9 Tips to Control Your Paper at Home

Written by Barbara Myers

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6. Set uprepparttar simplest filing system possible. Use broad categories and you'll be more likely to file. Buy a portable file box so you can file while watching TV.

7. Post appropriate information where you need it. Hang a stain removal guide in your laundry room. Tape instruction manuals to appliances and electronics.

8. Place mail order catalogs in a reading basket near a cozy chair. Keep onlyrepparttar 131059 ones you truly enjoy. Have sticky notes and pen ready for ordering notes.

9. Make a "hold" file for sporting schedules, tickets to future events and department/specialty store coupons you might use. Use this file for anything you will need at a future date. Weed it out monthly.

Barbara Myers is a professional organizer and author. Free tips booklet and e-zine to help you take control of your time by organizing your life. Visit http://www.ineedmoretime.com

Faux Painting Finishes

Written by Kathleen Wilson

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Crackling is very popular as aged finishes have become so much a part of showcasing warmth and history in our homes. It can be done without purchasing expensive crackling kits. Crackled finishes are a simple chemical reaction. All you need are two colors of latex paint, one a base coat that will peek through, and one a top coat, that you will seerepparttar most of, and household glue. Thatís right, direct from your kidís art box. Sand and prime your piece if necessary, then paint with your base coat. Remember, this will berepparttar 131057 colorrepparttar 131058 will just peek through, so itís best if it contrasts withrepparttar 131059 top coat. Let dry. Now mix household glue with equal parts water, and brush onto your base coat. This can be done easiest with a foam brush. Allowrepparttar 131060 glue to dry until just tacky, about 30 minutes. Now forrepparttar 131061 reaction part. Brush on your top coat directly overrepparttar 131062 glue coat. Donít brush over any one area more than once, you will ruinrepparttar 131063 crackle effect in that area. You should start seeingrepparttar 131064 crackling take place within a minute or so. The size ofrepparttar 131065 crackles has a lot to do with your technique in applyingrepparttar 131066 top coat, so experiment a little first. Long, smooth strokes tend to produce larger more dramatic cracks than short strokes, and

if you really want a subtle effect, try sponging or ragging onrepparttar 131067 final coat. Allow to dry overnight. If you wish to further antique your work, simply dab or brush it with some wood stain, then wipe off. Repeat until you getrepparttar 131068 look desired. You can seal with polyurethane or clearcoat, or coat it with common furniture wax.

Kathleen Wilson is the Editor of a free ezine called The Budget Decorator, dedicated to the "budget impaired" home decorator. Visit her at http://www.thebudgetdecorator.com for more free projects and ideas, and for info on her workshop.

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