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Display Name: Dot525
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I guess I'm a minimalist, all those pictures gave me a headache. Too much going on everywhere you look. And the metallic wallpaper! Yikes!

Style Time Capsule: Decorating Advice from 1975
6/15/14 09:52 AM

These tips are applicable to any risk-gone-wrong in life! Good advice in general.

How to Bounce Back Quickly From Design and DIY Project Failures
6/15/14 09:46 AM

I was going to post that sentiment, but you said it so well! After losing my home in a short sale, I am a renter for the rest of my life. And it's a relief!

7 Home Regrets You Don't Want to Have in 10 Years
6/1/14 10:09 AM

I used to spend a lot of money on snacks and desserts, but now I limit myself to one salty snack and one sweet one. And I don't buy more until those are gone.
I like the idea of allowing a little splurge, like a new flavor of tea or a product you haven't tried before. This is especially good if you are keeping to a budget in other areas of your life, like clothes and home goods.

Tips for Sticking to a Budget: Getting Grocery Shopping Under Control Budget Living
5/19/14 07:42 AM

Oh and if I lit a candle in the morning I would worry all day that I didn't blow it out.

6 Tips for Making Your Morning Routine Bearable Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/10/14 11:19 PM

I am a night owl and hate to wake up to an alarm, but when my son is with me and I have to get him out the door and to school on time I can stick to my routine - breakfast/feed cats/shower/throw on clothes.
When I just have to get myself to work, I hit the snooze a few times and then the iPad is the biggest time-sucker, especially if a show I watch was on the night before and I'm reading recaps. That's when my 45 minute routine turns into an hour and a half. Fortunately I have a little wiggle room as to the time I have to be in the office.
Also, let's just say this, sometimes the length of time you need for your "morning sit down" can put your plans askew.

6 Tips for Making Your Morning Routine Bearable Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/10/14 11:18 PM

Unless I have new jeans which might lose some dye in the wash, I sort things by how they get dried. Towels and underwear go together because they get dried on normal temp. Except dish towels which shouldn't go with underwear. Anything that gets dried low gets washed together, either on a warm/ cold or cold/cold setting.
I never buy anything that needs to get dry- cleaned. I have a 10-yr-old rayon summer dress that I've been dry cleaning since I bought it! but I think this summer I'll wash it and hang dry and let the chips fall where they may.
I hand wash bras so the padding doesn't get messed up. Hand wash sweaters too.
Having someone do my laundry would be such a luxury!

Are You a Laundry Rule Breaker?
1/30/14 10:33 PM

I started the immense task of sorting photos. It's hard not to get trapped in wistfulness while doing so. But I've gotten one storage tub sorted, so it's a start.
Also went thru another storage tub and found some sheets and other linens that I washed and donated.
The best thing about the Cure is the awareness it gives you of your space and what's in it, and prompts you to question why things are where they are and why you have them in the first place. I hope to keep my eye sharp in that regard.

A refresher Cure in the springtime wouldn't hurt!

The Assignment We've All Been Waiting For The January Cure: Assignment 18
1/27/14 11:51 PM

One thing I got out of this is that having flowers is nice. I didn't get a chance to get any yet and I keep looking in the spot where they were and missing them.
Everything else is sort of half done but I'm pleased to have guidelines and plans in mind.
Hope you all had a good weekend!

Weekend Chores: Flowers, Outbox, Living Room & Lighting January Cure Assignment #17
1/26/14 07:45 PM

I will return anything! I bought my son a birthday card to give his sister and he didn't like it. I could have stuck it in my greeting card box where it would sit for years until it got thrown out, instead I brought it back to Target and got my $3.23 and bought some milk.

My boyfriend is the complete opposite. He bought a blender, never took it out of the box, realized he would never use it, and now it's sitting in his living room with a lamp on top of it.

Return Shame: You Either Have It or You Don't
1/24/14 08:07 PM

I have tons of old letters, stubs, dolls, band buttons....I'm thinking of scanning the letters and taking photos of the objects (I think there's a video on the site here where an expert suggests that.) If you feel creative, you could make an artwork from the buttons and ticket stubs. I hope to get my act together to do that.

Less Mess & Stress: Getting Your Paperwork & Files Organized January Cure: Assignment # 13
1/20/14 09:28 PM

I have two art projects in mind that I haven't put together yet, neither one is very time-consuming. my goal is to do them and hang them.

Making Your Home Your Own: Prep Artwork for Framing & Display January Cure: Assignment # 6
1/9/14 12:26 PM

In preparation for downsizing, I'm going to assess all my photos in conjunction with souvenirs, and get everything into uniform scrapbooks. This will get rid of about 5 Rubbermaid tubs from the basement. I know this won't get completed in a month, but the sorting can get done and obtaining the supplies also.

The goal is a shelf of scrapbooks that are easily accessible and enjoyed.

You Can Do It: Pick a Project to Cross Off Your List January Cure: Assignment # 5
1/8/14 10:26 AM

Habitat for Humanity might take the building supply type stuff.

12 (Okay 13) More Items You Probably Own Too Many Of
1/8/14 12:17 AM

Scented candles and vases! They get bought because they're a cheap splurge and I envision this lovely scented home, and then they get stashed away.

School supplies like half-used notebooks.

Also I'm one of those "this might be useful one day" people, so there's random blocks of styrofoam and chopsticks and binder clips and sock hangers here and there.

I'm going to be moving to a smaller space in about 8 months and have to be brutal about getting rid of all these things.

I hate to create trash so I try to find places to donate things, but for some stuff, I have to accept that it's going to be trash eventually so it might as well be now!

12 (Okay 13) More Items You Probably Own Too Many Of
1/8/14 12:15 AM

That's a really good point!

The First Step: Create a Project List The January Cure: Assignment #1
1/3/14 12:35 PM

I like this as a first step because it helps me realize my home isn't the disaster area I think it is. There's a couple of problem spots, but the rest just needs some cleaning and clutter-management. I feel better already!

The First Step: Create a Project List The January Cure: Assignment #1
1/3/14 12:34 PM

I found when my kids were little they didn't have a lot of clothes that needed to be hung up, it all fit in the dresser. So I could use their closets for my clothes!

Kids Closets Used as Reading Nooks
11/13/13 09:29 AM

I like to get cards, see a person's handwriting. also I'll save cards I receive for sentiment or decoration.
Not only do I like to get actual greeting cards, and send them, I don't like cards with family photos on the front. What does a vacation photo of the family have to do with Christmas? It's not decorative or seasonal. Even Christmas themed family portraits are annoying. If I see a person regularly, I don't need a picture of them. A pretty card with a heartfelt greeting is what I enjoy. And no I'm not a bitter singleton, I have kids and I do like to show them off. For my far away relatives, I include a photo of my kids in the envelope with the Christmas card.
Of course, I could never tell anyone I know that I feel this way because they'd all be offended.

Digital Holiday Greetings: About Time or Faux Pas?
11/12/13 11:10 PM

I lived on the 4th floor of a 4-story walkup and it was great because we could hang out on the roof if we wanted. We snuck a table up there so we could eat al fresco. No one else ever seemed to think of coming up there.
I am hoping to move back to the city next year, and the top floor is my choice for as long as my knees can handle it. Having people walking above me drives me crazy, and also people passing your door as they go in and out.

Walk-up World: Pros & Cons of Living on the First Floor
8/20/13 06:18 PM