Mudrooms – Entry Way Storage and Organization

{Better Homes and Gardens}Have you dreamed about a separate room to house all the coats, shoes, backpack, etc. etc. that your family brings home? I dream of a mudroom that looks fabulous but still meets all my families needs.  Mudrooms have become more than just a place to hang your coat.  What about adding a potting bench, desk or even a sewing machine.{Better Homes and Gardens}You can squeeze a practical mudroom into tiny spaces like:entryways Hallways closets Pantry or even a free standing ArmoireUsing the items you have like mirrors, hooks, baskets, and even a chair or bench.  Even  a tiny entry could do, by hanging a mirror, install a small shelf under the mirror and place a bench under the shelf with a basket under the bench.   Squeezing and stacking … [Read more...]

Organizing and decorating with glass jars

Jar sewing kit, Martha... other three images from my personal collection A glass container is one of my favorite every day decorating and organizing accessory of all time. Is there no end to what you can do with a glass jar? Big jars, little jars, lidded jars, fat jars, tall jars, they are all good!And the best thing about jars? You can collect tons of them for free when you buy food! In all likelihood, you have glass containers and jars in your cupboard right now not being used to their full potential! I love frugal ideas that can serve many purposes, all through the house. What are your ideas for jars? Untrained Housewife has 25 ways to use a glass jar or check out this luminary glowing glass jar tutorial on Blissfully Domestic! … [Read more...]

The Medicine Cabinet: What You Need, How to Store, When to Toss

"The desire to take medicine is perhaps the greatest feature which distinguishes man from animals." --Sir William OslerExpiration and Disposal Do medications really expire?  Richard Altschuler writes an informative article with a refreshing lack of technical jargon; he even tests his theory on his mother in law!  The bottom line:First, the expiration date, required by law in the United States, beginning in 1979, specifies only the date the manufacturer guarantees the full potency and safety of the drug -- it does not mean how long the drug is actually "good" or safe to use. Second, medical authorities uniformly say it is safe to take drugs past their expiration date -- no matter how "expired" the drugs purportedly are. Except for possibly the rarest of exceptions, you won't … [Read more...]

Decorating with White Dishes all over the House!

Hello, my name is The Nester and I am addicted to white dishes.  And serving platters. And trays. And nonwhite dishes.I have a problem collecting all things dish.  That problem results in larger problems like stacks of platters and serving bowls falling out of my hutch and pantry whenever I venture to open them.  Oh, but I have found a fantastic solution!  Besides hanging my extra dishes on the wall, I decided to use some in my bathroom!Did your stomach just turn at the mention of dishes in the bathroom?   If not, this might help; the other day I was making pizza and I could not get the jar open for the life of me.  My husband was in the shower so yes, I took that jar of sauce on up there to him.  Something about handing that jar of pizza sauce over to him in that shower was so … [Read more...]