Home Matters Linky Party #161

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Happy Friday, everyone! It’s another beautiful day here in Central Florida, and I’m ready to party!!! Are you?!

 

Home Matters Linky Party 161!

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We are so happy to have you stopping in for a visit, and we hope hope you will be inspired by the creativity and talents of these bloggers. Here’s to a cozy autumn season, enjoy!

Come join the fun and link your blog posts at the Home Matters Linky Party. Find inspiration, recipes, decor, crafts, organize, home, garden, repurpose, upcycle -- Door Opens Friday EST.

Lorelai at Life With Lorelai:
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Come join the fun and link your blog posts at the Home Matters Linky Party 161. Find inspiration recipes, decor, crafts, organize -- Door Opens Friday EST.

Kristen helps us Reduce Allergies at Home with Cleaning Tips

Thanksgiving Tablescape Simple Elegance Lorelai helps you create your own

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Come join the fun and link your blog posts at the Home Matters Linky Party. Find inspiration, recipes, decor, crafts, organize, home, garden, repurpose, upcycle -- Door Opens Friday EST.

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Come join the fun and link your blog posts at the Home Matters Linky Party 161. Find inspiration recipes, decor, crafts, organize -- Door Opens Friday EST.

Nicole shares a lovely idea for DIY Fall Decor

DIY Snowflake Necklace make this perfect gift with Sahana

Emily shows us how to Customize A Range Hood

A delilcious Brocoli Salad from Ashley

Julie shares her Crockpot Turkey Pepperoni Pizza Dip

23 Ways to Give Thanks from Nina

Sinea offers a gift guife for Fun Toys for Little Builders

You’ll love this Fall-Themed Inspirational Painted Pallet Sign from Donna

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  HMLP - This Week's Features 2015 ©     Come join the fun and link your blog posts at the Home Matters Linky Party 161. Find inspiration recipes, decor, crafts, organize -- Door Opens Friday EST.     We have a wide variety of fabulous ideas this week — recipes, crafty decor, homemade beauty, and even a fun holiday decor gift guide.      Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls - The Bewitchin' Kitchen - HMLP 161 Feature   Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls from Randa @ The Bewitchin’ Kitchen   PIN here.     Hot Chocolate Stir Sticks - The Jenny Evolution - HMLP 161 Feature   Hot Chocolate Stir Sticks from Jennifer @ The Jenny Evolution   PIN here.     Thanksgiving Napkin Rings Book Page Acorn Turkeys - A Wonderful Thought - HMLP 161 Feature   Thanksgiving Napkin Rings Book Page Acorn Turkeys from Kimberly @ A Wonderful Thought   PIN here.     DIY Pumpkin Lavender Body Butter - Life-N-Reflection - HMLP 161 Feature   DIY Pumpkin Lavender Body Butter from Kristy @ Life-N-Reflection   PIN here.     30 Red and Black Buffalo Plaid Holiday Decor Items - Twelve On Main - HMLP 161 Feature   30 Red and Black Buffalo Plaid Holiday Decor Items from Sara @ Twelve On Main   PIN here.    

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Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at Kristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

Tips For Organizing Your Apartment

So someone commented to me the other day that they enjoyed my organizing posts, but they didn’t feel as if they were applicable to their apartment. 

“You have a house, and that’s great. But it’s harder to organize in an apartment. I need some advice on THAT!”

Well, first of all, yes. Yes, it’s harder to organize in an apartment. And yes, we have a house. There are definitely differences. 

However, the principles remain the same. And, believe it or not, I have NOT forgotten about apartment life! When we first got married, we lived in a one-bedroom apartment that was about 800 square feet. I loved it and hated it, all at the same time! 

So…here are some organizing tips specifically tailored for apartments! Because living in an apartment with a limited space is a challenge on so many levels; especially if you want to keep your home well organized. The last thing you want to do at the end of a busy day is spend time reorganizing your home. If you can come up with a good plan overall, you should be able to keep your space tidy.

Invest in Storage Units

If you have too many things and nowhere to keep them, your apartment will end up looking overcrowded. If your apartment comes with an attic, basement, or garage, consider taking advantage of such a space. In fact, when looking for apartments such as (such as apartments for rent in Hollywood (Eastown Apartments) for my Los Angeles readers), ensure they have extra storage space. Some apartments in my area have a locked closet on the patio that functions as a fantastic storage space!

However, if your apartment does not have any extra room, think about renting a storage unit to use for organizing all your extra stuff. 

Use the Laundry Hamper

If you are too busy to do laundry during the week, you need to invest in a laundry hamper with a lid. Buy a good-sized hamper and throw in your dirty clothes for the week. The lid will cover the dirty clothes until you have time to wash them.

Laundry hampers are also great to store pillows, seasonal clothing, towels and linens in, as well.

Washing Dishes

Do Not Leave the Dirty Dishes Overnight

Although washing dishes at night is a difficult habit to form, you will not look at your kitchen the same way once it sticks. If you live with a roommate, a partner or a family member, take turns doing the dishes before bed. Make sure the person who cooks is not the one who washes the dishes to avoid overworking that person. Washing the dishes before you retire to bed will make your small apartment kitchen look less messy. Plus, your mornings will be that much brighter with an empty sink.

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Staying on Top of the Mess

You know that moment of quietness you get when all chores are done and the house is clean? It lets you take a breath and feel at ease. A fleeting moment that’s usually abruptly ended by a crash or a scream – at least at my house. Well, back to work!

Keeping a home clean and organized and mess-free is an on-going effort. One that’s difficult when you’re already balancing a busy work and family life. You put your best efforts forward but there’s always more to do. Those off days become busy days very very quickly.

We try things like planning our schedules around our energy levels or burn the midnight oil to get the last bits of the list done. Yet, it feels like a losing battle. There’s only so much one person can do!

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Getting the Family on Board

There are a few reasons why the family may not be helping with chores:

A.  They don’t know how they can help

B.  There’s no repercussions if they don’t

C.  They’re busy already

D.  They don’t know how you want it done

You can try to force your partner and kids to help but this may only last a day. Plus, who wants extra stress from nagging and taking orders?

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Are You Losing Money at Home with These Three Common Mistakes?

My hubby and I have recently begun doing what we call “Financial Meetings”. We sit down on Sunday evenings and go through the projected expenses for the week ahead, and any extra monies or projects we want to focus in on. (We also talk about the schedule for the upcoming week, but that’s kind of just reminders. Making sure we’re on the same page about our finances is the main goal.)

I think most people want to communicate well about money. Frequently, even the media and society places a focus on active ways of earning, saving, and building wealth. Clipping coupons, investing, and making money through a part-time job are the hottest topics of money discussions. Although you might use these tips to earn and save money for your family, did you ever think that YOUR HOME could be causing you to lose money?

Ready to uncover hidden cash by following a few simple tips? Then take a look at three of the most common mistakes that cause you to lose money at home:

Not turning off or unplugging lights/appliances/electronics that are not in use

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While you may have the best intentions when it comes to turning off lights, electronics, or appliances that are not in use, it is incredibly easy to forget. However, forgetting to turn off lights and other things that consume electricity is costly. For example, if you leave just 10 light bulbs on for one extra, unneeded hour per day, you are losing between $5-$24 per year. While this may not seem like a lot of money, this yearly figure can multiply quickly when you consistently leave your lights on for many unnecessary hours. Additionally, using energy-saving features and sleep mode with your computer can save you up to $50 yearly, and controlling your air conditioning with a programmable thermostat can save up to $180 yearly.

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4 Chemical-Free Cleaning Tips for Reducing Allergies at Home

I’ve always had allergy issues. Then I married my husband, who has also always had allergy issues. And now we’re finding out that our littles ALSO have allergy issues. No surprise there, I guess. Do you have allergy sufferers at your house?

Allergies can impact people inside their homes and outdoors. While you can’t control what’s happening outside your front door, you have a little more control of your environment at home. I’ve been doing lots of research on this, of late, and while cleaning can reduce allergies, many times people turn to chemical products for cleaning which can make allergies worse and take a toll on the environment. In fact, did you know that there are more than 80 different chemicals in regular household cleaners today? With the following four chemical-free cleaning tips, you can reduce the way that allergies can impact you in your home, reduce the amount of chemicals you are exposing your family to, and do more to “go green” as you clean!

Going Green With Cleaning

Clean Your Home with Natural Products

Did you know that you can remove 99 percent of bacteria and allergens using hot water with a little vinegar in it and a good cleaning cloth? If you find the vinegar smell a little too strong, dilute it and add some fresh lemon or orange juice. Cleaning your home without chemicals is much healthier for your family and more eco-friendly. When you’re done, you’ll feel great that your home is clean and smells naturally fresh.

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