6 Cheap Things That Can Change Your Life

There are a lot of things you can do without having to use up a lot of money. Take advantage of these resources as they are there for you!

Everyone has something they swear by in their domestic life — whether it’s an object that opens tight jars or a cheese grater that keeps your fingers far from danger. These everyday items work double time to make your life that little bit easier.

1. Ziplock sandwich bags

Clocking in around the $2 mark for 50 of the smallest size, keeping a stock of small, medium and large ziplock bags means always having a waterproof cover for your mobile, a place to keep spare coins or keys in your purse, and a way to store spare charging cords so they don’t get tangled. Of course they’re also an excellent freezer- and microwave-friendly food storage option.

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2. Ice cube tray

These handy $2 trays can be used to store flavour-boosting ice blocks, made using leftover citrus fruits, watermelon, strawberries or pomegranate. Another trick is to save the last of the wine in ice cubes for popping into your cooking — the small cube size means they’ll defrost quickly. You can also use them to freeze and preserve herbs.

Bonus tip: freezing hardier-flavoured herbs such as rosemary, sage, thyme, and oregano in olive oil, instead of water, reduces browning or freezer burn ­— lighter herbs won’t cook up well if you do this, so stick with water for them.

Read more: http://www.homelife.com.au/craft-diy/cleaning-storage/6-cheap-things-that-can-change-your-life

 

The 3 Biggest Pest Control Mistakes

Ants, rats, roaches…oh my! No one wants pests in their home. Living in a home that is full of pests is a big problem, but the effects of some pest control products on children can cause an even bigger problem.

Bugs, rodents, deer, and other small wild animals can all have damaging effects on the well-being of your home or yard. Even more importantly, pests can affect the health of yourself and those you care about. But not all methods of prevention and elimination are created equal. If you’re considering taking action against threatening critters, you may want to weigh all your options first. There are so many things that can go wrong with pest control. Here are some of the biggest mistakes to avoid.

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1. Not Keeping a Tidy Home

The best pest control is prevention. It may seem obvious, but often there is something you are doing that is causing the pest problem in the first place. And even if you do take measures to eliminate pests, with a dirty house they will just find new hiding places and all your hard work will be for nothing. You’d be amazed at how many pest invasions can be avoided by just keeping a house clean.

Spiders, roaches, and mice all love unkempt living spaces. Vacuum often to keep crumbs off the carpets. Wash the dishes to keep bugs from eating your leftover food. Take out the trash frequently. Cockroaches especially like cardboard because they eat it and it gives them a dark place to hide, so make sure to keep cardboard trash out of your home. Store your food in airtight containers. These simple tasks may seem like a given, but they can save you quite a headache later on.

Read more: https://www.doityourself.com/stry/the-3-biggest-pest-control-mistakes

 

How To Choose and Use Plastic Wisely

Every major environmental group has condemned the use of plastics, plastic bags, plastic containers, plastic bottles, and other plastic materials at least once. Despite their warnings, plastics are still used and manufactured up to this day but we need to use them wisely.

If you can’t give up plastic altogether, learn which plastics to avoid and how to lessen the harm from the plastics you do use.

In a perfect world, we wouldn’t need to have plastic in the house. While it’s been a revolutionary material, it also contains harmful chemicals and has become a source of enduring pollution that the planet will struggle with for ages. Goal number one should be avoiding plastic altogether; but given its ubiquity, that might be next to impossible for some. In that case, choosing and using plastics carefully to minimize your exposure may be the next best thing to shunning them completely.

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Unfortunately, the toxicity of plastics is still a bit of a mystery. What we do know is that most plastics contain chemical additives to create certain qualities for specific uses. And things like bisphenol-A (BPA) and the plastic softeners known as phthalates, for example, are known to be toxic; they are both potent hormone disruptors that are increasingly linked to health effects like brain and behavior changes, cancer, and reproductive system damages, notes the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

With so many different kinds of plastics used for so many different things in our homes, where does one start in trying to have a healthier relationship with the material? EWG has put together a lot of information on the subject, much of which I have used as a source here.

Read more: https://www.treehugger.com/green-home/how-choose-and-use-plastic-wisely.html

 

8 Water-Saving Home Renovations

Conserving water is everyone’s business. Being aware of our water consumption is important for our environment and our future.This article goes into detail on how to save energy and water in your home.

Water saving renovations are money saving renovations. Leaky pipes, outdated appliances, and poor irrigation practices hike up your water and energy bills and wreak havoc on your septic system. And, in drought-ridden states, water wasting can be subject to hefty fines and usage audits.

Luckily, many water-saving home renovations are simple and inexpensive. The costlier renovations, like purchasing and installing new appliances, offer long term gains by saving thousands of gallons of water a year.

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Whether you’re renovating to fix an existing water problem or looking to save money with increased sustainability, here are seven of the top water-conserving renovations to consider.

1. Repair Leaking Pipes and Faucets

Hidden leaks in your home can ruin your home’s interior and flood your lawn. One indicator of a leak is an inconsistent water meter reading. Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when water isn’t being used. If the meter reading changes between readings, you probably have a leak. Other signs include:

Read more: https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/8-water-saving-home-renos

 

Easy Ways to Improve Curb Appeal Make Your Home Look New and Fresh

As time pass by, certain parts of the home are going to decline and lose its beauty. This is primarily because of the continual use and contact with different factors. New houses are not exempted for this simply because if it isn’t looked after well, it can eliminate its charm. As a result of this, every member of the family must be aware that even just a small concern like chipped wall surfaces or simple spills can result in a critical challenge eventually.

A house that’s really pleasing is considered to possess curb appeal. Improving your home’s curb appeal won’t only give you a clean and inviting place to live in, but it will also increase the worth of your house. If the curb appeal isn’t that great, selling the house will likely be hard for you if you are intending to do so. To manage this challenge, below are a few simple exterior developments that could boost the curb appeal of your home.

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Clean The Interiors And Exteriors Of Your Property

Cleanup and repair of the interiors then the exteriors of the home. Be certain that the house is free of clutter and unwanted things. Consider it as if you were not the owner of the home. To help you out, you may use a power washer to clean up the exteriors of your abode. Utilizing the power washer, you could get rid of the dirt, salt scum, and grime from your porch, driveway, and outdoor decks. It is possible to rent or obtain a power washer or you can hire the help of a professional power washer to avoid accidents and injuries. Also, do not forget the gutters. You should remember to clean the dirty gutters mainly because it doesn’t just appear unattractive, but it will also fail to function correctly. By merely cleaning it, you could create a big difference in the curb appeal of your residence.

Repaint The Walls

Using new coat of paint could make the house seem brand new. This could be a fun activity for the family which is not that difficult to do. However if you simply are not confident enough, you may still obtain professional help. You may decide to change the colors of the exterior or just simply retouch it. If you are intending to change it, consider the style of the house, The colour should go with the overall theme of your home.

Improve Your Landscaping

One other way to boost the curb appeal of your home is to revive the landscape. Moreover, you must remove the weeds and all sorts of dead flowers. Increase the amount of flowers and plants if required or upgrade the ones that aren’t exciting any more. It is wise to consider adding plants that blossom locally in order to avoid spending a lot of. A landscaping company will also be of great assistance in accomplishing this activity however, if you are certain enough that you can do the work, then just proceed. Connect with your friends and neighbors and ask what sort of plant is perfect for your area.

 

Cleaning 101: How often should you wash your sheets?

Some of the basics of sheet care can be applied to maintaining any type of fabric, from cotton clothing to upholstery. I think you may find that you can learn more than you anticipated from this article!

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I’ve never been one of those people with a pristine kitchen or spotless bathroom. I rather thought when I swept down the aisle at my Year 12 formal in a full-length sequinned gown, it would be the height of my sweeping career. But recently I’ve found myself becoming increasingly domestic. It might be the nesting instinct that comes with age, it might be the fact that Kmart’s homewares are as addictive as MSG, but I suddenly find myself baking my own bread and scouring my Dutch ovens on a regular basis. I dare say my 16-year-old self would be horrified that this is how I spend my time, but cooking and cleaning takes on a certain relaxing quality once pride is involved. At least that’s what I thought, until I realised how much I didn’t know…

All I really wanted to glean was how often to wash my sheets and towels. A reasonably simple enquiry, no? So for answers, I turned to the most forthcoming master I know: the Internet. And there I discovered I was doing it all wrong. For starters, when it comes to the ideal washing frequency for sheets, the scale goes something like this:

Read more: http://www.homelife.com.au/craft-diy/cleaning-storage/cleaning-101-how-often-should-you-wash-your-sheets

 

Fall Clean-Up: What to Do When Autumn Leaves Start to Fall

Autumn is a time to make sure that your yard is in the best shape for the forthcoming year.Understanding how to dispose of autumn leaves can help you clean up your lawn and dispose of them properly.

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You know autumn is here when the evenings grow cooler and the leaves began to change from green to a dazzling array of colors. Then they begin to fall. That’s when you reach for the rake. But there are other alternatives if you don’t relish that task. Consider these other options instead along with some suggestions on ways to recycle leaves from ISA certified arborist Max Burton of Monster Tree Service.

LEAF REMOVAL TIPS

Mow Them

Use a lawn mower with a bag attachment to handle leaf debris on your yard. Disposal becomes a simple matter once the ground-up leaves are collected in the bag.

Vacuum Them

With a leaf vacuum, you can suck up all of the fallen leaves, twigs, acorns, pine cones and other debris into a bag and then grind them up for mulch or compost.

Blow Them

A leaf blower is recommended for managing and redistributing fallen leaves in large yards with lots of trees but raking is more practical and less time consuming if you have a small lawn or garden area.

Read more: http://www.hgtv.com/outdoors/gardens/planting-and-maintenance/fall-clean-up-what-to-do-when-autumn-leaves-start-to-fall

 

How to Hang Pictures on a Wall Straight & Secure Every Single Time

Hanging pictures in a space, along with adding decorative flair to a room, also allows us to bring style and character into our own home. However it’s not just hanging a frame in your wall but to make sure it is attach to the wall safely and secured.

Use this guide, & you’ll never patch an unnecessary hole in your wall again

You get a new amazing piece of artwork home from the gallery or get a professional family portrait back from the framers, and you’re so damn excited about how good it looks that you just can’t wait to get it on the wall. So you break out the toolbox and start hammering away, only to get disastrous results. Does this scenario sound familiar?

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It’s happened to the best of us. When you don’t take the time to properly hang something on the wall, you wind up with a crooked mess. Or even worse, you put it in a part of the wall that can’t support weight, and you wind up with some broken glass and a big hole. But when you abide by a couple of rules of thumb and follow our handy tips, your wall hanging will look like, well, a work of art.

Like, did you know that you should drill a hole and hammer in an anchor before you put in a nail to hang a picture on a plaster wall? And if you fashion a piece of painter’s tape as a little shelf prior to drilling, you’ll have a little catch-all for all the plaster bits that are destined to fall.

If you’re hanging a picture on a brick wall, that’s a whole new ballgame. You’re definitely going to want to pick up a brick clip.

Read more: http://www.sheknows.com/home-and-gardening/articles/1054127/how-to-hang-things-on-any-wall

 

Easy Makeover: A Hardworking Homework Room

A homework is where you kid’s study or or sometimes do your planning here. And based from my experience it’s really hard to concentrate when you have a messy homework room. You don’t need an extravagant makeover for this. Just go for simple and easy one!

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Remember how I’m slowly slinking around my BFF’s house and eating all of the food in her fridge making over rooms for her? (You’ve seen her living room upgrade here). Well, I’m back with a sweet and simple homework room that we pulled together for her kids….juuuuust in time for school to be over for the year. #FlawlessTiming

Thankfully they’ve already found that it’s pretty useful year round. Our goal was just to create a space that’s functional, not too spendy, and something that can grow with them (the kids are 2, 6, and 7). And since it’s right off the foyer, we wanted it to look nice since it’s one of the first things people see when they step through the front door.

Let’s flash back in time to the room as it looked when they moved in. It’s a gorgeous house with big windows and a cool spiral staircase. Our secret weapons for this makeover? Not-so-secret things like some fresh paint on the walls, a light fixture switch, a new rug, some homemade art, and a few inexpensive finds from Ikea, Target, and HomeGoods. No item that we bought for this room was over $160. Even that giant rug was under $140! I know, it’s pretty exciting.

Read more: https://www.younghouselove.com/2017/06/homework-room-makeover

 

10 Things Not to Do When Painting Your Home

There are lots of flaws people can do when deciding to perform the home painting. If your dream is to paint your home with beautiful colors, you have to be cautious. Avoid common painting mistakes that have the possibility to turn your own home into a disaster.

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In the bright light of a new summer, the outdoors couldn’t look better. The grass is neon-green, the sky is itself-blue, and the clouds gleam wispy-white.

As you stroll the grounds of your castle (or just step out on your front stoop), you notice that one thing doesn’t fit in the brilliant glory: your house.

It’s faded. It’s dirty. It’s peeling and cracked like an old sunburn.

Suddenly, summer doesn’t seem as fun anymore, not when you have an endless exterior house-painting job looming over you. To make it more enjoyable, let’s play a game where we predict the horrible house-painting mistakes you’re about to make before you make them. Avoid these, and you might salvage your summer, as well as your time and money.

10. Under Pressure

For those who are into cutting corners, the idea of avoiding a thorough exterior scrubbing before painting is tempting. I mean, you’re going to literally paint over any dirt or grime — no need to change your spaghetti sauce-stained shirt if you’re just going to wear a jacket over it, right?

Unsurprisingly, washing off the built-up dirt or paint residue is not just an unduly complicated step in the painting process. It’s also a necessity for ensuring the paint job adheres well. New paint won’t cover filth for long. This critical step rinses away any mildews or molds that have developed on the old paint, too [source: Hurst-Wajszczuk]. A good pressure wash is essential to that dream of a 12-year paint job. Do a merely superficial rinse and you’re not giving your new paint the clean canvas it needs. Rent a pressure washer and don’t look back.

Read more: http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/home-diy/painting/10-things-not-to-do-when-painting-your-home