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DIY Your Own Decorations
Here's a family- and budget-friendly DIY project! Gather around the table to make your own holiday decorations. It's a wonderful way to spend time together—plus you can save money by making your own from repurposed materials, backyard branches, or outdated decorations in need of new life.
As snow falls across the country, make sure you're up to date on the safest way to shovel snow. You can eliminate muscle strain and injury by choosing a good shovel, stretching before you work, and pushing the snow across your sidewalks and driveways—not lifting it. It's also a good idea to take breaks every 15 minutes so you don't get overworked.
Holiday Lights Safety
If your house isn't twinkling with bright holiday lights just yet, make sure to install them safely when you do. Work with a partner if possible, or use an extension pole to reach to the roof and keep your feet planted on the ground. And remember to plug outdoor lights into circuits protected by ground-fault-interrupters (GFCIs) for electrical safety.
Related: 8 Tips for Hanging Holiday Lights
Safe Holiday Vacation
There's a slight uptick in home burglaries around the holidays, so take precautions if you plan to travel. Call the post office to hold your mail, and ask a neighbor or friend to park in your driveway or even shovel your walk while you're away. Or install one of many high-tech security gadgets now on the market to monitor your home while you're out of town.
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Deodorize Your Home
Many families have guests on the way this month, so it's important to keep your home smelling fresh. Replace baking soda in the fridge or freezer, decorate with fragrant evergreen branches, or invest in an air purifier with a HEPA filter to remove impurities—like mold and dust—from the air.
Wood Furniture Care
Chances are your home interior is much drier in winter than in warm summer months—and that takes its toll on wood furniture, which can dry and crack. Oil cleaners can protect wood furniture by making it more slippery, but won't hydrate below the finish. Instead, care for your wood furniture by running a humidifier.
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