Life hacks to making your University housing or home more organized

Life can be crazy and often times during those crazy periods of life, an organized home becomes messy and disorganized. Whether you are going to college and living in an apartment like, Weber State Housing, working 40 hours a week, or running kids to soccer, an organized home can benefit you. It can relive stress and save time. If you need to declutter and organize your home, here are some ‘life hacks’ to organization. They are both simple and quick…two things that easily motivate most people.

Office space Hacks  organizing 1

Having an organized work space can optimize efficiency whether you work from an apartment like Harrison apartments or commute to a job. OfficeMax did a report and discovered that work space clutter and mess damages productivity and motivation while at work. How do you fix too many piles of papers and sticky notes posted to your computer monitor? File! Yes, filing is essential to keeping a mess free work space. Filing office documents or school papers, allows one to locate documents quickly and more efficiently. Piles of unorganized papers create stress and loss of focus. Using clip boards, hanging wall files or baskets can be fun ways to organizing mail and other misc. papers.

     Laundry Room Tipsorganizing 2

Doing laundry can often be a daunting  task when there are piles of clothes  lying on the floor along with other  household items. An easy solution to  cleaning up a disorganized laundry  room…hooks or rods! Placing hooks or  rods on a wall or in a cabinet will allow  you to store things that would  otherwise be in the way such as mops,  brooms, and household cleaners. They  are fairly inexpensive and easy to  install.

Boxes, baskets, and Bins – The Three B’s

Human beings have an innate instinct to collect things. We accumulate lots of ‘things’ everywhere we go. Many times the ‘things’ we accumulate and collect end up creating unnecessary clutter in our homes or apartments. College students living in places like, weber housing could benefit from using something as simple as a basket or bin. One way of storing the amounts of stuff we collect is by using boxes or baskets. Boxes can be labeled and documented, making it easy to locate and access the many ‘things’ we acquire. Boxes are stackable. Great for keeping a space less cluttered.

Organization doesn’t need to be time consuming. In fact, organization saves us time. Why waste time sorting through piles of junk or spending hours looking for something that should have been easy to find. Decluttering your home is as easy as buying a few hooks, baskets, or filing folders. It takes only a few minutes to install a rod or hook. Once you’ve figured out a filing system, locating important documents becomes a simple task.

References:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jennagoudreau/2012/03/27/the-dangers-of-a-messy-desk/

Decorative Bark or Gravel? Decisions You Need to Make in Order to Have the Perfect Flower Garden This Season

The key to having a beautiful flower or vegetable garden isn’t just the flowers and seeds you choose to plant. A lot of how well your garden does depends on the soil or mulch you use. Sometimes deciding on a potting soil or bark mulch might seem daunting, but here are a few things to consider when making your decision. It really isn’t that complicated.

Using rock or bark mulch can be one of the greatest things you can do for your gardens this season. Mulch is essentially a mixture of material (usually wood or rubber) that is spread on top of natural soil to protect it against erosion or moisture.

Decorative bark

Using a decorative bark or rock mulch in your garden offers many benefits to the longevity of your garden, but most people use it as way to boost their curb appeal and add the ‘Wow’ factor to their landscaping. Using bark mulch will also help plants keep an even soil temperate, as well as help to keep them moist during hot summer days. Mulch often helps prevent weed growth and offers less maintenance for your garden.

Want a Low Maintenance ground cover?

If you decide you want a low maintenance garden, decorative gravel might be your best bet. Decorative gravel or rock mulch is used as ground cover and is fairly easy to install. It is a low maintenance option if you’re not the traditional ‘gardening’ type. Most forms of decorative rock are mined from river bottoms so the rocks are smooth and pleasing to the eye. Rock mulch is also great for conserving water, since it allows soil to retain its moisture, thus allowing you to water less frequently.

decorative gravel

Your Soil is Important!

Soil type is another thing to consider when deciding where to start your vegetable garden or plant your flowers. Before you begin planting it might be helpful to dig up a small area of your garden in order to see the kind of soil there. Generally dark soil is the best and usually contains more organic matter. Most garden plants will grow better in soils that have higher organic makeup. If the soil is brownish red or yellow,  that could signal drainage problems or that the soil isn’t receiving suitable air. In this case purchasing some potting/topsoil might be beneficial. You can go to any home improvement store or gardening center to purchase a potting soil that best fits your needs. You’ll want to make sure it provides the proper amount of drainage and extra nutrients that will help your plants flourish.

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 Considering your  ground cover options  will help your garden  succeed!

When you consider your options (decorative bark, gravel, or mulch), your garden will have a better chance at succeeding and becoming the perfect accent to your home. There are many options of groundcover to choose from depending on your level of gardening experience and preference. Just make sure you choose the option that suits you and your gardening needs. After that, the rest is simple and you’ll be ready for a great summer!

References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Topsoil

http://www.gardening.cornell.edu/factsheets/misc/soilbasics.html

 

Get The Best Painting Contractors

Painting Contractor in Wasatch CountyIf you’ve never had to paint the exterior of your house, the first time can be quite daunting. It is hard to know who to trust with such an extensive, and sometimes expensive job. Let’s talk about some of the things you need to do before you hire out painting services in Park City, or anywhere else.

Finding Painters By Word Of Mouth

First of all, ask around. Word of mouth from trusted friends beats any advertising campaign, any day. Chances are however, that all of your friends did not use the same painting service. In this case, move on to step 2.

Painting Contractor Estimates

Get estimates. An estimate should cover the time and expense of your particular project. Detailed estimates can include itemizations as well. That way, if you are super savvy about exterior house painting, you can see what is necessary. You will also be able to determine which services have been tacked on as extraneous. Estimates will most likely be free. Make sure you get estimates from at least 3 different painting contractors. Even more estimates will serve you better if you have the time. Do not schedule the estimates at the same time, as this is in very poor taste. If there is a huge difference in the estimates, ask why. One painting contractor may provide a service that another does not.

Interview The Contractor

During the estimate meeting, ask questions about the painting company. How long have they been in business? Are they licensed, insured and bonded? Do they guarantee their work? These types of questions are perfectly reasonable. After all, you are about to spend quite a bit of money on them, and you should be protected. Pay attention not only to the answers to the questions, but the estimator’s demeanor as well. If he or she is offended at being asked these questions, or impatient, then there may be something fishy going on.

Review The Painting Contract

Once you have decided on a painter, review the contract before signing it. Reading everything line by line and making sure you understand it, is very important. If you have questions, or need to alter something you do not agree with, make sure you have that done before you sign the contract.

Top 7 Types of Mulch

top-7-types-of-mulchWhen choosing what to use to help protect and beautify your garden or landscape, there are many options available. Each has their own strengths and curb appeal as well as price range. Mulch has been a popular option for years in order to protect your garden and landscape from the weather, to help keep in the moisture, to provide continual nutrients, and add a great look. Let’s look at 7 different styles of mulch that you can choose from.

  1. Straw mulch. While one of the most simple and cheapest mulches available, it leaves a lot to be desired. It can create simple walkways and provide some good protection for your gardens and landscaping. The problems that arise is that it attracts mice, and other critters, it doesn’t usually completely block the sunlight and therefore doesn’t act as a strong moisture barrier. Another drawback is that it often contains weed seeds.
  2. Newspaper and cardboard mulch. Are you feeling green? Recycling your old newspaper and cardboard and using it as mulch is excellent for your plants and soil. It can offer a strong barrier to the sun and weather, therefore protecting your soil, the plants and the moisture and it can easily adapt to the contour of the land. Since paper is biodegradable, it will decompose into the ground, therein truly recycling the paper. One of the biggest drawbacks with this mulch is the look. One solution is to use newspaper as the bottom layer and cover it over with Utah compost.
  3. Pebble/gravel mulch. Pebbles and gravel tend to be more popular as trail or pathway coverage but can also work in gardens and landscaping. It does well at absorbing heat during the day and giving it off at night which can help create a more subtle climate range. However, it doesn’t keep out the weed seeds or does it do a very good job at keeping the moisture in the soil.
  4. Pumice rock mulch. One of the big differences between pumice and other pebble or gravel mulches is that is has the ability to trap and better maintain moisture in the soil. While this works well once this type of stone is further in the dirt, when you first lay it, you’ll need to give it extra time and water in order to for the water to penetrate and really be utilized in the soil.
  5. Grass clippings mulch. This is about as green as you can get! When you add this mulch immediately after being cut, you gain the green aspect of the fresh grass as well as a great fragrance. With any living green plant, once cut from its’ root it will turn brown, but as it decomposes, it adds great organic fertilizer to your garden and landscaping area.
  6. Compost mulch? Compost provides exceptional nutritional value to your garden and landscape. This will provide value for seasons to come. However, as a decorative mulch it is a little bit lacking. One solution is to mix this with another type of mulch, using this as the first layer of the mulch. It offers great coverage over your dirt, locking moisture in and keeping weeds out.
  7. Shredded bark mulch and wood chips. One of the most popular and favored of all types of mulches is the wood mulch in its various forms. With a never ending option of colors and types of wood from which to have this mulch made, it’s no wonder that it tends to be a favorite. Add to that the cheapness of it as well as it often being readily available and you have a winner for most people. This type of mulch offers exceptional moisture retention as well as weather barrier for your garden and landscape areas. A drawback is that it does break down, but this is also a positive as the decomposing of the mulch can help add nutrients to the ground and it gives you an opportunity to add new life and color when applying a new batch.

As one can see, there are a myriad of different types of mulches and something to suite everyone. Whether one prefers organic, “green”, or cold stones, you can always find something that will make your garden or landscape look even better. If you’re looking for something more industrial – check out agbeltingoutlet.com.  They’ve helped farmers and landscapers with several different types of belts for their equipment to help them get as much out of their labor as possible!