How to Child and Pet Proof Your Cables

It’s easy for the average adult to be oblivious to household cables, but small children and pets often find them fascinating enough to chew on, tug at or wrap around their necks. At CableOrganizer.com, we receive a lot of inquiries from customers who want to know how they can child and pet proof household cables, in order to prevent them from becoming electrocution and strangling hazards. With a little creativity and a few smart products, CableOrganizer.com would like to help you take some preventive measures that will protect your kids, pets, and your cables.

PROJECT CHECK LIST

Experience Level: Beginner

Time Required: 1/2 hour – 2 hours

Steps: 4

Supplies: Wire Loom or Spiral Wrap; wire loom tool (optional); cord clips; Cable Turtles

 

STEP 1 – Cover Your Cables

 

It may seem like common sense to you, but crawling, teething babies and rambunctious pets don’t know that it’s bad news for those who sink their teeth into electrical cords. One of the best ways to protect chewers and chewed-on alike is to make a small investment in some wire loom or spiral wrap, which will provide your cables with a protective shield. We’ve had feedback from customers who say that wire loom is perfect for use with kids, as well as with cats and other small animals. One gentleman we know had wonderful results when he purchased spiral wrap to keep cables from being gnawed by his rabbits.

STEP 2 – Lift Cords Off the Floor

 

An easy way to protect your cables from the unwanted advances of kids and pets is to raise them off the floor and affix them to surfaces. Adhesive-backed cord clips are an inexpensive and versatile solution…they can be placed on the underside of desks and table tops, along shelving, or around doorways to route cords upward and keep them flat against surfaces. Putting these lifting and fastening measures into effect can help prevent small children and pets from yanking on slack lengths of cable and pulling appliances like lamps, telephones and computer monitors over onto themselves.

STEP 3 – Hide Excess Length

 

If you have blinds on your windows or sliding glass doors, please consider that the long, dangling cords used to adjust them can be dangerous to any young child or pet who might decide to wrap one around their neck. The best way to prevent strangulation hazards is to shorten cords to the point that they are out of reach, and the perfect products for doing this are mini and small-sized Cable Turtles. These are compact, lightweight and easy to use…simply flip them open, wind extra cording up until it’s out of range, and then snap the Turtle shut. Problem solved!

STEP 4 – Camouflage

 

When you’re selecting wire management products for your child and pet- proofing project, opt for solutions that will blend in with the surroundings you’ll be putting them in. For example, if your walls and flooring are neutral-colored, using neon-green wire loom probably isn’t the greatest idea…nothing says “play with me” like a bright color! If cables are disguised and made less noticeable, there’s a better chance that your children or pets won’t take an interest in them in the first place.

Bathroom Hacks

Cleaning the bathroom is just about nobody‘s idea of an excellent time. it is grimy, it is pungent, it’s downright miserable. For lots of us, it’s a chore we take for granted until, it becomes 1,000 instances worse.

Good thing, I found a great article that motivates me to give enough attention to this special place.

Here are 10 of the best bathroom cleaning hacks that will make the chore a benign part of life rather than a horror show.

Clean Your Bathroom Mirror

Forget Windex. The best way to clean a bathroom mirror is with black tea. Yes, seriously. Apparently the tannic acid is what does it. So brew a pot, use a clean, lint-free cloth, and wipe it over the mirror. The end!

All-Natural Toilet Cleaner

A mix of vinegar and baking soda will do wonders on your toilet without resorting to the use of nasty, gross chemicals that will turn your toilet water blue. Just let it sit 15 minutes and clean toilet water will be yours.

Shining Your Sink Fixtures

A dab of baby oil on a cloth will shine your drab-looking sink fixtures into perfect mirrors. Exciting!

Clean Nail Polish on Cans

Dab some clear nail polish on any can that has the habit of leaving an unsightly rust run on your sink. Goodbye, nastiness.

Clean Your Bathtub

Sprinkle some salt on a grapefruit for a treat that is delicious — and useful! Use it to scrub your bathtub to get rid of all the gross soap scum without harsh chemicals.

Stop A Sticking Shower Curtain

Do your shower curtain rings get stuck on the rod? Use petroleum jelly to make them glide more easily.

Clean Soap Scum

Spray down your shower with non-stick cooking spray. It sounds disgusting, but people swear by it. Let it sit a few minutes and wipe it up. Now nothing will stick to the pan, er, shower. It might be good to have bathmat if you try this trick as slipping seems like it could be a factor.

Another Way to Remove Soap Scum

Take a dryer sheet and rub it over all the soap scum on your glass shower doors or in your bathtub.

Unfog Bathroom Mirror

Who knew soap “scum” could actually be good for something! Take a bar of soap, rub it over the mirror, and kiss your annoying fog-filled mirror days goodbye.

Clean Your Shower Head

This one is odd, but if you get scaly buildup on your shower head that makes the water spray weirdly, then you can appreciate the way this works. Simply fill a plastic bag with vinegar, wrap it around the shower head, secure with a string or some kind of tie, and leave it around the shower head overnight. In the morning, your shower will be that much brighter and better.

LIFE HACKS FOR A CLEAN HOME

 

10 LIFE HACKS FOR A CLEAN + ORGANIZED HOME // MY HABITS FOR A CLEAN HOUSE

1. CLEAR COUNTERS: clear off your counters to make your place look larger + cleaner. This tip is great in rooms like bathrooms, kitchens, etc.

2. DISPLAY STORAGE: For the items you DO leave out, I like to organize in surface storage like trays. Even though the same amount of items are still out, a tray looks more intentional and organized.

3. CLEAR THE WALLS: Keep minimal wall art / decor to maximize the space in your room. Focus on one or two statement pieces. Your eye knows where to focus with one or two pieces and can truly appreciate what it adds to the room. Having a ton of photos + decor looks more messy / cluttered. [I’m sure I’ll get a comment like ‘but wait so you’re telling me to remove any personality from a room’ – no, not true. But, sure- these are tips on how to have the CLEANEST space. Get a photo album, put it on your coffee table].

4. COLOR CODE: Color coding makes maximum impact in a space. It looks so appealing to the eye + organized. This is especially great in small spaces where closets feel more cramped or are out in the open, like a studio or dorm.

5. SET TIME LIMITS + MULTI TASK: Don’t plan a day to clean, give yourself a time limit: 30 minutes, 1 hour. 30 minutes out of 24 hours doesn’t seem that daunting. Play a netflix show, listen to a podcast or an audiobook and enjoy the time.

6. PUT THINGS AWAY ONCE: Develop the habit to put things away immediately, no matter how easy it is to throw something right when you get in the door. You’re doubling the work for yourself by doing that!

7. CLEAN AS YOU GO: I like to clean as I go in situations, especially when I’m cooking. Throw out trash, put utensils in the dish washer and clean your surfaces as you go so your kitchen is mostly clean by the time you’re done.

8. ORGANIZE BY FUNCTION: I have specific storage based on function. I have one bag where I keep all of my technology- it keeps cords off tables / desks, but I also always know where those items are.

9. USE CONTAINERS: I got organizers at the container store for storage in my bathroom, kitchen etc. I separate my face products from hair products and it keeps everything organized and in place.

10. STORAGE INCEPTION: Use larger items to house smaller items that you use less frequently. I have throw pillows in my purses [also great for displaying- they keep the shape!], winter fuzzy socks in my stand up boots and extra pillows / blankets in my larger suitcases.

Energy Saving Home: Keeping Cool this Summer

Reducing your energy consumption this summer will save you money and conserve our power resources. Suggested ideas to keep the air conditioner turned down or turned off during a hot spell. In time we are able to acclimatize our bodies to the outside temperature; however, we have become accustomed to cooler temperatures in the summer and the warmer temperatures in the winter.

Cooling Down Tips

  • Replace the heavy dark fabrics from windows, beds and sofas with soft light colored fabrics
  • Keep the drapes drawn during the day.
  • Open the windows in the early evening to let the fresh night air flow through the home.
  • Put a small fan near the open windows to help with circulating the air.
  • Install water fountains in the living room or family area. Chose a size suitable for the area. Install more than 1 if you have space. The sound of the water will lower your temperature. You can play tricks on the body to cool yourself.
  • Have a fan circulating the air near the water fountain. It gives a nice breeze.
  • Play music with water in the background. If it is an extremely hot day, play winter music to bring you back to the coldness.
  • Fill spray bottles with distilled water. Periodically mist the room and yourself.
  • Wear light colored clothes made from natural fibers. The synthetic fibers make you sweat more because it blocks the body from sweating freely.
  • Keep the body well hydrated. Increase your water intake from 8 to 10 on those very hot days. Stay away from sugary drinks.
  • Eat light meals such as salad and soups. Limit starch as it makes the body feel heavy and causes you to feel warmer.
  • Embrace the warm weather. Work with it, not against it. Keep chores to a minimal in the summer. The heat makes your body slow down.
  • Imagine yourself sitting on a glacier in Alaska on those very hot days. Jump through the sprinkler.
  • Place a cool facecloth on the back of your neck or mist it with your spray bottle.
    The Art of Keeping Cool Meditation

The key to keeping cool in a home environment with no air conditioner and limited fans is powered by your mind.
Cool Meditation Exercise

Lie on the floor or on the ground with your head supported if desired.

Ceramic floors are ideal if you do this inside the home. Outside of the home, stretch out on a flat surface that provides you with some shade.

Close your eyes and just relax the entire body. If a part of the body feels tense, gently squeeze the muscle and release.

Breathe slowly and softly.

After the body has begun to relax, begin the cool meditation. Do not become anxious, if you are still thinking about your worries; just let it flow through you.
Cool Meditation Visualization

Visualize a waterfall that is deep within a forested region. The falls are cascading down and you are being sprayed by the cool mountain water as you lie on your back in this natural setting. Just experience this feeling and be calm. Try and remember a time when you felt refreshed on a hot sunny day and try and recapture the moment in your mind.

The key is to relax and really experience this moment.

This exercise will cool the body and make the heat less unbearable. As you release the image, be sure to feel the coolness of the mountain water and keep it with you throughout the day.

How to Get Rid of Household Mold

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Tips for Preventing and Eradicating Mold in Your Home

There’s nothing worse to you as a homeowner than discovering you have a household mold problem. Because its ugly presence can be a nightmare, it’s important to both recognize a mold problem before it grows worse, and take preventative measures so you won’t have household mold in the future.

Not only is household mold ugly and destructive to your house, it’s also bad for your health. You could be suffering from a household mold problem and not even realize it. Symptoms may range from anything from breathing difficulties to sinus congestion, watery eyes, and throat irritations to nausea, vomiting, fatigue and rashes.

How Molds Enter Your Home

Although mold growing outdoors is the natural result of breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves, it’s detrimental to both your home and family when growing indoors. Mold spores, which are invisible to the naked eye, circulate through the air, looking for a wet surface to land in your home. Once they find it, they begin to grow. Therefore, to prevent molds growing in your home, you have to check for moisture.

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Hidden Mold

Although molds usually grow on fibers, woods, and damp paper, sometimes it’s not easy to know if you have a mold problem, as it could be lurking in your house without your even seeing it.

Even black mold isn’t visible at first. However, a few warning signs may include musty smells (although you can’t see it growing.) This is the result of widespread water damage, such as a burst pipe within a wall.

Too often mold is mistaken for common mildew. If you try to remove what appears to be mildew with bleach and water and it still comes back, chances you may have black mold, which is a bigger problem. If you suspect your home has this kind of toxic mold, call a trained professional because you don’t want to agitate mold spores, creating more damage.

Preventative Measures – The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) recommends a number of preventative measures to keep mold from growing.

Repair all leaks – Immediately repair and dry any water leaks within 24 hours.

Clean hard surfaces – Regularly clean hard surfaces with bleach-based products that not only kill mold but also destroy and neutralize any allergy-inducing spores. If you suffer from allergies or asthma, then have someone who isn’t sensitive do the cleaning.

Aerate all crawlspaces – Besides making sure all household crawlspaces (such as in attics and basements) are well ventilated, also place plastic over dirt in outside crawlspaces to keep out moisture.

Use exhaust fans – To guard against moisture in rooms such as your kitchen and bathrooms, install and use exhaust fans.

Use caution with humidifiers – Although humidifiers are needed, especially during the dry winter months, be sure to turn them off if you see condensation on your windows as that’s a sign of moisture.

Use dehumidifiers – Be sure to use a dehumidifiers in your basement, especially during hot humid weather.

Don’t carpet bathrooms and basements – If you already have carpeting installed over concrete, regular check for any signs of mold. Rather than carpeting your basement, it’s best to install flooring with area rugs that be taken up and washed. Installing a vapor barrier over concrete is also advisable.

Although finding mold growing in your home is not good news, at least you can feel good that you discovered it before it grew worse. Just take a deep breath (not literally) and do what you now know to do to get rid of it. If the problem reaches beyond your expertise, then find some dependable professionals who can take care of the problem. Most of all, take steps to prevent it from happening again.