Home Of The Year

Written by David Leonhardt

We were gathered 'roundrepparttar television, where Little Lady was watching an episode of Stuart Little. The kids had entered their house for a Home Of The Year contest sponsored by some fancy magazine.

I turned to my wife with yet another one of my way-too-brilliant ideas. "Why don't we enterrepparttar 100178 Home Of The Year contest?" I asked.

My wife looked around in horror. "What? With this place?"

Little Lady, just over two years old, was looking forrepparttar 100179 green crayon. "Sure," I replied, obviously missing something. "Why not? It's a great home."

"This place is a mess," my wife said in frustration, as she started slippingrepparttar 100180 videos back into their sleeves. "What magazine would call this home ofrepparttar 100181 year? Dump Monthly? Trash Can News? Oh, I know Bad Housekeeping?"

Little Lady emptiedrepparttar 100182 crayon box onrepparttar 100183 floor. "Oh come on," I answered. "This is a wonderful home full of love and joy. See allrepparttar 100184 drawings taped torepparttar 100185 wall?"

"Inrepparttar 100186 Home Of The Year, there are no crayon drawings taped torepparttar 100187 wall," my wife explained with just a hint of patience. "There might be an original Rembrandt or Van Gogh, or perhaps an exceptional imitation. It would be placed in an elegant frame." Little Lady foundrepparttar 100188 green crayon. Now she needed a sheet of paper on which to draw.

"I don't know," I hesitated. "Rembrandt and Van Gogh don't sound very homey. I suspect you might find them inrepparttar 100189 Museum Of The Year contest."

"Just look at this dust!" my wife cried. She blew onrepparttar 100190 top ofrepparttar 100191 television set, which temporarily vanished intorepparttar 100192 haze.

Little Lady emptied her bookshelf with one fell swoop, but still could not find paper on which to draw.

"OK, so it's dusty," I admitted. "If we dusted more frequently, we would spend less time together and it would be less of a home."

Cleaning Out The Cabinets in Your Kitchen

Written by Stephanie Davies

Cleaning out and finding space in your kitchen cabinets can be a hard, trying experience. There seems to be so many items, and just no where left to put them!

There are several methods you can incorporate into your kitchen to save shelf space, store items easier, and save time searching forrepparttar right thing. And there are also a few basic pointers I will give you alongrepparttar 100177 way.

The first thing is to group like mined items together. Be sure all your spices and herbs are inrepparttar 100178 same location, and also that your pans are together, ect. Unfortunately,repparttar 100179 kitchen isrepparttar 100180 one area ofrepparttar 100181 household whererepparttar 100182 use it or lose it rule doesn't always apply. Meaning, in most other areas ofrepparttar 100183 house, if you don't use something frequently, or have a purpose for it even if that purpose is aesthetic, you need to throw it away or donate it. However, inrepparttar 100184 kitchen there are a whole lot of things you may not use frequently but will need to save, such as herbs, spices, specialty pans, canned items, and more.

So now that you have clustered items together, now what? Well, you figure out which "groups" will needrepparttar 100185 most space. Start by placingrepparttar 100186 largest groups inrepparttar 100187 largest available spaces, and working your way down. At this time you may need to incorporate several space saving techniques.

The first technique is what I callrepparttar 100188 Martha Stewart technique. This is where if you haverepparttar 100189 money and resources, you go out at this time and buy all those specialty gadgets for saving space, such as lazy suzans, expandable drawer inserts and shelf racks, wall hooks, and such. This can be a very attractive and simple way to achieve organization...but I am assuming you are reading this because you know how to buy space, you just don't know how to do it with what you have, right?

Sorepparttar 100190 next technique is what I callrepparttar 100191 easy-find box method. This method works particularly well with spices, herbs, flavorings, and small jars. Find a box that will holdrepparttar 100192 group of items you need to store. Shoeboxes and gift boxes work well for this purpose. Take allrepparttar 100193 items in a group, and label each one onrepparttar 100194 lid using small yard sale type sticker labels stating what they are. Place allrepparttar 100195 items inrepparttar 100196 group inrepparttar 100197 box selected in alphabetical order. Then storerepparttar 100198 box, andrepparttar 100199 next time you need to get something from it you will be able to just takerepparttar 100200 lid off and quickly locate an item. If you have more than a few of these boxes, I recommend labeling them with magic marker onrepparttar 100201 side or top to be able to locate certain groups quickly. You can expand upon this idea by decoratingrepparttar 100202 boxes by gluing fabric to them, wrapping them in countertop sticky paper, or whatever else suits your fancy. This method works well for storing any number of things including canned goods and pastas.

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