The expert way of decluttering your space


organize-homeDecluttering your personal space provides a sense of achievement, especially if you’ve been putting it off for months. Spring cleaning your home is an essential part of your well-being, as a clear environment produces a clear mind. A fresh look in your home, will give you a good perspective as well as inspire a transformation in all aspects of your life that you may have not known possible. Not to mention freeing up extra storage space.


Getting rid of clutter


All you need to do is move the couch, move the coffee table and then sweep, right? Not quite. There’s a process involved when it comes to removing clutter from your home while giving it a spring clean. The most important step of all is working out a recycling system that suits you. Round up your boxes and decide what goes and what stays.


Start by dusting off on top of  the cupboards, railings and racks. You’ll be surprised how much dust accumulates on top of curtain railings and lounge suites. Wait for the dust to settle, grab your broom and make your way through the area, giving it a clean sweep. Throw away or recycle anything that’s of no use to you. If you haven’t used it in a month, consider it thrown out. Have a separate box for items that belong to a different part of the house. That way you’ll have all the designated room’s items stored away in one container to be easily restored later.


Winning clutter solutions


You’ll find that there are many items in your home that may not have a place of their own. Making storage space available for these items is the only solution for keeping your home tidy. Here are a few storage solutions you can try to help you organise small objects and trinkets.


Shelves – No matter how big your space, a shelf can provide ample storage space. Especially if you consider floating shelves as they provide a minimalistic look when displaying ornaments.


Baskets – Baskets come in all shapes, sizes, and designs, making it ideal to choose one that’ll suit your taste. It’s fairly simple finding a basket that matches the interior decor of your home. Magazines, remote controls and everyday day items can all be placed inside your basket. The basket can be stowed away inside the cabinet, next to the sofa or even on the coffee table as a feature.

Media storage – Keep your CDs, DVDs and books out of harm’s way by investing in a media storage unit. You can be rest assured that your goods are well protected from damage or scratches and all in one, secure location.



Uplifting your master bedroom


The master bedroom is an essential place in the household where relaxation can take place in all its splendor. It is usually the largest room in the house and has the ability to transform any mood with its stylish decor and refreshing feel. However, there are some master bedrooms that fail to live up to the standard of fine living. This guide will show you how to transform your master bedroom from drab to fab.


Placement of the bed


The bed is the focal point of any bedroom, especially if it is placed in the middle of the room. Ensure the placement of the bed is in the correct position, a bed that looks better in the corner, should not be place in the middle of the room. Also ensure the headboard on the wall is on the opposite side to the doorway. Keep in mind, placing your bed diagonally takes up a lot of unnecessary space.


The nightstands


The placement of the bed will provide the placement for the nightstands. Choose an abstract colour or one which is neutral for it to suit your bed linen, as this would flesh out the elegance of the room. Consider the size, the storage space and the height before you make your selection. The height of the mattress needs to be taken into consideration, keeping in mind some duvet covers can heighten the bed.


Adding definition to the ceiling


The ceiling has become a feature that we barely notice, but all of this is about to change when you decide to make it more appealing. An interesting ceiling is not merely one which has a breathtaking painting all over it. Choose a ceiling with exposed beams if you are going for a rustic or laid back approach. Or better yet, paint the ceiling an attractive colour, but then leave the walls neutral, as you don’t want to overwhelm the room in bursts of colour.


Lighting options


Lighting sets the perfect ambience for any room. Different lighting set different moods, some can give a cheerful feel upon arrival and others can have an illuminating presence about them, that floats in mystery. For a dramatic, yet classy atmosphere, chandeliers are the best option. They add glamour and sophistication and can bedazzle anyone.

Play time in the kitchen


The kitchen is the ideal place for little ones to have fun, explore and learn new things. While cooking up a storm and bustling your way through the kitchen you hardly have time to keep an eye on your child. This can be very concerning, but with a bit of ingenuity you can play, educate, and keep an eye on your little – all while cooking! Yes, this is possible.


Fun with pots and pans

Aside from eating yummy pasta, your little ones can also get crafty with pasta by making a necklace or bracelet, and it couldn’t be easier. All you need is a handful of different sizes of macaroni, thick string or thread, PVA glue, paint and glitter for extra sparkle to their pasta accessories.  By threading the pasta through the string, they develop their hand-eye-coordination.


Quick Tip: Put one end of the thread down to a piece of paper on the table using sticky tape, leaving enough string for your child to easily operate. Make sure that the pasta is at one end of the necklace or bracelet and that it does not keep slip off the end. After threading the pasta, the fun can continue by painting it or adding glitter to their creation. Once dry, un-stick from the paper mounted to the table and secure both ends of the string to the preferred length.


Make shakers


Rice, beans and pasta make great components for simple shakers. You won’t need much but an empty lidded container to add your mix in. Let your child measure and adequate amount with a spoon to scoop out enough mix to fill the container.  Simply put the lid on and then decorate the container using paint or stickers. This is fun for them and better for you, because they aren’t playing with kitchenware.


Let them decorate cake


Children love saying, “I made that!” Let them embark on the journey of decorating with icing. This is a no fuss, and less mess option that will leave them full of joy and pride. If you’re not baking your own cupcakes, then buy a batch of fairy cakes. Then go about mixing your icing sugar, remember to have a variety of colours, as this will appeal more to your little one. Add decorations like, jelly tots, silver balls, sugar strands and multi-coloured sprinkles to your cakes. They will have loads of fun when mixing in colour to make vivid hues of blue, pink, and green.

End off every fun activity with a great chat. Not only will it bring you closer with your child, but you will get to bond in new experiences which will open the door for greater communication.

Bedroom colours that can influence your mood


Experts say that the room colour you choose can influence your sleep pattern, mood and overall wellbeing. According to 99Designs writer, Allison Stuart, yellow, orange and red are warm colours that can evoke feelings of energy, warmth and joy. However, it should also be beared in mind that yellow and orange can cause a slight irritation to the eyes and red can actually increase a person’s appetite. That’s one excuse for snacking in bed.




This colour is generally associated with royalty and wealth. It’s a soothing colour that can be used to sooth or calm the viewer. For this reason purple has been used as the chosen colour for beauty products. When purple is incorporated into a room, it represents luxury with minimal effort. A lighter shade of purple may show mystery and romance, but overall it stimulates the creative part of the brain. It’ not a likely colour that is chosen for the bedroom as this where you may want to rest your brain.




Blue is known as a cool, soothing colour that gives a spa-like feeling, especially if it has soft variations. A soft shade of blue will provide a calming effect and aid in sleep. However, this serene colour can quickly turn into a cooling effect in winter months, giving off a chilly-feel when applied to a wall. Instead, opt for blue curtains with white walls.




It’s no surprise that when we see the colour green, our thoughts immediately go to nature. Green is a natural colour that symbolises new beginnings, health and wealth. Out of all colours, green is easiest on the eyes and should be used to create a balance on design elements. The colour will evoke a restorative emotion that brings about a quieting feel as you are taken back to the green shades found in nature. For comfort and unwinding, a light shade of green works best in any room.




White can instantly go from bland to fab. This colour brings about an airy and open feel to any space giving the illusion of a more opened space room. A cramped room may need the colour white on walls for it to appear larger. White walls can be jazzed up with stunning curtains or exotic detailing with splashes of colour. The serenity will bring you at ease as you drift off to sleep.







The worst things to DIY


There are many do it yourself projects on Pinterest that may interest you. Some of which may look like it has been crafted by a fairy with magical dust. Not everyone is born with the DIY gene; some of us struggle with super glue and hammers, while others glue the hammer to the hand. Taking on a project is a fulfilling feeling, it provides us with a sense of responsibility and the feeling accomplishment compares to none other. However, there are a few tasks that can end up being a nightmare if not done by a professional.


The plumbing plump


Doing your own plumbing can end up being the biggest mistake cost-wise. Not only is taking on a plumbing project dangerous, it is also a nerve wracking business when sweat starts dropping from your forehead. You may end up doing more damage than initially thinking you are going to  solve the problem. Many homeowners believe that they can get crafty in the bathroom because it’s the place that is least visible.


The panting painter


Contrary to popular belief, this is not the easiest job of all. There is no doubt that it’s easy to splash paint to the walls, but you need to know a thing or two for the brush strokes not to be visible or avoiding crossing over barrier lines. Beginner painters will be up on the ladder, stroking the brush with magnificent grace and when the job is done they will get back down only to realise there are two toned colours instead of one. They start out with good intentions, but that is not to say the Elba gas stove will look good against the wall.


The brawler installer


Avoid trying to install your own kitchen cabinetry or you might end up with a skew cabinet or doors hanging from the wrong places not enabling them to open and close correctly. You could end up damaging the exterior of the walls that will at a later stage cause extensive damage. Built-in kitchen appliances like refrigerators, dishwashers and built-in microwaves can be quite costly and getting it wrong can end up leaving a bigger dent in your pocket. Leave this one for the professionals instead.


Your home decor is linked to your well being

Home-Decor-IdeasTo change one’s private space is symbolic for changing your outlook on life and your perspective. Change is very therapeutic and is highly recommended. Giving your home a good makeover is bound to make you feel at ease and bring about an inner peace that will make you feel welcomed into your own space. A total home make-over is a must if you’re going through a stressful time in your life.


Don’t go too big or too small


Never overwhelm a room with too many furniture or homeware accessories. Minimalistic is the way to go when you have limited space available. Instead of buying one huge sofa, it is better to get 2 couches. A good measure to take is to buy lamps, cushions, side chairs and vases in pairs, this way you can separate them whenever you want to and put each in every room. It’s much easier whenever you want to move furniture around and more affordable as well. You can get slip covers and use them on couches and chairs.


The little pieces


With little accents to mix and match for your lounge suites, choose your colour wisely. Dark green, camel, black, tan or navy when buying upholstered furniture are always good to pair up. These are versatile colours to match up.   The only thing to ensure is that they are durable so that they can last longer. Once you have the right colour of the upholstery, get homeware accessories, cushions and materials that will be in harmony with the colour of the upholstery. Place side tables in the corner of the rooms and decorate them with table cloths that match with the other fabrics in the room.


The colour scheme

If you’re in a crazy headspace, then don’t colour the walls the colour of your mood. You might end up with a lot of different colours and textures that you will regret for months on end down the line. Keep to one colour scheme. Choose a minimalist colour like white and then find furniture and accessories that will compliment it. A plain nude colour will be easy pair up as well. Choosing the same colour scheme throughout the house will let you easily be able to move lounge suites around, without breaking the bank. If you want a fresh perspective, experiment with colours, styles and designs until you get the right look and feel in your home.

The worst kinds of people to live with

HousematesWhen you’re sharing a home, things can get complicated. Even if you’ve known the person for years, you never really know what kind of housemate they’ll end up being. You may end up having the best memories, but you also may end up hating everything about them. It’s cheaper to share the costs with someone, so you sometimes have to roll the dice and see what you get.

Everyone has heard stories of nightmare roommates and you don’t want to end up with one of those. But these are generally extreme cases. Most awful roommates simply fall into the following categories:  


The messy one

This is the type of person who does the dishes only once every other dish in the kitchen has been used. They literally leave things to mould and aren’t scared of a dodgy smell. They’ll toss their things all over the lounge and probably won’t even know where the bin is. They’ll spend a lot of time promising to tidy up but never quite get around to it.


The one that lacks boundaries

This is the housemate who’ll go through your closet while you’re away for the weekend. Even worse than that, they’re the housemate who’ll read your diary and then bring it up in conversation with your partner or parents. Personal space means nothing to them and just because they’d be fine with you going through their stuff, they think it’s okay to do it to you. And, if you bring it up, they’ll probably get offended that you don’t want to share absolutely every part of your life with them. Hell, they may even call your mom to whine about it.


The loud one

Whether it’s 3 am drunken sex or 7 am calls to their partner, you’ll never not hear this person. They won’t ever let you forget that they’re at home. They slam doors, laugh at a pitch you didn’t know existed and sing in the shower at odd hours. No matter how many times you ask them to keep it down, they simply won’t do it.


The one with way too many friends

This is mr or miss popular and they’re always surrounded by friends. You may not think this is a bad thing at first, but you’ll start to get irritated when their noisy friends are constantly in your space. They’ll have impromptu parties on a weeknight and litter your kitchen while hosting a last-minute dinner extravaganza. And you can’t really say anything because having friends around isn’t something you want to outright ban. How do you even go about complaining about it?


So, try to suss out whether your potential housemate is one of these types before you consult a bond repayment calculator.