Thomas Murphy - Pine Shores Real Estate



Posted by Thomas Murphy on 10/2/2016

While your home is a sanctuary, thereís plenty of ways that being inside of your own home can be stressful. In this article, weíll break down all of the ways that you can assess your home and make it a place of solace, not stress. Take A Step Back See what you love and what you hate in your home. If you take a step back to see what you need and what may be simply clutter, youíll be able to make your home simpler and happier. Make a list of what gives you the strongest impression in each room and work from there. Let Go If something is simply a dust collector, it may be time to let go of it. Items that no longer work properly are also candidates to head out the door. Also, consider ditching items in your home that cause unpleasant emotions to bubble up. You donít need that in your life! While sometimes itís hard to let go of certain objects, when you look at them from an outsiderís perspective, you may realize that you have been hanging on to too much for too long. Hang On Thereís certain items that you should definitely keep around your home. These include the things you love. If something brings you joy, you should absolutely hang on to it! These objects that you choose to keep donít have to be extravagant, they can be simple objects. If you love your wooden spoon and itís in useful condition, you should definitely keep it! Art and certain precious mementos are what we often think of when we bring to mind things that we love, but anything that reminds us of positive emotions can be a keepsake. Obviously, beat up, useless objects shouldnít be considered. That would defeat the purpose of this exercise! Deep Clean Giving your home a deep clean after the purging process is the next logical step. You may even consider hiring professionals for this step. Get out your vacuum, dusters and polish and get to it! Cleaning has a way of making things feel new again. This helps reduce clutter and in turn, reduces stress. Try New Things The next step is to try some new things in your home. Donít be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Maybe youíve been thinking of painting a room a color thatís a bit outside of the box. Maybe youíve been eager to cook a complicated dish in your kitchen. Everything new that you try will help you to change the way you identify with your home. Creating a relaxing space isnít a process that will happen overnight. With the right steps snd the right approach you can create your space to be something that you absolutely cherish over time. The material things of your life and your emotional well-being really do have a connection. Clearing the clutter around you can be a very effective way of reducing the stress in your life.




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Posted by Thomas Murphy on 11/29/2015

They say it's a silent killer. Odorless, colorless, toxic fumes with symptoms similar to those of having the flu. It can kill you and your loved ones without you even knowing its there. Are you safeguarding your home against this deadly threat? Step one is knowing where the threat comes from. The United States Environmental Protection Agency states carbon monoxide can come from "unvented kerosene and gas space heaters; leaking chimneys and furnaces; back-drafting from furnaces, gas water heaters, wood stoves, and fireplaces; gas stoves; generators and other gasoline powered equipment; automobile exhaust from attached garages; and tobacco smoke." (http://www.epa.gov/iaq/co.html) With winter upon us, and the possibility of power outages during large winter storms a reality, many homes have generators to help in these situations. But improper installation can cause carbon monoxide levels to rise, putting your family at risk. Ensure that generators are installed outside, away from your home, to ensure fumes aren't entering your home. Never install generators in your home, including your garage or basement. Another winter threat is fireplaces, wood or gas, and wood stoves. As you are snuggling up during a long winter night, you need to ensure that ventilation is sufficient. It's always best to have a trained professional inspect and clean your fireplaces and wood stoves on a yearly basis. So what else can you do? Buying a carbon monoxide detector is a cheap and easy way to ensure you are safe. For as little as $20, you can purchase detectors that will alert you if carbon monoxide levels get too high. And if they do, you can quickly evacuate the house and call the fire department for inspection of your home. Most states now require that when you sell your home, these detectors are already installed, just like fire and smoke alarms have been required for years. So be safe this winter season and take precautions as needed. It really could save your life!





Posted by Thomas Murphy on 10/19/2014

If you have been packing on the pounds it may be your kitchen that is to blame. New research has shown that it could be your kitchen making you gain weight. Here are some tips on how to keep your kitchen from contributing to a growing waistline. No Media The TV in the kitchen is now a media snack station. Parking yourself in front of the TV with food all around you makes snack time a lot easier. Computers in the kitchen can also lead to mindless munching and web surfing. It's too easy to grab a bite when all the food is within armís reach. Stand Up Who doesn't love an island prep station? But all the handy seating around the island is an invitation to linger over snacks. So lose all the stools to help resist temptation to gather in the kitchen. Open Invitation The so-called great room isn't so great for your weight. Combination living/kitchen areas make your kitchen the focal point of the home. Add a few partition walls or screens to keep the fridge and cabinets out of sight when relaxing, and watching TV in the living room. Skimp on Storage Pantries, large cabinets are so appealing and offer a great place to stockpile food. They also offer lots of temptation. Too many trips to bargain bulk stores will have your storage full in no time and also create a mentality of surplus. More is always more especially when it comes to food.





Posted by Thomas Murphy on 5/4/2014

Old and dried out PointsetaAre you a plant killer? †If so, don't feel discouraged. †Many people looking to add a touch of green to their homes end up on the "most wanted" list. †Luckily for them (and perhaps you as well), plant killing isn't a crime. †Also, there are a few plants that can survive even the most neglectful of plant keepers. †If you think that keeping houseplants healthy is out of your league, then give these hardy friends a chance to shine in your home. Air Plants - Also known as Epiphytes, these plants derive most, if not all of the moisture and nutrients they need from the air. †They can be put almost anywhere in your home, and are virtually indestructible. †These plants don't even need soil. †At most, they'll need a light mist every few months. Succulents - These plants are known for their large, fleshy, unusual appearance. †A common misconception about Succulents is that they are cacti. †While it is true that most cacti are succulents, not all succulents are cacti. †They are relatively cheap to purchase, and once rooted, can be a beautiful addition to your home. †Given the abundance of varieties to choose from, odds are you'll be able to find a succulent that complements any home style. Aloe - Not only is aloe a succulent, it is one of only a few plants that can be kept for not only decorative purposes, but medicinal as well. †The gel in aloe vera plants has been used for skin irritations, such as cuts and burns. †The gel can also be processed into soaps. Jade - Jade is also a succulent, and can be a beautiful addition to your home. †Many jade plants are purchased as bonsai trees, and upkeep is minimal. †While not as hardy as the other plants on the list, this is a good plant to take a shot at after you've managed to keep a few air plants and hardier succulents alive. Golden Pothos - Not only is this plant incredibly hardy, it also qualifies as an "air scrubber", removing toxins from the air in your home. †Trimmings can easily be cultivated into plants, and the rate of growth can be incredibly fast. †Care should be taken to avoid ingestion by pets and children.





Posted by Thomas Murphy on 1/20/2013

These days everyone is looking to go green? Knowing when, how and where to start can be the hard part. So, why not start in the kitchen? Here are some items from your kitchen that you can use on your way to a greener home. Baking Soda Baking soda can be an effective cleanser for your bathroom. Use one cup of baking soda mixed with a teaspoon of liquid soap, a bit of water, and a few drops of antibacterial essential oil (such as tea tree, eucalyptus, rosemary, or peppermint) make a great cleaner. Milk Milk can be used as an all natural stain remover. Soak the stained garment in a bowl of two parts milk and one part white vinegar. This works especially well for ink stains. Herbs Many herbs are natural cures for aliments like stress, digestion, immunity, and more. Use seeds from plants like lavender, mint, lemon balm, and thyme to make your own natural remedies. Compost Pail Make your own nutrient rich soil to grow plants in by composting. Keep an airtight container in your kitchen and use it to dispose of food scrap items such as vegetable and fruit waste, meal leftovers, coffee grounds, tea bags, stale bread, grains, and general refrigerator spoilage. Reusable Tote When you shop for all of these items make sure to use a reusable tote. You can find these for sale at grocery stores and other shopping centers. This will cut down on plastics.