7 Simple Ways to Spring Clean Your Home Faster

Looking for ways to spring clean your home in no time? Good. I’ve got some tried and tested ways that I’m going to share with you. Spring cleaning is one of my favorite things about the spring season, but unfortunately, I can’t enjoy it to the fullest since my schedule is always overloaded. So I’ve found a few ways to spring clean my home fast that are also great for those who don’t like cleaning.

1. Clean mini blinds
Yes, I want to start with the worst part about spring cleaning. I’m sure many of you would agree that cleaning mini blinds is a great pain. However, I’ve learned a small tip that makes it really easier. Just take your mini blinds down and wash them in the bath. They’ll be cleaner in no time!

2. Wash your walls
If you used to wash your walls by hand, this spring try washing them with a mop instead. This will save you a lot of time, I promise! Now that I know this little trick, washing my walls isn’t a big problem anymore. Give it a try and you will never think of washing the walls as a great pain.

3. Clean your oven
I don’t understand those people who clean their oven by hand when they have a self-cleaning one. A self-cleaning oven works amazingly and is so easy to operate. If you have a self-cleaning oven, just turn it on and it will do its thing. While it’s cleaning, the oven gets extremely hot and there can be a terrible smell, but you can go outdoors to avoid the smell, or do another chore to complete your spring cleaning faster.

4. Give your carpets to the professionals
If you have carpets, I suggest you to hire them done. It’s better and easier. It’s also incredibly time-saving. The professional knows what they’re doing and they can be more experienced at stain removal than you are. If you can afford, give your carpets to the professionals.

5. Purchase a ceiling fan cleaner
Purchase a ceiling fan cleaner so that you don’t have to climb up and take it all apart. Indeed, there’s a great device that you can purchase that cleans the ceiling fan. It’s like a duster but created to fit over every blade. While you still should clean the globes, it helps save you immense amounts of time and headache.

6. Clean your curtains
If you have trouble cleaning your curtains, I recommend doing all of your curtains at once. Take the day, take your curtains down and wash them. After washing, hang your curtains back up. Don’t forget to check the instructions and learn how to properly launder them. Maybe your curtains are dry clean only ones. Follow the instructions on the label and you won’t have any problems.

7. Don’t do it alone
If you share a home or if you have a big family, don’t do your spring cleaning alone, it’s just too much for one person. Have everybody muck in and help and you’ll get it done quicker and you will even have time for a spring picnic or family BBQ.

Follow these tips and you will do your spring cleaning faster and easier. Which tricks do you use to do your spring cleaning quicker? Share them with me, please, I will certainly try them all!

7 Unique DIY Summer Ideas for Kids

Summer is great for DIY projects because of the abundance of natural materials and time to collect these – at the beach, during walks, hiking and travelling, or in your own backyard if nowhere else. Ideas are also often found right on the spot, as many stones, twigs, roots and shells resemble something (or someone?) else so closely (or perhaps will resemble, with just a few simple details added.)

Hunting for such treasures is fun, keeping and displaying them as trophies and souvenirs that remind you of your summer adventures is also fun. You will certainly be lucky to find some, but most of the time natural materials will look like nothing special (at least to us, adults), and will require more imagination to be combined into something creative. However, you might as well just give a handful of shells to your kids and ask them what do these look like, or what can you do with them – you may be surprised at the answers. Here are some simple DIY summer ideas for your kids to try:

1. Shell Art


Shell Art
It will be definitely more fun if you pick up not only the perfect-looking shells at the beach, but also the ones that are broken or polished by the surf until hardly resembling their original shape. It’s no surprise that shells work so great for underwater-themed art projects, but they can also be used to look like a variety of other things, such as flowers, butterflies, birds, or animals.

2. In a Bottle


In a Bottle
If you have some transparent containers your beauty products came in, or small shampoo and shower gel bottles from your favorite hotels, you can turn them into decorations. This is fun to do if you like the idea of travel souvenirs being filled with other travel souvenirs, or finally putting your collection of travel-size products into good use, and perhaps just storing small items in a pretty way.

Those containers can be filled with small stones and shells, sand, dried flowers, seeds, beads, and even crayon shavings or scraps of colorful paper, yarn or fabric. They can be displayed on the shelves or in small baskets, and used for decorating flowerbeds or potted plants. Making a succulent planter and then decorating it is also a nice DIY idea, as succulents are easy to mix, to care for, and extremely hard to kill. However, you can just use the bottle decorations for any potted plants you already have in the house.

No-hassle

While simply displaying natural materials of different sizes and textures in boxes, baskets, containers and flower pots may be the easiest way of using them for decorating, some people will complain that this may turn into a mess at some point. The others will often complain that they don’t have any time, any materials, their kids don’t have any patience, and all the DIY projects are too complicated. Oh, really? As long as you’ve got kids, and they’ve got toys or other small objects they like playing with, you’re all set:

3. Decorating the Room


Decorating the Room
You don’t have to paint the walls a different color to give the kids’ room a fresh look – adding a few details can instantly delight its owners, especially when they make the decorative elements themselves. This dolls’ clothing line will make any usual drawer look great – or any other spot where you can safely fix a string between point A and point B (shelves, doors, storage boxes, curtains, etc.)

It may actually be used not only in the rooms blessed with dolls and girls, but for creatively displaying anything you like – ornaments for holiday or party decoration, small toys, photos, drawings, pictures cut out of magazines, letters to form a motivational word or a phrase. Just make sure such lines don’t get in the way when moving around or accessing things, as some kids may want to cover an entire room with these, like spiders. If they do, you can suggest another similar project to them:

4. Hammock for Soft Toys


Hammock for Soft Toys
This is really easy when you have the main thing already mentioned above – some point A and point B that the two ends of a scarf or a piece of cloth can be tied to. Now, what if you don’t (or they are all taken by “lines” already)? Wrap a scarf around the footboard of the bed, or wrap and tie a piece of thick elastic band around the door, then tie the ends of the scarf to it. You can also mask the elastic band with another scarf or a piece of cloth. The hammock for soft toys is ready!

Please note these weigh more than dolls’ clothing, so pick the smallest ones if you are relying on the elastic band only. If you are using something stronger, like a wall coat rack or hooks, any bigger ones and even dolls or toy cars are welcome. This is also a great idea for the entryway or mudroom if the wall looks bare because the coats have been put away.

5. Mini Hammock


Mini Hammock
If you only have a point A, but no point B anywhere close, or if something in between those would interfere with opening doors, accessing your clothes, books or art supplies, opt for a mini-version of the toy hammock using a regular clothes hanger. You can mask the hanger itself with the loose ends of the scarf, or decorate it with something else. This construction is removable and can be placed on closet doors or drawers. Your kids can still get their clothes and books easily, or move their soft toys to a different “sunny spot” when they feel like it.

6. T-Shirt Pillows


T-Shirt Pillows
Everybody has some favorite clothing items, but while adults can wear those till they turn to rags, kids often grow out of them faster. Are they unhappy about that favorite T-shirt becoming too small? Turn it into a decorative pillow for their room, and unhappy kids into happy kids instantly! Just slip it over a small pillow, and while you can certainly sew the bottom of the T-shirt together if you like, you can simply leave it like it is for a super-easy, no-sew DIY project that takes just a few seconds of your time.

Alternatively, tie the sleeves and the bottom corners of the T-shirt with ribbons, lace, loom bands bracelets, or whatever else you consider matching. Kids love the result, anyway, but if you choose not to sew anything, the pillows can “borrow” any of their T-shirts, not just those that are not wearable anymore.

7. Swimsuit and Top Pillows


Swimsuit and Top Pillows
The pillows can also “wear” tops and swimsuits, for a typical summer look and a bright touch to your interior or garden furniture. Not to mention the scarves – or are they all occupied by soft toys already? Such pillows can even have a different outfit every day for maximum fun in no time! Enjoy the summer!

As a parent, you probably know how it’s hard to cope with that constant “I’m bored.” While there are many kid-friendly summer activities, DIY projects can do the trick as well, especially on a rainy day. So the next time your child whines, “I’m bored,” give some of these simple ideas a try.

10 Essential Fitness Habits to Develop When You’re Young

There are a few important fitness habits you should develop at a young age to live a healthier, longer life. If you adopt unhealthy fitness habits when you’re young, as you get older, it will be harder to get rid of these bad habits. However, if you start leading a healthy lifestyle at a young age, it will remain a part of your lifestyle down the road. Read on to learn 10 most essential fitness habits to develop when you’re young.

1. Eat healthy
You’ve probably heard this many times, but did you build the habit of eating healthy? It’s hard to make healthy choices, when there are so many tasty junk foods. Plus, junk food is more convenient than healthy food. Many people fall into a habit of eating fast food at a young age and then find it hard to break this habit as they get older. As a result, this bad habit puts them at a higher risk for numerous health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity. No matter how busy you are, you need to develop healthy eating habits now when you are young. Eating healthier is not as difficult as you think. Junk food won’t help you live a healthier, longer life, remember it.

2. Make exercise a regular part of your life
One of the most important fitness habits to develop at a young age is to exercise every day. It can be walking, jogging, running, swimming, whatever. Even if you are not trying to lose weight, you need to exercise to stay healthy. Regular exercise helps protect you from high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. It can also help fight anxiety, depression and mood swings. If you develop this habit while you’re young, your future self will definitely thank you.

3. Never skip breakfast
Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day so you should never skip it. I know it can be hard to eat something when you have to rush out the door in the morning. But try to develop a habit of waking up a bit earlier in order to eat your breakfast. Eat a healthy breakfast like oatmeal and eggs to speed up your metabolism, start your day with plenty of energy, and fuel your workout.

4. Eat 7 mini meals throughout the day
Eating healthy is not just what you eat, but when you eat, too. Learn to eat seven mini meals throughout the day to have more energy and keep your weight under control. From personal experience I can say that it’s not easy to learn to eat mini meals, but it’s worth it. Keep in mind that your mini meals should always consist of whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

5. Stay active
Stop playing those video games and watching movies every day. Fall into a habit of staying active throughout the day every day. Go for a walk, play with your kids or pets. Also, ditch the lift and start taking the stairs. This way, you will have a stronger heart and overall better health. If you adopt the habit of staying active at a young age, you will stay active throughout the day as an adult.

6. Do basic fitness exercises
If you don’t have time to exercise every day, you can develop a habit of doing some basic fitness exercises on busy days. For instance, you can jump rope. It’s an easy, fast and fun exercise that you can do almost anywhere. Not only does jumping rope help improve your health, it can also help you lose weight.

7. Boost your workouts
When you’re young, it’s great to develop a habit of amplifying your workouts every now and then. If you are finding that your workout is becoming a boring routine, amplify it a bit. Push yourself more and try to complete your workout covered in sweat. You will be astonished by fantastic results and wonderful health. This is an essential habit that you should adopt when you’re young since this shapes how you’ll be later in your life.

8. Try new exercises
Don’t be afraid to try new exercises. When it comes to fitness, the possibilities are endless. You can try surfing, rock climbing, or anything unusual. Be open to try new exercises once in a while and you will see how it’s fun to work out and learn new things.

9. Stay hydrated
Staying hydrated is highly important during exercise, so it’s vital to develop a habit of drinking enough water each day at a younger age. Drinking water can help cleanse the body of toxins, reduce stress, build muscle, and lose weight. It can also help you have more energy throughout the day.

10. Eat more greens daily
Whether you want to lose weight or improve your health, you should incorporate more greens into your daily diet. Greens contain essential vitamins and minerals your body needs. You may not like the taste of most vegetables, but you don’t have to eat them raw. Add them to your omelet, green smoothies, salads, wraps and sandwiches. A research has shown that eating vegetables each day adds two years to your life. I think that’s a good reason to munch on greens.

Developing healthy habits when you’re young is always a good idea. Sure, these are just a few important fitness habits and there are many other habits to adopt. What do you think about these fitness habits? Are you going to develop any of them?