Sep 30 16

GENIUS WAYS TO USE YOUR LEFT-OVER COFFEE GROUNDS

Ms. Rita Rents

COFFEE GROUND LEFT OVERSYesterday was national coffee day, and I’m assuming there was a LOT of coffee made and consumed, leaving a LOT of coffee grounds behind today.  But don’t fear, although not quite as satisfying as a hot cup of joe, these grounds can be used in all sorts of fun and creative ways!

You don’t drink coffee, but still want to get in on all this fun and excitement you say?  No worries, most coffee shops, including Starbucks have a used coffee grounds collection bin for the taking, or just ask and they are usually happy to give you some!

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Sep 16 16

HOW A $15 FILTER CAN SAVE A $2500 REPAIR

Ms. Rita Rents

filter-coverI’m not going to lie, I have never changed a furnace filter. I have never even thought about changing my furnace filter.  It’s one of those things that in our household, I have always had someone else that has done it and honestly, I had no idea how often or even how to do it.

In property management, we have many multi-complex properties that the tenants don’t have access to the filters so we arrange to have it done based on the owner’s request and recommended maintenance schedule. There are also other properties that the tenants do have access and the owners provide the service as well. Fall is one of our scheduled times to change filters, and I got to thinking, hmmm, if I didn’t have someone else do it, would I know what to do?

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Jul 29 16

IT’S NATIONAL LIPSTICK DAY! OOPS… IT STAINED MY…

Ms. Rita Rents

It’s national LIPSTICK DAY!  We gals love our lipstick, but sometimes it ends up in the hands of little ones, all over things we don’t want it to be on and seems impossible to get out.  In honor of National Lipstick Day, I thought I’d help you out a little when the lipstick ends up where it shouldn’t!

 

 

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Jul 22 16

HOW TO NATURALLY REPEL NASTY BUGS IN YOUR RENTAL

Ms. Rita Rents

REPEL-BUGS-NATURALLY-COVERNo matter what time of year, pesky little insects are always trying to get into our warm, cold, and great smelling homes.  And if you are like me, you’d prefer they stay outside where they belong!  The best way to control pest is to prevent them.  In many cases, when the infestation is beyond natural remedies, we must resort to chemicals, but if we don’t have to subject ourselves, kids and pets to these harmful chemicals, its best to go natural!

Below are the top insects that respond best to natural control to help you out all year long:

 

 

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Jul 8 16

5 QUICK MOVE-OUT CLEANING TRICKS THAT WILL SAVE YOUR BACON!

Ms. Rita Rents

5 Quick TIpsYou’ve spent days, hours and grueling energy getting all of your items  moved out and the place all cleaned up, and you just noticed those last stubborn little things that are still lingering.  Well, don’t fret, here are 5 quick tips to help you with those last stubborn move-out cleaning items:

 

 

 

 

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May 27 16

Use Culture as Inspiration for Color!

Ms. Rita Rents

CultureForColorI thoroughly enjoyed the color blog I did while ago and having gone on a recent trip to Thailand, I was so inspired by color that I thought it would be fun to use culture as inspiration for color and décor.

Thailand is a country that engulfs your senses from every aspect.  The heat can be indescribable.  The smells are rich and pungent and amazing and awful within feet of walking.  The food is beyond amazing with complex spices and herbs, the colors are vibrant and mixed with wild abandon!

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Mar 23 16

20 INCREDIBLY FUN & PRACTICAL EASTER BASKET SUBSTITUTES

Ms. Rita Rents

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Make this Easter basket the one they’ll remember by swapping out the traditional old basket for something more fun, innovative and practical this year! Check out the list with a few filler suggestions too!

 

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Mar 15 16

Super Simple Paint Palette Hack Using YOUR Favorite Photos!

Ms. Rita Rents

SmileItsSpringDon’t get stuck in a decorating rut because you aren’t an interior designer! Free online technology has made decorating easier than ever with some pretty cool tools that allow you to upload your very own images and produce some beautiful and uniquely YOU color palette options!

I love filling my home with photos of my family, travels and pets and often focus the color scheme of a room around a favorite photo. If you LOVE the photo, you’ll love how everything else falls into place when you pin down the rest of the color scheme. And remember, if you live in a rental and can’t paint, there are endless options to add color without paint like pillows, blankets, curtains, fabric, photos, pottery, furniture, accents, plants, etc!

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Feb 25 16

Recycle & Reuse Furniture & Materials

Ms. Rita Rents

RecycleCoverPhotoI am fairly fortunate, I come up with some pretty crazy ideas for design projects for my house and then without a plan or drawing, I dump my ideas on my husband and by some miracle, he makes them come to fruition. We work well together. My ideas are usually rough, like really rough and pretty far fetched a lot of times. And while I can make fairly decent computer projects, my drawing skills didn’t make it past kindergarten. And paired with that, I’m always on a budget! But that’s good for him because he’s super creative, interprets my crazy ideas and decides in his own way how to make it happen. So together, I come up with the idea and let him figure it out in his own method. One other element that makes this all work: I’m ok with flaws and even prefer a lack of perfection. (more…)