We live in New Hampshire and Maine. Winter means snow, ice, and cold temperatures. BRRRR! As the mercury drops, we spend a lot of time and energy figuring out how to keep the heat in our homes and stay warm efficiently. Preventing drafts is key to this process. And believe it or not, doors are huge culprits. Here are some great ideas for DIY Door Draft Stoppers to keep your family toasty this winter. Whether they lead to the outside or to a closet, doors allow a lot of cold air to seep into the house. Door draft stoppers are the answer! Of course, you can buy these, but we never say no to a DIY project. If you’d like to make your own DIY door draft stopper, we’ve got several methods for you to try.
New Year’s Eve parties aren’t just for adults anymore. Kids want to have their own fun, even if they’re asleep well before the ball drops at midnight. For as long as they stay awake, there are great food, drinks, and games to keep things fun and make them feel like they’re a part of the New Year’s celebration. [Read more…]
Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, we all know that Christmas will be here in a flash. During this time of year, it can be difficult to keep your normal day-to-day under control in the midst of all the seasonal events and tasks. Is your holiday shopping done? Are your halls decked? Are Christmas gatherings scheduled? If you answered no to these questions, it is time for you to get organized. Here are a few tips that are going to help you keep the holidays on track, and to be better prepared for years to come!
Start decorating for Christmas as soon as you can! Once your home is fully decked with the necessary holiday decor, there will be an inevitable feeling of warmth and cheer. After all, this is one of the lasting traditions that some people look forward to every year. Crank up the Christmas music and go to town on decorating. This is an important step in getting prepared for the holidays and can be time-consuming to achieve. The earlier you get started on your decorating, the sooner you’ll check it off your to-do list and can move on to other holiday projects.
Taking time to declutter before the holidays is a great way to reflect on the items you currently own, while also deciding what you want to keep and get rid of. You might be receiving gifts from loved ones that you should make room for. Like Marie Kondo, organizing expert says this is a way to cherish the items that bring you joy, and let go of the rest with gratitude. It’s a good way to get your home organized and realize everything you have. Also, if someone asks you for gift ideas, you will be able to make better judgments about something you actually need versus simply wanting. A solution for items you wish to discard is to donate them. Something that is no longer valuable to you might be considered as a new treasure for someone else.
If you are hosting for the holidays, cleaning the house should be a necessary task on your list. Having a clean home is crucial in making guests feel welcome. This is a great step to take after decluttering because you may uncover spots that might have been hidden from clutter. Start by bringing your attention to high-traffic areas, such as primary entrances, and where you will gather the most. For example, guest bedrooms, the kitchen and living room. It’s also a good idea to clean after your Christmas decor is up, this way you can freshen up spaces that have accumulated excessive amounts of glitter and/or pine needles.
4. Gift Wrapping Station
By creating a gift wrapping station, you can keep all items associated with this task in one place to control gift wrapping clutter. While organizing gift wrapping supplies, you can also take a quick inventory of things you need. This could be anything such as tape, gift tags, tissue paper, etc. As you purchase gifts, wrap them! There is no sense in waiting, the earlier you wrap gifts the better. It is a lingering task that can be easily pushed off until the last minute. After the holidays are over, you’ll be able to easily access your leftover wrapping paper supplies in one place to store for next year. Also, there are several leftover wrapping paper craft ideas that you can do to be more sustainable and waste nothing, while being creative, too!
Take control of your holidays this year. It’s easy to get caught up in the spiral of seasonal activities. If you get a grasp on finishing decluttering and cleaning early, you can focus on the other hefty holiday tasks that need your undivided attention. Chip away on things as early as you can to be able to fully enjoy Christmas once it is here. Although you may want things to be a certain way, it’s important to cherish being around family and friends during this festive time of year.
Every year, after Christmas, we hit the stores for the big SAVINGS. 50% off wrapping paper (or more!!) and other Christmas decorations is hard to pass up. Plus, we save all our scraps. We’re thinking we will have a use for them but never do… It’s the reason we have SO MUCH WRAPPING PAPER. But not this year!! Here are some fun DIY crafts for decorations using Christmas wrapping paper. If you are in search of Christmas Wrapping Paper Craft Ideas, you will love the ones we’ve come up with! [Read more…]
Christmas is one of the busiest times of year and everyone gets in the holiday spirit. We head to the Internet for DIY Christmas decorations. Pinterest friends have started to share and scour their boards for fresh ideas. Chris is a fan of ALL toilet paper roll craft ideas. So when we saw this toilet paper roll craft for Christmas, we knew our readers would love it also! And the best part is that you can do this DIY Christmas decoration yourself or with your kids! [Read more…]
As kids, we loved the parades and fireworks. But it was also tough to wait through adult activities like concerts and decorating the parade floats. As adults, we’ve noticed the same fidgets and hyper, excited emotions in kids and their friends. Rather than watch them spin out of control waiting for the big moment, we came up with some ways to keep them entertained. If that sounds like something your kids need, check out these 4th of July activities for kids. [Read more…]
We all know when winter ends its officially time for spring cleaning! Out with the old; in with the new! Throw out old boxes. You know you’re never going to need them. And if you do, there’ll be others ready to take their place. Bring in fresh air. Lots of fresh air. [Read more…]
Thank a Mom with one of these fun Mother’s Day DIY projects! Moms work hard all year long to make sure their kids have everything they need to be happy and healthy. Most of the time she probably doesn’t even hear a “thank you” for her efforts. One day a year moms across the country get to feel special. The tables turn, and kids go out of their way to make Mom’s day special. Sure, you could buy her something from the store. She’d probably love it, but why not put in a little more effort and make her something yourself? Check out these great Mother’s Day DIY projects to get you started. [Read more…]
Nothing says “I love you” like easy homemade Valentines gifts or cards. They can be simple or elaborate. What matters is that they’re made with love and care for a specific person. To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite DIY Valentines ideas. The special someone in your life will truly appreciate the effort and thought you put into making their day brighter. [Read more…]
Fairy houses are a favorite of Sisters Know Best! Whether you believe in fairies or not, fairy houses are a cute mini-project that add a touch of whimsy to every home or garden. There are many different ways to make a fairy house, but we like to use the bounty of nature to make ours. Living in the woods, it’s easy to collect twigs, moss, stones, bark, and other items to construct a completely natural fairy house. It’s a fun DIY project that younger kids can help with and older children will enjoy doing on their own. Adults love it too!
Bath bombs and easy homemade soaps make great gifts. They offer an invitation to relax and show you cared enough to make something just for your special someone. This year show someone your love with an easy handmade soap or two or three… Hey, you should pamper yourself and make some for yourself – no one says you have to share! [Read more…]
Stuff. We’ve all got it – probably too much of it. Sometimes it seems to take over our living space. The KonMari Method will help you tidy up your space and keep it that way! No kidding! Before you reach a point of frustration and spend a weekend (or more) putting things back in order, give KonMari a try. Don’t get caught in the vicious cycle of tidying, cluttering, tidying, cluttering. You can break the cycle with the KonMari method!
Replacing floor tiles, wood, or carpets can be expensive. Renters and homeowners on a budget often want to change the floor and the look of their space, but they need an alternative way to do it. That’s where a floor cloth comes in. It’s easy to create your own floor cloth that matches your décor; but, first, let’s take a closer look at what they are. [Read more…]
There’s nothing quite like a relaxing soak in the tub. A DIY Bath Bomb will make it even better! A bath is a great way to unwind after a stressful day or steal a few moments of alone time to read, meditate, or focus on your goals without interruption. DIY Bath Bombs add to the pleasure of an already relaxing moment with scents and colors you choose to enhance the experience and leave you relaxed or invigorated. Buying them can be expensive. So we found out how to make our own. DIY bath bombs also make a great stocking stuffer at Christmas or part of a larger “pamper yourself” gift basket any time year. [Read more…]
Tootsie Pops are a favorite treat, especially on Halloween. I always loved them when I was a kid. I remember checking the wrappers for the “Indian” because that mattered for some reason. As an adult, I’ve realized that the colorful wrappers and sweet taste make the perfect trick or treat gift on Halloween. With this adorable Halloween lollipops project, you can dress up those Tootsie Pops to really make an impression. They’re perfect for Halloween decorations or for giving to the neighborhood kids who come knocking. And they’re super easy to make. [Read more…]