Keep Your Home – and Your Family – Safe from Fire This Holiday Season

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According to the National Fire Protection Association, from 2007 to 2011, home structure fires killed an estimated average of 2,570 people and injured and estimated average of 13,210. Of these fires, an estimated average of 1,300 annually were caused by Christmas decorations including Christmas trees, Christmas lights, candles, electrical problems and decorations placed too close to heat sources.

So how can you keep your family safe from this threat? Continue reading

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How to Protect Your Pipes in Freezing Weather

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How to Protect Your Pipes in Freezing WeatherReturning home from a holiday vacation – or even a long day at work – to find a burst pipe is no fun for anyone. Thankfully there are easy tips and tricks for keeping your pipes, and, ultimately, your home, safe. Continue reading

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Set the Finest Table on the Block

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As the holidays approach, many of us are under pressure to design the perfect dining tablescape for family gatherings. If your tabletop includes fine china dishes and crystal stemware, make sure you how to care for and store it properly so you can enjoy it for years to come.

John Barry of All Time Self Storage says the best packing material for delicate objects is packing peanuts because they can form to each individual object and project from moving around. “You don’t want to use newspaper or pieces of paper because they don’t fill the gaps like packing peanuts do and the ink could smear on your items,” he said. Continue reading

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Throw a New Year’s Eve Bash on a Budget

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Yesterday, we offered tips for clearing way to throw the perfect New Year’s Eve party. But, some of these tips may seem out of reach if you’re planning a bash on a budget. Fortunately, there are ways to throw a special party without breaking the bank.

“Don’t do what’s expected,” said Richard O’Malley, of The O’Malley Project. “Too many people fall into this trap. They spend way too much of their budget on things that people don’t care about.” Continue reading

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Ring in the New Year the Right Way

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Every year, millions of Americans spend the month of December searching for the perfect New Year’s Eve plans. If you’re one of the many taking matters into your own hands by hosting a gathering at your home, there are many ways to make your night festive.

The following expert advice can help you ensure that your party is perfect. Continue reading

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Making Room for a Holiday Party

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Whether your family is rolling into town or you’re throwing an ugly sweater party this season, finding the space in your home to host a large party can be tough. You may have already stuffed your living room with an eight-foot tree or an oversized snowman and now you have to squeeze in a dozen or more people and possibly extra tables and chairs.

So where do you find the room?

Use these tips to unearth more floor space in your home for a seasonal shindig.

Use Another Room

Do you have a room in your home that is underutilized? Maybe it’s the loft upstairs or a stray guest bedroom off the kitchen. Make that isolated area open to the public by bringing an activity into the space.

Whether you put a ping-pong table in there or create a holiday movie room, you can open up the area in your house to accommodate more people by redirecting some to a different spot. Use paper arrows or lights to direct guests to the secluded area.

Move Into the Garage

At a party, people tend to mingle and move around, but the open areas of your home can be squeezed out by large (and momentarily unnecessary) pieces of furniture. Instead of having your friends and family shuffling around a large hutch or a decorative chair, relocate big items to a garage or shed during the party.

This can give you the space you need for a dance floor or a large table for a feast.

MakeSpace 

If you’re running out of time or the energy to rearrange your house, but you need to clear things out quick get a little help from a company like MakeSpace. They’ll bring bins or boxes to your door and then pick them up so you can get on with your planning.

“Hosting a party is a hectic job, but with MakeSpace all excess clutter will be stored away hassle free, so the host can go about preparing for the party. Each bin/box is photo catalogued so the host will know exactly what is stored and where, and it can be delivered back whenever and wherever needed,” says Catherine Sharkey a spokesperson for MakeSpace.

 

Finding more space in your home for a party can be a simple matter of relocating your items or redirecting your guests. Don’t allow clutter to keep your friends and family from having a great time at your next holiday party.

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How to Get Distracted Kids Into Organizing

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Let’s face it, kids and organization go together like oil and water. The second something is stacked neatly or ordered systematically the fun train rolls through and undoes anything that may have been put in place.

You may never be able to have a perfect kid space or be able to interest your middle grader in alphabetizing DVDs, but you can encourage some order by making the process easier and kid-friendly. Continue reading

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Beginners Guide to Storing Wood for Winter

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Are you depending on a fire to warm your bones this season? For first timers this can be a daunting (and cold) task. Keeping wood dry and plentiful takes attention to detail and sometimes an investment in a storage space. Make sure you are prepared for your first winter by following these wood storage tips. Continue reading

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Create Room for New Toys after the Holidays

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Wrapping paper is overflowing your garbage can. Family has come and gone. You’ve burned through 5 packs of batteries and still need more. You have cut your fingers on plastic and cardboard boxes that have Barbies and action figures tethered to them.

The holiday is over, but now your children have doubled their toy arsenal and you don’t have the space for it.

Keeping a child’s bedroom or a dedicated toy room clean can feel like an impossible task to begin with. The second you clean up, the kids find a way to undo your hard work. And during the holidays a new onslaught of toys comes piling in making any existing order vanish within a day. Continue reading

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Make Your Home Welcoming to Your Guests

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Christmas is less than three weeks away and many homeowners are preparing for holiday guests. In fact, last year, AAA predicted that 94.5 million Americans would be traveling between December 21 and January 1. If you are one of the many homeowners welcoming friends and family into your home this season, there are many special things you can do to make your guests feel right at home.

Founder and Owner of Pizzigati Designs, Jenna Pizzigati-Coppola has over 12 years of experience making homeowners feel comfortable and at home. “The same principles apply for making your holiday guests feel welcome as well,” she said. Continue reading

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