Using A Tin To Store Q-Tips

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:53 am on Wednesday, November 26, 2014

I was excited to learn that if you have a metal door on your medicine cabinet, you can buy little magnetic baskets for holding cotton swabs or other toiletries. The basket attaches to the door, thus saving space in the cabinet and allowing for easy access to the cotton swabs.

I was less excited to learn these baskets cost $15.

So I decided to make my own using a spice tin. I cleaned out the tin, filled it with Q-tips, and attached it to the door with two magnets, like so:

Voila!

Use Shower Rings To Organize Your Closet

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:11 am on Monday, October 20, 2014

So it turns out that the humble shower ring is a great way to organize your closet. Here are some things shower rings can help you organize:

Tank Tops

Purses

Scarves (Or ties or belts.)

Hats (I’m totally doing this one.)

Jewelry

Gift Bags

Shorts

Even Bras

Halloween Decoration Round-Up

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:31 am on Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Happy October! To get you in the mood for the season, here’s Halloween Decoration Round-Up:

Fireplace Pumpkin Arrangement

Bats As Halloween Decor

Pac-man Halloween Garland

Ghosts from tissue-paper bells

Construction paper rats on the stairs

Cardboard Window Monster

That one is just brilliant.

How to Clean Enamel Cookware

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:05 am on Wednesday, September 24, 2014

After:

Before:

Not bad for a 50 year old pot.

Awhile back, I bought a set of vintage Dansk enamel cookware from a thrift store for $10 a pot. Since I use them all the time, they have gotten pretty beat up, so I decided it was time for a good cleaning. All is took was laundry soap and elbow grease.

How to Clean Enamel Cookware

1. Clean and scrub the pot as best you can.

2. Fill the pot with water and add a tablespoon or so of laundry soap.

3. Put on stovetop and bring to a boil.

4. Let boil for 5 minutes.

5. Take off the heat and scrub under running water while the pot is still warm. It will magically come clean.

Cake Stand As Soap Holder

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:27 am on Thursday, September 4, 2014

Good idea: Cake Stand As Soap Holder. Looks elegant, keeps the soap off the counter, and is a clever way to store your cake stand, too.

10 Stunning Writing Studios

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:28 am on Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Here’s a fun read: 10 Stunning Writing Studios.

So jealous…

5 Ways To Organize Blankets

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 9:24 am on Monday, August 18, 2014

Babies. They sure have a lot of blankets. Am I right?

Here are five ways to organize blankets, baby or no:

Roll Them On A Shelf

Install A Towel Rack On A Door

Put Them In A Organizing Bin Or Basket

Fold Them In A Drawer

Hang Them In The Closet

Michael Chabon’s Berkeley Craftsman Bungalow

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:29 am on Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Remodelista has a tour of the home of author Michael Chabon and his wife Ayelet Waldman. It’s a pretty gorgeous Craftsman bungalow in Berkeley. Pictures:

Original wood paneling offset by this wallpaper.

Love these custom-built two-tiered bookshelves.

This is a great use for a corner if you happen to be a bookworm.

The house itself. Must be nice to be a famous author!

See the rest of the tour here.

Kitchen Backsplash Round-Up

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 10:14 am on Tuesday, July 29, 2014

There are so many ways you can go with a kitchen backsplash. Here’s some inspiration.

Pressed Tin

Vintage Postcards Under Glass

Metal Tiles

Chalkboard (Hard to keep clean?)

Reclaimed Wood

Paper Under Glass

Red Tile

Tile Cut At A 45 Degree Angle And Set In A Zigzag

DIY Chysanthemum Bookshelves

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:39 am on Thursday, July 10, 2014

Quite a focal point for a room: bookshelves that look like a chrysanthemum or a star.

When you look closer, it looks like it’s just a series of boxes that have been cleverly attached to the wall.

Wouldn’t that be an interesting DIY project…

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