7 Cleaning Habits to Keep Your Home Always Neat and Tidy

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Keeping up with your everyday housekeeping needs can be daunting and time-consuming. But professional cleaners and maid services providers say that keeping your house clean and tidy does not have to take up all your time.

It is all about starting some good habits that you eventually get to follow instinctively. The more habituated you become, the easier it will be to maintain your home.

Here are seven habits you can adopt to help keep your home clean and orderly all the time.

  1. Make your bed daily

People think that making their bed every day is a waste of time. But this makes a huge difference in keeping your bedroom neat and orderly, and it will only take a couple of minutes of your time.

To make things a lot easier, simplify your bedding. For instance, cut out your top sheets and just use a washable cover and a duvet. But if you love top sheets, you can use a large enough duvet or comforter that you do not need to tuck in the sheets, and minimize the number of your pillows.

  1. Prioritize accordingly

All cleaning is not created equal. Create a list of the things you like to get done and prioritize what must be completed today, and what can wait until the next day or what can be done on a weekly basis.

Stick with the things you must do right away before trying to do the other things on your list. For example, you can’t leave dirty dishes in the sink overnight, nor should you postpone cleaning off the mess in your oven. But cleaning the bathtub or places like the attic or garage can wait.

  1. Involve the whole family

It seems a lot easier to do the cleaning job yourself, but spending a significant amount of time teaching your children to perform age-appropriate jobs is important for the both of you. With them, you get extra hands to help, and they learn to perform small tasks and develop a concern for cleanliness and responsibility.

Begin by having your kids put their shoes and coats away if they come in the house, clean their own rooms, and put the dishes in the dishwasher. As they are able, you can ask them to do more tasks.

Getting your family involved will make a huge difference in making your home clean and tidy when these simple things are done. Your kids may need supervision for the first several weeks, but cleaning up will become a habit eventually.

  1. Declutter

Taking some time to declutter and organize your home will help cut down the time needed to clean. Fewer items on the surface tops and counters will cut down on dusting, and make cleaning faster and much easier.

  1. Dust and vacuum regularly

By dusting and vacuuming once or twice a week, your house will stay cleaner. This will also help you save time since you do not have to do a major cleanup every time you want to tidy up in your house.

  1. Wipe surfaces after each use

Whether you just cooked a meal, made a sandwich, brushed your teeth or put on your makeup, make sure to wipe down the surface you just used. This task will only take a few seconds and will keep the area clean and ready to be used again.

Remember that when you let dust, grime and grease build-up over time, it will be harder to clean up some surfaces.

  1. Get some help

If you are time-crunched and you want to spend some time with your family, it is time for you to enlist the services of a professional. There are professional cleaning service providers ready to tackle your cleaning requirements.

Professional cleaners can perform routine cleaning. This service includes making beds, the thorough cleaning of kitchens and bathrooms, dusting all surfaces, and mopping. You have the option to limit the service to some areas or rooms as well.

But if your house has not been cleaned for quite a long time, you may need some sort of deep cleaning service. Depending on your budget and needs, you can arrange for professional cleaners to come weekly, monthly, twice a month, or some other variation.

A professional cleaning service may not be for everyone, but when chores are already a major source of stress, or have become too time-consuming, spending a little extra money will go a long way. And if you don’t want to keep hired help all the time, just maintain the cleanliness they have achieved for you.

Just like becoming successful in other parts of your life, keeping a well-maintained home boils down to your daily habits. If cleaning is done regularly, your home will always be in great condition.

AUTHOR BIO

Rania Bellos launched Dust Busters Cleaning Services with the help and support of her husband after spending 15 years working in the banking and finance industry in France, Lebanon and the UAE. She welcomes the daily challenges and exciting opportunities provided by the highly competitive residential and commercial cleaning services market.

 

Keep the Worries Away While You Travel: Seven Ways to Secure Your Home

It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of planning for your vacation that you could forget one important thing to consider: your home’s safety while you are away. Burglary is a crime you need to be wary of. In the US alone, a burglary happens every 25 seconds. This amounts to about 3,456 home break-ins every day. The great news is that with the right information, you could easily prevent this. The following are measures for keeping your home safe while you travel.

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Keep your valuables in a safe

It’s always best to prepare for the worst when dealing with your most prized possessions. While you should do all the necessary measures to prevent a break-in, a contingency plan must still be in place in case a burglary does happen. For such worst-case scenarios, it’s wise to make the work much harder, if not impossible, for the burglars. One way you could do this is by installing a reliable safe. Make sure that it is bolted down so the thieves can’t just carry it with them.

 

 

Install a home security system

A report by the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology of the University of North Carolina shows that 60% of convicted burglars revealed that the presence of a security system had effectively deterred them from targeting a home. You can take full advantage of this knowledge by installing a DSC home alarm at home. Make sure your system is as visible as possible. You should also use window stickers and yard signs to alert burglars to your security system. Make sure the signs could be seen from every angle and not just the front entrance. You should also opt for home security systems that can be controlled remotely. This way, you could stay on top of things. This will buy you not just property security but peace of mind as well.

 

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Create the illusion that someone is home

Make it appear like it’s business as usual at home. Burglars often scout for their next target before they take action, and they love homes that appear vacant. To make your home appear busy, install timers on your lamps in various locations of your home and program them to turn on and off at about the same time they would if you were actually home. A more techie way to go about this is by investing in smart lighting. The technology learns your lighting patterns and consistently applies them even when you are away. You may also install light bulbs that you can control remotely.

Also, retain the same appearance of your house from the outside. If you normally leave your blinds and curtains open, then keep them so even when you’re not at home. Do remember to keep all your windows locked tight though. Make sure they can’t be opened from the outside. To further enhance the appearance of someone being home, you may also leave a car in the driveway.

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Enlist some people to spend time in your home

More than just creating the illusion that someone is home, you could actually just make it so. You can enlist some trusted friends or relatives to help keep an eye on your property by spending time in it while you are away from home. You should also inform your neighbors of your travel plans so they could watch out for any suspicious activities. Give them your contact info so they can get in touch and keep you informed. Also, ask them to collect your newspapers and mails so they don’t pile up in your doorstep. Make sure you promise to return the favor when it’s their turn to travel. You can also enlist the services of a professional house sitter who could stop by to attend to your property and carry out basic maintenance like mowing the lawn, watering the plants, and caring for the animals. If you are currently using landscaping and house cleaning services, keep them active even while you are away. Just make sure they are from providers you trust. Keep in mind that an unkempt place could easily tip off burglars.

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Keep away from social media

All your precautions to make your home look occupied will be useless if you broadcast on social media that you will be travelling. This is even worse if you are maintaining a public account, as there’s no telling who could be checking your profile. Although it can be tempting to update your network and followers about your travel plans and to post as things happen, you should keep your activities discrete while you are away. You can just start posting when you’re finally back home. You can console yourself with the idea that your posts will be better curated then.

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Make sure your GPS is tucked away

You may have parked your car in a hotel parking lot or at the airport with the GPS visibly hooked to the windshield. This is something you must avoid moving forward, as doing this could make you an easy target for burglars. Thieves could break into your car, turn on your GPS, and find out exactly where you live. And as you are parked in a hotel or at the airport, they could easily surmise that your home may be vacant and is an easy target.

If your GPS is portable, avoid leaving it in your car while you travel. If what you have is the built-in type, simply change the programming so it reveals a random business establishment and not your actual home.

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Keep your travel routine varied

As much as possible, you should vary your travel schedule. One thing you must know is that the majority of burglaries are committed by people who live nearby. As a matter of fact, burglars often live within two miles of their target home. As they are practically your neighbor, they could easily track your movements and predict when everyone is away for travels. This could undermine all your other efforts to make your home look occupied. The best recourse is to make your travel plans unpredictable.

While you should always work hard to have a secure home, you must remember to not let paranoia seep in. Have confidence in the fact that you’ve taken the necessary precautions, then just sit back and relax. And of course, enjoy your travels!

 

The Ultimate Moving Day Toolbox

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The essentials you need to get those first jobs nailed

The big day is here. You’re finally moving into the property that has occupied most of your waking thoughts for months and sometimes years.

Consider yourself a master planner and reckon you’ve covered every eventuality? Good. If only we all had your confidence. But, sure as night follows day, there will be unforeseen circumstances at either end of the journey that will test your patience to its limits on a day where tensions are already running high.

That’s why the moving maestros at Smoove Move want to help you shrug off moving day mishaps, delivery disasters and upping-sticks upsets by arming yourself to face any eventuality.

When the movers leave, it’s going to be down to you and nobody else. But don’t worry, there’s a select group of tools and essentials you can take that make short work of those unexpected problems. Tick these off your list and make sure you’re ready to fix anything from minor electrical problems to leaking taps, at least until you can find a local professional to get things sorted.

Torch
Absolutely, definitely, positively the thing to put right at the top of your moving day toolkit. There are many tales of movers arriving at their new home only to find the outgoing occupants have taken all the light bulbs with them. If there’s a problem with the fuse box, you’ll need to locate it and chances are it will be in a cellar or dark recess. Plus, the water stopcock is usually located in a dark, hidden alcove. Make sure you have a working torch and replacement batteries, preferably a head torch so you can keep your hands free when carrying out fiddly tasks like finding trip switches on the fuse box, or climbing ladders to the loft.

Craft Knife
You know those boxes you so carefully sealed with metres of tape to keep your prized and possessions safe and sound on their arduous journey? They’re going to need opening. And to prevent broken nails and other injuries resulting from using completely the wrong implement (bread knife, nail scissors, claw hammer…) only one tool is right for the job; the trusty craft knife. They’re cheap enough to buy a few so everyone can help, and will get through even the toughest tape or cardboard in seconds. Even better, if you manage to blunt the blade a quick snap and you’re back in business, sharper than ever.

Scissors
When cuts get complicated, put down your craft knife and pick up the scissors. Things like cable ties (that you’ve used to hold like…er…cable together) and packing tape that’s hard to access can be dealt with quickly and safely with a sharp pair of scissors. Partner with their slightly more technical cousin the wire cutter and there’s nothing stopping you.

Electric screwdriver
If you’re assembling furniture like beds or wardrobes, this is a must. For around £20, you can buy an electric screwdriver with Allen and hex key heads that will save you hours of hassle and also save your wrists from RSI. They’re essential to help with anything from assembling flat pack furniture to putting up curtain rails. Some can even be used for drilling to help with tasks such as hanging pictures. And don’t forget, a good night’s rest will be top of your list so if your bed’s been dismantled, this is what you’ll need to reconstruct it fast. Just don’t forget the charger.

Tape measure
The humble tape measure certainly goes the extra mile to help with many different jobs before, after and even during the move. It’s always better to find out a large or bulky item of furniture is too big to squeeze through that door or round that corner before it gets stuck. And guestimating just doesn’t measure up when a few millimetres can mean the difference between smooth transition and scratched paintwork.  

Fuses
Not really a tool, but something you should always keep in your moving day toolbox. Take a selection of 3, 5 and 13 amp fuses for plugs in case any of your appliances have blown, or the ones that have been left need them. The last thing you want to be doing at 9pm in a new neighbourhood is running around looking for a place to buy fuses.

Bolts and fittings
Again, not technically tools but worth keeping in the same place. Keep specific screws, bolts and fittings (and instructions if you still have them) from anything you have dismantled. These can be put into sealed bags and clearly labelled for each piece of furniture. Put these bags in your toolbox, or attach them to dismantled furniture with tape.

Gaffer tape
Gaffer tape is an amazingly versatile item that can do everything from stopping leaks to keeping wing mirrors on your hire van. When it comes to quick fixes, it’s the boss of them all. Perhaps that’s why it’s called gaffer. It’s strong, durable and adhesive enough to temporarily bond virtually any surfaces together and the more you use, the stronger it gets. You don’t even need scissors to cut the stuff…your teeth will normally get things started and a quick rip is all it takes to finish the job. We love gaffer tape. Equally as much as we love its opposite number…

WD40
…the yin to gaffer tape’s yang. Whereas the grey sticky tape’s sole purpose is to prevent things moving, WD40 does the exact opposite by getting things shifting that are stuck fast. Think seized bolts, locks, window latches that may need some encouragement, particularly if your new des res has been standing empty for a while. It’s also brilliant at silencing squeaky hinges and even creaky beds and floorboards.   

Spirit level
Don’t trust your eye. The good old spirit level is your friend and argument-settler and essential for making sure your framed ‘home sweet home’ sampler hangs true on the wall. Haven’t got one? Fear not. Download a digital one from the App Store or Google Play and you’ll always be on the level.

Knife and fork
Finally, two implements you’ll be grateful are in your toolbox when the shifting’s done and you’re settling in for your first evening in your new home. Chances are your best cutlery will be buried somewhere in a box marked ‘kitchen’. Don’t leave it to chance. Pack some emergency cutlery and job’s a good one for that first well-earned takeaway.

Health Benefits Of Fashion And Art, And How To Get Some Great Deals For Them

When talking about fashion or art, not a lot of people would associate either subject of providing any health benefits. As any shopaholic or hardcore art enthusiast can tell you, however, there certainly are amazing advantages to both industries in terms of promoting wellness. Naturally, the benefits would depend on several factors since too much of a good thing can be detrimental as well.

Fashionably Healthy

One of the biggest health benefits of fashion would have to be its effects on self-esteem and how it can reduce stress. Even on its face, the health advantages of being well-dressed, looking stylish, and having confidence in one’s appearance are obvious. However, it goes even deeper than that.

You see, although past trends in the fashion industry have been harmful, the current attitude towards lifestyle and beauty have changed to become more wholesome. These days, it’s no longer fashionable to be stick thin. The industry now encourages a healthy body image and companies are following suit, which leads to many women pursuing healthier lifestyles.

This is visible in how clothing and cosmetic companies have radically shifted their marketing campaigns as well, to become more inclusive of all body types, skin color and so on. You can see this for yourself, when you visit online retail sites likes Sephora and while you’re there, maybe you could get your up-to-date discount voucher using Sephora offers.

Artful Wellness

Perhaps more than fashion, art has been known to have enormous health benefits. Regardless of which activity you prefer, investing in artistic pursuits could have both incredible physical and mental effects. Even simply setting up a canvas outdoors to paint mountains or trees can provide a huge health boost, especially in today’s sedentary culture.

Those who have more rigorous artistic hobbies such as sculpting will naturally gain bigger health benefits, what with having to lug around wood, stone, or metal in many cases. In either scenario, the practitioner has much to gain.

It is worth pointing out that even just the simple appreciation of art can also come with some wonderful effects on wellness, and not all art needs to be stuffy. Even geeky interests can also be art, as you can easily tell when you visit retail sites like Abubot. If you see anything you like, you could take a look at the top 10 up-to-date Abubot coupon promo code offers that are available.

DIY Budget-Friendly Kitchen Remodeling Tips

If you’re tired of the look of your kitchen, there are many great DIY Budget-Friendly Kitchen Remodeling Tips that you can try. Here are some to get you started.

Paint

A little bit of paint will go a long ways. You can repaint cupboards, walls, or simply paint one wall as an accent wall. You will draw attention to the one wall without having to do a whole lot of work.

Curtains

Most kitchens have windows. If you update the window treatments it will make the kitchen look new and sparkle. Make some curtains or buy some but try that for a do it yourself project. You could also install shutters or faux shutters to give your kitchen an entirely new look.

Fixtures

Those old fixtures are annoying and detract from the appearance in your kitchen. Installing new fixtures is quick and easy and can give your kitchen an entirely new appearance. It only takes about half an hour and your kitchen will look much better.

Handles

Drawers and cupboards often have handles on them or knobs. Try getting some new ones or even (if you’re adventurous) painting the old ones. It’s amazing what new handles on the drawers and cupboards can do for the appearance of your kitchen.

Linoleum

There are many inexpensive types of linoleum on the market today. Go to your favorite flooring store and ask to see some linoleum. You may find that they have some special discounts on a stock that wasn’t moving or on remnants. It doesn’t take long to install and it will make an amazing difference in your kitchen.

Hang A Pot Rack

If you can’t find an affordable pot rack, create your own. An old ladder from bunk beds, or simply find a wire rack that could work as a pot rack. Install this near the cookstove and you’ll have a new look, more storage, and a great designer pot rack for your kitchen. It will give it an entirely new appearance.

Backsplash

Add in a new backsplash near the sink, by the stove, or both. There are a variety of great backsplashes on the market today. Choose a tin tile, a brick look, or something totally unique. It’s all up to you and what you might have on hand. Old leftover tiles, old bricks, or even a wallpaper of faux brick or tile will work well as a great backsplash.

Plants

Install a few shelves and some plants that love the light and bring in the outdoors. Airplane plants (aka spider plants) or aloe vera all work well to purify the air and bring the outdoors into the kitchen.

Linens

Get new hand towels and dishcloths and get rid of those old ones that are less than whole. Combined with some of the above ideas these will give the kitchen a brighter and nicer appearance.

Utilize Wall Space

Hang a wire partway up a wall and use that to hang utensils on and lighter weight pots and pans. This can declutter the counter and give the kitchen a neater and tidier appearance.

Lighting

Switch out the lighting. Swap out one style of lighting for another. Put a focal point in the kitchen and a spotlight over the focal point.

Incorporating the various ideas above into the DIY kitchen remodel will go far in making the kitchen appear newer. Mix and match the ideas for a truly unique and one of a kind look that transcends time. Most of the ideas are easy to do yourself and all of them are fairly inexpensive. Your kitchen will look great.

 

6 Easy Tips to Deep Clean Your Bathroom

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Everyone loves a sparkling-clean bathroom. But we hardly get around doing it as a result of the misconception that it will take an eternity to keep the bathroom clean and tidy.

That doesn’t really have to be true. Here are some practical and simple tips that will allow you to eliminate the dirt and bacteria that have turned your bathroom into a bacteria infested playground.
 
Vacuum first
If you thought vacuum is only for carpet and living room, then it is time to change that thought. The first step towards ensuring a well-cleaned bathroom is to get rid of dust and particles from the bathroom. When you remove the dirt and bacteria first through vacuuming, it makes the next steps of cleaning, which is usually mopping a lot easier. If you happen to keep your washing machine in the dry area of the bathroom, then keep it on a trolley stand so that you can easily move it and clean underneath.

 

Magic of Lemon
If you live in an area with hard water and are wondering how to get rid of the stubborn dirt and white residues accumulated on your tap, then worry no more. You only need lemon to keep the tap clean and dirt-free. Cut a lemon in half and use a half to scrub the affected thoroughly. Leave the lemon on the tap for a couple of minutes before rinsing it off to give your tap that clean look you have always desired.
 
Flush Your Sink
The sink drain is the number one spot for bacteria accumulation in your bathroom. If you don’t pay attention to the sink when cleaning your bathroom, you have only done half of the cleaning.
To start the cleaning, pour a mixture or vinegar and baking soda down the skin drain and flush the baking soda and vinegar with hot water. Then, clean the drain, faucet, and the surrounding area with disinfectant to prevent bacteria from lingering in the sink after washing it.
 
Shower
Although many people usually ignore paying the right attention to the shower when cleaning the bathroom, it is actually one of the areas of the bathroom that deserve the best attention. This is because the shower can also store more dirt that you can imagine.
All you need to clean the shower is warm soapy water, tub cleaner, bleach, and a cleaning agent. Fill your bathtub with the soapy water and add the tub cleaner, bleach, and the cleaning agent of your choice. Then, pay attention to the bathtub and shower walls and clean them thoroughly with the soapy water. When you are through with the scrubbing, allow everything to sit for a couple of minutes before rinsing thoroughly.
 
Don’t forget the toilet and countertops
The shower and the sink are not the only parts of the toilet that deserve your attention. Don’t ignore the countertops and the toilet too. A good bathroom cleaner will make your job easier. Pay close attention to these parts as well as the areas around the bowl and the parts behind the toilet seat. Let the multipurpose bathroom cleaner sit for a couple of minutes on the parts to loosen up accumulated grime and dirt.
Use a clean sponge to clean these areas thoroughly before rinsing them thoroughly with clean water. You will be marvelled at how sparkling these parts will become after the cleaning.
 
Clean the walls, tiles, ceiling
This part of your bathroom deserves as much attention as the other areas. You need to keep your tiles, walls, and ceiling as clean as your toilet, sink, and the rest. When contemplating cleaning these areas, get a multipurpose cleaner and spray the countertops, tiles, ceiling, and the walls with the cleaner.
Turn your shower and hot water on for about five minutes until steam builds in the bathroom. Then, turn off the shower and close the bathroom door so that the steam can mix with the cleaner for about 20 minutes for the best result. After that, wipe everywhere clean with a clean cloth.
If there are some high spots in the bathroom, you can use a dry and clean microfiber mop to mop those hard-to-reach areas. When you are through with them, don’t forget the tiles too.
 

With these few tips, you can always keep your bathroom sparkling clean always. If you do this repeatedly, your bathroom will always be clean without any room for dirt to accumulate.
Are there any other tips that you would like to share with our readers? Let us know in the comments.

3 Ways to Use The Goal Book to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

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The New Year is almost here and most people are already making new resolutions. There are those who want to lose weight, get better jobs, start a relationship or a business and workout in the gym among many other resolutions. Making resolutions is pretty simple. It’s the commitment to them that gets tough. Most people stick to their resolutions within the first two or three months of the year and then lose focus by the sixth month. Below are tried and tested ways of remaining committed to your resolutions.

  1. Break Your Goals into Small Milestones

Big goals are not easy to manage. In fact, they can leave you devastated. You should, therefore, look for ways of slashing your goal into small manageable milestones. Small goals are actually more realistic. Besides that, they still contribute to the main goal. For instance, if you want to lose weight, you should have a figure in mind so that you can know exactly how many pounds you need to drop. You should then do the math to see how many pounds you need to shed every month.

Moreover, you need to factor in on your diet. This is because you will lose weight fast when indulge in a balanced diet. And that’s not all. You have to sacrifice some of your time for training in the gym. This is because working out will help you burn extra calories. In this scenario, one goal has been broken down into three sub goals. This is just an example of what you can do to make achieving your resolutions much easier. At the end of the day, all the small goals are dependent on each other. For instance, if you don’t succeed in eating well, you will still not lose weight.

  1. Persist

Keeping New Year resolutions is not a walk in the park. This is because you will fail many times. Most people tend to give up after going through several hurdles. And perhaps that’s why savvy entrepreneurs use The Goal Book to complete their goals.  When you are on the verge of throwing in the towel, just remember that it’s overcoming failure that will make achieving your goal meaningful. You can encourage yourself by reviewing the milestones that you accomplished in the last few years. This will help you figure out that you are still the same person. If you have a partner, that’s even better because you can compare notes and encourage each other.

  1. Embrace Change

Resisting change can transform you into a stumbling block. You can not achieve anything without embracing change. Adopting change will make you start seeing things differently. That way, you will able to know why you have been failing in accomplishing your resolutions. In fact, there are times when your strategy may not earn you anything. At such a time, you need to go back to the drawing board and look for another strategy.

But this doesn’t mean that you have to abandon your resolution. No. You are only going to use another strategy to achieve the same goal. For instance, if you want to make more money by selling crossbows, you might opt to sell your merchandise at reduced prices. But if this doesn’t yield anything close to what you expected, you can try selling your crossbows at market price but include free arrows in the package. At the end of the day, customers will prefer to buy crossbows from your store because they will not need to budget for arrows.

The top 3 pros and cons to owning a tower fan vs a pedestal fan

Pedestal fans and tower fans are both excellent choices when it comes to controlling the heat when the weather is too hot. However, how do you decide on settling for either a tower or stand fan? Before you decide to buy, it is essential to consider the amount of space you have, the reasons why you want to buy a fan and also they constraints involved in one when it comes to style.

We have compiled three essential pros and cons you should consider when it comes to these two types of fans.

  1. Space

The distance where your fan is going to be utilized is a significant element when deciding what sort of fan you need to buy. For the people who live in apartment or those seeking trendy rooms that are smaller, tower fans are an excellent alternative. Because pedestal fans have big blades, they’re usually efficient at cooling bigger chambers. For those who have ample space available, a pedestal fan may be a better choice. Pedestal fans are frequently utilized in larger houses and dwelling places.

It’s quite tricky to find an appropriate room with the right space to put any new item that you purchase.  Also, the dimensions of the apartments are extremely tiny. It is a significant challenge to find items that are the correct size such as the furniture, cooker and even a dining set.  A good choice you can settle on is the tower fan because of its space-saving capabilities in your house. Most of the tower fans are slim in nature. They can be put in any sizes room and will fit perfectly.

A pedestal fan has a middle area which is small and tiny. However, the form of the foundation and the up part (which includes the grill and blades) is quite broad and prolonged. It’s most effective for a place which is open such as a patio or garage.

  1. Cleaning

The blades of tower fans are concealed within the grill and hence the odds of getting dirt and dust are extremely low. However, you can wash it monthly with a compressed air can.

Cleaning a pedestal fan requires additional time and hard labor. After that, choose the components to a washroom or out region and wipe it down with the option of dish soap and warm water. Finally, reassemble the eliminated fan components.

  1. Design

Tower fans will let you accentuate your current décor, while many pedestal fans are somewhat less eloquent than their counterparts that are slick. If fashion isn’t a concern and you’re just searching for an affordable way to cool a bigger area, a pedestal fan will be precisely what you want.

People are usually careful when it comes to changing the design of their homes. Each tower fan usually has a special appearance with a unique design to it. That means that you can pick any design or style which matches your house.

As for a pedestal fan, it usually has an old layout.  If design or style isn’t a huge deal, this is the fan you need to settle on.

5 Natural supplements you should consider using to help you lose weight

Losing weight has always been a struggle for a lot of people, specially women. Several methods have been making the news yet none of them seem to be worth sticking to. A lot of methods involve artificial supplements that promise to suppress hunger, improve metabolism, and flush out toxins. And yet so many people have suffered from side effects. Headaches, nausea, yoyo weight, and more. Is there really a perfect solution to keep the weight off? Perhaps you need to look into a more natural way of losing weight like supreme garcinia cambogia, green tea extract, or even water. Here are 5 natural supplements you should consider to help you lose weight without the nasty side effects:

 

  1. Garcinia cambogia

The weight loss factor in this plant can be found from the extract, called hydroxycitric acid or HCA. It promotes weight loss by working in two ways. First, it suppresses your appetite by increasing the levels of serotonin in your body. As it rises, it improves your mood and makes it less likely for you to reach for food. Now for the second way, HCA inhibits fat production in the body by limiting the enzyme called citrate lyase. It’s the enzyme responsible for making fat from carbohydrates. HCA also appears to be helpful in lowering levels of bad cholesterol.

 

  1. Green tea

Green tea probably has the most modest effect in losing weight but is definitely among the safest, most natural weight loss aid. It’s the healthiest beverage in the planet, being loaded with several antioxidants and substances that’s good for your health.

The caffeine content in green tea helps in fat burning and improves physical performance. Green tea is also super rich with this antioxidant called catechins that help fights diseases and improve your health. The longer you steep your tea, the more of these flavonoids you’ll get. Aside from caffeine and antioxidants, green tea also contains EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate) which boosts the body’s metabolism.

 

  1. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a popular health tonic that’s been used for thousands of years. It has reportedly shown many health benefits, including lowering blood sugar levels. Adding 1 to 2 tablespoons of it as part of your diet has shown to have a positive impact in weight loss. It improves the body’s metabolism and reduces fat storage. It also helps suppress your appetite and burn fat. A common weight loss aid nowadays involves drinking a cup of warm water with 1-2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar twice a day.

 

  1. Green coffee bean extract

Green coffee beans are basically unroasted beans. At this state the beans contain a higher amount of the substance called chlorogenic acid. This acid is responsible for weight loss and other health benefits. Green coffee bean extract is known to burn fat fast without the need to diet and exercise. Aside from weight loss it also helps people with obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and bacterial infection.

 

  1. Water

The most natural supplement of all, water is definitely the weight loss supplement that’s often overlooked. Drinking at least eight glasses of water daily helps in improving your overall health. You are kept hydrated throughout the day, and it cleanses your body of waste. It also helps boost your metabolism and acts as a natural appetite suppressant.

How to Choose a Fertility Clinic

 

If you or your partner are worried that you may have fertility problems and you’re trying to conceive, a specialist clinic is perhaps what you need to help you on the route to parenthood.

It can be a very difficult decision to pick the right fertility clinic for your needs. There are many things to consider when choosing a clinic, such as the treatments they offer, the length of wait for treatment and what success rates they’ve previously had.

Below, read some helpful tips on how you can make the right decision:

Where to begin

It’s important to remember when you’re considering fertility treatment that every clinic has its differences.

Make a list of the clinics in your local area and take time to find out the information you require regarding the treatments they provide and any other concerns you have. It’s then time to narrow down your choices and get in touch with the ones which most closely match your needs.

After your first point of contact, whether over the phone or by email, pay a visit to the top two or three clinics on your shortlist and arrange a meeting with a consultant or consider attending open evening events.

You can gather a lot from this initial contact as how receptive staff are can make or break your decision when it comes to choosing which clinic is best for you.

Are their treatments right for you?

Arguably, the most important factor is finding which clinic has the right treatments for you and the standard at which they’re performed.

Whether it’s natural cycle or standard IVF that you’ve looked at, it’s important to find out which treatments your body is receptive to.

Other things to consider include, what other investigations each clinic can offer, in order to look into your fertility troubles – this could include things such as analysing sperm DNA or PGS.

Can you cover the cost?

There are numerous costs to consider when you’re undergoing fertility treatment, so you’ll need to look carefully at what each clinic on your shortlist offers.

These include the costs of consultations, the treatment, any required investigations.

However, in some cases some of these separate payments can be merged into one.

Once you get a list of costs from your desired clinics, find out which one best suits your budgeting requirements.

For example, Reproductive Health Group’s fertility clinic in Warrington is one service that shows all their prices for treatment online. This is handy as you can research whether certain clinics are out of your price range before making a visit.

What success rates do their patients receive?

The success rates for different clinics across the UK vary.

It’s important to remember however that IVF treatment, for example, carries a good average success rate for women under 35.

However, some clinics’ success rates can be affected by the age of patients they take on, so it’s wise to address this during your consultation.

How long is their waiting list?

Fertility treatment usually occurs after numerous attempts to conceive.

This can be a testing time for some couples, so their patience can be worn thin by the time they come to treatment.

To ensure you’re getting the best treatment regarding quality, costs and time, make sure to get in touch with a few different clinics when getting information and arranging your first consultation.