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Merging Magic: Your Guide to Combining Households After Marriage

Merging Magic: Your Guide to Combining Households After Marriage

You’ve tied the knot or are thinking about taking your relationship to the next level and it’s time to tackle something equally big: moving in together. Mixing all your stuff and feelings into one place is a huge step. If you thought all you had to do when combining...

Clever Storage Ideas for Small Apartments

Clever Storage Ideas for Small Apartments

When apartment hunting, it’s easy to be blown away by an apartment’s pool view, central location and awesome amenities and neglect to think about where you’ll store all your stuff once you move in. However, overlooking available storage can be a regrettable mistake....

Back-to-School Storage and Organization Tips for College Students

Back-to-School Storage and Organization Tips for College Students

Starting college is an exciting adventure full of learning opportunities — and not just the academic kind. One of the first challenges you’ll face? Figuring out how to maximize storage in your tiny dorm room. As recent Babson College graduate, Brett Bogner,...

Can You Live in a Self-Storage Unit? No You Can’t, Here’s Why

Can You Live in a Self-Storage Unit? No You Can’t, Here’s Why

Some people enduring homelessness are easy to spot, but many—perhaps most—are not. They’re living with friends and families, in their cars or in shelters. For some faced with housing insecurity, the idea of living in a self-storage unit may seem like a viable option....

How to Store Your Outdoor Patio Cushions

How to Store Your Outdoor Patio Cushions

Whether you're protecting your outdoor cushions from chilly winter weather or you want to keep them from being damaged by the summer sun, knowing how to store your cushions is essential. Proper storage will enhance the value of your patio furniture and won't add much...

How to Winterize Your Above Ground Pool

How to Winterize Your Above Ground Pool

The warm weather is rapidly subsiding, and the swimming season is drawing to a close. Before the onset of frost, you need to take steps to protect your above-ground pool. Wondering how to winterize your above-ground pool without draining the water? We’re covering the...

Tiny House Storage Ideas to Maximize Space

Tiny House Storage Ideas to Maximize Space

Considering transitioning into a tiny home? If so, this can definitely be a major lifestyle change for people accustomed to life in a home with average floor space. One of the most challenging aspects of the change is making do with the space you have and having...

Best Places to Raise a Family on the West Coast

Best Places to Raise a Family on the West Coast

The West Coast is one of the best places to raise a family. It has the perfect weather, the best schools, and plenty of outdoor activities for kids. In this article, we will explore three cities on the West Coast that are ideal spots for families with children. The...

How to Turn Your Spare Room into a Nursery

How to Turn Your Spare Room into a Nursery

Preparing for the arrival of a new baby is exciting. But it also requires a lot of hard work. You want to make sure that your space is ready for your new family member, meaning a comfortable, clean baby-proof area. If you have a spare bedroom, you may be wanting to...

5 Signs It’s Time to Ditch the Roommates

5 Signs It’s Time to Ditch the Roommates

All kinds of beloved TV series showcase the roommate life going swimmingly and everyone becoming best friends. But, in reality, that isn't always how it works. In fact, living together can go so far as tearing best friends apart! There comes a time in almost...

The 5 Best RVs For Full-Time Living

The 5 Best RVs For Full-Time Living

There’s a nomad living in all of us, so why not make a change, ditch the house, and hit the open road? RV living has become a phenomenon with tons of benefits compared to the stress of being a traditional homeowner. In fact, over 1 million people live in RVs...

Before You Buy an RV, Read This First

Before You Buy an RV, Read This First

Have you ever passed an RV with a smiling driver and thought, “One day, that’ll be me?” If so, you’re not the only one itching to hit the road in a Winnebago. In a recent SpareFoot survey on leisure vehicles, 42% of respondents said they’d buy an RV or mobile camper...

Parents Reveal The Most Popular Hiding Spaces For Christmas Gifts

Parents Reveal The Most Popular Hiding Spaces For Christmas Gifts

Santa has his workshop where he can keep his gifts until the big day. But for smart Santas in the real world who start their holiday shopping early, we’re left with the question of where to hide the gifts so that our secrets aren’t inadvertently revealed. SpareFoot...

4 Most Overlooked RV Repairs

4 Most Overlooked RV Repairs

If you are an RV owner, you understand that it is a significant investment. You spent a lot of money to own that RV so you would think most owners would do everything they can to make sure your RV is in good shape. Unfortunately, many RV owners let routine maintenance...

How to Make Room For an At-Home Art Studio

How to Make Room For an At-Home Art Studio

In this odd, socially distanced era, having a creative space at home is really important. Research shows that engaging in creative activities lowers cortisol levels, which helps reduce stress, while also triggering the reward center of your brain. Who doesn’t need a...

Everything You Need to Know About Buying Second-Hand Furniture

Everything You Need to Know About Buying Second-Hand Furniture

Updated November 21, 2022 For some reason, once I graduated college, I got it into my head that I was no longer allowed to buy used furniture. Second-hand furniture was something only college kids bought on Craigslist, not working, burgeoning young adults! How wrong I...

How to Get the Most Out of Living in a Studio Apartment

How to Get the Most Out of Living in a Studio Apartment

Living in a studio apartment can make you get quite creative when maximizing small spaces. That’s because you have to make one room feel like many. Luckily, that’s not an impossible task and a lot of the advice you find for larger places — such as multipurpose...

Need a Place to Get Away? 10 Tips to Create Your Own “She Shed”

Need a Place to Get Away? 10 Tips to Create Your Own “She Shed”

Updated: November 21, 2022 That decrepit storage shed in your back yard could very well be your new favorite place to unwind, get creative or escape from the world. More women are turning to backyard sheds, dubbed “She Sheds,” to create space away from the home to...

14 Easy Ways to Make a Small Room Look Bigger

14 Easy Ways to Make a Small Room Look Bigger

Small spaces are becoming more common now whether we want it or not. Thanks to an increasing push towards cities, limited space, and a generation trending towards renting rather than owning, we're living in tighter quarters than we grew up in. Sometimes, small means...

Storage Hacks That Make Back-To-School Time a Breeze

Storage Hacks That Make Back-To-School Time a Breeze

Where’s my library book? Is today P.E? I need my permission slip signed. Sound familiar? Getting out the door for school can feel like a marathon if you aren’t properly organized. The key to a smooth departure? The right kind of storage. Here’s a zone-by-zone look at...

8 Rules For Sharing a Closet With Your Significant Other

8 Rules For Sharing a Closet With Your Significant Other

Closet organizing is always a challenge, but when you share the space with your partner it can truly give new meaning to the term "main squeeze." That's a relationship snag for many couples. A new SpareFoot survey of 18 to 34-year-olds found 82 percent of couples...

9 Things to Know Before You Buy a Home With a Pool

9 Things to Know Before You Buy a Home With a Pool

If a house with a pool is a "must have" on your next home's requirements list, you're probably envisioning pool parties, backyard barbecues and floating on an air mattress night and day. However, having your own backyard sanctuary isn't all sunshine and pool noodles....

7 Reasons You Should Move From an Apartment to a House

7 Reasons You Should Move From an Apartment to a House

Apartment living has its perks. Cleaning gutters, cutting the lawn, shoveling snow and trimming bushes does not exist. At the same time, living in an apartment can be inconvenient depending on where are you in life right now. Before you decide to end the lease on an...

5 Ways to Turn Any Room in Your Home into a Productive Working Space

5 Ways to Turn Any Room in Your Home into a Productive Working Space

You love working from home. However, your workspace is proving less than ideal. Maybe you work at the kitchen or dining room table or find yourself ensconced on the couch. Then again, maybe your home office contains uncomfortable furnishings or a disturbing color...

You Just Inherited All of Your Parents’ Stuff, Now What?

You Just Inherited All of Your Parents’ Stuff, Now What?

Back in February, Richard Eisenberg wrote a piece for Next Avenue titled, "Sorry, Nobody Wants Your Parents’ Stuff." While the post generated a mix of passionate responses, the message behind the article was still sadly relatable; we end up with a lot of stuff from...

6 Tips For Making Big Money Renting Your Home

6 Tips For Making Big Money Renting Your Home

This might sound too good to be true, but there's an IRS loophole that allows you to use your house to rake in cash without paying income tax on the money. If you strategize, your house can become a cash cow. These riches lie in an IRS home rental rule known as...

10 Things to Know About Living in an RV Full-Time

10 Things to Know About Living in an RV Full-Time

Laura Nunemaker and Kevin Miller spent one of their first nights as full-time RVers camped in a Walmart parking lot in Brunswick GA, on Thanksgiving weekend 2016. They'd hit the road in their 2003 Winnebago Adventurer, a 35-foot Class A motorhome, after selling their...

23 Things to Do to Prepare Your Home For Airbnb Guests

23 Things to Do to Prepare Your Home For Airbnb Guests

Are you interested in making some extra money by renting out a spare room or perhaps your whole house or apartment? Have you considered listing your place on Airbnb? More than 200 million people have stayed in an Airbnb since the company was founded in 2008 and it’s...

10 Rituals For Moving to a New House From Around the World

10 Rituals For Moving to a New House From Around the World

Moving is a major life event, and a lot can go wrong. That's why countries and cultures around the world rely on rituals to increase the odds of a lucky start in a new home. Here are 10 moving traditions and superstitions from around the world: Pick a Lucky Moving Day...

9 Places In Your Home That Get Taken Over By Pet Hair

9 Places In Your Home That Get Taken Over By Pet Hair

Unless you have a hairless cat or a non-allergenic breed of dog, there's no escaping floating pet hair in your home. Fur and hair even works its way into appliances and electronics and can also affect indoor air quality. Pet hair doesn't have to take over your life,...

10 Smart Ways to Organize Your Kitchen for Meal Prep

10 Smart Ways to Organize Your Kitchen for Meal Prep

Meal prep doesn’t just help you save time and money — it can also lead to smarter, healthier eating habits. “If you have healthy foods at the ready, you’re more likely to opt for these over takeout or snacking through a meal,” says Amy Gorin, MS, RDN, and owner of Amy...

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