How to Have a Successful Move

Moving is one of the most significant stress factors in life. We become “nester” and find comfort staying in our old ways of lives; however, change is vital for growth, and sometimes that demands moving homes. Do not let this task feel like an encumbering burden because with a little time-management and a game plan, your move will go smoothly. Plus, you can eliminate your stress by stick to these five simple guidelines for moving:

Make a Game Plan

The first step is to make a game plan. Determine how many days you have until your move. Perhaps a month or maybe a week? Using this time, write out the rooms you will need to pack. You can set goals to accomplish each day to break up the workload. Additionally, you need to price and schedule a moving truck or movers. Write out a game plan for moving day including a timeline of the day to help ensure everything goes smoothly.

Time to Pack

Do not pack any of your necessities at first. You do not want to go for a month without toilet paper or toothpaste. You may want to go to a local grocery store for some free boxes if you do not have them. If not, many moving truck companies can sell boxes to you as well. Once you begin to pack, remember to set aside important documents and hand deliver these items to your new home yourself.

Be Sure to Label

Labeling is important. Not only should you label the contents of the box, but you should label what box goes in what room. You should also label if boxes are heavy, medium, or light for packing purposes as well as have stickers that say if things are fragile. Labels will help your loading an unloading process as well as your unpacking experience.

Hire a Babysitter

Moving day will demand a lot of attention and so do your kids. Plus, you do not want to jeopardize your children’s safety on moving day. With so much going through your mind on moving day, do not forget to hire a babysitter or dog sitter. You have a lot to worry about during the day and having your children monitored by someone else can help alleviate some stress.

Settling in

Welcome to the neighborhood! You may want some of your time dedicated to networking and meeting the community. Even if stress levels are high this day, be smart. You are new to the neighborhood, and your emotions can make a first impression. Be sure to wave to new neighbors and smile!

If you chose Fulton Homes, we are incredibly excited about your new adventure. You will find that our homes are built to last by standing the test of time. Welcome and thank you for choosing Fulton Homes.

You’re Proud to Own. We’re Proud to Build.” – Fulton Homes

Five Things That Make Your House Look Messy When It Is Clean

The dishes have been washed, the floors are mopped, and all the kid’s toys have been put away in their proper place, but it seems like no matter how much you tidy up, your home it still looks chaotic. You would be surprised by how small clutter, technology, and a host of other factors can make your house look messy even when you have undergone a deep cleaning. To help, here are some ordinary things that can be affecting the overall aesthetics of your home’s interior:

Tangled Wires

The fifty-inch television in the living room that is probably your pride and joy could be the very thing that is making your house look untidy. Get creative and find a way to mask tangled wires and plugs. Free your walls of HDMI cords as well as cords from the DVD player. Keeping such wires exposed can look tacky and takes away from the room’s decor.

Left-Over Laundry

Are you still trying to find time to fold and put away last week’s laundry? Try to find a place other than the corner of your bedroom or the living room to store clean laundry. There is no doubt that it takes away from the interior. All you have to do is find some time to put things away in their proper place.

Cluttered Countertops

Do you own enough beauty products in the bathroom to stock aisles? Find a way to remove as many products from your counters, and try finding other areas in the home where you can store some products. You can even find new creative ways to create additional under the sink storage. This same method should also be applied when it comes to clearing your kitchen countertops. Getting rid the clutter on your countertops will result in a crisp, clean and streamlined look.

Unmade Bed

We have been told since childhood to make sure the bed was made. Somehow that concept goes out the window on those rushed mornings. Making your bed every day will instantly make things look neat, but it also creates the perfect opportunity to show off your stylish bedding.

Messy Entryway

Is your entryway littered with coats and shoes blocking the doorway? Use storage bins to make space for your bookbags, shoes, and jackets. You can even install additional hooks to hang your belongings and remove them from the floors.

When you begin to see clutter overtaking your home, it can be the perfect chance to tidy up and make your place look brand new. We recommend focusing on these five areas to help make your place sparkling. For more expert tips and tricks, be sure to visit us weekly at Fulton Homes. Thanks for reading!

How to Successfully Organize Your Laundry Room

Laundry rooms are commonly overlooked when it comes to organizing the household. Since laundry rooms are not seen that often, homeowners wonder if they are really that important. Simply put, yes. Like we always say “an organized home is a happy home.” While you may decide to focus on other rooms, every room of your house has the potential to be fully functional. Whether it is small or large, we have five tips for maximizing your laundry room’s use. Let’s take a look!

Tip 1: Money, Money, Money

Have you ever been washing your pants and find a bunch of random stuff in the pockets? We sure have! That is why we suggest putting out a mason jar for all the coins and miscellaneous items you may find in your pants. This will keep your pockets clean and washing machine happy.

Tip 2: We’re Hooked

Do you need a place to store your ironing board? Drill two coat hooks into your wall, and you instantly have a new holder! Plus, you can get creative and find two decorative, antique hooks from a thrift store to add style and function.

Tip 3: Southern Charm

If you are an iced tea lover, you may have an extra iced tea dispenser around your home. Use the extra dispenser to store your detergent. This will avoid the need for bulky bottles and accidental spillage.

Tip 4: If You Got It, Use It

If you do not stack your washer and dryer, you can use their tops for sorting clothes and storage. Just add a wood block to the top of the machines, and you have instantly created a countertop!

Tip 5: (Re)Attracted

Some laundry rooms are not big enough for a clothing rod, but a retractable clothing line may do just the trick. Attach the clothing line from one side of the wall to the other wall. This will give you space to hang your clothing when you are in a pinch.

We hope you enjoyed these five simple tips! Be sure to check back weekly for more expert advice.

Operation Organization in Ten Minutes

When we think of undergoing an organization project in our home, we think of it as a daunting, long task that will take up a lot of our day. While organizing areas in our house, the mere thought of beginning these tasks can influence us to procrastinate. However, what if you could organize areas in your home in only ten minutes We all have ten minutes in our day to spare. While this may seem too good to be true, you would be amazed at how much you are able to accomplish in your home in just ten minutes. Now, you will need to stay focused and keep moving, but with our Ten Minute checklist, you can quickly get your rooms reorganized. Here is our Ten Minute Checklist to help you reorganize areas in your own home:

Break Larger Projects into Smaller Tasks

Some tasks can be very overwhelming at first. Maybe you want to organize your bathroom, clean a closet, or declutter your garage. These larger tasks can take time. Try to look at areas then break them into smaller projects. For example, maybe you have been procrastinating organizing your bathroom for some time. You have clutter drawers, unfolded towels, and toiletries that have no designated homes. Instead of tackling everything at once and deep cleaning the room, try to find a more obtainable task. Tell yourself you are going to organize one drawer every day. Using this simple tactic is a great way to start making some serious headway on big projects.

Declutter

When you find the task that you are going to accomplish, start by decluttering. A cluttered drawer or closet can visually be overwhelming. Pull everything out of the space you are working on cleaning. By spreading the mess, you can quickly identify what goes where. Since clutter is one of the main visual intimidations that prevent us from starting a task, you can begin by decluttering the area that you are more likely to accomplish.

Trash/Donate

Once everything is pulled out, decide what trash is and what will stay. By eliminating items and belongings that were once cluttering the area, you will be able to put the area back together into a more organized look. Decide if any things are no longer of value to you. Maybe they are still valuable and worth donating to others. Some items may just blatantly be in the wrong spot in your home.

Organize

Lastly, with your time remaining, put everything back into your drawer. Using bins or baskets is an easy way to organize belongings. Return everything to the original spot in a more focused and organized manner. You will be surprised what some focus and ten minutes can accomplish!

Do you have areas in your home that demand attention Try this organization checklist to help get you started. You will be amazed at what you are able to get done in ten minutes. For more great tips, visit us at Fulton Homes.

The Ultimate Pitch List

Are you getting frustrated with your home being messy? You know that you need to clean it out, but do not know what exactly to pitch. Do not worry anymore, because we have created the ultimate pitch list for your house!

Old Beauty Products

Makeup has an expiration date and tends to expire rather quickly. Expired makeup and beauty products can be harmful to the health of your skin. Here is what to do:

  • Pitch and replace any mascara that you have had longer than three months.
  • Pitch and replace foundation and concealer a year from the purchase date.
  • Pitch and replace your lipsticks, eyeshadows, and blushes two years after the purchase date.

Spices

We use spices for their flavor and aroma, but some of your spices may have begun getting dull. Here is what to do:

  • Go through your spices and sniff the older ones. If you notice that they do not hold a scent anymore, pitch them.
  • Also, throw away any spices that you notice do not have flavor while you are cooking.

Junk Mail

Mail can begin to pile up quickly. We tend to receive unnecessary mail and magazines that never get sorted. Here is what to do:

  • Sort through all of your current and past mail. Make piles to distinguish which mail you need to keep and which mail you need to pitch.

Linens

Over the years, homeowners begin to obtain more and more linens. You do not need to keep all the linens you have ever owned. Here is what to do:

  • Go through your linen closet and only keep two per bed. By doing this, you will always be using one set of linens, and you will always have one clean set.

Old Toys

Toy bins can become overfull with unused toys. Cleaning your family’s toy bin can make your current situation less hectic, and new purchases feel less unnecessary. Here is what to do:

  • Sort through your family’s toy bin and find all the toys that you do not need.
  • Toys that are overused, dull, and outgrown can be pitched or given away.
  • Do not keep toys that have broken parts, because they may be hazardous.

The Fridge

Clear off the inside and outside of your refrigerator. Here is what to do:

  • Notes, photos, mail, and reminders pile up on the outside of our refrigerator and most times, we do not even read what is there.
  • Clear off everything from your refrigerator and buy a mini chalkboard for family reminders. If you compile all the messages onto the chalkboard, it will leave room for your fridge to do what it does best.
  • Also, pitch any old and expired food from your fridge.

This list is a simple start to cleaning out your home. Notice we said: start. The journey to getting your home the way you want it begins here. Stay tuned for more information on how to clean out your house. Thanks for reading!

Must-Try Wall Decorating Ideas

Your walls structure the overall design of your rooms.  Investing in wall décor can make a massive impact on your room’s overall aesthetics.  Think about it, your walls are like a blank canvas.  You can use them to express yourself and enhance the design of your room.  Do not leave your walls empty and bland.  Try incorporating these simple tricks to your space to spruce up your walls this year:

Tapestry

Your walls can come to life by adding textured and patterned tapestry.  This textile wall decorative can indeed add substantial warmth to your room. In fact, wall tapestry is excellent for insulating your rooms and comes in a wide selection of colors and patterns.  Hanging tapestry is simple, stylish, and easy. You can incorporate a canopy look or even use rods to change up the style seasonally.

Pictures

A picture is worth a thousand words. Photos are great for creating a focal point inside a room.  You can use an image with particular colors that you are trying to highlight within your space.  Consider using a picture that adds to your theme or helps create a statement.  You can even get a large picture for the room or add a bunch of pictures in a gallery wall setting.  The fun, creative ideas are truly endless.  Just be sure to invest in frames that complement your space.  Look for frames that match your woodwork or consider going with neutral frames like black or white.

Shelves

Perhaps, the most functional wall décor you can try to add to your home is shelving.  Shelving is excellent for showcasing décor yet also serves a functional purpose for storage.  Consider floating shelving under your television to store electronics or maybe a bookshelf in your den for reading. These are all great ways to help add to your space, cover a wall, and keep the space functional and beautiful

No matter what route you choose to go, enhancing your walls is the perfect way to spruce up your home’s design.  Just remember to consider your theme and the colors you want to highlight within your space, the rest will follow. Thanks for reading!

 

The Minimalist Challenge

Does your home life feel a little too cluttered?  Do you struggle with letting go of objects, clothing, and furniture that you do not use?  If so, you may be interested in learning about minimalism. Minimalism is a lifestyle; it does not happen overnight.  You can, however, set small goals to help kickstart your journey.  Becoming a minimalist can have your home feeling cleaner, more spacious, welcoming, and less cluttered.  If you are interested in starting this journey, we put together five places to start with some helpful tricks and tips. Let’s take a look!

The Closet

Our closets can become mayhem of storage and unused clothes.  To begin your journey, separate your clothes into three categories: clothes you frequently wear, clothes that you think you may still want, and clothing you never wear.  The clothing that you think you may want to keep, try putting them in another closet or even donation boxes.  If you do not look to wear it in ninety days, chances are, you will not miss it.  You can donate those clothing items as well.  You can use this trick on shoes as well.  It is a simple trick but an effective way to help slowly clean out your closet.  Try doing this task at least four times a year to reduce unwanted clutter.

The Kitchen and Pantry

The kitchen can quickly become home to expired foods and the notorious “miscellaneous drawer.” Organization is key in the kitchen.  Throw out all of your expired foods, and begin organizing your pantry.  If your home has a “miscellaneous drawer,” try to assign each object a place inside your home. A drawer for everything without a designated spot will not do. Everything in your home needs to have a place in which it belongs. Begin to eliminate household duplicates such as scissors and cooking utensils to clear up more space.

Furniture

Being a minimalist means having a keen eye for functionality. Having a “less is more” mindset when furnishing your home is vital.  Try to use items that serve multiple purposes. Your furniture should serve a purpose, and you want to try to be selective on how much space all your furniture uses.  You do not have to eliminate comfort; however, you should be able to easily justify why every piece of furniture is in a room.

Like we mentioned before, becoming a minimalist is a lifestyle.  It will not just happen overnight, and it will take a cognitive effort daily to improve.

We wish you the best in your minimalist journey! For more great tips and tricks, visit our blog hub.

Open Organization Ideas for Your Bedroom

Since your bedroom is generally the last place you would expect to have visitors, it is often the area in your home that is most neglected.  That being said, the bedroom plays a vital role in your life; it is where you both start and end your day. To help provide you with a stress-free place to rest your head at the end of a long, we have four useful organization tips that we want to share with you. Let’s take a look!

Storage Solutions

Storage is perhaps the most significant issue when organizing a room. If you are tired of looking at your clothes all over the place,  it is time to explore some creative storage options. You can create more space on your bedroom floor by purchasing storage bins that roll right underneath your bed. You can even rotate your seasonal and bulkier items between your closet and these storage bins. Be sure to label the outside of each container so that you know what inside of the bin. Our favorite part of this storage option is that it is discreet.

Purchase a Shoe Rack 

Are your shoes taking up valuable space in your closet? Experts suggest purchasing a shoe rack instead of a hook-hanging shoe bag which takes up much-needed space in the closet. A shoe rack can be installed right beneath your hanging clothes. It makes them easily accessible and keeps them out the way. The best thing about a tiered shoe rack is that it allows you to see what you have and pick out the shoes quickly.

Make Your Bed Every Day

Organizing does not just involve neatly stowing things away but it also consists of positioning things for their next use. You position your bed for everyday use when you make it in the morning before you leave out. We believe that a well-made bed makes the room convey a sense of order.  

Shelving Units and Hooks 

Create a well-polished look by installing a couple of shelves to hold your book collection and magazines. The wall shelves and hooks can provide you with ample wall storage while leaving valuable floor space still accessible.

How do you stay organized? We would love to hear your feedback below in the comment section.

Post-Holiday Weekend Project List

Long holiday weekends are the perfect time to accomplish household tasks that you may have been putting off for some time now. To help you get started, we have compiled a list of things that you can tackle on your weekend off from work. Let’s take a look!

Tackle The Pantry & Fridge. The odds are that your refrigerator could use a good deep cleaning this weekend. Remove everything from the fridge and set it out on the counters. Wipe off all of the shelves and drawers with a disinfectant wipe. While everything is removed from the refrigerator, throw out items that have past their expiration date. Pitch empty bottles that may have been left in the fridge and consolidate into one bottle per condiment.

Dig into Your Messy Closet. From your hall closet to the master closet, you can tackle organizing them this weekend. Simply, remove everything from the closet and separate them into three different piles: trash, donate, and save. Once you determined each item’s pile, return all the items in the “save” pile back into the closet. If you are going through several closets in your home, it may be wise to have a big donation box ready to be filled. Take the box to each closet then afterward drop it off at your local donation center.

Take on The Laundry. The washing machine can do a world of wonders on a lot of items in your household. Take advantage this weekend by washing some of the items listed below:

  • Backpacks
  • Car Mats
  • Pillows
  • Oven Mitts
  • Pet Toys, Collars & Leashes

Change The Exterior Lights. Go around the outside of your home and check to see if all your lights are working. If they need to be changed, swap them out for some new ones. It is also a great time to take down any leftover holiday lights and decorations.

Clean Your Pots and Pans. A lot of your pots and pans will need a good scrub and deep cleaning. If they look like they have lived a full life, throw them away and purchase new ones when you can. Otherwise, a deep cleaning should do just the trick.

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Lock Down Your Laundry Room’s Organization

Get your laundry locked down this winter with our guide to mastering your laundry room’s organization and functionality. With four quick and easy tips, you can have a full-functioning laundry room in no time! Let us get started.

Tip No. 1: Add Hooks and an Extra Clothing Rod.

Your laundry room’s organization can contribute to how often you use it. If you find yourself running out of space for clothing, be sure to install hooks and even an extra clothing rod. These simple solutions can make using your space a whole lot easier.

Tip No. 2: Make It Multipurpose.

Laundry rooms are not just laundry rooms nowadays. They can hold a lot of different uses and functions for busy homeowners. Making your laundry room a multipurpose space can help you maximize your time and save room in other areas of your house. You can create a mudroom in your laundry room by adding some lockers, or maybe you need a home office; therefore, you would want to add a desk. Whatever you need, you can look at the available space in your laundry room and go for it!

Tip No. 3: Let The Storage Be Open.

Open storage is a great idea for homeowners that struggle with staying organized. Having all of your items out in the open will force you to maintain a well-kept area. Open-faced cabinets can be a great solution if you find yourself struggling to stay organized. Simply remove the cabinet doors from your cabinetry, and you have created custom open-storage.

Tip No. 4: Add Your Heart’s Desires.

There is no reason to hold back on your wildest laundry room dreams with inexpensive DIY projects. If you have always wanted something in your laundry room, find a do-it-yourself project and start it! There are a ton of hacks and user-friendly guides that are available online. You do not have to limit yourself anymore. Go ahead and create a folding station by adding a wood block overtop of your washer and dryer. Maybe you have always wanted a clothing line! It can be easily installed from one wall to the other. Whatever your heart desires, do not hold back in your design. Find an easy project and go for it.

We hope that these four tips and tricks help you to stay organized. For more organizational tips and expert advice, be sure to check out our blog hub at Fulton Homes.