Archive for March, 2011

March 29, 2011

Spring Cleaning STEP 2: Medicine Cabinet

by rebecca elisabeth design
what's in your medicine cabinet?


Last week we started this trip down spring cleaning lane with the linen closet.  This week is our medicine cabinet/s. As you can imagine this is critical to the health and safety of your family. If you are like many households your medicine may be a bit spread out and now is the time to get it all together to evaluate what you have.
  1. Gather all the medicine from your closet, bath vanity area, refrigerator, etc. My medicine cabinet includes toiletries like deodorants, shampoos, toothpaste, etc. if yours does too, follow the same steps as below including these items.
  2. Check the expiration dates and create an expired pile. Be sure to properly dispose of the following:
    • expired
    • discontinued
    • broken containers
    • illegible labels
    • liquid medications that have separated
  3. Combine like items.  There is no need to have 3 boxes of Alka Seltzer open when they can be combined into one box.
  4. Sort your medicines and toiletries into categories such as cold and cough, pain, his, her, kids, etc. Once sorted, consider running out to get containers to store them in categories, so that they stay neat and orderly. Clear drinking glasses are a great way to sort smaller items such as lipsticks, manicure tools, small tubes of creams, etc.
  5. Wash out the closets, shelves and drawers with warm soapy water with a touch of vinegar to get rid of odors. Dry shelves and replace medicines in storage containers or in neat rows, labels facing front, grouped by category.

Many local pharmacies accept drugs and medicine for safe disposal.  Medications should never be flushed or poured down the sink. There is concern about medicine reaching our water supply because it isn’t adequately cleaned by water treatment plants. Please dispose of your medicines properly so that you do not add to this problem.

Follow along with REDinterior’s spring cleaning over the next few weeks to get your house into tip-top shape. Let us know how you are doing with your spring cleaning on our Facebook page.
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March 22, 2011

Spring Cleaning STEP 1: clean out and organize your linen closet

by rebecca elisabeth design

Image by George Eastman House via Flickr

In our 8 step quest to spring cleaning/organizing we start with the linen closet. Used regularly by everyone it tends to get disorganized quickly but with a little bit of organization, paring down and labeling, yours can stay tidy. Follow the steps below to get yours in order.

  1. Remove all your linens and sort as you go putting like items together making sure to fold everything identically, blankets, towels, sheets, pillow cases….  Be sure to remove items that are not in great shape, eg: fitted sheets with stretched out elastic, towels with pulls etc.
  2. Consider limiting yourself to 3 sets of sheets per bed and 3 sets of towels per person in your household.  Make rags or donate the things you are ready to part with.
  3. With a mild soapy water, damp wash the closet and shelving. If you add a little vinegar to the water it will help remove any odors that might be in the closet.
  4. Look at your sorted piles from step 1 and adjust shelving to accommodate your pile heights.  Try to create short stacks so that you can keep things neat, tall stacks tend to get unruly.  You may want to consider rolling towels in a spa like fashion, it’s up to you. If you like stacks, like me, metal shelf dividers that you can get from the Container Store fit most shelving and help keep things from co-mingling.
  5. If you use shelf liner now is the time to replace anything that doesn’t look great.
  6. To put things back, consider what you use most and place those items from waste to eye level for ease of use. Put the things you use the least up high and down low.
  7. Small linen closet that is a catch all and over stuffed? Consider placing bed linens in storage bins under the bed they belong to.
  8. If you have others doing laundry, you should consider labeling where things go to help keep your closet orderly.  Add in cedar products or herbal sachets using naturally available ingredients like cloves, peppermint, thyme, and rosemary to keep moths out. And voila you are done.

Next week we will tackle the medicine closet. Keep up with us weekly to make this process easy on yourself. Let us know how your doing on our Facebook page.

More Spring Cleaning by RED

March 17, 2011

Interior Design: Organizing San Diego one space at a time.

by rebecca elisabeth design
Using vinegar for a natural clean

Image by elycefeliz via Flickr

It’s time. SPRING CLEANING is here. While here in San Diego almost every day feels like spring, the first day of spring is Sunday March 20. In a post on our FB page on January 21, we got you started by hanging your cloths backwards in the closet but more on this later. Over the next 8 blogs RED will guide you through 8 steps to spring cleaning without being a slave to the process.

Let’s face it, having everything nice and orderly just makes you feel better.  It makes me feel like I am in control of my life. Knowing where my things are and that they are clean and ready to use is a great feeling. There is nothing worse that running around frantically looking for something you know you have. This 8 step process to spring cleaning will help you get your home in order without being a slave to the process.

What you’ll need:

  • Cleaning bucket
  • Ivory dish detergent
  • White vinegar
  • Squeegee
  • Car chamois (Costco sells these in bulk and they are great for cleaning!)
  • Optional: Car washing glove (looks like over-sized terrycloth mitten)
    Shelf liner
    Cedar products or herb sachets
    Shelf dividers

RED avoids using harsh chemicals because they are not safe for you, your family nor the environment. You have a couple of days to run out and get these things before we get started. So don’t delay, stock up now and be prepared for step number 1 to getting your house spring clean!

More Spring Cleaning…

March 15, 2011

What inspires you? – Hearst Castle

by rebecca elisabeth design
Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA.

Image via Wikipedia

In this video Rebecca Soechtig, of, shares inspirational interior and exterior design images from Hearst Castle. Hearst Castle is located outside of San Simeon, CA and was built for William Randolph Hearst in 1919 by architect Julia Morgan.  Morgan was approached by Hearst who stated that “we are tired of camping out in the open at the ranch in San Simeon and I would like to build a little something”.  This little something is a wonderful example of Mediterranean Revival.

March 1, 2011

Photo Diary of a San Diego Designer in Europe: Cornices

by rebecca elisabeth design
While interior designers are often thought of for furnishings, we also select finishes for both the interiors and exteriors of our client’s residences. While in Europe, I took hundreds of photos of exterior finishes to show my clients accurate representations of Italian and French finishes. I use these photos as inspiration to help my clients specify for their homes.  Any of these gorgeous cornices, and other finishes in my Photo Diary series, are great examples of finishes that can be specified for new or remodeled homes.

Pronunciation: \ˈkȯr-nəs, -nish\

Function: noun
Definition: The cornice is the uppermost section of moldings along the top of a wall or just below a roof.


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