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Going Green, Simple and Cheap: How To Get Green Little By Little

Going Green, Simple and Cheap: How To Get Green Little By Little

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, going green is the new black these days. The benefits to your health, your home, and the environment are numerous and expansive, so I won’t regale you with every reason as to why you should go green. But I will tell you two […]

13 Things a Burglar Won’t Tell You, But We Will

13 Things a Burglar Won’t Tell You, But We Will

Let’s say you could have a conversation with a criminal before he breaks into your home and steals from you. Here’s what he would have to say, so read carefully and take notes. 1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your […]

11 Yard Sale Tips That Will Guarantee Sales

11 Yard Sale Tips That Will Guarantee Sales

We recently had a yard sale and came away from the weekend with some great tips after feedback from customers and neighbors. Spring is a great time to move items that are just collecting dust and make a little money while doing it. 1. Signage – In big bold letters […]

Caring For Your Motorized Lawnmower

Caring For Your Motorized Lawnmower

With the weather warming up and the days getting longer, I think it’s pretty safe to say spring is here (at least the calendar says so!) and with better outdoor conditions comes more maintenance of our outdoor space. I stumbled upon this how-to guide via my Twitter stream and thought […]

Weedy Situation

Weedy Situation

I took a recent trip over to the L.A. Times home blog where Emily Green, author of The Dry Garden column, takes on a nasty topic: weeds. The topic of weeds reminds me of summer vacations and getting “punished” for who-knows-what. I can never remember why I’d get in trouble […]

Spend A Little, Gain A Lot

Spend A Little, Gain A Lot

Ah, the housing market. For those of us who have property up for sale, we’re either forced to lower our asking price or take it off the market, crossing our fingers that it’s only a matter of time until it’s a seller’s market once again. Until that happens, it’s important […]

Refrigerator Organizing Tips to Keep Food Fresh and Healthy

Refrigerator Organizing Tips to Keep Food Fresh and Healthy

Some tips for organizing your refrigerator to keep food at it’s most fresh. Signs of a messy fridge. + Milk and eggs are on a shelf on the door. This is the warmest part of the refrigerator and shouldn’t house highly-perishable items. + Raw meat is on the top shelf […]

How to Plan: Kitchen Remodel, Part Three

How to Plan: Kitchen Remodel, Part Three

I was so impressed by the proactive approach used in the Melnick/Burton kitchen remodel that I could not let the series end without getting some general pointers from Steven (listed here, in his own words): 1. Design it yourself and design it for yourself (but show your plans to anyone […]

6 Tips to Assembling Store Bought Furniture

6 Tips to Assembling Store Bought Furniture

Sometimes ready-to-assemble furniture is a nightmare. And by sometimes, I mean most of the time. Even for a moderately experienced DIYer like myself, identifying parts, trying to understand diagrams and figuring out where the heck part “g” is can be a total hassle. After a recent battle with a Target […]

How To Keep Peeping Toms from Checking Out You and Your Stuff

How To Keep Peeping Toms from Checking Out You and Your Stuff

Growing up, my parents were kind of … neurotic. My mom had a thing about the “fishbowl effect” as she called it — the fact that when it gets dark at night you can see inside people’s houses if the lights are on and the curtains are open. She blames […]

Top 10 Ways to Build Green

Top 10 Ways to Build Green

The Central Plains chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council is at the Greater Kansas City Home Show this weekend, offering tips and resources for homeowners interested in going green, especially when building a home. According to a tip sheet compiled by the Central Plains chapter, the top 10 ways […]

Smart Shopper: Tips For Buying On Craigslist

Smart Shopper: Tips For Buying On Craigslist

I’m a big fan of Craigslist. I’ve found lots of goodies like a vintage Formica kitchen table to a fabulous pine dresser that I’m hoping to pick up today. If you’re looking to score on a great find, follow these tips before you buy. Early Bird Catches The Worm If […]

Safe To Paint A Radiator?

Safe To Paint A Radiator?

After seeing this post over at Apartment Therapy, I got to wondering….how safe is it to paint those out-dated heaters? I doubt this guy decorated his apartment around his brick red radiator, but painting heating equipment sounds, well, dangerous to me. After a bit of researching, the best response I […]

Safely Living Next To a Vacant Home

Safely Living Next To a Vacant Home

With the housing crisis still rippling through the country, many homeowners may find themselves living in more of a graveyard instead of a neighborhood. Homes are becoming (and remaining) vacant at an alarming rate, and while these vacancies bring down property values and become eyesores, remaining homeowners need to take […]

5 Quick Bathroom Furniture Ideas

5 Quick Bathroom Furniture Ideas

Many people underestimate the humble bathroom, but it is as important as any other room. To make the most out of your bathroom, here are some furniture ideas. 1. While a pedestal sink can look chic, a full vanity gives extra storage space, with room both below the sink as […]

10 DIY Tips for the Kids

10 DIY Tips for the Kids

In the latest issue of ReadyMade magazine which has been redesigned for Feb/March 2010, they share 5 ways to DIY with the kids. 1. Need to straighten art? Take out the level and let your kid eye the bubble. 2. Allow your child to use a hammer to remove nails […]

Basic Tips to Repair Ceiling Holes

Basic Tips to Repair Ceiling Holes

You need more than just duct tape to fix a hole in the ceiling. To properly repair ceiling holes: + No matter how big the whole, be careful and look out for wires for ceiling fans and lighting fixtures. + For drywall holes that are very small, use a spackling […]

Bathroom Decorating Tips – Focus

Bathroom Decorating Tips – Focus

While it may not be the most talked about room in the house, it should be one of the most functional. Here are some easy tips to consider when decorating the bathroom. While matching isn’t strictly necessary in all areas of a home, in a bathroom it can be the […]

Tips to Remove Lead Paint Safely

Tips to Remove Lead Paint Safely

Old homes are not the only ones likely to be contaminated with lead paint. Any home built before 1980 should have it’s interior and exterior paint tested for lead. The older the home the more likely a significant amount of lead was used in the paint. In the mid-19th-century lead […]

How To Check for Drafts Around Doors

How To Check for Drafts Around Doors

Over time a door placed in a wood frame will begin to sag causing air leaks around the door and space between the weatherstripping and door frame. Checking the hinge attachments is the first thing you should look at but if everything looks tight give these two tips a try […]

Tips to Childproof Your Home

Tips to Childproof Your Home

Childproofing your home may seem like a no-brainer, but it can be the most important step you take to keep your child safe during the important early formative years. The basic concept of childproofing is to make sure that your child can’t leave the home and can’t get into any […]