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Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 8/13/2017

There are many benefits to living in a simple and minimal environment. Lack of clutter helps us focus and boosts our mood. Have you ever sat down at your desk at work or in your home office and felt like you just couldn't get any work done and started tidying up instead? It might be a good idea to listen to that impulse and make your work environment a more productive place. In this article we're going to give you some tips for making your home office a distraction-free, minimal sanctuary. At the same time, these tips will be low cost--minimalism and frugality go hand in hand after all.

Why minimalism?

If you're the type of person who lives in a "well-organized mess" and is able to function highly in this environment, maybe you don't need to strip things down. Or, if you feel the most comfortable in a busy room and are able to get more work done this way, maybe the busy and cozy office environment works for you. However, the majority of people don't fit that description. We tend to do our best work when we have only the necessities at had. Having a minimal home office has numerous benefits. Aside from helping you focus and adding a spacious, pleasant atmosphere to the room, minimalism can help your room look more updated and modern (increasing the value of your home), and can help you save money once you start making only the most useful purchases for your home office.

Your office as a workshop

If you work on cars in your garage and nothing else, you'll probably only want to fill your garage with the right tools for the job. This is also true for your home office. We have a tendency of putting old and extra furniture and decorations from our house into the less frequented rooms, like a home office. Look around your office. Has it become a storage room for old pillows, lamps, or furniture? If so, this is your chance to get rid of some items to clear up the room. Unlike your garage, the tools for the job needed in your home office have been extremely cut down thanks to technology. Among the items that laptops and smartphones have made obsolete:
  • filing cabinets--Google Drive and Dropbox can securely store all your documents
  • calculators--your phone and laptop have these
  • staplers
  • hole punches
  • landline telephones
  • bulletin boards
  • desktop calendars and planners
This list goes on and on. If you have the equivalent or a replacement on your laptop, there's no need to clutter your room with it.

Minimal decorating

Since simple living and minimalism are current trends there are a range of resources available to you when looking to revamp your home office. Some decorating tips to help you along the way:
  • Shop modular. Modular furniture from stores like IKEA and VITSOE are great space savers.
  • Keep your surfaces clear. Avoid the urge to cover your desk with items. That goes for tables, floors, walls, and ceilings as well.
  • Think about color. Using bright colors for your walls and ceiling will make your room feel more spacious and minimal.
  • Nature is your friend. Natural light and one or two plants will compliment any minimal space.





Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 8/6/2017

Children. You love them with all your being. But the mess they can make of the house? Not so much. Keep reading for four tips on how to keep your home clean despite your children’s best efforts. You might even be able to get them to join in on the fun! 

1. Cleanup after playtime. Build the habit of cleaning up one set of toys before moving on to the next, this not only keeps the floor from becoming littered in toys but also makes cleaning up more manageable for little ones. A large mess can easily overwhelm small children and by cleaning up along the way you make the task easier for them to participate in.

2. Have an organizational system for corralling toys that works for you and more importantly your children. Make cleanup easy by storing toys in bins and baskets that toys can easily be tossed into. Cleanup is made even easier when you give everything a designated place so there isn’t a chance for toys to end up in organizational limbo. Do a walk through of the house sweep once little ones are in bed to ensure everything has been put in its place.

3. The easiest way to keep things clean is to minimize the amount of stuff you and your children own. Of course, this is harder to implement with little ones but regular clean outs of toys helps to balance the influx of toys that come during holidays and birthdays. Include kiddos in on the process to pick out their favorites and get them excited to donate toys to other children. You can put some toys in storage and swap them out regularly throughout the year to minimize the amount kept in the home and reignite your child’s interest in them as well.

4. Create regular routines around the house to instill clean up habits in your child early on. Create designated areas around the house for play time, quiet time or even homework. This helps children adjust to focus on the task at hand as well as prevent toys from ending up all over the house. By keeping a routine time of day to do a  household chore you’ll also teach little ones the importance of having work ethic around the home. You can even involve curious kiddos in the chore by buying them a child-sized broom or vacuum to “help”. 

Keeping a tidy home with little ones in the house isn’t the easiest of tasks. But by minimizing the amount of stuff you own and instilling a regular clean up habits you can keep on top of messes. You can even create some fond memories and bonding time with your child by including them in on the fun. Happy cleaning!  




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Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 8/1/2017

This Single-Family in Needham, MA recently sold for $989,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Jill Finkelstein - Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Town and Country Real Estate.


25 Hollow Ridge Road, Needham, MA 02494

Single-Family

$989,000
Price
$989,000
Sale Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
WONDERFUL MINT COLONIAL IN A POPULAR FAMILY NEIGHBORHOOD! This 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home has it all from natural gas heat to a laundry chute! The first floor features a lovely fireplaced living room with light hardwood floors adjoining the dining room, making it perfect for hosting family gatherings! The stunning custom kitchen shows like new with a large eat-in area, new double wall ovens, SubZero and gas cooking, leading to a large family room on one side and a beautiful three season porch on the other! There is easy access to the direct entry 2 car garage. The second floor offers 4 nice bedrooms with excellent closet space as well as two full baths. There is a finished basement and amazing storage space. Amenities include central air, alarm, radiant heat floor in the master bath, first floor laundry, underground sprinklers with two water meters, gas barbeque and gas dryer hookups. A superb walk to town and train location in the very desirable Hillside School district.

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Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 7/30/2017

When you want to give the outside of your home a serious makeover, you might be looking to change up the color combination of the property. There’s many different color combinations that can make your home look great. Whether your home has siding, brick, or stone, there’s a color combination for you. Below, you’ll find some color combinations that you can consider for your home. 


Gray, Blue, And White


Whether your home has a stone exterior or is just plain white, you can use these three colors in a great combination to accent the home. White brings about brightness while the darker tones of blue and gray bring out your front door and window trim, creating a silhouette of sorts.


Brown Green And White


If you’re looking for earth tones, this is a great color combination for you. These nature inspired shades can create a beautiful oasis on the outside of your home. You can choose light and dark shades that complement one another in order to bring a dramatic affect to your home.


Peach White And Gray


This color combo can add a stimulating visual effect to the front of your home. The white can be used to highlight your home’s accents, while the darker grays can add some depth the color scheme overall. 


Other combos to consider:


  • Gray, red, and white
  • Brown, red, and green
  • White, black, and gray
  • Cream, yellow, and black
  • Red, brown, and orange
  • Greens, browns, and creams
  • brown, tan, and blue
  • Blue, white, and black

Remember that very color palette needs a foundation. The establishing color is the one that will overtake the majority of the outside of your home. Remember that you need to consider all of the accents of your home including the door, window trims, and shutters. Even if you don’t want to take the dive and change the entire color of your home, you can consider changing just the accents of your home. Sometimes even just adding a coat of paint to the front door can really spice up the outside of your home.


When All Else Fails, Stick With The Classics


While pops of color can always look wonderful in a color scheme on your home, if you’re afraid to think outside the box, you might want to just stick to the classics. You can never go wrong with neutral colors, especially when you use them together. Try different color combos at the local hardware store, or even try a few paint samples before you make a firm decision on your home’s makeover.




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Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 7/28/2017


89 Glendale Road, Needham, MA 02492

Single-Family

$1,850,000
Price

10
Rooms
4
Beds
4/1
Full/Half Baths
SPECTACULAR NEW CONSTRUCTION COLONIAL IN A HIGHLY DESIRABLE NEEDHAM NEIGHBORHOOD! This stunning home features 4/5 bedrooms, and 4 1/2 baths. An open floor plan combines great family space with wonderful entertaining possibilities. The granite stainless kitchen with island adjoins both a spacious dining room and enormous fireplaced family room with access to the patio. A gracious living room with additional fireplace is also totally open on the first floor. There is a study with built-ins, a fantastic mudroom area, direct garage entrance as well as a side entry exterior doorway. On the second floor, the grand master suite offers a walk-in closet and beautiful full bath with radiant heat flooring. Three other good size bedrooms also attach directly to full baths. The lower level is finished with a huge playroom and full bath. Fantastic detailing and craftsmanship! Hardwood throughout, central AC and vacuum, sprinklers, alarm, stone walls in a fabulous location! August occupancy!
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Location: 89 Glendale Road, Needham, MA 02492    Get Directions

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