Frozen Water Balloons As Ice

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 8:07 am on Friday, July 26, 2013

I love this: fill balloons up with water, freeze them solid, and use them as “ice” when keeping beverages cold at a party. It looks festive and is less messy than regular ice, too. Great idea.

Clean Blinds With An Old Sock

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:35 am on Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Here’s a great cleaning tip: Clean Blinds With An Old Sock. Why didn’t I think of this before?

Stowaway Bathtub

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:47 am on Thursday, May 23, 2013

This Stowaway Bathtub from GW International is pretty smart. Bathtubs have a lot of wasted space, so why not use them for storage? I’m not sure when this will be available, but for the sake of small bathrooms everywhere, I hope soon.

From Plastic Jug To Paint Holder

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:39 am on Friday, April 19, 2013

I’m not sure where this image originally came from, but I wish I had known about this the last time I had to paint a wall. It’s great for when you have to go up on a high ladder and don’t want to bring the paint bucket with you.

Not as clever as using a plastic jug as a watering can, but close.

Mounted Unicorn Heads

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 10:12 am on Thursday, March 7, 2013

I’m not into mounted animal heads, but I may make an exception for a mounted unicorn head, like the ones in this French Chateau.

If you want your own, you could always make one out of cardboard:

Or paper mache:

Roll-On Wallpaper

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:13 am on Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I curious about these Patterned Paint Rollers, which let you roll a pattern on your wall to get a wallpaper look in a room. Here is a woman demonstrating the product:

It seems like there are quite a few advantages to these. Cost, for one thing. Wallpaper is expensive. This is the cost of the roller (about $16) plus paint.

There are a lot of creative possibilities here, too. You can have any color combination you want in the room.

And while it looks like these might be a bit of a pain to use–you would have to have a very steady hand to get it look right–hanging wallpaper is a pain too. And if you don’t like the end result, you can always paint over it.

Has anyone used a patterned paint roller? What did you think?

4 Uses For A Magnetic Strip

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:49 am on Friday, February 1, 2013

I use a magnetic strip to hold my kitchen knives and I love it. It keeps them out of the way and yet within easy reach. But there’s no reason this useful gadget has to be relegated to knives. Here are four other ways to use a magnetic strip:

Attach it to the bottom of a counter and use it to store spices.

Put in the medicine cabinet and use to store bobby pins.

Use it to store metal bobbins for sewing.


Use it to display a collection, like these antique metal knives.

Draw Your Own Grandfather Clock

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:10 am on Monday, January 7, 2013

No money for a grandfather clock? Just draw one on the wall like this image from Molly Stern’s house tour on Apartment Therapy. It’s a playful and fun way to display a clock.

New Year’s Jar

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:46 am on Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

2012 was a humdinger of a year for my family, but when it gets down to naming what specifically happened, things can get blurry. So in 2013, I’m going to do this project I heard about on Facebook: a New Year’s jar.

Every time something good happens, you write it down on a piece of paper and put it in the jar. Then at the end of the year, you go through the jar and remember all the good things that happened.

Sounds fun, don’t you think?

5 Cool Gift Wrap Ideas

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 9:11 am on Thursday, December 20, 2012

Here are 5 Cool Gift Wrap Ideas for Christmas, many of which are useful if you’re running low on wrapping paper:

Use a paper bag and the last of the wrapping paper to make a gift bag.

Country Living shows you how to dress up a package wrapped in newspaper with this cool blossom topper.

Wrap a package in a brown paper bag and dress it up with a typographic name cut out of newspaper.

Santa Claus Belt! I wish I’d seen this earlier. I had red paper exactly like that.

Out of bows? Draw them on instead. I am doing this one next year when I send presents in the mail.

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