Lisa Bradley - Re/Max Vision



Posted by Lisa Bradley on 1/9/2018

Whether youíre an empty nester, or just feel that you have too much ďstuffĒ in your house, many people can stand to downsize. If you are planning on moving to a smaller home or if you want to get your familyís amount of ďtreasuresĒ reduced, itís not an easy task. We can promise that it will be a worthwhile one! 


Just how can you downsize when you have a houseful of stuff? Thereís a few rules of thumb that you should follow in order to keep your downsizing process streamlined and stress-free.


Donít Try To Do Everything At Once


The more stuff that you have, the more overwhelming your project will be. You may want to be very efficient and try to get everything cleaned out as soon as possible. Itís probably not feasible to get it all done at once. Youíll stress yourself out both physically and emotionally. Think of a realistic time table for you based on how much time you hope to clean over a certain period and how much stuff you actually have. Itís best if you plan to tackle one room and one area at a time.   


If Youíre Helping Someone Else, Ask Yes Or No Questions


When youíre in the process of moving or even just getting rid of stuff, the people youíre helping will thank you if youíre direct. Ask yes or no questions about things as the whether itís being donated, tossed, or saved. This will be especially helpful when working with children and older people.  



Presort Items


You can also expedite the process of cleaning things just by sorting them out. Keep piles of clothing, kitchen items, tools and toys separate. This process works best with items that are numerous like clothing. Once the items are separated, they may be much easier to tackle.               


Know How Much Space You Have


If your goal is to empty out one closet in your home, then you know that space will be unavailable for storage. If youíre moving from an 8 room house to 5 room condo, you may have a bit more purging to do! Just remember that thereís no point in hanging onto things that wonít be used or that have no place to be stored.


Donít Have An Undecided Pile


Donít start an undecided pile of stuff. It will just end up back in your pool of things that will need to be cleaned out at a later time. Make sure that you make a clear decision on what youíre doing with each item in the process of sorting. One exception to this rule is paperwork. If you need to sort through a lot of it, place it in a box to go through at another time, preferably once the rest of the house is settled. 


If you focus on sorting and seeing what your most used items are, downsizing should be a less overwhelming task. Once you clean, you can focus on more important things like moving!





Posted by Lisa Bradley on 1/2/2018

Bookshelves are typically placed in studies or in the home office. While we live in a technology saturated world, books are still a staple for learning. Theyíre classic items that will stand the test of time. Bookcases are also versatile pieces of furniture. Books can also be incorporated into your decor really easily. The bookshelf is a place where items are often moved to be used. This can cause unwanted clutter. These tips will help you bring your decor and your organization to a whole other level in rooms where bookshelves reside. As a bonus, your bookshelf will stay organized! Make Use Of File Holders File holders work wonders for keeping magazines and loose articles organized. Itís a great way to keep these items contained and easy to access. This is also the perfect way to hide the clutter of loose papers and items that wonít fit perfectly together. Use Creative Containers For Office Supplies Use glass containers to keep paperclips, pens and post-its organized in your home office. This tactic reduces clutter and seconds as decor. You can even use mugs, vases, or other types of containers for the purpose of holding these items. Use containers that suit your style. Scrapbook Paper Can Add Color To Shelves Scrapbook paper is fairly inexpensive. You can use it to back the shelves of your bookcase in order to add splashes of color to the office or study. Just secure matching sheets of the scrapbook paper to the wall of the bookshelf and voila, you have transformed your bookshelf to a world of color. Display Collections Amidst Books If youíre a collector, spread the collection throughout the shelves of the bookcase. This will add a personal, artistic touch to the shelving and allow you to creatively display your prized possessions at the same time. Color Code Books You can make your bookshelf even more fun by color coding your books. When you walk into the room, the bookshelf will appear as a perfect rainbow of color. This is a fun, eclectic way to organize your books. Feature Your Art On the Bookshelf There are no rules when it comes to arranging your bookshelf. You can certainly hang or display works of art in and on the shelves themselves. Think of hanging a small picture from the front of the unit, or use one shelf to display standing portraits. Thereís so much that can done with a simple bookshelf and some books to make it your own. The places around your home that you express yourself is what gives your home character. While a bookshelf may seem like a boring piece of furniture that is to be used for one purpose, you can see that this isnít true. You can really do anything that you can imagine with your bookshelf and its contents.





Posted by Lisa Bradley on 12/26/2017

Renting is a short-term solution to finding a place to live. It can be a good way to move into a new area and live inexpensively for a short period of time. But financially, renting doesnít make much sense as a long-term plan.

Owning a home is a valuable asset--one that is likely to rise in value over time due to inflation and increasing land value. When you pay rent each month, your only return on investment is that you have a place to live. With home ownership, however, your mortgage payments go toward something you can sell later on.

Deciding if youíre ready to buy a house is not an easy task. Not only do you need to ensure that youíre financially prepared for homeownership, you also need to determine if it makes sense for your personal and professional life.

In this article, weíll talk about some of the ways you can tell if itís a good time to take the plunge into the housing market or if you should keep renting.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Aside from being a question youíll likely be asked at a job interview, this is also something you should ask yourself before considering buying a home. When you buy, youíre making a down payment, paying closing costs, and devoting a lot of time and energy into the process.

Initially, it typically costs more to buy than to rent. But, over time, youíll likely end up paying less for your mortgage payments than you would for a 1-bedroom apartment. Furthermore, those costs go towards an important financial asset.

A big question you should ask yourself when deciding whether to rent or buy is how long you plan on staying in your next dwelling. Typically, if you plan on living there for over five years, it could be a good idea to buy.

To find out which makes more sense for you, try out this useful Rent vs Buy calculator.

What type of lifestyle do you want to have?

Owning a home means caring for a home. If you want to focus on your career or education, you might not have time or funds to pour into maintaining a home. Itís important to remember that home maintenance isnít just a matter of mowing the lawn every other week. Youíll also have to be prepared to spend on hiring professionals for issues like plumbing and electricity.

Calculating whether it makes more sense to buy a home or rent an apartment can be difficult because there are a number of variables when it comes to buying a house. Closing costs, down-payment, property taxes, HOA fees, should all be figured into your calculations. On top of that, youíll need to consider the state of the housing market, whether you can get a good interest rate, and what type of mortgage you can receive.

If you want to live in a large home and you want to do it sooner rather than later, you might want to rent and save for a longer period of time.

However, if youíre happy in a small house and donít need lots of storage space and bedrooms, taking a small mortgage can be a good investment.

Thatís a lot of variables to consider, but fortunately this calculator from the New York Times makes it easy to plug in your numbers.




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Posted by Lisa Bradley on 12/19/2017

Whether you have a free-standing pantry, or a dedicated room for storing your kitchen essentials, thereís certain things that you should do to make sure your pantry is organized and that you have easy access to all of your items. Hereís some tips for good organization in your kitchen pantry: Be Careful With Stacking Canned Goods If you stack large items with other smaller items, such as different sized canned goods, it can pose a problem. An alternative to this storage dilemma is that of using risers. If you donít want to put risers in because you feel that theyíll take up too much space, remember that these storage tools are giving you space in a different sense. However you choose to stack your canned goods, remember that the shortest item should be in the front. Organizing your canned goods by height can help to save you time and space. Store Open Items In Airtight Containers Items that have been opened should be stored in an airtight container with a lid. This can save you money by keeping items fresh. Also, you and your family will know what food items have been opened and need to be finished up before new items are ripped open. Keep cereals, crackers, cookies and even pet food fresh with the use of this simple tactic. Stacking Bins Save Space If youíre like most of America, your town probably recycles. Consider getting stacking bins for the pantry or kitchen area to place recyclables in. Make sure these bins arenít too large. This way, youíll be on top of taking the recycling outside to where it needs to be. This organizing tip helps to keep your kitchen clean. Also, be sure that these containers are easy to open for your convenience. Categorize Your Snack Foods Your kitchen pantry area will stay much more organized if you keep things in categories. Cookies and other sweet snacks should stay on one shelf in one area. Snacks for the kids should be easy to grab for little hands (that is of course if the kids have free reign over the kitchen!) Savory and salty snacks are a different category that will be on a completely different shelf and area. Baskets can be a great accessory for single-serve items. Boxes that snack items come in often take up a lot of space that could be better used. Bags of chips and other items are the same way. These bagged items can be transferred to sealable containers. Baskets are also easy to carry around if youíre offering a choice of snacks. Be sure you have clips to close bags and packages to keep snack items fresh. How Deep Is Your Shelf? Be mindful when it comes to shelving items like bottles that are all the same size. This can make things hard to find. These types of items are often best stored on a lazy Susan, or other type of turn-style storage that easily spins and allows you to see whatís available for your cooking use. This way, youíll never have to move a bunch of things to find what youíre looking for! These kitchen pantry storage tips will help you to stay organized and save time both cooking and cleaning.




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Posted by Lisa Bradley on 12/12/2017

If you've been putting off organizing your closets for months -- if not years -- you're not alone! Since closets are not usually a "high visibility" area of the house, cleaning them often ends up being relegated to the bottom of people's priority lists.

It's easy to postpone tackling the project because you can simply close the door and forget about what a disaster area it's become!

There are, however, several sound reasons for bumping it up on your "to do" list.

  • First of all, you'll probably find valuable things you thought were lost forever. Depending on how long it's been since you last cleaned out your closets, there's a good chance you'll find miscellaneous valuable items ranging from missing gloves and address books to lost photo albums and unopened gifts. There's no end to the possible treasures you could stumble upon in a closet that you haven't organized for a while. You may even find lost items you were considering replacing. In that case, you can save your money or spend it on something else!
  • It's an opportunity to help others. All communities have charitable organizations that distribute warm clothing, shoes, essential kitchen supplies, school backpacks, and other useful items to underprivileged families in your area. By giving away things you no longer need and use, you can accomplish two objectives: clearing out the clutter in your home and helping needy families or organizations in the community.
  • You'll enjoy a sense of accomplishment. On one hand, when you keep putting off a project that you know needs to get done, it creates an underlying feeling of frustration. However, once you get the task underway and completed, you'll feel like you're making progress with your goals and moving forward. (Not only that, but your closets will no longer be an eyesore that cause you to cringe every time you go to grab a jacket or hang up your clothes!)
  • Completing one project helps create momentum for getting started on something else. As Sir Isaac Newton, the famous physicist, stated more than 300 years ago, "A body at rest will remain at rest, and a body in motion will remain in motion unless it is acted upon by an external force.Ē (Source: Live Science) That principle applies as much to human behavior as it does to inanimate objects. Once you force yourself to get started on a project -- whether it involves organization, cleaning, repair, or home improvement -- you'll discover new-found energy and motivation for other tasks.

While it may seem as if cleaning your closets is a monumental task that makes you feel physically and mentally drained just thinking about it, the hardest part is getting started -- taking those first few steps. By picking one closet to organize and setting aside just an hour or two to do it (and creating a semblance of order), you'll be amazed at what you can accomplish in just one session!