The Comprehensive Guide to “Winterizing” Your Home

Tips on Winterizing Your Home

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! ‘Tis the season for making snow angels, ice skating, sledding, drinking hot chocolate and spending cozy nights by the fireside. Now if reading that sentence fills you with an impending sense of dread and all you can think is ‘Wait, I’m not ready! I have so much to do!” fear not. Although winter seemed a little late this year, it is upon us now and it’s time to take steps to prepare your home for the time of snow and ice. Ideally, you would have your house prepared before the first freeze of the season, but we all have lives to lead and sometimes forget about the patio furniture and that drafty window upstairs.

Below, we compiled a comprehensive list of ways to prepare your home for cold weather.

How to Clean Your Area Rug (No Matter the Material!)

Area Rug Cleaning Tips for Every Material

Vacuuming or shaking out an area rug is probably a pretty easy chore on your cleaning list. It feels pretty good to see all the dust float off or get sucked up in the vacuum. However, that’s not necessarily enough to get your rug really clean. Area rugs experience some of the most wear and tear of any piece in a home between pets, kids, foot traffic, dirt, snow and even sunshine.

We’ve mapped out the best ways to scrub down your rug based on the material it’s made of and put together a list of tips for spot cleaning common stains. Before you do any kind of clean, check the rug’s care instructions. If it is dry-clean only, take it to a professional!

4 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home (That You’ll Easily Keep!)

4 New Year's Resolutions For Your Home

Ahhh, 2017 will soon be upon us. This is when you’ll sit down and draw up a list of everything you are definitely-for-sure-100-percent going to accomplish in order to become a more accomplished person, like finally becoming a dedicated yogi or growing award-winning parsley in the backyard. That’s great, we applaud you for committing to your hobbies or health! But what about your home?

If you are an apartment dweller, renter or homeowner, there are probably some projects you can pick up that will make your home cleaner, updated or just plain safer. We’ve put together some common New Year’s home resolutions with suggestions on achieving and then maintaining these changes through the next year.

#HouseGoals: 3 Smart Changes Grown-up Homeowners Make

Big Homeowner Changes

You are constantly evolving as a homeowner. In fact, changes are a way of life. You may not have had kids or pets when you moved into your home or you may no longer like the bright yellow couch that (you thought) was super trendy 10 years ago. Maybe you’re tired of buying inexpensive furniture only to have to replace it every couple of years when it falls apart. But now your family may be growing or maybe you’re just tired of mismatched furniture. It’s time to graduate from new homeowner to a homeowner with an established style.

How to Organize your Garage

how to organize your garage, garage organizing tips, garage storage ideas

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a renter or homeowner in possession of a garage must be in want of garage organizing tips and garage storage ideas—or so we’d imagine Jane Austen would tell us if she were alive today. The fact of the matter is a little less flowery—your garage needs help. It doesn’t matter whether you have a cozy one-car garage or a truly outrageous amount of space; if you have a garage of any size, there’s a very good chance you could use a few tips on how to organize your garage.