Archives for June 2018

Best Steps to Declutter Your Home

Let’s admit it: we own too much stuff. We buy and we buy, but we don’t make provisions for enough storage space to put them all in. The result is predictable: most of our possessions end up being scattered all over the place. In other words, we are buried in clutter, and many among us aren’t doing much about it.

But declutter we must, because of the following reasons:

You and your family are at greater risk of accidents when’s there’s so much clutter in your home. Stepping on rogue Lego bricks, for example, can cause you lots of pain in your soles at best, and a bad fall at worst if you slip on them. Imagine if this happens on the top part of your stairs as you’re on your way down.

When your home is cluttered, it also means you’re hardly cleaning up the place. When you fail to clean your home, it’s likely to be filthy enough to become a hotbed for germs and bacteria, not to mention mice, rats, cockroaches, and other types of vermin.

A cluttered home can also stop you from entertaining guests. Unless you don’t feel any kind of shame or guilt about the mess, you will be too embarrassed to have friends and relatives over.

Some people don’t declutter because the entire process can be stressful. What they don’t realize is that clutter is a serious source of stress. Looking at the mess and having neither the time nor the energy to clean it up can cause them to be frustrated, anxious, and even guilty, and all these emotions can do a number on your stress levels.

We all need to declutter. For tips on doing it right, check out the infographic below from A&C Brothers Moving & Storage, a Phoenix mover company.

How long do household items last

Credit: Simply Self Storage

Top 4 Home Renovations for Maximum Return on Investment

  • Whether you are selling your home, just purchased your first home or are a homeowner planning to stay put for a while, there is value in knowing which home improvement projects will net you the most Return On Investment (ROI).
  • Minor bathroom renovations can go a long way toward improving the quality of your everyday life and/or impressing potential buyers.
  • Upgrading your landscaping or curb appeal helps get buyers in the door. These upgrades rank as the 2nd and 4th renovations for returns on investment.

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Get More Kitchen Storage With Counter-Depth Upper Cabinets

Get the lowdown on expanding your upper storage capacity

Upper cabinets don’t come in one height or width, and they don’t come in just one depth either. Typically, upper cabinets are much shallower than lower cabinets, sometimes by as much as half the depth. That’s some serious space you’re missing out on if you’re looking to squeeze every inch of storage out of your kitchen. Here’s why you might want to consider going deep with your upper cabinets.

Where to Hang Open Shelves in the Kitchen

Consider these locations for letting in natural light, dealing with a tricky corner and more

Open shelving in the kitchen is a bit of a love-it-or-leave-it idea, and whether it’s practical or not comes largely down to how you use your kitchen. But if you do want to incorporate floating shelves, a question emerges: Where should you hang them? There are many great places to put open shelves, and this guide will help you determine the best spot in your kitchen.

10 Inspiring Setups for Outdoor Dining

These alfresco dining arrangements will have you eager to dust off the patio set and get outside this season

With the arrival of spring, we’re ready to throw open the doors and take dining outside. You don’t need much to create an inviting setup for outdoor dining. All it really takes is clear skies, warm weather — or a cozy blanket — and something tasty to eat. The addition of twinkling lights, comfortable furnishings and options for creating shade or adding heat makes outdoor dining all the more enjoyable. Take a look at these 10 inspired outdoor dining arrangements, from Melbourne to Milan, that all take eating outdoors to new heights.

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