Category: Housekeeping

gardening

Gardening: Why Do It and How to Get a Head Start for Spring

My husband and I garden. We call it our “therapy”. There is nothing like working the soil, planting your plants, pulling weeds, and watching your garden yield fresh, colorful produce all summer long! It truly is therapeutic to grow your own food. And oh, what a feeling of comfort and satisfaction when the first flakes start...

room

Five Things You Can do to Make Your Bedroom a Retreat and Not the Dumping Grounds for Toys and Laundry

The master bedroom in our home looks very much like, well, a cluttered college dorm room. The shoes are all in a shoe cupboard, dresses and suits hang nicely in the closet and daily clothes like jeans and t-shirts sit neatly in the armoire. But that’s where the tidiness ends. Our always-full clothes hamper is unsightly...

dinner table

8 Ideas For Dressing Your Table That Won’t Put A Crimp In Your Budget

Winter is here, and it’s time to start getting ready for the busiest entertaining season of the year. As the hostess, it’s important that you’re mindful of all the elements that make an event come together. You know that the right menu can get your guests into the party mood, but don’t forget that fabulous food needs an equally fabulous presentation....

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Decorating Ideas To Keep Your Home Looking Lovely and Feeling Cozy

As the number of days until the end of the year start to dwindle, it’s time to kick into high gear and create a  decorating strategy that will bring you through the holiday season and beyond. While this always requires a certain amount of serious planning, this year there’s a new wrinkle with which you must contend. The economic...

apartment

Apartment Living: Container Gardening on a Budget

Gardening is a beloved activity where you behold the wonder of nature as you partner with it to create and control vegetation. You also have the benefit of getting outside to enjoy the fresh air and some exercise. If you grow edible plants you have the additional benefit of home-grown produce to nourish your body. It’s...

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Apartment Decorating: Non-Permanent Ways to Make It Home

Apartments generally have white walls, white blinds, beige carpet, and neutral toned cabinets. This makes for a stark, sterile, and bland environment. It won’t feel like home until you make your mark on it. But wait — it’s an apartment, and you have to leave it in the same condition you found it. That sure makes...

clothing wardrobe

What to Keep, What to Give Away

When I was growing up, life was about gain, gain, gain. People wanted to fill their houses with objects they didn’t really need, as outward evidence of their financial well-being. Nowadays, though, with the current trend for de-cluttering and simplifying, it seems to be that he who has the least, wins. Emotional and psychological well-being has...

bed slipcovers

Using Slip Covers To Freshen Up A Room

Slipcovers have a long and venerable history. Their origin dates back to Medieval Europe when furniture-making wasn’t the craft it is today. Wealthy families who could afford wooden stools and chairs made them more comfortable by adding cushions. They also realized that covering their furniture with fabric added a bit of color that livened up their...