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Winter Clean-up

By Dill Ward, January 13, 2021

Between rainy days and occasional snow-pocalypses, winter time brings a number of days indoors. I know that one of my least favorite feelings come from seeing a pile of old devices or opening that drawer that has all the “I-don’t-know-what-this-is” bits. I have long theorized that homes have a “black-hole” space, one nook or closet of any home which hosts so many “some-day” items or scraps, that you don’t wish to spend too much time there because you know that the scientific constraints of time consumed while investigating these collections begins to defy our understanding.

Undoubtedly, spring cleaning holds a space in our minds as a time for polishing up the interiors and exteriors of our homes, spring cleaning can only be made easier after taking a swing at stockpiled holiday decorations, inundated devices, and lingering craft/repair projects. Let’s get to it!

1: Decorations. Santas, lights, inflatables, ugly sweaters...

When you were putting together your festive displays, there was something that came across your reach which you decided wasn’t showing up this year. There’s a chance this isn’t the first year these items were overlooked, and every year you think “maybe next year”. Why do you hold on to it? Sentiment, guilt, value… Take a moment and contemplate these decorations. What holiday knick-knacks or decor sat out or got replaced this year? Does it need repair, or does it no longer serve you? Can you let it go?

2: Devices.

How many of us have a box labeled, old computers or old kitchen gadgets? I know that I’ve found an ice-cream maker days after having contemplated buying an ice-cream maker after watching an online clip showing how fun making ice-cream can be. Somewhere in your home is a device that is on the fringe of completely inundated use, how many days will you need to hold onto this device before the probability of using the device is overtaken by your likelihood of needing a more advanced version?

3: Craft Project Artifacts.

What crafty rabbit-holes have you dipped more than a toe into, just deep enough to acquire a tub of materials, adhesives, stains, paints, brushes..? Take a look around your craft room and collect the scrap pieces and see if any inspire a renewed interest in spending more time deepening your skills. Take a moment of confidence in aligning your ability to create more of what you make space for, what crafts will you undertake when you have space to embrace it. Can you make room in your home through releasing tubs of crafting supplies?

Deciding where to take your released belongings can be a fun adventure. In this realm, Google can be your friend, finding the nearest drop-off for variable items also comes with the joy of directing generosity. Some items are beyond reuse, and that is a line which you will have to draw for yourself.

Dill Ward

Principal Broker | OR


I'm a strategist at heart. Once we've got a clear vision on your goals I love drawing the road map how to get there. I'm a natural problem solver and resiliency is my superpower. I get excited by nudging you to see the bigger picture of your goals when the process can drag you down into the moment. I've been called by my clients as, "contagiously enthusiastic". Selling a home or taking the leap to buy is an exciting transition which can create other shifts and opportunities for you to take control of the direction of your life and discover the next version of yourself.


Negotiating was a skill I honed early in life, whether it was persuading for a later bedtime, or heading down to South Florida flea markets where my parents would encourage me to, "work a deal" on a comic book or a kitchen gadget. Even back then, I loved the thrill of asking for what I want.


For those of you who geek out about self development and personality tests, my "Strengths Finder" results are: Positivity, Strategic, Activator, Learner, and Ideation.

I LOVE PORTLAND! (and welcoming new people)

I relocated to Portland from Florida in 2010, and am grateful to have built an incredible life here in this weird city. It's always an honor to be a welcoming face and a warm smile to others arriving and looking for home.


Wait, is that a thing? I'm always thinking about real estate. I love wheeling and dealing! Before I was a REALTOR®, I started the journey as an investor. Fun fact: I helped an investment group flip over 100 properties my first 2 years in industry! I've had a rental portfolio for over 10 years and dabble in all areas of the industry. My speciality is the concierge level service we can deliver when someone wants to sell and let us take the wheel. My team and I love to work as project managers and orchestrate the 50 different vendors & contractors to make miracles happen in short amounts of time.


• My husband & biz-partner Nicholas. (He's a High Performance Coach & REALTOR® -- dreamy combo!), and our young daughter Nori. • Building Community! Check out Women who Own it, a monthly meetup community for women homeowners. • Offering networking opportunities, encouragement, and business coaching for women in business at Women with Moxie. • Spreading motivation and inspiration in the world through public speaking and event emceeing. • Finding ways to make people smile. Enough about me -- if you are still reading this far, i'm dying to know about you! Use my easy online scheduler and let's book a meeting! Buy, sell, just a get-to-know each other to possibly collaborate on some amazing project? Easy breezy!


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