Spring Cleaning Tips

Springing into Cleaning!

Although I live in California where there’s hardly a noticeable change in seasons, I still use the the four times of the year to update my home.  Now that we’re into the spring season, it’s time to not only freshen up the decor, but many of us will take part in the traditional task of “spring cleaning.”  I’m always looking for ways to do things better, and this cleaning chore is no exception. 

I stumbled upon this great article by Learnvest contributor Emma Miller and thought I’d try this particular tip: cleaning the shower doors (water spots – grrrr!).   Take a look at my before and after photos and read on to learn more about this and other tips.  (And feel free to share your own!) 

Happy cleaning…!

Shower Door Before


Shower Door After2



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Housekeeping Help – Ants!

I’ve heard that ant problems are seasonal, primarily in the summer and also during heavy rain.  Well, here at my house, those theories are out of the window!  Ants are my peskiest pest and they seem to pop up in the strangest places – sometimes without an obvious trail and at the oddest times.  I really don’t understand it.

Anyway, these tips popped up in my email this morning from The Termite Guy.  Just thought I’d share in case any of you understand my pain…

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Little Things Mean a Lot – Considerations for Home Sellers

When selling their homes, owners often wonder about improvements that will pay off in the end by increasing value.  In staging, the goal is to work with sellers and Realtors by focusing energy and effort on those improvements that make sense for the home’s market.  Here is my very short list of five things to consider before placing a home on the market (aside from consulting with a staging expert!):

1) Maintain a good first impression.  If you’ve already addressed curb appeal, hold buyer attraction as they walk through the door and into the entry.  Make sure there is something of interest on the entryway walls,  freshen up floor mats, add floral touches and soft lighting.

2) Update fireplace accents – gold or brass could be an unwelcome distraction for the buyer.

3) Refresh chandeliers through new shades, globes, or even spray paint.

4) Add a frame to bathroom mirrors to update the look if replacement is not in the picture.

5)  Clean switch plate covers and replace damaged or distracting ones.

Read on to to see a few other tips from Marcello Becchi at Granite Transformations:

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Do Little Fixes Boost Home Sales?

This is a great article by Sanette Tanaka that I came across on The Wall Street Journal’s site (WSJ.com) about the value of improving and preparing homes before listing them for sale.  Published in May 2014, the article provides more support for prepping the homes that are headed to the market before listing it for sale (staging is a great way to do just that)!

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