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May 9 2016

The Springtime Scents of Aromatherapy

aromatherapy-scentsSpringtime brings many things; from gentle April showers to fields of wildflowers, this season is full of scents and sounds. However, rain stops, and flowers fade, leaving behind faint memories in their wake. Baking cookies evoke different memories in different people, from warm memories to off-putting ones.  Different smells have long been known to evoke strong feelings in people, driving an entire field of study devoted to scents and how they affect us.  Aromatherapy uses various fragrances to help balance and support a person’s mental health and well-being  and we, your friends from Crucial Vacuum would like to help you improve that. Continue reading »

Apr 29 2016

Gardening with Compost 101: Making Compost and Storage

garden-compost-gardenLast time, we here at Crucial Vacuum talked about how to get a garden up and running if your space is limited. This time, we’re going to discuss a way to make your garden better than you ever thought it could be. This doesn’t just apply to apartment gardeners. If you’re starting a backyard (or front yard!) garden, these tips will come in handy for you as well. We’re talking about compost, or Black Gold. Continue reading »

Apr 20 2016

DIY Apartment Garden: The Essentials

apartment-gardening-mainOne 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 »

Mar 24 2016

Spring Cleaning pt 2: The Essential Decluttering Tips

Spring Cleaning Decluttering tipsLast 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.

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Mar 16 2016

Spring Cleaning pt. 1: Where to Begin?

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Mother Nature has finally begun to relent and release her icy grip on the Northern Hemisphere. While this is great because it means warmer weather and no more scraping ice from your car window, it also means the annual chore that we all approach with hesitation. Yes, we’re talking about Spring Cleaning.

If you own your own home, there are certain things that you should do every spring to protect the investment you have in your property. The first part of spring cleaning isn’t jumping right in with a broom. It’s about inspecting those things that might have gotten damaged over the winter. This means looking over your roof, your attic, and your basement. So let’s get started and work from top to bottom.

(Keep in mind that everything here can be done by a contractor if you choose. Licensed roofers and contractors are more than happy to do them, but with a free afternoon, you can save yourself quite a bit of money by doing it yourself. )

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