Working from home is ten times easier when you have the right setup. This should include a nice desk, a comfortable chair, an external keyboard, and a screen. Having all of these things is important, but you also need to know where and how to place them. More accurately, how should you set up your home office?
Strangely, the whole office hinges on your placement of one item; the screen. This is the thing you’ll be staring at for hours a day, so you need to find the right place to put it. Let’s go through a few ideas and considerations to help you find the ideal spot…
Close to a wall
You want to put your screen on your desk and have it as close to the wall as possible. Ideally, the back of your computer screen will almost touch the wall itself. Why is this important? Well, it’s more of a safety thing. If there’s a wall behind your screen, it can’t topple backwards and smash on the floor. Some people will sit at a desk with no wall behind the screen, and you can easily stand up and knock the desk, sending the screen flying. Here, the worst-case scenario is that your screen knocks lightly against the wall, so no damage is done.
Near a window, but away from direct sunlight
Putting your screen near a window is a good idea as you will be close to natural light and fresh air. It can also stop you from feeling like you’re couped up in a prison. However, try to avoid putting the screen in the way of direct sunlight. Simply put, the glare from your screen will make it really hard to see anything if the sun is pointing right at it. Yes, you can use mirrored window films to counter this, but it can still be extremely annoying. Instead, it’s smarter to place your screen so there’s a window close by, but no sun shines directly on it.
At eye level
With the previous two points taken care of, you’ll have a setup that’s almost ready to use. Your desk and screen are in place, but whereabouts on the desk is the screen? Realistically, it needs to be at eye level, meaning you can look at the screen without needing to bend your neck or hunch over. This is crucial for your posture, and it will make working from home so much easier. If the screen is too low down, you should buy things to prop it up. There are plenty of little desk shelves or screen raisers you can buy online to do just that. With your screen at the right level, you can sit with a tall and straight spine, reducing the chances of postural issues.
Put all three of these things together to create the ultimate home office setup! By focusing on where to put your screen, you inadvertently work out how to organise the rest of the setup. Now, you’re ready to start working and be as productive as can be.
The Dirtiest Things in Your House (And How to Clean Them)
Are you a neat freak like I am? I’m not a fan of cleaning, by any means. But, I take pride in keeping a clean and safe home for my family.
So, I was shocked to learn that some of the dirtiest things in my home were objects that I’d never expected. I was living with millions of bacteria colonies and even putting them all over my body and face without realizing it. EWWW!
I decided that these hidden germ hives had to go. I replaced most of my home’s dirtiest objects with cleaner alternatives. Or,I updated my cleaning regimen to make sure they never got filthy again.
Now, I’m bringing my hard-learned lessons to you. In this post, I’ll let you in on the grimiest secrets in your home. The following are the dirtiest objects (as defined by studies), and how to either replace them or clean them better.
Did you expect that your towels were the dirtiest things in your entire home? I sure didn’t. But it’s true. A study reported by The Daily Mail found that towels are dirtier than doorknobs, sinks and even toilet seats.
How do towels get so dirty?
Towels live in your bathroom, so they are surrounded by bacteria that comes from your body and the toilet. Not only that, but they’re usually a bit damp, and they stay in the dark all day. You couldn’t find a better place for germs to grow. And they do grow. A LOT.
The average towel contains hundreds of times more bacteria than a toilet seat. It’s also home to mould, fungus, mites and more. Towels can even carry and transmit viruses like COVID-19 with ease.
When I discovered all of this, I knew it was time for a change. So, I tossed out our towels and replaced them with Soji Towels. Soji are antimicrobial towels, which means they are 99.99% immune to all germs. Soji self-clean and remain sterile for life.
Soji are woven with real silver, which is an antimicrobial element. That means germs cannot survive or replicate on Soji. This effect can never wash or fade away. It lasts for the life of the towel.
Not only does that guarantee a clean towel after every shower, but it also guarantees an end to towel odours (those musty odours are caused by bacteria and mould growth).
One of the reasons we chose Soji over other towels is because they’re oversized and super soft. Soji are made with bamboo, a type of fibre that is softer and finer than cotton. They are woven with a special Japanese open-air weave that allows air to flow through the towel. This gives Soji a fluffy, plush feel. And, it helps Soji to dry 3x faster than other towels.
No more germs. No more odours. And no more damp towels!
We know you saw this one coming. It’s no surprise that the toilet, and the area around it, is one of the dirtiest places in your home.
What might surprise you is just how easy it is to prevent germs from spreading in this area. It doesn’t take a single cleaning product or a moment of work to cut germs in the toilet by up to 50%.
All you have to do is PUT THE LID DOWN before you flush!
When you flush the toilet, the whirlpool that sucks the water down is followed by a burst of air that expells a “plume” of bacteria out of the toilet. This bacteria dusts everything in your bathroom and can linger in the air for up to 30 minutes.
This is how faecal matter and other nasty things can spread to your towels, toothbrushes, makeup, and pretty much everything else in your bathroom or toilet.
If you put the lid down, you’ll have a cleaner bathroom all the time, and you’ll need to scrub a little less often.
3. The kitchen sink
Your kitchen sink is home to soap and sponges, so how could it be so dirty? You might wash a lot of dishes in the sink, but how often do you wash the sink itself?
Those food bits in the bottom can become powerful bacteria colonies, especially if they contact raw meat, eggs and milk. Your sink can also get dirty during food prep. How often do you touch the sink handles after touching raw meat or wiping off dirty plates?
This bacteria can build up, and resilient strains like salmonella and e.Coli can survive and cause illness.
Many kitchen sinks are made of stainless steel, which is semi-effective at repelling germs. But, if you really want a clean sink, switch to copper. Copper, like the silver found in Soji Towels, is naturally antimicrobial. It will keep all germs out of your sink and off of your handles.
However, buying a new sink is a big change. If you’re not ready yet, just remember to clean the interior and exterior of your sink with a disinfectant every day. And, don’t let food sit in the drain for more than a few hours.
4. Kids’ toys
How often do you clean your kids’ toys? Probably never. Most of them contain electronic parts these days, so you can’t exactly toss them in the dishwasher.
No matter how high tech those toys are, kids will still put them in their mouths, let the dog chew them, take them outside, and drool all over them in their sleep. Germs can very easily crawl into cracks between buttons and action figure appendages and begin to spread.
Kids also like to share their toys with others. This makes them one of the easiest spreaders of disease, such as the flu, which can survive on toys for up to 48 hours, according to the CDC.
It’s a good idea to give your kids’ favourite toys a good wash every few weeks. If the toys are electronic, you can wipe them down with phone-friendly disinfectant wipes. It only takes a few seconds to do.
If they’re not electronic, you can put them in a basin of water and soak them. Or, you can clean them with an ultrasonic wand to blast the debris from all those cracks and hinges.
Clean, Safe… and Easy
It doesn’t take a ton of scrubbing to de-germ the dirtiest things in your house. All it takes is a few upgrades and a little outside-the-box thinking.
The biggest germ factories in your home are your sink and toilet. You can limit their spreading potential simply by putting down the toilet lid and showing your sink a little TLC. Though, getting a copper sink is the best option, if you can afford it.
The most germ-friendly environment in your home is found on your towels. These bacteria-spreaders can be easily replaced by antimicrobial Soji Towels. Now, you can get a set of Soji for 50% off the retail price, making them about the same price as a set of regular towels. If it’s been a while since you got new towels, you’re probably due for an upgrade anyway!
Learn more about antimicrobial silver and get your Soji Towels today at sojitowel.com.
If you are considering putting your home on the market, you will first need to ensure it is in good condition to sell. You’ll have to deep clean it, redecorate and repair anything that needs fixing. But one area that many homeowners neglect to take care of is curb appeal.
Curb appeal refers to how attractive your home looks from the street, and is one of the primary considerations for prospective buyers. If your house is dishevelled and decrepit with peeling paint and a driveway full of weeds, it’s likely to put people off before they even set foot inside. First impressions really do count, and it’s up to you to draw people in from the second they lay their eyes on your property.
By increasing curb appeal, you will not only increase your chance of selling it, but you’ll also add value and subsequently land a higher price. And even if you’re not putting your home on the market any time soon, the work you do on the exterior will make it a much more pleasant place to live and impress anyone who comes to visit.
To get you started adding value to your home, here are four effective ways to boost curb appeal.
Even for homeowners on a budget, there is one quick and effective way of boosting curb appeal: decluttering. If you have a driveway full of dead leaves and kids’ toys or a patio covered in broken garden furniture, then it’s a good idea to get tidying. Clearing up the debris from your premises will immediately make your property look more aesthetically pleasing, and give you space to begin the next phase of your mission.
Walls, patios and concrete all accumulate grime, algae and mould over time, and when you’ve lived in your home a long time you can forget what these areas originally looked like. One of the best investments you can make for your home is a pressure washer. This will instantly clean up any dirty surfaces and make them look brand new.
If your home’s paintwork is peeling and cracked, it might be time for a new coat. Repainting your house can completely transform the way it looks and shave years off it. And don’t feel you have to stick to the same palette. Use this opportunity to completely change up the style and colour scheme. If you’re unsure how to get started repainting your home, there are plenty of YouTube tutorials you can use to help you. Alternatively, you may wish to enlist the services of an exterior painting and decorating firm.
Nothing makes a home look more expensive and luxurious than some well-placed greenery. Lining your driveway with plant pots or bordering your front garden with flowers and shrubs is a highly effective way to upgrade your exterior. At a minimum, you should clear any unsightly weeds and keep your lawn mowed. If you have the budget for it, you could even hire a landscaper to give your garden a complete overhaul.
When we first moved into our home over 12 years ago it was a brand new build of a home with freshly plastered and painted walls and I didn’t feel I was ready to cover that over with wall paper straight away.
So we lived the whole neutral house style for a while with white and magnolia walls every where in our home.
We compromised and found some amazing wall art to compliment our home and do you know why I loved that more than any wall paper I could lay my eyes on? Because I could change the art as frequently as I liked without damaging my lovely smooth walls.
Keeping it Clean
My husband soon tired of the clean plain home and wanted to spice it up with some colour and life into our home. I however still didn’t want to cover the walls in paper.
Sad I know but hey it’s what I like. Who knew there was such a mind field of options out there from posters, prints, tapestry’s, canvas and wall Hangings the list is endless.
The Personal Touch
For our living room we decided on an array of personalised canvas prints of the children, after all everyone loves a good family photo don’t they. These canvas would stand the test of time more and a print that would get thrown in a shoe box too I’m sure.
For our down stairs bathroom I went for a super quirky feel with some Art prints of slogans and sayings. After all everyone loved a read on the loo don’t they, or is that just me haha.
I love super unique unusual prints that will raise a smile or get people talking. We chose to make our down stairs loo a bit of an inspirational quote zone with beautiful prints like these.
With quotes and slogan wall art I feel you can get away with a whole host of colours and designs there doesn’t need to be a matchy matchy theme which was hard for my eye to work with as I like uniform but it really works.
I’m curious, if you had a blank canvas of a home and didn’t want wall paper only Art to decorate it with. What would you choose?
We are re doing my sons bedroom in the new year and thinking of a bedroom mural wall sticker! I will keep you updated on the progress.
Before I sign off here is a Christmas photo to make you smile , I will be getting this on canvas for family members this year too.
When your possessions are crowding you out of your own home, it’s time to take matters in hand and regain some control. Bringing serenity and beauty back to your home isn’t hard with a few nifty storage ideas.
Overflowing wardrobes can mean you end up with piles of clothes on chairs in the bedroom, shoes cluttering up the floor and a tangled muddle when you’re trying to put together an outfit in the mornings.
Take control of your wardrobe with these clever tips:• Add an extra rail, especially if most of your clothes are shorter, such as shirts or skirts. You can buy a rail kit, or just put one together yourself.• Use hanger extensions so each hanger holds more than one item of clothing. You can fashion your own with a drinks can ring pull. Just use the ring pull to hook two hangers together.• Put a plastic storage chest in the bottom of the closet. It’s handy for folded items, shoes, accessories or socks and smalls.• Fix a rail or a few hooks inside the door. Use the space for ties, scarves, beads, or belts. Or hang a strip of wire mesh to hold earring collections if yours are always either getting lost or getting muddled.
If you have small children, do you sometimes feel like you’re living in a sea of toys?
For favourite toys that don’t get used every day, consider replacing a conventional bed with a storage bed, either a divan with drawers or one with a lift-up mattress. An alternative is storage tubs or baskets hidden under a frame bed. Transparent tubs are great as you can see what’s in there without dragging everything out.
For toys that are in daily play, try installing low shelves that small children can reach in their bedrooms. You can have little coat pegs underneath them for hanging things, and use the shelves themselves for books, soft toys or games and action figures.
Baskets, boxes, or trolleys on wheels are super in living areas where small children want their toys. They make for fast tidy-ups and are easy enough for kids to reach by themselves. Having a handy box to just throw things in also makes it easier to encourage children to put things away. You could even make a game out of tidying up.
Creating Spacious Living Rooms
Storage matters more than ever in living rooms, where we tend to accumulate lots of little bits and pieces that we need to hand through the day. Things like remote controls for games and TV, chargers and cables can all end up lying around on surfaces.
Occasional tables with drawers or shelves, along with additional shelving in alcoves or high up on walls can all increase your storage and create more floor space and clearer surfaces.
Think about your furnishing style too. If you’re replacing existing furniture with storage furnishings, try and buy new items that have legs rather than standing flat on the floor. Lifting the body of the furniture up creates an illusion of space because you can see the floor beneath it.
Getting More from Self Storage
Maybe your problem can’t be easily solved by adding a few shelves and bringing in more practical furniture.
In small living spaces, we very often simply need more possessions through the year than we have physical room for.
Self storage can come to rescue with a concept that works on a seasonal basis. During summer, you keep all your winter things in your storage room, including clothes or sports kit, then swap them out for summer items during winter. Figuring out storage for out season sports kit at any time of year can free up a major amount of space at home.
It’s smart because it’s like a virtual home extension. You clear the house and garden of everything you won’t need for the coming months, so you have much more space to enjoy the things you do need.
With self storage units being handy in most towns, it’s easy to pop along and retrieve something if you change your mind about an item. There’s also the hidden benefit of things looking fresh again when you haven’t seen them for a few weeks or months.
Organising possessions with smart storage solutions really does bring beauty and calm back to areas of chaos. If you’re struggling to find space for everything, a couple of these tips will hopefully help you take back control.
Did you know that your front door is one of the most important things to consider when renovating your home? It serves a lot of different purposes and there are actually many reasons why you should consider upgrading it along with the rest of your home exterior. But in this post, we’re going to talk specifically about your front door and why you should invest a bit of money into it.
1. It adds more kerb appeal
One of the biggest reasons why you might want to upgrade your front door is for the sake of kerb appeal. When people walk past your home, the last thing you want is for them to think negative or bad thoughts about it. You want them to praise it or at least look interested in entering your home.
2. It adds personality to your home
Your front door can add a lot of personality to your home through the design or even the colour of the door. You can choose big and bold colours like and or a deep blue, or you could try different kinds of wood or metal doors to shake things up a bit.
3. It protects your home
There are many different luxury security doors that can help look stylish while also providing excellent functionality to your home. Whether it’s a door that is made with durability in mind to prevent break-ins or a door hooked up to tech products that prevent thieves getting in, there are many different security features that you can purchase today. We highly recommend that you do a bit of shopping around for different security products in addition to your front door if safety is a concern for you.
4. It’s an excuse to replace your letterbox
If you’ve ever wanted to replace your letterbox then getting a new door is as good of a reason as anything. You could get a brand-new letterbox that looks shiny and stylish, you could go for a very traditional design, you could go with a large option or you could even remove it completely and get a separate mailbox instead
5. It keeps the cold out
A solid front door is practically draft-proof. This means that it helps to keep the cold out and ensures that the rest of your home is nice and warm. This is particularly useful when it comes to the wintertime where we spend many hours with the central heating turned on. By ensuring that no cold air can get in, your home can stay warmer for longer.
6. It increases your home’s value
If you’re planning on selling your home in the future then you may want to upgrade the front door so that it increases the home value. It’s not going to add a huge amount of value unless you add a couple of decorations to make it look more expensive than it is. However, if it adds security features and other modern features, then you can expect it to be worth a lot more.
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If you’ve already made up your mind that it’s time to sell your house, you’ll want to make sure that it sells faster. This may partly be for your convenience, but most importantly, the longer it stays in the market, the harder it will be for you to make a great return on your investment. So, if you are eyeing to attract more potential customers, you must undertake strategic renovations.
If you just recently took up a home loan, make sure that you work within your budget so that your investment pays off. Here are some of the renovations to consider if you want to fetch high returns from your home sale.
Consider incorporating Energy-Efficient Windows
Many prospective homeowners are always in search of energy-efficient homes. That said, if you don’t want to change your aged, drafty-single pane windows, you are going to lose out on clients. Recent statistics from Energy Star show that energy-star rated windows save homeowners more than five hundred dollars a year in cooling and heating costs. This is because the windows are keeping your home energy efficient.
A home bathroom is another excellent place to maximize your remodeling budget for high returns effectively. It’s important to know that your bathroom can easily break or make your house’s overall appeal. If you do not consider making any updates, some prospects may feel like they’re about to live on someone else’s grime.
When renovating your bathroom, you should settle for the cost-effective updates that don’t just make your space versatile, but modern too. One important place not to ignore is the vanity area of your bathroom. If you’ve got a big budget, you may consider replacing your entire bathroom’s vanity, but if you are budget-conscious, re-tiling your floor, painting your walls, and upgrading your lighting fixtures are a few ways you can improve your bathroom’s look.
Installing a Wood Deck
You will significantly improve the resale value of your home by adding a deck in your backyard. Considering the pattern common with home renovation projects, most of the renovations that give a higher return on investment tend to be geared towards the exterior of your home. If you install a more appealing deck in your backyard, your house will be more appealing to your prospective buyers.
Keep in mind that the cost of including a deck in your backyard varies significantly. Some of the determining factors include the size of your deck, built-in flower pots, multiple stairs, and built-in seating. If you want to set aside a budget for installing a wood deck, ensure that it’s enough to cover the overall construction cost of the deck you wish to construct.
You can make significant savings by doing the construction yourself, but it is highly recommended that you can get Buddy Loans and hire a qualified home improvement contractor.
An Enhanced Entryway
Your entry door is a focal point of your home, and this is why it must stand out. To give your entryway a makeover, repaint your door, or add a rustic style to your home by installing a new door. Take note that rustic style doors feature demeanor and thickness that signifies hardiness.
In most cases, such doors are accompanied by oversized hardware clear glass, scored lines, raised panels, among others. Aside from the door, ensure that you pay attention to your front landscape. For instance, you can build border and retaining walls around your landscaping.
Replacing your Garage Door
Replacing a garage door is always at the top of any homeowner’s list looking to make great returns from their home’s sale. This is because garage door improvement is among the least expensive improvements you can make, depending on the type and size of the garage door.
Understand that just like your entryway, a garage door has a significant impact on your curb appeal. By installing a stylish door on your garage, interested prospects will view your property as well cared for.
Consider Incorporating Stone Veneer on the Exterior of your Home
One way to spruce up your home and gain more returns from your home’s sale is by incorporating a stone veneer on the exterior of your home. Manufactured stone veneers aren’t necessarily stone. These are faux panels that are made from composite materials that are shaped in molds. They appear as real stones, but they aren’t installed the same.
Given that these veneers are durable, affordable, and appealing, they remain a great option to update your old exterior. However, working on a portion of your house, such as the front entryway, can have significant benefits if you have a tight budget.
Refinish Your Basement
For many homeowners, the basement is always set aside as a storage area, but remember that you can still put it to good use by refinishing the space to be an entertainment area or living space. You can even consider converting your basement into a rental space. If you invest in drywall or kitchenette, you can easily have enough space to accommodate a tenant.
This may be attractive for homeowners who may want to use it as an in-law suite or offset their mortgagees by renting the space.
As a homeowner, you must understand that your kitchen’s functionality and appearance can be a deal-breaker or selling point to your prospective clients. If your kitchen hasn’t been used for a long time, cost-effective renovations such as painting walls and replacing fixtures is a wise decision. If you’ve got a bigger budget, you may want to consider installing new energy-efficient appliances, new flooring, and new countertops.
It’s important to note that when considering your upgrades, settle for those that feature the latest trends and improved functionality.
Byadding a rustic brick tile wall, installing energy-efficient windows, remodeling your kitchen and bathroom, and refinishing your basement, you will be able to sell your home much faster. However, if you are unsure whether the renovation you are about to take will yield great returns, you should consult a real estate expert. This is because they have a better understanding of what sells faster in houses around your neighborhood.
If you are thinking about carrying out some kind of significant home renovation, there are many things that you are going to have to think about. The truth is that one of the most important and biggest parts of the process is actually the preparation and getting ready for it, and this is something that you are going to need to look into in some detail. In this post, we will look at how you can make sure that you are getting ready for a big home renovation, so that it is going to work out successfully and not cause too much trouble or disruption in your life.
First of all, you need to think carefully about the timing of the project, as this is going to affect many other parts of the process. If you are not confident on whether it is time to get going or not, that is probably a sign that you should wait at least for now. Ideally, it should be a time when you have plenty of time off work and you generally don’t have anything else major going on in your life. That way, the project itself is less likely to be disrupted, and you are going to be able to enjoy it all the more, and cause less stress in your daily life too.
Being Financially Strong
It is always going to be a considerable financial undertaking when you renovate a home, so you need to make sure that you are ready in this manner too. Being financially strong means not only that you have the funds to carry out the project, but that you have spare cash in case it runs over, which is very common indeed. As a general rule of thumb, add on ten percent to your budget to put aside. If you are struggling to raise the dough, consider other options like home improvement loans or borrowing from family, to get you through the project itself.
It’s important that you consider the kind of effect that your renovation is going to have on your local neighbourhood too. Hopefully it won’t cause anyone trouble, and you will need to take care to ensure that is the case anyway. But it is important also that you are informing your neighbours before you actually start, with enough of a warning that they have time to make any complaints or talk to you about your plans before you get started. Not only is this simply a fairer way of doing things, it also means that you are going to personally have fewer headaches during the renovation process too, as you will have got all of this dirty laundry aired out already.
If you are ready in these ways, it means that you are probably in a good position to get started. Just remember that you should never dive head first into something of this magnitude without thinking it through carefully beforehand, and ensuring that you know what you are getting into.
If you’re looking to make your domestic environment easier to manage and therefore make your lifestyle easier, then you should definitely consider vinyl flooring. There are so many reasons why vinyl flooring is becoming the most recommended flooring on the market from interior designers and homeowners.
There reasons are range from budget, to maintenance and onto style choice. Let’s explore these benefits in greater detail.
Money in your pocket
Vinyl flooring doesn’t require a lifetime of savings to get the best quality. With a quick and easy installation process you don’t even need to hire help to fit it in your home. You have the option of either the click or glue down method.
These installation methods are also brilliant as they allow the tiles or planks to be custom sized to work around those tricky corners or stairs. Subsequently this also means there is no left over debris from cutting or sawing tiles and planks to fit into those nooks and crannies.
Works to your lifestyle
Flooring see’s the more action than any other part of your home, so you need to make sure it’s going to stand the test of time, and not take up all your time with cleaning or replacements.
Vinyl flooring has anti-slip, anti-moisture and scratch guard technology built in. If its relentless social events, busy breakfasts or dirt and fur from pets, you can rest assured that vinyl flooring is working round the clock for you. Less time worrying about cleaning means more time enjoying your social events and family time.
Artistic in every way
Whether you want to give your bathroom a zen-like feel, make your kitchen state-of-the-art or turn your child’s bedroom into a colourful space for playtime, all you need to make a big different is vinyl flooring.
From stone and wood textures which can be matched with neutral or abstract colours, you can transform any room. Finish your rooms with suitable aesthetics for a completely immersive atmosphere.
Functions like no flooring before it
The best thing you can do during the flooring renovation process is to get advice from the experts. Amtico are notorious for their expert advice which can guide you through their choice of Signature Woods, Abstract and Spacia ranges, so you make end up with a flooring that you’ll do more than just walk on – you will love it.
Luvanto also demonstrates superior knowledge of vinyl flooring and what will work best based on your budget, lifestyle and style preferences. Luvanto’s Endure Pro, Parquet, and Click and Herringbone ranges can offer you flooring patterns which won’t go unnoticed by your guests, and borders for rooms which deserve a little more uniqueness.
If you want to make a great investment this year, vinyl flooring will consistently provide you with a reason to love your flooring, years after installation.
I have vinyl flooring in my kitchen and two bathrooms and I love it! Do you have vinyl anywhere?