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26th February 2020

Declutter your surroundings and welcome Spring

As we slowly bid adieu to the heart-wrenching winters and welcome the pleasing spring, we also have to tend to an important task of decluttering our homes, backyard and the rest of our surrounding radius. This helps us move upwards and onwards into the new season with a fresh atmosphere that mirrors your clean and brisk houses. The task of decluttering can appear to be quite cumbersome but is actually really easy to get around if you conduct the process with proper planning and determination. All you need is some established strategies and a little help like that from skip hire and such to give your surroundings a refreshing makeover.

Hiring a skip keeps the tidying process organised

skip hire

When you think of the cleaning act it usually revolves around gathering stuff you need to get rid of or compiling the items you need to donate. The task usually gets pushed into the back seat because you just keep shifting the things from one room to another, then into the garage or in a pile in your backyard. If you hire a skip it will help you to discard all the unwanted garbage at one place in the skip and save the trip to the dump yards. A few steps have been listed below that might aid in getting your spring cleaning done in an orderly manner.

Clear your calendars

As mentioned above, you will never get around cleaning everything if you just keep shoving the garbage from one room to another. You have to take ample time and clear your schedule for one or two days and focus only on getting the surrounding neat. Organizing the space and trying to make the maximum out of your living area is necessary to declutter effectively. You have to be realistic while making a plan for decluttering and give enough time to each aspect as it can get overwhelming to tackle everything at once. Prioritise the rooms and take the next task only after completion of the one in hand.

Sort each item thoroughly

The main task while you get on with your decluttering is trying to figure out what item needs to be thrown away, what needs to be donated and what needs to be put back in your cupboards and cabinets. We have witnessed several tidying strategies like the Marie Kondo method where she helps you to decide whether you should retain any object or not on the basis of whether it sparks joy for you. Once you decide that you need to get rid of certain objects they go straight into the skip and the skip hired will come back to collect it once you are done.

Refurbish and replace old items

Certain items in your kitchen like utensils and pieces of equipment that are used on a daily basis are bound to be worn and torn. The spring cleaning session is a good time to get rid of these worn pans and dishes and get a fresh set to lighten up your kitchen. Similarly, your tools in the garage and some of your bathroom wear could also use an upgrade and give your house the much-needed makeover.

Skip hires result in efficient cleaning

Making sure that you welcome spring with a refreshing outlook is manageable if you make a proper to-do list and go through with the process in an orderly fashion. Hiring skip bins can lead to an easy way to dispose of the unwanted garbage and also saves you several trips to the landfills and dumping grounds. You can also pile the toys, clothes and other such used items that you no longer use but are in a good condition and donate them to Goodwill or anyone who seems to be in dire need. This cleaning process will lead to making the transition from winters to spring pleasant and revitalizing.

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Simple DIY procedure to remove stickers from glass without causing any damage

The most attractive showpiece of glass might look ugly if it has a price sticker attached to it. Not merely with the showpieces, but starting from your new cooking utensils to that of the windshields, it becomes essential to remove those unwanted labels.  

No doubt, removing these labels from the glass products might be a difficult task, but if you follow proper guidelines and hidden tactics, you will be able to remove the stickers most reliably. Rather than purchasing expensive products for removing these things, there are higher chances that it might damage or put scratches on your glass product. However, with the help of DIY, you will be able to get peace of mind that your product is quite safe and protected from those harmful chemicals

Why should you apply proper procedures when removing stickers from the glass?

sticker residue on glass

Starting from glassware to clothing to that of home décor, stickers and labels can be slapped on everywhere. Consequently, there comes a situation when you try to remove that sticker, but removing the adhesive, which is left behind, can turn out to be the most difficult task. By using the wrong solutions or sharp-edged tools for removing stickers, it can damage the glass where the sticker was stuck. Yeah! Getting rid of these labels is quite challenging as, if not done properly; it will leave residue on your new items of glass leaving them ugly, scratched, and spotted. This is why it is always recommended to apply proper procedures while removing stickers from glass so that the authenticity and elegance of the items will stay perfectly. 

Possible DIY stickers removing procedure without causing any scratches 

So, before you get fed up and give up on the ever getting rid of that sticker, label, or the adhesive left behind, you can take a deep peek at the best ways to remove stickers perfectly from the glass without even causing any scratches:

Method 1Using Hot Water and Soap

soapy sponge - soap and water
  • The first step is soaking the glass object and the sticker in the hot soapy water for about 10-30 minutes. During this time, the sticker had already softened, hence making it easier for you to remove the sticker with your fingers.
  • Soaking the glass object and sticker in hot soapy water helps in dissolving the glue and breaking its connection with the glass. If you are unable to dip glass objects in the hot water, you can try reducing the sticker area by soaking the hot wet washcloth.
  • After soaking in the hot water for a good 30 minutes, the sticker can be easily removed with the help of your fingers.  If you are unable to do so, you may use a knife. However, make sure, the knife is not sharp because it will run the risk of scratching the surface.  Consequently, clean the glass properly with the help of microfiber cloth, as they are as gentle on the glass. 

Method 2Using Washing Soda 

Baking soda, water and a toothbrus
  • For this method, you will require a bucket filled with hot water and washing soda. The combination of baking soda and hot water will act as a dissolving agent. It will break the bond of the glue from the glass surface, hence making it come out easily.
  • For safety reasons, you can put on gloves while handling washing soda because some people develop skin allergies and irritation while working with it.  You need to dip the object for a good 30 minutes or maybe even longer than that if you have stubborn stickers.
  • Washing soda is a stronger alkaline compared to baking soda. After soaking the object in the water for some time, take it out. You will be surprised to see stickers much easily sliding off the glass surface.

Method 3 Using Heat

heat gun

 Heat up the glass surface for 2 to 3 minutes with the help of a blow dryer. The other way is, placing your object in the sunlight for several hours. Moreover, if you have a sticker on your car, you can park it in a sunny place for some time and then try to peel off the sticker. It will come out much easier.

  1. The sticker can be easily peeled off with the help of your fingers. However, you must be careful, as the surface of the object will be hot. You can also use a knife (which is not sharp) to peel the sticker gently.
  1. You may also use oil, soap, or other glue removing agents if you find part of the sticker is remaining. Apply the desired removing agent and let it sit there for some time before you remove the residue off with soapy water.
  2.  You may require repeating the process several times until the whole glue residue has successfully come off. 

Which method is most recommended and why?

sticker on car window

If you’re looking for the simplest way that won’t even require any special material, you’re suggested to remove the stickers and labels with the help of hot water and soap. Soap and hot water are one of the most effective tools for breaking down the bond of the sticker’s adhesive material. You don’t have to buy any expensive products to get rid of these labels. With the help of this method, you will be able to see your glass full of attractiveness and elegance. Don’t worry! The grace and sophistication of your glass will still be the same. 

Wrapping Up:

Don’t let the labels destroy your windows. Sticker removal procedure isn’t as simple as it looks. If you go through the previous information, you will be able to do it by yourself. You can save your hard-earned money and quality time by applying these easy steps. By adopting a relevant method for removing the labels, you will be able to preserve your expensive items from scratches in the most reliable manner. 

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Decorating Update

Poor Ant has been left to finish the decorating on his own after I ended up in pain for a week with my hernia, after stretching to paint the walls on the first day we started decorating.
We finished the hall downstairs and my Treasure Hunt Bookcase wall canvas is looking lovely 🙂

treasure hunt bookcase from photowall
Treasure Hunt Bookcase from Photowall

He’s painted the stair steps black and the bookshelves white and fixed the floorboards on the landing upstairs. He’s ow painting the woodwork upstairs and will then move on to painting the rest of the walls.
The final job will be painting the floorboards on the landing.

The stair risers are still to do and I should be ok helping with that job because it doesn’t require any stretching at all! We’re going to paint the front of the risers white before painting each one a different colour ready for the book titles I’ve cut out of vinyl using my Cricut Maker.

Hopefully, we’ll get it finished this week and I can come back next week with the ‘After’ photos 🙂