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3 Ways to Fill Your Home with Positivity

There’s no doubt that winter can leave you feeling tired and even lethargic. It must be something about the cold, short days that leave us feeling drained. While sunlight’s energy is in short demand during the winter months, you can still fight the blues by making these additions to your home.

Plants.

According to The Gazette, incorporating greenery into your home can clean the air, lighten your mood and brighten your home. Adding anything from an indoor herb garden to some decorative countertop succulents can improve your mood significantly while giving your home the pop of color it needs.

Himalayan Salt Lamp.

Another mood-boosting home addition is a salt lamp. Popular with Millennials, these lamps made from Himalayan salt, are said to help with air quality and increase energy levels. The verdict is still out with doctors as to whether or not these salt lamps have measurable health benefits, but they do offer a warm orange glow making it a better, and more calming, light source after-dark.

Aromatherapy.

There have been countless studies linking certain scents with mood-boosting qualities. Essential oils can purify your indoor air while providing you with an extra dose of energy when you need it most. Try diffusing peppermint scented essential oil, as it’s been known to enhance your mood. Not into essential oils? Put a bowl of lemons in your kitchen. According to Reader’s Digest, the smell of fruits containing vitamin C can reduce stress and leave a positive impression on others.

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Winterize Your Garage

When the first nice day of spring or summer arrives, everyone is chomping at the bit to get outside. Whether it’s mowing the lawn, or planting the first seeds for your home garden, the adventures often start in your garage. But why only utilize that space for six months, when you can enjoy it year-round?

Take some time this winter to tidy up your garage space with our helpful tips.

1. Utilize your wall space.

Older homes usually come with smaller garages, so if you’re constantly having a rock-paper-scissors war on what can and can’t stay in the garage, it’s time to utilize your walls for some alternative storage.

Instead of investing in a pricy toolbox, get some pegboard from your local home improvement store and hang it on the walls of your garage to store everything from hammers and screwdrivers, to drills and even cleaning supplies. Not only will this free up space on your garage floor, but you’ll also spend much less time sifting through supplies or trying to remember the last place you put your pliers.

Larger items can find a home on your walls, too. Shovels, rakes, leaf blowers, etc. can reside out-of-tripping territory with the use of a mounted tool rack, with some products holding as many as 20 tools!

2. Inspect winter equipment.

Year after year your snow blower lays dormant from the last snowfall of one season to the first of the next. It’s easy to push it out of sight, out of mind when there’s no snow to be seen, but the last thing you, or your back, needs is a faulty blower during the first blizzard of the season.

When the weather turns cold, it’s a good idea to run tests on your winter tools to make sure there are no kinks. If you find any, it’s better to deal with them then, as opposed to when there’s three feet of snow sitting between you and the rest of the world. A simple search in your internet browser for “snow blower tune up” will turn up tutorials and step-by-step guides for you to follow.

If you don’t consider yourself very handy, take your snow blower to a nearby hardware shop.

3. Upgrade the garage door.

Think about your own behavior for a minute. When you come home from picking the kids up from school, from work, the grocery store, etc. which door are you most likely to enter your house from? For many families, it’s the garage door and if you don’t have a well-sealed garage door, a lot of the cold outside air could be cooling your home.

Not only will replacing your garage door help with energy efficiency, it’s also an investment for your family’s safety. A favorite point-of-entry for many burglars are garage doors, with some being able to gain access to your home, family and valuables within a matter of seconds.

A solution to your energy efficient and safety needs would be investing in a steel garage door. This style of door is long-lasting, durable and insulated with polyurethane, or polystyrene, to keep the cold out and the heat in. Steel garage doors also eliminate the way burglars access your home with traditional roll-up garage doors, which makes it a safe and cost-effective investment for you and your family.

Tri-State Home Improvement is an area specialist when it comes to providing you with a safe, energy-efficient, high-quality garage. Our team of professionals provide you with custom solutions and designs to match your existing home and needs. Call Tri-State today, or click below, to access our free estimate on new garage construction!

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Five ways to decorate your bay windows for the holidays

Plan ahead this season before the holidays hit – with these simple, DIY window decorations that will wow without breaking the bank.

Gold glittered pinecones, eye hooks, red ribbon, green garland with white lights on front window

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Get crafty with pinecones

Coat a pinecone with a clear layer of glue and sprinkle with gold glitter. Let dry, then attach an ornament hook to one end. Repeat three times. Tie a large bow on the other end of the hook for each of the three pinecones and hang from window. Frame with green garland for a look that is rustic-chic.

 

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Snip out Snowflakes

Fold a piece of white construction paper multiple times and snip out shapes along the crease and edges. Open up and enjoy a one of a kind snowflake to tape to your window. Call in for reinforcements from the kids to turn it into a fun family activity!

 

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Let candles set the mood

Placing seasonally scented candles by your window looks lovely from the outside your home, and smells even better from within. Festive fragrance ideas during this time of year include peppermint, evergreen and pumpkin pie.

 

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Revamp your wreath

Shape craft wire to spell out the letters J-O-Y. Wrap with green garland until wire is fully covered and hang from window. Add ornaments or string lights for extra holiday cheer!

 

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Use simple bar soap!

Draw your favorite holiday illustrations onto your window pane using bar soap! Whether it’s a snowflake, snowman or an evergreen tree – the soap comes on white and washes off with ease!

Check out Tri-State Windows, Siding and Roofing Pinterest page for project details and even more winter window inspirations!

Add extra sparkle to your bay windows this holiday – by replacing them with new, energy efficient ones! At Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing, your estimate is always free. Click on the link to schedule an appointment. tristatecompany.com/Contact.aspx

All for now folks!

Your pal,

Hank