just add water: all natural cleaning

uses for vinegar, household tips

I love a clean home. I wish mine were clean. I love cleaning tips.  I love trying them, sharing them, reading them... What I don't love is having a different product for each cleaning task.  So, I've been on a mission to minimize. Not only minimize, but to make the switch, again, to all-natural cleaners. Did you know that vinegar and … [Read more...]

fresh towels

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"Do your towels stink?" Erica's question got me thinking. As a matter of fact, I had noticed the towels had lost that fresh feeling. So, I pinned Erica's solution and later put it to the test. How to Make Your Towels Smell Fresh:   ~First, wash the towels in hot water and add about 2 cups of baking soda.   ~Then, … [Read more...]

vinegar as a household deodorizer

household tips, all natural deodorizer, uses for vinegar

I've always heard that if you set out a bowl of vinegar over night, it will get rid of unwanted odors. So, last week, I decided to give it a try after using paint to touch up scuffs and nail holes in the walls. I filled a bowl with vinegar and left it on the counter overnight.   It worked!  No paint fumes. I didn't want to … [Read more...]

home organization with Restorganize- a Giveaway!

home organization, Restorganize

In the five years we've lived in this house, the garage has never been organized. For the first year we lived here, we couldn't park either of our vehicles in it. It was easy to forget about as I went about my day inside. But, every time I walked into the garage, I felt put upon. At was if the weight of this disorganized mess rested on my … [Read more...]

under construction: please excuse our mess

organization, household tips

I have a confession to make.  The Christmas decorations are still up on the porch.  I'm sure I'll open the mailbox and there it will be; the envelope with the words NOTICE stamped across it in bold, red letters.  I'll rush home to open the ominous envelope and read, 'you have 10 days to take down your Christmas decor.  If you fail to comply, blah, … [Read more...]

Every Cook Needs an Organized Kitchen

kitchen, organization, storage

To me, my house feels most like a home when I'm cooking. If you love to cook like I do, then you know how important it is to have your kitchen organized. We've lived in this house for a little over five years now, and I'm finally getting things situated.  Of course, Mr. Hines doubts that.  He's so used to going to the silverware drawer only to … [Read more...]

favorite tips of the week

outdoor living, spring decor, seasonal decor, front porch

I'm realizing that I'm a bit of a tip junkie.  Being the analytical person that I am, I've wondered "why?"  I think it's because it makes me feel like I'm being let into a world of secrets.   A world that makes life easier and makes you feel clever. But the cool thing about tips is that they are meant for sharing!  The tip world may be a world … [Read more...]

How many sheet sets and towels per household should you have?

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It was 5:30 this morning, I had just laid back down after a restroom break and was trying to fall back to sleep.  But I was distracted by this onion-y smell.  Then I realized, "that's my sheets!"  :( I started trying to think back and remember the last time I washed our sheets. I didn't think it had been all that long ago...but I guess … [Read more...]