IF you’ve heard of Western Minimalism or Japanese KonMari, you know that these are principles that promote happiness through living with fewer possessions and eliminating clutter. These intentional -lifestyles allow only items that make you happy and are useful to live in your home. By eliminating clutter, or things that don’t bring you joy, you’ll experience less stress and have more time and money to spend.
The applications of “less is more” to home ownership and home selling are obvious. With less clutter, your home will be cozier, easier to navigate, show better to homebuyers, easier to keep straight, and easier to pack up when you sell.
The most disorganized areas in your home are typically closets, countertops and drawers. Here are a few tips to make decluttering faster and easier:
Start small, one closet or drawer at a time.
Assign a specific place for every item in the appropriate room.
Organize so that you can see at a glance what is available in every storage space, from kitchen cabinets to dresser drawers.
Fold sweaters and socks vertically so you can see every item.
Use marked containers for small, miscellaneous or boxed items.
Keep only beautiful, favorite or currently useful items.
Don’t let guilt force you to keep anything you don’t want, such as gifts or expensive items you don’t like. Instead, offer these items to people you know or donate them.
Remove donations and discards from the house the same day.
A good real estate agent will sell your home, but a GREAT REALTOR® will guide you through the process of preparing your home for a quicker sale, maximizing the aesthetic and visual values and increasing your opportunities for achieving the best possible price in the least amount of time.
To learn how I can achieve this with you, please contact me for an informal no-pressure meeting over a coffee or tea, (on me!).
Jeff Drayer was born in Wisconsin, but moved at a young age with his two younger sisters and parents, to far North Dallas in 1989, where he’s called home ever since. Jeff graduated from J.J. Pearce High school in Richardson, TX, while playing on the golf team, and went on to complete four years of college at Southern Methodist University, earning a business degree in Management Information Systems, while also being a member of Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity.
Jeff started his career following in his father’s footsteps at Accenture, a technology consulting firm, and then moved on to join a few other technology firms doing contract work. It was during these roles and projects that Jeff’s interest in real estate began and he started out as an investor, buying middle income residential homes in 2006, acquiring 1-2 homes per year and remodeling them, with the goal of holding them long term and creating a steady passive rental income. Jeff took full advantage during the economic downtown of 2008-2012 to add several foreclosure properties to his portfolio, in great neighborhoods across Dallas & Collin Counties. His motto, “Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful”, has proved to be wise investment advice. He now maintains and manages 8 rental properties, has 1 owner-financed property and also invests passively in commercial real estate ventures with a local real estate investment firm in Dallas that has produced steady returns. In Jeff’s words, “Real estate investment provides the three C’s – Control, Consistency and Cash flow.” Jeff has also gone on to get his real estate sales license to help everyone, including friends, family and current tenants, with their real estate buying, selling and leasing needs. His patience and detailed nature, along with his knowledge of home remodeling, is an asset to his clients.
In his free time outside of real estate, Jeff enjoys working out and playing golf and tennis, along with having a passion for IndyCar & Formula 1 racing. Jeff also likes to spend time with his wife Penelope, who grew up in France and works as a dentist, and their cat Whiskey. Jeff and Penelope both enjoy supporting local charity functions, traveling, dining out and going to Dallas Mavericks and Texas Rangers games. They are also excited to welcome the birth of their first child, a girl, in November 2016.