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A Modern Homesteading Food Guide

Growing your own food is one of the most important factors in modern homesteading.

Getting Started With Modern Homesteading Food Preservation

How many times have you opened your refrigerator, only to find that more food has gone bad? Or, consider how much food gets thrown away because you’ve overcooked or chosen not to eat leftovers. Saving and preserving food is one of the most important parts of modern homesteading.

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An Introduction to Homesteading

An Introduction to Homesteading.

It’s no secret that the way we live can have a dramatic impact on our world. If we choose to lead a more sustainable lifestyle such as homesteading that has the potential to reverse and improve much of the damage that has been done from previous generations, we accept our role as custodians of the Earth for this generation and the next.

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Eight Difficult Projects You Should Never Do Yourself

Electrical work is one of those difficult projects that you should hire a professional for.

Homeowners often take on a lot of do-it-yourself projects in order to save money or just because they can. There is a line between chores you can do yourself and difficult projects you should never do without the help of a professional, however. Some of these items are potentially dangerous or could end up costing you more time and money than it would just by hiring a professional in the first place.

Plumbing Problems

While unclogging a sink can be a DIY project, most plumbing projects are not. Water can leak and go virtually anywhere. It can seep between cracks and even through nail holes moving into other areas of the home, which can cause a lot of damage very quickly. Simply too much can go wrong by doing your own plumbing. It is best to save yourself the trouble and a potentially huge mess as well as subsequent expense, by hiring a professional plumber instead.

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Smart DIY Storage Ideas

Having a small house doesn't have to mean sacrificing DIY storage opportunities if you learn smart storage ideas for small spaces.

All the rage these days seems to be downsizing and going with a smaller home. Gone are the days of the McMansions. But with that also means less storage for your belongings. Just because you have less square footage in your home doesn’t mean you have to lose storage though. You just need to learn and implement smart DIY storage ideas for your home, attic, and basement. Here are the secrets to smart storage and making the most of the space that you have.

Furniture DIY Storage Ideas For Small Spaces

Having stylish furniture that also doubles as storage spaces is a great solution. Ottomans that can be used as seating or a chair, but also gives you a place to store belongings is a great solution. Search for multi-function furniture that can double as storage places.

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Often Overlooked Places That Need Cleaning

Clean and polished dishwasher.

Everyone has places that need cleaning in their home. These places don’t get the attention they need just because they’re somewhat out of sight and out of mind – unless they smell. But, if you add these overlooked places into your calendar, you won’t ever have issues and your home will be much cleaner and fresher.

Common Places That Need Cleaning Throughout the Home

Stove Exhaust Vent

Most stoves have an exhaust vent above the stove with a fan that helps move smells and smoke out of the house. This gets very dirty and even covered in the old food and grease that are in the steam and smoke escaping. To clean the vent, first read your manufacturer’s directions.

Having said that, normally you can take it apart by unscrewing the screen. Soak the screen in hot soapy water, brush with a soft brush, and then dry thoroughly. Using a soft cloth with a 50/50 vinegar and water mixture, wipe down the outside and inside of the vent.

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Utility Room Storage Ideas

A utility room often includes a washer and dryer.

A utility room can be an important part of the home. This is often where appliances like hot water heaters, furnaces, washers and dryers, and freezers are stored. Cleaning equipment and supplies may also be stored in this space. This room should be functional and pleasing to look at, especially if you spend much time there.

Utility Room Storage: Functionality & Organization

* Make sure the things you use regularly are easy to reach. Infrequently used items can be put on a higher shelf or in a different part of the room.

* Store your laundry soap in smaller containers and refill as needed. Keep the large bulky detergent containers up and out of the way while the smaller easier to manage container is in arms reach.

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Remodeling Small Kitchens : Contractor Questions

Remodeling small kitchens is a task that is best done by professional contractors.

Remodeling small kitchens can seem like a monumental task, despite the small space you are working with. The kitchen is typically the most frequently used room of the house, and is often a home base of sorts for cooking, eating, doing projects and homework, and spending time together. When every decision you make can make or break your ideas for the home base of your household, you are probably better off hiring a professional for small kitchen remodeling.

Other than the specifics of what you want your small kitchen to look like when you are finished with such an involved project, there are major safety factors involved. Remodeling small kitchens will often require the expertise of someone with the knowledge of an electrician and the careful measurements of a professional. Kitchen remodels are often more involved and difficult than any other room of your house, so hiring a professional contractor is certainly worth it.

Before you hire a professional contractor, however, there are some questions you should ask. Getting these items sorted out before you hire someone can help determine whether or not you are hiring the right person for the job.

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Small Kitchen Remodeling: Making Use of Hidden Spaces

Small kitchen remodeling projects will have you kitchen looking great.

For small kitchen remodeling, making use of the smallest spaces can make the biggest difference. A small kitchen remodeling project is the perfect chance to utilize those little spaces that you might not have considered before. Give yourself more room and storage space with these tips for making use of small hidden spaces in your kitchen.

Island Paradise

Islands are the answer to almost every small kitchen problem. Islands come in a variety of shapes and sizes and don’t have to be stationary or permanent. As long as you have somewhere to store it when it isn’t being used, a rolling island can be the answer to so many of your small kitchen woes.

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Eco Friendly Appliances: Should You Upgrade?

Energy efficient stove.

Whether or not you are considering upgrading your major appliances, chances are that you may not have a choice going forward into the future with the advent of eco friendly appliances. Federal energy efficiency standards are such that when purchasing new appliances, stricter guidelines must be met. These stricter guidelines come in the form of energy efficiency ratings and guidelines for eco friendly appliances.

Refrigerators, washing machines, and clothing dryers are the biggest consumers of energy in your home appliances. If you have a machine or appliance that is more than ten years old, then it is probably sensible to invest in new appliances. This is especially true if you intend to stay in your home for a long period of time.

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Deep Clean Your Home Exterior and Yard

Spotless patio and pool.

There are some types of regular cleaning and maintenance that will help your home look better, maintain its value, and help you create the restful environment that you deserve. Your best bet is to always check your manufacturer’s instructions to ensure that you’re not doing anything to harm your items during a deep clean.

Pressure Wash Home Exterior, Decks, and Patios

You can rent a good pressure washer from a store like Home Depot to clean your home’s exterior, desks, and patios. You can also look for a local rental supply company. It’s not hard to do. Just follow the instructions with the pressure washer and be aware of the types of sealants you have on your surfaces so you don’t damage anything. An all-purpose cleaner will also be helpful in the process, specifically one that is biodegradable and phosphate-free. To remove mold and mildew off of your vinyl siding, a polypropylene bristle scrub brush will also come in handy.

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