Make Your House Look Cleaner And Bigger With These Hacks

With the skyrocketing price of real estate right now, you may end up not buying the typical mansion of your dreams. Fret not because there are ways to maximize the space you have at home and make it look cleaner and cosey.

Two of the most important things you should consider in your house is the spaciousness and cleanliness. Why don’t you try some of these hacks for your abode:

1. Paint walls and ceiling with light colors

There is nothing wrong with dark shades of colour, but it sure does make a living space feel a little tight. Why not opt for lighter hues especially white because it doesn’t just make your space look spacious, it adds a look of freshness and cleanliness as well.

2. Try being a minimalist

Less furniture and decorations will give the house more space. Also, it is easier to clean with fewer things in the house. Having less doesn’t make your house look empty, but with proper guidance from an interior designer or research, one can create a spacious vibe from all the spaces you saved for opting to go minimalist. A lot of designs today are based on this concept because it suits the typical working mom and the independent single millennial.

3. Style your house with mirrors

It may be magic or what, but somehow, mirrors create an illusion of spaciousness. Look at modern houses and living spaces right now, designers tend to be playful with mirrors because of the illusion it creates.

4. Use oversized wall arts

The trick here is, by having something big hanging on your wall expands the sight making the impression that your space is big. You

5. Make your house well-lighted

A well-lit room looks bigger compared to dimmer ones. Make use of the sunshine and use white light bulbs.

6. Keep your floors always clean

Clean floors give the impression of a clean house, maybe because it is the most noticeable. Observe visitors when they enter your home, the first thing they will look at is the floor.

7. Simple things should be done as often as we could

May it be vacuum cleaning, dusting, or even cleaning the bathroom. The secret is to clean every part of the house on a regular basis. That is the secret why hotels look fresh and clean.

8. Candles and oil will do the trick

Light some scented candles or use essential oils to diffuse. It will give a different mood and vibe to your house. It will also give a relaxing feeling.

9. Have a clutter-free home

Most of us own too many stuff which is prominent in making our homes messy and topsy-turvy. Purging is not a bad idea if you wish to have a bigger and cleaner household. Just think of it this way, if you get rid off of the excess things then you’ll have more space. It’ll be of less hassle when you tidy up your place. If you see your things laying around somewhere, pick it up and arrange it.

Keep Your Home Smelling Fresh With These Tips

We all know that we abuse our homes with different smells and unique odors. It varies from light, sweet, fresh scent all the way to foul odors of moldy, stale, stinky kind of smell. Getting used to these smell means we don’t recognize how bad it is even when we walk through the door. But, when other people visit you, they either take notice and tell you about it or they just felt uneasy and a bit turned off. These smells tell us how we take care of our homes.

So how do we banish these household odors for good? You can either buy commercially available air fresheners for instant results within minutes but, it will just be a temporary remedy and a bit hefty in price too. So let’s try to refresh our homes with these DIY, budget-friendly, natural finds.

Natural Home Deodorizers Potpourris

Before we start making these natural fresheners, we need to gather these things first:

  1. Mason jar (if storing in the refrigerator)
  2. Pot for stovetop
  3. Water
  4. Any available ingredients listed on the recipes below

Step-by-step Procedure

  1. Cut any fruits and place in water or you can have a twist by adding spices, extracts and herbs if you want for a more signature scent
  2. Fill your pot/saucepan with water, ¾ the way full and then boil
  3. As soon as it reaches boiling point, reduce to low heat and let it simmer

The scented vapour will spread throughout your home, changing the scent and banishing other unwanted smells in your home.

Variety of Ingredients

Each recipe is numbered as follows, just follow the same steps above in preparing them.

  1. Water, lemon, rosemary, and vanilla extract
  2. Water, vodka, and lilac oil (use it as a room spray)
  3. 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary, a teaspoon of vanilla extract and one sliced lemon (from Williams-Sonoma)
  4. 1 tablespoon vanilla, 1 sliced orange
  5. 1 sliced orange, 5 cinnamon sticks, 2 tablespoons of whole cloves
  6. 1 sliced orange, 1 tablespoon almond extract
  7. 2 sliced limes,  1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  8. 5 1/4 inch slices of ginger, 1 tablespoon almond extract, 3 cinnamon sticks
  9. 1 lemon, 1 tablespoon of peppermint extract, 4 sprigs of rosemary
  10. 1 lemon, 1 tsp black peppercorns, a handful of basil
  11. Cedar twigs, by themselves. I love cedar.
  12. Bergamot tea (Earl Grey), 1 tsp vanilla extract
  13. Bergamot tea, 1 sliced orange, 1 tsp almond extract
  14. 1 tablespoon coconut extract, 1 sliced lime

Other Ingredients To Choose From

  1. Citrus Fruits last longest in the pot. But you can also use apples and cranberries.
  2. Herbs that are twiggy or woody hold up best like rosemary, thyme and lemongrass. You can opt-in for thinner herbs though, they’ll still smell therapeutically divine but they won’t last long in the pot.
  3. Spices that are sweet smelling of cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, star anise and peppercorns work best. Avoid using strong-smelling spices like paprika which are better left for cooking.
  4. Extracts add a little bit of twist and mood to our scents like cotton candy, vanilla, apricot, peppermint, maple, almond, coconut and blueberry. What a sweet surprise!
  5. Fragrant tree scents like pine needles twigs or your favorite tea work well too.

Other Home Deodorizers

  1. Carpet Powder. Just sprinkle the mixture of baking soda, dried rosemary, and lavender oil on your carpets, let it sit for 15-20 minutes, and vacuum it up for a fresh-smelling room.(Our Best Makeover Projects)
  2. DIY Plug-In Refill. Reuse empty glass plug-in air fresheners containers.Fill it up with some essential oil and water.(Liz Marie Blog Tutorial)
  3. DIY Reed Diffuser. You’ll need a glass container with a small opening, rattan reeds, alcohol, almond oil, and essential oil. Lavender oil for a bedroom to add that fresh, calming scent. While lemon essential oil is perfect for the kitchen. (Mom 4 Real Tutorial)

So, if you want to change your home’s scent signature try these few really easy and fun DIY home fresheners, the best part is, it will cost you to nothing. You can experiment and try a different variety of scents depending on your mood or season. Refreshing your home scents have never been this breezy and inexpensive. How cool is that!

8 Ways To Enhance Your House Entrance

Your home is a representation of who you are. The exterior gives people an initial impression of what is inside your inner sanctuary. A well-kept, appealing and beautiful front entry can be the envy of passers-by. By adding the right elements, you can dramatically increase its market value aside from the delight you can give to other people who see it. Not only that, it makes you a proud owner of an admirable property.

If you think it’s time to do a makeover, here are the 8 ways to enhance your house entrance:

Customize front door

Personalize your front door by replacing it with monogrammed glass door. You can use add customized monogram door hanger or etched glass door monogram. A fresh coat of bright, bold color can make it more eye-catching.

Don’t forget to replace old, worn down, scratched and dented handle sets or knobs to create an elegant, modern look of your entryway.

Put a porch swing

Fill up an empty space with a porch swing. Add colorful throw pillows or drape a shawl for a welcoming ambience. Relax and enjoy a cup of coffee anytime you want while watching people pass by. It is also a nice spot for small talk with friends or neighbors.

Light it up

Emphasize the architectural design of your house at night with unique light designs like string lights, motion-sensing lights or low-voltage, vintage lamps.. Illuminate the pathway with hanging lanterns or lamp posts. Aside from enhancing the aesthetic quality of your home, lights ensure safety and convenience.

Make the entrance elegant

A small porch will be more attractive if you add a frame, an archway or a roof over the front door. Aside from being stunning, it protects you from sun and rain while fishing for the key. The same thing for your visitors while they are waiting for you to open the door.

An attached pergola or gazebo is a nice alternative too. You can also add moldings, trims, columns, decorative brackets and other architectural fixtures that complement the design of your house.

Create a landing spot

Make your porch or entrance area relaxing by placing a bistro set or at least two weather-resistant chairs. It provides a sense of warm welcome and at the same time makes an empty space functional.

Upgrade your landscape

Ornamental plants with colorful flowers are pleasant to the eyes. However, make sure to regularly prune overgrown plants that block the entrance view. Plant more of them in your front yard or along the path to your front door. You can also put decorative planters or flower pots to enliven the porch area. Arrange them in symmetry to make a visual impact.

Transform your pathway

Install a paving stone path to transform your home entrance. Choose colorful and stylish stones to improve the pathway. The ideal size is about 3-4 feet wide which allows two individuals to walk together.

Revamp the entrance look

Transform the ordinary look of your entrance area. Make it a focal spot of attention by adding full-length windows on both sides of the door. They create an illusion of bigger space and also let more natural light inside the house.

Kitchen Organizing Hacks

Kitchen Organizing Hacks is now a trend that helps maximize the space. Repurpose things are very useful in organizing the kitchen. There are also useful kitchen ingredients for cooking that helps freshen and clean the kitchen. With these hacks, the kitchen is a place of order where it is easy to manage and pleasant to work and cook.

Check below amazing kitchen organizing hacks transforming to a pretty and useful kitchen place.


Use of magnets to hang spice racks with steel covers or containers.

Magazine Holders

Holders inside the cabinets to store Ziploc box and aluminium foil boxes. Use of magazine holders as freezer shelves to organize things in the fridge.

Clear bottles and labels

Storing of foods in clear containers and labelling them helps clear the mess and identify the food item immediately.

Curtain rod

Install curtain rods for space of pot lids.

Pocket organizer 

Pocket Organizers has enough pockets for cleaning items to put inside the cabinet door.

Tension rods

Place this below the sink to store spray bottles or cleaning materials.


Insert cleaning sponge to a clip and let it dry.


Hang it inside the cabinet for hooking Kitchen utensils.

Screw Hooks

Attach screw hooks below the spacious kitchen counter to hang kitchen utensils, pots and pans.


Use a pegboard to organize kitchen utensils and pots/pans.

Clear Desk Organizer

Repurpose clear desk organizer as fridge organizer to manage the food items. This can also be stacked on top of each other.

Check below for cooking ingredients to freshen kitchen area.

Clean with Baking soda

  1. Freshen the inside bottom of a garbage can by sprinkling baking soda (about one tablespoon).
  2. Use baking soda with vinegar to desensitize the inside of the oven.
  3. Use of baking powder and vinegar to put in the drain. Follow with hot water to rinse oil grease.

Clean with Baking soda

  1. Freshen the inside bottom of a garbage can by sprinkling baking soda (about one tablespoon).
  2. Use baking soda with vinegar to desensitize the inside of the oven.
  3. Use of baking powder and vinegar to put in the drain. Follow with hot water to rinse oil grease.


Clean dishwasher with vinegar to freshen it up.


Freshen the place with vanilla. Put 2 cups of vanilla, baked in an oven at 300 degrees. The room will smell like vanilla after.


Put flour in a microfiber cloth and rub it in steel appliance, sink or counter. Then rinse it off to make the surface shine.

The kitchen organizing hacks are convenient and affordable to make storages and cabinets more spacious and organized. It helps in decluttering and more efficient in cleaning off the kitchen area. These hacks make life easy in the kitchen with no stress at all.

5 DIY Lawn Care and Garden Ideas To Transform Your Yard

One of the best parts of our house is the garden. It is where we can relax and be one with nature, But building or decorating it is one big challenge.

You don’t really need to hire a professional or be an expert to do your garden and lawn. There are few simple tricks that you can do. All you need to have is a seed of patience and a gallon of love and you are all set for a Do-it-yourself Garden.


We want a green backyard, right? And that, of course, includes the lawn and a lot of us is having some challenges on how to maintain it. Problems arise and you always question your ability to take care of this green carpet.

Let us not overwhelm yourself with a lot of do’s and don’ts, let’s stick to the basic. You need to have a healthy soil, neutral pH7. If your soil is acidic you can apply Epsom salt plus water, will do the trick. Do not hand-pull the weeds, boil some water and pour it into the weed affected area. Contrary to what we believe that a healthy lawn needs a lot of water, water will only shallow the root system.

Water rarely, but deeply to establish good roots and green grass.

Secret Lawn Tonic

There are a lot of  “secret” law tonics on the internet and what I have encountered and use effectively is this one. This recipe is shared by  Tim Heffron a former groundskeeper at a golf course.

You will need:

One full can of regular pop (any kind-no diet soda)

One full can of beer (no light beer) 12oz

1/2 Cup of Liquid dishwashing soap (do NOT use anti-bacterial dishwashing liquid)

1/2 Cup of household ammonia

1/2 Cup of mouthwash (any brand)


Pour into 10-gallon hose-end sprayer (other sizes will work too)

In high heat, apply every three weeks

Tin Can

Us we try to be one with nature, let us do our part in reducing our waste. Instead of putting away your used tin cans, we can try to upcycle it and create colorful small pots for our garden.  All you need to have are tin cans paint brush, paint, and imagination.

Pallet herb garden

Instead of buying herbs that you will use in your next recipe, why not plant them?

Reusing the pallet that is in your backyard would be a great idea.

No professional carpenter? No problem. Pallet, nail, paint (optional) coco pot (or coir mat) and soil are the only materials that you need to prepare. Cover the bottom of each shelves using coco pot so that you can put the soil in. Each individual shelf can hold different herb to grow. Put the seed in and wait for it to produce a herb.

Vertical  planters

There are plenty of vertical planters that you can choose from. This is ideal for small gardens to maximize the use of space that is available. from PVC, wood repurposed old barrel or even a pocket shoe organizer will do the trick.  

You can try this for your garden, all you need to have are the following.


4″ – 6″ diameter PVC  of any length

Potting mix and compost

Plants (small plants only)

Large pebbles ( to add support and stability)

Drip pipeline (this will help to distribute the water evenly)

How to:

Drill the PVC pipe to your desired location.

Add the large pebble to support the PVC.

Place drip pipeline so that you can have a good water flow for your plant.

Put the seed.

Having a beautiful garden does not need to be costly, Imagination is the only key to have a beautiful garden. So what are you waiting for? Put on your gloves, have your rake ready and do your gardening

House Paint Colors Guideline

Are you having a dilemma in finding the right colors for your abode? Choosing colors can sometimes be overwhelming, especially when you are in the planning stage and you have a lot of things to consider, not to mention the comprehensive selection of colors in the palette.

You need not worry, this article will walk you through the following points to simplify the process of selecting suitable colors for your home.

The starting phase always entails researching, planning, paint swatching and at times consulting.

You want to make sure that the hue combinations you chose to produce the outcome you desire.

You may check other paint colors guidelines available online for additional tips and guides on color combinations and designs.

Create a layout of your house and conceptualize the colors you want to designate on every part. Check the color wheel for the colors that contrast and match each other.

You may consider doing some color testing on boards or small surfaces to check which mixes are right to apply.

Take into consideration the exterior and interior of your house.

Remember that when deciding on the facade of your house, you should set out a paint scheme that will stand through time and will complement your surrounding and your neighbors’ houses.

Create an impression with the initial colors you choose – yellow if you prefer sunny and bright, red if you want to get bold and blue or gray if you choose to be cool and laid-back.

Whether it is dark or light color that you chose for the bigger field of your exterior, consider choosing a color that slightly contrasts, for your doors, windows and shutters.

For the interior of your house, you can choose your personal taste of colors that fit your style.

Keep in mind as well the furniture and decorations you are going to use and the inspiration you will draw from when selecting the color scheme for your interior. This will help in depicting the depth of your home design and color arrangement.

The mood setting and style are also factors in selecting shades and tints for your home.

Harmony is what you seek when you incorporate the mood you want to set and the style you prefer in your home.

Light and space in a room is a factor when picking shades and tints. Strong colors will intensify the brightness, hence, you may opt for a cooler shade to balance the hue setting and create a calm ambience.

If your space is quite small, choose brighter shade or striking accents to create a spacious impression.

Finding the right texture to finish the paint colors for the walls and landings is important to create a cohesive look for your interior.

When it becomes difficult to choose a great color for your home, opt for soft and neutral monochromatic schemes. You can pick a color analogous to the first one you chose, for the adjacent rooms.

Take note of the preferences and mood of each member when mixing shades and tints in each room. Imagine the colors used on what vibe they invoke in each member.

Let us contemplate on the paint color schemes we chose for our home.

We may agree on this or not, but the manner on how we choose colors and arrangement in our home reflects who we are. Choosing the right colors has an impact on our perspectives and well-being. Hence, careful study and process in selecting the colors for your home are essential.

When things get really difficult for us, we can always seek professional advice or from our friends and families with architecture and design practice. After all, colors are things we can perceive and share with others.