Stay Or Go? The Golden Rules Of Decluttering

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When you come home from work and struggle to find a place to sit down…

When your home becomes a health and safety nightmare for you and your family…

When you simply can't find anything because you have too much stuff… You know you have too much clutter.

Decluttering will give you more space in your home. Decluttering will reduce your stress and cause you to feel happier. And decluttering will let you know where the cat has been hiding for the last twelve months.

Decluttering is a no-brainer then, but the one question you might have when sorting through your stuff is...

Does it stay or does it go?

To help you decide, follow these golden rules. Then, after sorting out your stuff, you should purchase more storage for anything you intend to keep, and for the stuff you intend to discard, you should recycle, donate to charity, and even sell - Eames for quality furniture, and Amazon or eBay for anything else that might net you a little cash.

The Golden Rules of Decluttering

1. If you haven't used something in over a year, then get rid of it.
Because ask yourself - are you ever going to use it? Seasonal items are an exception, but anything else? If it has been sitting dormant for a long time, is it really worth keeping? Probably not, so have a think, and if you know you are unlikely to ever use it, think about putting it in the 'discard' pile.

2. Don't keep something out of guilt.
It might be that teapot your great aunt bought you as a housewarming present. Or it could be something you received as a Christmas present one year. Whatever it is, if you are only keeping it because you think you 'should,' then question yourself. Do you like the item? If so, fine, keep it! If not, don't keep it because you might feel guilty after discarding it. If it's filling up space in your house but not in your heart, let go of the item, or send it to the attic where it will cause less clutter.

3. Double the item is double the mess.
Do you really need two of the same item? The only exceptions are those pieces that are supposed to come as a pair, but anything else? If it doesn't make sense to have a duplicate of the same thing, then you really don't need to have it in your house. Instead of doubling up on your clutter, double your income by selling it online.

4. Don't keep something because you might need it one day.
If something has been sat for a long time unused, but it's there because you 'might' need to use it one day, then ask yourself the question. Are you ever going to use it? If you haven't used it thus far, then you are probably never going to use it. Of course, the cruel law of nature is that once getting rid of it, you might suddenly need to make use of the item at last, so what do we know? Still, you might be able to stick it in the attic with those other things you are unsure about, as you will create a little more space in the rest of your house.

We hope this has been helpful to you. We hope you now have something to help you think about the decluttering process. And we hope that your home finally becomes free of the stuff that you probably didn't need in the first place. Let us know what you think, and if you live by decluttering rules of your own, feel free to pass them onto us. Thanks for reading!

Are Your Summer Essentials Properly Packed Away Ready For Next Year?

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As we are now in the colder months, hopefully, you have packed away everything that you are going to need for Summer. But, you need to make sure that it is all in some sort of order so that when the warmer months come calling again, you are ready. You might think that this seems to far away as we are only in November, but it is always best to pack things away so that they are easy to retrieve. If you don’t start thinking about it now and making sure everything is sorted, you could find yourself in the middle of a nightmare, come May time.

So, what are your summer essentials and which should be taking priority in storage? What are the items that need to be at the front and easy to reach when the weather starts getting warmer? If you don’t have some of the things on the list, we suggest that you get them ready for next summer.

Your Summer Curtains

One thing that many people change in the different seasons is their curtains. Your summer curtains are good for letting in the morning light, and helping you to appreciate the warmth of the day. You are not going to want the same kind of thing for your winter curtains, or you will find that your home, and in turn you, are cold for about four months.

Your winter curtains need to be thick enough to keep the heat in the room, and any cold that may be coming from the windows out. That’s why you need to look at thermal curtains for the winter season and keep your pretty, but thin curtains in the attic.

They do need to be at the front though because once winter has passed, you want to be able to get them straight back out. There is nothing worse than having the heat trapped in a room on a hot summers day with everyone in your house melting. Curtains are not going to take up a lot of storage space so having these easily accessible is not going to be a challenge. If you don’t want to put them in a box, you don’t have to. Just simply fold them up and have them by the entrance of your attic until the sun returns.

Cooling System

THE summer essential is going to be some sort of cooling system, and here, we are obviously talking about fans. If you don’t have a fan in the summer, and you are not one of the lucky people who has air conditioning in their house, you are not going to enjoy the summertime the same way everyone else does. So, if you don’t already have a fan, we suggest that you go and get one before the heat creeps back in. You should look into getting Dyson fans, or something similar as these will provide you with the best level of cooling and avoid you dripping with sweat.

So, it seems pretty obvious why this one needs to be packed away, but still readily accessible. For storage, you should keep the original box that it comes in and every winter, put it in this and then in your attic. Make sure that it is one of the first things that you can reach when spring, turns into summer.

Thin Bedding
The first thing that you will change in the winter is your bedding. The thin bedding is going to be swapped for the comfy, and cozy thick bedding. You obviously want to keep yourself warm in winter, and that is why the thick bedding is the best option. But what this means is saying goodbye to the thin sheets that have served you well for the last few months.

As you are only going to need your thick bed sheets throughout the harsh cold, you need to make sure that you can easily get to your lovely thin ones. If you are going to be getting in your loft when the time comes, it’s not going to be too important where you actually put these. As long as they are not buried underneath things and hard to find, you are going to be okay here. The best option is going to be to put them on top of something else that you need. Your fan, for example, would be a good place to store your bed clothes so that when you go up, you don’t forget anything and end up making two trips.

Bug Nets

Do you have bug nets for your home? Some people do, and others don’t. But if you do, you know that you use them much more frequently in the summer months than you will at winter time. For this reason, you can put your nets away through the winter season if you want to. Just make sure that you can get to it at the back end of spring/early side of summer. This is when you are going to notice all of the bugs appearing again, so you are going to need to be able to find your nets.

You don’t have to put these in the attic because these are not large objects, and they can fit in small spaces. So, if you have spare space in one of your cupboard or wardrobes, they can go here. Alternatively, if you don’t have space anywhere else for them, they can just go under your bed! Thanks to their thin style and easy to fold nature, you won't even notice that they are there, but they are going to be readily accessible when the bugs come calling.

Hopefully, after reading this article, you know what your summer essentials are and how to make sure they are packed away properly, ready for next summer. Take this advice, and you will find packing for winter, and locating for summer a lot easier. Doing it this way eliminates the stress and confusion that can occur when it comes time to change everything up for summer.

Your Homes Winter Checklis

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Our homes go through a lot. They protect us from the temperature and inclement weather. They keep heat in, and cold winds out. They keep us dry and safe while protecting all of our possessions. They are also our space. Where we are free to be ourselves. Where we can express ourselves with our decor choices. They are home to our family, but also to our greatest treasures and memories. We use them in a variety of ways every day. Our windows and doors are opened and closed. Our floors are trampled on. Our appliances and furniture get regular use. Yet we just expect them to last.

Winter time can be tough for all of us. It’s colder. It’s wet. The weather can be unpredictable. The roads can get icy. Our heating bills are more expensive and getting out of bed on a dark, cold morning is significantly harder than it is in the summer. Many of us face coughs and colds, as well as aches and pains, and some of us even suffer from seasonal depression brought on by the cold and dark. Through it all, we expect our homes to endure.

The harsh truth, however, is that they don’t always. Certainly not without care, protection, and consideration. If you want your home to offer you a cozy and comfortable safe haven all winter long, you need to take the time to ensure that it is able. Use this checklist to make sure your home is ready to face the colder weather when it arrives.

Get Insulating
When it comes to keeping warm and looking after your home, insulation should be at the very top of your list. You may already have cavity wall and loft insulation, which go a long way to trapping warm air in your home. But, these aren’t the only ways to do it. Simple things like draught excluders around your external doors, and closing internal doors when a room isn’t in use, can make a massive difference.

Check Your Windows and Doors
Damaged or incorrectly installed seals on windows and doors let warm air out, and cold air in. Over time, a tiny gap in a seal can damage the door or window, the structure of your home, and increase damp and mold inside your house.

Work room at a time, checking all of the seals are well fitted, and doing their jobs correctly. The easiest and often most effective way to do this can be simply running your hand around them while they are closed to feel for cold air.

Clean Your Gutters
In the autumn months, as leaves are falling from the trees, it’s all too easy for guttering to become clogged and damaged. When it rains, this can see cold water running down the side of your house. This water can seep into the spaces between bricks and wood. This can cause severe damage, especially if it freezes and expands as it gets colder. Look for a good gutter repair company if it’s needed.

Get That Roof Repaired

A damaged roof can cause significant problems in the winter time. But, unfortunately, the damage isn’t always apparent until the problems arise. The only way to know what is going on up there is to get up and take a look. Or to ask someone else to do it for you. If your roof needs even minor repairs, get them done now before it becomes a bigger problem.

Have Your Boiler Serviced
Getting your boiler serviced before winter hits is the best way to ensure that you can stay warm throughout the colder months. Even boilers that seem to work well can struggle when they are suddenly being used much more, so a full service every year is often the best way to protect them.

Turn the Heating On
If you haven’t used your heating for months, it’s a good idea to start switching it on for a little every day from now to give it a kickstart. Check all of your radiators, if any are cold, either wholly, or in part, you might need to bleed them. Watch this video for help.

Avoid Frozen Pipes
Frozen pipes can be a massive problem over the winter months. They can mean a loss of water and heating, and a burst pipe can lead to flooding and damage to your home. The best ways to avoid frozen pipes are to protect them with insulation or lagging, especially those outside of your house, to check for leaks that need repairing, to run your taps every day to keep water moving and to leave your heating set to a low temperature at night and when you are away from your home.

{Home} Time To Get Your Home In Order!

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We all want to keep our homes in order but the truth is that doing that can often be a lot easier said than done. After all, making your home look like something out of a magazine takes a whole lot of hard work and effort, and that's not something the everyone's willing to do. However, even if you are willing to put in that much effort, it's easy to end up in a position where your home still feels like its untidy, unclean and out of order. If that happens, don't panic. It just means that it might be time for something a little more serious than your typical spring clean. With that in mind, here are some things that you can do to really get your home in order.

Deep clean
Even if you clean your home regularly, there are often problem areas that end up getting missed and places that don't quite get as much attention as they should. That's where a serious deep clean comes in. When was the last time you cleared out and cleaned your kitchen cabinets? What about cleaning under all the bookcases and the couch? These kinds of things can be pretty labor intensive but ignoring them for too long can end up making your home feel dirty no matter how often you clean it. Every few months, it's worth giving the entire place a serious deep clean. It'll make your whole home feel like new.

Structural fixes
Of course, the issue with your home might be more significant than just cleanliness. It could come down to something as serious as structural issues. Things electrical issues, roof repair, or leaking pipes aren't the kinds of jobs that you want to take a DIY approach to. They can often be so complicated, delicate, or dangerous that your best bet is definitely to call in a professional to take care of it for you. Spending money on that kind of thing might be frustrating, but the truth is that these are things that are simply too important to ignore.

If you're feeling kind of bored of your home, there's a temptation to try and find somewhere new. However, doing that can be incredibly difficult and expensive. Instead, why not try and make your home feel like new by rearranging it a little? Most people tend to forget that they can arrange a room however they like. Why not try to experiment a little bit and try some new things/ And if you don't like it, you can always put things back the way they were.

Now, these are certainly not going to be quick and easy jobs the same way that a lot of cleaning and tidying can be, but that's because they're the sorts of things that you only really have to do every once in a while. If you're sensible and you take care of your home then you won't have to worry about these kinds of things very much at all.

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