Cleva: 5 simple ideas for your home dot com

Like my Tamar Braxton reference, dontcha?

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for tips and suggestions to make my homekeeping a little easier. Here are just five that I found on the interwebs.

1. This first one comes to us by way of Be Different, Act Normal (love that name!) I have quite a collection of scarves, but they until now they’ve just sat in a bin on a shelf in my closet. I always wanted a better way to arrange them to see what I have, but it never occurred to me to do this: put them on shower curtain rings and clip onto a hanger, which then goes on your closet rod.

scarf organizer
image courtesy of Be Different, Act Normal

 

2. This one is especially near and dear to my heart, as an avid DIYer. Up until now, I would just throw out my paintbrushes after a few uses (ssshhhh, don’t tell Hubby, or the Environmentalists). Coming from This Old House is an idea to revive your paintbrushes to almost new Soak your paintbrushes in vinegar for 30 minutes. So simple!

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image courtesy of This Old House

 

3. I battle the dust monster in my house, and it seems like they do love to settle on baseboards. Something that little really affects how clean your house looks. This, from the fabulous folks at Apartment Therapy: Dust your baseboards with a dryer sheet. Added bonus, your house will smell nice too, even if for just a few minutes.

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image courtesy of Apartment Therapy

My twist on this? Anytime one of the kids says something about being bored, hand them a dryer sheet and tell them to get to work. There, two birds, one stone!

 

4. I do like this one…so much! From craftgawker: Remove a salt box top, attach to a pretty piece of cardstock fitted into a mason jar lid. Great for a those loose flowing powders in the kitchen like baking soda, baking powder, and duh, salt.

saltbox tops
image courtesy of craftgawker

 

5. This last one from the minds of Real Simple. I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks like a great idea! Sprinkle some baby powder in the pits of your stain and iron, to prevent sweat stains. Pretty cool, I say.

babypowder iron
image courtesy of Real Simple magazine

 

Now, That’s Cleva!. Five great ideas to make your home keeping a little easier.

If you’ve tried any of these, let me know how well they worked for you!

ReUse your jars and bottles…with style.

I tend to collect used jars and bottles, especially spaghetti jars. I feel that they just have so much life still left in them.    They can be used to store a multitude of things. While I like to reuse and recycle, I stop short of hoarding.

Whenever I repurpose these jars I always look for a way make them a little more stylish.  I have been using my jars to store beans and other grains in my pantry and have used different labeling ideas.  I never really cared for just plain old sticking a label on the jar.

I decided to use my Silhouette cutter to actually cut the letters out (for those who don’t know what the Silhouette cutter is, read all about it in my post here or go to the machine’s website for more info here).  A bit tedious, yes, but fun.  And as you can see, the results are absolutely smashing!  It sort of just ties everything together and make the pantry look even more organized than it really is. The second picture shows a bottle of sparkling pink lemonade repurposed to hold filtered water in the fridge for those hot months.

The lesson here is, look at what you have and see what other purpose it might have before just throwing it out.

Spaghetti jars holding beans/grains, bottle of filtered water.

sparkling grapefruit lemonade bottle repurposed for water with vinyl labels.

“This is the best day ever!”

Prince Focused working on his beloved Checklist

…Said my middle child, my schedule-loving, focused and determined future-pocket-protector wearing 6 year old son. What was it that had him in such a tizzy?  Our newly implemented checklist system, of course!

I finally got a clue after years of trying to do all the household chores myself.  Hey, maybe if I actually assign some chores to these children, my workload could actually decrease.  While visiting my aunt in California I developed age-appropriate chore lists for each of my children.  For instance, the 3yr old is responsible for putting away toys after the evening bath and getting dressed.  The 9yr old is responsible for sweeping up under the dinner table after dinner, while the 6yr old is responsible for making sure the table is cleared and wiped down.

The more I developed this chore chart, the more I wondered how I would keep it all straight.  I saw a few ideas…some simple,  some way more complicated than they need to be. The best thing by far is the Checklist system.  For each child I made checklists, one for morning, one for after school/evening. This helps them keep track of what they need to do without me having to chase them down, cajole, and scream! Suddenly the house is neater, beds get made in the morning, and there are no food crumbs under the table!  I love it!

And so does Mr. Focused.  He is the rare exception of children who really, really, really, likes chores, but I am blessed that way.  I mean the boy wakes up and goes right to his chores just so he can check off his list.  He lives and lives by this chart! It’s really quite hilarious.  Children generally crave routine (or so I”m told anyway).  It gives them a sense of control over their otherwise uncontrollable little lives.  It doesn’t hurt either that their allowance is tied to how closely they follow their chore lists. All I know is, I am loving this new checklist system.  Oh, you can get yours here.