No matter the size of your home, there just never seems to be enough closet space. Make the most out of the space you have with these tips. Downsize your inventory: Get rid of items you don’t need. Haven’t worn it recently? Not sure why you bought it in the first place? Damaged? Out of style? Toss it. Store out-of-season clothing in boxes under the bed or in a guest room closet. Match your hangers: Slim, matching hangers take up a lot less space. Plus, they look nice! Remove empty hangers, or rehang them on either end of the closet rod. Go vertical: Make use of awkward spaces by attaching hooks to walls and adding extra shelves or rods to corners. Hanging and stacking your clothes, shoes, and accessories will open up floor space and make things easier to find. One in, one out: Before you buy a new item, consider where it will go. If your closet is at capacity after decluttering, consider letting something go when you buy a new item. More
Owning a home is exciting and rewarding, but it can also be expensive.
Fortunately, there are lots of free ways to compensate for the
steadily rising cost of living.
Keep closet doors closed. Doing so will reduce the amount of square footage in
your home that you’re heating and cooling.
Shorten your dryer vent hose. A shorter, unobstructed line helps
your dryer run more efficiently, saving you money on monthly energy costs.
Lower the thermostat on your water heater. Typically, the default temperature is set at 140 degrees, but for most
households, water heated to 120 degrees is plenty hot! Be sure to check the owner’s manual before making any adjustments.
Wash clothes in cold water. This not only saves energy and money, it also saves fabrics from shrinking or fading. Worried about
getting your clothes clean? Cold water detergents use chemical reactions to tackle most stains without the need for scalding water.
Use ceiling fans when it’s cold so you don’t More
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When you recall how thoroughly public confidence was shaken during that last financial meltdown, you probably also remember how reluctant most people were to presume that Plano real estate values would rebound anytime soon. Those who saw nosediving property values as nothing less than a great buying opportunity were in the courageous minority—even though a cool-headed review of the history of home values’ ups and downs made such a conclusion pretty safe. More
Sooner or later, all children need to be warned about the fallacy of something for nothing. It’s an important lesson and a milestone. Very little ones are too young to be exposed to the idea that when they grow up, they should automatically examine the motives behind anything that seems to be offered for free. Until then, it’s one of the joys of parenthood to enjoy shielding the innocence of their kids for as long as possible. But sooner or later, for their own good, the basic lesson from the adult world has to be learned: outside the family, there’s no such thing as a free lunch. More