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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

I can see a use for people who have a medical condition that makes physical activity difficult but otherwise this is a typical "solution" to a non problem. The only thing that makes some sense is having an automatic blind closer if you happen to run off on a sunny day without closing the blinds but even that is a bit of overkill for what should be a very minor problem for anyone with a lick of sense. If your house has so many blinds to open that it makes you tired enough to want a machine to do it you should probably just downsize.

Hard to reach shades can usually be fitted with a manual control that allows remote operation from a handier spot.

The Home Tech Upgrade You Didn't Know You Can't Live Without Décorview
7/15/14 11:09 AM

I live in a 300 sq ft studio and am always baffled when people in tiny spaces choose a couch AND bed, even a Murphy bed, when they could just use a daybed. You still need to leave the space occupied by a deployed Murphy bed empty to accommodate it when open or move things to make space. I have a computer armoire that holds a very functional office and when closed is 44" wide, 20" deep and 62" high. It holds 3 large storage baskets on top as well. You can hide a lot of desk clutter in there and you only need to leave space for a chair and the two pullout desk surfaces extend to give you another 36" if needed. The daybed is comfy for sleeping or sitting and no need to convert or move a lot of things to use in either mode.

A 200 Square Foot Micro Studio With Style Professional Project
7/14/14 11:35 AM

With the price of lemons around here these days it's harder to justify their use in cleaning products.

How To Whiten Laundry Without Chlorine Bleach

7/13/14 02:51 PM

I love furniture on wheels. A bar cart is a great idea, definitely makes it more useful than just a table. It would be handy to have a removable tray that fits in the top too, or sits on the lower shelf. Trays are the next handiest thing to furniture on wheels, makes for fewer trips back and forth.

Before & After: A Plain Pine IKEA Table Turns into a Bold Bar Cart!
7/13/14 11:52 AM

Gorgeous. I would love an outdoor space like this. Just wondering how well the weights work at keeping the curtains from flapping.

DIY These Easy Drop Cloth Outdoor Curtains For Under $50 Apartment Therapy Reader Project Tutorials
7/12/14 01:24 PM

My DIL had some chairs similar to #5 reupholstered in black leather and they look amazing. The original stuff was really worn out scratchy orange fabric. The wood just needed a bit of a clean and polish. They still look good after 10 years, 2 kids and a lot of dinner parties.

Real Life Rescues: 10 DIY Ways to Update Your Vintage Seating
7/12/14 01:20 PM

Somehow I pictured dancing on the ceiling . . .

10 Crazy Things to Do on the Ceiling
7/11/14 06:34 PM

Reminds me a bit of Zentangles

Can You Help Me Identify This Copper-Topped Table? Good Questions
7/10/14 08:10 PM

I could live there quite happily, especially if the beach came with it.

A Little New Zealand Beach House Lives Large Arch Daily
7/10/14 04:55 PM

A Little New Zealand Beach House Lives Large Arch Daily
7/10/14 04:53 PM

No need for a specially tailored table pad under tablecloths, just hit a fabric store and buy a piece of the flannel backed slightly padded vinyl material and cut to fit. If it's under a tablecloth you don't need to hem it. If your table is too large for the width you can do an overlap seam as needed with double sided tape. You can also cut pieces of it to fit under loosely woven fabric mats, just make them a bit smaller so you don't see the edges peeking out.

What's Better: Vinyl or Cloth Placemats? Good Questions
7/10/14 10:15 AM