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Successful Groundbreaking on Valentine’s Day

Categories: In The News, Royal Oaks Communities | Posted: February 15, 2013

Royal Oaks Homes and Operation: Coming Home celebrated Valentine’s Day with an exceptional groundbreaking ceremony for Operation: Coming Home V recipient, Corporal Cody Stanton. 21-year-old Stanton was injured by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) while his unit was training police in Afghanistan in January of 2o12. Stanton lost both legs, one above the knee and one below as well as two fingers after his unit drew fire. This young man deployed with the 21st Military Police Company (Airborne) from Fort Bragg’s XVIII Airborne Corps in November 2011.

Corporal Cody Stanton with his Platoon

Since this tragic incident happened over a year ago, Stanton has been recovering while undergoing various surgeries. He was announced the fifth recipient for Operation: Coming Home on January 20, 2013 at the N.C. State/Clemson game held at the PNC arena in Raleigh. Stanton, a native of Raleigh, chose to have his home built in Forest Springs, the Royal Oaks’ community in Holly Springs.

Cody Stanton’s Home Site in Forest Springs

The groundbreaking for Stanton’s home took place on Valentine’s Day, a few weeks after the public announcement at the N.C. State game. The ceremony was crowded with Stanton’s family and friends, his platoon and major, his soon-to-be neighbors, Royal Oaks Homes, Operation: Coming Home and the Triangle Veterans Association. Valentine’s morning was chilly but beautiful. Thankfully the USO was there to provide hot coffee and doughnuts for breakfast and delicious hot dogs for lunch.

Everyone was in great spirits as they all crowded around to enjoy a wonderful and emotional event. Look out for local news coverage on this event.

How to Get and Stay Organized in 2013: Part 3

Categories: Home Owner Tips | Posted: February 11, 2013

This post wraps up the series of “How to Get and Stay Organized in 2013,” a series of tips and advice that you have hopefully found helpful. Below you will find information on how to continue to stay organized this year and for many years to come.

1) Make decisions. Many times clutter happens because we have not made a decision on what to do with certain items. This might be a magazine, a newspaper engagement, a shirt you want to take back to the store, a drink from lunch. You can eliminate this mess of accumulated items by making a decision on what to do with them before you throw them on the foyer table or kitchen counter. Make decisions before setting them down, or else your kitchen may look like this…..

Extremely Cluttered Kitchen

2) Make small goals. Don’t plan to clean the entire house in one day. That is a daunting task that you know will never happen. When you make small goals, you are more inclined to see them through. When they are achieved, you feel better about your house and yourself and thus more likely to set more goals. Just take it one item at a time, one day at a time.


Small Goals

3) Communicate. If you are living with roommates of any sort, make sure everyone is on the same page about keeping the place clean. Don’t try to take on everything. Communicate with your spouse or children, friends or family that you can’t be the only picking up after everyone. Everybody should pitch in in order to keep the place clutter-free. Take 15 minutes before bed to put away everything from the day. It will teach your family accountability for putting their things away as well as create a routine for everyone.

There are three great ways to help you stay organized this year. Let us know if you have any other ideas you’d like to share!

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