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Small Apartment, Excess Luggage/Furniture

There are various reasons why we have excess furniture, clothing, shoes, and luggage in our homes. You know how you moved into an apartment and thought in your head, “Why do I need a large apartment?” Forgetting that as the day passes you either see yourself acquiring more household items and personal belongings. Or your family grew from just you to a couple more people. Whatever the reason, you find out that over time, the house becomes tight and filled with items scattered around. There isn’t enough space to keep or arrange things properly, so you pile up one piece on another.

Some people may have the option of moving to a bigger apartment. Of course, it would cost more than your present residence. If you can afford to move, why not? However, the famous saying, “all fingers are not equal” explains that not everyone will have the financial capacity to move to somewhere more spacious. In this case, do you live your house looking clustered and unorganized just because your apartment is small? Let’s help you answer that question by giving you storage ideas for small spaces. These ideas will help decongest your residence and give it a beautiful look, as well.

Let me further add that living in a small apartment has its advantages. It is easy to clean, very cozy. If you misplace anything in a small living area, it wouldn’t be hard to find. The major disadvantage of residing in a small house is space and storage. But with the many storage solution ideas out there, you can transform your small space into a comfortable and tidy looking apartment. It only takes a bit of time and creativity to achieve this.

Storage Solutions for Small Space

Below are a few storage solutions that you can apply to help reduce clutter in your apartment and equally serve as interior decor. Adding more value and class to your home.

  1. Shoe Storage

This applies more for shoe lovers. You could be living alone or with someone and have so many shoes and sometimes turn a blind eye to the space those shoes are occupying. Getting a shoe shelve can help you carefully arrange the shoes in them. Want to be more creative? You can get a dresser that has pull-out drawers where you can also place the shoes. This dresser can be kept in the living room and gives you an extra surface area to place other items in your house.

  1. Office Wall Space in Kitchen

You can maximize the space on your kitchen wall and turn it into decorative storage for utensils. Install wood on the wall space, and you can decide to paint the wood a color that complements the one in your kitchen. On the wood attach hooks and then determine which items will fit there without causing any sudden accidents. You can hang things like cooking spoons, pans, and pots.

  1. Under Bed Storage

If your bed has a bed frame, there is undoubtedly going to be space beneath it. This is like the first place most people turn to when looking for space to hide some things. As easy as it sounds to shove anything under the bed frame, with time, it gets messy. However, bed-frames can come with pull-out drawers under the bed that can help you store items in a more organized manner. If you place the mattress on the floor and possess a lot of books. You can install a bookshelf under the bed where you can stack all your books neatly.

  1. Makeshift Closet or Multitasking Shelf

Either of these can serve as a storage and a room divider as well. The makeshift closet can take the place of a closet to help you store your clothes in an orderly manner. A multitasking shelf will serve as a storage area for many items like artistic flower vases, small picture frames, books, etc. Both of which add a decorative value to your apartment.

 

The trick isn’t acquiring big furniture that will still occupy the space you are trying to create. How creative you are can affect how you organize your items without the need for large storage furniture. You can combine cabinets, make use of double-duty furniture, go for door-less cabinets, etc.

 

 

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Detoxing Your Home – What & How

You must have heard the famous saying, “there is no place like home.” The home is meant to be a haven, where you can always feel sound and safe. Which is why it is important to make extra effort to ensure that the environment you reside is free from any chemicals and substances that are harmful to your health.

There are a lot of factors that can contribute to environmental pollution. Some of which are chemicals we use in our homes, like pesticides and insecticides. Also, artificial fragrances used as air fresheners and scented soaps can be toxic. Paint is another source of indoor air pollution. The chemicals used in its production can pollute the air in our homes. One pervasive source of indoor air pollution is natural gas. The use of natural gas has increased over the years, and many people ignore the fact that it can be dangerous to your health.

Why Do You Need To Detox Your Home?

The answer to this question is simple. A healthy home saves you and those around you from a lot of things. Living in a healthy home and environment can save you the cost of visiting the doctor and buying medications. The adage “health is wealth” is one to behold. Taking care of your environment will not cost you as much as paying medical bills.

So many diseases and medical conditions associated with a toxic home and environment. The ignorance of how dangerous these chemicals in our homes can be detrimental to one’s health. This is enough reason to detox your homes and create a healthy home and environment.

How to Detox Your Home

One essential element of everyday living is the air we breathe. One without breath is non-living. But also, the air we breathe can be detrimental to our health. The atmosphere in our homes is more often than not the dirtiest place, especially after you just finished cleaning the house.

To effectively start the home detox process, you need to first and foremost improve the quality of air in your home. Most of the insecticides, pesticides, and cleaning products we purchase and use in our homes have volatile organic compounds. This compound escapes its container in parts per million regardless of if the container is sealed or not. These emissions further go on to create a low-level chemical bisque that spreads throughout your home and forcing your body to detoxify regularly. The best thing to do is completely eradicate any of such products from your home and save you and your family’s immune system from the stress of regular detoxification.

Below are a few on how to effectively detox your home;

  1. Dispose of every pesticide, insecticide, herbicides from your Home

    These chemicals are undoubtedly the most toxic chemicals used in and around most homes today. Products that end with a “cide” belong to a different category and has been associated with cancer in children. We recommend you do a thorough sweep and dispose of all chemicals under this category.

  2. Open Your Windows Daily

    Doing this, you are allowing natural air to come into your home and as well ensuring that the air in your home is recycled daily.

  3. Dust and Vacuum Regularly

    When dust accumulates, chemicals are easily trapped in your home. Endeavor to always dust and air out your home as often as possible.

  4. Avoid Wearing Shoes in the House

    This may sound cliché, but you should know that once you step out with your shoes, wearing them back into the house will have you bringing in contaminants. It is easier to have it contained outside rather than spreading it all over the house.

  5. Always Air Out your Laundry

    After dry cleaning, air them out for a couple of hours before bringing them back into the house.

Besides, you can make use of Himalayan salt lamps, and place in as many rooms as possible. This lamp is a natural detoxifier. It helps trap dust and other contaminant particles in the air. Research also has it that Himalayan salt has a few health benefits.

Look out for safer and natural ways to control pest. Do away with synthetic and artificial air fresheners and other personal care items. Give your body a break and live a healthy and comfortable life at home.

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Clean Your Room Today: Magic Tricks To Keep Everything Nice & Tidy With No Sweat

You know that exhausting feeling you get when you step into your room, and it’s all messy and scattered? When you think about cleaning up the room and tidying the place, it seems like an overwhelming task. Most times you even procrastinate, telling yourself, you would clean it up later.

However, cleaning your room can be quite straightforward. But first, you have to understand that your room is like your place of sanctuary. Your quiet place, if you need to be alone or clear your head, you can get into your room. An untidy room can affect your mood and mind negatively.

As tedious as cleaning a room might seem, there are ways to make the process fun and fast. Before you know it, you are done without breaking a sweat.

Quick Tips to Keeping Your Room Clean and Tidy

It is essential to get in the right headspace before you start cleaning else you would end up spending longer than you should. Here are a few guidelines to follow to enable clean your room and have fun while doing it.

1. Listen to Music

Before you start the process of cleaning, select your preferred playlist, and listen. There are different genres of music that are suitable for different moods and purposes. In my opinion, choose the playlist that has fast and energetic songs. This will help you get the job done in no time.

2. Open the Room Windows and Blinds

This will give room for natural light and air to come into your room. You need light to see and that fresh air to spike up your energy level.

3. Clear Your Bed and Lay It

Making your bed is usually the easiest and quickest step when cleaning your room. In less than 5 minutes you are done with the bed. Once your bed is tidy an arranged, your room instantly has an improved look which will further motivate you to clean up the entire room. Endeavor to change your sheets often and replace them with cleaner ones.

4. Don’t Keep Clothes on the Floor

Always try not to keep clothes on the floor. The room instantly feels messy and scattered once you have clothes littered on the floor. If you still end up dropping clothes on the floor, pick all of them up and sort out the clean from the dirty ones. Take the dirty ones and put them in the wash basket, and the clean ones should be neatly folded or hung in the wardrobe.

5. Clear out Garbage

Pick up any form of garbage you can find in your room and trash it in a bin. By doing this, you are clearing up space and reducing clutter in the room. More so, always empty your trash bin when it’s full. Be cautious of the type of garbage you put in the trash. Avoid items that can attract ants and insects.

6. Do Not Eat in your Room

This is the norm for most people, and in my opinion, it isn’t healthy. Whenever you eat in bed, you expose your room to food crumbs and a collection of spoons plates, bowls, etc. This habit will make you have ants and bugs as your roommates. If in any case eating in your room is now a habit, make sure you make it a habit of clearing out the dishes when cleaning your room.

7. Organize other Items in your Room

Gather all these things to the center of the room, like hangers, deodorants, accessories, books, etc. In so doing, you create more space as well as make it easier to sort of where each of these items belongs. Also makes it easy to sort out things you no longer need.

8. Sweep and Mop the floor if necessary

Once you are through arranging and tidying up the room, get a broom and sweep all the dirt and dust and gather all to form a pile before using a dustpan to pack and dispose of it. Then if necessary, get a mop and dip into a bucket of soapy water and use it to wipe the floor.

9. Dust the Surfaces

To end it all, use a duster to wipe out every form of dirt or stain from your desk, fans, shelves, lamps, amongst other surfaces. Start from the top and work your way down, so you avoid taking dirt from where you have not cleaned to where you have already cleaned.

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How To Add Potted Plants Around the House

Introducing potted plants in your home and surrounding can be a thing of beauty as long as you know how to place them. Asides the decorative value that potted plants come with, they also have several other benefits. These plants help filter the air of toxic agents, purifies the air, and gives your home a warmer look. They can generally improve your health.

It is one thing to have potted plants around your home and another to keep them healthy, happy, and alive. Just like the nutrition in animals differ according to species, so do plants. With plants, however, it is a bit tricky because all plants survive when they get sufficient water and nutrients. 

To get the best out of the plants in your home, you need to ensure they are healthy. Keeping them healthy means you not only have to water the plant but also consider where it is placed, how it reacts to the different weather conditions and so on.

 

Where Can My Potted Plants be kept at Home?

One essential factor that all plants need is sunlight. Any plant that doesn’t get sufficient sunlight will die. But take note however that some plants require more sunlight than others. So it is essential to give enough thought when it comes to placing plants in your home. Putting a plant in a particular part of your home because you think it fits may not be the best place for the plant. 

Before you place a plant in any area of your home, consider a few things. Things like; which part of my house gets sunlight the most? What is the average temperature in each part of the house? Where are my windows faced, and which area gets enough natural air? 

Once you put all of these into consideration, it becomes easy to choose where fits best to place these potted plants. The idea is not just to add a decorative value to your home, but also enjoy its health benefits. And a plant can’t beautify or be beneficial to your health if it isn’t healthy.

How to Place Potted Plant around Your Home

Different individuals have different preferences for wanting plants in their home. It could be for decoration, health, or to keep away harmful insects or animals. The fact remains that whatever your reasons are, you need to know how to place these plants in your home.

It is one thing to know where to place these plants and another to understand how to place them. You need to take the time out and assess your needs and match them to certain houseplants. See below to know how to place potted plants in your home;

 

  1. Use Potted Plants As Interior/Exterior Home Decor

A lot of people’s decorative ideas is what dictates where they want to place a plant, regardless of how it affects the plant’s life. There must be a compromise between where you want to put the plant and what the plant needs to survive. Which is why we advise you always to do your research because various species can thrive in not such hospitable areas. But still, give you both health and decorative values in your home. 

After selecting the type of plant, next is the type of container. Again you not only have to consider what matches your design needs but what is best for the plant as well.

  1. Pick Areas that aid Life of the Plant

All plants need light to survive. Though some require more light than others, while some need direct and some indirect. It is best to place plants near w window or a location that allows them to get the amount of light they need to survive. 

More so, humidity is another factor that affects how plants survive. Some plants will do better in a considerably humid environment. Make sure that the area you place your plants isn’t arid. And be mindful of the temperature too.

 

  1. Take Good Care of your plants

Knowing what your plants require to survive is crucial. There are quite several requirements, all of which vary across the different species of plants. Make sure you do thorough research or even seek for information from a horticulturist.

Ensure that your plants are watered regularly. Do this after taking note of the temperature and the amount of light surrounding the plant. And be sure to fertilize your plants. Know the right fertilizer mixture for either of your plants.

Growing plants in your home are a bit more tasking than the ones you have outside in your garden. It takes more effort and time. Do some more research on the different types of plants.

 

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