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8 Tips for Organizing Your Stuff

  
  
  

When your home is on the market for sale, the struggle to keep it in "show condition" can be overwhelming, especially when your family is still living inside.  Houzz.com has some great tips for organizing your stuff.  Keeping your home organized makes a great first impression!

1. Below-bench baskets.organizing your home
If you need to find a little extra storage space, try looking down 
— a row of baskets can easily fit beneath most benches (and even some sofas). To keep the baskets looking neat, choose a matched set and don’t let them overflow with stuff.

2. Coded entryway bins and buckets. 
Avoid the entryway pileup of scarves, baseball hats and random papers by giving each member of the household (including the dog) one or more bins, buckets or baskets labeled with a number (or letter or color). Even if folks aren’t perfect about stashing their stuff, at least you will know where to toss it when doing a quick tidy-up.

3. Countertop condiment basket. 
Keep your go-to cooking oils and condiments close at hand without letting them take over the counter. A wire basket keeps items corralled while still letting you see what’s inside; a tray with a lip would also work well.

4. Top-of-cupboard storage baskets. 
Fill wasted space above upper kitchen cabinets with attractive woven storage baskets. Since this spot is usually accessible only by ladder, it’s a good place to keep less frequently used items 
— think holiday dishes and fondue pots.

5. Back-of-the-door organizer. 
Using an adjustable organizer on the back of the door is a good way for kids to learn to put away their own things. Keep a hook for a backpack, a rack for shoes and a basket for library books.

6. Craft closet. 
A small closet fitted with shelving and labeled bins makes the perfect home for craft supplies and in-progress projects. Use the top shelf to hold a row of mason jars filled with smaller supplies that could otherwise easily get mixed up.

7. Labeled grab-and-go buckets. 
When warmer weather beckons kids outdoors, it’s inevitable that plenty of stuff will make its way out, too. Be proactive and dedicate a few shelves near the door to hold buckets of favorite outdoor play items 
— bubble bottles, balls, digging tools. Buckets are even better than baskets, because little ones can carry them outside by the handle, making cleanup easier.

8. Wheeled laundry baskets. 
Especially useful if your laundry area is on the same floor as the bedrooms, wheeled laundry baskets make it easy to roll heavy loads to the washer and back — and make it more fun for kids to “help.”

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Green Features Popular Among Recent Home Buyers

  
  
  

The National Association of REALTORS recently released information on green and energy-efficient home features that are popular among recent home buyers. The data comes from their 2014 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, and the 2015 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends report.

Some important environmentally friendly features mentioned in the report include:

  • heating and cooling costs - 86%
  • energy efficient appliances - 68%
  • energy efficient lighting - 66%
  • environmentally friendly community features - 47%
  • landscaping for energy conservation - 46%
  •  solar panels on home - 11%
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Designer Weekend at the Southern Living Showcase Home March 28-29

  
  
  

southern living showcase homeIt’s Designer Weekend at the Southern Living Showcase Home in Ford's Colony, built by Wayne Harbin Builder!  Stop by between 1 and 4 on Saturday or Sunday, and you can meet the design team from Jackson Thomas Interiors.  Tour the home and see all the latest trends, design features, and interior finishes.  Some of the art, accessories and furniture are also for sale.  109 Fords Colony Drive (outside the gate).

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Inventory Levels Are Dropping on the Virginia Peninsula

  
  
  

Shrinking inventory on the Peninsula is pointing toward a strong Spring selling season.  What is currently going on in the real estate market?Peninsula real estate market

  • Months Supply of Inventory - 7.0
    Six months of inventory is considered a balanced market.  
  • Current Median Sold Price - $161,000
     
  • % of Sold Price to List Price - 97.5%
     
  • Average Days on Market - 95.2
     
  • Closed Sales - up 2%

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Median Sold Prices are on the Rise in Williamsburg

  
  
  

Rising median sold prices in Williamsburg indicate that we can expect to see a solid Spring market.  In the month of February:

  • Months Supply of Inventory - 7.2Williamsburg real estate market
    Six months of inventory is considered a balanced market.  
  • Current Median Sold Price - $293,000
     
  • % of Sold Price to List Price - 97.9%
     
  • Average Days on Market - 59
     
  • Closed Sales - down 11.3%

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9 Foolproof Ways to Declutter Your Kitchen

  
  
  

With Spring just one day away, you may have started thinking about your Spring cleaning plan. For most, decluttering the kitchen in pretty high on the list.  And if you are thinking about selling your home, it is a must.  Houzz.com has come up with a list of foolproof waysselling my home to get the job done.  

1.  Purge your pantry. 
Go through your pantry or the cupboards that hold your cans and jars and remove any out-of-date products. 

If you think an item is something you might realistically use, pull it out, put it on the side and give yourself a deadline by which to use it (assuming it’s still safe to eat). If you haven’t used it by then, get rid of it.

2.  Minimize the plastic. 
Next, it’s time to tackle the plastic bags and plastic bottles. Many of us have a tendency to keep things “just in case.” But then instead of keeping one just-in-case plastic bottle, or the few plastic bags we might realistically reuse, we keep 10. 

Select a couple of really durable bags and perhaps a bottle or two if you think they might be useful, and create a place to store them neatly in your kitchen. Recycle the rest — you’ll never be able to use them all.

3.  Sort your food containers. 
Do you find yourself overwhelmed every time you open the dreaded drawer or cupboard with plastic containers? It’s time to take them all out, give the space a good cleaning and match up all of your boxes with their lids. Throw out any that don’t have a match and, if your collection isn’t a neat set like this one, consider storing them with their lids on. It’ll keep them clean while in storage and, although they’ll take up more space, it will make them easier to use.

4.  Cull your dishware. 
Do you have lots of dishes, including old and new sets mixed together? Figure out exactly how many dishes you need by putting away the older set away for a week and seeing how you get on. If you do just fine without it and you’re not attached, it might be time to donate it to charity.

5.  Prioritize your appliances. 
Kitchen appliances can be real space wasters. They’re bulky, and a lot of them get only occasional use. That’s why you want to make sure you keep only the ones you use daily, or a minimum of a few times a week, out on the countertop. If you make waffles only as a treat, pack the waffle maker away on a high shelf and take it down only on those occasions. Keeping the countertops clear is a great way to make a kitchen feel larger and less chaotic.

6.  Streamline your utensils. 
Go through your cooking utensils and donate any you haven’t used in more than a year. Then sort them, putting like with like, and keep them easily accessible near the range. Try to find a dedicated spot for them, whether it’s a spare drawer you can neatly organize or a bit of extra countertop space for some containers.

7.  Get your foils and wraps in order. 
A great idea for organizing wraps is putting them all into one drawer. But be careful — you don’t want it to become a designated drawer for “a bit of everything.” Make sure you keep the rolls tidily next to one other and, if you wish to add anything else, organize everything with a tray or container. You don’t want random objects lying around — they definitely won’t help when you’re trying to pack a sandwich in a rush.

8.  Sort recipe books and takeout menus.
Have a look through all your cookbooks and takeout menus and keep only the ones you actually use. If you haven’t cooked from a book in the past year, gift it to someone who’s looking for new inspiration. You’ll free up some space on your shelf, and the book will make someone else happy. 

If you haven’t ordered food from a certain place for a while, the same rule applies — and with so many menus available online, there’s less and less reason to clog up a shelf or drawer with paper copies.

9.  Create a box of items you’re not sure about. 
If you’re not sure whether you’re ready to say goodbye to some items, put them all in a box, write the date on that box and move it to a garage or loft. If you come across the box in, say, six months, and realize you haven’t been looking for those items, it might be easier for you to let them go. 

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A Southern Living Kitchen in Ford's Colony

  
  
  

They say a kitchen can make the home, and this one is no exception!  The kitchen in the Southern Living Showcase Home located in Ford's Colony, Virginia is one of our favorite features of the home.  Materials used such as Quartz by Cambria are both beautiful and practical, and various other unique features make this kitchen one of a kind.  Take a tour of the Southern Living Showcase Home's kitchen:

(Video by Chris Conway)

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Bluebird Gap Farm - Hampton, Virginia

  
  
  

We are just days away from the start of Spring, so why not begin planning your outdoor activities now? Bluebird Gap Farm Hampton

Nestled on 60 acres in the heart of Hampton, Virginia, Bluebird Gap Farm is a family-friendly day trip that is a rare find in an urban environment.  In addition to the beloved ducks, there are 150 domestic and wild animals for your kids to interact with.  Bring your quarters, so you can get animal feed from the vending machines for a more “interactive” experience. Or you may want to plan a picnic, to enjoy the scenic wildlife and surroundings.  There is also a playground, a nature trail, and a stage for special events and activities.

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Liz Moore Featured in Oyster Pointer Publication

  
  
  

Liz Moore was featured in the February 2015 issue of the Virginia Peninsula publication, The Oyster Pointer.  Liz was interviewed as part of their "Oyster Point Profile" feature. Click here to read the full story.

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Is it Time to Refinance Your Home Mortgage?

  
  
  

With home mortgage rates hitting record lows, it can be quite tempting to start the refinance process.  Is it a good time for you to consider refinancing?

should I refinance?

 

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