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    June 2, 2015
    Cleaning For Home Sellers

    Imagine you are going to look at a house that you might buy. Now imagine that there are dirty dishes in the sink, piles of laundry everywhere, a visible litterbox, and unmade beds in every room. Of course, it’s normal. It’s lived in. Most people’s houses look like that on a day-to-day basis, unless you have hours to devote to housekeeping every day. But would you buy a home that looked like that owner didn’t even lift a finger to get it guest-ready? No. When you’re selling your home, your home isn’t really yours anymore. Your Realtor will be dropping by regularly, and strangers will be walking through your home, maybe on a daily basis. That’s why you need to step up your cleaning! Check out this post by Becky at Cleanmama for cleaning checklists for home sellers! (They are also printable! How cute!)

    Photo Credit: The Italian Voice 


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    May 29, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Make A Splash In Your Kitchen
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox2szkre

    Check out these backsplash ideas if you are thinking of spicing up your kitchen!


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    May 27, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Walk In Pantry

    Photo from Sand and Sisal


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    May 19, 2015
    Spray Painting Furniture

    I’m more than a little challenged when it comes to painting- walls, furniture, or anything else. I always feel like I miss giant spots, drip it on everything, and just generally make a mess. Me and paint brushes just aren’t friends. That’s why I love spray painting. It’s fast and easy, and you can’t really mess anything up as long as you paint outside. Some types of furniture are much more suited to spray paint than others. If you want to give any pieces in your home a quick spray paint makeover, check out this post by Painted Furniture Ideas. Spray paint is perfect for:

    -Side tables, end tables, night stands.

    -Bar stools, chairs.

    -Coffee tables, small console tables.

    Photo Credit: Jocelyn Durston 


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    May 15, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Repairing Stucco
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videoxhq43d

    Watch this video for help if you are “stucco”. :)


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    May 14, 2015
    Hook Hacks

    Plastic hooks, like Command hooks, are so versatile and awesome. They have so many uses beyond just hanging up bathroom towels and canvas art! I love household objects that you can use over and over for different projects. Check out this post by Melanie Pinola at Life Hacker for inspiration on using Command hooks for organization in your home:

    -Hide cables behind furniture

    -Hang headphones on a computer monitor

    -Hang curtain rods

    -Keep garbage bags from slipping into the trashcan

    -Organize pot lids

    -Hang a wreath

    Photo Credit: Timmons Family Lemonade Blog 


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    May 13, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Bathroom Organization

    Photo from Life of Pikes


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    May 8, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Essential Power Tools
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox5ncdw

    When you first move out, you probably don’t know what kind of tools you will need for repairs in your new place. Check out this video for help!


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    May 6, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Abandoned Manor

    Photo from WuhWild


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    May 4, 2015
    DIY Toilet Cleaner

    I’m a huge fan of making my own household products. Usually, the ingredients are very cheap and you can make the products in large batches. An added bonus is that you know exactly what you are putting into them. That’s why I love this post by Sara McFall at My Merry Messy Life! Here is their recipe for all natural homemade toilet bowl cleaner:

    1/4 cup liquid castile soap 

    1 3/4 cup water

    2 tablespoons baking soda 

    1 teaspoon of essential oils to kill bacteria and freshen

    Mix all ingredients in a 16 oz. or larger squirt bottle and gently shake or swish.
    Squirt in the toilet bowl and use a brush to scrub it clean.

    Photo Credit: Laura Ritchie 


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