5 Ways to Reduce Clutter in Your Home

by Zarine, REALTOR® 06/02/2019

Whether you're just doing a seasonal cleanup or you're clearing out in preparation to move, sorting through your things might seem challenging. There are, however, several things that you really are going to have to think about. Just get rid of them. NOW!

  1. Condiments. When your fast food, take-out, or delivery habit leaves your refrigerator cluttered with soy sauce and mustard packets, it's time to do some sorting. And it's not just those pesky little packages that can burst open in unexpected places. You probably have a cache of plastic utensils filling up drawer space too. Find a way to organize them or toss them out.
  2. Prescriptions. Whether you no longer need it or it’s past its date, keeping old medicine in the cabinet not only takes up space, it poses a risk to family members. Before you just flush them down the drain, though, follow the advice from the FDA on drug disposal.
  3. Unmatched socks. So, your dryer (or washers) eats socks. At least, that's the theory because you knew you put a pair in and only one came out. The sock monster strikes again. In some homes, this phenomenon results in piles of mismatched socks, and there's no reason to hang on to them. Turn them into dust mittens, cut them up for crafts, or toss them. 
  4. Paint. Saving a small amount of paint for repairs and touch-ups, if stored properly in an airtight container, is a great idea. But keeping partial cans of colors that you probably won't ever use before they dry up is just a waste of space. And remember, paint fades over time, so you may not be able to use a bright color for those patches anyway. Paint is considered hazardous waste, so you shouldn’t just toss it in the trash bin. Contact your trash company for advice on where and how to get rid of leftover paint and unusable supplies.
  5. Old spices. No, not the cologne. Kitchen spices lose their savor and can ruin a great dish if used after their expiration date. Of course, not all spice jars have dates on them, so a general rule of thumb is two to three years. Spices last longer when kept in a dry environment such as air-tight containers that are closed up properly after each use. Often, you'll find that half the spices that came on that decorative spice rack are not items you use in your culinary masterpieces. If you haven't used them in a year, donate them. If it's been more than three years, toss them. 

Even if you're not prepared to sell just yet, including these clutter busters into your routine will keep things under control so that when you're ready to make a move it'll be hassle-free. When you are ready, ask your real estate or moving professional about other ways to quickly bring order to chaos.

About the Author
Author

Zarine, REALTOR®

With over two decades of real estate industry experience, Zarine focuses on the San Francisco Bay Area marketplace. From single family homes, condos, townhouses to multi-family residences. She works extensively with investors to upgrade, remodel sell residential and commercial properties. She has consistently been in the top 5 agents out of over 300 agents in the Company.

Zarine has been a Bay Area resident since 1977. She has been active in real estate since 1988. In addition to helping buyers and sellers find their dream home, Zarine and her husband Neville started investing in Real Estate in the Bay Area since 1978. They own and maintain several rental properties and also regularly purchase, fix, and sell homes. They have a team of contractors, landscapers, and tradespeople that they can recommend. They built our own home from scratch and worked closely with the architect in the vision and design. Together, they are involved in every aspect of real estate and live it daily.

Having traveled extensively around the world, Zarine is able to accommodate each of her clients’ unique needs, and prides herself on being a strong listener and communicator. Zarine’ s communication skills are an integral part of her success in real estate. She meets clients from all walks of life and dedicates herself to understanding each of their needs and goals. Zarine and Neville love what they do and have won several awards over the years. They are dedicated and have been with J.F.Finnegan brokers since 1995. In turn their clients are loyal as 95% of their business is from referrals. Real estate is more than just a profession to them; it is their hobby and passion.

PERSONAL INTERESTS:

Originally from Bombay, Zarine and Neville go back to India to visit family. They have travelled extensively around the world and love their annual escape to Maui. Zarine enjoys cooking, entertaining, gardening, reading, movies, and life! They have two daughters who live in San Francisco and their joy in their life are their three grandchildren.

AWARDS:

  • 2016 Emerald Elite #2 in the whole Company
  • 2015 Emerald Elite # 3 in the whole Company
  • 2014 Platinum Award #5 in the Company
  • 2013 Emerald Elite #1 Team in the Company
  • 2012 Platinum Award #1 Team in the Company
  • 2011 Platinum Award #1 Team in the Company
  • 2010 Masters Award #1 Team in the Company
  • Consistently Among the top 3 individual agents of over 300 agents at BHG
  • Chairman's Circle (Consistent Winners 2001, 2002, 2003,2004,2005,2006,2007,2008,2009)
  • Winners of SAMCAR “SAMMY AWARDS”
  • San Mateo Association of Realtors (SAMCAR),California Association of Realtors (CAR), National Association of Realtors (NAR) San Jose Apartment Owners Association
  • Fine Homes Specialists, E Certified, Bankers Preferred Mortgage, CARTUS Relocation Certified