Archive for October, 2008

Sofa(r), So Good!

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Got an old couch that you can’t afford to replace? Consider a very inexpensive cover up that is soft, cozy and comfortable. Shop around for a queen sized fleece blanket. They come in a variety of colors and are machine washable. They are usually found on sale for around $30.

Saving money is good Feng Shui!

Outdoor Faucets

Monday, October 27th, 2008

This is the time of year to fix any leaky outdoor faucets. Why? Because you will be turning them off anyway before the ground freezes. In the Spring we want to be able to turn on the water to the outdoor faucet and already have it in good working order. Drain the hose really well and,  if possible, store indoors in a basement where it doesn’t get too cold. Temperature extremes will wear out plastic or rubber hose very quickly. They become brittle and split or crack after just a couple of seasons if not properly cared for. Carefully clean and dry the spray attachment and sprinkler attachment and store in a dry place so they won’t rust. You’ll be glad you did!

Good maintenance is good Feng Shui!

Blindsided!

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

People notice dusty, grimy blinds. Whether you are staging your home to sell it or getting the house spruced up for the holidays, you shouldn’t overlook the details.

In the Winter, we need to maintain healthy indoor air and the dust mites increase significantly. To clean blinds at this time of year, fill a bathtub with hot, soapy water. Place the open blinds in the tub and sponge or brush them. Drain the tub and refill with clean, hot water. Take the blinds out and shake them free of excess water, towel dry lightly, and rehang them.

In the summer time, the best and easiest way to clean them is to lay them out on the sidewalk or driveway dump a bucket of water and pine sol mix over them and hose or power wash them clean. In Feng Shui, all the little details add up!

Housewarming

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

We all use our microwaves to save time and perhaps energy, too. In the summertime, you don’t have to heat up the house to heat up your food. I would like you to consider that using your stove in the wintertime can help to warm your kitchen and that makes you feel cozy. Making soup on the stove top or in the crock pot fills the house with comforting aromas and is certainly healthier than fast food. Studies show that food containing more water can help you to lose weight and stay healthier.

Get Creative!

Monday, October 20th, 2008

With the coming holidays, so many people are worried about affording gifts at Christmas. This is a good time to pare down your list and come up with creative gifts that cost little but mean a lot. It’s also a good time to teach your children about what is truly of value…people,not stuff!

Use family photos to create a collage. Take old clothing and make a memory quilt or pillow. Make Grandma’s recipe for cookies or brownies together as a family. Have a dinner party for all your friends and have each person or couple bring one course instead of exchanging gifts with them. Make a donation to the local food pantry in someone’s name instead of a gift. Give a gift certificate for labor…perhaps you’ll help them plant a garden next spring or paint a room or clean the garage. And my favorite one is the gift of hugs. A whole book full for me, please!

Remember, the gift of you is the most valuable gift of all!

Dirty buildings don’t sell!

Friday, October 17th, 2008

I had  a home that had been a business also to look at today. The owner had not checked on it’s condition for several months and it had been on the market for two years. Dust, dirt, cobwebs, dead bugs, dirty windows, and more were what greeted us as we walked through the house. The realtor should have been making sure that the building was clean and presentable. Staging was also needed and there were items in the attic that could have been used to make the building warmer and more welcoming. Doors that stick, windows that are painted shut and tiles broken or missing also detract from your home.

If you have property on the market, make sure that those who are selling it for you keep it clean and welcoming. In this housing market you need to make every effort to stay ahead of the competition!

Sourgum?

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

It’s amazing what is being used for building materials these days. Sourgum is a plant like sugar cane that is used to make sugar. In the past, the stalks were thrown away. Because of the recent interest in renewable resources, these stalks are now being pressed together into a type of plywood that is every bit as durable and frankly more beautiful than the traditional plywood. the glue that holds it all together is without fumes or toxins and is eco-friendly!

Eco-friendly is good feng shui!

Buying Local

Friday, October 10th, 2008

When you buy your goods and services from a local provider, you support your local economy. A healthy local economy keeps local services flowing to us. Instead of investing money far away in something you never see or touch or use is O.K. if you have extra expendable income, but if you are living just within your means, spend it to help your own town or community to thrive. Most of all, don’t spend more than you make! Put away the plastic cards!!!

Facelift

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

Are you considering spiffing up your house in anticipation of the holidays? Good news! They have come out with new paints that have no environmental toxins, no fumes and no negative impact on the environment.

If your are thinking of laying down a wood floor, strongly consider either cork or bamboo. These are safe, long wearing, and a quickly renewable resource. Other materials like hemp and jute can be used for rugs and window treatments. As the seasons change and we lose the green outside, just go green inside with the right materials! Kermit the frog was wrong, it is easy to be green!

Finances…

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

All the fine financial experts agree…A cluttered and disorganized home is usually one in which the inhabitants are struggling financially! Suzie Ormond says it! And she is as blunt as they come. Do you really know where every penny you make is being spent? Do you know where all of your financial records are? Is your desk clean and organized? When was the last time you went through your paperwork and tossed what was no longer needed.

Talk to a CPA with a good reputation that is up on all the latest tax laws because you may be missing some items that could change your financial bottom line. Take control of your environment; if you don’t love it or use it, get rid of it! Talk and think positively about your financial well-being; the media should not be dictating your reality. And most of all, stop buying stuff you don’t need! It’s just clutter.