Ways To Make Your Life As Mummy, Easier

Whether you’re a Mum to five children, or you’ve just got the one special little bundle of joy, one thing we all have in common is that we’re constantly running around after them. Being a Mum is an exhausting job in itself, and then of course there’s the housework, our jobs, our spouses, and also trying to fit time in for yourself. One thing that all parents are looking for, is how to make their lives easier with little hacks here and there, especially when it comes to cleaning. So take a look at these fabulous ways to make your life as Mummy, easier.

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Invest in Tougher Products

While it’s understandable that you want to save every spare penny, buying store own brands of cleaning products might not always get the job done. Those hard dried stains on your hob just won’t come off with a simple spray of antibacterial now! Take a look at these highly sought-after products to make your life much easier when cleaning:

  • Elbow grease – and not the hard work kind either. This product is amazing for use on hard surfaces and even fabric! Simply spray, wait a little while, and wipe clean.
  • Zoflora is a disinfectant that comes in a range of incredible smells. It can be used to go over surfaces that wouldn’t otherwise smell nice. With so many uses for Zoflora, and at such a cheap price, you can have your home germ free and smelling amazing in no time!
  • The Pink Stuff is a creamy paste that’s perfect for cutting through grime and grease. Popularly used on oven doors to make them come up completely clean, it can be used pretty much anywhere around the kitchen. Again, simply let it do its job and wipe away with a damp cloth. Job done!

Modify Your Home

Sometimes, the worst job when it comes to cleaning is trying to get stubborn stains out of carpets, so why have them in every room? Consider putting oak laminate flooring by Factory Direct Flooring in the rooms that your children (and you) eat and perform messy play in so that you’re able to simply sweep up, mop, and still have time for that cup of coffee you’ve been craving all day. The same goes for surfaces in your home, try to keep them easy to wipe clean so that you’re not spending hours cleaning up after everybody, and you can enjoy time with them instead.

Consider Alternative Ways of Keeping your Home Clean

Fed up of vacuuming? Yeah, pretty much everyone is these days! However, you can now invest in a robotic vacuum to do all of the work for you! Simply set it to the room(s) you want, and let it do the work for you! All you’ll have to do is empty it from time to time!

Get Everyone Involved

Finally, rather than playing maid to everyone, why not get them all involved? Create chore charts for your children. Teaching your children to take responsibility of chores at a young age will help them later in life, and also give you even more time to sit with your feet up and a mug of hot coffee.

The Key to a Smart Bedroom is Smart Storage

No one wants to go to sleep in a room that feels cramped and claustrophobic. However, creating a bedroom that feels spacious and airy can be a tall order, especially if you live in a smaller property, or have a lot of stuff. Although, while tough, it’s not necessarily impossible. Here are some smart storage ideas and space-related tips to help you create a peaceful, mess free bedroom.

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Wardrobe

The first thing you need to get right in your bedroom if you want it to have a spacious feel is the wardrobe. Sadly, many people think that leaving this vital piece of furniture out of their design can make their room seem more spacious. However, this isn’t always the case, especially if you end up with a lot of clothes all over the bed and the floor!

In fact, it’s much better to invest in an attractive looking closet with a mirror like the ones available from Rauch wardrobes online. Then you will have a place that everything can be stored, and the mirror will help to make the space feel much larger than it actually is. Double win!

Underbed

Next, be sure to use all those other hidden areas in your bedroom for storage too. In particular, don’t forget that most bed frames have a large area underneath that isn’t being used for anything, but also can’t be seen if you use a long valance.

This makes such a space perfect for under bed storage, something you can use plastic container boxes, rolling shelves, or even vacuum packs for. The latter being particularly useful for storing a large amount of bedding, or off-season clothes in a small space.

Over door hangers

I love over door hangers, you know the ones they use for shoes! You can put them up and then you have loads of pocket that you can reach quickly and store all sort things in including makeup, accessories, and other bits and bobs that would otherwise be cluttering up the place.

They are pretty cheap too, and if you keep your door open most of the time, you won’t even see that they are there. Something else that can help to contribute to the feeling of space in your bedroom.

Other space-related tips

Lastly, apart from getting the storage right, there are some other things you can do to increase the spacious and airy feeling in your bedroom. The first is to use light and neutral colours to decorate with, as well as learning how to hang curtains properly. For anyone that is wondering, curtains should be hung around the windows and not over them, to ensure that they let in as much light as possible and make the space seem brighter and more substantial.

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You can even use a similar trick when laying rugs under your bed. All you need to do is instead of putting them against the wall where the headboard hits, move them out little at the end of the bed. You will also need to make sure that your rug extends out past the sides of the bed as well. Something that will once again give you a feeling of space no matter what the size of your room.

Which Home Routine Stresses You The Most?

If you’ve been reading about Millennial lifestyles recently, you probably know that the majority of them have complained about the difficulties and challenges of adulting. The concept of fulfilling the responsibilities of an adult at home or in the office has opened the door to plenty of new memes on social media. From people who fail at preparing a simple birthday cake for their child’s party – the typical slightly burnt, dry cake that is covered in gooey cream – to those who let clutter take over their entire home, the fear of not meeting the expectations of an adult lifestyle has merged into anxiety and frustration.

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But Millennials blame themselves too often for simple mistakes that could easily be corrected. The truth is that nobody is perfect. And if the previous generations managed to develop some of the necessary adult skills at home better than you did, it’s probably because they’ve had more experience at it. Indeed, a lot of Millennials can’t cook or do basic household chores as a result of growing up with protective parents who took it upon themselves to make the life of their children easier. Consequently, you are older when you first try to cook or to keep the bathroom clean, and failing to get things right has a more stressful impact on your everyday life. But this has to stop! Don’t let your home routine affects your mood. If things go wrong, you need to get at the bottom of the problem and sort it out.

Sleeping is the worst in an uncomfortable bedroom

Sleeping doesn’t exactly sound like the most obvious of routines at home, but it is nevertheless something you have to do every day to function. Insomnia and sleep issues are prevalent among young adults. While you might associate it with a hectic day, in reality, there are plenty of more obvious reasons for feeling tired in the morning. Firstly, an important question you need to ask yourself: is your mattress doing anything for you? Picking a mattress that is too firm or too soft might lead to back pain and uncomfortable sleeping positions. In other words, forget the online offers and go and try the mattress in shops. Secondly, most people can’t get comfortable at night because they’re using a pillow that isn’t suitable for their neck, or poor quality bedding. Your soft furnishings matter a lot. They can not only create a decor, but they are also part of your sleep experience. Choose them wisely! Finally, if you’re the kind of person who watches TV or uses their smartphone in bed, you need to quit the habit. The light from electronic screen tricks your brain into thinking that it’s daytime.

Hating the mould magnet: the bathroom

The bathroom should make you feel fresh and clean. But when the walls are attacked by mould patches regularly, it’s difficult to feel confident in your cleaning rituals. The bathroom is natural a moist room. It’s the combined presence of excess humidity and dust that encourages the formation of mould. When dark patches keep appearing on the wall and around the washing basin, you need to look for walk in shower options that let you clean in depth all around the units. Additionally, you should upgrade your ventilation system to encourage air circulation.

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I’d rather order a takeaway

Cooking was good enough for your grandmother, but you just hate it. But have you considered how much poor kitchen design can affect your cooking abilities? The essential kitchen triangle consists of the sink, the oven and the fridge. If any of these has obstructed access, you’ll find it more difficult to prepare delicious meals. Inadequate storage facilities and poor lighting can also affect the cooking experience. In short, change the kitchen, not the cook.

Gardening should be fun!

Whether you’ve got a garden or just potted plants, you’ve probably come across brochures promoting wildlife-friendly tips for your outdoors. Naturally, there is nothing more frustrating than comparing your dried out garden to the luxuriant greenery of your retired neighbours. Is spare time the only difference? Don’t think of yourself as a plant killer. Keeping your plants alive requires knowledge. You can’t pick a plant without reading about its needs first, from watering to shade. Most plants need to be protected from extreme temperature – in other words, if you didn’t take your potted plants inside during the heatwave, they are more likely dead. Don’t give up on your garden; instead, ask experts for advice.  

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Ugh, cleaning again

It’s not that you don’t want to clean. But it just takes too long. A hard-working Millennial deserves a break from time to time. Don’t fool yourself: cleaning is only long because you’re wasting unnecessary time. For a start, you don’t need a tonne of different products. Keep your cleaning kit simple with antibacterial wipes, a glass cleaner, a spray and a brush. Don’t wait until the weekend to clean everything. Instead, you’ll find it’s more manageable to keep short cleaning appointments throughout the week.

Walking the dog? Can’t we train it to use the loo?

The dog is the most popular pet in the UK, with 26% of households owning one. If you gave in and adopted a cute puppy, you might have realised that having a dog is not as easy as you seemed to remember from your childhood. Indeed, a dog needs to be trained. One of the most common complaints for dog owners is to manage to walk their pet. If you haven’t trained your pup to walk calmly on a lead, it’s fair to say that you can find the experience tiresome and brutal.

Can’t we eat on the sofa?

Millennials much preferred eating in a semi-dark room in front of the TV. You can make the dining experience a lot more enjoyable with two major changes. Firstly, you should invest in quality dining chairs that match the table in height and width. And secondly, bringing fun and exciting plates can definitely make you change your mind about taking your meal at a table. Bright plates make you want to engage with your food.

Naturally, the path to mastering adulting is long and tumultuous. But by taking each day as it comes and experimenting with new methods at home, you can overcome your household challenges. The frustration of household adulting will only be a distant memory!

Create a Home That’s Easy to Keep Clean

Create a home that's easy to keep clean

Whether you live alone or you’re raising a family, chances are you spend more time cleaning than you’d like. Or in my case, always chasing my tail knowing I need to do more! While it’s an inevitable part of adult life, there are ways you can make things easier for yourself and cut down the time it takes you to get your home spic and span. While life isn’t perfect and few of us manage to achieve a show- home look at all times, here are some of the ways you can keep things in order more easily.

Replace carpets with hard floors

Carpets might be soft and cosy underfoot, but they’re difficult to maintain. Mud from shoes, pet accidents, food spills and general build up of dirt and grime means they can wear out, get stained and hold onto smells. If you don’t want to spend extra cleaning time scrubbing carpets, why not replace them with hard floors? Solid wood, laminate, ceramic tiles or natural stone are all far easier to keep clean and will last longer too. You can always add some rugs for comfort and warmth, if you go with cheaper varieties you can replace them when they wear out which is cheaper than replacing entire carpets. One trick is to have hard floors downstairs, but carpets upstairs. That way you get the cosiness in bedrooms, but can impose a no food or shoes upstairs rule.

Go with a minimal decor scheme

The more stuff you have in general, the more cleaning will be needed. Shelves of ornaments will mean lots of time spent dusting. Lots of items of furniture will mean vacuuming around them or moving them out the way. You can save money with these life hacks from vouchercloud in regards to vacuuming, but in general the less you have the easier it will be. A more minimal aesthetic will make your home look more spacious and make it far easier to keep clean. Stick with the basics and avoid anything too fussy or hard to maintain.

Invest in good storage

One reason that our homes can accumulate mess and clutter is because we don’t have a proper place for everything. Items can end up in piles or thrown in drawers and before you know it you’re overflowing with stuff you don’t know what to do with. Invest in good storage, and assign a place to everything. Coats, bags, umbrellas and shoes for example could all be stored in a downstairs cubby- fix some hooks to the walls and a shoe rack on the floor to make it easy to put things away. Use drawer dividers, baskets and pots to categorise and neatly store smaller items and stop them from getting jumbled up. Have a drawer or hanging space for all of the clothes that you wear. Going through and decluttering first is a smart move, as you free up space for the things you do use and love.

Do a little each day

If you do a little each day, it’s easy to keep on top of things. A quick vacuum, wiping kitchen worktops, putting bleach in sinks and toilets and picking up loose items from the home only need take fifteen minutes. That way, when you come to clean properly you have far less to do.

The Practical Extras That Transform A Family Kitchen

Lounging in front of the television together on the sofa is where and how many of us eat our family meals. Now that technology is inseparable from the younger generation, no doubt children will eat their meals while watching Netflix on a tablet or smartphone. The parents are a little more old school and they would prefer the family at the dining area.

No matter what kind of style your family eats by, the kitchen is where it all begins. This is where the meal preparation and cooking happens. Perhaps if more of the family pitched in to create a great meal, then they would want to sit together as a shared task needs a shared accomplishment or rather, a fitting ending. A dull and plain kitchen isn’t going to send the kids wild with excitement. And even for us adults, a gloomy kitchen is something that you want to get away from as soon as you cook a meal. If you have these feelings, chances are that you don’t see the heart of the home as your pride and joy.

Redecorating and remodelling the kitchen may solve the problem but that’s an expensive option. A few practical extras could uplift your kitchen to where the family wants to gather.


An island of lights

Most modern homes adopt an L-shape for the kitchen. You have the fittings all along the edges as well as the cupboards fitted to the walls. In the centre, just adjacent of that is the countertop or rather in interior decor terms, ‘the island’. If you have a faux stone finish, such as mimicking granite or slate, the island itself can be quite dark during the day and night. This is especially true if the countertop is drenched in a shadow such as from curtains or a wall. It’s very common to have two kinds of lights for a kitchen these days. The main light switch is for the dominant lighting of the kitchen and perhaps beyond if you have an open plan. The second light switch is for a dimmer light, mainly for night time so you don’t dazzle or hurt your eyes. Depending on the fixed location of this latter light, your countertop is only partially lit.

You have two options at your disposal that could rectify the problem of darkness on the island. The obvious one is to fit drop down lights to the ceiling and have them positioned directly over the top. The angle is such as you will need to decide very carefully over what kind of lights you want. If you’re going for the stylish approach of many lights, then you can afford to spread them around and cover all of the islands. If not then you need to pick lights that have a broad field of coverage.

The second and not so easy option but still practical is buying a countertop that has LED lights fitted inside it. Yes, it’s a real thing. There are lots of styles you can choose from but the most popular is the starry night type. You can have roundel lights fitted to each corner so even in the dark, you can see the outline of the island. Great for seeing your way through a midnight snack building and of course, you won’t hit your hip into the sharp corners anymore.

Don’t stick around

Part of why families dread going into the kitchen is because of the tasks that it inevitably throws up at them. But it’s life and no one should shy away from cleaning up after themselves. When you are preparing a meal you’re bound to make a mess. You can bet your last penny that breadcrumbs have been sitting in your kitchen for such a long time that they become crusty and hard. `No doubt that the sink itself is stained somewhere, and the walls are a little grimey-looking. That’s the issue with modern kitchens. Designers want to ‘wow’ you and get you to pay for a higher price because the materials look as if they’re practical.

A stainless steel sink may look shinier than most other materials, and even look less expensive on paper. But white ceramic sinks are designed to be non-stick. So when you’re cleaning dishes in the sink, pasta sauce and vegetables won’t stick to the sides. And even the grime or dirty water doesn’t get to stick around for long, as it does for stainless steel sinks. Ever notice the white stains that look like powder has dried onto your sink? That’s a mix of dirty water and washing up liquid. With a ceramic sink, you don’t get these stains as the surface is so slippery and smooth, they can’t stick. However, where there is an upside there is also a contrast. You have to make sure not to be rough with the sink such as allow cutlery to fall from height as you could chip it. Apart from this, ceramic is also a classic country house style and brings much-needed warmth to a kitchen surrounded by dark tones.

Balancing all light

Although they may have been a trend in the 80s and 90s, dimmer switches are still used throughout all kinds of homes. They’re easy to use because they have a rotational knob which is used to control the current going to the light bulb. They have great versatility for changing the mood in the home. One room can be fully lit, but where someone doesn’t quite want to go to bed but perhaps wants to lie back and catch up on emails on a laptop or tablet, the light can be dimmed to suit their need. They’re quite reasonably priced also and no longer a type of luxury fitting in the home. You can fit a dimmer switch yourself as they’re not much different from conventional switches.

How to Create a Spacious Living Room

Whether you’re restricted with space or just seem to have given in to the clutter over the years, creating a spacious, inviting feel in your living room can seem like a mammoth task.

However, with some clever tips and tricks, you could be enjoying this airy, open space in no time at all. Here’s how:

1. Opt for Lightweight Furniture

It’s not just the size of your furniture that matters, it’s what weight it carries visually, too. For example, a piece of furniture that’s got legs or is light in colour will look far less intrusive than a piece of dark furniture that’s boxy in appearance.

Chairs with legs help keep the floor space open, as do glass coffee tables with slim metal legs.

2. Choose Your Table Wisely

As well as glass coffee tables, you might also want to consider console tables that give you extra storage space but without detracting too much from your floor space. Set higher up than your average coffee table, they create a stylish sideboard but without being too chunky – and again, they don’t cover the floor which helps add to the spacious feel.

Choose a design that complements your overall space, whether that’s cool and contemporary or quirky and traditional. Cox & Cox, for example, have some uber-funky designs!

3. Go Neutral

A must-do for small spaces is to keep things light and airy with a neutral colour scheme. This helps push back your walls and doesn’t draw the eye to certain points, which helps expand the space further – particularly when you add mirrors to the walls too.

4. Use Light to Your Advantage

To enlarge your space, it’s important you use all of the light available. Your neutral colour palette will do this wonderfully, reflecting light and emulating a roomy feel. And you can further this by keeping window hangings simple, making sure you don’t block any of the light coming in through these with heavy fabric.

Equally, if you can find floor-length curtains that boast a light fabric and vertical design, these can really help draw your vision up and below eye level.

5. Be Creative with Your Seating

If you really are pushed for space and don’t want too many sofas or chairs taking up that much-needed room, get clever with how you can create additional seating when guests arrive. From a stylish ottoman (which also doubles up as a coffee table) to a window seat that has storage underneath it, there is plenty of cool ideas available.

Ultimately, it doesn’t have to be difficult to transform your living space from cluttered and claustrophobic to cool and spacious.

AEG T88595IS Heat Pump Tumble Dryer Review

AEG HEAT PUMP DRYER T88595IS

I have to admit to being a bit late to the party where tumble dryers are concerned.

I’ve actually only had one for the last couple of years and even now, my current one (the only one I’ve ever owned) was a hand-me-down from a friend who bought a new one. She would continually remind me how essential a tumble dryer was and couldn’t understand why I never had the desire to purchase one!

Now that I have one of course, I can kind of see what she means. It’s peace of mind knowing that if I do have to wash clothes at the last minute…. having a teenager ensures this happens rather more frequently than it should…. I can get them dry!

I also love the fact that some clothes don’t need ironing if they’ve been in the dryer. This was an amazing revelation! And of course, items like towels came out all soft and fluffy!

But I still don’t feel as if I use it as much as other people do… I’m a bit like an older person with technology…. I haven’t quite got my head around the whole thing yet. I still like to peg my washing out on the line and only really use the dyer to ‘finish it off’ or when it’s absolutely necessary!

My lack of interest could be due to the fact that my current tumble dryer is literally ANCIENT and it only has two settings… hot and hotter! I’ve no idea how long to put clothes in for, it’s all guesswork. Suffice to say I’ve left items in for too long and ended up shrinking them. Not good!

I would also never take my washing out of the washing machine and put it straight into the dryer. I’m too worried that I would ruin the clothes (from experience) and I’ve always been concerned about the energy thing. It takes absolutely ages to dry straight from the wash!

Bearing all this in mind, you can imagine my sheer joy at being picked to review a brand new, AEG T88595IS Heat Pump Tumble Dryer worth a whopping £849! This is obviously a high end machine so I was really hoping that it would convert me into a regular dryer user. That I would finally see what all the fuss is about and I could incorporate the dryer fully into my daily laundry routine, creating a more efficient process to get through my constant mountain of washing!

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When the machine arrived I was a bit too ridiculously excited than I should really admit to! My OH installed it into the utility room.

There is literally SO MUCH functionality on this new machine… it’s like a supersonic spacecraft compared with my old one!

Here’s a list of features…

  • 9kg Heat pump condenser dryer
  • Delay start option
  • Time controlled drying
  • LogiControl touch LCD
  • ProTex soft drum
  • Sensor dryer saving upto 50% in energy used
  • Extra long anti-crease option
  • Cotton programmes
  • Synthetics programmes
  • Wool care programme
  • Easy iron programme
  • Bed linen programme
  • ProSteam technology
  • OptiSense saves time and energy, and prevents over-drying
  • A++ energy efficiency class

The first thing I noticed about the AEG T88595IS Heat Pump Tumble Dryer was the huge door and drum! I could put a whole load in this one to dry at once if I wanted, reducing the amount of cycles needed, thus saving energy. It even has a bright light inside, so you’re not digging away trying to locate a particular item by just touch alone!

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I also love the LED display… lots of information clearly showing exactly what’s happening.

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The other features that caught my attention were OptiSense, which adjusts the energy and cycle according to the load and prevents over-drying… this should ensure I won’t shrink clothes ever again (fingers crossed!). The ProSteam function… which makes use of steam technology to refresh and de-wrinkle all your clothes, even delicates and dry-clean-only garments.. how cool is that? You can now put DRY clothes into the dryer to simply freshen them up and decrease! Ditch that Iron! And the A++ energy efficiency class.. this will please my Other Half who liked to have a moan when my old dryer had been on for any length of time!

I have used my new tumble dryer a number of times now and I am loving it. I can even say that I trust it to look after my family’s clothes enough to put washing straight in from my washing machine! Being able to do this means that I’m clearing my washing baskets so much faster than before.

The price tag is relatively high but the amount of money that will be saved on energy bills is going to be significant. I have often whacked the heating on just to dry clothes in the past so to think I can dry quite a few loads of washing in my new dryer now in a fraction of the time is wonderful! The state of the art Heat Pump technology is the most efficient way on the market to dry clothes.

It really dries in super fast time. No more than half an hour for heavy items like tracksuits… my old dryer would’ve taken at least double that time. It’s quite unbelievable!

The dials are simple to use, everything is easy to read and obvious. It has a time delay feature so you can make use of the lower energy rates during the night and it’s just so super efficient.

This tumble dryer is absolutely perfect for any family’s needs. I know it’s going to make a big difference in my household.

I’m over the moon with it.

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