Every year around this time, I post a blog like this one. Why? Because I’ve been caught in that position of having a houseful of people arriving in 24 hours and realizing I have 72 hours of work to do! If you’ve been there before, you know the following sequence: dread, denial, anger, apathy, wine, acceptance. But follow the tips below to be well prepared to put the “happy” back in your holiday season!
Have you seen an interesting piece of furniture or maybe a big frame or mirror you would like for your home but it’s not in great shape or looks outdated? If you also like the distressed look that’s so popular now, then read on to learn how to transform those items into proud members of your household. The distressed look converts imperfections—chips, dents, and dings —into charm and character. Poof! Like magic. Well, like magic with some good old fashioned elbow grease.
Considering new flooring before the holidays? Unsure of which home flooring to choose? I’m here to help. Flooring will make a big impact on the look and feel of your home, so in this blog we’ll cover the very important questions to consider before you make this very big, very expensive choice.
#1 Our worst nightmare, grout cleaning, made easy
Use toothpaste and an old toothbrush to easily clean and brighten grout. Use only the white paste as the colored gel may stain your grout. Just squeeze the paste along your grout lines, let stand a few minutes and then scrub with an old toothbrush. Be sure and wipe with a clean, damp cloth as you go otherwise you’ll have a dried-on toothpaste mess to clean up. Not fun!
Extra Tip: If you have an old battery-powered toothbrush around, it will help speed up the process. Probably worth the $5 investment to pick one up for this purpose. Mark it well and store with other cleaning supplies so no one accidentally gets a nasty surprise!
#2 Nixing the shower stress
If you are like me and are fairly blind without your glasses or contacts, this tip is for you. Have you ever put a heaping handful of conditioner on your hair thinking it was shampoo? Well no more! Simply take a rubber band and place it around the shampoo bottle. Problem solved. No more squinting in the shower and sometimes guessing wrong!
#3 Dawn gets it done
Did you know that you can use Dawn Dish Soap to clear a greasy clog from your kitchen drain? Well, you can. Simply pour ½ cup down your clogged drain, let stand for about a half an hour, and then flush the drain with very hot water for a good five to ten minutes.
Extra Tip: If you make it a habit to do this to your drain once a month or so, you can most likely avoid the clog all together!
#4 The masterful microwave cleaner
Cleaning the inside of your microwave is the worst! But this trick makes the task much easier and you won’t have the smell of a commercial cleaner on your food after cleaning. Simply take a damp, folded hand towel and place inside the microwave, run microwave on high for a minute and the steam that comes from the damp towel will loosen the grime inside. Be sure when you remove the towel you use an oven mitt or tongs. It will be hot, hot, hot! Wipe clean with paper towels and you are good to go!
#5 Tennis balls aren’t just for fetch
Here’s an easy trick to help remove scuff marks off your floor. Take a tennis ball and carefully cut an X in it with a utility knife. Insert a broom or mop handle into the X and rub the tennis ball on scuff marks to help remove them. You can also use this to remove dried paint or food drips from your floor, but you may need to dampen those areas and let stand for a minute before you scrub.
And that completes my 10 favorite household tips! Even if you only discovered one you didn’t know before, hopefully it will help you save time, money, and energy. With the busiest time of the year coming up that could be one of the best gifts you get!
Now, what will you do next to love where you live?
Working on your fall house cleaning and organizing? Everyone has their favorite tips to keep their house in order. In these next two blogs, I’ll share 10 of my favorites—everything from cleaning grout (yuck!) to organizing that junk drawer we love to hate but can’t seem to live without!
Hello everyone and happy fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving! Yes, we have hit that time of year where you may begin to feel the pressure of all the approaching holidays being thrust upon you once again. Well today, I’m giving you a lighthearted approach to what can become the foundation of your fall décor that, once done, can last you right up until your Christmas decorating.
Like your home but feeling bored by it? If you think rearranging your space would spice things up but you don’t know where to start, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s start at the beginning by taking the mystery out of space planning. Apply the seven tips below, and you’ll be well on your way to loving your home! The following supplies are recommended for the best results: good friends, great music, fine wine.
In the middle of fall cleaning? Expecting holiday guests and need to make your spare room available again? Maybe you decided it would be nice to use garage for car storage instead of junk storage! Whatever your motivation, having a good, old-fashioned garage sale may be just the right answer. If you’ve never had the pleasure of putting on a garage sale, you might think, “Well, how hard can it be?” The answer depends on two things: your motivation and your organization. Following the five steps below is likely to help you with both.
The next time you’re so sick of a room in your house that you think, “I gotta get out of here!” Instead of rushing out to catch a movie with a friend, take that fifty bucks and redo your room so you’ll never want to leave again. Think it can’t be done? Read on and think again. Then put your money where your doubt is and go for a makeover that will leave you and your wallet feeling amazing.
We’ve all been there…in the paint department, standing at the display drooling over the array of beautiful paint colors. If you’re like me, you’re certain you selected “the perfect color” only to get home, apply your paint and think, “Ugh, this is not the color I chose!” I don’t want you to experience this again, so in this post you’ll learn about five paint selection pitfalls and some truly helpful tips. With this knowledge you can avoid the ugh and bring home the ahhh.