Cleaning your Indoor Air Naturally

Have you ever wondered why sometimes you can still get sick even though you are only staying inside your house? Here is a trivia for you to think about: did you know that indoor air can be five times more toxic and unclean compared to outdoor air? All of the things inside your house like beds, cooking pans, kids’ clothes and so forth can have hazardous chemicals that make your house’s indoor air more toxic. We usually think that indoor air is fresher and cleaner than the outside’s. Remember that sometimes disregarding the condition of the air you are inhaling can lead you to some illnesses such as asthma, skin allergies, recurrent headaches, and problems with your digestive system. But don’t worry, you can now clean your indoor air without having to spend too much money on it.

Here are four simple, cheap, and natural ways of cleaning and purifying your indoor air:

Set a natural air conditioning

To set a natural air conditioning system does not automatically mean having to open all your windows at home. Instead of doing this, try to naturally cool your home and properly ventilate your house with these steps:

First, you may use ceiling fans in order to ventilate the house and lessen the air pollutants coming from the outside. Then, you may try to set heat-blocking window treatments for you to avoid air dusts, heat, and other chemicals from the outdoors. And finally, try to reduce the usage of heat-producing appliances.

Use Bamboo Charcoal

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Charcoals are famously known and used to purify water. They are also one of the ingredients in some beauty products nowadays. Charcoal has the same toxin-removing effects on the air. You may try to use Moso air purifying bags that are made of linen and loaded with high-density bamboo charcoal. The absorbent form of the charcoal can help remove bacteria, hazardous pollutants, and allergens. It can also suck up moisture and stop the molds and mildews from building up by catching the toxins and impurities inside each pore. 

Try Beeswax Candles

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The regular paraffin candles that we usually use came from petroleum and can emancipate chemicals like toluene, soot, benzene, and other chemicals in the air. These paraffin candles should be avoided because they provide harm rather than advantages in the quality of your indoor air.

On the other hand, the pure beeswax candles are very helpful especially for those who have asthma or allergies. They are also useful in removing common allergens like dust and dander from the air you breathe. Compared to the paraffin candles, beeswax candles burn slower so they last longer.

Grow Houseplants

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We all know that plants help people by absorbing the carbon dioxide we produce and converting it to clean oxygen that we are breathing in. There are certain plants that are best in reducing and removing the amount of chemicals like benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene in the air. Some of the best air purification plants are the Golden Pothos, Boston Fern, Bamboo Palm, Lady Palm, Snake Plant, English Ivy, Dragon Tree, Spider Plant, and Dracaena. It is recommended to put at least one plant per 100 square feet of your house in order to achieve the efficient air cleaning.

Now, you have the ideas to clean your indoor air. Time to start trying these simple and natural ways to effectively clean your indoor air and make it safe for the whole family.

Moving In Made Easy: Tips When Moving in A New Home

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Moving is expensive, and there is no question about it. Whether it’s to a different state or just to the next block you are moving, the transition can really take a toll on your finances. However, a lot of people are not prepared for the costs that come with moving. This is the reason that for many homeowners, moving is the one of the major causes for them being drowned in debt. If you are considering to move soon, here are crucial things you need to keep in mind to make sure the entire experience won’t hurt your wallet.

Prepare a Moving Budget

Many people who move don’t feel like they need to create a budget for the occasion. This often leads to more expenses in the long run. The reason is that small things such as buying a new set of dishes, or a new shower curtain can all add up, and if you don’t have a budget considering those things, you will wonder later on where all your money has gone. On the contrary, you will be more aware of what you are going to spend on and be more prepare if you have a budget set.

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If you’re hiring a moving company:

– Moving company fee
– Professional packing
– Additional Insurance
– Extra charges

If you’re hiring a moving truck:

– Truck rental
– Gas expense
– Equipment rental
– Incidentals
– Insurance

If you’re moving on your own:
– Transportation cost
– Lodging expense
– Meals
– Pet care

Decide Whether Or Not to Hire a Moving Company

Should you hire a moving company or just do it yourself? The answer depends on two simple factors: how much you are going to move and how far you are moving.

How much stuff are you going to move?

Are you going to move an apartment or a 4-bedroom house? If you’re moving an apartment, that only requires moving a few stuff, which means a 10’ moving truck might be enough. If you’re moving only a few things and you have your own truck, perhaps you can just solicit help from friends and relatives.

How far are you moving?

How far you are moving will also determine whether you will need to hire a removalist or not. Obviously, the further you will move, the more expensive the move will be. Call several moving companies and find out which one can offer you the lowest price. Compare that price to how much money you are going to spend if you decide to move yourself.

Go Minimalist

If you are not a minimalist yet, moving to a new home is the right opportunity for you to be one. There is nothing more that can save you money when moving than going minimalist. Minimalism is the philosophy of eliminating what is unnecessary to make more room for what is more essential. It doesn’t necessarily mean getting rid of all your stuff and living in your new home with nothing, but one set of clothing, a laptop, and a luggage, although you can also do that. Instead of moving every stuff you have from your old home, consider moving only with what you believe you cannot live without. Also try considering selling up most of your stuff on a garage sale. It won’t only save you money, but will even gain you some that you can use for your move.

Tips in Choosing the Right Furniture for Your Homes

One of the best things one can look forward to in having a new home is getting new furniture. There is such joy and satisfaction in being able to get your hands on a new sofa, side tables or your dream bed frame. However, choosing furniture for your home can also be a nightmare, especially if you end up getting one that wouldn’t fit your rooms. It can sometimes be difficult to find a comfortable piece that suits your style, needs, the size of your home and your budget.

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You just don’t buy a stylish day night roller blinds because it’s stylish. You buy this item with the idea of what it will bring into your homes when it comes to aesthetics and function. The same goes as with the other home furnishings and decorative pieces that you may include in your home. Here is a quick rundown of the things that you should consider when choosing furnishings for your home.

Function

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The first thing to consider when buying a piece of furniture for your home is function. Ask yourself what role the furniture has in your home. Do you really need extra storage cabinets for your kitchen items? Are your kids sharing in a bed of will they have separate homes. Refrain from getting furniture that does not perform a necessary function most especially if you haven’t completed the basic furnishings items you should have at home.

The room layout

One of the biggest mistakes that you could ever do in picking furniture for your home is getting one that does not fit. Be conscious of the floor area that your furnishings will occupy before securing one. It is also advisable to ensure that your choice of furniture will fit together with the other pieces you have in mind, in terms of space in the specific room that you are filling up.

Personal needs

Do your kids prefer having a single bed or bunk beds? Needs of every rooms should be specific.  The children room may require two night tables and a larger table where they can study while a parent’s room may require a vanity table. Customize the list of furniture you need according to the personal needs of the people that will be using the room to make their day to day life comfortable in that area.

Construction

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You would want to have furniture pieces that are solid and sturdy. These are long-term investment for your home so it should be able to withstand daily wear and tear. Go for solid wood frames but make sure that the price is consistent with how long this item may last. Giving it a sit test might be necessary as well to feel if you’re comfortable with the item or not.

Finish

Choose a finish that will complement with the overall look of your room. Go for darker pieces for a white room to add a vibrant touch in the area. The type of finish will also dictate what type of maintenance you are required to purchase or perform in the future.

There are a lot of options when it comes to furnishings that you should have and can have in your home. Picking the right pieces might be tricky but the results are definitely worth your effort.

Moving In to A New House: Decorating Tips to Remember

Some people are lucky enough to stay in the same home for generations. Others on the other hand are courageous enough to take a leap and invest in a home of their own. When it is time to move away from your ancestral homes, there are some things you should primarily consider.

Moving to a new house can be pretty exciting. For some, this is a start of a new life. And since this is your brand new home, it is a must that you know how to decorate it in a way that you would want to go home right after work. So, what are our best tips? Read on for more.

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Consider the Space

Before you decide which furniture, curtains or whatnots you are going to buy, you have to consider the space. Are you going to move in to a big house, or something which is considered small? If the former, then by all means, get massive chairs and beds for your rooms. Splurge on those bulky items. But if the latter, then look for something which can save space and will allow your rooms to breathe. Revisit your new place before moving in and measure it. This is so you can already prepare the furniture perfect for your new home and you won’t have to return it if it doesn’t fit.

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Pattern it with Your Character

When you are choosing the theme of your house, make sure it reflects yourself. So if you are a minimalist, then opt for the black and white. Or if you love nature, then shower your house with plants. But if you are quite feminine, then shabby chic might do better for you. It’s very easy to create a final design even without a professional help. After all, you can find great tips over the internet.

Get Easy to Clean Furniture

We know it can be fun to clean, but most of the time, it can get pretty exhausting. So what’s the best plan? Make sure that your furniture are low – maintenance. You wouldn’t want to eat up an entire day just brushing your carpets and curtains. Would you? Look for easy to clean materials and you will do just fine.

So there you have it. Some easy tips on how you can decorate your own homes. Share us some photos once you are done with it.

Spring Cleaning Tips: Commonly Neglected Areas in the House

Are you ready for spring cleaning? I’m sure you are excited and would like to gloss your things around the house, but there are some people who might neglect small areas. And that’s where we are going to help you. Allow us to identify the most commonly neglected areas in your house so for the next spring cleaning, your abode will be spotless – for real.

Window Blinds

You have to take your time cleaning window blinds. There is no specific way on how to clean window blinds as it will depend on the type you have. But here are some basic tips. You can use a rubber sponge so you can remove the dust from fabric and vinyl blinds. All you have to do is simply wipe it across. Also, for spot cleaning, you can use an all – purpose cleaner. But make sure you spray it in your cloth and not directly to your blinds.

Medicine Cabinets

It is necessary that you clean your medicine cabinets. Check the expiration and do not just dispose it like your regular trash. Never flush it in your toilet because it might contaminate ground water. What we suggest is that you put it in one container and bring it to a drugstore or to a place where they could properly dispose medicines.

Make-up and Beauty Products

Beauty products and make-up have expiry dates as well. It is very important to make sure to throw away make-up that has been lying around for several months even if they are barely used. It would be wise to write a note for purchase dates onto the side of your products especially the ones that you seldom used. This is why it is important to keep the number of your beauty products as per need basis to avoid having so many stuff that are neither barely used or not used at all.

Garbage Bins

It isn’t enough that you empty your trash bins. After clearing it up, make sure that you wash your cans with soap and water in order to remove the odor. Don’t use it unless fully dry so it wouldn’t have molds.

Get your hands ready. Ask your kids to help you with your spring cleaning. It’s an activity everyone would enjoy. Plus, who knows if you can get things which are good for a garage sale? At least you would be able to get some cash.

Here is a inforgraphic on how to keep your homes clean all year round.

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7 Signs You Should Invest in Window Blinds

Some do not really pay too much attention with dressing up their windows at home. Some even see window blinds as impractical investments. However, this is all untrue. Taking time to change the look of your windows with window treatments may bring a whole new light to your homes.

Still having second thoughts if you need to buy window blinds? Well, this article might help you with your decision to purchase. You see, window blinds have a number of benefits, and I’ll give you 7 signs if you have to contact your supplier right now to invest in some.

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You Want to Control Natural Light

Do you want to stay longer in bed but the sunlight that passes through your curtain is just too much to bear? If you experience this, then it is about time that you get window blinds as you can easily control the amount of natural light that goes through it. At least you’d be able to have a longer rest even with the sun up.

You Need to Manage Electric Energy Consumption

Now if you want to cut some dollars from your electric bill, having window blinds should be beneficial. Instead of turning on your light bulbs, why not just open up your blinds and let the sun do its wonders? Trust me, it’s going to reflect on your next bill.

You Need Extra Privacy

Do you want to shut the outside world just for few hours? If you value your privacy that much, get your own window blinds and be able to block everything for a while. A lot of parents are investing on this because they clearly see its benefits most especially for their kids.  

You Want Something Easier to Maintain

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With your busy schedule, you wouldn’t want to waste time cleaning hard to maintain curtains. Would you? Window blinds were made to be low maintenance so that it will be easier for homeowners to keep it spotless and clean. Just few wipes and you are all done.

You Need an Instant Home Makeover

Do you think your home needs a makeover? You don’t have to buy expensive ornaments or to change your entire furniture. All you have to do is change your traditional curtains into more sophisticated window blinds and you are all set.

You Have Kids

Did you know that window blinds are easy to operate? Even toddlers can do it for you. Most window treatments nowadays are also kid-friendly, cordless and satisfy safety standards.

You are Irritated with Traditional Curtains

And if you are just so fed up with the disadvantages of traditional curtains, then now is the best time to get your own window blinds.

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Renovating an Old Home? Here are Some Tips You Can Follow

Vintage homes offer so many memories, both good and bad that some people find a hard time letting go of. This is why we see most families passing on their homes from one generation to another, through the ages while keeping its look and most of what’s inside the home intact and most of the other areas in good condition. The regal and majestic feeling that ancestral and vintage homes are so captivating, even new home buyers are eyeing on securing a vintage home, instead of new ones, of course, with all the renovation costs at stake.

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So what are the things to keep in mind when buying, securing or renovating a vintage home? Here are some tips that can save you a few dollars.

Keep your blueprints in crisp condition

Most vintage homes are usually created from scratch, designed on paper by hand. Try to have several copies of your home’s blueprint duplicated to always have a fresh, meaning readable and descent plan to look into in case troubles arise inside the home. This is also very advisable to keep the electrical, mechanical, plumbing and ventilation plan of your homes handy to address possible problems in the future. Vintage homes have a different kind of plumbing and electrical schematics back then compared today. It would save you a lot of trouble from having to tear down a wall or a floor just to trace electrical lines and plumbing in your old home.

Be on the look-out for repairs and maintenance

What keeps an old home going is constant repair and constant maintenance. Any type of home is prone to deterioration, rusting and damage due to time and weather. Being very keen in seeing what’s needed to be repaired and maintained inside a vintage home is thus very important. Looking out for lose hinges, broken windows, rusting pipes, dilapidated paint and the like will make a very big difference when addressed earlier than later. Not being able to repair or attend to these issues at an earlier time can lead to more damage and costly replacements.

Taking care of the roof

The roof and its components is one of the most expensive areas in a home whether vintage or not. Most vintage homes is made up of concrete tiles creating that regal appeal to vintage homes. Checking out for leaks, holes, cracks and other damage in your roofs makes your roof stand longer. This also helps in keeping your ceilings in good condition.

Windows and floorings

Windows and floors are also important aspects that need to be paid attention to when it comes to vintage homes. Ensuring that all the locks of your windows are working and are all in top shape also helps in securing your home. Wood blinds and other window coverings should be kept clean and checked if properly working as well. Floorings should be check for cracks or termites if you have wood planks as for.

Checking the condition of these areas in a vintage home allows you to have an idea on how much you need in bringing back a vintage home to its former glory and keeping it that way. Doing so saves thousands of dollars for families who have been lucky enough to receive a vintage home from their ancestors as well as for new home owners who would want to have a vintage place they can convert and call their home.

Gorgeous Blooms and Flowers for Your Homes

Flowers and flora adds not only colors but as well as texture and an interesting scent inside your homes. However, with kids around, some may see placing flowers in vases on your center tables as dangerous and frustrating as well if you end up seeing your favorite vase shattered on the floor or worst, you kids bruised with a broken glass from this home décor.

Yet there are ways on how you can still enjoy blooms and flowers inside your home without having to compromise your kids’ safety or having to endure seeing another of your favorite vases shattered in pieces and going to waste. You can still have stunning flowers, inside and out, to add a natural touch of beauty into your homes.

Think Small

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Small areas like the top of your fridge or you top shelves can accommodate a few flowers for you to decorate. You can place them in a sturdy mason jar or a fish bowl to make the most out of the small space in these areas.

You can go big as well

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Your dining table is still the best spot where you can arrange flowers to bring color and interest in that area. Instead of using a tall narrow vase, have a bigger bases vase or even ceramic pot where you can arrange your favorite blossoms. It sturdier and the possibilities of kids pushing it over would be less since its heavier compared to the usual flower vases.

Use plastic pots

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Plastic pots can also be used as a replacement for vases when placing flowers inside your rooms. There are many printed and colored pots that are available in the market nowadays for you to choose from. Printed options would be perfect vases for white flowers and creates an interesting detail for the overall look of your décor.

Hanging vases

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You can also hang your flower pots and vases and make it look like a chandelier on your kitchen area or even your dining room. You can use flower foams placed in plastic pots as your base to be able to keep them hydrated.

You can make your homes look great and natural with flowers without compromising the safety of your kids by keeping them strategically located in areas far from your children’s reach.

Remodelling Ideas You Obviously Need at Home

Every home needs to be tidy up and updated every now and then. However, most renovations and home improvements includes expenses, something most homeowners would most likely cut in half, or if possible cut entirely. However, remodelling is necessary especially for homes with growing families and needs. Here are some thrifty and practical remodelling ideas one can consider for their homes, without having to worry too much about the budget.

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Increase efficiency not size

Most people think that remodelling always comes with adding a dew room or increasing space in a home. Additional space of course comes with a lot of expenses and activities to monitor at home. It is time consuming and budget constraints can limit how fast or how slow before such home projects are completed. This is not necessarily the case. It is still possible to remodel a home and make it more efficient without having to add space. A perfect solution would be reorganizing your furniture and equipment to fully utilize your room area. Start by replacing shelves with cabinet high drawers or use the extra space in between your wall cabinets and ceilings. Get rid of everything that is not needed inside to have access to more space. Small additional items like a few cabinets or wall storage would cost you a few dollars. Old palettes can be converted to storage pieces for your homes with the help of a few nails and paint.

Bringing in more light without tearing down a wall

You do not necessarily need to tear down a wall to accommodate a new window for a dark area in your home. Reduce items that are not needed inside that room. Paint the walls white, add a few mirrors and add a LED light inside to be able to illuminate the room. Light tubes can also be installed along the bottom of cabinets or above them to provide extra lighting for the area.

Adding natural objects indoors.

You can buy flowers and plants and place them creatively indoors for a new look in that area. Having a garden outdoors saves you a lot because you’ll just need a few pots to transfer a few of your plants inside. Adding foliage around the home can also instantly update the look of your front lawn.

Repaint

Painting is the best, less costly and instant way to remodel and change the look of your homes. A few gallons of paint can really make a difference for your front yard fence or even your main entry door. You can even actually do the project on the weekend and enjoy a new look for your home come Monday morning.

These simple changes can really make a big difference inside and outside your homes. Doing so also helps in enhancing your skills not only as a homeowner but as an artist and creative person.

Red and Every Shade In Between: Valentine’s Day Inspired Colors for Your Homes

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The love month is here and homemakers probably cannot help themselves but inject some romance and flair inside their homes by adding a few Valentine’s Day inspired decor indoors. This may not go as far rose petals to step at as you enter the main door but can be in the form of a cuddly bear with a nice fluffy heart as your center piece in the living room or a bloody red side table lamp for the bedroom. However you want to decorate ala-Valentino this month, red or a shade falling into this dramatic color is definitely certain.

Here are some Valentine inspired decorating ideas you can impress your love one’s with this special day of the heart.

Red Pillowcases

Whether you’re going to use it on the living area or is it completing your romantic setup behind your bedroom door, red pillowcases offers a striking and vibrant addition to areas in your home that are commonly used. It encourages engagement among people, thus perfectly suited for places where most people stay, like the living room. Go for variations with different shades of red for the trimmings and cases of your pillows to offer versatility. You can also add sequined pillowcases for more texture.

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Red Towels

The bathroom is also one of the most commonly used areas inside your homes. Celebrate the love month or just make it a little bit more obvious inside your home with red towels inside your bathroom. It also adds an appealing and perky color that will make mornings a little bit past-faced with the vibrant aura it offers. It will match well with white tiled bathrooms as well, a common thing most household bathrooms have in common.

A Red Entryway

You can actually pull off this stunt all year round but February, the love month seems to be a nice date to start having a red door for your entry way. It’s stunning, unique, eye-catching and a simple and affordable way to update the look of your frontage.

Red Curtains

We are not talking bloody red here, but if you can go as far as that when it comes to home design, you could actually go for it. A lighter shade is advisable to keep the warm and relaxing look for your windows and living areas though. You can either have red in pastel shades, light pink or just a little tint of red for your window blinds or curtains.

There are a lot more Valentine’s Day related ideas you can have for your homes this February, with or without the touch of red. But admit it, red is definitely the standout and most significant color for this month of love even in home design.