• How to Donate to Habitat for Humanity ReStore


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    BrightNestIf the item you want to donate doesn’t fit in your car, Habitat for Humanity ReStores will pick it up for free!

    So you’re ready for a new couch. What do you do with the old one? Instead of leaving it curbside with a handwritten “Free” sign or tossing it in a dumpster, give Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore a call.

    Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell gently used furniture, decor, building materials and appliances at a fraction of the price. All of the proceeds are used to build homes by Habitat for Humanity.

    You can drop off just about anything home related, from hammers to lamps and even still-working refrigerators. And, if the item you want to donate doesn’t fit in your car, ReStores will pick it up for free! To find a ReStore in your area, visit Habitat.org.

    Appliances: All appliances must be in 100 percent working order, clean, and have all knobs present to be suitable for pickup. Appliances should be 15 years old or less. However, …read more  

  • How to Push a Millennial Out of the Nest

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    ShutterstockAccording to research, 14 percent of Millennials have moved back in with their parents.

    By Michael Corbett

    Moving out of your parent’s house. Leaving the nest. For most of us, it was a rite of passage. We went to college, and then proudly headed out into the world to make our own way, while our parents turned our old room into another guest bedroom.

    However, for a significant percentage of young adults, that rite of passage is now all about returning to the roost, rather than flying solo. According to Gallup research, 14 percent of Millennials, the age group of 24-34 year-olds, have moved back in with their parents. The homeownership rate for those under age 35 was 36.2 percent in the first quarter of 2014, down from a historical high of 43.1 percent at the end of 2005, according to Census data. According to numerous economic reports on

    If you can sense that your boomerang kid is riding out his or her free meal ticket under your roof as long as they can, help them visualize when that …read more  

  • Cool Ways to Hide the Air Conditioner in Your Yard


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    By Mariana Pickering

    If you live in a hot climate, your air conditioner is probably your favorite major appliance. However, it can quickly become a major party crasher in the middle of your backyard summer barbecue. That same hulking, boxy piece of machinery that cools your house can be an eyesore in your garden. But don’t sweat it. There are plenty of ways you can hide, mask, conceal and block your air conditioning unit so you won’t even know it’s there. Here’s how to keep your cool.

    Modern Spaces by Montreal Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Sasha Newman

    First keep in mind how your air conditioner works and what keeps it happy and efficient. An A/C unit needs space to breathe. Because it works so hard to make the inside of your house cool, it needs to vent a bunch of generated heat. The reason that the metal casings of air conditioning units are perforated is to do just that. Keep this in mind when adding any sort of cover or obstruction near your machine. To be …read more