Spring is a time to pack up the old and usher in the new! As the temperature rises so will your mood – it’s time to re-introduce colour, fresh air and new furniture around the house.
If the warmer weather has you itching to spruce up your home, here are a few ideas that spring to mind.
Add some colour
Touches of colour can instantly lighten and brighten up your space. A few colourful accent pieces around a room, a bright piece of art or a bold cushion will add fun splashes of colour and spring vibrancy to your home.Affordable vases and colourful stacks of books on a coffee table or console will do the trick in any room.
Bring the outside inside
There’s nothing that says spring quite like the smell of fresh flowers and by adding plants and greenery to the inside of your home, you instantly create a connection to the outside.A bowl of lemons is so cheerful and spring flowers like tulips are less expensive and more readily available while they’re in season.
Declutter, clean and bring in something new
It may be a bit of a cliché to spring clean, but there’s nothing quite like a tidy and clean home. Clutter detracts from the overall function and beauty of your space – so box it, sell it or donate it.
Spring is all about freshness, so think about adding more storage to keep clutter at bay. If you don’t have much space, try to use multi-purpose furniture like TV stands and coffee tables with built-in storage where you can hide items easily.
Freshen up your patio
Your outdoor area has probably been neglected for a few months, it’s time to relook this space as you can use it to entertain in the warmer weather. Look around for new patio furniture, a gas braai and even a new TV or that bar fridge and get this area ready for spring!
It’s time to shake off those winter blues and add some cheer to your home!
Creating a kitchen space that works for you
Simple tips to help customise your kitchen according to your needs
Your kitchen’s layout and design will likely have an impact on the time you spend in it. Revamping your kitchen has more benefits than you expect, here’s a few simple things you can do to improve your kitchen experience:
Get the right appliances
One of the best parts about cooking is finding appliances that help make the process easier. This may seem like a small component in designing your kitchen space, but investing in items like a gas stove to whip up meals faster or a dishwasher to avoid washing dishes can make a difference to your kitchen experience.
Also consider how and where you purchase your appliances. Set a budget and if you can’t afford to get all these items cash you might want to rent-to-own. This option allows you the flexibility to upgrade or downgrade, which is perfect to suit your financial situation and your home needs and wants.
Make everything accessible and maximise on storage
One thing that can greatly affect your cooking experience is how easily you can access the things you need, including pots, pans and ingredients. This is why getting organised in the kitchen is so important, and the most useful way to do that is to customise your cupboards. You can make your cabinets work for you by adding extras such pull-out drawers. This has the effect of bringing all of your ingredients and utensils to you, instead of you having to struggle to reach them.
Create kitchen zones and organise items around those zones for prepping, cooking and cleaning. Aside from the obvious upper and lower cabinets, try utilizing a wall for added storage of everyday items. These can be hung from hooks, baskets or floating shelves for easy access.
A Maintenance Plan
You’ll soon find that making a plan for maintenance is just as important to your cooking experience as making these layout and design decisions. If you rent-to-own your kitchen appliances then you’re covered for maintenance and risk. For all your older appliances ensure you have a maintenance plan to cover unexpected repair costs. You can get an Easyfix Maintenance Plan which will cover spares and repairs for all your appliances for a small monthly premium.
Try to customise your kitchen to your needs, not all individuals use their kitchens in the same way – so organise it in a way that will add functionality and efficiency for you and your family.
6 things you shouldn’t put in your dishwasher
A list to ensure your helpful appliance and items stay in good shape!
Dishwashers were made to make household cleaning easier, but that doesn’t mean you can just put anything in there and expect it to come clean. There are a few items that could get ruined during even the gentlest of dishwashing cycles. Prevent your dishwasher from breaking down by only ever putting the correct kitchenware inside.
Here’s a list of items that are not suitable in your dishwasher to ensure your helpful appliance and items stay in good shape!
The heat from the drying cycle can cause wood items to bend out of shape. Hot water can also dull the finish of wood kitchen items.
When it comes to washing crystal dishware, do it by hand! The material doesn’t play nice with dishwashers due to the intense heat during the water cycle. The hot water has the power to chip, crack and even break fragile crystal.
- Insulated Mugs
Insulated mugs are fantastic for keeping your drinks extra chilly or hot for lengthy periods of time. But, if you put one in a dishwasher, there’s a good chance it won’t ever do that again. The space between the outer and inner layers of an insulated mug can fill with water if placed in the dishwasher, thus damaging its insulating effect.
- Nonstick Pans
Read the manufacturing instructions before washing your nonstick pans. Some brands of nonstick pans can go in the dishwasher, but if you’re not sure, it’s best to leave them out. A few extra moments washing your nonstick pans is far better than ruining the nonstick quality forever.
If you want your kitchen knives to stay sharp, you should never put them in the dishwasher. Dishwashers can dull knife blades making them work more like a bread knife than one that can slice through tougher foods. Hand wash your knives to keep them from going blunt and frustrating you in the future.
The small holes in graters used for grating cheese, lemons and limes can be plugged when placed in a dishwasher. These items are best cleaned by hand-washing with a soft-bristled brush.
We all know that washing dishes is probably the least liked chore, but taking a few minutes to clean those delicate belongings will help keep them and your dishwasher in good condition for years to come. Invest in an Easyfix Maintenance Plan to ensure that you’re covered for repairs should anything go wrong with your dishwasher. For a small monthly fee you can cover your dishwasher along with other kitchen items for spares and repairs by an authorised repairs agent.
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