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How To Keep Your Home Neat?

Keeping your home neat and tidy is no easy task. It is more of a life style, than a once-a-week thing. Something, in the name of tidying, has to be done every single day, to keep your home neat and organized. However, it doesn’t have to be annoying as it sounds.

Place them right
Start with having a specific place for every single thing. Even extra paper that would otherwise lie around on the study, should have its designated place. Make sure to put the item back where it belongs, as soon as you are done using it. If you see something in a place it shouldn’t be in, put it away right away. Have storage boxes for toys! They are the biggest culprit. You could get an organizer such as a 12 cube organizer, to systematically organize stationary like stapler pins etc. or even craft supplies.

Wipe away
Wipe every surface clean, right after using them. These includes kitchen counters bathroom sinks, all tables etc. Wipe them even if they don’t look dirty. Always keep the floors clean. Vacuum often, and mop if you have to. Don’t let bits of pieces sit on the floor for long.

Make your bed
Keeping the rooms tidy is a must. A bed usually takes up most space in the room. So a neat bed actually means a neat room. Make your bed, first thing in the morning. Change your bed linen as often as you have to. Same goes for curtains and blinds. Clean and replace them as often as you have to. Old linens and curtains not only make a room look dirty, they also cause health issues like various allergies due to dust collection.

Conceal the clothes
Nothing makes a house look messier than piles of clothes dumped around the house. Whether it is coats or laundry, keep them tidy. Always keep your wardrobes organized and tidy. Make sure you know where your particular garments are, so that you don’t have to pull out all the clothes, looking for that pair of short. Get an organizer such as a 9 or 12 cube organizer, for your socks and other undergarments. Hang clothes in the wardrobe as much as possible. If you have to keep them folded, do so neatly. Don’t let laundry pile up for too long. Do your laundry often, and put away the washed clothes as soon as possible

Target a room a day
Some cleaning should be a part of your daily to-do list. Vacuuming, mopping, putting away garbage, wiping surfaces etc. should be done every day. However, target a specific room, and a do a bit of extra cleaning in that room, for the day. If it is you kitchen day, may be you could arrange the drawers and cupboards. A bathroom day can be used to thoroughly clean the bathroom, including its racks and cupboards.

Where To Find Templates And Patterns For Quilting?

Different individuals have various passions, interests and hobbies they do during their leisure time. On the other hand, some of these individuals even turn these hobbies into home businesses and succeed in it. So, some of these hobbies are artwork, stitching, music and the list continues. Of the hobbies and interests that individuals are engaged in hand quilting is a popular choice. Even though at present, you might think that it’s outdated, it actually is not. This is something that is interesting and also helps you be creative and design different patterns and styles. Even though quilting began in the 18th century, these techniques have been continuously developing with novel patterns. Moreover, it’s truly wonderful how people could create great pieces with just fabric and quilting thread. 

So, you would have happened to read about this in a newspaper article and it triggered some motivation to learn it. So are you interested in learning about hand quilting? Even though at present, there are machines to do it, you could always try it yourself. However, you need to have the patience, concentration and above all the passion to start on a project. With that said, you might be wondering where to find good lessons or resources to learn this new skill? Here are some of the suggestions for finding resources and mastering this art:

 Newspapers or magazines

If you look through the arts and crafts section in the newspaper, you would be able to find many hand quilting tutorials along with simple to hard patterns. Or, you could also check out magazines that have a section for knitting, quilting, etc. instructions. However, depending on the paper quality the pictures might not be clear and fewer details.

 Books

On the other hand, visit a bookshop or library and find books on quilting. These resources would be a better option than newspaper cut outs. They have detailed pictures and instructions, which are much more helpful for beginners. There are step-by-step guidelines and other support material as well.

 Online Resources

Alternatively, with the help of the Internet, you could access live pictures and hand quilting tutorials via the following mediums.Therefore, it’s much clearer and easy to learn. Those who are visual learners could gain a lot of help from these resources.

– Blogs

– Videos

There are many hand quilting designs and patterns that you could find through the resources listed above. However, not every resource is detailed and provides simple and visual guidelines. As a fact, you should thoroughly search through so that, you would not want to give up, before you even start to learn it.