Ok, now that your kitchen is straightened up and you have used up the extra food that you had too much of, let's take a look at the rest of the food that we have. We buy the freshest produce possible, right? And then we bring it home and hope that it gets eaten before it spoils in the back of the fridge or at the bottom of the fruit bowl. So I have some good tricks to keep food the freshest possible so that we can enjoy it when it is at it's peak of freshness and nutritional value.
Your shower and commode are partitioned off your master bathroom and can be closed off when you are using that area. You notice some “dirt” or “soot” in the ceiling above the commode, but you are not concerned. You can wipe it off another day. Wrong. It is not dirt or soot; it is mold, and although it is only small, if you do not do something immediately, the mold will continue to spread and create a potentially serious health hazard to you and your family members.
Today I am going to cover a daunting task. The twelve year old’s room. Take a deep breath with me. Often a disaster area of their own making, my particular twelve year old’s room is crammed with books, Lego’s, clothes, a terrarium with a snake in it growing at an alarming rate, and did I mention Lego’s? There are intricate battles set up with Clone Troopers and rebel forces against Darth Vader’s army all over the floor, and stacks of books read or to be started soon all over his night stand and spilling into the open sock drawer below. There are usually blankets cascading off the bed and several bottles of Clean Well sanitizer (the best one if you ask me. No alcohol, just good antiseptic thyme oil.) The sanitizer is for after he plays with his snake. I insist.
I am no doomsday survivalist junkie. Ask anyone. If there's a nuclear disaster, I'm really not the one who is willing to brave the horrors for months in a basement with four other starving family members, fighting over rats and aching for my former life, only to come back above ground to a hell on earth and exclaim passionately that I'm alive.
Merry Christmas and now a very Happy New Year as well! What a fantastic time this is to be Out with the Old, the tired, the boring (hint hint – I’m speaking of Christmas décor that you don’t like anymore) and in with the New!! New ideas about the home, decorating and how to organize it!
In my column last month I talked about cleaning out your clothes closets and finding good, inexpensive Halloween costumes. This month, I am looking at the laundry room in a whole new light! A friend of mine commented on how my laundry room is so homey. So I will try to draw a picture here for you. I have pictures of my children and cute boxes up on the shelf that most people store laundry detergents, fabric softeners, stain remover sprays and the like on.
Happy fall, y’all! It is finally cooling down (at least at night) and it’s time to think about those fall clothes receiving a more prominent place in your closet for a while. Put away those super light summer clothes; the linens, tanks, flip flops (which should really go in the trash because they are so often associated with plantar fasciaitis AND they ruin those pedicure heels.) If you insist on keeping them, toss them anyway. You should get new ones every year because they really get too worn down to have any support after an entire summer of use.
If you're single, being organized may not be as big a concern than if you are sharing a home office with your family. Whether you share an office at home or have one in the work place, if you aren't keeping it organized so it's easy to find documents and supplies, you will waste enormous amounts of time, money, experience frustration, and even get into a bind when not meeting deadlines, bills to be paid, greeting cards that never get sent, and many other tasks that need to be handled.
Summer is over! They are all back in school! WHEW. SOB. Do you know what else that means? No interruptions or objections as we clean out their closets! Find an item that’s objectionable in size or wear? Into the charity pile! You might now even have a stack of clothes that are okay for weekend wear and another that’s stacked with nicer, better fitting, unstained clothes to wear at school as hot days wind down into cooler ones.
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It’s summertime and the living is easy. And, er, frugal. At least for some of my clients. It’s been a long, hot summer, and it’s been a long, anxious few years with the economy as it is now in our lives. So what does being frugal mean to my clients and I?
In the home decor industry, much like in fashion, change is inevitable and what was once considered passe often returns to become the latest trend. This reality best describes the recent movement in home decor of incorporating a more rustic look and feel to interior designs. Leading the way as the focal point of this desired look is classic flooring options such as hickory hardwood floors.
Our homes are a great measuring stick of how far we've progressed in the past 20 years, especially when it comes to their efficiency in terms of saving us energy and money.
I have spent hours untangling my clients jewelry, matching up earrings, finding jewelry clients thought were lost. Untangling necklaces that were just thrown into a jewelry box or drawer were a special challenge to get straightened out again. Some chains even got damaged when crimped from being so badly tangled. Earrings aren't worn when you can't find the mate or have lost the backs.
Replacing a roof is a costly venture few homeowners look forward to. According to Remodeling magazine's 2010-11 "Cost vs. Value" report, the national average cost of a roof replacement is nearly $22,000, a costly endeavor considering the tenuous nature of the economy. What's more, homeowners who choose more upscale roofing materials can expect to spend almost $40,000 on their roofs.
According to the Home Safety Council, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing home injuries, half of the children who die before their first birthday die from choking or suffocation. Many times such tragedies can be averted.
Feel like cheating? Forget what the inside of your home looks like for just a bit and focus on your home's exterior.
Making home improvements doesn't have to mean compromising environmental ideals in the process. There are numerous jobs that a person can do that fit with a green lifestyle. While these improvements help protect the planet, they'll also help keep a few extra dollars in your wallet.
I believe purging your wardrobe should be done at least twice a year -- getting rid of clothes and accessories you don't like, don't fit, out of date, or just don't look good on you anymore will free up space for something new.
I write with the voice of someone who has a long-time passion for design. I have a Fine Art degree; I have design sales experience; I have design education; and I am certified in redesign. But I do not have a design degree. I am a business owner who loves to make the best out of what one already has -- then work to make that space better given your individual finances, your desires, and your dreams. Hence my motto: “Improve your surroundings…Improve your life!”
When parents find out they are expecting a new addition, some can’t wait to go shopping for bedding, furniture, drapes, and artwork. Others are content to let the new baby sleep in their bed or a drawer, seeing interior design as a waste of money.
Garage Sales are part of our culture and as sure as the trees leaf out each spring, you can count on garage sales popping up in abundance in a neighborhood near you.
Renting an apartment has its advantages. When something goes awry, such as a leaky faucet or a hole in the roof, tenants aren't responsible for addressing the situation. Nor are they required to pay for it.
Most people want their living spaces to smell clean and fresh. However, pets, aromas from the kitchen, cigarette smoke, and other things can make a home smell bad.
"Overwhelming!” That’s a reaction I often hear from my clients that are planning a new tile project.
The housing market is on its way to bouncing back with the arrival of spring.
It's surprising how many people actually can't get their cars into their garages because they've become makeshift storage units instead.
Considering a remodel can be an overwhelming decision-making process, from product quality and pricing to professionalism and reliability of contractors.
“I’ve been looking for that!” I hear it all the time. Never fails, as I’m working with a client and we are uncovering piles, opening drawers, and busting open boxes; there is a constant chorus of , “I’ve been looking for that!” with the occasional, “I forgot I had that!” and my favorite, “Oops, I just bought one of these.”
YOU can organize anything! It’s true. Let’s just set the record straight now.
Spring cleaning is an annual tradition at households across the country. Whether you live in a studio apartment or a sprawling mansion, the rejuvenating feeling of spring stems from more than just the warm air outdoors. It's also the opportunity to open the windows and let that warm air breathe some new life into your home.
Making home improvements doesn't have to mean compromising environmental ideals in the process. There are numerous jobs that a person can do that fit with a green lifestyle.
Whether you're an experienced DIYer or painting your first apartment, one of the most important decisions you can make in assuring a quality paint job is the choice of painter's tape.
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