Archive for September, 2016

Keeping an Entry Way Clean

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Question: What is the best way to keep an entry way clean? Is a welcome mat really that important?

Yes a welcome mat is important to have at the exterior of your front door. This is the best way to remove dirt, water and leaves from shoes, before entering the home. Select a mat based on the ability to scrub shoes and collect dirt. Of course the aesthetics are important too, but function in this case should come first. Sisal mats or other types of durable straw are great materials for being able to wipe dirt off of shoes.

It is also helpful to have a runner rug of sorts, that starts at the interior entry way and continues in for several feet. This will give the floors extra protection when people are removing their shoes. The rug in this area should be durable and easy to clean. Do not choose an expensive or fragile rug in this area. It will undoubtedly get a lot of wear and tear here.

Have a catch space for shoes. There should be a designated item or furniture piece that shoes can be placed without worry. Meaning the item itself should be durable and easy to wipe down. If a furniture piece is not an option, place a designated mat where you would like incomers to remove their shoes. Hang a cute sign on the wall, to clearly show guests where to place shoes.

An umbrella stand is a great item to place in the interior entry way. It allows the umbrella to dry, while collecting all of the excess water. Having a place to hang wet coats is also a necessity. There are furniture pieces that can be purchased that are a catch all for shoes, boots and jackets. If one of these pieces is not feasible for you, install hooks on the wall near the door. Make sure there is a mat or rug directly under this space, in order to catch water and keep the floor from being damaged.

Shake out and vacuum mats often. This will keep the overall level of dirt, being tracked inside to a minimum.

The Case for Laminate Floors in Your Kitchen

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Laminate flooring has been around for a while and it remains a popular choice in kitchen design.  More than any other room in the house, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Eating is a bonding activity that brings adults, children and pets together.  It’s where holiday meals are celebrated, birthday candles are blown out and treats are given to our furry friends. With so much activity going on in one room, durable flooring that provides function and style is a must.  Laminate floors can provide all of that and more.


When it comes to style, this material has come a long way. Modern laminate is capable of resembling real hardwood and tile better than ever before, making it a cost-effective investment.  No more discarding imperfect materials, such as when you install hardwood, since laminate flooring has no defects.  This material comes in an array of looks so there’s sure to be a design that appeals to you.


Installation is fast and easy. Older laminate uses glue to bind pieces together, while modern laminate has large tiles that lock into each other through a fold or click design.  Pieces can be custom cut with ease.  Beneath the flooring, a moisture barrier is put in place for extra protection, which is essential for the kitchen area. This barrier makes it possible for laminate to be installed in moist areas all over the house.


Another reason to love laminate is its resistance to scratches, dents and stains. Constructed of four durable layers, this flooring stands up beautifully to high traffic areas, making it easy for it to withstand everyday messes. Cleanup is a breeze, requiring only hot water and a mop.  Be sure to clean flooring promptly if dirty to maintain its protective coating.  For regular maintenance, use a dry dust mop to keep surfaces looking their best. 


With all of these benefits, it’s easy to understand why laminate is a smart choice for any busy home. Contact us today to find out how to make laminate flooring the star feature of your kitchen. Our experts will match you up with the perfect style to complement your space. 

Unusual Playlists: 20 Songs to Help You Clean Your Home

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Cleaning is not exactly fun. However, a great way to the battle mundane nature of it is to do it while listening to a playlist that is befitting of the task. We thought it would be fun to offer a playlist in which all of the songs are somehow related to a word associated with cleaning. We tried words such as mop and dust and we were pleasantly surprised by the wide and varied options that surfaced. For that reason, this list is not genre specific. It includes everything from old blues to modern pop.

We recommend listening to the whole list to find songs you love. It isn’t likely that every song will move you, but if you find even a few songs that help to motivate your cleaning efforts, then we’ve done our job well. Anything that helps along the drudgery of cleaning is a good thing! Enjoy, and don’t forget to dance with your broom and mop! They’re great partners who won’t step on your feet.

  1. Taking Care of Business by Bachman Turner Overdrive
  2. So Fresh, So Clean by Outkast
  3. Clean Up Woman by Betty Wright
  4. Come Clean by Hillary Duff
  5. Love In A Vacuum by ‘Til Tuesday
  6. Moppin & Boppin by Fats Waller
  7. Rag Mop by Lionel Hampton
  8. Dust My Broom by Elmore James
  9. Jump The Broom by Mr. Sipp
  10. Sweepin’ The Clouds Away by Maurice Chevalier
  11. Scrubs by TLC
  12. Gold Dust Woman by Fleetwood Mac
  13. Another One Bites the Dust by Queen
  14. Dust In The Wind by Kansas
  15. Car Wash by Rose Royce
  16. Washing Dishes by Jack Johnson
  17. Windows by AWOLNATION
  18. Rag Doll by Aerosmith
  19. Rag and Bone by White Stripes
  20. Living Loving Maid by Led Zeppelin

DIY Projects from Your Herb Garden

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If you’re enjoying your herb garden this season, or hope to start one someday, here are a few ideas to make the most of your herbs.


Drying your own herbs is simple and inexpensive. You can find many methods online, but drying simply involves tying small bunches of cut herbs and hanging them upside down in a dim, cool, dry room. Some herbs are best preserved in the freezer; some you can store in containers for a few months. 

Décor Projects:

Make an herb wreath. Trim some long stems of your taller herb varieties and tie them together with floral string or wire. Play around with different sizes and combinations of herbs and enjoy your beautiful handiwork. Even a simple sprig tied into a wreath, as in the image above, makes a lovely statement.

Make a centerpiece display with varying size vases and include dried or freshly cut herbs. Either make mixed bouquets, or let each vase contain a full bunch of a single type herb. Not only will they smell delightful, they’ll provide a vivid display.


Create a small apothecary in your home! Home remedy recipes are widely available online, so making a few basic herbal tinctures to have on hand is easily doable. We’ve included a couple links to get you started:


Dry a few bunches of lavender and make small sachets. Keep one to place under your pillow at night to promote good sleep, and give the rest as gifts. While you’re at it, make an eye pillow to place over your eyes when you need a moment to breathe deeply and recharge. Let the scent of lavender soothe your nerves during a stressful day.


We hope these ideas give you a jump start to using your herbs in creative ways. Learning more about the medicinal properties of herbs can also enrich your life beyond the garden. Hands-on projects with herbs are an engaging way to connect with nature and your own creativity. 

DIY Mosquito Trap

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The season is coming to an end, but the mosquitos are hanging on. Learn how to create your own mosquito trap that attracts the bug and then kills them on contact. The items needed can be found around the house. This little project takes minutes to make and provides weeks’ worth of protection.

What You Will Need:

A two liter bottle

1 gram yeast

1 cup hot water

¼ cup brown sugar

Black electrical tape


Wash out the two liter bottle. Wrap the bottom half of the bottle with the black tape. Mosquitos are attracted to the color black. This will help attract the pest to your trap.

Next cut the bottle in half. Then add the brown sugar to the hot water and mix well. Once the water has cooled down add it to the bottom half of the bottle.

Add the yeast to the sugar water.

Place the spout end of the bottle upside down in to the bottom half of the bottle. This will create a funnel leading to the liquid mixture that will attract and kill the pests.

Using the black electrical tape, tape the two bottle pieces together.

This trap will work well for about two weeks. After that make a fresh mixture. The same bottle can be used each time.

Place the trap where you spend time outside as well as near entry doors, to side track the pest from coming inside the house!

Making Your Home Lovely Part 2

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Now that you’ve tackled the clutter, it’s time to start examining your cleaning patterns. Whether you’re expecting guests or you simply just want your house to be in order, good house cleaning patterns can bring out your home’s full potential. Below are some tips to help you effectively and efficiently clean your home.


Develop and Follow A Cleaning Schedule

Cleaning the house can seem overwhelming, especially when coupled with the other housework and responsibilities that we have. That’s why a plan is essential. Write up a schedule that determines what and when things need to be cleaned. The cleaning schedule should also show what everyone’s chore is in the family.  A clean schedule can be designed around what works for you.


Your cleaning schedule should identify what needs to be cleaned in each room and how often the area needs to be cleaned. Grouping each task by the frequency it needs to be cleaned can be  helpful in gaining a sense of what chores you’ll need to do each day.


Buy Cleaning Supplies

While having clean supplies seems like the most obvious step often people forget to purchase appropriate tools. Begin by purchasing plastic containers, each container can be assigned to specific cleaning areas. For instance, there should be a separate container for the bathroom, one can be designated to the  kitchen and an additional to the rest of the house. Each cleaning container should be equipped with its own cleaning brush or cloth.


Consider investing in packaged shop towels. Shop towels are inexpensive and available at most hardware stores. These types of towels are bigger than your average wash cloth and made from a terry fabric. Shop towels are great to clean with because they are durable and can be easily cleaned in the washing machine. 

Making Your Home Lovely Part 1

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First impressions are everything. Therefore, it’s important that your home always look it’s best. How can you ensure that your house looks fabulous? Before you begin brainstorming lavish decoration ideas there are simple things you can do to make your home more inviting. Below are some simple suggestions you and your family can implement.


While your house may be clean, with items stored in every crevice and toys all over the place clutter can make your home look bad. The first step in improving your home’s appearance is decluttering your living space. As easy as it sounds, it takes commitment to organize, create and stick to a system. You can start decluttering by determining an appropriate place for everything.


Perhaps the hardest part of organizing a home is throwing away things that your family no longer has use for. It’s easy to get attached to material possessions especially if you’ve had them for years. In fact, you may even have a special attachment to some possessions. However, when you’re attempting to downsize it’s essential to separate your feelings from material items. During this process you’ll have to think of things in terms of utility. Consider:


–       What capabilities does this item have that can be useful to me?

–       Do I already possess anything that performs similar or better than this item?

–       How much sentimental value does this item have?


Utilize the three box method. Label each box: Keep, Donate and Trash. Items that you have a need for you will toss in the Keep box, things that you will be of use to someone else you can put in the Donate box and junk items with no value can be discarded in the Trash box.


Decluttering your house isn’t a task that can be effectively tackled overnight. It will require the help and support of all in the family. To avoid getting frustrated be sure to set aside a few hours each week to organizing your home. 

Small Rooms Can Appear Larger!

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Working with small living spaces can be difficult. However, any room can appear to be larger than life by simply implementing design schemes that trick the eye. Often, interior designers utilize optical illusions to make a small space seem larger than it really is. What are some easy ways you can open a small room in your house?


Color Schemes: Color is a powerful aspect of decorating that can easily create a believable illusion.  The right color combination can make a small room look and feel spacious. Lighter colors, especially white, light green and blue hues brighten a room instantly making it appear bigger. However, be careful of using shades of color that are too bright. Dark colors have  the tendency of giving off a closed off feeling. Using stripes in your decorating scheme can also add to appearance of spacious.


Mirrors: Mirrors aren’t only great for viewing, but by using them in your designs you can add some depth to a room. Yes, mirrors give the illusion of increasing a room’s size. Consider, creating a mural effect with one entire wall.  Leave massive or busy frames out because this can create the opposite effect. Mirrors reflect light and color.


Windows: Avoid hampering windows and sliding glass doors with large or distracting coverings such as solid colored curtains. You may opt for sheer coverings instead or pull back the curtains.  Leaving your windows uncovered, you can easily create a sense of depth to a small space. Allowing your windows to be free can bring in extra light which instantly creates a feeling of spaciousness.


Furnishing:  A small room can feel and look even smaller when it’s filled  with too much stuff. Limit the number of decorative accessories in your design scheme. If you have a lot of items, be sure to keep things organized and utilize storage space that is out of sight. Select furniture that fits the size of the room and larger pieces of furniture should be placed against walls so as to maximize the available space.


Pictures: One large painting such as a mural instead of small groups of pictures can help to open up a small space. Murals can draw a room out and make it seem much longer than it really is. 

How to Plan For Your Move

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Relocating an entire household is a daunting task that will require much of your time, energy and funds. Often, the moving process begins as a long, detailed to do list and isn’t complete until you’ve finally moved the last piece of furniture in your new place. Yes, thinking about moving all the things you’ve accumulated over time can be overwhelming. Preplanning your move can help things flow smoothly. Here are some helpful tips:


  • Start off by gathering all of your moving necessities. You can avoid spending unnecessary money by getting boxes from friends and families. Often, they may have empty boxes around from receiving packages or from a previous move.  You can check with retail stores. The manager may be able to provide you with some boxes. You will also need an abundant supply of durable shipping tape. 
  • Old newspapers, tissue paper and bubble wrap can be used to protect items that can break easily. This step is essential because it ensures that your most valuable items are protected during the actual move.
  • Once you’ve packed all of your items, be sure to label them. You can purchase sharpie markers and label the boxes by category in bold lettering.
  • Now is a good time to go through your belongings and determine what items you don’t need and throw them out.  Create a pile of things you don’t need and you can donate them to charity or you can list some of the more valuable items for sale on eBay and Amazon.
  • Determine if you’re interested in painting the new space you’re moving into. If so, contact the landlord and ask if you can go in and paint a few days prior to your scheduled move in date. It’s easier to paint a room when it’s empty and you avoid possibly ruining your furniture.
  • Enlist people to help you with the moving process. You can ask friends and family members to help you move or to borrow helpful things such as vehicles or dollies. To make the process much simpler you might choose to seek help from a reputable moving company. There are moving companies that will pack your items and transport them to your new location. In addition, professional movers are more likely to keep your valuables safe during transport because they have special handling experience.
  • In most cases you have to clean the space you moved out of in order to receive your security deposit back. You should consider hiring a maid service to thoroughly clean your old apartment.