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Clean House, Cut Clutter, Get Organized at Home!

Clean House, Cut Clutter, Get Organized at Home!
Who among us hasn't squandered a happy afternoon in a store specializing in organizing products? Drifting from aisle to aisle, we make a mental list: this for the bathroom clutter, that for the computer desk. All is bliss until we consider the bottom line. Specialty organizers can be costly! Someday, we vow, we'll get organized at home, but for now, budget realities step firmly on organizer dreams. Stop the presses!

DIY: Wine Bottle Light November 3rd, 2009 This past spring Daniel and I went on a road trip from San Francisco to the Grand Canyon. Along the way we stopped at Chateau Julien for a wine tasting. Cheer: Our Holiday Wishlist No matter how hard you try to opt out of the conspicuous consumption of the holiday season, your relatives, friends, and Secret Santas are unlikely to stop showering you with generous gifts destined for the landfill. So this year, we’re evading the awkwardness of unwrapping another ill-fitting sweater or ill-considered trinket by straight-up asking for stuff we really, really want. Presenting our own holiday wishlist for GOOD revelers who care where their presents came from. These are GOOD gifts tailored to the sometimes-scrappy sustainable life—our curated items are eco, innovative, charity-minded, or just plain charming.

Susan Branch Blog “My kitchen is a mystical place, a kind of temple for me. It is a place where the surfaces seem to have significance, where the sounds and odors carry meaning that transfers from the past and bridges to the future.” ♥ Pearl Bailey That’s how I feel too; it makes me want to take care of my kitchen things, wash them, fix them, love them; give them some TLC. This is the “before” picture of my most-used and very dried-out cutting board. Keeping wooden bowls, cutting boards, wooden spoons, any unfinished wooden thing (including my wooden kitchen tabletop) beautiful, is part of the care and feeding of a warm and glowy kitchen. So I want to show you how easy it is to do.

Make life easier . We heard you loud and clear. When we published our first list of clever ideas to make life easier last year, we received an overwhelming response. So without further ado, here’s another 25 ingenious household tips and organisational tricks that will have you saying, “Why didn’t I think of that?!” Professional Organizer Organization is essential to success, however many otherwise successful people simply don’t have the time or ability to properly organize their lives. Organization professionals often choose areas of specialization and can be found organizing anywhere from offices to outdoor spaces and bedrooms. If you’re organized by nature and can create a system out of any chaos then this is the business for you. Before The Start-Up, Let’s Not Get Ahead Of Ourselves No formal qualifications are required.

100 Amazing How-To Sites to Teach Yourself Anything Posted by Site Administrator in Online Learning May 7th, 2009 Learning new skills and expanding your knowledge doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. There are loads of free resources on the Web that can help you find instructional videos, tutorials and classes to learn a wide variety of skills from fixing basic car problems to speaking another language. With 100 sites to choose from, you’re bound to find something here that will help you learn just about anything you could want. General Tutorials These sites offer a wide range of tutorials and videos. A Few Features… Hey Guys!! Thanks to all of you who joined our last I Made it Without My Hubby! We loved the new setup with the picture links. It made it a bit more fun don’t you think?? My hard drive crashed during that party and my dear friends over at Geek Squad got it all fixed up for me. So… Sorry for the delay but here are just a few of our favorite party links!

The Red Chair Blog: DIY Storage For "Transient" Items Clients often ask me how to organize items that are "just passing through" their homes. You may have seen "transients" like these in your home: the library books that need to be returned, the sweater that you need to mail to Great Aunt Myrtle for her birthday, the DVD that you borrowed from a friend and need to return, or that pair of Goodwill-bound go-go boots. Here's a simple, cost-effective storage solution. It won't win any awards for good looks--just keep it tucked in a closet or storage area--but it gets the job done. Start with a set of 4 wire storage cubes.

Household organizing tips If your house looks like a tornado just ran through it, we want to help you find calm amidst the storm of clutter. Learn how to restore order to your home from WD readers who know best. Do a Clean Sweep Before Bed “My rule of thumb is to pick up five things before I go bed every night and put them where they belong. It makes more of a difference than you may think, and it only takes a couple of minutes.

Do-It-Yourself Custom Closet Organization Systems Easy Track organization systems can add order to everything in your home, from shirts and shoes in your master closet to soup cans in your kitchen pantry. Whether it's a walk-in closet, pantry, overflow storage, laundry room, family lockers, or a kid's closet, Easy Track can multiply your storage space while enhancing your décor. Our closet organization kits come with everything you need in one box, and they’re easy to install yourself. Just fasten the Easy Track rail system to the wall, hang the panels from the rail, and attach the hanging rods. 52 Ideas to organize your home: An organizing tip a week "Organizing" may make for fun Pinterest fodder, but for us folks back here in the real world, it's pretty much a four-letter word. Organizing sounds like a great idea in theory — especially while browsing hacks on the internet with a full glass of wine in hand. But without a solid plan in place — one made up of simplified organizing tips that can be used IRL — you're probably going to throw in the towel before the towel organizing is done. We promise we've made this whole organizing thing easy on you.

More DIY Ideas: Creative Salvage Makeovers One of my favorite topics to blog about is DIY / Makeover project ideas. I really wish I lived in a house with a garage and/or backyard (instead of an apartment) so I could take on more of my own DIY weekend projects...but for now, I"ll just have to settle with scoping out other people's fabulous transformations for inspiration. I found this gallery via Sunset Magazine with some great ideas! Do you have any DIY projects in the works? Please share :)

The Red Chair Blog: A Great DIY Laundry System for Small Spaces [Blogger's note: This post was originally published in January of 2010 and was edited in June of 2015. Among other updates, new photos have been added, more details have been added to the DIY instructions, and product names have been changed due to manufacturer name changes. This post contains affiliate links.] Organizational Tips for Home Manilla Life is too short to be living in clutter. Here are our favorite organizational tips for home management so that you look forward to kicking your feet up in a clean space after a long day. Reduce your paper. Despite our modern times, one ancient invention still prevails in most households: paper. Reducing your inflow of paper will save you time, keep your space neater, and maybe even save a few trees. Lighten your paper load by using online and mobile services, such as Manilla, to manage your statements and accounts electronically.

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