Designing your baby’s nursery can be one of the most exciting times you would share with your spouse while anticipating the arrival of your new family member. Traditionally, baby nurseries are coloured with light, pastel hues or warm and loving shades. They are also endowed with fluffy pink stuffed rabbits or plush bluish-grey puppies. However, if you are a fan of contemporary art and have already adopted the modern look for the rest of your home, Modern Nursery may provide that extra extension of your appreciation for all that is unique and new into your baby’s room.
Modern Nursery’s tag line is to “Begin Life in Style.” It shelves the whole range of baby products all with the contemporary effect.
Modern furnishing in the nursery
Modern Nursery allows chic mothers-to-be to decorate their baby’s room with artistic bed-covers, wall-papers, crib mobiles, rugs and even provides a range of interesting lights. Even your baby’s crib will look ridiculously modern – it will give bedtime a glossier more positive outlook if you are struggling with a child who refuses to sleep at night, as many babies do. To add the pizazz to sleep deprivation, a comfotable sofa or rocking chair will help you and your baby to settle down into a comfortable bedtime routine.
Storage for baby’s belongings
When a bouncing baby comes along, so do plenty of equipment that accompany him or her. Besides changing tables that have drawers, Modern Nursery extends their storage collection to a range of shelves and cabinets. These furniture items can fit the modern interior of your house while acting as a hiding place for beddings, out-grown baby clothes, toys and books as well as towels and bath equipment.
Baby equipment in the rest of the house
Baby equipment are not limited to the nursery. Highchairs, feeding utensils, backpacks, strollers are items that will grace your home when new baby arrives. Modern Nursery has also the designs that you will appreciate – just take a look at their highchair collection. In fact, some items such as their wall-art and lights will even gel effectively into your home’s ambience.
Modern Nursery proves that nurseries need not remain full of white clouds and rainbows. They provide the opportunity to modern art lovers to incorporate contemporary designs into their children’s lives right from the beginning. Furthermore, this appreciation blends neatly into the interior decoration of their own home.
Recycling lumber is easier on the environment but can be harder on the wallet. Though more expensive than new lumber, there are good reasons for using reclaimed wood for construction projects and flooring.
Environmental Benefits of Using Reclaimed Lumber for Construction
Aside from the obvious advantage of having to cut fewer trees, reclaimed lumber benefits the environment in additional ways. While some energy-intensive processing is required to make recycled lumber useable, it’s significantly less than the amount needed to turn standing trees into building lumber.
Construction Benefits of Recycled Lumber
After years of lumbering in all parts of the United States, most of the construction grade lumber is from second growth forests, most old growth wood having been harvested long ago. Most reclaimed lumber that is salvaged from old buildings is from old growth trees. This means that it is denser and has straighter grain then new wood. Recycled wood is more stable than new wood; any warping or shrinking caused by drying happened long ago.
Pricing of Reclaimed Lumber for Building
The use of reclaimed lumber is easier on the environment, and less easy on the wallet. It may cost more than new wood because of the work that goes into preparing the wood for reuse. Most recycled lumber comes from old barns, factories, and warehouses, which have to be disassembled by hand to provide reusable wood.
Recycled Wood for Flooring
While business is down in construction and related fields, sales are still fairly strong for tongue and groove wood flooring reclaimed from old barns, homes and factories. People interested in building or remodeling green homes buy it because they like the idea of using a recycled product. As with reclaimed lumber, it’s not the price point that makes it popular as it can cost $3 or more per square foot than new flooring that has been prefabricated to look old.
Modern machinery, however, cannot precisely duplicate the look that a hundred or more years of wear imparts on a wood floor. It’s the patina and the random digs and dings that help make these old floors look warm and lived in. More and more homeowners are willing to pay a little extra to do their bit for the earth and bring the warmth and charm of old and mellowed wood into their homes.
Home design with mother earth in mind – If you are just starting a home improvement project or are thinking about one in the near future, think about saving money and the Earth at the same time. Thinking “Green” will not only help the Earth in the long run but it can also save you money.
Say no to oil based products
By using products that are not synthetic based we can lower the amount of oil that the world’s population uses and thus lower the amount of pollutants in the atmosphere. For example installing a new carpet made of natural wool fibers rather than nylon or polyester will not only reduce the dependency on oil but the reduction of the pollutants made during the processing of it. Wool carpet does cost more than nylon but it lasts longer and does not build up a static charge like the synthetic fabrics do. Wool carpet can also add value to a home.
For decorator fabrics choose cotton rather than polyester. Drapes, throw pillows and even upholstery can all be made from cotton or another type of non-oil based textile. Burlap, jute and silks are other types of textiles that can be used.
Stay close to home
Buying items that were manufactured close to where you live cuts down on the pollution caused by shipping an item. Think about buying products for home decoration from local artists and craftsmen.
Thinking about how you will maintain your newly done home improvement project will determine if it is truly a “Green” home improvement. If you have to clean your new carpet or flooring with a harsh chemical rather than biodegradable cleaner then maybe you should rethink your project. It is also more eco friendly to have a hard surface floor rather than carpet. Vacuuming a carpet uses electricity. Shampooing the carpet uses chemicals and more electricity. On the other hand a hard surface floor just needs sweeping and the appropriate floor cleaner applied with a mop.
To help our future we must look to our past
It seems that our technology based lifestyles has become our planet’s undoing. Chemicals and the technologies that have developed over the last 15 years has done more in creating pollution and toxic landfills than we care to think about. By turning to our simpler past homes made with natural elements rather than man made synthetics we can try and make a difference in our world ecology. For more information on helping our planet go to Rescue our Planet.com
With all of the information that is out there and circulated to the home (car payments, bank statements, and utility bills) paperwork can get to be overwhelming. There is the question of what to save and file and what to discard. Anything other than advertisements seems important and should be either read or saved. A personal filing system can help keep everything in perspective.
Choosing a Filing Cabinet or Other Type of Filing System
The type of filing cabinet that is chosen goes according to the quantity of materials a person has. A college student may require a small portable portfolio for tuition bills and other small bills. A person who has more information (say from years of home ownership or divorces) may have more paperwork and is going to need a larger filing system (something like the metal ones used in offices, but on a smaller scale).
There are plastic filing systems and more simplistic filing systems (racks for folders) that can also be used. Some may be happy with storing information in a small vault or drawer. A drawer might not be the most practical way to organize as items need to be separated and easy to view. Considering where to place this filing system is another challenge. Finding a small corner in a home office is ideal.
Separating Bills, Taxes, and Other Papers
Before filing items that include bills, taxes, and other important papers (doctor bills, any financial statements and letters) the information needs to be separated and files need to be clearly labeled. The system is personal and has to work for the person organizing it. Large black letters may be used (written or typed) indicating what is in each file. Red tags or removable notes may be inserted where there is something important to follow up on.
Maintaining and Cleaning out the Filing System
As things are neatly stored away in the personal filing system and kept up to date, items should also occasionally be cleaned out. Papers can quickly pile up and take up too much room. When this happens, cleaning is necessary. When sensitive items pile up (tax information, financial statements, and other items containing social security numbers) shredding is in order.
These days, throwing papers out with sensitive information on them is risky because of identity theft, so it has become very common to shred sensitive documents. To solve the problem, shredding services may be hired or small shredders can also be purchased at almost any office supply store. To speed up shredding, do not file papers away with a lot of staples in them (they’ll have to be taken out later, unless the shredder can shred staples).
A personal filing system can keep private information handy and accessible. Making sure the right type of system is chosen for personal belongings is necessary. Keeping track of everything and cleaning out once in awhile will keep things in order and up to date the next time something needs to be retrieved.
Home improvement Project Gone Bad
Honey, I think the ceiling is caving in! I rolled my eyes at my husband Blake while we were pummeled with large raindrops watching our brand new television set. I should have seen it coming weeks ago when I walked into our home.
It must have been that gleaming look in his eyes that made me hesitate for an instant. There was suddenly a feeling of dread in the pit of my stomach as he dragged me away. My husband grasped my hand and said, ‘Follow me”. I had barely managed to put my shopping bags on the kitchen counter when he led me to his new remodeling project. I quickly visualized the timeline in my head that this man had used to complete what was supposed to be a second living room. There is absolutely no way he could have finished in just two days. It was supposed to be a simple addition that would enlarge an existing room.
I am still not sure why we needed a second one, since we managed to get along fine with just one like most families. It obviously wasn’t enough for him. This was a person who goes around looking for things to fix, according to him. In reality, he has destroyed more things than he has actually fixed. Although, I give him points for trying. He is a burst of energy and excitement at the beginning of a home improvement project and then completely loses interest in the middle of it. This explains the lack of hot water in the bathroom at the current moment. Yep, you guessed it. It is another one of his works in progress. This latest remodeling event was supposed to be a state of the art theatre room. It was to be a place where we could have guests over to watch movies until the wee hours of the morning. I envisioned beautiful honey crème plush carpeting and spectacular lighting additions that would highlight an artistic theme. We hadn’t discussed a color, so I figured he would choose something that would complement the entire house. Instead, I opened my eyes on that cold September day and my jaw fell open. I gritted my teeth while trying to look for the positive. The room had four walls. Ok, so that was a start. Our old sofa had been relocated to this cold room and our television stood proudly in the center. In the corner was a lamp, which I think was hiding because there was hardly any light coming off of it. There wasn’t any floor, just hard cold cement. The walls weren’t even painted. Am I missing something to this story? No, that was all that was present in the room. It was definitely not a place to gather friends or relatives. It was a sight for sheer mortification. Scott gazed proudly at his new creation. Didn’t he realize that this was an unfinished room? I knew he overlooked details now and then but this was ridiculous. He really thought that once he moved the furniture in, the deal was done. I just smiled at him and said, “Nice job.”
I knew from the past that there were no words that I could have said that could have convinced him that this job needed tons more work. We have plenty of unpainted rooms without floor to prove it. I decided to go with a wait and see approach.
So, now we sit seven weeks later, amidst a pile of broken sheetrock and itchy pink insulation. He announces to me that the “theatre room” ceiling is leaking. He assured me that sooner or later he would get to it. Well, I am still waiting on him. I have now put crime scene tape across the entrance way so that no one crosses into this disaster zone. This room is now a health hazard because the ceiling has been overtaken by black and gray mold. The sheetrock is broken down to the point where you can see the roof through the boards. I am afraid to step in there for fear that I might get knocked down by one of those sheetrock boards. I could have sworn I heard bats in the rafters. After much pleading from me, that the television and the sofa were going to lose their lives in that room, they were moved. We are still dealing with the sudden sounds at night when a piece of the roof falls in and we are startled awake. My husband is the first to rush over with his tool belt to pull the fallen sheetrock board out. But that is all he does with that tool belt. He is not eager to finish the job or to repair the room. He just says nature will take its course-whatever that means. Maybe he believes that the home improvement fairies will come and repair it for him. As for me, I am busy going through the yellow pages looking for a handy man.
Filing systems typically have too much stuff, and therefore have a lot of paperwork that is not important or necessary to keep in a filing system. Purging this unnecessary paper is discussed in an earlier article (linked below), but here we discuss how to categorize file organizing systems..
File Organizing is Categorization
File organization, when brought down to the most basic level, is simply categorizing like items together. However, because there is so much information, and determining where to put the information and deciding which pieces of information to keep can often be confusing, it is one of the most asked about organizing tasks.
The most important detail about how to file are categories. File systems need to be sectioned by category, and not alphabetically as the standard used to be. The most common categories for home filing systems include: financial, personal, medical, and household. Within each of these categories there should be subcategories.
- Financial could have banking, credit, investments, and taxes
- Medical could have dental, vital records, prescriptions, and insurance
- Personal could have school, auto, vacation, and goals
- Household could have warranties, insurance, and inventory
The categories and subcategories should be custom to meet individual needs. If necessary, within the subcategories, break it down further by name or date; for example, warranties could be broken down further to have TV, Computer, Laptop, and so on; School could have Jill’s school, Danny’s school, and so on.
Organize Files With a Color Coded System
File organizing should be color coded to make information easier to find. Limit the colors used to three to five colors. If there are more, it can get too confusing. The goal is to keep it simple.
Each color needs to correspond to a main category.
- Blue could be medical
- Orange could be personal
- Green could be financial
- Red could be household
There are no rules to follow, but the colors should work for you personally. Pick a color that is an immediate reminder for the category. Colors are especially important for the medical category, in case there is ever an emergency in which any family member needs to quickly locate information.
Labels and Tab Positions
For the labels, use a white background to ensure that the labels are easy to read against the colored background. Keep labels on the same tab position per category to avoid the scattered look.