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However you do it, maintain long sight lines. If you can incorporate the outdoors into those sight lines that helps too. If you have a really tiny place try to keep as many bulky things below the windows as you can.

8 Sneaky Ways to Create the Illusion of More Space
7/29/14 09:31 PM

OH NO! Every time I hear about putting a decorative whatever on something I hear that chirpy Portlandia "Put a bird on it!" thing.

All these crosses might confuse somebody looking for the first aid kit if you put it in too many places.

Easy DIY Upgrade: Paint a Swiss Cross on It
7/29/14 05:47 PM

Ha! Lived in similar situations. I've been known to consider roof doesn't leak and the place is reasonably critter-proof good enough to move into. Once it was roof was leakproof over enough space to sleep, though easily fixable. Some bush shacks can be quite rustic alright. Definitely need water nearby, stove can come along by the time the cold does if you cook outside. It's amazing how snug and comfy you can make a place with very little.

When Do You Consider A Place Move-In Ready?
7/28/14 05:48 PM

There's a really loud flushing sound followed by a sort of strangled gurgle that comes from a drain on my patio, somehow connected to a sump drain elsewhere. I'm used to the sound but guests often jump in a panic when they hear it.

I used to live in a log house built in 1910 with a very slanted floor. If I set the wringer washer in the right spot it would wiggle its way across the floor as it washed and unplug itself in exactly 15 minutes. Made a great timer.

What Are Your Home's Most Unusual Quirks?
7/26/14 07:58 PM

Well, guess it might simplify dusting but I don't see this reducing the visual clutter, just changing it a bit.

Stylish Clutter Taming Trend: Corral Collectibles in Glass Boxes
7/26/14 07:51 PM

These vintage bathrooms are easily updated but what the heck can you do with a really tacky 80's "luxury" bathroom (not mine thank goodness) ? The fake swirly pinky beige and white marble awkwardly shaped soaker tub and sink, with pinky beige toilet, brass all over the place. There is fake stained glass in cabinet doors and dividers. Ugh! The relatives that own said bathroom think it's classy and elegant but it will never have the classic appeal of these vintage ones.

How to Tone Down (or Play Up!) Pink Vintage Bathroom Tile
7/23/14 04:47 PM

Ran across this little item for travel and camping washing but it might also be handy for other hand washing at home.

Have You Ever Tried a Portable Washer? (Plus 4 To Consider)
7/23/14 10:43 AM

I found a couple of twin tubs, not sure how easy they are to get to my actual house, what with freight costs and all. I like to just walk into a store and bring something home if possible. The Danby is a lot like my old machine but the Panda is pretty small, perfect for the summer place.

Have You Ever Tried a Portable Washer? (Plus 4 To Consider)
7/22/14 11:39 AM

Oh yeah, you can also get a machine that just spin dries from Laundry Alternatives. instead of a hand wringer.

Have You Ever Tried a Portable Washer? (Plus 4 To Consider)
7/22/14 11:04 AM

I miss my old twin tub washer/spin dryer. I'd love to get another but they don't seem to have them in North America any more. Washing clothes is the simple part, it's the wringing or spinning that complicates the process. I'd rather just use a bucket and plunger type arrangement than bother with the Eco Egg since it doesn't spin. Then you'd need a manual wringer of some type because wringing stuff out by hand is horrible. At my summer place I have a double laundry sink and hand wringer, no running water. I used to use the twin tub washer with no running water too but you definitely need electricity.

The Haier machines could probably be used without running water too, you just have to manually fill for washing and rinsing.

Have You Ever Tried a Portable Washer? (Plus 4 To Consider)
7/22/14 10:51 AM

While my son and his family were away I was able to open my basement apartment door and the doors at the top of the stairs up to their apartment where their windows were all open. I did this when it was cooler outside, around 3 or 4 am and the hot air just whooshed out of the house as if it were going up a chimney, sucking cooler air in below. As soon as the sun started heating things up I closed the doors and windows and held onto my cool air for several hours. They're back from vacation now so I can't do it any more but at least it's cooler out for now.

I also hung curtains outside so my patio is shaded from the afternoon sun which makes a much cooler apartment and a nice place to hang out.

No AC? No Problem! Try This Quick Trick to Keep Your Cool
7/22/14 10:27 AM

Just checked my wallet, short a few zeros for this one!

Got $24 Million? Get 200 Acres in Hawaii Design News
7/21/14 05:31 PM

My 10 year old granddaughter loves setting the table and is always looking for new ways to add artistic flair. This can lead to some pretty unconventional arrangements. While I can understand the appeal to some of the formal settings they're just a style that calcified into rules over time and not a necessary part of everybody's life. I for one prefer my granddaughter's innovations. Her only rule is that everybody has what they need to eat the food presented. Whether you eat with your fingers or whatever combination of utensils the goal is to get the food into your mouth with the least amount of mess and the greatest amount of enjoyment and nourishment.

If anyone has fits because a person is so gauche as to eat with the "wrong" utensil or fuss over their placement I doubt that would be someone I'd like to spend much time with. My granddaughter is well aware that there are some people who prefer the formal approach and if required she can produce that too, if given an example. We found some old etiquette books at the thrift shop that provide hours of entertainment and the occasional nugget of useful information, though I doubt we'll be needing our formal curtseys any time soon. Pretty hard on the arthritic knees anyway.

How To Set The Table Properly
7/21/14 04:20 PM

Wish I had known about the removable window film before I used horribly sticky stuff on a glass door a few years ago.

10 Temporary & Removable Adhesive Products All Renters Should Know About
7/21/14 01:01 PM

News you can use! Lots of useful suggestions. I'm grabbing that tape measure right now and making a list of the sizes I need.

15+ Uses for Tension Rods You've Never Thought Of
7/17/14 04:10 PM

Listening to an audio book while washing dishes can make it more entertaining, or you could do some kind of meditation (AFTER you've done the sharp knives). If you aren't going to wash dishes right away at least pile them neatly. Looks better and takes up less room. If you don't have a double sink you can use a dishpan for rinse water. Or you can use dishpans for the whole thing and take them out on the deck or into the garden or wherever you like. Think outside the kitchen!

If you just have a few dishes and want to wash them right away you don't need to run a whole sink full of water, just use the largest, cleanest item as a soapy water repository and wash the other stuff from it. Definitely soak whenever possible, as soon as possible but don't let things soak so long they get icky. Make sure you dump out all the soaking water from piled things before running your nice clean soapy water. It's easy to miss a big splat in a pile of bowls.

I've never liked sponges for washing, or really huge dish cloths. I use a fairly small dish cloth and various brushes plus the odd scrubby pad and if things are really desperate there's steel wool. An old toothbrush is handy, so is a bottle brush and one of those really skinny ones for drinking tubes. Soaking helps with forks but sometimes there are stubborn bits between the tines. I do the fold cloth and hang on the faucet, changing every couple of days and putting the dry dirty ones in a small bucket under the sink. Before I chuck them in the wash I run a bit of extra hot soapy water in the bucket and make sure they're free of any greasy residue.

I have a dish towel protocol too. Dish drying first, hung beside the sink on an over the door bar, then over to the oven handle for use as hand and spill wiper, then floor spills if needed, then a hot rinse and off to the laundry.

Our Best Tips for Life Without a Dishwasher
7/17/14 11:02 AM

Nice change. Don't get too rambunctious in those chairs though, the 4 footed design can be a bit tippy. Whatever you do, don't try bounce racing them across the floor!

Before & After: A Pair of Tulip Chairs Get a Better Bloom
7/17/14 10:33 AM

If I had to choose between the toaster oven and the microwave I'd pick the toaster oven but I do use a microwave regularly for heating frozen leftovers and assorted baking melting. Luckily I have enough counter space and the toaster oven sits on top of the microwave anyway. The biggest advantage of heating leftovers in the MW, especially for people that live alone, is that you just use the dish you eat out of, no extra dirty pots. Once you get used to your MW you can usually heat things without overcooking. I reheat my tea in the MW sometimes but usually drink it before the pot eventually cools off under the well insulated tea cosy. Leftover tea is good for making iced tea, especially if you have flavoured simple syrup on hand in the fridge.

How I Replaced My Microwave Without Buying a New One
7/16/14 11:15 AM

For some reason I thought this was going to be about how to wash a small pile of dishes, as in when a person living alone has just a few dishes to wash and doesn't want to run a sink full of water. That's where one of those soap filled scrub brushes comes in handy. I usually put just enough hot water in the cleanest, largest dish t get a good swish and use it and the brush to scrub the other things then rinse all quickly and let them drain and air dry. No dirty dishes lying around until there are enough to justify a whole sink of water. I use the same tea cup all day, sometimes for a couple of days. I also keep a topped up reusable water bottle in the fridge for the day.

The Easiest Way to Do Fewer Dishes
7/16/14 10:43 AM

1. There's no reason not to buy larger quantities of non-perishable things you use regularly if you don't have a big storage room. You can tuck things away here and there rather than all in one place. A well organized closet can hold extra TP or canned goods just as well as kitchen shelves or a pantry, and you can fit a lot of stuff under a bed. You might be able to get rid of things you don't actually need and use the space for something you do.

2. You don't always have to lift heavy objects. Put a piece of cardboard under something and slide it along or use a handy device of some sort. I've moved a freezer by myself several times (and I'm an older, out of shape woman), into a garage from the basement, even on stairs (preferably a short run). Make a ramp out of some boards and slide it up. But only if you really can handle it alone. Half way up is the wrong place to discover you can't.

3. Seriously? If you can't figure out how to deal with these you shouldn't inflict yourself on roommates anyway.

4. Safety plans. Move to a safer neighbourhood. Therapy for unreasonable fears.

5. Yup.

5 Problems You Only Face While Living Alone (and How to Deal with Them)
7/15/14 11:34 AM