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March 2019
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5 Easy Ways to Give Your Home Some Love
 

Does your home need a little love and attention? A well-kept home creates an inviting, relaxing, well-functioning environment. And maintaining a home pays off in tangible (it adds to a home's long-term value) and intangible ways (you love being in your home).

Need motivation to keep up with the upkeep and maintain that love-your-home feeling? Try this: Think about how your home would be perceived if you put it on the market to sell. That perspective can help keep your to-do list from becoming overwhelming and ultimately, expensive. So take a proactive approach now and show your home some love with these five easy tips:

Rearranging furniture for traffic flow1. Make That First Impression

When you enter a well-kept home, what do you notice? Things are neat, in good repair, and you can easily move through the house. Surfaces are clutter-free and clean. Look at your home through the same lens. Start by removing items that create visible clutter, such as too many books and old magazines, knickknacks, unnecessary throw pillows, and so on. Then tackle the bigger issues like functionality and efficient traffic flow. This may require a bit of moving things around, like the furniture and rugs.

2. Out with the Old

Give your home’s storage areas some room to breathe. Whether you have recently moved into a new home, or you’ve been living there for years, take time to sell, donate, or recycle items that no longer serve you. From expired food to outdated fashion and technology – purge your cabinets, closets, and consoles of things you don’t use. They are taking up valuable space.

Add house plants3. Green It Up

Houseplants can bring freshness to any room in your home. They can be incorporated in so many ways, including decorative pots, wall planters, and hanging globes. Fresh herbs in the kitchen can be beautiful and fragrant, as well as practical. Choose the right plant for the right space to keep maintenance at a minimum.

4. Get Ahead of the Curve

Give your home the time and care it needs. Use a home maintenance checklist and stay on top of seasonal maintenance. Regular home maintenance will add to the comfort, beauty, and efficiency of your home. And if you ever do decide to sell, keeping a well-maintained home as well as a home maintenance log both can add to your home’s value. 

5. If It’s Broke, Fix It

Tackle little repairs before they become big repairs, from squeaks and creaks to moisture and leaks. For home systems and appliances, use your home warranty for covered breakdowns.

Don’t have a home warranty? Consider purchasing a home warranty before breakdowns occur, so you’ll be ready when covered items fail.

Keep It Going

When you make these five tips part of your regular home maintenance routine, they help you keep feeling the love every day, whether your home is a place you might sell someday, or you've found your forever home. 

 
 
 
 
National Nutrition Month: Meal Prep Tips and Tricks
 

Setting aside a day to prep your meals for the week can be an excellent way to save time and money. You can alleviate overspending at the grocery store by going with a list made from your plan, and you will be less inclined to spend money on eating out. Meal prepping tends to be healthier and can help to create habits that will last a lifetime. Consider these tips when beginning your meal prep journey: 



1. Make a menu
With so many places to acquire recipes these days, it can be overwhelming, but make sure to stick with resources that adhere to your specific diet. Resources can include cookbooks (of course), Kindle Unlimited Library, websites like Pinterest, BodyBuilding.com, and MealPreponFleek.com, and a simple Google search. Then determine which meals you to need to make ahead of time. Do you want to prepare all of your meals or just lunches and snacks?

2. Keep it Simple
Sheet pan dinners are ideal for batch cooking multiple meals at one time. Using your Slow Cooker or Instant Pot is also a great way to make large batches of carbs or vegetables. Determine one or two types of protein you want during the week and cook them in large quantities that you can divide between different recipes.

3. Get BPA-free containers
Amazon offers many different container options. We recommend using BPA-free, reusable containers. It’s better to use glass or stainless steel, rather than plastic. Plastic containers may say BPA-free, but BPAs can still be released into your food when heated up in the microwave. If glass or stainless steel containers are not in your budget, BPA-free plastic containers can be okay, as long as you don’t microwave your food in them. You can also get creative with your container choices. Mason jars are cheap and make great salad containers.

4. Make it a Habit
Set aside the same time every week to do your meal prep. Adjust it as necessary so that you know you can dedicate your time to the process. When prepping for the week, the maximum that is recommended for advance prep is five days’ worth of food. Keep up to three days in the refrigerator and freeze the rest of the meals!

Start simple, and you will be amazed at how much impact even a little bit of meal prep can have!

 
 
 
   
 
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