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One problem that just about every homeowner faces is that of a lack of storage space. There’s plenty of hidden storage spaces in your home that you may be overlooking. Sometimes you have to get creative with the space that you do have. Here, we’ll give you some hints and idea as to where you can store things without moving anything in your home. 


Look Up


It’s very easy to extend the shelving in your home upward. If you look up, and there’s a lot of empty space, there’s a lot of possibilities for storage. You can add shelving directly to the wall or replace smaller shelving units with taller ones. Keep a step stool handy in order to reach any items that you may need access to.  


The Stairs Go Further Than Up


If you have large spaces under staircases that you aren’t using, you’re missing out on major possibilities for storage. There are ways that you can make an under-the-stairs closet space. You can install shelving and fit a door over the area, completely transforming it. If a door won’t work for you, try a room screen or even a curtain. The best part is that anything you store in the space will be concealed and easily accessed. 


Redesign Your Closet


Closets tend to become overfilled quickly. If you peer inside of the closet and see a bunch of wasted space, there's some opportunity for reorganization there. You can add shelving to the back of the closet for additional storage. You can also move rods and other shelving around in order to add more practical space to put things.


Look Under The Cabinets


There’s plenty of storage space under your cabinets. You should get stackable storage bins for under the bathroom sink, for example. It’s a great place to keep extra toothpaste, cleaning supplies, and soap. In the kitchen, be sure that every cabinet has a purpose. Use a spice rack to keep herbs and spices in order. You can use something as simple as a towel bar and install it on a cabinet door to organize pot lids.


Use Your Doors


There’s plenty of clever and inexpensive things that can be used to organize your things using closet and room doors. Everything from hanging baskets to shoe racks and bags can be easily installed just by hanging a unit over the door.          


Find The Nooks


Just about everyone has a space in between their fridge and a wall. Depending upon how much space you actually have, you can do some incredible things with this space. Consider every option from a broom closet to a mini pantry that rolls out. 


The most important part of organization and storage is that you find what you need easily. Use the above tips to create your own unique storage spaces within your home. 


Pets are part of the family. They look to us for food, protection, and a daily routine. In return, we get the joys of having a tiny, furry best friend (or in my case a huge, slobbering goofball of a dog). When you want to go away on vacation, however, pets become an added layer of planning that makes the process much more stressful and complicated. The good news is you have options. Depending on your pet, your destination, and your financial situation, some options may be better than others for you. In this article, we'll go over pet planning for when you go away on vacation so you can rest assured knowing your pet will be safe so that you can do what vacations are meant for: relax.

Where are you going?

Depending on your destination and the type of pet you have, it might be possible to bring your animal friend along. Pet friendly hotels, bed-and-breakfasts and rental homes are all ways that allow you to keep you and your pet together during vacation. If you don't have the money to spend on expensive hotels, you could try out campgrounds or staying with a friend or relative in the area. There are also websites designed for couch-surfing that sometimes allow pets.

What's your pet's personality?

We hold pets to a pretty high social standard. If someone scooped you up and took you to a strange place away from your family for a week you might be a little nervous, right? Your pet is no different. Depending on your pet's comfort level, boarding could be an option. However, it's a good idea to test this out for just a night before going away on a long vacation. Similarly, you could try having your pet stay at a friend or relative's house for a sleepover to gauge their reaction. Training and conditioning could be all it takes to help your pet feel comfortable away from you or your home while you're on vacation.

Calling in a sitter

A less expensive option to boarding your pet is to have a pet sitter stay at your home while you're away. Odds are you might have a teenager or college aged relative who wouldn't mind having your home to themselves for a week to get away from their parents and siblings. If you aren't lucky enough to have a relative who's up to the job, you can almost definitely find someone on pet sitter websites or on Craigslist. People who work from home, or college students are often happy to stay at your place and watch your pets for a small fee. They get free TV and WiFi for a week, and you get the assurance that your pet and home is being taken care of; everyone wins. If you're worried about leaving your pet with a stranger, don't worry--we understand. Fortunately, most sites come with references and testimonials and you can always meet your pet sitter in person before handing them the keys to your home.

This Single-Family in Boxford, MA recently sold for $569,390. This Colonial style home was sold by BLINK Realty Group - Keller Williams Realty/Reading.


9 Woodhill Lane, Boxford, MA 01921

Single-Family

$545,000
Price
$569,390
Sale Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Accented by quintessential New England stone wall, this updated and move in ready colonial sits on 2 landscaped acres on cul de sac street. Updated kitchen with granite countertops, newer cabinets and stainless appliances. Large living room with wood burning fireplace, hardwood floors and beautiful bay window has access to private backyard with two paver patios, built in fire pit and abuts conservation land. First floor updated bath with bead board and shower stall. Spacious master bedroom with his/her closets. Heated sunroom/mudroom opens to front and back yard. Sun filled dining room with large bay window and hardwood floors. Partially finished lower level has additional area for play space, game room or office. Oversized 2 car garage with ample storage. Interior/exterior recently painted. Newer windows and gutters. Close to area amenities, restaurants, walking trails and Stiles Pond. Masconomet School District. Come home to beautiful Boxford with all it has to offer!

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