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Display Name: Courtney Ellen
Member Since: 1/29/14

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Do yoga? How about yoga mat storage.

Alternative Use For Newspaper Holder? Good Questions
6/27/14 02:46 PM

The first artwork I remember was some sort of medieval court jester which scared the living daylights out of me. I was about six. For my teenage room I picked my own things, one of which was a large abstract oil painting. It's hung in every one of the twenty plus places I've lived in since and I'm looking at it right now. Everything else is long gone but that painting still brings me pleasure.

What Art Do You Remember from Your Childhood Bedroom?
3/21/14 12:20 PM

Another librarian here, checking in with a vote in favor of arranging books by color at home. I just find it more visually restful, after spending my work day surrounded by thousands of traditionally shelved books. Also, as in the bookstore reference from MT Lee, students often ask for "that big red book". These are college students, not in grade school. I think many people simply have stronger visual memories than they have author, title, subject memories. So let us all organize our books in whatever way makes them easiest to find and most appealing to look at.

Really, It's Ok to Arrange Books By Color Slate
2/13/14 01:29 PM

For me, eating in a small, windowless apartment kitchen is pretty depressing. However, the drop leaf Norbo is great for extra counter space when cooking.

Yes, You Too Can Have an Eat-In Kitchen: IKEA's Wall-Mounted Drop Leaf Tables Best Products for Small Kitchens
2/5/14 03:58 PM

Here's another trick for carpeted floors, specifically that pesky crack between the edge of the carpet and the baseboard. Put on athletic shoes or Crocs or anything with a soft, rubbery sole and run your toe along the crack. All kinds of fur, hair and dusty blobs will stick to your shoe and come right out. Alternatively, you can put a shoe on your hand, sit on the floor and run the shoe along the crack. This has the added benefit of providing entertainment for any audience you may have. (" Ha ha ha! Mommy's wearing a shoe on her hand!")

How To Remove Pet Hair Everywhere: From Furniture, Floors and More
1/30/14 11:56 AM

A good idea come 'round again. The classic 1960's appliance garage was a terrifically useful design element. As built then, the garage was set at the back of an extra deep counter (extra deep is the key here, so as not to lose working counter space) with electric outlets in the back wall. The front was a tambour door, like a roll-top desk (as in #10). Sliding the appliance straight out onto the counter was much easier than lifting it out of a cabinet. Rolling down the door kept visual clutter to a minimum.

Clear Counter Clutter: 10 Inspiring Appliance Garages
1/29/14 06:19 PM