Designing A Bathroom That’s Easy To Keep Squeaky Clean

If you are somewhat of a clean freak with a hatred for germs, then the idea of a bathroom that’s super easy to keep clean is probably incredibly appealing to you. The bathroom is the place in our homes where we go to not only relax and unwind at the end of a long and stressful day but also where we go to clean ourselves. However, bathrooms in themselves can be somewhat dirty places thanks to the fact that damp conditions are breeding grounds for germs.

That being said, there are ways that you can ensure that your bathroom is a hygienic space that’s easy to keep lovely and clean. To do that, keep reading below for all the best tips and ideas for creating a bathroom that’s easy to keep squeaky clean.

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Sensor-operated

One of the most common reasons that bathrooms are packed full of germs is because we touch one surface, such as the toilet seat, and then another, like the soap dispenser or taps. A great way to reduce the amount of germs that are spread around your bathroom is to invest in sensor operated items so that touching is minimal. Invest in a sensor operated toilet flush, taps, and a soap dispenser. You could also invest in lighting that turns off with a clap or click of the fingers, or even with the phrase ‘lights off’.

Flooring that’s easy to clean

If you want your bathroom to be a hygienic place, it’s important that all areas of it are easy to keep clean. Instead of opting for flooring that has grout in between it, such as tile flooring, pick a type of flooring that is smooth. Germs get trapped in the cracks between flooring and are difficult to clean out, which is why opting for smooth flooring is a much better option as this means that the flooring is easier to keep clean.

Wipeable surfaces and features

As well as the flooring being easy to keep clean, for a hygienic bathroom, it’s also important that all other surfaces are easy to keep clean. This means opting for surfaces, traditional radiators, paint, and light fixtures and fittings that are wipeable so that they can be kept easily clean. You also want these features to be made from materials that dry quickly, to help slow the rate at which bacteria grow – damp, warm spaces are ideal breeding grounds for germs.

Smart storage

Last but not least, when it comes to creating a bathroom that’s easy to keep clean and is as hygienic as possible, it’s important to be smart about your storage options. Throwing stuff into drawers isn’t hygienic as then everything is touching and germs can be easily spread. It’s much better to have shelving with boxes or buckets on for items to be distributed into, as these are much easier to keep clean than large drawers are.

Whether you’re a clean freak or not, it’s important to have a bathroom that’s easy to keep clean as it cuts cleaning time and helps to reduce the amount of dirt and germs in there.

Make Getting Ready A Breeze By Embracing Minimalist Styling

It seems like everywhere we look at the moment, the minimalist trend is lurking. This is a style that has crept into public consciousness slowly over the last couple of years and saw a huge flourish in mid 2016. Now, over half a year on, this style shows no sign of going away. Minimalism, in general, is described as a style which mainly comprises of pared-down design elements – anything considered to be ‘excess’ is simply removed. Some people class themselves as minimalists full stop, going way beyond simply enjoying the style and applying the philosophy to their whole lives.

This can mean that they live in a very simple way – perhaps with only a few items of clothing, the bare minimum in their kitchen cupboards and of course, absolutely no mess or clutter clogging up their homes. While this is a way of life that many people do choose to go down, it is something that requires a lot of dedication and in some cases a complete lifestyle overhaul. So, with that in mind, it’s not a problem if full-scale minimalism isn’t for you. However, there’s nothing to stop you experimenting with the style when it comes to your fashion sense. Minimalism is a great style to adopt partially because it’s so wearable; with muted tones and classic cuts, once you have a few items in your closet you already have a fairly established set of outfits to choose from! Here are some tips on embracing a fresh, minimalist style.

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Go through your whole closet

The first step to creating a minimalist wardrobe is to go through your whole closet ruthlessly. Yep, we mean ruthlessly! Take stock of everything you own and separate it all into piles: what you definitely want to keep, what just needs throwing out and what you can donate to charity. Of course, there will be some things you want to keep that don’t specifically fit the mold of a typical minimalist wardrobe, such as block colors and prints. But take into account what you could still work around. For example, a royal blue shirt could still be minimalist if paired with a pair of white tailored trousers and a white blazer. But slogan shirts or anything with a multi-colored pattern doesn’t really tend to fit the vibe. Write down how many grey/black/white pieces you already own and what they are, as these pieces are what you will build your new look around. Look at them as the foundations of an outfit – just as a house needs stable foundations, you also need a base to work with!

Buy less

You may wonder how it is possible to craft a whole new look for yourself without buying a ton of new clothes. But one important aspect of the minimalist trend is spending your money on quality, rather than quantity. The minimalist ethos is all about investment rather than splurging, so be mindful of what you are purchasing and where you are purchasing it. Do you find yourself heading towards cheaper stores on a day out at the mall? There’s nothing wrong with that, of course.

But if the clothes you buy from such places only last you a couple of months before they fade or break, you may want to consider parting with a little more cash on a higher-quality piece of clothing. Make sure you look for tailored pieces when crafting a chic, minimalist look, as this will automatically make it look more expensive, and gives you a timeless silhouette.

Accessorize wisely

Accessorizing a minimalist look means stepping into dangerous territory. On paper, you would think that accessories are a no-go full stop in a minimalist look, because they add interest and ‘fuss’ to an outfit. But, providing you do it with care, there is no reason why you can’t accessories a simple style without the accessories taking over. After all, some accessories are simply integral to our everyday lives, such as womens bags. When choosing a handbag or purse for everyday use, take into account your minimalist style.

Typically, the rule is to stick with black, brown or grey depending on what shade you normally wear – remember, if you are using your bag every day it will need to compliment everything else you are wearing. In terms of jewelry, the phrase ‘less is more’ comes to mind. Going jewelry-free isn’t a must, as a little bit of sparkle here and there can be the thing that ties the minimalist look together. But going overboard can certainly detract from the look as a whole, so only wear one or two pieces at any given time. A simple set of earrings is usually a good bet – something chic such as diamond studs or teardrop earrings. You can sometimes get away with a statement necklace as part of a minimalist outfit, but if you’re going for a big necklace, keep all other jewelry to a minimum.

Forget all about ‘trends.’

Even though minimalism has been a recent trend in itself, this kind of chic style of dressing has actually been around for years. It’s what Parisian women have been famous for for decades, and this look has also graced the street of other fashion capitals such as Milan. It’s other trends you need to watch out for, as they may distract you from your cool and classy style. If you do love a new trend, there’s nothing at all wrong with getting your hands on a couple of new pieces from a collection that really grabs you.

But always bear in mind that trends come and go every season, meaning that soon the piece you love so much could easily be regarded as old hat. Use minimalism as a basis for your daily outfits and then interject a few other trends into that as and when you please. But remember, minimalism is a style, and style never goes out of fashion.

 

Ingredients Of A Succesful Renovation

Renovating is a lot bigger than redecorating. When redecorating, it’s fairly easy to scale back any changes you’re not all that fond of. But renovations are a lot more permanent, not to mention costlier. They are the best way to turn your house into a home that really gels with you, but you need to get a few things right before you jump into the work.

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Your needs

Much the same as when you’re building a home, you should think first of all about your needs as opposed to your wants. Wants should be something that you might be able to change later, like the surfaces in your kitchen or your lighting fixtures. Most of the focus should go to needs, things that are harder to change, like the arrangement of the bathroom or how much space you allow in your living room. Prioritise the changes you’re going to make to the home and get the big ones out of the way first.

Your style

After those needs, that’s when you can start thinking about the style your rooms are going to be into. There are some aspects you need consider now before you start ordering materials and making floor plans. For instance, in the bedroom, you need to think about how lighting is going to have an effect on the way you restructure it. In the kitchen, having a few colour schemes in mind can make it easier to choose surfaces for the countertops. In the bathroom, you want to think if you have enough space to fit all those luxuries you want. Nailing down an idea of the style you want now can make the choices later a lot easier.

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Your team

Naturally, you want to make sure that you have the right team on your side. One of the single best ways to find that out is to get in touch with them. Renovation teams like Million Dollar Makeovers should be able to provide an in-depth look at the different services they can provide. A good team will also have access to testimonials and proof of work they’ve done before so you know you’re getting a team that you can trust.

Your budget

Close communication with that team is going to be important because you’re going to need them involved in the budgeting of it all. In particular, you want to get them to help you with a quote so you can get a rough idea of what you can expect to pay. But that’s only the beginning. You need to consider any material or changes you might down the line as well. Add a little extra to your current budget so you’re not left making a decision you no longer want, or that most importantly you’re not left with an unfinished home when unexpected costs crop up.

Renovating isn’t something to be done on the fly, but a step that takes a lot of preparation and thought. Define your needs, your style, what you can afford and the best team you can rely on. Then you’re ready to jump in.

Lounge Around In Style: Living Room Upgrade Ideas

Picture the scene: You walk through the front door after a long day at work. You hang up your coat and drop the umbrella in the stand. Shoes are kicked off and you walk into the lounge ready to collapse on the sofa. Except that your living room is cluttered. The idea of lounging in a room full of clutter without the correct storage is enough to stress you out instead of relax you! The one room in the house besides the bedroom that is there for you to unwind is the living room. Making some slight upgrades can do it a world of good and following some of these updates, you can give your living room some thoughtful details that will have a huge impact on your life.

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Change your lighting. If you have a standard central light in the middle of the ceiling, you should rethink this. It’s a common feature in the middle of a lounge, as the light reaches around the room. Mood lighting, however, gives it a room a little something more. Adding lamps around the room or a dimmer switch can make a big difference. Go for glass lampshades or metallic materials to be on trend.

Go natural. If you refinish your floors in hardwood or add a neutral stain to wooden wall panels, you’ll be giving the lounge a natural style. If you want to makeover the living room to look totally natural and you need the help, head over to therenovationcompany.com.au and see whether you could get a consultant on board to help you with all your lounge renovation needs.

Countrify. Installing panelling in your lounge with a lick of white paint can give your home a farmhouse look that adds a bright, homely vibe.

Bring a little outdoors in. Potted plants and vases of flowers are a warm addition to your living room and can really help you relax into your evening. The scent of the flowers alone saves you money on artificial air fresheners, too!

Simple storage solutions. Magazines don’t need to be left laying around with simple bookcases like these ones and basket storage that can match your furnishings. You’ll have a tidier, more stylish lounge to relax in with the right solutions.

Set the mood. We don’t just mean with candles, but your colour palette. You want to be able to feel calm and your surroundings matter so think about whether you want to repaint the walls into something more neutral and muted. Think cream and grey – chic, classy and modern. Accent the colour with thick rugs and pictures on the walls and you can have a wonderfully balanced room.

Lounging around in your living room should be done in style and if you look at your interiors with a serious eye, you could transform the space you unwind at the end of the day to look beautiful and practical all at the same time. Your style matters and whether you renovate the entire room with something brand new, or just dot some scented candles around, reduce the clutter and make the whole room somewhere you want to be.

Operation Preparation: How To Get Ready For Hospital Procedures

 

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Whether you have a medical or cosmetic treatment, surgery and operational procedures can be an incredibly scary experience. There will be a lot that is racing through your mind but taking a few small, smart steps before your operation can help you approach the big day with confidence – and ensure a smooth recovery. Here are a few tips that will help you deal with and prepare for surgery.

Read the instructions!

All surgical procedures need you to do a few specific things before the big day. Your consultant or doctor will give you all the information you need to prepare properly, and it’s vital that you read it all and take it in. Many people turn up on the day of the op without giving their info leaflet a second glance, and it will just end up as a waste of your time – and the hospital’s resources.

Quit smoking

Every doctor will tell you to quit smoking, of course, but it’s even more important to do so – even if only temporarily – at least a few weeks before the big day. Patients that smoke are more complicated to deal with when they go under the knife, and if you want to avoid the prospect of complications, you’ll need to kick the habit.

Overcome your fears

Fear of surgery is a common issue, but it’s essential that you don’t let your anxiety cause you to cancel or postpone your procedure. Putting it off will just delay the inevitable, and if you are suffering from an illness, you will only be allowing it to worsen. Timing can be critical in some cases, and sometimes only surgery can reveal the full extent of your disease. So, if you have concerns about the op, speak to your doctor. They will be able to point you in the right direction for help, and ensure that you approach the big day with confidence rather than fear.

Be active

Be as active as you possibly can before your operation – but always chat to your doctor beforehand to ensure you are doing the right type of exercise. Going into a surgical procedure when you are fit and healthy will reduce your recovery time and have a positive impact on your outcome. Also, you might be spending a long period recovering on healthcare furniture and beds while you are in a hospital, and could be unable to exercise for a few weeks after the procedure. The fitter you are beforehand, the least impact your inactivity will have.

Arrange your follow-up care

Finally, make sure that your loved ones, family, and friends are all aware of your needs after the operation. Give the people in your life the time to learn new skills – maybe they will need to put dressings on or change your bandages, for example. Some people don’t like to make a fuss, and won’t ask for help – but a speedy recovery might rely on others giving you assistance.

The vast majority of surgical procedures occur without a hitch. And much of the success is due to how you prepare for your big day and plan for your recovery. Get these simple things right, and with a little luck – and a lot of skill from the surgeon – your op has every chance of success.

From Scratch: Is It Worth Building Your Own Furniture?

Of all the home improvements we could do, very few people think about getting into a workshop to make their own furniture or commissioning some work from a reputable vendor. Chances are, if you want to renovate a home you’re probably going to buy furniture from a store such as IKEA or something similar.

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But if you want to renovate your house on a budget, or if you want to add a bit of style and customisation to your home, then take a moment to consider building your own. To get you excited for building or commissioning your own furniture, here are a couple of good advantages on why you should.

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There are a couple of ways to build your own furniture on a budget. For starters, if you have the necessary power tools and workbenches, you could start working on 2×4 wood and buy a bucket of screws. If you need assistance, you can always look online for furniture plans to help you get started. The other option is to do an “IKEA hack”. Since IKEA furniture always comes flat packed, it means that you can build your own furniture using multiple pieces of IKEA furniture. You could start with a simple desk and install a shelf on top of it, or you can mix and match table legs with tops.

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It’s cheaper

Even if you buy from a cheap furniture store, you’re always going to end up paying a premium for a brand name and for labour. If you’re DIY-savvy or if you have friends who are willing to work together and help you, you could create wonderful pieces of custom-made furniture for extremely low prices. All you need is a couple of power tools, some raw materials and then you have all the ingredients to furnish your very own home.

For example, a drawer made from third-party stainless steel drawer slides and some 2×4 wood will cost a fraction of even the cheapest drawers you can buy from IKEA or any other furniture store, and you have the option of customising the dimensions, colours and add other accessories.

Everything will fit

If you have an awkward part of the home, such as a dip in the wall or a slightly uneven floor, you might have trouble installing furniture because it just doesn’t fit. When you have large open rooms, even floors and plenty of ceiling clearance, furnishing a house is very simple. But if you want to make the most use of your space and have everything fit perfectly, you’re going to need to invest in some custom-made furniture.

When you create your own furniture or commission it, you should always get a tape measure and write down some measurements. If you want a desk to sit in an enclosure or specific part of your home, measure it out and draw up a sketch of what you want it to look like before you get to work. If you need shelves at specific heights, or if one leg of a table needs to be slightly taller, then make sure you are writing all of these specific details down so that you or your contractor knows.

Exploring The World by Air, Land and Water

With some many stunning destinations across the world, investing your time and money in travel is something you will never regret doing. But there’s so much more you can do than simply jetting off to a country and lying on the beach topping up your tan. Here are some of the ways you can truly explore and appreciate each place you visit.

By Land

Whether you travel by foot, vehicle or animal- there are plenty of incredible ways you can get around destinations by land. You could go on a camel trek in the Australian Outback or horseback riding in Oregon. You could ride Vespas in Italy, or travel Amsterdam by bicycle. For something a little faster, how about a road trip along Route 66 in an RV, or whizz down the famous Trans-Siberian railway by train. To really immerse yourself in a culture and destination, backpacking is an amazing, humble way to see the world. As well as moving around on foot you will be mixing with the locals and using public transport too. If you’re looking to really do things in style, you could hire a high-end sports or muscle car and get around your destination in this! Either way, there are a ton of great ways to travel each offering very different experiences.

 

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By Air

Travel by air is incredibly exciting, perfect for thrill seekers! You could take a helicopter ride over London, or ride a hot air balloon in New York. You could go paragliding, parachute jumping or even ride a zeppelin which is a lot like a blimp. Since blimp tours are no longer available to the public due to safety concerns, this is a way you can get a similar experience. One of the best things about traveling by air is the epic views you see of your destination. Having a bird’s eye view is a unique way to see a place and something that will be ingrained in your memory forever!

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By Water

If being out on the water with the wind in your hair is more your kind of thing, how about exploring the oceans, rivers and incredible lakes of the world? Salt Lake City, for example, offers a range of watersports surrounded by breathtaking scenery. You could look into yacht rental in Dubai if you want to see the fascinating city from a different viewpoint. You could go snorkeling or scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef, go fishing, swimming, kayaking and so much more. There are immensely beautiful beaches, harbors and bays all across the world where you can jump on a boat and feel the freedom that comes with being out on the water.

Have a holiday booked this year? Why not look into some of these epic ways to explore your destination and get the most out of your trip!