spring cleaning http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/9056/all en-US Get Your Closet Ready for Summer With These 5 Hacks http://www.wisebread.com/get-your-closet-ready-for-summer-with-these-5-hacks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/get-your-closet-ready-for-summer-with-these-5-hacks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000060441368_Large.jpg" alt="getting her closet ready for summer" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Summer is on the horizon. But before you escape to the lake, you'll need to swap out your wooly hats and fleece vests for light knits and breathable cotton. The wardrobe shuffle from winter to summer clothing can be a nuisance, but it also presents an opportunity to start out the new season in unwrinkled fashion &mdash; literally. Here's are the most efficient ways to get your closet fit and summer-ready.</p> <h2>1. Cleanse Your Closet of Undesirables</h2> <p>Time to get rid of what you don't wear. If you didn't wear it this season, there's no need to carry it over into next year. Sure, there's a <em>chance </em>that three years from now you'll find an occasion that's absolutely made for that ribbed turtleneck sweater. But get rid of it anyway. (It's been three years!)</p> <p>Now that you've sorted out your wardrobe rejects, consider how to make best use of them. Here are some ideas: Gift them to friends who appreciate your style, sell them through an online consignment shop, such as <a href="https://www.thredup.com/p/cleanout">thredUP</a>, or donate them to a charitable organization near you, such as Goodwill or The Salvation Army. Don't forget that you can claim any charitable giving on your taxes, so be sure to keep records of any donations.</p> <h2>2. Store Unseasonable Apparel</h2> <p>Now that you've purged the unwanteds, gather and neatly fold all your out-of-season clothing &mdash; corduroy, sweaters, boots, wool scarves, long johns, etc. &mdash; and place them in whatever storage space you have available. That space might be in the attic or a trunk at the foot of your bed. Or maybe your closet is equipped with ample shelving for storage. If you're coming up short on space, consider lofting your bed or raising it on risers and then using this created <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003UHYTZ2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003UHYTZ2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=6WAEXHZVOOP4VFRW">under-the-bed space</a> to store clothing in <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002BA5F52/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B002BA5F52&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=OOICHMW4P337HU4Z">sealed containers</a>.</p> <h2>3. Create Extra Hanging Space</h2> <p>Affix hooks and hanging rods on the inside of your closet door as well as your closet's back and side walls. In addition to clothing, these extra hanging spaces will make nice homes for your giant straw hats and beach bags. Hang your most-used items on those hooks and rods that are most easily accessible. Save the once-in-a-blue-moon wears for the hidden hangers in hard-to-reach places.</p> <h2>4. Double Your Real Estate</h2> <p>If the few extra hooks and rods you've added just aren't cutting it, consider investing in an <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004ZVN75U/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004ZVN75U&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=ESGMWZ7C5OIWRMRR">adjustable extender rod</a>. Not only will it double your hanging space, but it will also give you an easy way to separate tops and bottoms &mdash; helping to keep your threads organized.</p> <h2>5. Invest in Shelf Dividers</h2> <p>Tis the season of t-shirts and tank tops &mdash; items that are notorious for gobbling up hanging space. But the thing is, these easy, breezy summer wears don't need to be hung. You can keep most tanks and tees wrinkle-free by storing them in neatly folded stacks. To keep these stacks organized, you're going to need a set of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0189MNK3Y/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0189MNK3Y&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=M2UUZXDFGS7B4M3W">shelf dividers</a>. Store your least-used tops at the bottom of each pile. Place your go-to gear on top.</p> <p><em>What are some other ways to get your closet in tip-top shape? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-your-closet-ready-for-summer-with-these-5-hacks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-in-your-closet-you-can-throw-out-today">15 Things in Your Closet You Can Throw Out Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-prepare-for-spring-cleaning">7 Ways to Prepare for Spring Cleaning</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-reuse-clothes-that-no-longer-fit">7 Ways to Reuse Clothes That No Longer Fit</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clutter-free-the-zero-accumulation-household">Clutter-Free: The Zero-Accumulation Household</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-declutter-and-keep-your-stuff-too">This Is How You Declutter and Keep Your Stuff, Too</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Organization clean closet cleaning hacks closet clutter organization hacks spring cleaning Fri, 20 May 2016 09:00:04 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1713535 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Ways to Spring Clean Your Career http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-spring-clean-your-career <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-ways-to-spring-clean-your-career" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000081453541_Large.jpg" alt="spring cleaning her career" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It turns out, <a href="http://www.cleaninginstitute.org/spring_cleaning_survey_reveals_consumers_dirty_little_secrets/">72% of U.S. households</a> spring clean every year. The annual ritual of tidying up your home is a healthy habit that improves your way of life, increases your productivity, and provides you with a serious self-esteem boost.</p> <p>Just like you take care of your home each spring, take this time to spruce up your career to make the very best out of it. Here are the eight moves to spring clean your career.</p> <h2>1. Search Your Name on the Web</h2> <p>According to Google, its users do <a href="http://searchengineland.com/google-1-trillion-searches-per-year-212940">100 billion searches per month</a>, which adds up to about 1.2 trillion searches per year. What's even more surprising is that it has been estimated that <a href="http://www.slideshare.net/jennifermcclure/hiring-onboarding-done-right-nky-chambernkyshrm-7-24-2012/17-CAREERS_SITE_the_hub_30">30% of searches on Google</a> are job-related.</p> <p>What are those people searching for <em>your </em>name finding? Hopefully, it's important websites, publications, or projects that can help you land your next position, or land a promotion. Find out what is currently available under your name so that you can be prepared for questions about those search results, ask not to be mentioned in undesirable places, and build up your online presence. Besides Google, search your name on other search engines, including Yahoo and Bing.</p> <h2>2. Buy Your Name as a Domain</h2> <p>An effective way to establish a hub for your online presence is to purchase your own domain name. Take me as an example. If you look for &quot;Damian Davila&quot; you will find two main individuals: a talented drummer/photographer, and an experienced personal finance writer. While I enjoy the surf photographs of my doppelgänger, I want to make sure that people learn more about my writing when looking up my name. That is why I bought my own domain name, DamianDavila.com and plan to use it to showcase my writing portfolio.</p> <p>Owning your own domain name allows you stand out from the crowd, particularly when you have a very popular name. Keep in mind that it may take some time to be able to buy your domain name &mdash; in my case it took two long years until it became available!</p> <h2>3. Clean Up Your Social Media Accounts</h2> <p>Speaking of search results and websites, you'll notice that social media accounts rank heavily on all search engines. For example, when looking up my name on Google, three out of the nine results from the first page are links to social media accounts.</p> <p>While you may think that your private business is for your eyes only, be aware that <a href="http://thehiringsite.careerbuilder.com/2015/05/14/employers-checking-candidates-social-media/">35% of employers</a> who screen via social networks have requested to become a friend or follow candidates who have private accounts. Depending on the details on the position that you're applying for, your potential employer may have a valid concern for your online activity. Don't let an <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-stop-doing-on-social-media-by-30">inappropriate comment or photo</a> become an obstacle in your path to career success.</p> <h2>4. Invest in a Professional Headshot</h2> <p>While most recruiters recommend that you don't include a photograph when submitting your resume, most social media sites, company directories, and PR organizations do request a headshot. Take the time &mdash; and the expense &mdash; to get a professional headshot. You can hire a professional photographer, ask a favor from your photog friend or relative (do return the favor when they ask!), or request one from the HR department of your company.</p> <p>Be prepared for those times when your boss wants to make an announcement of your promotion in the local newspaper, you want to show yourself in your own domain name, or you submit an article for a website as a guest blogger.</p> <h2>5. Edit Your LinkedIn Profile</h2> <p>Also, <a href="http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2015/02/19/what-recruiters-think-when-they-see-your-linkedin-profile">94% of recruiters use LinkedIn</a> to source and vet candidates, making this professional network a great opportunity to showcase your work skills and career history. What do recruiters find on Linkedin when looking up your name? If your name doesn't show up, you could be making the life of that recruiter a bit more difficult. Beef up your LinkedIn profile by:</p> <ul> <li>Growing your professional network with peers in your company and industry, alumni from your alma mater, or individuals sharing your interests in LinkedIn groups;</li> <li>Including links to any publications, presentations, or projects that are available online;</li> <li>Request recommendations from current or past clients, supervisors, peers, or teachers, and;</li> <li>Demonstrating your analytical and writing skills through articles that you have written.</li> </ul> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-minutes-to-a-linkedin-profile-that-gets-you-hired?ref=seealso">30 Minutes to a LinkedIn Profile That Gets You Hired</a></p> <h2>6. Touch Up Your Paper Resume</h2> <p>Despite the popularity of online resumes, some employers and recruiters still stick to paper resumes. Tailor your application to the details laid out on the job post. Insisting on emailing a URL to your domain name or LinkedIn profile instead of mailing out a printout of your resume via regular mail when the recruiter clearly indicated so, is the fastest way to get your application ignored completely. Here are some tips:</p> <ul> <li>Be prepared for requests of paper resumes by formatting yours so it prints nicely on a standard sheet of 8 x 11 paper.</li> <li>Test out the printout before sending a file via email.</li> <li>Keep both Word and PDF versions of your resume because some employers prefer one format over the other.</li> <li>Maintain a text-only version of your resume for those times that you have to copy and paste your resume into an HR online portal.</li> </ul> <h2>7. Work on Your Elevator Pitch</h2> <p>Comedian George Burns said it best, &quot;The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible.&quot; Brevity in writing and speech is very powerful and makes you look centered and well-prepared. Take a cue of from startup entrepreneurs and develop your own elevator pitch, which is a succinct and persuasive sales pitch that will lead into a deeper dialogue about what you can offer. Test your elevator pitch with people that you trust so they can offer you feedback. And fine tune your elevator pitch until you can deliver it effectively over the phone, in person, or via email.</p> <h2>8. Learn a New Skill That Employers Want</h2> <p>Many organizations have well defined salary payscales with specific requirements, so take the time to investigate what those requirements are. Unless they involve longevity in the company, you can work in attaining them in a shorter amount of time.</p> <p>Some examples are completing a teaching certification, finishing modules towards a professional license, accumulating hours in a list of job-related assignments, or attending a series of industry-required seminars. By completing those skills, you're effectively not only improving your chances of a promotion or salary bump, but also making yourself more desirable to other potential employers.</p> <p><em>What are other ways to spring clean your career?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-spring-clean-your-career">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-times-you-should-demand-a-raise">5 Times You Should Demand a Raise</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-money-moves-to-make-after-a-promotion">10 Money Moves to Make After a Promotion</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-59-tips-to-help-you-nail-that-job-interview">Flashback Friday: 59 Tips to Help You Nail That Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-important-signs-that-your-job-sucks">10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building career career aspirations career goals growth potential job growth spring clean spring cleaning Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:00:05 +0000 Damian Davila 1695996 at http://www.wisebread.com 4 Ways to Spring-Clean Your Investment Portfolio http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-spring-clean-your-investment-portfolio <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-ways-to-spring-clean-your-investment-portfolio" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/spare_chage_plant_000083910621.jpg" alt="Learning ways to spring clean your investment portfolio" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Your garage isn't the only thing that could use a once-over this time of year. Your investments may be in need of some tidying up as well. Here's how to give them a good spring cleaning.</p> <h2>1. Double-Check Your Risk Tolerance</h2> <p>Since bottoming out in March of 2009, the stock market has been on a tear. It's been one of the greatest bull markets ever. But bull markets don't last forever. Eventually, the tide will turn. Will you be ready?</p> <p>I'm not predicting an imminent bear market, nor am I suggesting you try to time the market. That's a fool's errand. But I <em>do</em> believe this is a good time to review the assumptions you've used to guide your investments to date.</p> <p>Especially important here is a review of your risk tolerance. When the market is moving in a positive direction, it's easy to think of yourself as being fairly risk-tolerant. It's only when the markets turn negative that you really discover how strong a stomach you have.</p> <p>Instead of finding out the hard way that you're not as comfortable with risk as you thought you were, and setting yourself up for panic-selling in a downturn, reassess how much risk you can really handle. Vanguard has an <a href="https://personal.vanguard.com/us/FundsInvQuestionnaire">asset allocation questionnaire</a> that can help. It'll gauge your appetite for risk, factor in your investing time frame, and recommend an optimal asset allocation for you.</p> <h2>2. Double-Check Your Allocations</h2> <p>If your risk tolerance has changed, how your investments should be allocated has changed as well, and that means you probably have some work to do. First you'll need to change how your current portfolio is allocated across specific investments &mdash; mostly, what percentage of your portfolio is invested in stocks and what percentage in bonds (or stock-based mutual funds and bond-based mutual funds). Then you'll need to change how your monthly contributions are allocated as well.</p> <p>Whether your investment account is a 401K, an IRA, or a taxable account, you should be able to make these changes online, or call the broker where you have your account for assistance.</p> <h2>3. Rebalance Your Portfolio</h2> <p>Even if you're not planning to change your asset allocation, your asset allocation may have changed on its own.</p> <p>A year ago, your portfolio might have contained an 80/20 mix of stock funds and bond funds, but what does it look like now? If your stock investments have grown since you first implemented your plan and your bonds have fallen, your actual allocation may now be 90/10. Bring your portfolio back in line with what's optimal for you, given your risk tolerance and investment time horizon, by selling some of your stock holdings and buying bonds.</p> <p>It's generally a good idea to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-most-important-thing-youre-probably-not-doing-with-your-portfolio">rebalance your portfolio</a> once a year. If it's been a year or so since you last took care of this chore, add it to your investment spring cleaning to-do list.</p> <h2>4. Consolidate Accounts</h2> <p>It's not uncommon these days for people to have their investments spread out among several brokers. If you've changed jobs two or three times and rolled your 401K accounts into IRAs at different brokerage houses, you may find yourself dealing with an unnecessary amount of paperwork and navigating a confusing array of rules and fees. Consolidating some of these accounts could make managing your portfolio more efficient and less expensive. That's because implementing your strategy of choice at one broker usually requires fewer trades, which lowers your investment costs.</p> <p>Choosing which broker to keep is a matter of seeing which one offers most of the investments you want to own for the lowest commissions.</p> <p>Few people enjoy the process of spring cleaning, but most enjoy the fruits of their labor once the work is done. It's simply more enjoyable to live in a clean, organized house. The same is true for your investments. Taking a few hours to double-check your risk tolerance and asset allocation, rebalance your portfolio, and consolidate accounts should set you up for a more efficient, successful, and enjoyable experience as an investor.</p> <p><em>What are you doing to tidy up your finances this spring?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/matt-bell">Matt Bell</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-spring-clean-your-investment-portfolio">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-important-things-to-know-about-your-401k-and-ira-in-2016">5 Important Things to Know About Your 401K and IRA in 2016</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-online-sites-for-building-wealth">Best Online Sites for Building Wealth</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/should-you-choose-a-roth-401k-or-a-regular-401k">Should You Choose a Roth 401k or a Regular 401k?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-money-moves-to-make-as-soon-as-you-conquer-debt">7 Money Moves to Make as Soon as You Conquer Debt</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-essentials-for-building-a-profitable-portfolio">5 Essentials for Building a Profitable Portfolio</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Investment 401k balancing portfolio IRA money management risk spring cleaning stocks Thu, 07 Apr 2016 10:01:08 +0000 Matt Bell 1683755 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Spring Cleaning Tasks That Help You Save Money http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-spring-cleaning-tasks-that-help-you-save-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-spring-cleaning-tasks-that-help-you-save-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000047183642.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found helpful articles on spring cleaning tasks that save you money, DIYs that make your car look like new, and shopping hacks to use at Kohl&rsquo;s.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://everythingfinanceblog.com/17143/spring-cleaning-tasks-that-save-you-money.html">10 Spring Cleaning Tasks That Save You Money</a> &mdash; It's warming up! Dust your fan blades, window sills, and ledges, and use your ceiling fans and fresh air to cool down when it gets too warm. [Everything Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Best-DIYs-Your-Car-33109277#photo-33109277">13 DIYs to Make Your Car Seem Like New Again</a> &mdash; Make foggy windows sparkle with this eco-friendly solution! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savingfreak.com/kohls-shopping-hacks-coupons-and-discounts">25 Kohl&rsquo;s Shopping Hacks</a> &ndash; Using Coupon and Discounts &mdash; Shop Kohl's Clearance section for 60-90% off and use coupons to get an even better deal. [Saving Freak]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cheapism.com/blog/4212/what-not-to-buy-at-costco-sams-or-bjs">10 Things Not to Buy at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's</a> &mdash; Vegetable oil and olive oil are good for only three to five months after opening. If you aren't able to get through the big jugs of oil offered at a warehouse club, the oil (and money you spent on it) would go to waste. [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/5-ways-start-reaching-goal-even-one/">5 Ways to Start Reaching Your Goal &ndash; Before You Even Have One</a> &mdash; No matter what your goals are (or will be), you need to nurture the thoughts that benefit you and your aspirations. [Pick The Brain]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://makezine.com/2016/03/22/5-basic-stitches-you-need-know-plus-textile-tips/">5 Basic Stitches You Need to Know, Plus Other Textile Tips</a> &mdash; There is a lot you can do with basic sewing skills. These stitches will allow you to tackle simple projects like patching a hole and attaching buttons. [Make:]</p> <p><a href="http://couplemoney.com/budgeting/what-not-to-stock-up-on-in-your-stockpile/">Stockpile Hacks: What Not to Include</a> &mdash; Avoid dented, busted, bulging or frozen canned foods. The flawed cans may allow bacteria to grow and can cause health risks. [Couple Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stevenaitchison.co.uk/blog/9-signs-you-aren-t-loving-yourself-as-much-as-you-should/">9 Signs You Aren&rsquo;t Loving Yourself As Much As You Should</a> &mdash; Pay attention to your self talk. Do you call yourself names or tell yourself that you're too fat or skinny or old or wrinkly? [Change Your Thoughts]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/parenting-classes-are-they-ever-worth-it">Parenting Classes: Are They Ever Worth it?</a> &mdash; Parenting styles classes may be helpful if you're really nervous about the type of parent you'll be, but they aren't necessary. Odds are, you'll be a blend of several styles. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.5dollardinners.com/picky-eater-swaps/">Picky Eater &ldquo;Swaps&rdquo;</a> &mdash; Learn how to work around your child's picky eating and ensure that they get the nutrients they need. [$5 Dinners]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-spring-cleaning-tasks-that-help-you-save-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-inexpensive-spring-spruce-up-ideas-for-your-home">10 Inexpensive Spring Spruce-Up Ideas for Your Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-82-best-spring-cleaning-hacks-we-ve-ever-shared">Flashback Friday: The 82 Best Spring Cleaning Hacks We’ve Ever Shared</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-one-month-guide-to-spring-cleaning">Your One-Month Guide to Spring Cleaning</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-tips-for-spring-cleaning-on-a-budget">6 Tips for Spring Cleaning on a Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-tasks-you-shouldnt-skip-during-spring-cleaning">8 Tasks You Shouldn&#039;t Skip During Spring Cleaning</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home best money tips spring cleaning Fri, 25 Mar 2016 09:30:28 +0000 Amy Lu 1678794 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: The 82 Best Spring Cleaning Hacks We’ve Ever Shared http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-82-best-spring-cleaning-hacks-we-ve-ever-shared <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-the-82-best-spring-cleaning-hacks-we-ve-ever-shared" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_spring_cleaning_000082590811.jpg" alt="Couple learning best spring cleaning hacks we&#039;ve ever shared" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Let's face it, chores as an adult are kind of awful &mdash; especially since you don't an extra $10 at the end of it, only extreme exhaustion and dirty hands. Since spring cleaning season has arrived, people everywhere are scanning their homes for stuff they can get rid of, and surfaces that could use a good scrubbin'. And tackling any major task can go from miserable to mildly pleasant as long as you have a plan &mdash; and lots of brilliant hacks to cut down on time and effort, of course!</p> <p>Here are the 82 best spring cleaning hacks we've ever shared.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock_000022840623_Large.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-prepare-for-spring-cleaning">7 Ways to Prepare for Spring Cleaning</a> &mdash; The early bird gets the worm, right? It's true. Before you start spring cleaning, get prepared by making lists, playlists, and assembling your dust-destroying tool kit.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-tasks-you-shouldnt-skip-during-spring-cleaning">8 Tasks You Shouldn't Skip During Spring Cleaning</a> &mdash; Once you start cleaning, you might be tempted to cut corners in order to get this madness over with ASAP. Just make sure you don't skip these areas of your home, as they often get neglected and are in dire need of some TLC.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-have-a-clean-place-without-cleaning">11 Ways to Have a Clean Place Without Cleaning</a> &mdash; Wait... cleaning without actually cleaning? Yes, please! These little life adjustments can make your house cleaner, which reduces the time you need to spend cleaning. You're welcome.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/3clean-465958469.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-clean-everything-with-just-3-all-natural-cleaners">How to Clean Everything With Just 3 All-Natural Cleaners</a> &mdash; So many cleaning products have harsh, toxic ingredients that might keep your belongings shiny, but are also destroying your skin and the environment. Go au naturel with your cleaners and you're basically saving the world.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-dont-need-to-clean">9 Things You Don't Need to Clean</a> &mdash; If nothing else, this list of things you don't need to clean will cheer you up when you've only completed less than half of the tidy tasks on your to-do list.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-cleaning-rules-you-should-be-breaking">6 Cleaning Rules You Should Be Breaking</a> &mdash; Believe it or not, some germs are good germs. Here are the cleaning myths that we've proudly busted. Be a rebel this year, and break these common cleaning rules.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock_000011792733Small.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-tips-for-spring-cleaning-on-a-budget">6 Tips for Spring Cleaning on a Budget</a> &mdash; Buying all of those new sponges and anti-bacterial wipes can add up quickly. So here's how to keep your spring cleaning spending under control.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-in-your-house-youre-forgetting-to-clean">9 Things in Your House You're Forgetting to Clean</a> &mdash; Monsters who live under the bed like things clean, too! Don't skip these commonly forgotten areas when isolating dirty parts of the house.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-essential-tricks-for-quick-and-easy-cleaning">25 Essential Tricks for Quick and Easy Cleaning</a> &mdash; We're all extremely busy humans, so taking time out of our schedules to deep-clean the house seems bonkers and completely unreasonable. These tricks will help you get all of your cleaning done with time to spare!</p> <p><em>Do you have any stellar spring cleaning hacks? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-82-best-spring-cleaning-hacks-we-ve-ever-shared">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-51-ways-to-organize-your-whole-life-in-2017">Flashback Friday: 51 Ways to Organize Your Whole Life in 2017</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-throw-out-today">25 Things to Throw Out Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-declutter-and-keep-your-stuff-too">This Is How You Declutter and Keep Your Stuff, Too</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-51-easy-ways-to-live-a-happier-life">Flashback Friday: 51 Easy Ways to Live a Happier Life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-militarys-four-step-plan-to-keeping-your-place-clean">The Military&#039;s Four-Step Plan to Keeping Your Place Clean</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Home Organization cleaning declutter fbf flashback friday life hacks organization spring cleaning Fri, 18 Mar 2016 11:00:08 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1675255 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: Do You Spring Clean Your Home? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-spring-clean-your-home <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-do-you-spring-clean-your-home" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mother_daughter_cleaning_000078197613.jpg" alt="Mother and daughter spring cleaning their home" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-spring-clean-your-home#comment-789521">Gina</a>, Julie, and Ced for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Spring is almost here! This means the weather is warming up, flowers will start to bloom, and it's prime time to roll up your sleeves and give your home a good cleaning. (Right?)</p> <p><strong>Do you spring clean your home?</strong> What are your typical spring cleaning tasks? What are your best tips for tackling the messiest areas?</p> <p>Tell us whether you spring clean your home and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will be randomly selected to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For Extra Entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! 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Winners will also be contacted via email.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us whether you spring clean your home and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-spring-clean-your-home">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-inexpensive-spring-spruce-up-ideas-for-your-home">10 Inexpensive Spring Spruce-Up Ideas for Your Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-82-best-spring-cleaning-hacks-we-ve-ever-shared">Flashback Friday: The 82 Best Spring Cleaning Hacks We’ve Ever Shared</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-one-month-guide-to-spring-cleaning">Your One-Month Guide to Spring Cleaning</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-tips-for-spring-cleaning-on-a-budget">6 Tips for Spring Cleaning on a Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-tasks-you-shouldnt-skip-during-spring-cleaning">8 Tasks You Shouldn&#039;t Skip During Spring Cleaning</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Ask the Readers spring cleaning Tue, 08 Mar 2016 11:00:06 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1667191 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Ways to Prepare for Spring Cleaning http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-prepare-for-spring-cleaning <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-ways-to-prepare-for-spring-cleaning" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000022840623_Large.jpg" alt="preparing for spring cleaning" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Spring is so close! Some days, it feels like it's just around the corner.</p> <p>If you're at all like me, that means you're starting to get that spring cleaning itch. I find it's especially bad when I look at my floors after my kids walk through the house.</p> <p>The thing is, though, that I know it's too early. The minute I <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-tips-for-spring-cleaning-on-a-budget">start spring cleaning</a>, a new storm is likely to sweep through, making it impossible to air out the house and actually get rid of all the dust I know I'll accumulate.</p> <p>Instead of actually cleaning, I am satisfying myself by getting ready to clean, which is its own process. (Yeah, I'm basically Monica Geller from <em>Friends</em>, so what? A clean house is a happy house.) Here's what I'm doing to get ready for spring cleaning, and what you can do, too.</p> <h2>1. Make an Appointment With Yourself</h2> <p>I know how busy spring can get, with practices, unexpected events, holidays, and more. So I am already penciling in time to get my house cleaned. I've done this enough times now that I know about how long it will take me, and that I like to work in larger chunks of time. I also know about when it will actually be warm enough to get to work, and I'm going through my schedule to find chunks of time that are at least two hours in length once that season hits.</p> <p>Knowing that I have time set aside for cleaning helps me wait, because I know that I will have the time to get it done later. It also helps me feel like I'm doing something about it right now.</p> <h2>2. Get Your List Ready</h2> <p>I am making a list of everything that I want to be sure to get done this spring. While there are some tasks that I know by heart because I do them every year, there are a few that I don't always do, and this is why I make a list.</p> <p>I add every single task I can think of to the list, but I make especially sure that the things specific to this year get on it. That way, I won't forget them. Making this list also helps me ensure that everything I want to do gets done. Also, I don't always think of my spring cleaning tasks when I'm in front of the list, but having the list means I can add them later, when I see something that I want to be sure to do.</p> <h2>3. Make a Playlist</h2> <p>I love having a clean house, but I don't always like the actual cleaning, so it's a good thing that music makes everything better! Right now, when I can't actually clean, I'm making a playlist of my favorite upbeat songs so that I have it when I'm ready to get started. That way, I'll feel happier about cleaning and I won't have to delay while I make the playlist.</p> <h2>4. Get Your Favorite Supplies</h2> <p>I don't know about you, but I know exactly which cleaning supplies I want to use, where I want to use them, and how I prefer to apply them (even which brushes, sponges, towels, etc., that I want to use). Right now, I'm making sure that I have an ample supply of everything so that, when it's time to start cleaning, I don't have to run to the store first. Because additional errands just slow everything down.</p> <p>Buying these ahead of time also gives me the chance to make sure I'm getting the best deals possible on everything. I can scour the Internet to buy things at a discount, and even get the cheapest shipping available, because I don't have to have them right away.</p> <h2>5. Begin Decluttering</h2> <p>I've found that decluttering is something that I can start at any time. In fact, it can be such a frustrating and time-consuming chore that I've found it better, for me, to separate it from spring cleaning entirely. Now, I try to declutter year round. I keep a stock of a certain type of trash bag and, when I get the itch to clean, I pick a room and start in on the clutter.</p> <h2>6. Buy New Light Bulbs</h2> <p>Light bulbs are something that I always forget to have on hand when it's time to change them during spring cleaning! That's doubly bad in my house (and maybe yours, too?) because we have at least seven different types that we need, scattered throughout our various indoor and outdoor light fixtures.</p> <p>In order to combat my impressive ability to forget to buy these, I make a comprehensive list once a year and go get them all at once. Buying ahead of time not only lets me take advantage of bulk deals, but it also gives me a chance to choose the type of bulb I want in each place. LEDs are great in some areas, but the wrong kind of light in others, traditional bulbs are my last choice except where other types of light just don't work, etc. I like having time to make an informed choice.</p> <h2>7. Get Your Expectations in Check!</h2> <p>This is one of my key preparations when it comes to spring cleaning. When I think about it, I envision a sparkling house &mdash; one without fingerprints, shoe prints, dings in the walls, and more. However, that's also a house without small children &mdash; and maybe without people &mdash; which isn't my reality at all.</p> <p>Thus, an important part of preparations for cleaning involves bringing yourself back to what is realistic. After all, cleaning will only be stressful if your aim is perfection. But if your aim is the health, sanity, and safety of your family, you'll enjoy the efforts so much more!</p> <p><em>How do you prepare for spring cleaning? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-prepare-for-spring-cleaning">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-your-closet-ready-for-summer-with-these-5-hacks">Get Your Closet Ready for Summer With These 5 Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-smart-ways-to-maximize-desk-space">11 Smart Ways to Maximize Desk Space</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-82-best-spring-cleaning-hacks-we-ve-ever-shared">Flashback Friday: The 82 Best Spring Cleaning Hacks We’ve Ever Shared</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-tasks-you-shouldnt-skip-during-spring-cleaning">8 Tasks You Shouldn&#039;t Skip During Spring Cleaning</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-easy-ways-to-get-rid-of-mold-on-common-household-items">6 Easy Ways to Get Rid of Mold on Common Household Items</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Organization cleaning hacks get organized organization hacks spring cleaning Fri, 04 Mar 2016 10:00:11 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1666104 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Easy Home Maintenance To-Dos for Spring http://www.wisebread.com/8-easy-home-maintenance-to-dos-for-spring <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-easy-home-maintenance-to-dos-for-spring" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family_home_improvements_000018550842.jpg" alt="Family doing easy jobs on spring home maintenance checklist" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ah, spring. The weather is warm again. You're outside enjoying life. And there's a heck of a lot of stuff that needs to get done. This season is one of the best to check many of those pesky <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-tips-for-spring-cleaning-on-a-budget">home maintenance chores</a> off your to-do list. So read through our suggestions to see if you're forgetting any of the basics.</p> <h2>1. Cool AC Units</h2> <p>Now's the time to get your AC unit in order before the hot weather hits. Change any filters that might be dirty. Examine all lines running into your unit for leaks and kinks. If you suspect anything might be wrong with your machine, call in a professional. They'll check for levels of refrigerant, duct leakage, airflow, belt wear, and more. A little money now will prevent you from uncomfortable nights later.</p> <h2>2. Secure Roof Shingles</h2> <p>I've noticed we have a few shingles loose on our roof after the brutal winter. I spotted them from down the street as I walked toward our house. If you don't have a clear vantage point, try hopping up on a ladder. A sound roof will protect your home from leaks and other more costly issues. Our roof is quite high, so we'll be hiring a handyman. <a href="http://home.costhelper.com/roof-repair.html">Roof repair costs</a> can range between $95 to $127 to fix a few shingles, to upwards of $350 to repair larger sections.</p> <h2>3. Stop Persistent Pests</h2> <p>While you're at it, walk around your property and look for evidence of pests and infestations. There are a number of critters that can wreck havoc, including carpenter bees, termites, ants, wasps, and more. You can buy sprays and other eradicators at home improvement stores, but bigger infestations are best left to the professionals. Call around to get a couple free quotes from local companies. I have found them to be considerably cheaper than the nationwide chains.</p> <h2>4. Scrub Moldy Siding</h2> <p>Improve your curb appeal! If your vinyl siding is looking dingy and dirty, try using a power washer for a weekend to clean it up. You can <a href="http://home.costhelper.com/pressure-washing.html">rent a power washer</a> for around $40 to $75 per day. Professionals could cost you $750 or more, depending on the size of your home. A friend of mine hand-washes his house using a 1:1 ratio of vinegar to water, a scrub brush, and a lot of elbow grease. Whatever way you choose to do it, you'll be cleaning off lots of nasty mold and mildew stains.</p> <h2>5. Redo Damaged Decks</h2> <p>How's your deck doing these days? Chances are you might need to reseal it or even stain for the first time. Before you start, clean your deck using a specially formulated cleanser or solution of vinegar and water. The jury is out on whether power washing is the best method, so we scrub ours by hand. After letting your deck dry for at least a day, apply a single coat of stain of your choosing. If your deck is in poor order, check to make sure it's still structurally sound and consider applying a product like <a href="http://www.homedepot.com/b/Paint-Deck-Patio-Restoration/BEHR-Premium-DeckOver/N-5yc1vZc7gvZc4x">BEHR DeckOver</a> or <a href="http://www.homedepot.com/b/Paint-Deck-Patio-Restoration/BEHR-Premium-DeckOver/N-5yc1vZc7gvZc4x">Rust-Oleum Restore</a>. These paints come in a variety of shades and can give even the most splintery old decks a new lease on life.</p> <h2>6. Close Caulk Gaps</h2> <p>Many of us focus on caulking windows before the cold weather hits, but spring and summer can present just as many challenges. Those of you who live in particularly hot climates could be losing tons of money (and efficiency) through the loss of your cool AC right out the window. Walk around your home &mdash; inside and out &mdash; taking note of any drafts or areas where you can see gaps. Concentrate your efforts particularly around door and window frames, air conditioners, where brick and wood siding meet, etc.</p> <h2>7. Clean Gutter Clogs</h2> <p>Surprisingly enough, your gutters might fill up with more debris <em>after </em>winter than they did in the fall. You'll want to examine the flow from gutters to downspouts during a rainstorm or check for any other damage (pulling away from the home, sagging, etc.). Cleaning is as easy as hopping on a ladder and scooping out the blockages using your hands or a wet/dry vacuum. You can even flush your gutters using your garden hose. As always, if your project seems too big or dangerous (ladders), you can get a professional to <a href="http://home.costhelper.com/gutter-cleaning.html">clean your gutters</a> for around $90 to $225 for a 2,000 square foot home.</p> <h2>8. Cover Driveway Cracks</h2> <p>Direct your attention to your walkways and driveway. Are there any areas that are cracked or even missing? If the damaged sidewalk is part of your city's responsibility, try requesting repairs through your local municipality. Otherwise, patch sidewalks by clearing the area of loose debris and spreading a layer of cement. It's a good temporary fix that should last several seasons before a total redo is necessary. You can refresh your driveway by filling cracks and then spreading driveway sealer to cover. Let dry for 24 to 48 hours before opening to your vehicles.</p> <p><em>What's on your home maintenance to-do list this spring?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-easy-home-maintenance-to-dos-for-spring">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-easy-diy-car-repairs-to-save-big">8 Easy DIY Car Repairs to Save Big</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-82-best-spring-cleaning-hacks-we-ve-ever-shared">Flashback Friday: The 82 Best Spring Cleaning Hacks We’ve Ever Shared</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-safest-cities-in-america-from-natural-disasters">10 Safest Cities in America from Natural Disasters</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/to-change-the-bulb-just-remove-the-bumper-wait-what">To change the bulb, just remove the bumper. Wait, what? - UPDATED.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-ruin-an-antique-how-to-tell-if-you-should-refinish-wooden-furniture">Don&#039;t Ruin an Antique! How to Tell If You Should Refinish Wooden Furniture</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Home maintenance repairs roofing spring cleaning Mon, 18 May 2015 15:00:08 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1421643 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Crazy Spring Cleaning Hacks http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-crazy-spring-cleaning-hacks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-crazy-spring-cleaning-hacks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cleaning_000016313427.jpg" alt="Woman spring cleaning with tips and tricks" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on crazy spring cleaning hacks, over 30 ways to use baby oil, and things you don&rsquo;t need to be happier in life.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://adebtfreestressfreelife.com/9-crazy-spring-cleaning-hacks/">9 Crazy Spring Cleaning Hacks</a> &mdash; Pour some vodka into a spray bottle and lightly spritz your mattress. While the vodka air dries, it will disinfect the mattress and kill any odor-causing bacteria. [A Debt Free Stress Free Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/33-uses-for-baby-oil-most-which-dont-involve-babies/">33 Uses for Baby Oil (Most of Which Don&rsquo;t Involve Babies)</a> &mdash; Prevent soap scum from building up on your shower curtains and doors by coating them with a tiny bit of baby oil. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2015/03/25/10-things-you-do-not-need-to-be-happier-in-life/">10 Things You Do NOT Need to Be Happier in Life</a> &mdash; You don't need to have control over everything in your life to be happy. Some things are uncontrollable &mdash; or so insignificant that they're not worth trying to control. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/ten-steps-for-protecting-yourself-against-an-unexpected-job-loss">Ten Steps for Protecting Yourself Against an Unexpected Job Loss</a> &mdash; Be active in local professional groups and social media to connect with others in your field. A strong professional network can help you find a new job quickly. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://afewshortcuts.com/2015/03/the-biggest-money-saving-tip-while-on-vacation">The Biggest Money Saving Tip While On Vacation</a> &mdash; Pack your own food! You'll save hundreds on snacks, meals, and drinks if you bring your own. [A Few Short Cuts]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.stevenaitchison.co.uk/blog/21-ways-live-conscious-life">21 Ways to Live a More Conscious Life</a> &mdash; Be picky about your friends, your clothes, your food, your entertainment &mdash; these things influence how you feel about yourself and your life. [Change Your Thoughts]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getorganizedwizard.com/blog/2015/03/protect-home-break-ins-youre-holiday/">Protect Your Home From Break-Ins While You&rsquo;re On Holiday</a> &mdash; Turn down the volume of your landline ringtone or your answering machine, if you have them. [Get Organized Wizard]</p> <p><a href="http://www.shebudgets.com/personal-finance/much-worst-habits-costing">How Much are Your Worst Habits Costing You?</a> &mdash; A family that dines out three nights a week may spend as much as $27,000 a year on restaurant dinners. [SheBudgets]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Items-Buy-New-23918595">7 New Items You Should Buy Right Now</a> &mdash; If your nontstick pots and pans are scratched and chipped, toss them out and get new ones. Cancer-causing chemicals just beneath the surface of nonstick cookware can get into your food if your pans are damaged. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/4-easter-basket-gifts-so-awesome-your-kids-won-t-notice-the-missing-candy">4 Easter Basket Gifts So Awesome Your Kids Won&rsquo;t Notice the Missing Candy</a> &mdash; Easter craft kits will keep your kids busy after all the excitement from the Easter egg hunt has worn off. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-crazy-spring-cleaning-hacks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-inexpensive-spring-spruce-up-ideas-for-your-home">10 Inexpensive Spring Spruce-Up Ideas for Your Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-82-best-spring-cleaning-hacks-we-ve-ever-shared">Flashback Friday: The 82 Best Spring Cleaning Hacks We’ve Ever Shared</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-one-month-guide-to-spring-cleaning">Your One-Month Guide to Spring Cleaning</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-tips-for-spring-cleaning-on-a-budget">6 Tips for Spring Cleaning on a Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-tasks-you-shouldnt-skip-during-spring-cleaning">8 Tasks You Shouldn&#039;t Skip During Spring Cleaning</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home best money tips spring cleaning Mon, 30 Mar 2015 19:00:13 +0000 Amy Lu 1360766 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Make Money Through Spring Cleaning http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-make-money-through-spring-cleaning <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-make-money-through-spring-cleaning" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/chores-2144579-small.jpg" alt="spring cleaning" title="spring cleaning" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on making money through spring cleaning, who pays for what in a wedding, and things happy people do differently.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.narrowbridge.net/make-money-spring-cleaning/">4 Simple Ways to Make Money Through Spring Cleaning</a> &mdash; To make money through spring cleaning, participate in consignment sales. [Narrow Bridge]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Who-Pays-What-Wedding-29470895">Who Pays For What in a Wedding</a> &mdash; The wedding party is responsible for paying for their own attire. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2013/04/13-things-happy-people-do-differently.html">13 Things Happy People Do Differently</a> &mdash; Happy people tend to stay away from drama and eliminate expectations. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/kids-and-money/what-are-you-teaching-your-children-make-money-visible-in-your-home/">What Are You Teaching Your Children? Make Money Visible in Your Home</a> &mdash; It is important to let your children see what you do with money to give them a more accurate perspective on where money comes from and how to spend it. [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://freefrombroke.com/wheres-my-tax-refund-how-to-check-the-status-of-your-tax-refund/">Where's My Tax Refund? How to Check the Status of Your Tax Refund</a> &mdash; If you want to check the status of your tax refund, use the IRS's &quot;Where's My Refund?&quot; feature. [Free From Broke]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://onecentatatime.com/19-pretty-things-to-make-debt-snowball-a-motivating-factor/">19 Pretty Things to Make Debt Snowball a Motivating Factor</a> &mdash; Debt snowball may be a good way to tackle your debt because it teaches you to develop patience and allows you to be more independent. [One Cent at a Time]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2013/04/16/three-big-tips-for-inexpensive-spring-allergy-relief/">Three Big Tips for Inexpensive Spring Allergy Relief</a> &mdash; Save money on spring allergy relief by purchasing loratadine instead of Claratin. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.20sfinances.com/2013/04/17/is-gen-y-really-that-bad-off/">Is Gen Y Really That Bad Off?</a> &mdash; The unemployment rate for college graduates is around 4% and most grads graduate with somewhere around $20,000 in debt. [20's Finances]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2013/04/15/9-things-your-relationships-need-from-you/">9 Things Your Relationships Need From You</a> &mdash; Make sure you are giving your relationships loyalty and trust. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/is-it-okay-hiding-medications-in-your-child-s-food">Is It OK to Hide Medications in Your Child's Food?</a> &mdash; It is not advisable to hide your child's medication in his or her food. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-make-money-through-spring-cleaning">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-creative-ways-to-make-money-on-super-bowl-sunday">8 Creative Ways to Make Money on Super Bowl Sunday</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-social-media-stars-who-earn-way-more-than-you">5 Social Media Stars Who Earn Way More Than You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-money-recycling">Make Money Recycling: Get Paid to Recycle by 15 Websites</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-totally-free-things-you-can-sell-on-ebay">8 Totally Free Things You Can Sell on eBay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-must-know-about-money-before-you-take-a-side-job">10 Money Moves You Need to Make Before You Take a Side Job</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income best money tips cleaning money spring cleaning Thu, 18 Apr 2013 10:00:32 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 973544 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Spring-Clean Your Closet and Make Money http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-spring-clean-your-closet-and-make-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-spring-clean-your-closet-and-make-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3880835556_0e855380a3_b.jpg" alt="closet" title="closet" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on spring cleaning your closet and making money, requesting a tax extension, and getting on the road to riches.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2013/03/25/spring-clean-your-closet-and-make-money/">Spring-clean your closet and make money</a> &mdash; When spring cleaning your closet, sell your unwanted clothes to make extra money. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2013/03/27/how-to-request-an-irs-income-tax-extension/">How to Request an IRS Income Tax Extension</a> &mdash; To request an IRS income tax extension, you will need IRS form 4868. [Five Cent Nickel]</p> <p><a href="http://steadfastfinances.com/blog/2013/03/04/six-more-tips-to-put-you-on-the-road-to-riches/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SteadfastFinances+%28Steadfast+Finances%29">Six More Tips to Put You on the Road to Riches</a> &mdash; Learning to accept risk and diversifying your income will put you on the road to riches. [Steadfast Finances]</p> <p><a href="http://www.doughroller.net/budgeting/variable-income-3-options-for-budgeting/">Variable Income? 3 Options for Budgeting</a> &mdash; If you have a variable income, make sure you prioritize your monthly spending. [Dough Roller]</p> <p><a href="http://christianpf.com/get-more-done-in-a-day/">How To Get More Done In A Day: 10 Great Tips</a> &mdash; Get more done today by turning off distractions and starting with your most dreaded tasks. [Christian PF]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://couplemoney.com/cars-and-road-trips/cost-of-car-ownership/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CoupleMoney+%28Couple+Money%29">Take Care of Your Car and Save a Ton of Money</a> &mdash; Do you think if you took care of your car really well it would last a million miles? [Couple Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Tax-Tips-Freelancers-15534515">Tax Tips For Freelancers</a> &mdash; If you are a freelancer, be aware of the self-employment tax. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2013/03/retirement-expectations-versus-reality.html">Retirement Expectations Versus Reality</a> &mdash; Chances are, you can expect to continue working in retirement. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2013/03/5-ways-to-motivate-yourself-to-action.html">5 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Action</a> &mdash; Push yourself to take action by envisioning what it will be like when you accomplish your goal. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/easter-basket-ideas-that-are-short-on-sugar-but-big-on-fun">26 Easter Basket Ideas That Are Short on Sugar but Big on Fun</a> &mdash; This Easter, include a kite or books in your child's Easter basket. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-spring-clean-your-closet-and-make-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-cash-back-credit-cards">5 Best Cash Back Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-no-fuss-plants-that-will-brighten-your-home-until-spring">9 No-Fuss Plants That Will Brighten Your Home Until Spring</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-simple-plan-for-saving-up-a-2000-fun-fund">A Simple Plan for Saving Up a $2000 Fun Fund</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-make-money-outside-your-day-job">15 Ways to Make Money Outside Your Day Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-a-side-hustle-can-advance-your-career">8 Ways a Side Hustle Can Advance Your Career</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income best money tips spring spring cleaning Fri, 29 Mar 2013 10:00:30 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 971589 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Inexpensive Spring Spruce-Up Ideas for Your Home http://www.wisebread.com/10-inexpensive-spring-spruce-up-ideas-for-your-home <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-inexpensive-spring-spruce-up-ideas-for-your-home" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5590286986_8c95245b10_z.jpg" alt="spring home" title="spring home" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>After a long cold winter, nothing warms a decorator&rsquo;s heart like the first signs of spring. Spring is a time to pack up the old, usher in the new, kick off the snow boots, and slip on the gardening gloves. If the warm weather has you itching to spruce up around the house, here are a few budget-friendly ideas that spring to mind. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-one-month-guide-to-spring-cleaning">Your One-Month&nbsp;Guide to Spring Cleaning</a>)</p> <h2>1. Clean the Windows</h2> <p>Let a little sun shine in. Clean your windows inside and outside to frame all that springtime green. For an easy homemade glass cleaner, mix equal parts distilled white vinegar and water. Pour into a reusable spray bottle and channel your inner Hazel.</p> <h2>2. Declutter</h2> <p>No matter how wonderful your design skills or refined your tastes, clutter detracts from the overall function and beauty of your space. Box it up, bag it up, sell it, or donate it. It&rsquo;s time to clear your mind by clearing some space.</p> <h2>3. Accessorize</h2> <p>Simple accessories like new towels in the bathroom, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-remodel-your-bedroom-without-demolishing-a-thing">new pillows on the bed</a>, or a new area rug can change the vibe of an entire room (and change your mood). If you don&rsquo;t want to spend on new, check out the deals at your local thrift store.</p> <h2>4. Replace Hardware</h2> <p>Replacing knobs and drawer pulls on kitchen cabinets or a bathroom vanity is an easy way to update a look quickly. For a more coordinated look, match the finishes between door knobs, hinges, knobs, pulls, and other hardware like faucets, towel bars, and robe hooks.</p> <h2>5. Green It Up</h2> <p>Whether you grow plants, have a window-sill herb garden, or just arrange a few fresh cut flowers, adding a bit of green is a quick way to spruce things up. Get cuttings from friends or make dramatic bouquets with wildflowers, budding branches, and sculptural driftwood.</p> <h2>6. Reorganize Closets</h2> <p>Almost everyone hates to do it, but cleaning closets is nearly a rite of spring. Focus on one closet at a time &mdash; decluttering, cleaning, and organizing as you go. Trust me, Monday mornings won&rsquo;t seem nearly so bad when you&rsquo;re facing a meticulously organized closet.</p> <h2>7. Revitalize Furniture</h2> <p>Give natural wood a new lease on life with furniture wax or polish. For pieces that are a bit worse for wear, try a scratch cover that&rsquo;s formulated to match the wood&rsquo;s original stain. You&rsquo;ll be amazed how far a little elbow grease goes.</p> <h2>8. Paint It</h2> <p>Repainting is a simple way to get big design bang for your buck. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/repaint-your-old-furniture-for-a-budget-d-cor-update">Paint can update old furniture</a>; brighten a room; or freshen up a front door, mailbox, or window trim. Choose timeless and coordinating (not necessarily matching) colors for a professional look.</p> <h2>9. Rearrange and Refresh</h2> <p>Sometimes sprucing up is as simple as <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/new-living-room-0-cost-of-rearranging-the-furniture-priceless">rearranging what you already own</a>. Rethink rooms and reconfigure furniture. Decorate subtly around a theme, bring in accent pieces from other rooms, and don&rsquo;t be afraid to experiment with an eclectic mix of periods and styles.</p> <h2>10. Choose One High-Profile Project</h2> <p>If you decide to splurge on a single item, make sure it&rsquo;s high-profile. Investments in good paint, a deluxe area rug, one professionally reupholstered chair, or luxurious bed linens will set the stage for the rest of your more frugal spruce-up ideas. Anchored by one high-profile project, all the smaller details will shine more brightly.</p> <p>I hope a few of these ideas inspire some warm-weather decorating ideas of your own. Remember, spring is the beginning of yard sale season too &mdash; keep an eye out for great bargains and weekend decorating projects you can do on a budget.</p> <p><em>What are your spring spruce-up projects? What projects have been waiting for your creative touches all winter long?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-inexpensive-spring-spruce-up-ideas-for-your-home">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-own-curtains">How to Make Your Own Curtains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-remodel-your-bedroom-without-demolishing-a-thing">7 Ways to Remodel Your Bedroom (Without Demolishing a Thing)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-awesome-uses-for-milk-crates">20 Awesome Uses for Milk Crates</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/secret-lawn-tonic-recipe-from-golf-course-groundskeeper">Secret Lawn Tonic Recipe From Golf Course Groundskeeper</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Home budget decorating houseplants repainting spring cleaning Mon, 25 Mar 2013 10:24:34 +0000 Kentin Waits 971348 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Clean Your House in One Day http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-clean-your-house-in-one-day <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-clean-your-house-in-one-day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5687744617_66465ebbf3_z.jpg" alt="cleaning" title="cleaning" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="201" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There&rsquo;s surface cleaning &mdash; the chores that you do on a weekly basis &mdash; and then there&rsquo;s deep cleaning, where you move the furniture to discover what&rsquo;s hiding underneath it, sanitize the fridge, clean out the closets, and throw out all the excess clutter you&rsquo;ve accumulated over the past few months.</p> <p>We only do a deep clean a couple times a year (that&rsquo;s why spring cleaning has a name all its own), and it&rsquo;s a formidable task.</p> <p>While this post won&rsquo;t make your deep clean any less formidable, it will help you clean more efficiently. So get your broom, mop, and trash bags ready, readers &mdash; it&rsquo;s time to scrub-a-dub-dub your abode until it sparkles&hellip;and do it in one day. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-tasks-you-shouldnt-skip-during-spring-cleaning">8 Tasks You&nbsp;Shouldn't Skip&nbsp;During Spring Cleaning</a>)</p> <h3>1. Pick Up Products in Advance</h3> <p>Before you start the clean, think about the products you&rsquo;ll need &mdash; cleaning products, rags, sponges, etc. &mdash; and have them at the ready. But first, go through your bottles to make sure you have enough supply. Your day of cleaning will go much quicker if you have everything you need opposed to having to stop in the middle of it to run to the store to replenish the supply. You don&rsquo;t have to go overboard, either. You know that the &ldquo;multipurpose cleaner&rdquo; you have works just as well in the kitchen as it does in the bathroom; you do not need products that are marketed for specific areas of the home. Cleaner is cleaner, no matter which area the label claims.</p> <h3>2. Make a List of Specific Areas That You Want to Tackle</h3> <p>When you&rsquo;re in the zone, it&rsquo;s easy to forget about certain areas that you want to tackle. To avoid this problem, make a list of tasks, like cleaning under raised furniture (all kinds of stuff collects there out of your sight), deicing the freezer, and wiping down the blinds. When you&rsquo;re concentrating on the big picture, you can forget about the little items, which will extend your cleaning time if you have to go back.</p> <h3>3. Wake Up Early</h3> <p>You can&rsquo;t do a deep clean &mdash; and stay motivated &mdash; if you start at 11 a.m. I know that most cleans like this take place on the weekend, but make a conscious decision to set your alarm to get up early. You'll also finish earlier, leaving more time in your evening to do something you actually want to do.</p> <h3>4. Separate All Washable Items and Put Them in Piles</h3> <p>Before you begin, go through each room, strip all the linens, and put them in piles to be washed. Making this one of your tasks to do all at once will reduce the amount of time you&rsquo;ll spend having to remove linens in piecemeal. Another thing to keep in mind &mdash; keep an eye on the washer and dryer. You don&rsquo;t want a load sitting in the washer for three hours when you can wash two more loads in that time.</p> <h3>5. Concentrate on One Room at a Time</h3> <p>This is one of my biggest problems when I&rsquo;m cleaning. I take an item that belongs in another room to that room but then start cleaning something in the room to which I brought those items. That&rsquo;s totally time consuming. When you plan to clean a certain room, stick to that room. If you find items that belong elsewhere, put them in a pile and take them there when you&rsquo;re ready to move on to the room in which they belong.</p> <h3>6. Delegate Responsibilities to Other People Who Live With You</h3> <p>Have a spouse or kids? Honey, you are not their maid. A deep clean is a group effort. All parties who live in that home contributed to the mess, so it&rsquo;s only fair that everyone lends a helping hand. Of course, they&rsquo;re probably not going to clean as thoroughly as you will, so choose to delegate surface tasks to them. You&rsquo;ll still have to deep clean those parts of the house, but at least you&rsquo;ll save some time since you won&rsquo;t have to pick up dirty underwear from the floor.</p> <h3>7. Turn Up the Music</h3> <p>Don't clean in silence. Plug in your iPod and crank up the jams. It&rsquo;ll keep you motivated and get you in a good mood. Plus, who doesn't like to shake their booty while their washing the dishes? It's much more fun that way.</p> <h3>8. Put Pressure on Yourself</h3> <p>My trick is to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-throw-a-fabulous-and-frugal-dinner-party">plan a big party</a>. I do not want my guests coming over to a house that isn&rsquo;t in pristine condition. When I know that people are arriving at a certain time, I&rsquo;m more motivated to move my butt so I can beat the clock. This is a tad counterintuitive, because you&rsquo;ll have to clean up after the party too, but at least the big things will be done; all you have to concentrate on the next day is the surface stuff.</p> <h3>9. Enlist Outside Help</h3> <p>Ask a friend or two to come over and help you. Granted, this won&rsquo;t be easy (it&rsquo;s sort of like <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-reward-friends-who-help-you-move">moving</a>; coincidentally no one you know is available that day), but you may be able to convince your pals to get down and dirty by providing an incentive like a small fee or dinner and drinks afterward. While I generally don&rsquo;t advocate paying for something you can do for yourself, the truth is, cleaning sucks &mdash; and good help is hard to find; I&rsquo;ll take whatever I can get that's within my budget.</p> <p><em>Have other ways to breeze through a deep clean in a day? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-clean-your-house-in-one-day">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taking-frugal-road-trips-even-when-gas-prices-are-high">Taking Frugal Road Trips (Even When Gas Prices Are High)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ow-do-you-deal-with-family-members-who-are-bad-at-managing-money">How Do You Deal With Family Members Who Are Bad At Managing Money?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sensible-ways-to-raise-cash-for-a-wedding">Sensible Ways to Raise Cash for a Wedding</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-ways-you-are-causing-road-rage">16 Ways You Are Causing Road Rage</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chinese-money-habits-how-my-culture-influences-my-attitudes-toward-money">Chinese Money Habits - How My Culture Influences My Attitudes Toward Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Lifestyle deep cleaning fast spring cleaning Thu, 19 Apr 2012 10:36:11 +0000 Mikey Rox 920624 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Spring Cleaning Tips http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-spring-cleaning-tips <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-spring-cleaning-tips" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000019359256Small-1.jpg" alt="Spring Cleaning Tips" title="Spring Cleaning Tips" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on spring cleaning tips, financial lessons from The Hunger Games, and commonly missed tax deductions.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/spring-cleaning-tips-finding-items-for-sale-to-earn-money/">Spring Cleaning Tips: Finding Items for Sale to Earn Money</a> &mdash; When spring cleaning your home, put items you want to get rid of into donation, yard sales, and online sales piles. [Consumerism Commentary]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thewisdomjournal.com/Blog/financial-lessons-from-the-hunger-games/">Financial Lessons from The Hunger Games</a> &mdash; One financial lesson we can learn from The Hunger Games: never lose hope. [The Wisdom Journal]</p> <p><a href="http://www.genywealth.com/5-commonly-missed-tax-deductions">5 Commonly Missed Tax Deductions</a> &mdash; Don't forget to include job relocation deductions on your taxes. [Gen Y Wealth]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.themillionairenurse.com/2012/03/29/24-stupid-things-people-do-with-their-money/">24 Stupid Things People Do With Their Money!</a> &mdash; Don't make the money mistake of not having savings automatically taken out of your paycheck. [The Millionaire Nurse Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://christianpf.com/how-to-simplify-your-management-of-money/">How To Simplify Your Management Of Money</a> &mdash; Make managing your money simple by doing a weekly review of your finances. [Christian PF]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://canadianfinanceblog.com/ways-to-save-thousands-on-your-next-mortgage/">6 Ways To Save Thousands On Your Next Mortgage</a> &mdash; Save thousands on your next mortgage by making prepayments. [Canadian Finance Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Get-Job-Another-City-16107426">Going The Distance: 10 Tips To Getting A Job In Your Dream City</a> &mdash; To get a job in your dream city, enlist the help of a local recruiter. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2012/03/29/50-ways-to-nurture-your-happiness/">50 Ways to Nurture Your Happiness</a> &mdash; Nurture your happiness by truly appreciating the people around you. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2012/03/five-professional-habits-to-adopt.html">Five Professional Habits to Adopt</a> &mdash; Adopt the professional habit of being early. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/spring-cleaning-the-dirtiest-places-in-your-home">Spring Cleaning: The Dirtiest Places in Your Home</a> &mdash; One of the dirtiest places in your home are window and door tracks. [Parenting Squad]</p> <h2>News &amp; Events</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news/2012/03/radio-show-on-the-cost-of-easter-candy" style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">Radio show on the cost of Easter candy</a><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;"> &mdash; Paula Wethington from Monroe on a Budget will be on WMIM My 98.3 at 7:40am EST discussing the cost of Easter candy. Be sure to tune in!</span></p> <p>Be sure to check out our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news">News &amp; Events Calendar</a> to see all the awesome upcoming events in the personal finance world!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-spring-cleaning-tips">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-inexpensive-spring-spruce-up-ideas-for-your-home">10 Inexpensive Spring Spruce-Up Ideas for Your Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-82-best-spring-cleaning-hacks-we-ve-ever-shared">Flashback Friday: The 82 Best Spring Cleaning Hacks We’ve Ever Shared</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-one-month-guide-to-spring-cleaning">Your One-Month Guide to Spring Cleaning</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-tips-for-spring-cleaning-on-a-budget">6 Tips for Spring Cleaning on a Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-tasks-you-shouldnt-skip-during-spring-cleaning">8 Tasks You Shouldn&#039;t Skip During Spring Cleaning</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home best money tips spring cleaning Fri, 30 Mar 2012 10:00:08 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 914794 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: Do You Spring Clean? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-spring-clean <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-do-you-spring-clean" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4623304833_f5f19fbdcf_z-1.jpg" alt="Do You Spring Clean?" title="Do You Spring Clean?" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-spring-clean#comment-492482"><em>Kaye</em></a><em>, </em><a href="http://twitter.com/#!/AMagicMommy"><em>@AMagicMommy</em></a><em>, and </em><a href="http://www.facebook.com/#!/christina.struck"><em>Christie Struck</em></a><em> for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Over the last few weeks, we have had some articles about <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/search/apachesolr_search/spring%20cleaning?filters=tid%3A9056">spring cleaning</a> here on Wise Bread. Each spring, many people take time to clean up their homes and finances. However, some people would rather just skip spring cleaning and go on with business as usual.</p> <p><strong>Do you do spring cleaning every spring? </strong>Why or why not?</p> <p>Tell us whether or not you clean house each spring and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; one for random comments, one for random Facebook &quot;Likes&quot;, and another one for random tweets.</p> <h3>Enter 1 of 3 Ways:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below, or</li> <li>Go to our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wise-Bread/26830741467?ref=ts">Facebook page</a>, &quot;Like&quot; us, then &quot;Like&quot; the update mentioning this giveaway (you can comment, as well &mdash; but you don't have to for entry), or</li> <li><a href="http://www.twitter.com/">Tweet</a> your answer. You have to be a follower of our <a href="http://twitter.com/wisebread">@wisebread account</a>. Include both &quot;@wisebread&quot; and &quot;#WBAsk&quot; in your tweet so we'll see it and count it.</li> </ul> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, May 2nd at 11:59 pm Pacific. Winners will be announced after May 2nd on the original post and via Twitter. Winners will also be contacted via email, Facebook, and Twitter Direct Message.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us whether or not you clean house each spring and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-spring-clean">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-new-years-resolution">Ask the Readers: What Is Your New Year&#039;s Resolution?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-did-you-spend-your-first-paycheck">Ask the Readers: How Did You Spend Your First Paycheck?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-share-your-favorite-frugal-holiday-tradition">Ask the Readers: Share Your Favorite Frugal Holiday Tradition</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-are-you-optimistic-about-2011">Ask the Readers: Are You Optimistic About 2011?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-whats-your-favorite-discovery-of-2010">Ask the Readers: What&#039;s Your Favorite Discovery of 2010</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Ask the Readers spring cleaning Tue, 26 Apr 2011 10:36:10 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 529935 at http://www.wisebread.com