Tips and Fixes

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DIY De-Cluttering: 15 Minutes to an Organized Closet

It's that wonderful season again...spring cleaning! For most, this necessary annual chore is about as popular as doing taxes, receiving that jury notice, or scrubbing toilets. Fear not! Below is a method of purging and organizing that takes only 15 minutes! In the first blog of a series of "15 Minute Organizing Tips", we'll tackle the closet (before it tackles you!).

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S.H.A.K.E. Off Disaster: 5 Ways to Earthquake Proof Your Home

Earthquakes have enormous power, both in its unpredictable energy and destruction. While we can't control the former, our readiness and preparedness can possibly save our home and most importantly, our lives.

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Quick-Tip Part 1: Eco-Friendly Bamboo-From Floors to Ceilings

Today's quick-tip is about a simple "green" material: eco-friendly bamboo is being used from floors to ceilings. This trend gives the old saying "The grass is always greener." a whole new meaning. After watching an episode of HGTV's "Carter Can" I learned that bamboo is not just for floors and outdoor natural fences.

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Turn Your Wasted Space into Usable Square Footage: Dining Room, Meet Craft Room

Wasted spaces...ugh. For so many of us, the dining room is a pass-through or its table ends up as a "black hole" for mail, paperwork, or homework, never full-filling it's intended use for guests and family meals.

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FYI for both DIY and PRO Renovators: Live In It a While For a Better Perspective

You've bought your dream house...well, almost. Because of these challenging economic times, you've moved forward and bought yourself a reasonably priced house that has "potential", has great bones, and is a-l-m-o-s-t the home of your dreams, but there are some definite renovations you'll need to do to get it all the way there.

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Moving Pods-Making the "Move" to Staging and Selling Your Home Easier

Picture this: You decide to sell your home. You look around at the years of acquiring, collecting, and storing of things, things, and more things. "I must de-clutter!" you wisely say to yourself. You start sorting and organizing-selling, donating, trashing. You've done well. Still, your sister, mother, friend, or neighbor (umm...armchair stagers) says "There's still too much stuff in here!". Enter: moving pod...

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Choosing a Wall Color-A Work of Art

I've been asked by friends and family alike...what color should I paint my living room, bathroom, bedroom wall? Mother Nature has created a interesting challenge for us with so many colors to choose from, especially now that custom paints are the new rage. So, where do we start?

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Basement Renovation: Let the Sunshine In!

If you don't share my unconditional love of musty and moldy smelling basements, and if yours could use some real freshening up, I recently watched a fantastic episode of "Divine Design" where Candice Olson, elegantly and simply shares her tips on not only freshening your underground space, but actually making it shine.

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DIY Bathroom Fixtures and Finishes-Cheap is Expensive

In short, it's cuz it was c-h-e-a-p. Sorry landlord, but trying to pinch pennies on a new faucet install just cost you double the amount it would have been if you chose a quality faucet in the first place. Not to mention the headache of dealing with extracting the pealing, crummy chrome plating embedded in my fingers as I tried to clean it each time.