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… Continue Reading

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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… Continue Reading

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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):

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(Oops. I guess I have two junk… Continue Reading

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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 andContinue Reading

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How to Organize Your Handbag

By: Diy maven Mar 04, 2011

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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.… Continue Reading

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The Top 3 Money-Saving Cleaning Must-Haves!

By: Capreek Mar 03, 2011

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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,… Continue Reading

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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… Continue Reading

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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… Continue Reading

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How To: Create a Clean, Functional Mudroom

By: Chrisjob Feb 09, 2011

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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… Continue Reading

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How To: Green Thanksgiving Clean Up Tips

By: Jill w Nov 02, 2010

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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.
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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… Continue Reading

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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… Continue Reading

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46 New Uses for Salt

By: Diy maven Aug 12, 2010

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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… Continue Reading

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Ten Great Options for Cleaning with Vinegar

By: Modhomeecteacher Jun 15, 2010

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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… Continue Reading

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Ten Ways to Fine Tune Your Spring Decor

By: Modhomeecteacher Apr 20, 2010

created at: 04/20/2010

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… Continue Reading

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Spring Clean with Baking Soda

By: Diy maven Apr 07, 2010

We've discussed the benefits of baking soda before here on Curbly, but our friends over at Arm & Hammer sent more hints our way just in time for spring cleaning.

      

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

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How To: Cool Ways to Organize Your Drill Bits and Taps

By: Chrisjob Oct 26, 2009

Traditional twist bits usually come in a set, with a perfectly organized case or box with the dimensions clearly marked, so that you can find what you need easily. Most even close and stay stowed.

Then, there's all those other bits you eventually amass: all sorts of driving bits, spade bits, countersink bits, combo bits, and bits, bits, bits, bits. Here's a few options to keep them off your bench and shelves and out of trays and drawers.

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Ten Alternative Uses for Tennis Balls.

By: Chrisjob Oct 15, 2009

Tennis ball with lock and keysThey're green. They're fuzzy. And there's at least ten other ways to use 'em beyond bouncing on the court. Volley on over to This Old House. and check 'em out.

1. Erase scuff marks.
2. Protect a padlock.
3. Remove a broken lightbulb.
4. Cushion the blow.
5. Install a parking guide.
6. Open a jar.
7. Make a hitch cover.
8. Collect change for tolls.
9. Keep a door open.
10. Get a better grip.

Via.


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Ten Alternative Uses for Used Tea Bags.

By: Chrisjob Oct 12, 2009

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Once you've given your tea bag a dunk, you could head right to the compost bin. OR, you can give it a second chance with one these alternative options for steeped tea bags.

  • Soothe Tired or Injured Eyes
  • Flavor Your Meat
  • Make “Less Sinful” Drinks
  • Around-The-House Cleaner
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8 Ways to Get Organized in 5 Minutes.

By: Chrisjob Aug 06, 2009

You know all those little things that you see need done, but whiz by simply don't have the time to accomplish them?

Unfortunately, they actually make your life slower and less productive, which is something for which we definately don't have time. Dumb Little Man states, "If we don’t know what we’ve got, where it is, and how to find it, we run into serious problems, lowered productivity and raised stress levels." So, check out theirContinue Reading

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