Declutter Your Home Room by Room

Whether you tackle it as part of downsizing effort or simply to simplify your life, decluttering an entire home is a big job. The best way to tackle it is in stages—to focus on one room, one space, or even one zone within a room (like your kitchen cabinets),...

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10 Rain-Day Activities for the Family

Rainy days don't need to be spent in boredom. Here are 10 things to do on a rainy day with the family, and you don't need any special equipment. When the skies are blue and the sun is shining, nothing is better. Laughter fills the air and kids are free to enjoy the...

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Prepare Your Fridge for Thanksgiving in 5 Steps!

The highlight of Thanksgiving is definitely the food. Before Turkey Day, get your fridge ready for leftovers with these tips on how to organize your fridge. If you're hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, you’ve probably already been busy scouring websites and recipe...

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Tips and Tricks to Get Organized by the End of the Year

Decide Where to Start What area of your life is the most chaotic? Try to narrow it down to a particular space in your home, or a specific area of your life. Pinpoint what's causing you the most stress and focus on just that zone in order to take a goal (like "get...

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4 Things You Shouldn’t Store in Your Attic

Toys If you're kids can't bear to part with their favorite stuffed animals when they've outgrown them, it's not unheard of to stash them in the attic. However, be aware that mice, dust, mitts, and other critters will ruin them given half the chance. Store them in an...

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Tricks to Make Your Pantry Feel Twice as Big

Never lose your favorite spice blend behind your boxes of cereal again! Storage Bins Storage bins are functional, but not exactly stylish, so to make your pantry more to your decor aesthetic, cover them in wallpaper. It'll look better, and will help you differentiate...

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Organize Your Home for Back to School

It’s back to school time and life gets hectic again. Want to do things differently this year to cut out some of the time wasters and stress? Here are five back to school organization ideas that will help you keep your home organized and running smoothly. 1. Create a...

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Best Resort Pools for Families

Phoenix is the best place to have a relaxing resort vacation. Why? Because it’s hot and you’re not too tempted to go crazy fitting a bunch of activities in. You’ll just want to lay by the pool and relax. It’s also dry which means the pool cools you off perfectly....

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Are You Prepared for Summer?

It’s that time of year again: the kids are anxiously awaiting the end of a long school year, and the temperatures are already rising! Summer is here, and if you’re a native of Arizona or have lived here in the summer, you know what that means: extreme temperatures and...

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How to Winterize Your Pool in 4 Steps

If you’re a pool owner, you may have heard the term winterize your pool. As an Arizona resident, winter has a different meaning than those in the United States. But the reasons for closing your pool for the winter still apply. During the colder months of the year, you...

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5 DIY Halloween Decorations

It’s time for the goblins, witches and ghosts to come out and play again. So you know what that means… Halloween’s here! This year, give trick-or-treaters a run for their candy with these five amazingly, spooky DIY decorations. DIY Headless Horseman Decoration Via...

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Fall Home Maintenance Guide

Take Care of Your Home Before Winter When the weather starts to get crisp and cool, a different set of home maintenance tasks comes into play. HWA has compiled a handy Fall Home Maintenance Guide to help you protect your home systems, control your energy bills and...

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How to Breathe New Life into Older Listings

Don't dwell, AHS has the tips to help you refresh your listing! When a real estate listing stays on the market for an extended period, it can be frustrating and disappointing for the agent and for the sellers. If other homes in the area are selling well, it can also...

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Summer Pest Control Guide

Keep your home free of bugs and rodents all summer When it comes to controlling pests, many homeowners opt to use pesticides. But the chemicals found in many pesticides can be health hazards, especially when they're sprayed in and around living spaces. Inhaling these...

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Residential Mortgages 101

A residential mortgage is one option to owning a home. Where many Americans would otherwise be out of luck when it comes to homeownership, a residential mortgage ensures that is possible. Buying a home can be a daunting process, but when taken in stride in can be one...

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7 FAQs About Mortgages

1. What does the loan process entail? Qualifying for and using a home loan to purchase real estate involves a relatively simple process. An interested homebuyer first becomes pre-qualified for a specific loan amount. He or she can embark on a home search based on the...

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Get Yourself Mortgage Ready

Academy Mortgage offers these tips to help ensure you are ready to make what will probably be the biggest purchase of your life—your home. Your Academy Loan Officer and a reputable real estate agent can provide you with additional information and address your...

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Quick Tips to Boost Your Curb Appeal!

You know curb appeal when you see it. A house with curb appeal looks loved and nurtured, designed with integrity and accented with creative details. It has healthy, beautiful landscaping, attention to color and a welcoming approach. When people see a house with curb...

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