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Tour of a Thrifty, Whimsical Home

My friends Molly and Patrick Lockwood are the epitome of thrift. They are Christian musicians who reside in Nashville. For the past four years they lived "in community" - in a large 2,500 square-foot house with anywhere from six to eleven total people. This economical way of living taught them many lessons about patience and kindness and cooperation. Fifteen ...

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Tips for selling your house

Want to know what it takes to sell your house the first day it goes on the market? Would it thrill you to get three offers on that first day? How would you feel if two of those offers were with cash? And if one of those cash offers said they would forego getting an inspection done on the house ... they wanted it that much? I wish I could tell you. Really, I wish I ...

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Project 333 – A minimalist closest

Could you live with only 33 articles of clothing in your closet for the next three months? I don’t know if I can. But I’m going to try. It’s called Project 333. Keep only thirty-three items in your closet for three months. When the three months are up, pick a new set of 33 items that fit better with the next season, and keep only those. Repeat. Through web ...

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Too much stuff

Lots of possessions make life more complicated. When I was young and living in my parents’ house, my dad constantly complained about my messiness. When he was being nice about it, he’d say, “Chansin, you’re such a good daughter… almost perfect … if only you could keep your room clean!” And then on his mean days he’d say, “You’re such a pig!” ...

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Don’t water the lawn at night

I’m new to lawn maintenance. One reason I enjoyed being an apartment-dweller and renter was that I didn’t have to take care of grass. Lawn care was provided by the landlord in the two houses we’ve rented. But now we’re living in our own house, and I noticed the lawn is looking a little parched. I usually wouldn’t care very much and would let it die or go ...

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