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Display Name: Khat
Member Since: 3/2/14

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My goodness, I'm flattered you found my suggestions good enough to inspire a new post, Adrienne. Lest anyone think I'm some sort of super organized person, let me assure you I am just very, very lazy -- and therefore always looking for ways to make things easier. And I love the baskets in the picture! Now I'm suffering from basket envy. . . .

A Secret Weapon to Keeping Home Clean & Tidy Comment of the Day
7/28/14 01:30 PM

You want a tip about making road-trips a happier experience? I've got a tip. Never, ever set out on a road trip with someone who has just quit smoking. Don't do it. Just. Don't. You will be tempted -- oh, so very, very tempted -- to send the person into a gas-stop mini-mart to buy munchies & then drive off very quickly without them. And that will be the *least* violent thing you will be contemplating just to get the whining & the grouchiness & the incessant *eating* to stop.

5 Tips for a Better Roadtrip
7/28/14 01:19 PM

My home's too new to have any really interesting quirks -- aside from a front door catch that you have to fiddle with to unlock or lock, and which will lock you out even when it's not supposed to, at completely random times. I've learned to never set foot outside without having my key with me.

But I'm loving this thread! Wow, some of you live in interesting places. I did own a very old house once that had a little secret room in the basement behind a thick metal door with a hasp & lock & external hinges that was itself hidden behind a wall of apparently solid wooden shelves, one section of which rolled away on wheels. I found it by accident & it freaked me out so completely that I had the shelves taken out & the door removed. That was over 15 years ago & I still have nightmares about it now & again.

What Are Your Home's Most Unusual Quirks?
7/27/14 01:51 PM

Oops. Darn. Make that kitties, plural. Missed the orange one!

8 DIY Decor Projects That Will Make Your Life a Little Easier
7/27/14 01:24 PM

LOL! 8 tips, 3 comments, all of them about the cat tree. Make it 4 -- I love the tree, & love the kitty. And I love AT!

8 DIY Decor Projects That Will Make Your Life a Little Easier
7/27/14 01:21 PM

Use a tray if you're snacking anywhere but the kitchen -- it keeps all your dishes corralled & makes it easier to get them back to the kitchen.

Use a basket: if you tend to leave a trail of books, pens, notebooks (or electronic tablets), cell phones, chargers, nail polish, cat brushes & many etceteras where ever you go, start carrying them in a handled basket.

Use a basket II: I love picnic baskets, the ones with lids. I have one in almost every room & toss all the clutter into them at least once a day. Nothing gets lost, everything's out of sight, carry it around to put things away.

Use a basket III: laundry baskets! When you're doing housecleaning, toss your cleaning supplies into one & carry it around with you. Toss anything that's out of its place into the basket & put it away as you go. Use them when gardening, too -- hose it out when you're done.

Put things away, not down. If it's in your hand, put it where it belongs. If you put it down, odds are it'll never get put away. Have a place for everything you own & keep it there -- if you buy something, make sure you find a place for it immediately, even if it means getting rid of something else.

Life's too short to spend it cleaning -- so make an effort to make it efficient. Life is also WAY too short to waste on the stress & drama of hunting for things you've misplaced, dealing with mess, dirt, clutter & chaos, being surrounded by things that don't work or that you don't like & constantly feeling anxious because there's stuff everywhere & it's starting to close in & someone might drop in & OMG how did things get so bad!

But you know what? Don't let posts like this one stress or annoy you, either. It's your home -- your mess, your dirt, your clutter, in whatever degree. If you can live with it, don't let other people's opinions bother you. I'm a Virgo, with all that entails, but even I'd rather go to the beach or spend time with family & friends than wash my kitchen floor, even though the cats & I are sticking to it. But just do it by choice, not default.

7 Ways You’re Making House Cleaning Harder Than It Has To Be
7/27/14 01:05 PM

Man, I love these posts -- not for the content, but for the comments. It amuses me how many people are so self-absorbed that they'll actually spend time complaining about articles no one was forcing them to read in the first place. Then again, they do provide one with a good laugh on an otherwise quiet day :-)

What Kim Kardashian Taught Me About Life
7/26/14 04:59 PM

<rank mode on> Try this while being old, alone, female & in poor health. No, this isn't me, thank God & all His mercies, but it describes a huge number of senior women, many of whom spent their adult years as homemakers & mothers & (in Canada, anyway) aren't eligible for employment pension benefits under the federal pension plan.

But regardless of what your age & circumstances, scraping by every month is a soul-killer. Here in Canada our minimum wages are slightly higher -- from $11/hr in Ontario & Nunavut, down to $9.95/hr in Alberta, ironically the wealthiest (oil) province in the country -- but our costs tend to be higher. Balancing that out are our excellent health & social benefits programs (some of the best in the world), but people still hurt.

This is a touchy topic for me, as I feel it's an indictment of our society that we have so many people living in so much poverty. There is something seriously wrong with our thinking, and in how we treat each other. <rant mode off>

Budget Living: Living On Minimum Wage
7/25/14 11:57 AM

I've never heard this term before -- what a fascinating, if bizarre, area of architectural study!

When I was a kid, two brothers sold the family farm & moved into town a block from us. There was some sort of feud going on between them that resulted in one of them building an ever-higher fence between their properties. This went on all one summer, the fence getting higher & higher, until during a ferocious windstorm, it blew down & flattened his own car (which I thought was hilarious, given my age). My mother said it was a good lesson in what happens if you spend more time minding other people's business than minding your own. I just remember thinking it was a lot of effort expended for nothing.

Spite Houses Are Exactly What They Sound Like
7/25/14 11:41 AM

Oh, yes, please. And not a staggered subway tile or hint of chalkboard paint to be seen -- sweet relief!

And as for decorating with resale in mind -- sure, it's safe, and it's what your mother & your Realtor will tell you to do. But "safe" is highly over-rated (except for birth control & sky-diving). I have *never* lost money selling a house, ever, and (except for when I was married & compromise went with the package) I have never decorated for anyone but myself. The key is finding the right Realtor for you & your property when the time comes -- do that, and your decor & design quirks will become selling features, not liabilities. Sure, it might be more work for everyone involved. And God knows, everyone will have an opinion. But isn't that a small price to pay for living in a home that makes you want to hug yourself in sheer delight when you step through the front door?

And Now for Something Completely Different: 10 Standout Kitchens
7/23/14 09:54 PM

Love it. Backing it. Thanks, AT -- I'd probably have missed this without you.

Litographs Releases Literary Temporary Tattoos Design News
7/23/14 12:07 AM

Lovely place with tons of personality. I swear I made that pendant lamp in photo#1 back in the day: string, white glue, big balloon. Horribly messy to make, but I liked the lamp. Seeing this one, I'm half tempted to do it again.

Jenny and Chris Merge Styles in Williamsburg House Call
7/21/14 03:27 AM

OMG, those crocheted guinea pigs are almost as cute as the real thing. Must. Make.

12 DIY Projects & Crafts So Cute You’ll Want to Eat Them All Up
7/20/14 12:51 PM

Have to interject a note of caution here: If you're going to put a coloured rug on top of your beige WTW, make sure it's colour-proof. I created what could have been a nightmare for myself a few years ago when I put an old brightly-coloured wool rug on beige carpeting in a rented house. I guess I wasn't as careful as I should have been when watering a couple of plants, because when I was moving & rolled my carpets up there were big areas of transferred dye on the WTW where my rug had gotten wet.

I nearly died. Got in a carpet cleaning expert who said that basically, I was screwed -- they could try using a chemical to take out the dye, but he didn't know if it would work. Teeth gritted, I called my landlord. He laughed & told me to not worry as he was tearing up all the WTW in the house & replacing it with wood anyway.

Bullet. Dodged. But it made me very leery of what I put where.

Renters' Solutions: 9 Ways To Upgrade Beige Carpet by Layering
7/18/14 06:02 PM

I love these retrospectives. I can watch my life slowly glide by. It's like going through old fashion magazines or watching old TV programs. I look at the "in" fashion of the day & shudder and wonder: my God, what *were* we thinking?? Probably one reason I've gone back to jeans & tees, 'cause, seriously, after decades of bad choices, you just crave simple. LOL!

Style Time Capsule: Decorating Advice from 1981
7/17/14 06:08 PM

I was thinking *exactly* the same thing! LOL! Nasty, nasty flash-backs . . . .

Style Time Capsule: Decorating Advice from 1981
7/17/14 06:03 PM

Have learned (the hard way, natch) that cheap tension rods will fall down, period. I know about tension (I was an engineer in a past life), but a cheap rod will buckle if you try to jam it in too tightly, and if you have it loose enough that it won't buckle, it will pull out with a hint of weight on it. The best ones I've found are oval, not round, and are adjusted with a screw, not the twist method, but they're hard to find. This really is one thing where you get what you pay for.

15+ Uses for Tension Rods You've Never Thought Of
7/17/14 06:00 PM

Tell ya what, CM -- I'll pick you up on the way & we can car-pool.

Revisiting Scott's California Bohemian House Tour
7/17/14 05:19 PM

I, too, have a severe case of California envy. Every time I'm down there I wonder what the hell Canada was thinking umpteen hundred years ago when they created this country east to west instead of north to south. If someone had played their cards right, we could have had both British Columbia *and* California! That's what happens when your country's settled by Scots bankers & bureaucrats -- you wind up with a polite & orderly place, but not an abundance of imagination. [Nice Hudson Bay blanket, btw.]

Back on topic -- I love this place to bits. Shell plant hangers. Macrame. Sweet pup. Cute dude. Pretty much as good as it gets.

Revisiting Scott's California Bohemian House Tour
7/17/14 02:15 PM

This is *really* interesting because after many years of keeping multi-leveled, minutely-detailed Task lists for every area of my life, three weeks ago I quit. Cold. Turkey.

I moved in here last fall and had 6 "master" To Do lists. My "house, home & garden list" alone had 57 items on it. I'd do one & add 2. But there is a new city to explore, new (& old) friends to spend time with, books to read, cats to play with, a writing career to reboot. I'm not getting younger. I realized that the Important Stuff always gets done, but lots of other stuff on those lists just nagged me. It stayed on the list month after month & made me feel bad. I got tired of it.

I have no idea where the inspiration came from, but I -- literally -- tore up every To Do list I had. For the last 3 weeks I've done the Important Stuff (paying bills, sending birthday greetings, running errands) based on nothing more than a casual weekly "remember this" list. Housework? I do whatever needs doing the most, daily. Home projects? I pick whatever jumps out at me & do it. When it's done, I pick something else. I've gotten more done in 3 weeks than in the previous 3 months. And have felt 100% less stressed & frustrated.

Now this might not work for everyone. I like a well-ordered, well-running life (& home) with little drama. I consciously make daily choices based on maintaining that lifestyle. So while I am far, *far* from anal about either (as a quick glance at my kitchen these days would confirm, alas), I generally do the things that need to be done when they need to be done.

As for the million or so "important but far from urgent" & "would be nice if it got done" things? I figure some will get done, some won't. But I have absolutely stopped worrying about them.

A Masterful Trick for Staying Motivated to Complete Home Projects
7/17/14 02:22 AM