No matter how I try to not pick up my office for work, I simply can't be productive in a chaotic space. Whether trying to be creative, efficient, or just less distracted, I simply need a clutter-free, accessible space. So, these twenty-one tips from Real Simple seem perfect for folks just like me, AND for those who need a bit more structure in their workspace.
Briana Feola of Brainstorm Print & Design. is a full time artist with a huge passion for gardening. She's assembled ten great tips for Indie Fixx on getting started with your own food production garden.
1) START SMALL
2) START PLANTS INSIDE
4) OBTAIN APPROPRIATE SUPPLIES
5) PICK SEEDS AND PLANTS NATIVE TO YOUR AREA
6) GET PROPER FENCING TO KEEP CRITTERS OUT
7) GET THE SOIL READY
This June, Treehugger has been devoting a great deal of research and articles to issues of fresh water. To kick off the feature, they've collected some tremendous resources to conserve, cut back, and reuse on a daily basis. Check out a few links below, and click here for the full article.
How to Go Green: Water
Conserve Water Outside
a few easy ways to conserve.
Conserve Water Inside
Have you found yourself in a woodworking conundrum? If so, Woodsmith has you covered. From Staining end grain to drilling holes in dowels plus 264 other helpful tips. Visit this page for the ENTIRE index.
Straight from the pros, these cleaning tips will make house-cleaning day less of a chore.
- Make a house cleaning check list.
- Evaluate the space and i.d. trouble spots; plan accordingly by buy the right supplies for the job.
- Get help. If you don't live alone, other people are adding to the mess; the least they can do is help clean it up!
From our paper shredders (I'm supposed to clean that??) to books to fake plants and just about everything in between, howtocleanstuff.net tells you all you need to know to clean everything you own. HOWEVER, if you can't find it in this catch-all Things You Own list, check out the site's other catagories, which include:
Home use and DIY projects, geek crafts, handmade toys...there's nothing wrong with keeping a few neodymiums in your tool box. The clever team at Evil Mad Scientist have assembled seventeen helpful uses, with original photographs!
- Extract batteries from stubborn holders
- Find studs in your walls
- Make a homopolar motor
- Make LED Throwies
- Demonstrate magnetohydrodynamic propulsion
- Make a simple compass
- Experiment with self assembly
From reheating pizza to re-opening a sealed envelope, here are 17 tips that might just might make our lives a little easier.
- Reheat pizza in a non-stick skillet
- Use a zippy bag to make deviled eggs
- Expand your store-bought frosting with your electric mixer
Where else would you expect to find valuable tips to save dollars at home, and from your home, than from the folks at This Old House? Fifty itemized DIY tips to save up to $50, $150, $250, and even up to $500 are all listed with your cost, your savings, and your bonus for the change.
Meyer lemons, a hybrid of a lemon and a mandarin orange, are in season throughout the winter and the early spring. From Julie O'Hara at NPR: "the Meyer lemon has smooth golden skin the color of a fresh egg yolk. It also has a thin edible rind, a high volume of juice and none of the tartness of a regular lemon — yet its potential in the kitchen went unnoticed. Today, the Meyer lemon is a darling of farmers markets and...
According to Zen Habits, the trick to successfully decluttering a room is finding a large area to serve as a working and organizing space. Then, you can:
"2. Start on one side of the room and work to the other.
3. Do one drawer or shelf or spot on the floor at a time.
4. Pull everything out of the drawer or shelf (or section of floor or what have you), and pile it in the working space. Clean out the drawer or shelf."...
A splash of wine, or deglazing with a broth or stock, can take an average home dish to saucy deliciousness. But, it's impractical to open a new bottle or carton just for a few tablespoons. So watch this video for a fresh idea.
February 14th can actually be fun, non-commercial, and quite inexpensive...if you plan ahead. And since it's on a
Saturday this year, there's no excuse no to embrace these very fine ideas from Dumb Little Man to show your sweetie you care.
- Make dinner at home.
- Have an inside
- Go out during “happy hour” when food and drinks are less expensive.
- Plan a progressive dinner...
These collections of quick-cleaning and decluttering never get old...because the clutter never seems to go away. These five from DumbLittleMan are a mighty fine five, particularly with the habit-creating, and not just the collecting and tossing approach.
1. Schedule Some Time
2. Concentrate On One Place
3. Tackle Something Each Day
4. Keep Up Your Enthusiasm
5. Don't Undo Your Good Work
Make it beautiful, and make it cheap. Holly Becker has collected ten tips from her own experience of decorating a small one bedroom in Germany. Go and do likewise.
1. Take IKEA seriously.
2. Yard sales!
3. Bargain at flea markets and secondhand stores
4. Share a car.
5. Shop online at places like Craigslist, Ebay, and Amazon
6. Do it yourself.
7. Bundle your services like phone, internet, and cable.
- How to Clean Butcher Block
- How to Clean Ceramic Tile
- How to Clean Cork Flooring
- How to Clean Glass
- How to Clean Granite
- How to Clean Hardwood Cabinets
- How to Clean Hardwood Flooring
- How to Clean Limestone
- How to Clean Marble
- How to...
Although I’m easily seduced by yarn, glue and paper punches and such, I do live by a few craft-buying money-saving rules. Daphne’s list of ten things to keep in mind when crafting on a budget pretty much sums up my approach.
Know that little packet of additives that come with arranged flower bouquets? Apparently, it's just a little sugar,
That's it. The bleach sounds scary to me too, but I'm imagining the chlorine keeps out...
Don't just leave it for tomorrow...or for whomever you've suckered into washing the dishes. Just clean it up.
- Cracked Egg Cleanup: I
- Remove Oven Cleaner Residue
- Washing A Dishwasher or Washing Machine
- Refrigerator Cleaning
- Refrigerator Dust Bunnies