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Why Didn't I Think of That .....Tips

Preventing Brown Sugar Clumps

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Prevent brown sugar from clumping by placing a marshmallow 
inside the bag.
  1. Boy, was this ever TIMELY!!!! My mother-in-law JUST asked me LAST NIGHT about why she kept getting a brown sugar "brick" and what she could do to prevent it. Adding marshmallows to the container was not something I would've thought to use, but I'm definitely going to try it! (And also split the bag of marshmallows with my MIL). Thanks for the tip!!

2 Ideas for Fixing a Minor Dent in Your Car

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Hot Water
A Plunger

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A Hairdryer
 Compressed Air

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Cutting an Onion 
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with a Hair Pick
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All you’ll need for a perfectly cut onion in a hair pick. 

Make sure you choose a strong one with stainless steel picks, because they will need to cut through the onion.

Best of all, you can use this little trick to slice the onion in two different ways! 

You can make onion rings or dice your onion with this idea.

Onion Rings

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Cut off the top and bottom of your onion and peel, as usual. 

Turn the onion on its side and stick the hair pick down through the center of the onion. 

Use the hair pick as measurement and cut in between each prong for perfect rings. 

Pull the rings apart.
Diced Onion

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Cut the onion in half and stick the pick in from the side. 

Cut between the prongs in the same way, but then turn it 90 degrees and cut in towards the prongs on both sides.

Simple and a safe way to keep your fingers out of harms way!

Adding Keys to a Key Ring
Without Breaking a Fingernail

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A Beautiful Bedroom Needs the
Right Accessories
You Can Make Them Yourself !

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There are several aspects that can really make a bedroom look unique.

Or course, the colors you use can have a huge impact, such as what color you paint the walls or use for curtains and bedding.

The style of furniture is another important part of a room's look.

Beyond that, though, are the smaller touches that you don't always think about but definitely add to the mood and look of a room:


Bedroom accessories can vary greatly but add to the way a room appears overall. You can really change a room with just a few accessories thrown in to help decorate the area.

When you are considering what accessories to place in a bedroom, you should first consider who will be staying in that room. The personality of the room's inhabitant can help guide the decision.

Also, think about any themes or style.   

For instance, if you are going for a very contemporary look, an antique lamp or rug probably isn't the best choice to suit the room.

Accessories come in all types, from functional to decorative.

They are items that are not necessarily needed in a room but add flair and visual appeal.

Functional accessories would include lamps, mirrors, rugs, and storage bins.

Posters and paintings, decorative throw pillows, souvenirs, and wall decals are accessories used for purely decorative purposes.

Because a room can quickly begin to look cluttered with too many accessories, you should carefully choose which pieces to display in a room.

Even the nicest accessories can make an area look crowded if they are crammed into too little space.

In smaller bedrooms, limit the use of accessories and try to keep it somewhat simple so that it is not overwhelming. A lamp, a rug, and a few pictures on the wall may be all you need to decorate.

Even if you are dealing with a large space, take care not to create a cluttered look.

A few carefully chosen accessories can really contribute to a room's look and feel.

In a bedroom, it can be particularly important to create a calming space, so consider using accessories in colors or a theme that will help you feel relaxed. 

For example, you could create the feeling of sitting near the ocean by using blue tones in your decorating and placing shells or other beach-related trinkets around the room.

There are many possibilities when it comes to accessorizing a bedroom.
Use your imagination and have fun creating the perfect look for your space.
We have a few videos to give you an idea or two !

Be Creative...and...Have Fun

The Right Way
Place a Picture on a Wall

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Have you ever noticed how often people simply stick a picture on the wall, with little or no thought about it, and call it good?

This really isn't the best way to go about getting your pictures to look their best.

If you are looking to get the most out of your decorating efforts, then you really need to learn the picture hanging do's and don'ts.

With these guidelines firmly in place, you will be well on your way to creating a wonderful home art gallery.

1Look at it as a whole

The key to really getting pictures hanging the right way is by learning to look at everything as a whole.

Keep in mind that where you will be placing one picture will affect the placement, and how well everything is viewed overall.


Before you begin hanging pictures, try practicing the arrangement first. This can be done very easily in one of two ways.

The first is to simply lay out the pictures on the ground, and moving them around until you have them arranged how you would like.

The second is to draw it out (even a rough sketch will do) until you have the arrangement that you like.

Not only is it easier to get the look that you want this way, you can also help reduce the number of holes that you put in your wall.

3Order is preferable to chaos

The human mind likes to make order out of chaos, and this works in art as well. What this means is that you should try and arrange your pictures so that there is both a horizontal and vertical element, preferably more than one if you can arrange it.

4Keep it close, but not too close

Create groupings for your pictures so that they are close, but not exactly too close.

When there is too much space between groupings it tends to disrupt the flow that you are trying to create.

When possible keep in mind that color, size, and texture of the pictures (as well as the frames) can all effect how the arrangement will look.

Try to strike a balance of all of those elements when creating your groupings.

5Stick to a band

One of the classic principles of hanging pictures is that you are supposed to hang them at eye level, except that this has one small problem.

That problem is that not everyone in a home has the same eye level.

To deal with this, determine a happy medium between the people that live in your home.

For example, if you have someone that is six foot two inches tall, and another that is five foot eight inches, then your starting eye level should be at around five foot eleven. From there you can then hang your pictures in a band that can go six to eight inches both above and below this line.

As usual, we have some videos to use as a guide.


Don't Throw Those Binder Clips Away
30 Uses That Will Surprise You

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Planning is the Key
Southwest Home Decorating

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Over the recent years there has been such a huge upsurge in the number of people who prefer the southwestern look in home decorating, that entire stores have been set up to cater to this specific style.

Many people, when they decide to decorate in this style, figure that they can simply gather together a random hodgepodge of things that look like they would belong in the southwest.

Unfortunately, this approach to home decoration does not actually work all that well.

If you have decided that you want to go to "southwest home decorating", just be sure that you use these simple guidelines, and you are going to be able to have the perfect decorations for your home.


 For the southwestern style, you are going to want to use the colors that evoke the feelings and sentiment of the desert.

What this basically means is that you are going to want to use the earth tones and shades.

Use colors such as browns, reads, blues and grays all of which you want to use the paler, dialed down version of the colors.

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If you are going to be doing your own painting, you can simply ask a clerk at the home supply store for an example of their earth tone paints, and you are going to get exactly what you want.


Unlike when a person decorates in other styles, the southwestern style tends to lend itself towards more spartan (or austere) arrangements of the furniture.

While things may seem more "cozy" with more items and furniture around the home, this is exactly what you want to stay away from.

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When placing the furniture around the home, think of how wide open the American Southwest is, and arrange your possessions in the same manner.


When deciding to decorate you home in the southwestern style, you need to make sure that you choose the materials carefully.

The walls, roof and furniture are going to be playing a huge role in the overall look of your home, and as such you are going to want to use materials such as plaster, stucco and exposed wood.

Try to stick to as "natural" of materials as possible.


Whenever you decorate something, you are going to want to provide some accents to highlight the room and its architecture.

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Probably the single most perfect material for this purpose when going for a taste of the southwest is ironwork.

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Here are some additional ideas to think about it you...

 "Go Southwest"


Removing Corn Husks the Easy Way

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Just place them in the Microwave for a couple of minutes and the husks will come off completely.


How to Cut a Mango

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1. Peel the mango.
2. Cut off the sides of the mango, just around the pit
3. Slice each chunk vertically and then horizontally to get little squares
4. Slice a lime in half and squirt over the cut up mango
5. Drizzle some Tajin over the mango pieces
Preparation trick:
Tajin is a chile salt commonly used for fruit seasoning. Sprinkle some over any fruit to make it super tasty. It's delicious with watermelon, too!
 A picture is worth a thousand words.
Here are a few additional ideas...and...methods.
 Good Luck !
Freeze Leftover Herbs to Keep them Fresh

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Chop and freeze in an ice cube tray, with water, stock, or olive oil.  The herbs will stay fresh when you need them.

When Was the Last Time You Cleaned Your Doors?

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Doors are some of the most touched items that are attached to you home. Every time someone goes in and out of a room, that person has to open and close the door.

If your door is dark, no visible fingerprints will show up, but the dirt will still be there.

Since it is such a high traffic item, it will also be prone to bacteria and viruses that could spread among family and friends.

So next time you are cleaning your house, make sure to make cleaning your doors a priority.

Cleaning a door is not a tedious task. All you need to do is get a bowl of soapy water and a rag.

Dip the rag into the soapy water, and the scrub the door.

If there are really dirty spots that just refuse to come off, try a brush. Using a brush with the soapy water should lift the dirt right out.

Just make sure not to brush so hard that the paint comes off.

While cleaning the doors, make sure to hit in one of the most often missed dirty spots in your entire home—the top edge of the doorframe. I
f you do a white glove test up there, I can almost guarantee you will find tons of dust from years of neglect.

Here's an idea using "Pledge" and a dryer sheet !

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One place that you also want to be very careful to clean well is the doorknob and the area where people push on the door to go in.

Since this is where so many hands go, it is a great place for germs do dwell and move from person to person.

Consider getting an antibacterial spray or wipe to clean it down.

The Lysol wipes and sprays work perfectly for this.

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Pitting Cherries the Easy Way

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Place a cherry on the mouth of a an empty bottle and use a chopstick, or thick straw to push it through !

Watch it and others on video !

Reheating Pizza

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Still have some pizza left in the box?  

Don't throw it away, here's a way to make it taste as good as it did when you opened the box for the first time.

Place a cup of water in a microwave and drape the pizza slice(s) with a wet towel. Use a low setting.

Those Old Sneakers Ready for the Trash Can ?
Maybe Not Just Yet !

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Running out of room in your car console? 

Try this ! 

It may not be pretty, but it works !

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Simply crack the egg into a bowl and place a plastic water bottle over the yoke.

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Then, gently squeeze the bottle over a slotted spoon.

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Remove Fat from Sauces with an Ice Cube

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Use ice cubes to remove extra fat from sauces.  Wrap ice cubes in a paper towel or thin cloth and skim along the top of the liquid which helps the fat to congeal, making it easy to spoon out as needed
How to Avoid Oil Splat Burns While Cooking

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Avoid oil splatters by sprinkling salt in a pan while cooking.  It helps absorb the moisture that causes the splatter that can burn the cook !

Five Ways to Dry Nail Polish

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How to Remove Orange Stains from Clothing

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1. Cover the stain in a thin layer of clear dish soap.

2. Next, pour some white vinegar on top of the dish soap.

3. Rub the mixture into the stain thoroughly.

4. Finally, rinse the stain out by either soaking it in cold water or running it under the faucet.

Video help for other juice drinks?
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Freezer Burn on Ice Cream
It's Easy to Avoid & Keep it Fresh

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Just cover it in waxed paper or cellophane

Making The Perfect

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The Basic Margarita
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The Strawberry Margarita
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The Mango Margarita
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The Blue Margarita
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The Frozen Pink Lemonade Margarita
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The Peach Margarita
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The Frozen Peach Mint Margarita
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   A Simple Idea to Get Groceries from Your Car to the Kitchen in One Trip

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Just place a laundry basket in the trunk of your car, store all of your items in it, and carry it from the car to your kitchen in just one trip !

 Using a Pencil Eraser to Remove 
A Scratch 
A Computer Screen

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To prevent clothes from fading...

...add a tablespoon of salt to each laundry load. 
Doing so should keep the colors vibrant !


What Color Should I Paint a Room?

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If you've ever visited a hardware store or home improvement store, you've mostly like seen the paint color palette display with thousands of color combinations available.

When selecting room colors, keep it simple and remember that there are truly only seven colors in the paint spectrum, and they are:








White and black are considered neutrals, not colors, and compliment whatever color scheme you choose.

The paint display of color palettes at the store always provides sample strips of varying degrees of color.

When selecting a paint color for a room, start by choosing three colors from an object in the room. For example, if you use a favorite comforter on your bed, take the matching pillow case with you to the paint store. 

Find three of those sample paint strips with the colors of your pillow case, and you will have at least fifteen colors from which to choose to paint your bedroom.

Since each sample paint strip contains six complimentary colors, you may choose to use one color for three bedroom walls, and another hue from that color strip for a fourth wall.

Once you've chosen the colors for your bedroom, you can continue the color scheme into the hallway by choosing another color from the same paint strip.

Taking it a step further, choose one more six-panel paint strip that will compliment the first paint strip, and use that color scheme for the bathroom just off of your bedroom.

The result will be one color scheme for your bedroom, with a complimentary color scheme for your bathroom, and another complimentary color scheme for the hallway to tie the look together.

Colors can create an atmosphere and affect our moods.

Consider the following when selecting room colors; red, orange, and yellow stimulate, while green, blue, indigo, and violet relax.

If you have a study in your home and wish to encourage a relaxing environment for concentrating on desk work, then choose a color scheme with blues or greens.

If you've a playroom, colors from the yellow palette might be appropriate.

In most rooms you can combine neutrals with stimulating or relaxing colors—or both—to create separate environments within your home.

If you have bold furniture colors, choose neutrals for walls and ceilings.

Conversely, if you have bold wall color choices, choose traditional neutral furniture to make a statement.

Sometimes you need relaxation, while other occasions dictate a stimulating environment, such as a party.

Kitchens are a combination room. Choose colors from several color groups for your kitchen area.

Bathrooms are another room that can incorporate stimulating and relaxing color groups.

If you choose yellow for wall paint, choose neutral and bold colors for accents.

We have a 3 Part Series videoed by Ace Hardware that should help you out in your room painting decisions.


Like Avocado?
Keeping It Fresh Doesn't Have to Be a Problem

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Extend the life of a cut avocado by storing it in an airtight container...

...with a piece of onion.

The sulfur in the onion will help preserve the avocado freshness.

Need More Kitchen Storage Space ?
It's All in the Organization
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Even after going through and getting rid of stuff, do you still feel like you don't have enough places to store things in your kitchen?

Odds are you have more space than you think.

Follow these few tips and you're sure to find space you never knew you had.

1Use shelves or hooks

Wall space is a great place to use as storage. If it's not being used for cupboards, build some shelves or install some hooks. These are great to hang rags on, or store your cookbooks.

Buy a hanging rack to hang over your stove and hook your pans on that, which will free up space in your cupboards for food and bowls and such.

2Store littler things inside of bigger things

Seems simple, but people often don't think about it.

Stack smaller pans inside of bigger pans, and then just stack all the lids on top.

Stack glasses inside of each other and plates on top of each other. Just make sure not to stack too high so nothing topples over and breaks.

You don't even have to put the same things together, take a big pan or a big jug and store utensils or measuring cups inside, anything that will fit!

3Use space under your hanging cabinets

Install things under your cabinets such as paper towels holders and baskets to hold things in.

If you install one of those electric can openers under your cabinets, you can do away with your manual can opener and free up space in your drawers.

4. Manage your food

Food that you store in your pantry comes in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, so try and limit those by putting them in plastic containers.

Store your most often used flour, sugar, cereal, and crackers, whatever it may be in store bought containers and stack them on top of each other.

This not only saves space, but it makes your pantry look organized.
Here are a few videos to keep your kitchen is organized.


Opening Stubborn Plastic Blister Packs
with a Can Opener

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Use a Comb or Clothespin to Hold a Nail when Hammering

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The Garden Themed Bedroom

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There are countless ways that you can personalize a room and make it your own. Everything in a room from the wall color and furniture to the carpet and knick-knacks on a shelf all make the room unique and individualized.

When decorating a bedroom, many people prefer to choose a theme for the room.

Creating a themed room will give everything within that area a sense of unity, and by decorating in a theme you can accomplish a put-together appearance.

Depending on the theme you choose to go with, you will need to consider furniture, paint colors, decorations, window treatments, rugs, and more to go together in a theme.

There are many wonderful bedroom themes to choose from, but one of the most beautiful is the garden theme.

garden bedroom gives you the feel of being surrounded by plants and flowers in a lovely outdoor setting, and this theme gives your room a fresh and exciting look.

Decorating a garden bedroom doesn't have to be very complicated or expensive, either.

To start your garden bedroom, you will first want to pick which colors you will focus on.

You can use inspiration from the garden to get you started.

Do you want to use colors from a particular flower, a type of tree, or garden leaves?

Popular colors for a garden bedroom include shades of green, pinks, purples, and browns.

Paint the walls a light or neutral tone.

A tan, light peach, or subtle green color can look great as a base to your garden decorating.

If you are feeling artistic, you can paint flowers on the walls or use stick-on decals to decorate.
Choose furniture that looks garden-inspired and elegant for the room.

Decorating with flowers is another option for the garden bedroom.

Take care not to overdo it, though—a ton of fake flowers around the room could end up looking tacky.

Choose a few nice arrangements to display in the room on a shelf or table, and think about using some live plants as well near windows.

You can also choose a floral-pattern bedspread or green, leaf-inspired bedding.

Other garden-like pieces, like a flower-shaped pillow or vines wound around windows or bedposts, can help add to the effect of an outdoor garden atmosphere.


The Perfect Marti Gras Cocktails



2 oz light rum
3 oz dark rum
6 oz passion fruit juice
6 oz orange juice
2 tbsp grenadine
2 orange slices
2 maraschino cherries 


In a large liquid measuring cup, mix first 5 ingredients.
Pour over ice filled glass.
Garnish each glass with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.

Mardi Gras Mango-Rita

1 cup crushed ice
1 large ripe mango, peeled, pitted and diced
1/2 cup Tequila
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (reserve one squeezed lime half to moisten glass rims)
Coarse salt


Combine ice, mango, tequila and lime juice in a blender and puree until smooth. 
Moisten rims of 2 margarita glasses with reserved lime half and dip each glass rim in coarse salt. 
Pour Mango-rita into margarita glasses.

Peach Bellini

1.25 oz CÎROC Peach
.25 oz champagne


In a flute glass or champagne, combine peach vodka with champagne of your choosing.

Classic Strawberry Daiquiri

 (makes 2 servings)


4 oz. light rum
1/2 c. fresh strawberries
1/2 c. frozen strawberries
Juice of 1 lime
Lime slices for garnish


Add rum, fresh and frozen strawberries, and lime juice to a blender

and blend until smooth. 
Pour into two margarita glasses and garnish with lime slices.

Carnival Cocktail


.75 oz Vodka
.75 oz Blue Curacao
.75 oz Melon Liqueur (Midori)
.75 oz Peach Schnapps
.75 oz Lime Juice
Top w/ Sprite


Combine ingredients except sprite in shaker. 
Pour into large glass with ice. 
Top with Sprite.

Wiz Fizz

1.5 oz Aviation Gin
.5 oz Cynar
.75 oz lemon juice
.75 oz vanilla syrup
1 oz heavy cream
1 egg white
Root beer


Shake Gin, Cynar, lemon, vanilla and egg white dry for 30 seconds. 
Add in cream and shake again without ice. 
Add ice and shake vigorously (for a while). 
Pour out drink into a tin and shake again without ice (dry shake). 
In a highball glass, add 2 ounces of root beer and pour the drink over the top. 
Allow it to settle and pour a bit more root beer on top to make the head of it rise. 
Garnish with nutmeg.

Cidre Cherry Pom Pomme

.5 oz. grenadine
.5 oz. lemon juice
Stella Artois Cidre
Brandied cherry for garnish


Mix ½ oz. grenadine and ½ oz. lemon juice.
Shake over ice. 
Pour into a highball glass and top with Stella Artois Cidre. 
Garnish with a brandied cherry skewer.

Orange & Pineapple Punch
(Makes 4 servings)
2 cups pineapple juice
2 cups orange juice
4 maraschino cherries, plus 1/2 cup juice
1/2 orange, cut into 4 slices
4 ounces dark rum


In a pitcher, stir together the pineapple juice, orange juice, and cherry juice. Fill a tall glass with ice, pour over the juice mixture, garnish with a cherry and a slice of orange. 
For the adults, add 1 ounce dark rum to each drink.

Removing Deodorant Stains from Your Clothes
The Easy Way



Maximizing Closet Space...Using Aluminum Cans

Maximize closet space by looping tabs from soda cans over coat hangers.
Each tab has 2 holes, and as a result, each can be used to hang another hanger.

This is a great way to keep suits and other sets together.

Check out these videos:

Decorating Motif Options

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There are as many different methods and styles for decorating a home as there are people in the world.  Different people have different tastes.

What one person finds attractive, another person is going to find absolutely repulsive. The only person who counts is you in your decorating endeavors.
The best way to succeed is to explore all your options.

Below is a brief description of some different styles for decorating your home. This list is in no way complete, or all encompassing. This list however does list some of the different themes that can be used in home decorating.

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Some would say that this particular style isn't so much a style as a way of life. The reason for this is that this style is actually more a frame of mind. 
Since cottages are usually decorated using old, secondhand hand-me downs with no real rules other than consistency.

Be consistent in what you use and how you use it. When getting the furniture and decorations the primary thing that you are going to want to think about is comfort. 

If it is comfortable to you, then go ahead and use it.


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Country style is, believe it or not, based off of multicultural influences from throughout the world. 

When the word "country" is used, most people think of farms. So, when you are decorating, use things that evoke a feeling of being in a farm setting.
 When doing this be consistent in your use of color and to not be afraid of using bright and vibrant colors.


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The heartland style is very similar in nature to that of the country style, though with a slight difference. 

That difference is that everything is toned down just a bit more than it is when using country style. 

When deciding to use this style, use the same criteria as you would when decorating with the country style, just keep in mind that subtlety is the key.
Here are some videos to show you the differences in decorating ideas.

Cottage Decorating

Heartland Decorating