How to clean every surface in your house.

by DIY Maven

Real Simple says that with just one bucket of supplies you can scrub every surface in your home squeeky clean. Their 18 handy-dandy tips include:

  1. How to Clean Butcher Block
  2. How to Clean Ceramic Tile
  3. How to Clean Cork Flooring
  4. How to Clean Glass
  5. How to Clean Granite
  6. How to Clean Hardwood Cabinets
  7. How to Clean Hardwood Flooring
  8. How to Clean Limestone
  9. How to Clean Marble
  10. How to Clean Mirrors
  11. How to Clean Plastic-Laminate...

Continue Reading

10 Ways to Craft on a Budget

by 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 patterns) and...

Continue Reading

How to Extend the Life of Fresh Cut Flowers.

by 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 the...

Continue Reading

50 Indispensable Kitchen Tips

by DIY Maven

Fluffing up mashed potatoes with baking powder? Using baking soda to tenderize meat? Using a funnel to separate eggs?? These are just a few of the ideas included in Tipnut’s list of 50 Quick Kitchen Tips. For the entire breakdown, mosey on over to Tipnut! And, while you’re at it, you might want to check out their ‘quick tips for baking substitutes’ article as well.

 

Image courtesy of Tipnut.

Continue Reading

31 Cheap Decorating Tips

by 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

Sandie wanted to hide her...

Continue Reading

80 How-To Sites Worth Bookmarking.

by Chris Gardner

The internet has been so integral to the DIY and handmade revolution, its no surprise to find an enourmous collection of how-to websites from around the world. Lifehack.org has assembled a solid eighty, in areas like home decor, crafts, dining, business, and personal finance. Though, there's no Curbly. Write in and make it eighty-one!!!!

Also, check out this collection of fifteen from DumbLittleMan.

Image.

 

Continue Reading

How To: Make a Pocket Sized Floorplan.

by Chris Gardner

Apartment Therapy, Chicago-version, offers this clever take-along floorplan. The goal is to be able to account for all the components of your room, particularly scale, arrangement in color: "You will want to include basic information like the size and layout of your rooms, color choices (fabric swatches are perfect for this!) and sizes of existing pieces of furniture. Other things that might be helpful are window heights (in case you are...

Continue Reading

How To Drink Wiser, and Avoid and Cure Hangovers.

by Chris Gardner

When enjoying a few cocktails, be smart, and don't get sick. Here's a few ideas to avoid head and tummy aches.

Drink Water. Everyone who's mature enough to have a drink should be mature enough to drink some agua along with it. Drink a glass of water before and after every drink, and gulp down a few more before bed. If you get way carried away, to the point of vomiting (another source of dehydration), drink a Pedialyte to replenish yourself.

...

Continue Reading

10 Easy Household Time Savers.

by Chris Gardner

Here's ten excellent ideas to cut down on major house and life-cleaning projects. I especially like the leaving the dishwasher open while cooking, provided it's not a safety hazard.

Picture of Clock - Tipnut.com

  1. Keep the dishwasher open and fill with dirty dishes as you cook. Have a sink full of hot soapy water to hold the hand wash items so they can soak and be easily cleaned.
  2. Sort the silverware as you fill the dishwasher, each type of utensil getting its own...

Continue Reading

10 Tips For Mastering a Messy Home.

by Chris Gardner

I grew up in that house that never had the get-togethers or sleepovers, and I was never able to invite my backyard playmates inside. Why? Our home was enternally cluttered, and it was embarassing. Now that I get to make the rules, I keep a mostly spotless lifestyle, and these ten ideas from TipNut are useful, indeed.

  

   1. Regularly Junk Hunt.
   2. Create Necessary Storage Solutions.
   3. Choose Effective Storage Solutions.
   4. Running Out...

Continue Reading

12 Indispensable Grilling Tips

by DIY Maven


If your last project on the BBQ came out less than appetizing, you might want to check out TipNut’s 12 indispensable grilling tips before your next attempt. Some I hadn’t thought of include wrapping fish, steaks and burgers with bacon before tossing them on the grill (I don’t know many meat eaters who don’t like bacon). And the next time bratwurst are in the queue, they just might get stuffed with onions and peppers! Photo courtesy of TipNut.

Continue Reading

25 Eco-Chic Ideas for Your Home.

by Chris Gardner

Green decor is everywhere, but this list of twenty five provides actual inspiration for using your recyclables in your decor. Interesting...

Ideas include:

  • Mixed Glass Centerpiece: Take old glass bottles and jars, fill with leaves and flowers and group the glassware together to make a centerpiece display
  • Sweater Seats: Reupholster chairs with old sweaters
  • Rustic Candles: Melt down the bits of old burned down candles and pour the wax...

Continue Reading

Seven Common Cooking Mistakes to Avoid.

by Chris Gardner

A tiny slip in preparation or technique can ruin a whole meal. RealSimple assembled a checklist to ensure that your don't damage your dishes before you dine.

1). Read the recipe all the way through before you begin.

2). Don't overcrowd the pan.

3). Preheat the pan properly.

4). Don't use a tiny pot for rice or pasta.

5). Dry leafy vegetables before sauteeing.

6). Don't overdo it on the dry herbs.

7). Be sure the oil is hot enough for...

Continue Reading

6 Ways to Use Carpet Scraps (With bonus tips.)

by DIY Maven

created on: 04/07/08

Last week we had new carpeting installed in the lower level of the house, and it looks marvelous. The scraps left behind, however, do not.

What to do with these rolls of leftovers? Well, you’ll want to keep some for insurance in case you need to ‘patch’ (God forbid) a spot in the future, but for the rest of it Mrs. Fixit has these suggestions:

“1. Hang a patch of carpeting on the wall in your garage where your car door opens. This way if you...

Continue Reading

168 Ways to Stretch A Dollar

by DIY Maven

Lynnae at beingfrugal.net asked her readers ‘how they deal with high prices and what things they do to make their money stretch further.’ They came through in a big way! Lynnae categorized their tips, which include saving money...

  • on groceries (e.g. use thegrocerygame)
  • on cooking/eating (e.g. become a vegetarian)
  • on cars/gas (e.g. stay home)
  • on utilities (e.g. insulate your water pipes)
  • on medical needs (e.g. ask your doctor to prescribe...

Continue Reading