As school gets back into full swing this month I find myself at least attempting to get my ducks in a row. I was perusing our Clean and Organize Pinterest board for inspiration and stumbled upon many tips we’ve tried and tested that I thought I’d share them with you. They work!
Let’s talk about WD-40. This stuff is like liquid gold and has hundreds of uses! Sure, it will fix that squeaky door hinge but did you know WD-40 is also a stain remover and a toilet bowl cleaner? It takes crayon off walls and removes gum...and yes even from your child’s hair (don’t ask me how I know).
I love pretty bottles like those that hold pimento spread or Frappuccino. I find multiple uses for them well after their contents are gone. To remove the labels a Magic Eraser is so much quicker than the old peanut butter trick. These nifty little cleaning machines also remove permanent marker, safe to use to clean your keyboard and the external shell of your laptop (not the screen) and to clean your iron.
Laundry is my least favorite chore. These hacks save my sanity. Write on your washer with a dry-erase marker as a reminder of what doesn’t go in the dryer. De-wrinkle clothes by throwing them in with a few ice cubes, the steam from the ice get the wrinkles out in minutes. Stack clean shirts in a pile, grab your hangers and fold each item down once the hanger is in place. Trust me this is a life-saver.
Invest in sealable plastic ware to store your pantry items. This saves precious space and time locating what you need. We use dry erase markers to label each container.
Tension rods are used in our home under the sink to hang bottles for daily clean-up. We use them in the garage, screwing two curtain rod brackets to the wall to store garbage bags and shop towels. Add S hooks and galvanized buckets with handles to store tools, or anything from kid's toys to craft supplies.
Your time is precious and your family important so go ahead, try a few of these time-savers every minute counts. As always we love to hear from you so if you have a cleaning or organizing tip or trick please share them with us.
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I found these awesome chalkboards online and decided I needed to create something fun for Christmas. I loved the idea of combining a wreath and some handwriting but dang pre-made wreaths are expensive. I had some garland lying around from another project and thought why not? As it turned out I got 3 wreaths out of one garland and a little extra left over for something else....I'm not sure what yet. Here is what you will need to create the entire project.
…And we are in full sweet corn mode. Sweet corn is an almost nightly summer treat at our house. We love trying sweet corn from around the state and decided WE WANT MORE and we want it all year long.
Canning wasn’t in the cards so we opted for a simpler approach at preserving those golden kernels and enlisted the pro I know, my mother in law, Donita. Freezing corn has been a long time family affair. An entire day with all hands on deck was spent “putting up” corn for their family of 8 each summer. Her simple recipe is a great way to reserve those yummy kernels to be used in any recipe you wish throughout the year. And as you can see, Dave is a pro. In full disclosure this day in the kitchen was all about my husband. I served as his sous chef and official gopher.
“And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me”. Ahhh! The words of Lee Greenwood get me every time. The 4th of July is one of our favorite holidays at Restoration Harmony and decorating for the holiday gives us the chance to show our patriotism and how much we LOVE AMERICA and all of those heroes who have fought for our country and each of us. It is also time for us to gather with family, host a grill out, eat, drink and enjoy fireworks and all things SUMMER…think watermelon, corn on the cob and a big ol burger! YUM! If you are planning a 4th of July bash I’m SERIOUSLY going to make it easy for you with these simple DIY décor ideas, and red, white and blue themed apps and drinks. Enjoy!
Okay so how adorable are these? Our girls LOVE to dip chocolate strawberries, add a touch of sugar sprinkles and voila! You look like a pro and your guests will gobble them up.
Angela and Dave Schrad
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