The Ideal Home for You Based on Your Zodiac Sign

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Have you been on the hunt for the perfect home but you’re just not sure what to buy? The answer could lie in the stars. Whether you’re a serious, more elaborate person or a much more laidback and simplistic soul, there’s a home that could be right for you. Learn more about which type of home could best line up with your zodiac sign!

Aries (3/21 – 4/19): Ranch

You are an energetic go-getter with a notorious stubborn streak. You like to be in and out quickly and tackle your to-do list without stairs or embellishments getting in your way. A one-story ranch is your perfect match! Bonus points if your new abode has plenty of yard space for you to sprawl out and expand your domain (or compete against your friends in outdoor games).

Taurus (4/20 – 5/20): Victorian

Taurus, you tend to love luxury yet have a very practical and timeless taste. You’ll want to invest in a home that you’ll not only love living in, but can also increase in value. The elegant and classic Victorian style could be your dream home! You’ll enjoy the gorgeous details, intricate staircases, and stained glass windows, and the historical status of the building will also appeal to you. Besides, you’re not afraid to roll up your sleeves and do a bit of renovating if need be!

Gemini (5/21 – 6/20): A modern split-level

Gemini is known as the “twins of the zodiac” – what better way to celebrate and express that duality than residing in a split-level home? These homes offer versatility and can be restyled quite easily to suit your whims. Tap into your inner social butterfly and entertain guests on one level of the house while having a separate sanctuary to retreat to and reboot once the party’s over.

Cancer (6/21 – 7/22): Cottage

You are a compassionate soul with a big love for others. You enjoy feeling cozy and comfortable at home, and you want your friends and family to feel the same way when they spend time with you there. Cottages are perfect for portraying that calming “at-home” feeling. You may feel even happier in a cottage that’s either out in the countryside or by the sea – somewhere far away from the hustle and bustle of life!

Leo (7/23 – 8/22): Castle or mansion

Known as the royalty of the zodiac, Leos are larger than life and enjoy being in the spotlight. Tap into your inner king or queen and relish the luxury of a castle or mansion. With plenty of bedrooms, bathrooms fit for royalty, opulent windows, and perhaps even a pool in the backyard, a castle or mansion is the quintessence of glamor and will keep everyone talking.

Virgo (8/23 – 9/22): Modern home

Virgo, you are classy, smart, practical, organized, and a bit of a neat freak. Everything in your home has a purpose and a particular place. The streamlined perfection of a modern home will help you feel comfortable and stay organized and tidy. Modern homes are perfect for minimalist lifestyles while still giving you the space to express your true self!

Libra (9/23 – 10/22): French provincial

Libras tend to be romantic, artistic, and very social. You love having people around while also having a place to express your creative side. French provincials can give you the balance you crave! You’ll appreciate this style of home with its symmetrical proportions. As an air sign, you will also enjoy the many windows and doors these home often have as well. And don’t worry – there’s usually plenty of room for you to entertain your guests, both indoors and outdoors!

Scorpio (10/23 – 11/21): Log cabin

Complex and private by nature, Scorpios need a place to call home and recharge after being out in the world. Log cabins in the woods are the perfect home for this mysterious water sign. Cabins are often warm and cozy, especially when the fireplace is turned on, which is something the home-loving Scorpio craves.

Sagittarius (11/22 – 12/21): Tiny house

With an undying thirst for travel, the optimistic Sagittarius loves to be on the go and having new adventures. They are more prone to collecting memories and experiences over decorations and objects. The tiny house makes for a perfect home base for these archers to retreat to in between adventures. Bonus points if you find a tiny home with wheels – this makes it even easier to pack up and move wherever the wind takes you!

Capricorn (12/22 – 1/19): City apartment

Capricorns are dedicated, career-oriented people who rise up to any challenge. They like to be in the middle of the action whenever possible and work hard to make their way to the top. A high-rise apartment in your favorite city is the right fit for you! An apartment will keep you close to work and all your favorite haunts after you crush your goals.

Aquarius (1/20 – 2/18): Eclectic homes

Aquarius, you enjoy unique homes that other homebuyers tend to pass up. Whether that’s living in a yurt or in a house shaped like a goose, you gravitate toward asymmetrical, unconventional designs. Mid-century modern, ultramodern, or contemporary homes will make you feel at home and ahead of the trends!

Pisces (2/19 – 3/20): Mediterranean

Deeply artistic and incredibly imaginative, Pisces needs a home that’s as colorful and dreamy as they are. Mediterranean-style homes are an excellent choice for the water-loving Pisces. Complete with unique, coastal qualities, a Mediterranean style would make this water sign feel right at home. And all the better if this home were situated on a waterfront of some sort – Pisces needs to be close to a source of water to feel at peace! Whether you’re in the market for a home of your own or simply daydreaming for now, The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties can make the stars align and help you find your dream home! Get started by calling us at either (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298. You can also view our latest listings here!

9 Handy Tips to Help You Compost Like a Pro

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Whether you do a lot of gardening, want to do more for the environment, or wish you could decrease your food waste, you might have heard the term “composting” floating around here and there. It might sound like an intimidating endeavor, but composting is actually a pretty simple and effective way you can reduce your waste while improving your garden, thanks to a bit of scientific know-how! If you’re trying to figure out how you can compost at home, check out our 9 tips below to help you get started:

First of All, What Is Compost?

The mixture you get when you combine kitchen scraps, yard waste, and other organic materials – that’s called compost. It’s the “black gold” that your garden and its soil crave. Why? Compost is rich in plant-friendly nutrients, which is often a blessing to depleted soil. Thanks to a combination of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, moisture, and helpful microorganisms, the organic materials in your heap will break down over time, creating matter that will boost your soil’s ability to grow and nurture more plants!

The Many Benefits of Composting

Did you know that an estimated 30-40% of the food supply in the United States is wasted? Much of that winds up in municipal landfills when it can be enriching your garden instead. Composting can make that happen! Aside from reducing food waste, here are some more excellent benefits that composting can bring:

  • Controls soil erosion while rejuvenating the soil itself
  • Protects and treats plant disease and nutrient deficiencies
  • Revitalizes and filters local water sources
  • Prevents the use of artificial fertilizers and harsh chemicals
  • Reduces methane emissions caused by food and yard waste
  • Decreases landfill costs
  • Lowers farming production costs
  • Positively affects the environment

Sounds great, right? If you’re ready to get started, here are our 9 tips to help you become a composting pro in no time!

Choose the Right Container

When it comes to composting, there are dozens of ways to do it. You just need to find the right way to get the job done for you! Most of the time, this involves buying a container of some sort (instead of relying on worms or burying your food waste straight into the soil). Some options include:

  • Plastic stationary bins: These are probably the most common composting containers! You simply pile a few new layers of material on top of the others and then mix it up every week or so till it’s good to go.
  • Tumblers: These are great for batch composting. They might be a pricier option, but they can help accelerate the composting process. What might take months can take as little as three weeks, thanks to tumblers!
  • Indoor containers: Of course, you can always keep a small container inside your home. These are often used when you want to donate your heap to a community composting location on a weekly basis.

Find the Right Spot

Take a peek out your window. Where are the driest, shadiest spots in your yard? These places could be ideal for your future compost heap, which needs to have a controlled balance of temperature and moisture. If you’d rather do the dirty work indoors, that’s no problem! We recommend finding a cool, dry place to keep your home smelling fresh.

Compost the Right Materials

Unfortunately, you can’t just compost any old thing! You’ll want to avoid including anything that might harm your plants or attract rodents. This includes pet waste, charcoal ashes, animal products (dairy, meat, etc.), and any yard trimmings that were treated with pesticides. What can you include? Essentially, anything that came from the ground – vegetables, fruits, coffee grounds, tea bags, and possibly even shredded, uncoated paper products.

Let the Water Drain

Remember how we mentioned that your compost heap requires just enough moisture to make the magic happen? You’ll want a way for excess water to exit your compost heap. To keep the environment damp, build a base layer of twigs or straw that’s at least a few inches off the bottom of the pile. The remaining water will drain away instantly. Remember, a compost heap should always be damp – never dry nor saturated!

Be Smart About Layering

All successful compost heaps need carbon and nitrogen to decompose. Carbon derives from dry, tough, fibrous materials (browns) while nitrogen comes from lawn waste, kitchen scraps, tea leaves, and coffee grounds (greens). For an effective mixture, layer with one-part green and three-parts brown. This will help waste break down more quickly while keeping any smells at bay. Additionally, only add just a little bit at a time; you don’t want to overwhelm the heap!

Aeration Is Key

Oxygen is another necessary component that helps decompose organic materials. Introduce plenty of oxygen to your compost heap with regular aeration! Every week or two, take your shovel or pitchfork and turn over the material in your outdoor bin to introduce fresh air to the heap, which will help speed the decomposition process.

Keep Flies Away

Fruit flies are bothersome, especially when they find something they like. Keep them away from your compost bin as much as possible by making or purchasing a fruit fly trap, boiling the food waste (it makes it less appealing to fruit flies), or by spreading out how often you add to the heap.

Show Pests They’re Not Welcome

Maybe one of the bigger reasons you’ve been hesitant to start a compost heap is you’re concerned it might attract rodents and other nocturnal critters like possums or raccoons. You can absolutely avoid that by ensuring your final layer is made with brown materials. And remember: don’t compost animal products – that’s what really attracts pests!

Make Your Plants Happy

Does your compost look like smooth, dark, rich soil? If so, then it should be ready to use on your plants and lawn! You can use it in potted plants, garden beds, mulching material, and even your potting soil. If you’d rather not get your hands dirty, a local farmer or community collection center will happily use your compost! If you’ve been wishing you could begin your compost heap or even branch out by starting a vegetable garden and adding a peaceful deck but you’re short on space, don’t worry! Trust the experts at The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties to help you find the home of your dreams. Learn more by calling either (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298, or view our current listings here!