Rachel Lutts - Marblehead, MA Real Estate, Swampscott, MA Real Estate, Salem, MA Real Estate


Keeping cabinets organized isn’t always the easiest feat. Afterall, while cabinetry is often custom built to fit the room it’s rarely custom-built to fit the items they’re designed to store. And your family doesn’t help, coming in like a tornado afterschool rampaging your cupboards for snacks and drinks. Here’s how to keep cabinets organized in a way even kids can help keep maintained.

Create bespoke organization with stacking shelves designed to add more space between cabinet shelving. This essentially allows you to at least double your storage space, if not triple it depending on how tall your cabinets are and the height of your stacking shelves. Triple shelves are especially helpful in keeping plates and bowls in their own areas without creating one big pile of them. Doubles keep mugs and glasses easily within reach without crowding each other out.

Keep like items together in easy to grab bins. Think categories like lunches, snacks, breakfast, dinner, baking. This keeps pantry items neat and organized so kids aren’t wading through bags of chips to get to gummy snacks (and making more chaos). Clear containers and labels help everyone upkeep your tidy system. It also helps them find what they are looking for without you.

Bins can also be helpful if you meal plan. Pick up baskets for each day of the week and put each meal’s ingredients in its designated basket along with the recipe. This makes for faster meal prep and more coveted downtime.

Homeowners often tuck appliances away in hard to reach spots since they aren’t often used. However, this also makes them less likely to be used them because let’s be honest, you’ll dread pulling them out. Create a solution that allows everything to be easily accessed at all times. This could be by putting them on display to pull double-duty as decor or choosing stacking shelves that work with the height of your appliances.

Installing slide out drawers between shelves allows you to take advantage of the depth of your cabinets without the need to blindly reach behind items hoping you’ll grab the right item. Alternatively, a lazy susan or two will help you achieve the same outcome without installation. If you take this route carry over the like-items with the like-items rule here so you know which is holding the Italian spices and which the vanilla.

Creating organized cabinets doesn’t have to be expensive or hard. And it certainly doesn’t have to require gutting the kitchen to completely redesign them. A trip to the container store and a trusty label maker should set you right. With the right solutions, you might even be able to get your family to them organized as well. Best of luck!


Planning to sell your house in the next few weeks or months? If so, you likely will want to declutter to improve your house's appearance and make it easy for potential homebuyers to envision what life might be like if they purchase your residence.

Ultimately, donating items may prove to be exceedingly valuable, particularly for those who want to declutter and move in the near future.

By donating items that you no longer need, you can quickly and easily remove clutter from your residence. Plus, you may be able to secure a tax credit for your charitable contributions.

Before you donate your items, however, you should take a close look at your personal belongings and decide which things to keep and which to give to charity.

Now, let's take a look at three items that you can donate to charity:

1. Clothing

If you intend to move from Florida to Alaska – or vice-versa – there may be a wide range of clothing that you can donate before you move.

Ensure that any clothing that you plan to donate is clean. If necessary, wash any dresses, t-shirts and other apparel that you intend to donate.

Also, it is always better to err on the side of caution when you donate clothing. And if you have clothes that are faded or torn, you should dispose of these items.

2. Electronics

For those who plan to downsize, donating electronics is ideal. That way, you can get rid of electronics that won't fit into your new home and do a good deed at the same time.

Evaluate your electronics and make sure they work correctly before you donate them. In addition, it often pays to tape any electronics cords, wires and accessories to the items themselves.

Check out a charity's electronics donations policies prior to scheduling a donation pick-up too. By doing so, you can guarantee that a charity can pick up and use your excess electronics.

3. Appliances

In many instances, an individual may move into a new address that comes equipped with a new refrigerator, washer, dryer and other appliances. If this happens, you may want to contact local charities to see if they can pick up your current appliances.

Reach out to a local charity to find out whether it can pick up your current appliances – you'll be glad you did. If the answer is "Yes," you may be able to avoid having to move big, heavy appliances on your own.

As the aforementioned list shows, there are lots of great items that you can donate to charity. Conduct an in-depth search of charities in your city or town, and you can work with a local charity that can use your excess items.

Lastly, if you ever have questions about which charities in your area will accept donations, don't hesitate to reach out to these organizations directly. And if you're looking for extra assistance as you declutter your residence and prepare to list your home, it certainly helps to contact an expert real estate agent as well.


The benefits of honey are unlimited. It is a cure for cough and catarrh. Apart from that, it helps to maintain proper digestion, healthy skin, and it boosts immunity. A lot of people that appreciate the benefits of honey use it daily.

However, there are people with busy lifestyles, who only consider honey a cool product kept in the pantry for occasional use. There are lots of advantages associated with regular intake of honey. Are you aware of the fact that honey intake can be of great help to you if you are facing conditions like hair loss or sleeplessness? Also, it helps to fight weight loss and treat hangovers. To enjoy the full benefit of honey, it is essential you incorporate it into your routine diet. Here are five ways you can use honey in your food: 

Honey lemonade

You must have heard about the importance of taking honey with warm lemon water first thing in the morning. If you haven’t, the advantage of hot lemon with honey is that it helps cleanse the stomach, as it has been discovered to contain a mixture of pectin and fiber. Apart from that, it prevents you from cravings thereby increasing your chances of losing weight. You can also consider the option of taking it as a healthy drink during the day if you don't like to make it in the morning. 

Honey tea

You can always add honey to your tea instead of stuffing it with sugar. Honey is perfect for your black tea, green tea, and many others. The constituents of honey are fructose, glucose, potassium, magnesium, iron, and many other useful minerals; making it far more nutritious than just a cube of pure table sugar.

Dressing and marinades

Honey pairs well with your salad dressing, and it can work as a marinade for different kinds of meats and fishes.

Honey desserts

You can replace sugar with honey in cakes, custards, and cookies. Apart from that, honey can serve as a topping for your snack-related foods like honey sandwiches, bacon and honey, pancakes with honey, and many others.

Honey and milk

You can make it a bedtime habit if you may - taking a glass of warm milk with a spoonful of honey every night before you sleep. Nothing relaxes you more than this. Studies show that honey contains some rare sugar forms that stimulate the production of sleep aiding chemicals in the brain, soothing you down in the process. 

 Ask your doctor about more health benefits of using honey and consider changing up your diet for the better.


House flipping is a lucrative real estate investment venture that requires a lot of skills, planning, and sometimes luck to pull off. Any wrong decision when flipping a house can lead to disaster. When done right, it could also bring in a lot of money. If you can make smart decisions to buy the home at a great price, and keep renovation costs down to the minimum while maximizing the reach, then you can sell the house at a much higher rate than you paid for it. 

If you are looking to flip a house, you are looking to make a profit, so you need to make sure you are aware of the steps to take when investing in house flipping:

1. Invest in the house flip with cash

House flipping is a risky venture, and you do not want to add more debt to increase your financial risk. Flippers that borrow money with interest to finance a house flip often end up having to pay several months of interest which adds to the effective selling price of the house, making the project tighter than it already is. Using cash only to fund a house flip also means that you can wait out a slow market until you find the right buyer for the house at the best price for it.

2. Know the neighborhood market

It is normal to get excited during a house flip, but you must be sure that you never lose sight of the figures behind the investment. Know the neighborhood well so that you can buy houses that are around 80% of the average market value or less. Have the vision to know how the finished house will compete with homes already on the market and how best to price the house for a quick sale.

3. Have a strict budget for your house flip

Speak with your contractor to work out a good idea of how much the renovations will cost. It is good to have an estimate even before buying the house so that you do not overspend and become desperate with the house. Identify all structural, electrical and other issues the house may have before starting the project so that you can know if you can afford the house flip, even if unknown expenses crop up.

4. Plan for smart renovations

Aim for renovations that are low on cost and high on value. Instead of shiny floors and custom cabinets, you can refinish the existing cabinets, add granite countertops and replace all appliances to new stainless-steel ones. Things like painting and thorough cleaning can help increase the house value.

Your real estate agent will guide you on how to finish and renovate your house to meet local expectations and have a quick sale.


Technology is getting smarter. Nowadays it seems everything has AI built-in. And why not? It makes your home have a clever assistant in every room of your home without the expense of paying hourly wages. Here’s how to have a smarter kitchen, because let’s be honest this is the room where we can always use an extra set of hands.

The Mr.Coffee coffee pot can start from your phone. Let’s be honest the alarm feature most pots boast are great… but not everyone has the same schedule every day. This pot allows you to create a custom schedule that matches your own. Have a fresh, hot cup waiting for you right when you get out of bed when you wake up at 5 am on a Monday and 7 on a Wednesday.

Want more control of your appliances from your phone? Crock-pot now has a slow cooker you can adjust settings with from your phone. Control temperature and cook times from anywhere so if you’re running late getting home it won’t be too an overcooked meal.

Both the Mr.Coffee and Crock Pot devices run off of Wemo technology. While both of these devices have built-in tech that doesn't mean the fun has to end there. Wemo offers devices you can plug into any outlet so you can control any appliance from your phone. With the Wemo app set lights to turn on for your family to come home to a well lit welcoming home even on a Winter night.

You can also use Google Assistant, Alexis or Siri (with the necessary extender) to control these devices and even set timers and reminders. Ask your smart speaker to set a timer for dinner, add an item to your grocery list or that you want to use that hamburger in the freezer by Friday. You can even ask for help with ingredient conversions. If you like to listen to music while cooking you don’t need to worry about touching controls if you want to skip a song, turn the music down or up. Just ask your assistant to do it for you, and it will happily oblige.

Have fun with your pooch from anywhere with the Furbo camera. With camera, access make sure your dog isn’t up to no good while you’re away. Use the microphone to remind them the rules still apply while you are away. The best part, however, is that you can reward them for being well-behaved, or cute, with the built-in treat dispenser.

Keep your home safe with the Nest Protect system, a smart smoke, and carbon monoxide alarm. This alarm alerts your phone as soon as it detects signs of danger. It also warns you with a human-like voice when the alarm is about to go off so you aren’t startled by the typical high pitched screaming of alarms.




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