Top 26 Life Skills Teens Need Before Leaving Home

A friend recently asked for a list of things others thought a teen needed to know before they left the house. That got me thinking. There are a bunch of items that most of us have on our radar: cook (simple things like boxed mac & cheese, grilled cheese) cook meals bake from a box […]

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Organizing a local move

Moving is a hassle in many ways. It is expensive and disruptive. We’re moved locally twice and were able to have positive experiences by breaking the move into two parts. Check out my prior post on how to label and organize boxes for your move. That post may help you as well. Plan on having […]

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How to label and organize boxes for a household move

The first thing you need to do is get thick blue painters tape, thick green tape (there is a tape called Frog’s tape at hardware stores), and sheets with the small colored dots on them. As you pack boxes, designate a colored dot for each new room as well as the garage or storage areas. […]

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Preparing your home for sale, part two

I hope you enjoyed my post from yesterday, preparing you home for sale~part one. If you haven’t powerwashed your home in over a year, schedule someone to come and powerwash. Does your driveway look fresh? If not, have it powerwashed as well. Don’t overlook this. It’ll cost under $200 and will be well worth it. […]

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Preparing your home for sale, part one

  If you have the luxury of timing the sale of your home, then you have the upper hand in selling. You can do many things to help your home sell quickly without languishing. The top two are staging your home and pricing it right within your current market. Go through your home, inside and […]

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Clean your belongings in a storage area

I hate to say this, but in my very first apartment, there were roaches. Yes, I moved immediately, but how could I know the bugs didn’t travel with me? Well, we put everything into a U-Haul to move. As soon as we arrived at my new apartment, I set off a fogger in the trailer […]

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How to remove marks from walls

In the process of getting our home ready to put on the market, I needed to either get some stubborn marks off the walls or do some repainting. I found that Magic Eraser works well. But, unless I used the magic eraser and then rubbed the area with a damp cloth, some ingredient in the […]

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Stop rust from forming on inside of paint can top

When you pour paint from the can into another container, leftover paint is left in the ridges. When the lid is tightened, that leftover paint turns into rust. Tip: Simply use paper towels to get all that extra paint out and leave the ridges dry before tapping the top onto the can. Tip: You can […]

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Touch up faded wall paint

If you have the original wall paint, you can have the paint store make you a quart with half the formula in it (you will need to provide the original formula and base). Many builders will paint the ceiling with a “half color.” We used Sherwin Williams white gold as our wall color. Our builder […]

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Paint only a small section of wall

Is this possible? YES. You’ll need: matching wall paint a small roller and roller pan (Sherwin Williams makes a nice touch up kit) Repair the wall as needed. On a clean and dry wall, use the small roller dipped in a very small amount of paint. Cover the area with paint and then dry roll  […]

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