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Create Space in Your Home by Getting Organized

Organize your space

by Julian Lane

Its the first day of autumn in New England. Start Now!

Does your home seem too small? That could be the case even if you live in a mansion, as that’s what happens when you’re not organized. Stuff just seems to spill out of the cupboards and closets and onto the floors and tables, making you wonder what happened to all those spare square feet you had when you moved in. You know exactly what the solution to this problem is, and yet getting everything in order seems so monumental that you don’t know where to begin. Here are a few suggestions that will make the whole thing quick and easy.

Purge Old Junk
Staying organized is impossible if you have too much stuff, so you need to get rid of some of it — for the sake of your own sanity. According to a writer with House Beautiful, cluttered environments overwhelm you and lead to stress, so there’s more at stake than just aesthetics. It’s not an easy task, though, so take it step by step and room by room, committing enough time to the process by saying “no” to distractions. The upside: You may be able to make some money by selling your undesirables at a yard sale.

Think Vertically
If you think there’s no more room, look up before you give up. Good Housekeeping has a few suggestions for using all that space from floor to ceiling, such as installing towel bars with hanging hooks on the wall in your kitchen, preferably near your stove or counter so you can reach for spoons, spatulas, and lids as you need them. Elsewhere, imagine a few anchors attached to the backs of doors with colorful tote bags where your kids can put their toys.

Expand Your Closets
Sure, you’re already using them, but probably not to the maximum. Your decluttering efforts have already freed up space previously taken up by clothes you haven’t worn in years, but there’s still work to be done. First, search for any extra cubbies and cases that you’re not using and use them to store shoes, books, and other items that don’t belong on your bedroom floor. Lastly, add another rod and more hangers to hang up whatever else you can.

Put Things in Storage
That sled does not belong in the closet in the middle of summer, and ditto for the surfboard when the snow is falling. If you have a basement or attic, use them. They are the perfect places for a number of bulky items, including holiday decorations and those pots and pans you only use when making a massive Thanksgiving dinner. Anything smaller can be put into labeled boxes so you can find them when you need them, but be sure not to include old photos or anything else that could be destroyed by excessive heat or humidity.

Divide Your Drawers
There’s more room in there than it seems, and some dividers will help you make the best use of it without spending any money as there’s a DIY solution. All you need is some cardboard, a box-cutter and a tape measure so everything fits into place. You need not be an expert handyman as the whole process simply involves cutting notches in the cardboard and fitting everything together to create divided cubby holes for better storage.

Shop Wisely
Once you’ve organized everything, don’t let it fall into chaos once more by spending money on stuff you don’t need that just take up space. In fact, Reader’s Digest has a
list of items that you should never buy for exactly this reason. Novelties and trendy clothes top the list, which should come as a surprise to absolutely nobody, but there’s also fad cookware and dollar store items to say “no” to.

The takeaway is to use your brain when shopping or deal with the consequences. A place for everything, and everything in its place. That’s what you’ll get when you’re done with these efforts — and a bigger living space, or at least one that looks like it.

Image via Pexels

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Rental apartment lottery winners move in faster than wait list applicants

TO APPLY ONLINE OR MAIL IN TO THESE RENTAL LOTTERIES CLICK ON THE LINKS FOR FORMS OR INSTRUCTIONS. RENTS ARE LISTED.

Each rental lottery application states a move in date. It is usually a month or two after the Lottery Deadlines when applications are due. You will see this in Boston affordable apartment rental listing and across Massachusetts.

Boston Bay Apartments
(Rental Waitlist Reopening) – NEW THIS WEEK

Applications Available: September 18, 2018 – September 20, 2018 Application Deadline: September 27, 2018 at 2:00 PM
To Apply  – click Lottery Info

Metrowest Community Development 
3 Bedroom in Watertown – 
9 Chatham Way, Watertown, MA 02472
2 Bedroom in Concord – 223 Laws Brook Road, Concord, MA 01742
1, 2, and 3 Bedroom in Lexington – Lexington, MA
Applications Available: Until Deadline
Application Deadline: 
September 26, 2018 at 12:00 PM

To Apply click   Lottery Info

To Apply Click  Ready Renter Application


Bartlett Place Building B

2565 Washington Street, Roxbury, MA 02119
Applications Available: August 20, 2018 – September 16, 2018 
Application Deadline: September 24, 2018 at 4:00 PM
APPLY  click – Lottery Info
              Request Application

8 Harrison Avenue
Applications Available: 
September 6, 2018 – September 17, 2018
Application Deadline: September 25, 2018 at 4:00 PM
APPLY – click   Lottery Info

Harbor / Lafayette Homes

104-106 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA 01970
Applications Available: August 15, 2018 – October 13, 2018
Application Deadline: October 13, 2018
APPLY – click   Lottery Info and Application

me new items to apply for as soon as you can.

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NIGHT SCHOOL movie advance screening passes are available. Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish stars.

Smallwall.net users on our list will receive an offer this week for free tickets to a Boston advance movie screening of the movie NIGHT SCHOOL, starring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish.

Synopsis: 
A man’s life takes an unexpected turn when he accidentally blows up his place of employment. Forced to attend night school to get his GED, he must now deal with a group of misfit students and a feisty teacher who doesn’t think he’s too bright.

The Bostonadvance screening is Sept 25th, 7pm  AMC BOSTON COMMON

The movie is released to theaters nationwide on September 28th.,

If you have not received an email in the past for a Free movie ticket, compliments of Smallwall.net and AboutBlackBostonOnline.com,  you can get on the list.

Sign-Up Here.

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Bus driver positions available. Hiring drivers and mechanic for touring and trolley service.

Hello, I’m recruiting,  You can request a warm introduction to hiring managers.  Can we help you? click here to comment or see live chat widget to use.

Brush Hill Transportation
is hiring FULL TIME bus drivers and a mechanic

www.brushhilltours.com
Randolph, MA
To Apply: Call Jeff at 781-953-3621
email to jcampanelli /at / brushhilltours.com
it helps to say referred by William if you apply

MOTOR COACH drivers wanted

  • with CDL Class B – passenger endorsement – Air Brake
  • Union position Aprox $15 per week fee, $500 inititation
  • work pay is $20.50 – per hour
  • Benefits are: Medical, Vacations, Holidays, and more.

TROLLEY Bus drivers wanted

  • needs CDL Class C – Passenger Endorsement for Red Beantown Trolleys
  • $18.00 per hour, Seasonal employment, limited benefits
  • needs CDL Class B – Passenger endorsement – Air Brake
    For Green National Park Services Trolley
  •  $22.00 per hour while driving for Park Services

 

DIESEL COACH MECHANIC position available

Requirements

  • Must have a CDL Experience in electrical, AC, brakes and welding
  • Licenses & Certification required – CDL
  • Health Insurance
  • 401 K Holidays, vacations, tool allowances and more.


About Brush Hill Transportation

Brush Hill Transportation has been providing motorcoach and trolley transportation since 1920.

 

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Cigarette smokers want pot smoking banned in apartments and condos.

Even a licensed medical marijuana patient won’t get a break when apartment management and condo associations implement new rules against cannabis users.

The smell of pot smoke swirling around the building has pissed people off who don’t like it.

While most new luxury apartments ban all smokers, cigarette users have had freedom to smoke.

Now, condo associations are asking them to join a policy that allows tobacco and bans pot smoking from the premises.

Watch the sales of pot sniffing dog services, electronic smoke detectors installations and other evidence gathering techniques increase in volume as Massachusetts moves closer and closer to allowing retail stores to flourish.

While more than half of the 351 Massachusetts cities and town councils have voted to limit legalized cannabis retail shops from opening, City of Boston voted 8-1 in favor of legal retail street sales.

On the one hand, people want to be comfortable in their own home and smokers can make people uncomfortable. On the other hand people believe it is a violation of their constitutional rights to ban smoking of one kind while allowing another kind.

Growing marijuana plants at home are also a bone of contention at some residences.

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Two apts for rent, 1BR for senior citizen. $1,277/mo

Announced this week is availability of these Charlestown and Boston first come first served units. Click links enclosed to file the application right away for chance to win.

 

1BR app Gatehouse 75 in Charlestown

75 West School Street

This is not a Lottery.. The unit is Available on a First-Come, First-Serve basis.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Details

# Apartments: 1 Available

# Beds: 1-Bedroom

AMI %: 70%

Rent: $1,277

Available: Septemeber or October 2018 (contingent on BPDA approval)

70% AMI Income and Asset Limits:

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ALL HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS MUST BE 62 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER

Waterstone at the Circle,

Brighton

385 Chestnut Hill Avenue, Boston MA

This is not a Lottery. Available on a First-Come, First-Serve basis.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

 

Details

# Apartments: One Available

# Beds: 1 Bedroom

AMI %: 70%

Rent: $1,277

Available: September or October 2018 (contingent on BPDA approval)70% AMI Income and

 

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Rental Apartments and income restricted new homes taking applications now.

Olmstead Green phase 2

Rental Apartments announced week of July 15th
Scroll down for web links to applications you must file to get a unit


Home Buyer option: ( in photo)  Income Restricted, First come, First Served at Olmsted Green – New homes in Mattapan.  Two are Available – 2-Bedroom Townhouse –  $267,500
click to access the application.


For the MassHousing apartment directory use the TOP links on this download file to access more affordable housing opportunities.

LOTTERIES
Weinberg House – NEW THIS WEEK
132 Chestnut Hill Avenue, Brighton, MA 02135

  • Applications Available: July 2, 2018 – September 7, 2018
  • Application Deadline: September 7, 2018 at 5:00 PM
  • Note: Age restrictions apply (62+ years old). Rent for units set at 30% AMI is income-based.
  • Lottery InfoDevelopment BrochureRequest Application

 

East Broadway – NEW THIS WEEK
728 East Broadway, Boston, MA 02127

 

The Watson
116 East Howard Street, Quincy, MA 02169

 

 

Castle Square Apartments
484 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

  • Applications Available: July 9, 2018 – July 19, 2018
  • Application Deadline: July 19, 2018 at 3:45 PM
  • Note: Waitlist Reopening Lottery for 1 BR and 4 BR Affordable Units
  • Lottery Info

 

246 Norwell
246 Norwell Street, Dorchester, MA 02124

 

Midway Artist Studios – NEW THIS WEEK

15 Channel Center Street, South Boston, MA 02210

 

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Housing lotteries in Massachusetts that are the newest and freshest choices,

Housing lotteries for affordable apartments are accepting your applications June 29, 2018 through July.  Income qualifications apply. For example, if you are one person with an annual income less than $60,000, you are eligible for units in the South End. Each building listed has different income eligibility requirements. Here are the newest housing lotteries

June 29, 2018  listed

East Boston – Portside at East Pier.
Status: First Come, First Serve
50 Lewis Street, East Boston 
A 1BR unit is available, Rent: $1,459. This is not a Lottery. Available on a First-Come, First-Serve basis.
Your income must be below : $60K if one person, $69K if 2 persons,  -$77,300 if 3 persons will be in the household.
CLICK HERE TO APPLY


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Castle Square Apartments – 1 and 4BR
484 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

  • Applications Available: July 9, 2018 – July 19, 2018
  • Application Deadline: July 19, 2018 at 3:45 PM
  • Note: Waitlist Reopening Lottery for 1 BR and 4 BR Affordable Units
  • Start Here, click to apply

246 Norwell – NEW THIS WEEK
246 Norwell Street, Dorchester, MA 02124

Affordable 2 BR Unit in Newton
150 Adams Street, Newton, MA 02458

 

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Rental lottery applications are listed here, back to the meat and potatoes.

CLICK THE LOTTERY INFO LINKS TO APPLY AS SOON AS YOU CAN.


Harmon Apartments
2045 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02124

• Development has preference for persons with disabilities.

• Applications Available: May 9, 2018 – June 13, 2018

• Application Deadline: June 15, 2018

Lottery Info

Elan Union Market

130 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472

• Applications Available: Until Deadline

• Application Deadline: June 26, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Lottery Info; Lottery Application

Acadia at 242 Spencer

242 Spencer Avenue, Chelsea, MA 02150

• Applications Available: Until Deadline

• Application Deadline: July 13, 2018 at 5:00 PM

Lottery Info; Lottery Application

Walker Park Apartments

67 & 80 Walnut Park, Roxbury, MA 02119

• Applications Available: June 4, 2018 – July 6, 2018

• Application Deadline: July 13, 2018

Lottery Info

The Watson

116 East Howard Street, Quincy, MA 02169

• Applications Available: Until Deadline

• Application Deadline: July 16, 2018

Lottery Info and Application – Affordable Housing

Lottery Info and Application – Workforce Housing

See All Current Open Rental Lotteries

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This elected Boston Councillor accepts help from people who believe the rent is too damn high!

Earlier this week, Smallwall Writer asked you to respond to an effort to restrict AirBnB apartment rental volume in the City of Boston. Then we wrote a letter to the movement leadership. ( Photo of small house adapted a Boston Globe article.)

We heard back a day after.

This is the letter we received.

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From Councilor Tim McCarthy

timothy.mccarthy@boston.gov

The issue of short term rentals is an incredibly complex issue that will have many years of positive or negative impacts on the City of Boston. I will continue to work with the administration and my colleagues in order to get a solid ordinance that addresses this issue.

I appreciate your email and your advocacy.

Tim McCarthy

District 5 City Councilor

Boston City Hall- 5th Floor

Boston, MA 02201

617-635-4210

@mccarthy4boston

What you see out your front door- is important to us!