Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week

Spring is the perfect time to shake things up around your home. Whether you are looking for a big change in the living room or just some new bedding, LTD Commodities has what you need to refresh your space. Try some blackout patio curtains that look great while they help you control the amount of light in the room. Sink caddies organize your kitchen or bath, and you can add comfort to any floor with a runner designed to fit in a corner. Here are the Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week.

 

Big Pine Lodge Collection will give your home that rustic cabin appeal.

Big Pine Lodge Collection will give your home that rustic cabin appeal.

At 112" wide, this Blackout Patio Curtain covers a patio door or a pair of French doors.

At 112″ wide, this Blackout Patio Curtain covers a patio door or a pair of French doors.

68" x 68" Berber Corner Runners add texture and flair to every area of your home.

68″ x 68″ Berber Corner Runners add texture and flair to every area of your home.

Keep kitchen sponges and scrubbers close at hand with this Set of 2 Sink Caddies.

Keep kitchen sponges and scrubbers close at hand with this Set of 2 Sink Caddies.

6 Things to Do to Winterize Your Home

483590383We’re starting to feel the chill of fall and it’s only going to get colder. It’s just a matter of time before it’s time to turn on the heat and pull out the wool sweaters and layer discount bedding to keep warm at night. But our homes need to transition, too. Here are 6 things you need to do to winterize your home to save energy and money.

Insulation It’s easy to forget how much money we can save in heating costs with insulation. You may already have insulation in your walls and attic, but you may be able to add more to reduce energy consumption.  Energy.gov has a guide on where your house should be insulated to minimize energy use. If you want to take an extra step toward lower heating bills, you can also use a thermal insulation blanket for your water heater to trap heat and prevent it from escaping too quickly during winter months.

Roof Do a spot check of the rooftop. Check for wear and damage and if there are any missing shingles. Around the chimney, make sure the flashing is intact and that it’s not a source for drafts or leaks.

Clean out gutters and downspouts so they’re free of leaves and debris; with clean gutters, rain and melting snow won’t get trapped on your roof and cause water damage. The downspouts should drain at least five feet from your home’s foundation to prevent water from leaking into your house.

winter-curtainsDoors and Windows Caulking and weather stripping your windows can cut down on energy costs significantly. Alternatively, indoor window insulating kits work very well for the winter to keep cold air out of your home. They require a lot less work than caulking and weather stripping, but plastic may not suit your home décor. Consider heavy drapes or curtains to mask the plastic for the winter months. Plastic insulation doesn’t work for exterior doors; weather stripping at the sides and bottoms of doors is your best bet.

Heating System Before it gets cold, turn on your heat to make sure it’s working properly. If it doesn’t kick on, you can try to figure out what the problem is on your own with a little bit of troubleshooting, but if you’re not confident with your home improvement skills, call a service technician to check it out before it gets cold and he gets busy. If it is working properly, make sure to change your air filter once a month and clean the heating vents.

Plumbing In cold weather climates, frozen pipes are a serious problem. When pipes freeze, they sometimes burst, causing costly damage. It’s not as much of a problem in the middle of the house where it’s generally warm in the winter, but in colder parts of your home like the basement and crawlspaces, insulate your pipes with foam insulation. For exterior pipes and faucets, drain the pipes and shut off the water supply. Automatic sprinkler systems require a professional to drain the underground pipes.

When you travel for the holidays and you turn off your heat, remember to also turn off your water. This might save you from coming home to expensive repairs.

fireplaceChimney and Fireplace Chimneys attract critters during the summer months; make sure squirrels and pigeons haven’t made a home there and it’s clear of any other obstructions. Make sure the flue opens and closes properly. When both of those things are done, make sure your chimney draws out smoke. You can do this by burning a few newspapers to create smoke. If your living room fills with smoke, there’s likely creosote buildup and you’ll need to bring in a professional chimney sweep to clean it out.

Winterizing is a big project. You can save time by having an energy audit done on your home. Though it costs a little bit extra, having a certified professional come in and figure all the leaks and areas you missed may save you a lot of money on energy costs in the long run.

LTD Commodities has everything you need to make your home cute and cozy this winter. From baby toys to quilts to keep you warm, shop LTD Commodities for the best products at the lowest prices.

4 Creative Ideas to Use a Curtain to Simplify Your Home

curtain-ltdCurtains are unsung accessories for the home. They cover up the windows to keep outsiders from looking in, but they can do so much more. Here are 4 creative ideas to use a curtain to simplify your home.

Room Divider

Whether you’re making one bedroom into two for your kids or you want to separate your office space from your living space, a carefully thought out curtain is a great do-it-yourself option.

For the kids’ room: It’s functional decoration – not only will the curtain provide privacy to each child, but it also provides an opportunity to add colors or shapes to reflect each child’s personality and taste.

For the office: While it doesn’t drown out the noise, an appropriate curtain room divider gives the illusion of an office and adds a wall to cut off chaos. A curtain can create a separation of your personal life and your work life even when you’re doing it all at home.

Shelf Concealer

If you’re looking to cover casino online up clutter or you just want to create more visual order to your living space, consider using curtains as shelf concealers. For small spaces, this a great idea – especially if you have a lot of papers and bills as necessary clutter. But even for large spaces, to be able to close a curtain on disheveled shelves is a cleanup time-saver.

Closet Door

Much like hiding a shelf, a curtain hides entire closets. In small spaces, opening and closing doors takes up space a curtain conveniently avoids. The other benefit to a curtain closet door — in addition to hiding clutter and unmentionables – is it’s much cheaper and far less work to install a curtain rather than a door.

canopyBed Canopy

One of the most elegant additions to make to a bed is a canopy. Not everyone has a four-poster bed to hang a canopy from, but it’s just as easy to hang a canopy without the four-poster; all you need is a sheer curtain and a couple of curtain rods and you’ll be sleeping like a princess. The beauty of this particular canopy is it’s classy enough for an adult room and frilly enough for a girl’s room. While it doesn’t actually simplify your life, this curtain may just add a little charm to it.

Curtains are a cure-all to DIY home improvement and design. While it’s an inexpensive solution to many problem areas around the house, it also adds a layer of design options. Curtains come in all sorts of colors and patterns – putting up a curtain is like being able to wallpaper or paint without all the work and mess – the functional part is just a bonus. DIY Simplify = Curtains.

4 Ways to Spend Mother’s Day Outside

Mom’s special day is Sunday — and now that the flowers are blooming and the sun is shining why not celebrate your mother and mother nature? Here are 4 ways to spend Mother’s Day outside.

Mothers-Day-HikeAdventure

Go on a family hike. Getting close to Mother Nature with your mother gives the family the opportunity to interact in a way that’s more social than celebrating in a crowded restaurant. You learn new things about the earth and about each other when you replace the noise of cars and cell phone with chirping birds and babbling brooks. Nature surrounds just about every community and there are options for adventure on your own, but you can also go the guided route. Not too far from the urban landscape of Detroit, in Ann Arbor, MI, a guided wildflower hike is offered in Black Pond Woods. Moms get to go free of charge.

Historical

In just about every community there is an historical society ready to celebrate Mother’s Day. At Old World Wisconsin outside of Milwaukee, they hold a Mother’s Day brunch 1890’s style every year. After experiencing a 19th century meal in a barn mothers and families stroll through the village and discover what it was like to live on a farmstead in the 1800s. The bonus is admission is free for moms on Mother’s Day, but you don’t have to go all the way to Wisconsin to have an old fashioned outing; there are many similar historical experiences around the country and like Old World Wisconsin you can try.

Mothers-Day-ConcertArts & Culture

All around the country concerts are being held in parks and in gardens on Mother’s Day. Even if your mom isn’t a music enthusiast, an outdoor concert can be a relaxing way for mom to spend a day with the whole family. In Richmond, VA, the Richmond Concert Band entertains guests on the lawn of Agecroft Hall where people are welcome to bring chairs, relax on blankets and bring food for a picnic. It can also be an inexpensive celebration – like the one in Richmond, a lot of outdoor concerts are free.

Agricultural

You don’t have to give mom flowers to celebrate Mother’s Day with flowers – a trip to the botanic garden is a gift and an activity mom will appreciate. Almost every city has a botanic garden or an arboretum where you can celebrate a beautiful spring day with Mom. Some botanic gardens have special events for Mom’s special day. At the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, FL, they hold a Mother’s Day Tea every year so Mom can spend the afternoon enjoying scones, music and flowers outside. If nature is something your mother treasures, there are birds, butterflies and orchids you can adopt in her name.Mothers-Day-Botanic-Gardens

There are many ways to celebrate your mother, but with May weather and summer sun on its way, a Mother’s Day outside may be the way to make it a day to remember.