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Real Estate in New York & Connecticut – Won't you be my neighbor?

A Clutter Free Home

Whether your home is currently on the market – or your thinking of selling your home – or have no plans for selling at all – Living in a Clutter Free Home is wonderful!  Less Mess… equals Less Stress!

neat-room-supershoppertoo                                                     supershoppertoo – Flickr.com

When my 5 kids were little, and mornings getting ready for school could get crazy.  If you have children – 1 child – or maybe just yourself to get together in the am – being organized was and is key to having enough time for a good breakfast, no need for shouting and stressing and things going as smoothly as possible!  Everyone wondered why I had so much patience.  Alot came from again, being neat, organized and clutter free.  Just think how upset one gets when you can’t find your car keys – or your left shoe!  If everything gets put in their place, this could be avoided.

neat-drawer-mickelodeon                                                      Mickelodeon – Flickr.com

Even now, with my kids being 20, 18, 16, 15 and 13 years old, I insist on that way of life.  I think it’s great that they’re able to get up, have their clothes picked out from the night before, everything needed to get ready is at their fingertips so no time is wasted – and rather spend that time to eat well, grab their lunch – which is always made the night before – and be able to run off to school on time. OK – I admit, with teenagers, it doesn’t ALWAYS work so smoothly!

This works well with my life as a Realtor – having my electronic keys updated, my appointments made, listings printed out – one copy for me and one for my clients, gas in my car, addressed inputted into my GPS, I-Pod ALWAYS in my purse to be able to connect to my car – along with my camera and Flip video camera, and last – but not least – my cell phone and back up battery always charged.  Even if a client calls and asks to view a house in – an hour – I can usually always make it work – since most of the above has been done!  Keeping organized – keeps me sane.  And knowing that there are always days that things can’t and don’t seem to run smoothly is also important.  

neat-kitchen-supershoppertoo                                                 supershoppertoo – Flickr.com

During my appointments, viewing homes with clients, many can see past the dirty dishes in the sink, the pile of smelly shoes near the front door, the dead fish floating in the fish tank – but some simply can not see past all of this!  It is an instant turn off and with sooo many homes on the market, they simply want to move onto the next!  And I can’t blame them since I can’t help but think that if the homeowners can’t keep up with the laundry and make the beds, then I wonder if they’ve had the time or responsibility to service their furnace yearly, have the septic pumped every 2 or 3 years or fix a leaky pipe asap??

clutter-joe-shlabotnik                                     Joe Shlabotnik – Flickr.com

The easiest way to get started on getting organized is to pick a day – any day – whether it’s when the kids are at school and your home alone – or when the kids are home and you have them help.  Make a LIST – Tackle ONE ROOM AT A TIME – Have REWARDS for you and anyone that helps.  For me, I would say that after I’m all done cleaning out the garage, I will NOT be making dinner – Pizza for all and a glass of wine for me!  To get the kids to help, say after they’re done helping, they can pick what’s for dinner – or what movie to rent – or – you can take them to the mall for a TREAT!  And don’t forget to stay hydrated, take snack breaks to refuel, play some hoping music to get you going and have fun!

Also watch a video from

dinner-wine-glass-window                                    glass window – Flickr.com

For someone selling their home, think of how easy it will be if you get a last minute call for a viewing – or an unexpected guest comes over – or you get sick and family or friends come to help – how do you explain the moldy containers in the fridge – the 9 piles of laundry – the empty cupboards since no dishes have been done!  Yes – this is a bit much, but I have seen this!  No one is perfect – but there is always room for improvement.  Please keep in mind that stress can lead to numerous health issues with your heart, immune system, weight gain…

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January 17, 2009 Posted by | HGTV, Home, Life as a Realtor, Sellers, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Our Nations Economy

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With our current economy problems growing and more and more people being affected – causing much un-needed stress, I have decided to do a “Friday Fun Post” – I hope it makes you smile.

Joke from Comics.comMan eating a bowl of alphabet soup at a diner…”Sigh!…Everybody’s cutting corners in this economy.  My alphabet soup doesn’t have enough letters to make a word!”

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A picture from Nicholas_tFlickr.com

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sun-rays-aussiegallAnother great photo from AussiegallFlickr.com

Daily Inspiration “We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong.  The amount of work is the same.” – Carlos Castaneda

 

 

 

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And remember – Chocolate works wonders!

November 14, 2008 Posted by | Economy, Fun Post, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wine Library TV with Gary Vaynerchuk

This is a stressful economic time for many people right now – and everyone needs to take time to themselves. 

Whether it’s listening to some of your favorite songs – I have so many, but Hotel California by The Eagles, brings back lots of memories.  My parents had a country house in Margaretville, NY.  Every chance possible, we would pack up the 5 kids, clothes, food, Pebbles – our dog and stuff everyone into our mini van for the 2-1/2 hour ride.   With no I-Pods around yet and hardly any radio reception – cd’s were it and Hotel California was our favorite!

Whether it’s watching a movie that cracks you up – or possibly makes you realize how lucky we are even in these tough times – or… a great romance – The Notebook ranks really high on my list! 

Reading a book – a really, really good book.  One that you take into the bathroom even if it’s just to read a paragraph.  Maybe you’ll enjoy The Lighthouse Keeper by James Michael Pratt

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Getting together with friends – maybe your house one week, a friends house the next time.  Taking the stress and financial burden off of one person since everyone contributes.  One guest can bring cheese and crackers – bought on sale at the supermarket, another can purchase a bottle or two… or three of wine – keeping in mind that you do not have to spend alot of money.   

A FANTASTIC site that I just stumbled upon is  WineLibraryTV.com with Gary Vaynerchuk where he speaks passionately while educating you on wine – like take the time to take a “sniffy, sniff” before drinking your wine – and teaching you to look for wine with “thunder”costs less, tastes BIG.  Gary has been a guest on many popular shows – Ellen De Generes, Mad Money, Night Line and my favorite – Conan O’Brien – too funny!  When visiting Gary’s site, under National TV Appearances, click on “Conan O’Brien” and watch him get a “Buzz”! Or view the video below to get to know him a bit.

My husbands birthday is coming up.  I never know what to get him, but this year, Gary has inspired me to try new wines.  I will purchase a few different bottles – a Portuguese wine will be at the top of my list since my husband was born and raised there and he LOVES his country’s wine. Then I’ll just have fun picking a few different varieties.  Once a week or so, my husband can pick which bottle he’d like to have with dinner – and that means I get to have some too!  Awesome – I can’t wait!

white-wine-jesiehart FLICKR – Jesiehart

November 6, 2008 Posted by | Economy, Fun Post, Uncategorized, Wine | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment