Archives for the month of: November, 2011

Rated: Simple and Difficult
Materials Needed: None

    In our family is 4 people. Stewart, me, and our two girls. I was doing about 3 loads of laundry every other day without question. My husband pointed out that I was doing a ton of laundry and besides that, most of what I was washing was not dirty. I was in shock that he would question my thoroughness (and a little mad). The next morning, getting ready to do a load of laundry, I took the time to do a smell and look test of every item in the bucket (Well, not every item, I’m not going to get that personal with yesterdays socks). I put away the clothes that passed the test and the results were interesting. I cut the pile down by 50%.
    It was difficult for me to fold and put away clothes that I knew had been worn and not washed. Why is that though? I guess you have to change your thinking. I know I’m not the only one in America who gets accustomed to the availability of clean water and a functioning washer machine. So what would happen if you and I didn’t have that? If we had to wash all our families clothes by hand with a limited amount of clean water? The answer would be wash the stinky and dirty. On the flip side, I felt like my family needed to have CLEAN, freshly washed clothes. It was definitely a struggle to choose clothes to wash.
    The bottom line though is this: I just cut my laundry bill by 50%. I’m consuming 50% less water, I’m making my detergent last twice as long and my family is still clean and nice smelling. Stewart, you were right. Just this once!

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Rated: Easy! Materials: Leaves, an ugly used door mat, spray paint colors of your choice

    So your once colorful welcome mat is now a sad looking rectangle. It happens to everyone. Your first thoughts may be to go buy a pretty new one and spend $20 or you might just hold onto it as is because even though it’s ugly, it still serves it’s purpose well.

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    Did you know though that with just a few minutes of your time, you can turn your tired mat into a one of a kind welcome mat?

    Step one is clean your old mat well. Smack it around, turn it upside down and jump on it. Do that until your not seeing dirt come off it anymore.
    Step two is find a variety of fall leaves and arrange on your mat.

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    Step three is to start spray painting, being careful not to blow your leaves away. You’ll want to keep the leaves exactly in the same spot until you are done with all the spray painting. I used 3 almost empty spray paint cans in a rust red, brown and a teeny bit of yellow. I used an enamel kind, it should be water proof and last.
    So that’s all that’s to it. Let it dry and use.

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