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Posted by Bo Lee on 4/15/2018

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 Bo Lee on 3/1/2018

TRULY a Lovely Starter Home! * Well Maintained * Move-In Ready * A Unique Style home * Enter into a comfortable open Living Room with a Wood Burning Fireplace and Cathedral Ceiling * A BEAUTIFULLY RENOVATED KITCHEN (2016) with White Cabinetry, Granite Counters, S/S Appliances, a Pantry Closet and Spacious Dining Area * Hardwood Floors on the 2nd level * Just a few steps up to the 2nd floor to Three Great Bedrooms with Closets w/Organizers * UPDATED BATHROOM * Just a few steps down into the Lower Level is the Light & Bright Family Room * All Windows have been Replaced * ENERGY EFFICIENT HOME with Blown-in Insulation * GAS FURNACE 2011 * Ceiling Fans in the LR and All the Bedrooms * ROOF 2015 * A Good Size Private Backyard with a nice Deck and plenty of room for outdoor fun! * GREAT LOCATION - close to Shopping, Rt. 140 and Rt. 495 * YOU'LL LOVE THIS ONE!

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Posted by Bo Lee on 11/10/2017

You'll be PROUD to come HOME to this GORGEOUS PICTURESQUE NEIGHBORHOOD OF WILDLIFE ESTATES with Wide Streets, Sidewalks, Mature Plantings & Trees! This Beautiful Colonial sits on a Professionally Landscaped Corner Lot. Lovely Classic Brick Paved Walkway leads you to the Front Porch of this 4 BEDROOM 3.5 BATH home that has been METICULOUSLY maintained. A delightful KITCHEN THAT'S BEEN RENOVATED over the years includes Stainless Steel Appliances: a Sub-Zero Refrigerator, Thermador Range, built in Microwave & Wall Oven, Dishwasher & Trash Compactor. The Main Level also includes a Living Rm that opens to the Dining Rm, a Fireplaced Family Rm, Powder Rm, Mudroom area & convenience to a 2-car Garage. The 2nd level encompasses a large Master Bedrm w/ a Walk-In Closet (w/built in organizers) & a Beautifully RENOVATED MASTER BATHRM, 3 Good Size Bedrms, another Nicely RENOVATED HALL BATHRM & steps to the LAUNDRY closet! Grand Space in the FINISHED BASEMENT with a KITCHENETTE & FULL BATH! WOW!!!

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Posted by Bo Lee on 9/24/2017

Your thirties are a time of many important financial decisions. Many people are starting families, buying homes, and getting settled into their careers by the time they turn thirty. The following ten years are often marked by salary increases, moving into larger homes, and saving for retirement.

Itís vital to have a solid grasp on personal finance in your thirties, as it is in many ways the foundation of your finances for the decades to come. So, in this article weíre going to give you some advice on buying a home and managing your money in your thirties.

Straighten out your credit

If your twenties were a volatile time of incurring debts from student loans, car loans, and other expenses, then itís paramount to get your credit in order in your early thirties. Having a high credit score can secure you lower interest rates on a home loan or let you refinance your loans at lower rates.

Start by making sure your bills are on auto-pay, and be sure to settle any older debts from your younger years. You can also use a credit card for recurring expenses, such as gas to get to work or groceries, and then pay them off in full each month. This way, youíll build credit and avoid accruing  interest at the same time.

Reevaluate your lifestyle and long term goals

A lot can change from the time you turn 25 to the time you turn 35. Your goals might shift from finding a home near the ocean to finding a home near a good school district for your children. You might also have the shocking realization that your children will be heading to college sooner than it might seem, and that youíre still working on paying off your own student debt.

Consider things like the size house youíll need for your family, where you want to live and whether that involves being close to aging parents, and reallocating money depending on your retirement goals.

Rethink your insurance coverage

Gone are the days when all you needed was a car insurance policy to get by. As you age and your responsibilities grow, youíll need to think about the future for you and your family. That may include a more comprehensive health insurance plan for your family, a life insurance policy for yourself, or increased covered for home and auto insurance.

Automate the headaches away

With all of these growing responsibilities, it can be easy to get frustrated with the time youíre losing to keeping your finance in order. Fortunately, there are many tools at your disposal in the internet age that will make all of those responsibilities an afterthought.

First, get a budget planning app, like Mint or You Need a Budget (YNAB). Next, set up your bills to auto-pay if you havenít yet. Then, put reminders in your phone to periodically check your credit score and reassess whether you need to pay for certain monthly services (do you still watch Hulu?). Finally, if you havenít yet, make sure you have your paychecks direct deposited into the accounts youíd like them to enter so you donít have to worry about them.




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Posted by Bo Lee on 9/21/2017

WELCOME to this New York Colonial located in the charming quaint town of HOLLISTON! This 4 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath is move-in ready! Many upgrades have been made over the years- Roof, All Windows, Garage Doors, Flooring, all three Bathrooms, Kitchen, Water Heater, Electrical Panel, & a BRAND NEW SEPTIC SYSTEM! A nice open Foyer welcomes you into this home w/two large coat closets. The upgraded Kitchen includes tons of cabinetry, Granite counter tops, Stainless Steel appliances---> a DOUBLE Oven, TRASH Compactor, FRENCH DOOR Refrigerator, COUNTERTOP Range & Dishwasher. Laundry & a Half Bath is conveniently located on the main level. The CATHEDRAL CEILING Living Rm is light & bright from the large transom windows & incandescent lighting. This home sits on a nice LEVEL LOT with additional OUTDOOR LIVING with access to a PATIO from the Family Rm/Den and a LARGE DECK right from the Kitchen. Extra storage in the partial basement, attic, garage & SHED in the backyard.

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