When Should You Paint the Outside of Your House?

The exterior of your home is the first thing others in your neighborhood notice about your property. Peeling and faded paint isn’t a good look. A fresh coat of paint is one way to transform your home and boost your property value instantly. 

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However, you can’t apply new paint just whenever you desire. Here are a few things to take into consideration before you begin painting the outside of your house. And, get this: all of these items are…WEATHER-RELATED. Weren’t expecting THAT, were you? Read on!

The Humidity Level

Anyone living in our area of Central Florida (or in other damp spots of the globe like the UK) knows wet days come with the territory. However, before you paint, you need to make sure it’s not too humid. Paint starts as a liquid before it dries, and it will remain a liquid if it’s also wet outside. If you want your freshly-painted house to dry quickly and without any issues, you should wait until the weather is dry.

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5 Storage Solutions For Work-at-Home Excess Inventory

Both my hubby and I work from home. We share our fourth bedroom, which we’ve set up as an office. We each have our own separate work area inside the office, but thank goodness neither of us are working with anything that demands having lots of product on-hand. I’m just not sure where we would put all of that stuff!

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I imagine that work-at-home business owners often find a lack of space a big problem. It is especially bothersome when the business accumulates excess inventory. Finding a place to store these items is such a nuisance. Some people toss out old items or donate them to others, which costs money and time, especially considering alternative storage options exist. If your home isn’t equipped to handle all of the new items you’ve accumulated as a business owner, the many options for storage are sure to come in handy.

Rent a Storage Unit

Most business owners rent storage units to store their excess inventory. Units come in assorted sizes with some climate-controlled options available to protect sensitive goods. The units are accessible at any time, whether you need to retrieve items or add to what’s inside. Costs to rent a storage unit vary. If you live in Colorado, check out some Littleton storage units to help you with your storage needs. For a reasonable cost, you can get the room that you need to store everything you have.

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Five Ways to Protect Your Yard from Wildlife

We’ve lived in our lil’ dream home for almost 3 years now. Just over an acre of land that backs up to a wooded preserve. Sounds nice, right? We DO love it, but it presents its own set of challenges, one called WILDLIFE that we were reminded of over the weekend. Not only did we find part of our new landscaping removed (and raccoon paw-prints everywhere), but we also heard multiple coyotes howling just beyond the tree line after dark. Sandhill cranes, hawks, snakes and the occasional loose cow are all a pretty common sight in our yard, so we have to take some extra precautions to keep our property safe for the twins!

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Maybe you can relate? If your landscaping is lavish and green, chances are you get intruders who pick on your plants or come to quench their thirst on you water fountain. Whereas, this spectacle brings life to your yard, the critters can destroy your pricey investment. For example, a squirrel may burrow onto your underground tubing and start a leak. Fixing such a leak may require that you remodel your backyard, which is quite expensive. How then do you protect your yard from such intrusive wildlife?

Plant Garlic Alongside Your Flower Plants

Yes, small animals, especially squirrels and raccoons detest the smell of garlic. As they come for your flowers at night, the garlic cloves will deter them from causing more damage. With time, these intelligent creatures will now which yards have garlic and will always avoid them. Besides, it’s a great way to grow your own garlic and enjoy cooking from farm to pan. 

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Keep Your Home Clean and Organized

Keeping your home clean and organized, especially with children running around, might feel impossible. But there are a few ways to help you maintain a cleaner home through the implementation of simple tips and tricks that are tailored for households with children! Let’s check them out!

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Don’t Clean – Prevent!

We have established this list is for families with children, maybe even young children running around, and, possibly (or probably), smudging surfaces, scratching this, scuffing that, and so on. Well, the trick here is to find products that not only help you clean your home, but assist in preventing smudges, scratches, and scuff marks from ever happening in the first place.

Using nanoCare waterproofing products on the surfaces in your home is the answer we have all been searching for. Basically, what this does is create a protective layer from corrosion, scratches, marks, you name it. It is also waterproof, which is great for those beautiful surfaces that do not need water spilling all over them accidentally.

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Storage Hacks to Try in 2020

The beginning of the new year is the perfect time to get a fresh start on cleaning and organizing your home. As many of us know, after rounding out 2019 with all of the back to back holidays, your house can start to feel as though it has taken on more clutter than ever before. But the question is, how do you properly manage and store your belongings without having to do a complete purge? Is there a way to implement effective storage solutions without breaking the bank? Thanks to useful storage hacks, making room for your supplies doesn’t have to be as daunting as it sounds and you can finally reclaim your living spaces from all of the clutter.

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Storing Paper Goods

Every weekend when you take that long-awaited trip to the grocery store, you come back with all the essential supplies you need for the week and those big, huge packs of paper towels and toilet paper. Obviously, those are two incredibly important items in any household but where in the world are you supposed to store those massive packages? The easiest solution you can try only requires a hanging shoe shelf organizer. They typically cost around $10 and are easy to set up in any closet. They are perfect for storing rolls of toilet paper or paper towels and keeping them organized and out of the way. 

For a more hands-on hack to store specifically paper towels, you can install four hooks and two bungee cords against the wall. Place two hooks at the bottom of the wall and the other two up high enough so that the bungee cords will have some tension when they are stretched. Hook the bungee cord to the hook so they are both vertically positioned. Then, just start stacking your paper towel rolls horizontally up the extent of the bungee cord. Allow the bungee cord’s tension to hold the paper towels in place and then, forget about it. This hack is perfect for the inside of a pantry or cleaning closet to keep paper towels stored neatly and out of the way.

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