Debra Parker's Blog
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Are you looking to give your kitchen that fresh and thorough cleaning for spring? Follow this checklist and see what you have to do. You can also use it to give your kitchen a thorough cleaning at any time of the year.
- Start with the sink. Deal with whatever dirty dishes are lurking there. Use your dishwasher or wash them by hand and dry them. When the sink is empty, fill up the sink with hot water, then add some detergent and bleach and let it stand for about 90 minutes before emptying it and rinsing off.
- Dealing with the countertops. Mix a solution of warm water and dishwashing liquid, and then use a washcloth to wipe down the countertops. Spray a solution of hydrogen peroxide and water to get rid of stains and then wipe down again. Wipe down your appliances with the damp washcloth too but be careful not to leave any water on the insides.
- Cleaning the cabinets. Empty the cabinets of all their contents, discard anything that is expired or no longer in use. Wipe down the doors and interior with your washcloth. You can use a toothpick wrapped with tissue to clean out the edges and corners. Also, degrease the edges of your drawers and shelves. When you are done return all your items back to the cabinet.
- The rest of the kitchen. Remove the kitchen blinds and window coverings and dust them thoroughly before laundering them. Get a duster and then dust the ceiling, removing whatever cobwebs may be lurking in the corners. Remove any pictures from the walls and dust them thoroughly too before rehanging them. Sweep the kitchen floors and pay extra care to those areas that are out of sight such as the space beneath the fridge. When you finish sweeping, mop with a solution of water and vinegar to disinfect and deodorize the floor.
- Get rid of trash. Begin to gather all the trash into one of your bin bags and empty those outside before washing your trash can with water and soap. Leave the trash can in the sunlight for some deodorizing.
- Final touches. Return everything to its proper positions. Rehang the window blinds and return the trash can to the kitchen.
Well done, you just carried out a thorough spring cleaning, you should reward yourself with something nice and cool.
40 Lantern Ln, Mansfield, MA 02048
Is there anything more classic and charming than an old house? One aspect of older homes that make them so cozy is all the built-in shelves, drawers and other nooks and crannies that make each house one of a kind. While houses that have been more recently built usually lack these features, it doesn’t mean you can’t add them yourself.
Today I have six custom cabinetry ideas for you to create your own charming abode, even if it’s builder-grade.
When creating faux cabinetry the only limit is your imagination. Search home magazines and Pinterest boards for inspiration. Save ideas you love to a gallery on your phone or print out in one document. With inspiration in hand head out to your local home improvement store to find millwork options that match your vision.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
Install floor to ceiling bookshelves with a bench tucked in between to create a cozy reading nook. Add molding and other decorative millwork to take this D.I.Y. to a true polished built-in look.
Capitalize on any empty corners by adding corner shelves or a corner cabinet. Adding beadboard before installing the shelves and finishing off with molding. There are also many corner cabinetry options on the market to choose from today. Choose one that fits the height of your room in a color that matches the molding in your home.
For cabinetry with drawers and doors add charm by replacing with reproduction brackets, knobs and pulls. Or if you love the thrill of the hunt check out your local yard sales and flea markets for vintage sets. Sites like Ebay and Etsy are another great way to find matching sets of vintage finds.
Add personality with splashes of bold color. Blues, greens, and yellows are popular hues for a pop of color while maintaining classic old home character. Paint on of your new custom pieces a charming shade to bring a room to life. Alternatively, installing cabinetry with glass front doors allows you to put bright decor on display without committing to one particular color. Add vintage books, glassware, and small paintings to shelves for smaller doses of color.
For a luxurious touch, stained glass windows look stunning in a bathroom and allow for privacy while still allowing light shine through. Adding custom sized stained glass windows to the upper portion of a wide doorway works well in homes with higher ceilings and will have guests in awe.
When house shopping sometimes we have to make compromises when it comes to our wants to prioritize our needs. But that doesn’t have to mean you can’t have your cake and eat it too. With a little bit of creativity and a few D.I.Y. projects, you can add a dose of old home charm to any house to make a cozy, welcoming home.
Allergies are extremely common in America with millions of Americans suffering from symptoms.
The most common household allergies are seasonal, which run from February to early summer, and animal allergies which can pose a risk at any time.
There are some ways you can limit some of the allergens in your home, whether you want to make your house more allergy-proof for yourself and family or your guests.
There are a number of plant pollen and mold allergies that are common throughout the United States. During pollen season, especially on dry, windy days, these pollens are spread everywhere.
Many people who experience seasonal allergies watch local pollen levels in their area to prepare themselves for peak days when they are most likely to experience symptoms. During these times, it’s best to keep doors and windows completely shut. This includes your home, garage, and vehicle.
To clean up after times of high pollen levels, it’s a good idea to first vacuum and then use a damp cloth to dust household surfaces. The moisture will trap pollens and prevent them from escaping back into the air.
When it comes to mold, there are a number of preventative measures you can take in your home. The most important thing you can do is avoid excess moisture in your home. You can do this by using a dehumidifier, monitoring water pipes, and cleaning spills and leaks immediately after they happen.
Pet owners love their pets. But the pet dander that comes with them is a leading cause of allergies. To help mitigate pet allergies in your home, focus on the areas where your pets spend the most time. If your pet sleeps on your bed or has their own bed, wash the bed linens frequently.
Since most pets spend their days inside your home, roaming the floors, it’s important to vacuum frequently with a high-efficiency vacuum cleaner. High-efficiency machines that are sealed properly and use effective filters are much better at reducing the amount of dust that escapes during vacuuming and when you empty the vacuum itself.
The filter on your vacuum isn’t the only one necessary for reducing allergy-causing particles in your home. Heating and ventilation systems also come with air filters that need to be cleaned or replaced.
When replacing your filter, look for one that is HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) certified to remove the most allergens possible.
Don’t forget the backyard
Since many allergies are carried in on the wind and shoes entering your home from the outside, it’s important to understand which allergens you might be growing in your backyard. Some trees, grasses, and plants cause higher levels of allergies and are more likely to cause symptoms to you and your guests.
Even the most common trees like pine and maple can be problematic for some people, so it’s important to know what you’re allergic to and whether you should take steps to landscape away some of those allergens.