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Posted by Lea Nabipour on 10/23/2017

Children. You love them with all your being. But the mess they can make of the house? Not so much. Keep reading for four tips on how to keep your home clean despite your childrenís best efforts. You might even be able to get them to join in on the fun! 

1. Cleanup after playtime. Build the habit of cleaning up one set of toys before moving on to the next, this not only keeps the floor from becoming littered in toys but also makes cleaning up more manageable for little ones. A large mess can easily overwhelm small children and by cleaning up along the way you make the task easier for them to participate in.

2. Have an organizational system for corralling toys that works for you and more importantly your children. Make cleanup easy by storing toys in bins and baskets that toys can easily be tossed into. Cleanup is made even easier when you give everything a designated place so there isnít a chance for toys to end up in organizational limbo. Do a walk through of the house sweep once little ones are in bed to ensure everything has been put in its place.

3. The easiest way to keep things clean is to minimize the amount of stuff you and your children own. Of course, this is harder to implement with little ones but regular clean outs of toys helps to balance the influx of toys that come during holidays and birthdays. Include kiddos in on the process to pick out their favorites and get them excited to donate toys to other children. You can put some toys in storage and swap them out regularly throughout the year to minimize the amount kept in the home and reignite your childís interest in them as well.

4. Create regular routines around the house to instill clean up habits in your child early on. Create designated areas around the house for play time, quiet time or even homework. This helps children adjust to focus on the task at hand as well as prevent toys from ending up all over the house. By keeping a routine time of day to do a  household chore youíll also teach little ones the importance of having work ethic around the home. You can even involve curious kiddos in the chore by buying them a child-sized broom or vacuum to ďhelpĒ. 

Keeping a tidy home with little ones in the house isnít the easiest of tasks. But by minimizing the amount of stuff you own and instilling a regular clean up habits you can keep on top of messes. You can even create some fond memories and bonding time with your child by including them in on the fun. Happy cleaning!  




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Posted by Lea Nabipour on 1/30/2017

New England is infamous for its old homes and with old homes comes gorgeous, original hardwood floors. Maybe homebuyers have original flooring at the top of their wishlist when home shopping. While you may know how much you adore your hardwood floors, you may not know how to properly care for them. Keep reading for tips on how to keep your new to you hardwood floors in boast-worthy shape. Preemptively prevent scratches and tough to clean buildup by adding mats to any doors leading outside. Not only do they add a nice visual touch, but more importantly they help prevent dirt and outdoor grime from being tracked over your hardwood floors. You will make daily clean up easier on yourself while saving your floors from potential scratches. Institute a no-shoes in the house policy to further prevent any debris from finding their way throughout your home. You will especially want to avoid wearing high heels and cleats in any rooms with hardwood flooring. These types of shoes can put dents and scratches in to the floor that will require a professional to help resuscitate your floors back to their former glory. Create a mudroom area in your home with a bench and shoe rack. This will make it easy for your family members to follow the no shoe rule. Investing in a mat that catches water and slush run off from shoes on bad weather days is also a great way to prevent water damage to your floors. Sweep your floors daily to catch any dirt they may have found itís way into your home and onto your hardwood floors. Vacuum once a week for a more thorough clean. Once a month you will want to clean your floors with a microfiber cloth and light mist of water. Ensure that you do not soak your floors as water can cause them to swell and become damaged with time. Avoid cleaners for tile or vinyl surfaces and never steam clean your hardwood floors. Install felt pads to the bottoms of any furniture you have in rooms with hardwood flooring. This will help prevent scratches from everyday furniture use. You will want to regularly replace these pads however since dirt can build up on the bottoms and create a sandpaper-like surface that can lead to damage. When rearranging furniture lift the piece off the floor to carry it over to where you would like it placed and then carefully set it down instead of pushing it across your hardwood floors. While this may entail extra help from a family member to do, it will prevent unsightly gashes along your floors from dragging your furniture across the room. Original flooring in an old New England home is a major selling point for many homebuyers. Restoring old hardwood floors to their original condition can be pricey, however, by taking preliminary measures to prevent damage you can avoid bringing an expert in to fix your mistakes. And when all it takes to maintain your floors is a few minutes each day itís a win-win situation!





Posted by Lea Nabipour on 12/19/2016

Nothing beats the warm, inviting feeling that you get when you enter your kitchen. However, failure to keep your kitchen clean can impact the quality of your kitchen. This ultimately can make a big difference in how homebuyers perceive your kitchen, along with whether they decide to submit an offer for your home. Fortunately, there are many simple ways to keep your kitchen looking great day after day, including: 1. Use baking soda to clean your tile floors. Your tile floors were beautiful after they were installed. But since that time, they've become dirty, grimy and tough to clean. But we have a surefire solution to help you revamp your kitchen's tile floor Ė baking soda and water. The combination of baking soda and water serves as a wonderful tile floor cleaner that is easy to apply with a mop. And within minutes of using it, you may notice that your kitchen's tile floor looks as good as new. 2. Eliminate wall splatters. Over the years, you've prepared a wide range of meals in your kitchen Ė everything from spaghetti and meatballs to sloppy joes. Unfortunately, not every dish has been an instant success. And as such, there have been many splashes of various ingredients that have landed on your kitchen's ceiling, floors and walls. Eliminating wall splatters may seem impossible at first. Luckily, there are numerous viable options to help you remove them without delay. For stains on painted walls, you may want to use a wet cloth or paper towel. The combination of a wet cloth or paper towel and tough scrubbing will allow you to eliminate stains on painted walls immediately. Comparatively, oily stains may require water and dishwashing soap. This mix is powerful and will ensure that you can remove cooking grease and other oily stains. 3. Disinfect the garbage disposal. Your kitchen's garbage disposal has served you well, but bad garbage disposal odors may persist if you're not careful. On the other hand, home sellers who focus on keeping their kitchen's garbage disposal clean can avoid such odors altogether. Looking for a great way to clean your kitchen's garbage disposal? Using a mix of vinegar, water and ice cubes can help you clean and deodorize your kitchen's garbage disposal quickly and effortlessly. Dedicate the necessary time and resources to disinfect your kitchen's garbage disposal, and you can guarantee that this disposal remains clean and performs consistently. 4. Wipe out the refrigerator. In many cases, home sellers may include a refrigerator in a home sale. As such, you'll want to keep this refrigerator looking and performing great. Wiping out your refrigerator and removing expired items regularly is essential. By doing so, you can remove the risk of bad odors from escalating in your kitchen. Of course, don't forget to keep an open box of baking soda in your refrigerator, too. This box should be changed periodically and will provide a fresh scent any time you open your refrigerator door. Keep your kitchen clean, and by doing so, you may be able to boost your chances of a quick home sale.





Posted by Lea Nabipour on 11/14/2016

3D rendering of a modern light colored kitchenThe kitchen can be one of the most cluttered rooms†in the home. Not only does it house your everyday dining and cookware but thereís also all sorts of seasonal, special occasion and specialty items that seem to take over precious cabinet space. If youíre ready to take inspiration from the minimalist movement and make your kitchen a more sane version of itself keep reading! Begin. Start by clearing out anything you know you donít use. If you are having a hard time ask yourself if you have used the particular item in the last three months. If itís not a holiday related item, you can add it to your donate pile. If the idea of getting rid of half of your kitchen items is overwhelming, itís okay to start slow and move at your own pace. In the end, this is your project so you only need to go as far as you are comfortable and make the tips below work in a way that is best for you. One. The number the average family needs of a particular item and/or set. One measuring set, one silverware set, one bake set, one set of drinking glasses, etc. In our culture more is more. However, how often do you really need more than one of any of the above-mentioned items? Be honest here and cull your stash accordingly. Skip specifics. Consider letting go of any food type specific appliances and gadgets. Items like garlic crushers, lemon squeezers, popcorn machines, waffle irons, or ice cream makers. The list can go on. Of course, if you really value an item and use it on a weekly basis donít toss it in the name of minimalism. The case, more often than not, though is that these types of items are rarely if ever used. Coffee mugs. One section of the kitchen that can grow out of control easily is coffee mugs. Between ďBest MomĒ mugs and vacation mementos on top of your regular set, the average household usually has more mugs than they ever use. Keep the coffee mug situation under control by keeping ones you truly enjoy using. If you have one you love but donít enjoy drinking from it consider using it as a unique pencil cup or flower vase. Get creative. Invest in kitchen tools that can pull their weight by becoming the ultimate multitaskers. Make your own spice combinations instead of buying premade bottles that take up more space. An immersion blender with a whisk and chopping attachment easily replaces itís bulkier counterparts that can only single task. A couple of great knives can do more a whole set of subpar ones. Create a less cluttered kitchen you enjoy using by taking a page from the minimalist movementís book. By cutting down to the bare necessities and buying good quality multitasking items youíll feel like you get more use and creativity out of your kitchen than when it was filled with gadgets. Youíll also have the added bonus of fewer dishes to clean and more time to spend with your family!




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Posted by Lea Nabipour on 10/17/2016

imagesMold is nasty stuff. Homes with water damage and visible mold are unhealthy for people and pets. The unsightly fungus can produce irritants, allergens, and potentially toxic substances. The presence of mold in a home can substantially lower both the visual appeal and value of the property. The United States Center For Disease Control reports that for persons sensitive to mold, exposure to moldy and damp environments may cause a diverse array of health problems including coughing, wheezing, throat and nasal passage irritation, nasal stuffiness, eye or skin irritations, headaches, depression, and nervous system disorders. Do You Have A Moldy Home? Mold is all around us, both indoors and out; you canít get away from it. Mold is carried into our homes from the outdoors through open windows and doorways, through the heating and air conditioning ductwork, and through vents such as an attic fan. Mold in the outdoor environment also enters the home by attaching itself to pets, shoes and clothing. Mold thrives in moist locations such in a cabinet with a dripping pipe, in damp basements, from leaks in the roof, or in places where there has been flooding. Mold grows well on most any surface including fabric, upholstery, carpeting, paper products, wood products, bedding, and porous ceiling tiles. Mold is much more than a repulsive patch of disgusting fungus; itís a health hazard in the home that requires removal and standardized preventive measures to inhibit regrowth. However, before you attack the problem with caustic chemical sprays that can cause more problems than they cure, consider addressing the issue with organic measures that do not damage the environment. Reduce Dampness And Humidity Increase air circulation in moisture-prone areas such as the kitchen, laundry room, and bathrooms. When cooking, run the exhaust fan to remove steam from boiling pots of pasta and simmering stews. Make sure that moisture from the dryer is properly vented outdoors. Clean the dryer filter and vent after each use. Drain and clean all drip pans under water heaters or washing machines on a regular basis. If your home tends to be high in humidity, use portable dehumidifiers in closets and closed areas or consider adding a dehumidifier to your HVAC system. Always run the bathroom exhaust fan during and after showering to remove excess moisture in the air. If moisture pools on the bathroom shower stall, tub or tiles, wipe dry after use. Damp towels turn sour and moldy quickly. Always put wet towels in the laundry or hang to dry. Rinse and wring out bath sponges, hang to dry. To make your bathroom sparkle and shine, wipe all surfaces with a rag saturated with white vinegar. Vinegar removes hard water deposits and mold and helps prevent regrowth of the black fungus. Have your heating and air-conditioning system checked semi-annually, cleaning ductwork, checking for dampness and leaks and replacing all filters. Fix All Leaks Immediately Repair dripping faucets, shower heads, and pipes as soon as a problem appears. Once the source of the water has been fixed, scrub the area with a solution of 1 part white vinegar, 1 part baking soda, the juice of a lemon, and three parts water. Dry thoroughly. If moisture has saturated a wooden cabinet bottom, dry with a portable fan after cleaning. If any moisture remains in the wood, mold will reappear. Examine the attic careful to check for any leaks in the roof and make needed repairs. Drain Water From Foundations If water collects around your homeís foundation, contact your plumbing contractor about installing a drainage system to divert water away from the foundation and into a catchment pond or sewer drain.




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