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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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Keep Your Clothes Dryer Working and Safe with These Tips

by Luke Patterson

Your clothes dryer is probably not something you think much about. However, improper care can lead to premature machine failure and in some cases increase the risk of fire. That's why it's a good idea to pay attention to the following suggestions.

Empty the Lint Trap

If you're like many, you toss clothing in the dryer directly from the washer and go about your business, forgetting that the lint trap even exists. In fact, you might not even know where the lint trap is. However, it is vital that you empty the lint trap every single time you use the dryer. Failing to do so will lead to buildup, which is a fire risk, but even if a fire doesn't start, other problems can ensue. The dryer will need to work harder due lack of proper airflow, and that can very well cause early failure of the entire machine. Therefore, check the lint trap before or after every dry cycle. If you don't know where the lint trap is located, consult your owner's manual. Don't have a manual? Check the website of your dryer manufacturer; they should have an online version for you to consult.

Get Everything Out of Pockets

At the end of a busy day, throwing clothes into laundry baskets or hampers is an easy thing to do. However, you might forget a slip of paper or a piece of gum that you left in a pocket. Full pockets finding their way into your washer and dryer is even more likely if you've got small children.

This might seem like a minor annoyance, but realize that the things in your pockets could have a negative effect on your dryer. Wet bits of paper, for instance, could clog dryer drum holes and make the machine less efficient or put the dryer at risk of fire. The same is true of crayons and gum that melt during the drying cycle.

To avoid this, make a point of checking every pocket before washing laundry. If you forget, wait until the drying cycle is complete and the machine is cool, and then use your vacuum's handheld attachment to lift any debris; if you see gum or other sticky debris, pry it off with a butter knife.

With these tips, you should be able to avoid trouble with your dryer. Consult an appliance-repair contractor such as Arnie's Dependable Appliance Repair if you have any concerns or notice anything out of the ordinary.