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      What Your Chinese Zodiac Sign Says About Your Spring Cleaning Style

      What Your Chinese Zodiac Sign Says About Your Spring Cleaning Style

      It’s that time of year again—when we quickly swap Christmas for Chinese New Year decor. As you prepare for Spring Cleaning, you start thinking about what your cleaning style says about you as a person. Are you a list-maker? A spazz? Or do you keep everything organized and neat? If you don’t know what your Chinese Zodiac Sign says about your personality yet, or if you’re not sure what to do with all of this information, worry not! Let our Chinese Zodiac cleanliness guide help you out.


      1. Rat – The Most Resourceful Sign

      Rat

      Years: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032

      Rats have no issues keeping their homes clean! Why? They’re always looking for ways to improve and are easily able to see things through a different perspective. Keep your spring cleaning fresh and exciting by trying out new cleaning products, methods, or recipes. Rats will never run out of great ideas because they’re always looking at their current situation with a critical eye - everything can be better, right?


      2. Ox – The Most Determined Sign

      Ox

      Years: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033

      You are no slacker. You set a goal and stick to it until its completion. And when it comes to cleaning, nothing gets in your way! Well, almost nothing. You're a little bit of a perfectionist and that can make things take longer than necessary (that closet just HAS to be organized). 

      However, once everything is cleaned to your liking, you can relax knowing that it was done right—and there’s no one better at taking care of those hard-to-reach places like ceiling fans or light fixtures than you! Don’t forget to treat yourself once you have done all the hard work!


      3. Tiger – The Competitive Sign

      Tiger

      Years: 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022, 2034

      It is your year! You live for a challenge and truly shine when you’re given an opportunity to compete. You can be incredibly productive during spring cleaning—you enjoy completing tasks that fall within your skill set and even seek out projects that push you outside of your comfort zone. 

      Even if they prove challenging at first, over time, these hard-to-do jobs become easier for you! This year, you can stay organized by using removable stickers to label everything!


      4. Rabbit – The Responsible Sign

      Rabbit

      Years: 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023, 2035

      You take on many roles and are a highly competent multi-tasker. You tend to be a perfectionist, with high standards and often feel stressed if you don’t have enough time or resources to complete all of your tasks. You can be a little hard on yourself if you find that you do not live up to your own expectations, but you usually bounce back easily! 

      When it comes to spring cleaning though, leave enough time for yourself so that you don’t work too hard. Give yourself frequent breaks during which you can de-stress by soaking in a warm bath with relaxing oils like lavender or eucalyptus. Arrange your day so that it is less stressful.


      5. Dragon – The Most Enthusiastic Sign

      Dragon

      Years: 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024, 2036

      Dragons will get right to it. There’s no time for anything else! A home should be clean, comfortable and airy—and when it comes to cleaning, there’s no need to overcomplicate things. 

      Dragon energy will be directed at creating an efficient and organized cleaning plan so you can have more time for relaxation. Since a messy room is distracting, simply make sure all of your belongings are in place before you start. Once you have a system, stick with it. As long as everything is under control, there’s nothing standing in your way!


      6. Snake – The Idealist

      Snake

      Years: 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025, 2037

      You're a dreamer, an optimist and an idealist. You're happiest when you feel on top of things and your home is no exception. You aren't afraid to take risks, but you do need structure. The best thing for you is to find a space with lots of storage where you can tuck things away as soon as they've been used so they don't get in your way—but still have them at hand should you need them again. 

      Having everything tucked away neatly makes it easier for you to keep your home neat and orderly; in fact, cleanliness is one of your greatest loves!


      7. Horse – The Most Energetic Sign

      Horse

      Years: 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026, 2038

      When spring arrives, there’s no better time to put your energy to work cleaning up. But if you’re a Horse, it will be hard for you to keep yourself from running off and exploring; most Horses crave spontaneity. Still, with a little planning, you can turn your spring cleaning into an adventure. 

      Try taking on a section of your home each day as an individual project—you might start with a closet or dresser drawers on Monday, move onto bathroom surfaces on Tuesday, and so forth. If that doesn’t help enough (and for some Horses it won’t), try making it a game by inviting friends or relatives over!


      8. Goat – The Most Calm Sign

      Goat

      Years: 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027, 2039

      You’re a cautious person by nature, which means you tend to stay away from anything that will lead to unnecessary stress or unneeded hassle. Because of your go with the flow attitude, your spring cleaning practice is simple and relaxed – it fits you perfectly! 

      So don’t change a thing when it comes to your style! Just keep on doing what makes you happy.


      9. Monkey – The Smartest Sign

      Monkey

      Years: 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028, 2040

      You’re meticulous and hyper organized, but can get a little frustrated if others are not up to your standards. You know everything has its place. This might lead you to resent other people who don’t have their act together! 

      Try planning a day off each week where no one can bother you.  Or enjoy a nice bath with some relaxing music. Once you feel more relaxed, you’ll be able to better balance orderliness with fun. 


      10. Rooster – The Most Hardworking Sign

      Rooster

      Years: 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029, 2041

      The Rooster is someone who will get down to business at a moment's notice, especially if you need them to clean up a messy room. The Rooster gets an adrenaline rush from organizing and cleaning; it makes them feel alive. 

      They love when everything has its place and are known for keeping their homes in immaculate condition. You don’t mess with a Rooster while they’re cleaning! If you see them getting crazy while they clean their space, they could get aggressive over their possessions. Don’t take any chances because Roosters are known for having quick tempers! 


      11. Dog – The Honest Sign

      Dog

      Years: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030, 2042

      Dog people will appreciate a minimal, clutter-free space. A clean home is more than just a physical space; it’s a mental blank slate where they can focus on their work or hobbies without distraction. Dog people crave simplicity, even if they aren’t always naturally inclined to achieve it. 

      If clutter bugs you (like it does me!), give yourself permission to purge when spring cleaning. Every year in early spring I dig through closets and drawers looking for anything that doesn’t bring me joy or spark my imagination—it’s a great way to declutter with intention!


      12. Pig – The Most Diligent Sign

      Pig

      Years: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031, 2043

      A Pig's spring cleaning style reflects their hardworking nature and natural ability to excel at anything they take on. Their attention to detail is what helps them accomplish so much while also keeping their house in order. Pigs love to be home and comfortable. 

      This might not seem like a sign that would care much about a clean home, but they actually do - because it makes them feel happy and productive when their home is in order! Their sign goes hand-in-hand with a relaxing spa day where they have time to take care of themselves!

      Before you get to it, here are the auspicious days to do your spring cleaning:

      • 17th January 2022 (Monday)
      • 20th January 2022 (Thursday)
      • 25th January 2022 (Tuesday)
      • 28th January 2022 (Friday)
      • 29th January 2022 (Saturday)

      All of us have our favorite zodiac sign and we hope that there’s a bit of truth in all those horoscopes. But there’s also no denying that each zodiac sign is different and has its own challenges in life.  Whatever sign you may be, make sure that you can clean up before everyone sees it!

      Check out this article for everything you need to know about spring cleaning:
      Everything You Need To Know About Spring Cleaning

      CLICK HERE for a free printable Spring Cleaning List!

      To give you a good head start, we are having a Spring Cleaning Sale from now until 31st Jan with up to 50% OFF storewide! Here’s to a great year ahead! SHOP NOW!

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      5 Gift Ideas Everyone Will Love This Holiday Season

      5 Gift Ideas Everyone Will Love This Holiday Season

      Tis the season to be jolly—or, at least, it should be! The holiday season is supposed to be fun and exciting, but if you’re dealing with a long list of family members and friends to buy gifts for, then the idea of doing so can be stressful. Luckily, this article will teach you how to buy thoughtful gifts that your loved ones will love this holiday season, no matter who they are or what they’re interested in. Let’s get started!


      1. Best Gift for Couples

      For Couples

      While it is convenient to order food (especially during this period), the overall costs will just keep multiplying. Investing in the right tools will help make your cooking life exponentially easier. Try giving your kitchen a makeover with some new kitchen appliances. This way, you can cook delicious and hearty meals for each other throughout the year (and save LOADS of money in the long run).


      2. Best Gift for Mothers

      For Mothers

      Aromatherapy is a great way to take care of yourself while also giving your loved ones something special. Getting in touch with your creative side can be fun too! The best part? You can easily find materials for aromatherapy projects in your own home. One simple homemade aromatherapy project is a hand soap. All you need are 2–3 tablespoons of baking soda, 20 drops of lavender essential oil and 1 tablespoon of liquid castile soap. Alternatively, you could treat her to some fresh and clean air with a good quality air purifier.


      3. Best Gift For Teenagers

      For Teens

      It’s not always easy to please teens. For one, they can quickly outgrow that desire for that new gaming console or seasonal apparel once they’ve gotten their hands on them. Instead, consider gifting them something that is not age specific and practical. You could try gifting them subscriptions to Coursera, Skillshare, or Udemy. This is an amazing way to give them an opportunity to learn whatever skills they want on their own time. What’s more, some of these online learning platforms, such as Coursera, are accredited!



      4. Best Gift For Little Ones

      For Kids

      Give your favorite kids something to grow into with a new toy or game they can play for years to come. Build their creativity, dexterity and problem-solving skills while giving them hours of fun. Consider buying them an art set so they can use their imaginations while painting, drawing and crafting—or even some gardening tools so they can get in touch with Mother Nature.


      5. Best Gift For Foodies

      For Foodies

      Almost everyone loves a gourmet meal—after all, isn’t eating good food what life is all about? So if you’re stumped on a great gift for your foodie friend or loved one, consider gifting them a meal they can make at home. Even better, you can treat them to some fun cooking courses! Check this article by the Smart Local for a whole array of easy to do cooking courses.


      So there you have it! Ultimately, the most meaningful gift you can give is some good old quality time with the ones you love. It’s been a very hectic 2 years and things are always changing. What’s important is that we stick by the ones we love through thick and thin. Here’s to a better year ahead, and to everyone reading this, a Merry Christmas.


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      Frightening Facts You Wish You Knew About Your Home

      Frightening Facts You Wish You Knew About Your Home

      It’s the most frightening time of the year! While we brave it out at home during this pandemic, it’s easy to think that your house is the safest place to be. However, there are things at home that are truly terrifying. Whether you believe in ghosts or dismiss superstitions, these facts are sure to give you a good scare.

       

      ​​1. Done, Dusted, and Dead (Skin)

      ewwww

      Any haunted house worth it’s scare is often riddled with dust and cobwebs. While the source for the latter is obvious, do you know where dust comes from? While it certainly is very easy to clean with a decent duster, when was the last time you ran your fingers over the top of your cabinets or door frames?

      It may come as a shock to you that 70-80% of dust comes from YOU. Those tiny little specks are actually made up from dead skin cells. In fact, you shed an average of 3.6kg of skin every year. Now imagine having allergies and the case of the sniffles because you are inhaling bits and pieces of everyone at home!

      If that’s not gross enough, your dead skin cells invite unwanted guests. Read on to find out more!

       

      2. You Never Sleep Alone

      peek-a-boo

      Many of us are scared of things that go bump at night or the unimaginable things that could be hiding under your bed. While the former could be easily explained with old piping, there’s certainly something under your bed. Not just that, it’s ON your bed too.

      Every night, when you go to sleep, you are accompanied with 1.5 million dust mites.These microscopic bugs are invisible to the naked eye and feed on dead skin cells. If they are microscopic, it shouldn’t be that bad right?

      Around 10% of your pillow weight is made up of dead dust mites and their droppings. All of this could amount to the following side effects: runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, red or watery eyes, asthma and difficulty in breathing, eczema, cough or hay fever.

      We won’t fault you for concluding that all you need to do is to give your house a deep clean. However, that in itself could potentially lead to more problems as we explain in the next segment.

       

      3. There is Something in the Air

      *coughing intensifies*

      Your house is a toxic environment. No we don’t mean in terms of relationships! Research has shown that indoor air pollution can be up to 5 times more toxic than outdoors due to some chemicals in cleaning products. In fact, it’s speculated that the rising asthma rates in children have been due to the same chemicals found in some cleaning products.

      Just like food, it is always best to read the labels before you purchase anything. In this case, you could look into getting your hands on a good steam mop that uses nothing else but water.

      Just because you need to clean something, does not mean you need to get industrial grade products. On top of that, you may be using your cleaning products wrongly. Check out this article on some common cleaning myths!

       

      So what now?

      Don’t panic. These are actually easy to fix problems. In fact, we’ve been pushing out several articles on how to ensure that your home is properly cleaned. A simple weekly clean is enough to ensure a healthy home and body.

      In fact, a good air purifier could solve most of the problems that we’ve mentioned above!

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      No More Kitchen Headaches With These 4 Simple Tricks

      No More Kitchen Headaches With These 4 Simple Tricks

      The kitchen: the source of so many wonderful, delicious, memorable meals with our loved ones. However, it also needs constant attention. Sharp objects, flames, hot surfaces, and bacteria are just some of the things you need to take note of. It’s easy to see why kitchen cleaning and maintenance can become such a hassle. The best way to deal with this is to get everything organised. So where to begin?


      Read on for some kitchen organising hacks that will up your kitchen game and make your life that much easier.


      1. Jars Jars Jars

      Jar Jar

      Jars are the perfect storage solution. Most store bought food packaging have labels covering the actual food itself. It becomes hard to see how much of it you have left. With jars, it just takes one glance to see what you need to restock. Just remember to label them correctly!


      On top of that, organisation becomes a lot easier if you get similarly sized jars (more on that later!).  


      What’s more, you can use them as containers when you shop at these local stores that are saving the environment (see how here). Click here and here to see what other fun things you can do with jars.


      Pro tip:

      Make the healthier foods easier to reach by having them stored at eye level; good habits are formed when you know how to make them easier to do!


      2. Kitchen Office 

      The (Office) Kitchen
      @homesort / Instagram
       

      No we don’t mean setting your workstation in your kitchen (although we won’t stop you from trying)! We are talking about repurposing some stationery items to organise your kitchen. Try using file dividers to keep your fresh produce neatly stacked in your shelves or even in the kitchen. 


      Binder clips are also great for storing bottles! With more and more offices going paperless, it’s a great idea to repurpose these supplies and give them a new lease on life. Just make sure to give them a good rinse! 


      3. Go Vertical

      Vert

      The principle behind this is to minimise clutter on countertop spaces. Ideally, you would want to keep all countertop surfaces as empty as possible as it makes cleaning significantly easier and less daunting. The best way to achieve space saving zen is to think vertically.


      Circling back to the point on jars: getting taller jars or containers equals to less counter space used. 


      An easy way to think vertically is to look at every other surface as a potential storage space: walls, fridge doors, and even the ceiling! With so many magnetic kitchen storage solutions, it’s so easy to do these yourself.


      Since you are here, check out our multipurpose wall mounts for the perfect vertical storage solution!


      4. Push Carts

      Go Cart

      @homesort / Instagram

      For those with smaller kitchens, this might be the solution you never knew you needed. While it does take up floor space, remember, it’s on wheels! It’s perfect for bigger kitchen appliances that you don’t use everyday like food processors, pressure cookers, and grinders.


      While the kitchen needs constant attention, it doesn’t have to be a chore. There are plenty of websites out there for creative kitchen solutions and inspiration. If you simply don’t have the time to completely redo your kitchen, then focus on one small area every week or so. It could even be as one small drawer. 


      As time goes by, you will slowly transform your kitchen into a hassle free playground for all your kitchen experiments. So what are you waiting for?


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      Cleaning Myths Debunked

      Cleaning Myths Debunked

      Whether you love or loathe it, cleaning up your house is inevitable. Generation after generation, home remedies, hacks, and myths have been passed down to make this chore less of a chore. However, when the dust settles, did you do more harm than good to your humble abode? Perhaps it’s time to clear the air with some commonly held beliefs about cleaning.


      1. Dusters Don’t Remove Dust

      Why isn't the dust disappearing...

      Remember that ratan feather duster? If you were lucky, it was only used for dusting. Otherwise, it’s as useful as asking the dust to politely leave. Most dusters, feather or otherwise, only move dust around. Unless you use a wet cloth (which may actually be more work), ensure that your duster is either made out of microfibre or lambswool. These materials actually pick up and hold on to dust. 


      2. Bleach Is Not The Ultimate Cleaner (Neither Is Vinegar)

      Son of a bleach

      There is a reason why everyone swears by bleach. It is, afterall, a very potent disinfectant. In some use cases, such as cleaning greasy stovetops, you will need to mix it with other cleaning products. However, read the instructions wrongly and you have with you a highly toxic chemical. Furthermore, residual bleach left behind is an irritant for your eyes, skin, and lungs. Unless you read the instructions properly and clean up thoroughly, you risk creating a hazardous environment for you, your kids, and pets.


      In that case, just use vinegar! If you can eat it, it’s definitely safe right? While it is great for clearing limescale, grease, and removing stains on certain fixtures, it must be used with caution too. What makes this condiment so tasty will also corrode and damage granite countertops and wooden surfaces in the long run due to the acidity level.


      If harsh chemicals concern you, you could check out our Clean Tenso Steam Mop; using just water and the power of steam, you get to kill 99.9% bacteria from any flooring surfaces (works on carpets too!).


      3. Your Washing Machine Does Not Clean Itself 

      Not the ghost costume again...

      Just because it washes things, it does not mean it’s clean! Lint and wash cycles that require cold water are some reasons that result in bacteria staying in the washing machine. After all, soiled sheets pass through your machine on a weekly basis. This plus the humidity levels would leave things prone to molding. 


      Always clear the lint tray whenever possible and run it on an empty load with baking soda and vinegar every week. Click here for more laundry tips!


      4. Soaking Is Not Good For Your Dishes

      McGross

      Your dishes might be soaking right now! While some cookware needs some soaking to make scrubbing easier, not all kitchen and cookware are made equal. Stainless steel pots and pans should never be left to soak unless you want to have water stains and pitted surfaces. Wooden utensils are also prone to water damage, causing them to warp and even split. On top of that, soaking dishes for too long is a health hazard waiting to happen; conditions are just right for bacteria to fester. Never soak dishes overnight.  


      5. Don’t Use Newspapers To Clean Your Windows And Mirrors

      Print is dead

      Newspaper for streakless windows and mirrors is old news. Most modern newspapers are made from thinner materials which are prone to breakage and leaving residue all over your surface. On top of that, plenty of manufacturers still use petroleum based ink which leaves unsightly stains to both your mirror/glass and hands. 

      For better results, you should use microfiber cloths or even coffee filters. For best results, check out our Nemo Window Vacuum Cleaner.

       

      While nothing beats the sagely wisdom of experience, plenty of cleaning misinformation can spread in this day and age. If you take care of your house, it becomes a home. So always read your labels and never leave chores for tomorrow!

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