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    Household items you can clean with just soap and water.

    September 3, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, September 3, 2019

    Household items you can clean with just soap and water | Schlage

    Here’s how you can clean your Schlage locks – and some other common household items – with just a bit of soap and water.



    At Schlage, we like simple. That goes for everything we use daily in our homes, including locks. We aim for simplicity when we’re installing new technology, enhancing curb appeal or cleaning those hard-to-get spots in the kitchen we’d rather not even think about. So that’s why we love how easy it is to maintain the look and function of our locks. Here’s how you can clean your Schlage locks – and some other common household items – with just a bit of soap and water.

    Smart lock touchscreen

    All you need to install your smart lock is a screwdriver, and all you need to clean it is a bit of mild soap, such as a dishwashing liquid, and warm water. Use the mixture to rinse the touchscreen, then wipe it down with a damp, lukewarm cloth to remove any soap. We told you it was simple.


    Find more tips on cleaning your smart lock and earn which materials to avoid so you can keep your deadbolt in beautiful working order here.


    You can also use a mild dish soap and warm water to remote dirt and grime from the bolt of your deadbolt, whether you have a smart lock or a mechanical lock. This can help if your deadbolt is sticking or beginning to slow down.

    Marble countertops

    It’s tempting to use heavy duty cleaner on marble countertops given that they tend to be in germ-infested bathrooms or food-splattered kitchens. But to keep them looking great, it’s best to stick with simple soap and water. Acidic cleaners can leave etchings in the marble, causing them to lose their smoothness and shine. Check out Forbes’ detailed tips for cleaning your marble countertops and tile.

    Stainless steel appliances

    There are lots of ways to remove all those fingerprints and smudges on stainless steel appliances. One is a basic mixture of soap and water, followed by baby oil. Visit for more instructions and suggestions to get your stainless steel shining like new.


    If you’re relying solely on glass cleaner to shine your windows, you’re missing out. When windows get especially grimy, start with a mixture of water and dishwashing liquid. Rinse away the suds. Then, if needed, break out the glass cleaner for extra gleam.

    Patio furniture

    Dishwashing liquid for your deck chairs? Absolutely! Scrub plastic or metal patio furniture with a nylon pad, soap and water, then hose it all down when you’re finished. Check out more sudsy outdoor cleaning suggestions from here.

    Carpet stains

    For those pesky stains that just won’t come out of the rug, it’s dishwashing liquid to the rescue again. The Spruce suggests one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing soap added to two cups of warm water. Dab the stubborn spot with a clean towel moistened with your mixture, and repeat as often as necessary until the stain comes out.


    Do you have other quick and easy ways for removing dirt in your home? Share your cleaning and curb appeal tips with us on Facebook or Instagram.


    Kids moved out? 5 ways to update your empty nest.

    August 30, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, August 30, 2019

    Empty nest renovation ideas | Schlage

    For the first time in decades, you have the house to yourself! How can you turn your home into the retreat of your dreams when your children move out?



    For the first time in decades, you have the house to yourself! How can you turn your home into the retreat of your dreams when your children move out? Here are five empty nest renovation ideas for after the kids fly the coop.
    Empty nest couple standing in front of home.

    1. Get your home in working order

    It’s not the glamorous part of remodeling, but you’ll be glad you did it. Before tackling cosmetic and style decisions, make sure your home is in perfect working order. Fix any foundational issues, take care of whatever’s causing the basement to be perpetually damp, replace weak or warped door frames, repave the driveway. If these projects still aren’t appealing to you, think about how they’ll improve the resale value of your home down the road.

    2. Plan for the future

    Whether you plan to stay in your home another five years or hope to age in place for decades to come, tackle your remodeling projects with that in mind. If your goals are more short-term, consider projects that improve your home’s value. If you’re aging in place, think how your renovations can make life easier when mobility and health will be a greater challenge. Walk-in showers instead of bathtubs, improved lighting and easy-to-grasp levers are great options.

    Empty nest couple sitting at laptop planning renovations.

    3. Right-size

    You always hear about people downsizing – moving into smaller homes or apartments – when their kids leave the house. But maybe you want more space. Upsize if you plan to have the grandkids stay with you more often, need to accommodate your out-of-town adult children during visits or want to entertain more often. It’s all about making your home, whatever its size, work for the kind of lifestyle you want in this new phase of life.

    4. Change a room

    The kids are gone, so you change their bedroom into a guest room. Or a craft room. What about thinking a bit more creatively? Take a cue from The Spruce and create the walk-in closet of your dreams, complete with a washer and dryer, or a small vanity.


    Plant an indoor garden. It’s an unusual option, we know. Go for potted herbs and flowers that would you normally grow inside anyway, ferns or other greenery you can hang from the ceiling. A vertical garden or living wall is unexpected, beautiful and environmentally friendly.


    And if you’re looking for something even more dramatic, don’t be afraid to get rid of that bedroom entirely, like we see on Give yourself a bigger living room by knocking out a few walls and designing the perfect entertainment space. Whatever that new space becomes, it should be something that helps you connect to your interests and keeps you feeling excited about your new lifestyle.

    Empty nest couple sitting on back deck with dog.

    5. Get outside

    Gone are the days of treehouses and playsets. Improve your curb appeal or give yourself the backyard you’ve been wanting. suggests adding a garden – no stray balls to flatten the flowers – or a water feature like a pond or fountain, replacing or installing paved walkways, and building a deck or screened-in porch. Without kids’ busy schedules to contend with, you’ve got time to sit back and relax in your garden oasis.


    We also think this is a prime opportunity to upgrade your front door. Give it a new coat of paint and replace the door hardware to something that is both secure and as stylish as your updated home. Smart locks, like the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, provide lots of aging-in-place benefits as well, such as remote access and guest codes so that trusted family can check on you and your home, even if you can’t get to the door.


    Empty nest doesn’t mean boring home. Visit or find us on Pinterest for tips and inspiration to update your home at any stage of life.


    How to make your hollow core doors look expensive when you're on a budget.

    August 16, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, August 16, 2019

    Hollow core door makeover ideas | Schlage

    Quickly give your home a more elegant and modern touch without breaking the bank when you try one (or more!) of our favorite DIY hollow core makeovers.



    Nearly every home has at least one – boring, flat-panel hollow core doors. Quickly give your home a more elegant and modern touch without breaking the bank when you try one (or more!) of our favorite DIY hollow core makeovers. It will look like you spent a fortune on upgrades, but you’ll know better.

    1. DIY Beadboard doors

    Beadboard doors work for almost any style of home. Get this simple tutorial from The Shanks, who used beadboard wallpaper to achieve the look they wanted. At one-third of the price of actual beadboard, it’s worth thinking about.


    Brittany, the Pretty Handy Girl, used molding and beadboard panels to dress up the hollow, flat doors of a rental property. She opted for panels instead of wallpaper to stand up to the rigors of rentals.

    2. Panel doors for every budget

    This step-by-step tutorial from Jenna Sue Design Company takes a plain slab door and turns it into a five-panel door. It looks like a million bucks but only costs $12! The black paint gives her doors an extra luxurious appeal, too. For a flawless paint job, be sure to check out these door painting tips and tricks.

    Create the illusion of raised panels and banish dull, flat doors with this quick and affordable tutorial from Lowe’s. With just a few supplies and a bit of time, you can create a classic look you'll enjoy for years to come.
    If you’re up for a project that requires a bit more advanced tools and techniques, we have something for you, too. Jenna Sue is at it again over on Remodelaholic. She updated this old, synthetic closet door by adding veneer and authentic details. Say hello to a beautiful, rustic new look.
    You can also check out This Old House’s detailed tutorial on adding panel molding to dress up a hollow core door. We’re talking a transformation from slab door to grand entranceway.

    3. Windowed details

    Remodelaholic showcased yet another great way to rejuvenate a hollow core door by adding glass. With some elbow grease, you can not only improve the look of the door but also add some light and beauty to an entire room. It’s the perfect opportunity to incorporate decorative glass into your home.

    4. Dutch doors

    What could make a door feel more different than turning it into two? Angela at Unexpected Elegance gives you a step-by-step guide to turn that slab door into a Dutch door. Be sure to choose the right hardware for your new entryway.

    5. Pet doors

    This one might not make your door look expensive, but it will have Fluffy feeling like a million bucks. Add a pet door, perfect for hiding litter boxes in closets, with this tutorial from First Home Love Life.

    6. Sliding barn door

    In her ongoing adventures of creating a home one project at a time, Christina Maria repurposed the hollow core door in her kitchen in a truly unique way. Using some imagination, careful planning and little know-how, she turned it into a sliding barn door – adding privacy while taking up minimal space.

    7. Easy updates

    If you’re thinking those sound great but more than you want to take on – project burnout is a real thing – then keep it simple. Rain on a Tin Roof shows us how striking a pantry door of all things can look with black paint and new hardware.

    And Dream Green DIY took on an even easier approach. We’d say that Schlage lever is a huge improvement over the scratched and dinged knob originally on the door. How’s that for an elegant upgrade without a major commitment?

    No matter how you give new life to your hollow core doors, remember that a refreshed set of door hardware can help complete the look. Visit the Product Selector tool on for help finding the perfect look for your doors. And don’t forget to find us on Pinterest and Instagram for even more inspiration.


    8 small porch decorating ideas with huge style.

    August 13, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, August 13, 2019

    Small porch decor ideas | Schlage

    Just because your space is small, don’t think your style needs to be too.



    Porches historically played an important cultural role as meeting places. As a result, they tended to be larger and inviting. Today it’s more common to see a postage-stamp balcony or a modest stoop. Just because your space is small, don’t think your style needs to be too. Here are eight tips for decorating a pint-sized patio with welcoming curb appeal.

    Take your design up

    If you can’t spread out, go up. Spaces look larger when you draw the eyes skyward, so try statement lighting fixtures, high-top tables and tall plants such as bamboo.

    Open your horizons

    Also try design elements that let the eye keep going outward. Glass tables are less likely to break up the space, and railings that are see-through give you unobstructed views. Again, suggests black cable railings, perfect for an industrial look. They also pair well with other fixtures such as Schlage door hardware in Matte Black finish to help build cohesive design throughout your porch and home. Country Living has another option that’s more neutral and complements more traditional styles.

    Plant creatively

    Even if you have a true garden – all those urban balcony owners are jealous, by the way – you can still add plants to your small porch. The added textures and colors will help with curb appeal. To save space, get creative by hanging small pots on a screen or, like suggests, an upcycled crib railing. Try Good Housekeeping’s idea by giving a table new life with greenery in a DIY trough.

    Pick a piece that does it all

    Now that you have a table/planter, keep the multipurpose theme going. You don’t have a ton of room for redundant furniture, so consider a bench that doubles as seating or a table. An ottoman achieves the same goal, and both can be painted or spruced up with fabrics for a pop of color. Try a screen, which can hide unsightly items in storage and create a bit of privacy, an especially appealing solution if you have neighbors right on top of you.

    Reflect the light

    We often suggest adding mirrors to small foyers, and they work on small porches for the same reason. Mirrors reflect light to create the illusion of extra space. They’re also unexpected outdoors, making them a unique statement piece. We love what Kathleen M shared on Hometalk.

    Paint for a color pop

    Paint doesn’t take up any room, so if you’re looking for visual interest without a physical footprint, this could be for you. Patterns on the floor of your patio are becoming more popular. And if you have a covered porch, a light blue hue can mimic the sky, making the space feel more open. When choosing colors – whether for the floor, ceiling, walls or furniture – remember to keep it light and bright to avoid feeling closed in.

    Build in the style

    Sometimes it’s not what you add to the porch itself but to the home around it that can enhance your patio’s curb appeal. Try an architectural statement like columns, porch brackets or corbels for visual interest that doesn’t take up a ton of floor space. For smaller budgets, pick bold accessories like new house numbers, door hardware or a mailbox to spice up your front door.

    Stretch the limits

    Think your porch stops at the edge of the concrete slab? It might not have to. If you have a yard, keep the porch-like vibe flowing beyond the typical boundary. Add pavers or place potted plants just off the edge of your patio. Be sure to carry any design elements – maybe your door color matches your planters, or flowers in those planters continue from the porch, down the steps and into the yard – to maintain an intentional, cohesive look.


    Small spaces can have just as big a design impact as any other. Make sure your porch’s statement is one that welcomes you, your family and your guests. Follow us on Pinterest or Instagram for inspiration to turn outdoor spaces of any size into a lasting first impression.


    How to transform old door locks into something uniquely new.

    August 6, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, August 6, 2019

    Repurposed old door locks | Schlage

    It’s time to teach an old door new tricks. If you’re a fan of upcycling, try this DIY project for repurposing old doors and door locks.



    It’s time to teach an old door new tricks. If you’re a fan of upcycling, try this DIY project for repurposing old doors and door locks. You can tackle the whole project or choose the parts you like best to create a beautifully unique towel or coat rack.

    Create a towel rack

    Think about it. How often do you already hang things on your door knobs? If your old door knobs still look fabulous but fall short of working great – here’s looking at you, vintage homeowners – this is the perfect opportunity to retain the classic style in your house without sacrificing security and convenience.


    Bless’er House takes us through the steps for creating an antique door knob towel rack. In a nutshell, you’re simply going to screw the knobs to some kind of base – wooden planks, picture frames, salvaged wood or even just the wall itself.

    Spruce up the entryway

    You can keep the entryway theme going by using a door as your base like Rustica did. Just refinish it to match the room’s style, turn it on its side and you have a piece that makes a style statement and helps you stay organized.

    Get organized

    And because we can always use more storage and organization, don’t be afraid to try this in other areas of your house. Create an upcycled rack in your entryway, foyer or mudroom to collect jackets and bags when kids get home. Make smaller versions to hold purses, scarves or jewelry in your bedroom or closet. Hang a mirror nearby, maybe add a sconce, and it transforms into a vanity. You’re only limited by your imagination.

    If you replaced all the door hardware in your home and still have knobs left over, or if you’re just looking for a smaller project, here are more ideas for transforming your old door hardware.



    Looking for more ways to transform a door into something unexpected? These seven ways you can repurpose an old door will awe your guests and amaze your neighbors.


    If you’re feeling inspired, follow us on Pinterest and Instagram for more ways to capture your perfect style. Or check out more design tips on the Schlage blog.


    20 small space décor ideas you can steal from dorm rooms.

    July 31, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, July 31, 2019

    Small space decor ideas | Schlage

    You may not be eating, sleeping, studying and socializing in one room like a college student, but you can still take a page from their book for your own small space décor.



    They’re the ones going back to school, but you can learn something too if you keep an open mind. Even though you aren’t eating, sleeping, studying and socializing in one room like a college student, still take a page from their book for your own small space décor. Class is in session.

    1. Easy on the wallet and floorplan

    When space is at a premium, more is not always better. If you’re tired of the same old look but don’t have the room to add something new, or can’t afford to, DIY your existing furniture. Lots of dorm room tips suggest temporary wallpaper on dresser drawers for some color and pizzazz. Because you actually own your furniture, don’t be afraid to try a fresh coat of paint, or use Apartment Therapy’s how-to guide to updating drawer pulls.

    2. One thing fits all

    If you purchase new furniture, choose multipurpose pieces. Whatever takes up valuable space better be multitasking. Think about ottomans, the quintessential storage/seating/coffee table/footstool piece. Or, and hang in there with us because it’s not as lame as you think, a daybed. One of these posh options from The Chriselle Factor definitely won’t be found in the average dorm.

    3. On the move

    Especially if a piece is multifunctional, you might need it to move around. Find furniture that’s mobile so you can transport it easily when it’s a bar cart in the kitchen, a nightstand in the bedroom, a makeup tray in the bathroom and a side table in the living room.

    4. Flip-flop furniture

    Rearrange the furniture you do have. Sometimes just shifting the chair from under the window to beside the bookcase and swapping the end table to the other side of the couch can open up space you didn’t even know you had.

    5. Beautiful hues

    College students can’t paint their walls, so they rely on colorful pillows and other accessories. Use that same strategy for brightening up your small space. A few strategically placed eye-catching pieces can make a big difference. And don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns.

    6. Gorgeous coming and going

    There’s a reason so many dorm room ideas on Pinterest suggest using washi tape to decorate the door. Leave the temporary tape alone and try a more sophisticated approach to making your door – something that’s already there and not taking up valuable space – a beautiful focal point of your home. Choose a unique color, add molding for visual detail or opt for a glass insert to allow light to shine through. Check out these tips for making a hollow core door look more expensive.

    7. Light it up

    Make small spaces feel larger by adding light. Even if your home has overhead lighting, add lamps for their function as well as their décor possibilities.

    8. Now you see it

    We often suggest adding mirrors to foyers because they tend to be darker and cramped. Mirrors work for other rooms in your house as well. They reflect light and trick the eye into thinking there’s more space than there is.

    9. Sophisticated splurge

    Avoid your small space feeling like a dorm by choosing high-quality materials. Furniture that will last, lush fabrics or luxurious bedding will give you a sophisticated feel. (No one has ever felt posh eating off paper or plastic plates.) And because your space is small, it can be more cost effective to splurge on the quality goods than if you’re decorating a great room.

    10. Worthy windows

    Do you know who doesn’t put curtains on their windows? Prisons. Add window treatments to soften a room and make it feel like somewhere you actually want to be. They won’t take up much space and the perfect color or pattern can change the mood. If you hang your curtains high, you can also create the illusion that your windows are bigger.

    11. The joy of cleaning

    Clutter is the enemy of small spaces, so organization is vital. A family command center to keep messages and schedules straight, drawer bins to contain all those bathroom baubles or stylish baskets to wrangle school supplies can help keep the room feeling larger.

    12. Unobstructed views

    Move things off the countertops, which can make any space feel overrun with clutter, and hang them on the backs of doors, inside cabinets or even behind drapes. Society 19 uses hooks for hairdryers, but you could do the same with baskets for snacks on the inside of a kitchen cabinet, keys in an entryway or brooms in a narrow garage or utility closet. Use Command hooks if nail holes are a turnoff.

    13. Shining personality

    A key to making any small space not feel sterile – a risk when you try to keep clutter to a minimum – is to intentionally add homey touches. Each accessory or piece of artwork should have personal or significant meaning. Family photos are a can’t-miss in this department.

    14. Go for green

    Plants go a long way toward making a home, whether it’s a dorm or your permanent residence, feel like an actual home. Hanging planters or these living walls bring the green without taking up too much space. And a DIY painted pot can add a personal touch.

    15. Working undercover

    All the area rugs are too big or too tiny for your space, you say? Then customize your look with a collection of smaller ones. Piece together multiple of the same design or layer rugs that contrast for a quirkier look.

    16. Sharing is caring

    Sometimes roommates in an 8x12 dorm need their space, and sometimes you want to separate the bed from the desk. Popular in guest room-office combos, a well-chosen room divider can do wonders. HGTV suggests a cubed bookcase. It provides separation without totally closing off the room and making it feel claustrophobic. It also gives ample opportunities for decoration.

    17. Charming displays

    If you have beautiful things – jewelry, scarves, decorative glass – there’s no rule that says you have to keep them hidden away. China cabinets have glass panels for a reason. Use crates or shadow boxes to display them when they’re not in use.

    18. Up, down and all around

    Not everything needs to be at eye level. Place higher shelving over the toilet, for example. Use that space between the top of the kitchen cabinets and the ceiling. Move a nightstand or shelves over the bed. Or go lower and install storage below the bed. As The Budget Decorator shows us, it doesn’t have to be plastic bins, and thank goodness for that.

    19. Stunning hangout

    Tapestry as wall art doesn’t have to be frat house tie-dye. With Bohemian modern being so stylish now, there’s no shortage of gorgeous patterned textiles you can hang to create a dramatic focal point without taking up much room. We also like these library-themed tapestries. (Maybe there’s some college nostalgia in us after all.)

    20. Good-looking nook

    If your small space is unusually shaped or you have a nook tucked in somewhere, transform it into something uniquely you. It won’t take much to turn an awkward corner into a cozy reading lounge, a workspace, a den for Fido or a spot to showcase your favorite collections.


    Small space décor doesn’t have to be boring and because you’re a grown-up, it definitely shouldn’t look like you’re in a dorm room. For more inspiration for spaces of any size, follow Schlage on Pinterest and Instagram.


    Color is the key: HGTV and Schlage present 1 entry 3 ways.

    July 22, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, July 25, 2019

    1 entryway, 3 ways | Schlage

    See how Schlage handlesets offer something for every style and discover easy tips for adding curb appeal to your home.



    Schlage and HGTV’s popular 1 Thing 3 Ways have teamed up to showcase a variety of looks for your entryway and foyer. From Mid-Century Modern home style to Traditional or Bohemian, these practical and affordable upgrades bring your front entryway to life and make a real impression on guests, whether they’re coming or going. See how Schlage handlesets offer something for every style and discover easy tips for adding curb appeal to your home.
    1 entryway makeover shown in 3 different styles

    Color of the year

    Mid-century modern coral front door with Schlage Custom hardware.
    Vibrant, bold coral is Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year. It’s quintessential Mid Century Modern, so pair this eye-catching, trendy splash of the Florida Keys with any of Schlage’s modern trims in Satin Nickel. You’ll have the makings of a vacation retreat on your front porch. Carry the finish through to lighting, decorations and other modern accessories, and add some colorful and complementary geometric accents to turn your entryway into a work of art.
    Schlage Custom Century handleset on coral front door.
    Mid-century modern entryway.
    Mid-century modern front porch shelf decor.

    Less is more

    Traditional style entryway with trendy accessories.
    They call it “barely-there blue.” It's a subtle yet distinctive light blue that, along with a favorite Schlage finish, Satin Brass, brings a traditional farmhouse charm to HGTV’s second entryway design. Inspired by robin’s-egg blue, this truly special hue and its brass pairings allow for a lot of flexibility in choosing furnishings and accessories. Adding shrubs and other fun touches completes a look that’s sure to turn heads.
    Light blue front door with satin brass Schlage Custom door hardware.
    Schlage Custom Camelot handleset in Satin Brass.
    Traditional style entryway bench with trendy accessories.

    Boho Rhapsody

    Yellow front door with Boho style decor.
    If you want to really push the envelope and make a big statement, the third entryway and its sunshine yellow door color will certainly do the trick. Bohemian style, paired perfectly with Matte Black door hardware from Schlage, creates a striking show of tasteful balance. Matte is the new black, so you’ll have no trouble finding accessories to complement this eye-opening look.
    Boho style chair on front porch with pillows.
Boho style entryway decor.
    Schlage Custom Hobson glass knob with Matte Black finish.

    One thing - a simple entry - done three distinct ways full of personality and panache. Check out the video and see more of what HGTV is serving up in this popular feature. One entry, done three ways, featuring the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.


    Remodeling for resale? Recoup your investment with these projects.

    July 19, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, July 19, 2019

    Remodeling for resale | Schlage

    Where do you invest so that you improve resale value? The answer to that question is actually easier – and less expensive – than you might think.



    You don’t want to waste your money, do you? Of course not, and when you’re moving, you’re even more aware of your cashflow than normal. What you do want is to remodel to make your home more enticing to potential buyers. But where do you invest so that you improve resale value? The answer to that question is actually easier – and less expensive – than you might think.

    First impressions rule

    House hunters decide whether they’re in love with your home within the first few seconds of seeing it. We’re talking the minute they pull up to the driveway. That means your curb appeal needs to be on the mark. According to the Remodeling 2019 Cost vs. Value Report (, a garage door replacement can help you recoup 97.5 percent of your investment when you sell. This trend has held for the last few years, so it’s a change you can be confident in making. And with the average replacement costing around $3,600, it’s a relatively small expense compared to other remodeling projects.


    If you can’t afford to completely replace your garage door, there are some smaller DIY projects that make a large statement without a large price tag. A simple coat of paint that complements the color scheme of the rest of the house and some hardware for visual interest can create the impression of a new door. Check out Remodelaholic for an example and some stunning before-and-after photos.


    Adding manufactured stone veneer to your home’s façade can be nearly as impactful. The Cost vs. Value Report found that sellers recovered nearly 95 percent of their investment on resale, proving yet again that first impressions really do matter.

    Get cooking

    When it comes to interior remodeling projects that will improve resale value, the Cost vs. Value Report indicates that focusing on the kitchen is likely best for ROI. The key here, however, is that it’s minor kitchen remodels that result in 80.5 percent recouped expenses. Major kitchen remodels, on average, return closer to 60 percent depending on how upscale the project is. This hasn’t changed much over the years, either. Similar findings were highlighted in 2015 as well.


    Many factors can play into why minor projects pay off better – materials and labor typically cost less, and it leaves the door open for new homeowners to customize it to their own tastes, for example. If you’re looking for smaller updates you can make in the kitchen that won’t break the bank, consider door hardware as part of your investment.


    Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware offers a variety of designs and finishes to complement any style of home. Choose a door knob or lever that stands out as an eye-catching statement piece buyers will remember or keep it more subdued with a style that blends more with the rest of the room. You can also match the finish to appliances and plumbing fixtures for a cohesive look throughout the kitchen. Perhaps best of all, the new homeowners will appreciate the attention to detail and installation of high-quality products.

    Moving doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Check out our real estate guide for more tips on how to improve your home’s resale value and ideas for making the big transition simpler.


    © 2019 Hanley Wood, LLC. Complete data from the Remodeling 2019 Cost vs. Value Report can be downloaded free at


    How to create a family command center for back-to-school.

    July 16, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, July 16, 2019

    DIY Family Command Center Ideas | Schlage

    Learn how to create the perfect family command center, then keep reading for a few bonus organizational hacks to make this schoolyear the best one yet.



    Back-to-school season means the beginning of balancing schedules, tracking down homework and meal planning. It’s wrangling backpacks, packing lunches and … where is your left shoe? Learn how to create the perfect family command center, then keep reading for a few bonus organizational hacks to make this schoolyear the best one yet.

    Bobby needs poster board for his science project on Thursday, Susie has basketball practice Tuesday night and you’re scheduled to get coffee with Jen in the morning. Not only will your command center help you manage who needs to be where and when, but with the right pieces, you’ll also remember to buy the science fair supplies ahead of time, turn in the sports waiver, and you’ll be able to find your keys to get to your java date. When everything has its own place, and it’s all in one place, mornings will run smoother and evenings can be dedicated to family time, not panic time.

    What to include

    • Dry-erase board or chalkboard: Perfect for jotting down shopping list items, messages for family members and to-do lists.

    • Post-its: In case you need to leave a message that’s a little more permanent or take it with you. Also ideal for writing encouraging notes to hide in their lunchbox.

    • Writing tools: Pens and pencils, Sharpies, dry-erase markers, chalk to take those all-important notes.

    • Corkboard or magnet board: For pinning important messages where you’ll see them or hanging your kids’ artwork for everyone to enjoy.

    • Calendar: A dry-erase or reusable monthly calendar à la Bless’er House for easy schedule updates or this DIY calendar from Babble that also adds some color.

    • Clock: To stick to your tight schedule mapped out in the command center.

    • Hanging folder system: Permission slips, mail, receipts and coupons stay contained. One slot per child helps them know where their things are.

    • Hooks: For anything and everything – purses, backpacks, coats, dog leashes, keys – so they don’t get buried under other items, never to be seen again.

    • Cubbies or baskets: Great for storing backpacks out of sight, sliding shoes out of the flow of traffic, or hiding any other items you need on hand but don’t want to stare at.

    • Bench: Ideal for entryway command centers so everyone can remove shoes before they track mud through the house.

    Where to build it

    Entryway: Everything you need to get out the door is conveniently by the door.

    Kitchen: You congregate here every day and can keep some of those items stored in a cabinet.
    Closet: Because keeping everything contained is the name of the game.
    Nook: Turn that awkward space into something useful for once.
    Gallery wall: Everyone can see it, so there are no excuses for forgetting a chore.

    Back-to-school organizational hacks

    • If you’re like most parents of busy kids, you’re also part shuttle bus driver. Keep your car organized with over-the-seat pockets or bins. We can’t guarantee it will keep the Cheerios out of the seat crannies, but at least the kids will know where to find the snacks and travel games.

    • Especially before the start of the schoolyear, and even throughout, purge clothes and craft supplies. You’ll clear out unnecessary clutter and have a better idea of what you need to buy for the first day.

    • Making healthy meals can be tough when you’re busy. Good Housekeeping suggests a lunchbox cupboard and storing sandwich fixings together for easy meal prep.

    • Designate or build a homework station. It’ll help keep your kids focused and all their supplies will be contained in one convenient location without taking over the dinner table.

    • If you need your little one to stick to a routine but they can’t read yet, create an illustrated schedule. Pictures of a toothbrush, apple and moon can help them learn when to get ready for the day, have lunch and go to bed. Place the pictures on a clock where the numbers would be.

    Find more stylish and convenient solutions from Schlage for back-to-school, and year-round, on Pinterest and Instagram.


    Happy trails, wagging tails: Tips for moving with pets.

    July 12, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, July 12, 2019

    Tips for moving with pets | Schlage

    Our pets are part of our family, so make sure their transition is as safe and comfortable as possible, the same way you would for kids and other loved ones.



    If you’re stressed about a move, just imagine how Fluffy and Fido feel. Our pets are part of our family, so make sure their transition is as safe and comfortable as possible, the same way you would for kids and other loved ones. Here are our favorite tips for moving with pets.
    Dog in moving box.

    Keep calm

    Find your inner calm. Animals have that sixth sense, so if you’re anxious, they probably will be, too. Also, start early on getting your pet acclimated to its crate. If they aren’t already crate trained, visit for tips. This could take quite a bit of time and patience, so you’ll want to put it at the top of your to-do list. Help them get used to their crate so they can relax during transport.

    Know the rules

    Research local or state ordinances for breeds, required vaccinations and tags, and leash laws in your new area. Also check with your homeowners’ association about what documentation you need for your dog as well as what is permissible regarding new fences and home improvement projects you plan to tackle on Spot’s behalf.

    Check in with your vet

    If your pet isn’t already microchipped, consider doing that now. (If they are chipped, remember to update your address.) There are so many opportunities for them to give you the slip during a move – when the front door is open while hauling furniture, if they’re confused by their new neighborhood, if they’re determined to return to their old stomping grounds. Visit your vet to have your pet chipped and more:


    • Ask for tips about transporting your pet safely and comfortably, especially if you’re traveling long distances.

    • Refill any medications your pet needs regularly before you leave.

    • Research what rabies shots and other vaccines your pet needs according to local regulations. Your vet can help with this and make sure Fluffy is up to code before you hit the road.

    • Ask for recommendations for a new vet, if necessary.

    • Get a copy of your pet’s medical records for the new vet or to provide proof of vaccine, breed or other requirements in your new area.

    Pack for your pet

    Prepare an overnight kit for your pet, just like you would for yourself. You Move Me suggests enough food, toys, grooming tools and kitty litter – maybe even a second litter box – for the first few days in your new home. You might also include a worn T-shirt so they have your scent with them during high-stress times.

    Secure them during the move

    You don’t want your pet to slip out when the movers have the front door propped open or trip you as you’re carrying boxes. The simplest solutions? Assign a family member to be on dog duty to keep them entertained and out of harm’s way. Ask a friend to watch them, maybe overnight. Or secure them in a “safe room” like the bathroom. From personal experience, we recommend putting a sign on the safe room door: “Escape Kitty – Do Not Open.”

    Drive or fly?

    If you’re transporting your pet by car, consider a safety harness (puppy seatbelt) and seat cover to protect your upholstery. Be mindful of when you feed your pet, especially if they get carsick. Among the New York Times’ tips from the president of the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association is feeding them several hours before the trip and then not again until you’re at your destination. If you’re going long distance, be sure to book pet-friendly hotels so you don’t have to leave them in the car.


    If you plan to fly with your pet, check with the airline before you do anything. They will have regulations based on the type of pet, its size and even the time of year you’re traveling. For example, if your pet is traveling in cargo rather than in the cabin with you, you may only be able to fly in the spring or fall when temperatures are more moderate.

    Get settled

    Your pet may need more time getting settled than anyone else in your family. Unpack their things first, preferably in a room just for them. Make sure they have their favorite food, toys, scratching posts and eau-de-owner T-shirt. You can slowly introduce them to the rest of the house from there until they get used to their new surroundings. It may take them a week or more before they feel settled, according to Indianapolis veterinarian Greg Magnusson, so be patient. A few extra treats probably wouldn’t hurt either.


    Magnusson also says it’s especially important to maintain puppy’s routine. Avoid changing its food and if you typically went for walks three times a day, stick with it. Also, take time to introduce your dog to the new neighborhood and all the new sounds, smells and people they’re going to encounter from now on.

    Pet-proof your new digs

    To do #1: pet-proof the new home. The ASPCA says to tuck away all electrical cords, close off small spaces to keep your pet from getting stuck, secure window screens and remove pest-control traps with poison. Outdoors, you’ll want to remove poisonous plants and secure the yard. If you have a fence, inspect it for loose boards or gaps, and double-check that it’s tall enough that Fido can’t make a leaping escape.


    And here’s a security tip for you and your furry friend. It’s vital that you replace the locks on your new home as soon as possible. You never know who might have a spare key from before you took ownership. When you’re updating your deadbolts, consider a smart lock. Not only do they provide superior security, but they also add convenience. Each Schlage smart lock stores multiple unique access codes for trusted friends, family and even dogwalkers or pet sitters. You can schedule codes to be active at certain times of the day, so if your dogwalker comes Thursdays at noon, you can set up the code to work only when they’re expected. You can also use the activity log in compatible apps on your smartphone to see when a code was used, so you know if your pet sitter arrived on time.

    Finish with friendly details

    Finally, find all those resources your pet will need and love – the park, a new doggy daycare/boarding service, groomers – and introduce your four-legged family members to the neighbors. Maybe schedule a puppy playdate. It’s the perfect way to get to know your new neighbors and it will be helpful to have some helping hands in the future if you need someone to cat sit or search for a lost dog.


    We know not all pets are felines and canines. Visit You Move Me for tips on moving birds, fish and guinea pigs. My Moving Reviews has advice for reptiles and amphibians.


    Visit for more tips and resources for moving. If you’re ready to replace your deadbolts but don’t know which smart lock is right for you, try our Get Help Deciding Tool.

    Moving with Pets Pinterest image.

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