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Posted by Classic Properties REALTORS ® on 3/10/2019

If your children's playroom is also the guest room or family room or office, you need lots of organization to keep all its uses available at a moment's notice. But busting your budget for fancy boxes and bins is entirely out of the question. A quick trip to the dollar store offers up a trove of options to fit your needs.• Use shower caddies to hold toys and craft items.

  • Plastic bins work great to organize blocks, Legos, and other building pieces.
  • Small bins separate pens, pencils, crayons, glue sticks, and brushes from other supplies.
  • Over-the-door shoe holders hold action figures, fashion dolls or dolls’ dresses.
  • Large tubs make great homes for stuffed animals.
  • Square cubby bins hold dress-up clothes and costumes.
  • Plastic crates make an excellent home for play kitchen sets and dishes. Hang smaller containers on removable hooks alongside the play kitchen.
  • Place a hanging organizer in the closet and fill it with games.
  • Keep color books or comic books in magazine boxes.

Often, baskets and bins come in matching or contrasting color groups. If they are visible in the room, mix and match the larger items artfully on shelving or along the wall, under a table that doubles as a desk or in a closet. Stack lidded bins to keep them organized and label them to make putting items away easier. All these containers are easy grab-and-go items when you need to switch your room's use.

If you’re setting up a play place for grandchildren, fill the baskets and bins with a variety of color books, crayons, and games. Keep a stock of small toys and make each visit special by offering up a new surprise. Then, when the grandchildren are away, whisk the bins into a cabinet or under a bed and, voila, you have your office or guest room back. 

As children mature and move on to crafts and hobbies, add a magnetic spice rack to hold beads and baubles, model parts, and other small objects. Place a clear strip of tape on each container and write on it with a permanent marker, so you know what's in it. If you change out the contents, peel off the tape and add a new piece with the new label.

When they reach the age they no longer need a playroom, re-purpose the bins into a homework station to hold pens, tape, paper, and notebooks.

If you’ve always wanted a dedicated playroom in your home, your realtor can show you homes that fill the bill.




Categories: Family   playroom   organization  


Posted by Classic Properties REALTORS ® on 3/29/2015

Parenting has become more and more complicated and adding the internet to the mix makes it scary. Social media sites like Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook have parents scrambling with what to do. Social media sites are advancing so quickly that it often seems impossible for parents to keep up. Here are some hints on how to parent kids when it comes to technology: 1. Almost all social media sites have age requirements; follow and enforce them with your children. Most sites require children to be 13 to sign up, while other like Vine require users to be 17. 2. Just because the minimum age requirement is 13 or 17 your child should be mature and responsible enough to use good judgment offline before becoming active online. 3. Use social media. As a parent become active on social media sites. Join the same sites your children are using and learn how they work. Follow, friend, like them or do whatever the site requires for you to monitor their activity. Don't embarrass them by commenting on their posts just be there. 4. Review and implement privacy settings on social media accounts with your children. Remind your children not to share personal information about themselves, their family or their friends online. All profiles should be set to private. Kids should only accept friends or followers that they know in real life. 5. Stress manners. Remind children that interactions on social media are just like the "real world". Practice respect, good judgement, kindness, and always use proper language. 6. Social media is a privilege. If your children are misusing social media take the privilege away.





Posted by Classic Properties REALTORS ® on 1/5/2014

Saving money when you have a family can be difficult. There are so many everyday expenses that make it hard to start saving for college, retirement and other looming expenses. Here are some ways to start planning for your family's financial future: Start a college fund: College may seem far away but it is a huge expense that can creep up on you. Start saving now, the sooner the better. Even as little as $100 a month will add up. Open a 529 college savings plan to use specifically for college expenses. Buy life insurance: Life insurance gives your family a peace of mind. and the ability to afford the expense of final care and burial.  The death benefit will provide financial security for those family members who are left behind. Have a will: When a person dies without a will, the state decides who gets what, without regard to the deceased wishes or their heirs' needs. Creating a will that spells out one's wishes protects their family's financial future.





Posted by Classic Properties REALTORS ® on 9/2/2012

When the summer heat comes knocking, many people reach for soft drinks and artificially flavored beverages.  While this may temporarily cool you down while satisfying your sweet tooth, you're actually doing your body a disservice by dumping so many empty calories into your system.  Additionally, many of these drink options actually dehydrate you further, prompting you to drink more of them sooner.  Here are five easy alternatives to reaching for a can of pop, or a bottle of "enhanced electrolyte-infused super sports drink"....Whatever that is. 1. Juice on Juice - Do you make your ice cubes with trays in your freezer?  If you do, try swapping out the water with juice!  You can have a glass of OJ with OJ ice cubes.  As they melt, they won't water down your juice of choice.  If you are feeling adventurous, you can make your own fruit juice combinations with matching juice cubes.  If you have a blender, you can make your own fruit slushies in a flash.  It's a pretty simple way to enjoy something flavorful, and you can feel better knowing that you aren't putting large amounts of empty calories into your system.  If you are craving something a little sweeter, why not try mixing in a little Stevia?  While relatively new to the US market, this wonder sweetener has been used for centuries by people in other countries.  Boasting a sweetening capability 300 times that of sugar, stevia has also been shown to have a negligible effect on blood glucose levels, making this sweetener relatively safe for people on carbohydrate-controlled diets. 2.  Cucumber Water - This is a relatively new concept to hit the mainstream, but it has been around for a long time.  Cucumbers are a perfect summer food...They contain vitamin C and caffeic acid, two antioxidant nutrients that can help protect the skin from the sun's damaging rays. Vitamin C boosts collagen and elastin, which helps keep skin looking vibrant. Caffeic acid protects skin cells from UV radiation. Cucumbers also help to prevent water retention, which will keep you feeling light and refreshed all day. There are a few different methods to make cucumber water, but I'll give the easiest here....Chop up a whole cucumber, throw it in a pitcher of water, and let it soak in the fridge overnight.  In the morning, drain the pieces of cucumber out, pour yourself a big glass of it over ice, throw a few slices of cucumber in as a garnish, and voila.  You have cucumber water.  Yes....It's that simple.  And you'll be pleasantly surprised how refreshing this new angle on water is. Raspberry Mint water - This is similar to the cucumber water, except that there's no overnight soaking required.  All you need is a water bottle, crushed ice, some fresh mint, and raspberries.  Throw five or six raspberries, a few mint leaves, and a small handful of crushed ice into a water bottle.  Shake well.  The ice will agitate the mint and raspberries.  Then, fill the bottle to the top with water, and shake again.  Goodbye, Crystal Light. Soda Water and Juice - If you find yourself craving the zip of bubbles in your beverage, try mixing plain soda water with citrus juices.  Two parts juice, one part soda water, and some ice is all you'll need to beat a soda craving.  Try mixing tangerine and grapefruit juice first, then move on to other juices. Iced Chai Tea - Chai has its roots in Ayurvedic medicine, but has come to be one of the world's most beloved teas.  Chai is a mixture of black teas and aromatic Indian spices.  Initially brought over to the west a few centuries ago, it has become a fixture in many coffeehouses and cupboards all across the United States, and can be purchased in your local grocery store.  If you like Iced tea, then take a chance on Iced Chai.  You won't regret it. Bring four cups of water to a boil, and add one chai bag per cup.  Steep for five to seven minutes, and transfer to a pitcher.  Allow the Chai to cool completely, and serve over ice.  You can add a bit of milk and sugar if you so desire, but the natural blend of Indian spice makes this tea flavorful all on its own. Here's to a healthy summer!




Tags: Healthy   ice tea   summer fun  
Categories: Family