Helpful Hacks for Homeowners

by Shea Homes on October 5, 2016

 

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Weekends are for fun. Which is why we put off the chores we need to do so often. But with a little prep and some useable know-how, you can tackle that list and get back to the things you enjoy. Check out our round up of checklists and hacks to finally get your to-do list done.

Get Organized

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Are you ready to put everything in its place once and for all? Start with our organizational overhaul checklist. From the junk drawer to the garage, you’ll be able to keep progress moving forward so you can spend less time figuring out how to organize everything and more time getting it done. Next, set up your crew to help get the job done faster. Start by putting three large boxes or storage bins in each room on your list and label them “trash”, “donate” and “keep”. Then, assign each member of the family to a different room with the following rules to sort out the clutter:

  • Get rid of junk. Toss obvious trash or completely unusable items into the trash box.
  • Donate unused items. Place items that haven’t been used in at least two years into the donate box.
  • Donate what you’ve outgrown. Place too-small children’s items that can’t be handed down into the donate box.
  • Identify what stays. Put items that will stay in the house in the keep box.
Once the clutter has been sorted, go through the box of things to keep and store them with other like-items. This will make it easier to find everything when its needed.

Clean Faster and Greener

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It’s likely been awhile since your last deep clean. If you’re up for it, use the time you have during the weekend to really get in there. Begin by organizing with this cleaning checklist. When you’re ready to start cleaning, consider using a greener approach to getting things clean. The most versatile (and cheapest) green cleaner is vinegar! Vinegar can be used to safely get your house sparkling in no time. It can even be used in the laundry! Check out this quick list on how to clean with vinegar:
  • Freshen up your microwave. Boil a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water uncovered for about 2-3 minutes. When the time is done, carefully take the hot bowl out and wipe away the crud from the top, sides and bottom of the microwave.
  • Create your own disinfectant solution. Create a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Use the mixture to keep door handles, the area around light switches and faucet handles clean. This is especially handy during cold and flu season!
  • Keep your laundry fresh. Save money and be green by using vinegar instead of commercial fabric softener. Simply pour one cup of vinegar into the fabric softener compartment, or final rinse cycle, of your washing machine. It will safely soften up clothes and get rid of any musky smells in clothing, sheets or towels.
  • Give your tub a deep clean. Start by rinsing off the tub with plain water. Next, sprinkle baking soda all over the tub’s wet surface. Then, use a stiff brush, and some serious elbow grease, to scrub the entire tub. The baking soda and water will create an abrasive paste that will work through all the yuck, like mildew and stubborn soap scum. Once you’ve worked through the entire tub, dip a scrubby sponge in vinegar and scrub over the entire tub again. The vinegar will further disinfect the tub of germs. Rinse off with water and repeat on any stubborn spots.

 Paint Easier

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Weekends are perfect for tackling interior design projects, like painting. It’s the fastest— and often most affordable — way to dramatically change a room. Check out Shea’s infographic on Repainting Your Home 101 to get started!

Here are some additional quick and easy tips to start painting like a pro:

  • Paint in the order that the pros do it. Start with the trim, then the ceiling, then the walls. Wait at least 24 hours for the paint to dry in each section before moving on to the next.
  • Protect your toilet with plastic wrap. Painting the wall behind a toilet can be awkward. Keep the commode free of dripping paint by wrapping it up in a layer of plastic wrap before you start.
  • Save yourself a trip to the hardware store. Clean off old paint from brushes with a 10-30 minute soak in hot vinegar.

From organizing and cleaning to fun and relaxation, we hope you enjoy your weekends at home. If you don’t have enough time to tackle everything on your list, pin these handy ideas for later!

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