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12 Basic Tips to Have a Healthy Home

12 Basic Tips to Have a Healthy Home

As the saying goes, ‘’cleanliness is next to godliness.’’ Homes are dwellings that we spend a lot of time in, and as such, should be kept clean. A clean home keeps away creepy and crawly critters, and gives you a sense of peace.This article gives you some tips to keep your home clean.

1. Dust all cabinet/shelves

One of the best ways to do this is to combine 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil with 2 tablespoons of baking powder. Clean with this mixture using a clean, medium-sized towel to clean the cabinets and shelves at least once a week to avoid dirt and dust buildup.

2. Scrubbing and washing bath tubs

You can scrub or wash the bath to remove mold. Mold could cause blockage of the bath tub if not removed, so to avoid such, washing the bath tub is necessary.

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3. Scrubbing the water closest

The water closest should be kept clean at all times. This can be done at least twice a week. You can use soap and water to scrub off the stains in the water closest. And this will bring out the radiant look of the water closest.

4. Washing the stove top

After a while, the stove top might begin to have blockage from buildup. To avoid such, the stove top needs to be washed to remove any greasily particles. It is advisable to clean it well after each use with a clean dry towel or handkerchief and a multi-purpose cleaner.

5. Washing pillow covers/bed spread

it is important to change your bed spread and pillow covers every five days after use. The already used ones should be washed immediately and kept for use.

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6. Washing and ironing your clothes

it is advisable after washing your clothes, you iron them. It makes them look neat and makes you look smart. After ironing the clothes, arrange them in the right place in the closet to avoid cluttering up the house.

7. Washing kitchen utensils

You need to wash the kitchen utensils you use in the kitchen. Kitchen utensil should be washed after each usage with dish soap, a sponge, and gloves.

8. Scrubbing the sofa

Sofas are need to be scrubbed once in a while to remove dirt, reviving its color and beauty. There are different types of sofa cleaners. There are even some sofas that just require the use of a towel, while others require a little scrubbing.

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9. Having a ceiling brush

The ceiling brush is used to clean or removes cob webs hanging in the corners of the ceiling in your home. It is a mild kind of brush with strands covering a stick-like plastic rod. Use a ceiling brush every once in a while to rid your house of cobwebs.

10. Put all things in the proper place

It is a good idea to place all things in their appropriate place. For example, washed and ironed clothes are meant to be in the closet, while the shoes are supposed to be on the shoes racks. Pillows are meant to be on the bed and so on. Not doing this will make the home look scattered and out of place.

11. Washing the trashcan

This is another aspect of cleaning the home. It is advisable to clean and wash the trashcan after throwing the trash out every once in a while. Do this to avoid smelly odors and food stains.

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 12. Using fragrance in your home

The usage of fragrance in the home gives it a sweet smell. But the fragrance should be mild to avoid irritation to visitors.

In conclusion once all these tips are applied it will make your home beautiful, clean and presentable, irrespective of the size or how expensive the house may be.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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