Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Although I have a fantastic dry cleaner who got chocolate out of ivory silk and blueberry out of a silk/wool throw, unless I have a major stain on one of my 'dry clean only' wool and cashmere sweaters, and silk tops, I hand wash them at home in my large ss kitchen sink (that I give a good scrubbing beforehand).
I was going to make an instructional video but the brilliant ladies at The Laundress already have a great one on their YouTube channel. The Laundress has a number of wonderful cleaning products, but I use Ecover Delicate Wash. I soak two or three pieces at a time for about 10 minutes in cool water. Gently place the piece flat in the water and slowly push it down into the water without agitating or shaking it. I use their towel rolling technique for water removal instead of ringing for cashmere and wools, then air dry.
Do you hand wash your 'dry clean only' pieces?
Monday, May 17, 2010
It's spring time here in NYC, the perfect time to give your space a good deep clean (whether you're in NYC or not!). Pull the curtains, open the windows, and get some fresh air and light into your home. The goal is to clear out what isn't adding to your life, fix what needs to be fixed, move some furniture around and give your space a fresh new perspective.
Just pick one spot to start and move around your space dealing only with the things you know are going to be donated, sold, trashed, recycled, etc. The idea is to get things out of the home quickly so you can see and feel the change in the space immediately.
- focus on your immediate decisions.
- start with the things that are out (in plain site) before digging into closets, cabinets, and drawers.
- do one area/room/closet/cabinet at a time.
- clean as you go: vacuum out drawers, wipe down shelves, hinges and tops of doors.
- clean out the insides of closets completely including baseboards, inside door frame, shelves, and clothes rods.
- get caught up in decision making (a common mistake!), if you're unsure about whether to keep something, just keep it and move on. you can always readdress it at the end.
- hold onto things for donation until you're 'done'. it's better to make several trips over time than to have too much sitting around clogging the space.
- move onto another area until you're finished with the area you started.
NOTE: Spring cleaning is yearly maintenance, so if you haven't gone through my process of completely going through your space, click here and get to work!
Friday, May 14, 2010
Hi guys! Sorry I haven't been posting lately. Not only have I been busy with new projects including helping my mother decorate her new apartment, but I also need periodic breaks from writing. I don't want to post something just to post something; I think you deserve better than that!
But I'm back now, so expect new posts shortly :O)
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Use the wall mounted metal Slat Ring all over the house for magazines, towels, jewelry and belts, scarves, put stuffed animals in it in a kid's room...
This long Spontan magnetic board has a little shelf on the bottom. Put it in the entry to hold family notes, mail, keys; in the office; or in your closet to hold inspirational pictures, jewelry, and accessories.
The Fridge Monkey holds any kind of bottles and/or cans. Use it in the fridge, in a cabinet, and/or on a bookshelf for wines. Cut it to fit anywhere...
Of course I love them all more if they came in white!