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Posted by Landmark, Realtors on 5/8/2018

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 Landmark, Realtors on 2/6/2018

When many homeowners set out to declutter their home, they arenít quite sure of what theyíre getting into. Decluttering is a big job that requires some planning and an understanding of your end goals.

Some homeowners are setting out to declutter their home because theyíre moving in the near future and want to simplify their move or make their home more appealing to potential buyers. Others have just noticed the junk piling up in their drawers and on their countertops and are fed up.

Regardless of your situation, if you want to declutter youíve come to the right place.

In todayís post, weíre going to talk about one of the best ways to set out on your mission of decluttering your home.

Why room by room?

Decluttering a home can take a lot of time and can be demotivating if you arenít seeing a lot of progress. One way to break this process down into more manageable pieces is to declutter your home one room at a time.

This method also helps you manage the time you plan on spending decluttering. If your goal is to declutter one room per week until you move, then make sure you have 4 or 5 weeks to complete your cleaning and decluttering.

Bathroom

Weíll start with one of the smaller and easier rooms in your home, the bathroom. A good way to start is by going through your closet and cabinet and getting rid of old supplies and medicines.

Have a first aid kit that you havenít touched in five years? Thereís a good chance most things in it are expired anyway.

Once youíre done throwing out expired items, see if you can reorganize whatís left. A good way to take advantage of the space in a small bathroom is to use door hangers on the inside of your bathroom closet for hanging brooms, dustpans, mops, etc.

Does your bathroom also have messy stacks of assorted towels? One good solution is to roll up your hand towels and store them vertically in a basket that will be kept in your closet. This prevents your stacks of towels from tumbling over, never to be straightened again.

Kitchen

Itís amazing how kitchen utensils and appliances can add up over the years. Do you have a garlic clove grinder thatís been sitting in your drawer for years? Chances are you can toss it out.

Once youíve made some space in your kitchen drawers and cabinets, bring some order to whatís left by using compartments and stackable organizers. This will help keep you on track by giving each item in your kitchen a ďhome.Ē

Bedrooms

You probably already guessed it, but the most disorganized area in most bedrooms is the closet. A good rule of thumb when cleaning out clothes is to ask yourself if youíve worn the item since this time last year. If not, thereís a good chance you can safely donate it to a thrift store.

Have a tendency of throwing dirty clothes in piles on the floor? Make things easier on yourself by keeping a clothing bin nearby that you can toss all of your dirty clothes into and worry about sorting them later.





Posted by Landmark, Realtors on 11/28/2017

In an age of endless distractions, it can be hard to keep ourselves (and our families) accountable when it comes to doing chores and keeping the house clean. However, the digital age has also brought us an endless number of tools to fight the urge of being lazy and†scrolling through our Instagram feeds for hours at a time. In the iPhone app store there are hundreds of productivity apps designed to help you accomplish things throughout the day. The realm of cleaning and chores is no exception. Browsing through those apps, however, can be just as daunting as the chores they're helping us do. So, we've built a list of the top eight most useful iPhone apps for cleaning and chores around the house. (Many of these apps are also available on Android as well.)

1. Chorma

Do you have a full house but it seems like you're the only one doing household chores? Chorma will help you change that. It's designed for family, couples, roommates, and anyone else who is in need of dividing up chores. You'll be able to sync between devices and earn rewards as you complete chores. This incentivizes cleaning (if having a clean house just isn't that big of a deal to you).

2. Tody

I have no problem doing chores. I just always do them days too late. If that sounds like you, then Tody is for you. This app allows you to set the frequency that certain chores need to be completed. There will be small reminders in the app letting you know if and how many days you are overdue for cleaning the toilet. This really adds on the guilt factor if you're the type who needs a bit of extra persuasion to get some cleaning done.

3. †Unfilth Your Habitat

Calling your cleaning tasks "chores" can sometimes make you feel a bit childish when trying to get some cleaning done. Unfilth Your Habitat is definitely not for kids. This is made obvious by the name of the app, which has been censored here to read un"filth" rather than the other "f" word. This app will motivate you with guilt and shame, but will reward you for completing your tasks.

4. †EpicWin

If you like playing video games, specifically role playing games (RPGs), EpicWin is the productivity app for you. The app is an RPG/to-do list where your epic adventures are your chores.

5. BrightNest

BrightNest is the all-inclusive homemaking app. It has cleaning tips, home decor advice, and a personal schedule for helping you spruce up your house.

6. SimplyUs

SimplyUs is the app for busy couples that helps them stay productive together. The app lets you share your calendars (Google, Yahoo, etc.), to do lists, and more.

7. Sortly

If you plan on moving in the near future or if you're a collector of any kind, Sortly will help you catalogue and keep track of your entire home inventory. It helps you print labels for moving boxes, tells you how many boxes you need, and much more.

8. The Fridge App

The Fridge app is an electronic version of the sticky notes you would put in your home for your family. It can sync between your whole family and will give them updates on any new posts or changes that are made.





Posted by Landmark, Realtors on 8/1/2017

Your kitchen is probably the room that you clean the most often. From dirty pots and pans to spilled food and drink to loading the dishwasher, thereís always something to clean in the kitchen. While you may wipe up the obvious places day after day, you may not notice the areas where dirt and grime tend to accumulate. Whether itís the places youíre often surface cleaning or other ďhiddenĒ places in the kitchen, youíre sure to find something that needs to be cleaned and has been overlooked in the kitchen. 


Places Most Often Cleaned In The Kitchen


Sink 

Stove

Countertops


Youíre probably already wiping these areas down at least once a day. They are the most used parts of the room. But, are you cleaning them well? Is there grime building up around the edge of the sink? Have you cleaned off the drain stopper recently? Has the space under the countertops been wiped down to eliminate dirt and grime? While we tend to focus on the visible parts of these areas, we really need to be focusing on the invisible parts. This is where the real dirt and grime build up over time. If you havenít cleaned these areas in a while, or (gasp) youíve never done cleaned them, youíll find theyíre pretty disgusting and need a little extra attention. 


The Space Between


While you may clean the front of your refrigerator, you probably neglect the sides of the fridge. Also, donít forget the refrigerator door handles. These can be  real breeding ground for germs and dirt. Grease, grime, and dust can also build up on the sides and on the floor along the sides of the fridge. A place to pay special attention to would be the space between the fridge and the counter. Even the floor space there. Also, donít forget about the creases in your counter, and even in your flooring (depending on the type of floor you have). Crumbs can get lodged in these crevices and cause a buildup. One of the simplest ways to clean these spaces is to wrap a butter knife around a cloth and run it around the edge of the creases. 


Donít Forget Your Small Appliances


Itís important to remember to clean in and around your small appliances in the kitchen every so often. Empty the crumb tray from your toaster. Wipe under the toaster, coffee maker, and knife block. Use something like an old toothbrush to get at any hard to reach places.


If you give your kitchen a deep clean every so often, youíll save yourself from a kitchen with a lot of hidden dirt and grime.




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Posted by Landmark, Realtors on 10/25/2016

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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