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Have your kids flown the nest? Do you feel like you are rattling around your home? Do you want to reduce your utility bills? Although moving from a home that you have lived in for many years and possible brought up your family in can be difficult emotionally, there are ways to create a more suitable affordable living space within smaller homes, here are 5 tips to help you choose the perfect home when you are downsizing. 

Think about which rooms you can do without 

Before you begin searching for a your smaller home, sit with the family and make a list of what you like and dislike about your current home. Which rooms do you use a lot? Which spaces and pieces of furniture just collect dust? A good rule to use is the 6 times a year rule. Think about each room in your home and if you use them less than 6 times a year it is probable that you can do without them. 

While you are thinking about your living space, choose which rooms you could use for more than one purpose. If you work at home and require a home office, a good idea is to put a small sofa sleeper or small bed in your office in your new home for when you have guests visiting. If you enjoy hosting dinner parties, you do not need to have a formal dining room in your new home, why not put a table in the kitchen and create a casual dining space. 

Consider Purchasing Multi-use Furniture 

When you have decided which rooms you can shed without affecting your way of life, consider the furniture you may need. Multi-use pieces like sofa sleepers, bunkbeds, nests of tables and coffee tables with drawers are saving graces when living in smaller spaces 

If you have large pieces of furniture which are impractical - donate or sell them. If you are moving to a smaller home because your kids have left home, it will not be necessary to have so much furniture. Before you move, tell the kids to take what they want from their old rooms and also offer them any furniture which you will no longer be using in your new home. 

Once you have decided on the furniture you want to keep, measure all larger pieces and when you are viewing homes take a measure with you so you can be sure it will all fit in rooms and through the doorways etc..  

Good Design is Essential 

In a small living space, design is especially important. Look closely at the storage space in any potential new home you look at. There are many older houses that do not have bedroom closets so you will need to bring space saving wardrobes or an extra dresser. 

Don't rule out homes which have little closet space, think about the possibility of building shelves and getting under bed storage boxes for seasonal clothes. If you are looking to move into an apartment, ask if there is storage space available to use within the building. It is important to explore all the options and to keep an open mind before you rule a place out. 

Look at how much light comes into any property you view as light will make any small space look bigger. If there is outdoor living space this adds to a property and gives the feeling of a bigger home. 

Choose a Place You Have Always Wanted to Live 

The money you will save when moving from a bigger home, may mean that you are able to move to the place you have always wanted to live in. Look at all locations to see what is available to you within your price range. 

Personal Space 

Regardless of how small you decide to go, don't forget that you will still need personal space, one of the main complaints from those who have already made the move is that they feel like they are constantly in someones way. Everyone has their own ideas of what personal space is to them and it is difficult to adjust to a smaller home at first. Be patient and you will all get used to it. 

Regardless of how small, ensure that you have a place of your own in your new home, it doesn't need to be a whole room - even just an armchair tucked away where you can read and have some quiet time will be perfect. 

Downsizing is always a daunting process when you are used to having a large family home filled with people, however there are many positives to downsizing and it will not take long to adjust once you have found the perfect home for you.

 
The Castelli Bistro Italiano luncheon, was held in the hospitality training room at the University College of the Cayman Islands, and was hosted by five students from the Tourism Apprenticeship Training Program for 16 invited guests to demonstrate their culinary skills. 
Deputy chief officer in the Ministry of Tourism, Dalton Walter, delivered his welcome remarks, saying, "the fact that we have students from the TATP program adequately skilled to participate in this kind of culinary showcase highlights that important strides are being made with this program." 
Founded in 2007, the program has continued to attract increasing numbers of students on an annual basis, rising from 14 in 2008 to 85 in 2013. The program is overseen by the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, in collaboration with the private sector and local colleges UCCI and the International College of the Cayman Islands. 




Source:compasscayman.com

 
Last week, hundreds of civil servants took part in a dress down day to support Rotaract Blues Open Arms Programme. 
Open Arms promotes non-discrimination for disabled persons and aims to help integrate those living with disabilities into the community. 
Rotaract Blue have organized dress down months to raise awareness of the different disorders, and asked companies to wear a specific colour associated with the disorder on any chosen day. 
The Honorable Deputy Governor and Head of the Civil Service, Mr. Franz Manderson, JP said, "On behalf of the entire Civil Service, I commend Rotaract Blue on their efforts within the Open Arms Programme and I am pleased that we were able to support persons living with disorders through this initiative. I wish to thank the many Civil Servants who participated in this dress down day. I look forward to the Civil Service participating in similar initiatives in the future, as we work towards becoming a more community-minded Civil Service."
The Cayman Islands Civil Service, which is the first organization to participate in the programme donated a total of CI$1135 to support the fight against ADD in March. 



Source:caymannetnews.com

 
Installing a pool in your home means that you will have many fun times ahead making lots of great summer memories and you might even want to work away those extra christmas pounds by hitting the water and doing a few laps. Although, while these options are very exciting, owning a pool does also come with responsibilities, with water acting as a breeding ground for all sorts of bacteria and a range of other factors which can make your pool an unhygienic or unsafe area. It is important to look after maintenance as a priority, don't fret - pool maintenance is not a big deal and wont take up that much of your time, however if you want to truly make the most of your backyard pool it is something that is vital. Stop by your local pool supply store and make friends with the assistants so that you can get some good advice. 

Here are some maintenance tips that you should always remember: 

1. Water and Chemicals 

To keep the water in your pool hygienically clean and safe for swimming, there are several chemicals that will help you, chlorine is the first and most recognized that will need to go into your pool as part of your maintenance. Chlorine is basically used to keep your pool clean and to break down and remove any build up of bacteria and algae - which of course you don't want to swim around in, and you definitely don't want your kids in. Sanitise your pool with chlorine regularly, and keep a check on the levels so you know it is safe for swimming. 

As well as chlorine levels, you should also keep a check on the pH levels in your pool - this is the measure of acidity or alkalinity. The water should be more a little more alkaline (slightly) as chlorine works most effective this way. As well as impacting chlorine, more alkaline water is better matched to our own skin and also means pool equipment won't be damaged. 

2. Keep it Clean 

Your skimmer basket and pool filter are your best friends when it comes to keeping your water clean. Your skimmer basket will collect leaves and other debris that falls into the water. Make sure you check and empty it regularly to keep your pool is as clean as possible. In addition, use a leaf net to rake up anything remaining and clean your tiles regularly. 

3. Other Pool Additions 

Besides the chlorine and pH levels that are commonly known, if you are a new pool owner you may want to go to your local pool accessories store for other treatments which will ensure further cleanliness and the long life of your pool. You will need to add Algae preventatives regularly to control algae contaminants. Bare in mind that some of these additives can damage your tiles, so ask a professional and spend that little bit extra to get a good quality one that does no damage. Your filter system will have trouble getting rid of small particles on the surface, such as metal particles, which are often found. A 'metal out' chemical will help to eliminate these and finally a water clarifier should be added to ensure the water is not cloudy. 

4. Keep an Eye on the Weather 

The other big factor in your pool maintenance to be aware of is the weather. Storms of any kind, especially dust storms, will leave your pool very dirty, and maintenance should be undertaken immediately. To decrease the amount of damage incurred, consider getting a pool cover and keeping the water under wraps when not in use.

 
Preservation of the environment is currently a hot topic, and while recycling is a part of the solution for saving landfill space and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the best option is to prevent or reduce the amount of waste that is generated in the first place. There are many things homeowners can do to reduce the waste they produce in their homes and help to protect the environment. Here are a few tips to help you along the road to reducing waste: 


Reduce - Buy less small packages. Although individually wrapped packages and drinks are convenient, they are also wasteful. when you buy in bulk you will save money and you will have less packaging to dispose of. If you really like the idea of individually wrapped servings, you can always use small reusable containers to divide up the bulk product. 

Reuse - You don't have to throw out plastic tubs after you have used their contents, why not use them to store leftovers in. The containers can be used several times and when you do finally have to throw them out, you will know that you are recycling them after you have used them as much as you can. 

Say No To Bags - Instead of choosing between plastic or paper bags, don't use a bag. If you are only buying a few items you may be able to carry them, try putting small items on pockets or purses and if you are getting a lot, take a backpack with you or any other type of reusable bag. There will be no need to recycle bags if you don't use them in the first place. 

Reusable Containers - Buy reusable containers, such as water bottles and travel mugs. Instead of buying individual bottles of water which you will end up recycling or coffee cups that get thrown out, buy reusable ones. You can wash them out every day and refill them when you want them. Some stores, will let you bring your own containers to purchase things like fresh peanut butter, honey, olive oil, and flour (just to name a few). 

If you are interested in reducing waste but didn't know where to start. These are just a few ways that you can help to reduce waste in your home and help to reduce your environmental impact.

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