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Creation Station: Making Space for Crafts and Hobbies

Nov 14th, 2012 | By | Category: Features
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Everyone has one — that “catch-all” drawer, typically in the kitchen or office, that holds everything from scissors, tape and glue, to pipe cleaners, bottlecaps, a needle and thread and other scraps for half-finished craft projects. Sometimes that drawer spills over into another drawer, or to a whole cupboard, corner or even a whole room. [...]

Treasures in the Garden: Accents Help Personalize Your Yard

Feb 29th, 2012 | By | Category: Features

The days of kitschy garden objects so popular in suburbia are over. Pink flamingos have left their perch and gnomes have wandered back to their fantasy lands. Gardens today are taking on a more upscale, personal feel, as people incorporate unique items that will set their spaces apart, creating backyard oases that are as welcoming [...]

Bright Lights, Big Challenge: Tips on Choosing the Right Light Bulbs

Nov 14th, 2011 | By | Category: House Mechanic

Before we buy our groceries, we know it’s a good idea to read nutrition labels. They tell us what ingredients are included to help us decide what type of fuel we want to put in our bodies to keep us running better and longer. What does this have to do with light bulbs? Well, if [...]

The Drop Zone: Control Clutter, Create a Welcoming Entrance

Aug 31st, 2011 | By | Category: Keep It Clean
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If your family is like mine, we come and go with handfuls of items that get dropped right inside the door. It doesn’t take long for our inviting entryway to become a cluttered storage area. Those school projects, shoes, keys, mail, sunglasses, coats, purses, sports gear (you get the idea) can pile up fast. But [...]

Fridge Factor: Meet the Ultimate Cleaning Challenge with These Tips

May 31st, 2011 | By | Category: Keep It Clean

It may be the most dreaded household chore in the world—cleaning out the refrigerator. In fact, some professional house cleaners state upfront that their service does NOT include the fridge. Why? Because somehow, in the rush of life, this major appliance that works around the clock for us ends up getting neglected in the worst [...]

Get Set for Yard Sale Season: Bargains, Buying, Selling and More!

Feb 28th, 2011 | By | Category: Hot Tips

Setting up a yard or garage sale is hard work, but if it’s done right it can pay off twofold: you can have a clutter-free house and make some fast cash. Susan Barringer of Lynchburg knows how to do it right. That’s because she’s been going to yard sales every weekend since she was a child. [...]

Warm Up to Outdoor Living: Fireplaces and Heaters Can Make the Great Outdoors Even Greater

Nov 14th, 2010 | By | Category: Features

When the cold winds blow and fall gives way to winter, those backyard barbecues will have to wait until next year—or will they? As outdoor living spaces evolve and new products and services become available, extending your time outdoors is more feasible than ever before, even in the winter months. Gather the family around a [...]

In the Know With the Glow: Caring for Hardwood Furniture

Aug 31st, 2010 | By | Category: Keep It Clean

Whether you’ve just inherited a lovely wardrobe that’s been in your family for decades or you just bought a brand-new coffee table you had custom made for your living room, knowing how to properly care for hardwood furniture is a must. Merely reading the labels on those quick, spray-and-wipe polish cans won’t tell you everything [...]

Putting Down Roots: Tree-Planting Basics

Aug 31st, 2010 | By | Category: Features

You’ve worked hard all summer to get your yard the way you like it. You’ve watered, fertilized and pruned. Your trees are healthy and happy—and now it’s time to start afresh. “Whoa,” you say, “I’ve spent all summer at this! Don’t throw in something new!” While planting new trees may be far from your mind [...]

Pruning to Perfection

Feb 28th, 2010 | By | Category: In The Yard

Grow, grow, grow. That’s what all gardeners are praying now as trees and shrubs promise to bring new life to yards once again. Of course there are fertilizers and other plant foods for sale this season, but one of the best ways to stimulate growth is by pruning. As they say, “Out with the old, [...]