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Minimalism and Tidying Up: Ways to Clear Up and Clutter Out

Categories: Community & Local Events, Home Buying, Homeowner tips | Posted: February 21, 2019

McGuinn Hybrid Homes Clear Up Clutter OutYou’ve probably been hearing a lot about home organization, particularly with the recent popularity of Marie Kondo, best-selling author and expert on decluttering (and who has proclaimed 2019 as “the year of tidying up”). Since your home is intended as your place of joy—and clutter disrupts it—the effort to seek peace in organization is a valuable one. McGuinn Hybrid Homes can help you with some suggestions for pursuing minimalism and tidying up. Follow these ways to clear up and clutter out your home.

Start with a goal.

Just like you wouldn’t build a home without a blueprint, you need a plan for your decluttering adventure. What do you want to achieve? Better organization? More space for other things (furniture, hobbies, a new baby)? A total cleansing of the past??

When you clearly understand your purpose, use it as your focal point. Weigh every choice against how it supports that mission.

Visualize your results.

Now that you know your goal, picture what you want your home to look like when you’re done. If you’re aiming for minimalist design, what do you want to do with the space you create? Minimalism isn’t just about reducing the clutter, but creating functional space. Everything you keep should provide purpose. As you go through the tidying and decluttering process, ask yourself how your possessions contribute to your new and improved decor.

Map out your route.

Depending on the amount of clutter you need to tackle, the process could take more than a few hours. Avoid the urge to wander through your home, randomly grabbing things. Instead, decide on a plan that keeps you focused on one space at a time—like the garage, bedroom closet, or kitchen cabinets. Don’t go on to anything else until one area is completed.

Purge with power.

Marie Kondo promotes the idea that everything should bring joy to your life. Anything less than that isn’t worth keeping. As you move from one clutter collection to another, be ruthless in your choices. If something has been tucked away in a box for months or years, it’s probably going to stay that way. A real treasure needs to be where it can be appreciated. Put it on a shelf, hang it on the wall—display it!

While you rid yourself of the excess, think about places that would welcome and use what you’re discarding. When you can rehome these pieces, you’ll feel a lot better about parting with them.

Here are some suggestions for purging with purpose:

  • Animal shelters welcome donations of towels, blankets, sheets, pillowcases, quilts, and other bedding.
  • Senior centers appreciate books, magazines, games, puzzles, and craft supplies.
  • Books for Soldiers is a great way to give your used books to our service men and women around the world.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and homeless shelters need clothing for people of all ages. BBBSA would also love your used sports equipment, games, and toys.
  • Shelters for victims of domestic violence in your community are helping families restart their lives. Any household items, clothing, and gently used toys are a big help.
  • Local thrift shops turn your discards into income that supports the charitable work of non-profit organizations.
  • Suiting Warriors dresses veterans for success, helping them return to the civilian workplace, so donate your suits and suitable interview clothing to this organization.
  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore sells donated household goods, furniture, building materials, and accessories, with the profits going to support their mission.

Peruse your donations carefully. Charities are not dumping sites. If your items are broken, stained, scratched, or just don’t work, don’t pass them along to busy volunteers. It’s okay to throw them out.

Once you finish decluttering and tidying up your home, it’s possible you discover that it no longer meets your lifestyle needs. You might be ready for something that offers low maintenance, like a townhome, which provides the spaciousness of a single-family home, without the exterior upkeep. McGuinn Hybrid Homes build communities of both new construction homes and townhomes throughout the Columbia, SC, area. With floor plans from just over 1,400 square feet to more than 3,600 square feet, we can build the energy-efficient home that gives you the minimalist or maximalist style you crave—and check out our move-in ready homes to see what’s available right now. Let’s find you a home that fits you just right!


Hometown Holiday Activities: What’s Happening Around Lake Carolina?

Categories: Community & Local Events | Posted: November 14, 2018

McGuinn Hybrid Homes Centennial Activities

Has the holiday spirit hit you yet? All of us at McGuinn Hybrid Homes are feeling it as we work with homeowners and in communities throughout the Columbia, SC, area. If you’re having trouble switching over to holiday mode, look for some hometown holiday activities to get you started. Here’s what’s happening around Lake Carolina and the Centennial area.

On Thanksgiving morning, get the turkey in the oven and head to the Lake Carolina Town Center for the Catch the Gobbler 5K Fun Run/Walk. You don’t have to pre-register. Just show up by 8:30 a.m., ready to work off some calories before the big feast.

There’s nothing like a local rivalry to get your heart pumping. Our local high schools have their Thanksgiving Day football match-ups. The Spring Valley Vikings take on the Richland Northeast Cavaliers, and the Westwood Redhawks battle the Blythewood Bengals. Whether or not you have high school students, a Thanksgiving Day game is a real spirit-booster!

Ready for some sparkle? Holiday Lights on the River is an annual spectacle that will surely spark your spirit. From November 30 through December 31 (except Christmas Eve and Christmas), venture over to Saluda Shoals Park East for a nightly show. More than 400 animated displays and a laser light show create a festival atmosphere. Toast marshmallows, make a craft, take a trip on the Saluda Shoals Park Train and down the Winter Wonder Ride Tube Slide. Santa makes a nightly appearance from December 14 to 23, before heading back to the North Pole for his annual ride.

On Saturday, December 8, Harborside Lights returns to the Lake Carolina Town Center. This annual holiday event features horse-drawn carriage rides, live music, and a festival of millions of twinkling lights. Roast marshmallows, make s’mores, and much on other refreshments. The kids will have fun with Sarah Dippity face painting, Balloonopolis, and the John Tudor Magic Show. The Carillon Carolers will roam through the area singing Christmas carols. Our families living at Centennial at Lake Carolina make this an annual part of their December calendar.

The Harborside Lights 5K and Kids Fun Run starts at the Lake Carolina Town Center at 5 p.m. on December 8. Wear your favorite Ugly Christmas Sweater or another outfit. Registration starts at 4 p.m.

If you’re ready for truly unique holiday gifts, the Columbia area hosts a variety of opportunities:

  • The Sustainable Holiday Celebration and Market takes place on November 26, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 701 Whaley in Columbia. With so many works by local artisans, you’ll definitely find meaningful treasures. Local chefs will also serve up their culinary excellence, with a wine bar to complement the festivities.
  • The Junior League of Columbia’s 33rd Annual Holiday Market presents four days of shopping (November 29-December 2) with more than 160 vendors. This is a major fundraiser for the JLC, and it kicks off with a black-tie preview on November 28, followed by Ladies Night Out on November 29. Head to the Cantey and Goodman Buildings at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds in Columbia for a different shopping experience.

For some SERIOUS holiday shopping, browse the move-in ready homes now available at Centennial at Lake Carolina in Columbia. You could become part of this active lakeside community and take part in the festivities as a homeowner instead of a visitor! And this lifestyle is affordably priced from $219,900 for highly energy-efficient, single-family homes.

When you come for the holiday events at Lake Carolina, take a trip through our neighborhood. Then contact Jennifer at McGuinn Hybrid Homes to give yourself a gift like never before!


Your New Sales Career Awaits at McGuinn Hybrid Homes

Categories: Community & Local Events, News & Announcements | Posted: May 31, 2018

sales career at McGuinn Homes

Are you ready to explore a more fulfilling career opportunity? New home sales with McGuinn Hybrid Homes provides a direct path to fulfilling that vision. With new homes attracting more homebuyers, you can guide them toward the choice that will define their future—while redefining your own.

McGuinn Hybrid Homes is now hiring professionals for new home sales. We are looking for hard-working individuals with at least 3 years of general sales experience. New home sales experience is not required, but you must be willing to work a few weekends and holidays. We support our sales team with the training and guidance needed to set you up for success.

We’re a Certified Master Builder that develops new home communities and builds custom homes throughout the Columbia, South Carolina metro region. When you join our team, you become part of a progressive company that offers our homebuyers distinct advantages—like energy efficiency, quality craftsmanship, and an unmatched level of personal attention. We don’t just build homes. We solve problems. When homebuyers have hit obstacles with other builders, they’re excited to partner with us to achieve their vision.

This opportunity offers great potential if you are willing to put the work into it. If becoming a new home sales professional sounds like the right fit for you, please send your resume to McGuinn Hybrid Homes’ Sales and Marketing Manager, Patricia Pangrass at Feel free to contact her with any questions regarding this position at 843-514-7798.  

Check out these February events at McGuinn Homes’ communities around Columbia, SC.

Categories: Community & Local Events | Posted: February 6, 2018

Are you looking for some inspiration in February that doesn’t involve trying to find the right Valentine’s Day gift or card? Maybe your winter doldrums might be cured by looking at the new homes that are sprouting up. Check out these February events at McGuinn Homes‘ new home communities around the Columbia, SC, region. You might find that spark to ignite your thinking about finally making that move you’ve been keeping on the back burner.

SummerLake Open House

Sunday, February 11, 1-3 p.m.

Hop on over to Hopscotch Lane in Lexington, SC, to see this beautiful community, complete with a clubhouse pool, park, and 15-acre lake! SummerLake presents a master-planned community where you and your family will experience the true meaning of “neighborhood”. Come tour our model home, browse our floor plans, and learn how you can live the SummerLake lifestyle.

SummerLake Bingo

Tuesday, February 13, 12:30-2 p.m.

Join us the first Tuesday of every month for an afternoon of bingo, sponsored by McGuinn Homes. Our February bingo game will be held at SummerLake in Lexington, SC. You don’t have to be a resident to take part. Make new friends while you’re having fun at our clubhouse, and hop on over to Honeybee Court, located at 128 Garden Gate Way.

Burnside Farms Open House

Saturday, February 17, 2-4 p.m.

Burnside Farms is a McGuinn Homes community in Columbia, where you will enjoy a peaceful neighborhood that offers close proximity to everything you need-great schools, shopping, dining, healthcare, recreation, and much more. Explore the community’s amenities-for residents only-like the pool and splash park. During the Open House, you can tour the model home and any of the new homes currently available in Burnside Farms.

Pleasant Springs Open House

Thursday, February 22, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m

If you’re looking for a neighborhood-not just a home-plan to visit Pleasant Springs. Our community features affordable, energy-efficient homes in Lexington. Family-friendly Pleasant Springs is adjacent to the top-notch schools, as well as Lake Murray, major roads, and everything that Lexington has to offer. Stop by our award-winning model home at 134 Jeremiah Road to see browse the available homesites and tour any of our quick move-in homes.

St. Andrews Place Grand Opening

Saturday, February 24, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Our newest community is underway in Columbia. We’re developing St. Andrews Place as a neighborhood of energy-efficient, single-level homes. These 1,241 square-foot homes are designed to sensibly use every square foot of living space to your advantage. Join us for our Grand Opening, talk to our team, and learn how to become part of a growing community.
For information on any of our events, please call (803) 917-5583.

Start the year with a great career move to McGuinn Hybrid Homes’ sales team

Categories: Community & Local Events | Posted: January 9, 2018

We're Hiring

Are you ready to explore a more fulfilling career opportunity? New home sales with McGuinn Hybrid Homes provides a direct path to fulfilling that vision. With new homes attracting more homebuyers, you can guide them toward the choice that will define their future—while redefining your own.

McGuinn Hybrid Homes is now hiring professionals for new home sales. We’re a Certified Master Builder that develops new home communities and builds custom homes throughout the Columbia, South Carolina metro region. When you join our team, you become part of a progressive company that offers our homebuyers distinct advantages—like energy efficiency, quality craftsmanship, and an unmatched level of personal attention. We don’t just build homes. We solve problems. When homebuyers have hit obstacles with other builders, they’re excited to partner with us to achieve their vision.

As a new home sales professional with McGuinn Hybrid Homes, you have the potential to earn between $80,000 and $150,000 a year, with a company that generated $40 million in revenue last year. We support our sales team with an integrated marketing program that includes extensive digital marketing, a dedicated lead generation process, and the training and guidance to set you up for success.

McGuinn Hybrid Homes is looking for self-starters with a proven record of customer service success. You must be willing and ready to complete Real Estate School. We’re looking for professionals who know how to leverage the power of social media, as demonstrated by their active use. You should also be quite comfortable using the Microsoft Office platform.

Look at your present and future. Are you making the most of your knowledge, skills, and talent? Can you see yourself working with homebuyers, guiding them through the building process and being their trusted advisor? If so, we’d like to look at your resume. Please Tiffanie Flagler, McGuinn Hybrid Homes’ Sales and Marketing Manager, or call (803) 917-3894 to tell us we will fit together for mutual success.

Recovering After Hurricane Irma

Categories: Community & Local Events | Posted: September 13, 2017

Evacuation Route

Standing By Our Customers

We missed the worst of the storm in West Columbia on Tuesday, with the highest impact being on the South Carolina coast, but our community is still recovering from the heavy rains and wind.

During this time, we stand by our homebuyers. At McGuinn, we make every effort to ensure the safety and security of every home, and you can always depend on us to do the right thing.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this devastating storm, including those in Georgia, Florida, and the Caribbean. Our deepest condolences go out to the family of Arthur Strudwick, a City of Columbia employee who was killed on Monday on his way to help move a downed tree and all others who lost their lives during this tragedy.

Community Updates

While South Carolina may have been 200 miles away from Irma herself, our state was still pounded with pouring rain, rising floodwaters, downed power lines, and tornadoes. The Midlands experienced heavy rains and wind, as well as loss of power – as of Tuesday, power has still not been restored in some areas.

Charleston is seeing record flooding after Hurricane Irma, according to the The Post and Courier. The Isle of Palms’ mayor, Dick Cronin, told the Post that he’d “never seen this much water on the island” in twenty years.

CNN reports that Irma has been downgraded to a “tropical depression” as of Monday night, but that doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods yet. Thousands have been left without power, and Irma has left a path of devastation that could take weeks to clean up.

Evacuees are beginning to return to their homes along the coast to assess the damage. Over 200 city employees in Charleston are hard at work cleaning up after the storm surge, while utility companies are working to restore power.

As we turn to the recovery phase, many homeowners will begin to clean up the debris – but we encourage you to do so carefully. We’ve collected safety tips for storm cleanup here to make sure you and your family remain unharmed even after the storm has passed.

Storm Cleanup Tips

  • Never enter a building that seems unstable, or that you’re unsure of its stability. Debris can shift during a storm, making an area hazardous to access.
  • Avoid exploring your property at night, when you’re less likely to see potential dangers. Wait for daylight so you can see the full scope of the damage and hazards.
  • Keep away from downed power lines, watch for standing water near open electrical sources, and make sure power is shut off to your home before attempting to fix anything electrical.
  • As much as possible, avoid floodwaters and mud – they may contain toxic chemicals, sewage, or pesticides.
  • Wear protective gear, such as rubber boots, goggles, and gloves to protect yourself against chemicals in the water, broken glass that may have been spread by floodwaters, and more.
  • If you cut yourself either during the storm or while cleaning, be sure to check with your healthcare provider to see if you need a vaccination.

In the end, if you feel unsafe or have doubts about a building’s integrity, avoid the area as much as possible and contact a professional.

We encourage everyone to stay safe during the recovery process as we come together as a community to put our state back together.

January at The Harbison Theatre in Irmo!

Categories: Columbia, Columbia theatre, Community & Local Events, Garden Brooke, Garden Brooke events, Home Buying, Irmo, Irmo Events, Lake Murray, News & Announcements, SC | Posted: January 6, 2017

Mulan Jr.
This action-packed musical was adapted for the stage from the popular 1998 animated Disney film, Mulan, which was itself based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan. When the invasion of the Huns threatens Mulan’s father, the Emperor, Mulan disguises herself as a boy and prepares for battle to save him. She later must choose between divulging her true identity or saving China with her plan. Through song and a modern sensibility, the production celebrates ancient Chinese culture, honor and the fighting spirit.
Thursday, January 12, 2017 – 7:30pm
Friday, January 13, 2017 – 7:30pm
Saturday, January 14, 2017 – 10:30am
Saturday, January 14, 2017 – 3:00pm
Tickets: All seats are $7.00, ages 3 & under/free on lap

Tom Dugan Teaches Play Writing for the Individual Performer
This three hour workshop will be an eye-opening look at scriptwriting for the single performer, by the master of the single-character play himself, Tom Dugan. A seasoned veteran of the stage, TV and film and an accomplished playwright, Mr. Dugan will share his experiences, thoughts, and guidance to those wishing to develop scripts for individual players in the theatre setting. Workshop attendees are welcome to bring 3-5 minutes from a current project for Mr. Dugan to receive and assess.
Thursday, January 19, 2017 – 6:30pm
Tickets: $20

This live, touring show tells the story of Simon Wiesenthal, a Jewish Austrian Holocaust survivor, Nazi hunter and writer, from his own point of view. Performed by playwright and “master of the single-character play” Tom Dugan, the one-man drama recounts the captivating story of Wiesenthal’s life’s work of bringing more than 1,000 Nazi war criminals to justice with humor and nobility. Recommended for pre-teens and older.
Friday, January 20, 2017 – 7:30pm
Saturday, January 21, 2017 – 3:30pm
Tickets: $22

Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Harbison Theatre’s On The Screen series presents this engrossing tale of aristocrats and rivals, the Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont, who mercilessly toy with the hearts of the innocent Cécile de Volanges and virtuous beautiful Madame de Tourvel using seduction and revenge. Performed by the National Theatre Live, the cast includes Elaine Cassidy, Janet McTeer and Dominic West. The production contains brief nudity and is suggested for audiences 15+ years.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 – 7:00pm
Tickets: $15

Buy tickets at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College’s website here.