We can’t help you with the manual labor, but we can point you to this very helpful spring cleaning checklist at Casa Sugar. It’s a great, thorough guide on the whole house — what to spray, dust, dry clean, vacuum…you get the idea. We got such a positive response to our own daily cleaning and organization checklist, we knew you would appreciate this one.
The New York Times had another timely article last week — $300 room makeovers. As with most articles of the sort, it’s a mix of good advice and head-scratchers. For instance, I recognize the need to do something with blank walls, but I’m really not a fan of the repeating “Morrocan-y” stencil in one of the homes. I am also a little exasperated that only one makeover even came in under $300 (two were nearly $500).
That being said, the audio slideshow in the left margin has good advice. First, the advice to just clean up! Sad, but true — a room where everything is picked up and put away looks a lot bigger and more inviting. Another was the advice to remove some items to make the space feel bigger. I did this in my 10-by-13-ft. home office recently to good effect. –Mary T.
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I’m loving these beautiful wood and glass canisters from Merchant No. 4. I’ve always wanted a modern kitchen with open shelving and lines of simple glass bottles organizing my dry goods. Unfortunately, the kitchen in my rental couldn’t be farther from that fantasy. One day I’ll get my dream kitchen, and I’ll surely stock it with a set of these jars. –Erica P.
There is a whole mess of cords under my desk. With two computers, a printer, a lamp and a sound system all hooked up to the power outlet, it’s hard to keep things organized. That’s why I love the Electric Man Multi-Outlet from Kikkerland. Each of his legs and arms has a three-prong socket, and the way they’re all spread out means that one big adapter won’t take up two spots! It may still leave me with a mess of cords, but at least it will be a cute mess. –Erica P.
I’ve always ben a strong believer in hiding your trashcan away in a cabinet, having never found a can I felt worthy of leaving out in the open. That all changed this morning when I spotted the Tri3 trashcan at Apartment Therapy. The three stacked containers allow you to separate your trash from your recycling without taking up extra space. I even love the contrast of the blue foot pedals against the bright white can. –Erica P.