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May
11

We've all been there: That afternoon you planned to spend cleaning got eaten up with other commitments, and now your dinner guests are on their way, but the house is a mess. Whatever the reason, here are 7 ways to fake that clean home, fast. All hands on deck. If you're lucky enough to have family members or roommates around, ask them to pitch in. Divvy up rooms to declutter and tidy. If you don't have any helping hands, you'll just have to continue to the next steps, solo. Focus on trafficked areas. Since time is short, make sure to focus on rooms your guests will frequent, like the living room, kitchen, and bathroom. The entryway is also important, as it's the first thing your guests will see, so hang the jackets, straighten those shoes and stash that mail stack. Freshen air. As you begin to clean, throw open the windows to let fresh air in. Too cold for open windows? Light a mildly scented candle or spray odor neutralizer. Declutter. Step one is to run through your high traffic areas and remove clutter. Piles of mail, shoes on the floor, blankets unfolded, and errant clothes all need to be stashed. If you don't have time to put things where they belong, do a tornado sweep with a laundry basket, nabbing all out-of-place items to rehome when you have more time. Simply stash your full basket in a hidden area, like a closet or laundry room. Tidy. Now that the clutter is gone, tidy tables and counters to make your space look open and kempt. Stack those magazines in an orderly pile, arrange the remotes, put away those drying dishes, and take out the trash. Wipe down. Head to the kitchen and bathroom with a rag and disinfectant and wipe down counters, mirrors and toilets that your guests might encounter. Vacuum. Now that your surfaces are fully clean, run a vacuum over the floors (and furniture!) to pick up pet hair and dirt. Nothing says "clean home" like vacuum lines on the carpet, so fake it until you make it. By Zoe Eisenberg  

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May
8

The safety of our home's electric system is often something we take for granted. From hitting a switch to illuminate your space, to plugging in and charging your devices, we rarely consider the currents coursing through our walls. However, to keep your family safe and your home secure, it's important to consider your electrical system, and whether or not your system is safe.   Get to know your electrical system better – First and foremost, spend some time becoming more familiar with the home's electric system. Learn what runs on each circuit, and get to know the limits for each. Overloads can be dangerous, and electrical fires from overloads can do a lot of damage in a little amount of time. Don't overdo it with extension cords – Extension cords are great for reaching a little further with items like electric blowers or work lights, but it's important to remember to use them safely. Don't daisy chain multiple cords together, and don't use them for items that will pull more power than the extension cords are designed to handle. They can overheat, short and even be the cause of a house fire. Practice extra care around swimming pools and hot tubs – Swimming pools can make the spring and summer heat bearable, but homeowners should exercise caution when using electricity in their vicinity. One electric grill or sound system tumbling into the water can be fatal to any present occupants. Keep a good amount of space between the pool and items like these, and make sure to dry off before using them. If there is concern about the proximity of any power lines, contact a professional for advice. Operate backup generators responsibly – When a spring storm knocks out the power, a backup generator can save a lot of money, time and heartache by keeping important appliances like refrigerators and hot water heaters running. However, they can quickly become dangerous if used carelessly. Make sure not to overload them by attempting to power more than they are rated for, as this can cause shorts and electric fires. Also, take care not to operate them near windows or inside a garage as they can introduce poisonous carbon monoxide to your living spaces. "Always remember that too much confidence can be dangerous when it comes to electricity," says Tommy Webber, owner of T. Webber Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning . "As electrical professionals, even we practice caution at all times. We encourage homeowners to follow these tips for safety, and always contact a professional when electrical problems or concerns arise." Source: www.twebber.com.

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