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Contrary to popular belief, not everyone likes to be in warm sunny weather all the time. For those, a move to a colder clime could be just the thing. However, moving is different than visiting, and you need to come prepared, or you just might freeze. Here is a starter list of useful tips to make your cold weather move easier.
Organize Your Clothes (and buy new ones)
Those who live in colder climates often experience a more significant variation in seasons than in warmer areas. That means you can't just get rid of your summer clothes, and now you must plan for spring and autumn clothes and a then a winter wardrobe as well. Start by seeing just how much you have of each. Next, look through your summer clothes and sort out things that can be used during another season by layering them with other items or just on their own. Now, pare down those summer-only clothes to just the additional pieces you need to make up a three month or so summer wardrobe. Now comes the fun part, check your spring/autumn and winter wardrobes, do they look at little thin? Great! That means when you get to your new home, you can raid the local shopping to fill out your wardrobe, which serves the double purpose of starting your move off with some fun and exploration of the local businesses in your new neighborhood.
Prepare Your Car
One of the most dangerous changes you will face is the difference in caring for your car. If you don’t plan for snow, ice, freezing rain and just general cold, you could end up in trouble. First, equip your car with a variety of snow tools such as an ice scraper, gloves, and a snow brush and learn how to use them. A quick search online will get you some great how-to videos, and you may even find one just for your car. Lastly, ensure you keep a couple of candles, some matches and a lighter in your vehicle at all times. If your car stalls or otherwise loses power, and you're stuck out in the cold, a single candle can keep the temperature in your car high enough to keep you alive until help comes.
Prepare Your Home
Organize your new home around the seasonal changes you will experience. Remember that sorting of clothes? Do the same thing for decorations, outdoor tools and pretty much everything else you own. Organize your storage cyclically so that you can move things back and forth as the seasons progress. Make sure you have prepared for winter as it rolls around by getting a snow shovel and rock salt for clearing walks and driveways. Set up shoe and boot racks near your doors for snowy footwear to keep it from tracking through your home. Remember that every guest will have a coat, hat, scarf and possibly more, so keep coat hooks and closet space available. Decorative snow and mud removal entry mats are a great way to keep the tracks to a minimum. Finally, ensure you have an alternate heat source such as battery-powered heaters and extra blankets in case you lose power in the winter and need to keep warm. Propane tank based fireplaces and heating systems are great because they don’t depend on the city utilities, so if the power goes down, you still have heat, as long as you keep the tank full.Ask your real estate professional about any specific cold weather advice for your brand new home!
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Leather is a costly material, so buying bags, shoes, sofa or clothes in this material can set you back a few dollars. Having paid top dollar for the leather sofa or purse, you logically always want to keep the item in good shape. Sadly, leather is tough to clean. Regardless of their durability, using too much water or washing them with a washing machine can destroy the material. What do you do when you notice a stain on your leather item? Below are effective tips on how to properly clean an article with leather material.
How to Clean Leather Purses or Bags
Leather purses and handbags are prone to stains as they are often placed on the floor and used outdoors. Some people use soap or detergent to get rid of the stains, but this is wrong - Soap or detergent remains on the leather and may result in cracking and dry patches. If you want to get rid of a stain effectively from your leather bag or purse, follow these steps;
- Get a mild facial soap and one part with eight parts of clean water
- Pour the mixture into a spray bottle
- Spray the mixture on a towel
- Use the towel wipe the grain of the leather. Do this gently until the stain removed.
- Leave the purse or bag to air dry inside your home. Do not expose to sunlight.
- When the purse or bag has dried completely, use a small amount of leather moisturizer. This helps to protect the handbag or purse.
How to Clean Leather Furniture
Leather furniture, such as cushions and sofa are standard in most homes, but only a few homeowners know how to clean leather furniture. Some homeowners make the mistake of using strong household cleaners on their cushions, the aftermath of such action is a worn-out cushion. To prevent such, here are some tips on how to clean leather furniture.
- Before cleaning, use a vacuum to remove dust and particles.
- Using a microfiber cloth, wipe a pea-sized amount of a mild detergent onto the furniture.
- Using a separate cloth, wipe the furniture gently with clean water.
- Continue wiping with clean water until there is no sign of soap residue on the furniture.
- Close blinds or curtains and allow the furniture to dry naturally.
How to Clean dry stain from leather
Shoes Whenever you notice a dry stain on your leather shoe, do not clean it off with water. Get an eraser and rub the stain until it disappears. Do this gently, or else you may damage the material.
Caring for your leather items requires some skill and patience. Try some of these tips today and breathe new life to your leather furniture, bags, and shoes.
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Getting settled in your new neighborhood is a big task. There are boxes to unpack, utilities to organize, new schools to register for, and new neighbors to meet. You have to learn new routes to work, and if you moved because of an employment opportunity, a new job to learn.
On top of that, you have to figure out new traffic patterns and where to find the best grocery stores, how to get to the post office or find the library and other services. You’re trying out new restaurants, exploring the sights and just getting settled in.
Then, you fall ill on the weekend, or your child discovers broken glass the hard way. With all the busyness and activity, that last thing on your mind is having to deal with an unexpected medical emergency. You realize that while you signed all of the paperwork in HR at your new job, you didn’t really read it and follow instructions to find a local doctor, determine the nearest hospital or urgent care that takes your insurance or even locate a pharmacy.
This common scenario can derail your relocation experience and make navigating an emergency even more difficult.
Follow this guide for locating the necessary emergency services ahead of time:
- Dedicate a few hours to locating a nearby urgent care to deal with minor issues. Ask neighbors, school teachers, and co-workers for recommendations.
- Urgent care facilities often are open on the weekend or later hours to care for simple infections and respiratory illnesses like a cold or flu, scrapes and bruises, sprains and other minor issues that need immediate attention but not hospitalization.
- Find the nearest 24-hour pharmacy. Call ahead to make certain they take your prescription coverage.
- Find the nearest hospital that has a trauma-level 24-hour emergency room and that takes your insurance.
- Be sure to locate an emergency dentist too. A dentist specializing in emergency care may be able to save a broken or knocked out tooth while waiting to get into your regular dentist might be too late.
Learn directions to these locations from your home, your work and your children’s schools. Drive by each location to become familiar with the proper entrances for emergencies. Keep the addresses and phone numbers of these locations in your contacts. List them by “pharmacy,” “urgent care,” or “hospital” along with the business name, since during an actual emergency you may not be able to recall the business name. Keep a printed or hand-written list on your refrigerator or another visible location in your home for older children or childminders.
Pets have emergencies too. Not all pet hospitals handle emergencies, so locate the nearest one to you and find a veterinarian that has a nearby clinic or makes house calls.
If it is possible your child or pet has ingested something poisonous, memorize the number for the American Association of Poison Control Centers: 1-800-222-1222.
Put this number in your phone and post it on your refrigerator. Be sure to share it with babysitters and pet-minders.
For assistance locating other emergency services in your neighborhood, talk to your real estate professional for recommendations.