Don't Just Clean, Decorate

Written by Joey Lewitin

Instead of cleaning, decorate

Trying to maintain both a beautiful interior, and a neat and organized home, can be a daunting endeavor. One ofrepparttar worst mistakes that you can make when planningrepparttar 143022 design of your residence is to arrange it in such a way that your decoration actually gets inrepparttar 143023 way of maintaining tidiness. Some set ups may lead torepparttar 143024 accumulation of messes, actually working againstrepparttar 143025 home maker. It is, however, possible to arrange your home in such a way that it will naturally lend itself to organization, and will makerepparttar 143026 job of home maintenance a little easier.

There are two kinds of messes that can mar your home; dirt, and clutter. Dirt, along with dust, grime, and mold arerepparttar 143027 sickly substances that attach to walls, collect under furniture, and stain windows. Dirt is something you want to completely eliminate. For this, you should always plan your homeís design around expeditingrepparttar 143028 cleaning process; makingrepparttar 143029 elimination of these unhealthy substances as easy as possible.

Clutter, onrepparttar 143030 other hand, is made up of items that you own, and is simply a result of them not being put in their proper place, or worse yet not having one. For this, your plan should be to develop a home with a flow in which objects will almost naturally end up in their proper places.


Maintaining organization isrepparttar 143031 key to a clutter free home. Some clutter is simply trash, and should be eliminated as swiftly as possible. This often includes old mail and outdated magazines. The easiest way to deterrepparttar 143032 build up of expired clutter is to integrate a trash can intorepparttar 143033 roomís dťcor. If it is a room that doesnít lend itself to a trash bin, you can be creative with your receptacles. Almost anything from bright plastic containers, to elegant carved wooden chests can be used, especially if it will only be used for dry items. A good place to find fancy antique bins at a great price is a yard sale. Containers can be used as primary garbage cans, or can be used as a staging area where trash is deposited initially, and is then later transferred into a larger container.

Most clutter is made up of possessions that you want to keep. Generally your strategy should be to find a way to funnel these objects easily into a proper place. To do this you will first need to assess what your problem clutter is. These arerepparttar 143034 objects that constantly turn up inrepparttar 143035 wrong spots, creating that messy look. The type of clutter you have is usually determined byrepparttar 143036 room you in and what its purpose generally is.

Once you have assessedrepparttar 143037 problem objects, you need to develop a system of categories forrepparttar 143038 different kinds of clutter inrepparttar 143039 room. An easy way to do this is to dividerepparttar 143040 items based onrepparttar 143041 container where they will go. For instance, all paper goods go in drawer A, all plastic goods go on shelf B. Categorizing these objects in this way will greatly expediterepparttar 143042 cleaning process, whenever clutter builds up. Try to avoid being too specific; create broad categories that will be easy to remember and find. You can even try placing tasteful labels onrepparttar 143043 containers, in places where they canít be seen such as inside of a drawer or onrepparttar 143044 back of a shelf.

The kind of container you use to store your items will be a major part of your decorative set up. Shelves are great for display items. They userepparttar 143045 height ofrepparttar 143046 room so they donít take away from traffic flow, they allowrepparttar 143047 items on them to be displayed in a highly visible manner, they allow you to categorize items based onrepparttar 143048 different shelves, and their height protectsrepparttar 143049 higher-up objects from children. Drawers are perfect places for useful items with little decorative value. Cabinets work for temporarily displaying items. Openingrepparttar 143050 door will reveal your beautiful collections, creating an almost instant transformation in your room.

Honor Grandma with a Baby Shower for Grandma

Written by Randy Wilson

Throwing a baby shower for grandma could be a great way to commemoraterepparttar excitement of becoming a grandmother forrepparttar 143021 first time. Thereís nothing like spoilingrepparttar 143022 little cuties for a day and then sending them home to their parents!

But while you have them, you will need to be prepared for them. This means diapers, bottles, safety devices, gates, and more would be great gifts for a grandma baby shower. And a lot of times, grandmothers go overboard buying gifts forrepparttar 143023 baby without putting aside any money to properly equip themselves.

You might not want to have a seperate grandma baby shower, but you could always include her as a special guest of honor inrepparttar 143024 baby shower for mom. You also might want to acknowledgerepparttar 143025 grandmother-to-be duringrepparttar 143026 regular shower with grandmother gifts or a thank you.

Grandma baby showers are a great idea for co-workers or friends to throw. Many times these are people who are a major part ofrepparttar 143027 grandmothers life, but who donít really knowrepparttar 143028 parents-to-be. Even so, they still want to honor their friends who are about to have a new addition to their family!

Baby showers for grandmothers can take place anywhere at anytime, since itís not necessary to worry about accommodating a very pregnant woman. Office parties are nice since they donít have to be extravagant and donĎt require anyone to change their plans. Even a small dinner party is nice for close friends.

Gifts donít necessarily need to be exchanged, but they are always welcomed. Grandma may not need all ofrepparttar 143029 same things thatrepparttar 143030 parents do, but they do need to have supplies on hand for whenrepparttar 143031 baby comes to visit. Itís not necessary to buy lots of cute baby clothes, though extra onesies and jammies are great for unexpected messes. These would all make nice grandmother gifts.

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