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Home Habits Proven to Make You Happier

Our homes define who we are and where we are going. The roof above your head shapes your mood, productivity, and influences for what is to come. Over the past several years, studies have shown that the small day to day habits we make will impact our happiness.  

Are you ready to start living a happy life? Read these simple home habits that are proven to make you feel happier and live happier.  

Make Your Bed Every Morning

As a little kid, do you remember when your mom or dad insisted you couldn’t go anywhere until your bed was made? After hearing this, you probably came up with a hundred reasons to why you thought this was such a pointless task. We are here to tell you otherwise.  

This five-minute task is one of the simplest habits you can adapt to make a positive impact on your life. By making your bed every morning, you will gain a sense of accomplishment, increased productivity, and reduced stress.  

Complete Simple Favors

Whether you live with your best friend, spouse, or just a random roommate, make it a habit of doing simple favors for them. The ability to cultivate a strong and supportive relationship will add happiness to your life. When you do good, you feel good.  

Doing simple favors such as taking out the trash, cleaning the dishes, or writing a sincere note to your roommate, goes a long way. Plus, when your living mate is happy, you will be happy.  

Find a Place for Everything

It is been proven that if your home is a mess, this will cause stress. Make it a priority to keep your home organized and find a place in your home to store your items. This mood-boosting habit is easy and quick to do.  

Depending on your daily routine, pick a time, morning or evening, to clean each room and put everything back in its place. There is no greater feeling than coming home to a clean house.

Call Your Loved Ones

No matter what, always set aside time out of your day or week to call your loved ones. It is proven that human interaction is beneficial to our happiness. Talking to people you care about can have a significant impact on your life.  

Happiness comes from within us. In addition, maintaining close relationships with our loved ones is critical. Human interaction will boost your mood temporarily but keeping it up will increase your happiness for years to come.

Organization Must-Haves: Kitchen

Organizing your kitchen can be a bit intimidating, but we have the perfect solutions for you to organize your kitchen. You may already feel like you are maxed out on your kitchen space. What if we told you there is a way to free up more space? Good news, there is a way, and it’s as simple as stated below.

Vertical Organizers

Instead of storing your frying pans and baking sheets horizontally, flip them on their side and store them vertically. By doing so, you won’t have to go through the hassle of moving through the whole stack to pull out what you are looking for.

You can buy pot and pan vertical organizers to keep from having your kitchen items from falling over or sliding around. It is a great way to make your pans more accessible. Plus, you will be maximizing your cabinet space.

If your pots are too big to store vertically, stack them in order of most used pots at the top and least used towards the bottom.

Add Dividers To All of Your Drawers

People often think you only need drawer dividers for your eating utensils, but this is a misconception. You can buy kitchen dividers that are adjustable and will accommodate larger cooking utensils or oddly shaped utensils.

Tupperware Organizer

How often have you searched for a lid to one of your Tupperware bowls? To stop the hassle of searching for a lid that fits, store all your containers and lids in a Tupperware organizer. This sleek organizer is a game-changer.

Color Code Your Kitchen

Some of you may already color-coordinate your closet, so why not do the same for your Kitchen? Color coding your kitchen will give you the kitchen organization you need. Start by grouping all your foods items in your fridge and pantry.

Magnetic Knife Bar

Go out with the old knife block organizers and in with the new magnetic knife bar. Magnetic knife bars will clear up your counter space and look better in your kitchen. They are less than twenty dollars on Amazon and are a perfect organization must-have.

Regain Sink Space

Get rid of the wet sponges and drying towels off your countertop by getting an organizer to hang on the side of your cabinets. If you don’t want them showing outside your cabinets, you could also get a hanging rack to place inside of your cabinets or under your sink.

Entertaining at Home: Wine + Succulent Party

‘Tis the season for a summer party and what better combination than succulents and wine? Succulents are small in size and are an easy-care plant. Get ready to “wine” down with your friends and show your love for these cute and fun plants by having a memorable wine and succulent party.

Set the Succulent Scene

What’s a party without decorations? You can decorate your apartment with terrariums and other plant arrangements filled with succulents of all different shapes and sizes. If you are planning to have a small group of guests, have the party inside your apartment. If not, you may want to consider finding a spot outside to host. We will be happy to accommodate your wine and succulent party wishes and needs.

Get the Wine Ready

It’s not a party without food or drinks. Get your wine bottles out and enjoy your favorite wines with your friends. Summer wines are a must. Choose light white wines such as Rocks 2014 or California White Wine. Rose, Champagne, or sparkling wine are also great alternatives. To make things more fun, you could even ask your guest to bring their favorite bottle of wine and when each bottle is opened, ask them to share why it’s their favorite.

Creative Potting Station

Add a creative spin to your wine and succulent party with a potting station. All you need is simple terracotta pots, succulent potting mix, decorative sand or gravel, and a selection of succulents for your friends to choose from. You could also add some small seashells or crystals to the mix for your guest to add a cute touch to their pots.

Party Favors

Spruce up your party with these cute favor ideas from Portofino. You can send your friends home with the simplest party favors. Some ideas you could use are teacups, coffee mugs, flower vases, candles, and wine glasses. Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or not, a simple party favor is a thoughtful touch that will go a long way.

Tips For Keeping Your Apartment Cool This Summer

It’s that time of year again, and things are heating up. Whether you are on a budget or just looking for tips to keep your apartment cool, you came to the right place.  

Start with Your Windows

Believe it or not, a significant amount of unwanted heat comes through windows. Therefore, keeping your blinds closed will decrease the amount of sunlight that comes in and helps cool down your apartment. You can even block out your blinds by adding shades or curtains.  

Leave Doors Open

Keeping doors closed to unused rooms shut and all others open can make a huge difference. This lets air flow naturally through your apartment and will almost automatically make it feel cooler.  

Adjust Sheets

It’s time to switch out the flannel and fleece for some cotton sheets. Adjusting your bedding to lightweight material will keep you cooler and allow you to sleep and breathe better.  

The best cooling sheets we recommend trying out, are soft bamboo sheets. Bamboo is a breathable, lightweight fabric that will keep you cool and comfortable.  

Cooler Cooking Solutions

Every time you use your oven, you are heating your apartment. Kick out the kitchen oven heat by making fresh summer salads, sandwiches, and more.  

Another alternative cooking solution we suggest is grilling outdoors. The less you use the oven and stove; the cooler your apartment will be.  

Counter-Clockwise Ceiling Fans

This is a tip that many people are unfamiliar with. Adjusting your ceiling fan to a higher speed and a counter-clockwise rotation will generate a cool breeze.  

Take Colder Showers

The hotter the shower temperature is, the more steam you are putting into the apartment. Taking cooler showers will prevent this from happening and will even cool your body down as well.  

Turn the Lights Off

Lights produce more heat than we know. If you practice turning unnecessary lights off, the apartment will stay cool, and you might even lower your electricity bill. We advise switching light bulbs to LED. Regular light bulbs release more heat than a LED bulb does.  

Portofino hopes you love all the above tips as much as we do. Forget the heat and use these tips to keeping your apartment cooler a try. They are all easily do-able and cost-effective.