One of the great joys of summertime is going out to your own tomato vine, pulling a fresh fruit from the plant and devouring it with a little drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Couple this with a few other select vegetables, and your summer meals will forever be changed. Of course, before you can harvest anything, you must plant it. That’s where Crucial Vacuum wants to help you. Over the next couple of months, we’ll be talking about how to set up a garden, dealing with common garden pests in safe and organic ways, and some great ideas for garden crops you might not have thought of. We’ll also cover how to store crops for the cold winter and getting a jump on next year’s garden. This week, we’re going to discuss the challenges and opportunities for creating a new apartment garden. Continue reading »
Ah, coffee. The ways in which we drink it are as varied as we are: cream, sugar, half-and-half, a dot of chocolate, or just black, the variations are endless. And for those of us who enjoy a cup of joe at home, there are multiple ways to create that perfect cup as well. Today we’re going to look at and compare the four most popular methods: standard drip, pour-over, presses (including Aeropress and French presses), and percolators. Continue reading »
Last week we at Crucial Vacuum, covered tips on how to clean some of the toughest spots in your house. This week, we’re going to get you going on how to move from room to room like a cleaning dervish, leaving behind a clean streak in your wake. With these spring cleaning tips, your annual cleaning spree should go off without a hitch. Just remember that having your spring cleaning go smoothly lies in having a plan and using the right tools for the job. Running in with a bucket of water and a sponge will only lead to frustration. That isn’t to say that cleaning requires hundreds of dollars in expensive gadgets either. Here are some things to get you started. Continue reading »
Welcome back to our 4 part series on Spring Cleaning. This week, we’re going to talk about actual cleaning and some tips on tackling the tough spots when it comes to cleaning. These are areas like your HVAC registers or radiators, under the fridge and stove, and your window blinds. In general, these are the spots that leave people shaking their heads or cleaning inefficiently or incorrectly. Let’s get to it!:
Last week in our Spring Cleaning series, we at Crucial discussed a great starting point for your annual cleaning spree: checking your roof and crawl spaces. This week we’re going to get you started on that spring decluttering. You know, the annual, “Do I really need to keep this Summer ’12 Pottery Barn catalog?” (Hint: unless you participated in making the catalog, probably not). We’re going to cover some great decluttering tips to get you started and touch on some things you definitely shouldn’t do. After all, whether you live in a one-bedroom apartment or a 16-room mansion, decluttering is a big job and intensely personal. Also, keep in mind that spring cleaning isn’t usually a one weekend job unless you live in a studio apartment. A proper spring clean can take twenty hours of work to do. Spacing that out over a few weekends can really help keep the job from stressing you out.