You know that classic part in Sex in the City when Big and Carrie are apartment hunting. They find *HEAVEN ON PARK* ....until they come to the closet. In Carrie's words, 'Well, we know why they got divorced'.
The apartment they end up moving to, had this for a closet.
By NYC standards, let alone other people's standards, this closet is HUGE.
So that is the movies, so what are closets like in reality when Real Estate home buyers are looking at closets?
The average bedroom closet size is 4 to 6' wide and 2' deep.
This can range GREATLY, depending mostly on the age of the home. If pre-WWII, most likely there are not closets at all and wardrobes were used. Even then, closets were small and usually only for the wealthy.
This got me THINKING (dangerous I know!) about my own closet, and past closets. From dorm life to walk-in to living out a suitcase, my 'closets' have run the gamut of types.
Here is how it works--
A list of what 33 things to keep has been formulated. Modified and formulated again.
I will keep posting so you can see my progress (both good and bad) in my Project333 experiment.
But what I am most excited about is in 3 months....
Are you like me at this time of year? You want to be SUPER PRODUCTIVE with the longer days & clean (& a little organizing on the side)? My need to clean arrived officially today when I discovered my chives and garlic are starting to grow outside my front door (that flower bed is ready!)
But where to start!? So much to do, when other FUN things demand my time too.
This girl used 'the google' to see if there were tips out there (soOO many!). But then thought better of that foiled plan. I opted to my fail safe use making of lists (plus I love the joy of checking something off my list!).
This weekend I tackled the garage given the warmer weather, throwing or putting away all the stuff we have accumulated since last fall. I *might* have even put out my cafe chair with hopes of catching a coffee in the warm afternoon sun.
Next will be the kitchen (I start with the room that gets the most use)....I jokingly say our kids make 'floor salad' nightly at the dinner table. Window are next (on the outside if the weather holds).
WHY you might ask am I sharing the joys of my Spring Cleaning?
I might be a bit 'type A'--I have a strong need to organize. Let's face it, most people do not put their DVDs in alpha order. But is organizing really enough? Even if stuff is organized, do you have just too much of it?
A friend shared a book with me this spring (The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up) & I learned about the KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, & storing.
I was hooked--rather than trying to clean by ROOM, you organize by category.
Marie Kondo's Method is NOT about organizing, but asking yourself if that 'thing' brings you joy. Sounds dumb right?
I thought so too, but then I let it marinate for a bit; AND it made sense. Why keep stuff that causes you stress to keep track of as inventory? Why get frustrated when you cannot find something?
My search for finding my 'spark joy' started. I am slowing marching through Marie's stages of finding joy:
By favorite discovery, finding joy is making me a more conscious CONSUMER, its changing my buying habits....and in turn my saving habits. BONUS!
WHY are you talking about this on a Real Estate blog you ask? Well, when it comes to the moment, when you decide to list your house to sell....
what can you do to make it more presentable to buyers?
Just having a clean home is not enough, you need to 'stage' it. Staging means offering up the house so buyers can see its potential. Having clutter usually overwhelms buyers & hinders their ability to see what the space could become.
Help make your house listing a success, declutter.
If you do not know where to begin, ask your listing agent for suggestions on how to make your house showing 'sparkle' ready.
Hi, I am Summer, real estate agent in NE Iowa.