It’s not another sweater. The ultimate gift for that person in your life who has everything is not in a department store on Black Friday. When racking your mind for gift ideas, give that gift recipient the gift that is next to godliness—cleaning—without lifting a finger. Doesn’t sound very sentimental, does it? To the contrary, giving the gift of carpet cleaning is the ultimate gift, and for very good reason:
- You can get rid of all those holiday gathering spills. The family may be gone but the spills remain. Say thank you to your family or friends for hosting the family get together by helping them clean up afterward (without having to actually, ahem, clean).
- It’s way more affordable than you think. You won’t have to take out a second mortgage to pay for this gift, while still being able to make an impact on their whole house.
- Your new homeowner appreciates the chance to get rid of the last owner’s grime. If your gift recipient is a new homeowner, help them get a clean start in their new house.
- There are only so many sweaters you can give. This is the gift for that person in your life that has everything—or the person that thinks that cleanliness is next to godliness.
- It’s cheaper than new carpets. Is your gift recipient on a budget? Give them the feel of luxurious new carpets without paying for replacement.
- Your Christmas present, a puppy, is done potty training! Now it’s time to get rid of the accidents you had to endure to achieve that milestone.
- The gift of no allergy-related sneezing is the gift that keeps giving. Have a cat lover on your list who’s allergic to cats and doesn’t want to give them up? Here’s your answer.
- For busy families, a clean house is a luxury that feels like a gift. If you have a young family on your list that can’t keep up with house cleaning, help them out.
- For the OCD cleaner, this is the ultimate gift. We know a woman who gave her husband a mop for the holidays, and he loved it. This is the same kind of sentiment.
- Santa says your gift recipient has been extra good this year.
To clarify: don’t buy your gift recipient a carpet cleaner, or rent one at the local hardware store. Give them a real, deep carpet clean that they don’t have to lift a finger to do. Contact Y’s Way, a local carpet cleaner with experience and a good track record. That’s a holiday gift we all can appreciate.
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Window treatments are important, but selecting the right window treatments is not earth-shattering. Don’t be one of those homeowners paralyzed by indecision, with naked windows and light shining in when you’re trying to sleep. Instead, use these general guidelines to find the perfect coverings—curtains or blinds, or both—for your window. Start with function, the basis of your window treatment selection:
Function. Do you need window treatments that darken the room? Or are your curtains or blinds just for decor? Are the window treatments for a window that you need to see out often? Start your selection by determining what kind of window covering functions best for your use. If you work third shift, or need a dark room for sleeping, consider a blackout curtain. Looking for privacy? Order blinds that come up from the bottom of the window, allowing light to shine through and privacy. Need a window covering for a window that you use often? Look for sheer curtains that won’t block the view. For a kid’s room, choose shades and darkening curtains to make sure the sun doesn’t interrupt nap or bed time.
Length. To determine the ideal length, use function and the aesthetic impact you want to settle on a length. If you want to make a ceiling seem taller, choose floor length window treatments—regardless of window height. If you have a window that has a table or counter under it, choose blinds or shades that are the length of the window but don’t touch the surface underneath. In general, use this window covering rule: when choosing curtain height to cover the window, purchase a curtain an inch or two longer than the window trim.
Neutral or pattern. To determine whether to purchase neutral or patterned window treatments, look around the room. If the furniture items, flooring and rugs are neutral, you can purchase a bold window treatment with a pattern. However, if your room is filled with bold patterns and colors, blend the curtains into the walls to make the rest of the room pop.
Don’t be afraid to consult the professionals for your window treatment decision. They can make recommendations based on what they’ve seen work at other local Wisconsin homes. Professionals can also handle measurements and installation, so you can enjoy the benefits of the perfect window treatments—without the hassles.
Your room has all the elements it’s supposed to have: beautiful furniture, wonderful tile or wood flooring (thanks Y’s Way!), built-in shelving and a 70-inch TV (okay maybe we’re getting carried away). But the echo of the room, and the nagging feeling that’s something’s missing, reinforces the fact that the room is incomplete. You need an area rug. Not just any area rug, but the RIGHT area rug.
Luckily, choosing the right area rug is not as abstract as it sounds. You don’t have to be an artist or an interior designer to find the right rug for your room. Just some these simple guidelines:
- Size. Everyone has a different theory about the size of a rug. In general, the size of your rug depends on your intended use: will you be putting most of your furniture on it (like in a dining room)? Do you need a rug to fit your office furniture on? Do you just need a small rug to anchor a room and put a coffee table on? Do you want a large comfortable rug for watching TV on or putting under your bed? Would you like a long, narrow rug for putting next to a bed for stepping on? Evaluate your needs, and size your rug accordingly.
- Color & Pattern. Utilize one of two strategies for choosing the color of your rug: select the area rug first or last when decorating. If you want a carpet with a pattern or color, choose it first and coordinate your furniture, wall color and flooring around the rug. If you choose the carpet last, think about the items in your room and how the rug fits in with your décor. Do you need color in your neutral room? Try to find a rug that has coordinating colors that pull out the color of the furniture or wall, and pulls everything together.
- Shape. The most common area rug shape is a rectangle. But if you are centering your decorating around the rug, feel free to think out the box. Would a round rug complement your round coffee table? Would a long narrow runner be more appropriate?
- Traffic. Area rugs do need to be cleaned and you want your rugs to last with little wear, so keep room traffic in mind. Is the rug in a main hallway? Your living room? Or in a bedroom? A high pile rug, or shag rug, is better for low traffic areas, while a low pile rug is more suitable for high traffic areas, such as your living room.
When laying the rug in your room, make sure to consult your local flooring professionals about underlayment or padding for your area rug to prevent damaging your tile or wood floor. If necessary, they can suggest a product that works. Most products can easily be customized to fit under your rug.
If you have a specific idea about what your ideal area rug would look like, or you can’t find a rug in the right size for your room, consider ordering a custom-made rug at any Y’s Way Flooring location. More affordable than you think, this option gives you the opportunity to create the rug you want in the size that fits your home—and eliminates that nagging feeling that something’s missing from your home.