Not so Secret Things to Love About Homesteading

Hey, y’all! I am running late with everything this week. Littleman had his kindergarten screening, and I have just been a nervous wreck! Did I read to him enough? Did we do enough counting? How about his letters and sounds? And why didn’t I teach him like 5 more languages?!? Thankfully he totally rocked it (all him, not me…. I am pretty sure that I would be the world’s worst teacher!), and I can go back to worrying about whether or not  I cleaned toilet or watered the garden instead of whether or not I’ve ruined my child’s educational future before it has even begun. 

Anyways, last week I had written about the secret downside of homesteading, to prove that I am really not a homestead hater,  that homesteading and self-sufficiency is something worthwhile I’d like to talk about what I find to be the best parts of homesteading.

Baby Animals

Starting here because, yeah, baby animals. First of all, they are just so darn cute and squeezy that you can’t not love them. There is also an almost indescribably awesome feeling of raising an animal from a baby and then watching them grow up and have their own baby, and having them let you be a part of it. I imagine that it’s a lesser version of the pride that comes with being a grandparent.

Pride of Production

There is a sense of pride that comes from looking at a pantry or a dinner table and knowing that you had a hand in every part of the production of that food from start to finish that can be pretty hard to compare to. The knowledge you were handed a seed and nurtured it into sustenance for your family feels pretty amazing. There are very few things that taste better than something that you produced yourself (except cheesecake… it doesn’t matter how hard I worked to grow a tomato, cheesecake still wins. But even cheesecake is made better when it’s made from ingredients you produced yourself :-) )

Control Over Your Own Food Supply

No matter how you prefer your food, whether it be completely organic, simply non-GMO, or if you just want to know exactly what chemicals you’re eating, growing it and raising it yourself gives you (almost) complete control over it (which works out great for my fellow control freaks out there!). 

Learning Experience 

One of the biggest reasons that we moved away from the suburbs was to give Littleman a life and experiences that simply weren’t achievable there. The city was encroaching quickly and turning a once quiet and almost ruralesque area into a bustling space with no room to breath (let alone garden and raise anything other than a dog or cat). Growing up on a homestead teaches responsibility, work ethic, patience, and the value of everything around you in a way that can’t be replicated in your average classroom. It also gives us the space to allow for some freedom to explore and experience that childhood wonder in a way that we were unable to provide on 1/3 of an acre with some questionable neighbors and a nearby busy road. 

Need a few more reasons to love homesteading? I love this post from Shaye of The Elliot Homestead about the benefits of homesteading (Great Benefits of Homesteading)and this one from My Healthy Green Family (5 Good Reasons You Should Start Homesteading Now)

What are the things that you love most about homesteading?

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The Secret Downside of Homesteading

If you are thinking about starting a homestead or in the process of starting one, I am sure that you are well informed of all of the wonderful aspects of it. We may not mean to be, but the homesteading community can be a little in your face with how much we love it (we’re pretty excited to share all the fun that were having on our mini-farms). While there really are a lot of great and fun things like playing with baby animals every spring, knowing the ins and outs of where our food is from, and enjoying the fruits of our own labor, there are also all of those moments in between all of the awesome Instagram photos that aren’t always so wonderful and pretty. There are definitely a few downsides of homesteading that are talked about a whole lot less than the positives.

Forget Traveling

Having a working homestead can make traveling infinitely more difficult!  It is definitely a lot harder to ask someone to feed and water your chickens/ducks/goats/pigs, make sure that everyone is where they’re supposed to be (especially at night), water gardens, collect eggs, and possibly milk a few goats than it is to ask them to pop by and feed your cat. While it can still be possible if you have some awesome homesteading friends that are willing to do a trade with you or you are willing to hire someone, it definitely takes a lot more planning.

Tons of Work

I’m sure that this one is a bit of a given, but I know that I didn’t really think about the full scope of what goes into running a homestead. It’s easy to look at all of the pretty pictures of colorful veggies, farm fresh eggs, fluffy little chicks, and bouncy baby goats and forget all of the blood, sweat, and tears that go into tending them. Homesteading is a full-time job by itself. It doesn’t matter if it is 110 degrees or -7 (although, I am eternally grateful that North Carolina doesn’t really get to -7 because as soon as it gets below 30 I start dying a little), the animals still need feeding, watering, and care.  

Critter Predicaments

Critters are so cute and funny, but they can and will get themselves into the weirdest most awful predicaments at the most inconvenient times. When I pictured my perfect little homestead I never pictured chasing escaped pigs down the road in the middle of the night (in flip flops nonetheless), or belly crawling underneath the chicken house to rescue a chicken that somehow managed to get wedged and stuck (for the record, I did go straight to the hottest shower ever afterwards), and I never pictured my beautiful master bathroom turning into a makeshift critter hospital at any given time. It also never occurred to me that knowing how to clean goat urine out of a car would be a skill that I would need to know. Ohhh… critters… (if you really want a giggle just check out what Jessica of The 104 Homestead went through with one of her critter predicaments: The Homesteader, the Chicken, and Jehovah’s Witness)

Can get Expensive

Even with awesome DIY skills, all of the projects to get started from scratch can get pricey very quickly (especially if you are trying to make things aesthetically pleasing as well as functional). There always seems to be a project list a mile long and most require copious amounts of lumber or fencing. Occasionally you can find great deals on materials (anytime that you can find free pallets, snatch them up!), but those seem to be few and far between these days. Not to even get into feed and care costs for animals, the initial costs for starting gardens. 

I promise that I am not trying to talk anyone out of following their dream of starting a homestead because I do still feel that the benefits of homesteading outweigh the negatives. While I do feel that it really is full of wonderful and eye-opening experiences, it is also very important to get a look at both sides of the coin beforehand. 

What do you find to be the biggest cons of homesteading? What are your favorite parts?

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4 Things Perfect Moms Never Do (That I am Completely Guilty of)

I used to be an absolutely perfect mom. My child would always eat all his perfect organic veggies without complaint, clean his own room, and spend all of his time playing outside and reading instead of watching TV or video games and then we would be all smiles and giggles while he helped me bake delicious cookies without making the slightest mess in our spotless kitchen… Yeah, those were the days…and then I actually had a kid. I’m sure that ya’ll can guess how quickly all of that went out the window. There are so many things that I said (and really believed myself!) that I would never do when I became a parent because parenting is super easy and all of you parents and super funny mommy bloggers must just be exaggerating or not know what you’re talking about. Ha! My apologies for having been such an ignorant non-parent. So, here’s just a few of the things that I was sure that I would never do. Judge away :-)

Let technology babysit

There are times when mommy just needs to be left alone to clean the wreck of a kitchen after the messy giggle-fest baking sessions (that imaginary land where flour doesn’t get dumped on the floor along with a couple of precious backyard chicken eggs really doesn’t exist… at least not in my house) or, ya know, just to have a few minutes and maybe get to use the restroom without an audience.

Let him eat junk food

Mackenzie Fox stopped by recently and shared some awesome and practical tips for teaching your kids to eat healthy and say no to junk food that we utilize with Littleman most of the time. In my perfect pre-parenting world, Littleman would only ever eat healthy, organic food that was grown in our own backyard. Ha… I try (At least, when he helps me plant the garden, I know all of the things he’s not planning on eating as the seeds go into the ground… saves me all of the suspense.), but sometimes a kid just needs a Happy Meal and some Reese’s Puffs. 

Wearing yoga pants with no intention of yogaing

I’m a total advocate for wearing something that makes you feel nice and put together, but there are definitely (lots of) days, as a parent, that putting on pants of any kind is a win. Pssst… if you pair it with a workout top and sneakers, no one will be the wiser (or maybe I am only fooling myself with this one!).

Spongebob

Only educational TV for my Littleman! Well, then he caught a glimpse of Spongebob and that annoying, pointless, mind-numbing, yellow sponge took over my TV. I fought it… I fought it hard! The sponge has inevitably won the battle with his hypnotic laughter that makes me want to tear out my own ear drums in the name of relief.

I’d love to hear from other formerly perfect moms, what did you say that you would never do that you have totally done, as a parent?

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How to Create a Happier Home

A positive and happy home is something that almost all of us strive for. As a parent, the responsibility falls on us to create a positive, stable, and secure home environment for our children as these are vital to creating a happier life for them and for us. Creating a happier home for our children starts with creating one for ourselves as children tend to be very sensitive to their parents’ emotional states. A few simple changes and strategies can make all the difference in how your home feels.

Spend less time doing and more time being

Keeping a set schedule for the mundane necessary tasks around the home will allow more time to enjoy your home and have fun time with your family and hobbies.

Keep home clean and decluttered

Mess and clutter can make any space feel overwhelming and just it’s presence can make you feel drained and unmotivated. (Decluttering can be easier with these simple tips.)

Choose soothing colors

Colors have a very powerful effect on the mind and choosing colors that are overly loud or dark, in excess (we all love a fun splash of color here and there, but when it becomes the main or only color in the room it can be excessive) can have a negative effect on your mood. Keeping a neutral pallet with some splashes of color throughout is generally ideal.

Utilize pleasant smells

Smell is one of our most powerful senses and a pleasant smell can change your whole mood (so can a stinky one!). Keeping fresh flowers, scented candles, or baking something yummy are my favorite ways to keep my home smelling nice and homey.

Find the funny

Laughing releases all kinds of feel good hormones. Just a few seconds of laughter can activate your body’s relaxation response, relieving stress and brightening your mood. So, put on a funny movie and have a good giggle with the family.

Let go and let God

Holding onto stress isn’t healthy and can create a very tense and negative feeling within the home (that children, in particular, are bound to pick up on). Take a few minutes to talk to God about the worries that are plaguing you, and let them go with him.

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What are your best tips for creating a happy home?

Easy Ways to Get Your Kids to Do Chores

Getting Littleman to do chores, help out, or just generally pick up after himself used to be an all out battle. It would seem as though he would have all of the energy in the world, that is until I asked him to clean his room, pick up his dirty dishes, or anything that slightly resembled a chore. As soon as I would request his help in some way, he would suddenly become “sooo tired.”  I tried insisting, yelling and even threatening, from time to time (ok, frequently!). Not much seemed to make the chore scenario go smoothly until I changed my approach. 

 

Offer Incentives

We started using a chore chart for Littleman. Every time he completes one of his chores he gets a sticker, and if he gets all of his stickers he earns a reward. Knowing that the only way to earn his reward is to do all of his chores without Mommy having to fuss at him has reduced the yelling and whining to almost zero, and helped me to stick to my goal of trying to be a non-yelling mommy.

Make it a Game

During the times that a little extra incentive is needed, turning chores into a game seems to work wonders. Our go-to is usually to race and see who can get their chore done the fastest. Anytime there is some sort of competition involved, Littleman is all over it. I bet you can’t guess who usually wins. 😉

Bring on the Music

Music tends to make everything a little better, and chores are no exception. We almost always throw on some music during chore time to lighten the mood up a bit and to make things feel a little less mundane. Littleman especially loves it when we throw on some silly fast-paced music while we are racing. Even when we aren’t racing, he gets a kick out of it when we get really into singing along with the songs (for the record, I am definitely not meant to be a singer!).

Set an Example

The absolute best way to get a child to do chores is for them to see you doing chores (really, seeing you do something is the best way to get a child to do just about anything… good or bad.). Introducing Littleman to chores was made so much easier by the fact that he had already seen me (and his daddy) taking part in doing chores and doing our part to keep a clean and smoothly running home. Even during the times when he was “sooo tired,” reminding him that his daddy does chores was almost always a golden ticket (He’s a daddy’s boy, all the way!).

How do you get your kids to do chores?

There Is Actually A Perfect Rug For Every Room

This article was kindly contributed by Chloe Taylor.

There is no better season for home revamping than spring, and there is no better way to update a room than by adding a cozy new rug. Buying a rug seems like a pretty easy thing to do, but if you have ever started this endeavor, you have probably noticed that the shopping experience and outcome are usually a bit underwhelming. There is a retailer out there which understands the need to step up the game with rugs, and that is Miss Amara. The siblings-owned, Australian, online rug store is on a mission to evoke the design of living spaces that inspire happiness. The rugs are valued as a fashion accessory of a room, but the one that sticks around for you to see each day, which means it impacts how you feel on a daily basis. With such fabulous rugs being just a click away, you should consider how to decorate every room of your home using them.

Entryway

entryway rugs

Let us start from the beginning. People usually neglect the entryway as a place to hang coats and pass by when going outside/inside, but it is actually what sets the tone for the rest of the house. Here you should be bold with your choice, and opt for a dark color that will keep things sophisticated and conceal daily wear of this high-traffic area. Black, grey or brown pattern rugs are always a great idea.

Living Room

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This is the room where you will spend the most time and where you will receive guests. That is why you have to make the rug design and colors captivating and welcoming. If your room is decorated with neutral furnishing, then step outside the box and opt for multi-color rug that will add the needed joy and playfulness to the space. This is an excellent way to create some drama in the living room room.

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livving room rugs

For a softer look opt for pastel colors. Ideally, the rug in the living room should be 8′ x 10′ and reach the sofa legs. The size and the design of the rug can be used to manipulate the illusion of spaciousness of a room. For instance, just like in fashion, vertical stripes can elongate the space. Rectangular rugs are the usual choice and they are perfect for formal living rooms, while round area rugs are providing relaxed atmosphere and a softer room appearance.

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Dining Room

For a dining room you will need the same size rug as for the living room or even bigger. Your measure should be the back legs of the chairs that should not go off the edge. Your top priority should be to find an easy-to-clean rug, like all-wool option. As for the colors, try to create a clear contrast between the table and the rug. Patterns are not necessary when the colors are bold enough by themselves, so choose greens, blues, yellows, etc.

dining room rugs

Bedroom

Now we come to the most important part. Nobody loves its feet to be greeted by a cold place to land on in the morning. A proper bedroom rug will always be warm, above anything other. Place a 8′ x 10′ rug under a queen bed to allow glimpses of it on the sides. If that is not enough for you add shabby area rugs on the side to have a warm and cozy place to land on in the morning. You should steer away from bold colors and strong patterns in the bedroom, as its main function is to relax you.

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Kid’s Room

Small feet need the warmth the most. Besides choosing 100% microfiber polyester, you should think about its resistance, appeal to a child and how can it incorporate into your already existing design.

kids rugs

A durable cozy carpet can be an accent piece in the room but also a playing area, so choose a carpet that is easy to clean and maintain. Use bright colors and playful geometric patterns.

Kitchen and Bathroom

You are probably thinking about who would put a rug into the kitchen or bathroom. Still, kitchen and bathroom are not exceptions from our claim that there is a perfect rug for every room. Area rug in the bathroom lengthwise to the bathtub can significantly refresh the space, while a similar option in the kitchen can only improve the existing design.

Rugs are so much more than a piece of textile on the floor. They accentuate, create sensation and admiration and they breathe in new life to make a room cozier and more fabulous.

About the Author:

Chloe TaylorChloe is an art historian, recreational ballet dancer and a contributor at smoothdecorator.com. She is passionate about photography, dancing and music. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world with her husband and take stunning photographs of beautiful places. She also enjoys learning and writing about home design, since she is crazy about aesthetics. You can find Chloe on FB, Twitter, and G+.

 

 

 

 

 

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How To Introduce Your Child To A Green Lifestyle

This post was kindly contributed by Amy Mia Goldsmith.

Raising a child is the toughest job there is: kids learn by copying adults, so before you know it, your best and worst habits will be hitting home in your mini-me edition. If you want your child to grow into a healthy, positive, and eco-conscious adult, start sowing the green lifestyle seeds early on. Here are a few things you can do to lay down solid foundations for your child’s eco-friendly adult life and help them develop healthy habits both themselves and their environment will benefit from.

1. Encourage an active lifestyle

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Regular exercise is essential for preserving seamless health. Unfortunately, the 21st-century tech craze is already taking a hefty toll on the youngest, which is why every parent should invest extra effort in order to foster healthy habits in their children. Take your kids biking, walking, or swimming whenever possible, and encourage them to take an interest in outdoor activities rather than letting them spend hours playing video games. Excursions and weekend outings will help your little one forge lasting bonds with nature, and that is one of the most valuable assets for a fulfilled, green life.

2. Shop wisely

green lifestyle

Shopping malls are cool, but greenmarkets are cooler. Take your child grocery shopping to the local farmer’s market, and encourage them to learn how different plants are grown. Whole-family grocery shopping is also an excellent way for your child to learn more about healthy diet and benefits of fresh produce over junk food. If possible, buy organic fruit and veggies and explain to your kids that clean eating is less hazardous for both themselves and the planet than a diet structured around takeout and heavily processed foods.

3. Choose toys wisely

green toys

If possible, buy your kids toys made from natural materials. Eco-friendly playthings are durable, fun, and healthy, and many of them promote cognitive development and problem-solving skills based on age and interests. Video games are also welcome for as long as your child plays them in moderation and does not develop screen addiction. For example, Poptropica is an online role playing game that can teach your children valuable lessons about the environment and teamwork, help them develop spatial skills, and learn more about mythology, ancient civilizations, and arts.

4. Let them grow their greenery

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Gardening can be fun if presented in an engaging way, so set aside a few hours of your spare time to teach your kids the basics of vegetable growing. You can plant a few low-maintenance plants in a pot which you will place in the kitchen or out on the balcony come springtime, or you can encourage your kid to grow their own beanstalk from a bean. Gardening projects will help your kid grow a green thumb, and every child will be extremely proud to contribute to DIY family farming and bring fresh food to the dinner table.

5. Explain energy efficiency

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Explain to your child why it is important to turn off the TV, lights, and laptop when they are not using them. Tell your child that water is very scarce in some parts of the world and that wasting clean H2O is bad for the planet and other people. You can show them how to minimize their impact on the planet by replacing conventional for eco-friendly add-ons such as low-flow faucet heads and energy-efficient bulbs, and taking old batteries to the local recycling plant.

 

Teaching the principles of a green lifestyle to kids is easy and rewarding, and childhood lessons on eco-friendly choices are a parent’s best investment in a sustainable future for the planet as a whole. We all need to do our share of green work if we want to make the world a better place for the generations to come and teaching them to respect Nature and live in harmony with it is a good start.

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6 Easy Habits that Will Simplify Your Life

Momming is hard. Whether you’re a stay at home, working, or work at home, it’s hard work! There is always a million and one things to remember and keep up with at any given time and it can get overwhelming and stressful. Creating habits that will simplify your life and make it less stressful is a lot easier than it sounds. Once you get started, you’ll wonder why you weren’t doing things that way all along (I spent longer than I’d like to admit working harder instead of smarter and staying exhausted and stressed out all of the time).

Utilize Shopping Lists

I’m a total list person (sometimes I even remember to bring them with me to the store). Taking inventory of what you already have and writing down the things that you need helps to avoid unnecessary purchases at the store, and helps you to not leave with everything but what you came for (I am very guilty of this when I forget my list!).

Meal Planning

Meal planning goes hand in hand with list making, it’s much easier to make your list and know exactly what you will (and won’t) need if you have a plan ahead of time. I like to try to, at least, plan our family dinners in two-week blocks; it helps make busy days go much smoother knowing what I’m going to make for dinner and saves us a bunch of money in the process. Check out these free printable meal planners to help you get started.

Keep a Planner to Simplify Your Life

My planner is absolutely essential to my life, I would be completely lost without it! Before I started keeping a planner it felt as if I were just spinning my wheels most of the time. It’s where I keep just about everything for daily life: cleaning schedules, gardening days, meal plans, budgets…essentially my whole life! Mine is a basic three ring binder because I like the flexibility of being able to add and remove pages and printables, but there are also some great pre-made options on amazon.

Go to Bed Earlier

Getting enough sleep is something that I struggle with immensely, it’s very difficult to balance the desire for a good night sleep with the desire to have some time for myself. When I spend a little too long taking advantage of the latter, binge watching TV shows until one in the morning, everyone definitely suffers for it the following day. I have to consciously balance the amount of time I stay up after Littleman goes to bed by spending about 30 minutes doing a final tidy of the house and about one-hour watching TV with Ben; then it’s bedtime no matter what (for the health and safety of everyone the next day!).

Declutter and Organize

When things are cluttered and disorganized around me, I get very anxious and overwhelmed. It feels very claustrophobic and have a difficult time feeling motivated to do just about anything. Making sure that my home is organized and clutter free helps to keep me in a positive state of mind and feel motivated to tackle other aspects of my day.

Clean as You Go

Once your space is organized and decluttered, the best way to keep it that way is to clean as you go. It is far less overwhelming to put things back and tidy as you are done with something than to let everything pile up until the end of the day. Another easy way to accomplish this is to take 15 minutes every hour or so to do a quick tidy to ensure that you aren’t left with an overwhelming mess when all you really want to do is relax.

What are your top tips for having a simpler and less stressful life?

10 Things People With Clean Homes Always Do

This article was kindly contributed by Zoe Clark.

There are a few secrets to keeping a cosy home – and cleanliness is the first of them. But how can you keep your place sparkling clean without verging onto OCD or letting it turn into a disaster zone? Here are top ten things people with tidy homes always do: take your cues from those who know home-keeping like the back of their clean hands!

1. Make the bed

make the bedMake the bed as soon as you get up in the morning – or at least, before you head out. If you are pressed for time, pull the blanket up to the pillows and straighten it out to create a sense of order in the room. If you have a minute to spare, shake out the linens before you return it to the couch to minimize dust build-up.

2. Clean out the sink

3 (2)Piles of dirty dishes are an eyesore, so load the dishwasher and turn it on before leaving home. Or, better still, do the dishes after every meal or before retiring to your bedroom. This simple trick will help make your kitchen look much tidier even if the tiles are not exactly polished to a high shine.

3. Stack liquor up on a shelf

A row of bottles looks much better up on a wall than on the countertop, so if you have a vacant shelf in your kitchen, use it to store your precious liquor. You are not running a bar, after all: your spirits should be easily accessible – but they should not create clutter.

4. Keep the boudoir fragrant

Washing linens is a weekly must – but most homeowners tend to neglect pillows, blankets, and comforters. Washing heavier fabrics regularly will prevent bacteria and mite invasions, and fresh bedroom-ware will also add a soft, pleasant fragrance to the room.

5. Declutter the hallway

clean hallwayHallways are areas of our homes where mess and dust seem to accumulate almost overnight. Go over the items in the hall and relocate anything that does not belong there. If possible, add a shelf or cabinet to the hallway to accommodate the gear which you do not use every day.

6. Throw in fresh towels

Leaving wet towels sprawled across the bathroom floor is the best way to encourage moss and bacterial growth. For your health’s sake, replace moist towels with fresh ones every couple of days, and let the rich fabric dry well before returning it to the bathing area.

7. Keep the loo airy

clean bathroomEven spacious bathrooms tend to get stuffy if not aired regularly. In addition, to the unpleasant smell, lack of air-conditioning promotes the build-up of moss and grime, and you do not need those in a spot dedicated to personal hygiene. According to bathroom renovation companies, installing a window in the loo (and keeping it open whenever possible) will help keep the place dry, safe and bacteria-free.

8. Wash the curtains once a month

Are your living room windows looking a bit worse for wear? Wash the curtains once a month to maximize use of natural light indoors. (This is especially important if you are a smoker!)

9. A load a day keeps stress at bay

Washing a load of laundry a day has two major benefits: you will always have clean clothes, plus the laundry basket will not look like a prop from Shrek. Turn on the washing machine at bedtime or before you leave for work: how hard can that be?

10. Put away your clothes

There is no need to line up the wardrobe contents at a straight angle every weekend. Still, do not let clothes overtake sofas, beds, floors and the rest of your space! Put away your getup after undressing, do not just dump it on the floor or chair.

Are you ready to transform your home into sheer eye candy? Follow these easy steps, and your space will quickly brighten up!

 

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Zoe Clark is a proud mom of one baby girl and a miniature schnauzer. When not obsessing about designing perfect homes, Zoe is spending time with her family. She enjoys writing, cooking, traveling and loads of chocolate. You can connect with her on Twitter.

 

Eco-Friendly Ways to Revamp Kids’ Rooms

This post was kindly contributed by Chloe Taylor.

Healing of this planet is a long and difficult process which may span over several generations. In order to do your part, it doesn’t suffice only that you help the planet on your own, but that you also raise your progeny to do the same. The best way to do this is to subtly improve their awareness in several ways and the most effective method of doing so is making their room eco-friendly. Here are some tips and tricks that may be of assistance here and in this way do a world of good for our planet in ages to come.

Energy efficient kid’s room

First thing first, perhaps the most dangerous thing that happens to our world is this imminent energetic crisis. We are going too fast through our planet’s resources and need to be more careful about energy spending in our homes. You can start this revolution in your child’s bedroom by replacing all the regular light bulbs with LED ones, but this is just the tip of the iceberg.
green home ideasThe major item on the menu here is heat. Getting it to the room is the least of your worries, keeping it there is the problem. Luckily, where there is will, there is always a way and you can solve the problem of heat leaving the room by doing a quality job on walls insulation. Unfortunately, even the most quality insulation is powerless if your windows act as weak spots. This is why you would be wise to go with top-notch residential windows. Namely, this kind of innovation can reduce the heat loss in your room down to as little as 40%.

Recycle friendliness

Now, another thing that could in time turn out to be planet-saving is of course recycling, so it is vital that you implement it in your kid’s value system as early as possible. Even though young children can sometimes be immune to reasoning, they simply cannot resist a nicely decorated garbage can or even a set of them. Get a miniature recycle bin for your kids room or make a set of them on your own. Some adults find it incredibly annoying to separate paper from plastic while recycling but your kid will see it as a game. You can even actively turn this into a game by creating an elaborate reward system for each correct set of recycled items. A habit that one nourishes this early in childhood is difficult to shake off later on.

Eco-friendly furniture

green home designFinally, what you need to do in order to make this room truly eco-friendly is find furniture made of suitable materials. Choosing green furniture is in no way an easy task, but there are several rules that you can abide by in order to make your job much easier. You can start off by looking for furniture made from a certified sustainable wood so once you find out what an item is made of, make sure to look it up on Forest Stewardship Council just to be sure. Next, you can always go for reclaimed materials or even recycled metal and plastic. The world is your oyster!

As you can see, there are many eco-friendly ways to revamp your kid’s bedroom and it all depends on how much effort are you willing to make for it to come true. Not only will this kind of project raise your kid’s awareness of the perilous situation in which our planet currently is, but also have some other perks as well. The aforementioned energy saving properties of this room will significantly relieve your budget in months to come, which is a thing not to be underestimated. Year in and out, mentioned saving can on its own make this entire endeavor more than worth your while.

Chloe TaylorChloe is an art historian, recreational ballet dancer and a contributor at smoothdecorator.com. She is passionate about photography, dancing and music. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world with her husband and take stunning photographs of beautiful places. She also enjoys learning and writing about home design, since she is crazy about aesthetics. You can find Chloe on FB, Twitter, and G+.

 

 

 

 

 


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