Make A Thanksgiving Thankful Jar

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


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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.

5 Reasons Packages Get Destroyed

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 8:59 am on Tuesday, November 5, 2013


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Here’s an interesting article on 5 Reasons Packages Get Destroyed, as written by a former UPS worker.

Apparently writing “fragile” on a package might mean postal workers treat it more roughly, but it might work to “Camouflage It as a Heartwarming Gift.” From the article:

My default is to curse every package that comes down that slide. Anything that sticks out is going to brighten my day. So if you want your package handled a little more tenderly, give it to your small child (or a friend’s child — anyone’s child will do) and let them write on it in crayon.

See, I’m not about to smash a package that belongs to some kid. I see all the crayon scribbles and poorly spelled adulation for mom, or grandpa, or whoever the hell, and all I can picture is a toddler sending his beloved teddy bear to grandma on the raisin ranch because she only has days to live. And I’ll be goddamned if I’ll let anything happen to that teddy! Maybe you aren’t allowed within a certain distance of small children. That’s fine; just make the package look like a gift. Some stickers, “Happy Birthday” written on it, whatever. As long as it’s enough to create a heartwarming story to make us care a little more.

Got it. Write the address in crayon, maybe avoid this?

Read the rest of the article here.

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!

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