when you invite me around to eat, i should.
The “Holy Grail” Of Painting. DONT WASTE HOURS USING THAT HORRIBLE BLUE TAPE!!
1. CLEAN WALLS! (This will make your paint appear smoother and less bumpy)
-Remove dust, dirt, smudges, etc.
-Use water, a sponge and a mild dishwashing detergent
-After cleaning, rinse walls with clean water & sponge to remove soap residue.
2. TAPE BASEBOARDS AND WINDOWS but avoid using too much tape on molding and doorframes…
(Too much tape can lead to spots left un-painted which cuts off the lines and really takes away from the paint job, trust me, i’ve done it, CUT IN)
3. Prime Walls (even though its tedious, it’s worth the extra effort)
-Walls that are primed have better sheen and make the finish coat more uniform.
4. Use a brush and CUT IN AROUND ALL EDGES (Door frames, baseboards, molding) pretty much painting any area around the perimeter of your painting area. Use slanted brush heads to help you cut in.
5. Use the W technique.
For efficiency, start in the corner of a wall and roll on a three-by-three-foot W pattern, then fill it in without lifting the roller. Continue in sections until you’re finished. Paint one wall at a time.
6. Paint the trim.
When the walls are completely dry, tape where the trim meets the wall. Paint the moldings and the door and window frames with a two-inch angled brush
1. Seal Sneaky Leaks
Seal electrical outlets in the exterior walls of your house. Foam insulating gaskets (less than $1 each) “act as a barrier so conditioned air stays in, rather than leaking out,” says Jonathan Passe of the EPA. Just unscrew the outlet cover, install the gasket, and replace the cover.
2. Go With the Flow
Install a high-performance showerhead. This uses 1½ gallons of water per minute (gpm) rather than 2½ gallons, the federal upper limit for new showerheads. By switching from a 2½-gpm to a 1½-gpm model ($20 and up), a family of four (each person taking daily 10-minute showers) could save about $88 a year on water and energy costs with gas water heating and $135 a year with electric, according to figures from the DOE Federal Energy Management Program.
3. Swap Out Bulbs
Replace incandescent bulbs with CFLs (compact fluorescent lightbulbs). A $10 CFL uses about a quarter of the wattage of an incandescent bulb, which amounts to more than $30 in savings per replaced bulb over the lifetime of the CFL (which averages 10,000 hours or 416 days). “If every household in the United States replaced one incandescent bulb with a CFL,” says Pablo Päster, a sustainability engineer based in San Francisco, “the energy savings would be the equivalent of shutting down one coal-fired power plant.”
4. Be Cool
Wash clothes in cold water. You may already know that this saves energy, but do you know how much? “Up to 90 percent of the cost of washing clothes comes from heating the water, so use hot water only for very dirty clothes,” says Adam Gottlieb of the California Energy Commission. Another tip: “Match the water level to the amount of clothes, or wait to wash full loads,” suggests Clement. “The water savings can be enormous.”
5. Close (or Open) Your Blinds
Leave blinds down on south- and west-facing windows on hot summer days to keep your space cool. “This prevents the sun from warming your home and making your cooling system work harder,” says Clement. “In winter, leave blinds up to allow the sun to help heat your home.”
6. Upgrade Your Heating (and Cooling) System
Install (and properly program) a programmable thermostat. The average household spends $2,200 annually on energy bills, and about half of that is for heating and cooling, says Vargas. A programmable thermostat costs $50 to $80, is easy to install, and can save about $180 a year. You can shave 2 percent off your heating (or cooling) bill for each degree you lower (or raise) the thermostat for at least eight hours a day while you’re away from home or asleep, says Amanda Korane of the ACEEE.
Inside Your House
Outside Your House
As a college job I am a part time nanny. One of my job requirements is to do the families laundry. I have mastered a lot of what i know about folding laundry from my dad who is meticulous at cleaning, organizing & folding! (believe it or not, he is a straight male) Perhaps, it’s the fact that he’s a nurse or…. he has adhd and has good qualities that come with ADHD such as…being meticulous and organized, etc. What ever it is…. he has taught me a lot, however, I have been struggling with fitted sheets.
This link has sure helped me, maybe it can help you readers who struggle with folding fitted sheets. I know it can be very daunting!!