The word 'Art' is most commonly associated with pieces of work in a gallery or museum, whether it’s a painting from the Renaissance or a modern sculpture. However, there is so much more to art than what you see displayed in galleries.

The truth is, without being aware of it, we are surrounded by art and use it on a continual basis. Most people don’t realize how much of a role art plays in our lives and just how much we rely on art in all of its forms in our everyday lives.

The Joy of Art

You may be wondering why all of these things are so important to our daily lives and that you could probably survive just fine with essential items that were non-artistic. That is just the reason why art is so valuable! While art may not be vital to fulfill our basic needs, it does make life joyful. When you look at a painting or poster you’ve chosen to hang on your living room wall, you feel happy. The sculpture or figurines on the kitchen windowsill create a sense of joy. These varieties of art forms that we are surrounded by all come together to create the atmosphere that we want to live in.

Art and Music

The importance of art in our daily lives is very similar to that of music. Just like art, music can make life extremely joyful and can have a huge effect on our mood. In the workplace in particular, music is something that can help people set the mood for what they are about to do. If you have something hard or difficult to work on or are feeling tired, an energetic song will likely wake you up and add some enthusiasm to the situation. Similarly, when stress is high, many people find that relaxing to calming music is something that eases the mind.

Inspirational Art

Inspirational art, such as posters are often found in work spaces to encourage employees to continue being productive. There is now an increasing amount of companies using art in their offices, as well as playing background music, as it is proven to actually work in making end results far better quality. There may be a piece of art that you own that you personally find motivational. Perhaps a print with a positive affirmation or quote beautifully scrolled on it or a painting of a picturesque scene of where you aim to travel to one day.

SOME REASONS WHY ORIGINAL ART IN THE HOME IS AS IMPORTANT AS A BED

1. Creates Mood
2. Adds Personal Character to the Home
3. Makes Memories
4. Provides a Colour Palette
5. Makes a Room Feel Finished
6. Inspires and Fosters Creativity
7. Conversation Starter
8. Supports Artists
9. It is an Investment
10. Creates a Livable Environment
11. Keeps the Brain Active
12. Relaxation
13. Curating Your Own Gallery is Fun!

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How To Unblock A Toilet

It's a sinking feeling indeed when your toilet won't empty it's bowels despite your frantic flushing. Whether you're at your own home or in someone else's, it's something you'll want a quick fix for.

First Steps

Tip: Cover your floor with newspaper before starting anything to make any messes easier to clean up!

Find Out What's Causing It

This might seem obvious, but it will help you get an understanding of the best solution. Is it something that shouldn't be there, like a children's toy? Or maybe something that seems like it could be flushable, but isn't, like a tampon or paper towel? These kinds of obstructions suggest there's nothing wrong with the flushing mechanism of the toilet, it's simply necessary to get the, out.

On the other hand, if it's a normal amount of toilet paper, it might be something deeper down and may require chemical removal.

If the toilet doesn't flush after the first try, and fills up with water, don't flush again. You will risk the toilet overflowing, which is a much bigger problem than it not flushing!

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Check The Cistern

Is the toilet actually flushing properly? You can lift the lid of your cistern to check if it's refilling...


How To Unblock A Toilet

It's a sinking feeling indeed when your toilet won't empty it's bowels despite your frantic flushing. Whether you're at your own home or in someone else's, it's something you'll want a quick fix for.

First Steps

Tip: Cover your floor with newspaper before starting anything to make any messes easier to clean up!

Find Out What's Causing It

This might seem obvious, but it will help you get an understanding of the best solution. Is it something that shouldn't be there, like a children's toy? Or maybe something that seems like it could be flushable, but isn't, like a tampon or paper towel? These kinds of obstructions suggest there's nothing wrong with the flushing mechanism of the toilet, it's simply necessary to get the, out.

On the other hand, if it's a normal amount of toilet paper, it might be something deeper down and may require chemical removal.

If the toilet doesn't flush after the first try, and fills up with water, don't flush again. You will risk the toilet overflowing, which is a much bigger problem than it not flushing!

How To Stop Your Toilet From Overflowing Illustration

Check The Cistern

Is the toilet actually flushing properly? You can lift the lid of your cistern to check if it's refilling with water when you try to flush. This could be an issue of the water being out in your building, or the flushing mechanism of the toilet itself.

To stop the toilet from overflowing, take off the lid of the toilet and reach inside and you'll find a circular drain plug attached to a chain. Press it down and make sure it's closed. This is the flapper and it will stop any more water entering the cistern.

How To Unblock A Toilet With A Plunger

What Plunger To Use

The simple cup shaped plunger that most of us have at home isn't in fact the best man for the job. Those plungers are made for unclogging sinks and smaller drains.

The right plunger for toilets (and the best all-round plunger for at home) is actually a flange plunger. It still has the cup shape, but also has a flap around the outside that creates a shape somewhat like a fishes mouth, or if a plunger at a rubber sock around it.

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How To Use A Plunger Correctly.

  • Plunge straight down, don't angle the plunger
  • Ensure the lips of the plunger are around the drain whole, creating a seal around the drain.
  • Make sure the plunger is completely covered. If there isn't enough in the toilet to completely submerge it, add water.
  • Press the plunger down into the bowl, and slowly apply pressure until there is no more air left in the suction cup. This will create the tightest seal possible.
  • Pull the plunger back up, without breaking the seal, then press back down again. Repeat this 5-10 times with some rhythm, to create a motion of alternating compression and suction. It may take up to 20 pushes!
  • Once you see the water start draining, pull the plunger out vigorously on the final thrust.
  • Unplug the flapper in the cistern, and flush the toilet to see if it's still blocked.
  • If it doesn't work, keep plunging!

How To Unblock A Toilet Without A Plunger

Method 1: Brute Force

There are several methods which have similar effects.

Mop or Toilet Brush

  • Take a mop or toilet brush, and wrap the head with a garbage bag.
  • Plunge the end of the mop or brush (the bristly end), into the toilet and use like a regular plunger

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Coat Hanger

  • This method works well if there is a specific obstruction in the first few centimeters of your drain
  • Take a wire coat hanger and unravel or cut it to form a single length of wire
  • Wrap the end of the wire with a rag and then wrap with duct tape. This is to avoid scratching the enamel of your toilet.
  • Push the wire with the taped end first into the toilet, manoeuvring and twisting it to get it down the S bend
  • Push until you feel the obstruction. From there wriggle the wire until the obstruction comes loose.
  • If you can't feel an obstruction or are unable to un-lodge it you may have to try another method or call a plumber.

Method 2: Chemical Removal

Hot Water and Dish Soap

  • Splash a decent amount of dish soap into the bowl of the toilet (but not too much to create a sudsy mess!)
  • Pour boiling water into the bowl until the toilet starts to unclog
  • The pressure of the water and the suds from the soap should unlodge the mess
  • If nothing happens, stop pouring the water to avoid the toilet overflowing

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Baking Soda and Vinegar

  • Pour 1 cup of vinegar into the toilet bowl, followed by 1 cup of bicarbonate soda
  • Let it sit for 5-10 minutes before pouring hot water from a kettle into the bowl

Chemical Drain Cleaner

  • The next step is a chemical drain cleaner, which will act to dissolve the obstruction. You can purchase the drain cleaner at any home improvement store.
  • Follow the instructions on the container. It will typically instruct you to wait over night.

Method 3: Elbow Grease

This is by far the least glamorous, but can save lots of time and fiddling around. Glove up, and stick your hands into the toilet to see what's going on. If you can feel the obstruction, pull it out and dispose of it safely.

Pro tip: Wear gloves on both hands and cover each arm with a garbage bag that reaches to your shoulders. You never know how far you'll have to go!


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How to Arrange Art

  • "People have a tendency to hang art too high," says Linda Crisolo, Art.com director of merchandising. "The center of the image should be at eye level." In living rooms, people are usually sitting, so artwork should be lower. A good way to ensure you're placing artwork at the right height is to hang it one hand width above the sofa.
  • A common problem when hanging artwork above a sofa or sideboard is that it's not in scale. Having pieces that are too small or too large will make the whole arrangement look strange. "Make sure artwork is at least two-thirds the size of the sofa or sideboard," Crisolo says. "For example, a 9-foot-long sofa should have a 6-foot-wide expanse of art above it."
  • In the bedroom, choose personal art, such as family photographs or your own photography. If you're arranging the pieces in groupings, Crisolo recommends sticking with one color theme, either all black-and-white or all color photographs.
  • "Above a mantel or fireplace is the perfect place to layer pieces," Crisolo says. "A house looks like a home when you can see layers of artwork and accessories."
  • In the kitchen, hang art in a place where it won't get damaged by water or heat. Consider placing art above an office space, near the dining table, or above open counter space. Crisolo also recommends avoiding kitchen art in the kitchen. "I tend to shy away from pictures of asparagus in the kitchen," she says. "Vintage art with traditional frames works in a traditional kitchen. In a modern kitchen, try bright colors with stainless-steel frames."
  • A symmetrical arrangement creates a striking and simple focal point. All-white frames and mats unify this grouping. "I like to use the same frames to create homogeny," says Crisolo.
  • When deciding where to hang images in your home, consider the wall space available and the arrangement of the room. "Use small pieces between windows and doors," Crisolo says. "If small items are in a space too large, the pieces look lost. With larger pieces, allow room for people to step back and admire the work."
  • Artwork collaborates with other accessories and decor to create a visual story. Make sure images, moldings, and shelves all work together. "Hang artwork in front of a bookcase, on the face of the shelf," Crisolo says. "The shelves and ledges become part of a decorating story."
  • Make sure your arrangement matches your decorating style. "Symmetrical arrangements are more traditional or formal. Asymmetrical is modern," Crisolo says. "Also look at the image and style of the frame. For cottage-style rooms, stick with vintage images or botanicals. In modern rooms, choose large and abstract pieces."

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