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The surprising health benefits of decluttering

Getting your house in order can be a struggle, especially as we age. Sorting through decades of belongings is often emotional and stressful, as questions and decisions pile up: Is this jewelry valuable? What should I do with all these tools I no longer use? Will this china set have sentimental value to my children?But while it can be exhausting, this effort to declutter and simplify can be worthwhile, not only for our homes but also for our health.The advantages... read more
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3 areas to insulate that will save you money on energy bills

Do you cringe each month when your utility bills arrive?The annual energy cost for a typical single family home in the U.S. is more than $2,000, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. If you can think of a thousand things youd rather spend your hard-earned money on than electricity and natural gas, the solution to saving on...
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Build boldly with these 4 features of advanced decking

If youre planning to create an outdoor living space, advanced decking enables you to show off your creativity. For years, complex deck designs have been difficult to achieve with traditional lumber. But, with advances in todays decking materials, you have the flexibility to create virtually any design to reflect your style. The possibilities of creating a bold deck...
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6 sure-fire tips that save time and labor on yard work and gardening

Its summertime, and youll want to spend many sun-drenched hours in the great outdoors. But while Mother Nature is flourishing, it feels like youre wasting too many precious summer afternoons and evenings doing chores in the yard and garden.Give some of these labor-saving tips a try so you have more time for your favorite summer activities.1. Get organizedNothing...
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Paint like a pro in 5 easy steps

Nothing transforms a home quite like a fresh coat of paint. In fact, painting your own house is one of the smartest and easiest DIY upgrades a homeowner can accomplish on their own.Summer is the ideal time to tackle a painting project, as the warmer temperatures lead to faster drying times, and you can comfortably leave the windows...
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