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Christmas Decor for a Small Apartment

Living in a small apartment doesn't offer many options for elaborate holiday decor. With a little ingenuity, however, I've created a lovely holiday-themed apartment. A miniature lighted Christmas tree carefully placed on my side table greets visitors as they enter my home. Making good use of my front room window, I have adorned it with decor, using tinsel and garland, as well as miniature stockings hung with suction cups. As a festive alternative, you might try hanging shiny ornaments on the window in much the same way. If your apartment is designed with a staircase, decorate the banister. Use garland, tinsel, holly or even holiday greeting cards. Finally, if your apartment is furnished with a fireplace, decorate the mantel. I've placed a two-foot tall animated and musical Santa on my mantel. I hope my blog gives you some fun decorating ideas for your small home.


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Have Hard Water? 3 Clues You Can Find In The Bathroom

by Luke Patterson

You might have heard of what a pain hard water can be, but you might be unsure of whether or not this is a problem in your home. Luckily, there are a few signs that you can look for all over the house to determine if you have hard water, but the best place to start is in your bathroom. If you notice any of these clues in your bathroom, it might be time to call a plumber to come out and install a water softener in your home.

1. Rings That You Can't Get Rid Of

First of all, take a look at your toilet and your bathtub. Do you have rings that you can't get rid of, no matter how hard you scrub? If so, hard water could be the culprit. The mineral deposits can leave unsightly rings if hard water is left in contact for too long, such as with the water that stands in the bowl of your toilet or that stays in your tub when you take a long, relaxing bath. You can look for a bathroom cleaner that is designed to target mineral rings, or you can use an abrasive cleaner and a lot of elbow grease, but the problem is sure to continue coming back if you don't do something about the hard water in your home.

2. Clogged Shower Head

It's not abnormal for your shower head to become clogged over time, but you shouldn't have to clean it on a constant basis. If you find that you are dealing with reduced water pressure, or if your shower head appears to be clogged with grime, it could be due to hard water.

3. Dirty Plumbing Fixtures

Your sink faucets and other plumbing fixtures look best when they are clean and shiny. If you have trouble keeping them that way even when cleaning your bathroom regularly, you probably have hard water. When hard water splashes onto brass, bronze or other plumbing fixtures, it can leave unsightly streaks and residue. You can use a dryer sheet to clean them off for now, but if you don't want to continue having such a hard time keeping your plumbing fixtures clean, your best course of action is probably to install a water softener.

A water softener is an essential in many homes. If you aren't sure if you need one or not, check your bathroom for these solid clues.