The Hip Girls Guide to Homemaking Book Giveaway!

by Handjobs For The Home on April 26, 2011

I first discovered The Hip Girls Guide to Homemaking blog about a year ago when I was looking for some good homesteading literature to read up on. When I came across Kate Payne’s blog I was instantly crushing. The prefect mix of DIY, design, and yummy foods. What more could a boy ask for?

Fast forward a year later and now she’s got herself a book, appropriately titled, The Hip Girls Guide to Homemaking. When I received my copy of the book last Friday I began anxiously flipping through the pages and fell instantly in love. The book is split up into three sections: A guide to building a “homey” house, DIY home projects, and cooking in the home (including a fantastic chapter on canning and preserving). It’s now Tuesday, and I’ve just about read the book from cover to cover. It’s fabulously written, and almost makes you feel as if you are kicking back over a cup of coffee with Kate Payne herself.

The best part is, the wonderful people at Harper Collins have generously given me a copy of the book to do a giveaway. That’s right, you too can own a copy of The Hip Girls Guide to Homemaking, and learn to be just as awesome as Kate.

The rules are simple. Just share your favorite household tip in the comments below for a chance to win. All comments must be entered before Sunday, April 30th 12:00am EST. Good luck, and I look forward to hearing all your hip tips!

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Marina Stevens April 27, 2011 at 12:11 am

I don’t have a ton of great tips unfortunately. I guess I’d recommend using plastic baskets for organizing the cabinets and closets. I have a basket of pet meds (the dog is allergic to everything!), one for dog bath supplies, one for packets in the cabinet, and a nice wicker basket full of cocoa and other beverage packets sitting on the counter.

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Darcy Vasudev April 27, 2011 at 12:41 am

My tip doesn’t involve natural cleansers or storage containers, but I hope it still qualifies. I take a quick look around the room and whatever is the messiest area, I just put away all the stuff sitting there and wipe or dust it down. If you do this every day, then over time things get cleaner and neater.

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adam April 27, 2011 at 1:11 am

if you spill cooking oil on your floor you can sprinkle salt or flour on it and it will absorb most of it, then you can sweep it up.

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Danae G. April 27, 2011 at 1:34 am

My favorite diy project came from the kids at yhl. I made no-sew living room curtains and hung them with clip rings. They look fabulous and are in a bold modern print that would have cost me a gazillion $$ had I tried to purchase something similar.

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Cynthia April 27, 2011 at 3:03 am

My sister shared this with me. Pre-load your trash cans with extra bags tossed into the bottom, then hang one. When it’s filled, tie it up, toss it out, and pull the empty from the bottom of the trashcan. No more running around looking for the box of trashbags or forgetting to bring them with you!

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Srednivashtar April 30, 2011 at 12:38 am

That’s…brilliant! So simple, but I can see it would save so much fuss.

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Angelique April 27, 2011 at 3:04 am

Investigate options for using what you have before rushing out to buy a new gadget. I had a hand-me-down yoghurt maker and, when I busted it, I was pretty heartbroken. Then I discovered you could make yoghurt in a crockpot (which I already owned)–not only eliminating the need for an extra gadget, but also giving me more control over the yoghurt-making process than I previously had. Just one example, but I think my home has been much improved by either looking around at what I had and making do (oh, the things I’ll do with a binder clip!) or using Google to explore my options before assuming a new gadget or object is the solution.

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Bethany ~ Sustainable Food For Thought April 27, 2011 at 3:26 am

I love decorating with all the cute cards and mementos that thoughtful friends send my way. Two easy methods:

One: pin a wide piece of ribbon so it hangs vertically on the wall, then use clips (I like little silver binder clips) to hang cards, plane ticket stubs, mini pieces of art, etc.

Two: hang a string between two hooks in the ceiling (those little golden screw-in eye-hooks work just fine) and then place cards all along the string — layering them as you add more. It’s a colorful Tibetan-prayer-flag-look that reminds me of dear people each time I see it…

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Lyss April 27, 2011 at 3:32 am

Baking soda and white vinegar = the REAL magic eraser. So easy, so cheap, non-toxic and so amazingly effective!

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Rosemeri B. April 27, 2011 at 3:36 am

I save money on laundry detergent by throwing a handful of Borax in the washer and using only half the amount of detergent called for on the bottle. My clothes are cleaner than ever don’t get dingy looking over many washings. It works great and costs less. You can also use baking soda instead of Borax with the same great results.

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EconGrrl April 27, 2011 at 3:42 am

My No. 1 tip is to arrange your house so it serves your REAL LIFE! Forget about your imaginary TV show, or your future feature in a design magazine. Instead focus on what makes your house functional for you.

I turned my living room into my creative space/ office & an extra bedroom is our living room/ media room.

Tip #2 is if you love it keep it. If you only love the memories of the time or person it evokes, probably let it go. If you have no love for it, get rid of pronto. No matter what.

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Jen C April 27, 2011 at 4:01 am

The best household tip I can give you would be to use the best economical as well as disinfecting floor polish ever!! :) It works amazingly well on my laminate hardwood floors as well as my laminate kitchen. I LOVE IT! Ready – it’s SO easy!! — 5-8 TBS. of rubbing alochol (something you have in your cabinet!) to one gallon of HOT water… swoosh swoosh… and off you go! Disinfects, takes grundge off floors, shines (even takes little stickers that kids think are cool that have been trampled over a few times and have stuck to the floor for what seems like forevver) off with a quick over with a rag! :) BEST EVER!
Enjoy!

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Kate @ Snowflake Kitchen April 27, 2011 at 4:17 am

My favorite DIY tactic always involves repurposing something that would otherwise be thrown out. Lately, I’m on a “I can plant things in that!” kick – inspired by Kate’s repurposed dresser drawers. My old recycling bin and some newly acquired wooden wine crates are my next project.

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Debi April 27, 2011 at 4:20 am

When I have a scratch on dark wood, I mix a little water with instant coffee, to make a paste, and then apply a small amount to the scratch. I leave it on a minute or 2 depending on how dark the wood is and how bad the scratch. Then I wipe it off and polish as normal.

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Carolsue April 27, 2011 at 5:12 am

If you are trying to remove grass stains, put some rubbing alcohol on the stain before tossing the item into the wash.

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Jeanne in Toledo April 27, 2011 at 7:11 am

This may seem like a counterproductive hint, but…
Spend time with your family. No kid will ever remember “the year we remodeled the bathroom” or “the saturday we cleaned the carpets” – at least not fondly…
Keep the house clean enough to be healthy – but don’t obsess…

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Caroline McCard April 27, 2011 at 11:21 am

My best DIY tip ever, if you get ink on your clothes and have already washed and dried them, use shaving cream to get the ink out. Works perfectly! My friend had this happen to his brand new Air Force pilot uniform, he washed and dried a pen in the pocket and ended up with ink all over the uniform. His mom texted me to ask what to do, and I suggested the shaving cream. It worked!

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Nancy Chadbourn April 27, 2011 at 11:51 am

DIRTY microwave?? Heat up water to a boil[in glass cup] inside the ol’ nuke box! The steam from the boiling water softens all the crud and just wipes right off!

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jensimonepuleo May 2, 2011 at 2:49 am

Add a little lemon juice & it smells good too :)

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Stacey Zink April 27, 2011 at 12:43 pm

No need to buy expensive floor cleaner, when you can use vinegar and water. It cleans tile great!

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Liz April 27, 2011 at 1:04 pm

My favorite tip involves using vinegar, baking soda and hot water to unclog drains. Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by 1 cup white vinegar. Quickly cover with an upside down drinking glass to create a vacuum. Meanwhile, bring a kettle of water to boil on the stove. Once it’s boiling (or after about 10 minutes), remove the glass and pour the water down the drain. This will take care of most minor clogs and slow-drain issues. For more serious drain issues, invest in a drain snake!

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sara April 27, 2011 at 2:04 pm

my favorite tip is definitely to never stop designing or creating or adding to your home – keep evolving your style and home as you evolve as a person! change up wall decor every few months, rearrange furniture, try new curtains for different light. this is what works for me!

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Jennifer April 27, 2011 at 2:56 pm

When cleaning the bathroom leave the shower for last and actually scrub the shower while you take you take your bath. Makes for less awkward angles while scrubbing and lets you rinse the soap off easier.

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Sarah April 27, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Don’t throw away money by throwing away stale bread! Instead fill a bowl with olive oil and add whatever spices you would like from your cabinet. Brush both sides of the bread with the mixture and cut into bite sized pieces. Bake at 325 for 20-25 or until bread is dry and crispy! The result is yummy homemade crutons! :)

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Debbie April 27, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Use white vinegar and water to clean wood floors…easy on the finish and they end up sparkling!

Hope I win the book!

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Brooke April 27, 2011 at 7:25 pm

A good one my mother told me was to get rid of mold spots in shower corners and around the edges of your tub, soak a few cotton balls in a half-bleach half-water solution and place them on the stains for about 10 minutes. Clean the rest of the bathroom in the meantime and then take the cotton balls off, rinse and boom, no more mold!

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melanie April 27, 2011 at 7:47 pm

My tip: If you pour wax on a carpet, lie a piece of cotton or tea towel over and iron. The wax will lift! I learned this after a night of drinking red wine and trying to lure some poor guy into my bedroom in my 20′s! I had wax everywhere when I tripped…..anyhoo…
I just quit my job of 13 years to raise my 2 year old and “make our home” while my husband works…i haven’t a freaking clue how to make a home, so this book could help!

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kat April 28, 2011 at 12:05 am

Right now I’m obsessed with collecting all my glass jars and reusing them for storage of grains, flour, etc. So my big pickle jars are getting reused and looking quite snazzy once they have new labels and decorated lids.

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suburbhomestead April 28, 2011 at 1:47 am

Use Goo Gone (orange oil) to remove lables from glass jars

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Cindy April 28, 2011 at 2:07 am

To clean your lamp shades quickly ~ use an adhesive lint roller and just roll it over the shade it picks up all the dust and so much easier than using a vacuum cleaner.

Another tip – to prevent cream/milk/half & half from dripping from a creamer rub a small amount of butter on the pouring spoout -the butter will prevent the milk from dripping down creamer. I didn’t beleive this worked until I tried it. Hope this makes sense.

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Lindsey S April 28, 2011 at 11:39 pm

The tip I use the most is boiling a cup of water in the microwave when cleaning it, the steam really helps all the crusty stuff!

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Elizabeth April 29, 2011 at 2:22 am

I find having duplicates of things help. For example, keep all the cleaning supplies needed to clean a room with a sink…laundry room, kitchen , bathroom(s) under the sink. You are ready to clean instantly without having to go off and collect basket of supplies and maybe get distracted. Same with office supplies…so someone doesn’t always run off with stapler, tape(s) have one set of everything by whatever work areas you have. I have a work area in the kitchen with the laptop where I work and there is another work area in the spare bedroom where the other computer is and my husband does his work. Then by each of our easy chairs we have a small table that has pens, scrap paper, current projects. Cuts down on a lot of that mindless running around trying to find things. Nobody has to take “your” stuff because they have their own.

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