Bathroom Cleaning Check List and Cheat Sheet

By: Chrisjob Mar 16, 2011

It's Spring Cleaning and Home Organization month on Curbly, and we're doing our best to make things manageable and easy so you can whip through the process and enjoy your clean home!

Last week, we shared a quick and easy kitchen cleaning cheat sheet and checklist, and we got great responses from our readers. So, this week, we're back with that other tough to keep up space: the bathroom.  

There are two ways toContinue Reading

52895 views | Comments (7)

How To: Make an Inexpensive, DIY Reed Diffuser

By: Chrisjob Mar 15, 2011

created at: 03/15/2011

You can pick up all you want, but the true indicator of how clean a home really is? The way it smells. During spring cleaning season, we wait for the days where it's warm enough to open the windows and air out the house, and do some serious scrubbing to get rid of the worst odor offenders. And when all's back to neutral, it's time to fill your home with a fresh, clean scent.

Most chemical-based air fresheners are 1) bad forContinue Reading

126863 views | Comments (47)

Curbly At Home: Capree's Cluttered Corner

By: Capreek Mar 14, 2011

 

created at: 03/14/2011This month, along with great tips for Spring Cleaning and organization, we're showing you some of Curbly's own cluttered corners or jam-packed junk drawers.  Excited for some behind-the-scenes dirt?  Read on!     Continue Reading

1326 views | Comments (2)

9 Awesome Closet Makeovers

By: Diy maven Mar 14, 2011

created at: 03/14/2011

By their nature, closets are conducive to disorganization. Think about it, they're dark little rooms that we can close off from view. If yours aren't messy, there just might be something wrong with you...or you're Martha Stewart. OR you're one of these folks who got all Curbly on their closets and made them over for the entire world to see. Some underwent the full treatment, othersContinue Reading

14350 views | Comments (3)

Cleanliness is next to ... impossible

By: Bruno Mar 10, 2011

It's 8:03pm. I just finished getting my daughter, in all her awesome, hilarious, incomprehensible terrible-two-ness, bathed and to bed. Before that, I whipped up a dinner of questionable-vegetable lo-mein for the two of us (her mom was at yoga), while practically holding the child in one hand. Needless to say, the kitchen is a mess. 

The dining room is no better, especially in the places where Ayla decided she didn't like cabbage and dribbled partially-chewed gobs of it on to the floor. In the living room, the ceiling has sprung a leak (no kidding), and two bins of unfolded laundry sit awating their fate. Also, I've lost my voice somehow.
Let's get real.Continue Reading

796 views | Comments (2)

Kitchen Cleaning Check List & Cheat Sheet

By: Chrisjob Mar 09, 2011

created at: 03/09/2011

You know when your house needs cleaning. Your spouse or partner, kids, friends, or worst, mother-in-law, may have a different opinion, but you know how much dirt and disorganization your home can handle. One day, you'll walk into a room, and say "Yep, it's time to clean." Maybe once a day, a few times a week, or twice a month, but it'll happen.


Then, a question remains: Where to start? We're here to help. EveryContinue Reading

19582 views | Comments (6)

6 Tips to Wean Yourself Off Television

By: Modhomeecteacher Mar 09, 2011

We talk about cleaning up the physical clutter and dirt from our homes, but how about ditching some of the crud that takes up our time and mental space?  Face it, most television is mindless drivel and a huge waste of time. If you can resist the temptation to sit and stare (passive activity), you may be surprised at how much you can get done in a TV-less week. Tips for nudging TV out of your day includeContinue Reading

1675 views | Comments (4)

Spring Cleaning 101: Tips from a Pro

By: Chrisjob Mar 08, 2011

For the first time in months, there's a beautiful ray of mid-afternoon sunshine cascading through my window, and illuminating all the dust and grime that's built up through the winter months.

I dunno if the sun is going to last, but I do know that I can't pretend like my house doesn't need a thorough scrubbing and organizing anymore. Grrrr...stupid sun.    Continue Reading

1674 views | Comments (0)

How To: Clean Up My Junk Drawer (or yours)

By: Bruno Mar 07, 2011

As I mentioned last week, we're scouring the internets for junk drawers (why? I don't really know, but it's kind of fun). If you've got one (come on, everyone has one), send us a pic at tips@curbly.com. Here's mine, and the story of how I cleaned it up (with some great tips):

created at: 03/07/2011

(Oops. I guess I have two junk drawers)Continue Reading

1300 views | Comments (1)

1001 Classic Old-Time Household Hints

By: Modhomeecteacher Mar 07, 2011

Cleaning house while dreaming about cleaning up the garden beds. Looking back, it's likely that I could have done a better job at both last year. To get myself pumped up for a Spring clean and purge, both inside and out, I just ordered 1001 Old-time Household Hints: Timeless Bits of Household Wisdom for Today's Home and Garden.Continue Reading

1711 views | Comments (0)

How to Organize Your Handbag

By: Diy maven Mar 04, 2011

created at: 03/04/2011

I feel better about myself when my handbag is tidy. You know the drill: the old receipts and expired coupons have been dealt with, used tissues and wrappers tossed, bills in order (small to large) with the heads all facing the same direction. Even though I practice periodic handbag organization, there is, apparently, some rules we can apply to the activity.

According to the American Chiropractic Association, our handbags should weigh less than 3 pounds. This meansContinue Reading

5438 views | Comments (6)

The Top 3 Money-Saving Cleaning Must-Haves!

By: Capreek Mar 03, 2011

created at: 03/03/2011

There are a million different cleaning products on the market all vying for a spot in your supply closet, not to mention a chunk of your budget.  But before you bring home the next new wonder spray, consider these three money-saving cleaning must-haves: they're widely available, kid and pet friendly, and cheap, cheap, cheap!   Continue Reading

7717 views | Comments (4)

31 Things To Do With Lemons

By: Modhomeecteacher Mar 02, 2011

At about 35 cents each, what other natural non-toxic product can remove warts, bleach out pit stains, polish metal, kill germs, sanitize surfaces, lighten freckles, give your hair sun-kissed highlights and much more?Continue Reading

5928 views | Comments (0)

We Want Your Junk Drawers!

By: Bruno Feb 24, 2011

Junk, junk, and more junk!

Next month is spring cleaning and organization month here on Curbly, and in preparation for it, I'm putting out a call for your worst junk drawer pictures. Everyone's got one; everyone hates 'em, and next month, we're going to help you get those babies (and the rest of your house) under control. So, snap a picture of yours and send it to tips@curbly.com along with your name (unless you're just too embarassed to take credit). Who knows, weContinue Reading

670 views | Comments (2)

How To: Create a Clean, Functional Mudroom

By: Chrisjob Feb 09, 2011

created at: 02/09/2011

What was once an extravagance for newly built homes of the 1980s and 90s has now become essential to the way contemporary families live: the mud room. A place to keep coats, shoes, pet paraphernalia, backpacks, sort through junk mail, and perhaps even do laundry. A transitional room, a liminal space, if you will, to help translate your home to the rest of your life.

But the high traffic can create a bit of chaos, and the mud room can often become a "junk drawer" for your entire house, creating piles of items that don't have another place.   Continue Reading

1103 views | Comments (0)

How To: Green Thanksgiving Clean Up Tips

By: Jill w Nov 02, 2010

created at: 11/02/2010

Thanksgiving is all about being grateful for everything we have. And this year, we hope the resources of our ecosystem are at the top of everyone's list. In order to celebrate these good gifts, check out these sustainable cleanup tips, which are easy to apply to everyone's feast.

  • Your dishwasher uses about half the energy, 1/6 of the water, and way less soap than you might use during hand dishwashing. If you have lots of dishes to wash, load your dishwasher with an eco-friendly detergent and air-dry the dishes rather than heat drying them.

Credit: Gary Gary [http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/200501523-001/Photographers-Choice]   Continue Reading

409 views | Comments (0)

Quick Tips for Easy Entertaining

By: Megallancole Oct 21, 2010

created at: 10/21/2010

In today's video I give you a little entertaining cheat sheet with a few ideas of key pieces and indispensable items to have on hand at home to make having people over easy and stress-free.

Having guests, friends and family over to your nest should be fun and enjoyable and doesn't need to be panic-attack-inducing. The most important thing is to be in the moment and enjoy your company, instead of fretting over how clean your house is or what you are going to serve.

More great ideas after the jump...

Continue Reading

1508 views | Comments (1)

How To Clean Burnt Food from a Pan

By: Modhomeecteacher Aug 13, 2010

Look, I'm no cook. My mom wasn't, and I'm not. Thus, there are many burnt pans in my world. The cook around here is the Mr. and he gets super annoyed when I get preoccupied and let food burn in a pan. (What normal person wouldn't?) I discovered a little secret if I can get to it before he does. Continue Reading

2304 views | Comments (6)

46 New Uses for Salt

By: Diy maven Aug 12, 2010

salt

Back in the day, salt held the same value as gold. It's no wonder civilizations waged war over it. Of course now we can find a container of Morton's at any grocery store, quick mart or pharmacy for a few cents, which is good, considering all the cool things this versatile substanceContinue Reading

2084 views | Comments (0)

Ten Great Options for Cleaning with Vinegar

By: Modhomeecteacher Jun 15, 2010

created at: 06/15/2010

Costing less than $1.00 per gallon, vinegar is the most universal, economical cleaning product, ever! Sometimes I forget what you should and shouldn't clean with vinegar. So here's a cheat sheet from a list compiled by Chicago Now that you should stick on the side of Continue Reading

1042 views | Comments (4)