How Tos

Some Simple Life Rules

1. Wake Up. Show Up. Pay Attention

2. Be Happy and Have Fun!
- Life is a trip, enjoy the journey.

3. Learn, Master, and Play by the Rules

4. Get an Education
- Knowledge and wisdom are the key.

5. Work Hard. Work Smart. Never Quit.
- Nothing good comes easy.

6. The “Circle Theory” is in Effect. 
- Integrity. Never lie, cheat or steal, especially yourself.

7. Know Your Weaknesses & Overcome Them
- Power is when you ask for help and use it.

8. Learn a Skill, Trade or Profession You Love and Master It

9. Deadly Sins
- Pride, envy, anger, sloth, greed, gluttony, lust, alcohol/drugs, doing wrong when you KNOW right.

10. Don’t Judge and Learn How to Forgive
- Surrender to win

11. Never Sweat the Small Stuff 
- Most of it is small stuff

12. Treat All with Dignity and Respect 
- Especially yourself

13, Acquire Patience and Serenity
- Learn to be still, be quite, be at peace and meditate

14. Make a Negative a Positive and Learn From the Past

15. To Thine Own Self Be True.  Develop Self Discipline. 
- Do what you’re supposed to do, not what you want to do, until what you’re supposed to is what you want to do.

16. YOU GOTTA BELIEVE!

 

 

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Spring Cleaning – How you can make sure you’re really getting results.

 

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An article appeared in Real Simple Magazine discussing cleaning faux pas that the author seemed to think were so common many of us have no idea we’re even making the mistake.

After passing it around the office we realized that many of us were guilty of some, if not all, of these faulty methods. So we decided to share the wealth. Here is a breakdown of the common mistakes made around the house when you are scrubbing, vacuuming and disinfecting your world according to Sarah Stebbins from Real Simple.

The Problem: Using Funky Smelling Sponges

This is one I’m sure we are all guilty of. You think that because you’re using soap and you rinse it then it’s fine, but according to the article this mistake could be the difference between a kitchen that looks clean and one that actually is clean.

The Solution: Rinse it. Ring it. Even Microwave it.

Changing your sponge every 2-3 weeks seems like the best practice, but sponges are expensive and so easy to forget on your list of grocery store must haves. One way to get a little more life out of your sponge is by rinsing it in hot water after every use and being sure you ring it out fully. But the most interesting method was microwaving it. The author says if you take a damp sponge and microwave it for a minute it’ll sterilize the sponge. She also recommends running your sponge through the dishwasher.

The Problem: Taking the Same Route with the Vacuum

Apparently if you take the same route with the vacuum every time dust, dirt and whatever else can get stuck in places the vacuum never pulls up. It seems simple, but it’s not something you always think about.

The Solution: Isn’t it Obvious?

Change your tune. Take a new route every other time that you vacuum. Nobody wants to go to all the work of vacuuming if you’re not getting it done the right way.

The Problem: Never Cleaning the Closet

Buildup of dust attracts moths. It may sound a little silly, but this is one mistake I’d be willing to bet many of us make. We spend so little time in the closet, and what time we do spend is rarely messy; it’s easy to forget it needs cleaning too. But moths eating your clothes isn’t what you want so I guess it’s time to clean our closets.

The Solution: Yearly Overhaul

The author suggests removing everything from your closet once a year, giving it a good scrub down, and then restocking it. This would be a good time to go through some old clothes that a charity may have more use for. One simple way to help downsize in situations like that is to give away anything without sentimental value if you haven’t worn it in a year. Whether you take this opportunity to organize is up to you, but it sounds like cleaning out the closet maybe more important than we thought.

The aforementioned article titled “Clean Up Your Act” appeared in the January 2012 issue of Real Simple Magazine. 

Spray Paint – Easy and Fast

Put away your messy brushes and forget streaky, splotchy paint jobs there is an easier way to give old furniture the new look you want.

Spray painting is an easy and effective way to take old drab furniture out of its rut and back into your house. With all of the recent developments in spray paint, such as color matching, you can have any color you choose made into spray paint form. This makes spray painting seem more appealing right?

Once you’ve picked the paint color you want there are only a few easy steps to getting your furniture spring ready.

Protect

The first thing you’ll want to do is remove all hardware from your furniture of choice. This is important because no matter how steady your hand may be, you don’t want to take any chances. This may also be a good time to update your hardware or give it a good cleaning.

Sand

Stop by your local hardware store and pick up some fine sandpaper. Sand the furniture on all surfaces, especially creases and hard to reach places. This step is important because many pieces of furniture have some sort of protective glaze that will inhibit your new color from soaking in.

Almost as important as the sanding, make sure you wipe the shavings off of the furniture. They sell a cloth for this at hardware stores, however using a dampened paper towel or cloth is just as effective. If you fail to do this step you’ll be spray painting dust onto your furniture, which will make the paint, if it will even stick, splotch and uneven.

Prime

Priming your piece of furniture is very important. You want to pull the smoothest color possible and primer will make a world of difference. Prime the furniture and let it sit for an hour.

Paint

Before starting to paint put an old sheet, tarp or newspaper below your furniture. This will ensure that the only thing painted is your furniture. It’s also always a good idea, especially when dealing with spray paint, to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting paint on.

Once your set up is done you’re ready to start painting.

Shake the can well and spray about 10 inches away from the furniture to keep from spraying too hard or creating pooling excesses of paint. Run evenly back and forward across each surface. Going with the wood grain, if you’re painting wooden furniture, is best. If you aren’t, or don’t want to go with the grain, try and keep your stokes consistent throughout the process.

Two or even three coats is recommended to get the color on the can, however if you’ve reached your desired color and look then stopping after one or two coats is just fine.

Seal

Sealing in your paint is also crucial. This will not only protect your furniture from everyday use, but it will also give it a shinny polished look. Pick up any spray sealant or gloss to create the effect. Spray the furniture much like you painted it in even smooth lines.

Once you’ve put your seal on the furniture now all there is left to do is wait for paint to dry. But one reason why using spray paint is so great is because it doesn’t take nearly as long to dry as traditional paint.  Let it sit for about six hours and your newly painted furniture is ready for its debut.

Good Luck!

Cleaning Oil Spots Off Your Driveway

If your home has a concrete driveway you probably already know how hard it is to keep oil stains at bay. It is seemingly impossible to get those oil stains out completely, but here are some hints on products that are as effective as it gets.

Dawn Dishwashing Liquid

Dawn is one of the most powerful oil emulsifying formulas on the planet. That’s the reason professionals turn to it during major oil spill cleanups. You have probably seen on TV how clean-up workers use Dawn to gently clean the oil soaked feathers of marine birds. This stuff really works. To clean your drive, I squeeze out a generous amount directly onto the oil stain and work it into the concrete with a good stiff scrub brush. Do this on an overcast day, because you don’t want it to dry. If it does the oil that has been already removed will go right back into the concrete. Let it set a few minutes. Once you’ve done that add a little more water to keep it moist then brush it in again. Let it absorb a couple of minutes and then you want to rinse it thoroughly with water to disperse and oil the dawn has absorbed. Next I like to use a pressure washer to blast it out of every crevice.

Cat Litter

If I can still see the stain, I pour a small amount of old fashioned cat litter, the kind made from clay, onto the remaining spots. Then I grind it into the stain with the heel of my shoe. I leave this to set for about a week to let the litter fully absorb the deep down oil, then pressure wash again.

Eximo

I have a friend that has had good success using the concrete cleaner Eximo. You use it much the same as I do the cat litter, but you repeat it several times over a couple of months to draw the oil out of the concrete.

Cleaning oil stains off your driveway isn’t always the most pleasant of experiences and so I have tried many methods in an attempt to get the most affective, and least time consuming methods. These are the ones I feel most confident in recommending.

If you try one of these techniques email marketing@comasmontgomery and let us know your feedback about the methods you used.