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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
Phone:  610-277-4060
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Struggling to Get out of the House? Make a Launching Pad!

November 27, 2015 1:18 am

I envy individuals who seem to just flow through each day with everything they need for home, family and work magically located exactly where they need it, when they need it.

But it wasn't until a blog from Taylor Flanery at defined how to overcome one of the most frustrating difficulties many of us have - simply getting ourselves out of the house on time every morning.

One way to solve this dilemma, Flanery says, is to create a launching pad for each family member. A launch pad is a designated space close enough to the door to keep the daily stuff you and your family members will need when they leave the house.

Examples of common items frequently included in a school kids' launching pad include:

• Backpacks (Get these off the floor where you're prone to tripping over them by having them hang on hooks or from a rack.)
• Lunch box and/or snacks, drinks
• Permission slips and other papers to return to school
• Books, including library books
• Sports equipment, or other hobby equipment needed for school or after school activities
• Coats and other winter or weather gear

For an adult's launching pad, consider including:

• Keys
• Mobile or smart phone (Make sure it is charged by keeping a charging station nearby.)
• Mail, such as in your home mail organizer
• Purses and briefcases, and/or diaper bag
• Coat and other weather gear (gloves, hat, umbrella, etc.)
• Packed lunch for work
• Items to return, or for errands
• Dry cleaning

Create a space for all these items around the exit to your home using cubbies, hooks and pegs, baskets, or whatever else you can think of that can compartmentalize each launch pad.

Finally, as with most organizational systems, Flanary says a launching pad won't actually help in the mornings if you don't use it. So get yourself and your family members into the habit of actually placing their stuff in this space as they come in the door, and taking it with them when they leave the house.

Published with permission from RISMedia.


8 Mistakes that Decrease Your Home's Value

November 27, 2015 1:18 am

Keeping up your home’s curb appeal shows more than pride of ownership. It shows respect for your neighbors – and when or if you decide to sell, a well-maintained home means it will sell faster and likely for top dollar. Similarly, maintaining your home’s interior is likely to pay off in the end.

Real estate experts told House Beautiful Magazine these eight missteps could cost you in the long run:

Landscaping without thinking ahead – Trees planted too close to the house or driveway without much thought about how big they will get can cause major problems later – like roots causing breaks in the pavement or interfering with sewer or water lines.

Letting the entryway languish - Unkempt shrubbery around the front entry, or a door that needs updating makes people wonder what else has been let go inside.

Choosing funky paint colors - Don’t choose an exterior paint color that is too far afield of neighbor homes – and stay away from contrasting trim colors that distract instead of attract the eye.

Neglecting the small stuff – Watch out for dirty windows, torn screens or broken light fixtures that show a distinct lack of care.

Hanging on to old appliances – Pay attention to the age and quality of your kitchen appliances. A stovetop too old and scratched to be cleaned properly is a turn-off – and appliances that aren’t energy-savers are costing too much money to run.

Skipping a deep clean – Details matter when it comes to home care. Look out for dirt in the window tracks, dirty grout in the tile or badly stained carpets.

Thinking too small – A small bathroom will seem smaller tiled with small tiles than with larger ones. Peruse décor magazines for ideas that help to open your space.

Neglecting wood floors – Water and vinegar dulls them over time. If you can’t afford to refinish them, have them buffed every few years.

Published with permission from RISMedia.