Day: March 10, 2018

How to Keep Your Home Organized: A Few Things to Keep in Mind

In this day and age, it is easy to get caught up the hassles and bustles of daily life. It is even easy to forget to keep your home organized and tidy. Unfortunately, an unorganized and untidy home will cause you headaches. Therefore, it is crucial that you figure out how to balance your daily schedule with your homes demands. It always feels nice and relaxing when you get back to an organized and tidy house after a long day. There are several things you can do to ensure your home is always organized and tidy. And all that is required is to find a little bit of time each day to dedicate to the tidiness of your home. Below are some of the things to keep in mind.

The laundry

One of the things that can make your home look disorganized is unclean laundry. It is therefore important to dedicate some few minutes to cleaning laundry. Try and do one load of laundry every day. To accomplish this, throw your load into the washer in the morning. In the evening start the washer and remove the laundry for drying before sitting down for dinner. This will go a long way in minimizing the laundry load in your home.

Priorities

Keeping your home tidy and organized entails ensuring that most of your utensils and appliances and clean. However, you cannot clean all your appliances at a go, given the limited time you have. As such, it is wise to prioritize what to clean. Some appliances are more important than others. Identify these appliances and ensure they are clean.

The bathroom

After taking a shower it is important that you clean the bathroom. This will entail wiping away any hard water rings or hair particles from the sinks and countertops. Wiping away these particles will not only ensure your home is organized by preventing clogging. Accumulation of such particles in sinks can lead to clogging, which in turn leads to damaged plumbing. Wiping the bathroom floor will also be important. Wiping the floor and removing any particles will take you a few minutes. This is, therefore, a task you can accomplish before you get started on your day.

Unloading the dishwasher

After breakfast, lunch, and dinner you probably throw the dirty dishes into the dishwasher. This is good as it prevents the build of dirty dishes in your sink. After dinner, try and unload the dishwasher before going to bed. This is to ensure you have utensils to use the following morning. It is a great way to prepare yourself for the following day’s activities.

There are many things you can do to keep your home organized such as cleaning the kitchen countertops. The countertops are some of the most visible parts of your home and cleaning them regularly will give your home an organized look. Also, if it is possible cleaning the utensils you are using as you cook can reduce your workload. This will also ensure that you do not have a huge load of dirty dishes laying around.

How I Kissed Away My Hard Water Issues with a Few Simple Steps

As you probably have figured out hard water can be a nuisance. While this type of water is rich in minerals such as calcium and magnesium, it is not good for home use. There are plenty of reasons why hard water is not good for home use. First, it leads to damage of your home’s plumbing and secondly it leaves a white residue on your utensils. Like you I have had to deal with hard water issues in my home. However, I have dealt with these issues and below are some of the steps I took in my quest to rid myself of hard water.

Testing the water hardness

The first thing I did was to test the hardness of the water I use. This entailed using a water hardness test kit. Similar to many other test kits, the one I used measured water hardness in grains per gallon. According to statistics, the average home uses 100 gallons of water a day. In my case I found the water hardness to be 9 per gallon. The purpose of measuring the hardness of the water was to know the kind of softener I needed.

Buying the water softener

To find the right softener to use, I multiplied the water hardness rate per gallon by the number of gallons I use in a day. This gave me the number of grains that a softener needs to soften per day. In my case, the water consumption stood at 300 gallons per day. When multiplied by 9 the result was 2700 grains per day. This meant that I had to get a water softener that was in the 2700 grain range.

Type of softener

The next step was to choose the right water softener type to buy. Softeners come in two categories salt based and non-salt based. For purposes of efficiency, I always go for salt-based softeners that add sodium or potassium ion into the water. Based on research I settled on sodium chloride softener. The benefits of sodium chloride softeners is that they are more common and efficient that potassium softeners. This type of ion exchange softeners adds a little bit of salt into the water, which replaces the calcium and magnesium ions that cause water hardness. It is important to note that potassium ion exchange softeners are not safe to use for everyone. People with kidney problems should not consume potassium. Also, there are certain medications that do not go well with intake of potassium.

Conclusion

There are all kinds of water softeners out there. However, I settled on one that refills automatically. This softener is better since it ensures that hard water does not get you off guard. My advice to anyone looking to buy a water softener is to check the softener’s information or details. The information that manufacturers provide on the packaging of these tools will help you know if it is the right one for you. There are some softeners that can be set at specific times of the week. Irregardless of the type of softener you select, it is important to get one that is suited to your water hardness issue