Tips for working from home

Tips for working from home

Working from home has become a permanent reality for a lot of people in the past 18 months. For many it’s a welcome respite from long commutes and has given them more quality time at home, but others are struggling with the blurred boundaries of working and living in the same space. The flexibility of working from home can be liberating, however it can also feel lonely at times too. Whether you’re new to working from home or would like to create better working habits, you need to have a healthy work-life balance. Here are a few tips that will help you to maintain that balance.

Maintain your morning routine:

Have you ever noticed you’re far more productive if you start your day by making your bed and getting dressed for the day, rather than lounging around in your pj’s until lunch time? Try and stick to a work-style routine. If you usually get up at 5am and go for a run before leaving for work, then continue to do this. Make sure you’re sitting at your desk when you would normally be arriving at the office and give yourself time to check through your emails so you’re on top of things before your first virtual meeting or call.

There might be days where you don’t feel like getting out of your pjs while working at your desk, so if you don’t have to be on camera, every now and again treat yourself to a pyjama day! This is one of the perks of working from home, but try to stick to your routine of waking up at the same time and having your morning coffee like you normally would. Just don’t make it a habit as dressing sloppily (or not changing out of your sleep wear) can make you feel sluggish and less productive.

Create a workspace that is clutter free:

In an ideal world, it would be amazing to have an office or study with a desk and proper office chair (ergonomically set to the right height), but this is not the case for many of us, especially if you never intended on working from home before the pandemic. A spare room or bedroom where you can put a desk in the corner is also a great option, or even the dining room table. Try to designate a fixed place as your “workstation” where you can work from daily. Keep it neat and tidy with only what you need for work around you. A couple of pot plants and a candle might be nice too, but only if you have the space. Ideally you want a calming area that’s clutter-free with minimal distractions.

Schedule breaks:

It’s very easy to get stuck into a project and before you know it, hours have passed, and you haven’t had a break. Try to take a few short breaks and then a longer one for lunch. There are many apps out there where you can set work and break times or use your reminders app on your phone. Take time to make yourself a coffee or get up and have a stretch or walk around the garden. It’s important to let your brain and body relax so you return to your workspace feeling fresh and ready to focus. Take a lunch break, just as you would if you were in the office. Eat a proper lunch and go for a walk or use this time to stretch or do an online yoga class. Get some fresh air and natural light and try to switch off for that hour.

Stay socially connected too:

Keep in contact with colleagues and communicate with them on a regular basis. Face-to-face conversations are still best, and this is one of the things most people miss while working from home, but thankfully technology helps us bridge that gap in the interim. There are lots of ways you can communicate while seeing your colleague online and still feel like you are interacting with one another. Keep a group chat open on your computer so you can quickly message people and even share a laugh here and there by sending a funny meme or gif. And if you’re feeling a bit lonely, pick up the phone or jump on a video chat and ask your work colleague how they are doing, how their weekend was and how their family are.

Leave work ‘at work’:

This is one of the most challenging things to do when working from home, but it’s also the most important. Set your hours and only work between them. It’s very tempting to open your laptop at night when your kiddies are asleep or on the weekends. Remember you need a break and your family want to spend time with you without you being distracted with work. If you’re lucky enough to have a study or office, close the door after your working day is finished. If you’re working from your dining room table, shut down your laptop and even pack it away for the night.

Enjoy the perks:

If you used to have to get up early to commute to work, you can now use that extra time to sleep in a little longer or enjoy a run or a swim before your day starts. In one of your breaks, you can put a stew on to cook and keep an eye on it — or bake a loaf of bread, so your family has a delicious dinner to come home to. Check out our tips for health and fitness in the home so you get your exercise done in your lunch break, then have a shower and return to work feeling fresh. Wrap yourself up in a blanket if it’s chilly outside or work on the soft carpet in the afternoon sunshine, if that’s what you feel like doing. As working from home seems here to stay for many, you might even want to look at investing in refreshing your home with new carpet to help you enjoy your space more – find out why here!

It’s great to have a clean and fresh environment around you while working. If you need help with your carpet or upholstery cleaning then don’t hesitate to call in the professionals. Give Drytron a call.  Book Online or Call: 13 12 50


How to bring Spring into your home

How to bring Spring into your home

The past year and a half have been somewhat challenging for many of us, but with the start of a new season, let’s celebrate and welcome the warmer months by bringing spring, new beginnings, positivity and life into our homes. Even if we can’t socialise and enjoy picnics in the park with friends or go to our favourite restaurants as we used to, we can still celebrate spring at home too. After all, it’s the small things we need to celebrate in our lives to bring us joy! So, “spring” into action and have a look at these ideas on how you can bring spring into your home this year.

Fresh flowers

The sight and smell of fresh flowers is a quick and easy way to brighten your surroundings and your mood. Either purchase a beautiful spring bouquet of flowers from your local supermarket or florist, or if you are lucky enough to have a garden full of flowers, place some of these into a vase or even a few nice glasses or bottles in spots where they will catch your eye. Adding indoor plants is also a great reminder of spring – take a look at our tips for adding greenery to your home.

Change up your linen and throws

Spring is all about light colours and textures, so put away your dark, heavy, winter blankets and replace them with white, crisp duvet covers and linen. This will instantly brighten up your rooms.  Bring out the lightweight, textured throws: if you want to add a bit of colour into your home, a new throw or rug is a great way to do this. You can read our tips for picking the perfect rug before you hit the shops. Another great option is to change your cushions depending on the season and if you need help with arranging them we have put together a how to guide for arranging your scatter cushions.

Floral Candles

Bring the smell of a spring garden into your home with floral fragrances such as hyacinth, jasmine and rose. Scented candles or reed diffusers are an affordable and easy way to bring those floral notes into your home and help put a spring in your step.

Sunshine and fresh air

Spring is all about freshness and new beginnings. This is the perfect time to shake out your throws, blankets, pillowcases and sheets. Leave your cushions and duvets outside for a couple of hours to get some fresh air and sunshine. This is also a great time to give your carpets and upholstery a good spring clean – here are our easy steps for you to follow!

Open your windows and doors and let the fresh air in. As things are warming up you will appreciate this more. Let the smell and sounds of spring full your home. The best way to celebrate spring is bring what’s outside, inside. It’s great for your mind and will bring a sense of liveliness into your home.

Picnic in your garden, or a local park

Get the kiddies to help you decorate a space outside with fresh flowers and greenery surrounding you. Put a Picnic blanket on the grass with a few snacks and drinks and enjoy the outdoors. Play some games with your children outside and enjoy the warmth of the sunshine and vitamin D. Studies have proven that spending time in nature really helps reduce stress, so enjoy it and take it all in.

If you would like to refresh your carpet or upholstery with a deep clean, then don’t hesitate to call in the professionals. Give Drytron a call.  Book Online or Call: 13 12 50


Home storage ideas

Home storage ideas:

Ever been envious of that one friend who always seems to have everything so well-organised at home? You know the person I mean – the one with impeccably labelled Tupperware and perfectly folded linen cupboards. Well, envy no more, because we have put together a room-by-room guide on home storage solutions and organization techniques. Let the transformation begin!

Kitchen

Pots and pans take up a lot of drawer space that could be better used for something else. Hang a long towel bar and hook your pots, pans, and lids onto that, or if you have a floating shelf above your kitchen island, put hooks into that and hang them from there. This also adds to the overall décor by filling the normally empty space above eye level.

Decant your dry ingredients like flours, cereals, pastas and spices into airtight jars and label them. Square containers or anything stackable are a practical choice as you can place them on top of each other to maximise space in your pantry.

If your pantry is too small, you can put these containers on display on a shelf. There are plenty of affordable and stylish containers that will look great on view like this, particularly if you have a country-style kitchen. Additionally, you can also put hooks on the underside of the shelves and hang mugs from them to maximise cupboard space further. (Just make sure they’re located close to the kettle or you’ll have sacrificed functionality for space.)

If you have a gap between your fridge and cupboard it’s a good idea to get a thin, pull-out cupboard installed. This can be used for all your tinned food, jams, oils and even spices. There are also many wire rack solutions for your cupboards and drawers, whether it’s a small rack for your spices, rotating wire baskets for those pesky corner cupboards, or wire pull-out baskets for plates and bowls.

Laundry

A tidy laundry makes you feel less overwhelmed when the washing piles up, so it’s important to have your bench space as clear and organized as possible. Baskets and hooks are your friends!

Organise your cupboards logically, with high-use items next to the washing machine or sink, and any small items like stain remover pens, shoe polish etc stored in small baskets. Be realistic though: are you really going to put the laundry liquid away in a cupboard each time, and is it important for you to have a stain remover spray close to hand?  If you like things within easy reach, we suggest getting a tray to put your everyday items on and catch any drips so your bench stays clean.

Place a rod under your sink to hang spray bottles, and place labelled baskets underneath for sponges and dishcloths. Put a hook on the back of the sink door to hang your dustpan and brush or lint roller. Make sure your laundry has a little bin on the bench or under the sink for emptying the lint out of the dryer or cutting off threads and tags.

If you have a tall cupboard, fix hooks or a wall rack inside to hang brooms, feather dusters, and mops. Also, affix a hook to the back of the cupboard door or laundry door to hang up your ironing board, thus freeing up a lot of space in your cupboard.

Bedrooms

Earring organisers and jewellery trees are a great way of storing jewellery. Put all your hair ties and clips into a segmented tray in your dressing table drawer, or into a wide-mouth glass jar on your chest of drawers.

If you have space under your bed, use it. You can put out-of-season clothes in vacuum sealed bags and put them under your bed in rolling crates. In kids’ rooms, you can throw all the toys in the crates at the end of the day and roll them under the bed for a quick tidy-up.

Hang up your scarves and ties to save drawer space for socks and underwear. Shoe hangers are ideal if you don’t have enough surface space at the bottom of your cupboard– or if your shoe obsession rivals that of Imelda Marcos.

Lean a stylish storage ladder against the wall and place extra throws or blankets onto it, or a selection of your most beautiful scarves. Hang handbag hooks to make an art feature out of your favourite handbags and free up cupboard space. Alternatively, consider buying an ottoman with storage to put at the end of the bed.

Bathrooms

Bathroom cabinets are crucial, and ‘face-level storage’ such as behind mirrors should be maximised for everyday items such as moisturisers and sunscreen. (Just ask Shaynna Blaze). Organise your bathroom cupboards methodically, putting small items into storage baskets and lining up toiletries in a row. Locate high-use items at the front of deep cupboards, but remember to put anything at the back into baskets so you can pull them out easily and they don’t just roll away into the dark corners.

Towel storage can be hard to keep neat and organised. Rather than piles, consider rolling the towels and putting them in baskets, organised by size. Or if this seems too much effort, consider using baskets just for the smaller sizes, like hand towels and face towels. If folding, always line up the towels with the folded side out. The sight of a neat towel cupboard can definitely make one feel a little smug!

Use a wicker or vintage tray to display perfumes and cologne for an artful touch. If you don’t have enough space in the cupboards for toilet paper (we all like to hoard a little extra these days), consider buying a nice basket to store the rolls in instead.

Maximise towel hanging space, whether adding an extra towel rail to the wall, hooks on the back of the door, or an artful ladder for draping towels over.

Garage

Mount your bikes onto the wall, with a couple of hooks for your helmets too. Put up a shelf or wall rack for your surfboards, freeing up some space for extra tools or a workbench. Hang garden tools and hose pipes onto the walls for a neat solution.  If you have enough space in your garage to store some excess furniture you can check out our tips on preserving your furniture whilst they are in storage.

Now that your house is well organised (and better functioning), it may be time to invite that super–organised friend around to show them that two can play at that game. You might even find them asking for hints!

Now that you have your home well organised, and neat and tidy. It’s a great time to refresh your carpets and upholstery with a deep clean. Why not call in the experts to give you a hand.  Book Online or Call: 13 12 50


Decorating your home with greenery

Decorating your home with greenery

There’s nothing better than the fresh scent and vibrant colour that plants and flowers bring to your home. Indoor plants are very on-trend right now in home décor, often providing the dramatic (yet economical) finishing touch that makes a home feel welcoming. There are also health benefits to bringing the outdoors inside, from improving the air quality in your environment to uplifting your mood.

You don’t have to have green fingers to bring greenery into your home. Let’s begin with some suggestions on how to choose your plants, where to place them, and how to create a positive mood in your space.

Which plants to choose:

Remember to head for the indoor plant section at the nursery, and don’t hesitate to call for backup from the knowledgeable nursery staff.

Think about the area you would like to place your plant: does it have natural sunlight year-round, or is it in a darker corner? Read the plant tags carefully, and choose plants that will fit in with your aptitude for watering and care. If you’re new at this, perhaps tend towards the more ‘forgiving’ plants, like the famously hard-to-kill snake plant, peace lily, or spider plant. Also, consider the right pots and saucers to avoid any spills on your carpet when watering!

Stems and leaves are also ideal to put into vases to stylish effect. If you’re lucky enough to have Eucalyptus, Delicious Monster (Monstera deliciosa) or other big leaves growing in your garden, this is a very cost-effective strategy for bringing greenery into your home. Finally, don’t forget herbs for the kitchen, helping you to cut down your shopping bills and live a little more sustainably.

A little word of caution while choosing plants. If you’ve got pets or young children, do speak to your nursery staff to avoid bringing any poisonous plants into your home.

Where to place them:

Think about where you would like to place your plants before hitting the nursery. Is there a corner in the living room that will come to life if a tall plant is added? Do you have a table that is a little bare at the moment and would look great with a cactus on it? Or maybe a beautiful aloe? Hanging plants add a different dimension, drawing the eye upwards and filling what is normally empty space.

Some plants, such as the Zanzibar Plant, thrive in bathrooms due to the humidity, and a pot plant in a white bathroom is always a great way to add a pop of colour. Put a plant in a basket for a coffee table centerpiece, put single stems into brightly coloured bottles for visual interest, or use different vase heights to create a striking display. Wondering what to put on that floating shelf? Create a shelf of arty greenery by creating a collection of different plants with different heights and textures, from tall, spiky, ‘architectural’ plants to soft, flowing plants that trail over the edge, like the String of Pearls or the Boston Fern.

If you have a small room or space that you want to decorate but don’t want clutter, then adding a pot plant or vase with large cut leaves or stems is an ideal solution. Check out some other ideas for small spaces.

Enhance your mood:

Flowers and plants are natural mood enhancers, and research indicates that people with plants in their home are less likely to feel anxious, and might even heal faster from injury and illness! So don’t hold back, the mood of the whole house can benefit from a splash of greenery.

Start at the front door, with greenery in the entrance hall providing a vibrant welcome to you and your guests. Place a plant on your bedside table or in the corner of your bedroom that you’ll see first thing upon waking and last thing at night. The sight and smell of fresh flowers in your bathroom or next to your coffee pot is a great way to awaken your senses and start off your day the right way. Continue on the green theme right through your house, and then set reminders on your phone on when to water them. Then just sit back and enjoy living in your transformed green space.

Now that you know which plants to source and where to place them, it’s time to head to the nursery and start picking out your greenery. Remember to do your potting outside to avoid making mess inside, but if you happen to knock over a pot and spill soil onto your carpet then take a look at our guide for spills and stains, and if all else fails then give Drytron, the carpet cleaning professionals a call!

If you need help with your carpet or upholstery cleaning then don’t hesitate to call in the professionals. Give Drytron a call.  Book Online or Call: 13 12 50


How colour in your home can affect your mood

How colour in your home can affect your mood:

Did you know that different colours are known to affect people and our moods? Colours can make us feel happy or sad, hungry or relaxed, and can even affect our energy levels too. That’s why some restaurants choose certain colours, depending on the atmosphere they want to create: fast food places often use bright colours to encourage you to eat quickly, whereas a fine dining restaurant might favour softer hues to encourage you to feel calm and relaxed.

The same goes for the colours in your home. You wouldn’t want a bold colour in your child’s bedroom: that’s going to make them feel energised and excited when they’re meant to be relaxed and winding down for bedtime. Bold colours are better suited to a room where playtime happens.

As you can see when choosing colours for a room, it’s important to take into consideration the mood you’d like to create in the space. This doesn’t mean you have to go and paint a whole room bright yellow (unless you’re feeling brave), if you wish to create an energetic and happy space. Accessories, scatter cushions, rugs and throws are the perfect options for adding pops of colour to a room. Take a look at our tips on how to choose and arrange scatter cushions in your home.

So, let’s have a look at how different colours can affect us and which colours suit which rooms.

Warm colours:
Warm colours such as red, orange, yellow and pink can evoke feelings of excitement, increased energy, happiness, and creativity to name a few. Adding pops of these colours to a room, for example: yellow chairs, vases and flowers to a kitchen, can create brightness, happiness and joy, which makes us want to spend time there. A kitchen is a natural place of gathering where socialising happens while cooking or listening to your favourite tune with a glass of wine in hand.

Orange is great for a playroom as it’s a stimulating colour and encourages creativity, as well as being inviting and friendly. Young children love colour and you can accessorise the playroom with scatter cushions and colourful artwork (that the kids have drawn or painted).

Cool colours:
Greens, blues and purples are more calming and soothing colours. They are said to help relieve stress, lower blood pressure and improve relaxation. One of the most important rooms to create relaxation in is the master bedroom, where you want to go to sleep feeling calm and wake up feeling rested. Green is a great colour to have in your bedroom, and deep green, which is very trendy right now, is the perfect colour to paint your walls or have as a headboard or ottoman. If you prefer a more subtle approach, simply adding greenery through plants is a great way to incorporate this colour into your bedroom.

When working from home, as many of us do nowadays, dark blue (or navy) is a great colour for an office or homework area. It represents order, responsibility, calmness and security. If you do go for a darker blue, add lighter shades into the room, like a wooden desk, white lamp shade etc, as you don’t want the room to feel too dark.

Neutral colours:
These include brown, grey, white, black and metallics. Neutrals make a great base on the walls, cabinets and large pieces of furniture or carpets. You can then add different shades and pops of colour as accessories, smaller furniture items and rugs. Neutrals can bring calm and comfort into a room, but it’s important to find the perfect shade so it doesn’t fight with your other furnishings. When choosing a carpet colour for your home check out our tips on choosing the right carpet colour for your room.

Browns generally add tradition, such as darker wooden tables or photo frames. This also creates a sense of stability and has a grounding effect on us.

White instantly makes an area feel larger and more open with a bright, fresh look. It’s the most neutral colour and creates a sense of calm, although using too much white can make a room feel a bit clinical and cold.

Grey has become more trendy lately and is completely versatile as it creates different feels according to the hues used. Darker grey is very modern and can give a sophisticated look, especially as a feature wall.

Black can create a feeling of luxury and elegance but use it carefully as it can be a very strong statement. It creates depth and is great when used as accessories in a room.

Metallics are fun to play with and can give a room really stylish accents.

In general deeper shades create intensity, while lighter shades are more calming.

When it comes down to it, colour is a personal opinion and not everyone feels the same about them. They may bring back a memory, or one colour could mean something totally different to one person than it does to another, due to different cultures and beliefs. Trends also come and go, but the colour in a room can make all the difference to how you feel, so remember this when you’re designing or renovating a room or area in your home.

Whilst you want your new rugs and carpets to be walked on, you don’t want the colour to fade. Drytron Carpet Cleaning will be on hand to help with those inevitable hiccups that come along with entertaining in your beautiful home. Book Online or Call: 13 12 50


Keeping your home warm during Winter

Keeping your home warm during Winter

In case you haven’t noticed yet, winter has arrived! While we all love to snuggle under warm blankets in front of the telly or fireplace, this is not always an option when we need to get up, get the kids to school and get to work or start the day. Waking up and getting out of bed and dressed for the day, can be unpleasant when it’s freezing cold. Here are a few things you can do to help keep your home warmer during these cooler months and get you out from under your cosy doona.

Use your curtains:

Take advantage of the warm, free sunlight that shines into your home during the day. Leave your curtains open and let the sunlight warm up your room. Then make sure to close your curtains as the sun sets so you can keep the warmth inside your home. Having heavier drapes is also a plus during the cooler months. Make sure you don’t have any gaps or leaks. Adding a pelmet will also stop the warm air escaping through the tops of your curtains and prevent the cool air from entering – it may also help reduce condensation.

Use heaters wisely:

If you have central or controlled heating where you can set a timer, set it for half an hour before you wake up: this will definitely make it easier to leave your warm bed. If you know it’s going to be a cold day then set it for half an hour before you’re due to return home in the afternoon.  When using an electric heater, as tempting as it may be on a rainy day, make sure not to hang anything on top of it and don’t place furniture too close to it either, as this will restrict the flow of hot air around your house. Don’t make the mistake of leaving your heating on all day, you may have a warm home to return to but you will have a large bill to go with it.

Wonderful rugs:

Having carpets in your house will definitely keep you warmer and cosier this winter and help you save on your heating bills. If you don’t have carpets then invest in some rugs: here are our tips to choose the perfect one for your home. Climbing out of bed and putting your feet onto a cold surface is not as enjoyable as landing on a warm, fluffy carpet or rug. Warm floor coverings will also help better insulate your home and keep any drafts from coming through the floorboards, which leads us onto the next tip…

Block out the drafts:

Do some investigating around your house and find any areas where a draft could be coming though, then cover it up! There are many ways you can stop draughts coming in. Most of it you can do yourself by using self-adhesive rubber sealing around your doors or windows, or even roll up a towel and place it at the base of doors where a draft could be coming through. If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace for those extra cold nights, remember to close the flue when it’s not in use, or all your warm air will escape straight out the chimney! If you have a mail slot or doggy door you may want to cover these too at night, to prevent drafts from coming in.

Insulate your home:

Insulation will help keep your house warm in winter and cooler in summer so it can be a very good investment to save on heating and cooling bills. A good place to start is with a carpet underlay as it will not only add extra comfort underfoot, it also creates a layer of insulation against cold bare floors and reduces significant heat loss. Saving you money on energy bills and keeping you toasty warm at the same time! Not sure which carpet underlay to get? Here are our tips for choosing the right underlay for your carpet.

Reverse your ceiling fans:

Most of us don’t think to use our fans during the cooler months but if you reverse the switch then the blades turn anti-clockwise and push the cool air upwards to mix with the warmer air, since warm air rises, and then push the warmer air downwards. Most fans have reverse switches.

Use the oven:

If you have finished baking or cooking then once you’ve turned the oven off, leave the oven door open so the warm air can fill your kitchen. Obviously make sure there are no small children or pets who could injure themselves if you do this.

The hot water bottle:

Make a hot water bottle and place it into your bed a few minutes before bed time, so it’s nice and warm when you get in. Make sure to read the care labels carefully before using them.

Now that you’re equipped with some great tips on making your home a warmer space, put the kettle on and warm yourself up from the inside with a cup of warm tea or coffee. And if you’re able to work from home then you can always cover up with a warm blanket and put some warm socks and slippers on!

During the colder months, it may be more difficult to get your warm, fluffy carpets and rugs dry once they have been cleaned. The Drytron carpet cleaning process involves rapid treatment and leaves your carpet areas ‘walk on dry’, without leaving a damp smell or damp underlay. So why not give us a call and we will sort that out for you. Book Online or Call: 13 12 50


How to choose and arrange scatter cushions

How to choose and arrange scatter cushions:

 

Some believe scatter cushions serve no purpose and just take up space on the bed or couch. But cushions are actually a very practical and affordable way to update your interiors, add colour and pattern as well as style a living room, family room, or bedroom while adding a touch of luxury.

Cushions are now an everyday item of luxury that can complete spaces and rooms. Placing a bright or patterned cushion on a very plain couch can give your space a totally different feel, and make it appear cosier and more inviting too. This doesn’t mean it’s easy to look through thousands of different shades and patterns to find a few that will look great in your space. Here are our handy tips for choosing the right cushions for your home and how to arrange them.

Your cushions don’t have to match

In fact, you can achieve a more professional, stylish look if they don’t. If you’re going to mix and match then make sure one of the colours in the patterned cushion matches a colour you have chosen in one of your other cushions. You’re going to get the most impact if all your pillows are either in the same shade or in a pair of complimentary shades.

You can also mix textures

There are so many different textures to choose from, such as smooth and rough, silky and fuzzy. From soft velvets and natural linen to fluffy knit wools and tassels, you’re spoilt for choice. Combining heavy textures with lighter ones across your cushions will help your home look cosy and modern.

Invest in good quality inners

This way you can swap and update the covers when needed. If you want to change your furniture or even if you decide to keep your furniture as is, then you can change your cushion covers to give your room a new look. This is also a great way to incorporate new on-trend colours.

Go bold if you dare

If you have a neutral colour theme in your living room, select two or three bold colours to inject a little interest and depth into the space. The more neutral your room, the brighter your cushions can be. Draw the colour scheme of your cushions from a rug, a piece of artwork or even a favourite carpet colour. If you are sprucing up the room and need to change the carpet, here are our tips to help you choose the right carpet colour.

Odd numbers look modern

When arranging your cushions, keep in mind that for a modern look, odd numbers work best—think of three, or five. In most design aesthetics, odd numbers always look more artful, and a smaller number of larger pillows looks fresher than a jumble of smaller ones.

One simple print, one busy print, and one solid

This is a basic formula that will help you narrow down your options. Another way to think about it is — one small print, one big print, one solid. Your busy/large print should be on your largest pillows or the pillow that is front and center, as this print will usually set the tone for not just your pillow arrangement but the rest of your room. Plaids and stripes work well as small/simple prints.

The cushions should get smaller 

Visually, your largest pillows should be in the far corners, and your smaller pillow should be on the inside or at the front. But also for comfort, it makes the most sense to add the large cushions on the sides, where you won’t need to move them out of the way. A small cushion right in the center won’t make you feel like you’re perched on the edge of the couch because the pillows are taking up all of the room!

Make them look lived in

Use a ‘karate chop’ in the middle of the cushion to create a crease in them – this will make them seem more lived in and loved. It will also help to break up uniform shapes, and unite cushions of different colours, scales or families.

Whilst you want your cushions to look lived in you want your carpets to look as good as new. If you feel that your carpets are looking a bit tired, it may be a good idea to give a professional carpet cleaner a call. Having your rugs or carpets professionally cleaned will also brighten up the room and give it a fresh feel. Book Online or Call: 13 12 50


House Cleaning Tips For Working Mums

House Cleaning Tips For Working Mums

 

Are you a working mum who feels like, no matter how much housework you do (which is a lot), the job is never done? Or just as you finish mopping the floor, a small person “accidently” spills their juice all over it, or drops biscuit crumbs onto the carpet you just vacuumed? If you can relate then read on for our house cleaning tips for working mums.

Have a cleaning schedule:

Make a cleaning schedule of what needs to be done daily, weekly, or monthly and stick it up on your fridge or in a place you see often. This way you have an idea of what needs to be done and it becomes less daunting. Break it up and do what you can before work, like make the beds and put a load of washing on, then there is less to do when you are finished work for the day.

Get the worst part over first:

When you know you have a big task or cleaning job to do, try and get that one done first. There’s nothing worse than knowing you have something big that needs to get done and you keep putting it off. All the rest of your tasks will seem more manageable when you’ve already completed the most difficult task of the day.

Designate a specific cleaning time:

Have a set cleaning time every day, so your children know they need to help at that specific time and there is no arguing. This will soon become a routine, and kids thrive on routines. Get the children to tidy up their rooms and help you with the laundry, or pack clothes away. Ask them to clean the walls where they’ve left dirty handprints, and try to make it fun for them too. Make sure their tasks are age appropriate or you may end up with a bigger mess than you started with. Here are some more ideas on how the kids can help with the cleaning.

Do one load of laundry every day:

Depending on the age of your children, and how many outfits they go through, you may have to do a load of laundry daily to keep on top of it. You can put a load of washing on before work and hang it up to dry so when you get home you can fold and put it away: or get your kids to, if they’re old enough. If you need to do ironing, keep this aside for every two to three days when you don’t have a large amount of cleaning and the pile has built up a little. (This is why having a routine and schedule is important).

Go to bed with a clean kitchen every night:

Get your kids to clear the table after dinner and start washing the dishes straight away, instead of putting it off til you’re tired and just need to put your feet up. Or if your kids are old enough, this is a great way to get them to help you. There is nothing worse than waking up to a messy kitchen.

Clean all your floors at once:

Instead of getting out and putting away the vacuum, broom, or mop multiple times, do it all at once. It’s much quicker to get all the floors finished than getting stuck into one room and having to start over with the floors as you enter the next room. Do all the vacuuming or sweeping if needed, then mopping depending on your floor type. Get your carpets professionally cleaned with Drytron when needed too, this will save you a lot of time.

Clean while you’re cooking:

While your dinner is in the oven or veggies are in the steamer, use this time to wipe down the surfaces or wash pots or bowls you’ve already used, or wipe down your microwave if needed. It makes cleaning up after dinner a lot easier if most of the dishes have already been done.

Wipe your bathroom down daily:

If you keep things clean daily, it ends up saving time overall. While waiting for your coffee to brew in the mornings, give your basins and counter tops a wipe down. If your children are young and you are still bathing them, then give the bath a quick clean after they hop out, to save doing it later.

De-clutter:

It’s amazing how many papers, art and other items can gather and pile up around the house. If you don’t use something often, or if it’s broken, not needed and you are saving it “just in case you might need it someday,” get rid of it! Unnecessary clutter makes your house look messy.

Some days you’re not going to be able to get everything done. We all have those days when we have an unplanned meeting or something unexpected happens. It’s okay, you’re only human. And don’t forget, you can also call on your professional cleaners, Drytron, to give you a hand.

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The ultimate cleaning music playlist

The ultimate cleaning music playlist

 

Let’s face it, most of us find cleaning the house a pain, especially when you have lots of other things you’d rather be doing. Why not change your mindset by putting on some fun music to get you bopping and grooving while cleaning? We all know there are many advantages of listening to music, such as reducing stress and lifting your mood – and you can even get a little exercise in at the same time.

Here’s our top upbeat songs to create a positive and productive environment for your cleaning – you’ll be singing out loud and dancing with the vacuum cleaner in no time!

1. Florence and the Machine – Spectrum
Florence + The Machine – Spectrum – YouTube

2. Tiësto – The Business (Official Music Video)
Tiësto – The Business (Official Music Video) – YouTube

3. Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk (Official Video) ft. Bruno Mars
Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk (Official Video) ft. Bruno Mars – YouTube

4. Taylor Swift -Shake it off
Taylor Swift – Shake It Off – YouTube

5. J Balvin, Willy William
J Balvin, Willy William – Mi Gente (Official Video) – YouTube

6. Shakira – waka waka (It’s time for Africa)
Shakira – Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) (The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup™ Song) – YouTube

7. Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks
Of Monsters And Men – Little Talks (Official Video) – YouTube

8. Avicii -Wake me up
Avicii – Wake Me Up (Official Video) – YouTube

9. Bruno mars – Just the way you are
Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are (Official Music Video) – YouTube

10. Pitbull – Timber ft. Ke$ha
Pitbull – Timber ft. Ke$ha – YouTube

11. Imagine Dragons -Thunder
Imagine Dragons – Thunder – YouTube

12. OMI – Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)
OMI – Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix) [Official Video] – YouTube

13. Lady Gaga – Poker face
Lady Gaga – Poker Face (Official Music Video) – YouTube

14. Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer
Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer (Official Music Video) – YouTube

15. MC Hammer – U Can’t Touch This
MC Hammer – U Can’t Touch This (Official Music Video) – YouTube

16. Tones and I – Dance Monkey
Tones and I – Dance Monkey (Official Video) – YouTube

Add these tunes to your new cleaning playlist, so next time you can actually look forward to getting the old feather duster out. Cleaning in preparation for having friends over for a dinner party? There’s nothing better than listening to good tunes to get you into the mood and we’ve got you covered for the party prep too, take a look at our tips on how to host a festive party.

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Tips for helping mum tidy the house (Mum’s this one’s for the kids)

Tips for helping mum tidy the house (Mum’s this one’s for the kids)

 

As Mother’s Day is approaching, what better way to spoil mum than with a day of helping out around the house? It’s a great way to show her how loved and appreciated she really is.

For one whole day, do the chores around the house that she would normally do. Split them up between your siblings, depending on ages and who can do what, and let mum put her feet up. This way she will get to have some more down-time and be able to do more fun activities with the family once the chores are finished: what a treat!

Doing mum’s chores for the day will give you a great feel for what she does around the house and how much work and time goes into it. Here are our helpful tips of what you can do while mum has a sleep in or enjoys a hot cuppa in bed.

Clean your room:

Keeping a tidy or neat room is a big help for mums. They don’t like walking into a room with clothes lying all over the floor, or tripping over toys while trying to get to something. Pack away your toys and activities when you’re finished with them, and place your clothes in the laundry basket instead of onto the floor if they’re dirty and into the cupboard if they’re clean. You could also make your bed, remember to smooth out all the wrinkles on the duvet and really impress her! Tip: If you really want to get into mum’s good books, you should probably not limit this to Mother’s Day!

Do the laundry:

Surprise her by going into all the rooms and collecting the dirty laundry. You can gather towels, clothes and even bedding that needs to be washed. Laundry can be done between other chores, but you might be surprised how much time this takes, especially if you have a large family. It’s a good idea check with mum when it comes to loading the machine and setting the cycle, as the last thing you want to do is make a mistake and shrink her favourite jumper, or turn everything pink by leaving a red sock in with the whites!

Clean the floors:

Depending on your flooring you can either sweep, or vacuum. Don’t forget the corners when cleaning floors as that’s where all the dust collects. If it’s your first time vacuuming, then have a look at our tips on how to vacuum properly.

Cook mum her favorite meal

If you’re a budding Masterchef and enjoy being in the kitchen then you might have picked up a few handy tips from mum already. But if not, instead offer to help your mum, and who knows, you may even end up loving it! If you have siblings, you can also divide the jobs when it comes to cooking and each of you can make something you’re good at. For example one of you cooks the pasta and someone else makes the sauce or does the chopping, then you all put it together at the end.

Pick some flowers and set the table

You can start by picking some flowers from the garden and putting them into a vase with water. Set the table with a tablecloth and pop the vase of handpicked flowers in the middle as a centerpiece. Set the glasses, plates, napkins, knives, and forks for all the places, and if you have them, you can use placemats as well. She will be super impressed, especially with the added touch of handpicked flowers. After all your hard work, you can sit together as a family around the dinner table and enjoy the meal you’ve created especially for mum, to celebrate the wonderful mother that she is.

 

Note to mom: you may want to print this out and leave it lying around the house for a few days before Mother’s Day 😉 If the kids have a few mishaps along the way, while trying to make the day special for you, and something ends up on the carpet, take a look at our carpet spills and stain cleaning guide for some DIY stain treatments. And if all else fails, get our Drytron professional carpet cleaning team around to properly tackle the problem.

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