Are you allergic to fabric softners? Is your tennis racquet collecting dust in the garage? Grab that can of tennis balls and toss a couple in the dryer during your next load of laundry. Your clothes will come out smelling fresh and static free. You won’t break out with hives unless your allergic to tennis balls. You can use them over and over again and considering the price for a can of tennis balls, this is actually cheaper than fabric softner sheets. Just make sure the dog doesn’t see you toss them in!
Around the House
I know what you’re thinking, I already raked the lawn in the Fall. I don’t have any leaves laying around. I don’t like manual labor. Although these are all very valid reasons, you should still rake your lawn again. The work you put into your yard now will pay for itself the remainder of the year. Raking your yard now will remove thatch (dead and clumped grass). This important step will allow new grass to grow in it’s place. Without this weeds will soon take over the space grass used to occupy. A little physical labor never hurts. Or, you can get a little creative. Give the kids a couple of rakes and a ball and have then play a little grass hockey. Either option will get your yard growing in the right direction!
You’ve been painting all day, you’re tired and finally at a good stopping point. Why bother cleaning up all of the paint brushes when you’re just going to drag them back out tomorrow and use them again. Here’s a little trick to keep them from drying out overnight. Wrap each brush tightly with aluminum foil and store at room temperature. You can unwrap them a day or two later and they are still wet and ready to use. Aluminum foil, not just for baking potatoes!
Okay, so it’s not rocket science but a lot of people forget to do this. You’re house has been boarded up all winter and now that it’s getting nicer outside the windows will be opened and all kinds of dust and pollen will enter your home. A new filter will seriously help reduce your allergy symptoms and give you a much cleaner air supply inside.
These days, most homeowners are facing a scary reality: a rapid decline in their home’s value. According to the National Association of Realtors, median existing home prices are down 7.1% from last July — and aren’t expected to recover until well into 2009.
One way to buck the trend and boost the value of your home is to make some basic renovations. There’s no need to embark on big-ticket projects — you probably won’t recoup all of the costs anyway. Instead, seek out some inexpensive projects that will not only brighten up the place, but put a little extra cash in your pocket should you decide to sell your home. Here are five worth considering: