Christmas can be a chaotic time of year, whether you’re relaxing with your nearest and dearest or hosting a party this year, it’s important to think about safeguarding your belongings. From pesky Christmas tree pine needles to spillages and being trampled on, chances are that your rug is going to go through a lot this Christmas. With that in mind, here are a few handy tips on how you can look after it during the holiday season and beyond.
Although spillages can happen any time of the year, the risk is particularly heightened during the Christmas period. No matter what liquid is spilt on your rug, it’s essential that you act quickly. By acting immediately, you can dramatically reduce the risk of any damage to your rug because you’ll be stopping the liquids from penetrating it more deeply. Once any liquids have penetrated the rug, cleaning can be much more difficult.
It’s recommended that you use a damp cloth, preferably one that’s white and made of cotton. Immediately place the cloth on top of the area and leave it to absorb any spillage. Be sure not to rub the area or else it may damage the surface. If you spill any non-liquids, use a spoon to scrape them off.
Pine needles can be a real pest over Christmas and could result in you hoovering your rug more regularly. To ensure you don’t damage the rug whilst hoovering, it’s important to use the nozzle attachment. Hoovering lightly should be enough to remove any excess pine needles as well as loose yarns and surface dust. To ensure best rug care practices are followed, avoid hoover brushes as they break up the yarns which can eventually reduce the life of your rug. If you have a smaller rug, it’s a good idea to shake it outside before hoovering, this will get rid of most of the pine needles, meaning you can use the nozzle to get rid of any unwanted dust.
If you’re planning on having family and friends over this Christmas, then your rug could actually pose a hazard. If your rug is on a smooth surface such as tiles, vinyl or laminated flooring, then there’s every chance your rug could end up sliding. Rugs that aren’t fully flat to the surface can also present a trip hazard, so if you want everyone to remain safe and sound this Christmas, invest in an anti-slip underlay. This will prevent slips whilst also acting as a shock absorber which can cut down on the wear your rug is likely to go through over the Christmas period.
If your rug is fairly new, then you may have noticed it shedding quite a lot. Although this is likely to settle over time, it’s highly likely that a busy Christmas period will affect it. Foot traffic, combined with animals and even abrasive cleaning can all contribute towards your rug shedding. To help prevent against shedding this Christmas and promote good rug care, it’s advisable that you insist on no shoes in the house. Barrier mats are also recommended as they stop dirt from entering the home. Gentle hoovering using the nozzle and avoiding the hoover brush is also a good idea.
During heavy usage of your rug over Christmas, you’re highly likely to come across some loose strands. Rather than pull at them, you should look to trim the loose fibres level with the surface of your rug. Pulling them can result in weakening the backing of your rug. You can also hoover loose fibres, as long as you do it carefully and avoid any abrasive cleaning methods.
When the winter holidays come around, it does not mean that it is only time for presents and festive decorations, it is about spreading the Christmas spirit too. Decorating your home is one way to spread the cheer and make sure that everyone is ready for the holiday cheer.
In order prepare for Christmas, it is important that you first decide what kind of decoration you want so that you do not mix all sorts of things together. Moreover, sometimes it is better to opt for less decoration as too much can drown out what you were going for originally.
The first thing to do…
First things first, you will have to clean your home before putting on any decoration as it is vital that you have a clean home and that whoever visits you will notice the festive decoration and not the mess that might be in your home.
Setting up the fairy lights
Everybody loves to put up the Christmas lights, but be careful with how you put them on as it can greatly improve the overall design or if done badly, it will ruin the whole thing. Remember to use only proper and functioning lights as they can cause fires.
Hang up some homemade decoration
Putting up Christmas decoration is not the same without some homemade sweets, and no decoration is complete without a gingerbread house. Not only does it look great, but it will smell great and it will really add Christmas charm to your home.
Bake fresh cookies
If you want your home to smell like Christmas around the clock, then make fresh batches of cookies that you and your family can enjoy at the end of the day. It will make your home smell nice, and it will be a great decoration, and it tastes great too.
Put on some Christmas music
If you have no chance of listening to carolers, then the next best thing you can do is put on some carolling music that can play in the playground, it will really set the mood and everyone will feel the Christmas spirit.
Create a warm atmosphere
One way to really enjoy the Christmas evenings next to a warm fire with your family is to use shaggy rugs in your living room; not only will it look great, but it will make your room feel even warmer and welcoming.
We’ve recently decorated our lounge to give it a cosy vibe, and I wish we’d done it sooner! We’ve got a lovely big armchair that we’ve moved from the bedroom downstairs, so we have plenty of space for when people come over at Christmas, and we’ve invested in a log burner.
Every living room should have a make-over before the festive season because so much time is spent in the lounge entertaining friends and family over the Christmas holiday. Nobody likes being stuck on the floor when they’re visiting, and you shouldn’t have to give up your seat when people come over either.
To celebrate decorating my lounge, and since it’s the run-up to Christmas, I’ve teamed up with Tub Chairs to promote their competition to win a stunning Neyland Sky Wingback Chair. The competition is open to UK residents, and you can find it here. I just wish I had more room in my living room to put this next to our fire…
Get festive with your family
It is not hard to set up Christmas decoration, but it is about tradition and doing it as a team with your family; it should be something that you and your family can enjoy greatly. Spreading the spirit is important and when guests see your decorations they should get a feeling of warmth and joy.
However, in order to properly decorate your home, you will need to make sure that you clean your house and that you de-clutter so that nothing gets in the way. Moreover, always make sure that when using electrical decorations you make sure that they are safe for use.
You’ve tackled the kitchen, spruced the living room and your bedroom has become the sanctuary you always dreamed it would be. These projects, while tough, were super rewarding: they made your house look and feel the way you envisioned. You spend time there, and you enjoy every minute of it because it reflects who you are.
But not every room in your house will be so easy to overhaul — and you have probably been putting this one off for quite some time. It’s not necessarily living space, but it’s one you regularly see. It might even make you cringe to look at the disorganization, the dim lighting and the dark grey walls that give it even more of a dungeon-y vibe.
If you haven’t guessed already, the most dreaded home project of all is the one where you store your Christmas decorations, leave your muddy shoes and, of course, park your car: it’s your garage. But, sooner or later, all of those piled-up boxes and disorganized tools will get to you and you’ll have to overhaul the place. The following five tips will make that task easier — and make the space so much less of an eyesore than it is now:
1. Take Stock of Your Belongings – and Sort Them
The first step in your garage-cleaning process will have to be an inventory of all that’s stored there. This is especially true if your garage has become the go-to ditching point for all of your brown cardboard boxes full of no-one-knows-what.
Once you know what’s out there, you’ll want to sort through everything. There are likely things you can throw away, items you no longer use but are donation-ready and things that are best stored somewhere beyond the garage. What you’ll be left with are items you use and items that can be properly stored in the garage.
2. Clean the Floor
With everything cleared out of the garage, your next step in the garage-cleaning process should be scouring the floor. This can, of course, become a pretty time-consuming task, depending on the amount of oil and grease that your cars have left behind.
After sweeping up dirt and debris, use a specialty cleaner to break down and wash away the grease that’s built up. You’ll also need to pick up a heavier-duty floor cleaner than the one you use inside of your house to use after you remove stains. Once that’s done, rinse it away with a hose and let the floor air-dry.
3. Figure Out What Will Happen, Where
What do you use your garage for? Parking and storage? Woodworking and tinkering? Laundry? Shoe storage? Think about what you need the space to do for you, and figure out which activity will happen where. This will help you design storage that works for you and all of the tasks you’ll carry out from the comfort of your garage.
4. Rely on Vertical Space
Now that your floors are clean, you can move things back into the garage. First, though, you should consider installing some new reorganization structures that take advantage of the vertical space in your garage.
Take, for example, the tools you have kept in a disorganized box or pile for the past several years. Installing a pegboard onto your garage wall is an easy way to visually organize your tools so you can easily find the hammer, or the wrench, or the level… whatever it is you need will be easy for you to grab.
Your vertical storage can also include shelves on which you store boxes, wall-hung bicycle racks, holders for all of your extra-large gardening tools… the possibilities for vertical organization are nearly endless.
5. Label Everything Once It’s Re-Stored
Now that your organizational system(s) is/are in place, there’s one last step before putting everything away: labeling every single box, container and holder so that you always know what goes where.
Labeling makes it easy for you to find your Christmas decorations, winter boots or water shoes without digging through a handful of boxes that all look identical. Having a label also helps you put things away properly after using them since each item’s home will be easy to find. This is especially useful for smaller items like nails, screws, bolts, etc.: rather than having a mismatched container to dig through and find the item you need, you can keep them separate for extra efficiency.
Once everything’s labeled, you’ll find it’s easier to keep things organized and put them away when you’re done. With homes clearly marked, you won’t have any excuse not to put the shovel back in its holder, the hammer back on its peg and the extra nails back into their drawer.
Finally, It’s Functional
With a weekend spent emptying, cleaning and reorganizing your garage, it’ll no longer be hanging over your to-do list. Instead, you’ll have a functional work and storage space that you might even enjoy looking at now that it’s clean and de-cluttered. And, with that, you’ll have sorted out the most dreaded home makeover of all — and, if you maintain your work, you’ll never have to helm such an overhaul again.