Lisa Coflin Heisner | St Petersburg Real Estate, Clearwater:FL Real Estate, Largo Real Estate


If you don’t have a dedicated playroom space in your home, you may feel as though toys and children have taken over. Toys, games, stuffed animals, coloring books, and crayons may be all over the house if children don’t have their own space to play. 


It doesn’t have to be this way. There are a few options that you can use to let your kids have their space, and the adults have theirs. You don’t need to move just to find a home that has an area for kids to play. Read on for some ideas to help you stay stylish yet kid-friendly in your home.    


Versatile Furniture


Buying furniture that has a couple of purposes can be handy when you have kids. A coffee table with storage drawers can turn into a great place to store board games. An ottoman that has a storage component built in is a fantastic place to fantastic place to keep stuffed animals or action figures. When you have kids, finding ways to keep your style but allow children to play freely can be done easily with these types of furniture.   


Turn An Ordinary Shed Into A Magical Place


No matter what part of the country you live in, you can buy a small outdoor storage shed and turn it into a playroom. You can install portable heaters or fans in the shed for comfort. This space can become your child’s playroom detached from the house with all the comforts of home. You might even consider a treehouse, but that may afford slightly less storage or possibilities than a storage shed.    


Use The Corner Of A Room


Kids don’t have to take up the whole of a room. Consider giving little ones a corner of a room dedicated to their stuff. A small chair with a bookshelf and a few baskets of toys is all they need for a play space without fuss. Depending on the size of the room, you can even put a toy chest there for the playroom effect without the space.   


Use Baskets


Baskets are the next best things to furniture that has hidden storage. Baskets look pretty, and the contents are colorful, fun toys. There’s not too much wrong with this solution! You can even give the dog a basket for his toys.   


Find Ways To Incorporate Kids Into The Rooms Of Your Home


You can get creative when it comes to living with children. Chalkboard walls. Tiny furniture and more items are available to make your kids comfortable yet creative and keep your home stylish. Consider a chalkboard wall that allows kids to change their artwork on the daily.

With a little creativity, your kids can feel at home without a playroom and without taking over the whole house.  


24155 HIDEOUT TRL, LAND O LAKES, FL 34639  

Residential
$1,195,000
Price
5
Bedrooms
5
Baths
This gorgeous, gated country estate on a ski lake has it all! An Arthur Rutenberg home with 4 or 5 bedrooms; 5 baths; fireplace in the living room; theater; game room; workout room; chilled wine room; extensive master suite with bedroom, sitting room, bath, & huge closet; laundry room; mud room; and safe room with concrete walls & ceiling & its own AC -- altogether 5881 SF of air conditioned space. In addition, there is another 10,285 SF of improvements: 4-car garage, 5-car carport/indoor-outdoor training facility, courtyard with pavers, enclosed patio with fireplace and outside kitchen, salt water pool, hot tub, and a covered boat dock with 2 jet ski lifts and 1 boat lift. Add to all this a private beach and seawall, basketball court, dog run, whole house generator, hurricane shutters, and too much more to mention! Come enjoy country living at its very best! Make an appointment now to see this outstanding lake estate! (Although there is a HOA, this property is exempt from all HOA fees and assessments. All room measurements are approximate.)


Gorgeous 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1580 SF condo with wonderful water views! This condo has it all: hardwood floors, a plexiglass-enclosed lanai overlooking the water, plantation shutters throughout, hurricane-impact windows and storm shutters, water softener, reverse-osmosis water filter, 1-year old stainless steel appliances, 2 years old high-end AC system with humidity control, separate storage, and a private, over sized 1-car garage. All of this set in a gated, 77-acre nature preserves stretched along the shores of Long Bayou. The community features heated pool and spa, fitness center and almost 2 miles of walking trails. Note that the condo fees include: cable TV, high-speed internet, water, sewer and trash removal. Don't wait; make an appointment to see this impressive condo today!

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Any pet owner will tell you that their pets are a part of the family. They bring joy to new families getting their first dog, and companionship to people who would otherwise live alone. However, they also bring the pet odors associated with having them around the house.

Since we spend so much time in our own homes, we oftentimes don’t even notice pet odors. So, even if you think your home is free of odors, it’s a good idea to get an unbiased opinion of the various odors of your home so that you can address them if necessary.

In this article, we’re going to teach you how to identify and neutralize those pet odors before the open house or first home showing. That way you can make the best impression on potential sellers and leave them feeling like your home has been well-maintained.

Identifying pet odors in your home

Whether you’ve got a dog, cat, rabbit, or hamster, odds are your little friend puts off some amount of odor. To discover where, if any, odors can be found, invite a friend over to your home who isn’t familiar with the smells and ask them their honest opinions about the various rooms in your home. This will give you a good idea of where you need to focus your efforts.

Important areas to clean

First thing’s first: the fabrics, surfaces, furniture, and carpet in your home in your home hold onto odor the most. Renting or buying a carpet cleaner, mopping the hard surfaces, and washing or refreshing curtains is a great place to start.

Many steam cleaners can be used on various surfaces, making them a good solution to get the most value out of your cleaning budget.

Don’t forget the carpet pad

If your pets have ever had “accidents” on your carpets, it’s vital to remember that their mess likely soaked through the carpet onto the carpet pad. While it may seem like a lot of effort to pull up the carpet just to clean the pad, it may be your only option in severe cases of pet odors.  

Painting

Repainting is a guaranteed way to remove any lingering odors in your home. Try to time your painting so that the room has the chance to air out and the smell of fresh paint isn’t overpowering.

Repainting is also the perfect opportunity to brighten up the rooms of your home, making them feel more spacious. Sticking to neutral, proven colors will give you the most bang for your buck.

Let some fresh air in

Before showing your home, open up the doors and windows and doors to closets and basements and let a draft run through the house. This can eliminate any musty smells that have accumulated in the lesser used parts of your home, as well as help mitigate the effect of pet odor.

Last minute additions

The day of showing your home, use a high-quality scented candle or two in places that your pets frequent. You don’t want it to be obvious that you’re trying to mask any bad odors, so don’t use anything overpowering. Rather, opt for a pleasant-to-neutral fragrance that isn’t too noticeable.


6450 SHORELINE DR #9304, ST PETERSBURG, FL 33708  

Residential
$279,900
Price
3
Bedrooms
2
Baths
Gorgeous 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1580 SF condo with wonderful water views! This condo has it all: hardwood floors, a glass-enclosed lanai overlooking the water, plantation shutters throughout, hurricane-impact windows and storm shutters, water softener, reverse-osmosis water filter, 1-year old stainless steel appliances, 2 years old high-end AC system with humidity control, separate storage, and a private, over sized 1-car garage. All of this set in a gated, 77-acre nature preserves stretched along the shores of Long Bayou. The community features heated pool and spa, fitness center and almost 2 miles of walking trails. Note that the condo fees include: cable TV, high-speed internet, water, sewer and trash removal. Don't wait; make an appointment to see this impressive condo today!