Simple DIY for Outdoor Spring Maintenance


  With a bit of planning, you can make things much easier on yourself! I believe that’s true in so many areas of life, including when it comes to spiffing up your garden and other outdoor areas this spring. After all, spring is one of the most beautiful times to enjoy your outdoor space. So, if you can get tasks like gutter cleaning done more quickly, you’ll have extra time for that barbecue or nap in the hammock. Plus, your patio and flowerbeds are going to look great!   Clean, uh Scoop, Gutters in No Time. Forget about sticking your hands in the gutters. Scoop instead! Use a … [More]

How To Do a Closet Makeover

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  A closet makeover can be a big project, but it doesn’t have to be as extensive or complicated as you might imagine. And if your closet’s anything like the disaster mine is, any amount of time and money invested will be well worth it. Your first option is to have a professional design a whole new shelving and hanging system for you, such as those created by the Container Store with Elfa systems. This will be like waving a magic wand over your closet, but unfortunately it will have a magic price tag to match. A more economical option is to cobble together your own solutions to … [More]

5 Storage Containers You Can Make Yourself


  Storage can be a dreary business, centered on boring cardboard boxes and garish plastic tubs. Of course you can find more stylish bins and boxes but the prettier they are, they more expensive they get. Luckily, with only a little effort and hardly any cost, you can make your own storage items in exactly the color, pattern, and style that suits your needs best. Here are five projects to brighten up your shelves. Fabric storage bin: Use your sewing skills to put together this cardboard-and-fabric container for all your odds and ends. Cereal box storage bins: Repurpose your old breakfast cereal boxes and add some colorful fabric … [More]

Making the Switch to Interior LED Lighting


The switch is on! Many consumers, have started looking at their lighting a bit differently these last few years, and we have too. The incandescent bulb was inexpensive to buy, but wasn’t cheap to run, and didn’t last long. CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) are a step up since they use less energy and last longer than incandescent lights. Yet, LED (light-emitting diode) technology offers even more energy savings and much greater longevity. So, I’m pleased to tell you that Extra Space Storage has taken the first step in the switch to interior LED lighting!   Putting Interior LED Lighting to the Test We’ve added LED lighting from US … [More]

5 Great Decluttering Tips

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Clutter is the bane of an organized existence—it’s a constant battle to keep the mess of possessions in our lives from bursting into chaos. Here are a few good tips for keeping things straight in various rooms of the house. Store linens in drawers. Linen closets are notoriously hard to keep straight, since pulling a sheet out of the middle of a stack all but guarantees an avalanche of fabric. A better way to keep your linens from getting that cluttered, crumpled look is to store them in drawers. Subdivide your drawers. Almost all drawers could benefit from being divided up into sections to keep the contents from … [More]

DIY in 10 Minutes or Less

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You don’t need a lot of time or money to DIY. In fact, some very neat crafts can be whipped together in ten minutes or fewer.   Are you fingers itching to get to work but you don’t have time to commit to a major project? Try a few of these mini DIY projects to get your crafty fix.   Provide your kids hours of entertainment with this magnetic fridge quilt Use your sewing machine to brighten up a room with this colorful sewn-paper garland. Quit poker and instead use your deck to make this playing card jewelry display. Clean out your closet and take a minute to … [More]

Pinterest Favorites: Sustainability at Home

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  I care about reducing waste and doing my part at home to help the environment, but with three energetic sons, I don’t have a lot of time to read multiple blogs and magazines for green living tips. So, I look to Pinterest as a quick way to find sustainability tips I can live with. From cooking to gardening to cleaning, there’s a lot to know when you’re trying to reduce your impact, but I’ve gathered some fun resources for you below. I hope these Pinterest pages help you in your quest to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle!   Cooking Get busy making your own beet chips and … [More]

How To Organize Your Recipe Collection


  It’s one of the perennial kitchen problems: how to keep your recipes straight. Do you always forget which book that favorite hors d’oeuvre is in? Or always find yourself rifling through a drawer stuffed with printouts when you decide to make those awesome cookies? Well, you’re not alone. What is the best way to organize this mess and have the recipes you use most easily at hand? There are as many specific solutions as there are cooks, but most of them fall in three categories: (1) keep it on paper, (2) go digital, and (3) open an app. Keep it on paper Your first priority should be … [More]

Pinterest Favorites: Celebrate St. Patrick’s


St. Patrick’s Day isn’t one of those holidays people usually pull out all the stops for. But its under-the-radar nature is part of what makes it fun to celebrate. Unlike well trodden Valentine’s or Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day is the Wild West of decorating and baking. You can beat your own green creative path. The holiday’s inventive spirit is on display on Pinterest. Here are some fun St. Patty’s day pin boards. Decorations Check out these fun decorating ideas, featuring green wreaths and shamrock banners. Rainbow-themed decorations are a win: turn a Halloween cauldron into a pot of gold under a rainbow or make a healthy snack using … [More]

Stay Relaxed During Your Move


  Taking everything you own from one residence to another can be a stressful experience. Even if you’ve moved before, it’s easy to forget things like keeping a utility knife handy for unpacking all those boxes! To make the moving experience more relaxing for you, I’ve compiled some tips to keep in mind before and after your move. Remember, moving may be necessary, but it doesn’t have to be a horrible experience. Before the move Make the major decision on movers right away Do consider hiring movers. You’ll give your back and your friends a break. For tips on how to hire a mover, visit our post on … [More]