3 Problems With Old Homes That Are Easy to Fix

I ADORE old homes.

I really do.

When we were in the market for a new house earlier this year, I won’t lie, I had a strong interest in several “vintage” homes in our city. They were actually historic homes – and I thought they were SO dreamy!

Like this one:

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SWOON, right?!

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How to Get Your Home Organized the Easy Way

Life isn’t perfect. And it sure isn’t organized. I think we’ve all come to that realization by now. (If you haven’t, I’m pretty sure that you will in the near future!) And honestly, I think it’s BECAUSE life isn’t perfect that I’ve always felt the need to organize things. BECAUSE I know I can’t organize life in general (but wouldn’t that be great?!) I try to organize everything I can to at least make life a bit more…simple. Does that make sense?

Let’s face it: life gets a lot more complicated when you can’t find the lunch you packed the night before in the fridge because it’s too full of half-expired foods. Solution? Organize your fridge, get the junk out, and suddenly, when you open the door, there’s the lunch you so carefully prepared. You just saved yourself a ton of time!

That’s just one example.

You are not alone, as many households suffer from the same problem. Sometimes, it’s not even because the place is a mess but because items are never put back in their rightful spot – and we all know how frustrating it can be to have to pull out drawers after drawers and dig through closets, cabinets and more on the search for whatever it IS we’re looking for.

The good news is, it doesn’t have to be this way. You don’t even have to be domestic god/goddess to keep your home somewhat organized! Here is a 4-point guide to keeping on top of your home.

1. Kitchen Items in the Kitchen ONLY

We will start off with an easy one, which is to only keep items that are used in the kitchen in the kitchen. This means ensuring that all plates, cutlery and tea towels are stored and have a designated place in the kitchen.

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Anything that we associate with the kitchen should have a place in it, and any items that are not associated with the kitchen (i.e. car keys, phones, important documents) should be kept elsewhere. When make an organized effort to associate items with specific rooms, it becomes a whole lot easier to keep things where you can find them.

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Quick Tips For Moving Into A New Home

I was thinking the other day, “I’ve never heard anyone say ‘I LOVE moving!!!'” I mean, really! Have YOU ever heard someone say that?

However, from the three times I’ve moved in my adult life, I’ve gleaned a little bit of information on the process. For instance, I don’t think I will EVER move again without hiring professional movers. I just won’t do it. And now that our last  “moving” escapade is behind us, I thought it would be a great time to share some tips with everyone! Even though moving is often seen as an ordeal, especially if you have to pack a house full of stuff that you’ve acquired over the years, it need not be as exhausting and nerve-wracking as you imagine. It’s really all about how organized you are!

The secret to reducing stress and making the move go as smoothly as possible is to dispense with the idea of rugged individualism and ask for help. The more help you can get, the easier it will be to move. Usually, the best type of help available is hiring professional movers like North American Van Lines who can manage the logistics of packing, loading, transportation, and unpacking for you. While a do-it-yourself approach is often seen as cheaper, when you consider the cost of your labor, getting everything organized, and driving a large truck across hundreds of miles, will probably prove much more cost-effective in the long run. Moreover, working with experienced movers who have all the right equipment will make everything go more smoothly. 

Once you’ve made your big move, you’ll be able to settle into your new house quickly–if you do it in an organized and methodical way.

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Here are some tips on finishing unpacking, settling in, getting to know the community, and planning that perfect housewarming party:

1. Unpacking

Once you’ve moved in you’ll probably feel a little tired and overwhelmed by all the changes you’re going through at a rapid rate. You may also feel a little anxious about how to unpack and settle in because there appears to be so much that needs to be done at once.

Here are three steps to take to get moved in the quickest and most effective way possible:

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Home Decorating Tips That Will Make Any Room Better

Ever get the feeling that you will just NEVER be finishing decorating your home? I hope it’s not just me!

We’ve been in this home for almost 4 months now, and every day I’m still putting decor together. And moving it. And replacing it. And putting it back where it was to start out with. Considering the fact that when we moved from our last house I still didn’t have THAT one the way I wanted it…well…I think decorating is just part of life for me these days. 

And I guess that’s okay. Because if I finally get the house exactly the way I want it…well, then what?!

So when Tabitha Gits sent me over this post, I was ready! I’ll take all the tips I can get! How about you?

As you probably know, designers do not follow rule books to achieve great results. As humans, we are creative by nature and love to follow our intuition. That being said, when it comes to home decor, you SHOULD follow SOME rough guidelines to get a great result every time.

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Here are some decorating tips that will work for every room in your house:

Give Your Furniture Room to Breathe

Resist the urge to overcrowd any room in your home. If you are working on a tight budget, this is very good news for you. Spend your money on fewer quality pieces if you want a room to look better. For instance, a few high-backed chairs will make a room look more elegant.

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Everything You Need to Know about a Home Inspection

As you may have heard me say a time or two (or two hundred) here on the blog: we recently moved into a new home! Yadda yadda yada…

One thing we made sure to tick off our checklist when buying this home (and our previous one, too, actually) was the home inspection. I’ve seen way too many shows on HGTV where there was no inspection done, and the buyers ended up with a hot mess of a project on their hands. Not me! No siree Bob! 

In fact, with our current house, termites were actually found in the garage, leading to a termite inspection, in turn leading to a treatment. We paid for the inspections, of course, but the folks who were selling us the house paid for the treatment. It worked out way better than it would have if we hadn’t gotten that inspection done!

So when Michelle from The Inspectors Company contacted me regarding a home inspection blog post, I was all for it. These are important, folks! Let’s see what she has to say…

The little things are usually what draws us to a particular home. The marble countertops, brand new appliances and a dream bathroom with a gorgeous walk-in shower. But more often than not, you tend to find all sorts of problems only when you scratch the surface.

When buying a home you have to remember that there’s usually more than meets the eye. You wouldn’t want a home that demands constant, often expensive renovations. But how can you know about the weak foundation, bad wiring, plumbing or a leaky roof?

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Easy: Hire a Home Inspector!

As soon as you sign the purchase agreement, you need to get in touch with a reputable home inspector. The same goes for both old and new houses. Neither is devoid of issues. When buying a new home, a home inspection is necessary, and the cost is nothing compared to the peace of mind you get in return.

How to Find a Reputable Home Inspector?

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