Packing & Moving

Preparing for a Move: How to Declutter & Minimize

April 13, 2017
Couple packing in the living room

It pays to know the difference between your treasure and your trash, particularly when it comes to moving. No sense in hauling what’s effectively dead weight, right? But the process of determining—and purging—what doesn’t hold personal worth can carry a fair degree of murk and uncertainty. Does this have lasting sentimental value? How much of something is too much? Won’t I need this someday? After all, you’re not just organizing random objects; you’re organizing your life. But rest easy. Many have emerged from the decluttering…

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Buying a Home

Cost Comparison: Rent or Buy

April 10, 2017
Couple calculating finances

There are many benefits to being a homeowner. From a purely financial perspective, there are tools to help determine the cost of renting versus buying a home. Comparing the cost of renting to buying usually depends on key factors, such as budgeted monthly rent, target home price, the length of time you plan to live in the home and what your mortgage rate would be. Estimating these values can help determine if buying is financially advantageous. In addition to the actual buying costs, it is…

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Packing & Moving

Going-away Party Ideas for Kids (or Grown-ups!)

April 7, 2017

A big move can be a big adjustment—especially for children. One way you can help them get excited about the move is to throw a going-away party. Here are a few ideas to get you started, but feel free to follow our Moving Party board on Pinterest for even more inspiration. Let your child help with the planning. During a move, kids can feel like a lot of things are out of their control. By letting them make choices about their party’s guest list, invitations,…

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Life at Home

4 Nursery Room Themes for 2017

April 4, 2017
Baby in a crib

We’ve got you covered, baby! Your baby will spend a lot of time in his or her nursery—and so will you. That’s why it’s so important to ensure that the space is equal parts comfort, function and beauty. Here, we’ve identified four nursery room themes for 2017 to help you design a kid-and-parent-friendly space that’s warm, inviting and totally on trend. Big, Bold Blooms Flowers are always in vogue, but this year, the blooms are bigger and better than ever! We’re talking lively, oversized floral…

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Packing & Moving

Your 2-month Moving Checklist

April 1, 2017

It’s time to move—but where do you start? Use our handy moving checklist below to prepare for your move. 2 months before the move: Get estimates from moving companies and/or storage units. Print your floor plan and review furniture placement. Make a list of people who will need your new address. Donate, sell or throw away anything unnecessary. Inventory your valuables for insurance purposes. 6 weeks before the move: If you’re packing yourself, collect boxes and other necessary supplies. Start packing items you don’t use…

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