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I'm in a rental with laminate countertops, but am toying with the idea of painting them with that product rust-o-leum has, as we aspire to be in this great apartment for quite awhile.


Tired of Granite? 8 Countertop Alternatives to Consider
2/12/14 06:06 PM

We use Poopouri at home and in our shop, which has a bathroom right near the selling floor. It works great, and no more embarrassment! It costs more than a book of matches, but the smell of an extinguished match is a dead giveaway to what you're trying to cover up.


How To Make Fart Hydrogen Sulphide Gas Smells Go Away
2/11/14 12:04 PM

In Chicago there are some local nonprofit resale shops that provide great reliable pick up service free within Chicago and many nearby suburbs.

New Elephant Resale Shop of Chicago, NFP - 773-687-9664
1145 W. Webster Ave., Chicago, IL 60614

Green Element - (773) 942-6522
6241 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60660


Clear Out & Help Out: A Big List of the Best Donation Centers for All Your Stuff
1/24/14 12:07 PM

In my nonprofit resale shop in Chicago (the New Elephant) we have 5 old wooden ladders for sale! Two are 12 feet, two are 11 feet and one is 8 feet. The cheapest is a bamboo one for $60 and the others range from $75-$100. We have a Victorian library ladder for $1100. Sorry to sound like an advertisement.


DIY Decor Trend: Handmade Storage Ladders
1/18/14 01:18 AM

I don't like using veg, because it sounds like vag(ina). I think people who say veggies are trying to sound cool. My mom does this. Hubby, hubs is just gross.


Why Deborah Madison Wants Everyone to Stop Using the Word Veggies
1/15/14 10:45 AM

My landing strip is also a sleeping spot for 3 of my 4 cats. Thankfully I have a purse, so my wallet and keys are always in there, away from kitty paws.


The Clutter Filter: Create a Landing Strip January Cure: Assignment 9
1/15/14 10:22 AM

My dining room is a mess, so I'm going to do three smallish tasks in it that will get it started, so the rest of it won't seem so daunting later.
1. Wrap up the 10 bells from my mom's bell collection sitting on the dining room table that neither she nor I want, and get them in a bag to donate to the not-for-profit New Elephant Resale Shop of Chicago. I'm the full-time manager there, so getting them there won't be hard.
2. I'll also wipe off all the artwork/frames I'm not using that are leaning up against a wall in the dining room, and put them in an open box in the 3rd bedroom that we use for storing antiques and empty hamster and hedgehog cages.
3. Put all books that I have for sale on Amazon, on the empty bookshelf in the dining room.
I feel better already just thinking about doing these things!


You Can Do It: Pick a Project to Cross Off Your List January Cure: Assignment # 5
1/8/14 12:15 PM

My dining room is a mess, so I'm going to do three smallish tasks in it that will get it started, so the rest of it won't seem so daunting later.
1. Wrap up the 10 bells from my mom's bell collection sitting on the dining room table that neither she nor I want, and get them in a bag to donate to the not-for-profit New Elephant Resale Shop of Chicago. I'm the full-time manager there, so getting them there won't be hard.
2. I'll also wipe off all the artwork/frames I'm not using that are leaning up against a wall in the dining room, and put them in an open box in the 3rd bedroom that we use for storing antiques and empty hamster and hedgehog cages.
3. Put all books that I have for sale on Amazon, on the empty bookshelf in the dining room.
I feel better already just thinking about doing these things!


Eleanor's Cure Project: A Little Thing That Makes a Big Difference Liveblogging the January Cure 2014
1/8/14 12:12 PM

This one isn't very hard for me, especially since I'm the manager of a nonprofit resale shop. Everything I donate has potential profits for the store.


A Simple Step to Success: Set Up an Outbox January Cure: Assignment #4
1/7/14 07:32 PM

@LadyKatey. I took out my old faucet that wouldn't support a water filter on the spout, and bought a new one at Menards for $25.00. It's the one handle type, and I learned how to install it myself from a few Youtube videos. I was pretty proud of myself for being able to install a faucet. I looked online and off, and $25 was the cheapest I could find for the one handle faucet. I'm moving in a few days, but am not taking the faucet with me.
I attached some metal baskets to the single bulb on my ceiling fans, but I'll definitely be taking those, and putting back the ugly white globes that I safely stored in the pantry. I have a more difficult task ahead trying to put up something prettier on the ceiling fans in my new place that have the multiple bulbs in the saucer-type globe. Maybe I'll look into the drum shades that have been mentioned.


Reversible Upgrades: Things to Temporarily Change in a Rental Renters Solutions
3/6/12 03:36 AM

@Adelaidean
It's a perk of the job, whether you're paid or unpaid. Every job has its perks. Who says a thrift store is required to offer to the public every item that comes in? Do you want a shot at the dirty underwear and socks that get donated, the half-eaten box of caramels, or the used tubes of lipstick? Besides, what the public finds to be highly desirable isn't necessarily what those who work or volunteer there find desirable, so enough stuff hits the floor to earn more than half a million dollars yearly for the charity the store benefits.


Counting Pennies? Tips & Tricks for Creating a Gorgeous Home Anyway
2/15/12 02:35 PM

Two years ago I started volunteering at a thrift shop a few blocks from my apartment, in a large city. As a volunteer, I get an enormous discount on everything--sometimes 95% off! I'm only there a few days per week, but do see a lot of the donations that come in before they hit the floor, so I get a good choice. I also have a few people there, staff and volunteers, who know what stuff I like/need, and they'll set things aside for me. We get donations 7 days/week, and put stuff out every day, so there is always something new. Aside from the great deals I get on stuff, volunteering at the thrift store has saved my sanity (I've been unemployed for more than 2 years), resulted in friendships, dates, a new apartment via another volunteer, and given me the feeling of being useful, and my help valued. Not to sound cliche..but you can't put a price on those things.


Counting Pennies? Tips & Tricks for Creating a Gorgeous Home Anyway
2/14/12 09:31 PM