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Add Family Fun to Chores

When school is in session and just getting out the door is an accomplishment, having go-to routines can help make ordinary activities more exciting for the entire family. However, if you encounter resistance to everyday household tasks, you may just need a simple revamp to make activities more entertaining and engaging. Refresh your family routines with these... (more)

Buying a New House? 5 Things to Check Before Moving In

Buying a new house is an exciting process that marks a new chapter in life. For many people, it’s fun to shop around and tour different properties. When you’re serious about purchasing a home, there are a few important parts of the property to check before you move in. The Neighborhood You should feel comfortable with the quality of the neighborhood,... (more)

Cheaper by the Dozen: Homebuying Tips for Large Families

Having a large family can be a source of joy and pride for both you and your several children. However, it will require more space to house everyone comfortably and to meet their needs. If you have a large household and are looking for a more suitable house to fit your growing family, follow the tips below in order to choose the most comfortable home option. Choose... (more)

Planning an Outdoor Makeover? 15 Popular Upgrades

Signs of spring (and summer!) are cropping up everywhere, and for homeowners, that means readying outdoor spaces for the season. Some, according to a Houzz.com report, are planning to renovate, as well. “Nearly half of outdoor renovators spend six or more hours a week in their yards, motivating them to invest in major features that transform the outdoors into... (more)

Tips for Taking Stress out of Holiday Socials

By Barbara Pronin Most of us like to socialize with friends and neighbors during the holiday season. But with shopping, wrapping and family gatherings heading up many to-do lists, it may not be easy to find time to socialize without throwing a big, glitzy party. The consumer editors at Better Homes and Gardens Magazine suggest simple party ideas guaranteed to... (more)

7 Ways to Cut Household Clutter

Keeping a household in order is no easy feat, especially for busy families. Homeowners can maintain an organized, clutter-free home by tackling clean-outs strategically. 1. Do spring cleaning year-round. Twice a year, go through your closets and clean out clothes, especially your children’s clothes. If items have not been worn in over a year, let them go. 2.... (more)

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