Our sense of smell is such a primitive thing that it can hook straight up to emotions, even when we’re not conscious of what’s triggered a sudden change of mood. When you’re trying to create a festive atmosphere, you should definitely take advantage of the link between odours and emotions and make sure your home ‘smells like Christmas’. Continue reading
Christmas is still weeks away but we all know how fast the time flies when you’ve got a list of stuff to do that’s as long as your arm. Dealing with busy times is all about organisation, getting as much as you can done well in advance. If you make your own Christmas cake or pudding you almost certainly have them stored away already, your overseas cards have gone out and with any luck you’ve got the majority of your shopping out of the way. If you wrap presents as you go along you’ll cut down on last minute work. Continue reading
This week we came across an article describing the growing popularity of water as a cleaning agent. Using water to clean is hardly a revolutionary idea, but the combination of increasing distrust of chemical cleansers and the development of new microfiber cleaning products, designed to work without detergents has caused a resurgence in interest in the idea of using plain water for cleaning. Continue reading
According to some research from the Huffington Post, many cleaning agents do indeed have a shelf life. Just like most food and make-ups, detergents go off after a time. Continue reading
Sometimes it seems like there’s so much to do around your home that you never quite seem to catch up. At the risk of sounding a bit 1950s about this, it really does help to have a schedule. For one thing you’ll get more stuff done but just as importantly you’ll know when you’ve completed your tasks for the day and be able to feel good about yourself for doing it.
Here’s a suggested schedule that will keep the most important jobs under control in a minimum of time. Continue reading
As winter sets in it can be tempting to just hole up. Lots of mornings hiding under the duvet cover, evenings in from of the TV or the fire. Humans don’t hibernate the way that some other animals do even if many of us wish we could! You don’t want to let winter relaxation turn into winter blues though. Keeping your home clean and comfortable is especially important at this time of year, it helps keep your spirits up, it reduces the bugs and it means you’ll be better prepared for spring when it comes along. Continue reading
If your ‘hay fever’ gets worse when you’re indoors it’s a fair bet that it’s not pollen you’re allergic to. Indoor allergies are becoming increasingly common and Allergy UK have declared 20th-26th October 2014 to be ‘Indoor Allergy Awareness Week’. The idea is to increase awareness of the discomfort experienced by allergy sufferers and to fund-raise research into allergies, and find more effective ways to treat and manage them. Continue reading
This one’s definitely just for fun, so please don’t think we’re suggesting that the time of year you were born reflects how clean you keep your home! Is your star sign reflected in your cleaning habits? Continue reading
If you follow our posts regularly you’ll know how fond we are of the word ‘de-clutter’. We stand by what we’ve said until now; if you don’t use it and you’re never going to, for heavens sakes, sell it on, give it away or if all else fails throw it away. But we also realise that there are things that you do need, even if only occasionally and other stuff that sees daily use that it’s difficult to find good storage solutions for. Finding stylish ways to keep things handy but neat at the same time can be tricky so here’s a few ideas: Continue reading
Are you groaning even as you read the title?
Maybe you’re thinking ‘Isn’t once a year enough‘? Well, we’re really sorry about this, but there are lots of reasons why you and your home will benefit from a deep clean in autumn. Read on and see if we can convince you. Continue reading