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Home organization and safety

Organize your space

Traffic Pattern-Consider the traffic pattern in the room. The traffic pattern is the path people take to move around within a room as well as enter and exit the room. Furniture should be placed so it does not get in the way. If you find that you have to constantly walk around a chair, you should try a different arrangement.

Space Around Furniture-leave space around furniture so it can be used comfortably. Drawers and doors require extra space for opening and closing.

Functional Arrangements-Place furniture and other items in functional groupings so that the arrangement is useful and convenient. Place a small table next to a sofa to keep eyeglasses, the telephone, and remote controls withing easy reach.

Related Groups-Group related items together. For example, by storing DVDs near the DVD player, your movies are organized and ready to use.

Fire safety

have an exit route planned and practice using the exit route on a regular basis.

Make sure that smoke alarms are installed in the home. Alarms should be installed near the kitchen, outside the bedrooms, and at the top of the stairs. Check smoke alarms once a month to be sure that they are working properly. Change the batteries twice each year.

Keep a fire extinguisher in the home. Learn how to use it properly. Keep it properly serviced.

Make sure that all electrical cords are in a good condition. A damaged cord can cause surrounding material to catch fire.  

Home design

Space helps draw attention to objects. For example a vase on a shelf will stand out and be seen if some space is left on either side of it. on the other hand too much space between objects can result in a bare empty look. You can create many looks just by dividing shapes in various ways.

Shape- Shape refers to the outline or form of solid objects. A bed has a rectangular shape. A table may be rectangular, square, oval, or round. Attractive designs use shape effectively. Too many different shapes in one room can be distracting.

Line- Lines are very important to design. Look around a room and you can see them in the legs of a table, the frame of a door, or the stripes on a curtain. Straight lines make objects seem strong and dignified. curved lines make objects seem softer and more graceful. Vertical lines go straight up and down and give the appearance of height. They can make objects look taller. Horizontal lines move straight across and make objects appear wider. Lines that are set diagonal or on an angle suggest action or movement.

Texture- Texture is the way something feels or looks as if it would feel. Texture provides visual interest in a room, and you can add more interest by using a variate of textures. A rug might feel soft and fuzzy. A polished table feels hard and smooth. Textures can also affect the mood. Soft and rounded surfaces make a room look cozy. Angled, hard surfaces create a clean, cool affect

Color- Color probably has the greatest effect on a appearances of a room. Color schemes are used to create style and appeal. A color can make a room look completely different. For example white or light colors on the walls make a room look larger. Darker colors make a room seem smaller.

Create a look

Walls- Paint can quickly and dramatically change the loo of a room. Draw and paint a scheme or a geometric pattern on a wall. You can also use an accent color to draw attention to one wall. Hang posters, banners, and bulletin boards to add interest to bare walls.

Books-Books are more than just reading material. Put some of your favorites on display in a bookcase or on a shelf.

Lampshades- Jazz up an old lampshade. Use hot glue to attach trim or fringe to the upper and lower edges.

Pillows- Make or purchase toss pillows for your bed. Choose fabrics  that go with your room colors and switch them using a pattern that you can find at your local fabric store.

Picture Frames- Decorate plain, inexpensive picture frames. Use hot glue to attach buttons, bowls, shells, small polished rocks, team pins, or felt or roam shapes in a random pattern around the frame. Showcase your favorite photos inside.

Clothing Choices

clothes protect you from the weather and climate. Some occupations require special clothing such as police uniforms and firefighting gear. Workers in restaurants and hospitals often wear hair coverings and gloves to help protect others.

Adornment- Scarves, ties, hats, and vests can be used as adornment, or decoration. People use such decorations to express creativity and individuality.

Identification- You do not always need to announce who you are. Sometimes your clothing can do it for you. For example, uniforms shows others that you work at a particular restaurant, play in a school band, or are part of an athletic team.

Modesty- The way you wear your clothes and the type of clothing you wear suggest your personal sense of modesty. The level of modesty can vary with the occasion. For example, it is acceptable to wear a bathing suit to the beach but not to the office.

Clothes that do not fit- There is no point in keeping these clothes in your closet. Before you set them aside, however, think about how they might still be used. If the selves on a shirt are too short, could they be cut off and hemmed to make a short sleeved shirt instead? Clothes that are still in good condition but that they are sure you do not want can be donated to charity or given to a younger sibling.

Clothes you never wear- You may be able to add items to your wardrobe that will make these clothes more useful. Perhaps you bought a great pair of pants

Clothes in need of repair- Set these aside and see if they can be fixed. Repair the item you like.

Clothing labels
The fiber content is listed on the care label. It also gives the name of the manufacture and tells where the garment was made.

The care label will tell you the correct way to clean the garment. Some items must be dry cleaned only.

A "no bleach" warning on the label means all types of bleach will damaged the fabric.

If the label tells you not to iron the garment because the fabric will be damaged by the heat of iron

In the fabric is colorfast, that fact may be included on the label.

Clothing care
Wear clothing that is suitable for the activity. When doing yard work or cleaning out the garbage, for example, wear old clothes so that it does not matter if they get dirty.

Dress and undress carefully to avoid snagging, ripping, or stretching you garments.

Inspect you clothes carefully after each wearing. Repair any tears or holes before they get worse. If you find stains, treat them immediately and wash the garment as soon as possible.


Pretreat stains- Pretreat means to apply a stain remover before laundering. Besides stains, sleeve cuffs and the fold line on collars often need to be pretreated.  

Sort clothes- Check care labels on clothes carefully. Then separate clothes into piles by color: Then separate: light color fabrics, medium colored fabrics, and dark fabrics

Select the correct water temperature- Wash your clothes in the water temperature recommend on the care label. Unless otherwise specified, most clothing can be washed in warm water and rinsed in cold.

Choose the correct size load- If you are washing only a few clothes, choose a small-load setting to save water and energy. Never overload the washing machine. Clothes will not get clean if they are packed in too tightly.

Use the correct amount of detergent- Check the detergent label for the correct amount to use. Remember to adjust for the load setting you elected.

Use a fabric softener- If static cling is a problem, liquid fabric softener can be added to the washer, or dryer sheets can be used in dryer. Read product labels carefully to determine which type of softener you are using, and how and when it should be added.

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