Before and After: How Smart Storage Transformed our Laundry Room

Before photo of our cluttered laundry room

I've always thought of my laundry room as the most troublesome room in our house. Not only is it narrow, but all of one side is taken up by a washing machine, sink and toilet. Add to that the fact that there are 2 doors that open inward, and the space starts to feel very small indeed.

I'd long ago resigned myself to having a difficult laundry room I didn't enjoy being in. Turns out I couldn't have been more wrong! Continue Reading

Do Any of These 10 Pinterest Cleaning Hacks Actually Work?

Do These 10 Pinterest Cleaning Hacks Actually Work?

Cleaning hacks. They’re everywhere on Pinterest, and they all claim to be the answer to your toughest, messiest dilemmas. But are they really?  I tested 10 hacks in my own house and here’s what I found out.   

 

1. Vinegar Microwave Cleaner

I’m going to start on a positive note… this was my absolute favorite. It worked like a charm! All you have to do is combine 2 cups of water with 2 tablespoons of vinegar in a glass bowl and add a toothpick. Continue Reading

How to: Make Your Own DIY Spa-Inspired Pebble Bath Mat

Learn to make a pebble bath mat with simple materials and techniques.  

DIY Pebble Bath Mat  | Bath rug with river stones
Photo: Lidy Dipert

 

For all those stay-at-home moms who have very busy lives, this DIY is for you! Or anyone who loves an excuse to be pampered just a bit every day. 

Unfortunately, going to the spa isn’t a realistic or practical option for many of us. Which is why something as simple as this DIY Pebble Bath Mat can make the world of difference, turning an everyday shower into a treat. Continue Reading

IKEA Hack: Rolling Under Bed Storage Box

IKEA Hack: Rolling Under Bed Storage Box
Photo: Faith Towers

If you've been following along on Curbly, you may have noticed that we're big fans of IKEA hacks. And this week we have another hack for you, something a little different… a handy under bed storage case that rolls right underneath your fram and out of the way. So keep reading to find out how you can make your own under bed storage!

 

IKEA Hack: Rolling Under Bed Storage Box
Photo: Faith Towers

The finished piece is simple, functional and well…. Continue Reading

Tried And Tested: Do These 10 Pinterest Organization Hacks Actually Work?

10 Pinterest Organizational Hacks Tried And Tested
Faith Towers Provencher

Pinterest is filled with organizing hacks, promising to help you achieve your wildest organizational dreams. But just how good are they? I set out to test 10 of them, and today I'm sharing the results with you. Click through to compare their versions with mine, and to read my thoughts on the functionality of each one.   

 

 

10 Pinterest Organizational Hacks Tried And Tested
A Bowl Full of Lemons
10 Pinterest Organizational Hacks Tried And Tested
Faith Towers Provencher

1. This hack worked quite well. I'm always struggling to find my rubber gloves in the deep dark depths of the cabinet, so I love that they are now easily procured.  Continue Reading

Give the Gift of Self-Care with Bath Salts That Smell Like a Christmas Tree

Though the holidays are supposed to be a relaxing, fun time, for many of us they end up being stress-fests. Between shopping for gifts, preparing holiday meals and treats, and managing family interactions, it can be too easy to end the year feeling worn-out and frazzled. But that’s where self-care comes in. Taking the time to give yourself a break can make a huge difference, and if that break takes the form of a hot bath for you, you can incorporate the rejuvenating scent of evergreens via these Christmas tree bath salts. Continue Reading

DIY Some Self-Care: How to Make a Soothing Chai Spice Tub Tea

How to Make Chai Spice Tub Tea
Images by Marlene Sauer

It's the most wonderful time of the year.

No, I don't mean the Big C. My absolute favorite time of year is — fall!

Every year when autumn hits here in New England, my senses come to life. Crisp, clear air; leaves to crunch through; snuggly scarves; cozy lit windows on dark, chill nights; there are so many little daily luxuries to savor.

And this year I'm adding another one, which will also help in my goal of better self-care: DIY chai spice tub tea! Continue Reading

Does Your Trash Can Stink? Try This Simple Trick to Get Rid of Odors

Trash can odors tips and tricks

Has this happened to you? You come home and open your front door, only to immediately get hit with a whiff of something nasty? Ick. Chances are, that unpleasant odor was your kitchen trash. It's inevitable. Trash can odors are going to happen, but there are things you can do to fight the stank. Today I'm sharing a quick trick for eliminating trash can odors, plus some other pointers for keeping the smell at bay.          
 

Your kitchen trash can has to deal with a lot of nastiness. Continue Reading

Renter-Friendly Backsplash Ideas that Look like a Million Bucks

Hunting for a rental apartment is just about the worst thing about modern urban life. Not only do you have to contend with application fees and sketchy brokers, compete with other prospective tenants, and traipse through one messy, half-packed living room after another; but once you finally find a place that you can afford and that doesn't have literal holes in the walls — you have to move in and actually LIVE WITH all the ugly, outdated apartment features that you tried desperately to ignore as you signed the lease and handed over your entire month's income. Continue Reading

Make This! Big Impact Geometric Mirror DIY

Make This! DIY Vanity Mirror Frame
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Have you ever tried to shop for a decorative bathroom mirror? The process can be frustrating… it's tough to find something that works well with your decor, while also staying within your budget. That was my experience when I tried to find the perfect bathroom mirror. So, of course, I made one! Keep reading to find out how to make this DIY vanity mirror using wooden dowel rods.       

 

Materials

Materials needed to make this DIY mirror
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

 

How to Make a DIY Vanity Mirror

 

Step

Step 1 | DIY Geometric Mirror Frame
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Begin by staining your dowel rods using the instructions on the can. Continue Reading