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Major cleanup, minor stress

The next hardest thing to finally deciding on a cleanup is actually sustaining the momentum –and seeing the task to its conclusion. Patience, motivation are some important things to have as you go through the motions of a general house cleaning. Halfway through, when the shelves and drawers have been emptied and the things to keep and say goodbye to have been identified, we might feel overwhelmed and exhausted with the “mess” we have created. Piles of items to be stored, given away, or disposed of can easily make anyone feel that they,he or she is going crazy. Here’s how to prevent a Mariah Carey moment and, well, breakdown during a major cleanup:   STREAM SOME MUSIC. Aren’t there things better done with music in the background? Upbeat or classical music can help …

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Kitchen chaos at bay

January is about to end and if you haven’t started cleaning up with last season’s mess then today is the day. With so many rooms in dire need of a clean up, the kitchen – probably the busiest part of the house last season -- is the best place to start.  The key to cleaning out your kitchen is to know for sure the items that you use on a day to day basis.   If you haven't used a spatula, a whisk or perhaps a rolling pin for the past 2 years, better get rid of it.  Chances are, you’re not going to use these items in the near future. When deciding on what items should stay or what items should go, follow this simple thought – get rid of anything …

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The exotic and popular phalaenopsis amabilis

The Phalaenopsis amabilis orchid, which is commonly known as the moth orchid, or in Filipino, the ‘Mariposa” orchid is a gorgeous Philippine orchid species.  With its flower shape appearing like large moths or butterflies flying in the air, this orchid species is very important in producing today’s modern standard Phalaenopsis orchid hybrids. Taxonomically, the species was first discovered on a small island off the east coast of New Guinea by botanist Georg Eberhard Rumphius in 1653.  He, however, named it Angraecum album majus. It remained undiscovered until 1825 when Karl Ludwig Blume discovered the same species and gave it the name it is presently known. This species is usually found in the eastern to southeastern regions of Asia, including the Philippines. Phalaenopsis amabilis plants have a uniform structure that makes the species …

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Wash On, Wash Off

We all wash our clothes to keep them smelling fresh and clean.  But in washing (especially when it comes to fabrics), there is such a thing as too much and too little. Washing items made of fabrics too often will shorten their lifespan and wear them out quickly, but washing too rarely can be unhygienic and cause a lot of bacteria growth and even health problems. So, how often is too often? JEANS There are two schools of thought regarding washing jeans-- either you’re all for washing after every use or no washing as a whole. Although some may advocate washing jeans as little as possible, most experts agree to launder them after five to six wears. There are many opinions on how to care for jeans; but whichever method you choose, keep …

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Boost your creativity

Creativity is a gift we are all born with, a gift we express, before we can even talk, in paint and crayon, in building blocks and puréed vegetables. As we grow into adults we may fall out of the habit of using our personal brand of creativity, even in our own home. But it is here, in our domestic domain, that we can express our true creative selves most fully, and in ways that add tangible value to our quality of life. By living in a space that is redolent of our own ideas, our own creative thinking about what is good and of worth, rather than someone else's ideas, we become at one with our surroundings, building for ourselves a source of reassuring confidence and energizing self-esteem. You may think …

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8 dirtiest household surfaces we need to disinfect ASAP

Most of us strive to have a clean and germ free homes. But no matter how much we clean our homes, there are still a few spots that are just dirtier than others. Some household items are germ-ridden due to the nature of their use. You will be surprised on how much bacteria it has. While most of us would probably resort to the good old bleach to disinfect certain surfaces, studies have shown that bleach may cause significant danger to the health of your family as well as harm the environment. There are other non-toxic alternatives, like using ½ cup vinegar with 1 cup of water to create an acid solution. Hydrogen Peroxide when combined with vinegar is a potent bacteria killer.   Tea tree oil works to kill staphylococus, …

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In 2016, we will…

The holidays often bring good, deep moments of introspection – with a view towards future positive action. Hopefully, among the many beneficiaries of our free time and inspired drive to do something positive is our own home. Ever notice that we often clean like we mean it during these days? This is markedly different from the almost robotic manner by which we tidy up the house rest of the year amid our busy schedules. It is our fervent hope that you become inspired by the thought that you can always be a better homeowner. To get you started, here are some resolutions you might want to include on your list this new year. Of course, these resolutions work best with the cooperation – and involvement – of your family members. Have …

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