Hello, 2023! This month, we welcome the New Year and all of the resolutions, new beginnings, and adventures that are to come. 2023 is also a great opportunity to reflect on the past year and reset our intentions. In this month’s newsletter, we’re kicking off January with a list of home resolutions that you can actually keep. We also cover local events and happenings taking place around the Greater Sacramento area. And finally, we take a closer look at expert real estate market predictions.
Are you experiencing the “winter blues”? You’re not alone…It’s easy to feel a little down after a lively month of food, festivities, and fun finally comes to an end…But rest assured, you can still enjoy January and start the year off strong! We’ve scoured the area to find a fantastic lineup of performances, sporting events, culinary experiences, and activities taking place in and around the Greater Sacramento area.
Local Events & Happenings:
Now until January 16 (Select Days): Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink
Now through January 15 (Select Days): Folsom District Ice Rink
Now through January 15 (Select Days): Frozen Musical at SAFE Credit Union Performing Arts Center
January 3 through April (Select Days) Crocker Art Museum Presents Lee Alexander McQueen & Ann Ray
January 7-8: SacAnime Winter 2023
January 7-8: Jurassic Quest at Cal Expo
January 7-8: Hot Tub & Swim Spa Blowout Expo
January 13-22: Dine Downtown
January 17: Theresa Caputo at SAFE Credit Union Performing Arts Center
January 19-22: International Sportsman’s Expo at Cal Expo
January 21: George Lopez at the Hard Rock Sacramento
January 23: Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera: Beethoven’s Eroica at SAFE Credit Union Performing Arts Center
January 27-29: Monster Jam at Golden One Center
January 28-29: Great Train Show at Cal Expo
January 29: 8th Annual Sacramento Chocolate Salon 2023
February 3-5: Northern California Home & Landscape Expo at Cal Expo
Now that the holidays have come and gone, decluttering the home is first on the list for many this year! Not sure how to get started? Start out small and organize one room at a time…It can be daunting thinking about decluttering the entire home. Another good rule of thumb is to sort items into three separate piles as you go through each room: keep, donate, and throw. This will help get rid of the clutter immediately.
Once you’ve boxed up donations and tossed other items in the trash or recycling, it’s time to begin the organization process. Below are some helpful tips, tricks, and gadgets to get your home organized in no time!
Think of your entryway as your home’s first impression. No one wants to walk into a disaster zone after getting home from a long day. An organized entryway will make leaving and entering the house a breeze. Here’s how you can create a welcoming space.
Make a Good First Impression: Keep the entrance of your home clean by placing doormats at entryways and providing a space for shoes. This stylish shoe rack and this storage bench are not only ideal for storing things, but they’re also great decor items for the entryway.
Store Away the Clutter: Is your entryway currently a dumping ground for hats, umbrellas, and small bags? Invest in these stylish baskets or bins so that you can easily store hats, umbrellas, small bags, and more. Short on space? Add entry hooks for your belongings.
Have a System in Place: Can’t find your keys or that important letter? Keep your keys and mail all in one place with this hanging organizer.
Make Your Kitchen the Heart of the Home:
Often referred to as the heart of the home, the kitchen is synonymous with delicious meals, lasting memories, and connecting with family and friends. But if your kitchen is a hot mess, you might avoid cooking and entertaining altogether. Here are some simple ways to get this space back into shape for 2023.
Get Creative with Your Cupboards: If your cupboards are crammed with dated cereals, baking ingredients, and snacks, invest in these airtight food storage containers. It’s a great way to clear out the cupboards and they’re aesthetically pleasing.
Free Up the Fridge: Next, it’s time to tackle the fridge. Gain back a bit of shelve space (and peace of mind) with these refrigerator organizer drawersthat can be attached to any fridge. The clear design ensures that you always know what’s inside and it makes it easier to take inventory of food before grocery shopping.
Organize Your Tupperware: Are your drawers packed with mismatching Tupperware lids and containers? Invest in this food container lid organizer. Trust us when we say it’s a lifesaver and helps with clutter.
Check Your Cabinets: Digging through your cabinets to find the blender in the back is so 2022…This pull-out drawer makes it easy to get to your favorite small appliances in no time.
Add to Your Sink Space: Is your kitchen sink covered in cookware? Keep your cookware in check with this expandable organizer—you can even order extra wires to tailor it to your kitchen.
Think Vertically: Are your cabinets packed with dishes? Take advantage of vertical cabinet space by snagging this expandable kitchen shelf.
Spice, Spice Baby: Are spices taking over your kitchen? A tiered turntable will help to get your pantry organized, and it makes finding what you need a cinch.
Don’t Neglect the Dishes: If you have lots of dishes and not a lot of space, this over-sink dish drying rack is just what you need to take back control over your kitchen.
Take Your Family Room to New Heights:
Your family room should be a welcoming space where you and your loved ones can come together. If it’s a bit messy, that’s ok! Now is a great time to go through all of those DVDs, magazines, books, and old remotes and get rid of the things that no longer serve you. It’s also the perfect time to swap out any seasonal decor…like those holiday decorations that might still be up. Below are some of our favorite ways that you can elevate this space.
Add Accent Pieces that Double as Storage: Choose a fun accent piece that can help remove clutter like this magazine rack or this media console with shelves.
Utilize Your Furniture: If you have a sofa or coffee table with built-in storage, store those extra magazines, books, or TV gadgets in there.
Put the Focus on Your Built-Ins: Utilize built-ins or bookcases and decorate them with plants, artwork, or photos that would otherwise clutter the space.
Keep the Clutter at Bay: Do you have a hall closet near the family room? Don’t forget to utilize that space! You can replace a closet rod with shelves to double or triple the amount of closet storage and add woven baskets or hanging accessories to keep the clutter at bay.
Create a Kid-Designated Area: Is your child’s clutter taking up too much space in the family room? Get creative by establishing a kid-friendly corner! Incorporate rolling carts to house all of their books and art supplies, as well as hanging shelves and a miniature desk set.
Create a Dreamy Bathroom Space:
Bathrooms can come with a lot of stuff. From cleaning solutions and self-care products to brushes and blowdryers, there can be a lot crammed into one small space. And to make things worse, many bathrooms are not equipped with adequate storage solutions. If you’re looking to create a more peaceful and organized bathroom space, try incorporating one of the below tips.
Make Use of Your Counter Space: Use cosmetic bathroom organizers to easily store your makeup, toiletries, perfumes, jewelry, and more. You can also incorporate these stylish corner shelves for a sleek look.
Use Your Wall Space: Short on space? Add floating bathroom shelves to store toilet paper, artwork, plants, and towels. And don’t forget about the inside of your shower! A shower caddy will help organize your soaps, shampoo, conditioner, razors, and loofas.
Think Stylish and Functional: These Apothecary jars add a nice touch to any bathroom. Plus, they can be used to store cotton balls, Q-tips, and dental floss.
Organize Your Cupboards and Drawers: Make use of your bathroom cupboards by organizing items in small storage baskets or sliding basketsunder the sink.
Boost Your Bedroom with These Organizing Hacks:
Transform any messy bedroom into a personal retreat by incorporating some of these organizational and de-cluttering tips.
Reimagine Your Nightstand: If you have a smaller bedroom it’s time to think vertical. Using a bookshelf nightstand instead of the traditional pillow-height nightstand can help you keep more items nearby. Don’t have enough bedtime items to fill a nightstand? Opt for a floating bedside shelf nightstand!
What’s Under the Bed?: Utilize your under-bed storage space with these rolling storage containers, which can store books, seasonal clothing, extra bedsheets, and more!
Small Closet Problems: No room in the closet? Free up space with an over-the-door or floating shoe organizer.
Out with the Old, In with the New: It’s time to do a closet sweep and donate any clothing, shoes, or items that you no longer wish to keep. These closet organizers and racks will help create additional space in your closet.
Avoid Disastrous Drawers: These closet drawer organizers make staying organized a breeze and help you find items in a hurry.
Don’t Leave Your Belts and Purses Hanging: Keep your belts and purses all in one place with this hanging organizer.
New Year, New Garage:
Between the bikes, golf clubs, and all of the tools, there’s usually not much room left in the garage for actual cars. But a few smart space tricks are all you need to help you regain some extra square footage. Get organized in no time with these garage storage hacks.
Bring on the Bins: One of the easiest ways to gain extra space is to have a storage system in place. Think lockers, a rolling workbench, or these plastic bins.
Organize Your Power Tools: Not sure where to store all of those power tools? This tool organizer saves you space (just mount it to your wall) and keeps everything all in one place.
Make the Most of Your Wall Space: Install tracks that can turn any wall into an extra storage opportunity!
Mount Your Bikes: Leaning them against a wall just won’t cut it (even with a kickstand). This steel rack, which comes in sizes big enough for a family, installs in minutes.
Don’t Neglect Your Outerwear: Keep your jackets, coats, and hats more organized by installing a heavy-duty metal coat rack.
Invest in a Tool Tower: Invest in this tool tower to keep shovels, brooms, and rakes upright and out of the way.
Think Onwards and Upwards: No floor space? No problem. Hang storage bins overhead and never trip over your stuff again.
Store Your Sports Gear: Balls and sports equipment can take up a lot of space…This sports gear organizer keeps all your balls, rackets, and jackets in one place.
The last three years in the housing market have been a whirlwind with fluctuating mortgage rates, inventory, and more. So what does the housing market have in store for us this year? Here are five expert predictions for the 2023 housing market, according to Money.
Be sure to check back next month for a local market update.