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May 29, 2020

10 Awesome Products Made Locally in South Carolina

One of the best things about Charleston is the people in it. All of us are unique in our own way & each has incredible talents. Because of that, there are so many wonderful products made in South Carolina. We at Team Lail-Chambers love to shop locally for as many things as we can. This can be food, house items, clothing items, & more. While there are many local shops, not all of them supply items made in South Carolina. If you are looking to truly shop local, read on to see our top 10 items made here in South Carolina. 

Food Products Made in South Carolina

Charleston Tea Plantation ~ This tea plantation has been supplying us with “hugs in mugs” for ages. After a revitalization of the area & plantation, the Charleston Tea Plantation makes delicious tea & is the only commercial tea plantation in the United States. Hop on a tour & see where the tea is grown. Then head over to Firefly Distillery where you can enjoy alcoholic beverages featuring this local delicacy. 

Sweeteeth ~ There is nothing better than a piece of chocolate to end a meal. If you enjoy hand-crafted chocolate, you will love Sweeteeth. Head chocolate maker, Johnny Battles, made a name for himself in the community with these delicious treats. So, be sure to stop by EVO Pizzeria in North Charleston, where these candies are sold, to check out all of the flavors with their unique names.

Gullah Gourmet ~ If you know anything about Charleston, you know our history dates back hundreds of years. Over time the traditional Gullah recipes have been handed down. Today, you can taste the fantastic flavors right in your own home. Have a look at the many Gullah Gourmet products, perfect for yourself or a friend!

Olde Colony Bakery ~ One food item made in South Carolina that everyone has come to love is the benne wafer. Lightly sweet & crunchy, they are perfect for a snack or a dessert. Be sure to check out their online store to see all the goodies they have for you!

Home Products Made in South Carolina

Rewind Candles ~ These candles can be found in just about every Charleston home. It all started with a guy who didn’t like seeing wine & champagne bottles go to waste. So, he came up with scents that were similar to the notes you tasted in wine such as Merlot, Champagne, & Pinot Grigio. These sweet-smelling decorations are heavenly & will make your home smell inviting. 

Glass EcoCountertops ~ We all like to put a personal touch on our homes. Most of us also hate seeing anything wasted. These countertops are so unique made from epoxy & recycled glass. They are heat resistant & are very easy to take care of, & leave your home looking beautiful!

Sweetgrass Baskets ~ Of all of the products made in South Carolina, sweetgrass baskets are the most iconic. There are so many places to find stalls filled with this handiwork. The best place to go, however, is the Charleston City Market where you can purchase handmade roses, baskets & décor.

Joggling Boards ~ These fun seats adorn many a front porch here in the South. Enjoyable for all ages, they are a perfect addition to your home. They come in a variety of sizes & can hold many people & are perfect for parties, relaxing, & sunset gazing.

Landrum Tables ~ If you are looking for a table to last the ages, have a look at the handcrafted Landrum Tables. Using reclaimed wood & made here in Charleston, they are simple, stunning, & will last generations. 

Clothing Made in South Carolina

Brackish ~ Stepping up the bow-tie game here in the Lowcountry is Brackish. All of their bow ties are made by hand from feathers. This will give your look a unique edge. They come in a multitude of colors & are the perfect addition to your outfit. 

We hope that this list of products made in South Carolina will encourage you to shop locally. Having amazing local craftsmen is one of the reasons why so many people enjoy shopping in Charleston. For many, a single trip here will have them falling in love & moving here. If you are looking for a home in the Charleston area, consider letting Team Lail-Chambers help you. We have our finger on the pulse here in Charleston & can help you find exactly what you are looking for. Contact us today & begin the search for your next Charleston home!

May 22, 2020

6 Romantic Charleston Restaurants

Charleston is plentiful in options whenever you are looking for romantic dining, & if you consider yourself a hopeless romantic, you will fall in love with these intimate, fine dining restaurants here in Charleston, South Carolina. 

Here Are 6 Romantic Charleston Restaurant Suggestions

Charleston Grill. We start here as this one was named as the Most Romantic Restaurant in the U.S. for 2019 by TripAdvisor, & we AGREE! This particular establishment also received a Four-Star Award by Forbes & AAA Four Diamond Award. If you like smooth jazz, timeless elegance & delicious desserts, then make your reservations with Charleston Grill.

Peninsula Grill.  A Four-Diamond & Four-Star restaurant located in the Historic District of Charleston is next on our list. Arrive in time to witness the traditional lighting of the carriage lanterns at dusk. The Palmetto trees will illuminate, & tealights will flicker. This atmosphere is rich in romance.

Muse Restaurant & Wine Bar. Known as Charleston’s little secret on Society Street. It’s set in a historic home that draws an eclectic crowd of both locals & tourists. It is a beautiful Italian restaurant with a wide array of wine choices, fine dining & balcony seating; this is a superb spot to celebrate date nights & anniversaries. 

Chez Nous. This place offers its patrons a cozy atmosphere with candlelit tables located away from busy King Street, in a historic Charleston home that was built in 1835. This is the place to try if you like food from Southern France, Northern Italy, & Northern Spain. They also prepare all of their dishes with fresh LOCAL ingredients.

Husk Restaurant. We love their motto, “Historic Roots, Modern Disposition.” Husk is centrally located in Historic downtown Charleston on Queen Street. If you are looking for a romantic candlelit dinner & to try food that’s a little different from traditional fare, then this is the place to accomplish that. It receives rave reviews & is described as serving “Southern soul food.”

Circa 1886 Restaurant. Located in the carriage house of the beautiful, & historic, Wentworth Mansion, Circa 1886 offers romance & charm to visitors with its rustic décor & fabulous cuisine. The food is described as a modern take on the Lowcountry’s classic dining.  

Call Infinity Realty for Great Deals on Houses Near Downtown Charleston. If you’re looking for a great house in Charleston ~ perhaps one close to these fine dining restaurants ~ then call Team Lail-Chambers today. Our team of realtors led by Bob Chambers & Pheobe Lail-Chambers have the knowledge & expertise to find you a home that fits your taste, budget, & family. We can’t wait to match you to your perfect home, so don’t delay & call today!  

 

Posted in Charleston food
May 13, 2020

Live on the Wild Side: Three of the Best Places to Visit in Charleston for All Animal Lovers

 

Charleston, South Carolina is a beautiful city & one of the ways it stays beautiful is its dedication to maintaining natural wildlife. There are many great places in Charleston as well as events that help preserve & protect our greater surrounding area. They all offer unique experiences, but ultimately they serve to protect our animals & natural habitats alike! These places are perfect to take your family to or your special someone. Here are a few of the great places in Charleston that you’ll love to spend the day at:

 

Charles Towne Landing Animal Forest 

Just a short drive from Downtown Charleston, Charles Towne Landing is the ultimate go-to for all ages. With 80 acres of beautiful landscape, you can enjoy a leisurely stroll or rent a bicycle to cover more ground & see all that this amazing "blast from the past" has to offer. However, what is guaranteed to be the biggest crowd pleaser of all is the Animal Forest. With Pumas, Bison & Bears, oh my! It is the only zoo in the Charleston area & allows you to view wildlife living in a more natural habitat. With 22 acres to cover, you are sure to become the next Steve Irwin!

 

South Carolina Aquarium

Who doesn’t love a trip to the aquarium? So wouldn’t it be cool to come to an aquarium that’s near the ocean & has a ton of live, actual sea life? We think so, too! That’s why we love the South Carolina Aquarium. When you come here, you’ll find no shortage of fascinating sea exhibits & educational events, including the Sea Turtle Care Center.  Did you know that every species of sea turtle is endangered?  Thanks to a partnership with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the Care Center works to protect & heal injured Sea Turtles. Now, with their newest exhibit, visitors to the aquarium get an in-depth look at how it all works. You’ll learn what kind of tanks the turtles need, how they are rehabilitated, & what kind of effort goes into acquiring them. They also let them go once they’re better! 

 

Southeastern Wildlife Expo

This Southeastern Wildlife Expo focuses on the beauty & spirit of wildlife as well as the importance of preserving nature. Each year in February, the celebrations take place & with event categories such as art displays, a chef demo, sporting & fishing events, as well as kid’s experiences, you're guaranteed to find something everyone in your group will want to attend.

 

Live on the Wild Side & Call Infinity Realty Today!

Are you interested in visiting these attractions whenever you want? Then you may want to consider moving to Charleston! When you call Team Lail-Chambers you can get connected to your perfect Charleston home. We have homes all over the Lowcountry, including close by these amazing attractions. Our team of experts has the Lowcountry knowledge to fit you with the home of your dreams. We work with you to find a home that fits your budget, taste & lifestyle. Don’t delay, give us a call today!

 

 

May 7, 2020

Take Your Furry Friend to the Best Charleston Dog Parks

Are you looking for some fun for you & your furry friend? Is your pup bored, stuck inside, staring out the window or have no place to run? Then why not spend a day outside & head over to one of the many Charleston dog parks? There are so many great spots in the area that are pet-friendly & perfect for spending time outdoors with your forever friend. Want to know more? Here are some of the best Charleston, South Carolina dog parks in the area. 

 

Please note that all of these parks require your dog to be leashed.

 

The Best Charleston, South Carolina Dog Parks

 

Brittlebank Park

Next to the Joe Riley Stadium along the Ashley River, Brittlebank Park offers plenty of wide space for your dog to run around. There’s also a nearby playground for the kids, so feel free to bring the whole family. Your dog will love how much there is to explore at the Park, & you’ll love the gorgeous riverside views & sunsets!

 

Battery Park

White Point Gardens at Battery Park ~ more commonly known as “The Battery” ~ is a popular recreational area for local Charleston residents. You’ll be able to walk on the waterfront with your dog, staring out at the nearby Fort Sumter. There’s also a beautiful gazebo in the middle of the park, & plenty of trees for your dog to explore! Take a short walk up the street & gaze at all the beautiful, & majestic, architecture. No better place for you & your dog to get some local Charleston flavor. 

 

James Island County Park

Do you like hiking trails? That’s one of the many things you can do when you take your dog to the James Island County Park. Your pup will love exploring all the new territory & you can breathe in all that fresh air! The park also offers an off-leash area for your furry friend to run around with new friends as well as a pond to jump into & cool off in. Of course there are other fun activities for the rest of the family as well. The kids can cool off at the local water park & there may even be time for disc golf or kayaking!

 

Folly Beach County Park 

Charleston is famous as a coastal town, so what better place to take the pup than Folly Beach? Please note that dogs are not allowed on the beach between 10 AM & 6 PM during peak beach season (May to September). All other times though? Go for it! Whether digging in sand or splashing in the ocean, your dog is sure to have a summer blast!

 

Call Infinity Realty to Get a Great Deal on a House

When you decide to move to Charleston, you need a realtor that can get you the best deal on a house for you & your beloved pets. That's why you should make the call to Team Lail-Chambers. Our team of experts led by Bob Chambers & Pheobe Lail-Chambers are some of the most professional agents you’ll encounter & will give you the easiest home-buying experience imaginable. We can help you determine your top priorities & find a place that accommodates both your tastes & your budget. Our staff knows the Lowcountry well & is acquainted with all of the facilities, resources, & services available in each community. We’ll make sure to fit you with a home you’ll love!

 

April 29, 2020

Information About Charleston Boat Landings for Boat Owners

It’s well known by now that Charleston, South Carolina is a beautiful waterfront city. Whether you’re sailing down the Ashley River, spotting dolphins on a Charleston Harbor Cruise or riding out to Morris Island with your family and friends, there’s no better place for an excursion than Charleston’s water ways. The city of Charleston knows that many visitors and locals enjoy coming here to spend time on a boat and because of that, there are many Charleston boat landings located throughout the area. No matter where you are, there is a boat landing nearby for you. Here’s some more information for boat owners, and aspiring boat owners, looking to make the most of their time in Charleston. 

 

How Many Boat Landings Are There?

There are nineteen public boat landings throughout the Charleston area. Each one is maintained by the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission. However, while the Recreation Commission maintains the boat landings, they are not staffed, so be aware of that before you set off on your boating adventure. We have compiled a brief summary of boat landings that might be closest to you, depending on what area of the lowcountry you reside in, but you can find a full list here.

 

Charleston Boat Landings

 

North Charleston

The only boat landing in North Charleston is the WO Thomas Jr. landing, which is on the Ashley River. 

 

James Island and Johns Island

James Island has three landings for ICW/Elliot Cut, Stono River, and ICW/Wappoo Creek. Johns Island has two landings for ICW/Stono River and Bohicket Creek. 

 

Folly Beach

Continuing on from James Island, you’ll arrive in the Folly Beach area. Folly Beach only has one boat landing, where you can explore Folly River. 

 

Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant has four boat landings: Remley’s Point and Paradise boat landing where you can explore the Wando River, Shem Creek’s boat landing, as well as Gadsonville’s which allows you to float down the Copahee Sound.

 

Directions to These Boat Landings

The Charleston County Parks website offers directions to the various boat landings in the areas we’ve described, as well as some others. You can also learn a little bit more about each landing, how many ramps it has, and whether they have amenities like parking spots and restrooms! Happy boating!

 

Call Team Lail-Chambers for a Perfect Charleston Home

It’s fun to take a boat out on the water and wouldn’t you like to do it whenever you wanted?! You can make that dream a reality when you make Charleston your permanent home. When you’re ready to move to the lowcountry, be sure to give a call to Team Lail-Chambers. Our team of experts led by Bob Chambers and Pheobe Lail-Chambers has the lowcountry knowledge to fit you with the home of your dreams — whether it’s downtown, Mt. Pleasant, Summerville, or anywhere else in Charleston! We work with you to find a home that fits your budget, taste and lifestyle, and you can bet we can fit you with a home that can also house your boat! We can’t wait to help you. Don’t delay, give us a call today!

 

April 22, 2020

Here are Four Reasons You Should Move to Park Circle, North Charleston

Spend enough time house hunting and you’ll find hundreds of charming, up-and-coming neighborhoods in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. You know, those “must live” places where all the neighbors seem happy, children are playing in their front yards and riding their bicycles on the sidewalk, and every home seems more beautiful than the last. Well, those neighborhoods can be found in the Park Circle area as well! Have you heard about Park Circle, North Charleston? It’s a pristine and popular neighborhood, and in quite demand! If you’re looking to move to South Carolina, here are four great reasons to move to Park Circle!

 

Butterfly Garden

Not far from the local community center, you’ll encounter the Park Circle Butterfly Garden. Don’t be fooled by its size. What it lacks in square mileage, it makes up for in charm and peace of mind. Have a sit in the middle of the garden on any day, but especially make sure to visit in the spring and fall. That’s peak butterfly season! After you’ve had your fill of nature, take a short walk over to the nearby North Charleston farmers market. You’re sure to find something special, a handcrafted treasure that you can only get here in the Lowcountry!

 

Old House Charm 

As a whole, Charleston is brimming with beautiful, historic houses. Park Circle is no different! In fact, it was named one of the “Best Old House Neighborhoods” by This Old House Magazine. The neighborhood boasts wonderful architectural diversity, in addition to its historical roots. And the charm of the buildings is reflected in the warm, welcoming personalities of their residents. Park Circle is a place where everybody truly feels at home.

 

Park Circle Restaurants 

This neighborhood, by far, has some of the best restaurants in the Lowcountry! Commonhouse Aleworks, EVO Pizzeria, Lotus Vietnamese Cuisine, Sesame Burgers & Beer, DIG in the Park, and The CODfather are just a few to name. No matter what your family is craving there is a restaurant to appease all palates, including even the pickiest of them. And the best thing is they all neighbor one another making your foodie venture even easier!

 

St. Patrick’s Day Block Party

Did you think that Savannah was the biggest St. Patrick’s Day blowout city in the Southeast? Think again! The St. Patrick’s Day Block Party has become an annual Charleston tradition. It features live music, face painting, activities for kids, and even a mechanical bull. There’s also a parade to kick things off! Do St. Patrick’s Day right next year and bring the family to the best block party in the Lowcountry. If you are living in Park Circle, you’ll only be a short walk away!

 

Infinity Realty Can Set You Up in the Perfect Neighborhood

We know you want to buy a home in Park Circle, North Charleston. It has everything you can possibly want in a Lowcountry neighborhood. When you decide to move, make the call to Team Lail-Chambers. Our team of experts led by Bob Chambers and Pheobe Lail-Chambers are some the most professional agents you’ll encounter, and will give you the easiest home-buying experience imaginable. We can help you determine your top priorities and find a place that accommodates both your tastes and your budget. Our staff knows the Lowcountry well and is acquainted with all of the facilities, resources, and services available in each community. We’ll make sure to fit you with a home you’ll love!

 

 

April 15, 2020

Try These Patio Ideas to Really Spruce Up Your Living Space

One of our favorite things to do in Charleston, South Carolina is relax on the patio and enjoy the evening air. With summer right around the corner, there’s no better time to spruce up your patio! A beautiful, well-kept patio not only makes your house look great for you, but your guests will be begging to come over whenever they can. It’s also a great way to add re-sell value to your home, and so many of these patio ideas can be completed on a budget! Here are some great, easy patio ideas to take your home from simple to sophisticated! 

 

4 Awesome and Easy Ideas to Spruce up Your Patio:

 

A Living Fence

A living fence is a super easy idea to make your patio feel like an enchanted garden as it offers agricultural beauty to your property. This effect can be done quite easily by “training” and trimming your trees to grow how you want. It’s a little time consuming at first, since you have to keep on top of trimming the branches as they grow, but the effect is magnificent! Your guests, and neighbors, will be sure to notice the effort you put into it. 

 

Get Creative with Seating

Adirondack chairs have become all the rage in recent years but Wicker chairs are fairly cheap and have that classic, southern backyard feel. Or, to really make your backyard patio stand out, experiment with new kinds of seating. Work with the space you have, such as an L-shaped wooden bench. Or, buy some cheap concrete blocks and make a bench, which you can then decorate with a comfortable seating top and pillows. Why go traditional when you can put your own personal style on things? 

 

Lighting

Lighting can absolutely make or break the atmosphere of your patio, and there are a ton of exterior lighting ideas for you to try. So many of them are budget friendly too! String up patio lights, or Chinese Lanterns. Or, set out safe candles. The warm, inviting glow will make your patio Pinterest worthy and will keep everyone coming back for more!

 

Gardens and Garden Stones

Those of you with a green thumb will love taking care of a garden in your front and back yard. If you don’t have a green thumb, then you can always fake one! Buy easy-to-manage flowers, such as Daylilies or Cosmos, and set out some accent stones in the area. You’ll look like you spent hours and hours of work on it, when really it was a breeze! 

 

Call Infinity Realty to Help Sell Your Home

If you’re looking to sell your home (and its magnificent new yard) or want to buy a new home in the Charleston area, call Team Lail-Chambers. Our team of experts led by Bob Chambers and Pheobe Lail-Chambers are some the most professional agents you’ll encounter, and will give you the easiest home-buying experience imaginable. We can help you determine your top priorities and find a place that accommodates both your tastes and your budget. Our staff knows the Lowcountry well and is acquainted with all of the facilities, resources, and services available in each community. We’ll make sure to fit you with a home you’ll love!

 

 

April 8, 2020

Wondering What the Difference is for Charleston vs. Savannah? There’s No Comparison!

 

If you’re thinking of moving to either Charleston, South Carolina or Savannah, Georgia, you may find yourself wondering how different they might be. Both cities are known for their historic buildings & landscapes, their southern charm & their delectable cuisine! However, here are some things to consider when weighing the option of Charleston vs. Savannah. 

 

Charleston, SC vs. Savannah, GA:

 

High Diversity

Although both cities are highly diverse, Charleston, South Carolina offers an incredible amount of rich culture that means lots of exposure to great music, food, & festivals. Our music venues include the North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center, The Music Farm, The Charleston Pour House, & Charleston Music Hall, just to name a few! Our city also hosts the annual High Water Music Festival.

 

Young Demographic

A big factor in young people moving is how young the demographic is. This is especially important for young families, who want to make sure they can still get out & get social, & their kids have friends their own age. Thanks to the presence of the College of Charleston & The Citadel, as well as the city’s natural beauty, Charleston is a popular youth spot of both college students & young professionals. So, there will be no shortage of young people for young families to get to know!

 

Great Brunch

Charleston & Savannah are also both famous for something else: fantastic brunch! Brunch is one of the most popular social events, & Charleston has turned it into an art form. Each Sunday, you will find patrons enjoying breakfast cocktails, mouth-watering entrees, & socializing on beautiful, southern days while out on the patios. Some of our favorite places to brunch include The Park Café, Lost Dog Café, Fat Hen, Triangle Char & Bar, Obstinate Daughter, Prohibition, Bay Street Biergarten & Page’s Okra Grill.

 

History!

Both cities are known for their rich southern history, however in Charleston, you can take a tour through our streets via horse carriage! There’s also tons of old-timey architecture. Not to mention the nearby Fort Sumter that’s only a short, but beautiful, boat ride away! There’s no shortage of great, interesting things to do when you move to Charleston. 

 

Team Lail-Chambers Can Get You a Great Deal on a Charleston House!

 

Savannah is a wonderful city, but those looking for a similar experience will love moving to Charleston. If you’re looking to come to Charleston, then contact Team Lail-Chambers today. Our team of experts led by Bob Chambers & Pheobe Lail-Chambers are some the most professional agents you’ll encounter & will give you the easiest home-buying experience imaginable. We can help you determine your top priorities & find a place that accommodates both your preferences & your expenses. Our staff knows the Lowcountry well & is acquainted with all of the facilities, resources, & services available in each community. We’ll make sure to fit you with a home you’ll love!

 

April 1, 2020

Learn About the Top Companies in Charleston, SC

 

Charleston, South Carolina is a progressive city that offers a lot of job opportunities. From Food and Beverage to Industrial, there is something here for everyone. Combine that with the nice weather and people gather from every direction to come live in our wonderful city. If you’re thinking about moving to Charleston, SC and wondering what opportunities are offered, here are some of the top companies in Charleston, South Carolina. 

 

If you looking for help buying property in the lowcountry, call Team Lail-Chambers to help you find the best deals. We’ll help make sure your home buying experience is seamless!

What Are the Top Companies in Charleston, SC? 

 

Boeing

Talk to the locals for a while and you’ll quickly learn that Boeing is the largest company here in Charleston. With a massive headquarters located close to the Charleston International Airport, it’s a common site to see a line of cars heading through the front gate as employees begin their day. This company is perfect for aeronautical engineers, and their large headquarters means there’s plenty of blue-collar and administrative jobs as well. 

 

Blackbaud Inc.

Blackbaud Inc.is also one of Charleston’s largest companies with around 2,100 employees. The company’s focus is on the intersection of technology and social work. They look for new trends and work on developing powerful software to help advance the “social good.” Blackbaud Inc. was founded in 1981 and is located on beautiful, Daniel Island so if you are a software developer who longs to do more with your talent, this company could be great fit for you. 

 

South State Bank

South State Bank, based in South Carolina, is a heavyweight contender in the financial industry and employs over 2,200 people and counting.  They are known for hiring very diverse demographic backgrounds and bring in nearly $500 million annually. They have also received recognition in high retention rates for their employees. So if you have a background in, or interest in, business management, accounting, or financing, this could be a perfect match for you!

 

Team Lail-Chambers has the Answers for Living and Working in Charleston!

Real Estate is another popular job in Charleston, and you can bet that Team Lail-Chambers is one of the top companies in the area! If you’re looking for the right Charleston neighborhood to fit your taste and budget, then contact us today. Our team of experts led by Bob Chambers and Pheobe Lail-Chambers are some the most professional agents you’ll encounter, and will give you the easiest home-buying experience imaginable. We can help you determine your top priorities and find a place that accommodates both your preferences and your expenses. Our staff knows the Lowcountry well and is acquainted with all of the facilities, resources, and services available in each community. We’ll make sure to fit you with a home you’ll love!

 

 

Posted in home owners
March 31, 2020

Charleston April 2020: Calendar of To-Do Lists

 

As you’ve probably heard, President Trump recently announced that the practice of Social Distancing will remain intact until the end of April. Schools, parks, beaches and much more will remain closed during this time, so what can you do to pass the time?

 

You know that “to-do list” you’ve had sitting in your junk drawer collecting dust? Well, now is the time to tackle it and we’ve created a week-by-week, Homebound Calendar of Events in hopes to take your lemons and turn them into a delicious lemonade!

Week 1: Clean Out and Organize Your Closets

Are your closets full of clothes that you haven’t worn in months, or worse, years? Do you have clothes stored in the attic or your garage? If so, it may be time to get rid of them, and here are some tips and tricks on how to do so:

  • Create Piles: Keep, Toss, Donate and Sell
    • Keep clothes that both fit and that you would purchase again today
    • Toss the clothes that have holes, stains, etc.
    • Donate clothes that are well kept but you no longer want
    • Sell gently used, name brand clothes, on platforms such as Facebook Marketplace, Ebay, Poshmark and Curtsy.
  • Ask yourself these questions while cleaning out your closet:
    • Do I really need it?
    • Do I already have something like it?
    • Will I wear it often?
    • Can I pair it with multiple items in my closet?
    • Will I still love it next month?
  • If you struggle to donate or toss away any particular items that you are second guessing, keep them in your closet (for now), and after you’ve worn it, turn the ones you’re hesitant about throwing out backwards. Then after 6 months, if the hanger is still backwards, donate/toss/sell.

 Week 2: De-Clutter Your Cabinets, Pantries and Drawers, oh my!

This one can seem overwhelming but is totally doable!  First, create a list. List the drawers, cabinets and pantries that you are interested in tackling this week.  Then, break each one down into days. This will make the list appear less intimidating. Now, here are a few things to be on the lookout for:

  • Excess coffee mugs that you no longer use, or want to use
  • Extra plastic containers that do not have lids
  • Multiple vases
  • Paper receipts that you no longer need
  • Old magazines, unless you’re the centerfold
  • Junk mail
  • Seldom used beauty products, or expired ones. Yes, make-up does have expiration dates.
  • Old or broken electronics
  • Unused toys and games
  • Socks without a mate
  • Cookbooks
  • Old medication (prescribed and over the counter). But, please dispose properly!
  • Extra linens that you no longer use
  • Unused baking pans and dishware
  • Duplicate grooming products
  • Old, or broken, reading glasses
  • DVDs, CDs, Cassette Tapes (RIP), that you no longer need or use
  • Expired condiments
  • Dried out markers and pens
  • Expired coupons
  • Books you will not re-read
  • Old paint
  • Excess canned goods (now is the perfect time to donate if still good!)

Week 3: Tackle the Car & Garage

The weather has been a little up and down these days but overall, it’s been treating us to nice enough days to play outside in our yards and to tackle outdoor projects without breaking too much of a sweat.  So why not use this time to soak up some Vitamin D, get some fresh air and multi-task while doing so?

 

I mean, honestly, when is the last time you sprayed out your recycling bins and trash cans?  Is your garage organized or have you allowed it to become the Museum of Natural Hoarding? So, let’s get to it!  Here are a few tips on what you can do:

  • We’re going to use the same tip as from Week 2. Break sections of your garage down into certain days so it is less intimidating.
  • Start with the surface level. Grab a trash bag and start tossing things that you no longer want, need, or that serve a purpose.
  • Keep a few empty boxes on hand for items you can donate or sell
  • Find storage solutions that work for you: shelves, bins, etc. You can still find stores that will deliver these items for you so that you can practice safe social distancing.
  • Seal cracks and repair hazards
  • Dust, wash, clean and paint

Once you’re finished with the garage, it’s now time to tackle the inside, and outside, of your car!

  • This can be a fun, family activity!  Kids love playing in water on warm, southern days, so have the family throw on their swimsuits and get to scrubbing!
  • Cleaning the inside can also be an adventure!  Who can find the most loose change under the seats?!

Week 4: Tackle the Flowerbeds and Yard 

By this time, pollen should be far less aggressive and should allow you a more enjoyable day outside to tend to your flowers and yard! Not only can this activity be therapeutic, it can allow you to inspire your nearby neighbors and passerby’s to do the same to their yards!

 

However, it is highly recommended that any items needed to complete any projects be ordered online for delivery, or for quick pick-up!

 

Now! Imagine this:  

Life is finally back to “normal.” You’re back at the office, leaving to pick up the kids from swim lessons or camp.  You’re driving around town, running errands, in your polished, clean car, you pull up to your house, you open the garage, and whoa! You can actually fit your vehicle in there now!  You grab groceries out the back and store them into your newly organized pantries and refrigerator, you head upstairs to your clean bedroom and you smile. You smile knowing that although these last weeks had been uncustomary, they allowed you to spend more quality time with your family, they allowed you to prioritize things that matter, and they allowed you to restore, reflect, re-organize and re-energize!

 

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