Life Hacks

5 Mom-Approved Tips for Getting Kids to Complete Chores

Ask any mother if her children listen, and when she’s done laughing, she’ll ask if you have any advice. It’s difficult enough to get kids to tune in. But when it comes to convincing them to do chores, the effort can feel herculean.

Not that we can blame them, because chores aren’t fun! So it’s a parent’s job to make them seem that way, whether it’s taking out the trash, dusting or vacuuming, or just picking up toys after playtime.

The secret? Learn from the experts: other moms. Here are five parent-approved tips for getting kids to complete their chores.

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Declutter Your House: 6 Tips to Organize the Bathroom

Towels folded nicely on a bathroom vanity

Containing clutter is a constant struggle. But the solutions don’t have to cost a lot. And the peace of mind that comes with an organized house? Priceless.

We present a series that shows you how to declutter your house, one room at a time, with budget in mind. For the third installment, we tackle the bathroom.

Bathrooms are typically small, so organization is key, even inside cabinets and drawers. Use every available inch — horizontally, vertically, and on the backs of doors.

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Declutter Your House: 5 Tricks to Organize the Laundry Room

Maytag washer and dryer in a laundry room

Containing clutter is a constant struggle. But the solutions don’t have to cost a lot. And the peace of mind that comes with an organized house? Priceless.

We present a series that shows you how to declutter your house, one room at a time, with budget in mind. For the second installment, we tackle the laundry room. A necessity in life, laundry is not always fun. But it doesn’t feel like a chore if done in a tidy space you actually enjoy.

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Declutter Your House: 4 Ideas to Organize the Kitchen

Kitchen declutter pantry after

Containing clutter is a constant struggle. But the solutions don’t have to cost a lot. And the peace of mind that comes with an organized house? Priceless.

We present a series that shows you how to declutter your house, one room at a time, with budget in mind. The first space to target: your kitchen.

It’s the busiest room in your house, which means it’s often the most disorganized. But it should be a place where you and your family like to hang out. When your most-used ingredients and cooking utensils are at the ready, and less-used items are hidden away, it makes mealtime more enjoyable.

Here are some tips for reducing the mess — and stress — in your kitchen.

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4 Easy Ways To Hide Electronics Cables and Cords

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No matter how put-together your space, there is one mess you can expect in nearly every room in your house: that tangled web of cables and cords covering desktops, lurking behind entertainment centers, and piling up on the floor.

It’s inevitable, because you do love your electronics!

But it doesn’t take much to hide the unsightly necessities that come with TVs, computers, video game consoles, audio equipment, and lamps. Check out these four easy, low-cost solutions for keeping those cables and cords out of sight and out of mind.

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5 Ways to Make the Most of Black Friday Shopping


On Black Friday in 2015, there were 49,000 sale items. This year, BlackFriday.com predicts that 2016 deals will reach 52,000. If the thought of nabbing one these crazy deals makes you as giddy as a five-year-old on Christmas Eve, then the following tips will help you make the most of Black Friday shopping at Rent-A-Center. With a little pre-planning, getting deals in time for the holidays can be easy — because Magic Happens Here.  Read Story

How to Deep-Clean Your Refrigerator


Refrigerators are a truly modern luxury that most of us cannot live without. But the fridge has also become such a household mainstay that many of us also forget that it needs a good deep-clean every once in a while. (In fact, a dirty fridge can cause foodborne illnesses like E. coli that often require medical attention.) Here’s how to clean your refrigerator and keep both your family and your food safe and healthy.
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