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I love having family and friends visit. I live just outside Boston, MA, not Boston, NY. I had my aunt, uncle, their grandchild, my mom and my sister visit me. They slept in the spare bedroom on twin mattresses on the floor and a futon. My sister slept in my room with me. They cooked, cleaned, rebuilt my shelves and did their tourist things while I was at work. My roommates loved sharing happy hour and a ready made dinner with everyone. No one complained about the accommodations. We only have one bathroom and it was shared among my three roommates and five guests for a week. We only had two rules, residents got to use the shower first. Everyone had to ask if anyone needed to use the bathroom quickly before they took a shower. It has worked well throughout the years going on 10years now even with five visiting Italian male guests, and two roommates significant others visiting all at once for two weeks. As well as the descending upon us the wonderful Austrian friends and family. We all pitched in helped out and told the Italian guys not to even think about using the bathroom before 10 am in the morning.

My sister, the same who stayed with me and some relatives can only deal with family/guests for up to 6 hours in her home and then she needs a break. She runs out for errands and takes a long walk, goes to an exercise class she absolutely cannot miss or goes out to coffee with a friend. She cooks and does everything while having guests. Me, I don't mind if someone takes over my kitchen or tells me kitchen floor is sticky and mops it. To each his or her own.

The Awkward Files: When (and How) to Say No to Hosting Houseguests
7/30/14 06:00 PM

Ten Things I can live without

1. Living/family room furniture
We live in the kitchen. We use the living/family room for our laundry drying racks, as a guest room and an exercise room. It has a nice futon and dresser and a closet that formerly held a built in china cabinet.

2. Dining room furniture (We live in our large kitchen)

3. TV's /DVDs /CDs (we sign them out from the library) This eliminates spending money on buying them and furniture to store them in.

4. Matching sets of dishes and silverware. My roommates and I are klutzes and we break a lot of dishes so we buy enough mismatched dishes at Goodwill every September to fill our cupboards back up again.

5.Throw pillows

6.Decorative knick knacks on the wall, dressers or tables that serve no useful purpose and just add to cleaning tasks.

7. Women's vacuum cleaners (A 15 gallon wet/dry aka shop vac works great. The suction is incredible, the vacuum cleaners bags are huge, Hepa filter is wonderful, every single attachment can easily be replaced for a fair price and they last. We use them to vacuum our entire apartment of hardwood floors and ceramic tile.

8. Area rugs. I love the look of Oriental rugs but the hassle of cleaning two different surfaces out weighs the desire for them. We have four throw rugs. Two in bathroom, one in entry way and one in front of the sink in the kitchen. We throw them in the wash once a week.

9. Wine glasses and tea cups. We use little juice glasses, mugs and large plain beer glasses.

10. Gadgets: electronic can opener, coffee grinder, panini maker, George Forman grill, wine cooler, wine rack, electronic knife, asparagus steamer with string, espresso machine

Don't Fall for It: 5 Things You Really DON'T Need At Home
7/30/14 12:54 PM


Liz and John's 1926 Sears Craftsman House Tour
11/1/13 10:16 AM

I hate mopping. The water, the bucket pushing it around, the mop head either string or sponge that is so hard to find replacement for. I hate those disposable spray and clean up cloths, I would have to change it every row because it gets so dirty. I do not want to drag that dirty cloth around the kitchen floor. I am thinking of getting a steam mop. Any recommendations for steam mops? The only ones I have heard really good things about are the Ladybug steamer and Daimler steamer. I really need it for grout on tile floors.

What's Your Least Favorite Household Chore?
8/22/13 05:12 PM

Hang everything up except socks, underwear and sweaters much easier than folding.

What's Your Least Favorite Household Chore?
8/22/13 04:52 PM

What kind of steamer did you purchase?

What's Your Least Favorite Household Chore?
8/22/13 04:49 PM

Thank you so much for sharing your space. I really love that it is more mid century modest rather than mid-century modern. I love your Heywood Wakefield coffee table and side tables as well as your 1950's dinette set with the table cloth. I also adore your buffet in the dining room. It is very unusual, do you know who made it? The little vintage airplanes on your globe are adorable.The 1950's red rolling cart with your microwave and your peg board with the vintage kitchen items are practical and charming. I hope you use them and that they are not just for decor. Also love your vintage Sunbeam mixer and Pyrex. Your bedroom dresser is beautiful. Now I have to ask do you seriously use your typewriter or is it just for show? I love those old landline phones my parents still have and use theirs. They were built to last and for long conversations. I also adore your vintage fans. You have created a lovely space for yourself that is attractive and cheerful. I have enjoyed viewing it on craigslist. My style is pretty practical so I could not do collections of anything not clocks, artwork, plants, globes or pottery. I have items because they are attractive to me and fulfill a function. My pretty but useless things are limited to three per room.This has in no way diminished my appreciation of your space. I have ruthlessly curated my reading collection to those items that I have found immensely useful and or which are out of print and useful. All the rest of my books live at the local library or interlibrary loan. I love to read but not to dust books. In your space I noticed a lot of books and boxes under the bed and the dresser as well as organized in magazine storage boxes. Do you need all of these books and magazines or could you get rid of some of them or find a less space hungry way to store them such as scanning images?

Tracy’s Vintage Modern in Manhattan House Tour
8/14/13 04:39 PM

I have moved a lot so I have a routine. I start with three bags. The bathroom bag, the bedroom bag and the need it bag (which is stuff I have learned I need the hard way).

The bathroom bag contains everything you would need for a bathroom.It is unloaded first and packed last. It contains the bathroom essentials: a waste basket, plastic garbage bags, shower curtain, shower tension rod and hangers, shower mat, bath mat, toilet paper, paper towels, hand soap, new plunger and new toilet brush and holder along with basic toiletries: This bag gets loaded last and unloaded first. No one wants to be looking for toilet paper, soap, paper towels or heaven forbid the plunger or toilet brush when they really need it.

The second bag contains bedding, pillows, a change of clothing and a lamp for the bedside.

The third bag is based on experience it is not really a bag but the new kitchen garbage bin it contains essentials: garbage bags, a refillable water bottle( I always misplace mine, light bulbs, three lamps, a powerstrip, flashlight, bottle of hand soap, 2 sponges and a bottle of Dawn dish soap and essential chargers. I pack the lamps because sometimes you do not have ceiling mounted lights and you won't realize this until it gets dark. After arriving I now check the lighting in each room and set up lamps as needed. Dawn and sponges clean everything, hands, walls, sinks, stove tops, countertops, refrigerators and floors in case previous tenants did not. The powerstrip helps to contain everything that needs charging in one place until a more permanent place is found.The flashlight comes in handy if you have a power outage while moving or if you pull a circuit.

The kitchen table gets set up the first night as well as the dishes, pots, pans, silverware, toaster and coffee maker.

Here are some clothing packing tips:

I put a black trash bag over the hanging clothing, poke a hole for the hangers and tie off the bottom and lay them over the boxes. They get unloaded early on and hung up in the closet. Clothes in drawers are put in plastic kitchen bags tied off and put back in the drawers. We remove the drawers from the dresser before carrying it in, then carry the drawers in. Later in the evening when our energy is waning we can remove the bags from our clothing. We can reuse the kitchen bags in the kitchen and tie off the damaged ends of the trash bags and use them for the laundry room trash.

Moving in: Which Room Do You Unpack First and Why?
8/14/13 03:45 PM

Art deco was a movement in the 1930's and 40's which greatly influenced Miami. I too love it.

Before & After: A Revamped Russian Hill Apartment
7/23/13 02:59 PM

Just had to tell you I love your sign on name. Ladies Who Punch.

Before & After: A Revamped Russian Hill Apartment
7/23/13 02:48 PM

I know isn't great to get your thoughts and opinions read and commented on. That is the greatest part of this site. Enjoy!

Before & After: A Revamped Russian Hill Apartment
7/23/13 02:47 PM

I think they look nice but I like the cocoon feeling of being in a shower that is fully enclosed. The glass wall look good but I would not want to feel like a fish in a fish bowl. People are always popping into our bathroom to use the loo and to grab something from the cupboard so just plain clear glass alone would not work for us. I prefer two layers of curtains, a thick white curtain with a thinner patterned curtain on top of a glass partition that once in the shower I can reach up and pull the curtain closed creating my cocoon.

Set Your Shower Free! Open Shower Renovation Inspiration
7/23/13 02:44 PM

When I lived in a smaller city and had a car I went to yard sales. My mother has done several yard sales and garage sales growing up. Now I depend on Craig's list for things I want to buy and sell. The remainder of things I need to get rid of that someone could use I drop off at Goodwill. I end up making a Goodwill trip every month or two.

Goodbye and Good Riddance: Our Best Tips for Hosting Yard Sales
7/23/13 02:24 PM

Be sure to do a radon test, lead paint test, asbestos test and carbon monoxide test as well as meth amphetamine tests. Radon abatement costs can be rather expensive as are lead paint issues and asbestos. Carbon monoxide tests make certain that the heating system is working properly. Meth amphetamine labs and abuse are a big issue you want to test for this prior to buying because clean up can be very costly if not impossible in some cases. You have no recourse if you buy a home that was a former meth lab or had meth abusers if they are not on your states list. Many homes are not on the meth list because they were never busted. Talk to the neighbors many times they will know that something was not quite right at the house you were considering purchasing.

A thousand or so dollars for these tests as as other specialist mentioned : a roof expert, electrician, a heating and air condition specialist, a pest control specialist a structural engineer, a camera inspection for the sewer lines as well as an Arborist to tell you about the trees and other plants on your property that may negatively affect your foundation, roof or other parts of your home will save you lots of money in the future and may help you negotiate a lower price so that you can afford to fix these things.

10 Things To Check Before You Buy A Home
7/22/13 01:19 AM

The warranty is not worth the paper it is written on so don't bother.

10 Things To Check Before You Buy A Home
7/22/13 01:10 AM

If you decide to build a new home do so using masonry and not wood. The wood today is too porous and won't last 30 years.

10 Things To Check Before You Buy A Home
7/22/13 12:03 AM

I agree completely that it is so important to have a toilet brush and plunger in each bathroom. Nothing is more embarrassing for a guest then having to inform the host about a toilet overflowing. Yes, toilet brushes and plungers are not attractive but they are very useful. Prevent unsightly and potentially larger messes by putting both a toilet brush and plunger in each bathroom in a clearly visible place.

15 Crazy Ideas to Make Your Life Saner
7/21/13 11:40 PM

Put half a cup of baking soda in the bottom of your kitchen garbage to catch any leaks from kitchen bags.

15 Crazy Ideas to Make Your Life Saner
7/21/13 11:33 PM

Great ideas here. I like your reminder note idea and the colorful folding step stools in your closets as well as your flashlight idea. We started putting small flashlights with cords over the doorknobs in case of power outages. We put tea lights in mason jars to light our public rooms for more long term outages.

15 Crazy Ideas to Make Your Life Saner
7/21/13 11:32 PM

We have double keyed deadbolts. We purchased those colorful wrist coils for our key sets. Each person has their own color and puts the coil containing their keys over their bedroom door knob. This way no one loses their keys in the house and everyone knows where their keys are in an emergency..

15 Crazy Ideas to Make Your Life Saner
7/21/13 11:27 PM