Guide to Packing Your Bedroom & Bath Items for Relocation

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Our bedrooms are our safe havens. They also tend to house many treasured items and closets cluttered with too much stuff. So, packing your bedroom for relocation may feel daunting, especially if you have to deal with a big space. However, there is no need to worry because this guide can help you sort, pack and adequately prepare your bedroom items for moving easily and without too much stress.

The crucial step – declutter your bedroom

Relocation is an excellent opportunity to sort through your items, especially your wardrobe. Leave enough time to get rid of things you no longer need, use, or want. That will make the whole moving process easier, from packing and transportation to unpacking and making your new space tidy from the start. Separate the things you want to keep from those you wish to donate, sell or throw away.

Gather enough packing supplies

If you’ve already sorted and decluttered your stuff, you need to gather enough quality packing supplies. When packing your bedroom for relocation, make sure to have:

  • Enough boxes in a variety of sizes,
  • Mattress covers,
  • Packing tape,
  • Wrapping paper,
  • Shrink-wrap,
  • Paper for writing,
  • Markers and pens,
  • Garbage bags,
  • Cleaning supplies,
  • Tools for disassembling furniture,
  • Moving blankets.
A woman writing down notes while packing for relocation
Quality packing supplies will ensure your items are protected during transport.

Pack methodically

When packing for an easy move, take a systematic approach – start packing guest bedrooms first, and then move on to the master bedroom and kids’ bedrooms.

First, you should pack up the least used items (anything you won’t be using until you’re in the new home). To make things easier for yourself, make a list of everything that goes into each box and label them.

Then, pack frequently used items at the very end and, most importantly – don’t forget to pack an essentials bag. This should be an easy-to-identify bag that will cover the first few days after your move. Include the essential clothing, cozy pajamas, and toiletries.

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Packing your essentials like your nightgowns and PJs!

If you want to choose the best technique for packing various bedroom items, consider the following advice:

Wardrobe

Before you pack up your closet, make sure that all your clothes are clean. You probably won’t have enough time to do laundry right after moving. Leave some of your t-shirts as padding to protect your belongings.

Pack your clothing easily by simply placing them in wardrobe boxes. Leave them on the hanger and just quickly transfer them to a closet in your new home when unpacking your bedroom.

You can leave clothing you keep in drawers right there. Just remove the drawer from your dresser, then secure it with wrapping paper and tape.

Clothes inside a wardrobe
When packing your bedroom for relocation, declutter your wardrobe and use the right techniques for easy unpacking.

Accessories

If you have any expensive jewelry or other accessories, make sure to pack them in jewelry boxes, secured boxes with compartments, or small cosmetic bags. Then you can group them into one larger bag and place it safely into your car. Have them close by during the moving day to avoid your most valuable items being misplaced, stolen, or lost.

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Packing your accessories into small cosmetic bags to keep things organized when moving!
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Can’t forget your slippers and bath item essentials!

It would be best if you left your shoes and comfy slippers inside of their original boxes. If you tossed out the original boxes, wrap your shoes in paper and tape them together, or place them in a bag. Just make sure they are not at the bottom where they can be crushed or damaged.

Bedroom furniture

When packing your bedroom for relocation, disassemble anything that can be taken apart. You should put any screws, nuts, and bolts into a bag, label it, and attach it to part of the furniture they belong.

Furniture surfaces should be covered with paper or shrink-wrap as protection from scratches. Larger pieces of furniture can be covered with moving blankets. Wrap furniture legs with leg protectors.

Before packing your rugs, vacuum them and roll them up. Then, secure them with packing tape. You can cover them with shrink-wrap or an old sheet as a layer of extra protection.

To easily pack especially delicate lamps, remove the shades and light bulbs. Wrap the lamp’s base in shrink wrap and cushion it with packing material to prevent shifting in the box. Pack the shade in a separate box, wrapped in paper so that it doesn’t get crushed or torn during transport.

Blankets, linens, and pillows

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Wrap your pillows up and use them to protect fragile items when packing.

You can start packing all blankets, sheets, pillows, and pillow covers you won’t need before your move. Leave some blankets and sheets to use as padding for fragile and delicate items. Place your mattress into a mattress bag or box, and it will stay clean and protected.

If you’re renting a storage unit for your belongings, it’s essential to take proper care of your linen. Adequately storing linen, clothing and bedding is vital if you want it to stay safe and clean until you move into your new home. Avoid plastic boxes and plastic bags when packing and storing your fine linens because they can easily retain moisture become moldy. It might be a good idea to place them in a suitcase, breathable containers made of natural materials, or special fabric storage bags.

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Be especially careful when packing your linens for storage.

The bottom line

We hope that this guide to packing your bedroom for relocation will help you speed up the process and decrease stress. Good luck!

Housewarming Gifts Your Friends Will Love

Friends having a housewarming party
Friends having a housewarming party

Moving into a new home is a big event. If you had the experience yourself, you know how important celebrating this joyous event can be to a homeowner. It represents a start of a new chapter in one’s life. If you have friends planning to move into a new place, check out our list of housewarming gifts your friends will love. Housewarming gifts should show the support and love you feel towards your friends. Some may opt for funny and amusing gifts, while others choose to be original and invest in creative handwork. These show how thoughtful you were when choosing the perfect gift.

You want your friends to feel cozy in their new home, don’t you?

If you want to give your friends something luxurious yet practical, you should consider bedding. Considering that we spend a lot of time in our beds and linen tends to wear out, new bedding can be a perfect gift. Opt for quality bed linens like coverlets or a duvet in combination with some pillowcases. If you want to make a statement and make your gift customized to the preferences of your friends, have the coverlets embroidered. In terms of fabric, always choose quality cotton, and you will not make a mistake.

Bed linen among housewarming gifts your friends will love
To make a statement gift select a luxurious set of bed linen and match it with a simple but elegant pajama set

For an extra dose of coziness, you can combine your bed linen with matching pajamas. Choose a simple but effective cotton two-piece pajama to make a statement. Selecting such sleepwear will ensure your friends feel comfortable in a new home. If you know your friends well, you will choose a design that best suits their sensibility.

There is no better gift than self-care

Shopping for a perfect gift for your friends should be a fun adventure. You get to explore your friend’s preferences, likes, and dislikes and show your personal touch of creativity. One of the possibly best housewarming gifts out here are spa packages your friends can use to relax in their new home. Combine their favorite beauty products, some scented candles, and some bath accessories to make a perfect bundle of pure comfort. We are entirely sure that your friends will love your thoughtful idea of giving them an incentive to find time to relax. With such a care package, you will show you care for their well-being.

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Bathroom décor and accessories can be among gifts your friends will love

If your friends have been working hard to move into this new place, they deserve to relax and unwind. Moving is an overwhelming event in one’s life. Whether you are moving down the street or cross country, the bitter-sweet feeling of leaving your current home is always present. When you count in the endless list of tasks to complete before, during, and after the move, you get to a point where stress only builds up. In such a situation, don’t hesitate to give a friendly hand and help your friends make a successful transition into the new house or apartment. It may not be a lot for you but will come as quite a gesture for your friends in need.

You can always decide to go the traditional way

The moment your friends hold the keys to their new house for the first time is a special one. They will be starting a new chapter in this new home and are probably all about décor and how to make the place feel like their own. You can help by giving them a gift that they will use for years to come. If you are more traditional, you can always choose a nice bottle of wine and combine it with some extra details. Choose an elegant flatware set or a classic tableware set and mix it up with some carefully selected dinner napkins. Such a package can be something your friends will cherish for years and a way for you to keep true to your love for traditional gifting ideas.

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Choose a tabletop set to complement your friends’ new dining room decor

If your friends like throwing fabulous parties, you can opt for cocktail napkins combined with some glassware. Let the anticipation of their housewarming party be an inspiration for your gift. In the meantime, your friends might need help with the preparations, so you better be ready to jump in. Organizing a housewarming party amidst moving to a new house can pose quite a challenge. We are sure your friends could use your assistance with this one.

There is a long list of other housewarming gifts your friends will love

Some other neat ideas for housewarming gifts include a soft blanket they can use when watching their favorite TV show or a personalized cheese board as a statement piece for their next party. If they are coffee-lovers, you can’t go wrong with a coffee machine or blend some quality imported coffee beans. For a touch of personal, you can always add a beautifully framed photo of you and your friends. Choose a moment you shared that captured the essence of your friendship. Indeed, they will appreciate it.

When you think you have gone through all the ideas of housewarming gifts, a new fresh idea will come to mind. Be open-minded and think out of the box. From the moment you receive the invitation to your friends’ place, start thinking of the perfect gift you will bring. Invest some thought and time in selecting something that will appeal to them. In a pool of housewarming gifts your friends will love, try to choose the most creative one that speaks to your heart. We are sure it will speak to your friends’ as well.

How to Choose a Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

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There is nobody that loves us more than our moms. This wonderful person has been there for us through every moment of our lives, supporting and nurturing us. So they deserve the perfect Mother’s Day gift. They have sacrificed a lot for us, and they love us unconditionally. This special day is the ideal opportunity to show them we care by gifting them something special. Of course, it does not have to be too expansive or elaborate. It is the thought that counts. Thus, here are a few tips that will help you choose the perfect gift for an exceptional Lady.

Choose something you know she loves

If you are not sure what to get, look for the clues. Chances are you already know what your mom needs because she has made a few comments around a dinner table. Maybe her favorite coat got ripped, and you can get her a replacement. Or she is complaining about back pain, so getting a voucher for a spa would be a wonderful Mother’s Day gift. Also, nobody says she can have only one present. A resort gift is wonderful, but why not add something that will last forever and is useful. Get a nice box and pack a beautiful cotton bathrobe with the voucher on top. She can wear it to the spa center and have something to remember you by. Treat her to a deep massage, a sauna, and a facial. If your mom works a lot and is stressed, this will help her relax and sleep better.

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Being there for a busy mom is all that she needs

There are times in life when moms are so busy, by the end of the day, they fall into bed exhausted. For example, when they have to move with kids. It is incredibly stressful for them because they have to balance their careers, their children and make the household ready for the move. However, relocation with the entire family can go smoothly if she has the support of her partner and kids. So, the best gift you can give them is to take some load off their shoulders. For starters, start planning as soon as you know you will move. Break everything you have to do into smaller tasks. That way, you will have time to pack and spend quality time together. Kids can help by taking part in the move. Packing their rooms is an excellent place to start. Also, ask your parents to babysit the kids during the move, so you do not have to worry about them. And the same goes for every demanding situation life presents us with.

There is no better Mother’s Day gift than a delicious meal

The saying “the way to a men’s heart is through the stomach” is not only reserved for men. It is also true for women, especially if they do not have to do all the cooking. So give them a break from the kitchen with a delicious homemade meal. But do not forget to create a pleasant atmosphere. Decorate the table with dinner napkins and light a few candles. Show your wife or mom that they are your most precious person in the world by cooking their favorite dish. Also, if they have special recipes, it is a great idea to surprise them with their own creations. Of course, do not forget to clean the dishes. It is not much of a surprise if they have to scrub the pots afterward.

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Making dinner for mom is a beautiful way to show your love for her on Mother’s day.

Give a present that she can customize

Sometimes the best gift is the one moms can change a bit and make it their own. Especially if they have a specific taste in things, it is hard to find the perfect one. Therefore, a gift voucher is a perfect Mother’s Day present because they can choose to customize it any way they wish. Also, they will most definitely have fun deciding on a custom monogram for their bathrobe or a towel. Likewise, it is a special gift from a daughter to her mother if they share the same design on a piece of clothing or an item. Even if it is not something that you would prefer to have, it shows your support and love for them.

Organize a weekend getaway

Our moms work hard, and sometimes the only thing they need is a little vacation. A break in their busy schedule where they can rest and have some time away. So rent a home in the countryside or a beach. Reserve it for the weekend and let her recuperate by having a stroll through the forest or by reading a favorite book. But do not forget to check the weather. If it is going to rain, there is no need to cancel the trip. Instead, gift her a colorful raincoat so that she has proper protection. Meanwhile, use the time she is away to clean the house. There is nothing more satisfying than returning to a clean home. And it is one less chore she has to do.

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Gift mom a special raincoat from Jacaranda Living and treat her to a weekend getaway where she can wear it!

The best Mother’s Day gift comes from the heart

If you are not sure what to get your mom, remember that anything that comes from the heart is the best present. It is an item that represents your love for her. So even if it is something cheap and cheerful, it does not matter. Sometimes a homemade card is a perfect Mother’s Day gift if there is a heartwarming message inside. Also, just think about the flood of emotions that a collage of all the photos throughout the years capturing the best family moments will cause. In the end, as long as you spend some time with your mom, it will make her happy. Therefore, if nothing comes to mind, an evening with popcorns and a favorite movie is perfect.

 

 

Why Cover a Tissue Box?

You might not realize how a tissue box cover can really make any room in your home pop and look that much more luxurious. We’re used to buying tissues in unattractive boxes that nobody likes. Luckily, you can cover a tissue box and make it unique and beautiful.

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Here we have our Napoleon Bee Wreath (Blue), Fleur de France (Pewter) and Amalfi Scroll (Blue) Tissue Box Covers.

The tissue manufacturers usually put their products in simple, unattractive, poorly designed boxes that people don’t like. Luckily, you can cover a tissue box and make it unique and beautiful. Tissue boxes are a practical necessity, but they don’t need to be ugly or old-fashioned anymore. With the right tissue box covers, you can make them a part of your decoration.

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An uncovered (and ugly) tissue box.

Complement the design of any room

Tissue box covers are made to complement the design of any space and even elevate it. If you cover a tissue box, you can transform an eyesore into a chic little piece of décor.

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Click on this photo to watch a video that shows you how quick & easy it is to cover a tissue box.

Bathroom and vanity

Tissue boxes are usually located in the bathroom, with other essential bath accessories. They should match your bathroom’s décor and complement the space. However, they are convenient to have in other rooms as well. For example, they will make your vanity look more sophisticated.

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People don’t like poorly designed boxes, and that’s the main reason they decide to cover a tissue box.

Living room

It’s a good idea to have a box of tissues within arm’s reach almost anywhere in our home. Ladies watching a romantic movie on Netflix just can’t imagine not having a few tissues around (just in case some tears come running down their cheeks).

An uncovered tissue box would totally ruin the aesthetics of a living room which is known to represent your style more than anything else. Buying one elegant tissue box cover will add a special touch to your space. They have a similar purpose as decorative pillows on your sofa or other room accessories – they can be beautiful and elegant, but they are also functional.

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During allergy or flu season, having a tissue box in every room of your home may be a necessity.

Bedroom

It’s also common to put one tissue box in your bedroom, on the bedside table – especially for those occasions when you catch a cold or the flu. Also, whenever you’re muddling through allergy season, tissues are your life-saver.

You realize that there’s no point in making your bedside table look stylish and beautiful and then plonk a rainbow-colored tissue box on it. So, be creative and find a cover that will make a statement in your bedroom. If you share a double bed with your partner, you can have a simple yet modern covered tissue box on one side and one more elegant and feminine on the other side. Beautifully embroidered linen/cotton tissue box covers will make all the difference.

Various advantages of having a tissue box cover

Tissue box covers are not only meant to improve the aesthetics of your space. They come with other advantages as well. For example, with the slight added weight of a cover, you won’t need two hands to grab a quick tissue anymore. It may be annoying to use one hand to pull the tissue and another one to hold the box down, so it doesn’t fly up in the air. Covers solve that issue almost entirely. The little things are those that make our life easier.

Since covers look delightfully decorative, they become a necessity once you start to use them. Just be sure to find those which are easy to utilize and refill. There is a wide variety of styles and designs available, so there’s something for everybody’s taste and preferences. Some may want the cover to be unique and personalized – monogrammed, and that’s totally fine; as long as you like it, enjoy it, and it fits your room’s design.

Two women wearing Jacaranda Living face masks during the coronavirus pandemic.
Those relocating during the pandemic should always have their mask, hand-disinfectant solution, and tissues with them.

 

Few tips in case you’re moving during the pandemic

If you are moving during the pandemic, you are in for a ride. We can all agree that relocating during the pandemic is not easy. You’ll need to pay special attention to everything you touch. Thus, it would be best if you had tissues, hand sanitizers, and disinfectants for surfaces all the time close at hand. You’ll also need to respect social distancing protocols and do everything you can to put yourself through the minimum possible risks.

Cleaning and disinfecting everything before packing your items in boxes or containers is crucial to protect all the people who’ll be handling them. In all the rush before, on, and after the moving day, remember to wash your hands regularly and thoroughly. Wearing a mask goes without saying, and it’s already become the routine.

Final thoughts

When you dive into the glorious world of tissue box covers, you might just realize that you could really use tissues in every room of your home, or maybe even multiple boxes per room (if you have ample space and a big family). To cover a tissue box is becoming so popular because the covers are a perfect canvas for personalization. They can become a great gift as well. It’s not too early to think about Mother’s Day or pick a random date and make your loved ones happy with a simple yet unique gift, especially if you already know how convenient it’s to have something like that these days. Whether you’re looking to refresh your current home with new details or you’re thinking about how to decorate your brand-new home, make the most out of space, and always choose items that are both functional and appealing.

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Shell Collection bath linen display with terry guest & bath towels, cosmetic bags and a tissue box cover.

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How Often Do You Clean Out Your Makeup Bag?

You might be an enthusiastic lipstick collector, or a “less is more” kind of person. Wherever your passion lies when makeup is concerned, one thing is for sure. Makeup, like other products, has an expiration date, and you should be vigilant not to use products past this date. Usually, the expiration date is printed on the container or the box. However, it happens that some pieces of makeup go bad even before their official expiration date. That may happen if you don’t store the products properly. As most of us keep at least some of our makeup in a makeup bag, it is essential to revise the contents occasionally. Spring might be an ideal time to do all sorts of clean-up and an excellent chance to address even your toiletries. So, the question is, how often d

 

o you clean your makeup bag?

Take a good look at your makeup bag and imagine what it would say

If you took a good look at the contents of your cosmetic bag, you could be surprised how many products have gone past their expiration date. Even if they are not expired, it may happen they have a short shelf life. Once you open a product, it can last three to six months, a year, or two. No one can remember when they opened a lipstick or a compact powder, but a quick inspection should tell you the difference. If your liquid powder is separated or it smells funny, it is time to let it go. On the other hand, if you have been using your bronzer for over a year now but still have plenty left, don’t worry. Powder-based products like bronzers, blushes, and eyeshadows can last for three years. Also, lipsticks have a longer shelf life and can last more than two years.

 

Clean out your makeup bag and throw out old products

A good piece of advice is to take everything out of your makeup bag and go item by item. Look at the color, the texture, and the smell. If something feels or looks off, it is better to replace it. If your mascara is dry, don’t hesitate to buy a new one. Also, if your liquid eyeliner is getting lumpy, toss it and get a new one. It is better to invest in a couple of new things than risk putting something filled with bacteria on your face. Taking good care of your skin and keeping it healthy is essential. Avoid skin irritation, and try to dry your face with a clean towel and change towels frequently. If you are a tissue kind of person, you can get yourself a tissue box cover to make a statement in your bathroom.

A tissue box cover can be an excellent gift for your makeup-loving girlfriends.

Cleaning your makeup inside and out

When you decide what to keep and throw out of your makeup bag, look at the cosmetic bag itself. Inspect if it is dirty and whether it requires a good wash. Well, there are a few ways to clean it, depending on how dirty it is. You can use waterproof makeup remover to remove stains and traces of your lipstick or eyeshadow. Also, try using some eco-friendly products you have in your kitchen, like baking soda and water. Scrub the insides of your makeup bag as this is a great green way to clean your space and your belongings. If the makeup bag is made of durable materials, you can put it in a washing machine and program it for delicate washing. After cleaning it thoroughly, you can spray it with alcohol or some other alcohol-based sanitizer.

Keep it simple and stick to the essentials

When you manage to clean out your makeup bag, it is time to start fresh and fill it with your stuff. This time keep it simple. Put only the items you use and need. Don’t clutter it with everything you have. There is no universal rule on what makeup essentials are; it all depends on your preferences. If you put mascara on every day, be sure to include it in your makeup bag. However, if you put on your bronzer once every couple of months and often forget that you even have one, it doesn’t go in your makeup bag. Besides having a clean makeup bag, remember to have enough beauty sleep on clean, high-quality pillowcases. You will be doing your skin a favor.

Sleeping on clean pillowcases is great for your skin.

Prevent your beauty products from going bad

Now that you have filled your beauty bag with your makeup essentials. Here are some tips you can use:

  • Make sure you tighten the lid on all your products
  • Always wash your hands and dry with a clean cotton terry cloth towel
  • Store all products away from the sun or sources of heat
  • Don’t keep your beauty products in highly humid places
  • Never share your makeup with anyone
  • Once in a couple of months, check on your eye products

Clean cotton towels are the best option for drying your wet hands.

Spring is a great time to get a clean start

If you are wondering when is the best time to clean out your makeup bag, the time is now. Spring is a great time to have a fresh start. Usually, as spring comes, we use the time to go through our old stuff, declutter and get rid of the things we don’t use. You can use this opportunity to go through your closet, as well. Pull up all the clothes that you haven’t even worn once during the past years. Consider giving them away, selling, or donating them. Also, it would help if you pulled out clothes you don’t need for the season and put them in storage. You can use storage at home or even rent a storage unit if you have the need. You will undoubtedly feel a lot better after decluttering your closet, bathroom, and cosmetic bag. It is a great way to summon that springtime magic.

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How to Fold a Fitted Sheet

Everyone has fitted sheets at home and at the end of the day we all need to know how to fold our fitted sheets. We all use a fitted sheet for their elastic corners, which keep the sheet perfectly neat on the mattress. But, even though a fitted sheet is exceptionally convenient, it becomes a nuisance once we have to fold it. Whatever we do, the folding process always ends up messy, and the sheet is still crumpled, wrinkled, and all over the place.

However, we are here to tell you that folding your fitted sheets does not have to be a frustration anymore! We have figured out a way to do it neatly and quickly. Here are some tips and tricks on how to fold a fitted sheet and some advice on packing and maintaining it for later on.

The Rules of Folding a Fitted Sheet

Let us begin by saying that there are many types of fitted sheets – single, twin, queen, king, etc. There are also various materials fitted sheets can be made of -silk, cotton, Supima, etc. The good news is that whatever type of fitted sheet you have, our folding rules always remain the same. So, here are the steps that work every time:

Step #1

Make sure you have a clean (decluttered) surface to work on. It would be best to use a big table, for example. If you do not have a table big enough, feel free to use a mattress or even the floor. Once you have decided where this activity will take place, take your fitted sheet, put it on that clean surface, and be sure that the corners are folded up! If the sheet still looks messy at this point, do not worry; we will fix it in the next step.

Step #2

Now, it is time for folding. You should take one side of your sheet and fold it to the side, so the seams of the corner create an entirely new corner. Once you do this, your sheet is supposed to get an L-shaped fold that is running precisely along the two edges you created previously. Moreover, be sure that the elastic is on the inside of the fold.

Step #3

If you want your sheet to be nicely folded, you are probably doing that for two reasons – to make it look neat and to make more room for your belongings in your closet or wherever you plan on putting it. So, to do that, after finishing the two previously mentioned steps, make sure to smooth out any wrinkles. You can do that with your hands. Just run your hands over the entire sheet and smooth out all the surfaces, including the new creases you made when folding it.

beautiful and nicely folded bed sheets
Once you learn how to fold a fitted sheet, they will never look messy again.

Step #4

Once there are no wrinkles, you should fold the sheet into thirds vertically. First, take one (top) third of your sheet and fold it down, so the corners are tucked in. Smooth it out again with your hands. Then, take the other (bottom) part of your sheet and fold it up. You should end up with a long, thin rectangle sheet whose all corners and elastics are completely hidden inside the sheet.

Step #5

If you own a single or a twin fitted sheet, the previous four steps will do the folding trick. However, if you own a queen fitted sheet or even a king fitted sheet, you might need to do some more folding. Take that rectangle you made in the previous step, and fold it into a square once (if it is a queen sheet) or twice (if it is a king sheet) more.

A man trying to fold a fitted sheet.
When you learn how to fold a fitted sheet, it won’t be a nightmare any more

Traveling or Moving? Here is How to Pack Your Fitted Sheet

In case you are one of those people who, when traveling, like to bring their own sheets and pillow-cases, we got you covered. We guarantee that your fitted sheet will be folded nicely and in a way that it takes as little room as possible by following the previously mentioned steps.

However, if you are worried about how to move and pack the entire bedroom with ease, we got you covered too! When you pack your sheets (and other things like covers, duvets, blankets, pillow-cases, etc.), just make sure to fold them as neatly as possible. Then, once folded, wrap them in plastic wrap. The plastic wrap will keep them fresh and away from any potential stains. You can pack your sheets into boxes or just (once wrapped) place them over some other things in your moving truck.

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Whether you are traveling or moving, never pack wrinkled sheets!

Taking Care of Your Fitted Sheet

Let us not forget one thing – if you want your fitted sheets to remain clean, fresh, and neat, you must take care of them. Luckily, that is a breeze. All you have to do is toss your sheet into a washing machine. However, as tempting as it sounds to collect all your sheets together with other items like towels, blankets, cotton nightgowns, etc., do not do it! The lint from other fabrics will stay on your sheets. Thus, wash them separately! Also, when washing, add some fabric softener. If you can find one that is plant-based, your fitted sheet will come out of the washing machine brand new.

And, when it comes to drying your sheets, you have two options – take them outside or put them in a dryer. The first option will not work for everybody as we do not all have balconies and yards, nor do we all live in sunny areas. So, let us go for the second option – place your sheets in a dryer, but not at a high temperature. In the end, just ask yourself – to iron or not to iron? That depends on you! Iron your sheets if you like them to be crisp. If you do not care, do not bother ironing them at all. After you have learned to fold a fitted sheet, it may even not be necessary.

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Top 5 Reasons To Wear Slippers When You Get Home

When you get home, take your shoes off and put on our comfortable, cozy waffle weave slippers. They are the best! Here’s why it’s important to put on clean slippers and take your shoes off before entering your home.

  1. Protect your health!

Now more than ever, it is crucial to take care of our health. COVID-19 outbreak is a serious threat, and one of the reasons to leave shoes at the front door is to stop the spreading of bacteria and viruses in your home.

If you have small children or pets around the house, they probably spend a lot of time on the floor. By putting on our comfortable slippers and removing shoes before you enter the living room, you keep it clean and bacteria-free. The best way to additionally protect your kids is to get soft indoor booties to keep their feet warm.

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At the end of a long busy day, these comfy Slippers enjoy hugging weary feet!
  1. Avoid spreading dirt or damaging your floor

Besides preventing harmful bacteria or toxins from entering your home, leaving shoes at the front door will help you keep the dirt off your precious carpet! Another reason is to prevent any damage to the floor. If you wear large boots, they can often catch a few pebbles on the soles. Once you start walking on your hardwood floor, there is a chance it will get scratched. With that in mind, heavy boots off – cotton slippers on!

  1. Maintain clean hygiene

Besides doing everything you can to protect your health and boost your immune system, it is also crucial to keep foot hygiene at a higher level. Wearing shoes all day long will cause an unpleasant smell and sweating. Your feet need some time to relax and breathe.

One of the reasons shoes should be left at the front door is to prevent this issue and take care of your feet.

As soon as you come home, take your shoes off, and give a nice, bubbly bath to your feet. You can even apply a few massage moves to relax your soles and fingers. Feet play a crucial role in our health, so treat them with care.

a girl soaking in a bubble bath

  1. Show off your favorite embroidered slippers!

Even though the holidays are behind us, there is no reason to stop wearing those awesome vacation slippers you love so much! Many people like to buy colorful slippers with different designs and patterns on them, but no one gets to see them if you wear shoes all day long. Now that we are all working from home, you might as well show off your favorite designs.

the best embroidered slippers at home
show off your favorite slipper designs to your friends and family at home
  1. Set an example for your children

Kids are like sponges; they learn everything, good or bad. When we see a child who misbehaves, they have probably picked that up from someone close. Parents often unintentionally transfer their bad habits to children.

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Children love comfy clothes, introducing the new Zoe dress for your cute princess.

If you wish to raise your kids the right way, make sure to set an example for them. If they see you removing your shoes at the door, they will start doing it themselves. This is an excellent way to teach them proper manners, which may help them in the future. Some cultures take shoe rules very seriously. Set the precedent for them! Shoes off at the front door, slippers on. 🙂

Top 5 reasons shoes should be left at the front door 

Let’s do a quick summary of the top 5 reasons shoes should be left at the front door:

  1. it helps protect your health
  2. no dirt on the floor or your expensive rug
  3. it is easier to take care of hygiene
  4. show off your awesome slippers
  5. set an example for your children

Rest your tired feet at the end of a busy day to just hang out at home! You’ll want to slip them on from the moment you get home … every day.

White Waffle Weave Slippers
Pamper yourself in these soft ‘comfy pillow beds’ with a ribbed waterproof rubber sole for better grip.

Slippers are the way to go! Wear slippers as soon as you get home, stay clean and comfortable, and stop bringing in dirt from outdoors to your home. Spread love, treat yourself and a dear friend today, and have a great week!

 

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The Benefits of Sleeping in Cotton

The benefits of sleeping in cotton are endless but one thing for sure is we pride ourselves of producing quality cotton gifts at Jacaranda Living.

The phrase “sleeping like a baby” exists for a reason. Dosing off and waking up after a good eight hours’ sleep is now considered a luxury, thanks to the busy lifestyle we all lead. A glass of warm milk, a boring movie, ambient music, the sounds of rain, or complete darkness is not always enough to have a good night’s rest. Even though people are always looking for crafty ways to get themselves to sleep, one thing often gets overlooked. The quality of your bed sheets plays a crucial role in the quality of your sleep. With that in mind, let’s see what the benefits of sleeping in cotton are and why you should choose it as the material for your bedding.

Cotton is a Breathable Fabric

The number one reason everyone likes to sleep in cotton bedding is that the fabric is light and breathable. It is pure, natural material. People often wake up at night covered in sweat, which happens if you are sleeping in the wrong type of material. Cotton solves this problem. Moreover, for the same reason, it’s a perfect choice for bedding during summer.

Cotton linen is the best choice for your family.

However, cotton should also be your choice during winter. Since people usually crank up the heating once the snow falls, the temperature in the apartment or a house goes up overnight.

Cotton is Easy to Clean and Maintain

I have a really cute tissue box cover made of white cotton. I have been using it for a long time now, and every time I get it out of the washing machine, it looks pure and white, just like the first day.

White cotton tissue box covers are easy to clean and maintain. Just stick them in the wash with other whites and they come out just as new!

This is an excellent example of how easy it is to clean cotton. We sleep in cotton sheets, but a tissue box often gets from one hand to another, and it is so easy to get it dirty. Knowing that I can throw it in a washing machine without worrying about anything makes me really happy about using cotton for bedsheets as well.

Despite Being Light, Cotton is Very Durable

You might think that cotton will easily rip since it is so light. However, that’s not the case, especially when you consider the price. Natural cotton linen usually costs more than any other material for bedsheets, but it’s a great investment in the long run. It can last twice as any other bedding, so it will actually save you a few bucks. Also, considering how versatile the fabric is, it is not strange that people often choose to buy 100% cotton products as gifts for their loved ones, even if it costs them a little more.

It’s Soft and Cuddly

Now that we have covered all the more “technical” benefits of sleeping in cotton, let’s focus on the most exciting advantage; cotton is soft and cuddly! If you are looking for something snuggly for your little ones, there is no better choice for bedsheets and pillows.

Furthermore, cotton is a fantastic material for decorative pillows. We all know how easy it is to fall asleep in front of the TV, especially if you have the inviting cotton pillows to lean on. And knowing that washing cotton pillowcases is a piece of cake, they can easily be both decorative and useful.

Cotton Fabric is a Solution for People with Allergies

Since it is naturally hypoallergenic, cotton linen is the go-to solution for people with allergies. If you have sensitive skin and you cannot sleep because you are itchy all over your body, buying cotton bedding will make your problems go away as if they never existed.

Since it’s a natural fabric, the use of cotton reduces the chances of skin irritation to minimum. And if you have allergies, our embroidered cotton tissue box covers are a pretty way to cover your tissues! 🙂

You Will Sleep Better

Considering all the benefits of cotton linen, you will sleep better. It keeps you warm during winter and cools your down in summer. It is light, durable, and soft, making it comfortable and, therefore, an ideal option for sleeping. This fabric is also a must for your sleeping garments – cotton pajamas, nightgowns, bathrobes, etc. And not just for sleeping, many people prefer clothes made of cotton because they are comfortable, pleasant to wear, and easy to maintain.

With cotton bedding and sleepwear, there is no need to worry whether you will have a good night’s rest or not.

Different Uses of Cotton Fabric

While we are on the subject of cotton’s usefulness, let’s talk about the different ways to use cotton and get the most out of it.

It can protect your belongings from dust and dirt

If you are placing some of your belongings in a self-storage unit, the number one issue is dust. The longer they stay inside, the more dust forms on the surface. Unless you plan to clean the storage every few days, getting cotton covers and placing them over your things is a smart idea. Simply speaking, you get all the benefits and avoid problems with self-storage units. Well, at least some of the problems you can easily solve with cotton covers.

Are you painting your house? No problem.

By following the same example as before, you can use cotton covers to protect beds and other furniture while painting the ceiling or walls in your home. Since they are so easy to clean, you don’t have to worry about paint spilling anywhere.

The Benefits of Sleeping in Cotton Explained!

You should try a lot of materials before you find the right choice for your bedding. However, consider the benefits of sleeping in cotton mentioned above before you purchase anything else. We have a lot of solutions for you at Jacaranda Living. We’re all about cotton! Have fun picking out gifts this year for your loved ones, and remember the benefits of sleeping in cotton. Once you go cotton, you never go back!

To Iron or Not to Iron, That is the Question

a woman holding a black iron

The dilemma of whether you should iron or not has probably sprung up in your mind every time you have had to iron two loads of laundry before work, sleep, lunch, etc. Should we really iron every single piece of clothing? What about bed linen, pillowcases, towels, and other things that nobody in the world outside of your home would know or care whether it is ironed or not? Is ironing absolutely necessary, or is it a remnant of housecleaning times that are long gone? Read on if you want to find out what you should iron and the benefits of doing so.

Why do people iron clothes?

If you were to ask your friends and family members if they iron their clothes, you would probably get different answers – it depends; yes, absolutely; no, never… This shows that the conundrum is almost as existential as Hamlet’s famous ‘to be or not to be’ – some people prefer the tidiness and order that ironed clothes project. In contrast, others do not care about their appearances that much or perhaps think that you cannot tell whether something is ironed or not in the first place.

Of course, for important professional or family events, wrinkled clothing can leave a terrible impression. You probably wouldn’t trust a financial advisor with your money if he showed up to work wearing a sloppy, creased shirt and hanging trousers. Whether your shirt is ironed or wrinkled can move the scales toward you nailing or messing up your job interview. Particular social norms have to be adhered to on certain occasions, and ironing is, in those cases, mandatory.

Should I iron my Jacaranda Living sleepwear?to iron or not to iron jacaranda living sleepwear

Ok, so you might want your nightgowns and pajamas that you wear to be ironed. If you like your sleepwear to be crisp then yes iron it, it’s 100% cotton so will be wrinkled out the dryer. If you hang them when damp the wrinkling is minimized, and a quick smoothing with your hands when they come out of a warm dryer works wonders!

crisp white cotton ironed pajamas

But what about T-shirts, jeans, shorts, dresses, and other casual clothing? And what about bed linen, table linen, towels, pillowcases, bathrobes, and other such items?

The ‘to iron or not to iron’ dilemma usually pops up in times when you urgently have to iron your shirt right in the middle of something else that you have to do in your home.

a man in yellow PVC safety suit next to an ironing board and iron

The ‘non-ironing’ school of thought

People who dislike ironing note that ironing everyday clothes is unnecessary because you do not have to look spick and span every time you leave your home. You may not even know who your neighbors are, not to mention that you may not care whether they iron regularly or not. This kind of thinking is completely justified in this day and age, and luckily we live in a world where your personal appearances are becoming less and less important.

Proponents of the non-ironing approach to living further argue their case by saying that what one does not see, one does not know about. So, clothes such as socks, underwear, and other such garments and household items such as bed linen, bath towels, and others definitely fit into this worldview.

Some people avoid ironing clothes such as jeans or underwear because they feel it does not make a difference.

a green iron standing on a white jacket

In light of this, some ‘non-ironists’ swear by the following technique – leaving your clothes to dry on hangers. If you previously shake off the piece of clothing and put it properly on a hanger, it can flatten out the fabric and thus leave your shirts, pants, and dresses looking as if they were ironed.

Interestingly, there are products on the market that could eliminate even this ‘natural’ drying method. You might consider getting a wrinkle release spray or automatic ironer, a device that uses warm air to dry and iron your shirts and blouses. You just set the timer, and before you know it, you are ready for a new day at the office. The manufacturers of automatic ironers note that this appliance saves money, time (and sanity for some), and is also more gentle to the fabric.

The ironing school of thought

There are, of course, people for whom even unironed socks are anathema. Tidy people and people who have to keep up their appearances have integrated ironing into their daily lives, just like brushing your teeth or showering. However, there is more to ironed clothing than projecting you are self-disciplined and well ordered.

Organizing your personal space is not simply a matter of being meticulous with your personal belongings. It has a convenient purpose, as well. For instance, if you have to move out from your apartment, washing and ironing your clothing beforehand will make packing much easier since you will be able to stack your clothing without taking up too much space. You may even considerably shorten the process of packing if you decide to give away clothing that no longer fits or is too old and rugged.

Some people enjoy ironing because it gives them a feeling of control over their things.

a woman smiling while ironining

On the other hand, ironing is crucial if you want to make sure that your clothes and sleepwear do not carry any germs, mold, or skin parasites such as dust mites. As an example, steam irons kill bacteria and germs efficiently since they reach extremely high temperatures. Especially if you have little kids, it is necessary to iron bed linen, pillowcases, and any other thing they might reach, such as baby door hangers or tissue boxes. These things tend to soak up dust and other potentially dangerous substances fairly quickly, so ironing them provides extra protection against germs and bacteria.

ironing pillowcases and bed linen

Naturally, there are other benefits to ironing your clothing. Firstly, steam ironing softens the fabric and returns stretched clothes to its original state. This makes your clothing look as if it has just been bought. Not to mention how much money you would save on dry cleaning, especially if you have a white-collar job where crisp white shirts are mandatory. Additionally, dry cleaning services use chemicals to clean your clothes. That is why dry cleaning should be used only sparingly as it is meant for those items of clothing that cannot be washed and ironed at home.

Finally, we are not being ironic when we say that, no matter if you are an ironist or a non-ironist, it is crucial to know whether and under which circumstances to iron or not to iron.

 

 

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Five Tips for Packing Cosmetics

The time has come to pack for the relocation to your new home. Don’t forget that you should pack some of your cosmetics and toiletries last. This is so important because you need to stay organized before the big move! Plus, you will need those toiletries (most likely) until the last minute and shortly after you relocate. Properly packing cosmetics is vital for their safe transport and your peace of mind. Here at Jacaranda Living, we love cosmetic bags, cosmetic cases, makeup pouches and all things that help you keep your personal belongings neat and in place.

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Convenient for travel or for everyday use. This functional Cosmetic Case only comes in one size. It has a sturdy top zipper with “heart” shaped sliders and a single inside compartment that has inner waterproof lining.

Tip #1: Know your daily routine and make a list

Before anything else, you should know when and what to pack. If you go through your daily routine, you will get a clear image of which items you should pack last. Several necessary cosmetics products should wait outside the moving box until the moving day morning. All must-have items should go into the bag or backpack you’ll carry on your person, so make sure you wrap them tightly.

Take some time to make a (short) list of essential items if you’re unsure which ones you use daily. Don’t worry if you put away something you might need soon after you move in. If there is anything important that you can’t find in your moving boxes right after the move, you can always purchase it online during sales and promotions. When it comes to cosmetics and toiletries, there are the items you use every day and those you need only on special occasions. Moving day is not one of those occasions. You will want to feel comfortable, and we’re sure that doesn’t require several layers of makeup or hair spray. You are unlikely to use such products within the first few weeks after the move, so you should pack them first. We love embroidered natural linen cosmetic bags because they are less likely to get dirty (compared to white waffle) but regardless, you can throw both fabrics in the wash to get clean if they get dirty along the move.

cosmetic bag natural linen
Natural Linen (with inner plastic lining). Convenient for travel (especially when packing and organizing!) and everyday use. These Natural Linen Cosmetic Bags have a sturdy top zipper with a “star” slider and a single inside compartment that is plastic lined. Custom monogramming can be added for an extra cost. Please contact us at info@jacarandaliving.com to do it for you.

Tip #2: Declutter before you pack

The less space your moving boxes take, the less you are likely to pay for the move. Saving on the moving costs starts with smart packing, and that is where our toiletry bags come in. Moving is also an excellent opportunity to check what you have and dispose of the excess. If you have too much makeup in good condition, give them away to your friends. That is already one bag fewer to pack!

Most of us buy XL packages of favorite toiletries, and they are often less than half full when we need to move or travel. Ideally, you should pour the liquids into smaller bottles and get rid of bulky packaging before packing. Also, remove your tissue box covers to see how many wipes you have left and place them in a resealable plastic bag to save space. Most importantly, check the expiry dates on your cosmetics. If your makeup has dried out or changed color or scent, don’t waste your time packing it. Get a trash bag into the bathroom with you, check your beauty items piece by piece, and dispose of everything you’re not going to use after the move.

cosmetic bag waffle weave
White Waffle Weave (with inner plastic lining). Beautiful embroidery designs – choose your favorite! A range of sizes to choose from too. The fabric is 100% cotton and easy to wash and dry in the machine.

Tip #3: Get the right moving box

There are various moving containers in the market today made to fit every moving need. You have a choice when it comes to packing cosmetics and toiletries: you can either use cardboard or plastic moving bins. Cardboard boxes are lighter and easy to come by for free. However, take into consideration the safety of your belongings. If one of the more massive pieces of furniture leans on your box with cosmetics, your bottles with liquids may break, soaking not only the cardboard box but all nearby boxes and belongings.

Plastic moving bins, on the other hand, are sturdy, water-proof, and air-tight. They also come in various sizes. While they are not as inexpensive as cardboard boxes, they are worth the price. Not only are they versatile and reusable, but you can easily clean and disinfect them as well. That is something you can’t do with regular cardboard boxes.

Moreover, getting the right moving container before you start packing cosmetics will also help you unpack systematically to save time after the move. The good thing about methodically packed plastic bins is that you don’t even need to empty them. Use them as a container for your toiletries even after you relocate. These floral printed cosmetic bags make it easy to pack because of the plastic lining and waterproof exterior.

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Striking colors with happy, digitally printed designs! Go ahead and make a statement at home or while traveling.

Tip #4: Have a system for packing cosmetics

Even though your movers will do everything in their power to ensure smooth loading and unloading, you should wrap your cosmetics tightly. Unscrew the cap, put plastic wrap over the opening, place the cap back, and tighten it. You can always put bottles with liquids of the same type, such as shower gels, in a resealable zipper bag. When it comes to your powdery cosmetics, make sure you don’t leave any space between their packaging. You can use cotton pads as a buffer for your compact mirror, blush, face powder, and similar items. Don’t hesitate to tape the packaging if you worry it’ll open and spill out in transport. If your moving box is too large for its contents, you can use your decorative pillows as the padding material.

Another essential thing to keep in mind is the temperature. If you’re moving during the summer season, note that the moving vans are not climate-controlled. If you leave the box(es) with cosmetics and toiletries in a truck, you risk a few things. High temperatures can cause some of the product packaging to burst. Some temperature-sensitive items can melt, causing their ingredients to separate and, thus, become ineffective. Also, high temperatures can affect your makeup’s quality (and color), so don’t expose your high-end items to the extremes.

Tip #5: Label the box with cosmetics

Making an inventory and labeling your moving containers comes as the last but not the least important tip. Once the moving day is over, there is nothing people need more than to freshen up. Searching for the box with toiletries in the sea of other boxes is the last thing you will need at that moment. Unless you’re moving your cosmetics bags in your car, clearly label the container and mark it as “Fragile.” You can use a specially colored tape to mark this box and find it quickly when needed.

Clearly labeling your box will ensure that nothing else is stacked upon your sensitive belongings, especially during unloading of the moving van. As long as your container with toiletries is on top of other boxes, the items within tightly closed and buffered, your items will arrive safely to your new home.

mermaid cosmetic bag
Convenient for travel, moving homes and for everyday use. This Waffle Weave Cosmetic Bag has a sturdy top zipper with a “star” slider and a single inside compartment that is plastic lined.

Have a safe move and enjoy picking your favorite type of bag to hold all your precious belongings at Jacaranda Living. Be well!