How to Organize Your Spice Cabinet Once and For All

Chris Gardner

 

We like to cook at our house. We'll read cookbooks cover-to-cover as entertainment, subscribe to a nearly ridiculous amount of food magazines and blogs, and think a whole day spent in the kitchen or the grill is a very fine thing to do with a weekend.

And since we like a variety of foods, we have a lot of spices. Like, a alot. Since ground spices only last about six months, we like to buy them in bulk at ethnic markets and toast and grind them as needed. Which means, of course, that our cabinets is full of all kinds of bags and shakers and chip clips and jars and complete insanity.

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How to Clean Tile Grout

Chris Gardner

 How To Clean Dirty Grout

Dirty grout is a common problem. But with so many cleaning tips floating around on the internet, it's hard to know what to believe. So I decided to take the guess work out of it by testing a few methods and reporting back to you. Read on to see what I discovered...  

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How To: Make Easy Literary Leaf Gift Tags (Free Template Included)

Chris Gardner

created at: 12/07/2010

This year, all my Christmas decor is leaning towards the paper-y and the handmade. So, when all my Christmas presents ended up getting wrapped in brown craft paper and old books, I knew the leftover red and green gift tag stickers at the bottom of my wrapping paper organizer wouldn't do.

So, I came up with this easy way to create leaf-shaped newsprint gift tags for free! And free is a lot better than the $4.00 apiece they're asking at West Elm. Here's how:

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How to: Origami-Inspired Paper Star Garland

Chris Gardner


My favorite aspect of the holiday season is most certainly the decorating. It puts a festive spirit in your heart and a big smile on your face – the perfect recipe for holiday cheer. 

And while holiday decor can mean a variety of different things to different people, I think we can all agree that the best holiday decorations are both beautiful and inexpensive! This is Linda from A Sweet Afternoon here to show you how to make an easy, origami-inspired paper star garland that’s as festive as can be, and that you can make with any paper you have and just a few basic craft items.  By the end of this, you’ll know how to make two different types of folded stars for all your decorating needs!

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How to: Make a DIY Modern Raised Dog Bowl

Chris Gardner
DIY Modern Raised Dog Bowls

My friend (and Curbly blogger extraordinaire) Capree loves dogs. I, myself, being hopelessly allergic to them... have a like-them-from-afar kinda relationship. But I love Capree, and I love making stuff out of wood. So! Knowing I couldn't show my affection in the the normal way - like, you know, petting them - I set out to make a cool-looking, modern dog-feeding station as a gift to her pups Smash and Wrigley, 

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Before and After: A Worn, Dated Chair Gets a Bright and Colorful Makeover

Chris Gardner


My friend Britany has a hard time getting rid of things. She's not a hoarder by any means, and her home is actually quite clean and clutter-free. But it is full of beat up, hand-me-down pieces of furniture that she got in college. (And, though I wasn't there, likely weren't all that attractive when they were new). Case in point? This chair, in all its early 90s green-and-cranberry glory.

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How to: Make a Simple, Inexpensive DIY Wooden Jewelry Organizer

Chris Gardner

created at: 03/26/2013
When it comes to home organization, we generally do pretty well. Nearly everything in our house has a dedicated space, and is neatly stored close to where we actually use them. Long term storage goes in one place, all seasonal goods have a spot, as well as weekly items that see more action. Our real problem is: where do we put the stuff we use every day? 

When items get touched multiple times during a twenty-four hour period, where do...

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