These are some awesome tips on how to KEEP your home clean (with less work).
There are so many awesome home projects out there that use recycled wood from pallets. Companies use these pallets to bring in products, then they are usually discarded. However, with the salvaged wood from the pallets, you can make lawn furniture, tables, chairs, shelves, clocks, lamps, desks- literally anything that can be made from wood- all for free or cheap. But how do you get ahold of them? Simple! Just check out this post by Pallet Furniture DIY for tips:
-Check out the dumpsters of small businesses
-Ask hardware and equipment stores
-Check out construction sites
-Find new openings of stores
-Check online- Craigslist, social media, and search engines!
Photo Credit: Mike Mozart
The electric bill always spikes during the hottest and coldest months of the year. In my one bedroom apartment, our electric bill is usually around $40-50 a month. But, last month in July, it basically doubled up to $90. People who have entire homes to heat and cool feel that price spike much more painfully. So, whether you have a small apartment or a large home, what can you do to reduce your energy consumption (and that electric bill)? Check out these tips by Ryan Anderson at Bright Peak Financial:
-Cook with the microwave instead of the oven/stove when you can.
-Wait until after dark to use appliances. Avoid appliance use between 2-8pm, when electricity rates are at their peak.
-Keep it dark- keeping blinds and curtains closed will let in less light (heat).
-Don’t crank the AC- if you’re trying to save money, have it as high as you can bear. (78 degrees at home, 85 degrees when you’re not at home).
People with gorgeous, gleaming hardwood floors might be a little skittish about letting an acidic substance anywhere near the ground in their home. However, vinegar is an excellent cleaning substance: it’s natural, super cheap, and effective at getting rid of almost any stain. While you should never pour vinegar (or any liquid- including water) on your hardwood floor and let it sit, there is a way to safely clean hardwood with vinegar. Check out this tutorial by Becky at Clean Mama for more:
-When mixed with water, the solution’s acidity is drastically lowered and it becomes an effective method to wash hardwood floors.
-never let standing water sit on hardwood floors as it can warp and ruin the wood
-Use this recipe:
Bookshelves can be expensive. Especially really nice, good looking ones. You know what’s not expensive? Finding crates at thrift stores, farmer’s markets, flea markets, and discounted craft stores. They’re super versatile, and can be used as small tables and for storage! I love this idea by Cori at the Cori’s Corner Blog; she bought several small crates from a craft store, stained them herself, and then drilled them together to create a beautiful, striking bookcase. Check out her process here:
-Stack the crates beforehand to see what pattern you want your bookcase to be
-Stain away, and follow the instructions on your stain brand
-Allow them to dry COMPLETELY, in a well ventilated area
-Apply a top, protective coat to seal it
-Assemble with screws and a drill
Stairways are often a neglected area for home improvement. You might hang a few picture frames on the wall, and vacuum the steps once a year, but that’s usually the extent of thought that goes into stairwell. However, it’s somewhere that we see and walk through daily, and it deserves to reflect your style, just like the rest of your house. One way to revamp your stairs is by giving the banister a makeover. Check out this tutorial by Cass at Remodelaholic for tips on how to completely redo the posts and handrails of your banister. Check out the full, detailed, photo tutorial here.
Photo Credit: Lindsey Turner