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If you’ve got your house ready to show but you’re still living in it, things will invariably end up out of place. Take 15-20 minutes and follow the checklist below to make sure everything’s in shape before you leave your house for a showing.

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Security/Valuables:

  • Keep all keys, mail, and documents with personal information out of sight.
  • Store alcohol and prescription drugs out of view, preferably in a locking cabinet.
  • Password protect desktop computers, lock up laptops or take with you.
  • Lock up small valuables like jewelry, watches, mp3 players, tablets, etc.

Cleanliness/Clutter:

  • Remove dishes from the sink.
  • Clear counters and tables, store small kitchen appliances out of sight
  • Rinse sinks, tubs, showers, and toilets clean.
  • Store toiletries in cabinets or drawers, straighten hanging towels.
  • Place laundry in covered hampers or otherwise out of view.

Kids/Pets:

  • Put toys away – have a bin at the ready for quick pick-ups.
  • Secure pets in kennels or preferably out of the house.

Tip – get into the habit of running through this list before you leave the house every morning so you won’t need to worry if someone wants schedule a tour while you’re at work.

We love Househappy’s home state of Oregon and we love Design*Sponge, so when we saw that they did a roundup of the state’s best homes, you can bet we were excited. Many of the homes that made the list are in Portland, too, so we’re definitely a little envious of these digs.

Source: Design*Sponge

What makes us happy at home? Houzz.com asked more than 6,000 people just that—and the results are fascinating.

  • 87 percent said that their home design impacts their overall happiness.
  • Big windows and comfortable furniture top the list—74 percent and 70 percent, respectively.
  • Men are more than twice as likely to derive happiness from a big-screen TV than women.
  • Overall, homeowners are happiest in rooms that are clean, organized, and comfortable.
  • Rural homeowners prefer the sounds of wildlife, while suburbanites love to hear the conversations among children and family members. City dwellers dig music the most.
  • 15% say the kitchen is their happy place.
  • Being surrounded by immediate family is preferred.

Source: Houzz

Illustration: Alice Stevenson