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Tried And Tested: Do These 10 Pinterest Organization Hacks Actually Work?

by Faith Provencher
10 Pinterest Organizational Hacks Tried And Tested
Faith Towers Provencher

Pinterest is filled with organizing hacks, promising to help you achieve your wildest organizational dreams. But just how good are they? I set out to test 10 of them, and today I'm sharing the results with you. Click through to compare their versions with mine, and to read my thoughts on the functionality of each one.   

 

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Tried And Tested: Do These 10 Pinterest Organization Hacks Actually Work?

by Faith Provencher
10 Pinterest Organizational Hacks Tried And Tested
Faith Towers Provencher

Pinterest is filled with organizing hacks, promising to help you achieve your wildest organizational dreams. But just how good are they? I set out to test 10 of them, and today I'm sharing the results with you. Click through to compare their versions with mine, and to read my thoughts on the functionality of each one.   

 

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15 Gorgeous Free Printable Calendars For 2020

by Faith Provencher
19 Gorgeous Free Printable Calendar ideas
Source: A Piece of Rainbow

It's hard to believe, but a new year (and decade!) are here... which means that it's time for new calendars! There are tons of gorgeous, free printable calendar downloads available online, so we've rounded up our favorites in a variety of different styles. Click through to check them out and download your favorite.     

Free Printable Calendar Options for 2020

Free printable calendars 2020
Source: Little Street

1. This first calendar has a range of different colorful backgrounds, and a lovely script text (printable in Spanish or English). Download it for free here.

 

Free printable calendar 2019
Source: A Piece of Rainbow

2. If you're looking for a simple, graphic, clean calendar to keep you organized, look no further than this minimalist calendar

  

Free calendar to print 2020
Source: Calendar2019i

3. I year at a glance this calendar offers. This calendar + printed on thick, textured paper would look like the real deal. 

 

Free printable calendar
Source: Colorful Disaster

4. Here's another simple option with a minimalist vibe.

 

Free printable calendar 2020
Source: Wonder and Wilderness

5. If you love succulents and vibrant colors, this is the perfect calendar for you

 

Free printable calendar 2020
Source: Sarah Renae Clark

6. Bring a little zen to every month with these art therapy coloring pages!

 

Free printable calendars
Source: Oh So Lovely

7. This simply designed calendar boasts a little color! Attach it to a horizontal clipboard and you're good to go. Audrey from Oh So Lovely creates a ton of great printable calendars in almost every color scheme.

 

Here are some more great free printable calendar options

Monogram 2020 Calendar
Source: The Cottage Market

8. These beautiful monogram calendars are the definition of simple perfection. Download and print it here.

 

minimalist sophisticated calendar PDF
Source:  Oh So Lovely

9. If you're more of a minimalist, give this sophisticated calendar a try. Get the PDF calendar here.

 

fun filled graphic print calendar printable
Source: Short Stop Designs

10. This playful calendar is filled with fun graphic prints like this one, with everything from flamingos to flowers to fruit. Download it here.

 

 

Coloring calendar - you fill it in
Source: Botanical Paperworks

11. Here's another fun coloring calendar, so you can customize it any way you like. Download it here.

 

Floral design calendar
Source: The Cottage Market

12. This calendar offers modern, beautiful lines for each month of the year. Download it here.

 

Bright saturated printable calendar template
Source: All Free Designs

13. The bright saturated colors on this mini calendar will add some serious pizzazz to your desk. Get it here.

 

watercolor florals calendar
Source: The Cottage Market

14. If you're a fan of watercolor floral like I am, then you'll love this calendar. Download it here.

 

customizable photo calendar
Source: It's Always Autumn

15. This simple calendar is awesome because you can customize each month with your own photos. Get it here.

 


19 Gorgeous Free Printable 2019 Calendars
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Moving? Clean These 6 Commonly Overlooked Areas Before Your Lease is Up

by M.E. Gray
Moving? Don't forget to clean these 6 commonly overlooked areas

It's the end of the month, and if your lease is up and you haven't renewed, that means it's time to move! When relocating to a new apartment, you likely have a million things on your to-do list. Between trying to secure a rental truck on the same weekend everyone else is, and sweet-talking your friends so they'll help you haul all your stuff, the last thing you want to think about is cleaning. However, you don't want to forget about your precious security deposit! Your old digs needs to be spick and span if you want to get back every cent of your deposit. Read on for the common areas that are often overlooked or under-cleaned when renters are doing their final move out cleaning.            

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How to: Turn a Baking Rack Into a Modern Grid Organizer

by Lidy Dipert

How-to: Turn a Cooling Rack Into a Grid Organizer

After the hustle and bustle of the season, I find myself going into this weird funk. Our home felt like it was going to burst at the seams with all the stuff we had accumulated. The last couple weeks I've been on major purge mode to help get things feeling peaceful once more. Plus it doesn't hurt to be more organized!  This simple project is all about making life easier when it comes to rearranging the home. And all it takes is breathing a...

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How To: Make Natural, Chemical-Free Wood Cleaner

by M.E. Gray

How to: Make lemon-scented chemical-free wood cleaner

More and more I find myself opting for greener products in my home. Call me a hippie (you're a hippie!), but I just don't want all that toxic chemical junk around me. I've successfully transitioned all my cleaning products to eco-friendly versions, and I'm now dipping my toes in the realm of homemade cleaners. If you've made your own cleansing sprays before, you know the main ingredient is almost always vinegar. I love the cleaning power of vinegar, but hate the smell. Doesn't it just remind you of decorating Easter eggs? This recipe for all-natural wood cleaner doesn't have that overpowering  vinegar aroma. Instead, is has a light lemon scent. And I have to say, it's a crazy-pleasant smell. Like I kind of want to wear it as a perfume.       

Materials

 

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin (can be found at the natural foods store)
  • 20-30 drops of lemon oil 

How to make all-natural furniture cleaner

This cleaner is easy to make. Simply combine all ingredients in a large bottle, and shake it up!  I opted not to use a spray bottle, and instead I'm keeping mine in a simple amber one. The reason is that I've found when I make all-natural cleaners, the sprayer tends to clog up and break. If anyone has any tips to prevent this from happening, let me know in the comments please!

To use this all-natural wood cleaner, distribute a little bit of the solution on a soft cloth, and wipe wood surfaces clean. 


How to: Make lemon-scented chemical-free wood cleaner

Make this: Natural wood cleaner with a refreshing lemon scent

This wood cleaning solution is more about getting rid of dirt, and less about polishing. This makes it great for cleaning floors, dishes, or wood surfaces you eat off of or prepare food on. If you're looking to make a cleaner with a little more polishing power, add a tablespoon of olive oil to this mixture. 

In case you're curious what each ingredient is for, here's the breakdown: The water is essentially the carrier. The vinegar is the cleansing agent. The vegetable glycerin helps the solution dry faster, and the lemon oil is there to smell amazing.

Go chemical-free and learn how to make your own natural wood cleaner. Perfect for furniture, floors, dishes - you name it!
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Happy cleaning! 

Looking for more all-natural ways to clean your home? Try this all-purpose spray!

DIY natural all-purpose cleaner

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What is Swedish Death Cleaning? The Art of Mindful Minimalism

by M.E. Gray

Swedish Death Cleaning 101

I got a text the other day from my mom. She was asking me if I wanted a collection of magazines that she had held onto from my childhood (if you're curious, it was a collection of  Cricket magazines from the late 70s). Then I got another text -- my mom had found an old photo that she wanted to share with me. Then four more texts came my way, each containing a picture or memory of something from the past. It was clear that she was doing some deep cleaning.

When I asked her what she was up to, she replied, "Have you heard of Swedish Death Cleaning?" Um, excuse me??         

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Does Your Trash Can Stink? Try This Simple Trick to Get Rid of Odors

by M.E. Gray

Trash can odors tips and tricks

Has this happened to you? You come home and open your front door, only to immediately get hit with a whiff of something nasty? Ick. Chances are, that unpleasant odor was your kitchen trash. It's inevitable. Trash can odors are going to happen, but there are things you can do to fight the stank. Today I'm sharing a quick trick for eliminating trash can odors, plus some other pointers for keeping the smell at bay.          

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Does Your Trash Can Stink? Try This Simple Trick to Get Rid of Odors

by M.E. Gray

Trash can odors tips and tricks

Has this happened to you? You come home and open your front door, only to immediately get hit with a whiff of something nasty? Ick. Chances are, that unpleasant odor was your kitchen trash. It's inevitable. Trash can odors are going to happen, but there are things you can do to fight the stank. Today I'm sharing a quick trick for eliminating trash can odors, plus some other pointers for keeping the smell at bay.          

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Does Your Trash Can Stink? Try This Simple Trick to Get Rid of Odors

by M.E. Gray

Trash can odors tips and tricks

Has this happened to you? You come home and open your front door, only to immediately get hit with a whiff of something nasty? Ick. Chances are, that unpleasant odor was your kitchen trash. It's inevitable. Trash can odors are going to happen, but there are things you can do to fight the stank. Today I'm sharing a quick trick for eliminating trash can odors, plus some other pointers for keeping the smell at bay.          

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23 Affordable Organization Products to Help You Live Your Best Life

by M.E. Gray
Affordable organization products from Amazon
Source

True story: I am a little obsessed with organization. I love my home when it's free of clutter, I do believe heaven is The Container Store, and I get a serious rush when I've folded all my t-shirts just right. Maybe I am a bit on the obsessive side, but I think we all can agree that a clean home is simply an easier one to inhabit. Whether you're feeling overwhelmed by junk, or you're already on a journey towards organizational bliss, this shopping guide is for you. Today I'm sharing a few of my favorite home organization products from Amazon, all of which are affordably priced.             

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Dull No More: How To Clean and Sharpen Your Garden Tools

by Rachel Jacks
How to clean and sharpen garden tools

Photo: Rachel Jacks

Spring and summer is growing season, but that also means it's time to trim your yard. Trees, bushes, and shrubs need to be kept in shape, and to do that, it really helps to have sharp tools. It's faster and easier to cut with a sharp blade, plus it's better for the plant. In just a few minutes, you can actually sharpen garden tools yourself.        

Yard work is hard enough without trying to do it with dull tools that don't work how they're supposed to. If it has been a long time since you've used newly-sharpened tools, you'll probably be surprised at how much better they work. You can use this same method and file to sharpen everything from a mower blade, to shovels and hoes, to shears and pruners. Ready to give it a try? Here's what you need to know about how to sharpen garden tools.

Materials

Materials needed for this project

Materials you'll need to clean and sharpen your garden tools. Photo: Rachel Jacks

 

A bastard-cut mill file works for sharpening many different yard tools. Although it isn't on their website, the 10" version of this 12" file was about $7 in my local Home Depot, and considering that tool sharpening usually costs at least $5 per item, it will quickly pay for itself. In case you're curious (I was!), "bastard" is a term for the coarseness of the file, and "mill" refers to the way the teeth of the file are arranged.

Step

Remove rust from the blade with steel wool or fine sandpaper.

Remove rust from the blade with steel wool or fine sandpaper. Photo: Rachel Jacks

Use the steel wool pad or a wire brush to clean and remove rust from the blade. Skip this step, and you risk damaging your file. If you have a lot of rust (guilty-as-charged), you may want to switch to 300-grit sandpaper. 

Safety first! Wear heavy-duty work gloves and safety goggles.

Step

Sharpen the edge with the file.

Sharpen the edge with the file. Photo: Rachel Jacks

Holding the blade in a vise, match the bevel with the file, and push it across the blade to reveal shiny new metal. (You may find it easier to hold the shears in your hand rather than a vice when the blades are this small.) This type of file only cuts when you push, not when you pull. After working your way to the end of the blade with a few strokes of the file, check the edge. You want a uniform, shiny edge of fresh metal, so adjust your angle if necessary. On garden shears like these, only one set of the blades has a beveled cutting edge. 

Step

Oil your blade to lubricate it and protect it from rust.

Lubricate the blades. Photo: Rachel Jacks

After you're done sharpening the blade, run the sandpaper or steel wool over the back side of the blade to remove burrs and stray bits of metal. Spray WD-40 or other lubricant on the tool, then wipe off excess. 

To keep your garden tools clean, sharp, and rust-free, always wipe them dry after you're done using them, and regularly oil them as shown above. 

Now go forth and sharpen all of your tools, and maybe use them to cut yourself a nice bouquet when you're done. 

How to clean and sharpen garden tools for your summer gardening

Photo: Rachel Jacks

Clipping with sharpened garden tools

Photo: Rachel Jacks

How to clean and sharpen garden tools

Photo: Rachel Jacks

 

Are you ready to make the most of your yard? Here are 59 DIY Landscaping Ideas and Tips to Improve Your Outdoor Space.

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Dull No More: How To Clean and Sharpen Your Garden Tools

by Rachel Jacks
How to clean and sharpen garden tools

Photo: Rachel Jacks

Spring and summer is growing season, but that also means it's time to trim your yard. Trees, bushes, and shrubs need to be kept in shape, and to do that, it really helps to have sharp tools. It's faster and easier to cut with a sharp blade, plus it's better for the plant. In just a few minutes, you can actually sharpen garden tools yourself.        

Yard work is hard enough without trying to do it with dull tools that don't work how they're supposed to. If it has been a long time since you've used newly-sharpened tools, you'll probably be surprised at how much better they work. You can use this same method and file to sharpen everything from a mower blade, to shovels and hoes, to shears and pruners. Ready to give it a try? Here's what you need to know about how to sharpen garden tools.

Materials

Materials needed for this project

Materials you'll need to clean and sharpen your garden tools. Photo: Rachel Jacks

 

A bastard-cut mill file works for sharpening many different yard tools. Although it isn't on their website, the 10" version of this 12" file was about $7 in my local Home Depot, and considering that tool sharpening usually costs at least $5 per item, it will quickly pay for itself. In case you're curious (I was!), "bastard" is a term for the coarseness of the file, and "mill" refers to the way the teeth of the file are arranged.

Step

Remove rust from the blade with steel wool or fine sandpaper.

Remove rust from the blade with steel wool or fine sandpaper. Photo: Rachel Jacks

Use the steel wool pad or a wire brush to clean and remove rust from the blade. Skip this step, and you risk damaging your file. If you have a lot of rust (guilty-as-charged), you may want to switch to 300-grit sandpaper. 

Safety first! Wear heavy-duty work gloves and safety goggles.

Step

Sharpen the edge with the file.

Sharpen the edge with the file. Photo: Rachel Jacks

Holding the blade in a vise, match the bevel with the file, and push it across the blade to reveal shiny new metal. (You may find it easier to hold the shears in your hand rather than a vice when the blades are this small.) This type of file only cuts when you push, not when you pull. After working your way to the end of the blade with a few strokes of the file, check the edge. You want a uniform, shiny edge of fresh metal, so adjust your angle if necessary. On garden shears like these, only one set of the blades has a beveled cutting edge. 

Step

Oil your blade to lubricate it and protect it from rust.

Lubricate the blades. Photo: Rachel Jacks

After you're done sharpening the blade, run the sandpaper or steel wool over the back side of the blade to remove burrs and stray bits of metal. Spray WD-40 or other lubricant on the tool, then wipe off excess. 

To keep your garden tools clean, sharp, and rust-free, always wipe them dry after you're done using them, and regularly oil them as shown above. 

Now go forth and sharpen all of your tools, and maybe use them to cut yourself a nice bouquet when you're done. 

How to clean and sharpen garden tools for your summer gardening

Photo: Rachel Jacks

Clipping with sharpened garden tools

Photo: Rachel Jacks

How to clean and sharpen garden tools

Photo: Rachel Jacks

 

Are you ready to make the most of your yard? Here are 59 DIY Landscaping Ideas and Tips to Improve Your Outdoor Space.

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Tool School: This Thing Will Change the Way You Clean Your House

by M.E. Gray
Tool School: This Thing Will Change the Way You Clean Your House
This post is sponsored by the Home Depot

Some might say I'm a bit of a neat-freak, but if you ask me, I'm just an average gal who prefers a clean home. While I cherish my tidy place, I don't enjoy the act of cleaning nearly as much. I'm always on the hunt for products and tools that will make housekeeping an easier and faster job. Let me tell you what, guys: this is it. At the risk of sounding overly dramatic about cleaning, I have to say: I'm in love with this Dremel Versa.        

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An Evening Cleaning Tip That will Change Your Life

by Erica Young
An Evening Cleaning Tip That will Change Your Life
Photo: Jodie Johnson/Shutterstock

Conduct one Pinterest search, and you’ll quickly discover: there is no shortage of cleaning hacks out there. Of course, some of them more reasonable than others. I once read a tip suggesting that instead of dusting my window blinds, I should wash them all at once in the bathtub. Brimming with misplaced cleaning confidence that only a long Pinterest session can inflict, this seemed like a brilliant idea. The inevitable and unfortunate results? A bathtub full of blinds now caked in wet gray grime rather than easy-to-remove dust. As I awkwardly leaned over the side of the tub and swished the blinds around in what had quickly become dirty water - which seemed...counterproductive? The real kicker was the near-back injury as I realized the water-logged blinds were now much too heavy for me to lift out of the tub.

Since then I've learned that – no matter what the internet says – simple cleaning tips are the most effective.

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