Spring Cleaning Checklist

Check off These Spring Cleaning Tasks to Refresh Your Home for Warmer Weather

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Spring is in the air. Also in the air: a winter’s worth of dust.

Welcome the warmer weather by refreshing your house with these spring cleaning tips.

The Storage Closet

The storage closet – a catch all for the discarded and forgotten. When you organize this space, you’ll bust the dust and add life to your belongings.

One item that can easily get crunched in a storage space is your artificial Christmas tree. Keep your tree in top form and save storage space with a Christmas tree storage bag. You can also organize other Christmas or holiday décor by putting stackable, labeled bins in your storage closet.

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National Library Week: The Benefits of Reading

The public library is an amazing repository of knowledge that is free to anyone. Unfortunately, it seems that with the pervasiveness of digital media and the World Wide Web, poring over hardbound and paperback reads is fast becoming a vanishing practice. To celebrate National Library Week starting this April 14, we offer some great reasons to pick up the reading habit.

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1. Boost Brainpower

Like any muscle, the brain benefits from a good workout.  Reading is an active mental process that is intellectually more demanding than watching TV or listening to the radio. By keeping your brain active, reading helps make you smarter and keep your concentration sharp as you grow older.

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Changing Your Home Décor for the Seasons

ID-100143333Decorating your home in a way that works comfortably for you and your family is one thing. Keeping it fresh and updated from season to season, though, can seem overwhelming! Just when do you bring out the cornucopias and pumpkins? How do you plan the best styles for spring? What about storing seasonal decorations for the rest of the year? Continue reading

20 Quick Home Organization Tips!

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Knowing exactly where to find your keys and coat in the morning just makes the world seem right. If you’re feeling more like the world is out of order, you’ll appreciate these 20 organizing tips.

Cords

Use a cord organizer to hide unsightly cords.

Mail

Let’s face it. American advertising knows where you live. Keep junk mail from piling up with a mail station at the entrance of your home.

Couch

One easy way to keep couch clutter down is to eliminate pillow excess. Fewer pillows mean fewer places for clutter to hide.

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Mouthwatering Grilled Cheese Recipes

Nothing says comfort food better than a mouthwatering grilled cheese sandwich. Filling tummies all around the world, this culinary classic is one of the best meals you can have after a long day at work or even during a stormy night. In celebration of National Grilled Cheese Day on April 12, we give you our favorite versions of this all-time wonder:

Barbecue Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This recipe combines three wonderful things everyone loves: grilled cheese, barbecue, and bacon. Here’s what you need to cook up this appetizing creation:

2 slices of bread
2 tablespoons of your favorite barbecue sauce
Sliced cheddar cheese
Shredded Monterey Jack cheese
5 slices of honey-cured bacon
Salted butter

1. Spread the barbecue sauce evenly on a piece of bread. Add your sliced cheddar, bacon, and Monterey Jack. Top it off with the other slice of bread.

2. Heat your skillet over medium fire. Once it’s hot enough, add your butter.

3. Place your sandwich on the skillet. Make sure it absorbs the butter. Cook for 5 minutes or until the cheese melts. Flip the sandwich and let it cook for another 4 minutes. Serve hot with a side of fries or potato chips.

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