Wednesday, May 22, 2019 / by Amy McLeod
Having a lush green yard as a retreat is fantastic. But maintaining a yard? Easier said than mowed. So the question then becomes: How can you enjoy your backyard oasis with the minimum of effort on pruning, weeding, and anxiously hovering over every blade of grass?
Look no further than "Home Hacks," our weekly series on simplifying all aspects of home life. Since yard maintenance may be looming large over you right about now, here are some smart shortcuts to make the coming warm-weather months way easier.
1. Get your garden tools in good shape
After months in cold, damp storage, your gardening tools can likely use a spring cleaning. To shine rusty tools without elbow grease, soak them in white vinegar for 24 hours, then scrub with steel wool. Keep tools from rusting again by storing them in a bucket of builder's sand. (It really works!)
2. Water less for longer
"Instead of frequently watering your grass lightly, water it only two times per week for longer per ...
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 / by Amy McLeod
Just because you have a septic system doesn’t mean you need to be an expert on it. But the real septic experts wish you knew at least a few things. And not just for their sake, but for yours. A little knowledge can go a long way toward preventing massively expensive (and massively gross) issues down the line.
We talked with the pros who service septic systems every day to dig up the most important dirt you need to know.
1. Know how your system works (please)
“What you have in your backyard is your very own water disposal plant,” says Kim Seipp, who owns High Plans Sanitation Service, in Strasburg, CO, with her husband. “When you live in the city, [your waste] goes away and you don’t think about it. It goes to a municipal plant and all kinds of great things happen to it. With a septic system, all that happens in your backyard.”
To give you the basics, everything that goes into your tank naturally separates into three layers.
Monday, January 7, 2019 / by Amy McLeod
We're willing to bet you spend a whole lot of time in your kitchen, so odds are fairly good it's also one of the most cluttered rooms in your house. Somehow, everything that doesn't have a home (and lots of other stuff that does!) seems to end up in the same space meant for cooking.
But it's a new year, so if you've vowed to finally clean up your act—and your house—we're here to help!
If the prospect of decluttering seems overwhelming, never fear. No one said you have to tackle the whole house (or even a whole room) in one go. In this weekly guide on Home Organization Made Easy, we break down this monumental task into easy, bite-size projects. Each article will tackle a particular room (starting with your kitchen), then break it down further into manageable jobs that can fit any time window you have handy. Here's how to get organized in the new year whether you've got 15 minutes—or a few hours—to spare.
Got 15 minutes?
Fifteen minutes may no ...
Wednesday, September 5, 2018 / by Amy McLeod
Appliances are designed to make your life easier, but having to repair or replace one prematurely can put a major strain on your wallet. Sure, they undergo daily wear and tear, but appliances are expected to weather years of use.
But did you know that you could be shortening the life span of your appliances without even trying? That's right. Whether it's negligence or improper use, how you treat your appliances could lead to an expensive repair—or needing to replace them sooner than you should.
Let's look at the ways you may be inadvertently damaging four common appliances—so you can stop doing so immediately!
The refrigerator is one of the hardest-working appliances in your home, since it’s operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week. However, without proper maintenance, it has to work a lot harder, which means it’s not operating efficiently. That will ultimately hurt its chances of lasting as long as it's suppo ...
Monday, August 27, 2018 / by Amy McLeod
One of the hardest choices you'll have to make during a kitchen remodel is what kind of cabinets to get. After all, this is where all your dishes and more get stored, so whatever you choose must suit your needs and tastes, and fit the space and your budget.
In this latest installment of our Dream Kitchen Remodeling Guide, we'll lay out all your options, as well as the pros, cons, and costs. Here's what to consider in order to identify the right kitchen cabinets for you.
Off the shelf or custom-made?
Cabinets come in three different categories. Which one you go with will largely depend on how much space you have, as well as your budget.
1. Stock cabinets: You can buy these cabinets right off the shelf at a big-box store such as Ikea.
Cost: $60 to $200 per linear foot
Pros: Theyre the value-minded choice, says Nancy Vayo, senior interior design leader for Ikea North America.