Going on vacation and want to make your house look live someone is there? It is one of the best was to prevent a break in. Thieves will always choose the easier target si if they think your home is occupied, they are far less likely to try to help themselves to some of your things. If you want to make your home look occupied, here are 7 things that you should consider doing.
- Have Mail & Newspapers Picked Up
Ask a friend or neighbor to drop by and pick up your mail, door hangers and newspapers. Can’t find anyone to do this? You could always run by the post office and have them hold your mail. They won’t stop by and remove your newspapers and door hangers though.
- Use Timers To Turn On Your Lights
Plug in timers are cheap and easy to setup. Timers like this one from Amazon, can be used to turn on and off lights making it seem natural. It takes just seconds to program these things and when you get back, you can use them for a number of things around the house.
- Park A Car In The Drive
An empty driveway is a sign that nobody is home, especially if you have no garage or just an exposed carport. I once had a house broken into and they caught the kids who did it. They said that they chose the house because there were no cars in the drive. Leave a car exposed or tell that neighbor who parks in the street that they can park there while you are gone.
- Disconnect Your Phone
If you still have a land line, disconnect it. A phone ringing off the hook tells everyone that you are not at home.
- Leave A Radio On
A radio will not use much electricity but it can make it seem like someone is occupying your house. Silence screams of emptiness.
- Arrange For The Lawn To Be Cut
If you do the lawn yourself, either cut it right before you leave or schedule someone to cut it for you. A maintained home looks lived in.
- Use Security Cameras
Okay, this doesn’t make your home look lived int but it does deter thieves. Think about putting up a cheap dummy camera like this or investing in an affordable home security camera system like this one.
There is nothing worse than a drafty window. In the summer it lets out much needed air conditioning and in the winter, the gusts of cold air can send a chill through your body. Taking care of those drafty windows has a number of benefits.
- It will save you money on your heating and air conditioning bill.
- It will make your home more comfortable.
- It will make your home quieter.
- It will prevent bugs from accessing your home.
But how are you supposed to take care of those drafts. Here are some of the top products that I have found to take care of the job.
The diaper genie is marketed as the end all be all of diaper disposal units but they are flawed. Not flawed from a manufacturing standpoint. After all, they do as advertised but they cost parents a lot of time and sometimes aggravation. This is especially true if you are dealing with multiples or many kids in diapers at the same time.
So what is the problem? If you are dealing with a lot of diapers you have two main problems.
- You will be changing the diaper genie bag all of the time.
It only holds so many diapers and there is nothing worse than needing to dispose of a diaper and finding out that it is full. Worse yet, you go to put a diaper in it and discover that you are at the end of the roll and the whole bag plummets into the abyss of the diaper genie.
- You will be buying diaper genie refills all of the time.
These are not cheap and the cost will add up. Not to mention you have the inconvenience of having to add them to your shopping list, sometimes heading to the store just for genie refills.
But what are you supposed to do. Without a diaper genie your house will smell so foul that nobody will ever visit. This is of particular concern for those of us with formula fed babies. Whew, what do they put in that stuff.
No worries, I have a solution and it involves just a few things. Here is what you need.
- Rubbermaid Step On Trash Can With Lid
In a 13 gallon size, it accepts regular trash bags that are much cheaper than diaper genie refills.
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- Glad Force Flex Odor Control Trash Bags
These trash bags are nearly indestructible and will control odor
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- Arm & Hammer Stick Ups
Assurance against additional odors.
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Once you have everything, simply install at trash bag and attach a stickup to the underside of the lid. Between the odor control bags and the stick ups, odor should be no issue. With the capacity of the larger 13 gallon bags, you will not be changing your diaper can near as often. When you do, the bags will be WAY cheaper.
Betta Fish. People love these decorative little guys. If you are one of the people who love Bettas and can somehow keep them alive for more than a month, you might be looking for the ultimate Betta Fish bowl or fish tank. Here are some of my best choice for you. Unique tanks that will highlight the beauty of your pet.