Five Easy Tricks to Help Get Your Home Organized

As the cold starts to thaw and warm weather is just around the corner, it is almost time for spring cleaning! Since this year was one spent almost entirely in the house, there is no doubt that shelves, corners and closets have started accumulating piles of miscellaneous items, growing larger each month. Spring cleaning is a perfect way to make your home feel fresh, organized and overall more enjoyable to live in!

Here are five helpful tips for organizing your home!

Create a Homebase

Now that your house is an office, a classroom and a home, now more than ever it is important to make sure nothing gets lost in the shuffle! To make things easy, create a homebase where you keep sticky pads, a calendar and a pen, so that you never have to go searching when you need them. In order to save space, using adhesive pockets on the inside of cabinet doors is a great solution to keeping countertops clear and still having one central location to keep track of important dates and tasks.

Opt for Drawer Organizers

Get the most out of your drawer spaces by using drawer organizers! Though it may seem easier to just throw things in one large open drawer space, dividers actually help make the space more manageable and productive to use. Dividers allow you to see all of the items at once, as opposed to having to dig around for what you need, and mixing and matching different sized organizers allows you to make sure everything has a place when you need to find something.

Learn to File Fold

One of the most popular organization hacks right now is file folding! File folding is a type of fold that allows you to stack your items upright and in a line compared to piling your items on top of one another. This allows you to be able to see everything at one time without having to dig under piles for what you are looking for. You can use this method all throughout your home with your clothes, dish towels, sheets, and bath towels! If you want to take it a step further, you can use file folding to easily color code your drawers and shelves as well!

Switch to Clear Containers

Kitchen counters and pantry spaces are always subject to clutter and disorganization, clear containers are a simple and easy fix to help get things in order. Clear containers allow you to see at a glance your food storage, making it easier to grab what you need without much fuss. For your kitchen counters, using clear containers to store and neatly arrange treats can add a little style to your kitchen space as well!

Designate a Drop Zone

We all have that corner next to the front door where things like shoes, umbrellas, shopping bags, jackets and other miscellaneous items end up in a jumbled mess, creating a “drop zone” is the perfect way to help keep it controlled! Once you designate a spot that works best for your “drop zone” make the most of the space by incorporating a storage bin, shoe rack or shelves to keep your space organized when you are on the move!

Take advantage of your spring cleaning to get organized and get the most out of your home!

Five Puget Sound Destinations to Visit

When you buy a home, you are also buying the area. Most of my clients are looking to the Puget Sound to find their perfect nook around the vast waters. I figured I could offer some incredible must-stop spots to explore and connect with local communities in the Puget Sound. These five Puget Sound destinations to visit will knock your socks off!

Separating Whidbey Island from Fidalgo Island, Deception Pass is one of the most beautiful, and slightly terrifying, state parks in the Puget Sound. This destination is most famous for its high bridges that provide a spectacular view of the water. If you’re looking to explore the area on foot, getting down to the sound does not come as a challenge. Here lies jaw-dropping cliffs, secluded beaches, and immersive hikes for an all around wonderful PNW experience.

On the Puget Sound, the Point Defiance Park is a hot spot for locals and tourist alike. This park offers various hiking trails that restrict vehicles during certain times of the day for a truly enchanting experience. Another notable feature of this park would be its accessibility. In the last blog, we talked about scenic hikes, but what if you’re not a hiker? Point Defiance Park has it all offering two five-mile drive loops. This means that vehicles can drive through nature and enjoy the outdoors from the comfort of their own vehicle.

Coming into Spring, the weather is assumed to start warming up. Though, this doesn’t take away from the fact that warming up in the Puget Sound hovers around the 50’s. If your lovely home doesn’t include a hot tub, I may have the spot for you. Located in Port Angeles, the Olympic Hot Springs consists of 21 hot springs. These hot springs are surrounded by luscious rainforests making them the perfect sanctuary to destress.

The San Juan islands are a unique set of neighboring islands with rich cultures and communities.  Though these islands offer many different adventures, Lopez Island stands out from the crowd. There are many museums, shops, and cafes located on the island though it is most notable for its cycling. Starting in April, Lopez Island offers four routes at 5, 12, 17, and 31 miles. Whatever your pace, the “Tour de Lopez” is an invigorating experience you can’t miss out on!

Four Scenic Winter Hikes in Washington State

One of the best things about Washington State is that there is no off-season for outdoor recreation! When it comes to hiking, many favorite trails are open in the winter months, providing hikers with a completely new experience to the surrounding landscape compared to the summer.

Here are four of the best winter hikes around the state!

Palouse Falls State Park
Eastern Washington

Travel the 1.2-mile gravel loop around the canyon to enjoy every view of this beautiful frozen waterfall! To make the most of this winter spot, take advantage of the short trail and make it a sunset hike, enjoying the magic of the sun setting over the canyon rim. The trailhead starts at Palouse Falls State Park in Franklin County and is classified as moderate difficulty with an elevation gain of 50-200 feet.

Sol Duc Falls
Olympic National Park

Starting at the North Side of Olympic National Park, this short 1.6-mile out-and-back trail does not disappoint! One of the best parts about this location is that it is situated in a rainforest, so it remains open mostly all year long. Though hikers may not find snow, this trail provides the rainforest experience, waterfalls and even hot springs at a nearby resort! With the difficulty level classified as easy and an elevation gain of 200 feet, is the perfect spot for families and first-time hikers!

Gold Creek Pond
Snoqualmie Pass

Located in the Snoqualmie Pass area of the Cascade Mountains, this short loop has a 2.3 miles out-and-back trail that is a great spot for scenic winter views of the lake and surrounding evergreens! Because of the elevation level, this trail is almost guaranteed to have snow all winter long. With 100 feet of elevation gain and a difficulty level classified as easy, this is the perfect place for snowshoeing beginners!

Lake Wenatchee State Park
East Stevens Pass

With a classified difficulty level of very easy, a trail length of about half a mile and less than 50 feet elevation, our easiest hike on the list does not disappoint when it comes to winter scenery! Located in East Stevens Pass, Lake Wenatchee State Park provides breath-taking views of a snow and ice-covered Emerald Island located in the middle of the lake! Though the trail is easy, be sure to bring a backpack to keep your hands free to climb over a few rocks and fallen trees.

Safety First

Proper preparation for any outdoor activity is always of the utmost importance, so make sure to pack the following essentials:

  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flashlight
  • Water and food supplies

Happy hiking!