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  • Keep your Garden in Top Shape this Summer

    The summer months are when we seek to make the most of any outdoor space we have. Those of us lucky enough to have a garden area can take this opportunity to sit back and unwind, enjoy the fresh air and sunshine, and embrace the outdoors. 

    But to enjoy a garden to its fullest extent, it’s important that you keep it in top shape.

    Whether you are a committed member of the green-fingered gardeners group or are just looking to maintain a nice outdoor space with minimal fuss, at Poundstretcher we have a selection of products for you this summer.

     

    Spray Effectively

    The summer months usually mean some nicer weather conditions. This is a good thing for us as we can enjoy more sunshine, and that sun can help your garden really come to life. 

    But it’s important to continue to give your plants and grass the right levels of hydration and nutrients during the summer in order to keep your garden healthy and looking its best. 

    We have a great range of sprayer items that can help you easily and effectively water your garden. Take a look at this butterfly-shaped garden sprayer, available in a number of different colours.

     

    Keep Things Organised

    Having a neat and tidy garden is what many people seek when it comes to their outdoor space.

    One way to achieve this is with planters, which can be a great home for your plants and help keep everything in the perfect place.

    We have a vast selection of garden planters to choose from, so if you need to bring a level of organisation to your garden, Poundstretcher can help. And hedge trimmers are a must-have for any gardener of course.

     

    Stay Protected

    Any experienced gardener will know some of the perils that working with plants and the great outdoors can bring.

    Flowers, plants and bushes can be notoriously pesky when it comes to working with them and can give you a scratch or graze if you are not careful.

    Granted, these injuries aren’t usually too serious. But they are inconvenient and definitely unwanted.

    To help keep your hands protected a pair of durable latex gardening gloves can do just the trick.

     

    Add Something New

    Livening up your garden area is a great way to enable you to enjoy spending your time there.

    There’s a number of different garden accessories available, including things like butterfly wall art, colour changing solar stakes, fairy lights, and even paddling pools for when the temperatures really soar.

     

    Sit Back And Relax

    Once you’re happy that your garden is truly in top shape, it’s time to sit back and relax in it.

    Camping chairs for you and your family are a great investment, allowing you to unwind, read, snooze or just lap up the summer sun surrounded by the beauty of your garden.

    Be sure to take a look through the full range of garden and outdoor furniture available at Poundstretcher.

    Our stores are currently open with social distancing measures in place. So if you are looking to get your garden in great shape, pay us a visit.

    *All prices and photography are correct at the time of publication but can be subject to variation/change. Most items are available
    in most stores, please check availability before travelling.

  • Get into Birdwatching this Summer

    The current lockdown is proving difficult for everybody in some way, shape or form. New challenges are being thrown our way, and we are having to quickly adapt and get used to this ‘new normal’.

    But one of the biggest challenges many of us have faced is knowing what to do with ourselves. If we are not working, or are simply struggling to find ways to pass the time, we can quickly become restless.

    One way to quell this is by finding new hobbies and things to entertain ourselves with. You have probably tried reading more, or watching more TV or films. You might well feel like you are running out of things to keep your mind entertained. This is why you need to think outside the box.

     

    Embracing Nature

    Many of us are looking to embrace nature as a way of coping with the lockdown. Gardening is a great way to get out and connect, and exercise is also a proven way of helping our bodies and minds and to feel at one with nature. You don’t necessarily need to leave the four walls of your home to enjoy nature and some of the creatures that contribute to its beauty.

    One such activity is birdwatching. If you have a garden or greenspace nearby, you will have undoubtedly seen some feathered friends popping in and out on occasion. But taking the time to admire these winged creatures in all their glory, notice their habits and eccentricities, and see all the different types of birds that visit can become a really interesting hobby to take up.

     

    So Many To see

    The diversity and number of birds that fly around Britain are truly amazing, and these beautiful animals play a vital role in the ecosystems that we live within. 

    There are a number of ways that you can attract more birds to your garden, the main one being food. Birds, like all of us, love a tasty treat, but their preference, unlike us (hopefully!), is for things like mealworms to nibble on.

    These can be kept in bird feeders that can be placed at handy locations around a garden with ease. There are many simple bird feeders out there, including the range we have here at Poundstretcher. There are also caged seed feeders which can keep unwanted visitors away from your food and save it solely for your feathered friends.

    There’s a range of bird products here, so if you want to bring more birds to your garden then take a look through.

    A caged seed feeder for birds available at Poundstretcher

     

    Visit Local Beauty Spots

    Of course, you can take your birdwatching to new levels by visiting local beauty spots and nature areas, and potentially spot a rare or exciting bird that might not visit your garden. It really is the kind of thing that once you get the taste for, you can really enjoy and get into.

    There are also a number of books and websites out there with great information on the traits and markings of birds, allowing you to get a better idea of what type of bird is paying you a visit. 

    However you approach it, happy birdwatching and please do send us photos of any birds visiting your garden via our Facebook and Twitter channels!

    *All prices and photography are correct at the time of publication but can be subject to variation/change. Most items are available
    in most stores, please check availability before travelling.

  • How to Organise your Workspace at Home

    As we all get used to our new ways of living, many of us are having to adjust to working from home as well.

    This has its benefits for sure. No morning commute, more of a lie in than we’re used to, and having lots of food, particularly biscuits, nearby.

    But some people find this kind of change easier than others. One of the most important things is getting a workspace set up that is perfect for you and can allow you to get on with your working day.

    Getting that perfect workspace is an important step towards being able to work efficiently and effectively in the current situation. Take a look through our tips and tricks to help with this.

     

    Find Your Perfect Spot

    When working from home, it’s vital that you find a spot within your four walls from which you can get tasks done effectively.

    This should be a place with plenty of space and free from unwanted distractions, such as a quieter part of the home if possible, rather than in one of the main areas of the home. This is especially true if you’re in lockdown with a busy family. Using a spare room, a desk in your bedroom or a part of the house where you can set up a proper work station is a better option than simply sitting on your sofa or bed with a laptop on your lap.

     

    Make Space For All The Important Things

    Try to use a space that has ample room for everything you need for your working day. You might be only using a laptop to do your work, but you don’t want to feel cramped or unable to stretch out during the working day.

    If you’re the creative sort or just like being organised, be sure to have all the stationery you need for your day’s work neatly laid out and to hand.

    One good idea if you are using a laptop is to use a separate mouse and keyboard. This prevents you hunching over your device, which leads nicely onto our next point...

     

    Look to use a good quality chair when working and try to maintain strong posture. If you end up crouching over your workstation you will soon feel the strain on your back, legs and shoulders. This will ache and be uncomfortable, and can also lead to things like headaches.

    Also look to ensure good lighting around your workspace. Poor lighting can lead you to start straining your eyes and again, leave you feeling groggy and not yourself.

    Try also to stand up regularly and stretch your legs. It’s easy to become engrossed in a task but you need to keep moving to avoid stiffness or discomfort during the working day.

     

    Accessorise Your Workspace

    You also have the chance to turn your workspace into a really nice personalised zone of your home.

    You can accessorise your workspace with all sorts of home decor products, photo frames and vases to create a pleasant working environment, and put your own spin on it.

    You can find everything you need at your nearest Poundstretcher; need to know where that is? Then why not use our amazing Store Finder!

    *All prices and photography are correct at the time of publication but can be subject to variation/change. Most items are available
    in most stores, please check availability before travelling.

  • Activities For The Whole Family To Do At Home

    We are all facing unprecedented times at the moment, as we adjust to living with lockdown and new restrictions on things we used to take for granted.

    By now, the lockdown is something we are all likely getting used to, and the changes in society are no longer as surprising and odd-feeling as they initially were.

    However, it’s easy to get bored when each day seems to be the same. In this blog, we explore a few ideas for activities that you can do at home with the whole family. 

     

    Do Some DIY!

    If you are crawling up the walls during lockdown, maybe redoing your walls can occupy your time!

    We all have things in our home we’ve been meaning to get round to or projects we’ve not found the time to begin. Lockdown gives us the perfect opportunity to crack on with things and get our home looking great with a DIY project.

    Whether you’re looking to redecorate or just make general improvements through a DIY project, there really is no time like the present!


    Keep The Kids Entertained!

    Anybody with children will know the importance and occasional difficulty of keeping them entertained. In a time of lockdown, this can be even trickier and be met with even louder calls of ‘I’mmmmm borreedddd!!’

    There are lots of ways to keep the kids entertained, but sometimes it does require some creative thinking. Try to think about what your kids might like that they don’t always get the chance to do, and try to bring some magic to the lockdown situation!



    Get Artistic!

    Is there a budding artist in your family, or are you a dab hand at drawing or painting yourself?

    Now is a great time to pick up that pencil or paintbrush and rekindle that old passion, creating some fantastic lockdown artwork and helping to pass the time at the same time.

    Art, drawing, painting and writing are also great ways to keep kids entertained, and these are a wonderful way to bring the whole family together.

     

    Never Bored With Board Games!

    A further great way to bring the family together with activities is with a board game. These are always an entertaining way to spend an evening and can be as fun as they are competitive.

    There are loads of classic board games out there and you may well have a few hidden away in the back of your cupboards. But there are always new board games to turn your hand to as well. 

    Puzzles too are a wonderful way to keep your brain ticking over, whether it’s classic jigsaws, sudoku or word searches - why not get the whole family involved with these?


    Stay Safe & Stay Busy!

    Be sure to stay busy and out of harm’s way as best you can during the current situation, and try to keep yourself and your family engaged in positive activity.

    We’d love to hear more ideas from you for lockdown activities, on our Facebook page!

    *All prices and photography are correct at the time of publication but can be subject to variation/change. Most items are available
    in most stores, please check availability before travelling.

  • How to Clean like a Pro this Spring

    Despite the weather, springtime is almost upon us, this is traditionally a time of year when people up and down the country will be getting their homes shipshape ahead of the year’s warmer months.

    Spring cleaning can be a refreshing and meditative task, and the rewards are great. Your home can look superb and you can relax in the peace and comfort of a lovely interior space.

    At Poundstretcher, we have an exceptional selection of cleaning supplies at great prices that will help you get hold of great products for less.

    To help you make sure you have everything you need to truly nail spring cleaning this year, we’ve put together this handy guide to our range of cleaning products. Take a look through and once you’re ready, start to plan your next visit to your local Poundstretcher store.

    Beaming Bathrooms

    The bathroom can be one of the trickiest rooms in the home to stay on top of when it comes to cleanliness and hygiene. That means that at fairly regular intervals, giving your bathroom the once over and cleaning every surface is a wise idea.

    With so many nooks and crannies where grime and dirt can build up, the bathroom is not an area that can be taken lightly. So when you’re planning your spring cleaning assault, it’s key that you have all the bathroom cleaners you need.

    Our selection of bathroom cleaning supplies includes all manner of sprays, bleaches, sink/drain unblockers, and more.

    We have sprays that can help with glass cleaning, ones to help with your shower and even your bathroom as a whole,  so you can look at your bathroom once finished and wow yourself with the quality of the shine throughout the room.

    Clean Kitchens

    For any busy family, the kitchen area is often one of the most hectic and hard-to-keep-clean parts of the home.

    It’s also arguably one of the most important rooms in the home to keep clean, given the food preparation element.

    We have all kinds of kitchen cleaning supplies is full of high-quality products that can help you not only get your kitchen looking pristine in the springtime, but all year round.

    You can pick up oven and cookware cleaner, kitchen surface sprays and drain unblockers at your nearest Poundstretcher from big brand names.

    And while you’re at it, we stock a load of washing up products and accessories too. We have washing up liquid, dishwasher salts, scourers and more in our range, so take a look.

    Fabulous Floors

    The floors of your home are another area where dirt and muck can easily build up. Unfortunately, this type of dirt is not always the easiest to spot and can go unnoticed for a long time if you’re not careful.

    To help you make sure that the floors of your home are spotless as part of your spring cleaning tasks, Poundstretcher stock a true hoard of floorcare items that can help give your hard floors and carpets a real once over.

    We stock carpet shampoos, pet stain removers, floor cleaners and more!

    We also a range of mops, sweepers and brooms for you to pick up too, giving you the best chance of having your floors in the best shape possible once your spring cleaning efforts are complete.

    Getting everything looking fresh

    Of course, there are a host of areas of your home that can always do with a freshen up and a quick clean. So while you’re tackling the big spring clean, our selection of all-purpose cleaners can help you get all those surfaces shining as you want them too.

    And why not keep the good interior feeling going with some top-quality air fresheners? We stock products from Air Wick, Glade, Neutradol, Jelly Belly, and more, so you can continue the good feeling into the summer with some sensational scents from our range.

    To get hold of all the best cleaning products at great low prices, it’s simply a case of heading to your nearest Poundstretcher store!

    If you’re not sure where that is, the best way to find yours is to use our Store Finder. Just enter your city or postcode, and the handy map will guide you to your nearest Poundstretcher and our supply of sensational products.

    Of course, cleaning supplies are not the only thing we specialise in. We have a whole host of product ranges, including homewares, storage, bedding, household and food and drink products available.

    So if you’re on the hunt for great bargains for your home this spring, start planning your next Poundstretcher visit today, and whilst you're at it, why not show off your own spring cleaning efforts on our Twitter and Facebook pages!

    Happy cleaning!

    *All prices and photography are correct at the time of publication but can be subject to variation/change. Most items are available
    in most stores, please check availability before travelling.

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