Category: Home + Lifestyle

8 Simple Secrets to a Forever Dust-Free Home

Dust can be a huge drag, and if you’re an allergy sufferer or just a lover of a clean house, you might feel like you’re engaged in a never ending battle.

But don’t worry, you can win the war. There are plenty of things you can do to keep your home dustless and your air clean. Here are just a few of the things you can do:

1. Dust with something that actually traps dust and doesn’t just push it around or allow it to end up in the air.

2. Consider getting a special vacuum. Certain types of vacuums called HEPA vacuums trap dust instead of letting it circulate.

3. Clean your blinds. And if you’re really serious about a dust free home, you might even consider replacing your blinds with ones that are easy to clean.

4. Purify your air. Enough said.

5. Remember that the fewer knick knacks you have, the fewer knick knacks you have to dust.

6. Wash or change your bed linens every week so the fabric doesn’t collect dust.

7. Don’t clean your pets on carpet.

8. Dust your plants. They need love too.

Read the source article at Apartment Therapy

Best Cyber Monday deals on furniture, decor, smart home, and more

You’d better sit down for this: After last week’s deluge of Black Friday deals, savings for the home will roll on in many a Cyber Monday promotion.

Some of the best Black Friday sales—like those at Wayfair, Target, and Article—are extending through Cyber Monday, November 27, if not the rest of the week. Meanwhile, AHAlife and Kaufmann Mercantile have both upped the discount for Cyber Monday.

Savings range from the affordable retailers, like up to 40% off certain homeware from Target, to higher end stores like Design Within Reach that offers up to 30% off certain items.

Happy shopping!

Read the source article at Curbed

These Are The Top 10 Best Cities to Raise a Family

Planning for a family can also mean relocating to a more family friendly location. And if a family related move is in your future, you might be wondering what some of the most family friendly cities are.

A report conducted by WalletHub determined the top 10 best cities for raising children based on the following criteria: fun, education, safety, affordability, and economics.

Their results found 10 cities with great school systems, reasonably priced cost of living, and/or plenty of family friendly activities.

Here are the results:

1. Overland Park, KS

2. Madison, WI

3. Plano, TX

4. Seattle, WA

5. Fremont, CA

6. Minneapolis, MN

7. Virginia Beach, VA

8. Sioux Falls, SD

9. Irvine, CA

10. Lincoln, NE

Read the source article at Apartment Therapy

Spend a Little to Make More: Inexpensive Curb Appeal Upgrades That Will Improve Your Home’s Value

Planning on selling soon? I’m sure you know that kitchens and bathrooms are a great target for your makeover dollars, but they also are the most expensive places to renovate. If you have just a little cash but want to make a major impact, step outside and check out the view from the curb.

1. Let your front door make a good first impression.

2. Keep your plants looking pristine.

3. Plant more plants.

4. Create easy access to your door.

5. Make sure your address is easy to spot.

6. Light it up.

7. Get a distinctive mailbox.

Read the source article at Apartment Therapy

Drafts No More: How To Add Weatherstripping to Your Doors — Apartment Therapy Tutorials

It’s inevitable – unless you take this time to escape to warmer climates, those cold winds will find you this winter. To help keep your home cozy (and your energy bills from skyrocketing) add foam weatherstripping around your windows and doors. It’s a good idea if you live in a newer home, but a must if you live in an older home with drafty doors and windows.

Read the source article at Apartment Therapy

Science Has Figured Out Just How Long Our Vacations Should Be

A vacation is supposed to be fun, and once you’re there, it definitely can be. But planning a vacation can be stressful, even under the best circumstances. From choosing a destination to picking the best and most affordable flight, you’re inundated with choices starting from the moment you decide to get away.

Fortunately, science has made the process a little easier by determining exactly how long your vacation should be.

And the answer is… 8 days! Studies have found that 8 days gives you enough time to enjoy yourself without getting too homesick.

If that sounds short, you can always take more vacations!

Read the source article at Apartment Therapy

The Benefits of Shopping Seasonally

 

You’ve probably heard about shopping seasonally, but you might not know about the benefits.

Eating seasonally means buying produce that’s grown around the time you purchase it rather than produce that’s stored for long periods of time or grown through artificial means. 

Each season is known for naturally producing specific fruits and vegetables, and there are plenty of benefits to buying what’s in season. Here are a few:

  1. It tastes better. Seasonal produce tends to be harvested naturally and ripened on the vine. And it’s picked at the right time, so it’s got maximum flavor. Think about the best strawberry you’ve ever had; you probably ate it in early summer.
  2. It can be healthier. When the sun ripens a fruit or vegetable, that piece of produce gets more nutrients, naturally. When produce is stored for long periods of time, it actually begins to lose some of those nutrients.
  3. It’s cheaper. Naturally harvested fruits and veggies are cheaper to produce than artificially harvested ones because the sun does most of the hard work. There are also fewer travel and shipping expenses. You’ve probably noticed that some parts of the year, avocados are more expensive than other times. This is why.
  4. It’s more environmentally friendly. It takes less energy to produce something that can be naturally produced. So you can feel good while you bite into your delicious pear.

What’s in season now:

  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Grapes
  • Persimmons
  • Pumpkins

Sources: Lifehacker.com and Time.com

10 Quick Home Improvement Projects for Under $100

Working on your home can be satisfying, but it can also increase your home’s value by making it more attractive to perspective buyers.

Not only that, but it can also be fun, and the result is a more comfortable and personal space. And the best part is, it doesn’t have to be expensive!

Here are 10 home improvement projects perfect for fall that can be completed in a weekend and that won’t break the bank:

  1. Paint or refinish your furniture. Over time, furniture can get dirty and scuffed, and those imperfections can really show your furniture’s age.
  2. Clean or paint your baseboards and trim. Your home will automatically look spiffier.
  3. Replace your kitchen cabinet handles with new ones. You’d be amazed at what a difference this makes. Check out IKEA for inspiration.
  4. Plant flowers along your entryway. This project will take more than a weekend to materialize, but when your flowers bloom, it’ll feel that much sweeter to get home.
  5. Add an accent wall. It’s a quick paint job and it’ll give a room new life.
  6. Update a few lighting fixtures or ceiling fans. New ceiling fixtures can make your home look much more modern, and they can light and cool your home more efficiently.
  7. Add some texture to your bathroom. A wallpaper finish can make a drab room really pop. And if you want your bathroom to feel luxurious, wallpaper is a great and affordable first step.
  8. Go bargain hunting for interesting furniture or decoration at your local thrift shop and refinish your new purchases. Not only can you find some one of a kind pieces for a fraction of the cost, you can update your home.
  9. Paint your staircase. You won’t believe what a difference it can make.

10. Get rid of rust and water spot stains. Shiny steel always looks new.

With a little elbow grease and a “can do” attitude, there’s no limit to how much you can accomplish!