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!

Festivus 101: How to Celebrate the Holiday for the Rest of Us

How to Celebrate Festivus

Are you tired of listening to the same Christmas songs over and over? Are you weary of commercials and ads that have a new holiday sale every week? Maybe you’ve been watching T.V. holiday specials since November 1. Perhaps you just spent Thanksgiving with all the relatives that drive you crazy and will be back again on Christmas. If you’re in need of a palette cleanser (so to speak) before Christmas and New Year’s, then it’s time to celebrate Festivus!

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5 Things You Need to Know Before Hosting a Cookie Exchange

How to Host a Christmas Cookie Exchange Party, from Homemakers

Christmas cookie exchanges are proof that this is truly is the most wonderful time of year. As a host, you’ll be busier than an elf prepping and coordinating everything for your sugar-filled extravaganza. Luckily for you, we hosted our own cookie exchange this week and wrote down all our tips afterward. Keep reading to find out how to host your own chic cookie exchange!

How to Solve Landlord and Roommate Problems

How to Solve Landlord and Roommate Problems

There are undeniable benefits to apartment living, but there are just as definitely cons. Roommate and landlord problems seem to be a reoccurring theme in many apartment living horror stories. Today, we share three true stories on the subject for all our renting veterans, current renters and soon-to-be apartment dwellers.

If you’re one of the readers who relates to these problems personally, don’t worry, we have some apartment living tips and furniture solutions just for you.