Taking Back your Home! Tackle the Clutter in 2012!

By:  Williamsburg Military Insider

I was lucky to of had my husband home for two weeks over the holidays. With the start of 2012 we created a new to-do list along with new goals and resolutions to make our lives more enjoyable, stress-free and organized; Along with renting an uhual and overhauling our home. Disable Veteran’s were very happy to see us coming.   We have not moved for four years and our normal is every 18 months, after four years we were amazed at what we accumulated.

Is your home your home company ready?  Many might find this a funny question but as many of you in the Military someone is always dropping by. I do not like the last minute scramble.

I find that I’m much more organized when my husband is deployed. The routines of the house run much smoother, the dishwasher always seems to be empty, beds made, bathrooms clean and company ready. When he is home, that is a completely different story. I seem to be herding children when it comes to keeping the house clean and organized. I don’t know if it is because my free time is spent “hanging out” with him, or actually doing things outside our home. I suppose it is a combination of both.

In any case, as 2012 starts I’m kick starting my home organization routines and thought I’d offer some favorites that I’ve used in the past and some new ones I recently came across online.

Perhaps together we can take on the clutter.

Simple organizing tips to have more time with family:

  • Create a morning and evening routine – My new favorite website Pinterest has some great pins on this topic. You can view one of them here. Your routine can include: spending 15 min de-cluttering, making lunches, laying out clothes for the next day, exercising, etc.
  • Do 1-2 loads of laundry per day – Start one load in the morning and when you get home from work or have a break in your day place the load in the dryer. Do one more load before and after dinner prep, folding while you watch a favorite TV program.
  • Create a weekly meal plan – Cooking seven nights a week might not be realistic, so pick three to five nights where you will cook, leaving the other two for leftovers and a pizza/take-out night.
  • Tackle one room in your home per day – Create a chores list organized by day.
  • When you think of something you need to do, write it down – This saves so much time!! When you write down all your errands you can better plan your outings.

These five steps are a good jump-start into organizing our homes, creating daily routines to save time.

This weekend I hope to have more time with my family and spend less time cleaning!

Additional resources:
Winter Organizing Tips – via

I am a REALTOR with Liz Moore & Associates Also; I am part of the Liz Moore & Associates’ Military Team which specializes in homes for sale in James City County, Newport News, Hampton, York County, Poquoson, and Williamsburg, VA as well as surrounding markets. I offer Active Duty friendly support to families relocating to Langley Air Force Base, Ft. Eustis, Yorktown Naval Weapons Station, and Cheatam Annex. When you PCS to Hampton Roads, VA you will find that I understand that when a family member joins the military, the entire family belongs…thank you for serving our Country, and I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

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