It is that time again when everyone decides that this will be the year that they stick to their New Year’s resolutions. Most of us at one point or other have decided to go with one of the standard resolutions such as lose weight or save money. But apparently our will power isn’t as strong as our desires, and by the end of January your resolutions have gone straight out of the window, that chocolate bar or glass of wine was way too tempting!
But, maybe this year you can try something different, it’s never too late to set yourself a goal for the year, so why not have a go at sticking to a New Year’s resolution for your home. We have been brainstorming some of the best resolutions that could benefit you and your home.
The Christmas season is well and truly in swing now, with Christmas adverts all over the television, and decorations and gifts filling all the stores. I think it is safe to say it is ok to start thinking and planning for Christmas and that includes decorations.
Yes you can go out and spend lots of money on baubles, tinsel, and lots of other decorations; but where is the fun in that? This Christmas we thought why not embrace your creative side and have a go at creating some Christmas decorations of your own. Not only will you have the satisfied feeling of creating your own decorations but it is also a fantastic task if you have children.
When you move home and begin the process of packing your whole world into a series of cardboard boxes, you soon realise just how much ‘stuff’ you’ve accumulated.
No matter how organised you are, it’s easy to become a hoarder without even realising it. We probably all have boxes full of things we really don’t need, keepsakes stashed in the loft or wardrobes full of clothes that no longer fit (but we’ll definitely wear just as soon as we’ve lost that annoying two stone). So what’s the best way to make a start on de-cluttering?
What does winter mean to you? Chunky jumpers, fluffy socks, cosy nights in by the fire, steamed puddings, the twinkly lights of Christmas? It can all be rather marvelous, especially when you’re experiencing your first winter in a new home.
But brace yourself. If current predictions are correct, it looks like we could all be heading for a rather harsh winter. In fact, it could be the coldest one for 50 years, with months of heavy snowfall and bitter arctic winds!
Meteorologists and oceanographers are making these predictions as a result of plunging ocean temperatures. In particular, readings for the Gulf Stream have plummeted over the past year. But with a drastic reduction in the speed and temperature of this current, we’ll be left with no buffer to protect us against the bitter arctic winds.
Back in 1963, Britain was hit by incredibly challenging winter weather. As temperatures dropped to -20c, the country was covered in snow for weeks on end and freezing Arctic winds of up to 100mph caused 20-foot deep snowdrifts. It was so bitterly cold that the sea off Kent, as well as many rivers and lakes, froze over. What’s more, road and transport networks ground to a halt causing fuel and food shortages, the likes of which had not been seen since the war.
So if we really are heading for a cold, white winter, what can we do to make sure we’re prepared and get our homes ready to bear the brunt of it all?
Here are a few ideas to help you keep warm and comfortable over the coming months:
At last you have got the keys to your new home and all the weeks of dreaming, searching, planning and probably stressing, are firmly behind you. The first few moments are so exciting. You are free to explore the rooms for the first time without anyone else looking over your shoulder and you can really take in your new surroundings properly.
It’s strange to think that most people only get to view a property a couple of times before they make the decision to buy – no matter how much they are spending. So by the time they move in, although they will have a good picture of it in their heads, much of the detail may be forgotten. This is where buying a home is so different to any other purchase. Take buying a pair of shoes for example. You have as much time as you want to check them out, try them on and see if they are a good fit. Only when you are really sure, will you commit to buy – and even then, if you have a change of heart, it is easy to return them!
So this is it, your new home. But do not be surprised if it doesn’t feel like home straight away. With time you will get used to how it smells, what noises it makes when the central heating comes on. It will all start to feel a bit less alien. Do not forget that you built an emotional attachment to your last home and it will take time to do the same with this one.
There are some simple things you can do to make your new house feel more homey from the start. For blogger Joy Cho, everyday comforts help her feel settled: “The first thing I do when I move in is pull out all my clean bedding,” she says. “Pillows, duvets, sheets, and throws — the works. There is nothing more comforting than sleeping in your old, cozy bed.” (Source: Good House Keeping)
Here are some other quick fixes that will make you feel more at home within the first few weeks.
If someone says the word ‘house’ to you, what mental image do you get? More than likely you will think of a traditional English home with straight sides, a door, windows and a triangular roof. As a child it is often the first thing we learn to draw…
But some innovative and creative minds around the world have pushed the boundaries on the traditional house; from its look to its style and shape. We’ve found some very unusual houses and some truly bizarre ones. Here are our top 5 unusual and amazing houses…
When it comes to buying a home the standard adage location, location, location is very true.
So what are the most prestigious postcodes in Britain and what makes them so desirable.
If you are just looking at house values, you will not be surprised to find that the UK’s most expensive street, or in fact the top 20, are all located in London.
According to the news we are “supposedly” set for a 3 month heatwave. Whether you want to believe it or not, and we all know that forecasts aren’t completely accurate sometimes, we will get some warm weather during Spring and Summer even if it only lasts for a couple of weeks.
With that in mind and considering that the weather is looking lovely as we write this (wish we weren’t in the office right now!) we thought this would be a great opportunity to share our top 10 suggestions for making the most of the warm weather at home!
Movies and TV programmes such as Back to The Future II, Tron, Elysium and The Jetsons show depictions of the future and some of the potential homes we could be living in and the way we could be living.
Whether these movies actually show accurate portrayals of the future is one thing but movies like this do, however, make us think about what our lives will be like in many years and what we could be living in.
So what could housing look like the future?
Unless you are already aware that you live in an area common for flooding, none of us ever think that this will happen to us. Whether it is complete devastation due to flooding, wind, or other stormy conditions it is difficult to be completely prepared to the effects that a powerful storm can have on your home and life going forward.
With this in mind we thought it would be a great idea to look at some of the key tips for preparing for future weather damage, and what to do if your home is damaged as a result of weather.