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You have moved into your new home, but because of all the moving finalizations, you don’t have time to plan your redecoration project and are unsure how and where to start. Luckily, there are now numerous design and decor trends that you can choose to incorporate into your home. However, keep in mind that not all of them can be a good addition to your home design, so you have to choose carefully. In order to help you, we have gathered our top points that you must have on your new home checklist. Let’s take a look and get inspired.

The laundry room

Every home needs a well-organized laundry room. Many movers know from experience how important it is to have a working washer and dryer above anything else during that initial period. On top of that, it’s important to stock it with necessary hampers, detergents, and all the essential products that you need for washing. Additionally, it’s good to keep your iron and ironing board here as well, so you can easily fetch them after pulling your clothes from the dryer. Lastly, other handy essentials you may need include a lint roller, boxes in which you can deposit items found in pockets and an extremely practical plastic laundry folder.

Bathroom prep

Equipping the bathroom with essentials should be the next item on your list. Start by incorporating some basics like shower curtains, trash can and toothbrush holders, so that your first guests don’t feel as though they are visiting a vacant apartment. Furthermore, if you want to truly dazzle your visitors, make sure to paint your bathroom with an eco-friendly acrylic colour that will look chic and prevent moisture from damaging the walls. If you have a small bathroom and want to make it more practical, make sure to opt for floating vanities and a big wall mirror to make the room feel more spacious. Finally, nothing makes the bathroom atmosphere more enjoyable than greenery, so make sure to place some potted flowers on higher shelves and add a touch of serenity.

Accessorizing

If your home is nothing but bare walls, a couch and a coffee table, you are doing something wrong. First things first, make sure to choose the right curtains to add a glamorous feel to space, and don’t forget to let as much sunshine in during the day as possible. Apart from that, you can include ambient lightings like standing lamps and classy pendant lights, and use them as focus lights for key parts of your rooms. What’s more, when it comes to creating a friendly atmosphere, nothing works better than a spacious lounge and comfy bean bags for those laidback movie nights or gatherings with your friends. Lastly, don’t hesitate to be creative when it comes to decor. After all, a nice interior design is essential for making your house a home.

A posh garden

Since all your guests will first see your home’s exterior, you have to make sure that their first impression is a good one. For this reason, we recommend that you start with mowing your lawn and hiring professionals to create breathtaking flower arrangements for the front and back of your house. Once you have covered this, you can go even further and opt for a pool to raise your house parties to a whole other level. Keep in mind, you can’t call a garden posh without fabulous stone sculptures, a path made out of pebbles and, of course, you should choose cosy and trendy patio furniture to bring comfort to your outdoor spaces. When it comes to outdoor furniture materials if you have awnings you can even consider wood, just make sure it’s long-lasting.

Setting the mood in the bedroom

Now that you are almost ready to present your new home, you just need some essentials for the bedroom. This season, passionate colours for accent walls and pastel nuances combine to create a unique décor trend that you simply must apply here. Additionally, if you want to feel like royalty, you need a beige woollen rug to complement your high-quality wood furniture like an oak commode or rosewood nightstands. Finally, don’t forget to set the right mood with dimmer lights for romantic evenings with your partner.

As you can see, it doesn’t take much effort to check off every new house essential list. You just need to follow these simple steps, explore decor trends and not be afraid to make bold creative moves since it’s most important that you feel comfortable in your new home. Good luck with your project!

Installing new floors in your home is one of the happiest moments in everyone’s life and a chance to make a fresh start and leave all your troubles behind. However, this is just the first step in the process – keep in mind that you have to put in a lot of work into your floors later and make sure they’re always looked after. Keeping them clean and scratch-free is essential if you want your home to look appealing, welcoming and cosy, so here are a few tips that might help you in this process.

Hardwood floors

Wood floors are the most efficient way to make your home fancier and more elegant. They’re easy to install – though can be quite pricey – but maintaining them is a whole different story. Hardwood floors come with a sealant and a protective layer that keeps them shiny and prevents scratches, so their maintenance heavily depends on this. But, whichever finish you’ve opted for, don’t forget that vacuuming the floors regularly and meticulously, and applying dry wax from time to time are the first steps towards success. An additional protection could be a colourful rug or some other piece of fabric.

Vinyl floors

These may sound like an unusual idea at first, but are actually one of the best ways to make sure your floors are always tidy. Among the most valuable benefits of vinyl floors is the fact that they’re hard to damage and can withstand more than other floors – things like acids, solvents and minor scratches can’t really ruin them in the long run. The way to ensure vinyl floors always look new is by applying wax every once in awhile, or even covering them with a protective coating, just to be safe in the years to come.

vinyl floors

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Marble floors

If installed properly, marble floors could easily become the most attractive feature of your home, both indoors and outdoors. However, you need to be careful when cleaning them because some acid-based solutions can be rather dangerous and do more harm than good. That’s why a good solution would be to hire immaculate cleaning services.

marble floors

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Alternatively, if you install natural marble in your outdoor area, your patio will surely attract the attention of your neighbours, yet it can be easily cleaned with some water. An idea you should also try is using decorative outdoor mats that not only look amazing, but also help protect your floor against rain and snow.

Linoleum floors

For areas that get dirty often – the kitchen or kids’ room, for example – a linoleum floor might be perfect solution because it’s cheap, practical, easy to clean and installed in a matter of minutes. It’s made from renewable materials and can easily be recycled, and this is, if done properly, an ideal way to dispose of your old linoleum floor. The way to clean these floors is quite practical as well – all you need is a vacuum cleaner for excessive dirt, a natural cleaning solution mixed with some water, and that’s it! You can make this product on your own using vinegar, but you’ll also need a strong mop to get the work done properly.

linoleum floors

Tile floors

This is another elegant solution that will elevate the quality of your life quite quickly, especially if you opt for an eye-catching combination of colours and patterns. Whether you have quarry, ceramic or porcelain tiles, the cleaning philosophy is almost the same – don’t use store-bought solutions that are often more harmful than you realise and can do a lot of damage to you, your tiles and the environment as well, so start making your own cleaning product using borax, vinegar, baking soda and water instead.

tile floors

How often do I need to clean?

This may be the most important question when it comes to cleaning your floors, yet the answer is surprisingly simple – as often as you can. As soon as you see dirt, reach for your vacuum cleaner, but also remember waxing certain kinds of floors regularly in order to fully protect them.

Tight decorating budget? Forget designer stores and their exorbitant price tags. Sometimes a few simple tweaks can make all the difference to updating your home, and we’re here to give you some tips so you can do just that. We’re not talking a complete renovation here but you can give your home a bit of a makeover without spending up large.

Try these simple interior design ideas to give your rooms a lift and keep your bank balance in check.

1. Start With a New Color

One of the most affordable ways to give a room a fresh new look is to update its color scheme. With so many gorgeous paint colors on trend, the hard part isn’t the painting but choosing what hue you want! Not sure whether you want to go bold and dramatic, or soft and understated with paint? Check out Houzz for some home decor ideas.

If you want a different look, but don’t want to paint an entire room, a timesaving solution is to paint interior doors a glossy black. This adds instant glamour and is also easy on your wallet. Introduce black accessories, such as cushions, a vase, a rug or a lamp, to tie the doors in with the rest of the room.

2. Try a Different Layout

Moving your furniture around, taking out pieces you don’t like and adding items and accessories from other rooms and can make a big impact. And it costs you nothing! Always ask for help moving large pieces of furniture, back strain isn’t part of the makeover agenda.

3. Swap out Your Soft Furnishings

If your room is neutral in its paint scheme then a cost-effective way to make a statement is to get rid of outdated soft furnishings and update as follows.

Different Bedding

We tend to hold onto our bedding religiously but ancient duvet covers and faded comforters can really bring a bedroom down. Buying high-quality bedding will cost you less than renovating the whole room and adding something with a pop of color will create a focal point.

Buy a New Rug

Pick out a new rug that people can’t help but notice. A great area rug can do wonders for grounding a room and tie the whole interior design together. If you’re not sure what to do first then start with the floor, and be bold.

Change Cushions

If you can’t afford a new sofa then the next best thing is to to swap out your cushions for something more stylish. The golden rule for picking the right color for cushions is to identify two to three complimentary colors already existing in the room, for example, from the curtains, an artwork or a vase, to pull together all the elements in the room.

4. Introduce Key Lighting

Lighting is a necessity in a room but often it can be functional and, to be honest, a bit boring. Luckily for you, replacing a light fixture, table or floor lamp is an easy fix that can make your home look high-end without that hefty price tag. Second hand stores can hold some real treasures and these are typically budget friendly. Upcycling is also a popular craze if you’re craft minded.

Adding the right lighting to a room can instantly change the look and feel of a space. General, task and accent lighting are the three main lighting sources you should consider depending on what the room is used for. Check out these living room ideas for setting up proper lighting as well as some decoration ideas.

5. Accessorize With Mirrors

A budget friendly alternative to art is to use a mirror. There are plenty to choose from, mirrors come in lots of different sizes, shapes and styles, ranging from antique, to modern. The main purpose of using a mirror in a room is not to check your hair but to reflect light and to make a room appear bigger and brighter. They’re also versatile enough to be hung in any room of the house, you can use one for a unique focal point in a bedroom design, hang a few in an awkwardly placed stairwell or a pint-sized one in a powder room.

6. Declutter for Instant Minimalism

The last, but not least, of our interior design ideas on a budget, decluttering. It won’t cost you a thing and getting rid of excess furniture is a brilliant way to give your home a new minimalist look. Not only is decluttering free, if you sell your unwanted furniture on eBay you’ll make money on the deal and feel good about helping the planet at the same time.

Alternatively, if you can’t bear to part with anything or are renting an apartment, invest in some smart storage to give your rooms an instant minimalist makeover. You’ll be amazed at how much lighter and roomier your space will look and feel!

Author’s Bio

Angela Pearse is a blogger for Zumper who frequently combines travel with freelance writing. She’s passionate about Art Deco hotels, historical novels, Netflix, hiking and healthy living.

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The proportion of individuals and families renting properties instead of buying them is on the rise across the globe. This is good news for landlords who are planning on listing their homes for renting. However, just as modern home buyers, today’s renters are very demanding when it comes to property’s functionality and décor. So, if you are planning to rent your house, you should consider remodelling it to suits your future tenants’ needs and so you can ask for a higher rent, which is, in the long term, a very good investment. In this article, we’ll go through everything you need to know about remodelling your rental property.

First, check for issues

Regardless whether your house is five or twenty years old, you should still do a thorough examination of the house’s current condition. The first things to check are the ones that can backfire the most. Those are the foundation, electrical wiring and outlets, plumbing and water valves. Do this while the property is still empty, and if there is any need for repairs and replacements, do it before the other works start.

Establish a likely rent, and see where to make improvements

Avoid overspending. Not everything needs to be remodelled or upgraded. Try to establish the best assets of your property and how would you use them to get a good price, and see where you need to improve it to get an even better price. The usual selling-points are the kitchen and the bathroom, and these two already make substantial investments.

Kitchen makeover

Remodelling the kitchen can bring you the most thumbs up from potential renters, and it can be decisive when it comes to the height of the rent. While you should definitely install new kitchen elements if the old ones are dated, you should stick to a simple design and colour palette that can appeal to the average tenant. Since the most frequent renters are millennials which are demanding on trendiness, you should get informed about most popular appliances, and stick to energy-saving units.

Spruce up the bathroom

The bathroom is another room that can make or break the renting agreement. It is also a very expensive investment, but if your plumbing is in good shape, this will be much easier and more affordable. As with the kitchen, you should go with a neutral colour palette and a clean style. There are some ways to save on the bathroom renovation, such as getting lightly used or recycled fixtures, installing a sun tube instead of a window, using subway tile (much more affordable, and with the right décor, very chic), and limiting the tile to “water-sprinkling” areas, while painting the others with moisture-resistant paint.

Invest in floors and paint

If the house isn’t lived in for some time, it is highly likely that the floors and the walls aren’t looking very well. This is something that catches the eye of the potential tenants really fast, so it is a good place to invest.

  • Some affordable and durable options for flooring are wood laminate, bamboo and vinyl.
  • Paint should be bright and neutral so that the future tenants could decorate it according to their taste.

Subtle, but livable décor

Your tenants may decide to bring their own furniture and accessories, but it’s up to you to present them space as welcoming, and an empty house says everything but that. This includes some basic furniture, such as the living room sofa and coffee table, and details that will make the house inviting, such as greenery and fresh flowers.

Put the house on the market

Now that everything is done, it is time to get informed about the local tax laws and property rules. If everything is by the book, move on to setting a competitive price by comparing with the other rentals in the neighbourhood. Be realistic, don’t set the price too high. Expect that the tenants will be scouting around for better deals. Remember that being a landlord is a huge responsibility, so you have to screen tenants carefully because you need to be sure that they will treat your property responsibly and pay the rent on time. Once you find the tenant that you like, ask for a security deposit.

While it does bring a secure monthly income, being a landlord also brings many obligations, including adapting your home to the needs and desires of the people who are going to live there. Hopefully, these tips will help both you and the tenants have a mutually beneficial relationship.

The new millennium is no longer a juvenile. This means that everything you’ve learned about it by now is a thing of the past – you know, puberty, adolescence and all. Jokes aside, the year of 2018 has way too much to offer – both new and old. But let’s not procrastinate anymore, shall we? Here are some of the biggest home improvements trends for 2018.

Wood flooring

Whether you love it or hate it, wood flooring has made a huge comeback. And if you were thinking of upgrading your floors, this is the way to go. There are many options to choose from, but three of them are definitely on the top: herringbone parquet, gray wood and distressed flooring. If you love that Parisian vibe – go with a traditional light-colored parquet (or dark-colored depending on your interior and personal preferences) with either a chevron or herringbone (which is currently more popular) design. On the other hand, if the rooms in your home don’t receive enough natural light – go with gray wood. It is going to add brightness and a luxe feel to the space. Finally, if you are aiming towards a rustic look – naturally, you will go with distressed wood flooring.

Bright colors

Since this year’s Pantone color of the year is Ultraviolet – you can just imagine the things that are about to happen. Even though earthy tones are still at the top of the trends list – this year, we’ll also be seeing a lot of jewel tones. We’re talking emerald green, sapphire, amethyst, ruby etc. These colors are representing originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking – which is exactly what the world needs. Also, the time of rose gold is up. Instead, real gold and brass are taking the throne.

living room with bright colours

Curb appeal matters

Home improvement is not just about renovating your home’s interior. Even though we are all aware of the fact that beauty is on the inside, your home’s curb appeal is also really important. This year, do your best to fix it. Replace your old garage doors, replace those old and dingy house numbers and the rusty mailbox, illuminate your front yard, and maybe even rethink that new façade idea. All this is going to both make your home prettier and increase its value – which is also something worth having in mind.

Embrace the coziness

Light room dividers, reading nooks, plush pillows etc. are what modern home improvement is all about. The pressure of modern life simply requires these comfortable corners that will allow you to relax, unwind and enjoy your peace. Take time to decorate those small areas of your home and turn them into relaxing micro zones you will enjoy.

Leather and natural stone

When it comes to leather, it isn’t just about sofas and chaise lounges, it is also about many accents such as wall artwork, shelf holders and even leather flowers and other decorations. These are the ultimate elements of the 2018 modern interior design. And when it comes to color, have in mind that chocolate brown is the new gray, or in other words, now the primary neutral color. When it comes to stone, marble, granite and pebbles are still at the top of the popularity list. Go with carved designs or geometrical prints.

Flowers instead of word art

We will no longer be seeing those “Live, laugh, love” signs everywhere we look. And it is such a relief actually, because, you will agree on this one, this concept has seriously been painfully overused. In 2018, ‘focal pointing’ will be all about floral printed pillows, blankets, maybe even floral wallpapers, or even simply regular flowers… you know… like those you put in a vase… on your table. Pretty, right?

Cork, bright lights, dark wood

Dark wood, especially chocolate brown, as said above, is what gives any room a luxe feel, while cork is there to balance it – if it’s used for the right accents, such as doors and cabinets, for example. And when the room is crowded with wood, textiles, cork etc., it requires bright lighting in order to reach its full comfy potential.

No matter which idea you opt for, note that the most important thing is that you are feeling 100 percent comfortable in your home.

You just recently got wed and now it’s time to settle down in your new home and start planning for the future. The home that you’ve moved into to start a family needs to be a reflection of your young, vibrant, and sophisticated personalities. It is also a place where you will be spending most of your time, so it’s vital that you compromise while finding your decorating style in order for both of you to feel comfortable and happy there. And in order to help you design your dream newlywed nest, we have created a list of necessary steps that every young couple should follow. So, let’s take a look at some suggestions room by room.

Personality and intimacy of the bedroom

First things first, the bedroom is the most intimate place where you spend time with your spouse so it’s important that it matches both your personalities and interests. Therefore, always check with one another that both of you love the choices you’ve made. For example, when you’re deciding on the colour of your bedroom, there are bound to be different opinions, but in order to reach a compromise, we recommend consulting Pantone’s colour report for the latest colour trends and get some inspiration. Additionally, if your budget is limited, just knowing that you have bought something together will add an immense value to that item. Finally, if you really want to give the room some character, you should include photographs from the most memorable events where you two were together along with other dear memorabilia.

Bringing style to the living room

The living room is the place where you come to relax after work, organise get-togethers with friends and family, or just snuggle on the couch next to your partner during a movie night. When it comes to the design of your living room, think big, cosy and elegant, and go for a vintage style lounge that will contribute to a warm and inviting atmosphere. Since all of your guests who come to your home will see your living room, make sure to invest in living room accessories which will make everybody’s head turn. So, go shopping together and find the items which will be a clear reflection of your sophisticated taste.

A modern bathroom for a modern couple

A bathroom is the place where both of you come to relax, take a bath, and freshen up for work or a night out. But when it comes to personal hygiene, men and women have different needs. If you don’t want to end up fighting who’s getting to keep their products in the medicine cabinet, make sure to invest in smart storage solutions for your bathroom that are not only practical but stylish as well, since you want to have a classy bathroom that matches the rest of your house.

Backyard décor ideas

If you’re lucky to have a backyard, then it’s high time you put it to good use. Firstly, this part of the house is typically more spacious and can be used for hosting birthday parties and other events. So, if you already own a barbeque, don’t keep it in your garage to collect dust. Instead, you should take it out and call your friends to enjoy a tasty outdoor dinner. Additionally, you can buy cute flowerpots and some low-maintenance plants to give your backyard that final touch.

Kitchen flare

Many marriage counselors agree that the couple that cooks together stays longer together and is generally happier. For this reason, don’t shy away from keeping your pantries stacked with spices and herbs for when you and your partner decide to prepare some interesting dishes. Also, keep in mind that investing in some modern kitchen accessories, such as a manual coffee grinder or a classic steel cookie jar, will certainly make this room the talk of the town and add that traditional feel to it. What’s even better, by cooking together, you will also be able to create some special secret recipes for just the two of you to enjoy.

As we can see, it doesn’t take much for a newlywed couple to create their dream home. All it takes is a lot of compromise and imagination. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors as a couple. Good luck!

 

For me, every meal tastes better al fresco. If you agree and love preparing and eating food outside, it’s time for you to expand your living space and invest in an outdoor kitchen. It will allow you and your family and friends to spend time outside while making tasty lunches or hosting fun dinner parties. In case you don’t know where to start with your design, here are some outdoor kitchen design tips for every outdoorsy chef.

Carefully plan the location

One of the first rules of building: location, location, location! Probably the most common mistake people make when designing their outdoor kitchen is not looking at the wind pattern in their yard. You don’t want all the smoke and smells to get sucked into your home every time you’re using your outdoor kitchen, so place the grill and smoker accordingly. Also, people often place their outdoor kitchen too far from the inside kitchen, which makes carrying heavy platters and drinks quite inconvenient. Additionally, if you love the view from the inside of the house, don’t block it with the outdoor kitchen. Instead, place it to the side or pick an angle that will not ruin your view.

Choose the right materials

Your outdoor kitchen needs to be a bit sturdier than your indoor kitchen in order to resist the elements, such as winds, rain, snow and extreme heat. So, during the process of designing your outdoor space, opt for materials that are weather-resistant and easy to clean and maintain. Stainless steel is always a good option for countertops because it’s tough and durable, easy to clean and looks very sleek. If you want something more rustic and warmer, you can opt for tiled countertops. Tiles come in all shapes, sizes and colors, and they require minimal maintenance. Also, pay attention to your floors. Tile and marble floors can get very slippery when wet or greased, so you might want to skip them. Concrete, brick and natural stone, on the other hand, are much safer and they will give your space a stylish look.

Opt for high-quality appliances

No matter how well you’re planning to equip your outdoor kitchen (some only opt for a grill, a sink and a small fridge, while others include beer taps, smokers and even warming drawers), you have to make sure your appliances can take both rain and sun. Stainless steel works great, requires little maintenance and is quite popular nowadays. Additionally, hire a licensed electrician to install your appliances and make sure everything is up to code.

Provide storage

Like every kitchen, your outdoor kitchen also needs storage for cooking tools, gadgets, food, and drink. Also, the outdoor storage should be waterproof and well insulated to endure temperature changes. With some storage, you’ll always have things on hand and your countertops will be clutter-free.

Build shelter from the elements

If you don’t want the weather to stop you from enjoying your outdoor kitchen, you should build a shelter that will keep the elements away from your grill. A tall roof, pergola or even some simple umbrellas will allow you to show off your culinary skills ever in the rain or scorching sun. You can also equip your outdoor kitchen with a fan for the summer and a heat lamp or a fire pit for the winter. Additionally, if you live in an area with pesky mosquitoes and a lot of flies, you can equip your kitchen with repellents and bug zappers that will keep them away from your food.

Install good lighting

Good lighting will allow you to prepare food when natural light is scarce and it will provide your outdoor space with a soft ambience that’s perfect for relaxing. You will need overhead lighting for food prep (hang the light from the roof or install a pole yard light) and add some string lights or tiki torches for ambient lighting.

Add comfort

An outdoor kitchen isn’t just a place where you cook food. It also serves to enjoy those delicious meals you make and for entertainment. So, make sure you put out some chairs, tables and decoration that will make your outdoor kitchen the star of your home. Choose durable pieces and weather-resistant fabrics so you can enjoy them all year round.

Once your outdoor kitchen is finished, get ready to break out your spatula, tongs and fork and prepare the perfect BBQ for all your family and friends.

Owning a pad that is attractive and masculine at the same time doesn’t have to mean 50 shades of brown, hunting trophies and a swordfish above the mantelpiece. Not everyone is Earnest Hemingway, though many of us wish we were.There’s no reason a guy can’t make his crib nice, stylish and female-friendly, and still keep some of raw manliness ripping through. Bear in mind that there’s nothing effeminate about decorating and matching colour and style. You don’t need to know fancy decorating words like “wainscot” or became a Feng Shui grand master. These six tips for men really work.

Try vintage

Decorating Tips for Clueless Guys

Vintage-themed furniture pieces and decorative wallpapers can save you a lot of money and still look great. Any stylized period piece you buy is going to send the message that you know what you are doing. Scour the classifieds and garage sales for older desks, sofas, shelves, ottomans and dressers. Vintage pieces are simpler to buy, and will probably last longer than modern plywood.

Permanent furniture

The whole point of having a bachelor pad is having a space you where you can comfortably entertain guests. But if you’re still hanging onto folding picnic chairs and padded crates, chances are you won’t see many visitors. Still, having a real, permanent-looking furniture isn’t enough. Aside from the comfort and utility, think of the message that your furniture sends to the guests. Yet, a man’s crib doesn’t have to look like an Ikea catalogue. Mismatching is perfectly fine, even encouraged. As designer Suzanne Kazler once said, “a room should feel collected…not decorated.”

Framed wall art

Decorating Tips for Clueless Guys

Although bare walls are the signature of a bachelor lifestyle, having some framed artwork shows that you’ve overcome the basic need of having a roofed shelter and a bed. Framed art is a proof that a guy has reached a final stage of development – now he cares how his place looks like and he’s ready to put some effort into it. Bachelor art doesn’t have to be expensive. Look for pieces that relate to you in some way but also upgrade the overall feel of the place.

Window treatment

You can tell a lot about a man by his window treatment. While you probably wouldn’t cry to your buddy how it was about time you changed your curtains, you must know that window treatments separate the men from the boys.

Having mini-blinds is one thing, but having real curtains shows that you have an eye for detail. After all, if your lady friend decides to stay over, she’ll be more comfortable if your windows are covered.

Books on shelves

Decorating Tips for Clueless Guys

Real men read real books. Of course, it doesn’t mean you need a shelf-full of Russian classics and German philosophers. It’s okay to have some glitzy fiction, a few Baldaccis, Kings and a Jack Reacher or two, but it’s nice when you have some real literature to show off.

Of course, owning a bunch of grand titles means nothing unless you are able to converse on them. Check Amazon’s list of 80 books every man must read and pick something you’ll actually enjoy reading.

Solid home bar

Decorating Tips for Clueless Guys

Although you may want to hide the good stuff, a well-stocked bar display is something every man must have. A bar cabinet or a cart is nice, but even a simple serving tray on the countertop will be enough. In many ways, a bar is a microcosm of a man’s overall situation and his tastes in life. You don’t need a bar-full of expensive liquor, just a few essentials that, like the bookshelf, hopefully show a bit of your personal preferences.

You don’t need to wait until you make six figures. Start with targeted upgrades like these listed here and you’ll soon realize that even with little time and investment you can do a lot to transform your college pad into a sophisticated bachelor’s apartment.

If your home can use a good thorough cleaning but you can’t really afford a professional, don’t worry. There are many cool cleaning tips pros use all the time that will make your cleaning fast and easy.

Remove clutter

The best way to start cleaning your home is to remove the things from counters, desk, coffee tables and shelves. Otherwise, you might be tempted to just clean around them or lift them and put them back on a wet surface. This can leave nasty ring marks and look like you haven’t done anything.

10 House Cleaning Tricks That Save Time

Do as much as you can in one take

It might seem easier, but don’t clean your living room today and leave the bathroom for tomorrow. This method actually takes more time than doing everything in one day. It’s better to do as much as you can in one take, so that you can relax tomorrow in your clean home.

Get organized

You’ll waste a lot of time running around your home to get the tool or cleaner you need. However, if you get a cleaning caddie, you’ll have everything at hand for fast and easy cleaning.

10 House Cleaning Tricks That Save Time

Remove distractions

Your home is full of distractions – from your TV, phone and music to rearranging figurines on the shelves and folding linen. All of these can make a two-hour cleaning job last four hours. So, turn off your electronics and leave detailed projects for another time. Concentrate on cleaning, and only cleaning, until your home is spotless.

Don’t forget the electronics

Many people forget to clean their electronics which either stay dirty, or they remember them in the end. So, turn off your electronics and wipe them with a lightly dampened microfiber cloth and remember never to spray cleaning products on the screen directly.

10 House Cleaning Tricks That Save Time

Invest in good cleaning supplies

If you want your cleaning to be fast and effective, don’t hesitate to invest a bit more money in high-quality cleaners and cleaning supplies. They will do a much better cleaning job, and they usually last longer than cheap cleaners. If you want your children to help you with cleaning, get products that are non-toxic and natural. There are even cleaners you can make yourself with only a few household items and they remove all sorts of stains.

Follow instructions from the label

Many people want to make cleaning easier and faster, so they tend to “overuse” the cleaning products. However, this will only result in greater expenses. So, if you really want to be effective, read the recommendations from the manufacturer, thus avoiding expensive mistakes. The instructions will tell you just how much product you need and where can you use it. Many products today are of better quality and employ more advanced technology, so they are much more effective.

Invest in good cleaning tools

Don’t use cheap knockoffs of professional cleaning tools. Of course, you don’t need industrial-quality tools, but don’t hesitate to invest in tools that are tested and guaranteed to do the job. If you opt for well-made tools they will last you a long time, and will be much more effective than their cheap counterparts. So, throw away that old sponge mop and opt for a terry-covered mop. Also, chuck or recycle your old vacuum in favor of powerful and practical Shark vacuums that are light and easy to handle, yet strong enough to tackle every cleaning job.

10 House Cleaning Tricks That Save Time

Vacuuming tricks

While we’re talking about vacuums, make sure you’re doing a good vacuuming job. The best way to tackle the room is to remove everything from the floors, move furniture and area rugs. Clear floors will allow you to move quickly and efficiently. Another vacuuming piece of advice is to do the dusting before vacuuming. This way you’ll get to pick up all dust particles that fall on the floor during dusting and save some precious time.

Continue with maintenance

Most households need thorough cleaning every two weeks. However, if you do a good maintaining job, some chores can be reduced to once a month!

Who needs expensive professional cleaners with cleaning tips like these? So, roll up your sleeves, grab your cleaning products and tools, and get to work. You’ll be done before you know it and your home will be sparkling clean.

 

Today, kitchens are so much more than just rooms where we prepare food. They’ve transformed into the centre of our home, a place where we spend quality time with our loved ones. That’s why it’s so important to always keep your kitchen clean, tidy, comfy and functional. You don’t need much time or much money to do so, just follow these tips and tricks and your kitchen will always look its best.

Everything starts with a plan

Having a good cleaning and maintaining plan will save you a lot of time and keep your kitchen spotless. There are chores you should do daily, such as dishwashing, wiping counters and stovetops, sweeping floors and changing your kitchen towels. Some chores you can do once a week, such as mopping the floors, reorganising, and disinfecting the counters. Monthly chores include cleaning the appliances and kitchen drains, dusting light fixtures and making sure your cabinets, doors and drawers are properly screwed in. This is a plan you can stick to since it doesn’t require much time and effort, while it will keep your kitchen clean and tidy.

Take care of your counters

If you often find those pesky coffee and juice stains all over your countertops, you can easily remove them with some hydrogen peroxide, water and a few drops of ammonia. However, if you start seeing some damage on your stone countertops, you can use a buffer and a fine steel wool to remove small scratches and dents. If that doesn’t succeed, you can easily give your kitchen a small remodel and opt for some high-end finishes to make it clean, functional and above all, elegant.
kitchen counter

Keep your tiles spotless

The best and the most natural way to clean your floor tiles and backsplash is to use baking soda. To make this homemade cleaner, you need only half a cup of baking soda. Mix it with five to six litres of water and there you go. Your tiles will look just like new.

Clean your pans

Even though professional chefs swear by them, it’s a fact that cast-iron pans can be tricky to clean. The best and easiest way to clean it is to add warm water to your already heated, greasy pan and scrub it gently. Once you remove the oil and water, add three tablespoons of salt and use a paper towel to scrub. Once you’re satisfied with the look of your pan, apply a coat of vegetable oil. Additionally, you can rely on some non-toxic cleaners, if your pans have been through a lot.
copper pans

Maintain your kitchen utensils

Every now and then you must look at your utensils. Usually, you’ll find some burnt-on stains, rust spots and other little issues that need to be addressed. You can go through your cutlery and pots once a month, remove stains and blemishes and give them a good polish. If you avoid this chore, you might need a lot of money for new chopping knives and eating utensils.

Get organised with smart storage

You can never have too much storage space, especially in the kitchen. However, kitchens often have dead corners and spaces that are hard to reach, so you must look for some clever storage options. For instance, you can fill up the unused space with custom storage or corner cabinets. Another great storage option is a pullout spice rack that’s small and can fit in most spaces, no matter how awkward they are. Go all-in with storage, because even if your storage solution isn’t the best looking one, it’s still much better than clutter.
smart storage

Store small appliances

Rows of small appliances placed on your countertops rarely look good, plus it’s impractical. Consider installing storage cabinets for your appliances, especially those you don’t use every day. This way, your kitchen will be organised much better and you’ll have much more space for food preparation.

Be smart with garbage

Today, people care a lot about recycling and composting, and in order to make it easier and more practical, you should organise your garbage. You can set up a “garbage station” with multiple bins each with a different purpose. This way, you’ll not only have a cleaner kitchen but also help the environment. You can label your bins or use different colours for easier distinguishing.

Take care of leaks and drips

Kitchen leaks and drips might look innocent, but actually, they can waste a lot of water, cause stains, rot and other expensive damage. As soon as you notice you have a sink or faucet leak, it’s best to get to work and fix it. Most of the smaller problems you can take care of yourself, but if you think you have a bigger issue, it’s best to consult with your plumber who will rid your kitchen of all plumbing problems.
plumbing

Let there be light!

Kitchens need good lighting more than almost any other space in the house. No matter how much natural light your kitchen gets, you’ll still need a little help from electricity. One of the most popular kitchen lighting options is an undercabinet light. It gives ample light and eliminates shadows, which makes it perfect for different kitchen tasks.
kitchen lighting

So, if you want your kitchen to be the heart of your household, you should follow these easy cleaning, maintaining and organising tips. That way, your kitchen will always be ready for tasty meal preparations and welcoming your family and friends. However, if you don’t have that much time on your hands constantly, you can even consider house cleaners from time to time.