I glanced through the magazine supplement that comes with the weekend paper, this morning. I noticed that there were two pages of tips for managing your kitchen and giving your home a mini-makeover. Excellent, I thought, I will read them when I get home from taking my daughter to school. I might find a little gem of inspiration over my morning coffee. I'm crazy about household tips.
After reading both pages, I was sorely dissappointed. The kitchen article gave such insight as "throw away anything past it's expiration date". Um, I think I already knew that handy hint. It also encouraged readers to "shop at a time that's convenient for you". Seriously? These were the best the author could come up with?
On to the home mini-makeover, which was no better. In a nutshell, it said to paint your front door, and buy new linens for your bedroom. Those are obvious, although legitimate, suggestions, I suppose. But the tip for choosing sheets left me scratching my head. It said "solid colors or striped sheets work best". What does that mean? Best as in more comfortable, more esthetically pleasing, less expensive, more durable? I guess if you prefer plaid or paisley, they won't work as well.
I think my favorite of all, though, was the number one tip for brightening a dark bathroom. "Increase all light-bulb wattage". Not only does that strike me as more a bit of common sense than a helpful tip, it's also a little irresponsible. They didn't bother to mention that most light fixtures are labeled with a maximum bulb wattage that you shouldn't exceed. If you're already at the maximum wattage, you need to add another source of light.
I didn't get any of the great tips I was hoping for. No great ways to use left-overs, or recipes to make in 20 minutes. There were no hints for getting perfect miter cuts on crown molding or inventive window treatments. Cleaning tips, one of my favorite categories, were overlooked altogether.
So here's where you come in. Since I didn't get my "tip fix", I want you to leave me one (or more) of your favorite tips in my comments. Any category is fine; cooking, cleaning, decorating, budgeting, energy saving....I want to see them all! Give me what you've got!