Garage Storage Ideas for Organization

When it comes to organizing my home, I have found that keeping the garage is one of the hardest areas to keep under control. For my family, it’s an area where things are dumped and forgotten, especially because it’s a room that guests rarely see. My biggest home improvement was the day I decided to organize and declutter my garage.

The hardest part of creating an organization system was getting my husband on board. He’s known to leave the top floor jack in the middle of the floor or throw out a deflated basketball. I knew that my organization would have to account for my husband, who’s less likely to put something away if he doesn’t have a clue as to where it goes. I decided that everything in the garage would have to have its place, anything that didn’t fit would get thrown away. Continue reading

Hang Wall Décor without Leaving Holes

When it comes to home renovations it is often the finishing touches which are most frustrating. Hanging wall décor for example can be a tedious and exasperating task, especially if you have spent the last few days filling nail holes and covering your room in a fresh, flawless coat of paint. The last thing you want to do is ruin your efforts by missing the mark when hanging a new piece of artwork. Continue reading

Solar Water Heaters vs. Tankless Water Heaters

Energy efficiency and going “green” are huge movements in today’s world. Being aware of how much energy you are using and producing is not only important for yourself, but it also has an impact on the world. One way that people are being more environmentally conscious is with their water heaters. When deciding on a water heater for their home, most people take into account the efficiency of the heater as well as the cost and the amount of time it will take to payback the investment. Continue reading


How to Treat an Ingrown Pimple

Pimples can be a bothersome problem for anyone who suffers from them. They can cause social anxiety. They can cause added stress and they can cause depression. We tend to associate pimples with puberty, and so we assume that the problem goes away when one reaches adulthood, but this is not the case. There are many people who suffer from many types of pimples. Some types of pimples are caused by an overproduction of oil by the glands in the skin; some are caused by an overuse of makeup; and still some are caused by factors like genetics or stress. There are many types of blemishes including blackheads, whiteheads, under the skin, and the most painful type of pimple, ingrown pimples. Be cautioned Ingrown pimples are not simply annoying. Ingrown pimples are an infection of the skin that can be caused by shaving. When one shaves against the grain hair follicles can become trapped under the skin and then become infected. These pimples are normally accompanied by soreness, inflammation and intense pain. They are particularly dangerous because there is the potential for the original infection to spread. These pimples can cause large painful abscesses on the skin that require extensive surgery to remove. These types of ingrown pimples can also hold pus and bacteria that when popped release bacteria onto the surface of the skin. Ingrown pimples are one of the most common causes of staphylococcus. Is it any wonder that people are looking for ways to treat these ingrown pimples. Continue reading


The 5 Best Tools for Guys

Remodeling is both exciting, but can also be intimidating. Whether you’re seeking a full-on renovation or just doing a few repairs in your kitchen, it often involves carpentry, electrical, roofing and woodworking. Actually completing those remodeling jobs around the house means you need the right tools that can keep your budgets and projects on track. From a handheld jigsaw, edge sander and router to a painting kit, the following tools can inspire even the most reluctant handyman to go out and fix something.

If you have to trim less than 1/2 inch, a hand plane is a good tool. A power hand-plane can be used for taking off varying depths of wood. You can adjust the depth. Time was, a hand plane was an indispensable tool, used to smooth and shape the surface of wood. The tool comes with basic function, but it often gets the jobs done much faster. Continue reading


Wallpaper Tips

Although wallpaper has been around since 200 BC when the ancient Chinese glued rice paper onto their walls, it was not until the late 1400s that wallpaper appeared in a form similar to what we have today. Wallpaper came to America in the mid 1700s and was soon a fashion hit. Originally hand-blocked, wallpaper was time consuming to make, but the variety of styles greatly increased the patterns available. The choices were only hindered by the imagination of the creator.

The Victorian Era and the Roaring 20s brought wallpaper to the next level, the latter known as the Golden Age of Wallpaper.

Following World War II, and many changes later, the pre-pasted, pre-trimmed, and an easily removable version made wallpaper easily assessable to the public.

Its popularity waned during the later 20th century, but because of the endless choices in today’s styles and colors, wallpaper is again on the upswing.

As wallpaper has evolved over the years, an incredible variety of matching or contrasting borders has added to the mix. A border can be placed around the top of the wall just below the ceiling, or around the lower level to make a chair rail effect.

Now, depending on the theme of decor, wallpaper can look amazing almost anywhere in the home adding an architectural interest to any room.

One of the best aspects of wallpaper is that it is easy to change patterns and looks. When using removable wallpaper, someone can change a family room into an office or a den into a nursery in just one day. There is any number of colors and styles from which to choose.

Wallpaper has come along way since Chinese rice paper. The different types of wallpaper material include paper or fabric, or texture with little or no color, plain color, or print. You can even hang wallpaper and then paint it any color you choose.

The only thing you need to consider when choosing wallpaper is to which room you want to paper (i.e. kitchen, bathroom, den), the type and color of the furniture, the size of the room, and whether there are nooks and crannies that could prove challenging.

You can match the wallpaper to whatever theme you are considering, or already have in place. If you have a cottage theme throughout your house, you would want to choose wallpaper that fits in rather than placing an art deco paper that would clash with the rest of the home.

Wallpaper can add a greater dimension to a room than you ever thought possible, or it can look glaringly out of place. Take time to consider your options, look at a variety of samples, and enjoy the relatively easy change to your home.