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How to Create a Kid-Friendly Bathroom

By Guest Blogger, Derek L.

How to Create a Kid-Friendly Bathroom

They will all tell you how beautiful it is when your little one says his first word or makes his first steps. But none of them will tell you about the horror of the darkest thoughts that will go through your head and about all that mess that waits for you to clean it up after that little one decides he no longer wants to go pee-pee with his mom, but all by himself – as the true big boy that he is. And speaking of big boys, why did you place that toilet seat so high, so he cannot climb it? And what is a little pee stain compared to the fact your child is now practically an adult? Jokes aside, there are some things that need to be done in order to save both your child and yourself from a lot of potential trouble.

Floors

Floors in a child-proof bathroom should be non-slip. In other words, opt for tiles that are small and rough (anti-slip) in order to eliminate the risk of your little loved one falling down and hurting himself. And if he still isn’t walking quite steadily, a great idea is to incorporate those non-slip mats as well. Finally, after every shower session, make sure every adult family member wipes off all the water puddles.

Fittings

Adult skin is a lot thicker than a child’s skin. And this is why you have to protect your child’s skin from getting burned with hot water. You will do this by incorporating those safe bath tub, sink and bidet thermostat fittings that can only reach a certain water temperature, and select valves with scalding protection. This way, those little hands will definitely remain protected against the heat.

Finishing

Avoid those pointy ceramics for your bathroom at all costs. In fact, you should rather opt for elegant and soft-edged bathroom supplies without any sharp corners that may hurt your child. Next, make sure that all glass areas are well secured. Also, you are more than welcome to install those invisible drawer handles and lockable cupboards that will prevent your child from grabbing the razor, a pair of scissors or a chemical product (which should, by the way, be kept as far away from them as possible – ideally, completely out of their sight and reach).

Space

If you simply aren’t blessed with a big and spacious bathroom, make sure it is always 100 percent decluttered. Use every inch of your bathroom space wisely, so it will both be aesthetically more pleasing, and safer for your child. And if, on the other hand, you do have a large bathroom, you have the luxury to install a large bathtub or shower that will allow several little ones to bathe at the same time, which is both time and money saving.

Levels

Try looking at your bathroom through your child’s eyes (and height). He will definitely need some help reaching the wash basin, so you might want to install a sturdy step-ladder in front of it. Next, keep storage levels on no more than one meter, so it is easily accessible to them as well. Install a showerhead with an adjustable height, so it fits you all. Smart showerheads are a huge trend right now. Finally, note that children quite enjoy seeing themselves in the mirror, so make sure yours is at the appropriate height.

Handling

The harsh truth is that bathroom items are made with only adults in mind – so your child’s little hands may find it quite difficult to use them. So when you go shopping for bathroom furniture, look at it through your children’s eyes. Go with easy-to-open shower doors, choose hooks instead of towel holders, invest in a solid shower caddy, etc.

Fun bathing

It is not always all about safety. What you should also do is to make this a fun experience for your little one. Let him play with his rubber and plastic toys during bath time, invest in a couple of colorful and fun accessories, as well as educational bath toys, have fun with color and maybe even consider putting a cartoon wallpaper to liven the space up a little bit.

Bathrooms can be a dangerous space for kids. And when the time comes when they can use it themselves, do your best to protect them.

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Why It Makes Sense To Hire Tree Removal Specialists

Why It Makes Sense To Hire Tree Removal Specialists

If you are an individual home owner, then it is quite likely that you will find the next few lines interesting and informative. While you would relish the idea of a nicely landscaped garden and backyard, you would also realize that there is quite a bit of effort behind it. While you would like to have trees, plants and greeneries too much of it could come with its own share of problems. Overgrown trees could be a threat to your home if it is located too close for comfort. Hence you may have no other but to hire professionals to have the trees removed. Removing fully grown trees is a humungous task and it would not be possible to do it using DIY techniques and methods. Further if there is a storm or other such natural disasters it is quite possible that trees could get uprooted and they could pose big risks to electrical wiring systems and also could damage the sewerage systems, piping systems and more. In all such eventualities hiring a good tree removal Sydney professional is of paramount importance. While you might come across some DIY tips and suggestions for tree removal on your own, they are at best good theory to read and gather some knowledge. The best way forward would be to hire professionals because there are some obvious advantages and benefits associated with them.

They Know The Job Well

As mentioned above removing trees that are either standing or have fallen down is not easy. They are huge in bulk, size and weight and therefore they need very careful handling. When you hire professionals you can be sure that they will be able to study the situation properly and then offer solutions. They carry with them the right experience and expertise and this certainly helps a lot when it comes to removing big and bulky trees.

They Have The Right Infrastructure

Another good reason to hire these professionals is the kind of infrastructure which they have at their disposal. Whether it is cutting down huge trees, dragging them to a safe distance, trimming them or loading them on to trucks, they certainly will be able to do a wonderful job of it. This would not be possible at all by the home owners or others because they simple do not have the wherewithal to carry thing forward.

They Take Care Of Safety Aspects

Removing big trees once they have been cut is a tricky and risky affair and only professionals with the right kind of tools and equipment can do it. They also factor the dangers associated with such jobs and ensure that the staff is well protected and the right kind of safety equipment and other things are available with them.

They Follow The Rules

There could be some local rules and regulations with regard to felling of trees and removing them. If you want to be on the right side of the law it always is better to hire these professionals instead of trying to do it on your own.

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Fill Your Fall Garden with Late-Blooming Perennials

Fill Your Fall Garden with Late-Blooming Perennials

 

In gardening, flexibility and variety are the names of the game. Mixing things up in my garden is what gives it the longevity and the brilliant hue throughout the year. I would not imagine a flower garden that goes flat after the early bloomers have withered away into oblivion.

When one group withers, the other groups should set up their stunning floral show. There should never be a dull moment in your garden. It is for this reason that you need late-blooming perennials in addition to your early bloomers.

To help you put up the most amazing display in fall, I have put up this article to help you Fill Your Fall Garden with Late-Blooming Perennials. With these, your end year garden’s look will be an envy of many.

  1. Hardy Mums

Also called Chrysanthemum morifolium, these late bloomers are meant to do well in both containers and on garden beds. Their cheerful and bright flowers bloom in fall to give your garden a new breath of life.

What I particularly love about these flowers is that they grow all through the summer heat, but you need to give them a cut back in mid-summer so that they get a fresh start for fall. As the flowers start to fade, remove the dead blossoms as this encourages more of them to reappear. (USDA Hardiness Zone 3 to 9)

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  1. Japanese Anemone

I love the brilliant white flowers with yellowish stamens. The paper-like blooms make for a stunning view as they start to bloom around late summer. They then continue the show through to winter.

These plants only need maintenance before they establish. But after they are properly established, they don’t require much to grow along. (They thrive in USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 8)

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  1. New York Daisy

How does purple, pink, white and blue sound to you? Such a color combination is just what your fall garden needs. The delicate flowers blossom late in August all through to winter, just like the Japanese Anemone.

In early summer, I would advise you to pinch them so that the yield of flower buds increase in fall. As time goes by, you will love how seamlessly they get along with other flowers in the garden. (USDA Hardiness zones 4 to 9)

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  1. Purple Coneflower

I call this bloomer the drama queen of fall. If you have noticed them, their big purple petals and sizeable center cones are kind of dramatic, don’t you think so? Another amazing thing about them is that their display starts in June and lasts until frost hits.

After their flowers have dried up, they leave behind seed heads that are ornamental and also food for birds during winter. (USDA Hardiness Zones 4-8)

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  1. Sedum Autumn Joy

Their name literally says something about them. These flowers bring you immense joy in fall, just as their names suggest. And since they are hardy and are drought resistant, their bloom will last from late summer and well into fall.

The hot and dry days experienced in late summer are no big deal to them. To demonstrate their exuberance, the clustered flowers change from green, then to pink and then ends in a stunning deep red shade. (USDA Hardiness zones 4 to 10)

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  1. False Sunflower

I love my sunflowers. The deep yellow flowers are just so attractive and beautiful to have around, not to mention their intelligent sun-seeking maneuvers. However, these perennials are not the ones you are thinking of.

The Heliopsis helianthoides almost resemble their oil-producing counterparts, without the oil of course. Their daisy-like flowers have yellow petals and grow to about 2 inches in diameter, with brownish center cones. Once you plant them, they will self-seed in large numbers after that.

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  1. Nippon Daisy

I have heard that it is also called a Montauk Daisy in some quarters; this perennial explodes its perky white flowers in fall. Such a colony of whites can transform any dormant garden back into life late in the season.

They are easy to care for and grow to a height of between 24 and 36 inches. Growing them requires that your garden has full sun and well-drained soil. Otherwise, they are absolutely easy to care for. (USDA Hardiness Zones 5-9)

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  1. Goldenrod

As a native, this flowering plant is easy to care for because of its drought-resistant nature. Over the course of time, this native plant has been modified to give it that extra modern touch. These modern types are more vigorous than the natives and would be great for your garden.

As the goldenrod blooms its yellow flowers during the late season, you get a garden full of color. These flowers provide a feeding haven for hungry bees and butterflies hence resulting in a garden full of life. (USDA Hardiness Zones 3-9)

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  1. Helenium

No flower hue quite beats the yellow, red and orange daisy flowers of the perennial Helenium. These sun lovers will bless your garden with their color rich flowers year after year. More vigor is realized when you plant them in masses.

They are easy to care for plants that continue their terrific show even during low rainfall seasons. (USDA Hardiness Zones 3-8)

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  1. Balloon Flower

Named after its balloon shaped eye-catching flower buds, it provides you with the burst of color you need in fall. After the balloon-like buds have popped open, they expose the magnificent dark blue, white or pink flowers.

These plants will thrive in any garden with sufficient sun. You can as well cut and vase them. (USDA Hardness zones 3-8)

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  1. Oriental Lily

This is where fragrance meets exotic looking flowers. I love it when I take a walk in my garden, and then that refreshing fragrance hits me along. The flowers are available in different hues of pink, cream, rose red, white, orange and yellow.

A keener look at the flowers reveals splashes of dark stripes or spots for more flare. Ensure they are exposed to the sun on well-drained garden soils. To finally enjoy the massive fragrance, you will have to wait for about one year, but it will be worth your while. (USDA Hardiness Zones 5-9)

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Conclusion

Fall flower bloom is an irresistible sight for any gardener out there. These flowers that bloom in fall are rich in color, some have an amazing fragrance, and are easy to care for. They may need a little pinching here and there, but your efforts will be well worth it.

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Barbara Herring is a contributor at TheFilix.com, where she writes about everything from hydroponics and aquaponics to regular houseplants. She loves troubleshooting plant problems, and when she’s not knee-deep in her garden, she’s usually skateboarding, surfing, or reading a book.

 

 

DIY Wood Gifts for Valentine’s Day

DIY Wood Gifts for Valentine’s Day

 

 

A new year is upon us, and that means that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. For those guys with wives/girlfriends to please, it’s time to think about romantic gifts. The question we have is, why buy your way through it all the time? With just a basic smattering of woodworking skills and a standard miter saw, you can create memorable gifts for your significant other. Besides, a thoughtful, handmade present will make a more profound impression than any store-bought gift.

With that in mind, here are some great ideas for DIY woodworking Valentine’s gifts:

 

Wooden Signs

 

This is so simple, even beginners can make them. They are very versatile and can be used as indoor decorations, or on the porch, or even in the yard. We would suggest using some beautiful grain wood for extra effect. Instead of covering the block with paint, stain the wood for a more rustic charm. For extra impact, add carved letters and heart signs instead of just painting them on.

 

Romantic Wood Blocks

 

This is another beginner-friendly option. Though they may not work as a centerpiece gift, these simple blocks can add a visual flair to other gifts. Don’t forget to paint the square blocks with romantic messages like “be mine.”

 

Valentine’s Ladder

Create your ladder using some store-bought two-by-fours and two-by-threes. Paint them in bright colors, and add any number of wooden carvings and other embellishments. Adding heart shapes for Valentine’s Day are of course a great idea, but you can also design this as an everyday decoration for the home. Your imagination is the limit here. These ladders will make excellent indoor decor gifts.

 

Picture Frame

Use the best quality wood and stain it for a classy look. Instead of gifting an empty picture frame, we would suggest adding some DIY flair inside the frames as well. Romantic photos are a great option. Another option would be to use some carving/crafting skills to add a romantic message and artwork inside.

 

Log Wall Hangings

This is an excellent option if you have a waste log lying about in the yard or near the house. Cut the log into thin circular slices. Choose the best band saw to do the job. Stain it in any way you see fit, and attach some sweet syrupy messages. These can be cut out from pieces of wood, fabric or any other similar material. Color them bright for contrast. Use heart and arrow signs as much as possible for extra effect.

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How to Design the Perfect Kid-Friendly Living Room

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

How to Design the Perfect Kid-Friendly Living Room

 

If you’re just expecting or already have kids who are starting to venture into the living room on their own, it might be the right time to give your space a little kid-friendly makeover. That doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your whole aesthetics. Only a few barely visible changes will be enough to have a both beautiful and kid-friendly living room.

Washable paint

If you’re raising future painters that are still discovering their ideal canvas, don’t be surprised when you come home to a new wall design. However, if you invest in washable paint instead of your traditional one, you will be able to clean up the mess with mild soap and a damp cloth. There are even some flat matte paints that allow you to touch-up the pain without any visible brush marks. However, if your kids are really persistent with surprising you with wall murals, you can opt for chalkboard paint. Paint one wall and let your kids safely express their artistic tendencies.

Kid-friendly flooring

Kids are not very careful when eating, drinking and carrying stuff, and a lot of things will end up on your floor. So, make sure to invest in flooring that is washable, such as tile, wood or laminate. If you want to let your kids play on the floor, then you need something much softer. Luckily, there are carpets made of seagrass or jute that are durable and low-maintenance. You can also opt for small area rugs which you can toss into the washing machine every once in a while.

Durable materials

If you want your furniture to have a long and happy life, make sure your pieces come in durable and easy-to-maintain materials. There are many stain-resistant fabrics on the markets today, so you’ll definitely find something you love. Leather is also a great furniture option. For instance, lounges made of leather can be easily wiped with a wet cloth every time an accident happens. Also, keep in mind that the darker colors can take more beating than the lighter ones.

Ample storage

If you want your living room to be tidy without too much work, you have to have enough storage to put away your kids’ toys when they aren’t in use. Most people opt for decorative baskets because they are cheap, portable and very practical. However, you can also go for something more stylish and permanent like double-duty furniture with built-in storage. Benches and window seats usually come with hidden storage below the seat. There are also coffee tables and ottomans that can fit some of your kids’ trinkets and create an uncluttered and stylish look.

Create a cozy corner

If you want to keep most of your living room reserved for adults, then creating a cozy corner is a must. Simply designate one corner in your living space and fill it with fluffy pillows and lazy bags that are perfect for afternoon naps and reading seasons.

Make it fun

No matter the interior style and the atmosphere in your living space, it should really be the place where every member of the family feels comfortable and happy. So, make sure to decorate the space with at least some kid-friendly accessories. For instance, putting up the kids’ artwork on the walls next to your “grown-up” art is a great way to start. Make sure not to use too many fragile decorative pieces, and opt for nature elements (pinecones, seashells, driftwood), wooden figurines and bowls, and a lot of kid-friendly books. Hanging family photographs is another way to decorate your living space with beautiful and personal items.

As you can see, a kid-friendly living room doesn’t have to look like a kindergarten. With just a little bit of planning, it can be a stylish, functional and cozy space every member of your family will love.

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4 Household Disasters – How To Prepare!

4 Household Disasters – How To Prepare!

Whether you are a homeowner or you are renting a property, you are likely to experience some form of household emergency at some point. If you are prepared you can try to ensure the emergency doesn’t turn into a disaster, or at least you can lessen it’s impact. In this article we are going to look at some of the more common situations that may occur and discuss strategies to alleviate any damage that may occur whilst maintaining safety and reducing the cost of fixing problems.

 

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Flood

Try to identify quickly where the water is coming from. If you find that it is a plumbing problem, turn off the water at the mains as soon as possible. One tip here would be to take note of where all your utilities are switched off before the flood occurs. Ensure the flood water is nowhere near any electrical appliances, light switches or heating systems. There is a strong chance of electrocution. If necessary switch off your electricity at the mains. Before turning your electrics on ensure you get everything checked by a suitably qualified electrician.

 

You may experience flooding caused by Blocked Drains in this situation it would be wise to call an emergency drain care expert.

 

For future reference, try to avoid a flood situation by keeping drains clear of leaves and rubble to lessen the likelihood of them becoming blocked. Don’t put anything down the drain that shouldn’t be there such as cooking fat and sanitary products.

 

There is not much you can do about pipes freezing being the cause of a flood, other than using pipe lagging in the winter.

 

Fire

A situation involving fire in your home is potentially lethal. Your main priority is to evacuate anybody in your house before attempting to tackle the fire. Develop an escape route that everyone is aware of.

The potential main source of fire is from cooking, electrical appliances, wood burners, open fires and candles either for decorative or lighting purposes. Anything that involves heat or a naked flame. If the fire is small you may wish to attempt to put it out with the appropriate equipment. Ensure everyone is safe first. If in doubt phone the fire services.

 

To avoid fire in the first place, ensure everyone in the household uses electrical equipment safely. Make sure electrical appliances are in a good state of repair and check regularly. Only allow adults to use wood burning stoves and ensure all candles are extinguished before retiring. Don’t use candles near flammable materials such as curtains.

 

Powercut

A power cut may occur either due to a fault in your own electrical wiring or there maybe a fault on the electrical grid external to your house. If the fault is on your property call out a qualified electrician to rectify the problem. This needs to be done by the experts so don’t attempt to fix it yourself. A power fault external to your home means that you will just need to sit it out. Hopefully this will be for a short while, but there are some occasions when you may be without power for longer, such as power lines brought down in adverse weather conditions.

 

It would be a really good idea to have a good stock of torches (with spare batteries) and candles to hand to make waiting for the power to come on a little more comfortable. Perhaps batteries for a radio would be a good idea too. To preserve food in your freezer, avoid opening the freezer door. This will keep the food frozen for longer. If your central heating system requires electricity to work, you will be left without heating. Wrap up warm and ensure vulnerable adults and children are ok.

 

Leaking roof

Get in the habit of checking your roof regularly. Check if there are any roof tiles loose. Internally you won’t know if your roof is leaking until you get watermarks. The longer you leave a roof leak, the more expensive and extensive the damage will be, so call out a roof expert as soon as possible. In the case of water pouring through your roof, put a bucket under the leak to catch the water and call out an emergency roofer asap! Turn off your electric too as water may have seeped into the electrical wiring.

 

Hopefully these tips will help combat experiencing too much damage in situations such as flood, fire, power cuts and a leaking roof. The main point being that speed is the key. So don’t delay call an expert asap!

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Save Money In Your Home During The Holidays For A Comfortable New Year

Save Money In Your Home During The Holidays For A Comfortable New Year

The holidays are here, and nobody will tell you that it’s a cheap or affordable time. Many find themselves having plenty of fun over the festive season, but then feel out-of-pocket during the new year, which can be challenging; especially when the decorations have come down. You’ve probably bought a lot of your gifts by now, and your Christmas tree will already be twinkling and ensuring that your home looks as festive as possible. However, it’s never too late to, or too early, to save money, and your home is the perfect place to begin.

 

Your household is likely to be at its most cluttered during the Christmas period; this can lead to you feeling a little overwhelmed, and it might be difficult to know where to start regarding saving cash. But, once you start on your thrifty journey; no amount of tinsel or lights will be able to deter you from pulling back the spending in the other areas of your home. There are various areas and expenses that you can improve, update, and consider changing; you just need to know where to look. Putting effort into your home space now will also ensure that you have a comfortable, cozy new year ahead, knowing that you’ve saved money and can continue to do so. The following are some ideas, inspiration, and tips for those who want festive fun this Christmas, but want to save where they can to create the perfect, affordable abode.

 

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Home Maintenance

 

It’s the smooth running of a household that can often cause financial strife when things go awry. Therefore, it’s vital to keep on top of your home maintenance and ensure that you have reputable and relevant contact details should any issues arise. Take a little of your free time to write a list of the various elements of your home, from your energy bills to your guttering, and put any that might be concerning you at the top. If you’ve been putting off sorting out a job or task regarding some DIY or hiring a service to assist you; find the businesses that can help you online and get in touch.

 

You’ll be unlikely to get an appointment or be able to book a job until the new year, but knowing that they can come during the new year will be a weight off your mind, and their rates will be far lower due to it often being a quiet period for many companies. When it comes to your DIY projects; write another list; this time full of things like plaster, paint, and wallpaper that you intend to utilize in the new year. You’ll be able to pick up some bargains during the January sales, and your home renovations could end up being a fraction of what you would have spent during the summer.

 

Next should be the major things in your home, like your plumbing, gas, and electrics; if any of these fail you over the holidays, it can become a miserable and expensive time trying to get someone out to help. Therefore, it’s worth looking into affordable plumbing services or an electrician who will be on call whatever time of year or day it is. Having these service’s contact details to hand will give you peace of mind, and you’ll save cash if a pipe bursts on Christmas Eve, or if the lights go out during New Year’s Day. If you’re worrying that certain things are likely to fail you over the hectic period ahead; call someone out now to check over your systems; you could prevent issues worsening, and you’ll save the cash it would cost to fix things further down the line.

 

Bills And Admin

 

With so many people distracted by all the festivities at this time of year; now is a great time to look into your utility, insurance, and energy bills. Companies will be competing to gain your custom, so take advantage of any special rates, and utilize some time to switch your providers so that you head into 2018 already making savings that will benefit you for the rest of the year. Sorting out and organizing any loose ends regarding your admin can also save money in the long run; you might spot that your interest rate and bank account could be improved, or perhaps January will be the time to ask for a pay rise at work.

 

Making smart choices around your home and preparing for the worst will ensure that you don’t end up overspending in any eventuality, and you’ll have a relaxed and fun holiday season. Enjoy!

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7 Simple Ways to Declutter your Home

By Guest Blogger, Carmen B.

7 Simple Ways to Declutter your Home

 

Some of us get too attached to our possessions and store them for too long in our home. Over time, we collect heaps of clutter which can be a big issue for your house. This is especially true when the time comes that you decide to move to a new place, to sell your property, rent it out or have it renovated. You will get frustrated when you find piles and piles of unnecessary and unused items in your home. Aside from that, you might find it troublesome and inconvenient to get rid or organise your clutter.

While decluttering may seem daunting for you, it is an important task that should not be avoided. By regularly removing unnecessary items in your house, you can avoid collecting heaps of clutter. Damaged items should be thrown away so that they won’t become clutter and even be hazardous to your daily living.

You might not have hoarder-level clutter in your home, but having a major clean out from time to time can bring several benefits to your family. A tidier and well-organised home can reduce physical and emotional stress inside your home. Aside from that, you can also have an easier and convenient way to access the things you need. It goes without saying that you can save a lot of effort and time.

Are you ready to have a more organised and cleaner living space? Well, take a look at the following tips we’ve prepared that will help you conveniently and easily declutter your home.

Don’t Declutter in One Go

When we hold on to certain items for a long time, we tend to have a difficult time to let go of them. So, do not stress yourself out too much by decluttering in one go. The best way to do it is to take your time. If you want, you can do it day by day. Each day, place an item you need to get rid of inside a box. Once the year ends, you would have collected boxes of clutter that you can easily get rid of. Just make sure you do not go through the items once you’ve placed them inside the ‘Clutter’ boxes!

Remove the Small Items First

One of the easiest ways to declutter is by removing the small items first. For instance, you can start by removing old purses or pouches. As time goes by, you can move to bigger items. Eventually, you will gain the strength to get rid of larger items like furniture and unused appliances. These small changes you make eventually make a big difference in your goals for decluttering.

Take it One Room at a Time

Once you start decluttering, you will find it difficult to stay focused on your project. The best way to keep your focus is by decluttering one room at a time. Divide your house into different areas and focus your time and effort on a single space at a time. For instance, you can start from the back of your house and then work your way towards the front. Just make sure that the items you’ve removed do not move to other parts of your home.

Ask the Whole Family to Join

We’ve repeated several times how overwhelming the decluttering process can be. However, you can make the process a lot easier when you ask help from the whole family. When you turn it into a family affair, you can get support and lessen the stress of decluttering. You can tell the kids to take care of their own room and get rid of their old toys and clothing. You can even motivate them by telling them that there is a reward waiting for them when they declutter a certain number of items. Encourage them to clean out their room by promising a toy or a trip to the theme park!

Donate Items in Good Condition

They say that one man’s trash can be another man’s treasure. You might discover unused items in your attic or garage that are still in good condition. This would be the perfect time to visit your local donation centre and ask what type of items you can donate to them. You would be surprised to discover that most donation centres accept a range of items—from toys and toiletries to old furniture and cabinetry. While decluttering your home, you can make another person happy.

Refurbish Items and Give Them Away

There might be pieces of furniture in your home that do not go well with the house’s overall theme and style. However, you are having a hard time getting rid of them because they still look good and functional. You would not want to waste them by simply throwing them away. So, what you can do is refurbish them. Once you’ve breathed new life into these pieces of furniture, a friend or loved one would find it useful and might want to keep it.

Declutter with the Help of a Skip Bin Hire Company

While the decluttering process is underway, you will discover that you have been collecting heaps of rubbish in your home. For instance, you will find old packaging materials, cards, cardboard boxes and other waste materials you should get rid of. Gather them in a pile and you will see how much space they are consuming. If the rubbish you’ve collected won’t fit your own bin, contact a trusted waste removal company for assistance.

Decluttering can be tiring and you also have to deal with getting rid of piles and piles of waste. The practical, convenient and cost-effective way of removing clutter is by hiring a skip bin from a reliable waste management company.

One of the options you can choose when getting rid of rubbish is making trips to the landfill. However, you will find that this takes a lot of time and effort. If you do not have the vehicle to accommodate the amount of rubbish you have, you might even need to hire a man-with-a-van service or a flatbed truck. On the other hand, hiring a skip bin is more convenient and affordable. With the right skip bin size, you can get rid of all your waste in at once, eliminating the need to make several trips to the rubbish tip.

Decluttering does not necessarily have to be overwhelming and frustrating. As long as you take your time and manage your rubbish accordingly, you will be able to make good progress in your goals towards having a cleaner and tidier home.

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Author Bio:

Carmen Bean is a Blogger at reshone.com. Her long experience as a blogger made her an expert on different niches like home improvement.

 

Let’s talk organic skin care: things you should know

By Guest Blogger, Cate P.

Let’s talk organic skin care: things you should know

 

Just because something says natural doesn’t necessarily mean it’s really organic or good for your skin. Maybe you have noticed that after switching from one “natural” product to another there can be a lot of difference on the look of your skin. After months or even years of being unsure what the sources of your skin imperfections are, it is about time to alter your skin care and start using organic instead. And now, you probably think what to do first. Well, go through these tips and tricks that will help you with taking that first crucial step.

Find out what is your skin type

 

It is very important to know your skin type before choosing your skin care. Don’t just buy what you find visually appealing, or what you think smells good because it may damage your skin and leave you with consequences that will show later on. It is normal for your skin to get thinner as years go by, with tendency to become wrinkled, but why not slow the process?

 

With the right preparation, you can achieve bloomy looking skin that glows and postpone the aging process. Read the labels; find organic products that are made for your exact skin type to keep it elastic, healthy and nourished. It is time to change the way you took care of your face and body, to get rid of all the bad habits and start treating your skin the right way.

 

Try DIY

 

There are tons of DIY skin care alternatives that you can apply to your face and body to get the results you want. There are recipes you can make with various fruits and vegetables that can be helpful not only for hydrating but for exfoliating too. Exfoliation is very important because that way you remove dead skin cells and as a result, get smoother skin while keeping it fresh and clean. Applying homemade apricot face scrub is the best way to exfoliate your skin because of the abrasive texture provided by the fruit itself. Try using high-quality honey to make face mask since honey is natural antibacterial and it also hydrates and calms the skin.

 

Read everything

 

Be sure that you have read everything written on a cosmetic product before purchasing it. Educate yourself about the impact different chemicals have on your skin, such as parabens or phthalates. Many researches show that using products consisting aluminum can severely damage your health so think about the consequences. Check the list of ingredients on the products you are using now and replace them with organic chemical-free cosmetics to prevent skin irritation or allergic reaction. Think in advance to help your skin retain its elasticity and freshness. So be smart, choose your organic skincare products wisely and start making changes. Help your skin look beautiful, be smooth and stay healthy.

 

Avoid strong perfumed products

 

Avoid purchasing perfumed cosmetics since it is more likely to be filled with harmful chemicals. It can irritate your skin or make it look unappealing. Natural organic skin care usually have mild smell, mostly you can recognize it as scent of natural ingredients. If you really need your cosmetic to be fragranced, try combining it with essential oils for the extra touch of aroma. For example, using tea tree oil not only will make your skin smell good but also make it healthy and reduce the amount of acne. Not to mention you can use it on your hair as well to make it stronger and give it shiny look.

 

Now that you know what, why and how to do it, there are no more excuses. Think about the results and the impact switching to organic cosmetics will have on your skin, and how good will it make you feel. As we all know – if your skin is clean and you truly feel beautiful you will indeed be in a good mood, ready to seize the day!

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Five Bathroom Design Tips That Are A Must When You Do A Bathroom Remodeling

By Guest Blogger, Rohin D.

Five Bathroom Design Tips That Are A Must When You Do A Bathroom Remodeling

 

As time moves on and as family size grows from one level to another there are quite a few things which need to change. We need to have new furniture, new fixtures and fittings and other such changes to accommodate the new requirement. Remodeling of bathroom is again something which becomes quite unavoidable. It could be lead to better realignment of the available space and this could lead to improved space and less wastage. However, you should know ways and means by which you will be in a position to choose the right bathroom remodeling tips. It will help you to zero in on something that is in line with your specific needs and requirements. Here are a few points which perhaps could help you to make the right choice as far as bathroom remodeling is concerned.

 

  1. Be Aware Of The Design And Remodeling Costs

 

The onus lies on you to be sure about the cost involved. This is because new bathroom designs and tips do not come for cheap. There are many factors which must be taken into account. The size of the bathroom, the materials that are being used are a few factors which could contribute to the overall budgets.

 

  1. Let Not The Toilet Be The First Sight

 

If you look at the tips of some quality bathrooms Sydney professionals you will find one thing common about them. They would never recommend a bathroom design that ensures that the toilet is not the first thing that comes to the eyes when the door is happened. This could be an eye sore and therefore should be avoided at all points of time.

 

  1. Pay Attention To The Lighting Scheme

 

There also is the need to ensure that your bathroom has the right lighting without which even the best of bathroom remodeling will not have the desired impact. You must take pains to plan the right lighting scheme. It must be complimentary with the overall color and designs of the bathroom flooring and walling.

 

  1. Have A Clear Idea About The Overall Dimensions Of Your Bathroom

 

Apart from having a clear understanding about the overall dimensions of the bathroom, you also should know more about size of the bathtub, the commode, the sink and other such fixtures and fittings. This will help you to make the best use of the space and will help you design a bathroom that is chic and comes with design features commensurate with the space available.

 

  1. Invest Time And Money On Choosing The Right Vanity

 

The next important thing is to ensure you spend quite a bit of time and effort on choosing the right vanity for your bathroom. This is one of the most important bathroom design tips which we often do not pay the attention it deserves. The vanity should not be either too big or too small. Too big vanities could jam moving space and too small ones could find you confused when it comes to looking for storage space. Using close vanity spaces could perhaps be a better option if you so feel.

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