real estate is about the house right?
Whatever the reason, having a nice place to work & play on your automobiles is handy.
And those woodworking projects that always seem to pop up. (That happens to everyone right? Not just me!?)
Things that are KEY to garage workspace while you are 'house' shopping:
1) in-floor heat!
3) size & storage options (or place to construct some yourself)
Although I LOVE my air compressor too....
For those that know me, you know I love things with wheels. My learning curve might be slow, but I love to learn about how stuff works.
Although I wish I was more mechanically inclined, I am more than most (come on, grinding prep for welding is fun!). PLUS, I have some amazing teachers--Alec, Tim, Gary & Don.
Maybe its because I want to know how crap works or maybe it's the do-it-yourself independent nature of mine.
The first property I sold was a shed with a living space included. I am not the only one that loves garage space.
On my wish list still....and will be for awhile probably:
Whatever your level of garage time, having a garage that fits your needs makes the home 'fit' you better....which can translate to making daily life run smoother for all occupants.
Finding the perfect house *MIGHT NOT* be just about the 'house'...but all about the GARAGE.
At last count, we have NINE wireless devices in our home. Some homes, I am sure have more (we don't have TVs, so that drops our count).
Then there are endless cords floating around...& of course when you really need one, you cannot find it.
Does this sound familiar?
While in DMS, I encountered my first Dupont Corian Charging Surface (it looked like marble). It was pretty! And it did tricks. Just by me putting my phone on the counter, it charged it. LOVE the concept.
There is a video below if you want to learn more, great cartoon (the kiddos loved it).
For those that put everything on the counter its great. If you hate clutter, this will drive you nuts.
If you are not in the market for countertop remodel, there are other options too!
My personal favorite: The drawer charging system!
(see above picture).
If this was built in, but from my search, you can make a charging drawer after the fact as well (easier in a night stand or the like). And it contains the clutter, I love it!
The most simple option is the the charging mat, you can get a variety of sizes (capacities) & colors. You can pick up & move your mat as needed, which is nice, but the clutter is present.
Chrysler is also starting to make charging mats in their vehicles as well.
Okay. Laundry rooms. I LOVE & HATE mine at the same time. Its bright & cheery....but well, I rather spend time somewhere else besides doing laundry. YES, it was our choice to use cloth diapers, which did heavily impact the time I spent in the laundry room for about 3 years of my life. But what else, can we do to make our laundry room experience more streamlined & functional?
Lots actually. For me, having things put away behind cabinet doors helps my sanity :) (I would LOVE to make a cabinet for the machines themselves someday as well.
Things to consider:
1) ability to 'hide the mess' of stain treatments, dedicates bags, and laundry soaps. Most people prefer higher cabinets or shelves to minimize bending.
2) air dry items! This is key for me--there is reason I still have clothes that are 15+ years old and still look like new! My husband made me a black iron pipe hanging rack to match my light fixture.
3) is your laundry room also the mud room like ours? If so, make strategies on how to organize the 'unloading' area of kiddo items (shoes, coats, bags). The lower cabinets house shoes (one cabinet for each gender) and coats are hanging on the back of the door so they can't be seen.
4) wipe clean surfaces! I wish we had wipe clean walls like the tile in this photo (rather than painted), would make removal of kiddos prints faster.
Below is a NEAT idea I have learned to love, especially if my husband is helping with laundry. You can even get a dry erase marker with a magnet in the lid. Just in case someone needs a reminder to not dry everything.
Love the above idea! There is even cabinets for the laundry baskets & the washer and dryer!--the clutter can be completely controlled, which is my fav.
Finally, something I miss from Europe, having the laundry in the kitchen--it makes sense for water hookup and counter space to fold is limited (like it usually is in the bathroom). A place to hang up air dry appeal requires creativity.
Starting to see the use of laundry in TINY HOMES (as seen below)....so I am not surprised I love this concept.
Most people fall into the following clutter personalities:
Too Busy = Too Many Extras: You buy items you already own because you don’t have a system in place to store them or, when you need to find things fast, you can't.
Constant Worrier = Must Save Everything: You’re concerned that you “might” need something in the future, so you save everything, “just in case” or "it's still good."
Overwhelmed in Life = Overwhelmed at Home: You don’t know where to begin—so you just live with the chaos.
So.....which one are YOU? What evidence says so?
I *think* last one is me, especially since kiddos arrived on the scene. And if I am stressed, decluttering helps to calm me (case in point, I went through all the periodicals yesterday in my office and filled two recycling bins....when in fact I should have been grading).
When I say stuff, I don't just mean shoes or those kitchen gadgets that seems like a marvelous idea when you saw them online. Or maybe you really liked knowing specials at overstock.com, but the daily emails clutter your inbox.
Here is what you can do to stop the insanity:
4. QUALITY over quantity.
Rather than buy something because its a good deal, look at the LONG TERM VALUE of everything YOU buy.
For example, I have a favorite pair of boots I got when I studied abroad 20 years ago. I still love them...and what I love the most about them is the sole! I get get them resoled over and over again & the leather uppers are still great (real leather people!). Yes, they were more expensive in 1999, but I have gotten 20+ years of out of them....and I am still counting.
I could smell frost in the air last weekend. Could you? Its with mixed emotions; I still have more I could harvest from the garden, but excited for more time to focus on projects in the house rather than out. OHH, but WAIT! I'm walking into the house & I get reminded that my front door lighting is starting to look sad. Its rusting, the glass/plastic is cloudy. And it does not seem to 'fit' with the house.
But I live in the country, does lighting really matter.....If you are like me, I am constantly seeking ways to delay addressing the light. Why? Well, when I go out and look TWO THINGS happen:
1) There are SOOOO many choices!
2) I look at the install directions and think, this *might* not be a DIY project I can do (not to mention rerouting wire, the switch currently is in the garage to turn on front door light).
So, now what? Well, I need to:
1) figure out how much this will cost (and save for it!!)
2) focus my search for lighting. Here is a helpful link about Front Entry Lighting.
Let my planning begin (and stay focused on just lighting!).
Lighting CAN boost your curb appeal. Check this link out for SIX DIY ideas to boost curb appeal cheaply.
...maybe I could 'refresh the paint on my door too....
Hi, I am Summer, real estate agent in NE Iowa. This blog is about life, of which Real Estate is a part of. Happy reading!