  3. Doors & Windows
  4. Dust
  5. Floors

Kitchen:

  1. Baseboards
  2. Walls (spot clean)
  3. Doors (ex: pantry, etc..)
  4. Good clean of cupboards and drawers (outside surfaces)
  5. Fridge & Freezer
  6. Stove & Oven
  7. Appliances
  8. Sink (always leave clean and dish free) I also clean the pipe thru with baking soda & vinegar
  9. Patio door & tracks
  10. Floors

Bathrooms:

  1. Baseboards
  2. Walls (spot clean)
  3. Doors & Windows
  4. Deep clean
  5. Add a toilet bowl fresher to your tank or toilet bowl.
  6. Floors
  7. Hide away laundry baskets
  8. Don’t leave your towels hanging (not talking decorative)

 

All other rooms:

  1. Baseboards
  2. Walls (spot clean)
  3. Doors & Windows
  4. Dust
  5. Furniture
  6. Floors

 

Other Tips:

  1. Keep less toys out. Keeping more used toys in bins keeps from all the toys being left everywhere. (kids still need to play, but keeping what the love most is easier for less mess to happen)
  2. Keep laundry room clutter free, keep up with laundry so you don’t have piles on the floor or many baskets out.
  3. Office desk, clutter free (create a bin for those last min throw ins)
  4. Washing bedding and blankets prior to give that extra freshness. Also, helps that they are done and all you need is changing and washing bed-sheets.
  5. Give all the decor in all rooms a good wipe down, you don’t want to be having to cleaning those things with your time is short.
  6. Get rid of large trash & donate items that you may have in the garage or basement (or wherever lol) and those trash/donate bags.

 

Getting these harder tasks done prior saves a lot of time. You may have to spot clean a wall and/or door here and there (especially with kids) but it will not be as much or in all the areas. Give all the decor in all rooms a good wipe down, you don’t want to be having to be cleaning those things with your time is short. This is also to get rid of large trash & donate items that you may have in the garage or basement and those trash/donate bags.

Congrats! Your house is ready for the market. Insure to come up with a morning & evening routine to help you keep up with your home without stressing. I will be sharing mine in the next post, so stay tuned for that.

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QUICK DIY CREATION

So, I thought I would share a quick and easy DIY with you all.  My en-suite bathroom needed a decor piece for on top of the toilet. For a while I was always keeping an eye out when out shopping. I already had a vase with a candle on my bath-tub ledge so I didn’t want another candle. Then one day a light-bulb went off in my mommy brain lol, I had stuff already at home that I could work with and see if it would come together as I wanted.

 

For this item I had it in my office serving another purpose that I no longer needed it for.

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Items I had on hand.

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I bent the flower stems down to the size (different sizes), next I inserted the green form block I got from from DollarTree and started putting it together. I had these crystal gems on hand too from Dollarama. I noticed that you could kind of see the green form so I decided to put these gems in to hide it more.

 

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Here it is all put together and in the place I wanted. It looks great, in my opinion. Something I learned from this was always check my DIY/Craft area & my little stored Home Decor area first before going out to buy something that I could create myself.

 

Do you have an easy DIY you would like to share? Or tips? Comment below.

 

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Moving Series: Getting Ready To List Part: 1

Hello friends!

This post will be about everything I did to get ready for the House going on the market. I do suggest that the minute you know you will be listing your home, start working. Even if there is still a month or 2 before, get on it.
I use to get very overwhelmed thinking I had lots of time to get the house ready, it’s a lot of work to do and life still goes on and the next thing I knew we had to rush, rush, rush. So, now I get on it right away.

First I get together some sort of notebook, think of categories and get some post it flag notes of some kind to start the process. I also print a current & next month calendar to write on & plan before writing it in my planner as I use them for a rough copy.

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Tabs for my  notebook.

Make lists of areas you need to get to first.  Make a second list of the areas that you would like to get to and what needs to be done. Tackling the harder parts first makes it easier and not too overwhelming to do the rest, also you wont have the harder jobs in the end. Always do the bigger tasks first. Also, make a list of projects while you are checking each floor, like if any area needs painting, a light bulb to be changed, even if a piece of furniture is to be moved out. So you are not always wasting to much time everyday with walk thru and lists.

 

 

 

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Here we go;

Get some boxes, bins, tape, garbage bags.

Declutter! I start with the most cluttered places like closets, junk drawers, kitchen counters, bathroom counters, pantry, basement, office, & toy room.

I go thru used items, get rid of things not needed, & pack the things we wont be using or needing until after the move.

Go thru each floor. When you have time to work with before the actual listing of the house that helps. When going thru each floor think of what you can pack, stage the house with (if needed) and write everything down. Pack extra decor or unneeded decor. It does save time when having to clean in a rush.

Kitchen-pack up things in cupboards and drawers you know you won’t be using, if you can empty out a lower cupboard you can store appliances that you may use a lot that sit on your counter. I have done that and it is a huge help to have things I need but don’t want them on the counter so that I can free up the clutter. It helps make it feel and look bigger. It’s also a huge time saver to not have to wipe them down all the time. Out of sight but still in arms reach.

De-personalize! Clear that fridge, pack up those pictures & art work & even notes that you have hanging on the fridge. Clear picture frames from furniture. I have heard that the more pictures you have and the more it feels like your home a buyer can’t see themselves in that home. Not saying you can’t have your kids or family pictures but limit the amount of them all around the house. Pack up kids artwork you may have out on display.

To have less out saves time means less to clean, easier to up keep with and makes spaces feel bigger. You want it to almost be like a staged model home. Of course we live in our houses and we have kids and animals, but things that aren’t needed out and aren’t something we use can get packed away. This also makes it much easier to up keep for viewings and open houses.

Want to share some tips, comment below.

 

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