Don't Just Clean, Decorate

Written by Joey Lewitin

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The neat and tidy look of your possessions, lined up in their proper places, and displayed in tasteful receptacles, is a kind of decoration in and of itself. A setting in which everything is in its proper place will speak more torepparttar quality of your home than almost any piece of décor that you can buy. Evenrepparttar 143022 plainest white room will take on style when filled with shelves of decorative items, curio cabinets, and elegant furniture drawers.

If toy clutter from your children is a problem, get them involved. Place a brightly colored container in any room where toys messes occur, and explain torepparttar 143023 child that this is where any of their toys go. Get them to help you clean up a few times, and eventually they will start to understandrepparttar 143024 concept. You can even turn this into a game, timing how fast they can get all of their toys picked up and intorepparttar 143025 bucket.


Dirt is more difficult to organize around than clutter. The grime that builds up in your home will accumulate more based onrepparttar 143026 occupants ofrepparttar 143027 space and their actions, than on any design you implement. However, by planning your interior accordingly, you can create a setting that will expediterepparttar 143028 removal ofrepparttar 143029 dirt in your home, and make cleaning less of a chore.

The first step in this job isrepparttar 143030 removal of clutter described inrepparttar 143031 first half of this piece. Once you have removedrepparttar 143032 clutter from an area you will notice an almost imperceptible increase in “flow” inrepparttar 143033 room. Flow is simplyrepparttar 143034 ability for people and objects to move through a space. By increasingrepparttar 143035 flow in a room, you will make it easier to get to and remove dirt.

You should make sure that none of your furniture is blocking any other furniture fromrepparttar 143036 rest ofrepparttar 143037 room. Tables are oftenrepparttar 143038 problem here, being centerpieces in many areas, and may have to be repositioned in lieu of convenience. Windows too should be left with as little in front of them as possible; you don’t want to have to lean over a statue or plant every time you want to wipe one down. A possible exception is windows that are higher up, and may benefit from having a piece of furniture beneath them which you can climb on when cleaning. However, you should always use caution when climbing on any object that was not intended for this use.

Placing your furniture on rollers, or positioning them so they can easily be placed on furniture coasters, will make it less trouble to clean underneath. Do not store boxes beneath your furniture. This may berepparttar 143039 only way to eliminate clutter however it also becomes a difficult place to clean, as you will have to bend over, moverepparttar 143040 boxes, clean, and then replace them. Rarely seen closets are a much better place for box storage.

Interior design is not a static art; it is a form in motion. Your home should be constantly evolving towards a perfect version of itself. You should always be searching forrepparttar 143041 right balance between decoration and ease. If you considerrepparttar 143042 properties of dirt and clutter in a room, before repositioning objects and items within it, you will save yourself a lot of annoyance and effort inrepparttar 143043 future.

Joey Lewitin is an author, artist, and designer of home décor accessories made from imported stone. His line of Unique wall clocks in stone can be seen at

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Joey Lewitin is an author, artist, and designer of home décor accessories made from imported stone. His line of unique wall clocks in stone can be seen at

Joey Lewitin is an author, artist, and designer of home décor accessories made from imported stone. His line of Unique wall clocks in stone can be seen at

Honor Grandma with a Baby Shower for Grandma

Written by Randy Wilson

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Items that grandmother will need most are:

  • Crib
  • Bassinets
  • High chair
  • Bottles and feeding supplies
  • Diapering supplies: diapers, wipes, powder, cotton balls, diaper cream
  • First Aid: diapers, disinfectant, tweezers
  • Wash cloths
  • Extra bibs, burping cloths, onesies, hats and gloves
  • Bathing supplies (soap, shampoo, lotion)
  • Tylenol and vitamins
  • Baby blankets
  • Nail clippers, thermometer,
  • Vaseline
  • Teething toys
  • Safety gates, locks for cabinets and drawers, outlet covers

    Other items Grandma may need:

  • Umbrella Stroller
  • Extra car seat
  • Bouncer seat
  • Baby swing
  • Toys!
  • Music
  • Books (for baby and Grandma)
  • Videos

    Grandmothers will also love to receive gifts such as personalized shirts and blankets. “I love my Grandma” picture frames a perfect gift that can be purchased just about anywhere. It will make a great start torepparttar photo gallery that begins to blossom inrepparttar 143021 living room!

    Other nice gifts include family tree items. And don’t forget about gag gifts! Ifrepparttar 143022 grandmother-to-be has a good sense of humor you could give them stuff to insinuate that being a grandmother makes her (gasp!) old! (Even though we all know that’s just not true!)

    © Copyright Randy Wilson, All Rights Reserved.

    Randy is owner of How to Plan a Baby Shower where you will find further tips on baby showers and baby shower games. Randy owned and operated a very successful storefront/mailorder business from 1988 to 2003. Currently full time owner/operator of several online businesses.

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