Welcome the New Year Into Your Clean Home

Okay, people. It’s 2016! We need to start preparing our homes for the new year! Getting everything prepared will help us take a breath and relax before jumping into the chaos that inevitably awaits us ahead. Where do we even start? Say it with me! Out with the old, in with the new!

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For starters, this is not replacing Spring-cleaning. Sorry people, but this is in addition to Spring-cleaning. On the plus side though, it will make it a whole lot easier when it comes times for all that fun dusting.

Out with the old starts in whichever room your little heart desires. The simple first step is just to de-clutter your home. Clutter brings unnecessary chaos. Try and tap into those certain areas you don’t think about all the time, such as empty shampoo bottles, old razors, old magazines, old clothes, old anything really. Just get rid of it already! There is a theory when you’re moving that if you haven’t used an item in a year, don’t pack it. Toss it instead. Use that same theory when de-cluttering your home. You won’t even remember that old coffee mug in a week.

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Finally do those household chores you’ve been putting off. Do your laundry. Go ahead and sweep, mop, and vacuum. Wash and change all your sheets and towels. We all know how amazing it feels sleeping on fresh sheets. Don’t deny yourself that luxury when starting the New Year.

Make your bathroom beautiful! Clean it. Wipe down all the counters and mirrors. Wipe down everything you. Even clean the shower. No one likes to do it, so that isn’t a good excuse people! We know this is part of the Spring-cleaning checklist, but we should be doing this much more often than we do now anyway.

Take out all of your trash. That is kind of common sense and just part of your daily chores, but what isn’t included in that? Actually clean your trashcans! We never think about this because it is where all dirty things go, but we seriously need to clean those gross buckets every once in awhile.

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Now that we have gotten done de-cluttering the home and cleaning EVERYTHING, clear up what is left of the clutter. You still have a bunch of coffee mugs left? Put them away nice and neat. It’s as simple as that. Just put away what is left. Make as much space as possible. This includes all the old food you just threw out of your refrigerator. Wipe down the shelves and make it look clean. You’ll want this when you’re stocking your fridge.

Be a man! Get down to yard work! It has been an extremely hot winter, so you can’t even have the excuse that it’s too cold outside. Get your butt outside and clean up the yard. Just make it look as nice and pretty as the inside of your home.

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Last, but not least, clean that car! We all know, especially after the holidays, your car is a black hole where things get sucked in and never taken back out. Don’t start the New Year like that! Take a garbage bag and do away with all the trash. Take in all the extra clothes that are more than likely piled in your backseat. Keep a jar next to you as well, because you are probably going to find quite a bit of change your car ate up.

Everyone loves the feeling of being clean and on top of things. Let yourself have that pleasure this New Year, even if it only lasts a day!

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20 Quick Tips to Know Before You Paint

For all of our do-it-yourself readers, this one is for you! Many people enjoy painting their own interiors instead of having someone else do it, so we’re here to make sure you do it the right way! Even though hiring a professional painter is the best idea, we know how costly that can be when your budget is low, so it’s ok to do it on your own! As long as you have the right steps and the right materials, you’ll have a professional paint job in no time.

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1. Choose a paint color. Okay, this might be the most difficult step of them all. How much paint will you need? Look on the back of the can or ask the guy at the paint store. This amount can also vary with the color, type of paint and current wall-color.

2. Purchase your materials which should include, paint, brushes, painters tape, drop clothes, newspaper, etc.

3. Have a snack.

4. Put on some nice music!

5. Cover the furniture and cover the floor. Home depot sells drop cloths.

6. Prepare the walls for paint. The easiest way is to dust the walls with a duster that comes on a long stick.

7. Clean the walls. The paint is going to adhere so much better to a clean wall. Make a solution of 1 cup vinegar to two gallons of warm water in a big bucket. Get some old absorbent towel rags and dunk clean ones into the solution and ring out. Then, put one over your sponge mop and work from top to bottom. When the rag begins to look a bit dirty, take it off and use a fresh one. If the water begins to look dirty, make a fresh batch. You can also use a solution of detergent and water, but if you do, you’ll have to rinse. Let that dry thoroughly.

8. Fix small holes and imperfections with a good spackle. Let it dry and sand.

9. Use a primer. Primer prepares the walls to accept the paint and provides a good surface, as well. However, Benjamin Moore makes a fantastic low VOC paint that has the primer in it already and it covers beautifully.

10. Sand lightly. We know… it’s a pain, but well-worth it!

11. Dust walls again and follow with a damp cloth, just to make sure you’ve removed all of the dust.

12. Use painter’s blue tape to mask off areas not being painted.

13. Choose a dry day. Water-based latex paints will dry so much faster on a day with low humidity.

14. Start with the ceiling (unless it doesn’t need painting)

15. Use “cut-in” techniques. There are zillions of tutorials on youtube, so try googling different techniques. (Hint: For the ceiling and walls, you will want to use a roller.)

16. We suggest waiting several hours after painting the ceiling. Then, if there is no crown molding and/or the ceiling is a different color than the walls, tape the ceiling line. Then, paint the walls!

17. Finally, paint the trim with your two-inch brush.

18. Depending on the type of paint, you may only need one coat or as many as five if it’s a dark color for instance.

19. Clean your brushes and other materials. Don’t let them stay gunked in paint!

20. Take a shower, put on some clean clothes, and take yourself out to dinner. You deserve it!

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