The Reluctant Cleaner’s Mini-Guide for a Spotless Home

You don’t like cleaning the house. Who does? But, it has to be done. Fortunately, cleaning doesn’t have to be an all-day affair. Here’s how to get the job done in just 15 minutes a day.

Make a Cleaning Schedule

Making a schedule is the number one way to stay on track and prevent your house from deteriorating into a big mess. Each day of the week, assign yourself, and a family member, a task. It could be as simple as cleaning the bedroom, including vacuuming and dusting.

Home cleaning

Since you only have to be concerned with one room in the house, you can spend more time on this area than you could if you had to devote the entire day to cleaning the whole house. So, for example, if you had 10 rooms to clean on your own, you might not spend 15 or 20 minutes on a room. You might only want to spend 5 minutes on it and move on.

With this method, you can devote a good 15 minutes to cleaning. And, because you’re focused and not rushed, you’ll do a better job. At the end of the week, your entire home will be clean. During the week, your home stays cleaner, overall, than it otherwise would.

Set a Timer

To keep you motivated, set a timer. Decide how long you would like to spend cleaning every room. If it’s 15 minutes, set a timer for 15 minutes. If you can’t get everything done in one day, don’t sweat it. Work on hitting the goal, and eventually you’ll get it.

Pick One Room of the House per Day, Or Two If You Have an Exceptionally Large Home

Rather than stress out about which room to start with, just pick one room and go with it. Really, this should be decided in your weekly plan. But if, for some reason, you decide not to do that, randomly pick a room and start cleaning.

Get Yourself Steam Cleaners for the Floor

You can use wipes for counters, and foaming spray in the bathroom, and a variety of cleaning supplies for the nooks and crannies, but for floors it’s tough to beat a good quality steam cleaner. Mops and buckets are old-school, but they take a lot of time to get set up. And, it’s hard to incorporate them into a “15 minute” schedule for cleaning. It might take 5 minutes just to get everything set up. With a steam mop that you can plug in, you just plug in and wait 30 seconds. Then, start steaming. Just don’t forget to sweep up a bit.

Keep All of your Cleaning Supplies in a Basket, Ready to Go

This is probably one of the easiest ways to “prime the pump.” If you have to hunt for cleaning supplies every day, you’re going to get sick of cleaning real fast. Keeping the supplies handy in a small plastic container makes it easy to pick them up and go, go, go.

It also prevents you from losing something important, like paper towels or foaming spray.

Robert Briley loves to have guests over to his large home, often at the last minute. He is always on the lookout for ways to clean, cook and entertain, and loves to share them online. Look for his helpful posts on home, lifestyle and entertainment websites.

Trahus, the northernmost limited edition of Ikea

Trahus, the northernmost limited edition of Ikea

Trahus, the northernmost limited edition of Ikea

From November 1, and you can find Trahus, the limited edition Ikea northernmost and winter, with deer as a major player in the series. From a while now and sporadically Ikea launches limited collections that at the end of stock, does not return to edit.
Trahus, the northernmost limited edition of Ikea

Thus, glad to ikeanos who want a little more unique pieces, while renewing the catalog with small collections and manicured on a specific topic (Eastern, Nordic design of the twentieth century, pastel …), always putting the good design and affordable price.
Trahus, the northernmost limited edition of Ikea

Betting on textiles

This year Trahus pays special attention to textiles, from duvet covers, through cushions, blankets, aprons, mittens or individual. The point cotton materials are the star of this collection.

Trahus, the northernmost limited edition of Ikea

Tricot

As a collection designed by and for the winter, Trahus introduces warm fabrics, like wool knit with drawing eights, blankets, pillows and slippers. Also, the faux fur hair found in carpets and cushions.

Trahus, the northernmost limited edition of Ikea

Colors and patterns

In addition to deer, icon collection Trahus, this time accompanying figures of birds, prints of paintings and a drawing, as a seal, a tree with two deer on the sides, inspired by Swedish folklore. Simple Reasons and strong winter reference, accompanied by no less winter colors: white, black and gray.

Trahus, the northernmost limited edition of Ikea

Household goods

Besides textiles, another strong point Trahus is the household goods comfortable and functional, comprising cups, plates, bowls, bowls or sources.

Trahus, the northernmost limited edition of Ikea

Mr. Hart

At last we have a deer head on our wall, a fake trophy hunting (fortunately), including a fun nod to the decor. If you want to see the rest of the limited edition Trahus, click here. And you know what the ad says: “It’s unique, but do not you rush, will be gone forever.”

Old fruit boxes to organize your stuff

Old fruit boxes to organize your stuff

Old fruit boxes to organize your stuff

To those we love creative recycling, it is always a pleasure to discover new initiatives to repurpose objects that would otherwise disappear. And a few days ago, we learned Boxco, a small Spanish company dedicated to restoring, customizing and decorating boxes of old fruit to which they define as “the little big unknown of industrial design, about 30 years ago no longer used and for the most part they have come to be grass fires and crushers.” In Boxco have been proposed to restore them and give them a new life taking advantage of its many practical and decorative possibilities.
Old fruit boxes to organize your stuff

In Boxco, the process of recovery of the old boxes is completely handmade and therefore cleaning, restoration, painting and varnishing and polishing steps are completely made by hand, using products that are environmentally friendly. The result is several product lines, how you are pine boxes that have been carefully restored respecting its characteristics and the patina of time, resulting in each case is unique, with its knots and original screenprinted.
Old fruit boxes to organize your stuff

With a limited and craft production, on their website the customer can access their online store and choose from boxes vintage and restored several models finished in various finishes, or a line of boxes painted and silkscreened, such as models that can be viewed in these pictures. The restoration process is the same as in the painted boxes, which phases of painting, stencil and screen printed by hand polishing step to preserve them from bumps and scratches are added. They are ideal for storing and organizing books, magazines, records tools, clothes, shoes, papers, bottles of wine …
Old fruit boxes to organize your stuff

Its versatile design also allows use to mount shelves, coffee tables or television. At the request of customers, in Boxco design custom furniture, furniture like this table for television, made with two boxes together on a basis of solid pine wood, which was added wheels and two spaces in one of them to place 3 devices.
Old fruit boxes to organize your stuff

And not only made small furniture. If you’re looking for is a shelf, you choose the number of boxes, profile design and color of varnish, and if desired, can also advise and design it for you. All shelves have a wood base in solid pine 18mm to give it strength and stability to the whole. The finish is matte varnish and color can choose between light oak, dark, gold or mahogany.

Tropical prints Join the trend

Tropical prints: Join the trend!

Tropical prints Join the trend

Fresh, fun and exotic, the tropical prints raze every summer. The fashion of colorful animals, fruits and palm trees provide color and joy to our outfit with dresses, shirts, blouses, skirts, crop top, shoes, handbags, jeans, leggings, jewelry and accessories, but also overflowing with vitality and optimism anywhere in the house.

Join this trend and decorate a wall with a colorful wallpaper of palm leaves, like this collection Contemporary Restyled for Cole & Son. Palm trees, palm trees and palm trees!

Tropical prints Join the trend

Tropical prints Join the trend

With this pattern, as with all large and brightly colored motifs, it should not be abused. If it comes to dressing you like to combine tropical print with plain clothes, in your house, I reserve it for a wall or dosificalo in details and accessories, like cushions. Add an exotic touch and fresh jungle home is not bad, but do not want to put the whole forest! Above, painted and paper pads Collection British India designed by Bethany Linz to Sparkk.
Tropical prints Join the trend

The French fashion designer Christian Lacroix, famous for its unique style and appreciated throughout the world, has created a wonderful collection Belles Rives for British textile firm Designers Guild. Papers, fabrics and cushions with palm trees, geometric designs, butterflies, jungle and lots of color!
Tropical prints Join the trend

Tropical prints Join the trend

The prints of palm trees, flowers and exotic animals in upholstery, curtains, cushions and other household linens help us recreate island and beach environments. Colors like green, yellow, red, orange, blue or fuchsia, accompanied by the most exotic birds or own Hawaiian plants, get a optimistic, happy and lively touch. At Milan Fashion Week last fall, Just Cavalli and passed us that spring summer 2014 would be an explosion of color, full of graphic prints and fabric blends.
Tropical prints Join the trend

The floral and tropical prints were a major betting firm. Reasons such as exotic birds, palm trees, plants, pineapples or flamingos also seize the textiles and decorative objects from Zara Home.
Tropical prints Join the trend

Flowers, tropical fruits and palm filled with joy our outfits and any corner of the house : green, yellow, red and fuchsia combine to create a visual explosion both gateways (spring-summer 2014 collection as in our tables summer with the collection of plates, cups, trays, bottles and cans Very much .

Army, the fashion color this fall 4

Army, the fashion color this fall

Army, the fashion color this fall

The Color Cypress, also known as military green or khaki green, certainly captivates us this Autumn-Winter 2014. Recently, the military has dominated the runways green and now is the time to use the fashionable color in both the wardrobe and products for home and interiors.
Army, the fashion color this fall

This soft tone, with a majestic and powerful shadow that gives a significant presence, offers all kinds of possibilities. It goes very well with broken white and neutral colors, clear and waxed wood, and even pastel pink. If your room is painted in white or off-white, with couches in a military green color will be a game of contrasts and classic at the same time refreshing.
Army, the fashion color this fall

The colors green, yellow and brown go perfectly. The army green color is warm, calm and appealing to the eye, and fits with all decor styles, making it the perfect color for any room in the home. The military green interiors look great combined with wooden furniture or heavy, golden colored deep blue and even purple soft.
Army, the fashion color this fall

Army, the fashion color this fall 4


Military or army green conveys serenity and calm, so it’s a color perfect for any room in the house, especially the bedroom. Whether you paint all the walls in this color or use it simply to highlight one or two fronts, combine it c on white, soft yellow, beige, off-white or shades of the same range more or less dark.
Army, the fashion color this fall

In any of its shades, green is ideal for bedrooms. With this color, which transmits sernidad and calm, you will achieve a quiet room to relax and sleep well. Feel free to combine different shades of green to create unique spaces with your own style. The most used for bedroom shades are military green, pie, apple and mint, which may be present in the walls, but also in accessories or textiles.

Bordeaux, fashion color to decorate your home

Bordeaux, fashion color to decorate your home

Bordeaux, fashion color to decorate your home

There are many firms that have opted for burgundy, maroon or wine for this season Autumn Winter 2014-2015. So what we saw in parades presenting collections of Dior, Chanel, Gucci, Stella McCartney or Elie Saab.

What you seem to carry the trendy color to your home? Perhaps it may seem a very bold choice, as it is very visual color strength, but will agree that this is achieved shade elegant rooms with character and personality.

Bordeaux, fashion color to decorate your home

The burgundy remain perfect in any room of your house. In the living room, for example, you get a modern and elegant atmosphere. If you choose this color to paint the walls, combine it with a white roof and contrasting colors to keep the room look smaller. With its various shades, burgundy is a very versatile color.
Bordeaux, fashion color to decorate your home

With a sofa upholstered in burgundy wooden furniture and wooden floor or parquet floors, the warmth of your living room is secured. Enter beige or white strokes required to bring a touch of brightness.
Bordeaux, fashion color to decorate your home

If you do not dare to paint the entire room in burgundy, one idea is to use this color to highlight a wall, a corner or some architectural detail to the room. Paint one wall differently from other resource is a perfect decorative color.
Bordeaux, fashion color to decorate your home

Even the bathrooms are elegant with this color! For visual strength, burgundy fits perfectly in small rooms with few elements. And if not, look at this room: a sink, a gold frame and a mini towel. Bordeaux or burgundy are shades that have used multiple times in classic decorations; maybe that’s why I always associate with luxurious rooms.
Bordeaux, fashion color to decorate your home

But burgundy not only combines with natural tones. This is a versatile, easy tone combined with a wide range of colors. Mustards, gray, purple, bottle green, mallards or electric blue … The most daring will give personality and an air totally different if mixed with bold colors. If you’re looking look more conservative, play with the palette of beige and camel.

Minimalist shelf with multiple applications

Minimalist shelf with multiple applications

Minimalist shelf with multiple applications

His name is Flapps and is a very versatile minimalist shelf of those who always have space in a house, especially when space is scarce. The concept seems good, it is one shelf with many applications, very suitable for small flats in which we must seize minimal gaps to store our stuff. Although you see too small to solve your storage problems, it is more functional than it seems, because this little shelf is part of an organizational system larger and very well thought out by the design team Ambivalenz.
Minimalist shelf with multiple applications

With one, two or three shelves, and in different sizes, these shelves can remain open when needed and folded into the wall when not needed. With three shelves, perfect for placing books, ornaments, pictures, etc. But that’s not all, Flapps can become a functional coat rack for the hall or bedroom only open and support the hangers on the rack.
Minimalist shelf with multiple applications

With the same opening system, but with minimal details, the shelf becomes a support for tablets or small dresser. In the first case, we have made a groove in the rack for positioning the tablet vertically. In the second, it has been given a little more depth to hold all the toiletries. A bright idea right?
Minimalist shelf with multiple applications

When I said at the beginning of this post shelving is more functional than it seems, was not exaggerating one bit. As you can see from the pictures, you can merge several modules one, two or three shelves, put them all together along the wall and form a shelf with a lot of capacity.
Minimalist shelf with multiple applications

Minimalist shelf with multiple applications

And if you end module of a rack placed wider, the shelf becomes a small work area. And have you noticed in the chair? With the same concept folding Ambivalenz has created a number of different reasons decorated chairs that close and are completely flat to occupy minimal space when needed. If you want to see all models of both shelves and chairs, I advise that you go through the online store Ambivalenz, there you will find prices and measures of all its products.

Two apartments 40 meters in different styles

Two apartments 40 meters in different styles

Two apartments 40 meters in different styles

No more interesting to decorate two identical homes, stylistic exercise differently. These two apartments 40 meters are part of a proposed rental housing or furnished corporate and expatriates who are passing through big cities, and has devised the Russian architect Konstantin Entalcev.
Two apartments 40 meters in different styles

1 Apartment minimalist modern style
A sober and balanced style, based on the ever elegant and safe combination of gray and white. The bed was isolated in a glass box favors the view of the entire space, which brings further lounge, dining room and kitchen.
Two apartments 40 meters in different styles

2. Sophisticated accommodation in sand and lilac
The key to most classic version and romance is in the studied use of lilac tone in textiles. The floor wooden platform drops the curtains in sand color and some styling details give this space a strong personality romantic, which is far from the other apartment, despite having the same distribution.
Two apartments 40 meters in different styles

1 Dining in gray tones and light wood
This another view of living room leads us to a Nordic style well known, with chairs Eames dining protagonists of birch wood, like the ground, a basic material in the Scandinavian interior design.
Two apartments 40 meters in different styles

2 room with a classic point
The upholstery in shades of sand and wenge wood, and somewhat impersonal neutral elements are sprinkled with touches of color and classic pieces, breaking the seriousness of the combination. A striking crystal chandelier and fireplace with marble classical mouth piece.
Two apartments 40 meters in different styles

1 linear kitchen black and white
For the modern home, one was chosen straight lines kitchen, with cabinets laminate MDF high gloss worktop and black quartz. A small space is very well planned, with fitted floor to ceiling.

2 Kitchen with wenge
Following the stylistic coordinates of house 2, the wenge stars in the kitchen units, forming a flat surface without handles, leaving only the central gap with front and marble countertop.

Two apartments 40 meters in different styles

1 Bathroom decorated in white and black
How could it be otherwise, for bathroom 1 we chose the combination white / black furniture, sanitary ware and tiles, very similar to the kitchen?
Two apartments 40 meters in different styles

2 Marble bathroom and chocolate
Despite its small size, the Bathroom 2 is a luxurious space, lined with marble and woodwork in wenge wood, like the kitchen. Notice the details of the mirrors, which give more depth to the space: in the sink, placed one floor to ceiling, even below the stack; and the cistern built a cabinet was held mirror doors that almost goes unnoticed.

Modern two storey detached house

Modern two story detached house

Modern two storey detached house

The team Glamuzina Paterson Architects created a modern detached house from scratch a comprehensive project meets the needs of its owners, a young couple without children. The house is located in Waiheke Island, one of the jewels of the Hauraki Gulf in New Zealand, which combines the simplicity of its beaches, the abundance of forest and the wonder of its vineyards. In a privileged setting amidst a lush landscape, the architects built a two-story house with metal facade in black and aluminum windows.
Modern two story detached house

Facades and interior layout
The windows of the facade allow guessing the interior layout. Some e scaleras recycled wood leading to the ground floor, where the lounge were located, dining room and kitchen. Went upstairs to the bedroom and a bathroom. The porch of the house, with a wonderful view, communicates with the dining area.
Modern two story detached house

Double height living room
The house has a wonderful double height living room, the seating was arranged in front of the glass doors leading to the outside. ‘s Wood is the Star building material: it is not only present in the soil and the interior woodwork, it also was used to cover roofs throughout, with dark eye beams in the lounge.
Modern two story detached house

Living room, dining room and kitchen on two levels
The ground floor of the house is built on two levels, which allows you to create perfectly defined environments. The lounge and dining room share a common space, but are different levels and bounded by a low wall at mid-height, which gives visual continuity and further. At the bottom the room and stood on a slope of four steps, the dining area with open kitchen.
Modern two story detached house

Modern two storey detached house
A wooden stairs lead to the first floor of the house, place reserved for the bedroom with integrated bathroom. In this shot of the hallway leading to the bedroom appreciated the combination of woods in different shades and finishes that were used in both floor and wall coverings and Woodworking: A game that has managed to provide visually rich, in addition to warmth.

Rustic bedroom in blue and wood
The headboard wall was coated with a natural finish wood, untreated, marked with knots and veins, which bring a charming rustic feel to the bedroom. A large window flooded with natural light the room, besides giving a wonderful view of lush land scaping.

Bordeaux, fashion color to decorate your home

Bordeaux, fashion color to decorate your home

Bordeaux, fashion color to decorate your home

There are many companies that have opted for burgundy, maroon or wine for this Fall Winter 2014-2015 season. So what we saw in parades presenting collections of Dior, Chanel, Gucci, Stella McCartney or Elie Saab. What do you feel about taking the fashion color to your home? Perhaps it may seem a very bold choice, as it is a color with a lot of visual strength, but will agree that this shade is achieved elegant rooms with character and personality.
Bordeaux, fashion color to decorate your home

The burgundy be perfect in any room of your house. In the living room, for example, you get a modern and elegant atmosphere. If you choose this color to paint the walls, combine it with a white roof and contrasting colors to keep the room look smaller. With its different shades, burgundy is a very versatile color.
Bordeaux, fashion color to decorate your home

With a sofa upholstered in burgundy color, wooden furniture and wooden floor or floors, the warmth of your living room is secured. Enter beige or white strokes necessary to bring a touch of brightness.
Bordeaux, fashion color to decorate your home

If you dare to paint the entire room in Bordeaux, one idea is to use this color to highlight a wall, a corner or some architectural detail of stay. Painting a wall differently from other resource is a perfect decorative color.
Bordeaux, fashion color to decorate your home

Even the bathrooms are elegant with this color! For its visual strength, burgundy fits perfectly in small rooms with few items. But if not, look at this room: a sink, a gold frame and a mini towel. Bordeaux or burgundy are shades that have used multiple times in classic decorations; maybe that’s why I always associate a luxurious stay.
Bordeaux, fashion color to decorate your home

But the burgundy not only combines with natural tones. This is a versatile, easy tone combined with a wide range of colors.
Bordeaux, fashion color to decorate your home

Mustards, gray, purple, bottle green, azulones or electric blue … The more daring will give personality and an air totally different if mixed with intense colors. If you want a look more conservative, play with the palette of beige and camel.