Since COVID-19 hit the world in 2020, the way many people work has changed. Remote working was a common solution to risk of disease, and it is here to stay. Research even shows that 70% of people work remotely at least once a week. While remote working has many benefits, it also comes with challenges. Many workers often find themselves inadequately prepared for the challenges that may arise from working from home. Have you recently started working from home? Here are some common challenges you may experience and some practical ways to deal with them to boost your productivity.Read More
Whether you are a single person in an apartment, a couple just starting a family, or a family with 4 kids with all of their possessions, most of us feel we need more space in our homes. Today let’s discuss planning your space to provide more storage for your family’s needs. Here are six ways to create more space for your family to make your home more comfortable.Read More
Most of us have had a strange summer with unusual weather. What will happen this winter is anyone’s guess. For the last few years, here in central Florida, the summers are much hotter and the winters are colder. This month fall begins, and in the next few months temperatures will lower in most areas. Before winter snow and ice hits your home, you have time to quickly evaluate your home’s protection against the elements. Our homes are probably the most significant investments most of us make in our lives. Many of us have monthly mortgage payments. If you’re like me, you also know your house is your biggest debt as well as asset. Take time this month to inspect your home’s exterior for potential problems this winter. Snow storms are not the time to make repairs.
Here are 3 tips to protect your home before deep freezes hit.Read More
We officially welcome fall on September 22, 2022. I am so ready for fall and cooler days. While it is still hot here, I am already welcoming autumn emotionally with open arms. In that mood, I am sharing a new fall print, Fall Is In The Air, complete with boots of flowers and an umbrella of colorful leaves.Read More
I ‘ve been looking at my blog posts and doing a little maintenance on the blog for the last month. Those of you who follow and come by frequently know that I’ve had lots of trouble with my old newsletter plug-in. I am now doing the things in a new way which I hope will be more successful in staying in contact with you.
I must admit I’ve been also reviewing my home and trying to make small changes that make it more functional for me too. My goal is to have an organized, functional, safe, easy to maintain home that is restful, cozy, and pleasing to the eye. As I have been reading my old posts on home, I’m amazed about how often I write about it. You probably can tell that home is an important subject to me as I have been thinking and writing about home a lot since the major events of 2020. Being restricted made home even more special I think for all of us. Today I’ll do a small review of ideas and home changes that I’ve shared.Read More
Today let’s talk about easy spring decorating ideas that take just minutes and make a big impact. First, be sure you clean your windows so as the days get sunnier and green appears outside, you can enjoy it. Get dark heavy things out of the room. Pack away winter things and add a few items of decor that are cozy, comforting and reflect a spring mood. When your home comes with an architectural feature like a fireplace, that makes it easy to decorate the focal point. When you have nothing like that, it’s best to add items that give texture, add spots of color, or perhaps tie the room together. For my dining room, several years ago I added a photo ledge from Etsy on the wall behind the dining table. That gives the room a focal point. Seasonally, I often change the art on the walls to reflect the changing months. This month I started with moving my fawn print to the ledge in the dining room. A simple art print or rug addition can transform a space.Read More
If you are only using your basement for storage, you may be losing useful living space. The additional square footage from a remodel means an increased home value too. Finishing your basement to create an extra room can raise the value of your home and provide a place for renters, relatives, and guests. Finishing a basement on a budget does require some careful planning to make the space safe and pleasant to use.Read More
Most home owners have a wish list of upgrades and maintenance activity for their residence. For someone who enjoys DIY activities, there are many small projects that can upgrade the look and functionality of your home for under $500. Of course there are also bigger maintenance or upgrades that require a professional. That can mean long range planning and budgeting. Let’s look at a few ideas for inspiration: