Take Control of Your Clutter

De-cluttering can help you reduce the amount of stress in your life, live a calmer existence and be able to think more clearly. It will help you appreciate the possessions that are special enough to keep and can even help support a local charity. That sounds like a big bonus for what is essentially just tidying up and getting rid of the things we don’t need. But it really does work. In an effort to encourage us all to take control of our clutter there are even annual de-cluttering weeks in the USA and in the UK.

If de-cluttering is so good for us why do we need to be encouraged to do it?

No matter how much we might like the idea of de-cluttering, often the reality of sorting out our possessions and clearing out anything that we don’t need or want any longer is too daunting a task for us to know where to begin. In a very cluttered home it can even be hard to find the space to sort through our belongings.

Human beings are also instinctive hoarders – we have all done it – keeping something “just in case we need it”.

And if you happen to have plenty of storage space then there can seem to be no good reason not to keep those “just in case” items. With garages no longer just for cars and loft spaces no longer just for old suitcases and trunks we are tending to pack these storage spaces full of items we simply can’t bear to part with or haven’t the time to sort out and decide what to keep.

But the excuse of not having enough time to sort through everything is just that – an excuse – and not a very good one. If you had a more clutter-free home you would be surprised at how much extra time you have because you are not constantly rummaging around looking for important paperwork or whatever it is you find yourself hunting for in your home on a regular basis.

What exactly is de-cluttering?

It is not simply tidying and finding a storage place for everything but actually drastically reducing the amount of stuff we own – and keeping it that way. There will always be some things that need to be stored away – particularly seasonal items like bicycles, surf-boards, gardening tools, out-of-season clothes or Christmas decorations. There are also items with genuine sentimental value – wedding photos, pictures of your children when they were small, treasured books and CDs (although hard drive storage for your music avoids shelves of CDs) that you will always want to keep. But anything that doesn’t fall into one of these categories is, let’s face it, just junk. Any clothes, shoes or bags that you haven’t worn for a couple of years can also be classified as junk unless they have real sentimental value.

De-cluttering is not intended to destroy our memories but to clear out everyday items to create a clutter-free environment that will allow us to think more clearly and act more calmly.

So forget the excuses and start to make your home a sanctuary instead of a place that adds to the stresses of everyday life. But if you really can’t bring yourself to throw away or give away your possessions then why not rent a self-storage unit for a few months and store everything there; most areas have easy access to inexpensive self storage facilities. You will soon find that you actually can live without all that stuff and will start to see the benefits for yourself of taking control of your clutter.

Common Garage Door Problems

Garage doors play a vital role of increasing the appeal of a home; however, they tend to have several problems. Here are some of the common garage door problems:

Faulty door opener

This problem is common in automatic doors with electric openers. Here the door may develop issues resulting to failure of opening or closing. The main cause of the problem is the failure of the drive motor or the electrical circuit to control the remote control or the safety sensors.

When this problem develops, you only need to hire the services of a specialist with plenty of experience in rectifying the problem.

Bent doors

It’s common to have garage doors bent. The cause for this is cars rolling into the doors. The doors also tend to bend when you try closing them with something in the way. Steel and aluminum doors are the most vulnerable in bending.

To correct the problem you only need to straighten it. If you can’t do it on your own, you should seek the services of a professional. In some cases you may find that your door is excessively bent. In such a case, you may be required to replace the panels and slats and the door will look as good as new.

Sticking on tracks

Many garage doors have rollers that run on tracks thus guiding the door as it opens and closes. Due to one reason or another, the roller may get jammed thus preventing the door from moving easily.

The solution to this problem is lubrication of the rollers. In some cases the rollers may have worn off. Here you need to replace the rollers and you will have a perfectly working door.

Failed mechanism

Garage doors are usually balanced by springs or weights. As time moves on, springs tend to break thus resulting to lose of tension. Here you need to hire the services of a professional to replace the springs and restore the lost tension.

In some cases, you may find that your door is counterbalanced by a system of cables and weights. Here you need to hire a professional with ample experience in repairing the cables.

Jammed locks

Locks are vital parts of garage doors and they tend to jam from time to time. The good side is that there are many spares available for almost all types of locks; therefore, all you need to do when your lock gets jammed is to replace the lock. You can also take the lock to a professional who will repair the faulty part.

Why Wooden Sheds Should Be Considered Over Others

Wood as a traditional building material remains a builder’s favourite even though others have made their mark and have characteristics superior to it. Perhaps it’s the natural appearance or the fact that it’s easily available but one thing is for sure: no matter how many types of materials we invent, we’ll continue to appreciate this versatile substance.

Traditionally, garden sheds were built of wood but as time passed and newer materials were created, it slowly slipped off its top position. Today, better management practices and sustainable sources of wood mean that we can continue to build wooden sheds which are stronger, cheaper and lightweight.

So if other materials have certain attributes that are better than wood, why exactly should one opt for it? Here’s what you should know.

Easy to work with

Wood is extremely workable. In fact, it’s safe to say that it’s the most buildable material there is. For many, customisation is important and when taking into consideration what appearance can do for real estate value, it’s easy to see why many prefer to go for wood.

Better wood treatment makes wood better

It’s true that mould and termites tend to favour wood but modern treatment options make them a nuisance rather than a hazard. Better maintenance also greatly reduces the damage they can inflict to the point where it no longer seems to suffer from these issues. If a complete wooden shed seems too much of a risk, it’s always possible to combine it with other materials such as aluminium or steel to strengthen its structural integrity.

Environmentally friendly

Compared to other materials, wood is by far the most environmentally friendly for the simple reason that it can biodegrade. Even treated wood can. The fact that it’s so easily available also means you can use local wood which is much cheaper than those brought from out of state and doesn’t require to be transported for hundreds of miles.

Another green point about wood is its ability to be reused multiple times without much ado. Even reclaimed wood or drift wood, for that matter, has only to be repaired and refinished for a whole new look. This, at a very reasonable cost which is not the case with other materials.

Blends with surroundings

Sheds are built outdoors which means they’re immediately recognisable. For some, having structures blend with the environment is important. At the very least, they must complement each other. Wood is one of the few materials that effortlessly allows this especially since it can be customised to different styles.

Noise-reducing

Garden sheds may primarily be used as a storage structure but if woodworking is conducted inside, a wooden shed will quite effectively reduce noise. Not only is this appreciated by people living in the main house but it prevents wild animals and birds from being spooked. This can’t be promised with metal or vinyl as additional insulation in the form of foam or something similar must be used.

There’s no rule that says only wood should be used for garden sheds but if it’s a green building material you want or you don’t like the look of man-made sources like metal and plastic, this is the only option left. Rest assured, wooden sheds have great aesthetic value, are cheap to build and maintain and will continue to be valued for years to come.