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Right on, Margaret. (Are we middle-aged ;-))

How To Cut Down on Impulse Purchases, Save Money, and Buy Things You Really Like
7/22/14 03:53 PM

I see your call and raise you a couple more. Had one in my new apartment. When it came time to prep walls for painting, the only way it came out...was with part of the wall attached. Good times.

10 Temporary & Removable Adhesive Products All Renters Should Know About
7/21/14 03:26 PM

I agree. I've rented for many years and have been amazed at the low standards some have had. I'm sure that many landlords would not, themselves, live in some of the places they rent out.

Radical Renters: When Renters Make Big Changes
7/21/14 03:16 PM

I have a problem with this perception that owning a home is the be-all. And I especially don't believe it's that great an investment when women - or anyone - buy condos. Paying what amounts to rent, in addition to the purchase price, never made a lot of sense to me (though I can see the attraction of owning a condo).

All The Single Ladies... Are Investing In Home Equity
7/21/14 12:12 PM

...or painted electric turquoise. Or just painted....

10 Dresser Do-Overs Anyone Can Handle
7/18/14 03:26 PM

Yes to this. I have regretted some purchases which, at the time, I thought I couldn't live without. But I've never regretted saving up and going on a trip.
Like you say, stuff is, ultimately, just stuff. (unless it is 18K gold jewelery that doesn't take up any space; then, go for it!)

Found It? Buy It: ALWAYS Snap Up These 8 No-Regret Items At Garage Sales, Flea Markets and Thrift Stores
7/18/14 03:18 PM

I noticed that you painted the fan blades, before reading where you mentioned it. I have the exact same fan (of which there must be millions in North America). Such a small detail and yet it looks great. Thanks for the tip!

Great space. Just the perfect size for you and your pooch.

Revisiting Scott's California Bohemian House Tour
7/17/14 01:06 PM

Hey Jim. Wouldn't the Toronto weather melt most of the snow sooner vs. later? I have a sister in London (ON) who says snow, when they get it, never sticks around too long.

Loulou in Winnipeg
(where we know from snow!)

Lee & Thor's Dynamic Domicile House Tour
7/16/14 03:51 PM

Just to say that decking tiles seem to be ubiquitous all of a sudden. It's like manufacturers and marketers are telling us that we can't live without this new trend.

IKEA 2015 Catalog Sneak Peek: Stylists' Ideas Worth Stealing
7/16/14 02:12 PM

I've only had one problem neighbour, just a real mouth-breather who played heavy metal and would invite every degenerate in the area to his parties. I didn't have any qualms about going up the outside stairs to his place (he lived on the third storey of the house, me on the second), in my bathrobe, bleary-eyed, to let him know the partying was much too loud (at 3:00 a.m. on a week night). He and his friends laughed at the sight of me....but they turned down the music, miraculously.

The Neighbors are Noisy as S#*!: How to Cope When You Love Your Home But Hate Your Neighbors Renters Solutions
7/16/14 02:01 PM

I have always painted my apartments, always. I think you just have to be prepared to repaint or prime is you use a really wild colour. I just moved out of a place I live in for 11 years. I had painted everything and hung pictures and shelves. I did fix the holes and prime them, but I didn't repaint. I got my security deposit back because they knew and I knew they had to repaint the whole works anyways.

Fess Up: Have You Ever Painted A Rental Without Permission?
7/16/14 10:20 AM

Exactly, Mike. The pricing encourages overbuying and waste. As if (good) paint isn't already expensive enough.

In a perfect world, you should be able to bring that 1/4 gallon of paint back to the seller, where they transfer it into a small can (taking care to put a shmear of paint on the top, so you know which colour it is!). You take home the smaller, easy-to-store can, they keep, clean and recycle the gallon can. I would pay extra for this service.

Designer Wants to Make Half Empty Paint Cans Obsolete Design News
7/16/14 10:17 AM

Dodie, I feel your sofabed pain. It is the one item in my apartment that I dread moving. Even on furniture sliders, on carpet, it weighs a ton. But, where there's a will, there's a way.

As for the 5 problems, honestly, common sense, a little forethought, a minimum of energy and a little self-awareness solves them all. That and the realization and acceptance that life ain't perfect, alone or not.

5 Problems You Only Face While Living Alone (and How to Deal with Them)
7/16/14 10:05 AM

This is quintessential downtown Toronto (Winnipeg girl, here). Yay for featuring a Canadian home now and then. Love the terrace. That is a LOT of outdoor space.

Lee & Thor's Dynamic Domicile House Tour
7/16/14 09:50 AM

I'm with you on owning less. I have one set of sheets and that's it. I wash them every week.

Also, buy smaller bath towels; they take less washer room.

And some items of clothes can be worn more than once! (or twice or three times)

Our Best Tips for Living Without a Washing Machine
7/15/14 02:07 PM

Yep, some items you just have to carry back home to hang and dry.

Our Best Tips for Living Without a Washing Machine
7/15/14 01:54 PM

Have to admit this bugs me a bit, too. I've learned to just stand my ground. If I'm just window shopping, looking for ideas, etc., the pesky seller will just have to DEAL with it. Having been on the selling side (garage sales), I know that putting pressure on people just drives them away!

5 Things Not to Say (or Do) at the Flea Market
7/15/14 11:24 AM

This is the way I do it, too. I have 2 regular machines in my apartment block, but sometimes, I just want to do one BIG wash. I schlep 2-3 big garbage bags of stuff to the laundromat and camp out for the couple of hours it takes. No way would I bother for just one load. I like stuffing everything in the industrial-sized washer and away we go.

Our Best Tips for Living Without a Washing Machine
7/15/14 11:18 AM

For me, making a house (or apartment) a home means cleaning and/or painting it from top to bottom. It's a great way to get to know your place. Also, taking your time in making it your own. My challenge is to have more people over and to cook more. Good food and company make any place home!

Can't Buy Happiness: 5 Simple Ways to Turn Any House Into a Home You Love
7/14/14 12:46 PM

Great space. Love it.

Pet Peeve: The words "edited" and "curated". I cannot wait until these terms die....

Scott & Kristan's Inspring Arts District Loft House Tour
7/14/14 12:33 PM