How to take care of the exterior of your house

It’s raining outside, and I wonder when I can get out again and visit some new places. I love the appearance of old buildings. When I walk through a city, I always estimate how old the buildings are. The funny thing is, that the exterior can be changed over the...

How to find second-hand furniture?

A new wardrobe? In 2018, I had the “brilliant” plan to buy a wardrobe on Marktplaats. This is an online platform where people can sell a lot of second-hand stuff like furniture. When we got married, we didn’t have enough money to buy a bed and a new...

How to paint a wooden stair

The secret of painting a wooden stair. Last week I noticed something: in a lot of houses where I have been, the wooden stairs are not painted for at least 1 year after moving. It’s a job that many people dread. And, when you are home with your family, you use...

What you need to know about undeclared work in the Netherlands

Not a fancy subject this time: undeclared work or working black in the Netherlands. However, an important one. If you are thinking about renovating your house, you may phase this question: Do you want the work done partly undeclared or not? Why this blog? The answer...

What’s your energy and water consumption?

Energy and water consumption is a hot item these last months. It is a life necessity, which we take for granted in the west. A year ago, the market for energy was stable, now the market is crazy due to the war. And, most of us will think: what can I do to reduce the...

How to clean your house in the Netherlands?

Like in many families, in my family some stories are told over and over again. And, one is about the way of cleaning which was normal in my grandmothers’ young years. When she was running her family, people judged her by how clean her house and wash was. If I...