The best way to avoid floor stains is to cover your whole house in sheets of plastic. If you'd prefer to avoid the serial killer look, you need to get to those stains quickly. This infographic explains how to completely remove stains from various floor surfaces.
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Nobody wants to live in a cramped living space. In addition to making you feel suffocated and boxed in, it can also reduce the perceived value of your house. While you might not have the money to renovate, it's still possible to make your abode look larger via clever decoration. Here are seven affordable enlargement hacks to try; from placing furniture away from windows to utilising mismatched cushions to break up repetition.
Leaves can clog up your gutters and cause serious problems if you don't take preventative measures. This DIY extension made of PVC piping will fit on a leaf blower or Shop-Vac, and blow the leaves out of the gutter without you having to climb up too high.
If your house is anything like mine, it could probably pass for one of the sets to Animal House. (I blame the rug rats.) This can be problematic when you're expecting house guests at short notice -- there's only so much junk and mess you can sweep under the rug. This infographic from rental site Wimdu explains how to make your home fit for a queen when time is in short supply.
Everyone loves a clean, tidy home, but cleaning sucks. Big cleans are a pain, and smaller cleaning sessions make sense, but who has time? Here are some ways to streamline the big cleans when you have to do them, and make the little ones even easier to do regularly.
For some of us, plants are hard to keep alive and while there are all sorts of tech tricks to keeping plants alive, most of them are rather gaudy. Over on Instructables, Akin Yildiz shares a way to make a smart plant pot that alerts you when it needs water, or it's too cold or hot.
Lighting is a subtly powerful thing. It can impact everything from your sleep schedule to your brain power. So it's understandable that you want your home, the place you presumably spend a big chunk of your life, to be lit nicely. But there are so many different options to choose from. Here's a basic guide to get you started.
You've probably never thought about hiding something in the top of your door, but that's exactly what makes it such a great hiding place for small valuables. This video demonstrates how you can use this inconspicuous nook to keep your jewelry and important data safe.
This summer has been a mixed bag of humidity and drizzle: the perfect breeding ground for various types of mould. If you're currently battling surface fungus, this exhaustive infographic from NeoMam Studios explains how to eradicate the problem. Best of all, most of the solutions involve household items that you probably already own.
Some folks opt for a home theatre, but in this case, a home entertainment geek opted to wire up his party space so that at the touch of the big red "Emergency Party Button", the lights are dimmed, the party lights come on, the dried ice machine kicks in, and the music starts. Awesome home automation job (we'll overlook the dodgy choice of music). :)
The creator kindly put up a website detailing the equipment used, how it was put together and the cost of materials ($US634).
Having a washer and dryer in your home doesn't always translate to having an organised system for cleaning and storing clothes. When the piles start climbing out of their baskets, the Unclutterer blog recommends making a visit to your local laundromat—the one you probably wrote off as an artefact of the past. By doing all your laundry in one shot, and saving some serious time while you're at it:
Go once to the laundromat, get all of your clothes washed, and then get started on your new laundry routine at home with a clean slate. To complete the laundry bankruptcy plan you can do your laundry yourself, or you can use the Fluff-N-Fold service that most laundromats offer.
Trying to cut back on your use of that energy sucking air conditioner (or maybe just don't have one)? A tipster at the Natural Living blog suggests this simple hack to get the most out of your standing fan instead:
"You need a fan, and a plastic bottle of water.Fill the 3/4 of the bottle with water and put it in the freezer.Once deep frozen, put the plastic bottle in front of the fan, and tadaa! Fresh air!"
Given that it's been a bit on the chilly side in Sydney for the past couple of days, I haven't tried this tip myself, but I reckon it's worth filing away for those upcoming hot summer days!