Tips for an Organized Home

Organizing your new home in Las Vegas is a great way to make yourself feel more at home. Today we have some great tips to keep your home organized. Read on to find out more. Footwear in the foyer Shoes need to be kept either on a mat or on a movable supporting rack so that the floor underneath can be cleaned regularly. In a formal foyer, you can use mats placed inside the closet under the coats. In a less formal entryway or where there’s no closet, use attractive wooden or metal shoe racks to hold shoes and boots, or use a decorative wicker basket as an entryway accent and shoe organizer. Stackable shoe shelves are inexpensive and provide plenty of air circulation that will help wet shoes and boots to dry. Coat storage Many entryways don’t have a closet, and even when they do, a freestanding piece of furniture can provide additional coat storage. Coat racks, hall trees and hooks and pegs can help corral coats. Scarves, mittens and gloves Scarves are generally hung up to make them accessible and to air them out. But they can be folded and stored in bins or baskets in the closet or on shelves or in cubbies in the entryway. Mittens and gloves need to be kept with their mates, and should be kept in storage that allows for air to circulate around them. A shallow woven or mesh tray or basket is ideal. If many people are using the entryway, consider including several clothespins in mitten and glove storage, so that mates can be pinned together. Umbrellas These should be...

Cleaning Tile in Your New Home

If you’ve just acquired real estate in Las Vegas, you may be wondering how beset to keep your tile clean in your new home. This is a very important topic, and if you are careful with your tile, you will love the result. Read on to find out how best to clean your tile! You may have seen that your grout gets dirty quite easily, or other problems that crop up quickly. We have all your tips right here. Ammonia Wax can build up on you flooring and cause it to yellow over time. Remove these layers and freshen up your floor by washing it with a mixture of ammonia and water. Make sure it’s 1/2 cup ammonia to every gallon of water. Let the solution sit on your floor for three to five minutes, and then scrub with a nylon or plastic scouring pad to remove the wax. Wipe away leftover residue with a clean cloth or sponge, then give the floor a thorough rinsing. Kill mildew on your bathroom tiles by sponging them with a 1/4 cup of ammonia in 1 gallon of water. Pencil erasers Those new shoes have left black streak marks all over the kitchen floor, and you’re not sure what to do with them? An eraser will actually remove them in no time. Steel wool Those black marks that rubber soles leave behind don’t just come off with your mop. To rid your vinyl floor of unsightly smudges, rub the surface with a steel wool pad that has been moistened. When the mark is gone, wipe the floor clean with a damp sponge....

Clean Your Home Using Items You Already Have

Cleaning your home doesn’t have to be difficult, and if you’ve just purchased a new home in Las Vegas, you may be looking for some new ways to keep it clean. There is a pride that comes from keeping your home clean, and if you follow our tips, you will keep your home clean with items you already own. Read on to find out more. Coffee grounds Have odors in the fridge? Use your morning pick-me-up to eliminate them. Simply place coffee grounds, new or used, in a bowl on the shelf. Replace them every two months for a fresh, slightly caffeinated smell. White vinegar Keep your dishwasher extra clean with white vinegar. Pour 1/2 cup into the detergent cups and run the empty machine for a complete cycle. Cleaning tips: you can also use a few tablespoons of powdered laundry bleach, tang, or lemon-flavored kool0aid (it must be lemon) for the same results. Ice cubes It won’t be a pretty sound, but tossing ice cubes into the garbage disposal breaks up grease and keeps it clean. Every few weeks, toss in a handful of cubes, turn on the disposal and run cold water. Add some orange, lemon, or lime peels to ward off odors. Dryer sheets Get baked-on foods off pots and pans with laundry cleaning tips. Just place a dryer sheet in a pot, fill with water and let sit overnight, then sponge off the next morning. The antistatic agent weakens the bond between stuck on food and the surface of the pan, while the fabric softener works its loosening magic. Newspaper Before you toss out (or recycle) your...

Cleaning on the Move

Moving is a great time to either update your rugs and furniture, or to clean the ones you currently have. If you find that you just don’t have the funds to buy all new items, you can clean them for yourself! Keeping your area rugs looking their best is an important aspect to the cleanliness of your new home in Las Vegas. Rug care is determined by size, construction, and material. Care for large-size area rugs the same you would care for wall-to-wall carpet. Read on for more tips on how best to clean your large rugs. Vacuum large rugs Removing dirt from your large rugs is essential. As with carpet, the most important thing you can do for larger rugs is to vacuum them regularly. If your rug is reversible, vacuum both sides. This removes grit and grime that can wear out your rug prematurely. Take care not to vacuum the fringe of your rug, as this may ruin the nice look it may have. Brush out pet hair A vacuum will most often leave pet hair behind. Use a stiff brush to remove the hair, brushing in the direction of the nap of the rug. If you do this, you will see a greater improvement of the look of your rug. Pet hair makes it look dull and dirty, and a vacuum just won’t cut it. Shake small rugs If your rug is small enough, you can take it outside and shake it or beat it vigorously to remove dirt and grit. Some areas have ordinances about shaking rugs outdoors, so check your local codes. Stain removal...

Preparing to Buy a New Home

If you’re looking for a home for sale Las Vegas, now’s your chance! You can find yourself a great home if you follow the right tips. The first step is to find yourself a great real estate agent. Here at Lewis Real Estate, we can find you the best agent possible to fulfill your house hunting needs! We can inform you of what is available in certain areas and in the market you are looking for. Buying a home is one of the largest financial investments you may ever make in your life. It is a major commitment and responsibility, but it can also be a thrilling experience and a very exciting time of life. Here are few things to think about before buying your new home: Get qualified beforehand It is important now to prepare for the financing of your home. Start with a review of your own fiances and then work with a qualified mortgage broker or bank to get a very clear picture of affordable home options. If you’re looking for a home in a certain area, find out the price, and then talk to your banker to see if it is within your price range. This will help you to look ahead to what you can afford, without getting your hopes up too high if you can’t quite make the cut. This will help you be realistic about the purchase of your home. Prepare for your first payment – the down payment A down payment of even a few percent can make a big difference in what type of home and financing you can get. How much...

Clever Closet Ideas

Some people don’t realize the amazing potential that comes with a closet. It doesn’t just have to be used for hanging up your clothes, it can be used for a myriad of other things. Today we have some ideas on how to organize your closet, and also to use it in ways you may not have thought of on your own. If you’re wondering how to use your closet in your new home in Las Vegas, read on to find out more. Buy drawer dividers Many stores, like IKEA for example, sell drawer dividers that can help you organize your drawers in no time. If you do this, you’ll be amazed by how much extra space you have, and how easy it is to find your stuff. No more pawing through your entire drawer just find one thing. If you organize your things into categories, it will be much easier to find it all. Sharing closet space Sharing a closet with your partner can be the truest test of your relationship. The secret to keeping the peace is to divide the space in a way that accommodates the amount and type of clothing that each person has. Women tend to have more hanging clothes and shoes, while men usually need more space for folded items such as short sleeved shirts. Create a barrier between the two sections with a column of shelving and drawers or bins. Turn your closet into a home office To do this, take off the door, make a big bulletin board for the wall, and have fun buying file drawers and desk accessories. Add a...