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Friday, April 20, 2018

Get Rid of Unwanted Houseguests

Nothing says home like a houseful of family and friends. But there are some guests that, no matter how well intentioned they may be, just aren’t welcome. They eat your food, diminish your property value and can wreak havoc on your home systems. Who are these beasts? Mice, rats and squirrels – which account for 80% of all animal break-ins.
So, what steps can you take to stop them?
  • Identify points of entry and seal them. Garages, basements, drain pipes, gaps around utility lines – all of these represent areas of vulnerability for your home.
  • Eliminate water and food sources around your home. Store all food in airtight containers.
  • Contact a pest control professional immediately if you suspect an animal infiltration. Rodents can carry viruses and even rabies.

5 Ways to Get More Organized and Stay that Way

If you’d like to be more organized, chances are, there’s so much to do, and you don’t know where to begin. So let’s begin there: don’t get overwhelmed. Take it one step at a time:
  1. Every month, look for items to discard, and donate them to charity. When you buy something new, throw out something old that’s in the same category.
  2. Stay on top of paper. Open your mail every day, and throw out the junk mail immediately.
  3. Keep a notebook near the phone for important messages instead of recording them on scraps of paper.
  4. Convert whatever documents you can from paper to computer. Use computer hard drives to store important information – and be sure to keep a backup on flash drives or discs.
  5. Keep your computer organized too. Create folders for your household categories and subcategories – bills, recipes, school information. 

Clean the Bathroom with Speed and Precision

Cleaning the bathroom ranks at the top of “least favorite chore” lists, but you can make this unpleasant chore go quickly with efficient practices.
  • Prepare for action – Get your cleaning materials ready before you begin.
  • Clean counter tops, sinks and mirrors – Use an antibacterial cleaner or disinfectant to wipe your sink, countertops and mirror.
  • Clean the toilet – Wipe off the toilet with a cloth and disinfectant. Include the handle and any crevices. Then scrub the bowl with a toilet brush and cleaner.
  • Clean the showers and bathtubs – Use cleaners that are appropriate for the materials and your type of water on shower walls, shower head and the tub.

Mop the floor, and you’re done.

Screens, Hoses and Seals, Oh My!

Spring has sprung and so has the cleaning bug. Now is a great time to make sure your home is sealed up tight to prevent pollen and pests from getting in and cool air from getting out! Keep an eye on these areas:
  • Inspect and clean screens on windows, vents and attics. They should be intact and unobstructed.
  • Inspect, flush and repair hoses in the garden, lawn, washing machines, attics and basements. Look for any leaks at connections on either end.
  • Inspect caulked joints and weather stripping on windows, doors and other potential air leaks around the house. Repair or replace if needed.

Home & Organizing