sábado, 29 de marzo de 2014

Maximize Bathroom Space

Maximize Bathroom Space

Fridge and Freezer Organization

Fridge and Freezer Organization

KITCHEN :Cabinet Organization

Cabinet Organization

HOME ORGANIZATION: 30-Minute Organization Projects

30-Minute Organization Projects

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Do you have just 30 minutes that you can devote to one area of your home? You’ll be surprised at how much you can accomplish in this short period of time! Below are some of our favorite quick home organization projects that you can do in just 30 minutes that will really make a difference!

Create a family communication center

Organize the “hub” of your home to gain maximum efficiencies for your family. Set up a family communication center in an area where the “stuff” piles up, either in the kitchen or near the most-often used entryway. Include a calendar to keep track of everyone’s activities, color-coded by family member. A magnetic bulletin board hold notes, photos and lists. Incorporate a multi-pocket sorter to organize incoming mail for everyone in the household. Don’t forget an outgoing basket to hold books or videos that need to be returned, or receipts needed to pick-up dry cleaning. Choose from a multitude of styles and finishes for space-saving solutions to get your family organized.

Organize your junk drawer

Everyone has one. Junk drawers hold all of life’s little necessities and are often crammed to the max. Dedicate just 30 minutes to organizing one drawer and you’ll be amazed at the sense of accomplishment you’ll gain! To get started, pull all of the contents out and decide what stays and what goes. Not sure? If you have a junk drawer in the kitchen, it should only hold the items you use when you’re in the kitchen. If necessary, set up a drawer or even a decorative box in another room (like a bathroom or home office) to hold “necessities” that are generally used in those rooms. Choose from drawer organizers in a variety of sizes and materials to make space for items that belong.

Set up a cleaning station

When you’re in the midst of cleaning, you don’t want to waste time digging for the window spray deep in your lower cabinets. Create a customized cleaning station on a garage or pantry door or mounted to a wall in a laundry room to store all of your supplies and keep them easily accessible. As an added bonus, you’ll end up with more space in your lower cabinets for items like extra trash bags or a recycling bin.

Make a project box for kids

Kids love to be where the action is, so create a portable project box that they can fill with art and craft supplies and take to any room in the home. Include items like construction paper, crayons and a notepad that can keep your kids engaged while you tend to things that need to be done around the house. It’s also a great solution for keeping kids entertained while traveling. Choose a container with handles for easy portability and use smaller containers inside to create compartments.

Keep your arts and crafts organized

Do you love to be crafty but just don’t have enough space to do it? Look for storage space in unsuspected places...in a spare closet, under a bed or in the corner of a bedroom. By identifying a specific area in your home to house all of your craft-related supplies — even if you don’t have the luxury of a full room — you’ll be able to keep the rest of your home neat and tidy.

Store and protect cherished memories

From treasured family photos to irreplaceable children’s artwork, families generate a lot of special memories that need to be protected. Dedicate several minutes at a time to go through your photos and organize them by date or occasion. Choose attractive boxes or binders to which you can add pages to store them. Go through your child’s artwork with your child and choose the ones that mean the most that you’ll keep.

Revamp your magazine storage

For many of us, between the magazines we subscribe to and the catalogs we order from, periodicals can quickly pile up in our homes! Take a few minutes to set up an organization system for your favorite titles. Commit to storing only the most recent issues (six months is a good guideline) and recycle the rest. If there’s a certain story you want to keep beyond the six-month period, tear that page out and file it...there’s no need to keep the entire issue.

Organize your media

Keep your family’s favorite movies and music within easy reach on an entertainment center or bookshelf in the den. Others that are used less regularly can be stored in another area or on a higher shelf. When organizing media, decide what you really want to keep, and donate items you don’t to create more space.

viernes, 28 de marzo de 2014

THE BEST DAY EVER


10 Simple, Sure-fire Ways to Make Today Your Best Day Ever

I shut my eyes so I can see. – artist Paul Gauguin
Post written by Leo Babauta.
Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life. – Burton Hills
This morning as I took my kids to school, I was feeling rushed and harried. Stress levels high, my face wore a permanent frown, my mind was in a million different places, and my two youngest kids (3 year old, and 20 months) were quiet in their car seats.
Then I realized: while my mind is elsewhere, I’m missing some prime moments with my kids. And not really enjoying my day.
And so I changed the moment, and in doing so changed my day: we began singing some of our favorite children’s songs. Itsy-bitsy spider, twinkle twinkle, wheels on the bus, ABCDs, I’ve been working on the railroad, the ants go marching two by two … all of the oldies.
Instead of thinking about all the things I had to do today, I brought myself into the present moment. And when we got to school, I took a few minutes to spend time with them. Be present with them. It was truly lovely.
This little incident not only brought warmth and joy into my heart … it brought a realization into my mind: I can either have a stressed, difficult day … or I can have an amazing, wonderful day.
I chose the amazing day.
The rest of the day, I did things to ensure that my day was the best ever. And it was. I had the greatest day … all from simple little things that don’t seem like much, but make all the difference in the world.
Do you have to follow these things step-by-step? Not at all. Find your own methods, or pick and choose a few of these. Main thing, though: take steps to make today your best day ever.

1. Be present. Instead of having your mind elsewhere, bring yourself back to now, in this moment, focused on where you are and what you’re doing and who you’re with. We cannot change things that have already happened, and obsessing over them does nothing to help us now. We cannot predict the future, so worrying about it does nothing to help you either. Instead, focus on now … if something is worrying you, take action … but even better, just be in the moment, and live as if now is all there is. Because it is.
2. Do less. Have a full schedule today? Cut it in half. You don’t need to do everything on that list. I took a few items on my list and moved them to next week. Do less (but focus on the important — not urgent — stuff) and you’ll be less stressed out. If you cut your list down and do only half the things you want to do for today, you’ll have a much better day. You’ll thank me.
3. Get one important thing done. As I said in the previous point, do less but do more important things. When I say important, I mean things that will have a huge impact on your life (personally or career wise) over the long run. Not things that need to be done today or else. Here’s why: If you get something important done, something that will help you in the long run (even if it’s only a step towards a major accomplishment, it’s important), you will feel great! You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment. That makes any day a great day.
4. Plan your perfect life. What would your life be like if you had no restrictions? I’m not talking about living in a McMansion or flying around in jet planes, but what would make you happy. A good step: pick the 4-5 most important things in your life, and build your perfect life around those things, eliminating most of the rest if possible. Plan that perfect life, and then plan the first few steps you need to take to get there. Now schedule those first steps over the next week, including one today. It feels amazing to start taking action on making your life the way you want it to be.
5. Declutter. Even if it’s just a little space — say a drawer or a shelf — decluttering an area of your life can have a wonderful effect on your mood and happiness level. I know it gives my day a boost. When things start to get cluttered (and let’s face it, even the best declutterers among us face clutter creep), I take a few minutes to clear it out. Clearing your desk (at least the surface of it) can be a great way to start.

6. Go for a walk. I was going to write “exercise” but I’m afraid that many readers will just skip over this one. So instead, just go for a walk. That movement, and the fresh outdoor air, will have a great effect on your day. And even better: take a few minutes to enjoy the nature around you as you go for your walk. Clear your head. Calm yourself during a busy time of your day. Think to yourself: “How lucky I am to be alive! How wonderful a world I’m in! What opportunities and possibilities lie before me!”
7. Focus on 3 projects. I wrote about this recently, but you’ll probably hear me repeat it a few times just because of the terrific effect it can have on your productivity and your life: choose only your three most important projects, and focus on them exclusively. Focus on getting them to completion, to the exclusion of all other projects. Do that today. You’ll be amazed at how much you’ll accomplish. I only started doing it recently, but I’m getting so much done that I feel like I was sitting on my hands before this. It feels wonder-tastic!
8. Listen to great music. When I was in the car, after I dropped the kids, an oldie came on the radio: Tommy James and the Shondells singing Hanky Panky. “I saw her walking on down the line (yeah) … you know I saw her for the very first time …” Well, I love songs like that (call me old if you like) and I started dancing in my seat. You might be turned on by hipper songs (or is “hipper” not a trendy word anymore?) but whatever music gets you going, jam it on your iPod or car radio. Or while you work. It’s a great time! “Hey, pretty baby, can I take you home!”
9. Watch a sunrise or sunset. Trite? Yes, definitely. But does it work? Yes, definitely. I took the time to enjoy the sunset on my way home today. Mmmmm. It was lovely. It just fills me with warmth. Sunrises are even more beautifuller!
10. Spend time with a loved one. Another obvious one, perhaps, but there’s nothing better, really. When I spent even just a few minutes with my two babies this morning, it filled me with a joy unequaled anywhere else in life. Then I spent some time with my wife, after work, and let me just say that’s about as good as it gets too. Even if you don’t have a spouse or kids, there’s someone in your life that you value … make time out of your day today to spend time with them … and not just to watch TV, but to actually be with them, talk with them, bond with them. It works.

MUSIC:Frank Sinatra My Way (subtitulado)

miércoles, 26 de marzo de 2014

BATHROOM DECOR: Luxury Modern Bathroom Designs 2012

HOW TO CLEAN YOUR BATHROOM



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How to Clean Your Bathroom

It’s the one room you shrink from scrubbing. No more! 6 ways to make your bathroom a sparkling, sanitary sanctuary.

Clean weekly and daily
Daily Wipe up toothpaste blobs in the sink right away (yeah you); don’t let spit splatter sit on the mirror; clean up spilled powder or post blow-dried hair; and discreetly eliminate any unfortunate toilet tarnish. This is where a packet of wipes or paper towels and cleaner under the sink come into play. When supplies are on hand, the cleanup is easy and quick.
Weekly
A total scrub-down is essential, but it takes way less time if you’ve done your daily.
Don’t just clean, de-clutter
Ditch any products that don’t work (the skin cream that promised to erase stretch marks); you never use (the pricey hair gel you were guilted into buying); or are too old (caked mascara and that half-used bottle of Pepto-Bismol from 2002). Pay attention to your collection of OTC meds. Using them after the expiration date probably won’t harm you, they just won’t help you, as medicine loses its effectiveness over time. Use shallow baskets, trays, or totes to organize items under the skin and on the vanity counter. Keep items you use often within reach and less-used ones out of sight.
Be patient
We don’t have lots of time to read the fine print, but pay attention to the directions that come with cleaners. Most need time to stand to effectively dissolve dirt and kill germs. If the label reads, “let stand for 10 minutes,” we suggest you heed the manufacture’s advice.
Organize your stuff
If you arrive well armed to battle the germs in the john, the job will go by quicker and more efficiently. Carry your tools with you (or store them neatly under the sink) in a plastic bucket or portable tray.
Cleaning products
Pare down your cleaners to these four:
- Multisurface cleaner spray (keep some premoistened wipes on hand too)
-Toilet bowl cleaner
-Tile and tub spray cleaner
-Powdered abrasive cleaner
Cleaning gadgets
More is more:
-Cotton cleaning cloths to wipe fixtures dry
-Double-duty sponge with one absorbent side and one abrasive side
-Rubber-lipped squeegee for mirrors and glass
-Tile brush with thick bristles for the shower and tub
-Toothbrush for tiny but nasty spaces
-Wide mop for the floor (we like ones with premoistened, disposable pads, but an all-purpose cleaner will do)
-Rubber gloves -- a must to keep manicures intact
-A heavy-duty apron to protect clothes (we love the cleaning apron at TheCleanTeam.com)
Tip: Get one with pockets for small tools or your iPod. We would never get through a scrub-down without a specially designed cleaning playlist.
Battle the biggest bathroom offenders often
We’re not talking about your husband or potty-training toddler. The shower or tub and toilet are your chief enemies. The shower stall gets it all: mineral deposits from hard water, splashes, soap scum, mold, mildew, body soil, and shampoo residue -- not really sounding like an easy place to get clean. It gets inundated with moisture and residue every day. No wonder mold likes to live in your grout and doorsill runners. The last person to shower should make a habit of giving the tub a quick spritz of an ammonia-based after-shower spray so the area stays free of mineral deposits and mold. (It also helps to use a squeegee after every shower to wipe the walls and shower door dry.)
What do you think is the most germ-ridden area? We say the toilet brush, but that’s just part of it. It’s the whole commode! Regular use of antibacterial wipes can help keep toilet seats, rims, tops, and floor spaces clean (yes, it’s so grimy you need to clean bacteria traces off the floor and around the bowl as well as the exterior of the loo on a regular, if not daily, basis). And there’s no way around the brush that so many of us find offensive. Use a sturdy, bristled model and replace when it looks limp. In addition to scrubbing, stubborn rings can be eradicated with some rubs of a pumice stone -- yeah, the kind for rough feet. Use it gently though as it can scratch the toilet.
20 minutes to clean.
1. Remove the wastebasket and place it outside the bathroom; squirt cleaner in toilet and let stand; spray shower and bathtub walls and let stand; then sprinkle powdered cleaner in tub.
2. At the sink, dust light fixtures; spray and squeegee mirrors; spray and wipe towel racks and toothbrush holder; spray faucets and counter and let stand; scrub and rinse sink, making sure to get around fixtures between the rim of the sink and the counter.
3. Wipe and rinse counter and faucets; spray all toilet surfaces and scrub inside bowl; rinse and wipe surfaces dry.
4. Scrub shower walls and tub, then rinse clean; mop floors; dust baseboard; and empty and replace wastebasket.

11 Consejos ùtiles de Limpieza para Baño

11 Consejos Útiles de Limpieza para Baño

11 Consejos Útiles de Limpieza para Baño

¿Quién no querría un arsenal de excelentes consejos para que su baño brille rápidamente?

Prepárate.

 Ten a mano los productos para limpiar tu baño. Además de un balde con rociadores limpiadores, trapos, guantes de goma y cepillos para restregar, trae el trapeador y la aspiradora, con su boquilla para limpiar grietas.

Establece una rutina.

 Ahora no es el momento para improvisar. Diseña un plan para saber cuándo limpiarás determinadas cosas. No sólo prevendrá los desastres a la hora de limpiar, sino que una vez que estás en acción, te ayudará a terminar el trabajo más rápido.

Busca productos que puedas usar para muchas tareas.

 Te ahorrarán tiempo y grasa en los codos. Usa el Limpiador Scrubbing Bubbles® Mega Shower Foamer, por ejemplo. Su amplio rociador cubre superficies de forma más completa y su fórmula para eliminar la suciedad trabaja con el contacto para eliminar los residuos de jabón y reducir las manchas de moho de tu ducha y bañera. En el tiempo que te lleva colocar toallas limpias, el Limpiador Scrubbing Bubbles® Mega Shower Foamer hace todo el trabajo pesado. Simplemente lava bien o limpia la espuma.

Para eliminar los residuos de jabón, usa gel de ducha líquido en lugar de jabón en barra. Es menos probable que los geles para ducha dejen residuos que se acumulan.

Comienza por arriba con las rejillas de ventilación, los ventiladores y las persianas de las ventanas. 

El Pledge® Multi Surface Duster es un cepillo amplio de 360 grados con una manija fácil de agarrar. Es ideal para limpiar entre las tablillas de las persianas y las rejillas de ventilación. Sus esponjosas fibras atrapan el polvo -justo lo que necesitas para los espacios estrechos y los rincones a los que resulta difícil llegar.

Deja entrar la luz.

 Apaga las luces, saca las lámparas/los artefactos de iluminación y límpialos con Windex® Crystal Rain™, que deja un aroma agradablemente limpio. También limpia con cuidado los bombillos (hazlo cuando están completamente fríos). La suciedad de las duchas originada por el vapor y el polvo pueden debilitar el rendimiento de la iluminación de un bombillo y es posible que quieras cambiarlo antes de que sea necesario. Te sorprenderá cuánto más reluciente parecerá tu baño.

Es más fácil limpiar la suciedad seca que la suciedad húmeda.

 Luego, pasa la aspiradora al piso del baño. Usa la boquilla para limpiar grietas para llegar a los rincones y detrás del lavabo y del inodoro. Es mucho más fácil eliminar cabellos y suciedad cuando están secos que cuando están húmedos.

Protege tus cuadros mientras limpias.

 Toallitas Limpiadoras Pledge® Multi Surface Wipes son excelentes para limpiar cuadros enmarcados que tienes en tu baño -simplemente limpia el vidrio y el marco. Úsalos en lugar de limpiadores con rociador que pueden filtrarse entre el vidrio y la imagen, lo cual arruinaría el cuadro. Toallitas Limpiadoras Pledge® Multi Surface Wipes pueden usarse sobre madera, cromo, plástico y vidrio.

Déjate llevar por la corriente.

 Si la presión de tu ducha es algo débil, quizá debas limpiar la acumulación de cal y minerales que podrían estar obstruyendo el cabezal de la ducha y reduciendo el flujo del agua. Una menor presión de agua significa más tiempo en la ducha, lo cual no es bueno para el medio ambiente, ni para tu billetera.

Prueba esto: vierte en una Bolsa Ziploc® Brand Slider Storage Bag with the Smart Zip™ Seal suficiente vinagre blanco como para cubrir el cabezal. La bolsa tiene un fondo con pliegues que se expande a una base plana. Retira el cabezal y colócalo en el baño de vinagre. Déjalo en remojo durante por lo menos una hora (incluso por la noche si es posible) mientras haces otras tareas. Luego usa un cepillo de dientes viejo para quitar cualquier acumulación de mineral en el cabezal y enjuágalo con agua tibia antes de volver a colocarlo en la ducha. Nota: si el acabado de tu cabezal es viejo o está gastado, el vinagre lo puede dañar. Ten la precaución de revisar las instrucciones de limpieza provistas por el fabricante.

Mantén tu bañera de hidromasaje en funcionamiento.

 Si tienes una bañera de hidromasaje, una vez al mes deberías hacer un mantenimiento preventivo. Llena la bañera con agua tibia y media taza de blanqueador. Cierra el paso del aire y permite que los surtidores funcionen durante 15-30 minutos. Vacía la bañera completamente. Vuelve a llenarla con agua limpia y pon los surtidores nuevamente en funcionamiento durante 15 minutos para enjuagar las bombas. Para que las bombas de tu bañera de hidromasaje funcionen sin inconvenientes, evita usar productos que hacen espuma o para baños de burbujas. Nota: consulta con tu fabricante para verificar si hay instrucciones específicas de limpieza para el modelo de tu bañera de hidromasaje.

Para nutrir y proteger, humedece.

 Las condiciones severas del baño pueden ocasionar la sequedad y el agrietamiento de la madera de los gabinetes. Por lo menos dos veces al año, acondiciona tus gabinetes con Limpiador Pledge® Extra Moisturizing para proteger la belleza natural de las superficies de madera.

Silba mientras trabajas.

 Aquellos duendes tuvieron una excelente idea para hacer que el tiempo pasara rápido. Si te gusta cantar en la ducha, mira nuestra lista de canciones favoritas para cantar mientras limpias. O concéntrate en un libro de audio y terminarás de limpiar antes de que te des cuenta.

MY PROJECT: THE BATHROOM

Bathroom- love the light

BUENOS DÌAS CON TERNURA

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lunes, 24 de marzo de 2014

LA ORGANIZACIÒN Y EL AHORRO. 10 maneras de ahorrar dinero para ser Organizada

10 maneras fáciles de ahorrar dinero por ser organizada

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  1. Saber dónde están las cosas te asegura de que no las compres dos veces. Esto significa que puedes ahorrar dinero en comida o ahorrar dinero en maquillaje o lo que sea, porque lo puedes encontrar en un instante.
  2. dañen (y tengas que comprarlos otra vez! ).
  3. Tienes mayor probabilidad de detectar errores en tus resúmenes de cuentas, estados financieros o extractos bancarios si los revisas periódica y de manera recurrente.
  4. Tienes probabilidad de presentar reintegros por gastos médicos a tiempo si controlas de manera adecuada estos comprobantes.
  5. Deducirás más gastos de tus impuestos si se mantienes un registro de recibos deducibles de impuestos.
  6. Tienes más probabilidades de usar los cupones de descuentos si los tienes organizados y cuentas con un sistema para utilizarlos antes de que caduquen.
  7. Es menos probable incurras en sanciones o multas por pagos retrasados, si tienes tus boletas para pagos bien organizadas.
  8. Si no utilizas algún ítem y tienes la costumbre de mantener tu casa u hogar organizado, removiendo constantemente lo que ya no te sirve, siempre puedes venderlo!
  9. Oficina Organizada = Encontrar Todo Rápidamente = Mayor Eficiencia = Mejor Empleado = Mantener tu Trabajo o, ¡Conseguir un Ascenso!
  10. En pocas palabras, cuando se estás organizada tienes más tiempo. ¡El tiempo es dinero!
  11.  Fuente: Magazine Organizarte

DECORACIÒN: COCINAS

Ideas para crear la cocina de tus sueños

Descubre lo último en decoración de cocinas



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La cocina es una de las zonas más importantes de toda la casa. De su decoración dependen muchas cosas, como que pasemos mucho o nada de tiempo cocinando. La funcionalidad es muy importante pero lograr que la cocina transmita tranquilidad y entusiamos beneficia la creatividad a la hora de cocinar. Esto sólo se consigue a través de la decoración. ¿Buscas ideas para tu cocina? En este reportaje, te damos algunas claves.

1. Tu cocina a medida

Desde que comencé a decorar mi cocina, mi deseo fue conseguir una cocina con grandes estanterías en las que poder almacenar cientos de libros de recetas, recopilados desde mis antepasados. Ikea nos propone conseguir la cocina de nuestros sueños, a través su gama de cocinas Metod, cocinas creadas de cero exclusivamente para tí. Estas son algunas ideas, ¡desarrolla tu creatividad!



(Imágenes: Ikea vía Ayuda a decorar)

2. Cocinas con estilo nórdico

Color blanco, madera y ladrillo. Son tres elementos que convierten ésta sencilla cocina en algo espectacular. Se trata de buscar en lo mínimo imprescindible aquello que dote de una personalidad distinta a la zona de cocinar. El estilo nórdico está muy de moda, puedes aportar algo de calidez con los utensilios de cocinar.

cocina nordica

(Imagen: Oasis singular)

3. Electrodomésticos con mucho color

A veces, un pequeño detalle puede transformar por completo nuestra cocina. Si buscas un toque especial, pero no quieres cambiar toda tu cocina, puedes optar por un electrodoméstico en un color atractivo, que cambie totalmente el aspecto inicial de la cocina. Normalmente, suelen ser los frigoríficos, ¿con cuál te quedas?

  

(Imágenes: APM Interiorismo)

4. Cocinas de piedra y mármol

Sí, aunque siempre que pensamos en mármol se nos vienen a la cabeza cocinas antiguas, con tonos oscuros; lo cierto es que las encimeras de piedra han vuelto a poner de moda este tipo de material. El truco es realizar combinaciones suaves que no causen un entorno agobiante. Combina tonos oscuros con claros o directamente tonos claros. ¿Qué os parece?

  

(Imágenes: Très estudio)

5. La importancia de la iluminación

Por último, es fundamental que nuestra cocina tenga una buena iluminación. De ella dependerá nuestra vista (a la hora de elaborar recetas) pero también el brillo de nuestros muebles. Las lámparas o focos también forman parte de la decoración, así que escoge una que vaya acorde con el estilo de tu cocina.