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October 26, 2016

For those who aren’t familiar with the word pegboard, it is often described as "that thin wood with lots of little holes that holds hooks."  It used to be found mainly in the basement where tools and small packages of screws would be hanging on it from a hook, or out in the garage with an assortment of lawn implements attached to it with bungee cords.  The days of pegboard being relegated to the depths of the basement or hidden out in the garage are over!  Pegboard has finally risen to its rightful place alongside home decor and organizational aids.

Pegboard can be used in literally any room in your house.  Craft rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, hallways, and yes, basements and garages.  It is one of the most versatile and inexpensive decorating/organizing tools available.  No longer kept unadorned and plain, pegboard is now painted, stenciled, framed, and proudly displayed as home decor.  The question is no longer “Why would you use pegboard in your house?”  It is now...

October 17, 2016

Have you noticed the beautiful fall colours outside?  The golds, browns, and spectacular crimson coloured leaves?  Aren’t they gorgeous?  They remind me of the colour of spices... warm, fragrant, and enticing spices - and spices remind me of cooking, which makes me think of the kitchen, which in turn reminds me I haven’t cleaned up my spice cabinet for quite a while!  Do you regularly check your spices for expiration dates?  

We always hear about Spring Cleaning, but what about Fall Cleaning?  It’s a perfect time to get organized for the Holidays and clean up from the good ol’ days of summer.  I’m going to start with - you guessed it - my spice cabinet.  Now is the perfect time to take out all of the spices, give them a quick wipe down, and check those expiration dates (spices do lose their potency, over time, so best to discard all those old ones!).  While I have the spices out on my counter top, I’m going to wipe down the inside of the cabinet and organize t...

October 14, 2016

I spent the past weekend at the cottage enjoying the last long weekend of ‘summer like weather’.  Mother Nature cooperated and gifted us with gorgeous weather, a soft breeze, and incredible fall foliage.  A good time was had by all who attended our Thanksgiving get-together.  We ate, laughed, reminisced, recalled old memories, and made new ones.  As the day faded into dusk, we said our good-byes and promised to meet again next year – same place, same time.  It was with a tinge of sadness that I said good-bye to our guests, yet I was filled with a sense of happiness and accomplishment at having hosted another wonderful family gathering.

With a sigh of contentment I turned around, and then reality hit. Hard. I was overwhelmed at what had to be accomplished in one short day in order to close up the cottage by the following afternoon. I took a deep breath, remembered the 10 questions to ask myself before I start organizing, and immediately felt a bit better.  As I clea...

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