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    December 21, 2015
    Deep Cleaning Tips

    If you’re anything like me, your house is probably wrecked during the holidays. Between all the shopping, cooking, decorating, and present wrapping, things get pretty chaotic…fast. But, once the New Year rolls around, I’m ready to get my home back into shape. That’s why I love these tips by Natalie Brown at Buzzfeed– here are tons of ways to deep clean your home! If you are considering selling soon, all of these will have to be done as well. Plus, they all seem to use items you’ll already have around your house, like vinegar, baking soda, or rubbing alcohol:

    -Use rubbing alcohol to get stains out of microfiber couches

    -Use an iron to steam clean carpet stains

    -Vacuum your AC unit for cleaner air

    -Use vinegar and water to clean your microwave and other appliances

    Photo Credit: go_greener_oz 

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    December 17, 2015
    Old House Makeover Tips

    Is your home 30 years old, or older? Does it have old school features like wooden wall panels, bad carpeting, and accessories as old as the home itself? Then it may be time for an update. This post is not an in depth guide to renovation and repairs: most of this stuff is purely cosmetic. However, upgrading old appliances and décor, and giving a place a fresh new paint job s important to giving it new life! Check out these makeover tips for old houses by Virginia at Live Love DIY:

    -Sand down wood on floors, walls, trim, and doors- prep it for painting

    -Paint everything in white or neutral colors!

    -Remove closet doors to create open spaces

    -Paint old furniture and change out hardware

    Photo Credit: Glenn Scofield Williams 

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    December 16, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Cool Little Cleaning Closet

    Photo from Houzz

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    December 7, 2015
    How To Make Your Hallways Looks Bigger

    Hallways are often neglected when it comes to home decorating. After all, no one hangs out in a hallway. You don’t eat there, or really spend much time there at all. You might have some picture frames hanging up, but that’s about the extent of what most people do. However, there are tons of ways to brighten up hallways, and to make them seem bigger and more inviting. Check out this post by Grace Lynn Fleming at Homedit for tips, especially if you are going to be staging your home for sale soon:

    -Choose a white or very light paint color

    -Keep it clutter free- don’t let shoes, toys, books, or laundry pile up!

    -Add mirrors- they will instantly make any space seem bigger

    -Paint the trim the same color as the walls.

    Photo Credit: Greg Habermann 

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    December 2, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Copper Tub

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    November 30, 2015
    Amazing Curb Appeal Idea: Fix Your Porch Pillars

    The posts on your porch, if you have them, are the most eye catching, yet also most neglected items that people have in their front yard. Large porches are a huge draw for buyers, but most people who actually have them rarely do much upkeep. Therefore, if your porch pillars are crumbly, old-fashioned, or just need some new life, you may want to consider updating them. Especially if you are going to sell soon! Check out this post by Flea Chic, which has some great before and after photos for inspiration!

    Photo Credit: Nola Agent 

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    November 25, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Cozy Winter Bed

    Photo from Urban Outfitters

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    November 16, 2015
    Cold Weather Safety

    My area had our first freeze this weekend! Oh, joy. Now is the time to turn on the heaters, bring animals and plants indoors, and stay huddled around the fireplace until Spring. However, being toasty can create several hazards into your home: house fires are way more common in the cold weather. Check out this post by Erika Rogers at the Active Rain blog for how to keep your home safe this winter:

    Space Heaters and Electric Blankets- Learn to how to use the brand you have purchased properly. Read the label.

    -Holiday lights- Make sure there are no shorts in them, and keep your Christmas tree watered to keep it from drying out and becoming another fire hazard.

    -Carbon Monoxide- Use a carbon monoxide detector in your home. If you have a gas stove, use the vent during cooking. Have your furnace inspected each year!

    Photo Credit: Arun Marsh 

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    November 12, 2015
    DIY Toilet Spray

    I’ve been seeing ads lately for the spray that you’re supposed to use before you use the toilet to prevent bad smells. I’m not sure if any of those products actually work, but if you have a chronically smelly bathroom, it could be worth a shot! However, some of them cost around $10. Personally, I think that’s a bit much to keep a bathroom from smelling like…well, a bathroom. That’s why I love this post by Karrie at Happy Money Saver. Here’s her recipe for “poo spray” that you can DIY for pennies:

    1 tsp rubbing alcohol
    30-40 drops of essential oil of choice- this time I used Lemongrass and Peppermint..

    Pour rubbing alcohol in a 3 oz spray container and add essential oils. Add water to fill the container. Give it a good shake and you’re ready to go! I’ve found 3-4 sprays is enough to cover the bowl and trap all of the stink particles below.

    Photo Credit: Roger H. Goun 

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    November 5, 2015
    Blinds Makeover

    Don’t love the look of your old vinyl blinds, but can’t afford to buy a hundred dollar set of fancy new bamboo ones? We’ve got you covered. Check out these tips by Nanci at The Dollar Stretcher for updating your old blinds and bringing new life into your room. All you need is some vinegar, water, and spray paint for plastic in the color of your choice:

    -Take all of the slats down, including the valance part. Wipe each blind with vinegar and water.

    – Spray the blinds using two coats.

    -Once the spray paint had dried, use a simple pearl glaze, and using a sponge roller, go over each blind to add some texture and soften the color.

    Photo Credit: Dan Zen 

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