Posted by Amanda Bruen on 9/19/2017

Saturday morning is the time of week when many Americans wake, eat a hurried breakfast then head into the closet or basement for a bucket, broom and a rag. Depending on your family house cleaning traditions, when you were a kid you might not have been allowed to go outside and play with your friends until after the house was clean.

It's time to take another look at long standing house cleaning traditions

It was the only thing that put a damper on your Saturday, the one day of the week when kids generally spend all day doing fun things. Of all house cleaning traditions, this one may have been one of the most effective at teaching you and your young brothers and sisters responsibility.

Taking the load of handling every house cleaning chore solo off your mother was another positive takeaway gained from this house cleaning tradition. Years of practicing this house cleaning strategy may have caused you to believe that there was no other way to keep a house clean.

Waiting until the day after Friday to do all of your house cleaning could also start to take the vibrancy out of Saturday. Add in grocery shopping, other household errands, clothes shopping and potentially taking in a movie and Saturday could pass without you sitting and relaxing for 15 minutes.

How cleaning your house in five days could work

You could clean faster to get back more relaxation time. Another approach that you could take is to extend house cleaning chores across five days. For example, you could:

  • Toss out expired food and items that you don't use, items that merely clutter your home on Monday.
  • Dust furniture on Tuesday evening. If you operate a business from home, dusting furniture could become part of your early morning routine.
  • Vacuum carpet and sweep and mop hardwood and tile floors on Wednesday. You could wait until the last day of the month to wax hardwood floors.
  • Toss in a load of laundry on Thursday.
  • Hit the grocery store on Friday just before you come home from work. You might beat crowds.

Limit the time that you spend performing each house cleaning chore to an hour. Teach everyone at your house to pick up after him or herself every day and your house might stay presentable. Give each person living at your house a cleaning responsibility and each person might only clean one to two hours a week. You'd also get your Saturday back.

Everything doesn't have to be done at once

Clean your house in five days and you'll only have two days to completely forget about house cleaning. On the other hand, you won't have to spend more than an hour in a single day doing any house cleaning chore. It's like washing dishes and pots and pans as you finish preparing a cuisine rather than waiting until after all dishes have been prepared and everyone has eaten.

That olddish washing tradition leaves you with a sink full of dirty dishes to wash after you've spent hours entertaining guests. It seems like a win until you enter your kitchen and stare at two full sinks of dirty pots, pans and dishes.

Breaking house cleaning chores into small chunks can add more fun and relaxation time to your weekday and weekends. It may also give you ideas on how you can break down other household traditions that might not be serving you well.

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Posted by Amanda Bruen on 9/15/2017

31 Beckford St, Beverly, MA 01915




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Spectacular opportunity to own this recently renovated first floor condo featuring over 1400 square feet of living space, central air, front to back living room dining room combination, 1 full bath room on first floor and second full bath in finished basement with in unit washer and dryer. kitchen with granite center island, plenty of cabinets,updated appliances including water heater 8/1/17,tile and hardwood flooring, new carpet.10 x20 outdoor covered portico work area, Great location...just minutes to Cummings center,commuter rail,restaurants,parks,schools,waterfront!
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Posted by Amanda Bruen on 9/12/2017

If you were to look at a photo of a suburban neighborhood from the 1950s and one from today, you would notice many similarities. The houses have gotten much larger, but they still have perfectly manicured lawns and milky white fences. American culture has come a long way since the days of nuclear families. An emphasis on conservation and environmentalism has added recycling bins to many of our homes. But by and large our backyards remain mostly unchanged. Some people are electing to deviate from those norms to make their homes and yard more eco-friendly. Part of that change has been to adapt natural landscaping techniques that make your backyard seem less chiseled-out and more a part of its natural environment. With proper planning and care, natural landscaping can give your yard both a modern and natural look, and it won't look messy or overgrown. Here are some tips to get you started on natural landscaping in your backyard.

Native planting

A big part of natural landscaping is understanding your local plant life. Planting flora that is native to your area is not only helping your yard look more natural but also helping your local plant and wildlife. Often we bring in "exotic" plants and flowers without understanding the ecological issues that can arise from invasive species, both on other plants as well as on the local animals. So what are some ways you could alter your yard to house more local plant life? That depends entirely on your taste and on your local flora. If you live in a coastal, warm area, you might choose a sand or shell path in your yard that leads through tall grasses. If you live inland it might make more sense to choose stones or pebbles for your walkway and a variety of shrubs, flowers, and grasses for around the yard.

Lawn dividers

You won't find any white picket fences naturally occurring in the woods. But nature has its own barriers that can be adapted for use around your property. Vines, trees, bushes, and even rocks can all be used as natural barriers. People have used rock walls to mark of their property for centuries, and for good reason: they last forever (with some occasional maintenance) and they compliment the natural environment of your yard.

Make your lawn livable

Your lawn should be hospitable for your plants, your local wildlife, and for you. Using natural wooden benches, tree swings, and maintained paths will make your backyard look like the walkthrough gardens that we see in old English manor houses. But you should also keep in mind the birds, bugs, and other animals that will frequent your yard. By not using chemical insecticides or weed killers you're already helping your local wildlife thrive. But you can attract even more birds by setting inconspicuous feeders in the trees around your yard.

What's to gain from natural landscaping?

Aside from looking nice, natural landscaping has countless other benefits. When you're growing plants native to your area you know the plants are predisposed to grow well in your yard. That means less maintenance, watering, and less money spent buying replacements for dead plants. You'll be helping the local wildlife fit in, and you'll be helping yourself by giving your yard a refreshing, natural look.

Posted by Amanda Bruen on 9/9/2017

This beautiful home is located in a country setting on a dead-end street boasting a large, new, eat in kitchen with custom cabinetry, granite counter tops and hardwood floors. This home also features a bright living room with fireplace, 3 large bedrooms, 2 remodeled baths, as well as a newly remodeled and reinforced 4 season room. The huge, newly carpeted family room with wood stove in the lower level was previously a 4th bedroom and could be turned back into a bedroom, mudroom or utility bay!! Beautifully landscaped large yard perfect for entertaining with patio, extensive vegetable and herb garden, plus an outdoor fireplace that is great for grilling. This wonderful property is also located close to major routes, local area shopping, and restaurants.

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Posted by Amanda Bruen on 9/8/2017

110 Robin Hood Drive Extension, Exeter, NH 03044

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55+ COMMUNITY! This large bright 3 bedroom, two full bathroom trailer in The Landing at Exeter River features a generously sized sun porch perfect for relaxing or visiting with guests. All furniture including washer and dryer is negotiable if the buyer would like a fully furnished unit, move in ready! Brand new heating system installed Fall of 2016.Fully functionable wood burning fireplace as well as central air conditioning. Storage shed on property. Pets permitted with restrictions. Close to downtown Exeter in a great location!
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