Clutter is anything that doesn’t belong in space – whether because it belongs elsewhere in your home, or it doesn’t belong in your home any longer. ~Chrissy Halton
Whether you realize it or not, we have this tendency to keep things in our possession no matter how long or old it is. We just want to have it for as long as we want, since it is our belongings. For some people, getting rid of their things might be a challenge since there is a sentimental value on it, or merely because they grew fond of it. Did you know that this stuff add clutter to your home?
Regardless of the property you’re in—may it be in a house and lot for sale in Laguna or a condo unit anywhere in the Philippines, decluttering is a must if you want to have a clean and healthy environment at home. If you’re one of those people who is having a hard time getting rid of his/her stuff, then these tips below will help you with that matter.
How to declutter your home
Don’t hang on the past
There are just things that remind us of our memories from the past – of what and who we are before. If that particular thing holds a bad memory, then you better get rid of it. This is not the time for you to hang on the past, you have to move on by getting rid of the things that reflect who you are before.
Getting rid of the things that remind of your past is not that hard as you think it is. You just have to make sure that you get rid of that particular thing together with those bad memories that you have with that thing. Well, you will eventually realize that getting rid of it is much better than keeping it in your home.
Don’t get too wrapped up in the future either
Sometimes, we are tempted to buy things for our home even if we don’t need it at all yet. Yes, this might be an inspiration for dreaming of a home where you can have that particular furniture, but if you think that that doesn’t suit your home just yet, then don’t buy it ahead of time. It will only add up to the things in your home.
Limit your emotional attachment to physical things, especially if they’re large things.
One of the main reasons why you can easily get rid of your stuff at home is that you have some emotional attachment to it. Even if those particular things don’t hold any value to you at all, you still want to keep things at home. And if you can’t easily get rid of it, then. As a result, more and more things are placed at home.
However, if you know how to control yourself by limiting your emotional attachment to each of your belongings, then getting rid of it would be much easier for you to do. Yes, there might be things that hold sentimental value for you. But to those things that are not that useful to you or for your home, then you better get rid of it now.
If you are a kind of person who just loves to keep souvenirs even if it’s not that useful to you, then you may want to take some alternatives without taking or bringing things at home. Well, you can take some photographs or pictures with the events that happened in your life. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you should store some things at home for you to keep those memories forever. You can store it on pictures.
When you do such, you don’t just keep your memories in life; you will also have much bigger space at home. Moreover, this is also one of the many ways you can organize your things in an easier way. Well, you don’t have to worry about too many furniture or things in your home. Just have some fun and take some pictures of your life experience.
There’s nothing more pampered than having a stylish powder room at home. Agree? Particularly for guests who just need a little retouch, a powder room would be a great spot for them. Generally, powder rooms have a simple space at home. It can be near the kitchen, living room or in the bathroom. But wherever the placement will be, it is still one of the spots most people usually used. And of course, you can definitely have your own powder room whether you are living in your 1br condo in Alabang.
A powder room can also be one of the attractions in your home. Especially when you have guests coming over, they definitely would appreciate if they could use a powder room to freshen up their selves. And if you have a stylish powder room, then you will not be hesitant to let your guests use it. However, if you are not proud of it, then you might want to refer to these powder room ideas and apply it to yours. Perhaps, this is one of the many ways you will love having such room in your home.
1. Tiled walls
Walls are the things your guest would first notice. That is why it is necessary for you to make the walls of your powder room neat and elegant enough. If you have a small powder room space, you can have a little tile that would also compliment with space. You might also consider mix matching the walls and your floor. If your floor is intact, then go for a tiled element on your walls. Vice-versa.
If you think that a mirror and a sink would be enough, then you better think again. There’s nothing more appealing than having stylish accessories in your powder room. It will not only add beauty to the place, but it will also make the room more functional. Perhaps, you can also include a lamp mounted on the wall and a picture frame below it. It is basically up to you on how you want to make it more attractive.
Having storage in your powder room is one of the things you should not forget to include. A small storage space will do, for as long as it will serve its purpose to whoever uses it. Or perhaps, you can store essentials such as hand sanitizer, hand towel, paper towel and other essentials that one can possibly use.
There’s nothing wrong when you go for something that you dream of. Perhaps, you want to have a powder room based on your imagination, then you can definitely achieve such if you want to. However, you also have to be considerate about how others would feel when they use the room. Well, you can go for a cool live-edge counter especially for powder rooms placed in the bathroom.
If you think that having simple tiles on the wall is so simple and plain, then you can also have and use wallpaper for it. Of course, you better choose a wallpaper that would complement with the fixtures. Wallpaper with patterns would be great when your powder room is large. However, if you have a small space, then you can go for whimsical wallpaper. With this, your powder room will still look elegant with the wallpapers on it.
Generally, it is up to you if you want to use the same flooring with the rest of your rooms, or you can go for a more stylish one. And if you are planning to make it different from the rest, then don’t be afraid to mix and match your flooring with the fixtures and other features in the powder room. Just make sure that all the things you do and include will definitely match with one another.
“There’s nothing like our home.”
Yes, cliché as it may seem, but it is very true! A lot of you here might not realize how having a good home is important to our everyday lives. Although there are times that life at work or in school may be tough, but when you get back home with a feeling of relaxation and satisfaction, it will all be worth it. Generally, it doesn’t matter if you are living in a condo in Cebu or anywhere else in the Philippines, you can definitely achieve a good home.
However, this is also one of the most challenging parts for most home investors – is to find a property that would suit their lifestyle. Perhaps, they don’t have any idea on what and what not to do when it comes to searching a property. As a result, they are not satisfied with what they have at home. If you are one of those homebuyers who is planning to invest in a property, then you better refer to these tips below for you to have a good home.
1. Location, location, location
This is one of the most important things you need to consider before you decide to purchase a property. Determine if the property is accessible to any places. Of course, you are not going to buy a property where it is far from your work or from school, right? That means, when searching for a property, you have to make sure that you are searching for the location that you want.
2. The school district
If you have kids, one of the things you need to consider before you decide to purchase a home is if it is near a school district. This is a smart way to make your kids feel comfortable going to and fro in school. If their school is near from their home, they will have more time in playing and studying instead of a long hour drive. Moreover, you don’t need to worry about your kids too much since the school is just near and you can visit them anytime of the day.
3. The home’s position on the lot
Whether you realize it or not, the position of your house also matters. Is your home near a street? Is it overlooking? Or is your home situated in a place where many people are passing by? When you have a good position for your home, this will give you a satisfaction whenever you want to go out from your home. Also, this is also one of the many ways you can have your own privacy in living.
4. The low crime rate
This goes without saying. But I’m sure you don’t want to invest in a property where you know that crimes are going on. When it comes to home living, safety is one of the things you need to consider before anything else. Moreover, you have to know if the property is too dark where most crimes are made. Or is it too crowded where strangers are everywhere? These are one of the things you need to consider before you invest in a particular property. Of course, this is for your safety and the safety of your family as well.
5. The neighborhood’s character
A lot of you here might not realize that your neighbors also matters. Of course, you are living in the same community. And if there are any misunderstandings between you and your neighbor, then this will not go to have a fruitful living. Well, before you purchase a home, you have to personally observe the neighborhood, and if you think that you feel like you don’t belong in such community, then you have to think again and again before you make your decision on the purchase.
As we all know, being clean and organize at home is a must. Who would not like it, right? However, being clean at home doesn’t just apply to your on the outside appearance of your home may it be a house and lot in Cavite, Laguna or anywhere in the Philippines.
Whatever you do, don’t forget that there is also etiquette for bathroom use. Obviously, if you don’t know how to take good care of your bathroom, it will definitely reflect the overall factor of your lifestyle at home.
How much more when you host a party at home? And whether you like it or not, there will always be guests that will use your bathroom. Of course, if you don’t want to be embarrassed or letting your guest feel ashamed, you don’t just clean and organize the venue but also your bathroom. Generally, having the right etiquette for bathroom use is not that hard as you think it is. Just think about what and what not to do when it comes to using the bathroom.
However, if you are a first timer in hosting a party at home, below are some tips for you to follow on how you can achieve a satisfying bathroom use. And mind you, when you have a good bathroom to use, your guests will definitely impress on how good you are in taking good care of it.
Have lots of toilet paper back up
When it comes to parties, you should expect that there are guests who wish to use the bathroom. However, letting your guests call out a request for more toilet paper might not be a good experience for them. It is not just embarrassing on their side, but it is going to be a reflection of your personality, on how prepared are you when it comes to emergencies like this. And mind you, guests who request for toilet papers is not going to be a good experience for both sides.
Have citrus spray or matches handy
For any kind of emergencies like having an upset stomach, you cannot avoid using the bathroom. Of course, you need to let your waste go out. But if you don’t want to ruin your party by having a smelly odor in your bathroom, then you better prepare a citrus spray, this will lessen the odor and the embarrassment felt by your guests.
Hide anything you don’t want them to see
This is one of the most common and obvious things you should never forget. If you have anything in particular that you don’t want them to see, then you better hide it in a safe place. Well perhaps, it’s your napkins, and other stuff women usually use on their body parts. Of course, it is a private thing that you should not display in the bathroom that’s open for guests.
Provide a trash can
For an apparent reason, the trash can is an important thing for bathroom use. And mind you, a bathroom will never be complete if there is no place where they can put their trash such as toilet papers and another kind of trashes. That is why, if you don’t want to make your bathroom dirty or messy, then you better provide a trash can for it.
Clean and especially “boy clean” your bathroom
It is inevitable that guests may sometimes do some messy stuff in the bathroom. Of course, it is also your duty on how you are going to make it and keep it clean. Perhaps, you can provide a signage indicating to clean after their mess, or you can clean the bathroom from time to time. With that, you can make sure that the bathroom is always ready for the next user.
Make sure there’s a plunger in there somewhere
Aside from the trash can that is an important thing to have, you should also not forget about the plunger. Because without it, this might be worse than running out and extra toilet paper. You should complete all the bathroom necessities for you not to have any worries at all. Moreover, if you don’t have any problems with the bathroom use, then you will continue to enjoy the party. Of course, make your guests feel comfortable when in use of your bathroom use.
It is just a natural thing to move out. Agree? People naturally want to live in a place where they can be proud of and live a healthy and satisfying lifestyle. Who would not want that? Well, it really doesn’t matter if you are planning to move into your new condo in New Manila or any other real estate properties in the Philippines, for as long as you can be contented with the things you have at home, then there is nothing to worry about. However, there are just times that there are some unexpected things we mostly encounter while moving in.
Many of us here believe the saying “expect the unexpected.” Yes, cliché as it may seem, but it may be true to some people who decide to move into their new home. They tend to expect something but turns out or ends up the opposite thing. Later on, you will eventually realize that you are learning something out from moving in a hard way. And yes, you are not the only one since there are also people who experience such things.
Well, if you are one of those people who is planning to move into their new home, below are some tips for you to know about moving in and what you should expect. Of course, this is also one way you can avoid troubles later on. And if problems may arise inevitably, at least, you know what you should do to prevent from experiencing such things again and again.
1. It always costs more than what you expect
When it comes to money matter, it is better for you to have some extra money in your bank to make sure that there will be no financial problems that may arise later on. Of course, there are times that there will be some add-ons that you forget to include on your payments, at least, you still have money that can pay for that particular thing. Not just with the down payments issues, there are also times that you need to have or buy some furniture for your home. And if you don’t have any money to buy such, then you definitely have to endure no having furniture at home. And you definitely don’t want that to happen, right? That is why it is a must for you to budget and have extra money for any case of financial emergencies.
Not just with the down payments issues, there are also times that you need to have or buy some furniture for your home. And if you don’t have any money to buy such, then you definitely have to endure no having furniture at home. And you definitely don’t want that to happen, right? That is why it is a must for you to budget and have extra money for any case of financial emergencies.
2. It’s going to take you longer to clean and move the last bits than it did move all the rest of your stuff combined
When moving in, we usually tend to move first the big furniture at our new home. With that, a bunch of small things will most likely end up taking a lot of trips to get into the moving van. Of course, there will be tendencies that you’ll go to have the “tire-of-moving” feeling. To avoid such, why don’t you try packing things into boxes that go with certain rooms and areas so you can make getting it into a new home much easier? Moreover, you can also cut down that feeling by cleaning room by room the month or so before you move, so when it comes to moving day, you’re it will also be easier for you to move the things in each room.
Moreover, you can also cut down that feeling by cleaning room by room the month or so before you move, so when it comes to moving day, you’re it will also be easier for you to move the things in each room.
3. Renter’s remorse is real and can sometimes ruin the first few days of a new place if you let it
There are just times that out from your impulsiveness when it comes to making life decisions, you regret what you chose. Yes, a lot of you here have experienced such situations that you regret moving into their new home. That means, you just realize it in the later part of your stay. Perhaps, you don’t like the people or neighbors around your since they usually do gossip around the corner. Or you just don’t like the place since the noise and other pollutions are definitely visible to the place where you live.
Hence, it is paramount for you to make sure you are choosing the right property before investing it. Well, if you can find one, you better think again and again if you like or if it’s worth the living or not. It is a must for you to know to make sure that you won’t regret any of your decisions later on.
Sure thing that there are a lot of advantages renters and homeowners have. Not to mention the comforts of their home; be it in the condo Bonifacio Global City or any other real estate, the fact that we have a secure home is one thing that we can be proud of. Although we might have these advantages, there are just times that we can’t avoid being pissed by our neighbors who just can’t get a hold of themselves, and/or even unwanted situations that try to mess up with us.
Generally, most renters and/or homeowners can’t escape with these kinds of situations, since we are not in control of the happenings of our surroundings. Yes, it is beyond our control. There are even some of us here prefer to move out to avoid unwanted events. However, we definitely can avoid them by following these simple yet effective tips when it comes to dealing it.
Your home has been infested with roaches and/or other pests.
Roaches and/or other pests that we see in our home is one of the common nightmares most renters and homeowners have. Of course, we don’t want to have these in our home. Basically, most pests can be found in your drains, in your kitchen cabinets and sometimes even on your bed.
Generally, if you have these pests in your home, perhaps, there are certain areas that are not properly cleaned. And having a dirty area of your home is one of the places most pests love to stay.
However, getting rid of these pests is already possible. You can use insecticides or any other cleaning tools to get rid of them. There are also DIY remedies such as boric acid for roaches and/or vinegar for flies.
Your neighbors are noisy, nosy, or worse
Who among you here have neighbors who have these kinds of personalities? I bet, most of us homeowners and renters experienced a dreadful nightmare when it comes to our neighbors. Of course, not all neighbors have these kinds of personalities. But there is just this one or two of your neighbors who you can’t understand them at all. They can be annoying and irritating when it comes to being noisy, nosy, or with their attitudes that you can’t even imagine.
Generally, as much as possible, stay away from them, especially when they start gossiping. You definitely don’t want to mingle and mess up with that kind of attitude. Moreover, avoid being too familiar with them. If you do, then you might regret it later on. Be friendly, but not to the extent that they are too familiar with you.
Plumbing issues occur
Plumbing issues is one of the hassles we usually experience at home. Of course, you definitely don’t want to experience having a smelly bathroom, or dirty kitchen sink. Basically, one of the reasons why there are some plumbing issues on your home is, perhaps, you try to flush a feminine product, diapers or paper towels. With that, it will definitely make the toilet stuck up.
When that happens, if you don’t know anything about how to fix it, contact a professional to fix plumbing issues. Fixing it on your own without proper knowledge about plumbing might worsen the damage. However, if you know how it works, then you better fix it right away to prevent worsening the damage.
You aren’t getting your deposit back
This is applicable for renters. Deposits are a huge expense for renters. Of course, paying it may not be to our benefit. Usually, most landlords will use your deposit to repair major damages on the property while you stay. However, they won’t particularly fix minor damages such as a tear on a carpet, or fixing or replacing appliances that have worn out over time.
Generally, you could potentially have grounds for a lawsuit if you think that your landlord did not give you the correct amount of your deposit back. And in order for you to pursue it, you should consult a lawyer to have a legal process of fixing how you can get your deposit back.
Your security and safety are in question
Basically, one of the things that most renters and homeowners see to it when they first moved into their new home is whether or not they are safe to stay. Of course, you definitely won’t compromise your safety. Right? When choosing the right place to live, you have to make sure that the security of the property is tight enough for you to feel safe.
Trick or treat—that is the question!
Halloween is the time where you got to enjoy making people scare to death. I bet, you too secretly want to see their funny faces, especially when they got to be really scared. This is also the time when you got to wear Halloween costumes and have some spooky thrills. Without these activities, Halloween would never be fun. Aside from having a lot of fun, one of the things that we really care about is our safety. What else?
If there is one thing that is scary and frustrating enough for us to experience, it is when we can’t fully enjoy the Halloween party. And when we talk about parties and/or any other Halloween activities, accidents can happen anytime and anywhere even in our own house and lot in Cavite. Sometimes, we don’t realize that we are already prone to accidents. However, even if accidents are always there, we definitely can avoid it.
If you think that you are a kind of person who is clumsy in any other ways, then below are some tips for you to avoid accidents, especially when you are having your Halloween party at home. That means we can have fun without getting serious or minor injuries and/or damages.
Tip # 1: Trick-or-treat safety
Trick-or-treat is one of the activities that we, especially kids enjoy a lot. Of course, who would not have fun and be excited when you got to knock at other people’s door and ask them whether they like a trick or a treat? For you to enjoy it more, you should always be reminded that you should walk, not run around the neighbourhood. Because when you do, you might stumble and injured yourself. And I’ll tell you, you definitely don’t want to continue your Trick-or-Treat.
Tip # 2: Light up the night
One of the important materials that we use when we put up a Halloween party is the candles or luminaries since it adds a spooky glow to your home. However, these things are also a fire hazard. Instead of real candles, you can also go for LED tea lights or wind a string of orange lights around your front porch. With that, it is definitely safe for everybody, and especially for you home. But if candles are really needed, you have to make sure that it is properly secured. Double check if it is ready to use or not and/or do some preliminaries before using it.
Tip # 3: Clear a path
This is one of the common causes why accidents happen – it is when you don’t clear the path for the people, especially for Trick-or-Treaters. It is definitely blocking the way. If you see some candies and/or any other things that blocked the way, you have to immediately pick it up to avoid serious accidents. Also, it is more appealing to look at when you don’t have any mess on your home – just the Halloween decorations that you need to have.
Tip # 4: Confine pets
If you are having a Halloween party at your home, you have to make sure that your pets are in the safe place. If you tend to let go of you pets, Trick-or-Treaters and/or your neighbours might find it hard to enjoy their party since your dog is too noisy barking at them. And you definitely don’t want to kill the momentum, right? Also, keeping them in a safe place can avoid accidents like dog bites.
Tip # 5: Practice indoor fire safety
Again, accidents are just there waiting to strike anytime. And if you are hosting a Halloween party, you have to make sure that your home is safely secured from fire. It is a must for you to check your smoke alarms to help make sure they are functional when it’s needed. Also, if you have a fire extinguisher, that would be much better.