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  1. Your smart-home devices could be easy to hack. Here’s how to protect yourself.

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    So your holiday gift was a new smart-home device. It could be Amazon's Echo, often called "Alexa," or Google Home using "Siri," which provide music, news updates and other information features; iRobot Roomba to clean your floors; the Ring doorbell, or a smart TV for voice-command video.

    Maybe you're thrilled with your gift, or maybe you're a bit wary, given recent reports of cyberhacking of some devices. Internet-oriented devices ...
  2. How much does it cost to hire a cleaning service?

    There’s nothing quite like coming home to a clean house – especially when there’s little time to do the job yourself. The good news is hiring a professional housecleaner may be more a lot more affordable than you think. And the time and stress it saves can make it worth every penny!

    Here’s a look at what you can expect to pay for house cleaning services and what’s typically included in the cost.

    How much do cleaning services charge?

    Professional house cleaners ...
  3. How much does interior painting cost?

    A fresh coat of paint can go a long way in transforming your space – and what better time to start than heading into a new year? Here's what you need to know to set your budget and complete a job well done.

    Getting started

    Painting the interior of a 2,000-square-foot house costs between $1,900 and $7,800. Wall height, designer paint and regional differences all play into the final price point, so be sure to communicate with your painting pro about your budget.
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  4. 10 tips to get organized

    Clear the clutter! More than ever before, people are opting for minimalism instead of overstuffed and cluttered homes. From items purchased on a vacation to treasured mementos and those that have been gifted, the accumulation of items may be what is standing in the way of you creating a more organized home.

    Closets should be organized and not just used for storage, ditto for kitchen pantry areas and shelving. Bookcases can become organized showcases for home decor.

    Here ...
  5. How can I keep a new baby safe in my home?

    If you're welcoming a new baby to the family, you may be wondering what you can do to keep the little one safe at home. Whether this is your first baby or your fifth grandchild, there are lots of things you can do to keep your family's pride and joy happy and healthy as they grow.

    Test for toxins

    When was the last time you tested the air quality in your home? You may have locked up harmful cleaning chemicals, but you should also test for levels of mold, radon, lead and ...
  6. How can I boost productivity in my home office?

    Working remotely has its perks, but it can also present unique challenges to stay on task and move full steam ahead. If you feel held back from reaching your potential on the job, consider upgrading hidden components of your home office to increase productivity and put your best foot forward.

    Plants

    Fresh foliage does more than brighten things up in your workspace. In addition to oxygenating the air, multiple studies have found that natural additions to a room positively ...
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