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Tidying Up for Property Managers: How to KonMari Your Property Operations

Tidying Up for Property Managers: How to KonMari Your Property Operations
Like millions of Americans, I’ve gotten sucked into Netflix’s crazy-popular show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. If you haven’t heard of it, you are probably living under a rock, or maybe a big pile of clutter.  The show features Japanese tidying guru, Marie Kondo, as she visits American families whose homes are in disarray. Marie, with the assistance of her translator, helps families declutter using her self-named KonMari method.  In a nutshell, KonMari is about getting rid of items that don’t “spark joy.” The items you select to keep are organized by category (instead of by room) and with specific methods that optimize the home.  The results are life-changing. Kondo believes that clutter and unnecessary objects weighs down one’s ability to lead a joyful and productive life. Each episode illustrates how decluttering allows the show participants to lead happier lives and be more present and focused on what matters to them. This strangely-addicting show compelled me to purge unnecessary items from my home and up my organization game. I can attest that letting go of things that don’t spark joy has been hugely satisfying. So much so that it’s inspired me to apply Marie Kondo’s principles to other areas of life.  Since we work with property management professionals, I’ve thought of a few ways they can clear the clutter, and become more productive and joyful in their day-to-day lives. Here are a few areas to start:   Cut back on paper checks and increase online rent payment utilization One of Marie Kondo’s tidying rules is to min......
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“Baby It’s Cold Outside…” No Seriously, My Utilities Aren’t Working

“Baby It’s Cold Outside…” No Seriously, My Utilities Aren’t Working
Winter is here, and with winter comes an array of holiday, seasonal cheer. Housewarming music fills the radio, along with every decoration imaginable. With all the hot cocoa, pine cone wreaths, and sparkly trees, comes an expectation for comfortable living. I mean “comfortable living” in the sense that your heater works on your day off, because there is no better way to ruin holiday cheer than by anchoring yourself to a single spot on the couch with a mountain of blankets so high there are people forming a line to see what the view is like from the top. Addressing common utility issues that accompany cold weather now, rather than waiting until you're getting emergency maintenance calls at 2 a.m., ensures that your site staff gets to enjoy the holidays. Inform the Residents We all lived through the magic that was Frozen over the last year, but in order to avoid a similar experience for your residents, helping them understand some basic preventative maintenance can go a long way. While sub-freezing temperatures can lead to an increased risk of burst pipes, according to the Weather Channel1, 20 degrees is the magic number where the likelihood dramatically increases. But unlike Anna and the rest of Arendelle, you can teach your residents some tricks to help combat the freezing temperatures. Turning faucets on to a slow drip can help prevent pipes from freezing, and keeping thermostats at temperatures above 60 degrees, even when residents leave town, can help prevent frozen pipes as well. In add......
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