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Display Name: Evita
Member Since: 11/16/07

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How do you clean a front loading washer? I don't think I can open it and put in a quart of vinegar after it has filled.


10 Things All Homeowners Should Learn: Apartment Therapy How-Tos & Tutorials Best of 2013
12/26/13 10:54 AM

My husband is wonderful and does most of the day-to-day housekeeping, cooking and managing our teenage son. My biggest issue is our differing standards of cleanliness as to dishes. I just can't seem to release that standard.


The Battle of the Sexes Continues: Does It All Come Down to The Dishes?
12/18/13 02:14 PM

I have a cleaning person that comes twice a month and I do the tidying thing. I am trying to train hubster and teen age male to tidy. It really does make things easier.


\"Tidy Time\" vs. Tidy All The Time:
A Key Concept To A Cleaner Home

9/12/13 03:35 PM

I have a front loader HE machine and it took me years to figure out how to keep it from smelling YUCK. Yes, you do need to check the filter occassionally. Every wash I add a half a cup of white vinegar as the fabric softener. It does not make the clothes smell like salad, but will eventually make your machine smell better. I also take out the detergent tray so it can dry and air out. In my model water would collect and I can't even begin to describe what started growing. I wipe down the spot where the tray goes every time I take it out. I also wipe down the rubber seal around the door -every rubber part you can get to. Leave the door of the machine open between uses. This should help.


How To Clean a Washing Machine Apartment Therapy Tutorials
2/20/13 05:28 PM

I am extending my Cure into February. With getting sick and the end of the high school application process here in Chicago, I have fallen woefully behind. What I can say is that I have my list of things to do. Many of my chores involve things that you would never be able to see, such as going through boxes of school papers from my son and weeding the wheat from the chaff. But, my husband did bring a really nice hook with three parts home from Anthropology in LA which is for the front door landing strip. We will use it for the dog coats and leads. Now I need some nice baskets for bags and toys. Even though I am so far behind I am happy with my list and will follow along with the book.


Day 19: Catch Up & Take a Photo Apartment Therapy January Cure
1/28/13 05:00 PM

I think I know that wall of book shelves and I so wish I had that much space. We have a large set of Metro shelves for books and we continuously weed through the collection. Most novels I check out of the library. If I keep a novel it is because I have re-read it a number of times. Most of the books that we keep are either art/design books, graphic novels or reference books. For example, I will never get rid of my Nick Bantock books because the illustrations are so amazing. I do, however, need to do some paring. I am so behind on my assignments!!! Was sick all last weekend so while I bought a roll of shelf paper it sits waiting for love.


Day 12: Declutter Books & Media Apartment Therapy January Cure
1/17/13 04:52 PM

I think I am going to push back the date of the February party. I can't reallly start on my major project until after next Friday's paycheck and I would like to see where my son is going to high school (it may be a double point of celebration). People who live in Chicago will understand as the competition to get into the best public high school programs is just if not more intense than college. I am planning though. I picked out my picture to be framed and have been surfing the web for ideas for the space by my front door's dog landing pad.


Day 7: Get Your Get-Together Together - Date, Guests, Invites Apartment Therapy January Cure - Day 7
1/11/13 02:14 PM

I view framing as just as important as the art piece itself. A good frame can really enhance a piece. In Chicago I go to Avrium (I hope I spelled this right) Eisen shop on North Damen. I love taking the piece with me and trying out different mats and frames.


Liveblogging Day 6: Art that Makes You Smile and Makes You Think Liveblogging the January Cure
1/9/13 02:42 PM

We have more art than wall space. Most of our pieces are done by relatives or friends or students from my son's elementary school. School art shows and fund raisers are a great place to find unique and not-so-expensive pieces. I actually can think of five pieces that I want framed, but will have to settle on one to keep within budget. I think the old book illustration of the dancing faries.


Day 6: Choose a Piece of Artwork & Get Going on Framing It Apartment Therapy January Cure
1/9/13 02:28 PM

I want to redo the dogs' landing pad inside our front door. It's partially done, but since we added a second dog their coats, leads, baggies etc. are piled up in a way too small basket. I want to get some wall hooks that I can put on the wall behind the door to hang the coats and leads. I also want to get some nicer baskets for the PAWZ and baggies. I already know that this is going to lap over into the closet where I need some new bins to organize the paw covers and hats for the human inhabitants of the house.


Day 5: Select One Project from Your List to Complete this Month Apartment Therapy January Cure
1/8/13 01:28 PM

Ok, I knew when I started the cure that I might not be able to do everything 100% so I feel pretty good about vacuuming and dust mopping this weekend. I also did the kitchen floor (The people who redid the kitchen before we bought the house put in really disfunctional tile in the kitchen. It is textured so dirt collects in the crevises. I go after it with a toothbrush while I damp mop.) I did not buy all new cleaners because I'm pretty happy with the cleaners we have. Here in Chicago I feel that fresh flowers are a must in the winter. So I did get lilies for the living room at Trader Joes, and yesterday I found a great little shop (I will get the name to all later) where I found a tiny green and pink bromiliad pland for the bathroom.

I am looking forward to sitting in the living room and trying to figure out how to deal with two main points of interest (I'm always conflicted). We have the furniture oriented toward one point and sort of ignor the other. I wonder if we could make both work?


Day 4: Get a Fresh Perspective in
Just 10 Minutes Apartment Therapy January Cure

1/7/13 04:06 PM

Here in Chicago I tend to do flowers inside in the winter and outside in the summer. I live in a bungalow and have a garden in the backyard so I do containers outside in the summer. So, tomorrow when I go to Trader Joes I'm going to pick up a bunch of lilies. I love lilies because they smell sooooo good. I usually put them in the middle of the coffee table in the living room and a single in a little flower frog in the bathroom. I've got my cleaners, but discovered at the site someone listed above that they don't rate as high as I would like. When they are gone I will have to research better ones.
Outbox no prob-just need to dive in. The hardest thing is we have limited space for books and I have a hard time giving them up.


Day 3: Weekend Chores - Flowers, Floors, Green Cleaners & Outbox Apartment Therapy January Cure
1/4/13 03:38 PM

So, we really have two kinds of out boxes: the recycle bin where all that paper you never thought you could part with goes (one of my big projects is to go through all the papers we saved from my son's early grades and weed out the best and release the rest); and, an area in our basement where all of the items we donate go (this has been an ongoing process for years). I feel a bit ahead here, but I really had to work on my project list yesterday.


Day 2: Set Up Your Outbox Apartment Therapy January Cure
1/3/13 05:08 PM

Here goes! I hope I can keep up. I have a few projects that I would like to get done, nothing major, but some organizing. It's going to be a good excuse to do a party at the end.


STARTING TODAY
Join Us & Get Organized in 2013:
The January Cure

1/2/13 03:59 PM

Really nice use of space. I like the way they opened the apartment up while keeping the bed nook a little private.


Before & After:
A Studio Facelift in Brooklyn The Sweeten

12/11/12 01:17 PM

Loved all of it! Where did you get the blue light?


Five Things to Completely Blow Out of Proportion (and Love While Doing It)
9/27/12 12:39 PM

So, here I am in Chicago where I woke up to snow on the ground yesterday. Fortunately, it didn't stick around. I love the post. I have been thinking about gardening for weeks, although I don't do much until after Mother's Day. Did seed the patch of grass just in time for the light snow. Anxious to really get started.


How To Ready Your Garden for Warmer Weather
4/19/11 07:55 PM

I think small spaces are wonderful. Think organization. Buy and keep what you love.


Smart Advice from Small Space Dwellers… For All of Us
4/5/11 10:19 PM

Mazel Tov on the 10 years!!! AT has continued to teach me about living. I agree totally a house is to live in. I always make sure that what I get I'm going to love and use.


Ten Things You Need to Know about Apartment Therapy
Intro & Part 1

3/29/11 12:17 PM

Ok, I'm not sure how much space we have, it's not huge but not super small. Two bedrooms one full bath on the main floor and a half bath in the basement for two adults, one child and a dog. What's important is how efficiently we organize the space and that we enjoy living in every square inch of it.


How Much Square Footage Do You Require?
8/27/10 11:08 PM