How to Decorate Your First Home as a Couple

How to Decorate Your First Home as a Couple

Finally it’s that time when the two of you have found the place where you will start living together as a couple. It’s your new future home and there is nothing to worry about, you will have no problems with decorating it and turning it to a little Heaven that says “we are together”. Here are five great decorating tips and tricks that will help you have a stress-free process of making your first common house – your first home!

Get used to think of you both as “we”

The first step of your life together as a couple will be replacing the words “yours” and “mine”. Starting to think of you both as “we” and your common things such as your shared space as “ours” is sometimes a challenge, but always necessary. Making all the decisions together and taking both opinions about the way your future house should look like is very important – and this includes everything – from merging your preferred styles and décor ideas to making compromises and choosing a design that both of you feel comfortable with and happy to have. Take time to discuss your personal styles and don’t forget to work as a team. If it’s not possible to combine your views about everything in the house, it’s a good decision to create little individual zones – such as a man’s sport zone and a woman’s plotting area. Now, you will both have your little zone dedicated to the things you like to do.

Go to a garage sale

Now, that you have bought your first home as a couple, you are at the limit of your budget, so don’t spend money on buying expensive home accessories or decorations. There are many helpful and quality things on garage sales. Go there and find what you need and don’t think that something, that have already been used, is not a well-working one. In fact, there is a great chance to find unique and very special things at these little garage sales. And the best part is that they fit to your budget.

Do one step at a time

Don’t think that entering your new home requires upgrading it from the top to bottom. Stick to your budget and begin the process from pieces you will need at a first place such as furniture and kitchen appliances. Don’t count on modern and trendy staff, choose timeless designs that you will both like and will use for a very long time. Furniture and most of the kitchen appliances are too expensive and always a big investment, that’s why oven cleaning Melbourne services advise you to look for those things on IKEA or home improvement stores with affordable prices.

Look at it as a journey

It’s a moment of your life you will always remember, so all the time look at the bright side and enjoy the process. Experiment with the colours, patterns and textures both of you like, take pictures at the decorating process and feel yourself as going on an adventure. All in all, it’s important how you will feel in your home, it should make you happy and comfortable living together, so make it memorable and cozy!

Make the space your own

Decorate your place the way it will easily represents you both who you are. You can make a little décor places with your pictures or places you both love. Remember that the more “yours” the place become, the more you will both feel love in the air. And don’t forget to learn how to decorate a baby’s nursery, when you face that special moment in your life!

Let’s Clean Up Pet Stains

Let’s Clean Up Pet Stains

We love them, play with them, take care of them, cuddle them, feed them, bathe them… and, yes, we do have to clean up after them… That’s right today’s post is all about our most beloved pets. While it is so rewarding to have a little, or big, furry friend, and it has been long since proven that pets improve our quality of life, no one can deny that where there are pets, stains and odd smell inevitably follows, no matter how vigilant we training the little ones properly.

Naturally, you will find various pet stain cleaning products in the local store, but most of them contain dangerous chemicals that can harm both your and your pet’s health, so in this article we are going to discuss the alternative green detergents that one can easily mix with household products. Not only are the natural cleaners budget-friendly, but they are perfectly safe for those naughty, all-exploring tongues and noses that are always curious to check out what are you up to.

Before we begin, I must warn you that the most efficient way to clean up pet stains is to take the faulty one out of the room first as his/ her curiosity might get in the way of your cleaning activities. There are many products in the stores that will help you clean up pet stains, but the safest ones are the home-made remedies, the ingredients for which you will find right in your kitchen cupboard:

Use Vinegar to Clean Up Pet Stains

Yep, once again white vinegar is the best go-to solution for cleaning up pet stains. The ultimate green cleaner will not only vanquish the nasty stains, but it will also neutralize the unpleasant odour, due to its high acidity. However, it works best on fresh stains. Firstly, blot the stain, then apply generous amount of equal parts vinegar-water solution, and let dry. Don’t scrub – remind the cleaners from Kensington! When the spot has properly dried, vacuum clean the area. If necessary repeat, until the stain is no longer visible.

Use Baking Soda to Clean Up Old Pet Stains

While your pet might know that eliminating on the carpet is strictly forbidden, he/she might feel tempted (or forced, depending on the reason why the deed was done) to find a hidden corner, out of your sight to go potty. The smell will inevitably lead you to the “crime scene” but by then, the stain might be dried or even days-old. For those stains, baking soda will be your best friend. Simply sprinkle baking soda all over the spot and let it sit for a couple of hours, and once again clean it up with vacuum cleaner.

Use Club Soda for Stain Pre-Treatment

That is right, club soda works well for pet stain, too. The famous party-stain-remedy for red wine spillages on your evening outfit is the perfect cleaning detergent to help you loosen up old pet stains. All you need to do is saturate the spot with club soda, and wait until the soda stops sizzling. Since the club soda in only efficient during that timespan, you might have to repeat the procedure several times.

Keep in mind that you have to remove the excess liquid by blotting, not by rubbing as the latter will only help the stain penetrate deeper into the fibres of the fabric. If the stain hasn’t been completely removed, use the baking soda treatment next, and your carpet will look like brand new.

If you have a puppy, and you are wondering how to house train it, here is a great article from Fantastic Cleaners Melbourne. It will surely help you avoid many accidents, and having to dig into the contents of your kitchen cupboard.

Can Cleaning Make You Happy

Can Cleaning Make You Happy?

Usually cleaning is referred to as one of the most unpleasant, and tiring domestic chores, but have you asked yourself this simple question: Can cleaning make you happy? Surprisingly, researches indicate that the answer is positive. An “inverse association between stress and housework” really exist, at least on paper.

Still, you don’t need scientist with fancy titles to assure you that a neat, clean, and de-cluttered house will improve your mood, but can you admit that grabbing the broom and sweeping the floor can make you happier? Personally, I find it hard to believe, but as they say – “different strokes for different folks”. To find out, I suggest you do a little experiment:

Instead of putting all your energy into figuring out how to postpone the inevitable deep cleaning of your home, or even how to squeeze hiring professional cleaners Putney in your budget, right after you finish reading this post, stand up, and get down to business.

Firstly, play some energizing music, and start dancing. While you are moving to the rhythm, grab the vacuum cleaner, and “dance with it”. It might be the “wrong way” to start cleaning, but if it feels right for you – who is to say you shouldn’t do it. When you finish, you can get a cloth and some cleaner and challenge the window cleaning, you have been neglecting to do.

If you are getting more and more excited, let your hands and feet guide you, they know more than you would imagine about your cleaning routine. Sometimes, shutting off your brain when cleaning is all you will need, in order to get motivated. Once that cranky little voice I your head quits telling you how tiring it would be to clean up everywhere, or how much efforts you will have to put in, a great deal of the pressure you were feeling will simply disappear.

These guys agree that the most important aspect of cleaning your home is your attitude towards it. If you start cleaning, simply because you feel pressured to do it, nothing will be able to cheer you up. However, if you do it, just because it feels right, cleaning CAN make you happy:

  • You CAN work off some of that stress you have been suffering from.
  • You CAN start feeling better about how your home looks.
  • You CAN even feel better about yourself, as you have done a great job.

To sum up, I do believe in positive attitude, and the miracles it can do not only to improve your mood, but also to keep your house clean and tidy, well organised, and most importantly – make you feel proud of yourself!

Learn the Secrets of Happiness at the Conference in Melbourne

Learn the Secrets of Happiness at the Conference in Melbourne

Let the world become a better and happier place to live!

Hello, dear cleaning lovers! I am Joanna and I’m happy to be able to share with you some of the latest news on Melbourne’s top events this summer. Special thanks to Margaret, for letting me reach you again through her wonderful blog.

This year, Melbourne will be hosting an amazing conference on Happiness and Its Causes for the first time. Complex topics like love, psychology, resilience and sandness will be discussed and traversed by renown professors and researchers.

Happy girl

  • prof. Ed Diener is one of the world’s leading researchers in the subjects related to happiness.
  • Michael Leunig, a poet and artist who enjoys topics like philosophy and is an aspiring cartoonist
  • Dr Helen Fisher is a renowned anthropologist who develops in the sphere of romantic love and human emotions
  • Linda Lantieri is a specialist in emotional learning and resilience. She works with children who lost their parents in 9/11 and gives her best to help people overcome tragedy events.

The icing of the cake is going to be an emotionally and intellectually directed lection with Dalai Lama.

All of the specialists are going to share their thoughts, experiences and professional insights on human emotions. The topics which are going to be reflected on the conference cover an extremely wide range of subtopics about emotional and mental health. The questions will definitely be a lot, but I’m sure most of them will be answered through the conference.

My personal experience shows that the emotional state of a human being in not only related to the environment in which he is being raised and is growing, but it has a way bigger complexity. Each human has his own perception of the world. Some people crack and “explode” over simple daily tasks, family problems and domestic chores like cleaning, cooking and gardening, and there is definitely a lot this conference could help with.

So what do you think about the upcoming conference in Melbourne and what are your expectations about this event?

Share your experience and let me know if you are going to attend. I’ll be more than happy to see what you think and have to say!

Why Hating Mondays is Perfectly Normal

Why Hating Mondays is Perfectly Normal


You wake up and you feel, as if your vital force has been sucked out of you… You have no desire to get out of bed, yet you realise with a brutal clarity that you MUST… You feel more demotivated than ever to go to work, and still you force yourself to do it… Those are just a few of the reasons why hating Mondays is perfectly normal.

Why Monday is so Harsh on Us?

To be honest, for me Monday mornings are the worst! I believe it is due to the shock your entire systems goes through. From ultimate relaxation, sleeping in and just doing what you love, you are bound to wake up on the Monday morning and bump heads with reality… and it is never pleasant.

Since most of us are creatures of habit, we tend to get used to a certain regime and follow it, therefore, sometimes, it is difficult to sleep in during the weekend, as you have trained yourself to get up in time for work. Nevertheless, most of us wake up and then fall back asleep. Just when you have had two perfectly good days to get used to a couple of extra hours of sleep… BAM… Monday comes right back and makes you change your rhythm once again.

… and so the tedious cycle goes on and on …and you despise the first day of the week more and more..

How to Fight the “Monday Hatred”?

There are numerous way to battle the odd feeling of being displeased that the weekend has ended. You can either opt for the lazy perspective of having a perfectly calm (if somewhat boring) evening and go to bed early. Not only will you get the vital and oh-so-needed rest, but you will also be ready to jump-start your week. However, this solution is not that great as you will have to sacrifice a few perfectly good hours, you could otherwise spend with friends clubbing or even doing some housework – just because you can.

Speaking of chores, I strongly recommend delegating your cleaning duties to professional cleaners in Docklands. There is something utterly bothersome in spending your precious spare time doing housework – cleaning in particular. Even if you are doing it just for the sake of bragging to your colleagues that you didn’t have to lift a finger to dust or vacuum.

While Mondays tend to be more than annoying, they are “a necessary evil“. The best way to fight your “Monday hatred” is to use positive attitude. Focus on the great stuff you have experienced over the weekend and cling to the warming feeling until Friday arrives!

Can A Pet Really Improve Your Health

Can A Pet Really Improve Your Health

Dogs have long been known as man’s best friend but did you know that pets in general can make us both physically and mentally healthier? In fact, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals /RSPCA/, simply having our pets around us can lift our spirits and help us relax.

Dog running with a toy in its mouth

Interestingly, the RSPCA also says that Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership around the world. One study even found that thanks to the average Aussie’s love of cats and dogs, our precious pets have saved us approximately $3.86 billion in health expenditure in one certain year.

Physical Health Benefits That Owning a Pet Can Lead To

  • Improved cardiovascular health resulting in lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

  • Fewer visits to the doctor.

  • Children developing stronger immune systems which reduces the risk of allergies. In turn, this sees kids with pets taking less sick days at school.

Another one of the physical health benefits that really caught our eye was an increase in physical activity. Of course, it makes sense as pets (especially dogs) encourage us to get out and about. Who needs a personal trainer when you’ve got a pet to drag you outside regardless of the weather?

Here are some other quirky facts from the Better Health Channel based on findings from selected studies:

  • People who walk their dogs are seen by others as being friendly and approachable.

  • Patients waiting in dentist surgeries found watching fish swim around an aquarium was as effective as hypnosis in terms of reducing stress.

Psychological Benefits Linked To Pet Ownership

  • Pet owners tend to suffer less from depression and are able to cope with grief, stress and loss better than those without a pet.

  • Pets have been known to enhance social connectedness – by all accounts, they’re great conversation starters!

  • Pets act as a constant source of support. After all, they keep us company when we’re feeling down or are sick. The Better Health channel even cites this non-judgemental companionship/unconditional love as increasing people’s self-esteem.

While there’s no doubt that pets can be very positive for kids, they also pose a lot of health benefits for older people. Transitioning from working full-time or part-time to retirement, is one of the biggest changes in life and one that many find difficult to adapt to.

And it’s only natural that as we age, we sometimes lose loved ones. Pets can assist older people in:

  • Enjoying life: Caring for a pet can add meaning to people’s lives and provide companionship at a time when family and friends may not always be present.

  • Help people to connect: Regardless of age, pets can help people to find a common interest and to meet new people.

  • Keep fit: Pets are playful in nature and often get people moving. They can make people laugh and boost energy levels.

While they can be a bit of a handful at times, it’s clear that owning a pet is advantageous to most people.

And hey, they can be a much-needed and constant source of support and happiness at times, don’t you think?

Most Delicious Mm Cookies You Have Tried


These soft and chewy M&M Cookies are the perfect choice of a dessert. They are quick and easy to cook, especially when you are feeling tired of working or cleaning.

In my opinion, it is very hard to find a quality cookie recipe. Once you find it, make sure you write it down on a safe place. It is a treasure you cannot afford to lose! So get a pen and note this one:


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup softened unsalted butter
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • one package of mini M&Ms


  1. Mix the flour, salt, cornstarch and the baking soda in a bowl.
  2. In other large bowl, using a mixer, make a smooth paste from the butter and both types of sugar. Adjust the speed to medium and mix until pale and fluffy (2-3 minutes).
  3. Set the mixer on low and add in egg and vanilla. Return the speed to medium and mix until well compounded.
  4. Turn the mixer back on low and add the dry mixture gradually until dough forms. Blend in M&Ms by hand. Put the dough into the refrigerator for at least 40 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking tray with parchment paper.
  5. Get the dough out of the fridge and form balls with the approximate size of a walnut. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until edges are just barely golden.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool for a couple of minutes on baking sheet before removing and placing on wire rack to finish cool.

I highly suggest a glass of milk or a hot cup of coffee with these!

Romantic Yet Inexpensive Gifts

It is that time of the year when love is in the air, and you have the most wonderful girlfriend, wife in the whole world. Everyone is busy shopping for Christmas, and that is just the beginning as right after that comes New Year, than St. Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, your anniversary, her birthday and etc. – frankly, the special days for both of you will start snowballing very soon. A simple, but nonetheless vital question pops up in your mind – what to do when you are on a tight budget? Keep in mind that it is the thought that counts, and you don’t need to spend a fortune on a present. Actually, with these romantic, yet inexpensive, gifts for her, you can become the man of the hour not only to her but to all her female friends and acquaintances. Take a look at some exciting suggestions that will cost you no more than a few bucks:

1. Ace of Hearts

Just a warning before I begin: This is an extremely romantic present meant to show your girl how much you appreciate and love her, however, if any of the guys so much as get a whiff of what you have done, you are about to get seriously teased! Go to the nearest dollar store, and get a deck of cards – the plainer the better. You will also need some key chain rings (you will find them in any hardware store), a hole plunger (if you don’t have one at home, sneak out the one from your office), and some markers, paper, glue, and in case you are particularly romantic some photos of you and her. Use the paper plunger to make 2 identical holes at the end of each card. Take the markers, and write something you love about your girlfriend/ wife at the back of each card. At the last one write something sweet, or romantic, or even a short poem – something that will make her drop everything and kiss you like the world depends on it.

2. Home town getaway

Every girl dreams of being taken away on a romantic trip somewhere far away from home. However, your budget can hardly sustain such a luxury but don’t despair there is a romantic, yet inexpensive, solution that will make you her hero. All you need to do is look up the interesting sights in your home town. You will be amazed at how many places you can visit, and at the entertaining activities you can share with her. The new term of home town getaway is staycation, and it won’t cost much. At the same time your girlfriend/ wife will be thrilled at the idea of leaving her home, and relaxing with her loved one, even if only for a couple of days. Nothing makes a woman happier than leaving her weekend chores like cooking and deep cleaning Brighton behind to spend some quality time with her partner. If you have mountains why not take her to a local hut, and spend the weekend hiking. You can even surprise her with a bouquet of wild flowers as opposed to the usual bunch from the near-by grocery store.

3. Scrabble with Love


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Warning! This idea is extra geeky! Take out your old Scrabble and get all the letters that spell your names, if you don’t have enough, ask friends and family to help with the cause. Next, you will need a picture frame. Glue the wooden pieces together to the cardboard of the frame. On the off chance that your names don’t share at least one letter, you can use an adjoining word like “LOVE”, “ETERNITY”, “ALWAYS” and so on. Once you have the centrepiece, you can use your imagination to decorate the rest of the cardboard with dried flowers, paper clippings, satin ribbons (although it might be too much), pictures of you and her together, or anything else you find appropriate. When you are all set, put the frame on, and wrap it up. In case the wooden Scrabble pieces are too thick for the holders to close, use some tape or glue to fix the cardboard on its place.

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Hello, Ladies!
My name is Nia Greenwood and I will be coaching your journey to living simply, healthy and stylish!
Let’s Clean Up is on a mission to help you be the modern housewife you have always wanted to be! You know which type I’m talking about: businesswoman during work hours, loving mother and wife 24/7 and dazzling hostess when guests arrive. I will help you organize your schedule, keep your home tidy at all times, and get your family to help you with your chores.
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