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How a Bedtime Story Inspired Me to Get Organized

One of the best ways to increase comfort and functionality in the home is to implement organizational measures. Photo: PremierGarage (2014)

One of the best ways to increase comfort and functionality in the home is to implement organizational measures. Photo: PremierGarage (2014)

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Diamond Certified Tips of the Day: Best of 2012 (Part 2)

And now, the epic conclusion of our Best Diamond Certified Tips of the Day from 2012! Look for the series to continue in 2013 with the addition of several new media channels. In the meantime, if you want to get the Diamond Certified Tip of the Day on a regular basis, make sure to “Like” us on Facebook!

5. Cabinets
If you want to avoid a full-scale cabinet remodeling project, consider refurbishing your existing cabinets. In the case of kitchen cabinetry, this can be accomplished by simply repainting and refinishing the wood. Functional modifications, such as replacing deep drawers with roll-out shelves for easier access, can further reinvent your cabinets without the need for replacement.

6. Moving
When packing for a move, you can maximize space and identify unwanted items by working in concentric circles according to your house plan. Start with the rooms farthest from the center, such as the attic, basement and storage rooms. After that, move into the bedrooms, family room and kitchen. Pack as you go and make separate piles for items you plan to sell, donate, or give to friends and relatives. Continue reading “Diamond Certified Tips of the Day: Best of 2012 (Part 2)” »

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Diamond Certified Tips of the Day: Best of 2012 (Part 1)

The Diamond Certified Tip of the Day series was a big hit with consumers this year, providing useful information and advice for a wide range of topics across many different service industries. The series will continue in 2013 and beyond (with the addition of new media channels!), but in the meantime, here are 5 of the most popular tips from 2012. Look for Part 2 next week!

1. Solar
Before installing a residential solar system, take steps to ensure your home is as energy-efficient as possible. Install weather stripping around doors and windows, add new insulation in walls and attic spaces, switch to fluorescent light bulbs, or insulate your water heater and water pipes. By reducing your energy needs, you can reduce the size and cost of the solar system you’re installing.

2. Cars
Leaving your car idling in the driveway actually wastes more gas than driving it, as it requires the fuel injectors to provide extra fuel to the engine for a longer period of time. When your car’s engine is cold, its computerized sensors tell the fuel injectors to stay open longer, allowing more fuel to flow to the engine until it reaches normal operating temperature. Continue reading “Diamond Certified Tips of the Day: Best of 2012 (Part 1)” »

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Custom Cabinetry: Is it Right for You?

In a typical kitchen remodeling budget, almost half the cost is allocated to the cabinets alone—especially if they’re custom made. Custom cabinetry can greatly improve the aesthetics of your kitchen, but just like any home addition, their effectiveness depends on numerous factors. Before you decide to purchase custom cabinets, consider the following tips:

Determine your cooking habits. You’ll be using the cabinets to store ingredients, plates, bakeware and more, so it’s important to understand your specific cooking habits. Take time to decide how much you’ll be using your kitchen, where you cook the most and so on.

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Regularly Clean Your Kitchen Cabinets to Maintain Their Efficiency

Kitchen cabinets collect more grease, food spills and moisture than most other parts of a house. Grime builds up fastest around door and drawer handles, because they’re constantly being opened. To effectively preserve your cabinets, consider the following tips:

  • Painted wood, metal, laminated plastic and wood-grain vinyl surfaces can be cleaned with a solution of detergent and warm water. After cleaning, rinse the cabinet with a cloth or sponge dampened in clean water. When wiping the surface dry, use a dry cloth or paper towel to prevent streaking. Painted, plastic and metal surfaces can occasionally be cleaned with a creamy liquid wax, which leaves a protective coating that repels soil.
  • Feel free to use an all-purpose household cleaner, but read the label to confirm it can be used on your cabinet’s surface. Test the cleaner inside a door to ensure it won’t harm the finish. Never use scouring powder or other abrasives on cabinets; they’ll damage the finish.
  • For natural, finished wood with a heavy buildup of grease and grime that won’t come off with regular wood cleaners, you may need to use a straight solvent such as paint thinner. Make sure there are no open flames or pilot lights in the room where you’re working, as paint thinner is highly flammable and toxic to breathe. Continue reading “Regularly Clean Your Kitchen Cabinets to Maintain Their Efficiency” »

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Avoid These Space Wasters in Your New Kitchen

If you’re planning now for a kitchen remodel, you need to think through how you’re going to be using the space. I remember when I did my first remodel years ago, we thought it would be a good idea to have a desk where the kids could do their homework. You know, they never used it, but the family dog did. She slept under it for years. Chris Chidester, General Manager of the Cabinet Center, a Diamond Certified company, tells me desks in kitchens aren’t as popular as they used to be. Now that people have laptops, wireless and cell phones, they gravitate to the kitchen island or a table to work, so that frees up space for storage. Mr. Chidester also suggests not wasting space on trash compactors. “Now that we’re recycling so much, we don’t have nearly as much garbage as we once had, so compactors are almost becoming extinct.”

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A Surprise Question

You don’t hear this too often. “What could I have done differently, if anything, to win your business?”

The owner of a kitchen cabinet showroom sincerely wanted to know why I had purchased cabinets elsewhere. I had visited there weeks before while putting together a plan for my kitchen. I returned to his store to buy countertops because he was knowledgeable and friendly, AND not pushy. I wanted to give him at least some of my business.

I explained that my contractor and I had decided to go with custom cabinets instead, for a variety of reasons. He told me that asking that question repeatedly and listening to customers’ answers helped him improve his service.

And that’s why he’s a successful local business owner.

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