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How to clean your Bathroom

How To Clean Your Bathroom

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Out of all of the unpleasant household necessities, cleaning the bathroom is perhaps one job that we all would prefer to avoid. It is the one area which can seem to never be clean, and often involves contorting yourself into awkward positions, spreading yourself with the shower hose, and getting up close and personal with the toilet.

The good news is that there are systems you can put into place to make the process easier, quicker and more efficient. Keep reading for tips on the best way to clean your bathroom.

 

1. Have different cloths for different sections

Make your life easier and your cleaning more effective by having colour coded cloths to correspond to different areas of the bathroom. Within industry, pink is usually used for the toilet, to highlight the risk of spreading germs which can occur.

This makes sure you are not using the same cloths in different areas, which can make your cleaning less effective, and could spread illnesses or germs. Similarly, make sure you have all of your bathroom cleaning supplies with you before you start to make your life easier!

 

2. Make products work for you

There is a range of items on the market, all of which claim to be the best bathroom cleaner. Whilst much of this is up to personal preference, you can make your products work effectively for you.

If you have something which needs time to work, such as a spray or foam, spray this on first, usually on the tiles surrounding the shower, and sometimes down the toilet or on taps. This allows the product to get to work whilst you are focusing elsewhere.

 

3. Start on the larger areas

Start off in the bathtub, usually the largest area in the bathroom. Apply the bathtub cleaner, then carefully wipe off the product, scrubbing as you do so to make sure all stains are removed.

3. Start on the larger areas

If you have a combined shower/bathtub, you can then rinse off with the shower head or bath taps, before rubbing the surface with a towel to remove watermarks and make it shiny. This step can then be repeated with the tiles; the bathroom tile cleaner applied, scrubbed, rinsed and the tiles polished.

 

4. Move onto the shower

As with other products, decide on the best shower cleaner for your bathroom, ideally, one which removes dirt, stains, soap scum, and gives a shine.

 

Spray or apply the product, then rub with a different cloth in a circular motion to remove stains and marks. Rinse off with the shower head, and then polish with another cloth or a dry towel. Leave the shower head and taps for a moment.

 

 5. Thoroughly clean the sink

Apply the necessary product to the sink area – don’t forget the outside and underneath. Scrub it well to remove toothpaste marks, makeup, hairs or any other unpleasantries, and then, as before, buff with a dry towel.

 

Thoroughly clean the sink

6. Don’t neglect the toilet!

Perhaps the most unpleasant aspects of bathroom cleaning: the toilet. Luckily, this can be tackled easily and quickly if you have a good system in place. Firstly, our bleach into the bowl, and scrub well with a toilet brush or cloth depending on your preference.

Then spray toilet cleaner around the bowl, under the rim, on the seat and on the lid. Wipe it all over carefully with another separate cloth, not forgetting the outside of the bowl. Once everything is clean, buff with a separate dry cloth to polish.

 

7. Make sure the floor is clean

You will be spending a lot of time in bare feet on it, so it is essential to ensure that the floor is clean. Depending on what your floor is made of, firstly sweep or hoover to remove any dust and debris.

 

Make sure the floor is clean

 

Then apply a floor cleaner, and either mop or wipe with a cloth, depending on the size of your bathroom. Wipe over the skirting boards with a damp cloth to remove dust, and to make sure that your clean floor doesn’t get dirty immediately.

 

8. Pay attention to details

Now is the time to turn your attention to taps, shower heads, fixtures and fittings. With chrome fittings such as taps and plugs, polish these with a dry cloth, buffing them until they shine.

Dust fixtures, light fittings, shelves, any ornaments, and bottles or packages which are on display. Using a specialised glass cleaner, carefully wipe down the mirror, taking care to buff out any streaks or smears.

 

The best way to keep a clean and tidy bathroom is to make sure that you keep on top of it. Doing a quick wipe round every day will ensure that soap scum and grime don’t have a chance to build up, and it won’t seems like a huge chore which needs to be endured.

Keep cleaning supplies handy, so that you can give a quick wipe round of the shower whilst you are in it. Rinse and wipe the sink after brushing your teeth, and use clever storage to ensure that shampoo and lotion bottles aren’t sitting out – this is the easiest way to get a scummy mark on the bath or tile.

Bleach the toilet every evening before bed to keep it fresh, and make sure you pick up any rubbish straight away. these easy tips will work to make your life a lot easier, leaving you with more free time to do far more exciting things!

Living Room Changes For 2018

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We hear it every year: New Year, New Me!

Very rarely do any of us keep all (or any!) of the resolutions which we make in good faith, and with the purest of intentions. Life, work, school and people get in the way.

This year, however, why not take the opportunity to make a real change, which will benefit and inspire you throughout 2018, and in the years to come after that?

For most of us, our home is our sanctuary. It is the place where we can kick back in our comfy clothes, switch off and relax. It may also be where we host friends, hold gatherings and parties, and celebrate the successes of our lives.

It makes sense, therefore, to invest time and energy into our homes, starting with one of the most used rooms in the house: the living room.

 

Use fashion to help, not hinder you

Like with clothing, hair, and makeup, interior design also goes through phases of fashion.

The idea of modern living room is generally a space where the family can relax, entertain, and spend time together, and it is important for the room design to reflect this.

There are a few features which are must haves: comfy seating, good storage and accessibility, and the little touches which really make it personal and homely. Homes come in all shapes, and there are a range of living room styles depending on your family, your home and your taste.

Don’t be afraid of fashions and trends, or feel as though you need to be a slave to them; whilst checking out the latest styles can give you modern living room ideas and inspiration, it is important to remain true to your own tastes and preferences: there is no point in installing a huge, metal framed, ultra modern sofa if your preference is for vintage, squashy leather.

Fashions and trends can, however, provide you with interior design ideas, colours and fabrics, and give you a place to start with your living room decorating ideas, and particularly if you have a particular need or preference, such as inspiration for small living room ideas, or if you are after a total overhaul; magazines and websites can provide some great living room makeover ideas.

Cosy Living room

 

Bring the Outside In!

There is currently a focus on nature in interior design, and of the concept of bringing nature into the house through colours, lines, and accessories.

There is no need to go mad and get a green carpet and paint the walls sky blue (though if that’s your thing, go for your life and be amazing!); there are far more subtle ways to bring the outside in, remain up to date, and still show your personality.

Soft, draped curtains can add an element of fluidity and liquid; they instantly soften a window and a room, and can even be made from lighter material which flows more easily to increase the effect.

This can be enhanced with the choice in cushions or soft furnishings, to create a cohesive look throughout the room.

Pick out the colours of your favourite flower or plant, and make a bold statement with a rug, picture frame or ornament, and instantly update the look of the room without spending a fortune or making major changes.

cosy living room with pants and green sofa

Jazz up your Furniture

Furniture is another area which follows trends, and the preference at the moment leans towards smooth curves, Art Deco contours, and geometric shapes to provide an edge.

Again, there is no need to overhaul your entire living room design, unless you would like to.

Trends can give you an indication of modern living room furniture ideas, but there are number of things you can do easily to update your current kit.

Ok so shaving the edges off of the coffee table to create a modern, aesthetically pleasing curve probably isn’t the best idea, but you can upcycle pieces fairly easily. Repaint a dresser to give it a new lease of life, and pick some different handles to instantly update it and create a whole new piece of furniture.

If you know someone who is good with their hands, see if there are any modifications they can make to meet your vision.

Even if you don’t have access to a handy handyman, simply painting or sanding down, updating handles and curtain poles, and adding subtle accessories such as mirrors and pictures can transform the look of a room instantly.

In addition, even something as simple as rearranging the furniture can totally change a space. Experiment with the objects until you find the best living room design for you; putting a table there and a bookcase here can have a much bigger impact than you may realise!

 

The Devil is in the Detail

As I have reiterated before, the key aspects really do lie in the little things.

Updating curtains, careful placement of a rug, changing the photo frames, and being selective in your wall decor can all have a big impact in updating your living room, and pulling the look together.

If you like some of the bold trends of 2018, but don’t have the time, money or desire for a total overhaul and an entirely new, modern living room set, changing these small details can give you the overall look you crave quickly and easily, and can really add a touch of unique personality to the space, as the pieces reflect your own quirks and personality.

We spend a lot of time in our living rooms, so it is worth making the effort to invest some time and imagination into an easy update.

New furniture, walls, colours and carpets can create a total makeover, whilst more subtle results are also easily achievable. Whatever your preferred end goal, prioritise yourself and your home, and make 2018 the year of the new living space which suits you perfectly!

Cosy modern living room decoration

 

Family Car

How To Keep Your Car Clean And Smelling Fresh

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For many of us, our cars will be one of the biggest investments we make in our lives; if not financially, then in terms of the time we spend in them getting from A to B. It makes sense, then, to care for and maintain our cars to a high standard, to ensure that you are caring for it for many years to come.

It also improves your experience when driving and, perhaps most importantly, means you will never be embarrassed to give someone a lift! Here are some top tips for ensuring your car remains clean and fresh smelling all the time.

1. Keep on top of rubbish

We all have busy lives, with commuting, shopping, the school run, acting as a taxi service…our full schedules often mean we are eating or drinking on the go, and our cars can quickly become trash cans for Costa cups, Big Mac boxes, or empty crisp packets.

Make sure you are mindful of what you leave in your car and try to take it with you as you go. If you have children who are prone to leaving a mess, keep an empty carrier bag somewhere convenient, so you can easily take your rubbish with you when you are leaving the car.

This will also help to ensure that nasty smells and surprises don’t appear from something lurking under the seats!

2. Use things for what they are intended for

This may seem obvious but is often overlooked. Your car will come with a glovebox, cupholder, boot storage…and many other hidden nooks and crannies. Make these spaces work for you.

Use the glove box for crucial documents such as insurance, breakdown cover, ownership and registration, emergency contacts and your car handbook. Use the boot for de-icer, emergency blankets and supplies, oil, screenwash, and other essential maintenance elements for your car.

Keep maps in the back seat pockets, along with paper and books to keep children quiet on long trips, and make sure the space around your feet is clear of obstructions. These areas can be kept clutter free easily once you have established a system.

3. Make vacuuming a priority

We all put it off because it seems like a huge hassle; getting the vacuum out, making sure the car is parked close enough for it to reach, contorting yourself like an Olympic gymnast to reach all of the areas…yes, vacuuming the car is a pain.

However, if you keep on top of it, and make it a priority, this time-consuming job becomes much easier and will ensure your car remains clean and fresh smelling.

4. Reduce mess in advance

 

If you have pets, think ahead and cover your seats with specialised covers, or even old blankets, This will remove pet hair, and will stop doggy smells from getting into the upholstery.

Take towels if you are planning a muddy walk, to allow you to get most of the mess off before getting back in the car, and making your life easier.

If you are planning to smoke, or eat strong smelling fast food in your car, make sure you give the interior a chance to air thoroughly, to reduce the risk of the smell lingering and remaining in the fabric.

5. Wipe down surfaces as you go

A packet of baby wipes, or antibacterial wipes, can be a godsend in the car.

They allow you to quickly and daily wipe down surfaces, removing any dust or dirt which has built up, as well as dealing with unexpected spills.

6. Keep your car mats clean

Dirt from shoes, derby from things which have been dropped, and exposure to the elements when you open doors…our car mats can really be put through the mill, and can often be neglected or forgotten.

Take them out and give them a good shake to get rid of dirt, then run over them with the vacuum cleaner nozzle for a thorough clean.

For fabric car mats, stain remover and a trip to the washing machine will bring them up as good as new!

7. Make good use of air-fresheners

There is a huge range of air fresheners available on the market now, ranging from that classic ‘new car’ smell to more personalised tastes such as lavender or vanilla.

They won’t mask the smell of a musty or dirty car but can add a pleasant aroma to a freshly vacuumed car.

8. Bring it in, take it out

Particularly useful if you have a family or lots of people using the car, the ‘Bring it in Take it Out’ policy ensures that everything which is brought into the car for a journey leaves the car when the journey is finished.

This includes coats, bags, shoes, and other personal belongings, and has two advantages; making sure that your car doesn’t get full of clutter, and also that nothing gets lost or forgotten, avoiding any panics later!

Although keeping your car clean may seem a monumental task, breaking it down into these smaller, manageable sections will make your life easier, keeping your environment clean, fresh and more enjoyable!

man in christmas sweater holding christmas lights

How to Organize and Store Christmas Decorations

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Christmas has come to an end. We have all been eating a lot of delicious dishes with our family and friends and enjoyed the days counting down until 2018. But when Christmas comes to an end there is a lot to clean up.

It is, unfortunately, more than just taking down the Christmas tree. All those decorations you laid out so nicely on the table, fireplace and windowsill, need to be stored so they can be used for next year.

But where do you start? You don’t want to ruin your decorations, so you have to think outside the box and find creative ways how to store and organize your precious decorations. Well, it’s easier said than done, and we understand, which is why we have put together some of our best organizing tips to show you what is the best way to store and organize your Christmas decorations.

 

Wrapping the Christmas lights

This is always a big problem in every household. How do you store Christmas lights properly?

When trying to roll them up you always get them tangled up with each other. But there is a way to do it without having this problem.

Here’ what you need to do: Use a disposal cardboard and roll the lights around it. It’s as simple as that.

It won’t get messy ever again – and you can even write something down about the length or colours of the lights. Doing this will also help reduce your stress when it’s time to pull them out for the next Christmas.

 

Christmas lights cardboard

Organizing the ornaments

Ornaments are easily breakable and so it not always easy to store them properly, but it doesn’t have to be difficult:

  1. First of all make sure that when pulling them out of the tree you don’t drop one.
  2. Then, collect some egg cartons and place your ornaments in them.
  3. Afterwards, place them in larger storage containers.

Organizing ornaments

Bonus: If you have transparent organizers you can easily see what’s inside! This way, you won’t have to search through all of the boxes and you’ll avoid an epic mess.

Using soft sided cardboard dividers is even better. This way you make sure your ornaments won’t chip and that they keep in good shape.

Storing the ornaments

 Stop Twisting the Garlands

Shiny and colorful garlands, you hang them in your tree around the fireplace, and voila! It gives a wonderful look. But how frustrated can they be when it comes to storing them!

You don’t want them to get twisted around your other decorations. So what you can do to prevent this, is to store the garlands in plastic water bottles. In fact, you can easily fit two garlands in one bottle.

Garlands on fireplace
Hanging the Wreaths

Those beautiful decorations are reusable every single Christmas, as long as you keep them in good condition. Place your wreath on a hanger and cover it with a dry plastic cleaning bag and store it in your closet so it will look as good as new for next year.
Storing the ornaments

Best way to store the tree

Taking down the tree is not only about organizing the decorations. The tree also needs to be stored. How do you do that?

It’s very simple, use sheets to create bags for the top, middle and bottom of the tree. Store it in your garage and you won’t have to worry anymore about it getting dirty or flat.

So now you see it’s not that hard to be creative when it comes to storing your Christmas decorations properly! It’s actually really fun to do, although it can create a bit of a sad feeling as you realize Christmas is really over and we have to move on with our busy lives. But I guess, there’s always next year right?

 Storing the christmas tree

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Package with birds

Wrapping – Dos and Don’ts

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Package

Gift wrapping might be a joy for some and a chore for others. Let’s face it, some people don’t even bother doing so and some can’t even appreciate the time and thought that goes into wrapping properly.

Yet, if you stop to think about it, there’s an art to it. Sometimes the simpler the better. These are a few tips on how to nail simple and meaningful wrapping for the coming festive season and for throughout the year.

Black-White Gift Boxes

  1. Give yourself time

You need both time and patience when it come to wrapping. Even though it might look

easy, it’s not. Practice makes perfect, as the saying goes. Along with a pinch of time and patience what you also need are some (if not a whole lot of) resources.

You’ll be surprised at the rate at which string and other accessories are used up.

Therefore, you want to wrap your presents ahead of time.

If you want to experiment make sure you’re leaving yourself enough wiggle time too, and buy extra resources in case it doesn’t go to plan the first time.

 

 

  1. Get helpers

If  you have to pack quite a lot of presents – be it for a birthday, event or Christmas – make sure there’s something the whole family or other friends can help with.

Even if they’re just helping with the tags, cutting the ribbon or paper in equal lengths, whilst you take care of the wrapping. The little things often take the most time.

 

  1. InspirationChristmas gifts

If you’re using to packing in the same old way and want to spice it up a little all you need to do is search around you for a bit of inspiration.

Go to a museum, local art shop or your favorite café with a magazine and soak it all in. You might also just want to go to the decor shop or haberdashery, and see what’s new there.

You might also want to look at some videos done by professional wrappers, or Pinterest for more.

  1. Go for bold

If you’re used to keeping your wrapping simple, stepping it up might be going for metallics. You’ll still be getting classic and simple results, with solid colour wrapping or sparkly bows…just in a bolder way!

 

  1. Think differently

Flowers and package

 

If your wrapping is going to change you’re going to have to change the way you think about it.

It has to become a multi-sensory experience. It’s not simply about the gift looking good, it has to feel, smell and sound good too.

Add little golden bells, or a couple of twigs of rosemary or magnolia leaves to add another dimension to it. You might also want to go for battery-operated fairy lights, for under the Christmas tree. End with a spritz of perfume.

Do this to tingle the senses and make it a personal experience.

 

  1. Always check for Price Tags

The must when wrapping is to see that all price tags have been removed or prices blocked out if you’re not removing the tag.

Always check, there might be more than one stuck around your present.

  1. Tissue paper

There is so much that can be done with tissue paper. If you’re not using it for the actual wrapping of the item, you might just want to have a few tucked around the present and coming out of the present bag for a softer touch.

  1. TapeChristmas Gift

 

You will need two types. There’s the satiny, clear one that will camouflage into the actual wrapping. You will also need a roll of double-sided for the tricky spots.

  1. Scissors

You want to be using different scissors for paper and ribbon.

The texture of paper (especially when it is thick), can dull the blades which will then not allow you to create crisp edges for your ribbon.

  1. Kids

Get the kids to help and be creative with their own resources. Even if it’s messy and not as neat, at least it will be theirs.

Wrapping is a fun project and should remain so. Remember, if you mess up don’t stress – just start again.

Christmas gift

 

Kitchen

Decluttering Your Kitchen

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Kitchens can be the messiest and most cluttered of rooms, even when you try so hard to keep everything in place. When cooking, you just can’t help it can you?! You just end up using so many things…only to realize the mess when you (or your family) get to washing the utensils.

So how can you cut down, and simply use the essentials in the kitchen?

 

The ProcessKitchen

When it comes to decluttering, first focus on duplicate items you might have. You’re thinking you don’t have any but let it sink in…you do have. Now you might have a perfectly good reason to have more than one utensil that does the same thing – you might need more than one carrot scraper, for when others help you cook dinner, but how often does that happen?

So, ditch your doubles, keeping the one you go for most. Usually there’s always one you use more often, either because it does the job better or because of some sentimental value.

Whilst we’re on the issue of sentimental value, some things have been handed down and you want to keep and treasure them. Yet, if you’re not actually using the item get it out of your drawer and exhibit it – you’ll appreciate it more anyway!

 

You’re the expert of your kitchen, so these are the things to ask yourself…

 

 

Sugar pots

What’s in your drawers?

– First:

Do you have too many single-purpose items?

Does everything work as it’s supposed to?

Are there some you never use – because they might be too specialized or for some other reason?

Can you just use a knife?

 

Kitchen Standard

– The specific items:

Vegetable scrapers: are you using them and how many do you have?

Rolling pins: are you collecting rather than using these?

Cookie cutter: if you’re not baking or you don’t use them any more then it’s time to give them away. If anything just keep a handful that you know are good.

Graters: you don’t want to have one for Parmesan and one for nutmeg, so make sure you just have one that’s comfortable and can grate just about everything.

Measuring cups: these do tend to add up, and you think you’re going to use most of them but let’s face it it’s a rarity.

Corkscrews: if you keep one (or two) you’re going to be sorted.

Citrus squeezers: the colorful ones, the different sizes…just go for the stainless steel one.

Ugly utensils: we all have them, but seriously ditch them – you’re not even going to use them!

 

Coffee, Tea, Sugar pots

What’s on your counter/in your cabinets?

Knives: which are never used?

Platters and serving pieces: again if you have multiple ones then keep the one or two you use the most.

Fruit bowls: are you actually using them? Do you have more than one out?

Appliances: are they taking up precious counter space? If they’re in your cabinets then make sure you’re actually using them every so often.

Pasta holders: do you use them or are they just there to fill counter space?

Utensil organizers: just have one or two out, any more means you have way too many utensils.

 

What’s in your freezer?

Being a good organizer is essential when it comes to your fridge and freezer.

Most importantly, make sure everything in your freezer is labelled and dated.

Also see that you have everything in it’s place, always.

 

PotsWhat’s in your pantry?

First of all you want to fill your pantry with nice and fresh spices, nuts, cereals, pastas and the like. Try to stay away from a lot of canned food, yet some are needed.

Use canned food as soon as you can and go through them once in awhile to make sure there aren’t many old ones there.

Do you have any plastic containers without lids?

How many aprons do you own and use?

Similarly, how many dish towels do you have and which ones are you actually using?

Once you’re done with going through your counters and your cupboards, create a few bags to divide your things. You’d want to throw some things out and give others away to a charity shop, for example.

 

 

Be a ruthless editor of what you allow in your kitchen

Kitchen cans

Clean Workplace

A Clean Workplace Is A Happy Workplace

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When your workplace is cluttered, it can clutter your mind too. Working in a healthy and clean environment can help you be more productive. It’ll help you focus more on what is important. To get a tidy desk there are just a few things you need to do to achieve this.  With these office cleaning tips you will manage your papers, overload on paperclips, pens that don’t work any longer and the annoying dust which never seems to go away and make your workplace a happy workplace.

Organize your paper work

Paper work is a big issue in almost every workplace. They are everywhere and sometimes it can drive you crazy. You can’t even see your desk anymore and you have no space to work.

Clean up all of the paper and organize them in a map, or colour code them so it’ll help you find things faster. Or just throw them out. 40 % of the papers you are saving are not that important. This can make you think clearer when you don’t have to look for them all the time.

Toss the useless pens

You probably have plenty of pens on your desk you might never use and only 2 of 10 are working. Why should you keep them?

Toss the ones that are not working any longer. They only take a lot of space on your desk. Place the rest of them in a holder near your computer. This will add a bit of personalization to your space.

Get rid of unnecessary clutter

You probably have a lot of stuff on your desk you have never have never used before.

Decoration on your desk might look nice but there are limits. Only use things that are actually necessary. For example, set up a lamp on your desk, maybe a calendar, printer and a telephone.

But refrain from putting too many things as it can be very distracted during working. Your workspace doesn’t have to look sterile but if you are not using it move it off your desk.

Use a desk organizer

This is perfect to store your pens and pencils, extension cards, batteries, tape and sticky notes. Before storing, think of how many times you might these items them and then give them all a zone on your desk.

Keep your incoming and outcoming e-mail in order, organize them by date or subject so the situation doesn’t get messy and you don’t get confused.

Wipe down the dust

After a long week of working, your desk and electronics can get really filthy. This can cause the accumulation of bacteria which is very unhygienic.

Therefore, start your week by wiping down your desk, your computer, keyboard, printer and your phone.

Not a single spot of dust should be left on your electronics!

A daily cleaning checklist

Make yourself a cleaning checklist to follow every week to make sure your desk won’t be a mess at the end of the week. Or just simply clean up every day after you finished your work. It will set up for a clean start the next morning.

For example:

– Replace your papers in the colour coded maps and place them in a drawer.

– Don’t leave any rubbish on your desk.

– Empty the trash bins.

Not only can you make yourself happy with a clean workplace, but your colleagues will really appreciate it. If everyone does his part to clean up the office a bit, it will become a place where everyone can happily work on their projects. And there will be a better motivating working atmosphere, without any stress floating around in the office.

With these tips, you will be able to create a better productive environment for your and those around you!

Closing Thoughts

We hope you found this article helpful!

Check out some of our other blog posts about  How To Organize Your Kitchen and How To Clean Your Electronics.

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Decluttering your home

How to Declutter Your Home

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Decluttering is not often seen as a part of cleaning your home. Frankly, cleaning your home is a lot harder when it is cluttered and disorganised. Having a clean and tidy home will help you to get a clear mind as well, and getting rid of stuff can feel rewarding. Enough excuses to start as soon as possible with decluttering your home.

Start decluttering

Start by throwing away stuff you certainly don’t want anymore. Grab a few garbage bags and throw everything that doesn’t serve a function anymore. Make sure you keep a separate bag for charity, and fill that with items that are still intact.

5 Questions to ask yourself while decluttering

  • does this spark joy?
  • do I have something similar to this?
  • have I used this in the last year?
  • does it still fit me or my living space?
  • am I holding onto this because of sentimental value?

Decluttering your closet

The 4-piles strategy is an easy way for decluttering your closet.

Pile 1: Items you love, fit well and wear frequently – keep

Pile 2: Items that don’t fit you anymore or are not your style – donate

Pile 3: Items you want to keep, but you don’t know why – put them in a box and keep it there for 30 days. Haven’t worn them within these days? Throw them away.

Pile 4: Items that aren’t in good condition anymore – throw them away

Don’t want to go through all your clothes? Take your hangers, and face the hooks towards you instead of the wall. Hang the clothing piece back with the hook towards the wall, and after a few months you will start to see what you are wearing, and what you are not.

The closet is a place that can build up quick. Preventing this is maybe even more important than curing the problem. Sales, new collections, online shopping are all very appealing, but you should shop smart. Ask yourself: ‘’Am I really going to wear this, or is this a representation of my fantasy-self?’’, and ‘’Do I have something similar to this?’’.

What to do with emotionally-attached items

We all have items that we are emotionally attached to. They remind us of anyone we know or of a certain time in our lives. It can be hard to just throw these items away, because it can feel like you are throwing away a part of yourself.

Those items that are beautiful, essential and make you happy: keep them.

You can even exhibit them on a shelf. Throw away the items that no longer serve you and remember: sometimes we don’t need the items themselves to hold onto those memories.

Giving to charity

Giving your items to charity is an amazing way to get rid of stuff you don’t need anymore. There are a lot of people out there who you can make happy, with items such as clothes, accessories, books, DVD’s, CD’s, kids’ toys and homewares. It also makes you feel good, knowing that your stuff got a second life instead of being thrown away.

 

Organise a garage sale

Want to make a bit of money after decluttering? Then a garage sale is the perfect opportunity. Pick a day in the weekend, and let people know you are organising one. Organise everything according to the type of item, to make it easier for the costumer. Label every item with a colour sticker, so you can colour code based on price. Keep in mind that items being sold in garage sales are often not too high priced.

 

Let it become a part of your daily habits

If you eventually are well-organised and have a decluttered home, you probably want to keep it that way. That is why making it a part of your daily habits is important, just like cleaning your kitchen surface and sweeping the floor.

Take a bin and place it, for example, in your garage. Every time you come by an item you don’t love or need anymore, put it in the bin. After a few months, you can donate these items to charity or throw them away.

 

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Growing Plants Indoor

Growing Plants Indoors

By Tips

Moving the Outdoors Inside

A house is not a home without a bit of greenery. Apart from purifying the air, plants also give off a calming effect.

With this in mind it’s good to know which plants are supposed to be indoors and which are not. The side your house is facing makes a big difference, notice how much wind is about, how much sunlight hits certain rooms and for how long during the day. Most importantly, check the needs of the plant species – as much as you might like the look or smell of a plant, it does not mean that it will thrive in the environment you are placing it in.

So, think of the plant too!

 

PLANTS

Hanging plants

A hanging plant is a great and simple way to decorate and add life to various areas of the home. Apart from looking very pretty, they fill an empty space quite well.

 

The Rhipsalis suits many areas, it has a chorally look and belongs to the cactus family so it’s very sturdy. Whilst it doesn’t need a lot of water, it does enjoy quite a lot of sun.

 

The Hedera is a gorgeous ivy which cleans the air of toxins, and is itself a very neutral looking plant – it blends in with any kind of interior decor. The soil needs to be kept moist, and it should not be left in direct sunlight but in a coolish area.

Aloe Vera

This is very much like a succulent, so it’s quite easy to care for. Give it water about once a week and you’re good to go, just leave it somewhere the sun will shine on it.

Aloe vera is a handy plant to have around the house or in your garden because of its healing properties. It works wonders for sunburnt and burnt skin. It is also great for cuts – as deep as they might be. Simply split a leaf and apply the juice that seeps from the centre onto the affected area.

Ferns

Ferns are real delicate beauties, with their different greens mixing throughout. These types of plants need a lot of humidity and sunlight.

 

You want to water it by spraying it with a pump, and try not to let it dry out too much.

Herbs

How about creating your own herb garden. With everyone worrying about where their fruits and herbs are being grown it’s worth taking the first steps and creating your own. There are many products which make growing your own hassle-free. Technology and food have combined in exciting ways!

Let’s start with the herbs you can grow.

Sweet Basil

 

This is a must have! It is the perfect herb for pasta and pizza dishes. It’s an annual plant, so it should start to grow afresh once it flowers.

Make sure it’s in the sun for at least 6-8 hours a day.

Pot it in well-draining and nutrient-rich soil.

If you take care of it properly, it will give you fresh healthy basil throughout the year.

Rosemary

 

This is a delicious smelling herb, which goes really well with various dishes including soups.

 

It can also be used as a treatment for dry hair and skin.

 

You want to pot it in a dry and sandy soil. Water regularly and make sure it has moderate sunlight.

Oregano

The scent it gives off is slightly bitter and at the same time spicy. If placed in sunlight small white flowers occasionally grow. All you need to do is trim them from time-to-time if the stems are growing too long.

 

SOIL

Getting to know your soil is an interesting part of caring for your plants. When working in any kind of garden you might be stunned as to how many different types of soil are being developed – this makes starting your very own herb or vegetable garden that much easier.

Smart Soil – this technology comprises of all the nutrients seeds will need to flourish while also encouraging beneficial microbes and border cells – so that it feels like they are growing in their normal habitat. You also want to make sure your seeds are getting the right amount of light during the first few months.

You might need to regulate the water and nutrient if you’re using any other type of soil.

You can even invest in a cultivator, which allows you to regulate watering cycles, lighting and temperature too. This is not for the casual gardener and when it comes down to it, the joy of seeing your greens grow has a lot to do with it being done naturally.

kitchen chalkboards

Why Have A Kitchen Chalkboard?

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Chalkboards – what’s the craze about?!

They’re simply great, but why? What’s so special about them that makes them worthy to be in so many modern and classic kitchens, and even studies and corridors now?

kitchen chalkboards

As simple as their design is, so is their purpose. Chalkboards are going back to basics, quite literally. They are a great creative space – if you have kids in the house, or if you don’t these boards work for all ages.

You might even just want to use them as decorations during your events. They just add that personal touch.

What is it about them

In what sense are they a creative space?

If you have it in your kitchen then you’re really going to use it to keep track of your weekly schedule, so that everyone can remember what’s going on and it will be easier to divide chores too!

So as neat as this kind of a board can be, the better. This doesn’t mean that you can’t doodle, just keep the writing legible.

– We will be dealing with chalkboard calligraphy soon!

If you have a wall in your study or in your child’s playroom, then it’s a different story. You can and usually have to go wild, that’s the whole point of such a wall.

 

If it’s taking a break or brainstorming something you’re working on you can afford to be a bit crazy and all over the place. All you do is swipe it off once you don’t need it there anymore.

 

Chalkboards are especially good for children as it allows them to really feel (the chalk itself has a particularly beautiful texture) and work with something and visualize whatever is going on in their minds.

Nailing chalkboard calligraphy 

You might be wary of writing on your boards, and you do have reason to be. You don’t want to waste more time worrying about how the writing looks than getting things done.

Remember chalkboards are great for:

– Writing an inspirational quote to hang in your space

– Labelling food and drinks at a party

– Menus and place settings at a dinner

– Labelling herbs in your garden

– Seasonal signage in your home

– and of course…your timetables

The key is in the pen

Either classic chalk or a chalk pen

There are various places you can buy chalk at and there are a number of brands too. Keep in mind that classical chalk is great for temporary projects, those you might want to erase quickly. Pens tend to have a cleaner look and last for longer.

 

When it comes to sharpening your classic chalk always use one blade from your scissors or a knife. You’re going to get better results with a pointy chalk than one with a blunt or square end.

 

To erase your writing/drawings you want to make use of a magic eraser – it completely removes all marks and residue. Or else go for a damp cloth!

To erase your writing/drawings you want to make use of a magic eraser – it completely removes all marks and residue.

Writing

Whether you’re writing in print or calligraphy cursive it’s up to you. Get a bit of practise in and you’re sure to get the hang of it.

A few tips for cursive writing:

  1. Since calligraphy is not as fluid as classic cursive, keep in mind that each letter you write should be an individual character, so don’t try to connect them like you would your signature. Just write the letters separately and connect them at the ends.

 

  1. After you’ve written and connected your letters, go back and darken your down-strokes. Your upward strokes should remain as thin as possible.

 

  1. Practice, practice, practice

Print writing:

If you’d rather go for print-style writing then your options are wide open. Make it fun and funky, try to look up different fonts and replicate them.

How to make your own chalk

The appeal of a matte black chalkboard is that they’re fun and yet also sophisticated. What will make them even more interesting is going for (or making) different coloured chalk – move away from the usual white and primary colours. How about creating your favourite colour for your board?

 

The process of making chalk is a little messier than cleaning it off the board itself. It’s a great activity to do by yourself or with the kids, so get ready to get messy!

 

Experiment with colours as well as sizes. From pencil thick to thumb size; faded and pastel shades of greens, rich blues to moody greys.

The Paint

When it comes to the shade just squirt as much colour as you need till you like what you’re seeing. Since chalk base is white, a small amount of colour will make a pastel.

Remember, dark colours might be nice yet the lighter the better they look on the chalkboard.

What you’ll need:

  • Plaster of Paris
  • Warm water
  • Tempera or acrylic paint
  • Wax paper
  • Masking tape
  • Plastic zippered quart bags

How to make it:

1. Mix up a batch of chalk.

Use a ratio of 1 part warm water to 1 1/2 parts Plaster of Paris. Then stir together as much wet chalk as you want in a certain colour. Add paint, squirt by squirt, until you get a shade you’re happy with. Keep stirring until the colour is evenly distributed and any lumps have been mashed away.

2. Roll tubes of wax paper to pipe the chalk into.

If you’re aiming for small chalk sticks or chunkier ones, roll the wax paper accordingly.

Choose whatever width you want, and then tape one end closed using masking tape (flattening it to do so will result in a sharpened point, which will actually be a useful edge for writing).

3. Pipe the chalk into the tubes.

Spoon your wet chalk mixture into a plastic bag, zip it shut, then snip the corner to make a piping bag. Use that to squeeze it into the prepared wax tubes, tape them together anywhere they need a little added support to stay rolled, then set them upright in a jar to dry.

Let the chalk sticks sit out for a full 24 hours to fully dry, then untape and unroll them, discarding the wax paper, and you’re ready to use!