Celebrated each year on April 22, Earth Day is a good time to make a new commitment to do your part for the earth. I know that some people scoff at the idea that a single day can make any kind of difference, but “Earth Day” is a misleading name. It’s not a single day to think about the earth. Rather, Earth Day is your reminder to make a commitment to...

One of the first steps of Spring cleaning is de-cluttering. This is the time to survey your belongings and classifying which items should remain in your household, which should go into storage and which you should sell, donate to charity, recycle, or throw in the trash. While it’s easy enough to make decisions about belongings that you use on a regular basis, making...

With a little imagination, you can breathe new life into some of the old things that are headed for the trashcan. There are a million ways to repurpose your would-be throwaways, many of which don’t require you to have a crafty bone in your body. Here are ten ideas I find particularly clever. Colander into an ice bucket. Since the ice in the colander melts into...

  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...

  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...

  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....

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...

Posted on Mar 18 2013 - 11:13pm by Jessica Johnson
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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...

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. ...

  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...