Note: This is just a continuation of my previous post
Use trays – This is a wonderful option to try if you want to achieve a portrait type of gardening. You can use your creativity in plotting the flower seeds so that when they grow their colors and texture will complement each other. Look at the image below. It looks like a live painting.
Planting trays are usually made of plastic but some versions are made of wood. These trays are divided into planting sections. Each section is slanted to a 30-degree angle to allow perfect growing condition for each plant. The bottom parts of these trays have holes. These holes allow the air to set in and proper drainage to happen. Both will keep the plants from dying because of too much water. As mentioned earlier, these trays are made of plastic. To achieve a portrait-like image, you can add wooden frames to the edges. Then, you can hang it on the wall or let it stand on a post.
Use pot hangers – As the term suggests, pots are used here to hold the plants. They are just hung up in a vertical manner using wood or other materials. In connect to this, most plant lovers simply fill or beautify their backyard fences with potted flowering plants to achieve a vertical gardening look. Pot hangers can be attached to walls. There are pot hangers which are stand alone though. Their sizes vary according to the size and weight of the pots slash plants they must hold.
I am a fan of gardening. I try to practise it in my own little ways even though we have very limited space here at home. That said, the concept of vertical gardening which is often see amongst green buildings just like this one:
You might think then that vertical gardening requires the skills of an expert designer and an expert gardener. Don’t fret because the truth is, it can be done with whatever you have at home. In fact what you will really need to make this project a success is determination, patience and consistency. So, how do we start on achieving one for our homes? Check out these ideas:
Use pockets or pouches – These can be bought from most DIY shops. Some gardeners who are short with budget use recycled materials to serve as pockets or pouches. You can buy them individually or in rows of five, ten or what have you. It is important that the size of your pocket or pouch can hold up to 20 pounds of soil because this is the enough amount of soil needed to grow a plant. So, what can you embed in them? Grasses and flowering plants can grow best in them. To water your plants in pockets or pouches, use a hose or a dipper. This should work if they are within reach. If they’re hung up on a wall, it is best for you to install a small irrigation system.
Drains around the house might be one of those things you may missed cleaning for months, but leaving it as it is, uncleaned might cause some problems later. Here are some ways to give drains a break today.
Clean everything around the sink first.
Wash the dishes and clean the countertops. If you are inside the bathroom, clear the sink area with all bottles of shampoo, lotion and other personal care stuff. When you clean these areas, it becomes easier to deal with drains after.
Prepare natural cleaners to unclog the drains.
You can opt for commercial cleaners but these are really expensive and can add much to your budget since you have to do this at least once a month. Prepare a cup of baking soda and put it directly on the sink, then pour half a cup of white vinegar. This combination will form bubbles on the sink. Don’t worry, just let it pass then pour boiling water to the drain to push this solution down and help unclog the drain and pipes.
Keep the sink dry.
After pouring the boiling water directly on the sink and drain, keep it that way for at least 30 minutes to an hour. This will enable the solution to set in as you prepare to use it again after that time.
What about you? What do you do to give your drains a break?
You may have heard it from a lot of sources, but I still believe that it is true. We need to watch what enters our house. This goes for everything that literally goes inside our home, including cleaners and other chemicals that go with it.
As a housewife, I believe that it is my responsibility to screen these bottles. That’s why I start to read more articles about house cleaning aids and found out that there are indeed a lot of different chemicals needed to clean every area in the house.
Now, I am not buying any new chemical cleaners, I am just using what I have on stock then starting to create my own green cleaners. This means buying extra bottle of white vinegar, boxes of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, lemon and spray bottles. I search for recipes online then I do a small portion of it and then test it around the house. Once I found out that it is working well, then I go ahead and create a bigger one good for a month.
It may be a huge adjustment on my end to turn to green cleaning solutions since I really am a believer of these commercial cleaners but I know I will get used to it soon. How about you?
I believe the key to save money and avoid food waste is to plan your meals on a weekly basis. If you haven’t done your own meal planner yet, here are some suggestions on how to have one without hurting your budget.
Use your extra diary/planner.
Most of us have this as there are a lot of organizers/diaries/planners that we receive as gifts when a new year starts. Dedicate an extra one to write down your meal plans for the week. You can also write your grocery budget along with it.
Put that extra notebook to use.
If you don’t have an extra planner, an old notebook will be good enough for a start. Write the meal plan for a week and paste cutouts of the food that are included in the list to remind you to stick to the list. You can even stick a cardboard pocket to keep your receipts handy.
Look for free meal plan printables online.
There are a lot of free meal plan printables. You just need to do a little search online and print one that appeal most to you. No need to go out and buy an expensive meal planner if you can just print one right away.
Looking for ways to organize your stack of papers on a weekend? Why not use a clear binder to house those documents? Here are some suggestions:
Keep Your VIPs In Order
For me, VIP also means very important paper. Use your clear binder to house your birth, marriage, training certificates as well as bank statements, certificates of deposits, insurance policies and other documents that can be very crucial to your personal and financial status.
Instant Recipe Book
Collect your favorite recipes, cut the individual pages, place on the binder and keep this in the kitchen. Now you got nice, neat way to get hold of your personal recipe book today.
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No More Manual Mess
Wonder where to place these manuals and warranty cards? Use your binder for this purpose. Just label these using colored stickers to find these manuals (and warranty cards) you need right away.
House Your Favorite Design Ideas
I am fond of collecting design ideas that I see on magazines and keep these in my clear binder. You can do the same too. It would be handy to show your contractors to let them know how you want a particular room to look in case of needed renovation.
When you have a growing family, converting your garage or your attic into another room would sometimes not be enough. And so creating a floor plan for additional level – a second or a third one – becomes the best option to take. This is kind of what happened to my friend who owns a bungalow house. She has just secured a permit for the conversion of her bungalow to a two storey house. Just like me, she and her partner are addicted to doing home improvement projects on their own. They are looking forward to making this bungalow conversion into one of their projects but it seems to require the touch of expert hands.
Apart from hiring an architect for a viable design of the second floor, they hired a professional team for the installation of a system of tubes on which workers can stand on safely as they accomplish their tasks. This is quite different from the traditional ones that are fixed on the ground in most construction sites. More so, this is not suspended in the air like the other types. To get this hung scaffolding explained, let me use a description. When a building signage needs to be replaced, this framework of criss-crossing tubes made of aluminum or steel is used. It holds a billboard or a tarpaulin containing the business advertisement that is for everyone to see.
Going back, my friend carefully chose materials that would be used for the creation of walls, roofs and other materials for the details of the new level to be created. They planned the new level to be divided into three bedrooms of their children and one bathroom. And so, they needed extra work up on the plumbing system too. Depending on your preference, you can convert such additional level to your bungalow as a gym slash library or a mini pool site. Of course, any of these ideas must be consulted with experts to avoid problems.
Next to your attic, the roofs are the other house parts you would need to check up for needed renovation. Since they are designed to protect the entire house, roofs absorb the greatest challenges all kinds of weather pose on them. Because of that, they wear out quickly and they cause a big mess to the house when not fixed immediately.
Leaks are the common problems that come from damaged roofs. Remove the layer of shingles that are placed directly on top of the damaged shingles. Be careful in pulling the nails that put these shingles in place. Once the damaged shingle is detached, replace it with a new one by slipping it in the available space and aligning it with the surrounding shingles. Hammer nails on the replacement shingle to keep it in place. Coat the head of the nails and gaps in between the shingles with asphalt roofing tar. If you are repairing your roof on a rainy or snowy day, grab something that can best function as a cover over the newly-replaced shingle so it would dry up perfectly.
Here is a detailed video I found which can be of help. Happy watching
Attics these days can be a source of extra space that you need in the house. More than holding the old stuffs that have sentimental value, attics can be converted into more meaningful spaces like a spare bedroom, an upstairs gym or a home office.
This is a task which you can accomplish on your own. This could be hard if you are a first timer on this. But with a definite guideline to follow, you can things right in a breeze.
Firstly, estimate the capability of your attic. Is it big enough to be designed in the new purpose you want it to have? To know the exact answer to that question, check out its outline. If it is in the typical A shape, you wouldn’t have a hard time with the conversion. In addition to the shape, check whether it is still strong enough to hold other stuffs. It would be best to have professional carpenters to fix the floor if it is about to fall off.
Secondly, do a quick research about the things you will need for the renovation. As soon as you have the budget, purchase them right away and plan their positioning in the attic. Select appropriate paint colors that can brighten up its entirety. Don’t forget the insulation system as this especially needed during winter months.
Lastly, do secure a permit from your locality before starting on the renovation. You will never know when you will need it when inspections happen.
Your bathroom can be a reflection of your whole house, that is why it is a must to keep it clean, organized and smelling fresh. If you are on a tight budget, then no need to worry, here are some tips on how to update your bathroom without spending so much for it.
Go ahead and declutter your bathroom. You don’t need to much stuff in there, so start getting rid of some unwanted stuff. You don’t need those large shampoo bottles if there were no more to pump or lotion dispensers that have been there for years. Do this and you will see how it helps liven the room, minus all the unnecessary stuff there.
Change your shower curtains
If you use plain shower curtains, then it is time to choose cool, fun colors and prints for your next shower curtain. Don’t be afraid to try these prints because these will be an instant hit and will definitely give a new look to your once plain looking bathroom.
Install floating shelves
Floating shelves work wonders. It does not only add space to house your other bathroom necessities like towels and other bath supplies, but it can also make this room look updated and more organized. These come cheap as well, so go ahead and canvass for the best floating shelves that will fit the look of your bathroom.