Built-in Media Cabinet Makes Way for Mini Mudroom

Built-in Media Cabinet Makes Way for Mini Mudroom

One of my favorite rooms at the new place is the living room. The living room has a ton of windows (seven of them), enough space for the usual furniture, a fireplace, and even a nook for my desk. The windows look out to several trees and that is where the desk lives within the nook. I get to write while gazing into the leaves of trees, alive with birds and squirrels, and if the season is right, gorgeous pink blossoms. Of course, the room was screaming to be a different color, but that was easy enough to remedy. I love it. But you

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How I Curated and Digitized My Photo Collection

It was almost a year ago that I began the photo project. I decided to store all of my photos digitally and toss many of the print copies. The space occupied by the volumes of photo albums was too much for me to handle. As usual, I thought this would be a two-week job; after two weeks, I thought it would take a few months; after a few months I lost interest for a while; and a year later I am finished. I have never been so happy to complete a project in my entire life! Here is what I

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Quick Tip to Air Your Laundry (jeans, I mean)

I’ll let you in on one of my dirty little secrets: I don’t wash my jeans after every wear. Egads! There has been a lot of talk over the past couple of years, with Anderson Cooper confessing that he washes his jeans about four times per year, and Levi’s CEO Chip Bergh stating that jeans should seldom be machine washed. He was wearing a pair that had not been washed in a year. A sponge or toothbrush along with a little detergent is what he recommended. Once a year sounds a little oogy to me, and even four times per

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Improvised and Inexpensive Closet Organization – Mom’s Place

Yep, another closet. Everywhere I turn, there they are. Even at Mom’s. Back in October I took a little trip to visit Mom in Wisconsin. It was too cold to enjoy the outdoors (26 degrees for my a.m. run), and Mom goes to bed early, so I was itching to find a project. My shopping options were limited since she lives in a small town. There was a dollar store, a Shopko, and down the road a hardware store. I made use of all three for this little fix-up. Mom and her dog, Beamer – they are a cute pair.

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Closet Organization Sans Tools

Because of the compact nature of my condo, even the real estate within my real estate is at a premium.  I’m always looking for ways to eke out a little more storage space where I can.  Well, I found a little space on the inside of the door to my coat closet.  I have shoes hung on the inside of the master closet doors, so I thought hey, why not use the entry closet too?  I installed two open top file boxes from the Container Store (also at most office supply stores; about $6 each) to serve as catch-alls.  I

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