Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The Small Changes That Will Make Your Home Look Much Cleaner And Tidier

The Small Changes That Will Make Your Home Look Much Cleaner And Tidier


When you look around a room and decide that it feels untidy or unclean, what is it that gives you that impression? This is more of a feeling you get usually rather than something you actually think about, so what is it that makes you instantly feel ill-at-ease in a room or vice versa?

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Well of course it’s not down to any one thing, but rather the overall ‘vibe’ that a room gives off, which is much more than the sum of its parts.

But that ‘vibe’ is made up of lots of much smaller details. And actually it’s sometimes the tiniest details that have the biggest overall impact on how clean your home feels. Read on to discover the tiny changes that make all the difference when it comes to making your home look clean and tidy.

The Doorknobs

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Many estate agents tell their clients that the first thing they should do to help their homes sell is to polish the doorknobs. This is a perfect example of something that we normally don’t give much thought to, but which will make all the difference to the overall vibe of the room. Most of us will look down when we open the door, and whether we see something shiny and clean or grubby and warn will greatly impact on our opinions of that space.

The Windows

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An even more important change to make is to clean your windows. Not only are your windows one of the only things that you see from both inside and outside a room, but they are also important of course because they let light in. If your windows are dirty, then you will make your rooms look dimmer which makes them feel smaller and less clean.

Likewise, you also need to ensure that there is less blocking the window. So take away any net curtains that might be blocking out light, and remove unnecessary decorations from your windowsills too.

The Wardrobes

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A mistake many of us make is to think that we have free reign to stash anything we want to on top of our wardrobe where it will be out of the way. Although it’s out of the way, those things are still visible in our peripheral vision and make a room feel unconsciously more closed in and more cluttered. Trust me on this: try removing the boxes from your wardrobes and then just see how much more ‘open’ the rooms feel. The same goes for shoving things under your bed: don’t do it!

The Rugs

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We all know by now what a huge difference carpet cleaning can make to a room, but what about using a rug cleaning company? Make sure you don’t forget to wash these too, particularly if they take up a lot of floor space. It will make the room feel brighter, more colourful and newer.

Likewise you should also consider washing other important upholstery such as your curtains and the covers on your furniture. And no, a vacuum does not do the same thing.

Today’s guest writer, Malcolm Hall, is an avid blogger who writes about topics related to home improvement and renovation online. He works for Sonic Care, a team of carpet cleaning experts based in Toronto. His hobbies include reading and woodworking.

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Help When Being A Carer Becomes Too Much

Help When Being A Carer Becomes Too Much


All over the country there are thousands and thousands of people of all ages and from all walks of life who either by choice or through necessity devote most of their time to caring for a family member or partner. Whether it is a long term disability, senility or a serious illness, sometimes people need full time care to manage normal everyday tasks, and sometimes the only person available to help is a family member or friend.

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Of course, giving up so much of your time and energy to help someone else is incredibly stressful, and can feel very lonely for the carer. If you are currently feeling the strain after a period of looking after someone who needs you, you may therefore feel it is time to stop taking all of the responsibility on your own.

Why You Should Get Help

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Caring for someone else is not only stressful, it also means putting your own life on hold, often for years, if you try and do it alone. You may also have a lot of anxiety in your life as you worry about the future and what might happen to the person you care for if you aren’t around. You may feel like you are the only person who knows what to do and who the person you care for can trust, however in many cases, carers feel a lot better when they engage someone else’s help and share the role. Whether it is for a large amount of the time or just a few hours a week, having somebody else who can be involved in the situation can shed huge amounts of pressure.

Where to Look for Help

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The most obvious place to look for help is among other family members and friends. They may not realize quite how much you do for the person you care for, and may be more than happy to pitch in and give you some time off. If that isn’t an option, there are charities who offer assistance to people in your situation for all different kinds of disabilities and illnesses.

However, if you can afford it, you may want to consider a more permanent option in terms of hiring a professional carer or aide to come and work with the person you look after on a regular basis. You can contact a local health care agency to discuss the possibilities and the options that they can offer.

Some people feel guilty about bringing in a professional nurse or other care giver, or as if they have failed in their duties, however it is important to remember that the most important things are the well being of both the person you care for and yourself. A professional, trained person can also make life more interesting by bringing a new person into the person you are looking after’s life, and with some conditions a new friend and new experiences can be a real boon.

If you are having difficulties in your life as a carer, remember that you are not alone and there are likely to be people, whether from professional organizations, charities or your own circle, who can get involved and give you a break.

The author of this post, Jennifer Wesley, is a nurse at a leading home care company. She likes to help others and is passionate about the work she does. Her hobbies include reading novels and watching movies.

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Top Strategies And Services That Can Help Make Moving Home Much Easier

Top Strategies And Services That Can Help Make Moving Home Much Easier


Did you know that moving home is rated by psychologists as one of the most stressful ‘life events’ we can go through? According to Seyle’s ‘Life Events Stress Rating Scale’ it is right up there with a death in the family, or losing a job and anyone who has moved home recently will probably agree that while it’s not quite as traumatic as either of those things, it certainly does take over your life and leave you reeling.

But the good news is that there are things you can do to make moving home a lot less stressful – and if you understand these strategies and employ them then you’ll find it goes a lot more smoothly and takes up a lot less time. Here are some tips to help make your next move less on-par with losing your job and more like… having a bad hair day.

Use Storage

One of the biggest stresses of moving home is that you have a very small window in which to move – this being the time between when you can move into the new property but haven’t yet sold the old one. Sometimes this is a very narrow opportunity, but by using a storage unit just for a month you don’t need to worry about it – and you can start moving things over much sooner.

Start Early

In general, starting early is highly advisable as it means you aren’t rushing around last minute to try and move all of your belongings. If you know you’re moving out, then start going through your old documents and things a couple of months in advance and whittling down your things. This way the job will never seem insurmountable.

Use a Spare Room

Of course the downside of starting early is that it means you’ll end up with mess all over the house as you take things apart and pack things into boxes which then makes it difficult to show people around. Unless that is, you were to designate a single room in the house for you to store all those boxes and things so that you could keep them organised and start work while keeping the rest of the home tidy and easy to move around in.

Buy Good Boxes

Moving home is stressful when you have to carry Tesco bags filled with all your belongings and cardboard boxes that are coming apart at the seems. Avoid this by investing in some decent boxes and bags – it’s well worth it for how much easier it will be to move.

Rent a Skip

Does looking at all the things in your home that need to be moved fill you with dread? Well then just take this opportunity to narrow those things down so that you don’t have too much to get rid of. It sounds ruthless, but believe me you can probably reduce your things by 50% and not miss any of it too much. (And if you do? Buy it again!) More to the point it will be liberating and give you a fresh start in your new home, while at the same time meaning you have much less to move. Use skip bin hire to provide yourself with an easy way to dispose of anything non-essential.

The author of this article, Michael Corris, a home décor blogger who shares his experience through guest posts.

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