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Dear Clutter: Quit Cramping My Style

Friday, 27 March 2015 11:17
How does the old saying go? "You don't know what you have until it's gone?" While this expression is traditionally tied to past loves or simpler days, it has arguably become the bane of my existence, hopping from one Grand Rapids rental property to the next. Read more...

Get Planting!

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 00:00
Itching to dig your fingers in the garden, even though there's a foot of snow on the ground? Read more...

Kids and Toys: Make Room, With Meaning

Thursday, 18 December 2014 00:00
If you have small children, you may already be stressed about the inevitable flux of new toys that will make their way into your home. Making space before they arrive could make things less overwhelming. Carolyn TenBrink, a Cannonsburg Elementary first-grade teacher and mother of three, shares her favorite tip. Read more...

It’s the Most Clutterful Time of the Year

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 06:54
Most women wouldn't argue the fact that the holiday season is amongst the most stressful, most cluttered times of the year. Following their first shift (work) and second shift (family and home responsibilities), the holidays could easily feel like a third shift. How could you feel more in control—and enjoy more of what's wonderful about the season? Organization helps. Read more...

Deck the Halls and Give Your Extras

Thursday, 04 December 2014 00:00
With the early wintry weather, it's been easy to get into the holiday spirit and decorate for winter festivities. As we unpack those totes of garland, lights, and other décor, the amount of decorations we've collected over the years may seem a bit overwhelming. Read more...
"Mommy, my friends keep asking me why my brothers' names are painted on my bedroom wall. When can we make my room MY room?" Read more...

Home Spaces: Why Didn’t I Think of That?

Friday, 14 November 2014 00:00
Homes are many things to us: A haven when we need respite, a venue to entertain friends, a welcoming place filled with love for our family. Living in that space day in and day out, it's easy to get used to things as they are. But innovations abound—and these creative ideas helped families get more out of the space they call home. Read more...

Beyond Mums: Fall Container Gardening

Wednesday, 03 September 2014 12:16
After Labor Day weekend, the annuals you so lovingly cared for this summer are probably getting a bit straggly. It might hurt a little to pull them out, but go ahead and get rid of them. After the bright, cheerful hues of summer, it's time for the deep, vibrant shades of fall. Read more...
This summer's frequent rain has made my grass lush, my flowers radiant, and my vegetable garden a sight to behold. Unfortunately, the rain has also led to a bumper crop of mosquitoes, to the point that I can barely stand to be outside long enough to survey my beautiful lawn. Short of bathing in DEET and hoping that it won't mutate my DNA, I'm not exactly sure how to fight this battle. Even long sleeves and pants don't seem to work; they bite right through them! Read more...
More homes sell in the spring and summer than any other time of year. With so many potential buyers looking right now, it's important to ensure your home stands above the rest. Making a great first impression is critical: Potential buyers don't allow for do-overs or second chances. Read more...

 

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