Fri

07

Apr

2017

Six Techniques to Keep Your Bedroom Cool Every Summer

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Are you relying too much on your air conditioner unit this summer that your electric bill has gone up badly? Yes? Try these suggestions which can help you stay cool without burning holes in your pockets.

 

1. Utilize blinds, curtains and shades. Did you know that 30% of unwanted heat inside your house comes from your windows? By guarding you windows, you can lower the temperature by 20% and save upto 7 percent of your electric bills.

2. Change your sheets according to the season. Do you still have the flannel sheets and fleece blankets in your bedroom? Get rid of them now as you won't insulation during the hot summer nights. Replace them with cotton ones. Instead  of the traditional pillows, try using buckwheat pillows as they allow air space in them.

3. Open your windows during the night. Cool wind and temperature drop can happen during summer nights. Open your window and let some air in so you can sleep comfortably at night. Don't forget to put the blinds down just in case you're still in bed until the sun rises.

4. Make a switch to compact fluorescent lamps. If you're still using incandescent lights, now is the perfect time to give them up and make the switch to CFLs. Apart from decreasing the heat level inside your house, CFLs can help you save a lot on your energy bills.

5. Think green. This may fall under a long term plan on making your residence more comfortable every summer season. Start planting shade trees, tall shrubs or vines in your backyard today. It will take some time for you to reap the benefits of this practice but you could enjoy such benefits for a lifetime.

6. Open all doors inside your house. Keep the doors of rooms inside your house shut during summer won't help solve your heat problem. Allow air from outside to circulate from one room to another. This will make your home cooler.

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Thu

23

Mar

2017

Six Ways to Improve Your Home's Value

Not all improvement or renovation projects will increase the value of your home. In fact, they can do more harm than good if you do them on impulse and without careful planning. Here are some suggestions you might to try to ensure your success on this goal.

 

1) Do some basic updates. There are small things which can deteriorate around your house over time. These include flaking wall paint, leaking roofs, rotting wood tiles, etc. Clean your house thoroughly and check to see which parts have maintenance issues. Addressing your small maintenance problems right away will keep them from turning into expensive fixes.

 

2) Paint the exterior and interior of your house. Your rooms will look clean and crisp if they are newly-painted. Choose a paint color that appeals not just to your own taste. It should look attractive to other people as well. Neutral colors like beige, grey and white will make good choices. 

 

3) Improve your bathroom. A lot of wear and tear happens in the bathroom because it is used many times daily. Therefore, it is advisable to keep it functioning well and making it beautiful-looking along the way. Most bathroom supplies today are known for their aesthetic and practical value, so you don’t have to worry about sacrificing beauty if you’re working with a tight budget. Are you having second thoughts on giving your bathroom a makeover? Read this detailed infographic from Bourne Bathrooms for some insights.

4)  Upgrade your kitchen. Apart from re-painting your kitchen walls, consider re-painting your overhead and undercounter cabinets as well. Check if your budget can allow an upgrade of your appliances. A switch to steel appliances will make your kitchen look cleaner and sleeker.
 
5) Incorporate some low-maintenance landscaping.
Plants make any house look appealing. You need to hire a professional landscaper to incorporate plants into your household. Visit the garden center in your locality and ask for native plants that are easy to maintain for indoor and outdoor gardening.
 
6) Keep the air in your house fresh.
Do you have a stuffy atmosphere at home? Inspect your carpets. They could be old enough for allergens and contaminants to breed in them. Choose a carpet replacement that is made from materials that are environment-friendly and easy to clean.

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Tue

07

Feb

2017

How to Keep Your Home Office Organized

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Most people find it hard to keep their home offices organized and pleasant-looking. This might be because of their lack of basic organizational skills. Do you have the same issue or problem? Here are some tips that can help you overcome it.

 

1. Your home office should look like a real office especially if you meet your clients there. Hence, it is important that it is physically separated from the other areas of your house. If it is situated in between your kitchen and the living room, take the effort to put up a barrier each on both sides. You can use a curtain, a tall bookshelf or a room divider to come up with this partition. Physical barriers keep your and your clients from being distracted and more focused on the project you're discussing or working on.

2. Remove personal items. Psychologists advise that office areas must be free from personal items. These are another form of distraction that can hamper your focus and productivity. Moreover, they reveal to your clients a lot of personal information which may affect the way they see or deal with you business-wise. If you can't do away with your personal stuff, keep them at a minimal amount in your home office.

3. Replace personal items with business-related decors, furniture and supplies. Doing this can give an advantage to your home office because it will make your home office look professional. Apart from having a desktop, place a bookshelf in there and fill them with good books which both you and your clients will enjoy reading.

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Sat

07

Jan

2017

Fill Your Home with Good Vibes This New Year

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Is your home filled with wonderful conversations and harmonious relationships? If not, your home could be lacking some good vibes. Good vibes allow the flow of positive energy, creativity, understanding and a whole lot of wonderful things into your home.

 

Prevent stagnation. Stagnation blocks the flow of energy inside your house. Dirt and dust are common causes of this. Do some deep cleaning to restore the optimal flow of energy in your home. You'll be surprised that you'll never feel stuffy again.

Purify the air around you. If you haven't already, purchase an air purifier. Or, you can  open all your windows for instant air flow. Just make sure that the outside air surrounding your place is not that polluted.

 

Release negative or sad memories. Are you keeping clothing, photos or other items which remind you of the painful past? Now could be the best time for you to let go of them. You won't be able to welcome good vibes into your home and into your life if your heart and mind are filled with negativity.

 

Turn on some happy music. Music has many therapeutic qualities. Put some good music as background in your home. You will yourself humming a tune and feeling light. While listening to music, try to get creative. Re-learn creating the crafts you enjoyed during your childhood. Or, do some coloring or painting.

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Wed

07

Dec

2016

Prevent Christmas Waste with These Suggestions

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Abundance of garbage happens during Christmas. While this can't be totally avoided, this can be lessened. How? By observing ways to reduce and re-use during this holiday season. This can also be achieved through some thoughtful planning and creative thinking.

 

1. Instead of sending Christmas cards through postage, send them via email (E-card). If you prefer paper cards over digital cards, choose an eco-friendly version of your favourite design.


2. Before updating your Christmas decors, check to see who among your friends and relatives might want to inherit your old ones. Consider sending them to a charitable institution or a non-profit organization which can't afford putting up some decors this season.

3. Utilize re-usable shopping bags. You might still have the bags you have acquired a couple of Christmases ago. Re-use them in order to reduce the number of plastic bags thrown in the trash.

4. Consider giving green gifts. These are gifts made from durable materials or recycled content. They have less impact on the environment.
Christmas Wrapping & Packaging

5. Use wrapping paper made of recycled material whenever possible. You can also use old newspaper or magazines to wrap your presents for your loved ones.9.  Gift Tags: Make your own gift tags using recycled wrapping paper or last year’s Christmas cards. Re-use the ribbons, bows, gift bags, and boxes which you have received together with the gifts. Doing this can reduce the trash in your home and the unnecessary reproduction of such materials.

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Mon

21

Nov

2016

Key Kitchen Appliances: Best Cleaning Tips

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The dishwasher, the oven range and the refrigerator are the key kitchen appliances. Any house won't function well without them. 

 

How to Clean a Dishwasher

 

1.  Clean the interior the interior thoroughly by removing all buildups. To do this, mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda with 16 ounces of water. Place your mixture in a microwave-safe bowl and heat it for 2 minutes. Transfer it to a spray bottle once cool. Spritz it in the insides of your dishwasher.  Do the same with the rim. Then wipe these areas clean using a microfiber cloth.

 

2. Free the cutlery container of any debris. Shake the basket upside down over a trash for a perfect clean up.

 

3. Once your dishwasher is empty, pour ¼ cup baking soda into the detergent dispenser and run a rinse cycle on the hottest temperature.

 

4. Use a vinegar-dampened cloth to clean out the detergent dispenser and wipe down the spray arms. This will remove residues.

 

How to Clean an Oven Range

 

1. Read your oven's manual to see if it is self-cleaning; then, follow the instructions on setting it to self-cleaning mode. If needs to be cleaned manually, wipe the interior with a damp cloth. To soften any buildups, fill a casserole dish halfway with water, add the juice of 3 lemons plus the rinds, and bake at 350° for 1 hour. Let cool for 15 minutes. Apply a paste of baking soda and water to all sides with a nonabrasive sponge. Wet the sponge in the lemon water, then scrub. Wipe clean with a damp paper towel.

 

2. Pull the unit away from the wall and, using the hose attachment, remove crumbs and dust from the floor. Push it back in.

 

3. Apply a paste of equal parts baking soda and dish soap plus a few drops of water. (This is safe on any cooktop, electric or gas.) Let sit for 10 minutes, then wipe thoroughly with a damp cloth. Buff dry.

 

4. Place the racks and grates in a plastic garbage bag, spray generously with a degreasing cleaner (like Simple Green), and tie the bag closed. Let sit for 1 hour, then rinse each piece in a sink filled with hot, soapy water.

 

 

5. To de-grease the overhead filter, remove it and soak it for 15 minutes in a sink filled with hot water and some dishwashing liquid. Rinse and dry. Next, clean the piece on the wall: Apply a paste of baking soda and dish soap and let sit for 10 minutes. Wipe clean with a soft sponge and buff dry.

 

How to Clean a Dishwasher

 

1.  Clean the interior the interior thoroughly by removing all buildups. To do this, mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda with 16 ounces of water. Place your mixture in a microwave-safe bowl and heat it for 2 minutes. Transfer it to a spray bottle once cool. Spritz it in the insides of your dishwasher.  Do the same with the rim. Then wipe these areas clean using a microfiber cloth.

 

2. Free the cutlery container of any debris. Shake the basket upside down over a trash for a perfect clean up.

 

3. Once your dishwasher is empty, pour ¼ cup baking soda into the detergent dispenser and run a rinse cycle on the hottest temperature.

 

4. Remove residue. Use a vinegar-dampened cloth to clean out the detergent dispenser and wipe down the spray arms.

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Fri

21

Oct

2016

Have a Fresh-Smelling Closet with These Tips

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Are you suffering from a bad odour in your closet? Don't fret because you're not the only one who's experienced this. Moreover, there are quick and easy things you can do to get rid of such a problem.

 

Organise your closet and keep only the clothes that you need. Clothes which you don't get to wear on a regular basis tend to acquire a funny scent. Go through your clothes and check to see which ones are worth keeping or worth donating. Doing this will create an extra space in your closet and will allow you to wear all your clothes, and get them washed afterwards.

 

Allow some air into the closet. Does your closet smell stuffy? A good airing can handle this issue. Open your closet and let it stay like that for a couple of hours. Remove shoes and/or shoe boxes which still include silica packets. They can cause unwanted odours that stick to closet walls for a long time.

 

Deodorize your closet. Use your favourite bath soap or herbs to alter the scent of your closet. A bath soap releases a fresh or sweet scent when it is warmed. Cover a bar of bath soap of your choice with a breathable cloth and place it in the middle or in a corner of your closet. Keep it away from your clothes so as to avoid its moist from rubbing onto your clothes. Hanging a cotton bag packed with your favourite herbs will also do the trick. 

 

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Wed

21

Sep

2016

Three Strategies to Having a Well-Ventilated Home

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Ventilation wasn't needed in the early times. Old houses were built in a way that fresh air can easily enter their openings and move around inside. Some modern houses in the countryside have similar design. But, most modern houses today are built so close together that proper ventilation becomes a must. 

 

Natural ventilation. You might be one of those homeowners who think that opening windows is the best way to keep your residence well-ventilated. While this can allow some fresh in to your home, it can't guarantee the ejection of stale air inside your house. You might want to try creating a solar chimney. Through a solar chimney, the air is heated by the sun. The air becomes more buoyant and it rises up and out through vents near the top of your house. This lowers the pressure inside your house which draws fresh air in through especially placed inlet ports.

 

Exhaust mechanical ventilation. This strategy involves the use of small exhaust fans usually in the bathrooms. They operate either continuously or intermittently to exhaust stale air and moisture generated in such rooms. This strategy creates a modest negative pressure in the house which pulls in fresh air either through the cracks and other air-leakage sites. This is a simple strategy that is low-cost. One disadvantage of this though is the suction of random gasses that can pollute the air in your house.

 

Supply mechanical ventilation. In this strategy, a fan brings in fresh air, and stale air escapes through cracks and air-leakage sites in the house. The air supply may be delivered to one location, dispersed through ducts or supplied to the ducted distribution system of a forced-air heating system for dispersal. This can keep other contaminants from entering the house, but it risks forcing moisture-laden air into wall and ceiling cavities where condensation and moisture problems can occur.

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Sun

21

Aug

2016

Three Ways to Have a Well-Lighted Home All the Time

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Good lighting can do a lot of wonders to your home. It can make your home look bigger, more relaxing and more welcoming to your guests. It can also highlight your artwork displays or favorite pieces of furniture at home. Do you want to achieve a well-lit home? Read these the rest of this post for some quick insights.

1) Use layers of light. This is also known as the incorporation of multiple points of light. This in contrast with the common practice of lighting the whole room. Identify your light source and see which types of light you can install around it. For example, you can mix hanging lamps with lampshades to achieve a great lighting combination in your house.

2) Let some natural lighting in. Nothing beats the benefits of natural light. Natural light can blend well with the halogen lights installed in your home. It can also help you save more energy. Try these measures to allow more natural light into your home: widening your windows, installing a skylight or installing mirrors.

3) Don't overlook the room's function. Different types of lights are used for different functions. For example, kitchen lighting will not work well in the bedroom. Study each room in your house and take note of the activities you do in them. Then, decide on the color, type and intensity of lighting you might need in each of these rooms.

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Thu

21

Jul

2016

How to Keep Your Carpet Clean Longer

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Keeping your carpet clean for a long time can be challenging especially if you're a newbie in carpet cleaning and maintenance. Nonetheless, it is doable with the right strategies. Read the rest of this post for some tips.

1) Vacuum often and smartly. Define the high traffic areas in your house. These areas gather more dirt compared to other floor areas. Vacuum them atleast twice a week. When vacuuming, observe a slow speed. This will help you suck more dirt. Also, make sure that your vacuum is not too high to miss all the dirt it needs to pick up.

2) Get rid of the stains quickly. When food drops on your carpet, scoop it with a spoon right away. Use a dry cloth to absorb the spill or food remnants on the carpet. Then, use tap water to gently scrub the stain off th carpet. Use another clean cloth to tackle the stain if necessary. If the stain becomes hard to remove, use a spot solution that is carpet-friendly.

3) Remove furniture off your carpet. Cleaning your carpet without removing the furniture on them will keep it from being totally cleaned. Lift pieces of furniture before you do the vacuuming. Check to see if stains have accumulated in the areas of your carpet. Rust or paint finishes can transfer from your furniture onto your carpet especially if they've been placed there for a long time.

4) Don't overwet your carpet and dry it completely. while it is advisable to wash your carpet with soap and water, overdoing it won't make your carpet a lot cleaner. Cleanse it once with the soap and water solution followed by the neutralizing rinse solution. Use fans to dry your carpet completely. Opening the windows can speed up the drying process as well.

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Tue

21

Jun

2016

4 Best Ways to Use Color in Your Home

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Color is a powerful tool that can change people's emotions and mood positively or negatively. With a little effort and research, you can use colors to build an attractive and healthy home. Read on for some tips.

1) Make your small space look larger. Homes with small space look bigger when they're painted with vibrant colors. Colors like sunny yellow and bright green can add space to your home's exterior and interior.

2) Increase the appetite of your kids. Do you have small kids with poor appetite? Consider repainting your kitchen and dining room with red. If you dislike the solid paint color, match it with neutral colors like gray, white or beige. You can also install decors with red patterns which your young ones might find interesting.

3) Increase the level of relaxation in your bathrooms and bedrooms. Do you want a spa-like experience in your bathroom and bedroom? Set the mood by using relaxing colors in your walls. Shades of blue, green and lavender are the perfect colors you might want to consider.

4) Cultivate concentration and productivity in your home office or study. Do you want to be more productive when you work from home? Paint your home office green. Psychologists say shades of green can promote concentration. If you don't like to paint your home office walls green, accessorize it with green plants, frames or lights.

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Tue

17

May

2016

Expired Items in the Pantry That You Often Neglect

Most people store non-food stuff - kitchen towels, paper cups and plates, etc - in their pantries apart from canned goods and other food items. Because of this, the latter are left unnoticed and unused until their expiration dates. Do you always find yourself in a similar situation? Read the rest of this post to know the common food items which you might overlook in your pantry.

 

Spices - Contrary to popular belief, spices do expire. Change out your spices if they’re getting close to a year old. You won't get poisoned upon using old spices. However, spices lose their tang when stored and unused for a long time.

 

Medicines - Check out the counter pain relievers and anti-allergy pills you store in your pantry. Do the same with the vitamins you have in stock. Medicines which are stored for a long often undergo a change in their chemical composition - making them less effective, if not poisonous to take.

 

Canned goods - While canned goods can be stored for a long time, it's still not safe to keep and eat them many months or years after their purchase. Whenever possible, check regularly on the canned goods you have in store. Try to use them months earlier than their expiration dates. High-acid canned goods (tomatoes, citrus fruits) can be good for up to a year-and-a-half, while low-acid foods (vegetables, beans) can last a couple of years.

 

Baking Supplies - Baking powder, flour and cooking oil do have a long shelf-life. However, they're best used before their expiration dates. You can expect your flour and baking powder to last long if your pantry is free from moisture. Even though your flour is stored in a dry place, it is best to use it within three months after purchase. As for baking powder, it is best replaced within six to 12 months upon purchase. Lastly, cooking oils remain good for two years if unopened. Once they're opened, cooking oils must be used in three months or less to avoid being rancid.

 

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Tue

10

May

2016

How to Clean Leather Items

Leather comes in different types and each type has its own cleaning requirements. You might find it confusing and exhausting to memorize each of these cleaning strategies just to make sure your leather items are in mint condition. Here are some common ways to clean leather in general. Knowing these can help you save energy, money and time.

 

Leather handbags and purses - If you need a small spot on your leather bag or purse, use a cotton swab soaked in rubbing alcohol. A mixture made of one part vinegar and two parts linseed oil would be the best solution for an over all cleaning. Apply this solution in a circular rubbing motion. 

 

Leather shoes - Remove the laces if there are any. Remove the dirt and dust on it using a dry rag. To begin with a thorough cleaning, prepare a clean rag and a leather cleaner or a saddle soap. Apply the cleaning solution of your choice in circular rubbing motion. Once your shoes are clean, apply some leather condition to bring back the moisture.

 

Leather furniture and car interiors - To begin, use your vacuum cleaner to remove the dirt and dust resting on your leather. For finer and hard to remove dust particles, use a micro-fibre cloth. Next, apply a light coating of a one-to-one water/vinegar mixture using a clean rag. This will remove stains on your leather. Follow up by applying a leather conditioner.

 

Additional Tips:

  • Test your cleaning methods on a small (preferably hidden) spot of your leather item to check for discoloration.
  • Store your leather items out of direct sunlight because heat can dry out and crack your leather.
  • Follow the cleaning directions on the tag or manual that came with the leather item you purchased.
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Wed

04

May

2016

The Cost of Clutter - How Does It Affect You

Clutter, in varying amounts, can be found in every home. Some have a little clutter while some have a lot, depending on their individual lifestyle and tolerance level. It is healthy to have a realistic amount of clutter, especially when you have small children. An overwhelming mess, on the other hand, is inadvisable because it might cost you your health, finances and sanity. Here are some common ways by which excessive clutter can affect your every day life.

 

1) Clutter drains you of your time. People who are surrounded by clutter spend extra time daily looking for lost items like car keys, purse, shoes and other things they need. Therefore they arrive late for work, for school or for an appointment. Do you find yourself staring at the very thing you're looking for without noticing it? Yes? Then, now is the perfect time to tidy up your cluttered home.

 

2) Clutter creates additional expenses. Additional expenses due to clutter come in the form of late payment charges and unplanned purchases. Late payment charges accrue when bills and financial statements are lost in a pile of clutter. The same is true for unplanned purchases. You tend to buy duplicates or replacements of items which you don't realize you already have; you simply can't find them because they're lost in an ocean of jumble.

 

3) Clutter causes stress. Some people don't want to go home because of the enormous mess that awaits them. A cluttered home can intensify the exhaustion and frustration you may already have from work. You will feel more stressed than relaxed going home. Clutter also becomes a stressor when it becomes a source of embarrassment during surprise visits from friends and relatives. If your cleaning skills can't relieve you of this dilemma of mess and stress, seek assistance or cleaning tips from professional cleaners before it's too late.

 

While clutter is unavoidable, you can keep it at a minimum to stop it from ruining your life and robbing you of peace of mind. How? Check out this detailed infographic from Absolute Domestics which can help you decide where you should draw the line on clutter.

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Tue

03

May

2016

Refrigerator Organization 101 - Easy Ways to Keep Your Fridge Neat

A clean and orderly refrigerator brings a lot of benefits. First of all, it provides a lot of storage space especially for your perishable food items. Secondly, it allows you to spot easily all the ingredients you have in stock. Lastly, it makes all the ingredients you have appealing and inspiring.

 

Here are some tips which can help you keep an orderly fridge all year round. 

 

1) Create zones. Fruits and vegetables have their own bin inside the fridge. This helps them get special attention from you. Why don't you add extra bins in your fridge to create zones for all your ingredients? For example, place in clear and tall bins all food stuff that come in bottles like ketchup, sauces, etc.

 

2) Use the fridge door appropriately. The door is the warmest part of your refrigerator. Instead of using it to store eggs and milk which are highly perishable, use it to hold condiments, bottled juices and water and other ingredients which you need not consume right away.

 

3)  Segment your freezer. The freezer can be likened to a big box that needs to be segmented in order for you to make the most out of it. Group together all your meat products, frozen fruits and veggies. You will have the risk of damaging and missing one or a couple of your food items in the freezer if it's disorderly. 

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Tue

26

Apr

2016

Simple Ways to Get Marks Off Your Wall

No matter how hard you try, your walls can be blemish-free only for a short time. Hence, you must always be ready with your cleaning materials and skills to bring back its pristine look before those marks become permanent scuff on the wall.

 

When cleaning your walls, here are some reminders you must keep in mind. Observing them will keep you from damaging your walls during the cleaning process.

 

  • Whenever possible, use basic or home-made cleansers before using chemicals.
  • Be gentle when scrubbing the wall to keep the paint coming off.
  • Try your cleaning technique somewhere else before before doing it on your wall.

Attack the mark or stain right away. As soon as you see a mark on your wall, wipe it off right away using a sponge and plain water. More often than not, fresh wall stains can be easily removed with these.

 

Use unconventional strategies. One wall cleaning strategy you might want to try is wiping the wall with a tennis ball. Get a tennis ball. Cut an X on it and attach a broom stick on it for a handle. Then, clean your stained wall using it.

 

Try a natural stain remover. Baking soda is famous for its ability to remove almost all types of stains. Mix four tablespoons of the baking soda to one quart of warm water. Use a damp sponge to apply it on wall marks. You can also a plain, non-gel toothpaste if baking soda is not available.

 

Use some suds. Have you ever tried Ivory liquid soap in cleaning your walls? Dilute a part of Ivory liquid soap in water. Mix the soapy concoction well until it becomes bubbly. Soak a clean rag with it to wipe down stains on your wall.

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Tue

19

Apr

2016

Kitchen Cabinets - Tips on Cleaning Them

Are daydreaming about painting your wooden kitchen cabinets? Why don't you try cleaning them first for a total face lift? Yes, you read that right. And yes, this can be quite challenging especially if your cabinets have been uncleaned for years. Needless to say, you can still do miracles with your old kitchen cabinets following the right cleaning methods.

 

1) Prepare all the materials and tools you will need. You can use a commercial or a home-made cleaner - your choice. The same goes with your cleaning tools. Make sure that you won't be using your bare hands when cleaning your kitchen cabinets. Most of the time a dry cloth, a small  scrub and a small toothbrush will suffice.

 

2) Treat stains right away. In case of drips and spills, make sure to treat them right away. Wet a toothbrush or small scrub brush in a bowl of diluted oil soap. Clean or scrub the stained area with it.

 

3) Pay attention to the corners and the hardware. Scrub around the hardware edges on your cabinets and in the corners of your cabinet surface. You will need more energy and time scrubbing dirt and stain off your cabinet if it has a very intricate surface.

 

4) Clean the surface of your cabinet regularly. Spray some cleaner on your cabinet's surface and wipe it off afterwards. Do this as often as you can. This will you from dealing with fossilized and stubborn dirt and stains.

 

5) Clean the edges and inside surfaces of your drawers and cabinet doors. A clean surface is not enough in achieving a cabinet that  is totally clean. Scrub and wipe your drawers and cabinet insides clean as you address its surface.

 

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Tue

12

Apr

2016

Quick Tips on Minimizing Clutter in the Bathroom

The bathroom is one of the busiest places in the house. A lot of activities and chores happen in the bathroom from early in the morning to late in the evening. Hence, the bathroom is prone to clutter. 

 

Clutter in the bathroom is best solved with the observation of storage systems. Is proper bathroom storage a struggle for you? Read the rest of this post for some quick insights. 

 

Designate parts of your bathroom for active and accessible storage. These areas should hold the things you use everyday - toothbrush, shampoo bottles, hair dryer, razor, etc. They should also be user-friendly. This means they must not impose hazard on you if ever you need to reach out for items stored in them while you're taking a shower or your body is still wet from a bath.

 

Use the not-so-easy to reach areas of your bathroom for storage as well. These areas are helpful in keeping items which you use monthly or quarterly. In fact, you can even store your stock of toiletries and other vanity items in the highest shelves, the farthest drawers or the space under your sink. This will help keep the items you're not using at the moment from being damaged or from getting on the way.

 

De-clutter daily. Once you've used an item, make an effort to put it back where you got it from. Don't wait for tomorrow or the weekend before you put things back to their proper places. Clean and organize your stuff as you leave the bathroom.

 

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Tue

05

Apr

2016

How to Get on Top of Your Laundry Problems

Laundry is a pain. We can all agree to that.
While we can never change this fact, we can change its effects and impact on our lives. First of all, we need to stop treating laundry as a completed or finished task. Rather, e must treat it as a frequent task and focus on its maintenance. 
Secondly, you must know certain tips and tricks that can lighten your laundry work load. Here are some laundry insights which you might find helpful. Read up.
  • Stick to buying your kids socks of similar color. Letting them use black and white socks, for example, will make it easier for you to keep track of all the pairs they own - not missing any single of them.
  • In connection to the first tip, use a laundry bad for washing socks. A laundry bag will help you wash socks all at the same time. This saves time and blocks the probability of missing socks.
  • Prepare two to three sets of clothes for your kids to use every week. If they engage in a lot of activities within a week, you may add another set of clothes. This practice allows you to wash their soiled clothes in the evening once the kids have gone to sleep.
  • Fold dry clothes while watching TV or watching over your little ones. Before you know it, you've completed the folding task for the day while resting.
  • Let your kids help with the laundry tasks. Make it seem like a fun game for them. For example, you can get them into 'hanger hunting' or 'shooting' when hanging their dry clothes or placing their socks and under garments in bins.
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Tue

29

Mar

2016

Inexpensive Trick to Get Rid of Ants in Your House

Do you always have to call for the exterminator or for outside help whenever an army of ants marches into your house? If you have money to burn, go ahead and suit yourself. But if you have a tight budget, you might want to try this simple yet effective trick which I've observed for many years.

 

Prepare the following ingredients and materials:

  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Borax (find Borax on Amazon with free shipping here!)
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • cotton balls or paper towel

 

Instructions:

 

1. Mix the Borax and sugar 

2. Add warm water to the mixture. Using a spoon, mix it constantly until all the Borax and sugar particles are completely dissolved.

3. Get some jar lids, bottle caps or other shallow containers. Place a cotton ball or a wad of paper towel in each of them.

4. Pour onto each of them the Borax-sugar solution. Stop pouring when the cotton balls or wads of paper towel are soaked enough. 

5. Place these containers near the spots inside your house where ants usually line up. 

6. Wait until your Borax-sugar solution takes effect and puts an end to your ant problem.

 

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Jan

2016

Moving Out to a New House - Four Signs to Know

Have you been staying in your current house for several years now? If yes, you might want to consider moving to a new one today. There are a lot of reasons for doing so. For example, you will need to have change of environment if you have experienced a lot problems in your current residence. Other reasons for moving out, however, are not emotional or psychological in nature. Continue reading to know them.

 

Cracked walls - This is one of the biggest signs for you to change your house. If there are a lot of cracks on different walls, you have got to get out of there right away. Start searching for another house, since it means that your house has given up on you.

 

Squeaking floor - Most of the people have wooden floors, which start squeaking when the house turns really old. Just like you see in the horror movies, the floor has this sadistic sound that people fear the most.

 

Depressive interiors - If you have been staying in the house for last fifty or fifty five years, you find the walls coming closer to you the moment you sit on the floor. The interiors start depressing you and you fear staying inside. There are also times when you start crying for no reason at all and feel depressed. If this has been happening to you, you are not at fault; it is just the house that you have to change. Start searching for a new house RIGHT NOW, if this happens with you.


Lack of inner happiness at home - This is something that you can find out very easily - the next weekend, don't go out and simply stay back at home. Find out if you are internally happy, when you are alone at home. If you feel terribly restless or uncomfortable in your own house, it is time for you to search for a nice apartment somewhere else.
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Wed

30

Dec

2015

Home Made Fertilizers - All You Need to Know

Organic way of life essentially encourages people to lessen their carbon footprint by consuming organically grown foods and even growing their own organic gardens, among others. While some people found it easy to grow their own food, others who were not used to the gardening and farming way of life found it rather challenging. For one homemade fertilizers will be needed by plants. Keen to know how they're made? Read on.

 

Test the soil. The first thing one has to do before proceeding to even gather materials to make fertilizer is to test the soil. This is very important because it will help give an idea of what nutrients the soil lack and what type of fertilizer ingredient can help supplement it. This can be done by getting a sample to a professional in a soil-testing laboratory who can test it for a fee. Once the soil is tested and the lacking nutrients, if any, are determined, gathering materials would be the next step.

 

Check available materials. Materials can be easily found mostly in the kitchen. Examples of such materials would be eggshells, coffee grounds, vegetable peelings, fruit peelings, molasses, and tea grounds. Some other materials are the less pleasant smelling ones because it involves wastes such as horse, chicken, or basically any kind of animal manure. Dog, cat and rabbit droppings have been recommended by gardeners as well. The availability of manure as fertilizer materials will, however, depend on whether you live in or near a farm or you own at least one or two of those animals.

 

Take note of particular uses. It goes without saying that materials for the homemade fertilizer will first have to be gathered. However, if there is a particular type of plant one is working on, it might be a good idea to do some reading on what type of plant the materials are best for. For instance, coffee grounds are particularly best for plants that need much acid such as roses, tomatoes, and blueberries. Banana peelings work wonderfully for roses too. Egg shells help peppers and tomatoes produce a robust yield. Vegetable peelings work best for cucumbers, roses, cabbages, and leafy greens. Rabbit droppings, when mixed with other materials, help wonderfully with growing tomatoes.

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Mon

30

Nov

2015

How to Control Household Pests without Using Toxic Products

There are several safe ways to control household pests, which are often more effective than using chemical pesticides to control flies, cockroaches, ants, bedbugs and other pests that occupy your home. Since many chemical pesticides are toxic, you wouldn't want yourself, your children, or pets to come into contact with them. So, what are some safe ways to control pests at home? Well, try the following non-toxic methods and you just might conquer those pesky pests.

 

Start with prevention. Prevention is the best way to keep household pests under control. Below are some tips to ensure you don't allow pests into your house in the first place.

 

Know your pests. Before you take measures to control household pests, make sure you know exactly what pest problem you have. Several non-toxic treatments, including diatomaceous earth or borax, will work on a number pests only.

 

Use non-toxic agents. If the prevention methods above aren't enough, you can try nontoxic agents to control pests naturally. For example, castile soap has been shown to be successful in controlling a wide range of pests for years, including ants. Oil of eucalyptus and cayenne pepper can also deter ant infestations. Another nontoxic way to eliminate ants, roaches and silverfish is to use borax (boric acid). Diatomaceous earth is effective for getting rid of fleas.

Whichever method you choose, apply it in targeted spots. This is not only safer but also inexpensive than random application.

 

Try chemical-free methods. Once you've denied pests shelter, food, and access, you need to get rid of any surviving intruders. To eliminate pests without applying chemical pesticides, you can use an ordinary swatter to get rid of flies and other bugs. Lay traps (jar traps, fly traps, light traps, bait traps, etc.) to get rid of rodents and bugs without spreading around household chemicals. Also, vacuum to eliminate pests living in your upholstery or carpet.

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Tue

27

Oct

2015

Ways to Use Your Home for Retirement Funds

Most people become emotional when their houses are talked about. They usually don't see their houses as assets that can possibly get them out of debt and provide for their retirement needs. Rather, they treat their houses as properties with much sentimental value. Do you see your house this way? If yes, you might want to think about your future again.

 

Consider reverse mortgages. No payments are due as long as you live in the house with a reverse mortgage. Your house will be sold when you leave it. The proceeds go to cover the loan, plus fees. One disadvantage of this option is high fees.

 

Consider sharing your house or renting it out. Got family members, relatives or friends who are interested to live in your area? Offer your house and ask them to contribute to the expenses. In fact, you can even earn extra if you rent out other rooms in your house.

 

Consider selling your house. Selling your house will give you instant funds for your retirement. You can use the extra money you'll get to buy a smaller living space for you and your family. Downsizing may be uncomfortable at first, but it's practical.

 

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Tue

20

Oct

2015

How to Reduce Your Utility Bill

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photo credits: green savings co dot com

Do you need to keep your utility bills under control this year? Following are quick and easy tips that can help you get started with it. Take a read. 


Start with an audit - It is important to base your action plan on your energy audit findings. This will allow you to pinpoint where your unnecessary utility usage is coming from. You can do this on your own or with the help of a professional auditor. Some of the things that you need to check with regard to utility usage are air leaks, insulation levels, light bulb wattage and filters for cooling and heating systems.


Replace your light bulbs - Are you still using an old style light bulb? If you're keen to reduce your utility rates, you must switch to CFL (compact flurescent) or LED (light emitting diode) bulbs today. They're great energy savers. They look stylish as well.


Improve exterior wall insulation - Installation of insulation in exterior walls require professional. Although you'd be spending money on it, your total savings from utility bill will be worth it.


Caulk and weatherstrip your doors and windows - Your cooling or heating system work harder when there are cracks around doors and windows. Fix these cracks by caulking so that outside air doesn't get in.


Utilize a digital thermostat -  A thermostat can be programmed to manage the temperature inside your house. By setting a temperature limit, you can prevent your cooling or heating system from overowrking. 

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Tue

13

Oct

2015

Five Renovation Projects That Require Permits

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photo credits: s hswstatic dot com

Did you know that there are certain renovations require permits? Choosing not to obtain permits can cancel the sale of your home. So, you must not sidestep the permit process even though it's expensive and time consuming. Following are the renovations that require permits from your local government.


Fences - If you're planning to secure your residence with a fence, think whether you will need a very high set or not. You will be required to secure a permit if your fence exceeds the standard height.


New or additional windows - Before cutting holes in your walls for a new window, you will need to seek permission from the authorities first. The same goes for new doors and skylights. Window replacements don't require permits though.ole for a new window generally does. This includes skylights and new doors.


Plumbing/Electrical - Do you need to improve your existing plumbing system and electrical wirings? Secure a permit first before calling for a service.


Structural Changes - Additions like balconies, decks and porches require permits too because they fall under structural changes. All these plus load-bearing wall installations change the support system of homes.


Water Heater - Water heater and its ventilation system are deemed to be major changes by local governments. So, their installation and replacement require permits.


Renovations that don't require permits include painting, wallpapering, carpeting, hardwood floor installation, countertop installation and minor electrical repairs. 


If you're planning major changes to the structure of your house, you must be ready to take the effort and time to secure permits. As a home owner, it is your responsibility to secure permits even though a hired contractor will take care of your renovation projects. Research about the requirements before going through the permit process.

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Tue

06

Oct

2015

Home Renovation - Five Top Things You Must Consider

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photo credit: legarde rob dot com

Home renovation can be frustrating if you're unable to achieve your desired changes even after spending a lot of money. There are at least five things which you must consider before pushing through with your renovation project. They are the following.


Budget - Perhaps, you want your house to have a facelift before Christmas. Set your budget a year in advance. Do some research to know how much you need to save for your project. Ask your friends and relatives who have had their houses renovated. Read home improvement blogs which feature different home renovation projects. Drop by home depots and warehouses and compare the prices of the materials you might need. Decide whether you'll hire a contractor or not as contractor fees will be an additional expense.


Designer - Imagine how you want your new house to look like. You can check out magazines and the Internet for some ideas. Cut or clip photos of the designs and arrangements that you like. While it is possible to come up with the floor plan on your own, having a designer handle everything is more practical. A designer can advise the best arrangement for your home.


Contractor - Hiring the wrong contractor will bring doom to your project. Instead of checking out contractor ads, ask your trusted friends and relatives for referrals.  If you're unable to get referrals, check out the websites of the top contractors in your area. 


Details - Details include the tiles, fixtures and other small items that can contribute to the whole design of your new home. These details may require more money or more time to be install. So, study whether your budget and time frame can allow them.


Reality - If your budget, time and other resources cannot allow the design of your dreams, will you push through with it? Well, you can have a less ambitious home renovation project but equally beautiful and useful. 

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Mon

17

Aug

2015

Quick Insights on Mini Machines That Take Home Improvement Projects a Notch Higher

Mini diggers or tractors are fast becoming popular among home owners who are into do-it-yourself improvement projects. They are very flexible that they can be used for many construction activities. Their small size allows them to be easily operated in narrow or limited spaces. Most of them have these features: auto-idle and shift control, reduced noise levels and integrated slew brakes. Their bodies have removable side panels and swing-open tailgate for easy maintenance access.


These miniaturized pieces of equipment are dubbed as all-purpose construction, landscape and agriculture tractors. They have many types. 


A farm tractor is a track vehicle with a scoop loader that has a unique extension boom. This enables the larger scoop to dig a wider trench in comparison to some of the standard backhoes attached on standard loader backhoe machines.


There is also a tractor type that is useful in loading and stacking skid mounted supplies in storehouses. This kind of mini tractor usually come with a fork lift for skid loading, a loader bucket, an adjustable backhoe and a blade that can remove ice and snow.


A farm excavator can dig deep trench of eight foot. Set low to the ground with rubber tracks, this machine can negotiate rough terrain and get close into buildings. These excavation machines truly make construction tasks simple and less time-consuming. Paired with skilled excavators, these modern-day machines make every construction project successful. These tractors cannot perform without the excavators. The excavators cannot perform without the tractors as well. So before diving into a construction project, take time to reflect on some considerations about Bobcat hire.


When looking for the ideal equipment for your home improvement tasks, check if it can offer quality work no matter what your project size is. An equipment that allows you less manpower will help you save time and money.  Check also whether the machine is able to do some multi-tasking for it to provide some specialized tasks.

Mon

10

Aug

2015

Crane Hire: A Brief Overview

Hiring a crane might be necessary if you’re planning to expand your small business.  This is because cranes can speed up the construction of a bigger building for your company. However, these heavy duty machines can also pose a potential danger to your construction project if they’re not handled or used properly. For that reason, you should contact a credible company that can provide a crane suitable for your construction needs.


Crane use or crane lifting is definitely a high risk operation. You must plan it carefully to ensure that all your construction tasks are carried out safely.  Instead of renting a crane to use yourself, if you’re not confident about your skills in handling these machines, contact a crane hire company. Such a company has a team of qualified operators who are specifically trained for safe mobile operations and who will come to your site and operate the crane for you.

 

Contrary to popular belief, it is best to contact a crane hire company that is local. A local company can easily visit your exact location and assess the number and type of cranes needed for your construction project. You can then get an accurate quote and plan your budget ahead of time to avoid overspending.


Search online for prospective companies.  Pick at least three companies in your area that you could potentially hire. Arrange an interview with their representatives. Gather as much information as you can before deciding which company to hire. Make sure that the company you choose will be able to provide quality service in line with your construction needs, budget and safety requirements. Below is a detailed infographic from Excel Cranes. You can use it as a guide in determining the safety requirements for every crane hire.

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Mon

10

Aug

2015

The Why and How of Swimming Pool Repairs

Your swimming pool will need a repair every once in a while no matter how diligent you are in caring for it. The damages may come from the pool’s frequent use, adverse weather conditions or improper installation. Cracks and chipping will be the common problems which might need your utmost attention.


If you find problems with your pool, don’t panic. Assess if it’s something that you can mend on your own with the help of proper blends and tools. That can save you from spending money for professional help. Listed below are some do-it-yourself ideas for a quick fix of your pool.


Small crack patch-up - Concrete pools get cracks easily. This can be attributed to deficiency in the mixture used during the initial plastering. Small cracks, over time, can grow into deep ones. And so, they need to be repaired upon their first appearance.


Crack repair starts with deepening and widening its size by half an inch. Dusting off sand particles comes next. Thirdly, caulk has to be applied on each crack so as to make it water tight. As it becomes water-tight, no water can penetrate into it. Let the spot dry. Do leave enough space for liberal application of plaster.


When it dries up, prepare the mixture right off the bat. Secure these ingredients - sand, white Portland cement and bonding agent. As you combine them, put enough amount of water. Mix them well. Sprinkle some water on the caulked part before you apply the blend you previously prepared. Ensure there is no space for water and air. Apply the mixture thoroughly. Check if it’s leveled with the pool surface. Let it be moistened for a few days.

Plaster restoration - Once plasters start shedding off, most owners think of pool renovation. For times like this, simple repair would be enough. With a hammer and chisel remove all the loose plaster. Work on the loose ones only, leave the solid ones untouched. Should there parts that are about to chip, you can remove them as well. Afterwards, measure the width of the damage area.


A mixture is again needed here. For the mixture, you will need one-third of Portland cement and two-thirds of sand. With some water and ample amount of bonding agent, you can get a semi-solid blend for your patch-up task. 


Before you start coating the damaged part, splash enough water on it. Apply your mixture using a trowel. Same with the crack blend, apply your mixture thoroughly leaving no space for air to come in. If bubbles appear, it means some spaces were loosely covered and the plaster might shed off easily. Make the edges of the new patches smooth with water. Don’t forget to even it out with the surface. Keep the area moistened until the pool is filled with water.

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Mon

03

Aug

2015

Inspire a Gardener Loved One with These Gift Ideas

Most women in the family are inclined to gardening. Gardening is a great hobby that can benefit the gardener herself and her family. Her stress can be relieved through gardening and her family can enjoy a beautiful and refreshing landscape within the bounds of their lawn. Keen to know the best gift ideas that can inspire your mom, sister or wife in her gardening hobby? Read this post for quick insights.


#1 Gardeners will definitely appreciate organic flowers for a gift. You can go check out beautifully potted organic flowers sold by a local florist. According to your choice, you can have them freshly picked and neatly placed in a vase. The good thing about green houses and garden shops is they sell garden accessories that are made of recycled materials. For one, you can request the organic flower that you have chosen to be potted in used containers that have been elegantly designed to cover up their original and worn out exterior. 

Photo Credit: Thirty One Gifts
Photo Credit: Thirty One Gifts

#2 Your green present would even look lovelier in eco gift bags which are readily available in different designs, sizes and shapes. They are usually made of materials like bamboo strips, candy wrappers and discarded cartons. If it is a bunch of flowers that you are eyeing to give, you can have them planted in recycled tyres that come in different figures and sizes too.


#3 Charmingly crafted ornaments could invigorate any gardener’s spirit apart from its ability to enhance the appearance of their personal patch of land. Green candles purely made up of soy and bees wax can add sparkle and glamour to any garden during nightfall. Scented variations that are molded from organic ingredients which may be given on Christmas or Thanksgiving make splendid eco gift ideas to eco-conscious women.  


#4 Sundials made of recycled coffee cups are nice garden ornaments too. Besides giving an ancient touch to your yard, it provides a distinctive way to tell time while you are dirtying your hands with soil in your yard during the day.Handcrafted artifacts like twig birdhouses, shell bird baths, nut shell wind chimes and figurines made of paper mache are perfect garden gifts too. 

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Mon

27

Jul

2015

Professional Plumbing Services - Why You Might Need It

Not only business need to call for professional plumbing services. Even home owners may do so once they experience clogged sinks, jammed toilets, pipe bursts. These problems can affect the quality of your house and so you must do whatever is necessary to have them arrested. Do you to know the other benefits of hiring a professional plumber or plumbing company? Read up.


Clogs are the most common problems of drainage and sewerage systems. With the help of modern science, specialists in the field are able to remove these clogs. The latter usually come in the form of fossilized grease, soap suds and mineral deposits which pass through the drainage along with water. The amount of these materials present in a specific line can now be easily identified by a professional plumber with the video images even before he goes through the process of eliminating them. 


Moreover, an expert can fix damaged lines, clear obstructions in the sewerage lines, pump septic tanks and the like. When all these are done properly, sewer systems will be able to operate. Thus, there chances of clogged sinks, congested toilets and jammed bath tubs will be fewer in your house


Installation of plumbing parts and fixtures and entire plumbing system (if need be) can only be done by qualified plumbers. Complicated pipe networks and water meters for certain residential areas can be accomplished by professional plumbers. They also set up water heaters, water filters and handicap fixtures for parts of the house like the bathroom, kitchen and the laundry room.


They can also address the problems about old pipes. The latter are awful as they make water from faucets unfit for our health and hygiene. Expert plumbers can replace these old pipes with new ones, even the hard to reach ones. Gas lines are also another type of pipes that they can fix. With their tools, they are able to detect gas leaks in an establishment to prevent any disaster.

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Mon

20

Jul

2015

How to Beautify Your Garden with Outdoor Accessories

The checklist of these garden decors could be endless. But the basics include: outdoor fountains, ponds, outdoor garden statues, and even some outdoor art. Pieces of outdoor furniture like barbeque grills, fire pits, heaters and outdoor lightings may also be included. 


Plan your garden beautification project ahead of time to avoid overspending. Beginner and veteran gardeners who are working on a tight budget can start with planting of easy growing plants which can later on be enhanced with any piece of cheap garden decor like an old garden statue.


If you have a large garden area, you can place bigger decorations like garden fountains, bird houses and bird baths. Pieces of furniture like dining and picnic tables and chairs are a good addition too especially if you love entertaining a lot of people in your yard.

 

In the absence of holidays, your garden can look remarkable with garden clocks and sundials. Outdoor wall clocks appear in sundry forms and patterns. You can even find ones with a built-in thermometer. This clock type not only drops your time guessing habit but also gives you the correct temperature of the day. If you want to go a little ancient in telling time position a sundial on the spot of your garden that receives sufficient sunlight. 


Other yard decorations that can bring to life the wonderful memories or happy vacations spent with your loved ones are sculptures, water fountains, or wind chimes. Decors like attractive planters can remind your daughter’s first gardening attempts. A handmade bird house, on the other hand, could be a wonderful memorabilia of your son’s enjoyment from playing with the birds resting in your garden. 


Working in your garden with great outdoor garden accessories adds more life and energy to it. Sticking to your budget and being wise on spending on items in your garden that bring happiness to your family is the key to making your garden reformation a success.


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Mon

13

Jul

2015

Quick Insights on Owning a Backyard Pool

As summer becomes hotter each year, many homeowners start to consider building a swimming pool in their backyard.  Although the idea of owning a pool may be appealing, the responsibilities of pool ownership can seem quite daunting. Let us examine the benefits of having a pool to determine whether it is worth all the effort.

Improved health - Owning a backyard pool will encourage you to spend some time swimming each day. This can do wonders for your health. Swimming is an aerobic activity that can help in your weight management. As well, unlike high impact exercises, it will not cause you any injury  According to medical research, swimming is also good for those who suffer with respiratory problems. 


Saved money - Since you no longer have to pack the kids into the car to go to a public pool or beach, you're able to save on both your petrol and your time. You and your family can enjoy fun times in the water whenever you want without worrying about time or money.

 

Added value - A backyard pool can add value to your home. It will attract buyers if you decide to sell your house in the future. Most buyers prefer a house with a professionally designed pool and a landscaped backyard. This might require a lot of effort from you in terms of maintenance. Nonetheless, it will definitely pay off once your house is sold at a great price.

 

Now, are you planning to have a pool for next summer or in time for your next family event? There are certain things which you need to consider for your project to be successful. These include:

Never try to build a backyard pool on your own. Installing a pool requires greater professional skills than you can imagine. Trying to do it yourself will not allow you to save money. In fact, it will double your expenses when you make mistakes during the construction process and then have to pay to get them fixed. It will also create major damage in your property. 

 

Keen to know how long it takes for a typical pool construction to complete? Watch this video to find out.

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Thu

09

Jul

2015

Best Ways to Whiten Your Yellowed Pillows

Do you wash your pillows often? I personally hate washing pillows because I consider it to be a time-consuming chore. I push through with it though because I know that dirty pillows can cause allergies and other serious health problems. Let me share some tips on cleaning your pillows thoroughly. They are as follows:

 

#1 Remove the pillowcase. Use the most liquid and gentle detergent you have. Avoid strong detergents with stain removers and scents as these can stick to your pillows until they're all dry. Set your washer on the gentle, warm water cycle. Put in the detergent and allow the washer to begin filling before putting in your pillows. Wash a couple of pillows at a time to ensure thorough cleaning.

 

#2 After the wash cycle is complete, run it through the rinse cycle again. This will ensure that the detergent is thoroughly removed from the interior of the pillows. This will also remove excess water. Pillows require more care to be cleaned thoroughly because they are thick. 

 

#3 If you have foam pillows, hang them to dry. Letting them spin inside the dryer will cause its material to melt. For pillows made from synthetic materials, dry them on a low to medium heat cycle and avoid any high heat. Would like to fluff up your pillows again? Put two tennis balls in some socks and toss them in  the dryer. These will agitate the fibers and cause them to return to their original condition. Stop the dryer every 30 minutes to rotate the pillows around and to make sure that they dry thoroughly.  

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Mon

29

Jun

2015

How to Keep Molds from Penetrating Your House

Mold can grow on any part of your house. They can even grow on your household items and supplies like carpet, clothing, food and tissue paper. A mold problem is not only expensive to fix. It can also be very dangerous for your family members' health. Here are some ways by which you can keep mold from forming in your house.


1) Do an audit of your home - Identify the problem areas. Check the parts of your home which often collect water. Mold formations are most likely to be found there. Mold prevention can be as easy as cleaning and keeping your basement dry.


2) Observe proper ventilation inside your house - Did you know that mold formation can also be caused by daily domestic activities? Providing proper ventilation in your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, and other high-moisture area inside your house. Vent and clean all appliances that produce moisture on a regular basis.


3) Use mold resistant products - Consider using mold-resistant products during your home improvement projects. You will find items like mold-resistant drywall and mold inhibitors for paints in most warehouses.


4) Monitor humidity inside your house - Purchase a moisture meter. This will help you identify your home's humidity level. You can also look for the signs of excessive humidity inside your house. The most common of these signs is the condensation on windows, pipes, and walls. 


5) Keep your house water-free - Is the foundation of your house quite sloped? Yes? This will cause flood to collect in your basement come rainy days. Research for some improvements that could be done. Contact a credible contractor to do the job.


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Thu

25

Jun

2015

Recycling Mistakes You Should Avoid

Do you recycle regularly? Yes? Do you do it correctly? You might be unaware of the recycling mistakes that you're committing. Read this post and review whether your recycling practices meet the guidelines set by the government.


Tossing everything you don't use in the trash can - Sometimes, we just want to get rid of the things we don't use as quickly as possible. And so, we simply throw them away. If you're not sure which items are recyclable and not recyclable, drop by your local recycling centers for help. Generally, you shouldn't be throwing old appliances, aluminum food containers, corks, crayons, ink cartridges, light bulbs and mattresses away.

Not recycling bottle caps -  Caps from common household products, such as soda and water bottles are often made from polypropylene plastic. Many recycling facilities didn't have the proper equipment to recycle them. However, some facilities bottle caps and recycle them. Check online the whereabouts of these facilities. You can schedule quarterly or monthly visits to these facilities to drop all your bottle caps.


Recycling plastic shopping bags - Although they're made of plastic, they are not ideal for recycling purposes. This is because they can damage recycling equipment once they get stuck somewhere in its insides.  If you want to dispose them properly, give them to grocery and retail stores that willingly collect them.


Depositing shredded pieces of paper in recycling bins - Shredded paper is just as bad as plastic shopping bags for recycling machines. Tiny shreds of paper can clog up the machines and get mixed in and tangled with other recyclables. Shred documents only when absolutely necessary. Instead of throwing them in recycling bins, make a compost out of your shredded pieces of paper. 

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Sun

21

Jun

2015

Best Ways to Keep Your House Squeaky Clean All the Time

Dirt is the number one enemy in our houses. It is the root of all cleanliness challenges in our houses. Hence, it is important to cut the problem at its root before it branches into damages that are much harder to resolve. Here are some advice on stopping dirt in its tracks.


1. Use a doormat - Dirt rests in the sole of your shoes. By placing a mat right at your doorstep, you can prevent dirt from outdoors from entering your house. A mat doesn't really make you shoes dirt-free but it lessens the amount of dirt present in it.


2. Buy the right doormat - A mat that is longer and wider than a regular stride is ideal to use. It should be wide and long enough for you to walk across it with both feet. When your visitors  walk on it before entering your house, the dirt they brought from outdoors will be automatically transferred to the mat.


3. Use floor mats - Floor mats are different from doormats. They are best used for high-traffic or spill-prone areas in your house. These are your fridge cabinets, the bathroom and the toilet. If you choose to place floor mats on these areas, be careful about sliding or tripping. Wet floor mats can cause accidents inside the house.


4. Clean all your mats thoroughly - Take them outside regularly and give them a good shake to remove the dirt off them. If you don't like this idea, vacuum your mats every now and then. Grimy mats must be hosed down and scrubbed with soapy water. After washing, dry them well. Moist mats can damage the floor when used.

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Wed

13

May

2015

Five Ways to Rid Your House of Bad Odor

Does your house stink? If it does, don't fret. Every household gets stinky once in a while due to floods, leaking plumbing system or neglected spoiled food in the fridge. You can open the windows and turn on the exhaust fan to get rid of the stench. If both tactics don't work, try these targeted techniques that will exterminate the bad odor in your house in an hour or less.

 

Deodorize your refrigeratorSome use pieces of charcoal as fridge deodorizer. but according to surveys, baking soda offers a better solution for smelly refrigerators. Leave a box of baking soda open inside your fridge. A box of baking soda will be good for one year. Make sure to place it far from your veggies because it contains sodium bicarbonate which cause leafy vegetables to wilt prematurely.


Clean your carpet - Carpets obtain all kinds of filth in the house. Urine from your pets can cause your carpet and your house to stink terribly. To remove urine smells and bacteria, Mix three parts water and one part water in a bowl. Rub the solution on your carpet using a cloth rag. This will remove the urine smell and bacteria on your carpet. If your carpet has been soaked in flood water, follow the cleaning techniques shared in this video. (Note: I don't own this video. All credits to the owner.)

Deodorize your garbage disposal - Do trash bins inside your house stink? Minimize their bad odor by placing slices of lemon or orange them. If the scent of these citrus fruit fail to overpower the stench, pour a mixture of cold water and white vinegar into your trash bins.


Wash your dishwasher and washing machine thoroughly - Dirt and water tend to accumulate in the bottom of the dishwasher. Wipe the bottom part using a clean rag. Place a small container filled with vinegar under the dishwasher. This will absorb the bad odor that's left. 


Bad odor in your washing machine might be caused by the mold and mildew which accumulate inside when it is sealed after each use. To remove the stench, fill it with bleach and warm and run a cycle. Rinse it thoroughly afterwards. 


Use activated charcoal - Activated charcoal is known for absorbing a wide range of bad odors specifically those cause by household pets. It is a form of carbon that has been "activated" to make it extremely porous. It can be placed in your pets' litter box or in any part of the house where strong stench accumulate. 

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May

2015

Buying a Home - Know Its Disadvantages

Buying a home has its pros and cons. More often than not, people focus on its benefits and overlook its disadvantages. if you're having second thoughts about acquiring a house and lot, this post might help you decide whether to push through with the deal or not.


Debt - When most people buy a home, they put down a 20 percent down payment to reduce interest paid on the loan. Your down payment and reoccurring loan payments are certainly going to have a toll on your discretionary spending. Before you purchase or build a home, make sure you are ready for the debt and required loan payments for years to come. It’s not so different from renting, but that huge down payment could certainly sway one’s opinion.


Property Taxes - All property owners need to pay their property taxes twice a year, and as the markets continue to regain its position, taxes are expected to rise. Before you buy, look up your property taxes and those of your neighbors. As long as you have the address or PIN number, your local Secretary of Treasurer’s website should be able to help.


Repair Problems - When the hot water breaks, you can’t call your landlord to fix it. When you own a home, no matter what the issue is, you either fix it or pay someone to fix it. If you are a savvy DIYer, these types of issues may not bother you. After all, painting an interior room and fixing a clogged toilet are both easy projects, but ones that have to be completed nonetheless.


Little Flexibility - The golden rule of home buying is that you should plan on living in the home for at least five years. Otherwise, financially, it makes more sense to rent. On top of financial issues, once you buy a home, there is no turning back. If a loud neighbor moves in, there is nowhere to go. If your new job adds 45 minutes to your morning and evening commute, you better get used to traffic.

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Apr

2015

Yard Sale 101: Funding Your Next Home Improvement Project 

A yard sale can be a great way to de-clutter your home and make some quick cash, but it's also a lot of hard work. That's why it's good to have a few sales tricks to help you rake in the money. Here are a few to get you started.


When it comes to arranging your display, put the strongest merchandise in the most visible spots and group all your other items together by category. Having a tight setup can help you hook more potential customers, as some people won't even bother to stop the car if they perceive your stuff as piles of junk.


The next thing to do is price things by group whenever possible. Not only is it easier for buyers, it'll help you get rid of smaller items that wouldn't normally sell as easily.


Once you've decided on your prices, make sure to mark all your prices clearly. This might seem like common sense, but you'd be surprised at how quickly customers can get put-off by having to ask for a price on every single item. Display your prices prominently.

If you are clueless about getting started, contact a friend or a relative who can help you out. Apart from the added man power, your friend or relative can also invite some people they know to check out the items in your yard sale.

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Mar

2015

3 Ways to Keep Your House Always Clean 

Do you hate surprise visits from family, friends and co-workers? Yes? It is probably because you don't want them to discover how messy your house is. Today is the day that you should stop worrying about that. Simply follow these tips and your house will be forever clean.


1. Keep your house clean continuously, than try to clean something that's gone off the rails. What sounds more overwhelming: Giving your countertops a quick swipe after just cooking a meal, or trying to clean a kitchen that hasn't been cleaned for a week's worth of cooked meals? Though in the moment — the lazy, tempting moment — it might feel like no big deal to leave those dishes/dirt/pile for tomorrow. But too many until-laters and you find yourself with a house that feels too stressful to tackle. But doing the small things throughout the day and week — putting things back up when you're done with them, cleaning up as you go — takes up less time overall and feels much more manageable. Doing this — plus keeping to a regular cleaning schedule — will leave you with a company-ready clean home that you can enjoy more often.


2. Know that more stuff means more to clean - In the very literal sense, more stuff in your home means more things to clean. More things cluttering your kitchen countertops, the more things collecting dust and greasy kitchen grime. The more knickknacks on your tabletops, the more things you've got to move just to swipe. Even the more furniture you have means the more shoving, pushing and moving out of the way you've got to do to get a thorough cleaning job done. You don't have to live in an empty home to keep it flawlessly clean all the time, but if you're having trouble keeping a specific room or a certain area clean regularly, you might want to examine what you can live without and whether there's anything you can remove to make cleaning regularly easier.


3. Know the most obvious spots to clean. They know that even the best of us have weeks (sometimes months) where it's difficult to deep clean everything, every time. But folks who have homes that always seem clean pull off the appearance of cleanliness sometimes by simply knowing the best places to give their limited time and energy to so the whole home feels cleaner (even if not every square inch has recently been scrubbed).

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Feb

2015

Six Alternative Uses of Surveillance Cameras

CCTV cameras are generally used for safety and security, theft and crime prevention. But, did you know they can be used for far more than interesting things? No? Then read on to discover CCTV's other meaningful uses.


Create time lapse - Quality surveillance cameras can create beautiful time lapse videos. The time interval in these videos can be less than a second to a day, week or month. Changes in seasons are usual subjects of time lapse videos. Nowadays, building sites are using time lapse videos to record a construction's progress for client information, training purposes and building protection.


Provide wildlife and zoo assistance - Surveillance cameras are the best friends of veterinarians and scientists who are devoted to wildlife care. Zoos install surveillance cameras to observe animal behavior when no one else is looking.


Reach inaccessible places - Some spots can be physically inaccessible to people because of size, harsh environmental conditions, possibility of explosion and sensitivity of laboratory materials involved. Nonetheless, they have to be monitored, so surveillance cameras are the best option because because they can be made indestructible and deflect hazards in a highly explosive surrounding.


Compliance monitoring - A lot of large businesses, including cosmetic and pharmaceutical companies, use surveillance cameras for compliance monitoring of their products. Through this, they can observe the packing and processing methods of their employees. This ensures that the correct methods are being followed.


Business marketing - Apart from protection against shoplifters, surveillance cameras in stores provide valuable customer information like what age group tends to purchase certain items. Moreover, cameras help managers check whether excellent customer service is practiced by the store employees.


Record environmental conditions - Government and news agencies use surveillance cameras to report environmental occurrences as they happen. People worldwide can now watch up close the volcano explosions, tornadoes, avalanches and other weather phenomena.


CCTV cameras can also catch the strangest things which are worth watching and relishing. If you’re keen to see what you can do with CCTV in your household or workplace, check out Omega’s services.

 

Top 5 Strangest Things Caught on CCTV

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Feb

2015

Best Ways to Make Your Bedroom Romantic for Valentine's Day

Not all bedrooms look romantic. Most rooms are filled with appliances and gadgets that make them appear crowded and noisy. Nonetheless, they can turn into a romantic haven this Heart’s day with just a little effort from their owners. Keen to know how? Read the following tips.


Mood lighting – Mood lighting can easily turn a dull bedroom into a romantic one. Instead of fluorescent lights, install dimmers overhead and lamp on the other sides of the bed.


Clear the nightstand – Place your books, gadgets, eyeglasses and other stuff inside drawers. A neat nightstand will create a relaxed and serene mood inside your room.Place your books, gadgets, eyeglasses and other stuff inside drawers. A neat nightstand will create a relaxed and serene mood inside your room.


Create a romantic view – Can you see the ocean standing by your bedroom window? If yes, clean your window and keep it open. Enjoy the view with your partner. If there’s no romantic view outside your bedroom window, create one inside by hanging a painting of scenic views.


Install a fireplace – Fireplaces not only make bedrooms warm. They also create a cozy atmosphere within in them. They somehow prod couples to snuggle up. If you have time, install a gas fireplace in your bedroom.


Use some layering – Layered linens can make bedrooms look expensive and romantic just like the ones you read in fairy tales. Invest in nice blankets and pillowcases that showcase soft colors and patterns.



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Jan

2015

New Year Goals for Your Home

Do you have home improvement resolutions this year?  If you haven’t already, read on the following items which you might suitable with your goals.


Clear your house – Clutter makes your house look old.   Engage in some regular purging. Release all the things that you’re unable to use within a year.  Clear your house room by room so that you can maximize all the areas available. Keep only the things which you use on a regular basis.


Invest in safety and security – Don’t wait for your household to be an object of break-in. Follow the best practices in keeping your home and possessions safe. Invest in quality security systems that can help filter the flow of people in and out of your house.


Reduce carbon footprint in your house – Start a green campaign in your household. Purchase green merchandise. Consider going paperless with your bills. Take advantage of the online services provided by companies. Cut your energy use by installing solar panels on your roof. If your budget will allow, purchase a hybrid car that you will bring to work.


Have a house cleaning system – A system will keep all areas in your house under your control. Assign cleaning tasks to yourself and other family members depending on their urgency. There are tasks which must be done on a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis. List them all down. Write the date, time and the name of the person who must carry out each of them.




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20

Dec

2014

How to Manage Your Holiday Trash

Cleaning after the holidays is very difficult to do especially when you’re dead tired due to the non-stop parties you’ve attended. Nonetheless, you must do it if you don’t want trash and stench to take over your place.


Here are some tips that will help reduce your garbage through the holidays so that cleaning afterwards will not be a pain in your neck.


Be watchful of your shopping – Buy green gifts for your loved ones. Consider green décors and green goods for the holidays. Green products may cost more but the environment will benefit a lot from them.


Stay away from gift wrappers – Gift wrappers are nice but they constitute a big part of your garbage. If you do away with them, you can avoid a huge mess during the holidays.


Beware of fireworks in your garbage – Fireworks can get mixed up with your refuse. Keep your garbage carts closed all the time and take the necessary precautions to protect them.


Recycle your Christmas tree – Christmas trees made of plastic are now becoming famous among households. With a plastic tree, you don’t have to buy a new one every year. Moreover, it is easier to keep and set up along with the lights, ornaments and tinsels.

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Nov

2014

Other Things to Inspect When Renting an Apartment

There are other things which you must check which before moving in to the apartment of your dreams. They are as follows:

 

Bathrooms - Turn on the faucets and the shower. Is the water flowing out of them? Is the flush working properly. You must also check the sink, toilet bowls and bathtub. Do they leak or clog? Look around and look into the closets for any sign of mold formation. Molds can bring serious problems to your respiratory system if not removed.

 

Fire safety - Fire can claim lives in an instant. Thus, it is important that your apartment has the necessary tools to combat it. Fire alarms, smoke alarms and fire extinguishers are must-haves for a fire safe apartment. Check if these alarms are working. Do not move in until they are replaced or fixed.

 

Electric switches - Flick all the switches to see if they're working. Check the bulbs if they're burned out. Continuous use of them can lead to fire. Check the wirings too. Don't touch frayed wires. Just check where they are connected or if they need to be realigned.


Floors - Are the carpets clean? Do they have tears? How about the tiles in the bathroom and the kitchen? If any of them are missing, ask for a replacement to avoid cuts and other small accidents they might cause.

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24

Nov

2014

Things to Inspect before Renting an Apartment

 

Are you moving into a new apartment? Before you do so or make the necessary payment, ensure that you have had thorough inspection of the unit that you’re eyeing. This is very important. If the landlord fails to know the needed repairs before you move in, you will most likely shoulder the repair costs. Following are the things in the apartment that you must check before moving in.


Pests – An apartment is infiltrated by pests is the worst nightmare you could ever have. Besides destroying your possessions, pests can seriously harm the health of your entire family.  If you’re attracted to renting low-cost apartments, check first if it’s pest-ridden.


Kitchen – Most apartments have kitchens with stoves. Check if all the burners, buttons and plugs in the kitchen are working. Frayed wirings and gas emissions must be reported to the landlord right away as these could be a source of accident.


Doors and door locks – Doors must be properly working if you want to protect your possessions from theft and your family from crimes. The doors should fit their frames and the locks should be able to keep doors closed especially during instances of forced entry.


Bedrooms – Check if the bedrooms don’t have leaks. Hidden holes in the roof and walls can cause you and your belongings to soak in water during rainy days. Check the closets too for loose hinges. If closet cabinets swing loose, they can cause accidents.

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Nov

2014

Enjoy a Green Home with These Tips

For some homeowners, going green is not just a fad. It is a necessity for them specifically because they think that their kids' future greatly rely on it. Going green or having a green home is not just about filling one's house with energy-efficient and environment-friendly appliances. It's about observing the right practices too. Read through the following ideas that can help you and your family enjoy a green home.

 

Reduce consumption - If you're going to reduce the products that you consume everyday, you will be able to reduce the amount of trash that you contribute. For one, you can reduce buying coffee and packed lunches or snacks. The coffee cups and food containers that you get just add to the tons of cups and containers the government needs to recycle. Prepare your coffee and food before leaving for work.

 

Go organic - Organic food and other products are good for your health. In addition to that, their production doesn't require the use of cheap chemicals that can bring in harmful toxins in your house. What's more, you're able to contribute to the livelihood of organic food farmers.

 

Reuse -  Got empty plastic shampoo containers? Think of ways on how you can use them for other purposes. How about leftover food? If you don't have pets to feed them with, reuse them as fertilizers for your favourite plants in the garden.

 

Grow your own food - Have a vegetable patch in your backyard and influence your closest friends and relatives to do so. If the number of people who are able to produce their own food increases, the production of canned foods will soon decrease. Again, this will impede the use of harmful chemicals during production.

 

 

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Mon

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Nov

2014

Decorating Ideas for Your Home Office

Having a home office is great advantage especially if you’re handling your businesses from home. It will help you focus on the tasks that require your attention. Consequently, you will be more productive. Do you need insights on how to decorate your home office effectively? Check out the tips listed below.


Create a library – Arrange a pair of bookshelf in one area of your home office. Fill them with books and other documents that you work on. A small table and chair by the bookshelves will do if you need to sit down and browse a book or a file.


Install enough lights – Ensure to have lights installed in areas where you will be reading, writing or using your computer. During the day, it is practical to use natural lighting. Open your windows and other channels of natural light to improve the mood in your home office.


Have a main desk – You must have a desk that is spacious enough to hold your computer or laptop, fax machine, printer and other office materials. Ensure to position this desk near electric plugs so you won’t have a hard time making your electronic gadgets work. Decorate your desk with pretty pencils, notepads and color-coded office supplies to make it appealing to use.


Pick your music – While it is good to work with no background noise, an ultimately quiet atmosphere can make you sleep instead of work fast. Pick the type of music that can help you concentrate more on what you’re doing. Classical music has worked wonders with animals and humans. Try if it will do so with you.

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Making Your House A Home

Most of us dream to have our own space we can call our own. This is where we rest our tired body after a long days work and spend our weekends especially when we already have a family of our own.

 

Join me as I do my best to make my house a home. Mine isn't as big as the usual dream house, nor as stylish and cozy as a two bedroom condo unit, but I try to make it look like a home.

 

Feel free to drop by as I share some cleaning, designing, renovating and organization tips that have worked for me and my friends through the years.

“The point of simple living, for me has got to be: A soft place to land, a wide margin of error, room to breathe, lots of places to find baseline happiness in each and every day” ― Leo Babauta

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