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7 Genius DIY Laundry Room Projects To Create More Space

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Mar 2018

7 Genius DIY Laundry Room Projects To Create More Space

With spring season among us, it’s time to gear up for some spring cleaning, organization and DIY projects! A small area in your home that could benefit from some extra storage space is the room you dread spending time in – the laundry room. To make life a bit easier, we’ve found 7 genius DIY projects to help make your laundry room more spacious and organized!

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1. Hidden Laundry Baskets

Instead of having various laundry baskets throughout your home, or baskets out in the open in your laundry room space, think about installing pull out laundry baskets. If you already have some extra cabinet space in your laundry area, swap out regular cabinet doors for pull out drawers, like Erin at Sunny Side Up did.

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2. Wooden Wall Shelf

Not only does a shelf behind your washer and dryer create a new storage spot, it also helps hide wires and cords, keeping your room looking more clean and tidy. With just a few pieces of wood, nails and paint, you can have yourself a new shelf in your laundry room. Check out how Sarah from Thrifty Decor Chick easily and inexpensively made her own wooden wall shelf.

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3. Over The Door Rack

A budget friendly and simple way to create extra storage for laundry detergent, paper towels, soaps and more, is an over the door rack. These simple racks take up little space, stay fairly hidden and can create loads of more room to help declutter the laundry area. Racks like this can be built with wires material, wood or metal.

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4. Labeled Glass Jars

Stop having bulky laundry bottles spread around your laundry room by purchasing a few glass jars and bottles to store detergent, pods, soap and other laundry items. This helps spruce up your area, saves some space and helps get those not so attractive bottles and packages out of sight. Add a chalkboard sticker to label, or print your own label stickers to jazz up the look of the jars, too.

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5. Clothes Hanger Sign

No room to hang up clothes and no space to put up a large rod? No problem! Create your own wooden sign with a small rod to hang up in a tight space. Get inspiration for this project by this sign by Rustic Designs by Leisa on Etsy, or purchase if you’re not in the DIY mood.

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6. Floating Shelves

This may seem like a no brainer, but even if you have a small amount of wall space, you can still add a small hanging shelf or two. Hanging shelves have a clean and modern look, and are the perfect spot to put baskets to hold laundry necessities and cute decorative items. Take tips from Alicia at Thrifty & Chic who made and installed shelves with 4 simple items, or purchase then install shelves from places such as Ikea, Target or Walmart.

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7. Rolling Carts

Don’t let the small spaces in between or next to your washer and dryer to go waste! Try building a slim rolling laundry cart to add much needed storage and keep clutter out of sight! This can be a bit more of an intermediate DIY project- but totally worth the time and effort to help keep your laundry room looking clean and organized!

If you’re ready to tackle your laundry room – these are 7 of our favorite DIY projects! The possibilities to reorganize your laundry room are endless, so grab your hammer and nails and let these ideas help you get started on giving your laundry room some more space!


6 Expert Tips To Live A Minimalist Life

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Mar 2018

6 Expert Tips To Live A Minimalist Life

The minimalist trend is taking the United States by storm- with many people looking for ways to declutter, downsize and live a more simple life. More than ever, people are collecting and accumulating more items, such as clothing, household items, and electronics- but these things are starting to build up and are taking over homes, garages, closets and offices. Whether you’re moving to a smaller place, or just want a less cluttered home, finding ways to live a more minimalist life can be extremely helpful to combat all that clutter. Here’s 6 tips from experts on how to be a minimalist.

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Store By Category

While organization may not be your forte, this is a pretty simple minimalist tip to keep you organized. Marie Kondo is a best selling author and lifestyle expert known around the world for her revolutionary ways to minimize clutter, and reminds everyone to keep like items together. Her advice is to stop having things like “junk drawers” or “random bins”, and group like items as much as you can together to avoid misplacing things or keeping unnecessary items.

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Experience A Calmer Kitchen By Stowing Inactive Appliances

Minimalist experts Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus have helped over 20 million people live a simpler life, and suggest clearing out clutter in your kitchen to create an organized and calm kitchen environment. Get rid of appliances you never use, and take the items you do utilize, like cutting boards, blenders or food processors, off counters and store in cabinets or a pantry so they’re out of sight.

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Fill One Trash bag

Bestselling author of ‘The More of Less’ Joshua Becker knows dozens of ways to help declutter, and one great suggestion is fill one trash bag. If you’re looking for a quick, easy way to declutter, spend a few minutes going around your home, and fill the trash bag with anything you don’t need. Joshua says that while much of what you’ll collect will be trash, this could also be used to fill a bag for Goodwill or another donation center.

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Utilize The Hanger Flip Technique

Lifestyle expert Melissa Garcia knows closets can be packed, and utilizes the hanger flip technique. If all of your hangers are hung facing one way, once you wear something, put it back on the hanger and return it facing the opposite direction. After a certain amount of time, whether it be 6 months or a year, check back, and whatever hangers weren’t flipped – you aren’t wearing. Now you’ll know it’s time to get rid of the clothes you haven’t worn, and donate to your local clothing bank.

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Rent A Storage Unit

When downsizing your home or cleaning up lots of clutter, many people get stuck with the dilemma- should I keep this or let it go? With a storage unit, you’re able to get the best of both worlds. Storage units are an inexpensive way to keep your home organized. The storage industry has been booming, and according to the Self Storage Association, one out of every 10 households in the country currently rents a unit. Many people are taking advantage of self storage, as experts across the board show that keeping your home clean and organized can have a beneficial and positive impact on your well-being.

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Keep Things Off The Floors

It may sound simple, but not placing things on the floors of your home can make a huge difference. Professional organizer Deanne Sharp spends her days cleaning and organizing her clients homes, and makes a point that keeping the floors tidy is a big deal. “I don’t tolerate school bags or shoes on the floor. They know when they come in they need to put them straight in the cupboard” Deanne says on her clients and their families. Like one of her motto’s say, there is a place for everything, and it just takes a little bit of organizing to find a spot for your items.

Getting your home and life more organized starts with small steps, and these few tips can help. Take the advice of some of these organization experts, and you’ll be well on your way to living a more minimalist life!

 

 


20 Ways to Kickstart Your 2018 Decluttering Goals

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Jan 2018

20 Ways to Kickstart Your 2018 Decluttering Goals

2018 has arrived and like most people, you probably have a goal to become more organized this year. Keeping your home clean and tidy can be a daunting task, but we’ve compiled 20 ways to easily declutter your house and keep your New Years resolution!

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1. Clean out your refrigerator and freezer

Spend a few minutes checking dates on all items in your refrigerator and freezer and toss any expired or close to expiring items that won’t be used. Then, re-organize some items to make accessing them easier.

 

2. Go through your closet

Go through your closet and purge any items you no longer wear or don’t fit. A good rule of thumb is getting rid of any items that haven’t been worn in 2+ years. There’s no need to keep things around that aren’t being worn. Bag any of these items and donate them to your local clothes donation spot!

 

3. Throw away receipts, bills and papers

Any old receipts, bills or papers you no longer need – throw away! Clean out drawers, purses, desks, etc. If you don’t need physical copies, try downloading a scanner application on your cell phone and keep your important documentation stored there instead of cluttered around the house.

 

4. Sell unused electronics

Have an old video game console you haven’t used in years? Or how about a digital camera? There’s bound to be tons of old electronics around the home. Some of the best places to sell electronics online are Facebook Marketplace, eBay, Craigslist or Gazelle.

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5. Throw out old toiletries

It’s easy to stock up on lotions, shampoos, shower gels, etc. Unfortunately, most of these items only have a 1-3 year shelf life. If you think it’s been sitting for a while, it’s probably best to toss it.

 

6. Clean out your sock drawer

How many socks of yours are missing their matching pair? Go through your and your family’s sock drawers. Any socks that are missing their mate- throw away (or re-use for cleaning purposes or crafts).

 

7. Go through your e-mails

This may be somewhat of an exhausting task; but go through your e-mails and delete any unnecessary ones you don’t need. This will help clear up some free space on your cell phone or computer. If there’s any that don’t pertain to you anymore, unsubscribe from them, or use a service like Unroll.Me to unsubscribe from multiple e-mails at a time.

 

8. Sort your CD’s and DVD’s

Take some time to go through any CD’s or DVD’s you have. There may be multiple ones you forgot about that you haven’t listened to or watched in years. If you’re keeping them to collect- look into storing them in an attic, or think about renting a storage unit to hold your collection.

 

9. Clean out the medicine cabinet

Many medicines have expiration dates that you may not be unaware of. Check dates on all medicines you own, and get rid of anything that is past it’s date. Try to sort your products so you’ll know exactly where everything when needed.

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10. Toss the Tupperware

How frustrating is it looking for a Tupperware not finding the matching lid? Time to get rid of those! Go through your Tupperware container drawer and toss any lids or containers that are missing their mate.

 

11. Organize your bathroom drawers

It’s easy to just toss items like toothbrushes, floss, hair brushes, etc. into a drawer or two in your bathroom. Get an inexpensive drawer organizer to make accessing your bathroom items easier on yourself.

 

12. Donate old toys

If there’s any items your child isn’t using anymore, the best thing to do is donate them so another child can enjoy the item! While it may be hard to part with some items, your child will move on from some items that end up just taking up a bunch of room.

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13. Throw out expired coupons

Collect all the coupons you have- whether they’re in your purse, hanging on the fridge or in a binder- and throw away any expired coupons or coupons expiring soon you know you won’t use. If you find that you have coupons laying around in various places, gather them all together and put them in a binder, organizer or folder in one spot.

 

14. Finally go through your junk drawer

We all have that dreaded “junk drawer”… it’s time to finally go through it! Many items in there can probably find a ‘home’ somewhere else. Anything else in there not needed- throw away, and set a goal for yourself to keep the drawer not cluttered for the rest of the year.

 

15. Donate books just sitting on your shelf

Look through your bookshelf and see if there’s any books you really don’t see yourself re-reading. Take those books and pass them along to a family member or friend, or donate to a place like your local library.

 

16. Straighten up your shoes

Many of us toss our shoes in our closet, front hallways, etc. instead of keeping in one spot. Gather all your shoes and organize them to keep your home looking tidy. A shoe rack or shelf can make this process a lot easier. And if there’s any shoes you haven’t worn in over a year, it may be time to part ways with them.

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17. Organize your laundry room

If you feel like your laundry room is a mess, take the plunge and work on organizing that area. Think about installing some shelves or buy baskets to keep your laundry products organized. You can even give yourself a DIY project to do- like this laundry basket dresser.

 

18. Work on fixing up your garage

One of the most neglected places in a home is the garage. It’s easy for things to pile up and your garage to become overwhelmed with all your extra items. Spend a weekend afternoon, or take a few minutes each day to re-organize the garage, so you have more space to utilize. Look into plastic bins, shelving units or overhead storage to store all your items.

 

19. Get rid of mysterious/broken cords

Go around your home and gather all the cords you have. Test them out and if they’re broken, or you have no clue what they go to, dispose of them! Any cords you need that aren’t being utilized daily, wrap up together and store in one spot so they aren’t thrown around in random areas.

 

20. Organize kitchen drawers and cabinets

Kitchen drawers and cabinets can get excessively cluttered, so while you’re working on organizing your house, you’ll need to spend some time focusing on the kitchen. Purchase various organizers to help keep items in your drawers straightened out. Discard of any chipped, missing or broken items you find while going through your kitchen space.

Sometimes life gets in the way, but if you take the time to declutter your home, you’ll feel so much more relieved and organized! We all dream of having a more orderly home, and these 20 tips are a great way to make your home clutter-free in 2018!


5 Easy Ways To Store Your Halloween Costumes

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Oct 2017

5 Easy Ways To Store Your Halloween Costumes

Every year, October 31st quickly approaches, and come the first of November- you’re stuck with finding a solution for storing your Halloween costumes. Over time, between your children, other family members, and your own costumes, these items can really build up. And how many times are you searching for an accessory to wear this year that you had worn a year or two before, like leggings, hats, tutus, etc.? Start planning now on ways to store these items to make your life that much easier when next Halloween rolls around! Here’s 5 easy ways to store your costumes and accessories!

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DIY Dresser

If you have an extra dresser laying around, and don’t mind a small DIY project, try making a fun play piece! Remove the drawers, add some paint and insert a rod to hang up fun princess dresses, superhero outfits, or whatever else you may have been saving up! This dresser can fit perfectly in your children’s bedroom or play room, and will help get a lot of use out of the items, versus storing them away.

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Bins

For those with extra garage space or an attic, one of the best ways to store costumes is in bins. These bins are typically inexpensive, airtight and keep your items in great shape, even over time. They’re easily stack-able, and are easy to access. Make sure you put labels on them so you know exactly what is in each one!

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Vacuum Seal/Plastic Bags

An inexpensive way to keep your Halloween costumes organized is by using vacuum seal bags or Ziploc bags! These items are usually laying around your house, and the best part is they take up little room. Stack them on shelves, put in drawers, under beds, and almost anywhere you’ve got space to store! Remember to grab a sharpie and label, including the type of costume and size.

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Towel Rod

Another inexpensive storage idea is buying and installing a towel rod. Like the DIY dresser above, this is a great way to make a fun play area to utilize your costumes throughout the year. Hanging up a rod takes no more than 5 minutes- a quick and easy solution!

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Peg Boards

Peg boards have gained popularity over the years, and rightfully so- these boards make organizing 100 times easier. These boards can get hung up on walls, with pegs inserted into the holes in any order you’d like. Add as much or little as you need to hang up various costumes. You can also add shelves, other pegs for accessories, picture frames and more! Peg boards are super versatile, and can be made to fit any style.

Halloween is filled with tons of fun- trick or treating, candy, pumpkins, haunted houses, and the list goes on. But don’t let all the fun get you distracted from keeping organized! Start making your storage plans ahead of time, so you can sit back and relax this Halloween!


Back To School: 6 Most Needed Storage Items For Your Dorm

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Aug 2017

Back To School: 6 Most Needed Storage Items For Your Dorm

 

Whether you’re an incoming college freshman about to embark on a new adventure, a current college student returning for the new school year, or the parent of college student preparing to help your student with their move- we’ve assembled our top 6 most needed storage items for your dorm. Keeping organized in a small dorm room is key- and these tips are here to help!
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10 Smart Ways To Store Your Holiday Decorations

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Dec 2016

10 Smart Ways To Store Your Holiday Decorations

As the holidays come to a close it’s time to start packing up all of your decorations and gift wrapping supplies. Storing fragile items or large items like wreaths, can become difficult and time consuming if you aren’t prepared. There are many different ways to store wrapping paper, lights, wreaths, and ornaments. Here are just 10 of the smartest ways to store your holiday items this year.

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6 Favorite DIY Furniture Projects

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Oct 2016

6 Favorite DIY Furniture Projects

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Furniture pieces are expensive but a must for your home.  The best way to save money on furniture is to create it yourself. Now of course creating something from scratch can take time and money that you simply don’t have. Do-it-yourself projects usually involve recycling and reusing. Try reusing the old pieces of furniture in your home to create pieces that look brand new! These six projects will save you tons of money while creating a piece of furniture you desperately need for your home.

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1. bookshelf to bench

This is an easy project that gives you extra seating and storage in one. Take a simple bookshelf and turn it sideways. Create a cushion with a board, piece of foam, and piece of fabric. There is plenty of room to slide in baskets and bins in the empty slots. Use them to store toys, books, or other objects in need of a home.
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5 Traditional Items That Can Be Used For Storage

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Aug 2016

5 Traditional Items That Can Be Used For Storage

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Using different items for their unintended purpose is something that most people disregard. Shower hooks are used to hang shower curtains and file sorters sort out bills and other papers. The names of the items pretty much explain the products purposes, right?  Well what if those shower hooks could be used to store and organize other items such as hats?Genius!

There are plenty of items and products that can be used for storage instead of their intended purpose. Here are just five items that people are using to create more storage around their home.

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1. tension rods

When you see tension rods they are usually hanging some type of drapery or curtains, but they can also be used for other purposes. Tension rods are great when storing cleaning supplies under the sink. This keeps the bottles from being knocked over while giving you more storage space below. Tension rods also work wonders when creating storage in the kitchen. It can keep things like metal pans, cutting boards, and Tupperware lids organized.
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5 Space-Saving Tips For Your Dorm Room: Fall 2016

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Aug 2016

5 Space-Saving Tips For Your Dorm Room: Fall 2016

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Summer is wrapping up and Fall 2016 is just around the corner. College students are moving on campus or to small apartments as the semester approaches. Some might have some warped notions about the size of the college dorm rooms before moving into it.

The reality is, however, you never have as much space as you think you will. This is why organization skills and creative storage tips are always great to learn before making your move. Here are 5 space-saving tips to use this semester.
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