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Stress-busting speed-cleaning tips for the holidays

Its no secret the holiday season can be one of the busiest and most stressful times of the year. What is one of the biggest sources of stress? Its cleaning on a deadline, especially while guests are on their way.But with the right plan in place, even last-minute pre-entertainment cleaning can be efficient and stress-free, says Debra Johnson, Merry Maids home cleaning expert.In an online survey conducted this spring by Toluna, more than half of respondents admitted that most of... read more
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How to avoid cold weather woes

As sweater season knocks on the door, its time to prepare for the brisk temperatures ahead. This winter, keep your home, health and well-being top of mind with these simple tips to avoid cold weather woes.Winterize your porchInstall plexiglass panels to keep the cold weather out, allowing you to host friends and family, protect your furniture from snowfall...
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Winterize your home now for comfort all throughout winter

While temperatures across the country are still mild, major snow fall in some parts of the country has given some Americans a bitter taste of what to expect this winter. Depending on where you live, winter may mean cooler, rainy days or lake-effect snow with four feet of the white stuff at your door.Every fall, homeowners across the...
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Increase kitchen efficiency with ease

As the holiday season approaches and the calendar begins to populate, its important not to allow the stress of entertaining large groups to become a burden. Below are four tips to help organize a kitchen and host with ease, creating a functional space for family and friends to enjoy.Plan in advance Set aside time early in the week...
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The sound of silence: How to design a quiet home office

In todays increasingly digital world, its no surprise that more employees are opting to work from home. While there may be a shift of physical locations — from the office building to the home — productivity is still paramount, making the need for quiet home workspaces more important than ever.As urbanization continues, builders and developers are focused on...
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