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A Home Improvements Checklist

Eloise Wilkin We Help Daddy Whether you are selling your home or just need to look at your home with new eyes, here is a checklist I compiled from improving my own fixer-upper.  Home Improvements Checklist ¨     Front door should be repainted every one or two years at most (unless it is stained wood kept in great condition)   ¨     Add outside shutters or decorative trim ¨     Update or repaint garage door ¨     Wallpaper should be in good condition or remove it ¨     Repair nail holes, cracks, stains or repaint ¨     No leaking faucets; update faucets and fixtures that are tarnished, worn, ugly or outdated ¨     Fix broken shower doors or toilets (includes stains and hinges for toilet seats) ¨     Fix bathtub if worn, chipped or damaged; fix caulking ¨     Replace any bathroom carpet or worn linoleum with water-resistant flooring ¨     Fix creaky doors, drawers, and windows ¨     Light fixtures should be pretty and work well ¨     Paint or replac

Our Year of NO

We dropped out of everything in order to clear our heads, revive our bodies, refresh our spirits and decide on what really mattered. A. Sarnoff No sports. No extra classes. No seminars. No weekly school groups. No monthly homeschool meetings. No extra teaching. No monthly field trips. No monthly park days. No library club. We stopped everything except seeing my parents once a week.   We said no to everything except birthday parties and scheduled play dates.   We said no to most potlucks and most Christmas parties. We slept in in the mornings, awakening when our bodies told us to, and never set an alarm.   What a difference that made!   We all awoke at different times, but everyone was well rested.   We all decided that getting ready for bed would be at 9:00, storytime at 9:15, and lights out at 10:00. We began our school day at 11:00, and ended by 4:00.   This meant we had our mornings for: chores (a clean house!), decluttering, walks, dentist appts,