Monthly Archives: March 2014

3,2,1 Blast off! How to Create the Perfect Space Themed Bedroom

Charlies room

Dark and mystical outer space holds an attraction for many children. Whether you have an aspiring astronaut at home or a Star Wars buff, a galaxy themed bedroom doesn’t isn’t far far away with these tips.

Dark sky colours such as black, purple, midnight blue and grey are most popular for use in a child’s space themed bedroom. If you are a real dab hand with a paint brush then you could add a splash of colour by painting on some planets and a rocket ship. For those who do not consider themselves very arty, wall stickers are a quick and easy alternative to paint. Once complete, make your mural walls sparkle by using glow in the dark or glitter paint to add stars to your skyscape.

space room

Next, use a white circular paper lantern as a ceiling lampshade to emulate the moon and a rocket shaped lava lamp as a bedside night light. Both options are inexpensive but will really add to the effect. You could also consider hanging a mobile that is bedecked with UFO’s and shooting stars from the ceiling.

When choosing furniture opt for black metal or silver chrome. Keep your carpet neutral to counterbalance the darker walls and finish it off with a circular (planet shaped) rug.

There are numerous space themed quilt cover and curtain sets available, from fabrics covered in a multitude of stars to those with a bit more detail which feature specific constellations and planets. Add alien soft cushions and plush toys to the bed (think the little green men from Toy Story or the plethora of extra-terrestrial life in Ben 10). Star wars accessories are another great option and there are SO many to choose from. Our favourite is this R2D2 LED alarm clock. Add a few strategically placed lightsabers and a globe and you should be about ready for lift off.

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Finally, no space themed bedroom would be complete without a telescope positioned at the window for a spot of pre-bedtime stargazing.

It’s Spring Cleaning Time! Tips on how to Prepare for your Deep Clean.

Spring Clean

Love them or hate them, home chores just have to get done. Take advantage of the offers on cleaning equipment this spring cleaning season and spend a day buffing up your house to sparkling status! Follow these tips to turn your spring clean into a dream.

Buy New Equipment

If you have a piggy bank filled with coppers (I have two!), get them changed at the bank and use your newfound petty riches to buy new cloths, scouring pads, cleaning agents, air fresheners, oven cleaner and a fresh mop. Fresh cleaning equipment just feels better before a big top to bottom clean.

Block out a whole day

Reserve one of your lazy Sundays to be not so lazy. If you get up at seven, have an energy filled breakfast and coffee and get started by half eight, your spring clean will be over by tea time, just as the takeaways opens for you to gather your reward.

Decide on what to do with the Children

It’s nice to involve children with cleaning jobs. It teaches them responsibility and basic cleaning skills, but it can also take up a lot of time as you keep an eye on the little’uns and try to make the tasks as fun as possible at the same time. Sometimes you have to accept that you’re not Mary Poppins, and keep the children occupied while you get on with things.

Get an Audiobook

The popular Audiobook site Audible.com offers a free audiobook for new members, so sign up, grab what you fancy, and make your least favourite chores so much more enjoyable when you’re stuck in a good story. An average audiobook lasts around 8 hours (unless you’ve chosen War & Peace), which should last you through the whole spring clean.

Or Get a Motivation Playlist

Working to a beat is a proven way to get physical activity get done quicker, and getting all that scrubbing and dusting done to your favourite songs will make the task ten times more enjoyable. If you’re really into the science of working to a beat, try and build your playlist into keeping a regular beat (no slow songs!) by using this BPM counter.

Kitchen and Bathroom First

Make yourself a cold meal for lunch to store in the fridge in the morning and then tackle the kitchen first, as this is the most difficult room. Once you’ve scraped the burnt on grease stains off your oven door, matched all your pots and lids and cleared the dust round the back of the fridge, everything else will seem like a doddle. The bathroom should be your second stop, since you’ll want to get the unpleasant toilet cleaning and soap scum clearing out of the way.