Monday, October 15, 2018

Low on square footage? Don't sweat it — a small space is an opportunity to get clever.
Got a small space in your home that you’re not sure what to do with? Or is your cramped apartment forcing you to get creative with your furniture arrangements? You’re not alone.
Make your small room or living area fit your needs with clever solutions that will streamline your life and maximize your space.

1. Thoughtful paint choices

Choosing the right paint color for your small room can instantly give the impression of more space. Traditional neutrals like white, cream and light gray are great choices, because they provide a clean and streamlined look that makes the room feel brighter and more expansive.
Painting the ceiling white to draw the eye upward is an easy way to create visual openness overhead. You’ll have an airy and inviting space in no time.
On the other hand, if you want to play up the small-space vibe even more, go bold with dark colors. You can emphasize the smallness of a room by making a cozy, den-like atmosphere with colors like black, dark gray and navy.
Whether you decide to go light or dark, adding paint to your small space will help you get the effect you’re going for, both quickly and affordably.

2. Savvy storage

Tight spaces don’t often come with great storage. But by incorporating creative and flexible storage solutions, you can keep clutter out of sight and keep everything you need handy.
The kitchen is a great place to implement clever storage solutions:
  • Create an adjustable cooking area with roll-away islands and pantries.
  • Hang spices or wine glasses beneath your cupboards.
  • Attach holders to the backs of cabinet doors to keep foil and cleaning supplies neatly out of sight.
Don’t forget to look up! The ceiling is a great place to hang big items like bicycles, and you can add shelving high up in closets for rarely used items.

3. Multitasking furniture

When you have limited floor space, it’s important to make your furniture work double duty. Choose pieces that have hidden storage and multiple functions or furniture that you can compact and store when not in use.
If you can’t fit a dresser in your bedroom, try using drawers or crates under the bed for clothing and extra linens. A pouf or leather ottoman can easily transition from a seat to a footrest or side table.
Add function to your entryway by employing a bench with storage inside to hide extra shoes, gloves and scarves. And if you have wall space to spare, hang a fold-down dining table.
Photo from Zillow listing.
Limited square footage doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice function and style. Small-space living is a great way to lead a simplified and streamlined life.
With creative thinking, you can go from a cluttered, cramped mess to an organized and inviting space with room for all.
Don't let the mold panic set in just yet — it might not be as bad as you think.
Mold is everywhere. It grows on the sides of houses, it blackens surfaces like brick and concrete, and it thrives in the soil of your yard and garden.
Indoors, mold lives in sink drains, shower grout, houseplant potting mix, kitchen sponges and anywhere else that moisture has a chance to settle. Are you hyperventilating yet?
A little bit of mold is nothing to worry about, as long as you can identify the cause and promptly clean it up with a solution of bleach and water.
But before we go any further, let’s get this out of the way: Any mold, regardless of color, can make you feel sick, especially if you suffer from allergies or asthma. To be on the safe side, always wear a mask and rubber gloves when dealing with mold, and make sure that the space is well-ventilated.

Let’s get the facts straight

Also known as black mold, the infamous Stachybotrys chartarum is not toxic, but toxigenic, because it is capable of producing mycotoxins. Technicalities aside, this uncommon mold species is especially feared for its supposedly dangerous effects.
You may have read an article about how toxic mold is “secretly making your family sick” or watched local news reporters announce that black mold was found in a restaurant inspection, making it feel as if the plague arrived overnight and could be headed to your place next.
Some alternative health websites even call it “toxic mold syndrome” and warn of terrifying symptoms like memory loss or idiopathic pulmonary hemorrhage.
Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), however, say that “These case reports are rare, and a causal link between the presence of the toxigenic mold and these conditions has not been proven. … All molds should be treated the same with respect to potential health risks and removal.”
Stachybotrys chartarum is unusual among household molds, because it requires constant moisture to survive. So if your house is oozing moisture from a roof leak, broken pipe or outright poltergeist, black mold is the least of your worries. Time to call a professional and put an end to the drip before termites or wood rot threaten to put an end to your home’s structure.
Mold is often a symptom of a bigger problem, be it as minor as a dripping faucet or as major as, well, a missing roof.
If you suspect that the slowly spreading black stain on your wall is the infamous black mold, don’t bother wasting your time identifying the stuff. Scam artists abound, and the Environmental Protection Agency even says that “In most cases, if visible mold is present, sampling is unnecessary.”
There are no established standards for judging what is an acceptable amount of mold, and even the non-toxigenic types can cause allergic reactions and make your life miserable. Remove it.

How to prevent and remove mold

Mold needs three things to survive: Moisture, a growing surface and food (dirty stuff).
The easiest way to prevent mold is to make sure that it never gets any moisture to begin with. Keep your house clean, dry and well-ventilated, especially in the bathroom wherever water collects, such as on tile grout or shower curtains. If your bathroom has gnats or a damp odor, look no further than your clogged sink drains — and be sure to wear some rubber gloves.
To clean and remove mold on hard surfaces, the CDC recommends using a solution of no more than one cup of bleach to one gallon of water.
To remove mold on exterior surfaces, use a pressure washer, and make sure that everything is properly sealed.
If mold is found on soft and porous surfaces, such as drywall, carpeting or furniture, it’s best to dispose of the affected material before the mold spreads further or exacerbates your allergies.
Flood-damaged homes with heavy mold infestations should be handled by professionals whenever possible. The Federal Emergency Management Agencywarns that “Infants, children, immune-compromised patients, pregnant women, individuals with existing respiratory conditions (allergies, multiple chemical sensitivity and asthma) and the elderly appear to be at higher risks for adverse health effects from mold.”
In addition, flood-damaged houses are often contaminated with chemicals and human waste, which are far more dangerous than the mold itself.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

HOME FOR HAUNTED HOUSES


A distinct chill descends upon Kansas City after the sun sets in the fall. As families gather together to carve pumpkins and sip cider, something more sinister lurks in the shadows. That hair on the back of your neck? It’s standing up because of the city’s ghoulish collection of haunted houses and chilling experiences, including The BeastEdge of HellMacabre Cinema, plus Worlds of Fun's signature Halloween Haunt and more.
post shared from visitkc.com

HARVEST IN THE HEARTLAND


One of the many benefits of being located in the middle of the country is that fall harvests are a bountiful affair. If you’re looking to carve jack-o-lanterns, pick out your pumpkin at KC Pumpkin Patch in Olathe, Carolyn’s Country Cousins Pumpkin Patch in Liberty or Faulkner's Ranch and Pumpkin Farm, located south of I-470 on Raytown Road in Kansas City.

Apple picking is a tradition at Cider Hill Family Orchard, only a short drive northwest from Village West, and Louisburg Cider Mill in Louisburg, Kans., which holds the uber-popular Ciderfest each year. Meanwhile, the Liberty Corn Maze bills itself as “the largest corn maze in Missouri,” perfect for people of all ages. Post shared from visitkc.com

Wednesday, September 19, 2018


Looking for a Lee's Summit Park?  Here is a list of them all! Follow this link to the city of Lee's Summit Parks and Rec

http://cityofls.net/Parks/Parks-Shelters-Trails/Parks#




FALL MOVING TIPS



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Fall is an excellent time to move-in to your new home! The weather is crisp and (usually) dry, you still have a good amount of sunlight, and you can stop for your favorite fall beverages on all those trips back and forth between your old house and your new house! Our friends at Zaarly asked their movers for tips to make your fall move a successful one.

USE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO DECLUTTER

Summer clutter ads up. Instead of packing it and moving it to your new home, donate or toss those items instead. While you're at it, look at any other seasonal items to see if they can go. You’ll be glad you didn’t move your clutter from one home to the next.

KNOW WHERE YOUR FALL ITEMS ARE

Maybe you haven’t used your crockpot since last winter, or those fleece scarves you got for Christmas. Label boxes “fall,” so those boxes don’t end up last in the unpack pile or stored away in the garage.

UTILITIES

The last thing you want to do is move-in to your new home and remember that you forgot to set up your electric. Make sure to call the utility companies well ahead of your move, so you are clear on what is needed to make sure everything is up and running on move-in day.

GET AN OUTDOOR BROOM

When you move in the fall, you typically deal with leaves and dirt. Get a heavy-duty broom to stay ahead of sweeping walkways and steps. While you’re at it, consider putting a plastic tarp down in the entryway to reduce any outside debris from making its way onto your new carpet.

PUT ON A POT OF COFFEE

Your movers (and all your friends helping) will appreciate a cup of hot coffee (or hot apple cider) on those cooler move-in days!
Ready to book your fall move? ReeceNichols has partnered with Zaarly to make sure you get the best service experts for all your home projects. Ask your ReeceNichols agent for a $50 promo code to use on your first project!