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9 Exit Strategies for Your Clutter

How to efficiently — and regularly — rid your home of the things you don’t want Full Story
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mfwolfe - it's an understanding in my neighbourhood that anything left at the curb is free for anyone who wants it. Sometimes signs proclaiming "Free" are posted. I personally hate the thought of anything going to landfill and can't honestly be bothered to list items on Craigslist etc for resale. We have often left things at the curb hoping to give it a new life to someone who could truly use and appreciate it. We were having work done on the house when I put out one of the kids' old bikes they had outgrown and one of the trades asked if he could have it for his nephew. For me it was a win win. I knew it was going to a good home and it was out of our hands. Similarly the neighbour across the street took the playset, and a set of grandparents picked up some toddler toys for their grandkids for when they visit their house.
on Monday at 9:43am     
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We found a simple motivational trick to actually get stuff out of the house. On the way home from our nearest Goodwill store is a wonderful little place to have breakfast. Now I don't think of dropping stuff off as a chore but rather as a chance to have breakfast out.
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Key Measurements for a Dream Laundry Room

Get the layout dimensions that will help you wash and fold — and maybe do much more — comfortably and efficiently Full Story
     Comment   June 23, 2014
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I'm putting an exterior door to what is now my laundry room. The door will have frosted glass to let in light, but not expose a potential mess to visitors. Since it's an entry/exit, I want it to look nice (but not glamorous). The room is also next to the kitchen. So, I want to make it a pantry as well. This will give me a place to put groceries I bring in from the car. So, the shelving shown in the photos is very practical.
June 14, 2014 at 11:59pm     
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I just want a "backstage" area, that I can do projects and laundry in, that doesnt have to be spotless all the time! Yeesh! Its a laundry room! Organization is one thing, but the sleek spotless look in these areas are ridiculous! Not every square inch of your house has to be pretty.
June 15, 2014 at 8:37am     
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Our newly built home has a mudroom (off garage) with the laundry room right next to it. Perfect for off-loading gym clothes, garden gear, etc. as soon as you come in. The laundry room is 8 feet-by-8 feet, with standard base/wall cabinets (and a laundry sink) along the left side. The right side has front loading washer & dryer with full-depth cabinets above them to store laundry baskets, all of the cleaning supplies on a big turntable, and many other laundry-specific items (like stacking, folding air-dryers). Next to the machines is the hang-dry area which has both a rod for full-length clothes and one of those collapsible, wall-mount hanging racks. Things like bras and hosiery are left to air dry there. Behind that are also hooks for hanging swim towels, and the ironing board is stored there on wall hooks. A drip-tray sits below the drip-dry area, so bathing suits can be hung even if they are still quite wet. A huge window is at the end of the wall, directly opposite the doorway. We use the laundry sink all the time, especially for overnight-soaking of heavily stained items. That way, regular laundry can be done while items are soaking in the sink. A two-day soak in Oxyclean will take care of nearly any stain! The counter top along the left side leaves us plenty of room for folding clean clothes. We use the pedestals below the washer and dryer to store dirty laundry; each has two sections and is labelled for "dark", "light colors", "towels", etc. These are oversized pedestals, and when a section is full, that is close to a complete washer load. The primary advantage for us in putting a wall and door between the laundry and mud room is noise control: We can close the doors and never hear the washing machine doing its thing.
June 15, 2014 at 3:16pm     
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In regards to the front loader washer having a smell, I've been adding 60 mls of BORAX to each laundry soap dispersal.. This, plus wiping the door gasket and leaving it open after finishing all my washing, has prevented any disgusting smells. A friend even removed these smells from improper cleaning by using this method
June 15, 2014 at 7:24pm     
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How to Create a Secret Doorway Behind a Bookcase

Hide your valuables (or unsightly necessities) in a room or nook that no one will guess is there Full Story
     Comment   June 17, 2014
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I think it's amusing that several people posting feel aghast about gun storage, inferring that whomever is storing/owning guns must be some deviant whose sole purpose is to do harm to others. However, those same people wouldn't object to a mounted dart game, or perhaps enjoy some skeet shooting, or have a laugh at Halloween to see people firing pumpkins from cannons. Then there are folks who like to collect knives or cars. All of which can harm others.

No, I'm not a gun advocate. But in the true sense of Houzz, I love to see collections of most anything (not crazy about bugs), as it is those folks who have passion and preserve knowledge/history for the rest of us. Myself? I have 1 gun. It was a gift from my oldest brother to our father over 50 years ago. It's beautifully made and in a lovely case. Carefully stored and secured....and has never harmed anyone. This intolerance and 1-sided thinking that is taking over societies needs to stop.

If you don't like a white kitchen, then don't paint your kitchen white. But don't march in the streets demanding that all white kitchens be outlawed just because you don't like it.
June 15, 2014 at 7:04am     
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We used this concept in a remodel where they had an unused closet and we wanted to change it into a pantry. The closet would be way too deep as a pantry so we turned the door opening into a swinging set of shelves. So, you open the door to a 10 in deep set of shelves - those swing out of the way to reveal a "u" shaped pantry behind it with 10 in deep shelves. Right behind the hinge area is kind of hard to get to - chocolate and chip stash!
June 15, 2014 at 7:17am     
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The first house I bought in Texas had a hidden door to a wet bar. The realtor called it a "Baptist Bar" :)
June 15, 2014 at 9:16am     
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Awesome : ) No secret room here, but in one of our homes, the back panel of the bottom shelf of a full wall bookcase unit slid open to the side to reveal a secret hiding space for small valuables - it was about 2 feet wide by 1 foot high by 15" deep. Discovered it by accident...
June 16, 2014 at 1:24pm     
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Love this! I have never had a hidden room, but have always had hidden spaces in my house that my woodworker husband has incorporated into built-in shelving and furniture. Just make sure that a couple of people in your family know how to access these areas. In the event of death or dementia, someone needs to know where the valuables are hidden.
June 16, 2014 at 1:58pm     
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