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With a husband that loves to cook and an infant, we do a LOT of dishes. I hate them. BUT we've learned to cope! Actually, we already do many of the things listed here.

Some additional things to consider:
I gave up the sponge after reading (probably on AT!) how they harbor bacteria and other nasty things. I now use cloth dish rags, washing them about every three or four uses. Soaking negates the need for a scrub brush most of the time. I hang the towel over the faucet to dry (Admittedly, not the prettiest but neither are sponges.)

We have a house rule of rinsing your dish after use if you don't plan on washing right away. This is a HUGE time saver when it comes time to wash. Also, we place them in the "dirty side" of the sink and avoid putting them on the counter, since our kitchen is small. When it's full, it's time to do the dishes.

I have a method of washing the mildly dirty dishes first followed by the really dirty, greasy ones. This keeps me from draining and re-filling mid-wash. Baby bottles, however, I reserve for last, after wiping down the inside of the sink and refilling with clean water. (luckily these don't require much water at all, since there are so few of them.) Because we have a double sink, I don't rinse as I go, rather, I wait until the end and rinse the whole draining side of the sink at once.

And for those moms and dads without a dishwasher- after washing our bottles and pacifiers we rely on our microwave steamer to sanitize the bottles! That thing rocks. Just be careful to read the labeling to make sure the plastic parts are microwave safe!

Our Best Tips for Life Without a Dishwasher
7/17/14 09:33 AM

That last picture is very "Paranormal Activity". *shudder*

The Chair Rail: What It Is and How To Make the Most of It Design Dictionary
7/16/14 04:36 PM

Typo: Entrees not Entries.

How To Eat Well When You're Low on Cash Budget Living
5/6/14 01:49 PM

Boil a kettle and scald them. This is great for the suckers that manage to sneak up through the pavement. in a day or two they will be dead and you can pull them out easily.

Also, I have a massive problem with thistles. I use a long handled Weed-Hound which is great for these, which can handle the boiling water.

How To Get Rid of Dandelion Weeds Apartment Therapy Tutorials
5/6/14 01:47 PM

Be warned- not all palettes you see sitting behind your local hardware store are freebies. Many companies that make pallets actually LEASE them to retailers and distributors. The companies take back broken pallets and fix them to lease out again. It's a much more "green" business model than people realize. I blame the abundance of DIY projects online for the misconception.

So if you think you're "saving" a pallet from the trash, you might actually be stealing. Always ask permission first.

Before & After: A Bunch of Old Pallets Gain Purpose
5/5/14 03:15 PM

I always feel like my tiny house looks larger after I sweep and mop. Something about shiny floors- not to mention I picked up as I went.

5 Free Ways to Make Any Room Feel More Spacious & Look Better
4/14/14 12:48 PM

Some of these are super cute....

But I have to ask- Am I the only one that didn't get a gift in my Easter basket? Sure, I got some candy and maybe a tiny plastic trinket but full on presents? Not from my Easter Bunny. Not to pick on the above, this post is just one of a few times this topic has come up for me and I'm still struggling with it.

That being said if my kid needs a present for an upcoming birthday party I will refer to this nicely curated list.

Toys in Bloom: 25 Kids Gifts for Easter & Spring
3/25/14 05:12 PM

This is hilarious and so true! AND it completely applies to trips to Ikea!

5 Reasons Why Your Partner Doesn't Actually Want to Go to the Farmers Market With You
3/25/14 11:57 AM

Bac-Out is amazing! I originally bought it to pre-treat my baby's cloth diapers and have found it very useful all over the house.

But seriously, it's the BEST for cloth diapers!

Rethink the Stink: 5 Odor Removing Products No Home Should Be Without Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/25/14 11:54 AM

Stud finders work great in newer, mostly drywall homes. But if you're in a plaster walled, partially brick "walls-of-mystery" house like mine they are a waste of money. I use the ol' knock on the wall trick paired with the 16" between studs trick. It works about 75% of the time and the rest of the time I'm just making a ton of holes in my walls.

13. A LEVEL- @discerning- Yes, I use one constantly.

For older homes:

14. Various sized wall anchors- especially in plaster walled homes, these are sometimes the only option.

15. a masonry drill bit for your (hopefully decently powered) electric drill. And you'll need to replace it form time to time.

DIY Supply Spotlight: 12 Tools Every New Homeowner Should Have
3/25/14 11:51 AM

The links to 4 and 5 (House Beautiful) go to the article for 2 and 3.

Style Makeovers: Dated Kitchens Refreshed Without Renovating Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/19/14 04:04 PM

I have a peace lily that has been with me for about 7 years. I have only ever had 1 flower. I have been told that they need substantially more care (and plant food) than I give them to flower but mine looks pretty and green and gets very little light and I water about once every other week. When my furnace went out a few weeks ago and my house got down to below freezing all my other plants died. This one had a few leaves that needed pruning but otherwise it held up great!

5 Hearty Hard-to-Kill Houseplants for Apartments with Low Light Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/18/14 12:12 PM

I married a man who's mother is a serial-keeper. When we moved in to an apartment with a basement for storage she trucked over about ten HUGE plastic bins full to the brim of his "childhood keepsakes." I can tell you that I won't be doing that to my kid or his future significant other.

Memorabilia Mania: Papers, Artwork & Ephemera to Keep for Your Kids Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/11/14 01:19 PM

@tiffchick- the crib is the Olivia Crib by Baby Mod. I got this model after reading about Clara's crib on Young House Love. This is basically the same crib without the drawer. It's also very affordable and converts to a toddler bed. Most importantly, it gets very good safety ratings. I highly recommend it.

James' Cozy, Eclectic Space My Room
3/4/14 04:56 PM

Such a surprise to see that electric "fireplace"! When we moved in to our apartment there was a similar fake-log-looking thing in our hearth. Judging by the cord and the exposed heating coils I'd say it was just about as old too! That thing looked like a death trap waiting to happen- even without kids or pets. We did plug it in, for fun, and it made an awful whirring sound and blew sparks- so in to the trash it went. If I'd have known anyone was buying those things online I would have tried to sell it myself!

Cozying Up: 8 Items to Help Fight the Winter Chills
3/4/14 01:20 PM

@skbdvm Thanks for the Columbus props! The paint is Flagstone by Olympic Paints purchased at Lowes. To be honest, I thought it was going to come out much more neutral but the blue tint was a pleasant surprise! It looks very blue at night and more gray with daylight flooding in the windows.

Thanks for the feature AT!

James' Cozy, Eclectic Space My Room
3/3/14 01:34 PM

I have the same band-aid colored tile in my bathroom, sans the awesome black trim. I fought it for years (green? gray? nope!) until i just went white on all the walls. I lived with this for awhile until one day i decided to paint the door gloss black and now I LOVE it. I dyed my shower curtain black too and now everything makes sense. The black door makes it, for sure.

Paint Color & Shower Curtain Suggestions for Classic '50s Bathroom? Good Questions
2/11/14 12:28 PM

As seen in many of these images, utilizing the back of a basement/utility door can become a pantry for those short on space. I installed these cheap racks behind two doors in my home and now I have TONS more space. I previously had no pantry in my galley kitchen and with the arrival of my first child, it was getting crazy cramped. Now it's MUCH better.

Stylish Storage: 10 Smart Ways to Organize Your Pantry
2/7/14 12:02 PM

Great tips!
I've always used tightly wrapped Seran Wrap over brushes and rollers in between coats of paint. Overnight max. I have totally forgotten about them on occasion, necessitating their disposal. But if I had know the tips above I could have saved them!

How to Clean Old Paintbrushes
2/3/14 09:27 AM

An antique mall a few hours from me has a huge selection of vintage movie posters. Most are in bad shape and nearly all are movies that didn't gain popularity. But they all have the most amazing hand-painted scenes and people depicted. I was fascinated by them when my then-boyfriend and I first saw them. Years later, after he became my husband, he went back and got me one.
This is a replica. I love the colors and it fits my vintage/modern/eclectic style perfectly. The movie is actually great, although i hadn't seen it before i had the poster in hand.

Design Do or Don't? Framed Film Posters
1/30/14 01:12 PM