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4 Tips for clearing the clutter out of your home

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4 Tips for clearing the clutter out of your home

If you’re like most homes, you probably have a decent amount of clutter hanging around. Things just accumulate over time, and you never seem to find the time to get rid of any of it. Then, when you do happen to find time, you find a reason to not throw anything anyway. The result is a cluttered home, filled with things you no longer really need or want. If this sounds like you, it’s time to do something about it. Here are 4 tips you can use to help get rid of that clutter and bring some semblance of organization to your home.

Go Room by Room

One mistake a lot of people make when trying to declutter their homes is to try to do it all at once. You bounce around from room to room, moving things around and trying to decide what to get rid of. After spending a few hours doing this, you realize you’ve only made your home messier, and didn’t accomplish much.

A better strategy is to go room by room. Pick the room that is most cluttered, or the room you most want to get organized. Start there, and don’t move onto another room until you finish it. This will help to keep things simple, and hopefully keep you from becoming overwhelmed.

Separate Your Stuff into Piles

As you’re working on a room, separate everything into piles. By doing this you can clearly see what you want to do with each item and change your mind as you go along. Here are the piles that you should make.

First, a pile of the stuff you want to keep. It’s unlikely that you’re going to throw away everything in your home, so set aside the stuff that you want to keep. Try to be prejudicial and remember that the goal of this exercise is to remove clutter, not keep everything.

The next pile is stuff you want to move to storage. This is the stuff that you want to keep, but you don’t necessary have room for. Perhaps you have an old chest from your grandparents that you love, but that you just don’t have a place for. Putting things in storage is a great way to keep important things while still removing the clutter from your every day life.

After you’re done sorting your piles, you can find a good self-storage locker to keep everything in, where it will be kept safe until you need it. After that, make a pile of the things you think you can sell. Just because you no longer want something doesn’t mean someone else won’t. If you have things in good condition, try to get some money for them. Host a garage sale or put it up on eBay. You might not get much in return, but since the item was just taking up space anyway, it’s better than nothing.

Your fourth pile is things you can donate. Plenty of charities take unwanted items, and you can donate them here to help the charity and to get a tax write-off. Charities are typically looking for old clothes and furniture, but some places accept other things. Keep in mind that to donate something, it will typically need to be in good shape. According to Remove My Junk “Most donation companies won’t take furniture that has rips, tears, or stains in them. However, there are some companies that will take “well worn” furniture for refurbishing purposes”. For more on donating noncash items to charity, you can check out this guide.

Finally, the fifth pile is all the rest of the stuff – the stuff you’re going to throw away. Put in this pile anything you don’t want, and that you can’t give away. There’s no point in hanging onto things you don’t need, so cut the cord and get rid of it.

Buy Some Organizers

Once you have everything sorted and heading to the right places, it’s time to keep this problem from happening again. Buy yourself some good organizers and containers to store all the things you’re keeping. Removing clutter is great, but your home will look even better if the remaining stuff has a proper place and is stored in an orderly fashion.

Keep Up Your Habits

Finally, try to make decluttering a habit. Rather than going through this long process every few years, do it a little at a time. Make it a Spring cleaning habit to go through your stuff and see what you no longer need. By doing it each year you’ll make it less of a chore and help to keep your home organized year-round.

As you can see, it doesn’t take much to declutter your home. Hopefully this few tips will help you out, and you’ll be well on your way to a less cluttered home.

*Article courtesy of EiEiHome

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Cleaning is good for your health

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Cleaning is good for your health

Maybe it’s time to see cleaning as less of a chore and more of a benefit to your wellbeing. The benefits of cleaning your home run deeper than lifting dirt off kitchen countertops and floors. According to a national survey conducted by Leger Marketing on behalf of Vileda, Canadians revealed a profound connection between their home, its cleanliness and their wellbeing. More than three quarters (77 per cent) agreed that when their homes were clean, it allowed them to better focus on their self-care. A significant majority of Canadians (81 per cent) said the overall cleanliness of their home was an indicator of how they were feeling. Whether washing dishes or sweeping the floors, 88 per cent of Canadians say they feel more in control of their lives when their home is clean.

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Leger’s online survey of 1,560 Canadians was completed between April 27 to 30, 2018, using Leger’s online panel, LegerWeb. The margin of error for this study was plus or minus 2.5 per cent, 19 times out of 20. Leger’s online panel has approximately 400,000 members nationally and has a retention rate of 90 per cent.

For Canadians, home is more than a place to hang their hat. Eighty-four per cent of respondents felt their home was a reflection of who they are, while 67 per cent saw it as a sanctuary where they could shut out the outside world, unplug and relax.

“When life gets busy, I can easily become overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done around my home,” said lifestyle and DIY expert Denise Wild. “Tackling small cleaning tasks on a daily basis helps me stay on top of the mess. Cleaning gives me tangible results, so my spirits get an instant lift with each small job I accomplish.”

While 82 per cent of respondents felt cleaning gave them a sense of accomplishment, most Canadians still need a little coaxing when it comes to housework. Sixty-five per cent of respondents listened to their favourite music to get them in the mood, while 70 per cent of women were more likely to use music as a motivator.

And while music can change our mood, the act of cleaning can be used as a therapeutic tool as well. Almost half of the women surveyed agreed that cleaning was an outlet for negative emotions (48 per cent) – as compared to 38 per cent of men — while three-in-10 respondents said they found washing dishes therapeutic.

“Vileda understands the connection between a clean home and a positive impact on wellbeing,” said Patrizia Cacchione, marketing firector, Vileda Canada. “Cleaning can be a chore. We know that sometimes we need a little nudge to get started, so we designed our products to make the task at hand easier.”

Whether your daily cleaning to-do list includes wiping down countertops or picking up endless amounts of pet hair, a thorough clean can help to clear your mind and make it easier to focus on the more important things.

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Fix It Friday: Remove stains from flooring and upholstery

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Fix It Friday: Remove stains from flooring and upholstery

By: Darla Grant-Braid

If you are adamant about maintaining a spotless home … or at least paying a housekeeper to maintain it for you, there’s one thing that you should be aware of. Stains happen. It’s simply a fact of everyday life. Spills, smudges, dirt and even biological accidents can and probably will happen in your home at some point. The trick is figuring out how to remove those stains quickly and effectively.

Here are a few tried and true tactics for removing stains from different surfaces in your home.

Red Wine

Spilled wine is never a good thing, not only does it leave you with a potential stain, but it means there’s less wine to be enjoyed. And no one like that. Here’s how to take care of a fresh red wine spill:

  1. Apply salt – Cover the stain with a ¼ cup of salt (more if the stain is large) to quickly absorb the liquid. Let sit for a few minutes before brushing the salt from the upholstery.
  2. Blot –Blot up as much of the remining wine as possible
  3. Add equal parts Dawn dish detergent and hydrogen peroxide to a spray bottle. Mist the stain and blot (don’t rub) till the stain vanishes.

Mud

The muddy season is definitely here. Winter melt, rain and the endless parade of kids, pets, and gardening boots will inevitably lead to splatters and splotches of mud somewhere on your carpet or area rug. Here’s how to get rid of it:

  1. Allow the mud to dry, then vacuum up as much mud as possible.
  2. Combine 1 tablespoon of Dawn dish detergent with 2 cups of warm water in a spray bottle. Spray onto mud and blot with a paper towel or cloth. Repeat as needed.

Blood

Accidents happen. Whether from a spontaneous bloody nose, careless fruit slicing, or unforeseen manicure mishap, should you happen to get a blood stain on your upholstery you’ll want to remedy the problem as quickly as possible. Let’s make it go away:

  1. Lightly sponge the spot with cold water, then blot with a dry paper towel to remove as much of the stain as possible.
  2. Pour a capful of hydrogen peroxide directly onto the spot (be sure to test in an inconspicuous area first, since peroxide has a slight bleaching effect) blot and remove any remaining peroxide with cold water.

Pet Stains

Did you know that acid contained in a cat or dog’s urine can not only stain carpeting but hardwood as well? Pet urine can leave unsightly black marks and odour, which can be hard to remove with a simple floor washing. Thankfully there are several solutions to remove this type of stain. Although, please keep in mind that some solutions can result in mild discoloration, particularly in dark wood floors.

  1. Soak a washcloth or paper towel in hydrogen peroxide and lay it on top of the stain.
  2. Leave the cloth there, checking periodically for progress. As soon as the stain disappears, remove the cloth and wipe up any residue from the peroxide.
  3. Be aware that applying peroxide to your hardwood can damage the finish and may require to you sand and refinish the area.

*Article courtesy of EiEiHome

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