Clean Your Laundry Room

Spring is not the only time for a deep-cleaning. Take on your laundry room this winter with our 5-step cleaning guide! 

 

Cleaning Your Laundry Room 101

  1. Deep Clean Your Appliances.

Your washer and dryer take in a lot of dirt over the year. With grim and dirt, it is important to deep-clean your appliances annually to maintain good health and proper hygiene.

How to Clean Your Washing Machine:

  • Remove everything from your washing machine. 
  • Pour two cups of vinegar in place of your detergent. 
  • Let the washing machine run on a hot water cycle. 
  • After the cycle has finished, take 1/4 cup of vinegar mixed with one quart of warm water in a large bucket. Dip a cloth rag or sponge inside of your mixture and begin cleaning the interior and exterior of your machine. 
  • Once your washing machine has been wiped down, you can run one more hot water cycle. This time you will not add detergent or vinegar. Just let the hot water cycle run by itself. 

How to Clean Your Dryer: 

  • Wipe down the exterior of the dryer with your 1/4 vinegar and quart of warm water mixture that you used on the washing machine. 
  • Take a vacuum and get rid of dust behind the dryer.
  • Remove extra lint from the lint trap by cleaning it out with a vacuum brush. 
  1. Scrub Your Counters + Cabinets.

Be sure to give your countertops and cabinets a good scrubbing at least once a month. In a large bucket, mix together equal parts water and vinegar. Add few drops of your favorite citrus essential oil for a refreshing scent. Then take a rag or sponge and white down the inside and outside of each of your cabinets. If your countertops need more than just good wiping, take a scrubbing brush and scrub their tops until the grim is gone. 

  1. Wipe Laundry Baskets/Bin

If you think about all of the dirt your laundry basket accumulates during the year, it is shocking that we do not clean them more often. If you have plastic bins, wipe down the inside of the bins with your vinegar and water mixture. If you have fabric baskets, take the fabric lining out and place it inside of washing machine for a wash cycle. 

  1. Dust, Sweep, Mop

While your countertops, cabinets, and laundry bins are drying, you can dust, sweep and mop the entire space. The vinegar and water mixture is safe for tile flooring. But be sure to check your manufacturer’s website before putting any chemical products on the flooring. 

  1. Replenish Your Laundry Room Essentials

Now is a great time to replenish your detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets, etc. Make sure everything is full and ready for use! 

 

We hope you enjoyed these tips! Let us know what you think in the comment section. We look forward to hearing from you.

 
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Holiday Vegan Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Recipe

Who doesn’t love pumpkin pie for the holidays? Pumpkin is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals! Think about curling up to a warm fire while sharing this amazing smoothie with family and friends.  Also, smoothies are perfect for busy mornings just pour and go, or put in a thermos for a lunch treat.

 

After some research, we found that smoothie enthusiasts recommend using cooked/cooled pumpkin over raw pumpkin for added flavor.  Another favorite to use is organic canned pumpkin for a tastier smoothie. We know how busy you are during the holidays, enjoy the quick and easy vegan pumpkin pie smoothie recipe listed below.

 

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Smoothie – Ingredients:

For ingredients, if not in your kitchen arsenal go to your wholesome grocery store and purchase the following ingredients:

  • ½ cup vegan canned pumpkin
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 to 10 ounces unsweetened almond milk, depending on the thickness of the smoothie. 8 ounces for a thicker smoothie, 9 to 10 ounces for a creamier smoothie.
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 cup mango (fresh or frozen)
  • 3 or 4 tablespoons almonds. Tablespoons depending on your nutty preference

 

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Smoothie – Mixing Instructions:

If you are a food lover you’ll have a blender in your kitchen arsenal. If not, go to your local big box store and purchase. Also, visit one of your local non-profit second-hand stores and purchase a used one. Typically, second-hand stores will allow you to plug in the item to verify it is working properly. Also, don’t forget to ask if there is an instruction manual. If not, simply search for the make and model online and download the instruction manual. Otherwise, blenders are very easy to use.

  • Add milk to blender, add fruit, add pumpkin, add nuts and spices. Lastly, add the spinach. Blend on high for approximately 30 seconds or longer if you want a creamier smoothie. Refrigerate leftover smoothie.
  • 325 calories

Cheers, and enjoy!

 
 
 
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How to Use the Same Color Palette in Your Entire Home

Maybe you are in love with a certain color or maybe you appreciate consistency. Whatever your reason may be, you have decided to stick with the same color palette throughout your entire house. Doing so may sound a little difficult. A lot of homeowners concern will be how do you make each room different and it’s own while using the same colors. We are here to help! With our four easy tips, you can use the same color palette and create diversity all in one space. 

 

How to Use The Same Color Palette in Your Entire Home:

Tip #1: Let The Accent Pieces Pop. 

When choosing a color palette for your entire home, you want to make sure that it is neutral and able to be worked into each room. If you have a neutral palette, that does not mean that you cannot add color later. The pops of color in your space will be found in your decorations and accent pieces. 

Tip #2: Choose Neutral Walls.

To successfully accomplish this look, you will need to choose neutral walls. That being said, you can find a neutral variation of nearly any color. For example, blue can be muted down to a neutral blue that would work well as a wall color. No matter what color you choose, make sure it fits into the rest of the room’s design. 

Tip #3: Inspired by The Earth. 

Earth-tones are a must for a home with the same color palette. It will make the selection process easier and quicker for the homeowner. When in doubt, decorate with an earthy hue. It will complement your neutral walls and pull colors from the outdoors. If you are having difficulties with this concept, take a flower or plant that you enjoy. Use the colors from the plant and begin working it into your space. 

Tip #4: Decorate Then Choose Paint. 

A big mistake that a lot of homeowners make is choosing their paint color first. You always want to choose your paint last. It is easier to choose a paint color that works well with your patterns and fabrics, but it can be difficult to find a fabric that works with your paint. This applies to every room in your home. Trust us, you will thank us later. 

 

We hope you enjoyed these four tips. For help choosing the perfect flooring, stop by our showroom. We would love to help you select floors that match your color scheme. 


 
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How to Choose Bathroom Lighting

Lighting can be an essential part of your bathroom’s design and even your day. Typically, the bathroom is the first place you will see yourself in the morning. From applying makeup to shaving facial hair, the lighting in your bathroom is important for daily functional use. Do not let your bathroom’s lighting fall short of your dream expectations, but do something about it. 

 

How to Choose Bathroom Lighting

  1. Explore Various Lighting Stores. Instead of settling on what you are used to, explore lighting stores to get an idea of all the lighting options available. You may be surprised to find that there are more options than just the idea you have in your head. 
  2. Ask an Expert. While you are at a lighting store, show the salesman some photos of your bathroom and ask for some suggestions. You do not have to buy anything right at that moment, but it is a good idea to get someone else’s viewpoint in the room. 
  3. Get More than One. You should not only have one light source for your entire bathroom; you should actually have four. The four different light types you can include are: 
    1. Accent Lighting: Provide an “accent” on features in your bathroom. 
    2. Ambient Lighting: Creates soft shadows and sets a relaxing mood.
    3. Decorative Lighting: Statement pieces that draw attention to their beauty. 
    4. Task Lighting: Think of this lighting as the one that will help you complete your “tasks” like applying makeup and shaving. The best location for this lighting is above your mirror or on the wall. Keep in mind that this lighting is the most important of the four; you want to make sure it is well-light and does its job. 
  4. Dimmers. You may want to invest in dimmers instead of having bright lights hitting your eyes at night.
  5. Natural Lighting. You may think that actual light fixtures are all you need, but you would be wrong. Natural lighting is one of the most important aspects of a home bathroom. Skylights and windows can provide a lighting that will never be matched by light fixtures. Make sure to incorporate natural lighting into your home bathroom. 

 

Now that you have taken care of the lighting in your bathroom, all you need is new flooring. Look around our online catalog to gain inspiration or visit us at one of our locations to see our showroom. We look forward to working with you. 


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How to Budget for a Remodel

After deep consideration, you have decided to remodel your home. Whether it is for you personally or for resale, it is imperative to stay on budget during a renovation. Remodeling your home can quickly become expensive and sometimes unforeseen circumstances will arise during the process. We want to help prepare your home’s remodel and help guide you through the strenuous process. 

 

How to budget for a remodel

  • Consider the unseen areas. It is easy to overlook electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems when remodeling your home but don’t forget that these updates can be costly and affect a homeowner’s budget. Make sure to check these areas of your home before finalizing your budget. 
  • Making your home up to code. This step is especially important for homeowners looking to sell in the future. Bring your home up to code and schedule necessary inspections to meet your city’s code requirements. 
  • Decide if you like the current layout. Remodeling is the prime time to fix the layout of your home. When remodeling, ask yourself: do you love the home’s current architecture or if you want to gut it all?
    • Note: If you are planning on selling, buyers tend to love older home’s original architecture. You may want to keep the home’s distinct features and update things like appliances and flooring. 
  • Be prepared. There will be unexpected expenses during a demolition; therefore, it is important for a homeowner to be prepared coming into the renovation. Set aside extra money for unforeseen circumstances that may arise. 
  • Ask yourself “is it worth it?” We would all love to fill our homes with the top of the line appliances and hardware, but realistically we need to compromise on certain things. If you want a high-end kitchen, you may have to settle for a less updated master bathroom. You will need to ask yourself “is it worth it?”
  • Invest in the right places. If you are reselling your home, this statement is especially true to you. Certain rooms make or break the house for potential buyers. The major rooms to focus on are your bathrooms and the kitchen. These rooms are extremely important to buyers because a lot of time is spent in them and they cost the most money to update. 
  • R.O.I. It is crucial to consider your home’s return on investment if you are remodeling for a future resale. Will you get back all the money you put into your house? Think about if certain updates are imperative to future buyers to determine if you need them. 

 

If you are looking to remodel your home, please do not hesitate to visit us for advice and a quote on flooring. We have experts ready to answer your questions and help with your home’s remodel.

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Home Security Tips

Almost all homeowners can agree that the security of their home is one of the most important factors to them. We all want our families and loved ones to remain safe in the comfort of our home, but how exactly do make our home secure? Well, we may have the answer. Here are five easy tips for improving your home’s security this spring. 

 

Home Security Tips: 

Tip One: Have a security system.

You can purchase your system through a security company or buy a system that you set up yourself. The system that you set up yourself usually is functional through WIFI and can be easily set up through the system’s instruction guide. 

Tip Two: Have motion activating exterior lights.

Motion activating lights are one of the best home security tricks for homeowners. Install lights around your house to spot anyone who may be lurking. If you already have lights, check to make sure they are working properly. Replace any old light bulbs and reposition them in case they have shifted. 

Tip Three: Have your mail held by the post office.

If you are planning a trip, make sure to get your mail held by the postal office. If you have mailbox overflowing with mail, people may become aware that you are out of town. You can have your mail held by going into your local post office and filling out a form. 

Tip Four: Have lamps/lights on timers. 

If you have lamps or lights that are seen from the street, set them on random timers. Have some of the lights turn on and off throughout the night to throw off lurkers. 

Tip Five: Have a quiet mouth. 

It is really difficult for homeowners to keep quiet about their vacation plans on social media, but it is important for you and your family to wait to share information or post pictures until after your trip. You never know who is watching your social media pages and it is better to be safe than sorry. 

 

Do you have any security tips for other readers? We would love to hear your feedback in the comment section below. Always remember to stay safe! 


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Organization Tips for The Busy Homeowner

You live a busy life. Between your work life and home life, you barely have time to relax. Living this busy type of lifestyle can lead to an unorganized, messy home. To prevent unorganized chaos, we came up with simple organization tips for the busy homeowners. No matter what life throws at you, you will be able to organize and stay organized with these simple tips! 

 

Organization Tips for The Busy Homeowner

  1. Go Big or Go Home. You will want to start off with your biggest organization project. By starting off with the most difficult task, you will use up your energy on the hardest tasks. If by the end of the process you are tired, you will be left with easier, smaller projects. 
  2. Make a List. All successful projects are thoroughly planned out and well-prepared. Create a game plan for how you want to organize your home. Be sure to make a timeline while leaving buffer room for unforeseen circumstances. If done properly, your home can be completely organized in one weekend. 
  3. Repurpose. Before you go out and buy all new containers, look at the current empty jars and containers that you already own. Candle jars, mason jars, and mini glass containers are just a few examples of organizers that you already own. Take a look around your home to find things that may be useful in your organizing project. 
  4. Learn to Say “No.” A big problem that homeowners will face during the organization process is that they own too many things. It is easy to get carried away with buying new items, but try to keep an eye on what you are buying. The more you buy, the less room you have to store it. Expert organizers recommend following the two-week rule. If you see an item that you really want, wait two weeks. If in two weeks you still want it, you can go back and get it. Experts believe that most purchases tend to be impulse buys and this rule will help you save money and space. 
  5. Seasonal Storage. A great tip for storing your seasonal items is to place them in hard-to-reach places. This will free up the bottom shelves that you can easily reach for more important items. 
  6. Make a Donation. A great way to keep your home clean and organized is to donate some items you do not use. Be sure to go through your items and separate them into three piles: keep, donate, and trash. 
  7. Follow The Rainbow. Let colors help organize your home. From filing cabinets to closets, organizing by colors can keep your items easily accessible. 
  8. If Walls Could Talk. Walls are more than supportive insulators. Walls can help keep your home organized this season. Be sure to install shelving, cabinets, and hooks on your walls to maximize your storage possibilities.

 

We hope you enjoyed these simple tips for staying organized. Be sure to check back weekly for more updates and posts!

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Where to Buy Your Pumpkin

There are many positive attributes to buying a pumpkin from a patch, rather than a store. Buying from a patch directly leads to positive impacts on the community. Buying from a store simply gives big business more profit. Find out the direct positive impacts of buying from a local church or another pumpkin patch.

Profits made at a patch will help the local farmer see a profit; which creates more jobs and puts more spending money back into the community and locally run businesses.

There is much more variety available at a patch. The different sizes range from tiny to enormous. The price is actually less per pound than you will find in the stores. Usually, there are many different colors available. An array of different oranges as well as green and white pumpkins.

Kids and the whole family can make an event out of going to a patch to select the family pumpkin. There is usually games and even some corn mazes at these events. Taking a photo opportunity is easy here and provides for an excellent fall background.

Many churches have pumpkin patch events right on the church lawns. A percentage of the profit usually goes to some type of good use for the church or specific charities. Youth groups that sponsor and work events like this typically help to send them on mission trips, where the youths help a community in need.

Do your research during this time of year. You can find out about local pumpkin patches in your area. Other information can also be found, like where the profits are going and who is being benefited by the pumpkin sales.

The bottom line is that you will pay more in a store for less variety and no experience. Make a trip out of visiting a pumpkin patch with the family. Start making memories and possibly add this activity to your family’s fall traditions.

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Decor Tips & Tricks for a Small Home

Older homes have a lot of character and charm but tend to lack any extra space. If you are a tiny homeowner, you may be currently struggling to find extra space in your home. Before you get frustrated with the lack of storage, we have five tips that small homeowners should use. 

 

Decor Tips & Tricks for a Small House:

  1. Do not misuse the wall space. Wall space is extremely valuable in a tiny space. Wherever you do not have extra storage, you should consider using the walls. They can be a vital asset for you to use, but some homeowners will misuse their wall space. They will hang bulky artwork and decorative pieces instead of focusing on storage. Before you hang anything on your walls, you want to make sure that you have enough storage in the room. If you come to realize that there is not enough space, you will want to begin using shelves and cabinets that can attach to your walls. 
  2. Double the room’s purpose. When you are short on space, there are no rules. The living room is not just the living room anymore, but it can also be a combined dining room and office. It may sound crazy at first, but with minor furniture additions, you can double a room’s purpose in the blink of an eye! 
  3. Opt out bulky furniture. Furniture can actually be a giant reason on why you are struggling for space. Instead of buying bulky furniture, try to find slim, small furniture pieces that work well in your room. You may even consider getting rid of your end tables and replacing them with a wall table that is slim and collapsible. The options are truly endless for petite furniture items. 
  4. Elongate the space. Mirrors can be one of the most stylish and versatile decor pieces for homes. We love mirrors because they add depth and style to a room. You will want to add this “depth” into your small space to help open it up. Adding a mirror into each of your rooms will help decorate and open up your entire home. 
  5. Purge where you can. If you followed all of the steps above and you are still struggling, you will need to purge. Purging your belongings can be a difficult concept for homeowners. You clearly cherish everything you own and bought it for a specific purpose. But realistically, how often do you use most of the stuff you are keeping? If you do not use it every day, once a week, even once a month, it is probably not that valuable to you. Now we are not saying to throw away your great grandmother’s china. But try to go through your house and declutter wherever you can. 

 

Do you have any tips that you would like to share with other readers? We would love to hear from you in the comment section! 


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Five Tips for More Closet Space

Many people have dreamed of owning a walk-in closet at some point in their life. Whether you were trying to get that last piece of clothing in your closet or have always wanted one since you were young, a walk-in closet would not be the worst thing to have. Unfortunately, some homes lack enough closet space and that can become frustrating for homeowners. Well, put all your frustrations away and focus on these five tips that can help you deal with your underwhelming closet space. 

 

Five Tips for More Closet Space

  1. Incorporate Furniture. Dressers can be a lifesaver for homeowners who are struggling with closet space. The best part about dressers is that they can be put inside your actual closet. You can use the dresser for smaller, foldable items and use the extra space you saved inside your bedroom for an armoire. Armoires scream elegance and give you the chance to gain all that missing closet space you need. 
  2. Remove The Door. Only remove your closet doors if you are comfortable with this stylistic choice because it can be a bold move. You can hang curtains on the outside to create more privacy. This is a great solution if you are adding a bulky dresser or closet organizing system that will not fit inside your closet without removing the doors. 
  3. Door Organizers. If you choose to keep your closet doors, utilize the space they offer for more storage. From hangable shoe racks to a place to hang your coats, door organizers can change your life! 
  4. Include Hanging Organizers. You can practically buy any kind of organizer that hangs in your closet. From jewelry to shoe storage, you can get it all organized and out of the way. The only problem with too many hanging organizers is that they tend to take up a lot of space; you want to make sure they are benefiting you rather than taking away more valuable space.
  5. Add an Extra Clothing Rod. If you decide that a dresser is too much in your closet, add another clothing rod to your closet. Two rows of clothing can help maximize space and will change the way you think of your closet. 

 

We hope you enjoyed these five tips for more closet space!

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