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Shelving that’s Beautiful and Functional

adding shelving between wall studs offers more storage & display space

With so much tradition about the type of furniture to use in each room, it’s good that the new trend to reuse what’s old is helping us think outside the box. So before you start searching for new shelving, it’s worth shopping your home because the ideal solution might be right under your nose.

You don’t need to use prefabricated shelf units, book cases, or any other shelves that come in a box. With a little imagination, you can design and create something nicer, more interesting, and much sturdier than anything you could buy. And the more possessions you own, the more... 

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Time for a Makeover? Mudroom Organization Ideas

great mudroom organization makes it easy to store & find things

One of our best home improvement tips is creating a mudroom in your home. Even a small house with very little space might have a spot near the front or back door for a bench and a couple of hooks. With more space, a mudroom can be as elaborate as your imagination. The real value is with good mudroom organization, everyday gets easier.(Read: Family Mudrooms for Great Family Communication.)

Mudrooms let you stow all of your everyday essentials as you walk in the door, before they have a chance to clutter up tables, chairs, and even the floor in other rooms.... 

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A Family Calendar Helps Avoid Confusion

involve your kids in creating the family calendar

With the beginning of a new school year, it takes time to pull together a new family calendar. One parent usually pulls everything together, and let’s be honest and acknowledge it’s mostly mothers juggling the calendar to make sure everyone gets where they need to be each day. It’s also important to make sure there’s still time for family dinners every (learn why the family dinner is so important).

My boys are grown now but I’ll always remember the challenge of sorting out the family calendar through the first month of each school year. Thankfully the school schedule is pretty stable. It’s the after... 

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Storage Tips to Reduce Kids Clutter

storage tips

Clutter just seems to happen, and with kids there’s even more clutter. One day it’s a shoe under an ottoman, and the next it’s handful of crayons left on the dining room table. Before you know it, finding anything is a challenge. But a few storage tips can help you get your kids involved in keeping house clutter under control.

Kids can be clutter magnets. With the toys and school gear, not to mention socks and other clothing items, it’s hard to keep everything put away. That’s why you need a plan to reduce the clutter, and keep it... 

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Yard Sales Are Great for Clearing the Clutter

clothes should be hung up for easy viewing & a ladder works perfectly for this

There are lots of reasons to have a yard sale, and for many it’s an annual event. Spring seems to be the most popular time of year for yard sales. We’re doing spring cleaning and what better time to clear the clutter and get organized. So why do you want to have a yard sale?

You can raise money, and it’s a great way for kids to learn the value of money. Your church or other group you belong to is doing a fund raiser, and invited you to participate. You want to get rid of things you’re not using … and while spring is popular,... 

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5 Tools for Garage Organization

keep garage organization under control with this rolling garden tool organizer

The garage is one of the places you toss stuff when company is about to arrive. And once out of sight, you often forget what’s missing … proving you probably didn’t need the stuff anyways. That’s why it’s a good idea to include cleaning out your garage as part of your spring cleaning. When you clean out the garage, you also want to look for better garage organization to avoid future clutter.

So let’s start out looking at what people tend to keep in their garage, and then we’ll share some of the new products coming out to help with garage... 

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Stop Buying Water Bottles – A Friday Find

new water bottles offer fruit infusion

When we buy more stuff, we need more space in our homes. That’s why everyone wants more storage space. But the simple truth is you’ll keep buying stuff like water bottles to fill the space unless you change your buying habits. And we’re bombarded with so much advertising, that it’s difficult to ignore it, so we continue to buy … 

So let’s talk a really simple product like bottled water and check out alternatives to buying all these bottles. Or maybe we should look at the reasons why we should stop buying cases of bottled water, that we have to carry... 

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9 Ideas for Bookcases, Bookshelves & Books

bookcases can have a hidden door behind them, to a secret room, stairs or ... you never know

When is the last time you went to the library or bought a book? There are days when I get scared people will forget what books look and feel like, and they won’t have bookshelves in their homes, or old fashion printed books on paper that you hold in your hands. Don’t think that will happen?

Think about today’s kids who don’t recognize the phones we used a few years ago, you know … the ones that sat on the desk, hung on the wall or phone booths? In my handyman business, I watched homes add cell phones and now that... 

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4 Easy-to-Maintain Bathroom Organization Ideas

bathroom organization ideas

So much attention is given to the prominent features in a bathroom. Heated marble floors, dual-head chrome shower heads, ultra-efficient water fixtures, and beautiful lighting are important, but there is more to the perfect bath than what you can see. 

Storage and organization can make or break an otherwise beautiful bathroom. While planning whether you want a hammered copper vessel sink or spa jets in the shower, give some thought to how the room will function. Organization isn’t always a glamorous part of the bath, but a well-organized room will make you love it even more. 

Here are four organization options... 

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How to Declutter a Kid’s Room Using Built-Ins

how to declutter with bult-ins, a great home improvement

Toys, linens, games, crafts, and crayons — a kid’s room is full of life, and full of lots and lots of small things. Without a home for everything, those belongings can overtake the room, which makes tidying up a bigger chore than it has to be. And most important, you want to learn how to declutter with storage your kids will find easy to use. 

Toy boxes and storage tubs are one way to house the things in your kid’s room, but they take up a lot of floor space. With built-ins, you get lots storage, but keep plenty of floor... 

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