|Posted on 8 October, 2018 at 17:15||comments (1)|
Bringing the Life Back into Your Old Home
There is nothing quite like moving into a new home and making it your own. The limitless possibilities make a weekend of shopping and cleaning feel as exciting as an exotic vacation. Every new chair, accent rug and piece of artwork on the wall is a small step towards making your dreams come to life. But after living there for a few years, the spark can fade and your space can start to feel less inspiring. Instead of taking an inspirational rut as a sign that you need to move, try a few of these cheap and easy ways to breathe new life into your home.
Organizing and Decluttering
After you have lived in a space for a while, it’s easy to let small things start piling up. Whether it tends to happen in your study, kitchen, living room or bedroom, decluttering and organizing is a great way to get a fresh look at your home. Consider new storage solutions to maximize your closet spaces and see if there is anything you can donate or give away to carve out some extra room throughout the rest of your home.
Note: If you have no idea where to start, let us help!
Add A Fresh Coat of Paint
You’d be surprised what painting your walls, ceilings, and cabinets can do to revitalize your space. Think about modern color palettes and matching your appliances as you update them. Also consider removing old wallpaper in favor of new, contemporary patterns or repainting your walls to make sure they match your furniture and another decor.
Cleaning Carpets or Installing Other Flooring
Carpet upkeep is not the most glamorous part of home cleaning but giving your carpets and rugs a like-new shine can make your space feel much less stale. If stains and damage are beyond repair, consider replacing them or ripping them up and installing a different flooring solution like tile or wood.
Replace Old Doors and Door Knobs
Add some curb appeal with a new door or simply replace your doorknob with something both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Don’t forget to update the door knobs throughout the rest of your home to match as well.
Buy New Furniture and Redesign A Room
As you slowly acquire and replace different pieces of furniture and decor, your rooms can start to feel mismatched. Consider going the extra mile and buying the last few pieces you need to complete your room redesign to match newly painted walls or freshly cleaned flooring. Having a unified aesthetic throughout your rooms will go a long way to making your home feel complete again.
Update Light Fixtures, Switches and Outlets
You may not even realize they are there, but replacing old light switches and outlet covers can help tie together a room especially if they are cracked or dingy. Replacing light fixtures themselves can help a room truly shine; keep an eye out for matching your appliances and decor as well as maintaining a unified look to light fixtures, switches and outlets throughout your home.
Refinish Hardwood Floors
After years underfoot, show your hardwood floors a little love by restaining or refinishing them. Nothing will make you fall in love all over again like a well-cared for hardwood.
Tackle An Extreme Rehab Project
If you have already tried everything else, consider taking on the big DIY project that you have been putting off for years. Perhaps you want to knock down a wall, remodel your bathroom or install a new countertop: whatever the project, taking things into your own hands will pay back tenfold in your newfound appreciation for your home and increased resale value.
|Posted on 2 July, 2018 at 22:30||comments (1)|
Long known as one of the most recycling friendly cities in Canada, Edmonton offers a variety of environmentally friendly ways to dispose of unwanted goods. With 25 years of on-the-curb recycling legacy, it’s no wonder that 93% of single-family households in the city voluntarily recycle.
But every once in a while, a home improvement project requires you to go above and beyond the usual curbside pickup. When it comes to large waste management jobs, you can always hire professionals to help. If you’re looking to save some money, there are plenty of do-it-yourself options too.
Whether you’re diving head first into a deep cleaning or simply decluttering your closet, check out our handy guide to learn how to safely dispose of unwanted goods and maybe even make some money in the process.
How to Dispose of Hazardous Waste Safely
Almost every home contains chemicals and waste products that are hazardous to the environment. Do you know which ones you own and where to dispose of them?
All of the below, plus some household cleaners contain different substances that can be harmful to the environment:
● Light bulbs
● Gardening chemicals
● Motor oil
● Wood polishes
● Glues and other adhesives
● Cell phones
If you’re unsure whether something should be thrown in the trash or recycle bin, check the City of Edmonton’s website and be sure it does not contain reactive, toxic, ignitable or corrosive ingredients.
In Edmonton there are four Eco Stations that accept household hazardous waste and electronics. Dropping off waste at these facilities is easy: find whichever location is closest to you, and then tell the attendant upon arrival what you’re dropping off. They’ll let you know if there is any fee associated and process your waste accordingly. Be sure to check their website beforehand for any restrictions.
What to Recycle and Where
We all know you can recycle plastic, paper and glass. Did you know you could also recycle computers, mattresses and tires and many other household goods?
Plastic and glass bottles, aluminum cans and paper/cardboard can be placed in recycling bins, while other items like large household appliances (ovens, stoves, washers, dryers, vacuums, etc.), furniture and other potentially hazardous materials can be recycled at a local Eco Station or bulk recycling facility.
In addition to only recycling items on the city’s approved list, remember to clean your recyclables before putting them in the bin. One dirty item can cause thousands of recyclables to be contaminated and sent to the landfill, so be sure they’re clear of food and other waste.
Phones, Batteries and Other E-Waste
Many home appliances contain toxic components that can be hazardous to the environment. But for every appliance in question there is a corresponding way to recycle or safely dispose of them without adversely impacting the environment.
Cell phones, televisions and computer monitors can contain mercury, cadmium and other harmful substances that shouldn’t be thrown in the trash.
After you wipe your hard drives and remove your SIM cards, you can donate your old electronics to nonprofit organizations like the Wireless Foundation, eBay Giving Works and many others. If they no longer function, you can dispose of them at Staples or Best Buy, or you can visit an Eco Station location near you.
Car batteries are among the most frequently recycled products, which is great because they contain a variety of toxic materials. Recycled car batteries can be dropped off at most car dealerships or automotive retailers who can convert them into fertilizer, dyes and other products.
To recycle small batteries, you can inquire with your local Eco Station or buy a battery recycling kit.
Furniture and Other Large Items
If you’re disposing of an old couch, rug or mattress, there are many options for safe and easy removal.
If your furniture doesn’t show serious signs of wear, you can donate it to a local nonprofit or sell it on Craigslist or another community forum online.
|Posted on 18 March, 2018 at 17:55||comments (0)|
Family history should be more than names on a list and old faded photos in a shoebox. Family stories and photos should share who we were, where and how we lived, and those we loved along with a healthy dose of personality can create a lasting legacy!
Have you thought about preparing a memory legacy? Something special to share with children, grandchildren and those still to come in your family? Do you remember Alex Haley’s book “Roots” and the mini-series that followed its release? Millions of people read the book and/or watched the mini-series. One just has to look at the millions of people who are interested in genealogy to know how much value it will bring to your family in the future.
Recently a client shared with me a copy of a letter written by her great-grandfather. He had started writing in the evening of December 31st, 1899 and finished the letter in the morning of January 1st, 1900. In his letter he shared stories that he wanted his descendants to know about himself, his wife, and their family. Among other stories he told of the adventure of moving from England to Argentina, the loss from illness of five children, and the great love he and his wife shared.
My client received her copy of the letter early in January 2000. Postmarked December 31st, 1999 her cousin had mailed out copies a hundred years to the date that the letter had been penned by their great-grandfather.
We knew immediately this along with a photo of him would be a great first page for her family legacy book. Our plan started to get momentum as she shared family stories and we started to move forward to include other family members. This family legacy project will conclude with a couple of books devoted to her and her husband’s own stories and photos.
We discussed archival methods of preserving the original photos, documents and other family memorabilia. As well as incorporating world history into her books. You would be amazed what you can find online to bring your stories together.
If you are interested in building a memory legacy for your family I recommend developing a plan, building timelines and deciding on the stories you want to share first. Than move forward to find the missing pieces such as photos, tickets, dates, letters, to bring it all together. Think of it like doing a jigsaw puzzle, exercise patience and care.
Don’t limit yourself to just family legacy books. Have you always been known for your cooking and hospitality? Celebrate it with a book of your family favorite recipes, photos of family celebrations around food, and a close-up of your signature dishes. A photobook full of special family member events such as birthdays, graduations and weddings will be cherished for generations.
There are lots of ways and ideas to share your story and passions with your family. Technology allows us to do so much more to record treasured moments in creative and fun ways. You can now add audio to your heritage photos, build a family website, create digital scrapbooks to name a few. Do you know which legacy choice would be right for you and your family?
|Posted on 14 January, 2018 at 8:25||comments (0)|
Are you creative? Enjoy hobbies and all the wonderful little odds and bits that come with your hobby!
Do you have the space to hold all your hobby supplies and lastly can you find your supplies when you want them! If not you want to reorganize and maybe even purge your supplies.
I have always enjoyed crafts, I think I got them from my mom who taught me the joy of creating with my hands.
The real trick to being successful with your hobby supplies is reviewing annually how often you enjoyed that hobby in the past year. If you have gone a year without doing that hobby I recommend putting all the supplies for that hobby in a big Rubbermaid bin with a date on the bin and hold it for one more year. If you haven't used it by next year pass the supplies on to someone. If it has already been over two years the odds are you won't do that hobby again it is now a part of your pass and that's OK.
Be honest with yourself do you have the room to hold on to all your hobby supplies. Do they have an assigned home and do you have a workstation. Having a workstation makes a huge difference. Having a workstation that you love to look at and makes you feel motivated and creative also helps you keep it tidy.
I like to organize my supplies two-fold. #1 like with like. I do pencil sketching and all my pencils, colored, HB, H, B and pencil sharpener live together, #2 keep your supplies together in families. I have my papers, erasers, brushes, etc. located right beside my pencils. Easy to grab and put away when I'm done.
This leads us to the last pieces of the puzzle. You need to close the loop. If you are having a night to work on your hobby be sure to schedule time at the end to do the cleanup. Set a timer if you need too. Finally, avoid doing more than one creative project at a time.