Houseplants: What to Choose, What to Avoid and Why

When moving into a new home, it is common that you will treat yourself (or receive) a new plant.  But which  indoor plants are best for your environment? Do you suffer from plant allergies? How much and what kind of light is available? What schedule do you have? How ‘green’ is your thumb? How much room do you have for your plants?

Allergies

If you suffer from allergies, you may want to avoid blossoming plants. They all naturally produce pollen, which any allergy sufferer can tell you exacerbates congestion, sneezing and watery eyes—all uncomfortable conditions. Stick to leafy plants that don’t blossom or don’t blossom much at all. None is better, though.

Light

Plants that need direct sunlight won’t flourish with even abundant indirect sunlight. Make sure you have the space available where you need it for the type of plant you place in any location in your home. The converse is true for plants that love indirect light: Don’t place them in direct sunlight, for they will not survive the heat and the UV rays. Read More

New Neighbor? Perfect Housewarming Gifts

Do you know someone that has just moved? If you would like to welcome a new neighbor or make a friend/family member feel more at home, why not pick out the perfect housewarming gift? Moving is exciting, especially when you hire an experienced NYC mover.  Your gift can help make a home or new neighborhood even more welcoming; the proverbial icing on the moving cake.

For people you know well, such as close friends or family, choose a personal gift. Handmade items are especially thoughtful. Crafters will have an almost endless supply of ideas. Those who are not as crafty may like to purchase something for the home- curtains, a small appliance, or something you know was needed, but not purchased by the person.

Food is appreciated by almost everyone. Grocery shopping during a move adds more stress, so many people end up eating out or ordering in. Providing a home-cooked meal (or even several!) gives a much needed break along with easing stress on the wallet. Read More