Change is Knocking!

Have you ever wondered how your doors and windows are holding up? The weather can be so unpredictable nowadays. Today it is humid, tomorrow it is freezing. You might be satisfied with the kind of performance your doors and windows are doing but it is better to assess their condition as early as now until it is too late.

Whether you are looking to get them doing the job properly or planning to sell your property in the coming years especially because efficient doors and windows add up to the value of your home; it is important to check on your doors and windows on a regular basis.

One question we might have in our minds is how frequent should we replace our doors and windows. Although we do not have an exact answer to that, get this: our homes are just like humans — they age. As our home ages, so does everything in and out of it. From time to time, you would encounter repair or replacement project in your home. And oftentimes, doors and windows are involved. Some signs are not just so obvious, that is why regular check-up is recommended.

To help you with the million dollar question “When should I replace my doors and windows?”, here are some sign guides to make you move forward.


Make a statement

While the curb appeal of your home includes many elements, the front door will always be the one that captures the bulk of the attention first. It somehow makes an impression. So if you have any plans of selling your home anytime soon, consider replacing your door with something that is not old-fashioned or outdated. Pick the right color and style that will match the entirety of the exterior design of your house. Make time to choose the best door knocker that adds a statement.

The cold does bother me

If you feel a current of cold air coming into the house, assess your door properly. During a long period of time, chinks may occur between the door and frame admitting draft. You do not want to cover gaps up with just tape or towel to inhibit the air from coming in. Get a new door as soon as possible as this will also help you lessen utility costs in the long term.

Crack on!

The common causes of door cracks, warps, and other door problems are winter seasons and extreme weather conditions. A weather-beaten door usually loses its spark and end up performing less than it should do. Word to the wise, if you have got a weathered or cracked door, it is best to get a new one at once to avoid further incident that may occur.


The bills turned me off

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Try to understand the function of the kind of windows you have at home. Most outdated homes utilize single-pane windows with improper insulation. The lack on insulation in windows may cause your HVAC system to put more effort into doing its job. The best solution to this is replacing your windows. Make a choice from a range of energy-efficient windows out there. These windows will definitely help you save money!

Open to change

Over time, dust and dirt will be accumulated in parts of your windows sometimes causing you to have a hard time closing and opening them. Clean them regularly but poor operation can also be caused by a situation that may occur in the window’s roller system. If this is something that you cannot handle or deal with, maybe it is time to replace the windows.

Are you seeing this?

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If your windows are showing visible damage, it is time to replace them! Common problem you would encounter with window frames are cracking and decaying. If they also show moisture on the panels and condensation is building up between the panes, I’m telling you it is best to get new ones.

Just feel like upgrading

I do not know about you, but I think windows are one of the most important facets of your home. Sometimes they just do not go well with the design of your exterior. So if you have the budget for just mere replacement, why not. Upgrade your curb appeal by opting for modern-designed windows that are also energy-efficient. An updated look will also add worth to your home especially if you are selling.

The question now, is it worth-it to replace windows and doors? The answer, without reservation, is an ABSOLUTE YES! New windows and doors do not just increase your home’s overall value, you are also guaranteed to save money on energy costs. Replacing them all at once will help you achieve a cohesive exterior design thus, achieving your curb appeal goal.

DIY Painting: Yay or Nay?

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We usually see exterior paint as a look-provider for our home. But it does more than that; from helping the house withstand intense summers and freezing winters to blocking UV radiation every day. In order to get the greatest result and performance, you need an exterior paint with caliber pigments and resins. There are a variety of brands out there you can choose from. Choosing the perfect color can already be intimidating but knowing the best brand for you is a whole lot more! So before anything else, take time to dig deep on the brands you trust and start from there. You also need the best of proper labor. Painting professionals are equipped with experience and expertise. These two are key factors to achieve the best results when it comes to house paint. So investing in quality materials and expertise is a must. But what if you decide to do the job on your own? The decision is always up to you.

Doing a home project can be quite fun. It also acts a stress-reliever to some homeowners. Others perform DIY home projects to save money instead of acquiring professional services. Well whatever the reason is, it is always important to consider some things.

If you are really determined to do the home painting job by yourself, you must take account of some good and bad points of Do-It-Yourself house painting before moving forward.


Let us be real: acquiring a painting service can be quite costly to some homeowners. This is probably the most common reason why some choose to do the painting job by themselves. And it is certainly acceptable. If you do not have the budget to hire someone to do it and just decide to do it yourself, you would be able to save money on labor. Just ascertain to list down all possible costs you might come across with from preparation work and contingencies that may occur somewhere during the painting process.

Considering you really do not have the budget to hire someone to paint your exterior, this is a great opportunity for you to learn for painting jobs in your home that you will encounter in the future. Study the process to achieve your goal. If you get educated and gain enough experience, you do not have to worry about the expense of hiring a professional anymore! Next thing you know, you have already established a painting contractor of your own!

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Now for the bad points. The process of preparing your exterior for painting will definitely take a lot of time. Moreover, you will also need to deal with so much details. If you fail to do the prep work properly, chances are you end up doing a mess – a big one! So it is important to pay attention to details during prep work.

Secondly, a painting job is something that is not easily done. It is not a one-day task and it will require not only time but also vigor. You should persevere and be patient enough to get to the finish line. Sure it sounds exciting but make sure to retain your energy from start until the end of the project.

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Lastly, if it is your first time which is probably the case, you could end up repainting everything if not done properly. You could also find yourself seeking the help of a professional to re-do your exterior if you have not searched for the things to avoid that may result to painting fiasco. That means you would have to deal with spending more time to achieve the goal and above all, spending extra money for the repainting. Let us hope not for the worst but it is possible that things will lead to such situation. So it is really important to make the right decision beforehand.

To sum it all up, before you grab your paint brush, make sure you get enough preparation for the work, prepared everything in a proper manner, and got a lot of patience in store.

Flooring Options for an Allergist Home

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We take sanctuary in our homes. It is a safe haven and a comfort zone for all of us. But for people suffering from allergies, the house can also be a pit of unseen hazards. It is estimated that around 50 million people in the United States experience and suffer from allergy each year. Allergies is recorded to be one of the leading causes of chronic illnesses in the United States.

If we ask ourselves what could possibly trigger allergy and asthma at home, we may not be able to pinpoint everything right. Dust mites, molds, household pets, and smoke are indoor allergy triggers. You might miss your flooring doing the devil’s grin. We usually prioritize the texture and style when getting new flooring but we are not aware that a specific kind of flooring may have a strong effect on the household’s allergies.

If you are planning to install new flooring in your home because of issues concerning allergy, do a little research about the types of flooring out there and eye on the ones that are great in allergen reduction in your home. In this writing, we will tackle some of the choices you have to get you going.

First let us discuss the type of flooring you need to swipe left!

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Carpets are a minefield of pollen, dust, and other allergens. Trust me, many allergists hate synthetic carpets not only because they are hard to maintain, they also produce volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which sets off asthma and allergies. Carpets are definitely difficult to clean but you can always call your favorite cleaning service and have them cleaned on a regular basis. If you are on a budget, you can also do the cleaning on your own to save money.

Sure carpets are soft, warm, and cozy but for allergists – the love is just nonexistent. So if there are members in your household who have allergy issues, forget about going on a magic carpet ride because you would rather use your three wishes for something else than getting rid of a chronic disease caused allergy!

Make sure to install floorings that would not further irritate allergists. Remember to avoid floorings that emit VOCs.

For an allergen-free flooring, hard floorings are your guys. Hard surface flooring can be an allergist’s best friend as it does not absorb particles that are airborne and you can definitely avoid needing to dust with it.


One of the common choices for hard surface flooring is concrete floor. Although it is not everyone’s cup of tea, they are certainly simple but classy in a way with the right design concept. Concrete floors can be painted or “glazed” so you could still see the concrete look. Perfect for allergist, industrial design theme lovers!


Plain concrete flooring does not float your boat. Maybe you could try linoleums. It is often considered an alternative to the more costly flooring options. It is definitely way cheaper but still stylish. If you are trying to side more on the practicality side, then linoleums might be the solution.


For the warmer states, tiles are a big thing especially on specific rooms and areas of the house like the bathroom and kitchen. The interesting thing about tiles is that you have a variety of choices to choose from depending on your design theme. They come in variety of sizes and even complicated shapes to make your flooring stand out.


I do not know about you but I am biased towards wood flooring. The entire vibe wood floorings have, gives off a certain elegance to our home. It is also proven durable. You can always choose from actual hardwoods or the engineered ones.

When planning to install new flooring in your home or any other items, it is important to consider many things. But always prioritize the effect of your project on everyone’s health.

New Year’s Resolution for Your Home

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You might be thinking of going to the gym more often, cutting down carb intake, and spending less time on a dating app for the (new) year ahead as a New Year’s Resolution but have you ever made a resolution that involves your home? I think not. Maybe it is time we actually do what we promise to do in the New Year and it should include improving your home around your lifestyle. Keeping your den clean all year is one hell of a pledge. But it is quite easy, you see. Just make it a habit.

Here we are going to discuss some of the best resolutions for your home that will surely leave your space clean as a whistle!

Starting the year, clean the space you utilize more. Decide which area in your home is the most lived-in. You spend more active time in the living room for example — so gather all the items in this space and evaluate whether each item is for keep or bye, Felicia! You can either trash them out or donate them to friends or institutions.

Patronize the rule “One thing in, one thing out.” You do not need a lot of items in your home. Never fill your storage with the same item if you are not going to it anytime soon. Make sure to finish every existing item first before adding new items up. Get the idea of making the most out of everything at your home; be it a cooking oil on its last drops or the last dying embers of a candle. Use what you have before purchasing more. This will help you waste and consume less. Voila! Habit change.

The flat surfaces are usually the haven of clutter. We tend to place almost everything on flat surfaces even if they belong somewhere else. Talk about desks, dressers, countertops, and coffee tables. At the start of the year, clear the surfaces off and free yourself from stress of the eyesore it gives.

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Admit it, we like to toss our clothes on the nearest chair do deal with it later (we say). Make it habit to put them away, especially when you are hitting the sack. If you are the type of person who does not repeat clothes, put them away in your laundry basket at once. If you feel like your clothes are still clean and are still good for your next activity, hang them neatly to a designated closet for repeat clothes. Do not just put the rest on a storage or shelf. Take the extra time to fold them. Do this frequently and acquire the ingrained habit quicker. If you do not have closets for your clothes, there a lot of brilliant ideas you can copy for clothes storage.

Purchasing new items can create a pile of nonessential clutter. I mean, letting new items in your home is inevitable and the idea being unavoidable, let them have their proper space and do not place them where you feel like putting them.

Cleaning your room before leaving it is probably one of the most basic cleaning responsibility. Make your bed before anything else. Place your morning routine beauty products after using them in the bathroom. Some say the situation of your bedroom reflects your personality. You do not want to be perceived dirty, do you?

If you still have a lot of items at home after decluttering and you just cannot find any reason to let them go just yet, you might want to consider storing them in storage facilities. They will pick your items up and transport them to their storage facility. So much convenience for someone dealing with so much clutter.

There you go! So before you lie about doing exercise regularly or putting an end to your obsession with shoes, clean your home first. And make it a habit.

Have Yourself a Merry, Clutter-Free Christmas

Christmas is around the corner and it’s one of the most awaited days of many people around the world. Children look forward to this special day and adults, too. The cool breeze, colorful lights, and festive ambiance are some of the things that make this day wonderful. A lot of family reunions also happen during Christmas. All the loved ones gather to celebrate it together.

Sure, Christmas is considered to be the happiest day of the year but will you still be excited to deal with the post celebration cleaning? I’m sure we all are aware of what we deal with during the holidays; gift-giving, Christmas decorations, and gatherings. All these activities should be fun but the amount of clutter after is terrifying!

The rubbish is unavoidable, almost impossible to prevent! But though trash is inevitable and you would not want to skip Christmas to avoid the big pile of clutter you are about to conquer, there are ways to at least lessen the chaos. There are different types of clutter you would encounter during the holidays but we will tackle a few of them which are commonly run into.

Wrapping Paper

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If you haven’t asked Santa yet, maybe tell him to give you a gift without a wrapping paper. Hold on! Before you start reacting negatively, hear this one out. We go by the tradition; gifts should be wrapped with a wrapping paper because mainly it adds an element of surprise. I could not agree more. But have you thought about how many trees are cut down just so you could open a surprise gift? We should go with the unconventional way of going paperless. While you happily gift someone, gift nature the act of being a responsible citizen of this world. This approach is very important as it helps save our trees and above all, you do not have to worry about the wrapper clutters. There are many ideas and inspirations you can find and make them as a reference in going paperless with your gifts.

But if you still want to push with the traditional way of giving gifts and do not want to deal with the clutter, get this: During opening of presents, make sure to get enough bin bags, cardboard boxes, or even your trash cans near the activity. While someone opens a gift, make sure to tell the person to put the wrapping paper in the bin at once. Or better, ask the kids to do the job! I am sure they will enjoy opening the gifts (even if it is not theirs) and make them put the paper in the trash. You can also recycle some wrapping paper that are still in good condition. This is also a part of the green agenda. It will help you save money in purchasing gift-wrappers for the next year.


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What is Christmas without food? And it is easy to be very enthusiastic for Christmas in terms of stocking up. With all the supermarket sales and special offers, it is impossible not to get tempted to buy even if the items are not necessarily needed in your Christmas menu. And since we are amidst pandemic, you also have the choice to just shop online to avoid temptations! It is best to stick to a menu plan before going to the supermarket. List down all the stuff you will be needing for the menus and never go beyond the list! Remember that. Make it a mindset that you have a budget to follow as this also helps you deal with future clutter especially with the items that are irrelevant.

Make sure to know that the food you are catering will accommodate everyone you are expecting or you have invited. Say you are only planning to cook for six people, do not cook a dish for fifteen because you do not want to get too much leftovers and food waste. Try your best to estimate the amount of each dish for the number of people you are catering. It is estimated that around 27 million tons of food are thrown away in US alone. And at Christmas we eat more and waste more food. So much food clutter in a Christmas household, isn’t it?


Remember that Christmas is one special day where you spend precious time with your loved ones. But Christmas is also a time when you are bustling with so much errands and other commitments. Think this, you get so preoccupied with decorating the house with Christmas decorations that you forgot to plan about the Christmas menu you are going to prepare. How about the gifts? You get so busy trying to keep up with the supermarket chores for your menu that you forgot to purchase all the gifts for the kids and you found out that they already ran out of stock! That can be too frustrating and somehow chaotic like the film Home Alone. This is when you get the time clutter. Time clutter has many forms. But their common cause is the lack of planning. You better plan ahead of time. In your available time, think of a thing that needs to be accomplished first before heading onto the next one. Make sure to allot enough time for each activity as you do not want to compromise the time you have for the succeeding tasks.


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It gets overwhelming when the Holiday season come about. Most people are excited about the decorations and some can get a little too far! Although Christmas decors are pleasing to the eyes with all those colorful lights and statement-making Christmas trees, the clutter they make can really be stressing at one point. It is mainly because of the space they take in every corner (mostly living room). You do not have to over decorate your home with bits and bobs. Make a minimalist approach when decorating. Less is more! You can find inspirations for Christmas decorations at home without needing to utilize a lot of items.

When the time comes that you already need to remove the decors, find large cardboard boxes where you can store all of it for the next year. If you feel like changing themes on the next Christmas, make use of this phrase: One thing in, one thing out. New items will just add up to the space provided for your old Christmas decors and you do not want to overcrowd your storage. So if you are planning for a new Christmas decoration idea, donate the old decors or better yet sell them.

When Garbage Disposal Reek of Something

Kitchens are without a doubt, one of the most important areas of our home. It is where we store, prepare, and cook food. Additionally, we complete related tasks in the kitchen such as dishwashing. Kitchens also sometimes serve as the spot where we hold get-togethers when relatives, friends, or other guests come over. In layman’s term, the kitchen is where we spend most of our active time. And with all the things that happen in here, trash is always inevitable. Be it plastics, cardboard packaging, or glass. All the things you would find in there that can be recycled or reused. But a large majority of waste that the kitchen produces is food waste. These wastes are uneaten leftovers or spoiled produce. According to the records, each year the United States alone generate about forty million tons of food waste which either end up in landfills and combustion facilities.

Aside from the alarming overall statistics and the possibility of food scarcity if more food and produces are discarded, we can also talk about the effect on a micro-level. All the rubbish in your kitchen will end up stinking if not trashed properly. There are different factors why food scrap produces odors. Science explains it all. Apparently, every food in our kitchen contains different odor compounds. All of which will soon smell strongly and unpleasantly if not managed.

For the recyclable trash, well, you can obviously recycle them. But as for the food scrap you must be thinking, “That’s not a problem! We have a garbage disposal.” Undeniably, garbage disposal plays an important role in getting rid of your kitchen waste. And it is considered one of the vital features of our kitchen ever since it was introduced to the mass. All you have to do is get the proper knowledge about garbage disposal. Great! You are able to recycle some trash and get food waste out but what about the funky smell? What if it still lingers? Well it could be the superhero – the Venom in your Spiderman garbage disposal. You get to grind and break up the waste in it but decaying or rotting food can still be settling around its blades or drainpipes connected to it.

Fret not! There are ways to fight shy of a reeking disposal and keep them clean with just a few things that is readily available at home.

First and the most important thing to do is know the stuff you should not put in your garbage disposal. They will offer you ease but never take advantage of it. Our appliances you will need to get your sink drain plugged, fill the sink with cold water about halfway, and add some dish soap. After a few minutes, remove the plug from the drain and turn your disposal on. This technique should rinse the concealed portions of the disposal. While the water is draining, scrub the sink with a sponge as well as the part of the disposal that are visible.

Next, pour about two cups of ice cubes and a cup of rock salt into it. Then run cold water of them and simultaneously turning on the disposal for ten seconds. The two components make it easier in breaking up food particles and dispose of clammy residue.

In deodorizing, we all know that baking soda is one hell of a worker because of the science behind it. Baking soda proves to be a great absorber of odors (especially the bad ones). To deodorize your disposal, pour about a cup of baking soda into the disposal and partner it with a cup of vinegar, which also has a spot in the “Great Cleaners” hall of fame. This combination should produce a fizzing show due to the chemical reaction which works to dissolve bacteria. After thirty minutes to one hour of letting the combo do the work, run a stream of water while turning your disposal for rinsing.

After doing the aforementioned steps, the stinky culprit should be gone. But if the smell is still present, there could be blockages. Try to unplug it from under the sink. Assess if there are any clog somewhere from the inside of the drain. Remove if there are blockages and plug the disposal back in. If you can’t perform this specific step, find someone or a professional nearby who can do the task for you.

Taking Charge for Electrical Safety

Electrical safety is one of the most vital safety measures to prevent dangerous or unpleasant bound to happen in your home. Electrical safety precautions can help protect the household from electrical shocks and burns. According National Fire Protection Association’s Applied Research Department, there were an approximate 34,000 home structure fires reported per year in 2014 to 2018. Involved in these incidents include lighting equipment like cords, plugs, wiring, and lighting. From these, there were 470 reported deaths and 1,100 injuries.

Electrical distribution and lighting equipment placed first in damage among properties and ranked third among the major causes of fire in the recorded number of house fires, fourth in the cause of house fire death, and third in injuries from home fires.

From these data and the list of all common safety hazards around the house by the National Home Security Alliance, it is evident that electrical safety is one major facet that every household should respect and comprehend.

Here are some tips you should consider to avoid electrical incidents.

If you are working on anything electrical, make sure to cut off the power at the circuit-breaker box prior to doing your electrical chore. If you are not familiar with the function of the circuit-breaker, it is best to study the circuit-breaker fundamentals first or if you are really not confident about it, just ask for someone who knows the basics. This is probably the most fundamental way in dealing with electrical safety hazards. Double-check if there is no power to anything electrical that you are dealing with unless you want to have contact with a grounded wire. I guess not.

It is stated in the National Electrical Code that it is required to have a ground fault circuit interrupters or GFCI equipped in any room in your home that has running water; talk about kitchen, laundry area, and bathroom. The main job of a GFCI is to stop the flow of electricity from a circuit whenever it perceives that the circuit has become a shock hazard. This method is compulsory for newer homes. But for older homes, it is best to get your rooms with running water equipped with GFCI.

Refrain from using extension cords as a permanent power source. They sure are great for jobs that are temporary but to use them as a substitute for permanent wiring can be dangerous. Do not ever run through ceilings or walls because if a cord is covered, heat cannot escape, which can cause a fire hazard.

Kids can be so curious about things. This includes your electrical outlets at home. We do not want our kids to share the same fate with the curious cat so if you have children or having any kids soon, it is highly recommended to get tamper-resistant receptacles. These receptacles are specifically designed to prevent children from getting hurt while fidgeting with an outlet.

As much as possible, avoid getting a single outlet overloaded. It can likely to cause harm if a bunch of appliances with high-wattage are plugged into a single outlet. Give the outlet a break! You could consider installing a new one or reorder your appliances to different outlets.

If you happen to come across a warm outlet in your home, you could be dealing with some problems. There are several reasons why an outlet is warm to touch. This can be a hard task so it is best to get the assistance of a professional electrician to do the diagnosing and rest of the job. The best you can do is to limit how many devices are plugged into the single outlet at one time.

If you do not have any electrical experience at all, do not do any electrical job at home on your own as it is a very dangerous task and can cause serious damages and injuries and worst, death. So make sure to acquire the service of a professional when you run into any electrical problem at home if you are not confident with your skill and knowledge about the situation.

Let There Be Light

In a recent survey conducted by a real estate referral company in 2020, 450 out of a thousand real estate professional responders said that a listing with good lighting—especially those with decorative lightings—are most likely to sell, of course along with other important inspection aspects, unlike homes with lighting fixtures that are outmoded. Most homeowners choose to be tied down by a single dimmer switch rather than surrounding their household with warmth.

If you are planning on selling, it is important to know that good lighting is imperative. Potential buyers can be so technical sometimes but they do not overlook the overall appearance and mood of a space given off by the room’s lighting and listings can get sold just by this particular aspect.

Here are some ways to make your home more appealing through lighting for quick sale or just plain ambiance improvement.

Unblock Natural Light

Although using blinds and other window treatments can be of great help with your home’s cooling and heating, they can inhibit natural light from infiltrating your home, it can somehow appear outdated to potential buyers. Control natural light like using electrical lighting. Remove any type of window covering such as drapes or valances. Or trim down some shrub obstructions outside. Natural light gives off a certain drama and art into a home’s space.

Another best way to achieve getting a radiant room through utilization of natural light is replacing old windows with energy-efficient ones. You can never go wrong with windows that are energy efficient. While they allow natural light to pass through, they are also great temperature regulators. So whether you are selling or just want to save from energy bills, they are the best!

Lighting Assignment

Like the functions of stage lighting in a play, it is also important to know the best lighting situation to do in a specific area in your home. Studies have shown that visibility affects the ability of an audience to understand a spoken speech in a play. So if the lighting designer was not able to make the audience see the actors, the audience would not be able to clench the emotions in a particular or the whole scene. In a home, a seller or homeowner should be able to understand the light needed for a certain space and put the proper mood for it through correct lighting techniques.

Light Layering

Again, mood is one important facet in making an impression for your home. And to create your desired atmospheric effect, consider layering light. First, the general or ambient layer—which is probably the most basic one. We are talking about general illumination such as flushmount, recessed lighting, and any other light fixture. Basically, when a light switch is flipped on, ambient lighting illuminates the space. Ambient lighting helps you see the entirety of the space creating a uniform light level throughout the room or space.

Next is the task lighting. Directed to a specific area of the room, task lighting specializes to light up a certain function: think vanity light in your bathroom to help with bathroom activities, lighting under the cabinet or cupboard countertop food preparation, and a side table lamp in your bedroom to accommodate reading.

Lastly, the accent lighting. It is simply the prettiest of all three layers as it is considered to be the jewelry lighting. They don’t have to be functional. They are basically decorative lights to make the space more appealing especially to home shoppers.

When the Thermometer Dips

Fall in Texas occurs during the months of mid-October to November and the season is almost over for Texans. Winter starts in December and usually lasts up to February, January being the coldest month with temperatures ranging from 7°C (45°F) to 17°C (63°F) – which is still comfortable to many. And now is the right time to prepare your Texan homes because “winter is coming”.

To be winter-ready means to keep you warmer during the cold season. This way will also help the household in reducing energy consumption. Thus, saving money throughout the winter months. You will also be able to extend the life of your home’s systems and guaranty to eliminate safety hazards.

Here are some techniques to prepare your home in the cold weather months:

Air Leaks

While you are still under fall season, it is best to consider acquiring professional services to audit home’s energy. They will also be able to provide evaluation of window and door seals situations. You can also check yourself by holding a candle in front of a prospect draft. If the flame wavered in the draft, then you got yourself an air leak. For doors, you can install foam to a door that is leaking or cover with weather strip inside the doorframe. It is also advisable to get double pane windows as early as you can before winter. Double pane windows helps stabilize your home’s temperature. This means that you are able to reduce energy with double paned windows because their added insulation. The cheaper way to seal out drafts if you do not have double paned windows is by covering your windows with plastic.

Gutter Cleanup

Gutters, without a doubt, will be filled with leaves that have fallen from trees. If not maintained prior to winter season, damages may come about. If a homeowner is not able to get leaves and other debris out of the gutter, the channels will be block which may result to overflowing. If they overflow, the water will certainly run down your home resulting to sped-up home exterior deterioration. As for winter weather, stored water from blocked channels will become ice. As a result, gutters could tear away from your home because of the weight the ice adds to them.

Inspect Home System

Probably one of the most vital aspect to check on prior to the cold season is the home’s heating and air conditioning system. Before it gets freezing, make sure to have your HVAC system inspected by an HVAC contractor company. You must service your furnace regularly. In this way, you would be able to assess dilemmas that may occur before costly breakdowns. This technique will also lengthen the life of your furnace and will certainly persist in running in a way that it achieves maximum productivity with minimum wasted expense.

Wood Check

Another thing that needs protection on your home are the exterior wood trims. Painted wood trims adds elegance and warmth to your home. Essential aspect for the winter season. For rotted trims, you have the option of replacing them but it is not a cheap move. To prevent costly repairs, inspect wood trims in a yearly basis. Look over the caulk and paint. Reassure that the caulk is not cracked and apply new caulk if needed. Make sure also that the paint is not chipped and peeling away, otherwise apply new paint.

Water Tank Insulation

Is your water heater running accordingly? If not make sure to check on it and perform necessary actions to fix it for the cold days. Water heater should be flushed two times in a year and ideally, in advance of winter kickoff. Wrap the water heater in a blanket insulation to conserve fuel. Then set the temperature to 120 degrees.

Tree Clearing

Trees in your property sure increase the total property value. These greeneries also save energy and benefit the environment. But during the winter, they can be a burden. It is a good move to trim away branches of trees before it starts to get freezing. During fall season, assess if the trees around your property are still healthy so you can come to a decision whether to trim them or remove them out entirely because once a tree is no longer healthy and shows signs of fall on your home when it gets ice-coated during the winter, it can cause damages.

Double Check on Safety Detectors

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), home fires occur more in the winter than in any other season, and heating equipment is involved in one of every six reported home fires. Fire resulting to the utilization of heating equipment may be unavoidable so make sure to run a test on all of your smoke detectors. Furthermore, check on their battery life. You may also want to consider getting carbon monoxide detector in your home.

There are so much winter elements that you should look forward to that may bring real damage to your home. You are probably not over with the recent Halloween or still enjoying fall to think of winterizing. But as early as you can, take time to do all the possible things you can do to be fully prepared for the winter elements that may come your way when the thermometer plunges.

Decluttering 101

Some days you just do not want to invite your friends over because you feel like your place is too untidy, filled with things. There are also times that you would see your home as overwhelmingly crowded. Maybe it is time to declutter. Remove all the unnecessary things that is inhibiting you from hosting a Friday night gathering or just enjoying the company of a well-organized, simple, and spacious home on a regular day. Well, it may seem easy to just get rid of all the nonessential stuff. Decluttering is a project of very great extent—a fairly big job. Not to mention the vigor needed for specific areas to do the job.

You do not want to be late in preparing your family’s dinner, go to the supermarket, or miss an episode of your favorite TV series because you are stuck with the decluttering homework. It can be overly demanding thus taking some of your time that is allotted for other house chores and activities. But in order to make decluttering easier, the perfect technique is to do it in several stages. You have to focus on a certain room or space first, finishing it, and moving forward to the next.

Determining the Purpose

Decluttering does not always mean throwing stuff out. Some things that have snuck out of their assigned setting should just be put back to where it belongs like a wine glass in your bathroom. A figurine that has a sentimental worth which you have found in your room can be cleaned and be placed in your personal corner as a display. Glass, paper, and plastic can be recycled. And finally, things that you feel like can be given away to organizations which will be donated to the people wanting or needing them.

Bring out containers before initiating. Make sure to prepare them beforehand NOT DURING the work. Each container—can be a basket, a large box, or a bin—will contain things to be decluttered categorized for specific purposes such as recycling, mending, putting away, throwing out, donating, or any other ground you have in mind.

Living Room

Keeping a living room tidy every day can be quite a struggle for most household as most living rooms do not have much space available for storing things. Sure, a living room can have a cabinet for television set and a side table but they just do not hide that much. It is best to determine the best storage for things that are used very often. These items can be books or TV remote control. Remove all things from the TV console, side tables, and bookcases. Once you have emptied them, find out which items are not on their proper storage or designated spots and put them in your bin specifically for Put Away items. Get rid of the wire madness from your television and other electronics in the space. To make it look more organized, you may want to label the cables, get them off the floor, pinch them together with a clip or cable ties to avoid eyesore. There could be toys around this space so determine whether the toys are still being played by your kids or they can go straight into that donation container you prepared.


For most parts of the decluttering work in your kitchen, you would probably just be able to fill the Put Away container. But like the living room, the kitchen can be quite a challenge to keep clean on a daily basis as cooking and eating happen here. You might want to start off with the areas where there are more stored items such as the pantry. Remove all trash such as an empty bottle of ketchup and long-expired items. Next go through specific category of items like utensils or glassware. Place them back to their proper storage areas. Proceed with the other zones including the drawers, the area under your sink, and lower cabinets.


Bathroom can also be a haven of mess. From expired medications to vanity products such as makeup or skincare items sneaking out of their designated site. Trash items that you will no longer use and put those that remain back in your vanity or medicine cabinet. For the items that you frequently use like toothpaste or a moisturizer, store them properly where you can easily see it when needed. Moving forward, empty cabinet drawers and discard unnecessary items through evaluation and put the rest back into the drawer.


If you want to set a sight on an entirely clutter-free bedroom, start with your bed. Never come out of your bed without making it first. That is one of the most important part of the decluttering a bedroom. Next, go through bedside table. They usually support items such as an alarm clock, table lamp, eyeglasses, medicine, books, or your mobile phone which are all useful during the night. Put away books that you have finished, an empty glass of drink which you had the night before, or unneeded items which could just add up to the weight and take space. Get one of your bins where you can put clothing that need to be hanged or folded. Evaluate what items do not fancy your fashion taste buds and those which do not fit anymore so you could donate them. Fold the ones that you are going to keep and put them in drawers properly.