Finding Joy In Everyday Tasks

I have been on a personal journey over the last year and a half. My goal was to remove negativity to make space for more joy and gratitude. I started with a meditation class; meditation did not come naturally to me. I grew up in a loving but traditional family. Meditation and self-reflection were too new-age for my parents. So I need help with this concept. I took a class that opened me up to the beautiful world of inner peace. The practice of meditation has helped me change the way I react to external stresses. I am now taking the next step and trying to find joy in everyday tasks. I have committed to spending time outside in nature; to be honest, some of this is due to my new puppy Georgia, but I am enjoying being outside even in the pouring rain or freezing temperatures! I am also trying to learn from Marie Kondo and her method of decluttering. I realize that there is a connection between a cluttered home/workspace and a cluttered mind. I love Jay Shetty’s podcasts, and if you have not heard of him, I recommend looking up his videos on youtube. He suggests we create more positive experiences in our lives, and for me, that starts at home. I want to not only create a beautiful clutter-free lifestyle for myself but also my clients. I want everyone to benefit from the power of an uplifting environment.

Today I am going to tackle the category (as Marie Kondo suggests, choose a category not a room) of clothing. I was going to start with paper to clean up my office, but, Konmari method teaches that you need to learn the techniques slowly. Clothes are easier to organize and I am looking for immediate gratification!

I will find joy in today by spending time in nature, meditating, working (I love my job), and cleaning my closets.

What will bring you joy today? Let me know by commenting or like my post. Thank you for stopping by. Wish me luck!

Best, Celia

This is the place that sparks the most joy in my life! I love Rome!

Bright, White, Clean and Fresh

It is a new year! Happy 2016. I love January, time to put away the holiday decorations and refresh your home.

I not only want to clean and organize in 2016, I want to brighten up my home and bring life into keep the winter blues at bay.

Here are some of my favorite organizational ideas for 2016.

Clean pantry love it!  Ideas from

Oh how I would love my office to look like this, maybe if I work until 2017 on cleaning it up and implementing systems it will happen!
Shoes in order, something my mudroom desperately needs.
We all need this right? I would love to have my charging station in a drawer and not all over my kitchen counters.
This is so cleaver! I am going to do this for my daughter, you add magnets to your make-up and then it can be stored on a magnetic board or you can even paint your bathroom walls with magnetic paint!
I love this idea for spices if you have a rustic kitchen, if not you can hide your spice in a drawer!

I feel like house plants give me so much pleasure in the winter. In a sunny window you can grow herbs, scented geraniums or bulbs. I like the lavender because it it pretty low maintenance. It is is happy with lots of sun, and water when it really drys out…easy right?

Photos by Liz Donnelly
Here I mixed lavender, orchids and ferns with moss and branches. WWW.CELIABEDILIA.COM
Here I am reusing my Christmas mini cedar trees, I cannot bear to throw them out, so I add them into woodsy scenes in my home.
I also love topiary herbs, Rosemary and lavender lend themselves well to being trained into lovely smelling shapes.
OK you all know I love orchids!
This is one of my favorite arrangements. I use this terracotta compote bowl all the time!

I love white in the new year there is something so appealing about it.
Bright and clean bedroom, I love white bedding.
Love this bathroom from it is so clean and bright…that makes me happy!
Oh how I want a true laundry room…this is interesting as it appears to be a pantry/laundry room.
Although this bathroom is not all white it has a lot of white and even on the most dreary Maine day it looks bright! Photo Liz Donnelly

What are you doing this January to spruce up your home? Are you brightening things up, or do you like to add warm colors to your home in winter?

Let me know your thoughts, comments and questions. Feel free to comment on this post or like it! Thank you for stopping by! Happy New Year!



I just did a photo shoot so stay tuned I have lots of great ideas coming!


Need inspiration for a kitchen renovation? Look at these before and after photos!

Are you considering renovating your kitchen? Here are some of our favorite before and after kitchen renovations.

Before highlights

  • Cool Disco Lighting
  • Grungy natural wood trim
  • Red laminate counter
  • Black backsplash
  • Red fan hood
  • Oak cabinets
  • Mishmash of appliance styles and colors
  • 1980’s vintage chairs and ottomans

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After Highlights Photos: Liz Donnelly

  • Light bright cabinets
  • Antique pendant lighting (over the island)
  • African mahogany island top
  • Carrera marble countertop
  • Great tufted leather swivel chair
  • New stainless appliances
  • New prefinished hardwood flooring

Kitchen from TV area
Kitchen from TV area


TV area
TV area

Wow, what a difference new cabinets and flooring make!

Notable items in the before shots…

  • Green laminate cabinets
  • Rough wood wrapped peninsula
  • Groovy lighting
  • Out of date…not vintage flooring
  • Laminate counters…to go with the cabinets!
  • Black appliances to go with…?



Ah…the after what a difference. Photos: Liz Donnelly

  • I love these mushroom color cabinets
  • The wood ceiling looks so much better when it is surrounded by painted cabinets
  • New stainless appliances perk up the space!
  • The quartz counters are fantastic too!
  • It is so bright and light now

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I love this kitchen transformation, it does not look like the same home…


  • Too much oak
  • Wall to wall cabinets excessive open storage…looks messy and busy
  • Dated lighting, easy thing to change
  • Hanging pots and pans bring the ceiling height down

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AFTER… OMG RIGHT? Photos: Liz Donnelly

  • We removed the French doors, and replaced two doors with one wide opening
  • Notice there are no upper cabinets…light and bright
  • We added a bank of windows and brought the outside in
  • New light painted cabinets are Candlelight Cabinetry
  • The green granite is fantastic. The homeowner had to make this last-minute swap when the slabs we ordered came in damaged! I love the result.
  • The new pendants are Hubbardton Forge Lighting
  • We had Paul G White order and installed the tile backsplash


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One of my favorite before and after projects

  • Dark cherry cabinets with brass hardware…1980’s special
  • Boring brick fireplace
  • White track lighting…dreary
  • Black appliances…depressing

Black and Brown kitchen

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After…WOW Photos: Liz Donnelly

  • New chic lighting
  • Wonderful white Candlelight cabinets
  • Bright wall color
  • Amazing granite
  • Wood breakfast bar
  • View now the star!!


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This before and after did not take much but the impact was huge!

  • Replace appliances
  • Paint cabinets
  • New track-lighting
  • Add the island


I love these after shots! Photos: Liz Donnelly

  • I love the paint on the cabinets, makes the room so bright and light
  • The new island was a great find, an antique English pine cabinet, made into a kitchen island.
  • New range and fan finish the update look!

After shot of the kitchen
After shot of the kitchen



We also have kitchens that we did in homes that we built from the ground up, No before photos just after!

Photos: Jamie Salomon

I love the lights in this kitchen-photo Jamie Solomon


Photos below: Liz Donnelly

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photo:Liz Donnelly
photo:Liz Donnelly

I love looking back at before pictures, I appreciate the renovation results so much more when I see where we have come from!

Let me know your thoughts by commenting or like this post. If you are not already a member of the Celia Bedilia blog family…please click the follow button and never miss a post!

Happy January…we are bitter cold in Maine, I hope you are all staying warm!

Best, Celia

Laundry Room/Closet Makeover

I love the way this laundry room turned out. What do you think?
I hope you are all enjoying summer.
Best, Celia

Maine living Magazine

before laundry
Day 1:
1.Remove all the crap from shelves
2.Spackle holes (I skipped this step…I do not show the public my laundry closet & I do not mind the holes)
3.Paint walls and shelves – Ben Moore: HC 170-Stonington Gray.
4.Let dry

•Mini roller & tray
•Putty knife
•1 1/2 inch paint brush

End of Day 1

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Day 2: Wallpapering a focal wall in laundry room/closet

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I am wallpapering the back of my laundry closet with contact paper. It is an inexpensive way to get a fresh new look in a small space.

Here is the step by step directions for wallpapering with contact paper.

If this appeals to you check out the selection of shelving liners on Amazon link below.

I wanted a little drama and fun in my laundry area, I spend a great deal of time in this space. I love the results.

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Great Bathroom Ideas

I am inspired by these bathrooms. Each has an idea that I would recommend incorporating if you are planning a renovation.

I think this mirrored vanity could really make a small space feel bigger.

I love the floating drawers above the toilet, great extra storage.

This is a fabulous idea…using doors from a vintage or antique cabinet on a built-in unit.

This off-center vanity helps you to use a small space wisely.

I love the shower boxes in this all white shower. The glass tile is very effective.

All glass showers open up small spaces…this is a great use of a small space.

This open old-fashioned double sink is a great way to allow two to use a small area. The peg board towel rack is clever too!

Using a large print or bold colored wallpaper in a small bathroom can give it pizzazz.

I love designing bathrooms. They are so important to a home. The key to a well designed bathroom is to use every inch of your space. Measure your space and full it up with function!

Are you doing a bathroom renovation? Let me know what you are doing, send photos and ask me about your dilemmas.

Thank you for stopping by. Keep cool in this hot weather.

Best, C

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What you need to know before you order kitchen cabinets

As you know cabinets are literally the foundation of your kitchen. You are looking at spending between $6k low-end to $100k (or more) on the high-end for cabinets. They are arguably the most important decision you will make. Here are a few of the brands I use on a regular basis.

1. BROOKHAVEN CABINETS: I really like this line, I used it in the modern home below. Available at Paul G White, in Portland, Maine (photos Liz Donnelly)

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2. CANDLELIGHT CABINETS: This is my favorite middle range cabinet line. Available through Dennis Tefft, at Hammond Lumber (photos Liz Donnelly, Jamie Salomon, Liz Donnelly)


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3. SHROCK CABINETS: The value is very high in this line, great product great price! I love this line. Available at Hammond Lumber (photos Liz Donnelly)


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Basics on different types of cabinets (from

Stock cabinets come in standard sizes and shapes, and are  usually available to take home from the store the same day or just a few days  later. Sizes and styles are limited with stock cabinetry, but the price is right  for remodelers on a budget.

Semi-custom cabinets are built after your order is placed, so  you can choose from certain sizes and styles. That flexibility makes it easier  to design a kitchen that fits your particular requirements. Semicustom cabinetry  usually requires a longer lead time for delivery than stock. They’re more  expensive than stock cabinets.

Custom cabinets are made by hand to fit almost any standard  you require. An odd-sized or irregular-shaped space in your kitchen might not  accommodate a stock or semicustom piece, but a custom cabinetmaker starting from  scratch can build nearly anything you need. Custom cabinets are the most  expensive of the three types; the exact price varies widely because of size,  materials and options. The time it takes to receive a custom-cabinet order  depends on the cabinetmaker’s schedule.
Consumer Reports article below is a great place to start~

Getting started

Once upon a time, dovetail joints inside the drawers were practically all you needed to distinguish high-end cabinets. That distinction has blurred as more manufacturers offer premium features even on low-end lines. Indeed, we found you can have these and other once-exclusive features and still wind up with shoddy construction.

A little research beforehand can save you time at the store and the thousands you can lose on less-than-stellar cabinets. Start by checking online manufacturer and retail sites and catalogs and taking a good look at store displays; you’ll be able to tell the quality cabinets from the polished pretenders once you know where to look. And trust your taste; readers who chose cabinets solely on the basis of advice from contractors, designers, or architects were twice as likely to report a problem as those more involved in the selection, according to a survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center.

Put your money where it counts

If you’re on a tight budget, skip the nonessentials and focus on convenience. Work-savers include a lazy Susan, a pull-down soap and sponge holder, and deep drawers for pots. Glazing, while nice, typically adds 10 to 20 percent to the cost. Remember to factor labor into your budget, since installation can easily account for more than half of the cabinets’ cost.

Consider renewing your old cabinets

Replacing cabinets is typically the priciest part of a kitchen remodel. Readers who hired contractors paid on average more than $9,000 for new cabinets, and about a quarter of the readers paid more than $15,000, according to our survey. A couple of long weekends’ work can change your kitchen’s look for a tenth that cost. If your old cabinets are plumb, square, and sturdy, consider refinishing them with some simple sanding, painting or staining, and drilling. You can even dress them up with custom-built doors, possibly with glass panes, and still save a bundle over all-new cabinets. Even having a cabinetmaker reface old cabinets with veneer costs less than replacing them.

You can also make old cabinets work better than new by adding pull-out shelves, lazy Susans, and other inexpensive upgrades. The final touch: Install several under-cabinet halogen, xenon, or fluorescent task lights wherever you or a family member will be dicing, doing homework, or reading a recipe.

I hope this helps you if you are looking to renovate your kitchen. I love designing kitchens because they are the hub of the home. We all live in our kitchens and so I recommend waiting on a renovation until you are ready to do your kitchen the right way. I painted my kitchen cabinets for years before replacing them, because I knew that it would be $20k to replace them once everything was said and done!

Thank you for stopping by let me know your thoughts by commenting, or liking this post!

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Best, Celia

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Staging A Home Helps You Get Top Dollar

Data shows that homes that are staged sell much faster than un-staged homes. Professional stagers and designers know how to arrange your rooms to highlight the assets of your home, and camouflage the flaws.

Here is a home we just staged for clients of ours.

Before of living
Before of living

Staging Day one...painting, and furniture removal
Staging day one…painting, and furniture removal

To stage this room we…

  1. Painted the room (Farrow & Ball: Borrowed Light)
  2. We removed most of the furniture
  3. We replaced the coffee table with a larger table that grounds the space
  4. We re-hung all the art to the right height and coordinated the subject matter (all art about the coast of Maine)
  5. We added coastal touches as the home is a block from the water and people want to buy the coastal feel! The Barn Pottery pillows add a lot to the space without a spending a lot!

After (same view as before shot)

Dining Room Before

After Dining: New chairs & curtains make the room

Before Foyer: Table and Light were too big


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Before Kitchen: Not much too change…just new chairs


TV Room becomes bedroom: bedrooms add value


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If you want to see the entire house look at the listing below

We had a great time doing this project. We are working on the home owners new house and it is going to be spectacular!

Stay tuned for more before and after projects.

As aways thank you for reading, I am nothing without you. If you like the post let me know by liking it. If you have something to say please feel free to comment, I love hearing from you! If you are not already a part of the Celia Bedilia Family, please sign up by clicking the follow button.

Best, Celia

Photos:Anne Sowles

Blogs I Love and Why…

Celia Bedilia’s list of blogs I love and why!

During the month of March, I am taking an online class on blogging from Decor8 called Blogging Your Way (BYW). I did not know much about the e-course before signing up for it. I have really enjoyed it, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is trying to take their blog to the next level. It is chalk full of very helpful content.

This week we were asked to make a list of 10 blogs we love, and explain why we loved them.

I thought I would share my list with you!

1.Apartment Therapy | Saving the world, one room at a time


I like this blog because it is full of inventive & obtainable ideas. They are blogging about real people and affordable solutions. They really involve the reader in their blog, and as a reader this makes you feel like you are a part of something. I love their mission statement and have included it below.

MISSION: Helping people make their homes more beautiful, organized and healthy by connecting them to a wealth of resources, ideas and community online.

2. Real Simple- Life Made Easier

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Life Made Easier- (great motto)

I love this blog!  It is informative, easy to follow and not fussy. I find the categories interesting too (see below).

Main Categories

3. The Good Old


This is a French blog, I love the photos and the vintage vibe. I think the entire site is very well put together from the logo to the fonts, it all reads as vintage, and that is their message!

4. North Leads to Home  (BYW)


I think Kiki (the blogger behind NLTH) brings a youthful exuberance to her blog. I have been in the design field in one facet or another for 20+ years, and I love her fresh take on design. I think her entire blog is set-up to show her personal style with the polka dots background to her photo (above).

5. The London Flower Lover


The team at The London Flower Lover blog has a pasion for flowers. They have lovely pictures which they have added their email address to.  After this weeks class, I have learned to put my website on my photos. They also use video and flash on their site without making if feel too professional…it still has a real feel to it.

6. Chronicle Books Blog


They have tons of categories so there is something for everyone. It is a very clean and simple site, I think that is important when you are selling goods. I like the fact that they have chronicle books employees write posts about their jobs (My sister is Design Director and  wrote the post below). I been reading this blog for a long time and I am amazed at the quality of books they publish.

7. Making it Lovely


  • Nicole Balch the voice behind Making it Lovely is so hip and in-tuned to design.
  • She has a marvelous and casual tone throughout her blog.
  • The set-up of the blog brings you in and makes you want to read more, I even like the advertisers.

8. The Lettered Cottage


  • They have a great feature called “Pick My Presto” where people send in their design dilemmas and then Kevin & Layla (the brains behind the blog) virtually redesigns the rooms for them. Very clever (see an example above)
  • They also have a feature “Guest My Nest” where they travel and redesign cottages. It is very sweet and fun to read.
  • If you like shabby chic-cottage style you will like this blog.

9. Heather B Design (BYW)

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  • FABULOUS BLOG, fellow Mainer, Heather Boissonneau is a very talented blogger.
  • I love the crisp feel to the blog, it is very visually pleasing. I am sure that people pin her posts all the time!
  • I think her content is interesting as well as very well displayed.
  • It is very clear to the reader who she is, and what she brings to the blogosphere.

10. Lolalina: (BYW)

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  • Laure Gaskill is the genius behind this blog.
  • I love the way she has a lot going on and yet the site does not seem busy.Maybe this is because the linen background is very soothing.
  • I enjoy her writing style you feel like you know her after reading her posts.
  • I want to read more…isn’t that enough?

Although I thought I was done with homework (forever) I have found the assignments in the BYW e-course from Decor8 to be a very important component of the class.

I hope you have enjoyed this post. Let us know by liking it!

What blogs do you love? What makes them appealing to you? Share them with me and my readers  and feel free to tell me about your blog and why you love writing it!

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Best, Celia

Maine Home and Design featured Celia Bedilia

One of our favorite projects is featured in the February issue of Maine Home & Design Magazine.

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Designer: Celia St. Onge
| Celia Bedilia Designs
Photography: Liz Donnelly
Celia St. Onge’s clients did not have a clear idea of what they
wanted their house to become. They loved the location, but the
house itself had no cohesive design style. Originally, the project
was purely cosmetic: a new kitchen, first-floor bath, and paint,
but St. Onge saw greater potential. Her goal: open up the space
and draw all eyes to the stunning view. She achieved this by removing
the interior walls that separated the dining room, kitchen,
library, and family room, creating a flow from the front door
to the ocean. Once the walls were removed, the new kitchen was
installed. Off-white cabinetry and gray granite helped achieve
the coastal look the clients desired. “I loved working with them
because they were very hands-on; the husband did a lot of the
trim work, and his wife was always hunting for interesting pieces
to help furnish the home,” says St. Onge. “This is a wonderful,
peaceful home, and I know the homeowners treasure it.”
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I hope you enjoyed reading about this project, as much as I enjoyed working on it. Stay tuned for our next post on countertop options in 2013.

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Best, Celia

New Year’s Resolutions Are Not For Me…But I Need To Get Organized in 2013

Well, it is the first week of the year. Happy New Year! I believe 2013 is going to be a gorgeous year.
To me everything is visual; I love beautiful things and stunning spaces. Like many of us, I have new hope for the New Year. I do not make resolutions, I am past that. Although, I would like to work-out more, spend time with my family, work less and be more organized. I would also like to get help cleaning my house…but I don’t think that is in the cards.

So, I searched through the web, magazines, and books for ideas and tips to help me in my quest for organization!

clean and restock pantry has some great ideas…I know we are all a bit tired of Martha, Martha, Martha but she has a talented team of employees working to help us be better at all kinds of stuff.

  • Here they suggest folding sheet sets and storing them in one of the pillowcases. This is brilliant! I think my linen closet will look a lot more organized and it will make changing sheets a breeze.

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  • I love this calendar idea; I need to try this out in my office.


  • I wish I could have a pantry like this, in my dreams I do…in reality, it is not going to happen.


  • Ok, while I am dreaming…this HGTV laundry area would be nice as well.

dream laundry organization hgtv has plenty of items to keep us organized. I tend to cheap out and get something from Walmart that I then cannot stand to look at and do not use! No more Band-Aids, this year I will make piles of the items that need to be organized. They will stay in piles, until I can afford to buy the right containers to house them. So…I will watch for sales!

  • This basket on wheels is very clever. I think this could be stored under my desk as I do not work from my desk very often; I prefer using the kitchen island or a comfortable chair.

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  •  I really like this new locker cabinet. It is sort of cool-utilitarian.

pb $699

  • These lined baskets are rustic-chic. Maybe I could make recycling pretty?

pb$49 is a great place for low-priced high functioning items.

  • This metal unit is very sturdy, I used these for several years in my store, they are great and only $40.00.

ikea $40

  •  This is also a super useful cabinet for $149.00 this would be nice in a kitchen or bathroom.

ikea $135

If you have any organizational tips or resolutions for this year, let me know. I love your comments and your loyalty, thank you all.

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Happy 2013

Best, Celia

Laundry can be beautiful…ok maybe the act of laundry is not beautiful but the room can be!

What makes a good laundry room?

  • Shelves for storing all of your cleaning products.
  • Ironing board and Iron in an easy to reach spot…so you will use it.
  • Drying racks of some sort.
  • Hooks, a rod, or a roll away rack for items that need to be hung immediately.
  • Baskets for storing things you do not want to see or grouping like items.
  • Space to store laundry before and after cleaning, I would like storage for 2 large laundry baskets.
  • Nice detergents help too…if they smell good and work I love them…see my favorites below
I love this room…yes I would be happy spending time folding in here!

Room with a view! Love it.

Ah now this is lovely.

I like all the shelves and organization in this laundry room.

Decor for your room perhaps?

This is a must for a busy laundry room!

These Mrs. Meyers products below are the best thing about my laundry room! You can get this wonderful product at Target, my hardware store even carries it!

This will change in January, when I plan to renovate my laundry space (I do not have a room…just a closet).

I want a laundry room, with lovely cabinets, windows with a view, soapstone counter tops, and a deep sink for washing…is that too much to ask for? It is too much to put in a closet so I will have to settle for stacking my washer and dryer and adding shelves!

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you like it let us know, if you have any tips for better laundry or a better laundry room…tell me!

Enjoy your week!


7 Tips for using household items you already have in new ways

Cleaning your home can be expensive. Here are some great ways to use items you might already have! From Real Simple Magazine

1. Use a touch of baby oil and a terry cloth rag to clean chrome

2. Use Olive Oil to clean stainless steel. Add a few drops of olive oil to a rag and wipe with the grain of the stainless steel…I was amazed with the results.

3. Recycle old foil into a scrub sponge. Add boiling water and baking soda and a few drops of dish soap, soak for 5-7 minutes. Use your tin foil scrubber to get hard bits off the baking dish.

4. Olive oil will get sap off your hands…great to know for the holidays, and for fall pruning.

5. I love this idea, using chopsticks to get the leftover lint in your dryer.

7. Use newspaper to absorb the odor in your fridge. Line the drawers with old newspaper! Very green indeed.

7. To polish silver: Wash items, then place on aluminum foil in the bottom of a pot. Add a baking-soda solution (¼ cup soda, a few teaspoons salt, 1 quart boiling water) and cover for a few seconds. The result? A chemical reaction that gets the black off the gravy boat.

I hope you incorporate one of these ideas into your cleaning routine…or maybe one a day for a week? I have tried them all and they really work!!!!

Thank you for reading my blog, I really appreciate your time and loyalty.

Best, Celia