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Plant-fibre rugsWool isn’t the only natural material used to make rugs – other options include plant-fibre designs, made from the likes of jute and sisal, as seen here.“Natural rugs are strong, resilient and sustainable,” Lorna Haigh says. “They’re also naturally fire-retardant, and they breathe and absorb humidity in the air, releasing it when the atmosphere becomes dry. They also help to improve air quality by absorbing airborne toxins.” Natural-fibre rugs are ideal for high-traffic areas, such as hallways, kitchens and conservatories, apart from jute, which is less durable than sisal and is best used in low-traffic areas. “Plant-fibre rugs don’t show dirt and can easily be vacuumed, but liquid spillages can leave marks on them,” Lorna says. Read reviews of local flooring and carpet fitters.
How to Say Goodbye to Your Old HomeTake photos of itBefore everything is swept up into packing cases, take photos of your home. Document each room, so you can revisit it later. If you have children, snap them, too, enjoying the house as usual: drawing at the kitchen table, playing in the garden, chilling in front of the TV. You are aiming to capture an emotional record of your house, as well as images of its beautiful kitchen or big windows.Moving to a smaller home? Discover how to downsize happily