Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Organize Your Walk in Closet

Do you remember the day you moved into your new home, very excited about the walk in closet and all of the space it offered? Has it become a messy location now with so much stuff in it that you can’t find where anything is? It is an unwritten rule that they more space we have, the more stuff we will accumulate to fill it!

Is your walk in closet full of items you really use or has it become a catch-all for those items you haven’t found a place for yet? It is very likely you don’t have any idea what all is residing in your walk in closet if it isn’t organized. Since a walk in closet is so much bigger than regular sized closets, you have many more options for customizing it to your liking while getting it organized.

Start by removing everything from your walk in closet and sorting through it. This is going to be quite a chore, but very necessary if you are ever going to get that space in order. Get rid of anything that doesn’t belong in there. This includes clothing you don’t wear anymore and items that don’t belong in there. Next organize everything in piles according to how you will be dividing it up your closet. Take an inventory of the amount of space you need for each pile. This will help you determine the types of custom closet equipment to install for all of it.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to customizing your walk in closet. Choose to add shelves, clothing rods, shoe racks, cubbies for your accessories, carousals for ties and belts, and hooks for hats and jackets. You have the option of adding a dresser or even building shelves to go into the walk in closet area.

If you have the room in your walk in closet, you may want to add a bench or a chair for you to get dressed on. Some people put an island in the middle of their walk in closet. They use the top as a place to iron and to lay out their clothing for the next day. A full length mirror makes a very nice touch too.

Since a walk in closet is so spacious, you may not know the best way to use the space you have. You can meet with a closet organizer consultant, look at magazines, and even use closet organization software to come up with a solution that you are happy with. The cost of such a project is going to vary based on several factors. The factors to consider include who will be doing the work, the quality of the materials you plan to use, and how much closet organization materials will be needed to complete the project.

For those of you who have a walk in closet, use the maximum space you can get from it. This will take some hard work, planning, and investing. Make sure you use quality materials that are sturdy and durable. You want your custom walk in closet to remain organized for years to come. The time you will invest in getting this area of your home organized will be well spent. You will save time every day when you walk into that closet to get dressed or to find other items stored there.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Air Purifiers: A Buying Guide

Are you in the market for an air purifier?  Air purifiers are electric machines that are used to eliminate harmful particles or contaminants from the air.  If used inside your home, air purifiers will help to make the air that you and your family breathes cleaner. For that reason, there is a good chance that you would be in the market for a new air purifier, if not now then in the future. 

When it comes to buying air purifiers, there are many consumers who think they know what to look for.  Many of those consumers end up purchasing the lowest costing machine or the one that looks the best.  Of course, you will not want to pay more than you have to and a good looking machine would be nice, but you are advised against basing your decisions solely on that. Instead, you will want to take the time to understand the product you are interested, namely the price of the purifier, as a whole, and the performance quality.

Perhaps, the first step in buying a purifier is to familiarize yourself with all of your available options.  You can do this two different ways.  The first way involves visiting one of your local retail stores.  You will want to thoroughly examine each product that they have available. This should be done by reading the information which can be found on air purifier boxes. In addition to comparing prices and products at the store, you can also use the internet.  In fact, the internet may be the easiest way. Online, you can not only familiarize yourself with different air cleaning machines, but you can also read product reviews.

If you have the opportunity, you are advised to read online reviews of multiple air purifiers. These reviews should give you inside information on the operation and maintenance of multiple air purifiers.  Although product reviews are nice, you are also advised to do your own research, as well as use your common sense.  This is important, especially when determining the final cost of purchasing an air purifier.

With air purifiers, you will find a number of different make and models.  Some of these makes and models use filers.  With certain types of filters, many just need to be cleaned, but others need to be replaced. If you need to replace the filter in an air purifier, you need to determine when that filter needs to be changed and exactly how much it will cost.  This is extremely important, especially if you are shopping on a budget.  In some cases, you will find that some air purifiers need to have their filters replaced in as little as a couple of months. You may also find that the filter ends up costing more than you originally paid for the air purifier. You are urged to stay away from these types of cleaning machines; many times they are not just considered air cleaners, but financial traps.

When looking for an air purifier, you are advised to look for air purifiers with HEPA filters. HEPA filters, although they are considered expensive, are often the most well performing.  This is because HEPA air filters must meet specific regulations. These regulations, which are imposed by the Department of Energy, are the reason why air purifiers with HEPA filters are considered the most successful at eliminating unwanted or harmful air particles. 

Once you have researched and examined a number of different air purifiers and you have made a final decision, you will find that you have a number of different purchase options.  Air purifiers are sold all across the United States. A large number of retail stores carry these purifiers, including home improvement stores, home stores, and most traditional department stores. In addition to storefront retail locations, air purifiers can also be purchased online from a number of different retailers.  For the largest selection of air purifiers, as well the ability to quickly compare prices, you may want to think about shopping online. 

Honestly, where you shop doesn’t matter as much as which type of air purifier you are purchasing.  If you are looking for an affordable, but well performing air purifier, you should be prepared to spend a little bit of time researching all of your available options.  While this research may seem time consuming, it will almost always be worth it in the long run.


Sunday, April 10, 2016

Insulating you garage

You recently bought a house that has a bedroom addition above the garage but it is not insulated. Adding insulation should make those rooms more comfortable and save on energy bills.

There are several options for insulating above the garage. 

Depending on the local building codes, the size of the area, whether you decide to hire a professional or do it yourself and maybe the most important factor is your budget.



If you have a sheet rocked garage, the fastest way would be to have blown-in insulation installed behind the sheetrock.

A fair warning here, the blown-in insulation may be expensive if your garage is small.

If your garage is not sheet rocked you have to install lame-spread rated batt insulation and cover it with sheetrock.

First check your local building codes for the requirements of  the thickness of the sheetrock for garages including fire safety rules.

The lack of smoke detectors in a garage and the possible storage of flammable and combustible liquids can cause a garage to be considered a hazardous space.

This is the reason why you should contact a local contractor to help you in insulating this space.