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Three Ways to Remove Paint from Door Hardware

by M.E. Russell

Three methods for removing old paint from hardware

I'm currently living in a home that has most likely been painted at least every 2 years since the 50s. The paint-history totally shows on all the door knobs, playing out in accidental swipe marks and drips. If you were to peek behind the knobs you could literally see the years play out in paint layers, with many of those layers ending up on the hardware itself. They say it's the details that create the big picture, and after seeing how sleeker my hardware looks after stripping it, I have to agree. While you might not feel like painted-over hinges and handles are worth the effort of restoring, it's amazing how fresh and new your home will feel. I tried out three different methods of removing old paint from hardware, and am here to tell you what worked. I'll walk you through what I did, what I learned, and what the pros and cons are of each method.       

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The Best Houseplants for You and Your Pets

by M.E. Russell

The Best Houseplants for You and Your Pets

I've seen this phrase tumbling around on the internet for a while now: "Plant Lady is the New Cat Lady." To that I say, why not both? I only say that because I am a die-hard cat lover who has recently discovered her love of indoor jungles. The good news is you can totally go crazy in both cat and plant departments - you just have to be smart about it. There are plenty of easily-accessible houseplants out there that are non-toxic to both cats...

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Five New Year's Commitments that Will Make Your Home a Happy Place

by Lidy Dipert

New Year's Resolutions for the Home

When I think of "home," I always start with a visual picture: the layout, the colors, and all the "stuff" that makes it so unique. But, of course, my real concept of home doesn't have anything to do with the physical structure or the things that sit inside it.  Home is a sense of peace and rest I experience by myself and with my family. And it's the place where I nurture relationships, and build community. And if I'm doing things right, it's the place that helps me stay sane. So this year, I'm giving my home a new commitment, and all my 2017 commitments are actually New Year's resolutions for the home. 

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Home Guide: Getting Rid Of Squirrels

by Grisha Bornsztein
Contemplative Squirrel
I think I'll burn down some houses today. Yes, that's what I'll do.
Fire, Flooding, and Poop.

 

Those are just a few things you can expect if you have squirrels or rodents in your attic. Since I’m in the process of evicting several squirrel families from my home (they never pay their rent on time), I wanted to learn everything I could about these little rodents. Hopefully this post will help you keep these freeloaders out of your space! First, let’s find out who we’re dealing with.

Have you dealt with squirrels? Let us know how you dealt with them in the comments below

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5 Tips For Making Your Workspace Feel Creatively Organized

by Lexy Ward

ways to display office supplies
photo: Lexy Ward

Do you have a work space? Does it have a designated spot in your home? Or do you have a desk that doubles as something else? We don't live in a very big space so we created a little nook in our kitchen to act as a desk/mini studio for me! And at the beginning of each month, that desk/mini studio is clean, clean, clean! And by the end of the month, it's become a catch-all for anything and everything. How to fight the mess?      

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5 Daily Habits To Help Your Home Stay Clean

by Lexy Ward

habits for a clean house

My name is Lexy and I'm a clean freak. They say the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. And I have one. I like things to be spotless. Problem is, I'm getting so busy with work and a new baby that I can't keep up with keeping my house in pristine condition. I used to spend every Saturday deep-cleaning my home and now that I don't have the time to do that, I had to build a few daily habits to help me achieve that spotless...

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5 Ways to Save Money on a Kitchen Makeover

by Capree K

If you could only makeover one room in your home, which room would you choose?

A few months back, we took a poll over on our Facebook page asking this question and the kitchen was the most common answer -- by a landslide. While kitchen makeovers can be one of the most expensive home improvement projects you're likely to tackle, it is possible to breathe new life into your space without breaking the bank.

So, if a kitchen makeover is next up on your to-do list, check out these five money-saving tips before you start!        

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17 Savvy Tips to Organize Your Life

by Living Savvy

created at: 03/27/2012

This Curbly guest post was written by Tiffany McLean of Living Saavy

I love it when my life and house are organized.  This month on Living Savvy, I dedicated all of March to organizing my life and space.  I attacked anything behind a close door!  I also asked a few other organized bloggers to share their own organizing secrets.  So, here are seventeen tips from the best of the blogosphere to get your life and home in order.  

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Cleaning with Kids: Tips for Cleaning by Age

by Craftmel

created at: 03/27/2012

I have three little girls, two of which are very good at distributing toys, clothes, and books all over the house.  After too many days of me chasing after them and cleaning up their messes, it was time to put them in charge of pulling some of the weight around the house.  My sanity depended on it. 

So, how do we distribute chores among children at different developmental stages?  Here are a few tips, and printable helps, to encourage you in the process.  

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