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Ants: To determine where ants are coming from, before going to bed, dust the entire floor of the kitchen with dusting powder, like Johnson's baby powder. In the morning, you should see a trail of tiny prints telling you where the ants are coming from. Caulk it.

Roaches and ants: To kill them, you need a pesticide they are not familiar with and to which they have not built a resistance. I suggest Bengal, like the tiger. Bengal is made in Louisiana, where cockroaches can be 4" long, I kid you not. The can of Bengal will come with a straw for targeted spraying. Spray under the fridge, behind the stove, and inside any spot that isn't or can't be caulked. I have animals, always have, and I am extremely allergic to everything, but Bengal doesn't bother me because it is behind appliances or inside sink and bathrooms cabinets. Of course don't spray near dishes or food.

When I moved into my condo, I did a cosmetic redo. I had the light fixture and crooked mirror removed from the bathroom wall. My contractor later told me the mirror was crooked because there was a gigantic roach infestation behind it. It makes me nauseous to think of it five years later. I assure you it would never have occurred to me to spray behind the mirror.

Since I have used Bengal, I have seen neither a cockroach or their tell tale black speck poop, or an ant. The stuff works like magic.

The Battle of the Bugs: How To Prevent & Get Rid of Pests
8/1/14 01:25 PM

My worst moment came when my husband's best friend walked into our home and said to his wife, "why can't you decorate our house like this. I like this so much better."

I cringed for her, but didn't say a word. Her house looked like a flea market on steroids, with a bunch of old furniture because she couldn't afford antiques, and cluttered out the wazoo. The bar was pretty low.

But the kicker came at a Christmas party at her house. The previous year, my husband stumbled onto a deal and came home with several natural wreaths. We needed up hanging then indoors, and I decorated them with tree ornaments, each curated to a common theme. The next year at her house, she had indoor wreaths with unrelated ornaments, and was telling one of her guests it was her original idea as she was an interior decorator. I was standing in the group around her as she spoke, and when our eyes met, her eyes got as big as saucers as she remembered she had stolen the idea from me. I said not a word.

Positive Ways To Deal with Other People’s Negative Opinions
(About Your Home)

7/10/14 03:23 PM

I consider myself a professional organizer. No OCD, just a natural organizer.

I regularity empty and sort closets, drawers, secretaries, or whatever is holding stuff. I never do more than I can accomplish in one day. I don't want a trashed apartment while I work.

Recently I emptied my largest walk in closet. I took out three things that shouldn't have been in there in the first place, and reorganized and replaced what was left. It looked like a different closet. The three items were not that large, but even the most organized spaces become disorganized over time.

I am lucky that I have a friend who takes all my unwanted items to his mother's church for their regular tag sales.

No Hesitation, No Mercy: How To Decide What To Get Rid Of and Then Act NOW Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/14/14 04:59 PM

I may be really really old school, but I only want to deal with taxes once, when I need to do them.

During the year, I have one box. It's a large sturdy box with a top, meant for storing large photographs. Every single thing that might be tax related in my universe goes in the box. Everything.

Then at tax time I dump it and sort. For me, that's bank statements, credit card statements, investment statements, utilities, and misc. I'm self employed, so I get points for imagination.

I sort into large white envelopes, with totals for the accountant. It works for me. I literally spend one afternoon a year on my taxes, not counting opening the box top to drop in papers all year long.

Paper Organizing Throughout the Year For Tax Season Preparedness Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/11/14 07:23 PM

I inherited a round well built card table. I have a custom, lined moire table round with one inch pipping. It has been in my foyer or on an interior porch for 25 years. I love it. And now that I've downsized, it's invaluable for storage.

Goodbye Card Table: Shopping for a More Grown Up Home Refinery 29
3/7/14 03:06 PM

What a timely topic. Today is my beloved rescue cat's 12th birthday.

I don't care when she wakes me up. She has a day bed on my bed, and her own tent bed when she wants darkness for sleep. She does wake me in the morning for her wet food, just like the vet warned. She wraps her arms around my neck and licks me till I wake up. So far today, she has had fish, a new Iams she liked, and I have another special can for dinner, plus a new dried. She's a rescue with muscles. She never got enough to eat. Food is her currency.

We have them for such a sort time, I don't want to miss a minute.

How To Keep Pets from Waking You Up Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/7/14 03:01 PM

I love the size of the rooms. The living/dining is 400 sq ft, 20x20, and the bedroom is 200 sq ft. The living room has one wall of floor to ceiling windows which slide back to the 10x20 terrace, and the bedroom has one window which slides open at the end of the terrace. The ceilings are 9' tall. It lives very large for such a small apt. I have a tiny galley kitchen, and a tiny bath. But I have five large closets. It takes a minute to clean the kitchen and bath, and I have a Roomba for the hardwood floors. I have been informed by the super I have the best floors in the building, not the best apt mind you, just the best floors. My apt faces a park in the museum district. The first winter when the leaves started to fall, Tara came into view. It was amazing. Turns out the military museum is on the other side of the park, and it comes into view only in winter and looks like Tara from Gone with the Wind. The park has gas lights, and occasionally horse drawn carriages pass under my terrace. It's easy to image if I'm in Paris or New Orleans.

What Do You Love About Your Home?
2/24/14 03:35 PM

I built a cabinet around mine, with interior shelves around the pipe. It makes for nooks and crannies of storage.

Dan's Kitchen: Drywall, Part 3 Renovation Diary
2/13/14 02:36 PM

Sharpknife nailed it. What is old is new again.

I put a hose shower head over my Jacuzzi to 1) shower off after a Jacuzzi, and 2) clean the tub.

Bathroom Trend: A Tub Inside The Shower
2/13/14 02:30 PM

I'm in the food business, and we are constantly being given all kinds of wines and liquors in special bottles or boxes.

We have a bar so we display all of it, but neither of us drink. Consequently we have quite the collection.

When we applied for life insurance the underwriter came to the house. We went into the dining room to do the paperwork, and the agent took one look at all those spirits and went completely white. We were stuttering trying to explain the hoard of non drinkers. Apparently we didn't look like heavy drinkers, and we got the life insurance. We laugh every time we think about it.

PS I never turn down a prize vintage of Dom, but those don't come along very often.

Fun or Faux Pas? Liquor Bottles on Display
2/13/14 02:24 PM

I'd make the space a closet, with doors or draperies. At the back I would build floor to ceiling shevles one foot deep. Then in the front two feet I'd put in two rails, one above the other. Together this will provide at least 45 sq ft of shelves, and 9 linear feet of rod space.

How Can I Maximize Storage in Recessed Corner? Good Questions
2/13/14 02:12 PM