It’s time to sort the junk drawer! ~ Kim O’Grady of Chestnut Park


De-cluttering and organizing are important steps in the pre-listing process, but it can feel overwhelming. Having a place to start can help build momentum to tackle the bigger projects.

When enough is enough
Confession: I remember before my urge to purge and embracing a more clutter free life, I not only had one junk drawer, I had a few…along with overstuffed closets!

My epiphany came when one day I was cleaning up for guests and throwing “stuff” into my closets. This hidden clutter made me anxious, and the realization hit me (while opening my closet) that my desire to live with clarity and intention meant that I had to deal with what was literally cluttering up my life.

Assessing what could stay and what needed to go in that first drawer, provided the momentum I needed to make changes in all areas. Fast-forward a year later, I was getting ready to move and so thankful for the time I invested in clearing the clutter. Packing was so much easier and less stressful knowing that I was only bringing what I use, need and enjoy to my new home.

Conquer the overwhelm
Hiding small things from plain view can be tempting, but gradually these things can grow into an overwhelming amount of clutter. Consider your reason behind this “outta sight outta mind” behaviour.

Are you dumping stuff in a drawer to deal with it later?

Procrastination… Avoidance… Embarrassment…

Are you keeping things for the day you might need it? Such as the button bundle that came with the shirt you just bought?

Scarcity… Greed… Anxiety…

What would happen if you only filled the drawer with things you used, with a place for everything?

Abundance… Confidence… Pride of ownership…

How would that make you feel?

Free… Content… Hopeful…

Start with something small
The key word here is start.

Waiting until 30 days before closing is not the time to clear the clutter. You do not need the added stress. Less mess = less stress.

Use penholders, a bowl for elastics, one pair of scissors, one roll of tape, you get the idea. Sort the bills, recycle the flyers, and most importantly, if there is no immediate intended use, get rid of it.

  1. Start with pulling everything out of the drawer and lay everything out on the counter.
  2. Insert box organizers or dividers.
  3. ONLY put in what you use.

Finish this first drawer, and you may find yourself feeling inspired to carry on throughout the home.

New habits, new home

Clearing and sorting your junk drawer(s) can be life changing! Motivation fuelled by positive momentum will develop new habits. So whether you are prepping to list your house or not, the best-case scenario is that you have a clean, organized home!

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Kim is a full time Sales Representative with Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited Brokerage, servicing the Huntsville and the Lake of Bays area. Kim spent many of her childhood years at a cottage located on Peninsula Lake, Huntsville. After completing her Bachelors Degree at the University of Guelph, Kim decided to leave her city roots and move to Huntsville and make it her permanent home. Before she began her career in real estate, Kim co-owned and operated a successful local fitness business for eight years. After selling her part in the business she decided that it was time to pursue her other passion, Real Estate. She consequently brings an appreciation for relationships built with clients, knowledge and experience to her understanding of real estate.
When she’s not working, Kim enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her pup Harley. She also enjoys cooking, entertaining, reading, Pilates, Yoga and of course getting on the water whenever she can. In the summertime she soaks up the Muskoka lifestyle with golf, boating, dock time and bbq’s while in the winter she’s snowboarding or taking fresh winter walks.
Kim knows that her honest, open communication with her clients, as well as her knowledge of the Muskoka area and lifestyle, is the key to success for everyone involved. She effortlessly fosters trust, reliability, and professionalism. Kim accomplishes what you expect, and more so, what you deserve.
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Kim can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 705-788-4894