Happy Holidays area rug used as a front door mat.

Preparing Your Home for the Holidays

Written by Dolphin Blogger on . Posted in 4 Seasons of Decorating, Area Rugs, Carpet, Design and Decorating, Family, Floors, Hints, Tips and Advice, Holiday, Kitchen and Bath, Lighting, Outdoor, Thanksgiving, Tips and Advice, Vinyl

Happy Holidays area rug used as a front door mat.

Greet your guests with some holiday cheer before they even walk through your front door! This Happy Holidays area rug from Liora Manne makes the perfect door mat. Get it online only at Dolphin.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and the winter holidays aren’t too far behind! If you’re expecting holiday guests, it’s good to start preparing your home early for their arrival.

We’ve got some great tips to help you get organized, broken out into 3 phases: Projects & renovations, cleaning & decorating, and week-of final prep!

  1. Projects & Renovation

There’s no better motivator to finish up your ongoing home repairs & improvements than an impending holiday gathering! Get enough of a jump and you may even be able to start and finish a big project before family arrives.

Whether it’s a time-intensive task like a partially painted bedroom or a quick and easy fix like installing some new coat or towel hooks to a wall, intentionally block off some time to finish.

For things you can’t do on your own, call a professional well in advance – specialists tend to get booked up close to the holidays! Make sure all appliances, plumbing & heating are working. Then there’s our area of expertise here at Dolphin – home renovation! If your floors have seen better days, it’s entirely possible to get them repaired or replaced in just a few weeks.

A living room fireplace, with Mohawk brand carpet on the floor.

Nothing is cozier than warming up by the fire on plush carpet!

New carpet is one great choice for the colder months, adding a cozy comfort that’s perfect for large families who spill off of your limited couches onto the floor. Your nieces, nephews, children & grandchildren will also have a soft place to sit and play.

Another option making its way into just about every area of the home is waterproof flooring, such as COREtec vinyl or even wood-based RevWood+. These floors continue the elegant tradition of wood-look flooring in an affordable way that stands up well to messes & wear. Plus, installation is quick & easy! These floors can be laid and walked on in as little as a day or two.

A kitchen & dining area with Mohawk RevWood Plus flooring installed.

Looks like normal hardwood, right? This is actually waterproof RevWood Plus from Mohawk, a revolutionary new wood floor that can stand up to all of your family’s holiday messes!

  1. Cleaning & decorating

Cleaning is an obvious, but important step in preparing your home for the holidays. Since you know your home better than we do, we’ve made a list of some of the key spaces you may want to focus on in anticipation of family arriving:

  • Make space in entryways – these are the first parts of your home that guests will see! Store away your own shoes & coats so that family have a place to put their things when they arrive. Have a clear shoe rack, plenty of hooks, or even a standing coat rack!
  • Organize your kitchen – make sure you have a clean microwave, and consider setting up a well-stocked coffee station in a separate common area so that you don’t literally have too many cooks in the kitchen!
  • Seasonal décor can be simple. Lay or hang some fall leaves or tinsel, harvest vegetables such as gourds, and simple dining set pieces such as a tablecloth, candles & ornaments. Place some nice seasonal area rugs in hallways, at entryways, under tables & in seating areas.
A holiday area rug laid in front of the kitchen sink.

Add a subtle touch of holiday flair to your floors with a seasonal area rug like this floor mat from Liora Manne!

  1. Week-of, Final Prep

It’s finally the week of the holiday, and all that’s left to do is make some last-minute changes to your home’s normal setup.

Make sure you have ample seating for everyone anticipated, bringing out folding chairs if necessary. High-traffic areas such as bathrooms should be stocked with extra supplies, such as towels, soaps, and the all-important toilet paper!

You should also place nightlights throughout your home to guide guests who may wake up to refill a glass of water or use the bathroom in the middle of the night.

The wisdom we shared here today can be applied to your home year-round – no matter what time of year, when you’re planning to have guests, use these tips to get prepared!

Best Flooring Options for Dogs & Cats

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If you’re a pet-owner, you’re probably already all too familiar with the wear and tear that our furry friends can cause to your home over time. Scratches, stains, odors and dirt are all common pet-caused hassles that can be especially damaging to floors.

That’s why many pet-owners, whether they’re building or remodeling a home, are cautious about what type of flooring they choose to install in the areas in which their pets live with them.

Before you begin your search, there are 4 common concerns that pet owners should consider when searching for flooring for their next project.

  1. Scratch resistance: How well does the floor resist scratches and other marks, commonly caused by dogs’ nails as they walk around?
  2. Damage resistance: Does the floor have a natural resistance to damage from things like pet urine and other accidents?
  3. Traction & comfort: Does the surface of the floor allow pets to move, walk, run, sit and lay safely and comfortably?
  4. Durability & ease of cleaning: How easy is it to regularly clean the floor and return it to its original look?

So, with all of that in mind, which types of flooring fit the bill? You may be pleasantly surprised to learn that you have a lot of options when it comes to pet-friendly flooring.

Modern innovations have led to pet-focused technologies and warranties across the entire spectrum of flooring categories. We’ll dive into each one and give you our top product recommendations.

dog sleeping on carpet

Pictured: Mohawk SmartStrand Forever Clean carpeting, available at Dolphin Carpet & Tile.

Pet-friendly carpet 

Many people prefer soft, warm carpet in their bedrooms, but it’s probably not your first thought when you’re trying to pick flooring for a home with pets.

Carpet is a soft place to lay, but it can be tough to clean and is prone to easy wear and tear. If you do opt for carpet, consider keeping it in low-traffic areas (such as bedrooms) where your pets don’t spend much time.

To help prevent staining in the event of inevitable accidents, we recommend these two very solid pet-friendly carpeting options:

  • Mohawk SmartStrand Forever Clean: This carpet’s innovative fibers feature built-in protection from spills and stains, with 0% absorption. On top of that, Mohawk’s All Pet Protection & Warranty that covers all types of pets and accidents, all the time.
  • Shaw Carpet with LifeGuard: Shaw’s cleanest carpet features a spill-proof backing that will help you contain all of your pets’ little messes and accidents. It’s protected from soil for quick & easy cleanup, and stays clean for healthier living at home.

Pet-friendly tile

Tile is well-suited to homes with pets in the family. Its hard surface and dense makeup makes tile extremely durable and resistant to scratches from toenails.

Note that this isn’t true for all types of tile – specifically, you should avoid installing soft, porous stones such as marble. These are damaged far more easily than other types of stone or glazed ceramic tile.

Tile is also very easy to clean, as soil and pet hair sits on the surface. A routine sweeping, dusting or gentle vacuuming will pick up most solid debris. Wet mop as soon as spills or accidents occur, and you’ll be able to keep your tile looking and smelling as fresh and clean as the day you bought it.

The only significant drawback to having tile in a home with pets is that the surface is relatively cold and hard in comparison to most other types of flooring. You can solve this by laying down area rugs throughout your space, or a soft dog or cat bed or cushion.

puppy dog sleeping on coretec flooring

Pictured: COREtec by US Floors, available at Dolphin Carpet & Tile.

Pet-friendly vinyl flooring

Vinyl is arguably the ideal choice for pet-friendly flooring. The list of benefits is long. For example, vinyl flooring:

  • Is extremely affordable compared to other flooring options
  • Can be installed anywhere in the home, on, above or below grade
  • Offers great traction with realistic wood textures
  • Comes in a variety of beautiful, natural designs that mimic wood and tile
  • Is easy to clean and resistant to scratches and stains
  • Does not trap or release allergens into the air
  • Is comfortable and quiet underfoot

The main potential drawback to vinyl flooring is that it can be susceptible to water or other liquid damage. However, modern innovation has led to a number of waterproof vinyl options that are well-suited to homes with pets. Our top recommendations are:

  • Mohawk SolidTech: This brand was specifically designed with busy family life in mind, and to withstand kids and pets running around. It’s 100% waterproof and easy to clean thanks to an engineered finish that also makes it resistant to stains, scuffs and dents. Install SolidTech in bathrooms or basements where real wood cannot hold up.
  • COREtec by US Floors: Made with a 1005 waterproof core, each COREtec plank can handle spills, muddy footprints and more without ever warping or buckling – regardless of how wet they get! The cork underlayment also blocks out noise and insulates your home, making it a comfortable surface upon which pets can lay.
a girl and her dog on RevWood

Pictured: Mohawk RevWood, available at Dolphin Carpet & Tile.

Pet-friendly laminate flooring 

Laminate is similar to vinyl in many ways. It looks like hardwood, is easy to clean, and it resists water and scratches well.

One drawback to laminate are that it often has a slippery surface that isn’t great for soft paws. You can avoid this by choosing a laminate with a scraped or textured surface. These floors are beautiful and are especially good for active or older dogs.

One product that fits the bill is the new Mohawk RevWood+. It’s made with natural wood, but is also completely waterproof. Affordable, durable, resistant to all types of damage and wear, and easily installed with click & lock joints, RevWood+ is a terrific option for pet owners who want the look and feel of real hardwood floors without the risk.

Now until October 18th, 2018, save up to $1,000 on Flooring for All Pets at Dolphin Carpet & Tile. Special financing is available!

Top 4 Tips to Minimize and Prevent Hurricane Damage to your Home

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With Hurricane Florence still underway, the busier-than-usual 2018 hurricane season is officially upon us. If you were fortunate enough to be unaffected this time, you may be wondering what the future has in store.

Luckily, you don’t simply have to wait and wonder. You can take actionable steps now toward preparing your home for the worst. There are many ways in which you can prepare your home for hurricane season, and we’ve gathered together some of the more important tips we’ve gathered over the years living on the Southern tip of Florida.

  1. Tighten the lid & secure your roof

Your home’s roof is its lid – underneath is the largest potential opening on your house, which is the last place you want to expose to wind and water.

If you’re re-roofing, it would be wise to invest a little extra in sealant for the roof deck, whether that be waterproof tape to place over the seams or full coverage with a waterproof membrane. Here in Florida, as in a few other states, we’re required to have our roofs attached to the walls of our homes with metal straps. In other places, roofs simply sit on top of homes, held down by gravity alone.

For existing roofs, ensure that all shingles and tiles are securely in place, with none cracked, damaged or missing.

  1. Batten down the hatches & seal windows and doors

The next most vulnerable part of your home are the smaller openings – windows and doorways. Some simple protection can prevent breaching, and in some cases earn you a lower insurance premium. Check with your provider to see what measure you can take to lower your payments.

Some common ways to secure windows include:

  • Clear plastic hurricane film: This is a non-intrusive way to hold your glass panel in place even if it shatters, and is extremely affordable. The downside? It’s not the sturdiest option.
  • Plywood or other panels: This option is also inexpensive, and very effective at keeping your window in place. While you run the risk of blocking out all exterior light in the event of a power outage, you have options – panels can be made from various types of metal, fabric, or other composites. Just be sure to drill holes in advance so you can screw them in quickly!
  • Storm shutters: Permanent shutters are your best option – they’re more attractive and can be used year-round, and can let in some light if needed. However, this is your most expensive option, so be ready to invest.

In addition to outer window coverings, invest in some high-impact glass if you’re able. These panes look and act like standard windows, with the benefit of being impact-resistant.

Secure your doors in the same way as you would windows – brace all glass panes, and make sure that they’re securely attached. 3 hinges are better than two, and no screws should be loose or missing.

Mohawk SolidTech waterproof flooring

Mohawk SolidTech flooring installed in a beachside home. These durable waterproof floors are ideal for standing up to ocean moisture and gritty sand.

3. Minimize flood damage with waterproof flooring

Flooding is the most common natural disaster, and can have one of the largest impacts on your property. As much as you do to secure roofs, windows and doors, you may be unable to prevent water from penetrating the interior your home – especially if you’re dealing with a high storm surge.

With that in mind, the best you can hope for is minimal damage to your home’s interior. One key consideration is your flooring – this is where water will sit and get absorbed, saturating past the surface and causing irreversible swelling, mildew and more.

You can minimize this damage with 100% waterproof flooring. A few such products are Mohawk’s SolidTech high performance flooring, Mohawk Revwood+ and COREtec by USFloors. These floors are each waterproof, stainproof, and come in a variety of detailed and realistic wood-look, stone and ceramic tile designs.

Mohawk was able to demonstrate how well SolidTech holds up against real hurricane waters during the unfortunate events of Hurricane Harvey in 2017. A Cooking School in Houston with SolidTech in its kitchen was flooded. However, after the storm the planks were removed, the subfloor underneath was cleaned, and the floor was able to be reinstalled, damage-free.

Taking the steps to invest in a waterproof floor today can save you a fortune on repairs in the future.

Mohawk SolidTech reinstallation

Mohawk SolidTech being re-installed after withstanding flood damage during Hurricane Harvey in Houston, 2017.

4. Declutter your outdoor spaces

Once you’ve done all you can to secure the interior and exterior of your home, you shouldn’t forget your yard!

If you’re aware in advance that a heavy storm is approaching, store or tie down any loose objects. This can include, but is certainly not limited to, any of the following:

  • Lawn furniture
  • Potted plants
  • Children’s toys
  • Doghouses
  • Grills & BBQs
  • Bicycles

Any of these can easily be picked up and tossed around by wind, creating deadly airborne missiles that can crash through windows and walls and create openings for water.

The same goes for loose tree branches – keep your trees well-trimmed. Clear any dead sections or broken limbs that could come loose and go flying. If needed, you may want to hire a tree removal service to ensure the job is done thoroughly. Finally, it’s a good idea to clear your gutters of any debris.

As much as you prepare your home, don’t forget to take care of yourself and your family. It may be wise to evacuate once you’ve done all you can to secure your property, and travel to an area more inland until the worst of the storm has passed.

Stay safe this hurricane season! – The Dolphin Carpet & Tile Family

Choosing the right flooring for your home gym

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Looking to furnish your home gym with just the right flooring?

Having home gym can be a great way to save time & money – it’s always open when you want it to be, and it’s a space to work on your fitness in private.

If you’re considering designing a home gym of your own, or simply looking to spruce up your current gym with new flooring, then you’ll want to choose floors that are just the right combination of safe and functional.

There are many options for gym floors, each with pros and cons.  You can tile a gym floor, put down industrial carpet, or even lay hardwood.  Your decision should be based on your space, the type of equipment you use, and how you want your space to fit into the overall design of your home.

Before you make a decision, consider the safety, durability, functionality & maintenance of different gym flooring options so you don’t have to take a leap of faith with your decision.

Safety

When you think about safety, consider the types of exercises are you going to be doing, how experienced you are, and the type of equipment that will be going into your space.

Carpet is one option. A rubber-soled cross-trainer shoe will have a sufficient amount of traction on a carpet surface, greatly lowering your chances of a tumble. Furthermore, the natural cushion of carpeting provides just enough of a barrier between your equipment and the ground to prevent damage.

Be sure to choose a carpet with a lower pile – too much cushion could also result in injury. Commercial or industrial carpet would be your best bet.

There are various hard surface flooring types that we also recommend. Hardwood, laminate & luxury vinyl all  offers a bit of give and can be easier to keep clean. They also feature an attractive, inviting look. You can pair wood flooring with rubber-soled rugs & mats that will grip the floor and give certain areas in your home gym a bit more cushion.

Durability

When considering the durability factor, you have options.

Carpeting provides just enough give in case a piece of heavy equipment is dropped, making it a solid choice. Tile, though durable as well, is also hard and rigid. One slip can cause a serious crack in the flooring, it may not be suited for spaces where you’ll be doing heavier weight training.

Typically your best option is a type of flooring that holds up to lots of movement and deals well with stains. A carpet with a thicker yarn construction will be able to hold up against the pounding and accumulation of sweat that’s inevitable when you’re getting your fitness on! You can also choose from a variety of luxury vinyl tile and laminate options that are designed specifically to resist stains of all kinds!

Both vinyl & laminate flooring are available in attractive wood looks that will give your home gym the warm and welcoming vibe you need to get motivated to sweat!

Functionality

Whether your exercise routine consists of cardio, weight training or calisthenics, you need to consider the functionality of your flooring. Carpet, unlike tile, is inviting. If your program requires you to get down onto the floor it has just enough cushion and support to provide some comfort.

Traditional ceramic can be cold, it is most certainly hard, and is generally much less inviting. A gym space should be a welcoming space to encourage you to work out often. Instead, opt for a softer laminate or luxury vinyl tile in the warm look of natural stone or hardwood.

You may also see real hardwood in your fitness center for aerobics classes, but this type of surface tends to wear easily and could require a special sub-flooring for safety, which adds to your overall cost.

Maintenance

After you have made your choice in flooring, maintaining the cleanliness will ensure an enjoyable fitness space.

To keep bacteria buildup to a minimum, start with a quality dust mop & vacuum cleaner. Weekly cleaning will stave off the accumulation of dust, especially if your routine includes exercises performed on the floor. Be sure to address the nooks and crannies in and around gym equipment as these hard to reach areas tend to accumulate the most amount of dust.

If you go with carpet, shampooing is a less frequent but equally important option. This will also keep any unwanted smells and stains from taking away from the overall experience of working out at home.

Conclusion

When it comes to furnishing your home gym, a carpet with a very short pile is definitely our top recommendation flooring for you. It is safe, durable, functional and relatively easy to maintain. If you’d prefer a hard surface, try a laminate, vinyl or hardwood paired with mats & rugs throughout the room. We carry all types of carpet, hardwood & area rug options to suit your fitness needs!

First-Time Home Buyers Guide

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You are about to purchase your first home. This is an extremely big deal and we are so excited for you! You are about to embark upon a new journey filled with ups and downs (hopefully, mostly ups). But what if you do not know exactly where to start? No need to fret, we want to share our first-time home buyer guide with you. We hope you gain insight and knowledge on the home buying world, and that your experience is much more simpler than you expected.

Credit Score. It is important for home buyers to know their credit score because it can affect their interest rate on loans. A higher credit score means a lower interest rate and vice versa.

Pro-tip: Try not to buy a car or other expensive items while you are closing on your home. These large purchases can affect your score and your credit will be reran before closing on your home.

Budget. Write down how much you plan to spend in a month on gas, food, household items, etc. Make sure to leave money for your savings and unexpected expenses. Owning a home will guarantee an array of unforeseen circumstances that are out of your hands. It will be great to have money put away to help you get out of trouble.

Mortgage Lenders. Research, research, research. Look online and gain a knowledge of the different mortgage lenders before you choose.

Real Estate Agent. It is always great to take a recommendation for a real estate agent. Ask your family or friends for a referral because you want the best when you are looking for a home. It will be nice to use someone that is trusted by your family or friend; therefore, you can have comfort in the agent’s recommendations for you.

Homes Online. The internet has a wide selection of homes for sale for buyers to browse. Get an idea of what style of home you prefer, the neighborhood, how many bathrooms and bedrooms you want, etc.

Your Future. Think about long-term goals for you and your family. The school district can be important for resell value as well as your children’s future. Take into consideration your commute to town, work and your family/friend’s houses. Think about everything because you want to make this home last for a really long time.

We hope you enjoyed these tips! Once you are settled into your new home, we would love to help you with any of your flooring needs. Store our number in your phone for the future: Dolphin Carpet & Tile (305) 233-3233 . We cannot wait to help you! Happy House Hunting!

Home Staging – The First Impression Is Everything

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Remember the days when all you had to do was polish the floors and make sure the house was spotless before you put a For Sale sign on your property? Well, times have changed. These days homeowners are seeking out the help of professional home stagers to prepare their homes for sale. Home staging involves preparing your home for the real estate market by making it appealing to potential buyers. While this isn’t an entirely new concept, homeowners are taking advanced steps to ensure that their house looks it’s best before putting it on the market.

If your home has been sitting on the market for some time, or you’re getting way below the asking price that you set then you may want to consider employing some popular home staging techniques.

Importance of Home Staging
Just think of the home tours you’ve been on before you purchased your present home. How many times have you seen a house that probably has potential but you were so distracted by the clutter, tacky furniture and walls that needed to be repainted? No doubt, you were turned off by a house that was visually unappealing. Let’s be honest, potential home buyers are less likely to invest in a property that doesn’t look good.

Home staging is necessary because first impressions are everything. You want potential buyers to be able to visualize living your home. Therefore, you should make sure that they can see the beauty in your property by making sure it’s presented in the right way.

The First Rule of Home Staging
The first rule in home staging is to grab the attention of buyers at the curb. That means the exterior of your home should be in the best condition possible. It’s common to see buyers doing drive bys on properties that have been listed for sale. Making sure the outside of your home looks great is crucial because this is the first thing they’ll see and it also sets the tone for the home tour.

Here are some tips for making sure that the outside looks just as good as the inside:
– Wash down all the windows
– Make sure the lawn is free of bikes, toys and other clutter
– Mow the lawn and weed the garden
– Consider adding some potted plants to make the outside look beautiful

These are just a few ways to ensure that your home is giving the best possible first impression to potential home buyers!

Down-Sizing 101

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You have thought about it for awhile and decided that down-sizing would be the best option for you. Down-sizing comes with a lot of ups and downs. The ups include purging and getting rid of unnecessary things and having a new place to love. The downs probably include everything else. We get it, down-sizing can have a negative connotation in your mind. But down-sizing does not need to be difficult nor a bad thing. To help you, we have made a list of five genius tips for down-sizing your home!

Down-sizing 101:

  1. Go One by One. When you are beginning the down-sizing process, your mind may be going every direction. Try to focus on one room at a time to avoid confusion. First, you will want to make a game plan before you begin downsizing. Set a schedule and stick to it. Next, make sure everyone in your family is on the same page before you begin the process.

  2. No Exceptions. Getting rid of things can be difficult, we totally understand. A way to ensure that you actually stay focused on downsizing is by only having a “yes” and “no” pile. Eliminate your “maybe” pile.

  3. A Second Opinion. It may be a good idea to bring in a friend or family member to help you make challenging decisions. It can difficult to decide on what to keep and what to get rid of during the move; therefore, a second opinion can help.

  4. Learn The Layout. Knowing the layout of your new home can be an important step for downsizing. It is a better idea to get rid of things before you move rather than take it all with you. If you know the layout, you can begin planning what furniture will fit and what you cannot take with you.

  5. Make a Profit. One of the positives things about downsizing is that you can make some extra money off of the things you decide to sell. Whatever you cannot sell, try to donate to someone in need.

We hope you enjoyed these five easy tips for downsizing and that your new home is filled with amazing memories!

Six Steps Towards Eliminating Clutter in the Family Room

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If you find yourself struggling for space in your home, it is time to do something about it. Your house cannot reach its maximum potential if it is full of unnecessary items and clutter. The family room is at its best potential when your family is using it and spending time with one another, but sometimes life gets busy. The busier our lives get, the more clutter tends to build up in our homes. Stop what you are doing and devote thirty minutes this week towards cleaning your family room.

Six steps towards eliminating clutter:

Step One: Take a deep breath and turn on your favorite music playlist. The cleaning process will go by faster if you are jamming out to one of your favorite songs.

Step Two: Everyone is to blame for a family room getting out of hand because everyone typically uses it. To start off, you will want to divide people’s things into different piles. Each family member will have their own pile.

Step Three: Once the piles are made, you can determine what items can stay in the family room and what items need to go into that person’s bedroom.

Step Four: There will be some items that you decide to keep in the family room like toys and blankets, but it is important to organize these items before they become clutter. In order to organize, you will want to buy containers for each of your family members. The containers can be as big or as small as your desire, but try to tie the containers into the style of your family room by looking at decorative bins or baskets.

Step Five: Once you have purchased your bins/baskets, call each family member into the room. Give them the instructions that all of their items must return back into their bin before they leave the room. To keep things looking sharp, do not let things overflow the basket. Once the bin is full, all other belongings must go in that person’s bedroom. Younger kids may need some extra guidance with the cleaning process. Try to help them decide what toys to keep in the family room and what to put into their bedrooms.

Step Six: Your family room should already be looking better than before, but there is one more step. Typically, we own items that every family member uses like DVDs or CDs. Sit down as a family to go through these items. Create a rule that five things must go in the give-away box and in order to take something out, another item must go into the box. This will help reduce clutter and useless items.

As flooring experts, we understand that you cannot appreciate your beautiful flooring when clutter is running your life. We hope you enjoyed these six steps towards eliminating clutter in your family room.

Becoming A Gardening Expert

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Curb appeal can be determined from a well-kept yard and your home’s exterior. Establishing a well-kept yard can be done through garden work and the right landscaping. You may have an immense knowledge about how to garden or are a novice to gardening. Either way, we have tips that every homeowner, who wants a thriving garden, should know.

Expert Gardening Tips:

Plan out your garden. Pro-gardeners will agree that it is beneficial to go in with a plan. Decide what plants and flowers you want to include in your garden then draw a layout of where you would like them. Make sure to always consider your area’s climate and growth tendencies before planting.

Work with dry soil. There is a hidden importance to working with dry soil rather than wet soil. When you walk on wet soil, it can press down the soil and make unwanted clumps while gardening.

Transportation at its finest. Before heading to pick up new plants for your garden, lay down a mini ladder on top of a plastic tarp. The spaces in between your ladder are superb for securing your plants while you are driving. Housing the plants in the mini ladder will also help avoid spillage.

Utilize a rain gauge. Do not guess that your plants are getting enough water from rain. Be absolutely certain by using a rain gauge.

Pro Tip: Add some food coloring to your rain gauge to see where the rain lies inside on your gauge.
Always use clean garden tools. Your garden tools should always be clean before using.

Lighten the load. If you have ever tried to move a planted pot from one area to another, you understand how heavy it can be! The solution is to fill the bottom half of the pot with packing peanuts and the top half with your soil. You will need to put in a piece of a landscape fabric between the packing peanuts and the soil.

Do you have any gardening tricks that you cannot live without? We would love to hear your advice and tricks in the comment section below.

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