Decorating a Nursery? Seven Shades to Consider

The arrival of a child in a home and in couple’s life is a momentous experience and can be quite challenging too, especially for families who are about to go through the experience for the first time. Preparing for the baby’s room can be as equally fun and stressful, with the tremendous options and ideas a couple can come up to.

The furniture for the room, baby care items, decorative items, toys for the little one and wall paint are just some of the major considerations one should think of when preparing for the child’s room. Safety is another important aspect to look into. Removing curtain ropes from panel blinds Perth, right size for the crib and other safety factors should be taken into account as well.

The latest trend in nurseries is leaning into neutral colors and simple décor creating a relaxing ambiance for their rooms. It would be advisable to work on complementary colors on your nurseries, colors complementing to the general design and décor that you have at home. Less is more when it comes to design as well and it would be easier to redecorate from time to time with simply designed rooms.

Here are some of the colors you can consider for your nursery at home.


Offer something unexpected and shy away from the usual pink and blue wall paint for nursery rooms. The particular shade is cheery in nature and a vibrant choice for nursery rooms. It is a way of bringing the outdoors inside as well. The good thing about green is that it is gender neutral so you can actually start painting the room even without any idea of the gender of the baby.


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Aqua is another gender neutral color you can consider for the nursery of your baby’s room. The shade is a happy one and can work as a tranquil backdrop for a big wall inside the baby’s room. It offers a bright and light feel for the room during the day and a cozy appeal at night.


Pink is still a great color for nurseries. However, picking the right shade of pink for your child’s room can be tricky. The look is as equally tranquil and delicate, a perfect and the usual option when it comes to a girl’s nursery room.

Silver Peony

If you would want something different for your child’s nursery room, silver peony might offer a great option. It is a really refreshing soft shade of violet with a little touch of gray. It is light enough to complement well with other colors and can stay even as a little girl grows and outgrew her crib.


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Yellow is another gender neutral color that is great for nursery rooms. It is a comfortable color and offers a welcoming look and invokes conversation in a room. A brighter shade of yellow would offer a modern look for your children’s rooms.


Apricot offers a warmth feeling to any room. Fuchsia accents would work well for an apricot painted room for a girl or blend it with turquoise and navy if you are having a boy.


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A softer shade of red would look stunning for your child’s nursery room. However, it would be advisable to avoid using red wall to wall to avoid too many things happening in the design of the room. Red will definitely stand out as a highlight for your room as your shade goes richer.


Creative Ideas for The Bottom of Your Stairs

I remember the times when every kid dreamed of having a Harry Potter like room. Although the orphaned iconic book legend was kept in a little room under the stairs by his folks, every child in us imagined ourselves in the same spot, tucked in the comforts of a small room beneath the stairs with a spell book or two at hand. I could not help but speculate that the idea of having a Harry Potter room beneath the stairs started all the other interesting and beautiful ideas for the spaces beneath our stairs at home.

Below are a few other ideas you can do with that extra space under your stairs.

Bikes under the stairs

Biking enthusiasts could not disagree that they have invested a considerable amount of money when it comes to their bikes. This is why storing it indoors, instead of stacking it in your garage might be a better option. Install a few hooks under the bottom of your chairs and hang your favorite bikes with all their glory underneath. This can be a nice home décor as well. A few affordable plantation shutters with fake grass can also be placed beneath for that even more outdoorsy look for the bottom of your stairs.

A reading nook

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Enjoy the comfort and pleasures that comes with reading a good book by having a nook where you can sit, recline or even catch a short nap under your stairs. Simply gear up the bottom of your stairs with a few books and magazines and place a nice comfortable bed beneath to have a spot for the bookworms inside your home. You’ll even encourage your kids reading by having a spot like this at home.


Books can be gorgeously displayed and stored underneath your stairs. Invest in a customized bookshelf for the bottom of your stairs where you can store your favorite books and easily have them easily available at hand.

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This can take a few dollars inside your pocket but it is a very nice feature you can have at home. You can secure it with a glass sliding door so that the place is kept clean at all times. Proper lighting can create an alluring view just beneath your stairs.

Extra pantry shelves

You can stock items in your extended pantry by placing a table or cabinet just beneath your stairs. An old rustic table will definitely look as a nice piece of décor and storage at the bottom of your stairs. You can store extra plates and utensils creatively in the extra space beneath your stairs.

Mini home office

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Stay at home moms and freelancers would love the idea of converting the empty space at the bottom of their stairs into their home office. With just a nice sturdy table and some box for storing your documents, the place can easily be converted into a nice spot where one can do their online jobs without being too disconnected with the rest of the family.

Wine rack

Wine lovers would definitely feel proud displaying their wine collection just beneath the bottom of their chairs. Ask a carpenter to do a customized wine rack for you where you can stack your essentials and prized wine collections. It would be nice to have a glass door for this cabinet so that you can easily peek on what’s inside.

There are a lot more ideas you can do with the space beneath your stairs at home. It all depends on your needs and creativity on what you can do with this extra space inside your homes.

Tips to Follow when Decorating with Neutrals

Neutral designs, just like blacks and whites are considered as classic. Neutrals have managed to resurrect itself silently in the home design industry and became a hot trend. It s become a staple in glamorous and rich homes as well as small cottages and houses aiming for the laid back, relaxing and contemporary style. Neutrals include black, browns, taupe, beige, gray, ivory, white and almost everything in between these shades. It offers a clean, uncluttered look radiating a serene feel for homes. They also shy away from being boring but offers a compelling and interesting home for many.

Here are some of the best way to decorate and mix and match neutrals for your home decor.

Applying texture

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Texture is one of the most important elements if you would want to keep away from having your neutral decor boring. It is the most important element in design that will add an interesting and different appeal for your home decor and style. Texture ranges from soft, nubby, weave, rough, bumpy and even tone to tone patterns.

Architecture and shapes

Shapes and architectural details help in making neutral color palates noticed. This can also bring life to any room. Having interesting shapes for your chairs and carpets makes decorating fun for your homes. Room dividers also offer a vast opportunity in creating architectural details or locating shapes adding more features to an area inside your home. Motorized blinds Melbourne is one of the great ideas that can add modern architectural shapes in your home.

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Varying hues

It is important to use several tones and shades when decorating in neutral. Do not stick with a plain white room when you can actually add a few touches of beige or brown to make the place look even better. There are a lot of varied and subtle neutral hues to play around with when painting and decorating your homes.

Add pops of color

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Bring life to a room by adding a big pop of color in a neutral room. This can be in a form of a wall or a decorating piece. Add spice or even a focal point inside a neutral room by placing metallic hues or bold colors to contrast with the existing design of the room. A big metallic mirror on a neutral wall looks great or a big vase with colourful flowers as your centrepiece in a brown and beige inspired room.

Decorating with white and other neutral shades can still be fun and interesting with these useful tips. You can easily create drama and highlight a particular items or area in your living spaces with this noticeable yet complimentary designs that will mix and match well with your neutral decors and home design.

Victorian Style Revival Plans for Your Homes

There is such an endearing appeal that Victorian style homes offers. Although the average person may see this type of home impractical and too extravagant, the unpredictability and unique feature of the Victorian designed home is truly endearing. It is well-known for its steeply pitched cross-gable roof, its iconic one-story porch. The Gothic revival complexity that these design offers also features several other interesting features, features you might want to consider having the next time you build your house.

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Pointed arch windows and bay windows with decorative accents

Thermal blinds may not be a common sight in these Victorian homes but this home design offers vividly decorate windows that are sometimes filled with stained glass or stained glass panels. Bay windows on the other hand can either be walk-out versions. Windows in Victorian homes also have built-in benches.

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Intersecting gables that are often asymmetrical

Varied roof lines and asymmetrical designs is what the Victorian era is also known for. Each home is individual and unique. From the window styles to the architectural details, you’ll definitely enjoy and embrace a lot of personality with this type of design.

Narrow and tall

What’s great about Victorian homes is that they are often designed narrow and tall making it possible to build them even in a small lot. Most Victorian homes are usually three-storey tall and have a full-sized basement to provide more space even with the small area of land it occupies.

Features towers and turrets

A castle like tower or turret is also one of the iconic features that Victorian homes possess. They are often used as a bedroom or a library. The castle feel of this type of home is indeed very impressive and will bring you back to the old days of Princesses and damsels in distress.

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This fanciful architecture became popular in the United States from 1875 up until the turn of the century. This personalized piece of beauty has been created in an infinite number of ways creating the several varieties of styles we all mesmerize at. The great thing about the design is that Victorian homes are like snowflakes, each is unique from the other. So if you dream of having a very unique home for your family, a few touches of Victorian style can do the work.

Revamping Your Window’s Look (For Less)

Making our homes looks great and in parallel with the prevailing styles and themes of the year when it comes to home design and decoration. However, keeping up with what’s latest and hot can be costly and uneconomical for some homeowners.

Renovations can cause you a lot of money, quite a fortune as others perceived it to be. As windows can help you to have a new home perspective, most of the time the treatments available can be too much. But this 2016, window revamping should not be that critical.

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These renovation cost should not prohibit you from updating your home and get on with the new vibes and styles as the year 2016 in home design and decorating is taking on its full blast. Here are some of the inexpensive adjustments that can help you revamp your window’s look:

Re-paint it

Changing the color of the paint of your window can give them a brand new touch. You can pattern the color to this year’s preferred theme. A little bit of style is also needed to make it more functional and attractive in the eyes of many. Re-painting it will also give not just a good look for the windows but a care for the window material as well. Marigold is one of the colors you could try for your windows this year. This pantone color is already making waves in the fashion industry, and will most likely crossover to the home decorating scene as well.

Changing blinds and curtains

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In order to have a new grip of the designs and trends, changing blinds and curtains are a must. In this phase, it creates a new accent to the window and more often gives it a fresh air and ambience that is up to date. Blinds, on the other hand, can serve as a protection of privacy and strengthen security. You can go for block out blind this time around to provide a different look for your homes.

Other Decorative Touches

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Try to put some additional decorative materials for the window – whether a ribbon, a string, or a band that can serve as a highlight of the finishes will do. These decorative materials can fully accessorize things and give emphasize its new look. Pay attention to your window glasses too. You can add stickers or accessorize these areas as well to present a new look for your windows.

Change some framings, if need be

Changing some frames, especially for wooden frames can give the window a new make-up finish. This will make the material more stable and give you the chance to innovate and advance its refinement. Find time to check for loose hinges, rusting irons or other window accessories that needs to be repaired or replaced.

The overall function of your windows depends on how you maximize its efficiency. It is also necessary to keep windows in good working condition to fully utilize them all year round.

New Year Cleaning Done Simple

New Year is the time of the year where you are given the chance to de-clutter and make everything else around the house organized to welcome a good year ahead. It is a holiday so every able body is around the house to help you out with the task. Cleaning is not that simple as it looks and thus, more often than not, requires a lot of energy for the overhaul. Grab the chance to spend the extra holidays more, cleaning the house, involving the whole of the family.

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Cleaning can be complicated at times but there are several techniques to use to make New Year cleaning fun, productive successful and of course, very simple. Here are some tips to get you started:

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First, make a to-do list

If you are planning for a complete overhaul and an intense de-cluttering inside your home, it is advisable to make a to-do list so you know where you can start and what areas are your priorities. Moreover, this will also help you to do the work in a good time pacing that will make you still productive in different areas. Having a list also allows you to make a run down on the current inventory you have at home. Too many side tables left stocked at your attic? It may be time to do a garage sale or to donate to charity. A list is a guide and will help in avoiding lapses in the tasks that you intend to do.

Throw away things you think are not beneficial anymore

De-cluttering and throwing away things that you cannot use can save you a lot of space. But, in cases that these things still can have some use – you can recycle or even sell them in a low price so others can benefit from it. Saving spaces is indeed a good idea if you want to have a light feel and a brand new atmosphere at home. These also include outfits you have inside your closet as well as bags and other accessories. Anything that is left lying around for three months of more should be disposed of.

Divide and Label

Make things more organized by dividing them into good boxes or containers and start labeling them so you do not get confused when you start needing the things you kept in these boxes. In addition, it can give you more freedom on what to do next with your stuff. Christmas decors that you have used this year can be neatly placed in a clear box with labels so that you can re-use them for next Christmas. This also applies to other themed home decors you have at home.

Get rid of the dust

Dust can be present when things were kept for such a long period of time. Sometimes, it can damage things up and most of the time can ruin your home items. In accordance, getting of the dust can have your things to have a new look and impressions as it will be cleaned and refreshed. A dust free home is also great for the health of the family. Fresh air can be breathed, literally from a dust-free home. Window shades can accumulate a lot of dust when not attended too.

Start the year right and clean inside your homes with the simple cleaning tips and ideas you can apply for your New Year cleaning, this year, at home. Make cleaning a fun and bonding time for the family as well as you all help hand in hand in making your home better and brighter this New Year.

2015 At A Glance: My Fave Posts

Few days left before 2015 ends, the run down on how the year has been is already starting. Moreover, the moments of the current year will soon turn to memories once 2016 comes. Several years of blogging and sharing my ideas have been a blast and I look forward in sharing more of my creative ideas in the coming New Year.

Various blog posts have been made throughout the year; some became hit, some helped many. I am featuring some of my favorite blog posts for this year, hoping it was one of the favorite of my readers too.

Modern Design Inspiration in Home Decorating

I have always enjoyed staying at home and I do get a lot of free time in my hands when the kids are now around. Thus I have managed to compile several interesting ideas and design that will work for Moms who would want to apply a modern look and design for their homes.

This year, I have decided to add a few interesting colors at home. Natural hues inspired by wood and nature have been my favorite theme for this year especially for the outdoors. Oh, and I would love to mention that I have finally completed my kitchen island this year. I now enjoy a bigger place where I can prepare while cooking. My kids also love eating breakfast at the kitchen island. They sometime spend time doing assignments there as well so that I could help them out even while I am cooking. I practically applied a lot of the ideas in this specific post to my home as well. I also installed outdoor blinds in our deck area for the modern yet relaxing look even outdoors.

Storage & Dividers as Decorative Pieces at Home

Removing clutter and enjoying movable space has been my aim this year and I am quite successful in doing it. Smart storage devices and dividers have been a staple in our home to keep everything in their place and everything organized.

One particular idea that I have adapted from this post is the smart way to camouflage my trash bin outdoors. Made out of old palettes of wood, I have managed to create a box where I can hide my trash bin. It has a lovely top where you can place flower pots. I can simply roll in and roll out my trash bin inside its box. It is a very convenient way to keep the dogs out of my trash as well.

Early Christmas Decorating Ideas

Of course, my best favorite blog post for this year is my Christmas Decorating Tips blog post. The child in me always lights up whenever I think about Christmas and I would want my kids to experience and feel the same excitement as well. To keep the Christmas spirit high at home, installing Christmas decors at an early date is a must. The front deck is definitely bright and shining every night with the décor that I have put up there together with my kids. I even took time to create a small ginger bread house out of the dog house we have in the backyard. Christmas lights and wreaths are also a plenty around the house creating that lively and fun vibe.

I may have written a lot of blog posts that made through the limelight for the year 2015, but the aforementioned posts – from different categories – are just some of the informative, fun and memorable ones that made an impact to me this year.

Early Christmas Decorating Ideas

Are you running out of great ideas for Christmas decorations this coming 2015? Worry no more because you happen to be in the right place. Read further and get tips, ideas and encouragement on how to transform your home into a warm and accommodating place ready for the holidays. Whether you are up for a new modern design for your home this coming Christmas or in favor of the usual traditional decors, you’ll get a few helpful and creative ideas in this article. Be ready to explore, stick with the basics and to test your creativity, after all, Christmas is the best time of the year to bring the best out of your imagination to give life and justice to the most favorite season in the globe.

There are many ways on how you can decorate your homes this Christmas. But what makes its more interesting and challenging for home decorators is creating a personalized Christmas theme that fits with the personality of the whole family.

To rev up the celebration and start with the basic decorations, here are the iconic symbols of Christmas that you shouldn’t miss installing in your homes for this coming holiday season.

Christmas Lights

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This is the very basic decorating piece that you should have installed in your homes for this coming holiday season. Be sure that all your Christmas lights are properly working and no wires and lamps are busted to avoid potential risks and fires that may be caused by faulty wirings. Christmas lights are often installed in your windows, doorways, around the roof and your Christmas trees. Be sure that the lights that you are using outdoors are indeed intended for outdoor use.


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Garlands are basic decorative pieces that are used around the perimeter of the window, the rails of the stairs, around the Christmas tree and other openings in your homes. Be sure that these garlands will not interfere with your transitional blinds and other window coverings. Christmas balls and flowers are also often attached to these garlands to add a splash of color and interest in them. Some garlands comes in green, red and other festive colors for Christmas.


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Wreaths are most of the time located in the fireplace area and on the doors. You can practically have a wreath installed in every door in your home. To make things interesting, you can experiment with colors and materials used in creating your wreaths for varying looks in different areas of your home.

Center pieces

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Center pieces can either be Christmas balls placed in a basket, poinsettias or Christmas candles. It all depends on what you prefer to have for your tables as Christmas decorations. What I love the most are Christmas candles with small Christmas balls and garlands decorated around the base of the candle.

Christmas tree

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The Christmas tree is also a must in every household. This is where Santa drops of his gifts every Christmas night. You can stick with the usual Christmas balls and stars for your Christmas tree decorations or have something different this year like golden or blue leaves, candy canes, stuff toys or even small Christmas gifts.

Santa Claus items

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St. Nicholas is also a staple for Christmas. Homes with second floors can hang Santa Claus figurines and stuff toys from the stairs or ceilings. You can also have a dancing Santa at your door ready to greet your visitors on Christmas day.

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Kids will never miss their Christmas stockings, even adults too. Hang them by the fireplace. To make each one personal you could sew your names into it or have your names embellished with gems to make it stand out in case Santa drops by your house.

You can add a few more decorative pieces to make your home unique and looking extra special this coming Christmas. However, do not miss the basic Christmas symbols enumerated above to keep the Christmas spirit alive and shining in your homes this coming Christmas Day of 2015.

Storage and Dividers as Decorative Pieces at Home

You can decorate your homes without having too much clutter and without spending too much by using your storages and dividers as your main attraction in your homes. With a little ingenuity and creativity, a dull wall can turn into a lovely focal point in your homes with a little bit zazzle and dazzle here and there.

Here are some of the cool ideas that you can do to your storage pieces and room dividers at home to provide an instant look for your abode.

Go vertical

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To save on space and to make the most out of your room dividers, you can add a few spaces, like pieces of woods and plastics to decorate and provide storage spaces for your little decors, books and other little trinkets at home. You can simply attach small pieces of wood to your room dividers to create a pattern and provide additional storage space for your homes. You can also hang pictures, art works and other interesting visuals onto your room dividers to make them look more interesting.

Mix and match colors

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Colors can bring an instant uplift to any home. You can add colors to your room dividers as well as your storage boxes to bring a different kind of vibe into your homes. Bring colored ottomans would be lovely additions in your living area as well as in your bedrooms. As for walls, you can paint a room divider with parallel lines in different colors to create a work of art out of your room dividers. There are many ideas and colors to explore when it comes to which will make your room dividers and storage spaces stand out.

Place interesting pieces

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Interesting pieces of arts like drift woods, abstract objects, feathers and other decorative pieces made of unique materials can be incorporated in your room dividers. To create a different look, you can even have your room dividers created with design. Create circles into your room dividers to create a silhouette design. You can also install lights onto your room dividers to bring a different kind of glow into it especially during the night.

You can also opt for curtains as your room dividers at home. Take advantage of curtains online sale to purchase a curtain that would interestingly look great as a room divide for your home. This is also a safe option when you have kids running around at home.

Go for dual purpose furniture

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As for storage spaces, you can go the extra mile and have dual purpose furniture. The sides of your sofa can hold a piece of leather where remote controls can be neatly tucked in place. The bottom of your kitchen island can hold dishes and other kitchen utensils. The bottom of your stairs can be a koi pond or a reading nook. Ottoman and center tables nowadays can also act as storage spaces.

Experiment with finishes

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Go for varying finishes for your storage areas and room dividers for an extra touch of creativity in your homes. There are many types of finishes to choose from. You can have wood, plastic, metal and stone as your finishing. Natural finishing is one of the latest trends in home decorating that you can adapt in your living areas.

Again, creativity goes a long way when it comes to decorating your homes. Get the extra spaces and achieve a new look for your home with storage pieces and room dividers.

Join the Green Revolution: Start at Your Own Home

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The Earth has been suffering for more than a decade and it will continue to suffer if we all fail to do our part in saving what’s still left in our environment. The Green Revolution has been around for quite some time with the aim to salvage what’s left of the environment and hopefully help in renewing the natural resources that have depleted due to man’s wrong doings.

I strongly believe that small steps can lead to big changes is done as a team. This is what we can all do to help save the environment. We should all work as a team and start inside our own homes to help, even in our own little ways in starting change and saving the environment.

Segregate and Separate

This is very easy to do but some still fails to do it. To be able to become successful in doing so, having multiple trash bins in your home with labels should do the trick. Do this rigorously or assigned a family to do the checking weekly to make sure that this is strictly implemented inside your home.

You can later on sell plastic containers and metals and save enough funds for the family for a weekend barbeque party or maybe a nice new breakfast nook in the kitchen that everybody would enjoy. Biodegradable materials can be placed in black plastic containers together with some soil, sealed and later on can be used in the garden to make the soil in your flower beds healthy. It takes effort but the rewards are beneficial for everyone, most especially the environment.

Open the Windows and Enjoy Natural Light and Air

During a sunny day, it would be better to open all windows to allow light and air to enter your homes. You can still keep the privacy inside your homes by installing blinds on your windows. If it still feels hot, a fan would definitely do the trick. You’ll save a few dollars from the air cooling bills and reduce the production of carbon dioxide in the environment.

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Skip the Meat and Eat Vegetables

If the family cannot completely convert into becoming vegetarians, it is encouraged to eat less meat and more vegetables. It’s healthy for everyone and reduces the amount of carbon dioxide released by the body during the metabolism of meat in our body. The preparation time of vegetables is also shorter than that of meat and other poultry saving gas and electricity in the process.

Have a Garage Sale

Your trash may be someone else’s treasure. Instead of throwing away items that has been in your cabinets for months or getting rid of old cabinets that has been stuck in the attic for years, you can sell them instead. You will earn a few cash in the process. Items that are left unsold can be donated to charity before throwing the things that has really of no use.

Think Before You Print

Opt to have your bills send via e-mail rather than the usual snail mail. Use the other side of your papers and try not to print documents that do not require printing. Trees are very scarce nowadays so we must avoid using paper as much as we could.

There are a thousand more ways on how we can start participating in the Green Revolution at our homes. With dedication and discipline, saving the environment and bringing it back to its former glory is not a hard task to do after all.