Monday, March 21, 2016

Your Personal Guide To A Safe Home Living

Safety first! Cliché as it may seem, but it's the only reminder where no one gets hurt. Agree? Generally, nobody wants to live in a dangerous place. Who would? Living in a home where you can unwind and feel safe is everyone's dream.  You don't need to hire a personal security to guard your home since you are all in a secured place. It doesn't matter if you are living in Amaia Skies Avenida or any other real estate property in the Philippines, living safe is within your reach.

As a homeowner and a parent, there's nothing more you want for your family but their safety and security in life. However, there are just times accidents and other unwanted situations are inevitable. As a result, we feel guilty for not being extra careful when it comes to that matter. But whether you realize it or not, there are ways to prevent such. Here's how:

Meet your neighbours

Just because you're going to meet your neighbours, it doesn't mean you need to become best friends. Of course not! If you want to make friends, then that's your call. The purpose of meeting your neighbours is for you to know what kind of people you will most likely meet each day. Being certain with the people around you would not hurt your time and effort. This will only give you an assurance that you are living in a safe place.

Get a monitored home security system

If you are too complacent of your home, then you better think about it again. In fact, not all burglars are from the outside, most of them are from the inside. Installing of home security system is a great deterrent to would-be burglars. This allows you to prevent eyes with bad intentions. Moreover, it would be easier for securities to know which property has been attacked, and know which belongs are missing. With that, you can expect a low-crime area on the place since it is secured with alarm systems.

Get possible security risks fixed

Before you decide on which property you want to invest, you have to make sure that the place is safe to live. You should check if the deadbolts are properly working, the lights in and outside of your home should be functioning, especially in parking lots o garages. Of course, you should also not forget to check whether the doors and windows are shut and lock properly or not. If you think that there is something wrong with the functionalities of the things, then you better fix it immediately to avoid any safety risks.

Use a personal security app

For those who don't know yet, there are actually a lot of security app you can download online. And no worries, a lot of them are free. Whether you are headed out to meet your friends, you don't have to worry about your home since you will know if there is something strange about it. And what's more convenient? There are also apps that offer GPS tracking for free. Well, all you have to do is just set the app to tracking mode. This security application would be a great help in addition to your security alarms at home.

Get a dog

Sad to say, not all homeowners are fond of owning a dog. Perhaps, it's quite a bother for them to clean their pet's mess every now and then. Of course, you should also be a responsible pet owner. But do you know that dogs can help secure your home? We all know dogs bark. They usually bark at people who they are not familiar with. This will also give an alarm signal to burglars not to invade your home.

Securing your home should be on your top priority list. But you also have to remember that this is not just all about securing your home, but this is also for the safety of your family. And if you want to live in a place where there would be peace and satisfaction, always remember safety first!

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Friday, March 18, 2016

How to Ruin Your Floors Without Even Realizing It

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Yes, we have heard a lot of homeowners who are concerned about what to do to make your floor last longer. Obviously, who would want to damage their floor, right? However, there are times that we don't realize that even a minor thing we unconsciously do, we are already damaging our floor. And mind you, it is definitely not nice to look at when you have a damaged floor. Right? That is why it doesn't matter if you are living in a 2BR condo in Makati, BGC or Mandaluyong, the thing is you still have the need to take care of your floor.

But sad to say, not all homeowners are aware of it. As a result, they don't appreciate much their floor. However, if you are one of those homeowners who is concerned when it comes to the beauty of their home, then you might as consider taking good care of your floor by not doing these things below that can ruin it. And yes, these things below may be an everyday activity we usually do. But we don't realize that it contributes to the damages on the floor. So, you better avoid doing these things mentioned below.

Don't use furniture pads

Have you ever noticed that there are furniture marks on the floor? Perhaps, you usually drag your furniture to whatever arrangement you want to have. And since you are not using furniture pads, then you will definitely get scratches and marks on your beautiful floors. If you continue to ignore these scratches and marks, it will go deeper and deeper as you go along with the arrangements you have for your home. And aside from dragging your furniture from places to places, every time you sit down on a sofa or chair, the legs will mark the floor since you are not using furniture pads. And it will surely stay if you will not do anything about it at all.

Don't sweep regularly

This is one of the common unhygienic things for you to do. Of course, who would want to live in a place where the floor is covered with dust and other dirty stuff on the floor? I bet, nobody. Unless you are away from your home too long, then not sweeping your floor regularly would definitely ruin its beauty. Basically, the dust and other things that are cluttered on the floor can create damage, especially when the floor is wet. And yes, aside from not regularly sweeping, not mopping regularly can also damage your floor.

Use the wrong rug pad

Whether you realize it or not, there are actually different kinds of rug you can buy at the store. And if you are not careful in choosing the right rug for your floor, this might give your floor a scratch or marks from the rugs. Moreover, instead of making it shine, it can do some discoloration of your floor. That is why you have to know which of the rug are good for your floor and not just with any rug you saw at the market.

Don't have a mat near the door

Generally, this is one of the practices for most homeowners. Of course, you don't want to let the dirt from the outside be brought in the inside, right? That is the reason for you to have a mat near the door. However, if you don't have any mats, this can definitely damage your floor since all the dirty stuff can get inside. Moreover, the dirt you leave would possibility make some scratches and marks on the floor. That is why mats are there to protect the floor from any dirt from the outside.

Don't trim your pet's nails

If you are one of those homeowners who just love pets, their nails can also damage the floor. Of course, they like to roam around the house which can sometimes lead to scratches and marks on the floor. And if you are just going to ignore this matter, these marks will definitely make your floor dull and ugly in the long run.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Why Keep These 12 Things at Home When You Can Throw It Away

Throwing things especially when it holds value to us may not be our thing. Unless we really don't like to have that particular thing anymore, throwing them away may be hard on our part. But there are just times that you need to throw them away to avoid too much clutter in your home. Well, it basically doesn't matter where you live, be it in any Ayala Land properties, throwing useless things at home is a must!

For some homeowners, they don't want to throw their things away since they can give it to the charity instead. Of course, you should do that if the things are still of use. However, if you think that even the kids or the people who are in the charity cannot use it either, then you better throw them away without any hesitations at all.

Yes, thinking about what and what not to throw may be confusing. That is why we list down the top 5 things you have at home that you don't really need. Later on, you will eventually realize that that particular thing that was thrown away made your home even cleaner and nicer.

1. The other side of a pair of lost earrings

Wearing of earrings without its pair is definitely not nice to look at. You better buy  a new set and throw the previous one.

2. Scraps of wrapping paper

You don't need to keep scraps of wrapping paper at home. It would be more appreciated when you buy a nice and stylish wrapping paper than having it recycle. The person you that can receive your gift might feel insulted for it.

3. Cards people have given you with no sentimental value

There are cards that hold dear to us. However, for those cards that don't have any meaning at all, then you better throw them away. There is no use in keep them anyways.

4. Socks with holes

Whether you realize it or not, wearing of socks with holes can be a degrading thing to do. Although people might not see what you are wearing, the thought that you are wearing socks with holes would also mean that you don't have respect for yourself. Reward yourself with a nice pair of socks, and I'm sure you will feel good about it.

5. Hair elastics that have lost stretchiness

Actually, there is no use of using hair elastics that don't have any stretchiness at all. Of course, it doesn't hold your hair any longer. That is why you need to throw these things away.

6. Extra photo prints

One of the reasons why we print our photos it is because we want to have some hard copy of our memories. However, you don't need to have some extra photos to keep. It will only add up the clutter at home.

7. Old makeup

Old makeups should be thrown away. Don't use it anymore. When you do, it might cause you skin rashes. And I'm sure you don't want to experience those things. Right?

8. Expired or sample-sized toiletries

Just like your old makeup, you should not use expired toiletries. You better buy a new set of toiletries rather than risking yourself with it.

9. Dried-up nail polish

This is one of the many things you must throw away. Since it is already dried-up, obviously, you can't use it anymore. So, better throw those dried-up nail polish already.

10. Expired medication

If you want to live your life longer, then don't hesitate to throw expired medicines just because they are expensive.

11. Expired coupons

Even if you use them and show it to a particular store who offer such coupons, they don't still accept it since it is already expired. The promo doesn't count anymore since the given date already passed.

12. Rusty jewelry

For those people who have sensitive skin, then you better throw these things away. This may give you some skin rashes since the jewelry is already rusted. So, don't wear it.

Basically, there are actually tons of things that you need to throw away. Common sense will tell you that you don't need it and it needs to be thrown. Of course, these things mentioned above are the top and common things that you need to let go. Just buy things that are useful to you. If you are on a shopping, make sure that you think first before deciding to buy that particular thing for as not to add clutter to your home.

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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Productivity 101: How to Work Productively From Your Home

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It is undeniable that working at home may not be as productive as working at the office. Agree? Of course, since we are talking about working from your home, whether you are living in a studio unit in a high-rise condo in BGC or any other type of dwelling, there are so many distractions around you – not to mention your bedroom. Who would not be tempted to cuddle your pillows and watch some TV? These things around our home can be our enemy when it comes to the productivity of our work.

Before deciding to work at home, it is a must for you to determine if you are a kind of person who can avoid such temptations around you. If not, then you better have a job where you can have a good place to work efficiently. However, if you have a job where it needs to where at home, then there must need for you to adjust things for you to avoid being unproductive.

Well, if you are one of those people who is working from their home, then below are some tips where it can be a great help whenever you are tempted to do unrelated stuff. Of course, you don't have to worry since these tips below are simple yet effective enough for you to do.

Plan your day

It's hard for you to focus on your work if you don't have a proper plan. Some of you might wonder and ask, "Plan for what?" Do you know the planning is one of the most important things for you to do before you start your work? It is in your planning where you will know what things are that you should do for the day. Moreover, this will also serve as your guide on what to do next since you already plan your work ahead of time. With that, you will not be wasting your time thinking about what to do.

For instance, you jot down the things that you need to do in the morning, and tasks that need to be done in the afternoon. Of course, you also have to make sure that the time that is intended for that particular task is reasonable enough to do such.  Perhaps, you can outline the things like this;

9 – 10 AM: Work on the first task
10 – 10:15 AM: Break! 
10:15 – 11 AM: Work on the second task
11 AM – 12 PM: Finalize the second task
12 – 1 PM: Lunch

Limit distractions

Yes, this! We all do know so well that there are so many distractions at home. Well, talking about our bed, pillows, TV, phones, and other things that keep your focus away from your work. Why don't you try working in a place where you can't be tempted to do stuff. Yes, there are just times that we find it very tempting to do those things we have at home. But always remember that discipline is the key. If you are not disciplined enough to abstain yourself from those temptations around you, then you will not be productive enough to do your work. And mind you, it is not a good thing to do at all.

If you want to keep your career, then you better limit yourself with distractions. Of course, aside from the distractions mentioned above, dirty dishes in the sink and messy home can also be one of the things that can distract you from work. That is why, before you do your work, make sure to clean your home for you to have a pleasant and productive environment.

Take breaks

Even if you are working at home, it is still a must for you to take some break. Of course, if you tend to work without any breaks at all, you might have headaches due to overthinking. And I'm sure you don't want that to happen, right? Be moderate. It is also a must for you to know how to balance your work and giving yourself a break, With that, you will eventually realize that just by taking a break, you can think better ideas than not having a break at all.

Moreover, it won't hurt your time if you are going to pause from work. Well, just make sure that you are also not wasting your time taking breaks. Use your time wisely. Time management is the key to having a better and productive working experience from your home.