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Take Control of Clutter in Your Home

by Steven McReynolds 21 April 2014 13:49

messy garageWhether it's that ever-growing stack of mail, the shoes piling up at the front door or the fact that you need to prepare yourself to even walk into your basement, there's a moment when you realize the clutter is taking over. Fight back with the tips below that can help you get your home organized and clutter-free.

Start small. Don't rip apart your whole house all at once. Choose a small area to focus on. For example, focus on sorting through the clothes in one dresser or one section of your closet. Keeping the project small makes it more manageable, according to Real Simple.

Finish now. There's nothing worse than an organizing effort that leaves you with more clutter—think bags of clothes to donate tripping you in the hallway. If you start, finish the same day—this means making the trip out to get rid of the stuff you're purging, according to Apartment Therapy. Need professional help with your effort? Enlist the help of a professional organizer. Look for listings for organizers-professional in your area in the Valley Yellow Pages print, online or mobile edition listings.

Choosing the Right Vendor for Your Special Occasion

by ShannonB 15 April 2014 14:14

If you're planning a big event such as a wedding or anniversary party, you need to choose the right vendors to make your event a success. Vendors are the people that make the cake, provide the flowers or play your music. Below are some tips to help you find the perfect match for your big day.reception table

Know What You Want  Get recommendations from your friends, but don't book without understanding what they offer. If your friend used a traditional portrait photographer, but you prefer photojournalism-style candid photos, look for someone who better suits your style.

Get Recent References  Ask your vendor if you can speak with clients who have used their services in the past year, says Martha Stewart Someone might have created a confectionery masterpiece for one bride 10 years ago, but produced flops ever since. You want up-to-date information.

Watch and Learn  Watch a prospect's behavior carefully. If your DJ insists that he's responsive and punctual, but shows up late for meetings and won't return your phone calls, be suspicious. Actions speak louder than words.

The Valley Yellow Pages can help you find the perfect vendor for your big day with its complete listing of bakeries, limos, banquets and halls, and other vendors under "Special Occasions." Check us out in print, online and on-the-go with our mobile app.


Tips for Apartment Hunters

by Steven McReynolds 10 April 2014 07:37

So, you're ready to move out on your own. With high prices and a tight supply, today's rental market may present some challenges. Below are some tips to help land your first pad and avoid some common new renter missteps that could leave you out in the cold.

Establish a realistic budget. A general rule of thumb is to spend 30 percent or less of your income on rent, but experts say you may need to go a little higher these days, according to U.S. News and World Report. Don't forget to factor in utilities—such as electric, heat and telephone—which may not be included. Strapped for cash? Consider a roommate or two.

Read before you sign. Always read the agreement carefully. Ask what's included in the rent, how often rent will increase, whether you get your security deposit back and how much notification the landlord will give if you need to move out, says U.S. News and World Report.

Do a walk-through. Check out the apartment in person before you move in, or you could get an unpleasant surprise, says

Enlist the Valley Yellow Pages in your apartment search. Its mobile, online and print editions include listings for apartments in your area.

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