No need for any special gadgets to clean dusty lampshades. Take a look at our quick 1 minute tutorial to remove all the dust so easily!

 

I’m a cleaning machine. I LOVE cleaning. No, seriously I really do. I think it’s the control freak in me that likes to be in charge of my own cleaning. Plus I count cleaning as a workout. (don’t we all?) But I always trying to find ways to make the house cleaning process easier, better and quicker.

No need for any special gadgets to clean dusty lampshades. Take a look at our quick 1 minute tutorial to remove all the dust so easily!

Several years back we got these fun white lampshades at Target. They’ve held up surprisingly well and I love the clean look of them. I’m typically not a fan of anything white because of how hard it is to keep white clean, but lampshades are really rarely touched. But I noticed that they started getting dusty. I had no idea how to get dust off a lamp. Seriously, who cleans lampshades? Well apparently this girl needed to. Dusting with a rag didn’t really seem to do the trick and I was afraid to wash them per se.

That’s where my new favorite trick came in handy ….. a lint roller.

No need for any special gadgets to clean dusty lampshades. Take a look at our quick 1 minute tutorial to remove all the dust so easily!

We’ve been using these non stop since we brought home Reagan last year. With a puppy, even one that doesn’t shed a lot, I could continually lint roll every room in our house a a full time job. Which seems more and more likely since we given Reagan free rein of the house. (Dog owner mistake #1) When we first brought home Reagan we claimed she wouldn’t be allowed on the family room couch, then the guest bed, then the master bed. I think Reagan has more access to our home than I do.

But back to those lamp shades ….
A quick roll around the lampshade was like a miracle machine.

No need for any special gadgets to clean dusty lampshades. Take a look at our quick 1 minute tutorial to remove all the dust so easily!

Never fear white lamps again!

No need for any special gadgets to clean dusty lampshades. Take a look at our quick 1 minute tutorial to remove all the dust so easily!


 

 

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If you've got 5 minutes, you'll love this quick and easy solution to remove pilling from your favorite outfit. This smart DIY hack will save you big bucks!

Yes, this photo below is what a pair of my leggings used looked like. And I wore them. Alot. They’re maternity pants that were NOT cheap, but felt cheap after a couple wears. Pilling started almost immediately. But I continued to wear them … because well working from home every day, I’ve been known to wear a lot worse.

I told Joe, my husband, how frustrated I was that these expensive maternity pants were pilling after wearing them a handful of times and he laughed saying ‘I thought that was how they were supposed to look.’ #wardrobefail

If you've got 5 minutes, you'll love this quick and easy solution to remove pilling from your favorite outfit. This smart DIY hack will save you big bucks!

Happy to tell you that I was able to find a solution that didn’t involve throwing good money down the drain. Yes, it’s possible to remove pilling on your own! But as I’m nearing the end of my pregnancy, I’m kicking myself for wearing these overpriced pilled ridden pants for so long without fixing them sooner. Especially considering the fix took me all of 5 minutes. #liveandlearn

Supplies 

  • Cheap razor (the cheaper the better …. like this one)
  • Paper towel
  • Lint roller 
  • Your pilled clothing!

If you've got 5 minutes, you'll love this quick and easy solution to remove pilling from your favorite outfit. This smart DIY hack will save you big bucks!

Remove Pilling

The first thing I did was iron my pants. Although it’s not essential, I was a little nervous that shaving my pants would rip the fabric. Well, this ended up not being an issue at all, but I’m a ‘better safe than sorry’ type of gal.

Save your good razors for your legs. Seriously. Skip the fancy ones that have the moisture strips or soap bars on the side (it will actually cause more pilling than it will remove). A cheap no frills razor will be most effective. Just make sure it’s a sharp new one.

Pull the fabric taut with one hand and lightly shave one section at a time. This will prevent you from cutting through the garment.

If you've got 5 minutes, you'll love this quick and easy solution to remove pilling from your favorite outfit. This smart DIY hack will save you big bucks!

As the razor gets full (and it will quickly!), wipe it off with a paper towel. This mound of pilling was just the beginning!

If you've got 5 minutes, you'll love this quick and easy solution to remove pilling from your favorite outfit. This smart DIY hack will save you big bucks!

I found it easier to place my garmet on a hard surface whiling shaving it instead of carpet.

Now not all the pilling stuck onto the razor so I also rolled a lint roller over the paints to collect the remains.

If you've got 5 minutes, you'll love this quick and easy solution to remove pilling from your favorite outfit. This smart DIY hack will save you big bucks!

Depending on how much pilling there is, it make take you a quick minute or a little longer to get your garmet back to it’s original state. Do as I say and not as I do …. don’t wait too long to tackle this project after you see pilling on your clothes!

If you've got 5 minutes, you'll love this quick and easy solution to remove pilling from your favorite outfit. This smart DIY hack will save you big bucks!

Prevent Pilling

Even though this was a pretty simple little project, it’s always best to try to prevent pilling from starting in the first place:

  • Turn your garments inside out before washing and drying.
  • Liquid laundry detergent is more gentle on clothing, as is using the gentle cycle (duh)!
  • When possible, hang dry your clothes instead of using the dryer. The dryer is the big pilling culperate.
  • Make sure not to overload your washer. Cramming too many garmets in prevents the from moving around and causes damage to the surface.

May your expensive clothes continue to look EXPENSIVE and hopefully pilling never goes in style!

If you've got 5 minutes, you'll love this quick and easy solution to remove pilling from your favorite outfit. This smart DIY hack will save you big bucks!

 

 

 

 

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Forget which channel is which? Make your own customizable TV channel guide with our free printable and secure to your remote!

I love watching TV …. the more bad reality TV the better in my mind. Most of my binge watching is on Netflix or Amazon these days. Believe it or not, but we don’t have cable! Friends are shocked when they hear this because they know I love my bad TV shows 🙂 .

That being said, when I do turn on ‘regular TV’ I never remember which channel is which. Scrolling through looking for the right channel can be so irritating, especially with commercials.

We’ve all heard the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. I think about this every time I’m scrolling frustrated trying to find the channel I’m looking for. I claim I’m going to write these down eventually. But then I find the channel I’m looking for and forget my problem ever existed! Sound familar?

Not only did it drive me crazy to not know what channel is what, I know it can be frustrating for guests visiting us. With our baby due date fast approaching, we’ve got lots of house guests coming in town to help (thanks goodness!). Not having to ask for the channels is just one of the ways that I try to make hosting easier on everyone.

Here’s how I make my TV Channel Guide

Supplies

Forget which channel is which? Make your own customizable TV channel guide with our free printable and secure to your remote!

Instructions

The first thing you’ll want to do is write down all the channels you have. For those of you with cable, that’s likely LOTS of channels. Personally I only jotted down the  channels I actually watched. It seems that most of us watch a fraction of the channels that we have!

Here’s our TV Channel Guide Template to download

This template is an editable word document so that you can add in your own channels. I created 4 different sizes, but you’re able to adjust any of the sizes on your own. I selected the size that fit the back of my TV remote. Once I created the guide, I simply taped it to the back of the remote.

If there’s not enough room to list all your TV channels on any of the templates, adjust the length by clicking on the bottom of the rectangle to select it (you’ll see the circles appear). Drag the bottom middle circle down to the length that you want.

Now type out all your channels, print on thick card stock paper and cut out.

Forget which channel is which? Make your own customizable TV channel guide with our free printable and secure to your remote!

Then cut two piece of contact paper slightly larger than your TV channel guide cutout.

Forget which channel is which? Make your own customizable TV channel guide with our free printable and secure to your remote!

Affix one sheet of contact paper on back side of the guide and one on the top. Using a scissor, cut the excess contact paper around the sides. While covering with contact paper isn’t required, it makes the guide more durable.

Forget which channel is which? Make your own customizable TV channel guide with our free printable and secure to your remote!

For quick access, tape the TV channel guide to the back of your remote.

Forget which channel is which? Make your own customizable TV channel guide with our free printable and secure to your remote!

And yes, these are really ALL the TV channels that we have. Thank goodness for Netflix and Amazon Prime!

 

 

 

 

 

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After moving in to our townhouse a couple years ago, we’ve racked up a good amount of paint cans and lots of painting! Labeling these with more complete information (including date purchased and room used in) found it’s way to the bottom of a very long to do list.

Yes, this seemed like a back-burner project for the longest time. That was until I needed to touch up the paint in several rooms we had painted. Uh oh. For the life of me, I couldn’t remember which paint went with which room (apparently I use LOTS of different shades of gray paint!) and I was pretty sure I was missing a couple paint cans as well. Thank goodness my local Benjamin Moore store kept a file of my past purchases.

So no time like the present to get these paint cans organized with better labels.

I know what some of you are thinking …. typically when you purchase a new can of paint, it’s already labeled: either at the top of the can, if the store is mixing the paint for you, or on the side if it’s an off the shelf pre-made color. But not typically both. For this labeling project, I chose to stick labels on both sides. The main reason for this is that I’m admittedly a messy painter and paint often drips on the side of the can, not only causing a mess, but also covering the original label. So better safe than sorry with two labels, right?

I created these labels on 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper and printed on stickered white paper. In the template, you’ll find labels for the tops of your 1 gallon cans, 1 quart cans, and 1 pint cans as well as universal labels for the sides of all these cans.

Grab the printable paint can template that I put together.

To make these super easy to adhere, print them out with my stickered white paper. I used my paper cutting tools to cut out the individual labels, but a simple scissor will also do the job just fine!

Each label has space to fill out the following:

  • Brand
  • Paint color
  • Date purchased
  • Room
  • Paint finish (matte, semi-gloss, etc)
  • Notes
  • Small circle to make a paint mark for quick visual color reference

Dab a little paint in the circle for a quick visual color reference. I could barely see this color paint … I guess it literally is just a gray tint!

Although I claim to be finished painting rooms in our home (which definitely makes Joe happy), I printed off a couple extra labels just IN CASE I find another room to paint in the future. I store all any extra labels in plastic pouches for easy use.

Grab the printable paint can template!

Here’s a quick list of the supplies needed for this project:


 

 

 

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I have a love hate relationship with white wire shelving. It’s affordable, readily available, adjustable and pretty nice looking. I should probably just resort to loving it because it’s in every one of our closets. But it can be so difficult to use. Crumbs fall, spills are messy, it’s difficult to clean and many items won’t stand straight on top of them.

Thank goodness the fix is super simple and affordable!

Foam board was my preferred solution since it was thick enough to hold everything and pretty easy to work with. But it created it’s own problems. Spills aren’t easy to wipe up. Plus the white color is a little boring. I wanted some color! Here’s my solution:

Supplies

Instructions 

Measure your shelves width and depth in the area where the foam shelf board will go.


Next cut the foam board just a tiny bit shorter than your shelf measurements. My shelf measured at 25′ w x 12′ d so I cut the foam board to 24′ w x 11 1/2′ d. Its much easier to make your foam boards a little too small as opposed to a little too big, especially after the next step of covering with wrapping paper or contact paper.

I then cut my contact paper / wrapping the same width as the foam board and one inch longer in depth than the foam board. This is so I could wrap the wrapping paper over the front side edges of the foam board.

If you’re using contact paper, simply place your contact paper onto the foam board (if you struggle with contact paper, take a look at my tutorial). For those using wrapping paper, follow these instructions:

Spray the adhesive spray over the foam board and place your wrapping paper on top. Starting in the middle, smooth the wrapping paper onto the board. I grabbed a long book to help smooth it down (a ruler would have been an easier choice, but I couldn’t find one).

Then spray about an inch in length on the opposite side of the foam bard so that you can wrap that extra 1 inch of wrapping paper around it. Remember that when using the adhesive spray make sure you’re in a well ventilated area.

Now place your foam board shelf cover onto your wire shelf and stock up with all your items.  You can LOVE wire shelving again!

(It was because of these binders that I was inspired to make the foam board shelves. It’s IMPOSSIBLE to store binders on wire shelving without the foam boards!)

 


 

 

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While we’ve got a good solution for larger cords, I noticed that our daily use electronics cords were a mess. Which is much less than ideal since it seems like my electronics are ALWAYS running low on battery. I can never remember which cord goes with which gadget. Oh how I wish every iPhone and iPad could just use the same charger!

Joe can look at any of the cords below and know exactly which electronic item they belong to. Me? I try to plug in every single cord until discovering the very last one fits 🙂 . Happens.Every.Time. Fortunately the problem was solved with this quick labeling trick.

Supplies

Instructions

For this project the pictures speak a thousand words. I just love how easy this one is.

First, pull out all the electronics cords you need labeled. I found 5 different ones that I use regularly. Using your label maker, print individual labels for each. I used label clear label maker cartridge with black ink.

Wrap a piece of washi tape around the end of your cord. Adhere the label to the washi tape. Then trim the edge of the washi tape to make a straight line.

Yep, that’s it. Easy peasy!

 

Easy to make DIY storage for your dirty towels & rags in the kitchen! Step by step tutorial for a pretty solution for those dirty towels!

 

 

 

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The best tip to quickly keep your bathroom drawers organized with one little solution. It works so well, I use it throughout my house!

This summer I added some fun drawer liners in to pretty much EVERY drawer in our home. When you find something that works, why stop with one, right? Although I love opening all my drawers (bathrooms, kitchen, dresser, nightstand) to see colored drawer liners and plastic organizers, it drove me crazy when those organizers shifted around inside the drawer. Fortunately the fix was pretty quick and easy.

Supplies

Clear Damage Free Command Strips OR White Damage Free Command Strips | Drawer Organizers 

While some of my drawers, such as our silverware drawer, have larger sized organizers that cover the entire space of the drawer (and therefore don’t move around much), most of ours do not.

I considered attaching velcro to the bottom of the organizers. While velcro would definitely work (and I LOVE using velcro to fix problems), my new organizers are clear causing the velcro would show through and be very obvious. So instead I placed a couple clear damage free Command Strips to the corner of each organizer. I strongly recommend the damage free ones in case you want to move around your organizers at a later time. (I always seem to change my mind 🙂 )

Once the strips are applied to the organizers, press them down in the desired location within the drawer for at least 30 seconds.

The best tip to quickly keep your bathroom drawers organized with one little solution. It works so well, I use it throughout my house!

The best tip to quickly keep your bathroom drawers organized with one little solution. It works so well, I use it throughout my house!

The best tip to quickly keep your bathroom drawers organized with one little solution. It works so well, I use it throughout my house!

While the results likely weren’t super obvious to others, it made me so happy to see my drawer organizers staying exactly where I put them!

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Hem pants without sewing ... step by step guide for the easiest alterations EVER!

Awkwardly short pants make me cringe. So much so that I can barely look at this photo above. I was cringing the entire time I put on these pants and took the photo. Being tall (5’10”), I’ve forever had a paranoia about my pants being too short. I even started doing my laundry in elementary school just to ensure my parents didn’t accidentally shrink my pants in the wash. (Now that I’m older I’m realizing that was one of the best parenting tricks EVER.)

Being a gal that loves to get good deals on her clothes, I’ve always struggled with finding size long on sale. Apparently all the tall girls buy their pants full price during the current season leaving no availability on the last season clearance rack. Ugh. Not willing to pay full price on anything, I’ve had to come up with a solution that didn’t involve the photo above: ALTERATIONS.

Now if I won’t buy my pants full price, you better believe I won’t pay to get a hem taken out.

Now put your sewing machines away because this alteration solution is SEW FREE!

Supplies to Hem Pants

  • Scissor
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Seam ripper 
  • Measuring tape
  • Hemming tape (I strongly recommend Wonder Tape 1/4 inch. Regardless which one you buy, make sure the width is under 1 inch so that you can use it on a variety of projects)

Hem pants without sewing ... step by step guide for the easiest alterations EVER!

Instructions 

Before you jump in and do anything to your pants,  flip them inside out and see how much extra hem (aka – extra fabric sewn inside) is available. It feels like Christmas morning when I discover a pair of pants has at least an 1 1/2 inch of hem. Seriously. Now decide how much of that extra hem you want to use to lengthen your pants. Or if you’re looking to shorten your pants, you don’t have to worry about available hem. Just decide how much you want to take in!

Hem pants without sewing ... step by step guide for the easiest alterations EVER!

Using your seam ripper, slowly rip the thread holding your bottom pant seam together. Once you’ve ripped the thread all the way around the leg bottom, pull the loose thread out to clean it up.

Roll your pants down a little so that you see the inside of the pants (photo below). Even though I’m extending the length of the pants, I need to make a SMALL fold at the very end of my pants (typically about 1/2 inch). I iron this fold so that it’s even, ensuring its the same height around the pant. This fold is to ‘hold’ my sewing tape. This is another reason why I really like my 1/4 inch sewing tape!

Hem pants without sewing ... step by step guide for the easiest alterations EVER!

Hem pants without sewing ... step by step guide for the easiest alterations EVER!

Flip the pant leg over and repeat with your 2nd strip of fabric tape. Then repeat for the other pant leg. Unfold your pants and iron again to remove any additional creases.

Hem pants without sewing ... step by step guide for the easiest alterations EVER!

Ahhhh … so much better!

Hem pants without sewing ... step by step guide for the easiest alterations EVER!

Hem pants without sewing ... step by step guide for the easiest alterations EVER!

Learning to hem pants has never been so easy (and quick)!

 

 

 

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