So long, stinky storage smell!

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Feb 272016
 

If you have a big family like ours you will probably find that there is always a lack of storage space. With seven people our wardrobes are getting rather full so instead of rummaging through overflowing cupboards to find the right outfit I always sort the summer clothes from the winter clothes and put away the garments that are ‘not in season’. This makes it easier and quicker for myself and the kids to see what they can wear.

Clothing piles

If you are not blessed with a spacious attic, cellar or backyard shed you can always look for an offsite storage solution like accessselfstorage.com where you can rent short or long term storage space to suit your needs. Unfortunately clothes that have been packed up for a while can develop a yucky musty odour so taking a bit of extra care when storing your family’s clothes for the season could save you a lot of work later on.

Before you pack away your wardrobe there are a few simple things you can do to keep that musty storage smell at bay:

Scented Lavender Bag

  • Make sure you only store clean clothes that are freshly laundered and use plenty of fabric softener. If you pack away dirty, stained clothes you’re chances of rescuing them later are very slim!
  • Invest in a few large vacuum bags that close well and are transparent so you can easily see what’s inside. Not only will they help you stack and store more efficiently, they will also keep the nice odour in and dirt and dust out.
  • There is nothing wrong with old-school: Tuck in a traditional scented lavender bag or a few bars of fragrant soap, they are both affordable and effective.

When the time has come to unpack your long lost treasures you will hopefully be greeted by a pleasant smell, if you aren’t not all is lost just yet. Here’s how to tackle the job:

  • Start with a nice warm wash and add a cup of vinegar to your load. Vinegar is a natural astringent and disinfectant and will help get rid of any mould or mildew that may be hiding in the fabric.
  • Hang your washing up outside and let the sun and wind do their job, it’s completely free and works a treat!
  • Here’s one you probably haven’t heard of before, neither had I: If you have a few particularly smelly garments simply pop them in a plastic bag together with some (clean!) unscented cat litter in and close it, the cat litter apparently deodorises and eliminates yucky smells.

Clothes on the line

If you have a fabulous storage trick to add do let me know, I’d love to hear it.

Oct 222015
 

PartyLite

Now that Spring is well and truly here it’s time to get your home and outdoor area ready for a Summer long of entertaining, true Aussie style. Dust off the outdoor setting, oil the deck, trim the bushes and mown the lawn so you can send out the invites for your first BBQ of the season. As always you can count on the party specialists at PartyLite to make your next get-together a stylish one:

PartyLite Garden Vines

The latest PartyLite catalogue (Everyday Vol.2, 2015) is filled with new fresh and fragrant arrivals that are sure to deliver a real Spring experience. Looking for some inspiration? Put your feet up and click through the beautiful full-colour catalogue online or get a group of girlfriends together for a relaxing PartyLite party in the comfort of your own home.

Garden VinesOne of the highlights of the current outdoor collection is this beautiful Garden Vines Hanging Votive Holder (22cm, RRP $75 each or $135 per set) in classy bronze-coloured metal. It looks amazing hanging from your veranda using the included chain and even more eye-catching when you combine multiple Garden Vines Hanging Votive Holders hanging at different heights. Bonus: I love how the extra height keeps the candles away from curious little hands.

Peach Honey CitronellaOf course you can also place the candle holder on your outdoor table as a unique centre piece for your next dinner party, while enjoying the scent of your favourite PartyLite candle. The glass cup inside is the perfect fit for the famous PartyLite votive candles or tealights, which are available in an extensive range of wonderful fragrances to suit your personal taste, the season or special occasion. The sweet and summery Peach Honey Citronella blend is the perfect pick for the warmer months ahead.

To find out more about PartyLite, to browse the latest catalogue or took book a PartyLite party visit www.partylite.com.au.

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Apr 212015
 

Crayola

As a child I once played a special board game at a friend’s house, the aim of the game was to recognise the content of little blank jars by scent and match them up with a picture of the right fragrant item. O how I loved sniffing those little jars and solving the puzzle! It has been years but I still remember some of the smells and the memory of that play date. Isn’t itamazing how important your smell is when it comes to memories? Kids of all ages (and even grownups) are sure to have hours of fragrant fun with this exciting new Crayola product:

Doodle Scents raffleThe brand new Doodle Scents (RRP $11.99, 18-pack) are infused with the wonderful smells of kids’ favourite foods and places, it’s like they packed a little story in each marker. From Buttered Popcorn and Cotton Candy to Lemonade Stand and Toasted Marshmallow, from Evergreen Tree and Breath of Fresh Air to Barn Yard and Brick Oven; just close your eyes, sniff and be transported to your favourite childhood memories.

Crayola Doodle Scents really impressed us, the selection of fragrances is lovely and we were gobsmacked by how realistic the scents were. Some of the biggest winners in our home were Tropical Punch (miss 6), Watermelon Patch (miss 4) and Spice Cake (mummy). Who have thought ‘smelly art’ could be so cool!

Crayola

The thing with markers is that kids don’t always stick to the paper you gave them and tend to decorate all that is around them including themselves. This is not a problem for Crayola though, Crayola’s washable ink is specially formulated to wash off machine washable clothing, as well as walls, carpet and furniture with just some warm water and a sponge.

You can find Crayola Doodle Scents right now at your local K-mart and Big W store.

To find out more about Crayola, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.crayola.com.au.

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Apr 192015
 

Molton Brown

Mother’s Day is slowly creeping up on us and with just three weeks to go you may want to start dropping some small hints here and there (or picking up your own Mother’s Day gift if hubby is likely to forget). Most mothers put their family first all year around and go without little luxuries so the kids can have more. If there is one day you should not feel guilty about being spoilt Mother’s Day is it and Molton Brown has the perfect luxury gift for you:

Molton Brown Aroma Reed Diffusers

The delightfully fragrant and eye catching Molton Brown Aroma Reed Diffusers (RRP $70) are a simple and stylish way to create a wonderful ambiance in your home.

Ylang Ylang Aroma Reed DiffuserNow that the colder season has arrived we’ll be soon be spending more and more time inside, time to create a warm and inviting home for your own family and welcome guests. Whether it’s a living room, office or bedroom, with 5 wonderful aroma combinations to choose from there is a pleasant fragrance to suit every space. Each set comes beautifully packaged, ready to surprise a deserving mama this Mother’s Day.

An Aroma Reed Diffuser is a great tool for spreading a lovely smell throughout your home and I love how the designer look makes this sleek and modern glass diffuser a piece of decor too, it is both elegant and effective at the same time. There are no flames or electricity involved so you can safely leave the house while the diffuser prepares your home for a fragrant welcome.

To find out more about Molton Brown, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.moltonbrown.com.au.

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