Creating Space And Storage For Crafters

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Creating Space And Storage For Crafters

Anyone who is serious about crafting knows all the supplies that accumulate take up a lot of space. We tend to throw it all together in boxes, containers, or closets to get it out of the way when we aren't using it. Then when we’re at our craft table, in need of a certain something, it is no where to be found! Here are some helpful ways to keep the clutter down and find the craft table that is right for you.

Some are lucky enough to have a craft room with a permanent craft table in it. For those of us that aren’t so lucky, the kitchen table usually does the trick. It is not wise to use the kitchen table, however, because of the risk of damage.

When you are using glues, paints, or sharp objects like knives or scissors, your kitchen table can pay the price.

As an alternative, consider using a folding table. You can find sturdy, durable folding tables in a variety of sizes and for a variety of prices. I have even seen a very creative suggestion including sawhorses and a flat-surface door. Use adjustable sawhorses as the legs of your table. Use the door as the top. For added protection, you can seal the door. The advantage to folding tables, or the sawhorse table, is that they can be taken down and stored under beds or in closets when not in use.

When you are purchasing or setting up your craft table keep in mind that certain shapes are easier to work in, a T shape, a U shape, or an L shape. As an example, you could put one long folding table against the wall and put another shorter table or ironing board perpendicular to the end of the table (to make an L shape). Then, you have what you need within close range.

You can also purchase desks or craft tables that are already in an L shape. Another idea for ease of use while working, buy a plastic mat made to go under a desk, and an office chair with rollers. You can glide from one end of your craft table to the other!

Creating Space And Storage For CraftersYou can use empty wall space and extra closet space to store you craft supplies. Take advantage of empty wall space by hanging shelves or peg board. If you hang hooks on the wall in front of your craft table, you can have the tools you need most often within your reach. In the closet, you can install shelves to hold containers, or you can use clothing rods to hang fabrics. When choosing containers, you should always go clear. It will help you find things easily if you can see what is in the container. Permanent or moveable cabinet units can be put under or next to your craft table for added storage.

These are just a few ideas to help you get organized. Whether you have a permanent craft table, or a do-it-yourself craft table, the right organization tactics make all the difference!



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    Custom Closets

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    • Posted you have taken the time to invest in organizing your closet, congratulations. Most of us think about it, but we don’t get around to doing it. Once you have sorted through everything and decided on the types of organizing materials to add to your closet, you are about half way done with the project. Installing the custom closet organizer system is the next part of the project for you to tackle. You have the option of having someone install it for you or to do it yourself.

    If you hire someone to install the custom closet organizer system for you, make sure they are skilled in this area. You can hire a professional, a friend, or a family member to complete it for you. Make sure you have discussed everything thoroughly before they begin including how you want the closet area to look, the deadline for completing the project, if you will provide the tools or they need to bring their own, and the amount you will pay for the finished project. You can choose to pay by the hour or a flat rate for the entire project.

    You will save money if you are willing to install your custom closet yourself. It is a good idea to ask someone to lend you a hand. This makes installing and leveling much easier with an extra pair of hands in there. It is important to only use the right tools. Most custom closet products can be installed using basic tools including a flat head screwdriver, a phillips-head screwdriver, a level, a hammer, and a drill. It works best if you have a cordless drill. I power screwdriver helps too as it will ensure all the screws are in place securely. you begin putting the custom closet products together, take a few minutes to make sure all of the required parts to do so are there as well as the instruction manual. All of the necessary parts for the materials will be listed in the instruction manual. If you are missing any parts you have two options, contact the customer service for the manufacturer or go to the hardware store and purchase the missing parts yourself if it something like screws that they will have in stock.

    Next read through your instruction manual. Do this before you start putting anything together. If you don’t understand any part of it, ask the person assisting you to read over it. You can also look the information up on the internet or contact the customer service support team for the manufacturer. If you are using a closet organizer kit, then make sure you follow the instructions for the proper order of installing the pieces.Custom Closets

    This is because some of them fit together in a particular way. If you purchased separate pieces of closet organizers, install them from the bottom up. It is also a good idea to have each area for the particular item outlined so that you are positive not to put it in the area designated for another closet organizing product. If this happens you will find yourself having to take some of the products out and reinstalling them.

    It is important that you adjust things as necessary. If you don’t have any studs to attach the closet organization products to, it is a good idea to add wall anchors and braces to give the products added support. For the best results, purchase quality items from your home improvement store.

    For the best results, take your time installing the custom closet accessories and products. Make sure each item is level before you secure it in place. Following these installation tips will help you transform your closet into a well organized area. Once you clean up the work area, the fun will begin. You are going to be very excited as you start putting your items back into the closet because of how great everything looks!

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      Storage Ideas For Small Bathrooms

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      Is your bathroom small? It’s the worst, isn’t it? Well, unfortunately, small bathrooms are very common, and are usually the smallest rooms in the house. I can almost bet that it almost always feels cramped and tight in there. Although the square footage doesn’t change, a change of organization and storage space can make a drastic change to how your bathroom feels. Here are a few tips and tricks to make your bathroom space feel more functional and spacious.

      Medicine Cabinet

      If you have a regular mirror, replacing it with one that includes a medicine cabinet and provide further storage space.


      If you have free space above your toilet, vanity, or other another empty part of the wall, install shelving units. Purchase a few decorative baskets to maximize shelf space.


      With a few decorative hooks, in a style of your preference, you can declutter by placing a couple on the back of the door to hang towels or robes. Perhaps one or two right next to each end of the shelving unit you just installed.

      Towel Racks

      A rack installed inside of you shower can save you space and convenience, also adding an additional shower bar above the original will work nicely. Another idea is installing a few racks a couple of feet above each other or right next on another. If you have an excessive amount of towels, store some of them away in the bedroom closet.

      Vanity with Cabinet

      I have come across plenty of pedestal sinks in small bathrooms, but if you want save some space, add some storage, and upgrade the look of your bathroom at the same time, a vanity cabinet will definitely do the trick.



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        10 Staging Tips To Get Your Home Sold

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        10 Staging Tips To Get Your Home Sold

        Ready to sell your house? Here is a few staging tips to get your home prepared for the market. When listing a home that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions, you want to make sure it's presented in the best light. You wouldn't buy a $50,000 dollar car if it was filled from top to bottom in someone's personal content and trash. This is the same mindset you need to carry into selling your home that will be worth well over a $100,000.


        The best thing you can do for your home for sale is to get rid of all of your clutter! Make a rule for your home that for every new piece that comes in, one must go. One of the biggest factors to a cluttered home is too much furniture. Generally, in a professional staging, half the home owner's furniture is removed to make the house look much bigger. Look around your house and see what you can pack away. It'll be worth the investment to get a storage unit for a couple of months to store away a lot of your furnishings and goods.10 Staging Tips To Get Your Home Sold


        It's largely misconceived that furniture pushed directly up against walls make a room look bigger, but this is far from true. Instead, you'll want to float your furniture in reach room and away from the walls. Position your sofas and chairs into cozy conversational groupings. Be sure the furnishings are placed to make the traffic flow in a room obvious. This will make the room more user-friendly and will make it look larger.


        If you have a room that has only served to collect boxes or other junk, it's important to purpose the room to something that is functional. You can make it into an extra bedroom, a small cozy nook/reading room, etc. If it's in the basement, hide the boxes and turn it into a gaming room or family area.

        4. HOME LIGHTING

        Great lighting is the trick to making a staged home look warm and welcome. Most homes are improperly lit, which makes rooms look dark and dreary. There is a quick fix to this issue. Increase the wattage in your fixtures and lamps, aiming for about 100 watts per 50 square feet. Add three different types of lighting to each room: ambient (general overhead), task (under cabinets or pendants), and accent lighting (table lamps and wall accents).

        5. GO NEUTRAL

        The simple trick to toning down dated finishing in any space is a little bit of fresh paint. You don't want to go stark white, but look into neutral grey and beige colors. Beige colors can also consist of warm honey like colors, soft blues and greens, and a variety of undertones that add a little life to a general neutral color. If you do want to use bold colors, be sure to only keep it on accent walls to help enhance structural features.

        10 Staging Tips To Get Your Home Sold6. MAKE IT LOOK BIGGER

        If you want to make a room bigger than it is, paint the room the same color as an adjacent room. For small kitchens and dining rooms, a seamless look will make the space feel like one, open it up, and make it seem much larger. Using drapes that match the wall colors can also add an emphasis to the room's size.

        7. USE YOUR GARDEN

        Staged homes have an emphasis in fresh flowers and pricey floral arrangements. If you don't have the money to go all out on florals, you can get this same effect by raiding your garden space. You can DIY beautiful pieces with fern fronds, magnolia clippings, and more. Use the spring and summer months to find cheerful flowers and use them in your arrangements.

        8. GET A FACELIFT

        So you can't afford new cabinets? Then you can just get new doors and drawer fronts. Then paint everything to match and add new hardware to them. Instead of replacing the entire dishwasher, you may be able to get a new front panel, go for stainless steel if you can pull it off. Check with the manufacturer to see if replacements are available for your model.


        Unfinished home projects can really scare off potential home buyers, so you'll want to be sure to make required repairs. Missing floorboards and large cracks in the sidewalk on the way to your door tend to be a red flag. Holes in walls and scratched up door frames can really look unattractive. These repairs cost you less to fix than buyers might deduct from the asking price.

        10. CLEAN YOUR HOME

        Aside from de-cluttering, the most important step to staging your home is to clean it. A dirty house is a quick turn-off for potential buyers. Most homes, especially with children and pets, and smokers, have a smell that may go undetected to home owners, but are quickly picked up by strangers. Be sure to have your home professionally cleaned prior to staging to appeal to all buyers that your home is nice and fresh.


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          Using The Right Paint Finish

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          Ready to paint your home? Be sure to use the right finishes in each room and feature to make the best impact in your home. Using the wrong finishes can backfire for home owners if the wrong ones are used in the wrong spaces. Below, you'll find the most common finishes and recommendations on where they are best applied to.

          - PAINT FINISHES -

          Flat is a low-sheen paint with a non-reflective finish that touches up well and hides minor surface imperfections.  It's ideal for low traffic areas, interior walls and ceilings.

          Matte has a low luster reflective finish that is durable, easy to clean, touches up well, and also hides minor surface imperfections. It is great for low to moderate traffic areas, such as bedrooms, and interior walls.

          Eggshell Enamel has a soft, velvety appearance and is a good choice for moderate traffic areas such as living rooms.

          Satin Enamel if you desire a pearl-like appearance, and are painting moderate to high traffic areas or areas that have some exposure to moisture, such as kitchens.

          Semi-Gloss Enamel if you desire a sleek, radiant sheen that is great from cabinets and trim, high-traffic areas and high-moisture areas.

          Hi-Gloss Enamel creates a brilliant, shiny appearance with a glass-like finish. This is great for high-use surfaces


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            Why Now Is The Time To Buy

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            Why Now Is The Time To BuyIf you have been considering purchasing a home, you may be curious to know if this is the right time in the market to make your move. The market is fast changing, with new laws coming into play, interest rates are constantly rising, and a whole slew of things buyers have to face when it comes time to picking the right house. What does that mean for you? Well, that there isn't a better time to buy than now. Let's break down the benefits of purchasing a home now, instead of waiting. 

            1. INTEREST RATES ARE SOARING If you haven't been keeping up with the real estate market, you might be missing out on the data around interest rates. They are going up, and they are going up fast. 5% may not seem like a lot, but can be the difference between hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars on what you are paying out towards your loan on a monthly basis. Would you want to pay an extra $200 towards interest for your loan each month, or would you prefer to pocket that $200? Well we know the answer to that. Buying a home now while interest rates are at a low is going to be an advantage, both now, and long term. Take advantage of today's rates and purchase a home that doesn't cost you extra just because of interests.

            2. HOME PRICES ARE INCREASING Have you been hearing about folks complaining in your market about the price of homes going up? Well those prices are going to continue climbing. A home that is $200,000 now, could go up to $400,000 in 10 years because of market conditions. Purchasing a home in today's market can get you a bigger and better deal on a house than if you were to wait a few years. Especially in hot markets, where prices are virtually guaranteed to sky rocket, making a move now can save you hundreds of thousands.

            3. COMPETITION IS GETTING BIGGER Population growth is a real thing, and with more people, comes more competition for homes. Homes are selling faster, which means a high demand increases home prices. The ball is in your court in today's market. There isn't ever a better time to purchase then now. Avoid the competition and the increase in fees and prices, and take advantage of the current market.


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              What's the Difference Between a Boutique Agency and a Big Box Franchise Agency?

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              What's the Difference between a Boutique Real Estate Agency and a Big Box Franchise Agency?

              Like most things, the answer is not clear-cut. There are benefits to both. Franchises have big names with brand recognition and lots and lots of agents. But the beauty of a smaller agency is that the agents are not just anyone with a license but selectively chosen to represent the agency.  Small agencies also tend to have a "niche."

              What's a Niche?

              A niche is an area of the market specializing in a specific interest and ability. Our Agency based in Lisbon Maine is focused on its community.  Haggerty Realty sponsor's local baseball and soccer teams and of course we sponsor the Moxie Festival. Haggerty also donates to local food pantries and is on the board of Positive Change Lisbon.

              So what's the benefit?

              The benefit is a focused effort to build strong relationships in the community we live in, to provide professional and personalized service, and to handle every client and transaction uniquely. Our agents will work on your real estate transaction expertly from beginning to end and you'll build a strong relationship with your agent due to the continuous one-on-one interactions. You'll also be supporting a locally owned small business. And it's highly likely you'll be working with the broker/owner; Cheryl Haggerty. Do you know the owner of insert franchise name here? Haggerty boasts over 50 years of experience - that's a lot of knowledge!


              It's often believed that a large franchise can offer more services, access larger data bases and have more connections. The internet is a great equalizer.  We have the same access to the MLS, we are on major home-search  websites, we belong to real estate boards and use social media. And we promptly respond to all inquiries.

              Bottom Line

              There are good agents in both styles of agencies but if you're looking for a personalized unique experience, an agent that understands the local area with contacts in the local area, than a boutique agency is worth a look. We value your business and hope to maintain the relationship after the sale.


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                How to Buy a House...Step 1

                Housing is Back!

                As 2015 gets underway, all signs point to a very strong year in housing.  Phrases such as “housing is back” and “mortgage rates are low” will be commonplace and our agents at Haggerty Realty will be happily meeting the needs of our buyers and sellers.

                The Golden Ticket

                With that being said, there is one important tool that benefits everyone in the home-buying process, and that is for buyers to get pre-approved for financing.  A pre-approval from a financial institution is like the “golden-ticket,” it tells everyone involved; the buyer agent, selling agent and sellers that you are a ready and serious shopper.

                The One

                At Haggerty Realty we get very excited about our listings, we love to create interest in our properties and to talk with you about them! It may seem we’re reluctant to show you a property when we ask if you are pre-approved, but there are numerous reasons you should want to be pre-approved.  It takes very little time, and the lender can explain different lending products –  you can shop for loans too! They’ll explain interest rates, how much you can spend and what your payments will be.

                Knowledge is power!

                A pre-approval will make you a more attractive buyer too.  What if you fall in love with a house, it’s “the one” but you’re not the only one that’s in love with it? Which offer do you think the seller will consider-the one that has their pre-approval in place. You’ll also be advised of what not to do; like buy a car or quit your job. We work with many lenders and we can certainly help you find one.

                “Just Looking”

                We’ve often met shoppers who are “kicking the tires” or “just want to see what a house looks like for that price” but we have a responsibility to our sellers (who have tidied up their house and gathered up their family to disappear for an hour)that who we walk through is a qualified buyer.

                As the busy housing season gears-up… shop prepared, get your golden ticket and give us a call 207-353-9500. 

                NEXT MONTH: The benefits of hiring a "Boutique" Agency

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                  Town Attraction

                  Town attraction: Dr. Mike's Madness Cafe! Nice meal right in Lisbon Falls on Main Street! drmikesmikesinterior


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