In the home service industry, help is becoming dehumanized. Solutions are built on convenience —not care, and though homeowners are more connected than ever, finding good help is no easy task.  Neighborly is a platform that brings all the great  brands together in one place. Continue reading "How to Get Neighborly"
Windows often become a focal point for holiday décor – maybe you position your Christmas tree in front of it, hang garland, display candle lights, or even apply a fun decorative window decal for all your neighbors to see. Yes, the holiday season has passed, but there are still a bunch of fun ways to spruce up your windows if you’re still feeling festive. And because we’re Window Genie, we want to offer a great solution that’s not only beautiful, but functional! Introducing: decorative window film. Continue reading "Decorative Window Film That Lasts Beyond the Holidays"
Selling a house is completely stressful from the get-go… dealing with the bank, realtors, agents, movers, family and more… but nothing compares to the day of your OPEN HOUSE. Believe me, this will be the longest day of your life. You may opt to just not attend; solid move. But if you’re hosting, prepare yourself for a day of smiling and nodding, awkwardly watching strangers poke through the home you’ve had stripped down and staged like a Barbie Dream House. While you stress-eat the cookies you’ve laid out, you’ll become bogged down with creeping doubts over the unfinished basement you never got to, the roof repairs you put off, and you’ll start to wonder if anyone will actually put an offer in anywhere near your asking price.  Continue reading "3 Cheap and Painless Curb Appeal Hacks"
  [caption id="attachment_3435" align="aligncenter" width="900"] A clean ship is a well-run ship. Passengers on ships are naturally drawn to the windows, especially cruise ships where guests are guided along scenic points. As well, passengers will be uneasy of what is on the ship if it is dirty, and this includes the ship’s windows. Ships need to clean all their windows to keep the salt from causing damage, maintain impressions, health and ease of viewing.[/caption] Continue reading "How do they do it? Cleaning Windows on a Ship"
Pets in America seem to be just as an important part of the family as anyone or anything else. We include them in gift giving and of course, they are included on our family Christmas card. You want your home to looks it’s best. Here are some quick hacks to make cleaning up after your furry family a little less hectic: Continue reading "Cleaning Tips for Pet Owners"

Windows get dirty year round. For a large part of the country this makes it very difficult to clean them three months out of the year. The most frustrating thing about this is that winter is generally the time of year when windows can get the dirtiest. Melting snow dragging dirt and debris onto windows and the helpful yet annoying salt that seems to cover everything.

What makes cleaning windows in the winter so difficult is obviously sub-freezing temperatures. Water freezing before it can be squeegeed off is infuriating. Warm water is huge no-no because it can cause your glass to crack. So what can you do? We have a simple formula that will make cleaning your windows in freezing temperatures just as easy as cleaning them on a spring day.

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How are those New Year’s resolutions holding up? Crushing it at the gym? Good for you! Saving money? Keep it up! Staying organized? …Well, we know that one can be tough. But getting a jump start before you let yourself go another year wishing you’d have been more organized will be key. So, we’ve talked about the dreaded CABIN FEVER we can suffer from during the wintertime. Staying busy by keeping tidy and working on projects around the home will curb your restlessness. So while you may be considering putting off outdoor chores such as window cleaning, gutter cleaning and pressure washing til it warms up a bit, there’s plenty you can do now to gear up for a more organized spring cleaning season!   Purge & Replace – Less IS More If you’re bored, here’s a whopper of a project for you. We promise, while it’s time consuming, it is worth it! From the tidy minds at Just a Girl and Her Blog, we learned the power of “starting over.” If you’re looking to re-arrange, re-decorate or just completely purge and organize a room… remove EVERYTHING from it, and only return the furniture and items you truly need. You’re then guaranteed to make contact with each and every part of the room, forcing you to analyze and consider its value before deciding it’s a keeper. During this process you’ll come up with a lot of great things to donate or simply toss out.   Tax Season – It’s Here! I know… BOOOOOORING. But tax season is almost here, so getting your taxes done NOW while you’re cooped up inside will be a relief come springtime. Once the sun is shining and you’re ready to “shake the house,” spring cleaning season will feel significantly less daunting if your taxes are a distant memory. If you have a trusted accountant to do the legwork for you, our first piece of advice is stick with ’em! But if you’re doing them yourself, we have a few simple tricks that will have you feeling more in control: Designate a room or area that is dedicated to all things TAXES. Having everything in one place will keep your documents and your mind tidy during this hectic time. If you’re dealing with a lot of receipts and/or invoices, it’s best to organize these first before starting a thing. Create a system that categorizes these items in a way you can easily understand – better yet, scan each of them in and save each to a folder with related items. Look at tax returns of years past. Unless you’ve had major life changes in the past year such as having a baby, buying a house or starting a business, referring to last year’s return will help you get your checklist started. At the end of the day, filing your taxes may seem like a chore – but you get paid at the end of it! Chins up, good luck, and happy filing!   Re-Purpose Household Items to Organize OTHER Household Items Rather than shelling out a ton of money at the Container Store, (which is a fabulous place, don’t get us wrong), you may find everything you need to get organized in your recycling bin, basement or right under your nose in the kitchen. There are plenty of “disposable” items you may want to keep around… Whether it’s an empty sauce jar, yogurt container or coffee can, many of the receptacles your food COMES in can be re-purposed time and again. Store your leftovers, your nuts & bolts or office supplies. Rip or scrub off the labels, paint or leave plain – with a little creativity these can be decorative AND functional.   And don’t just throw out your shoe boxes! A little wrapping or contact paper can transform these perfectly good storage bins that you won’t need to hide under the bed. Even your soda boxes can be decoratively re-purposed as a pantry saver!   A little “going green” goes a long way – and the less you consume, the less you spend. Plenty of great ideas can be found online from the man himself, Bob Vila and the folks at HGTV – so don’t just take our word for it! What are some of your indoor organization projects you’ll be tackling this winter? Share in our comments below!