Working from Home? 10 Small Office Décor Ideas

Slide 1 of 10: This lovely space from @loves_leeds_homes proves you can carve out workspace almost anywhere. Define it with inspiring wallpaper (or color). Check out that wall-mount desk with slim attached legs, with matching overhead shelves for storage. So smart!

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Unexpected Nook

This lovely space from @loves_leeds_homes proves you can carve out workspace almost anywhere. Define it with inspiring wallpaper (or color). Check out that wall-mount desk with slim attached legs, with matching overhead shelves for storage. So smart!

Slide 2 of 10: A painted floor pattern, slim storage towers and airy drapes (no actual window required) helped @bloomingdiyer carve a cozy farmhouse office out of a dark basement storage room. Create a similar look with these herringbone wood wall decals and this Moroccan tile floor stencil.

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Cozy Farmhouse

A painted floor pattern, slim storage towers and airy drapes (no actual window required) helped @bloomingdiyer carve a cozy farmhouse office out of a dark basement storage room. Create a similar look with these herringbone wood wall decals and this Moroccan tile floor stencil.

Slide 3 of 10: A small office can feel dark and cramped. To make a space feel bigger and brighter, use recessed LED lighting and playful wallpaper, as shown in this office from @littlesquaresofhome. A cubby wall adds plenty of storage, and freestanding plant stands lighten without bulk.

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Bright and Playful

A small office can feel dark and cramped. To make a space feel bigger and brighter, use recessed LED lighting and playful wallpaper, as shown in this office from @littlesquaresofhome. A cubby wall adds plenty of storage, and freestanding plant stands lighten without bulk.

Slide 4 of 10: Every square inch of this workspace by @lauracoxhome is maximized, thanks to choices such as cut-to-fit shelves, a hardworking pegboard and a roomy basket that tucks perfectly into what would typically be wasted space. It also serves as proof that there's always space for plants, which add life, texture and cheer without taking up much space. When your desk is next to a bright window, it's practically mandatory, though faux plants are always an option.

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Plenty of Plants

Every square inch of this workspace by @lauracoxhome is maximized, thanks to choices such as cut-to-fit shelves, a hardworking pegboard and a roomy basket that tucks perfectly into what would typically be wasted space. It also serves as proof that there’s always space for plants, which add life, texture and cheer without taking up much space. When your desk is next to a bright window, it’s practically mandatory, though faux plants are always an option.

Slide 5 of 10: A small desk and chair tucked into the corner of your bedroom or living room certainly qualifies as a home office. A large piece of artwork anchors and defines the workspace, as @rice_camp so beautifully demonstrates.

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Super-Sized Art

A small desk and chair tucked into the corner of your bedroom or living room certainly qualifies as a home office. A large piece of artwork anchors and defines the workspace, as @rice_camp so beautifully demonstrates.

Slide 6 of 10: The right decor choices can make a small space feel bigger, like in this small office from @prettyrealblog. Vertical shiplap draws the eye up, and the neutral color palette feels calm and airy. The wall-mount shelves and smart sconce lighting free up desk space.

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Calm and Neutral

The right decor choices can make a small space feel bigger, like in this small office from @prettyrealblog. Vertical shiplap draws the eye up, and the neutral color palette feels calm and airy. The wall-mount shelves and smart sconce lighting free up desk space.

Slide 7 of 10: How can one wall host so much? Pin the praise on @oakeydesignandco's large cork board, equal parts inspiration and organization. (Use cork tiles to customize one to your space.) It definitely communicates "command central" while helping keep the desktop clear — especially challenging in a small space. And an acrylic chair is always a strong choice in a small space, since it all but disappears.

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Cork It Up

How can one wall host so much? Pin the praise on @oakeydesignandco’s large cork board, equal parts inspiration and organization. (Use cork tiles to customize one to your space.) It definitely communicates “command central” while helping keep the desktop clear — especially challenging in a small space. And an acrylic chair is always a strong choice in a small space, since it all but disappears.

Slide 8 of 10: Pegboards can be reconfigured as your needs change, and they don't take up any floor space — great for small offices. We love this beautiful reimagining of the classic wooden pegboard in this small office from @cozy.happy.home because it works as storage and art. Check out this budget-friendly option, or make your own by adapting this garage unit.

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Versatile Storage

Pegboards can be reconfigured as your needs change, and they don’t take up any floor space — great for small offices. We love this beautiful reimagining of the classic wooden pegboard in this small office from @cozy.happy.home because it works as storage and art. Check out this budget-friendly option, or make your own by adapting this garage unit.

Slide 9 of 10: An office tucked inside a closet, of course! Just remove the doors and nestle a horizontal workspace inside — a floating desk like the one @flynnhaus used is perfect. Add wallpaper and a cute pendant light and you'll forget the space was ever meant for anything else.

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Create a “Cloffice”

An office tucked inside a closet, of course! Just remove the doors and nestle a horizontal workspace inside — a floating desk like the one @flynnhaus used is perfect. Add wallpaper and a cute pendant light and you’ll forget the space was ever meant for anything else.

Slide 10 of 10: Take a blank wall and add some plywood and a couple of 2x4s and voilà — a long workspace for two! @this_little nook went the DIY route to create a narrow shared office, though the store-bought version (i.e. this two-person desk) works, too.

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Go Long

Take a blank wall and add some plywood and a couple of 2x4s and voilà — a long workspace for two! @this_little nook went the DIY route to create a narrow shared office, though the store-bought version (i.e. this two-person desk) works, too.

Article by Erica Young  for Family Handyman

Source: 10 Small Office Décor Ideas (msn.com)

The Hovet Ikea Mirror

Popsugar© article by Allison Ingrum

Slide 1 of 6: BUY NOW$129If your social media looks anything like mine, you've seen the HOVET Ikea mirror all over your timeline for the past year. I didn't pay much attention to it at first, riding it off as yet another influencer product I truly didn't need. After all, cheap, over-the-door hanging mirrors that slightly warped my reflection usually got the job done anyway, so why would I need this one?  But now that I'm staying home more, I've decided to invest in my space by filling it with more thoughtful and useful pieces. They certainly don't need to be expensive - in fact most are quite the opposite. Instead, I'm looking for quality, long-lasting pieces that improve my daily routines.  I recently moved and found myself in need of a new full-length mirror, so I no longer had to rely on self-timer photos to check my outfits. I scoured the internet for one that met these standards, only to find myself returning to that familiar mirror I'd seen far too many times. After reading dozens of glowing reviews, I decided to give it a try. I'm so glad I did.  I measured time and time again before its arrival, but nothing could have prepared me for how big this mirror actually is. At only 5'2", I can barely reach the top of it when standing on the floor. I decided to lean it against my wall, but mounting fixtures are included if I later decide to hang the mirror vertically or horizontally. The only downside I've noticed so far is the mirror's weight. Given that the mirror is 42 pounds and almost 6.5 feet tall, I'm thankful I don't have to move it too often.  The mirror framing is made of aluminum, which gives it a modern look, but it can be easily upgraded with spray paint or string lights. A quick search of the mirror on Instagram or TikTok will take you days to scroll through and will leave you with endless inspiration.  In all honesty, I'm not sure a mirror of this quality and size exists for a better price. It makes my New York City bedroom feel so much larger than it is. Most importantly, I know it will last for years and through many more apartments.

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Influencers Convinced Me to Buy the Hovet Ikea Mirror, and I Don’t Regret It at All

If your social media looks anything like mine, you’ve seen the HOVET Ikea mirror all over your timeline for the past year. I didn’t pay much attention to it at first, riding it off as yet another influencer product I truly didn’t need. After all, cheap, over-the-door hanging mirrors that slightly warped my reflection usually got the job done anyway, so why would I need this one?

But now that I’m staying home more, I’ve decided to invest in my space by filling it with more thoughtful and useful pieces. They certainly don’t need to be expensive – in fact most are quite the opposite. Instead, I’m looking for quality, long-lasting pieces that improve my daily routines.

I recently moved and found myself in need of a new full-length mirror, so I no longer had to rely on self-timer photos to check my outfits. I scoured the internet for one that met these standards, only to find myself returning to that familiar mirror I’d seen far too many times. After reading dozens of glowing reviews, I decided to give it a try. I’m so glad I did.

I measured time and time again before its arrival, but nothing could have prepared me for how big this mirror actually is. At only 5’2″, I can barely reach the top of it when standing on the floor. I decided to lean it against my wall, but mounting fixtures are included if I later decide to hang the mirror vertically or horizontally. The only downside I’ve noticed so far is the mirror’s weight. Given that the mirror is 42 pounds and almost 6.5 feet tall, I’m thankful I don’t have to move it too often.

The mirror framing is made of aluminum, which gives it a modern look, but it can be easily upgraded with spray paint or string lights. A quick search of the mirror on Instagram or TikTok will take you days to scroll through and will leave you with endless inspiration.

In all honesty, I’m not sure a mirror of this quality and size exists for a better price. It makes my New York City bedroom feel so much larger than it is. Most importantly, I know it will last for years and through many more apartments.

Slide 2 of 6: BUY NOW$129At almost 6.5 feet fall and 2.5 feet wide, the Ikea HOVET Mirror ($129) makes the room feel much larger than it is.

At almost 6.5 feet fall and 2.5 feet wide, the Ikea HOVET Mirror ($129) makes the room feel much larger than it is.

Slide 3 of 6: BUY NOW$129The Ikea HOVET Mirror ($129) can be mounted vertically or horizontally.

The Ikea HOVET Mirror can be mounted vertically or horizontally.

Slide 4 of 6: BUY NOW$129Framed with aluminum, the Ikea HOVET Mirror ($129) gives off a sleek, modern look.

Framed with aluminum, the Ikea HOVET Mirror  gives off a sleek, modern look and goes well with any of your existing decor!

Slide 6 of 6: BUY NOW$129Trust me, your mirror selfies will truly get an upgrade with the Ikea HOVET Mirror ($129).
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 Ikea HOVET Mirror in a Room

Trust me, your mirror selfies will truly get an upgrade with the Ikea HOVET Mirror.

Source: Influencers Convinced Me to Buy the Hovet Ikea Mirror, and I Don’t Regret It at All (msn.com)

Sparse Christmas Trees Will Make You Reconsider Your Full Ones

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There are Charlie Brown Christmas trees and then there are gorgeously plump pines, but somewhere in the middle are the perfectly sparse and aesthetically clean option: the sparse tree.

Typically, a sparse plant isn’t necessarily a good thing. But designers are turning the tables these days. Emily Henderson made the 7′ Unlit Artificial Balsam Fir Christmas Tree from Target in her Portland house look effortlessly chic, using a combination of gorgeous black and white ornaments, plus a touch of red and gold.

Similarly, Bri Moysa of Emerson Grey Designs took an IKEA tree and made it look much more expensive by adding in natural elements and simple ornaments.

The sparse tree effect works especially well if don’t have the space in your home to get a massive tree or you’re just looking for something new and different. It somehow manages to appear both farmhouse chic and clean and modern all at once, and it works in both formal settings or more casual rooms.

Investing in a good artificial tree also allows you to change the look from season to season, using it in a variety of rooms and settings. Many faux trees are pre-lit, so you won’t have to struggle with wrapping and camouflaging cords, which also detracts from the clean aesthetic you’re seeking.

Here, lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner created a delicate skinny tree, dressing it simply in garland for a look that lets the beauty of the tree itself shine through. It’s a clean, peaceful aesthetic.

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JULIE BLANNER

And, here, Blanner dresses the same tree with pale pink glass ornaments and faux crystal and pearl garland for an understated yet gorgeous appearance. It’s an excellent example of “less is more.”

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Are you a fan of the sparse Christmas tree trend?

Article by Taylor Mead and Erricca Elin Sansone for House Beautiful.

Source: https://www.housebeautiful.com/lifestyle/a25311057/sparse-christmas-tree-trend/

Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for This Halloween

Oh my gourd—you won’t believe these amazingly creative DIY ideas.

From pumpkin recipes and spiced beverages to jack-o’-lanterns and mums, everyone knows that fall and pumpkins are practically synonymous. You might not know, though, that you can truly transform the bright orange seasonal staple into absolutely anything you please, from lanterns to votives to, yes, even a wood-burning stove. Let your crafting skills shine this October 31 and think outside the box with these genius Halloween pumpkin decorating ideas.

painted stencil pumpkin

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Painted Stencil Pumpkin

We’ve brought old school country to the pumpkin! Get your paint pens out and get drawing.

Make the pumpkin: Lightly draw a stencil pattern around the center of a medium- size white pumpkin. Use black, orange, and yellow paint pens to cover drawing.

washi tape plaid
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Washi Tape Plaid

Layer different colors, widths, and patterns of washi tape to create a simple plaid pattern.

Make the pumpkin: Layer different colors and widths of washi tape vertically and horizontally on a medium-size orange pumpkin to create a plaid pattern.

mummy pumpkins

Mummy Pumpkins

Wrapped in gauze with differing sized eyes, you better watch these little stinkers. They might just wiggle over and steal some candy.

Make the pumpkin: Wrap a small white pumpkin with strips of gauze, holding strips in place where necessary with hot-glue. Attach two differently sized black buttons with hot-glue to create eyes. Tack down a length of thin black twine with staple-gun staples to create a mouth.

rickrack spiderweb with fake spiders

Rickrack Spiderweb

Creepy crawly spiders love to make home in a pumpkin adorned with a rickrack web.

Make the pumpkin: Attach horizontal lengths of large gray rickrack around the top three-fourths of a medium-size white pumpkin with hot-glue. Attach vertical lengths, allowing them to sit in the pumpkin’s natural grooves, with hot-glue. Attach mini plastic spiders with hot glue.

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Button Spiders

Creepy spider made from buttons, string, and pipe cleaners slither about pumpkins. The very idea is sure to make your skin crawl!

Make the pumpkin: Thread red string through the holes of a large or medium-size black button in a crisscross pattern; knot or glue in the back to hold in place. Cut eight 1- to 2-inch lengths of black pipe cleaner and glue to the back of the button with hot glue with four on each side; shape into legs. Attach a smaller black button with hot-glue to make a head. Repeat as desired. Attach a black string to the back of the larger button with hot-glue, and hang spider around stem or attach directly to a pumpkin with hot-glue.

There are many more idea’s for you here:

https://www.countryliving.com/diy-crafts/g1350/pumpkin-decorating-1009/?slide=20

How to Paint a Staircase

Article and photo’s by Debbie @ Painted Therapy

How To Paint a Staircase

As the times changed, so did my design style. When it became clear that my stairs needed an upgrade, and I was unable to find an affordable runner carpet that I liked, I went for the full-on painted stairs. Although there were a few glitches along the way, it was a pretty easy project to do.

MATERIALS AND TOOLS 
– Paint
– Primer
– Tape measure
– Painter’s tape
– Carpenter’s square

How to Paint Stairs - Midpoint

STEP 1: Prime and tape

I decided to go with a low-luster enamel paint. I chose the Porch and Patio Floor paint from Behr and had it color-matched to go with my furniture. After first priming and painting the stairs in my base color (which happens to be the same color as the house’s trim), I went to work on taping. I used a tape measure and decided how wide I wanted my center “runner” to be, used the angle to get a straight line, and then used painter’s tape to create a line on each step. It definitely gets tricky going over the lip and trim pieces, so you want to make sure you seal the edges well.

How to Paint Stairs - Taping Stage

Photo: Painted Therapy

STEP 2: Measure

After getting the first piece of tape on, I marked the width of my trusty DVD case (we were watching The Lion King, so why not?), made a straight line with the angle, and applied this next line of tape parallel to the first (making sure again to seal the edges well). Then I did it all over again on the other side of the stairs.

Side note: I have a sweet reader who reminded me of a very special tip (that I forgot until AFTER the stairs were painted). Paint over your tape edges with your base color. If you do so, you will seal the tape with the base color, and the next color (in my case gray) cannot get under that pesky tape. BRILLIANT!

STEP 3: Paint.

Once I had finished the stripes, I then painted the tread of the stairs. You may want to paint every other step, giving yourself a dry place to step up and down, but I chose not to do that, since there was enough dry room on the sides. Let it be noted that I did use a paint additive to give the stairs a little rough texture and create traction. I didn’t want my little girl to wake up one January morning, socks on feet, and slipping down the stairs to me. Additive can easily be found in the paint section of your paint store.

How to Paint Stairs - Mission Accomplished

Photo: Painted Therapy

And there she is! I’ve decided I like the stairs. They are much easier to clean too, as I just sweep down and vacuum up. I chose not to put poly on the stairs, but I have no problem with them looking “worn” over time. By then, I’m sure my decorating style will have changed again anyway.

This guide comes to us from Debbie—wife, mother of two, and the creative force behind the popular DIY blog Painted Therapy. Eager to try anything, from painting stairs to making art from old shipping pallets, Debbie is on a mission to prove that home improvement can be both fun and therapeutic.

Source: https://www.bobvila.com/articles/29359-dream-it-do-it-how-to-paint-a-staircase/#.VXHkqs9VhBc

Stylish and Scary Halloween Door Decorations

By Monique Valeris for Good Housekeeping

When it comes to Halloween decor, your first thought might be to carve pumpkins for a table arrangement or hang a fun and spooky banner to make a drab room more festive. While these are certainly no-fail Halloween decor ideas, there’s one element that you shouldn’t overlook: your front door. Make a great first impression this year with these Halloween door decorations that are guaranteed to be the talk of your neighborhood. Whether you love all things creepy of prefer understated Halloween decor, you’re sure to find a favorite here.

Slide 1 of 27: When it comes to Halloween decor, your first thought might be to carve pumpkins for a table arrangement or hang a fun and spooky banner to make a drab room more festive. While these are certainly no-fail Halloween decor ideas, there's one element that you shouldn't overlook: your front door. Make a great first impression this year with these Halloween door decorations that are guaranteed to be the talk of your neighborhood. Whether you love all things creepy of prefer understated Halloween decor, you're sure to find a favorite here.
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Keep Out Cardboard Planks

Turn your home’s entrance into a graveyard—the perfect project for dedicated Halloween enthusiasts. Add a “Keep Out” sign on cardboard slats, place cobwebs all over your door, hang a ghost, position a few gravestones on your steps, and you’re ready to celebrate.

Slide 4 of 27: You can't go wrong with eye-catching stacks of pumpkins and a complementary gold wreath. Shop Now

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Pumpkin Stacks

You can’t go wrong with eye-catching stacks of pumpkins and a complementary gold wreath.

Slide 5 of 27: Place a cloaked skeleton at your door and see how many trick-or-treaters will dare to knock.Shop Now

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Cloaked Skeleton

Place a cloaked skeleton at your door and see how many trick-or-treaters will dare to knock.

Slide 10 of 27: With a bit of black matte vinyl from the fabric store and a printable witch template, you can have your door Halloween ready in no time. Shop NowGet the full tutorial here>>

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Vinyl Witch Door Decal

With a bit of black matte vinyl from the fabric store and a printable witch template, you can have your door Halloween ready in no time.

Slide 11 of 27: If you're pressed for time, go for a jack-o-lantern door. Begin by using masking tape to hang orange gift wrapping paper. Then, enhance the look by cutting an eye, nose, and mouth from gold paper. You can finish the look by adding tree branches, pumpkins, cabbages, and faux crows. Shop Now

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Jack-O’-Lantern Door

If you’re pressed for time, go for a jack-o-lantern door. Begin by using masking tape to hang orange gift wrapping paper. Then, enhance the look by cutting an eye, nose, and mouth from gold paper. You can finish the look by adding tree branches, pumpkins, cabbages, and faux crows.

Slide 13 of 27: Creepy Halloween decor isn't for everyone. If you fall into this category, settle for a mix of colorful florals and pumpkins to celebrate the holiday in style. Shop Now

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Florals and Pumpkins

Creepy Halloween decor isn’t for everyone. If you fall into this category, settle for a mix of colorful florals and pumpkins to celebrate the holiday in style.

If you click on the link below, you’ll see more door decor:

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/home-and-garden/stylish-and-scary-halloween-door-decorations-to-impress-your-neighbors/ss-BB16JcUj?ocid=msedgntp#image=13

8 Things You Should Never Clean with a Swiffer

By Rachel Sokol for Reader’s Digest

Slide 1 of 9: Swiffer products may be convenient and easy to use, but cleaning experts say they're not safe for all surfaces. From marble surfaces to wooden decks, there are a few areas where you shouldn't be using a Swiffer to clean. Here's what to use instead. If you're interested in buying the same cleaning products professional cleaners always buy, Amazon Prime Day is just around the corner with incredible deals on great cleaning products.

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Cleaning with a Swiffer

Swiffer products may be convenient and easy to use, but cleaning experts say they’re not safe for all surfaces. From marble surfaces to wooden decks, there are a few areas where you shouldn’t be using a Swiffer to clean

Marble surfaces

Remember your chemistry lesson on pH balances, acids, and alkalines? There are acidic foods like cheese and beef, and alkaline ones like avocados and lettuce. The same is true of cleaners, says Carol Smith, the owner of Hire A Maid. “Because the Swiffer Wet Jet has a pH level of ten, making it alkaline, it isn’t suited for any delicate surfaces like marble that require a neutral six to eight pH cleaner,” she explains. “We really like the Weiman line of products and use their Laminate & Stone Floor Cleaner for marble.”

Laminate floor

Again, the Swiffer presents an alkaline issue. Plus, it might not be the most effective option, says Amanda Weatherholt, crew leader with Housekeeping Associates of Ann Arbor, Michigan. “The Wet Jet leaves the floor streaky and just moves the dirt around—it does not clean the floor,” she says. Her solution: “I have found the best thing to use on a laminate floor is a small drop of Dawn dish soap with hot water,” she says.

Vinyl floor

“Swiffer Wet Jet is a very poor choice,” says Dean Davies, cleaning and maintenance supervisor for U.K. home service company Fantastic Services. “It takes a lot more effort to scrub tough spots, and it won’t be as effective as the regular mop.” What’s more, says Davies, you will need at least four pads to clean a regular-sized kitchen. “It’s an environmental and economic disaster!” he says. “And the floor can end up sticky and even dirtier because their cleaning solvent tends to dry very fast, leaving a sticky residue if not cleaned fast and well.” He recommends using something like this commercial-grade microfiber mop to clean a vinyl floor or an E-Cloth mop to remove the most stubborn of stains.

Wooden deck

If you want to clean off your grungy wooden deck, step away from the Swiffer. “The Wet Jet is not suitable for wooden deck cleaning, because its pads are almost as thin as paper towels,” says Davies. “Wood deck surfaces are often harsh and will most certainly strip apart the Swiffer pads.” Instead, Davies says, use a regular mop and Citra Clean Concentrate Cleaner, “as it will be gentle to the wood and won’t leave any marks.” If your deck is a mess and your Swiffer is your cleaning option, check the label to see if it’s formulated for your wood’s finish. Swiffer is safe on finished floors but steer clear of using it if your deck is waxed, oiled or unfinished.

Plastic mats

The plastic surfaces in your bathroom just won’t get very clean with a Swiffer. And you may not realize that your plastic mats—and shower curtain liners—can be tossed in the washing machine to remove spills and grime, says Jennifer Gregory, brand manager of Molly Maid. “Wash them with a towel, which will generate scrubbing action on the plastic items,” she says. “Washing machines can also disinfect: Add a half cup of vinegar and run it on a sanitizing cycle. Don’t worry—the smell does not linger!” Just don’t toss them into the dryer, where the high heat could damage the plastic, warns Gregory. 

Carpets and rugs

Your home’s carpet may be harboring harmful bacteria, germs, and allergens without you realizing it, says Gregory. A Swiffer won’t properly clean it; instead, keep carpets clean by instilling a strict “no shoes” policy indoors, she advises. “Also, vacuum carpets and area rugs several times a week,” she says. “If you have an infant or a toddler, daily vacuuming is recommended; the vacuum can remove surface debris easily.” You should also get a professional steam clean at least once a year to give it a deeper clean, Gregory suggests.

Indoor wood floors

“The Swiffer is fantastic at covering tiled and wooden floor space; it’s obviously less effective at accessing floor corners, and actually this is where most dirt and dust tends to build up,” says Sean Parry, founder of London-based cleaning company Neat. His team ensures a thorough cleaning by pairing a Swiffer with a standard mop like the Vileda microfiber mop for the corners. “Sometimes when we encounter a particularly dirty floor, we find that the best solution is to simply hand-wipe the area with a microfiber cloth,” Parry adds. “This is obviously more time-consuming, but it’s unusual that we’ll have to hand-wipe an entire floor.” 

Indoor tiles

In lieu of a Swiffer, Parry likes the E-Cloth Deep Clean Mop. “Although it has a similar design to the Swiffer, with a large rectangular mop head, we really like the fact that E-Cloth is an entirely water-based technology,” he says. “It’s actually so effective that only a small amount of water needs to be sprayed from the mop head to give a great result when cleaning. No additional cleaning products are required, which means no chance of soapy residue or potential damage to different flooring types.” 

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/home-and-garden/8-things-you-should-never-clean-with-a-swiffer/ss-BB187CZ6?ocid=msedgntp#image=9

The hardest Ikea items to assemble

By Saundra Latham for Cheapism©

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Anyone who’s bought furniture at Ikea knows that making your way through the maze-like store without overspending is just half the battle. Once you get home, you face the daunting task of assembling your finds, with only the wordless, cartoony directions to assist you. Want to save yourself some frustration? We talked to experts to find out which of Ikea’s most popular products are the ones that might have you learning how to curse in Swedish — and what Ikea newbies can do to set themselves up for success.

Slide 3 of 26: Why you should think twice: "This is what I'm hired to build the most, and I think it's because the closets are so large and intimidating," says Roger Chong, owner of Ikea Installers in Los Angeles. "There's a lot of elements that go into properly installing these units. You'll have to properly build the frame, make sure it’s square, know how to safely attach it to the wall, build all the interior components, and start putting them in one by one. The hardest element of the job is that they're just super heavy and really bulky."

Pax Wardrobe

Why you should think twice: “This is what I’m hired to build the most, and I think it’s because the closets are so large and intimidating,” says Roger Chong, owner of Ikea Installers in Los Angeles. “There’s a lot of elements that go into properly installing these units. You’ll have to properly build the frame, make sure it’s square, know how to safely attach it to the wall, build all the interior components, and start putting them in one by one. The hardest element of the job is that they’re just super heavy and really bulky.”

Slide 4 of 26: $249 Shop Now Why you'll want it: Hemnes has a classic, traditional look that may please buyers turned off by many of Ikea's more modern designs. It comes in several colors and sizes, but the popular eight-drawer version is particularly beloved because it offers so much space for everything from T-shirts to jeans to bulky sweaters. Related: Vintage Ikea Furniture Pieces That Resell for Serious Money

Hemnes 8-Drawer Dresser

Why you should think twice: Assembling the Hemnes is “like the 4,000-piece Lego Death Star,” says Adam Tate, owner of New Jersey-based All Assembled. “There are a lot of pieces and it will take some time. This dresser will take you a weekend or month to build depending on your tolerance, skill level, and the tools that you own to get the job done. Pine is Ikea’s wood of choice for this unit, but pine is soft! Pine gets marked up easy. If you are into the Bohemian look, okay — this is for you, because it will weather and dent and can come damaged due to particles left over in the packaging.”

Slide 6 of 26: $549Shop NowWhy you'll want it: We all love furniture that fulfills more than one purpose, and the Nordli is like a dresser, bed, and two nightstands all in one. It's an especially practical piece in a bedroom that's short on space, and it costs less than what you'd pay for a basic bed frame and headboard at most other places, even once you add a mattress. Related: The Best Ikea Mattresses

Nordli Bed With Headboard and Storage

Why you should think twice: “With most other furniture assemblies, you reach an ah-ha moment where you see how it all comes together,” Chong says. “This one, you probably won’t get that moment until the very end. Because of the nature of the design, it’s a very low-profile bed, so you’ll find yourself laying down on your stomach or back a lot, just to attach all the pieces. This bed also has the most drawers of any bed frame at Ikea, so you’ll spend half the build time assembling drawers and adjusting them so the alignment is correct — this is a nightmare for someone with plush carpet. … I wouldn’t recommend this as a solo job if you’re a novice.”

Slide 8 of 26: Starting at $109Shop Now Why you'll want it: Ikea's Nordli line of dressers is endlessly customizable. If you just need a little space, you can opt for a modest two- or three-drawer chest. If you need a lot of space, you can build a behemoth with a dozen drawers. You can go horizontal or vertical, build your dresser to look like stairsteps, or even attach a clothing rod for garments you'd rather not fold.

Nordli Dresser

Why you should think twice: “Ikea markets these dresser units in images of two to 16 drawer units, which makes it a very versatile, desirable storage solution,” Tate says. “However, Ikea does not supply instructions on how to fabricate the many configurations. Instead, there is a manual in every box that only shows configurations for that particular section. It’s up to the user to figure out how to get it all together to make the various configurations. Again, another modular product that leaves it to the consumer that has relatively little knowledge or skill to complete or create these complex assemblies. The product comes in many different boxes, and you don’t  know what box to open first.”

Slide 10 of 26: $499Shop Now Why you'll want it: The Friheten has one of those sleek-but-not-too-modern designs that can blend into any home, whether traditional, contemporary, or somewhere in between. Owners say it's easier to convert into a bed than a typical sleeper sofa, and it has storage under the seat. If a traditional sofa isn't roomy enough, a sectional is also available.

Friheten Sleeper Sofa

Why you should think twice: “These are tough because of the mechanical components involved,” Chong says. “There are brackets with springs and wheels and pulleys. This assembly requires you to be aware of exactly what goes where and when. The spring-loaded sofas also hold a lot of tension, so you have to be cautious for the sake of safety. And then you’ll find yourself reaching into hard-to-reach spots to attach and tighten other parts. In the end, there’s not really any leeway for error. If you messed something up, the mechanics won’t operate the way you expect them to.”

Slide 12 of 26: Starting at $89Shop Now Why you'll want it: Like many of Ikea's greatest hits, Besta isn't a single product but a line of compatible storage units that can be customized for your needs. You can opt for a simple TV cabinet or an elaborate wall-mounted system with floating shelves and plenty of room for every electronic component you might have, and it sure looks a lot sleeker than most traditional entertainment units.

Besta Entertainment Center

Why you should think twice: “Every cabinet, door, drawer, and drawer front is boxed individually and has individual instructions for building the component in the box, but not what you saw hanging in the showroom,” Tate warns. “The frames and cabinets assemble easily, but trying to figure out how this all goes together is a lot more complex, including getting it on the wall securely. If you have defects in the wall, like bulges or bows, it gets more difficult to mount. Hanging rails or cleats to mount to units are available for an added fee and don’t come with the system; you need to ask for them, and you need to buy the correct amount. Ikea uses the metric system, and the bracket holes will not match up to wall-stud spacing. You will need to use a combination of screws into studs or drywall anchors, mollies, and toggle bolts. And if all that is a foreign language, you need to find someone to do this for you.”

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Home Improvement Tricks

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Slide 1 of 17: Staircase remodeling can cost a lot, and this trick will save you money if you do it yourself. Sarah Logan, editor of The Bunny Hub, recommends that you paint your staircase so that it looks like it has a carpet runner. “This gives you the cozy look and feel of a carpet, without the maintenance of owning a carpet,” she says.If you’re going to take on this task, remember that painting can be a bit of a messy job. “Although we cover furniture and wear old clothes, often people forget about their phone,” says Jen Stark, founder of Happy DIY Home. “Place your phone in a simple plastic Ziplock, bag and it will stay paint-free and you can still use the screen.”

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1) Add a touch of color to your stairs

Staircase remodeling can cost a lot, and this trick will save you money if you do it yourself. Sarah Logan, editor of The Bunny Hub, recommends that you paint your staircase so that it looks like it has a carpet runner. “This gives you the cozy look and feel of a carpet, without the maintenance of owning a carpet,” she says.

Slide 2 of 17: Upgrading a room doesn’t have to break the budget. “Without undergoing a major renovation or gut job, you can give your kitchen and bathroom a facelift by replacing handles and knobs,” says Bonnie Heatzig of The Luxury Real Estate Authority. “You can find knobs at places like Anthropologie or an antique store to add character and invoke your personality into your home.”Consider replacing light fixtures to change the vibe of the room. They’re also pretty easy to install. “Think chandeliers in an entry foyer or over the dining table or new lighting over the bathroom vanity,” says Heatzig.

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2) Focus on those fixtures

Upgrading a room doesn’t have to break the budget. “Without undergoing a major renovation or gut job, you can give your kitchen and bathroom a facelift by replacing handles and knobs,” says Bonnie Heatzig of The Luxury Real Estate Authority. “You can find knobs at places like Anthropologie or an antique store to add character and invoke your personality into your home.”

Consider replacing light fixtures to change the vibe of the room. They’re also pretty easy to install. “Think chandeliers in an entry foyer or over the dining table or new lighting over the bathroom vanity,” says Heatzig.

Slide 3 of 17: It’s a quick, easy and affordable way to update a room. “For each space, I typically pick a finish to mimic,” says Leann Greto, head of product development/merchandising at Garrett Wade. “For example, I swapped all of my kitchen switch plates for stainless to match my appliances and give the room a more cohesive look. If you have a bit more time you can create your own custom plate with an easy decoupage method.” Start by photocopying or printing out a textile in your room. It could be embroidery on a pillow or a stripe or texture from a window treatment. Once printed, cut the paper about 1/3 inch larger than the plate all around, brush the front of the plate in varnish, press paper to the plate, fold over the edges to the back and trim corners. Use a sharp knife to slice the switch hole open and again carefully fold to the back, folding over the edges to the back and then just again brushing on the varnish on the back of the plate to secure the paper. Allow to fully dry before securing to your wall.

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3) Update your switch plates

It’s a quick, easy and affordable way to update a room. “For each space, I typically pick a finish to mimic,” says Leann Greto, head of product development/merchandising at Garrett Wade. “For example, I swapped all of my kitchen switch plates for stainless to match my appliances and give the room a more cohesive look. If you have a bit more time you can create your own custom plate with an easy decoupage method.”

Start by photocopying or printing out a textile in your room. It could be embroidery on a pillow or a stripe or texture from a window treatment. Once printed, cut the paper about 1/3 inch larger than the plate all around, brush the front of the plate in varnish, press paper to the plate, fold over the edges to the back and trim corners. Use a sharp knife to slice the switch hole open and again carefully fold to the back, folding over the edges to the back and then just again brushing on the varnish on the back of the plate to secure the paper. Allow to fully dry before securing to your wall.

Slide 5 of 17: Liz Jeneault, vice president of marketing at Faveable, recently upgraded her home by adding trendy storage ottomans to her living room and daughter's room. “I feel it's something that every woman and mom should try,” she says. Not only do storage ottomans add an aspect of elegance to your living space, but they're also great for storing toys, blankets, magazines, and other items that end up getting tossed around. “If I need to pick up my living room in a hurry because a friend is making a surprise visit, I just simply throw my toddler's toys and other items in the storage ottoman and then the room looks perfectly clean,” she says. Having a storage ottoman is a simple home improvement trick that can help make things just a little bit easier on women and moms everywhere.

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5) Spruce up your storage

Liz Jeneault, vice president of marketing at Faveable, recently upgraded her home by adding trendy storage ottomans to her living room and daughter’s room. “I feel it’s something that every woman and mom should try,” she says. Not only do storage ottomans add an aspect of elegance to your living space, but they’re also great for storing toys, blankets, magazines, and other items that end up getting tossed around.

“If I need to pick up my living room in a hurry because a friend is making a surprise visit, I just simply throw my toddler’s toys and other items in the storage ottoman and then the room looks perfectly clean,” she says. Having a storage ottoman is a simple home improvement trick that can help make things just a little bit easier on women and moms everywhere.

Slide 10 of 17: If you have a boring mirror, this is a great way to make it one of a kind, according to ProTip resident handyman and pro Rob Shaw. You’ll need a chop saw, construction adhesive, and eye protection. First, choose a trim that would look amazing around the mirror edges. Measure the dimensions of your mirror, noting the longest measurements from corner to corner. Set the chop saw's table to a 45 degree angle and cut. Be mindful that you will need to move the table to -45 degrees for the next cut, you should end up with a 45 and -45 cut on each piece for perfectly joined corners. Size up your pieces before applying adhesive and paint, and decorate accordingly. Then apply construction adhesive to the back of trim pieces and use masking tape to hold them in place starting low and finishing with your top piece last.

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10) Frame a bathroom mirror

If you have a boring mirror, this is a great way to make it one of a kind, according to ProTip resident handyman and pro Rob Shaw. You’ll need a chop saw, construction adhesive, and eye protection. First, choose a trim that would look amazing around the mirror edges. Measure the dimensions of your mirror, noting the longest measurements from corner to corner.

Set the chop saw’s table to a 45 degree angle and cut. Be mindful that you will need to move the table to -45 degrees for the next cut, you should end up with a 45 and -45 cut on each piece for perfectly joined corners. Size up your pieces before applying adhesive and paint, and decorate accordingly. Then apply construction adhesive to the back of trim pieces and use masking tape to hold them in place starting low and finishing with your top piece last.

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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.

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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. 

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