Entryways seem to collect shoes, backpacks, jackets, keys, purses, a briefcase or two, and sporting equipment. What you are left with is life and at times it is messy. However; when you are Selling your home this area should be fresh and tidy. First Impressions are Lasting Impressions. Here are a few simple ways to organize the entrance!
Bench with mirrored frame and key hook hanging above
A bench provides a place to take off your shoes and quickly store them away. Providing functionality and easy clean-up. A bench with built in cubbies just add more storage options as well. The mirrored frame brings in light and a place to organize keys. Bringing the space together.
Hooks or Knobs
Instead of piling a bunch of jackets on 1 or two hooks, invest in a row of decorative hooks. Show buyers how useful your entryway can be! Use the hooks to hang your outerwear as well as book bags. An alternate use is to nail a row of hooks lower to the ground and hang your shoes on them! An organized entryway with hooks and knobs for coats may even compensate for a lack of closet space to a buyer!
Hall trees are common pieces used in the entryway. They are one single piece of furniture with hooks, sometimes a mirror and cabinets built-in to store things. They come in a variety of finishes and colors. If you are a handy person, try using a wooden pallet or old door to create your own entryway furniture
Baskets and Crates
The goal is to keep the entry looking clean and clutter free for home showings. Baskets are great for holding gardening gloves, slippers, & pet items; while crates are better for holding lagers items like shoes or bags. The tricky party about home showings is that they can be last minute. Cubbies or baskets, make it easy to stow away items quickly leaving the area clean and organized!
If you have children, try framing black and white photos of each child and hanging them above their own cubby or hook. This saves loads of time during the school morning rush. Everything can be organized and hung up for each child! No mixing up hats and gloves. Having designated areas for their own things can help children get in on keeping the home clean for showings!
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Make Gardening Fun Again
Remember when you first ventured out into your yard to turn your landscape into the oasis you’d always imagined? Chances are your newbie enthusiasm may have become tarnished over the years as gardening has gone from therapeutic to back-breaking. Here are some tips for easing the strain of yard work, hopefully renewing your love of Mother Nature in the process.
- Stay ahead of weeds. If only you could get your flowers to grow as quickly as those pesky weeds. Help tackle the weeding challenge by staying on top of it. Rather than waiting for weeds to become widespread and overwhelming, pull them when they’re small. Also, whenever possible, make sure to do your weeding after a rainstorm. Weeds come up from wet earth more easily than arid dirt.
- Dedicate yourself to deadheading. Your flowering plants will last longer and produce blooms for weeks, if not months, if you make deadheading old blooms a regular process. This will save you the chore and expense of having to dig up and replace dead annuals.
- Containers are your best friend. Container planting can be easier than planting in garden beds. This tactic also allows you to put flora and fauna exactly where you want it, with the option to move it when the mood strikes. Remember that container plantings dry out more quickly, so be sure to keep the water flowing.
- Plant more perennials. While it may take a few years for perennials to spread and offer up abundant blooms, it’ll be worth the wait. More perennials mean less time, money and effort spent on planting annuals every year.
- Cheat a little. Instead of trying to get grass or plants to grow in areas where they just won’t take, use a decorative covering to fill in bald spots instead. Mulch, gravel, larger rocks or sea shells will all do the trick. You can even strategically arrange a bench or bird bath in these areas for instant décor value.
Remember, gardening is intended to bring joy, not stress, so start taking the necessary steps today.
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PICKED ALL THE TOMATOES OFF MY VINE. ONE LARGE BOWL FULL, AROUND 30.
PUT THE TOMATOES IN MY VICTORIA STRAINER FOR FRUITS AND VEGGIES. PROCESSED TWICE.
SKIN OF TOMATOES AFTER PROCESSING.
TOMATO PUREE SKIN FREE WITH SOME SEEDS FROM 1ST PROCESS.
TOMATO PUREE IN SAUCE PAN WITH GRATED ONIONS/CELERY/CARROTS/POBLANO CHILIES (FROM GARDEN), OREGANO, PARSLEY, GARLIC, AND PEPPER. SLOW COOK FOR 1-2 HOURS.
POUR INTO ICE CUBES TRAYS AND FREEZE.
POP PUT OF TRAY.
STORE IN FREEZER BAG.
PUT IN FREEZER AND YOU HAVE SINGLE SERVING OF FRESH FROM YOUR GARDEN TOMATO SAUCE FOR DINNER!
How to Save More This Summer
Replace your air filters. Clogged air filters decrease performance and make AC systems work harder. Inspect and replace dirty air filters to optimize air flow and to keep an older unit in good running order throughout the summer.
Tune up your AC. An annual maintenance check includes cleaning filters, coils and unit, and checking for foreseeable future problems. This can help the AC run more efficiently keeping utility costs down.
Check your insulation. Look for cracks and leaks in your walls, attic, crawl spaces, basement, garage and ceiling. Make sure insulation is intact to keep in cool air throughout the home.
Close those blinds and use heat or energy saving tint on windows. Eliminate the sun’s direct path by keeping blinds closed. This can make a difference of as much as 10 degrees. Tint blocks incoming heat reducing cooling costs; also reduces uv rays from damaging furniture.
Close doors. Try to minimize cool air loss through outside door openings, especially during the hottest time of the day.
Only produce heat in the coolest hours. Run dishwasher, washing machine and clothes dryer during early morning hours or late evening. This will keep the AC unit from having to work hard during the hottest hours of the day to cool the home.
Turn off the oven. Give the oven and stove a break and grill at every opportunity. This keeps the kitchen heat outside and reduces the need to cool it.
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