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Childproofing Your Home

by Celez H.

Childproofing Your Home

When it comes to decorating your home, there's a lot more to consider than simply coordinating your window treatments with your carpet.  This is especially true if you have children in the home, which presents a whole new concern for keeping them safe.

Take A Look Around

When you take a quick glance throughout your home, what do you see?  Is the home decorated for an adult or a child?  If your little one is like most, he/she has a lot of energy and isn't afraid to use it.  To prevent a hard spill, many families replace hardwood or tile flooring with plush carpet or rugs for a little extra padding.  If your child stumbles and falls, the extra cushioning will come in handy.

Do you have any furniture with glass inserts or sharp corners, or do you see a lot of breakables throughout the home?  If so, it's time to remove them.  You should get rid of any furniture that could be hazardous to your youngster and this includes glass top tables and anything with protruding edges.

Lots of Locks

When you have children in the home, it's important that you keep all cleaning products locked away in a cabinet and/or out of reach of your little ones.  If possible, consider adding an alarm that will alert you if the cabinet is opened.

Most families have a medicine cabinet, which contains either over-the-counter or prescription medication.  This area is a serious concern for children and should be locked and out of their reach.  It's also important that all medications feature a childproof lid for added protection.

If there is an area of your home or a specific room that your child is not permitted in, place a child gate in the doorway to prevent them from sneaking in while you're not looking.  Children are fast, but this is one way to make sure that they are also safe.

Do Not Touch

Children are curious by nature, but there are some common household items that they simply must refrain from touching.  These include a fan, paper shredder, space heater, scissors and other sharp objects that could pose a serious risk for your little one.  Make sure that these items, along with anything similar, are kept out of reach.  All electrical appliances, including hairdryers, styling products and appliances must be stored away from water and out of your child's reach to prevent injury.

Speaking of which, all electrical outlets should be covered with outlet covers and any small items, including marbles and coins, must be picked up and kept out of your child's reach.  Because children love to see what they can fit into their mouths, it's important that they not be left alone near these items.

Safety at Play

When your child is outside, make sure that the environment is a safe one.  This means that your yard should be completely fenced with a locked gate to prevent him/her from wandering out into the street.  It's always a good idea to keep an eye on your child, but it's even better to make sure that he/she is safe if you happen to glance away for a second.

Get Summer Guest Ready!

by Celez H.

Preparing Your Home for Summer Guests

It's wonderful having friends and family at your home to share the long summer days with, but it can also be a lot of work.  Hosting comes with some challenges that are best met with preparation and an extra dose of patience.  Here are a few quick tips to get your home ready for your visitors.

 

Overnight Company

Whether you are expecting guests to spend the night, or a surprise visit leaves you scrambling to find bedding for everyone, the simplest way to deal with it is to keep an air bed on hand.  Today's air beds are a lot more comfortable than they were in the past, and you can buy a quality raised air bed for less than a hundred dollars.  A raised air bed will keep guests off the floor and will feel more like a real bed.

A deflated air bed can be stored easily and blown up in a matter of minutes, so you can save space and still have a comfortable guest bed when you need it.  Having an extra in the house comes in handy for all sorts of guests.

 

Anticipate Their Needs

Be prepared with things guests may use up or simply forget to bring.  Stock up on things like toilet tissue.  Pick up a few extra toothbrushes and toothpaste. Add a few extra towels as well, to avoid having to do constant laundry.

Buying in bulk can save a lot of money on the household items you go through quickly when extra people are in the house-make a trip to your local warehouse store before your guests arrive.

 

Clear the Clutter

Nothing makes clutter more obvious, or more of a problem, than having extra people in the house.  When you are expecting guests, grab a few storage bins and put away some of the things that tend to clutter up counter tops.  Make a sweep through the house and grab anything that won't be needed for a while.  The less general clutter you have, the more room you'll have for guests and their luggage.

 

Getting through the summer smoothly and with as few frustrations as possible can be done-even with guests in your home.  Just be ready for their arrival and anticipate what will be needed ahead of time, so you aren't running around in search of an extra towel.

Spotless home in just 15 minutes!

by Celez H.

Clean Your Home In 15 Minutes A Day

Housework has a way of getting overwhelming quickly.  You put a few things off and before you know it you're facing hours of cleaning just to get it back to normal.  But if you plan carefully and stick to a plan, you can get all your basic housework done in only about 15 minutes a day and keep it clean and company-ready all the time.

Start with A Baseline

You'll have to do that deep cleaning before you start, because otherwise you'll always be playing catch up.  Set a day aside and clean your house from top to bottom.  If you stick to the simple 15-minute-a-day plan from here on out, you'll rarely if ever spend a whole day cleaning again.

This deep cleaning establishes a baseline of clean that you would like to maintain; once you have this baseline, you simply must take the time each day to keep things in order.

Your Daily Fifteen

Make a list of the main cleaning jobs in your home.  These will usually include vacuuming/floor sweeping, cleaning bathrooms, dusting, washing floors and counters, and laundry.  The things on your list may differ depending on the size of your home and how many people live there, as well as the type of flooring you have.

Select one or two things to do each day.  Smaller jobs such as dusting can be combined with another small job to make up most of your fifteen minutes.  There will be things you need to do every day or every second day that can't only be done weekly-add one of these things onto the main job for the day.

How It Looks

Your weekly cleaning list might look something like this:

Monday, you vacuum the floors.

Tuesday, you dust, do a load of laundry, and wipe down the counters in the kitchen.

Wednesday, you clean a bathroom and sweep.

Thursday you clean a second bathroom and do another load of laundry.

Friday, you clean the windows and mirrors around the house and wash the kitchen floor.

 

On each of these days you will add small everyday jobs to the list such as emptying the dishwasher or washing dinner pots.  If you do these things as part of your cleaning time, they won't pile up on you.

Of course, if you have a large home or large family, you may need a little more than 15 minutes a day; you will have to adjust the schedule to your needs.  You will quickly find, though, that housework is never a huge job again.

SAFETY TIPS FOR YOUR SUMMER TIME BBQ'S & GRILLING

by Celez H.

Safety Tips for Barbeque & Grilling

A barbeque is an outdoor meal or party at which food is prepared on a rack over a grill.  This popular past time has become a tradition for many families, especially those hosting a backyard party for family and friends.  When working with a grill of any kind, it's important to observe a few safety tips that will ensure a happy and healthy meal for everyone.

 

Inspect Your Grill

When the temperatures heat up, so do many outdoor grills.  It's always important to inspect your grill before each use, but especially before the first use of the season.  It's a good idea to look for any damage that may have occurred throughout the winter or a breakdown of the grill's structure.  If you have any concerns, call an expert, or consider purchasing a new grill.  Never use a grill that's damaged or seems to be working improperly.

 

Cool Cooking Tips

Before starting to grill, make sure that your unit is placed on a flat and stable surface.  It's important to have everything in order beforehand because you should not move a grill while it's in use.  As is the case with any type of meal preparation, making sure that the food is properly cooked is a must.  Therefore, many experts recommend using a meat thermometer to ensure that the food is cooked thoroughly and ready for consumption.

 

Child Safety

When it comes to grilling, children love the smell of a hot dog or hamburger being cooked outdoors on a warm summer afternoon.  But, despite their fascination with the process, it's important that children not be allowed near an unattended grill.  In addition to an adult always being nearby, it's essential that little ones not be in a position where they could put their hands anywhere near the cooking surface or the grill itself.

 

Cleaning Up After A Cookout

Grills vary from one to another, which is why reading the manufacturer's instructions for care, maintenance, cleanup and storage are essential to both the longevity of your grill and the health and wellbeing of those around you.  Follow the instructions as provided by the manufacturer, and always make sure to keep your cooking utensils clean.

 

Now that you know how to enjoy grilling safely in the great outdoors, all that you need to do is to invite some friends and family over for a backyard barbecue and enjoy the unmistakable taste that no other type of cooking can provide.

 

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