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It is an inevitable fact of life–sofas get dirty. Chip crumbs find their ways into the cracks, drinks get spilled, and pets track mud all over the surface of these sturdy pieces of furniture. Luckily, cleaning a sofa is relatively easy–all you need is a bit of time and some great cleaning supplies. Vacuum up large particles. Before getting into the deep-cleaning, you want to remove any surface debris or particles from the surface of the sofa. Use a dust-buster or a hose attachment on a full-sized vacuum cleaner to clear the sofa. Use the long, narrow attachment to get into the crevices. Vacuum allRead More →

  C – Choking Hazards Store office supplies such as paper clips and rubber bands in locked drawers or out-of-reach cabinets. Keep your desk free of clutter. Loose change and pen caps can easily find their way into tiny hands and mouths. Even paper scraps can cause choking, so keep your trash covered and your floor clean. H – Hanging Objects Window, phone, and lamp cords should be looped together well above your child’s reach. All of these are strangling hazards – as are power cords, which will be discussed further in the “electronics” section. I – Ingestible Substances Keep ink cartridges and toner outRead More →

The great thing about planting on raised beds is that they keep pathway weeds from your garden soil, prevent soil compaction, provide good drainage and serve as a barrier to pests such as slugs and snails.Read More →

Have you ever really stopped to consider what it is that makes your lives worthwhile. Having just started up a Gratitude Journal – yes, I watch Oprah too – I am beginning to realize that it is the little things that make the biggest impression on us. Having a large home, a good car and a well-paid job are all very satisfying but I guarantee that when you start writing down the things that really touch your heart, many of these will be small and natural. My own journal includes many things like…”Seeing a different variety of wild grass growing in clumps” “Seeing the firstRead More →

Well, there’s more to coffee that just morning companion… Great read! Coffee is usually just something we reach for in the morning (and sometimes throughout the day.) But there are so many more uses for the magical bean. From helping grow a better garden to scouring pots and pans, there’s a whole lot coffee can do. Here are 15 ways to use coffee for more than a caffeine kick. Garden Deterrent: The acidity and strong scent of coffee makes it a great deterrent in the garden. The acidity will keep slugs and snails out, while pairing coffee with some orange peels can overload the olfactoryRead More →

Specific Prep, Primer and Paint Steps for Various Conditions The exterior of a house takes a lot of abuse. It is pelted with rain, frozen by snow, sleet and ice, and baked with the hot sun. Exterior wood portions of the house, such as clapboard siding, trim and window sills, require protection from the elements. When the surface is prepared properly and thorough consideration is given to the kind and quality of paint that is to be applied, the reward will be a long-lasting quality appearance. New and Old Surfaces For new wood surfaces that have not been previously painted, coat the exterior with aRead More →

heating system

Be Sure to Get the Most Out of Your Heating System A new furnace costs a lot to buy and install. The cost to run a furnace can also get steep, especially during colder weather, so you want your heating system to operate efficiently as possible at all times. You also depend on your furnace to provide warmth when required throughout the home. Again, you pay for this comfort. To increase the likelihood you’ll be satisfied with this important purchase, be sure to choose a furnace that is carefully sized to match the unique heating requirements of your home. A greatly oversized furnace cycles frequentlyRead More →

Knowing the Difference Between Good and Bad House Odor is Key The best house flipping properties are those that smell the worst, emit odors that make the eyes water and make it nearly impossible to walk through the property without getting ill. Many novice and first-time flippers will steer clear of properties that are odorous but in most cases, these are the homes that require the least amount of work and will realize the largest profit. An extremely foul odor can devalue a property by as much as 25% and obviously, a non-investor is not going to consider moving their family into a property thatRead More →

  I love squirrels. They are cute little animals and when you see them from a distance, bouncing from one branch to another and chasing after each other, you can’t imagine they can make your gutters their residence. They can damage your gutters, make them loose, and can even make them fall off. Therefore, you must get a way of chasing them away from your gutters and discourage them from coming back. One of the ways of discouraging squirrels from residing in your gutters is by providing them with somewhere to stay.   Note that squirrels can stay in your gutters just because they have noRead More →