Everyone has their favorite tricks to keeping their house in order…well, I am no exception.  In these next two blogs, I am going to share ten of my favorites.  They will cover everything from cleaning grout (YUCK!) to organizing that kitchen “junk drawer” that we all love to hate but can’t seem to live without! 

I don’t know about you but when the holiday season is bearing down on us, I feel that sudden urge to try and get things in order before the company arrives!  Will it be things that they will even notice or see?  Probably not, but that has never stopped me before!  So let’s get right to it, shall we?

Tip #1

Have pictures that you have been meaning to hang for a looong time but don’t feel like messing with how to get them all hung straight?  Here is a way to do it in a snap.  Take the frame and turn it over.  Use painter’s tape and stretch it across back of frame mark on the tape where you need your nails or screws to go.  Take tape off frame and place on wall where you want to hang the picture.  Place your nails or screws in the wall based on your tape.  Hang picture!

Tip #2

Shower head no longer spraying up to full power?  Don’t replace it!  Simply take a baggie and fill it with white vinegar.  Attach around neck of shower head and let soak for a couple of hours.  Remove the baggie and run the shower.  The vinegar will eat away hard water deposits and you should be left with a shower head back at "ahh yesss" capacity!

Tip#3

Use empty, clean cans to store all your craft and office supplies.  Simply stockpile a collection of cans as you use the food in them.  Wash well and let dry thoroughly.  You can paint these to make them look a little nicer and even apply decals or labels if you want.  They come in many different sizes so you can accommodate about any small tool, paintbrushes, pencils, pens etc.  The best thing about this project is that you already have what you need…just add some creativity and paint and you will soon have all the handy storage you need that keeps all your tools visible, easily accessible, and organized!

Tip #4

Use a silverware tray and baggies to help keep your kitchen junk drawer neat and organized.  The trays are inexpensive and come in different sizes.  Choose one that fits your drawer the best and use it to organize pens, pencils, scissors, charger cords etc.  You can also use baggies to store loose things like batteries, clothespins, rubber bands and other items.  This will help keep them together and you can easily see through the baggies to find what you are looking for. 

Tip #5

Use paint or nail polish to help keep your keys organized and easy to identify.  Simply paint the top portion of the keys in different colors and you are good to go.  This way the next time you are standing at your door with your arms full of grocery bags, you will be able to look down and know just what key you need to get in the house and set those heavy bags down!  Why by the way are almost all keys the same shape anymore?!  Anyone know?

Okay.. there you have it…the first five of my favorite household tips.  Be sure and come back to read part 2 where I will give you another five great tips!

Now, what will you do next to love where you live?


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