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Winter Purging for 2017

As soon as the weekend started, I changed into my comfy PJs, took some fresh garbage bags, readied the cleaning tools and I started purging for 2017. Since I have read about the KonMari method of organizing and decluttering, I told myself to try it come 2017. I even started alienating myself from stuff that hold sentimental value. I just wanted to be practical, let go of the things that held be back, make some room, minimize and only have the essentials.

The KonMari method is rather controversial, unorthodox, and simply hard to follow especially for someone like me who would usually get attached with certain things given by family and friends. However, I like how Marie Kondo, the lady behind the ruthless method of tidying and organizing put her method into perspective of only keeping things that bring joy, thus eliminating unwanted objects that one day may become hazardous or problematic.

The first hour of clearing my stuff proved to be the most difficult as I started staring at the stuff we’ve amassed over the years. Most of them were untouched for many years, gathering dust, and actually forgotten. I wondered how I could have possibly bought all of them without recalling when, where and why. I told myself the habit of shopping mercilessly has to stop, no ifs and no buts.

I looked at old stationery supplies I have bought in the US and they were unopened. Another look at them made me almost repulsive of my utter weakness when it comes to hoarding stationery and art supplies. That has to change – and the stash had to go.

Next were my art supplies which where everywhere in my room. Since most of them bring me happiness, I decided to keep all and put them in 4 small transparent containers where I will see the contents. They are now all next to my study table as compared to the last time where I had to find the brushes, the coloured pens, the pads, and so much more. Now, they are all within reach.

I changed my study table too and made it a bit broader where I could put my itty-bitty printer and other stuff needed for my blogging and art. The old laptop table is now used as a console table in our bedroom.

I am not done cleaning yet. I am scheduling another batch of clearing next weekend as I tackle my dresser and closet. This will be very tricky as most of my article of clothing are bought in nice boutiques. Most of my clothes too are for office wear and I need to have several to mix and match. However, I am planning to send my old clothes back home where my nieces can use them. Problem solved! I am still having doubts about clearing my closet though. But, I need to commit to a minimal lifestyle. I am done with hoarding and buying stuff. My new rule now is, when I buy something new whether it is a garment, shoes or supplies, I have to make sure that they will be used instantly and that one of my clothing or shoes or supplies need to go.

Well, that’s my winter purging! I have more purging to do and may eventually need a “balikbayan box” to send my other stuff back home. For now, I just want to see a clean, tidy, and well organized room and space.

Make Your Home Eco-Friendly With The Use Of Organic Products

It’s a given fact that household cleaning products, such as laundry detergent and dish soap, contain chemicals that aren’t healthy for your family or the environment. Sometimes the packaging doesn’t list the potential dangers posed by the ingredients. What this means is that you could inhale chemicals that trigger an allergic reaction or get a chemical burn. it’s always a good idea to educate yourself when you buy cleaning products. Learn about the ingredients in chemical cleaners or go the organic route to avoid harmful chemicals altogether.

There are many organic and non-chemical cleaners on the market that perform just as well, if not better, than their chemical counterparts. In fact, one company brought their first organic and biodegradable product on the market in 1959. That company? Amway. That was their first product of many to offer environmentally safe ingredients and reduce or eliminate the potential for an allergic reaction. Since then, Amway has committed itself to offering the best and safest products for cleaning the home.

This commitment has come home to roost as consumers turn away from harsh chemicals. People are tired of hurting themselves and their environment just to stay clean. The infographic below talks about the rise in popularity of eco-friendly household cleaners and why. It also offers a few easy tips to help make the transition from chemical to organic cleaners and create a clean and safe home.

DIY Thanksgiving Banner

 


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Thanksgiving is just around the bend. If you’re celebrating it with family and friends and a party is in the offing, remember that decorating for the event does not need to break your budget. You can use simple decorations to still wow your guests with a lovely Thanksgiving theme and feel. Try to DIY the banner for an added feel of Thanksgiving!

Here are some ideas and inspiration you can use for your DIY Thanksgiving banner.

Used dried leaves

This is the easiest to do! Besides, there are plenty of leaves lying around that simply shouts “Thanksgiving!” Pick up some big, dried leaves around and hang them on a string or use small wooden pegs to clip them on a string. You can also add lettering on each leaves to spell out Thanksgiving or anything you wish to use. It’s time to be crafty.


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(Photo from pinterest/lovepaperpaint.com)

Use free downloadable prints from the internet

There are plenty of free downloadable prints, Free Images and patterns available in the internet for everyone. If you have a cutting machine, then you can also download plenty of Thanksgiving theme shapes to use for your banner.


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(From pinterest)

Cut out photos of autumn themes

Keeping those old colourful magazines and picture books can be handy at all! Cut out shapes of Thanksgiving themes onto those glossy paper and use as your banner. Paste them on a nice backing paper for colour pop.

Tie big ribbons with Autumn colours and prints

If you have old shirts or spare fabric lying around your house, then cut them into strips and tie them onto a sturdy string to create a colourful Thanksgiving banner.


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Use small pumpkins

Since it’s the season of everything pumpkin, you can get some small pumpkins you can tie on a string to create a very nature-inspired pumpkin Thanksgiving banner. You can even add letterings on the pumpkins for that extra touch.

Use yarns

Some yarns and strings can be spun like a little pumpkin just like the picture below.


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(From coco29.com/pinterest)

 

Decorate For Christmas In A Snap Under $20 with Dollar Tree

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

 

After Halloween, there are several special Holidays waiting in line for celebration. I know it’s still early to worry about that when we haven’t celebrated Halloween yet but won’t it be nice to be a bit prepared for them in advance? Why not, right?

Well, the one that is farthest from now is Christmas. And Dollar Tree has plenty of products offered to decorate your home in Christmas cheers without going overboard. We all know that money comes scarce these days and with the many other holidays lined up, money will dwindle by Christmas time.

So, decorate your home without breaking the bank with these fun and cheery Christmas holiday decors for under $20, all from Dollar Tree! Remember, these are all below $20 in a given set. They are sold in bulk and has minimum order of quantity ranging from 2-12 or more, all for $1 each. Some items can be bought individually for $1! What are you waiting for?


 

Christmas House Glittery Wooden Wall Sign

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Decorative Wooden Nutcrackers

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Christmas Plastic Jars that you can fill with those yummy Holiday treats!

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Christmas LED Window Candle with suction cup

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Polyresin Nativity Figurines

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Christmas Dangling Legs Figurines

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You may also Stock up early on Christmas stockings, and holiday hats and headbands for just $1 each at Dollar Tree

 


Update Your Bathtub Without Replacing It

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The bathroom is one area of your home that is used the most. Every day, you and your family enter this space for one reason or another. Eventually, fixtures like the tub will either need to be replaced or refreshed.

Before paying the high dollar price of replacing, why not consider bathtub reglazing Durham NC? Not only can you save money, but you can also extend the life of the bathtub.

Easy Bath Remodeling Experience

Reglazing is a durable way to improve your tub’s surface, literally. This process involves applying a thin coating that offers a fast and easy way to remodel at a fraction of what it would cost to replace the bathtub.There is never a need to remove the fixture, so you already save a tremendous amount on labor costs. Doing this is particularly a good idea if you have a tub that is hard to keep clean, one that stains easily or has chipped areas.You will improve the appearance of an older tub while also increase protection from future issues.

Looking at it from this perspective makes this type of investment really worth the price you would pay.Generally, this is something you will want done by professionals. Specialized tools such as primers and bonding agents are required to ensure the job is done properly. Of course, there are DIY options if you have the time and patience. The simple spray-on or roll-on products will not produce the same top notch results.

Call on the Professionals

If you are like most homeowners, a complete bathroom remodeling project – or even one to replace the bathtub – is not something you look forward to enduring. This is especially true if your family relies on that space daily.Hiring a professional contractor with access to better materials than you would get from a DIY kit to reglaze the tub is a better option. For starters, you will get more color choices than pre-packaged kits. Maybe there are some tints, but the majority of your options will be whites and bisques. Professionals can offer an unlimited set of customized colors.The amount of time it takes a professional to complete a project they do on practically a daily basis is significantly less than what it would take you to complete the same job. Consider the difference a few hours make compared to several days.

The final result of a reglazed bathtub is one that shines with a deep gloss. You and your family will enjoy the smooth silky look and feel of a “new” bathtub.

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