8 Simple Holiday Décor and Clean Up Tips from Zircon

Spruce up your home for the holidays with these eight simple tips!

It’s time to prep your home for the holiday festivities. With most already spending 2 to 2.5 hours per day on household activities according to a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics study, there’s not a lot of time to spare.

Zircon’s cleaning, décor, and storage tips can add sparkle to your home quickly and easily.

1. Inviting first impressions. You know what they say, first impressions are usually the last! Starting with the entryway, scrub thoroughly underneath the welcome mat where dirt and debris collect. Invest in a holiday themed mat that beckons guests to your doorstep. Clean windows by using a spray bottle filled with water and vinegar. Rub the mixture on the windows with a reusable microfiber cloth.

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2. Shine through. Home is where the heart is and the kitchen is its soul. Clean your stovetop, refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, and microwave. Eliminate handprints, stains, and smudges by wiping your appliances with vinegar and water. Focus on other exterior surfaces, such as cabinets, mirrors, and sinks, too. With 30 minutes time, you’re able to fully clean out your refrigerator by first clearing out the contents, cleaning the inside of the refrigerator by using soap and water to concentrate on the most soiled areas, allowing time for the inside to dry out, and then placing all items neatly back into the refrigerator. (Now would be a good time to purge any expired items and restock as needed.)

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3. Kits to tote around. A handy cleaning tote and a holiday tool kit are a holiday organizer’s dream. Pack your cleaning tote with necessary cleaning supplies. Fill a shoe box or regular toolbox with holiday tool essentials. This customized holiday tool kit can store holiday tool items, such as tape, scissors, ribbon, wire cutters, ornament hooks, gift tags, twist ties, light bulbs and more. With the supplies stored in one place, you’ll spend less energy searching for what you need.

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4. Small décor magnified. From adding twinkling lights to an already existing floor length mirror to the traditional door wreath, little embellishments to your home can quickly enhance the spirit of the season – without the big hit to your wallet.

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5. Baking soda wonders. With a little bit of effort and time, your house can have renewed splendor. Pets, spills, and normal wear and tear can affect the smell of your sofa and other furniture. Most furniture doesn’t require the big expense of a deep cleaning, but rather vacuum the sofa and then follow-up with sprinkling baking soda on the affected areas and leaving it on for a minimum of 15 minutes and overnight if needed. Then, vacuum for a second time to remove the baking soda residue.

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6. Hidden space treasures. With the influx of guests, you might be hard pressed to find the space for the holiday meal. Floor cushions, stacked stools, and folding chairs provide additional seating options and can be easily stored when not in use. A coffee table alternative that serves as cushions and placing additional seating in the foyer or in an additional room can also give you more seating.

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7. Lemon zest. Lemon is a quick cure all to freshen up the home. Sanitize your garbage disposal by cutting a lemon in half and adding it while the water is on and the garbage disposal is running. Place one half at a time to the disposal. Within a few seconds, your drain will be deodorized and clean.

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8. It’s a wrap. Gift storage can be a challenge – from stacking awkwardly shaped gift wrap paper rolls to storing fragile ornaments. Get organized in style with this over-the-door gift wrap storage organizer. Place your gift wrapping adornments into this tidy organizer. A storage bin with dividers makes for a sturdy storage organizer for your small ornaments. Also, consider storing gift decorations and ornaments away from humidity and where temperatures may fluctuate; therefore, avoid a basement or attic and a better option would be a closet or under a bed.

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Safety first. When hanging any heavy or bulky items, holiday inspired or not, use a high-quality stud finder, to securely mount it into a wall stud or ceiling joist.

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Have some cleaning, storage, and décor tips?  Share your ideas and photos with us on Facebook. Tweet home décor and DIY ideas using #decortrends or @zircontools. For more décor ideas, visit www.zircon.com or read more blogs here.

 

References:

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-clean-the-inside-of-your-fridge-in-30-minutes-or-less-202073

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-clean-your-kitchen-sink-136771

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Living Large in a Small Space, Part V

Whether you’re a college student living in the dorms or a boomer considering downsizing to a smaller dwelling, the need for a functional yet minimal living space is ever more important. The small space movement, fortunately, is catching on. Here are three keys to living large in a small space.

Dividing Spaces

For a dorm room, a viable option might be to divide the room into two sides or to choose bunk beds which provide more communal space.

Curtains, screens, and book shelves are optimal ways to either divide a room between roommates or to section off sleeping and living areas. A creative dorm room idea is a hanging garden room divider made from a curtain and faux flowers. A raised floor can also subtly divide sleeping and living areas; this is a common practice used by many all-suite hotels and, guess what, it works.

Furniture is often limited to a bed, desk, and closet area. Personalizing your desk and walls with pictures and momentos adds customization to the small space.

Go Vertical

When space is tight, go vertical.  Use your wall space and your air space economically.  Express and organize yourself in the choices you make for shelving and storage bins to arrange books, decorative items, and belongings. In addition to traditional shelving, there are a wide variety of floating shelves on the market, especially for small spaces and corners.  For imaginative ideas, take a few minutes and visit Pinterest’s listing of floating shelves. These shelves creatively display and organize your items.

Other ways to optimize vertically include mounting your flat screen TV on a wall, suspending your bike from the ceiling, or even hanging dining or folding chairs on a wall. To create the illusion of more space, the addition of a large mirror on a wall does the trick. Just make sure to securely fasten shelves, mirrors, and other heavy objects, anchor them into a wall stud by using a stud finder, such as the Zircon MultiScanner® i520 OneStep®.

Multipurpose Functionality

When downsizing to a smaller living space, the reduced square footage limits floor and storage space and infringes on privacy. For tiny apartment dwellers, the Murphy bed is a viable option as is the Domino Loft System.  It has a sleeping area, work area, room for storage and a guest room (a Murphy bed), all built into one unit.

A smaller space may not necessarily require smaller furniture –  an improved furniture arrangement and an eye for functionality can be the solution.  The nooks and crannies that are often overlooked in a larger home now become valuable real estate for functional furniture or storage.  Furniture can also be repurposed.  A dresser can be transformed into a TV stand in the living room and, in addition to holding dishes and serving platters, a sideboard can serve a dual role as a food pantry.

What ways have you creatively solved your small space challenges? Share your ideas and photos with us on Facebook. Tweet home décor and DIY ideas using #decortrends or @zircontools. For more small space living ideas, visit www.zircon.com or read more blogs here.

References:

https://makespace.com/blog/posts/create-personal-space/

http://www.mydomaine.com/small-apartment-decorating-tips

http://www.zircon.com/tools/multiscanner-i520-onestep/

https://makespace.com/blog/posts/domino-loft-system/

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/ideas/201611_idde01a/

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/ideas/201744_idde03a/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/a-design-bloggers-rental-advice-for-small-space-dwellers/2015/10/19/4ae55be8-7377-11e5-8248-98e0f5a2e830_story.html

Putting the Living into the Living Room

Décor transitions occur throughout the home. Within the living room, our #decortrends chat participants shared impactful ideas on how to create a warm, inviting, and personal vibe. Our co-host @dreamwallsglass provided insightful questions that drew not only thought provoking ideas, but tangible projects that designers, decorators, and DIYers can immediately benefit from.

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For the latest living room trends on doors and windows, @dreamwallsglass commented, “For instance, we’ve started seeing pocket doors bump out barn doors as (a) hottest trend. Frees up walls.” Also, multiple windows, bay windows, and larger windows can make quite an impression.  As window expert @WindowWorksCA mentioned, “We’re seeing window film being used in place of curtains in living rooms and other spaces.” @sweetloretta added, “Skylights and embedded fixtures can highlight the windows.”

Image: @dreamwallsglass

Mirrors can also add enhanced space, lighting, and brightness to the living room. As shared by @dreamwallsglass, interior glass can section off spaces. Additionally, a mirror screen can shift the way the room appears, instantly changing the vantage point and providing a new décor backdrop.

A challenge for décor experts is to design the living room to convey warmth and personality. With the chat participants’ guidance, however, adding a homey and comfortable environment does not need to be difficult. “Family pictures add a homey touch,” shared @jorgensonlocker who also added, “A beautiful fireplace and mantel is a nice focal point.”

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Continuing on the trend of fireplaces, @DODByBrownWood conveyed, “I love floor to ceiling marble fireplaces. It catches my eye everytime!”

A pop of color in the living room can provide another interesting point of distinction and create as informal or formal a feeling as needed. Although neutrals are often desired, bolder colors are in demand, too. Shared @Best_Flooring, “We hear bold colors are gaining popularity. Bold curtain and shade colors can make a great focal point.” @Dreamwallsglass also stated  blues are gaining in popularity. “Definitely seeing more blues. It can go casual, playful or dressy. Pops of brights to cheer up everything!” While solid colors often pair nicely with other solids or patterns, too, sometimes contrasting colors go hand in hand in the living room. According to @PurePlumbingLV even darker colors are in style. “I am actually seeing more people try some darker tones!”

The living room, whether used for formal occasions or as an overflow play or work area can be dressed up (or down) as much as one’s personality desires.

Join us weekly at #decortrends Thursdays at 11 am PST. Share, learn, and engage with like minded professionals! For other inspiring ideas, please follow us @zircontools, like us on Facebook, or visit zircon.com.

Living Large in a Small Space Part 2

Whether you’ve just settled into your first studio apartment, are downsizing from a larger home, or just want to make the best use of tight quarters, living large in a small space can be a paramount goal.

Maximize your home’s functionality and enlarge your living space with these simple tips.

MultiScanner® i520

MultiScanner® i520

  • Less is more. When shopping for your new paradise, look for versatile and smaller sized furniture, and give thought to dual purpose pieces that can hide clutter within tables or in seating with built-in storage. Coffee tables offer diverse options, from built-in ottomans and/or stools to ones with a lift top that can double as a desk or become a pseudo dining room table. A novel idea featured on DIY Network is to turn wagons into mobile seating.
  • Ingenuity reigns.Take old suitcases and transform them into an end table or how about using lockers within a kids’ room? Embellish your walls with artwork, decorative display shelves, a wall mounted flat screen TV, or a framed mirror that will not only add more light, but will make the entire space look bigger. For larger objects, safely anchor them into a wall stud or ceiling joist by using a Zircon® stud finder, such as the MultiScanner® i520.
  • Organize with book shelves, cubicle units, or ladders that can accommodate fabric or straw storage drawers. Built-in storage, drawers or baskets provide ideal ways to help organize a smaller living space. Create art from your momentos with the use of decorative boxes and baskets.
  • Be colorful. The lack of a far/near perspective in a small space is a disruption to positive energy. To achieve a balancing effect, paint, stencil and wallpaper with your favorite colors and designs. Paint the entry and back walls in an accent color, for example, to create a contrasting illusion. Consider track lighting as an ideal lighting option for small spaces.
  • Create mobility. With tight spaces, optimizing square footage is vital. A foldable screen, for example, can provide flexibility to your living space. One moment, a room can be a separate dining area and the next, it can be transitioned into a guest space. Make the screen your own by staining, painting, and/or upholstering the fabric to complement your décor. With creativity, space saving ideas can be a conversation starter and be functional as well.

For additional ideas, visit our Living Large in a Small Space Part I blog, please follow us @zircontools, like us on Facebook, or visit zircon.com. Join us every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 11 am PST for our #diytrends chat. Catch the next ones on 10/1 and 10/16.

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References:

DIY Network

hgtv.com

jorgensonlockers.com