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5 Steps to Organize Your Closet

Closets are one of the easiest areas in a home to get cluttered and unorganized. Planning and reorganzing can be a little time consuming but worth it. A clean closet allows you to see everything and have better access. So take these five steps to gain your perfectly organized closet.   Step One Designate a certain area, whether it be on your bed, or a corner in your room, to be your organization zone. This is crucial and it requires that you remove everything from your closet: clothes, shoes, boxes, magazines, blankets, etc.   Use a collapsible clothing rack or lay everything out so you can clearly see and sort all the items stored in your closet. It’s important not to rush this process and…

Biggest Home Trends in 2016

Spring has arrived and put pep in our step. Warm weather is an inspiration to put out the old and bring in the new. Here are some of the biggest home trends we’ve seen in 2016, and what we expect to see more of.   Black Stainless Steel It seems that every few years the popular appliance color changes – remember pastel ovens? Today it looks like the trend is heading in the direction of black stainless steel. These appliances will add a very sleek finished look to your kitchen.   Formal Dining Rooms Formal dining rooms are becoming popular again. Not only is this a great opportunity for family meals to make a comeback but it gives homeowners a chance to redesign.   Mismatched…

Brighten Your Home With These Tips

Resourceful homeowners can look past drab, dark spaces to see a room’s full potential. Learn the secrets of brightening up any room with these tips:   Just Add White Never underestimate the power of white paint to make a space look bigger and brighter. A few coats of white paint can take your room from feeling cramped to giving it an open and inviting feel.   Keep it Low Using tall and bulky furniture can add a lot of shadows and take away space. If you’re decorating in a tighter area try using low slung furniture. The lower profiles will give a room a lighter and more spacious feel to it. A tip to try is using furniture that is made with reflective materials and…

Garden DIY- Tin Can Pots

With May fast approaching it’s time to start thinking of gardens and brightening up your space outside. With this tin can pot DIY, not only will you cheer up your yard but you’ll be recycling at the same time! This is a great project for kids (with adult supervision — of course) and also works as a cute and creative Mother’s Day present.   Step One: Get a hammer and nail and carefully punch a few draining holes in the bottom of your can.   Step Two: Take a piece of sandpaper and lightly sand the outside of the can to allow paint and decorations to adhere better.   Step Three: Choose your paint color and decorations. Paint a couple of coats and allow drying…

How to Design a Gallery Wall

Have loads of photos and artwork but not sure the best way to show them off? Try a gallery wall! Use these tips to take your collection and transform your home into your own personal art gallery.   Have Fun With the Layout Deciding where each of your pieces goes on your gallery wall is part of the fun. Before you hammer nails in your wall try laying out a few different design setups to visualize how your gallery wall will appear. An easy tip to remember different layout designs is to take a picture on your phone so you’ll have an easy time recreating the setup.   Think About Placement Be conscious of where you’re planning to place your gallery wall. Try not to…

How to Make Your House Feel Like Home

Some homes just have it. The second you walk in them you instantly get the warm and inviting feeling. Whether you just moved into a new house or your want your place to feel homier here are some tips on getting that “at home” feeling.   Comfy Corners You picked out the best couch or armchair for your space. Make it cozier by adding decorative pillows or a cozy throw blanket to tie a room together and give it a warm feel.   The Collections You’ve Built If you’re an avid classic novel collector, movie buff or picked up a number of unique stamps – be proud. Show your items off. Not only will it give your home more of your personality but it’s a…

How to Organize Your Pantry

An unorganized pantry not only adds chaos to a kitchen but slows it down. Using storage solutions to save on space and categorizing food by type keeps your pantry consolidated and systemized so you can see and have access to anything you may need.   Clean it Out Start by taking everything out of your pantry. You’ll get a good look at your inventory and you can discard any expired items. Place similar items together to create a better organization system when putting items back into your pantry.   This is also the time to give your pantry a deep clean. With everything placed on the counter tops give your pantry a scrub down.   Use Racks Investing in storage racks can be a huge…

Love It or List It

So you bought a house that you knew would need some TLC. Has it turned into the home of your dreams or is it a money pit that doesn’t quit? Find ways to reclaim your house and love you not-so-perfect space.   Fill Spots You Don’t Like With Items You Love If you aren’t a fan of the busy wallpaper in the dining room or the odd shelves the former owners installed reclaim them. Place family photos or artwork over the busy wallpaper to give it your own personal touch – plus your eyes will be drawn to the gallery wall and not the wallpaper. On your shelving, add books and keepsakes to be a welcome display of your items.   Don’t Underestimate Greenery If…

Organization DIY- Organize Your Cords

One of the most frustrating projects to take on is untangling cords. No matter how much time and effort you put into unraveling them they always seem to end up a jumbled mass again. So it’s time to take a stand against the tangle and get your cords organized. With this easy and inexpensive DIY you can get your cords in order. Step One: Gather your cords, toilet paper rolls, duct tape and other decorations of your choice. Step Two: Decorate rolls with tape and other decorations Step Three: Place rolled up cords in the decorated toilet paper rolls. (Tip: try-labeling rolls with what cord is in each one (ex.: computer, camera, DVD). It’ll save you time and energy when you go looking for a…

Simple Ways to Get Rid of Pests

Pest infestations not only cause damage, they can also take a chunk out of a homeowner’s wallet. Here are a few ways to prevent critters from calling your house “home.” Remember, for large infestations, always call a professional. Ants Ants follow the trails left by scout ants. If you find a trail of ants in your kitchen, clean the area with soapy water, household cleaner or a 50/50 solution of water and vinegar. To avoid an infestation: • Keep sweets and food in tightly closed containers. • Plant spearmint around your house. • Place strips of cucumber, citrus peels or borax near any openings where you’ve seen ants. Roaches The easiest way to prevent roaches is to keep your kitchen spotless—clean up crumbs, wipe down the sink and sweep the floor. But, if you’ve already seen…

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