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5 Tips for De-Cluttering Your Home

The notion of having an uncluttered, simplified life with fewer things is attractive to many. There are benefits to owning fewer things like less debt, less to clean, more money and time for different passions. Consumerism and materialism lead to anxiety and depression. These people are ready to remove the clutter from their life, and you might be ready too. Unfortunately, when you and everyone else builds the courage to finally do it, you find yourself wondering where and how to even start. Hopefully, these five tips will help get you on your way.

 

Look for Storage Units

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You might as well do this first because you are going to need it. According to Storage Units Chatsworth, storage units are a great solution for keeping items of sentimental value. There are things you rarely look at, never use but will never throw away. This is not necessarily hoarding. Things of sentimental value or things you want to eventually pass on to kids or grandchildren still take up space and time, so a storage unit is the perfect place for them. You can go and dig them out when the time is right.

 

Start Filling a Trash Bag at a Time

At the beginning of your organizing journey, a good first step is towards simplicity is to grab one large trash bag. Then, just start filling it with as much stuff as you can. You will notice a lot of it belongs directly in the dumpster, but there will be plenty of bags you can take to the Salvation Army for the less fortunate.

 

Take the 12-12-12 Challenge

The 12-12-12 Challenge is a popular way to increase the simplicity in your life. First you find 12 things to throw in the trash. Next, you locate 12 items worth donating. Finally, you find 12 item you can reorganize into their proper place. That is 36 things you have quickly organized in your house. You could tack another 12 items on for things in your storage unit too.

 

The Four-Box Method

It is important to do this for every item in every room. You need to buy four large boxes for every room. One box is for items to keep, another for trash, another to donate and one to relocate items. Every item in every room must be labeled for a box. It is important.

 

Use Your Imagination

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This is a powerful psychological trick to employ before and after you begin for motivation and reward. Ask yourself how much you would pay for your house before you start cleaning it up. After you have organized it, ask yourself the same question. The difference in the figures will astound you.

 

Many people feel anxious, overwhelmed and even defeated at the idea of removing clutter and possessions from their homes. It is perfectly natural, but it can't stop you. It does not have to be as painful and dramatic as some people make it out to be, especially on television. You can come up with creative, fun ways to do it. It is not the end of the world. It is the beginning of a less stressful life.

5 Ways to Increase Domestic Accessibility for Seniors

Seniors have special needs that require consideration as the effects of age begin to take their toll. Many of them cannot function quickly or use much body strength. Some of them are wheelchair bound, and others have trouble seeing. Most importantly, elderly bodies don’t heal as quickly or as effectively as they did in former years. Injuries resulting from falls can have a devastating effect on the continued health of our seniors. If you are a child or a care provider for an individual reaching their golden years, there are some home-improvement modifications which can help improve and sustain their quality of life. Consider some of these suggestions:

1. Install a Stair Lift or Elevator

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Ramblers and one-story apartments are ideal for aging individuals, but moving is inconvenient and not necessary at every stage of aging. Alternatively, consider installing a stair lift to move from one story to the next or install an elevator. The motorized lift is designed for elderly people who have problems walking up the stairs and not just wheelchaired individuals. These devices improve mobility and safety.

2. Install Bathroom Safety Features

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The bathroom is the most dangerous place for seniors. Many of them spend a lot of time in the bathroom, and most of their accidents occur in this room. At the least, build lift rails near the bath and hand rails for ease of walking. Place rugs on the floor to prevent common slips and falls. Medicare and other insurance may even approve the installation of a walk-in bath if recommended by a medical professional.

3. Install Motion Sensor Lights and Doors

Install motion sensors that provide automatic controls for your lights and doors. You should be concerned about the overall safety of your senior parents at home. Innovations in home automation and security systems can protect against burglary and even alert you to accidents and wandering dementia patients. Research security systems for seniors that are affordable and reliable.

4. Eliminate Fire Hazards

Oil fires or electrical fires pose a significant threat to seniors. Smoke inhalation can seriously disrupt health, and aging bodies may not be able to respond as quickly to a fire outbreak. Dementia patients are particularly vulnerable, as they may leave on stoves and ovens or engage in other risky behaviors. Prevent fires by eliminating potential fire hazards around the house. Be cautious about where you put candles and flammable items. Install smoke detectors or sprinklers that turn on automatically.

5. Make Use of Handrails

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Install handrails that guide elderly people as they move around the house. Slips and falls are the most common accidents that harm seniors. Handrails can help improve mobility, independence, and dignity without exposing them to unnecessary risk.

Seniors want to be treated with respect and maintain their dignity. They want to feel that they are intelligent and valued. While the effects of age will inevitably take a toll on their independence, we have a responsibility to honor the elders of our generation by helping them enjoy their last years to the best of our ability. Accessibility, mobility, and safety are vital to this effort.

5 Most Dangerous Household Products

It can be easy to feel comfortable in your home and consider it to be a safe environment to spend time in. Unfortunately, there are a number of different household products that can be dangerous for residents and pets on the property and are used by most people. To create a safer environment to spend time in, there are a few dangerous products to avoid using.

1. Non-Stick Cookware

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Many people rely on non-stick cookware in the kitchen to avoid soaking pans overnight, but the products may contain polytetrafluoroethylene, which can release gas once it's heated on the stove. The chemical can increase the risk of cancer and poses a threat to both children and adult in the home.

2. Toilet Bowl Cleaner

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Toilet bowl cleaner is often used to remove grime that has accumulated in the toilets and allow them to shine. Although the acidic product is commonly used, it contains corrosive ingredients that can burn the eyes and skin upon contact. This makes it dangerous to use on a frequent basis and can also cause harm to small children who come across the products. Make sure acidic or chemically reactive products are locked in cabinets to protect curious little hands.

3. Power Strips

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Power Strips may seem harmless, but the products often exceed their voltage capacity when too many electronics or lamps are plugged in at one time. According to a product liability lawyer in Utah, power strips are one of the leading causes of fires in the U.S. and should be avoided.

4. Antibacterial Soaps

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Those who want to maintain a germ-free home often rely on antibacterial soap to wash their hands and reduce the risk of illness or disease. Antibacterial soap may clean well, but it is known to contain triclosan and triclocarban, which are not bio-degradable and can lead to antibiotic-resistant bacteria and other supergerms.

5. Air Fresheners

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Air fresheners may create an attractive scent in the home, but they are known to contain toxins and chemicals that reduce the air quality of the interior setting and can lead to respiratory conditions after accumulating in the body over time.

You may rely on a number of household products to clean your home and create a functional setting for your family, but it's important to conduct research on the items that you use frequently. By sticking to natural products, you can reduce your risk of an accident and maintain your health over time.

 

The Difference between Green Furniture and Sustainable Furniture

Many furniture companies claim their products are “green,” a designation usually referring to material sourcing. Maybe their sofa frames are made out of dumpster-sourced scrap metal or their cushions are filled with used ticker tape. Responsible material sourcing is important, but it does not necessarily make something sustainable; that is, able to exist in perpetuity from an environmental and resource consumption standpoint.

When it comes to sustainability, size does matter. Here’s why:

  • One of the best ways, if not the best way of reducing our carbon footprints and natural resource consumption is to reduce the physical footprints of our homes.
  • Smaller homes produce less operational carbon emissions, (e.g., heating and cooling) than larger homes and are less resource intensive to build.
  • Smaller homes tend to discourage excessive consumerismmitigating that behavior’s attendant environmental impact.
  • Smaller homes typically support denser, more transit friendly communities, which, by their very nature, allow for a reduction in associated transit emissions.

Location, Location, Location

When thinking about sustainable housing, the name of the game is location, location, location. An EPA study found that an energy efficient single family suburban house plus a fuel efficient car can cut your carbon footprint by 34% as compared to a conventional, single family, suburban house and a car with average fuel economy. While this is a significant improvement over a standard single-family home, the same study found that living in an energy efficient multifamily house (i.e. housing with two or more units such as a townhouse or apartment) with access to public transportation reduces your carbon footprint by 62% - and that still assumes car ownership.

As one would expect, multifamily housing units are typically smaller than single-family houses. The median size of a new multifamily unit is 1,074 square feet, whereas the median size of a new single family home is 2,467 square feet. But with a smaller – albeit more environmentally-friendly – footprint can come some challenges regarding functionality, especially as a household grows or changes over time.

Let’s face it, it’s the desire for – or perceived need for – more space that frequently drives people out of central, transit-friendly locations in search of more square footage. Since housing in most urban cores is considerably more expensive than suburban housing on a per square foot basis, moving to a larger home in a central location can be cost-prohibitive.

Increase Function, Not Footprints

All this is to say that furniture is only as sustainable as its setting. Space-maximizing furniture solutions from Resource Furniture can remove some of the reasons that people move further out in search of more space, by increasing functionality without increasing the physical footprint. Every product from Resource Furniture is not only manufactured using highly sustainable methods and materials, but also provide the same level of comfort and functionality as conventional furniture pieces and they are designed and built to last. Each of nine Resource Furniture showrooms offers a vast selection of multifunctional, space-saving furniture solutions that allow people to live comfortably and luxuriously in a truly sustainable setting.

By multiplying the function of a single space, combining rooms, making existing spaces work more efficiently, and utilizing high-quality multifunctional furniture, less square footage is required. Needing less space, one can live more centrally, drive less, walk more and consume fewer resources. In other words – live a sustainable life, not just a green one.

Getting Your Small Space Ready for the Holidays

Whether you’re hosting a large holiday dinner, a festive cocktail party or a casual brunch, the key to getting the most out of your space this season is with a flexible mindset.  Use these tips to get inspired for this year’s festivities and to plan ahead for next year:

Rearrange (and get creative!)
Rearrange your furniture to limit crowding and ensure there’s enough space to make you and your guests comfortable. The double-sided Flex Sofa is an ideal way to achieve maximum quality time with friends and family. A sofa with a wide, sturdy structure and movable backrests is perfect for perching on from all angles. Have fun decorating your space for the holidays, but make sure there is enough room on counters, shelves, and side tables for your company to place plates of food and drinks. Think of unique solutions to maximize your space by having items serve double-duty on the day of your gathering. Try clearing off a shelf on a bookcase to create a temporary bar or snack station.

What to do with all those coats?
Make sure you think ahead and plan for where your guests can keep their coats and bags – the last thing you’ll need in your small space is clutter! Short on closet space? Keep winter coats and bags out of the way by hanging them along a wall with hooks – like the Hidden – a much more organized alternative to piling coats on someone’s bed.

Making mealtime easy
Consider using a transforming table that can be extended to full size at mealtime to seat everyone while they eat, but can be tucked away or used for a different purpose when not in use. The Goliath console can serve as small bar area or snack table throughout the night, but come mealtime it can seat up to ten hungry guests.
If you can forgo the formalities of a sit-down meal, putting out a number of small plates around the room or having guests grab food buffet-style from the kitchen is a fun and social alternative to crowding around a table elbow-to-elbow. “Pot lucks and lounging around informally make for the best memories,” says Jacqueline Schmidt, Director of Design at Ollie. “Easy set up and clean up and more time to spend together, which is what matters the most!”

Accommodating for overnight guests
The holidays are a great time for gathering with family and friends, but sometimes those short-term guests can turn into long-term ones. Anticipate both your expected and unexpected guests by having a plan in place. A sofa wall bed system such as the Swing will not only provide you with an extra sleeping spot, but also features extra storage and can be folded up to provide space and everyday seating so that your home doesn’t feel too crowded.

Keeping things fresh
A lot of people crammed into a smaller space can make for a stuffy environment. If you can do it without freezing, open windows occasionally to provide circulation and air flow. You can also use air freshening sprays or candles to keep the atmosphere inviting and smelling good. Revive candles and room sprays from Melaleuca.com come in a variety of festive scents for the holiday season.

Online Company Review: Glass Door

Glass Door is an online business that specializes in business reviews. Their web site, GalssDoor.com, allows employees to hop on and share honest, anonymous reviews about the companies they work for. Former employees can also leave reviews.

Glass Door has been around for about nine years now, and employees have been able to write online reviews since 2008. Reviews consist of ranking the overall company (zero to five stars); rating the CEO (on a scale of zero to 100); listing the pros and cons of the company; recommending the company (or not); and offering "advice to management."

All the major companies in the U.S. have thousands of reviews. There are also many other smaller companies with only a few hundred or so. Overall, there have been millions of Glass Door reviews posted about thousands of organizations. Let's take a look at how a few companies fare on Glass Door

1. Procter & gamble reviews
• 3,804 reviews
• 4.0-star rating
• 93% approval rating for CEO David S. Taylor
• 85% recommend the company to a friend
• Sample pros: "Great co-workers, challenging technical issues to solve." "Stable environment focused on icon brands."
• Sample cons: "Not sure how much they value employees." "Paperwork is a little much. Workload can get overwhelming. The time it takes getting new equipment through financing and in the door and up and running is too long."
• Sample advice to management: "You should really listen to the people who execute the work before you throw in a new strategy." "Please remember to keep your best people even when they fight for your employees at work. Please keep us protected but also let the people you hired do the job that you hired them for. Continue to support us and we will continue to support you too."

2. Melaleuca reviews
• 156 reviews
• 4.0-star rating
• 82% approval rating for CEO Frank VanderSloot
• 81% recommend the company to a friend
• Sample pros: "Fast-paced, high-energy, mission-driven, CUSTOMER-centered, EMPLOYEE-built, privately-held company approaching $2B in annual sales with a 32 year growth record. An amazing and challenging environment perfect for personal and team growth and development."
• Sample cons: "Performance based income, need to really work hard and put in a lot of time to make a significant income."
• Sample advice to management: "Invest in your people." "Hire people because they know what they are doing. Then let them do it. Pay them well so that they won't ever leave."

3. Wendy's reviews
• 2,086
• 3.2-star rating
• 68% approval rating of CEO Emil Brolick
• 54% recommend the company to a friend
• Sample pros: "Great co-workers, awesome General Manager, easy to move up." "I like the culture here."
• Sample cons: "District Managers are pets of the company and some have very little concern for a work/life balance."
• Sample advice to management: "I thing they can make things way better by getting bigger and really get to know people before they actually get hired in."

Choosing a Dining Room Table

The dining room is an integral part of a home. This is the place where family and friends gather together particularly on special occasions. To make dining a pleasurable one, it is very important for the room to be stylish and comfortable.

Bedroom Makeover

With busy lives full of family, friends and work, our bedroom is oftentimes the place we go to relax and escape everyday life. When done right, bedrooms should be stress-free private sanctuaries full of soothing colours, comfortable bedding and plush pillows. 

Why You Need Dishwasher Repair

The Importance of Proper Dishwasher Repair

Do you have a noisy dishwasher? Are you dealing with dirty dishes after they come out of the dishwasher? Repairing a dishwasher is one of the most important things you can do for your home because without one it can cause you to end up washing a lot of dishes by hand. If you have young kids, you can find yourself washing dishes for several hours a day. Here are some of the common issues we see with dishwashers.

Noisy

The number one issue we hear about is a noisy dishwasher. Noise comes from a number of things from food stuck in the sprayers, drainage system, and motors to pump housing problems. We know how to deal with pump housing, worn washer arm bearings, and motor bushings.

Leaking

Another major problem we handle is treating a leaky dishwasher. A worn pump and door seal normally causes the problems with a dishwasher leak. Failed water inlet valves are another issue that causes leaking to occur.

Dishwasher Won’t Start

Are you pushing a button on the control panel and it won’t even light up? Is the control panel flashing a code? We can fix a dishwasher that will not turn on. Usually it is an issue related to the latch switch, timer, electronic control, motor relays, and thermal fuses.

Door Latch Problem

The door latch will wear out quickly because it is used several times a day. Plastic door latches will wear out fast and they need to be replaced often to close the door and seal out water.

Dirty Dishes

Another major problem is when you go through a cleaning cycle and the dishes are still dirty. Appliance repair Staten Island  can troubleshoot a dishwasher to find out why it isn’t cleaning. Normally the issues are caused from housing gaskets, spray arms, and water delivery tubes and filters.

Not Draining

Appliance repair Brooklyn often deal with dishwashers that have standing water in the bottom. The dishwasher cannot drain if there is a drain pump motor issue, timer problem, and clogged drain hose.

Doesn’t Disperse Detergent

Is your dishwasher working normally, but it isn’t dispensing detergent? A timer or wax motor is normally to blame when it comes to detergent.

For more information about dishwasher repair, call washer repair Brooklyn or washer repair Staten Island today

Beneficial to Hire Packers and Movers?

When shifting your base from one location to another, one of the most challenging and tedious job to perform is to pack the entire household items and arrange a moving vehicle all alone. The problem does not end here, you feel stressed concerning the safety and security of your goods throughout the journey. All these concerns blow up our mind all through the relocation process. However, there are packers and movers los angeles who will come to our aid whenever we need them.

Packers and los angeles movers are professionals in their field and will execute your whole relocation process very efficiently avoiding any kind of hassles.

Below are few of the many reasons why you should hire a professional packers and movers  miami

The professionals are highly trained and have the basic knowledge to safely handle your delicate belongings. They know how to pack each item carefully and they make sure to categorize them properly so that during the process of unpacking, there is no chaos and trouble finding your things.

They use special and unique material to keep your belongings safe from any internal or external damage. They make use of various equipments and tools to lift or place your goods in a proper manner without any harm. When you try to pack yourself, you must find it very difficult and tiresome to arrange and keep everything properly in a box. But, these professional packers are there to take away all your worries just like that.

The moving service providers have well-trained staff to pack and move your goods safely to the new destination. The moving company has a specific number of staff to pack and unpack the goods and another number of staff to load and unload the goods. They will perform everything in less time and that too in a very effective way. They also have various sizes of carriers to move even the large quantity goods altogether.

The services that the miami movers offer are very cost-effective if you hire a reliable one. Even if you do not hire the professionals, then you have to spend lots of money on individual labors for packing, loading and moving separately.  This would cost you more as compared to the professional moving company because the individual services will charge you as much as they like. So, if you hire the professionals, then you will get all services in one package in a pocket-friendly price. Before selecting the one movers and packers, make sure to compare the quotes of different companies with each other.

The topmost benefit of hiring a reliable moving service provider is that you will feel relaxed and stress-free throughout the relocation. You won’t have to take any kind of stress regarding your belongings because it will be on the safe hands. They will take care of your belongings as if it’s their own. They will manage each process carefully right from packing to rearrange everything in the new home.

Overall, the movers and packers will definitely make your relocation memorable and pleasing.

Tips in Choosing Living Room Furniture

The living room is the space in a home that welcomes guests. With that, homeowners make sure that it is well-designed and that it could give comfort to all- not only for guests but for homeowners as well. In designing a living room, the furniture is very important because aside from the visual appeal of the space, it also plays a vital role. Imagine a living area without furniture. Where would you sit to relax and entertain guests? Where will you lounge while watching the television?

10 Things to Consider When Buying a Sofa

Sofas are a big commitment - both literally and figuratively. On the figurative side, they're expensive, and they need to last for a long time. And literally, well, they're big. They take up a lot of space in a room and often anchor a decorating scheme.

Health Check: how to get off the couch and into exercise

Jordan Smith, University of Newcastle

Current guidelines suggest Aussie adults should accrue at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week. However, 60% of us fail to meet this recommendation, and around one in six aren’t doing any regular exercise at all.

If this sounds like you, don’t despair. Studies show that any amount of physical activity is better than none. So there’s a strong rationale for getting off the couch, even if 150 minutes seems impossible.

How to Start a YouTube Channel for Your Business

Every day, YouTube users in the United States watch over 8000 years of content and yet only 9% of small businesses have bothered to start their own channels. As YouTube usage continues to soar, don’t let your business be one of the ones that are left behind.

How To Save Money on Furniture When You’re Young

If you’re a young person living paycheck to paycheck or struggling under student loans, then it’s important to spend your money carefully. But unless you want to use a cardboard box as a coffee table and a sleeping bag for your bed, you’ll have to set up your home with bedroom and living room furniture. Fortunately, it can be done on a budget.