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Turning A New House From Husk To Home

Turning A New House From Husk To Home

A new home can be very stressful and exciting. But it can also be a bit disappointing when you first get in there. Things just aren’t right, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be. You just need to make sure you don’t miss any of the vital steps that get you feeling a lot more comfortable in your own home, not to mention using it right.

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Give it a good tidy

This should go without saying, but the truth is that a home that has been on the market for a while is going to have plenty of dust, not to mention anything the previous owners might have missed. It’s a good idea to get things tidied as best you can before you start moving stuff in, so you’re not tidying around a jungle of boxes.

 

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Ensure the essentials are in place

Making the home safely habitable comes first. You need to identify if it needs any of the crucial fixes, from taking care of pest control to ensuring that all the insulation is taken care of. Getting the utilities on and getting the most important appliances in comes next. Now’s the time to start listing any of the parts of the home that might need a bit of fixer-upping, as well. The list is important, giving you a good idea of where you are on the journey to getting the house home-ready, instead of working on task after task without knowing the end in sight.

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Don’t forget the outdoors

One of the mistakes a lot of homeowners will make is focusing solely on the indoors. But there are plenty of elements on the outside that could make you just as uncomfortable. If you’ve got an old battered garage, then you might want to consider sprucing it up with help from places like PJ Garage Doors. An untidy garden can be just as miserable if not more so. You need to check the roof, too, to ensure there are no cracks or missing tiles that make your insulation efforts a moot point.

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Have a floor plan

One of the worst mistakes to make is finding you have too much stuff for all your space. Before you start bringing all your furniture out, put a floor plan together. See how much space you have and how much you can devote to furniture. You don’t want to end up cluttering your space to the point you get claustrophobic.

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Make it your own

Once you know the limits you’re working in, it’s all about getting your own style to fit those limitations. If you don’t already have a lot of furniture to bring along, that’s a good place to start. Find style idea guides to give you a bit of inspiration and pick out the focal points and most appealing pieces of furniture. It’s those crucial elements you use to decide the palette or a room, so don’t paint the walls first. Inject a bit of your own personality by getting your hobbies on display, whether it’s a wall of records or putting up some library shelves. Personally appealing posters and photos of families and friends can really add that heartfelt sense of self to a home, too.

Once you have your house really turned into a home, all you have to do is get used to it. Invite some friends over to throw a house-warming party. Positive experiences are one of the easiest ways to find yourself loving a new place.

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Things Need to Change…

Things Need to Change…

Your home and the space that you live in can have a massive impact on your mood. It could be that you feel sluggish and unmotivated when you walk through the door, or that you go into a total state of relaxation and don’t want to do anything for fear of being snapped out of it. There are certain jobs that you can do around the home to make you feel a bit more fresh, get you moving and have a long impact. Things that you won’t need to do again for a while, but make all the difference when they’re done.

Clean your blinds and curtains

Most people don’t realise that both curtains and blinds can get as dirty as anything else – after all, they are hung up in your home absorbing everything in the air that they possible can. Especially in kitchens, you may find that any upholstery has a greasy sheen to it, or is a bit sticky/stiff to the touch due to the fumes that are emitted when cooking. Give them a bit of love and treat them to a wash. Roller blinds can be hard to manage to get clean, but a simple wipe-over should suffice. Other blinds such as vertical blinds can be taken off and washed individually – a long and laborious task but one that will be worth the effort made when you see what a difference it makes to your room.

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Change your bed, change your mattress

A lot of people know that changing your bedsheets will lift your mood and give you something to look forward to upon your return, but few people know that your mattress is recommended by professionals to be changed at least one every eight years. It’s not an everlasting investment; mattresses change over time just as your body does, and they may not be changing at the same rate or in sync with one another. What started out as the best and most comfortable home for your body to sleep on can eventually turn out to be causing damage and discomfort, as much as you may think that it’s comfortable still to sleep on. Read reviews on the best one to get for both your needs and your budget at sites such as https://www.mattress-guides.net/top-mattress-back-stomach-side-sleep-position/ – it’s best to see the pros and cons of each product before making your decision.

Go around the skirting of your home

You may not notice what places are getting especially dusty around your home until you’ve actually dusted them and noticed how the room has lifted. Go around the skirting boards and the doorframes of your home – any ledges which may be sticking out are in need of a wipe-down to get them back to how they’re meant to be. It’s strange how much it can do to lift your mood, but living and working in a clear and clean space can create this feeling.

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Wipe on top of your cupboards and wipe them out

Much the same as skirting boards, cupboards are often forgotten and neglected as something that will need a good clean more than once a year. In your kitchen, just as your blinds will have done, cupboards can get grease sticking to them quite easily – but again, just like blinds, it will only need a simple wipe-down if it’s not that bad. The tops of cupboards are often forgotten, but they will need a clean too! There is so much dirt and dust that can gather on top of them, and once it’s all done you at least know that you don’t have to make such an effort for quite a long time. The sense of achievement out of doing such a mundane task is something that can be focused on for quite a while afterwards.

Go through your drawers and get out clothes

Take out all the clothes that you haven’t ever worn, have no intention of wearing again or that don’t fit you. Hold on to the stuff that you are sentimentally attached to and put to one side – everything else, put into a bag for charity, give away to friends or list for sale. Not only will it give you the space to go out and buy things that you will want and love, but it will clear out so much unnecessary stuff in your life that could be otherwise holding you back; if you clear out a space in your drawers or wardrobe, you are clearing out a space in your mind.

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Rearrange your wardrobe to make everything fit

After arranging all of your clothes and chucking out those pieces that don’t warrant being in there anymore, rearrange your wardrobe to fit in everything neatly and try and couple up outfits together that you know will work. Organise sections for daytime, evening and office wear; what may take you a bit of time to accomplish now will save you tons of time in the future.

Declutter your life

The last step towards shaking off that sluggish feeling! It’s one thing to declutter your wardrobe, but a whole different level to try and declutter your house. Getting rid of everything that is unnecessary and brings you no joy is a hard thing to do, as we make up theories of when something made us happy and try to cling onto it for as long as possible – it’s part of our human nature. However, there are some things that you will put to one side and throw away and you will never even notice that they have gone – you may have a faint memory of them in the future when you look back on old photos, but the impact that they are making when they are there is probably non-existent. This can include everything from books that have been read once and are shelved just for show, to ornaments that hold no worth or meaning to you. Decide what needs to go and make the change for the good of yourself and your health.

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Making Your Living Space Wow!

Making Your Living Space Wow!

It’s pretty important that our home are pleasant environments to be in, as this help us relax and decompress from the stresses of the outside world. But how well does your home do this? Is it as pleasant as it could be, or does it need a little extra something to get there? If so, keep reading for some tips that can help you raise the level of your living environment from OK, to Wow!

Light

First of all, one way that you can raise the standard for your living environment is to look at the lighting situation. Most people don’t put too much thought into the light in their homes. Apart from turning the one’s that are already there, on and off, and opening and shutting the curtains. But this is is a big mistake, because with a little extra thought and care, the light in your home, can make a massive difference.

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For example, are you just going with the light fixtures and fitting that we were in the house when you moved in? Or have you considered replacing them with one that you have chosen yourself?

You can get all sort of lights these days, and they can be used to create specific moods in a room. You can use long pendant lights to add interest to a boring dark corner. Or you can use smart lights with colors to have the flexibility of changing the lighting along with your mood.

Cleanliness

Another important aspect of raising the standard of your living accommodation is keeping it clean and tidy. You can live in a palace, but if it is a mess, then you’re not going to enjoy it very much.

Different people have different ways of dealing with keeping their homes clean and tidy. Some folk uses the KonMari method. Others have a cleaning schedule which shows them what to clean every day, week and month. Still, others use cleaning services like Domestic One to help them out.

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Think carefully before you make a choice on how you will keep your home clean. Remember if you are working full time, having a system or someone to help you can make all the difference.

Heat

Another aspect of having a pleasant home is that you are able to keep your living area at the right temperatures. Of course, this has a lot to do with how old the house, is, how it was built and whereabouts in the world you live.

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Homes in colder countries like Sweden are built and designed to retain the maximum amount of heat, even when the snow is falling outside. Although a lot more new homes around the world are being built to a more energy efficient standard. But if you want some extra flexibility in heating and cooling your place, you might choose to use underfloor heating.

This is when pipes are installed under the flooring. They heat the room from the bottom up and provide a wonderful ambient heat in the floor.  Perfect for when you wander into the kitchen barefooted in the middle of the night to make a snack or get a glass of water.

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What Are The Signs Of A Happy Home?

What Are The Signs Of A Happy Home?

You know the old saying – home is where the heart is. Of course, knowing how to make the home as happy as possible is something else altogether. No matter the size of your family, you need to ensure that you are doing everything in your power to make the home a happy and successful one. With that in mind, we are going to have a look at some of the major things that you can do to make you home happy for everyone in it. We will do that by looking at some of the clearest signs that a home is happy. Let’s take a look at what those might be now.

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Space & Light

Good homes tend to have a lot of open space, as this is something which psychologically really seems to benefit the family at large. If you don’t think you have enough space in your home, it might be a good idea to try rearranging the living areas to make that space. This could be a simple matter of making the furniture work in a more sensible manner. Alternatively, you could consider a complete overhaul in terms of style and design. By bringing in more natural and light colours, and opening up the space a little, the whole house will feel lighter, more spacious and therefore much more welcoming. The light levels play a hugely important role in this too – make sure that they are not too harsh or too sparse, as both of these can make a home much less comfortable.

Comfort

Speaking of being comfortable, that is something else that any good home needs. Happy homes are always going to be comfortable, as being comfortable is a hugely important part of being happy. If you feel that your home is not quite comfortable enough, the good news is that this is the kind of thing which is really easy to fix. It might even just be a matter of treating yourself and the family to new mattresses, for example. Alternatively, you might decide to update the furniture that it is in the communal living areas. If you do that, you should find that it makes a huge difference to how everyone feels in the home. Comfort is one of the central things that most people are looking for in their home, so make sure you are providing it for yourself and the rest of the family too.

Relaxed Atmosphere

This next one is something which is both much harder to pin down and much more essential than the others. Developing a relaxed atmosphere in the home is often a matter of ensuring that many different things are working well together. For example, once you have achieved the previous two – comfort, and space and light – you are probably most of the way there. However, you might also decide that it will be beneficial to ensure that there are certain house rules. Used properly, as long as they are not overly-strict, house rules are often all you need for a more relaxed atmosphere.

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Live Simply And Create A Clutter-Free Zone

Live Simply And Create A Clutter-Free Zone

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If you invited a psychologist into your home, they could make some educated assumptions about your mind. Our homes not only reflect our state of mind, but they also contribute to it. Clutter, in particular, can have a negative impact on your brain’s ability to focus and process information. So it makes sense to free your home and your mind from unnecessary items.

Why Clutter Happens

The accumulation of clutter happens for any number of reasons. Over the years we make spontaneous purchases, sure that the items will have their uses. Even if we never use them, we keep hold of them just in case. We receive gifts from family and friends, some of which are useful and others that are not. But even if we don’t particularly like them, it’s hard to part with gifts because of the sentimental attachments. On top of that, we accumulate paper, bills, furniture, decorations, etc. The list is endless.

The Cull

There comes a day when all of this ‘stuff’ accumulates to such an extent that it has a negative impact on you and your home. You may be running out of space. Or you may be about to move to a smaller home. The clutter may be causing anxiety. At the very least, it makes it impossible to function properly and make full use of your home.

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If you recognize this, it’s time to act. Start with a big clear out to get your home back on track. Once you have achieved this, you can make changes to your everyday life to live more simply and avoid the clutter trap.

Sorting Out

If you have accumulated a significant amount of clutter, there are reasons for this. These reasons are the same ones that will make this process difficult for you. This is because these unwanted items are tied up with complex emotions. You may feel sentimentally attached to items. If you purchased the items yourself and never used them, it may still be difficult to part with them. The brain sometimes finds it difficult to accept that we have made a mistake and looks for ways to justify it. So, you’re going to need to be ruthless. For more information on the psychological reasons behind clutter, check out articles like http://www.wsj.com.

Start with something small and manageable. Maybe a small guest room or even the bathroom. Don’t move to the next room until this is completely cleared. Space permitting, empty the room, and only put back the items you are using. You may have some difficult choices to make. Some items will not be functional, but you may still wish to keep them. Obvious examples are photos and photo albums. Set yourself strict parameters of what you should and shouldn’t keep. Photos, yes but that ticket stub from the sixth grade, maybe not.

Sort items into three piles labeled keep, toss, recycle and charity. Go through all of your possessions until you have gone through every item. This will highlight just how much junk you have accumulated. Hire a rubbish removal company such as samedayrubbishremoval.com.au to remove unwanted items. This can often be completed on the same day.

What Next?

Once you have gone through this process and reduced your waste and clutter, you’ll find it easier to do this on an ongoing basis. Each room, closet, and drawer will be neat and tidy. Everything will have a place, and it will be easy to locate. You now need to apply the decluttering process to your day-to-day life. Think before you buy items. Are you going to use them? Think about when and how. Don’t make impulsive purchases. Sleep on it before ordering. Considering removing an item from your home before introducing something new.

When items come into the home, deal with them immediately. Find a place for them and begin using them. Sort through your possessions every few months. Think about books, DVDs, old cell phones, etc. If you have finished with them, do you really need to keep them? If not, pass them on to someone who will appreciate them. Or, recycle.

Once you get into this habit, you shouldn’t have to go through that major culling process again. And you can live a simpler, more organized life.

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Don’t Let These Bad Habits Ruin Your Home (or Health!)

Don’t Let These Bad Habits Ruin Your Home (or Health!)

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Many of us have awful housekeeping habits. We may not think that much about them. But there are some habits out there that can cause very severe problems. They can damage your property in big ways. They can play havoc with your health.

Let’s take a look at some common and dangerous habits!

Not washing things enough

We shed. A lot. Like, all of the time. Moisture, hair, dead skin… We might not be able to see it, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t happening! What do you think most of the dust and the dirt in your home is made from?

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We often forget about this sort of thing. So most of us don’t ash our towels and bed sheets as often as we should. A towel should be washed every three days or so. Your bed sheets should be washed every week. These things are frequently exposed to your body, and they really get the brunt of the things I mentioned about. Carpets also get it pretty bad – most people never even clean their carpet! (And no, vacuuming isn’t the same as cleaning.)

Letting cables pile up

The average home has loads of electrical equipment. More, in fact, than might be safe for it. We have televisions, laptops, desktops, monitors, mobile phones, games consoles. They all need to be plugged in for hours at a time. A lot of the time, we’re using them all at once.

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But most of us don’t appreciate how much pressure this puts on our electrical systems. Many of us are probably using cheap extension cords. Using them for most of the day could overload them easily. Make sure you invest in strong extension cords. Aim for mid-priced at least.

Covering up problems

Hiding an issue instead of dealing with it fosters bad habits. Not only that, it can cause tremendous damage to your property and your health. Got a dust problem? Get a vacuum and get rid of it properly instead of sweeping it under the rug. Got rust or mold? Eradicate the problem instead of just painting over it. Rust and mold can spread and weaken your home’s structure, even if you paint over them! Don’t just conceal problems. Find the time to deal with them.

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Neglecting air quality

We spray a million different substances into the air. We use harsh chemicals to clean everything in the house. We let moisture build up and cause damage to the walls. Many of us are actually living in pretty dangerous environments when we’re at home. That activity doesn’t exactly create a great place for your lungs! The problem is that it’s hard to tell when there’s danger about. Mold testing can help you detect certain air-related problems. In general, you’re best off using less harsh sprays and fluids.

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Keeping too much junk

The importance of getting rid of all that clutter that builds up should never be underestimated. Seriously, most of us will probably never use a good half of our possessions. Unloved clothes, books we’ll never read again, various gadgets and trinkets… Just get rid of them. Turn your house into a clean, calming place.

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