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    September 23, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Open Living Room

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    September 21, 2015
    Chore Hacks

    Cleaning is fairly straightforward- you splash soap and water on something, then scrub it off and dry it. Voila! Pretty hard to mess up, right? Well, it turns out that it can be even simpler than that. You may be doing lots of extra work and not even know it. Check out this post by Michelle Hainer at the Trulia blog for chores that you may have been doing wrong all along:

    -Scrub shower doors and curtains- To remove stubborn soap scum from glass doors, sprinkle a used dryer sheet with water and start scrubbing.

    -Keep your bathroom clean each day- Stash a microfiber cloth under the sink and use it (wet) to wipe down the sinks, countertops, and faucets.

    -Clean your oven- pour salt into spills immediately, let cool, then wipe clean.

    -Dust ceiling fans- Slide an old pillowcase over the fan blade and then pull it back. Voilà! All of the dust and dirt will be contained inside.

    Photo Credit: Osseous 

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    September 18, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: What Type Of Lightbulbs Do You Need For Your Home?

    This is a great tip- stock up on all the light bulbs your home uses in advance, then when you need a new one, you won’t be stumbling around in the dark!


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    September 10, 2015
    How To Fix Cracked Plaster

    When you’re a homeowner, you have to be prepared for anything. Sometimes it can literally seem like your house is falling down around you. A leaky roof, foundation problems, and cracks in plaster walls are particularly troublesome. However, while all of these problems can be major headaches, cracked plaster is actually fixable by an amateur. Check out this guide by Building Moxie at Hometalk for help! The process is fairly complicated and the post is really detailed with lots of photos, so check out the full tutorial!

    Photo Credit: bfick 

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    September 9, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Industrial Meets Country Charm

    Photo from Zoe Claudia 

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    September 3, 2015
    How To Deep Clean Bathroom Sinks And Tubs

    Let’s get real for a minute. After years of use, bathroom porcelain can just start to look scummy- no matter how many times you scrub it. It just seems like it’s a fact of life- the white becomes a dingy, yellowish color. However, what if I told you that there is a way to make your tubs and sinks sparkle like new- with items you already have? Look no further than this post by Jennifer at the Craft Patch blog. Here is her recipe for a “Pinterest tested” tub cleaner that is guaranteed to work:

    - I mixed up a solution of one part Dawn dish soap and one part vinegar, sprayed it on half my tub (so I could compare the two sides for more clear results). About an hour later, I came in with a rag, wiped that side down, and it came away completely clean! No scrubbing required.

    Photo Credit: Shanna Trim 

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    September 2, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Corner Shelf Space Saver

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    August 24, 2015
    Ways To Recycle Old Window Screens

    I’m a huge fan of finding ways to recycle and reuse old objects. Just because your screen has a few large holes or tears in it, doesn’t mean it’s done for. Should it still be on your window? Probably not. But there are ways to give new life to these used objects! My mom had two large windows sitting around for the longest time before she gave them away. Too bad she didn’t see this article by Megan Baker at This Old House first! Here are some new uses for old screens:

    -Protect newly seeded grass- lay down a patch of screen over the area to keep birds from eating the seeds.

    -Prevent drain clogs- wad up some screen and put it in a drain to keep debris from getting through

    -Sift unmixed grout- or anything else.

    -Clean your hands- use a wad of screen as a metal scrubber to get rid of paint.

    -Make compost tea, using the screen as mesh. 

    Photo Credit: Bethany J. Brady 

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    August 17, 2015
    Easy Staircase Makeover

    Does your staircase need some love? If it’s anything like mine, it has old, stained carpet and outdated looking rails. When you’re trying to sell your home, buyers are definitely going to be looking at details like the staircase. If your staircase could use a fast, easy makeover, read this tutorial by Diane at In My Own Style. All she did was remove carpet and add a little paint and polish! The results are absolutely beautiful! Check out the post for the full photo tutorial.

    Photo Credit: Brian Moloney 

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    August 12, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Built In Drying Rack

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