A place for everything and everything in its place is that your house? Probably not but with a few simple steps you can learn how to declutter. It takes quite a bit of practice. Not only by you but your family need to get disciplined as well otherwise you are fighting an uphill battle.
Get yourself an in-tray and as bills, statements etc. arrive in the post put them in this tray to be dealt with. This is much neater and far better than filing them on the mantle piece or stuffed down the back of the sofa. Once a month go through the tray and process it. Pay any bills that need paying, check statements then file them away. I personally use a neat little filing cabinet which I picked up for $20.00. You will be surprised how easy it is to grab a utility bill 6 months down the line should you have a dispute with your electricity company.
I bet your closet is so full of clothes that you haven’t worn in years that you can’t close the door. Get rid of them! If you haven’t worn it in 2 years then be merciless and throw it out because the chances are it will still be there in 10 years, unworn. If family members are putting up resistance sort out their stuff into piles when they are not around. On their return let them have the final say. Most will see reason in the end.
Have a drawer in the house that is just for keepsakes. This drawer you want to keep for the special drawings you kids bring home from school or something cute they modelled from clay. You know the kind of stuff I am talking about. It’s cute but not cute enough to be on show! Every couple of months go through the drawer with your kids and declutter it together. Keep another drawer for paint, pencils crayons etc. This will stop all the children’s art materials cluttering op the house.
Getting the children involved in housework is always going to be hard work so make it fun and reward them. You need to be specific when asking them to do something. “Tidy Your Room” is not going to cut it with kids. Instead break it down into smaller chunks like “Bring Down Your Laundry” or “Put All Your Toys Back In The Basket”. Making a progress or reward chart will motivate the kids if their is something to win in the end.
Get a large wicker basket at the bottom of the stairs. This is a holding basket and anything that needs to be taken upstairs get put in it. Try and take something out of it every time you go up stairs but at the very least make a point of decluttering it once a day.
If your shelves are full of family heirlooms and impulse craft fair purchases and it looks messy then just have a major purge. If it’s functional and required (like a clock) then keep it. If it’s broke, redundant or just too damned ugly stop procrastinating and throw it away. If you still have lots of knick-knacks cluttering up the place then put half away in storage and rotate them every few months.
In the digital age the only time you will need an actual newspaper is if you are on the loo or need something to beat your dog. Everything can be found on-line. But if you insist on buying magazines and newspapers then you need to keep them in a small box. Something that will hold maybe 10 copies. That way as it gets filled up you will be forced to throw the old one out.
Once you have learnt the basics of how to declutter the rest is common sense. Keeping your family on the ball is a biggest part of the challenge. If you are single then you won’t have this problem but you need to be very disciplined with yourself.
You can get more information on how to declutter with this great e-book from Mimi Tanner the declutter expert. It has some excellent tips and tricks that will get you decluttered fast.
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How to Grow Juicy Tasty Tomatoes is the title of a fantastic book that teaches you to, well, grow tomatoes
We have compiled 10 top tips to grow the juiciest tomatoes in your neighbourhood.
1. If you are going to be growing tomatoes from seeds then space them out and give them plenty of room to branch out. If they are too close they won’t develop so well. Move them to bigger 4″ pots two weeks after they get their first leaves.
2. Provide plenty of light for tomato seedlings. If you don’t have adequate sunlight then they need to be under grow lights for 12-14 hours a day. When it comes to planting put them in the sunniest part of your vegetable patch.
3. Tomato plants grow better when there is a gentle breeze because makes the stems stronger. If you don’t have adequate breeze (in a greenhouse) then gently use an oscillating fan on them for 10-15 minutes a day.
4. Heating the soil prior to planting the seeds gives good results. Cover the soil in black plastics bags for a week or two prior to planting.
5. Bury tomato plants as deep as you can. Tomatoes can grow roots all the way up their stems so planting them deeper allows them to get more nourishment from the soil.
6. Cover the planted area in mulch but wait for the soil to warm up first. Mulching locks the heat and water into the soil an protect the plants from soil based diseases.
7. When your tomatoes get to about 3′ tall remove the lower leaves from the bottom 1″ of the stem. These are the leaves most prone to disease and fungus infections. Spray the bottom remaining leaves with compost tea on a weekly basis to ward of fungus infections.
8. Remove suckers that grow in between the joint of the main stem and a branch. They won’t bear any fruit and just sap energy going to the end of that branch. Thin out other leaves that are causing obstruction but be careful no to over do it.
9. Water regularly. Don’t miss a week and try and make it up as the plant will develop rot and can begin to crack. When the tomatoes are beginning to ripen lessen the watering to get a sweeter tomato.
10. Different types of tomato will ripen at different times. By buying indeterminate types you can get them to fruit earlier by pinching the tops of the main stems in early summer.
There you go. 10 top tips on how to get the best tomatoes for your summer salads.
You can get more tips and tricks on growing juicy tomatoes with this brilliant e-book How to Grow Juicy Tasty Tomatoes. It’s a good resource and one that you will want to refer time and time again to get the best out of your tomato growing.
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Building a Greenhouse can be very satisfying. Not only will you have the satisfaction that you have built something with your own two hands you will be proud that you can grow vegetables, flowers and plants all year round.
Building your own Greenhouse is much more cost effective than buying a pre-built one. Most pre-built ones have to be assembled anyway so you are paying well over the odds for the materials. Unfortunately though constructing a good quality greenhouse is not as simple as banging a few bits of wood and plastic together. You need to take into account the materials that will be needed, the dimensions and ventilation just to mention a few things.
Luckily Bill Keene, the author of Building A Greenhouse Plans has many years of commercial greenhouse management and has put together this easy to follow guide so you can build your perfect greenhouse. Here’s a few of the things you will get with your copy:
- How to build a Victorian style greenhouse to fit any backyard.
- How to build a medium sized lean-to greenhouse to save space and materials.
- How to build an arch out of plastic piping to save money.
- How to build a small greenhouse that will fit in the smallest of spaces.
- Hot to build a modular hot-bed greenhouse.
- Find out what lighting should be used on different types of plants.
- Find out why ventilation is so important.
- How to select the right materials.
- Find out the 8 things you must do to prevent mold and fungus.
- Discover the essential lighting, temperature and soil conditions you must have.
- Learn how to modify your greenhouse depending on your location and weather situation.
This e-Book tells you everything you need to know about Building a Greenhouse from selecting the right kind of structure that suits you best to picking the appropriate utilities and plants. It is a brilliant resource with lots handy tips. It answers all your questions right from planning and setting up, preparing soil mix, choosing plants, watering, ventilation, pest control, and harvesting. It is a complete guide to building, running and maintaining your greenhouse successfully.
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Now if you are looking to start your own business then sewing machine repair may not be top of the list of things to do. To be honest I didn’t reckon there was much call until I did a keyword search with Googles Keyword Tool and found over 100,000 related searches every month so I was intrigued to find out what Tony Asefs Sewing Machine Repair Guide had to offer.
Tony promises to get you up-to speed in 30 days so you can start part time as a Sewing Machine Repair specialist and bring in as much as $30,000 a year. Not bad for a part time job! Imagine what you could be earning if you were to do this full time. Judging by the amount of searches being done on Google alone every month there is obviously a big call for this service.
Tony has been repairing sewing machines for 25 years so I guess this more than qualifies him as a specialist on the subject. When he started out he had to learn the hard way. There were no books or training courses available so he decided to get all the tips and tricks down in his book Repair Sewing Machines at Home.
There is no shortage of business for a sewing machine repair specialist. There is an estimated 89 million American households that own sewing machines. These machines are in need of regular servicing and maintenance. That’s not without sewing machines in schools, colleges, local government and prisons. the list is endless. You really can make a fortune in your own town if you get the right information and apply it correctly.
The book is concise and clear with plenty of pictures and clear text to guide you through the process of servicing or repairing a sewing machine. Here’s a list of what you will learn from the book:
- How to thread different types of sewing machine, how to wind the bobbin and select the correct needle.
- How to clean and oil different sewing machines. How to check parts for wear and tear. Checking a machine for noise, needle breakage and thread breakage.
- How to straighten the needle and level the foot presser.
- How to check motors, lights and wiring.
- How to properly time the needle bar and feed mechanism.
- How to set the tension on different machines by using a gauge.
- How much to charge the customer. Sample repair tickets included.
- Where to purchase sewing machine parts and new machines, wholesale.
To conclude we think Tony has done an excellent job with his manual. It shows that he is passionate about sewing machine repair and the financial freedom it can give if you are prepared to learn the skills he is willing to share.
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This great way to learn how to make soap is brought to us by SoapMakingFun.com and looks like it could be a winner with those looking for a new hobby or someone looking to develop a cottage industry making luxury soaps.
SoapMakingFun.com claim that you can start making soap in 53 minutes which seems quite precise and probably some sales blurb. In reality I would say that you could have made your first batch of soap in a couple of hours depending on your skill level.
The process is called ‘Cold Process Soap Making’ whereby you are using fats such as olive or coconut oil and they react with lye to create soap. SoapMakingFun.com have obviously spent a long time creating their soap making course as it’s clearly laid out and list all the problems you may encounter as you learn the art of soap making.
Here are some of the more common questions that may arise as you learn to make soap:
- What is the right way to blend the oils with the soap mixture?What equipment do I need and where can I get the best price?
- How do I accurately measure the ingredients?
- What happens if the lye splashes on me?
- What does “trace” really look like?What how can I keep my soap from going rancid?
- How can I tell when the soap has cured long enough?
- What is the easiest way to get the soap out of the mold?
- Where can I get top quality oils without paying a fortune?
- How do I create custom scents without ruining my oils?
- I’ve done everything right, why did my soap turn out wrong?
All these questions and more are answered in SoapMakingFun.com course and there are comprehensive videos with step-bystep instructions.
In all we think this a really good course for those looking to start making soap or those that have a little experience and want to brush up on their soap making skills. The course is reasonably priced and you could easily recoup the cost by being ahead of the game and not making the mistakes budding soap makers may run into.