Fireplace Pumpkin Arrangement

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:57 am on Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Another great Halloween decoration idea: Fireplace Pumpkin Arrangement.

Arrange pumpkins in the fireplace, then carve the flames using a template. Get some candles in there and you’re good to go.

Bats As Halloween Decor

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:01 am on Friday, October 11, 2013

I’ve mentioned the idea of bats as Halloween decor before. All you do is cut out a bat template like this in black paper or felt and tape or string to the wall. Like so:

Bats In the Living Room.

Bats across the mirror.

Bats on the house.

Bat garland.

3 Household Slides

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 8:08 am on Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Instead of the stairs, why not take a slide?

Off the deck.

Down a hill.

Or just forgo stairs altogether.

Pumpkin Pie Potpourri

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:58 am on Thursday, September 26, 2013

Here is a simple fall decorating idea: Pumpkin Pie Potpourri.

Carve the pumpkin, cut air vents in it, and rub the top with pumpkin pie spices or push cloves into the top. Put a tea light in the pumpkin and the heat from the candle with warm up the spices and release a nice scent into the air.

I think I’m going to try this.

7 Clever Kitchen Storage Ideas

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:18 am on Tuesday, September 24, 2013

I’m in the early phases of planning for the remodel of my kitchen, which is going to be the big house project for 2014. It’s the last room of my house that still looks like the 1960s!

There are so many cool storage solutions for kitchens these days. Here’s a few I’ve stumbled upon:

1. Swing-Down Spice Rack. The spice rack looks like a drawer, and swings down when you need it for easy access.

2. Store pot lids on the inside of the door. In this case, they are held on with towel racks. I saw someone else do it with a metal magazine rack.

3. Put a narrow cabinet in to store cleaning supplies. I almost have space for this, but not quite.

4. Store cutlery in a shallow drawer above the dishes. This would make setting the table much easier.

5. Built in paper towel holder. Enough said.

6. Use a metal peg board and a narrow drawer to store utensils. You can hang from the pegs and use magnets on the metal.

7. A cabinet that allows you to sweep dirt down under the house. Imagine that, no more dustpans.

Birdcage Table

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:37 am on Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Check it out, it’s a birdcage table! How lovely. Maybe not practical, but lovely.

Stitched Screen Door

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:44 am on Friday, August 30, 2013

I like this stitched screen door! Read how to do it here.

Paint Dipped Pinecones

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:47 am on Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Here’s a cool fall decorating idea: Paint Dipped Pinecones. Dip in paint, let them dry, and they come out looking like this:

Pretty neat!

Paper Towel Holder To Store Garbage Bags

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:30 am on Thursday, August 8, 2013

I don’t know where this image came from, but it’s a great way to store garbage bags: use a paper towel holder.

Paint Storage

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:09 am on Thursday, August 1, 2013

If you paint, here’s a simple way to store the paint tubes. According to the artist Nicholas Egon Jainschigg:

Basically, I just got tired of having my paint tubes festering in drawers, getting gummy from leaking oil and impossible to find when I needed them. The “system” such as it is, is just hanging the tubes up on readily-available “handbag clips” (technically “Binder Clips” so you can Google them) so you can see all the tubes at once and tell what’s there.

Get a board, hammer nails into it, then attach the binder clips to the ends of the paint tubes for easy hanging. It lets you organize and easily access your paint at the same time.

[The Storage Geek]

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