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Bring Your Dreams to Life With a Vision Board

Bring Your Dreams to Life With a Vision Board

Bring your dreams to life with a vision board. A vision board is a great way to transform your dreams into reality. When you constantly see your aspirations in front of you, it’s a reminder of what you will achieve with all your hard work. 

A vision board can show the goals you have for your work, personal life or health. 

Even if arts and crafts aren’t your jam, there are some steps you can take to visualize your dreams without breaking out the scissors and glue. Choose a medium, then follow these tips to craft your vision board and bring your dreams to life! 

Create your vision board from magazines, photos or hand written text. You can create a digital vision board if that works better for you.

Put the vision board somewhere you spend a lot of time...

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How to Make Your Gutters Last as Long as Possible

Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros about your gutters.

Make your gutters last as long as you possibly can by taking care of them.
Image: Clean Sweep

Whenever you make an investment inside or outside of your home, you want to ensure that it lasts as long as possible. This is especially true when installing devices that help to protect the structural integrity and safety of the rest of your home, like gutters.

Your roof gutters help to protect your home from water damage caused by rain. They reduce the likelihood of mold growth on the side of your home. How can you ensure that your gutters last as long as possible?

Have Your Gutters Professionally Cleaned

Your gutters should be debris-free throughout the year. Clogged gutters are one of the most common causes of basement flooding in the country...

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June Gardening Tips and Tasks

Thanks to University of Maryland College of Agricultural and Natural Resources for sharing this informative article about gardening.

Gardening tips for Maryland in June

Outdoor Yard and Gardening Tips

  • Cut iris flower stalks down to the crown when they are finished blooming. Leave the foliage alone. If your iris are over-crowded after flowering lift and divide them. Check rhizomes for iris borer. 

  • Practice IPM(Integrated Pest Management)in your landscape. Do not spray your trees and shrubs preventively. This kills the predators and parasitoids that are helping to keep destructive pests under control.

  • Water newly planted trees and shrubs until they become established (for about 2 years), especially in the summer and fall...
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Quick organizing jobs around the house

Thanks to Cindy Bernstein of Aim4Order for this episode of Tips from the Pros with some easy organizing jobs around the house.

You don’t have to do these quick organizing jobs all at once. Break things down into smaller tasks that are easier. Here is a list of some of the jobs that will take about a half hour or less to get you started.

Organize the kitchen junk drawer

We all have a drawer where we put things that don’t logically go anywhere else. The drawer can become overstuffed and that makes it difficult to find anything. Donate or trash things you never use or don’t really need. You’ll have more space for the things you want to keep.

Downsize your DVDs/CDs

Do you still use DVDs and CDs? Or do you watch everything on Netflix and listen to streaming musi...

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3 Signs You Should Upgrade Your HVAC System

Why you should upgrade your HVAC system
Image courtesy of Clean Sweep.

Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros about why you should upgrade your HVAC system.

Why Upgrade Your HVAC

Warmer weather is here, and many homeowners are kicking air conditioning systems on for the first time. Then they find that the cool air they want to come out isn’t so cold.

Spring is a great time to upgrade your HVAC system and replace it with something new. Another option is to have Clean Sweep come clean your air ducts for maximum efficiency. When should you consider upgrading what you have?

1. Energy Bills Increasing

One of the earliest signs of ducts that need to be cleaned or an HVAC unit that needs to be replaced is gradually increasing energy bills...

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Boost your home pool safety

Thanks to Tom Benisch of State Farm for this episode of Tips from the Pros on pool safety.

Dreaming of a more leisurely, escape-worthy backyard? For many, that dream includes a swimming pool — either above-ground or in-ground — or a hot tub. Plenty of American homeowners already live that dream every day.

There are approximately 10 million swimming pools in the country, according to the National Swimming Pool Foundation. And, there are about 7 million hot tubs. (Those statistics don’t include the number of portable pools.)

Swimming pools come with risks. Seventy-four percent of drowning deaths of children younger than 15 occur at a home. It’s estimated that a child dies every five days in a portable pool in the United States.

That’s why any pool — portable, abov...

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Organized Job Search

Looking for a new job? Thanks to Cindy Bernstein of Aim4Order for this episode of Tips from the Pros with help on how an organized job search will.

An organized job search will get you employed faster.
An organized job search will help you find employment more quickly.

Looking for a job is a job in itself. An organized job search ensures you are spending your time wisely as you look.

Set up a space

Whether you have a home office or the corner of the kitchen table, setting up a space for your job search is important. Everything you need will be kept in the space.

Materials

A computer, printer or at least a mobile device is a must to get started. A lot of applications are online these days. Sites like Career Builder, Monster or Indeedlet you apply for jobs from home...

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3 Surprising Things That Affect Curb Appeal

Adding curb appeal will help sell your home faster.
Curb appeal is an important aspect of selling your home.

Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros about curb appeal.

One of the most critical parts of a house is evaluated before the car is put in park—the exterior. Investing in curb appeal is an excellent decision, as it ensures the home makes a great first impression and has been shown to recoup the most value of almost any project.

The Surprising Things That Could Be Affecting Curb Appeal

  1. Damaged Shingles or Roofing:
    Slate roofing is stunning, and it adds a great deal of value to the home. It can easily last for over 100 years and withstand all of the elements roofs are exposed to in Maryland. However, slate roofs are also damaged easily by a homeowner walking on top of them or hail...
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A checklist for spring organizing

Start your spring organizing now and then relax…

Thanks to Cindy Bernstein of Aim4Order for this episode of Tips from the Pros with a checklist for spring organizing.

Spring is finally here and I’ve created a checklist of things to do to get rid of the clutter around the house. Some things might have to wait – like putting away the winter boots and coats – until the weather gets a little warmer. The less clutter you have, the less time you spend looking for lost items and the more time you have to spend with your family and friends.

Entryway

  • Put away winter mittens, snow boots, hats and coats you won’t need any more.
  • Make sure you have enough space in the closet for everything. If not, add a shelf or hooks.
  • If you have a cabinet or drawers in your entry, go through ...
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The Importance of a Chimney Cap

Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros about chimney caps.

Chimney caps are a relatively small and inexpensive thing to install, but they play a vital role in the safety of your home and chimney. The small piece of metal installed at the top of your chimney prevents numerous potential mishaps from occurring, including animals entering your home and excess moisture accumulating.

Chimney cap. Image: Courtesy of Clean Sweep.

Keep Critters Outside

During the colder months, animals spending time on your roof or near your gutters will sense the warmth from your chimney when you have a fire lit. As a result, the critters will make nests close to or inside of the chimney flue...

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