Kathryn Varjian Ferrazzi - William Raveis Real Estate & Homes Services



Posted by Kathryn Varjian Ferrazzi on 8/30/2017

Often times, certain cleaning rituals are saved for spring-cleaning, certain cleaning rituals that should occur more than once a year. One of those things that fall into this category is your refrigerator. You open your refrigerator, stare into it trying to find something to eat or drink, find that something or not, and then close the fridge. This happens multiple times a day, but how often do you go into your fridge with intentions of cleaning it out? And by, ďclean it out,Ē I donít just mean to toss the nearest thing to you that looks like it morphed into a creature inside of your tupperware. A refrigerator needs a good cleaning every couple of months to avoid any unwanted stenches, difficult clean ups from unknown spills, and expired food/drinks. Here are a few tips to keeping your refrigerator clean: Go Through Every 2-3 Months: Go through your fridge every two to three months. Itís so easy to lose track of what is in your fridge, from throwing leftovers in, to fruit and vegetables, and eggs and milk. And donít forget about your freezer. Check for food that is no longer any good or has past best buy dates and anything in your freezer that looks freezer burnt and throw it away. Wipe down Every 2-3 Months: When you are cleaning out old food from your fridge, take the time to wipe it out too. Spills can happen without you knowing and can leave your fridge sticky, slimy and even stinky. By wiping your fridge out every so often you can avoid those issues. Rotate: After going through the items in your refrigerator and freezer, make sure to rotate any duplicate items. Rotating means to put the oldest item in the front so that you use that one first. This will help ensure that you are eating foods and drinking drinks before they go back therefore causing less waste. This will also help you save money in the long run. It may sound tedious but the more often you do it the less work there will be each time. Happy cleaning!





Posted by Kathryn Varjian Ferrazzi on 7/12/2017

Your pet is a member of your family and gets plenty of love and attention day after day. However, even your pet can leave stains and odors that will impact your home and may force homebuyers to look elsewhere. As a home seller, you'll want to do everything possible to eliminate pet stains and odors before you show your residence to prospective homebuyers. Thankfully, we're here to help you take the necessary steps to keep your home pet odor- and stain-free. Here are three tips that you can use to reduce pet stains and odors: 1. Leverage a pet stain neutralizer. Want to give your carpets a fresh scent? Use a pet stain neutralizer, and you'll be able to noticeably improve the smell and appearance of your carpets. Pet stain neutralizers are available at pet stores and can deliver long-lasting benefits. These products will remove pet stains and odors that are deeply entrenched in carpets without delay. Meanwhile, they also ensure that you can eliminate these stains and odors quickly and effortlessly. Pick up a pet stain neutralizer, and you can minimize pet stains and odors any time you choose. 2. Clean your floors and walls with the right cleaning products. Before you use any cleaning products on your floors and walls, be sure to read the instructions. By doing so, you'll be able to ensure that these items will help you eliminate pet stains and odors. Remember, not all cleaning products are created equal, and you'll want to find the best items that deliver the desired results. But those who search for products designed for pet stains and odors that impact your home's floors and walls can work to eliminate such problems instantly. Don't forget about your pet's safety, too. You'll want to ensure that any cleaning products that you use won't harm your pet if accidental consumption occurs. 3. Utilize a carpet cleaning machine with furniture attachment. A carpet cleaning machine is a superior option for those who want to get to the root of pet stains and odors. This device usually can be rented or purchased from a home improvement store and empowers you to take full control of your pet stain and odor removal efforts. Plus, getting a carpet cleaning machine with a furniture attachment is ideal for pet owners who frequently let their pets rest on furniture. This attachment enables you to quickly and easily remove pet stains and odors from furniture, often in only minutes. Renting a carpet cleaning machine with furniture attachment usually serves as a cost-effective option for home sellers. Comparatively, those who want a first-rate device that will provide support both now and in the future may consider purchasing this machine and using it at their new residence as well. For home sellers, pet stains and odors may seem tough to eliminate, at least at first. But with the right supplies and know-how, you'll be able to remove such problems altogether. Lastly, don't forget to clean pet stains and odors regularly, as you'll be better equipped to keep your home looking and smelling great. And ultimately, you'll improve your residence's chances of making a positive impression on homebuyers.





Posted by Kathryn Varjian Ferrazzi on 3/22/2017

Spring is just around the corner, and that means itís almost time to get started with the cleaning and organizing youíve been avoiding all winter. If youíre like me, it takes more than just some unsightly windows and cluttered drawers to motivate myself to tackle a big cleaning project. Thatís why Iíve created this weeklong spring cleaning challenge.

In this challenge, weíll cover different cleaning projects each day. Donít worry--each dayís work wonít take more than an hour or two to complete, so even the busiest among us should be able to find time to fit the whole challenge in. By the end of the week, it will all be worth it when you look around your house and see the sparkling surfaces just in time for spring.

Day 1: Kitchen

On the first day of our spring cleaning challenge, weíll start with one of the most grueling places to get it out of the way early. If youíve been cooking indoors all winter, odds are grease and cooking oils have made their way into your oven, microwave, toaster, and cooking surfaces. Today is all about the degreaser and elbow grease.

For a homemade degreaser, mix a few drops of lemon or citrus with white vinegar and water and put them together in a spray bottle. For spots that are caked on, spray first, let them soak and sprinkle with baking soda while you clean the rest of the kitchen. This will loosen the grease so you can go back and scrub it off later.

Day 2: Bathroom

While weíre tackling the tough rooms, letís head to the bathroom on day two. A thorough bathroom cleaning doesnít just include the sink, toilet, and tub, but also their drains. Itís also a good time to change curtain liners or clean your shower door. Spraying Rain-X on the door after cleaning it will keep it from getting foggy for a couple months.

Today is also a good day to go through your medicine cabinet and get rid of anything thatís expired. Then, make a list of supplies you need to restock.

Day 3: Bedrooms

Today letís take a break from scrubbing. Head into the bedrooms and change the sheets. Clean mirrors, vacuum, and then dust all of the surfaces (in that order--you donít want to kick up debris from the carpets once youíve already dusted).

The last task for today is to declutter. Itís a good time to go through drawers and pick out clothes you no longer wear to donate. A good rule of thumb is to ask yourself if you wore it in the last year or two. If not, odds are it wonít be missed very much.

Day 4: Living Room

The living room is the area of the house people like to keep most presentable, and therefore usually doesnít appear dirty at a first glance. However, since itís also the room that gets a lot of foot traffic, youíll likely find that the carpets, sofa cushions, and curtains could use a good cleaning.

Day 5: Windows

This one is pretty self-explanatory. But itís useful to do them all in one day so you donít have to keep pulling out the paper towels and Windex.

Day 6: Refrigerator and Pantry

Get rid of expired condiments, and toss out or donate canned foods that have been sitting in your cabinets for over a year. If you need to de-ice your freezer or change water filters in your freezer now is the time.

Day 7: Car

For the last day, letís head outside and clean your vehicle. If this day doesnít apply to you, it could be a good time to clean out the garage or wash outdoor furniture.


To help you out, print out this checklist and stick it on your refrigerator until you've completed the challenge. 


 







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