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Buying a home is one of the most expensive things most people do within their lifetimes.  Although most of us can afford to buy the house when we get into it: it’s nice to think that the home can eventually pay for itself or become a source of profit.

These are the top ways to help your mortgage pay itself!

Rent The Entire Property Out

The easiest way to have your mortgage paid off by the property itself is to rent your entire property out.  To do this, you’ll have to look into local rental laws in your area, vet renters to find people you can trust, and set the rent at a competitive number so that you can afford to let them live there while they eventually pay off the house’s price.

This can take a lot of work since you’ll have to maintain the property, pay taxes on your rental income, and deal with the losses and the cost of court if you have to evict a renter.  It’s not as easy as it may seem, so only take this approach if you’re ready for it.

Create A Rental Space On The Property

If renting out the entire property and not living in it isn’t an option, consider renting out portions of it.  This could be a small in-law suite in the backyard or an attic apartment that you update to be comfortable for tenants.  Even smaller, you can rent out a storage room on your property, which gives you the chance to cut out someone else living on your property altogether.

If you rent out this space, it’s a good idea to get security cameras and set some general rules for those leaving their property on your property.  Study up on local laws, so you’ll know what you have the right to do if your renter doesn’t pay.

Use Solar Panels and Grow Your Food

Although this doesn’t directly result in money, you can save enough money over time that it will cover the cost of a portion of your home by investing in green alternatives.  Growing your produce can save you hundreds of dollars a year, and putting in solar panels will give you a tax deduction while also saving money on your electricity bills.  These can take some time to come to fruition, but it’s better than struggling with tenants asking themselves, ‘should I rent or buy a house?’.

Start A Home-Based Business

If the idea of being a landlord isn’t for you, and you don’t want to sell your home or grow food to pay off your home: consider turning your property into a  business!  The type of business you start depends on your skills, the zoning of your area, and what kind of customers you expect.

Some makeup artists and beauticians turn parts of their home into their studio where customers are worked on, but that’s not the only way to start a business!  If you run your print shop, repair shop, or sticker company out of your home, the fact that you don’t have to pay for retail space will eventually help pay off your home’s bills.

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Will Today’s Quotations Become Tomorrows Gardening Proverbs?




We are all able to quote one or two gardening proverbs, even if we don’t really understand what they mean. Most of these will have been handed down to us, by family members, of an older generation. No-one knows where most of these old sayings originated, or why they were first coined. But one can imagine the first time they were spoken, that they were meant more literally than they are today.

Compare if you will, the Chinese proverb “A thorn defends a rose, harming only those who would steal the blossom”, with the modern sayings, especially those from the youth culture, and imagine any of them being passed on to the next generation.

Many of the so called quotations from “celebrities” are nothing short of vulgarities, with coarse language and profanities. Will people who hang on their every word and action, really want to recall them in years to come?

As with all proverbs, those related to gardening are thought provoking and can in fact fit many situations. An African proverb says “knowledge is like a garden, if it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested”. What a profound thought that really is.

Some garden proverbs such as “don’t make mountains out of molehills”,”you reap what you have sow” and “fresh as a daisy”, are well known all over the world. Despite television, the internet and other forms of the media, one cannot imagine the words of, for example Big Brother contestants, being remembered for a few weeks, let alone for hundreds of years, by people around the globe.

Perhaps as gardeners, we should be proud of these wonderful words of wisdom, and put a few of them in our gardens. What could be better, than something like “he that plants thorns must never expect to gather roses” in your rose bed? “Friends are flowers that never fade”, in your border, where your visitors are able to see them?

Yes, some of them mat be sentimental, but what is wrong with that? After all, you are probably very proud of your garden and enjoy showing it off to friends and family. Why not let them see that the reason for your beautiful garden, is that you have a romantic heart.

Or, perhaps you would rather have something more modern and catchy? What about something by John McEnroe – “you can’t see as well as those f*****g flowers, and they’re f*****g plastic”.

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The 3 Golden Rules of Decluttering Your Kitchen




The kitchen is probably one of the hardest areas of the house to declutter and organize because it is one of the most used and has the most items. The key to successful decluttering is organization. And think about how worth it it’s going to be – don’t you want to walk into a clean and clutter-free kitchen? You’ll be more inspired to cook and prepare meals more!

Rule # 1 – Only display items you use most

It’s not practical to visit cupboards and drawers just to make a cup of coffee, while you have plenty of items you barely use sitting on your counter. To make your kitchen work for you and not the other way around, store infrequently used items in the cupboards/drawers (if you don’t use it at all, get rid of it) and only bring out the items you use regularly.

Rule # 2 – Get rid of your spares

Why do you have cutlery for a family of 15? Do you really need 12 mugs when there’s only 4 of you at home? How come you have 5 frying pans when you clearly use just your favorite one? Think about how many extra plates, glasses, cutlery etc. you have that no one ever really uses and are just taking up space in your kitchen.

Realistically, you only really need one of each per member of the family, plus a few spares (for visitors and in case of breakage). Of course, there’s also that special set you only use during special occasions and there’s nothing wrong with that. But other than that, get rid of spares you don’t actually use.

If you must keep spares (for parties or whatnot), put them in a storage box and store them in the attic. You can also opt to use disposable for parties, which won’t clutter your kitchen!

Rule # 3 – Organize food properly

Speaking of spares – have you experienced buying new spices for a recipe, only to find out that you have 2 more bottles in the cupboard? To save money, avoid food wastage and get rid of clutter, position food and cooking items where you can see and access them properly. Display herbs and spices in a rack, store pastas in jars and place snacks in one place. Labelling the containers will also help a great deal in keeping your food items organized.

You don’t need to do something drastic to keep your kitchen organized and clutter-free – just practice these golden rules of decluttering your kitchen and you’ll be good to go!

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Winter Gardening – Winter Activities to Cure the Gardening Blues




Winter can be a hard time for us gardeners. Especially in the months after Christmas when the decorations and lights have been packed up and our gardens are covered in a thick layer of snow. But just because there’s nothing to do out in the garden doesn’t mean we can’t plan for this coming spring’s garden.

The winter is a great opportunity to plan for next year’s garden. As an avid gardener, I relish the chance to take stock of last year’s successes and failures and figure out how I can do things bigger or better. Just like a well built house starts from a set of plans, a fantastic garden requires forward thinking.

Towards the end of winter, when the warm days are starting to return, go out into your garden with a pen and notebook and take a survey of what needs to be done. Do perennials need to be moved or divided? Would you like to put in any new beds, and where? It’s a good idea to pay attention to how much light vs shade different spots in your garden receive.

Different plants prefer different amounts of light and this information can be found in most catalogs. If you’re planting veggies, draw a general diagram of what you want to plant and where. Don’t forget crop rotation!

Once the soil thaws it’s a good idea to get a soil test; especially before you start any new garden beds. You can usually send in a sample to your local extension office or university for a small fee.

Other activities to keep you busy in the winter months are:

Clean and repair your garden tools – Cleaning your hand tools of mud and rust, sharpening them up and then coating them in oil for protection will make them last for decades to come.

Take care of houseplants – My houseplants always seem to get neglected during the summer months, when I’d much rather be outside. Now is the time to give them some love. Take care of any pest issues. Divide or root prune the plants that have become pot-bound. The divisions you make can be used as gifts for Easter or Mother’s day.

Feed the birds – Build or buy a bird feeder. The wildlife that you attract can provide many hours of entertainment for the whole family.

Start sprouts – Sprouts are an easy way to keep growing your own nutritious greens through the winter. All you need is a mason jar and a window sill. Many healthfood stores carry seeds for sprouting and instructions are usually on the packaging.

Grow an indoor herb garden – If you have a large, south-facing window you’re all set. Otherwise you can buy high output grow lights that let you grow herbs and greens indoors all year. There are even kits online that come with everything you need to get an indoor herb garden going.

Visit a local greenhouse or nursery – Taking in all the colors and scenery can be cathartic when the winter blues got you down.

Attend gardening seminars and garden shows – Many seminars and shows are scheduled in the winter, when serious growers have time to attend.

Buy more books – I don’t know about you, but I can never have enough gardening books.

Whatever you do, don’t despair! I hope these activities can help keep you sane doing the winter months.

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