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How to Keep Your Attic Neat and Tidy
In most homes, the attic is the place where things go that are seldom used but that the family just isn’t ready to part with quite yet. Because most attics provide ample space that isn’t useful for anything other than storage, it can be easy to send boxes and boxes of junk up to the attic until it’s all but impossible to find what you’re looking for. And while your stuff...
In cat and dog-friendly homes, pets are important members of the family who bring love – and messes – into our lives. Dogs and cats have hairy coats that bring everything from the outside in, and homes with dogs have more bacteria and dander on upholstery, pillow coverings, and other locations. Nevertheless, it is possible to share your home with pets and keep it clean...
To an auto buff or a weekend mechanic, the garage is not just a place to park vehicles and store your extra things. If you are one of those people who love the roar of an engine, the garage is a place to tinker and spend time doing what you love. With upgrades that are functional and reflect your personality, you can turn a typical, bare-bones garage into the perfect...
Your backyard is the perfect place to relax with friends and family during the warm summer months. Naturally, you want your yard to be a clean, colorful, cool, soothing space that is well-maintained and conducive to mingling, but keeping it looking its best is time-consuming. Here are some tips to make maintaining your backyard an easy task:  Create an Outdoor Living...
How to Safely Celebrate 4th of July with Fireworks
The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with the all-American tradition of a fireworks display? Many communities offer professional public shows that families can enjoy from blankets on the ground in a park, or presented in a stadium, or over the water. Another option that thousands of American homeowners choose each year is to...
Setting Up the Ultimate Entertainment Center
With every new gaming console, flat-screen television, or entertainment option that’s released, the possibilities for your entertainment center grow. Unfortunately, so does the number of cords tangled together keeping the systems connected and powered. Chances are, your collection of devices and gadgets has expanded since you first set up your entertainment center, and...
The entrance to a home plays an important role in creating an incredible first impression. A nicely furnished entryway signals to your guests that your home is comfortable, well-kept, and inviting. The following are ways to enhance your front entry and make that first impression count. Add Personality to Your Entryway Splurge on stunning features, such as colorful step...
As temperatures rise in the summer, many homeowners are desperate to cool their houses without sending the energy bill through the roof. Follow these simple guidelines to help your central air conditioning system to run as efficiently as possible, keeping your house comfy and cool while using less energy. Clean or Replace Air Filters As air gets pushed through your HVAC...
Clear summer nights offer a perfect opportunity for seasoned stargazers and amateurs alike to come together and look toward the sky. In fact, July 20th is National Moon Day, a holiday commemorating the day that man first walked on the moon in 1969. What better time to gather friends and family for some amateur astronomy in the backyard? It’s a great opportunity for kids...
During the hot summer months, nothing is more refreshing than sitting on the front porch or back yard with a nice cold glass of iced tea. But commercial iced tea can be expensive, too sweet, or too bitter for your taste, or may contain artificial sweeteners and preservatives that you’d rather avoid. So why not trying brewing up your own fresh batch this summer? With...