4 Clever Yarn Storage Ideas

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:25 am on Friday, February 28, 2014

I’ve been talking about knitting and crocheting on here lately, so it makes sense to talk about yarn storage. Here are four clever ways to organize your yarn:

Put up a pegboard and store the yarn on hooks.

Put your yarn in an old CD tower, like the kind you can get at IKEA.

Display your yarn in clear glass containers.

Or, if you want the yarn out of sight, store them in a shoe organizer on the back of a door.

Man, those shoe organizers sure are handy.

5 More Organizing Tips

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:00 am on Thursday, January 16, 2014

I love all these helpful household tips I’m seeing around the Internet. There are so many clever ideas floating around out there these days.

Here are 5 More Organizing Tips found from around the web.

A decorative way to store your towels: use a hanging wine rack.

Organize your junk drawer with Altoid Tins.

“File” your clothes in a drawer so you can see them easier.

Spray a candle holder with cleaning spray for easy cleaning once the candle burns down.

Keep shoes off the ground with an artfully placed coat holder.

Have you tried any of these? Let me know how they worked.

Use A Shoe Organizer To Organize Cleaners

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:16 am on Monday, January 6, 2014

Here’s an interesting way to organize your cleaners: hang a shoe organizer on the back of a door and store cleaners in them instead. This is especially useful if you have a pantry or a closet for cleaning supplies.

This can also keep cleaners out of the reach of the kids–just store the nontoxic things like sponges toward the bottom.

Alternately, you can use a smaller shoe organizer and do the same thing on the back of a cupboard door, like so:

A Good Organizing Tip

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:54 am on Friday, January 3, 2014

This William Morris quote has long been one of my mottoes, so I was pleased to see it illustrated by the awesome artist Lisa Congdon.

What around you does not fit into these categories right now?

10 Tips To Lose Weight

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:59 am on Wednesday, January 1, 2014

I’m no doctor and I don’t claim to be stick thin. That said, since it’s the beginning of the year and we’re all trying to lose weight (yet again!) I thought I’d share some tips for weight loss that I know work.

They’re common sense ideas that can be summed up as: only eat when hungry, cut out the extras, and move around. Here they are:


Ignore the time of day or when you think you should eat and wait until you feel physical hunger. That’s your body telling you it’s ready for food. If you eat when your body isn’t hungry, it will store that food by turning it into fat. So don’t be afraid of a little emptiness in your belly.

COUNT CALORIES. Counting calories turns losing weight into a simple math problem. If you’re under the calorie count, you will lose weight. No more worrying about gluten or carbs or how many points things have–just add a row of numbers and stop when you hit the limit. There are even online programs to help you. You can calculate how many calories you need to get to your desired weight here and then keep track of what you eat on sites like Livestrong or FitDay.

REMOVE SNACKS FROM THE HOUSE. Getting control of snacking is essential to long-term weight loss. The way I got out of the habit was to stop buying snack food—no more chips, cookies, ice cream, or even healthy snacks like dried fruit or vegetable chips. When it’s not in the house, I won’t eat it.

EAT MOSTLY FRUITS, VEGETABLES, AND LEAN PROTEINS. When I’m losing weight, I choose foods like salads, fish with a vegetable side, chicken breasts, fruit, vegetarian sandwiches, and so on. Since fruits, veggies, and lean proteins are lower calorie, simply opting for them means you’re more likely to lose weight. Plus, they’re good for you.

EAT SWEETS ONLY ONCE A WEEK. I know this is tough for some people, but there does seem to be something to the idea of sugar being addicting. If you have dessert every day, your body comes to expect it. Once a week is plenty of sweets for me, and it makes having dessert into something special.

DRINK LOW-CALORIE DRINKS. I mostly drink no-calorie beverages like water, diet soda, coffee and try to keep regular soda, juice, and alcohol to a minimum. Wine in particular can creep up on me—one 5-ounce glass of wine has 130 calories, which is almost like drinking a can of Coke. That can add up fast.

WATCH FATTY EXTRAS. Examples of “fatty extras”: mayonnaise, aioli, pesto, whip cream, ranch dressing, tarter sauce, peanut butter, and hollandaise sauce. You know what I’m talking about. When eating out, I always get these sauces on the side so I can control how much goes on my food. Or better yet, skip it altogether. (Or substitute avocado.)

EAT AT HOME. Sad to say, but eating out makes you fatter. You’re just not as likely to layer on as much butter and grease as a restaurant is likely to do. Plus, eating at home saves money.

PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR BODY SIGNALS. I haaaattteee feeling too full and will go to great lengths to avoid it. When I’m eating, I notice when I’m getting full and start to slow down. Even if I’ve only eaten half my food, when I get the signal I’m full, I stop eating. If I never overeat, I never feel gross after a meal. Learn to recognize that signal in your body—it’s there.

MOVE! You don’t have to get a fancy gym membership to lose weight. Go for walks, kick a ball around, ride a bike, plant a garden, drag out the tennis racket … in other words, find movement that is fun for you, and try to do it a couple times a week. If more people had fun with exercise, more people would do it.

Weight loss! That’s what works for me. What works for you?

New Year’s Jar 2013

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 11:36 am on Tuesday, December 31, 2013

My New Year’s Jar

Almost a year ago, I mentioned I was going to make a New Year’s Jar. You write down things that happen during the year and put them in the jar. Then on New Year’s Eve, you read the notes in the jar.

Well, I’ve been doing it:

Tonight we read the notes. I’m looking forward to it.

What about you? Did you keep a New Year’s Jar for 2013?

Use A Pillow Case To Organize Your Sheets

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 9:25 am on Friday, December 27, 2013

I’ve recently started storing my sheet sets in a pillow case, like in the above picture. You fold the sheets and pillow cases and put them in one of the pillow cases.

That way when you make the bed, the sheets are already together in one bundle. Plus it makes your linen closet look a lot neater!

I can’t believe it took me so long to start doing this.

Christmas Posts Round-Up

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 9:23 am on Tuesday, December 24, 2013

I’ve written many posts about Christmas but have never done a Christmas Round-Up before! Here are some posts going back to 2008.

savvyhousekeeping strawberry santas


Strawberry Santas

10 Christmas Breakfasts

Peppermint Meringue Cookies

How To Roast Chestnuts

Traditional English-ish Christmas Dinner

Which Dessert For Christmas?

savvyhousekeeping holiday cheer cocktail


Holiday Cheer Cocktail

Wassail Punch

Christmas Cosmo

Puerto Rican Coquito: Coconut Eggnog

savvyhousekeeping From plastic bag to gift topper

Gift Wrapping:

From Plastic Bag To Gift Topper

5 Cool Gift Wrap Ideas

Gift Tag from Paint Chips

How To Make Christmas Bows

Gift Wrapping Round-Up

The Cheapest Ways To Get Wrapping Paper

savvyhousekeeping shalkboard serving tray christmas gift present

Make Your Own Gifts:

10 DIY Christmas Gifts

10 More DIY Christmas Gifts

10 Fast DIY Christmas Gifts

My Christmas Food Gifts

Polite Ways To Reduce The Gift Treadmill

DIY Christmas

Five Tips for Saving Money on Gift Giving

savvyhousekeeping Miley Cyrus Christmas ball ornament


Miley Cyrus Wrecking Ball Ornament

3 DIY Christmas Ornaments

3D Print Your Own Christmas Tree Monorail

3D Print Your Own Poinsettia Ornament

savvyhousekeeping three christmas decoration ideas

House Decoration:

3 Christmas Decoration Ideas

Giant Balloon Ornaments

Easy Christmas Decoration

The Cost Of Running Christmas Lights

How To Save Your Poinsettia

savvyhousekeeping button wreath christmas


Nightmare Before Christmas Wreath

Five Recycled Christmas Wreaths

3 DIY Christmas Wreaths

Knitter’s Wreath

Rory Dobner House Tour

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:41 am on Friday, December 13, 2013

I love looking at how artists decorate their homes. The objects artists tend to collect are not simply things purchased in a store, but things that have been made, or collected, from interesting or personal sources. This makes their homes much more interesting than the pretty ones you see on most design sites. Artist houses tend to tell stories.

Rory Dobner’s house is no exception. I mean, a doll head under a bell jar, a stuffed dodo, plates on the walls, flamingo paintings? It’s not for everyone–not for many people at all, really–but that’s all the more reason to like it, as far as I’m concerned

I love the anatomy poster. I almost bought that umbrella can, once.

Rather stern looking, isn’t he?

The local antique store had chairs just like that. They looked comfy.

My favorite thing in this picture is that pillow on the left. It’s so awesome. I also like the boat.

I wonder what the story is with what looks like an old flag hanging from the ceiling.

I love the doll head, as mentioned. I love the parrot pillow. I love the “love” lamp. The plates are great.

Purple furniture? Eh, not so much.

Just, awesome.

See more at Elle Decor España.

Christmas Decoration: Nightmare Before Christmas Wreath

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 8:50 am on Wednesday, December 11, 2013

This made me smile: make your own Nightmare Before Christmas Wreath using wire, bundles of garland, cardboard, scissors, crayons, and a red bow.

Oh look, here’s another one on Instructables.

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