If you've been reading Apartment Therapy for a while, you know we're big advocates of keeping fresh flowers in your home. Here are a few more tips for making them last, whether they're freshly picked or a favorite flower that you buy all the time.
Remember those infomercials for Flowbee, the haircutting vacuum attachment? I was always tempted to get one for the ease of cleanup (I've cut my own hair since I was 13). This father had a similarly inspired idea, but instead of cutting hair, he utilizes the vacuum to style his wee daughter's hair in ingenious fashion...
Back in my IT days, I used to carry around disinfecting wipes whenever I had to work on another person's keyboard computer. Some of those keyboards and mice didn't look like they had been cleaned in ages. Needless to say, I'm much happier working from home where I can keep hardware clean and pristine. I wanted to share a few of the techniques I practice to keep everything looking and working well...
For the last month my washer/dryer combo hasn’t had the
dryer functionality, and I've had to come up with some creative solutions for drying my clothes. I thought about only wearing quick-dry athletic wear, but that's proved to be unfashionable. So, in the end, an over-the-door drying rack is
the best solution for me and my apartment.
We all have harmless little household tasks that infuriate us
for no reason. Nobody likes big or messy jobs like taking out the garbage or
unclogging drains, but what about changing light bulbs or replacing the toilet
paper on its holder? When living with another person it's important to figure out what everyone’s pet peeves are so one person doesn’t wind up with all the tasks he or she hates the most.
My current flat has a dishwasher, which, after 5+ years of living in London without one, felt like a huge luxury when I moved in a year ago. In my naivety, I thought I'd become so used to and efficient at washing my own dishes that I'd barely use the thing. Yeah, you can guess how long that attitude lasted.
Recently, I purchased a compact portable dishwasher, and I feel like the clouds have parted and angels are singing. I never thought I had the space for a dishwasher, but this compact portable one (yes, it's on wheels and is apartment friendly) not only fits, it gives me more counter space! This post is dedicated to small versions of big things that make life more convenient and enjoyable.
That's about three years of batteries I've used and accumulated over the years. Most of our daily-use devices are powered by rechargeable batteries, but clocks, LED closet lighting, and a few other units are powered by good ole copper tops. They eventually are retired and stored in a glass jar; I finally hit the top, so it's now time to properly dispose of these acid filled mini-hazardous waste containers properly instead of the trash can....
After a long, dry winter, trapped inside with the windows closed, houseplants are ready for a little pampering so they can look and feel their best in the coming spring. Come to think of it, I could use a spa day myself...