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Sunday, October 25, 2009

...and here we go!

So I have been asked more than once in the past month if I have a blog so I thought that I would give it a try and see if this catches on. After all, it is 2009 and today "it" is all about social media. (I don't really know what that means but a smart & technically savvy friend of mine uses the term all the I'm hoping to sound intelligent by association.)

I have never followed a blog personally, so if you have any expectations of this particular blog's format, content or grammar, I would suggest forgetting them immediately because we are entering into the Unknown and I'm not sure what you will be served. My intent is to share not only home staging, organizing & re-design tips and ideas,but also experiences that have NOT worked in the hopes of saving you time, energy & tears (if you are a male reading this you can substitute the term "tears" for "curse words"). I am sure there will be pictures of the work we have done, parties hosted, family snapshots,and recipes loved - as well as some pictures of my unbelievably cute dog Maximuus (aka Max, Moose, The Moose, Muffin, Fur Face, Pup-Pup and Pig Dog). Of course, questions and suggestions are welcome via the"Contact Us" page on the website...and since I am creating this blog for the flagrant self promotion of "by Michelle Lynne", I do ask that if you like it (or even if you don't but know somebody who would) - please pass it on!

So sit down, buckle up and here we go!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Minimize Your Kitchen Clutter

I don't know about you, but my house is a little topsy-turvy right now. We are still wrapping presents, our Christmas tree has displaced some small furnishings which are now strategically placed so they are not in the way and yet are still in the room, AND our holiday baking has commenced so the kitchen is a little busier than usual. So even just a tiny bit of sanity that helps now (and throughout the year) is to designate a space for "in use" cups. A friend of mine used to do this when we were roomies and at the time I didn't really understand why since it was just she & I, but in hindsight and with a family of my own now, I can see the evolution - since she grew up in a house with eleven (yes, I said eleven) kids.

This was taken from this month's Real Simple magazine and is a real lifesaver around our home:

Create a special spot on the kitchen counter where everyone can put half-filled coffee mugs that need to be reheated, water glasses to be used again later, or sippy cups that can be refilled. At the end of the day, put everything that's still out into the dishwasher. It cuts down on kitchen clutter, and it also avoids shouts across the house of "Are you done with that coffee yet?"