Get Your House Ready For A Move Faster

Everyone hates moving day. Not only does it involve saying goodbye to the place you have called home, but it also means plenty of work. However, you can make that work go a little faster and feel like a lot less stressful by following these tips.

Don’t Cram The Day Before

Just like it is a bad idea to do all your studying for a test the night before, it is also a bad idea to try to get everything packed up and ready, on the day of your move. In fact, it’s a good idea to start the process farther back than a week from the move. The sooner you get ready for the big day, the easier the entire process will be.

Now obviously, you can’t pack up everything a week before it is time to leave your house. But you can certainly pack up all your items in storage. Go through the attic and basement and make sure that everything you won’t be using until after you move, is all ready to go. Then start on the non-essentials throughout your house. You might be surprised at how much you can get done well before moving day arrives.

clean coffee tableGet Rid of What You Don’t Need

When you are preparing to move, you should consider what things you really want to take with you. Almost everybody has a collection of items that they don’t really have any use for. You might be surprised at how much of your stuff you can do without.

If you find that you have a lot of items you don’t really need anymore, then you can give it to family members, toss them out or even hold a yard sale. If you go with the latter choice, you can make some money to help pay for the moving costs. Cleaning out some useless items is a great way to reduce your overall workload for the move. You can cut back on how much you have to load up as well, saving you space in the truck.

It is better to identify these items before you move, as you save yourself a lot of time unpacking them and finding a new spot in the new house when you really could do without them. These items could include anything, from outdated tech items to clothes that don’t fit anymore to toys and books that are no longer age appropriate for your kids.

Plan Ahead

A lot of people waste tons of time on moving day because they did not plan properly. You want to make sure everything is in order for the big day, and you want to do your planning as far in advance as you can.
That means calling up people who may be able to help you move and confirming they can still help you. They may forget if you don’t keep reminding them.

You also want to have enough boxes on hand to pack up everything. You don’t want to be running around at the last minute trying to find proper packing materials.

Better Cleaning Habits For A Cleaner Home

How would you like to never have to do major cleaning in your house again? You can save countless hours cleaning up spills, arranging items and keeping things looking fresh by just developing a few great habits.

These are all little things and they don’t take much work to do. But a bunch of little changes can go a long way toward making your home look nicer and stay cleaner.

Cut Down The Excess

How many of the same kitchen utensils do you really need? Do you have to have a dozen towels and two dozen pairs of shoes? If you cut back on the things you are buying, then there is less to clean. It’s simple math, and a lot of people who have to clean regularly do so because they have so much stuff. Just reduce how much you are buying and try to just buy essentials and things you will use right away. Don’t fall for the old tactic of buying something just because it is on sale. If you don’t have a use for it, leave it on the shelf.

clutter free living roomWipe After Each Mess

As you are cooking, it may be tempting to leave the clutter for a while. You feel exhausted by the work you just did, and you don’t feel like cleaning up after yourself. But that only makes the mess harder to clean up later.

Just make it a habit to wipe down surfaces after you cook or prepare food there. That will keep most spills from congealing and becoming hard. The longer you wait to clean most spills and messes, the worse they will become

Clean As You Go

It may be tempting to leave your shoes, keys, wallet and other personal items wherever is closest to where you come in the door, but that’s not a way to keep a clean house. Instead, have a set spot for each item. Your shoes can go on the shoe rack, your wallet always goes in the same place and your keys get hung up on a hook. This not only helps to cut back on the clutter, but it also makes it easier to find everything.

If you are one of those people who are always losing things, then you definitely need to develop this habit. Make it a priority to put things where they go after you are done with them. That will save you a lot of trouble and work later on.

clean-sofaUse Appliances How They Were Intended

A lot of people have that one appliance or piece of furniture that they use to stack things on. Maybe it’s an exercise machine that serves as a clothes rack. Or perhaps it is a coat rack that also holds keys, belts and handbags. You can save yourself a lot of time looking for lost times and cleaning up after yourself if you just make sure to use each appliance for its intended use. If you have a machine or piece of furniture that you don’t use anymore, then get rid of it. It will only serve to clutter your house.



So you see there isn’t a whole lot to it really. Of course if you’re a very busy individual, then you may not have very much free time at all. And who really wants to spend any rest time cleaning?? (Besides crazy people like me of course!)

With that in mind why not get a professional involved like

It’s just a thought. Anyways I’ll see you in my next article!

How to Make Your Own Natural Air Fresheners

aerosol air freshenerIt may be easy and convenient to just buy air fresheners from a retailer, but you may want to think about the bigger picture. Most air fresheners come in aerosol cans. While the notion that aerosol depletes the ozone has been largely debunked, you should be worried about chemicals inside aerosols. These are small particles that can coat your lungs and cause breathing problems over time. They are especially harmful for small children and sickly people.

Instead of buying your air fresheners from the store and suffering the side effects, you can make a great air freshener using common household ingredients.

Spray Freshener

You can get all the convenience of a spray freshener without the side effects of an aerosol can. All you need is a spray bottle and a couple of ingredients. Specifically, just a little baking soda and essential oil mixed with water will do the trick.

Take an average-sized spray bottle, fill it with as much water as you like, then mix in a tablespoon of baking soda and around 35 drops of your favorite essential oil. The kind of oil you use won’t matter. You just want the scent to be nice. It’s the baking soda mixed with water that really does the trick of freshening the air for you. With this easy recipe, you can make any room smell like your favourite essential oil.

Jar Air freshener

You can get an air freshener in a jar as well. Not everyone wants to spray their house to make it smell better. Sometimes, just having the air freshener sit on the table works better. You don’t have to apply it yourself, as it freshens the room on its own.

Once again, essential oils and baking soda are going to do the trick nicely. Just leave the water out of this one though.

Take about a quarter of a cup of baking soda and put it into a glass jar. Any empty jelly or pickle jar will do. Then cover the baking soda with a few drops of whatever essential oil you want to use. It should only take five or six drops for the desired effect.

Then cover the jar and poke some holes into it. You can use a hammer and a nail for that, if you like. The air freshening effect should last for a few hours. When the oils don’t permeate the room any more, just add a few more drops.

These are just a few quick recipes you can use to make your home smell nicer with a little bit of effort. You may not notice the effects of aerosol sprays right away, but over time they take their toll. So next time your home smells funky, don’t use the aerosol. Just take a few ingredients you are likely have around your house and make something that freshens just as well without any harmful side effects to be concerned about.