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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

No Mud-Room? Make a Mud-Corner

Unlike other homes, we are not blessed with a mudroom.  When we enter from the garage, the laundry room also functions as a mudroom.

So I contracted my sister to help me install some shelvings to make a corner in the laundry room function as a "mud-corner".

I bought 5 pieces of wood shelving from a home store, some brackets and screws.

And this is what I now have in our mud-corner.
I measured from the floor to the first shelf to accommodate my riding boots.
Then on the next shelves, I measured The Mr.'s shoes to fit in.
Then I placed the flip flops in a canvas bins and baskets to coral them. 
The kids's shoes went into a stand-alone shoe shelves that I bought long time ago.  This is perfect to accommodate a pair of shoes in those small slots.  (ehem I also have my sandals in there just because it fits in just fine)
On the wall by the door, I moved the wall coat rack higher where The Mr. and I can reach.  Then I placed command hooks below where the kids can hang their coats on their height level.
I am very happy every time I go inside the laundry room, it may not be picture-perfect for everyone but for me it is very functional and it's maximizing the space.

We used to use shoe hangers here which we've had for a long time and If you want to see it, just click here.

Now we have a mud-corner.  This space is a constant and on-going improvement and for now, this space makes me happy.

Until then...
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

[Petites Fashion] Black & White

But what this post is - all about real people(that's you and me) fashion, that are petite but not so skinny.  Outfits that I actually wore to work or go somewhere.
Black is a very flattering color and whatever's flattering is always my friend.  This outfit I really like because I feel so confident with how loose my white top is but it still makes me look put together going to work.
I paired my black ankle pants with a nude pumps that was bought from Forever21 for about $20...steal right?!  

Finish my outfit off with a geometric necklace and earrings.
Being a mom of two young kids, this outfit is very easy to move around actually.  Except for the nude pumps since I wear flats when I'm driving.

I hope you enjoyed my petites fashion post for today! Until then...
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

[Petites Fashion] Floral Dress in the Winter

But what this post is - all about real people(that's you and me) fashion, that are petite but not so skinny.  Outfits that I actually wore to work or go somewhere.
Even spring floral dresses, you can wear them in the winter.  Just pair them up with a stockings and knee high boots and black cardigan to keep you warm.
I hope you enjoyed my petites fashion post for today! Until then...

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

How to Easily Clean Upholstered Headboards

Written by guest contributor: Kathleen Crane
An upholstered headboard can be a nice addition to your bedroom. It is stylish and beautiful and also very comfortable. With the added bonus of it being inexpensive, things suddenly go in favor of buying one.  
But there is one thing to be aware of – cleaning and care requirements. See, as little as you want it, your upholstered headboard will stain and get dirty from time to time. You need to be able to maintain it so that it has a long lifespan and keeps beautifying your bedroom in the years to come. 

It goes without saying that the best way to make sure an upholstered item is clean and odor-free is to use a professional cleaning agency. But aside from this, what else should you do to keep your headboards in great condition? 

Take a look at these tips and write down.

Upholstered headboards collect lots of dust and other debris that can be removed by vacuuming.  You can buy a special vacuum cleaning attachment that is designed to clean upholstery. A handheld vacuum will do the trick as well. It will be of great help during your cleaning routines are advising you from SuperEndOfTenancyCleaners SW15.  Vacuuming once a week is simply enough to maintain your headboards. Of course, calling a professional upholstery cleaner once or twice a year is another thing to take into account if you own an upholstered platform bed.

Use a Slipcover
The easiest way to keep your upholstered headboard from staining is to use a slipcover that will act as a buffer between the headboard and your body. This is a great idea, especially if you tend to spend lots of time in bed, whether napping, reading or watching TV. The best thing about slipcovers is they are easy to wash, well, if they are made of a washable material. Simply add them to your wash and let the washing machine clean them for you. 

Use Dish Soap
Unfortunately, a vacuum cannot deal with all the dirt and staining that might occur. If there appear any stains on the upholstered headboard, it's really important to act fast so as to prevent them from becoming stubborn. There is a very simple method of removing them. Use small amounts of dish soap and water. Rub the fabric gently using a sponge and dry. Keep rubbing and drying until you remove the stain. It's important to use gentle soap so that you don't damage your headboard. In fact it's best to try a small area before the cleaning commences. It will save you some unpleasant surprises.
Use Professional Cleaners
Another great idea is to use professional cleaners. Go for a cleaning provider if you are too lazy to clean the upholstered bed by yourself; if you are afraid you may damage the fabric or if none of the cleaning methods mentioned above works for you. There are a variety of cleaning companies that offer upholstery cleaning. A quick research on Google will get you the results you're looking for.

Keep the Room Well Ventilated
And finally, it's just important to let fresh air in to keep your upholstered items and any other items fresh. It will banish bad smells from the room and also help make cleaning much easier.

Kath is a co-founder of a small cleaning agency. When she is not working, you can find her having fun with her nephews, swimming or writing at home with a cup of warm coffee. You can get in touch with her via G+.

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