So these fall and winter months have brought out a surprising number of people looking to buy a home in Silver Spring.

Some have been renting and are now buying their first home; others are looking for more space in a nearby community. Usually, this time of year is slower as kids are settled in school and the holidays have us entertaining and shopping.

One thing I hear a lot is how daunting it is to imagine clearing things out of their current home that are packed away in closets and storage—things that haven’t been used for years, and no time to get to them.

For those of you who are considering selling your home, this is one of the first things that need to be tackled. It can be done. You just need a plan and you may need help because, let’s face it, everyone is busy.

I’ve worked with space organizers who can help you pack and store what you want and arrange for unwanted items to be sold or go to a charity. You give them guidance and go off to your 9 to 5. They are easy to work with and easy to have around.

Bottom line, you can do this. But don’t pack the dog.

Guest post and photo from Melinda Schnare, a real estate agent with RLAH Real Estate.

Mike Diegel

Co-Founder/Editor at Source of the Spring
Mike Diegel, a founding member of Source of the Spring, is a Silver Spring advocate who has been appointed by the county executive to several committees and task forces. He currently is a member of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee. His background is in journalism and he earned a bachelor of arts in communications from McDaniel College. He is self-employed as a communications consultant and is an active volunteer with Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue. He has lived for more than 20 years in Northwood/Four Corners with his wife Trish and multiple Great Pyrenees dogs. He is better known around Silver Spring as the Guy with the Big White Dogs.
Clearing Out Closets and Packing Up