Rainy or “Rainy” Day Home Tasks You Can Do in Your PJs

Rainy days often equal lazy days. It’s all too easy to find yourself in your pajamas all day, watching old movies and not getting a thing done. Here are a few things you can check off your home to-do list that you can do without getting out of your PJs. Here’s how to break your cabin-fever funk in each room without breaking a sweat.

1. Kitchen

Clean out the fridge

Can you confidently say you have no expired food or condiments in your fridge? If you haven’t done so in a while, go through your fridge and throw away any expired or spoiled items, or unwanted leftovers. Make a list of what you throw away so you can be sure to pick up those items up next time you’re at the grocery store.

Disinfect the sink

Did you know your kitchen sink usually has more germs than your toilet? There are typically more than 500,000 bacteria per square inch in the drain alone. Use a solution of about 1 tablespoon of bleach mixed with warm water to kill most of the germs lingering. If there is an odor coming from your drain, squeeze lemon juice into it, and then throw the lemon into the disposal and grind away.

2. Bathroom

Fix uneven fixtures

If you have a sagging towel rack or uneven toilet paper holder, now is the time to fix it. Unscrew the fixture and look for the culprit. Most likely it’s a cheap plastic drywall anchor or screw that wasn’t screwed in correctly. A few minutes can fix that eyesore you’ve been looking at since you moved in.

Clean the mirror

If you take a second and look at your bathroom mirror, you may be shocked at what you see. Take a few minutes and some window washing spray to make your mirror shine.

3. Bedroom

Clean out your closet

Who couldn’t use a little more closet space? Instead of looking at a full closet remodel, make a donation bag of clothes you haven’t worn in a while. A great way to easily decipher the clothes you wear from the ones you don’t is to turn all of your hangers backwards. When you wear something from your closet, turn that hanger forwards. After six months, whichever hangers are still backwards are the clothes that you don’t wear. Tada!

Clean out “that” drawer

Everyone has a drawer in their bedroom that they don’t open either because it’s a mess or because it’s so full that it won’t budge. Whether it’s a drawer of junk in your nightstand or an overstuffed dresser drawer, use this rainy day to finally go through it and discard the things you don’t want. If you can’t remember the last time you went through that drawer, throw everything in it away – you obviously haven’t needed anything in there in a while.

Everyone’s home could use a little TLC, whether that is some simple organization or disinfection of overlooked areas. The trick to turning your rainy lazy day into a productive PJ day is to look for the little things around your house that you’ve been putting off for a while and just do them. You’ll feel much better about staying in your pajamas all day if you do.

 

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Winter To-Do Checklist

Winter is quickly approaching and for many of us that means rain here in the Bay Area but our investment properties in Tahoe need anntention.  So do those heavy jackets to deal with freezing temps, wind, snow, and ice. Pull up those rain boots becuase it is important to winterize your home for the months ahead. Use this handy checklist and be ready for whatever old man winter has in store for you. But don’t forget to take time to enjoy the many fun things that make wintertime so special. 

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Quick Home Improvements at Daylight Saving Time

Don’t Forget to Fall Back on Sunday November 3, 2019 for the end of Day Light Savings Time.

“Fall back” time is coming. When it arrives, we, in theory, gain an extra hour of sleep. If you’d like to spend that extra hour doing something other than sleeping, here are seven quick and easy home improvements, each of which you can complete in an hour to instantly add a fresher look to a home. Don’t let that extra hour go to waste!

  • Paint the front door. Some homeowners actually paint their front door seasonally, but you don’t have to go to that extreme. In one hour you could tape off the external-facing side of a front door and add a fresh coat of paint. Adding an eye-catching color can help draw potential buyers to that front door.
  • Add new curtains. New window treatments, particularly curtains, always improve the look of a home’s interior. If you already have the hardware in the right place, you could put up new curtains in every room inside of an hour.
  • Rent a power washer. Using a power washer on an entryway, pathway, or driveway can immediately give the area in front of a home a newer, cleaner look.
  • Add plants. New seasonal plants or flowers placed in front window boxes and porch planters provide a splash of color and a sense of welcome.
  • Install a new faucet. Nothing brightens a kitchen or bathroom sink quite like a shiny new faucet. You can upgrade the hardware for a sink in an hour.
  • Trim a tree. A fresh haircut to trees in the front of a home can instantly spruce up a property. With a pair of loppers and a ladder, you can even out overhanging branches to give them a clean-cut look.
  • Touch up mulching. Applying a new layer of mulch over the old immediately improves the look of a yard at little cost.

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Pre-Holiday Oven and Stove Maintenance

It’s a holiday morning and you get up before everyone else to start cooking in peace. You preheat your oven and start prepping your turkey.  Then, “BEEP, BEEP, BEEP!” Followed by smoke and hastily awoken judgmental in-laws. “How could you have burned something already?” they demand.  Although it’s noon somewhere, it’s too soon to crack open the wine. Luckily, this kind of stress can be easily avoided with a little pre-holiday oven and stove maintenance.

Oven

Determine if your oven door has a tight seal and that its hinges are strong

Loose seals or weak hinges on your oven door can lead to heat loss resulting in foods taking longer to cook or cooking unevenly. To check your oven, make sure it’s off and completely cool.

  1. Open the oven door and locate the gasket that goes around the perimeter. Feel around for any warped, torn, or broken areas. Keep these areas in mind for the next step.
  2. Heat your oven, and then place something that sizzles in the hot oven. Since oven seals are meant to hold in heat and sound, check the perimeter of your oven door paying particular attention to any suspected problem areas you found. If you hear crackling or feel more heat in the problem areas, this may mean your oven’s seal isn’t working well and may need replacement. Finally, push against the door and see if that reduces the heat and sound. If it does, this could indicate that your oven door’s hinges aren’t strong.

Check your oven’s internal light bulbs

If you find that at least one of the bulbs is burnt out, you can remove the bulb to determine replacement type, or refer to your owner’s manual for that information. Most oven bulbs are a universal 40 watt appliance bulb. Note: Do not turn on your oven light if there isn’t a light bulb in there.

Cleaning the inside of your oven

Self-Cleaning Ovens

Self-cleaning ovens work by raising the temperature inside the oven to a very high temperature for about two to four hours. This turns all the debris in the oven to ash. If your oven has a self-cleaning feature, refer to your owner’s manual for instructions. Do not clean the inside of a self-cleaning oven by any other method unless approved by the manufacturer or owners manual. If using the self-cleaning feature, use it a few days before you start your holiday cooking. This process can make your house smell and possibly set of your smoke alarms.

Non-Self-Cleaning Ovens

Most standard oven cleaners will get the job done. A more natural way of cleaning your oven is to use baking soda and vinegar. First, make sure that everything in the oven is removed, including the oven racks. Then, in a bowl, make a paste by combining baking soda and water. Use an abrasive pad to rub the paste all over the inside of the oven. Gently spray vinegar over the pasted surface and allow to fizz. This will loosen the debris, so you can scrub it all away.

Stove

Clean or replace all vent filters over your stove

Metal-mesh grease filters can either be washed by hand with dish soap or can be placed in the dishwasher. If they’re made out of charcoal or paper, they should be replaced.

Clean the knobs

Use a damp rag with a little dish detergent. Replace the knobs if you’re no longer able to read what they say.

Cleaning the cooktop

Make sure you only use cleaning products appropriate for your cooktop material. Use with a soft, slightly moistened washcloth. Do not pour the product directly on the surface. Below are a couple of examples of home remedies: For a glass top stove, spray some white vinegar on a damp washcloth to remove any grease and debris. Then, lightly cover the surface with baking soda. Once that’s done, cover the entire cooktop with a warm damp towel. Let sit for about 15 minutes, then gently scrub removing all the baking soda. You can go over the stove again with the white vinegar for finishing. To clean stove grates and drip pans, use gallon-size plastic zipper storage bags and ammonia. For each bag, fill halfway with ammonia and add one or two grates or one drip pan. Thoroughly seal the bag. Let sit overnight or 8-12 hours. Rinse away the baked-on grime the next day. Whew! Now, you have a beautiful oven and stove that are a lot more likely to perform without incident for the holidays and days to come!

 

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Choosing the Right Types of Blinds for Your Home

The two main categories of door and window blinds are based on the orientation of the slats–vertical and horizontal. Vertical blinds work well for large windows and sliding glass doors. Some downsides are that they can be noisy and may appear bulky when all the slats are moved to one side. Horizontal blinds are a good choice for smaller windows and those that move up and down. These blinds come multiple slat widths so they can fit better in small windows. They can be raised and lowered with cords or can be cordless. Cordless blinds tend to cost more, but they’re safer for children and pets and the blinds go up and down more evenly. Blinds can also be motorized so they can tilt open or closed and raise or lower with the click of a button.

Materials Used in Blinds

Wood

Wooden blinds add a nice touch to a room and they come in different colors and types of wood. These types of blinds should not be in rooms that are susceptible to humidity or intense direct sunlight as they can fade, split, warp, or break.

Faux wood

Faux wood is a nice choice because you get the visual benefits of wood at a lower cost and they’re less likely to be damaged by moisture and sunlight.

Plastic

Plastic blinds come in several different colors and sizes and they are the most economical. They may not be as visually appealing as blinds made of other materials and they’re more likely to break or become discolored from sunlight.

Metal

Metal blinds look similar to plastic blinds and are more durable. Most metal blinds are made of aluminum and can get dented. They’re also one of the more noisy materials.

Natural fabric

Natural fabric slats are mostly found in vertical blinds. This material gives the feel of curtains without the bulk. Depending on the fabric, stains may be difficult to remove.

 

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Fall To-Do Checklist

The scent of fall is in the air. Time to bake an apple pie, crunch some leaves on a long walk, and carve the family pumpkin. It’s also time for some fall home maintenance. Use our fall checklist as a reminder to do important seasonal tasks like cleaning the gutters, replacing air filters, and getting the fireplace ready for the coming winter.

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Fall House Cleaning: Chores to Do Now

Everyone talks about spring house cleaning a time to freshen up your living space to get it ready for fresh air and sunshine. But, advises a staffing supervisor for Molly Maids cleaning service, a clean house requires a fall cleaning routine as well:

Deep Clean the Closets

Sort out your wardrobe and clean out clothes closets. Donate whatever you are unlikely to wear again to make room for seasonal purchases.

Get Rid of Expired Medicines

Check the medicine cabinet for expired meds and last winter’s leftovers. As you dispose of them, make note of things you need to buy, such as bandages, antiseptic creams or over-the-counter cough syrup.

Clean Out the Fridge

Dig deep for tired or expired foods, clean the shelves and organize the fridge. Remember to replace that old box of baking soda with a fresh one to guard against odors.

Clean the Carpets

A little elbow grease now will get you ready for holiday entertaining. Deep clean summer’s grime out of your carpets or hire a professional carpet cleaner with equipment that may dig deeper than you can.

Clean Ceiling Fans and Ceiling Light Fixtures

Open doors and windows all summer have likely left them coated with dust. Clean them thoroughly now that the doors are closed.

Wash the Windows

Washing them inside and out may be a pain, but winter can be depressing enough without having to look through dirty windows.

Shine the Silver

Before Thanksgiving is the best time to get out the polish and get your silverware ready for company.

Check the Gutters

Autumn means gutters are full of falling leaves. Clean them out now with a special hose attachment that has a hooked end to get down into the gutters. Look into attaching “hoods” or “helmets” to the gutters so you won’t have to worry as much about cleaning out leaves in the future.

 

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