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Winterize Your Home, Inside and Out

WINTERIZE HOMEWinterize and Prepare for the Harshness!

Everyone has to winterize their house. Unless you live some place like Hawaii. Then you have another problem. To winterize can mean a little bit of work, or a whole weekend of stuff, with stuff still left over to do. It can be a daunting task.

As a DIY home goddess, you have a lot of stuff already on your plate, so let’s make it just a little bit of work for you. There are something things you need to hire out to do, but I won’t put the majority of them on the list, because it is a big enough list as it is. If you have a hubby, significant other, or older kids, get them to help you with this.

The Story

Winterize

Two feet of snow is way too much, I tell you!

I am sure you have heard about the snow the east coast was hit with a few weeks ago. I was part of it. I spent the better part of three days shoveling out my sidewalk, my bushes, my vents, my car! We had about 24-27 inches of snow that accumulated in about 24 hours. I started shoveling right when the snow started. Fortunately I was just about done when everyone else decided to make their first foray into the blinding whiteness. It pays to start early!

I had done a few things, but not quite enough. My handyman had turned off my water. But I almost forgot I didn’t have a shovel. You see, my shovel had fallen apart last winter, and I had forgotten to replace it. So here I was, the day before the snow was to start, and I am running around town trying to find a shovel. Read more

Open a Stuck Bottle Cap

STUCK BOTTLE CAP

Open a Stuck Bottle Cap

What to do with a stuck bottle cap on the soda you are so thirsty for?

I figured I should post this, as it is happening more and more for me. Especially A&W Root Beer! Not that I have anything bad to say about the brand itself, but the packaging is starting to suck!

The last few times I’ve gotten a 6-pack of 20 ounce bottles of A&W Root Beer, my daughter and I have had problems opening them. The cap does not budge. We can’t even break the ring seal from the cap itself.

What Should Work, But Didn’t!

  • We tried using the rubber bottle thingys, whatever they are called
  • We tried hot water (which usually works on opening glass, but not plastic!)
  • We even used scissors to cut the cap ring loose from the rest of the cap, and the stupid thing still would not open.

But, we finally figured it out, without the help of a man, mind you. As any good DIY home goddess should try.

What Did Work!

We used pliers! No, seriously! Pliers! If you are a true diy goddess, you have a pair of these things, hopefully even knowing where they are in your house.

It actually gripped the stuck bottle cap enough that when we turned it, we heard the hissing sound of air escaping. Sounds silly, looks sillier, but it works! Go ahead and give it a try. Easy peasy.

No more stuck bottle caps for me, as long as I don’t lose the tool. You got the tool, and you have the talent in you.

Cleaning Schedule

CLEANING SCHEDULE

Cleaning Schedule

We all need cleaning tips for when we have to find the floor in our home.

I don’t mean that you don’t clean, but there are times when cleaning is so overwhelming and we might want to avoid it, or even have to go on strike just to make our point.
What are we supposed to do with our families? We cannot change them in any way; they have to be the ones to change themselves. So let’s make a quick and simple cleaning list, to cover the basics.

You do NOT need to be cleaning every day. If you did that, you would never have any goddess time! Once a week for a quick overhaul is good enough. Leave the deep cleaning for once a month, or once a season.

You can do all your cleaning in one day, or you can make different days for different chores. I am not organized or dedicated enough to do my cleaning on a daily basis, so I try to do it on Sundays, when the family is busy watching sports, or playing on their computer, or doing whatever.

The other question is do you do one chore at a time, throughout the whole house, or do you focus on one room at a time? My friend likes to focus on one room at a time. Personally, I cannot do that, cause then I never get anywhere! I like to do the same chore throughout the entire house at once. Then it feels like I am getting somewhere.

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Light bulbs

LIGHT BULBS

Light bulbs

What is the deal with millions of different light bulbs? Why do there have to be so many?

  • Wattage levels
  • Soft or white
  • Frosted or clear glass
  • Florescent or LED or traditional
  • Balls or candle looking, recessed or the twirling tubes

This is so crazy. Why can’t they have just one type? I look through my house, and have like eight different styles of light bulbs, without even going into the different wattages.

What can we do to minimize this situation? I understand some of these lightbulbs are used for energy efficiency. But it is crazy to have different bulbs for each socket in a place.

Organize Your Bulb Situation

Go through your entire house, and figure out what kinds of bulbs are in there right now.

  • All recessed lighting sockets should have the same one. Don’t use some with flat glass bulbs, some with the twirly pipe looking things, some with different wattages. Choose one style and stick with it!
  • All your bathroom lights should be the same style. Lighting bathroom should be the same, since you are using the lighting for the same purpose, looking in the mirror. Don’t use the same style but different size bulbs. Use the same one! Use either clear or frosted, not both.
  • For lights that are attached to the ceiling, see if you can use the ones that look like candles in all of them.
  • And check the size of the part that goes into the socket. If they are the same size, see if you have different lighting areas that can use the same lightbulbs.

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