Tuesday, May 30, 2017

15 Things to Get Rid of Right Now...

Courtesy of Kim Stoegbauer and HGTV
Photography by: DK - House Works Dorling Kindersley Limited; ten22 studio;
Faith Durand Elana's Pantry; Melissa Hruska; Natalie Wright; Lincoln Barbour

Hi Friends,

Ready to rid your house of clutter? Start here with these items you're sure not to miss.

Cardboard Food Boxes
Ditch the cardboard boxes and plastic bags that go with your cereal, snacks and dry goods. They're ugly, take up lots of space and don't keep your food fresh. Instead, opt for glass jars or airtight food storage containers.

Wire Hangers
Mommie Dearest said it best: No more wire hangers! Ditch those dry cleaner hangers for matching plastic or wooden versions.

Your Dish Sponge
When was the last time you replaced the sponge in your kitchen sink? If it's been more than a month, toss it. In between, sanitize it with a spin in the dishwasher.

Old Shoes
Get rid of any shoes that are broken beyond repair, worn out or missing a mate. Can't remember the last time you wore a still-good pair? Donate to a thrift store.

Clothing You've Never Worn
Donate or sell any items of clothing you've had for more than a year without wearing.

Too-Small Kids' Clothing
The same goes for clothing your children can no longer wear: Unless it's an heirloom, donate or sell to free up the space.

Socks Without a Mate
We all have that bag of socks without their, ahem, sole mate. If you've done a full round of laundry without finding their partner, it's time to let them go.

Expired Makeup
How long have those cosmetics been lurking in your makeup bag? Mascara should be replaced every three months. Foundation and concealer are good for about a year, while lipstick, eye shadow and blush should be replaced every two years.

Old Spices
Most ground spices should be replaced after 12 months. A simple test? Give each one a wiff. If there's no scent, there will be no flavor. Go ahead and toss it!

Your Toothbrush
The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush once every three months for maximum brushing power.

Last Year's Holiday Cards
You've enjoyed them, now it's time to let them go. Record any addresses to your phone or computer before chucking them into the recycling bin.

Last Year's Calendar
Embrace the current year by recycling last year's calendar. The same goes for a dated datebook.

Unidentified Frozen Objects
Toss any unidentifiable objects in the refrigerator or freezer.

Movies You Don't Love If you'd only give a film one thumb up or you wouldn't watch it again, give it away or sell at a used electronics store. And those VHS tapes? If you don't have a player, let those go, too.

Expired Food
Throw away any canned goods past their expiration date. If you discover still-good packaged food you didn't like or won't eat, donate to a local food pantry.

These are just 15 of the many things we can get rid of; share some the things on your "GET RID OF" list with us; look forward to hearing from you...

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Happy Memorial Day!

Hi Friends,

We Will Remember Them - The ones that we've lost still go with us in spirit. In the faces of Family, their presence still lingers. In the dreams they once nurtured they still shape our future. In the hearts that embrace them, they live on forever. At daybreak and nightfall, as long as there's memory we will remember them.

Thinking of you this Memorial Day and sharing The Ultimate Sacrifice poem by Joanna Fuchs.

The Ultimate Sacrifice:

We set aside Memorial Day
Each and every year
To honor those who gave their lives
Defending what we hold dear.

In all the dark and deadly wars,
Their graves prove and remind us,
Our brave Americans gave their all
To put danger far behind us.

They made the ultimate sacrifice
Fighting for the American way;
We admire them and respect them
On every Memorial Day.

By Joanna Fuchs

Happy Memorial Day from your friends at Interior Design!

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Decorate With White & Still Have Kids & Pets

Courtesy of Brian Patrick Flynn
Photography by Flynnside Out Productions

Hi Friends,

You Can Decorate With White and Still Have Kids and Pets. Have you always wanted to incorporate white into your home without it appearing sterile or stark? We've got one way to master this light and bright hue.

White bedding may seem impractical, but since it can be bleached, it's more durable than you would think. The trick to getting white bedding ensembles right is to layer different textures and patterns between the duvet, coverlet, throw blankets and skirts. With each white slightly darker or lighter than the next, the result looks perfectly balanced.

Layer, Layer, Layer...

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

18 Things You Can Clean in the Washing Machine

Compliments of Chelsea Faulkner

Hi Friends,

By now, we all know that our washing machines can be used for so much more than clothes — think sneakers, bedding and even baseball hats. But did you know this magical cleaning machine is capable of so much more? There's a long laundry list (pun intended) of surprising household messes this handy appliance can tackle. And all you have to do is push "start."

Car Mats


Those cloth floor mats in your car are totally machine-washable. If they're extra dirty or spotted with spill stains, shoot the soiled areas with a little stain remover before washing on warm with your normal detergent and hanging to dry. Try not to do this more than once every few months, however, as the rubber backing could start to deteriorate from too many spin cycles.

Plastic Shower Curtains & Liners


I used to replace my liners every month or so when they started to show soap scum. Now I just throw them in the washer with a few bath towels and wash on cold with my regular laundry detergent. They come out looking good as new and save me the cost of two iced coffees a month.

Rubber Shower Mats

When your non-slip mat starts to look yucky, run it through the regular cycle with a few towels (these add extra scrubbing power) and a small amount of your normal detergent.

Yoga Mat


Unless the care label says otherwise, most yoga mats can be cleaned on the delicate cycle with no detergent and tossed in the dryer on medium heat.



Cloth and canvas bags, including backpacks, reusable grocery bags, gym bags, purses and more, are usually washer friendly. Simply turn them inside-out, place in a mesh laundry bag and wash on warm with detergent. However, if your bag is bejeweled or decorated with iron-on appliques, you'll want to opt for hand wash instead.

Soft-Sided Lunch Boxes & Insulated Coolers

Skip Hop Zoo Zebra Lunchie, All Childrens Furniture

As always, check your care labels, but most insulated lunch boxes and coolers are totally fine to clean in the washing machine. Throw in with a few towels on cold, then hang upside-down with the zipper open to dry.

Rubber-Backed Rugs & Mats

Eric Perry, 2013, Scripps Networks, LLC

Cotton or synthetic rugs with rubber backs can be washed about once a month to remove mold, mildew and other bathroom nasties. Arrange the rug around the central agitator in the washer and add a few towels to balance the load. Wash on cold with a small amount of detergent, then hang to dry.



Pillows are essentially big sponges that soak up sweat, drool and dead skin cells, so it's a no-brainer that they need to be cleaned regularly. The best way to do that? In the washing machine, of course. Most pillows, even the down varieties, are machine-washable. Just add two pillows to your machine to balance the load, then wash in hot water with a cup of detergent and a cup of bleach. You may need to run a second rinse cycle if your pillows are extra fluffy. Dry feather-filled pillows on the 'air' setting and synthetic pillows on low heat with a couple of rubber dryer balls or sock-wrapped tennis balls. Repeat the drying process until your pillows are 100-percent free of moisture.

Sports Gear


Place shoulder, knee and elbow pads, shin guards and gloves in individual laundry bags and wash on a regular, warm cycle with a small amount of detergent, then hang to dry.

Stuffed Animals

Flynnside Out Productions

If fluffy friends are looking a little dingy, a spin in the wash is a must. Remove any loose clothing items and place in a pillow case or mesh laundry bag before running through the gentle cycle with a small amount of regular detergent. (If your toys are stuffed with small beads, beans or styrofoam balls, you'll want to opt for hand-washing instead.)

Small Toys

Emily Fazio, 2016

Handheld toys, such as plastic building blocks, action figures, bath toys and even dog chew toys, can be placed in mesh laundry bags and run through the delicate cycle on cold.

Oven Mitts & Potholders


To keep dirty oven mitts and potholders looking and smelling good as new, simply add them in with your regular load of towels and hang to dry.

Patio Chair Cushions

Susan Pittard/Studio D (styled by Karin Olsen)

After a summer in the elements, your expensive patio chair cushions could probably use a good wash. If your machine is large enough, you can run cushions and chair pads through a regular wash cycle with a small amount of detergent and a cup of white vinegar, then line dry in direct sunlight for several hours until completely dry.


Julie Soefer Photography

Unless they're made from a delicate material or have a tag that specifies 'dry clean only,' those dusty curtains can be washed in cool water on a slow spin cycle, then dried on low heat.

Mop Heads

Sanitize dirty mop heads after each use by placing in a mesh laundry bag and washing on hot. Hang to drip dry.

Pet Beds

To keep your furry friend happy and healthy, it's recommended to wash his or her bedding on a minimum biweekly basis. Luckily, it's as easy to clean your pup's bedding as it is your own. Just vacuum up any loose hair, remove any cover and toss the bed and bedding into the washing machine with a natural detergent. Wash on hot with an extra rinse cycle, then dry on high heat to kill any lingering pathogens.

Pet Collars & Leashes

Now that your pup's bed is squeaky clean, it's time to turn your attention to the accessories they wear most often: collars, harnesses and leashes. It's hard to tell, but these things can get gross pretty quick, especially if your pet spends a lot of time outside. To launder cloth or synthetic varieties, simply place them in a laundry bag to prevent tangling and toss in with a load of towels.

Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

Molly Winters

To clean these wonderful static-filled cloths, simply give them a quick rinse in the sink, then place in a mesh laundry bag or pillowcase. Run through the wash with a little detergent, then place the bag directly into the dryer with no dryer sheet. This helps maintain the cloths' static charge, which is the secret to their cleaning power.

Now sit back, relax and let the spin cycle do all the work.

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