The Home Edition
If you are like me, you can finally breathe a sigh of relief that summer is finally here! Summertime shouts gardening, organizing, cleaning and fresh new starts before the school year starts up once again!
Spring and summer cleaning was one of those things that my mother did religiously, and I was always recruited to assist. Of course, I didn’t like to be recruited to clean way back when, back when I wanted to be out playing and climbing trees and wading in the creek.
There is an old saying, “Housework is something you do that nobody notices until you don’t do it.” And because home maintenance is a repetitive, endless task, I’m always on the lookout for beneficial tips on cleaning and organizing that makes all the hard work just a little easier.
If you need a booster shot of encouragement for the spring cleaning chores that lie before you, take note of this great quote from Nancie Carmody, author of Sunnyside of Life: A Collection of Wouldn’t it be Nice Thoughts: “I am thankful for a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home… I am thankful for the piles of laundry and ironing because it means my loved ones are nearby.”
More tips to come next week!
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Order Under the Sink
Here’s a genuinely nifty solution for your under-sink space. Eliminate the frustration of reaching into a cramped and cluttered cabinet.
All you need is a 24-48” tension rod and several plastic baskets.
Or use the tension rod and some shower hooks to store saucepans inside a cupboard.
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Thanks to the Blue Velvet Chair blog and DIY Home Sweet Home for these fantastic tips!
A Handy Place for Everything
Need more organized storage in your kitchen cupboard or bathroom cabinet for those random kitchen or cleaning tools that so often get jumbled together?
All you need to do is cut up a shoe holder and hang it from a couple of adhesive hooks that you have adhered to the cupboard door. Voila, you have a ready-made compartmentalized area to organize your items.
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Thanks to Mrs. Polly Rogers for this great idea.
Chalk it up to … a new use for chalk!
I love the idea that hanging a bundle of chalk in the closet will keep everything fresh and dry. The chalk absorbs excess moisture – a thrifty alternative to an electric dehumidifier!
Another use for chalk is to simply rub it into a grease stain on fabrics or clothes. Wash as normal. The chalk will absorb the grease and will be washed away during the washer cycle.
All you need is a container of chalk, a pretty ribbon, and a moment of your time.
Thanks to Martha Stewart and Budget 101 for this tip.
Shoes off and hung up neatly.
Install a regular coat rack low down on the wall to store shoes safely and neatly off the floor.
All you need is the rack, some screws (included) and a screwdriver.
Thanks to Destination Unknown for this good idea.