Jun 21, 2014

Decorating and Organizing a Laundry Room

When it comes to decorating your laundry room, you should approach it like any other such subject – with lots of finesse and tactfulness. You want your laundry room to be both fabulous and functional and no compromises are allowed. Even though you probably won't invite people there (I certainly hope not) you still need to make it nice and cozy for yourself. And what can be more fabulicious than...
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Adding a few shelfs


It baffles me beyond measure why people don't add more shelves in their laundry rooms. A few stainless steel shelves with a nice artificial counter top on your washing machine will open a lot of extra space for you to keep your laundry detergent and fabric softener on. They will also give it that simplistic look we enjoy so much, especially when we see it in movies. Furthermore, they are easy to clean and especially durable so there is nothing to worry about. It's the perfect combination between functionality and aesthetics.

Making the place look bigger


Unless you live in a mansion, I imagine your laundry room is pretty small, like most. However, there is a way to make it look bigger. All you have to do is make use of light, colors and tones. The lighter they are, the better. Decorating with wood or metal (depending on your preference) will give the place that unique feel you are looking for and this is the sole reason for decorating the room in the first place. You can add a few personal touches to make it feel truly unparalleled.

Adding a few baskets


You can add a few baskets to the place. It's delightful how well they blend in with any interior. In order to make this more functional, you can add several baskets of different sizes around the room and keep different types of clothes in there. Instead of keeping all the clothes in the same basket, you can have one for sheets, another one for white clothes, another one for colored clothes, one for socks, etc. This way it will be easier for you to plan your laundry and you will be able to see what's building up at the moment, essentially combining beauty and efficiency once again.

Make sure everything “hits the wall”


You want everything in your laundry room to be right next to the wall. You want your washing machine to be in a center place and you need to be able to easily move throughout the premises. You must make it so that noting is your way and when you are in the middle the room, everything is literally an arm's length away and everything is really easy to reach. This way the room will look neat and you will be able to do everything really easily because all you need will be easily reachable and the lack of obstacles on the way will significantly improve your efficiency.

Cabinets and drawers


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Adding cabinets and drawers can be either used as an alternative to the shelfs, or better yet – as an addition. The cabinets will give you even more space to work with inside and if they're wooden or light in color, will make the place look and feel bigger, combining utility with style. They are also easy to be cleaned and you could use the services of Battersea local cleaning if you don't have time to do it.

Lighting


Make sure the place is always well lit. This way it will be easier for you to do your laundry but it will also give it a more lively look and feel. Otherwise it might end up being that dark closet you hate walking into because it's small, annoying and dark.

The Floor


A nice floor comprised of white or light tiles will additionally provide the place with a neat and tidy look, while at the same time matching the rest of the room. A wooden floor would be irresponsible, since there are chances that water might fall on it and damage it.
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If you put all tips into use, you should have a much easier time doing laundry in a room that actually makes you feel great.

* This is a guest post submitted by Silvia. 

Jun 19, 2014

my little miss Morkie

So here I am again. Picking up blogging again. I could be better with consistently blogging, but I'm a firm believer that you should only do something you enjoy doing, so hence that's why I blog when I would like to. I blog for so many of my clients that I get wrapped up with my writing jobs that I love, but I also need to do what I love the most on my little blog space too and just blog for me. So here I am trying this again. ;)

A lot has changed. I've fallen in love with a Morkie named Candy. I've moved to Arizona. Work is awesome and I love traveling to California to visit my love BK while he's getting another degree.

But back to my little miss Morkie...she truly is my little love. I don't know a life without her now. Life is so much better with her in it. She's my road buddy, my best friend, and my comforter. She's playful, full of life, and she makes me smile. BK has fallen in love her, and I have too. She's so easy to love and if I never have kids (who knows what the future will bring) I will be content just being a fur mama to Candy.

If you're on Instagram I started an account for Candy called @littlemissmorkie. I hope you'll follow along. I'm @paigeone4u if you'd like to stay up to date with me there as well. I'm a better "blogger" on Instagram, but I'm going to try to blog on here more often as opposed to always having guest posts. However, my guest posters are still welcome! ;)

I'll be back to update you more on life and Candy, but in the mean time do you like my new layout? I thought my blog needed a little revamping, now that my life has changed for the better. Not that I had a bad life before, but I'm so blessed to have little Candy added to it. Life is good.

I can't wait to share more of my little Morkie with you all, and I plan on reviewing some fabulous doggie products too! Don't worry, I'll still have fitness, fashion, and interior design, and ocean dreams posts too.

xoxo,
Sierra


Jun 10, 2014

Top Tips and Tricks to Save Money at Home

We all have moments in our lives when we spend a lot of money on things that we don't really need. Looking back at those moments later we feel sorry but there is nothing we can do to change the past. However, there is a way to make our future better by learning from our previous mistakes. If you've also decided that from now on you will try to save more of your money, then we have a couple of interesting tips on how you can do that by starting from your home.

The place you live in can serve you as a beginning since this is where you spend most of your time and possibly the money you earn. It is true that the home must be comfortable and nice looking but that doesn't mean that you have to invest everything you have there. In fact, there are many things you can do to reduce your monthly expenses for your house or apartment and you will be surprised how beneficial will be their final effect.

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·         DIY cleaning products
The cleaning supplies are a necessity for the home which you buy on a regular basis. They are usually not expensive but when you look at the total you spend on them for the year, it turns out that the sum is not so little as you think. Fortunately, you can put the beginning of your money saving with DIY cleaning products, created with ingredients you have at home which are strong and effective enough with the cleaning as the store-bought ones, City Cleaners London aim. The elbow grease, for instance, is easy to find and has as lot of useful qualities to provide ideal cleanness. Mixed with water is a powerful weapon for cleaning mirrors, tiles and all types of glass. The beeswax will be a great wood polisher, if it is combined with vinegar and hot water. Now that we mentioned it, the vinegar is the most powerful tool for complete sanitation of every surface or object, so use it as often as you can.

·         Energy efficient home
Investing in more economic appliances like a slow cooker, for example, will reduce the consumption of energy drastically. This appliance will make your home more energy efficient and will provide you with better tasting food. Windows which are double glazed will make your property more peaceful and will lower the electricity bill shortly after you put them in your place. If it is possible, you can replace your electric stove with the more economical one which works with wood. That could be convenient only if you live in a big house because the wood-burning appliance needs a lot of space. If you have a lot of openings and leaks in the home, better track them down and try to block them. This way you will keep the heat indoors and will make your place energy efficient.

·         Take care of the home repairs yourself
If a problem occurs in your property or if you decide to do some renovations, don't rush into calling the professionals because this means only more expenses. Instead try to fix the problem yourself. Tasks like changing the light bulb or mending the sink pipes are not so difficult and you can do them. For the more complicated repairs, however, better call the experts to avoid any further damage and complications.

The money saving is not so hard, if you are willing to do a little more work yourself. A month after you start applying the previously mentioned tips and tricks in your home, you will feel the incredible difference. Not only will the indoor environment of your property change but your bills will be reduced, too. You will have more saved money and will feel better about yourself. 

* This was a submitted guest post.