WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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32 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 7 them on the same kind of hangers so they fall flatter and take up less space; Another tip: arrange garments from lighter to darker colors so later you'll more easily be able to find want you want to wear. seven Clear the air Besides opening windows, refresh your rooms and linens by airing blankets and comforters outside. If necessary, send comforters to the cleaners and think about replacing linens and towels that have seen better days. Sprinkle carpets with baking soda and then vacuum after 15 minutes (also vacuum the bottom of wool rugs to keep moths from laying eggs). Finally, flip mattresses over and from head to foot. eight Take a closer look Cold, icy winters can wreak havoc on the structure of our homes. Inspect the attic and closet ceilings for signs of water leaks. Look up at your roof and make sure all of the shingles are in place. Also, look for cracks in the exterior foundation and check all corners of the basement to make sure that all is dry. nine Wrap it up Sort through papers and photos you have in storage. Encase them in plastic sleeves or scan into your computer anything you want to save; otherwise, keepsakes could become mildewed and deteriorate. Now is also a good time to make sure your computer and cell phone are adequately backed up. ten Call a professional Finally, pull out a ladder to clean winter debris from gutters and replace hard-to- reach light bulbs and smoke detector batteries. If you're not a do-it-yourselfer, hire a handy person for a day or so to go through your home to fix dripping faucets, stuck windows, broken screens, running toilets, loose door handles, and finicky electrical fixtures. If you'd like to give your home a new, fresh look, consider calling one of the staging and interior design professionals listed above who provided valuable input for this article. M A R T I N M A R K / D R E A M S T I M E . C O M Resources: n CATHY CAHNERS Up and Running 617.519.8939 n MEG KIMBALL Modern Relik 617.513.3336 n JILL MEAD S.O.S. Staging 781.622.7368 n EMILY DIPIRO AND YVETTE RUDICH Orchid Interiors www.orchidinteriorsllc.com windows and patio furniture, however. Otherwise you'll find yourself in a losing battle with Mother Nature's reproductive drive. six When in doubt, toss it out Before swapping winter and summer clothes from the closet, sort out for donation anything you haven't worn within the past year. When rehanging clothes, place 10 tips

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