Must-Know Spring Gardening Tips

Spring is around the corner, so it's time to prep your garden for the warmer weather.

Must-Know Spring Gardening Tips

As we start to enjoy more time outside, it’s a great time to get our gardens back into tip-top shape. This requires a bit of planning, time and dedication, but once you’ve finished you’ll have a lovely garden to relax and enjoy in for the upcoming warmer months.

Clear out

Throughout winter your garden can become quite neglected and overgrown so a clear up is a great starting point. Depending on the size of your garden dedicate a weekend to it and then you won’t rush it and do a thorough job.

Not sure where to start? Clear up leaves off the grass and garden beds, also check to see if any plants have died and do any weeding that needs to be done. If you need some help, there are plenty of gardeners on who can help you get the job done.

Be organised

It’s easy to accumulate tools, maintenance products and seeds over time. As part of your initial clear out, take a look in the shed as well to see what you need to trash, replace or stock up on.

Test the soil

Before you rush off the nursery and spend big on plants, you need to give the soil some love and care. Use a soil pH test in several areas of the garden to give you an indication of how the soil is at the moment. That helps you get it back to the optimum level for your new plants.

 

Prepare garden beds

You’ve tested the soil but that’s only the first step. You need to also correctly prepare garden beds so that they are the ideal environment for your new plants. This process will involve breaking up the old soil, adding compost or fertiliser, turning the soil, then adding some old soil to mix it in and leaving for a few weeks so that the compost can break down.

A few days before you’re ready to plant, give the garden bed a good watering and let it sit.

Get planting

 

Now it’s time go to your local nursery and buy some plants. If you’re not sure what to get, someone will be there to give you a hand but the main things are to consider the climate, sunlight and soil type.

You can buy young plants which you can just put into the ground but if you want to start from scratch, seeds are your way to go. Just make sure you read the packet so you know how deep to put them and how far apart from each other. Make sure you water your seedlings daily.

Add mulch

Keep your garden looking fantastic by topping off the soil with some mulch. This will keep the weeds at bay, while also helping to regulate temperature and hold water.

Lawn care

 

Be careful not to forget about that luscious lawn, it needs a similar treatment as the rest of your garden with mowing, fertilizing, watering, weeding and aeration.

If you’re looking for some help with your lawn, check out these lawn maintenance tips for summer.

Kitchen Cabinet Door Ideas and Designs

Is your kitchen screaming for a real cosmetic facelift? Use clever kitchen design ideas to refresh the hub of the house.

Kitchen Cabinet Door Ideas and Designs

The kitchen is the hub of the home and space where everyone congregates around to chat, cook meals and eat in. So it needs to be an area that you love and reflects your style, by adding rustic, modern or art-deco pieces – or whatever you suits you!

It doesn’t matter if you have a small kitchen design or are lucky enough to have a huge open plan kitchen, you can add your own personal touch in the simplest of ways. We all have many cupboards to hide away food, fridges and dinnerware, which makes a kitchen cabinet the easiest thing to change for the biggest dramatic effect.

With clever kitchen design ideas, you can bring a whole new lease of life and even added practicality.

And as the old saying goes; a change is as good as a holiday, so let’s get cracking on some inspirational kitchen ideas for your kitchen cabinets!

Door Knobs and Handles

Your kitchen cabinets might already be looking great but what about the door handles or knobs? Changing these is a fantastic way to transform your kitchen without the added expense of replacing all of the cabinetry.

Handles and knobs can intensify charisma, solidify your design aesthetic and can keep your kitchen up-to-date with the latest trend, such as matte black or copper.

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There are all different types of kitchen door handles/knobs as well. Metal, wood, painted and ceramic are all popular and because it’s a small detail, you can update it often.

Adding light

Kitchen cabinetry is brought to life with modern LED strip lighting. So if your kitchen is on the more minimalistic side, this is definitely something to consider if you want to give it some extra flare.

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Don’t forget to think about how the LED lighting will work with your kitchen splashback as well.

Multi textured cabinetry

Dark cabinetry throughout looks stylish and sophisticated, however, it can make a small kitchen seem even smaller, which is why we’re happy that two-coloured cabinetry is ‘in’ in a big way. At the moment, it’s centralised around a wood (real or laminate) with white or black, which is interchangeable depending on personal preference. And because this is just changing some of the cabinetry, it means you don’t have to update all at once.

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It looks great in a beach-side home and has a lovely refreshing feel when teamed with some greenery for added colour.

DIY Revamps

Renew scratched or scuffed kitchen cabinet doors with a sand back and a fresh coat of paint. You could even take your kitchen in a completely new direction such as a nautical or country-farmhouse style, which is quite easily done as they both use a similar style of door.

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Thinking outside the box

If having everything in uniform isn’t your thing, you can mix it up with using crates as draws to add a rustic touch or even using different styles of recycled cupboards throughout – just make sure it’s a similar tone for a little consistency.

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Display kitchen cabinets

Showing off your ‘good’ plates, cups and other trinkets is something that has never really gone out of fashion, but what has changed is the way it’s done. This could be as simple as open shelving or multi-panned glass kitchen cabinets… it all depends on what you prefer.

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The options for large and small kitchen design ideas are only limited by your imagination and there is so much you can do to improve your kitchen units. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

When you are looking for ideas, think about what inspires you and design your kitchen cabinets and kitchen island benches around that concept (e.g. industrial, country, modern, Hamptons, etc).

If you need some help with styling or putting the finishing touches on your new kitchen cabinets and kitchen ideas, reach out for an extra hand on Airtasker. We have plenty of handyman tips and help available online.

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Airtasker Stories: Sam

Airtasker has given me the ability to work when I can and earn good money at the same time.

Airtasker Stories: Sam

“Previously to Airtasker I worked for many years in a sales and administrative position until I became a mother. I needed to return to the workforce, as a single mother, and do something that had the earning potential to justify putting my kids in childcare while using my already established skills.”

“I’ve been on Airtasker since late last year, and it is perfect for me as I can work within my own availability. I currently have 3 days a week that my children attend preschool, so that is when I can complete tasks as well as occasionally on weekends.”

 Sam’s tip: You may have trouble at first getting tasks but be persistent and stick with it because it can be very rewarding and lucrative.

“Airtasker has given me the ability to work when I can and earn good money at the same time. I had a lot of trouble at first with people punting my ability due to the fact I am a woman but the reviews helped me to increase my workload, and I’m no longer having trouble winning tasks.”

“The most interesting task was when I had to drive two little puppies up to Newcastle. As I live in a unit, I am unable to get a puppy as much as I would love one and this gave me the chance to hang out with two gorgeous puppies while also getting to enjoy the beautiful drive up the coast and a few stops on the way back.”

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Give Your Home a Hamptons Style Makeover

Hamptons style goes way beyond white & rattan, it's all about sophisticated 'beachy' at its best!

Give Your Home a Hamptons Style Makeover

Gone are the days of relaxed beach shabby chic. Renovators and stylists are exploring and modernising the classic Hamptons style which is favoured north of the “Big Apple”.  As we aspire to be like the rich and famous with summer weekend getaways at Montauk and Southampton – we’re finding a way to bring the Hamptons style to our homes in an affordable way.

This fresh, classic, sophisticated look manifests into charming modern, beachside-retreat homes and we’re blending it with a bit of Australian coastal charm. So sit back and let your creative imagination run wild with these beautiful and inspiring ways to redecorate your home.

Colour me Hamptons

A good place to start is your colour selections. The Hamptons colour pallet is based on white and cream, which is paired nicely with light oak floorboards or white panelling along the walls.

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If you want to add colour to your Hamptons style lounge room think about natural coastal colours, such as; duck egg blue, corals, soft lemon and greens. Colours outside of the white palette should be only used for decorative cushions, statement chairs, vases and throw blankets.

If soft colours aren’t your thing, the more traditional Hamptons style is navy and white stripes. To modernise the navy stripe look, use blocks of navy and pair with different navy-pattened smaller items.

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Regardless of the colour palette you choose, you need to plan your colours first before doing anything else to your home and more importantly – keep it consistent!

Let the light in

Interiors should be bathed in as much natural light as you can possibly let in. Open spaces, high airy ceilings and gorgeous bay windows will flood the rooms with natural light and create an aura of relaxation.

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Incorporate this with a Hamptons style kitchen, which showcases the timber supporting beams. Matched with some panelling and statement pendant lights – you’re well on your way to hitting the Hamptons look!

For the Australian climate, incorporate some stacked or French doors to capitalise on our beautiful weather and create adaptable entertaining spaces. Simply close the doors if the weather turns sour and add a gas heater or two to see you through the cooler days and nights.

Make a statement

Hamptons is all about show and tell as well – stunning focal points and statement pieces. Traditional stripes and textures, fabulous light fittings, chunky beach themed decor. Remember the rule of thumb is to keep it simple and don’t overdo it; you don’t want your efforts to go wasted by looking too tacky.

 

Life’s a beach

Nothing screams coastal charm more than an oversized chair hanging in the (sea) breeze and a few timber-topped bench seats. Wicker, rattan and linen throws add textured components to really push the classic Hamptons style into a more modern look. Pendant lighting, outdoor hanging seats and floor baskets break up the white on white and bring in some texture and coastal influence.

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Beach up your walls and flooring

Panelled walls radiate beach vibes, no matter the room. From wide and skinny panelling to vertical and horizontal panels – think outside the box!

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Bring new life to the old

Remodel old items of furniture with a clean lick of paint or reupholster to transform them into something stylish and sophisticated. Modern pieces work well in conjunction with old, styled items to create a trendy feel that won’t go out of date. Think ‘beach chic meets modern glam’ and you’ll get the balance right. Check out these clever DIY design ideas so you can bring some Hamptons into your home on a shoestring.

The great outdoors

Most Hamptons houses have luscious green gardens and beautiful inground pools, which might be hard to achieve in the harsh Australian summer but there are a few things here and there that you can do to bring the Hamptons outside too.

Hedges, white furniture and pretty flowering plants will get you half way there if you’re on a budget. If you’re able to spend a little more, look at adding a pergola near the pool and making sure that the grass goes right up to the tiled edge.

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Modern Hamptons style is not that hard to achieve if you have a flair for imagination. If you want a hand crafting any of your DIY designs or styling up your place, get in touch with a handyman who can help. Hamptons styling should not just be the rich and the famous. This refreshingly cool beach vibe can be enjoyed by everyone!

Airtasker Stories: Emily

In-between jobs, Emily was looking for a way to earn some extra cash... Maybe even using her clown school skills!

Airtasker Stories: Emily

“I’ve been on Airtasker for a couple of months doing mostly full-day types of tasks. Some of the tasks I’ve done are packing, like warehouse stuff, and kitchen hand work. Today I’m helping to clean windows.”

“Before Airtasker I was working in a sales job but the company actually shut down. So, unfortunately, I lost my job but I was lucky that my savings ‘saved’ me for about a month and a half. But then I needed a bit of additional income, so I had a look online. That’s when I found Airtasker and realised you could earn a decent amount of money.”

“My earnings on Airtasker vary depending on how many tasks I get – but I work for about $20 per hour.”

Emily’s tip: “Be reliable and don’t overextend yourself – don’t say you can do something when you know you can’t. Just be realistic about what you’re putting yourself forward for.”

“I’ve found getting started on Airtasker quite easy, and all the jobs I’ve done are for lovely people. They always offer me drinks and good breaks throughout the day. It’s been absolutely fantastic.”

“… all the jobs I’ve done are for lovely people…”
Emily L.

“The most interesting task that I’ve done was when I had to go to a TV studio to blow up 100 balloons for one of the segments. Funny thing is I actually went to clown school and used to work at a lot of kids parties where I’d blow up balloon animals. But it’s tiring work being a clown.”

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Airtasker Stories: Brendon O.

A sparky by trade, Brendon jumped onboard when he went back to studying. Here's how Airtasker fit in with his busy lifestyle...

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“I’ve been on Airtasker for about 8 months and I’ve been an electrician since school. So I complete a lot of electrical tasks, but I also have a big ute (truck) with an empty tray. So I pick up things for people and any other tasks I can get my hands on really.”

 

“It gave me a platform to work during this time because it was hard to lock down days…”
Brendon O.

“I got started on Airtasker while I was studying geology and geophysics. It gave me a platform to work during this time because it was hard to lock down days with the guys who I did my usual electrical work with. So the freedom of Airtasker really helped a lot.”

 Brendon’s tip: “Read what the task is asking for and answer any questions that are being asked. Sometimes people just make an offer and don’t really read the task. You need to be sure that you can complete it.”

“Airtasker gives me the flexibility of being my own boss and choosing my hours. I still work with my electrician guys but I can also choose to do my own thing and make a bit of extra money, which really helps.”

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New Feature: Conversations

New-look commenting helps you keep track.

New Feature: Conversations

Task commenting on Airtasker has been re-vamped. Instead of sifting through every question and reply on a task, you can now simply reply to a specific question and keep track of any replies in that one spot.

How does this help you?

For Job Posters this means answering questions quicker and following the conversation easier.

Airtasker Workers will be able to easily see responses to their questions from the Job Poster. And if there’s more to be discussed, just reply again to their last comment.

You also won’t be notified of every comment anymore, just when someone replies to your comment.

How to reply to comments:

As a Job Poster

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  1. Go to the comment you want to reply to
  2. Select reply with the back arrow
  3. Enter your reply and select send

  1. Go to your task and scroll to the comment section
  2. Enter your comment and select send
  1. Go to your task and scroll to the comment section
  2. Enter your comment and select send
  1. Enter your comment and select send

As an Airtasker Worker

Desktop
iOS
Android
  1. Go to the comment you want to reply to
  2. Select reply with the back arrow
  3. Enter your reply and select send

  1. On the task and scroll to the comment section
  2. Enter your comment and select send
  1. On the task and scroll to the comment section
  2. Enter your comment and select send

What else do you need to know?

It’s live on the Airtasker website now and should hit iOS and Android next week.

Hosting an Easter event? Hire an Eggtasker!

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Hosting an Easter event? Hire an Eggtasker!

Easter is just around the corner and here at Airtasker, we’re dusting off our bunny ears and getting eggcited. If you’re scrambled for time or walking on eggshells when it comes to pulling off an Easter event, Airtasker is a great way to get more done so you can avoid cracking under pressure.

Prepare the space

A garden or outdoor setting is the perfect place to host an easter lunch. Make sure the backyard is in good shape and safe for the little ones to run around and search for Easter eggs. An Airtasker with a green thumb and a pair of sheers can have a jungle looking like a secret garden in no time.

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Celebrate with good company, not stress

Easter is all about spending time with loved ones, rather than stressing about being a host. From entertainment, cooking and cleaning an Airtasker can help you organise an Easter party from start to finish so that you can spend more time catching up with the clan or eating chocolate.

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Extend an invitation to the Easter Bunny

Easter isn’t quite complete without a visit from a furry friend. Light up the kids’ (and adults’) faces this year with special guest. There are plenty of Airtasker workers who have their costumes at the ready and will make a cheerful addition to your day.

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Organise some tasty entertainment

Egg hunts are great fun for the whole family to get involved in. If you’re strapped for time or struggle to think of clever hiding spots, Airtasker is a great way to source a creative treasure hunt professional who can create hours of fun for children and adults alike.

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Source the goods

Buying Easter eggs can be a tedious task, especially if there are many people to buy for. Save time and skip the queues by hiring an eggspert to source some chocolatey gifts.

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Hire some entertainment

For something extra special, consider ditching the iPod and hiring some live entertainment instead. Airtasker is full of talented musicians and artists who can bring the eggs-factor to your Easter gathering.

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Have a lunch prepared

Cooking for a crowd can be a big task, especially if you’re no kitchen whizz. If you struggle to fry an egg, hiring an experienced chef or caterer to organise food may be a smart option. And if you want to take the credit for a delicious spread, we promise we won’t tell!

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Hire a post-event clean

For many, the Easter break signals some down time after a crazy start to the year. Spend more time relaxing and less time cleaning by hiring an Airtasker worker to take care of the cleanup. For parents, this can be a great way to spend some extra time with the kids before they head back to school.

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Christmas to-do list for this weekend

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Christmas to-do list for this weekend

It’s December and that means one thing ?????? That’s right it’s 25 days until Christmas, which children will be overjoyed about but as an adult, December might be an extremely busy time of year. We’d like to help you get as prepared as possible for the silly season, so we’ve put together your Christmas to-do list for this weekend.

If you (or an Airtasker) can knock off these ten things, it could be your favourite Christmas yet!

1. Pick up Christmas tree

It would be hard to Christmasfy your home if you didn’t have a Christmas tree, however, getting a real tree home could be a logistical nightmare if you have a small car, or perhaps don’t have one at all.

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2. Get decorations ready

Now that you have the tree it’s time to pull those decorations out of the storage cupboard and start to put them all around the home. Don’t forget to give them a bit of a clean too.

See how others are getting help with Christmas tasks on Airtasker.

3. Write present list

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One of the best ways to be organised this Christmas, and also keep your financials in check, is to write a list of all the presents that you need to buy. This should include family, friends and Kris Kringle gifts. It’s also wise to pick up a few emergency presents such as wine, champagne and small gift packs. These will be extremely handy for any host gifts, birthdays that pop up or if you’ve accidentally forgotten someone off your list.

4. Kris Kringle gifts

Buy a present for under $15 they say… We don’t think we’re alone in saying that it’s not easy to find a ‘cool’ present under $15 these days. But if there’s one piece of advice here, it’s not to leave it as a last minute item to pick up. Have a look as you start your Christmas shopping this weekend and if you see something, just grab it. You can always use it as a stocking filler if it doesn’t get gifted.

5. Write Christmas cards

Cards aren’t so much of the norm these days but if you’re one who sticks to traditional letter writing for Christmas well wishes you better get your skates on. If you don’t have the time to write them, you could always quickly type all of your letters into a word document and post a writing task on Airtasker to free up some time for you.

6. Plan menus

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Maybe not a top item on your Christmas to-do but if you’re hosting a Christmas party or perhaps attending one where you need to bring a dish, you should start to plan out what you need. Knowing what you need in advance means you can pick up all your non-perishables now and then all you have to do is pick up the fresh things the day or so before.

7. Order food

This is especially important if you’re the one hosting Christmas this year. If you’re cooking a ham, chicken or preparing seafood you should order these this weekend from your local supplier. That way you’ll get excellent quality and it will all be organised, rather than a last minute run around.

8. Buy wrapping paper

You might not have the presents just yet but you should buy wrapping paper so that as you purchase gifts you’re able to wrap them. This means you won’t face a marathon Christmas present wrapping session on the final nights before Christmas day.

Don’t forget the ribbon!

9. Baking

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If you like to make Christmas cookies, gingerbread houses or rum balls this is the perfect weekend to do it. By making them well in advance you could gifts them to colleagues, clients and friends and save money on presents.

10. Christmas music

Ok, this might not be essential on the Christmas to-do list but now that it’s a reasonable time to start singing along to Christmas tunes, put a playlist together of your Christmas faves. Think Michael Buble, Rod Stewart and Mariah Carey.

Christmas Tasks On Airtasker

It’s a busy time of year with Christmas parties, family gatherings and a lot of shopping. Every year we see "Christmas Tasks On Airtasker"

Christmas Tasks On Airtasker

It’s a busy time of year with Christmas parties, family gatherings and a lot of shopping. Every year we see more and more people posting tasks on Airtasker to help with gift delivery, food shopping and even Santa requests.

Here’s how others are getting help this Christmas:

Office Christmas Party

Take your office Christmas party to the next level with the help of a few Airtaskers. From bar staff and photographers, to elf ushers and makeup artists, get creative and let an Airtasker take care of the rest.

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Drop Off Christmas Tree

Not all of us have a car let alone one big enough to fix a Christmas tree to but an Airtasker can pick one up for you and even make sure it’s standing up straight in your home.

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Santa Needed

You cannot have a holly jolly Christmas without the big man himself. Whether you’re looking for a Santa to attend a special occasion or for a Christmas morning surprise, post a task to see if he can pop by.

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Christmas Lights Put Up

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Untangling thousands of teeny tiny Christmas lights could easily take all weekend, so why not simply outsource it. Sounds like a great idea to us!

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Surprise Present Assembly

Thinking about buying a trampoline, cubby house or play swing set as a Christmas present for your kids? Well don’t be the parent stuck with assembling it all Christmas and Boxing day. An Airtasker can assemble a trampoline while the kids sleep on Christmas Eve so they (and you) get a real treat this year.

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Pet Sitting

There are plenty of pet loving Airtaskers who will look after your furry friend while you travel to spend the holidays with family.

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Christmas Gift Wrapping

Let’s face it, gift wrapping isn’t as simple as it looks. If wrapping presents is something you’d rather not spend your time on, hire an Airtasker to help out.

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Decorating Your Business

Whether it’s an office or a shop, take the work out of getting in the Christmas spirit and hire someone to take care of it.

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Write Christmas Cards

Writing Christmas cards to friends and family is a big task, so it makes sense to quickly type all the letters and outsource the handwriting to someone else. We bet they won’t know the difference.

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Christmas Cleaning

If you’re hosting Christmas this year you’ll need to clean the house before, during and after everyone as dropped by. Give yourself a breather by getting an Airtasker to take care of your Christmas house cleaning.

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Airtasker Feature: Completion Rate

Whether you’re getting tasks completed or earning more on Airtasker, we’re creating a community where all members can enjoy a "Airtasker Feature: Completion Rate"

Whether you’re getting tasks completed or earning more on Airtasker, we’re creating a community where all members can enjoy a safe and rewarding experience. To help achieve this we wanted to highlight the Completion Rate feature, which appears on every member’s profile.

The Completion Rate measures how reliable and committed you are to a task. Every member has two Completion Rates; one for the percentage of tasks completed as an Airtasker Worker, and the other for the percentage of tasks completed as a Job Poster.

TIP: Members need to have completed at least 5 tasks before their respective Completion Rates are displayed.

A high Completion Rate shows that you’re very reliable and able to get tasks completed. This builds your reputation and helps you to stand out when making an offer or posting a task.

A low Completion Rate means you’re frequently cancelling tasks. This creates a negative experience for other members and doesn’t follow the Community Guidelines nor reflect our values.

A low Completion Rate could put you at risk of being restricted or suspended from the Airtasker platform.

How is the Completion Rate calculated?

Airtasker Worker Completion Rate – is the percentage of completed tasks out of the total tasks you’ve had an offer accepted on and were expected to completed.

Job Poster Completion Rate – is the percentage of completed tasks out of the total you’ve accepted an offer on.

If you request a cancellation but it’s because the other party isn’t able to complete the task, your Completion Rate will not be affected. Only if you cause the task cancellation will your Completion Rate be affected.

A task cancellation is caused by the Airtasker Worker if he or she is unable to complete a task that their offer has been accepted on therefore expected to complete. If the Job Poster decides not to go ahead with the task after accepting an offer, then the task cancellation is recorded as caused by the Job Poster.

Where can I see my Completion Rate?

The Completion Rate is visible on your public profile. As an Airtasker Worker, your Completion Rate will also be displayed to the Job Poster when you make an offer.

Why don’t I have a Completion Rate?

Members need to have completed at least 5 tasks before their respective Completion Rates are displayed, otherwise your first few tasks could unfairly represent your Completion Rate and effect your ability to stand out to Job Posters.

For members who have completed less than 5 tasks, it will appear as ‘No Completion Rate’ and for new members who haven’t completed any tasks yet, it will appear as as ‘hasn’t received any reviews just yet’.

What happens if I have a low Completion Rate?

If your Completion Rate is consistently low it means you’re frequently cancelling tasks, which creates a negative experience for other members. A low Completion Rate puts you at risk of being restricted or suspended from the Airtasker platform.


Completion Rate helps to build trust on the Airtasker platform, which is important to the Airtasker community and we’re committed to helping maintain our marketplace integrity.

How to plan an outdoor wedding

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How to plan an outdoor wedding

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If you’ve been on Pinterest lately for some wedding inspo, you’ll see that one of biggest trends for weddings right now are beautiful floral arches. It’s a stunning and perfect backdrop for the I Do’s, which has caused an increase in outdoor weddings recently. We also have amazing weather and panoramic costal vistas for a very picturesque setting for a wedding ceremony. However, compared to an indoor wedding there’s a lot more organising to do when taking your wedding outside such as furniture and food preparation. Luckily we’ve thought of everything you need to consider to help you plan your dream outdoor wedding.

Wedding Location

You need to think about whether you’re going to have both the ceremony and reception outside or perhaps just the ceremony. If you’re thinking about the entire day there will be limited venues (especially in the major city areas) and so you might want to widen your search to surrounding areas, for example; the Hunter Valley, Barossa, Yarra Valley or better yet your own backyard.

If you’re looking at your local park for a ceremony, you’ll probably need a council permit and depending on the space they can be very limited in availability.

When you’re considering a location think about parking, accessibility for older/ handicapped guests and how suppliers would bump in and out everything you need.

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Budget

Unless you’re having your wedding at your place or a friends, an outdoor wedding can be costly as everything needs to be brought in for it. Chairs, tables, cutlery, decorations, flowers, toilets, lighting and kitchens to heat/ cool food will all need to be thought of. Not to mention the more remote you are, the higher the costs will be too.

If you have your heart set on it, look at putting a wedding budget together as soon as possible so there aren’t any surprises closer to the wedding day.

Get help
As much as we would like to set up our own perfect wedding day, it’s important to be realistic and also enjoy this special time. So if hiring an end-to-end planner is out of your budget consider an event planner to be your go-to on the day. They will ensure everything runs smoothly – after all it’s their job.

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Theme
The best thing with having your big day outside is that a water, vineyard or mountain view is a fantastic way to compliment your theme. For example, a beach wedding set on the sand or cliff, a rustic wedding on a farm, or a wine-lovers favourite – amongst the vineyards.

Matching your view and theme helps with other elements such as that flower arbour mentioned earlier. It also allows you to get your DIY on for all of the remaining decorations and stationary. Having a magical view can also save on costs too.


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Here are some of the elements to think about:
• Aisle: Will you scatter petals all over the ground, line the pathway with buckets of flowers/ candles or just the simplicity of the sand on the beach
• Signing table: Somewhere to sit and sign all the legal papers. Many couples opt to have a signing table and a couple of chairs.
• Chairs: Benches or individual folding chairs are the best options for an outdoor wedding as they can be easily moved and set up quickly.
• Flowers: If you’re having a garden wedding, it makes sense to go with flowers in season as they will be a natural backdrop. Alternatively another big trend at the moment is tropical plants and greenery, especially for a seaside wedding.

Post ceremony drinks
After being announced for the first time as husband and wife, everyone will wish you congratulations so having a bar set up for champagne and nibbles is a lovely informal way to get the party started.

You can hire companies specifically to set up a bar if you have everything else covered, or your event planners will be able to organise this for you.

Outdoor reception
We’ve all seen beautiful fairy light night sky reception images – they are amazing! But if you’re going to have the whole event outside, you’ll need to figure out if anything is supplied already such as access to power.

For your outdoor reception, you’ll need to make a big list of everything you need and make sure you get a few different quotes, so that you can compare and get the best deal for you.

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Extra special touches
The options are endless here and everyone is looking for that little something extra to make their big day the most memorable. From wedding favours and photo booths to confetti bars and lawn games, it can add up fast. So as the saying goes, less is more and perhaps just pick a few things and do them well.

Lawn games are an outdoor wedding favourite. You could choose giant chess, jenga or stick to the more traditional croquet and ring toss. It’s a great way to keep guests entertained while you’re off having photos taken.

The little things
Your nearest and dearest could possibly be outside for a lengthy amount of time. So depending on the time of year you might want to think about picking an are with some shade, having umbrellas, blankets and fans on standby. If it’s a really hot day, sunscreen and plenty of water are must-haves.

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Have a plan B
Weather is unpredictable and you might not know what the weather will be like till the week of your wedding, so having a plan b is critical. Just remember, rain on your wedding day is supposed to bring you luck and clouds make for better photos anyway.

Have fun
Seriously, who cares if there’s a little drizzle, you’re getting married to your best friend and are going to a party to end all parties. Don’t sweat the small things and it will all turn out perfectly.

Have you got any other wedding tips? Let us know in the comments below

Larry Emdur & Kylie Gillies Complete Tasks on Airtasker

Imagine posting a task on Airtasker and having Larry Emdur or Kylie Gillies knock on your door to complete your "Larry Emdur & Kylie Gillies Complete Tasks on Airtasker"

Larry Emdur & Kylie Gillies Complete Tasks on Airtasker

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Imagine posting a task on Airtasker and having Larry Emdur or Kylie Gillies knock on your door to complete your task? Well that’s exactly what happened to a few lucky Job Posters. The Channel 7’s The Morning Show hosts completed all kinds of tasks, from ironing shirts to standing in as a tester for pie throwing – yes tasty cream pies.

Watch the hilarious footage below:

Airtasker Partners With The Good Guys

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Airtasker Partners With The Good Guys

We’re very happy to announce that we’ve partnered with The Good Guys to provide a new installation platform, which allows customers of The Good Guys to connect directly with the full network of The Good Guys’ experienced installers.

For customers, they’re able to track and coordinate with an installer at a click of the button, access certifications required and leave a review of their experience. On the other hand, for installers it will streamline payments and they will have access to all the information they need, whenever they need it.

“This is an Australian first, and we’re expecting it to trigger a fundamental shift in how retailers think about the post-purchase customer experience,” Airtasker co-founder and chief operating officer Jonathan Lui said.

“It will revolutionise their installation services by streamlining the process, enabling fast, accurate bookings with seamless contact between customers and installers,” he said.

Partnering with such a well-recognised and successful bricks and mortar retailer highlights how robust the Airtasker marketplace truly is. Members of the Airtasker Community will benefit from the new features, such as licensing, proposing time and adding expenses built specifically built for the bespoke retailer platform shortly.

Sydney’s Most Popular Suburbs For Outsourcing

Are everyday chores and housework eating into your free time? You’re not alone. According to our third Future of Work "Sydney’s Most Popular Suburbs For Outsourcing"

Are everyday chores and housework eating into your free time? You’re not alone.
According to our third Future of Work study, over 50 per cent of Australians feel the same way, and 38 per cent intend to outsource their household chores in 2016 to maximise free time.

With over 500, 000 people using Airtasker and up to 25,000 tasks posted on the site every month, we are seeing firsthand the growing trend of online outsourcing. Our platform has made it easier than ever for people to outsource everyday tasks and for Airtasker Members to take on these flexible jobs to earn more.

Whether it’s handyman work, cleaning, office admin, IT support or anything else, simply post a task for free and then choose from rated, verified and reviewed people ready to work straight away.

Based on our member activity data, Sydneysiders lead the pack for the highest number of jobs outsourced and completed in Australia.

So today, we’re releasing rankings on Sydney’s most popular suburbs for outsourcing as per different task categories.

Check out the lists below to see if your suburb made the cut!

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Keep your home warm this winter

There’s no avoiding it, winter is here and it’s a chilly one. While we can rug up in a beanie "Keep your home warm this winter"

Keep your home warm this winter

There’s no avoiding it, winter is here and it’s a chilly one. While we can rug up in a beanie and scarf outdoors, it’s nice to feel comfy and warm in your home. If your home isn’t ready for cool drafts and a temperature drop, you might need to put on your handyman helmet and read our tips how to keep your home warm.

Insulation

It’s probably the most obvious solution but good insulation will keep the home warm without relying as much on electronic heating. This is better for the environment and also your hip pocket.

Clean your fireplace

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If you are lucky to have a fireplace don’t forget to clean and check it before you light your first fire. You can get this professionally cleaned but if you opt to do it yourself make sure you have all the correct protective gear and a little research under your belt.

Check for cracks

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If you have any cracks or gaps in the flooring, walls or roof it’s an open invitation for the cool breeze to come in. There are many types of solutions for these:

  • Floorboards gaps can be filled with silicone fillers
  • Doors draughts can be stopped with a sand-filled snake stopper
  • Mini draughts from holes, letter box openings and keyholes can have special covers or wool insulation
  • Window cracks can be thwarted by putting up heavy duty curtains that are either thermal or have fleece.

Window double-glazing

If you’re a home owner, it’s worth investigating double-glazing for your windows to maintain heat but it’s expensive. However budget conscious people and renters rejoice because you can now get special film to layer onto the windows to help with your heat retention. This can be almost the quarter of the price of double glazing your home.

Set your fans backwards

There could be a switch or cord which allows you to make the fan goes backwards, but don’t worry this won’t cool your room – just push down the warm air.

Change your sheets

Swap your cotton sheets for flannelette, it will make all the difference when you hop into the bed and the icy chill isn’t there. Also add on a wool blanket and duvet to stay snuggly all night.

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Enjoy outside

Aside from outdoor rooms and heaters, if you have a fire pit you can enjoy the cooler evenings toasting marshmallows with friends as an alternative to a night on the town.

Winter cooking

Just thinking about all the homemade pies, roast dinners and of course hot chocolate lessens the winter blues. All these yummy foods will warm your soul and make your home warmer (and smell lovely) with the oven and slow cookers on.

Stay safe & snug at home this June

Winter’s here and it’s brought the chill. How are you going to see your home through to spring?

Stay safe & snug at home this June

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Winter’s here to stay, and it’s definitely brought a chill along for the ride. Looking forward to snuggling under the covers with a good book? Or are you planning to flee the cold by escaping to somewhere north of the hemisphere? Either way, you can be sure your home will need a bit of love and attention to pull through the chill.

So with that in mind, here’s a to-do list to get your home nice and cosy:

Seal the heat in

If you’re spending big bucks air-conditioning and heating your house, it pays to make sure it actually stays inside. Insulation is the biggest factor, and being on a budget and / or leasing can that make difficult to fix. But there are definitely a few small things that you can do to help.

  • No curtains? Get them. Draw your curtains when the heating is on so that the heat doesn’t escape.
  • Close doors to unused rooms to heat up your main living rooms faster.
  • Stop drafts with a retro “sand snake” – put them under draughty doors.

Cleanliness is next to godliness

It’s all too easy to shut the doors and put off that house cleaning you’ve been meaning to do. But with prime cold and flu season here, it’s important to keep the place nice and tidy so your home remains germ-free.

Clear the garden

As the leaves fall, make sure your garden remains clean and tidy by raking it clear. After all, your green grass and plants need all the sun they can get to survive through winter.

Long weekend DIY blitz

Got something on the DIY wishlist? The June long weekend could be perfect timing. Make sure you’re well prepared with a plan and all the equipment you need. That way you won’t waste any time getting started.

Check over your finances

This is a good time of year to reconsider your insurance and other financial expenses. Deals start cropping up everywhere as the end of financial year approaches. Look at your health insurance, phone, internet and cable contracts, home loans and power bills in particular. It might even be time to treat yourself to a new set of wheels.

Decorate on the cheap

End of financial year means one thing – SALES! Grab yourself a bargain on some nice home extras or even a new appliance if it’s time for an upgrade.

Mould

Mould is never a good thing, but when there’s a lot of moisture in a warm space (like your home) it thrives. It’s essential to stay on top of it and remove as soon as it appears. Not only will it ruin your home and clothes, but it’s one of the worst things for your health – deadly even.

Here are all the ways to remove mould.

Got tips for things to do in your home this June? Let us know in the comments below.

Home Staging Tips When Selling Your Home

If you’re thinking about taking advantage of the current real estate market, it’s important think about how your house currently "Home Staging Tips When Selling Your Home"

Home Staging Tips When Selling Your Home

If you’re thinking about taking advantage of the current real estate market, it’s important think about how your house currently presents itself. Home staging can mean all the difference as you aim to appeal to the emotional feelings of potential buyers.

Staging your home can make all the difference when you’re hoping to get a few interest bidders to battle it out on auction day. Here are our home staging tips when selling your home:

Street appeal
You’ve probably heard it all before but people make up their mind if they like a house or not in under a minute… So that means they have either a positive or negative feeling before they even step inside the doorway.

To make sure your home is looking top notch think about spraying the driveway, that your home has house numbers, that it looks presentable with greenery and any exterior painting is done.

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De-clutter
There could be a hundred or so people going through your home in a viewing so it’s important that they find it easy to move around in. People also don’t want to see an untidy home and even though you might think it’s not cluttered, it’s good to get another opinion from an honest friend.

Cleaning
After you’ve taken out the clutter, you’ll need to give the house a clean. It will take more than a regular weekly clean to get your home in tip top shape. Make sure you set aside adequate time for your home cleaning.

Keep it Neutral
Do you have brightly coloured walls? You might want to consider toning it down as it can be quickly off putting for potential buyers. That’s not to say that you can’t still have a feature wall or two.

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Painting
When was the last time you gave your lounge room or bathroom a fresh coat of paint? Updating the colour can make it brighter and make it look fresh. If you have a limited budget, this is where it should be spent.

Short on time or need some help, you can outsource the house painting on Airtasker.

De-personalisation
You want people to imagine living in your home, so it makes sense to remove items and pictures that are of you and the family. You can easily replace these with landscape imagery.

Furniture
If your couch is looking a bit worse for wear or if you need some extra furniture to complete a room, let’s say the dining room. There are plenty of home staging companies out there that you can rent furniture from for a couple of months. They can even help style your whole home so that it looks amazing for open viewings.

New Linen
This may not seem important, but having lovely new looking towels neatly folded in the bathroom or crisp sheets on the bed can really change how people perceive your home.

Hiding spaces
Thinking about hiding the clutter in the cupboards, wardrobe or shed? Think again, people will look – humans are curious after all.

Don’t go overboard
Whilst it’s tempting to go ‘The Block’ on your home and stage dining scenes, it is a very unnatural approach. What you really want is (as you might say in the clothing world) effortlessly chic. This means making it look inviting, lived in, natural and that the home always looks great.

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Outdoors
Your backyard is almost as important (if not more – sometimes) than the inside. For prospective buyers with young families having grass and a play area for the kids is very important. However regardless of whom the buyer is, it should look clean and tidy. If there’s a lot of work to be done and you may need help with hedging, cleaning gutters and mowing the grass regularly for opens.

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Home To-Do Checklist – April

The days are starting to get shorter and the leaves falling from the trees – Autumn is definitely here. By "Home To-Do Checklist – April"

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The days are starting to get shorter and the leaves falling from the trees – Autumn is definitely here.

By ticking a few things off every month, you can stay on top of all your household duties. Here’s what you need to get done this month.

Daylight savings
If you’re in NSW, SA, VIC, TAS and ACT you’ll need to turn back the clock, otherwise you’re going to be early to a lot of things.

Fire alarm check
It’s always encouraged that your fire alarms are checked and batteries are replaced on the daylight savings weekend. With the increased home fire threat in winter due to heaters and fireplaces, this is crucial to do in April.

Clean bedding
After being packed away for 6 months, your blankets and duvets will need to be refreshed by giving them a clean. Also think about flipping over the mattress if you find it is starting to sink in the middle.

Extra tip: Every few weeks on a sunny day, place your pillows in a bright sunny spot so all the moisture is removed – you’ll find they fluff up nicely.

Fireplace check
If you’re lucky to have a fireplace in your home before you start the first fire, make sure that the chimney flute is inspected and cleaned. Once it’s safe, you’re able to light a lovely warm fire on those cooler days.

Fire wood
Rain can be quite unpredictable at this time of year so while it’s dry, start to collect or buy firewood and place it in a well protected dry place. Also start to collect kindling wood.

Home Painting
While the days are still warm enough, get any house painting done now so that the paint can dry quickly. When winter hits there will be more moisture inside and it can affect your paint work

Clean out the fridge
Tis the season for slow cooking, pies and roast dinners. But before you get stuck into your winter cooking, think about cleaning out the fridge of anything that is out of date and give it a general top to bottom clean.

Dusting
With allergies at an all time high over winter, dusting regularly throughout the house is important to keep allergens at bay. Dust all surfaces with a proper duster that will pick it up, rather than a cloth that just moves it around. And don’t forget to vacuum after.

Mould Prep
Yep – it’s that time of year again where mould can take over your bathroom, living areas or even worse, your wardrobe. Protect yourself, and your clothes, by giving the house a thorough clean now to remove any mould already presenting itself before it gets cold outside and warm inside.

For your wardrobe, fit with moisture beads that help to soak up any moisture and make sure that you allow for plenty of air flow. If you would like more information about how to keep a mould free home here’s how to rid mould for good.

DIY Jobs To Get Done Over The Long Weekend

Long weekends are the perfect opportunity to get DIY jobs done around the home, which would usually take a little "DIY Jobs To Get Done Over The Long Weekend"

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Long weekends are the perfect opportunity to get DIY jobs done around the home, which would usually take a little longer than your average two-day weekend.

It allows more time for preparation, taking your time and a perfect finish. Maximise your time by pre-planning what you are going to fix or build and try to keep it to two or three items, depending on how long it will take.

Next, try to rope in the rest of the family to help (especially with the promise of chocolate after) and get the jobs done a lot faster. You could also post a handyman task for a bit of extra help. Let’s take a look at some of the big DIY jobs you can get done this long weekend.

Painting & wallpapering

Pick a room or perhaps a couple and freshen them up with a new lick of paint. New paint will automatically lift a room, which is important when you’re about to spend a lot more time indoors over winter.

Rooms that you use frequently, such as the lounge room, kitchen and bedrooms are a great place to start. You could then look at painting the rest of the smaller rooms over the next couple of weekends.

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If you are thinking a complete colour change to transform your current interior design you may want to test this before you commit. Paint a couple of different colours or shades on the wall and watch how it looks over various mornings and at night to see if you’re happy to have the entire room that colour.

Bathroom re-grouting

The bathroom can show it’s age after a few years and if you’re not looking at replacing the tiles anytime soon, you might want to think about re-grouting the tiles.

It used to be a big task, but these days you can buy a grout remover tool to easily remove the grout without chipping the tiles. Once the old grout is removed, replace it with new grout that is the same colour. Let it set and then remove excess grout from the tiles will a damp sponge.

Re-coat the veranda

If you’re like us and entertained a lot outdoors over summer, your deck might need a bit of love. Keep it in good shape by giving it a good high pressure clean, sand it back to remove scratches and apply some new varnish or paint to protect it over the upcoming winter months.

Gardening

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This is the best time to prepare your garden for spring believe it or not. Getting rid of all the dead plants is only the start. You’ll want to think about what blubs to plant and mulch for protection from the chill.

For everything you need to know about gardening this season read our Autumn Gardening Tips

De-cluttering

Clutter can build up quickly but if you stay on top of it it’s always manageable. Start by having a look in your wardrobe at the summer clothes, was there anything you didn’t wear in the last few months? Put it in a bag and drop it in a charity bin because if you didn’t wear it last summer, you probably aren’t going to wear it next either.

Once you’ve cleared out some items, consider packing away the summer dresses and singlet’s, and replace with some transeasonal items.

Another space to declutter is the shed and garage, which can turn into a dumping ground. Take a look at what you can get rid of and sell it or arrange a council pick up.

To clear up the rest of your home, find out exactly How To Declutter and Organise Your Home

Update lights

If there are light globes that have blown out, now is the perfect time to replace them all in one go. Also take a look at your garden lighting http://blog.airtasker.com//gardening/home-gardening-lighting-tips/ to check that when the days get shorter, you have enough light to help you get from your car to your house without falling over steps and branches.

If you need new lights put in, you might want to consider hiring an electrician https://www.airtasker.com/tradesman/lighting-solutions/ who can help installing your outdoor lighting.

Window cleaning

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Cleaning your windows is not something that you’re not able to do in your weekly home cleaning, so now is the time to do them all in one go. Arm yourself with a broom to get rid of cobwebs, a ladder for the hard to reach windows, and window cleaner and squeegee. You’ll love how your windows will sparkle afterwards.

What home DIY jobs are you doing this long weekend? Let us know in the comments below.

Clever Wardrobe Design Ideas For Out-Of-The-Ordinary Bedrooms

Do you have a small, odd-shaped or non-traditional bedroom that doesn’t have a wardrobe or closet? Well it’s not as "Clever Wardrobe Design Ideas For Out-Of-The-Ordinary Bedrooms"

Clever Wardrobe Design Ideas For Out-Of-The-Ordinary Bedrooms

Do you have a small, odd-shaped or non-traditional bedroom that doesn’t have a wardrobe or closet? Well it’s not as bad as it might seem, instead you have the ability to do some really clever wardrobe design ideas.

We’ve found the best clever wardrobe design ideas for out of the ordinary bedrooms.

Wardrobe divider

Create the illusion of a walk in wardrobe by putting in a divider in. Yes, it will make your bedroom instantly smaller but if you use a light colour or frosted glass it might be a sacrifice you’re willing to make.

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High storage

Above the existing wardrobe space or the bed is an unused space that you could utilise for additional storage. Just simple shelving will allow you to store your winter blankets, big jumpers and even shoes.

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Frame the bed

Another clever wardrobe solution is to use closed-in vertical wardrobes, which also happen to frame the bed. If you make them roof height it means you can use the whole space, and you’ll be able to put in more than you think.

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Open wardrobe shelving

This is not only practical but actually looks awesome – like a clothing shop almost. It’s also financially economical for most people as you can find simple shelving in IKEA and spray paint it to match your home.

Consider hiring an Airtasker handyman for this to double check it’s all secure and level.

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Under the bed

There are beds actually build to lift up so that you can store shoes and clothes under the bed. This is the perfect apartment wardrobe solution.

Use the unused space

Sounds simple enough, but you can convert a cupboard under some stairs or a loft space into a wardrobe. You’ll be surprise by how much you can store and easily combine draws, shoe racks and vertical hanging space.

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Kitchen Island Design Ideas

A island bench in the middle of the kitchen is one of the most desirable features in a home. It’s "Kitchen Island Design Ideas"

Kitchen Island Design Ideas

A island bench in the middle of the kitchen is one of the most desirable features in a home. It’s true that some kitchen island design ideas are only feasible in a larger space, but there other variations that can work in smaller kitchens too.

We’ve pulled together inspirational kitchen island designs that could easily work in most homes.

Extendable island

Sometimes you don’t always need a huge island bench or maybe it doesn’t fit practically. But if you add a sliding extensions, you can still use a longer bench when you need it for additional room to cook a big feast. This could be an easy DIY project or even better, outsource as a handyman task.

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Island bench seating

This look is very unique but it creates a lovely spot for you to enjoy your morning coffee or the kids to complete their homework whilst you prepare dinner.

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Wine storage

If you’re a bit of a wine connoisseur and struggle to find a spot to store your wine, you’ll love this design which incorporates a wine rack into the kitchen island. Then it’s also easily accessible if you need to add wine to the sauce, or to simply sip on.

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Dining table + Kitchen Island

This truly encapsulates the saying ‘the heart of the home is the kitchen’. By incorporating the dining area and kitchen into the same space, it brings the family into the kitchen to help and not to mention multitask entertaining guests. Also, we have to mention the added bench space is a huge plus.

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Temporary island

Having a kitchen island with wheels or repurposing another piece of furniture is perfect for renters who can’t build a permanent kitchen island. It’s also useful to trial an island in your kitchen and if it works for you.

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Thinner kitchen island

If you have a more rectangular shaped kitchen you’re still able to have a bespoke kitchen island made to compliment the dimensions of your kitchen. Then you can put a few stools under/around it to enjoy eating breakfast at.

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If you have a smaller kitchen, read out small kitchen design ideas for some extra tips.

Different heights

Having two or three different heights of your kitchen island means that it can be used for standing, sitting on bar stools and also use as a breakfast table. It can also help to subtly section of the kitchen from the dining side of the bench.

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Small Kitchen Design Ideas

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Small Kitchen Design Ideas

We’re all envious of the people who have big spacious kitchen and dining rooms in their homes, but the reality is that it comes with a hefty price tag. While this might mean it’s out of the reach for most us, with some smart small kitchen design ideas you’ll be able to enjoy a kitchen you love.

With a bit of DIY and handyman help you’ll be able to increase your storage and have a lot better usability in your kitchen.

Adding a breakfast nook

When you live in a small home it’s unlikely that you have a big dining room, or even have one at all.

By placing a cute table and a couple of chairs can be the perfect spot for breakfast and dinner. You could even keep matching chairs in the bedroom or living room, that are ready to use whenever you have guests over.

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Paint it white

White makes spaces look bigger and cleaner, so it’s a no brainer to remove any dark tiling, splash backs and give a lick of paint for a refreshing crisp look.

But don’t worry that doesn’t mean you can’t add a splash of colour with home accessories. If you want to be on trend use a metallic such as copper, rose gold or gold. Then use timber to soften the room with chopping boards, seating and shelving.

Looking for some more painting and kitchen ideas, take a look at our kitchen home improvement ideas.

In-built seating

If there’s no room for a table and chairs, why not add seating into the kitchen design. Yes you will be sacrificing precious bench space, but if your apartment or tiny home isn’t an entertaining zone – do you really need a delegated area to eat.

It will also be useful for storage of pots/pans underneath and when you’re not sitting on it, you could use it to rest your heavy shopping, or recipe book holder.

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Knock out a wall

Open planned homes are all the rage these days, so if you have a pokey kitchen consider knocking down some (or all) of the wall. This could make room for a desirable island bench or if it’s a structural wall see if you can knock out part of it to turn it into a breakfast bar.

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Kitchen tools

If you’re a bit of a chef in the kitchen and have more than one pot, pan and ladle – you’ll need space. Instead of storing them in draws and cabinets, which takes up valuable room, take some inspiration from the tool shed and use a pegboard.

Just like with your tools hang your kitchen utensils on underutilised wall space, such as behind the door or inside the pantry.

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Crockery art

Just like pots and pans, your lovely crockery doesn’t need to take up space in cupboards. Use the sideboard table in the living room or a bit of extra room in the bookcase to keep them in until you need to use them.

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There’s always a bit of extra space by the fridge and cabinetry which can be used smartly as extra storage. Even if it’s just to hold small items such as herbs and chopping boards, every bit of space helps.

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Retractable bench space

When you’re at home viewing opens, bench space in a kitchen is a big non-negotiable for the cooks in the family. Having adequate room to lay out ingredients, chop food and store microwaves/ toasters is important. However, just because there isn’t enough bench space, doesn’t mean you can’t create some.

We love this bench inspired draw which allows you to add some extra space when you need it.

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Open shelving

There’s another way to store plates, cups, herbs, and pots, actually just about anything – open shelving. There are many options and styles that you can choose so that it fits within your current design.

When putting up the brackets and shelves make sure you use a spirit level so that it’s straight. If home DIY isn’t your strong point, you can post a handyman task to get it completed for you.

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Got any other small kitchen design ideas and tips? Let us know in the comments below.

Autumn Gardening Tips

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Autumn Gardening Tips

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How lush and amazing your garden will look next Spring relies a lot on what you can get done in Autumn to withstand the harsh winter weather. Planting bulbs, taking out all the weeds and conditioning the soil should be at the top of your list for your garden to flourish.

It can be a huge job but after setting aside a few weekends in March, April and May to tackle the garden it makes the task more manageable.

Weeding
Weeds can take over the garden in a flash, so it’s important to get rid of them as soon as they pop up.

While you’re at it, you should remove any plants that are past there summer best and any other green waste. This is especially important for old fruit, as the dreaded fruit fly is a pest you don’t want to attract.

Don’t have a green-thumb? You’re not alone on this and there are hundreds of people on Airtasker ready to tackle any gardening task – big or small!

Condition Soil

After you remove all the weeds and waste, it’s time to feed the soil and get it ready for new plants.

Using either compost or manure, generously spread all over the garden beds. Also add a little lime or dolomite to sweeten the soil it. Next grab your gardening fork and turn over the soil so that it looks light and fluffy with no hard bits. Once you’ve worked through all of the soil, leave it for a week at least before planting anything.

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Lawns

Your lawns will be loving the increased rainfall that’s just around the corner. To make sure they get a good enough drench use a garden fork to make holes for water and fertiliser to soak in. Your lawn loves to feed at this time so you should also give it some lime or dolomite to sweeten it up before it gets cold again.

Pruning

Now is the time to prune back any summer shrubs, hedges and plants that are looking a little tired. This way they’re in a healthy state to grow and flower when in season again.

Planting

With the soil still warm and rainfall increasing you should prepare clippings, plant bulbs and maintain your veggie garden. If you would like a bright and colourful garden in spring, you should plant spring flower bulbs such as daffodils.

Likewise with your vegetable garden, it’s important to prep the bed before you plant seedlings by raking the soil. Your cool season veggies to plant are spinach, silverbeet, beetroot, onions, beans, kale, lettuce and cauliflower.

It’s also a good time to add some flavour to your vegetable garden with some herbs such as coriander, rocket, parsley and chives.

Mulching
To protect your garden over the harsh winter months you’ll need to mulch for some insulation and extra cover. Just make sure that you’ve removed all the weeds before you mulch and that it sits about 5-10mm thick to have adequate coverage.

Potted Plants
Bring your potted plants indoors before it gets too cold. This will not only protect them but also bring some lovely greenery into your living area.

Start Composting
With leaves falling and pruning in autumn, it’s the perfect time to start composting. It’s the best and most cost-effective way to add nutrients back into your garden. Mixing together leaves, fertiliser, fruit/veggie scraps, clippings and water you can make your own compost quite easily.

Home To-Do Checklist – March

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Home To-Do Checklist – March

We’re sorry to say but it’s the end of summer, however as sad as that is – it means looking forward to yummy winter meals and cozy indoor days.

Just with every change of season, there are certain things you can do around the home now to make sure you’re ready for the cooler and wet weather.

Roof Check
March is the perfect time to check the roof of your home to make sure it can withstand increased rainfall and storms. Remove any debris lying around and make sure that all the tiles or roof panels are ok – if not, make sure you replace them.

Prep The Deck
Your decking can take a battering in the rain with timber cracking and general weathering. While the days are still dryer, it’s a good time to sand them back and seal them. This should protect it enough to enjoy next Summer.

Garden Cleaning
Cleaning your garden sounds a little silly sure, but if your plants get diseased it could see the demise of all your efforts to create a luscious and beautiful garden. Dead plants, weeds, old fruit and diseased plants should be removed and either composted or thrown out – particularly the diseased plants.

Here’s what else you should be doing to get your garden ready for winter.

Painting
With the Easter long weekend early in March this year, it’s the best opportunity to give your home a fresh lick of paint. It’s important to refresh the inside of your home as you spend a lot of time here over the cooler months.

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Moisture Problems
Checking for leaks, moisture damage and faulty fittings in your bathroom might not seem all that important right now, but you’ll be thanking us in a few months. Mould can be a real issue in the wintery months and it not only looks horrible, it ruins your clothes and is a major health issue.

If you have a problem with it already, we’ve put together a great list of how to rid mould from your home.

Pest Control
Spiders, moths, cockroaches, mosquitos and vermin – we get them all in Australia especially when they seek refuge from the wet weather. Check your door and window fittings for any gaps and holes to fix. If you’ve had problems in the past, it’s also worth getting a pest inspection and your home treated to prevent any surprises.

Carpet Cleaning
Sand and dirt can go through the whole house over summer and you should get your carpets professionally cleaned. This will also help extend the life of your carpets by getting them cleaned 3-4 times a year.

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Valentine’s Day Tasks on Airtasker

Whether you love or hate Valentine’s Day, it’s important to let your significant other know that you appreciate them. Sure "Valentine’s Day Tasks on Airtasker"

Valentine’s Day Tasks on Airtasker

Whether you love or hate Valentine’s Day, it’s important to let your significant other know that you appreciate them. Sure you could buy a card and exorbitantly priced roses, but why not do something different this year with a little help from Airtaskers.

Believe it or not, we’ve had plenty of people or organise romantic surprises via Airtasker over the years, such as borrowing a puppy or singing a special song. Here are some other creative ideas for Valentine’s Day that you could easily get done.

Picnic Set Up

A picnic is nothing new, however, you can add an extra special touch by hiring an Airtasker to pick up everything and set it up for you. They won’t even have an inkling of what you have planned.

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Borrow a Puppy

If you’re a renter it probably means you can’t have a pet at home. So if you’re coupled-up with a someone who tends to squeal at the sight of one, you could borrow one for an hour or so as a special treat.

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Want some more original Valentine’s Day ideas? Read our quirky Valentine’s Day gift ideas.

Favourite Foods

Now this one is a bit different, however if your partner loves a certain type of food (think pizza, donuts or even baguettes) – you can get their favourite food delivered straight to their doorstep for a yummy surprise. This is great for guys and girls because let’s face it, the way to anyone’s heart is their stomach.

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Are you a romantic? Let us know what’s the most romantic thing you’ve done and you could win an Airtasker Valentine’s Day Gift Box. Enter by leaving a comment on this Facebook post.

Sing a Tune

Do you have a special couple song? Or maybe you would just like to organise the ultimate surprise by getting someone to go to their home, workplace or even show up over a bite of lunch and sing a song.

From an Al Green classic to Top Gun – there are endless options!

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Flowers

If sticking to something original is more you, no one ever said no to flowers – especially roses. They can be a tricky item to find on the day if you’ve left it last minute. An Airtasker can help you pick the flowers and also some chocolates on the way.

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Have you got any other romantic ideas? Let us know in the comments below!

AND don’t forget if you need a great unique Valentine’s Day gift this year – get an Airtasker Valentine’s Day Gift Box.

10 Things You NEED To Do Before Moving Home

Moving into a new home is an exciting time of your life as you start a new chapter. But regardless "10 Things You NEED To Do Before Moving Home"

10 Things You NEED To Do Before Moving Home

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Moving into a new home is an exciting time of your life as you start a new chapter. But regardless of whether you’re renting or buying there’s a few things everyone seems to leave to the very last minute – or even worse totally forget about.

To make sure you’re all set for your move, we’ve put together these ten pre-moving tips that will not only save you time but keep you stress-free.

Start de-cluttering early

It doesn’t take much common sense to realise that the less you have to move, the easier (and cheaper) it will be. But what about that cabinet that you must take or the 5 throw blankets that keep you snuggly in winter – yep it’s time to be honest with yourself. Let’s face facts; we all have a little hoarder monster in us, but it’s important to ask yourself these three questions:

1. When did you last use {insert your item}? If it’s more than 6 months it’s got to go.
2. Does it fit in your new home? If you can’t get in past the front door, then there’s no point in putting it in the truck in the first place.
3. Is it useful? Ok here is where the honesty comes into play. If it’s a totally useless item, why do you need it?

De-clutter by giving your items, selling or donating to charity should happen as soon as you know you’re moving home. Think about it, if you do something everyday towards your end goal (moving in this instance) then it’s less of a hurdle at the finish line.

Always keep in mind the amount of space you’re moving into, knowing the room available to you sets the boundaries to how much you can take along with you for your move. Which brings us to…

Get measurements

This will help you to understand the space you’re moving into and which items you currently own will fit.

Make a start by measuring up the dimensions of large furniture (fridge, sofa and dining tables) and then go to your new home and measure out the space. You could even use masking tape to map out the room.

Don’t forget to measure the doorframes and hallways. There’s nothing worse than lugging the plush leather sofa to the new home, only to find that you can’t even get it inside the living room.

Say goodbye to your neighbours and hello your new ones

Don’t get too distracted by your move that you forget about your neighbours, even if they are ones you’d like to forget about.

You should let them know about your move, if moving trucks will be blocking driveways, and also your new address to forward mail and keep in touch.

The same goes for your new home, make sure meet your new neighbours, introduce the family and let them know when you’ll be settling in. A proactive approach is a great way to get a good start with your new community.

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Look into using a removalist

Sometime things are best left to the professionals, and this is one of those times.
You’ll need to pick a day that you need to move buy and start compiling quotes. Booking a removalist on a weekday can sometimes be at a discounted rate so being organised can end up saving you some money.

Most removalists will only move boxes from A to B, and to get the full-service packing and un-packing help, it can become expensive. However having an extra pair of hands to help can ensure all your packing gets done and even help with
furniture assembly at the other end.

If a removalist is too expensive, hiring an Airtasker to help you is a great alternative as they can assist you with almost anything. From packing and moving to post and pre-moving home cleaning.

Label organisation

You may think this is over the top, but we promise it’s not. Start by numbering or naming each room in your new home on a plan, that you and removalists have a copy of. Then make sure you label the boxes to match the room in your new home.

This method will make it faster and more streamlined if you’re doing the heavy lifting yourself or if you’ve hired some help.

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Get Powered Up

It’s a really simple thing to get power connected before you move, but don’t forget to also get it disconnected from your current place too. Whether it’s just changing names or providers, make sure it’s on your priority list.

Change Your Address

You’ll need to let companies, such as your bank that regularly sends you mail, know of your change of address. It’s also wise to go to the local post office and apply for a new address so your mail is redirected. Also don’t forget to also update your details on the electoral roll.

Get home & contents insurance

Organise your existing home insurance policy to cease the day after you’ve moved out and your next insurance policy to commence the day before you move. This means you’ll be covered for moving day when you technically aren’t living anywhere.

Pack an un-packing box

Keep a helpful box separate from the rest and is the first thing to unpack when you get there. It should contain all the tools you might need, cleaning products or screws from furniture for assembly. All helpful items should be in one simple place to save you time and frustration.

Pack a first night box

Likewise with the un-packing box another helpful box that is important for your move is a first night box. This should contain some food and drinks, clothes, basic toiletries and bed linen. Basically anything you’ll need to survive that first night.

Happy moving and don’t forget if you need some help to let us know.

Pet Tasks On Airtasker

We’re a nation of animal lovers and just about every household has a pet or three. So it’s no surprise "Pet Tasks On Airtasker"

Pet Tasks On Airtasker

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We’re a nation of animal lovers and just about every household has a pet or three. So it’s no surprise that we’ve seen hundreds of pet owners getting help for their family dog, cat, rabbit or even chickens. From feeding and pet sitting to installing kennels and portraits of your beloved animal.

Feeding

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Whether you’re interstate for work over night or heading off on holidays, your pets still need to eat as well. As one of the most popular pet chore tasks, more people are relying less on helpful neighbours and family and finding the convenience in Airtasker for pet feeding.

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Pick Up Pet Food

If you don’t have a car it can be difficult to get heavy bags of bulk pet food home or a last minute delivery to your office if you’re running low.

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Home DIY Fixes

When you move or get a new dog you’ll need to install a dog (or cat) door so that your pet can keep going in and out throughout the day.

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Making a rabbit hutch, building a cat scratcher and installing a dog kennel can improve your pets comfort level at home and easy plus affordable via Airtasker.

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Pet Transport

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Whether it’s a vet visit, taking a lost and found animal to RSPCA, or picking up a new puppy – if you don’t have a set of wheels, there are plenty of people ready to help out.

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Pet Sitting

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We’d all love to take our pets on holiday, but more often than not it’s impossible. Regardless of whether you’re well planned or you’ve had to hop on a plane last minute, Airtasker has created another option for people.

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Especially at Christmas when people have to travel all over the state or across the country, pet sitting is a must as boarding can be quite expensive.

Dog Walking

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We’re all busy and sometimes there’s just not enough hours in the day to take your dog for a walk, lucky there are plenty of Airtasker Workers who will put up their hand to take care of your dog walking.

Pet Grooming and Washing

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Just like us humans, your pets should always look (and smell) great. It’s a messy and time consuming job to undertake, so it’s the perfect solution for someone to come to your home and take care of it.

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It’s no surprise that we get some quirky tasks on Airtasker and even for pets. Airtasker Workers have completed tasks to draw dog portraits, helping design pet coats, or building assistance steps for older dogs.

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Top Halloween Costume Ideas

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Top Halloween Costume Ideas

Gone are the days where it was easy to to go to Big W, buy a white table cloth and cut out two eye holes and become a ghost for Halloween. From matching couple costumes to the latest movie characters, people dressing up for Halloween are looking outside the box this year.

Here are the top creative Halloween costumes ideas:

Harley Quinn

After behind-the-scene shots of one of the most anticipated movies, The Suicid Squad, we’re thinking there will be many Harley Quinn look-a-likes roaming the streets this year. As an added bonus it’s not a terribly hard costume to put together with some hair chalk, shorts, a baseball top and make up for special effects.

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Star Wars

It’s been a decade but the next Star Wars movie is about to be in every cinema in December. From Luke Skywalker and Darth Varder, to Princess Leia and Chewbacca – the options are endless.

Want to push the boundaries with an R2-D2 or Yoda costume? An Airtasker can help you put it all together for you.

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Superheros

No one can look past a good Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman or Catwoman superhero character for a party – but we are going to say that it’s definitely the least scariest and easy option.

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Minions

They are seriously too cute and make the ideal children’s costumes as they guarantee not to scare a soul. It can be a little difficult to make but with a bit of DIY and creative input, your little minion will be a star.

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Halloween Couple Costumes

There options here are quite endless from famous couples and movie leading men and ladies to quirky costume ideas you may of not even thought about like Google Map pins and the good ol’ eggs & bacon.

Here are a couple of ideas to get you started:

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Halloween Tasks

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Halloween Tasks

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Halloween is just a few nights away and that means in crunch time if you are still trying to put your halloween costume together or thinking about decorating your house.

We see quite a few Halloween tasks on Airtasker for all types of things. Here are some task ideas that you can get help with this Halloween.

Halloween Make-up

Whether it’s ghoulish zombie make-up or some creative Day Of The Dead face-painting, we’ve seen

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Waiters

Don’t be stuck in the kitchen serving food during your party, an Airtasker can take care of it so you can relax and enjoy it.

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Halloween Decorating

Decorating for halloween can be a stressful task, so a helping hand to pick up and deliver decorations, set up them up and help with any food prep can be a real time saver.

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Halloween Clean Up

Halloween can be a very messy party to host with fake cobwebs, blood and decorations everywhere. And who wants to wake up the next morning to spend the day cleaning? No one – lucky house cleaning in on of the most popular tasks on Airtasker.

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Costumes

Halloween is all about looking the part, you cannot trick or treat, or go to a party without a halloween costume.
But who has time these days to think of an idea, let alone go to the shops or make it from scratch.

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Pumpkin Carving

Get a pumpkin carved and ready to go without having to do the hard work – your house will look great!

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Photography

Looking the part is one thing, but get someone to come to your party and take some great snaps of you and your friends is another.

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Halloween Promotion For Businesses

If you need some extra promotion for your business this halloween, getting people in your local area to hand out flyers is a guaranteed way to get the word out.

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Tips To Get Your Home Ready For Summer

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Summer has already been teasing us with its warmer weather and longer days. But whilst you might be ready for summer, your home might not be.

Swapping the flannelette sheets is a great starting point, but for a refreshed home for summer make sure you follow these tips.

Flooring changes

You wont need those woolly rugs in summer, roll them up and store them for the wintery months when you want to create a cozy feeling.

It’s also a good time to give the carpet a good clean by the professionals to pick up all the dust and to make look like new.

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Lighting

Your home will already be instantly warmer with the stronger sun beaming in through the windows, so keep lights to a bare minimum to keep the temperature down. If you don’t have dimmers installed, this could be the opportunity to hire a handyman to do the job for you.

Added bonus: Your electricity bill will decrease ☺

Plants

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Adding greenery to the home is an instant way to bring the outside in. It makes everything look fresh and there are endless options from hanging ceiling pots, to installing a vertical garden if you have enough budget.

Decluttering

It’s strange how quickly your house can get cluttered with things, that’s why you should make decluttering a seasonal to-do to reduct the build up. If you can’t part with some things, think about a creative way to re-use it or leave it with a friend to look after for the short term.

Repair fly screens

Perhaps the only annoying thing about summer is the mosquitoes and other insects that seem to find any way to get into the home. Before it becomes a problem, install fly screens or repair holes in existing screens. That way you can get relief from cool summers night breeze.

Pack away the winter clothes

It’s time to put away all the jumpers, heavy jackets and boots. You won’t need them this summer plus it frees up a lot of extra space for the items you’ll wear regularly during summer.

Garden maintenance

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Keeping your garden healthy throughout a hot summer will be your biggest challenge here.

Watering the roots (not the leaves) is crucial and consider using water crystals to help with water retention. In addition to watering, adding compost at regular intervals or potting mix will help fight pests and diseases.

Get your pool in tip top shape

Whilst we’re talking about the garden, don’t forget the swimming pool. It needs love and attention to get it back into good health, ready for people to swim in.

Maintaining the correct pH level is important and it’s best to take a sample to the pool shop, where they can recommend the correct concoction of chemicals to keep it safe. Plus don’t forget to regularly scoop out the leaves.

Update your outdoor entertaining area

Does your entertaining area need a bit of a facelift? It’s not as hard as you may think. Adding a bar with a simple tabletop can work wonders, also consider an inbuilt bbq area, bench seating, hanging plants and more.

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If you already have outdoor furniture, the last 12 months of weather could mean it needs a fresh coat of lacquer or paint.

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However if you’re looking to purchase an outdoor lounge or dining set, consider DIY pallet furniture. It’s easy, cheap and very on-trend at the moment. But if you’re not a DIYer, there’s an Airtasker that can put it together for you so that you won’t even need to lift a finger.

Future Of Work – Report

Are you expecting a pay rise next year? You might want to think again… Less than half of Australian workers "Future Of Work – Report"

Are you expecting a pay rise next year? You might want to think again…

Less than half of Australian workers received one this year – although that’s not stopping them from getting their hopes
up.

Airtasker’s second Future of Work study found that 55 per cent of Australian workers expect a pay rise in the next 12 months.

The findings come after Productivity Commission chairman Peter Harris warned that growth in wages could slow to half the rate of the past 50 years.

The number of Australians using online platforms such as Airtasker,UberX and AirBnB to earn extra money has doubled sinc January.

The newest study looked at pay rises, hours worked, employment type and desire to earn extra money outside of “9 to 5” jobs.

It was based on a representative survey by Pureprofile of 1015 employed Australians and expands on the findings of the first Future of Work study released in January.

“This study shows that there is still a strong desire among Australians to earn extra money through traditional work channels,” said Airtasker co-founder and CEO Tim Fung.

“However, we’ve also unearthed a mismatch in expectations with pay rises that we expect to grow as technology continues to evolve the way we work”.

“More and more workers are turning to sharing economy platforms to remedy diminishing hours, slower wage growth, or simply to take charge of their work-life balance and become their own boss.”

The study revealed:

  • Pay rise expectations have outpaced the number of Australians who actually received a pay rise in the past 12 months, across all age groups.
  • The number of Australian workers using online platforms such as Airtasker, UberX and AirBnB to earn extra money has doubled since January.
  • More workers say they are on the look-out for a new job compared to January.
  • Few Australians work more than 40 hours a week.

  • Most work between 30 to 40 hours. However, the majority of women surveyed indicated they worked less than 30 hours per week.

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  • Compared to the earlier Future of Work study, pay has overtaken flexibility in terms of the most important characteristic of work.

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  • Finally, the desire to earn extra income is high among all age groups.

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Additional findings:

  • 45% of respondents say they are likely or very likely to look for anew job in the next 12 months. This is up from 43.5% from the first Future of Work study in January.
  • 83.4% strongly agree or moderately agree that: “The traditional employment model of the ‘9 to 5’ office job is inflexible for
    workers in 2015 and into the future.” This is down from 84.8% in January.
  • 79.9% strongly agree or moderately agree that: “The flexibility of freelancing/working for yourself makes up for the lack of
    certainty/predictability of work.” This is up from 76.4% in January.
  • 8% of those surveyed said they are using online platforms such as Airtasker, Freelancer, 99Designs, UberX and AirBnB to earn extra money. This is up from 4% in January.

Australia’s First Sharing Economy Study – Airtasker

Thousands of Australians are joining Airtasker each day to reap the benefits of the sharing economy. Busy working Australians are "Australia’s First Sharing Economy Study – Airtasker"

Thousands of Australians are joining Airtasker each day to reap the benefits of the sharing economy.

Busy working Australians are buying back their lives one task at a time, while workers are enjoying the flexibility of being their own boss.

There are roughly 320,000 members on Airtasker, triple the amount on the website in March 2014.

In the last six months Australians have made millions doing everything from house cleaning and gardening to removals and furniture assembly.

“Time-poor working Australians are buying themselves time,” said Airtasker CEO Tim Fung.

Meanwhile, people are turning to Airtasker to choose their own work and capitalise on the increased flexibility that comes with working in the sharing economy.

In Australian-first Airtasker is tracking the growth of the sharing economy, releasing its first bi-annual Sharing Economy Monitor, based on research Pureprofile. And it’s growing fast.

About 16 percent of Australians have used the sharing economy to get a job done, while 6.7 per cent of the population have used it to earn extra income.

“The figures are incredibly important given the ongoing, national debate around the sharing economy movement in Australia,” Airtasker CEO Tim Fung said.

“We have found that more and more everyday Australians are turning to our platform to get more done as attitudes towards getting tasks completed by local workers evolve.”

The sharing economy trend is less than a decade old but it’s growing rapidly worldwide.

The monitor revealed almost half of the population (44.8 per cent) are aware of the companies driving the movement, including AirBnB, Uber and Airtasker.

The local research harnessed the same methodology as earlier US research from global consultancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.
PwC’s research found that roughly 44 per cent of US consumers are aware of the sharing economy and 19 per cent have used it to get a job done.

Uber was founded in San Francisco in 2009. AirBnB was founded in San Fransisco in 2009. Both companies officially launched in Australia in 2012.

Airtasker triples users since March 2014

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In addition to releasing its first Sharing Economy Monitor, Airtasker revealed internal user growth figures to demonstrate the speed of this trend.

The website is on track to pass a third of a million members this year.

Recent media reports say there are 15,000 drivers on Uber, while AirBnB offers 40,000 rooms on its service across Australia.
“Businesses and policy makers need to recognise the growth, potential and the opportunity brought on by this trend,” Mr Fung said.

“Our own internal data reveals that the sharing economy is gaining momentum. For example, over 100,000 Australians have joined the Airtasker community over the past six months.”

Method:
Airtasker’s Sharing Economy Monitor was conducted by local research firm Pureprofile.
It was measured via an online survey of a representative sample of 1000 Australians.

6 Things You’ll Forget To Spring Clean

Spring has sprung and everyone is racing outside to enjoy the longer sunny days. The warmer weather means it’s also "6 Things You’ll Forget To Spring Clean"

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Spring has sprung and everyone is racing outside to enjoy the longer sunny days. The warmer weather means it’s also time to put away those flannelette sheets, and get your home ready for summer with a bit of spring cleaning.

Most people think that spring cleaning is just cleaning out the expired food from the fridge, and removing never worn clothes – but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

From control panels and electronics, to bins and pillows, here’s a list of 6 things you’ll probably forget to spring clean.

Remote Controls, Switches & Handles

Think about the things you touch everyday; doorknobs, kitchen cabinets, light switches and the TV remotes – they all gather germs and dirt too.

Make sure you go over all the items with a cloth and disinfectant. As for the TV remote, remove batteries and use a cotton bud with disinfectant to rub around the buttons. Wipe the remainder of the remote with a lint-free cloth.

Window Screens

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Cleaning the window screens is just as important as cleaning the glass. They build up grime and dust, but luckily it’s a quick cleaning fix.

To clean, remove screens from the door tracks/ windows. Make sure you label them so that you can remember where each one goes.

Mix some detergent with water and pour into a spray bottle. Either in the bathtub or outside wash over with water, and then spray the detergent mixture. Use a scrubbing brush to gently remove dirt and once finished, run water over the screens again to remove detergent. Allow the screens to air-dry and put back in place.

Deodorise Mattress

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Washing the sheets is easy, but don’t forget about the mattress that you spend 8 hours a night on also needs some cleaning love.

After you’ve stripped the bed of the sheets, use the vacuum to clean all the dust off the mattress. Next, use some baking soda and mix with a few drops of essential oils (try lavender). Using a kitchen strainer, sprinkle the soda all over the mattress. Leave it on for at least an hour (you can get started on the next thing) and then vacuum with the hose attachment.

Stove Vents

As the kitchen vents are hidden, they are easily forgotten in the cleaning process and the result is an all over sticky grease. As gross as it may seem to clean, it’s actually quite easy.

Using a big stainless steal pot, boil water, add baking soda slowly (till it fizzes) and use tongs to lower the filters into the pot. Leave them in for a minute or two and remove and they should look as good as new.

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Outside

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Don’t forget about your backyard, it needs some spring cleaning love too! Use a power hose to remove leaves, mildew and marks from your home and pavers.

Check all the gutters for leaves that have built up over the cooler months and remove. If you’re short on time or being a green thumb isn’t your thing, consider getting an extra set of hands from a reliable Airtasker to help with the garden.

Cleaning your cleaning equipment

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Now that you’ve completed your annual spring clean, your vacuum, broom, mop and other equipment used needs a good clean to get rid of all the germs collected.

You might even want to consider buying a new broom and mop, which are used regularly, for a fresh start.

Happy Spring Cleaning!

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet To Hanging Washing

It’s easy to use the dryer but did you know it’s also the second biggest drain on electricity in your "The Ultimate Cheat Sheet To Hanging Washing"

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet To Hanging Washing

It’s easy to use the dryer but did you know it’s also the second biggest drain on electricity in your home? So, to save money off your next electricity bill buy a clothing horse or start using the washing line – pronto.

It might seem like a lot more effort but it really isn’t if you use these 7 tips next time you hang your washing.

1. Use Hangers

Use coat hangers to hang your shirts to not only keep them in shape, but also half your ironing time. If you’re still inclined to use the dryer, do so, but after you’ve hung them out and they are almost dry. That way you’ll only need to put the shirts in for less than 20 minutes.

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2. Maximise Space

When you are putting on one, two, three or even four loads of washing a weekend (or day), you can find yourself playing the waiting game until the last load is dry. By overlapping the edges of clothes, it will allow for a bit more space and also use up less pegs – which have you noticed, always seem to go missing…

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Another brilliant idea is to hang items across the lines rather than on the line, see how that works below.

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3. Use The Sun

Can’t remove those stubborn stains? The sun is more powerful than you realise as it will actually make your white clothes look more whiter and brighter.

4. Turn Clothes Inside Out

As much as the sun is good for white clothes, for coloured and darker clothes it’s another story. Over time colours can fade and it’s important to protect them as much as possible, by either taking them out of direct sunlight and/or turning them inside out.

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5. Go Upside Down

Ever had that moment when you take a top off to wear that day and you have peg marks that you can seem to get rid of? Well to avoid ugly marks on your favourite blouse hang it upside down.

6. Remove Excess Water

Your clothes will dry a lot faster if you can squeeze as much water as you can out of them. The best way to do this is to use a clean dry towel and roll up the piece of clothing inside the towel (like a roulade) as tightly as you can, then unroll and hang on the line.

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7. Flat Drying

For clothes that stretch, such as jumpers and dresses, make sure you lay them to flat dry so that the shape reminds intact. This can be on a table, the ground (make sure you use a towel underneath), or these days you can actually buy flat dryers for this purpose.

Have you got any other laundry hacks for hanging out washing? Let us know in the comments below.

Father’s Day Tasks

Did you know Father’s Day is the first Sunday in September… No? Well you might want to get your skates "Father’s Day Tasks"

Father’s Day Tasks

Did you know Father’s Day is the first Sunday in September… No? Well you might want to get your skates on, because that’s just a few days away.

Instead of the usual socks and ties this year we’ve put together some tasks that would truly say ‘thank you’.

Father’s Day Tasks via Airtasker

Pool Cleaning

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It’s coming into Spring, that means it’s time to get the pool ready to swim in. It can be a lengthy process to get the chemical balance right and clean all the leaves out of the pool. So take the stress off dad and get an Airtasker to make sure the pool cleaning is done this year.

Gift Purchasing

Live interstate (or overseas) and missed the opportunity to post a present? An Airtasker in the local area where your dad lives can pick up the socks, chocolates or shirt you wanted to buy and deliver it straight to him.

Garden Maintenance

On most weekends you’ll find your dad in the garden doing something from lawn mowing to trimming the hedges. Give your dad a break this weekend with a little bit of extra help. Not sure what needs to get done, here’s a gardening maintenance checklist:

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– Clean the gutters
– Trim overhanging trees and hedges
– Grass mowed
– Garden weeded
– Pruning of plants
– High pressure hose cleaning on pavers

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Handyman Help

Let’s face it, dads always get nagged to fix off jobs around the home. Truth is some dads like fixing odd jobs around the home, and others not so much. If there’s a door to fix, a window to repair or a TV to wall mount – we’ve got someone who can take care of all those pesky handyman jobs.

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Man Cave Organisation

It’s the perfect excuse to give the garage, shed or man cave a clean up. It means mum won’t be nagging that it’s always a mess and dad won’t have to lift a finger to do the cleaning.

And now for something a little different…

Gold Caddy

Hire an Airtasker to be your fathers golf caddy as he makes his way around the 18 holes. It’s also a good opportunity to spend a bit of bonding time together 🙂

Favourite Food Delivery

Everybody has a favourite food or a guilty pleasure and Father’s Day is the day to indulge in yummy treats. Whether it’s a KFC bucket of chicken, a favourite burger or gelato ice-cream – anything he loves can be delivered.

New Parents Babysitter

For first time dads maybe it’s giving him a day or night off to have a poker night with the guys or perhaps a date night to spend time together. There are trusted nannies and babysitters on Airtasker that can take care of your little one whilst he gets a break.

Walk The Dog

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Give your dad the break of getting up early for dog walking for a week. You could also get the dog washed too for that extra special touch.

Car Washed

Your dad will really appreciate his car being washed, vacuumed and polished. It’s the little things that make a difference.

Happy Father’s Day!

How To Save On Your Wedding With Outsourcing

The biggest day of your life is supposed to be like something out of a fairytale, but what they don’t "How To Save On Your Wedding With Outsourcing"

How To Save On Your Wedding With Outsourcing

The biggest day of your life is supposed to be like something out of a fairytale, but what they don’t tell you in fairytales is the cost of a wedding.

It’s really REALLY expensive, probably not as much as the recent wedding of Salim Mehajer, which gathered a plethora of media attention for requiring police assistance, estimating to cost at least $200,000.

But for us regular folk, a wedding costs on average $36,200 according to the ASIC and apparently in major cities such as Sydney, a more realistic average that couples should be considering is $70,000.

Due to the high cost of weddings couples tend to put off buying a house, face scrupulous budgeting impacting on their social life or even moving back in with family to save every cent.

Whilst there are some costs that can’t budge, such as venue locations, there are lower cost alternatives to the traditional wedding suppliers for photography and flowers etc. Airtasker has seen a steady rise in the number of wedding tasks and we’ve been able to compare traditional wedding supplier prices with tasks completed on Airtasker.

Wedding Savings

And what about those extra special personalised touches? We’ve put a list of all the wedding tasks on Airtasker to give you some inspiration.

Wedding Tasks On Airtasker

As we continue to grow we are always seeing Airtasker used for different outsourcing purposes. One that keeps popping up "Wedding Tasks On Airtasker"

Wedding Tasks On Airtasker

As we continue to grow we are always seeing Airtasker used for different outsourcing purposes. One that keeps popping up is weddings.

Why? Weddings are one of the most expensive life events that you’ll experience and people are looking to decrease the credit card bill that often accompany weddings these days.

There are some costs that you simply can’t save on such as venue (unless you are open to a Friday or Sunday wedding) but for invitations, flowers or the wedding cake there are costs that can be dramatically reduced with Airtasker.

Let’s take a look at some of the wedding tasks that you can get done on Airtasker:

Wedding Venue Research

It can be time consuming to look up wedding venues, catering send emails for price packages and organise this information in a easy to read spreadsheet. Getting an Airtasker to take care of the initial wedding planning can make it a less daunting task.

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Wedding Coordinator

Get an Airtasker wedding coordinator to take care of the finishing touches and keep on top of the order of events on your wedding day.

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Videographer & Video Editing

A wedding photographer is expensive enough so sometimes it doesn’t make sense to hire a videographer as well. However hiring an Airtasker to capture all special moments that photos can’t, such as speeches,

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Photography

With wedding photography climbing into the thousands of dollars, so if it’s not something that you are overly picky you can save plenty here.

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Wedding Booklets

For your ceremony you’ll need a outline of the proceedings in a booklet, particularly if it’s a church wedding, for people to follow along with the ceremony. This can be a big surprise cost at about $7+ a booklet. .

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Wedding Invitations

Whether you want a modern design or need some calligraphy done on the envelopes, there are designers on Airtasker who can help you out without the hefty price tag.

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Drivers and Transport

It’s ridiculous to hire wedding cars if they aren’t really needed, for example to drop off groomsmen or shuttle people in-between locations. So that you don’t inconvenience your guests, pick a reliable Airtasker who is happy to help.

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Wedding Cake

There are lots of baking tasks on Airtasker, so it’s not surprising that we’ve even had a wedding cake made by one of our baking superstars. It can be at least half the price of more traditional bakeries for your typical 3-tiered cake.

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But maybe you don’t need the whole cake made, just some personalised Simpsons figurines on top of the cake…

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Have you seen any other weddings tasks on Airtasker? Let us know in the comments below.

Out Of The Box Ideas To Improve Your Office

On Airtasker there are plenty of office based tasks and you’re right in thinking that majority of them are cleaning "Out Of The Box Ideas To Improve Your Office"

Out Of The Box Ideas To Improve Your Office

On Airtasker there are plenty of office based tasks and you’re right in thinking that majority of them are cleaning and deliveries. But we’ve seen some amazing tasks to improve efficiency and team morale that we simply had to share with you.

Whether it’s a birthday surprise or shaking it up with a paint job here’s how to bring a little bit something extra to your office.

Yoga

Healthy mind, spirit and workplace with a bit of afternoon yoga for your team. It’s a great chance to get people to try something new and also take some time to disconnect. With a bit of help setting up a work event, it won’t take more time out of your already busy day and you’ll reap the rewards.

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Birthday Surprises

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Want to make a co-workers birthday extra special? Why not fill up their office with 100 balloons for a great surprise.

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P.S. This could definitely be a prank as well and if that’s what you’re looking for we’ve got plenty more hilarious office pranks.

Funky Art

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If you want to give your office a ‘start-up look’ but without the Google/Facebook interior design price tag try graffiti or chalk artist.

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It will impress clients, and provide an uplifting workplace environment.

Team Photos

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Show people what your office culture is really like with in office photos of your employees.

Food Delivery

The way to your employees hearts is through their stomach. Providing food in the office will bring everyone together and it’s great if you’re having a long meeting or need a little bit of creativity. For a little something different for your next food delivery, such as:
Krispy Kremes

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Breakfast

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Or better yet…. Ice cream

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Storage Ideas For Your Apartment

It’s a renter’s nightmare to move into a place with little to no storage. It normally means an unwanted trip "Storage Ideas For Your Apartment"

Storage Ideas For Your Apartment

It’s a renter’s nightmare to move into a place with little to no storage. It normally means an unwanted trip to IKEA is on the cards, but before the flatpack anxiety kicks in we’ve got a few storage ideas for your apartment and house.

First of all let’s think about what storage is supposed to achieve, a sense of cleanliness due to de-cluttering and hiding of visible items. Buying bookshelves and storage units will only make your tiny apartment seem smaller, so it’s important to take a look at what you currently have and think about whether you can use it in a different way.

Hang your cleaning supplies

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With a different cleaner for every surface and type of stain, the space under the sink can become very clutterd. It’s easy to maximise this space and keep it organised by using a tension rod and hanging spray bottle cleaners from it.

Kitchen Cupboards

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Keep the little bench space you have free of paper towelling, spices and other bench clutter by building organising racks into the cupboard doors. You can pick up something similar to the rack below from a dollar shop or even Bunnings, and with a bit of handyman help your kitchen storage will be instantly improved.

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Under the Bed
This is the biggest storage maximiser that you will have in your home and it’s incredibly simple to put together something that suits you.

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For instance, you could create sliding drawers by picking up some old drawers and attaching wheels to them, or just get some nice baskets to drag in and out for extra linen and seasonal clothes.

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Bed Headboard
No room under the bed? No worries, you can create a storage headboard to be a place for all your trinkets, books and even filing.

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Plus it also replaces the need for a bedside table and triples as a feature wall!

Multi-purpose Desk
To have an office in your home is considered a luxury that many of us just simply can’t have. However there are many options to make existing areas multifunctional where you can get your work done.

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Kids Toys

Not only can kids toys take over the whole house, trying to store them away isn’t particularly easier either with big boxes. There are a couple of storage solutions for your smaller games and toys.

Any metal toy can get ‘stuck’ to the wall with a magnetic strip or utilise a feature of the home like a non-working fireplace or window sill to store toys.

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Ever noticed how a small board game or puzzle requires a big box? Well we love this idea of DIY toy storage with compact plastic cases, which can be placed into a specific basked.

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Mason Jars

Jars that have been recycled or even mason jars purchased can be used in the kitchen, bathroom or even the shed. Jars are perfect for any small items that you might need airtight, easily accessible or just to keep all the pieces together.

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Jewellery Art

Instead of mixing up all your jewellery in a drawer where it’s bound to get tangled and use up valuable storage space, why not hang your beautiful pieces on the wall. Not only will it free up valuable storage space but it doubles as a cheap art alternative.

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Do you have any other storage ideas for small apartments? Let us know in the comments below.

DIY Pallet Furniture For Your Dog

Everyone loves a comfy sleep at night and we bet so does your pet dog. Instead of your beloved pooch "DIY Pallet Furniture For Your Dog"

DIY Pallet Furniture For Your Dog

Everyone loves a comfy sleep at night and we bet so does your pet dog. Instead of your beloved pooch sleeping on an old blanket or even the sofa, you could put together a customised dog bed using pallets.

It’s a lot easier than it sounds to DIY pallet furniture for your dog, just take a look in your garden shed for some paint and pick up a pallet from a hardware shop or purchase online.

Not sure where to start and need a little bit of inspiration? We’ve put together all types of pallet furniture ideas from dog beds to dog bowls.

Dog bed

With a little bit of inspiration you can make a DIY dog bed look great, plus your dog is guaranteed to enjoy sweet chew-toy dreams in its new digs.

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If your dog is your pride and joy, maybe a little something like this below is something you’d like to make.

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But what if you have more than one dog….

Bunk Beds

Yes if you have more than one dog it’s possible to make bunk beds, they will just have to work out who gets top bunk.

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Dog Bowls

Most people have a designated area where they feed the dogs, so why not get some bright bowls or use your handyman skills to put together this food/water holder.

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Dog Kennel

You can still use pallets to create a bit of shelter for bigger outside-only dogs. For a classic look, the triangle dog kennel will only require a few pallets and a coat of weather-safe lacquer.

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Modern/Minimalistic Kennel

For dogs in apartments saving space can be an issue, that’s why this compact dog station is ideal. It has a place to store toys, sleep and eat – plus it looks awesome for any designer abode.

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Puppy Potty

Another apartment essential is a place for them to do their ‘business’ whilst you’re at work during the day. For young pups, you could train them to use something like this fake grass pallet potty. This way they’ll learn not to go inside.

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Dog Sofa

Does your dog try to dig a whole on the couch or make it smell like wet dog? Both a common issues, but you can fix this by making them their own dog sofa like below.

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If you’re more of a cat person, we’ve looks at IKEA furniture hacks for cats too.

How To Stay Warm Without Increasing Your Bills

In case you haven’t heard the temperature is set to drop with the Antarctic Vortex hitting. As stores across the "How To Stay Warm Without Increasing Your Bills"

How To Stay Warm Without Increasing Your Bills

In case you haven’t heard the temperature is set to drop with the Antarctic Vortex hitting. As stores across the state get down to the last heater stocks, it got me thinking about how to can stay warm without forking out for a new heater, nor increasing my electricity or gas bill.

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Here are some practical (and some not to practical yet fun) ways to stay warm during this Antarctic Vortex:

Go to a gig
It doesn’t matter where you live, there’s a local live music venue near you hosting musicians on Saturday (or any) night. So make sure you take your dancing shoes and keep warm by getting up and dancing the night away.

Keep busy and earn money
Get out of the house (or office) and complete tasks via Airtasker whether it’s making deliveries, helping people move house or putting your handyman skills to good use – there are plenty of ways to stay warm with the added benefit of earning money.

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Get started by making offers available tasks in your local area by browsing tasks.

Stay active
Go for a run, kick around the footy or head to a dance party – keeping active by pumping around the blood will get you warm instantly with the added bonus of keeping healthy.


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And for those of you interested in the dancing, No Lights No Lycra is a casual free-form dance class for those of you who purely love dancing. You don’t need to book, just rock up.
Dance classes are on Monday (Adelaide, Bondi, East Brunswick, Darwin) Tuesday (Perth, South Yarra), Wednesday (Footscray), Thursday (Perth, Newtown, Gold Coast) and many more nights and locations.

Cuddles with a furry friend
If you have a dog or a cat (or if you can borrow one) cuddle up with it on the sofa or put it on your feet; you’ll be keeping each other warm 🙂

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Delicious treats
Bake your favourite treats such as cookies or a yummy loaf of homemade bread. Not only will your belly be full but it will also heat your home and make it smell divine.

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Not a baker? Enjoy the opportunity to indulge in hot chocolate (or two or three). Make it extra delicious by using Nutella & milk.

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And if you’re not a sweets person, any herbal tea or squeeze a bit of lemon in hot water to warm you on the inside and out.

DIY
There’s no point in spending money on heaters if you have a big cold draft under the doors. By buying a door draft stopper or you can easily make one by picking up some material from Spotlight and once sewn together, fill with rice.

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Glass windows are another heat sucker and if you have single paned glass, make sure you have blinds or preferably material curtains to retain the heat. If you have a non-standard size, recycle sheets/ blankets and make thicker curtains.

Light candles
Time to use all those candles that you’ve received as gifts and left to gather dust in the cupboard. It will take the cold bite out of the air, reduce moisture build up, smell lovely and add a little bit of old-time romance too.

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If you have any other cheap ways to stay warm this winter, let us know in the comments below.

P.S. We hope you’re staying warm.

How To Rid Mould From Your Home For Good

Mould can ruin clothes, furniture and be terrible for your health. Here's some effective ways to get rid of mould from your home.

How To Rid Mould From Your Home For Good

If you live in Sydney, you’ll know it’s been a very wet autumn and a cold start to winter. Along with the awful weather, mould and mildew may have also snuck into the home and taken up residence in your bathroom or wardrobe.

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No matter how much house cleaning you do, it can ruin furniture, your clothes and there is a real health risk. Mould can cause issues such as sinus, asthma, yeast infections, headaches, fatigue, depression, skin and respiratory infections and aching joints. It’s toxic and needs to be taken care of immediately.

Your first instinct will be to go to your local supermarket and stock up on mould killing products, but I hate to be the bearer of bad news – they won’t work. And I’m going to tell you why.

Mould vs. Mildew – what is it?

Mould is a type of fungi (yep, gross) and mildew is a type of mould. Mildew is what can show on surfaces like wood, wool, leather, silk, cotton and linen) and it’s pretty much everywhere and only needs water to get a colony started.

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Mould and mildew love warm, moist, sometimes dark spaces – that’s why it’s important to air areas like garages and cellars regularly (especially after rain).

How to get rid of mould

Feel like throwing everything out?  Unfortunately, it’s the mildews food source, which means you’ll have to get rid of the water source. To do this requires you to dry out your home and eliminate any moisture and dampness.

Are you renting?

You should tell your landlord (in writing) as they have a duty to maintain the rental in reasonable repair, which includes mould. For more information head to tenants.org to find out what your rights and responsibilities are.

Here’s a quick list of things you can do:

  • Make sure you have ventilation leaving doors and windows open on dry days.
  • Insulate your ceilings to keep them warmer so it’s less prone to condensation – moulds water source.
  • Open up the curtains and windows to let the sun in (remember it likes dark spaces).
  • After a rainstorm check for leaks and water pooling on the roof.
  • Dry all wet areas.
  • Clean indoor plants of dust and extra water.
  • Wipe away condensation.
  • Use a dehumidifier – set it to less than 55% humidity.

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What about bleach?

Bleach will only mask it and not get rid of the mould at all and if you are suffering any allergies from the mould, those symptoms will stick around too.

To clean mould, you’ll need…

  • Face mask
  • Goggles (especially for ceiling and walls)
  • Gloves
  • Newspaper
  • Micro-fibre cloth
  • Bucket
  • Broom
  • Toothbrush
  • Old stockings
  • Oil of Cloves
  • Vinegar

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Fixing Mouldy Things

Washable fabrics (curtains, cushions, bedding, towels, clothing)

  1.  Soak in 1 cup salt and vinegar in 10L of water with 3 drops Oil of Cloves – Leave overnight.
  2. Next morning, squeeze out as much as possible and hang in the sun until dry and leave out for an additional hour as a salt crust forms.
  3. Use a soft brush to remove salt crust over the newspaper and dispose of it after.
  4. Machine wash with warm water and hang to dry as normal.
  5. Spray with 3 drops Oil of Cloves and 1L of water and leave to dry.

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Non-washable fabrics (suede, leather, silk)

  1. Lay down sheets of newspaper and put the items on top.
  2. Mix some coarse salt with a little vinegar and a drop of Oil of Cloves.
  3. Leave to sit for a day in the sunshine.
  4. Brush off mould as mentioned in washable fabrics and spray again with Oil of Cloves water mixture.

Leather goods

  1. Put 3 drops of Oil of Cloves with 1/2 cup baby or coconut oil.
  2. Wipe mouldy area in a circular motion.
  3. Leave to soak and store in a light airy location.

Non-portable/washable fabrics (carpets)

  1. Spray with a mixture of Oil of Cloves (3 drops), 1/2 cup vinegar, 5 cups of water and then sprinkle salt over the top in a thick layer.
  2. Leave overnight to dry and then vacuum.
  3. Repeat if necessary.

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Mouldy grout

  1. Use a toothbrush or grout brush and dip into vinegar and then in a mixture of 3 drops Oil of Cloves and 1/2 cup bicarb soda.
  2. Brush while fizzing on grout.
  3. Repeat and afterwards spray with clove oil and water mixture and leave to dry out.

Cupboards

  1. Hang a stick of chalk tied together with ribbon to absorb moisture.
  2. When chalk become damp, hang outside to dry.
  3. Reuse chalk bundle.

Walls and ceilings

  1. Mix 3 drops Oil of Cloves, 1/2 vinegar and 5 cups water.
  2. Use a clean broom, and the leg portion of stocking over the head and dip into solution.
  3. Sweep over the mouldy area.
  4. Allow it to dry and repeat.
  5. Every month spray walls/ceiling with a solution of 3 drops Oil of Cloves to 1L of water and leave to dry completely.

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All of this cleaning can take a lot of energy and time, so if you need a helping hand there are plenty of Airtaskers in your local neighbourhood who can help.

Do you have any more mould killing tips? Share with us in the comments below.

DIY Ideas For Your Small Bathroom

Apartment bathrooms are often small with little to no storage, but something about this compact area definitely makes it easier "DIY Ideas For Your Small Bathroom"

DIY Ideas For Your Small Bathroom

Apartment bathrooms are often small with little to no storage, but something about this compact area definitely makes it easier to navigate. Better yet, the smallest of changes can make the biggest impact to your small bathroom.

If you’re looking for a pop of colour, better practicality and something a little different in your bathroom then a little DIY for your small bathroom is the way to go.

Shower Rod

Change your typical silver metal to a different colour, such as copper or black. This can be easily done by heading to your local Bunnings and purchasing a new iron pipe.

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Source: Desert Domicile

Shower Curtain

Move over boring white or dare I say, clear, shower curtain – it’s time to jazz up your bathroom. The girls behind a beautiful mess have transformed a tie-dye shower curtain into an everyday motivational wake-me-up message. Take a look below.

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Source: a beautiful mess

Mirror

Frameless mirrors can be framed with a lick of paint on the wall surrounding it.

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Source: Rice Design

You can also create a mirror in a second-hand wooden crate. All you need is to get the right size mirror into the crate and some glue.

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Cabinets

Paint your dull bathroom cabinet a different colour and pick up some new handles. If you’re wondering about painting on laminate, use protective enamel oil-based paint.

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Source: Decorchick

Storage

Having space in your bathroom for towels, make-up, and extra supplies is hard to come by in apartments. To make the most of the space you have try putting a shelf above the doorway that could store toilet paper or towels.

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A Mason jar bathroom organizer is perfect for storing the essentials in the bathroom.

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Source: Liz Marie

Or if you have a cupboard, maximise the space with stick on pods that allow you to easily organise all your smaller items.

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Add Greenery

Bringing the garden inside the home on trend at the moment and that means you can bring it into the bathroom too.

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Source: Leigh Laurel Studios

If there’s no room on your vanity, try hanging a pot from the ceiling or a moss ball planter as seen below.

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Got any more easy DIY ideas to brighten up your bathroom, let us know in the comments below.

9 Tips You Need To Know About Costco Shopping In Australia

Costco, an American-based wholesale warehouse, stocks household items at a more reasonable price than your local supermarket. Source: Dailymail Since "9 Tips You Need To Know About Costco Shopping In Australia"

9 Tips You Need To Know About Costco Shopping In Australia

Costco

Costco, an American-based wholesale warehouse, stocks household items at a more reasonable price than your local supermarket.

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Source: Dailymail

Since Costco’s arrival into Australia it’s been ever expanding with stores in South Australia (Kilburn), Queensland (North Lakes), New South Wales (Crossroads, Auburn), Canberra and Victoria (Ringwood, Docklands).

Before you even get into your car to go to Costco there are a couple of things you need to know.

1. Costco Membership

In case you haven’t heard, Costco is quite ‘exclusive’ and to even set foot in the store you’ll need a membership card. You can sign up online or at customer service desk at the store, but be prepared to queue.

Handy tip: At the checkout the credit card must match the membership card name.

2. Avoid weekends

Driving anywhere in Sydney on a weekend is a serious pain point and you’re bound to be stuck in traffic at some stage.

So would you want to be in the middle of a shopping trolley maze? Yep, thought not, save Costco trips for weekdays.

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Source: Dailymail

Can’t get to Costco on a weekday? Have an Airtasker pick up everything you need for you.

3. Costco Parking

Get a trolley as you enter because you won’t be leaving empty handed that’s for certain, plus you can only get them outside.

4. Coupons
Just like in the U.S. we too have Costco Coupons. You can take a look at all the coupons online.

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Source: Costco

5. Taste Testing
Who needs lunch when there’s FREE sample food to feast on. There’s no limit on the samples – go nuts!

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Source: TrinityLakeFest

6. There’s temptation everywhere
Costco prides itself on large quantities and low prices. Don’t be fooled though, if it’s not on your list, don’t even pick it up.

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Source: SMH

Handy tip: Always look at the unit price to make sure you are actually getting the best deal.

7. Store brand
Get more bang for your buck by purchasing the Costco’s brand; Kirkland.

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Source: Costco Mum Facebook

8. Team up with your Mates

At Costco everything is in bulk and you a) might not need that much and b) have nowhere to store it all. By getting a couple of friends together you’ll save more and won’t have to re-organise your pantry storage.

9. Getting home
If you have a long journey home or if it’s Summer, you’ll need to take an esky with a couple of icepacks for your cold dairy and meats.

Have you got any more tips for shopping at Costco? Let us know in the comments below.

6 Must-Know Tips For Flawless Event Planning

Whether it’s an intimate dinner of your closets friends or a extravagant charity ball, event planning is a tiring and "6 Must-Know Tips For Flawless Event Planning"

6 Must-Know Tips For Flawless Event Planning

Whether it’s an intimate dinner of your closets friends or a extravagant charity ball, event planning is a tiring and at times stressful task. There are all types of things that you need to consider from coming up with an idea and researching suppliers to invitations and hiring event staff.

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Source: Event Planner

For a memorable hitch-free event, there are a few key areas that cannot be overlooked. Here are our 6 must-know tips for your next event.

Ideas

There’s nothing better than people to be talking about your party for days (or months) to come. To achieve this you need an original party idea or theme that you can implement from decorations and food, to venue choice and entertainment.

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Have a think about if it’s:

– Achievable: Whether it’s a simple rustic table setting or over-the-top casino royale theme, work with your budget to put 100% into the event.

– Something new: Look at online forums and Pinterest for some seasonal ideas, or perhaps turn back the clock and revive the fondue party or murder mystery.

Event Checklist & Plan

This is often overlooked but crucial to a successful event. Starting with an excel document place all the details for suppliers, key payment/confirmation dates, dietary requirements and most importantly an itinerary of the day. We’ve put together an event planning checklist for you, ready to use.

Planning for risk management is something usually put together very last minute when it’s in reaction to a sudden change. Make sure you’ve thought about and have rough plans for:

  • Weather – If it’s an outdoor event having undercover solutions is a must, and in the final couple of weeks watch the weather to plan accordingly. If it’s an indoor event inquire about heaters if in the cooler months.
  • Timing – Guests, staff and suppliers running late (or early) are the biggest contributors to issues here. Creating time buffers between deliveries and key timings will ensure nothing is unexpected – you might even get a bit of a rest 🙂
  • Budget – From beginning to end it’s important to manage and make adjustments when planning your event. If possible having an emergency fund will leave some breathing room incase something happens.

Invitations & RSVPs

On a daily basis Facebook invitations to gigs, parties, charity events and even weddings pop up but nothing impresses more than a personalised invitation.

Keep costs down by using Canva a design website or better yet Paperless Post, a website (and App) that takes care of the design, distribution and management of RSVPs. You can even send reminders and collect a variety of information that you may need.

Research

Regardless of whether people are paying to attend your event or not, it’s important to limit your costs.

Hosting a dinner party? Consider shopping around for cheaper groceries, which you can easily do by looking up supermarkets online. Also look at wholesalers or markets such as The Meat Emporium, where you can get premium cuts at a lower cost.

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Source: Doltone House

For larger events, there are plenty of furniture and conferencing companies, and the best way is to establish great relationships where there can be mutual benefits for many events to come. If you are a not-for-profit or local community club certain venues have a special discount.

Get Social

Did you know a social media presence can increase attendees engagement by 33%?

That’s why it’s important to establish a social media strategy in the early stages. Your guests will then be able to:

  • Keep up with updates or last minute changes beforehand.
  • You and guests can post content and updates during the event – you could even run a silent auction for fundraising.
  • Photos and tagging people in photos after the events, keeping it top of mind and sponsors also love it.

There are a variety of apps such as WedPics for all your wedding guests to upload at everyone can see throughout the whole event.

You could also use a hashtag for people to use when they upload photos so people can see photos throughout the event. There is also software that can show photos from the event live on a screen via the hashtag.

Event Staff

As soon as you get into double digits for an event, it’s worth looking for people to help with your event. If it’s someone to help setting up, during or afterwards, there’s always something that can get done.

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If you’re having trouble finding a friend, you can hire Event Staff on Airtasker for almost any task such as serving food and drinks or helping clean up.

For larger events you’ll need approximately:

  • Bartender: One for every 50-75 guests
  • Waiters: One for every 75 guests for a cocktail
  • Security Guard: One for every 75 guests (the venue will usually put this as part of the terms and conditions

Lastly, have fun and smile, people are more likely to have fun if they see that you are stress-fee and enjoying yourself.

Find our more about how Airtasker can help with your event planning and if you have anymore tips for event management, please let us know in the comments below.

11 Scandinavian New Home Design DIY Ideas

Danish and Scandinavian interior design isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Here's how to get the Scandi look on a DIY budget.

11 Scandinavian New Home Design DIY Ideas

The desire to redecorate when you move into a new home is something we all feel, however, the truth is that many of us can’t afford to renovate or splash out at the top designer stores.

Whilst you can’t spend big on furniture, by spending money wisely along with a bit of DIY, you can turn your new home into a place to call your home.

Minimalistic Scandinavian (or nordic) interior styling is all the rage right now with neutral, pastels and natural textures bringing a fresh look yet a warm feel to the home. Better yet, it’s super easy to achieve on a tight budget.

Here are 11 Scandinavian new home design DIY ideas:

1. White

A shade of white should be the base for all three surfaces; ceiling, walls and floors in a Scandi home. Painting wooden floors white with a white wash effect looks great and most ceilings are normally white and may just need a touch-up.

If you’re painting dark walls white it will take a few more coats than usual, so perhaps getting an Airtasker to take care of it will help you get onto other things.

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Source: FreshHome

2. Natural Materials

With all that white in a room, it’s important to balance it by adding some warmth. This can be done with natural textures such as wood, rugs and fur. To stay within budget, you could either put it towards one key piece or look at what you can put together yourself, for example; make cushions or even a wooden coffee table.

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Source: Pinterest

Pallets

Pallets are a cheap and affordable way to introduce different textures into your space. You can make just about anything with pallets such as a bed, coffee table or even party props.

What else can you do with a simple pallet… Here are 15 Ideas With Pallet Furniture.

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Source: 101palletideas

3. Cork

Cork is the up and rising superstar in home design. It goes way beyond wine bottle stoppers and boring noticeboards. Below are just a couple of DIY ideas that you can easily make.

Coasters

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Source: Craft By Photo

Wall art

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Source: Picsora

Kids room

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Source: Tile Design And Ideas

4. Pastels

Pick a pastel colour, any colour, actually why not pick a few to mix and match. You can pick up statement plates, cushions or paint some of your furniture. Did I mention that pastels are suitable in summer and winter? That means no different colour pallets with the change in season, which saves you money.

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5. Minimalise

One thing that all Scandi inspired homes have is minimalism. To declutter your space, a good rule of thumb is that for every 5 items you add, take away three (just don’t forget the receipts). And always remember that clean lines are a key pillar to achieve the look. Here are a couple of photos showcasing Scandinavian new home design ideas:

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6. Decorate

With leftover paint, you can change any simple piece of IKEA furniture into an eye-catching centrepiece.

Dip-dyed baskets

Take weaved baskets and dip them in a tub of paint – it can be any colour that takes your fancy.

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Source: Real Home Love

Geometric printed furniture

Using stencils (or tape) you can bring a side table or dresser to life.

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7. Lighting

In Scandi design, rooms are designed to capture as much natural light as possible. That’s why white is used everywhere to reflect light around the room. However, lamps and lights are a necessity and there are some beautiful minimalistic ones to choose from as seen below.

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Source: Fresh Home

But big beautiful lights can cost a lot. So have a look around for something a little cheaper and then consider changing the lamp shade and consider adding a filament globe.

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Source: Glasgow Guild
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Source: Juneberry Lane

8. Go Green

Adding greenery to your kitchen, living room, bathroom and just about anywhere whether it’s in a pot or hanging from the ceiling, is a lovely way to add life to your home.

You can use old wooden boxes, old pots, make your own terrarium or plant/moss ball.

9. Marble

It sounds expensive but you can cheat with contact paper… Yes, the same contact paper that you used on your school books.

All you need to do is carefully lay it so you don’t get any bubbles.

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Source: Amy Krist
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10. Shelves

You can use a bracket shelf and paint the brackets (or turn upside down). If you’re a woodwork master you can make some shelves out of wood offcuts, but if you need a hand hire an Airtasker handyman to get the job done.

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11. Fireplace

OK I admit, a DIY fireplace isn’t really all that easy to do if you don’t have an existing one that you can makeover. However here are some ideas to make your fireplace fit into the Scandinavian styling.

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Source: Shelterness
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Source: Nordic Bliss

9 Amazing Garden Shed DIY Ideas

Your backyard needs as much love as the inside of your home, so it’s important to look after it with "9 Amazing Garden Shed DIY Ideas"

9 Amazing Garden Shed DIY Ideas

Your backyard needs as much love as the inside of your home, so it’s important to look after it with regular maintenance. With a lawn mower, hedge trimmer, shovel you’ll need a garden shed to store all your equipment which can be secured and safe from little hands.

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Garden sheds can come in all shapes and sizes, but to make it fit in with your backyard there a plenty of DIY garden shed ideas. By recycling and repurposing, together with a bit of creativity, you’ll have a shed that will make all your neighbours jealous.

Barn

Bigger the garden, the bigger the garden shed you will need to store larger equipment. A barn looks great on bigger properties and although the one below allows sunlight through, you might want to considered it partially covered with the warmer climate in Australia.

You can pick up most of the equipment from your local hardware store and you can get a helping hand from an Airtasker so you don’t need to do all the heavy lifting.

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Source: Bobvila

A-Frame

This tent inspired garden shed will be easier to put together than the barn and can be expanded (or reduced) to fit in any space.
Organisation inside this shed is key though, as some items will only fit in certain spots.

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Source: Bobvila

Pallets

Everybody is loving pallet furniture at the moment, so why not make a garden shed too!

You can pick up pallets for free and make your own unique garden shed however you like.

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Source: Bobvila

Open Shed

If you’re looking for alternatives to a traditional shed, why not just have an out in the open area for your gardening tools. However we do recommend a roof so that your metal equipment is protected from the weather.

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Source: Pinterest

Little House

Whether it’s an old out house or an old telephone box, you can convert either of these to a great compact gardening shed.

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Seat

If you have no space in your room, try using space such as the inside of a seat for a different purpose.

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Source: Pinterest

Walls

With a few shelves, hooks and brackets you can convert any wall into a storage solution, plus it could look fabulous with a few plants.

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Source: Pinterest

Old Doors

Old doors found on the street or bought can be converted into anything, including a gardening shed.

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Furniture

Continue the vintage theme by using dressers, wardrobes or hat stands as your DIY garden shed.

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Source: Source: Pinterest

Got any other garden shed solutions? Let us know in the comments below.

10 Easy DIY Headboards Ideas Anyone Can Build

Your bedroom is a space to relax, read a book and get a peaceful night sleep in. It’s the place "10 Easy DIY Headboards Ideas Anyone Can Build"

10 Easy DIY Headboards Ideas Anyone Can Build

Your bedroom is a space to relax, read a book and get a peaceful night sleep in. It’s the place in your home that is reflective of your personality and a spot where you feel happy to be in.

Redesigning your current bedroom or starting completely from scratch doesn’t mean you need to be a handyman or fork out loads of cash on a new bedroom suite. By simply changing your sheets, wall artwork and your bed headboard; you can have a completely new space on a tight budget.

Here are 10 inspirational DIY headboards suitable for any interior style that just about anyone can put together.

1. Books

Stack books on top of each other to give your bedroom a homely look. You can recycle books you’ve read and make it as tall as you like.

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Source: Homed It

2. Paint

If you have left over paint you can use what’s left to paint your own unique headboard. If you’re like me and not the most artistically skilled person, you can just paint a simple square (as pictured below) and it still looks amazing.

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Source: Homed It

Alternatively you could pick up some chalk board paint and apply directly to the wall, or onto wooden sheets for something a little less permanent. Using chalk you can create beautiful images or put your favourite motivational quotes on your wall.

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Source: Homed It

3. Wallpaper

Wallpaper is a great way to introduce a interesting design or bright colour to your room. Creating a focal point with wallpaper can be done with traditional glue wallpaper or removable wallpaper for renters who can’t leave marks.

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Source: Just Bella Blog

4. Wood

Using scrap wood or pallets is a popular way to create a rustic or industrial DIY headboard. The options with wood are endless however you might need a bit more handyman knowledge and feel comfortable using power tools.

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Source: Pinterest

Need a hand putting a headboard together? There are plenty of Airtasker Handymen ready to help.

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Source: Homed It

5. Mirrors

After a quick look on ebay or Gumtree you can find a cheap second-hand mirror to hang or lean against the wall. This is great solution for people with a smaller space to make it more spacious.

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Source: Homed It

6. Old doors

One mans trash is another’s treasure…

Old doors can be found on nature strips and salvage shops to create your headboard. You can even customise the doors so that it can work in any size bedroom, and along with a coat of paint, it will fit in perfectly with your colour palette.

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Source: Decorating Your Small Space

7. Material

With some lovely material you can produce a truly elegant headboard. An upholstered headboard is simple to make if you love a bit of DIY, and will instantly lift your bedroom.

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Source: Pinterest

8. Artwork

For something a little different use artwork or a series of smaller pieces to create a bespoke headboard. Canvas artwork doesn’t have to be expensive and you can find great artwork online with a bit of research.

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Source: Pinterest

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9. Flags

Large flags from overseas travel or your home are a great symbol of happiness with added bonus of a great visual impression. Using simple hooks you can easily hang it up in a matter of minutes.

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9. Lights

Pretty fairy lights can be draped on your current headboard or make something spectacular as you can see below.

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Source: Pinterest

Have you got any other inspirational headboard ideas? Let us know in the comments below.

15 Ideas With Pallet Furniture

Seats, tables, beds, you name it; can be made from recycled pallets. Traditionally used in shipping and airfreight, smart DIYers "15 Ideas With Pallet Furniture"

15 Ideas With Pallet Furniture

Seats, tables, beds, you name it; can be made from recycled pallets. Traditionally used in shipping and airfreight, smart DIYers have been turning these pallets into furniture for homes, restaurants and offices.

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Source: Scrap Hacker

WHY? In addition to looking cool, pallets are cheap and with a bit of know-how can be made as almost any furniture substitute.

You can pick up cheap (or free) pallets from gumtree, ebay or go to a distributor such as Direct Pallets . You’ll also need a few power tools, paint or stain and a bit of creativity. If you don’t have the time or it’s not something you enjoy doing, then why not get some handyman help from a Airtasker in your neighbourhood.

Here are 15 great ways to add pallet furniture to your home:

1. Pallet Bar

Who wouldn’t want a bar set up on their balcony? Here are some fantastic alternatives to the traditional expensive bar tables.

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Source: Pinterest

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2. Wedding Decoration DIY

Thanks to websites such as Etsy and Pinterest a lot of brides are adding personalised DIY to their special day. Pallets can be turned into backdrops, signs, bars, seating and decoration, here are a couple of examples.

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Source: Brazos Valley Bride

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3. Bookshelf

Using pallets to make a shelving unit can be great way to organise books, display ornaments and store dining wear. Make it work in any space with different sizes and paint colours.

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Source: Pallet Furniture Ideas

4. Coffee Table

If you’re a first timer, perhaps the easiest project is making a coffee table. You can make it as simple or complicated, as you like, here’s a little bit of inspiration.

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Source: Inspiration Green

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Source: Decorate Idea

5. Storage Chest

Make a pallet storage chest as big or small as you need for kids toy, winter throws or other things you need to tidy away.

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Source: Tree Hugger

6. Kids Furniture

You don’t need to spend a lot on kids’ furniture which won’t be used for long. With some pallets and bright paint, you can make fun furniture or even a cubby-house.

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Source: Resourcedir

7. Plant Boxes

Whether it’s a huge pallet vertical garden wall or a simple plant box, this is the perfect DIY project for the gardener in your life.

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Source: Design Rulz

8. Stairs

This will need an architect to look over and help design, but there’s no doubt that it looks amazing.

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Source: Stroovi

9. Outdoor Seating
Making cheap outdoor furniture is one of the most popular ways of reusing pallets. You can make your bespoke outdoor furniture to suite your space and dress it up in a variety of colours.

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Source: Kung Fu Homes

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10. Wine Rack

Don’t hide your wine in a cupboard, put them out on display in a simple and elegant way!

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Source: Homes Kid

11. TV Unit

This takes wall-mounting to a whole new level by building a TV unit.

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Source: Wookmark

12. Chandelier

Reach new heights with a stunning chandelier. You could swap out the candles and replace with fairy lights for something long term.

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Source: Tumblr

13. Office Furniture

Add a bit of fun to your boring office space with a great break-out room set-up or even give your office guests something to talk about with a funky boardroom table.

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Source: Homedit

14. A Bed

You’ll be having sweet dreams in one of these beds.

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Source: Wpedia

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Source: Wooden Pallet Furniture

15. Garden Path

Move over tiles and stones, pallets look great in an Asian inspired garden.

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Source: Mariners View Apartments

Have you got any more DIY pallet furniture ideas? Let us know in the comments below – we’d love to hear them!

IKEA Shopping: Tips To Survive & Save Money

Source: New In Zurich “I’m just going to IKEA to pick up a bookcase and mirror, that’s it.” Have you "IKEA Shopping: Tips To Survive & Save Money"

IKEA Shopping: Tips To Survive & Save Money


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“I’m just going to IKEA to pick up a bookcase and mirror, that’s it.” Have you heard (or said) that before? Well you aren’t alone, many of us have, and truth be told it’s more like a DAY spent at IKEA.

Don’t mistake me, IKEA shopping is fun and exciting but it’s also laborious and expensive. Here are some tips to survive the IKEA store and also save your precious money.

Save Money

Extra Parts
If you’ve realised that there’s a bunch of screws and bolts missing from your IKEA flat pack, don’t fall into the trap of paying for them, because they will replace them for free. All you need to do is know the part number and phone your local store.

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Source: Swedish Furniture Parts

Special Offers
Do your research before you go shopping and make sure you’ve looked at all the current deals online.

Eat Before You Shop
It’s not only true for grocery shopping but also fashion and furniture, eating before you go shopping will help you think straight and not rushing or buying unnecessary items.

Create A Shopping List
Create your IKEA shopping game plan by writing a list of ONLY the must-haves. You could also try to get your hands on your local IKEA store map so that you can identify where your items are. IKEA actually lets you create your own shopping list on the website that you can print and take to the store.

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Make IKEA Look Expensive
You can make any basic piece of IKEA furniture look a million bucks (ok, maybe not that expensive – sorry) with a fresh coat of paint and DIY initiative. For a little inspiration read our piece on Tips To Make IKEA Furniture Look Expensive.

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Survive IKEA

Check Availability
Have a look online via stock check if your local IKEA store has the exact item you want to buy. You don’t want to be the person who only realises near the end of the shopping that the one item you came for is out of stock…

Measure Up
At home find your tape measure and accurately measure the area where the IKEA furniture is going, such as the ceiling height, walls and obstructions. Don’t forget to take that tape measure with you, the IKEA paper versions aren’t going to do you any favours.

Saturday Ban
Never ever ever ever go on a Saturday or Sunday for that matter, just avoid weekends general actually. The best time to go in is about an hour before the store closes, that way you’ll race around and get everything done without complications… plus all that running and lifting is like a workout – win-win!

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Don’t Get Distracted
It’s easy to get tempted by the many things around the IKEA store maze, and I know you’ve seen the big cages of 100 tea-light candle packs. Stick to your shopping list and keep walking until you’ve found your desired section.

Avoid IKEA directions
See those big blue or yellow dots on the floor telling you which way to walk. Put your head up, look left and right and you will see a shortcut. They also have hidden passages connecting to different parts of the store, just ask someone nicely and they’ll direct you the quickest way out.

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Getting IKEA Items Home
There’s absolutely no reason to buy big items if you can’t get them home. Take the family car or talk a mate into going with you who has a bigger car.

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100% Avoid Altogether
You could save your entire weekend by purchasing all of your IKEA goods online and then arranging an Airtasker to deliver your furniture straight to your home. This will save you money and your time, in fact you could even get them to do the furniture assembly too.

But if you can’t keep away from IKEA, just don’t forget the Swedish meatballs on the way out – they’re worth it!

Got any more IKEA shopping tips? Let us know in the comments below.

Standing Desk IKEA Hacks

Did you know that prolonged sitting can increase life-threatening diseases? That’s why standing desks have been produced to encourage people "Standing Desk IKEA Hacks"

Standing Desk IKEA Hacks

Did you know that prolonged sitting can increase life-threatening diseases? That’s why standing desks have been produced to encourage people to get up and move around. Did I mention that you’ll loose weight by standing – talk about a bonus!

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The only problem is that standing desks can cost from $350 up to $2,000, which is a lot to spend for a business. However you can use IKEA furniture to make a DIY standing desk very easily.

I recently put a standing desk at my house (see below) so I can take in the beautiful ocean view while I plug away. I’ll admit it’s not the prettiest set up, so I’ve found you some fantastic inspirational ideas to help you assemble your own standing desk, on a minimal budget.

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Standing desk IKEA hacks:

Using Shelving

IKEA KALLAX shelving units can be used as a bookcase, side unit table, or as you can see below, a desk.

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Source: KALLAX shelving unit $59

All you need is a table top and there is a lot to choose from but this LINNMON table top for $49 will do the trick.

Need some help putting your standing desk together? There are plenty of Airtaskers who are able to help with furniture assembly.

Tables on Tables

Using smaller pieces of IKEA furniture, you can stack them on top of each other to make a standing desk as high (or low) as you need. Most people tend to get a LACK side table.

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Bookcase

You don’t need to put all the shelves in a bookcase, you can customise them to be as far or near apart as you need. To make a standing desk, all you’ll need to do is add a wall bracket to a BILLY bookcase for your keyboard and mouse.

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Source: Spare Time Hacks

Wall Shelves

Speaking of wall brackets and shelving, you can buy a simple wall bracket and attach it to a wall at the exact height you need. After putting up your EKBY wall shelf you can be really funky with painting it any colour and adding different decoration pieces to make it look amazing in your home (or office).

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TV Unit

When you buy a media unit, you don’t necessarily have to put all the pieces together. For a standing desk a simple hack is to use a BESTA TV unit and attach the legs from the GALANT desk legs.

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Tips To Make IKEA Furniture Look Expensive

Saving money but still want to have an amazing home? Well, believe it or not, you can achieve all your "Tips To Make IKEA Furniture Look Expensive"

Tips To Make IKEA Furniture Look Expensive

Saving money but still want to have an amazing home? Well, believe it or not, you can achieve all your favourite industrial, Scandi or Hampton’s looks on any budget with a trip to IKEA.

Due to its heritage, IKEA is naturally already very Scandiavian by design but you can still make your IKEA furniture look expensive with a little bit of creative D.I.Y.

Here are a 7 tips to make your IKEA look top-end!

Stylish Stools

Pick up a few Roxo IKEA stool for just $9.99 a pop and turn them into something spectacular.

You can use rope, contact paper, tape or paint to make them pop.

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Source: Refinery29

That’s Gold

With a bit of paint or spray paint you add bling to any piece of IKEA furniture.

Wall Brackets
Change these EKBY LERBERG wall brackets with a touch of gold to make them a feature.

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Coffee Table

This plain VITTSJÖ coffee table can bring back art deco with a metallic splash.

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Nordic Pastels

Open, bright and light are frequent themes in Scandi design but that doesn’t mean you can’t add a bit of colour. Using pastels in smaller items allows you to change colours with the seasons at a low cost.

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Source: Buzzfeed

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Side Tables & Dresser

There is plenty that you can do with a basic TARVA IKEA chest of drawers with a coat of paint and some new knobs.

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Get Spotty

Spots are on-trend at the moment and it’s easy to apply instant glam by using wrapping paper or contact paper to furniture.

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You can also apply this to boring storage boxes to make them look like something out of a Kate Spade catalogue.

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Statement Lights

You can buy any basic lamp and change the shade but to make a real impact use some wood and rope for a beachside aesthetic.

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Source: IKEA Hackers

Do you have any more fantastic IKEA hacks? Let us know in the comments below.

Garden and Landscaping Ideas For Small Backyards

Inner city life means that outdoor space is hard to come by and large backyards are almost impossible, so it’s "Garden and Landscaping Ideas For Small Backyards"

Garden and Landscaping Ideas For Small Backyards

Inner city life means that outdoor space is hard to come by and large backyards are almost impossible, so it’s important to work smart with what you’ve got.

No matter what your outdoor set up is there are garden and landscaping ideas for small backyards to reinvent your space.

Take a seat

Adding a bench means if you are stuck for space it won’t be taken up extra chairs and tables. You’ve also got the opportunity to turn it into a feature with plants and creative lighting.

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Source: Lus Home

Mirror mirror on the wall…

As mentioned as one of our Quirky Gardening Ideas, mirrors are a great way to make smaller gardens look larger and also reflect light. Whether you use big or small ones, a mirror will make an impact.

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Grow some Ivy
Using crawlers such as Ivy or jasmine you can turn a boring wall into something a little more interesting. All you need to do is put some wire in place and attach the crawler, then as is grows it’s important to prune it and keep it growing in the right direction.

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The only way it up

If you have a rooftop garden that is. By having your own private rooftop it really allows you to increase your value by turning it into an outdoor dining area, or perhaps an area to go and relax. You could even create your own herb garden.

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Make a water feature

Adding a focal point such as a water fountain or pond is a lovely calming solution to draw your attention to when you’re outside. This type of installation is well suited to inner city living.

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The grass is always greener…

Adding grass to you backyard will make your area seem larger and also great for the kids and pets. It can be real or astro turf, depending on how much home gardening maintenance you’re willing to put up with.

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Edible plants
You can still have your herb garden by utilising some of the blank wall space. You can recycle pot plants and turn it into a DIY project, or buy some new ones.

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Add some height

Horizontal gardens are the way to go if you have a very small space and still want to make an impact in a modern space. For these type of installations it might take a bit of landscape design to ensure that it’s all done correctly.

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Refresh Your Home With Airtasker

Home cleaning isn’t the only thing you can get done on Airtasker, in fact you can get a worker to "Refresh Your Home With Airtasker"

Refresh Your Home With Airtasker

Home cleaning isn’t the only thing you can get done on Airtasker, in fact you can get a worker to do almost anything for any budget.

We’ve put together a few ideas of how an Airtasker can help you around the home and make your life just that little bit better.

Tasks Under $50

Clean a 1 bedroom apartment – $20
Baby sitting – $20
– Dog walking – $20
Baking food – $30
Groceries delivered – $20
Window cleaning – $40
Garden Maintenance (mulch/weeding) – $45

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Tasks Under $100

Move around furniture– $60
Lawn mowing and whipper snipper – $65
Hang a door – $75
Repair lights – $80
Hang pictures on a wall – $80
Trampoline assembly – $90

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Tasks Under $200

Repair walls with holes – $120
Plant vegetable garden – $120
Furniture assembly – $125
Install kitchen cabinet – $135
Move pipes – $200
End of lease cleaning – $200

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Tasks Under $500
Landscaping steps – $320
Tiling work – $300
Clean garden and swimming pool – $300
Paving and turf laying – $500

Home Gardening Lighting Tips

It’s nice to enjoy your garden by day, but why not get the most out of your outdoor space with "Home Gardening Lighting Tips"

Home Gardening Lighting Tips

It’s nice to enjoy your garden by day, but why not get the most out of your outdoor space with some clever home gardening lighting ideas.

There’s more to garden lighting than a automatic flood light that is triggered by your dog or cat at all hours of the night.

Here are some garden light installations that will highlight all the wonderful aspects of your garden.

Fewer path lights

It’s tempting to put lights down your pathway like a airport runway, but don’t. Instead put far fewer lights which highlight the general direction in which people should walk.

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Show off your plants

If you have interesting plants, trees or flowerbeds, show them off with a light. For trees thinking about up-lighting or get even more original with moonlighting i.e. The moon looks like it’s coming through the trees, as you can see here.

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Source: DIY Network

Water feature
Make your water features something to look at day and night with some clever lighting.

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Pool lights
Instead of the usual boring pool lights, make your pool more inviting with some clever lighting in certain areas or even use different colours. No matter what your budget is, there are ideas for everyone.

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Entertaining space

Add more than candlelight to the entertaining areas of your garden. Look at something more permanent like these LED lights under the seating. It turns a normal seat into a focal point.

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Light up your house

Show off your beautiful home with some stylish up/down wall lights. You can get lovely ones which can highlight and shadow certain areas.

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Make anything light up

Take a look at these cool plant pots that light up. You can even move them around the garden and change the arrangement.

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Fairy lights

They aren’t just for parties or Christmas but can be used at any time in your garden. Just make sure they can be used outdoors first.

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Lighting ideas

Here are a few creative options for outdoor lights:

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Love a bit of copper
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Something a little more contemporary
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7 Simple Home Gardening Hacks

Yay a weekend of gardening… Said no one ever! Seriously if you like to slave away your weekends in the "7 Simple Home Gardening Hacks"

7 Simple Home Gardening Hacks

Yay a weekend of gardening… Said no one ever! Seriously if you like to slave away your weekends in the hot sun with dirt under your nails, rose thorn scratches and a back ache to last at least a week, we’re impressed.

But if that doesn’t float your boat, don’t worry we’ve got some great home gardening hacks that won’t break your back.

Vertical garden

Yes you could build a custom vertical planter out of pallets and it would look amazing, but why not just get a cheap shoe organiser from The Reject Shop and make it easy on yourself.

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Source: Buzzfeed

Beer

Keep the critters (and slugs) at bay with some beer which will help to kills them.

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Keep it fresh

Make sure your plants look fantastic all year round by planting flowers still in their pots. This means you can also easily colour coordinate for a season or make easy replacements if one dies.

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There are plenty of ideas to keep your backyard looking great all year round, just take a look at these quirky gardening ideas.

Recycle

For an easy watering can use a milk bottle, poke holes in the top and fill with water. This means you can adjust the water levels to how you want. A milk bottle can also be cut to make a shovel for dirt with filling pots etc.

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Source: Buzzfeed

Effective replanting

If you need to repot or move plants, by soaking the root ball and new soil they won’t crumble apart and also stay moist.

It can be a lot of work though, so it might be a good idea to get some additional gardening help.

Natural fertiliser

Pour your left over rice water over your garden for a chemical-free way to provide nutrients to your plants.

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DIY irrigation

It’s not as hard as you think to make your own irrigation system, all you need is a few water bottles dug next to a plant which you’ve cut holes into, and fill with water when required.

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Got any more home gardening hacks? Let us know in the comments below!

Quirky Gardening Ideas

Whether it’s a place for you to unwind after a busy working week, or an area for kids to run "Quirky Gardening Ideas"

Quirky Gardening Ideas

Whether it’s a place for you to unwind after a busy working week, or an area for kids to run around on the weekend – no home is complete without a garden.

Whether it’s big, small or ten stories high there’s always something you can do to create your dream outdoor space.

Sure you could lay some lawn, add some plants or perhaps a herb garden. But why not make a real impact with something a little different.

Here are 7 quirky gardening ideas:

Mirror mirror on the wall…

Who’s the fairest of them all? Ok enough of the fairy tales, but you could actually use mirrors in the garden.

A mirror can be used to make a small courtyard seem larger or as a feature in the outdoor eating area.

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Source: Gardenista

Birdbath

Birdbaths aren’t just for plush gardens, you can buy (or make) quite modern ones that can actually turn it a great statement piece. All you need is a few old dishes and a drill and some rope to suspend them from your balcony, or use logs like in the image below.

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Add some height

Using an old ladder you can make a great feature for parties or just something pretty to stare at. Refresh with freshly cut plants and candles, or turn into a climbing plant masterpiece.

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Garden Bench

Using a garden bench that’s often found in parks is another quirky idea to make your garden stand out. You could use it as a planter box or even create a herb garden for all your cooking needs.

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Moveable planters

So you’ve picked out all your plants and got your pots at the ready to scatter throughout your space. But wait; why not try making a moveable planter where you can constantly change your garden or even segmenting different areas.

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Vertical garden walls

These vertical gardens are the ‘it-thing’ right now. Why? Well they can work just about anywhere from outdoor terraces and small balconies to living rooms and kitchens. Vertical gardens truly bring the outside in.

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Recycle

As the saying goes, ‘One mans trash is another mans treasure’… and that’s definitely the case with bespoke gardening ideas. You can use just about anything and turn it into something for the garden.

For example this spoon as a planter hook…

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Or these light globe hanging feature…

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And who could forget the humble teapot.

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Chinese New Year: Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane Locations

Chinese New Year celebrations start this week on February 13th with the big day on Thursday 19th February. As people "Chinese New Year: Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane Locations"

Chinese New Year: Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane Locations

Chinese New Year celebrations start this week on February 13th with the big day on Thursday 19th February.

As people get ready to welcome the year of the goat, the most creative sign in the lunar calendar, cities are pulling out all the stops to make it a memorable start to the new year.

Let’s take a look at the not to be missed Chinese New Year festivities in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Sydney

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13th Feb – Festival Launch, Dawes Point

Be dazzled by the ancient Chinese Terracotta warriors glowing with the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House in the background.

There will also be drumming, lion dancess and food trucks to keep the stomach in check.

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Source: SMH

22nd Feb – Chinese New Year Twilight Parade, Sydney Town Hall

Starting at 8pm amazing floats will show the story Chinese immigrants leaving the gold rush to work as shepherds. The parade will also portray characteristics of sheep; wise, creative, dependable, kind, calm and clever.

12th Feb- 22nd Feb – Lunar Markers, Pyrmont Bay Park

It’s similar to the Hyde Park Chinese Noodle Markets where celebrating Asian cuisine is front and centre just in another location, Pyrmont.

Melbourne

18th Feb – New Year’s Eve Countdown, Chinatown

From 10:30pm the Chinatown Countdown will begin with street performers, DJ’s and lion dancing to bring in the year of the goat.

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22nd Feb – Chinese New Year Dragon Parade

Dancing lions and firecrackers will create quite the spectacle in Chinatown from 11:15am till 12:45pm.

Brisbane

Most events will be running from Friday 20th February till Sunday 22nd February in Fortitude Valley’s Chinatown Mall.

On the Friday there will be traditional music, lion dancers, firecrackers and other performances. Also an official welcome will take place and the Asian markets open.

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Source: Weekend Notes

We hope you enjoy the celebrations and a very happy Chinese New Year.

Quirky Valentine’s Day Gifts

It’s that time of year again where love is in the air, and loved up couples enjoy a special day "Quirky Valentine’s Day Gifts"

Quirky Valentine’s Day Gifts

It’s that time of year again where love is in the air, and loved up couples enjoy a special day dedicated to their love for each other. But gone are the days of red roses and teddy bears, make your better half giggle this February the 14th with a quirky Valentine’s Day gift.

Not only will you get a smile but possibly a cuddle and maybe even a kiss if you’re really lucky 😉

So save your pennies this year and let the Airtasker Cupid take care of you.

Breakfast in bed

Win their heart before they even get out of bed with some breakfast in bed. For extra points put an extra special touch rather than the usual OJ, eggs and toast.

Cut out a heart in the toast or buy a ‘I love you’ toast stamper.

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Source: Sequel Magazine

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Get the heart racing

Experience an adrenaline rush together with a couples bungee jump, it’s something you’ll always remember. Head over to RedBalloon to pick up your voucher (and don’t forget to put it in a cute valentines day cards). This is a great quirky Valentine’s Day gift for him.

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Bling

Show me a girl who doesn’t love jewellery however go for something a little more significant to your relationship. Get something meaningful like these bracelets that have any coordinates you like on them. Whether it’s the place you first got together, got married or any other special date, she will love this.

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Get personal

A personalised gift will mean so much more than a box of chocolates (unless your partner really loves chocolate).

LoveJFrame is a family business run in Melbourne and they make gifts with scrabble pieces in a picture frame. You could spell your names, reference a special time or even ask them to marry you (no pressure!!).

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Treat them

Why not give them a rest from household duties for a week such as cleaning, gardening or cooking. You could hire an Airtasker for house cleaning while you are out wining and dining your better half so you have an extra surprise when you get home.

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Go tech

Why not build a personalized website just for them. You could upload your favourite photos, video and a romantic note. You could go a step further and make an app or game for them to explore.

Art = Love

If it looks like it might be poor weather why not stay indoors and get creative. Buy a blank canvas and paints to make your own piece of art together. It could turn out to be something fantastic, or it could be terrible but at least you’ll have some laughs either way.

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DIY

If you have the patience, make a DIY Valentine’s Day gift this year.

Good in the kitchen? Make some cute Hershey’s Kisses or personalised fortune cookies.

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On a budget? Tell your partner how you feel with post it notes or get some helium balloons to leave notes and your favourite images dangling on as a lovely surprise when they get home from work.

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Source: Pinterest

So think outside the chocolate box this Valentine’s Day and get your quirky on.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Wedding Planning Checklist

First things first, congratulations on your engagement at this special time. Right now you’re floating on cloud nine but also "Wedding Planning Checklist"

Wedding Planning Checklist

First things first, congratulations on your engagement at this special time. Right now you’re floating on cloud nine but also starting to realise that you have an engagement party and wedding to plan in a short space of time.

An engagement party will normally take place anywhere up to 3 months post proposal so it’s understandable that a lot of your focus is on this. However be ready for an onslaught of questions about when and where your wedding is going to be. So it’s best to get onto the wedding planning as soon as possible.

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Source: Hawkesbury TV

We’ve put together a wedding planning checklist to help you every step of the way.

10-12 Months to go

• Pick a few dates that work, this way you can be more flexible with venue availability.
• Consider hiring a wedding planner to help manage every small detail.
• Work out a budget and if your parents are putting in money, see how much they are happy to put it and for what bit.
• Start visiting reception venues and looking at packages – book once you’ve picked one.
• Book the church/park/venue where you’d like the wedding ceremony to take place.
• Set up a Pinterest board and pin your favourite dress, bridesmaid and hair looks.
• Decide how big your wedding party will be and who you’d like them to be.
• Put together a rough guest list as this may influence which reception venue you choose.

8-10 Months to go

• Pick a colour and/or theme as this will influence other decisions.
• Start wedding dress shopping – many places will need appointments booked in advance.
Wedding photographer and videographer – view portfolios and book
• Book a florist for ceremony, bouquets and reception.
• Entertainment – DJs, reception band, ceremony quartets.
• Wedding cake supplier – you will need to taste test and look at past cakes.
• Start to plan honeymoon – where you want to go and if you want to go straight after the wedding or wait a bit.

6-8 months to go

• Buy the wedding dress and veil.
• Send out save the dates to guests.
• Finalise entertainment and select your ceremony music.
• Buy, order or rent bridesmaid dresses.
• Book your honeymoon.
• Think about the gift registry, wedding presents and wishing well.
• Book the wedding cars to take you to and from the ceremony.
• Finalise wedding cake flavours and decoration.
• Finalise decorations with wedding reception venue e.g. photo-booths, candy bars, entrance boards, table arrangements.

4-6 Months to go

• Finalise and order wedding invitations, RSVP cards and other stationary required such as thank you cards.
• Look for grooms and groomsmen suits. Consider buying versus hiring suits.
• Book hair and make up artists and also arrange your trial to co-inside with a trial fake tan.
• Have your trial photo shoot.
• Organise wedding accommodation for yourself, wedding party and others if required.
• Have a food tasting at the reception venue.
• Organise table place cards and the guest bonbonniere (aka wedding favours).
• Order wedding ring bands.

2-4 months to go

• Have your final dress fittings so any alterations can be made – make sure you have your wedding shoes for this.
• Finalise guest list and send out invitations.
• Confirm hairdresser and make up for bridesmaids, flower girls and mothers.
• Look into dancing lessons for you and the groom.
• Finalise reception menu along with guest dietary requirement alternative meals.
• Put together ceremony booklets, ushers and what the readings are and who will read them.
• Finalise the gift registry so guests can purchase in advance.
• Attend your hens party and kitchen tea – make sure you relax and have a good time.

1-2 months to go

• Start writing your vows and speeches, you will go through many drafts.
• Buy your wedding party and groom gifts as a token of thank you.
• Purchase guest book and any other small decorative pieces.

3-4 weeks

• Confirm your honeymoon.
• Organise a dress rehearsal for the wedding party to go through a run through of the ceremony.
• Finalise order of the day and communicate to entertainment, photographers and your wedding party.
• Contact guests who haven’t RSVP’d.
• Start setting out seating plan for reception.
• Buy bridesmaid accessories such as bags, jewellery and hair pieces.
• Collect wedding bands and check they fit at the jeweller.

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Source: Huffington Post

1-2 weeks to go

• Send final floor plan and guest list to venue along with dietary requirements.
• Have all your beauty treatments e.g. facials and waxing.
• Pick up grooms suit.
• Confirm all vendors and suppliers.
• Have your final hair colour appointments.

Final week

• Deliver all wedding favours, place cards, decorations to the venue.
• Get a spray tan.
• Don’t forget the manicure and pedicure the day before.
• Have a list ready for the day for your Maid of Honour to check off.
• Organise final vendor payments.
• Check on the flower delivery.
• Make sure all outfits are steamed and ready to go.
• Don’t forget to get an early night before the big day.

We hope you have a great wedding day and if we’ve left anything off the checklist, let us know in the comments below.

Cheap Home Renovation Ideas

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Cheap Home Renovation Ideas

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Home renovations will transform your house into more liveable modern space and better yet it will also add value to your property. If there’s a lot of work to be done, home improvements can cost a lot and not everyone can afford to spend thousands on a new kitchen or knocking out walls. However there are lots of little D.I.Y projects that will freshen up your place without a hefty price tag.

No matter what your budget is, we’ve got home renovation ideas for every price bracket; let’s take a look:

Home renovation ideas under $150

Repaint front door
They say first appearances are everything so why not give the front door a lick of paint. Maybe even go for something bright and bold as seen in the images below to make the ultimate statement.

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Source: Katie Ronsenfeld Design

New light fixtures
If you walk into a light shop you’ll see sparkling light fittings dangling left, right and centre. However they can cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have something amazing by being a little creative with your inner DIY skills. By using household items such as plates or mason jars you can make eye-catching lights for your house.

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Source: Reclaim World

It’s really simple to make a mason jar light, all you need is the jar, electrical cord and a few tools. Watch the video below to see how easy it is.

Add storage
It’s a well-known fact that you can never have too much storage in the kitchen, bathroom and basically in every room. So why not build some extra shelves or bookcases that won’t only declutter your place but also double up as a focal point by adding some bright colours.

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Source: Shelterness

Home renovation ideas under $500

Update curtains
Changing the littlest thing such as your curtain material can make all the difference to a room. If they were darker change to lighter tones to make a room seem larger or perhaps completely change dated venetian blinds for softer roman blinds or curtains.

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Source: Decormus

Add greenery
There’s no end to what you can do when adding living plants by placing potted plants or terrariums around the home. But for the WOW factor look at building a stunning vertical wall garden or in-built herb garden for the foodies.

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For larger scale vertical gardens you might want to call in the professionals, but to achieve a similar outcome make smaller ones that look like living picture frames. You can buy pre-made boxes and wall pockets, or go through the fun of building it and uniquely design it for your space.

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Source: Uncommon Goods

Add a skylight
If you have a dark house consider adding some more light, it will do wonders for your place and have a huge impact on just about everything. This is where a Airtasker handyman might come in handy to help you install a skylight for a relatively cheap price.

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Source: Architecture list

Home renovation ideas under $1000

Paving outdoor areas
Does your backyard need a bit of a facelift? Adding or replacing old pavers will revamp your entertaining areas and can also spruce up your front entrance.

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Source: Peach Garden

Refresh cabinets
You could reuse your old cabinets by stripping back the wood and adding fresh coat of paint, or you could completely change the look and feel of your kitchen with new cabinet doors. It will cost you a lot less than replacing the entire kitchen fit out.

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Source: Ka29

Repaint entire house
If you want to make the biggest impact why not repaint the entire house? It will make everything look instantly brighter no matter what colour you choose. Be warned though, it could take lots of your precious time to perfectly paint every room, remember many hands make light work easier.

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Replace lawn
If you are about to sell your house this is a task worth considering, as it will directly impact your home’s value. Even if you’re not going to sell, if grass is looking sparse it could be time to get some new turf, the kids (and you) will love the feeling of new grass under your toes.

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Source: Creative Patios

Got any other cheap home renovation ideas? Let us know in the comments below!

Painting Ideas To Refresh Your Apartment

It’s summer, it’s a new year and there’s no time like the present to breathe life back into your apartment. "Painting Ideas To Refresh Your Apartment"

Painting Ideas To Refresh Your Apartment

It’s summer, it’s a new year and there’s no time like the present to breathe life back into your apartment. With a fresh lick of paint on the walls, new plants and cute pillow or two your home will look like something out of a home magazine.

Painting your apartment will make the biggest difference to your home, however I realise that many of you are renters (myself included) so as well as painting ideas for your home here’s some inspiration to add a crisp new-look to your place.

2015 Painting Trends

Every year there are new interior design trends but that doesn’t mean you need to break the bank and buy new furniture. The key is to not only pick something that you like but also assess what will work with the space and your furniture.

Bold and Beautiful
You will be channeling Miami in the 80’s with colours such as flamingo pink, sunshine yellow and tropical aqua. There’s no way you won’t smile in the morning with this colour explosion as a instant mood lifter.

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Source: House Beautiful

Nordic
This has been around for a little while but you can detoxify your home with bone white, wood and neutral grey soft tones. The only mistake here is not to add warmth and I don’t mean adding red or dark colours. By using different textures such as fur rugs, knitted or cotton pillows and a wooden coffee table you will make your place feel fresh but not cold.

nordic colour trend
Source: Quality Furniture Center

Go Green
Planter boxes and terrariums are hottest room accessories right now but this year it will go to a whole new level. You’ll see people bring the outside in with indoor plants everywhere and even homage to 1960’s Hawaii with palm tree prints on lampshades and pillows.

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Source: houzz

Pastels
Sorbet colours such as baby blue, pink and yellow bring softness to a room but also some lovely spots of colour. It might not be a colour you paint and entire room but as patterned chevron it looks great. It also goes well with the Nordic design if you wanted to add a pop of colour.

pastel living room colour trend
Source: My Casita Living

Need some help with the painting? There are plenty of Airtasker available in your neighbourhood ready to lend a helping hand.

Non-painting wall ideas

If you rent or just want to change things up in the short term, I’ve come across a few ideas that won’t see you loose your bond money.

Paint furniture
You don’t own the walls but you own the furniture so maybe it’s time to spice up the chairs by painting them a different colour or painting larger items such as the wardrobe and dining table.

IKEA furniture is super easy to transform into something that looks like it didn’t come from a flat pack. Take a look at our IKEA Furniture Hacks article for more inspiration.

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Source: Decor Hacks

Focal wall
Create a focus wall with large artwork, picture frames or wall stickers. You could also use a bookcase to paint the inside of and fill with little eye-catching treasures.

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Source: Nicehomez

Removable wallpaper
Yes, you heard right and it does exist. With loads of designs you can go all out in your place and it doesn’t have to be on the walls, think about that plain chest of drawers too.

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Source: Tip Junkie

Have you got any other great ideas for painting ideas? Let us know in the comments below.

New Year Resolutions You Shouldn’t Make

We’ve all been guilty of making unrealistic New Year resolutions such as “lose 10 kilograms” or “complete a marathon” but "New Year Resolutions You Shouldn’t Make"

New Year Resolutions You Shouldn’t Make

We’ve all been guilty of making unrealistic New Year resolutions such as “lose 10 kilograms” or “complete a marathon” but making resolutions that you’re unable to achieve without pure dedication is setting yourself up for fail.

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Your resolutions should be something that is a challenge but not unattainable. Here are New Year resolutions that you shouldn’t make and alternative suggestions that you’ll be able to put a tick next to.

Saving Money
This isn’t a bad goal at all but it can be hard if you have credit card repayments that are about to hit in February and March. You need to be careful with your spending by cutting back on eating out and shopping, but you can also earn more by completing tasks on Airtasker so you don’t need to cut back your fabulous lifestyle too much 🙂 .

New resolution: Earn more

Goals
Long-term goals aren’t the culprits here, it’s the short-term goals which will be achieved and then you experience a ‘what’s next’ moment and fall in to bad patterns again. Instead make new habits that will change your way of living.

Regardless of what you want to achieve the 3 habits you will need to master are:
1. Set aside time to practice – wake up an hour earlier and put it in your calendar.
2. Do it – don’t procrastinate or make excuses.
3. Have fun- remember why your doing this and everything is working towards the bigger picture.

New resolution: Change habits

Career change
So you hate your job and your thinking the grass might be a little greener on the other side. Well it’s true it could be, but there is a smart way to find out if it’s where you want to go next.

By volunteering and completing tasks on Airtasker, you’ll be able to get great hands-on experience to see whether it’s for you. Plus it’s the perfect opportunity to network or better yet turn into a permanent job.

New resolution: Get experience

Shop less
This goes hand in hand with saving money, and it’s a struggle with the constant mid-season, end of season and new collections email blasts. But don’t worry you are not alone and it’s easy to get rid of temptation by unsubscribing to clothing stores and social media sites.

Better yet aside certain times to go shopping e.g. one hour before the shops close, by groceries before or after work, or treat yourself at the end of the month with a little kitty of money you’ve saved up.

New resolution: Shop smart

And there you have it, attainable New Year resolutions that you’ll be able to achieve by changing habits and still have a smile on your face.

P.s. I haven’t forgotten about loosing weight or quitting unhealthy habits, but we all secretly know near impossible to achieve without changing regular habits, so it’s best to start there.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Locations: Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane

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New Year’s Eve Fireworks Locations: Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane

New Year’s Eve marks the end of one year and the beginning of a new year filled with the promise of opportunity. You might be celebrating at home, a mates, a trendy restaurant or on a boat. However there’s no argument that the best way in Australia is to see the fireworks by Sydney Harbour, Brisbane River or Melbourne Skyline.

Most major cities around Australia will have early fireworks around 9pm to suit the families with small children, followed by the popular midnight fireworks. Before you decide to head into the city for a night to remember there are a few things you need to consider, let’s start with a couple of top tips.

Midnight Fireworks

New Year’s Eve Tips

– Choose a vantage point with easy transportation back home
– Get there early or better yet hire an Airtasker to mind your spot
– Pack a blanket, sparklers, funny hats and glasses
– Put together a picnic basket with food and drinks to last the evening

Let’s look at the best vantage points for the New Year’s Eve fireworks in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

Brisbane

Fireworks are based on the Brisbane River with The Story Bridge and Southbank as the main locations. While the Southbank Parklands is the traditional venue for viewing the fireworks, they have strict regulations regarding alcohol and glassware etc, so it’s important to do a little research before you make a decision.

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Other vantage points are:

Mt Coot-tha for an amazing panoramic view of Brisbane.

Portside Wharf provides plenty of places for food and drinks during the show.

Coorparoo means partying with the locals as they line their streets to watch the fireworks.

Highgate Hill brings you nice and close with the fireworks at the corner of Dornoch Terrace and Hampstead Road.

Latrobe Terrace, Paddington goers gather with others on the street to watch the fireworks and then head to a bar or nightclub afterwards for a dance.

Melbourne

From almost anywhere in Melbourne you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of the spectacular fireworks however they are concentrated at several locations around the city.

Federation Square has music and entertainment until the clock strikes 12 however it is a glass and alcohol free zone.

Docklands also has live music and entertainment on the main stage.

Rooftop bars host many New Year’s Eve parties around the city and it’s worthwhile shopping around to find yourself a good deal.

Skyline view can be attained by heading out of the city and getting your own great vantage point.

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Source: Visit Melbourne Blog

Sydney

Sydney Harbour New Year’s Eve fireworks are considered one of the best fireworks displays in the world. In the map below you can see that there are vantage points all over the place, which means you don’t need to travel all the way into the city but stay closer to home.

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Blues Point right near North Sydney train station is a popular spot for people living north. It is typically a dry-zone and has a capacity, so you might need to get there early.

Royal Botanic Gardens is one of the more exclusive vantage points with only around 700 people allowed and you need to buy a ticket. It’s a family friendly location with no alcohol allowed and food available for purchase.

The Rocks on east Circular Quay allows you to get up close with the fireworks but it does fill up fast and hard to get a spot to sit down.

Hire a boat on the harbour for your own semi-private vantage point, but be wary there are many other boats big and small that you’ll need to look out more. You could also consider buying a ticket to one of the big party boats. You’ll meet a few new people and have a New Year’s Eve to remember.

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Source: News.com.au

New Year’s Eve Party Tips

Have you decided to host a party to bring in the New Year with some of your nearest and dearest? "New Year’s Eve Party Tips"

New Year’s Eve Party Tips

Have you decided to host a party to bring in the New Year with some of your nearest and dearest? It can be a bit of pressure to make sure you have everything from decorations to sparklers for the countdown. As the resident party planner at Airtasker I wanted to share a few tips to make it easier and make it a night to remember.

Food

Food and drinks are the most important thing to remember for any event and essential for a New Year’s Eve party when people tend not to leave till the early hours (or next day). If you carefully plan to bring out food at regular intervals people won’t go hungry or get tipsy too quickly.

You should have some simple snacks like cheese, crostini or oysters ready for people to munch on straight away to take away any hunger pangs.

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Source: Life’s Ambrosia

After an hour or two (post 9pm fireworks) serve up some more substantial canapés instead of a full meal. Ideally it should be pre-prepared so that you can mingle with guests instead of being stuck in the kitchen. Think sliders, taco stand or a pasta dish that only needs to be heated and put together last minute.

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Source: Jenny Steffens

Lastly post-midnight food… this is for the people who have had a little bit too much champagne or not leaving anytime soon. The best solution is sausage rolls, pizza or meat pies which can be thrown in the oven and served up with tomato sauce.

Drinks

New Year’s Eve is the time to get a little creative with a signature drink for the night and a champagne cocktail (which can also be a mocktail) is your best bet. Don’t forget to add a bit of dazzle with some cute cocktail decorations.

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Source: A Beautiful Mess

It’s also acceptable for you to ask for BYO and Men will most likely drink beer so get plenty of ice and eskies.

Music

Put together a playlist that everybody will love and get their boogie on with. To involve your guests why not create a collaborative playlist on Spotify where everyone can put their favourite tunes.

Decorations

Don’t forget to deck out your pad whether you have a theme or just add some glitz and glamour. It doesn’t have to be expensive and party decorations can be as simple as balloons, streamers, party hats, glitter, candles and party lights.

Another brilliant idea is to collect some tiaras, funny glasses and party hats and make a dress-up bowl near the entrance so people can grab something to wear as they walk in.

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Source: Celebrations

Final countdown

If you don’t have a vantage point, turn on a TV so you can see the fireworks. Also provide people with sparklers, party poppers and a glass of champagne.

Photos

Don’t forget to have someone taking photos of the night or people can take selfies with others and upload to Instagram using a unique hashtag so everyone can take a look the next day at all the funny images.

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Source: US Magazine

Need some more help? Take a look at our Event Planning Checklist which will have you covered or parties large and small

7 Holiday Lifehacks You Need To Know

It’s a crazy time of year with families travelling near and far to get together to celebrate Christmas and New "7 Holiday Lifehacks You Need To Know"

7 Holiday Lifehacks You Need To Know

It’s a crazy time of year with families travelling near and far to get together to celebrate Christmas and New Years. So it’s of little surprise that trying to coordinate travel arrangements, pets, food shopping, delivery services and accommodation can be a little bit of a daunting task. Luckily there are a bunch of startups that can help you out.

Take away dinner = Delivery Hero
Whether you’re heading away for a holiday or just had enough of cooking, why not treat yourself with a yummy home delivery via Delivery Hero from your favourite restaurant. Then all you need to do is turn on the TV, put your feet up and relax!

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Source: You Magazine

Taxi = goCatch
Party season is here so don’t waste time trying to flag a taxi down on the street, rather book through favourite taxi booking app goCatch to head home… or to your next party 😉

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Travel accommodation = Airbnb
Travelling overseas, interstate or just a overnight drive away? Airbnb has plenty of options for accommodation to suit your needs. You can save even more if you choose a private room or even share a room. You’re guaranteed to meet some great new people too.

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Dog sitter = Airtasker
Your can use Airtasker for just about anything but we can also help look after your pet because we understand how hard it can be travelling with your beloved pet. Animal hotels often aren’t very nice and there are over 200,000 people on Airtasker who would love to look after it.

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Borrow a car (or earn some extra money) = Car Next Door

If you’re in a new town or just need to efficiently travel around your city, try Car Next Door instead of an expensive hire car . With Car Next Door you can hire someone’s car in your local neighbor hood and rent it for as little as $5 per hour plus 33 cents per km.

As a car owner you can also benefit by renting out your car when you’re not using it. Depending on how sweet your wheels are, you could earn anywhere from $5,500-$10,000 per year.

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Food + Wine= The Meat Society & Vinomofo
Let’s face it summer holidays are all about BBQ’s at home, the beach or even on a boat. No BBQ is complete without meat but don’t sacrifice quality for price, instead check out The Meat Society which gives you access to delicious deals on prime cuts.

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Wine is high on the shopping list for parties, BBQs or even just to enjoy in the backyard with your better half. Vinomofo is another deal-based website known for its ‘epic’ offers on superb wine.

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Planning a party this holiday season? Make sure you look at our Event Planning Checklist so your party runs smoothly from start to finish.

Christmas Gifts For Gardeners

Gardeners understand that love, care and devotion are the essential qualities needed to look after a garden all year round. "Christmas Gifts For Gardeners"

Christmas Gifts For Gardeners

Gardeners understand that love, care and devotion are the essential qualities needed to look after a garden all year round. So let’s show the gardener in your life a bit of appreciation with these presents for gardeners.

Garden Tools

Engraved tools
Make them feel special with these engraved wooden tools for digging, planting and raking.

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Source: Etsy

Electric pruning saw
A cordless pruning saw is for the gardener that has everything. It’s easy to use with no second hand necessary , helping to get the gardening task finished faster

garden presents saw
Source: Bunnings

Water spray gun
Effectively water the garden whether you just need to lightly mist or give the plants a good drenching with the Hoselink Spray Gun.

garden presents spray gun
Source: Hoselink

Planters

Planter pots
Add a splash of colour with Pantone pots that will suit any garden and keep it looking fresh whether you put them inside or outside.

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Source: Terrace

Planter screens
This unique Lanna Garden Screen is perfect for indoor or outdoor living providing great privacy screening. If you are livening in an apartment or have limited space, this planter screen allows you to have the garden you always dreamed of.

garden presents panterscreen
Source: Top3

Gardener accessories

Collapsible watering can
If your buying for a professional gardener, it’s important to have the right tools and this Colapz bucket water can is perfect. Not only can you get a bright funky colour, it also twists down flat meaning it won’t take up precious space in the car.

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Source: Top3

Gumboots
Gummies Gumboots are the perfect footwear for rain, hail or shine. They are waterproof but specially made to be comfortable with it’s inner sole.

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Source: DIY Gardener

Gloves
Don’t get scratches up your arms with these long gloves which are made from soft suede and adjusts at the arm so they don’t slip.

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Source: Hoselink

Pants & seeds

Seeds
Give the gift that grows with Sow ‘n Sow seeds, perfect as a stocking filler or secret Santa. With it’s beautiful packaging you can get a variety of flowers and herbs, perfect for any garden lover.

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Source: Sow ‘n Sow

Terrarium kits
These mini gardens in a glass bowl, otherwise known as terrariums, are a trend amongst weekend markets and a great gift for any DIY fan or gardener. Instead of buying a finished one though, you can buy a starter kit on Etsy so that whoever your giving it to can make it to fit their style.

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Source: Etsy

How To Gift Wrap Presents

This post was inspired by a Jimmy Kimmel Live video (see below) where he learns how to gift wrap presents. "How To Gift Wrap Presents"

How To Gift Wrap Presents

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This post was inspired by a Jimmy Kimmel Live video (see below) where he learns how to gift wrap presents. Now I have to be honest with you, after wrapping my own Christmas presents this morning I kinda want to go home, rip them open and start all over again following these life changing tips. I definitely learnt something (or more like five things) and I thought it was too important not to share.

So let’s dive into the world of ribbon, paper and sticky tape…

Tools

Scissors – you’ll need two types; paper scissors, ribbon/material scissors.
Sticky tape – using either single sided, double sided or both.
Pens/pencils – for writing on the paper or cards.
Ruler – incase you need to measure the paper.
Cutting mat – to make sure you don’t damage the dining table.

Gift wrapping method
Following professional wrapper Alton in the video you can use his ‘wraps’ method to gift wrap perfectly:

W – Width and length
Roll out the wrapping paper on a clean surface (make sure you have plenty of room) and put present on top of the paper.
Make sure you leave enough room either side of the present for the paper to meet the top of the gift and cut paper. You could also use your fingers to measure the space.

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R – Reduce your visible seam
Fold over the edge closest to your body. Then pull the piece across over the present to the edge of the gift, but before you tape it down – make sure you tuck the other side under so the folded edge is on top.

A – Adjust the corners
Turn the present on its side and push the edges down so that it creates flaps on either end. It also stops your present from moving.
Close the flaps of paper and seal with tape.

P- Press your edges
Run your fingers along the edges of your wrapped gift so it looks nice and square.

S- Style and embelish
Using all different ribbons and bows show your creative side. Need a bit of inspiration? Scroll to the bottom of this article some great original ideas.

Here’s the video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VVn5VGiYIg&list=PLs4hTtftqnlBS2fvIOm4cLIrexrxtYwiR&index=1
Source: YouTube

Want more gift wrapping hacks?

– Use material instead of gift wrapping paper
– Old paper and ribbon scraps can be shredded and used as a protector for breakables
– Odd shape presents could be wrapped in shapes such as a bonbon or santa sack
– Reuse ribbons and straighten by rubbing over a light blub

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Source: DIY inspired

Gift wrap inspiration

Here are a couple of ideas to get you started:

1. Pick a theme – whether it’s rustic, winter wonderland, or traditional green and red. Picking a theme can emphaise your Christmas decorations around the home.

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Source: The Vintage Home

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Source: Faith and Home

2. DIY – make your own bespoke wrapping paper with stencilling, stamps and wildlife. The kids will love making it, plus people love the extra effort.

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Source: Kit This

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Source: One Bunting Away

3. Surprise – this might be more suited to the pro-wrappers but regardless, push the boundaries and have some fun with your wrapping.

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Source: Curious litte kid

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Source: The 26th Avenue

gift wrapping inspiration christmas
Source: Curious litte kid

Still struggling? Get an Airtasker to do all your gift wrapping and you’ll never have sticky tape sticking on your fingers again.

Event Planning Checklist

It’s the time of year for Christmas parties, New Year’s Eve celebrations and weddings with friends and family. We love "Event Planning Checklist"

Event Planning Checklist

It’s the time of year for Christmas parties, New Year’s Eve celebrations and weddings with friends and family. We love nothing more than putting on a good party filled with fun and laughter but it can also stressful.

Shopping, cooking, cleaning and putting on a smile can all be a bit exhausting, but being planned and organised will help you breeze through your event so you can truly enjoy yourself.

Putting together a event planning checklist will help you get through without losing your cool.

Pre-event

Budget
Creating a budget no matter how large or small your event may be is key. Splitting out food/ catering, drinks, entertainment, event staffs and decorations so that there are no surprises along the way.

For larger events, keep a active run sheet of all expenses so you always know where you stand financially.

Shop around
Take time to look at different venues and option when it comes to decorations and entertainment such as photo booths and furniture because there are real bargains to be had. It’s important to do your research and negotiate if you feel comfortable on extras such as installation and pack-down.

Key event questions to ask yourself
– Do you need an MC or host?
– What’s the timeline for arrivals, food, entertainment etc.
– Have you paid deposits?
– Is there are seating plan?
– Do you need to organise event transportation?

Invitations

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Source: Ceci Style

Make sure your invitations are sent with plenty of notice, at least a month or two. More importantly if you need RSVP’s follow up people who haven’t responded along with any dietary requirements.

If it’s an event where participants have to register and pay, setting up online registration via websites such as Eventbrite make it super easy to keep track.

Holding a large-scale public event? You’ll also need to consider the following:

1. Local Government requirements
2. Marketing & promotion
3. Permits and licenses (council, food, drinks, entertainment, road closures)
4. Risk management & contingency plans e.g. first aid, wet weather
5. Security
6. Waste management
7. Traffic management
8. Cleaning and maintenance planning
9. Volunteers

On the day
Be organised by having everything ready, if you are getting help from other people, make sure they are briefed on what they need to do and when.

For a larger event, make sure other people have contractors phone numbers because the organizer is bound to be pulled in a million directions.

If anything such as decorations and table settings, can be set up hours in advance, do so, you’ll be thanking us later when you’re not running around trying to finish off everything before guests arrive.

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Most importantly, remember to have fun, talk to people and enjoy yourself.

Post-event
No one wants to clean up after an event so it’s best to hire a service or outsource it your cleaning to Airtasker. You deserve a well-earned rest!

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Thank you letters to people who helped out with food or at the event is important to show your appreciation for all their efforts.

Finally close your budget and make sure all payments are made along with a debrief for larger events so you know what to improve on next time.

Prepare Your House For Christmas

Christmas time is the busiest time of year with present shopping, cooking and all of the parties. Some people can "Prepare Your House For Christmas"

Prepare Your House For Christmas

Christmas time is the busiest time of year with present shopping, cooking and all of the parties. Some people can find it overwhelming, especially if you have family coming to stay for the holidays or even just a lunch.

But don’t worry I’ve put together the perfect cheat sheet to save you time on unnecessary Christmas cleaning.

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Speed cleans
Cleaning for guests is different to your weekly clean or spring cleaning because you only need to focus on certain areas which are used by people, such as the kitchen and bathroom.

Organisation is the key to success, so make sure you have all your products ready to go on the morning of guests arriving. Leaving it last minute might not seem like a good idea, but this way no child or pet is likely to mess it up before.

Need a list? Use this spring cleaning checklist but concentrate on the hallways, dining areas, kitchen, bathroom and guest rooms.

Bonus tip: A microfiber cloth can quickly clean the dust off surfaces such as fireplaces, window sills and bookcases.

Make an entrance
The first thing a guest will see is the entrance to your home and I hate to say it, but good or bad memories will be made. Good news is that it’s easy to make a good impression.

Start with cleaning up the garden of leaves, mowing the lawn and a general tidy up.

Next buy a new welcome mat (it doesn’t have to be expensive) and you could even get something special for the holidays.

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Finally light up the house with a few fairy lights, you can go all out like in the image below or just put a few lights around the front door.

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Bonus tip: Make sure Christmas decorations you put outside are weather proof.

Disguise
Here’s where you can use a bit of a smoke and mirror effect to trick guests into thinking your house is spectacular. For instance if you use dim lighting or candles, it can hide certain areas, while highlighting focal points such as the Christmas tree.

Declutter
In everyday life it’s easy to gather a pile of magazines or other unnecessary items. Keep in mind areas of the house where people will gather, such as the lounge and dining room, and remove items that aren’t needed.

Remember people like to sit, so try to make it as comfortable as possible with additional seating but remove side tables and kids toys which take up extra room.

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Source: Kidspot

Christmas time means lots of extra food to feed the masses; so you’ll need more room in the fridge. Make sure you get rid of any expired food or stuff you haven’t used in a while.

Bonus tip: Clean out the fridge and declutter a couple of weeks in advance so the bins are as empty as possible for Christmas week.

Guest essentials
People don’t like to travel with a lot, namely just hand luggage these days, so it’s important to make sure you have a couple of extra essentials for them in the guest bedroom and bathroom. Here’s a quick list:
– New soap
– Towels on the bed
– Shampoo/conditioner (hotel samples are perfect for this)
– Fresh flowers in the bedroom and bathroom

Bonus tip: Make sure you clean an area in the bathroom cabinet for guests who are staying a while longer so they don’t have to live out of a toiletries bag.

Activities
If there are kids running around the house, you certainly don’t want them annoying you in the kitchen. Make sure you have some planned activities to keep them entertained and out of your hair. Trips to the local park for games, bike riding or if you have a pool, they will have plenty of fun playing in it.

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With a pool make sure you prepare it a week or two in advance in terms of making sure the chemicals are correct. It’s also worth buying some new toys for the kids so they have fun.

Got any more tips to prepare your house for Christmas? Share with us in the comments below.

Handyman Christmas Gift Ideas

With plenty of presents to buy at Christmas time, it can be hard to think of gifts people truly need. "Handyman Christmas Gift Ideas"

Handyman Christmas Gift Ideas

With plenty of presents to buy at Christmas time, it can be hard to think of gifts people truly need. If you’ve got a DIY fan or handyman in the family, they will agree that you can never have too many tools or equipment. Regardless if it’s the latest gadget or a replacement, you can’t go wrong with a handyman Christmas gift.

Not sure what to get them? Don’t worry we’ve put together a few gift ideas for the novice, experienced and pro handymen.

New to DIY

If you need a gift to someone who is just starting out and doesn’t have a lot of equipment let alone a tool box, here are a couple of must-haves.

Stanley 20 piece Screwdriver Set
It has every screwdriver you could possibly need with flathead and Phillips tips.

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Source: Bunnings

Spotlight
Don’t underestimate the value of a spotlight, this Ryobi torch comes with a battery platform that can be used on 40 of their other tools, saving you money in the long run.

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Source: Ryobi

Experienced DIYer
For someone who spends the occasional weekend fixing doors around the home or building the children a cubby house.

Laser Distance Measurer
It’s time to put the tape measure away and step it up with this laser measurer that allows you to measure length and area. Bonus: it’s also pocket size!

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Source: Bosch

Worklight
Working late into the night? These Halogen Work-lights mean you don’t have to worry about shadows or trying to get the torch to sit at a certain angle.

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Source: Bunnings

Pro Handyman
Professsional by trade, these presents are for the handymen who already have all of the basics covered.

Cordless radio
This Bosch Power Box has everything… and more. More than a normal run of the mill radio, it’s also dust and moisture resistant, has separate bass/treble controls, USB port and even charges your mobile phone.

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Source: Bosch

Heavy Duty Tool Bag
Gone are the days of toolboxes, this Makita LXT Heavy Duty Tool Bag is built for super heavy weight and easy to transport with wheels.

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Source: Bunnings

Office Cleaning Tips

We can all be a little guilty of having a messy office from time to time. However a clean working "Office Cleaning Tips"

Office Cleaning Tips

We can all be a little guilty of having a messy office from time to time. However a clean working space should be a top priority as it will help with employee happiness and increase productivity.

Most workplace cleaners won’t clean desk spaces and only offer limited office cleaning in breakout spaces and kitchens. This means that employers and employees have to work together to help the office remain tidy.

To make sure you can maintain a clean workplace here are few tips and tricks.

Clean up before you leave

Before you go home for the evening make sure you tidy up your desk, and place used cups and dishes in the kitchen. When you arrive in the morning everything will be ready for you to get started straight away, rather than an overwhelming feeling that you are already behind.

Organise papers

If you set yourself a rule such as no loose papers on your desk, this means you will have to maintain an organised filing system or cut down your use of the printer.

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Clean your computer

Look at your desktop screen and ask yourself if you can see your desktop background. If not, it’s time to clean up your computer and delete the documents you no longer need. This will save you precious time searching for files when you need them next.

Fridge

It’s very common that food is left in the office fridge and left for weeks or months until you realise an odd smell coming from somewhere inside the chock-a-block fridge.

To avoid this, make it part of Friday afternoons to throw out any expired food. Additionally organise the cleaners to clean out the fridge every season with disinfectant.

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Everything has a place

Everything from pens to your jacket and umbrella should have a designated space for to be stored so that you can stay organised. If you’re organised not only will you benefit but also your guests and fellow employees. Not to mention your increased level of professionalism.

Desk cleaning kit

If you have a stockpile of wipes and disinfectant on hand for dusty electronics, desk stains and dirty keyboards. This will ensure your space remains germ-free and reduce your overall cleaning time.

Remember during busier times of the year, it’s always worth investing in an extra cleaner and getting more help around the office to make it a more enjoyable atmosphere. If you need a last minute helping hand there are plenty of Airtaskers in your local area to help with the office cleaning.

Window Cleaning Tips

No one looks forward to window cleaning because let’s face it, it can be a huge task if you have "Window Cleaning Tips"

Window Cleaning Tips

No one looks forward to window cleaning because let’s face it, it can be a huge task if you have big windows across multiple stories without easy accessibility. But don’t worry we’ve got some great window cleaning tips to help you make it as painless as possible.

Before we get into the tips though, let’s chat about how often you should give your windows a good clean. Depending on usage cleaning frequency could differ, for instance a sliding door with dirty hand marks might need to be cleaned fortnightly. I always like to think of a new season being a great excuse to give the whole house, including windows inside and out, a thorough clean.

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Squeegee vs newspaper
It’s an old wives’ tale that some newspaper with window cleaner is the way to make sure your windows are left sparkling. However that will often just move the dirt around and make the glass more static, attracting more dirt.

A squeegee on the other hand is easier and more effective. To start use a soft wash cloth to soak up the washing liquid and then remove dirt by washing over the window. Then grab the squeegee and starting at the top, work your way down in an s-shape. Make sure you clean the squeegee with a lint-free cloth as you clean.

Chamois
It can be hard to get into the corners to get the excess water so get the chamois out of the car and use it to soak up the water against the window frame.

Blinds
It doesn’t matter what sort of blinds you have, they all attract dust and dirt.To prevent any build up, use an antistatic spray after you clean them and it should mean over time less dust will gather.

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Windowsills
Before you start cleaning use a brush to get rid of dirt along the sill and after you’ve washed the windows put a layer of floor wax on the outside windowsill to prevent dust and dirt build up.

Timing
This is key – don’t clean the windows when the sun is directly shinning on the glass. This will cause the washing liquid to dry quickly and leave unwanted water marks on your freshly cleaned windows

7 Signs You’re Super Organised

Being organised means you stress less, know where to find things and are prepared for a curveball if one happens "7 Signs You’re Super Organised"

7 Signs You’re Super Organised

Being organised means you stress less, know where to find things and are prepared for a curveball if one happens to come your way. Some people are natural organisers however others struggle to coordinate effectively.

So which are you? Well if you can mentally tick of these seven signs you are one super organised person, but if not don’t worry it’s a great list to put you on track to your path to being organised.

1. Regularly decluttering
You’re far from a doomsday prepper or hoarder, rather you schedule regular dates in your diary to get rid of things you don’t need anymore. However it can be a daunting task, so if you’re not sure where to start take a look in your wardrobe for clothes that you haven’t worn in the past year. Just incase you’re finding it difficult to part with clothes, here some great ideas to help with your Wardrobe Spring Cleaning.

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2. Always plan for tomorrow
Before you leave the office for the day or go to sleep you’ve already written a list of to-do’s for the next day so that when you wake up you can hit the ground running.

3. Label everything
You have labels on everything from shoeboxes to your filing cabinet. You will also probably have types of labels that you prefer such as Post It’s or multi-coloured tabs for easy recognition. Without a doubt you rarely have anything labeled miscellaneous, because after all everything has a place.

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4. Buy less
You know what you have in your pantry and wardrobe, so impulse purchases aren’t an issue for you. You are also smart with your money and good at sticking to a budget. If you need help with budgeting, app-based Pocketbook is a great place to start to get your finances in order.

5. Coordinate calendars
You are never doubled booked for lunches and parties because you and your partner share a calendar and regularly update it. Syncing your calendars may seem scary at first, but rather a practical step that helps busy young families and couples plan their time more efficiently.

6. Routine and rituals
You have a regular morning and night routine which is executed daily (well at least on weekdays). You probably also regularly schedule in specific fitness times and date nights. Having regular routines allows you to wind down at night and in the morning efficiently get ready for the workday ahead.

7. Avoid problems
You’re the type of person that always carries an umbrella just incase it rains. But you’re also prepared for financial difficulties or any other unexpected or foreseeing problems.

So while it might seem to others that you sail through life, but really you are just super organised and should tap yourself on the back.

Spring Gardening Hacks

Getting your garden in shape for summer should be high on your priority list as the weather starts to get "Spring Gardening Hacks"

Spring Gardening Hacks

Getting your garden in shape for summer should be high on your priority list as the weather starts to get warmer. Relaxing in the great outdoors is even better when you can enjoy some great new plants, furniture or landscaping. We’ve discovered some simple and creative hacks that will improve your garden like never before.

Here are our 11 gardening hacks:

1. Biodegradable planters out of old toilet rolls

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Source: Buzzfeed

2. Cans into planters

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Source: Buzzfeed

3. Beer bug repellent

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Source: Viralnova

4. Wine as water reservoirs

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Source: Diply

5. Used tyre garden

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Source: Instructables

6. Shoe caddy graden wall

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Source: Buzzfeed

7. Wine bottle bed liner

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8. Pallet to garden box

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9. Garden dresser

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Source: Sheila zeller interiors

10. Hanging garden

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Source: Apartment theraphy

Guys Guide To Spring Cleaning

There comes a time in every mans life where he must move out of home to go off to study "Guys Guide To Spring Cleaning"

Guys Guide To Spring Cleaning

There comes a time in every mans life where he must move out of home to go off to study or move cities for work which means it’s time to start picking up after yourself. You might look the part but your bachelor pad has to match in order to impress your mates.

Here’s our mans guide to spring cleaning:

Beer + Music
No one likes to clean, so you might as well try to have a little fun with it by opening a beer and playing some really loud music.

Be strategic
Clean room-by-room and top to bottom and leave the floors to last.

Spot clean
Don’t let it all build up, otherwise you can say adios to your weekend. Picking up your clothes on the go, cleaning dishes, stove top spills and throw out any rubbish regularly.

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Static duster
Dusting is a regular (2-3 weeks) task and to make it more efficient make sure you purchase a static duster that will pick up all the dust from your TV to bookcases.

Vacuum
Nothing worse then bits of dirt and sand sticking to your feet, a fortnightly vacuum of the entire floor and sofas is all it takes.

Bathroom
Probably everyone’s worst cleaning fear but it has to be done but here are 6 easy steps for you to follow:
1. Vacuum anything that is not wet with the bristle brush attachment
2. Place toilet cleaner around the inside of the toilet bowl and leave
3. Wipe mirror, sink, faucets – including any mould build up
4. Using all-purpose cleaner wipe down the entire toilet (yes including under the seat)
5. Lastly use the toilet scrubber to clean the bowl (where you put the cleaner earlier) and flush

Another tip is to leave shower mould cleaner in the shower and every couple of days use it at the end to keep mouldy build up on the grout and shower screen scum.

Kitchen
Regularly cleaning in the kitchen after meals should keep everything under control in the kitchen but don’t forget to throw out expired food and clean out the fridge and pantry every 6-12 months.

There you go, that wasn’t so painful was it and don’t forget to open another beer to celebrate your home cleaning success.

IKEA Furniture Hacks

IKEA furniture comes and goes like the changing of seasons due to moving, different design taste or just broken. However "IKEA Furniture Hacks"

IKEA Furniture Hacks

IKEA furniture comes and goes like the changing of seasons due to moving, different design taste or just broken. However it doesn’t have to end up on the street for council pick-up, instead you could repurpose it for something else.

We’ve stumbled across some great IKEA hacks that will breathe life back into your furniture.

Shelves to desks

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Source: Mashable

If you have old shelves or bedside tables, you can create a new storage friendly desk.

Bookshelf to pet sanctuary

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Source: Gizmodo

IKEA bookshelves can be changed in all sorts of ways like in the image above and turn it into a home for your beloved pet.

Shopping bag to raincoat

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Source: Gizmodo

These bags are lifesavers at the time of shopping and even useful for the weekly grocery shopping but to make even more from the bag you can convert it into a children’s raincoat.

Boring brackets to colourful wall art

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Source: Poppytalk

These would usually be brackets that you put in your shed but by having a few extra and some left over paint you can create a great practical feature for your wall.

From plain to glam

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Source: Better decorating bible

Spice up your usual boring IKEA furniture to make people say ‘WOW!’. We guarantee people will be asking where you got it from and when they discover you did it, they’ll be lining up just to have their own unique piece for their bedroom.

Got any other IKEA hacks? Let us know in the comments below.

Spring Cleaning Checklist

Cleaning the house from the ceiling to floor can seem like an overwhelming task however if you’re organised and prepared "Spring Cleaning Checklist"

Spring Cleaning Checklist

Cleaning the house from the ceiling to floor can seem like an overwhelming task however if you’re organised and prepared with all your equipment and products the home cleaning will be over before you know it.

To help you get started, we’ve created this simple spring cleaning checklist.

Hallway/ General area
– Dust lighting fixtures
– Wash walls and windows
– Clean door knobs, light switches etc
– Clean floors
– Clean windows and window sills
– Dust ceiling fans

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Bedroom
– Dust furniture
– Dust ceiling fans
– Move bed, clean underneath
– Remove clothes from draws, wash draws
– Air out mattress

Make cleaning even easier with spring cleaning hacks.

Bathroom
– Empty and clean vanity units
– Clean drains, mirrors, bathtub, faucets, grout
– Wash shower curtains
– Clean air vents

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Kitchen
– Clean pantry/ throw out old food
– Remove fridge shelving and clean
– Remove cookware and glasses, wash out cupboards
– Wash chopping boards
– Sharpen knives
– Wash outside of cupboards (including on top)
– Clean crumbs out of toaster
– Descale kettle
– Clean under fridge and coils at the back
– Clean dishwasher
– Wash down stove and inside oven

Living room
– Vacum sofas
– Wash sofa cases
– Dust/ clean bookshelves, cd/ dvd racks
– Dust electrical products e.g. gaming consoles, amps etc (warning: make sure they are unplugged and be careful)
– Wash kids toys

Laundry
– Clean washing machine. dryer lint build up traps
– Wash sink, faucets etc

Garden
– Sweep front porch and verandah
– Wash doors
– Remove spider webs
– Prune plants

Hedge trimming

Moving house? Use this End of Lease Cleaning Guide.

Non-Toxic Home Cleaning: How To

Home cleaning is something that must be done and the benefits of a clean home can’t be argued with. However "Non-Toxic Home Cleaning: How To"

Non-Toxic Home Cleaning: How To

Home cleaning is something that must be done and the benefits of a clean home can’t be argued with. However chemicals such as bleach are often debated in terms of the effects on the health and safety of yourself and your family.

One of the main benefits is that non-toxic cleaners are safe around children in terms of storage and also it’s safe for kids to be around while you’re cleaning. Your kids could even pick up a sponge and help you out.

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The air quality will be much higher as it will be clean and free of harsh fumes that you would otherwise breathe in. This will benefit your long-term health.

A couple of other benefits are the low cost because many of the alternatives are items you would use in the kitchen, and also non-toxic cleaners are a lot better for the environment.

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So how do you make the switch?

Whether you start gradually shifting or all in one go, here are a couple of essential ingredients and recipes that you should consider.

Must-have ingredients

1. Baking soda – cleans, deodorises, scours
2. Citrus – effective against bacteria
3. White vinegar – removes grease, stains and mildew
4. Borax – laundry booster, deodorises, stronger than baking soda
5. Tea tree oil – disinfect with a nice scent
6. Salt – gentle abrasive
7. Coconut oil – polish and shine

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Non-toxic cleaning product recipes

All-purpose cleaner
1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 cup baking soda
2L water

Mix together, store and keep to clean the bathroom.

Carpet stains
Mix equal vinegar and water in a spray bottle and spray onto stain. Leave for a few minutes and clean with a brush or sponge with warm water.

Disinfectant
2 teaspoons borax
4 tablespoons vinegar
3 cups hot water

Mix together and place in bottle. To clean, use with a damp cloth on surface areas.

Halloween Decoration Ideas

Throwing a Halloween party this weekend? We’ve found some last minute DIY decorations to help get your house looking fantastically "Halloween Decoration Ideas"

Halloween Decoration Ideas

Throwing a Halloween party this weekend? We’ve found some last minute DIY decorations to help get your house looking fantastically ghoulish. Here are 10 halloween decorations set to make your home look as good as your costume.

1. BOO!

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Source: Buzzfeed

Perhaps the easiest decoration just get a sheet of black cardboard and you’ve got an instant ghostly fridge.

2. First impressions

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Source: Listotic

Make an entrance with this cardboard last minute project. You’ll have a monster of a time.

3. Hipster pumpkins

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Pumpkin carving can get mighty messy so why not showoff your painting skills instead. Perhaps you could even get guests to BYO their own creations and have a prize for the best looking pumpkin.

4. Mummy mason jars

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Source: Home to Indy

Mummify recycled jars with bandaging and craft store purchased googly eyes. Just don’t forget to add the tea light candles and light when it gets darker.

If you need a helping hand there are thousands of Airtaskers ready to help you out.

5. Glowing ghosts

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Source: Buzzfeed

You can stick these glowing balloons all throughout the house, even in some cupboards for an extra scare. Just crack a glow stick and place into a blown up balloon.

6. Pumpkin cooler

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Source: Princess Pinky Girl

At the end of the day it’s still a party and drinks need to remain cold at all times. Staying with the theme, crave out the inside of a pumpkin and place in a glass bowl with ice.

7. Classy garland

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Source: Home to Indy

It doesn’t have to be all fake blood and pumpkins – use colours orange, black and white in new original ways. To make this garland just buy different bits of ribbon (even ask for offcuts to save money) and away you go.

8. Bloody candle

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Source: Princess Pinky Girl

Who are we kidding, it’s the one time of the year where it’s blood-themed decorations are acceptable. This is simple to recreate by melting red candle wax onto a white candle.

9. Scary bottles

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Another chance to get out the paint brush and convert wine bottles into works of halloween art.

10. Milky ghosts

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Source: Buzzfeed

Line the backyard or balcony with these recycled milk bottles that have been made to look like ghosts thanks to the help of a Sharpie.

If you’re got any other halloween party tips, let us know in the comments below.

5 Foods To Clean Your Home

It’s hard to believe that cleaning products we’ve come to depend on for home cleaning such as Napisan and Spray "5 Foods To Clean Your Home"

5 Foods To Clean Your Home

It’s hard to believe that cleaning products we’ve come to depend on for home cleaning such as Napisan and Spray n’ Wipe didn’t always exist. These modern products are made up of complex chemical combinations however did you know that some foods can produce similar chemicals reactions.

It mainly has to do with acidity levels but also texture found in foods such as salt, and reactions between products for example baking soda and vinegar.

Lemon, baking soda and vinegar are excellent for cleaning however we’ve discovered that onions, herbs, tea, grapefruit and salt can also be used to leave the house looking spick ‘n span.

Onion

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At a bbq there is always one poor person left to chop up the onions however it can also be used around the home. Here are a few ways:

– Polish metal: On taps and other metal fixtures use a mixture of chopped up raw onion and equal parts water with a damp cloth and rub. Rinse off afterwards.
– Rust: jab the knife into a whole onion and leave for a few moments
– Paint smells: Slice onions and place in a bowl with some water to absorb the smells. Ideally leave overnight if possible.
– Clean bbq: Scrub the onion with a brush to remove the worst of it. Then using a chopped in half onion turn bbq off and run the onion over the grill

Herbs

Herbs not only great to add a punch of flavor to your cooking but they can also be added to your home cleaning regime. More than just creating lovely essential oils with rosemary, thyme and mint; herbs such as lemongrass and peppermint have great uses.

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Lemongrass can be used to clean glass with it placed in a spritz bottle with vinegar. Simply spray on mirrors or glass and wipe clean. You can also leave the lemongrass mixture in the bottom of vases to clean.

Peppermint is a great natural pest control. Using it around the home will ward you of any ants and mosquitos.

Tea

Tea with its tannic acid is great at cleaning wood, aluminium and musty smells.

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Floor cleaner
The harsh chemicals found in many floor cleaners can damage your hardwood floor however black tea is a perfect substitute. Providing it’s natural ability to protect and shine, it will extend the life of your flooring.

To mop the floor using a cloth/pad mop you will need to do the following:
1. Make a pot of tea and place in bucket
2. Put in mop and ring out extra liquid (wear gloves if using your hands to protect yourself)

Deodorise outdoor furniture
With wooden or wicker furniture the tea will replace the tannins that are taken out by the harsh sun, this means it will bring it’s lovely brown wooden look back to its full potential.

To clean make a strong pot of tea and pour into bucket half filled with hot water, dip in a broom into the mixture and lightly brush over the furniture. There’s no need to rinse.

Grapefruit

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An alternative to the fruity smell of an orange, a grapefruit is a perfect substitute and perhaps its best use is as a bath scrub when combined with salt. All you need to do is cut the grapefruit in half and sprinkle with loads of salt and get that elbow grease working.

Salt

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With it’s grainy texture and ability to be heated to a higher temperature it can be used in a variety of ways but here are a few useful ones we found.

Freshen up sponges: After use, soak sponges in a salt and water solution making them clean and rid of odours.

Carpet stains: Using a paste of ¼ cup of salt and 2 tablespoons vinegar, rub into carpet, leave to dry and then vacuum.

Have you got any other tips? Let us know in the comments below

Easy DIY Costume Ideas

Everybody loves a good dress up party and wanting to be the best, so with halloween just around the corner "Easy DIY Costume Ideas"

Everybody loves a good dress up party and wanting to be the best, so with halloween just around the corner I thought I’d find you some of the best DIY dress-up costumes I could find.

Here are some of our favourite alternative DIY costumes.

1. Sweet tooth

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Source: Mommy Testers

Yummy enough to eat? Well maybe not but it sure does look fantastic and it’s easy to make because all you need is brown paper, toilet paper and colourful streamers.

2. Pac-man

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If you have a group why not get together and go as the characters from pac-man. You’ll be chasing each other all night!

3. Or… Tetris

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This is definitely more original and you could even challenge yourself to see how many different combinations you can make.

4. Barbie Doll

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I had barbie doll costume made for a dress up party by an Airtasker and I’ll never make a costume again because it was so great not to have to worry about it. Not to mention I won best dressed!

5. Dunkin Donuts

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Costumes playing of brand names or couple costumes are always entertaining. Think bacon and eggs or cookie monster.

6. Lego

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This is possibly the best one yet because everyone as a kid played with lego, plus there are so many outfit combinations.

7. Snacks anyone?

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Wearing this would make you the party favourite and could even see you early a couple of dollars (only joking), but it doesn’t get much more creative than this.

8. Xenomorph

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Whether it’s halloween or you just really like aliens, this is an Airtasker-made costume and perhaps the best one we’ve seen yet.

Don’t have time to make a costume? There are plenty of Airtasker happy to take up the challenge, I know that I’ll never look back!

Have you got any other amazing costume ideas? Let us know in the comments below!

Event Planning with Airtasker

Putting on the perfect event for a wedding, birthday or even just a dinner party can be fun but also "Event Planning with Airtasker"

Event Planning with Airtasker

Airtasker helps with event setup

Putting on the perfect event for a wedding, birthday or even just a dinner party can be fun but also stressful if it’s not something you particularly enjoy. With people leading increasingly busy lives they’re turning to Airtasker for event organisers to help pull off the perfect party.

Here is some event planning inspiration for your next party:

Wait staff/ severs

Having someone serving food and drinks to guests adds a special touch on the occasion and makes it a lot less stressful on the host. So it’s not surprising that it’s one of the most popular events-based tasks on Airtasker due to the high cost alternatives.

event waiters airtasker

Things to consider when hiring staff are to think about:

What you need them to do (warm food, plating up, serving drinks and clearing).
How long you need them for (just the event of before and after)
Set up/ pack down (decorating and taking it all down at the end of the event)
How many people; small events (1-30 people) could require 1-2 but more much larger events you might need 5+

Some excellent Airtasker examples includes Jenny M’s request for 3x party assistants for BBQ and serving for a 30th Birthday party and also Trish C’s task for Three Wait Staff: House Warming/ Birthday Party.

Photographers

Having great photos of your special occasion to reflect back on in the years to come is highly desired and there are plenty of tasks for professional and amateur photographers on Airtasker. I’ve hired numerous photographers for informal work purposes and even a black-tie ball.

Key tips for hiring an event photographer would be:
– Asking them to explain their experience and view their Airtasker portfolio of past work on their profile.
– Explain the material they might need e.g. tripod, reflectors etc
– Whether you need editing or not
– How you want to photos delivered e.g. dropbox, USB, disk

event photography done by photographer on airtasker

Post-party cleaning

The biggest downside to hosting an event at your home is the clean up, whether it’s a dinner party or a house party. Tasks similar to the one Luke E. who needed a post party clean up have become more frequent because no one loves to clean after a night on the vino’s.

Some things to consider is having someone on the night that can clean up as you go so that it doesn’t look like a rubbish tip in the morning and whether they should bring the equipment which you can reimburse them for.

Planners, invitation designers and more

Here are some other great timesaving tasks that Airtaskers can do for you:

– Venue sourcing
– Videography
Design bespoke invitations
– Decorating/ theming
– Cake making
– Costume making
Make up
Musicians

Let us know if you’ve had an Airtasker help you out with your event in the comments below, we’d love to hear about your experience.

Top 5 Cleaning Blogs

There are a plethora of blogs on the Internet that are filled with house cleaning tips, stain removal tricks and "Top 5 Cleaning Blogs"

There are a plethora of blogs on the Internet that are filled with house cleaning tips, stain removal tricks and even how to clean organically. So I thought I’d share some of the ones I love to read and get inspiration from to try at home and also share with Airtaskers. Here are our top 5 cleaning blogs.

The Organised Housewife

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Mother of three, Katrina is the mastermind behind this lovely blog which features all kinds of articles from how to clean the oven to creative ways to flavour popcorn. The Organised Housewife inspires other mums to keep up with the family in some really interesting and fun ways.

Declutter home

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Professional organiser Tanya Lea can help anyone get their life back in order by decluttering and sorting their home or office. With a wealth of experience, she shares many of her tips and tricks on her blog Declutter Home. What I especially love about her blog are the endless spring cleaning tips for organisation and Tanya covers everything from the bedroom to your passwords, things you just wouldn’t think about.

Homelife

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I think you could find out almost anything you need to know about your home and garden on Homelife. It has some great focused articles such as top calorie busting cleaning jobs, How to clean and maintain your mattress and seven home eco sins. It’s not all about house cleaning either, but also decorating, recipes and shopping.

I Hate Cleaning

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Yes, you read correctly the title of this blog is I Hate Cleaning and it makes it up there not only for it’s great funky website. Lana Jane allows us a look into her world where she battles with her hate for cleaning but also loves the feeling of a clean home. Lana has investigated the ultimate carpet cleaning solution and the natural ways to deodorize a fridge.

Stay At Home Mum

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With a young family, Jody found that she needed to be more frugal with her household budgeting and by sheer surprise they had a happier family life. On the Stay At Home Mum blog, Jody shares all her tips she learnt on living simply. One of my favourite articles is how to clean walls as she goes through all the possible scenarios such as crayon and grease marks and how to remove them.

There you have it, my top cleaning blogs that are awesome sources of inspiration for me. If you have any others please let us know in the comments below, we’re always looking for cool new cleaning websites.

Don’t forget, you won’t have to lift a finger if you hire an Airtasker to take care of the cleaning.

House Cleaning With A Toothbrush: How To

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House Cleaning With A Toothbrush: How To

What’s the one item we all use daily that will clean even the trickiest of hard to reach spots? Believe it or not, it’s your toothbrush. Drains, tap fixtures, lampshades and cheese graters… the list is endless. But this handy inexpensive tool will make your house cleaning much simpler.

So that you can introduce it to your usual cleaning routine, here’s how a toothbrush can clean your home room by room.

Kitchen

Stove knobs
Using a sponge to clean the oil and food splattered on kitchen knobs is a slippery task. However using a toothbrush you won’t miss a speck of grease or dirt as you can reach all the tight spots.

Microwave vents
To clean, use a cloth that you’ve sprayed with house cleaner and place it over a toothbrush. That way you can get into each vent opening and won’t risk getting any cleaning spray in the fan.

You can also use the toothbrush on cooking equipment that are difficult to clean e.g. juices, cheese graters, small jars and unusually shaped vases/bottles.

Bathroom

Taps
Mold and mildew build up around the bases of taps can be removed by using a wet toothbrush in a matter of seconds.

Toilet seat hinges
It’s another awkward spot that can gather plenty of dust, but by using a toothbrush you can get in around the hinges and clean, no problem.

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Grout
When combined with a bit of baking soda paste and scrubbing with a toothbrush vigorously will loosen the mold. After, just wipe off the paste and wash down with the showerhead or wet cloth.

Around the home

Lampshades/ lights
Sometimes dusting with a cloth is not enough to get it looking sparkling clean. Using a soft toothbrush you can gently remove all the dirt; it’s especially helpful for any pleats.

Wall sockets and light switches
Cleaning around light switches and the on/off button isn’t always easy but a brush will let you remove all the dirt.

Extra tip: Use multiple coloured brushes of use permanent marker to note which ones are for different areas of the house.

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Top Productivity Quotes

Everyday we strive to be more productive than the last but actually finding the motivation to achieve your daily goals "Top Productivity Quotes"

Top Productivity Quotes

Everyday we strive to be more productive than the last but actually finding the motivation to achieve your daily goals can be a struggle in itself. So if you’re feeling overwhelmed and need a bit of a push here are 10 productivity quotes to get you through your day.

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“Perform the dreaded task now and the unpleasant activity is soon over. Delay action will nag at you infinitely.” – Anonymous

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“What you do TODAY can improve all your tomorrows.” – Anonymous

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“Know your limitations & then defy them.” – Anonymous

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“Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.” – Albert Einstein

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“Think of many things; do one.” – Portuguese proverb

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“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney

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“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” – Stephen King

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“Productivity is NEVER an accident it’s the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning & focused effort.” – Paul Meyer

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“If you are interested in balancing work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable.” – Donald Trump

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“The simple act of paying positive attention to people has a great deal to do with productivity” – Tom Peters

15 Ways To Clean with Coca-Cola

It may come as a surprise to you (or not) that Coca-Cola is highly acidic and while some of you "15 Ways To Clean with Coca-Cola"

15 Ways To Clean with Coca-Cola

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It may come as a surprise to you (or not) that Coca-Cola is highly acidic and while some of you drink it, did you know you can also clean with it?

Why? Because of its phosphoric acidity at a pH level of 2.8, it makes Coca-Cola comparable to fresh lemon juice, vinegar and wine. This means that instead of ingesting the sweet liquid you could use it as a cost-effective means for house cleaning.

Here are the 15 ways Coca-Cola can be used for to clean your home*:

1. Oil cleaner
Got a bit of oil on the garage floor? It so, for a ‘no scrubbing required’ approach, pour Coca-Cola on the oil mark, leave for a couple of hours and then hose off.

2. Marker stains
Pen marks on the carpet can be a real pain. To remove with Coke apply a small amount of the soft drink on the stain and scrub. Then use soapy water on the coke an voila it’s back to normal.

3. Clean the toilet
It’s been well documented with videos (see below) and images that Coke can clean the toilet bowl. To clean it, pour coke around the inside of the toilet bowl and leave for an hour or so. Then flush and use the toilet brush to remove.

4. Rust
For small objects you can let them soak in a glass of Coke overnight and just give a scrub in the morning as the Coke will makes the rust easier to clean.

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5. Blackened pots
Buildup on pots and pans can take hours of scrubbing. So to make it easier on your hands and nails, pour a can of Coke in the pot and put it on the stove over low heat. After an hour, remove and wash the pot as normal.

6. Nuts & bolts
Tight or rusted nuts and bolts? Loosen them by pouring a bit of Coca-Cola on the bolt and let it sit for a short while. Rinse with water and try to remove again.

7. Grout mold
Pour Coke on the affect area or use a Coke soaked towel and place on top of the grout. Let it sit for a few moments and wipe clean. Scrubbing might be required on some of the mold.

8. Car windshield
Cleaning off bugs and other buildup on the car windscreen can be removed by pouring a can of the soft drink over the screen and then using a hose to wash off the Coke.

9. Garden
Pouring on some pants and also in the compost with strengthen the growth of micro-organisms that will make your lawn and garden healthier.

10. Kettle
Descaling your kettle of limescale has never been easier thanks to Coca-Cola. Just boil a kettle full of Coke and leave to stand for 30 minutes.

11. Clothing stains
Whether it’s blood or grease, apparently Coke is the fix for getting those tough stains removed. Just empty a can into your wash with your normal detergent/powder and run through a regular cycle.

12. Paint remover
Need to get some old paint off some metal objects? Soak a towel in coke and cover the paint, then you’ll be able to rub or scrape it off with soapy water.

13. Pool rust
Rust in the pool can make it look old and dated but by pouring in 2 litres of Coca-Cola into the pool and the rust will clear up.

14. Car battery terminals
If you need to clear up the car battery terminals it’s as easy as pouring a little Coke into the terminals and they should clear right up.

15. Chrome polish
Use some aluminium dipped in Coca-Cola to give it a lovely, well-polished shine.

*Please note that we haven’t tried these cleaning methods and if your dare to try, then you’re doing so at your own risk. But we’d love to see the results so please let us know below how you go in the comments below.

10 Spring Cleaning Hacks

The days are longer and a little warmer, yes that’s right it’s finally Spring again! However that also means it’s "10 Spring Cleaning Hacks"

10 Spring Cleaning Hacks

The days are longer and a little warmer, yes that’s right it’s finally Spring again! However that also means it’s time to de-clutter and give your house a good spring clean. Although the extra work can make it seem like a monstrous weekend-long chore, we’ve collected a few simple hacks that will see you finished with your spring cleaning in no time.

From organising your house to dusting fans, the list of to-do’s can be endless but here are 10 of the best spring cleaning hacks:

1. Dusting the ceiling fan
Before you pick up the feather duster and make a mess all over the room, grab an old pillow case and put it over the fan arm to scrape the dust straight into the pillow case. This will save on your vacuuming efforts later.

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2. Organise your wardrobe

Deciding what clothes to throw away is a tough choice and one we really don’t like to make. Why? Because we all have ‘that’ dress that brings back memories of first dates, birthdays, or maybe you feel fab in it but it’s literally falling apart but it’s time for it to go.

So try this – hang all of wardrobe with the coat hangers the opposite direction to when you autonomously put them away. Then in a couple of weeks you will be able to see what you really wear and donate the rest to charity.

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Source: Highend Fashion

3. Messy drawers no more
We’ve all been guilty of just shoving clean washing into a drawer and only for it to explode on the floor when our favourite t-shirt is in the bottom. An easy solution is to pack them similar to the image below; that way you can always find what you’re looking for and not make a mess.

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Source: Viral Nova

4. Practical shelving

Putting shelves in upside down is not as silly as it sounds. It will offer a great solution to organising household items just as towels, books and toys. It’s a no brainer really.

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5. No laundry basin

If you live in a smaller apartment you might have a shared laundry or tiny sink and unable to fit a mop bucket in to fill up. By using a dust pan to funnel water from the tap to a bucket it will require less effort, just make sure to bend those knees when you pick it up 🙂

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6. Cloudy glasses
Over time glassware will get cloudy but to make them sparkle again it’s simple with a bit of vinegar and a paper towelling.

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7. Shower curtain mould

To get rid of the mouldy build-up on your shower curtain you can throw it in the washing machine or you could avoid that by making a natural solution that you could reuse every few weeks.

In an empty spray bottle fill with half vinegar and half water, stretch the curtain the full width so that you can get in the creases and spray the vinegar solution. Leave for a couple of moments and then wipe clean with a damp cloth.

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8. Bathroom grout cleaning

Sometimes scrubbing is just no good and very labour intensive, so to make it easier on yourself soak cotton wool in bleach and then place along the mouldy grout. This will get rid (or at least make it easier to scrub) of the mould and save you time and effort.

9. Drain cleaning
Cleaning drains is an annoying truth and there are plenty of toxic drain cleaners on the market; however with a bit of baking soda and vinegar you have all you need. You will need to have 2 cups of baking soda, 4 cups of boiling water and 1 cup of vinegar at your disposal.

Steps:
– Pour 1 cup of baking soda carefully down the drain and then 2 cups of the boiling water. Wait a few moments.
– Pour another cup of baking soda, then the cup of vinegar and immediately plug the drain as bubbles will rise.
– When the bubbles die down slightly, pour the remaining 2 cups of boiling water.

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10. Dust high ceilings

For dust on window sills and cobwebs using a broom with a micro-fibre cloth secured on with a rubber band, will give you the additional height you need for all those hard to reach places.

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Source: Real Simple

Or perhaps the best hack yet? Use and Airtasker and you won’t need to lift a finger and still get the Spring Cleaning finished.

Got any other hacks? Share with us in the comments below, we love hearing about new ways make cleaning easier.

10 DIY Office Hacks

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10 DIY Office Hacks

It’s unfortunate and true that we spend majority of our lives at our desks, in workplaces we may or may not like. They could the type of companies that give you all sorts of gadgets or maybe you have to supply everything yourself. It doesn’t matter which because either way there plenty of office hacks that can make the hours in your office just that little bit better.

Here are our 10 office hacks:

1. Cord labels

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Not sure which plug to pull out and they are all white and so you have to tug at each one, only to realise you’ve pulled out the wrong one. Well by using bread ties, you’ll be able to quickly identify the right cord.

Source: News.com.au

2. Phone holder

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Don’t through out those old cassettes just yet! Looks like cassette cases can still be useful (and look cool too). Use one to hold your iPhone or iPod so you always know where it is and and keep an eye on those Instagram notifications coming through. Plus you could change the case to match your musical mood say Beetles one week and Nirvana the next.

Source: Buzzfeed

3. Get organised

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Don’t get important letters lost under a pile of paper, keep an eye on them by using a spring from a pen as a letter holder.

Source: Buzzfeed

4. Keep clean

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If you’re prone to eating at your desk, your keyboard is going to need a clean regularly but using a bit of sticky tape or a post it not will help you pick up those pesky crumbs on the spot.

Source: Huffington Post Buzzfeed

5. Be creative

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Using cork cases and containers you can recycle and use them for all types of holders and the bonus is you can pin photos and important notes to them.

Source: Swingline blog

6. Clip holders

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Perhaps the most useful item of stationary can be used to organise cords, especially your earphones which get so easily tangled.

Source: Pinterest

7. Bottle opener

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That annoying moment when you have a bottle of soft drink or beer and you don’t have a bottle opener in the office… try a macbook charger or the cheaper option with a Stabilo Boss highlighter pen (tried and tested, it works!)

Source: Pinterest

8. Music speakers

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Whether you’re in the office by yourself and want to pump up the music or if it’s for an office sign-a-long, putting your iPhone or iPod in a glass will amplify the sound so you can push through your work day.

Source: Lily & Bliss

9. Detangle power cords

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With power cords for computers, keyboards, phone chargers and much more all heading to a central power point, it’s easy for them to get tangled and leading to a big annoying mess. However by using a few pins you can arrange everything nice and manageable.

Source: Total Clean

10. Lego

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When all else fails, turn to lego to help make your work day easier and also bring a smile to your face. After all, who says you’re too old to play with lego.

Source: Seize the second

5 Ways To Stay Productive When Looking For A Job

If you’re taking a break from your career, unemployed or have been made redundant, it can be exciting, daunting and "5 Ways To Stay Productive When Looking For A Job"

If you’re taking a break from your career, unemployed or have been made redundant, it can be exciting, daunting and possibly a scary time if you don’t know what your next step is. You might want to crawl into bed and not get out everyday till 11am, watch Ellen, eat ice cream and do absolutely nothing. And sure you can do that on day one, but it’s definitely not a pattern that you should get in.

Keeping up your productivity is important for your brain functionality and emotional wellbeing. Plus you might learn a new skill, get more in-tune with yourself and make new connections.

Here are 5 ways to remain productive when you’re looking for work:

Lean new skills
Now that you’ve got the spare time, some experience under your belt, it’s time to juice up your resume with some new skills. It could be in your current area, or maybe something a bit different, either way it’s important to always keep the mind challenged. Plus any extra courses will look great on the resume.

So what can you learn? Many colleges and Universities offer short courses if you know you are taking off a longer amount of time. However if you’re money conscious and not wanting to sign up to a longer course, look at courses offered by General Assembly or online with Skillshare. These companies offer anything from coding to typography and digital marketing.

Just give them a go, you might discover a new passion you never knew you had.

Stay in contact and network
It’s important to stay in touch with past work collegues and mentors who can not only help you with possible career opportunities, but also help guide you to meet others and keep you in the loop with industry news.

Remember, it’s not what you know, but who you know.

Keep the money rolling in
Just because you’re not employed doesn’t mean you can’t keep earning money and support your lifestyle. Whether it’s walking someones dogs, cleaning a house or using your professional skills on Airtasker there are hundreds of tasks uploaded daily. Some Airtaskers even earn up to $1,000 a week.

Look after yourself
While indulging in TV box sets of your favourite show and eating out for every meal can be fun, it’s not exactly the best for your health. Giving a bit of extra focus on getting fit and healthy can be great for the body and mind, might even give you a new perspective.

Make sure you set goals and challenge yourself to cook a new dish that you normally don’t have time to attempt, or try a new activity a week such as stand-up paddle boarding or boxing with a friend.

Pursue a passion
Do you have a hobby or a passion that you already dedicate a lot of your spare time to such as photography or cooking? Maybe it’s time to invest more time into it, who knows it could turn into your next career…

What’s most important is to keep your chin up, make sure you have the best resume and apply for as many jobs as you can and you’ll be back in the workforce better than ever soon.

Inspiration: Barbie Fancy Dress Costume via Airtasker

It’s true you can get almost anything made with Airtasker and I decided to put it to the ultimate test. "Inspiration: Barbie Fancy Dress Costume via Airtasker"

Inspiration: Barbie Fancy Dress Costume via Airtasker

It’s true you can get almost anything made with Airtasker and I decided to put it to the ultimate test. I had a fancy dress party for my local surf club coming up and the theme was ‘When I grow up, I want to be….’

Being quite tall I struggle to fit in the usual costumes that you can buy online and I wanted to have the ultimate wow-factor. I had a great idea to go as packaged Barbie dolls* and even convinced a friend to be my ken doll. Here’s what we were aiming for:

barbie and ken costume inspiration

So I put up a task on Airtasker to make fancy dress costume. The Airtasker only had 10 days to complete the task and needed to get their own supplies e.g. cardboard boxes, print outs and work out how we would hold it up.

I assigned Jennifer S. who hadn’t completed a task before but did live near me in Bondi and also uploaded photos of past costumes that she has made. Jennifer was super excited about the project and was a great communicator, making some excellent suggestions along the way. I gave her full creative control and asked for her to provide me some photo updates on the progress.

barbie costume making

barbie costume supplies

On the day of the party I had to pick them up and I have to admit this was the hardest bit. They couldn’t be flattened but luckily I had access to a 4WD car, otherwise it would of been an interesting walk down Bondi road. We did however have to walk past a number of restaurants on the way to the party and we bought a smile to many diners faces, even asked to pose for photos.

Better yet, we WON BEST DRESSED!! Here’s our final look:

barbie and ken fancy dress costume done by Airtasker

barbie tennis fancy dress costume done by Airtasker

Now, what to get made for the next party? Any suggestions…

*Please note: I did not want to be a Barbie doll growing up – merely just an awesome costume.

Lord of the Fries Home Delivered

Just picture a cold and rainy winters day. It’s something most Sydney-siders aren’t too familiar with, so you can understand "Lord of the Fries Home Delivered"

Lord of the Fries Home Delivered

Just picture a cold and rainy winters day. It’s something most Sydney-siders aren’t too familiar with, so you can understand no one in our office wanting to go and get a bite of lunch.

Lucky for us, we knew we’d be able to find a helpful Airtasker willing to brave the weather and make a food delivery to our toasty warm workplace.

All we had to do was to think of what to get, however after seeing a couple of tasks for Lord of the Fries delivery on Airtasker, our CEO Tim, suggested that we give it a go too.

If you’re not sure what Lord of the Fries is, we didn’t have a clue either, but it’s a hugely popular vegetarian fast-food chain from Melbourne that opened up just under a year ago on George St, Sydney CBD.

Lord of the Fries food delivery Airtasker

We have to admit that at first we didn’t realise it was vegetarian but with three styles of fries and 14 different sauces, the guys in the office weren’t deterred and made their orders.

Lord of the Fries food delivery Airtasker menu

To get the order in time for lunch, I quickly put the Lord of the Fries Delivery task up for $30 due to the distance from the outlet to our office and the Airtasker needing access to a car. Then almost immediately Mark S. let me know that he was available and made an offer.

Once assigned, Mark sent me a private message via Airtasker asking for my phone number so that we could stay in contact, which he did and maintained throughout the day.

To make it easier, his partner Jacqui also helped out so she could go in and make the order and wait without Mark needing to find a car park.

Lord of the Fries food delivery Airtasker

Lord of the Fries food delivery Airtasker

With the order sent via message they picked up a few burgers, a hotdog and a whole lotta fries, which I would reimburse them for with cash when they dropped off the food.

When they were on their way, Mark called me to let me know when they were a few streets away so that I could meet them on the ground floor.

When I met them downstairs, we exchanged the money and food and also paid them for the task via Paypal on Airtasker.

As you can see the guys were all happy with their food in the images below.

Lord of the Fries food delivery Airtasker

Lord of the Fries food delivery Airtasker Tim

Lord of the Fries food delivery Airtasker

If you are hankering for some deliciously delivered food, give Airtasker’s food delivery service a go.

10 Ways to Clean with Baking Soda

You’re guaranteed to find baking soda in any pantry, often reserved for cooking, but there are plenty of other uses "10 Ways to Clean with Baking Soda"

10 Ways to Clean with Baking Soda

You’re guaranteed to find baking soda in any pantry, often reserved for cooking, but there are plenty of other uses for this natural mineral including home cleaning and medicinal purposes.

It’s common to find baking soda tips for cleaning your kitchen and bathroom, but I’ve looked into some other uses around the house. This way you can get more bang for your buck and make more areas of your home naturally clean.

Odors

Animals
They can get mighty woofy sometimes even if you do give your pet a good wash regularly. However by adding baking soda to kitty litter or sprinkling it on a wet dog and brushing out, it can reduce those not-so-nice odors in a flash.

Smoking
Cigarette and cigar smoke is never nice for non-smokers. To make it a more pleasant social setting, place some baking soda in the bottom of the ashtray.

Carpet and rugs
Got a funny smell you just can’t get rid of? Sprinkle a little bit of baking soda on top and leave it for 15 minutes. Then give it a vacuum and if it’s not better, repeat.

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Source: A Single Sunbeam

Find out how to remove pesky stains by reading Stain Removal – Myths vs Facts

Kid’s items

Baby furniture
Harsh chemicals should be kept away from the baby’s room, however using a ¼ cup of baking soda to 1 cup of water to wash the bassinet, change table and other items will do the trick.

Pool toys
Inflatable pools and pool toys can be cleaned from mildew by washing with a baking soda and warm water solution.

Toys
With illness easily spread among children, after play dates make sure you clean the toys to kill any bacteria. To do this, place a ¼ cup baking soda and ¼ warm water in a bucket. Put in the toys (or just wipe with a cloth), and then rinse with clean water and leave to dry.

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Laundry

Fabric softener
To make your towels all soft and fluffy add ½ cup baking soda to the rinse cycle.

Boost bleach
Too much bleach can be bad for your health and the environment, but by combining baking soda with bleach you can cut down your usage and make it more environmentally friendly. Just add ½ cup of baking soda for each ½ cup of bleach.

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Outdoors

Furniture
With outside furniture battling the elements, a quick wipe down with a 1 cup of baking soda added to some warm water will leave them sparkling. Just don’t forget to rinse thoroughly with some clean water and leave in the sun to dry.

Fly screens
Screens on windows and doors can collect dust, dirt and cobwebs but they are easy to clean with a damp cloth dipped into baking soda and a bit of elbow grease. Rinse with a damp cloth or if you can remove them, wash with a hose.

Looking for more natural cleaning products? Here are 4 natural kitchen cleaning products that will clean your house.

4 Natural Kitchen Cleaning Products That Will Clean Your House

Most people make the switch to natural cleaning products for general house cleaning due to the high amount of chemicals "4 Natural Kitchen Cleaning Products That Will Clean Your House"

4 Natural Kitchen Cleaning Products That Will Clean Your House

Most people make the switch to natural cleaning products for general house cleaning due to the high amount of chemicals (which may cause health hazards), found in many off-the-shelf products.

The benefits of ‘going green’ mean fewer health risks and less impact on the environment. With a little bit of extra effort you’ll be able to beautify your home naturally.

Making the switch from harsh chemicals, such as bleach, to home remedies isn’t as hard as it sounds. You’ll have most of what you need sitting in your pantry.

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Source: Hello From The Natos

Here are four kitchen products that you can use in a way you’ve never thought of using them before:

Baking soda
It’s often used in cooking but it can also clean, deodorise, soften water and scour.

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Source: Secretly Healthy

Oven
Attack an oven of grimy grease and cooking juices by making a paste of baking soda and water. Once made, spread paste over the bottom of the oven, leave for a few hours and then simply wipe off.

Toilet cleaner
Take a cup of baking soda and put it in the toilet to let it soak for at least an hour. Then pour a cup of white vinegar and leave for 5 minutes before flushing.

Citrus fruit
Lemon is the fruit used most in and favoured for its strong food acidity against household bacteria.

General disinfectant
Making citrus infused vinegar will take care of numerous home-cleaning tasks e.g. mopping floors, windows and surface disinfectant.

To make: Place lemon peels in a jar and top up with white vinegar for a few days. When you want to use it, just strain out the vinegar.

Food waste disposal (in sink)
These can get smelly so to ward nasty smells, cut a lemon in half and turn on the grinder and put in the lemon while the water is running.

Air fresheners

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Source: The Yummy Life

Everyone loves walking in the door to a fresh clean smelling home and your house will smell divine with this recipe:

Ingredients
– Sliced lemon
– 2 tablespoons of rosemary
– Dash of vanilla

Method
Place into medium saucepan with ¼ cup of simmering water. Allow cooling and placing in a recyclable bottom and get spraying.

Vinegar
Most households would have vinegar in the kitchen, however white vinegar is the one you’ll want to cut through grease, remove mildew, odours, stains and wax build ups.

Dishwasher cleaning
Place two cups of vinegar in a bowl without any other dishes and put it through a cycle. Your dishwasher will be all lovely and fresh.

Shower heads
Wrap a plastic bag with vinegar in it around the shower head and tie it so that the head is immersed. Leave for a few hours and then carefully remove.

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Source: Curious Nut

Burnt saucepans
No one likes scrubbing the burnt pans after cooking. So instead, fill the pan with water, add a cup of vinegar and bring to the boil. Then remove it from heat and add baking soda – WARNING! It will fizz. Empty the pan and scour.

Not sure how to remove stains? Here are the Stain Removal Myths vs. Facts

Borax
You can buy this in powder form and it’s often found in many cleaning products – however it is a natural mineral.

Bathroom soap scum
Create a no-fuss scum by sprinkling Borax in the show or bathtub and add water. Then just wipe over it and rinse well.

Find out more Bathroom Cleaning Tips.

Fridge
Place one teaspoon of Borax with 3- litres of warm water and wipe the shelves and draws with the mixture. Rinse well with water and wipe dry.

If you’re not sure where to buy Borax, Coles stocks the Bare Essentials Borax cleaner.

Don’t have time to clean or need a helping hand? Why not Get Cleaning Quotes with Airtasker and reclaim your weekend.

Guide To Hiring A House Cleaner

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Guide To Hiring A House Cleaner

Just the thought of spending all your precious free time on the weekend cleaning the house is enough to make you want to not get out of bed on a weekend at all.

But that’s no attidue to have, and besides, who said you have to clean your house anyway?

Why not invest in a house cleaner? They can do all the hard work while you enjoy your weekend. Of course. the difficult part is finding a house cleaner who is reliable and will leave your house looking spick and span. Luckily there are plenty of Airtaskers with an abundance of positive reviews and experience.

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This makes hiring a cleaner simple and fast, however there are a few things to consider before you post a house cleaning task. Here’s our guide to hiring a house cleaner.

Size does matter

The amount of time it takes to clean your house will change dramatically depending on the size of your home. For example, if you have a 5-bedroom, 2-bathroom house it will cost you more for cleaning than a one bedroom apartment..

Before booking an Airtasker, describe the general size of the house in the task description so they are prepared.

Cleaning products

If you can supply the Airtasker with your own cleaning products then it makes it a lot easier (and cheaper) for the work to be completed. That said, many Airtaskers can bring their own cleaning products and tools, just make sure you specifically tell the Airtasker what they need to bring. You can even add additional expenses to the task so it is clear what the Airtasker will need to budget for.

Set your standards

Communicate how you would like your house to look at the end of the task, you could even write down a checklist for them.

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First meet-up
On the first time they come over to tidy up your place, allow for a bit of extra time to show them around, where they should and shouldn’t clean, and where everything is kept. Making them feel comfortable is key.

Meet some of your Top Airtasker Cleaners

Price guide
Here is an example of pricing that is from the Airtasker Pricing Guide.

Routine clean: $20/hr
– Weekly clean e.g. vacuum house and wipe surfaces
– Supplies provided

Deeper clean: $22/hr
– Thorough clean e.g. skirting boards and windows
– Most supplied provided

Spring clean: $30/hr
– Major clean e.g. sorting wardrobes and pantries
– Specialist tools required

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Just remember that at the end of the day what it all comes down to is communication – be clear and upfront in the cleaning task description and you’ll have your place looking fantastic in no time.

Want more on cleaning? Read our Top 5 Cleaning Tips and Stain Removal – Myths vs Facts

5 Steps To A Successful Career Change

Are you unhappy in your job or perhaps just disinterested in it? Good news – you’re not alone and you "5 Steps To A Successful Career Change"

5 Steps To A Successful Career Change

Are you unhappy in your job or perhaps just disinterested in it? Good news – you’re not alone and you can do something about it. Taking the big leap and changing careers is scary, there’s no hiding that, but there are a few steps that you can take for some reassurance and help. It’s important to understand that this change will take time and won’t happen overnight.

So before you walk into your bosses office and resign, make sure you have your ducks in a row, as my mum would say. Here are some steps I recommend you consider and review before you quit your current job.

Step 1: Action plan
Write down a well thought out plan of attack to get to your dream position in life. You might find that there a quite a few steps and unfortunately some may take months or years to accomplish. Giving yourself a clear time frame for each step will allow you to be more realistic.

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This will also help you budget in case you need to go back to study full-time for a while. For instance if you’ve got a family to support, this can be a big stress for you financially and you may need to make sacrifices e.g. holidays or adjust spending habits.

Speaking of spending, make sure you have a few months of ‘rainy day’ money safely tucked away before you up-and-quit your job.

A few other things to include in the action plan should be to identify who are the key contacts you need to know in your desired industry and important networking events you should be attending.

Step 2: Talk about it
I don’t mean your co-workers or employers but your friends, family, mentors and even perhaps past bosses. Running your ideas past people whose opinions you hold in high regard can be scary because they could be brutally honest, however they also know your personality and might be able to help guide you or give you some alternative ideas to help you achieve your goal.

Your network of connections is invaluable and can help you excel much faster rather than going it alone.

Step 3: Volunteer
This might sound different, but getting involved with not-for-profit organisations will give you some great experience in your chosen field and also the side benefit of giving something back to the community.

Your future employees and peers will also see how passionate you are about where you want to be and your dedication should be taken on-board.

Step 4: Test it out – Airtasker
Perhaps your not sure if this is the direction that you really want to head in, or you want a little bit of experience without needing to adjust your lifestyle. Airtasker is a great way to get a little bit of exposure to different types of work e.g. photography, event management and web design.

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With the flexibility of using Airtasker, it allows you to complete the task when it works for you – and there’s the added bonus that you’ll get paid for your efforts and something to add to your portfolio too.

Step 5: Education
University is a huge commitment for a few years, possibly hold you back with little benefit, however there are plenty of short courses such as General Assembly or Skillshare who offer out of work hour and/or online courses which you can complete. It can never hurt to be too educated right?

Have you got any other tips when it comes to changing careers? Let me know in the comments below.

McDonald’s Home Delivered

Every now and then I get the urge for a McDonald’s food fix, particularly on a Sunday morning. While I "McDonald’s Home Delivered"

McDonald’s Home Delivered

Every now and then I get the urge for a McDonald’s food fix, particularly on a Sunday morning. While I normally eat healthy food, for this blog post it required me to indulge a little more than usual.

Although this was originally about getting McDonald’s home delivered, I decided that I would treat the rest of the Airtasker Team by organising a McDonald’s breakfast delivery in the office. Plus, it also meant I didn’t feel so guilty eating it by myself ☺ .

After receiving everyone’s order, I posted the task on Wednesday at midday for the delivery to take place the following morning around 9:30am in Sydney CBD. However, as the day went on, only one person had made a comment and no offers were made so I was beginning to get a little worried that no one would get his or her McDonald’s delivery the next morning.

When I woke up on Thursday morning there still were no offers on the task, but I knew there were two last minute changes to the task I could make to get some interest. So I edited the task name and put the word URGENT in capitals and also increased the price I would pay the runner from $15 to $20.

Luckily by the time I got into the office, Airtasker Garry W had left a comment saying he’d be able to complete the delivery task drop off the food by 10am. I quickly assigned it to him and he sent his mobile number to me via private message so that I could send him the order.

In less than an hour, I managed to assign someone to the task and get the food delivered to our office, so everyone’s grumbling stomachs were happy.

Garry was also kind enough to get some photos of his Airtasker journey and sent them to me.

McDonalds delivery on Airtasker

McDonalds delivery on Airtasker

McDonalds delivery on Airtasker

Everyone here at Airtasker HQ enjoyed the yummy breakfast, including me with my hash brown. Now their asking me what’s next… Any suggestions?

McDonalds delivery on Airtasker

Top 5 Airtasker Foods Delivered

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Top 5 Airtasker Foods Delivered

Let’s face it, we’ve all made ourselves the promise to cook more homemade meals. And while our intentions are sound, the reality is we are often too busy to shop, decide, prepare and cook a hearty meal every day. Often the temptation to grab a quick bite from the local takeaway is all too tempting.

Hey, it’s ok to ‘break the rules’ from time to time and indulge in your favourite dish at home in front of the TV watching re-runs of Big Bang Theory (or is that just me…). But what if the restaurant you want to order from doesn’t deliver? Well that’s no longer a problem as Airtasker makes it simple for you to hire a Runner and get your takeaway food delivered to your door.

With plenty of food delivery tasks on Airtasker, we thought we’d share the top 5 to get those taste buds salivating.

McDonald’s

The Big Mac, Chicken McNuggets and Frozen Cokes are some all-time favourites from the world’s most popular fast food chain. But without a delivery option, you need to go in-store to satisfy your Maccas craving.

McDonalds delivery on Airtasker

Regardless if you’re glued to the couch after too many vinos or perhaps the kids are sleeping, a McDonald’s delivery is the perfect solution when you can’t leave the house.

It will only cost you around $10 for Macca’s to get delivered to you which is on par if you consider to cost of petrol and your time to buy it yourself.

Here is one of our favourite McDonald’s delivery tasks posted by Will, who was lining up at the Apple Store to get his hands on the latest iPad and needed some breakfast.

Pho

Pho is the new ‘must-eat’ food of the moment, so it’s of no surprise that people are searching high and low for the best Vietnamese noodle soup they can find.

In Sydney, the majority of the best places are located in Sydney’s West, meaning it’s harder for people not living in the area to get to. Lucky Krisan was stuck at Milsons Point but found Airtasker Yuqi, who picked up four Pho soups from Pho An in Bankstown and delivered the soups right to her door for $30.

Mr Crackles

Founded in Darlinghurst, Sydney these guys do a seriously mean pork roll and lucky for most partygoers, open to the wee hours of the morning.

However it also attracts a queue…

Mr Crackles Sydney Queue

For an office lunchtime meal, Luke put a food delivery task up on Airtasker for seven rolls and got them delivered across the city by David for just $20.

Perhaps you should give it a go and get your own Mr Crackles delivery.

KFC

It may come as a surprise, but KFC is the most popular fast-food takeaway delivery request on Airtasker. Although buckets of the Original Recipe Chicken may not be for everyone, people can’t get seem to get enough of the Colonel’s 11 herbs and spices.

Josh posted the most impressive KFC delivery task to date with a variety of Popcorn chicken, Crispy Strips and more for a $10 delivery rate to the Airtasker.

Hmm i’m feeling like a KFC delivery of my own right about now!

Messina

This list would not be complete without a mention of the popular ice-creamery in Sydney and now also in Melbourne, Gelato Messina. Priding themselves on lip-smacking flavour combinations of gelato, their ice-cream cakes is what puts them above the rest.

There’s just one big issue, you’ll notice as a pick up and care instruction they recommended safe travel time is around 35 minutes. So you can understand why we’ve seen a few Messina delivery tasks on Airtasker, even here at Airtasker HQ for me.

Messina ice cream delivery Sydney with Airtasker

What food would you get delivered to you by an Airtasker? Let us know in the comments below!

Or test it out yourself and get some great food delivered to your door!

Jervis Bay Travel Itinerary

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Jervis Bay Travel Itinerary

 

Jervis bay is one of the most popular getaway destinations in NSW due to its picturesque white-sand beaches and proximity to Sydney and the ACT. The clear turquoise water is ideal for all types of fun such as kayaking, fishing and standup paddle boarding.

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If you’re not sure where look for activities, accommodation and food in Jervis Bay and the NSW South Coast, you could simply hire an Airtasker travel planner from our trusted community of experienced professional planners, or you could read on and use this great itinerary below.

Things to do
Snorkeling and scuba diving
Whether it’s your first time or you’re a well-educated pro, in Jervis Bay there is something for all skill levels.

If snorkeling is you cup of tea, there are many protected beaches and coves such as Plantation Point, Hyams and Murrays Beaches ready for you to explore.

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As for diving, Jervis Bay has over 30 diving sites. The most popular is The Docks suitable for newly certified divers with small caves and mini drop offs. However, for the more experienced divers, Stoney Creek provides some excellent drift diving and for a real adventure head off shore to Drum and Drumsticks to the rocky reef and the wreck of the ‘Wanderer’.

Want more information? Visit the friendly people at Dive Jervis Bay for courses, trips and dive/snorkeling gear.

Fishing
A quick 10 minute drive from Jervis Bay will bring you to St Georges Basin, which offers a huge variety of fishing options with catches of flathead and whiting using surface lures in the shallows, or head to deeper waters to hook Kingfish and Snapper for dinner.

Dolphin / Whale Cruises
Meet some of the beautiful marine wildlife including seals, dolphins and whales while discovering the hidden secrets of the South Coast with Dolphin Watch Cruises.

Other activities
Don’t forget to take your time exploring the different beaches in the area, watch the sunrise and sunset, or even hire a stand up paddleboard. There are plenty of other things to do in Jervis Bay, just ask a local and they’ll point you in the right direction.

Where to dine
For your country bakery fix, head to Huskisson Bakery and enjoy their Malt Fruit bread.

If you want to enjoy a low-key dinner head to The Waterhouse in Huskisson and tuck into some mouthwatering roasted Wagu for around $30. They have a bar menu as well with mains at the $15 mark if you’re travelling on a budget.

For something a little different, why not dine amongst the tree tops at Gunyah Restaurant at The Paperbark Camp.

Where to sleep
The Paperbark Camp offers you a truly unique experience with their deluxe safari inspired tents, however it’s a minimum two nights stay and definitely not your typical budget camping experience.

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With plenty of holiday houses available in Jervis Bay it’s worth taking a look at AirBnb and booking a place in beautiful spots such as Vincentia or Hyams Beach.

How to get there
The drive from Sydney to Jervis Bay hugs the coastline and will take approximately 2hr 45min.

However it’s not the destination but the journey…

As with many coastal drives around Australia, the NSW South Coast is dotted with a number of picturesque beach towns and quality surf breaks. Here are a few of our favourites:

Gerringong
A 55-minute drive from Jervis Bay will bring you to Werri Beach, one of the best beaches for surfing on the South Coast.

Kiama
It’s only a quick 15-minute drive from Gerringong to Kiama and not to be missed for its famous Kiama Blowhole. If you happen to be there on the 3rd Sunday there are markets at Black Beach to investigate.

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Bowral
If you fancy a slight detour, head inland for an hour and you’ll reach the beautiful town of Bowral, with its stunning country gardens and old estates. If you’re an antiques fan, this is a shopping destination you must tick off the list.

Have you been to the South Coast recently or just about to go? Let us know any more tips for Jervis Bay in the comments below.

Looking to explore a new place soon but don’t know where to start? Let an Airtasker plan your trip for you and truly relax!