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Tidy Brown Wren

Tidy Brown Wren is a blog about making the most of your home and your life. It provides tips, ideas, and inspiration to help you get organized without spending a lot of money in the process.

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Organizing the Family Room

By Tidy Brown Wren on Jul 02, 2012

If you've been following the Monday Motivation series this year, you should be halfway through your home now.  For the month of July we'll look at how to organize the family room / living room. ... Continue reading

landscaping, diy, how to

How To: Build Vertical Supports for Your Garden

By Tidy Brown Wren on May 31, 2012

I've gotten a late start on getting some of my veggies into the garden.  I've already planted potatoes, lettuce, sugar snap peas, and pepper plants.  All that's left is green beans, cucumbers, squash, and cantaloupe.  I... Continue reading

landscaping, repurposing, furniture, diy

New Use for an Old Rocking Chair

By Tidy Brown Wren on May 01, 2012

I love turning discarded trash into useful items.  Take, for example, this decorative wheelbarrow.  The metal base was given to me by an older lady when I helped her clean up her backyard (it was... Continue reading

landscaping, diy

Turning a Broken Bird Bath into a Planter

By Tidy Brown Wren on Apr 26, 2012

When we moved into our home 6 years ago, there was a sad looking concrete birdbath smack-dab in the middle of the yard.  It had a funny little squirrel "climbing" up the base.  The top... Continue reading


Making New Tomato Plants

By Tidy Brown Wren on Apr 18, 2012

I've been growing three different kinds of tomato plants from seed in my garage under grow lights.  I put them outside on Saturday to get some real sun, and one of the plants broke off... Continue reading


5 Tips for Cleaning Your Gardening Tools

By Tidy Brown Wren on Apr 16, 2012

                                           The last of the kale and collards I was excited to finally get out in my garden this past weekend and get some work done.  If you're like me, you didn't give your gardening... Continue reading