Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 7/16/2018

If you’re in a space with a small kitchen, you know that you face a lot of problems including not enough storage, minuscule amounts of prep space, and barely enough room for more than one person in the kitchen at a time. The layout of the room along with the design is what you must work with when you have a small kitchen. There are a few storage solutions that you can use to make your kitchen into a workable space.



Clear The Clutter


Do you have a lot of gadgets hanging around your kitchen that you aren’t using on a regular basis? If there’s no space to store them, perhaps you should consider getting rid of them. That ice cream maker that you may have thought was a good idea to purchase may sit unused, taking up space. You should store only the things you need, and get rid of any items that are just collecting dust. 


Use An Armoire Or Other Shelving Unit


Small kitchens often lack cabinet space. You can use items like armories and bookshelves to give yourself more storage space. Whether you need to store dishes, food items, or pots and pans, these unusual items can help to provide you big amounts of storage. You can even add your own shelves to kitchen walls. All of these ideas provide inexpensive, yet practical solutions to your kitchen storage woes. 


Find An Island


There are carts and other portable kitchen island units that exist to provide additional storage and prep space fro you. Many of these have fold-out counter space and drawers and cabinets. If you have some floor space in your small kitchen, this could be a great use of that space. 


Hang Your Things


No matter how small your kitchen is, you have some room to hang things. You can use hooks in various places in the kitchen whether it’s on a wall or under a shelf. All of your utensils and pots and pans have the ability to hang up somewhere. Give yourself some more storage room and maximize the space that you do have in the kitchen. There are various designs that you can make use of to hang pots and pans using hooks, racks, or even a hanging shelf. Hang your utensils strategically so they are within reach of your cooking area.


Work Upwards


Remember that you have a lot of space available over your head in most cases in a small kitchen. The more you can maximize vertical space, the better off you’ll be. You can place your least used items the highest up and work your way down. 


With the right techniques, storage space doesn’t have to be a huge issue in a small kitchen.




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Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 7/11/2018


975 Concord Turnpike, Lexington, MA 02421

Rental

$3,800
Price

8
Rooms
5
Beds
3
Baths
EASY to SHOW! Spacious 8 room single family home with 2 car garage. First level offers an open-concept kitchen with granite counters and dining area, formal dining room, living room, bedroom and full bath. Second level offers 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths. Rear deck, central A/C and lots of parking!
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Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 7/10/2018

This Single-Family in Lexington, MA recently sold for $1,238,000. This Contemporary style home was sold by Mary-Lou McDonough - Barrett Sotheby's International Realty.


50 Robbins Road, Lexington, MA 02421

Single-Family

$1,228,000
Price
$1,238,000
Sale Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
3
Baths
Architect designed Contemporary Arts and Crafts style home cherished by the same family for 33 years. Interesting gabled roof lines and over-sized windows create sunny rooms throughout. Professionally landscaped lot with beautiful perennial gardens and mature plantings. Covered front porch with vaulted ceiling, mahogany decking and porch swing beckons you to relax and stay awhile. Open concept living/dining room offers 14 foot ceiling, fireplace and vaulted box window and is perfect for entertaining. French doors provide access to the expansive rear deck with custom designed built-in benches and planters. Sunroom with 3 walls of windows is a great spot to read and enjoy your morning coffee. Granite kitchen with wood cabinets opens to a charming bright and sunny breakfast room. Gorgeous master bedroom offers his and her closets, sweet balcony, and marble bath with Jucuzzi tub, skylit shower and double vanities. Great coveted Follen Hill location with easy access to Rte 2. Welcome Home.

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Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 7/9/2018

Life is complicated; however, your moving day experience does not have to be this way. In fact, there are many ways to avoid a complicated moving day experience, and these include:

1. Plan Ahead As Much As Possible

When it comes to moving day, it pays to be prepared. Thus, if you plan ahead as much as possible, you can identify any potential moving day pitfalls and address them before they escalate.

Pack as many items as you can before moving day – you'll be glad you did. If you pack in the weeks and days leading up to your move, you can avoid the stress of last-minute packing.

Also, box and label all of your personal belongings. This will make it simple to safely pack all of your personal belongings into a moving truck and find these items as soon as you reach your final destination.

2. Get Plenty of Rest Before Moving Day Arrives

Moving day likely will be a long, arduous experience, regardless of how much you plan for it. Conversely, if you get a good night's rest before moving day, you can kick off your move feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.

In addition, you should start your moving day with a healthy breakfast. This will give you something to look forward to on moving day, and the breakfast itself will provide you with plenty of energy to help you seize the day.

Don't forget to plan regular breaks as you complete your move. If you do not take a break every once and a while, you risk wearing down quickly on moving day.

3. Hire a Moving Company

There is no need to leave anything to chance, especially if you're planning a big move. Luckily, moving companies are available in cities and towns nationwide, and these businesses employ highly trained moving professionals to assist you in any way possible.

If you intend to hire a moving company, don't wait. Remember, the longer that you wait to employ a moving company, the less likely it becomes that this business will be available when the big day arrives.

Furthermore, you should check out a variety of moving companies in your area. This will enable you to examine various moving companies' strengths and weaknesses and determine which business can fulfill your moving needs.

If you need extra help determining whether a moving company is right for you, it never hurts to reach out to the business directly. In most instances, a moving company can provide client referrals that can help you make an informed decision.

Lastly, for those who are uncertain about how to prepare for a move, it may be helpful to collaborate with a real estate agent. This housing market professional can help you buy or sell a house, along with provide insights into what it takes to complete a successful relocation.

Want to enjoy an uncomplicated moving day experience? Use the aforementioned tips, and you can reap the benefits of a seamless transition from one address to another.




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Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 7/5/2018

This Single-Family in Lexington, MA recently sold for $1,776,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Mary-Lou McDonough - Barrett Sotheby's International Realty.


82 Middle Street, Lexington, MA 02421

Single-Family

$1,688,000
Price
$1,776,000
Sale Price

12
Rooms
5
Beds
3/2
Full/Half Baths
Just 15 miles outside of Boston and set 200' back from the street, this Shingle Style home has it all. Built in 2000, this 5,420 sf home was given careful thought in its design and unique features. From its oversized covered front porch to the sun-filled sweeping turret staircase, this striking home is drenched in natural light from walls of glass. The main level is welcoming with a grand foyer, spacious dining room, sunny custom kitchen, fireplaced family room with mahogany built-ins, living room, and a private office with direct access to the outside. Entertaining has never been easier! The upper level offers 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, laundry room, two staircases, and a huge walk-up unfinished attic (plumbed for a bathroom). The finished lower level is not to be missed! This space is ideal for all ages and boasts a playroom, game/media room, bath & storage. A unique home in a peaceful setting. Top rated schools, Old Res, T stop, Lexington Center, highways and more are all close by!

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