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October
26

7 Storage Ideas To Help Eliminate Clutter in Your Home

Get Rid of Clutter

Raise your hand if your home could use a little organization. Don't worry, most of us have at least one or two areas of our house that are hot spots for collecting clutter. Our brokers know that when space is limited, you need to get creative with your cleaning and organization. Try these seven storage ideas to help you eliminate clutter and better organize your home.

  1. Eliminate Your Junk Drawer
    While it may seem counterintuitive, getting rid of your junk drawer is an excellent way to actually get rid of clutter. Your junk drawer is a haven for clutter, but most of these items can find a home elsewhere. Flashlights, batteries, Scotch tape, and miscellaneous tools should be relocated to other areas. With an entire drawer now empty, you've freed up space for other clutter. For instance, if your junk drawer is in your kitchen, you can now use that extra space to organize items that are cluttering up your kitchen countertops.

  2. Create a Command Center
    Another popular area for clutter is the space where you and your family immediately place your belongings when entering the house. Whether it's a dining room table, kitchen countertop, or living room, this center of clutter can be eliminated by creating a command center. This organized area will be a space to charge your devices and place your keys, mail, or similar items. Many homeowners also place a calendar and notepads in their command center to ask as a central-space for the family to track appointments, manage schedules, and keep track of to-do lists.

  3. Install Closet Organizers
    Did you know you could gain the versatility of a custom-built closet without breaking the bank? There are plenty of ways you can install affordable organizational tools in your closet to help cut down on clutter around your bedroom. Hang an additional clothes rack in the closet, consider adding shelving against the lower wall for shoes, and use bins on the top shelf to contain miscellaneous clothing items you don't often use, such as seasonal pieces. You can also use door hangers on the back of the closet door to hang hats and scarves. By enhancing your closet for maximum storage, you can say goodbye to the clutter of clothing that sits atop your furniture.

  4. Purchase Furniture with Built-In Storage
    One great storage hack to hide miscellaneous clutter is to purchase furniture that has storage built-in. There are many coffee tables and end tables that offer concealed storage spaces. There are even loveseats, couches, and lounge chairs that also have hidden compartments. These hidden storage spaces are perfect for packing away blankets, remotes, coasters, and other items that tend to clutter up coffee tables in the living room.

  5. Use Under the Bed Storage
    Your couch isn't the only piece of furniture that you can use to conceal your clutter. The space beneath your bed is a great place to hide your clutter if you keep it tidy and organized. Purchase short yet wide storage containers that can easily slide underneath your bed. These boxes are great for hiding away items. Since you can potentially fit many storage containers under the bed, it's best to use it for possessions that you won't want to access often. Winter coats, special shoes, holiday décor, and miscellaneous items that just can't seem to find a proper home can be concealed easily under your bed without cluttering up your room.

  6. Don't Neglect Concealed Clutter
    As you're trying to cut down on the visible clutter around your home, you need to remember that the goal is to keep all spaces less messy. Although your pantries and kitchen cabinets are storage spaces, they can easily become cluttered eyesores every time you open the door. One way to easily organize these spaces is to purchase trays, baskets, racks, and lazy Susans can instantly help you keep spices, sauces, snacks, and other food or food prep items organized.

  7. Utilize Luggage & Baggage
    Take a look inside your closet, and you'll notice that you've had extra storage spaces all along! Your seldom used luggage, purses, and other baggage can act as additional storage for clutter. If nothing else, you can use larger bags to conceal smaller bags, thus freeing up closet space for other items to call home.

Are you searching for Portland homes for sale with plenty of storage space? We can help. Contact us today to schedule a private tour.

October
19

Plan Your Visit to Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo

Lions, tigers, and bears — oh my! Seattle is home to those species and so many more, thanks to the Woodland Park Zoo. Located in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood of Seattle, the zoo is committed to teaching guests the importance of conservation.

Woodland Park Zoo — 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103

History of Woodland Park Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo is a beloved Seattle site, a destination that locals and visitors alike cherish. Our brokers included! After over a century of providing men, women, and children of all ages with an educational and immersive wildlife experience, it's hard to believe that once upon a time, this green space was once just a simple park along Seattle's Greenlake. Developed into a traditional English garden in the late 1800s by Englishman Guy Phinney, a large house, rose garden, pump house, and deer park once called this space home.

Seattle's first zoo was housed in at Leschi Park and owned by the Lake Washington Cable Railway. After Phinney's death, the City of Seattle purchased Woodland Park, and the animals were donated as the zoo's first residents when it was founded in 1899. The park was then divided into "Lower" and "Upper" Woodland Park after the construction of Aurora Avenue. It wasn't until 1967 that the first zones of the children's zoo were opened. Since then, Woodland Park Zoo has continued to grow, making room for countless new animals and educational and interactive opportunities!

Woodland Park Zoo Exhibits

So what can you and your family expect during your visit to the Woodland Park Zoo? The real question is, how can you experience everything in just a single day? With more than 1,100 animals from over 300 diverse species, the zoo features 92-acres of diverse natural habitats. Explore these amazing areas and discover the wonders of the animal world right in Seattle's backyard. Exhibits include:

  • African Savanna: Journey into the African Savanna for a view of lion, giraffe, hippos, zebras, ostrich, and monkeys.

  • Ambassador Animals: Meet the stars of the show — the Woodland Park Zoo ambassadors. Mammals, birds, and reptiles are ready to make your acquaintance.

  • Assam Rhino Reserve: One of the most popular exhibits, the Assam Rhino Reserve, also features the Asian Brown Tortoise and Demoiselle Crane to keep the one-horned rhino company.

  • Australasia: Enjoy a bird feeding experience at the Willawong Station after you spot snow leopards, emu, kookaburra, and wallaby.

  • Molbak's Butterfly Garden: Opening up again for the Spring season, Molbak's Butterfly Garden lets over 500 butterflies take flight. The Microsoft Pollinator Patio is open year-round.

  • Humboldt Penguin Exhibit: Don't let the name fool you, this penguin exhibit features Humboldt Penguins native to Chile and Peru.

  • Northern Trail: Hike into the chilly Northern Trail to the Taiga Viewing Shelter and Tundra Center to feast your eyes on Steller's sea eagles, snowy owls, bears, wolf, and elk.

  • Temperate Forest: Venture into the temperate forests, the same types of forests found in our region.

  • Trail of Adaptations: Watch unique nocturnal animals like sloth, meerkat, and Komodo dragons frolic around at night.

  • Tropical Asia: The Trail of Vines and Banyan Wilds showcase Asia's tropical locals like tigers, bears, pigs, otters, and orangutan.

  • Tropical Rainforest: Featuring an Outdoor Tropical Rainforest and Indoor Tropical Rainforest, this area is home to Jaguar Cove. Animals like lemur, gorillas, anacondas, monkeys, ocelots, and tarantulas are waiting to welcome you.  

Whether you're a long-time fan of the Woodland Park Zoo or this is your first visit, your family will love spending a day learning about wildlife from around the world.

The zoo has been welcoming back guests and has made several changes due to COVID-19. Plan your visit and learn about their latest policies on their website. 

If you're looking at Seattle homes for sale, you'll be excited to discover that the Woodland Park Zoo has a great relationship with its surrounding community. Contact us today to tour homes in this neighborhood!

October
12

9 Backsplash Ideas for Your New Kitchen

Backsplash Ideas

If you're looking to add an extra element of style or decoration to your new kitchen, maximizing the appearance of your backsplash is a great way to do it. A beautiful backsplash is an affordable strategy for improving the overall look and feel of the room. Best of all, backsplashes are easy to install yourself. With various materials, styles, patterns, and designs, choosing a new backsplash can be a fun way to increase your home value. The trick is to make sure it complements your kitchen's colors, countertops, and cabinetry. 

While choosing a visually appealing backsplash is important, remember a backsplash's purpose is to protect the wall behind your sinks and counters, which is consistently exposed to food and liquids and changing temperatures. When adding a DIY backsplash, always be sure to select materials that are durable and easy to clean.

If you're in the process of designing a new kitchen, our brokers can help. Below are nine beautiful, protective backsplash ideas that can really help to tie your kitchen design together.

  1. Horizontal Subway Tiles
    Nothing says classic and casual quite like horizontal subway tiles. Bright colored tiles over darker grout can really create a welcoming look. Another added bonus is that the darker grout will also help make stains less apparent.
  2. Diagonal Porcelain Tiles
    Diagonally placed white square tiles can add an extra dimension to a classic look. Porcelain tiles are also affordable and easy to clean. We often see that 4 x 4 or 8 x 8 tiles create the best look. 
  3. Round Penny Tiles
    If you're going for a vintage yet trendy appearance, penny tiles are really making a comeback. If you have white cabinets, try light-colored penny tiles over darker colored grout to really bring out the texture.
  4. Chevron Tiles
    When done properly, Chevron patterns can create a beautiful, unique look. Just be sure not to overdo it -- the key is to make the pattern just subtle enough to be noticeable. Complementary zigzags in matching hues can create an optimal effect. 
  5. Marble Block
    If you're looking for a way to class-up your kitchen, a marble block backsplash can go a long way. While expensive, nothing creates a stunning look quite like marble. A bright marble backsplash in a neutral color kitchen will really give your new kitchen an upscale feel. Best of all, marble is easy to clean. Check out some of the marble block backsplashes on these beautiful Seattle, WA homes for sale.
  6. Beach Cottage
    Want a summer vibe in your house all year long? A beach cottage backsplash is a great way to keep your kitchen bright and vibrant during the rainy Bellevue months. Turquoise sea glass accents over a taupe backdrop can create a peaceful, calming effect on your kitchen. Just make sure you have clean white cabinetry to offset the bright colors. 
  7. Mirrored Tiles
    For a grand, flashy twist to your kitchen, consider creating a tiled mirror backsplash. Because mirrors reflect light, it can also add more depth to your kitchen, making it appear larger and brighter. Mirror tiles are also super easy to clean.
  8. Hexagon Mosaic
    If you're looking for classic beauty, consider a hexagon mosaic. This pattern has been used in kitchens for decades. These eye-catching shapes can be used to create the perfect blend between tiles can create the perfect blend between retro and chic.
  9. Stainless Steel
    Stainless steel backsplashes are a great option if you're looking for a stylish, modern look. They're affordable, easy to install, and best of all, they are incredibly easy to clean.  If you're a heavy-duty cooker, stainless steel backsplashes are a no-brainer. Just make sure you clean it properly, as you don't want to risk scratches or stains.

A beautiful, durable backsplash is a great way to improve your home with minimal effort. For more inspiration, or help finding a new home with a kitchen you'll love, contact us today.

October
5

National Seafood Month: Where to Get Fresh Seafood in Seattle

Seafood in Seattle

What could be better than a day dedicated to enjoying all of your favorite seafood? National Seafood Month, of course! Whether you want to cook your own feast or enjoy a prepared meal with some of the best seafood in the world, you won't find a better city than Seattle to satisfy your seafood cravings. Our brokers are ready to dig into National Seafood Month, and we've got all the details on how to connect with Seattle's legendary seafood scene.

  1. Mutual Fish Company – 2335 Rainier Avenue S, Seattle, WA 98144

    Serving the region since 1947, Mutual Fish Company is your one-stop-shop for fresh seafood of all kinds close to Seattle homes for sale. Mutual Fish Company has been owned and operated by the same family for three generations, with a commitment to quality that you can taste in every bite. They offer fresh-caught fish from across North America, a large selection of live seafood including fresh lobster, and a full line of Asian groceries at the fish market, perfect for adding new flavors to your next meal.

  2. Seattle Fish Company – 4435 California Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98116

    When you're looking for the catch of the day, Seattle Fish Company has you covered with pickup, delivery, and dine-in service by the grill. No matter what you need for celebrating National Seafood Month, you can find it at Seattle Fish Company. There are specials on fresh seafood every day, with delivery available within the city and beyond. The Seattle Fish Company Grill is open every day for dine-in and takeout, with a mouth-watering selection of freshly prepared meals. Be sure to check out the daily soup specials, which include a smoked salmon chowder that you won't want to miss.

  3. Pike Place Fish Company – 86 Pike Place, Seattle, WA 98101

    Located in the historic Pike Place Market, Pike Place Fish Company has been serving up fresh seafood for more than 90 years. If you're looking to pick up everything you need for your seafood celebration in one place, then you can't top the selection at Pike Place Market. You can order from Pike Place Fish Company for pickup, including a drive-thru, contactless pickup option, or have your food delivered anywhere in Seattle. 

  4. Pure Food Fish Market – 1511 Pike Place, Seattle, WA 98101

    Looking for variety when you shop for seafood, all in one location? Pike Place Market is home to multiple fantastic seafood spots that you can visit in one convenient trip, including Pure Food Fish Market. This market specializes in salmon, halibut, crab, and shellfish and features other fresh catches from around the world. You can also find some great recipes at Pure Food Fish Market, along with all of the ingredients you'll need to make your favorite dishes.

  5. Jack's Fish Spot – 1514 Pike Place, Seattle, WA 98101

    While you're at the market, stop at Jack's Fish Spot to enjoy great dine-in service in a classic seafood setting, or pick up something fresh to take home for your culinary creations. If you're looking for a little help in cooking your seafood, this is a great place to visit. The team at Jack's Fish Spot is happy to tell you how they create their own meals with detailed recipes or provide general advice for which types of flavors work best with your favorite types of seafood.

  6. East Anchor Seafood – 1126 34th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

    Open every day with fresh seafood arriving each morning, East Anchor Seafood is sure to have what you need to celebrate National Seafood Month in style. This shop offers a selection of specialty groceries, perfect for bringing the best out of your fresh seafood. You can also enjoy a glass of wine, sample local craft beers, and pick up freshly prepared seafood from the chefs at East Anchor Seafood.

  7. Taylor Shellfish Farms – 1521 Melrose Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

    With more than a century of experience and multiple locations throughout the Seattle area, you can always count on Taylor Shellfish Farms for world-class shellfish close to home. The Melrose location offers delivery, curbside pickup, and dine-in service with limited capacity. They specialize in shellfish – especially fresh oysters. You can also shop online and have fresh seafood delivered directly to your door.

Searching for a home that allows you to enjoy fresh Seattle seafood anytime? We can help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Seattle, WA area.

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