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!
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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.
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.
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 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.
A sale ready home doesn’t just mean tidying up and slapping on some fresh paint. When you think about selling your home, you start thinking about gaining the best possible sale price. Most home buyers are looking to upgrade so you may need to make your home look as large and as spacious as possible. How can you do this?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Home de-cluttering has become a bit of a ‘thing’ over the past decade. And for good reason. It’s not healthy, mentally or physically, to live in a cluttered and disorganised home. We all reach that point eventually. When you can’t ignore it anymore. The clutter in your home has gone too far. It’s encroaching on every part of your space and makes relaxing in your home close to impossible. It’s enough to make you want to move out entirely and start again. However, most people would agree, that’s a pretty dramatic, not to mention expensive, solution. The far more sensible and cheaper option is to do the tough thing. Take back control of your home! Rescue your rooms from the piles of clutter and junk!
A cleaner home is what we want. So while it’s not true to say that no-one enjoys housework, it is fair to say that most of us see it as a trade-off. So if you want to spend more time enjoying your home and less time cleaning it, these quick tips will help. To READ MORE please click the title.
We all want a more organised home but often it’s hard to get on top of how to do it. Life just get’s in the way and, before you know it, you have a heap of housekeeping to do. Of course, it’s important to make sure your home is clean and tidy for the sake of your health and your home’s appearance. However, I’m going to share with you seven wonderful secrets to easily having a more organized home. To get the seven secrets you’ll need to READ MORE so please click the title.
Vigar is Spain’s answer to boring chores. Colours pop, flower zing and cleaning ROCKS ! Spring has been heralded in with a fun new range of cleaning accessories from Vigar. You’ll love cleaning with the funky florals, vivid colour and whimsical caricatures of the Flower Power collection. To READ MORE please click the title.
Has your clean tidy house been trashed during the week? Are you facing another weekend of constant cleaning? It can often feel like all we do is tidy up after others. Maintaining a clean and pleasant living space isn’t too much to ask, right? We all want a fabulously clean tidy home, so here are seven great tips for managing your home, without feeling like you are everyone else’s maid. To READ MORE please click the title.