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Decluttering Minis: 250+ small things you wouldn’t miss if you got rid of them

By |February 12th, 2019|

Decluttering Minis: 250+ small things you wouldn’t miss if you got rid of them

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The main issue with decluttering is that we think that we have to tackle the big things in our house first. While it’s still one step to get rid of things that we no longer want in our house, it’s still counterproductive. Think about it, you declutter big items today, then lo and behold, you’re overwhelmed with clutter a week later. This is because we tend to take what small clutter can do to our house for granted. Things that are in plain sight but you never really pay attention to, extra items that you have in your drawer that you just don’t care for since “it doesn’t take up much space”. Small things cluttering up your home is like an army of ants, one ant might seem small, but when they team up, boy, are you in for a world of pain!

So here’s what you need to do, gather up small items that are unwanted, beyond repair, out of date, outgrown, or ultimately unnecessary – and you’ll be surprised with how much your house is transformed! You don’t necessarily need to throw these things out. Ones that are not expired or unmendable can be donated or re-homed. Impulse buys that are totally new and unopened can be gifted or sold online. Check for items on the list below and put them in bins so you don’t accidentally throw away items that are still good for donation, re-homing, selling or giving away as gifts. What do you know, maybe you’ll get to cut back on Christmas shopping before December arrives!

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1. PURSES AND HANDBAGS

  • Old receipts
  • Old planners
  • Expired credit cards
  • Expired membership cards
  • Expired discount cards
  • Expired vouchers
  • Store reward cards you don’t use
  • Unknown keys
  • Keys for old locks

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2. MAKEUP

  • Dried up nail polish
  • Nail polish you haven’t worn in 2 years
  • If you have a lot of nail polish, test them out and donate those that are very similar in color, or ones that you know you will never wear.
  • Foundation bottles you’ve been trying to get last bit out of for past couple of months. If you’re keeping one of them because it’s discontinued but is a good shade match, transfer the contents in a small 3 ml or 5 ml container. That should be enough for using it as reference.
  • Multiple half used emery boards that are older than your cat
  • Lipstick you never wore because it’s too light for you but looked good on the ad – I’m looking at you MAC Salmon and Saint Germain!
  • Multiple hairbrushes
  • Multiple tweezers
  • Perfume bottles you’ve had open for over 5 years. Yes, perfume goes bad. Especially when you store them where they get direct sunlight or in a warm and humid place. You’re welcome for that bonus tip, by the way!
  • Perfume that you know you will never wear. Say, someone gifted you with perfume that’s just has too much floral notes for your liking – ditch it.
  • Dried up mascara. You’re actually supposed to open a new tube every few months, so I don’t know why you still have that.

Makeup samples you’ve been meaning to try out but never did
Foundation or concealers that just not the right shade for you. Don’t stow them away and wait for them to go bad before getting rid of them. Give them away to friends and family who you know will be able to use them or donate them to a women’s shelter near you.
Makeup brushes you never even used.
Old makeup sponges. You don’t want acne now, do you?
Old eye shadow you’ve been keeping since college
Blusher or bronzer that turned out to be patchy or too glittery for your liking
Brow products that are too reddish or are just not the right shade
Tubes and pots of lip balm that don’t really do anything for your lips

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3. PAPER

  • Old bus, train and plane tickets
  • Old movie tickets
  • Old theater tickets
  • Extra photo prints
  • Junk mail
  • Old birthday cards that are of no sentimental value to you
  • Old calendars
  • Old diaries
  • Magazines. While we’re at it, cancel subscriptions to those that you don’t really read.
  • Newspapers
  • Finished notebooks
  • Out of date letters
  • Take out menus – maybe keep some that you order from on the regular
  • Product warranty for stuff you no longer have
  • Electronics manuals – you can get them online
  • Furniture manuals
  • Paper bags
  • Expired contracts
  • Old party and wedding invitations
  • Save the date cards
  • Parcel collect cards
  • Flyers
  • Old lottery tickets
  • Old coupons

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4. BOOKS

  • Cookbooks that you never use – you can get tons of recipes online now anyway
  • Old guide books
  • Books you never finished or are just not good reads
  • Worn out books
  • Out-of-date reference books
  • Books for hobbies you no longer follow
  • Finished activity books
  • Telephone directories
  • Old brochures
  • Old catalogues

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5. CLOTHES

  • Gloves missing their pair
  • Gloves with holes in
  • T-Shirts with holes from moths or ants
  • Torn jeans that are beyond repair
  • Promo shirts that you won’t ever wear even around the house
  • Tacky promo caps
  • Bags that are beyond repair
  • Caps and hats that you no longer wear
  • Old prescription glasses
  • Scratched sunglasses
  • Sunglasses that you no longer wear
  • Broken umbrellas
  • Badly stained clothes
  • Leggings that have lost elasticity
  • Sports bras that have lost elasticity
  • Hair elastics that have lost stretchiness
  • Waterproof clothing items that are no longer waterproof
  • Hand me downs you never really wanted
  • Other clothing items that are beyond repair
  • Extra buttons
  • Broken belts
  • Threadbare sweaters, ponchos and mittens

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6. UNDERWEAR

  • Socks missing their pair
  • Socks with holes in them
  • Socks that have lost elasticity
  • Hosiery with runs in them
  • Bras with the underwire poking through
  • Underpants you would not wear on a bad day
  • Used and abused underpants – let them go!
  • Old worn out pajamas

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7. SHOES

  • Shoes that are beyond repair
  • Shoes that not longer fit or never did fit comfortably
  • Sneakers/trainers with holes in
  • Multiple flip flops
  • Odd shoes
  • Snapped shoes laces

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8. BATHROOM

  • Foot and body scrubs that you never use
  • Old toothbrushes
  • Expired medicines
  • Expired vitamins and other supplements
  • Soap, shower gel, shampoo and conditioner you never use
  • Body lotions you’ve had opened for who knows how long but never use
  • Old bath lillies and bath sponges
  • Mouldy bath toys
  • Hand creams you just hate the smell of
  • Worn out or stained towels
  • Aftershave you’ve had open for more than 2 years
  • Bubble bath, bath salts and essential oils you’ve had open for more than a year but never use. Yes, they go bad too.
  • Broken or rusty hair clips
  • Dull razors and razor blades
  • Old sunscreen products
  • Old bath mats
  • Near empty bath products
  • Skincare samples you’ve been meaning to try out but never did
  • Skincare products that irritated your skin one way or another
  • Skincare items that you’ve been using but doesn’t really do what they claim to do.

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9. CLEANING

  • Forgotten cleaning products under the sink – we all have them
  • Vacuum cleaner fittings that don’t fit your vacuum cleaner
  • Old room and linen sprays
  • Old mops
  • Old or dried up shoe polish

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10. FOOD

  • Expired food packets & canned goods
  • Expired spices
  • Expired or almost-empty condiments
  • Expired flour and baking ingredients
  • Expired sweets and chocolates
  • Expired junk food at the back of your cupboard
  • Old cooking oil
  • Food items in your freezer that you know you will never eat
  • Expired teas and old coffee

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11. KIDS

  • Kids artwork and crafts. Take photos of them if you’re finding it hard to let go of them.
  • Old school work
  • Old school letters and forms
  • Outgrown clothes and shoes
  • Outgrown rain gear
  • Outgrown school shoes and uniforms

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12. TOYS & SPORTS

  • Electronic toys that don’t work even with new batteries
  • Board games with missing pieces
  • Finished colouring books
  • Finished sticker books
  • Finished activity books
  • Video games for consoles that don’t work
  • Game consoles that are beyond repair
  • Old party balloons
  • Mouldy soft toys
  • Dirty rubber or silicone toys that are beyond the toughest scrubbing action
  • Broken sports rackets
  • Balls with puncture holes
  • Inflatables with unmendable holes

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13. KITCHEN

  • Broken kitchen tools
  • Cracked crockery
  • Food mixer fittings for food mixers you no longer own
  • Extra match boxes and lighters
  • Old aprons
  • Multiple corkscrews
  • Multiple can openers
  • Multiple peelers
  • Rusty cutlery
  • Pan lids that don’t fit any of your cookware
  • Pans with missing handles
  • Saucers with missing cups
  • Chipped coffee mugs
  • Empty jars you are never going to use
  • Cracked mixing bowls
  • Cracked glasses
  • Can openers that no longer work
  • Specialty kitchen tools that you never use
  • Old chopsticks from takeouts
  • Water bottles with missing caps
  • Rusty sieves
  • Damaged non-stick cookware

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14. STATIONERY

  • Finished glue sticks
  • Run out markers or pens
  • Leaking pens
  • Bits of wrapping paper
  • Broken staplers
  • Broken hole punchers
  • Rusty pencil sharpeners
  • Broken crayons
  • Stickers that no longer stick to anything
  • Old bubble wrap
  • Old used envelopes
  • Broken ring binders
  • Worn out document boxes
  • Old rubber bands

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15. ELECTRONICS

  • Dead batteries
  • Broken watches
  • Busted light bulbs
  • Camera fittings for cameras you no longer own
  • Broken flashlights
  • Old broken cameras
  • Old mobile phones
  • Record and video tapes and vinyl you can no longer play
  • Old phone chargers
  • Data cables that no longer work
  • Earphones that no longer work
  • Scratched DVDs and CDs
  • CDs you never listen to
  • Old cables for broken electronics
  • Old cables for electronics you no longer have
  • Cracked phone cases
  • Phone cases that you no longer use
  • Old software CDs

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16. BEDROOM

  • Bed linen with tears you cannot mend
  • Threadbare blankets and throws
  • Duvet covers that don’t fit any duvet that you own
  • Hair dryer fittings for hair dryers you no longer own
  • Pillow cases that don’t fit any pillows that you own
  • Bedsheets and pillow cases with tough stains that can no longer be removed
  • Bedsheets and pillow cases you no longer use
  • Old candles that you haven’t lit in years
  • Old shoe boxes
  • Old jewelry boxes
  • Broken alarm clocks
  • Old, dirty pillows and duvets that are beyond any special cleaning
  • Broken hangers in your closet

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17. CHRISTMAS

  • Broken Christmas lights
  • Broken Christmas baubles and other Christmas decor

Getting a few of these items out of your home little by little each day makes a lot of difference. You’ll find that what will be left in your home are those that really matter and those that are really useful to your everyday life.


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The Aftermath: What tasks should you prioritize right after you move in to your new home?

By |January 28th, 2019|

The Aftermath: What tasks should you prioritize right after you move in to your new home?

Success! You have moved in to your new home. I hate to be a buzzkill but you still have a lot of things to do. Here’s a helpful guide on the essential things that you need to do right after you move in to your new home.

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Get the bug spray out

The perfect time to spray for bugs is right after you move in to your new home, before you start unpacking. Spray any areas that might have bugs in them, like cupboards, cabinets, the bathroom and under the sink.

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Set up the beds

After a long day of moving and unpacking, you will definitely want to look forward to having a comfortable bed to sleep in. Let’s face it, you might even want to take a quick nap in between unpacking your stuff, right?

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Unpack the kitchen

Another essential part of getting your home set up, especially for the following day is to unpack the kitchen. If you have too much kitchen stuff, just get the essentials out – appliances, cookware, dishes and utensils that you use on a regular basis.

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Groceries

This is just a quick task and it’s an opportunity for you to take a quick break from unpacking. Have some coffee while you make a list of what you need to stock up your fridge and pantry. Get the essential items that you’ll need over the next few days. It would also be a good idea to plan meals that you can either cook quickly or leave on the stove while you unpack more boxes. Another tip is to meal prep for the next few days so all you have to do is heat them up.

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Set up shelves in the garage

If you already have seasonal items, baby clothes, camping gear, and other stuff packed away in bins to be stored in your garage, it will be convenient to have shelves ready for them to be stacked in, right? You will have cleared up tons of space in your home after doing this.

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Change of address

Write this task down on a sticky note and stick it on the fridge or have an alarm set up so you won’t forget to do this part. Check out our blog about who you need to notify about your change of address.
New school

After unpacking the essentials, it’s time to make sure that your kids are set up for their new school. Apart from registering, you need to shop for school supplies. If you move in the middle of the school year, it would still be like the first day of school for them, sit them down to ease any “first day” concerns that they might have.

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New doctors

If you didn’t get around to doing this before you move, do it after you’ve settled in a little bit. It would probably help if you were also able to secure any records from your old doctors to make the transition easier. Start looking for a new pediatrician, dentist, ophthalmologist, etc., and schedule any necessary check-ups or appointments.

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Sort out your new budget

Apart from any change in your rent or mortgage, as well as utility bills, you would also need to consider different due dates for payments and changes in prices of other things that you spend on since you will need to shop at different stores if there are no generic stores around your new place. Make sure to plan out your new budget and timeline.

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Meet your new neighbors

While there are neighbors who are quick to come over and introduce themselves (some will probably bring you a housewarming gift), it’s important to be proactive and introduce yourself. Doing this shows them the nice, approachable, and friendly neighbor that you truly are.

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Celebrate!

Once you’re all settled in, it’s time to celebrate and bring some positive, fun energy into your new home!


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8 things women over 40 should get rid of

By |January 2nd, 2019|

8 things women over 40 should get rid of

Along with all the wisdom and life experience, most women over 40 have surely accumulated loads of other stuff. While some of these items will stand the test of time, there are some things that over time just reduces themselves into nothing but clutter.

 

Expired Makeup

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Let’s get this out there first before any other things. Using expired makeup is not good for the skin. So it goes to say that you should throw them out. They’re not doing anybody any good. If you have shades of eye shadow, lipstick or blush that you can’t let go of because they’re your holy grail, and are discontinued, what you can do is to swatch them on a piece of paper so you can keep them for comparison. As for items that have some sentimental value attached to them, say your first high-end makeup purchase, take a picture, it will last longer and will not clutter up your vanity.

 

Shoes that hurt your feet

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It’s high time to get rid of shoes that hurt your feet or give them blisters. It doesn’t matter how cute they are. You can donate them or sell them for the extra profit. Free up some space in your shoe collection for ones that do not hurt your feet.

 

Bras that don’t fit

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You should have a clear understanding of your true bra size by this time, so toss the ones that have lost elasticity, have underwires poking out, or are overall just not a good fit. If you’re still unsure about your correct bra size, get fitted at a store that you trust. Give that part of your wardrobe an overhaul and get bras that fit!

 

Bridesmaid dresses

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If your bridesmaid dresses look like that’s the only purpose that they’ll serve, maybe they’re a little tacky or are just not versatile enough to be re-purposed for anything, get rid of them. These days, the trend is wearing those infinity dresses, but let’s face it, most of the weddings that you’ve been a bridesmaid at before weren’t lucky enough to have had this trend going on at the time. Free up some space in your closet, otherwise, you’ll see yourself at that scene from the movie 27 Dresses!

 

Flimsy plastic chairs

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You take pride in your outdoor space, and you want your guests to feel at home. So don’t make them sit on flimsy, rickety plastic chairs! Invest in some sturdier outdoor furniture that will last for years, provided you take good care of it.

 

Wire Hangers

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Clear out the wire hangers from your closet and replace them with wood or cloth ones. Wire hangers can wear out the shoulders of your shirts because of the material and the thin surface of the hangers.

 

Clothes that are too small

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A lot of people keep clothes that are too small for them no matter how much space they take up in the hopes that they might fit into them someday. Donate your clothes or sell them for extra profit. You’ll free up loads of space in your closet and if you do end up losing weight down the line, you can reward yourself by buying new clothes.

 

Supplies from abandoned crafts and hobbies

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While there’s nothing bad about trying out a new hobby or starting a new craft project and not finishing it, But if your untouched craft supplies end up cluttering up your home, it would be best to get rid of them.

Freeing up space in your home also means freeing up space in your life and opening up the door for new opportunities to come in as you see yourself transition into a life without any reminders of a cluttered and unorganized life.


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Cleaning hacks

By |December 11th, 2018|

Cleaning Hacks: Moving to a new place? Give your old home a good cleaning job before you part with it.

Get your deposit back! Use these cleaning hacks before you move out of your old rental. Honestly, most of these tips are really good hacks for keeping your house clean too, so don’t leave just yet and read on.

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Soap + Nail Holes

Fill nail holes using Dove soap or any similar soft bath soap. Rub it in nail holes in a circular motion to ensure that they are fully filled.

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WD-40 + Crayon drawings

Did your kids use your walls as a coloring book? Spray some WD-40 onto the marks and wipe with a clean rag. WD-40 will not damage the paint or most wallpaper (test fabric or other fancy wall coverings first). It will also remove marker and crayon marks from furniture and appliances.

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Dryer Sheets + Baseboards

Wiping your baseboards with dryer sheets is amazing at repelling dust and keeping them clean!

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Vinegar + an old sock = Clean Blinds

Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle, spray it on the blinds, slip on an old sock on your hand, and wipe down each individual slat on the blinds. Easy! The vinegar and water solution will not really smell that much, but if you’re sensitive to smells, you can mix in a few drops of your favorite essential oil too.

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Turtle Wax = Clean Vents

Clean your vents and keep them clean for a longer time! Remove the vents and wash them with soapy water, rinse and let them dry. Once they’re dry, use a soft, clean cloth and apply turtle wax generously, just like you would when waxing your car. After the vent has been completely covered, buff off the wax.

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Hydrogen peroxide + Water + Lemon Essential Oil = No More Carpet Stains

Get stains off of your carpet by mixing 1 part Hydrogen peroxide, 2 parts water and 5 drops of lemon essential oil. Here’s how it works, Hydrogen peroxide breaks down stains and the lemon oil helps release any sticky residues. Spray a generous amount of the solution on your carpet, let it sit for a few minutes, then use a brush to loosen the fibers a bit. Repeat this process as necessary. Adjust the mixture by adding more water if your carpet is darker. Extra tip: You can also use this solution to clean upholstered furniture.

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Vinegar + Baking Soda = Clean Dishwasher

Here’s a cheaper alternative to clean your dishwasher! First, check the dishwasher’s drain area and make sure there are no hard waste materials that can plug the drain, cause damage to the pump or scratch dishes. Next, place a dishwasher-safe cup filled with white vinegar on the top rack of your dishwasher. Run the dishwasher for one cycle using the hottest water setting. What this does is to help to wash away grease and grime, as well as sanitize and help remove any musty odor. After the vinegar cycle finishes, sprinkle a handful of baking soda around the bottom of the dishwasher. Run it through a short cycle using the hottest water setting. Baking soda is a great deodorizing agent, so this will help further deodorize your dishwasher and help in removing any stains.

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Lemon + Vinegar = Clean Microwave Oven

Take a lemon, slice it up and put the lemon slices in a bowl. Add a splash of white vinegar, set the microwave oven on high and cook for 5 minutes. After the 5 minutes of cook time is up, let the bowl sit inside the microwave oven for a few more minutes. Remove the bowl and wipe the inside of your microwave oven with a damp cloth. The previously stuck-on food should just slough off easily leaving you with a clean and fresh-smelling microwave oven! Plus, this cleaning trick doesn’t involve using any harsh chemicals, so neat, right?

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Baking Soda + Dish Soap + Vinegar + Lemon Juice = Clean Oven

It looks like a lot, but you will be proud of yourself after doing this. Mix a few drops of dish soap, juice of 1 lemon, 4 tablespoons of baking soda, and 5 tablespoons of baking soda into a paste. Make sure to add the vinegar slowly and carefully to avoid making a mess – we all know how the volcano science experiment thing works right? Slather on the paste inside the oven, including the oven window and let it soak for a few hours. Scrub the dirtier parts using a sponge and use a damp cloth to wipe off the mixture until it’s all gone.

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Cream of Tartar + Water = Shiny Stainless Steel

Get stainless steel surfaces, cookware and flatware to shine by using a paste made with cream of tartar and some water.

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Baking Soda + Vinegar + Lemon Juice = Clean Grout

Dirty Grout? Mix 7 cups of water, 1/2 cup of baking soda, 1/3 cup of lemon juice and 1/4 cup vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray this mixture on dirty grout, leave it on for about 1 hour, then scrub the dirt away with a brush.

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Vinegar + Lemon Essential Oil = Clean Shower Head

Clean your shower head on a weekend with this easy hack. Take a plastic bag and fill it with white vinegar. Just eyeball the amount, but essentially, you’ll want the shower head to be submerged in vinegar. Add a few drops of lemon essential oil to the plastic bag with vinegar and submerge the shower head in it. Use a rubber band to hold the bag in place. Leave it in there overnight (that’s why it would be better to do it on a weekend), take the shower head off the bag in the morning and wipe it with a microfiber cloth. Run the shower for a minute or two to make sure that any residue is washed away.

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Moving to a new home

By |November 14th, 2018|

How to deal with moving to a new home

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I’ve had my fair share of experience in moving, and I’ve learned that the key to a seamless moving experience is planning and organization. If you have a lot of time to prepare for the actual move, then you can really take your time in making sure that moving to a new place will be easy and stress-free. However, if time is a luxury that you don’t have, you’ll have to focus more on an organization. Here are a couple of tips that I can give you.

Declutter

Go through your things and decide on which ones should be packed and included in your new home. Don’t be afraid to throw away stuff that’s already broken which you said you’ll get around to fix or get repaired. Better yet, sell them in a junk shop. You may also want to donate your old clothes, shoes, and other things that can be used in evacuation centers or by those who are underprivileged. If you need extra cash to help with moving, you may also want to consider having a garage sale. I’ve also experienced having enough extra unused clothes and trinkets that ended up being transferred to my stock for Christmas presents an emergency presents. You know, in case you’re invited to an acquaintance’s birthday party and you don’t have time to shop.

Packing is Key

Take time to shop for the right sized boxes and containers to make packing easy. Make sure to get bubble wraps and Styrofoam peanuts for fragile items. Now if you want to save up, one tip is a lot the bubble wraps and Styrofoam only for large fragile items, like your TV. For plates and glassware, I just use old newspapers. You’re gonna wash them all anyway when you unpack, so why spend extra, right? Oh, and it’s advisable to stack your plates vertically when boxing them up. This way, your precious china won’t move around inside the box during transport.

Sharpie Time!

Pack from the inside out. Say the innermost part of the old place is the bedroom, pack your stuff there first all the way out to the living room. Imagine packing your stuff in the living room first and having to go all the way back to your room and pack there. That’s a lot of tip-toeing around packed boxes.

Consume perishables on the days leading up to the move. You wouldn’t know if you’ll get around to unpacking right away and setting up the kitchen first thing you get there, right? Might as well avoid spoilage and wasting your money.

Pack a “carry on” for each member of the family. It could be a box or a bag with your essentials on it. Basically, it should be the box or bag that’s opened first when you arrive at the new place. Let’s face it, we’re all tired and kinda lazy after moving into the new place. Have three-days to a week’s worth of clothes in your carry on. I think it depends on how well you know yourself. Do you see yourself really, and I mean really unpacking your stuff in three days? If not, better add some more. Your carry on should also have your personal hygiene essentials like your toothbrush, small toiletries, whatever you need to get primped up. As for me, my carry on also includes a flashlight, band-aids, alcohol – rubbing alcohol! I know what you’re thinking. You can pack that too if you like. I also pack trash bags, bottled water, wet tissue, and my phone charger.

Clean!

Since we’re not always sure if the new place is really clean, as the last tip, pack a separate box with your go-to cleaning products. It’s one of the first boxes that I open when I move to a new place. This way, you can sleep soundly on your first night in your new home with the assurance that it’s cleaned just the way you like it.

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Garage Organization

By |October 24th, 2018|

Get your space back with these garage organization ideas!

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Most people don’t really have their car parked inside the garage, or if they do, there’s barely little wiggle room left. The reason? There’s too much stuff in it! Leaving your car out makes it vulnerable to sun damage, rainwater damage and exposure to bird droppings and tree sap. So I guess there’s no arguing that your car will be much safer when it’s stored inside the garage. Let’s help you out with that. Get back your garage space with these garage organization ideas! Your car will thank you for this.

Getting Started: Clean it all out

It might look like quite a tall order to get started with the hardest part, but everything has to start somewhere right? The key here is to be organized, decisive and rational.

  • Set aside at least a full day, or even a full weekend or two, to get the job done.
  • Go through absolutely everything. Empty every box and bins that you have stored away.
  • Sort all items into three piles: keep, donate or sell, and toss.

The nitty gritty

  • What should you throw out? Let go off outgrown toys, items that are broken beyond repair, expired household chemicals, old paint, and anything you haven’t used in two years or more.
  • For the items that you will keep, sort them even further. They could be sports equipment, power tools, painting supply, etc. Store them in stackable clear-plastic bins for better visibility and storage. If you have kids at home, it would be best to store power tools and other sharp or blunt tools in a sturdy, lockable cabinet where they can’t reach for it.
  • Donate or sell the remaining items as soon as possible. You can hold a garage sale or have goodwill pick up the items for donation.

Re-check the keepers

Make sure that you check for these items in those that you will be keeping. While most people have always these in their own garages too, it’s highly recommended that you store them somewhere else.

  • Paint – It’s best to store paint in a more temperate area. Note that extreme cold or heat can ruin the paint.
  • Propane – To keep your household safe, propane tanks should always be kept outdoors. Remember that even tiny spark can cause propane to ignite and cause a fire, or worse, an explosion.
  • Paper plates and paper cups – These and similar paper goods should be kept in your pantry as they are more likely to attract roaches and other bugs in your garage.
  • Pet Food – Pet food should always be kept inside the house in a sealed container. Leaving them out will attract possums, raccoons or other animals.

Measure your garage

Take note of the following items before buying anything that you will use to store the items in your garage:

  • The dimensions of your whole garage
  • Size and location of windows, doors, switches, and receptacles
  • How much space your car takes up

Finally: Grouping them back together

  • Store gardening items that you use together close to one another so they’re easy to find when you need them, i.e. gardening tools, lawn chemicals and fertilizer
  • Put bulky equipment, like lawn mowers, in corners, where they won’t get bumped or knocked over by your car.
  • Frequently used items, like bikes, should be placed close to the garage door. This is so you don’t run the risk of accidentally damaging your car when getting these items out.
  • Rarely used items or those that you only use a few months in a year should be kept in the hard-to-reach spots in your garage so you don’t waste other available spaces.

Bonus Tip!

To maximize the floor space in your garage, see to it that items are kept off the floor whenever possible. This avoids clutter build-up and ultimately results in having less and less need for tidying up.

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Stop Procrastinating

By |October 16th, 2018|

Stop Procrastinating: Why should you get rid of your stuff?

 

Procrastinating is one of the biggest blocks in your journey to an organized home and a seamless moving experience. Be it being too sentimental about the things you’ve accumulated in all the chapters of your life or your myriad of reasons on why you just can’t bring yourself to let go of stuff. No time, what if I can fit into them again, I’ll get those fixed soon (but never did in years), it was too expensive or I could learn to use that someday. I could go on and on, but what you’re really here for is to get some sense and finally get out of that rut in the lazy limbo. So here are 10 reasons why you should get rid of your stuff before moving to a new home.

 

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Time

Getting rid of things as soon as you know that you will be moving is a huge time saver. Starting sooner than later gives you time to sort through the really important stuff that you will keep and what really needs to go. Once you’re over this hurdle, it will be a lot faster to pack your stuff.

 

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Money

There will surely be some valuable items in the things that you decide on letting go of. Why not make money off of them? Set up a garage sale or sell these items online. Make sure that you sort through your stuff and have designated bins for which ones will be sold, donated or trashed. This way, the items that should be for sale won’t get mixed up with items for the trash or for donation.

 

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Energy

Unnecessarily holding onto things takes up emotional energy. While getting rid of things can be hard at first, you’ll find that it makes room for space not only in your home but more importantly, in your everyday life. This is especially true if the stuff that you end up getting rid of goes to goodwill or to friends and family whom you know will have more use out of these items.

 

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Progress

Take the leap! Start with one hour a week then gradually increase the time that you take to sort through your stuff and deciding on which ones should be left with you. You’ll be surprised with how much progress you can make in just a short span of time.

 

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Potential

Unused or unwanted items are just accumulating dust and ultimately just losing their potential to be used for their original purpose. Forgotten shoes and bags get worn out without ever seeing the light of day, makeup or skincare products go bad without ever being opened, or brand new clothes get holes from moths or ants. You get the point. So let them go. Someone else will get lots of use out of it!

 

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Downsizing

The less stuff you have, the more you’ll appreciate the value of seeing what’s really important. The less you’ll want to accumulate more stuff in the future and the less you’ll spend.

 

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Clean

Think about it. The less stuff you have, the easier it is to maintain a clean and organized home.

 

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Good Deed

A lot of the things that you take for granted could mean a lot for other people. Think about that the next time you still decide to keep stuff that you know you will never use. Each time you donate anything to goodwill, you do a good deed. You get to help other people while enriching your spirit.

 

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Perspective

Believe it or not, drowning in clutter and having an unorganized home could more or less block your thought process and hinder decision making. Freeing yourself from this will open your eyes to see what’s really important for you to focus your time and energy into.

 

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Space

Enjoy your clear open spaces and the happiness it brings you! Feel the openness in your life and welcome in good things. Some worthwhile alone time or spending more time with friends and family.

 

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Never clean your house again

By |October 16th, 2018|

Never Clean Your House Again: Practice these habits to keep your house clean and clutter-free

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Better habits save you time and keep your life stress-free by never having to deal with so much clutter in your home. Start cleaning and tidying up before the mess starts by following these simple tips.

 

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1. Don’t let the dishes pile up

Wash the dishes right away. Think about it, washing four or five dishes a day is way better than dealing with thirty dishes at the end of the week. This also applies to the dishes that pile up when you’re cooking. Wash the things that you use while you’re waiting for the water to boil, rather than having pots and pans pile up.

 

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2. Put things back where they came from

Avoid clutter by putting books, toys and other stuff where they belong. This will help avoid that pile of stuff on your coffee table or your nightstand.

 

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3. A minimalist bed

Sure, it’s nice to have some decorative pillows and throw blankets to maintain a perfectly styled bed, but let’s keep it to a minimum. The fewer steps it takes to make your bed every morning, the more likely you’ll actually do it.

 

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4. No balled-up socks

Keeping the entryway clean is very challenging, especially when you or other people in your household don’t have the habit of doing so. Put shoes and coats away after entering the house, take off your socks and put them straight in the hamper instead of leaving them balled up everywhere. Another good thing to have is a mini area that will act as a mudroom. Have a tray or rack for dirty shoes and wet coats. This way, you’ll avoid messing up the entryway or getting mud in your carpet, this will require minimal periodic cleaning.

 

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5. Clean as you go

Wipe down spills and food stains right away instead of leaving them for later. The less build-up, the easier it is to clean. Mildew, grease, and food stains are not a good look for your house.

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6. Don’t have that special “chair”

You know that one chair in the corner of your room with piles of clothes in it? Yes, that one. It’s like a magnet for clutter. Avoid that by putting your clothes away every night. If your clothes still have one use left in them, at least fold them nicely instead of just tossing them on that lazy-trap chair.

 

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7. Edit

Don’t own extras. Check for mismatched sheets and pillowcases that you don’t really use anymore, or extra items in your kitchen like Tupperware lids, cheese graters, and similar stuff. Edit them out and watch the clutter disappear, opening up more space in your home.

 

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8. Command Center

Have a designated command center in your home. That’s where your keys, bills, and mail should go. This way, you’ll avoid losing your keys and having to mess up the whole house looking for them. Another important benefit to this is avoiding that pile of envelopes in your coffee table and losing track of important bills and mail.

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Garage Storage Must Haves

By |October 16th, 2018|

Garage Storage Must-Haves

 

If you haven’t thought about streamlining your storage solutions for the items in your garage, the time is now! Taking this extra but, a definitely necessary step will make a world of difference in your organization game. Here are some of the most recommended storage products for garages.

Stackable clear, plastic bins with lids

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Simply using cardboard boxes to store items in the garage simply won’t do. This is especially true when the items that are to be stored are used regularly. Storing them in clear, plastic bins makes it easier for you to see what’s inside them – eliminating the need to open each one just to get it right 7 boxes later.

Sample Product:
Rubbermaid Roughneck Clear storage boxes

 

Clear jars in different sizes

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Clean out empty food jars and store small items like nuts, bolts, screws, nails and similar items. It goes to say that like items should go in the same jar. Take an extra step and label each jar so you can easily spot them when you need them.

 

Lockable Cabinet

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Use a sturdy, lockable cabinet to store power tools, lawn chemicals, as well as similar items that you wouldn’t want your kids to get into. A good recommendation is the Enviro Elements 68-inch Resin Multipurpose Cabinet.

 

Label Maker

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Bad handwriting? No problem! A label maker will do the trick for you so you won’t have to squint your eyes to decipher sloppy handwriting.

 

Sample Product:
Dynamo Organizer Xpress Embosser

 

Open Shelves

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Open shelving units are gaining more popularity in the past few years due to the easy access it offers. Not to mention that it’s cheaper than closed built-in storage cabinets. The easy access is much celebrated in the garage tool since you don’t need any additional clearance to swing any doors open.

Another advantage of open shelves is that since their contents are readily seen, you will feel more compelled to keep it tidy, whereas closed cabinets give you an excuse to put off organizing its contents for later. And that’s how clutter starts piling up. Although you can still opt to have one or two closed cabinets for items that need to be protected from dust and dirt.
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Sample Product:
Fleximounts WS13 3-Tier Storage Wall Shelves

 

Pegboards

 

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Pegboards are widely available, easy to install and are easily customizable. But one thing that you need to keep in mind about these storage solutions is that they are only recommended for hanging lightweight hand tools and similar items. Remember that it is not safe and sturdy enough for hanging heavy objects.

Sample Product:
Hardboard Pegboard

 

Overhead Space

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More to store? Look up! The garage ceiling is a great spot for hanging long, flat stuff that you don’t use very often, such as ladders, fishing rods, and seasonal sports gear, like surfboards and skis. It’s important to make sure that anything that you hang from the ceiling does not interfere with the operation of your garage door. Also, see to it that there is enough clearance between the items and the roof of your car to avoid any potential damage to the roof of your car.

Sample Product:
Feximounts GR48 4′ X 8′ Overhead Garage Storage Rack

 

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moving tips for women

By |October 13th, 2018|

Moving Tips for Her

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There’s probably no need to check statistics on who takes up the most closet and storage space in most households. So it’s especially hard for us to pack when you have to move to your new home. Perhaps you need to relocate or have just struck the gold mine and checked one of your goals on your list – owning your own house. Sharing is caring, so here are some targeted packing tips for women to ensure a more efficient and organized move.

Let it go

I don’t mean that song from Frozen that kids keep singing over and over. But yeah, you can sing this it while you’re doing this step. You do you! Remember that scene from the first Sex and the City movie where Carrie’s packing her stuff to move in with Mr. Big on their lush penthouse? And yes, Carrie probably has more clothes in her wardrobe than all of us combined. Good thing Charlotte had good sense and thought about organizing which of Carrie’s clothing items should be kept for the move, and which ones should be tossed. So you get where I’m getting at, right? It’s hard, but it has to be done. Go through your wardrobe and check which ones should be kept and which ones should be tossed. For those that will be “tossed”, you can maybe set up a garage sale to make extra cash, box up those ones you haven’t used for a rainy day when you need emergency gifts, or donate them. Think of it as finding a new home for your old Burberry sweater. Queue teardrop rolling down your left cheek.

Makeup

If you don’t have the right bag or storage bin to actually protect your makeup from being damaged during the move, might as well take extra precaution rather than just tossing them in a box. Put cosmetic cotton pads inside compacts and palettes for that needed cushion to prevent them from breaking. For eyeliners, brow and lip pencils, bundle them up in rubber bands and wrap them up in plastic wrap. Tape it up real nice so they’re more secure. This goes the same for your precious lipstick collection. I know I speak for every one of us when I say that one of our worst nightmares is finding uncapped liners and lippies when we’re unpacking. The horror! As for liquid items like liquid foundation and body bronzers, uncap them and similar items, place saran wrap on top of the mouth of the bottle, and re-cap. Let’s throw your skincare regimen in there too, plus your lotions, shampoos, and bath gels.

Shoes and Bags

If you have shoes that you need to have repaired, make sure you’ve had them repaired before moving. Otherwise, you might risk doing more damage to your favorite boots while they’re being moved from one place to another. Invest in items to keep the form of your pricier shoes, like those buildable shoe trees or those cylindrical foams for your boots. For frugal input, you may use newspapers to stuff inside your less expensive shoes to keep their form and cut pool noodles for your boots. For bags, newspapers will come in handy too. Stuff newspaper inside bags to keep their form before packing them in boxes.

 

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