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4th December 2018

A Quick Guide To Avoiding Christmas Overspend

Overspending during the festive season is something that most people will admit to – especially those with kids. It’s lovely to want to buy people lots of nice gifts and make them smile on the big day, however – things are becoming a little bit wild. People are spending far more than they can afford, getting into debt, and stressing themselves out for the first part of the new year because of it. We really shouldn’t be doing this for one day of the year!

 

Take a look below to find a quick guide to avoiding Christmas overspend:

 

Come Up With A Budget You’re Comfortable With

Start by coming up with a Christmas budget that you’re comfortable with. Know how much you want to spend in total and then split that money up between recipients. Remember, it isn’t about how much you spend, but the thought that goes into it. Make sure you look at the first few months of next year, too, so you can decide whether you need to alter your budget at all.

 

Make Some Gifts Yourself

You could bake cupcakes or cookies, or make decorations with your kids to give to family and friends.

 

Invest In A Shared Experience

A shared experience, such as a day trip or a family meal, can be far more meaningful than a gift. These memories will last forever, and a gift is unlikely to do the same. Toys often get thrown to the side and forgotten about after a short time – and a heck of a lot of money is spent on them. Check out the infographic below and you might be inspired to reign it in!

credit to NetVoucherCodes.co.uk

 

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4 Tips To Keeping Your Home Clean

Our home is our refuge. The one place constant where we feel safe, secure and relaxed. However, a messy house and a smelly room do not equate to a happy place. And keeping a house clean no matter how big or small is another burden to your already full packed and stressful job.
Let us enumerate a few tips to keeping your home clean. Remember, a dirty house has bacteria and virus that can cause harm to you and your family’s health.

 

  1.  Maintain and stick to a daily cleaning routine.

List all the must-do everyday tasks and once-a-week chores. This way, you can prioritize what needs to be done immediately. You can also manage your time wisely by following your cleaning routine. For example, laundry day is every Wednesday and Saturday. Scrubbing the floors is every Monday and so on. By doing so, you do not overload your toxic workday with more household chores.

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  1.  Let go.

We all have those favorite things that no matter how old and tattered we tend to hold on to. But over time, we do not notice how many stuff we already hoarded and kept even if we no longer have the use for them. So de-clutter your house and let go of the things you no longer need or needs replacement. These things tend to be the breeding ground for virus and bacteria that could be harmful to you or to your family. You will be surprised to see all the available storage and space you have. What is best for your newfound area is cabinets or storage boxes that are great organizers for different size spaces.

 

  1.  If it smells, it has to go.

You may have a clean house, organized cabinets and rooms but if your house still reeks of yesterday’s trash, then it’s still not right.  Make disposing of your waste a habit as keeping them inside your home overnight or for days attracts insects and rodents that are carriers of dirt and bacteria.  Isn’t it lovely to wake up every morning smelling the fresh, clean air as opposed to rotten banana peel or leftover meatloaf?

 

  1.  Keep your kitchen clean.

This is the part of the house that should be the cleanest.  You prepare and cook meals for you and the whole family in this area. So there should be no reason why you will be too lazy to clean up after you prepare a meal. Never allow plates to pile up in the sink. Clean up afterwards to avoid inviting cockroaches and other unwanted insects.

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Although weekends are supposed to be for rest and relaxation, you will not be able to achieve this with a smelly and untidy house. Cleaning up the house will only take 2-3 hours tops so make cleaning a habit. Take care of the house you sacrifice so much to have, and I assure you, you will be able to enjoy the rest of the day feeling refreshed and energized for next week’s battle.

 

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Is Your Home Cozy? Here’s How to Make One

We all want our homes to be inviting. At the end of the day, you want to be able to come into a warm and welcoming environment to help relieve the day’s stress.
Unfortunately, not every home has the design that homeowners want it to have. The bright side is that this is a problem that can be solved with a few changes. With the tips found here, you can transform your abode into a cozy home in no time.

 

Use a Welcome Mat

 

You can start making your home more inviting for yourself and others before even opening the door. All you have to do is choose the right welcome mat. One that simply says “welcome” will do the trick but there are plenty of novelty options out there that will help you inject some personality into the entryway.

 

Put Some Slippers By the Door

 

Odds are, you probably already have a place for shoes at the door. This way, you aren’t tracking mud and gunk throughout the house. With a simple addition to this area, you can make your home all the more inviting.

 

Next to where you keep your shoes, add a pair of slippers. This way, after a long day out, you can take your shoes off and immediately put on a pair of warm slippers.

cozy slippers

Bring the Furniture In

 

It’s a bad habit of almost every homeowner to push their couches and chairs flush against the walls of the room. While this creates space, it’s a pretty empty and barren space. Instead, take a risk and pull the chairs and sofa closer together. This will make your living room more inviting by allowing occupants to be close enough for conversation.

 

Throw in a Rug

 

If you have wood floors, you already know how cold and unforgiving they can be at times. To add some comfort in your home, use some rugs to add some coziness to the place. For those who want to find the ultimate comfort, use more plush rugs.

 

When placing these rugs, be strategic. A rug next to the bed or in front of the couch makes a nice place to rest your feet but a rug in the middle of the kitchen might seem out of place.

 

Look at Your Bedding

 

There is nowhere in your home that should be cozier than the place you crawl into to sleep at night. While a crisp, linen bedspread can look great and even be the perfect choice when it’s warm out, don’t be afraid to create a softer experience as well.

 

Fluffy comforters can be a great choice to give you somewhere warm and soft to curl up in at night. While you’re at it, toss those old, flattened pillows out and replace them with new, comfortable ones.

bed with pillows on

Change Your Lighting Around

 

Overhead lights can be very convenient – one switch controls the whole room. However, they can also be a little harsh as well. So, try layering the lighting in your rooms. Add a floor lamp here, a table lamp there, use some linen lampshades and you’ll find the lighting to be much more comfortable.

 

Heavy Curtains

 

If you are using thin or sheer curtains, swap them out for something heavier. Even better, use a thick curtain that has a thermal lining. Not only will it warm up the space visually, but it will also help insulate the space to keep it warm temperature-wise as well.

 

Use Plenty of Plants

 

You might look around your home and think that it looks a little lifeless. The best way to solve this is to literally bring something living into the space: plants!

 

If you don’t have a green thumb, you can use easy to take care of plants like succulents. However, big, green, and leafy plants can be an even better touch.

vase of flowers in front of the window

Step Away From Straight Lines

 

It’s a modern design phenomenon that has brought on the popularity of low-backed couches and straight-edge decor. To make things a little cozier, try opting for more soft lines. A higher-backed, more plush couch can go a long way or, if you want to be cozy but keep your modern design, break up the geometry by adding a circular rug.

 

Personalize Your Home

 

Finally, take the time to personalize your home. Even the warmest lit and plushest home can seem uninviting if there’s no personality in the place. So, take the time to make your home look like you live there.

One idea is that you can add in photos or artwork that reflect your life and style. If you want to dig a little deeper, though, consider adding some DIY furniture or use unique decor that you went antique hunting for. As far as this tip goes, the possibilities are endless.

 

About The Author
Hi there, I’m Woodworking Pete Alman.
I’m a former carpenter turned writer, and proud resident of Nashville, Tennessee.
When not working on a project in my shed, I’m lifting weights
or hanging out with my three dogs (Dobermans).

 

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Chequerboard Cookies – Countdown To Christmas Cookie Recipes

Welcome to day 4 of my Countdown To Christmas Cookie Recipes. Today’s recipe is for Chequerboard Cookies. This recipe makes a ginger and orange dough and a chocolate dough which are then combined to create a delicious crumbly chequerboard cookie 🙂 Tomorrow’s recipe is for Santa […]

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