18 April 2018

The things you need for an organised home

 Keeping your home organised and in order is an ongoing battle that we all face on a daily basis, but just following a few simple tips can ensure that your home is clean and clear.

Having an organised home can take a bit of effort, but keeping it this way can work wonders for your wellbeing.
These are our tips for ensuring that your home is always organised.

Keep the hall clutter free
Walking into your home that’s filled with bits and bobs in the hall is not going to give you the right mindset for the rest of your home.

Keep your hall free from clutter and think about storing coats, bags and umbrellas somewhere else. Or if you have the space for it, invest in some sort of storage solution that can keep regularly worn jackets and shoes in.

Could a letter rack make a difference too? Instead of just piling them up, sort them into levels of importance so they’re not chucked into the drawer and forgotten about.

Organise your book shelves
When was the last time you looked through and sorted your book shelves? Taking the time, even just once a year, to have a clear out and sort things out can make a big difference. Donate the books you aren’t going to read again to a local charity shop, or even just ask friends if they’d like to read them too. Recycling your books is great for the mind as well as helping to keep your shelves free from books you’re never going to read again.

Keep essentials out of sight 
Household essentials like mops, vacuum cleaners, irons and ironing boards should have a designated place in the home that is stored away neatly and tidily. Don’t leave them leaning against the bedroom wall or in the corner of a room, instead ensure that you find the space to keep them tucked away.

No dark corners
Everyone wants a light and bright home, because dark corners are areas that it’s easy for clutter to culminate. If you do have dark spaces in the home, ensure you have plenty of functional lighting in your rooms to guarantee that there aren’t any dark spaces where clutter and unorganised mess can gather. First Lighting has a huge range of functional lighting that is smart and stylish for your home.

Make use of storage areas
Cupboards in the home are a god send for storing the things we really need, but don’t necessarily use all of the time. Keep your storage areas clean and clear and ensure that you know exactly what is in them at all times. That way you won’t have anything in there that is of no use now or in ten years time. Once a year give it a little clear out and make sure it’s tidy and free from useless items. Having some practical lighting in these spaces is also a good idea to ensure that you can see exactly what is in these spaces.

17 April 2018

For The Love Of Dogs

I have always loved dogs.  The unconditional love.  The happy face that greets you when you come in the door.  They way they somehow seem to know when you are ill or sad and come to cuddle you.  

Over the past 25 years we have had many dogs.  See you if can see the (very obvious) theme of the names! Benjie, Sophie, Cindy, Ellie, Rosie and Simba.  All with the "ie" on the end apart from our latest baby boy, Simba.

The saddest part about having a dog is that they have you their entire life, but you don't have them for yours.  We have had to say goodbye to 5 dogs and it is heartbreaking every single time.  But we will always remember their love, their characteristics, their personalities.

Our dining room is host to the pictures of all the dogs we have had over the years.

I realised the other day that Simba was turning 2 in June and we still not have a picture of him up in the house.  That had to be remedied ASAP so I started looking at photo canvas prints online that we could put on the wall.

I think the hardest part was choosing a photograph of him, I have hundreds on my phone as he is such a little poser!  See what you think of the photograph I chose..

Isn't he just utterly beautiful?  As you can see, we have departed from having Yorkshire Terriers to this time, a Shih Tzu this time.  When we went looking at dogs this time around after losing our wonderful Rosie and Ellie last year, I saw their faces in all the puppies we looked at.  We found Simba on Gumtree of all places, with current owners who couldn't care for him anymore so at 4 months, he became our baby instead.

Do you have photographs of your fur babies (or actual babies, whatever takes your preference that you want on your wall?  Because I am happy to tell you that I have a promotion code for www.my-picture.co.uk on their already discounted canvas print formats (87% saving in all!).  

All you have to do is go on the site, upload your photograph, select the desired print canvas format and enter the code THECURVEDOPINION in the coupon code section when checking out.  Simple!  The code is valid until the 15th May 2018.

Let me know in the comments if you buy a print and what photograph you have chosen!

*This item was gifted to me but all opinions (and fur babies) are my own