Denise Perreault

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Denise Perreault is a writer and mother, originally hailing from Saint Paul, Minnesota. Growing up as one of seven siblings, Denise was no stranger to hard work. Each family member was expected to contribute to household duties, and Denise quickly learned she excelled in many areas. Her first job was with a local cleaning company, which serviced homes and small businesses around Saint Paul, eventually becoming the company's youngest manager. It was there that she learned many of the tips and business practices that serve her well today.

Following high school, Denise relocated to the NYC area, earning a Bachelor's degree in communications. It was during this time that she discovered her passion for writing, merging that with her previous business experience as a professional cleaner.

Denise has joined the CBS team as an educational outreach writer, sharing her tips, experience, and love of service. She lives in the NYC area with her husband, 2 boys, and their dog Jake.

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Your Home’s Heat Is Vanishing Through These Escape Routes

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Here in New York City, it’s been pretty darn cold lately. When the temperature (or the wind chill) only has one digit in it, you know it’s not a good day to go outside! It’s tempting to just hunker down indoors, curl up on the couch, and do nothing all day. But what if the house isn’t a whole lot warmer than it is outside? That means you have at least one heat leak in your house, something that’s sucking some of that precious warmth out and letting in the bitter chill. Don’t crank up the furnace, though. Instead, consider a few common culprits that you might be able to easily fix.

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5 Cleaning Tools You Can Make At Home

It’s easy enough to run to the store and load up your cart with cleaning products and tools, but sometimes, it’s simpler, cheaper, or just more satisfying to come up with your own DIY approaches to getting things done, including … Continue reading

To Stand, Or Not To Stand: Is A Standing Desk The Right Choice For You?

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By now, most people have heard the panic-inducing news that sitting at your desk all day can be deadly. In fact, studies have shown that sitting for prolonged periods every day raises your risk of diabetes, high cholesterol, and even an earlier death. Sitting is said to be so bad for you that it’s been compared to smoking, and time at the gym doesn’t seem to offset these negative effects. But there’s a solution out there that’s growing in popularity: the standing desk. Workers are increasingly giving up their chairs for taller desks so that they can stand while they work. No sitting equals no horrible health problems, right?

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5 Ways To De-Stress At Work


Even if you love your job like I do, work can be pretty stressful sometimes. Between the constant demands of projects and deadlines and the persistent fear that for many, this might be the week they get laid off, it’s no surprise that many of us are stressed out on the job. Not only can this take a severe toll on your mental health, but being under pressure on the job can actually hurt your physical health, too. For instance, a study done in Finland showed that workers who feel like their bosses don’t listen to them are actually at a much greater risk of coronary heart disease! Stress can also cause symptoms like headaches, panic attacks, and even elevated blood sugar and cholesterol levels. That’s some pretty alarming stuff. But what can we do about it? While we can’t all win the lottery and retire to Tahiti, there are a few things that we can all do to lower our stress levels at the office.

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New Year, New You! How Homeowners Spend Less Time On Housework


We’re a few weeks into the year now, and I’m sure that at this point, plenty of people have given up on their New Year’s resolutions. It seems like they’re just so hard to keep, especially when we make them either too difficult or too vague. One of my resolutions this year was to avoid having to clean the whole house as much as possible. That probably sounds odd coming from a cleaning expert, doesn’t it? But hang on: Just because I don’t want to block out a day or two at a time to clean the house doesn’t mean that I’ve decided to live in squalor! Instead, I’ve decided to be proactive about cleaning. With a little day-to-day effort, you can make housework much faster and easier.

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