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While you may have already done your spring and summer cleaning, now just about weeks into the season you may notice it’s time to get a little more organized. Does company come over and you can’t find the remote? Are you feeling a little overwhelmed with the amount of clutter building? Get your abode in order with these super quick tips that will help you organize any room in just a matter of minutes. Yes, minutes, not hours!
7 Ways To Organize Any Room In 15 Minutes (Yes, Really!)
You don’t always have to call the repairman when things go awry in your home. With just a few tools and a little know-how, anyone can do these home repairs on their own.
Are you ready to kick off the first major barbecue holiday of the year? Memorial Day is a time to celebrate those we lost in the armed forces. It’s also a much needed vacation from work that unites us with loved ones. Here are some yummy recipes and decorating ideas for your pre-summer party.
Memorial Day Guide: Party Ideas And Recipes
One of the best gifts you can give someone this holiday season is something for your home. If you think about it, items like home decor and essentials are practical, taking away worries if the right size will fit. Hopefully you have spent a little time in the intended recipient’s home so you can peep out their style prior to making any purchases. Here are the top holiday gifts for the home.
20 Top Holiday Gifts For The Home
There’s no better time like the summer to get outdoors and enjoy your deck or patio. But you don’t need thousands of dollars to create a relaxing retreat. Need inspiration or great colorful themes to get you going? Take a look at some of our favorite images that we found around the ‘net that inspire a true outdoor living space makeover.
Great Outdoors: 15 Outstanding Outdoor Rooms
Nearly a year being in this home I am still often haunted at the process it took to get here. Selling and purchasing a new home in last year’s market was not for the weak. Outside of the market dictating some of our issues I thought I would give those of you considering the leap a few tips.
1. Decide What To Do With Your Current Home: If you currently own a home, don’t assume you have to sell it. If you would like to keep it as an income property speak with a mortgage specialist before starting your search. We found out months later into our process that we could’ve kept our home. Had we known earlier we may have put the search off a few months to save the additional monies needed to keep it as a rental property.
2. Know Your Financing Options: FHA, VA, Conventional etc. It can all get very confusing. They all have their own set of requirements, as well as pros and cons. Research them and have an idea of which way you are leaning so that no one can sway you into something that ultimately is in their best interest and not yours.
3. Be Your Own Advocate. Do Your Research: We had the best agent but I was still online looking at houses daily. If you have the time, look for yourself. Agents are busy, you are likely a number in their client roster. You would hate to miss the perfect house because she was out with another client. I’m sure mine was sick of me, but I found our first house that way. She had somehow overlooked it in her search. Zillow, and your local real estate agencies websites are great places to start. Georgia has a free MLS system that can be searched, see if your state has one.
4. Narrow Down Your Search Area: Know where you want to be and the pricing associated with that area. Decide whether size trumps area, commute etc. Gas is expensive, and no one wants to drive you around for you to get to the property and say this is too far! I did it…a few times. Then I realized it was a waste of our time. We set 2 distinct areas and searched those areas.
5. Consider all the Minute Details: Once you’ve narrowed down the area and start really looking, remember your budget. The house is perfect and it’s in your price range but the schools are poor and will require private education, there is an HOA, the commute will be 2 hours and the yard will require maintenance. All of these are additional monies outside of your mortgage that can strain your budget . Being house poor is not the move.
6. Look Past the Esthetics: Some houses are not so attractive but their structure is sound. Like mine. After watching multiple episodes of anything HGTV airs I still had a no moment when we walked up to this house. I couldn’t see past the overgrown exterior and the ugly paint colors. I saw dollar signs. While it may be expensive to make cosmetic changes they can be done over time. Look at the roof, room size and the things that matter that cost waaaaayyyyyyyy more than a few gallons of paint and a some elbow grease
7. Have Your Paperwork in Order: Buying a house requires lots and lots and lots and lots of paperwork. They will ask for 3 months of bank statements, paystubs and whatever else they make up. Prior to starting the process watch the swipes on your debit card, and transfers in and out of your account. They are nosey and will ask about them. Save yourself the drama. If you do, document right then so if it comes up you don’t have to think too hard. Try to avoid transferring to other people, they’ll want their bank statement too. We encountered this and it was a nightmare.
8. If You See it Move on It: No house will have everything you want unless you custom build it. If it’s good enough, in the right area and for the right price put in an offer. I missed 3 houses being indecisive. If you keep thinking something better is out there you will be looking forever!
If you’re a mom like us, you like to have the party at your house so you can keep an eye on your little one and the action that ensues, so why not bring the fun to your house this holiday weekend with a Memorial Day party? Add parents to the mix and it’ll be an event our friends will talk about for the rest of the summer. We help you celebrate outside with these tips, tricks and just great ideas.
Party Over Here: 8 Amazing Memorial Day Party Ideas
Having a guy over for the first time? If you really want to give him an accurate impression of who you are, leave your home exactly as it is OR…keep in mind what he thinks when he sees these things. It could be nice to at least start with a good impression.
Hanging your child’s artwork doesn’t have to be a painful, cluttered chore. Discover ways to stop stuffing your kids art work in corners of desks and in the crevices of folders. Their are a ton of solutions that will actually compliment your interior space and actually become a part of the art and design. Frames, blackboards, hangers, string, printed wall paper, cardboard boxes, vintage lights and tin cans are just a few of the items used to creatively hang your child’s “stuff”.
Hanging Your Childs Artwork: 12 Clutter-Free Ideas
Fresh off a twelve hour train ride through the countryside of Thailand, and after seeing some of the most beautiful landscaping in the world, I was inspired to write a post of cool garden ideas, not to mention that this is the time of year to start planting your seeds for the Spring/Summer season. These decadent gardens run the gamut from an urban oasis perched on a rooftop to lush life sized flower gardens in unbelievable colors to tropical and non-tropical plants potted, placed along gorgeous stone walkways and accessorized with swings, trees, lights and more!
Even if you don’t have a green thumb, if you’re so inspired treat yourself to a gardener — you’ll be glad you did.
Images courtesy of Pinterest
12 Cool Garden Ideas