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Skills for Life: Tiny Cleaning Crew

TINY TOWN BOYLast week, I went on the cutest date with the best man to Tiny TownTiny Town is comprised of a ton of little dollhouses and has a little train you can ride around the modest grounds.  We arrived early before the crowds and commenced our tour of Tiny Town.  As we got toward the back of the colony of dollhouses, I noticed two girls.  The older girl looked about nine years old and the younger one around seven.  They had a bucket and squeegee and were cleaning off the exterior of the tiny houses.  I watched and listened to the diminutive cleaning crew working.  As they cleaned the dirt off the dollhouse windows one by one, I heard the older girl explaining to the younger girl that the water was getting dirty and needed to be changed.  They weren’t complaining, worked together without conflict, and encouraged each other to rally when they got tired.  I was super impressed.  Not only were these girls participating in age-appropriate chores, but the older girl was mentoring the younger girl by teaching her cleaning skills for life.  There was no direct adult supervision, and there didn’t need to be because these two young ladies were clearly raised with a sense of responsibility.  TINY TOWN TWO GIRLSYesterday, during my teeth cleaning, I was listening to my hygienist bitch about her step-children – two girls – ages ten and twelve who are spoiled brats with zero responsibility.  These girls respect no one because they have never been taught respect.  They have no life skills because no one ever taught them how to pick up after themselves.  As a result, the girls are ungrateful and bored because they have no appreciation for responsibility.  Parents who shelter their children from work are doing their kids a great disservice.  Find age-appropriate tasks and teach your children early on that life is a balance between work and fun.  Prepare your children for the reality of life not your fantasy of an ideal childhood.  Teach them self-soothing skills and self-sufficiency, so you don’t end up gifting the world with your useless, lazy, spoiled, entitled, and ungrateful offspring.  Yeah, I sound judgmental, but when it comes to parenting – if you aren’t going to do it right, don’t do it at all. TINY TOWN KID

Demeter Clarc Tidy Tips: unexpected fixes

WRAPPING DRESSER1) Old dressers wonderfully organize gift wrap, boxes, tissue, and ribbons. GIFT WRAP DRAWERPAINTED SCREW

2) If you are struggling to remove a painted-on screw, use nail polish removing pads to soften the paint and catch a groove.

NAIL POLISH REMOVER PADS

3) Use days-of-the-week pill organizers to individually house small jewelry.PILL ORGANIZER

4) Instead of plastic, just use (and reuse) one paper apple bag for all your produce purchases.  PAPER PRODUCE BAG

 

 

Demeter Clarc Tidy Tip: Cascade

CASCADE WITH DAWNI once believed dishwasher detergent was one of those products that I could buy generic without consequences.  I was wrong.  My glass was cloudy.  I blamed age and wear & tear.  Turns out it may have been that cheap detergent.  After a few washings using Cascade with Dawn dissolving detergent pillows my cloudy glass came out crystal clear.  The difference was notable and worth paying for.  No more bottom shelf generic for me.  Cascade really does clean better.   CLOUDY AND CLEAR

She Doesn’t Want Flowers

CAR WASHWash and gas the car.CLEAN BATHROOMClean the bathroom.MCGHEE BABYPrint and frame a photo.TORRES CHOCOLATEProcure the high-quality chocolate. MUFFINS IN BEDBreakfast in bed; blueberry muffins please.COUPLES YOGAPractice yoga together.WASH THE BEDLaunder the bedding.FUCKING HIPSTERS

 

Welcome to My Bathroom

FROM THE SHOWER

DOUBLE SINKS

This bathroom was such a dump (pun intended) when I got a hold of this place.  Let me put it this way: there was a sink in the closet.  Yeah, I tore down the wall and made a mega bath complete with a glam station.

SINK + SHOWER

I replaced everything from floor to ceiling.  I ripped out all the old fixtures and cabinetry.

VANITY REFLECTION

I added new lighting.  So much lighting my contractors were afraid I might burn the building down.  Don’t worry; I installed a dimmer.

FLAIRNOOK

This right sink and this back nook were all in the master closet before.  Random.

FASH ILLUSSIDE ANGLE SINKSTWO GIRLS

I put in kitchen sink faucets that detach for easy cleaning.

SINK

SHOWER DOOR

I took out the crappy bathtub from the seventies and put in this luxurious porcelain tile shower.  This shower is my everything.

SHOWERCAM00461CAM00462VANITY ARTGLAMMING STATION

Glam Station.

DOUBLE SINKSLONG VIEW

strong start

FALL UNIFORMToday starts a new week, and within it we welcome October, one of the best months of the year.  I love crisp October because the sun still shines, but the weather warrants an extra layer.  Is there anything better than autumnal attire?  To that end, go to your closet, rotate the summery non-transitional garb to the back and pull forth all those glorious sweaters, moto jackets, and skinny jeans.  Break out your boots girl.  Assemble 5 killer ensembles to don this week.  Find a fresh way to rework what you already love before you get caught in a buying frenzy.  Donate what you won’t wear this winter or ever again.MOTHER LOOKER

If you are feeling Sunday sluggish, set the kitchen timer for an amount of time you can stomach and organize your living space.  Sort the mail, pay the bills, dump the recycling, clean out the fridge.  Take care of the chore that subconsciously nags you to distraction.BELLE RINGER

Start thinking of your Halloween costume because we’re having a party.

AHS COVEN

Contemplate darker hair.

KK BLONDEAfter completing all of our preparations for the week, we can sit down in good conscience and enjoy the Homeland season 3 premiere without any looming Monday morning anxiety.  Mini-spoiler: I heard Brody doesn’t even appear in the first two episodes.  HOMELAND SEASON 3

p.s. Did Claire get a peel or is this just airbrushing?  She looks very dewy.

sink stank

SINK STANKWhen your sink stanks don’t bother with gimmicky solutions. PLINK

All you need is lemons.  Send small pieces of lemon with the peel down the disposal to eliminate the odor.  The cast off lemon wedge from your ice tea is enough to do the trick.  LEMONS

Archive or Give?

CLEAN THE CLOSETNot to be a one-note Nancy this week, but I’m cleaning out my closet for the fourth time this year and I’ve vowed to brutally cut the collection down to a reasonable amount this time.  In addition to the obvious (Have I worn it in the last year?  Do I even like it anymore?)  I have come up with criteria for sorting which helps make quick decisions about what stays and what goes. STAY OR GODoes it fit right now?  It makes no difference how ravishing a garment is if it doesn’t fit.  Pitch anything that sits in your closet and mocks you because you can’t squeeze into it.  When sorting, you must be prepared to try things on.  It is tedious, but it is the only way you know for sure and you might be pleasantly surprised.  TOO SMALLDoes it require repair and is the repair worth the investment?  Unless you love, love, love, the item, it’s a collectible, or super expensive, chances are you aren’t going to have that hem stitched, zipper replaced, or strap resown.  If the wounded clothing has been sitting there for 6 months or more sad, unworn, and broken, let it go. NOT THE SOLUTIONHave I only kept the item because I have an emotional attachment?  On a rare occasion, I will hang on to clothing just because of the way I feel when I look at it even if I know I will never wear it again.  I emphasize rare occasion, meaning 10 items or less of pure sentimentality.  Emotional resonance notwithstanding, it is a disservice when I don’t use something to its highest purpose.  I’d rather pass it on to someone who will.GUNNE SAXCan I envision how cute it would be on my friend?  If the answer is yes, I share.  It makes them happy and me happy too. NONE OF THIS SHIT IS CUTE BITCH

 

I love it when…

CLOSET PURGE…I organize my bags, and in addition to spare change, I find a bounty of lighters I didn’t even know I had. LIGHTERS…I wake up on Monday morning and everybody is hating on Miley.  The world has come correct. MILEY HATE…You clean out your closet and shit fits you better now then it did ten years ago – and it’s still cute!STILL FITS