Day: September 5, 2018

How to Declutter Your Home in 12 Simple Steps

Living in a home that is as cluttered as a dump site may give a negative impression of you and your family to others but by the same argument, if you live in an immaculately tidy and organized house then your visitors may think of you along the lines of the 'sign' I mentioned at the beginning of this article and do you want to be thought of as 'dull and boring' – why heck no!

Below are some suggestions for finding a happy medium, where friends will view you in a positive light as a well-organized and tidy household without being fanatical about it.

So let's assume that your house is a total disaster area and you need to radically improve all areas of the whole house. This is going to be a huge task no matter how large or small your house is but the principles to follow are going to be exactly the same.

  1. First make a list prioritizing which room or areas of the house need your urgent attention. Dealing with the worst areas first will make such a positive impact affect how you feel that you will be encouraged to continue.
  2. Work on that area and that area alone. Do not get drawn into starting on a second area before the first area is complete.
  3. Estimate how much time each room / area will take to complete. Do not expect to have everything done in one day. In fact it might take you several weeks to complete all the tasks especially if you have limited time available to spend de-cluttering your home so be realistic with your time scales.
  4. Breaking down each task task will help you stop becoming overwhelmed with the number of tasks that you have to do.
  5. Make sure that you stick to the 'one task at a time' and mark it off your list so that seeing the items ticked off also provides you with a positive feeling or achievement and seeing the ticks get longer and the list of tasks getting shorter will encourage and motivate you to continue onto your next task.
  6. The actual cleaning of the rooms will more than likely be the most time-consuming so I would start with this.
  7. Group items of clutter together and put them straight into piles or bin-liners if possible, by this I mean if you have old clothes put them in one bag all together, put shoes in a separate bag together, the same with electrical items or plastic items and then put papers, magazines or books together in a further separate bag.
  8. By keeping the items grouped but in separate piles you have already saved yourself an additional sorting out job for example any paper that need recycling are already all together and can just get recycled immediately and quickly as can the electrical or plastics and the old clothes or shoes can either be donated or sold.
  9. Do not finish until you have completed that first room or area

Classic TV Commercials – Diverse and Daring Advertising

The 1950s were arguably the golden age of television and many people of a certain age look back fondly at some of the shows of the time – "The Lone Ranger", "I Love Lucy" and "Gunsmoke". These shows were in black and white and were watched on a set that got its signal from a huge antenna on the roof, but they were loved just the same.

Almost as compelling as the TV shows themselves, there were some of the commercials of the time. TV was still a novelty during the 1950s and companies were angry to cash in on the new craze. Particularly popular commercials were for cigarettes, cars and state of the art kitchen appliances. And the average length of TV advertisements was around a minute – compared to the 30 seconds or less today.

Beer was also one of the products widely advertised on TV during the 1950s. At first, it was only late at night and never on a Sunday, so as not to offend anyone. During the early part of the decade, Blatz Beer became one of the beer industry's biggest advertisers, partly due to the company's sponsorship of the popular "Amos 'n' Andy" show.

One of the most instantly recognizable characters in television advertising at the time was Mabel. Mabel was a chirpy blond waitress who appeared on screen with a tray of Carling Black Label beer. Almost every Carling commercial featured the phrase that became famous – "Hey, Mabel, Black Label!"

Cigarette advertisements were commonplace during the 1950s – a big change from television today. Some of the largest tobacco manufacturers of the time spent a lot of money trying to convince us that smoking was sophisticated and fun, including Lucky Strike, Tareyton and Winston.

One famous Lucky Strike ad featured a clever combination of cartoon and live action, featuring the singer Gisele McKenzie. Tareytown had an ad that featured what appeared to be two children dancing around a huge pack of cigarettes. And who can possibly forget the Fontane Sisters singing the praises of Chesterfield cigarettes?

Car manufacturers went to great lengths to advertise the latest models on television during the 1950s despite the loss of aesthetic effect on a black and white screen. The Ford Edsel was advertised at great length as the most beautiful convertible in the world, complete with such wonderful and innovative features as "teletouch" driving and air suspension.

It was not all just cars, beer and tobacco. Some healthy products were advertised as well. One of the most well known ads of the era was for Pepsodent toothpaste. The TV ad featured a cute cartoon couple kissing after having brushed their teeth, and the catchy and unforgivable slogan – "You'll wonder where the yellow went, when you brush your teeth with Pepsodent!"

TV advertisements for kitchen appliances pointed out features that we now take for granted. A General Electric ad from the time for a new refrigerator consulted of a proud couple explaining the features of their …

The Need for a Strong and Sure Foundation

 

If you are looking to build on your land and are not sure about what kind of foundation to put down before you begin your passion project, stone foundations may be for you. A stone foundation offers many benefits to you, your house, your budget, and your project. If you are looking to lay foundation, consider the following:

Economical

As far as pricing goes, stone foundations are the answer to your prayers. Stone is a somewhat inexpensive, yet incredibly sturdy material. When you choose stone, you are making a long-term investment. Wind, rain, and inclement weather are no match for stone which means after your one-time installation investment, you are good to go for years to come. In the long run, stone is a great idea, especially when you consider all the money you WON’T be wasting to replace it in the future. You can rest easy knowing your foundation (and your wallet) will remain safe, sound, and sturdy.

Good Looking

A stone foundation gives a classic look to any backyard project that you are thinking of installing. Stone colors can be chosen to match your backyard and coordinate with what you are building as well as any other backyard decorations of furniture. If you have white patio furniture, consider a white stone foundation to complement and give a more cohesive look to your entire area. If you are building a wood shed, a darker, brown stone will give your space a nice rustic look. With stone foundations, you have more design options and are guaranteed a classic look that will keep your backyard looking fresh and hip regardless of the season.

Flexibility

When it comes to a stone pad foundation, one of the biggest benefits it offers to consumers it’s a high degree of flexibility. What we mean by this is that you can customize the size and shape of the foundation that you are laying quite easily. You don’t have to pay for any more product than exactly what you’ll use, and you can easily figure out the dimensions you will need before purchasing. You also have a lot of flexibility mid project. For example, with a concrete foundation once it is poured it is very hard to change the dimensions of a foundation. With stone, adding and rearranging as you go is much more possible, giving you creative leisure and liberties with whatever you are building.

Overall, there are countless benefits for selecting stone as the tool for your foundation. It is the economically right choice and will keep your costs of maintenance for your property and project low. It is aesthetically pleasing and will over a nice look to not only the project you are building, but to your entire backyard as a unit. And last but certainly not least, it is incredibly flexible and can be arranged and rearranged to your liking and as your vision changes. If you are considering a backyard building project, make the smart choice and invest in stone …

Bathroom Tap Tips

The right bathroom tap can make a renovation look like it cost a million while the wrong one can make it look like no renovation was even done. It's not just a matter of design, or a matter of cost. How a person will react really comes down to just a matter of taste. There are some basic guidelines that you can follow to make your bathroom feel more luxurious without costing more.

1. Shop a company's online store. Many companies will not only offer a larger variety of bathroom taps through their internet stores. They will often charge far less than on-sight stores because of the lower overhead involved.

2. Look at discount sites (like overstock.com) for a great value. These companies buy out merchandise for a huge discount and then pass the savings on to their customers.

3. Buy during the summer holidays. Many stores will offer large discounts during these times. Take advantage of the large price breaks.

4. Look for clearance items. Which ever route you choose to shop, all companies will eventually quit running a line of bathroom taps. As soon as the red clearance sign goes goes up on the item, take the plunge.

There are also some do not to follow to keep your bathroom looking high end. Do not mix and match bathroom taps. The bathtub and the sinks should all have the same feel to them. A bright brass will look out of place if the rest of the bathroom taps are nickel. All the savings in the world will not be able to make up for this faux pas.

A bathroom tap may seem like an insignificant part of the décor, but it can make the room a sensation or a flop. A little extra money (or time) invested in picking the right tap will have a lasting result in the tone of the room. …