Number one is “make a home related list of to do’s”.
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So number two is “update kitchen cabinets and drawers”.
Number three is “paint or stain trims, windows and doors a consistent color throughout your home”.
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Number four is “update your lighting”.
Number five “have your carpets professionally cleaned”.
Dust is a nemesis of every homeowner. It settles on light fixtures, furniture, glass surfaces, window sills, draperies and wooden blinds. Even with a housekeeper it’s hard to notice all the incipient places dust settles. Make it an annual, or better yet, bi-annual event to do extensive dusting and polishing. Your home will thank you and so will your allergies. And open your windows and to allow fresh air to circulate as often as possible. It makes the home feel unbelievably wonderful.
Number six is do a “deep clean dusting”.
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Dusty, dirty windows aren’t immediately noticeable when you’ve been looking at them for years. But trust me, if you get used to them being clean, you’ll notice when they’re dirty.
Number seven is “clean the windows”.
Number eight is “upgrade your window coverings” with inexpensive, unlined sheers. Or better yet, call a designer and have your windows fitted with custom curtains. A tiny warning, this one generally requires a five figure budget. Consider custom window coverings akin to professional landscaping. But what a difference.
Oh, and it pains me to say this but custom fabric window coverings will most likely not improve the value of the home. Shutters and wooden blinds will however. I love the look of the old fashioned shutters with the small slats, but most homeowners and buyers prefer plantation.
Energy efficiency is extremely important now and will be increasingly so in the future. While florescent light bulbs lend a slightly off color cast to humans and their furnishings, I’ve replaced most of the light bulbs in my home with them. You’ll love the savings on your electric bill. The bulbs last longer too. It’s well worth it.
Number nine, “replace all incandescent bulbs with energy efficient florescent ones”.
Clutter begets clutter. I’ve preached this one for years. In the same way graffiti multiplies in urban areas, clutter collects in your home. If you want a tidy home, tidy it and keep it that way. When someone leaves something out of place, it will be immediately noticeable. If you want your family to be more organized, provide easily maintained storage for everything in the home.
Number ten, is “tidy and organize”.
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