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Posted by Kimberly McGrath on 9/21/2017

If you work from home part or all of the time, chances are you have a specific place in your house where you go to work to be free from distraction.

Many people spend a lot of time thinking about the decor of their home office. They decide how much light they want to let in, what they need on their desk, and which distractions to keep out of the room entirely.

Surprisingly few people, however, consider the ergonomics of their home office.

What is ergonomics?

Simply stated, ergonomics is the study of peopleís efficiency in the workplace. When it comes to office work or working at home, that means studying things like posture, desk height, eye strain, and much more.

In this article, weíll talk about some ways you can improve the ergonomics of your home office to prevent injury and to make your office a more productive and less stressful place to work.

Choosing a desk chair

Letís begin with one of the most common complaints in offices and home offices around the world: chairs.

You could spend several hundred dollars on an ergonomic office chair. But in reality it only needs to meet a few criteria that you can often find in inexpensive computer chairs. When buying a chair, look for the following:

  • Lower back support what will help you keep a straight spine

  • Adjustable heights for the chair, the backrest, and the arm rests

  • A firm, but comfortable cushion that you wonít slide down on

Picking the right desk

The most important ergonomic factor of a desk is that you can easily fit your legs under it and donít have to crane over it to write.

Regardless of where you keep your keyboard, it will help if your arms can fall on it naturally and at a close to ninety-degree angle.

Screen height and distance

The vast majority of work performed at home is done with the use of a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet.

Ideally, the height of your screen should be adjusted so that you can view it straight on, and not have to look down or up at it. This will help protect your neck from strain.

For eye strain, itís a good idea to keep the monitor a couple feet from your eyes and to adjust the brightness so that itís easy to read but not too bright.

The best thing you can do to avoid headaches and eye strain is to set reminders for yourself to look away from the screen every twenty minutes or so or get up and go for a walk.

Take more breaks

Speaking of taking breaks; sitting in one position for too long can contribute to muscle and joint pain. If youíre working at home, it should be easy to get up and stretch or move around every half hour or so.

You donít have to take a long break; even a minute or two is sufficient enough to help take the strain off of your tired eyes and stiff back and neck.




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Posted by Kimberly McGrath on 9/19/2017


115 Burncoat St, Worcester, MA 01605

Single-Family

$299,900
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Charming front porch and elegant foyer with dual entry staircase welcome you into this beautiful & spacious 4 bedroom colonial featuring gorgeous original woodwork, large formal living room with fireplace, newly refinished hardwood floors and ash beamed ceiling, formal dining room also with gleaming hardwoods and built-ins, lovely fully applianced updated kitchen with hickory cabinets, Italian tile, oversized island, butlers pantry and breakfast nook overlooking new trex deck to ag pool! Other updates include boiler, siding, windows, roof, transferable solar lease, mini-split heat/ac unit on each floor and newly sealed driveway leading to 1-2 car detached garage!
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Posted by Kimberly McGrath on 9/15/2017

This Condo in Templeton, MA recently sold for $137,000. This Townhouse style home was sold by Kimberly McGrath - Janice Mitchell Real Estate, Inc.


16 Day Mill Dr, Templeton, MA 01468

Condo

$140,000
Price
$137,000
Sale Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Buyer lost financing - their loss, your gain! Desirable END UNIT in prime location near the entrance of Day Mill. You will love the convenience of guest parking located across the street. You will love how the unit backs up to the woods. You will love the added space offered in the FINISHED lower level with walk-out. You will love the path to the brook out back. You will love the patio with rhubarb and strawberries. You will love the open concept kitchen/dining/living room area. You will love calling this place home!

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Posted by Kimberly McGrath on 9/14/2017

Many sellers arenít sure how to give a positive spin to their small backyard. We imagine that most homeowners want a large expanse of green with various types of trees and maybe even room for a vegetable garden.

However, there are ways to make a small yard a good thing. After all, less yard means less grass to mow and water and worry over when drought hits.

In this article, weíre going to give you some tips on making your tiny yard appealing to buyers.

Decorate wisely

Making an area seem more spacious is often a matter of smart decorating. Just like you can make a room appear bigger with bright colors and mirrors, you can make a yard appear bigger with proper landscaping and outdoor furniture.

When it comes to patio furniture, keep it simple. You donít need a massive set of furniture in a small yard, and filling your yard up with chairs will make it feel crowded.

Choose a few well-placed decorations for your yard, and keep it simple.

Container gardening

A good way to make a small yard feel more in touch with nature is to plant in containers. Sticking to a central theme with your plants will give the yard a sense of continuity and simplicity that will make it feel welcoming.

Container gardening is also a good option for people who live in arid areas prone to drought. You can choose drought resistant plants that are easy to maintain.

Landscaping is key

You know how a cluttered and messy bedroom feels small and unwelcoming? The same is true for a cluttered and unkempt backyard. Cutting the grass and trimming the trees and hedges will go a long way. However, also remember to not use your backyard as a storage space. Tools and equipment that arenít put away will make the yard feel even smaller than it already is.

Set a focal point

Small backyards donít need a lot of features and amenities. One key area is enough to satisfy the eye. Rather than choosing several small decorations, stick to one thing. Whether itís a small box garden, a fireplace, or a well-placed tree, drawing the eye is one way to distract from the size of the space.

Small is a style

The last important thing to keep in mind is that houses with small backyards are usually found in locations where small backyards are expected. You wouldnít dream of finding a large backyard behind a class brownstone in Brooklyn, and as a result, the small backyards of those builds have taken on a charm of their own.

If you arenít sure about how to incorporate landscaping and decorations in your tiny backyard, look up some inspiration online for urban backyards that match the style of your home. This will attract buyers who are already looking for something that your home already has--character.





Posted by Kimberly McGrath on 9/12/2017

Charming front porch and elegant foyer with dual entry staircase welcome you into this beautiful & spacious 4 bedroom colonial featuring gorgeous original woodwork, large formal living room with fireplace, newly refinished hardwood floors and ash beamed ceiling, formal dining room also with gleaming hardwoods and built-ins, lovely fully applianced updated kitchen with hickory cabinets, Italian tile, oversized island, butlers pantry and breakfast nook overlooking new trex deck to ag pool! Other updates include boiler, siding, windows, roof, transferable solar lease, mini-split heat/ac unit on each floor and newly sealed driveway leading to 1-2 car detached garage!

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