The Dirt! Summer to Fall Lawn Care

Published on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 | by TJC Real Estate

Did you your yard look amazing this summer or could it use some extra TLC? Whether you own your own home or rent your home, don’t let this last season’s hard work fall to the wayside just because summer is coming to an end. There is still work to be done to ensure that your lawn keeps looking its best!


Watering: Did you know that proper watering can promote a deep rooted, heathy turf? The type of soil, amount of water, frequency of watering, weather and time of day can all play a part in the look and health of your lawn. According to Colorado State University Extension, it is best to water your lawn 1 to 2.5 inches per week between 10 pm and midnight or 8 am and 9 am because “it generally is less windy, cooler and more humid at this time, resulting in less evaporation and more efficient use of water.” For more in-depth information on watering practices, visit the CSU Extension website.


Mowing: Height and frequency are the two most important facets of mowing your lawn. The perfect height range for Colorado lawns is 2.5 to 3 inches. A good rule of thumb is to mow the lawn when it is 3 inches tall and adjust your lawn mower accordingly so your finished product is between 2 to 2.5”.


Weed Control: Whether you use an herbicide or plain old elbow grease, it is important to keep up on unwanted weeds in your lawn, mulch and rock areas. Once you let them get out of control, it is hard to reel them back in. It is especially important to keep weeds at bay in your lawn area and near bushes or trees so the foliage you have worked so hard on is not competing with weeds for water and soil nutrition.


Soil Conditioning: Between now and the end of August, use an organic soil conditioning treatment such as Revive to maximize watering and help turf recover from the stress of the summer elements. According to its website, Revive recommends using this product every time you fertilize.


Fertilizing: Between now and the end of August, apply a slow release fertilizer. Six weeks later apply another slow release fertilizer, but one that is higher in potassium and Sulphur to assist in winterizing the lawn. According to “ If the lawn has been properly fertilized in the late summer and fall, turf grass can begin to store carbohydrate reserves in the stems, rhizomes, and stolons. These carbohydrate reserves help grass resist winter injury and disease, and serve as a source of energy for root and shoot growth the following spring. A late fall fertilization will also provide better winter color, enhanced spring green up and increased rooting.”


Aeration:Thatch is a tight, brown, spongy, organic layer of both living and dead grass roots and stems that accumulates above the soil surface.Thatch buildup decreases water effectiveness since thatch heats up and dries up quickly therefore damaging your lawn’s root zone.Fall aeration is a great way to get a jump start on next year’s healthy lawn. Aeration removes 2-3 inch plugs of grass and thatch from your lawns surface which relieves soil compaction while improving the root zone as well assisting with thatch build-up. You can consider this a ‘breather’ for your lawn. Whether you hire a professional, buy your own manual aerator tool or rent a power aerator from your hardware store, you will be glad you did. It is relatively inexpensive at any route.


Keeping up on the needs of your lawn now means less work later. This theory may also equate to less money spent on your lawn in the future. It is much more expensive and less rewarding to replace the lawn than it is to do the necessary upkeep.


Stay tuned for the next issue of The Dirt! In the meantime, if you have questions regarding residential or commercial real estate and/or property management, please give Your Neighborhood Realtors a call! You can also visit our website at


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Events in the 'Hood: August 2017

Published on Friday, August 11, 2017 | by TJC Real Estate

Summer may be winding down, but there is still a lot of fun happening in our ‘hoods!

For August 2017:

If you live in or around Stapleton…

This Saturday, August 12th, That Eighties Band is playing at Founders’ Green from 7-9 joined by local MCA sponsor booths and food trucks. (free)

Next week, August 17th – 19th, Shakespeare on the Green will be showcasing Taming the Shrew by CU Presents. Visit our TJC booth at the Thursday and Friday performances for your chance to win ‘Prime Real Estate’ (VIP seating and treats for the show)! (free)

Friday August 25th, Star Wars Rogue will begin at dark on Founders’ Green joined by local MCA sponsor booths and food trucks. (free)

Let’s not forget about the Farmer’s Market that takes over Founders’ Green every Sunday through October from 8:30am to 12:30pm! (free).

For more information on all Stapleton events, visit

If you live in or around Lowry…

This Saturday, August 12th, get tickets for Hops in the Hangar from 5-9 pm at Wings Over the Rockies! All proceeds will benefit Wings Over the Rockies. Visit the website for more details. ($20-$50)

Sunday August, 27th, Lowry Foundation’s Artists in August is being hosted by Wings over the Rockies. Come celebrate, view and/or purchase work by local artists from 10 am to 4 pm. (free)

If you live in or around Park Hill…

This Saturday, August 12th, don’t miss the Ice Cream Social and Volunteer Fair, hosted by the Denver Public Library and Greater Park Hill Community. Bring a non-perishable food item to the Park Hill Library at Dexter and Montview between noon and 2pm. Indulge in some ice cream and learn about neighborhood volunteer opportunities. The non-perishable food item will be donated to the GPHC Emergency Food Bank. (free)

Monday, August 21st, Denver Museum of Science and Nature will be hosting The Great American Eclipse 2017 viewing party from 9 to 2 pm, inside and outside of the museum. They will also be equipped with a limited number of eclipse viewing glasses and pinhole viewers. For more information, visit here.

If you live in or around the Golden Triangle…

Final Fridays takes place from 5 to 9 pm on August 25th! Tour the hottest new art experience in Denver. Local businesses, including art galleries, boutiques, salons/spas, museums, restaurants, etc will be celebrating creativity in their space and will have special offerings in lieu of the event. For more information visit here. (free)

If you live in or around Aurora…

Aurora Fox Art Center Season 33 tickets are on sale! The season begins in September so get your tickets now! For more information visit here. (varies)

On Saturday, August 19th, enjoy food, culture and music at Global Fest from 1 – 9 pm at the Aurora Municipal Center. Flags from more than 30 countries will make an appearance in the opening parade. Don’t miss Academy Award winning reggae band, Morgan Heritage who will hit the stage at 5pm! For more information, visit here. (free)

Stay tuned next month for more local events in your neck of the woods! In the meantime, if you have questions regarding residential or commercial real estate and/or property management, please give Your Neighborhood Realtors a call! You can also visit our website at


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Market Trends: Millennials and Real Estate

Published on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 | by TJC Real Estate

Millennials and the housing market. Besides inflation and the woes of the condo industry, it seems that millennials have taken over the headlines in real estate news. The big question is WHY do we care about millennials and how they affect real estate?  According to, millennials currently make up 66% of the first-time home buyers and 34% of overall home buyers.  These numbers are significant! It would behoove sellers and professionals in the real estate industry to understand and cater to the trends of the millennials as to not miss out on this vast amount of buying potential.  As the most informed home buyers (since they use the internet more efficiently than any other generation), we have a lot to learn about their home buying demands as well as their regrets.  Here are some tidbits that could impact how one would market to the millennial home buyer.

Expectations of the Average Millennial Home Buyer

  • Professional online photos. According to, 76% of millennial buyers will drive by a property after seeing photos online and over 60% will do a walk-thru after seeing professional online photos.
  • Turn-key property.  Most millennials are not looking to spend time and/or money into a fixer-upper.  It is best, when able, to complete necessary upgrades (kitchen and bathrooms) and repairs prior to listing a home on the market. 46% of millennials state that they want a luxury kitchen and 75% expect to have new appliances according to
  • Convenient commutes.  65% of millennials state that a close commute to work is the most important factor when buying a home.
  • Energy Efficiency, Home Office, and New Technology.  These items can also be factors when choosing between possible properties.

Trends of the Average Millennial Home Buyer

  • First home is just a stepping stone. Only 11% of millennials feel that their first home is their permanent home.  They tend to keep their first home for only 6 years compared to 10 years which is the overall buyer average.
  • Suburbia living is IN. Nearly 50% of millennials live outside of the urban neighborhoods.
  • More Denver millennials own a home compared to other cities.  34.2% in Denver vs. 32.1% in other cities.
  • Purchasing homes below market average. “The average home a millennial is purchasing in Denver cost $291, 299, below the overall market average of $362, 542…”

Regrets of the Average Millennial Home Buyer

  • Missing the affordability mark. 4 in 10 millennial renters who haven’t bought a home regret not buying when the market was still at the bottom of the upswing.  
  • Size does matter.  One in 10 millennials buying in urban neighborhoods have expressed that they wished they had purchased a larger home.
  • Financial stability woes.  About 17% regret not waiting until they were more financially secure before purchasing a home.
  • Not enough remodeling.  Despite the desire to purchase a move-in ready home, 24% wish they had done more extensive remodeling before moving into their new home.

Looking to Buy, Sell, Rent, or Invest in residential or commercial real estate? Call Your Neighborhood Realtors, TJC Real Estate & Management Services, Distinctive Properties and TJC Commercial, your full-service real estate team for the scoop on Denver real estate opportunities! 

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THEBIGWONDERFUL 2017 @OhHeyStanley this Weekend!

Published on Friday, July 07, 2017 | by TJC Real Estate

Looking for a date night or some family fun this weekend?  

Hit up TheBigWonderful at the Stanley Marketplace in Aurora at 2501 N. Dallas Street. The urban festival starts today, so get your tickets now!

What is TheBigWonderful? According to their website, “TheBigWonderful is Denver’s most original urban festival that celebrates Colorado’s eclectic culture to the fullest. Founded in Rino Arts District in 2014, the quarterly weekend festival incorporates a Beerfest, Bands, and a huge day & night Bazaar featuring Denver’s best eating & drinking & pop up retail. TheBigWonderful activates otherwise vacant urban lots into a thriving arts & small business partner. This year we have partnered with Revision ( as a nonprofit partner. A portion of the proceeds from Beerfest tickets will go towards developing local leaders, growing community food systems, and building a locally-owned economy right here in Denver.”

Here is the full weekend scoop:

Tonight, July 7th:

BeerFest takes place from 5-9pm with unlimited sampling of over 20 breweries, ciderys, distilleries and wineries.

Bands will be playing 5 – 11 pm.  Don’t miss My Blue Sky (an Allman Brothers Band Tribute), Pickin’ on Blind Melon and Pickin’ Dad Rock featuring Tori Pater.

Rolling Smoke and Ethiopian Food Trucks will be available to purchase good grub.

Purchase tickets here! Tickets at the door will be $59.

July 8th:

Night Bazaar runs from 4-8 pm featuring great music, food trucks  and craft vendors.

Bands will be Pickin’ On Tom Petty, Pickin’ On Sublime and Pickin’ on Ween!

Purchase tickets here!

July 9th:

Day Bazaar will be there from 10 am to 6 pm featuring more great music, food trucks and craft vendors.

Bands include great tributes to Bob Marley and Pink Floyd!

Purchase tickets here!

For more information, visit

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Denver Star Spangled Festivities Sneak Peek 2017

Published on Thursday, June 29, 2017 | by TJC Real Estate

It’s a time to picnic with friends, gather by the pool, join a block party, light up the sparklers and find your seat at dusk in anticipation of the light show that will follow.  It’s the FOURTH OF JULY!  In the midst of the red, white and blue decorations, let’s not forget why we are celebrating (besides many having a paid holiday). It’s a time to be grateful for the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the freedom gained by separating from England and the birth of our nation. Now, how do YOU plan to celebrate?  Need some ideas?  Below is just a peek of all that the Denver Metro area has to offer.


Park Hill Parade

Join TJC Real Estate and Distinctive Properties at the Fourth of July Park Hill Parade.  Look out for our golf carts and classic convertible in the parade as we will be passing out beach balls and candy for the kids!  The parade will begin at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, July 4th (2017) at the corner of 23rd Avenue and Dexter in northeast Denver’s historic Park Hill neighborhood.

Viewing areas will be available along the entire route on the north and south sides of 23rd Avenue.  Spectators are encouraged to arrive early to set up a blanket or chairs and settle in for the fun.  The parade procession will end at 23rd Avenue and Krameria Street, but the excitement doesn’t end there!  A street fair will take place following the parade (approximately 3 pm) that will include music, food and activities for the kids. For more information and photos from past years’ events, visit

Stapleton Pancake Breakfast & Parade

Starting at 9 am at the Fountain Pavilion at Central Park, there will be a pancake breakfast followed by a parade at 10:30 am made up of neighborhood families with their decorated bikes, trikes, wagons and scooters. Sponsor booths will also be there to add to the fun! Price for the pancake breakfast which benefits the Stapleton Stingrays Swim Team:  $5/adults, $3/children or family 4-pack for $12. For more information visit the event calendar at

Observatory Park 4th of July Parade

Starting at 10 am will be an old fashion parade featuring handmade, non-motorized floats which includes a kid and a pet parade streaming along Warren Street between Milwaukee and Fillmore in southern central Denver. Music will be provided by the VFW Band.  Refreshments will be for sale by the Mom’s Booth.  For more information visit


Independence Eve 2017 (July 3rd)

If you want to miss the entire city in gridlock on the eve of the Fourth, then run down to Civic Center Park for the Independence Eve 2017.  This is the 8th annual free celebration including a light show, concert and fireworks finale.  Produced by the Civic Center Conservancy, this event takes place at 8 pm on Monday, July 3rd in Downtown Denver’s Civic Center Park at Colfax and Broadway.  This year’s concert will feature Taylor Rae, Soul X and the 101st Army Band of the Colorado National Guard.  Lawn seating is available on a first-come, first serve basis.  According to our very own Rhonda Knop, Distinctive Properties Broker, this event is spectacular and getting there early to reserve your spot is highly recommended!  For more information including parking availability, visit

Green Valley Ranch Concert & Fireworks

The evening starts at 6:15 pm on the 4th with a free concert by XO Band followed by The Rumour at 7:30 pm at the Green Valley Ranch Golf Club.  At dark the fireworks display will be choreographed to music.  Free shuttle service from 10 locations will run from 6:15 to 10:30 pm. For more information visit

Commerce City 4th Fest

The Pre-Match Festival at the 22nd Annual 4thFest starts at 5 pm at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Burgundy Blvd and is free to all. The festival includes obstacle courses, trampoline, ropes course, human foosball, laser tag arena, mechanical bull, live music and more.  The largest public fireworks show in Colorado will begin at 9:30 pm.  Parking is very limited so public transportation is encouraged. RTD route 62 bus stop is right in front of the stadium! You can also see the fireworks up close and personal by getting tickets to that evening 7 pm soccer game, Colorado Rapids vs. Seattle Sounders.  Tickets available at

For more Fourth of July festivities, visit Please be safe, drink responsibly and spread cheer!  In the meantime, if you are looking to Buy, Sell, Rent or Invest in residential or commercial real estate, call Your Neighborhood Realtors, TJC Real Estate & Management Services, Distinctive Properties and TJC Commercial, your full-service real estate team!

 “May it be to the world, what I believe it will be ... the signal of arousing men to burst the chains ... and to assume the blessings and security of self-government. That form, which we have substituted, restores the free right to the unbounded exercise of reason and freedom of opinion. All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. ...For ourselves, let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them."

- Thomas Jefferson
June 24, 1826 Monticello

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Blake Street Glass

Published on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 | by TJC Real Estate

Making bonds through the beauty of glass.  Tis the season and our office chose to do glass blowing for the fun part of our annual retreat.  After a morning of reflection and consuming an awesome lunch at The Lobby, we ventured over to meet the great crew at Blake Street Glass.  Very relaxed and upbeat, they graciously welcomed us into their industrial space of beautiful treasures. 

Kit Karbler, Co-Owner and Master Craftsman, ran the show.  And a show it was.  Once we picked out the holiday ornaments we wanted to replicate, our names were written on the chalkboard with our colors and there we began our afternoon of glass blowing.  Kit and his amazing team guided us around the 2000+ degrees furnace and pieces of hot glass on blow pipes finding their seat to be shaped.  Come to find out the artists/craftsman did all the hard work and we just watched with wide eyes and blew.  Observing threw safety glasses, we were all in awe of the process of this craft and how simply the guys at Blake Street Glass seemed to whip these ornaments into shape.  Though, our time at the shop was only a couple of hours to craft these 9 ornaments, it takes years to become a Master of this art and I could not imagine them doing it alone.  Each person on the team seems to play a vital part in the process.  From the gathering of molten glass, to shaping the glass on a marver table, blowing, cutting and cooling and all the design to-do’s in between, it seems to take a village to make the group projects run smoothly. 

Blake Street Glass offers these great opportunities to be an instrumental tool in your piece making with the age range spanning from children to adults!  They are friendly, knowledgeable and make the experience fun and safe!

Check out their online gallery at and the awesome behind-the-scene photos of our retreat on our TJC Facebook Page!

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Insight on the Great Housing Market Recovery

Published on Thursday, December 01, 2016 | by TJC Real Estate

In case you have been living in a cave, you may be unaware that the U.S. housing market, as a whole, has made a full recovery from the the Great Recession (some sited sources say).  Home prices plunged 27.4 percent between July 2006 and early 2012 (causing nearly 9 million families to lose their homes) and now through consistent annual gains over the last 4 years, we are able to put to rest the worst period for the housing market since the 1930’s!  According to the Standard & Poor’s CoreLogic Case-Shiller home price index, home prices are currently positioned just above the peak of 2006. David Blitzer, managing director at S&P Dow Jones Indices, announced: “The new peak set by the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller national index will be seen as marking a shift from the housing recovery to the hoped-for start of a new advance.”

Markets in Seattle, Portland and Denver have seen some of the greatest annual gains while markets in Miami, Tampa Phoenix and Las Vegas still remain below the pre-housing bust peaks in lieu of large gains. We owe this recovery to the upturn in what seems to be a stable job market as well as record low mortgage rates. With these two factors on our side, more Americans are optimistic about purchasing a home.  Many new homeowners that timed the market well have been able to build thousands of dollars in equity during this crazy time of inflation.  Of course, there are challenges on the home front as well.  Bidding wars and prices increasing too quickly due to the prolonged period of historical low interest rates and limited inventory of have wreaked havoc on the purchasing side, especially those affordable enough for first-time homebuyers – which is even a bigger challenge. Zillow Chief economist, Svenja Gudell, states: “Inadequate supply of homes available to buy — especially at the entry-level end of the market — remains a huge problem.”  Unfortunately, since the housing bust recovery began in 2012, U.S. home price inflation has surpassed the rise of American household incomes.  This truly hinders those trying to enter the housing market for the first time.  According to S&P, since 2012, home prices have increased 5.9 percent annually though Americans’ post-tax incomes have only increased 1.3 percent.

The varying extent of growth between home prices and incomes has some economists surprised and even skeptical. “It’s not clear with the degree of [economic] growth that we’ve had that we should have expected prices to rise this much,” said Doug Duncan, chief economist at mortgage company Fannie Mae. “We have a caution light on.”

Are you ready to buy or sell?  Ready for an investment property?  Call one of your Neighborhood Realtors for complimentary consultation. 

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The Heat is ON!

Published on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 | by TJC Real Estate

With the season comes colder weather and more cold toes calling for warmth.  Though, we try to ride out autumn for it’s ups and downs of temperatures, at some point you hit your breaking point.  Let’s just call it like it is…The Heat is On!

Whether you rent or you own your home, utilizing energy saving tips will also save you money.  Future generations, environmentalists: novice and advanced, and of course your pocket book will thank you.

Heating your home usually makes up about 48% of your utility bill, energy and dollar wise.   When utilizing your central heat and air, one of the best, economical investments is a programmable thermostat.  Being able to set your thermostat accordingly for different times of the day will save you time, energy and money.  A good rule of thumb is to keep your thermostat as close to the outside temperature as possible since it takes less effort from your heating/cooling system to maintain the temperature.  Of course, the object of heating and cooling your home is to keep you and your family comfortable as well, so finding a balance to this rule of thumb is key.  Other great tips to save energy and money while using your staying warm:

  • Lower your thermostat every time you leave the house.
  • Set your thermostat to 60 degrees during the winter if you are going on vacation.
  • Never turn your thermostat off. Raising or lowering the temperature too quickly uses too much energy therefore spikes your energy bill.
  • Change your filters every 30 to 45 days for maximum efficiency.
  • Properly maintain and upgrade your equipment as necessary. Select energy-efficient products when you buy new heating and cooling equipment.
  • Set your thermostat fan switch to "auto" to save energy. Leaving it in the "on" position keeps air running constantly. 

Of course, having and utilizing optimum heating and cooling equipment to the best of your ability is a great step forward in the balance of making your home comfortable and saving energy and money.  Looking at the whole house, though, including your habits will get you even further. 

In the colder months:

  • Covering all bare floors with area rugs will assist in retaining heat as well as adding extra comfort.
  • Close the flue in your fireplace when not in use and install glass doors to keep in the warm air.
  • Running portable heaters regularly can be very expensive.  Limit your use of portable heaters to only when needed to temporarily heat a small area.
  • Make sure your air vents, baseboard heaters and radiators are cleaned regularly and are not being blocked by curtains, rugs or furniture.
  • Leave window shades or blinds open during the daytime.
  • Consider using solar heat to supplement your normal heating source.
  • Run your ceiling fan on low speed in the clockwise direction.

Take it a step further by contacting your local energy company to complete an energy efficiency evaluation.  They can offer personalized tips to make your home more energy efficient such as attic insulation tips and checking for household leaks.  According to Energy.Gov, by combining proper equipment maintenance and upgrades with recommended insulation, air sealing, and thermostat settings, you can save about 30% on your energy bill while reducing environmental emissions.  The bottom line is by saving energy, you save money, period.

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Home SWEET Home. Winter Welcome 2016!

Published on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 | by TJC Real Estate

Let’s bring on the lights!  As the day get shorter, Jack Frost decides to come out and play. Let’s welcome him with open arms! So finish sweeping up the leaves, pull out the beanies and gloves, grab a flask or coffee mug and head on down to the Stapleton Town Center this Friday evening for Winter Welcome 2016. Neighbors from all around will be joining together to watch the lighting of the holiday tree and celebrate the changing of the season.

Stapleton's Winter Welcome event will take place on Friday, November 18th in the East 29th Avenue Town Center from 6pm to 8pm.  29th Avenue will be closed from Quebec to Roslyn Street and the Town Center will showcase carolers, horse drawn carriage rides, snow board simulator, interactive sponsor booths with crafts, fire pits for hand warming and S'more making, local food trucks and more! Many of the activities will require a ticket and in the spirit of giving, much of the proceeds will benefit local charities.

Winter Welcome also serves as a 29th Avenue retailer open house and back by popular demand, TJC Real Estate will be featuring a larger than life winter Candy Land®.  The kids can enjoy a turn at playing this beloved game and earn cards to spend in our real Candy Store!  Visit our Realtor Booth outside of the Berkshire restaurant as they will be offering hot cider for all to stay warm.  Those cold festival goers over 21 can request a 'special winter beverage’ for an extra treat. 

Brave the weather, bring a neighbor and stop by our Candy Land® storefront at 7476 E 29th Ave or find our booth on the main strip. It’s a community gathering that will warm your heart and make your day (and night) a little brighter.  Your Neighborhood Realtors will be there!

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zen your hOMe.

Published on Thursday, September 22, 2016 | by TJC Real Estate

zen your hOMe.

After sponsoring StapletOM Yoga & Music Festival, I wanted to find a way for our real estate and property management company to relate with the StapletOM audience in a different manner than that which is stereotypical in our industry.  True, people loved our complimentary yoga towels, but being able to contribute a sense of peace that could benefit us all (not just those in the market for a home) is important.  The crazy, fast paced momentum does not just pertain to that of the real estate market, but explains many of our lives as well.  With that being said, it would behoove us all to adopt that fabulous ZEN energy that we all felt at StapletOM.

There are many areas that we can ZEN our life besides the space on our yoga mat or our breathe when meditating.  What about our work space, parenting technique, relationships, the way we cook and eat and last, but not least, our hOMe?

A ZEN home is one that:

    Promotes relaxation

    Offers mindful space

In turn, your home will be:

    Easier to clean

    More aesthetically pleasing

    More environmentally friendly

    More organized

How does your hOMe reach ZEN status?

Think of relaxing on the beach, hiking through the forest, climbing a mountain or taking a drive through the plains.  Take your favorite elements of these grounding places and incorporate them into your home.

If you have lived in your house for a while, it may be easier to take on one room at a time.  If you are moving into or building a new home, keep all of these items in mind when creating your new space.

1.  Minimize and eliminate.  If it is not a necessity, it is a luxury.  Keep only a few luxuries in your hOMe and make sure that everything has a purpose. This will help you keep some of your non essential goods and turn them into necessities within your decor.    

a.  To maximize the minimalist look, make sure that everything has a place and store as much as you can neatly out of sight.

b.  This will not always happen overnight!  Try to scour your home once a month and donate everything that you do not feel is necessary.  This is a great technique if you have difficulty letting go all at once.  Plus, the simplicity factor is contagious and it is amazing how you become more minimalist over time once you initiate the process.

2.  Bring the outside in. Choose colors of the elements such as blue, earth tones, orange and yellow.  Most of your colors should be subdued and then add a splash of brighter tones within these same color shades for accents to promote calmness, relaxation and a hint of excitement. Another great technique to add a splash of color is to liven up your space with plants. These can also help improve your indoor air quality.

3.  Clean air, ZEN space. To maximize air quality (besides adding a HEPA filter on your furnace, which is also a great tool), use as many natural materials in your hOMe as possible.  Wood floors, wool rugs, linen curtains, etc.  Organic materials have a natural grounding effect!

4.  Aesthetically clutter-free. Clean surfaces (floors, tables, and counter) spaces can be a difficult practice, but has a genuine effect on stress levels. This goes back to the first tip of minimizing and eliminating, but it also stresses the importance of everything having a place (that is not on the floor, table or counters). 

a.  A great example of this is creating a pleasant entry space.  Many minimalists (and clean freaks alike), will take off there shoes off at the front door.  This is great, but then you have a clutter fest of shoes (no matter how neatly you line them up on your shoe mat). What about a shoe cabinet?  Even a shoe rack for a family of four can organize your shoes, get them off the floor and make your home’s entrance less cluttered, therefore less visually chaotic.

5.  Make space for YOU.  Ensure that you have space that makes you elated. After all, your happiness is what this is all about.

a.  Do you like reading?  Have a place that is comfy and calm with great natural light for this favorite past time. Maybe this can be outside on a porch swing or by a water feature?

b.  What about meditation?  Can you set aside a space for a pillow and a simple alter that will allow you to decompress without too much effort?

c.  Are you a gardener? Even if it is something mobile like gardening, you can make sure that all your tools are neatly organized and readily available when the urge or need arises to do some weeding.

Do you feel less stressed yet?  If you feel overwhelmed after you realize all that it takes to make your hOMe more peaceful, don’t let this turn into a burden, but instead a new adventure.  With a little contemplation and orderly tasking, you too can live more ZEN like a true yogi.

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*Thanks to Bruce Winhold, one of our home owners, for letting us photograph his ZEN home as well as the below resources for their infinite wisdom and insight.*

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