Decorating Tip: Feng-shui dos, don’ts
Learn the feng-shui dos and don'ts for your entryway and kitchen.
- Create an inviting and eye-catching entrance, both inside and out.
- Include uplifting "greeters," such as a waterfall or piece of artwork.
- Pile up paperwork, trash or broken objects near the doorway, inside or out.
- Walk into a wall or dead end. If necessary, add a mirror to help visually expand the space.
-- HGTV/ Scripps Howard News Service
Home-Selling Tip: Show as much as possible
When you are selling your house, it is important to make it available for showings as much as possible. Try to allow as much time as possible per day for your agent to show your house. This means you need to leave the house before they arrive and return after they leave. Also, be ready at a moment's notice –– you don't want to miss out on any opportunities to show your house.
Going Green: Write a note, recycle shoes
Recyclebank has teamed up with ShoeBox Recycling, a for-profit Pennsylvania shoe recycler, to create a more personal connection between Americans who donate their shoes and the people in developing countries who need affordable footwear. Those who donate are encouraged to write a note and insert it inside the shoe for its eventual recipient to read, what the campaign says “humanizes” the process of donating. Recyclebank is a company that gives incentives to recycler with deals and discounts from local and national businesses.
Did You Know …
International buyers bought homes throughout the U.S. in the past year, but four states accounted for 51 percent of the purchases: Florida, California, Texas and Arizona. -- Realtor.org
New Product: Sony NSZ-GS7 Internet Player
Sony will soon be selling the NSZ-GS7 Internet Player, which is another attempt at providing a successful Google TV platform. The box is much smaller and sleeker than the Logitech Revue, says Consumer Reports Electronics Blog, and it comes with a redesigned universal remote control with a touchpad on one side and a keyboard on the other. There is also motion control for gaming.
Garden Guide: Before you leave for vacation
If your garden soil is dry, water before you leave for vacation. A good irrigation will last 10 to 13 days. Mulching also prevents water loss. Mulches should be used for weed control as well as for growth regulators. They tend to make gardening easier and more efficient. Water thoroughly before applying mulches. Apply mulches no more than 4 inches thick. If you can afford it, consider a timer system, even with above-ground sprinklers or drip-irrigation hoses.
-- University of Illinois Extension