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With the fresh start of January, take the next two weekends to make the rest of the year run more smoothly. These nine tips will save you time, energy, and money, and make you feel better about where you hang your hat every night.



1. MAKE BETTER USE OF YOUR CLOSETS

While this is not a photo of my closet above, it almost could be. Come January every year, and my closets tend to be a mishmash of clothes from all four seasons, piles of give-aways that I haven’t gotten around to giving away, and just general wrecks of disorganization.

Start the new year by decluttering a closet. Pick just one and organize with vengeance over one day (trust me, you’ll appreciate the major improvement in a short time). Save, sell, donate, or chuck everything in there, then vacuum, neaten, and dust. Job done!

2. TAKE A PHOTO INVENTORY OF YOUR HOUSE

If, God forbid, your house is ever burglarized or there is a fire, having photo records of the interior and all your possessions will make the insurance process infinitely easier. I speak from experience here: my house was burglarized a few years ago, but I had taken the time to snap photos of all my art, electronics, and jewelry and put it on a USB drive, which was locked in a file cabinet. I was so glad to have done so. Today, I store my photos in the cloud on Dropbox, which is even more convenient. Jump to read the next seven tips!

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Photo courtesy Lara604 via Creative Commons

Photo courtesy Lara604 via Creative Commons

With the fresh start of January, take the next two weekends to make the rest of the year run more smoothly. These nine tips will save you time, energy, and money, and make you feel better about where you hang your hat every night.



1. MAKE BETTER USE OF YOUR CLOSETS

While this is not a photo of my closet above, it almost could be. Come January every year, and my closets tend to be a mishmash of clothes from all four seasons, piles of give-aways that I haven’t gotten around to giving away, and just general wrecks of disorganization.

Start the new year by decluttering a closet. Pick just one and organize with vengeance over one day (trust me, you’ll appreciate the major improvement in a short time). Save, sell, donate, or chuck everything in there, then vacuum, neaten, and dust. Job done!

2. TAKE A PHOTO INVENTORY OF YOUR HOUSE

If, God forbid, your house is ever burglarized or there is a fire, having photo records of the interior and all your possessions will make the insurance process infinitely easier. I speak from experience here: my house was burglarized a few years ago, but I had taken the time to snap photos of all my art, electronics, and jewelry and put it on a USB drive, which was locked in a file cabinet. I was so glad to have done so. Today, I store my photos in the cloud on Dropbox, which is even more convenient. Jump to read the next seven tips!

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You know how you always hear, “This house is move-in ready”? You immediately think “Yeah, right, and you have some swamp land in Florida to sell me!”

Well this 1938 Tudor at 6804 Vivian in Hollywood Heights is 1,839 square feet of gorgeousness. It has so much historic detail it would make a preservation junkie swoon, and yes, it’s seriously move-in ready! It’s marketed by Keller Williams agent Britt Lopez for just $369,900, and with this home, you get a lot for your money.

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It has the highly sought-after huge leaded glass living room window with stained glass detailing, a domed ceiling with a raised diamond shaped center, original bathroom tile, incredible original light fixtures, and a fabulous fireplace.

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There is plenty of space with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a study. The kitchen has been updated with granite countertops and stainless appliances. There are hardwoods throughout the house and — hold your breath — this baby has closet space! Previous owners captured space from a disused side porch to create a walk- in closet. You just don’t find that kind of closet space in Hollywood Heights!

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On home tour in 2007, the house was flawless then. The present owners just happen to include a landscape architect so there’s a picture-perfect front yard and the backyard is an oasis. A lighting system, 8-foot fence, electric gate, and two-car garage were added in 2006.

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Move-in ready and in one of the most eclectic, engaging neighborhoods in Dallas that hosts an annual Easter Parade, Clydesdale rides at Christmas, and the best Halloween scene in town. If I were you I’d be there now putting down an offer!

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