Archive for August, 2011
Have you gone to your garage lately? Is it so cluttered that your car doesn’t even fit there? More often than not, the garage ends up as a storage space for stuff that we don’t use in the home anymore. So instead of making it a functional part of our home, it becomes the largest trash can there is. So pick one weekend where you and your family can work together and sort the things there. Stop holding on to old things that you won’t really have a use of like laser discs, tapes, and some decorations. You probably even forgot that some of the things were actually there hadn’t you decided to clean it up. It’s as simple as categorizing your things into three: things to keep, things to sell and things to throw away. After holding a garage sale, you might be surprised at how much money you raised. This, you can use for other home improvement projects or in treating your family to a state park camping trip.
You definitely deserve a mini vacation after involving everyone in your garage clearing task. With all the cleaning that you have done, you most likely have found the things that you can use for your trip like the tent, emergency kit and camping gear. Set aside these things and place it in one area where you will get your camping materials.
Do some research on the best state parks where you can bring your family. Aside from going to official websites, you can get reviews from actual campers by joining a camping forum. Learn many other things like how to pitch a tent, survival in the wilderness, camping games, hiking and hunting tips and more. Do not forget to reserve your camping spot early to make sure you have a great place to camp in.
In a few months’ time, the holidays are coming and early as it is, you should start on your home improvement projects. While the weather is still conducive for working, start fixing the interior and exterior of your home. You wouldn’t want anything to go wrong during the harsh winter season and still worry about it. Check the drainage, heating, air conditioning, and electrical aspect of your home. If you need help, you can always hire experts to check all these things for you. Don’t forget to do a general cleaning of your house to avoid pests that can harm your health. If you need to do repainting projects outside your home and some repairs in the garage, this is the time to do it. After all of your projects are done a few months away from the holiday, then you can start preparing the Christmas Lights for decorating.
Come October or November, start your decorations, room by room. Begin with the living room and think of the decorations from last year which you can reuse. If you used traditional Christmas lights before, don’t expect it to work properly again. These are not so durable and usually, when one bulb blows out, the whole set is affected and you have no choice but to throw it away. If durability is what you want, then you should go with LED lights which are not hard to find nowadays because of its popularity.
LED lights are more than 50% more efficient than the common light bulb. This means that there is no significant effect in your electric bill once you use these. LED lights are weatherproof and they stand the test of time with a usability of up to 6 years. For more information on these like where you can buy and get good deals, just go online.