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You don’t have to be a chef to appreciate a kitchen that is designed with lots of counter space. You don’t even have to enjoy trying out new recipes for two or more hours a week to recognize the value of open kitchen counters. But, simply appreciating kitchen counter space may not keep you from filling your kitchen counters with boxes, jugs, nonperishable food items and kitchen utensils.

Steps to more kitchen counter space

If you’re like many homeowners, you want more kitchen counter space. One of the best ways to gain more counter space is to train yourself to let go of boxes, bags and other kitchen items that you have not used in several months. This single step can help you to get more space in your kitchen and throughout the rest of your home.

It may take patience to become effective at letting things go. But, it’s worth it.Following are additional steps that you can take to gain more kitchen counter space. You may be surprised at how easy it is to implement most of the steps. You also might be surprised at how much more useful your kitchen becomes after you get the extra room. To start, you can:

  • Store fruit and vegetables in your kitchen windowsill. Tomatoes, potatoes and onions are good foods to store in the windowsill.
  • Buy a dolly to place cereal, rice, grains and other dry goods on
  • Install a kitchen pantry. If you already have a kitchen pantry, consider storing dry goods, paper towels and pots and pans in the pantry.
  • Add another shelf to your existing kitchen counters
  • Toss kitchen utensils that you never use
  • Box kitchen items that you only use for large family celebrations or on major holidays and place these items in the basement or attic.
  • Place storage bins at the top of your kitchen cabinets. Transfer items from your kitchen counter to these over head bins. Just make sure that you minimize the numbers of items that you store in the bins. It helps to keep the bins from becoming too heavy. It’s also a good way to train yourself to let go of items that you don’t use.
  • Install kitchen organizers that attach to the wall.
  • Clean out your kitchen cabinets. Get rid of pots and pans that you haven’t used in over two years.

A few extra tips to more kitchen counter space

Another way to get more kitchen counter space is to toss out old can foods at least once a month. It might surprise you how many of your canned vegetables, soups, gravies and broths are outdated. Commit to buying foods that you actually use. Avoid buying and keeping food just so you can feel that you’ll never run out of things to eat.

These steps lead to a cleaner kitchen. They also help you to gain more kitchen counter space. You just might use the extra counter space to prepare healthier meals,the type of meals that require you to pull out a cutting board and measure food that grows right out of the earth, so that you can enjoy a delicious, protein, vitamin and mineral rich diet.


Curb appeal is an important aspect for a home’s value. It is also crucial for drawing in buyers. A large piece of your curb appeal is your lawn. Getting the perfect lawn will take work and there are vital things that must be done in order to get and maintain luscious, bright green grass. Here are a few tips for getting the perfect lawn: Spring Clean Up: Spring clean ups are essential for obtaining and maintaining the perfect yard. A spring clean up involves yard clean ups, dethatching, raking, mowing, edging, mulching and weeding. This preps your lawn for the seasons ahead. Weekly Mows: Weekly mows help keep the grass healthy. Regularly mowing your lawn helps your grass grow stronger and recover better and quicker from irritants. Fertilize: Fertilizing is very important as it gives your grass the nutrients to grow and be healthy. For best results fertilizing should occur about 5 times a year. However, it’s best to consult a professional to know exactly how often to fertilize your lawn. Water: Your lawn needs water in order to grow. Installing a sprinkler system or manually watering your grass are both ways to accomplish this. It’s important to try to water as early in the morning as you can and for a couple of hours at a time, but no more than an inch of water a week. Aerating: Aerating opens the soil to allow for air, nutrients and water to seep into the grass roots. Aerating is important because it helps the grass roots grow deeper, allowing for your lawn to grow strong. Fall Clean Up: Fall clean ups include the removal of fallen leaves, cutting back any perennials or annuals that need it, and doing a final mow. Fall clean ups prep the lawn for the winter and ensure that nothing deters your lawn from a successful spring clean up. Add charm to your yard with new mulch, shrubberies, flowers, and hanging plants. For added lawn appeal, mow in rows starting in one corner and then mow in rows diagonally from the other corner. The end result will be an impeccable lawn, as if you hired a professional. It takes a good amount of work and effort to create the perfect lawn and a good amount more to maintain it, but the end result is worth it. The perfect lawn doesn’t happen overnight either (unless you go and buy the roll out grass). Be patient and treat your lawn with care and you will end up with the perfect lawn.

If you're thinking about putting your house on the market in the near future, then you've probably begun to research and compare real estate agents in your area. While experience, credentials, and training can make a big difference in a real estate agent's ability to produce results for you, there are other factors worth considering. For example, an agent's attitude, Web presence, and past performance are also indicators of their strengths, weaknesses, and marketing skills. Here are a few "red flags" to watch out for in your search for a knowledgeable, proactive, and service-oriented real estate professional.
  • The quality of their Web site: If a real estate agent has a Web site that looks disorganized, amateurish, or outdated, then that could speak volumes about their own flaws. In this day and age, a fully functional and professional-looking website is an essential marketing tool in the real estate business. Having access to the latest marketing tools and techniques is a vital aspect of selling your home in the shortest possible time. Agents who are not making full use of the Internet to market their listings are doing themselves and their clients a disservice. If they can't present themselves in the best possible light on the Internet, then it raises questions about their presentation style, in general. On the other hand, if a Realtor or real estate agent maintains an up-to-date, professional-looking website that is user-friendly and loaded with helpful information and search capabilities, then that's one indication they're conscientious, resourceful, and in touch with relevant technology. A timely and informative blog is another positive sign that they're tech-savvy and passionate about what they do for a living.
  • Attitude and energy level: A great real estate agent has the ability to look at the "big picture" and realize that there will be peaks and valleys in every transaction and marketing campaign. If you choose them over the competition, you'll eventually depend on that agent to be a problem solver, a cheerleader, and a source of positive inspiration throughout the process. When you take into account how much is riding on the sale of your home, you realize the importance of selecting a well-organized, professional, and highly motivated agent. If you're interviewing one that spends too much time complaining about market conditions, other clients, or all the "red tape" involved in real estate transactions, then RUN -- don't walk -- to the nearest door! (That advice would, of course, need to be modified if you're meeting with them in your own home.) Here's the bottom line, though: To be able to capitalize on opportunities and produce the best possible results, a great real estate agent needs to maintain a positive attitude -- especially in the face of temporary setbacks.
The good news about real estate agents and Realtors is that the majority of them are ethical, motivated, and passionate about producing optimal results. As is the case with all professions, however, some are more positive, dedicated, and resourceful than others. That's why it pays to interview two or three real estate agents before settling on the one who's the best match for your timetable, your personality, and your individual needs.


466 High St, Southbridge, MA 01550

Single-Family

$199,000
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
FIRST SHOWINGS - SUN OPEN, 5/21 - 12-2 PM. IMMACULATE SUNNY RANCH W/ SURPRISING SPACE IN A LOVELY NEIGHBORHOOD - DEAD END ROAD! CENTRAL BRICK FIREPLACE WARMS THE FRONT LIVING ROOM & THE SUN STREAMS INTO THE HUGE BACK FAMILY ROOM W/ EFFICIENT WINDOWS ON 3 WALLS. FULLY APPLIANCED KITCHEN, LOTS OF CABINETS & COUNTER SPACE & SEPARATE DINING AREA. RECENT WINDOWS & ROOF. FULL WALKOUT BASEMENT GREAT FOR WORKSHOP AND EXTRA LIVING SPACE PLUS WALK UP ATTIC FOR CONVENIENT STORAGE. VERY SPECIAL HOME! Photos show home as it was recently furnished. Seller is motivated and a quick sale is possible.
Open House
Sunday
June 04 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Spacious and comfortable 3 BR ranch with attached garage in a lovely dead end neighborhood of well maintained homes! Your favorite spot could be the fireplace'd living room or the big 4 season addition with 2 skylights and multi windows with attractive backyard views. This home offers total one level living with a first floor laundry plus a full walkout basement with ample space for a big workshop and even game room options!
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466 High St, Southbridge, MA 01550

Single-Family

$200,000
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
FIRST SHOWINGS - SUN OPEN, 5/21 - 12-2 PM. IMMACULATE SUNNY RANCH W/ SURPRISING SPACE IN A LOVELY NEIGHBORHOOD - DEAD END ROAD! CENTRAL BRICK FIREPLACE WARMS THE FRONT LIVING ROOM & THE SUN STREAMS INTO THE HUGE BACK FAMILY ROOM W/ EFFICIENT WINDOWS ON 3 WALLS. FULLY APPLIANCED KITCHEN, LOTS OF CABINETS & COUNTER SPACE & SEPARATE DINING AREA. RECENT WINDOWS & ROOF. FULL WALKOUT BASEMENT GREAT FOR WORKSHOP AND EXTRA LIVING SPACE PLUS WALK UP ATTIC FOR CONVENIENT STORAGE. VERY SPECIAL HOME! Photos show home as it was recently furnished. Seller is motivated and a quick sale is possible.
Open House
Sunday
June 04 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Spacious and comfortable 3 BR ranch with attached garage in a lovely dead end neighborhood of well maintained homes! Your favorite spot could be the fireplace'd living room or the big 4 season addition with 2 skylights and multi windows with attractive backyard views. This home offers total one level living with a first floor laundry plus a full walkout basement with ample space for a big workshop and even game room options!
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 466 High St, Southbridge, MA 01550    Get Directions

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