How to Reduce Clutter at Home

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Life seems to get busier every day and most people do not have enough time to keep up with the major things that need to be done, let alone the smaller ones like reducing clutter in the home. Here are some simple, easy and quick ways to conquer clutter and keep the home organized.

Spending just a few minutes a day will make a dramatic difference and the quick results will make it easier to stick to proper habits and keep the house neat and tidy.

How to Get Rid of Clutter

These tips will work regardless of which room needs to be dealt with, so start off by picking just one space to focus on at a time.

  • Start by putting things away. Most of the clutter in a home is from items that have not been put where they belong. A juice glass left in the living room, a pair of mitts in the kitchen and so on. Gather up everything that does not belong and put it away. This should clear a fair amount of space immediately and make the area look cleaner and tidier.
  • Then focus on what is actual garbage. Old flyers and magazines, stuff that was supposed to be tossed in the recycling bin but did not quite get there. These will be things that are no longer useful to the household and may include damaged or broken items. Dispose of all of them. Hopefully the majority can be donated to local charities or goodwill or be taken to a recycling depot, but even if some items actually go to the landfill, they do not belong in the house and have to be removed.
  • Take a look at what is left. Does anyone in the house still need or want it or use it? Depending on the specific clutter and which room is being worked on, there may be other items that are no longer needed or wanted but are still perfectly good. Grab a box and start tossing these items in for a local or favourite charity.
  • Now look at those odds and ends that are left. The book borrowed from a friend and never returned, the CD that was made for another person and dropped off. Grab another box and put these types of items in it to deal with during the next errand run or shopping trip.
  • To streamline paperwork consider purchasing a small file box or something similar, depending on how much paper is floating around the house. All those ongoing items such as tickets for the play next week, invitations that need RSVP’s, etc should go in there so no one needs to waste any time looking for them.

Finally, take a look at how to maintain this new and organized space. A few small changes in habit will make a massive difference. Take the extra 5 seconds to put things away and ensure that the rest of the household members do the same. This will not happen overnight but by being consistent everyone will begin to form good habits and they will become an automatic response, leading to a tidy and clutter free home.

 

The Skilled DIYer/Woodworker’s Toolbox

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Serious enthusiasts who do many projects around the house will want to invest in more specialized tools or more power tools to do everything more efficiently.

  • Crowbar: When you need to pry apart boards, remove stubborn nails, do some heavy lifting, or otherwise break things, reach for the crowbar, a.k.a., pry bar. A medium size bar between 2 to 3 feet might be best for most projects. For larger demolition projects, get a wrecking bar.
  • Rubber Mallet: A rubber mallet lets you hammer or tap without damaging the surface. It comes in handy when installing laminate flooring or ceramic tile, as well as other uses, and you can pick up a decent mid-range mallet for under $25.
  • Staple gun: A heavy-duty staple gun doesn’t cost much (under $20) but has a broad range of applications: everything from roofing and upholstery to hobbies and crafts. It’s like your standard office stapler but more powerful, and comes in manual and electric versions.
  • Circular Saw: One of the most common power tools today, the circular saw’s toothed metal cutting disk cuts through masonry, tile, and steel. Prices range from $50 to $200. See This Old House’s article for advice on selecting and using a circular saw.
  • Automatic Nailer: If you’re going to be driving a whole lot of nails, a nail gun will help you save time and effort over using a hammer. Finish nailers are used to nail moldings and small trim boards (like baseboards), while brad nailers are for thinner or more delicate trim. Family Handyman says these two types of nail guns are complimentary, so if you can afford it, buy both a 15-gauge finish nailer and an 18-gauge brad nailer (together, they’ll cost $300 to $550), otherwise a 16-gauge nail gun is a good compromise (ranging from $200 to $300).
  • Impact Driver: To fasten a lot of screws or drill a bunch of holes with speed and ease (for deck-building and other woodwork), an impact driver is a worthy investment (yes, even if you already have a fancy drill). They range in price from $90 to $300. See Popular Mechanics’ review of 9 impact drivers for a cost/features comparison.
  • Cordless Dremel Rotary Tool: A Dremel (or other similar rotary tool) may not be a necessity, but it sure comes in handy for a great variety of applications. With different attachments, you can use the power tool for drilling, grinding, sanding, sawing, sharpening, routing, polishing, cleaning, carving, and engraving. It’s like a toolbox in itself. This kit includes 30 accessories and is $80.
  • Table Saws, Miter Saws, and More: For more precise, specific cuts and slices, there are a slew of specialty saws for the handyperson. Bob Vila’s Essential Tools for Woodworking lays out why you might want these saws and other items such as an air compressor, drill press, and table and belt sander. Expect to pay $500 to $1,500 (or much more) for the whole kit and caboodle.
  • Other: plumb bob or plumb line (a weight on a string for creating a vertical reference line), clamps to hold wood pieces together, sledgehammer, extension ladder, sawhorse or workbench
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A gutter cleaning wand will make your Gutter cleaning a breeze

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There is nothing worse than cleaning the gutter as far as cleaning tour home is concerned. Many homeowners have been known to prefer any type of cleaning than gutter cleaning since it takes a lot of time, effort and not to mention the risks involved. You may opt for professional gutter cleaning services but it will cost you depending on the type of services you have requested. In the end DIY is the best option if you can half the time you use in the process. This is where a gutter cleaning wand comes in. Though there are many sceptics when it cokes to the functionality a cleaning wand, it has proven to be useful over time.

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A gutter cleaning wand does most of the work for you meaning that the time spent on the cleaning job is more than just reduced. You get to enjoy not just less time and effort but less risks as well. Going up a ladder to cleaning the gutter can cause accidents. Gutter cleaning wand is best suited for you since you will spend less money especially if you are the type to hire professional services.

But you must first understand how the tool is used when it comes to gutter cleaning. Learn how you can use it to remove leaves and other debris found on the gutters.

There are many stores that sell these wands but you have to be careful not to buy defective ones. You will need to do some research on the best cleaning wand before you spend your hard earned money. As for the DIY addicts its best to buy professionally made wands since you want the best in terms of functionality.

You may get all the wrong information from the skeptics but nothing will beat you tying the product yourself. So spare your roof all the potential damage by investing in a product that will keep your gutters clean in less the time you spend on cleaning it manually.

 

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Ideas On How To Achieve Energy Efficient Homes

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Climate change is not just an issue for environmentalists. Home owners should take their own initiatives to make their humble abodes as earth –friendly as possible. One of the most possible ways of being more considerate with Mother Nature is by simply practicing energy efficiency methods at home.  No matter how we argue and discuss climate change, we still need to take part on this pressing global issue.

Cutting down in energy waste is a brilliant idea regardless how opinions and point of views vary on the significance of climate change and energy efficiency practices in our daily lives. It is important that energy efficient methods are used within your household to lessen the expenses as well as lowering the environmental impacts that our energy sources would have.

If you have not personally checked your home for energy usage and waste, you should ponder on some tips below on how to achieve an energy efficient home:

Tip #1: Re-assess your laundry habits at home. You can consolidate your laundry for the entire household. Full loads are more energy efficient. Sun-dry your clothes or try line-drying them. You will save a lot from not using dryers.

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Tip #2: Keep in mind that home appliances which are more than 10 years old are huge electricity hogs. You must invest on new ones to keep your energy consumption low.

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Tip #3: Heating and cooling for your home should be in full gear high efficiency mode. You must get rid of older models of furnaces and air-conditioning systems. You will be delighted that you can cut down approximately 20 to 30 percent off from your electricity bill.

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