Housecleaning Tips From a Pro

Diy Maven

The French Maid Barbie Doll - photo

Straight from the pros, these cleaning tips will make house-cleaning day less of a chore.

  1. Make a house cleaning check list.
  2. Evaluate the space and i.d. trouble spots; plan accordingly by buy the right supplies for the job.
  3. 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!

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17 Cool Magnetic Tricks.

Chris Gardner

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!

Magnet tricks

Some highlights:

  • 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
  • ...

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100 Things to Do with a Meyer Lemon.

Chris Gardner

Meyer lemons

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...

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How to Declutter an Entire Room in a Single Sweep.

Chris Gardner

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."

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5 Simple Steps to Clearing the Clutter (Painlessly).

Chris Gardner

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

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10 Tips for Decorating on a Budget.

Chris Gardner

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.

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10 Ways to Craft on a Budget

Diy Maven

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.

  1. Consider buying kits. They give you just what you need without overbuying.
  2. Don’t buy patterns; get them free off the internet. Daphne suggests knitty.com, Sew Mama Sew, Purl Soho, Flickr (for embroidery...

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How to Extend the Life of Fresh Cut Flowers.

Chris Gardner

Know that little packet of additives that come with arranged flower bouquets? Apparently, it's just a little sugar,

chlorine, and some citric acid. So, create your own DIY solution that you can continue to use throughout multiple water changes. "Mix 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon bleach, and 2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice in a quart of warm water."

That's it. The bleach sounds scary to me too, but I'm imagining the chlorine keeps out...

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31 Cheap Decorating Tips

Diy Maven

Domino has put together a slide-show of 31 cheap and creative decorating tips. Some are easier than others, but all are inspirational. Two ideas that really appealed to me....

 

Lavanya put a softboard up inside the chimney of her non-working fireplace. She then wrapped wire around toothpicks that she slipped under the softboard. From the wires, she hung glass balls into which she placed tea lights. Lovely effect!

created on: 07/10/08

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