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
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.
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Here's mine, and the story of how I cleaned it up (with some great tips):
(Oops. I guess I have two junk drawers)Continue Reading
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
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
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
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 email@example.com along with your name (unless you're just too embarassed to take credit). Who knows, weContinue Reading
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
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.
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...
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
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
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
Once Spring hits, I'm not only ready to throw open the windows, I'm ready to make new pillows, paint walls, change artwork around, reupholster, you name it. The visual change can really uplift the mood. Find out what the pros know about those extra little design tweaks that take your home design to the next level. Continue Reading
Food Safe Surface Cleaning
Clean your food prep area and tools with natural, food safe ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda instead of harsh cleaners. Sprinkle ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda onto a clean damp sponge or cloth and wipeContinue Reading