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While increasing collaboration   The value of a diversified workforce is difficult to overstate. Homogeneous offices struggle to innovate and create. To truly think and act differently from your competitors, you have to have a unique and diverse set of variables and inputs. The more perspectives you...

And other helpful advice for those in a new home   If you’re early on in the process of moving homes, we’ve written a wealth of blog posts about the best ways to prep your home for sale, the best ways to clean and move-out, and even...

Mike and Diane thought no one would ever know   A Perfect Match Mike and Diane met at a hotel bar in downtown Chicago a few years after college. It was obvious to those of us who knew MIke that marriage and a family were not far away....

And how to avoid the common mistakes of the remote employee   There are a million good reasons to work from home. Whether you are looking to try it out of necessity or out of curiosity, working in your own space has a unique set of rewards....

How to stand out in a crowded rental housing market   As we dug our way out of the Great Recession developers broke ground on apartment and condo complexes in cities across the U.S. Whether you travel to Seattle, Dallas, Portland, or Nashville, you see cranes and...

Preparing for the gusts and drifts   There is no avoiding it. The red and yellow leaves are falling off of the trees. The air is growing colder. The pumpkins at our doorsteps have a thin layer of frost in the mornings. Winter is coming. And we...

Before you start scrubbing and sweeping, check your toolbelt   We no longer live in the DIY era. We’ve discussed it on this very blog. In the age of the sharing economy and tech driven platforms, affordable, reliable help has never been easier to locate. But we’re...

An employee guide to creating a better office environment   Not all workplace initiatives have to be top-down. In fact, most of the truly valuable stuff comes from the employees and staff who are executing the difficult work, not from the managers or executives supporting that work....

Three things to consider when you’re moving or cleaning We have talked before in this blog about why it happens. People illegally dispose of their junk and waste out of ignorance, out of what they believe is necessity, and out of contempt. It’s a shame, but...

And five steps that will get you there   Internet commerce and disposable goods with short shelf lives fill our homes with ever-expanding messes and piles of junk. Our closets are crowded and heavy with clothes we never touch. Our garages are full of piles of cardboard...

Understanding the needs of your employees   For one Cindy, it was the best of times. For the other, it was the worst. The winter of despair for one Cindy was the spring of hope for the other. When Cindy E. got to work, she was ready...

And winter is not far behind     Days ago the long hot summer in the Pacific Northwest gave way to cool showers, foggy mornings, and a general feeling that fall has arrived. Autumn has painted the trees and filled the small streams that meander through Portland’s southwest...