Spring Cleaning: Get Every Nook and Cranny in Your Home

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  It's almost time for Spring Cleaning, the time of year when everyone around the world does a deep cleaning of their home, open their windows to let in the sunshine and declutters the drawers. Keep these areas in mind when cleaning your home: Organizing Closets Do you have a "forbidden closet" in your home where odds and ends, vacuum cleaners and winter coats all reside? It's time to clean out and organize them. For your clothing closet, get rid of unused clothing and accessories and organize the rest by how you get dressed in the morning, having the most frequently used items toward the front. Utilize the three-box rule: donate, keep and store. While going through the closet figure out which items you want to keep, which ones you want to donate and those that you wish to store. Once you organize the items into the three boxes, take action soon. You don't want to build up clutter. Take the donation box to Goodwill. Use a storage unit rental facility to keep your … [Read more...]

Drying Herbs at Home!

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    This past week I have been working hard getting my family all ready for winter. This also included drying a variety of herbs that I will use in my cooking this season. My favorite way to dry my herbs is in a brown paper bag. It is super easy to do and will save you money in the long run! First thing to do is select fresh herbs that are nice and green. Pull out any brown or yellowing leaves that you see. If you have grown them yourself then make sure to try to remove any excess dirt. You will want to try your hardest not to fully wash your herbs since that will make them hold a lot of water and will have them mold instead of dry. Once your herbs are selected you will want to tie the ends with a rubber band of string. I use the brown paper lunch bags to dry my herbs. First off you will want to take a knife and cut several slits into each paper bag. This will allow for the air to come into the bag and help to dry but will help keep any dust and such off … [Read more...]

New Flooring for my home! Any ideas?

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  When I first moved in with my husband I was of course excited to start our lives together but I also knew that there were many changes that I wanted to make to this cute little home that was built in the 1920's. It was a super cute little house but the first thing I had to change was the CARPET in the KITCHEN! Yes you read that right...there was CARPET in my KITCHEN! Ug! It was terrible to try to keep clean not to mention that it was bright orange and had been there for over 45 years!!! Of course as newly weds we did not have the income to purchase expensive flooring. One day as we were out shopping we came across  self adhesive floor tiles. They were less expensive then tile or hardwood but they could give my kitchen the same overall look. I was thrilled and we purchased them right away! The self adhesive floor tiles were super easy to use and they made my kitchen look great! It was so exciting to have the orange carpet gone at a price we could afford! My … [Read more...]

Interior Addict for your home decor needs!

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I love going through home decor sites and dreaming up what I want each room in my home to look like. I have lived in my home now for 3 years and there is so much that we want to do to get everything just right. Currently we have hand me down furniture and every wall in the house is white. I need to bring in some color and some new furniture and designs!  There are so many different styles and themes that I could have in each room and it is so hard to decide on just one! Recently I have been looking around on Interior Addict. They have lots of great furniture and home decor in modern styles that I love! No matter what it is you are looking for Interior Addict has it all! Bedding, lighting, furniture, rugs, storage, book shelves, coffee tables and more! One piece of furniture I am really looking into is a new sofa! We have never purchased new living room furniture and it is at the top of my list as every item in my living room is currently mismatched. I love the look of black … [Read more...]

Homemade Laundry Detergent! Up to 266 Loads for around $10!

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Homemade Laundry Detergent! By making your own homemade laundry soap you will be saving your family lots of $$ plus it's super fun and easy! Directions for 1 Batch: 1 cup Borax1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda1 grated up bar of soap Combine all ingredients in jar and shake until well mixed and no clumps of soap!  You will only need 1 Tbs per load! When I make a batch of Laundry Soap I like to use up all my ingredients so I make enough to try to use up the box's of Washing Soda and Borax. This takes a 1 gallon jar and 5 bars of Ivory Soap. (I know only 3 bars are pictured) You can also use Dove soap if you prefer. Ivory and Dove are by far my two favorites as they do not discolor your clothing and they wash the grease out of my husbands clothes! If you do 5 batches at a time like I do then it will equal 266 loads for around $10! That is an amazing price for laundry soap! Borax and Washing Soda can be found in the laundry soap aisle at your local Walmart or many other … [Read more...]

Looking to re-decorate your home?

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  Ever since moving into my home 4 years ago I have been trying to go room by room and re-decorate. When my husband and I moved in together we both had a crazy mix of furniture that had been handed down from different family members and all of it fitting together just does not flow! Recently I have been looking for high quality bathroom furniture to help my bathroom match! For the first time I have a bigger bathroom that actually has double sinks and I will now be able to place more furniture inside! For example check out this set.... It would be great to have a place to keep my toothbrushes, lotions, perfume, hair accessories, hand soap and more where is is not cluttered and off the counter! I also love,love, love the look of the baskets! Currently our towels and such are residing under my hubby's sink which is not allowing room for the personal care items he uses like her hair clippers, razors and such. This will help free up a lot of space and I could decorate … [Read more...]

How to Install a Dog Door

How to Install a Dog Door Individuals who have pets such as dogs or cats in their homes should enhance their freedom by installing pet doors. As a result, they will minimize their bad behaviour of their pets such as soiling the house or scratching doors. They will give their pets enough space to run around and enjoy the outdoors. Those who want to build a good dog door should follow these steps: Measure sizes: Pet owners should determine where they would install the dog doors. For instance, they can use it on their garage, front, or backyard doors. They should then verify the size of the door that they will need. This will be proportional to the size of the animal. It is, thus, imperative that they measure their height and the widest part of their pets. They can then custom make their dog doors or buy premade ones from their local shops or online. Buy dog doors: Pet owners can find a variety of dog doors in many home improvement or hardware stores. They should only make sure … [Read more...]

Ten Carpet Facts Every Homeowner Should Know

Ten Carpet Facts Every Homeowner Should Know  There are a lot of flooring choices available, but none are quite so inviting and comfortable as carpet. If you care for it properly, your carpet can provide you with years of use and good looks— use these ten tips to give it the care and attention it deserves. Occasionally rearrange your furniture. It may seem inconvenient to do so, but it will keep people from walking the same path over and over again, which causes traffic wear on the carpet fibres. Take care of your other flooring. You may not have carpet in every room, and those floors need care as well. Use a broom for sweeping, and put throw rugs at all entrances so people have something on which to wipe their feet before entering your home.  Remove your shoes before coming in, and ask others to do the same. If you make this a habit, you'll be bringing far less dirt into your home and onto your carpet. Keep walkways outside your home clean. You might not think that sweeping … [Read more...]

Six home money saving tips

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Six home money saving tips http://jalonburton.blogspot.ca/2012/01/organize-your-grocery-list.html“Times is hard, times is tough,” Grammy-winning Loudon Wainwright III wrote in 2009. And in tough times like these, many homeowners are looking for ways to save money. Here are six home money saving techniques that will help keep your checkbook out of the red. 1. Install a programmable thermostat Heating and cooling can be a major expense for homeowners, but equipping your house with a programmable thermostat is a great way to cut costs. These devices can be set to turn off the heat or air when you aren’t home. By turning your heating and cooling system off for several hours a day, you can save between 10 and 20 percent on your bill. Programmable thermostats are sold at most home improvement stores, and range between $50 and $200. 2. Eat smart and stick to the list It seems like a simple tip, but grocery stores are designed to lure you into spending more. Always make a list of what … [Read more...]

DIY Floor Sanding

DIY Floor Sanding If your wood floors have been covered by carpeting and you want to restore those floors the first step is to remove that old carpet. The next step is to start at one corner of the room and using pliers grab the edge of the carpet and begin pulling in an upwards direction. Pull up small portions of the carpet at a time and cut the carpet into lengthwise strips. After you have enough strips you can begin to roll them into a bale and tie the bale using twine or even duct tape. After you roll and tie each bail roll it out of the room. There will be parts of the floor that will have small nails sticking up. Usually the areas are all around the edge of the room so obviously the next step is to remove the nails either with pliers or a pry bar. Now you can begin sanding the floor. Remember that you will be spending a great deal of time and effort to restore the floor so be sure to use professional sanding equipment. If you have a small area to sand say less than 3 or 4 … [Read more...]

Black & Decker Power Tools Can Make Life Easier for the Do-It-Yourself Homeowner

Black & Decker Power Tools Can Make Life Easier for the Do-It-Yourself Homeowner Black & Decker power tools can make life much easier when performing many of your do-it-yourself projects around the house. Having the right tools can mean the difference of having the ability to complete the project yourself, or creating a need to hire a professional service. As expensive as it has to hire a professional, you can buy a large quantity of professional power tools, and still save money, simply doing the project yourself. Letting the Tool Do the Work Even if you are not good with your hands, the right tools can often help you master many jobs, and get it done quicker and better. A quality circular saw can accurately cut lumber more efficiently and accurately than a hand saw. Cordless drills can easily be adjusted to lower the torque and driving speed to use it as a powerful screwdriver, or to quickly drive lags bolts deep into dense lumber. The effectiveness of a power tool … [Read more...]

The Multi-Use Product: Olive Oil

  The Multi-Use Product: Olive Oil   Olive oil is a staple found in any kitchen for cooking purposes. However, many people don’t know the large range of uses for this “miracle” product for cleaning supplies or for daily use. Here’s five ways to use olive oil outside of the kitchen: Leather Maintenance: While this solution is highly debated, I still like to use a tad of olive oil as a quick fix for worn leather. Use a circular motion to rub a little bit of oil into the necessary spot and leave the olive oil to work on the leather for roughly thirty minutes. After simply wipe away with a cloth. Clean Pans: Olive oil mixtures can also work wonders in the kitchen, but no only for cooking. It can be used to clean or shine a variety of cooking pans such as stainless steel and cast-iron. Steel pans get their shine back relatively easily through a little elbow grease and buffing with olive oil. Cast-iron pans take a little more work, with a paste of olive oil, … [Read more...]

Money-saving cleaning tips – Guest Post!

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Money-saving cleaning tips – guest post from FlooringSupplies.co.uk For most of us, cleaning our homes is hardly something we look forward to - we try and put it off, but we know it has to be done at some point. Manufacturers of cleaning products know this - that's why supermarkets have aisle after aisle of "The ultimate floor cleaner", "Whizz bleach" and "Shiney Glass!" in various shapes, styles and colours. Only problem is, these cleaning products are incredibly expensive - and few families can afford $10 on a bottle of the ultimate cleaner... With that in mind, here's five ways you can clean your home on a budget. 1 - Baking soda for the win Baking soda is a great product for cleaning your home. Used correctly it removes grease from your stove, tiled flooring, your sinks and even your carpet. Get your tiled floors sparkling by mixing half a cup of baking soda in a bucket of warm water, then mop and rinse. Clean your stove by applying some baking soda to a damp sponge and … [Read more...]

How to Create a Comfortable Study Environment in Your Home

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How to Create a Comfortable Study Environment in Your Home All students require a comfortable place to study. Having a great place to study will definitely help in learning and increase grades. Creating a study environment takes planning and knowing your best learning style. University students should study approximately two hours for every college credit hour in which they are enrolled. High school students often have study halls during the school day. Therefore high school students may not need to study as many hours. However, an area for study is still a good plan. Middle school and elementary students also can benefit from a special study zone. First, find a place in the home that can be used primarily for a study environment. It might be an extra room in the house that can be completely designed into a home study room. If there are no extra rooms, then find a corner of a room, such as a bedroom, dining or living room. Even a quiet space in a basement or garage can be a place … [Read more...]

Add more Space and Organization to your Kitchen with Decorative Wall Baskets!

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  Kitchen Counter space is much needed in my home so I try very hard to find ways to store items while keeping my counters clutter free! One way that I have found to add a little decor to my home and at the same time keep my counters cleaned up is to hang decorative baskets (found at Hobby Lobby). Each basket now holds my fruits, veggies and bread items! … [Read more...]