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What to do When Your House is Looking Tired

If your house is starting to look a little worn around the edges, then it might be time to make some changes.  Don’t allow it to continue falling into disrepair, now’s the time to jump into action and start sprucing! Here are a few simple ideas for what to do when your house is looking a little tired.

Here are some things you can do to spruce up a home that's looking a little tired or worn out!

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Pinpoint the Trouble Spots

First of all, you need to pinpoint the areas that could use some work. Before you get started with any renovation projects, you need to figure out exactly what you dislike about the current state of your home.

Go from room to room and make a list of things that need some help. Are the baseboards in rough shape? Would a fresh coat of paint make all the difference? Once you start jotting down the issues that are bothering you, you might find that the task before you isn’t quite as overwhelming as you imagined.

Sometimes, a full-scale renovation isn’t necessary to breathe new life into a tired house. Your house might simply require a few small changes that can make a massive difference.

But if you’re feeling liking you’re living in a “Love it or List it” scenario, it might be time to see what else is out there.

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How to Prepare for Moving Abroad

Tips for how to prepare for moving abroad

I’ve been doing some journaling and deep thinking lately about what kind of adventures I want to have in my life. And something that keeps popping into my head is moving the family abroad for a year!  But the thought of moving abroad feels totally scary and a little crazy too!  What is there to expect and prepare for? Maybe you are in a similar position and are contemplating moving abroad one day, to a country you’ve already visited or to somewhere new. So here are a few tips I’ve found to help us all out!

Tips for how to prepare for moving abroad

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Preparation

The key to success is to be prepared!

Here is a basic list of things that anyone considering moving abroad should think about before making a final decision.

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20 Super Cute Repurposed T-Shirt DIYs

20 super cute repurposed t-shirt diys! Upcycle your old tees into home decor, adorable accessories and practical baby items. Repurposed t-shirt diys are a great way to practice zero waste and make use of clothes that still have a little life left in them!

Recently I’ve been doing some research on textile recycling. I’m continually trying to make zero-waste decisions in my life and figuring out what to do with old clothes and linens is one of them. The statistics about how many textiles end up in landfills are fairly appalling. 🙁 Most of us have a few sad or too-small t-shirts stuffed into the backs of our dressers. So rather than send them to the landfill or have to part with sentimental items, I’ve rounded up 20 repurposed t-shirt DIYs. So we can craft our way to a happier planet!

20 super cute repurposed t-shirt diys! Upcycle your old tees into home decor, adorable accessories and practical baby items. Repurposed t-shirt diys are a great way to practice zero waste and make use of clothes that still have a little life left in them!

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Some of these projects would be great ways to save t-shirts that have meaning to you but that you don’t wear anymore. Like concert tees, or the t-shirts from your camp counsellor days.

I love these repurposed t-shirt DIYs because A. they keep some textiles out of the landfill and B. they are super frugal.

It’s too easy to run out to the mall or go online and give in to consumerism culture. Gone are the days of making the most of what we already have.

I’m on a bit of a personal journey towards minimalism and simplifying and I’m at the stage where I’m physically stopping myself from engaging in retail therapy to sooth my complex emotions. I really don’t have the money or the space for that nonsense anymore. Maybe you don’t either. So let’s do this together. Finding ways to re-love the belongings we already have and saving money to pursue the dreams that really matter. One t-shirt at a time!

Ok, enough about me. Here’s the roundup!

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How to Keep Your Home Cool in the Summer

11 Tips for keeping your home cool in the summer and increase your energy efficiency!

This seems like a weird topic for me because it’s mid-May now and we actually just had hail last week. :O BUT, it is predicted that this summer will be the hottest on record. Last summer was pretty brutal, the humidity was out of control. (Seriously. My crown moulding buckled!)  So I want to plan ahead a little and prep for this summer’s heat wave extravaganza.  Standing around and complaining about what a scorcher it is might be fun, but it’s not going to make my home any cooler.  The tips below, however, are going to do a much better job of that.

11 Tips for keeping your home cool in the summer and increase your energy efficiency!

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Cut the clutter

You might love having a cozy home full of soft furnishings everywhere, but when the heat starts to settle in, all that softness can be as much of a pain as it is a comfort. During the summer, it’s better to switch out your cozy style for something a more minimalist. Not only is it going to help cool air circulate around the room a lot cooler and stop those soft furnishings from retaining more heat, but it’s also going to make it easier to clean.

You don’t want to spend the hottest days of the year cleaning around the home. Cutting the clutter can reduce the buildup of dust and dirt, making it a much quicker job. Who doesn’t want that?!

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Causes of Property Damage and How to Manage Them

We are getting our house ready to hit the market in the next month or so! We’ve bought our land and we’re waiting on the building permits to get started on our dream house. We couldn’t be happier. But there’s a lot of work that goes into getting a house ready to sell. Here are a few things to consider to help keep your house in tip top shape!

Some causes of property damage and the measures you can take to try to avoid them.

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Wind Damage

The most common source of property damage is actually wind related. Wind can uproot trees and it can also damage your roof. We’ve had a couple big wind storms this spring and we’ve seen the wind lifting the roof shingles on the house across the street!

So keep your nearby trees pruned, especially any long reaching limbs that might fall on your vehicle, fence or shed.

Check your roof regularly and inspect the ground for any evidence that shingles have blown off. You’ll want to keep your roof in good shape to prevent any leaks from sneaking into your home!

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