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This home hack video has many cool ideas including…

  • How to fill a hole
  • How to smooth dents in wood
  • How to hang something with holes in the back
  • How to manage cords
  • How to make a faux brick pattern on your wall
  • How to loosen a tight screw

And many more! Let me know what your favorite hack is in the comments 🙂

 

What is ASMR?

What exactly is ASMR? The term itself was coined by Jennifer Allen, a nonscientist looking to create an official sounding name for a sensory phenomenon that was beginning to appear in online videos and discussions, but which at the end of the last decade still had no name. There are different ways of defining and understanding it. The letters stand for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response and it “describes the experience of tingling sensations in the crown of the head, in response to a range of audio-visual triggers such as whispering, tapping, and hand movements” (Poerio, Blakey, Hostler, & Veltri, 2018). The Wikipedia entry on ASMR defines it as a “…term used for an experience characterized by a static-like or tingling sensation on the skin that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine.” The entry gives quite a lot of information about its history and background. Fredborg, Clark, & Smith (2017) describe it as “a perceptual condition in which the presence of particular audio-visual stimuli triggers intense, pleasurable tingling sensations in the head and neck regions, which may spread to the periphery of the body”. Barratt & Davis (2015), in one of the first studies to begin a scientific investigation of ASMR defined it as “a … sensory phenomenon, in which individuals experience a tingling, static-like sensation across the scalp, back of the neck, and at times further areas in response to specific triggering audio and visual stimuli. This sensation is widely reported to be accompanied by feelings of relaxation and well-being.”  (This paragraph is from an Article in Psychology Today written by John Cline Ph.D. Read More)

May 2019 Statistics for Robson Resales

Top 10 ways to keep you dog cool in the summer

Summer time Golfing tips!

  1. Don’t leave clubs in the car because it melts the glue that holds the head on
  2. Don’t reach down in the brush to get a lost ball, because there could be unexpected wildlife!
  3. No-sweat liner for the inside of the hat
  4. Soak hat in water from the water jug
  5. Ultimate koozie from YETI
  6. Drink lots of water
  7. OF COURSE! Wear sunscreen

The vacation ready home!

Finally planning that summer vacation?
Here are our top tips to give you added peace of mind while you’re away.

  • One of the most effective steps is to make your home appear occupied. Use timers or an app on a few lights throughout the house, scheduling them to turn off and on at various times after dark.
  • Use extra caution when communicating about your vacation dates on Facebook and other social media. And don’t post photos until you’re back. Information spreads quickly, and you don’t want it to get into the wrong hands.
  • Advise friends and trusted neighbors of your travel plans. Make sure you can be reached in an emergency if necessary.
  • Have the post office hold your mail and suspend any newspaper and package deliveries, or ask a neighbor to collect them for you each day. A buildup of mail or uncollected packages or papers are obvious signs that no one is home.
  • Ask a neighbor to park in your driveway on occasion so it looks like there is someone at home.

Restorative Yoga Flow Video

Restorative yoga is a practice that is all about slowing down and opening your body through passive stretching. During the long holds of restorative yoga, your muscles are allowed to relax deeply. It’s a unique feeling!

April 2019 – Robson Resales Statistics

How to store family photographs

Where to Store Family Photos for Safekeeping

The most important things when considering where to store photos are:
  1. Ventilation – A well-ventilated area with circulating air combats mold growth and other damaging organic substances.
  2. Temperature – Storage temperatures above 75 degrees Fahrenheit can interfere with the chemicals used in the processing of photos, leading to discoloration. The cooler it is, the better when it comes to photo storage.
  3. Moisture – It’s not just potential flood areas you have to worry about but humidity levels, too.
  4. Lighting – Light can cause photographs to fade. If you aren’t able to enclose your prints completely, be sure that you are storing them in a dark place.

Best Places to Store Old Photos at Home

Storing your family keepsakes at home has the benefit of easy access.

Here are some do’s and don’ts of storing antique photos in your home:

DON’T: Store photos in a basement, attic, or garage where temperatures and humidity fluctuate with the change of seasons or reach extreme highs.

DO: Store photos in closets, cabinets, or under the bed. These locations, being part of your living quarters, will be climate controlled.

DON’T: Store photos near a heating or cooling vent.

DO: Store photos off the ground when possible.

Storing Old Photographs in a Self-Storage Unit

If you just can’t compromise the space in your home for vintage photographs that you’re unlikely to pull out on a regular basis, keeping them tucked away safely in storage can be a great option. It may require a trip to the unit when you want to access them, but you can reclaim the space in your linen closet or under the bed and sleep well at night knowing your photos are protected.

Here are some do’s and don’ts as far as placement of photos in your storage unit:

DO: Pick a climate-controlled unit. Remember: 75 degrees or cooler and low humidity are the best conditions for photo storage.

DON’T: Place old photos on the ground in a storage unit, even if they are packaged up in boxes or containers. Consider using a wire rack or pallet to keep boxes off the ground in case of flooding.

DO: Enclose all photographs completely, whether in boxes, containers, or frames.

Preparing Your Photos for Storage

Whether you choose to store at home or in your storage unit, you’ll want to organize your pictures in envelopes or boxes to preserve their condition.

An ideal container for storing printed pictures would have a sealed, water-resistant exterior, such as plastic, and soft but stiff dividers to separate prints on the inside. With that as a guideline, use your imagination! Maybe you choose to use envelopes or file folders as your dividers and a plastic tote or file box to contain them. These are likely items you’ll have on hand.

The go-to container for old photos–shoe boxes–are still a go-to for a reason: you are likely to have some around, and their stiff, square shape keep photos flat and protected. Just keep in mind that shoe boxes are not water-resistant. Consider using them for organizing your photos, but storing them in a water-resistant container or in a place where you know they will never come in contact with water.

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The preservation experts at the National Archives recommend materials made of cotton or pure wood pulps to avoid contact with acids that can be hidden in other paper sources. They also suggest rolling larger, flexible prints into tubes, and using polyester film sleeves for extra precaution.

How to Organize Photos in Boxes or Envelopes

Unfortunately, if you really want to safeguard your photos, the process is going to involve more than simply piling them in photo safe boxes. Here are a few things to keep an eye on while you pack away photos:

  • Flat is the goal.
    Use stiff, flat materials and containers to encourage your photos to stay flat.
  • Find the right fit.
    Make sure the fit is right with your containers and your prints. Cramming pictures into a box that is too small in length or width is the easiest way to damage and dogear them before they’ve even made it to storage.
  • Fill boxes just enough. 
    Stuffing too many photos in one box can have the same effect as using a box that’s too small. On the flipside, leaving too much room in a box can cause items to shift in transport. If you have extra space, fill it with non-acidic tissue paper.
  • Non-acidic dividers are helpful.
    Ever had to peel photos apart from another? Although it might feel meticulous, placing a sheet of paper or another type of divider between photos can save them in the long run, especially if your photos overheat or come in contact with water. The stiffer the better when it comes to dividers, to keep items flat and in place.

Tips for Preparing Photo Albums for Storage

  • Use albums with acid-free sleeves, sheet protectors, or photo corners.
    Look for materials like polyester, polypropylene, or polyethylene.
  • Avoid adhesives.
    Acids that can deteriorate the quality of printed photos hide in adhesives.
  • Flat and well-fitting applies here, too.
    Make sure photographs have been inserted into sleeves or corner tabs that fit their size, and that they are positioned so that they will stay flat.
  • Don’t overstuff.
    This tip is more for preserving the quality of the album itself, rather than the photos. If maintaining the quality of the album is important to you, overstuffing can cause damage to the spine of the album or cause pages to fall out.
  • Choose the album itself carefully. 
    Avoid textiles that might be appealing to moths and other cloth-eating pests. Leather is your best bet when it comes to albums that will last and store well.
  • Store albums within larger containers, free of chemicals.
    Wrap your albums in tissue paper before placing them in boxes for an added level of protection.

Convert Print Photos to Digital for Extra Precaution

It never hurts to make copies of your photos, even after taking steps to preserve them in storage. Digital copies serve as your backups in case the originals are damaged or lost. Professional restorers can also use high-quality digital copies to restore your precious photos to their original beauty.

If your main concern when backing up old photos is to preserve the memories held in them, taking a picture with a digital camera, or even a smartphone, can be a surprisingly simple option. It’s easy, and the quality serves the purpose. If you have intentions of possibly reproducing a photo from a digital copy, you’ll want to consider using a scanner or a photo scanning service.

Your digital copies can stay on a computer, but for added backup, it is recommended that you save them on a CD, memory stick, or external USB drive. Those items should also be stored safely in a water-free area of your home or storage unit!

Grease Your Garage Door to Keep It Opening and Closing Smoothly

Time: 30 Minutes

Can everyone down the street and around the block hear you coming and going? It’s probably time to grease your garage door to keep it opening and closing smoothly. Grease your door in all the right places (just stay away from that WD-40 stuff) and it’ll never get stuck the moment you’re late.

What’s in it for you?

  • Reduced noise when opening and closing
  • No rust build-up
  • A door that doesn’t get stuck

Grease Your Garage Door to Keep It Opening and Closing Smoothly

  1. Get some lithium-based spray. Don’t be tempted to grab the WD-40. We know, we know — you probably have some lying around, the label says it can be used on garage doors — it’s awfully tempting. But WD-40 is actually a degreaser that will strip your garage door joints of the lubrication they need to run smoothly. Instead, head over to your local hardware store and pick up a bottle of lithium-based grease.
  2. Grease the hinges. Stand inside your garage and close the door. Find the hinges near the outer edges and middle of the door and spray them where they pivot (there should be about nine hinges). A small spritz of lithium-based grease in each spot will do the trick. Don’t forget to open and close the door a few times, spreading the grease to every part of the hinge. Pro Tip: Don’t want to get your hands dirty? Grab a long-necked, high-pressure vacuum to suck out all the dust before you start greasing.
  3. Grease the ball bearings of the rollers. Look to the right, look to the left — you should see parallel tracks going from the door to the ceiling. Inside these tracks are small wheels (rollers), which have an inner circle of ball bearings that spin when the rollers are moved. Give the ball bearings a couple of sprays of lithium grease, making sure to avoid the tracks. If you’ve got plastic rollers or enclosed ball bearings, you’ll need to call in a specialist.
  4. Grease the lock. Not all garage doors have locks, but if yours does, it’ll likely be in the center of the door. Give the keyhole a spritz to keep rust at bay.
  5. Grease the spring. First, figure out what kind of spring you have. Is it free hanging with a pulley attached? You’ve got an extension spring, complete with a rust-prevention coating. You’ll still need to coat the ball bearings of the pulley mechanism — look for two wheels on top of the door and spritz away. If your spring is wound around a metal bar on the ceiling above the door, it’s a torsion spring. You’ll need to spray the outside of the spring with the lithium-based grease.
  6. Grease the top of the rail. This is the giant slab of metal across your ceiling with a chain attached to it. The chain’s coated in a protective, anti-rust solution, but the top of the rail could use some love. Just climb up a ladder, spray some lithium grease on a cloth, and rub down the top of the rail. Easy!
  7. Clean the track. Remember the ball bearings you greased in step 3? Time to clean the tracks they sit in. Use a damp cloth and a degreaser (we’re looking at you, WD-40) to clean any grime, dirt, or spiders (!!) from the tracks. Very important: Don’t grease the tracks — or you’ll end up with greasy grime. No one wants that.