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8 Things To Keep In Your Vehicle In Case Of An Emergency

Most of us are not prepared for an emergency situation to occur when we are in our vehicles. An emergency situation or crisis can occur at any time, being prepared is important. Here is our list of the most important things you should keep in your car at all times.

Blanket
Always keep a blanket stashed somewhere in your car, no matter the season. If you have to pass a few hours in your car without heat, you’ll want a blanket to help keep yourself comfortable and warm.

Bottled Water
Bottles of water are necessary for in a situation where you might be stuck in your vehicle for awhile.

Non-Perishable Snacks
Granola bars and anything that isn’t going to perish is great to keep on-hand in your vehicle. Just keep a few in your glove compartment for easy access. Having a blood sugar crash during a crisis will only escalate the issue.

Flashlight
If you’re having car troubles at night, you are going to be thankful when you remember you have a flashlight tucked away.

Extra Batteries
Keep a few extra batteries for things like your flashlight in a small container. The flashlight would only be helpful if the batteries in it still work!

Clorox Wipes
Messes are inevitable. Especially if you regularly have other passengers in your vehicle. Keeping Clorox wipes handy will give you the ability to clean up the mess quickly.

Bucket
This is another item that is extra important for when you frequently have extra passengers in your vehicle.

First Aid Kit
A few basic first-aid items such as bandages, gauze, antiseptic wipes, adhesive tape, a splint, and ibuprofen can keep situations manageable. Nobody wants to need these items, but when the situation arises you will be thankful that you are prepared.

What do you keep in your car? Is there anything you would add to this list? Share your comments below!

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

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Set Up an At-Home Coffee Bar

 

Are you a coffee lover? If you are, you’re not alone! We love a nice cup of coffee at any time during the day. To set up your coffee experience and give it a “coffee shop” feel while at home, here a few pointers!

Display your Mugs
Let your mugs be a part of your coffee bar decor! If you have glass cabinets, put the mugs in the cabinet where they can shine through. For a more bold look, there are coffee racks that can mount against the wall. This makes the mugs easy to find if you have guests and adds to the home decor.

Stylish Containers
Keep the coffee, Keurig cups, sugar, etc. in stylish containers. Try labeling glass containers with what the contents are inside: “decaf coffee, regular coffee, sugar, etc.”. If you use a Keurig, display your K-cups in glass containers, a basket, or a carousel designed to hold k-cups.

Coffee Themed Decor
If your space still needs a little more flair, add some coffee themed decor. Pictures of beautiful lattes, eclectic coffee shops in the city, or rustic chalkboard quotes… whatever makes your coffee-loving soul happy!

Something Sweet
What goes well with a cup of coffee? Something sweet of course! If you like to bake, let your homemade goodies be a feature here. If not, keep a tin your favorite classic cookies like biscotti or butter cookies nearby.

Do you have an at-home coffee bar? Let us know what you did to create your custom coffee space!

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

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5 Things You Can Do With Lemons Around The Kitchen

Lemons aren’t just for sweet summer lemonade and cooking! Here are some tips to use lemons to clean your kitchen! Not only are they great for multiple purposes, but it’s also an all-natural way to keep things fresh and clean.

The Garbage Disposal

Over time the garbage disposal can start to get a funky smell. Putting a few slices of lemon down the disposal and running it will make your sink smell fresh and clean.

Copper Pots and Pans

Scrub copper pots and pans with a mixture of lemon juice and salt and they will look shiny and brand new in no time!

Inside of The Microwave

Put a bowl of warm water and sliced lemons in the microwave for several minutes, letting the water boil and release steam. Afterward, carefully remove the bowl from the microwave and wipe out the interior with a clean cloth.

Cutting Boards

Cutting boards get a lot of use. They can be used to chop all sorts of foods from garlic to apples. To keep the cutting boards clean and to prevent any lingering food smells, rub a lemon on the cutting board after it’s been used. Let the juices sit on the board for at least 20 minutes before giving the cutting board a thorough cleaning.

Natural Air Freshener

Using lemons in an inexpensive and all-natural way to deodorize your home. Put several lemons in a pot of water and let it boil. The fragrance released will make your home smell clean and get rid of any lingering food smells from past meals.

 

Do you use lemons as an all-natural cleaner in your home? Comment your tips below!

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

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Feng Shui In Your Home

Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese philosophy that focuses on positioning and organizing the inanimate objects that occupy a space to create harmony. This is based on the belief that every object has energy; therefore, arranging the furniture in a particular manner is important for the energy to be able to move freely within the space. Feng Shui has expanded in popularity and is now commonly practiced in the western hemisphere.

Here are some basic Feng Shui tips for arranging your home:

Seating Areas

When arranging seats in different rooms, organize the seats so each seat gives the person a place to put drinks or small items. This makes the seating more welcoming and comfortable to guests. In these type of seating arrangements avoid square or rectangular coffee tables so nobody has a harsh angle pointing in their direction. Round coffee tables let the energy in the room navigate more freely. Square or rectangular tables work well in dining rooms where people sit around the edges of the table.

Lighting Fixtures

Find lighting fixtures that create an ambient lighting throughout the entirety of the room, this creates a more inclusive atmosphere. Avoid lighting fixtures that point directly downward or only provide light for a specific spot, this creates a feeling of exclusion and unwelcome.

Unused Rooms

Feng Shui also believes if there are rooms that are not being used, they should be repurposed into a room that will be used almost daily. For example, many people only use dining rooms for special occasions and holidays, these rooms should either be used more often or redesigned into an atmosphere that would be utilized casually.

Mirrors

Mirrors should be incorporated into rooms so people can see everything around them. Hang the mirrors high enough on the wall that people can see themselves if they are standing, but not when they are sitting so they do not get stuck staring at themselves when seated in a room.

Bedrooms

Position the bed so the feet do not face directly to the doorway, that is known as the coffin position. If there is no way to position the bed in any other manner, add a bench or table to the foot of the bed to make the line less direct. Only in children’s rooms can the bed be positioned against the wall. For adults, have space on each side of the bed away from the wall to create more balance. Also, add decorations high on the wall to draw the eyes upward, this creates a more pleasant mood.

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

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Snow Days // Winter Days – In

Although we haven’t had much snow so far this season, there is still a chance that we have some snow days before winter is over. Here are some ideas for “days-in” that will keep you feeling warm and cheery. Some of them are great for groups if you have kiddos or have to entertain others.

 

Rent a Movie

If you are able to get out and about, Redbox movies are only $1.50 for a day. This is a great, budget-friendly way to entertain yourself or a whole family. There are also video game rentals available for those who prefer something more interactive.  

Snacks

Make sure you stay well stocked on snacks this time of year in case there is a snow storm. Popcorn and hot chocolate are two of our favorite treats to keep on hand this time of year!

Slippers and Fuzzy Socks

Nobody likes walking around on cold floors. Invest in some warm fuzzy socks or slippers to keep your feet warm.

Scented Candles

Some warm scents such as cinnamon or vanilla can instantly make your home feel cozy. If you’re craving some sunshine, consider getting some tropical scented candles to make you feel like you’re on a tropical “stay-cation” inside your own home.

Baking Supplies

Who doesn’t love fresh baked chocolate chip cookies? Or any other fresh baked good for that matter? Baking can be fun for just one person or a whole group! Make some sweet treats and then enjoy your creations afterward!

What do you do when you’re snowed in? Share your ideas below! We love hearing from our readers!

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

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Cleaning & Organizing the Refridgerator

 

‘Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions. Cleaning and reorganizing the refrigerator is one of the top things on this list. Here are some of our top tips for sprucing up that fridge in the new year.

Not Everything Needs To Go In The Fridge

Some of the foods that you are keeping in the fridge probably do need refrigeration storing. Look online for lists of fresh produce and their proper storage methods.

Clean Out Everything

Take everything out of the fridge and use a food-safe cleaner (or warm water baking soda) to wipe down the inside.

Throw Out Expired Foods

After taking everything out of the fridge, go through all of their expiration dates. Condiments have a tendency to grow in our fridge spaces. If it’s expired, throw it out. If it is close to expiration, keep it close to the front of the fridge so it gets used up first.

Wipe It Clean

Take a rag and dip it in distilled white vinegar and start wiping out the inside of the fridge, focusing on any area where there might have been spills. If your fridge still has a funny smell, place coffee grinds or activated charcoal on a tray inside your refrigerator until you open it and the smell is gone.

Creative Storage

Try using various bins to keep your foods organized and together. Use a bin for condiments, eggs, produce, etc. This will also make it easier to find specific foods in your fridge later.

 
The inside of your refrigerator should be cleaned out regularly. Wipe up spills immediately and do a thorough cleaning periodically. This will also help keep you and your family healthy. If you have any refrigerator organization tips, please share them below!

 

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

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Staying Organized In 2017

  “This year I am going to be organized!” Sounds like a popular mantra people chant as their New Year’s resolution, right? To make this a goal that is realistic and manageable, create a plan that involves organizing in pieces. Organizing in pieces rather than all at once will keep yourself from getting exhausted immediately. Here are four of the biggest tips on how to get yourself organized and stay that way.

Declutter

Downsize and declutter. This should be the first step in every organization process. Go through your closet, all the clothes, shoes, bags, etc that have been untouched and unused over the past year, donate. If you did not wear them last year, it is likely that still won’t the next year. There’s also a good chance that once you donate these items, you will not even notice they are gone. In the bathroom, throw away of all the extra toiletries that you never use or save for “just in case”.  This will free up more space in your bathroom cabinets and drawers.

Label Things

Start labeling bags and boxes filled with seasonal things that you store throughout the year. This will make it easier to keep similar items together and to locate things with ease.

Time-Management

Another important step toward organization is learning how to say “no”. Things run smooth until we become busy and overwhelmed with other time commitments. Remember to save some free time for yourself to keep you on top of your goals. Staying organized involves smart time-management.

Do a Little Every day

Create a cleaning and organization schedule by breaking tasks into small chunks to conquer throughout the week. This will help keep you on task and from getting overwhelmed. Spending smaller amounts of time will you motivated and from getting exhausted.

Start having a 10-minute cleaning routine before you go to bed each night. Use this time to put everything back in its designated spot.  

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.