Posted by Marie Presti on 6/16/2019

Buying a new home is a joyous occasion, one that should be celebrated by family members and friends. However, telling people about a new home purchase sometimes can be tough, particularly for those who may be leaving roommates or others behind.

Lucky for you, we're here to help you alleviate the stress and worry commonly associated with telling family members or friends about a new home purchase.

Here are three tips to ensure you can remain calm, cool and confident as you inform your loved ones about your decision to buy a new home.

1. Prepare As Much As You Can

Purchasing a house is a life-changing decision, and as such, your loved ones may have concerns. Therefore, you should plan ahead for any questions that you could face about your new house.

Why did you decide to buy a home in a particular city or town? How much did you pay for a house? And what does your home purchase mean for your loved ones? These are just some of the questions that you should prepare to face when you share the news about your new home purchase with loved ones.

Also, it is important to realize that you and your loved ones won't always see eye to eye. And if a family member or friend disagrees with your home purchase, accept his or her opinion and move forward.

2. Take a Proactive Approach

When it comes to informing others about your home purchase, it is always better to err on the side of caution. Thus, taking a proactive approach will ensure you can directly inform the most important people in your life about your home purchase.

Communication is key between family members and friends. With a proactive approach, you can inform your loved ones about your homebuying decision and minimize the risk that they will hear the news from a third-party.

Don't leave anything to chance as you determine who to tell about your home purchase. If you believe there is a risk that a loved one will be left in the dark about your new home, be sure to reach out to this individual directly.

3. Understand the Emotions Involved with a New Home Purchase

A new home purchase represents a new opportunity for you and your family. If some family members and friends feel left out of your upcoming move, many emotions may bubble to the surface.

Keep the lines of communication open with family members and friends Ė you'll be glad you did. That way, loved ones can share their thoughts and feelings about your new home purchase and understand you will allocate the time needed to hear them out.

If you need extra help as you get ready to tell loved ones about a new home purchase, don't be afraid to ask your real estate agent for assistance, either. This real estate professional understands the intricacies of purchasing a home and can provide expert guidance throughout the homebuying journey.




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Posted by Marie Presti on 6/9/2019

There are plenty of ways to make your home more organized. Whether you have a large house or some problems with cramped spaces, your home has plenty of room to give. The key is that you just need to know how to use it. Read on for some tips on how to make the most of the space your home has to offer. 


Make Everything Easy To Find


The more accessible the things in your home are, the easier it will be to stay organized. If you have kids, this accessibility will be even more critical. Make sure that the items everyone uses daily have a place. Toy boxes, dressers for clothes, and places for coats and shoes are crucial for smooth organization. 


Find The Right Storage Container


You need to make sure that you have the right containers for the right things. Without these tools, organization becomes increasingly difficult. Shop around and do some research before you decide on exactly what you want to use to store things in. 


Organization Doesnít Have To Be Ugly


Itís much easier to stay organized if you donít mind looking at your home. The whole reason you want to stay organized is that the less chaos there is, the less stressed you feel. Organizers donít need to be cold and regimented. Make sure that any organizing units match your color scheme and themes. 


Electronics Get In The Way


All of the gadgets we have these days can overtake our homes. Cords, phones, chargers, video game systems, and more can really take up space in a home. Anything that you frequently use should be in open top containers, so everything can be easily spotted. Anything that you use less often can be hidden behind closed doors or in a drawer. 


Think By Function


The easiest way to organize anything is to think about the functionality of items. If you make coffee every morning, for example, you may want to keep a coffee corner. You can keep coffee in the cabinet along with sugar or other essentials. In the drawer below where the coffee pot is placed on the counter, you can keep filters, stirrers, and more coffee essentials. If things are functional and flowing in your home, youíre getting close to organization nirvana!  


Declutter Often


If you have a daily routine to put things back where they came from, clutter will never overtake you! Simple things can help you to stay ahead of a big mess. Some idea for your routine can include:


Straightening furniture

Clearing countertops

Throwing away junk mail

Putting away shoes


All of these quick tasks can make a big difference on a daily basis over time! 




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Posted by Marie Presti on 6/2/2019

Keeping cabinets organized isnít always the easiest feat. Afterall, while cabinetry is often custom built to fit the room itís rarely custom-built to fit the items theyíre designed to store. And your family doesnít help, coming in like a tornado afterschool rampaging your cupboards for snacks and drinks. Hereís how to keep cabinets organized in a way even kids can help keep maintained.

Create bespoke organization with stacking shelves designed to add more space between cabinet shelving. This essentially allows you to at least double your storage space, if not triple it depending on how tall your cabinets are and the height of your stacking shelves. Triple shelves are especially helpful in keeping plates and bowls in their own areas without creating one big pile of them. Doubles keep mugs and glasses easily within reach without crowding each other out.

Keep like items together in easy to grab bins. Think categories like lunches, snacks, breakfast, dinner, baking. This keeps pantry items neat and organized so kids arenít wading through bags of chips to get to gummy snacks (and making more chaos). Clear containers and labels help everyone upkeep your tidy system. It also helps them find what they are looking for without you.

Bins can also be helpful if you meal plan. Pick up baskets for each day of the week and put each mealís ingredients in its designated basket along with the recipe. This makes for faster meal prep and more coveted downtime.

Homeowners often tuck appliances away in hard to reach spots since they arenít often used. However, this also makes them less likely to be used them because letís be honest, youíll dread pulling them out. Create a solution that allows everything to be easily accessed at all times. This could be by putting them on display to pull double-duty as decor or choosing stacking shelves that work with the height of your appliances.

Installing slide out drawers between shelves allows you to take advantage of the depth of your cabinets without the need to blindly reach behind items hoping youíll grab the right item. Alternatively, a lazy susan or two will help you achieve the same outcome without installation. If you take this route carry over the like-items with the like-items rule here so you know which is holding the Italian spices and which the vanilla.

Creating organized cabinets doesnít have to be expensive or hard. And it certainly doesnít have to require gutting the kitchen to completely redesign them. A trip to the container store and a trusty label maker should set you right. With the right solutions, you might even be able to get your family to them organized as well. Best of luck!




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Posted by Marie Presti on 5/26/2019

You want to stay healthy and in shape, or get back into shape, but your busy life doesn't necessarily allow the time to join a gym or go for a long run every day. Between the kid's activities and taking care of your home, how do you find the time to take care of yourself? The good news for you is there are a lot of ways to burn calories built right into your home and home maintenance routine. Below are some ways to take care of yourself, your home and your family at the same time.

Number One. Cleaning. 

Cleaning activities around the home are great forms of exercise as well. Split up your cleaning projects over a few days each week to rack up those burned calories and keep your home in tip-top shape at the same time. Sweeping, mopping and vacuuming are fantastic for breaking a sweat and getting your heart-rate up there. Scrubbing shower walls, tub basins, sinks, and kitchen counters will help you burn and work those arm muscles.

Number Two. Tidying Up. 

It may not appear like it, but small motions burn plenty of calories. Folding and putting away a couple of loads of laundry will add a few more burns to your count each week. Changing sheets on the beds in your home and making beds daily also contributes to those small motions that keep you in shape.

Number Three. Yard Maintenance.

Maintaining your yard offers several opportunities for exercise. Similar to sweeping, raking your yard weekly is an excellent way to work out your arms and legs. Gardening puts your arms to work and burns more calories. If you have a small to medium size yard or are an ambitious person with a large yard, push mow your lawn. It will really get you driving your body and exercises many muscle groups. 

Number Four. Have Fun with Your Family. 

Now for the fun one. Find special ways to have fun with your family that also give your body a workout. Play tag with your kids in the yard, jump rope or design a hopscotch grid and play along with them. Wrestling with your dog, playing fetch or engaging in a game of tug of war (with dogs or kids!) will also give you a workout. Combining family time and exercise is a wonderful and rewarding way to get yourself into shape. 

Even if you think you're too busy for the gym, there are plenty of ways to find opportunities to exercise built right into your home life. Combine these with healthy and contentious cooking at home, and you won't even miss the gym.





Posted by Marie Presti on 5/19/2019

Do you hate running late for work in the morning, late to a meeting, late to dinner with friends? Who doesnít? Maybe you canít find your keys, your outfit wasnít clean or pressed, or it just took you a long time to get ready because all the tools you need got strewn about the house. There easy ways your lifestyle and habits at home might be driving you crazy and adding more stress to your life. What are some simple steps you can take to help keep your sanity? Here are some ideas. 

Stop Losing Your Keys ó Hands down one of the most significant stressors before work in the morning is misplaced keys. It might seem like a simple solution, and it is, but by merely designating a specific area to leave your keys every time you come home you can significantly reduce your stress and save time. Your designated space could be a hanging key rack by the door, a bowl on the entry-way table or tray on the breakfast bar. Designate a spot and practice getting in the habit of placing your keys there every time you come home, and youíll find you save a lot of time and headache when you head out somewhere. 

Keep Your Phone Charged ó A dead or dying phone can also keep you always running late. Youíre ready for work or to go to the movies when you see your phone is at 1% and youíll need to wait ten minutes to leave so you can charge it. The first step is to make sure you have fully functioning chargers. The second is to designate the primary place to charge your phone but also to have additional locations to plug-in around the house. Maybe you always charge on your nightstand at night but need a place in the kitchen or living room to plug-in so you can easily connect your phone when you get home from work. If you only have one place, you might end up moving the cord around the home and forget where it is, or youíll give up on charging because the cable is all the way upstairs.

Stay on Top of Laundry ó Not having the right clothes throws another wrench in your day. Instead of designating one day each week to knock out all your laundry try doing a little each day or every other day, so you always have most of your clothing clean. Daily washing will make you less likely not to have the outfit you need or want, for that important meeting or date.

Keep your tools organized ó Not your hobby tools, the tools you need to get ready to go out each day. Whether itís in your bathroom, at a vanity or on top of your dresser try to make sure everything you need daily is in one place. Keep your comb and hair products, perfume or cologne, makeup and brushes and accessories where you can easily find and use them. Donít take your makeup or hair products to a different room or get ready on the couch instead of at the mirror. Create the habit of getting prepared in the same place in your home each day, so you always know everything you need will be there when you need it. 

These are just a few simple steps to reduce some of the stressors in your daily life. Start with these basics to gain a bit more time and peace of mind. If you can manage your regular stressors, youíll have more head-space to worry about the big stuff like that next promotion or your new home search.




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