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Home Organisation Jobs To Do During Quarantine

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Quarantine has been an odd time for all of us, and has marked the longest stretch of time many of us have been at home for a long time. But being at home doesn’t mean there is nothing useful and fun to do, and today we want to share some house and garden jobs you can do during quarantine to organise your stuff! 

Clear the wardrobe 

Over the year many of us end up collecting clothes we never wear, or clothes that are a little too small that we eventually plan to fit into. But now is the time to make a change and organise your wardrobe for good. Take some time this week to go through every part of your wardrobe and try everything on. Only keep things you love, things you wear, and things that have genuine sentimental value. Everything else? Either sell online through Vinted or get rid! 

Minimise your furniture 

After a long time living in the same house; and in this case staring at the same four walls every single day, it is time for a change. Grab yourself some secure storage units and think about clearing out the rooms of your house to make them more minimalist. You don’t need THAT much furniture, and once you have tried life without some of those small tables and cupboards that clutter up the space, you’ll likely find out that you don’t need them at all. Once you know what you want to keep and get rid of, sell items online and make some money in lockdown. 

Tidy the garden 

The house isn’t the only part of your home that can be changed and organised this year; the garden can be worked on too. Simple ways to spruce up the garden during lockdown is to clean up the flowerbed borders, weed the garden, and prune your large shrubs and trees into more manageable sizes and shapes. Have fun playing around with the look and feel of your outdoor space and it will make a huge difference. 

Organise the loft 

The loft is a part of the house which is often taken for granted and neglected, but this week you can make a positive change and finally rid yourself of the useless clutter you don’t need. Clearing out the loft might take a fair bit of time, but it will be more than worth it when you have extra space to store items you plan to keep for years to come. 

Clear your pantry 

Another part of the house that can sometimes be forgotten about is the pantry. If you are looking for a useful job to tackle today, the pantry is a great option. In an hour or so you will be able to rid yourself of out of date food, foods you simply won’t eat, and you can even extend your efforts to the freezer and tidy that up too. 

Take time this week to identify different areas of your home that can be better organised, and sit down and get these niggling jobs out of the way!

 

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Why Macs Make Great Family Computer

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Many parents rightfully worry about how much time their children spend on the computer and online. However, despite this, children need to get on the computer at younger and younger ages, especially if you’re homeschooling your children. If you’re a household of Apple fans, then a family Mac could be the best choice, as you can set it up in a high-traffic area where you can keep an eye on the kids, and have a computer that can be used alongside your other devices. But how what makes Macs such great family computers? 

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Configure Users and Groups

You can make it easy to manage your family computers with accounts for different family members. When you set up new accounts, you have a few choices for what kind of account you give each user; Administrator, Standard, Managed with Parental Controls, Sharing Only, and Group. 

An Administrator account will control most of the functions of the Mac, including installing software, creating new accounts, changing passwords, and modifying and deleting files. This is the account that you need so that you can manage the computer and the accounts you give your children. The Admin will need to understand a bit about computers, from knowing how to install updates to how to run programs like Clean My Mac X

A Standard account can use the Mac in a normal way, but won’t have the amount of control that the Administrator account has. A Standard user can’t install new software, for example. This kind of account stops the user from making changes that could cause problems with the computer, but it does mean you’ll need to take over every time an administrator password is needed. This option could work well for older children who you trust to use the computer in a responsible way, but don’t want to give too much control. 

Managed with Parental Controls is the ideal account for younger children. With parental controls, the Administrator (that’s you) you can limit what the account can do and can monitor what the account gets up to. 

Sharing and Group accounts aren’t all that handy on the family Mac. A Sharing Only account is designed to allow a remote user to access files on the computer. A Group account can be used by a set of users already set up on the computer. 

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Parental Controls

One of the advantages of you having the Administrator account of a family Mac is the parental controls available to you to protect your family.

Apps – You can control access to apps that other accounts have by enabling the Simple Finder. The Finder’s menu bar has fewer available commands, and the Dock only has My Applications folder, a Documents folder, Shared folder, and the Trash, as well as any open programs. There won’t be any options to access anything on the hard drive, and there’s no menu to navigate elsewhere on the Mac. This is perfect for the user accounts for kids who only need access for homework and some games. 

You can also block specific apps, such as allowing access to Pages but not allowing access to the internet browser. 

Web – In the web tab of Parental Controls, there are three options for you. You can allow unrestricted access to websites, try to limit access to adult websites automatically, and allow access to only chosen websites. For the children’s account, do not use the first option. The second option uses the automatics filters that are built into the OS to prevent access to adult content. You can customize these filters too to allow some sites through that you think have been blocked accidentally and restrict access to sites that the filters have missed. The last option gives you the most control and is useful for accounts for very young children. You can choose to make block access to all but a small amount of selected child-friendly websites. 

The internet filters are built into the operating system, so they can be used on whichever web browser you prefer to use. The filters are also smart. Instead of just blocking a list of sites that have been blacklisted, websites are filtered based on the content of their pages. Sites that choose to flag themselves as adult-oriented are automatically blocked. Remember, though, that these filters aren’t perfect, so don’t rely on them entirely. You’ll still need to supervise your kids online. You can use your Admin account to check what sites they visit and block them yourself if you feel they aren’t age-appropriate. 

People – In the People options, you can manage access to programs like Mail and iChat. You can also choose the contacts that your child is allowed to communicate with. If your child tries to send an email to someone not on this list, your admin account will be alerted with a permission request sent to you, which you can access remotely, to approve or deny.

Time limits – You can also manage how much time a child with a controlled user account can use the computer for. You can customize the limits for weekdays and weekends, and set bedtime time limits. You can decide how many hours a day the user can be on the computer. For example, on weekdays, you can allow access during homeschooling hours, and then block it for the evening, so the children have to take a screen break. You can then allow access at weekends to allow for games and other fun use, but only for the hours you choose. The Bedtime limits mean you can choose the exact hours the computer can be used between.  

Other – There’s also an Other tab for Parental Controls where you can handle other safety features. You could choose to hide profanity in the dictionary, limit access to printing, block the option to burn CDs or DVDs, and disable the ability to change their passwords. As the main Administrator, you can also reset passwords for other accounts yourself, so you’ll never lose access, even if they try to keep you out with a password change.

Lockdown Blues and Netflix

Happy Friday guys! If you are in England, it is bank holiday today. The weather has been dead warm and sunny. Our streets are filled with people celebrating the bank holiday weekend but still social distancing, which is good. I am not really a social person, so I am indoors as usual but it is cool to see people trying to have a great time in their own ways. I hope you all are keeping safe wherever you are. It is getting harder and harder to blog these days because I am really not in the mood to write and when I am in the mood to write, it is tricky to decide on what to write about with all the chaos and confusion going on around the world. However, I will still be writing as often as I can and I will continue to carry on as normal. The lockdown blues has no place here.

 

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In other news, Netflix has been fun. There are so many shows on there now, we are never out of what to watch. If you are struggling to find something new and. fresh to watch, here are some cool ideas for you –

Fauda

The new season of Fauda is back and we have binged watched it already! I love the series. It always leaves me at the edge of my seat and I really like the main guys as well. Fauda is definitely one to watch.

Money Heist

We recently finished all the parts of Money Heist and we loved every bit of it. I found the series very entertaining. I am missing it already and can’t wait for the new part to be uploaded. Hopefully that won’t be too long now.

Orange is the New Black

Orange is the New Black is one of my favourite shows but for some reason we are only watching the season from last year this week. I really don’t know how that happened. But I am glad we finally got to it on our Netflix list. The season is funny and engaging as always.

Caliphate

My sister recommended this series and I am glad she did. It was so good. We really enjoyed it. I was pleasantly surprised to like it as much as I did. If you are after a cool series to watch, you should watch Caliphate.

Have you seen any on this list? What are your thoughts? What are you watching on Netflix? How are you dealing with the lockdown blues?

 

 

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