Easy Spring Updates you can Make to your Home Right Now

It’s here! It has finally arrived! Spring is the season for restoration indoors and outdoors. It’s time to put away all the heavy blankets and dark colors and bring out the lightest and the brightest. Below we are sharing five easy Spring updates you can make to your home right now.

Add Bright Colors 

Adding fresh bright colors to your house is one of the best ways to get rid of the winter blues. Start your spring updates by putting away all of the things with dark colors and replacing them with fresh bright colors.  There are many ways to add bright colors throughout your home. But note that it is essential for a seasonal mood booster.

Some Style Tips:

Bring On The Sun

Springtime means sunshine. And since you’re probably going to change your curtains you might as well open up the blinds while you’re at it. Allowing the sun to shine in your home will surely bring in the vibe that Spring has arrived. 

Change The Lampshades 

Lamps are one of the coolest home decorations because most of them allow you to change the lampshade. Lampshades come in a variety of colors, patterns, and sizes. The best part is that you only have to buy them once and just switch them out each season.

Some Style Tips:

Diffuse Oils

Essential oils like sweet orange, lemon, and grapefruit are a wonderful way to bring in the Spring season. They’ll add a wonderful, mood-elevating aroma to your home and improve your air quality. 

Grab Some Flowers

Flowers are a great way to brighten up any space. Any color and combination will work in any space. You can add this spring update to your home using real or artificial flowers.

Some Style Tips:
  • Add arrangements to your kitchen, living room, and bedroom
  • Place flowers both inside and outside
  • Use artificial flowers and real flowers
Be sure to check out our Spring cleaning checklist for more tips and tricks during the Spring season.

5 Awesome IKEA Storage Hacks for Small Spaces

Are you living in a small space and unsure what to do with it? Have you been looking for new and innovative ideas on how to store your things? Look no further. Today we’re sharing five IKEA hacks to help you store your things easily and creatively.

Here are five IKEA hacks for small spaces:

1. The Rolling Storage Box Hack

Ikea’s rolling under the bed storage box is an innovative way to store photos, magazines, or other important documents. And depending on what type of space you have, you technically don’t have to put this under your bed. You can roll this storage bin under anything and it’s out of sight out of mind.

2. The Storage Bed Hack

Storage beds are totally in these days. This hack helps you free up some space where you would normally put your dresser. The BRIMNES Storage bed comes fully equipped with drawers and beautiful brass handles.

3. The Shelf Closet Hack

As someone who’s currently building a tiny home, I love this idea. It’s simple, easy, and anyone can do it. Just put up a wall-mounted shelf and then one of Ikea’s fintorp metal railings and boom you’re done! 

4. The Nightstand Storage Hack

The Kallax series box shelving unit at Ikea is a goldmine for tiny spaces. It features four different units for an array of storage needs. And you can use it as a bedside table or an end table, whichever you prefer.

5. The Spice Rack Hack

Ah, the good ole spice rack hack. This hack can be used throughout your home. Whether you want to use it in your kitchen for extra storage or in your bedroom to store your jewelry, the sky’s the limit.

 

How do you store things in your small space? Have you tried some of these tricks? If so, how did they turn out? Let us know below! 

Decorating With Hooks

Looking for a new creative way to decorate your house? Try decorating with hooks. Wall hooks are both a decorative and creative way to let your innovation shine. There are many different kinds of hooks you can decorate with. From custom wall hooks to wall mount hooks, and even DIY hooks. There’s a hook for everyone.

When it comes to decorating with hooks there are no rules. There isn’t a guide or a syllabus telling you how to do it. You can do whatever you’d like however you’d like. But you do want to make sure it makes sense. You don’t just want to hang some hooks on the wall and call it a day. 

Style

When attempting to decorate with hooks you want to make sure that you get some that will compliment your overall personal style. For example, are are you more of a Victorian Mediterranean or are you a modern day hippie? Your style makes all the difference.

If you don’t know what your personal style is yet that’s ok. Take some time to figure it out. This is an important aspect of being a homeowner. Your home is your haven so you want it to look and feel as good as you feel owning it. Once you’ve got your style down then you can move onto finding some awesome hooks to decorate with.

Display

When it comes to displaying decor in your home you want things to be perfect. You want your guest to notice the decor. And most of all you want it to look appealing. The bottom line here is that your display is important.

Imagine walking into someone’s home and seeing a bunch of random hooks on the wall and having no idea what they are there for.  In this particular scenario, the hooks are all different colors and they aren’t evenly lined up properly. You’re probably thinking to yourself, what were these people thinking? 

To avoid being one of those people, do your research. Try searching on Pinterest for ideas and ultimately coming up with your own from the inspiration. Once you know what you want to do you can get to hanging!

Here are a few examples of what you can do with hooks in your home:
  • Display coffee cups
  • Organize your jewelry
  • Organize belts and other accessories
  • Hang flower baskets
  • Hang your high heels
  • Make a towel rack

Command Hooks

When it comes to hanging pictures and artwork around your house, consider using command utility hooks. These aren’t decorative hooks but they’re used to decorate with. They are inexpensive, easy to use, and they prevent you from having to put a hole in your wall.

Aside from hanging pictures, you can use them to decorate for any occasions. These hooks are great for hanging party supplies and decorating for the holidays. And if you need to take them down for any reason it’s easy, you just pull the adhesive tab that hangs underneath it and it just pops right off. It doesn’t get any easier than that I tell ya.

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Innovative Ways to Recycle Unused Washers, Dryers, and Ironing Boards

Recycle Unused Washers, Dryers, and Ironing boards

Landfills everywhere are completely overflown with more than just trash. They are filled with our used things that could easily be restored into something else. Like your laundry equipment for example. If we could help it, why not take those things and instead of throwing them in the garbage or the scrap yard, put them to good use?

Although you can do this with many household items today we are going to talk about the ones in your laundry room. Washers, dryers, and ironing boards specifically. There is no need to discard these items when you’re finished with them you can simply reuse them for your benefit. 

Dryer

Broken dryers can be taken apart and recycled into something that may be more useful to you. This could be a vintage decorative piece of decor or a place for storage. And once you’re done with the pieces you need you can take the rest to the scrap yard for a little play money!

  • Make the kids a toy chest: If your dryer has a plastic drum it’s the perfect piece for a toy chest. After removing the drum you can paint it any color. Then place it outside for any outdoor toys. Rinse it with a hose and the water to drain away dirt keeping outside toys neat and clean.

Iron and Ironing Board

Have an old ironing board in your laundry room that’s just gathering up the dust mites? Put it to good use elsewhere in your home by crafting it into something useful. You can use ironing boards for many different things around the home including:

  • A memo board: If you haven’t yet read our piece on how to make a memo board, head over there now. Using an old or unused ironing board you can make a cool memo board for your home office.
  • A folding table: This one may seem pretty obvious, but you probably haven’t thought about it.  Don’t worry, that’s what I’m here for! If you need a little extra space for a party just pop out the ironing board and cover it with a tablecloth. You can use it to place food, napkins, and silverware.
  • Decor: By spray painting an old metal ironing board you can make a fantastic statement piece. Use it in your office, in the living room, or in a guest room. With this DIY project, you can do anything you want. The sky’s the limit!

Washing Machine

Top loading washing machines are a thing of the past. But before you have it hauled off to the dump try taking a different approach. Old top loaders have metal, a stainless steel drum, assorted switches and solenoid valves, a motor, a water pump, wires, nuts, bolts, screws, brackets and more. If you put your craft hat on you can turn your trash into treasure. When you’re finished you can take the leftover parts to the scrap yard to make some extra money.

Here are some innovative ways to use parts from your old washer:

  • Build a fire pit: Use the metal drum from your washer to create a small patio fire pit. The metal drum can be placed on fire bricks or stones to lift it off the ground. The fire will stay contained and hold enough wood to create a very warming fire. The holes in the drum help create great airflow so the fire will ignite quickly and burn brightly. The drum is also light enough to move around. It’s easy to empty ashes from this fire pit. And it’s easy to rinse out for a smooth transport.
  • Make a pot: If you don’t want or need to make a fire pit that same metal drum is perfect for a container garden. You can spray paint the drum to create the look that you want. Fill the bottom with vermiculite or mulch to keep it light and then add potting soil. The drum has drainage hole already built-in so you can plant right away. Consider adding a decorative trellis if you want to grow vines or plants that need some added support.
  • Have a seat: C reate a very study ottoman for your living room by padding the plywood with polyester batting and cover with upholstery fabric or leather. You can spray paint the drum to fit your own personal style. And then cover the entire drum with fabric. It’s the ultimate vintage living room decor.

Lastly…

What did you use your old laundry equipment for? Let me know by dropping a comment below!

Note: Before using the drum, check to make sure it’s metal. Some drums are plastic. And you shouldn’t use a plastic drum to make a fire pit or an ottoman.

Do it Yourself Laundry Detergent

Since conventional laundry detergent is loaded with phenols, allergenic fragrances, and more people everywhere are turning to homemade cleaning products to risk harsh chemicals and toxins being exposed to their families. Do it yourself products are the first step in transitioning into natural living. Are you ready to make the transition?

Making your own laundry detergent is cheap, easy, and fun. You can make either liquid or powder detergent. And you can even make your own scent. The possibilities are endless when it comes to making your own laundry detergent. That’s the fun of do it yourself projects. 

Base Ingredients: 

Do it Yourself Powder Laundry Soap

  • Step 1: Grate one Fels-Naptha bar with a cheese grater or food processor until finely ground.  
  • Step 2: In a separate bowl, mix 1 cup of washing soda with 1 cup Borax. Add in 1 part of your grated soap. Then you can add in scent boosters or essential oils to enhance your detergent.
  • Step 3: Store in a closed container like half gallon mason jars

Note: Use 1/2 to 1 cup per load.

Do it Yourself Liquid Laundry Soap

  • Step 1: Grate one bar of Fels-Naptha with a cheese grater or food processor until finely ground.
  • Step 2: Place grated soap in a pan with 2 quarts water. Gradually heat and stir constantly until soap is completely dissolved.
  • Step 3: Take 4. 5 gallons of hot water and place it in a 5-gallon bucket. Then stir in 2 cups of borax and 2 cups of Washing Soda. Stir until completely dissolved.
  • Step 4: Add soap mixture from pan into 5-gallon bucket stirring well.
  • Step 5: Cover and let sit overnight.
  • Step 6: The next morning you can stir your mixture until it’s smooth and then pour it into a gallon jug or another container of your choosing.

Note: Use 1/2 to 1 cup per load.

Pro Tip: When you stir your mixture in the morning try adding your favorite essential oils for a greatly scented detergent. You don’t want to add the oils until after you’ve boiled the mixture so the scent doesn’t dissolve away.
Have you done this before? Do you have another great recipe for making your own laundry detergent? That’s great! Let us know and you could be featured in our next blog post! We are always looking for new and innovative ideas for the home to write about that include DIY , green cleaning , fun how-to’s , and home organization.

How to Get Rid of Mold In Your Home

Mold is a fungus that grows in the form of multicellular filaments. Too scientific for you? It’s a harmful bacteria that can grow in and around surfaces if they aren’t well taken care of. So how do you get rid of mold in your home? Oh, that’s easy, just follow the steps below.

How Do I Get Rid Of Mold?

There are many different ways to get rid of mold in your home. You can kill mold with household supplies like bleach, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and even ammonia. It’s important to know that If you have mold in your home, you need to keep a good flow of air circulation. Mold lives and feeds off of humid, moist, environments. So when attempting to get rid of the mold growing in your home, you’ll want to open the windows if the weather permits. All that airflow to come in and out easily, especially since you’re about to use cleaning chemicals. If it’s not so nice outside, make sure you have a fan running and that it’s not too hot inside your house.

When getting rid of household mold, there are a few things you’ll need. Go to the dollar store and grab a spray bottle and a pack of washcloths you can throw away afterward. You’ll throw away the washcloths, not the spray bottle.

Some other things you’ll need to pick up are:

  • Bleach
  • Disposable gloves
  • Mask
  • Tea Tree Oil, Lemon Oil, and/or Grapefruit Oil

After you gather all your supplies you can start the mold removal process by washing your hands and putting on your gloves and mask. Breathing in the mold can cause direct illness such as TB, asthma attacks, pneumonia, and in some cases it cancer. This is not to scare you, but to inform you of the importance of doing this task properly. You don’t want to expose your body to the mold more than it already has been. Prepare yourself properly.

Once you’ve got all your gear on you can begin to fill your spray bottle with water about three-quarters of the way full. Make sure the water is cold. Take your bleach and dilute the water according to the instructions on the label. If you are removing mold from the wall simple spray the solution on the surface and let it soak it. While that’s working its magic you can move to other surfaces you are trying to remove mold from. It’s not necessary to wipe off the solution after spraying it although after you give it time to kill the mold you may need to take one of your washcloths and wipe the mold away. If you have to do this, spray the surface again after your done without wiping it.

Although you can remove mold from carpet, If you are trying to remove mold from carpet, you might want to think about replacing it. It’s not completely necessary, but if you can do it I recommend it. Moving from the wall to the floor, you can repeat the same process on hardwood or laminate floors. The same principle also applies to other surfaces such as sinks, faucets, countertops, bathrooms, etc.

Note: Depending on the amount of mold, you may have to repeat this process several times before the mold is completely removed from your home. Check out our guide on how to clean black mold.

Other Tricks

Use Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a natural bacteria killing oil that’s really good at fighting away mold in your home. Get an empty spray bottle and fill it with water then add one drop of tea tree oil. This essential oil is one of the strongest acting essential oils so it’s very important that you use it wisely. You don’t need a lot. One drop will do just fine for this method.

Let the solution settle for a while. You can work on other tasks while you are waiting. And when you come back you can spray the solution on the moldy surface. If the surface is a wall there is no need to rinse or wipe the solution off. The tea tree oil will kill the mold and prevent it from returning. If you’re removing mold from a countertop or your refrigerator you’ll want to let it sit for several minutes before wiping away the mold with your washcloth.

Helpful Hint: You can also add one drop of tea tree oil to your household cleaners to help prevent bacteria and mold from growing in other places around the house, like the bathroom. Spraying your shower walls with a solution that has tea tree oil is great for mold and mildew. Do this in and around the toilet and get the same results.

Use Lemon Oil

Having a diffuser in your home is a good way to prevent mold in your home. It’s also a good way to kill mold that is already growing in your home. Letting the diffuser run with several drops of lemon oil will not only make your house smell amazing it will help you get rid of mold in your home. You can also use grapefruit oil, but lemon oil is recommended.

How to Make Your Own Shower Cleaner

Are you having trouble keeping your shower clean? We all are. There’s no simple way to keep your shower from getting dirty. What you need to do is keep up with the cleaning. Make sure you’re not waiting too long to clean it. That only makes more work for you or your cleaner.

We’ve come up with a simple yet powerful mixture to help you clean your shower with ingredients that you already have in your kitchen. This shower cleaner is easy to make and it gets the job done. Before you begin, make sure you have everything you need to make your own shower cleaner.

What you’ll need:

  • An empty spray bottle
  • A bottle of Dawn dish detergent (2 cups)
  • A bottle of white vinegar (2 cups)
  • Sponge with scrub pad

How to make

Take a measuring cup and measure out two cups of your white vinegar. Heat the vinegar in the microwave until hot (2 to 3 minutes depending on your microwave wattage). And pour it into your spray bottle once it’s done heating. Next, you’ll pour your two cups of Dawn into your spray bottle with the vinegar, put the lid on, and gently shake.

And that’s it! Told you it was a simple solution. Here at Maid Sailors, we like simple. The simpler the better. Now on how to use your new shower cleaner.

How to use 

Simply spray it in your shower and let it sit for 30 minutes. Make sure you are spraying your whole shower. Be sure to get the walls, the floor, the edges of the tub, and the faucet. After you’ve let the solution set, you can begin wiping down your shower. If need be, take your sponge and give it a little elbow grease using the scrub pad.

 

How did you like this make your own shower cleaner? Do you enjoy DIY projects? Would you like to see more of them from us? Give us a shout by dropping a comment below!

Should You Hire A Professional Cleaner?

Should You Hire A Professional To Do Your Cleaning?

There’s a reason we don’t see most big-time CEOs spending relentless hours crunching numbers behind a desk or Presidents pulling up a chair in Congress and writing legislation. Snide remarks aside, their time is simply better spent elsewhere. They are professionals and their success will depend on their ability to efficiently delegate specialized tasks to trained professionals. Start thinking about cleaning your home in the same way.

Whether you’re a young professional grinding long hours in the city building your career, a father of two with a large 3-bedroom home or an aspiring actress occupying a closet (also known as a “studio”), one common truth resonates: your time is better spent moving your life forward vs. allocating hours to an activity that generally occupies the last spot on a list of priorities.

Effort, Equipment, and Efficiency

Effort

Most of us, are lazy. Admit it, you don’t want to put in the time nor the effort to achieve a clean home. You might pick up things and organize a little bit. But that’s not really cleaning, now is it? Professional cleaners are able to put in the effort you don’t want to simply because they get paid to do it!

What does this mean? Beds are made, floors are dusted and vacuumed, trash is collected and disposed of, bathrooms and kitchens are fully wiped and even appliances. All your household needs get addressed when you hire a professional to do the cleaning for you.

Equipment

You probably have a multi-surface cleaner under your kitchen sink and some paper towel on the counter. But when it comes to deep cleaning, do you have the tools to do the job? Do you have a microfiber rag for dusting? Or a toothbrush for scrubbing off soap scum? If you do that’s great! If you don’t, hiring a professional may be something you need to consider.

Professionals come equipped with the tools necessary get the job done. They are able to perform tasks you may not be able to achieve in the first place. Vacuuming, disinfecting, polishing, mopping, air freshening and dusting are easy tasks for cleaners to accomplish.

Efficiency

Cleaning may be a chore or a task to you, but in reality, it requires thoughtful attention to detail and effective prioritization. Hiring a professional to address your living space will not only provide you with top-notch cleanliness, it will do so in far fewer hours than it would have taken you do it yourself.

Professional cleaners offer visibility and transparency regarding how long they will need to complete any job. This gives you the flexibility to plan your day accordingly and manage your own time. Which is the most important variable in this equation. Plus, think of all the fun you could be having.

Did We Answer Your Question?

Saving money is great, but ask yourself, are you really coming out ahead if you’re donating your spare time cleaning the never-ending mess? Hiring a professional isn’t for everybody, we get it. But if you’re a busy person, chances are you need it.

5 Ways to Get Organized Right Now

Looking to get your home organized right now? Organization is key to efficiency and relaxation in your home. Depending on how much space you have and how much you own, however, you will need a strategy.

Maid Sailors has assembled the five best ways to do it:

1. Use Pegboards

Pegboards are commonly used in home workshops to hang tools, but these handy organizers don’t have to be limited to this age-old task. For example, you can hang labeled bags full of items on pegboards to quickly organize smaller items you’re storing. In your kitchen, a pegboard can be used to organize pots and pans within reach.

2. Tag Wires For Your Electronics

Wires from entertainment centers and computer workstations will create chaos when you unplug or move electronics. With wire ties, you can bundle wires from specific areas for easy location later. You can also label ties by writing device names on clothespins or bread bag tags and placing them on wires at the outlet. You’ll never lose track of your Macbook charger ever again!

3. Get A Storage Unit

Clutter can get in the way of a home organizing plan. If you find that you have many items that you rarely use, consider putting them in storage units. This will also make moving easier later because the items can be loaded onto a truck quickly. For long-term storage, plastic totes are often better than cardboard boxes thanks to their durability.

4. Color Code Clothes Hangers

An organized closet can help you find the clothes you need right away every time. For this task, you’ll need hangers of a few different colors. While you can color code clothes by season, you can also go by clothing type, such as shirts and pants, or any other method you like.

5. Use A Whiteboard

To-do lists are handy, but creating a new one each day can become cumbersome thing to do. Instead, make a long-term list of duties that you can mark and erase repeatedly. Just make your list by hand or print it out and cover it with a sheet of clear plastic, which you can write on with a dry-erase marker. For visibility, you can hang it on your refrigerator or on the wall. Each time you finish a task and mark it done, write the date for the next time you’ll need to do it.

Even using one of the tips above will probably revolutionize your life. If you’re still having trouble, you know we’ll be there in a jiffy so you can make it to dinner in a timely fashion.

3 Ways to Spice Up Your Apartment

Looking for some ways to spice up your apartment? New York City is one of the most desirable places to live in the world—and for many a good reason—but it’s no secret that the living quarters here are often smaller than those of other cities. Many big-city residents find themselves frustrated with design limitations. Certain organizations, like Modernize, know how to make the most out of your living space and your budget.

Here are Maid Sailors’ favorite tips to maximize the efficiency of your cozy space and add some zeal to your decor for an easy home makeover.

Do It Yourself

Tired of that stained sofa or an outdated floral-print chair? Spice it up by changing it yourself. Unless you’re going for vintage chic, leave the past in the past and refresh your upholstery with exciting, modern fabrics.

Simply recovering a chair or sofa with a crisp, neutral color or a vibrant hue can add light and joy to your living room. Similarly, selecting bright and bold new bedding will spruce up your bedroom with little effort. To ensure a cohesive look, first select the main color. Then choose a few accent colors and weave them into your home in a fun and creative ways.

For example, if you love teal, you can opt for teal fabric for the sofa and accent with fuscia and cream-colored pillows and throws. Small accessories like planters, picture frames, and book spines can also carry your accent color through space. Textiles are an easy way to update your home, so have fun with curtains, table runners, and towels, too!

Use Your Space Wisely

A good way to spice up your apartment is to utilize the space you have. If you’re limited to storage space, double up on functionality by incorporating storage into unexpected spaces. One of our favorite solutions is to frame doorways with a shelving system. You can store books, small items, and decor in this space, which would otherwise go unused.

Raise your bed a bit and slide storage bins beneath the frame for an easy storage solution. You can keep off-season clothes and shoes here, or even craft supplies, toys, books, and accessories. If you want to go for something more permanent, you can find bed frames with built-in storage units. Some even have steps that lead up to the mattress!

Windows can create a storage problem, too, since you don’t want to block the influx of natural light with a shelf or another piece of furniture. Walls with windows are the perfect opportunity to use half-size bookshelves and cabinets to create extra storage space.

Try New Things

If you’re not digging your current decor, you don’t have to spend a ton of money giving your home a makeover. The cost of living is high enough, so save some cash by heading out to flea markets, artisan fairs, thrift stores, and donation centers. You may find an old lamp base that you can paint and refresh. Picture frames are easy to upcycle, too. Just because it isn’t new doesn’t mean it won’t be new to you! Upcycling is great for the environment, too.

New York is a beautiful place to live, so don’t let tight living spaces bring down your sense of style. Small changes can go along way to refresh your home, so have fun and get creative! Spice up your apartment today!