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I can't say enough good things about USA Moving and Storage. I've used them 3 times over the years and recommended them to many friends - all of whom had great experiences.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | MM Movers
6/1/09 03:45 PM

I second the parsnip comment. I don't know if it's a "secret" ingredient or not, but that's how my mom does it and that's how I do it!

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | What's the Secret to Good Matzo Ball Soup?
2/13/09 06:27 PM

I'm in Chicago and obviously see this all the time! But this morning I saw a spot that was sectioned off w/ 4 orange cones and some string! The most elaborate spot saver ever!

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Saving Parking Spots with Furniture
1/13/09 12:08 PM

I re-purposed an old, unused bath mat that was taking up space in my linen closet. It's one of those looped / shagged numbers, so it actually does a good job absorbing the wetness. I just throw it in the wash every couple of weeks.

Apartment Therapy Boston | Good Questions: Solution for Messy Winter Boots?
1/9/09 12:01 PM

As others have said, curtains are the way to go!

I once did this in a studio I used to live in on the super-cheap AND without making ANY holes. I purchased extra-long tension rods, used some clip-in curtain rings (Ikea) and re-purposed twin-sized flat sheets for panels.

Not only does this hide clutter, but it also helps to keep dust off your clothes.

As a side note, twin sheets are the best deal around to use as curtains!

Apartment Therapy DC | Good Questions: Sprucing Up a Walk-Thru Closet?
1/6/09 01:01 PM

My neighbor used to be GREAT - even with his dog - but his girlfriend moved in a few weeks ago - she's the LOUDEST walker EVER! I don't understand why someone needs to stomp around the house like that all the time!

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | LA Survey: You Think Your Neighbor's Bad...?
11/20/08 02:34 PM

Go Bucks!

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Buckeye Pie Best Pie Bakeoff 2008 Entry #18
11/18/08 11:52 AM

On a daily basis, my dining room is more of a place for storage / library. I have 2 bookcases similar to the "cutout" from West Elm, which allows on to be laid horizontally but still usable as shelving; the other stands up vertically. The provide a ton of storage, plus the long horizontal surface on the one laid on its side can double as a buffet / serving area on the rare occasion I actually "dine."

As for the table, it's mostly used for game nights with friends or simply as a large surface to do things like sort paperwork, wrap gifts, etc.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Reader Survey: Do You Use Your Dining Room to Dine?
11/14/08 09:07 PM

spend 10 minutes every day straightening up the house and doing a little light cleaning

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Thursday Giveaway: "The Expert's Guide to Doing Things Faster"
10/30/08 11:57 AM


Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Thursday Giveaway: Place Space series by Todd OldhamLos Angeles
10/24/08 02:21 PM

About a year and a half ago I purchased custom shades (woven wood for the LR, wide wood slat blinds for the kitchen and a honeycomb shade for the BR) online from My windows are pretty big (~40" wide and ~90" tall). I don't remember the per-window cost, but the whole thing was about $800 for 7 windows, which included the top-down / bottom-up control option on most of the shades. They'll send you free samples, the blinds arrived in about a week and a half, and measuring and installation was pretty simple (and I'm not very handy!). Much less than the $1000 price tag you mentioned.

Apartment Therapy New York | Good Questions: Inexpensive Window Treatments?
10/9/08 01:40 PM


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Thursday Giveaway: 7-Quart Slow Cooker from Calphalon
9/26/08 02:45 PM

Riverbed's for me!

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Thursday Giveaway: Sanford Burrows Sham SetLos Angeles
9/25/08 05:43 PM

For those of you looking for counter or barstools, Crate & Barrel's Delta chairs and stools are very close in design.

Sorry, no chairs.

Apartment Therapy New York | Good Questions: Substitution for Emeco Chairs?
9/24/08 10:27 AM

So many old places in Chicago have this tile ... yes, we love it but can never get it clean. When I had tile in similar condition, I tried flooding the floor with undiluted bleach and left it sitting for an hour. It did help to brighten it up, although it certainly was still far from perfect.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Good Questions: Tips for Cleaning Tile Grout? Chicago
9/8/08 11:24 AM

While Chicago's Blue Bag program is a failure, the "new" Blue Cart program is quite successful. You can recycle practically anything. I happen to live in one of the "pilot" neighborhoods and unfortunately it's going to take the city 3 more years to roll it out fully :(

Gee Mayor Daley, what a shock that if you make it easier for people to recycle AND accept more types of items (like plastic 1-5 & 7) they will actually do it at a higher rate!

Apartment Therapy New York | Which Plastic Numbers Can You Recycle? Boston
9/8/08 07:14 AM

My soon-to-be-7-year-old nephew is crazy about the Sears Tower AND Legos ... perfect gift! It says ages 10 but it only has 68 pieces?

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Hot or Not? Sears Tower Legos
9/3/08 01:43 PM

I have the same problem kiljoywashere (stainless fridge won't hold magnets) but also enjoy the clutter-free-ness of it all. To make up for it, I have a small magnetic whiteboard that gives me the space to write notes and hang a small number of items. It forces we to edit frequently.

Apartment Therapy New York | Survey: Refrigerator Doors - To Adorn or Not to Adorn?Boston
9/2/08 08:07 AM

Heresy! Nothing can replace bacon! Maybe brussel sprouts can be the next asparagus or something, but NOTHING replaces bacon for cryin' out loud.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Good Eats: Are Brussels Sprouts the New Bacon?
9/1/08 06:45 PM

Gift certificates to favorite take-out / delivery places or even new spots to try in their new neighborhood. Who cooks, or even has much food i the house, the first few days after you move?

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Housewarming Bucket
8/28/08 06:48 PM