3 Steps to choose the perfect tablecloth

3 Steps to choose the perfect tablecloth

When it comes to updating your kitchen or dining table on a budget, it has no more effect than a new tablecloth. The table is the centerpiece of the room and what to change the cover will instantly transform the entire room.

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Tablecloths in deep colors in winter, such as burgundy and navy blue, give off a cozy and familiar feeling. The lighter colors such as lime green and pure white will give the room a much fresher, more spacious environment that is perfectly consistent with the summer. You can also use themed washable tablecloths for children's birthday parties for an extra special holiday lunch, or Christmas table covers to create a festive atmosphere.

Tablecloths can be purchased or exchanged for any number of reasons, but regardless of why you are shopping for a new table cloth there are some basic factors to keep in mind to make sure that you make the right decision.

The size of the tablecloth

Very important, before you get to the stores or on the Internet and start browsing the fabric or PVC table covers, you need to know the measurements of the table that you are going to buy for. Tablecloths are made in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and will not look good if they do not fit the table, so always measure the table exactly, do not guess. Two different tables for six people can be very different sizes.

Grab a measuring tape and write down the length and width of your table. The best thing to do in two centimeters and inches is how some manufacturers will only show one unit of measurement in their containers. Also make sure that you consider the shape of the table, be it square, rectangular, oval or round. A tablecloth designed for a round table may not seem fair on an oval table, and a tablecloth designed for a rectangular table will have extra work done to it to reduce the size if it is purchased from a square table. If you are going to buy tablecloths for an event, such as a wedding, be sure to call the place and ask for specific measures.

You will also want the tablecloth to hang down over the edges of the table. This is much more aesthetically appealing, will protect even the edges of the table and also helps keep the tablecloth in place. Add at least 20 centimeters inches to each dimension, for example, if the table is 70 centimeters wide and 150 centimeters long do not buy tablecloths of less than 110 centimeters by 190 centimeters. The longest is the best, as tablecloths can always be cut to size if necessary.

Fabric, color, and texture of the tablecloth

Next, you have to decide which fabric you want to opt for. There are many different materials to choose from, ranging from the very cheap to the very expensive. At the end of the spectrum are the PVC tablecloths, which, despite being cheap, are not of low quality. In fact, they are the best option for most people and situations and have significant advantages over cloth tablecloths even though it costs less.

PVC table cloths are coated with a thin layer of vinyl that makes them completely waterproof, so any spills simply sit on the surface and will not be absorbed and damage the board below. This makes them quick and easy to clean, too. Thanks to the development of the printing laser these washable tablecloths are available in a wide range of colors and patterns, including both modern and traditional styles.

Used tablecloths

PVC tablecloths are the perfect choice for a day-to-day dinner, or for a special event, such as a birthday party. For more luxurious matters, such as a wedding you may want to opt for satin, silk or velvet. These fabrics are stained and are much more expensive to buy or rent, but their opulent appearance makes them the perfect choice for an elegant or elaborate occasion. If you are going to buy tablecloths for your home you may want to buy more than one. For example, you can buy a simple print but enough for daily use and a more expensive cover to entertain the guests.

If you follow these 3 steps when buying tablecloths you are sure to find the perfect one to meet your needs. If in doubt, opt for PVC tablecloths, as they have numerous benefits and are among the cheapest tablecloths on offer so if you change your mind, you will not have lost a lot of money at all. However, these washable tablecloths are, without a doubt, the best option for anything that involves children thanks to its hard to damage, easy to clean nature.

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I've learned quite a few valuable lessons in my first year on my own.

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Last Thanksgiving, I moved out of my childhood home and into my very first apartment. In the just over a year of "adulting," I've learned that I really had no idea what I was getting myself into.

Here are a few things I wish someone had told me beforehand...

1. Bill collectors don't mess around!

If you're as much as a few hours late on paying a bill, expect a letter dropped in the mail and/or an e-mail in your inbox notifying you about it. Stay ahead by keeping a calendar, and write in each bill's due date. Then, place the calendar where you will see it every day — either hang it on your fridge or leave it on your kitchen counter if it's a notebook calendar like the one I have.

If you are looking at the calendar several times a day — even if you are not sitting there and studying it — it becomes less likely that you will miss due dates.

2. The first of each month creeps up QUICKLY

Sometimes it will feel like you JUST paid your rent when it is already due again. Be prepared by having at least a few months' worth of rent saved up.

This way, you will never be late on rent, even if the first of the month catches you off guard (again).

3. It requires constant effort to keep everything in the house stocked

It isn't easy keeping track of everything from toilet paper and toothpaste to trash bags and laundry detergent. And their prices add up quickly! The best way I've found so far to try and not run out of everything I need is by keeping a grocery list and pen on my kitchen counter, right next to my trusty calendar.

When I notice I'm running low on something, such as dishwasher pods, I simply write it on the list. Then, when the list gets long enough, I bring it with me to Wal-Mart and try and get everything I need in one trip.

4. Cleaning is no walk in the park either. 

I am hereby acknowledging my privilege and saying I totally took for granted when my mom, and then the maintenance crew in my college dorm, cleaned my bathroom for me. In order for things not to get out of hand, I keep a handwritten list of everything in my apartment that needs cleaning. And when I clean one thing, I check it off.

Once every item on the list has a checkmark, I re-write a new list for next time. This way, I don't get overwhelmed by trying to clean every single thing in my house all in one day. Instead, I do it little by little when I have the time.

Sure, I'll have a cleaning day now and again, but more often than not I perform one cleaning task a day to keep up with it without tiring myself out after work.

5. You most likely won't get your security deposit back in full

When I first paid my security deposit, I thought to myself, "for sure I will get that back in full whenever I move out." But, I learned that life happens. I've dropped heavy objects and scratched up the wall. I've accidentally burned a spot onto my kitchen table with a burning hot bowl.

I've spilled things onto the carpet that I was unable to get out, even with carpet cleaner. I've also broken things by accident, such as my refrigerator door handle, and the pulley attached to my ceiling fan. I've come to terms with the fact that I won't be getting my security deposit back in full, and that's OK.

That is what it's there for, after all.

6. Coasters are not a want, but a need

When I was growing up, I thought people who insisted you use coasters when you visited their house were annoying. But now I understand. I harass my friends when they come over to always use a coaster. It prevents rings from appearing on the tabletops, which falls under the category of that security deposit we were chatting about earlier.

I recommend buying a pretty set of coasters from a shop like Marshalls. That way, the coasters are nice-looking, and they all match.

7. Housekeeping is a big responsibility

You can't just pick up and LEAVE if you want like you could with your parents. If you want to go on vacation, you still have to pay your bills. You also need to find someone to come care for your pets, bring in your mail, etc.

You are also responsible for turning off your heating/air conditioning when you leave and locking up your doors and windows. You may also be required to have renter's insurance, in the event any damage or break-in happens to your home.

Although housekeeping is a bigger responsibility than I anticipated, I wouldn't give it up for anything in the world. I love having my own apartment, despite the expenses and stresses associated with it. It's the best decision I ever made, and not nearly as frightening as I worked myself up to be.

It is a wonderful journey I know you will do just fine on.

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Exclusive Interview With Soul Singer December Rose

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Can you tell us a bit about your new song Hanging On?

For sure! So 'Hanging On' is about the "elephant in the room" everyone is ignoring. The relationship is crumbling, no one's letting go and closing the door to that chapter in their lives. The song carries listeners through the reminiscing sweet encounter and desperate plea for truth to set them free.

How would you describe your sound?

Always the hardest question to answer!! haha With all the new music I've been working on, there's been a huge musical maturation. With that said, there is a lot of influence of different genres, but to keep it simple, I'd say Adele meets One Republic, meets Gavin DeGraw, meets Amy Winehouse.

What's your song writing routine like?

This has evolved a ton over the years and still haven't really found a routine. My most creative moments are usually in the mornings, in the shower, and while on public transit around the city. Super random!!! I think on average these are the times my mind has the freedom to just think about anything. So, little melodies or song concepts might come to mind, or lyrics. Sometimes on a great day, all of these things come together at the same time. Little by little I build it. I don't force the song to come together in one day if it's not there. I let the idea "sit on the slow cooker" until it's ready (can be super quick or super long).

Are you playing any shows soon?

With the holidays approaching, no shows for the rest of 2018, but booking for 2019 already so all that information will be up on my website shortly. (https://www.DecemberRoseMusic.com)

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