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Coming home from a winter vacation? Make unpacking less of a chore with these helpful tips.

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Unpacking from a Winter Wonderland

Hello December! A time for food, festivity, and year-end vacations. If yours is a getaway to colder climes, be sure to store your winter clothes well upon your return. (I know, no one likes unpacking luggage. 🙂 )

Warm Woollens

It might sound obvious, but be sure to thoroughly clean your coats, jackets, and sweaters, otherwise you might find mouldy clothes a year from now—gross! A number of these articles will require dry cleaning or hand washing in cold water, such as those made with wool, cashmere, or filled with down. Be sure to read the labels before tossing your clothes in the washing machine.

Also, remember to turn out all pockets beforehand—they are a hot bed for loose change and receipts.

I find vacuum-packing the best way to store these bulky items. Place them folded in the bag, turn on the vacuum, and enjoy the satisfaction of seeing the bag compress into a fraction of its original volume. I also toss in a few silica gel sachets for good measure, to prevent mildew from forming.


Similarly, clean your shoes or boots, inside and out, of all dirt and grime, especially if they are going into months-long storage. Wipe them clean with a solution of soap and warm water, and leave them out to dry. If you are fastidious, you can clean the soles as well.

To store, stuff your footwear with shoe trees or plastic bags before placing them in a shoe box, so they do not lose their shape.

Leather Care

A wrung-out damp cloth usually suffices in removing most surface stains from leather items like jackets or gloves. Hang them out to dry in a well-lit, airy place, before storing in a relatively dry environment. In our tropical climate, putting leather items away in the bomb shelter or store room may cause mould or mildew to grow, which trust me, is not something you want to be dealing with.

My husband hangs his leather jacket in our regular closet, with a desiccant dehumidifier to suck all the moisture from the space.

Just a little effort will help ensure that your warm wear continue to serve you well, the next time a cool holiday opportunity comes around. Any more tips on storing rarely-worn winter clothes? Let us know at 🙂

By Nur Raihana
December 14, 2017

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Finding the Right Washing Machine

Not certain which washing machine model will fit your family the best? Your choice will depend on the design of your home and budget, or it could just come down to personal preference. Here are some factors to consider.

Front-load vs top-load

• Space

Before choosing your new washing machine, measure the available space carefully versus the appliance dimensions. Deciding between a front-load or a top-load washer is largely dependent on which design will fit your space. If you are faced with a super-narrow space, a front-loader that stacks with the dryer may be your best bet.

• Ergonomics

Front-loaders usually take up floor space when its door is opened, and you will need to bend down a lot to load and unload your laundry. Although top-load washers are easy to load, and adding last-minute laundry is a breeze, unloading laundry could be a back-killer since you will need to reach down into the tub to get all your laundry out.

• Water and electricity usage

As the washing machine is one of the most frequently used appliances in the home, it is important to compare water and energy consumption amongst the different models in the market.

PUB rates washing machines using 2- to 4-tick ratings. Washing machines that use 6 litres or less water will get 4-tick rating. So keep an eye on the water efficiency label on the display sets when you compare washing machines.

High-efficiency (HE) washing machines are increasingly popular with home owners. Whether top or front-loader, they provide a much gentler wash with less water and energy used, compared to the traditional machines.

• Cost

The cost depends on a few factors – size, front or top-load, traditional or high-efficiency. You should weigh the cost against the water and electricity usage to decide on the best washing machine for your home.

Washer dryers

Alternatively, you may consider washer dryers if you are short of space. However, these may not be suitable for large families as the dryer function has a reduced capacity. If you have a full load of washing, you may have to dry them over several cycles. Another downside is the cost – such washer dryers tend to cost a lot more than the normal washing machines.

So before making your purchase, consider the pros and cons of each model to see which one best suits your needs.

Share with us if you have any other ideas on what to look out in a washing machine? Drop us a note at or via our MyNiceHome Facebook page.

By Britina Tan
December 13, 2017

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