House Plants are Awesome!

I enjoy having lots of house plants in my home, and have learned a lot over the years. I also use them when staging homes for sale. My latest podcast highlights a few of my fave plants that are pretty easy to maintain and a few stories I think you’ll enjoy.

Maintaining Your Dishwasher

Wow. I just watched a short video on realtor.com that showed me how to quickly clean some of the residue from my dishwasher. Also a good idea to add this to your list of things to do before you put your home on the market.

Now, some of you may already know how to do this, and you may have your own tried and true cleaning methods. Here is what they suggest:

  • Remove any loose debris on the bottom of the dishwasher near the filter.
  • Place a cup of white vinegar in the top rack and run an entire cycle.
  • Sprinkle some baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher and run through a shorter cycle, making sure it still uses hot water.
  • They also suggest you check the hinges/springs on the door to make sure it closes/seals properly.

And here is the video: maintaining your dishwasher.

I can’t stand a dirty and even slightly smelly dishwasher. Unfortunately, they do get that way over the years with use. Realtor.com suggest cleaning like this every six months. More often if you are finicky like me!

Beautiful Baths That are Also Practical

When I updated my bathrooms, there were many decisions to be made. Some practical, some aesthetic and some both! I

I wanted baths that:

  • looked great
  • were easy to clean
  • had lots of storage
  • and wouldn’t need updating again any time soon

Using larger tiles in the surround that need less grout are very practical. Installing new, easy to clean and functional tubs will last years! Installing good size and multiple shampoo boxes was a good decision with huge payoffs.

Updated bathroom with Tile and GraniteYou don’t need a lot of glass tile to make an impact, especially in small spaces. I kept things neutral and used natural surfaces for warmth and a timeless look.

I also made some practical decisions like using fans on timers and sensors. I installed custom shelves and drawers where there was once a clumsy old-fashioned closet.

Make sure to install the right size of towel bars, storage cubbies, etc. And make them handy and strong for every day use by all members of the family.

But it all starts with a good contractor. Interview several and check their references! And while you wait for your contractor to come available, research your surfaces and fixture choices and make sure you are happy with your vision of your new bath.