Organizing My First Garden Party
Jan07

Organizing My First Garden Party

Hey, it’s summer… almost… and as the weather is great, and the holidays are, to my biggest regrets, over, I am starting to wonder whether it is high time to come up with some ideas about my first garden party. I know what you are going to say – I have still not gotten a grip on cleaning and de-cluttering my home, how am I going to prepare my not-much-tended-to garden? To be honest, I don’t really care that there are some weeds still peaking from the corners of the garden, the previous owners of my small house were devoted gardeners, and my backyard looks pretty amazing with flowers and bushes (whose names I haven’t quite figured out yet). Furthermore, I have done my research on gardening in Melbourne, and have booked a reputable company to help me maintain my backyard. The mundane stuff aside, I want my first garden party to be unforgettable, so I have prepared a To Do list to guide me through the organization. As you already know I am rather absent-minded, and I need to set strict rules or I might get sidetracked and start planning a Hawaiian-themed garden party, go through getting decoration for a masquerade and end up with an unsuccessful combination of both. Step 1. Choosing the colour scheme and the accessories for my first garden party The easiest way to decide on a colour scheme for the party is to look through the patterns of the plants in the garden, and work your way up from there. However, I would strongly advice you against going with grey, if you have a rock garden for instance. Be bold, and don’t worry to go with bright, shiny colours – now is the time to do it! As far as the accessories go, you should stick with durable, weatherproof accessories that you will be able to re-use all summer long. After all, you would want to organise more garden parties when the first one turns out to be such a success. Once you are done using them, you can store them in a large sealable bin, until the next time you are going to need them. Step 2. Deciding on the food for my first garden party The food is essential for a garden party, it could make it or break it! The good news, however, is that you can always bet of seasonal fruits and vegetables, and create a healthy low-fat menu that will taste incredibly. There are numerous recipes on the Internet like this watermelon feta salad with mint, or choose something that you know your friends will fall in love...

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Christmas Party Don’ts
Dec19

Christmas Party Don’ts

That embarrassing time of the year is near once again – the time for the office Christmas party. There is something about it every year that makes me shiver with fragmentary memories, drowned in excessive consumption of alcohol. Not that I am that much of a party animal or that I lack self control, there is just something in the air that drives even the quietest, most level-headed people to go extremes. In my mind, the worst part is that there is always someone with false good intentions who makes pictures, or even videos, of everyone’s most embarrassing moments. This year, I have my mind settled on changing everything up, and leaving the Christmas party with my dignity intact! The only question is how to do it… Basically, I need to research what drives everyone insane. Is it the ridiculous festive clothing which most of the colleagues deem mandatory, or the “opportunity” to showcase their inner party animal, and “glamorous” out-of-the office style? Most importantly, how do we all manage to show our worst, and keep our jobs – a mystery… Without further ado, I will offer you my conclusions, and, naturally, a list of Christmas party don’ts: 1. Don’t Wear Christmas Decoration You may be the greatest Christmas enthusiast of all times but, frankly, save the overly-Christmas-y behaviour for your loved ones. At the office, no one will be thrilled to see you wearing a tinsel instead of a belt, or using garlands instead of necklaces, letting baubles dangle on your years, braiding mistletoe in your hair (especially if you are over 20), and so on. In a couple of words leave the Christmas tree decoration in peace, where it belongs. 2. Don’t Go All Out with the Party Dress You might want to showcase your perfect figure, which usually stays semi-hidden underneath the business suit but try to restrain yourself from going overboard with the little black dress. You want to show off your legs – that is fine by me, as long as all everyone sees are your legs and nothing north of them, no matter how passionate you dance. 3. Don’t Take Out the Reindeer Sweater Unless you are invited to an ugly Christmas sweater party, don’t even think of going to the office party with one. Not only will you look ridiculous, especially if you are anywhere near a colleague who has decided to dismiss my warning number two. There is no woman or a man in the world that will think it is cute, tolerable perhaps, but not cute. 4. Don’t Abuse the Alcohol While the idea to let yourself go, and have...

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Fight Noise with Noise
Dec12

Fight Noise with Noise

Like a modern girl, living in an apartment down town, I can certainly claim that traffic noise as well as midnight trash pick ups, hissing radiator, car alarms, and etc., are my worst enemies at night. However, being able to sleep through all that is not always easy, unless I am so tired that once I get into bed I am dead to the world for at least 8 hours. What has always been a surprise to me is that the best way to fight night life noise is with noise. Whether you are going to run a white noise app on your smart phone, let a fan or an A/C hum in your room, is left to your personal preference. However, if you have your heart set on going with the fan, you need to ask yourself if you would be able to take it everywhere with you when you aren’t sleeping home. Getting accustomed to certain type of white noise can be rather addictive. I used to have this great small fan that I left on the entire night. I hadn’t really thought what it would be like, if it ever broke until it actually did, and I was left sleepless for a couple of nights. Naturally, my solution was to run to the nearest home depot and get a new one. What I hadn’t anticipated was that, even though my new “friend” was the same brand, it didn’t sound at all like my old fan – it took me weeks to get used to the new lullaby! If you, like me, are a light sleeper, you will be happy to know that there is always a way to fight noise, and avoid sleep deprivation. My friends at Fantastic Cleaning Fitzroy North have a few suggestions on how to get your beauty sleep: 1. Noise machine These little fellows are amazing! iTunes’ WhiteNoise app is one of the best solutions to ever have been offered on the market. It works great for me, especially the rainy day melody. However, if you are more sensitive to changes in noise level, you might be disturbed by the small pause at the end of the record, right when it loops from the beginning. Never the less experts at cleaning in Fitzroy North swear by these devises, and claim that even your pet will be calmed by them. Take your dog, for example, it is far more sensitive towards sudden street noises (the sharpened senses, and all…), and it can’t help but leap to check every sign of disturbance, right? With one of those machines the chances of being waken up...

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The Closet Experiment
Dec10

The Closet Experiment

Sometimes, it surprises me how I manage to clutter my closet literally a few days after it has been carefully organized. The truth is that I am simply a messy person, still, being unable to fetch the blouse I have planned to wear annoys me just as much as being woken up in the middle of the night by the noisy neighbours. I have decided to behave more like an adult, and set an example to my room-mates who, just like me, are not very tidy. After having though a lot what it takes to keep my closet organized, I decided that sitting around and wondering where to begin with isn’t going to cut it even close. Since I am very curious by nature, the most sensible thing to do to keep me on track with my plans was to conduct a small experiment… and this is how it all began: 1. The Preparation If I was to keep my closet organized for a prolonged period of time, I had to start with a clean slate, right? So, I got down to business, and took everything out of the closet – just don’t ask me how much time it actually took to finish the preparation process! Since summer is about to hit us hard, the sensible thing to do was to put away my winter clothing, and accessories, and take out the summer ensemble. Having carefully folded, colour-coded, and set everything into separate piles, I decided it was time to start placing each pile on a designated spot. I worked out a scheme to make sure that I had the best access to the clothes I wear most often to work, my domestic attire, and the party stuff. Once I was done organizing, and, yes cleaning the closet, it was time to initiate the experiment… 2. Observation Time To have a successful experiment, you need to gather data on your usual behaviour for a fixed period of time, then analyse, and come up with the best ways to improve your “closet behaviour”. A week seemed like enough, based on my previous experience – usually, it takes me no longer to “ruin” my stunning arrangement… A week passed, and as it turned out, I was totally right, and the closet had reached it’s initial messy state. However, I had been a good little scientist, and I had observed, taken notes, and even some pics that I am not particularly proud of. 3. The Conclusions I lack self control! Not that big of a surprise, still, I can say that I am fairly ashamed from my behaviour. As it turned out...

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I’m Not a Cleaning Expert!
Nov20

I’m Not a Cleaning Expert!

Hello, My name is Samantha, or you can call me Sam, and I am here to tell you that I am not a cleaning expert! On the contrary, I can’t hate cleaning, but even more I despise living in a messy home with dust bunnies rolling around. Therefore, I started this blog where I will keep you posted on my latest, craziest home experiments on how to keep your home clean and organised with as little efforts as possible. Why is my blog called “Best Home Ideas”? It is rather simple, actually. I believe that through being lazy and looking for the smartest ways to keep clean at your home, I will be able to provide you invaluable tips and ideas… or at least I will keep you entertained while I struggle with Mission Impossible! Any way, I believe it is worth giving me a shot, or even participating with your very own stories. I would be glad to see if my advices can make a difference. Oh, and just to let you know, I am an interior designer, and I will make your visit to my personal blog worth your while with some great home décor ideas… just from time to time…...

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