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Pantry Organizing Ideas

Organize pantry shelves with foam board covered in shelf liner!

I was sooooo excited when I found this photo on IHeartOrganizing!

This crafty blogger had such a great idea when it came to pantry organization that I absolutely had to share it.

I’ve always had problems with wire pantry shelves and things getting stuck or unbalanced because of them.  My mom solved this by putting certain items on large trays placed on the wire racks.

But I like this idea for dressing up the pantry, and the flexibility of fitting the boards to the exact size of your shelves.  She used foam board and covered it with shelf liner.

I think I’m going to have to try this.  What about you?  Would you try it?

Recessed Dryer Box

Recessed Dryer Box

Having problems with your dryer?  It might be because the vent doesn’t have enough room to work properly.

An easy fix is to install a recessed vent box in the wall behind the dryer.

Check out these tips by Matt Risinger at Custom Home on how to install one yourself!

Tips for Hanging Christmas Lights

Tips for Hanging Christmas Lights

Image: Veer

Did you hang your Christmas lights yet?

A few of my neighbors had theirs lit on Thanksgiving.  But whenever you do decide to deck your house in holiday style, be sure to follow these safety tips:

  • Inspect light for fire hazards like frayed cords and broken sockets.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s suggestions for connecting multiple strings, since the recommended is usually three.
  • Don’t use indoor lights outside and don’t use outside lights indoors.
  • Take lights down within 90 days to avoid overexposure to the elements.
  • Pack them safely to lessen damage that could cause fire hazards.

Read more about Christmas light safety at House Logic.

Tips for Cleaning Painted Walls

photo: HouseBeautiful

We’ve all done it:  noticed a mark or a stain on our walls and tried to clean it, but, in doing so, strip away the paint.

Luckily, HouseBeautiful has all kinds of great advice from Carl Minchew (Director of Product Development, Benjamin Moore).

For example, clean the stain as soon as you notice it – the longer it sits, the harder it will be to clean.

And, before resorting to harsh cleaners, start with plain water and a non-abrasive sponge or rag.  Rub it gently.  Not working?  Try some dish soap.

Water is usually enough to get off water-based stains, like ketchup and wine, but for oil-based ones, like cooking grease and crayons, you’ll probably need some dish soap.

Read all about Minchew’s suggestions for textured walls, dents, and paint finishes in HouseBeautiful’s Caring for Painted Walls.

Delta Stone Products: Stucco Renew

Delta Stone Products:  Stucco Renew

While I was visiting Florida’s Largest Home Show, this product caught my eye.

Stucco Renew from Delta Stone Products is designed for stucco restoration and repair.  This is something that most Florida home owners need at some point.

I love this particular brand because of its many great features.

It’s just as easy to apply as paint.  It is also tinted (colored) in the same way.  It’s available at Lowe’s, and they’ll tint it for you right there, just like they would a can of paint or primer, to match any color you need.

It’s low VOC and non-toxic, so it’s better for you and the environment, too.

And it’s resistant to mold, mildew, and water (including salt water).

It adheres to the surface just like paint, and it’s easy to apply with a roller or a sprayer.  Plus, you can apply it in a variety of finishes and textures.  This, along with the color matching, helps it to blend in with any existing stucco that you’re trying to repair.  Or, you could just repaint the entire wall, if you prefer.

Either way, it’s a great product to help fix up your home’s exterior or a stucco wall around your property, especially if you’re about to put your home on the market.

Find more information about it at Delta Stone Products.

If you have a house in the Tampa Bay area you’re thinking about selling, find advice at Rosemary Sells Tampa!

Moore Shelving: The Pull Out Shelf Company

One of the vendors at Florida’s Largest Home Show that caught my eye was Moore Shelving.

They install pull-out shelves, which is something I love.  I had quite a few drawers in my kitchen in Germany, but haven’t had any since I moved back to the States.  I miss them.  So, when I saw how easy it is to install them in your existing cabinets, I was very excited!

This is especially great in the kitchen, but also works well in bathrooms, offices, craft rooms, and garages, too.

They even offer special shelves that fit around the plumbing under your sink, to help you utilize every inch of space.

Here are some photos I took at the home show:

Moore Shelving

Moore Shelving

And here is a video that shows the shelves in action:

You can see more photos, and read all about their products by visiting their website at Moore Shelving.

Don’t Forget to Change Your Clocks This Weekend!

Don’t forget to set your clocks back this Saturday night!

Image copyright 2013 Keller Williams® Realty, Inc.

Is Your House a Haunted House? | Halloween Maintenance

haunted house halloween maintenance

photo: Knape/Vetta/Getty Images

Does your house remind you of a Halloween Haunted House?

Now that Fall is here, your house may be experiencing some expanding and contracting via its pipes, framing, glass, and even its nails.  This can cause a variety of problems.

If you find you have

  • Zombie Odors
  • Footsteps in the Attic
  • Smells of Something Burning
  • Moaning and Clattering

it may be time to call your plumber, exterminator, or even your HVAC technician.

Read why here:

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Is Your Home Safe for Trick-or-Treaters?

halloween trick or treaters

photo: Liz Foreman, HouseLogic

Are you ready for Trick-or-Treaters?  You’ve got the candy, but have you double-checked for safety?

The following article covers these basic, quick steps for Halloween prep:

  • Light the Scene
  • Secure the Footing
  • Tighten the Railings
  • Eliminate Fire Hazards
  • Secure Your Property
  • Set the Scene
  • Enhance Street Safety

Read more here:

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Is a Tankless Water Heater Right for You?

tankless water heaters

Some of the benefits of tankless water heaters include the energy savings.

For example:

  • According to the U.S. Dept. of Energy, a tankless water heater is more efficient and uses less energy than a conventional water heater, providing a $25 to $107 in annual savings.
  • If your hot water use is low (less than 41 gallons per day), a tankless water heater will be 24% to 34% more efficient.
  • If your hot water usage is high (about 86 gallons per day), a tankless water heater is 8% to 14% more energy efficient.
  • Installing an on-demand unit at each hot water faucet gives an energy savings of 27% to 50%

Read more about tankless water heaters, including the pros and cons, at House Logic:

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