Renewing your house or apartment decor is essential to active energies at home. The change of seasons is the perfect time to integrate new elements in your place. With these tips, you can make redecoration cheap and easy.
Hanging pictures on the wall is an easy task. Measure, hammer and hang. However, even the simplest activities can get complicated if you don’t know the basic tools and instructions. Take a look at these steps and learn how to add some style to your wall in the best way.
Ask a friend to hold the picture against the selected wall and take a few steps back to see how it looks according to the surrounding area. If you are alone, hold the picture against the wall and gently mark its four corners with a pencil. This is the easiest way to analyze whether the location is appropriate or not. Do not forget to erase the pencil marks.
Once you have decided the location, hold the picture against the wall in the selected position. Draw a short line on the wall to mark where the upper side of the picture will go. The line should be aligned with the center of the picture (you can make a cross to mark the exact center point of the frame). Use a measure tape to help you. If the picture is too big, you must use two nails, one for each side, for a better weight distribution. Make sure the marks are at a same height using a bubble level.
Many people ignore the fact that when you hang a picture, there is distance between the edge of the frame and the point where it actually hangs. Because of this, many pictures often end placed higher than expected. In the back of the picture, measure the distance between the upper edge and the hanging point. If the hanging system is a cable, then make sure to tighten the cable. Now, make a new mark on the wall by measuring the hanging distance down from the previously made pencil mark.
A 2 inch nail should be enough to hold a small or medium picture. If you want to add some extra strength, then make sure you drive the nail into the wall at a steep angle (between 30 or 40 degrees should be fine). If the picture is very heavy, you should use a wall plug and a screw. Another option is to use a picture-hanging hook. They come in different sizes and models.
There is a possibility that the picture itself is not balanced. So, no matter how much you try it would never be totally leveled. In this case, you can use some adhesive bumpers (those small plastic buttons) and place them in each corner of the picture frame. The bumpers will increase the friction between the object and the wall, preventing them from slipping.
Make your favorite beverage and admire your new piece of art.
Did you just moved in to a new house? Do you want to get rid of that dull color on your walls? There is nothing like a clean canvas to express yourself. With these practical painting tips you can customize your rooms like a pro. Brushes up!
Small size objects don’t have to be stowed inside a drawer. Watch these simple organization ideas for storing all those little things you don’t want to misplace, and adding some style to your rooms.
Moving to a new home means you need to pay attention to dozens of different situations, especially if there is a remodeling job in the view. Having to remember everything at once is quite stressful; stress can lead to confusion; and confusion leads to making bad decisions. To avoid a moving chaos, you need a helper at hand. We are talking about a “Moving Binder”.
What is a Moving Binder?
A Moving Binder is an excellent organization idea. Allows you to group in one space all the elements you need to keep in mind when moving from one place to another. From chore lists to paint samples, you can keep track of what you want to remember and leave your mind trouble-free to focus on other things. Like an event planner, a Moving Binder helps you to know everything that has been done, everything that is being done and everything that needs to be done.
How Can I Make a Moving Binder?
You can use materials that you have at home to create your own organizational system. Choose a folder easy to carry around. Folders with different storage options are better for the task. Use paper sheets for writing down notes, and plastic sleeves with multiple compartment for business cards, photos and material samples. A zippered pouch is not only useful for pencils, but for storing small items like tile or wood samples. Use dividers to easily identify every area of your binder and find information quickly.
What Can I Add to My Moving Binder?
You can add everything that you find useful. Here are some examples:
– Tasks lists by category
– Packed/to-pack items lists
– Floor sketch of the new house/apartment
– Telephone numbers of contractors and agents
– Photos of objects, decorative items, tiles options and more
– Furniture measures
– New house/apartment measures
– Samples of paint, fabrics, laminate, among others.
– Special instructions for contractors
– Payments and invoices
Do not leave everything to the last minute. Start packing things you don’t use on a daily basis and then move gradually toward those that are absolutely necessary. In the last week, leave at hand only a small portion of clothing that you can later pack in a suitcase, and replace your daily use tableware with plastic cups, plates and cutlery that you can easily discard before you move out.
2. Prepare the Moving Boxes
Whether you use new boxes or recycled ones, make sure they are strong enough not to break once they are full. Secure the bottom of the box with resistant packing tape and be sure to cover all the edges to prevent flaps from opening. You can reinforce the bottom with a cardboard cover or a flat, sturdy object with the same box size.
3. Have All Tools At Hand
Before you start packing, make sure you have scissors, markers, labels, packing tape and packing paper. You can buy bubble wrap and especial moving boxes with compartments and accessories. If want to save some money, you can make your own cardboard compartments, and you can use towels, sheets or clothing as wrapping or wedges for fragile items. Don’t try to save on packing tapes. Buy a high quality packing. You don’t want to see the remains of your favorite dishes scattered across the floor.
4. Pay Attention to Size and Weight
Heavy objects should go in small boxes and light objects should go in large boxes. To make the moving easier, boxes shouldn’t weigh more than 50 pounds. Try to use the space efficiently. Smaller items can go into larger hollow objects (shoes, baskets, kitchen pots) while soft objects such as stuffed animals or linens can help fill irregular spaces.
5. Same Type Objects go in Groups
Unpacking objects in the new house will be much easier if everything is arranged according to rooms. Organize the boxes and fill them by category: toys, books, clothes, dishes and more. Avoid having mixed objects in a single box, as this will only increase the possibility to lose them. If you have very small items, you can organize them into bags before storing them inside boxes. Label all cables and keep them in bags or small boxes. You can also take advantage of purses and backpacks to put small objects like jewelry, belts, makeup or school supplies.
6. Prepare Fragile Objects
Everything that can be easily broken or damaged must be previously secured. The dishes should be wrapped with enough paper and positioned vertically on boxes for added strength. Never stack plates inside boxes from bottom to top. Cover the corners of frames and wrap all decorations. Make sure breakable objects are secured with paper, towels or sheets so they do not move inside the box once they are being transported. It is essential that all objects are separated from each other. If they collide with each other, they can get damaged.
7. Leave Clothes on Hangers
Take all your folded clothes and put them neatly in boxes. Group together 5 or 6 pieces of hanged garments, secure the hangers at the top with tape and cover with a plastic bag. If you are using special wardrobe boxes you can use the bottom for shoes, sweaters or purses. Be sure to wrap shoes with a plastic bag to avoid dirt on your clothes. If you keep everything in order will be much easier to unpack in your new home.
8. Label all Boxes
Name all boxes indicating the room to which they belong and the type of objects you packed in it. Boxes with fragile content must be clearly identified. Never place tags at the bottom or top of boxes. Instead, use sides to place labels. Be sure you write the content in at least two opposite sides of the box so you can read the description from any angle.
9. Take Advantage of Drawers
Small drawers can be used to transport its own content. Check that all objects inside the drawer are not fragile or heavy. Secure the content, cover the top with cardboard, and put enough tape on corners. Make sure is a masking tape so it won’t damage the furniture. Once you are unpacking, you only have to remove the tape and put the drawers in their respective places. Consider the weight before deciding which drawers are going to stay full and which will have to be emptied.
10. Secure Kitchen and Laundry Appliances
Each appliance has its own rules for transport. Refrigerators must be disconnected 24 hours before moving. All removable parts of ovens and dishwashers must be disassembled and stored individually. Drums of washing machines and dryers have to be secured to prevent damage. Read the instructions for each item and follow the steps. Cover all corners with polystyrene or cardboard and tape. Always carry the appliances standing up and check that they are well attached to the truck to avoid unwanted moving during transportation.
¿Did you just move into your new house and can’t decide how to decorate it? Get inspired in the summer and fill your home with beautiful seasonal colors. We bring you some interesting tips to help you, not only to inject new life into the rooms, but to save you some money and enhance the usefulness of the spaces.
1. Let the Sun Shine Upon You!
With summer comes the bright sun. Take all its natural light and let it fill your spaces. Use light curtains, soft fabrics and light colors. White and pearl are two great options. Your rooms will look more spacious and the fresh style will combined with any new or old furniture.
2. ¿Short budget? You can always buy second-handed
It may not be your ideal plan, but buying second hand furniture (in good conditions), or accepting used pieces from friends or family, can help you fill your new home at a very low cost. Plus, you can always spice up the old with a new coat of paint or new accessories. The antique items can be mixed with modern style to represent the summertime joy.
If you are not yet convinced, take into account that the way you decorate your new place is not going to be the same forever. Over the years, you’ll know exactly what the style you really want is and which furniture will adapt best to your home. Until then, it is not recommended to spend large sums of money on furniture.
3. Vigorize your Home With Color Accents
Everything looks better with color. The color accents are the most practical way to improve a dull space. You don’t need to paint the entire house. Only one wall painted in a vibrant color represents a focus and gives an unique touch to a living room or dining room. Color helps to integrate and combine uneven spaces or mismatched furniture.
Using cushions of different colors on an old couch can add personality to a room, and putting small ornaments of vibrant colors make great focal points. Moreover, these small items can change over time to give a new style to the house. For the summer season, the ideal colors are light blue, apple green, yellow and violet. Fill with freshness any room in the house.
Just remember to use small points of color and not a whole space.
4. Give it your signature
Do not buy everything just as shown in the catalog. Take the opportunity to explore different objects to integrate and combine. Try shopping at different retail stores and allow yourself to mix up styles. Not everything has to be the same!
An old dresser painted in white, and enhanced with modern vases and colorful flowers, is a practical choice for decorating any room. Incorporating items from your old house, like photos or embellishments, is a great option to give your new place all the coziness it needs.
5. Be practical
We know it’s been a long time since you saw all that beautiful furniture to decorate your new home. And you want to buy it all. But you have to resist the urge to do it. Think of your new and clean spaces as a blank canvas. Putting a lot of objects in a room will make it odd and uncomfortable. And most of these objects will eventually accumulate in your closets.
Instead, opt for practical, simple and multipurpose furniture, where you can store items you don’t want to have at sight. When going to buy new decorations, think of what you already have at home and how you can integrate it into the space. If it does not fit, leave it. We promise you that you will gradually get all your ideal objects. Decorating a home is a work in progress that will take a lot of time.
You are finally moving into a new home and there is a lot to be done. Carry the furniture, pick up the boxes ¡And be careful with grandma’s lamp! We don’t want to misplace anything. Whether you are going to your first own house, a larger floor or becoming independent for the first time, a moving day can be quite exhausting. But don’t despair, because we have some advices to make your journey a pleasant experience.
Having extra help is very important. Invite some friends and family members to participate. You can assign them specific tasks. Women can be better organizers and men can help with heavy work. Make your moving day a reunion. Some music, beverages and food can be a good way to enliven the collaborators. They sure are going to be glad to help, and you will be less stressed.
If you can afford it, hire some movers to pack and carry. Having professional help doesn’t mean you don’t need to be there. The movers will have to pack, carry and unpack everything under your indications. You need to be there and become the captain of the ship. If you can’t be there, ask someone to stand in for you.
Being organized is a key to success. You can make a plan of your new home to know which furnishing will go to each room. Gather all the objects that belong to a same area and identify all boxes as clear as possible. For example: Kitchen Silverware, Marta’s Bedroom Bed Clothes, Living Room Decorations, and so. That way, you and your team will know where to unload all the boxes.
Before going to the new place, make sure everything is in the van. A list can be very useful. If you hired professional help, they will make it for you. Read carefully before signing it. Also, make sure there is a proper parking space for the van in the new house. Having a hired van looking for parking will take extra time.
Finally, we suggest that kids and pets remain far from moving areas. Little kids can stay with a family member and pets should stay on an unoccupied room. That way you can concentrate all your efforts on the moving process.
So, good luck and congratulations on your new home.
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Moving from one home to another is never simple, especially for the little ones. Therefore, it is necessary to prepare them for all the process of settling in a new house. Oscar’s Moving and Storage offers you some little tips with which you will be able to reassure the success of living in a new place with all your family.