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Holiday Cooking Survival Tips

Posted by Jeff on Nov 25, 2015.

It’s the happiest time of the year for foodies and people who enjoy pulling out all the stops for the holidays. For the rest of us--who love to eat but are overwhelmed by the challenge of cleaning up the cooking mess--here’s some good advice. Clean Before You Start Cooking. Once the cooking starts the countertops, tables and every surface will fill up with ingredients and dishes. Go through your entire kitchen before the holiday and clear the clutter, knickknacks etc. and make room for the serious business of food preparation. Also, check to be sure you have a clean oven and stovetop to ..

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Unconventional Christmas Trees

Posted by Jeff on Dec 17, 2015.

Once in a while it’s fun to break with tradition--even in this most traditional of times. Sure, we love the idea of the perfect Christmas tree with the classic ornaments and the lights, beads and tree topper. But what if old Tannenbaum is getting a tad tired? Here are a handful of slightly off-kilter ways to light up that tree in a whole new way! Crushed Can Ornaments This sounds crazy but imagine how much fun to take your favorite beverage cans and load up the branches. Some people choose all of the same kind. Others mix and match. If you want to keep them intact you’ll need to add som..

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Mental Clutter + Physical Clutter = Chaos

Posted by Jeff on Feb 03, 2016.

Mental clutter is the stuff that takes up space in our brain that would otherwise be used more productively. Physical clutter is, at first glance, pretty obvious. I mean, you’re tripping over it, right? But we found a couple of physical clutter obstacles that have something to do with your mental state as well. Here are 2 areas of mental clutter to watch out for and 2 physical examples that are rooted in the thought processes. Worry. This is usually about fear of the future. But worrying has never stopped anything from happening and it sure won’t control our future. Taking action or even..

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Black Friday After-Party

Posted by Jeff on Nov 25, 2015.

With the sales starting earlier and earlier the shoppers fatigue has to set in at some point. Use that to reunite your pals and delight in the spoils of your deal-finding prowess. Whether you’re going out on Turkey Night or at the crack of dawn on Friday, you’re going to need a little foot up, refreshment in hand, share the gloating moment. Friday Mid-Morning You’ve done it. Raise those trophy bags high. The doorbusters were claimed by you and your entourage. Now it’s time to hydrate and prepare for the next round of stores and deals. Think about coffee and chocolate, but don’t forget a..

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Getting Your House Ready for Santa

Posted by Jeff on Dec 17, 2015.

In a financial spin on the idea of prepping for the jolly old elf, we found this great blog from LawnStarter. They asked the question: Just how much would it cost to get your house ready for Santa? Roof Repair, approx. $600 to be safe for reindeer landings Chimney Sweep, approx. $200, to make sure Santa’s suit stays fresh Gallon of Whole milk, approx. $4, drink up! Home Made Cookies, approx. $6, that’s per dozen with really good chocolate chips Bag of Carrots, approx. $1, organic might cost more in some markets Christmas Vacation Style Whole House LIght Decoration, approx. ..

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Clever and Cool Ways to Organize Your Home with Hooks

Posted by Jeff on Nov 17, 2015.

Our favorite ideas deliver a twist on form, function and fun. These tips on re-imagining ordinary hooks are all worth trying at home. Quick Stick + Vintage Window Frame One age old hook trick is hanging all of your utensils, spoons, measuring tools etc. inside of your cabinets. Problem is they clang and let’s be honest, fall off. Instead, find a cool, rustic and large old storm window from a salvage place. It might even have some interesting distressed paint on the frame. Think of a wall where you have extra room and size the window or even a glass door. Glass is key, as QuickStick adher..

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Renting? Top 3 Apartment Decorating Tips

Posted by Jeff on Nov 17, 2015.

Having a little style crisis with your rental? Worried that the expense won’t be worth it when you move on? Fearful that you make a change that will cause you to lose your security deposit? Have no fear. We’ve put this list of easy fixes for renters to add some style without expending too much cash or effort. Find a Quick Way to Add Storage You’re not going to install custom cabinetry, shelves or other built-ins. And it’s a universal truth that rentals lack storage. You can add your own with affordable Ikea bookcases, simple shelves, and out-of-the-box organizing ideas. You can also look..

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Tips and Tricks for Organizing Closets

Posted by Jeff on Nov 17, 2015.

How dysfunctional is your closet? Be honest. We all have issues with where we stash our stuff behind that door. Before we prescribe the remedy, we want to understand the symptoms. How bad is your closet? Do sweaters topple from the rafters like a booby trap? Is there a problem remembering where things go? Is there a seasonal disorder where spring items are jumbled with winter wools? There are no doubt endless problems with storing things in closets. Here are a few quick wins. Do sweaters topple from the rafters like a booby trap? This is a classic case requiring racks, baskets or bins. S..

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