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As a rule of thumb, it's a good idea to have chimneys cleaned at least once a year. Usually before cold weather sets in.
My area had our first freeze this weekend! Oh, joy. Now is the time to turn on the heaters, bring animals and plants indoors, and stay huddled around the fireplace until Spring. However, being toasty can create several hazards into your home: house fires are way more common in the cold weather. Check out this post by Erika Rogers at the Active Rain blog for how to keep your home safe this winter:
-Space Heaters and Electric Blankets- Learn to how to use the brand you have purchased properly. Read the label.
-Holiday lights- Make sure there are no shorts in them, and keep your Christmas tree watered to keep it from drying out and becoming another fire hazard.
-Carbon Monoxide- Use a carbon monoxide detector in your home. If you have a gas stove, use the vent during cooking. Have your furnace inspected each year!
I’ve been seeing ads lately for the spray that you’re supposed to use before you use the toilet to prevent bad smells. I’m not sure if any of those products actually work, but if you have a chronically smelly bathroom, it could be worth a shot! However, some of them cost around $10. Personally, I think that’s a bit much to keep a bathroom from smelling like…well, a bathroom. That’s why I love this post by Karrie at Happy Money Saver. Here’s her recipe for “poo spray” that you can DIY for pennies:
1 tsp rubbing alcohol
30-40 drops of essential oil of choice- this time I used Lemongrass and Peppermint..
Pour rubbing alcohol in a 3 oz spray container and add essential oils. Add water to fill the container. Give it a good shake and you’re ready to go! I’ve found 3-4 sprays is enough to cover the bowl and trap all of the stink particles below.
Don’t love the look of your old vinyl blinds, but can’t afford to buy a hundred dollar set of fancy new bamboo ones? We’ve got you covered. Check out these tips by Nanci at The Dollar Stretcher for updating your old blinds and bringing new life into your room. All you need is some vinegar, water, and spray paint for plastic in the color of your choice:
-Take all of the slats down, including the valance part. Wipe each blind with vinegar and water.
- Spray the blinds using two coats.
-Once the spray paint had dried, use a simple pearl glaze, and using a sponge roller, go over each blind to add some texture and soften the color.
Achieving your goals is all about forming positive habits. Want to lose weight? Make it a habit to go to the gym daily. Want to save money? Make it a habit to stick to a strict budget. These things are sometimes really tough, even painful, but must be done for us to accomplish what we want. Keeping a clean and organized home is no different- you have to form the right habits. For things to start doing, read this post by Sarah at Sarah Titus and your home will always be organized:
-Everything must have a home- Everything in your home must be put away in a designated spot when not in use. If not, then this is how clutter forms.
-Organize mail as soon as it comes through the door. Bills go in a folder, junk mail goes in the trash.
-If you haven’t used an item in 6 months, get rid of it.
-If you don’t need it, don’t buy it.
My closet is basically a black hole. When I’m cleaning, I kinda just throw everything in there and shut the door really fast so it doesn’t all come tumbling out. And it seriously needs to change, because I can’t find the clothes I want to wear half the time. That’s why I love this post by Julie Gerstein at Buzzfeed. It’s chock full of awesome organization hacks to get your closet (and your life) together:
-Assign different seasons of clothes to different colored hangers
-Use pants hangers to keep boots off the floor
-Use PVC pipe for extra storage
-Use all the wall space in your closet for jewelry storage
You don’t have to install a 10 ft high fence with a fingerprint scanning gate to have a safer home. You don’t have to buy expensive cameras or alarms- securing your home doesn’t have to break the bank. It just takes some elbow grease and a little know-how. Check out this post by The Family Handyman for some easy tips on making your home a little more secure:
-Install solar powered motion detector lights
-Reinforce exterior door jambs- Remove the puny 3/4-in. screws from the strike plate. Drill pilot holes into the framing behind the jamb. Then drive in 3-in. screws to anchor the strike plate to the framing.
-Shred or burn important documents to avoid identity theft
-Put a camera (a fake one works just as well) by your front door so thieves avoid your home.
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