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    5 steps for moving in and getting settled in your new home

    August 10, 2020 8:22 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, August 10, 2020

    Moving - New home checklist - Schlage

    In this, the second of our two-part post on preparing your current home for sale and moving into your new one, we've outlined 5 steps to make the most of your move with a number of easy, DIY solutions.

     

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    You’ve worked for this moment and have earned all the opportunity and rewards coming your way in your new home. The possibilities are virtually limitless now that you’re starting to settle in. In this, the second of our two-part post on preparing your current home for sale and moving into your new one, we have outlined five steps to make the most of your move with a number of easy, DIY solutions.
    Moving - New door hardware - Schlage

    Step 1: Secure

    There are a number of things you should do first thing to make your new home as secure as possible.
     

    • Make sure your insurance coverages and information are up to date. If you need new home, property or flood insurance, now’s the time to find out.

    • Create a new, easily accessible emergency contact list, especially if you’ve moved some distance from your old home.

    • Replace the batteries (if applicable) in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and make sure all of these systems are in good working order.

    • Replace fire extinguishers, making sure you have enough strategically placed so you can access them easily from all corners of the house.

    • Activate the home security system if there is one installed or install a new one (a home without a security system is more than three times more likely to be broken into.)

    • Change all the locks in your home, as there’s no telling how many sets of old keys are floating around out there. Options range from re-keying current locks to replacing your exterior locks with the latest keyless smart locks. Some of these can even be controlled from anywhere on your smartphone.

    Step 2: Assess

    Did everything arrive – and arrive intact? Is your new home clean and ready for you to move in? Is everything working as it should be?
     

    • Check all appliances, boxes and furniture for moving damage and don’t hesitate to file a claim with your mover if anything is amiss.

    • Clean before you unpack. This is the perfect time to deep clean, including getting vents and ductwork professionally cleaned.

    • Plan where you want all your furnishings to go before you start moving things around.

    • Organize drawers, closets and storage now, before you actually start packing them full.

    • Check all home systems – from HVAC to electric service to utilities – to make sure everything has been hooked up, set up and is operating to your liking.

    Step 3: Settle In

    It’s time to unpack, unwind and start enjoying the fruits of your labor. The end is in sight. According to our friends at The Spruce, organization is the key.
     

    • Determine your color scheme and decorating needs before you settle in and do as much of your painting and staining as possible before moving day.

    • Develop a plan for unpacking and decide where you want things to go before you open that first box.

    • Apply that same thinking to setting your furnishings, creating vignettes on your shelves and decorating.

    • Unpack one room at a time, starting with the kitchen before moving on to bedrooms, bathrooms and larger, multi-use rooms (in that order).

    • Make sure you’re getting your mail. This isn’t something you want to discover was overlooked a week into your new home.

    Step 4: Connect

    Do friends and family know where to find you (well, the ones you want to find you, anyway)? Do you know who to call should you need anything? Make a list!
     

    • Don’t hesitate to ask your realtor for their list of contacts. He or she is a great resource for everything from plumbers and painters to local take-out.

    • Update your own contact lists, from family and friends to those all-important emergency numbers to local services.

    • Get the lay of the land. Where is the nearest good pizza? How about the nearest pharmacy? Your nearest Lowe’s or The Home Depot? Scope it out.

    • Reach out to your immediate neighbors and introduce yourself if they haven’t already taken the initiative.
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    Step 5: Celebrate

    It’s time to celebrate by giving yourself a well-deserved house warming party. Here’s how, from Better Homes and Gardens.

    Welcome home

    For people selling their home, very often the best investment is to just switch out their entryway door hardware incorporating convenience, security and curb appeal. For new home owners, however, an investment in all new door hardware, indoors and out, will continue to pay returns right up to and including when you’re in the market for your next new home.

     

    From all of us at Schlage, congratulations. We’re here to help you make your new home as secure as can be with our innovative, high performance and stylish mechanical and electronic door hardware.

     

    The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt are perfect for home automation and making your home smarter. These are but a few of the products Schlage offers to open possibilities for you and your new home. Share with friends and family who are looking to make a move and help open possibilities for them, too.

     

    When high security should be top of mind.

    August 7, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, August 7, 2020

    Home security | Schlage

    Securing your home should be simple, convenient and dependable. Here are a few easy-to-execute ideas that will increase your home security no matter the time of day, year or phase of life.

     

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    Security should always be at the top of your priority list, but that doesn’t mean it has to weigh on your mind every minute of every day. Whether whisking away on a family vacation, keeping an eye on things when your kids are home alone or simply locking up for the night, securing your home should be simple, convenient and dependable. Peace of mind is about more than keeping your family safe. It’s also about freeing you to live the life you want. Here are a few easy-to-execute ideas that will increase your home security no matter the time of day, year or phase of life.
    Blue Craftsman style home with exterior lights on.

    Always: Keep tabs on the door

    A strong deadbolt, whether mechanical or smart, can only do so much. If your door is weak, warped or cracked, you run the risk of uninvited “guests.” The same goes for your door frame. Sidelights, glass doors and sliding patio doors are prime opportunities for adding security as well, as they tend to be the most inadequately reinforced points in your home security.

    Day: Activate smart alarms

    Installing a smart alarm is a great way to receive alerts any time unusual activity is detected at home, whether you’re at work, running the carpool or out on a quick errand. You can choose for a third party to monitor your alarm for a monthly fee or avoid the fee altogether by having alerts sent directly to you. Just install motion detectors around windows and doors to trigger the alert. With coordinating cameras, you can check in to see what set off the alarm and decide if a call to your local law enforcement is needed.

    Night: Light the home

    A dark home can signal that you’re away. Create the illusion that the home is occupied by installing smart lighting and motion sensors that turn on and off at random intervals. Also consider outdoor lighting like porch lamps or motion-activated garage lights. A well-lit home is one of the first deterrents would-be intruders look for.

    Holidays: Set up surveillance

    Along with a well-lit home, visible cameras can make criminals pass your home by. You can also opt for a smart solution that includes 24/7 monitoring, allowing you to check what is going on at your home no matter where you are. Cameras work any time of year, but you might find them especially comforting during Christmas at Grandma’s or while lounging on the beach. Find more security tips for vacation time on our blog.

    Lifetime: Install smart locks

    Great for any time of day, smart locks can also provide peace of mind for any time of life. Install one on your own home and never wonder if the kids lost the spare key and are locked out after school. Or give one to older relatives. You can check in on them without having to carry your own spare, see via an app if they remembered to lock up even if you aren’t close by or unlock the door from anywhere in the unfortunate event emergency personnel need to access the house. To find the smart lock that’s right for you and your family, try our interactive Get Help Deciding Tool.

     

    For even more on equipping a safe and secure home, check out the Home Security tips at the Schlage blog.

     

    12 security questions to ask before booking a vacation rental.

    August 6, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, August 6, 2020

    Dog on vacation | Schlage

    Because Schlage is concerned about your security no matter where you’re living, we give you 12 safety questions to ask before booking your next vacation home.

     

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    Have you been burned by false advertising for a vacation rental? Are you new and unsure about Airbnb or house sharing? There’s a lot to consider before hitting the “Book” button on a listing. Because Schlage is concerned about your security no matter where you’re living, we give you 12 safety questions to ask before booking your next vacation home.

    Pug with hat and sunglasses laying on beach chair.

    Before we get to the questions, try these two suggestions to help you come to a final decision about safety. First, read the property’s reviews. If the neighborhood was a bit scary or the house was unsafe, most past visitors will make a point of including that in their evaluation.

     

    Next, use the street view option on Google maps. “Drive” around and start to determine if you’d feel safe in the area, if there are restaurants and stores you want to visit and if there’s nearby construction that might disrupt your holiday.

    12 vacation rental security questions

    1. Does your host have a personal picture on their booking profile?

    You want to be able to recognize the property manager or host by sight, especially if they’re going to meet you at the house. Dog pictures are cute, but you want to see the person, not the pup.

    2. Are there working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors?

    A 2018 study found that 80 percent of Airbnb properties had smoke alarms. Less than half had CO detectors. The safest practice is to treat a rental property like your own home. At a minimum, you want smoke detectors in the kitchen and bedrooms.

    3. Are there working fire extinguishers?

    That same 2018 study found that less than half of Airbnb properties stocked working fire extinguishers. If you plan to cook while on vacation, a fire extinguisher is always good to have in the kitchen.

    4. Does the property meet local safety regulations?

    If local regulations require properties to have a smoke detector and it’s missing, that’s a red flag. Not only will smoke alarms make the rental safer in the event of a fire, but the lack of one could be a sign that the property manager is sub-par at best and dangerously negligent at worst.

    5. Is there a first aid kit?

    If you need a fire extinguisher, you’ve probably had a larger incident, but a first aid kit is good to have available for even the most minor mishaps. Because sometimes you just need a bandaid.

    6. Are there smart locks? Who else has a key to the property?

    Being able to control who has access to the vacation rental is important to your security and that of your belongings. When the property manager uses smart locks, it’s less likely that a previous guest will still have a key to the house. The manager might also be able to monitor when access codes are used, alerting them to something out of the ordinary that might be a risk to you.

    7. Are there security cameras?

    Some of us like the idea of security camera that can be monitored by the property manager and some of us are put off by it. Whatever your preference, it’s good to know if the property has cameras, who’s keeping an eye on them and what to do in the event of a break-in.

    8. Is there an alarm system?

    Like smart locks, having an alarm system on the property can add additional security to you and your belongings. If there is a system, ask the manager about codes to turn it on and off, and what happens if it gets triggered. Will the police be notified directly or will you be required to report the alarm?

    9. Are there working street lights? Is the neighborhood safe to walk in at night alone?

    If you’re concerned about the neighborhood, these questions will give you some insight as to what to expect. For the same reason you put security lights on your garage at home, you want to feel comfortable outside your rental property at any time of day or night.

    10. Who do I call in an emergency?

    If something happens on the property – a break-in, fire, injury – you’ll need to have accurate contact info. Get phone numbers and addresses for local police and hospitals. Also double-check that you have correct contact information for the host and find out who to text or call during off-business hours. Of course, 911 is always an option and, in some cases, your best one.

    11. What amenities are available for my baby/elderly parent/handicapped travel companion?

    If you have kids, you might ask if there are baby gates, childproof locks on cabinets or gates to restrict pool access. Also ask if there are stairs, handicapped railings in the bathroom and other necessary accommodations if you or your party has mobility concerns.

    12. What else matters to me for safety?

    As one Airbnb host pointed out, we all have different ideas of what a “safe neighborhood” is, so ask direct questions to get to the heart of what matters to you. Will I be approached by people on the street asking for money? Are there factories nearby that emit chemicals (particularly important for longer stays or if you’re concerned about smelly fumes)? These are direct inquiries that most property managers will be able to answer.

    Once you’ve confidently booked your holiday getaway, make sure your own home is protected while you’re away. Take these home security steps before leaving for vacation and find more safety tips at Schlage.com/blog.

     

    How to conduct a home security audit in 10 easy steps.

    August 5, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, August 5, 2020

    House at night | Schlage

    Take control of your safety – and that of your family and house – with these 10 home security audit checkpoints.

     

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    We’re turning 100! Over 10 weeks, Schlage is sharing its favorite top-10 lists. That’s 100 tips, ideas and moments of inspiration so you can enjoy the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage for another 100 years to come.

     

    Do you know how secure your home is? It’s easy to overlook the obvious when you’re staring at the same walls every day. And it’s tempting to fall into risky habits when you’re just trying to make it through another busy week. Take control of your safety – and that of your family and house – with these 10 home security audit checkpoints.

    Country home at night with lights on.

    1. Locks

    Your exterior door deadbolts are key to your line of defense against burglars. During your home security audit, assess what kind of lock you have and if it fits your needs, verify that it’s in good working order and figure out if all exterior doors are keyed alike. If your deadbolts don’t provide the security you need, consider upgrading to a more durable option or one like a Schlage smart lock that allows you to control home access from anywhere.

     

    Read more: Increase your door security with the right deadbolt lock.

    2. Keys

    Especially if you’ve lived in your home for a long time, you may have lost track of who has a spare key. Or maybe your kids misplaced a spare. Or maybe that fake rock isn’t where you thought you left it. The audit is a good time to take inventory. If you can’t account for all the spares, consider replacing your locks or having them rekeyed.

    3. Security system

    If you have a security system, make sure the settings are up-to-date for your lifestyle, that only the appropriate people have the codes and that batteries, if required, are fresh. Consider changing passcodes and pairing your security system with smart home devices for greater security.

    4. Access points

    Doors and windows are both tempting entry points for intruders. Evaluate the material and condition of your door – solid core wood or steel doors are typically best – and check your windows for cracks, weak frames and broken latches. Consider installing shatter-proof glass both in traditional windows or those inset in doors. Realign and tighten door hinges.

     

    Read more: How to choose replacement hinges.

    5. Plants

    Greenery does wonders for your curb appeal, but shrubs can also create hiding places for intruders and tree branches can fall on your roof or car. Keep bushes and trees trimmed, especially those around windows, doors and gates.

    6. House numbers

    House numbers that can be read easily from the street make it easier for emergency responders to locate your home. Remove tree limbs that may be obstructing the numbers or install new ones nearer the street, such as on your mailbox or a planter.

    7. Garage

    If you have a detached garage, make sure locks are in proper working order. This includes side entrances, not just where you pull your car in. Run the same checks here as you do for the exterior of your home. If you have an attached garage, do you have a deadbolt on the entryway leading to the home? Also consider updating any access codes if your garage has a keypad. If you store toxic chemicals or dangerous tools in your garage, make sure they are secured and out of reach of kids and pets.

    8. Detectors and safety devices

    Check that all bedrooms, kitchens and garages, at a minimum, have working smoke detectors. Carbon monoxide detectors are also a good idea, and both of these should have fresh batteries. Your audit is also a prime time for installing or checking fire extinguishers, first-aid kits and other safety devices around the home.

    9. Daily behavior

    Evaluate your own behavior. Do you lock your doors every time, even when you’re home? Do you make it too obvious that the house is empty when you’re on vacation? Find the weak spots in your own daily routines and take steps to correct them.

     

    Read more: Home security steps you should take before leaving for vacation.

    10. Family member roles

    Make sure everyone in the house – from kids to grandparents – know how to keep the home secure. Everyone should know how to lock doors and windows, who is permitted access to the home and what to do in the event of an emergency.

    We recommend completing an audit at various times of year – perhaps every six months – and during the day and night each time. That will help you to uncover any weak spots you might not have noticed in the daylight or when there are leaves on the branches in the spring.

     

    After each security audit, you might have improvements to make. Consider all your options when making updates. Replacing the light bulb over your garage is simple, but installing a motion-activated flood light or camera could enhance your security even more. Simply replacing your front door lock with another that’s the same but new could be enough. But you might also enjoy upgrading to a smart lock. Try our Get Help Deciding Tool to find out which Schlage smart lock is right for your home.

     

    For more ideas on how to improve your home’s security, visit our blog archive or ask us your questions on Twitter and Facebook.

     

    Empty nest no more? What to do when your college kid moves back.

    August 3, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, August 3, 2020

    College kid at home | Schlage

    Here are five common challenges families like yours are facing, plus a few ways your home can help maintain peace and peace of mind in your new living situation.

     

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    College in the time of coronavirus. Your 20-something is facing a lot of anxiety about whether they’ll return to campus in the fall or live at home, take some or all of their classes virtually or defer their education until we’ve established a new normal. Last spring’s graduates might be struggling with their next steps. Because you’re a parent, their uncertainty is probably also affecting your own life. And if they’ve moved back home, you have even more challenges to navigate as a family.

     

    According to Zillow, more than two million of the record 32 million adults living with their parents last spring were 18 to 25 years old, so if you find your nest is no longer empty, you aren’t alone. Here are five common challenges families like yours are facing, plus a few ways your home can help maintain peace and peace of mind in your new living situation.

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    Challenge #1: Lack of independence

    One of the most common worries of an adult child moving back home is losing their sense of independence. They’ve grown accustomed to a certain level of autonomy while living on their own at school. Many parents worry about their own level of independence as well since, when their kids moved out the first time, they found a new equilibrium. Now that you’re used to a new way of doing things, will your balance be thrown off yet again?

     

    One solution is a smart lock. When you install a Schlage smart lock, it’s easier to give your adult child the freedom to come and go based on their own schedule, whether it’s to get to work or late night meetings with friends. Unique access codes can be made quickly and easily, so no matter when your kids show up, they’ll be covered. There’s no more mad dash to make a spare key and hoping they remember to carry it with them if they’re out of the habit.

     

    If curfew is a point of contention – they think they’re too old for one but you still worry – try setting up notifications on your smartphone so you know when a code has been used. With a compatible app, you’ll know they made it home safely without feeling like you’re hovering.

     

    Life Lesson: Set your expectations from the beginning to avoid conflict down the road. Make it a two-way conversation and be prepared to negotiate. Maybe you agree not to set a curfew, but you do ask that they tell you when they’re leaving and when they’ve returned.

    Challenge #2: Lack of privacy

    If you’ve had an entire house to yourself for a few years, things might feel a bit tight with another body or three. Get creative about how you divvy up the space in your home. Rework your space as necessary to make sure everyone have a place to study, sleep and socialize without crawling on top of each other.

     

    There are lots of options for creating the perfect guest room/office, so don’t fret if you’ve already converted their old bedroom. Many of these tips, like choosing multipurpose furniture, work for any combination room or small space. You might also try some simple décor solutions like decorative screens, curtains or French doors can create a sense of privacy even in close quarters.

     

    Since we love door hardware, we also recommend adding Schlage Custom Combined Interior to your home. The unique design of these knobs and levers lets you switch easily between locking and non-locking functions without replacing the entire lock. So if your craft room is now their bedroom, you can simply switch functions and then back again when they’ve moved out at the end of their stay so everyone gets the privacy they need.

     

    Lastly, consider how you can adjust your home’s layout if you need to quarantine. Your young adult may have different views on social distancing than the older members of your household. Give them their own basement “apartment,” for example, if you’re concerned about them bringing the virus into your home.

     

    Life Lesson: Decide upfront how you’re going to handle each other’s social lives. Do they have to ask before inviting friends over? Will significant others be welcome to spend the night? Is your adult child invited to your own gatherings?

    Challenge #3: Needing everyone to contribute

    As much as everyone wants to maintain their independence, it can be easy to fall into old habits with your kids expecting you to manage all the meals, laundry and cleaning for them. You can ask them to handle chores like doing their own washing up and keeping their room reasonably clean. Or agree to divide and conquer. On days that you cook, ask them to do the dishes, for example.

     

    This phase could be the perfect opportunity to take on some larger DIY tasks. At the most practical level, your adult child is an extra set of hands for holding a ladder while cleaning the gutter, carrying heavy furniture you’re refinishing or relocating, or making yardwork go faster. By taking on projects or learning new DIY skills together, you may find that you can bond with your child more easily and get to know them as an adult.

     

    Life Lesson: Asking your adult child to contribute to the home’s daily upkeep can be a generous alternative to them paying rent.

    Challenge #4: Worrying about feeling stuck

    For some adult children, moving back in with their parents or grandparents can feel depressingly like they’ve stopped making progress toward their ambitions. One way to beat this malaise is to redecorate. Let them update their childhood bedroom to suit their more mature tastes or, at the very least, make it feel different from when they were still wearing braces and pigtails. If you’re worried about them not matching your own style and don’t want to re-redecorate when they move out again, try some of these temporary décor ideas.

     

    Life Lesson: Seek balance between being supportive and giving your college student their space. You want to do your part to help them avoid any anxiety associated with moving back home but you also want them feeling capable when it’s time for the next stage. “Safety, security and familiarity can be a powerful thing for a young adult looking for a base to regroup, reassess and plan for the future,” writes Community for Accredited Online Schools.

    Challenge #5: Being on different schedules

    The college student who is just starting their day at 10 p.m. and makes nachos after midnight is a cliché for a reason. If you’re turning in for the night when they’re turning up the TV, trouble can ensue. Install adjustable lighting so the brightness doesn’t wake you up in the middle of the night. Dimmer switches, directional lighting around cabinets and even old-fashioned plug-in nightlights can help them see their way around without causing a disruption. If they’re a little too noisy, you can soundproof your bedroom with sound-dampening panels, soundproof wallpaper or sealing gaps around your door.

     

    If your smart home voice assistant seems to be yelling at all hours of the day and night, switch Amazon Alexa to Whisper Mode or Google Home to Night Mode. Alexa’s Whisper Mode, as you’d expect, makes her quietly issue her responses without waking up the entire house. Google’s Night Mode lets you turn down your assistant’s volume and LED screen’s brightness as well as keep your devices from speaking at all.

     

    Finally, try a command center, especially if you feel like ships passing in the night. We often suggest these for parents of younger school-aged children, but you can adapt them to your current needs. Instead of cubbies for a kindergartener’s crayons and toys, consider baskets for each family member’s car keys and sunglasses. A bulletin board is great for chore reminders, giving others a heads-up about when they’ll be holed up studying for an exam or asking someone to pick up more milk at the store … again.

     

    Life Lesson: Join them from time to time. You don’t have to regularly binge Netflix until 2 a.m., but you might find that you enjoy the occasional late night. Time Magazine’s David French discovered he liked playing World of Warcraft with his Boomerang son. Now’s your chance to relive some of your college glory days.

    Touchless access on college campuses

    If your child is going back to campus, know that many universities are taking extra precautions to keep everyone safe. That includes installing touchless access solutions on dining halls, libraries and other buildings. They might be as high tech as Schlage’s contactless mobile student IDs or as simple as a foot pull produced by Ives, another Allegion brand. Schlage is most often recognized for the safety and style its door hardware brings to homes, but we are equally proud of our work in the commercial sector, making the places where you work and play just as secure.

     

    While you may find yourself in an unexpected parenting position this year, we hope these tips make it easier to enjoy your time together and build stronger intergenerational bonds. If you’re also planning for back-to-school with younger kids, check out our recent blog about using household routines to keep your family safe and sane this fall. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter to share your ideas with us.

     

    Where to hang mirrors for more style and space.

    July 31, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, July 31, 2020

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    Here are six places you should uses mirror … and four more you shouldn’t.

     

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    Mirrors can make a big style impact on a room. If the space feels dark or cramped, mirrors can create the illusion that it’s larger and brighter. They can also offer decorative flair and improve Feng Shui. As useful as they are, however, you don’t want to just hang them around haphazardly. Here are six places you should uses mirror … and four more you shouldn’t.

    Best places to hang a mirror

    Entryway

    You get big bang for your buck with an entryway mirror. Because foyers can be small, the mirror will help it feel more open. It’s also a low-profile way to spruce up the look of that small space without taking up square-footage. You’ll never find yourself tripping over a mirror when you’re trying to get out the door in a hurry. And speaking of hurries, you can of course use it for a last-minute spot check before rushing off to work or a dinner date.

    Narrow hallways

    Much like in an entryway, a mirror in a long and narrow hallway can create the illusion of a larger space. You’ll want to choose a mirror that is also long and narrow for the best effect.

    Mantel

    Reflect light and cozy activities taking place around the fireside. A mirror is good for every season, too, so it’ll look right at home whether you’re decking the halls at Christmas time or displaying your favorite summer wildflowers.

    Kids’ bedroom

    First, banish the idea that a mirror has to be square or round. You can find them in adorable shapes, like bunnies, to add a touch of whimsy any kid would love. If a mirror for your toddler seems unnecessary, A Beautiful Mess points out that you can use it to play games with your kids. Peek-a-boo just got a bit more interesting. Place it strategically near the crib, and you can even use it to check if Baby is sleeping without needing to come all the way in the room.

    Blind spots

    You might like a mirror where you typically have your back to the door. This will let you keep an eye on things in the rest of the room or easily see if someone is coming up behind you. Consider a mirror over your desk in a home office or in a kitchen where your meal prep station puts you facing away from the kids’ play area.

    Furniture

    Don’t forget to include mirrors tastefully in your furniture. A tabletop mirror, even a small one placed just under some candles, can add extra shimmer to your décor. Cabinets might also do well with some mirrors, inside a curio cabinet or outside on doors. It doesn’t even need to be a true mirror, if that’s too much for you. Any kind of reflective surface, including metallic chair legs or vases, can create the same effect.

    Worst places to hang a mirror

    • Ceilings – They’re just creepy. The less said the better.

    • Low in the dining room – Dining rooms can be ideal for mirrors, but if you’re going to use one as part of your dining décor, hang it a little higher than usual. No one likes to watch themselves chew.

    • Facing a toilet or shower – Most people will feel uncomfortable having to look at themselves while they’re sitting on the toilet or in the shower. It’s best to leave bathroom mirrors over the sink.

    • Kitchen – Kitchen mirrors are generally considered bad for Feng Shui. They can also be hard to keep clean, and when your mirror constantly shows water droplets or grease splatters, your kitchen will look messy.

    Find more design ideas and trends, including our rules for a welcoming entryway, on the Schlage blog. There’s more inspiration where that came from, too. Find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

     

    Where to hang mirrors.

     

    Healthy home routines for returning to school after COVID.

    July 30, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, July 30, 2020

    Little girl on first day of school | Schlage

    Try incorporating these actions into your daily schedule to help keep everyone healthy this fall.

     

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    Your biggest back-to-school concern a year ago might have been getting the right supplies or organizing the carpool schedule. This year will likely be a bit different, and maybe more stressful than usual, if you’re planning to return to school after COVID. The key to making the transition easier is establishing the right routines. Try incorporating these actions into your daily schedule to help keep everyone healthy this fall.
    Little girl smiling at front door on first day of school.

    How can I help my child get ready for school?

    One way to give everyone peace of mind is to practice your routines before the school year even begins. Start getting everyone back on a regular bedtime schedule – being well-rested is a good way to strengthen your immune system anyway – and have your kids start doing things like picking out their clothes and packing a backpack the night before.

     

    You can also have them pack their lunches the night before, even if they’re just going to eat them at the kitchen table later. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has lunchtime recommendations to help schools to mitigate risk, including having students provide their own meals each day, when possible. If your kids can practice prepping their own lunch, it might help them stay healthier when school is in session, not to mention make your daily task list a bit shorter.

     

    If your school allows it, see if you can visit before the first day. There may be new drop-off and pick-up procedures, classrooms may have moved to accommodate for social distancing and hallways may be one-way. It may help your student’s anxiety to know the protocols beforehand.

     

    Start figuring out what your child does and doesn’t need at school. It’s now believed that the main way the coronavirus is transmitted is through droplets from respiration or saliva. However, it can still survive on surfaces that, when touched, can infect us when we then rub our eyes, mouth or nose. If your child doesn’t need a game or graphic novel in the classroom, make sure it stays home to reduce the chance of contamination.

     

    You might be able to put house keys on that stay-at-home list, too. With a Schlage smart lock, you can give your child their own access code. Then, when they return home, there’s no wondering if they’ve lost the key or where it’s been during the day. They can simply enter their code on the touchscreen. Find out what else parents need to know about smart locks here.

    How do I keep my family healthy when kids go back at school?

    Step one of your back-to-school routine should be washing your hands regularly. You can’t control what your kids do at school, but you can make sure they wash up when they walk in the door after school. Try these entryway ideas for a healthy home, which include rethinking your point of entry so that you’re near a sink the minute you cross the threshold and creating a “shoe quarantine” area.

     

    In addition to leaving shoes at the door to limit the dirt and germs tracked throughout the home, you may want to have kids change their clothes immediately after school. That way, if a classmate sneezed or coughed on your child’s back at some point, you can quickly confine the shirt to the hamper.

     

    Part of your back-to-school COVID routine might also include disinfecting your child’s belongings – their backpack and other school supplies, lunch box, face masks – when they get home. It’s best to follow the CDC’s and manufacturers’ suggestions for disinfecting so that you successfully kill as many germs as possible without damaging anything. If you’re running a carpool, throw some extra disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer in the car for everyone to do an initial wipe-down before you even make it out of the drive.

     

    When you’re disinfecting their supplies, you can also check to see if they’re running low on anything they need. Check if you need to restock pens, pencils, paper, art supplies or tissues, for example. This way they’ll be less likely to have to share items, including cooties, with their friends.

     

    At the end of the day, it’s important to connect with your child, perhaps even more so during times of high stress. Talk to them about their day. See if they have any questions or concerns about what’s happening. Ask them how they’re feeling now that they’re back to school but having new, sometimes difficult, experiences.

     

    Build in time to play outside and get some exercise every day. Like sleep, this helps boost everyone’s immune system. The physical activity can also go a long way toward helping your child release stress and, because they might be spending more time at a desk throughout the day, burn off some extra energy. Go for a walk or bike ride together – and leave the keys at home – break out the lawn darts or simply run around the yard.

    How can routines help with e-learning?

    No one is quite sure how the return to school will fare, and different regions have different policies. That means you could still be doing e-learning, either from Day One or in the event of another outbreak. Your child might also be splitting their time, spending a few days a week at school and the others at home. Staggered start times, full-time homeschooling and fewer after-school activities are all possibilities in these uncertain times.

     

    But don’t let that scare you. We can manage this with a consistent routine and a bit of planning. Even when they don’t have to get on the bus, wake them up at the same time each morning and get ready as if they were going to school. Have lunch at the same time each day. Keep them working during “school hours,” but don’t forget to work in periodic breaks, too.

     

    Particularly if you have multiple children on different schedules, you’ll need a command center to keep everything straight. We recommended these for back-to-school in the best of times, but a single location to manage paperwork, calendars, school supplies, announcements and whatever else your family needs could become even more important this fall.

     

    When your kids are e-learning, make sure they have a designated place free of distractions to work. They’ll be more productive and, with luck, so will you. What that work station looks like depends on your child’s needs and how much supervision they require, but you won’t regret giving them a spot of their own.

     

    If you’re feeling overwhelmed during this time of change, we don’t blame you. Among the things you can do ease some of the strain is to make your home welcoming and comfortable. Try these tips for creating a center of calm during stressful times and more at the Schlage blog.

    Healthy routines for returning to school after COVID.

     

    Oh, how we’ve changed! 100 years of style and innovation.

    July 29, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, July 29, 2020

    100 years of style and innovation | Schlage

    Why are our houses built the way they are? What was American home life like 20, 40, 100 years ago? When we look back on the last century, we can uncover the unexpected history of us.

     

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    How do trends start? Why are our houses built the way they are? What was American home life like 20, 40, 100 years ago? Inspiration can come from anywhere – movies, our environment, even political movements – and impact nearly every aspect of our lives. Fiestaware fought the Depression. Tupperware parties are rooted in feminism. Friends made us paint our doors purple. When we look back on the last century, we can uncover the unexpected history of us.
    100 years of style and innovation.

    1920s: Home style that was the cat’s pajamas

    1920s Art Deco living room furniture.

    • Art Deco style debuted, letting us display our prosperity on the heels of World War I.

    • Electricity became more common in homes, replacing gas lighting and giving us vacuums, toasters and electric irons. Its high cost led to a tradeoff for smaller homes, resulting in the Western bungalow.1

    • WWI taught us a lot about cleanliness and nutrition. Companies sold appliances with “sanitary” metal finishes and promoted the health benefits of pasteurized milk, Grape Nuts and congealed salads. 2

    • Walter Schlage invented the push-button lock, changing forever the way we secure our homes.

    1930s: Keen design through tough times

    1930s fiestaware.

    • The Great Depression meant that few new homes were built. Those who already owned homes often defaulted on their mortgages at alarming rates.3

    • To help make ends meet, growing and canning your own food became more common.

    • In an effort to provide people with affordable, durable and cheery home goods, Fiestaware and Depression glass were introduced.

    • More homes had refrigerators as they became more reliable and consumers could buy them on credit.4

    1940s: Victory began at home

    1940 Cape Cod home.

    • People’s lives were consumed by patriotism as they planted Victory Gardens at home and women followed Rosie the Riveter into the factories.

    • Many companies, including Schlage, transitioned from producing their typical goods to manufacturing munitions needed for war.

    • The post-war construction boom led to popularity in Cape Cod and kit homes, which could be constructed quickly. Life for many shifted to the suburbs as people began to chase the American Dream again.

    1950s: Swell mid-century style

    1950s pink bathroom.

    • Ranch-style homes, complete with picture windows and garages, became popular and barbecue pits were a sign of being well-off.5

    • New home features included laminate and Formica, “First Lady Pink” and Mid-Century Modern furniture.

    • Fixing up the home with DIY projects became more common and it often involved the entire family chipping in.6

    • Many women, wishing they could still be a part of the workforce after the war, found an outlet by hosting Tupperware parties from their home.

    1960s: Home décor that was outta sight!

    1960s style eating kitchen.

    • Split-level and A-frame houses were the home style of choice for many.

    • Décor could often be traced back to larger cultural movements, including patterns tied to Flower Power and Sputnik chandeliers inspired by space exploration.

    • Colored plastics, Lucite furniture and, of course, lava lamps were common.

    • Julia Child and Jacqueline Kennedy influenced homemakers, giving them the inspiration and the skill to emulate these sophisticated and elegant role models.

    1970s: Far out style right at home

    1970s entryway wallpaper.

    • Few things say “1970s” like shag carpet and macramé. Homes also often had sunken living rooms, water beds and plenty of earth tones.

    • Americans paid greater attention to the energy crisis resulting in earthships, meant to leave a small environmental footprint.

    • Microwaves were introduced to the home, letting kids fix their own after-school snacks and parents make dinner with less effort than ever before.

    • Color television became a reality, adding new enjoyment to The Brady Bunch, while Star Wars debuted in theaters.

    1980s: Looks that were most excellent

    1980 bedroom.

    • Technology made major jumps. Now small and simple enough for the average user, Apple released the first Macintosh in 1984.7

    • Shed-style homes, today often seen as cabins and woodsy vacation homes, grew in popularity.

    • The bright colors and abstract shapes of the Memphis style were popular in décor, as were bright brass finishes in hardware.

    • The eighties were a decade of entertainment blockbusters that included hits like Raiders of the Lost Ark and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial as well as other pop culture favorites like Transformers and G.I. Joe on television.

    1990s: Houses that were totally stylish

    1990 kitchen.

    • Décor was characterized by the shabby chic aesthetic, while light pine and mirrored walls were a necessity for some nineties homes.

    • Also popular were sponge-painted walls and oversized curtains, neither of which fit in later in the decade with the rise of minimalism.

    • The first cell phones hit the market, although they had not advanced to the “smart” stage yet.

    • Friends debuted in the middle of the decade and eventually became a cultural reference for entire generations.

    2000s: Décor that was da bomb

    2000 suburban brick home.

    • More families lived in the suburbs. Many of those homes included multiple generations under one roof thanks to the Great Recession, giving rise to the “Boomerang Generation.”

    • Perhaps due to watching our wallets, the “quickie reno” became a popular and effective way to give your home a lift without breaking the bank.

    • While some homes adored Bubblegum Pink, others gravitated toward coffee-inspired colors for their décor.

    • Technology put control at our fingertips and life on our schedule as the iPod and iPhone as well as DVR, Hulu and YouTube all came into existence.

    2010s: Recent looks ICYMI

    Entryway with Schlage smart lock.

    • Three home styles, all with very distinct feels despite using similar natural materials, became popular. Farmhouse Modern, Industrial Modern and Scandinavian were in vogue.

    • Nearly a century after its heyday, Art Deco returned with people’s love of rich colors and mixing metals.

    • Mid-Century Modern furniture also returned (thanks in part to our obsession with TV’s Mad Men), as did updated macramé, terrazzo and rattan furniture of seventies fame.

    • Technology worked to simplify our lives as the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt was introduced, along with other technological revolutions like the Amazon Echo and Alexa, AirPods and ride sharing apps.

    Find a more complete snapshot of who we were and who we’ve become at Schlage.com.

     

     

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    The best house party ideas of the last century.

    July 28, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, July 28, 2020

    House party ideas | Schlage

    From the Lone Ranger to gender reveals, here are 10 moments that shaped home entertainment history.

     

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    One of the perks of owning a home is inviting others over to celebrate and create memories. Some celebrations are laden with tradition, so our parties have remained similar throughout the century, while others have changed along with our lifestyles. From the Lone Ranger to gender reveals, here are 10 moments that shaped home entertainment history.
    Outdoor family dinner party.

    1. Family radio shows

    During the Great Depression, money for leisure activities simply wasn’t there. Entertaining for the vast majority of Americans in the 1930s tended to be an at-home, family-only affair. Even when money was tight, families invested in radios in greater numbers. Only one-third of U.S. households owned a radio in the late 20s, and that had increased to approximately 60 percent by 1933.A fun evening was a gathering around the radio, listening to shows like The Lone Ranger and Our Gal Sunday.

    2. Cocktail parties

    The first cocktail party was reportedly held in St. Louis in 1917. Prohibition in the 20s likely didn’t do much to create the image we now have of ladies in cocktail dresses and gentlemen sipping their Old Fashioned in someone’s living room. That came later, in the 1950s and 60s, and food like cocktail weenies, cocktail peanuts and Jell-O made the party an all-out event. We still love a good cocktail party today. Google how to throw one and you’ll get tips from everyone from Martha Stewart to Wikihow. Just don’t forget the bar cart.

    3. Grilling

    The idea of outdoor entertaining rose in popularity following World War II. Americans took advantage of the post-war building boom, moved to the suburbs and suddenly found themselves with backyards. With newfound space, time and money, 1950s American families could invite friends over for an open-air meal. For the first time, men did the cooking, although Wife was still preparing the salads and side dishes indoors. Still popular, modern outdoor gatherings may take different forms. In 2018, Pinterest reported a 192 percent increase in searches for stargazing parties.

    4. Fondue parties

    Some at Schlage think this isn’t list-worthy, but if you entertained in the 1960s and 70s, you were a party pooper if you didn’t invite friends over for fondue. The 1964 New York World’s Fair introduced Americans to Swiss fondue. Before we knew it, stores were selling fondue party kits. What started as a cheese dish – the Swiss Cheese Union declared it the official national dish of Switzerland in 1930 – fondue eventually included chocolate for dipping, a fantastically American adaptation.

    5. Dinner parties

    At one time, particularly around the Victorian era, dinner parties were a way to showcase how affluent you were. It proved you could afford a home large enough for a dedicated dining room or great hall, you had all the fancy silverware for very specific purposes – don’t even think about using a pickle fork for the lettuce – and you could serve elaborate multi-course meals to all your guests. Many argue the dinner party is a lost art, but we still see them. They just aren’t formal anymore. Especially among younger generations affected by the Great Recession, it might be a potluck and someone’s probably sitting on an ottoman, but it’s still a party.

    6. Game and movie nights

    Like casual modern dinner parties, other forms of home entertaining have also gotten more relaxed. Having friends over for games or to binge watch Stranger Things/Arrested Development/Cheer has taken over. It’s not so much up to the host to “entertain” as it is to make sure the streaming is cued up and the table is cleared for a board game.

    7. Brunch

    Brunch as we know it is a relatively new phenomenon, but it might simply be a matter of word choice. According to the New York Times, brunch is likely an American version of the English hunt breakfast, enjoyed after a morning of stalking foxes and whatnot. Today, brunch-as-entertainment is largely a girls’ outing with mimosas and a full range of decadent food you wouldn’t normally indulge in without your pals.

    8. New Year’s Eve

    For each of us who wants to go out and ring in the new year with masses of strangers, there are just as many who prefer to stay in for a house party or with a small group of friends. Interestingly, these New Year’s Eve house parties have gone largely unchanged in recent history. We still like to get dressed up, even if the clothes have changed a bit. We still enjoy a libation or two. And while the only way to get the countdown in the 1940s was on the radio, we’re still waiting to set off our noisemakers at the stroke of midnight.

    9. Children’s birthday parties

    In early history – think ancient Egyptians and Romans – only the pharaohs, gods and wealthy had birthday parties. Fast forward to the 18th century, and the Germans finally figured out we want sweet cakes to celebrate. Wealthy Victorians threw the first events that we would recognize as children’s birthday parties, but even they were just excuses to teach their kids etiquette and show off how many servants they had. Around the middle of the 20th century, we finally see more kid-friendly parties, complete with games where children can run amok, paper hats and candles.

    10. Gender reveal parties

    Love ‘em or hate ‘em, gender reveal parties are thought to have been invented in 2008 with the simple cutting of a cake with pink icing. So why are they so popular now? Some credit medical advancements like the ability to find out the baby’s sex before it’s born and more people wanting to celebrate their miracle babies born via IVF. Others say it’s just our love of sharing private moments more publicly, and isn’t that the reason for most parties?

    Find more home entertainment tips at the Schlage blog or get inspired on Pinterest. And if you’re loving the history celebration, check out our anniversary at Schlage.com/100.

    Kurin, Richard. The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects. Penguin Books, 2016.

     

    Use your leftover paint with these 15 DIY projects.

    July 27, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, July 27, 2020

    Leftover paint ideas | Schlage

    If you're looking for creative ways to use up your leftover paint, these 15 DIY projects are sure to inspire you.

     

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    You’ve read a lot about DIY painting projects lately and probably took on a few of your own. Now you have samples or leftovers just hanging around. Of course you can always store the remnants and save them for future touchups, but what if you’re still feeling crafty? Here are 15 creative projects to use up leftover paint.
    Leftover paint cans and brushes.

    1. Accent wall

    If you have a large amount of paint left over but still not enough to do an entire room, now’s your chance to try an accent wall. Remember that not all accent walls have to be bright blue or daring red. That soft green you just used for the living room might look lovely in the bedroom. Try it behind your headboard if it complements other, darker walls.

     

    When you have smaller amounts but like the idea of an accent wall, consider designs instead of a solid color. Tape off stripes like Organized*ish – she painted between two strips of tape for minimal paint use – or go freehand like My Style Vita.

    2. Trims

    Baseboards don’t have to be white, and neither do your window frames. Door frames don’t have to match the color of the door, either. Use your smaller amounts of paint to spice up the details. This can be especially fun in a child’s room or eclectic powder room.

    3. Doors

    When painting, we often think of entire rooms or artwork. And if we do think about painting our doors, it’s usually just touchups after our kids have done a number on them. But having leftover paint is the perfect opportunity to switch the color from builder’s grade white, paint just the inset for some sophisticated detail (or to fake sophisticated detail on a hollow core door) or really think outside of the box with an “accent door.” Need more ideas? Paint just one side of the door, give each side (or each door) a different color or sneak in a new color by painting the edges.

    Try this DIY painting project especially if you have a smaller room and are struggling to decorate without adding clutter. It introduces visual interest and color without taking up valuable space.

    4. Cabinets

    Replacing cabinets are expensive and time-consuming. Giving them a new look by painting isn’t revolutionary advice. But when even that job seems a bit too much right now, try freshening up parts of your cabinets with leftover paint. Maybe it’s painting the trim. It could be a new hue for just the upper or lower cabinets for a two-tone look. Maybe it’s the backs of the cabinets and shelves for an unexpected pop of color when you open them. In addition to the kitchen, don’t forget the cabinets in your bathrooms, laundry rooms and other storage areas.

    5. Drawers

    Like our cabinet tip above, you can paint drawers in unexpected ways with small quantities of paint. A Girl and a Glue Gun shows how painting the sides can reveals a touch of unexpected fun when you open the drawers.

    6. Furniture

    There are so many options for updating furniture with leftover paint, we don’t even know where to start. Chairs and tables are always prime candidates, and remember that you don’t have to paint the whole thing. Apply a coat just to the legs or the top of that end table/nightstand/occasional table/kid’s workstation/desk/coffee table … We said you had options, right? Don’t forget about lamp bases, book cases and dog beds.

    7. Floors

    There are special considerations when painting a floor, but don’t let it scare you. If redoing the entire floor is out of your comfort zone or budget, consider a stenciled pattern. Faux rugs can be very stylish, not to mention easy to clean.

    8. Murals

    Show your artistic streak by painting a mural, either right on the wall or on a canvas. The best home accessories are the ones that have special meaning, and often that means a piece of artwork that you created yourself. Give your kids a paint brush and canvas and see what they can do. You might have the next Picasso on your hands and not even know it.

    9. Fireplace

    It’s summertime, so the fireplace might not be top of mind. Think of it as getting a jump on the busy holiday season. Or maybe you want to brighten it up for the warmer months. Depending on the size of your fireplace and the amount of paint you have, you can paint the face and surround. For a smaller job, focus on the mantel.

    10. Fabrics

    For some of us, fabrics aren’t the first place our mind goes when thinking about paint jobs. But this can be your go-to solution, especially if you want to use up leftover spray paint. Outdoor rugs and doormats often take well to paint jobs. Indoors, consider curtains, including shower curtains, pillows and lampshades.

    11. Utensil handles

    Wooden spoons are useful but boring. Dip or paint the handles of kitchen utensils and they can instantly match any décor.

    12. Frames

    Whether they surround a mirror or a picture, painting frames is a quick way to add color and use up the last dribs and drabs of paint. If you have a gallery wall, use the same paint to give all the frames a uniform look. But if you have a collection of leftovers or samples (it is hard to make up your mind sometimes), painting each frame a different color can take your artwork to new levels of vibrancy and interest.

    13. Flower pots

    Paint flower pots to help give your garden that extra personal touch. This is a great craft for kids. It might give them a greater sense of ownership over those herbs you’re helping them grow this season, or they might want to decorate it as a gift for someone.

    14. Storage containers

    Plastic bins are great for organizing but not always pretty to look at. Coat them in a solid layer of paint or go to town with the design of your choice. The same applies to vases, jars, baskets and any other storage container.

    15. Base coat for a future job

    When you make a dramatic switch from dark to light paint, it can take a lot of work to cover up the old color. You might be able to use your leftovers as a base coat or primer for a future job.

     

    A bit of sweat equity can be incredibly rewarding when it comes to making your home uniquely you, even more so when you’re able to upcycle materials. Find more DIY projects at the Schlage blog or get inspired on our Pinterest board.

     

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