3 Ideas on How to Keep Busy At Home

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Even before lock down measures stretched across the world, the house was getting a little boring. There are only so many times you can bake a tray of cookies just so you have an excuse to wash the dishes, after all. But it’s important to keep busy, whether there’s a global pandemic going on or not. It keeps you interested in your home. It means you don’t dread waking up every morning fearing there’s nothing to do, it means that you can get something done. 

 

But where do you start? You’re all out of puzzles. You’re tired of rearranging your bookshelf. The thought of dusting or vacuuming once more makes you feel ever-so-slightly nauseous. These are the first few things that come to mind, but they are not the last, so here are three ideas on how to keep busy at home. 

 

Get Into Shape (Finally)

 

Okay, so you can’t go to the gym, and you may even be unsure if you want to go out, but you can still stay healthy while working from home, and you might finally fulfill your yearly resolution to get into shape long before you consider it a lost cause. 

 

Whether you’re eating less fast food because everywhere is closed or having the time and the energy to go for a run around the backyard, you can make the most of having what feels like all the time in the world. Furthermore, a quick workout is a great way to break up the day so that you won’t feel like the minutes tick by too slowly for your liking. 

 

Clear Out This Mess (Finally)

 

Clutter is something that seems to grow exponentially, and it doesn’t matter how much you try to forget about it or cram it away in the attic, it persists. 

 

Knowing you have an abundance of clutter will wreak havoc on your mind. You know that unless you do something, it will only get worse. Sorting and getting rid of your clutter can be a cathartic experience. You can take a trip down memory lane but also clear some space in your house and your mind. 

 

Learn Something New (Finally)

 

The devil makes work for idle hands, so give them something to do. There are thousands of things you can explore while stuck inside. You can learn an instrument, learn to paint, try knitting, or crocheting. Just do anything to keep you busy. 

 

Learning something new isn’t just a way to keep you busy, though. It’s also fantastic for opening your world to different things. This will allow you to find new hobbies that can stay with you even after the pandemic finishes. You can get the whole family involved so you can try this journey together and support one another along the way. 

 

Staying Busy (Finally)

 

Whether you live alone or with your family, keeping busy is essential to staying firmly in love with your home. If you’re unsure of how to spend your time while you wait around to get back outside, then consider trying out one of these, two of these, or even all three.

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The Parts Of Your House That Need A Deep Clean

Deep cleaning is something that’s much easier to do than you might think. Sure, you might need to block out a week, or you might need just a couple of hours to get things moving, but considering the spring is here and you’ve got a house to clean, there’s no time like the present!

 

So, your house might need a deep clean round about now. It’s been through a lot over the years, and when it comes down to really thinking about it, when was the last time you were able to really get down and scrub the floors? 

 

Because now could be your chance to get a checklist together and whip around your house in an afternoon; we’ve listed below the most crucial parts of your home that’ll need a good clean, so why not use them as inspiration for that free weekend you’ve got coming up? 

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Inside Your Kitchen/Wetroom Appliances

 

Your kitchen is a well used and well loved room in your home. It’s a place where you cook up a storm on a daily basis to feed your family, and it’s probably a good room for hosting guests when they come over too. However, it can also be a very filthy part of the home, and knowing how to clean it (and clean it properly!), is key to maintaining good health and happiness in your house. 

 

Most particularly, you’re going to want to clean inside your appliances. You’re going to want to get your gloves on and scrub the inside of your oven, your fridge, and even the inside of the washing machine you may have in there as well. 

 

The fridge can hold all kinds of raw foods in it at one time, and if you know your kitchen hygiene rules, you know that anything that can drip goes on the bottom shelf to reduce the chance of contamination. Well, if you’ve had some raw meats or something runny in there recently, you’re going to want to whip that bottom shelf out and disinfect it. 

 

The oven can get all kinds of materials burnt into its edges; make sure you’re taking out the grills once a month and wiping them down, and then make sure you can lift those burnt bits and all of that grease off the bottom of the oven itself. 

 

And finally, the washing machine: make sure you disinfect the inside of the drum every once in a while, especially if you’re prone to leaving wet washing in there for hours on end. Also, wet washing is a great environment for germs to make their home and start reproducing, so if your laundry has been in there for a while, it’s best to put it on again! 

 

What’s Inside Your Handbag

 

If you own and use a handbag, think about what’s in it right now. You’ve got your wallet and your keys, of course, but you’ve probably got a collection of other things in there too. Maybe something your children have asked you to carry for them, or something like a lipstick you use to touch up when you’re out and about, or even just your phone. No matter what’s in there at the moment, go to your handbag and empty it out, and give each and every item a good clean. 

 

Get some disinfectant wipes out and get started! Your wallet could be built up with germs, and fraying at the seams – in this case, throw it away, and transfer your items to a newer, sturdier, cleaner case. Make sure that lipstick or lip balm is still in date, as you don’t want to be using something past its shelf life. Wipe down your phone screen, most of all, simply because so much grease and dirt from a day’s use can build up on it. Your phone screen really can be a breeding ground for bacteria when left unchecked! 

 

The Carpets Around Your House

 

Your carpets could have years of dirt built up in the materials, and the deeper or thicker the pile of the carpet, the more chance of dirt and bacteria within it. After all, how often do you tend to clean your carpets, if you have any in your house? If you haven’t washed them down since you moved in, it might be time to get your deep cleaning gloves on! 

 

If you already have a steam cleaner, this job doesn’t have to be too difficult for you. But if you don’t, don’t worry! You’re in luck – there’s plenty of ways to deep clean without needing to invest in more cleaning machinery; simply get your regular dish soap or a bit of baking soda, and an old toothbrush, towel and bucket from outside, and then follow the steps here to make sure you can scrub away those darkened areas of the carpet you’re sick of looking at. 

 

Of course, you don’t have to undergo a hefty deep cleaning job like this alone, or even do it yourself in the first place. Companies like Chem-Dry of Columbia exist to help homeowners keep their home clean and tidy, without needing to quarantine an area for cleaning and drying for hours on end at a time. 

 

The Computer Desk

 

And a final quick note to finish. If you have a computer desk in your home, and/or a home office to make use of, you’re going to want to clean up your mouse and keyboard, and probably give the monitor a rub down as well. If you eat at your desk, or even just use it on a daily basis, all kinds of skin cells, hairs, and dirt from outside sources can build up here. 

 

Your house could do with a deep clean in some areas; make sure you know where to start with your efforts for a happier, healthier home!

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8 Ways To Handle A Home Emergency Like A Pro

Suffering a home emergency can be tough, so knowing how to handle it is key. This is especially important if you live with kids and pets, as you’ll want to keep everybody safe. Of course, how you handle the situation will depend on what is going on, but in general, you should take the following steps or similar to ensure that everybody is as safe as possible. 

 

  1. Call An Emergency Service To Help You 

Don’t waste any time – call an emergency service to help you clean everything up. The sooner you do this, the better, because otherwise you may be waiting even longer for them to show. If you can call them before doing anything else, you’ll be able to get everything sorted out much faster. Look for companies that cleanup sewage, or another company that suits your needs. There will be a company in your area that can help you. 

 

  1. Find Somewhere For Your Kids And Pets To Go 

Ideally, you want to get your kids and pets out of the house so they don’t hurt themselves or try to explore the damage. Send them to a friend or family member’s house if you can. If you can’t, then give them strict instructions to stay in one room – only if it’s safe to stay in the house. 

 

  1. Only Remove Valuables If It Is Safe 

You may be worrying about your jewelry and other items, but you should only remove items like this if it’s safe for you to do so. Never put yourself in harm’s way – hopefully, your insurance will cover things like jewelry. 

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  1. Stay Calm 

Always stay calm in an emergency. This can be tough, but the rest of the family will take the lead from you. If you panic and get stressed, they will do the same. This will make the situation even harder to handle. 

 

  1. Call Your Insurance Company 

Call your insurance company. You may have home emergency cover or even just home insurance cover. Get an idea of what you are covered for so you can start putting plans in place and inform them of what has happened. 

 

  1. Never Put Yourself In Danger 

Don’t put yourself in danger during a home emergency. There are various situations that could be dangerous. Flooding can be dangerous, but a fire or a gas issue can be especially dangerous. Don’t try to fix these things yourself. 

 

  1. Shut Off Main Water Valve/Electricity 

You may have received instructions from the emergency company you have called. If not, ask them if you need to turn off the main water valve, electricity, or do anything else to help the process along. 

 

  1. Do A Little Clean Up If At All Possible

Make sure you only attempt this if it is safe to do so. Check with the emergency service provider if you’re not sure. Getting rid of excess water will help to prevent mold and mildew, for instance. 

 

Handling a home emergency can be tough, but the faster you act, the less damage to deal with.

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Simple Changes For A Healthier Home

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We spend most of our time indoors, so we do need to consider its impact on our health and wellbeing. If we are feeling unwell because of the home we live in, then a few changes are necessary.

 

We have listed a few below, so take a look. Then, if it is appropriate for you to do so, make the necessary changes to your home.

#1: A change to your home decor

 

For the sake of your mental health, a change to your home decor might be in order. Especially if you are bored of your surroundings, or if certain rooms in your home are overly cluttered, you do need to consider your options.

 

So, you might freshen up your home’s interior with a lick of paint, perhaps in colors that evoke a calm and peaceful state. You might also follow our simple decluttering guide as, if you are living within a messy environment, it won’t do much for your mental state if you are forever faced with untidiness within your living space.

 

#2: A change to your air quality

 

You know the air outside of your home is polluted, but did you know the air inside could be as well? Because of the chemical products you use for cleaning, and perhaps because of habits such as smoking, the air of your home won’t be as clean as you want it to be.

 

So, when keeping your home clean and hygienic, try to avoid those products that contain a lot of toxic chemicals. Many stores sell greener products now, so look for those labels that suggest they are eco-friendly. Alternatively, household items such as baking soda, vinegar, and lemons can all be used to keep your home clean, so research DIY recipes online. 

 

To further improve your air quality, you might also add a houseplant or two. These act as natural air purifiers, and filter out the pollutants in your home. Be sure to keep them near sources of sunlight, of course, or purchase a Haus Bright grow light to both grow your plants and to maximize the air-filtering potential. 

 

#3: A change to your refrigerator

 

Your refrigerator isn’t to blame for ill health, of course, unless you have done little to clean it in a while. Rather, it is the items in your refrigerator that could be a problem, especially if it is overloaded with chocolate items, fizzy drinks, microwave meals, and any other foodstuffs that you already know aren’t particularly good for you.

 

Instead, make a change to your family’s eating habits by replacing any unhealthy items with healthier alternatives. So, you might include natural fruit drinks, bottles of water, homemade foods, and healthy snack items that are safer items to reach for when feeling the urge to eat between meals. 

So, do you need to make any changes in your home? For the health of you and your family, you should consider doing so if you have related to anything within this article.

 

Take care, and thanks for reading!

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Get An Easier Home Life By Doing These 4 Things

The family home is more than just a house. It is the center of operations for the family unit, and even the busiest families spend a great deal of time there. But is your home setup to work for you and your family in the best way possible? Or it causing you unnecessary stress? Read on to find out.

Improve safety

One thing that can cause anxiety and stress in family life, which can contribute to frayed tempers and difficulties is concerns about safety in the home.

This can be inside safety, as in any dangers that might be problematic to the residents like steep stairs, scolding hot water, and slip and trip hazards. It can also refer to security issues such as window and door locks, burglar alarms, and the like.

Obviously, each issue needs to be identified and sorted according to what would be most useful. Inside issues can often be resolved by making small changes such as installing corner bumpers to sharp edges. Or laying rug grip to stop slips and trips, especially helpful if you have lots little ones that sometimes forget that they shouldn’t run indoors.

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Security issue can be a little more difficult to resolve, although things are finally getting easier with the many smart systems now on the market.

One thing to consider is installing CCTV that you can monitor from your phone or laptop. Even when you are out of the country for an added layer of a piece of mind. Also, upgrade windows to contain the best anti-tamper security features to ensure you minimize the risk of a break in as much as possible.

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Replace beds and mattresses  

One thing that we all need is sleep, and without enough of it, we can get stressed and ill. But getting the right amount of quality unbroken sleep is something that eludes many of us. This can be due to lots of different reasons that may need our attention such as an uncomfortable bed, too much light, or getting too hot in the night.

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In particular, getting too hot in the night can seriously affect the quality of our sleep, making it hard to nod off and difficult to not wake up throughout the night. But what can be done about this?

Well, one thing you can do is to change your mattress. This is because some mattresses are much worse at retaining the heat from your body during the night than others.

This is an issue that many people find with memory foam mattresses, but luckily there are now products out there like Nectar mattresses that include a cooling effect. Meaning that they will make it a lot easier to get a good night of unbroken sleep, even in the warmest of conditions.

Something that has the knock on effect on improving your mood and health, so you can be ready for any challenge the family and life throws at you the next day.

Eat at the table

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An incredible small change that you can make to get an easier home life is to bring the family together once a day around the dinner table. Eating a meal at the table instead of on our laps on trays can help improve your family life in all sorts of ways.

Firstly, it allows you to take your time over eating, enjoying your food, and even brings added awareness so you can stop eating when you are full.

Secondly, it a great time to devote to family life, where you can have conversations and catch up with each member of the family. Also checking on how they are doing and offering support if necessary.

Also, this will have a positive effect as you will feel more connected with your partner and kids, and the will feel the same. Giving this undivided attention can also really help when you have children, as then they don’t feel they are fighting for your focus.

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Get organized

There are many home and family blogs out there, extolling the avenues of being organized. All with lots of great tips on how to do. However, not many of the actually explain why being organized is going to make your home life easier.

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It’s because when you know where things are, and you have space to actually live in, you and the others around you are going to be less irritable and less stressed. Thus minimizing arguments.

Also, it’s important to remember here, that being organized isn’t an excuse to be regimented and inflexible. Being organized does take some focus and effort, but it should be done in a compassionate and measured way. As if you are spending all of your time and energy getting everything to be perfect, you will likely create more stress and uncomfort for you and you family. Something that negates the benefits of doing it in the first place.

Get on top of the cleaning

 

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By getting on top of the cleaning, I don’t mean that you have to spend your afternoons off on your hands and knees with a scrubbing brush. Yes, they say cleanliness is next to Godliness, but no one wants to grow up in a home that they are terrified to drop a crumb in, or that has plastic on the couch.

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In fact, the same aware but relaxed attitude applies to cleaning as it does to organization. If you hold on too tight, you won’t get the desired result of stress reduction due to living in a pleasant family home.

Instead, set a reasonable schedule that you can set down and pick up according to how busy you are and your energy levels at the time. It can also help to get the rest of the family to help you.

As not only does this get them to appreciate the work that goes into keeping the family home clean, meaning they will be more careful generally. But it also gets them in a great habit for later on in life as they aren’t going to expect that the magical cleaning fairy will come along and do it all for them when they move out.

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Spring Cleaning is a breeze… Shark® Rocket Complete with DuoClean™ Technology

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I never thought I would say this but this year I am so excited about spring cleaning. I know it sounds crazy, like saying I would like for someone to rub their nails on a chalkboard, please. But really this year I have the best help to tackle those spring cleaning issues. The Shark® Rocket Complete with DuoClean™ Technology is my secret weapon to spring cleaning this year!

I have not one but TWO, two story homes. I know, what was I thinking… But both need a good spring cleaning and both have carpet and tile. So this awesome vacuum has come to the rescue.

Here is what all is included with this vacuum:

  • Shark® Rocket® Complete vacuum with DuoClean Technology
  • Dusting Brush
  • 12” Crevice Tool
  • Pet Upholstery Tool
  • On-Board Tool Clip
  • Wall Mount
  • 30’ Cord
  • Under Appliance Wand (bonus item)

 

This Shark® Rocket Complete with DuoClean™ Technology can literally clean your home from your ceiling to your floor. It is light weight and offers a ton of options for all of your cleaning needs! I have tried everything and love the fan cleaning option and under the furniture wand!

 

 

I am able to tote this lightweight vacuum upstairs with no problems. I use it for the stairwell and even the tile at the bottom of the stairs, this makes cleaning a breeze! It also is so easy to clean out. Each time I finish with the house or condo I just dump it out. It has a clear container so you can see how amazing it is working!

 

It is so easy to use and to move that I am able to take it to the condo each week for a good clean. Before I would have to load a big vacuum that would leave a mess in my car. This one has really been a lifesaver, not only has it helped my spring cleaning but it is going to make my summer a lot more fun!!

 

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WaterWipes and Target Giftcard

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