Simple tips to keep your home clean and tidy

 

I’ve never met a single person that wasn’t complaining about their home being a mess and not having time to do the cleaning. It’s like out of all our priorities in a day, we leave this in the last place. However, it’s a total nightmare when you have unexpected guests and your house looks like someone’s been skipping out the cleaning for weeks or even months.

Don’t feel discouraged because there are ways to cope with this problem. All you need is a little organizing and for you to adopt a small set of rules and habits. In no time, you’ll get used to having your house spotlessly clean.

The first major step is to start making your bed every day. Most people underestimate the power of starting your day by doing this but the fact is that when your room looks neater you instantly feel in a better mental state. According to numerous studies, bed makers are happier and more pleased with their life, in general. Plus, they rest better and get a good night sleep. Therefore, make your bed each morning and you’ll see fast improvements in your personal and professional life.

You’ve probably been through this and you already know how frustrating it is to see tons of clothes and shoes left around your house. Nothing makes a house look messy than clothes that are not put in the closet. So make sure you get your coat and your gym equipment and sneakers and put them where they belong. Plus, try to make a 2-day rule. After 2 days inspect your house and see if you have items hung on chairs or sofas and so on. Grab them, check whether they need to go the laundry. Otherwise, store them appropriately. Once you make this a rule you can even start by doing the check-up daily.

Let’s move on to laundry. Even if you don’t like it, you need to do the laundry every single day. It’s probably your last activity on your fun list but the reality is that, if you ignore the laundry for an entire week, you’ll spend half of your weekend getting it done. On the other hand, if you invest in a good washing machine, such as Electrolux Ergorapido, that allows you to choose between several programs, according to the type of fabric and time.

Do you know how frustrating is to look for a measuring cup and spend half an hour taking each kitchen drawer for a general inspection? It’s a hassle but you can get rid of it if you always put things back where they belong after using them. Being disorganized is a total waste of precious time and money. Not to mention the stress that you go through searching for something. If you stick by this rule, your life will get a whole lot easier.

 

5 things you might not know about Sardinia

 

Sardinia is a wonderful holiday destination known mostly for its amazing beaches and gorgeous landscapes. However, the majority of people and even some Italians have no clue about the uniqueness of this beautiful gem. So, I’ve decided to give you some precious information about this island that you can use if you need to plan a future adventure.

  1. It definitely looks like a desert island.

Most people I know that have traveled to Sardinia confessed to me that from the plane, they had the impression they were visiting a desert island. The thing is that Sardinia has small villages that can be located far from each other. Plus, there’s ton of countryside to admire in between. This place has one of the lowest population density in Italy, with a little over 1,600,000 inhabitants and an area of less than 24,000 square kilometers.

 

  1. Mirto, a divine liquor

In terms of gastronomy, you can’t go to Sardinia and not taste the mouth-watering liqueur called Mirto or myrtle, in English. Basically, the myrtle is a shrub, found in the Mediterranean areas under the name of Macchia. One unique aspect is that this Mirto liqueur is made from berries so it’s pretty strong due to the 32% alcohol content. You can only drink this special beverage in Sardinia and you can order it in every restaurant, usually, after dessert.

However, make sure to try the red Mirto which derives from berries and not the white one, made of its leaves. Locals are fond of the red one because it’s more tasteful.

 

  1. Language

It’s a common mistake to presume that Sardinians speak only Italian. Even though you are still in Italy, you’ll notice a certain dialect, more similar to Spanish, in fact. This local idiom declared an official minority language by the EU and listed in the UNESCO Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger, Sardinian is a language of its own. Moreover, the dialect can change from village to village. Talk about this cool fact!

  1.  The last species of European wild horses live in Sardinia

If you’re a genuine animal lover, you’ll want to see the ‘Giara di Gesturi’ which is a lovely plateau located in the center of Sardinia where wild horse live. The most notable feature is that these horses are smaller than you’d normally expect and they are not ponies. They are small just like horses used to be more than 10,000 years ago. You should be aware that they are protected by law and you can’t give them any food nor interrupt them from their daily routine.

 

  1. Longevity

Apparently, Sardinia is among those ‘blue zones’ around the Globe where life expectancy is the highest. Then only explanation has to do with the good diet, drinking plenty of goat milk, enjoying one or two glasses of red wine per day, and a nice long walk to get a good night sleep.

 

Going on my first adventure with my RV

 

I had been dreaming of going on my first RV trip for a while before I finally got the guts to embark on such an adventure. I know that there must be many Italians scattered across the US, and making new friends is like second nature to me. So, with that thought in mind, I decided that the best way to connect with my brethren and see how the Italian heritage still thrives on American ground, I organized my first trip.

Nothing beats a good GPS unit

No matter how much a great driver I think I am, I cannot ignore the fact that I need a GPS with me on my trips. I searched quite a while for a model to fit my requirements. I tried this website: bestrvgps.com and I found there some great recommendations that got me started.

Knowing your way around is paramount if you don’t want to get lost and then wait for someone to pass by so you can ask for directions. If you happen to be in an area that is less traveled, you can wait for a long time for that to happen. I will add nothing more here; just get yourself a good GPS unit before you go RV-ing. It will save you a world of trouble.

 

 

Cooking supplies

My purpose of the trip, from the first time I got behind the wheel of my RV, was to visit Italian restaurants across the US. However, this didn’t mean that I would suddenly forget how to cook. That is why I have an RV; I can cook while on the road, and I won’t have to depend on junk food, in case there’s not a single Italian restaurant within a 50-mile radius.

So, if there is one piece of advice I would like to give you is to always pack cooking supplies with you. A portable refrigerator is a must, too, since not all ingredients are dry and can be kept fresh without proper means. Also, go grocery shopping while on the road. It will help you keep healthy and well fed at all times.

Never forget to book your campsite in advance

Now that was something that got me in a bit of a tizzy. I hadn’t realized at that time how important is to book your accommodations in advance. I had always associated RV-ing with having total freedom, but, since there are so many people who go camping, especially in summer, you will discover that these places can be crowded.

That was a lesson I learned, and I want to pass it on. I hope you will make your first trip with your RV as memorable as I made mine. Just don’t forget to pack a lot of supplies and to book campgrounds in advance.