Currently I'm living in a place with a kitchen that must hold some sort of record for tininess. There are four drawers, a couple of cabinets, and exactly one countertop. Said countertop is about 2.5 square feet, and that's literally my entire cooking workspace. Suffice it to say, I need to be wise about kitchen organization if I want to keep from going crazy. Knowing there's absolutely no room to store things horizontally, I recently went vertical with this magnetic paper towel holder.
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...
While I'm blessed to have an occupation that sees me spending a fair bit of time outdoors, most of us spend as much as 90% of our lives indoors. In fact the EPA currently ranks indoor air pollution as the number one threat to public health, but did you know that humble houseplants can reduce the levels of several of these airborne pollutants?
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.
It's an essential part of keeping a tidy and fresh existence: Soap. Hands, clothes, dishes... they all need something to keep away the grime and germy germs (I have small children; I'm allowed to say germy germs). If you are anything like me and find yourself cursing money spent on soap and detergents when it could be going toward things that are way more fun than cleaning supplies, then you might appreciate these DIY soap recipes.
I hate to be the one to tell you, but it's September, and that means window-cleaning time. So, we're excited to collaborate with the folks at FishFoam, who offered to let us give away three cases of their premium foaming glass cleaner to three lucky Curbly readers. FishFoam is a professional-grade, ammonia-free cleaner that won't leave streaks or haze.
Each case retails for $42, and contains 12 19-oz. cans of cleaner, so you'll have plenty for all your windows, and maybe your neighbors', too.
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Ah...summertime. The pinnacle of the produce season means amazing things for your palate: sun-ripened fruit, homegrown vegetables, and fresh herbs for days.
Unfortunately, ripe produce also invites other guests to the flavor party: fruit flies. These little monsters (drosophilidae), with their big red eyes and kneejerk-wave inspiring flight patterns, aren't terribly harmful (they have a lifecycle of around ten days)...they're just really...
Fresh, that's one way to describe this apartment done in white, green, yellow and black. If images could emit scents, this one would smell like spring rain, or maybe a mountain top. Either way,
West Elm's new 2 x 2 Collection is clean, simple and completely affordable. The 2 x 2 dining table ($269), featured above, is as fresh as the first day of spring.
Whether your produce is treated or straight from your own organic-method backyard, it's always wise to wash it before consuming. If commercial, washing will remove any chemicals, waxes, or supplements, and if natural, it can help rid your goodies of dirt or insects. A quick spray 'wash' helps save water, plus "most chemicals used on produce won't be washed off with a simple application of water—if they were, they wouldn't be very effective in...
Oh, this is good! Not only is Future Girl's clean/dirty dishwasher sign practical it's hilarious.
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.
I know, I know. It seems entirely counterintuitive. It seems a bit lazy. Perhaps even unsanitary.
But the reason your dishwasher isn't getting all your flat- and serveware entirely clean?
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:
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
The holidays are right around the corner, which means you might have last minute guests delivering good cheer. If they happen to catch you between cleaning days, don’t worry. With just a few minutes, you can fake a clean house!
1. Control Odor! That means investing in a good air freshener, opening a window or turning on a fan or air conditioner. If you don’t have room spray, pop a piece of toast into the toaster (but don’t burn it!) or put on...
Too bad...as it turns out, just wiping down the shower and scrubbing out the toilet and dried toothpaste isn't quite enough. Gomestic offers these 11 tips towards healthy bathroom maitnance.
- Sink drains
- Shower Heads
- Toilet lids
- Bath Towels
- Shower curtain
- Excess water
- Soiled linens and underwear
- Soap Dishes
- Rinsing cup
This trick is a classic: Instructable-maker Condongolev highlights the basic, but clever, technique of sliding cables, cords, and wires in that tiny groove between the carpet and the wall. Just extend the wire, and use a pointed, but blunt object (like a broken pencil) to push it into the little space. Works great for speaker wire, coax cable, power supplies, etc.
If you do any work at home, you've gathered plenty of stuff in your workspace: papers, office supplies, cables, books, etc. Keep these items organized and reduced with these ten tips to keep your home office effecient and less wasteful.
1. Identify your needs
2. Start with an empty room
3. Go wireless
4. Keep the desk clean
5. Go paperless
6. Use the wall space
7. Get the perfect chair
8. Improve the lighting
9. Go green
10. Keep it fresh !...always!
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...