How to Fix a Hole in a Wall

Easy step by step directions to fix a hole in a wall from Martha Stewart.com

Materials

  •          Adhesive mesh tape
  •          Scissors
  •          Spackle knife
  •          Premixed all-purpose joint compound
  •          Mesh sandpaper
  •          Damp rag
  •          Primer

Steps

  1. Pick off any loose paint or drywall around the hole with your fingers.
  2. Cut and place a patch of adhesive mesh tape to cover the hole.
  3. With a spackle knife, apply a thin coat of premixed all-purpose joint compound, covering a generous area around the tape.
  4. Let dry for a couple of hours.
  5. Sand with mesh sandpaper.
  6. Wipe down with a damp rag.
  7. Reapply, if necessary.
  8. Prime area before painting.

How to Fold a Fitted Sheet

Folding a Fitted Sheet How-To from Martha Stewart 
1. Start with your sheet inside out. While standing, hold the sheet in front of you, and place one hand in each of two adjacent corners.

2. Bring your right hand to your left, and fold the corner in your right hand over the one in your left hand, so that the corner on top is right-side out.

3. Keeping your left hand in place, reach down to the remaining two corners with your free hand, and tuck these corners into each other. Fold these corners over the first two. Your sheet should now be folded in quarters, with all four corners tucked inside one another.

4. Lay the sheet on a flat surface with the puckered end folded in over the flat part of the sheet. Touch up with an iron, if necessary, at this point. Fold two edges in, so all the elastic is hidden.

5. Fold the strip you have created into a rectangle, then continue folding until the rectangle is the size you want it to be.

Kitchen Backsplash

8 Top Tile Types for your Kitchen Backsplash from houzz.com

Bathroom Remodeling

Found these money saving ideas from http://www.remodelormove.com

Materials take up a big portion of the budget for many bathroom remodel projects. The most common expenses include fixtures like showers, sinks, toilets, and cabinets, as well as flooring and windows. One must be willing to search for the best buys to save a significant amount of money on material like these.

In a renovation or remodel, it is typical to try to save costs by buying your own concrete or lumber. However, hidden costs, like deliver charges, start adding up and the cost savings quickly get eaten up.  Aside from the foundation and framing, the cost savings for insulation, rough electrical materials, and drywall are minimal as well.

However, doors and windows are great places to save a bundle.  They are often custom manufactured to meet customers’ specifications.  If that customer mis-orders, doesn’t take delivery, or otherwise doesn’t need or want the doors or windows ordered, you can often buy them – in new condition – for 50% of the retail price.  The only requirement is that you are flexible with your design.  So, to take advantage of this savings, buy the windows and doors BEFORE finalizing the design.  Create your design based on the windows and doors that you can get.  You will likely save hundreds, and potentially many thousands of dollars, on windows and doors alone.

Lighting and water fixtures are often the most expensive items in a remodel. You can find these at big discounts by looking for sales on closeouts, discontinued and used items. To get the best deals, start shopping for these items months before you need them and stay flexible on your requirements. Another group of materials that are considered quite costly includes the finish flooring, cabinets, and countertops. These materials do not necessarily have to be bought brand new or made from fresh material.  You can find these items at deep discounts if you look for used from homeowners, or discontinued from contractors and retailers.  www.freecycle.org and www.craigslist.org are great places to look for these items.

Remodel or move offers Bathroom Remodeling Workbook, and free cost calculators at http://www.remodelormove.com

Be an example in your home

Handy tips from Office Candy to stay organized through out the week

Monday: Use large hooks in your storage closet to hang up your vacuum hose if you use a canister vacuum.

Tuesday: Store remote controls in a side table drawer rather than keeping them on the coffee table – we seem to always lose ours in the couch but this trick seems to work!

Wednesday: Do you have trouble focusing at the office sometimes? I like to put on my iPod, play some zippy music and get into “the zone” when I feel as though I’m not as focused as I should be.

Thursday: When your kid’s room is neat & tidy take a picture of it and show them that is what you expect from them the next time you ask them to clean up their room.

Friday: Be the example in your home.