Tips for Maintaining Your Book Collection

Jul 17

Not ready to give up your growing book collection? Besides investing in a quality bookshelf, there are several things you can do to ensure that your investment will last for decades, so your children can still enjoy them.

  • Determine if the book is made with acidic paper. There are deacidification sprays and interleaving sheets sold at hobby shops if you are concerned about the deteriorating quality of the paper of your books.
  • Place paperbacks in archival-quality storage. You can go the extra mile by investing in bags or covers specially made for protecting books.
  • Do not pile books on top of one another. Some book lovers will not have enough space to store everything, so they will cram everything if there is some tiny space left. Maybe it is time to buy a new shelf or move the books to another room so they do not get damaged.
  • Do not place books in areas where there is direct sunlight. Even paper can get damaged when exposed to ultraviolet rays. Place the bookshelf away from windows or invest in closed cabinets to protect it from the elements.
  • Do not place books near sources of heat. Books are made from flammable materials, so it is common sense not to place them in the kitchen, near electrical outlets, and any home appliance, gadget, or fixture that produces or emits heat.
  • Regulate the temperature and humidity around your book collection. High humidity and high temperatures can damage books over time. How do you determine if it is safe for your books? Try staying in the area for 10 minutes and see if you feel uncomfortable. The most acceptable range is at 35% relative humidity.
  • Books should not be stored in areas that are excessively dry or humid. This is just a follow-up of the previous tip. The components of the book can fall apart when exposed to humidity for a long period of time. Paperbacks for example, will become ideal homes for fungi. You can regulate humidity by installing a dehumidifier in the room.
  • Address musty smell in books. Maybe the paper used is acidic or the room is too humid. If you are concerned by the smell, you can install an air freshener near the books and seal the volume in a dry container for a few days.
  • Clean your shelves regularly. You can dust off shelves at least once a week with a duster, but thorough cleaning should be done at least once a year so you can assess the condition of your books.
  • Do not use paper clips, rubber bands, adhesive tapes, leather dressing, glue, and acidic inserts in your books. There are bookmarks made from acid-free paper you can use. Never ever fold the pages if you need to mark it.
  • Keep food and drinks away from your books. If you need to read while relaxing and enjoying your snack, you should at least keep your hands clean when handling the pages.
  • Expensive and rare books that have suffered some damage can be sent to a book restoration shop.
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The Biggest Reasons Why You Lose Energy Quickly (And How You Can Get Them Back Again)

Nov 26

Getting tired after a long day is normal. Feeling tired in the morning after not having enough sleep is also normal. It’s also normal to feel exhausted after a certain time doing a lot of things that are physically or mentally demanding.

However, if that feeling of exhaustion lasts even after you’re supposed to feel rested up, you might be experiencing fatigue.

How Fatigue Affects You
Fatigue can show a lot of symptoms that are easy to identify, such as outright exhaustion, the inability to focus or concentrate on a single task, behavioral issues, slower reaction time, and even a decreased overall memory.

While you can try to fend it off with sugar, coffee, energy drinks, or even vitamin supplements, they only provide a temporary relief at most. In fact, there may be other underlying reasons behind this overall loss of energy and zest in life.

Why You Feel Drained
To know how you can stop feeling fatigued, you need to know exactly what is making you feel fatigued in the first place. For instance, it may be one of the following reasons:

• You’re out of alignment. Being exhausted doesn’t always refer to the physical aspect of one’s health or well-being. Whether it’s mentally, emotionally, or spiritually, there may be an aspect of your life that you find less than fulfilling.

• You’re not eating right. What you’re eating and how much of it you’re putting into your system doesn’t just affect your body – it also affects your state of mind. This is why you’re not supposed to have too much sugar, fats, and oils in your diet.

While they can provide you with a temporary boost of energy, they can also make your blood sugar spike, and once the blood sugar drops, you will feel exhausted.

• You’re unusually stressed out over something. Prolonged stress can cause a build-up of cortisol in your system, which can affect your sleep and make you feel drained.

Excessively worrying over something can also do the same to your mind and body, and you will eventually drain yourself worrying over one or two particular things that may or may not even be under your control.

Getting Your Energy Back
While it can be hard for you to take steps to get your disposition back to what it used to be before experiencing fatigue – at least on your own – it can be done.

What you absolutely need to do when you find that you’re experiencing fatigue is to make time to take a breather. Physical exhaustion can be dealt with by regular exercise, yoga, or even simple relaxation activities such as deep breathing or reading.

Aside from a proper diet, taking the time to find out what exactly is causing you the stress in your life (and why it’s causing you stress) will give you an idea on how to solve issues in your life that need to be solved.

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Why Prioritizing Tasks Can Help You Be More Productive (And How You Can Start)

Nov 26

Being organized and more productive is a choice in itself, and it’s always the first steps that are the most difficult to do. However, this can be done through a process known as compartmentalization – the act of blocking out certain thoughts or distractions so that nothing can get between you and the object of your focus.

While it’s often frowned upon as a poor coping mechanism in response to traumatic events, compartmentalization can be used in a good way to focus on tasks and get them done within your projected schedule.

The Benefits of Compartmentalization
To be able to compartmentalize tasks means that you can shut out everything distracting you and focusing solely on the task you have at hand. For others, this is called “deep work”, and for others, this state of super focus on any given task is called “flow”.

These are the benefits of compartmentalizing tasks, whether it’s at work or in anything that you choose to do in your life, from hobbies, passion projects, and so on:

• It saves you more time to focus on the things you want to do. With proper planning, prioritizing, and the will to get things done, you can free up more of your most important resource – time.

• It gets tasks done on your projected schedule. Getting tasks done on time also allows you to be more productive, allows you to focus on more tasks that would otherwise take longer to accomplish.

How You Can Get Started
The simplest, and arguably the most effective way to start organizing your life and your day is by reaching for the nearest calendar.

It lets you plan what you need to do from Day 1 to your target date, and steady progress onwards can be marked on your calendar. As you move along, you will find that it’s much easier to see how much you have accomplished when you have a detailed account of it.

Here are a few things you need to keep in mind when you start compartmentalizing your tasks:
• Accept that some things will be out of your hands. When you encounter a problem that’s interrupting your task, ask yourself: “Is there anything I can do about it?”

If yes, then there is something that you can do about it. If no, then the problem is out of your hands and you might as well move along to the next thing on your list or priorities.

• Reframe problems as questions. Instead of seeing the problem as a problem, pose it as a question: “Is there anything you can do to get around or solve the problem?”

The most important thing you need to keep in mind when doing anything at all is to choose one, and only one, thing to focus on at a time, which is much better than dividing your attention and focus between different tasks at the same time.

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How Professional Painters Work

Nov 22

Although there are no rigid rules for how a painting services company completes any interior house painting or a bigger project such as a commercial painting service, there is a tried-and-tested process that any professional will follow to make sure that the job is done right and for the paint to last for years.

Knowing how most professional painters in Singapore work will also give you an idea how to look for the best painter.

Paint Selection. First, the house owner and the residential paint contractor in Singapore will have an on-site consult for a paint job to choose paint colors and possible design for the rooms, as well as the best type of paint for the effect the owner wants to achieve. The painter will bring samples of the colors and some will even offer to show a tinted primer paint to see the exact color of the finishing coat. This is also the time to get an estimate of the cost of paint and other fees. You should also discus the warranty and estimation of the date of completion. Before you avail painting service, however, you should already have an idea about their pricing and quality of service.

Clearing the Rooms. Furniture, appliances, and removable fixtures and decorations will need to be moved or sealed before the crew can paint the wall. If the homeowner is not planning to move elsewhere, the painting can be done room by room.

Aside from helping you determine the recommended paint for condo apartment, the painting services crew in Singapore can also help you move the items to another room or a warehouse and they will also move the items back once the job is done. They also have the tools such as drop sheets and masks for windows, fixtures, doors, and other decorative surfaces. Most HDB painting service specialize in apartment or condo painting, so you don’t have to worry about them interfering with your daily routine as they do paint works for home.

Cleaning and Repair. Once the items in the room are removed, the decorations and fixtures that remain are sealed and protected. Then, the crew will start cleaning the debris on the walls and ceilings, if any. If the painting will be done on exterior walls, power-washing and power-sanding are required to remove dirt and mold. Interior cleaning is much easier and can be done with smaller tools. The walls and/or ceiling are scraped, sanded, and caulked to make sure that the surface is even and smooth. Usually, a good painting contractor will include an expert carpenter in the crew for any minor repair jobs, especially if there are loose moldings, holes, and cracks. Older apartments with wood will need wood puttying, but broken and rotted wood will need replacement.

Priming or Sealing. Once the cleaning and repair is done, a primer or sealer is applied to the surface that is to be painted. Even if you are only looking for a cheap commercial building painting deal, application of a primer will help to make sure that the paint will last for years. This makes it ideal to hire an exterior commercial building painter in Singapore. After priming, another reevaluation by your local painter is done to determine if sanding and caulking are necessary. Any missed spots are also spot-primed and re-sanded.

Finishing Coat. Finally, the painter can apply the finishing coat on the wall and/or ceiling. Usually, a painter will start with the ceiling to minimize dripping, then move on to the walls, and finally the wall treatments and edges. Paint-spraying is recommended by most painting services for condo painting if the unit is built with composite siding or wood, stucco, or brick. Rolling and/or brushing is done for areas with eaves, windows, door trim, body trim, vents, gutter or downspouts, and fascia. Multiple coats are sometimes needed for some areas with different colors.

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The 3 Biggest Problems You Will Encounter in Your Home Plumbing

Nov 14

Even though plumbing is overlooked in home maintenance, it’s one of the most important aspects of keeping your home clean and sanitary. However, there will be problems that you will run into that will need the help of professional plumbing services to fix.

These are the biggest plumbing problems you’re most likely to encounter at home:

1. The faucets leak.

When you install a sink the first time, you always make sure that the drain or the faucet doesn’t leak or drip water. But this won’t mean that your plumbing will stay that way – they can easily wear over time and cause all kinds of damage to your home’s structure.

One reason for this is that cheap plumbers can sometimes make poor quality services despite the plumbing cost, either because of a lack of oversight or to get things done quickly.

A leaking faucet, drain, or pipe could indicate a problem somewhere in your home’s pipelines. If the problem is too complicated for you to handle, your best option is to call a water technician based in Singapore to keep your sinks and pipes watertight. A professional plumber can help you fix broken pipe or even install a new plumbing system from scratch in the safest and most efficient way for your home.

2. Not enough/too much water pressure.

While this doesn’t seem like too much of a problem at first, not having the right water pressure in your HDB flat could be a disaster waiting to happen – and you want a reliable plumber to get the job done safely.

This is because having too much water pressure could end with a burst pipe, which can cause serious damage to your HDB unit and even affect other neighboring units.

The good news is that you can call a 24 hours plumber service in Singapore to fix this problem before it gets any worse, whether it’s early in the morning or late at night when other plumbers aren’t usually available.

3. The toilet is clogged/running.

The biggest plumbing problem that would require an HBD plumbing contractor in Singapore ASAP is when your toilet bowl cannot flush down. After all, having a choked toilet bowl is unsanitary and embarrassing especially if you have guests around.

You want to fix toilet bowl clogging before it gets worse, but because using a plunger won’t always work (or that you don’t want to unclog it yourself), calling a PUB licensed plumber to fix your problem would be your best option.

Toilets aren’t the only ones that get clogged – sink and bathroom drains also experience this problem because of leftover food bits or stray hair that clump at the bottom. However, these are much easier to clear because of their size (you can use metal coat hangers or a drain snake for these problems).

Call A Plumbing Service Now!

Problems with your home’s drainage and water pipes can happen at any time of day, and because you don’t want to be caught off guard when this happens, it’s best to be prepared with regular maintenance for even small problems that could go big later on.

So when you’re having problems with the pipes in your home, trust only the best plumbing services to provide the best plumbing workmen who can get the job done as quickly as possible.

What are you waiting for? Call a professional plumber service today!

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