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Tips for a Beautiful & Functional Mudroom

March 1, 2018

Mudrooms are front and center for keeping you organized, productive and on schedule.  This space should be user-friendly, allowing a buffer for keeping mud and debris from the rest of your home, should have storage for daily used items, and room for hobbies, sports and pet items.  Not sure where to start, let’s make a plan and give you some tips.

Make a Plan:
1. Declutter
2. Consider Your Layout Options
3. Materials
4. Time Changes, Think Ahead

Make a plan – Decide if you want, […] continue reading »

Cleaning Your Curtains

December 20, 2017

January is National Get Organized Month and your curtains haven’t been cleaned since you hung them.

Your curtains collect dust and dirt and smell that can stain and discolor the fabric. Here are some quick tips on cleaning your curtains.

 

To just get the dust off your curtains, use the soft brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to remove everyday dust and dirt. Want a bit deeper clean, there are hand-held steam cleaners and dry-cleaning sheets that can be used in your […] continue reading »

Chore Calendar

December 20, 2017

With each season comes a to-do list. Make things easy and start early. By doing a little at a time it will be a lot easier and not so stressful. Here are a couple things to think about when getting started.

Create a calendar. Calendar_CHORE_x ZoneThis will help with keeping track of what and when to do them. Share with your family and assign them a day to help with chores.
Clean and store unused toys and equipment.
Check out your pantry and fridge. Throw out old spices, aged […] continue reading »

Declutter in Fifteen Minutes or Less

December 20, 2017

Clearing clutter and organizing don’t usually top anyone’s list of fun things to do but it makes you feel a whole lot better when it’s done.  Finding the motivation and time can be the biggest challenge.  When I was in school, my teacher would tell me to not think about the whole project, but to break it up into pieces and work on it a little at a time.  It worked then and when it comes to decluttering and organizing […] continue reading »

Breaking Down the 2018 Trends

December 14, 2017

When researching the trends for 2018 I found a lot of information, some of it conflicting.  When considering whether to go with a trend, remember the bottom line to all of this is the word prediction.  If you’re considering remodeling or selling your home these trends might be of interests to you.  I’m sharing some of the notable trends for 2018 that peaked my interest and are from some notable sites.

A recently formed Trulia Design Panel that consists of designers and […] continue reading »

Shoe Storage and the Not-So-Tiny Shoe Collection

December 1, 2017

There’s more than one way to store your shoes

Incorporate storage that frees up that precious closet floor space . . . you know, for more shoes. We found the best shoe storage ideas that manage to be functional and not hideous.

Metal Grids
A stylish way to store shoes with heals is at your local hardware store.  Ask for a two-by-four-foot metal grid panel for a project and when you get it home leaned it against the wall.

Tall or Wide Baskets
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Laundry Room, One of the Smallest & Most Forgotten Rooms

December 1, 2017

What if walking into your laundry room didn’t make you cringe.  What if there was counter space for baskets and folding clothes, a cabinet to put dryer sheets and detergent in and the all- important collection jar containing money, sticky notes, and forgotten thumb drives from pockets.

When it comes to your laundry room you may not be thinking about organizing.  You’re in there to rotate clothes from the pile on the floor into the washer, then the dryer and finally […] continue reading »

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Murphy Bed for Your Guest

October 2, 2017

Having family and friends come to visit is exciting and can also be stressful.  The trend of downsizing the square footage of your home leaves you wondering where visitors are going to sleep and where are you going to put all your stuff that is currently in that room.  There are Holidays and family gatherings that we look forward to and yet, create a bit of stress.  One solution is to construct a space with furniture that is functional, all […] continue reading »

Design, Organize, Then Buy

September 11, 2017

Having an organized closet starts with a good closet design.  A closet that allows for great organization will allow you to see what you have and what you might need or want.  One closet design does not fit all and here’s why.  Some people like to fold their sweater and place them in a drawer, others fold sweaters and place them on a shelf and finally some sweaters are on a hanger.  Just this example alone can create three different […] continue reading »

Tips for Cleaning Your Kid’s Room

May 3, 2017

Before going into the kid’s room to start cleaning, grab your supplies and your kid(s).  Determine a reward to share with your kid(s) and at the end create a easy to use chart that will help to keep things cleaner.  Let your them know what time is quitting time and the expectation of what’s to be done.  Motivation is key and making a game of it makes it more enjoyable.

I made a game with sticky notes that had each chore […] continue reading »