How To Throw a Killer Super Bowl Party

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It’s that time of year again!  Nope, I’m not talking about the January thaw, New Year’s resolutions or the best car deals of the year… I’m talking about the biggest football game of the season!  The Super Bowl will soon be upon us, so it’s time to gear up and get ready!  Do you have your favorite game-day recipes ready to go?  How about some football-themed decor and party goods?  And most importantly, are you wearing your team pride in style??  With these tips, ideas and stellar products, your Super Bowl party is guaranteed to be the best on the block!

 

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1. Party Supplies

You’ll want your party supplies to scream football, support your favorite team, and be fun!  But they also need to be functional.  You can go definitely go the DIY route for some things (check out this DIY Football Field Table Cover from Hello My Sweet that’s made from a rug!), but to tie it all together, Overstock has the supplies you need!  You could make a football paper chain or  go all out and create your own football field on the table!  And here’s an easy idea: dress up some mason jars with tape to turn them into footballs.  And if you want more DIY ideas, here’s a football birthday party for inspiration!  Don’t miss out on these deals either:

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1. The Ultimate Sports Fans’ Cookbook: Festive Recipes for Inside the Home and Outside the Stadium (Paperback) Price: $12.50
2. Red Vanilla ‘BAR’ and ‘PARTY’ Serving Dishes with Wooden Tray Price: $34.99
3. Solid Copper Tankards with Brass Handles (Set of 6) Price: $121.99
4. The Football Nut Pistachio Wicker Gift Basket Price: $42.99
5. Petal Shaped Bamboo Serving Tray with Ceramic Bowl Price: $46.99
6. Football Party Snack Pack Price: $39.99
7. Super Bowl 49 ‘Touchdown Pro’ Bamboo Cutting Board Price: $54.99
8. Serat Two-layer Round Slate Server Price: $32.00
9. Brentwood PC-483 Football Popcorn Maker Price: $35.50
10. Bathtub Shape Chip and Dip Bowl Price: $40.50
11. Insulated Picnic Red/ Gray Football Tote Price: $29.99
12. Personalized Craft Beer Pilsners (Set of 4) Price: $44.99
13. Galvinized Cold Drinks Oval Tub Price: $32.50
14. KitchenWorthy Patriotic Chip and Dip Stoneware Platter Price: $25.50

 

2. Deck out the Man Cave

Don’t neglect the most important room during this party – the man cave.  Learn how to frame your own jersey to put on the wall.  Or make some easy treat cans for portable snacks.  And even the kids can make some cool pillows dad would love on the couch!  Whether you’re grilling or chilling, Overstock has an incredible selection of grills, recliners, and ton’s of fun football paraphernalia to make everything perfect.

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1. Burr Oak Foosball Table Price: $759.99
2. LNR Home Senses Tri-mocha/ Beige Football Shag Rug (2′ x 4′) Price: $55.00
3. Barn Owl Primitives ‘Football’ Canvas Art Price: $123.00
4. LG 60LB7100 60-inch 3D Web OS, 240HZ Smart LED Television Price: $999.99
5. Whisky Ice Stones Price: $13.50
6. Home Innovations Stainless Steel Grilling BBQ Tool Set Price: $37.99
7. Party King Grills Varsity 6612 Medium Grill and Tailgate Transport Price: $742.00
8. Fremont Die NFL Game Day Board Game Price: $36.99
9. Personalized Keg Mug Price: $29.99
10. Tudor Games NFL Pro Bowl Electric Football Game Price: $109.99
11. Made to Order Simmons Upholstery Miracle Power Rocker Recliner Price: $654.99
12. QFX PBX-505100BT Portable Batterry Powered Tailgate Bluetooth Speaker Price: $54.99
13. j-me Cozy Remote Tidy Price: $25.99

 

3. Patriot’s Fans

Are you rooting for the Patriots?  You’ll need some gear to show it!  You can DIY football jerseys with freezer paper stencils, crochet a blanket in team colors or make a fun scarf in Patriots red!  Or you could go to Overstock for any of these awesome Patriots items:

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1. New England Patriots 8-foot Team Banner Flag Price: $54.99
2. New England Patriots One Too Many Ugly Sweater Price: $69.99
3. Samba (American Football Conference) Price: $31.99
4. NFL New England Patriots Fan Face Price: $24.99
5. Laser Engraved Serving Set Price: $39.50
6. NFL Football Sports Team Logo Gamewear Leather Bracelet Price: $18.99
7. NFL Licensed Team Logo Jersey Sleeve Ultimate Hand Foam Finger Price: $37.50
8. Picnic Time Malibu Navy New England Patriots Price: $99.99
9. NFL New England Patriots Bow Tie Earrings Price: $12.99
10. NFL New England Patriots Helmet Heater Price: $189.99

 

4. Seahawks Fans

Maybe your loyalty lies with the Seahawks.  Wear your team with pride!  Make your own football helmet, customize it to represent the Seahawks.  Use a Seahawks logo to decorate your water bottle or sew some old Seahawks shirts together in a quilt.  Here’s what Overstocks got for the Seahawks supporters:

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1. Winning Streak NFL Seattle Seahawks Man Cave Embroidered Banner Price: $28.00
2. NFL Football Team Logo Pennant Dangle Earring Charm Price: $14.99
3. Picnic Time Icon Cheeseboards (NFL) National Football Conference Price: $47.99
4. Seattle Seahawks Green Clip Keychain Id Ticket Lanyard Price: $9.99
5. Fanmats NFL Seattle Seahawks 22×35 Football Mat Price: $25.99
7. Picnic Time American Football Conference Sidekick Cooler Price: $65.99
8. NFL Seattle Seahawks 11-inch Thematic Gnome Price: $27.00
9. NFL Seattle Seahawks Thematic Resin Piggy Bank Price: $22.00
10. Game Time Seattle Seahawks NFL Men’s Beast Watch Price: $49.99
11. NFL Sports Licensed 60qt Wheeled Cooler Price: $64.99

If you don’t want to pick sides?  Just whip up this DIY referee shirt and you’ll be ready to go!

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

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20 DIY Geometric Projects for Your Home

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The geometry trend is still going strong and it’s not too late to jump on the bandwagon! Maybe you’ve tried it with your clothing, jewelry, or a few other things, but have you given your home a taste? There are many ways to add geometry to your décor, and it’s probably easier than you might think. While some projects may require a little more brainwork (and elbow grease!), you don’t have to go back to school or even remember any mathematical equations – just pick a tutorial, start with one or two simple shapes, and start creating your own diy geometric projects!

 

1. Hanging Planter

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Use some fun materials like brass and leather to put this hanging planter together. Fill a decorative bowl with your favorite small plants (maybe some succulents?) and place it in the planter for your immediate decorative pleasure.

 

2. Dodecahedron Pendant Light

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This is a project that requires a bit more effort due to its precise angular cuts, but the result is well-worth it and the details are already laid out for you here. Purchase a basic pendant light kit, attach it to your new geometric wonder, and light up a room.

 

3. Photo Display

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Here’s a geometry project that’s quick and easy! Map it out beforehand or just experiment a bit. And if you don’t want to do this directly on the wall, consider trying it on a large piece of wood, in a big frame, or on your office corkboard!

 

4. Stitched Animal Art

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Even if you’re not much for sewing, the simple tutorial for this geometric animal art will convince you to give it a try. You can get canvas from a craft store (or online) in a variety of sizes. Find an animal silhouette that suits your décor and print it straight from the internet for your template.

 

5. Heart Pillow

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Give an old pillow a new look by adding an angular, piece-y heart. Choose some fun fabrics and use the printable pattern provided by Hart & Sew if you’re not sure where to begin.

 

6. Plank Headboard

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This is a great DIY for a thrifty and fabulous wood headboard! It can be made for under $100 and built to fit any bed. Use the calculations provided to take out some of the heavier mathematical work, or design a pattern of your own!

 

7. Wall Décor

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These clever hexagons make the perfect wall décor! Cut from MDF, they can be painted and, according to My Sister’s Suitcase, they can hang using only command strips if you’re worried about damaging walls. And here’s a little tip: you can order an unpainted set of six MDF hexagons (3 solid, 3 hollow) from these ladies’ Etsy shop, GeometreeDesign for a great price!

 

8. Lamps

 

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Another MDF project, Sarah M. Dorsey Designs has already done the legwork for you when it comes to the measurements for these incredible dodecahedron lamp bases. Follow her design and instructions for the lighting, or use a simple lighting kit to make things even easier.

 

9. Hanging Pen Holder

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Geometry can be both visually pleasing and functional when you craft something like this pen holder! All you need is a block of wood, a drill, and some paint to get started. Draw out your own design or replicate the colorful triangle pattern at Remodelaholic. You might even want to hang your pen holder up on the wall after seeing this tutorial!

 

10. Doghouse

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We couldn’t very well leave our furry friends out when it comes to home geometry! Create this amazing doghouse using triangles (sized for your own pup!) as the main shape and add some carefully angled supports to pull it all together.

 

11. Plastic Straw Planters

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If you want to test out the geometric look without committing to a time-consuming or costly DIY, these planters are for you. Why? They’re made from plastic straws, floral wire, and spray paint! Choose a shape and take an hour to put some together – no one will know they’re not the real deal.

 

12. Triangle Accent Wall

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Are you working with a rental home and aren’t allowed to paint? You’ll love this super-thrifty idea for an accent wall! Use contact paper to cut triangles that can be directly applied to the wall without worrying about damaging existing paint.

 

13. Wood Trivets

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A little accessorizing can go a long way and these wood trivets certainly prove it. Come up with your own designs or draw inspiration from the ones seen on A Beautiful Mess. And if you’re not sure about using them to hold hot pots and pans, why not hang them on a wall as art instead?

 

14. Washi Tape Door

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Here’s another one of those super-simple one-hour projects that can change the look of a whole room. Grab your favorite washi tape and map out a design on the nearest door, using multiple colors and patterns if you like. This makes another great project for a rental as well!

 

15. Bear Doormat

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Your guests will hardly want to wipe their feet on a doormat like this one! Trace or draw your bear (or animal of choice) onto the back side of a straw doormat and cut him out with a sturdy pair of scissors. The geometric lines can be burned into the mat, but you might try just painting it.

 

16. Centerpiece Boxes

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These wooden boxes are simple and look amazing with the busy triangular patterns painted onto them. If live plants aren’t your thing, consider filling your centerpieces with seasonal foliage of the artificial variety.

 

17. Painted Dresser

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Geometric decorating has been around much longer than you might think – try a more traditional take on things with a pattern like the one on this Moroccan-style painted dresser.

 

18. Dowel Wall Art

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Here’s a project for the adventurous crafter! Made from wooden dowels and string, you can try just about any shape with the right ambition and a drill.

 

19. Candles

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Little projects can have a big impact in your home too – just look at these incredible candles! Use the printable templates from How Did You Make This? to fold geometric molds for shaping the wax. If you need some help getting started, try a simple candle-making kit.

 

 

20. Concrete Planters

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You can get creative with these planters before and after making them! Because of shipping costs for such a heavy item, the best place to find the concrete mix for the project is at your local home improvement store. Once you’ve made your triangles and allowed them to dry, you can arrange them in many fun patterns!

 

 

 

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Featured image via Remodelaholic

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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12 Fun and Functional Playroom Ideas

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Do you have a playroom dedicated to play and games for your kids? Here are 12 playroom ideas that will give you a functional, organized, and FUN playroom.

Dress Up Corner

Designate a corner of your playroom to act as a dress up area. Put a full-length mirror that’s tall enough for your kids and hang up their dresses and costumes near it. Your kids will love having everything at reach and a mirror for them to admire themselves. Add even more storage with an ottoman that can hold shoes, hats, scarves, and tiaras. If your kids have a lot of dress up clothes, you could DIY this nifty dress rack!

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Window Bench with Shelving

If you have an awkward wall in your playroom with a window and not much wall space, you can turn that spot into a window seat with side by side shelves. You don’t need to pay lots of money for a custom install — pay a visit to IKEA and grab three of their Kallax shelf units. Put one below the window and the other two standing on both sides of the window. Add storage boxes that fit into the shelves and a cushion on the “bench” and ta-da, you’ve got a great storage solution that looks great AND extra seating for your kiddos.

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Art from Kids’ Books

Don’t forget to decorate the walls with lots of art to stimulate your kids’ imagination and creativity. Not sure what art to use? Consider art from much-loved kids’ books, such as Eric Carle. Don’t go ripping up your kids’ books just yet — look for decorative prints of these books. Like this one! Or you could scour thrift stores for used copies of your kids’ favorite books and cut out pages from those.

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Interactive Art

Another great art idea for the playroom is interactive art: something that you can take down and let the kids play with, and then hang back up when they’re done. This truly great felt board is fun for kids to play with by rearranging all the people, vehicles, and animals in the park, but it also looks really nice in the playroom.

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Hanging Clips

Kids create a lot of art and they love to see us display them. Make it easy by adding hanging clips in your playroom. Whenever your kids complete a masterpiece, you can just clip it up without fussing with tape or pins. And it’s easy to swap out older art pieces for newer ones. Depending on how many kids you have, you might want to have two or three or four of these hanging clips, or curtain wire with clips, which is what they’re called at IKEA.

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Hopscotch

Yes, hopscotch is traditionally an outdoor game, but there’s no reason why it can’t be moved indoors. The game is confined in the lines and there’s no real throwing, so go ahead and put it in your playroom! You could paint the lines right on the floor, but an easier solution would be to use tape to make the lines. Paint tape would work great on wood floors, while duct tape would be just fine for carpets. There’s a lot of colorful duct tape on the market now; choose one that matches your playroom’s decor.

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Physical Toys

Kids are physical creatures and they often need space to run, swing, and experiment with what their bodies can do. That’s usually done outside in a playground, but sometimes it’s too cold or too hot to go outside. If your playroom is big enough, consider putting in some playground features, like gymnastics rings, a climbing wall, a swing, a ball pit, or even a slide.

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Magnetic Chalkboard Wall

Chalkboard walls are popular in playrooms, but why not take an extra step and make your chalkboard wall magnetic? That way, your kids can draw with chalk AND play with magnets – double the fun. Use a combination of magnetic primer and chalkboard paint to make your magnetic chalkboard wall. Make sure to stir the magnetic primer thoroughly and do two coats so the magnets will stick to your wall. To make your chalkboard wall prettier, consider framing it with molding or window casing.

If you have texture on your walls, you still can have a magnetic chalkboard wall. Try this great tutorial!

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Reading Corner or Nook

Dedicate a spot in your playroom to the exciting activity of reading! There’s a lot you can do to make a reading corner a perfect place for your kids to sit back and escape into another world. Install rain gutter shelves or ledge shelves to hold your kids’ books, put down a couple of bean bags, and a lamp or sconce. You could also put in a tepee to make it even more cozy. If you have an unused closet in your playroom, you could turn it into a reading nook like this one.

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Glass Jars

Crayons, pencils, pens, markers, and chalk can get disorganized fast… but when they’re organized, they’re often hidden away and kids forget about them. Solve both problems by using glass jars, such as cookie jars or candy jars, to hold art supplies. These glass jars could be used to hold small toys, like marbles, and craft supplies, like stickers and pom-poms.

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Lego Table

Do you have kids who are addicted to Legos? Organize all these tiny pieces with the help of a Lego table and a few plastic bins. There are many different versions of a Lego table, but a great one is this one hacked from an IKEA LACK coffee table. Put Lego road plates or any other Lego base plate on top and organize all the pieces by color or type into the plastic bins. Put the bins on the shelf and under the table and rest easy knowing you’ll never step on a tiny Lego piece again.

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Wall Mounted Baskets

Not sure how to organize the plethora of stuffed animals that’s overtaking your playroom? Put them in wall mounted garden baskets! Take out the lining, spray paint the baskets in any color you like or leave them as is, and mount them on the wall. Put up all of your kids’ stuffed animals in these baskets. It’ll still be easy for your kids to see and if you hang them low, they can grab whatever stuffed animal they want. This is also a cute way to decorate a wall or a corner of your playroom.

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How did you like these playroom ideas? I’m sure you’ll find a few ideas from this list that would be useful for your playroom. What other playroom ideas have caught your eye lately?

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9 Tips for Creating the Perfect Gallery Wall

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1. Create impact.   By definition, a gallery wall adds impact and punch to a space.  An effective grouping uses visual interest for impact.  There are a few different ways you can do this.  You can use frames of different textures, sizes, and colors, along with different mat sizes.  You could also intersperse mirrors, art, monograms, or other items between photos to break up repetition.  Try using unique items paired with items of completely different styles design-wise to create a more eclectic look.  For instance, clean, simple lines on a few frames, a vintage mirror and some industrial address numbers could round out a gallery wall.

 

2. Strike a balance.  Your elements don’t have to be all the same size – quite the opposite, actually.  What you DO need to focus on is balancing your wall.  Placing large items all on one side with small framed pictures next to them can make the wall seem lopsided.  If all of the elements you use are dark and large, the whole wall can feel heavy and oppressive.  You don’t have to use symmetry to achieve balance, rather make sure you break up your larger pieces with smaller elements and space things appropriately.

 

3. Establish unity.  Every element you use in your gallery should be united in the same manner.  Unity is achieved in many different ways, or even a combination.  For instance, seemingly incongruent photos could show your child’s growth over time.  Use items from your vacations to create a travel wall.  Tell a story from your family history with photos and heirlooms.  Unity can also come through the physical appearance, as well.  Use like-colored mats or frames.  If the photos and artwork are from different times, places, eras, and subject matters, print them all in black and white.  Any combination of these will create a cohesiveness that makes your gallery wall look polished.

 

4.  Be uniform.  While the sizes of the individual elements do not need to be uniform, and the spaces between them likely won’t be either, the shape around the entire collage should be.  There should be a clearly defined shape around the outer edge of the gallery wall with no pieces jutting out oddly beyond the rest.

 

5. Fake it first.  Lay your pieces on top of paper and trace around them.  Cut them out and use painters’ tape to hang them on the wall.  This way you can easily move all of your elements around without making any marks on the wall.  You’ll be much better able to visualize the end result with fake stand in items that are impermanent.  Plus, you can place nails and screws right through the paper – it makes it easier to tell if you’re placing them at the right spots, level and far enough apart – and just pull the paper out when you’re done.

 

6. Height matters.  Be sure to hang things at the right height.  Concentrate on the distance things are from the floor.  As a general rule, your focal pieces should be hung with their midpoints at eye level.

 

7. Use teamwork.  When it comes to hanging your piece, teamwork is best!  That way you won’t need to climb up and down the ladder excessively.  You’ll also have someone on hand to tell you if things are straight, fetch items, and bounce ideas off of.  Sure, you can go it alone, but it’s more fun with a partner anyway!

 

8. Play around.  Have fun with it!  Don’t take yourself too seriously.  When it comes to your home and your design, there’s no wrong way.  Make sure to move things around more than once to get a better idea of what will look best.  In the end, go with your gut.  Your eyes won’t lie, what looks right probably is!

 

9. Gather ideas.  There are a lot of templates and layout ideas out there on the internet.  Here are a few to help you get started on your own gallery wall:

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Click here to see how to make a gallery wall out of kid’s artwork!  And don’t miss this creative use of salvaged old picture frames.

Here are some tips and tricks for hanging photos.

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

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13 Transformative Fireplace Makeover Ideas

If you have a fireplace in your home, consider yourself lucky! They are highly desirable and can increase the value of a home. However, an outdated, unattractive fireplace will not do much for you, both aesthetically and financially. How about trying one of these 13 fireplace makeover ideas to improve the look of your home? via @tipsaholic #fireplace #diy #home #fire #mantle 13 Transformative Fireplace Makeover Ideas

If you have a fireplace in your home, consider yourself lucky! They are highly desirable and can increase the value of a home. However, an outdated, unattractive fireplace will not do much for you, both aesthetically and financially. How about trying one of these 13 fireplace makeover ideas to improve the look of your home?

1. Paint a brick fireplace black or a bold color.

You’ve probably seen many brick fireplaces that have been painted white and that can look great, but that’s not your only option. You could paint your fireplace black for a more modern look. Pair it with a stained wood mantle for a chic result!

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Another idea is to paint it in a bold color, like teal. This can feel like a risky choice but it can come out looking just fabulous if the color goes well with your decor! And you can always paint it again another color if you want to redecorate down the road.

If you have a fireplace in your home, consider yourself lucky! They are highly desirable and can increase the value of a home. However, an outdated, unattractive fireplace will not do much for you, both aesthetically and financially. How about trying one of these 13 fireplace makeover ideas to improve the look of your home? via @tipsaholic #fireplace #diy #home #fire #mantle

2. Add built-in shelves on both sides of the fireplace.

A fireplace all by its lonesome on a wall can look, well, lonely. Consider building shelves on both sides to add more storage to your home and to fill out the wall. Your room will also look bigger and taller as a result!

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3. Tile the fireplace surround.

This simple change will give your fireplace an instant update. It’s not a hard project and the results will amaze you. You could tile over your existing tile or go all the way and pull out the existing tile. Ceramic tile would work, but so would glass mosaic tile and marble herringbone tile. Visit a tile shop or a home improvement store and choose from the many options for your fireplace makeover!

If you have a fireplace in your home, consider yourself lucky! They are highly desirable and can increase the value of a home. However, an outdated, unattractive fireplace will not do much for you, both aesthetically and financially. How about trying one of these 13 fireplace makeover ideas to improve the look of your home? via @tipsaholic #fireplace #diy #home #fire #mantle

4. Stain your brick fireplace.

Maybe you want to change the look of your brick fireplace, but you’re just not down with the idea of painting it. You can stain it instead! This fireplace used to be gray until it was stained a more traditional red and it looks much warmer than the before!

If you have a fireplace in your home, consider yourself lucky! They are highly desirable and can increase the value of a home. However, an outdated, unattractive fireplace will not do much for you, both aesthetically and financially. How about trying one of these 13 fireplace makeover ideas to improve the look of your home? via @tipsaholic #fireplace #diy #home #fire #mantle

5. Paint a painted fireplace to look like brick.

Or maybe you’ve bought a home where the previous homeowners painted over the brick and you don’t like the look. You could paint the brick to look like brick! The best part is that you can choose your brick colors, so this project would also work on a brick fireplace that doesn’t look exactly the way you want it to.

If you have a fireplace in your home, consider yourself lucky! They are highly desirable and can increase the value of a home. However, an outdated, unattractive fireplace will not do much for you, both aesthetically and financially. How about trying one of these 13 fireplace makeover ideas to improve the look of your home? via @tipsaholic #fireplace #diy #home #fire #mantle

6. Build a new mantel surround.

With some MDF and wood, you can build yourself a brand new mantel surround to add more visual weight to a small fireplace. I really love the modern look of this one!

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7. Add planked wood above the fireplace.

A nice way to make your fireplace look bigger and your ceiling higher is to install planked wood above it. It’s a dramatic look and you can paint the planks in any color to compliment your room. This fireplace looks beautiful with white planks above a white mantel surround and herringbone tile.

If you have a fireplace in your home, consider yourself lucky! They are highly desirable and can increase the value of a home. However, an outdated, unattractive fireplace will not do much for you, both aesthetically and financially. How about trying one of these 13 fireplace makeover ideas to improve the look of your home? via @tipsaholic #fireplace #diy #home #fire #mantle

8. Put stone veneer over a brick fireplace.

Tired of your brick fireplace? Tile over it with a stone veneer or a stone wall tile and bring it all the way up to the ceiling. This fireplace makeover idea is even more dramatic if you have high ceilings!

If you have a fireplace in your home, consider yourself lucky! They are highly desirable and can increase the value of a home. However, an outdated, unattractive fireplace will not do much for you, both aesthetically and financially. How about trying one of these 13 fireplace makeover ideas to improve the look of your home? via @tipsaholic #fireplace #diy #home #fire #mantle

9. Add columns to a mantel.

This is a simple fireplace makeover idea that works if you already have an existing mantel. Beef up your fireplace by adding columns to turn your mantel into a mantel surround.

If you have a fireplace in your home, consider yourself lucky! They are highly desirable and can increase the value of a home. However, an outdated, unattractive fireplace will not do much for you, both aesthetically and financially. How about trying one of these 13 fireplace makeover ideas to improve the look of your home? via @tipsaholic #fireplace #diy #home #fire #mantle
10. Spray over brass accents.

Brass may be gaining in popularity these days, but brass on the fireplace might not be your taste. Spray the brass away and update the look of your fireplace in just a few minutes.

If you have a fireplace in your home, consider yourself lucky! They are highly desirable and can increase the value of a home. However, an outdated, unattractive fireplace will not do much for you, both aesthetically and financially. How about trying one of these 13 fireplace makeover ideas to improve the look of your home? via @tipsaholic #fireplace #diy #home #fire #mantle

11. White wash your brick fireplace.

White washing a brick fireplace is a good middle ground between painting and leaving the brick alone. You’ll still have the rustic character and color of the brick intact, but if you don’t really love the colors of the bricks, they’ll be softened for an entirely new look.

If you have a fireplace in your home, consider yourself lucky! They are highly desirable and can increase the value of a home. However, an outdated, unattractive fireplace will not do much for you, both aesthetically and financially. How about trying one of these 13 fireplace makeover ideas to improve the look of your home? via @tipsaholic #fireplace #diy #home #fire #mantle

12. Paint over the old tile surround.

If your fireplace has a tile surround you’re not in love with, you can paint over the tile for an easy temporary upgrade. Black is a chic choice, and a popular one at that. Another idea is to do a stencil over the tile surround so it looks like you tiled over it with a mosaic tile! This stencil could help you achieve the look of Moroccan tile.

If you have a fireplace in your home, consider yourself lucky! They are highly desirable and can increase the value of a home. However, an outdated, unattractive fireplace will not do much for you, both aesthetically and financially. How about trying one of these 13 fireplace makeover ideas to improve the look of your home? via @tipsaholic #fireplace #diy #home #fire #mantle

13. Turn your fireplace into a concrete fireplace.

This is a big project, but the results look great and very modern! If you like the look of concrete, you can turn your brick fireplace into a concrete one with the help of this tutorial. At less than $100, this is a great fireplace makeover idea that won’t cost you a lot of money.

If you have a fireplace in your home, consider yourself lucky! They are highly desirable and can increase the value of a home. However, an outdated, unattractive fireplace will not do much for you, both aesthetically and financially. How about trying one of these 13 fireplace makeover ideas to improve the look of your home? via @tipsaholic #fireplace #diy #home #fire #mantle

There’s no reason to live with an ugly fireplace when you have all these fireplace makeover ideas at your fingertips! What other fireplace makeover ideas have you tried or plan to try?

“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!

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Top Motivational Resources for Your Resolutions

Learn how to get motivated to accomplish your goals this new years with a great list of top motivational resources for your resolutions from tipsaholic.com #resolutions #goals #newyear Top Motivational Resources for Your Resolutions

Goals. They are our steps along the way to the best life imaginable. They are a way to start fresh and renew ourselves. They are a way to change the world and change our lives.

But finding and keeping the motivation to reach our goals can be rough. While you may start out with the best of intentions, things often fall flat within mere days. So what about those people who seem to have it all figured out? It’s time to glean some wisdom from some of our successful predecessors. No matter what goals and resolutions you have, there’s something here for everyone.

 

For motivation to live a simpler life:

Zen Habits –  whether you are looking to prioritize or find a little more calm in life, Leo Babauta has some suggestions for you.

 

For motivation to change your diet:

Skinnytaste – Low-fat and low-sugar recipes for every palette will have you healthy in the kitchen in no time.

 

For motivation to succeed financially:

Budgets are Sexy – a refreshing look at modern finance.

 

For motivation to start an exercise regimen:

Fit Bottomed Girls – workouts, nutrition, and fun for every body.

 

For motivation to live happier:

The Positivity Blog – read, succeed, smile.

 

For motivation to be a better parent:

The Self-Aware Parent – Cathy Adams will get your parenting gears turning in ways you never dreamed and open your mind to healthier and more satisfying parent-child interaction.

 

For motivation to make the world a better place:

Tiny Buddha – start with yourself, then reach out and touch the lives of those around you.

 

For motivation to get organized:

I Heart Organizing – From dresser drawers to the family car, you won’t find a more extensive resource for organizing than this!

 

The next time you find your enthusiasm waning, hop online and dig into one of these fabulous motivational resources and be inspired! You’ll be back on track in no time at all.

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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Great Mudroom Round-Up

A mudroom can come in all shapes sizes and colors. Not sure what type of mudroom is right for your family? Check out these creative mudrooms for some inspiration from tipsaholic.com #mudroom #getorganized #organization #home

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‘Tis the season for boots, coats, scarves, school bags and more! If you don’t want your entryway (and your eyes) to be overwhelmed daily then it’s time to think about a mudroom. Don’t have an actual room? No worries, most of these fabulous mudrooms that we’ve rounded up will help you solve that problem.

1. If you’re one of the many families who walk through the garage into your home instead of the front door, then this first is the one for you.

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2. Have you been eyeing those DIY plank walls you’ve seen around the internet but just haven’t figured out where to put it?  How about as the backdrop for your entryway?

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3. For a traditional rustic look, your whole mudroom unit can be made from wood.

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4. Here’s a simple DIY look.

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5. This one is bright and cheery enough to get you through mud season!

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6. Just have a really small space or corner? Check out this mini-mudroom.

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7. Have an old dresser you don’t know what to do with? Repurpose it into a mudroom bench!

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8. Is your pup a priority? This is the mudroom inspiration for you.

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9. This last one shows that you truly can utilize every space in your home, including under the stairs!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

hooks on kitchen cabinets

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.

above door shelves

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.

shelves on sides of dresser

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.

hidden jewelry organizer

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.

key behind picture frame

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.

shelves on half wall

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.

canned food storage

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.

baskets on hooks

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.

garage storage tower

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.

foldout desk

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.

cable storage

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.

shelves between vanity sinks

 

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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.

prevent hard water

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.

dish washing

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.

peel vegetables into bags

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.

Non Toxic Oven Cleaner

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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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.

clear bins

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.

wire racks

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!

corner organizer

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.

bowls

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.

freezer bags

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!

write on fridge

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.

 

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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!

overhead storage rack
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!

storage cabinet

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.

mesh storage bin

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.

magnetic tool holder

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.

pegboard organizer
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.

shoe organizer

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?

 

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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