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{31 days to an organized home} Day One: Organizing with Purpose

{31 days to an organized home} Day One: Organizing with Purpose
I organize my home because I believe that when we clear out the things that don't matter, we make room for the things that do. Because our hearts and minds can only take so much chaos. And life has enough chaos of its own. Because we need a daily refuge from the clutter and the noise and the blaring messages that wait on our doorstep. Because an uncluttered space creates an environment where we can learn and explore. And because when we clear out stuff, we make room for people What are your reasons for wanting to organize and declutter? This is the first post in a month long series, 31 Days to an Organized Home. I would love it if you'd join me for these 31 days of tips and inspiration to organize our homes. Related:  Household info

Nursery News – Accent Wall | Bower Power Last time we talked about the nursery, you were left with this: and this: and a promise that the accent wall for our baby boy’s room would be (and I quote) “rockin” and “boyish” and “hug-worthy”. Let me just give myself a huge pat on the back…because it is. It really is. I know…you are just wishing you could reach through your computer monitor and slap me right now…kinda like when that girl crawled outta the television in the movie The Ring…but a lot less creepy and more out of anticipation than the desire to take my soul into Hades. Back to the point. That’s right. After a WHOLE lotta googling about the safety of using the Grade III wood that makes up pallets, we learned that some pallets are treated with pesticides & fungicides (NOT GOOD) but that you can find vendors that use untreated lumber (GOOD). First, (after researching & calling local home improvement store managers to find a place that would give us free pallets of untreated wood), Jeremy picked up about two dozen pallets.

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A Quicker Way to Clean House | Cleaning Guide By Arianne Cohen A few years ago, I found out that I've been cleaning all wrong. I was in a hotel room, when a maid came in and sprayed a solution on every surface…and then left. Right when I thought she'd forgotten, she returned. She wiped for less than two minutes with a thin dry cloth, and the whole place sparkled. Pro cleaners have brilliant tricks to get the job done. Change Your Strategy The biggest mistake people make is cleaning room by room (this is called "zone cleaning"). A Quicker Way to Clean Houseslow! Most pros are in favor of "task cleaning": completing one chore , such as dusting, throughout the entire house, before starting the next. The Plan of Attack: Top-to-bottom, left-to-right For each task, start at the highest point in the room (if dusting, this might mean high shelves), and move from left to right across the room. ," says Romero. Step 2: Furniture Fabric Go through the house and strip and remake beds; neaten any pillows or furniture blankets. 1. 2. 3. 4.

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How To Make a Secret Hollow Book: The first step into making the hollow book is to select a book. Make sure this is a book your own, and not one belonging to the library, or your family. I suggest rummaging through books at yard/garage sales. Make sure it is a hardback; otherwise you will cut all the way through the other side when you are cutting out the insides.You'll also need: Elmer's white gluea container to hold glue solution (I've chosen a film canister)X-acto knife, and/or box cutter. Mix a solution of white glue and water. Holding the remaining pages together, brush the edges with the glue solution - enough to soak in pretty well, but not too drippy. Allow this to dry, but use a spacer so the first couple pages, and the front cover don't get stuck. When dry, open the book to the first glued page. Draw out a half-inch boarder around the edge on all four sides. Using a strait edge and knife, cut out along the inside of the line. Continue cutting down through the layers. Remember that first page we saved?

DIY Homemade Grout Cleaner For the past week, I've been preparing my kitchen for the big "addition." I'm working hard to get it ready, so that when it is done, it's done! It's amazing when you look at something everyday you don't realize how much things can change...example: I clean my kitchen...a lot! We have builders grade tile floors with a light gout. Not my favorite, but it will do. 1/4 cup bleach 3/4 cup baking soda Not exactly rocket science! I guess I wasn't using too much brain power that day, because one reason it never looked sparkling clean while I was cleaning it was because it was wet. There is nothing like a little spring cleaning and elbow grease to get you in a good mood! Rachel :)

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Kitchen Cupboard Makeover Part I Last Week I Re-Did the Cupboards that arearound My Peninsula,Here is How I Did It: Before: I Quickly Washed Them Down With Dish Soap and Water, Then I Sanded Them, Using a Sander and Course SandPaper. I was Really Worried about the Wood Grain Showing Through, So I Gave a Thorough Sanding, to Be Sure. Then I Did TWO Coats of Primer. I Used Valspar's Contractor Primers Bonding Primer, of Valspar's Black Kettle, in Satin Finish. Then I Used a Sander to Distress the Edges. I Usually do the Distressing by Hand, But with So Much to Do, I went for the Sander, and It was a Bit too Big, and Tricky, but it Did the Job. Then I put a Tintable Glaze On. This Glaze was Tinted a Brown Color, and To Be Honest, that Probably Could have Been Skipped. Finally, I Put a Clear Coat of Polyacrylic in Satin On, and Last, But Not Least, The Handles. I LOVE How They've Turned Out! I'm Pleased that the Wood Grain Does Not Show Through, but Then again, Perhaps Black is a Good Hider. I Still have Several Things to Do, Like the Rest of the Cupboards,

8 Clever Uses for Silica Gel a packet of silica gel in a shoe box or beef jerky packet, their instinct is to toss it. But savvy DIYers have long known that the omnipresent desiccants are good for a lot more than keeping jerky dry. Here are a few uses, including some great tips sent in by readers. -Use in underwater camera casings Underwater camera casings are great fun, but even if stray moisture and condensation don't ruin your camera, they can fog or streak across your lens. -Toss them in your toolbox to keep your tools free of oxidation "I am a line mechanic for Delta Airlines. -Dry out a wet cell phone This one's an old favorite. -Keep engines dry while in storage "I fly ultralight aircraft and use silica gel in my engines (snowmobile engines converted for aircraft use). -Extend the life of razor blades "It is understood that oxidation on razor blades causes premature dulling. -Fight camera condensation -Dry out wet fishing flies -Create a dry travel bag This one's for the road warriors.

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Part 19 – 3-D Framed Flowers I had to finish up that 2nd bathroom. There was some vertical wall space that was shouting for me to fill up. So I did. With some little 3-D framed flowers. That Pop. Now I have my own mini flower garden up on the wall. All 3 are different…… ……..but kinda fun in their own way. Now I just need to draw some water, grab a book, and soak in the tub. Ready to make some yourself? (I used 100% cotton for all fabric used below.) Find some old frames…..any size will do. Then spray paint them the color you’d like and allow them to dry. Then grab the matte of the frame (and the filler cardboard piece if there is one) and cut some coordinating fabric that is slightly bigger than the matte. Fold the fabric over all four sides and hot glue into place. Then place the fabric covered piece back into the frame and put the back onto the frame. Repeat with all of your frames. …..Now to make the flowers….. This twisted little flower was made just like the flower shown here. This multi-petal flower was made And that’s it.

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