I’m coming up on one year of being out of the corporate work force and being home with my babies day in and day out, while trying to be productive around the house and running several small businesses. I’ll be perfectly honest: it’s been a HUGE adjustment for me! Mainly because I’m one of those people who MUST feel like something has been accomplished. If I can’t feel that way, then I pretty much feel like I have failed at the day.
For women, managing their home and work never seems to end. Working, cooking, cleaning and every other job come, again and again, in a cycle. This continuous routine can make you feel bored. The lack of productivity creates a sense of irritation when every household responsibility comes to your shoulder. A productive day means that you do things that seem important to you and give you pleasure. It is possible if you can balance your daily responsibilities and find some free time for yourself. Otherwise, your life can start seeming unproductive and annoying to you, which is not a dream of anyone.
Here are some exceptional tips to make your day productive at home.
Give yourself a purpose
You can start your day with a list. Include everything you want to accomplish on that day. You can add daily responsibilities and other goals such as reading a few pages of your favorite book. Every time you finish a job, keep checking the boxes on your list. This way you will feel more satisfied with your day. You will start appreciating your ability to complete tasks that you assign to yourself.
Summer is just a few weeks away and during the winter and spring seasons, your home’s interior and exterior have taken a beating. From dingy and damaged siding to dusty windows and an overworked HVAC system, there’s a lot that needs to be done. Now that the temperatures are right, it’s time to get up and restore your home. (And if you’re in Florida, like we are, that means getting it all done and squared away before a hurricane bears down upon us!) So, when it comes to tackling a long list of home maintenance projects, here are a few you don’t want to overlook:
Have Your HVAC System Serviced
With the summer comes hot and hazy days. If you have a central air conditioning system, now is the time to have it serviced. You don’t want to wait until the temperatures are high to find out that your system isn’t working properly. Checking hoses and fans, as well as cleaning vents and hoses, is crucial to ensuring your air conditioner is as efficient as possible when you need it most.
Call the Exterminator
Insects and pests tend to go into hiding when the weather is cold and unpredictable. The warm weather, however, will draw them back out. It’s not uncommon for homeowners to spot ants, spiders, mice, or cockroaches in the summer. To prevent an infestation, you’ll need to hire local pest control services. Companies like Moxie Pest Control, an exterminator Tucson residents love, offers safe methods for getting rid of and preventing the common household pest from entering your house.
Whether cleaning the house is your personal torture or your favorite destressing activity, it might surprise you that you may have been doing it all wrong. Don’t worry—you’re not alone! Check out these 5 common home cleaning mistakes and learn how you can correct them to make your cleaning efforts much more effective.
Starting at the Bottom
Lots of people start with sweeping and mopping the floors before moving upwards. Stop! This is a common mistake that does a pretty good job of shuffling dust around further in your home. As you begin to move upwards, cleaning the furniture and windows, dust can get pushed off and fall to the floors, which have already been cleaned. Instead, start cleaning from the top down, so that dirt and dust particles collect on the floor, where they will ultimately be collected in the last stage of cleaning.
If cleaning isn’t your favorite weekend activity, there’s a good chance you speed through it to get it over with as quickly as possible. However, it’s worth it to slow down. A lot of cleaning solutions require a certain amount of time in order to work effectively. Read the label to determine how much time a product needs to soak on the surface before being wiped down. If you’re rushing, you might be interfering with a product’s ability to work!
We live in a small-ish town in Central Florida. The same town both myself and my husband were born into and raised in. Now we own a home here, we’re raising our kiddos here, and we’re pretty proud of that fact! The future looks bright, indeed!
However, even small-ish towns you’ve known all your life aren’t perfect. For example, although most of us in the area feel pretty safe, there has been a rash of burglaries in several neighborhoods here in our small-ish town. One perpetrator has been caught, but there are still others out there. As far as I’m concerned, owning a home requires you to do everything that you can in the way of home safety, to make sure that your home is as protected as it can be at all times. (Especially if there are kids involved, am I right?) You need to protect the interior and exterior of the home.
The following guide provides you with a few home safety options that you may not have considered.
Buying a house is exciting and it’s easy to get caught up thinking with your heart, instead of your head. Thinking about what your must-haves are can help to keep you on track instead of getting distracted by how “pretty” a place is. (That may or may not be one of MY personal down-falls!) Of course, it’s always a good idea to get a first-hand look by checking out a few display homes in Sydney (or model homes in your specific area) to see fixtures and layouts in person. This is what we did when we first started looking for our home!
Nevertheless, when you’re looking at a new house, nothing replaces an assessment by a professional. A home inspection and a pest inspection really are crucial. Don’t take anyone’s word for it, have a thorough check performed to avoid any unforeseen issues in the future.
Knowing what you really need in a house will help keep your emotions in check, so consider the following things when you find a place that gets you excited.