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How to Maintain a Healthy Yard

Preparation

For your yard to have the potential to be great, you need to prepare it for greatness! Remove all old or dead grass and weeds. Then replenish the yard with new soil where necessary. Water the soil and remaining vegetation for a week to let it get settled.

Grass seed

Choose a specific grass seed that will prosper in your yard’s environment. Plant a seed that will survive in the cold and warm seasons and with the amount of sunlight in your yard. Water the seed until the grass has grown, which can take up to a month.

Moving your lawn

Mow your lawn at the mower’s highest setting while letting your yard grow. The taller grass will create shade for the soil and allow the roots to grow stronger.

Fertilizer

Apply fertilizer to your lawn using a fertilizer spreader, applying as much as directed. Do not over fertilize your yard, as this will cause more damage than good. Wear gloves when dealing with fertilizer to avoid contact with chemicals.

Plant flowers

Now that your lawn is in shape, add some color to your garden. Add bushes, flowers, and any other small plants that you like to your garden. This will make your whole yard much more aesthetically pleasing.

Maintain your yard

Aerate your yard once a year in the fall or spring when your yard is not too dry and not too wet. This will allow your yard to replenish itself, while cleansing out old soil and being able to regrow. Continuously weed your yard when needed by pulling out the small weeds yourself or applying weed killer.

How to design a game room

Everyone has that one room in their house that doesn’t get used for anything. Make use of yours by turning it into a fun game room for the whole family!

Measure out the size of your room

Once you know the square footage of the room, you can determine how much you can fit into it. Create a wish list for what you want to have in your room, then once you determine what fits then you can buy your items.

Entertaining layout

The layout of your room will determine how effectively your game room will serve its purpose. Separate your tv and couches from the games like a ping pong table, pool table, etc.

Adequate lighting

When playing games, you must be able to see clearly to make the best move.  Arrange for lights to be installed over your tables and countertops.

Advantageous furniture

When designing your game room, the furniture you choose will affect the vibe of the room. Gamer chairs will allow you to create a room perfect for video games. If you have game tables, bar stool chairs or couches are good options to allow others to watch while people are playing the games.

Wall accessories

For a sports bar theme, buy some neon lights, fathead stickers from your favorites teams, and more! Add in a scoreboard on the wall for whatever games you purchase.

Soundproof your space

Playing all sorts of games can create a lot of noise for people in other rooms. Soundproof your game room to be courteous to others in the house.

Small games

Everyone loves the big game tables like foosball and ping pong, but don’t forget about little games too. A dart board or even a deck of cards is the perfect addition to any game room, without taking up any space.

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The Best Closet Organizing Tips

Purge

The easiest way to make more room in your closet is to first, get rid of everything you don’t wear.  Use some of these tips to figure out what you really need.

Use empty wall space

Instead of hanging up your scarves, belts and any other accessories on hangers, hang up towel rods and string your items across the rod.

Shoe Organizer

Use a shoe organizer to hang shoes on the back of your door. Also, consider getting a boot organizer if you have a lot of boots, to get them off the floor and stacked on top of each other to minimize space.

Quality Hangers

Get rid of your old plastic hangers and buy nice wooden or padded hangers. Your clothes deserve the best and will be less likely to rip on better hangers.

Seasonal Organization

Organize your clothing items by the season you wear them in.  Move clothes for the off season to the back of your closet and rotate clothes for the current season to the front.

Prioritize

Store your most used items at eye-level for easy access. Store items you don’t use as often up on shelves.

Color Code

Color coding your items makes it easier to find what you are looking for.

Portable Drawers

Add portable drawers underneath your closet rod where all your clothes hang to increase space to store items.

Hat rack

Hang a hat rack over the front of your closet door so your hats are on display. You will have easy access to it and it won’t take up any space in your closet.

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DIY Project for Old Wine Bottles

Don’t just throw out your old wine bottles, make something out of them!

Flower Vases

This is probably the easiest thing to turn a wine bottle into. Just add a little water and your flowers!

Soap Dispenser

Find a soap dispenser lid that fits around the top of your wine bottle. Then fill it up with soap and screw on the lid.

Tiki Torch

Fill your wine bottle with crafting pebbles halfway. Then fill the rest of the bottle with tiki fuel. Insert the tiki wick. And light it up!

Decorations

Paint your wine bottle any color you wish. Around the holidays, you can paint pumpkins, ghosts, santa, reindeer, etc. Use matte paint so that the bottles are no longer see through and the designs are crisp and clear.

Bookshelf

Apply glue to the tops and bottoms of two wine bottles, spread the out at the distance you wish your bookshelf to be. Glue wooden boards on the bottoms and tops of the bottles. Repeat with however many shelves you desire. Once complete, you’ll have a brand-new bookshelf for half the price!

Jars

Fill up the bottles with candies like m&m’s (holiday themed), candy corn, or other snacks. Candy filled wine bottles make cute décor for the holidays!

String light lamp

Drill a small hole in the back of the bottle, big enough to fit a string of lights through. Plug in the lights and voila!

Revamp your Attic

10 Things You Should Get Rid of Right Now 

Clothing 

If you have gone over a year without wearing an item of clothing, donate it.  You may be saving it for that “one event” you could wear it to, but if it has gone this long without being worn the chances are it will never get worn.

Take-out Menus 

You can find almost any menu to your favorite restaurant online now, so recycle those old menus.

Games with missing pieces

You may still be able to play it, but it is not the same.  Get rid of it and play a game you can truly play.

Halloween Costumes

Your old costumes may have some sentimental value to you, but you can’t ever rewear it so they are just taking up space.

Paint 

It is hard to properly store paint.  So, if you have your old cans sitting in your garage with crusty paint on the lids, it is time to toss those.  Make sure you look up how to safely dispose of the cans before throwing them away.

Movies

If you really aren’t going to watch a DVD again, give it away or sell it.  It will just be collecting dust until then.

Formal Wear 

Items like a bridesmaid or prom dress were only meant to be worn the one time you wore them, and never again.  Help someone out and donate them or make some money by selling them.

Shoes

If any of your shoes have rips or holes, toss them right now.  If they are still good, but you can’t remember the last time you wore them, donate them to a thrift store.

Books

Be honest with yourself if you are ever going to reread that book that hasn’t moved off its shelf in years.  Donate it to someone who could enjoy it.

Makeup

Expired makeup can accumulate bacteria that is bad for your face and eyes.  Just because you think you will still use this makeup doesn’t mean you should.