Make Self-storage Move-in Day Easier with Handy Supplies

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  You’ve carefully prepared items for storage and loaded your vehicle, so now you’re ready to move belongings into your self-storage unit. But are you really ready? It’s easy to forget helpful supplies when you move into your self-storage unit. That’s why I’ve created a list of things to have with you to make it easier to move your belongings into storage.   Tape Up You’re not done with packing tape yet. Chances are, you’ll need your packing tape on moving day. On a related note, be sure to also take a marker for labeling.   Tool Up Take your toolbox. Why? Maybe you previously decided to leave … [More]

Top Gardening Ideas From Pinterest

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Spring has sprung! Daffodils are blooming everywhere and the birds are starting to make a ruckus. Time to get out in the sunshine and get your hands in the dirt. Pinterest is a great place to look for gardening tips. I’ve picked out a few useful and appealing boards to offer you gardeners out there some great browsing material to get you ready for the great outdoors. For Beginners There are plenty of tips for those just starting out. The Learning To Grow page pins practical tips about making raised beds and how to build a rain-harvesting barrel. This page for gardening beginners features a lot of good … [More]

Motion Sensors Have a Place at Home Too

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  I’ve decided to allow technology to eliminate some parental nagging duties for me. No, I’m not talking about texting chore reminders. I’m referring to the usage of motion sensors to control indoor lighting. As many parents have probably experienced, kids don’t always remember to turn lights off when they exit a room. Even with frequent reminders, some kids still opt to leave the lights on. That bad habit can waste a lot of energy in rooms that aren’t frequently used.   A solution I’ve adopted in my house is the installation of motion sensors (or occupancy sensors) that take the place of regular light switches. I’ve discussed how motion … [More]

Five Tips for Local Moves

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  Moving, even if just for a short distance, can be a massive drain on your time and finances. Early preparation, particularly in selecting a quality moving company and getting rid of unwanted possessions, can save you a lot of time and money. Moving Tip #1: Prepare Early Get your moving estimates early, particularly if you plan to move at the end of March or September, when many people’s leases expire. By getting your estimates early, you protect yourself in three ways: You have time to research companies and get references and referrals. The estimator will see that you are someone who plans in advance and isn’t desperate … [More]

Tips for Working Out in a Small Space

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  If you only have a small space for your home workouts, be sensible about what sort of equipment you buy and how you use it. You aren’t running a fitness club in your home, so you don’t need a full range of gear. Instead, select a fitness regimen that meets your needs and only buy equipment as you need it, selling or giving away items that are no longer a part of your routine. Avoid Uni-Purpose Equipment Just because something is “seen on TV” doesn’t mean that you ought to buy it. A lot of gimmicky exercise equipment is uni-purpose: It only works out one area of … [More]

Top Five Tips for International Moves

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  Moves of any type are stressful, but international moves provide some unique challenges. In addition to being uprooted from your home, moving to another country means a separation from your family, friends, culture and, in many cases, even your language. For these reasons, it’s important to carefully prepare for an international move by carefully choosing a good moving company, deciding what is worth taking with you, and learning about things like pet importation laws and possible tax breaks. Here are five tips for making your international move easier: 1. Scrutinize Movers An international move is quite different from moving within your home country, even if the move … [More]

Sustainable Eating With Meatless Mondays

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  Interested in eating more sustainably, but don’t know how? What about going meatless once a week? Of everything we eat, meat is the biggest offender. Raising livestock is a much more intensive endeavor than growing plants. It takes massive amounts of food, water, land, and energy to grow and transport the animals that become your favorite burgers and sausages. According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, producing meat contributes more to climate change than the transportation sector. Cows, pigs, and the like produce nearly one-fifth of man-made greenhouse gas emissions. You don’t have to become a vegetarian to reduce your carbon footprint. There’s a movement … [More]

Top Seven Spring Cleaning Videos on YouTube

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YouTube is full of long, rambling monologs by would-be how-to experts; it can be tricky to find real advice devoid of self-absorbed chatter. I went looking for some tips on spring cleaning and was immediately barraged by random musings about people’s late-winter colds, messy kids, and clothes shopping habits. I decided to spare the rest of you my fate, so I put together a list of some of the better videos I came across. Here are some spring cleaning tips worth watching. “How To Prepare For Spring Cleaning” from AtHomeWithNikki is a fairly long and chatty but thorough advice session about how to organize yourself for a spring … [More]

Start A Green Habit to Honor Earth Day 2013

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  Celebrated each year on April 22, Earth Day is a good time to make a new commitment to do your part for the earth. I know that some people scoff at the idea that a single day can make any kind of difference, but “Earth Day” is a misleading name. It’s not a single day to think about the earth. Rather, Earth Day is your reminder to make a commitment to help the earth throughout the year. That’s how I think of it! If you observe Earth Day 2013, you certainly won’t be alone. According to earthday.org, more than one billion people around the world are expected to … [More]

Store or Toss: Knowing When to Let Go of Your Belongings

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One of the first steps of Spring cleaning is de-cluttering. This is the time to survey your belongings and classifying which items should remain in your household, which should go into storage and which you should sell, donate to charity, recycle, or throw in the trash. While it’s easy enough to make decisions about belongings that you use on a regular basis, making the decision between putting an item into storage or getting rid of it can be a hard one. These items are typically things that you don’t use often, but do have some value. To help you with this conundrum, here are some questions to ask … [More]