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.

{Decor} Brighten Up Your Living Room With One Of These Great Focal Points

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The focal point in any room is important as it is the main feature that will attract the eyes as soon as someone enters the room. In most rooms it is often the main piece of furniture that instantly catches the eye, such as the bed in a bedroom. However, when it comes to a room like a living room, you have a lot more freedom to come up with a unique focal point. It doesn’t always have to be your TV!

Ready to create an amazing focal point for your living room? Here are some of the best ideas that can really add the wow factor.

A Fireplace
Fireplaces are great focal points and if you already have one built into your main living room wall, then you might not have to do much other than smarten it up. If it is the original feature, it might be full of character and could really help to add some personality to your room. Don’t worry if you don’t already have a fireplace in your room. There are now lots of stores that sell them and will be able to install them for you.

Or if you want to do something easy you can look into getting one of these PlugIn Fireplace Furniture Pieces.

A Gallery Wall
One really popular focal point idea that many interior designers add in their own homes is a gallery wall. In order to create this, you just need to cover the main wall in the room with framed photos, artworks, and prints. The whole idea is to create a wall that works as a gallery and will display your favorite type of art.

You can find some nice Frame Sets like these on amazon.

A Piece Of Vintage Furniture
There are now lots of furniture stores, such as Plum Goose, that feature some great vintage-style brands, like Four Hands. These brands specialize in reclaimed furniture and great vintage pieces that will really add some charm and style to your living room. It’s a good idea to add a statement piece of vintage furniture that will stand out from everything else in the room.

I really like the balance of this wall gallery by @luxdecor_montreal. But the feature that made me stop and look was the combination of different color frames..wood, black, and gold all grouped together harmoniously to create a powerful focal point. Would you like to do this on your wall? Do you like the mix of frames? Home decor today incorporates all of the things we love, the treasures we have collected over time that have meaning and memories.. so keep that art or print in the original frame and hang it with all the others you have...just like this wall! Fabulous! #framedart #oceanpainting #sevavailable #originalart #vintage #finditstyleit #smmakelifebeautiful #artistofinstagram #goldframe #instaart #photooftheday #vintageprint #artwork #artcollector #interiordesigner #diyhomedecor #myhousebeautiful #sevenstreetmarket #focalpoint #estatesalefinds #treasure #gallerywall #treasurehunt #finds #thrifting

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Use Original Features
If you have moved into a period property then you might notice that there are some original features in the living room. One of these could be a fireplace, like I’ve already mentioned, but you might get lucky and have a living room that has the property’s original beams on display. If so, you might want to paint these or restore them to their original state. Beams are a fantastic stand-out feature and can retain the home’s original style.

Strip The Wall
If you want to really mix things up in your living room, you might want to strip the main wall to expose the brickwork. Exposed brickwork is extremely fashionable right now, and will work in a variety of interior design styles and trends. It is a certainly striking look and will definitely attract everyone’s attention!

As you can see, there are lots of different aspects of decor and your living room that can be turned into a fascinating focal point. Which one do you think that you will go with?

{Cleaning} 4 Tips To Help Clean Spillages In Your Home

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All housewives can agree that spillages are probably the worst thing to clean in the home. When you have small kids, then you probably end up with a handful of spills every week. Plus, add in some random acts of clumsiness on the adults' behalf, and you run the risk of a home that’s overrun by spillage stains!
The good news is, there are ways you can make it much easier to clean up spills in your home.

Get in there right away
The worst thing you can do is leave a spillage sitting there for many minutes on end. When you do this, then it normally ingrains itself into the surface and causes permanent stains. Or, it will cause a stain that’s far harder to get rid of. To prevent this, you should get in there right away and clean up the spill as soon as you notice it. There’s no time to waste, soak it up immediately to prevent severe stainage!

Switch to more water-resistant flooring
Spilling things on carpets is an absolute nightmare as it completely soaks up the spill and is very hard to clean. So, to make life easier for yourself, you should switch to more water-resistant flooring options. Places like Montgomerys the flooring store will sell different options that deal with water better than others. Usually, a laminate or vinyl option is the best as you can literally just wipe spills off the surface right away. There’s no danger of the spillage seeping into the flooring and leaving a stain, which helps keep your home nice and clean.

Use white wine vinegar for food stains
Often, it’s not just drinks that get spilled in your home. If you’ve ever cooked pasta for your kids, or given them anything with tomato ketchup dipping sauce, then you know the outcome resembles that of a war zone. There are usually red spillages and stains all over the table and floor, which can be very hard to get rid of. However, one cleaning hack involves using white wine vinegar and dishwashing liquid on the stains. Simply put the liquid on the stained area and then rinse it with the vinegar. It’ll smell funky, but the vinegar helps remove the stain like magic. This trick comes in handy for most food stains.

Use salt or baking soda to neutralize stubborn stains
On a similar note, both salt and baking soda can help neutralize stubborn stains and stop them from setting in. Normally, they work best with various wine spills that you may have in your home. Perhaps you hosted a party, and someone spilled some wine, or maybe you left a glass on a table, and your child knocked it over? Either way, covering the stains with salt or baking soda can help stop it from sinking into the surface that the spill is on. Then, you can pat dry and rinse away with water, and everything will be good as new.

Don’t let spillages become an issue in your home; follow these simple tips, and you’ll clean them with absolute ease from now on.

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