Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Organizing Your Wardrobe Space


Whether you're a student, an office worker, or a homemaker, everyone deserves a well-organized wardrobe space.  Not only will it save you from being late for your appointment, class or meeting but it will also allow you to have a proper inventory of your own personal things.  In that way, you can properly account for the things that you need to get rid of, things you want to donate or things you want to reinvent.  

In my case, keeping a well-organized wardrobe allows me to have a peace of mind.  I am a person who hates clutter so I always make it a point to arrange my clothes and other personal things neatly.  To achieve this, it is very important that you sort out your clothes according to their use.  Office clothes must be situated in one row, sports clothes in another and casual clothes must have their own space too.  There should also be a designated area in the closet for your party clothes. This way, it won't be difficult for you to get them once you need them.  Those that are often use must be placed on the most visible area, probably in the front row.

I also take time to fix my husband's closet once in a while.  I made sure that plain shirts are separated from polo shirts and long sleeves shirts and that slacks are tucked neatly.  Some clothes are bulky though like those Motorcycle jackets for men so you have to decide whether you want to fold them neatly or to hang them.  If you have an ample space in your closet, hanging them would be a better option.  Motorcycle apparel sometimes can be very expensive especially when it comes in a complete set so proper care and storage must be properly observed.

Fixing your wardrobe space or closet is as important as choosing your wardrobe. You should be careful in choosing the clothes that you wear as this, most of the time defines your personality. We used to shop clothes from reputable stores, not necessarily branded but we make sure that they are of good quality.  For those riding gear and accessories, I recommend BikeBandit.com.

The only thing that puts us into limits sometimes, when it comes to our wardrobe space is the size of our room.  However, if you are creative enough, you will be able to design this to accommodate all your stuff.  There are lots of storage solutions for small spaces and you may find a lot of inspirations from the internet.  You may even consider DIY if you are concerned about your budget.  In my case, I even recycle and repurpose things around the house.

Organizing my own wardrobe space has always been a challenge to me but I would say that it's also an enjoyable experience.






Entertainment Room

My daughter has been hinting me for the longest time that she wanted to have an entertainment room in the house or if not a room, at least an area where we could place a home theater, a widescreen TV, a basic sound system with all those surrounds and speakers that would provide us of course, a totally relaxing experience. I think that was a good idea. Nowadays you have to make your home a comfortable sanctuary for every member of the family especially for the kids so you could at least keep them at home most of the time.  Providing them with something that would make them stay home is definitely a good idea.  Chanced upon this design and I think this is doable.



Some teens and young adults though are spending most of the time on the internet so providing a PC or a laptop on the area or on their own respective rooms would be a plus factor.  Nowadays, there are so many useful things that we can find on the internet that tends to make everything automated and makes our lives much easier to manage.  I for one had relied so much on some Apps that's been helping me out with my daily tasks and finance records making me organized in no time. Likewise, my son had mentioned about these Baseball apps that he had seen from some of his friends and he just sounded like really interested. Surprisingly my daughter is much into sports too and had taken advantage of this Free IOS Sports app where she keeps herself updated with latest sports news, games schedules and statistics of the games she's interested in. Her favorite part too is that she can customize her own list of favorite teams and have a quick run through of all the activities and games of her favorite players.  Well, I support her with this of course and I even make myself available to listen to all her stories about her favorite teams and players and guess what? It was really fun!

Since most members of the family are into sports, I think it would be a great bonding experience watching CBS Sports network live online together in a relaxing entertainment room. I might consider the above design or incorporate my own style.  After all, designing a room is not all about beauty or functionality but a balance in between.






Designing My Own Bedroom

Even before I have started this home blog, I already love to design my own space.  I have developed this great love for interior decorating since I have started dreaming to build my own home.  I grew up with parents who did not have that passion for styling and beautifying homes. For them, functionality is more important than beauty but not in my case, I personally believe that I have to strike a balance in between.  If you could make it functional and at the same time pleasing to the eyes, that would be a lot better, right?

However, I am a practical person and I believe most Moms are and I have developed this great love for anything DIY.  Why not? it does not only bring out your creative juices but you get to save a lot of money in the process.  Who says that beautifying homes should only be limited to those who can afford? 

Just recently, I have worked on completing my new master's bedroom.  it's on the second floor so I have the chance to have a small veranda where I can sit and relax and get some fresh air.  I was so fortunate that my eldest was here to assist me every step of the way.  He is such a big help in providing some ideas and doing some of the things himself.


This sliding glass door leads to my veranda where I plan to put up a coffee table and pocket garden.



I personally asked our handyman to fabricate s small table for me where I could do a little of office works. What you see in the picture is not the final thing yet.  As of this time, I have gradually introduced a lot of improvements.  I wonder why this appears to be too small in this picture.  Underneath, I would be putting up a personal ref.


The shape of the room is a bit odd because the space on the left side was taken away by the staircase so the whole room was no longer square.  But hey...that's the challenge,  right? Making every space functional is a must but the key is you don't have to lose your artistry.


This wall art was a joint effort from my two kids and I so loved it! It made my dull wall appear more interesting.

I'm not totally done yet but I will do the rest little by little. You know DIY decors take time. :)

I'll keep you posted!



Sunday, January 21, 2018

3 Tips To Keep Away Pests

Whether you are enjoying the pleasant weather with your family in the backyard or you are gathered together around the television watching the latest movie in the living area, it is hardly ever fun to be surprised by unwanted pests on your property. Pests make their way to your property for an array of reasons. The good news is that an infestation can be prevented. If you have noticed that preventative measures may be too late, do not hesitate to call in the professionals from termite control waldorf, for example. After an evaluation, you will be given a list of options and costs.

To keep pests away from your property, here are three tips you may consider following.

Yard Maintenance

Before pests crawl into your home, they crawl into your yard. A yard offers many hiding places for termites, spiders and ants, so they may not be spotted before it is too late. Regular yard maintenance, like raking leaves, mowing the grass and outdoor furniture re-arranging, offers you opportunities to inspect the area. If you find any critters hiding under the patio furniture, feel free to chase them away and to take other measures. 

Seal Your Home

If you notice water or air leaking into your home, it means that pests can enter, too. Windows are usually the first leak-culprits, so start your inspection there. Next, inspect the basement. If you notice standing water on the floor, damp walls or rust on appliances, it indicates that your basement needs to be waterproofed and checked for pests, like termites. During this visual inspection, you are searching for cracks, gaps and warped closures. Not only will sealing them improve your energy costs, it will also keep tiny intruders out.

Indoor Cleanliness

Chances are you take the time to clean the inside of your home. Sweeping, dusting and mopping are great, but you will also want to take other measures. Pantries, shelves and drawers should not contain open food packages. If you do store the cereal, rice or snacks in their original packaging after they have been opened, seal them with clips. Pests are great at sniffing out food. To avoid unpleasant surprises, do not leave these kinds of enticements around your home.

To avoid pests infesting your home and causing expensive damage, maintain your yard, seal your gaps in your home and keep the inside clean. 

Saturday, January 20, 2018

3 Reasons to Custom Build Your Home

Whether you are looking for your first home or you are ready for your next, custom-building it instead of purchasing an existing house has a few benefits. Even if you have some home-building experience, you do not have to go through the entire process on your own. Professionals, like those at phoenix custom home builders, are available to plan, procure the necessary permits and break ground with you. 

Here are three reasons why you may consider custom-building your home.

Learn as You Go

How involved you are in the building process is up to you. The more involved you choose to be, though, the more you will learn about the way your house works. From Plumbing to the electrical wiring, if any of it ever malfunctions, you are more likely to understand why. You will be better prepared to fix or replace the circuits in question. This knowledge saves you time, unnecessary headaches and potentially costlier future expenses. Plus, if you are interested in expanding your home or making other modifications to it later, you will be able to estimate how possible they are before consulting with a professional.

A Home, not a House

In the earlier days of America, especially before the Industrial Age, Americans, for the most part, built their own homes. History has recorded that they felt a sense of pride and closeness to their home and surroundings because they laid brick by brick and nailed wood plank by wood plank. Custom-building your home means that you can have the same pride and closeness to your house, too. If you watch, or if you participate in the process by helping pour cement, hammer in nails or sand wood pieces, your new place will become your home.

Financials

When you custom-build your home, you will not have to take out a mortgage. You will still incur sizable expenses, but estimates show that building a home saves homeowners about 25% over purchasing one that already exists. For those who would like to exercise their negotiating skills, this is the time. Creativity can go a long way in procuring reasonable supply and labor services. 

If you are ready for a home, but have not found the one that speaks to your heart, custom-building is an option. You will have the opportunity to learn and financially invest in what could be your forever home.

Keeping Your Property Hydrated Efficiently


When it comes to keeping your grass green and healthy, you have to be careful about how much water you give it.  Over hydrating your grass can be just as detrimental as not watering it enough.

Still, unless you have some level of training in lawn care or horticulture, you might not know what the right level of water is for your lawn.  By signing up for regular lawn care services, property maintenance, or professional irrigation St Louis homeowners like you avoid this worry altogether.

The Right Level of Moisture

Watering your lawn is not as simple as turning on the garden hose and letting the water soak into the top soil.  You have to take other things into consideration primarily the amount of precipitation you area has received in the last few days.

During dry spells, your grass will need more water than during times of heavy rainfall and humidity.  However, unless you have a rain gauge and a humidity detector, you are not going to know how much precipitation has fallen and how much moisture is in the air.  You could accidentally over water your lawn when it was getting enough from the natural weather elements.

The system that the company can install in your lawn comes with sensors to tell exactly how much water your lawn needs.  It detects the level of moisture in the ground as well as the grass itself.  Based on the readings, it can then turn on the sprinklers as needed to keep the lawn healthy and hydrated.

During heavy periods of rain or high humidity, the system will turn itself on less often because the lawn will not need the extra moisture.  Your lawn remains lush and green regardless of the elements and your own level of attention to the property.

Saving Money

This smart technology helps you save money on your water bill because you avoid using too much to keep the lawn alive and green.  When you use the garden hose or sprinkler system too much, you run up your water bill.  During times when your lawn is already hydrated, you essentially waste money on something for which you never should have had to pay in the first place.

This technology is fast and simple to set up and does not require any effort on your part.  You can sign up for or learn more about it by going online to the company's website today.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Why Do You Need To Purchase A Sump Pump

Even though you may think that no moisture can get into your freshly waterproofed basement, you should still keep a sump pump handy. A sump pump is a device that pumps excess water out of and away from your home. It's usually placed in the lowest point of your basement, often in a special pit that has been dug out especially for it. Here are just a few reasons why you should always have one in your basement.

Prevent Flooding

Of course, the single best reason to have a working sump pump in your basement is to prevent your basement from flooding. Yes, basements can be sealed and waterproofed, but that will never last forever. A working sump pump is a must for any home with a basement that is below the water table, especially if you live in a place that sees a lot of heavy rain.

Prevent Mold and Mildew

Mold and mildew can become serious problems in any home, and they thrive in damp environments. Having a working sump pump can go a long way towards keeping a home free of mold, which is very important if you or anybody in your home is allergic to the stuff.

Stabilizing the Soil

Even though sump pumps are designed to keep homes free of excessive moisture and all the problems that go with it, they can also help stabilize the soil around your home. When a sump pump removes water from your basement, it is drained to an area away from your house's foundation. This water seeps into the soil, keeping it stable and fertile, which in turn helps to stabilize your foundation.


By now, it should be clear that a sump pump is a must for almost any home, but actually having it on hand isn't enough. You need to make sure that it is kept in good working condition. Sump pumps can run on your home's electricity without any special wiring, but they can also use a backup battery in case your home loses power. Contact a sump pump repair service near you if you have any questions about your own pump or if you need a backup battery for emergencies.

Source:
http://www.sanddplumbing.com/blog/2012/december/top-5-reasons-you-need-a-sump-pump-in-your-home/

Finished Project : Loft Room

For the longest time, I've been inkling on including loft rooms in my proposed apartment units.  This has been in my bucket list for few years and was on pending status since we are still raising enough money to fund the project.  I used up all my savings as well as investments to put this thing into a reality and with God's grace, I was able to pull off everything last year.  Two units were built on the second floor of the building, the main floor being an events place.

The first unit turned out to be so nice, small but compact with all the spaces needed for a comfortable living. I've chosen the white and apple green color combination. You may refer to the first three photos below:  We've used tiles in the flooring except for the loft room where we've used vinyl tiles.  My Korean tenant who had leased the unit commented that is is not much different from the apartment units in Korea. :)







The two photos below were taken from the loft room on the second unit which was purposely done as an extension of the business.  Everything in this room was DIY.  You see, we had a very tight budget as our projects were done one after the other, so I do get financially drained at times. Lol

Despite of that, we've manged to come up with such a lovely interior design by just relying on our own creativity. I was so lucky to have my son and daughter who are both artistic and creative.  They helped out a lot in the overall design of the room.

I would be posting more of my projects very soon. :)







Thursday, December 21, 2017

Simple Ways To Redo Your Home

We all want our homes to look attractive and inviting. However, many of us mistakenly think that it takes a lot of money to create an attractive and inviting yard. However, it doesn't. You'd be surprised at the impact of three simple strategies can have on the overall appearance of your home.

Clean Up

This tip isn't very exciting but it has a huge initial impact and lets you see the true potential of your yard. The planning and transformation can't start until these initial tasks are completed. In other words, you must clear the stage before you build a new set. Unclutter your porch, cut your grass, and fix that broken mailbox or shutters. Once you get finished with this basic step and survey the premises you'll get to see your yard's true potential. This is where the planning commences.

Go for the Quick Bang

One of the best ways to create a huge transformation right away is strategically painting in specific areas. This is not an expensive move but it can have the same impact as painting your entire home. You can go for instant effects by painting your front door,  your trim and or shutters. This is an instant facelift without all the back-breaking work and expense. It instantly boosts your home's curb appeal and makes it more eye-catching.

Add Accents

This last step puts the frosting on the cake or the cherry on the top, depending on how you look at it. You can choose small accents to add interest and impact to your yard. You might consider adding pavers or a rock garden. If you don't mind a little maintenance you could even consider a flower patch. It's up to you.  You could even consider placing a bench under a tree or in some other attractive spot if your yard is large enough. It doesn't take a lot. One or two accents is all you really need to put the finishing touches on your yard's transformation. If you want to go a step further you can look into outdoor lighting orlando. Lighting can also make a big splash in your home's appearance.

It doesn't take a whole lot of money or time to give your home a facelift. You can freshen and update the look of your home by employing a few simple and strategic tips. Clean up, paint, and accent and you've essentially given your home an impactful and attractive makeover.

Create a Decorating Flow Throughout Your Home

Many homeowners do not realize how important it is to have a flow from one room to another within their home. Have you ever gone to someone’s house and thought how beautiful each room was, but it was as though something just wasn’t quite right. Chances are they didn’t have a flow within the home. Each room should coordinate with the ones around it while still maintaining a unique feel. Use the following tips to do this in your house.

Colors

The wall and floor colors in each room should all coordinate with one another. The best way to do this is select the color you want for the main room such as the living room. Use the strip of colors on the sample you picked up at the paint store to choose colors for the surrounding areas. Those paint sample strips do the work for you by already grouping matching colors together.

Furniture

The look of the furniture should blend well form room to room. Start by choosing a style. For example, if you like a rustic feel, look for an Austin furniture store like Primitives Furniture and Accessories to outfit all your rooms. You don’t need to buy everything new. Simply choose one or two new items for each room to create a coordinating theme.

Accessories

Accessories are the easiest way to create a flow. Use matching frames for all of the photos throughout the house. Have all throw rugs in the same color no matter if they are in the living area, kitchen, or bathroom. Have all window treatments match. If you use lace curtains under the living room drapes, use lace curtains in the dining room too.

Now that you have followed these tips, you should have a nicely decorated home that flows from one room to the next. The true test of whether you have achieved this will be to take an accessory item like a throw pillow from the living room. Carry the pillow from room to room, and place it in a chair. Does it look like it belongs? The colors and styles should still coordinate. If you can say that it does fit in with every room, you have successfully created a decorating flow within your home.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Tips To Follow For Your Next House Move

Moving is hard work. We all know this. However, it doesn't take away the fact that it's something that must be done. The only way to make this dreaded task more bearable is to start early. The earlier you begin this work-intensive process the more stress you will take away from the process. This is why it's a good idea to get organized and get started.

Hire a Moving Company

The major details of your move should be handled first. If you are hiring a moving company,  this is one of the first tasks that you should focus on. Determine what services you will need and ship around. Make sure you're clear on the pricing and what services you will be getting before you sign on the dotted line. Ask questions and re-verify everything before you make your final decision. click here

Pack By Room

One of the best ways to save you time and energy while packing and during the unpacking process is to pack by room. The boxes should be labeled according to the room. In other words, all kitchen items should go in the kitchen boxes and all bathroom items should go in the bathroom box. This will save you a ton of time during the packing process and make it easy to unpack as well. It will eliminate the need to look for things. If you pack logically you won't have to stress over where to find the blender or your winter coats.

Designate Tasks

Don't be a one-man army. Get help. Designate as many tasks as you can. This will take away a lot of the burden and make it easier on everyone. If everyone plays their part and does a little bit to help the moving process, it will alleviate stress. Plus,  it will distribute the work instead of placing the burden on one or a few peoples shoulders.

It's a well-known fact that moving isn't fun. However, once you can get past this obvious fact and get organized a lot of the stress can be reduced. Get organized and prioritize your most important tasks first. Don't carry the load all by yourself. Break up the tasks of moving by enlisting the help of others. If you follow a few smart tips you'll be relaxing on moving day instead of stressing.


Organizing Your Wardrobe Space

source Whether you're a student, an office worker, or a homemaker, everyone deserves a well-organized wardrobe space.  Not only...