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If your home has hardwood floors, you’re going to want to put carpets in and around the home. This helps to warm the space up both visually and physically. How do you know what size area rug to choose or what colors to choose? It’s quite simple. There are a few rules of thumb that you should know in order to help you choose the right rug for each room of the home.
First, you’ll need to measure the seating area. You’ll select the rug that’s the closest size up from those measurements. Choose the next size up from that so all of your furniture can rest on the rug. Alternatively, you can set the room up so that no furniture rests on the rugs and the carpet simply sits in front of the furniture. This is all a matter of taste.
Fill The Room With A Rug
You can fill an entire room with a rug as well. Just measure the room and subtract a 2-foot perimeter around the room for floor space.
Layer Your Rugs For A Great Visual Effect
You can create more definition in your room by layering rugs. You can put a smaller rug on top of a larger rug for something a bit visually interesting in the room. Smaller rugs help to define a seating area, so you would layer those rugs on top of a larger rug.
Placing movers or sliders under furniture is more than just for rearranging a room. These little disks help to protect both your hardwood floors and your carpets. You’ll have floors free from scratches, tears, and scuffs. If you think that furniture can’t ruin carpets, think again!
Dining And Kitchen
For rugs in your dining area, the carpet should surround your table. The rug needs to extend out a bit beyond the focal point of the room. Measure about two feet beyond your table as a good rule of thumb.
In the kitchen, make sure that your rugs are slip resistant. Put rugs near the places that you tend to stand the most like the sink and oven. You could put several area rugs in the kitchen to create a warmer feel in the room without making it hard to clean.
In your bedroom, one of the most important purposes for a rug is having a soft, warm place for your feet in the morning. An area rug should extend out at least two feet beyond the bed itself, which is the focal point of the room. If you’re using smaller rugs, place them strategically so that your feet are warm yet the bed is still the main visual focus in the room.
Remember that your rug should be an accent to a room. Your walls are the dominant color and your rug will only add to the beauty. Pick a color that blends well with the rest of the scheme of the room.
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If living green is a new endeavor for you, reducing your waste output down to zero is an ambitious goal. However, it is a noble one. With some re-thinking and effort, you can make great strides in the quantity of trash you and your household produces. Put in some of these practices and what you add to landfills can be significantly reduced.
Start with one or two of these practices. Get the whole family on board. As you succeed, add in another one or two, and soon, you will have your home running smoothly green-conscious.
Zero waste tips
- Shop in bulk. Larger packaging often means less packaging, so that giant bag of toilet tissue at the big box store reduces your waste in one fell swoop. Additionally, most warehouse-type stores do not offer plastic or paper bags. Instead, they recycle the boxes and crates that products come in for customers to use exiting the store.
- When offered bags in traditional grocery, sundry, or clothing stores, say “no.” Carry reusable, collapsible sacks to hold the items you buy.
- Bring home less stuff. Curb your shopping habit so that you only bring back those items that you genuinely need. If shopping is your therapy, redirect your funds to an experience such as a spa treatment or foot massage instead.
- Make memories, not purchases. When you used to use shopping to bond with your children, instead, find an activity you can do together such as an escape room, time in an arcade, or playing mini golf. Those memories last a lifetime while a new toy or clothing may only last for a season.
- Instead of baggies, cling wrap, and foil for your leftovers, invest in reusable glass containers with BPA-free lids that seal. You reduce waste, and your food tastes better. Utilizing containers made of freezer-to-oven glass reduces your water waste too since you can store and cook in the same dish.
- Rent instead of buy. For big-ticket clothing items that you will use or wear only once or twice, take advantage of local and online shops that let you rent formal wear, prom dresses, wedding clothes and other unique occasion items. Check out sites such as Rent the Runway and Stich Fix or a local store in your area that rents clothing.
- Make the thrift stores and charity shops part of your shopping habit. Of course, donating gently used clothing and household items is always a great idea to reduce waste, support a worthy cause, and give someone else the opportunity to buy something they will love at a great price. However, shopping there is good for you too. Take a bag or two to donate and then spend some time shopping in the same store. Other folks may have donated just the items you need for your household. You save time and money both.
No two vacation residences are alike. As such, it pays to take a thoughtful approach as you conduct a search for your optimal vacation home.
Here are some tips to get you started:
1. Establish Vacation Home Must-Haves
Think about the features you want in your vacation home. By doing so, you can hone your vacation house search to residences that offer the features you want.
For example, is direct beach access important to you? How about a refreshing in-ground swimming pool? Maybe ensuring your vacation home has a state-of-the-art cooling system is important. Whatever your requirements are, make a list to help narrow down the options.
Don't forget to make a list of preferred cities and towns for your vacation home, too. With this list in hand, you can check out residences in cities and towns that meet your expectations.
2. Create a Homebuying Budget
A homebuying budget is crucial. It is important not to be distracted by the "fully loaded" offerings that are just out of your financial reach. Not only can this be a waste of your valuable time...but it can interfere with your ability to be happy with the options that do meet your budget!
To establish a homebuying budget, it often helps to meet with banks and credit unions. These financial institutions employ friendly, knowledgeable mortgage specialists who can help you evaluate different mortgage options for a vacation home. Plus, if you have any mortgage concerns or questions, these specialists are happy to respond to them.
3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent
When it comes to searching for a vacation home, it can be helpful to work with an agent who understands the seasonal fluctuations that influence your local market. This is certainly valuable knowledge for helping you determine the correct offer price to acquire your vacation home. But also, if you intend to rent the house during periods of non-use, your agent can offer insight on the logistics of such an arrangement. Some agents in vacation communities offer both homebuying and rental services...so if this is something that interests you, it is recommended to select an agent who is qualified to handle both tasks.