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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Transform Your Pantry

A disorganized pantry is a kitchen nightmare. You can customize yours by following these smart placement tips so you won’t end up buying 15 cans of PAM… again.
 
  • Spin Away: Use a two-tier rotating rack for any small or sticky supplies.
 
  • I Can See Clearly Now: Pour lentils and other similar items into clear containers. Use transparent canisters for other spillables.
 
  • Up, Up and Away: Move bottles to a safe, high place.
 
  • Baker’s Man, Bake Me a Cake as Fast as You Can: For quick convenience when it’s cookie-making time, place all of your baking items in one spot.
 
  • Party Fare: Fill your top shelf with things like nuts and crackers. Use risers to double usable space.
     
 
  • Go Deep: Put cans or jars on bottom shelves. Stock them several deep, with one item in front to indicate the category.

Move or Improve?

If you’re thinking about moving, take a minute and think again. You may be better off financially if you improve your existing home.
 
Selling a home can be a costly endeavor. If the market is slow, be even more cautious. Make a list of the improvements you would need to be happy in your existing home, then get some estimates. Compare this price with the cost of selling your home, plus the cost of moving ($1,500 and up). Ask yourself:
 
  • Do you have the space to expand?
  • What is your house’s condition?
  • How much can you do before you “over-improve” for the neighborhood?
  • Will it pay off in the long run?
     
Do a little “homework” before taking the plunge. If we can help with your home comfort improvements, don’t hesitate to call.

Save Your Outdoor Furniture

Want to keep your patio pieces looking new and feeling great? These low-maintenance tips will help keep your private paradise in tip-top shape.

Cast Aluminum
 
  • Cover all pieces of furniture completely with an all-purpose cleaner and rub with a nylon scrub brush. Then, wipe with a microfiber cloth.

Cushions
 
  • Create this solution to scrub your cushions with a sponge: 1 quart warm water, 1 tablespoon borax and 1 teaspoon dishwashing detergent.
 
  • Let the solution soak for 15 minutes.
 
  • Rinse with a hose, then dry by standing each cushion on an edge.

Wicker
  • To dislodge bugs and leaves from the cracks of your wicker, use either the vacuum’s crevice attachment or a paintbrush.

A Cost-Savvy Backyard Oasis

Here are some simple tricks to getting the yard you want, even on a limited budget:

Buy smaller plants. Mature plants cost more and grow more slowly. While smaller plants may look tiny at first, you’ll cash-in in the long run.

Buy in bulk.
It may be easier to buy bags of soil or gravel from the hardware store, but buying in bulk from your local landscape store can help you save a bundle.

Know what you need.
Buying too much creates waste; buying too little adds to your bottom line with time and expense for extra supplies. Know what you need before you get started so that your garden can be a work of art – within your budget!

Home and Organizing