When I was a kid, cleaning the house meant getting out bottles and cans of various products. There was a cabinet full of furniture polish, tub cleaner, window cleaners, disinfectant sprays, disinfectant wipes, and even a product for removing dust. Cleaning the house took forever! When I became an adult, it became clear that I didn’t need any of these products or rituals. So what are my favorite hacks to save time and money cleaning?
Have you been thinking about growing some of your own fruits or vegetables? Fresh foods taste so much better and can save you a ton of money. Gardening doesn’t have to take a lot of space or time (especially if you learn from my mistakes). Here are some tips for getting started with plants you can grow in pots or a grow box on your patio.
In 2016, 23% of American households had not one, but two refrigerators. Many people in this world have compact refrigerators, many others have no refrigeration at all. Yet here in the USA, people spend thousands of dollars on a huge appliance that runs 24 hours a day to keep their food chilled. (See Dollar Street for fascinating pictures from around the world of refrigerators based on income). This got me thinking, do we really need that refrigerator?
Some of the best gifts I’ve received are those that cannot be purchased in any store. Here are some ideas for gifts you can make at home.
Before recycling/discarding an old item or purchasing a new item, use your problem-solving skills and find a creative way to use the things you have. Upcycle!
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Halloween is huge in my family. Not only do the kids want costumes for trick-or-treating, but school has the Character Parade during which they dress up like a character from a book. Of course, the kids want different costumes for their character parade and trick-or-treating. I’m not about to buy two costumes each year. But I don’t sew. So we’ve started to get creative making DIY Halloween costumes with items we already had.