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The rate at which we are exhausting the world of its resources and natural materials is finally starting to take an obvious toll. Ironically, it is always the biggest, most global problems that are the easiest to ignore. I suppose they just don’t feel real enough unless they are on our doorstep. Increasingly however, these issues are beginning to invade our lives on a daily basis- proving that when scientists, politicians and the media talk about a planet in crisis- they do actually mean us.

So what can we do about it? Well, like charity and kindness, recycling also begins at home. You may think that your contribution is too small and ineffectual to make a difference but if every home started doing their bit, think of the effect the 66 million people in this country alone could have! People power really does exist; it just requires one person or one event to be the catalyst- today that could be you.

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Let’s keep it really simple and deal with one form of home recycling per article for the next couple of months. Small steps are not difficult but they eventually add up. Today we will talk about home composting.

Home composting helps to protect the environment in a variety of ways. It reduces the amount of organic waste that normally goes into your brown bins, which in turn also reduces the number of visits our collection vehicles make to composting sites to unload—reducing fuel and noise pollution. Home composting has been practiced for many yearsbaby pillows, and provides a dark, soil-like substance that is used to enrich garden soil and nourish houseplants.

Every bit of household waste that is composted reduces the need for landfills, making our environment greener and cleaner. By producing your own compost it also avoids dependency on chemical-based composts and also helps to preserve valuable peat land habitat.

The types of things able to be used as compost include- uncooked kitchen waste, fruit and vegetable peelings, tea bags, egg shells, coffee grounds, grass clippings, prunings hedge clippings, weeds, dead plants, fallen leaves, shredded newspaper, cardboard, egg boxes, kitchen paper and vegetarian animal bedding.

A long list indeed, there are however, some things that must not be included in your compost. The list goes- metals, plastic, glass, diseased plants, nappies, cat or dog faeces, cat litter, barbecue or coal ash, cooked food, plate scrapings, meat, fish, dairy products and old drapes or any other similar fabric.

Depending on factors like the types of materials used, the climate where you live and the amount you are making, your compost can take anything from six weeks to a year before it is ready. Softer items such as grass decompose faster than woody material but both types should be added to ensure a good mix.

No, accelerators or enhancers are not necessary as the required enzymes and bacteria are naturally occurring and plentiful within your compost bin; just make sure you position your heap so that it gets adequate sunlight, which speeds up the effect of the enzymes. If it ever becomes too dry you can always throw some tarpaulin or even an old large rug.

Many people will probably have concerns about the smell produced by a nearby compost heap. Surprisingly, most compost does not smell. However, if the bin is stuffed with grass clippings it may do. To prevent this add a layer of torn newspaper, card, straw or hedge clippings to every bin liner of grass added and the problem should not occur. Also remember to periodically fork your heap to avoid it becoming too compacted and you should have no problems at all.

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When we moved into our new house, I decided that I wouldn’t just share completed spaces, but the process behind the rooms. The decorating process can be slow, but it’s so rewarding to see it come together. Today I’m sharing my decorating process with you for Ani’s room, without carefully crafted photos. I hope you enjoy the behind-the-scenes look of how I design a room from start to finish.I always start with an image or two of how I want the room to?feel. It’s not necessarily how I want the room to look. Yes, I am incorporating butterflies into Ani’s room, but I like the way this space feels. Relaxed, bright, & collected.I’m sure most would start designing a space with furniture, but I usually start with decor, although it could be a piece of furniture. For me, a room starts with a few essential pieces I can’t live without. You know, those pieces you’re willing to splurge on & can’t stop thinking about. It sets the tone for the space & gives me a backdrop to build upon.This is the start of Ani’s bedroom decor. I HAD to have the pinboard. I made one for Adalyn’s room, but as soon as I saw the scalloped shape of this pinboard, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. It’s a great investment piece because it could also be used in an office or kitchen. I love it so much that it didn’t even occur to me to look at the dimensions. It’s a little larger than I anticipated, but that’s alright, because I convinced Chris that a larger dresser was in order anyways! This sideboard/dresser will be relocated to the guest bedroom.I wanted to add a touch of color to Ani’s room & I’m doing it through the decorative ruffle pillow & curtains. I splurged on the ruffled pillowcase?during a 20% off sale, ?but purchased the down insert for just $4 at the Restoration Hardware Outlet. The ruffle will give the room a feminine touch & I like to find little ways to personalize the room, like monogram.The last two essential pieces are the “brass”?chandelier lamp?& ruffled velvet drapes. I?am a firm believer in blackout curtains for toddlers. They are a dream at nap time, making the room feel dark. I found the color, texture & ruffle draping on the floor irresistible. I was unsuccessful at finding a lot of lamps that wowed me. I am addicted to chandeliers & thought this?lamp?would be a fun way to bring one into the room.The brass jewelry tray is also a versatile piece. It can be used on her dresser or hung as a small mirror or art. It, along with the butterfly jewelry dish, were great inexpensive estate sale finds!I also found these lilac floral sheets from Target for a beautiful, whimsical touch.Find balance when decorating a room – purchasing a few more expensive items can elevate bargain buys. I have no shame in antiquing, thrifting & shopping on Craigslist! Aniston’s bed was a Craigslist find & I found her desk at a thrift store. I painted them to make them feel cohesive. Sure, I could just purchase everything from my inspiration image, but it wouldn’t be personalized & therefore not feel as warm. Not to mention, it would be expensive! This chandelier was another Craigslist find – it’s solid brass & less expensive than the current faux versions. And yes, I can’t wait to take care of that popcorn!