JoAnn Asselin | Westfield Real Estate, Agawam Real Estate, West Springfield Real Estate


Do you find yourself searching through your closet for a big event and still feel like you have nothing to wear? It may be time to filter through the wardrobe you've acquired and rid your closet of things you just don't wear anymore.

What should I keep? 

Going through the years of clothes you’ve collected can be a week-long task. Start by filtering through your possessions in sections. Start with shoes, then shirts, and so on. Although it may be time-consuming, consider trying on each item and looking at yourself in the mirror. Some of the things you're holding onto may not even fit you anymore. If it no longer fits or is no longer your style, toss it in a donation bag.

Another thing to be on the look for is damage. Does a piece have a stain, a missing button, or a small tear? If so, it's time to let go of it. You should also think back to the last time the item you wore it. If you haven't used the outfit in the past year, it's most likely time to let go.

Breaking the attachment. 

You may be holding onto a particular item in hopes of having an occasion to wear it. Keeping "just in case" things can take up space in your closet that you could utilize for pieces you can use regularly. Eliminate unused pieces by only keeping one outfit per occasion. You can also minimalize your wardrobe by only keeping items that are versatile. For example, keep clothing items that can be dressed up or worn casually. Choose to keep clothing items that are colors you’re already comfortable wearing. If it makes you uncomfortable when you try it on, it'll most likely stay hidden away in your closet. Break the attachment on clothing you hope to wear one day by keeping items you genuinely love seeing on yourself.

The Maybe Box. 

Purging your closest of unworn items may be scary because at one point in your life you've gotten rid of something and then later regretted it. If you're having a hard time letting go of an item because of fear of missing it, create a maybe box. Toss these types of articles into a box and set a deadline on when to get rid of them. For example, set a deadline for two months from now. If you do not think of any of these items in that period, then it's time to say goodbye to them. If you do happen to reach for a particular item in the box, then keep it. 

Saying goodbye to clothing you've accumulated over the years can be tough. We sometimes feel an attachment to clothing because of the memories associated with them. By getting rid of old items, you're making room for making new memories. If you're having a hard time filtering through your closet, call a local professional home organizer in your area for assistance.


Children are adorable creatures, but sometimes they may make you hit the ceiling. Like when? Well, like when they use a crayon to draw caricatures of Sponge Bob on your wall. In such situations, it's important to keep a cool head. There is no need for yelling or spanking anyone; there are ways to remove crayons from walls easily. Before you use any method on this post, make sure your test is on a small area of the wall to make sure it won't spoil your wall or paint. Here are a few of them: 

Toothpaste 

Wait a minute... toothpaste? Yes, you read it correctly, toothpaste is not only for cleaning teeth or clearing acne. Toothpaste can be used to wipe away crayon marks from your wall. All you need to do is to squirt a non-gel toothpaste onto the wall and scrub it off with a brush. Wondering how this works? Well, toothpaste contains abrasives that will tackle the crayon marks as you scrub with the brush. This method is rigorous but effective if you don’t mind scrubbing.

Baking Soda 

Yes, the good old baking soda can get rid of the alphabets your kids wrote with crayon on your wall. For this procedure, get a damp cloth, dip it into a small amount of baking soda. Next, use the dampened washcloth to scrub the crayon marks on the wall gently. This method is effective and doesn't require too much scrubbing. 

WD-40 

This method works like magic. All you need is to get a can of WD-40, shake it properly and spray it on to the crayon doodles and leave it for some few minutes, preferably 5-7 minutes. Next, grab a clean rag and gently wipe off WD-40 off your wall and the crayon marks will wipe away with it.

Vinegar 

Vinegar is not only useful for cleaning the toilet, But It also works wonders too in removing crayon marks from walls. Get a toothbrush, dip it in vinegar and gently scrub off the crayon marks and wipe it clean with a microfiber cloth.

Water and Soap Combo 

This method is simple and effective. You'll need is a sponge and a bowl of hot water mixed with liquid. Plunge the sponge into the mixture and scrub off the crayon marks with it. So, if you have children who use your wall as their coloring book, no need to fret, just apply any of these methods.


Children. You love them with all your being. But the mess they can make of the house? Not so much. Keep reading for four tips on how to keep your home clean despite your children’s best efforts. You might even be able to get them to join in on the fun! 

1. Cleanup after playtime. Build the habit of cleaning up one set of toys before moving on to the next, this not only keeps the floor from becoming littered in toys but also makes cleaning up more manageable for little ones. A large mess can easily overwhelm small children and by cleaning up along the way you make the task easier for them to participate in.

2. Have an organizational system for corralling toys that works for you and more importantly your children. Make cleanup easy by storing toys in bins and baskets that toys can easily be tossed into. Cleanup is made even easier when you give everything a designated place so there isn’t a chance for toys to end up in organizational limbo. Do a walk through of the house sweep once little ones are in bed to ensure everything has been put in its place.

3. The easiest way to keep things clean is to minimize the amount of stuff you and your children own. Of course, this is harder to implement with little ones but regular clean outs of toys helps to balance the influx of toys that come during holidays and birthdays. Include kiddos in on the process to pick out their favorites and get them excited to donate toys to other children. You can put some toys in storage and swap them out regularly throughout the year to minimize the amount kept in the home and reignite your child’s interest in them as well.

4. Create regular routines around the house to instill clean up habits in your child early on. Create designated areas around the house for play time, quiet time or even homework. This helps children adjust to focus on the task at hand as well as prevent toys from ending up all over the house. By keeping a routine time of day to do a  household chore you’ll also teach little ones the importance of having work ethic around the home. You can even involve curious kiddos in the chore by buying them a child-sized broom or vacuum to “help”. 

Keeping a tidy home with little ones in the house isn’t the easiest of tasks. But by minimizing the amount of stuff you own and instilling a regular clean up habits you can keep on top of messes. You can even create some fond memories and bonding time with your child by including them in on the fun. Happy cleaning!