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A 3 drawer dresser... bought by my parents to use as a baby dresser/changing table, turned into a bedside table in high school, throughout college it has been a microwave stand, sofa side table, landing strip, and TV table. It is currently back in my kitchen providing additional storage. I hope to bring it full cycle back to a baby dresser/changing table someday soon...

Buying Multipurpose Furniture Melbourne | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
2/16/10 09:57 AM

One of the best pieces of advice I was ever given is "a place for everything and everything in it's place". Clutter comes about when there is no "home" for things.

Before You Home Hack: Organize | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
2/8/10 03:16 PM

@ebarrett3- I had that problem quite a bit this summer with my water heater, thought it was on the outs. It turned out the area my water heater was in was getting very humid. Condensation was forming inside the core and dripping on the pilot light. There is a way to turn something in the hot water heater so the condensation drips into a different place. Call the manufacturer and talk to them, your problem could be a simple fix.

How To Heat Up The Water at HomeHome Hacks | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
2/5/10 01:02 PM

TV on a sleep timer, pillows to make a nest, duvet tucked around my toes, my pitt bull at my back, boxer at the foot of the bed and other boxer snoring on my head.

I used to be ok without all the nesting, but after a death in my house it was very creepy trying to fall asleep. Now I cant sleep without noise or I'll spend the whole night jumping at each little creak or wind moan or thinking "something" is pulling at my toes or hair.

If I wake up in the middle of the night... gotta start the process all over

What Lulls You To Sleep at Night? | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
1/27/10 03:45 PM

I've found that maintaining a wish list throughout the year is helpful when it comes holiday/birthday time. My family always sends gifts, but we are very far apart. It helps to keep things age appropriate as well as avoid the embarassing underwear as a gift that happened one year.

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Survey: Do You Use Wish Lists?
4/8/09 10:35 AM

1 in the purse, 2 under the sink, the rest in the car.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | AT On... Organizing Reusable Bags In The Kitchen
3/19/09 11:20 AM

So growing up and not replacing my pillows every 2 years, means my house is now contaminated? What ever happened to hanging your bedding out in the sun on a regular basis? It kills the mites and makes them all nice. If the owners are concerned, just throw them out in the sun for a few hours.

Apartment Therapy Boston | Guess What These DIY Cushions Are Made From?
3/2/09 11:05 AM


What a great idea! This is a project I've wanted to try but was afraid I would mess up the pattern. The pegboard really takes the fear out of the project.


Apartment Therapy Chicago | How To: DIY Tufted Headboard Charissa's February Jumpstart Project 2009
2/13/09 12:06 PM

Oh if you can, I like to create a "staging area" in the new place to put all boxes. As I unpack, I move the boxes into the proper room (kitchen, bedroom, etc) that way every room in my place is not filled with boxes and clutter while I get time to deal with unpacking.

Depending on the place, the dining area is usually a good place to put the "staging area". It usually has the most open space with the least amount of furniture to work around.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Advice on Moving Furniture Melbourne
1/27/09 02:04 PM

"the keep with you bag" should include:
toilet paper
drink cups-enough for all workers
overnight stuff
and most important scissors/knife (try unpacking anything when your scissors are packed by an overzealous tape fiend)

agree with label stuff in detail

spare bedding/towels can be used as padding

ziploc baggies are great when taking things apart. Use them for all screws/bolts/etc then label where it came from. When you are finished put the tools necessary to rebuild in too (if possible). Same thing with all the cords and remotes that go with your TV. Put them all together, label, and tape to the back.

Most important, I've found that the better you are organized before you start packing the easier it is to unpack and set up in a new place.

Take into consideration how many flights of stairs you are dealing with. More flights=smaller boxes

You friends are nervous about moving the furniture... have they looked into having movers just move the pieces they are worried about? It is significantly cheaper to have them come in for a few pieces than trying to move a whole house. That way the pieces are also protected by the mover's insurance if something goes wrong.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Advice on Moving Furniture Melbourne
1/27/09 01:58 PM

Growing up my dad made a trapeze out of a wood pole and some rope that hung in our family room. When it was not in use, the bar part fit into the hooks on the ceiling (it wasnt very high). When I got older we used the hooks to hang hammock chairs. It was so much fun playing on the trapeze that I hardly sat on the couch.

Looking back it was a great way to keep us kids from being couch potatoes.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Inspiration: A Swing in a Living Room
12/4/08 10:56 AM

It's a good idea, but not centering the TV in the niche is making my brain hurt.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Before and After: Incorporating a Flat Screen TV into a Bookcase
11/13/08 04:12 PM

Am I the only one who has 2 phones chargers? That was the one thing that was ALWAYS in the wrong place when I need it.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Staying At The Boyfriend's And Coming Back Home Again
10/30/08 06:32 AM

I love the walls in the bedroom. Anyone know who makes the wallpaper? Or is that just paint?

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Before and After: Dump to Looker
10/28/08 01:25 PM

Please do not paint the beds. They look like Cargo brand furniture and the wood just needs to be conditioned. Cargo is wonderful furniture that will last you through your foster time. You can dress up the beds with the linens. I've always felt that pillows also help make a room homey.

Ditto on the lockers and stuff animal ideas. Providing something that can be "their" will really help with the settling in.

What about a small activity table? Perhaps move the small dresser to the foot of a bed and put a table/bookshelf/play mat under the window?

Or you could move the beds under the window and put the small dresser in between as an end table to share.

If you end up with older kids who need privacy, you could do what my roommate and i did in college. We hung a regular curtain from the ceiling by the head of our beds. It gave the person in bed the illusion of privacy without making if feel like a hospital.

BTW I have one of those weird long windows too and cannot figure out how to dress it. I'd love to see what you come up with. Please post the after results!

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Good Question: Making it Cheerful
10/28/08 01:18 PM

I pile everything not in it's place onto something too (usually bed or couch). Then put everything away, then dust\vaccum\mop. It's the only way I know how to clean and declutter.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Tip: Our Best Decluttering Solution
10/14/08 07:43 AM

This looks like therapy. All those hours painting... Someone was assimilating.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Look: A Camouflaged House! Austin
10/14/08 07:39 AM

I dont have any experience with hot plates, but I found in college that a medium sized toaster oven was incredibly good to have around. Now that I live in a house, I use my toaster oven almost exclusively. My real oven hasnt been turned on since last Thanksgiving!

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Good Question: Best Hot Plate for Tiny Kitchen?
10/7/08 06:27 AM

I'm with the crowd. Here in Texas it's finally cooling off enough to open the windows and get some fresh air in the house. I also deep clean the kitchen, wash the windows, dust the odd places (ceiling vents, door frames) and deep clean the carpet.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Has the Fall Cleaning Bug Hit You Yet?
10/2/08 06:16 AM

Bacon wrapped green beans. Marinade in worchestershire, garlic, whatever other seasonings on hand. Wrap a few in a slice of bacon and grill. yum!

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | What Are Your Favorite Tailgating Recipes?
9/29/08 12:04 PM