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Display Name: kimrochester
Member Since: 11/20/11

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Spend a night sleeping where your guests will sleep, and pretend you're a stranger in your own home. That will tell you what you need to know. They need to be warm and comfortable. They need a place to put their stuff. They need to know how to get onto your wifi, where to plug in their phone or tablet. They need to find fresh towels and necessities without asking. They need to be able to adjust lights and lower or raise blinds as they please. They need nightlights to find their way around. They need to be able to make coffee in the morning if they rise before you. A guest basket or drawer that includes some toiletries and instructions for making their way around goes a long way. If all these things are in place, a dust bunny here or there becomes irrelevant. Give the place a swipe before they arrive and enjoy their company!

The Hate-to-Clean Guide to Having an Always-Guest-Ready Home
2/28/14 12:45 AM

Remote car starter. Best Investment Ever. Remember to keep the defroster on high when you park your car at night so it kicks in when you turn the car on in the morning. Start it at least 10 minutes before you leave the house, maybe more when it's sub-zero. And turn the radio off so the neighbors don't hear it blaring in your driveway!

And any time you find yourself begrudging ole man winter... remember the fauna is sleeping. It needs a good winters rest in order to greet us in the spring! Be patient. Enjoy colorful scarves, hats and gloves. Wear awesome boots. If there's a smidgen of sunshine - get outside! For everything, there is a season.

Clever Solutions to 5 Tricky Winter Problems
2/28/14 12:15 AM

When I bought my house we removed the old upper cabinets and I've yet to replace them. I have freestanding open shelves that hold all of my dishes, and a rolling cart with shelves that holds my most frequently used cooking bowls and stuff. Nothing sits long enough to get dirty. I have one set of huge upper cabinets still in place that holds less frequently used things - I dread going into them. When I redo my kitchen I am absolutely putting in open shelving! I love having frequently used things within easy reach. It may look a little cluttered, but I don't mind... it's my workspace! I like my vintage pyrex bowls, enameled pots, ball jars with dry goods, colandars and white plates. I'll keep some upper cabinets for the rarely used stuff. I suspect very few people have only open shelving... most probably have a combination of shelves and cabinets - it's the best of both worlds!

Open Shelving: Love It or Hate It?
11/26/13 10:18 PM