The newspaper will prevent any grass and weed seeds from germinating, but unlike fabric, it will decompose after about 18 months. By that time, any grass and weed seeds that were present in the soil on planting will be dead.  It’s green, it’s cheaper than fabric, and when you decide to remove or redesign the bed later on, you will not have the headache you would with fabric.

weed prevention for two years: newspaper will prevent any grass/weed seeds from germinating, but unlike fabric, it will decompose after ~ 18 months. By that time, any grass/weed seeds that were present in the soil on planting will be dead.

Paint a bench, wall, and shelf the same color to make it look like a built-in.

Vintage Wine: Benjamin Moore Paint Color of 2011

Paint a bench, wall, and shelf the same color to make it look like a built-in. Love the purple Paint a bench, wall, and shelf the same color to make it look like a built-in. Love the purple.

Great way to quickly and cheaply make a huge upgrade that looks great by making wooden window valance. Awesome step by step instructions!

Tutorial: How to make a wood valance window treatment

DIY Decorating Ideas: If your budget doesn't allow for expensive custom wooden window cornices, make your own. It's actually quite easy to do. You'll save money and still get the look you want. Wooden Window Cornice Tutorial - DIY and Crafts

FREE printable for a very helpful organizer. Just print, and bind, or print a copy each week and stick it on the fridge!

Free Printable Weekly Menu Planner

artsy-fartsy mama: Let's Get Organized! {Printable} weekly planner organizer w/ area for weekly menu & shopping list

Summertime Stove-Top Potpourri -  Can't wait to have my house smell like a summer tropical paradise!!

Summertime Stove-Top Potpourri This sounds soooo heavenly! Can't wait to have my house smell like a summer tropical paradise! Lemons, limes, oranges, pineapple juice, coconut extract and water

Take an old (or new $15 from WalMart) bookshelf, put wainscoating on the back, and add a piece of molding...paint it the color you prefer and you have a new, updated bookshelf. Currently doing this!

Take an old bookshelf, put wainscoating on the back, and add a piece of molding.paint it the color you prefer and you have a new, updated bookshelf. kids' rooms love the wall monogram and the picture on the side wall too!

Coat rack out of an old door.

Old door turned coat rack! I love this because it's flat to the wall for small spaces. - good mud room idea amanda - so cute for your entryway

instead of a headboard...... bookshelves framing the bed, and lights over head for reading.

Instead of a headboard, place bookshelves to frame the bed. Add lights for late night reading. This would be great for a guest bedroom. Leave the shelves at the end of the bed empty for the guests to unpack their clothes. or kids room

cleaning schedule

cleaning schedule by mvaleria - this must be geared towards a stay at home mom, but it's a good idea to focus on 1 room a day.

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