Cleaning + Organising + Displays

Art for Arts Sake : Perfect Hanging Ideas

Art for Arts Sake : Perfect Hanging Ideas

I am a lover of art – hanging, object d’art, sculpture, quirky pieces, fabulous finds – but sometimes it’s hard to know how to display your precious memorabilia. Take hanging pictures, for example. They can be tricky, especially if you want to hang a collection together or figure out which pictures should go where. So I asked Sarah Cichy for some perfect hanging ideas. Sarah is the Founder and Director of one of Sydney’s most reputable PR agencies – Piccolo PR – an agency that specialises in homewares and fabulous stuff for kids. Sarah has the enviable job of being…

House Cleaning Ideas for Inside and Outside Your Home

House Cleaning Ideas for Inside and Outside Your Home

There are house cleaning ideas for every room and every occasion, so how do you keep up with it all? Of course, anyone who is house proud wants their home to be perfect for residents and guests alike. But let’s face it; House & Garden won’t pop around with a photographer without telling you, right? Nevertheless, keeping a clean and tidy home makes life more pleasant. The difficulty is all life’s dirt and grime being traipsed through your home and the endless level of rubbish and garbage from living, and even from cleaning. Every time you use something for your…

Sneaky Tips To Maximize Space You Didn’t Know You Had

Sneaky Tips To Maximize Space You Didn’t Know You Had

How to maximize space is the war cry of every home dweller. Of course, decluttering is the word on everyone’s lips, but what if you can maximize space without having a huge cleanout? Many people complain that they don’t have enough space but are you making the most of yours? When you look more closely at your home you’ll probably find more space than you thought you had. There are so many ways to use space better so your life will feel less cramped and claustrophobic. Read on to find out more about what I mean. You Could Almost Certainly…

Remember Forgotten Areas For A More Comfortable Home

Remember Forgotten Areas For A More Comfortable Home

Out of sight, out of mind. Do you remember forgotten areas when you clean? Because it’s very easy to ignore the things we can’t see. Yet not cleaning some ‘out of sight’ areas can impact the enjoyment of our home. Getting to grips with things around your home takes time. There are certain tips, tricks, and hacks that you learn as you go along, but there are some things that you may not have ever realized need doing on a regular basis. It can be hard to clean up neglected areas, at least without hard work, but keeping on top…

Maximize Garage Space With Easy De-Clutter Ideas

Maximize Garage Space With Easy De-Clutter Ideas

When you maximize garage space you’ll find ways to store possessions and engage in activities you may have reserved for the house. The garage can be a neglected source of much needed extra space. Because if there’s one thing that we homeowners complain about time and time again is not having enough room; both inside and outside the house. Even if we were convinced that a three bedroom property with a garden was more than enough when we sealed the purchase all those years ago, it could well be a very different story in the present day. Having children, buying…

Polishing The Past with Tara Dennis

Polishing The Past with Tara Dennis

Tara Dennis is one of Australia’s most familiar television faces having featured on shows including Our House, Changing Rooms, Burke’s Backyard, DIY Rescue and Renovation Rescue. If you saw my article on the Feast Watson Re-Love Project, where eight high-profile designers up-cycle discarded furniture for charity, you will have seen the ‘before and after’ project by Tara Dennis. Well, Tara’s back. Here she talks to Don’t Call Me Penny about the challenge she faced when updating door hardware for her own home. The outcome sparkled!

Cleaning with Bi-Carb : In The Kitchen

Cleaning with Bi-Carb : In The Kitchen

Cleaning with bi-carb (bi-carbonate of soda) is virtually the cheapest, most reliable and effective method of cleaning many surfaces and fabrics in your home. It’s an effective cleaning solution for every room in your home plus equipment, drains, silverware, windows and more. So this Cleaning with Bi-Carb series will bring you tips co-ordinated by room and cross-linked with other cleaning with bi-carb tips as new articles are posted. This article focuses on cleaning with bi-carb in the kitchen.

Clever Bedroom Storage for Kids

Clever Bedroom Storage for Kids

Bedroom storage for kids may be the single most important component of a family home. If your house is anything like mine, there is never enough storage. And then when you want your kids to clean up after themselves too…well, good luck with that! Kids can be taught to clean up and put toys back after use, it just takes some patience…and some really clever bedroom storage for kids that you’ll love to have and they’ll love to use.

Could Clutter Be Making You Fat?

Could Clutter Be Making You Fat?

Seriously, could clutter be making you fat? This is not such a silly suggestion when you consider some of the elements that link clutter with over-eating. How can that be? I’ll explain. When I interviewed Oprah’s De-clutter Guru, Peter Walsh, we discussed one of his books – Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Big? I thought it was a strange concept but it makes absolute sense when you think about it. In a disorganised home when your pantry is cluttered, your fridge is disorganised, your cupboards are a basket case, and you’re a busy mum with ravenous kids sitting down each week to plan a menu isn’t a priority.

Your Hips Don’t Lie, But Does Your House?

Your Hips Don’t Lie, But Does Your House?

Your house is supposed to reflect your personality and fit in with your lifestyle.You’re house proud and love to style it with new ideas, and you don’t follow every trend (let’s hope you don’t), right? Yet there’s always the cleaning and decluttering to be done. Shakira got it right when she said ‘hips don’t lie’ but maybe your house is telling lies about you. No matter how much daily housework you do, there are certain things around your house that can be letting you down. It’s like a constant nagging “but I just cleaned it yesterday’ mantra.

Forgotten Something? Three Rooms That Need An Upgrade

Forgotten Something? Three Rooms That Need An Upgrade

Have you forgotten something? When it comes to home renovations there are the usual suspects; the rooms we plan to upgrade first. But there are three you may easily forget. For starters, the kitchen is the hub of the home. We all want a kitchen that’s brand new and clean in order to motivate us to cook (well, me anyway). Next, we LOVE to upgrade our living rooms. There is so much beautiful furniture and many unique accessories to add to a living room. It’s where we entertain friends, enjoy board games, listen to music, and gather to watch the latest unmissable ‘Game of Thrones’ episode.

Top Decluttering Tips To Keep You Sane

Top Decluttering Tips To Keep You Sane

These top decluttering tips are designed to help you run a more organised home, not to strip the personality from your rooms. Some people confuse decluttering with having a home devoid of ‘stuff’ and being pared back to minimalist. Sure, be minimalist if you like, it’s a charming choice. So is eclecticism. However, these top decluttering tips are about being more organised and not feeling overwhelmed and stressed.

Three Easy Ways to Breathe New Life Back Into Your Home

Three Easy Ways to Breathe New Life Back Into Your Home

Do you have moments when you want to breathe new life into your home? Like, take a big fan and just blow away all the cobwebs? You’re not alone. If you’ve been living in your house for a long enough time, it can often feel like you’re not getting the full magical experience that you first got when you moved in. So these three easy tips will think you’ve moved to a new house.

Four Tiny Home Storage Solutions You Need To Try

Four Tiny Home Storage Solutions You Need To Try

Tiny home storage ideas may be just what you need, even if you don’t live in a tiny house. However, if you do live in a small home or apartment, it can be tricky to get storage just right. There is a fine line between having the things around you that you love (and need), and having a home that looks like a cluttered mess. Less is certainly more when it comes to tiny home storage solution tips There are lots of clever ways to improve the look of your home and improve how things are stored. Here are a few ideas that you could try.