No Time for a Whole House Declutter? Try These 6 Ideas Instead

Make a fresh start by tackling a few tasks that will revitalize your home and your spirits

January can inspire a lot of energy and goal-setting — sometimes, with goals that can be difficult to accomplish, given our schedules. Many of us, for instance, don’t feel we have the time to tackle a whole house declutter. If that describes you, that’s OK! Undertaking just a few projects to pare back your possessions can help you start off the new year in a more tranquil home. Consider these six to get started. Plan on spending 10 to 15 minutes on each suggestion.

Where Did Americans Move in 2017?

  • Atlas Van Lines recently released the results of their annual Migration Patterns Survey in which they tracked their customer’s movement from state-to-state over the course of 2017.
  • Idaho held on to the top spot of ‘high inbound’ states for the 2nd year in a row followed by Washington.
  • The ‘outbound’ states seem to draw a line straight across the country from Connecticut to Wyoming.

2017 Housing Market in Review

A video infographic with statistical information from the 2017 housing market.

A 3 Year View From the Seattle Space Needle

 A 4-minute video you’ve been waiting for to illustrate why a 4-mile drive in Seattle takes 45 minutes.

Does Your Room Need a Bigger Rug?

Oversized area rugs not only make a statement, but they also can unify a room and make it cozy

Most of us probably agree that a room without a rug can feel unfinished, and most of us probably veer to the standard just-larger-than-the-coffee-table size. But are we missing out by thinking small? These rooms with oversize rugs prove that big is beautiful and useful.

6 Habits to Reduce Clutter at Home This Year

It’s time for out with the old, in with the new — and that’s true for how you handle papers and possessions at home

Is maintaining a neater, more organized home part of your New Year’s resolutions? Then try changing a few home habits to help keep clutter at bay. I’ve found there are a dozen simple habits that can help you keep your home tidy. Today, we’ll look at the first six. In the next installation, we’ll introduce the rest.

Since new practices take time to stick, I recommend you try one new habit each month. That way, you can get in a good rhythm before adding a new one. Feel free to tackle any one of these habits first as the order that you do them in is up to you. By the end of the year, you’ll have a whole new decluttered way of life!

4 Reasons to Sell This Winter

  • Buyer demand continues to outpace the supply of homes for sale which means that buyers are often competing with one another for the few listings that are available.
  • Housing inventory is still under the 6-month supply needed to sustain a normal housing market.
  • Perhaps the time has come for you and your family to move on and start living the life you desire.

The Magic of Music

Have you ever thought about how awesome music is? The joy of performing and listening to music forms a universal language that connects us across cultures and across time.

And yet despite how universal the experience of music is, there’s still a lot we don’t know about its effects on our bodies and minds. In fact, the famed anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss once said that music is “the supreme mystery of human knowledge.”

Mysterious though it may be, scientists have discovered some interesting theories for the most common musical phenomena that we all experience. For example, why do songs get stuck in your head? What’s the effect of music on memory?

Check out the infographic below to discover 8 musical phenomena, and continue reading to find out more!

A Graphic Backsplash Sets the Color Palette for a New Kitchen

A family swaps out turquoise walls and black cabinets for a cheery white-and-blue color scheme

The backstory: The owners of this 1937 Los Angeles home, who use it as a part-time residence, were planning to spend more time here, and they wanted to enjoy time in the kitchen together as a family. To make the room more welcoming, they dumped the former dark finishes and replaced them with lighter colors for a bright, open-feeling space.

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