Rachel Hartman

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6 Ways to Help Your Aging Parent Move to a New Place

By Rachel Hartman   July 16, 2014

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If you have a parent who’s lived happily in a spacious home for years, there’ll probably come a time when a change in living arrangements is in order. You might notice your parent has a hard time keeping up with household maintenance. A small fall—even if it doesn’t result in an injury—could be a sign that a new living situation would improve safety.

Moving an aging parent requires more than just packing up boxes, though.

“There are both physical and emotional aspects of transitioning to a new home as we age that must be addressed carefully,” said long-term care specialist Nancy Butler, author of “Above All Else: Success in Life and Business.” → Keep Reading

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Unhappy With Your Mover? Follow These 5 Steps to Get Some Satisfaction

By Rachel Hartman   June 23, 2014

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Relocating is no easy task. Add in a moving company that offers a final price you don’t agree with or that delivers broken furniture, and the process can turn into a nightmare.

In 2013, the Better Business Bureau logged more than 9,300 complaints against movers in the U.S.

While moving troubles can vary, some issues tend to crop up more often than others. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration lists shipments being held hostage, lost or damaged goods, and delay of shipments among the most common moving complaints.

If you’re upset with the job done by the moving company you hired, you may want to take action—fast. Keep in mind, however, that quick decisions, such as running to file a lawsuit, might not bring the best results. → Keep Reading

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5 Strategies for Spring-Cleaning Your Home Business

By Rachel Hartman   May 9, 2014

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As spring rolls on, it may be natural to look around your house and spot areas that could use some attention. One place that can easily be overlooked, however, is a space where you probably already spend quite a few hours: your home-based business.  

“Spring-cleaning your home office can lead you in many directions,” said Julie Stobbe, founder of Mind Over Clutter, a professional organizing service in Ontario, Canada. In addition to going through papers that have accumulated, you’ll want to look at your inventory levels, storage areas and tech systems.

Follow these five strategies to get your home business clean, organized, and ready for the coming months.

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6 Tips for How to Store Emergency Food

By Rachel Hartman   April 28, 2014

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When a tornado, hurricane or other disaster strikes, there may be little—or no—time to visit a grocery store.

And while storing food to prepare for natural disasters is key, keeping a supply for other unexpected events, such as a job loss, also can help prevent a crisis in your home.

“Food is like money in the bank,” said Paul Purcell, terrorism and natural disaster preparedness specialist and author of “Disaster Prep 101.” Having an ample supply on hand can help maintain your family’s well-being during the days and weeks after a disaster.

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6 Solid Tips for Moving Abroad

By Rachel Hartman   March 24, 2014

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If you’re thinking of crossing borders, there’s good news: Today’s globetrotters have a long list of options when it comes to choosing a place to live.

China, Germany and Singapore are among the top-ranked choices for today’s expats, according to HSBC’s Expat Explorer Survey, released in October 2013. The survey asked more than 7,000 expats to answer questions about living in another country, including finances, quality of life and raising children.

Before making the leap abroad, however, “do your homework,” advised Tim Leffel, author of “The World’s Cheapest Destinations.” The hours you spend planning for the big move will help reduce stress during the transition.

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Experts Offer 5 Ways to Turn Clutter Into Cash

By Rachel Hartman   January 28, 2014

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Eighty-four percent of stressed Americans say they worry their home isn’t clean or organized enough, according to an online survey conducted for the Huffington Post in 2013.

In addition to weighing on your mind, “clutter has a direct impact on your wallet and bank account,” said Bob Sadowski, marketing manager at At-A-Glance, which offers planning and organizing tools.

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How to Prepare for an Adult Child Moving Back Home

By Rachel Hartman   October 14, 2013

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When your children leave the nest, be prepared: They may come back soon.

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How to Prepare Your Home for the Birth of a Child

By Rachel Hartman   September 18, 2013

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Whether it’s a boy or girl, a new baby brings more than a series of congratulations and diaper changes. That tiny, sweet bundle will pack a great deal of change into your life.

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7 Back-to-School Tips for Your Home and Your Kids

By Rachel Hartman   August 13, 2013

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As a new school year approaches, chances are your wallet—and stress levels—are dreading the change.

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