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the season of promise is almost upon us. the lambs are already on the ground, the sunny daffodil faces are brightening up the roadsides and, at the thought of winter being behind us, there is a feeling of optimism in the air. it is this optimistic mood that inspires the homeowner to freshen up their surrounds under the guise of the great ‘spring clean’. As you emerge from winter hibernation, take the opportunity to assess your possessions. Look at the clutter points, and think about how you can refine your living environment. Are your cupboards overflowing? What about your wardrobes and drawers? now is the time, as we inch ever closely to september 1, to put mess at the top of your to-do list. interior designer Leeanne Kerr breaks down the ‘how’ part of the spring clean in her feature on page 6, and it all starts with a list. the trick is not to get put off by its length, however. Break it all down into palatable chunks and get that red pen ready to tick everything off as you go. i know my drawers – and those of the kids – are desperate for an overhaul, but i, too, am reluctant to get started. You’ve just got to remember how good you feel when it’s done! even the little things, like cleaning the fridge, make you feel a lot better once they are in order. i’m not very good at cleaning, which makes me particularly happy when i find some sort of product or tool that makes the chore easier. My mum bought me a magic cloth that has the ability to clean practically everything. it clears the soap scum off the shower door, the grease off the kitchen extractor fan and wipes clean non-stick frying pans with ease and without scratch. she also introduced me to sard Wonder soap – my go-to for every clothing stain! We share other tips and tricks for stain removal on page 7. We look at laundries to determine whether or not a separate room is the best option to suit your needs before heading outdoors to ensure your guttering has weathered the winter ok. if it all gets too much, throw a wine and cheese party – i recommend it!
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The spring clean has a long history, and for good reason. Spring is the first opportunity to open up windows and doors and let warm, dry air into the house, helping remove winter moisture and any additional dampness created during, for example, carpet cleaning. It’s not just about making the house look better, but also preserving the fixtures and fittings in your home and maintaining a healthy environment by removing unwanted dust, bugs and maybe mould. Mattress care is a good example. We spend up to a third of our life in bed, and it’s a dirty place. We shed skin that is devoured by millions of dust mites, and we sweat. It all causes deterioration that leads to a worse sleep. Vacuuming the mattress, turning it over and leaving it exposed to sunlight are simple things to add to your spring-cleaning list for great dividends in the long run. Making a list is a good idea, albeit a little disheartening as it gets longer. You do, however, get a small reward as you tick off each item. Spring cleaning is one of those activities that is most satisfying when finished (rather than during), and lends itself to a management method called the salami technique. Use small steps to reach your goal, like slicing a salami rather than trying to eat it whole, and you’ll get through your list before you know it. If you need a list, Google ‘spring clean’ and customise to
your particular circumstances. A comprehensive clean is also a good opportunity to review your possessions. There has been some great innovations in storage solutions recently, including drawers built into stairs and into the kickboards in kitchens, but you have to ask yourself – if I need that much storage, maybe I just own too much, and do I really need it all? Research in the USA showed there was around 300,000 items in the average home, and many of us are probably not that far behind. This has spawned a movement called minimalism, where people reduce what they own. It doesn’t mean living a Spartan lifestyle where you go without; people who try it say it just feels more liberating. It’s hard to do though, as we tend to be loss averse – we place a high value on what we own, and simply don’t part with it easily. It’s much easier to clean a minimalist home, and much easier to make it look stylish. If you want to rid yourself of extra bits and bobs, try putting them on the local neighbourhood Facebook page or choose to have a garage sale, with an early start and day of fun and conversation with people. Spring is the season associated with renewal and growth, and it’s a good opportunity to use that increased energy and enthusiasm you have to get your renovation projects underway, too.
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Out, damned spot! Don’t you just hate it when you drop or spill something on clothing or carpets? Home & Leisure looks at remedies that work. With aisles lined with cleaning products and promises made by many an infomercial, it’s hard to know what will really work when it comes to spills and stains. What follows are some tried-and-true solutions to a range of common problems.
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Apply peanut butter to the stains and leave overnight. Wipe away the next day and you should find the peanut butter’s oil has fixed the problem.
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furniture dents in Carpets The tell-tale signs you’ve moved the furniture needn’t stick around. Pop an ice cube in each dent and leave it to melt. The carpet will plump up itself, or else encourage it with a fork or vacuum.
dirty WindoWs Diluted methylated spirits is great to use when cleaning off those pesky window smudges and marks.
Crayon on Wallpaper Layer blotting paper over the crayon and iron lightly. Alternatively, rub the crayon rigorously with a slice of fresh bread.
fly marks on the Walls If the problem area is the kitchen, do this chore while cooking, as the steam from the stove will make the process easier. Additionally, a cloth dipped in turpentine will work a treat.
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Water, water everywhere, but only a drop to drink
IN OUR HANDS: A few small changes make a significant impact on water usage.
Rebecca Lees explains how our homes play an important role in water use. We all want hot showers, sparkling teeth and clean clothes, even in a drought. But these needs often come at a cost to the environment, so how do we minimise our impact? Let’s start by looking at water. Imagine you have a one-litre container – fill it up with water. Now imagine that one litre of water is all the water on the planet (salt water included). How much of that one litre of water (from the entire planet) is nonpolluted and available for people to drink? The answer might shock you. It’s about one drip. That’s 0.003% of the total water on the planet. That one little droplet of water is all we have; the rest is either too polluted, trapped in soil, too far underground, is salt water or frozen as ice. That same droplet is also largely responsible for our species’ survival and it’s up to us take care of it. Think about the water you use in your home and on your property. Chances are the water that comes out of your tap, flushes down your loo, cleans your clothes and is pushed out the end of the hose is all non-polluted drinkable water. It all comes from that one tiny little droplet.
There are simple ways we can better look after our water, and ourselves in the process. Start by increasing your water supply (and your community’s resilience in dry spells). We can do this by collecting water when it rains for using in our homes and gardens. Installing a rainwater collection system can be simple (a big tub sat under your roof downpipe) or it can be elaborate to include drinking water, bathrooms and laundries. These systems all work by holding water today for using when we need it tomorrow. The water we use in our homes is pumped to us (often using electricity), used, then sent down the sink along with a host of nasty chemicals. From the sink it’s pumped through the drains to the sewage treatment plant, and treated. A lot of energy, time and money is spent keeping our water clean, so we’re best to send the water we use away as clean as possible. Choose natural plant-based cleaning and beauty products that are more likely to break down without causing harm. And always steer clear of products containing micro-beads (toothpaste, cleaning solutions and beauty lotions) – they’re harmful to aquatic life and
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The laundry door Not sure whether the laundry warrants its own room? Interior designer Leeanne Kerr highlights some key considerations when making this decision. I have to confess, my laundry isn’t a space with a designer touch, because I haven’t touched it since we moved in. Luckily, a well-trained husband means I don’t have to spend so much time there that it annoys me enough to renovate it, and I suspect that it’s the same for most people; sprucing up the laundry is not high on the priority list. That’s a pity because it’s a workspace that can make your life easier if it’s designed properly, and certainly won’t harm your house sale price if even some basic work has been done. The first questions you need to ask yourself are: do I really need a separate laundry room, or can the space be better utilised as something else? At its most basic, all you need is a washing machine, and this can be placed anywhere there is a power supply and plumbing, be it the kitchen, bathroom, cupboard or garage. In the latter cases you will also want a sink. If you want to add a dryer then ventilation becomes important. If you decide on a separate room, consider how else the space can be used. Consider storage space for your ironing board, adding a countertop or workbench, or making it a sewing or hobby area. Add storage for cleaning materials or out-of-season clothing and sports gear, pet accessories and, as it has a sink, pet cleaning. Depending on its location, it can function as a mudroom where you can
shed and store dirty or wet clothes and footwear. The danger, as in any storage and multipurpose area, is that it can become cluttered and unpleasant to be in, so plan your storage and work areas around your intended uses and stick to that. One practical hint; whatever the storage, it must have doors. You can reduce the footprint of your appliances by mounting the dryer on top of a front-loading washing machine. Front loaders are good as they use less water and are suited to a kitchen or bathroom application, however, once you have set the cycle to begin you cannot reopen it again to add that sock you dropped en route to the laundry. If it’s a top loader, elevate the dryer next to the washing machine so its door is level with the top of the washing machine and add storage underneath it. Like your kitchen and bathroom, the laundry can be a high-moisture area, so use wallboard designed for the job, and/or tiles, and hard surfaces for the floor. You will also find the area better to work in if it’s well lit. Make sure you use the right light for the activity at each surface and use lighter colours for the walls and cabinets. Having said that, avoid harsh and cold whites and blues as you want the area to be warm and inviting. As in other areas of the home, artwork can be use on the wall to brighten the area.
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Step One Use the mitre box and hand saw to cut the end of one of the timber boards, through the thin edge, at a 45° angle.
Step twO Measure 700mm from the longest point of the mitred end and make a mark. Draw a line at the same 45° angle and cut the board using the hand saw. Repeat these two steps until you have two boards at 700mm and two at 250mm.
Step three Position the two 700mm boards so the longest side faces up. Make two marks 10mm in from each end, 30mm apart, and drill 3mm holes at these points.
Step FOur Use the 10mm drill piece to make countersink holes so the screws will sit flush.
Through the drilled holes, screw the end of the long board into the end of the short board. Screw the other short board on the other end and then screw the last board to the open ends of each short board. This should make a rectangular frame. Use the sand paper to tidy up any rough edges around the mitre joins/corners.
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Keep it clean Mark Rayner highlights how best to clear out the gutters as we skip towards spring.
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The big night in Wishing to extend her palate, Kate Preece throws a wine and cheese party at her place. KEY INGREDIENTS: Great food, great drink, great company!
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is there any better combination than wine and cheese? i don’t think so, and i happen to have a group of 10 girlfriends who agree with me. it made perfect sense, then, to bring these great elements together, for a night of decadence and education – but where to start? We are fortunate in Christchurch to have a number of local specialists in these two firm favourites, though i was surprised not to find one company that dealt with both wine and cheese. However, i did discover Winesale.co.nz, a nationwide company whose online wine merchant service extends to hosting wine tastings ($10 per head), and i knew all too well that the
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