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3 Tips for Storing Your Clothing

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips for Storing Your Clothing

Storage units are used for far more than storing furniture and other furnishings. Many people store their clothing in the units. Before storing the clothing, there are precautions you need to ensure they are not damaged while they are put away. Here are several preparatory steps you can take now.   Wash Your Clothes You were more than likely already going to wash your clothes before placing them in storage, but you need to make some changes to how you wash them. For instance, you need to avoid washing them in perfumed detergent. You also need to skip out on the starch and fabric softener. The odor from those substances can attract pests to your storage unit.   Washing the clothes also helps to prevent stains from setting in your clothes. The stains could be particularly challenging to remove when you take them out of storage.   Choose the Right Packing Method Ideally, you should pack your clothing in wardrobe boxes. Other types of packaging could prove damaging to your clothing. For instance, a vacuum-sealed container would allow in enough moisture that your clothes could mildew during humid periods.   When packing the clothes in the boxes, resist the urge to toss in mothballs. Although mothballs are supposed to protect the clothing from moths, it can lead to an annoying consequence. After you take the clothes out of storage, it will be difficult to get the smell of the mothballs out of the fabric.   Even in wardrobe boxes, your clothes could be exposed to humidity that causes mildew. To avoid this, toss in chemical desiccants packages with the clothing. The packages will absorb the moisture for months.   It is important to note that if you are storing furs, they should not be placed in the box. They can be irreparably crushed. Hang and cover them with a plastic bag.  Opt for a Climate-Controlled Unit For added protection, your clothing should be stored in a climate-controlled unit. If you place your clothing is placed in a non-controlled unit, the temperatures within it will fluctuate. When this happens, moisture is more likely to develop in the boxes. However, a climate-controlled unit keeps the area at a steady temperature that is better for your clothing.   A climate-controlled unit is also ideal for your furs. Your furs will be kept from drying out, and the climate control will help to keep the pests away.   Before closing the door on your self-storage unit, check with the storage company, perhaps Empire Self Storage, for additional tips on keeping your clothes in good...

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How To Throw A Party With Your Outdoor Fire Pit Table

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Throw A Party With Your Outdoor Fire Pit Table

Is there a birthday or other event you’d like to celebrate in the warm months? Would you like to get the whole family or a group of friends together for some old-fashioned fun? A fire pit table is the perfect accessory for a wonderful party that your guests will enjoy and remember for years to come.  The Invitations Invite friends to your party with s’mores baggies. Place a large marshmallow, a piece of chocolate, and two graham crackers in a baggie. Then staple this to a piece of cardstock with the details of your party.  The Decor Place chairs and benches around your fire pit, and put out tables where guests can sit. Add checkered tablecloths and picnic items.  If you have trees, string white lights through them, and make canopies of lights back and forth between them. Solar powered lights are easy to use and don’t have to be plugged in. Be sure you hang them during the day so they can soak up some sun. You can also hang faux candle lanterns from the trees.  If your party is in the daytime, hang Chinese paper lanterns as decor.  The Food Serve food like hotdogs that can be roasted over a fire pit. You can also cook chili or soup on your fire.  Bring in a grill to add to the menu, and offer hamburgers or even steaks. Add chips with dip and some veggies, and you can’t go wrong.  Don’t forget the beer and wine if some of your guests are adults.  The Dessert The ultimate backyard party dessert is s’mores. Provide graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows, and let guests craft their own. You might also provide fruit with chocolate for dipping.  Hot cocoa is fun if it’s a chilly evening.  The Activities Think about campground fun when it comes to activities for your party. A fire pit table is the perfect centerpiece for telling ghost stories or for sing-along fun. In the daytime, have races. Try a three-legged race, a potato sack race, or an egg relay race. At night, take advantage of the dark with flashlight tag and sparklers.   The Favors Give guests a party bag with a flashlight, glow sticks, and some glowing jewelry they can wear during the party.  An outdoor party is perfect for a get-together in warm weather. Using a fire pit table adds to the fun and provides a beautiful...

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Three Ways To Give Your Wooden Front Door A More Classic Appeal Without Replacing It

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Ways To Give Your Wooden Front Door A More Classic Appeal Without Replacing It

If your home has a more traditional, old-fashioned look, then a plain, wooden front door is going to look slightly out of place. This is not to say you need to replace that front door. Rather, there are a few things you can do to give the plain, wooden front door a more classic appeal. Replace the hinges and door handle. Say goodbye to plain, subtle hinges. Instead, look for a set made from wrought iron or brass. As long as you can use a screwdriver, you should be able to handle taking the door off the hinges, removing the current hinges, and screwing the new ones into place. You may need a friend to help you if the door is heavy. Also, replace the current door handle with an old-fashioned one that matches the hinges. Keep in mind that in older styles, door handles were often very large and a prominent feature of the door. Install decorative straps. Straps are metal pieces that coordinate with the door’s hinge. They stretch out horizontally across the door, beginning at the hinge and reaching a few inches inward. Make sure the straps you buy coordinate well with your hinges. Sometimes you can find hinges and straps sold as a matching set. Ones with a black wrought iron finish are common. Many styles have a spear or heart at the end of the strap. Sand down and re-stain parts of the door. Your modern wooden door probably looks too new and pristine if it has a sleek, even finish. A good way to give it a more weathered look is to sand down portions of it with gritty sandpaper. You could sand down a spot under the door handle to make it look like it’s worn from people using it. Sanding down a few sections near the bottom of the door works well, too.  Once you’ve sanded certain sections, choose a stain that’s similar in color to the rest of the door, and apply it to the stained areas. Rub it in well to create a seamless transition between the rest of the door and the sanded patches. It’s okay if they’re a slightly different color; this is what you’re going for. If you follow the tips above, you can have your modern door looking aged and more classic within an afternoon. You should have no trouble finding hinges, a handle, and straps that suit your taste as vintage looks have become common among manufacturers of these items. Check out companies like The Rustic Express to get...

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3 Inexpensive Changes That Can Make A Home Easier To Sell

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Inexpensive Changes That Can Make A Home Easier To Sell

Selling a home can be a difficult task in certain real estate markets. Even when a home is priced right, well maintained, and in a great location buyers may not be interested. Many homeowners may be tempted to undergo large renovations or make big changes in order to sell their homes. However, big renovations do not always pay off. A full renovation with high end finishes may not be attractive to every seller. Small and exterior home renovation projects have been shown to add the most value to homes and better recoup their costs. Here are three inexpensive projects that may make a home easier to sell. New Front Door The front door and entry way is the first thing that most potential buyers will see when they enter the home. First impressions are important! Cleaning up the entry way and replacing the front door are inexpensive ways to make a home more attractive. The cost of a new front door can range from $475 to $1,291 with installation. This project has around a 75 percent return on investment. For homeowners who find this project to be too expensive, simply adding a coat of paint to the front door can have many of the same benefits without the price tag. Reface Kitchen Cabinets For many home buyers, the kitchen is a very important room. Not only is it a place for cooking, but many use the kitchen for entertaining. A beautiful kitchen is a great selling feature for any home. The problem that many homeowners run into is that a full kitchen remodel is expensive, costing an average of $20,556. There are other options for homeowners who want a nicer looking kitchen without the price tag. Refacing kitchen cabinets can change the entire look of the kitchen. The cost can vary greatly ranging from as low as $1,000 to over $9,000. In general, refacing cabinets is about half the cost of replacing them.  Cleaning And Painting While replacing the front door and refacing kitchen cabinets are inexpensive compared to a large scale renovation, for some homeowners the cost may still be too much. Luckily a can of paint can make a huge difference for not a lot of money. Painting a room as a do-it-yourself project usually costs between $200 and $300 and can make a big difference. Neutral colors are the most attractive to a wide range of home buyers. Also simply clearing out clutter in the home can make it look larger and thus more attractive to buyers. Selling a home can mean a lot of work for the current homeowner. However, before undergoing massive renovations for a home that just won’t sell, homeowners should consider a few less expensive changes first. A new front door, refaced cabinets, and a new coat of paint and removing clutter inside can make a huge...

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Five Advantages to Using Soft Water in Your Home

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Five Advantages to Using Soft Water in Your Home

Hard water is a condition that occurs when water has an unusually high mineral content, usually when calcium and magnesium levels are high. Although drinking hard water will not cause you or family members harm, it can create difficulties in other parts of everyday life. The following are five reasons why you should use a water conditioner if your water has a high mineral content.   Your Clothing Will Look Better Clothing that is washed in hard water quickly takes on a dingy appearance. Mineral deposits from the water don’t take long to build up on clothing, and they weakens fibers considerably, leading to fraying and a shortening of the life of your clothes. The fabric also may become hard and scratchy, and it just won’t look and feel as clean as if a water conditioner had been used. Washing clothing in soft water also means you’ll be able to get away with using less laundry detergent as well as use a lower water temperature.  Your Glassware Will Look Better It is disconcerting to be giving a dinner party or otherwise entertaining guests in your home only to have the sudden realization that your glassware is blotchy and covered in spots. You know your wine, water, and juice glasses are clean, but nonetheless, your guests may question the level of care you’ve taken while preparing to entertain them even though they pretend not to notice. You won’t have this problem while using soft water in your dishwasher.  Your Skin Will Feel Better Bathing and showering in hard water results in soap-scum residue being left on your skin, and this can leave the skin feeling red, dry, itchy, and irritated. The residue can also clog pores, and this can actually result in skin and hair-follicle infections in some cases because the soap-scum residue traps bacteria under its surface.  You Hair Will Look Better  Washing your hair in hard water will result in mineral deposits and shampoo residue that makes hair lifeless, discolored, dull, and brittle. Minerals can actually build up on the surface of your hair to the extent that you can develop a scaly film on the hair that flakes off when brushed or combed. Many people who believe they have dandruff are actually experiencing flaking due to washing their hair in hard water.  Your Housecleaning Will Be Easier  You’ll be doing a lot of extra scrubbing if you tackle household cleaning tasks with hard water. Cleaning products don’t work nearly as well when combined with hard water as opposed to soft water, and you’ll have to contend with mineral residue as well. Bear in mind that some surfaces, such as hardwood flooring, may be damaged by repeated use of hard water during cleaning procedures.    Visit sites such as to learn more about water...

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3 Tips For Saving Money When Buying A Lawn Tractor

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips For Saving Money When Buying A Lawn Tractor

If you take care of your own lawn, then you might like the idea of having a lawn tractor that you can ride on when doing so. However, you might be a bit concerned about how much you will have to spend in order to buy a ride-on lawn mower. It’s true that some models can be expensive, but there are a few ways that you can save money. These are a few different ways that you can cut costs when buying a lawn tractor. 1. Choose a Standard Lawn Tractor  There are many different types of lawn tractors to look at, including zero-turn mowers. Zero-turn mowers can be a great choice, especially if you have a lot of grass to cut, but they can be a bit more expensive. If you stick to a more traditional lawn tractor, you can get a ride-on lawn mower that you can count on while keeping costs lower. 2. Pick a Smaller Deck Size Lawn tractors come with all sorts of deck sizes. What this refers to is the width of the deck itself, or the width of the strip of grass that the mower can cut at one time. For someone who has a very large piece of property to take care of, the cost of a mower with a wider deck can definitely be worth it, since a larger lawn mower can help the person get the job done more quickly. For more standard lot sizes, however, a lawn mower with a smaller deck is often a better choice. This is because smaller lawn tractors are typically cheaper. Plus, a mower that isn’t quite as wide can be a bit easier to maneuver around, such as if you need to maneuver around flower beds and lawn decorations. 3. Skip the Fancy Extras Some of the nicer lawn tractors out there come with fancy extras, like cupholders, radios, and more. Sure, all of these things can make cutting grass a lot more pleasant, especially if you spend a lot of time on your mower. If you’d like to keep costs low, however, skipping some of the extras can help you get a perfectly good lawn tractor that comes with a bit more reasonable of a price tag. If you are in the market for a lawn tractor and are wondering how you can save money on it, consider these three tips. If you follow them, you might be surprised by how affordable a lawn tractor can actually...

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Unique Ways to Make Your Yard a Conversation Piece

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Unique Ways to Make Your Yard a Conversation Piece

If you have a quirky personality or just love to give your home and property personality and expression, then your yard is your canvas. Here are ways to give your yard a unique appeal that you and your neighbors can enjoy. Accent wooden fencing The concept of an accent fence is similar to that of an accent wall in the home: a single length of fence is given a bolder or brighter hue to draw in the eye and bring the whole look of the space together. Choose a bright or metallic hue for your back fence, such as:   goldenrod turquoise bright red copper After you have chosen your accent fence color, complement it by placing various sizes of outdoor pots around along it, some filled with flowers and others bare. This gives is a cheeky yet classic texture that can be appreciated easily. Yard art If you are into lawn decor, then you have likely seen a new style of yard art that draws the eye quickly: metal sculptures made of various recycled pieces. These artful and whimsical sculptures are commonly large flowers or shaped like animals, including alligators, butterflies, and even cats or dogs. You can place these yard art sculptures in your garden, along walking paths, or even next to your mailbox to add whimsical and childlike joy to your yard. Since these sculptures are often finished with a rust-resistant coating, you can leave them out in all kinds of weather for year-long appeal, although you may want to take them inside during the winter when snowfall makes them hard to see anyhow. If you are wanting a single piece you can show off in the yard or want to create an artful focal point, consider buying a larger piece of yard art rather than many smaller ones. Surround your chosen sculpture with low and colorful wildflowers or a ground-level spotlight to give it the recognition you desire. Place a sculpture away from large trees and side buildings so it can be a real attention grabber all on its own. Before you make any changes to your yard, make sure you plan out the design you want your decorations to be in an the type of message you want to convey. This way you will know the results are both welcoming and beautiful to look at, which can make you and your neighbors very happy. Visit flea markets, your local art galleries, and retailers like Star Imports Wholesale for inspiration to make your yard truly unique and full of vivid...

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Common Concerns About Gutters Business’s Owner May Need Addressed

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Common Concerns About Gutters Business’s Owner May Need Addressed

Caring for your business’s building is important for minimizing repair costs while also ensuring that the building is as attractive as possible to your customers and clients. Unfortunately, many business owners fail to appreciate the importance of properly maintaining the gutters. To make sure that you are better able to handle this aspect of caring for your business, you should have a fairly well-developed understanding when it concerns some common questions about gutters. Are Rain Gutters Important For Your Building? It is common for individuals to assume that rain gutters are not particularly important when it comes to the structural integrity of their building. However, rain striking the roof can present a number of challenges and problems for your building. For example, the runoff from the roof will strike the soil at the base of your building with a relatively forceful impact. Over time, this can erode the soil and damage the foundation, which can result in very expensive repair costs. Additionally, if you do not have gutters, the runoff from the roof can gradually rot the siding of your building. Also, the water may be more likely to create pools on the roof, which can contribute to rot and leaks developing. Avoiding these potential structural damages will require you to ensure that your gutters are kept in the best condition possible. How Can You Minimize The Maintenance The Gutters Will Require? Maintaining gutters will require you to regularly clean them and inspect them for signs of damage. Cleaning the gutters is necessary to remove any debris that could be blocking the flow of water. Inspecting the gutters will allow you to notice corrosion or punctures that may have formed in the gutters. In instances where the gutters have suffered rust or punctures, it may be possible to repair the damage through the use of a special patching kit. This kit contains a small amount of metal that can be bonded to the gutters to seal the holes and stop the corrosion from spreading. Luckily, it is possible to greatly reduce the amount of work your business gutters require with the installation of a leaf catcher. These are essentially screens that are placed over the gutters to intercept leaves and sticks as they fall. Additionally, you can reduce the amount of work that you must do to maintain the gutters through hiring a professional maintenance service. These services will handle the cleaning and inspection of your business’s gutters so that you can focus more of your time and energy of managing the daily tasks for your enterprise. For more information, talk to a professional like Northwest Rain...

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How To Naturally Remove Hard Water Stains

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Naturally Remove Hard Water Stains

Do you cringe each time you look in the mirror because your once golden locks are now a dingy orange? Is your once bright-white sweater streaked with brownish-red stains that match your tub? These problems are most likely caused by hard water. Many people have hard water in their homes, which is water that is high in mineral count, such as magnesium, calcium and iron. As water travels through soil and rocks before making its way into your pipes, it absorbs these minerals. The more of these minerals there are in the water, the “harder” it is. Effects of Hard Water Although hard water isn’t harmful to your health, it can be a headache. It makes detergents and soaps less effective, causing unsightly stains, films and spots on dishes, rust spots on laundry and orange stains on your hair. Hard water can also cause serious problems with your homes plumbing and appliances. Removing Hard Water Stains The good news is that with a little elbow grease and a few items found in most kitchens you can successfully remove hard water stains. Clean the Shower and Sink To break up the stains, place two lemons cut in half in a spray bottle, add a about one cup of water and shake. Spray the area with the lemon water and wait about 15 minutes before proceeding with the following steps: In a spray bottle, add equal parts of water and white vinegar. Spray the vinegar mix on the tile, shower doors and bathtub. Allow the mixture to sit for a few minutes, then wipe clean with a paper towel or cloth. For severe stains, make a paste from baking soda and vinegar. Spread the paste on the stains and wait 15-20 minutes, then scrub with a sponge. Rinse with warm water and towel dry. Clean the shower head: Add equal parts of vinegar and water in a plastic bag. Slip the bag over the shower head, making sure it submerged in the mix and secure with a rubber band. Leave the shower head to soak for about 30 minutes, scrub with a sponge and rinse with warm water. Clean the Toilet Pour one cup of vinegar, followed by 3 tablespoons of baking soda into the toilet bowl. Using a nylon bristle brush, swish the cleaner in the toilet bowl for a few minutes, then allow the cleaner to sit for 15-20 minutes. Using the scrub brush, scrub the surface to remove the remaining stains. Flush and repeat if necessary. Remove Rust from Blond Hair The iron content in hard water will often cause rust stains on blond hair, turning it a brassy orange color. Thankfully, the staining is typically temporary and can be treated easily with the following solution: In a small bowl, make a paste of lemon juice and cream of tartar. Wet hair; apply the paste to the hair and let sit for about 10 minutes. Rinse away the solution and wash hair as normal. The best way to prevent future hard water stains is to purchase a water softening system. A water softener is designed to remove the minerals in the water by replacing them with sodium ions. In most situations, installing a water softener system will help save you time scrubbing as well as money spent on...

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Why Consider Internal Window Shutters for Windows?

Posted by on Nov 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Consider Internal Window Shutters for Windows?

If your house is like many, there are decorative exterior shutters on either side of your home’s windows. You might not realize that interior window shutters are a practical, effective choice for increasing security and better insulating the house in addition to other benefits. Here are some reasons that internal shutters might be a great idea for you. Increased Security If you have windows on the first floor of your house, you might feel uncomfortable with the idea that only glass separates you from an intruder. When you use internal shutters, however, they provide another layer of protection against those on the outside because it is a challenge to break past them. Aluminum shutters in particular can also make a lot of noise if someone is trying to break in. Additional Insulation Interior shutters can also provide an additional layer of insulation to your home. If you’ve got big bay windows on the ground floor of your house, a lot of air can creep in around the edges of the window itself. With shutters, you can more effectively keep cold air out during winter and ensure that warm air doesn’t get inside when you’re air conditioning the space in the summer. Less Maintenance Than Curtains and Blinds Finding extra time to devote to window dressings is not always easy. Blinds are notoriously difficult to clean because you must contend with each slat or unscrew the entire system and soak the blinds in the bathtub, and curtains have to be taken down, washed regularly, and rehung in order to continue to look good. Interior shutters don’t require nearly as much work. When you need to clean interior shutters, all you need to do is wipe them down with a clean cloth. If there are any stains, a dab of dish detergent on the spot and a sponge will take care of the matter. Less Dust Collection Curtains and blinds collect dust particles easily. They are often visible, and if you are someone who suffers from allergies or asthma, all that dust buildup can trigger symptoms. Interior shutters, however, because they are so easy to clean, are unlikely to collect dust in quite the same way. You may find that your symptoms decrease with shutters in the room instead of the alternatives. Interior shutters can better secure your home, provide better insulation without too much trouble, and provide you and your house with many benefits. Talk to a retailer about how shutters might work best in your living spaces. Check out the offerings of companies such as Carefree Coverings to look at the offerings available to...

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