clarity photoIt's that time, y'all! Spring cleaning has settled upon us!
I'm going to tell you a little secret. I don't really spring clean. Not in the generally accepted definition. Oh, sure…I'll have the older boys clean the windows inside and out. I run vinegar through the coffee pot, have my husband change the duct filters, and I might even turn over the mattresses (Not really on that last one. Ain't nobody got time for that!).
But I don't get super intense about cleaning my home from top to bottom. Even as I type I know that there is a little layer of dust on my baseboards and a few light bulbs that need replacing. In fact, even as I type this I realize my keyboard could use a wipe-down with a rubbing-alcohol soaked cotton swab.
Life is all about priorities and choices, right? And as much as I'd love my home to be pristine, I'm just not going to spend the time to make it so.
However, I'm all over decluttering and organizing; it's my personal version of spring cleaning. I go through my
- Babble.com | At Home – Tue, Apr 23, 2013 2:11 PM EDT
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When I lived in Washington, DC, after college, my then-roommate called me "Pig-Pen." It was a well-deserved nickname: A few months prior, as a senior at the University of Virginia, I'd lived on The Lawn, a particularly picturesque area of campus. Outside my dorm room were pristine pavilions and lush, grassy courts. But inside my room was a mess of epic proportions. Three Mile Island was an easier cleanup.Read More »from Katie Couric Confesses: "I Used to Be Called Pig-Pen!"
On graduation day, my parents were driving down from our home in Arlington, VA. I figured I had about an hour to create some semblance of cleanliness-or at least an upgrade from biohazard status. I stowed clothes in drawers, stuffed papers and books in cubbies, and came up with what I thought was a really creative way to tackle my pile of dirty dishes: I hid them in the trunk of my
- Astrology.com Home and Garden Horoscopes | At Home – Tue, Apr 23, 2013 11:06 AM EDT
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
As the door to your refrigerator swings open, you may feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of condiment options. Take a moment to look through these varied bottles -- how long has that ponzu sauce been in there anyway?
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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
A small surprise will greet you as you wander about the house watering the plants. Is that a new bud starting to grow on your camellia? Turn the pot so that the bud is facing the Sun and enjoy the process of watching your plant blossom and grow.
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
A surge of energy will have you thinking that you should run all of your errands for the week in one day. A trip to the grocery store, the dry cleaner and the hardware
By Alyssa Goldman, Cheapism.com
You don't need to invest tons of money in renovation and remodeling to sell your home. With a bit of time, energy, and a few minor changes you can give your house mass-market appeal. We identified nine cheap (and simple) tips for selling your house that might reduce the haggling, as well.Renovate your home to sell.
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1. Less is more. Before potential buyers knock on the door, give your home some TLC. Aside from dusting and cleaning every surface, get rid of all unnecessary items. Although potential buyers are aware your house is being lived in, you want them to imagine that it's already their home. This tip for selling your house also involves taking down family photos and hiding away examples of highly personal taste.
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- Babble.com | At Home – Mon, Apr 22, 2013 5:36 PM EDT
Spring is here at last, hallelujah! I can't think of a better way to welcome back the warmer temps, (cross your fingers they stay), than to host a garden themed get together. I spotted this delightful garden party thrown by Polka Dot Print Studios over at Hostess With The Mostess and couldn't wait to share. Toadstool cookies, ladybugs, digging for worms, potted cherry cake…such fun! Click through for all the fun and earthy inspired details below! - By Gabrielle Blair
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I love outdoor entertaining! Some of the best parties and dinners are thrown outdoors. But you can't always use the same decor outside as you can inside - your furniture, place settings, and accessories have to be durable and easy to clean. Trying to outfit an entirely different environment can be overwhelming, but we've got you covered. This spring and summer, make your outdoor entertaining experience perfect with these must haves! - By Liz Stanley
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- Disney Baby | At Home – Mon, Apr 22, 2013 2:52 PM EDT
When I found out I was pregnant for the first time, creating a eco-chic nursery wasn't on the forefront of my mind. But slowly, as the years have passed and my philosophies on both design (I'm an interior designer by higher education) and life changed, both my style and desire to live a more waste-less clean life has increased. So as time has crawled by, my husband and I have started taking baby steps to "green-up" the nursery a bit. Little by little, tiny changes for the better have taken place. And while we still have a ways to go, I think it's shaping up nicely. By Emily Elling
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- Astrology.com Home and Garden Horoscopes | At Home – Mon, Apr 22, 2013 1:00 PM EDT
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Try not to commit to any plans right now. Wake up whenever you like and see where the day goes. You may feel unusually introverted, in which case it's best to spend some quality time alone.
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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
If there's such a thing as the 'wrong side of the bed,' you may have woken up on it today. Rather than inflicting your mood on the rest of the house, hide out in the garage and dive into a project. You'll be feeling better by dinnertime.
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
Though it feels a bit crazy to talk about spring when it isn't even winter, now's the time to figure out what your want the garden to produce next year. Decide and prepare accordingly.
By Louis DeNicola, Cheapism.com
Considering moving in with your significant other to save money? The prospect can certainly be tempting, particularly if you live in a city as notoriously pricey as New York or San Francisco. It can also be scary. What if things don't work out and you're left with nowhere to go? A fellow Cheapist recently suggested an appealing half-measure: Instead of abandoning your place completely, list it on Airbnb, an online service that can help you rent out your apartment or house on a short-term basis. That way, you can earn some extra income to help cover your rent or mortgage payment and still have a safety net for the next big leap in your relationship. Unfortunately, a little digging reveals that the risks associated with putting your home up for rent on a website such as Airbnb or Roomorama may outweigh the potential gain.Renting out your apartment through Airbnb might not be such a good idea.
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- Ali Swank | At Home – Fri, Apr 19, 2013 6:17 PM EDT
Earth Day is April 22nd, so how are you greening your lifestyle? Instead of buying something new and cookie-cutter, scour flea markets and garage sales for a unique vintage item and upcycle it into something pretty and useful. Mother Earth (and your wallet) will thank you! We asked Shine readers how they transformed ordinary and dusty antique stuff into a creation of their own. Tell us in the comments where you find inspiration for your recycled, decorative projects. -- Ali SwankRead More »from Go Green: Upcycling Project Ideas to Try This Spring
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