Hazards In The Home: How To Make Your House Safer For Your Health

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Our homes are our havens – where we retreat from the troubles of the world outside and find our security and stability in life. We expect to be secure and comfortable, and in good health in our own homes. But the truth is, our houses are filled in invisible hazards that can threaten our health and make us ill – and we invite them in all the time. Dangerous chemicals are a threat to the health of our families, and yet they are hiding in innocuous household objects we don’t think twice about using. These substances are things we rub shoulders with every day, and never suspect that they may be the cause of various allergic symptoms that increase our risk of many cancers and birth defects in our children.

The introduction of toxic substances comes in many forms and the worst offenders are hiding in plain sight – from cleaning products to children’s toys and the paint on our walls.

If your home suddenly seems not as safe? Don’t panic. Identify the problem areas outlined below and you’re well on your way to making your home a safer place to live.

The Scent of Danger

We all want our homes to smell pleasant and fresh, so sales of air fresheners, plug-in room deodorizers, and scented candles are at an all-time high – but although they may smell sweet, a lot of them are not so good for you and your family’s health. Most scented candles are made from paraffin wax, which is derived from petroleum. Therefore, it emits carcinogens (or toxic chemicals) such as toluene and benzene. The same is true from sprays and plug-ins, which can also contain formaldehyde and VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) like nitrogen dioxide. So look into more natural ways to scent your home – either source natural beeswax or soy candles or you can use essential oils in many different ways – adding some to a square of muslin and tucking behind the radiator, buying a diffuser or even dabbing some on a lightbulb can all keep your home smelling great without the chemical hit.

Colour Me Green

The way we choose to decorate our homes can also mean introducing harmful chemicals into our living environments. Most mass-market paint brands contain VOCs as well. These give qualities such as shelf-life and spreadability to commercial points, but they also keep releasing for up to five years after application, so it’s worth hunting down the increasing numbers of non-VOC paints that you can now buy. Similarly, carpets and rugs are coated with chemical compounds both in the glues and dyes that make up the item and some that are applied after manufacture, such as flame retardants or stain guards. The problem is most acute when they are new, so if you’ve just redecorated, you could have unwittingly introduced chemicals into the environment. Again, it is possible to source carpets and rugs which use natural dyes and are VOC-free. The Green Label Plus scheme shows those carpets and rugs which emit a lesser amount of chemicals. The chemical release is generally worse in the first 72 hours after a carpet is fitted, so if you can, consider letting it air out in an open space for 24 hours prior to fitting. For those rugs already installed, you can actually help prevent the build-up of harmful chemicals and allergens by vacuuming regularly with a cleaner that has a HEPA filter installed. Choose non-toxic rug cleaners – natural substances such as white vinegar, baking soda and cornstarch are really effective ways to get rid of a lot of stains and spills. It’s also wise to have visitors and family remove their shoes before coming into the house, which prevents dirt, pesticides and other nasties from tracking into the house and carpeting.

Your Child’s Toys

It’s not nice to think that the things you give your kids to play with could be harming them, but a lot of plastic toys produced for children are made of a substances called PVC (polyvinyl chloride), which is a known carcinogen, and is often coated in worse offenders such as phthalates to make it flexible. Although some of these compounds have been banned in some countries, forms of them can still be found in some toys, especially those manufactured in places like China. The chemicals can disrupt the natural production of hormones in the body. So try to opt for wooden toys where ever possible, and read labels carefully.

Dangerous Tech

We all know the lessons about letting our children spend too long glues to phones, laptops and tablets, but it seems it’s not just what they’re watching on YouTube that we need to be concerned about. Slowly, electronics manufacturers are trying to phase them out, but some devices still contain various chemical substances such as triphenyl phosphate, which acts as a flame retardant but can release gasses when your device heats up. And if you still have a printer at home, it could be releasing ozone, a substance that can be an irritant for your nose and lungs and trigger conditions such as bronchitis or asthma. The best idea is all around is to limit the use of computers in the home as far as possible, especially at night time, when the blue light they emit can disrupt the hormones that regulate our sleep and give out electromagnetic fields that can also be harmful.

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The Price of Beauty

When it comes to our beauty products, some of the worst offenders can be found lurking in our makeup bags and bathroom cabinets. They can have far-ranging effects, from causing skin irritation, allergies, hormone disruption, links to some cancers and even neurological problems – and we add them to our skin each and every day. Thankfully, finding natural alternatives has become a lot easier in recent years, as demand has risen for natural, effective alternatives to everyday products. As the options have increased, the price has also lowered, meaning that natural beauty is more viable than ever before. Brands such as Neal’s Yard Remedies and Rahua are producing great products derived from organic and natural ingredients, so there are lots of easy alternatives out there that don’t compromise on the luxury element.

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7 Ways to use leather in your home

Leather is one of those materials that never goes out of style, no matter what year it is or what time of year it is. It’s such a versatile material that you can use it in so many different ways when it comes to interior design. So, how can you use the material that never goes out of style around your home?

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Woven stools

A stool (or a few) comes in handy in every home. Whether you’re sat at the breakfast bar, in front of a vanity table or you use it as an extra seat when visitors come around, a stool is always a practical addition to any home. A woven leather stool looks attractive, is highly durable and you can even have a go at creating one yourself. Best of all, they aren’t expensive to purchase when you want a few of them for different rooms in the home.

Leather tags

What can you do with leather tags I hear you ask? Well, it turns out they’re useful for a lot of things. Why not add a bit of personality to your drawers by replacing the drawer handles with leather tags? Again, it’s something you can do yourself in your spare time and it’s a real form of expression for your personal space. If you like to have things that are unique, this is a great way of turning ordinary drawers into something special.

Leather upholstered bench

It’s such a shame when beautiful furniture is left to waste just because it’s second hand. If you’re looking for a bench, perhaps for the end of your bed or as a seating area in your kitchen, consider buying second hand and having leather upholstery cover the seat. It costs much less than buying a new leather covered bench and you get to make bespoke style choices. For example, leather doesn’t just come in brown and black colours. Why not go for something a bit more vibrant, like red?

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Classic leather sofa

If you love your leather, there’s no better way of expressing your affection than choosing a classic and stylish leather sofa. The traditional leather Chesterfield sofa is an ideal example. A stunning leather sofa is often the centre piece of any room and the envy of all visitors. Even as the years pass by and the sofa gains some wear and tear, it will still look as majestic as it did the first day you saw it. A classic leather sofa is more of an investment than a purchase because they age so well and last so long.

Magazine racks

We’re all guilty of having magazines, books or letters lying around and causing clutter. A leather magazine rack is a great way of clearing the clutter and adding something funky to the home at the same time. It beats buying the traditional and boring magazine racks you find in stores everywhere and it will compliment the other leather accessories you choose to place around the home.

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Leather bound books

There’s nothing quite as impressive as a library filled with leather bound books. If you’re a book lover, this is certainly one way to use leather that you shouldn’t miss out on. Books that are published with leather covers can be extortionately expensive, but you don’t have to buy pre-bound books to achieve the look you desire. There are many places that will bind your existing books with leather covers for a reasonable cost. If you’re feeling creative, you could even have a go at doing it yourself. Just practice on the books you aren’t so fond of before attempting your favourites!

Smaller leather accessories

There are lots of subtle ways you can give the nod to leather throughout your home. How about using leather coasters at your dining table or making your own covers for plant pots? Leather cushions are a fantastic way to add texture, colour and elegance to your sofa or even create a seating area on the floor for good measure. If you’re fed up of some of the existing accessories you own and want to give them a face lift, leather is a great option. For example, covering the edge of a wall mirror in leather gives it a completely different look without you having to go out and buy something new. You could even add leather key holders or leather storage bins to your room.

So, when it comes to using leather in your home, be as creative and innovative as you want to be!

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How to Use Neutral Colors Without Being Boring

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Neutrals are often touted as the best way to bring light and airiness into your house, but they can also be very dull to look at. Like a hotel suite or a rented apartment, neutral colors often wash away personality and interest in favor of cleanliness. But there is a better way.

The first thing you should do is get rid of anything beige. Beige is never a good color and it tends to wash out everything around it. If you want neutral colors you still need to be bold with your choices. Beige is a non-choice. So is magnolia.

Which Neutral Colors Should You Choose?

In recent years Scandi minimalism has really taken off as people focus more on the essentials. With these schemes, a bright white paint is always going to work. White reflects a lot of light and gives you a lovely bright room. Unlike shades of cream and beige, white lifts furniture and makes the room look bigger; beige tends to hug furniture which is cozy but not very attractive.

But white isn’t the only neutral color. Grey might be gradually going out of fashion now but a very pale grey or even something bolder is still a good way to achieve a neutral background. Get the right shade and grey can actually feel very warm but it will still allow your furniture to stand out. Plus, if you want to add a pop of color, grey will make it really stand out. And if you want to go a step further, black bathrooms are now a thing and the color could quickly spread to other rooms this year or next.

How Can Furniture Complement the Room?

If you are going for a very neutral palette, you should not restrict yourself to very dull and average furniture. The problem with minimalism and restricted palettes is that it naturally draws you to the details there are. This is great when you have truly crafted a piece, but not so perfect when your furniture is badly designed.

When you look at a designer furniture selection, you should be looking out for perfect detailing that draws the eye. You might also like to think about the materials you pick out. Just because you want to stick to limited colors doesn’t mean you can only go for one material, so mix up leathers, metals, fabrics and soft furnishings to bring texture to the room.

Can I Add a Pop of Color?

Yes! Neutral schemes are more often than not crying out for a pop of color somewhere in the room. It could be a bunch of flowers on your dining table or a quirky light in the living room. Colored glass vases are a great idea because they will cast beautiful rainbows onto your white walls throughout the day.

Having a completely neutral room is a very bold move because you need to find a focal point to draw the eye. You might think that adding a little color is cheating but actually, this is the best way to draw attention to the otherwise neutral scheme.

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Tips To Create A Modern Farmhouse Style Bedroom

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If you’re looking to update your bedroom, why not consider a modern farmhouse style? You don’t need to live on a farm, or even in a rural area to achieve this stylish, welcoming look; You just need to create a casual atmosphere, while giving a nod to country living. There is plenty that you can do to embrace the farmhouse style in your bedroom, but here are eight simple decorating tips to get you started.

Stick To A Neutral Colour Scheme

There aren’t any set rules regarding the colour scheme of farmhouse style rooms, but, more often than not, you’ll find lots of white, sometimes with pops of grey, black, and soft colour accents to mix things up a little. Yellow is a typical additional colour, as it creates a warm, welcoming, and cheery atmosphere, so you might want to think about painting your walls yellow. To make your room look a little more interesting, experiment with different textures and patterns.

Mix Old And New

A modern farmhouse bedroom should embrace the contemporary while also celebrating the traditional, and, as such, needs to have a mixture of new and old, or old-looking, furniture. These pieces don’t have to match, but they also shouldn’t clash, and should instead fit together, as if they matched. A modern farmhouse style bedroom is a great place to display antiques or vintage memorabilia which would have no place in other parts of your home.

Consider A Fireplace

If you’re lucky enough to house a fireplace in your bedroom, then this will go a long way to creating the modern farmhouse look of your dreams. However, most people don’t have this luxury, so, if you wish you had a fireplace of your own, then you could consider installing a faux fireplace. Of course, this won’t produce any flames or heat, but it will look like the real deal, and so will look incredibly stylish in your room.

Get A Four-Poster Bed

If there is one piece of furniture that you should buy to achieve your modern farmhouse look, it’s definitely a four-poster bed. Of course, these aren’t the cheapest things to purchase, but luckily, you can usually buy beds online for much cheaper than from your average high street furniture store, so start searching the web before you hit the town. To give your bedroom an extra helping of homely, you could also invest in a traditional wooden rocking chair.

Choose Light Linens

White bed sheets are essential for any farmhouse bedroom to create a fresh and airy feel, so make sure you’ve got plenty. You can also stock up on pillows and old quilts and blankets, which you can buy from vintage stores, charity shops, and online. You an also check to see if your mom or grandmother have any hidden anywhere. Of course, you might not want to buy a secondhand quilt, in which case you can simply purchase a new, old-style quilt.

Add Touches Of Wood

All of the white in your room can look bright and airy, but it can also create a cold and bland space. To combat this, consider different ways that you could add colour to your room to warm up the space. A wooden four-poster bed is a great way to do this, as it is the focal point of the room, and draws the eye. You could also consider adding wooden picture frames, bedside tables, baskets, trays, and bamboo blinds, all of which will work together to create a much warmer atmosphere.

Get Some Greenery

Another great way to warm up your farmhouse bedroom and really make it feel alive is to add something living – A plant. It doesn’t matter whether you’re adding a few potted cacti, a vase of flowers, or a herb garden, as they will all brighten up your room in their own way. If you struggle to keep your plants alive, then consider buying a few faux plants, to save you the hassle of remembering to water them.

Add Farmlife Imagery

What better way to enhance your farmhouse style than by adding some farmhouse imagery? This could be in the form of a painting of farmyard animals or a farm itself or could be as an ornament or figurine of some kind. Both options are also great for brightening up your room and breaking up all of the white.

With these great tips, you should be able to design and create the modern farmhouse style bedroom of your dreams in no time at all.

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Focusing on Family: Does Your Loved One Need More Care than You can Give Them?

Family is the most important thing in anyone’s life. They are always there for you when you need them, and you are always there for them as well. Nothing quite beats the feeling of taking your kids to visit their grandparents, and nothing also compares to seeing their face light up when they enter the room. If you find yourself visiting your loved one more and more often, or if you know that they are struggling more with daily tasks then it may be time to consider putting them in a care facility.

The Decision

Guilt often accompanies the decision as to whether or not you need to consider a care home. You may find that you brush off the decision when it’s mentioned or you may even find it hard to think about. This can lead to the situation getting worse and it will also make the whole thing much harder as well. The main way for you to find out if your loved one is in need of a care home or not is to think to yourself, are you finding it difficult to look after them by yourself? Do you feel drained, excessively tired or even emotional? Caring for an aging parent is tough, but it’s important to consider the fact that the elderly often need care that you are not able to give them.

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Your Limitations

You will eventually get to the point where you burn out when it comes to looking after your loved one. The average caregiver devotes over 18 hours of their week caring for someone else, and you may get to the point where you try and do it for so long that the mere thought of a facility just feels absurd. So how do you know if it is time or not? The main thing that you have to remember is that your loved one will get a much higher level of care when you take them to the facility. They will be able to meet new people and they will also be able to play games and have full, healthy meals made at every lunchtime. This is a great way for you to know that they are being looked after and it is also a great way for you to have the peace of mind you need to feel
confident in their facility.

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Choosing a Facility

When choosing a facility, you may have heard of nursing home abuse and you may have also heard of people being neglected. You have to remember that this is not the case with every nursing home and that most of them are reputable and stand-up organisations.
It is more than possible for you to go and visit the nursing home in question before you take your relative there and it is also possible for you to take a tour of their potential bedroom as well.

When you do this, you can easily find out for yourself if it is suitable for your parent and you can also find out if it is going to be a good fit, so you don’t have to leave anything to the unknown.

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Fit As a Fiddle Family: Staying Healthy Together

It’s often easier to commit to doing something if you do it as a family. You hold each other accountable, and you get to spend time together, which gives you more motivation. Plus, it’s difficult to encourage your kids to be healthy if you’re not setting a good example. Being healthy as a family helps you spend more time together and ensure your children have good habits that they can carry into adulthood. You might be a bit unsure about how your family can be healthy together, but there are lots of ways you can make some lifestyle changes that will help you all.

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Cook Together

Diet is an important part of staying healthy, and it’s a good idea to get your children into healthy eating habits early. As well as eating together, which allows you to have conversations and encourage your kids to try new things, cooking together is also a great idea. Children can be much more engaged with their food when they have played a part in making it. They might also be more willing to be adventurous if they get to try something that they made themselves. Kids can help out in lots of ways, as long as they’re safe.

Look for Family Health Plans

Visiting your doctor, dentist or other medical provider as a family is a good way to stay healthy together. You can book appointments for checkups at the same time and choose a service that you know will cater for all the family. At www.fenton-familydentistry.com, you can read about how they provide for everyone from young children to older adults. There might be some things you want to look for when you choose a medical service. For example, if you are a parent with a baby, how easy is it for you to take your baby to an appointment for you?

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Exercise Together

Getting active together is another way for families to stay healthy. We all like to relax in front of the TV sometimes, but getting outside and exercising is important. There are many fun things you can do together, from going for a walk or bike ride to swimming or a trip to the park. Even doing everyday activities can get everyone moving. Mowing the lawn, vacuuming or washing the car are all productive tasks and they ensure that everyone isn’t just sitting around, doing nothing. Find some family exercise ideas at www.eatright.org.

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Stay Mentally and Emotionally Healthy Too

Mental health is also extremely important for both adults and children. Families can help each other with their mental and emotional health by being open and compassionate. Talking about your feelings and your problems can help everyone feel better. You can find out how at http://kidshealth.org. Of course, parents should be careful about what they share with their children. While it’s ok to tell them what you are feeling sometimes, you should hold back from sharing adult problems with them. You might talk about how you both miss someone, but it’s not your child’s job to listen to your issues at work.

You can stay healthy as a family by working together. Support each other to make healthy choices for a happy lifestyle.

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The Cleaning Hacks That Can Make Your Home A Better Place To Be

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When it comes to your home, you know that you need to keep it clean. It may even be something that you enjoy. Because there’s nothing quite like having a super clean and sparkly home. It just makes you feel so good. However, it is a hard job – and requires constant upkeep. This is something that can really stress you out. When you lead a busy lifestyle, it’s often hard to keep up with too. So, you’re going to want to make sure that you can come up with a few ideas that will not only make your home as gorgeous as you want it to be, but be easy to maintain too. Here are a few different approaches that you can use for that.

Do Things Your Way

First of all, don’t put too much pressure on yourself. This is your home, and you’re going to want to do things your way. Yes, it will be super helpful to you to have a schedule, but it should be your own cleaning schedule, not what works for someone else. Because your home may require more or less cleaning that someone else’s based on your lifestyle. So, by all means, create a cleaning schedule so that you’re able to stay on top of things, but find your own rhythm with it first.

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Be Kind

Next, you’re going to want to think about using the right products. With natural cleaning products, which you can browse Better Life to discover, you’re getting the job done but in a kind way. It’s easy to think they will be less effective, but they’re not. They’re just kinder to your health.

Focus On Storage

From here, you’re going to want to turn your attention to your storage solutions. Because when you want to make sure that your home stays clean, and that it’s easy to do it, you won’t want too much stuff out on display. This will give you more to clean. So with more storage and organization, your home will be clutter-free, easy to clean, and you’ll have peace of mind too.

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Cut Corners In A Clever Way

If you find that you’re always spending hours cleaning your home to your own standard, then you may find that you can reduce that. These ideas for cleaning your house fast allow you to cut corners, but in a clever way. That way, you’re being more efficient with your cleaning so that it doesn’t take hours, but still looks great.

Get Everyone Involved

As much as you may love being the Mom and taking the lead with everything, you can’t be expected to do it all yourself. If you are picking up after everyone, then what kind of lesson are you teaching your kids? That it’s okay to be waited on? That’s not cool. Everyone should pitch in. So it’s time to get your spouse and kids into shape. Because they can easily keep their rooms clean, help with the chores, and not make things harder for you!

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Cunning Curb Appeal Tricks To Make Your Home Shine

Whether you’re selling your home soon or just want your house to look prettier than that of your neighbours, you need to think about curb appeal. Curb appeal, as you’ve probably guessed, is all about how your home looks from the curb. There are various ways to step up your curb appeal game and make sure that your home looks absolutely stunning. For instance, you might want to think about sprucing up your garden, or you could focus on the windows of your home instead. Either of these options could make your home look terrific, but if you really want your home to shine, you should take this advice.

Add Some Lightning

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A lot of people think that exterior lighting should only be used for festive reasons and this is simply not true. You can use exterior lighting anytime you want to add a little more to your home, and there are a variety of ways to do this. For instance, you can add some spotlights to your garden and draw attention to unique features. Do you have a sculpture in your front yard? If so, a spotlight or two shining on it will ensure that it stands out as the centrepiece of your home design.

You can also think about adding some lights around the windows of your home. Remember, the windows are perhaps the most interesting part of your property’s exterior and as such are the feature that passers-by and neighbours will find their eyeliner drawn to. Adding some lighting around the window frame can make sure that your windows glow beautifully through the day and the night.

Create Texture

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You can make sure your home has texture and a unique look with siding. Home siding is a brilliant aesthetic choice, and it can even add value onto the property. This isn’t a job that you can complete yourself, but if you check out a site like https://jdhostetter.com, you will be able to find the service you need. They can make sure that your home looks incredible and allow you to create the exact exterior home design that you want. Not every homeowner will pay attention to siding, and that means that it can be a brilliant way to give you a unique aesthetic advantage.

Add Some Colour

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You might also want to think about adding colour to your home design. There are a few different ways to do this. But we suggest, you start by thinking about replacing your old front door. While the amount of work you can usually complete on the outside of your home is limited, you can change up the door, adding a royal red entrance to your property or even a sky blue.

Or, if you don’t want to make such a drastic change, you can think about adding some tropical plants to your home garden. These will look beautiful, and if you check out a site like https://www.thespruce.com, you’ll see that plenty of tropical plants can grown in a variety of environments.

Take this advice, and you’ll easily be able to make sure your home stands out and looks stunning.

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Peace of Mind: Creating a Minimalist Bedroom

We’re beginning to understand more and more about what we need to be happy, calm individuals. In an ever chaotic world, one of these things is making sure that we have a relaxing space to unwind after a long day. More and more people are adopting the philosophy of minimalism, which has the tagline of ‘less is more.’ Instead of having a bedroom that’s full of belongings and loudness, our spirits will be better served by calming decor and practices. Below, we take a look at how you can turn your own bedroom into a minimalist haven.

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Get Rid of Clutter

To begin with, you’ll want to go through your bedroom and get rid of anything that doesn’t need to be there. We’re all guilty of hoarding more stuff than necessary. We buy one thing, then another, and before we know it, we have more items in our home than we know what to do with. If our bedrooms are overloaded with material items that we just don’t need, then it’ll be hard to enter into the relaxing headspace we need for a full night’s rest. So get rid of the junk: you’ll feel liberated afterwards!

Focus on the Essentials

It’s easy to get bogged down with taking care of all the things that’ll make your bedroom look great. But remember, a good bedroom takes care of the essentials first, and then builds out from there. As such, you’ll want to focus on the bed and lighting; the things that are conducive to rest, basically. Check out the best mattress provider, and make sure that your lighting isn’t too harsh. You want to create a calming atmosphere where you can unwind with a book, as well as get a great night’s rest.

Limit the Tech

A busy mind is the enemy of rest. And there’s nothing that keeps our minds as busy as technology! While it might be tempting to lose yourself in your smartphone from the comfort of your bed, it’s important to remember that you’ll be undoing all of the good work that lying down is supposed to do! It may sound bold, but a ‘no tech’ policy in the bedroom will do wonders for your state of mind, and in the process create a calming, relaxing bedroom. At the very least, make a vow not to use your technology too much before you go to bed; leave a minimum of two hours. You’ll feel and sleep much better if you do!

Peaceful Vibes

You can add a few extras to your room to in order to make it extra peaceful. Things like candles, incense, sweet scents, and more will all up for the comfort levels. Works of art are encouraged, too. Having a clean, organised bedroom, one filled with items that feed the senses is key to creating a relaxing, minimalist bedroom. Make the changes, and you’ll soon find that your home is working for your state of mind, and not against it. In a week, you’ll wonder how you ever lived any differently!

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5 Ways To Deter Burglars From Your Home

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A burglary can have devastating effects – it can make you feel less safe in your home and possibly result in the loss of costly and sentimental items, some of which can never be replaced. Burglars like to pick their targets strategically. There are various ways that you make your home less attractive to thieves. Here are just five strategies for keeping the burglars away.

Lock all entry points

The simplest way you can protect your property is by locking all windows and doors. A window or a door that has been left open whilst you’re not in is an obvious invitation for thieves to come in. That said, even windows and doors that are closed can be easily broken into if also unlocked – a thief may be able to slide or wedge them open. Most modern doors and windows come with inside locks. Make sure to use these locks every time you leave the house. You should make sure that the hinges and frame are also in good condition as some burglars may be able to exploit this weakness to get in. Sites like www.kensingtonsecuritydoorsandwindows.com have a good range of secure doors and windows to choose from.

Draw the curtains

Many burglars like to go window shopping. Be wary of any rooms that can be peered into by passers-by – you should draw the curtains at night to stop anyone looking in. Net curtains can be put up permanently to distort the view from outside, whilst letting in light and air. Make sure that no valuables are on the windowsill as these could advertise your property to thieves. Outside obstructions like hedges and walls shouldn’t be relied on for as a deterrent as these may actually have the opposite effect – such outside obstructions make it easy for a burglar to break in without being noticed by other passers-by.

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Install security gadgets

Security gadgets can be useful for keeping away intruders. Burglar alarms are the most effective way to drive away thieves. A thief may succeed at breaking in, but it won’t be long before they’re running out when the alarm shrieking at them and alerting everyone on the road. Sites like www.alarm-reviews.net compare some of the best burglar alarms around and could be useful for making the best purchase for you. Other gadgets to consider include motion sensing lighting and CCTV. Motion sensing lighting operates in the dark whenever motion is detected – it will light up any burglars and is certain to be more economical than having a permanent light glaring all night long. CCTV meanwhile can help to record any criminals in the act. You can buy a motion sensing camera light that combines both functions.

Use dummy deterrents

It’s possible to foil burglars with dummy deterrents that make them think a property is harder to break into than it actually is. In most cases, the sight of a security camera is enough to put off burglars – installing a dummy camera to the front of your home could be more affordable and just as effective as a working camera. You can also warn people away with false signs. Hanging up a ‘beware of the dog’ sign might put off several burglars – it can be an effective strategy even if you don’t own dogs. There are also dummy deterrents to consider for when you’re not at home. Some people may choose to leave the TV on whilst on a night out, or leave some lights on. This may waste energy, but it could convince thieves that there’s someone in and prevent a burglary.

Watch what you put on social media

Lots of people post content on social media without thinking about who can see it. You should make sure that your Facebook profile is private and can only be viewed by friends. That said, it may still pose a risk. There may be a forgotten friend of yours on Facebook who is able to relay information they see on your wall to a burglar. You should be careful of photographs of your home’s interior and information of your address for this reason. Shouting about a holiday on Facebook might also tell people that your home is empty – consider posting those holiday snaps once you’ve got back instead.

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