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Tidying Up

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Your house is nothing like “Hoarders”! Marie Kondo would come in and… ask if your “collection” of baseball cards really sparks joy. Take steps to clear out the clutter in your life. You may just wind up transforming your home!

Marie Kondo Your Life
There’s a great reason the KonMari Method became a craze; it’s a simple way of helping you decide what is — and what isn’t — important to you is a great way to shed some belongings. Follow these steps to get started on “Marie Kondo”-ing your own home.

Be Thankful
Your house is where you get to build your life with your family. Start by thanking your home for providing shelter.

Pile It Up
Going room-by-room, pile things up by category. For example, put all of your clothing in one place. This will help you visualize how much of each item you have.

Does it Spark Joy?
Item-by-item, ask yourself if it sparks joy in your life. If it does, then it’s not a big deal to keep it. If it doesn’t, get rid of it. Don’t keep things just to keep things! This is what causes clutter to pile up.

Stand Things Up
After you’ve decided what sparks joy and what doesn’t, it’s time to find a home for everything. Hang up or fold clothes, and give each item its own spot. This way, your letter opener doesn’t just hang out somewhere on the counter; it goes in your brand new, dedicated stationary drawer.

Tiny Boxes
Think about your junk drawer. Most likely, it’s everything crammed into one spot. Tiny boxes can help organize miscellaneous items.

Organize By Size
If you can’t prop things up so that you can see them, organize them by size. This makes it easy to know exactly where in the closet or drawer you need to be looking for something.

Decluttering in No Time
Sometimes you just need to declutter fast. Simplify your decluttering method into five different categories. Get a bin or basket for each category, and clearly label to its corresponding category to make decluttering go even faster. To keep things from getting overwhelming, take it one room at a time, and clean out your baskets at the end of each room.

Put Away
Honestly, how did the cheese grater end up in the laundry room? Use this category for anything you want to keep and desperately needs to be put away.

Yes, you were going to read the newspaper from three weeks ago, but now you have four more issues to catch up on. Toss any newspaper, plastic, glass, or paper into this category.

Fix or Mend
That broken button or dirty pair of shoes can be tossed into this bin. Instead of letting the stuff you’ve been meaning to do pile up, keep it in one place to come back to at another time.

Some things are simply trash. Use this category to get rid of anything you don’t want to keep and cannot be donated or recycled.

You may not need three copies of the same book, but your library might! Toss any items that you want to get rid of, but are in good condition into this category.

Decluttering your house is the first step to zen living. If you find your home is in need of a complete upgrade, Zen Living Realty can help during the Orlando realty process. By getting to know you and your needs, we can make sure you’re getting the home of your dreams! Give us a call at (407) 499-3919 to speak with a Realtor® about your dream home.


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Your Guide to Downsizing

It can be hard to imagine downsizing your house. After all, most of us think that bigger means better. But a smaller home can mean less cost, less cleaning, and more time for you to actually enjoy the house you live in. While downsizing may seem scary, living in a smaller home can help simplify your life and take away the pressure of upkeep that comes with a larger home.

Benefits of Downsizing
The math on this is simple — less space means less cost. There’s less square footage to heat and cool down, and less space means your utilities will cost less. Downsizing also leads to minimal maintenance and less time spent cleaning. This leaves more time for you to do the things you actually want to do. All the Saturday mornings you spent cutting the lawn are now wide open. You can take the dog for a walk, relax with a cup of coffee, or even sleep in. A smaller house means fewer chores waiting for you.

Ask Yourself Questions
Downsizing is scary; once the extra space is gone, you might miss it. But how often are you actually using all of the rooms in your house? To find out, try the sticky note method! Put a sticky note on the door of each room in your house. Every time you enter a room, write down why you went in that room. After a few weeks, you’ll have a good idea of how much of your space you’re actually using. Some other questions to ask yourself are whether or not the size of your house matters to you, if you think you’ll miss having extra (even if unused) space, and are you willing to get rid of extra clutter?

Getting Rid of Clutter
Less space means less room to store things. But if minimalism isn’t your style, there are a few ways you can start shedding extra belongings. Start with a “new in, old out” rule. For each new item you bring home, give an old one away. Not only will this make you think about what you’re bringing home, it will encourage you to only keep the pieces you love! If pieces are still in good condition, consider giving back to your community and donating them.

Downsizing your home can lead to less clutter, fewer chores, and more time for you. If you’ve decided to make the switch to a smaller home, Zen Living Realty can help. By delivering personalized, top-notch service, we strive to make the Orlando realty process peaceful. Give us a call at (407) 499-3919 to speak with a Realtor® or visit our home page at:





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To Paint, or Not to Paint; That Is the Question



The first question you might ask yourself after putting your house on the market is “Do I really need to paint?” The answer, for the most part, is often a resounding yes. A fresh coat of paint is attractive to potential buyers; it means less work and maintenance that they have to do, which increases the value of your home.

The color of your house is the first thing a potential buyer sees. Homes painted neutral shades, like the popular “greige,” or grey-beige, saw up to $3,496 more than the expected price of the home when selling.

It seems like white kitchen updates are in style; from white cabinets to white countertops, bright kitchens seem to be trending. However, that trend doesn’t look like it’s going to last! Painting your kitchen a blue-gray is a safe bet and can make your home sell an average of $1,809 more! But don’t limit color to just the walls; homes with bold cabinets often sell faster.

Dining Room
Similar to the kitchen, blue-greys are all the rage in the dining room. Compared to white dining rooms, homes with more matte colors had a value of approximately $1,926 more. Stick to lighter colored accents to contrast the muted grey-blue.

A blue bathroom is a classic, and for good reason! Studies have shown that houses with bathrooms painted a light blue bathroom netted an average of $5,440 more than expected. Spruce up decorations with nautical or beach themed pictures.

If you’re noticing a trend, blue is it. Bedrooms painted a soft, matte cerulean sold higher than expected. Pair the blue with bright, white baseboards to make it pop, and add natural wood accents to create a relaxing, tranquil environment for potential buyers.

Living Room
Greige was all the trend in 2018, and it doesn’t look like it’s going away anytime soon! Light beiges and greys help make homes feel cozy and welcoming and can increase your home value by $2,000. Stick with neutral accents to keep the room feeling clean and comfortable.

Blue is overwhelmingly the color of 2019, and honestly who’s surprised? The color blue has been thought to lower stress, increase productivity, and inspire a sense of tranquility. If you’re unsure what color is right for your house, Zen Living Realty can help. By developing a relationship with each client, we get to know you and what your needs are, making the Orlando realty process a breeze. Give us a call at (407) 499-3919 to speak with a realtor about what color is right for you and your home.

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Stress-Free Realty

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For the indecisive, deciding where to go for dinner can be a nightmare. Do you want Thai or Italian? Takeout or dine-in? What seems like a simple problem can turn into an endless cycle of “I don’t know. You pick.” And when it comes to bigger decisions — like real estate — that overwhelming feeling of indecisiveness can feel debilitating. Guarantee your Orlando realty process is stress-free with Zen Living Realty.

Be Informed
Three or four bedrooms? One or two stories? Do you need a home office? A nursery? How far are you willing to commute? Do you want to renovate? If you’re unsure of what you want in a home, all of the options can be overwhelming, and your real estate agent can’t read your mind. Before you meet with your real estate agent, take some time to reflect on what you picture in your new home. Consider things such as:

● Number of bedrooms and bathrooms
● One-level or multi-level
● Square footage
● Type of housing (condo, duplex, single-family, etc.)
● Distance to work
● Distance to shopping and expressways
● Distance to places of worship
● Walkability
● School districts
● Neighborhood
● Amount of required maintenance and renovation

Be Flexible
Unless you’re building from scratch, it will be difficult to find your dream home (as much as we all dream of a mid-range, two-story, single-family home that has brand new appliances, minimal maintenance, and just so happens to be a five-minute walk from work). Keep your mind open to new ideas, whether that’s an unconventional floor plan or a few necessary upgrades. Don’t concede on major requirements, but be open to compromise.

Be Patient
If the home buying process is anything, it’s long, and most of that time is spent waiting; waiting for the perfect home to go on the market, waiting for answers, waiting for offers, waiting for mortgages, waiting for paperwork, waiting for surveys. It’s important to remember that this is a long process!

Be One With Your Realtor
When buying a house, your Realtor is your rock. They’re the Alex Trebek to you’re Jeopardy; they simply have all the answers. Your Realtor should work with you, get to know you, and understand what you’re looking for in a house. Zen Living Realty develops a relationship with each client, getting to know your needs and ensuring a smooth and relaxing process.

Be Zen
Throughout this process, it’s important to take some time for you. Grab a coffee, go out to dinner, and relax. Check out some of our favorite spots:

● Orange County Brewing: Brewed in-house, Orange County Brewing is a great place to grab a local beer and play some board games.
● Find Your Zen: Yoga is a great way to channel your inner peace. Attend events such as rooftop yoga at The Balcony or take a Thai and Wine Partner Stretching class.
● Oudom’s Thai and Sushi: From fried rice served in a pineapple to every sushi roll imaginable, Oudom’s is a great place to treat yourself to a mouthwatering meal.

Buying a home is an exciting milestone; it shouldn’t be weighed down by stress. Discover peace in Orlando realty by working with Zen Living Realty. We believe that every person deserves top-notch, personalized service. By building a strong relationship with every client, we can help you find the home of your dreams, stress-free. Give us a call at (407) 499-3919 to speak with a Realtor or visit our website and start your VIP home search or to receive a free home valuation!


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Add a spring touch to your home


Even if the weather isn’t cooperating quite yet – spring is on the way! Cheering up your home with some spring decor is the perfect way to prepare for warmer days and more sunshine. Here are some options to prepare your home for the next season!


While they may not last outdoors with the sporadic weather of spring, bringing potted herbs into your home and letting them soak up sunlight in a kitchen window is the perfect way to add life to your home and have access to fresh herbs while you’re cooking.


If you are all about DIY-ing, creating simple decorations can add a pop of seasonal color to your home. Take that pair of rain boots you don’t wear anymore and turn them into planters – add bright floral arrangements and use your new decor item as an inviting piece by your front door.


Neutral and sleek is all the rage right now, but adding a pop of color in your normal decor can add a cheerful touch to your home. Swap out your kitchen napkins or tablecloth with something a little bit more colorful, like soft blues or pinks. Small changes can do enough to make your home feel different without being overwhelming.


Whether or not you already include florals in your home decor, take the time to swap out or add something new that feels like spring. While fresh flowers are a great choice, consider picking up some faux florals for the majority of your decor and saving the fresh flowers for a centerpiece. Don’t be afraid to add pops of color, specifically yellows and pinks, to create a focal point for the room.


Is there a room in your home that is just feeling drab? Maybe it is dark and uninviting, or maybe it has white walls that have started to fade. While you are spring cleaning, consider adding a fresh coat of paint to a place in your home that needs a boost of light. Spring is all about being fresh and new, so your home should feel that way too!

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¿Cómo crear un espacio Zen en tu hogar?


Actualmente vivimos bajo mucho estrés debido a las múltiples responsablidades que tenemos diariamente y se nos hace difícil encontrar un momento de relajación. Es por eso que debemos buscar un espacio en nuestro hogar donde podamos tener un momento Zen.

Cuando pensamos en un espacio Zen lo primero que nos viene a la mente es balance, armonía, meditación y relajación.  Crear un espacio “Zen” se puede definir como el arte de estar presente y vivir en el momento.

El estilo Zen a menudo se asocia con el minimalismo y la simplicidad. Es más bien, una forma de organizar el hogar y crear una atmósfera de relajación. Para crear un espacio Zen en tu hogar puedes seguir las siguientes recomendaciones:

1. Escoge colores tierra para las paredes y cuartos (“earthy colors”).
2. Escoge telas de colores claros y naturales.
3. Utiliza luz suave y natural.
4. Escoge muebles simples y naturales.
5. Mantén los adornos y la decoración al mínimo.
6. Utiliza aromas naturales en las habitaciones.
7. Remueve los aparatos electrónicos para evitar distracciones.
8. Utiliza plantas verdes para atraer calma.
9. Mantén los espacios organizados.
10. Evita cualquier energía negativa dentro del hogar.

“Zen significa enfocarnos en el presente. Podemos lograr esto prestando atención y siendo conscientes de lo que hacemos y experimentamos.” Nydia Marrero, Corredora Principal y fundadora de Zen Living Realty.


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How to make your home a Zen space

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Currently we live under a lot of stress due to our daily multiple responsibilities and it is difficult for us to find a moment of relaxation. That is why we should create a space in our home where we can have a Zen moment.

When we think of a Zen space, the first thing that comes to our mind is balance, harmony, meditation and relaxation. I define “Zen Living” as the art of being present and live in the moment.

The Zen style is often associated with minimalism and simplicity. It is, rather, a way to organize the home and create an atmosphere of relaxation. To create a Zen space in your home you can simply follow the following recommendations:

1. Choose earthy colors
2. Choose natural and light fabrics
3. Play with soft and natural light
4. Keep furniture simple and natural
5. Keep ornaments and decorations to a minimum
6. Enhance your room with natural scents
7. Remove electronic disturbances
8. Bring in calmness with green plants
9. Eliminate clutter
10. Avoid any negative energy inside the home

“Zen means to be present, to be in the moment”. “We can only do that by paying attention and being aware” Nydia Marrero, Zen Living Realty Principal

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