ALL POSTS IN Cleaning & Organizing

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It’s back to school time, and HGTV is here to help you create that “big kid” desk just in time for the new school year. This custom, kid-sized desk, created by feature blogger/designer Brian Patrick Flynn, is easy to put together by using plywood and stair posts to create the frame. We’re thinking the more vibrant and colorful you paint it, the less they’ll complain about homework time (maybe). Plus, to keep the kiddos (and you) even more organized when schedules, report cards and forms start flying in the door, create this simple, playful clip-art rail.

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Head over to HGTV.com for a complete materials list and detailed step-by-step instructions to create both the stair post kids’ desk and clip-art rails. Then, come back and share your completed (or in-process) projects with us in the comments below.

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I have a list for everything, relying heavily on them in the planning of my daily life. But when it comes to household chores and home organization, for some reason those tasks don’t make my daunting to-do list. Instead, they get pushed to the side, only to be conquered if I have some extra time on a Saturday morning. Thank goodness guidance is here with HGTV’s Help Around the Home.

New to HGTV.com, Help Around the Home features a monthly calendar brimming with daily tips and tasks for keeping an organized home. January provides 31 fresh ideas to start the year out clutter-free and clean. There’s even a cool feature where you can send the Help Around the Home ideas to your own e-calendar.

And if you have creative suggestions to keep clutter at bay, share tips on organization, decorating and homekeeping with other HGTV.com fans.

Now to go check my packet of sunflower seeds!

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Are you always digging through your cabinets to find the spice you need? Me too. And the one I want is always in back.

spice rack

Problem solved with this 24-inch spice rack from Purposedesign which mounts on your wall to keep the spices you always need at hand. Added bonus? This rack comes with the spices shown.

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I am not a klutz but accidents happen, especially at home and a well stocked first aid kit is a good thing to have around. But I find whenever I need something I’ve got to sift through a drawer filled with creams, ointments and bandages to get to exactly what I need and hope I’ve made the right choice for the situation. I’ve just discovered a solution to all this. The Intelligent First Aid Kit has the usual elements of a kit (which are all filed and color coded) and it also has an audio component, so you get instructions to go with it. That way you know the right thing to do when you get injured. As in my last post I think this is another perfect housewarming gift that’s practical and cool.
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What’s the best housewarming gift you’ve ever received?

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 We just moved into a newly redesigned office, but before the move we were working in the most boring corporate space you could imagine: white walls, gray cubes and lots of florescent lighting. When people used to come in to pitch a show, they’d be shocked by our office. Most people think that when they come to HGTV, they are going to walk into some beautifully decorated haven. After two years of working in such a bland space, I can personally attest to how important a well designed office space is. First and foremost, a well designed space will make your employees happier, it will show them that you value them and want them to enjoy their time at work. A happy employee is invaluable, OBVIOUSLY. Second, bringing a client into a dreary uninspired space will probably make your business seem a bit, well, dreary and uninspired. Your office space makes an impression before you do and my mom always said that the first impression is the one that lasts.

So without further ado, I present to you, dear HGTV Fan, my list of the top five most awesome, inspiring, all around bestest offices in the universe…

Welcome to The Redbull Headquarters…

Yes, that's a slide.
Pingpong Teleconference, anyone?
industrial chic!

 

 

 

Lego’s Development department…Can you say Dream Job!?!?
 
 
 
Welcome to the Googleplex, where you can get a haircut or a massage, bring your dog to work, go swimming or play pool or volleyball…All during work hours!
Pool anyone?

 

 
 
Here is Mind Lab, a government ministry…That round room is all white board for you to just go and write ideas on…How Cool!
 
 
 
Last, but certainly not least is Palota…They work in old shipping containers…So smart!
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I finally admitted something to myself and I’m just going to say it now — I hate housecleaning. Now, I know you’re going to say, “Who doesn’t?” But I really, really hate it. I mean, I would gladly arrange a trip to the dentist to avoid it. The only problem is I equally hate a dirty home. Oh how easy life would be if I could afford a cleaning team to come in and make it all go away. Well, until my Fairy Godmother shows up to wave her magic wand I’m on my own.

Searching for some short cuts and good tips I found a ton of great ideas in the organizing section of HGTV.com at http://www.hgtv.com/topics/cleaning/index.html.

I also looked through a few books and found one that was stuffed with hints and tricks.

The One Minute Cleaner by Donna Smallin

The One Minute Cleaner by Donna Smallin

Three things that I picked up in my reading:

  • White vinegar mixed with water cleans and freshens almost everything.
  • The right cleaning tools can make all the difference.
  • Putting on a little ABBA to sing along to as I move through my home helps it all go faster.

What are some short cuts that you use to get housework done faster?

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