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Organizing Your Home (The Garage)

Organized clean suburban residential two car garage with tools, file cabinets and sports equipment.5 Ways to Organize Your Garage Catch up on our previous organizational tips! As a part of the home that is often out of sight and mind, garages can quickly become disorganized. Here's how to maintain a sense of order in yours! Maximize space.  Hang items like shovels, hoses, and cords on the wall. During seasonal changes, hang bikes, skis, and surfboards from the ceiling. Hang a hammock to contain basketballs and other items that can roll away. Choose appropriate shelving. Keep things off the floor by using shelving. Metal shelving withstands heat and humidity better than wood. Use airtight read more...

Top Money Tips At Any Age

Top money tips at any ageWhere your money focus is depends, in part, on where you are in your life. Here are some helpful financial management tips by decade: 20-30 years old: Maintain a meticulous budget. Apps like Mint.com can help you track expenses. Set up an emergency savings account with 3-6 months' worth of living expenses. Transfer credit card balances to a 0% card and focus on paying it off. Begin paying down student loans and other debt. 30-40 years old: Contribute to a retirement account. Maximize employer matching plans. Build assets by investing in stocks, bonds, and real estate. Keep a low credit read more...

Declutter and Clear Your Home the Eco-Friendly Way

declutter and clear the ecofriendly wayHere's how to clear your home for a fresh start in 2019 Unless you’re Marie Kondo, chances are you need to do a big clean-out of your house every now and again. But once you’ve decided what to keep and what has to go, how do you get rid of all of it? Putting it in the trash isn’t the solution, as Americans generate 254 million tons of trash each year that ends up in landfills. Landfill sites leak toxic substances into the soil, water and air while producing large amounts of methane as the organic matter decomposes. Excess greenhouse read more...

10 Options To Avoid Foreclosure

If you’ve missed one or more mortgage payments, or if you’re “underwater” (owe more than your home is worth), you are not alone. The first thing to know is that you have options. Here are actions you can take to avoid foreclosure and experts you can call upon for help. Option A: Work with your lender so you can stay in your home. If you can prove a temporary “hardship,” such as job loss, income reduction, health issues, divorce and other major life changes that affect your ability to pay back your loan, you may be able to arrange one read more...

Organizing Your Home (The Bathroom)

4 Ways to Organize Your Bathroom Catch up on our previous organizational tips! A well-organized home means less time looking for things. With the amount of time we spend in the bathroom, it’s the perfect place to organize for greater efficiency. Declutter your countertops. Cluttered countertops cause stress and make it harder to find what you need. Keep only the things you use daily on the countertop. Relegate everything else to shelves or under-counter storage. Add shelving. If the cabinet under your sink doesn’t already have shelving, get a shelving kit. They're designed to fit around pipes. Add decorative shelves to read more...

6 Outlet Shopping Secrets to Make Holiday Shopping Easier

Make Your Last Minute Holiday Shopping at Outlet Malls a Breeze The phrase “outlet mall” is likely to make any shopaholic salivate. To get the most out of a trip to the outlet mall, important to do a bit of research ahead of time. Know what kind of “outlet mall” it is There are a few different types of outlets, and the goods (and deals) differ between them. Genuine outlets offer items from retail stores that are often marked-down. Factory stores sell goods made for the outlet, in which case the deals may not be as great as they appear. read more...

Did you shrink your favorite ugly sweater?

Here's 5 steps to Un-Shrink Clothing. . . Don’t toss that beloved sweater yet, even though it shrank in the dryer. Try this un-shrinking trick first! Soak garment in lukewarm water with about a capful of baby shampoo. Squeeze out – but do not wring or rinse. Remove excess moisture by rolling tightly in a clean towel. Reshape garment on another clean towel, stretching gently to its original size. Leave to air dry. The shampoo used shouldn’t be enough to need re-washing immediately. When you do wash that item again remember to keep it out of the dryer!

When You’re Moving, Don’t Forget To Do These Things

6 Things You Don't Want to Forget to Do When Moving Fill all your prescriptions and get them transferred to a pharmacy near your new home. Hire a carpet cleaning company to deep-clean in your new home before you’ve moved all your furniture in. Schedule your utilities to shut off the day after you move out of your old home. Have utilities turn on a couple days before you arrive at your new home. Color-code packing boxes by room so it’s easy for movers to put things in the right places. Pack a “first night” box with everything you’ll need. read more...

Aiming for a Promotion in the New Year? 4 Habits That Show Your Trustworthiness

Trustworthiness is a soft skill that ensures success. Find out how to master it. Do you want more responsibility at work or to forge more meaningful friendships? You need to be a trustworthy person. You must keep secrets entrusted to you. Here are 4 other habits you can practice that help foster trust. Skip the Gossip The obvious habit of keeping secrets extends to the water cooler. You’re willing to divulge secrets when you engage in office or neighborhood gossip. Avoid gossip, speculation with no firsthand knowledge, and general tongue wagging. Be Punctual Punctuality infers respect of someone else’s time, read more...

The Best Business Tips and Tricks for Work-at-Home Parents

Work at home parentsAre you ready to Start an At Home Business in 2019? Working from home is a wonderful way to offset your household expenses while keeping an eye on your kids. Due to the high cost of childcare, forgoing your office job to stay home with the children may actually be more economical for your family. Of course, one of the best perks of working from home is that you'll be around for your child's many developmental milestones. However, starting up your own business is not a walk in the park. Here are some quick tips for getting your budding business read more...