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6 Step Plan to Spring Cleaning and Organizing Your Finances

An important part of keeping your personal finances in good shape and getting yourself out of debt is organizing your finances.

With spring now upon us, “spring cleaning” is on a lot of people’s minds, but this concept can apply to more than just your home. It can be applied to your personal finances as well.

Seven apps and tools to organize your life

Restore order to your days
Between work, activities, appointments, and ever-growing to-do lists, many of us constantly feel rushed and anxious.

How to Organize Your Life: 10 Habits of Really Organized People

Really organized people are not born organized, they have to cultivate healthy habits, which then help them to stay organized.

So even if you think you are a very disorganized person, you can learn to be organized.

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Marie Kondo Explains Why Tidying Up Is Such Big Part Of Japanese Culture

If there’s one person who knows about tidying up, it’s Marie Kondo.

The Japanese tidying expert gained widespread popularity in the U.S. back in 2014, when her first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, was released.

7 Things to Organize in a Weekend

The first principle of organizing is not deciding how to store your belongings—it’s deciding whether or not you need all your belongings to start with.

Can being more organized be good for your health?

One of the most valuable lessons I have learned through working with a professional organizer is the action step of planning. In the past, I often relegated planning to another item on my to do list. I was not aware of the extra-ordinary advantages that come from planning one’s schedule, whether related to work, family, or social life.

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5 Best Reasons to Declutter

Most of can agree that our homes could use less clutter, but making the time to declutter is a little like getting to the end of the rainbow.

Here are the five best reasons to declutter that will make your life greatly better in all kinds of ways.

Surprising Ways Home Decor Can Boost Your Happiness

No matter where you live, careful design can turn your space into a sanctuary. Elements like room layout, sounds from the street, even the color of your throw pillows come together to determine the character of your home. And that includes much more than looks—design influences your mental and physical health in surprising ways every day.

Can being more organized be good for your health?

One of the most valuable lessons I have learned through working with a professional organizer is the action step of planning. In the past, I often relegated planning to another item on my to do list. I was not aware of the extra-ordinary advantages that come from planning one’s schedule, whether related to work, family, or social life.

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Work Smarter — Find your Work-Life Balance

Work-life balance ranks as one of the most important factors in the workplace in today’s society.

How the self-employed can get organized

Above all else, keep your personal and business banking separate.
I’ve been self-employed for most of my life. Being in charge of everything from payroll to filing, never mind actually doing the work, means I’ve learned to be very organized.

How to Easily Organize Your Receipts

“Keep all of your receipts” is almost the first piece of tax advice everybody learns, and for good reason; without an accurate, easily referenced record of the money you’ve spent, you may not be able to answer the Canada Revenue Agency’s request for verification of your business expenses.

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The Best Decluttering Advice We’ve Heard

This is your year to finally get—and stay—organized. Here, experts reveal their best tips, tricks and strategies for keeping a clutter-proof home.
1. Know Your Clutter Personality
In order to maintain a clutter-free home, you need to get to the root of why things pile up in the first place

Emotional Minimalism: How to Purge Yourself From Inner Chaos and Clutter

I want you to settle into your body for a moment as you read this.  Before you decide to scroll down the page, skim through a few paragraphs, or click on something else, try this one thing first:

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How to Organize Your Kitchen for a Stress-Free Cooking Experience

We don’t just prepare food in our kitchens, we host our friends, have family discussions and simply hang out in them as well. Enhancing the organization and functionality of your kitchen will allow the space to feel open, appear tidy and look great while serving your needs. Here are the top 10 tips and techniques to follow when designing their kitchens.

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Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Review

Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are highly effective on many surfaces including walls, ceiling vents, baseboards, blinds, bathtubs, and many other places in the home.

The Magic Eraser is a miracle worker for crayon and marker colored onto walls.

A Review of the Febreze Plug Air Freshener

Febreze Plug is a scented oil plug-in air freshener that alternates between two complementary scents. It was originally sold as the Febreze Noticeable, but has since been renamed.

Top 5 Rubber Gloves for Dish washing and Household Chores

Keep Your Hands Protected With These Top-Rated Rubber Gloves.
Rubber dishwashing gloves come in handy when we want to protect our hands from household chemicals, staining, hot water, or icky substances that need to be cleaned.

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Things You need to know to Pass Your Home Inspection!

Have A Home Inspection And Eliminate Nasty Surprises!
Just when you think it’s safe to go back in the water, some shark opens its cavernous mouth and gobbles up a meaty chunk of profit.

9 Home Renovation Projects You Should Do in the Fall

Have you been itching to improve your deck space or paint your home’s exterior, but couldn’t fathom trying to do it in the summer when the humidity was in full swing and the thermostat stuck on sweltering?

Should I paint before selling my house?

Yep, probably…sorry to tell you that. Most homeowners that I speak to do NOT like painting. Guess what? Neither do the people that are considering buying your house.

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Things You need to know to Pass Your Home Inspection!

Have A Home Inspection And Eliminate Nasty Surprises!
Just when you think it’s safe to go back in the water, some shark opens its cavernous mouth and gobbles up a meaty chunk of profit.

5 Tips for Stress-Free Moving with Kids

When you finally decide to take a big leap and move, it can be one of the most exciting and stressful periods of your life. And if you’re a parent, double that excitement and stress based on the number of children you have.

The Fantastic Four: 4 Essential Home Staging Activities

There’s something fresh and energetic about this time of year. After another long, cold winter, spring season has finally settled in. Perhaps, like many other Canadian homeowners, you are ready to get your house prepared for a sale.

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Accessibility, Ramps, Lifts

Accessible homes and business should never be a nice to have it's a must. Accessibility and ease of mobility in the home or workplace can vastly improve everyday quality of life. There are many options, products and experts that can install ramps, install lifts, redesign a space and so on. Ask questions here and start removing those barriers and build a better space.

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Kitchen

Kitchen renovations can add such tremendous value to your home and let's face it we spend some part of every single day there. Maximize space, add style , have a more functional space add beauty. Sometimes you just want a little advice and other times you don't want he headache and just let the pros get you where you want to go. Sometimes we start out and get in over our heads or run out of steam, either way post your questions here and let some local experts help you out.

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Lawn, Garden and Landscaping

Some of you our there gave a real green thumb and then there's the rest of us. Fighting weeds, planting, putting in or pulling out trees and shrubs, cutting limbs (the plant kind) can be at the least a challenge, not to mention back breaking! Post your questions here see what sprouts.

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Lighting

Lighting can change the feel of a living space dramatically. It's not always as simple as it seems at the outset and sometimes D I Y can live you in the D A R K! Here you can post questions to local experts who can shed some light on on how and where to go next. This topic is full of bright ideas inside and out.

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Painting Interior and Exterior

One of the simplest ways to make a subtle or dramatic change to a space is with a fresh coat of paint. Sometimes though things seems so simple and before we know it we have painted ourselves in a corner. Walking into a local hardware store will show you pretty quick that there are a lot of choices, products, tools, supplies and lot's of ways to do things the right way and the wrong way. Posting here to local Ottawa experts is a great way to find the best options for you and your home or business.

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Paving

Driveway repairs, new driveways, repairs paving stones, resurfacing all can change the look that leads to your front door. Ottawa is filled with local pros that can help you get answers and set you on the right path.

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Pest Control

Some of us have furry little friends that are supposed to live with us while others move in unexpectedly. Pests can move into attics, walls or hide in plain sight. Creepy crawlies can literally take over and eat away at your home. Some solutions allow you to take some things into your own hands but often you need a pro to get pests under control. Ask a local pest control pro for help and ditch the stress.

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Plumbing

Problem with your plumbing? No not that, there are a bunch of things that can go wrong with plumbing and unchecked could lead to serious damage and big expenses down the road. Nip it in the bud! Post your questions here to find help about repairs, emergencies, general maintenance or complete overhauls. Your community is here to help!

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Plastering

Having a plaster disaster or trying to avoid one in the first place? Talk to people in Ottawa who have experience dealing with plastering work, repairs, maintenance and so on.

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Roofing

A good roof over your head is something we often take for granted. Keeping the house warm and dry seems obvious but often things are happening over time we don't even realize, resulting in big expenses if left unchecked. Post your roofing questions here for the Ottawa community to help you with repair issues, maintenance, emergencies, a new roof , venting and more.

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Solar and Wind Power

Wouldn't we all love to live off the grid? Ditch those crazy utility bills that you spend so much of your energy paying for. If you want to decrease your carbon footprint start by asking people in Ottawa who have experience with making their own energy. Discuss equipment, terminology, share resources, avoid common pitfalls, discuss rules and regs or find qualified installers and consultants.

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Stairs

Stairs and steps can get a lot of traffic in your home and projects to renew or repair them can be filled with ups and downs. They can also transform a home and renewed can add beauty and value. Post your questions to have your local community help you step by step.

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Sunrooms and Home Additions

Extra space, a little getaway, a tranquil reading space, there are all kinds of options and variations to that little extra to your home. Whether you want to look into building one or having some improvements or repairs done post your questions here and let the Ottawa community help you solve it.

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Swimming Pool and Spa

Pool and spa owners have a love hate relationship with their oasis and sometimes it's just a matter of chemistry. Ask local Ottawa professionals for some help be it big or small they will help you spend more time enjoying the oasis you intended it to be.

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Waste, Sewage, Sanitation

This can be a messy and smelly topic and a nasty problem to face. Thankfully you don't necessarily have to deal with it on your own.The Ottawa area has many experts who can help you with removal, cleanup and repairs so post your questions and someone will help you deal with the nasty.

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Home Theater AV and Gaming

Home tech is getting more advanced and complicated everyday. Movie theaters are getting so expensive for families not to mention the price of snacks! Time to bring that theater experience home, stay in stay comfy and eat the all the snacks YOU want! Find a pro and ask the questions to get you started and let movie and gaming adventures begin.

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Heating and Air Conditioning

Ottawa homes and homeowners are subjected to some wildest variations of hot and humid to seriously deep bitter frigid cold temperatures. As homeowners we are faced with maintenance, breakdowns, upgrades, repairs and needing new installations. This is a great area to have your needs met by Ottawa's HVAC specialists.

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Architecture

Looking to find an architect? How do you choose one? Where do you start? Ask an expert!

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Bathroom

Ask questions to contractors, share tips, mistakes you learned the hard way or just want to know where to begin on a bathroom reno or repair.

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Brickwork and Masonry

Hitting the bricks? Ask a contractor for help, find tips, share ideas about brickwork and masonry.

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Building a Home

This topic is for those who are looking into new home builds or are in the process and have more generic questions about the process, suppliers, materials or looking for a contractor. If you have a specific question about roofing, foundations or anything in between post in those specific categories.

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Cleaning

It's the one thing we all have to do but sometimes we don't have the time or the job is too big and you just need a big ugly mess go away. You have your blood sweat and tears to a big reno or home job and no energy left to tackle a big mess. So whether you are looking for help on residential cleaning, need temporary help or you have an industrial strength mess post your questions here. Unless it's hazardous material if that's the case head over to the hazardous material topic.

This topic for now covers all kinds of cleaners and cleaning solutions.

 

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Concrete

Want to ask a concrete question and get a concrete answer then post it here.

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Decks and Gazebos

Whether you are starting from scratch or you want to extend or repair a deck or gazebo post your questions to local Ottawa contractors here.

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Demolition and Removal

Before you start tearing things apart, breaking down walls that may present safety issues ask a local contractor for advice. In this topic you can also post questions about removal of materials. If you have questions about hazardous wast removal or related questions post them in the Hazardous materials topic.

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Drywall

Building a wall seems all the rage these days but sometimes at home it can simply help to divide up a space. Maybe you have a wall that has had more than a few bad days and needs some tlc. Post here and get the help you need from local experts.

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Electrical

Electrical work is one of the most important things in your home to be done well and safe. Post your questions for local Ottawa contractors here and find the help you need.

Electrical work is serious stuff so find a local professional because ...damn! You don't want to get this one wrong.

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Fences, Barriers and Screens

Whether you are looking for a whole new fence , barrier or screen post your questions and get help from your Ottawa contractor or handy person.

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Fire, Smoke, Water Damage

These are some of the hardest things to clean up and deal with and the Ottawa area has many trained experts standing by with their years of experience to answer your questions, and help you with your cleanup and restoration. These kinds of accidents can lead to mold and different toxins that you don't want to make contact with or breath so let the pro's help you.

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Flooring

So many types, ceramic, laminate, vinyl, tile, or carpeting there are so many things to consider to get things done well and looking amazing. Post your questions big or small and find the answers you are looking for.

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Foundations

A solid foundation for a structure is probably the single most important aspect of it's longevity and stability. Post questions here about foundation repair, maintenance extensions, new foundations, sealing and more.

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Hazardous Materials

Want to ask a question about what to do with hazardous waste, removal, storage or cleanup post it here.

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