Posted by Betsy Graziano on 10/16/2017

When you stop and think about it, there are a lot of aspects of our lives that need continual organizing. The ideal scenario is to set up an organizing system when you first move into a new home, and then maintain it on a daily or weekly basis. Unfortunately, many people wait to organize their closets, pantries, or home offices until those areas are in a state of utter chaos. By then, the clutter has taken on a life of its own! Not only is it difficult to find things you're looking for, but your frustration can spill over into other aspects of your life. Kitchen Organizing Tips Being organized is the bedrock of a well-managed life. While it's far from a panacea, the results of organizing your home and work space can be far reaching. Take your refrigerator, for example. How many times has perfectly good food been wasted because it was pushed back into a corner and forgotten about until it turned into a "science experiment"? Although refrigerators are designed with organization in mind, it's all too easy to throw vegetables in the meat drawer and haphazardly wrap up leftovers without labeling them. As a side note, if you write the current date on the label, you'll be able to keep track of how long it's been in the fridge and whether it's time to throw it away. (Note: The U.S. Department of Agriculture advises that cooked leftovers be used within four days. Its food safety "window" for raw poultry and ground beef is even shorter: only one or two days.) Whether your goal is to organize your refrigerator, kitchen cabinets, bedroom closets, or garage, the benefits are worth the time and energy. Before getting started, though, it's helpful to make a trip to a local office supply outlet, kitchen retailer, or dollar store to pick up an assortment of small containers, canisters, drawer dividers, a marking pen, and labels. The Benefits of Organizing Your Home Getting started is the hardest aspect of home organizing, but there are many sound reasons for taking the initiative:

  • Improving the appearance of your home rewards you with a sense of accomplishment and a feeling of personal satisfaction.
  • When you organize closets, cabinets, or other storage areas, you'll stumble upon things you thought you misplaced or lost, long ago.
  • You'll get rid of miscellaneous junk and clutter, which will free up space for things you want to save, refer to, or use in the near future.
  • Organizing your household supplies, tools, and kitchen accessories will also prevent you from having to buy replacement items that you already have. Knowing where things are will save you time, money, and aggravation!
Maintaining a Semblance of Order Getting your family to clean and organize their own rooms and work spaces is a separate challenge, but setting a positive example is one of the first steps. In the case of children, clear expectations need to be set and daily routines established. When all else fails, bribery has been know to work, too!





Posted by Betsy Graziano on 10/11/2017


9 Townline Road, Franklin, MA 02038

Single-Family

$590,000
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Terrific light-filled Colonial beautifully situated on just under an acre in Oak Knoll Estates. Expansive family room with fireplace, mahogany flooring & cathedral ceiling; kitchen with center island, granite, stainless appliances and slider to the two level deck. Completing the first floor is the office and formal dining room, both with hardwood flooring, large laundry room and half bath. Master bedroom with walk-in closet and full bath, family bath with double sinks, and 3 additional bedrooms ~ all on the 2nd floor. Finished room in the lower level with access to the 2 car garage. Upgrades include a new Buderus boiler, water heater tank, A/C condenser and new kitchen range. Close to major highways, 2 MBTA stations, shopping, and state forest. In a town voted one of America's safest to live, this is the perfect family home!
Open House
Sunday
October 15 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 9 Townline Road, Franklin, MA 02038    Get Directions

Similar Properties





Categories: Open House  


Posted by Betsy Graziano on 10/11/2017


3 Briarwood Road, Norfolk, MA 02056

Single-Family

$529,900
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Set inside a popular cul de sac this beautiful home is inviting & meticulously well maintained. Gracious front entrance w/ new brick walkway, central air, hdwds. thru most of the 1st flr. & oversized windows give you a warm light filled home. Neutral colors enhance the open feeling. The kitchen is open to the family room w/ fireplace & has a slider to the newly painted large deck which runs across the back of the house. Kitchen is cabinet packed with SS appliances, incl. double door fridge. The living room is wide open to din. rm which has a walk out bay & can fit a large table for family get togethers. Great flow thru out the house which continues to the 500 sq. ft. deck for grilling and entertaining. Fin.LL w/ bar for perfect man cave. The back yard is fully fenced for kids or puppies complete with a tree house! Roof 2016, Furnace 2015, C/A 2013, New Elec. Box 2015, Fence 2017, Exterior painted 2013. Nothing to do but move in!
Open House
Sunday
October 15 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 3 Briarwood Road, Norfolk, MA 02056    Get Directions

Similar Properties





Categories: Open House  


Posted by Betsy Graziano on 10/11/2017


3 Briarwood Road, Norfolk, MA 02056

Single-Family

$529,900
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Set inside a popular cul de sac this beautiful home is inviting & meticulously well maintained. Gracious front entrance w/ new brick walkway, central air, hdwds. thru most of the 1st flr. & oversized windows give you a warm light filled home. Neutral colors enhance the open feeling. The kitchen is open to the family room w/ fireplace & has a slider to the newly painted large deck which runs across the back of the house. Kitchen is cabinet packed with SS appliances, incl. double door fridge. The living room is wide open to din. rm which has a walk out bay & can fit a large table for family get togethers. Great flow thru out the house which continues to the 500 sq. ft. deck for grilling and entertaining. Fin.LL w/ bar for perfect man cave. The back yard is fully fenced for kids or puppies complete with a tree house! Roof 2016, Furnace 2015, C/A 2013, New Elec. Box 2015, Fence 2017, Exterior painted 2013. Nothing to do but move in!
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

Similar Properties





Categories: Price Change  


Posted by Betsy Graziano on 10/9/2017

 Whether you're staging your home to sell it faster or preparing for a big family gathering, there are a lot of easy, inexpensive things you can do to accentuate the positive and downplay the negative.

While one or two small touches may not guarantee making a great impression, a handful of upgrades and improvements  should tip the scales in your direction. Here are a few ideas and possibilities:

  1. Clean carpets: If you have pets, children, or teenagers in the house, there's a good chance your carpets have some ugly stains on them. Fortunately, there are relatively easy solutions ranging from hiring a professional carpet cleaning service to renting a steam cleaner machine from your local hardware store or supermarket. In some cases, you may need to pretreat the stains with a cleaning spray. Keep in mind, however, that pre-treating carpet stains can be risky. First of all, there's the potential for certain cleaning solutions to permanently fade the color of your carpet. Secondly, some cleaning chemicals are toxic, so it's important to read the label and use them with caution. Fortunately, more and more professional carpet cleaning services are using non-toxic, "green" cleaning products, so look for companies that are environmentally friendly in their practices. Depending on the extent of your carpet stains, a good vacuuming and thorough steam cleaning, alone, might produce the desired results.
  2. Upgrade door knobs: You probably never paid attention to the quality of your door hardware, but it's not uncommon for homeowners to have very plain-looking doorknobs throughout their house. Visitors will probably notice them, at least on a subtle level, if the knobs are either exceptionally cheap or -- on the other hand -- very stylish and distinctive. Granted, replacing a bunch of ordinary doorknobs with $40 antique-style or crystal glass hardware could get rather pricey! A more economical alternative would be to get moderately priced doorknobs that would achieve the desired result without costing hundreds of dollars. If you're going to continue living in your home and are looking for ways to add extra style and quality to your decor, then doing an extensive doorknob upgrade is an option to consider. On the other hand, if you're staging your home for sale, then a more conservative approach might be appropriate.
  3. Replace light switch covers and outlet plates: Many homes seem to have run-of-the mill, plastic light switch covers, which serve the purpose, but don't enhance the decor at all. While it may be another subtle aspect of your overall decorating scheme, it's one of the many features people may notice. Metallic or artistic-looking switch covers make a much more positive statement about your attention to detail and quality.
  4. Remove smudges from windows and mirrors: Crystal clear windows and mirrors help bring out the best in your home. It's one of those small touches that can make a big difference in the impression you make on family, friends, and -- if your house is on the market -- potential buyers.
There are literally dozens of small changes, improvements,and upgrades you can consider making in and around your home, but very often it's those little touches that make a lasting impression.







Tags