Keeping your bed clean is something we hear a lot about in the media with horror expressed about the statistics around how often people change in the bed. Here are some tips on how it is relatively simple to keep your bed super-clean and healthy.

  • As with every housework chore, it is important to deal with things quickly. If you spill something on the bed, deal with it immediately even if you are tired because it will be that much easier to tackle. Try to avoid rubbing as this can make things worse and just blot the spillage with a damp cloth.
  • Consider how much paraphernalia you have on your bed. Cushions  and teddy bears may add to a good look but are just extra things to clean. You decide how much cleaning you want to do and make decisions about your interior design with that in mind.
  • Wash all bedding at least once a week. Make it a routine. Housewives of old had days for certain tasks such as baking and you can use this method to ensure those sheets get washed regularly. Read fabric care labels and go for the hottest settings recommended in your battle against the dust mites.
  • Vacuum your mattress taking care the attachments are clean first and giving particular action to tricky edges and corners.
  • If you come across stains, research the benefits and drawbacks of cleaning agents such as hydrogen peroxide and liquid dish soap. Enzyme cleaners are particularly powerful when dealing with yuckier stuff like blood, vomit and urine.
  • Baking powder is your friend when it comes to deodorizing your mattress and you can combine it with an essential oil if aromatherapy is your thing. Leave it on for as long as you practical so that it does its thing more effectively. Oh and using a flour sifter is a great trick for spreading it evenly across the mattress. Now it is time to get the hoover out again to remove the powder from your mattress.
  • Throw open your windows to air the mattress.
  • Moving forwards, flip your mattress regularly, invest in a mattress protector and perhaps some new bedding to celebrate all that domestic goddess like effort.

Keeping your bed clean does not actually take too much hard work once you put your mind to it and get into a routine. Sweet dreams!

3 Little Buttons

Your kitchen might be one of the most used spaces in your home, so if you’re planning to revamp this room, you’ll no doubt want to make sure you do a good job. To help you get this project right, here are four questions you should ask yourself when you’re planning a new kitchen.

1. How will I use the room?

Firstly, how will you actually use the room? Do you just want to be able to prepare food in there or would you prefer to be able to dine and entertain in there too? Do you like privacy while you cook or do you enjoy some company? Answering questions like these will help you to determine design essentials such as whether your kitchen should open out into a dining area and whether you should incorporate an island unit. If you want a sociable cooking space, it’s probably best to go for an open plan layout with plenty of seating, while if you like a quiet, functional kitchen, you might want to close this room off and design it with a tighter work triangle.

2. What’s the most efficient layout?

It’s easy to get fixated on looks when you’re designing this part of your home, but it’s vital that you focus on functionality too. As part of this, you’ll need to ask yourself what the most efficient layout of the room will be. Kitchen designers tend to create zones in cooking spaces. These can include areas for washing, prepping and cooking. So, when you’re planning this room, think carefully about where appliances will sit in relation to each other. For example, consider how much distance you want between your cooker top, fridge and sink. Efficiently designed kitchens can make cooking much easier, quicker and more enjoyable, so it’s worth putting plenty of thought into these issues.

3. How much storage do I need?

Storage is the unsung hero of kitchen design. When done well, you hardly notice it’s there, but when it’s done badly, entire cooking spaces can look chaotic and messy. So, when you’re planning this room, make sure you incorporate enough storage to house your essentials. Bear in mind there are lots of clever ways to incorporate extra storage into these areas. For example, kitchen unit specialists such as Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets provide full-height cabinets that can help you to take advantage of the vertical space on offer in this room. In addition, to make use of awkward corner areas, you can invest in L-shaped corner units, as well as magic basket features that give you easy access to the furthest reaches of your cabinets.

4. What’s my style?

Once you’ve ticked off important practicalities like these, you can get to the fun part of deciding exactly what style you’re aiming for. Do you love the contemporary look or are you aiming for a rustic farmhouse vibe? If you like modern cooking spaces, you might want to go for a minimalist design where most of your kitchen equipment and appliances are hidden away in closed cabinets. On the other hand, if you want a more relaxed, lived-in look, why not have some open storage units that show off anything from crockery to glassware?

When it comes to materials, do you want the time-old appeal of natural wood or stone for your surfaces, units and flooring, or would contemporary alternatives like glass, metal and plastic suit you better? Whichever style you’re going for, make sure you stick to it in all aspects of your design, from your furniture to your fixtures, fittings and décor. Consistency is key if you’re trying to achieve a coherent, harmonious look and feel.

Planning a new kitchen can be a daunting task, but if you answer questions like these before you launch into the project, you can’t go far wrong.

 

Twin Mummy and Daddy

Before becoming a parent and home-maker I did not think about flooring much. If I could walk on it that was enough for me. Flooring much like storage becomes of deep interest when you start a family. There are practical considerations but also the more time you spend at home the more attractive you want it to be. As a stay at home mum, any way to remember who you are in terms of taste and fashion is welcome. Let’s look at flooring trends for 2018.

I encourage you to check out online just how amazing laminate and wood flooring can be with the injection of vibrant colours and interesting shapes. I have never thought of flooring as an art form before but why not?

I am pleased to see that recycling is playing more of a part in our flooring reusing old materials in new ways. I am a bit late to environmental awareness but the more I look into the future of our planet, the more I see why we need to take action to protect it now. I am intrigued to hear how fishing nets can now be made into carpets for example. Similarly, I am fascinated at how cork floors can now replicate the look of wood or stone. Cacoa shells are another material used in 21st century flooring.

You can now personalize your flooring perhaps with a company logo or an inspirational quote.

Laser technology is now used to enhance the aesthetic appeals of our floors. Flooring is not as boring as I used to imagine. You might even want to experiment with different textures on the same floor. The world really is your oyster when it comes to the floor beneath your feet.

Of course carpets are a traditional way of injecting warmth and colour into the home but I am not a fan as they get dirty so easily. However, if you are a domestic goddess carpets and rugs are a way to express yourself. I do love how handmade carpets celebrating real craftsmanship are on trend this year. Artists are drawing on their own histories and the beauty of nature both of which are to be encouraged.

So what are your favourite flooring trends this year?

Flooring Trends

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How do you choose flooring for your home? When you move in do you put up with what is already there or ring the changes?

Here are some of my thoughts on the advantages and disadvantages of each type of flooring.

Carpet

I am not a fan of carpet to be honest. Of course growing up in the Sixties and Seventies, all the main rooms had carpet and of the wild pattern variety at that. So I can still get very nostalgic when I see that type of carpet but overall I don’t think carpet is a great option particularly for families with children or pets. Carpets gather dirt and are easily damaged beyond repair in seconds. I have always expressed surprise at how many mums of babies and toddlers have cream carpets. That’s an accident waiting to happen however beautiful it looks when it is first put down.

Wood floors

Wood flooring can be difficult to get down so maybe not the perfect choice for someone who wants to do it themselves. However they are durable and easy to keep clean. I really like the look of wood floors and have a beautiful one in my dining room. I think they do give that refined feel perfect to go with my sparkly chandelier.

Laminate flooring

If you want that wood type look but are not expert at laying it, laminate flooring is a great option with prefinished lengths that snap together.

It is fairly hard-wearing too and relatively easy to claim although can show wear over time.

Ceramic tile flooring

Again, this is not particularly easy to install unless you know what you are doing.

I have lots of tiled floors in my home including in the sun room, the kitchen and the lounge. I love them as a quick sweep and steam clean keeps them so hygienic. You can always jazz them up with rugs if you want a bit of extra colour but I don’t bother as again rugs get grubby so easily.

So for me give me tiles or wooden floors for preference with laminate as runner-up and keep me away from carpets and rugs.

Of course, we all have our own circumstances and tastes so I would love to know how you choose flooring for your home.

 

 

 

 

 

Winnettes

Regular readers will know I am a huge fan of JML who are the people who come up with clever gadgets to make our busy lives that little bit easier and at affordable prices too. They kindly sent me a Hurricane Spin Scrubber to try out. Now there is a name to conjure with. It is just what you need to make bathroom cleaning quicker and less of a chore. It costs £39.99 but let me tell you it is so worth it!

Hurricane Spin Scrubber

The trouble with bathrooms is you have to reach up high and down low to clean them properly which is a pain. There are always tricky corners and areas that are hard to get to partly because usually our bathrooms are small rooms but have a lot of big things like baths in them.

With three interchangeable heads, spinning at an incredible 300rpm, and an extension pole that means you can reach every corner of your bathroom without bending or stretching, Hurricane Spin Scrubber will blast through grime and dirt.

I rarely find housework fun but it has to be done and apparently every day of my life. The gadget is so easy to put together according to my husband who will play with a gadget whilst showing absolutely no interest in the harder housework tasks most of the time. The Hurricane Spin Scrubber gives you a cleaning brush or rather three on a long slim pole. This is great as it does not take up much room at all when not in use.

I actually really enjoy using the Hurricane Spin Scrubber and it makes such a difference getting into trickier areas and speeding up the whole process. If it had a radio in it that played “I want to break free”, it would be absolutely perfect but I bop around as I use it anyway.

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