The Holistic Home: The Art of Feng Shui

What is Feng Shui?

The term Feng Shui comes originated from the term wind-water.’ It is simply used to find correlations between humans and the universe. We as humans are more powerful than we will ever know.

The art of Feng shui has been around for years. It’s basic ancient art history that we developed over 3,000 years ago in China. It is a complex yet simple at the same time. The body of knowledge that teaches us how to balance our given spiritual energies in any given space. This space could be in your home, in your office, or even in your garden.
 
Some say that good fortune comes in many ways. Ways such as better health, a successful career, or a fulfilling love life. Some people call it luck, but it’s really the universe feeding off your spiritual energy. The practice of Feng Shui has detailed tips any area of your life. It is based on the Taoist vision and understanding of nature, particularly on the idea that the land is alive and energetic.
 

When should I start the process?

If you’re interested in bringing the art of Feng Shui into your life, into your home, the good news is that you can start right now. There’s nothing to hold you back. The real question is where do you start?

Start by doing your research. Try reading a book or consulting an online forum like Reddit. One thing that I really recommend, if you don’t already do this, is to get a journal and write down your progress. Not only will you be able to look back and see how far you’ve come, you’ll be able to enhance your practice of this spiritual journey.

Do I need to hire an expert?

Some people do need to hire an expert to help turn their homes into the spiritual sanctuary they desire. And some people can do it all on their own. It all depends on the person, what they’re willing to change, what they’re not willing to change, and whether they want help or not.

It’s never a bad idea to hire help. But if you are going to go that route be sure that you shop around first. Make some phone calls. See exactly what services they offer you. And how they are going to benefit you before making your decision.

However, before you decided to hire a Feng Shui expert, think about hiring Maid Sailors to come in and do a deep cleaning. This way everything’s nice and clean. And there will be more room to work with.

The Benefits of Having A Humidifier in Your Home

Are you thinking about having a humidifier in your home but aren’t really sure about it? Or maybe you already have one but you don’t know all the benefits of using it. Either way, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve got a list of benefits to using a humidifier in your home including the best way to clean it, and how to use it. Keep reading!

Reduce Risk of Infection

Moist air is great for killing viruses and bacteria. They don’t spread as well in the moist air as they do dry air. Keeping a humidifier in your home could mean the difference between getting the flu this winter and staying healthy. It’s also good for preventing and reducing airborne allergies. If someone in your home is prone to seasonal allergies, it’s best to have a humidifier for them.

Have Healthier Plants

Houseplants already improve your household environment in a number of ways. They provide oxygen to the air and pull out the toxins. But depending on the plant, they can be a lot of work. Humidifiers can help you keep up with them by preventing the plant from drying out and dying. In return, you get a healthier plant, and a healthier you.

Heal A Cold Faster

Humidifiers can help you heal a cold faster. When the air is moist, your nasal passage and your throat will be moister and this will allow them to heal faster and prevent them from becoming dry and itchy. I don’t know about you but if there’s one thing I hate about a cold is an itchy throat!

Improve Your Sleep

Did you know you are more prone to snore if your nasal passage is dry? It’s true. So if you or your partner snores and it’s causing your nights’ sleep to be interrupted a humidifier can help add comfort to your sleep by adding moisture to the air.

Work Wonders With Essential Oils

Using essential oils can improve the benefits of using a humidifier by a long shot. Essential oils already have their own benefits to using them, which are amazing if you haven’t used them yet. So imagine adding them into your humidifier to get double the benefits. 

Certain oils like lemon oil and tea tree oil can help kill and prevent mold in your home. Eucalyptus oil helps you to relax and improves the quality of your airwaves. And oils like Jasmine and Rose have been proven to elevate your mood levels.

Note: If you are going to be using essential oils in your humidifier make sure it’s not a warm air machine. A warm air humidifier will cause the essential oils to heat to the machine and damage the therapeutic properties of it.

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Clean It Regularly

Failing to clean your humidifier on a regular basis can cause bacteria and mold buildup inside. It will also make your job cleaning it a lot harder. In order to keep a clean home be sure to clean your machine at least once every two weeks.

Use Distilled Water

Tap water has minerals that can create buildup in your humidifier which can in return promote bacterial growth. Distilled or demineralized water contains fewer minerals so there won’t be as much buildup. Using the correct water will cut your cleaning time in half. You won’t need to clean it as often. And there will be a better airflow coming from the machine.

5 Hacks For Your Small Kitchen

If you live in New York City, your kitchen is probably part of your bathroom. Even if you’re well adjusted in the suburbs, you probably wish you had a Kitchen fit for Food TV. Maid Sailors wants you to know that it’s possible without cleaning out your savings account. You have to think outside the frying pan in order to make your small kitchen more spacious. Here are 5 time-tested hacks to optimize kitchen space.

  1. Open It Up

The kitchen can sometimes cause claustrophobia. Cabinets hang over your head, sleep by your feet and surround you. Sometimes it is even impossible to reach what’s inside them. Sometimes, space just comes down to the number of cabinets you have. Open up space by exchanging cabinets you can barely reach for shelves you can clearly see. Use shelves for easily accessible and often necessary items – spices, condiment, and oils. For cabinets placed above your head, replace with shelves and place dishes, cups and other utensils. Remove cabinets you don’t need and liberate your kitchen.

  1. Use Lights

It’s all about the perception. Poor lighting choices will induce a prison-feel. For example, fluorescent lighting will give your kitchen a sickish glow, making it seem miniature and stressful. Cure your kitchen by installing incandescent lighting that will introduce artificial sunlight; for best results, set it up above your countertops. Also, replace lighting on your ceiling with incandescent spot lighting directed towards the cabinetry and introduce the shadows that will illuminate and “enlarge” your kitchen. Give your kitchen some character by installing some floor lighting fixtures. If you plan on having this kind of fixtures, make sure that your flooring is on point; play with the colors to set the mood just right (but don’t get too carried away).

  1. Change Colors

Colors change everything. For our purposes, use them to transform the atmosphere. Want to make your kitchen ceilings seem higher than they are? Draw the attention upwards by painting the walls in pastel colors and add some white details; alternatively, you can pick lightly colored cabinets and countertops. Does your kitchen induce a dullness that reminds you of mayonnaise? Incorporate some bold details and repaint a few cabinets or a table with some vivid colors, such as red or purple. Also, if you have some pipes that simply cannot be hidden, try incorporating them into the whole design. Guildford’s hot water specialists suggest consulting with experts to see what types of paint you are allowed to use on pipes. Turn your pipes into the main attraction.

  1. Decorate

While empty walls can give away the impression of bigger space, they often facilitate unnecessary clutter all over your tiny kitchen. Those dull walls should be utilized and you can create so much more additional storage. Mount an appealing pot rack and hang all of your shiny pots and pans as decoration. Put up some shelves for your spices, decorative boxes, and bowls. Set up a small wooden rack for your favorite drinks or bottles of wine. If you haven’t caught our drift, understand this: the possibilities are endless. You can even install a small foldable wall-mounted table for enjoying a cup of coffee or cutting up some veggies.

  1. Pantry

But wait! “My house didn’t come with a pantry!” you’re probably thinking. Well, remember when we asked you think outside of the frying pan? Turn an old, unused closet in your hallway into a do-it-yourself pantry. Fill the shelves with boxes of food, flour, and cans. Organize each shelf, group items by their type and call it a day. This additional storage area will make your kitchen clutter free and leave allow you to use other parts more efficiently.

Don’t blow the bank on construction. With these simple hacks, you can allow your kitchen to evolve from a claustrophobic storage box to an open, attractive culinary shrine. If you end up getting too carried away afterward, call Maid Sailors to clean up the mess.

This post received a significant contribution from Lana Hawkins, a crafty girl from Sydney, Australia.

Is Your Garage Putting Your Home At Risk?

Do you live in your garage at times? Are you one of those people who has a poker table in their garage? Do you spend a lot of time out there? Or do you live in a community where people leave their doors open an smile at one another? That’s all fine and dandy until you get so busy enjoying life that you forget to take necessary precautions for keeping your family safe.

Now, this isn’t some article that’s going to make you want to call your insurance company. There’s nothing faulty wrong with your garage. It’s fine. However, there may be some things that you’re not doing out there that are putting you and your family at risk.

Here’s a list of reasons your garage could be putting your home at risk:

  • It’s Probably The Main Entrance

Most of the time the garage door can act as the main entrance to your home. You might even use that door more frequently than the front door. And maybe certain people know this about your home. If this is the case, It’s time to upgrade your security as soon as possible. Add new locks, with deadbolts. Put a motion noise detector inside, so you’ll  be able to hear anybody that walks in. And install security cameras. Nowadays you can even put up cameras that are easily accessed from an app on your smartphone.

  • Your Car Is There

Having a vehicle is a big investment. The last thing you want to do is walk outside in the morning and notice that your car is gone. Trust me, it happens more often than not. Even inside your garage keep your car doors locked and install security features. You can also try frosting any windows that are attached to the garage and then try adding motion detector lights. When those lights pop on, chances are they’ll get scared and run.

  • Expensive Items and Tools Are Stored There

Yes, your car is valuable but you probably have other valuable items in there too. Storing valuables out there is like leaving your kids unattended in a park bathroom. Just because they right outside don’t always mean they’re safe. Keep things that are truly valuable locked in a fireproof safe.

If your garage needs a little TLC we can tidy it up in an hour or less.

How To Give Your Walls A Proper Face-lift

You’ve either had your wallpaper for years now, or you’re thinking about getting some. If you already have it, you might still remember the exciting time when you picked it out. And then all the fun you had when you applied it. In any case, redecorating (or decorating) your walls can profoundly transform your apartment for little cost if you’re willing to put in the work. Replacing your existing wallpaper will ultimately provide a refreshing new look to your apartment and represent a real change of environment.

If you can’t clean your wallpaper and you’re looking to replace wallpaper, it’ll take some dedication to get the job done properly. Luckily, we’ve written an all-inclusive guide to aid your pursuits – further, once you finish, you’ll be done for good (until you dig this up again in a couple of years). But wait! You’re probably thinking, “Guys, can’t I just cover the existing layer with my new design of hearts and cute flowers and be done?” The answer is a resounding NO!

There are few reasons for this. One is that existing wallpaper may be hiding damage to walls, which you will need to address sooner or later – hiding won’t help you in the long run. Another reason to remove old wallpaper is that existing ink and patterns can be seen through any new layer of paper or paint, which defeats the purpose of the redecoration, to begin with. Lastly, adding moisture on top of older layers can cause them to lose their adhesiveness, potentially leading to detachment (read: disaster).

Thus, for those reasons and many more, the old paper has got to go. Now that you’re about to get your hands dirty (only for a moment), prepare yourself both mentally and physically. Removing wallpaper is one of the messiest jobs – there will be dried glue and water streaming down your walls, so it might be a good idea to hire an effective carpet cleaning service post-renovation.

Here are the four steps to wallpaper happiness – completing these steps will allow you to save future headaches by avoiding damages and stains and maximize the beauty of your apartment’s new look.

Recommended tools: masking tape, putty knife, sandpaper, glue

Step 1: Clear

Clear the room you will be working in – remove furniture, electronics, and decorations to protect them from stains and damage. This will give you the space you need to move around. Cover your floor with a cloth canvas to protect it from spills and dust; additionally, cover the power switches, vents and other openings with tape.

Step 2: Strip

Now, let’s get down to business. Start by stripping wallpaper from areas where it is already loose – usually the ceiling, the base of the walls or power switches. Strive to remove as much of the material as possible and leave only small areas glued. Removing those may be tricky – apply some cleaning solution to strip the stubborn patches (a putty knife is also helpful).

Step 3: Prepare

At this point, any damage to walls should become evident. Use a joint compound for holes, scratches, and gouges – make sure to sand the surface to ensure it is smooth. It’s important to prepare yourself. Any imperfections left behind can compromise the way your wall-papered masterpiece will look.

Step 4: Apply

When all of that is done, you can finally start giving your walls a desired new look by applying your new wallpaper. There are many ways you can go about this. But in any case, you’ll want to do it slowly and steadily. Use an approach that allows you to carefully apply your wallpaper to the surface area of your touched-up wall.

How to Conserve Energy In Your Home

As our carbon “footprint” begins to resemble a full-out, “Earth Angel”-style print, it’s no surprise that eco-friendly construction practices have skyrocketed over the course of the last decade. More and more homes and commercial buildings are undergoing “green” renovations and upgrade projects to cut costs, conserve energy, and ultimately increase the probability that we’re actually here in fifty years.

Going green rarely requires a colossal budget or extensive time. With Summer in full effect, now is the perfect time to tackle that remodeling project you have put off for the last few years and an excellent opportunity to save some cash in the process!

The word “renovation” generally triggers the three E’s: extensive, exhaustive and expensive. We’re here to show you that a “greenovation” is actually fairly simple and straightforward.

 

Upgrade To A Programmable Thermostat

For good reason, these devices have become the norm for most new homes. Since they have to be adjusted by hand, manual thermostats are an incredibly inefficient. Alternatively, automatic counterparts feature a number of pre-set configurations, allowing homeowners to fully customize the temperature output of their heating and cooling system. It is more expensive to keep a home at 72 degrees than it is to adjust the temperature according to your schedule.

Swap Out Energy-Hogging Light Bulbs

Conventional incandescents may be bright, but they are not light (on the wallet)! Replace the old lights in your home with a new set of CFL or LEDs, and expect savings up to $60 per bulb (that’s the equivalent of $10,000 at Taco Bell). To give you an idea of their efficiency, LED-lighting technology lasts 25 times as long and consumes 80% less energy than regular 60-watt bulbs!

Double-Check Your Windows And Doors

You should always check these for potential intruders, but in this case, it’s actually what might leave your home that matters. Windows and doors can be a major source of heat loss. This is why more people opt for energy efficient windows and doors. By considerably lowering energy costs, they represent substantial savings while providing comfort to your home. Not to mention, you’ll sleep better at night knowing that you’ve provided amazing benefits to this beautiful, healing planet.

Don’t Let The Water Run

We’re not talking about the type Drake exhibits on the microphone; we’re talking about your toilet. Did you know that conventional toilets consume up to 3.5 gallons of water per flush? PER flush? Thankfully, you can save a few hundred gallons per month by converting to a low flow model? (PER month) Water conservation is a vitally important aspect of green living, and this is an excellent place to start. Since the sole purpose of toilets and drains is to flush away waste, there is no need to use any more than is necessary. Install a high-efficiency toilet and watch that utility bill drop (down low)!

Concluding Remarks

When you go to buy new appliances, always choose an Energy Star model. Manufacturers are required to meet strict industry standards in order to have their products qualify, so customers who purchase them reap the benefits. Savings run up to 50% and that is definitely no small measure. Dishwashers, refrigerators, water heaters, washers, dryers, and much more are available via ENERGY STAR. The more you use, the more you save.

Lastly, you may also want to schedule an energy audit to assess your home’s current energy-efficiency. Local utility companies typically offer these to residents free of charge!

5 Ways To Make Your Home Classy

Are you looking for efficient but creative ways to add a splash of refined individuality to your home? While most homeowners want a beautifully decorated home that their friends will envy, many homeowners struggle to develop a style that has simple personal flair. Many will simply “copy and paste” the styles found in local stores or even purchase an entire ensemble of pre-set furnishings found in a department store. While these approaches are acceptable (at a bare minimum), Maid Sailors wants to share five easy ways to add instant swag to your home without depleting your funds. Add an extra, visible touch of individuality. Take your interior design game to the next level with these solid plays.

1. Update Your Pantry Doors

Your kitchen pantry is one of the most visible features in your space. Install a decorative pantry door to transform your kitchen’s pantry. For example, one idea is to install a framed glass pantry door with a gorgeous etched or frosted design that is suitable for the décor in the room. The frosted or etched design can conceal the items inside the pantry while also giving the space that extra touch of character that sets it apart from your friends’ kitchens.

2. Choose Hardware Loaded With Flair

With interior décor, less is more. Often, the smallest touches can have the biggest impacts on your room’s look. The hardware on your doors will determine the look that you’re trying to achieve; thus, it’s highly effective to choose unique hardware. For example, barndoor hardware works well with homes that have a rustic or country style. It can also look amazing in homes with restored wood features, such as distressed doors, cabinets and drawers. This is just one example of how hardware can be used to add a great finished look to the space (there are obviously hundreds of examples, if not thousands).

3. Add Dramatic Arches

If you want to make a truly elegant statement in your home, replace your standard 90-degree corners in doorways and entryways with dramatic arches. These can be enhanced with rounded corners and columns can be used sparingly for extra emphasis. This method gives a grand impression of the space and sets the stage for those entering the room. They also add graceful definition in the backdrop of the room that adds a decadent frame to the space. This may seem like a major undertaking, but the technique of adding arches and rounded corners is relatively simple. A contractor may be hired to help you produce the desired results in your home (for cheap).

4. Create Display Areas in the Kitchen

Many kitchens lack the same flair that other rooms have, and this is because there is often limited space to add accent pieces to décor and style. Most of the wall space may be covered by cabinets, backsplash or appliances. While the cabinets and backsplash may have styles of their own, you can add further definition and character to the room by creating decorative display areas. Install see-through glass cabinets, open shelves or other display areas. If you choose to use glass cabinets, keep in mind that the dishes and other pieces behind them will become part of the décor. Ultimately, consider if you want to have a few accent cabinets or if you want the entire cabinetry system to include see-through facades.

5. Install Decorative Tiles

Subtle variations with your tiles can revolutionize your home’s character. For example, even the most basic tile design can exude elegance if it’s installed diagonally. Another method is to alternate tile installation designs for extra flair; for example, the lower section of a tile back splash in the kitchen may be installed in an offset pattern. Additionally, there may be a decorative border followed by tile laid on the diagonal above this. Lastly, you can install standard tiles in combination with a gorgeous mosaic. This artistic touch will truly differentiate your space and set you milestones apart from your neighbors, friends and enemies (haha!).

 

While you may be tempted to mimic the styles showcased in magazines, home décor stores, and the internet, you really need small, subtle extra touches to make dramatic improvements to your personal space. Take a shot, and then take a screenshot. Maid Sailors can come clean up the mess after you’re done.

5 Easy Holiday Renovation Projects

There are plenty of simple home renovation projects you can do that will improve the decor in your home and the value of your property. Imagine if you didn’t watch the game this week and took your own shot? All you need is a little motivation to tackle quick home renovation projects that will impress your visitors, and give your home the look you have always wanted it to have. Let Maid Sailors walk you through five easy slam dunk projects.

1. Sprucing Up The Kitchen 

Are you putting off kitchen renovations because you’re afraid of the costs? Here’s are a project you can easily do that’ll transform your kitchen and preserve your bank account.

Your wooden cabinets are probably begging for a replacement. Instead of speeding to the Home Depot, here’s what you can do: sand them down and paint them. Additionally, you can replace the cabinet hardware and put off the big replacement project for a better (more profitable) day. A laminate floor for your kitchen can also be successfully installed in a couple of days. Despite their simplicity, these projects will completely change the look of your kitchen, for the better.

2. Painting A Display Wall 

Let’s be honest, your living room walls have been the same color for years. You’d love to refresh them, but you just can’t commit to a replacement color. Here’s an idea: instead of painting all four walls the same color, paint three walls one color and paint the fourth wall a different color, effectively making it a display wall. You can take a little risk and hang family pictures, set up small shelves or put up anything else to add much need liveliness to your “living room” (e.g. that Picasso you bought last auction).

Choose your display wall’s color wisely. You can choose a color that will either complement the other three walls, or a contrasting color for a unique, bold look. You can consider other options such as getting a rug with the same color as the display wall and painting the ceiling the display wall color as well. To you, it’s just a display wall; to your friends, it’ll be an exclusive art exhibit.

3. Installing Patio Doors 

If you have a standard backdoor to access your backyard, then consider installing glass doors instead. With a glass door kit and some sliding door hardware, you can open up your room to more light and more access to your backyard.

While this could be the type of renovation project that requires the services of a professional contractor, but you should consider trying it yourself. With some help from online tutorial videos and experts at your local home improvement store, you can successfully install your own sliding patio door ( and thus, propelling your home into the future).

4. Adding Light And Color To Your Landscaping 

If you can dig holes, you can add luminosity to your landscaping. Solar-powered landscaping lights can be strategically placed throughout your yard to create a powerful effect that showcases your landscaping prowess. You can light up the trees in your front yard, or you can show everyone how well you trim the hedges in front of the house by lighting them at night.

To add color to your landscaping, you can plant colorful flowers along your walkways and let them bloom into beautiful landscape accents. You can also line the front of your house with colorful flowers while encircling the bases of the trees in your yard for an added effect.

5. Building Pine Closets 

Walk through the pine section in Home Depot. Close your eyes; what do you picture? What do you hear? The gentle trickle of a nearby freshwater stream? A young deer surveying the pond for fish before noticing you and subsequently speeding away? Stop putting off building pine closets right now and begin this manageable task.

All you need to do is line the insides of your current closets with pine planks to get the full effect (SURPRISE!). The look and the aroma of pine planks lining all your closets will be something that will completely change the look of your entire home. Each time you open a closet, those bright and colorful planks will make you glad you took on this quick and easy project.

Get started and watch the Instagram likes to roll on in!
You put off home renovation projects because you think they will cost too much or take too long. The truth is that there are plenty of projects you can do that will cost relatively little, take only a weekend to complete and have a significant impact on the decor of your home. These are the renovation projects you cannot put off any longer, and they are the projects that will completely change the look of your home for the better.

Cleaning Aftermath: Post-Renovation Disaster Management

The Cleaning  Aftermath

If you’re having your apartment or house renovated then you really should start thinking about cleaning your place, post-renovation, which is when the real work begins! Builders and renovators are not professional cleaners. Thus, after they’re finished installing your new kitchen or fixing your bathroom, all that dust floats from room to room. It gets stuck on every surface, leaving no orifice behind! Unfortunately, for situations as heavy as this, a simple sweep or quick mop of the floor just won’t do.

The best solution is to invest in hiring seasoned, professional cleaners (like Maid Sailors), which will save you a lot of time, trouble, and potentially, injury. But, for those brave souls who choose to go it alone, we’ve drafted these tips on how to eradicate all of that dust and grime from your newly renovated living space!

Post-Renovation Disaster Management

  • Anticipate the storm. First off, there’s nothing like preparation and taking extra precautions to make sure dust doesn’t damage any of your electrical appliances or furniture. Do this by covering all your home items with plastic sheeting and/or bags and make sure they are well sealed with duct tape.

    Another very useful tip: keep windows open during renovations. This will allow a lot of dust and stray particles to venture out into the wild (versus settling in your living room). Most people don’t bother with preparation and begin the cleaning process after the builders have completed renovations. Don’t end up like most people. If you do a little preparation, you will avoid costly mistakes!

  • Dealing with floor dust. The last builder just walked out of your door and left you the delightful early Christmas present of a white, dusty floor. However, before you reach for that broom, think again! Sweeping dust usually means you’re just transporting it somewhere else, so why waste your precious time and energy? Sweeping is only a good idea if there are larger pieces of debris on the floor.

    First, in order to avoid suffocation, make sure the room is well ventilated. Next, use your vacuum cleaner to pick up the initial first-round of that stubborn dust. You’ll notice that after all of your cleaning and clearance efforts, there will still be some stubborn dust remnants. Finish the job by mopping your floor quickly, ultimately ridding your floors of that pesky dust. Extra credit goes to those who use a strong domestic cleaning product; while you’ll notice smudges on your floor at first, these will subside after a quick second coat.

  • Dealing with more dust. Now it’s important when cleaning to remember that builders’ dust doesn’t just limit itself to landing on your floor! It gets trapped on skirting boards, windowsills, shelves and just about any other surface in your living space. Ultimately, you can use a damp cloth. Pick it all up and really get into those tight corners.

Remember, if all of this sounds like too much work and you don’t have time to effectively prepare you can hire professional cleaners who will get the job done and leave your counters sparkling. In any case, remember that patience is paramount to a successful builder. If you rush it you won’t do a very good job. It’s important to be as thorough. After all, it is your home!