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Getting Your Small Space Ready for the Holidays

Whether you’re hosting a large holiday dinner, a festive cocktail party or a casual brunch, the key to getting the most out of your space this season is with a flexible mindset.  Use these tips to get inspired for this year’s festivities and to plan ahead for next year:

Rearrange (and get creative!)
Rearrange your furniture to limit crowding and ensure there’s enough space to make you and your guests comfortable. The double-sided Flex Sofa is an ideal way to achieve maximum quality time with friends and family. A sofa with a wide, sturdy structure and movable backrests is perfect for perching on from all angles. Have fun decorating your space for the holidays, but make sure there is enough room on counters, shelves, and side tables for your company to place plates of food and drinks. Think of unique solutions to maximize your space by having items serve double-duty on the day of your gathering. Try clearing off a shelf on a bookcase to create a temporary bar or snack station.

What to do with all those coats?
Make sure you think ahead and plan for where your guests can keep their coats and bags – the last thing you’ll need in your small space is clutter! Short on closet space? Keep winter coats and bags out of the way by hanging them along a wall with hooks – like the Hidden – a much more organized alternative to piling coats on someone’s bed.

Making mealtime easy
Consider using a transforming table that can be extended to full size at mealtime to seat everyone while they eat, but can be tucked away or used for a different purpose when not in use. The Goliath console can serve as small bar area or snack table throughout the night, but come mealtime it can seat up to ten hungry guests.
If you can forgo the formalities of a sit-down meal, putting out a number of small plates around the room or having guests grab food buffet-style from the kitchen is a fun and social alternative to crowding around a table elbow-to-elbow. “Pot lucks and lounging around informally make for the best memories,” says Jacqueline Schmidt, Director of Design at Ollie. “Easy set up and clean up and more time to spend together, which is what matters the most!”

Accommodating for overnight guests
The holidays are a great time for gathering with family and friends, but sometimes those short-term guests can turn into long-term ones. Anticipate both your expected and unexpected guests by having a plan in place. A sofa wall bed system such as the Swing will not only provide you with an extra sleeping spot, but also features extra storage and can be folded up to provide space and everyday seating so that your home doesn’t feel too crowded.

Keeping things fresh
A lot of people crammed into a smaller space can make for a stuffy environment. If you can do it without freezing, open windows occasionally to provide circulation and air flow. You can also use air freshening sprays or candles to keep the atmosphere inviting and smelling good. Revive candles and room sprays from Melaleuca.com come in a variety of festive scents for the holiday season.


Online Company Review: Glass Door

Glass Door is an online business that specializes in business reviews. Their web site, GalssDoor.com, allows employees to hop on and share honest, anonymous reviews about the companies they work for. Former employees can also leave reviews.

Glass Door has been around for about nine years now, and employees have been able to write online reviews since 2008. Reviews consist of ranking the overall company (zero to five stars); rating the CEO (on a scale of zero to 100); listing the pros and cons of the company; recommending the company (or not); and offering "advice to management."

All the major companies in the U.S. have thousands of reviews. There are also many other smaller companies with only a few hundred or so. Overall, there have been millions of Glass Door reviews posted about thousands of organizations. Let's take a look at how a few companies fare on Glass Door

1. Procter & gamble reviews
• 3,804 reviews
• 4.0-star rating
• 93% approval rating for CEO David S. Taylor
• 85% recommend the company to a friend
• Sample pros: "Great co-workers, challenging technical issues to solve." "Stable environment focused on icon brands."
• Sample cons: "Not sure how much they value employees." "Paperwork is a little much. Workload can get overwhelming. The time it takes getting new equipment through financing and in the door and up and running is too long."
• Sample advice to management: "You should really listen to the people who execute the work before you throw in a new strategy." "Please remember to keep your best people even when they fight for your employees at work. Please keep us protected but also let the people you hired do the job that you hired them for. Continue to support us and we will continue to support you too."

2. Melaleuca reviews
• 156 reviews
• 4.0-star rating
• 82% approval rating for CEO Frank VanderSloot
• 81% recommend the company to a friend
• Sample pros: "Fast-paced, high-energy, mission-driven, CUSTOMER-centered, EMPLOYEE-built, privately-held company approaching $2B in annual sales with a 32 year growth record. An amazing and challenging environment perfect for personal and team growth and development."
• Sample cons: "Performance based income, need to really work hard and put in a lot of time to make a significant income."
• Sample advice to management: "Invest in your people." "Hire people because they know what they are doing. Then let them do it. Pay them well so that they won't ever leave."

3. Wendy's reviews
• 2,086
• 3.2-star rating
• 68% approval rating of CEO Emil Brolick
• 54% recommend the company to a friend
• Sample pros: "Great co-workers, awesome General Manager, easy to move up." "I like the culture here."
• Sample cons: "District Managers are pets of the company and some have very little concern for a work/life balance."
• Sample advice to management: "I thing they can make things way better by getting bigger and really get to know people before they actually get hired in."


Choosing a Dining Room Table

The dining room is an integral part of a home. This is the place where family and friends gather together particularly on special occasions. To make dining a pleasurable one, it is very important for the room to be stylish and comfortable.


Bedroom Makeover

With busy lives full of family, friends and work, our bedroom is oftentimes the place we go to relax and escape everyday life. When done right, bedrooms should be stress-free private sanctuaries full of soothing colours, comfortable bedding and plush pillows. 


Why You Need Dishwasher Repair

The Importance of Proper Dishwasher Repair

Do you have a noisy dishwasher? Are you dealing with dirty dishes after they come out of the dishwasher? Repairing a dishwasher is one of the most important things you can do for your home because without one it can cause you to end up washing a lot of dishes by hand. If you have young kids, you can find yourself washing dishes for several hours a day. Here are some of the common issues we see with dishwashers.


The number one issue we hear about is a noisy dishwasher. Noise comes from a number of things from food stuck in the sprayers, drainage system, and motors to pump housing problems. We know how to deal with pump housing, worn washer arm bearings, and motor bushings.


Another major problem we handle is treating a leaky dishwasher. A worn pump and door seal normally causes the problems with a dishwasher leak. Failed water inlet valves are another issue that causes leaking to occur.

Dishwasher Won’t Start

Are you pushing a button on the control panel and it won’t even light up? Is the control panel flashing a code? We can fix a dishwasher that will not turn on. Usually it is an issue related to the latch switch, timer, electronic control, motor relays, and thermal fuses.

Door Latch Problem

The door latch will wear out quickly because it is used several times a day. Plastic door latches will wear out fast and they need to be replaced often to close the door and seal out water.

Dirty Dishes

Another major problem is when you go through a cleaning cycle and the dishes are still dirty. Appliance repair Staten Island  can troubleshoot a dishwasher to find out why it isn’t cleaning. Normally the issues are caused from housing gaskets, spray arms, and water delivery tubes and filters.

Not Draining

Appliance repair Brooklyn often deal with dishwashers that have standing water in the bottom. The dishwasher cannot drain if there is a drain pump motor issue, timer problem, and clogged drain hose.

Doesn’t Disperse Detergent

Is your dishwasher working normally, but it isn’t dispensing detergent? A timer or wax motor is normally to blame when it comes to detergent.

For more information about dishwasher repair, call washer repair Brooklyn or washer repair Staten Island today

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Beneficial to Hire Packers and Movers?

When shifting your base from one location to another, one of the most challenging and tedious job to perform is to pack the entire household items and arrange a moving vehicle all alone. The problem does not end here, you feel stressed concerning the safety and security of your goods throughout the journey. All these concerns blow up our mind all through the relocation process. However, there are packers and movers los angeles who will come to our aid whenever we need them.

Packers and los angeles movers are professionals in their field and will execute your whole relocation process very efficiently avoiding any kind of hassles.

Below are few of the many reasons why you should hire a professional packers and movers  miami

The professionals are highly trained and have the basic knowledge to safely handle your delicate belongings. They know how to pack each item carefully and they make sure to categorize them properly so that during the process of unpacking, there is no chaos and trouble finding your things.

They use special and unique material to keep your belongings safe from any internal or external damage. They make use of various equipments and tools to lift or place your goods in a proper manner without any harm. When you try to pack yourself, you must find it very difficult and tiresome to arrange and keep everything properly in a box. But, these professional packers are there to take away all your worries just like that.

The moving service providers have well-trained staff to pack and move your goods safely to the new destination. The moving company has a specific number of staff to pack and unpack the goods and another number of staff to load and unload the goods. They will perform everything in less time and that too in a very effective way. They also have various sizes of carriers to move even the large quantity goods altogether.

The services that the miami movers offer are very cost-effective if you hire a reliable one. Even if you do not hire the professionals, then you have to spend lots of money on individual labors for packing, loading and moving separately.  This would cost you more as compared to the professional moving company because the individual services will charge you as much as they like. So, if you hire the professionals, then you will get all services in one package in a pocket-friendly price. Before selecting the one movers and packers, make sure to compare the quotes of different companies with each other.

The topmost benefit of hiring a reliable moving service provider is that you will feel relaxed and stress-free throughout the relocation. You won’t have to take any kind of stress regarding your belongings because it will be on the safe hands. They will take care of your belongings as if it’s their own. They will manage each process carefully right from packing to rearrange everything in the new home.

Overall, the movers and packers will definitely make your relocation memorable and pleasing.


Tips in Choosing Living Room Furniture

The living room is the space in a home that welcomes guests. With that, homeowners make sure that it is well-designed and that it could give comfort to all- not only for guests but for homeowners as well. In designing a living room, the furniture is very important because aside from the visual appeal of the space, it also plays a vital role. Imagine a living area without furniture. Where would you sit to relax and entertain guests? Where will you lounge while watching the television?


10 Things to Consider When Buying a Sofa

Sofas are a big commitment - both literally and figuratively. On the figurative side, they're expensive, and they need to last for a long time. And literally, well, they're big. They take up a lot of space in a room and often anchor a decorating scheme.

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Health Check: how to get off the couch and into exercise

Jordan Smith, University of Newcastle

Current guidelines suggest Aussie adults should accrue at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week. However, 60% of us fail to meet this recommendation, and around one in six aren’t doing any regular exercise at all.

If this sounds like you, don’t despair. Studies show that any amount of physical activity is better than none. So there’s a strong rationale for getting off the couch, even if 150 minutes seems impossible.


How to Start a YouTube Channel for Your Business

Every day, YouTube users in the United States watch over 8000 years of content and yet only 9% of small businesses have bothered to start their own channels. As YouTube usage continues to soar, don’t let your business be one of the ones that are left behind.


How To Save Money on Furniture When You’re Young

If you’re a young person living paycheck to paycheck or struggling under student loans, then it’s important to spend your money carefully. But unless you want to use a cardboard box as a coffee table and a sleeping bag for your bed, you’ll have to set up your home with bedroom and living room furniture. Fortunately, it can be done on a budget.