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Our Favorite Craft Supplies: Glue

These are the types of glue that I use most often for Oh Happy Day projects. I’m a super fan of the Quick Dry Tacky Glue. I use it any time I am doing paper projects (It’s seriously the best!)

Our Favorite Craft Supplies: Glue | Oh Happy Day!

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I am always amazed at the people who can keep an immaculate and organized house especially when it seems they are always cooking and traveling and active. Whenever I meet someone like that I always ask them for advice. My friend Brooke is that way. Her closets are organized and her kitchen is always clean but she isn’t cleaning all the time. Both her and her husband work, they have two kids, people over for dinner all the time and are always doing things. So when I spent the long weekend with her I was peppering her with questions when she told me her biggest secret. It’s simple and kind of obvious, but so genius: she doesn’t have very much stuff. She pointed out that if you don’t have very many clothes, even if they are all on the floor, it won’t take you more than 10 minutes to clean them up. Same thing with kids books or toys or WHATEVER. She says that her mother is even more of a minimalist than her and whenever Brooke visits her mother, she returns home and gives away half her stuff. She says that is the secret to having a clean home. Since that weekend I have been cleaning out and purging everything I own. I’ve been ruthless, even the stuff I kind of want to keep I’ve been giving away. It feels so great to simplify. If I think about how much time I’ve spent organizing my stuff I start to feel like my stuff owns me instead of the other way around. Some other tips I’ve gotten from people who keep really clean and organized homes:

-Clean as you go. Put away purses and backpacks as soon as you arrive home, clean dishes while they food is still easy to clean etc etc.
-Have a place for everything.

Do you keep a really clean house? Whats your secret?

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Pro Tip: How To Remove a Christmas Tree without Excessive Vacuuming

Maybe it’s just me, but I vacuumed my living room 3 times the day we take the tree out and I still find pine needles around. Those little guys get everywhere. This Pro Tip took me a few years to figure out. I would always take our tree out after Christmas and the poor dead thing would leave a trail of needles directly from our apartment door to the front of the building. (So there was no option to even have bad manners and blame it on your neighbor.) We keep these $1 plastic wraps on hand for messy projects. Just wrap up the ol’ tree before you take it out, simple as pie and no long vacuuming sessions.

Pro Tip: Christmas Lights Stored in a Ball

I’m starting a column that I’ve been wanting to do for a while. Whenever I figure something out or have a clever way to do something I always joke and follow it up by saying “Pro-tip by Jordan Ferney.” I thought it would be great to have a place where people can share things they come up with. Just small details that make life a bit easier. Here is the first one.

When I worked for Stanlee Gatti, the event planner, we used twinkly lights all the time. He would store each strand wrapped up in a ball. It’s genius because they never get tangled. You just start at the side without the plug and then wrap it up over and over onto itself. It’s important to leave the plug side free because otherwise how will you plug them in and take cute photos of you and your family with glowy balls of lights?

December 26th

On December 26th I wrapped up all my pretty little Christmas decorations in tissue and tucked them away in three separate boxes. As I was wrapping up the lights {Stanlee Gatti taught me to store them in balls} Paul took this picture. I thought it turned out cool.