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Posted by Upper Cape Realty on 6/21/2017

For some people, cleaning the house is a relaxing way to pass the time. It's a mindful activity and living in a clean space can help improve your mood and focus. However, for many of us it can be hard to find time to clean after a long day of work, cooking dinner, caring for kids and pets, and so on. Many people try to keep up with the mess by cleaning one room at a time. However, it actually takes much longer to clean if you do it on a room-by-room basis. The most efficient way to clean is by chore. You wouldn't dust or vacuum just one room; you'd do the whole house because it saves you the pain of taking out the vacuum cleaner every time one room needs to be vacuumed. In this article, we'll go over how you can avoid having one long, excruciating cleaning day by spending 5-10 minutes per day cleaning your house.

Monday

Today is pick-up day. After the weekend your home is likely to have a lot of things laying around out of place. Do a quick tidying up in each room of your home. That includes: picking up clothes, clearing off tables and surfaces, and putting away any children's or pet toys that might be on the floor.

Tuesday

Dusting. With your duster in hand, run through each room of your house hitting all of the surfaces. Grab a microfiber cloth for things like TVs and computer screens that might have fingerprints and put it in your back pocket. In your other pocket, keep a lint roller or lint brush for your sofa, bed, chairs, etc.

Wednesday

Floors. Get out your Swiffer, mop, vacuum cleaner and whatever else you use to clean the floors of your home. Sweep each room into a pile, starting from the walls and working your way in. Once all rooms are swept, grab your dustpan and pick up each pile. From there you can run your Swiffer or mop through your rooms with wood floors or tile. Finally, vacuum any carpets or rugs you have.

Thursday

Kitchen day. Mix some white vinegar and water, toss in a few drops of lemon or lime juice, and you've got an all-purpose kitchen cleaner that's free of any harsh chemicals that you don't want going near your food. For areas that need to be scrubbed, like your sink or countertop, sprinkle some baking soda down after you spray the vinegar solution. Once you're done, tuck your spray bottle and baking soda within reach under your sink--you'll need it again tomorrow.

Friday

Bathroom day. There's no denying it--it's the worst room in the house to clean. But, think about how you'll have the next two days off from work and cleaning and you'll have the motivation to get through it. First, go grab your rubber globes, vinegar spray, and baking soda from yesterday. Today, you'll need them for the sink, tub, and toilet. Other useful items to keep for cleaning your bathroom: an old toothbrush for scrubbing tile grout and baby oil for polishing the chrome on your sinks.   Follow this schedule and you'll be on your way to cleaning the whole house in just 5-10 minutes per day so you don't have to dread those marathon cleaning days.




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Posted by Upper Cape Realty on 6/14/2017

Bonsai is a Japanese artform that originates from the ancient Chinese practice of potting trees. Although it is an art that has existed for centuries, bonsai needn’t be inaccessible to the average person looking for a new household hobby.


To successfully grow and care for a bonsai, all you need are a few tools and a lot of patience. In this article, we’ll cover bonsai basics to help you get started in this craft. Keep in mind, however, that there are thousands of resources and communities to help you out along the way.

To buy or to cultivate?

The two most common ways to start a bonsai tree are to buy a pre-cultivated tree online or at a greenhouse, or to cultivate one yourself with seeds or cuttings. Many beginners elect to buy a pre-cultivated tree to decide if they enjoy the hobby before devoting years to cultivating a tree from seed. If you enjoy caring for plants and think you’re up to the challenge, starting from seed or cuttings could be more rewarding.

A third option is to collect a tree from nature that has been stunted by natural conditions. These types of trees are called yamadori and can be difficult to collect because their roots may be in a precarious location. Also keep in mind that it is illegal to remove plants from some parks and forests.

How to shape your tree

Once you obtain a bonsai your work has only just begun. The real challenge of bonsai is caring for and shaping your tree. That means clipping off growth, repotting, watering, moving it indoors and outdoors, and shaping/training its branches to grow a certain way.

Every tree is different and will require different care. An important thing to remember about bonsai is that many of them will need to be brought outside to mimic their natural conditions. Trees survive winters because they have prepared for it through the process of dormancy. By bringing your tree outdoors, it will keep its internal clock on time to prepare for winter. In this way, cold-climate bonsai trees can handle the harsh temperatures and weather that comes with the winter time.

Aside from subjecting it to different temperatures and weather, your bonsai will also need to be pruned and wired. Pruning thick branches that grow high up on your tree will help you maintain the natural look of its larger counterparts out in nature. Similarly, wiring helps you transform your tiny tree to look fully-grown and weathered.

Tree care

Just like other plants, your tree will need water, sunlight, and fertilizer. The amount of each will depend on the type of the tree, so you’ll want to do that research before you ever buy, cultivate, or collect a bonsai to make sure you can adequately care for the tree in your area.

Overwatering causes the death of countless bonsai trees. Root rot occurs when soil stays too damp for too long. Roots need air, and damp soil suffocates the roots causing them to rot. When it comes to fertilizer, follow the advice of others of have successfully grown the type of tree you have.




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Posted by Upper Cape Realty on 6/12/2017

Meticulously maintained double wide modular home in much desired Waterview Village of Carver( Over 55 Park). 3 Bedrooms, 2 bath. Living room, dining room and kitchen, spacious open floor plan. Large closets through out and laundry room. Beautiful heated sunroom/porch a great bonus 3 season area. Mature well cared for landscaping. Active community building, public beach Johns Pond less than a mile away. Minutes to shopping and highway. This is a must see! AGENT Tammy Oldham  just SOLD this mobile home! Call now and let her put a SOLD sign on yours! 508-292-1625


 




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Posted by Upper Cape Realty on 6/5/2017

*NEW PRICE* - This Onset Beach House has been in the same family since 1949, and is being offered for sale for the first time! Just steps to Bay Street Assoc. Private Beach & Onset Bay Marina. Recently renovated 3 bedroom Victorian Style home has been brought back to it's original charm. The home boasts gleaming refinished hardwood floors, updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, open concept dining area & living room. And a den with cozy fireplace, which could also potentially be a first floor bedroom. Step back in time as you head upstairs to the 3 bedrooms, all tastefully restored to their original finish. Enjoy summer evenings or sunny mornings on the enclosed porch overlooking the manicured lawn and peeks of Onset Bay. Many updates include- New Electrical, New Plumbing, New Roof, & New Furnace. Perfect year round home or summer home in a desirable neighborhood. No Flood! No Betterments!

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Posted by Upper Cape Realty on 6/3/2017

Welcome to Acushnet! This is not your ordinary Raised Ranch ~ with a grand entry, tasteful finishes, and attention to detail, this family took pride in their ownership of this home for over 40 years, and have made many updates along the way. Featuring 3+ bedrooms, tons of living space, and an oversized family room with a cozy gas stove, overlooking the manicured backyard. Updates include Hardwood Flooring, New Roof (2016), New Furnace (2015), Central A/C, New Stainless Steel Appliances and so much more. Downstairs is completely finished and enhanced with an additional bedroom with a private bathroom, separate laundry room, and a large sitting room. The in-home office has interior and private exterior access, perfect for someone with an at-home profession, or utilize as a 5th bedroom. Standby generator, two sheds, large backyard, screened-in porch, and plenty of parking for the whole family! Meticulously kept and maintained. Not a thing to do but move in and enjoy.

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