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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...
Why Neighborhood Volunteering Matters
October 5th is National Do Something Nice Day, and people across the country will be taking the opportunity to buy someone else a morning coffee, lend a neighbor a helping hand, or call up that friend they haven’t spoken to in ages. This holiday reminds us to do those little acts of kindness that we’d ideally be doing every day, and can be a great reminder to give back to...
How to Keep Your Shoe Closet Clean
Keeping a shoe closet clean, organized, and smelling fresh can be a challenge, especially if it hasn’t been cleaned for some time. Even if you started with the perfect organizational plan for your shoes, over time it can become a much easier to just toss your shoes into the area after a long day at work. Even the most well-organized shoe rack may begin to develop an...
Making a Spooky Haunted House
Halloween is just around the corner, and no night of trick-or-treating would be complete without at least one neighborhood haunted house. Whether you opt for a graveyard scene, a mad scientist’s laboratory, or a zombie apocalypse, the setup doesn’t have to be expensive or labor-intensive to be spooky. Follow these simple steps to make your haunted house the creepiest on...
Which Internet-Connected Devices Should I Install in My Home?
Technological advances make it possible for us to lead more connected lives with the Internet of Things. More and more “smart” devices and appliances are being introduced that can be connected to the internet, and controlled remotely with a digital device. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular internet-connected devices are proving to be the most valuable to...
Need Help Studying? Try Clearing Your Environment
From middle school to university and graduate programs, studying is a skill we carry with us throughout life. Even if your days of sitting in a classroom are long past, you probably use learned study skills professionally, whether you’re looking over a budget report or preparing for a presentation on your company’s latest marketing strategy. At any age, the skills we use...
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...