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Jamie B.

Jamie B.

Jamie Birdwell-Branson is a professional writer whose work has appeared on nationally-recognized sites, including Elle Decor, Zillow, BobVila.com, InStyle and others. She has been a Puls staff writer since 2018. When she's not writing for Puls she is either setting up Google alerts for flights to Europe, antiquing, or attempting to fix things in her 1940s Colonial-style house.

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The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Guide

Spring is finally on the horizon, and if you’re like us, you’re ready to clear the cobwebs out of your home and get it prepared for more sunshine and longer days. But a major spring clean can be a big undertaking, no matter the size of your home. Preparing to deep clean your home as the weather warms up? Here’s a short guide to starting your spring cleaning—and what types of services you can outsource so you can get out and enjoy the weather instead of being stuck inside cleaning all day.

How to Transform Your Home to a Smart Home in 4 Simple Steps

We’re always searching for new ways to make our homes work better for our daily lives. Whether it’s countertop materials that are a breeze to clean, a robot vacuum that handles daily messes, or a refrigerator that will make you coffee first thing in the morning (and play music from all your Spotify playlists), there are so many items that can make our lives at home easier—and revamp our routines. 

The Best New Clothes Dryers of 2020

There’s something about the new year that makes you want to get a fresh start—and what better way to get your home fresh than by investing in a state-of-the-art clothes dryer? Whether your old one has bit the dust or you simply want to take advantage of all the new technology in these machines, purchasing a new clothes dryer is the perfect way to start out 2020. 

Holiday Organizing Tips: Storage Ideas for Decorations and Gifts

Whether you have every room of your home dedicated to a different Christmas tree or you put up a wreath and call it a day, it’s nice to infuse a little holiday magic into your home this time of year. The only problem? Once the season is over, it can be difficult to find space to store all of your ornaments, wreaths, and trees—especially if you’ve hit those after-holiday sales.

How Much Does Gutter Cleaning Cost?

Cleaning out your gutters is one of the most dreaded tasks of the fall, but it’s also one of the most crucial to get done. Though it may not seem like a huge deal to skip cleaning them out, failing to clean your gutters could cause a clog. And because your rain gutters are designed to move the flow of water away from your home, this could potentially cause damage to the roof, the walls, and even the foundation.

Is it Better to Buy or Rent a Pressure Washer?

Just like the inside of your home needs a good routine cleaning, the outside of your home can use an occasional rinse off to get rid of the dust, dirt, and algae that can build up throughout the changing seasons and harsh weather. The best way to eliminate all of this grime is to spend an afternoon using a pressure washer, which can get even the dirtiest patios, siding, and driveways sparkling clean. 

Here Are 5 Phones That Even You Can’t Break

Let’s just admit something openly right here: Our cell phones are among our most prized possessions. Our phones help us keep track of our day-to-day activities, redirect us when we’re lost in a new city, and let us spy on our former high school BFF who is now heavily involved in a multilevel marketing company. So, when you drop your phone on the ground and it shatters the glass (making it a finger hazard) or it accidentally falls into a pool of water from the back pocket of your jeans, it can be a devastating blow.

The Best 90-Degree Swivel TV Mounts on the Market

Mounting your television gives you additional space in the living room, keeps electronic equipment out of the reach of kids and pets, and, best of all, makes your living area look sleek and modern. If you plan on mounting your flat screen television, there are a few different types of mounting systems to choose from, such as a fixed mount, tilt mount, swivel mount, mantel mount, and even a ceiling mount. 

If Your Washing Machine is Not Rinsing Soap Out, Do This

The washer and dryer are two of the most valuable appliances we have in our homes. They save us time, valuable quarters, and give us so much convenience—that is, until they unexpectedly stop working the way they’re supposed to. 

The Best IKEA Hacks to Help You Better Utilize Your Space

Everyone loves IKEA for their affordable, simplistic and stylish designs, and of course, for their famous Swedish meatballs (just us?). But the easy hackability of IKEA furniture is yet another reason why furniture lovers and DIYers of all ages and life stages love the Swedish furniture maker. 

How to Install Blinds: A Step-by-Step Guide

Blinds on the window provide you with privacy, and they can also give you cooler temperatures inside. In fact, according to the Department of Energy, most types of window treatments will keep your home cooler and lead to a lowered energy bill, depending on the type of covering as well as the season. 

How to Take Care of Hardwood Floors

This blog post is part of our home maintenance for first time homeowners series. Read the previous post on how to get rid of household mold for more helpful information!

5 Reasons a TV Mount is Better than a TV Stand

Joey Tribbiani once asked on Friends, “You don’t own a TV? What’s all your furniture pointed at?” It’s true—ever since the television set made its debut in the living rooms of the mid-20th century, it’s changed the way we design our homes. 

Power Washing Prices: What You Can Expect to Pay

The inside of your home isn’t the only thing that needs sprucing—every few years, you should power wash your home to eliminate the buildup of dirt, grime, and algae. 

The Best New Refrigerators of 2019 and 2020

If it’s been awhile since you’ve purchased a new refrigerator, or if you’ve never had a need to buy one before, know this: refrigerators have gotten seriously cool. 

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