Holiday Craft Storage Tips

holiday craft making with toolsIt’s officially the holiday season, which means crafts are in full swing! The holidays are here and if your craft area looks anything like mine, there’s ribbon and tinsel everywhere and the house always smells faintly of hot glue. One way to make sure all your holiday craft and DIY presents arrive looking like they were made with love and care is by keeping your craft area neat and tidy. Read on for some ideas on how to store and organize everything from leftover glitter – hint: only use it outside or suffer the consequence of having random glitter flecks on you for the next two months – to cardboard elf patterns.

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The Domestically Disabled Diva: A Motivational Speech for Your Vacuum

business woman dancing with her vacuumQ: Dear Abby,

I’m in a bit of a conundrum in that my vacuum has decided to quit working as hard as it used to work for me. While I have a new dustbuster that I can use for the tile, that does nothing for the carpet! Any suggestions for how I can kind get my vacuum back to the way it once was?

A: I’m very into vacuuming and celebrate “Swiffer Sunday” weekly, so I understand your frustrations. I suggest you focus on communication between you and said rebel vacuum, perhaps try and pep it up a bit by reciting the following motivational speech: Continue reading

The Domestically Disabled Diva: How to Change a Shower Curtain Liner

Every few months I am reminded that there is yet another task that somehow manages to highlight my domestic disabilities—changing the shower curtain liner.

This is a task that must be done on a regular basis, lest one plans on growing an assortment of invasive species in their shower. But like putting a new key on a keychain, it’s often complicated by a) the ridiculous metal rings that have to be opened and closed and b) the fact that I’m me. Continue reading

Two Hour Drill: Organizing Junk Drawers

Junk Drawer Organizing

If you are like me, and I like to think I’m not alone here, things begin to pile up around the house.  Those strange odds and ends that do not seem to have good homes and end up cluttering the kitchen table until they bother you enough that you shove them into a drawer where they might never see the light of day again. Continue reading

Everything you’ll ever need to know about storage trunks

Later this week my husband is going to head out of town for a few days for an interview (send us some good thoughts if you have a moment), and part of preparing for this trip is packing up his suitcase.  We got our luggage set at an estate sale a few years ago.  It’s black, soft sided, with wheels and handles, and lots of little storage compartments (that we never seem to use).  Basically it’s your typical modern luggage.  As the history buff that I am, though, I cannot help to wonder how different this trip would be if he was making it 100 years ago.  There would be lots of differences of course, to start with he could not have gotten on a plane and been at his destination in a few short hours, which would mean he wouldn’t have been back in just a few days either.  Then there is cost, attire, tools (as an electrician, his field looked very different), and how he would have communicated with us during his trip.  The topic I would like to go over today, though, is his luggage, as that is what helped to inspire this post in the first place.  He would not be carrying a lightweight suitcase.  Instead I would be packing up his steamer trunk.

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The 4 Must-Do Daily Chores

Chore Collage

After three and a half years of being a stay at home mom I found I was still struggling with maintaining a cleaning schedule that kept the house presentable most of the time. I have tried a few different chore rotation schedules and even tasked myself with getting a few regular chores done each day, but for some reason nothing I tried seemed to work. Dishes piled up, laundry sat in hampers, dust collected, and floors got sticky. Continue reading

DIY: A Step-by-Step Guide to Rehabbing a Girl’s Dresser

An old dresser, just awaiting some fresh paint and a little love

New Dresser! All pretty now!

I have seen these long low dressers with seating on the top for little readers on Pinterest a lot lately, and decided to try and create one myself. Considering this is only my second real attempt at rehabbing furniture I think it turned out well.

I completed this project in about ten days, but with more diligence this could easily be a great weekend warrior project. Continue reading