How to Improve the Standards of Your Home

How to Improve the Standards of Your Home

To many, the definition of a perfect home is tidy, organized, quiet and relaxing. For others, this is an unrealistic view, as work, time and family life takes over. Therefore to those with such a schedule, perfect homes are filled with noise, laughter, dirt, clutter, and love.

Whether your home is scrubbed entirely or filled with unconditional love, there is always room for improvement to up the standards of your home.

You can improve the standard of your home in many ways, some expensive and some with the help of an easy DIY tutorial. The way you want your home to look starts with a vision, resources and of course a budget. Here are some ideas on how you can improve your home.

Investments

Investing in your home usually asks for a bigger budget which might make you rethink making those improvements. Some home improvement can increase the value of your home and give you better living standards. Upgrading your home does not have to happen overnight, small changes one day or one month at a time will have you looking back a year from now with a feeling of accomplishment. The important thing is to start somewhere, anywhere. Here are some investments to consider:

– Installation

Installing insulation  in your roof, walls or floors will help your home keep warm in winter, and cooler in the summer. This limits your HVAC use and lowers the bills.

– Sealing those leaks

Windows and doors can leak air and causes your home to lose and use more energy.

– Water efficiency

By installing taps with sensors, dual flush toilets, and water saving showerheads, you can reduce water waste.

– Windows

Double glazed windows is another way to ensure energy does not go to waste in your home.

– Replacements

When it is time to buy new appliances, make sure you buy those which are more energy efficient.

– Remodelling

If you are adding an addition to your home or redoing the kitchen, make sure to use eco-friendly resources as they can bring more value to your home and in many cases improve the quality of your life.

Add some nature

Plants are an easy way to bring some life into your home and they look great! Certain plants can even help you improve the air quality of a room. Some of the new solutions are green roofs or vertical gardens.

Lighting

By simply getting rid of old light bulbs and installing new LED bulbs you are giving your home a better and greener standard while saving some energy along the way. Individual smart light bulbs even give you the option to change the atmosphere of your room by changing color according to what you like.

New furniture

You do not always have to buy a new furniture if you wish to give a room a new look, a great money saver is to upcycle an old piece with a coat of paint. Antique stores or flea markets may hide some treasure that might suit the style of your home.

 
 

 

 

 

Teaching Your Kids Balance

Teaching Your Kids Balance We are a nation of movers and shakers. We brag about being multitaskers. We manage to work, get the kids to school, football practice, dance class and find time for the PTA meeting. We sync our smartphones so we know who needs to be where and what time and who is responsible for getting them there. We schedule meals, showers, homework, and social time.

In America, over 7 million children under the age of 17 take medication for ADHD. While we know there are children who have ADHD, some experts think we are rushed to judgment and label them as ADHD way too soon. Could it be that we have allowed ourselves to be a national community that does not practice focus and we lack the skills we once had to dedicate ourselves to undistracted work? If so, have we taught our children to operate on that same frequency of distraction and doing several things at once? Have we taught our children behavior that is sometimes associated with this illness?

Teaching our children and practicing what we preach

Begin by taking a good look at your child’s schedule. Are there things packed into his time that means little to him? Set priorities and remove excess activities from your lives. In essence, allow time for time.

Set an example. Teach your child the importance of doing what you are doing well. Live in the moment. When you are cooking dinner, put away the cell phone, turn off the television, and cook dinner. When you sit down to eat, do not allow anything to interrupt. No cell phones, books, headphones, or anything allowed at the table. This is when we eat our meal and connect.

Set realistic goals for your child. Do not expect a child that has been allowed to study his spelling words while he is in the bathtub and you are calling them out from your seat on the throne to suddenly be able to sit and focus on just spelling words for 45 minutes. Teach him in small time frames.

Healthy choices – consequences and rewards

Many parents make the mistake of allowing their kids to eat junk food when they are very hungry (like coming inside from swimming) and then offering healthy foods only at meal times. When a child is hungry (not bored) they will enjoy the taste of their veggie snacks or fruit bars much more. Take advantage of that time to stroke their brain with feel good – taste good options.

Of course, we all want to have special treats from time to time. Let your child help you decide. For example, instead of buying a big birthday cake and ice cream for his birthday party, suggest making treat bags. You can get information on buying candy online in bulk by clicking here. Kids are smart little people. Show them the healthier choices available. Explain that some kids cannot eat sugar, gluten products, or have nuts. Let them help you decide which candies would be best for the treat bags so everyone is happy.

Never use food (especially junk food) as a reward. You spend many hours telling your child why they do not need that. You say the sugar is bad for your teeth. You explain it makes them hyper and they do not feel good when they eat too much of it. You tell them, those choices have really bad effects on their bodies. Then they score an A on their math test or clean their room on their own and you give them a big old piece of this stuff that you say will make them sick! “Good job! Now, make yourself sick!” Of course, that is not what we think when we hand junior a chocolate bar, but the message he gets is confusing.

Take the time to teach your child healthy balance and it will stay with him for the rest of his life.

 

 
 

 
 

 

Spring Cleaning and Storage Tips – What You NEED to Know

It’s that time of year again. Flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, and the sun is out past 5 o’clock which gives you just enough time to do something with your home. That’s right. Spring is here, and with the bucket-list of things that are on your Spring cleaning list, there’s no wonder why you haven’t gotten to it yet.

Take a look at these Spring cleaning and self-storage tips to get you through the season so you can have more time some fun in the sun while your house is sitting pretty, clean and organized.

Spring cleaning storage tips

1) Sell unneeded items

If you’re doing some in-depth Spring cleaning, it may be a good time to start thinking about what you do and do not need around the house. Is there an area rug or piece of furniture that starting to look a little shabby and is in need of an upgrade? How about some old articles of clothing? Having a garage sale could raise you just enough money to replace what you’ve taken out.

2) Store items not frequently used

On the other hand, if you have a few things that you still hold close to your heart but hate the idea of getting rid of, you may want to consider clearing up space by placing it in a temperature controlled self-storage unit. By choosing this option, you’ll be able to both enjoy the perks of having a pristine house while holding onto all of your cherished keepsakes.

3) Use organizational storage

If you have children or work from home in an at-home office, you’re probably all too familiar with having a few organizational storage cabinets around. Needless to say, clever organization tips are always handy.

However, if you’ve never considered getting some, you seriously need to jump onboard. Particularly useful when you’re doing some cleaning around the house, get a couple of decoration cabinets that have wooden or mirrored panes so that way you can keep the clutter organized but out of site for a clean, crisp look around the house.

4) Do a deep clean

Once you start getting into your Spring cleaning routine, this is the one time of year that it’s okay to go all out and immaculately clean those hard to reach spots. Don’t be afraid to pull out the refrigerator, move the couches and wipe down the crown molding, so your home goes through a real transformation. You may even want to consider cleaning out the attic, garage or shed in the back.

5) Don’t forget the exterior of your home

When it comes to getting a little Spring cleaning done, it’s important to pay just as much attention to the home’s exterior as the interior. Remember to power wash sidewalks and the exterior of your home, taking special care to remove old spider webs or wasps nests. Also, clean out any lingering weeds that have grown in your garden over the winter months.

Feel like really hitting a home run? Swing by your local nursery and pick up some flowers or herbs to plant in your garden so that you’ll enjoy the easy access to fresh herbs and beautiful blooms!
 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Helpful Laundry Tips

5 Helpful Laundry Tips

Laundry is one of the more annoying household tasks that we are forced to tackle on a regular basis. Try as we might, the dirty clothes keep piling up and while we can use Kohl’s coupons from Discountrue.com to save money on laundry detergent and dryer sheets, these purchases are merely half of the battle.

These five helpful laundry tips will provide you with all of the hacks that you need to get the most out of your washing machine, so be sure to read on and learn more.

1. Bringing Your Towels Back To Life

Did you know that you can restore your towels to their glory days with the use of baking soda and vinegar? Wash your towels in hot water twice, once with vinegar and once with baking soda to get rid of the residual stink forever. Not only do the towels lose that persistent smell that makes using them difficult, but their level of absorbency is also significantly increased by applying this method.

2. Steer Clear of Errors

To avoid all of those common washing and drying mistakes, you can hang a dry erase board by your laundry machine and write down all of the necessary sorting and washing information. Washing and drying mishaps take place at a frequent rate, especially when we are in a hurry, so be sure to provide yourself with regular reminders. Knowing what can and cannot go into the dryer is crucial to the long term health of your wardrobe.

3. Reducing The Effects of Clothing Shrinkage

Few things are more frustrating than dealing with shrunken clothes as the result of a laundering mistake. Fortunately, the effects of shrinkage can be reduced with ease. All you need is some lukewarm water and a small amount of baby shampoo. The mixture works its way into the fibers, allowing you to slowly stretch the clothing back out to its normal size.

4. Keeping Sneakers From Banging Around The Dryer

Tired of listening to your sneakers slam up against the dryer door? You have two different options available to you. You can either wedge the laces into the door, to keep them from getting loose and driving you crazy with their relentless pounding. Or you can simply buy a dryer bag for your sneakers and eliminate this common problem once and for all.

5. Learn To Read Your Tags

There are a wide range of laundry related issues that could be avoided completely if people learned how to read their tags and adhere to their instructions. The next time you find yourself wondering how to wash and dry your clothes, take a moment to stop and read your tags. This may seem like simple advice, but failure to decode these tags can lead to serious damage.
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