Things You Should Never Store in Your Basement

Slide 1 of 18: Keeping your home clutter-free may be a worthwhile endeavor, but storing your less frequently used items anywhere you can find space isn't always a smart move. In fact, if you're stashing all those items in your basement, you could be making a costly mistake. From moisture to mice, there are countless ways those things stored beneath your home could come to harm. If you want to ensure you're not accidentally ruining your prized possessions, read on to discover which things you should never store in your basement. And if you're ready to kick the clutter for good, check out these 33 Expert-Backed Decluttering Tips to Keep You Organized for Life.

Article by Sarah Crow for Bestlife©

Keeping your home clutter-free may be a worthwhile endeavor, but storing your less frequently used items anywhere you can find space isn’t always a smart move. In fact, if you’re stashing all those items in your basement, you could be making a costly mistake. From moisture to mice, there are countless ways those things stored beneath your home could come to harm. If you want to ensure you’re not accidentally ruining your prized possessions, read on to discover which things you should never store in your basement.

1. Firewood

That pricey cord of firewood won’t do much good to keep you warm if it’s kept in your basement. The humidity in your basement can make that wood damp—and less than ideal for starting a fire. Worse yet, it could lead to a bug or mouse problem in the future.

2. Snacks

It may be convenient to use your basement as a de facto pantry, but if you’re storing food down there—especially stuff in easily chewed-through plastic or paper bags—it may not be long before your house is home to unwanted visitors.

3. Pet Food

The same goes for your pet’s food:  If you’re storing Fido’s kibble in your basement, you’re asking for pests to make it their home.

4. Cardboard Boxes

While plastic storage boxes may keep things safe in your basement, cardboard boxes could actually attract pests.

5. Humidifiers

A surprising item you shouldn’t keep in your basement? Anything that creates moisture, such as humidifiers. Instead, add a dehumidifier to your basement to keep pests at bay.

6. Magazines

Think you can safely store that stack of old magazines you’re saving for inspiration in your basement? Think again. “These are a food source for insects such as silverfish, and stacks/piles provide a safe place for spiders and insects to hang out,” explains Troyano.

7. Instruments

While you may want your kids’ instruments to stop cluttering up the living room, the basement isn’t the right place to store them.

“The basement is the worst place to store an instrument,” says Lucas Workman, a brass repair technician at Siegfried’s Call, a New York-based horn outfitter. “Moisture…can affect the finish of the instrument. The residual water in them can grow into mold, [and] the pads and the fabric in woodwinds can start to crack.” 

8. Photos

Your beloved family photo albums won’t be long for this world if you’re keeping them in the basement. “Your photos will not survive humid environments and over time, even dryness will make them brittle,” says Karin Socci, a Master Certified KonMari Consultant and owner of The Serene Home. “It’s far better to transfer the media to cloud-based formats so that you will have images that are easy to share.”

9. Family Heirlooms

If you’ve got family heirlooms you’re hoping to pass on, it’s never a safe bet to store them in the basement. “A pipe could burst or unusual weather activity could cause unexpected flooding,” says Socci. “If you have ever witnessed the aftereffects of a flooded basement, you know that water and mildew spare nothing.”

10. Paperwork

The deed to your house, your car title, and your tax return should be stored somewhere safe—but your basement isn’t that place. “Documents should not be kept in either the attic or the basement,” says professional organizer Susan Santoro, founder of organizing website Organized31. Instead, she recommends keeping them in a climate-controlled home office, or somewhere else with fewer temperature fluctuations.

11. Bedding

Humid environments, like basements, are prime real estate for mold and mildew, meaning you won’t want to store bedding down there unless it’s well-sealed. Even if they don’t get moldy, you probably don’t want to press your face and body against something that smells like a basement, anyway.

12. Toys

Your children’s beloved toys have no business in your basement. Firstly, there’s the ever-present risk of mold and mildew. Secondly, basement storage means you’re risking water damage courtesy of burst pipes. Thirdly, the brutal cold and intense heat you may find in a basement without an HVAC system can also cause the batteries inside electronic toys to burst. And lastly, two words: pest damage.

13. Bikes

Putting your bike in the basement may keep it out of the way, but it can also make it unusable when you need it. The temperature fluctuations in your basement can cause your tires to lose pressure, so it’s best to store it in a more climate-controlled space when possible.

14. Wine

If you want to keep your wine delicious and drinkable, your basement—with its fluctuating temperatures—isn’t the place to do so. According to Wine Spectator, the ideal conditions for storing wine are between 45 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit, and between 50 and 80 percent humidity—parameters your basement is likely to exceed, especially if you also use it as a laundry room.

15. Gasoline

If your basement is home to your furnace, it’s probably a good idea to keep spare gas cans somewhere else. As a general rule, anything combustible, like gasoline, should be given wide berth from potential fire hazards like furnaces.

16. Cat Litter

Surprisingly enough, cat litter is yet another product you’re better off keeping out of the basement. In addition to potentially clumping when it’s exposed to moisture like the humidity in your basement, if you’re actually letting your pet use your basement as a bathroom, litter dust could actually corrode your furnace, according to the experts at Standard Heating & Air Conditioning.

17. Propane Tanks

The temperature fluctuations in your basement make it a poor choice for storing propane. Propane tanks can explode if left in extreme heat, so if your basement gets unseasonably warm, it could spell danger. 

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/career/17-things-you-should-never-store-in-your-basement/ss-BB18GCDu?ocid=msedgntp#image=18

Dating Dealbreakers

Article by Allie Hogan for Bestlife©

Slide 1 of 5: There are a lot of serious relationship dealbreakers to discuss in the early stages of dating. Inquiring about your partner's desire for marriage, kids, and travel will help ensure you two are on the same page and have the potential to live a harmonious life together. There are other dating dealbreakers, however, that can be just as important although ostensibly much less serious. According to a recent poll conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Ultimate Ears, 2 in 3 people say that bad music taste can be a dating dealbreaker.Picture this—you're a few months into dating, and you decide to take a road trip together. Your partner gets control of the music and plays back-to-back artists you hate for the entire four-hour ride. You may not have guessed that music compatibility would be so vital to the well-being of your relationship, but it can easily be a make-or-break component.Perhaps opposing music preferences is seen as such an immovable issue because most people believe good music taste is either something you have or you don't. According to the poll, 3 in 5 say they were born with good music taste.Musical preference is a highly intimate matter, as music can be a great comfort through all your moods, so if your partner dislikes your music, it may feel very personal. To avoid confronting this dealbreaker head-on, some poll members even admitted to being dishonest about their taste in music. Of the people surveyed, 3 in 10 confessed they had lied to a partner about their love for a specific song or artist—talk about a guilty pleasure!Ultimately, the key to peacefully maintaining a relationship where your music tastes clash is being honest about your preferences, and trying to find some common ground for times when you want to share some tunes.Wondering what else people consider dating dealbreakers? Read on to find out. And for issues you should probably move past, These Are the Relationship Dealbreakers You Need to Get Over.

Two-Thirds of People Say This Is a Dating Dealbreaker

There are a lot of serious relationship dealbreakers to discuss in the early stages of dating. Inquiring about your partner’s desire for marriage, kids, and travel will help ensure you two are on the same page and have the potential to live a harmonious life together. There are other dating dealbreakers, however, that can be just as important although ostensibly much less serious. According to a recent poll conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Ultimate Ears, 2 in 3 people say that bad music taste can be a dating dealbreaker.

Picture this—you’re a few months into dating, and you decide to take a road trip together. Your partner gets control of the music and plays back-to-back artists you hate for the entire four-hour ride. You may not have guessed that music compatibility would be so vital to the well-being of your relationship, but it can easily be a make-or-break component.

Perhaps opposing music preferences is seen as such an immovable issue because most people believe good music taste is either something you have or you don’t. According to the poll, 3 in 5 say they were born with good music taste.

Musical preference is a highly intimate matter, as music can be a great comfort through all your moods, so if your partner dislikes your music, it may feel very personal. Ultimately, the key to peacefully maintaining a relationship where your music tastes clash is being honest about your preferences, and trying to find some common ground for times when you want to share some tunes.

Wondering what else people consider dating dealbreakers? Read on to find out. 

1. Temperature preference

A shockingly polarizing plight in relationships is what temperature to leave the thermostat on. In another survey conducted by OnePoll with Trane Residential, 48 percent of respondents said they wouldn’t date someone if they didn’t have the same “thermostat etiquette.” The June 2020 poll found the rift over temperature can be so severe that 25 percent of those surveyed actually ended a friendship or relationship over a thermostat argument. 

2. Using poor spelling and grammar

If you’re texting with your desired date, you may want to cut out any shorthand abbreviations, capitalize proper nouns, and make use of the Oxford comma. A 2020 study from Word Tips found that the number one turn-off for women when online dating is poor spelling and grammar. The study found that 45 percent of women said they wouldn’t date someone they met on an app who was physically attractive but used improper grammar or spelling, while only 24 percent of men felt the same. 

3. Credit card debt

Hitching your wagon to someone with an excessive amount of debt can be scary. A 2019 poll from Self Lender found that for 50 percent of people, a prospective date having credit card debt is too significant of a red flag to ignore. However, college debt is often looked at differently because of how prevalent it is, according to CNBC

4. Tidiness

If you’re a clean freak, you may not be shocked to find that cleanliness ranked above intelligence in what people are looking for in relationships. A 2018 poll from YouGov found that those surveyed ranked a lack of cleanliness as the biggest relationship dealbreaker. 

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/love-sex/two-thirds-of-people-say-this-is-a-dating-dealbreaker/ss-BB18BBSZ?ocid=msedgntp#image=5

Easy Home Upgrades For Fall

BESTLIFE© article by Sarah Crow

Slide 1 of 5: The leaves are changing, the temperature's getting cooler, and once again—for better or for worse—pumpkin spice has permeated everything. That can only mean one thing: fall is right around the corner. For those looking to upgrade their home décor for the season, there are the obvious additions pulled out every year: a pumpkin here, a bowl of pinecones there. However, for anyone who wants a more understated way to transform their space, there's one genius piece of fall home decor interior design experts can't live without.According to Sara Burack, a real estate agent at Nest Seekers International who recently appeared on Netflix's Million Dollar Beach House, adding a simple blanket ladder to your home can make it instantly cozier and give it an autumnal feel. Plus, it keeps those cozy throws you want to curl up under on chilly nights right where you need them.Burack even recommends it as a staging idea for anyone trying to sell their space. "Adding ladders with chic throw blankets can help a buyer envision themselves in there right now. If the home isn't currently occupied, it can give it that warm, inviting feeling that leaves buyers feeling good about putting an offer in," says Burack, who recommends this minimalist ladder from Magnolia home, which can complement any design scheme without overwhelming it.Buy Now$48If you're looking for more fall home decor upgrades, read on to discover what design experts are using to update their homes for the fall. And for more great ways to spruce up your space, This One Thing Will Boost Your Home's Curb Appeal in Seconds, Experts Say.Best Life's editors have scoured the internet to bring you the best products out there, and we're hoping you'll love them as much as we do. Pricing and availability are accurate as of the piece's initial publication date, but it's the internet and we can't guarantee that these sweet, sweet deals will last forever, so scoop them up before someone else does!

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The leaves are changing, the temperature’s getting cooler, and once again—for better or for worse—pumpkin spice has permeated everything. That can only mean one thing: fall is right around the corner. For those looking to upgrade their home décor for the season, there are the obvious additions pulled out every year: a pumpkin here, a bowl of pinecones there. However, for anyone who wants a more understated way to transform their space, there’s one genius piece of fall home decor interior design experts can’t live without.

According to Sara Burack, a real estate agent at Nest Seekers International who recently appeared on Netflix’s Million Dollar Beach House, adding a simple blanket ladder to your home can make it instantly cozier and give it an autumnal feel. Plus, it keeps those cozy throws you want to curl up under on chilly nights right where you need them.

Burack even recommends it as a staging idea for anyone trying to sell their space. “Adding ladders with chic throw blankets can help a buyer envision themselves in there right now. If the home isn’t currently occupied, it can give it that warm, inviting feeling that leaves buyers feeling good about putting an offer in,” says Burack, who recommends this minimalist ladder from Magnolia home, which can complement any design scheme without overwhelming it.

If you’re looking for more fall home decor upgrades, read on to discover what design experts are using to update their homes for the fall.

Slide 2 of 5: Buy Now$50While late fall's post-Halloween color palette may be brown, brown, and more brown, you can easily brighten up things at home with the addition of some faux greenery."One of my favorite things to add to any open house, especially in a kitchen that is all one color, are fake, colorful flowers," says interior designer Jen Stark, founder of DIY Happy Home, who recommends this set from One Kings Lane. "They add a pop of color and can really brighten the space."

1. These colorful faux flowers

While late fall’s post-Halloween color palette may be brown, brown, and more brown, you can easily brighten up things at home with the addition of some faux greenery.

“One of my favorite things to add to any open house, especially in a kitchen that is all one color, are fake, colorful flowers,” says interior designer Jen Stark, founder of DIY Happy Home, who recommends this set from One Kings Lane. “They add a pop of color and can really brighten the space.”

Slide 3 of 5: Buy Now$19If you're looking for a great piece of fall home decor that won't break the bank, look no further than this set of rustic wheat sheaves."A large wheat sheaf will look stunning as a centerpiece on your console table," says Stark, who calls this one the "perfect way to greet your guests with the colors of fall."

2. These autumnal wheat sheaves

If you’re looking for a great piece of fall home decor that won’t break the bank, look no further than this set of rustic wheat sheaves.

“A large wheat sheaf will look stunning as a centerpiece on your console table,” says Stark, who calls this one the “perfect way to greet your guests with the colors of fall.”

Slide 4 of 5: Buy Now$20Sure, pumpkin spice has its place, but if you're looking for a fall scent that's not so sickly sweet, try pomegranate on for size instead. Stark recommends this pomegranate and spruce blend from Paddywax, as well as orange peel, cinnamon, and pine candles to evoke the season.

3. This fall-scented candle

Sure, pumpkin spice has its place, but if you’re looking for a fall scent that’s not so sickly sweet, try pomegranate on for size instead. Stark recommends this pomegranate and spruce blend from Paddywax, as well as orange peel, cinnamon, and pine candles to evoke the season.

Slide 5 of 5: Buy Now$109Just because you don't have a wood-burning fireplace at home doesn't mean you can't stay toasty once the temperature dips."With this portable fireplace, you can continue to bask in the warmth of summer in your patio even as the weather starts to cool," says Stark. And for more great ways to get ready for the cold weather, check out these 15 Hygge Accessories That Will Make Your Home Warm and Cozy.

4. This portable fireplace

Just because you don’t have a wood-burning fireplace at home doesn’t mean you can’t stay toasty once the temperature dips.

“With this portable fireplace, you can continue to bask in the warmth of summer in your patio even as the weather starts to cool,” says Stark.

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/home-and-garden/the-one-easy-home-upgrade-interior-designers-recommend-for-fall/ss-BB18E7jK?ocid=msedgntp#image=5

Activities to Get the “Feel Good” Juices Flowing:

Dancing

Yard work, like mowing or gardening or tree trimming

Biking

Hiking nature trails

Walking or jogging

Swimming

Recreational sports like tennis, racquetball, softball or even Frisbee

Make it social and get an exercise partner

Physical activity and exercise releases endorphins, which are created in the central nervous system and the pituitary gland. They then interact with the opioid receptors in the brain. These are some of our pleasure and pain centers.

A steady of flow of endorphins triggers a positive feeling in the body, and can act like analgesics, which means they lessen the perception of pain. Here are some of the other endorphin driven benefits of exercise:

Benefits of Walking

This helps with:

Improved Sleep

Decreased feelings of Depression and Anxiety

Increased Self-esteem

Stress reduction

Rise in overall energy

Lowered blood pressure

Finding an activity that’s enjoyable will make it feel less like a chore. Remember to start slow and listen to your body. Never push through pain or take unnecessary risks that might cause injury.

Be realistic in terms of your goals and physical health. Adding a regular exercise regimen will generate endorphins and lead to a better state of mind.

Source: https://www.inspiremalibu.com/blog/healthy-living/exercise-endorphins-and-addiction-recovery/

Most Underrated Benefits of Coconut Oil

Slide 1 of 14: You've no doubt noticed that coconut oil is on everyone's lips lately. Quite literally, too, as people are using it in place of Chapstick. You may also be aware that it's in their frying pans, their smoothies, their hair, and in a little jar on their nightstand. What underlies this oil's recent adoption by the masses is the sheer benefits of coconut oil for the mind, body, and soul that it promises.And it's not a marketing spin; a growing body of research shows that adding coconut oil to your diet and your person could be one of the easiest ways to improve your health, well-being, appearance, and even your sex life. Read on to learn about some of the coconut oil benefits and how to incorporate it more in your diet with these 20 Coconut Oil Recipes That Will Shrink Your Waist.

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You’ve no doubt noticed that coconut oil is on everyone’s lips lately. Quite literally, too, as people are using it in place of Chapstick. You may also be aware that it’s in their frying pans, their smoothies, their hair, and in a little jar on their nightstand. What underlies this oil’s recent adoption by the masses is the sheer benefits of coconut oil for the mind, body, and soul that it promises.

And it’s not a marketing spin; a growing body of research shows that adding coconut oil to your diet and your person could be one of the easiest ways to improve your health, well-being, appearance, and even your sex life. Read on to learn about some of the coconut oil benefits.

It helps you lose weight

It kills bacteria

It can be used in the bedroom

 It can help you build and maintain muscle

Coconut oil curbs appetite

It helps with memory disorders

 It promotes heart health

It’s a great moisturizer for your skin and hair

 It improves your oral health

It may help balance hormones

 It can reduce the risk of seizures

 It can treat inflammation & arthritis

It can aid in treating osteoporosis

For more of this article by Grant Stoddard  for Eat This, Not That© click below:

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/nutrition/13-most-underrated-benefits-of-coconut-oil/ss-BB18DvbM?ocid=msedgntp

What Every Woman Should Know About Vaginal Atrophy

By Korin Miller for Good Housekeeping

a bird flying in the sky: This painful condition occurs during or after menopause and impacts 45 percent of women. Here, how to recognize and treat the symptoms.
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Your body—and, specifically, your vagina—goes through changes throughout your life. That’s especially true during menopause, when things can start to feel different down there.

Menopause causes your body’s levels of the hormone estrogen to decrease, and that can affect your vagina and urinary tract, explains the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Over time, your vaginal lining can get thinner, dryer, and less elastic.

This condition, called vaginal atrophy, impacts 45 percent of women, according to a study published in the Journal of Menopausal Medicine. Because of reduced vaginal blood flow and capacity for arousal and orgasm, vaginal atrophy can interfere with your ability to have pleasure during sex, says women’s health expert Jessica Shepherd, M.D., an OB-GYN in Dallas, Texas.

The implications go beyond sex. “Vaginal atrophy can bother you even when you’re just taking a walk,” says Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive sciences at Yale Medical School.

We know—it all sounds pretty awful. But the good news is that it’s treatable. Here’s the info you need about the condition, and how to get relief.

What are the symptoms of vaginal atrophy?

Every woman’s experience is slightly different, Dr. Minkin says. In general, the ACOG says you may experience the following symptoms:

Vaginal burning and itching

Decreased lubrication during sex

Bleeding after sex

More frequent vaginal and urinary tract infections

A frequent need to pee

The urinary symptoms may seem surprising, but vaginal atrophy also thins the lining of the bladder, Dr. Shepherd says, which opens women up to bladder infections.

Painful sex is one of the biggest issues, Dr. Minkin says. “The lack of lubrication can irritate the vaginal tissue, and friction from sex irritates it even more,” she explains. The most frustrating part? Avoiding sex because it’s painful can make the symptoms of vaginal atrophy worse.

Dryness alone can be a difficult thing to deal with, Dr. Minkin says. It can cause itchiness and burning while going about everyday life. 

How do you treat it?

Thankfully, there are many options to treat vaginal atrophy. Some are over-the-counter, others are prescribed by your gynecologist or doctor. According to the ACOG, treatments include:

Vaginal moisturizers and lubricants

These OTC products help relieve dryness and prevent painful sex, and are typically available in drugstores.

Local estrogen therapy

A small dose of estrogen is released via a vaginal cream, ring or dissolvable tablet directly into the vaginal tissue, where it helps restore the thickness and elasticity of the vaginal lining. These prescription treatments also help relieve dryness and irritation, Dr. Minkin says.

Systemic estrogen therapy

Take a pill, or apply a patch, gel or spray to your skin, and estrogen is released into the bloodstream and travels to organs and tissues that need more of the hormone.

Keep in mind it’s important to take progestin when doing an estrogen therapy, according to the ACOG. Estrogen-only treatments—which are available by prescription—can increase the risk of cancer in the uterus lining, and progestin helps counter that. Estrogen makes cells in the lining of the uterus multiple and divide while progestins help shed that lining, Dr. Shepherd explains.

Selective estrogen receptor modulators

Also known as SERMs, this prescription medication binds to estrogen receptors that are located all over the body and can help stimulate production of the hormone.

When should I talk to my doctor about this?

Have the chat if you are nearing menopause (typically in your 40s and 50s), Dr. Shepherd says. “Vaginal atrophy should be a continuing discussion so that a woman knows what to expect, and as symptoms start to happen, they can be addressed,” she says.

No matter your age, if your vagina feels uncomfortable or if you’re dealing with painful sex, always bring it up with your provider, says Dr. Minkin. “This condition is easy to take care of.”

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/what-every-woman-should-know-about-vaginal-atrophy/ar-BB18D3zn?ocid=msedgdhp

Memorize These Terms When Shopping for Home Decor

When shopping for home decor, there’s a whole lexicon of design-world terms that might be unfamiliar to a regular shopper. But many of these terms actually have a pretty significant impact on the product you’re looking to buy. So we’re here to help you decode some of the most common interior design words you might stumble upon on your next shopping excursion—to help you make the most informed purchase.

a man standing in a kitchen: Ever wonder what the difference between antique and vintage is? Hooked and tufted rugs? Woven and knit fabrics? Read on to find out.
© SDI Productions – Getty Images Ever wonder what the difference between antique and vintage is? Hooked and tufted rugs? Woven and knit fabrics? Read on to find out.

FURNITURE

Bench-made: Officially, bench-made furniture is crafted by a single highly-trained artisan from start to finish; some retailers, however, used the term to signify high-quality handmade pieces, regardless of how many people work on them.

8-way hand-tied: A high-quality type of suspension in the seat of a sofa where springs are tied by hand in eight directions; usually more expensive due to the quality of craftsmanship.

Kiln-dried wood: Lumber that has been dried in an oven to the desired level of moisture; kiln-drying is a more precise (and quicker) method than air-drying

Modular: A series of pieces of furniture that can be combined in different configurations, such as kitchen cabinets or sofas with interchangeable parts like chaises

Composite: A durable material made from a combination of other materials, like wood, plastic, and adhesive that’s oftentimes covered with a veneer for a more attractive finish.

Leather grain: Grain refers to the outer layers of a hide, but it’s also used to denote the finish on a leather product. Full-grain leather means the leather has not been altered in any way; it’s the highest-quality leather, and the most durable. Top-grain leather is still high-quality, but it’s been sanded down to remove imperfections from the hide.

Patina: The quality of a surface that has developed a certain worn or weathered appearance over time that’s often valued aesthetically; on a copper surface, this may be a green film, or on a wood surface, this may be a wearing down of the finish or chipping of paint.

Flat-pack: Furniture that is shipped in flat boxes and needs to be assembled upon delivery; can also be called kit, ready-to-assemble (RTA), or knock-down (KD).

TEXTILES

Tufted: A method of rug production where cut fibers are inserted into a backing with a needle.

Knotted: A method of rug production where patterns are woven on a loom.

Hooked: A method of rug production when loops of fibers are pulled up through a backing with a hook.

Pile: The raised surface of a textile, typically a strand of yarn that’s either tufted or looped.

Woven: A fabric with separate yarns connected in an over-under, criss-cross pattern.

Knit: A fabric with a single yarn strung together in interlocking loops.

Synthetic: Man-made fibers produced from chemicals, such as polyester, nylon, rayon, and spandex.

Pima/Supima: Pima is a high-quality extra-long-staple cotton (that is, cotton with fibers that are at least 1 ⅜ inches long) known to be extra soft yet extra durable. Supima is a portmanteau of “superior pima” reserved for only the highest-quality pima cotton from the United States, specifically.

Performance fabric: Fabric designed to be durable and easy to clean; can be water-resistant, stain-resistant, and wear-resistant, and is usually synthetic.

Martindale rub test: A Martindale is a unit of measure for a fabric’s abrasion resistance, and the Martindale method, also known as the Martindale rub test, is the procedure that actually tests fabrics to determine their abrasion resistance. For the test, a piece of fabric is placed between two disks that move in circles, wearing down the fabric until it shows signs of breakage: results are measured in thousands of rubs, a lower score indicates that a fabric is suitable for light use, while a higher score indicates that a fabric is suitable for heavy use.

Fabric grade: A ranking of a fabric’s cost of manufacturing from A (cheapest) to F (most expensive); this is set by individual furnituremakers, so there is no universal standard for the price of each letter grade.

Swatch: A sample of fabric.

COM: Acronym for “customer’s own material,” meaning the customer is providing the fabric for upholstery instead of purchasing from the furniture company.

GENERAL

Fair trade: A movement in global trade that seeks to provide fair wages to producers in developing countries; fair trade also supports the ethical treatment of workers and sustainability efforts in the supply chain. Several governing bodies offer official Fair Trade certification for businesses, including the Fairtrade International (FLO) and and Fair Trade USA.

Antique: Per U.S. Customs and Border Protection (which is actually considered an authority figure on the matter because of trade), an object must be 100 years old to be considered an authentic antique. It typically needs to have historic and aesthetic value.

Vintage: There are no formal qualifiers for an object to be considered vintage, but the common consensus is that a vintage object generally needs to have some significance tied to a specific period during the last 20 to 99 years. Age is the major differentiator between antique and vintage objects.

Article by Stefanie Waldek  for House Beautiful©

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/home-and-garden/memorize-these-terms-when-shopping-for-home-decor/ar-BB18zoKe?ocid=msedgntp

The best things to buy in September

September Sales

Put big-ticket items on the list of things to buy in September. With the first cool winds of fall come sales on major consumer products. Retailers are looking to clear shelf space ahead of the holiday season and juice spending in the lull after kids return to school — whatever that looks like where you are in 2020. Labor Day presents the best discounts on many items until holiday sales rolls around. Here are the best September deals to seek out.

Slide 4 of 14: If you aren't set on a current car model, this is the time to buy one from the previous year's lineup. The older models are taking up space on dealers' lots, and they'll be looking to move metal fast to make room for new vehicles arriving in short order. In fact, prices might be better than usual, since the coronavirus cut into car sales in the first half of the year and turned rental car agencies from buyers into competitors who are have been selling off their own little-used fleets to make up for the lack of traditional revenue.Related: 17 New Rules for Buying and Selling a Car During the Pandemic

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Cars

If you aren’t set on a current car model, this is the time to buy one from the previous year’s lineup. The older models are taking up space on dealers’ lots, and they’ll be looking to move metal fast to make room for new vehicles arriving in short order. In fact, prices might be better than usual, since the coronavirus cut into car sales in the first half of the year and turned rental car agencies from buyers into competitors who are have been selling off their own little-used fleets to make up for the lack of traditional revenue.

Slide 6 of 14: September is a good month to buy large appliances (washer, dryer, dishwasher, stove). New models for the upcoming year will be hitting showrooms soon, and retailers are eager to sell off older stock. These appliances are still new and perfectly functional, and trends don't come and go in this industry as quickly as they do in others.

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Appliances

September is a good month to buy large appliances (washer, dryer, dishwasher, stove). New models for the upcoming year will be hitting showrooms soon, and retailers are eager to sell off older stock. These appliances are still new and perfectly functional, and trends don’t come and go in this industry as quickly as they do in others.

Apple Products

September is historically the month new Apple iPhones and watches are unveiled. This suggests older-generation models will see steep discounts. Be on the lookout if you’re an Apple user in need of new iDevices.

Plants

Summer plants, trees, and shrubs can be picked up for dirt-cheap prices this month, because garden centers are stocking up on fall and holiday plants. With cool temperatures on the way, September is the right moment to fill out landscaping with perennials. Summer flowers are at rock-bottom prices, as well, and there’s still a little time to enjoy them.

Summer Gear

Discounts on lawn mowers, grills, swimsuits, and other summer gear will deepen in September. Sales on yard decor and outdoor furniture also heat up this month and continue into October. But don’t wait too long to snatch a deal — the selection could be thin.

Denim

Jeans are so closely identified with back-to-school that, come September, denim goes on sale as stores seek to unload surplus inventory.

In-Season Produce

This is the last chance to enjoy low prices on summer produce such as corn, peaches, plums, nectarines, peppers, mangoes, green beans, lettuce, and tomatoes. September will also see the first fall produce hit grocery stores. Look for cheap prices on apples, berries, beets, cantaloupes, cauliflower, eggplants, grapes, honeydew melon, pears, squash, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, figs, and dark-green leafy vegetables such as spinach.

Bikes

New-model bicycles are released every September, so this is a good month to find deals on older models. As with cars, retailers are looking to clear space for the new wheels and offer big discounts on current inventory (and you might try looking at American-made bicycles especially).

Airfare

September promises low prices on flights for the winter holidays. Though air travel has been messy since the pandemic arrived, the best deals on plane tickets usually surface about eight weeks before the departure date. For Thanksgiving, that would mean the last week or two of September, but start looking for cheap tickets and convenient times now if you hope to travel during what is usually busy season. Be sure to factor in airline fees when comparing prices (and keep an eye on coronavirus testing and quarantine requirements).

Mattresses and Linens

Labor Day sales kick off the action early in September. This is one of two times a year when mattress retailers offer deep discounts on piled-up inventory (the other prime time is around Memorial Day). Shoppers may also find some better-than-normal deals on bedding and bath supplies such as towels over Labor Day weekend and throughout the month.

Article by Raechel Conover for Cheapism©

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/other/the-best-things-to-buy-in-september/ss-BB18Aqih?ocid=msedgntp#image=2