How-to Easily Organize Your Home

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

organize-homeThree Principles of Organizing Your Home

Often we put off organizing because we aren’t really sure where to begin and how to go about it. I have found that the best method to organizing any room, shelf, closet, or living space is to first, PURGE, second, SORT, and third, FIND A HOME.

This approach is effective and thorough, allowing the greatest satisfaction, especially for the most difficult rooms and spaces to organize.

PURGING. Select a space or room in your home that you want to organize. Remove everything from that space. If you are purging a shelf or closet, you can place the items on a table, bed, or couch in the same room. If you are purging a room, use boxes to place things in.

SORTING. If you are organizing an entire room, you should sort as you purge since you will be placing items in boxes and won’t necessarily want to sort every box again. Label each box with category titles of things you will be placing in them.

For instance, if you are organizing your bedroom and you are purging several things that really belong in the kitchen, then label one of the boxes, KITCHEN.

Other labels may include, BOOKS, MEDICINE CABINET, ELECTRONICS, MOVIES, and CHILDREN’S ROOMS.

As you purge the items, you will see what categories exist. If you are organizing a smaller space like a shelf, closet, or night stand, sort the items you purged from that area and place them in categories.

For instance, if you are sorting a night stand, after purging, you may discover extra books, numerous paperclips and pens, plates or cups from mid-night snacks, movies, a lamp, cell phone, lotion, cough medicine and cough drops from the last cold you endured, and other miscellaneous items.

Place each item in categories such as the plates and cups under KITCHEN, cold medicine and cough drops under MEDICINE, paperclips and pens in OFFICE SUPPLY and so forth. You can write the categories on sticky notes and place the labels with the correlating items.

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Tips For Cleaning of Leather Furniture

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

_DSC5297-eCleaning Leather Furniture Safely

Leather is the classiest and most beautiful furniture upholstery to have in your home. The surface is soft and gentle. Although leather is completely organic and natural, it still collects dust and gets dirty over time. There are certain steps to follow for cleaning leather furniture safely.

Before going elbow deep into the cleaning process, you need to vacuum the entire couch or armchair. There has to be absolutely no debris or dust particles on the surface to avoid scratching and damage.

You don’t need to apply cleaner on the whole surface so check which parts of the furniture need cleaning in order to save you time and money. A vinegar and water mixture is known to be the best homemade cleaning agent.

10_dsc5372-chairs-lamps-artDip a little bit of a clean cloth into the mixture and wring it out until it doesn’t release any water. Too much liquid could be messy so you want to get the cloth damp and not wet. You can wipe leather with the cloth, but you need to rinse the cloth off quite often to avoid spreading any dirt and grime.

Once you have finished with cleaning the dirty parts away, make sure you go over the fabric with a dry cloth to soak up any moisture.

Certain stains could happen at any given time so make sure you know exactly how to clean the stains.

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Professional Painter’s Painting Tips

Friday, March 17th, 2017

remodeling-painting-tipsCheck Out These 6 Secrets of Professional Painters

Painting a room is one of the easiest and fastest ways to freshen up a home, but it can often seem like an intimidating process. These tips from professional painters will help homeowners paint any sized room with amazing results.

1. Sand and Clean Walls First

If walls are greasy or dirty, the paint won’t stick. Wash down walls with warm, soapy water or consider a degreaser if there’s a lot of build up. For example, build ups are common in areas above a stove. Also, make sure to fix any cracks or holes with putty or spackling paste. To go an extra step and get a crisp, like-new appearance, sand the walls thoroughly including corners and trim lines.

2. Protect the Non-Painted Areas

Typically all painters know to use drop cloths and tape off the areas they don’t want to color, but they might not know what equipment to use. Homeowners should not use an old bed sheet as a drop cloth as it’s too thin and will allow paint to seep through to the floor beneath. They should also not use a plastic tarp since it doesn’t absorb the paint and may lead to it being tracked throughout the house. If a tape is going to be involved, it’s important always to use blue painters’ tape and press it down with a scraper for a smooth line. Masking tape shouldn’t be used as it often rips paint away when removed.

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Spring Cleaning Tips

Friday, February 24th, 2017

wood-floors-careSpring Cleaning Tips – Get Your Spring Cleaning Done Fast!

It’s dirty work but someone has to do it and I’m willing to bet your the designated person (I know I am) but don’t spend more time cleaning then you have to! Follow these spring cleaning tips to get your chores done fast.

Alright, so we all know that we have to do spring cleaning on our house if we want our house to be clean and less stressful.

If you are like me then some of the cleaning gets put off a bit in the winter with the rationalization the we have to be able to open the house up some to really get our house clean.

No problems. It is soon to be spring so we have to do the dirty work now. No more procrastinating. We can get fresh air in our homes and get our house clean but don’t spend more time then you need to.

So without further ado here are some spring cleaning tips to get your housework done fast.

1. The first spring cleaning tip is to make a list of what you want to accomplish. For me this makes my work go super quick.

Why you ask?

Good question!

When you make a detailed list of what you want to accomplish you will spend way less time wondering around your house doing this or that’s. You need focused effort when doing spring cleaning or it will take forever.

home-redesign-tipsSo how do you make your spring cleaning checklist?

Well the first thing you need to do is to walk around each room and look at what you have not cleaned in a while. This includes fans, under couches, walls, etc. Don’t forget the corners at the ceilings.

A great way to get cobwebs is simply with a broom. A broom will reach up to the top of the wall with no problem so that means no climbing for you.

Go through each room and make a checklist of what you need to accomplish that way you can systematically go through each room and get it done.

When you try to do spring cleaning without a checklist you will end up going from thing to thing without ever really finishing your first job.

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Tips for Cleaning Sofa & Chair Upholstery

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

king-hickory-furniture-living-roomThree Commandments for Cleaning Sofa Upholstery

To get maximum value and utility from one’s sofa, one should take proper care of its material. Cleaning is one of the primary maintenance procedures that should be done. Here are tips on how to clean and maintain sofa upholstery.

Remove Stains While They’re Still Fresh

Waiting for days to get rid of stains is unwise; it can take hours to remove them if they penetrate to the material’s root layers. To prevent this, remove the stain from the material while it is still fresh. This will not only prevent the spill from ruining the entire material, but also impede the stain from spreading to the underlying wood. Blot the spill with a piece of microfiber cloth to minimize its spread to unaffected sections of the material.

couches-chairs-rockersVacuum the Material before Cleaning

Most vacuums today offer high suction power. When planning to clean material that is full of spots and stains, it is imperative to first vacuum to absorb dust, dirt and other forms of debris. It will be more difficult to remove dust and dirt once the fabric is wet. Most vacuum cleaners also have a special attachment to get rid of debris trapped in cracks and crevices.

Determine the Type of Cleaner

Knowing the type of fabric will help choose the right cleaner. Most fabrics have a cleaning tag to help one to know which type of cleaner to use. For instance, W means that one can use water-based cleaners; S means that one should only use water-free or dry solvents. WS means that it is okay to utilize water-based or dry cleaning solvents, and X implies that neither water-based nor dry solvents should be applied. The X code is often indicated on leather sofas that require a professional cleaning.

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Furniture Upholstery Care Tips

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

mcgann-furniture-living-room-EFollow These 5 Guidelines For The Best Upholstery Care

Quite frequently it’s a test to find the best upholstery for your furniture, and it can feel like a genuine gift to discover upholstery that runs well with your home’s interior.

In any case, just like all surfaces, upholstery accumulates dust over a period of time. So, it’s good to know a few guidelines about DIY (Do It Yourself) upholstery care and cleaning, as they will guarantee your furniture stays lovely as long as it should be.

Guideline #1 – Read The Labels

Furniture and upholstery makers promptly give info on the best way to keep upholstered furniture in a good condition, and it’s a smart thought to give careful consideration to their recommendation. Different upholstery materials are cleaned in various ways, so in case you’re not certain how to keep up your furniture, discover what the upholstery material is made up of and then search for the cleaning directions online.

rustic-furniture-design-lexinton-home-brandsGuideline #2 – Choose Upholstery That Suits Your Style

The upholstered furniture can be better kept up by utilizing certain fabrics rather than others. Covering the furniture with upholstery is a technique to secure the delicate structure, keeping soil and grime away. (What’s more, the upholstery makes your furniture look great.)

Now and again, leather upholstery can work superior to anything fabric, particularly in hotter, dustier regions. Fabric upholstery accumulates dust more effortlessly than leather, and can also prove to be harder to clean. On the other hand, leather just requires a wet towel for cleaning.

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