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.

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Strawberry Santas

10 Christmas Breakfasts

Peppermint Meringue Cookies

How To Roast Chestnuts

Traditional English-ish Christmas Dinner

Which Dessert For Christmas?

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Holiday Cheer Cocktail

Wassail Punch

Christmas Cosmo

Puerto Rican Coquito: Coconut Eggnog

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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

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House Decoration:

3 Christmas Decoration Ideas

Giant Balloon Ornaments

Easy Christmas Decoration

The Cost Of Running Christmas Lights

How To Save Your Poinsettia

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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.

Easy Christmas Decoration: Giant Balloon Ornaments

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 8:43 am on Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Here’s more easy Christmas Decor: Giant Balloon Ornaments. The bottom of the ornament is balloon, the top is metallic cardstock and pipe cleaners. This is great for a Christmas party.

Easy Christmas Decoration

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:38 am on Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Here’s an easy Christmas decoration: put some Christmas balls under wine glasses and some tea lights on top. Pretty, festive, and frugal, too.

5 More Clever Kitchen Storage Ideas

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:16 am on Monday, December 9, 2013

I wrote 7 Clever Kitchen Storage Ideas, and then I kept finding more cool possibilities for my 2014 kitchen remodel. Here are 5 More Clever Kitchen Storage Ideas:

My mom told me that it was annoying for her to lift her heavy mixer out of sight in her kitchen, but this lift-up shelf might solve that problem.

Here’s a simple way to hide your trash and your recycling.

Put your microwave behind a cupboard and no one knows it’s there.

Hang your pots instead of stacking them.

Keep the cat food and water out of sight with this adorable cat-friendly addition to the kitchen.

Thanksgiving 2013 Round-Up

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:00 am on Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving is almost here.

Here’s the 2013 Thanksgiving Round-up of helpful posts:

savvyhousekeeping thanksigivng round-up how to smoke a turkey

How To Smoke A Turkey

savvyhousekeeping thanksgiving round-up cranberry margarita

Cranberry Margarita

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Perfect-Every-Time Pie Crust

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Butternut Squash Pie

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Turkey Confit

savvyhousekeeping thanksgiving round-up 5 brussels sprouts recipes

5 Brussels Sprouts Recipes

savvyhousekeeping thanksgiving thankful jar

Make A Thanksgiving Thankful Jar

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Multi-Tier Oven Rack

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DIY Pumpkin Candles

See EVEN MORE Thanksgiving posts here.

Make A Thanksgiving Thankful Jar

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:53 am on Tuesday, November 26, 2013

[Image via LittleDiddy]

Here’s a cool Thanksgiving activity: when the guest arrive, they write down what they are thankful for and put it in the “thankful jar.” Later in the night, you read the slips of paper out loud.

It sounds like a great way to celebrate and share in being grateful.

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