Sunday, January 15, 2017

Transform Your Life! How To Get Your Home Squeaky Clean

In this day and age it’s hard to keep on top of everything in your busy life. Chances are, you’re balancing a job, kids, a relationship, your family, your friends… and the state of your house is often a lot further down the list than any of those things! It’s easy to close your eyes and try to ignore what needs to be done in your home around you, but the truth is that after a while it’ll start to look a little shabby and you’ll start to feel embarrassed. Luckily, there are things you can do to help yourself…
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Start With A Deep Clean

First of all, if your house is in a bad state then the best way to solve that is with a deep clean. Go over your home with a fine toothcomb and make it as spic and span as you possibly can. Obviously if you’re busy, this is a lot easier said than done – but this is what cleaning companies are for. Make sure that you’re extremely clear about your requirements and what you want from them, and let the professionals get down to work. Make sure that you launder your couch covers, that you go for carpet cleaning for any rugs in your home, and that your kitchen and bathroom are particularly carefully cleaned. If you want to declutter your home, try Marie Kondo’s techniques and get rid of the possessions that don’t spark joy in you.
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Form New Habits

Once your house is clean, it’s time to keep it that way. The best way to do that is by cleaning little and often. It’s unrealistic to force yourself to spend half your weekend cleaning your home. Instead, try and spend half an hour every night keeping on top of household chores. One night you could change bedsheets, the next you could clean your kitchen, and so on. Making sure that you’re up to date on the cleaning in your house whenever possible will ensure that it doesn’t all build up and come to a head in a whole hellish day of cleaning. Try to make it as positive for yourself as you can by playing some of your favourite music and treating yourself afterwards to a glass of wine and a few squares of chocolate. You should also try to avoid clutter as much as you can by keeping baskets in each room that you drop clutter into before sorting them out at the end of the week.

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Involve Your Family

Of course, there’s absolutely no way that you should be the only person who’s responsible for keeping your home clean and tidy. If your partner doesn’t get involved then it’s time for a short sharp conversation with him – and it’s time to make some cleaning rotas so your kids start doing jobs too. You can give them treats and rewards to incentivise them and to show them that hard work definitely has rewards in the real world. Make sure that everyone keeps to the rota – and keep to your sections as well so you aren’t a hypocrite!


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Tired of an Unispired Home? Spruce It Up To Look Like New!

Over time our homes can lose that sparkly ‘freshly decorated’ look. Areas of clutter accumulate, chips and scratches occur, and you’re left with a space that’s in need of an update. If you’re looking to bring a new lease of life to your home, here are a few things to try.


Have a Deep Clean and Declutter

Before making any changes to your home, thoroughly cleaning and decluttering is always a good idea. Just this change alone may be enough to make your home feel much fresher, particularly when you clean areas that would usually get missed on a regular clean, such as carpets, curtains, and soft furnishings. Go through doors and cupboards getting rid of things that are no longer useful; it frees up precious space for the things you do need and love. With everything clean, decluttered and organized you’ll be left feeling rejuvenated, and your home will look fresh and new again!

Change Up The Flooring

Old flooring that’s past its best will make any home look shabby. If your laminates are warped, your vinyl is peeling, and your tiles are chipped its time for a refresh. Revive your home by ripping everything out and starting again, choosing hardwearing choices for high traffic areas downstairs and carpets for upstairs. Opting for the same color and material throughout will help to create flow between the rooms and look nicely put together. Sites like Empire Floors have a range of different floor coverings in one place so you can easily browse and compare.



Walls can become grubby over time. Dogs might shake after a bath or rolling in mud and make marks on the walls. Kids might put mucky handprints on them, and scuffs and scrapes can occur from moving furniture and other items in and out. A lick of paint can soon transform the area, making it look fresh and new again. If your walls get grubby quickly, opt for a paint which can be wiped down. Light neutrals are always a good choice, although they will be the first to show up marks so regular top ups might be needed.

Revamp The Furniture

You might be bored of looking at the same old furniture, but it doesn’t need to be completely replaced if it’s still functional. You could upcycle with a coat of paint; solid wood pieces are great for this although you can buy paint for laminated wood too. If you want to upcycle in the kitchen, you could use paint designed for kitchen cupboards (this will be wipeable, so won't be ruined by splashes or spills) and replace all of the door knobs. You could switch up the handles or legs on units, generally just give them a new lease of life. It’s a quick and cheap way to change up the look and can bring a whole new look to your room.


The Grass Is Greener! Moo-ving To The Countryside

Gorgeous scenery which stretches as far as the eye can see; that’s how most of us picture the countryside. Still, it’s easy to assume the silence, serenity and solitude can become rather maddening in the long-term. Perhaps life away from cities or towns is quite welcome when holidaying, but that’s no way to build a permanent life. Right?

There are vast advantages in country life over city life.
It all depends on the individual. However, if city life has become too much for you, then it might be time to consider moving elsewhere. Of course, perhaps relocating to pastures new has never appealed to you, because you believed homes in the city had far more to offer in terms of modern, contemporary style. In addition, the endless people, public services and amenities are something absent in the depths of nature.

Actually, this stereotype isn’t true at all. Many quaint, yet modern towns flourish in the countryside. In fact, rural properties which bewilder through their modernity, rather than some sense of traditional quaintness, are abundant, if you know where to look. The city isn’t your only option. You might consider agencies such as Pat Rice Hawkins if you’re looking to buy a the perfect farm or house, set in an idyllic part of the countryside.

When you see what exists on the market, you’ll understand that you can still live in an unbelievably-stunning home, much like your current residence, but you’ll have the added benefit of fresh air, freedom and a happier home for you and your family.

The countryside is sustainable.
If the thought of global warming and a weathered planet is enough to make your head spin, then you might find relief from land in which there’s actually room to breathe. Even if you’re no farmer, you might enjoy growing your own strawberries or herbs for fun. You can make the most of that beautiful country air, along with the scorching sun, and power your home through solar panels and wind turbines.

Create a secure, homely base of operations.
Moving to the countryside can be a way to escape the noise of civilization by creating a real home; somewhere for only you and the family. If you have a job in a nearby city, you don’t have to give it up. Beautiful hills, forests and rolling landscapes aren’t always a million miles away from life, as I mentioned earlier. You could still keep your current job and reap the benefits of all the entertainment your nearby town or city has to offer, but you no longer have to live amidst that soul-crushing noise and chaos. The frantic nature of the city could be something you enjoy on occasion, before returning to your quiet, peaceful abode after you’ve had your fill.

A healthier life.
Above all else, living in the countryside is just, quite simply, good for you in terms of your health. Studies have shown that living in such conditions can help to reduce stress previously triggered by a hectic, overwhelming lifestyle. The city may be right for some, but it isn’t right for everyone. If a chaotic routine is wearing you down, you might find that moving to the countryside with your partner, or your family, is exactly what you’ve always needed. You may still be able to commute to work, if you love your current career, but that doesn’t mean you should have to endure the numerous other woes tied to city life.