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How to keep your personal information private

If you have utility, internet, or cable bills in your name, they will lead to your home address. If you file a police report or go to court as either a plaintiff or defendant, you may get calls from ambulance-chasing lawyers; those records are public. If you own your residence in your own name, anyone can search property records to discover where you live. Most of you will never face the level of harassment I have received, but taking basic privacy measures can also deter marketers, identity thieves, and other people you don't want to meet. Here's how…

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If I don't know you, I won't talk to you: why I have a cruel blacklisting app on my phone

While attending a small film festival a few years ago, I made the mistake of texting my vote for the festival's best film. Within a couple days, my phone number had been sold to marketers and I started receiving a ton of text spams.

This made me very angry. I was already dealing with telemarketers calling my mobile, trying to sell me mortgage refinancing and carpet cleaning, and now I had to deal with shitty text spamming too? It started getting to the point where half the time my phone made a noise, it was a voicemail from a telemarketer or a text spam.

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Bamboo fencing: my favorite island-style home decor

I'm working in Maui right now. Aloha, bitches! So I'm inspired to talk about one of my favorite decorating tools to instantly give your home an instant island feel — bamboo fencing! It's obviously useful as fencing, but also has many indoor and outdoor uses to make your home feel like a tropical vacation.

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When previous homeowners find your home reno blog

You know we love us some house blogs, and you KNOW we love hearing about your before and afters. But what happens if your "after" was someone's beloved "before" and they happen to stumble upon your posts about your frustrated home struggles? These are indeed 21st century problems, but they are also very real experiences. One Homie gives us a reminder about how small the interwebs can be.

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Renter-friendly and budget-friendly window privacy

I went to the home improvement store and found semi-transparent adhesive window films, but they cost $20 per window! With three windows to cover, I knew I’d need to find a cheaper option. In fact, I found a way to do it with just stuff I already had so the whole project was FREE! Here’s how to put it up AND take it down.

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I need help finding the perfect room divider!

ight now, my search is for an affordable divider for a bachelor pad where the only window is a glass balcony door to quite a deep room. I need a divider that allows privacy, as well as let light in, while being affordable. I'm desperately searching for solutions/ideas that meet those criteria and right now am tearing my hair out! Help?!