Elena Langlois - Compass Massachusetts, LLC



Posted by Elena Langlois on 10/24/2019

You’ve read all those articles on how to organize, how to arrange, how to store, and yet your home still looks a mess. Perhaps you’ve tried to follow too many ideas and consequently haven’t succeeded at any of them. Here are a few “organizational hints” that you can do without so that you truly succeed in your goals.

Countertop containers

Despite the lovely magazine spreads and reality TV reveals, piling the top of your counter with jars, floral arrangements in vases, decorative cake-stands and other beautiful pieces readily contributes to even more clutter. If the item on your countertop isn’t something you use regularly, it’s likely to collect dust and water spots. If it’s near your meal prep and wash-up areas, you’ll often find it has interesting food spatters too. That just means more washing, dusting, cleaning for you to do.

Empty landscape

Of course, making the countertops too clean can make life, in general, more of a chore. So, if you make smoothies every day, keep that blender on the counter in a handy location. If you always bake, make room on the surface for your mixer. And if you’re a crockpot or insta-pot chef, keep it right where you use it. Otherwise, you’re regularly cleaning, clearing, and putting things away that you’ll turn right back around and take out just a few hours later. Instead, be sure to wipe your countertop appliances down every day in case they caught some of those food splashes.

Glass-front glare

Installing beautiful glass-front cabinetry can add value to your kitchen, but unless you have room in other cabinets for your regular stuff, mismatched items piled into your cabinets add to a messy look. If you have glass-front cupboard doors but not enough space, simple line the glass with a decorative film to give it a frosted look while it hides your clutter.

Rethink your space

Just because your mom always kept the dishes in the cabinet to the left of the sink and the glasses on the right doesn’t mean you have to. In fact, if your kitchen has large drawers, stacking plates and bowls in them. Having dishware lower down allows children to participate in setting the table and emptying the dishwasher. If you use plastic ware for extra storage, put it in a plastic basket along with the lids in a lower shelf to make it easier for little ones to reach it when they’re being helpful.

Of course, if the only solution to finding more organization space in your kitchen is to have a new kitchen, talk to your real estate agent and start looking today.





Posted by Elena Langlois on 8/8/2019

Are you concerned about what ingredients are in your cleaning products? If you find yourself getting headaches, sinus infections, or skin rashes, your household cleaning products could be making you sick. Many household cleaning products contain thousands of toxic chemicals that can negatively affect you and your family's health. By switching to products free of toxins, your health can significantly improve.

What’s in your cleaning products?

Many household cleaning lines contain harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde, arsenic, phosphates, naphthalene, and parabens. Chemicals like these have been linked to serious health concerns such as cancer, birth defects, allergies, asthma, and infertility. Make the switch to non-toxic cleaning products by checking your cleaning bottles and disposing of anything that presents itself as toxic. Switching to a greener lifestyle will not only improve your health but give yourself peace of mind. Stop worrying about kids and pets accidentally ingesting ingredients that can hurt them. By swapping your current cleaning materials for greener ones, you'll be confident that your family will be safe no matter what.

Greener cleaning.

The first step to getting a greener clean is ridding your household of its current hazardous products. Research your current cleaning ingredients to search for hidden toxins. Switch out your old toxic products for brands that use only natural components such as Honest, Method, and Mrs. Meyers. There are many more brands of green cleaning products, so find the one you like best. 

Make it yourself!

The best way to know what's going in your home is by making your own cleaning products. Use all natural materials such as vinegar, baking soda, castile soap, and peroxide to get a healthier clean. Add these items to a spray bottle for convenient cleaning on the go. Another benefit of going natural is that it's much cheaper. Save your budget potentially hundreds of dollars a year by transitioning to natural ingredients that are probably already in your pantry.

The health difference. 

There are many notable benefits to making the switch to natural household products.

- You can ensure the safety of your children and pets.

- Keep the air you breath free of harmful chemicals.

- Save money.

- Help the environment by keeping your water source free of toxins.

Health is the main reason why you should swap toxic chemicals for safe cleaning products. Start your evaluation of what's in your home today. Ask your neighbors to join your effort to be confident that your water supply is free of harmful chemicals.




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Posted by Elena Langlois on 4/4/2019

After a move, everything feels fresh and energizing. This is, of course, in part because of the energy that comes with a big change. But it also comes from having a neatly, organized home. In the jumble of packing and unpacking, junk gets tossed and items get new homes. Everything gets a new dedicated area where it belongs. Everything is tidy, as it should be.

So how then can you maintain this wonderful feeling and continue to keep things neat and tidy?

First, you need to make a daily habit of doing a quick clean sweep every day. Whether you do it in the morning, afternoon or before bed isn’t important. What is important is that you do it every day.

Go through the house to make to corral up stray dishes, put items back into their dedicated places, and give homes to those who don’t have one yet.

And if you can’t think of somewhere to put it? Question its purpose and consider either donating or tossing it.

Aim to keep your surfaces clear of items. Allowing things to accumulate is one of the fastest for clutter to quickly take over. Stop it in its track by tidying up when you’re done using this “station” of your home.

Practice not being “lazy”. If you bring your tea to sip on the couch when you leave the room take your mug with you straight to the dishwasher. If you finished the last of the chips put the clip away where it belongs instead of leaving it out on the counter. Put pens back away after using them to jot out notes. Recycle magazines when you're done reading them.

If you find things are building up as clutter quickly you might have too much stuff. Which is okay, it happens!

Decluttering isn’t a one and done process. We need to consistently be assessing the things that collect in our homes and what benefit they are adding to your life. Sometimes we once used all the time have fallen out of favor or need to be repaired/replaced.

Make time once a month for a quick declutter session and once a season for a more detailed one.

And the best way to avoid clutter is to closely monitor what you’re allowing to come into your home in the first place. If you find you love to take things home just because they were free or on sale, it’s important to take a step back and ask yourself why.

After all, the less stuff we have in our homes the less there is to manage. Which means more time spent doing what you enjoy doing, like spending time with your family, and less time organizing it all.

 





Posted by Elena Langlois on 8/24/2018

Microfiber cloths have become incredibly popular in recent years. Especially within the “green clean” crowd. And with good reason, while they might look like just another cleaning cloth they are actually in a class of their own.

In fact, you could think of them as the heavyweight champions of the cleaning cloth world. Because of the “micro” in microfiber, these clothes are able to do a lot more of the grunt work without the aid of a cleaning product. And those instances you would pair it up with a cleaner? You would need far less of it than you would if using another cloth material.

I know using less cleaner or even none at all sounds counterintuitive. But here’s why eliminating the need to use cleaning product is a good thing - if you don’t properly clean the surface of cleaning product residue you are going to be creating a dirt magnet. Huh?
Yup! You see it comes down to the chemistry of how cleaning products clean. There are specific molecules inside the cleaner that when combined with water are actually attracted to dirt and grime and able to carry them away. They pick them all up and hold them close. So when they haven't properly cleared away from the surface they keep doing their job! They attract more dirt and more grime, holding on to every last bit they can.

As you can imagine the more product you have to use to clean up, the higher your chance leaving residue behind. This is where microfiber cloths save the day. Their unique two-pronged fibers that are indeed micro are able to pick up and hold onto anything it comes across. All without leaving anything behind it in its tracks.

Use dry for regular dusting and wet for all other uses. And how many there are! Tackle tile, counters, shower walls, and mirrors. All with just water and your microfiber cloth. Seriously, you won’t need glass clean or any sort of cleaning product here.

Use on a Swiffer in lieu of disposables for both dry and wet mopping floors. Keep one on hand in either your bag or car to spot clean any accidental spills on clothes. Yes, they can even tackle clothing stains! Replace germ breeding loofahs out for a microfiber. Store one in the bathroom cabinet for easy access to wipe down the counter and sink each day. And use one to wipe down the shower after use.

The care and keeping is simple. Daily clothes can be rinsed in warm water after use, machine washing weekly. However, avoid bleach and fabric softener as each will damage your cloth and reduce its effectiveness. “Refresh” clothes by boiling them in water with baking soda.  





Posted by Elena Langlois on 10/5/2017

As a home seller, you recognize that your house is one of many that is available to prospective homebuyers. However, unlike most home sellers, you're willing to go the extra mile to ensure that your residence represents an attractive choice to homebuyers. Although you may commit significant time and resources to get your house ready for a home showing, there are several factors to consider as you prep your residence. Some of the most common factors to consider include: 1. Appearance Of course, your home's interior and exterior should look pristine so they can help your home make a great first impression on homebuyers. Furthermore, you should clean and declutter your house as much as possible before a home showing. This will allow you to highlight how your house represents a spacious, immaculate oasis that a homeowner can enjoy for years to come. Don't forget to hide personal items like photographs before you show your home, too. Ideally, you'll want homebuyers to envision what it's like to live in your house as they walk through it. And by removing personal items, you'll make it easier for homebuyers to imagine a wonderful future in which they buy your home. 2. Smells Strong smells may linger, and ultimately, impact a homebuyer's impression of your residence. Thus, you'll want to pay close attention to any smells that may turn homebuyers off. Focus on using air fresheners and candles that deliver warm, inviting aromas throughout your house. Whether it's lighting a candle that fills your home with a rich natural scent or spraying an air freshener that brings an unparalleled citrus aroma to your residence, you can use odor eliminators to disguise unpleasant smells quickly and effortlessly. You also should consider smells that may develop on the day of a home showing. For instance, cooking bacon on your kitchen stove may be part of your morning routine but can leave a lingering smell. Conversely, home sellers who try to maintain pleasant aromas throughout their houses day after day should be able to minimize repugnant smells immediately. 3. Lighting Illuminate your residence's interior and exterior as best you can, and you'll likely find that homebuyers may be more attracted to your house over others that are available. From dazzling pendant lights in the kitchen to recessed lighting in the hallways, you can make a bold statement with the right types of lighting throughout your home. Also, you should open the windows prior to a home showing to let sunlight fill your residence. By doing so, you can use natural light to illuminate your house and allow fresh air to filter through your home simultaneously. For home sellers, it is essential to devote time and resources to prep your house for an upcoming showing. And if you need extra support along the way, working with an experienced real estate agent ensures that you can receive expert assistance as you add your home to the real estate market. Consider the aforementioned factors as you get your house ready for a home showing, and you should have no trouble generating interest in your house.