Monthly Archives: September 2015

Tips on How to Clean Out Clutter

picture of a garage that has clutter

Owning a home is surely a major responsibility in life, and over time, the amount of clutter that can accumulate in a home is astounding. The thought of living an uncluttered, organized life is way beyond appealing to many people, but how to go about accomplishing it is yet another issue. People recognize the many benefits of living an uncluttered life from having less stress in their lives to simply having less to clean and organize each day. However, more often than not, people are truly unaware of the amount of clutter that has accumulated in their houses over time until that one unbelievable day when reality finally sets in.

Tips On How To De-clutter Your House

When people recognize they have a problem with clutter, they begin to feel so overwhelmed and anxious about the disorganized presence of their home, and find themselves immersed in confusing thoughts of how to get rid of the clutter and organize their homes. Though this enormous task can be overly challenging, once accomplished, the rewards far outweigh the challenge. Here are some useful tips on how to organize your home, and get rid of all that clutter.

1. To begin with, conduct a simple walk through of your home and determine which room or area requires the least amount of work, and begin your journey with this room. Tackling the smallest area or rooms first, sheds a different light on your overall project when you complete the first phase of your project. Once you have completely de-cluttered your first area, you want to step back and take pride in your accomplishment and then allow yourself a breather, whether an hour or a day, before moving onto the next area to organize.

2. One of the best overall techniques to use when you set out to remove all the clutter from your home is the use of two large garbage bags. These two trash bags are used for separating those items that are trash, and those items you wish to give away. In each room you are organizing determine which items are to remain and simply need to be put back into their proper places, and then place all the remaining items into either the trash bag or the donate bag. You will be amazed at how quickly you are able to create some semblance of order in the room. Items that find their way into the donation bag will most assuredly end up being someone else’s treasures, while those items that find their way into the trash bag are the easiest to organize since they simply require you to dispose of them accordingly into the trash.

picture of filthy clutter

However, when dealing with trash, many times there can be excessive trash as well as very large items that you wish to dispose of, such as old furniture and other large items. Recognizing the challenge that abundant trash and very large unwanted items can present you with, it makes perfect sense to reach out to your local skip hire to accommodate your overall trash disposal needs. Skips come in all shapes and sizes, so you can be sure to hire the perfect skip for your home cleaning project making that piece of the project much easier to handle, and certainly easier to perform.

3. In addition, to these simple steps for cleaning and organizing your home, you may want to try using what is referred to as the “12, 12, 12″ technique. This special technique involves you simply walking through the home and collecting 12 items that need to be thrown away, 12 items that you wish to donate or give away, and 12 items that simply need to be put back into their proper places. After each set of twelve is accomplished, simply go back and do it all over again until such time that you find the clutter is gone, and the organization has taken its place. This technique is not only fast and efficient, but can be quite enjoyable to perform, especially if performed with other family members.

Overall removing unsightly clutter from your home is truly a project that is not welcomed by many. However, embracing the skilful art of the “12, 12, 12″ technique or the use of the two garbage bags technique will most assuredly afford you the peace of mind you are in search of as you set out on your de cluttering journey, and seek to establish an appealing and organized look to that wonderful place you call home!

How To Paint A Room

picture of couple painting room

Every homeowner finds themselves at one time or another wanting to renovate or upgrade the rooms in their home. One of the simplest home improvement projects to accomplish this is the simple task of painting your rooms. Though painting in itself can be quite simple, preparation prior to painting can be a bit time consuming and a bit more challenging. Here are some useful tips on how to best paint a room, including the preparation necessary before the paint is applied.

Useful Tips for Painting A Room

1. Begin by cleaning the walls that you want to paint. The best way of cleaning the walls is by using a simple sponge, water, and a small amount of dish detergent. Wash the walls and thoroughly remove any dirt, dust, or grease spots. Once you have completed washing away all the dirt and grime, rinse the walls with clean water to remove and soap residue that may still be on the surface.

2. Next, you want to tape the doors, windows, and trim with painter’s blue tape to avoid getting paint any of these structures. Be certain that once you have completed painting the wall, that you remove the blue tape immediately because if you choose to wait until the paint is dry to remove the tape you may inadvertently remove some of the paint from the walls as well.

3. Following the taping, you then want to apply a primer to the walls. This primer will add to the overall sheen of the fresh paint applied and give the new paint a smoother and a uniform final appearance.

4. While in the process of painting, give focus and much detail to painting along the trim and in the corners of the walls. To accomplish this task easily and accurately, be certain to utilize a small paint brush rather than the roller used for the majority of the wall surfaces. The use of a small two or three inch brush will assure you that the paint will be applied evenly and no missed spots will result.

picture of a room that has just been painted and decorated

5. Once you have brushed all the trim areas and the corners of the walls, you can begin rolling the remainder of the wall. Using the common “W” pattern for painting whereby you actually paint a very large “W” with the roller and then continue filling it in without lifting the roller. Continue this same procedure until the wall is done, and, of course, paint one wall at a time.

6. Once you have completed painting the walls, and the walls are completely dry, you then want to tape along all the trim where it meets the wall and proceed with painting all the molding. It is best to use a small two inch brush to accomplish this rather tedious task of the overall painting project.

Painting is truly a rather simple chore that when accomplished can enhance both the appearance and value of your home. Paint the walls in all your rooms adds a whole new level of beauty and luster and gives each room a more vibrant and fresh look. If you are looking to make some simple improvements to your home and improve its overall appearance, certainly a fresh clean coat of shiny new paint can give your home a whole new vibrant look.