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Our 1,050 sqft home – Light, Bright & Clean

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CleanWithMrsMeyers  #CollectiveBiasMrs MeyersMrs meyer'sOne thousand fifty – the square footage of our home. Small, some may say. Others may even call it tiny. Small space is all relative, isn’t it?

Most days it’s just me, my son, and our two dogs. The girls come home from college during Christmas, spring and summer.

I’m not going to lie, small space living comes with challenges – it would be nice to have more storage and a second bathroom – especially with all of us in the house.

But one thing that people always remark is that our home doesn’t feel crammed or dark. In fact, it has lots of light and a good flow.

I attribute this to one  part renovation, one part major de-cluttering, and one part keeping the place clean and fresh.

When we first saw the house, it was dark and filthy. The walls were dirty, the wall-to-wall carpet stained, and the heavy drapes reeked of cigarettes.

In the two years since I bought this house I have figured out ways to make and keep our home  bright, airy, and inviting.

I wanted to share a few ideas on how to make the most of the space you are in right now.


wood & whiteLight walls, ceilings and floors reflect light, which make the space seem larger and brighter. Did you know that light walls and ceiling can boost a room’s light level by 15% to 50%? I painted every single wall a light color, got rid of the carpet and refinished the hardwood floors. I even skipped staining the floors.

A clean floor gives your space a “sunnier” appearance because it reflects light instead of absorbing it. I clean my floors every week. It’s so worth it.


Fab Habitat Wall artWhite bedding makes a room feel less cluttered. It can also brighten up a dark room. Many people stay away from white bedding  due to maintenance but white bedding is easy to clean – you can wash at high temperature unlike most colored bedding. White bedding also has that luxury hotel-like look. And everything matches with white.

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After I washed my bedding with Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® Laundry Detergent my room smelled fresh and fragrant. I love clean white sheets fresh out of the dryer.

Because I am a huge fan of essential oils I love that all of Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® cleaners are made with natural essential oils, are phosphate free, and never tested on animals. So, whichever Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® household product you use, it will be good for you, your home and the earth.Mrs Meyer's

Mrs Meyer's Cleaning the windows both inside and out  allows more natural light into your space. While you’re at it, clean the blinds and wash curtains and drapes . If you don’t open your windows much, consider removing the window screens. This will allow more light into your home.

Board & Batten with Leftover Blinds

Clutter even makes bright rooms appear dark. Removing clutter will instantly make any space feel brighter and bigger. Remember the infamous quote from William Morris, “Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful and believe to be beautiful.” It’s all about perspective and investing in the things you really want in life.

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Since we don’t have a dishwasher we wash dishes as we go. This eliminates clutter and odor. I recently tried Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day®Lemon Verbena Dish Soap for the first time. I love that it’s rich, thick and makes grease disappear like nobody’s business. This concentrated lemon dish soap formula for hand washing dishes includes Soap Bark Extract, an ingredient from the garden that is one of nature’s best degreasers. I wash a lot of dishes and all I need is a squirt or two of liquid dish soap to get them clean.

Mrs Meyer'sMy local Kroger carries several Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® products, which I found in the cleaning aisle. Check out Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® Facebook to learn about new products and fun DIY projects.

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Dingy walls and trim make any space feel dim. It’s also one of the first things people notice when they enter your home. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® Lemon Verbena Multi­-Surface Concentrate is great on all non­porous surfaces such as finished wood and tile floors,  walls, porcelain, sealed natural and synthetic stone, and more. You can dilute it with water or use straight on tough stains.

Mrs Meyer's When was the last time you cleaned your light fixtures? Dirty light fixtures and dusty light bulbs reduce brightness in a space. To clean the light bulbs I use a dry microfiber cloth. The light fixtures I clean with my Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® Lemon Verbena Multi-Surface Concentrate.

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I recently switched from soft light bulbs to daylight bulbs which produce a cooler light that appears brighter. What a difference this made in each room.

New Pendant Lights

Too much furniture and bulky items create visual clutter. Consider scaling back on the amount of furniture you have in your rooms. More isn’t always better. Once in a while I remove pieces of furniture from the room and see if they make the flow of the space feel bigger.mrs meyer'sThe size of your house doesn’t matter. YOUR HOME MATTERS!  I’ve always believed that the best homes are clean, creative and environmentally friendly.

As with all things in life, it is what you make it and I am choosing to make our home the best that I truly can.

Do you have any tips for making a small home feel bright and airy?



Prepping My Home For Winter

prepping home for winterWinter is coming. Are you and your home prepared?

Last year, Nashville’s winter started out mild and dry. With around 65 degrees on Christmas and not a snow flake in sight, we thought spring was just around the corner. January, however, was a harsh reality. Snow, ice, freezing temperatures for weeks on end. We were not prepared for this. Aside from the loss of a small and already dead tree, our home didn’t sustain any damage.I Painted the Exterior This year I am not taking any chances so I have already started prepping our home for the worst.prepping home for winterI already inspected the gutters and cleaned out any leaves and debris.prepping home for winterI also replaced a few gutter nails with gutter screws. Several gutter nails  have come loose from their respective locations and caused the gutters over the deck to hang away from the roof.prepping home for winterThis pack of 10 screws is around $9 at Home Depot.prepping home for winterI drained, cleaned, and stored away hoses. Then I covered the outdoor faucet with foam covers. These help reduce the likelihood of frozen pipes.

prepping home for winterI am still working on my outdoor furniture. Basically, I will clean and cover my chairs and table with a waterproof cover. Of course it’s best to store them in a shed or garage. Do the same with your BBQ grill.

worx pole sawA few weeks ago I trimmed several trees and bushes. When large limbs are broken in an ice storm, they can cause major damage and expense. One of my small trees was crushed by ice last winter. Luckily the tree wasn’t nearby cars, fences, or houses.Werner LadderI recently painted the exterior of the house. This was a good time for me to replace any old caulking around windows and doors. Sealing leaks can reduce energy costs by 15 to 30%.
prepping home for winterThis is the first time I’ll be using a window insulation kit. I’ve heard good things about it. My kit is from the Dollar Store. It’s basically Saran wrap with two-sided tape. Let me know if you’ve ever used one.prepping home for winterEvery few months I change the air vent filter. This is important as it keeps adequate heat or air flowing freely through your vents. Aside from keeping air flowing properly, it can also save you money on your heat and cooling bills. Air filters are fairly inexpensive, although some go as high as $20 per filter. Not sure if they are any better.  I paid less than $3 for a pack of four.

Other things I do to get ready for winter:

  • A snow shovel and ice scraper are on my shopping list. (Buy them before they sell out)
  • I stock up my pantry. Last winter the streets were so icy we couldn’t leave the house for days.
  • Each fall I move my summer clothes to bins in the garage. Time to get out sweaters and scarves.
  • I replace my summer bedding with a down comforter.
  • Cozy sweater pillows and fuzzy blankets were added to the couch.

I probably forgot some important things, but I feel and sleep better knowing our home is sort of protected from a potentially  harsh winter.

How do you get your home ready for winter?

3 Nashville Neighborhoods with the Fastest Rising Home Values

zillowcollageHappy Friday! I am excited to be partnering with Zillow today to talk about real estate in Nashville. Nashville is growing rapidly and has so much to offer.Exterior PaintAs a recent home owner, I have seen how much the housing market has changed in just a short time. Nashville is growing  rapidly as are home prices.  While having a knowledgable real estate agent is important, home buyers really need to take the home shopping process into their own hands and that’s where Zillow comes in.  Zillow helps you filter homes for particular areas, price points, school zones,  number of bedrooms, bathrooms and more.  I found my current home on Zillow, and I’m happy that I caught it that day because by the time my daughter and I looked at it there was already an offer on the house. Luckily, they accepted my offer. In a speedy real estate market time is of essence – it’s important to move fast when you’ve found your dream home.

Want to know more about what you can expect in the Nashville area? Zillow has provided the following post for my readers:

3 Nashville Neighborhoods with the Fastest Rising Home Values

By Jennifer Riner of Zillow

Maybe you already live in the Music City and crave a change of pace in one of Nashville’s unique neighborhoods. Or, you might be a newcomer yearning for the cultural liveliness that flows throughout the city, regardless of your specific location. Whatever your reason for making a move within or into Nashville, starting your search on the right foot is imperative. With so many great neighborhoods offering various schools, nightlife options and recreational activities in Nashville, it can be difficult to narrow your scope. In a mid-size metropolis like Nashville, limiting home searches to neighborhoods with high return on investments is financially smart. After all, a home purchase is a huge asset – why not make it a profitable one for the future?

To narrow down your Nashville home search, check out the top three neighborhoods with the fastest rising home values, according to Zillow.

Buena Vista Heights

The median home value in Buena Vista Heights sits low at $80,300, making it a viable choice for most budgets. But what makes Buena Vista Heights stand out is the increasing home values in the area. Over the past year, home values as a whole increased 14.6 percent year-over-year, with a 5.5 percent increase seen just in the last quarter. Moreover, 51.8 percent of homes located in Buena Vista Heights increased in value – which means half of the homeowners from 2014 made money on their properties, assuming they would receive asking prices comparable to estimated values.


Hadley-Washington is also widely affordable with a median home value of $88,000. While 94.1 percent of homes saw an increase in value over the past year, homes in general rose 17.3 percent year-over-year as well. Not only are the vast majority of homes seeing their investments increase, but they are increasing rapidly at high percentages. Imagine if the current median home value rose another 17.3 percent in the next year – home buyers today paying $88,000 could expect to build another $15,224 of equity, bringing their new home value for 2016 to $103,224 in just 12 months.

Haynes Area

Haynes Area homes are slightly more expensive than the two aforementioned neighborhoods on this list at a median of $102,600. But, this doesn’t mean home values aren’t increasing at a rapid rate. Year-over-year, homes in the Haynes Area neighborhood rose 15.9 percent. And, out of all homes in the neighborhood, 94.2 percent showed an increase in value. Overall, homes in Nashville rose 10.6 percent over the last year, making it a hot market for sellers. Zillow predicts home values will rise another 3.9 percent in the next year, which gives current buyers a strong return on investment in the near future. So no matter what cross streets you choose to call home, Nashville offers high investment potential for new and seasoned home buyers.

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