How I have created the perfect morning routine

As you already know, I am not a morning person! I do try, but it is hard. When that alarm clock goes off, all I want to do is turn over and sleep for another four hours. Unfortunately, I can’t do that. Recently, I have tried my best to revamp my morning routine, so I thought I’d share my findings with fashion-mommy readers.

Here is my perfect routine – I hope it helps you too.

Get a soothing alarm clock

Ok, one of the major problems with my old alarm was that it sounded quite harsh. The last thing you need is something buzzing at you in the morning. So I switched it. You can now get soothing alarm clocks that wake you up gently, rather than shocking you into consciousness. You might want to get an alarm that wakes you with natural light or the sound of birds singing. It might seem odd, but these things will wake you up much better than a loud noise. Also, if you sleep with your curtains open the daylight will prevent you from falling asleep again.

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Take a shower (not a bath)

If you take a bath in the morning,  it will take you so much longer to get ready for the day. Instead, you should be taking showers. This tip is one that has helped me loads, especially since I tend to take a while getting myself ready each morning. If you don’t happen to have a shower with your bath, you can get an enclosure for the room. Jump in the shower right away and spend no longer than three minutes there. Once done, treat yourself to soft, fresh towels so that you feel really refreshed. This might lead to you wondering how many sets of towels should I have, particularly if I am showering every single day? The answer is that is up to you, but try to have a set for each person in your home, so, if like me, you have an (almost) teenage boy, you’re not having to share with them!

Choose your towels well, better quality will last a lot longer, even with multiple washes, and, for me, a white towel is always a sign of luxury. Treat yourself to a matching white bathrobe for that lux hotel effect.

Set your clothes out the night before

Do you spend ages deciding what to wear? Yes, me too! When you first wake up, though, your brain needs a little time to warm up. That means that it will take you longer to make simple decisions than it usually would. That explains why it takes you half an hour to decide what skirt to wear each morning. What you need to do is start setting out your clothes the night before work or school run. That way, you will find that it is easy to get yourself ready in just a few minutes.

 

Put on your favorite track (and dress yourself)

Part of the problem with me is that I tend to procrastinate. I will start dressing and then find something to distract myself. That is the last thing you need in the morning. I have found that this little trick works a treat. Put a song on your phone and start dressing. The aim is to make sure that you have all your clothes on when the song finished. Giving yourself a goal means that you will ignore any other distractions. Plus, this idea can make a fun morning game. (You can also try this idea with your kids if they are slow dressers too.)

Keep your makeup simple

How long do you tend to spend on your makeup? Ten minutes? Thirty minutes? An hour? If you don’t have time to waste, you can’t afford to spend that amount of time doing your makeup. Instead, you need to get a simple makeup routine and stick to it. There are loads of guides on YouTube that will help you with this part of the routine. The more you practice, the quicker you will get. Again, you should set yourself a time limit for this part of your morning routine.

If you follow my tips, I am sure that you’ll perfect your routine just like I have!

Clean and Healthy Homes- Using A Home Cleaning Service

If you work full time, even if you are currently working from home, you may have opted to use some kind of cleaning service. It feels great to walk into a home that is properly cleaned and smells good. While you have probably set aside some time to look for the right company or person that your house will entrusted to, there are some important factors that you should keep in mind.

Cleaning Services – Inside

Regular cleaning features a number of services. Routine jobs typically include thorough cleaning of bathrooms and kitchens, vacuuming the house, dusting surfaces, mopping and making beds. Detailed or deep cleaning is usually an extra service and many companies recommend this initially for their new clients.  Along with routine cleaning, several residential cleaning companies offer some additional services at an extra cost. These may include cleaning the refrigerator, oven, inside cabinets, spot-cleaning and leather furniture.

Window Cleaning

Cleaning services can also be restricted to specific areas of your home, this could be a professional window cleaning service for instance. Windows are so important as they give one of the first impressions of your home, but they can also be tricky and fiddly, and sometimes downright dangerous to clean (I’m having visions of my mom sitting on the inside window sill leaning out to clean the upstairs window.) A professional window cleaning service, like the Direct Window Cleaning company in Chester will ensure that your windows are sparkling and smear free, but will also do this in a safe and efficient way that means you no longer need to be hanging out your window, or climbing up ladders in order to make your home look presentable from the outside.

Cleaning Frequency

Depending on affordability and your needs, you can set up an arrangement for cleaners to show up as frequently as possible. Variations include weekly and monthly sessions. Common choices are bi-weekly and every other week. For homeowners who are unsure about committing to professional cleaning services on a long-term basis, a trail run that consists of at least two cleanings is advisable.

For your windows, it is generally believed that once a month is sufficient, although this is generally a personal choice, you may choose a frequency of every 6-8 weeks for your windows, and may also have your guttering checked every few months.

Home Cleaning and Wellness

A house that is clean and organized, both inside and out,  can improve your mental wellbeing. The process of de-cluttering and cleaning your home will help to ease anxiety and negative emotions. Living in an unsanitary house makes you more susceptible to diseases that causes by pests, allergens and bacteria.

Untidy homes can become a safety hazards for occupants, or at least give them something else to worry about. Cleaning creates more space and prevents messy situations from turning into dangerous obstacles. Using a professional service for cleaning your home and windows can remove another pressure from your life, meaning  you can look forward to relaxing and unwinding after a long day at work, without having to start again.

 

 

Things to consider when planning a loft conversation

A loft conversation can often be the answer when you are struggling for space in your current home. You can create extra bedrooms, another bathroom or study space by converting your loft, and this can often mean you can stay in the home you love, rather than needing to move out as your family grows. But there are some key points that you need to consider when you opt to convert your loft. These will ensure you get the best out of the space you have, and are not left disappointed.

Will the Space be big enough for your needs

My husband Pete is a loft conversion specialist and says that one of the problems he sometimes faces is that people are disappointed with how big their new loft space is. You have to bear in mind that one side of the roof will remain sloping, so you will not get the same amount of space has you have on your current first floor. You also need to consider your existing roof height. It needs to be a minimum of two metres in height – after all, you do need to be able to stand up in the new room.

One way you can make your space appear larger is through your use of flooring and colour. The key is to keep everything neutral and not busy. Creams and beige’s give a feeling of space and calm and this can allow your loft space to feel bigger than it is. Similarly, opt for solid wood flooring in a shade like light grey oak (brilliant for a bedroom) or natural oak. These will prove to be hard wearing, but the colour will help to create that illusion of space that is so important.

Light

Lofts are notoriously dark spaces, so you need to add light. The best way to do this is with a Salstro roof window. Salstro, produce the best quality roof windows and you can find a wide range of styles and sizes. The windows come with a ten year guarantee, and in a range of finishes to suit the style of your new room.

The staircase

The configuration of the new staircase into the loft space is probably the most important thing to consider. You don’t want to be in the position of losing a room downstairs if you are only going to be gaining one new room in your loft. The most popular loft conversions create one new bedroom and an ensuite bathroom that works from an existing stairs and landing. This is the best situation for creating a new space.

Finding the right company

A loft conversation is a massive job, so you need to look carefully when it comes to choosing a team/company to convert your roof space. Look for a reputable company and read up on customer testimonials. This is your home so you deserve the best team.

If you take all these points into consideration, you should be able to create a beautiful new living space in your home.