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Practical Tips to Declutter Your Home (and Keep It That Way)

As more of us become aware of the fact that we might have too much stuff laying around, decluttering has gone from an occasional chore to a lifestyle trend. This is a positive shift, especially given the global problems caused by waste, but it can be difficult to know how to go about it. 

The facts are, a less cluttered house can reduce your stress and lead to a happier life according to clinical psychologist Jaime Zuckerman. Not only is it good for your mental health, it can also be good for your wallet as decluttering and taking care of cleaning and tidying projects can actually increase your home appraisal.

Some people call in “decluttering experts,” but the truth is that unless you have a hoarding situation on your hands, you don’t need this service. Courtesy of The Licata Group, here are some tips for how you can minimize and declutter on your own. 

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Pick a Decluttering Strategy

If you don’t know where to start with decluttering, there are many existing strategies you can use. These range from the now-famous KonMari method of sorting and decluttering possessions to the Minimalist Game, where you get rid of an increasing number of things based on the day of the month. Pick one that seems doable for you, and you may find the structure of a defined method helps you actually follow through.

Make Plans for Getting Rid of Stuff

What do you do with the bags of stuff you’ve decided to get rid of? Whether you’re going to the recycling center or a charity, know exactly when, where, and how you’ll tackle things. Alternatively, arrange a pick-up from an organization that offers that service. 

Additionally, if you have any large, bulky items you no longer need, consider hiring junk haulers to properly dispose of them. In addition to appliances, professional removal services will handle things like mattresses, carpeting, and furniture. What’s more, they’ll make sure these items end up where they belong, whether it’s a junkyard or a local recycling center.

Hack Your Storage Space

Some of us aren’t blessed with a lot of storage space, even post-declutter. Luckily, there are organization hacks to help you with every room in the house. Use under-bed space in the bedroom, invest in furniture and decor that doubles as storage (such as trunks and ottomans), and use narrow spaces (like the one between your fridge and cabinet) to install vertical storage. And if you want to spruce up those shelves and drawers, use removable wallpaper, which you can find in a number of modern looks. This is also a good solution since it’s easy to swap out designs whenever the mood strikes you.

Set Up a Cleaning Schedule

Now that your home is looking tidy and clutter-free, it’s time to keep it clean. Set a regular cleaning schedule — and then stick to it. For some, this could mean setting aside Sunday mornings for cleaning; for others, a weekly schedule with a couple of small daily tasks is easier. Just make sure it fits with your routine and you can actually picture yourself doing it. 

Control Your Buying

According to the Atlantic, Americans bought an average of 66 garments in 2017. Are spending habits like these part of why you had to declutter in the first place? If so, you need to re-evaluate this, or you will end up with a cluttered closet again in a matter of months. 

You don’t have to go full minimalist or swear to never buy anything again, but you can learn to buy less stuff. Buy good-quality items that last longer, remove temptations like email mailing lists and free delivery subscriptions, and buy only items that you have a planned, concrete use for. 

The act of decluttering itself can be fun and exhilarating. It feels great to see a home that feels cleaner, tidier, and more relaxing. Realistically, the hardest part is keeping things that way. The secret to effective decluttering is not to approach it as a one-time exercise, but as a gradual change in your consumer and home maintenance habits. Over time, you will start to value the long-term comfort and ease of a clutter-free home over the intense (but brief) rush of buying and acquiring new stuff.

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Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Fredericksburg, Stafford, Orange, Locust Grove, Northern Virginia, or even Maryland or DC, we are your Real Estate team committed to finding the perfect home for you! Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar, and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, one of our area expert advisors will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available properties, please visit our website licatagroup.com

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Why Moving from DC to Orange County, VA After Retirement is a Good Idea

Why moving from DC to Orange County, VA, after retirement is a good idea?

Are you planning to move out of Washington DC? If you are, we recommend you consider moving to Orange County, Virginia. If you are looking for an active area filled with beautiful landscapes, this is the place for you. Orange county is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful spots in the entire United States of America. The majority of Orange County inhabitants own their houses. It is home to many families, young professionals, and retirees. This area is excellent for retirees because it is very peaceful, yet it offers an abundance of fun activities, making it one of the most desired places to move to. This article will show you why moving from DC to Orange County, VA, after retirement is a good idea!

There is a lot to do in Orange County

The county is full of period cottages you can rent or buy. These cottages carry the rustic spirit of Orange County and its history. They date back to the 19th century but were renovated to accommodate the modern lifestyle requirements. Experts from Allstate Moving and Storage have had many clients who either rent or have bought these cottages. Living in them will give you a feeling that you moved back into the past, which can be great for history lovers! 

The area has numerous small breweries and wineries

Since the area has beautiful plains and hillsides, it is no surprise that it is rich in agricultural goods. Also, beer and wine lovers will have an opportunity to try to produce their favorite beverages. If you like experiencing new things, Orange County is the right place for you. There are plenty of breweries and wineries for you to explore. Moreover, many of them organize events and wine or beer tastings. This is just one of the many things to do in Orange County

Grapes and two wine glasses next to a small barrel
Orange County is full of terrific small wineries.

Orange County has beautiful historical sights

Orange County and its surroundings are great for history lovers. The area is scattered with lots of historical places and sights. If you like the historical sites in DC, you will love Orange County since it offers a different side of history to explore.

Barboursville Ruins

A great place to visit after you move to Orange County is the ruins of Governor Barbour’s mansion. In 1884, the house was wrecked by a big fire, so it’s just a historical site today. The estate is a great place to visit and get a feel of how the Governor lived back in the day. 

James Madison’s Montpelier

James Madison’s home is also in Orange County. The father of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights enjoyed the beautiful sights of this place. You can visit this fantastic estate and go on a guided tour of the property, which we highly recommend.

Outdoor activities

The area is filled with magical scenery and beautiful places to hike through and enjoy what nature gave us! There are many spots perfect for picnics. You can combine multiple activities and go for a hike through the Lake of the Woods, searching for the best place to have a picnic and enjoy some of the local wines. It’s a lovely place to live in, and it is excellent for retirement because of the variety of outdoor activities.

Senior man looking through binoculars, showing why moving from DC to Orange County, VA, after retirement is a good idea
There are plenty of different outdoor activities to do in Orange County.

Farmer’s Markets

If you like cooking, you will love farmer’s markets in Orange County. In the spring, you can forget about canned goods in your pantry and replace them with fresh ones. Since the area is rich with fields, most of the products you find on farmer’s markets are locally produced. Moreover, the products are as fresh as they can be. These markets are also a great place to meet new people that share your passion. You can exchange some recipes or ideas with them! If you arent into cooking, but you love gardening, you will think that you are in heaven when you visit the farmer’s markets. Many people sell a wide variety of different plants and beautiful flowers for you to enjoy. Gardening is a great hobby to take up when you move to Orange County.

Moving to Orange County VA after you retire

Orange County has a lot of very popular and high-quality places for retirees. It’s not only due to the slow pace of life but also nature and the fantastic weather. The county also offers excellent healthcare availability and affordability. The most desirable places for retirees are the ones that are near the amenities of big cities and with the best medical facilities. If you seek good value for your money, Orange County offers some of the most affordable property prices in the state, including the properties in senior communities. When moving as a retiree, you must get the assistance you can completely rely on and trust. The movers you hire will handle all of your belongings and take care of the complete process. This will make your move less stressful, and you will be able to enjoy Orange County right away!

Gazebo near a lake
Moving from DC to Orange County, VA, after retirement is an excellent idea if you like peaceful places!

In conclusion

The county is an amazing place to move to after retirement. With this many activities and incredible scenery, it is probably one of the best places to move to the USA. Orange County is ideal if you want to live in a small town with a country feel. Moreover, you can find multiple senior communities in Orange County. And if you are still unsure why moving from DC to Orange County, VA, after retirement is a good idea, come for a visit and see for yourself! 

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Fredericksburg, Stafford, Orange, Locust Grove, Northern Virginia, or even Maryland or DC, we are your Real Estate team committed to finding the perfect home for you! Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar, and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, one of our area expert advisors will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available properties, please visit our website licatagroup.com

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Join us every Tuesday at 11 AM EST on our Facebook page for Licata Live, where you can ask questions to different members of our team every week!

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Fredericksburg, Stafford, Orange, Locust Grove, Northern Virginia, or even Maryland or DC, we are your Real Estate team committed to finding the perfect home for you! Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar, and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, one of our area expert advisors will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

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LOW Veterans Club Honor Deceased on Memorial Day

written by: Fred Pulis, Member, LOW Veterans Club

As the nation gets ready to celebrate Memorial Day on Monday, May 31, the LOW Veterans Club will provide an impressive outside ceremony honoring those individuals who have died on military active duty during service to their country.  The approximately one-hour event starting at noon at the flagpole in front of the Lake of the Woods Clubhouse will feature several ways of recognizing those individuals who paid the ultimate price of their lives for their country.

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day on May 5, 1868 because it was a day to decorate the graves of lost loved ones.  Subsequently the name was changed to Memorial Day and was declared to be a national holiday honoring the men and women who died while serving in the United States military. 

LOW residents and their guests are invited to witness the true meaning of Memorial Day.  Some of the patriotic events include proper raising and lowering of the American Flag, reading of the names of the LOW veterans who died in 2020, description of the historic meaning of Memorial Day, and the presentation of the wreath.  Also, newly assigned LOW Veterans Club bugler, Tom Ackman, is a member of the “Buglers Across America” will perform taps. 

In the spirit and intent of honoring fallen armed forces personnel the LOW Veterans Club recommends the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) a nonprofit organization that funded the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall located in Washington, DC.  VVMF has created an In Memory plaque which contains names of the Vietnam veterans who have lost their lives as a result of their service in Vietnam.

Veterans so honored who have succumbed to:  Exposure to Agent Orange; PTSD/Suicide; Cancer; Diabetes; Heart Disease, and Parkinson ’s disease.  For more information contact VVMF at InMemory@vvmf.org.    

For further information about the LOW Veterans Club and its activities, please contact club president Mike Ferguson at 571-972-5313 or email him at colmferguson@msn.com.

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by home owners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

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New Waterfront Listing! 2405 Lakeview Pkwy in Lake of the Woods, VA Offered at $359,900

You will just fall in love with this adorable home and it’s beautiful lake view! Kitchen has granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. Walk out onto the deck from Master bedroom to enjoy the view of the lake! A private, gated, secured community, Lake of the Woods offers anything and everything you could possibly want. Home to two lakes (the 550 acre main lake and a 35 acre “fishing lake”), a golf course, an equestrian center, a fire and rescue department, and a church all within the gates, Lake of the Woods simply has it all.

Whether your passion is boating, water skiing, kayaking, golfing, horseback riding, or simply taking in the breathtaking views from the clubhouse while enjoying a fabulous meal, from your own deck or yard, or from one of the beaches, you won’t be disappointed! Perhaps you’d like a game of bridge or volunteering your time and talents…Lake of the Woods offers more than 60 clubs and/or organizations from which you may choose to become involved. Located in Orange County, we are fortunate to enjoy low real estate taxes. Coupled with home prices ranging from the mid-$100,000 to over $2,000,000, Lake of the Woods is the perfect community for both full-time residents, as well as weekenders. But don’t take my word for it, please come see for yourself! I will gladly give you a tour of Lake of the Woods by boat and by car so that you may experience why I love Lake of the Woods! If you would like more information about this property, be sure to click here!

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by home owners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

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Absolutely Gorgeous Home in Culpeper, VA! 2041 Magnolia Circle Now SOLD!!

Welcome home to this spectacular colonial home in Magnolia Green! This beautiful Rome model built in 2015 welcomes you with fantastic curb appeal, a charming front porch and stone accents. From the stunning open floor plan to the upgraded finishes, you will be wowed. The gleaming hardwood floors greet you at the door and take you throughout much of the first level of this home including a large gourmet kitchen and sun room. For more info about this listing, be sure to Click Here!

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Fredericksburg, Stafford, Orange, Locust Grove, Culpeper, Norther Virginia or even Maryland or DC, we are your Real Estate team committed to finding the perfect home for you! Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar, and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, one of our area expert advisors will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available properties, please visit our website licatagroup.com

Culpeper Museum Annual Dino-Walk Happening On September 12th!

Get ready to walk in the footsteps of prehistoric giants! The Museum of Culpeper History will be holding the annual Dino-Walk on September 12th at the Luck Stone Quarry in Culpeper! Here you’ll discover the largest concentration of footprints made by dinosaurs in North America! Vehicle passes will be available for purchase starting June 1st for hourly timed tours that start at 8AM. Each pass will permit entry of one vehicle with as many people that can be safely filled in it. Passes can be purchased through Eventbrite, and if sold out, be sure to click the “Join Waitlist” button. This is a wonderful opportunity to see where dinosaurs roamed the earth and left their marks for the whole world to see!

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Fredericksburg, Stafford, Orange, Locust Grove, Culpeper, Northern Virginia or even Maryland or DC, we are your Real Estate team committed to finding the perfect home for you! Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar, and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, one of our area expert advisors will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

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2020 Downtown Culpeper Carnival Happening on Saturday, February 22nd!

Are you ready to party? If not then you best get ready, because the 2020 Downtown Culpeper Carnival is almost here! Happening on Saturday, February 22nd from 10 AM – 8 PM, you’ll have an absolute blast as you celebrate Mardi Gras with all your friends and neighbors. Enjoy live music, New Orleans inspired food, face painting, performing artists, costume performers and more! While celebrating, be sure to take the opportunity to explore the historical area of Downtown Culpeper and see what all the festival has to offer. This is a great, family fun event that is sure to make this celebration one to remember! For more updates and information about the event, be sure to Click Here! Laissez les bon temps rouler!

 Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Fredericksburg, Stafford, Orange, Locust Grove, Culpeper, Norther Virginia or even Maryland or DC, we are your Real Estate team committed to finding the perfect home for you! Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar, and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, one of our area expert advisors will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

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Lonesome River Band Coming to Grass Rootes in Culpeper on January 31st!

Have you been aching to hear some quality bluegrass music? If so, then grab your friends and family, and head on down to Grass Rootes in Culpeper to see The Lonesome River Band on Friday, January 31st from 7PM-11PM! Having been around for 37 years, this award-winning band has performed on some of the most famous stages, such as the Grand Ole Opry, as well as headlined for some of the biggest concerts and festivals around! Any true bluegrass fan young or old will recognize their unique and iconic sound, so be sure to not miss your chance of seeing them up close!

There will only be 100 tickets sold on this amazing night, so be sure not to miss your chance! The doors will open at 7PM, and the band will promptly start at 7:30 PM. They will play two 45-minute sets with an intermission between lasting about 20 minutes. Special VIP tickets can be purchased which will grant you a seat within the first two rows, as well as signed poster by the band, a VIP laminate and an invitation to the 6PM pre-party! VIP tickets are very limited. This will truly be a night to remember, so don’t miss your chance to be a part of it! For more information be sure to Click Here!

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Fredericksburg, Stafford, Orange, Locust Grove, Norther Virginia or even Maryland or DC, we are your Real Estate team committed to finding the perfect home for you! Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar, and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, one of our area expert advisors will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available properties, please visit our website licatagroup.com

3rd Annual Turkey Bowl on Saturday, 11/9 at Lakeside Title & Escrow!

Lakeside Title is hosting its 3rd Annual Turkey Bowl to benefit the Wilderness Food Pantry on Saturday 11/9 from 11 AM – 3 PM at the Lakeside Title & Escrow parking lot! Enjoy face painting, a moon bounce, raffles with amazing prizes, a cake walk, music and much more! Make sure to participate in the bake sale, and pick up some delectable goodies! Don’t forget to enter in the Turkey Bowl for a chance to win your Thanksgiving turkey, or your choice from a selection of baked goods. This is a perfect opportunity to spend some time with the community, and help raise money for those in need. If you would like to learn more, or find out how you can help donate good, be sure to Click Here!

 Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Fredericksburg, Stafford, Orange, Locust Grove, Norther Virginia or even Maryland or DC, we are your Real Estate team committed to finding the perfect home for you! Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar, and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, one of our area expert advisors will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available properties, please visit our website licatagroup.com