Eco-Friendly Home Organizational Tools Every Homeowner Should Have

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Green Goods, green living, Home Design Ideas, Home Essentials | 0 comments

One way you can alleviate stress in your life is to get rid of the junk inside of your home. Keep clutter at bay with these eco-friendly home organizational tools.

Bamboo Bathroom Décor

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A bamboo bath and vanity set can help improve the décor in your bathroom and provide you with more storage space for all of your beauty and health products. In addition to a bamboo vanity set, you can use other bamboo bathroom accessories such as a hand towel tray, wastebasket, and a soap dispenser to organize and spruce up your bathroom. Bamboo bathroom accessories and storage products are very appealing, and they hold up well in areas like the bathroom, where humidity is high.

Bamboo Storage Bins and Carts

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Bamboo storage bins are perfect for those smaller items that you want to keep grouped together but do not want to dedicate any of your precious counter and cabinet space for. Bamboo storage bins can be used as drawers on desks and tables or alone as décor. Carts are ideal for small kitchens and bathrooms where there may not be a lot of space to move around in. Carts can be used for storage or additional workspace. When they are not in use, roll them into a corner to keep them out of the way.

Shelves and Hooks

The use of shelves can open up a room and add some much-needed space since they can be placed practically anywhere. Consider adding a variety of shelving to the den, kitchen, bathroom, and garage areas to gain the maximum amount of storage capacity and utility for your space. Shelves can also add an extra touch to the décor in any room. Hooks, meanwhile, can be used in entryways, bathrooms, and anywhere in the home where there is not enough space to hang coats, towels, or other articles of clothing. You can also use hooks to hang up your pots and pans if your kitchen does not have much cabinet space.

It is not necessary for you to spend money on renovations to declutter your home. Discover additional eco-friendly organization changes to keep your home clutter-free while doing your part to save the environment.

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Snuggle up to a Beanbag this Winter

Posted by on Oct 18, 2014 in Home Furniture | 0 comments

As they say in Game of Thrones “winter is coming”. Thankfully though people in the UK aren’t at the mercy of white walkers, only freezing temperatures and chilly winds.

But those winds can be a nightmare, and with the patchy weather that’s been experienced this summer a lot of people aren’t looking forward to biting winds and gales that create goosebumps on their goosebumps.

The best way to experience freezing temperatures is on the other side of a window in a living room, with a roaring fire warming up the room and a hot chocolate in hand.

The only thing that can top that scenario and truly complement somebody’s comfortable surroundings is with the addition of a beanbag.

Warm and cosy

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Beanbags are for everyone, and a wonderful piece of furniture for any home. Different from a couch, one of the best qualities possessed by beanbags is that they can be moved anywhere at any time. Why not pick up a soft one and snuggle into it in front of the fire on a cold winter’s night?

The sheer variety of beanbags also means there’s a beanbag for the whole family to choose from to warm themselves up with. People have the choice of getting a smaller, more personal beanbag to cuddle into, with smaller beanbags available for the children.

For the family that loves to huddle together in a blissful cosy setting though there are beanbags large enough to accommodate the whole family! Or, for a loved up couple looking to gaze longingly into the flames on a Sunday evening, sofa bed beanbags offer a unique and creative experience they can enjoy for hours.

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Comfort is the key word when it comes to beanbags. As well as them being available in different shapes and sizes, they are also available in a number of comfortable fabrics including corduroy, faux fur, leather, and many more besides.

Though the weather may be cold the autumn and winter seasons in the UK offer some of the most stunning scenery anywhere on the planet. That’s the beauty of a beanbag; it’s compact, light nature means that it can be enjoyed anywhere.

Coming into the latter months means it’ll be colder, but there’ll also be the odd day where the afternoon is warm and the sky clear. So why not take the beanbag onto the porch or in the garden, and watch the sun set in comfort amongst the trees?

There are beanbags available for outdoor comfort too, with their structure similar to that of a deckchair. And when the spring and summer months roll around again, they’re perfect to take outside and sit in the garden relaxing in total comfort as an alternative to lying on a towel.

If you’d like to know more about beanbags and want to take a look at some of the most comfortable and affordable available in the UK visit Great Bean Bags today to find out more.

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How to Store Practically Everything

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Care Tips, Earth Friendly Activities, green living, How To's | 0 comments

When clutter starts to encroach on every room of your home, it’s time to purge what you can and organize everything that remains. Finding a place for everything can go a long way in reducing your stress, making your home look more inviting, and removing tripping and choking hazards (especially if you have young children or pets). Check out the tips below to get ideas for how to better store a wide variety of common household items.

Food: Is your refrigerator nearing maximum capacity after an overzealous trip to the grocery store? To keep food from spoiling, familiarize yourself with what can go in the freezer—and how long it will last in there. Beef and chicken can both last up to a year in the freezer if they are tightly sealed in plastic bags or their original packaging, while bread products can last up to 6 months, for example. Dairy products shouldn’t be frozen and will last between 7 days (for milk and yogurt) and 3-4 weeks (for hard cheeses). Fresh produce will last between 2 days and 2 weeks, depending on the thickness of the rind and how ripe it was when you purchased it.

Clothing: If you have a lot of seasonal clothing or hand-me-downs that you’re just waiting fo your youngest child to grow into, you should consider moving it to a climate-controlled storage unit. The clothing should stay in good condition indefinitely if stored in a space between 66-70 degrees Fahrenheit. Whether you’re storing clothes in a closet at home or a storage unit, remember to rotate them every 18 months or so to keep them fresh.

Furniture: Climate-controlled storage units can also come in handy when you have too much furniture but don’t want to sell it because you’re anticipating moving to a bigger place. If you go this route, disassemble furniture as much as you can to make it easier to move and reduce the risk of damage. If you end up with a bunch of screws and bolts, put them in small plastic baggies that are clearly labeled with the name of the piece of furniture they go to. Clean fabric furniture before moving it into the storage unit, and cover it in plastic wrap to protect it.

Makeup: Small containers of makeup can become disorganized quickly, so get your makeup drawer organized by purchasing some drawer dividers. Keep any makeup brushes in a roll-up holder to protect the bristles, and store any unused makeup in airtight containers to make it last for longer. Mascara and foundation that you’ve had for more than three months or powdered makeup and lipstick that you’ve had for more than 18 months should just be tossed.

Jewelry: If you don’t already have a jewelry box with dividers and a soft fabric lining, it’s worth the investment, as it will prevent your jewelry from getting tangled or scratched. If you have a box without compartments, you can also prevent tangling by wrapping each piece of jewelry individually in tissue paper. Make sure you keep the box in a safe, dry area.

Medication: You’re probably using your bathroom’s medicine cabinet to store medication, but heat and humidity actually speed up many medications’ breakdown processes, so that may not be the best place to keep it. Look for a dry location away from heats, lights, humidity, and the reach of young children, such as a high shelf in your bedroom closet.

If you want even more storage tips for household items including electronics, facial creams, and ceramic dishes, check out this detailed infographic from Next Door Self Storage.

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Eccentric Ideas to Make Your Child’s Room Unique

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in Green Goods | 0 comments

Every mom knows how difficult it can be to try and figure out creative ways to decorate a child’s room, especially while sticking to a budget. Although it may be tempting to go out and purchase everything for your child’s bedroom from the nearest department store, doing so can be very expensive. Additionally, purchasing décor solely from department stores can result in a bedroom that is predictable, bland, and unexciting. If you really want your child’s room to stand out in a crowd, try some of these unique decorating and project ideas.

A Touch of Nature 

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If you want to bring a touch of nature indoors in a fun and creative way, try hanging your child’s bedroom curtains on a painted branch instead of a curtain rod. Look for a branch that is sturdy and has an interesting shape with gentle curves. A shaped branch will provide much more visual interest than a completely straight branch. Be sure to trim off any twigs that may stick out from the sides of the branch and interfere with your ability to hang it up on the wall.

Perforated Metal Pegboard

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Every kid could use a pegboard in their room to organize papers, display artwork, and pin up homework reminders. However, a standard pegboard is not the most attractive bedroom accessory, especially with its dull brown color. If you want to add a lot more character to your child’s pegboard without diminishing its functionality, paint the frame in a fun color that matches your child’s bedroom. Once the frame is painted, pick your pattern of perforated sheet metal, measure the required piece, then cut it out to fit over the cork part of the pegboard. You can then spray paint the metal with shiny metallic spray paint and allow it to dry before fastening it in place over the top of the corkboard. The end result will be a unique and fun-looking pegboard that looks like a piece of modern art.

Stained Bookshelf Crates 

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If you want to add a touch of rustic appeal to your child’s bedroom, ditch the standard bookshelf and make use of some old crates instead. You can use fruit crates, mail crates, old milk crates, or craft crates that can be found at any craft store. To make the crates look authentic and rustic, simply stain them to a rich brown color of your choice. The crates can be stacked on top of one another to create a natural-looking rustic bookshelf that can be filled with books, candles, or knick-knacks. More ideas can be seen here at Pinterest.

If you are ready to stretch your artistic muscles and create a bedroom space that is fun and unique for your kids, try some of these simple and inexpensive do-it-yourself projects.

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Care Tips for your Kitchen Knives

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Care Tips | 0 comments

A knife is one of the most important implements in the kitchen. Chefs, cooks, and homemakers can never do without their knives even with the latest kitchen gadgets or cutting tools around. Given their valuable contribution for meal preparation, it is but proper that they are given the right attention. A few care tips for your kitchen knives can point you to the right direction.

Three of the basic steps in caring for your knives are wash, store, and dry. This applies to all kitchen utensils but there are certain care tips for your kitchen knives that you should consider in doing these tasks.

Wash. Food particles or juices can dry on the blade if it is not washed immediately. This can make washing the knife more difficult and a bit more dangerous because of the extra force used in removing dried up particles. Leaving a knife on the sink is a no-no too because it risks scratching the blade and bending or breaking the tip. The best way to wash a knife is to do it by hand using a sponge and warm soapy water to clean the blade and handle. High heat and strong detergents used for dishwashers can cause damage to the blade and lead to dulling.

Dry. Never store the knife while it is still wet as this can contribute to rusting or corrosion. Try to avoid hanging it or leaving it in the dish rack to dry if you don’t want to have dull or frequently damaged knives. You can help prolong the life of a kitchen knife by drying it thoroughly immediately after wash.

Store. Unlike other utensils in the kitchen, extra care must be taken in storing knives. The sharp edge of the blade makes it dangerous to be stored along with other utensils. Improper storage can also damage or dull the blade. Knife blocks that are designed to hold knives in such a way that it doesn’t rest on its blades are good storage options. There are also custom knife storage drawers for those who would like to keep knives out of sight.

Pairing your knife with the right cutting board is a good addition to the care tips for your kitchen knives. Cutting on hard surfaces like granite, glass, and marble is tantamount to knife abuse. Wood, bamboo, and plastic chopping boards are gentler on the blades. As added TLC for your knives, make sure that they are honed and sharpened regularly to keep them in tip top condition.

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Use Furniture Including a Pine Desk to Create a Welcoming Home

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Home Design Ideas, Home Furniture | 0 comments

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When decorating and furnishing your home it is important that one style is used throughout. By using one type of furniture, such as pine, it creates consistency but allows you to alter the colour schemes and decorative styles in each room. This enables you to develop character in each room yet have consistency throughout.

The decorating and furnishing of your home can be a fun and rewarding process, but for some reason many homeowners see it as a chore. There are all kinds of fantastic styles and colour schemes to choose from, allowing you to get creative and show off your personality. Seeing as there are so many different options and looks to go for, it also means that making your home look its best can be challenging. You will notice when you visit a friend or family member’s home how their house both looks and feels, and the best homes will have an attractive and welcoming interior design style that is also a reflection of their personality. So, how do you go about creating a home that achieves all of this?

It is important to do thorough research online and look at what different interior design styles there are. Once you have decided on one which suits your house as well as your taste, then you will not want to stray too far from this style. If you were to use an art deco style in one room but a shabby chic style in another then this would clash and create an uncomfortable, unstylish feel. By picking one style you can experiment with different colour schemes in each room to ensure that each room does not look the same, but it is also important that there is consistency linking all of the rooms together. This is best achieved with the furniture. Every room in the house needs furniture whether it is a sofa, dining room table, desk, wardrobe or a bench for your garden. By picking one style or material and using this throughout it will create a consistent style, but it will allow you to change the decoration in each room to add variation.

Wooden furniture is the most popular choice, and for good reason too. It is not only strong and reliable; it also looks fantastic and has warmth to it that you do not get with plastics or metal. A good example is in an office or workspace you have in your home. By having a beautiful pine desk, wooden chair and a bookcase it will immediately create a warm, welcoming atmosphere in this space. Wood is also versatile and can work with most interior design styles and colour schemes.

By using wooden furniture throughout the home you will be able to create consistency but allow each room to have its own character through wall colour, flooring and other decorative items. This is important because each room serves a different purpose so they should differ, but they also need to be tied together for a sleek, professional look.

This is something that you will notice with all the best looking, most welcoming homes that you visit. The key is to pick an interior design style in tune with your taste and house type, and then ensuring this style is present in each area of the home.

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Tools for Electrical Safety Inspection at Home

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in Care Tips, Home Essentials, Repairs and Maintenance | 0 comments

Homeowners would typically schedule the routine inspection and repair of roof and plumbing during the spring or summer season. But aside from the maintenance of the home structure, electrical components should also be inspected on a regular basis to keep the home safe from fire or electrical accidents. This can be done with the help of an electrician or by the homeowner himself. This is provided that he is equipped with basic know-how and safety gear for the inspection. There are electrical safety tools, testing equipment and electrical parts from Equip Supply for those who dare do the task themselves.

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There are some cool gadgets that can help you check the safety of your fuses, wiring, and outlets without exposing you to too much risk. Electrical testers can help you go over your electrical safety checklist in a jiffy. They are also handy when it comes to trouble shooting malfunctioning electrical appliances or outlets. A non-contact volt probe lets you check for voltage presence when working with sockets, fuses, or circuit breakers. This will help you double check if the power is really turned off before touching any socket or outlet that you plan to inspect. Another handy tool that you can use for your inspection is the Wiring Inspector Circuit Tester. It can help you verify if the wiring in your building complies with the electrical code by just plugging it in an outlet.

There are other electrical testers that you may want to add to your electrical tool box. This can include socket testers, LCR testers, current testers and LAN testers. The Shortstop AC Leakage current tester can help you test safety of small tools, appliances, and extension cords that are frequently used at home. These gadgets are cool, handy, and safe for both neophytes and professional electricians.

When it comes to electrical safety at home, going for professional help is often the best option. But it doesn’t hurt to have a few fancy gadgets around just in case the professionals are not available.

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