Quick Tip for Friday – removing sink stink

Before you leave on vacation or a weekend trip, sprinkle some baking soda in your sink drains, especially in the kitchen. It’s the perfect time to let the baking soda sit undisturbed. When you rinse it away after returning your kitchen will smell fresh and clean! 

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7 UncommonTips for Kitchen Cleaning | Sears PartsDirect

Nice article here with some great tips.

I like the second one about cleaning the microwave especially. You can do it using your kitchen sponge too, and get longer use from your sponge by sanitizing it!


7 UncommonTips for Kitchen Cleaning | Sears PartsDirect.

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Cures for Common Holiday Messes – Consumer Reports

Cures for Common Holiday Messes – Consumer Reports.


A favorite product of mine not mentioned in this article is Folex. It has no odor or color and is amazing at red wine removal (we use it A LOT at our house!).

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Quick Tips for Friday – packing up Christmas


More holiday decoration storage and organization tips

While putting up my decorations for the year I noticed some of my little tricks I’ve developed that might be worth sharing.

To keep the musty attic smell out of soft items like stockings, tree skirts, table runners, garlands, even wreaths I toss some cinnamon sticks or cloves in the box or bag with them. Take care not to let them be in direct contact if oils or colors could affect the seasonal items, it won’t do much good to have things smell better if they are ruined with stains!

Some years ago after buying some new ornaments I wrote on the packages they came in what the they looked like, before hanging them. Now when I am undressing the Christmas tree I can very easily put them back in the same box. I have gotten so used to this handy little trick I didn’t think to share it at the start of the season!


Mark ornament boxes to re-use for storage.

Mark ornament boxes to re-use for storage.

This makes packing Christmas ornaments so much easier!

This makes packing Christmas ornaments so much easier!


I also try to keep certain types of items together in the storage bins I use. Outdoor lights are in different bins than ornaments used for the tree, stockings are stored with tree skirt, etc. With this system I can take a peek into one bin and find a whole category of items quickly; even when I forget to put a label on the bin or can’t remember the genius plan of remembering what color bin is supposed to go with what items.

Happy un-decorating!

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Photo tease

UPDATE: finally posted follow up gallery!

Here is a teaser photo of a ‘before’ shot that will be part of a gallery I intend to post in the next few days.
Stay tuned to witness the amazing transformation of this outdoor teak patio furniture!

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Mr. Clean Magic Erasers: Creative Uses For These Household Cleaning Blocks That Truly Work Magic!

Mr Clean Magic Eraser

It’s been a long time since I put up a new blog post and I was going to write something this weekend when I came across this on Pinterest and had to re post!

I LOVE these Magic Erasers and I try to always make sure I have them with me on jobs.  When I make marks on walls for measurements to hang pictures, curtain rods or install just about anything I need to mark the spot first Magic Erasers come to the rescue. A gentle rub and everything is beautiful again.

Oh, and you know how sometimes you might ‘scuff’ the wall with a picture frame while getting it on the hook? Magic Eraser works great on those too.

But please, follow the link below to see an amazing list of uses!

Mr. Clean Magic Erasers: Creative Uses For These Household Cleaning Blocks That Truly Work Magic!.

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Equipment cabinet for office

These are some pictures of something I custom-built for a business client in their new office.

They needed  a place to contain all the phone and internet equipment when they moved. The new location didn’t have as much space as the office they moved from so I had to get a little creative and build around what the tech guys installed.

I think it turned out pretty good. Protects the equipment and hides it fairly well. There are plenty of ‘hidden gaps’ so there is air circulation for all the equipment (that stuff can get pretty warm).

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Some of what I have been up to lately

June is getting off to a good start!

Plenty of outdoor work: Refinished some outdoor furniture, stained a gate and wooden planter, put in some simple fencing separate a yard for dogs and ‘not dogs’ areas, and other misc yard cleanup and gardening! And of course I helped with some moving recently-is it wrong that I kind of like driving U-Haul trucks now?

Keeping busy indoors? Oh yes.  Installed a couple of new plug outlets and figured out the problem for some troublesome closet doors, hanging some pictures, assemble some office furniture and finish building out phone closet for an office. Hopefully the special ordered blinds arrive by Friday so I can get those installed this week!

Next week I am hoping to install a dishwasher (pending delivery of ordered appliance).

Potential jobs waiting for me out there that I have quoted: power wash and paint some backyard areas, some indoor painting, hang a new light fixture, more hanging pictures, furniture assembly and really hoping to have some more wood furniture to refinish soon.

It is good to be busy!

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Helpful tips

Every few months or so take the drain stoppers from the kitchen sink and toss them in the dishwasher when you run it. Does a great job cleaning the buildup especially from the bottom where it can get pretty gross!

Saw this on Pinterest – use coffee filters to cover drain holes in planters! Wish I had seen that tip before I already finished all my spring re potting! Such a great idea!

Picnic-BBQ idea: place persihable foods like dips, condiments, cheese and meat trays, sandwich trays etc on top of ice in shallow pans or plastic bins to keep fresh and safe during a party.  Don’t open and pour the ice, lay whole bag into a large shallow bins, like the ones used to store items under the bed.. Cover the ice with a dish towel then set trays of food on top! Keep covered from bugs and you will have a stress free picnic buffet!!

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Don’t delay maintenance issues

I was going to write about gardening this week because that is what I get obsessed with this time of year, but the calls I have been on recently made me decide to talk about dealing with home maintenance issues sooner rather than later. It can save lots of money and a great deal of trouble to address common household issues right away.

When a faucet starts to drip it’s best to fix it quick. At that point it is likely that just a small rubber gasket inside is wearing out, a simple and inexpensive repair. Otherwise you will probably start trying to turn the handle harder (most of us do this do without even realizing it) which can result in the gasket becoming completely destroyed. Instead of a little drip now there is a major trickle or an outright run and that can really be a problem that is expensive, wasteful and quite annoying, especially if it is on the hot water side!

If a garbage disposal is not working it isn’t the best idea to just ‘do without it’ unless you are going to be extra diligent at the kitchen sink. Disposals are meant to churn and spin to help push the debris out. Without that movement there is a risk of everyday waste getting sort of stuck in there because it doesn’t have the same type of path to flow out like regular pipes do. If you have main line issues (as many of us do in older homes) that extra ‘gunk’ can really back things up. If you don’t have it replaced or removed you should be VERY meticulous about rinsing that side of the sink throughly and often (maybe even take a quick plunger to it now and then).

Other drips or leaks: I can’t stress enough how important it is to take care of any drip or leak that puddles up on floors or creating wet patches on/in walls. Once the area becomes saturated there is the risk of mold and severe deterioration of the floors and walls. This is the sort of thing that can lead to VERY major and expensive repairs. Please do not think just wiping it up often or putting a bowl under to catch the drip is a good solution.  A lot less could be spent today on a small repair to stop the leak. This is particularly important for roof leaks that may be getting into electrical fixtures. If you think a roof leak is getting into a light fixture, call a licensed roofer immediately!

This sort of post is not my favorite type of writing, all about warnings and sounding like I am trying to scare people, but it is important and helping people is one of the main things I love about my work!

Helping you save time, money and headaches by dealing with small repairs today rather than ending up with emergencies tomorrow, well that makes me feel especially good.

Maybe this weekend I will still get a post in about gardening, since we are expecting rain here this weekend and I will be forced indoors!

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

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