Showing posts with label Home Improvement. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Home Improvement. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Decluttering is Refreshing

As you all know we had a mini home make-over this month and re-painting of the whole house made us clean declutter our house. It was really so hard to almost empty a room with all our stuff, putting them on boxes or big plastic bags. It was so dusty and throwing some things are really hard to do.

As promised I wanted a new space in my room, so I decided to throw away lots of my stuff that I have accumulated all those years. It was hard at 1st but it was refreshing and liberating as well. I want less stuff but I hope I can keep up with it because I have the tendency to hoard things haha…

Anyway, I still have some things to throw and organize and I’m not done yet. I hope by Holy Week or so I can do that or else my plans are fail.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Finding a Reliable Flooring Company for Your Home

Your home is not only a piece of investment but the place where your family makes lasting memories. It is only important to keep it in good condition and make sure that it still provides a safe and warm environment for you and your kids. If you are planning to build a dream home soon or thinking that it’s time to give your current one a makeover, the flooring is always an important thing to consider.


Often the most neglected yet most used part of the house, the flooring can be easily subjected to regular wear and tear and if matters are not addressed right away, it can lead to more damages. Consider hiring a professional flooring company to do the work for you since it can be time consuming, may require tools and special skills. In finding a reliable flooring company, make sure that they offer a variety of flooring services and that each is backed with a good track record when it comes to delivery or performance.


Since flooring is an unusual topic for most homeowners, do not hesitate to ask questions and a good company should provide you with the right answers. Learn about the pros and cons of the different types of flooring and ask for their expert opinion on the one that is right for your home. Check the company’s performance record and read the feedback and comments from past clients.


Do not stick to just one; ask around and compare quotes from various flooring companies and carefully study their offers especially when it comes to warranties. Companies differ in their warranty offers but go for the one that can provide you with protection for the years to come. Do not rush in making a decision, flooring companies should be able to provide you quality service that is right within your budget.


Anya is a content writer who is interested in writing about home tips She is currently working on a gulvservice project which is about floor service .

Friday, September 14, 2012

Choosing the Right Coverlets for Your Baby’s Room

Coverlets are primarily used decoratively - as a lightweight material that acts as a bedspread. When looking for this bedding accessory, it is important to know exactly what you want. If you are looking for heavier bedspreads, quilts would be a better choice. However, these are light enough to cover a bed in the summer. Baby bedding not only includes a wide range of linens and blankets, but also includes baby quilts as well, an important component to any child's comfort.


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When choosing bedding for a baby, warmth and durability remain a number one concern. Children, unlike adults, need more warmth. In this case, quilted coverlets may be the way to go. They contain a layer of cotton batting in the middle, which keeps them light, yet are still warm enough for the little ones. Another concern when choosing bedding is the color and design. Baby boy bedding, for instance, includes bedding in blues, greens and reds. Designs vary from little cars and trucks to baseballs or bugs. Little girl’s bedding includes more pinks, purples and yellows with floral, butterfly or princess designs.


Choosing coverlets for babies does not have to be a stressful choice. The options may be limitless, but it should be an enjoyable experience. You might want to consider matching the bedding to the rest of the room's decor, or perhaps you want to choose baby bedding based on what they are made of, which range from wool and cotton to linen and silk. Each has a different feel and weight. Whatever your choice is, have fun with it!

Friday, June 8, 2012

The Sound of Water

It’s only almost lunch time but I feel a bit tired already. I have not done any hard work but my legs are somewhat tired, feels like I have walked for miles already. Hmmm.. what’s happening to me lately? I’m also getting thinner each day that some of my relatives already noticed. I’m not dieting or something and I’m not sick. Maybe I just need to pump up my eating habits or perhaps do some other mobile activities aside from chasing my lovely dog at the garage while we are playing.

Anyway, right now, I can hear the chirping of the birds outside the house. Our place has lots of trees that’s why birds love to come in our area. It’s relatively peaceful here and it’s away from the noisy and busy city life. I love it here. I’m also wishing to have a water fountain in our house because the sound of the water is also calming and relaxing. Not that I need to relax all the time but I need to do it from time to time just like right this minute when my muscles are like in rally.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

How To Clean And Take Care Of Military Backpacks

Some tips to help you clean and take care of your military backpacks.


Military, air force, and police personnel almost always require specialized uniforms, gears, and accessories. Because of the applications of these items, they are expected to be strong and durable. Kellac.com offers a wide selection of military, air force, and police-related items such as army uniforms, camo uniforms, multicam uniforms,ripstop abu, tactical clothing, sage ABU boots, backpacks, bags, work wear, and many more.


Among the most important and most used accessory of many military personnel are military backpacks. Although these backpacks are also often used by other people for regular use, they are specifically designed to accommodate the needs of military personnel. These military backpacks come with a host of various features that make them functional and versatile.


Military backpacks are generally designed to be stronger and more durable than regular backpacks because of the demands of the tasks that are often asked of military men. Despite their strength and durability, it is imperative that you know how to properly clean and take care of your military backpack so that you will be able to enjoy its use for a long time. Below are some tips to help you clean and take care of your military backpack.


· Clean regularly. Whether you are using your military backpack for actual military use or just for regular everyday use, you must remember to clean it regularly. Wash your military backpack immediately after a particularly demanding excursion especially if it involves heavy dirt and grime. You may use a nylon brush to scrub away stubborn stains and dirt. While water may be enough for some light cleaning, you may want to use laundry detergent dissolved in water to remove heavier dirt and smells. Remember not to postpone cleaning your backpack if it has been subjected to heavy use.


· Clean removable separately. Many military backpacks have parts that are removable or detachable. Some examples of these are pockets and straps. Before cleaning your military backpack, make sure that you remove or detach all of these parts. This includes making sure that the backpack and all its compartments are totally empty. Once you have removed them, you may proceed to cleaning and drying them separately.


· Dry completely. If you washed your military backpack, make sure that you have dried it completely before using it or putting the parts back together. It is best to let the backpack and its parts dry completely by letting it stay outdoors in the sun.


· Have minor damages repaired. It is best to immediately address any minor damages to your military backpack. Whether you want to repair it yourself or have it repaired by a professional, what is important is that the repair is done as soon as possible. Immediate attention will prevent the worsening of any damages. For backpacks that have acquired bigger damages, make sure to use them for lighter applications to prevent additional stress and damages to your backpack.


· Read the label. Before doing anything to your military backpack, make sure to read its label correctly for any specific wash and care instructions.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Spring Cleaning & Organizing Tips to Get Your Home in Shape

As the kids take a break from school, parents can use this opportunity as they take a break too from their busy schedule, to do a major spring-cleaning. Most consider this as a very daunting task, but Spring Cleaning can be broken down to smaller tasks to make it simpler and easier.


As spring sets it, households starts to open up their houses and windows to let the sunshine in and end their hibernation that they have been doing all winter. Spring signifies new life in full color as the flowers start to bloom, butterflies flutter their wings again and more so wouldn’t it be nice to reflect the nature’s beauty into our homes by doing some cleaning and organization?


Here are a few tips to make Spring Cleaning a breeze:


1. Make a Plan. Before you start with the tasks at hand, it would be nice to have a game plan first. Make a list of all the things that you want to accomplish, starting with the most important down to the least priority, to make sure that you will not forget anything. Then based on the list, make a schedule and put it on your calendar so you will stick to it. You don’t have to clean the whole house in just one day so spread the tasks in different days to give yourself a break too.


2. Prepare all the cleaning tools. Make sure that you have all the cleaning tools needed to do the job. Put them together in one area so you don’t have to stop to look for them as you are in the middle of your cleaning. This will eliminate distractions and will allow you to work continuously if you have all the equipments and tools you need to finish the task.


3. Start from the top rooms and work your way to the bottom and tackle one room at a time. Concentrating in one area at a time lets you concentrate and clean the room more effectively. This will also let you finish the chores faster instead of multitasking. Start also with areas that are difficult to clean like the bathrooms so you still have the full energy as you do the difficult tasks. And make sure that you don’t leave the room and move to another one until you are done. Otherwise, you will just be left with a lot of unclean rooms at the end of the day.


4. Do a major cleaning. Big tasks that can be done includes carpet and upholstery cleaning; cleaning of air conditioner, electric fan, lamps, light fixtures, etc; cleaning of kitchen cabinets and other furniture and more. Once you are done doing a deep cleaning then you can just maintain the cleanliness by doing daily or weekly tasks of vacuuming and dusting.


5. Purge. If you haven’t used some items for a long time now, then it means that it is time to let go of it. Who knows, someone might find a good use for it as what they always say, One person’s trash can be another one’s treasure. Start again with one room at a time. Make two piles: Donate / Garage Sale pile and the Trash pile. This exercise will free up some space in your house and gives you an opportunity to share your things to others or earn a little from the proceeds that you are going to get from your garage sale.


6. Organize. Once you are done cleaning and getting rid of things, then it is time to organize the ones that are left. You can sort items by function, by color or whatever will be an easier criterion for you to categorize stuff. Grab some storage boxes from thrift stores to put your things. Label them for easier identification when you need them.


Organizing closets can be included as one of the major tasks in your to-do list. It is time to put those winter clothes and outfits in storage area to make room for the new season outfits. Sort things and group similar items together like socks, blouses, accessories, etc. Try to use color-coding as you arrange your clothes. This will make it look cleaner and nicer and will make it easier also to look for items in your closet.


Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a clean home? With a little planning, patience and organization, you will surely have a home that is soothing to the eyes and conducive to healthy living as well. Spring is here so let us all start with our Spring Cleaning.


Author’s Bio: Abie is a working mother of two kids. She has a day job but works as a part time content writer for Tshirtprinting.org, a site where you can get personalised t shirts.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Classic and Sophisticated

Every time I see our living room sofa, I can’t help but to feel and get frustrated. Honestly, it’s old and worn out already because of many years use. My parents bought it at the time when we constructed our house in the middle of 80’s and it was not yet replaced since then. It was just re-upholstered in the late 90’s with a new cover and it was like that up to now.

After the re-painting done over the last week, I told mom that I wanted to buy a new sofa for us if not this year but soon. I may not afford the Horchow furniture collection, which is classic and sophisticated but I’ll try to get something similar and that my budget can afford. It’s on my wish list now and all I need to do is to save, save, save so I can buy that in the future.

I guess our house deserves something new (furniture and all) and I’ll do my best to get it.

Monday, March 26, 2012

5 Do's and Don'ts in Searching for a New Flat

There are lots of mistakes you can make when searching for a new flat. Keep the following list of Do’s and Don’ts in mind when renting a new apartment.


1. Don’t Go Over Your Budget


You’re always going to want more of something when you are looking at Greensboro apartments, whether it is more space, a better layout, or something a little more updated. The hard part is deciding which things are the most important to you and are actually realistic for your budget. It’s important to have a price in mind before looking for a new apartment—that way you don’t look at things you can’t afford.


2. Do Negotiate the Price


Just because the rent of an apartment is listed for a certain price does not mean that there is no wiggle room. You may be able to negotiate a better rate. Sometimes the landlord may also be willing to throw in incentives to get you to move in, such as a discount on the first month’s rent. You’ll never know what discounts you can get without asking.


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Home Project: Re-painting the House

My mini house renovation just started today and I'm actually excited about it. It's been how many years already since my mom had our house re-painted and this year I told my mom that I'll be the one to shoulder the expenses on labor and materials. Of course, mom was very happy knowing that so immediately called our workers to do the job and like what I said it started today. My bedroom was almost finished today and I guess by tomorrow morning, we all can return my bed and other stuff. 

Our house is a mess right now due to the work and I just hope that it will not take more than 1 week to have our house re-painted so I can redecorate once again. Since my mom and I are making our house more neat and presentable, I’m also contemplating of getting a new living room set and probably an outdoor dining set too. Hmmm.. let’s see if my budget will be enough for that.

Monday, February 6, 2012

How To Clean And Maintain Your Office Desk Chair

A guide to cleaning and maintaining your office desk chair.

A lot of people spend long hours at the office sitting in front of their office desks. If you are one of these people, your is probably where you are several hours every day. This is the reason why it is important to choose a good quality chair even if it is a cheap office chair. Your body should be comfortable and well supported during your long hours of work.

With the number of hours that you use your office chair, it is also not surprising that you will have to clean and maintain it regularly if you want it to last a long time. Extending the life of your office desk chair simply means that you will not have to replace it frequently, saving you the cost of a new discount chair. Below are some tips to help you in cleaning and maintaining your office desk chair.

· Clean your office desk chair regularly. The primary thing you need to do to be able to keep your chair in good quality is to clean it regularly. This is particularly important if you are the type who eats or drinks at the desk because food particles or liquids might splatter onto your office chair.

· Blot any spills immediately. For office chairs with fabric upholstery, do not wipe spills on your chair. Instead, dab or blot the spill using a paper towel. If more than a little amount of liquid seeps through the chair, you may use warm water with a little detergent to clean the fabric gently. If your chair has leather upholstery, you can simply wipe any spills with a damp cloth.

· Use leather cleaner. If your office chair has leather upholstery, you can use a leather cleaner to wipe the chair every once in a while. A leather cleaner is very easy to purchase and inexpensive.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Keeping the House Pest Free

No one wants pests in our homes. Our house can be infested with bugs, cockroaches, ants, spiders and other insects that can be annoying and even can pose dangers to our health. Before they even begin crawling or flying in our house, we need clean our homes all the time. Pests always thrive in dark, moist and filthy places as they are good breeding places.


We need to check our house for possible breeding areas like vases/containers with water as mosquitoes always live there. Clean dirty places with leftover food on ground or elsewhere so that roaches will not invade them. Pests can breed fast and invade our homes and there are home remedies or products that we can buy just over-the-counter to help solve the problem. If home remedies are not sufficient, getting the help of the professionals pest Control is a good thing to do for they have other techniques or more potent chemical to get rid of them.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Increasing Security on our Homes and Business

We always think of security for our homes, family members and even our business and it should always be on top of our priorities. We are never sure that we are always safe so we must implement some safety measures at home and on our business. Putting a simple lock on gates can already deter would be house robbers but these days, robbers are very clever and can do anything just to get inside your homes.


A lot of home owners are already determined to install home security features in their homes like alarms, smoke detectors, sophisticated lock system, cctv cameras and more just to add the sense of safety and protection in their homes or establishments. We can’t blame people from doing so for there are many known robberies and burglary even in broad day light. Electronic stores like Ilus Electronics, is offering wide range of intercoms, intercom systems, integrated access control keypads and door Phones, gate openers and a few other products that can help in security of your place. With their state-of-the-art gate openers you can already open your gate without you getting off your car. Not only home owners but as well as establishment owners can take advantage of their quality electronic products at very competitive prices.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Jazz Up Your Homes with Bi Fold Doors

I’ve been living with my mom in our house for many years now that was built 2 decades ago. It was still on its tip-top shape but I guess it also needs a make-over since the style is already outdate. If money will not be an issue, I also want to have it re-painted inside and out and that includes the roofing. I know it will require a substantial amount of money and hard labor but I’m praying that I can have it done before the year ends.

I’ve always dreamed of having my own house someday but I’m not sure if that dream will soon become a reality. My sister already had built their new house in Sydney and I’m so happy for her. It was both her and my BIL’s dream house and I reckon they love every minute staying their with their family.

How’d I wish to have a house like theirs, very spacious and neat. Her husband made it sure to put the best materials and furniture in the house. I can’t wait to see and visit their house when I come there for vacation.bi fold doors

Anyway, whilst going through some inspirations online, I can’t help myself to admire beautiful houses built so neatly. Went through the gallery of Clear Span and these houses with bi fold doors caught my attention as it not only can let the light and air come in generously but also made it more spacious when folded. Perfect when you entertain guests all the time in your home as you can easily open it up on the backyard for your barbeque time and more.

These doors fold in or fold out in the areas where you wanted it to be installed. It can also serve as a divider and can jazz up your homes, making it more functional.

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Working at the Garden Office


Been talking to another highschool friend via messenger couple of weeks ago and she can’t help but to be jealous of what I do because I work at home. She’s been working in the corporate world for over a decade now and the thought of resigning is slowly creeping on her. I reckon she’s not happy with the office set up and the monotonous things that she’s been doing for the past years. A change of work and atmosphere will definitely bring her back to life. She planned of just working at home or have her own business. In that way, she can look after her family and business at the same time. It seems like a very good plan and I’m just hoping that one day, she’ll be out of the corporate world and be her own boss.



I also have couple of online friends that left their office career and just work at home. Been hearing from them about the many benefits that they gained when they resigned from work. Aside from getting freedom to choose what time they want to work at the comforts of their home, rearing their kids well, being a wife and mother are the best opportunities that they had.

These days, working at home is not new already as there are many people choosing to bring their works at home or already opted to stay at home to work. There’s so many benefits that you can gain when you choose this kind of set up. Not only you can minimize dealing with the daily traffic, annoying colleagues or office stress but you can also save money because you’re not using your car anymore. Some may opt to allocate a room at their home to be their office and from there they can work. I reckon, it’s practical and also money saving.

The idea of having your own office within the vicinity of your home is already achievable. Recently, building a garden office in your backyard is one of the hottest trends in modern home improvement. How can you not work effectively when you have a beautiful work area fronting your garden? It can give you peace and tranquility that you normally can’t get when you’re inside the cubicle of your office building aside from the fact that you are only few steps away from your home.

Garden office and patio designers/builders  can offer you wide range designs, styles and ideas. With their professional and skilled staff, they can build a functional and stylish garden office for their clients. Owning a garden office can be a good investment too apart from making you productive and relax. I wish that my friend could also experience how it is to work at home just like me and my other online friends are enjoying.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Combating Air Pollution in Our Homes

The weather lately is not that good, it changed dramatically for the last few weeks. It started out so cold at the beginning of the year where we found ourselves wearing jackets when we go outside or even inside the house. There are even times when I have to put on socks for the cold temperature is making me chill and uncomfortable. We thought that weather will last for more weeks but as when February just came in, the heat has started to creep. Oh boy, we're already complaining how hot it was most especially outside.


I guess the weather makes a lot of people getting sick most especially the kids. My 8 yr old niece got sick for few days with colds and fever and her parents need to consult her doctor for medicines. The weather and the pollution are just some of the factors that makes us sick. The air that we breath everyday can also make us acquire diseases for there are allergens that are floating in the air.


Keeping our homes safe from these allergens can be minimized if not totally eradicate them. One of the many solutions that we can do is by getting air purifiers like those made by Rabbit Air. Molds, pet dander, odors and even cigarette smoke can be filtered this making the air in our house more safer to breathe.

Monday, November 29, 2010

House Maintenance

These past few days, mom is kinda busy checking for the things in the house that needs some repair. Our water pump is not working automatically for the last 5 months but we can still use it by manual mode to pump water in our reservoir (tank). We’ll have it replaced with a more durable one like those commercial pumps once it stops working already.


Aside from that, a technician came to the house to fix our La Germania stove. The other burner is not working for few weeks now and since it’s hard to cook with only 1 burner being used, mom had to call someone to fix it. It’s been years that we’ve been using that stove and due to water and oil spilling, rusts and dirt formed in the burner. Thankfully, the technician only billed us Php500 for the repair.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

All I Want for Christmas

It's 32 more days and it's Christmas already. Are you starting to buy your Christmas presents already? I do, as I hate the Christmas rush where there are more people shopping and cramming to find gifts. If you also shop a little  bit late, chances are the items that you'll buy is already out of stock, so if I were you, start buying now.


I'm sure the Black Friday sale in the US will also be a good opportunity for shoppers to score a great deal. My twitter friends are getting super excited over the sale as they are shopping as well. I'll just wait for a friend's items that she will be selling and hope that I'll find nice bag (yes.. bag again!).



Aside from that, I planned on replacing our old and about to give up washing machine and electric fans and I promised my mom that we'll be buying them this December. I also wanted to have one of those lg tvs that I found online and with only $229.99 as a price, I'm getting tempted already.
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I'm sure it'll be more fun to watch my fave TV shows and movies using this 19" LCD HDTV. Maybe next year,  I can buy this already but for the meantime, this will goes to my wish list.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Bring the Sunlight into your Homes

I’m always looking forward to weekends for it means the time to relax and unwind together with the whole family. Spending time together doesn’t mean that we need to go out to the malls or take a vacation all the time for we all can bond together and have fun at the comfort of our house. It’s also less expensive than going to the mall where your wallets can be drained when your kids will ask you to be extra things that are not needed.


We can have movie time in the living room, play games on the computer, have a barbeque at the backyard, or just relax and chill at the gazebo or sunroom. Sunrooms are perfect place to hang out with family and even your friends. It can become a luxury place, an extension in your home, where you can all have the view of the backyard as glass is surrounding the walls. Sunlight can generously come inside the sunroom making you opt not to open your lights making you save even more.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Enery Efficient Replacement Windows

My cousin recently moved to their new built house eventhough is wasn’t fully finished yet. With the increase of apartment fees each year, they’ve decided to just move in right away so that they can save on rentals fees. As soon as the budget allows them to start building the rest of the house, then they’d probably have the house painted and hire landscape contractors for the garden. The place is very promising so I’m sure it’ll look awesome when it’s fully constructed.


For those that are into house re-modeling, renovation can be expensive but if you’re going to do so, it’s much better to invest in high quality products than those poor quality ones even thought they are less expensive. If you’re looking for French sliding patio doors, Renewal by Andersen, a replacement window Boston company has quality replacement windows and sliding doors. Their products most can minimize the entry of UV rays that are harmful not only to our furniture but to our health as well. They can also reduce the heat and cold coming in thereby making our homes more energy efficiency.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Decorating Our Homes with Area Rugs

Time flies very fast these days. In just the blink of an eye, it’ll be Christmas already soon and many of us are awaiting this wonderful time of the year. Would you believe that there are already some houses that have Christmas decors? They wanted to start the Christmas fever and wanted their house to be cheerful already.


Christmas is the time for house cleaning and decorations. I myself will schedule to do a general cleaning before I even put up our Christmas tree probably by the end of November. I don’t want to put any Christmas decorations this early as it may only collect some dust.


Area rugs can be a perfect accent in the house. They can be available in many different styles, patterns and sizes that you can fit any room in the house. Just make sure to measure the width and length of the area you wish your rugs to be placed before going to the store, as it’ll be easier for you to find the perfect size. Shapes can vary from round, rectangular to oval, while colors can be on earth tone side. There are many beautiful patterns than can match the theme of you house.


Cheap rugs are available at SuperiorRugs online. Aside from that they also have clearance sale on Persian and Oriental rugs that are beautifully designed and crafted. These days there are rugs that have certain patterns or designs that goes well with your other furniture in the house. Taking the time to peruse all of the available designs that they have in the catalogue can be a great way to find what you are really looking for. Rugs also can liven up any drab room and can become a decorative of art. Just don’t put rugs with too busy patterns on an area in your home where they will clash with certain furniture, drapes or painting.


Now, I can’t wait to decorate our homes for the holidays. For sure, you’ll also be delighted to put new rugs and furniture at your homes soon.