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Think Your Home Is Too Messy To Clear Out? Think Again!

Think Your Home Is Too Messy To Clear Out? Think Again!

We all have a messy home, in some form or another. We have piles of clutter here and there, and we like to straighten them out day by day, but come bed time, they’ll be a complete mess all over again! We try to make changes where we can, such as the room atmosphere or finding new ways to arrange the attic for more boxes, but there always comes a time when we simply run out of room. 


And yet, if you’re someone who wants to have a clear out, but you don’t think it’s quite such a practical move at the moment, think again. There’s plenty of methods you can employ to tidy up a home that’s one mess after another, and there’s always ways to get rid of the clutter at the back of your cupboards, so you can use them as a storage solution once again! 

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Make a Schedule to Follow

First of all, make a plan. If you’ve going to be tackling the mess in your home from top to bottom, you can’t rush in without a bit of foresight. You need to sit down beforehand and work out how long it’s going to take, and what would be the easiest to start with. All in all, you need to make yourself a clear out schedule, to keep your dreams of clean living a practical reality. 

Start with the top floor, and then work your way down – this way you won’t dirty the areas you’ve already cleared out and wiped down. Usually the attic is best to start with, to make sure you’ve got plenty of room to store the clutter you want to keep, and then tackle the master bedroom before you hit the bathroom. 

When you get downstairs again, make sure you start in the kitchen! The living room can always come last, seeing as you’ll still require use of it during the day, and you’ll need all of your furniture still in place. 

Rope in Some Help

If you’ve got a big house, and an even bigger amount of mess, don’t venture in alone. Get your friends and family to help out – give them a copy of the schedule, run them through some general rules (so you don’t waste your time supervising!), and then everyone can get on with it. 

Get Yourself a Bigger Bin!

And finally, if you’ve got just too many black bags on your hands than you’re capable of moving and trashing yourself, invest in a bigger bin! And no, that doesn’t just mean you should buy a 45L bin to replace your 30L one… 

Instead, look into something like a skip bin hire. These companies will provide the skip as and when you need it, and when it’s filled to the brim with all of your waste, they’ll take it all away again. It’s quite useful when it comes to clearing out the modern home!

Don’t despair; you can clear out any home if you remember tips like these. 

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Quick Ways Cleaning Can Transform Your Home

Quick Ways Cleaning Can Transform Your Home

We all know that cleaning isn’t always going to be your favorite job, unless, of course, you love it. But cleaning can be one of those chores on the “to do” list that we would rather avoid. Or at least be able to wave a magic wand and have our home transformed from messy to clean in a few seconds flat. But alas, there is no invention like that just yet, so we all have to schedule in the time to make sure that we keep our homes clean and tidy, by our own standards. Some people will keep a home cleaner than others. Some like the minimalist approach whereas others like some clutter and things. But, something we all have in common, is finding ways to transform our home quickly and easily. With that in mind, here are some of the quick ways cleaning can transform your home.

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Give the carpets a clean

The carpets obviously cover a big surface area, so if they look a little grubby, it can have a knock on effect on the rest of your home, or the room in particular. So it may be worth focusing some of your efforts on cleaning the carpets. You could choose to do a light clean, perhaps maybe you could use a steam option to breath some new life into those carpets. However, wet carpets can be hard to try, so websites like https://carpettogo.com/2017/06/7-tips-drying-wet-carpet-preventing-mold-growth/ have some great tips to help you avoid mould growth from your clean wet carpet. Once completed, your carpet will have a new lease of life and could be an easy way to transform the way a room looks.

Declutter some of your unwanted items

Clutter can make a home appear untidy, and often we can get a little set in our ways with the items we have in our home. So now may be the ideal time to declutter your home for good. Utilising websites like eBay can help you to generate a little extra cash from your unwanted items. However, if they don’t hold too much value, then you could consider recycling the materials or donating to charity. It could make a big difference to your home by just having the things in it that you love, you want, or you need.

Dust those ornaments and the furniture

Dust can be a huge culprit for making a house appear more dirty and messy than it actually is. Perhaps in this instance, you may want to place some of your efforts into dusting the ornaments and furniture. Ideally, before you do any vacuuming so that you can clear up any aftermath you create from the dusting session. It can help a home to appear, on the surface, far cleaner and tidier.

Clean down the surfaces each night

Finally, you won’t believe how clean and tidy your home can look by just clearing down the surfaces each day or each night. It could be as simple as loading the dishwasher, getting rid of unclean plates. Doing the washing up, or even just putting some of the plates and cutlery away. It also helps you to be more organized in the morning with fewer jobs to do from the night before.

Let’s hope these tips help you to transform your home.

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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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5 Health Concerns Related Organization Procrastination. By Guest Blogger, Jennifer C.

5 Health Concerns Related Organization Procrastination
By Guest Blogger, Jennifer C.

Have you put off the spring cleaning of your garage or re-organizing your office or dorm room for a while? Are more enjoyable things distracting or pulling you from doing the more important things? If your answer is yes, you might be suffering from procrastination; and you are not alone. Procrastination is the voice in your head that’s telling you to do more pleasurable things instead of the more urgent and less pleasurable ones. Most people are guilty of procrastination at some point and in some level, but if it goes on for a while, it may begin to affect your health.

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Young woman loaded with cleaning supplies — Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

5 Procrastination Health Concerns

1. Increase your stress level

Stress is probably one of the major negative health effects of procrastination. Putting aside the important issues, such as reorganizing your home or office, and concentrating on the less important issues may give you a temporary relief but on the long run your subconscious mind will suffer the consequences. If the issue is not corrected, it can lead to a dangerous spiral and further delaying it will only worsen the stress response.

2. Negative impacts on your overall health

The direct health impact of procrastination is often via stress response that causes changes in your immune function, which in turn negatively impacts your health. For example, a study looking at procrastinating students found that procrastination lead to compromised immune system, which in turn made the students more prone to colds and flu, gastrointestinal problems, and insomnia. Stress has also been linked to diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

3. More prone to accidents.

Organizational procrastination may lead to worsened or even dangerous work and/or living conditions. Eluding proper hygiene or safe work conditions due to procrastination can cause accidents. This is especially true for people who work in accident-prone environments (construction, workshop) or use dangerous tools (welder, chainsaw)—in these circumstances working in an unorganized, cluttered space can be unsafe and lead to serious accidents.

4. Depression

Working in an environment that is cluttered and unorganized is not only unsafe but can also reduce your motivation and work speed. This can cause guilt and anxiety, which in time can lead to depression, fatigue, and other mental health problems. When you put things off too long, you may start to find even pleasurable things to be cumbersome. As depression worsens, your body will feel fatigued and accomplishing even easier tasks may feel unbearable.

5. Becoming less health-conscious

The indirect health impact of procrastination results from stress, depression and fatigue. When your procrastination has been going on for a while you may find yourself delaying health-protective behaviors (such as healthy eating and regular exercise) and instead you are finding yourself promoting unhealthy behaviors (such as eating junk food, being a couch potato, delaying health check-ups with your doctor). In order to resolve these indirect consequences, you need to fix the underlying issue causing the procrastination, such as reorganizing or cleaning your home or office.
Procrastination is largely due to our internal struggle with self-control and our tendency to seek pleasure rather than the un-enjoyable things. Undertaking multiple unpleasing tasks or a large project all at once, may seem intimidating and eventually lead to procrastination. To prevent and/or stop this behavior, make a plan to do the task in small, well-defined parts instead of tackling it all at once. If re-organizing an entire storage facility or a room seems intimidating, start by organizing a small section of it. In between, give yourself time to do the more enjoyable activities to keep you motivated and, most importantly, healthy.

About the Author
Jennifer Caughey is a freelance content writer in Toronto, Ontario, who specializes in anything having to do with the home and health. Jennifer believes that a clean home can lead to better overall health. She has a background in Nursing and has been writing on health/home related topic over the last several years. When she isn’t writing she is trying to find new, inventive ways to live healthier, through meal planning, exercise and fun family activities with her daughter.

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7 Stunningly Clever Remodeling Ideas for Your New Home. Guest Blogger, Karleia S.

By Guest Blogger, Karleia S.

 

7 Stunningly Clever Remodeling Ideas for Your New Home

 

So, you’ve just signed the closing papers on your new home, and you’d like to make it your own. Sure, you can go for something easy like a fresh coat of paint. However, if you’d really like to go above and beyond, check out this list to get your creative juices flowing:

 

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Photo Provided by Guest Blogger, Karleia S.

 

1. Rethink stairs

In most homes, the space under the stairs is woefully wasted; it’s just a walled in area that’s forgotten about. Instead, you can turn that area into a playroom, reading nook, nifty storage closet or any number or even a small powder room. After all, who wouldn’t like the addition of an extra half bath?

2. Think about platform storage

Besides adding visual interest to a room, platform storage is a great way to squirrel away little used items, like Christmas decorations. Remember, homebuyers today want more storage space than ever, so this addition is sure to pay you back.

3. New windows
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It’s really incredible how many different styles of windows are on the market today. Don’t be afraid to be bold. Just make sure that you polish the look with a great window treatments, like polywood indoor shutters.

4. Go for a walk in shower

If you’re lucky enough to have a large bathroom, check out ditching shower curtains and just go for a walk in shower. It’s a dramatic effect that will greatly increase your home’s value. Of course you will probably be sacrificing a bit of privacy if you opt to go with a walk in shower, but the pros definitely outweigh the cons.

5. Install toe kick drawers

The cabinets in your kitchen and bathroom probably have what are known as a toe kick: a recessed area under the cabinet door. However, that toe kick can be replaced for a drawer, giving you more storage space than ever.

6. Remove a kitchen wall

In the recent past, kitchens were generally walled off, creating many awkward and small spaces in your home. Knocking a wall out makes your home feel larger by creating an open floor plan. Opening up the kitchen to the living room can make a cramped living room feel more spacious. While this may not be an easy project, nor the easiest project to complete, it’s certainly one of the most worthwhile.
7. Create an attic bedroom

Would you like an extra bedroom in your home? Look into turning your home’s attic into a bedroom. This remodel generally doesn’t cost as much as you think, but it gives you a lot more square footage. Just be sure that you plan for how the space will be heated or cooled.

Remember, whether you bought a turn of the century historic home, or a space from the 70’s that screams, “flower power,” you really can turn your house into a dream space. Just identify what in your home doesn’t work for you and find a solution.