Fast Clean Your Home – How to Get it Done!

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Whether you live in a one-bedroom apartment or four-bedroom home, keeping every surface and area clean often feels overwhelming. Life is busy enough without worrying about keeping your tub free of soap scum and kitchen floor glistening. Plus, who really wants to spend hours a day cleaning anyway? There are tons of strategies out there to help you get the job done faster. To get you started, here are five ways to fast clean your home that you can implement right now.

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Set a timer

If you’re trying to speed up the cleaning process, set the timer for 15 minutes and focus on one task such as dusting or one area of the house like the family room. You’ll be surprised how much you can accomplish in a short amount of time. Once those 15 minutes are up, move on to the next room or task. This tip can also be a great way to motivate your kids to help out. Having an end point in sight helps reducing whining; plus, they can race each other to see who can complete the most chores the fastest.

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Work top-to-bottom, left-to-right

Cleaning a room from top to bottom isn’t a cliche saying without merit. Arianne Cohen from Woman’s Day says cleaning experts recommend starting at the tallest point of the room and completing your tasks from left to right. This approach will prevent you from missing spots in the room and dirtying areas you’ve already cleaned.

cleaning from top to bottom

Keep cleaning supplies in every room

Keeping cleaning supplies in every room makes it easier to clean as you go and take care of messes as soon as they happen. This also helps break up tasks. You don’t have to set aside a specific time to clean the entire bathroom if you quickly complete a task or two as you go about your typical day.

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Invest in a 50 ft extension cord

Most of us aren’t lucky enough to have a vacuum system built into our home. To prevent having to unplug the vacuum each time you move to a new room, invest in a 50 ft. extension cord. Extra tip: use your vacuum attachments to clean inside drawers and remove dust from shelves instead of setting aside a separate time to dust.

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Use microfiber cloths

Microfiber cloths leave lint and streak free results and won’t damage paint or other surfaces. One swipe across a mirror or window and you’re done. Using these cloths are also a great way to cut down on paper towel costs and be more environmentally friendly. You can purchase a 24-pack from Amazon.com for $12.99 with free shipping for Amazon Prime members. They also make great dusters without the need for any additional cleaning solutions.

 

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Clarissa Fidler is a 20-something trying to find her place in this world. She grew up in Seattle, attended college in Utah, and recently moved back to the Pacific Northwest after spending the last few years in Chicago obtaining her master’s degree in journalism. Clarissa spends her days working as a higher education professional helping graduate students pursue their passions. In her free time you’ll find her reading the New York Times, cuddling with her cat Harper, catching up on her favorite blogs, enjoying the outdoors, or checking out a new restaurant.  If you’d like to read more by Clarissa, check out her blog West Hawthorne Place.

20 Pretty Storage Pieces You Can Buy

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Getting organized doesn’t have to mean you put everything in clear, plastic containers. While your traditional Rubbermaid or Sterilite pieces have their place, there are plenty of decorative items out there that will improve your home’s style and organization. Here are 20 pretty storage pieces you can buy (no DIY skills necessary).

1. Kate Spade Nesting Boxes

With fun labels featuring ‘stow away’, ‘keep it together’ and ‘put a lid on it’, these vibrant nesting boxes have just the right amount of sophistication and whimsy.

2. Vintage Wire Laundry Basket Hamper

While it claims to be a laundry basket, I can see fresh towels in here too.

3. Tripp Container with Lid

With the set of 3 available for only $5.99, I could find a use for these just about anywhere in my house! Coffee in the kitchen, holding odds and ends on my desk, toiletries in the bathroom etc.

4. McKenna Leather Bento Box

Looking for a home for your jewelry? Look no further than these lovely bento boxes.

5. Sundarra Canisters

Sundarra means ‘beautiful’ in Hindi, which makes these canisters aptly named thanks to their gorgeous texture and design.

6. Montolieu Wine Trunk

This gorgeous piece is meant for storing wine but it could also be used to hold other items.

7. Detolf Glass-Door Cabinet

When your stuff is too pretty to hide, this cabinet is just what you need. Use it to display keepsake pieces or collections.

8. La Jolla Baskets

Toys, blankets, laundry — the possibilities are endless with these classic and fun La Jolla baskets.

9. Cut Lace Vanity Tray

Feminine and functional, this tray comes in three different colors to suit your taste. You can use it both indoors and outdoors.

10. Nailhead Upholstered Storage Bench

This timeless piece serves so many functions and even has a safety hinge to protect fingers from getting smashed. Why not throw toys in there to make it into a stylish toy chest?

11. Zinc Oliver Rolling Cart

Cleaning up? Make your storage piece move with you this sturdy rolling cart.

12. Folding Wire Basket

This modern-looking wire basket makes for an ideal fruit bowl. Doesn’t it make you want to go buy lemons?

13. Monarch Mercury Jar

Ooh la la! These jars would certainly make any room from your living room to your bathroom instantly sophisticated.

14. Rolling Underbed Storage with Chalkboard

Chance are your current underbed storage is plastic and not nearly this pretty. Buy two or three of these boxes to instantly refresh your bedroom.

15. Stash Box

Do you find yourself constantly trying to find places to stash odds and ends? This box will do the trick.

16. Storage Basket

Small and sweet, this basket is ideal for holding anything from books to sewing materials.

17. Moroccan Wedding Baskets

Inspired by traditional Moroccan wedding blankets, these on-trend storage containers will add a unique flare to your home decor.

18. Small Nest Multi Tray

From notepads on the desk to make up in the bathroom, this tray will dress up any surface.

19. Mosaic Tea Tins

The vibrant colors of these mosaic tea tins will brighten your kitchen shelf and make tea-time extra fun.

20. Threshold Decorative Rope Basket

Cozy and pretty can be functional too! This decorative rope basket provides great storage for winter items like hats, gloves, and scarves.

 

 

Jennifer Faris is a photographer, writer, mom of 3 littles and wife to a rock star (at least in her eyes). You can see more of her work at www.jenniferfaris.com and follow her on FacebookPinterest,Instagram.

 

25 Clever Storage Ideas

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It’s hard to truly organize your home when you don’t have enough storage to put everything away. Well, now you can solve that problem with these 25 clever storage ideas for every room in your home!

1. Rotating Desk Organizer as Makeup Storage

Grab a rotating desk organizer and fill it up with face brushes, concealers, tweezers, and all of your makeup supplies. Now you can keep all of your makeup in one place and it’s so convenient to just twirl it around to find what you need.

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2. Behind the Door Storage

The wall behind an open door can be considered as wasted space because you can’t exactly put up anything there, can you? Well, this smart behind the door storage adds hidden storage that would be perfect for a laundry room or garage.

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3. Under the Bed Rolling Storage Boxes

Use the empty space under all the beds in your home by building these simple plywood boxes and adding casters to them. Paint or stain them in colors that match your beds and use them to hold extra toys, seasonal clothes, or shoes. Alternatively, you could use a couple of old drawers and add casters to the bottom for a similar result.

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4. Clear Storage Bags

These clear toy storage bags with a drawstring closure are a great DIY project you can do yourself if you have a sewing machine and the skills. Using clear vinyl and your favorite fabrics, sew up cute toy storage bags that can hold your kids’ tiny toys. You could also use them for all kinds of things, from hair ties to makeup.

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5. Magnet Tape Bathroom Storage

Are you always losing tiny metal bathroom objects, like tweezers, bobby pins, and nail clippers? This clever storage idea is so easy: attach magnet strip tape to a cabinet door and stick your metal objects on it. Problem solved!

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6. Magazine Holders as Kitchen Storage

Magazine holders are obviously useful for storing magazines and papers, but did you know they could also be used for holding aluminum rolls, parchment paper, and cling wrap? You could also use them to store cutting boards, candy molds, and any other thin objects you have in your kitchen. Store them upright to save on space in your pantry and cabinets.

magazine holders

7. Toilet Plunger Storage

The toilet plunger is an ugly thing but unfortunately a bathroom necessity. Hide it away in this smart storage solution that can also hold a bowl brush and bathroom cleaning chemicals. This kit comes with everything that you need to build out a little niche with a door in your bathroom.

toilet plunger storage

8. Soda Box as Can Storage

If you like to drink soda, you probably go through lots of cardboard packaging that hold soda. Instead of tossing them, wrap them in decorative paper and stick them in your pantry to hold your canned food.

soda box

9. Over the Stairs Mudroom

A mudroom is a really nice thing to have, but maybe you don’t have enough space for a dedicated mudroom. How about using the space along your staircase? Add shelves and hooks along the wall on your stairs for a place to store your family’s shoes, coats, and bags.

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10. Narrow Wall Shelves in the Bathroom

Shelves above the toilet in a bathroom is common, but have you ever thought about using the wall space right next to a toilet for narrow shelving? This is a great storage idea to hold towels, toilet paper, and other bathroom essentials.

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11. Hooks on the Sides of a Kitchen Island

The sides of a kitchen island tend to be wasted space, but turn them into a cool storage solution by adding hooks in the form of cabinet pulls to hold up cutting boards or screws to hold pans.

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12. Above the Door Shelves

There’s some space above your doors — just enough space for a shelf. In a bathroom, you could store extra towels up there, while in a bedroom you could put up books. This is a great storage idea for smaller homes and apartments.

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13. Bookshelves on the Sides of a Dresser

Here’s another clever storage idea to use on the side of a piece of furniture, this time a child’s dresser! Add shelves, like these spice racks, and drill them into the side of a dresser to hold your kid’s overflowing book collection.

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14. Hidden Jewelry Organizer as Art

There are so many different DIY jewelry organizer ideas, but this one is so crafty because it doubles as art for your bedroom. Mount a favorite photograph on a piece of wood and build a jewelry organizer with plywood and hooks. So pretty and useful.

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15. Key Storage Behind a Picture Frame

Sure, you could always simply drop off your keys into a bowl near your front door, but that’s not exactly safe and your keys can get all cluttered up with others’ keys and miscellaneous things. Keep your keys hidden and hung up nicely behind a cute picture frame in your entryway.

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16. Shelves on a Half Wall

Do you have a half wall that’s just standing there with no purpose other than dividing two spaces into half? Add shelves to it and a new counter top to turn it into shelving storage.

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17. Canned Food Storage on Wheels

Check your refrigerator in your kitchen. Do you have a small opening, maybe around 6 inches, between the refrigerator and the wall? You could build this tall and narrow canned food organizer on wheels and push it right into that tiny space for a whole lot of storage.

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18. Trunk as Shoe Storage

There’s a lot of storage ideas for shoes floating around on the web, but a lot of them can do some damage to your favorite pair of heels or flats. Here’s a new idea: find a cool-looking trunk at a thrift shop and turn it into shoe storage by adding rods to hold the shoes up. This tutorial actually made the trunk from scratch; you could do that if you can’t find a nice trunk ready-made.

shoe storage trunk

19. Baskets on Hooks

If you have some wall space available, attach hooks on a strip of wood and hang up colorful baskets on them to hold anything you’d like, from kids toys to towels to garage tools. When you need to use a basket, just pull it off the hook and put it back when you’re done.

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20. Drawstring Storage Bag

Lego and other tiny toys are always the bane of parents (and their bare feet), so here’s a really cute and convenient storage that makes it easy for your kids to clean up after themselves. This drawstring bag folds completely open to be used as a play mat and then you simply pull up the drawstring with all the pieces inside.

drawstring storage bag

21. Garage Storage Tower

These storage towers are so clever because they can hold your huge plastic storage tubs as well as various garage tools on hooks along the sides of the towers. Instead of losing wall space with run-of-the-mill garage shelves, this storage solution gives you even more hanging space.

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22. Hidden Storage Headboard

Thanks to thousands of DIY tutorials online, you can make your own upholstered headboard in any shape or style you’d like. Why not make one that comes with hidden storage to hold blankets, extra pillows, books, and more? Let this be your inspiration!

hidden headboard storage

23. Fold-out Desk

Do you need a desk somewhere in your home for work or homework but no space to put it? How about storing a desk right on the wall? This fold-out desk easily pulls down to form a nice white desk and folds away to look like a small, simple box on the wall.

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24. Cable Storage Dresser

Sure, you could wrap your cables with rope, tape, or the latest organization gadget, but then where do you put them? You know, you’ll only need them when there’s only a few minutes to grab them and you’re panicking and digging everything up. Put all of your cables in one place in a small dresser and label them. This only takes a few minutes, but it’s oh so worth it.

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25. Shelves Between Bathroom Sinks

If you have a double vanity and not much storage space in your bathroom, try adding a shelf between the two sinks. It will look great even with a full mirror, but you could always swap it out with two smaller mirrors that fit on each side with enough room for the shelf.

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How to Keep Your Kitchen Clean

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The kitchen can be one of the more difficult rooms in your home to keep clean.  A high traffic area prone to spills, grime, and grease, regular maintenance is a must. Keeping appliances and surfaces clean doesn’t mean you have to use harsh chemicals. Baking soda and vinegar provide many green living, natural options. Here are five strategies for how to keep your kitchen clean that you can start using today.

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Prevent hard water stains

To help prevent hard water stains, make it a habit to dry up water immediately and wipe down your faucet after every use. If some hard water stains do develop, Home Guides recommends creating a solution of vinegar, water, and a splash of lemon juice to treat the stains.

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Wash dishes while you cook

It’s tempting to toss all your dirty dishes in the sink while you’re baking or cooking a meal. If you have a dishwasher, make sure it’s empty before you start cooking so you can load dirty items as soon as you’re done using them. If you don’t have a dishwasher, wash and put away each utensil, pan, and bowl as you go so you don’t end your cooking session with an overflowing sink and no energy to cleanup afterwards.

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Peel fruits and vegetables into a paper or plastic bag

Peeling fruits and vegetables into a plastic bag rather than the sink or cutting board makes cleanup a breeze. Real Simple has more great tips for using plastic bags as clever cleaning tools. Green living bonus–if you use a paper bag instead of plastic, you can take your scraps directly to your yard waste bin or compost pile.

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Clean the oven with natural products

You don’t have to use harsh chemicals to achieve superior results when cleaning your oven. Stephanie from Hello Natural has a great recipe for a DIY non-toxic oven cleaner. During fall and winter when your oven sees more traffic, implementing a bi-weekly cleaning schedule will cut down on grease and grime buildup.

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Clean the dishwasher once a month

A dishwasher is responsible for cleaning dishes–so why does it need to be cleaned? Believe it or not, using a combination of vinegar and baking soda to clean your dishwasher once a month will help keep your appliance in good working order and cleaning dishes at its highest capacity. Check out The Kitchn’s great tutorial to get started.

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Clarissa Fidler is a 20-something trying to find her place in this world. She grew up in Seattle, attended college in Utah, and recently moved back to the Pacific Northwest after spending the last few years in Chicago obtaining her master’s degree in journalism. Clarissa spends her days working as a higher education professional helping graduate students pursue their passions. In her free time you’ll find her reading the New York Times, cuddling with her cat Harper, catching up on her favorite blogs, enjoying the outdoors, or checking out a new restaurant.  If you’d like to read more by Clarissa, check out her blog West Hawthorne Place.

8 Easy Ways to Organize Your Refrigerator and Freezer

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Organize your refrigerator and freezer and you’ll reduce food waste, prepare meals quickly, and clean faster. Take the time to organize your refrigerator and freezer with these eight tips and you’ll find yourself smiling every time you open the refrigerator door.

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Categorize food in clear plastic bins

Putting things in bins is always a great organizing tip and your refrigerator is no exception to this rule. Unpack all of your food, especially kids’ snacks, from their packaging and organize them in clear plastic bins. It’ll be easy for you and your family to find what they want to eat. It’ll look great, too! This organizing trick works well with soda cans, just make sure to grab plastic bins that are designed for cans like this one.

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Put extra condiments on a lazy susan

Do you love your condiments? Most people store their condiments in the doors of their refrigerator, but maybe that’s not enough space for your collection. Organize your refrigerator and freezer by adding a lazy susan on a shelf. Store the rest of your condiments on it and you’ll be able to quickly find what you need by just rotating the lazy susan.

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Get extra space with cabinet shelves

Instead of stacking your plastic containers on top of each other and having to unstack them every time you need something that’s on the bottom, use cabinet shelves to gain extra space in your refrigerator.

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Another idea is to use a corner cupboard organizer and put it in a corner of your refrigerator. Put your leftovers or your packaged lunches on your shelves and grab what you need without unstacking anything!

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Store opened wine with a wine holder

If you like to drink wine, you can easily store leftover wine in your refrigerator with this stackable wine holder. This organization tool prevents your wine bottles from rolling around in the refrigerator or taking up space in the shelves on your refrigerator doors. They would also work great for water bottles and glass soda bottles.

wine holderUse bowls to hold fruit

Round fruit, like oranges and apples, can roll around in refrigerator drawers and become bruised as a result. Grab a few bowls and put them in your refrigerator to hold your round fruit. Very simple and clever! Bonus points if you use pretty bowls in bright colors.

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Keep it clean with refrigerator liners

Make clean-up even easier by using refrigerator liners, such as these fridge coasters. Instead of scrubbing the plastic drawers and compartments in your refrigerator, simply lift up the fridge liners and wipe off the dirt. You could also make these DIY refrigerator liners using placemats.

refrigerator liners

Freeze soup in freezer bags

To save space in your freezer, put soup in plastic freezer bags and lay them flat so you can stack them up. This is much more space-efficient than using bulky containers. Put freezer labels on them to keep track of the contents and the expiration dates. You could simply use masking tape and a sharpie to label them. If you’re not sure when your frozen food will expire, check this guide to expiration dates for frozen food.

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Write on the refrigerator or freezer (yes, really)

Here’s a cool idea: you could write right on the refrigerator or a deep freezer with a dry erase marker to keep track of the food you have in there. Another idea is to paint your freezer (or refrigerator) with chalk paint and write on it with chalk. Fun and practical!

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What other ways do you organize your refrigerator or freezer? For more organizing tips, check out Organizing Your Kitchen and Tips for Organizing Your Garage.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

16 Best Garage Organization Tools

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The garage is often a problem area for even the most organized homeowners. Luckily, there’s a lot of great garage organization tools out there that can help you whip your garage into shape and make it possible to use the space for whatever you need it for: a workroom, a gym, or even just a place to park the car.

Naturally, you’ll probably need some shelves, some cabinets, and lots of storage bins in all sizes and shapes to pack up and organize a lot of stuff that you keep in the garage. But let’s move beyond that and see what other garage organization tools are out there and which ones will fit your needs.

6 best garage organization tools

Overhead Garage Storage Rack

Is your garage overflowing with storage bins? Clear some space by putting your storage bins up on an overhead storage rack. This rack can hold up to 600 pounds — that’s a lot of Christmas decor that you can put away!

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Bike Rack

There are so many different garage organization solutions for bikes that the best product for you depends on how many bikes you have and how you want to store your bikes.

If you’re short on space in your garage, this freestanding bike rack will hold two bikes without anything having to be mounted on the wall or ceiling. However, you can still mount it to the wall if you want to thanks to an optional mounting bolt that’s included.

freestanding bike rack

Have several bikes to store in your garage? Try this bike storage rack that can hold six bikes.

bike storage rack

Want to get your bikes up to the ceiling? Consider this ceiling mount bike rack that has a sliding design that allows you to hold up to four bikes. You can slide the bikes around when it’s time to take one out for a ride and then push them together when they’re all hung up to save on space.

ceiling mount bike rack

Portable Tool Tower Rack

Do you have a lot of long tools, like rakes, brooms, and shovels? This portable tool tower rack can hold over 40 tools in a compact space. It’s easy to assemble and can be moved around on casters. Instead of taking up prime wall space in your garage with a mounted tool tower rack, this portable garage organization tool gives you some flexibility in your garage space planning.

Portable Tool Tower Rack

Recycling Bin Cart

Depending on where you live, you might have one large recycling bin that holds everything from plastic jugs to newspapers, or you might have separate recycling bins for sorting recycling items. If you have the latter, this recycling bin cart will help get all of your bins off the floor. Best of all, it’s on wheels, so you can move it around as needed and easily haul it off to the curb when it’s trash pick-up time. recycle bin cart

Wall-Mounted Garage Utility Vacuum

A utility vacuum or a shopvac is a good addition to a garage, especially one that’s used as a workroom. A good vacuum will suck up all the dust and debris that a garage can accumulate over time. But here’s a garage organizing idea: buy a wall-mounted utility vacuum to save floor space. This garage utility vac has a thirty feet hose that can reach every spot in your garage and comes with a pouch to hold all the tools that come with the vacuum. You can hang up the pouch next to the vacuum, all nice and organized.

garage utility vacuum

Small Storage Cabinet

Every garage has tiny items that need to be organized: bolts, screws, hooks, nails, and the like. Or maybe you’ve got crafting items in your garage that need a home: ribbons, beads, etc. Get a storage cabinet that comes with many small compartments so you can organize it all. This 39-compartment storage cabinet will do the job, as well as this 44-drawer cabinet that comes in black or red. Determine how many drawers you need and grab the right cabinet for your garage!

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Mesh Triple Storage Bin

This mesh storage bin is divided into three compartments, resistant to mold and mildew, and is portable thanks to its caster wheels, making this a great garage organization tool. Use it to hold your family’s sporting equipment and simply wheel it out of the garage when you or the kids are ready to play.

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Magnetic Tool Holder

Many small tools are metal, making this magnetic tool holder a really easy way to organize your tools in your garage. Simply mount it on a garage wall and put up your most used tools. They’ll be easy to find and equally as easy to put away.

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Jumbo Storage Dispenser

Do you have giant bags of dog food, bird feed, charcoal, or rock salt piled up in your garage? Organize it all in this jumbo storage dispenser. Get rid of the bags and put it all in the dispenser and simply pull the level to let out what you need into a smaller container, like a bowl for your dog. Buy several for different items and line them up nicely on a wall in your garage.

storage dispenser

Pegboard Tool Organizer

Pegboards are popular in garages, and this great pegboard kit takes the extra step of providing you all that you need to make your peg board functional. The steel pegboard is very strong, making it capable to hold more tools than conventional pegboards. It comes with a shelf, three plastic bins, 15 hooks and brackets, a hammer holder, and a screwdriver holder.

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Mobile Sliding Tool Box

There are so many tool boxes for you to choose from to use as a garage organization tool, but if you wanted one that’s mobile so you can take it wherever you’re working on your next DIY project, this sliding tool box will be perfect for your needs. It can hold large hand tools in the bottom compartment, smaller tools in the sliding compartments, and tiny bits and pieces in the smaller bins at the very top. It’s on wheels so you can move it to different areas in your garage with ease.

sliding tool box
Multipurpose Wheelbarrow

While this wheelbarrow won’t exactly organize your garage for you, buying multipurpose tools like this one will reduce the number of tools you have in the garage, making it easier to keep clean and organized. Instead of buying and storing a wheelbarrow, a dolly, and a bag holder, this multipurpose wheelbarrow does it all in one nice package. It’s a wheelbarrow that feels light even when you’re hauling 200 pounds of landscape materials, a dolly that can carry up to 300 pounds, and an extended dolly that helps you lug bulky items. It’ll also help you move plant pots, rocks, buckets, water tanks, and even hold your plastic bags open as you clean up your lawn of leaves or trash. When you’re done, it folds up nicely and you can hang it up on hooks on a garage wall.

mulltipurpose wheelbarrow

Cord and Hose Hugger

You can hang up your cords and hoses on hooks on the walls, but sometimes they come undone and become a tangled mess. Organize all of your long cords and hoses with this heavy-duty hugger. There’s a handle at top for you to easily carry it around and hang it on a hook.

hose hugger

Hanging Shoe Organizer

The versatile hanging shoe rack isn’t only good for organizing shoes. It’s an economical solution to organize some of the odds and ends in your garage, from spray paint cans to electrical cords.

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Label Machine

Puzzled to see this tool on this list? Well, a well-organized garage has lots of bins packed away. Make it easy to find what you need when you need it by labeling every bin and basket with a label maker. This label machine can print out labels in 14 different fonts and in different sizes, making it a great buy.

label maker

Precision Parking Guides

Afraid that you might bump into your new garage organization tools when parking your car in the garage? These nifty parking guides will help you put your car in the right spot every time. So, go ahead and add more shelves, you won’t crash into them when you have these parking guides.

parking guide

These garage organization tools will help you finally organize your garage and all of your stuff. What other garage organization tools do you have your eye on?

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

How To Purge Your Home: 10 Easy Tips

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Keeping your home clutter-free simplifies your life in many ways.  Hanging on to STUFF — all of the filler we accumulate over time — until it feels like our house might erupt can lead to disorganization, chaos and headaches.  When your home feels cluttered it can cause stress and anxiety, which could eventually lead to short tempers or even depression.

Keeping homes organized and purged of needless items saves you time, effort, money and emotional struggles.  You can host company on a moments notice, find important papers at the drop of a hat, avoid purchasing duplicate items because you’ve lost the first one, and feel more relaxed in general.  And it doesn’t just effect you, but your entire family.  Organizing your whole house can seem like an overwhelming task and it’s hard to know where to start.  Follow these simple tips for how to purge your home and you’ll be well on your way!

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1. Repeat, “they’re just things”  

It can sometimes be hard to decide what to get rid of, especially when there’s an emotional or sentimental attachment.  If you encounter items in your home that you never use, are not your style, or are worn out or broken, do not feel obligated to keep them.  If you can’t seem to let go, try repeating a mantra like “things are not important” or “they’re just things” to help you detach the item from the event or person you truly want to remember.  Sometimes taking a picture of the item can help as then you will always have a visual reminder.

2. 3 Bin Method

You’ve likely heard of the 3 bin method before.  Once you’re ready to begin your complete purge, this is a great method to use.  Find three bins or boxes and label them “Throw Away,” “Put Away,” and “Give Away.”  As you work your way through each room, place any item that’s out of place in the appropriate box.  Be ruthless.  Obvious garbage is a no-brainer, but when you come upon an item that’s questionable ask yourself these questions: Do I need it?  Do I use it?  Do I love it?  If your answer to these questions is no, get rid of it.  If it’s broken, worn out, or missing pieces it goes in the trash.  If it’s still in working order you can donate it — don’t donate stained, torn, chipped, worn out rubbish.  It’s not fair to anyone.

3. 2 Pass System

Armed with your 3 bins, begin at the top of your home and work your way down.  Do a quick first pass of the room and separate everything that’s obviously out of place into the correct box.  On the second pass, do a more detailed work-through.  Focus on drawers, closets, and semi-hidden spaces.  Look especially for problem areas where clutter seems to congregate.  Once you’ve finished two passes of the room, take your 3 bins to the adjacent room and repeat the process.

4. Out of sight, out of mind

Once your bins are full, take care of them immediately.  Get them out of your sight and do not go back through them.  Don’t second guess your decisions.  Tie up the trash and take it outside.  Close the donate box and put it in the back of your car.  If your put away bin is full, set it aside for now and grab a new box.  Once you’re done with your home purge, get those donated items out of there ASAP.  No use keeping the boxes around to clutter things up more!

5. Everything in its place

After you’ve gone through each room, dumped the garbage outside and donated your unneeded items, it’s time to put things away.  Find a specific spot for everything in your keep box.  If there are items left, these will need to be stored for later use.  Separate these and put like items together in plastic tote bins.  Using clear bins is a great idea so you can see inside, and label them so you can always find what you need.  Make sure your family is on board.  Everyone should know where commonly used items belong and make it a steadfast rule to put things back in their places.

6. Don’t wait for eventualities

Don’t hold on to anything for a “someday.”  Your donated items should be given away immediately, not held onto for that garage sale you might have.  Don’t keep ill-fitting clothes because they may work again in the future.  If you have items from a failed hobby attempt — camping equipment, exercise equipment, video games, scrapbooking supplies etc. — don’t keep it just in case.

7. Give it away

There are tons of charitable thrift stores out there that will gladly accept your donation.  If you’d rather not drive your items over or if you have too many boxes or large items to fit in your car, many thrift stores offer pick-up services.  Look online or in a phone book and call your local thrift stores to see what services they offer.  You could also post them to your local chapter of Freecycle.  If you have big ticket items or vintage items that are good quality, make use of Craigslist.  If you’ve never sold on Craigslist before, these tips for sellers will help.

8. Avoid impulse purchases

With your house newly purged and organized, avoiding impulse purchases is key to keeping it that way.  Don’t buy home decor items, items for a new hobby, housewares or toys and games unless you have a specific purpose in mind.  If there’s a designated spot for it in your home and if you love it, then buy it.  If there’s any hesitation about a purchase, walk away.  You can always go back and buy it later after you’ve had time to think and plan.

9. Buy one, toss one rule

If you do buy something new for your home, your wardrobe, your kids’ overflowing toy box, your sagging bookshelf, kitchen or what have you, make room for it.  Get rid of something similar you already have.  That way you’ll be replacing items to reflect your current tastes, style and desires instead of accumulating more and more items that will just lead to another needed purge.

10. Give it time

If you’ve got your whole house to tackle, don’t expect to accomplish it in one afternoon.  Give yourself some time.  If you try to do it all at once you’ll likely just frustrate and exhaust yourself.  Work a little at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed.  Just make sure to remove all items in your give away and throw away boxes EVERYDAY so you aren’t tempted to go back through them again.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

10 Simple Home Organization Tips

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Keeping your home organized can be a real challenge. It can be overwhelming to know where to start. Here are 10 simple home organization tips that you can put to use today.

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1. Vertical Bakeware Organizer in Kitchen Cupboards

Stacking your kitchen pans with the help of a vertical bakeware organizer will make it easier for you to access them and keep your cupboards tidy. The Container Store’s 4-Sort Dividers are a fantastic, inexpensive option that will instantly upgrade your kitchen storage.

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2. Alternative Uses for a Shoe Organizer

You can use a shoe organizer for so many other things beside shoes. Karen from Sew Many Ways had the clever idea to use a shoe organizer in her broom closet to hold paper towels. You could also use a shoe organizer in your closet to hold undergarments and accessories like scarves, hats, and tights.

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3. Bookcase as a Child’s Closet

Is your child’s room short on closet space or is your baby’s nursery in a room without a closet? A tall bookcase makes for an exceptional closet alternative. Remove the top shelves and attach double rods to maximize clothes hanging capacity. Use the remaining shelves to house baskets to keep smaller items like socks and shoes organized.

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4. Matching Bedsheets in a Pillowcase

The linen closet is one area of the home that often seems destined to be a disaster. Not only are bedsheets difficult to fold, storing them can prove challenging. An easy way to fix this problem is to store matching sheet sets in one of the pillowcases.

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5. Dry Erase Marker List on Washing Machine

Sarah Khandjian from Sarah Hearts shared a genius idea to help stay organized while doing laundry. To make sure you or your family members don’t put line-dry items in the dryer, use a dry erase marker to make a list directly on top of the washing machine. Say goodbye to shrunken or pilly clothes!

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6. Color Coded Binders to Store Documents

Using color coded binders to store important documents such as user manuals, medical statements, and insurance information. As an added storage bonus, one-inch binders fit perfectly in a bakeware rack and dish organizer. Check out A Bowl Full of Lemons for more home organization tips!

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7. IKEA Spice Racks in the Bathroom

Follow Rachel from Suit Revival’s example and use IKEA spice racks to wrangle your bathroom products. Bottles of hairspray, mouthwash and other toiletries fit perfectly and at only $3.99 each, you can afford to buy several spice racks to mount on your bathroom wall.

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8. Menu Board for Meal Planning

Creating a menu board to list your family’s weekly meals will not only help keep you organized, it should cut down on you hearing the incessant question of ‘What’s for dinner?’. Cover an artist’s canvas with fabric and use card stock and clothespins to create days-of-the-week markers. Your family will thank you for making this fun DIY project.

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9. Family Charging Station

Create a family charging station like Kris from Driven by Decor to corral everyone’s mobile devices into one place and say goodbye to an endless sea of cords. It’s also simple to change a traditional electrical outlet into a 4-port USB charger to give you even more charging capacity. Check out these easy steps on Kris’ blog.

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10. Magazine Holder in the Kitchen

Not only are magazine holders inexpensive, they offer a wide variety of storage options. Use a magazine holder in the kitchen to store items like plastic bags, foil, saran wrap etc. to free-up valuable drawer space.

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Feature image via Martha Stewart

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Clarissa Fidler is a 20-something trying to find her place in this world. She grew up in Seattle, attended college in Utah, and recently moved back to the Pacific Northwest after spending three years in Chicago obtaining her master’s degree in journalism. Clarissa spends her days working as a higher education professional helping graduate students pursue their passions. In her free time you’ll find her reading the New York Times, cuddling with her cat Harper, catching up on her favorite blogs, enjoying the outdoors, or checking out a new restaurant.  If you’d like to read more by Clarissa, check out her blog West Hawthorne Place.

15 Inexpensive Gift Ideas for Adults

Have someone especially hard to shop for on your Christmas list? They are probably an adult and here are some inexpensive creative gift ideas for adults via tipsaholic.com #gifts #christmas 15 Inexpensive Gift Ideas for Adult

Every year, there is at least one person on my Christmas list that causes me more stress than all the others combined, and I’m willing to bet you can relate. This all-important person on your list tends to fall into one of three categories: 1) this person already has, or is capable of purchasing, everything he/she wants; 2) he/she has great taste in everything and is just plain hard to buy for; or 3) this person doesn’t want you to spend money on them. This list of inexpensive gift ideas ($25 or less!) is meant to inspire you in even the most difficult of gifting cases.

15 Inexpensive Gift Ideas for Adults

For the ladies:

Monogrammed reusable shopping bag – Who doesn’t love a little personalization? A gal can get her groceries home in style with a shopping bag like this!

Flavor infuser water bottle – Even the most reluctant water-drinkers will want to give this a try. Use real fruit to flavor water in a flash.

Clip-on shoe accessories – A blah pair of old heels can be made new in an instant with these flashy accessories!

 

Photo reveal mug – Got a friendship that goes way back? Remind your gal-pal of all the good times with a photo collaged mug that starts out black and reveals as you pour hot liquids inside!

 

For the guys:

Paracord survival kit – Got a man that’s always on the go? If he’s got hiking, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, and all things outdoors on the brain, get him one of these survival kit “grenades” and put your mind at ease while he roams the wilderness.

A themed lapel pin/tie tack – Do a search on Etsy or just a general search with Google. Try searching using phrases like “baseball tie tack” and, if that doesn’t get you what you want, try “baseball lapel pin” in order to get more results. There’s a tie tack for just about any hobby or interest out there!

Smartphone armband – Whether he’s working on cars or working out, this armband and its handy storage pocket will help a guy get the job done.

 This game – If you know someone who’s a bit of a prankster, this game might be right up his alley, especially if he’s willing to give his friends a real “shock!”

 

And if you still aren’t sure what to get… here are a few more ideas that will work for just about anyone:

Personalized photo notepads

Portable iPod/iPhone speakers

Personalized casserole carrier 

Touch screen gloves 

A doorganizer

Bento lunch box

Smart phone wallet

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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14 Easy Thanksgiving Tablescapes

Thanksgiving is a time to be with family and to enjoy a wonderful meal together. Help to set the mood with a beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape. Here are 14 Easy Thanksgiving Tablescapes ~ Tipsaholic.com #thanksgiving #table #tablescape

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Thanksgiving is traditionally a time to join together around a table and share in the color, tastes, and textures of some of our seasonal favorites. All of those things can be enhanced with a classy Thanksgiving dinner tablescape, but after all that cooking, what host has time to come up with fancy table decorations? You do! Take a look at these inspiring, beautiful ideas for easy Thanksgiving tablescapes and put one together for your holiday meal.

 

 

1. Natural Wood

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If you have access to some natural wood, this may be the tablescape for you. The simple cuts taken from 2-3 sizes of stump provide the perfect rustic base for the entire table. They can be used for holding place cards, candles, dishes, and even some of your Thanksgiving foods. A simple pinstriped fabric is used as a table runner and looks great beneath the colored pumpkins.

 

 

2. Natural Pieces with Bronze and Copper

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A mix of natural and metallic elements can be the perfect pairing for your Thanksgiving table. Here, bronze and copper rest on straw and twig-type mats. The copper vase in the center also holds natural branches. Pears and a nice pop of color on the classic white dishes pull the whole look together!

 

 

3. Golden Thanksgiving

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Dip or spray paint the natural decorations of autumn to get this metallic look. A simple strip of burlap down the center of your table can be topped with golden pumpkins, gourds, pinecones, and branches, dotted with candles to really set the mood.

 

 

4. Fall Flowers and Rich Brown

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Rich, chocolatey browns in the napkins and table runner bring the true feel of autumn to this table. Use live flowers in fall colors, tall candleholders filled with gourds, and mood-setting candles as your centerpieces.

 

 

5. Black and White

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Although this tablescape was put together for Halloween, black and white can be a great look for your Turkey Day table too! Mix the bold contrast with a simple combination of gourds, pumpkins, raffia, and pinecones to bring things down a notch. Striped napkins and plain tags as name cards are a great addition.

 

6. Wheat and Acorns

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Dried wheat bunches make fabulous centerpieces, and this table’s focal point is boosted by the wicker place mats under the plain white dinner plates. Burlap and artificial acorns (or real, if you live where they’re available!) add more natural elements. Use candlesticks of various heights to create dimension.

 

7. Metallics and Berries

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Metallics really are a fabulous place to start when it comes to your Thanksgiving tablescape, and as you can see, there are many ways to use them. In this design, gold chargers and faux berry sprigs brighten the room, complemented by gold-trimmed napkins, tapered candles, and a platter of gourds.

 

8. Decorate While You Wait

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Don’t forget the kids’ table! This one is covered in kraft paper and features seasonal fruit and crayons for decorating the “tablecloth.” Personalize each child’s plate with a name card just like the adults. They’re bound to love it!

 

9. Backyard Centerpieces

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Take a walk in your own back yard if you need some last-minute centerpieces like these! Cut a few branches with colorful leaves for vases and gather pinecones to place at each plate setting. Natural colors like creams, browns, and leafy yellows make a great combination.

 

10. All Fall

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There are many little treats to uncover with this tablescape. Start with an autumn plaid tablecloth and follow the directions on Celebrations.com for the creative leaf table runner. Candleholders in various shapes and sizes can be filled with acorns and topped with fall flowers, and pear place settings are once again a winning feature.

 

11. A Throw “Tablecloth” and Nature

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Sweet Something Design calls it a “Charlie Brown” tablescape, but we call it simply fabulous! A plaid throw is used as a tablecloth and natural décor like twigs, pinecones, wicker, and acorns are all that is needed to dress things up. Play with colors and patterns in your dinnerware and napkins to make your settings pop.

 

12. Simple Elegance

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This design uses things you might already have in your kitchen! Overturned pie plates are covered with autumn leaves to hold up candles anchored in miniature pumpkins. Tartlet molds become holders for place cards with the help of small magnets. Keep the rest of the table simple with plain tablecloths, dishes, and napkins for a simple, classic elegance.

 

13. Plank Tablerunner

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A plank serves as a unique kind of table runner on this table. A couple of burlap strips and a centered basket of pinecones and greens top things off and the same greenery is a perfect way to tie up place cards. Give guests something to do while waiting for the meal with a paper on which to write statements of gratitude.

 

14. Crossed Burlap and Feathers

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We’re making a return to metallics here, but with some great additions. A cable-knit throw makes a clever tablecloth and is criss-crossed with strips of burlap. Napkins are printed with gold feathers to match the feathers used as part of the centerpiece arrangement. Make your silverware settings unique by tying them up with twigs and sprigs of rosemary or other greens.

 

 

Featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

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Five DIY Christmas Wreaths

Put your own special touch on a Christmas Wreath this year. Check out these 5 creative Christmas wreaths you can make yourself via tipsaholic.com #wreaths #christmas #diy 5 DIY Christmas Wreath

One of the most wonderful things about Christmas is the plethora of Christmas crafts. If you’re like me, I’m constantly scouring Pinterest for fantastic, affordable ideas. Why not start your holiday crafting this year by making your own Christmas wreath? There are a variety of options to fit the skill set and ambitions of the most novice to advanced DIY-ers.

To get you in the holiday crafting spirit, here are five of my favorite DIY Christmas wreaths. Happy crafting!

1. Pine Cone Frame Wreath

A different take on the traditional Christmas wreath, Dana from Make Them Wonder used an old frame and hot glue gun to make this pine cone masterpiece. This wreath can be used indoors or outdoors and would make a wonderful addition to your holiday mantel.

2. Grapevine Wreath

Follow Laurie from Passionate Penny Pincher‘s lead and pick up a few items from the dollar bin at your local craft store to spruce up a basic grapevine wreath. This wreath can be changed with each season or holiday so it’s always fresh and new.

3. Jingle Bell Wreath

All you need is a wire coat hanger, some duct tape, and 100 mini jingle bells to make this adorable wreath from designer Paul Lowe. Consider adding a fresh sprig of holly and your favorite ornament to give your wreath some extra pizazz.

4. Book Page Wreath

The versatility of the book page wreath knows no bounds. Use decoupage to cover a basic wreath form in book pages or sheet music and then add your own embellishments such as a fancy bow, tinsel, or garland.

5. Clothespin Wreath

Not only is this clothespin wreath affordable and easy to make, it also serves a dual function as a Christmas card holder. Thanks to Jess from Craftiness is Not Optional for this great idea!

Title image and feature image via Better Homes and Gardens.

Clarissa Fidler is a 20-something trying to find her place in this world. She grew up in Seattle, attended college in Utah, and recently moved back to the Pacific Northwest after spending three years in Chicago obtaining her master’s degree in journalism. Clarissa spends her days working as a higher education professional helping graduate students pursue their passions. In her free time you’ll find her reading the New York Times, cuddling with her cat Harper, catching up on her favorite blogs, enjoying the outdoors, or checking out a new restaurant.  If you’d like to read more by Clarissa, check out her blog West Hawthorne Place.

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10 Stylish Office Chairs For Your Home Office

Working from home can be hard at times, but the fun part is you can decorate your office! There are so many options for beautifying an office. Like these 10 stylish office chairs for your home office via @tipsaholic #office #homeoffice #officechairs #chair #chairs 10 Stylish Office Chairs For Your Home Office

There are a lot of challenges facing those of us that work from home but let’s admit it, there are a few perks too! One of which is decorating your own office. It’s important to make sure that your space is organized, inspires you and most importantly that you have a fabulous spot to park your ‘caboose’.

We’ve rounded up 10 of the most stylish yet functional office chairs on the web, some of them under $100 and for those of you who have the DIY itch there’s a couple of those in there two.

#1. The Office Star Dorado – Red (from Target) from $109.99

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#2. Helvetica Leather Office Chair – West Elm $499

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I’m a teensy bit obsessed with leather everything at the moment so this chair just calls to me. My other obsession? Wood. Which brings us to this next chair…

#3. Baxton Studio Bruce Walnut and Black Modern Office Chair – Overstock.com from $179.99

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Are you in the market for something a little more comfortable?

#4. Gracie Office Chair – Horchow $1,199

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Gorgeous, but perhaps a little too rich for your blood? Here’s a couple of fun DIY chairs that will turn a deal from a thrift store into a designer inspired piece.

#5. Kate Spade Inspired Spray Painted Vinyl Chair – DIY from Little Green Notebook (cost of an old vinyl thrift store chair, spray paint and painters tape)

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Find a dingy, leather chair at your local thrift store? GRAB IT! Check out this next transformation:

#6. Restored Leather Chair – the Project Addict Featured on Remodelaholic (cost of thrift store leather chair and leather restore product)

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Click through the link above for even more chair restoration ideas! Do you like the clean look of white?  Here’s a few more chairs you might love:

#7. Snille – Ikea $19.99

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Leave it to Ikea to give a clean, stylish and affordable option. I’ve also seen this chair with a little added glamour and comfort by tossing this faux sheepskin on it.

Here’s another beauty that will be delivered right to your door:

#8. Flash Furniture Mid-Back Designer White Leather Chair – Amazon.com from $148.10

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Do you have a flair for parisian decor?

#9. Ooh La La Swivel Chair – Pottery Barn Teen $359

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A little bit sweet, a little bit sophisticated.

Or perhaps you are more modern and elegant.

#10. Printo Guest Chair – Scandanavian Designs $399

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Available in slate grey (pictured above) or red.

So there you have it! 10 stylish yet functional office chairs to bring your workspace to life.

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Autumn Cleaning – How to Clean Your Home for Fall

It's starting to cool off. Don't let it get too cold before doing some deep cleaning. Cleaning isn't just for spring, do some Autumn Cleaning! Check out these How to Clean Your Home for Fall Tips ~ Tipsaholic.com #autumn #fall #cleaning

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You’ve heard of spring cleaning. You’ve probably done some spring cleaning yourself. But a once-a-year purge and clean just isn’t quite enough to keep most homes really shining. So this year, why not treat your home to a little fall season TLC before the cold weather sets in and the holidays sneak up on you? Bring out the buckets, brooms, and sponges – it’s time for some Autumn Cleaning!

 

 1. Clear out the summer stuff

Toys, clothes, sports gear, lawn chairs, etc. can be packed away. It’s a big task, but storing these items over the winter while they’re not needed means they’ll still be in good shape when it comes time to use them again next summer. Use airtight, sturdy containers whenever possible to avoid dust, insects, and mice.

 2. Clean your upholstery, rugs, and carpets

Do this early in the fall and preferably on a warm day so that windows can be left open to circulate more air as things dry. Hire a service or rent or buy a machine that can do the job properly. Treat stubborn stains by hand first.

 

3. Start prepping your heating system

It may still be too early in the year to turn up the heat, but when that first cold morning strikes, you’ll be glad you thought ahead. Filters need to be changed and ducts may need cleaning. Start maintenance on small heating units and schedule a chimney cleaning.

 

4. Organize the garage

You’ll probably be storing a lot more inside the garage during the winter. Lawn mowers, bicycles, tools, and more do best when kept out of the rain, snow, and extreme temperatures. Make a space for everything and make sure you can quickly and easily reach the things you might still need to use over the winter.

 

5. Wash your exterior windows

Chances are they’ve been collecting cobwebs and hard water all summer. Take the time to clean them now, while temperatures are still reasonable, so that you don’t have to worry about them while trying to hang the Christmas lights in a few months!

 

6. Pressure wash your siding and porch

Before you give your windows a good wash, consider pressure washing (or at least spraying down) the exterior of your home to get rid of dirt, cobwebs, and insects.

 

7. Bring out the warm bedding

The nights are going to get cold in a hurry. Put the flannel sheets on now and fold heavier blankets at the bottom of the bed in case they are needed.

 

8. Consider switching out your curtains

Trading your lightweight curtains for a heavy set of drapes can help to insulate your home. You might also switch window screens for storm windows while you’re at it.

 

9. Check outdoor lightbulbs

You probably won’t want to be changing bulbs in freezing temperatures, so do it now! Rid your light fixtures of insects and grime at the same time.

 

10. Vacuum everything

We’re talking the corners of rooms, windowsills and tracks, baseboards, underneath furniture, inside the couch cushions, air vents, under the refrigerator, and more. Summer (and its bug population) can be tough on these areas of the home. And if you have pets – the odds are you’ll be cleaning up quite a bit of hair that was being shed during the warm months.

 

11. Clean out your pantry

The foods you enjoyed in the spring and summer will soon give way to soups and holiday goodies. Use up your summer staples and take inventory of your other basics so you have a better idea of what you’ll need to add to your stock.

 

12. Do a home safety check

Change batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, check fire extinguishers, look for mold, and do some maintenance on your plumbing. Some areas of the home may need to be better insulated to keep pipes from freezing. Make sure there are no plumbing leaks, especially outside.

 

13. Take care of outdoor maintenance

Which outside chores will be more challenging in cold weather? Cleaning garbage cans, clearing rain gutters, and treating grills and outdoor furniture are all things that can be a bit more pleasant if done while the weather is still mild.

 

14. One last purge

Even if you had the chance to clear out some clutter and hold a yard sale earlier in the year, do one last clean sweep of your home as you put away summer clothing and sort linens. Take one more load to your local donation center and store or toss whatever else you won’t need for the next few months.

 

15. Everything else

Clean your indoor light fixtures, flip mattresses, reorganize closets after filling them with cold-weather clothing, clean blinds, wash walls, wipe down door knobs and switchplates, and dust chandeliers and ceiling fans. These are great things to do quarterly and the start of fall is a serves as a good reminder that it’s time to take care of them again!

 

If you need a few more cleaning tips to get started, try these Cleaning Tips from Organization Pros.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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38 Inspiring Ideas for Family Command Centers

38 Inspiring Ideas for Family Command Centers ~ Tipsaholic.com #family #organization #commandcenter

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School begins and all intentions to stay organized for the year can quickly deteriorate as kids lug home backpacks filled with art projects, handwriting practice, permission slips, sports equipment, and more. Keep things under control by creating a personalized “command center,” where every family member can unload, reload, and store their everyday gear – and Mom can more easily see what, when, and where everyone’s going. Use these 38 ideas to inspire your family’s command center, drop zone, landing zone, organization station, after-school station, or whatever else you want to call it – and get organized for good!

 

 

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Martha Stewart

1. We love this command center setup with its multi-purpose shelf unit for catching loose items, storage, and hanging coats and bags.

 

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Girl Loves Glam

2. Make your own modern organization board with Girl Loves Glam’s free printables and tutorial for making a fun stained backdrop.

 

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3. A great idea from The Container Store to use simple labeled bags to corral gear for individual children, plus some tips on what to include when building your command center!

 

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The Handmade Home

4. This organization station serves a purpose but looks amazing too with its fun abacus feature.

 

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BHG

5. If you’ve got two small areas to use for your landing zone, consider some of these ideas and make both rooms feel cohesive.

 

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Pottery Barn

6. This idea comes directly from the Pottery Barn, and although it’s pricey to buy, it could inspire some fabulous DIY-ing!

 

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7. A couple of simple storage rails or towel rods can go a long way in keeping a small station together. And the corkboard backdrop? Perfect.

 

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iHeart Organizing

8. Use a basic shelf system and some creative accessories (that mirror!) to give your command center some real flair.

 

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The Yellow Cape Cod

9. A hanging tote for each family member makes it easy to transfer items collected during the week to be carried to their rightful homes.

 

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Achieving Creative Order

10. A kids’ art gallery and a fun set of reminder boards? Clever ideas to add to your landing zone at Achieving Creative Order. 

 

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11. Sometimes all you need is a pretty shelving unit and a collection of bins and baskets.

 

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Simply Fabulous Living

12. Industrial baskets and an oversized clock are great pieces to use when organizing on a small section of wall.

 

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Bliss @ Home

13. Don’t forget to add patterns, colors, and fun details to add some great aesthetics.

 

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ScatterShot

14. If you’ve got some free time and want to try something permanent, this is a great command center to add to a home! Check out the full chalkboard wall and large photo print.

 

 

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BHG

15. A mounted pocket for homework, permission slips, bills, and more make it much easier for busy parents to keep track of the needs of each family member.

 

 

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Ciburbanity

16. Give an unused kitchen corner a useful makeover by turning it into your organization station. And framing recipes from vintage cookbooks? Pure genius when it comes to personal touches.

 

 

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I Am Momma Hear Me Roar

17. Get access to some weathered wood from an old barn or fence and follow this tutorial to create a rustic command center like this one. Our favorite feature is the painted clothespin family!

 

 

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Sweet Aprils

18. There’s a lot to love in this landing zone – the clipboards, family rules sign, key holder, chest… And if the frames and accessories you have don’t match, give them a quick coat of spray paint for instant unification.

 

 

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Tatertots & Jello

19. The base for this project consists of two cheap wooden doors. Paint, textures, and patterns make it a fun and functional part of the home. Simply lean it against a wall or screw it down for a more permanent, sturdy unit.

 

 

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iHeart Organizing

20. A command center doesn’t have to be elaborate to be useful. Choose accessories that make the most sense for the space and fit your family’s needs.

 

 

 

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The Handmade Home

21. Here’s a unique idea for helping kids keep track of their daily tasks, all made with plexiglass so the pieces can be used like dry erase boards. And take a look at the simple string of photos and artwork adding some family love to the wall!

 

 

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Beneath My Heart

22. If you’ve got a lot of space to work with this command center will give you some great ideas! A big chalkboard painted onto the wall and surrounded by a simple frame makes the perfect background for a three month calendar and some practical add-ons.

 

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BHG

23. Sometimes all you need is to repurpose an old piece of furniture. This buffet makes the perfect organizational unit for a command center and a large mirror can double as a message board.

 

 

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The Elusive Bobbin

24. Can’t quite find the command center boards and accessories you need? Try building your own with these instructions from The Elusive Bobbin.

 

 

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The Elm Life

25. Make use of kitchen appliances in a kitchen command center! The refrigerator that hugs this wall becomes a great place for little kitchen extras like a menu planning system and cleaning schedule.

 

 

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The Crafting Chicks

26. Keep things simple with a coat hook and clip for each family member. This organization station uses a magnet board and magnetic clips.

 

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LegacyStudio

27. This great find from LegacyStudio is up on Etsy—you can buy one or use it as inspiration for your own single-unit command center.

 

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Ana White

28. Another more permanent unit, this one can be built and customized with these plans from Ana White. 

 

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Shaken Together Life

29. Check out these creative customizations – chore boards, baskets for snacks and school supplies, and a special notice board for Mom.

 

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Just a Girl and Her Blog

30. We love the artsy details and crisp colors of this command center. A basket for backpacks is a great alternative to mounting hooks on the wall.

 

 

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So You Think You’re Crafty

31. This build-it-yourself unit has a great old-school look and the pegboards add a lot of versatility. See the tutorial for a list of inexpensive materials and all the details.

 

 

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Inspiration Organization

32. Helping kids keep track of their own gear is easy when they can clearly see their names (and initials!) in the command center.

 

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The Lily Pad Cottage

33. Dress up a plain dry erase (or chalk) board by adding painted frames to highlight important lists. Another fun idea – magnets stating the days of the week that can be moved wherever needed.

 

 

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Kikki.K

34. The clean lines in this command center really make things feel organized, and Kikki.K gives five simple steps to creating yours.

 

 

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Oh So Shabby

35. Oh So Shabby definitely gets the award for sweetest accessories! We’re totally in love with the idea of using mini-mailboxes to stash each kid’s electronics and the cute flower and banner details.

 

 

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Living Locurto

36. An in-box and out-box for each family member is another great organizational tool to consider when designing your command center. Plus you can snag some free back-to-school printables to go with it at Living Locurto.

 

 

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Clean and Scentsible

37. If you’re looking for something versatile but not sure how to put it together on your own, get some inspiration from this command center, then head over to Staples’ Martha Stewart section here  to pick your own pieces!

 

 

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Achieving Creative Order

38. As the family grows and dynamics change, it’s nice to be able to make appropriate changes to your command center as well. Achieving Creative Order does just that with her family’s wall.

 

 38 Inspiring ideas for family command centers ~ Tipsaholic.com #family #organization #commandcenter

 

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

Featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.

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