DIY Summer Car Kit

Don't be caught unprepared this summer! Create a summer car kit that will fit your family's needs wherever you go. DIY Summer Car Kit ~ Tipsaholic.com #summer #car #summerfamilyactivities

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Summer is a busy time and nobody wants to be caught unprepared. Your vehicle can be the perfect place to put a car kit you can create yourself. Use these suggestions to add to a basic car kit and get your trunk loaded with everything you and your family might need while out and about this summer.

 

1. Sunscreen

No matter how short a trip you think you’ll be making, it’s always best to be prepared with a bottle of SPF 30. 15-30 minutes in the sun are all it takes to start getting a sunburn. Babies and children are especially likely to need extra protection.

 

2. Extra clothing

Kids will find all kinds of ways to get messy (snow cones!) and get wet (sprinklers!) this summer. Often, it happens while our backs are turned and before we know it, they’re dripping and cold. Keep a simple outfit for each of your children (and maybe yourself!), or, if you’re strapped for space, consider using an oversized t-shirt that could work for any member of the family.

 

3. Bottled water

Sealed bottles of water are always a good thing to carry with you. You never know when you might get stranded or stuck in traffic away from gas stations and air conditioning, and water is the one thing that will keep your body working until you can make your way home again.

 

4. Snacks

Have you ever noticed how a car full of hungry people becomes a car full of chaos? Keep snacks in your car to take the edge off while traveling or to take with you to summer activities. Select snacks that won’t melt in a hot car and can be resealed for later use if you don’t finish the whole package.

 

5. Summer-ready first-aid kit

No summer seems to pass without a few scraped knees. Fill a small first-aid kit with bandaids and antibiotic ointment, plus other summer essentials like aspirin for heat-induced headaches, anti-itch ointment for bug bites, and motion sickness treatments for long drives.

 

6. A picnic blanket

A blanket is a great addition to your car kit for impromptu trips to the park, picnics, and sitting curbside for Independence Day events. Use it to cover a table or create a shady tent for sleeping babies or for curling up at a drive-in movie! It might even be used as a towel after a spontaneous run through the sprinkler.

 

7. Plastic bags

Plastic bags of all shapes and sizes can come in handy while traveling and attending events during the summer. Use them to hold candy from a parade, pack up picnic trash, keep wet or dirty clothing, and much more.

 

8. Bug Spray

Summer is the season for bugs, bugs, bugs! Be prepared wherever you’re at on a summer evening by keeping a bottle or two of bug spray in your summer car kit.

 

9. Wet wipes

Whether you like baby wipes, hand sanitizing wipes, Clorox wipes, or all three, you need some! Clean messy fingers, a dirty dashboard, an unsightly picnic table, and a hundred other things. Keep wipes in an airtight container so they don’t dry up in a hot vehicle.

 

10. Little extras

Pen and paper, a card game, a travel pillow – these are items you don’t necessarily have to have but can be helpful on longer drives. Tailor your car kit to fit your family’s needs and you’ll be on your way to a less stressful summer of activities.

 

 

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 four 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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Top Road Trip Apps for Family Travel

Use a few of these road trip apps the next time your family is traveling and make it easy to find fuel, lodging, fun, food, and more. Top Road Trip Apps for Family Travel ~ Tipsaholic.com #family #travel #roadtrip #apps #summerfamilyactivities

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Gone are the days when road trippers picked up a map and just started driving. In our high-tech modern world we have everything we need to plan, map, and have a blast on a road trip in the palms of our hands. Tap into some of the best travel resources available with these top road trip apps for family travel.

 

1. Waze

This app helps you check traffic conditions, road hazards, and more along your driving route by tapping in to a community of other drivers in your area. It also acts as a map to your destination and has voice-guided navigation .

 

2. Gas Buddy

This app is the best way to find the best prices for fueling up. Compare gas stations along your route or type in a zip code to compare gas prices in another area. Gas Buddy gives you gas station addresses and a map to help you get there.

 

3. iExit

Find out what’s coming up – restaurants, gas stations, lodging, shopping, and even campgrounds – at each exit you approach. iExit acts as a digital road sign for every exit near you and taps into your phone’s GPS to show you where to go.

 

4. State Plate Bingo

No roadtrip is complete without games! Use an app like State Plate Bingo to have a little fun on a long trip. If you’re looking for more ways to pass the time while driving, you may want to check out this list of road trip game apps on Babble.

 

5. Yelp

Yelp is a do-it-all app for finding shopping outlets, restaurants, and services and seeing reviews to find the best of the best. You can also use Yelp to get addresses, phone numbers, hours of operation, and even make reservations.

 

6. Hotel Tonight

When you hit that road trip wall and need to hole-up for the night, Hotel Tonight is the app that can get you a place to stay in a hurry. Hotels share their last-minute availability at discounted rates so you can get a great price, but you can also book a hotel up to 7 days out.

 

7. USA Rest Stops

It may not make for good conversation, but everyone’s gotta go sometime. Find rest stops along highways and interstates and avoid stop-on-the-shoulder bathroom breaks. It can tap into your GPS and guide you if needed. This app may be especially helpful if you have kids!

 

8. TripAdvisor City Guides

Get information on local hotspots and fun things to do, plus restaurants and hotels. Any information that is available for the city, including fun facts and how to get from one place to another, can be found within the app. City Guides can also help you create a kind of travel journal on your phone – just check in and take a photo at each of your stops.

 

9. TripIt

Keep track of every aspect of your trip with TripIt. Compile information and times for hotels, dinner reservations, flights, and other stops along your route. You can also access maps and directions to get to your next destination and sync your plans with others.

 

10. Oh Ranger! Parkfinder

If you’re looking to visit national and state parks and experience the great outdoors, this is the app for you. The Oh Ranger! Parkfinder app has information, directions, overviews, activity descriptions, phone numbers, weather, and more for every park in the USA.

 

11. Free Wi-Fi Finder

Even a low-tech family can use a little free Wifi now and again, and this app will find it for you. Wherever you are, Free Wi-Fi Finder will use your location to give you a list of the nearest hot spots..

 

12. Animoto

No road trip need be forgotten with Animoto. The app lets you take photos and videos from your phone and turn them into a movie complete with introductions, captions, music and more. This one is a pricier app, but it might be worth it to share videos with family and friends as you travel!

 

 

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 four 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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7 Characteristics of Stylish Simple Bedrooms

Take the hassle out of maintaining the decor in your home. Create a stylish but simple bedroom by applying these principles to your next project. 7 Characteristics of Stylish Simple Bedrooms ~ Tipsaholic.com #simple #bedroom
 

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Simple bedrooms can be the secret treasures of a home. While they may not see much traffic from the general public, they are perfect places for personalization and creating spaces that show the true colors of their inhabitants. A lot of flair can be added without complicated plans or added clutter, which is great news if you’re too busy for extra cleaning! Design and maintenance of a great room is easy when you focus on these seven characteristics of simple bedrooms.

 

Take the hassle out of maintaining the decor in your home. Create a stylish but simple bedroom by applying these principles to your next project. 7 Characteristics of Stylish Simple Bedrooms ~ Tipsaholic.com #simple #bedroom

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1. Colors that say something

The colors of a bedroom are critical when it comes to the overall feel of the room. Colors can be calming, exciting, and everything in between. There are hues, values, and intensities for every color. They express feelings, temperatures, and personality. They can be focal points or accents. Start with at least one neutral color and add onto it, but remember that the goal in this case is overall simplicity.

 

 

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2. Texture and patterns

Design is nothing without these two elements! And the textures and patterns you bring into a bedroom say a lot. A bulky knit throw invites snuggling on the bed. Polka dots add a touch of playfulness. A faux-fur rug begs to be walked on in bare feet. Glitter pillows equal glamour. Mix and match these elements to find the right feel for your room.

 

 

Take the hassle out of maintaining the decor in your home. Create a stylish but simple bedroom by applying these principles to your next project. 7 Characteristics of Stylish Simple Bedrooms ~ Tipsaholic.com #simple #bedroom

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3. Statement lighting

The days of ceiling fans and generic fixtures have passed and lighting is now one of the main ways to add personality to a room. Choose lighting that really adds to your style by considering shapes and textures, but also keep in mind the height of the ceiling. The main purposes of the room, such as sleeping and studying, can dictate what kinds of lighting you may need. Lamps and even “twinkle lights” can make great additions to certain areas of the bedroom.

 

 

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4. A great bed

The bed can be the place where many of your design elements are pulled together. A decorative bed or headboard can be one of the focal points of a room and bedding can help to draw the eye. The patterns, colors, and textures of your bedding will say a lot about the style you want to convey. It’s also a place that can get cluttered quickly, so keep pillows to a minimum and use patterned bedspreads and textured throws to add to the room instead.

 

 

Take the hassle out of maintaining the decor in your home. Create a stylish but simple bedroom by applying these principles to your next project. 7 Characteristics of Stylish Simple Bedrooms ~ Tipsaholic.com #simple #bedroom

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5. The perfect rug

Even a carpeted room can benefit from a great rug at times. Pattern and color can be added in the form of a rug and it certainly contributes to the coziness of a room. Consider the shape, size, and placement of the rug to really make a statement in a simple space.

 

 

Take the hassle out of maintaining the decor in your home. Create a stylish but simple bedroom by applying these principles to your next project. 7 Characteristics of Stylish Simple Bedrooms ~ Tipsaholic.com #simple #bedroom

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6. A clean and organized closet

The only way to keep things simple once you’ve got the room together is to keep it clean and organized, and the closet is going to be the number one area for that. A quick purge of papers, books, toys, shoes, and clothing is a great place to start. Once you’ve got possessions under control, you can begin to assign them homes within the closet, whether on shelves, hanging, or placed in labeled bins or drawers.

 

 

Take the hassle out of maintaining the decor in your home. Create a stylish but simple bedroom by applying these principles to your next project. 7 Characteristics of Stylish Simple Bedrooms ~ Tipsaholic.com #simple #bedroom

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7. Personalization

When the main characteristics of a room have been established, the real fun begins. Personalization is huge when it comes to making a simple bedroom a comfortable place for its occupant(s). Take interests and hobbies into account when deciding what to add to the room. A few things can be added in the form of art or posters, collectibles, sports gear, or memorabilia, but remember to keep it simple. If an item doesn’t quite jive with the design of the room, try spray-painting it or modifying it in some way. Before you know it, your fantastic, low-maintenance, simple bedroom will have come together. Enjoy!

 

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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Have Too Many DVDs? Try These 7 DVD Storage Ideas!

Are you looking for a way to store your DVDs that is organized, efficient, and saves space? Here are 7 smart DVD storage ideas that you’ll find useful! via @tipsaholic #dvds #organizing #storage


Have Too Many DVDs Try These 7 DVD Storage Ideas!
Are you looking for a way to store a large collection of DVDs that’s organized, efficient, and doesn’t take up a lot of space? Here are 7 smart DVD storage ideas that you’ll find useful!

1. Store your DVDs in binders.

Get a couple of binders in a color you like and add pretty labels to their spines. Take the time to create a table of contents of all of your DVDs to make it easy to find the movie you want to watch. This great tutorial includes all the steps and materials you need to organize your DVD collection in binders! Each 1.5-inch binder can hold up to 120 DVDs.

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2. Use DVD slips in a basket or a drawer.

DVD slips, or movie sleeves, are a great way to store your DVDs. They’re much less bulky than DVD cases, even though they can hold two DVDs per sleeve as well as cover art. This DVD organization tutorial shows you how to store and organize movie sleeves in a small basket. You could find a really pretty basket or box with lid and display it in your TV set or bookcase as functional decor.

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If your TV console has drawers, you could organize your DVD sleeves in simple baskets and put them in a drawer.

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3. Build a shelf case that’s designed to fit your DVDs.

If you have some wall space to store your DVD collection, you could build your own DVD shelf case. This tutorial shows you how. So much better than using a standard bookcase and wasting a lot of space on each shelf, since most shelves are much deeper than the width of a DVD.

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4. Build a DVD shelving unit on the back of a closet door.

This tutorial shows you how to build a DVD storage unit that can be hung on a closet door! Hiding away your DVD collection is as simple as closing your closet door. If you have solid wood doors, you could screw the shelving unit right on the door. For only $35 and around two hours, this is a great DVD organization idea.

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5. Invest in an attractive DVD organizer.

There are many products that organize DVD collections, but not all of them are pleasing to look at. Try to find a DVD organizer that is easy on the eyes and practical to use. This nice-looking DVD organizer divides your collection by color and it’s really simple to use. You could add labels to make it even more organized.

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6. Put floating shelves on a narrow wall between two doors.

Do you have a narrow wall in your home that’s between two doors? These narrow spaces are often left blank because they’re too small for a piece of furniture or a bookcase, but you could put up DIY floating shelves to hold your DVDs there! This tutorial hacks an IKEA Lack table to make the floating shelves, but any floating shelf tutorial would work just as well, like this one.

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7. Convert your DVDs to a digital format and store them on a portable hard drive.

The ultimate way to organize your DVD collection is to digitize it completely. That way, the only space your DVD collection takes up is virtual space, other than a thin portable hard drive. If you have plenty of memory available in your computer, you could store it all there instead. There are plenty of tutorials online, but here’s a good one.

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“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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10 Creative Ways to Organize Kids’ Art and Schoolwork

Do you love your kids' art creations, but hate paper clutter? Here are 10 ideas for what to do with your kids’ art and schoolwork! 10 Creative Ways to Organize Kids' Art and Schoolwork via @tipsaholic #artwork #kids #kid #art #schoolwork


10 Creative Ways to Organize Kids' Art and Schoolwork
It can be fun to open your kids’ backpacks to find all the artwork and school projects that they have completed, but sometimes there’s just so, so, so much of it! Here are 10 ideas for what to do with your kids’ art and schoolwork so they don’t completely take over your home.

1. Store your kids’ art and schoolwork in binders.

Use sheet protectors to hold the art and schoolwork and organize them with tabbed sheet protectors. This tutorial uses one binder for each child and divides the papers by grade/year, but you could organize your binders in any way you prefer. The important thing is that you edit the papers to choose the most important and/or memorable ones to save.

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2. Organize your kids’ schoolwork and art in a file box.

If you feel that a binder couldn’t possibly hold all the art and schoolwork that you want to keep, an alternative is to use a file box. Create an organized file box with labels and a coversheet complete with your kids’ school picture for each year. Check out the great tutorial for free downloads.

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3. Take photos of the artwork and schoolwork to make a photo book.

Save your kids’ artwork and schoolwork in a box and take photos of them or scan them when you have time, then discard them. Compile all of your photos and scans into a photo book and print one for every school year.

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4. Have your kids give their artwork to their loved ones who live far away.

Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other loved ones always want to hear updates about your kids. Why not make their day and reduce your paper clutter at the same time by having your kids pick from their artwork collection and mailing it for birthdays and other special days? Your kids’ art and schoolwork could also be turned into homemade cards with a bit of creativity.

 

5. Put the best of your kids’ art and schoolwork in a sleek portfolio.

This idea for how to organize kids’ art and schoolwork is very similar to the binder method, but a thin, black portfolio for every school year looks very nice and feels professional. Choose a portfolio that’s archival safe and you can be sure that your kids’ priceless paper treasures will last for a long time.

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6. Use an app to save photos of your kids’ work and share with others.

With a smartphone, you can take a photo of your kids’ schoolwork and artwork as soon as you see them and save them with an app. You can easily share your kids’ creations with family and friends. And then when you’re ready, you can quickly turn all of the photos into a book. Try these two apps: Artkive and Keepy.

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7. Make a photo collage of your kids’ creations.

You can turn a large collection of art and schoolwork into one beautiful artwork that you and your kids will be proud to display in your home. This grid collage is neat and modern and looks great in the kids’ bedroom, while this large collage adds color to a dining room.

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8. Save seasonal art for the next year as seasonal decor.

Do your kids bring home beautiful seasonal art… just when that holiday season is about to end? Instead of displaying your kids’ artwork and schoolwork for only a few days, store them in boxes labeled with the season or holiday (e.g. Thanksgiving) and put them up as decor for the next year. You and your kids will enjoy the memories and they’ll stay up on display for a longer period of time. Then afterwards, you can decide whether to trash them or to keep them for another year.

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9. Take a photo of your child with all of their favorite artwork and schoolwork at the end of the school year.

Keep everything that your kids bring home in a box and have your kids choose their favorites when the school year ends. Put up the artwork and schoolwork on a wall and have your kid stand proudly with their creations. Take a photo and you’ve just reduced a whole pile of paper to one photo. This is also a great way to capture how your kid looked when they made their masterpieces.

 

10. Create an art wall for your kids.

Instead of displaying your kids’ artwork on the fridge, designate a wall in your home to act as a mini art gallery. Hang up their creations throughout the year and make it an important part of your home’s decor.

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How do you organize and store your kids’ art and schoolwork?

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“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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6 Characteristics of Stylish Simple Bathrooms

Keep maintenance low and satisfaction high by applying these principles and creating your own stylish but simple bathroom. 6 Characteristics of Stylish Simple Bathrooms ~ Tipsaholic.com #simple #bathroom

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Bathrooms are some of the most used rooms in the home, whether by family or by guests, and it can be tough to keep them clean and orderly. Simplicity is the way to go, but how do you achieve it while still maintaining a style that fits your home? Get your bathroom together and ready for anything by creating a space that focuses on these 6 characteristics of great, simple bathrooms.

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1. Flooring and walls that make a statement

Bathroom floors and walls can really take a beating – all the moisture and traffic bathrooms get make it necessary to have something sturdy. But that doesn’t mean it has to be ugly or bland! Use color! Use patterns! Board and batten, beadboard, paint, or tile can be great additions to walls, or even a simple piece of art. Floors with bold patterns can inspire the entire room. Find something you love and run with it.

 

2. The perfect lighting

Lighting is everything when it comes to making a simple bathroom functional and giving it a classy touch. Besides adding light for when you’re primping, whatever you choose will say a lot about the style of your bathroom. Look at shapes, colors, and placement when making decisions about lighting. Even the types and colors of light bulb you use are going to have an effect.

 

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3. A great mirror

A single mirror panel on a wall does its job, but a great mirror with a frame or fun design will really add a spark to even the smallest bathroom space! Consider a variety of shapes – oval, octagon, square, rectangular – and see what will work within the style you want to convey. Is it modern and minimalist? Traditional? Whimsical? There really is a mirror to fit every bathroom!

 

4. Everything is organized

Take control of your bathroom, don’t let it take control of you! Start getting rid of the little things that don’t add to the room or serve much of a purpose. Simplify is the name of the game! If you have multiple bathrooms, specify which towel sets and items will be in which room. Start sorting through the drawers and cupboards and clear them out so you can start fresh. Remove cotton balls, swabs, and other items from bulky packaging and be ready to condense!

 

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5. Stylish storage

Make a one-time investment in bins or baskets that are stylish and fit your needs or gather some from around the house. Start assigning your bathroom necessities their permanent homes. Mason jars of various sizes make great containers for cotton balls, swabs, bobby pins, and hair ties. Add fun labels or tags to give things a unique touch and make them easy to find.

 

 6. Guest-friendly

If you’ve ever been stuck in a friend’s bathroom without a new roll of toilet paper, you might know exactly what we’re talking about here. Make your bathroom a place where your guests can be comfortable when nature calls. Place personal items like tooth and hairbrushes out of sight. Keep extras of essential items like toilet paper and towels within reach. Consider leaving a freshening spray close to the toilet. And keep a plunger nearby – it can help to keep embarrassment to a minimum!

 

Featured and title 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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32 Pegboard Ideas For Every Room in Your House

Pegboards can be used in every room in your house! Here are 32 pegboard ideas to show you just how versatile the humble pegboard can be. 32 Pegboard Ideas For Every Room in Your House via @tipsaholic #pegboard #diy #homedecor #home


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Pegboards are often seen in garages, but they can actually be used in every room in your house! From the bedroom to the bathroom, a pegboard can add a lot of function and organization to any space, not to mention a lot of style. Here are 32 pegboard ideas to show you just how versatile the humble pegboard can be!

Pegboard Ideas for Kitchens

A pegboard is often used to hold tools, so it makes a lot of sense that a pegboard can also hold the tools of the kitchen, from measuring cups to pots and pans.

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This wall-to-floor pegboard is a great way to use a narrow wall space as a way to organize cooking tools.

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Put a pegboard above a kitchen cart and put your most-used kitchen tools on the pegboard and the cart for easy access as you cook. Paint the pegboard in a favorite color to make it less utilitarian and more cheerful.

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Pegboard as a kitchen backsplash? That’s pretty clever, actually. You could hang up cooking utensils, measuring spoons, and other kitchen items that you can easily grab as you prep and cook.

Pegboard Ideas for Bedrooms

A pegboard can help organize all the little things in a bedroom, from wayward jewelry to books for nighttime reading, that can make the room feel cluttered.

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If you like to switch things up in your decor when you get the itch for a change, this pegboard headboard idea might be perfect for you.

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This room divider made of pegboards could be used in any room, but it would work great in a bedroom. You could use it to hang up your outfit for the next day or to hold extra clothes and accessories that won’t fit in your closet. Or you could use it in a studio apartment to separate your bedroom from the main living space. This pegboard room divider would also be a good solution for two kids who share the same room but need some kind of separation during naps or playtime.

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Place a pegboard behind the side tables in a bedroom and paint them for a jolt of color. Use them to organize all the little things that won’t fit in your nightstand.

Pegboard Ideas for Bathrooms

For such small rooms, bathrooms hold a lot of stuff. If your bathroom cabinet is too small to hold all of your bathroom needs, a pegboard might be the solution you’re looking for.

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Put up a pegboard in a kids’ bathroom to hold bath soap bottles, bath toys, and towel hooks.

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Pegboards are equally as useful in an adult’s bathroom, maybe even more so. Use a pegboard to organize makeup, lotions, perfume, cotton swabs, and more.

Pegboard Ideas for Playrooms

Kids have a lot of stuff, especially in playrooms. Organize toys and art supplies in a playroom with a pegboard.

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This simple playroom pegboard includes acrylic bins that hold markers, crayons, flash cards, magnets, felt shapes, foam shapes, and felt animals. Acrylic bins are a great idea because you can see exactly what’s in each bin, perfect for kids!

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I love how this pegboard becomes an art piece in a playroom/office! It uses coloring pencils to act as dowels to hold string and rubber bands to make interactive art and two book shelves. So cool!

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In a small apartment, a corner is all you need to make a great kids’ playroom/craft space with the help of a well-stocked pegboard!

Pegboard Ideas for Craft Rooms

A craft room could be a sewing room, a crocheting room, a gift wrapping room, or a multipurpose room where you do all of these things and more. Whatever purpose you use your craft room for, you can design a pegboard to make the room more efficient and organized.

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Can a pegboard look stunningly modern and be a organization workhorse at the same time? Of course. This gorgeous pegboard is perfect for the sewing enthusiast.

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Do you dabble in a little of everything? You’ll love this giant pegboard. Check out the use of dowels to hold wrapping paper, the little shelves that hold paint and glitter, and the hanging baskets that hold pens and markers.

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This is a beautiful way to organize and display your yarn collection!

Pegboard Ideas for Kids’ Bedrooms

A kids’ bedroom has many purposes: a place to sleep, a place to play, and a place to do homework. Meet all these needs with the handy pegboard!

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Hang up your kids’ favorite toys as a way to organize them AND to display them.

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If your kids’ room is on the small side, use an empty corner to create a great study area with a pegboard on each wall.

Pegboard Ideas for Closets

Keep your clothes closet neat and tidy with a pegboard!

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Have a blank wall in your closet? Put up a large pegboard and hang a mirror and hooks for necklaces, scarves, tank tops, belts, and more.

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Men have a lot of accessories, too. This closet pegboard organizes ties, belts, hats, and socks. A simple fabric covers the pegboard to hide all the holes.

Pegboard Ideas for Dining Rooms

A pegboard can act as an art piece for an unique dining room.

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Display a collection in your dining room with a painted pegboard, like this one that beautifully displays vintage wooden spoons.

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If you have a small kitchen, you could store some of your cooking tools on a pegboard in the dining room and make it attractive to look at. Now that’s what I call functional art!

Pegboard Ideas for Hallways and Stairways

Do you have a hallway or stairway in your home that’s blank and boring? Pegboard to the rescue!

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Hang up pegboard to hold art and frames that you can move around and change whenever you feel like it without having to make new holes in the walls!

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If you have a stairway to the basement, make it functional by turning it into a broom closet with a pegboard.

Pegboard Ideas for Nurseries

Everyone knows that a tiny baby comes with a lot of stuff. Organize it all with a pegboard!

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Put up a pegboard above a changing table to hold diapers, wipes, diaper ointments, and more. Don’t forget to hang up a colorful toy or mobile to hold the baby’s attention while you change his diaper!

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Create a gallery wall on a pegboard that you can change up easily as your baby grows up.

Pegboard Ideas for Entryways

An entryway can easily become cluttered with shoes, coats, hats, and other miscellaneous items. A well-designed pegboard can solve this problem.

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Create a multifunctional command center for your entryway with a pegboard, a magnetic chalkboard, and hooks for hats and coats.

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Make a simple pegboard coat rack and add cross stitching for an unique look.

Pegboard Ideas for Laundry Rooms

Maximize the space in a small laundry room with a pegboard!

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Put a pegboard on the wall behind your laundry room door to hold cleaning supplies. So smart.

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Is your laundry room unfinished, with cinder block walls and exposed pipes? Cover it all up with a stenciled pegboard.

Pegboard Ideas for Pantries

Not all of us have a walk-in pantry. Make good use of awkward spaces in your pantry with the help of a well-placed pegboard.

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Do you have a small blank spot in your pantry? Cut a pegboard to fit and use it to hang up cookie cutters!

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Many pantries have a lot of wasted vertical space above the top shelf. Put up pegboard there and hang up kitchen tools.

Pegboard Idea for Garages

You’ve probably already seen many pegboard ideas for the garage that organize power tools and yard tools, but did you know that pegboard can be used to organize sports equipment?

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If you’ve got a household full of athletes, putting up pegboard in your garage might be a great way to organize all of your sports equipment!

It’s amazing how useful a pegboard can be. And they’re so economical, too! Quick, run to your nearest home improvement store and stock up on them! You can get them in squares or have a large pegboard cut to fit your space.

For more organization ideas, check out 16 Best Garage Organization Tools and Get Your Wrapping Under Wraps: 24 Clever Gift Wrap Organization Ideas.

 

“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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The 5 Steps of Simplified Home Decorating

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If you’re a believer in the principal of “less is more,” you may have already looked into making lifestyle changes that will leave more time for the things in life you really value. But have you considered making changes to your home décor? Test the waters of a simpler style by using these minimalist home decorating basics to pare down the unnecessary in your house and maximize your free time.

 

1. Define the purpose

In a simplified home, every room and space has a defined purpose. If your bathroom is housing your pile of laundry or your living room has become a toy bin, it’s time to make a change. Decide what each room’s function will be. Within the room, decide what spaces and surfaces will house which items. If you’ve allowed your bedside table to become a desk with discarded mail and pens, clear the surface and start fresh. Give each item a specific place in the house.

 

2. Minimize clutter

The second thing that needs to be taken care of when simplifying your décor is cutting back on clutter so that there are fewer things to find “homes” for in a room. The less you own, the less you’ll need in the way of storage baskets, bins, and shelves. Keep the things that will add the most to your theme or style. Keep things that can be used throughout the year so that you don’t need to worry about swapping them with the seasons. Keep things that serve a purpose.

 

3. Minimize furniture

Do you really need two end tables plus a coffee table? Two bookshelves? Now that you’ve cut back on possessions, you probably don’t need as many surfaces and places to store them. Keep what is functional and adds to the style you are trying to convey and consider getting rid of the rest.

 

4. Make a statement

Just because you’re purging the extra stuff doesn’t mean your home has to be empty and boring. Rather than having many smaller items that take lots of time to clean and swap when seasons change, use a few larger ones to make your style statement. Bright colors, interesting pieces of furniture, rich textures, and large pieces of art are foundational in a simplistic style.

 

5. Don’t be afraid of space

Once you’ve cleared your home of the unnecessary, you may find it feels a little bare. Don’t let it scare you! Keep the space. You have more room now! More room to breathe, to move, to invite friends over. And you’ll have more time too, because you’ve already removed the things that needed constant organizing, dusting, and cleaning out. Fill this new space in your home and your schedule with fun, family, friends, and living a life you love.

 

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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8 Practical (and Stylish) Uses for Trays Around the House

Can't pass up a pretty tray? Here are 8 uses for trays around the house, from the bathroom to the kitchen. Read on to see just how useful a tray can be! 8 Practical (and Stylish) Uses for Trays Around the House via tipsaholic.com #trays #home #homedecor #decorations #interiordesign


8 Practical (and Stylish) Uses for Trays Around the House
There are so many beautiful trays out there in stores and DIY tray ideas in the land of Pinterest, but there’s only so many ways you can use a tray, right? Well, here are 8 uses for trays around the house, some of which you might not have thought of! Read on to see just how useful a tray can be and you might want to immediately buy or DIY a new tray for your home!

1. Put a tray on your nightstand.

A chic tray will be right at home on top of a nightstand. In it, you can put your nighttime reads, your jewelry, and any lotions you like to put on before bedtime. Even if you load up your nightstand tray with random items like vitamins and cups, it’ll all look organized when contained in one tray that partially hides the mess.

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If you need a temporary nightstand until you find the perfect one or for your guest room, you could put a tray on top of a luggage rack!

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2. Hold all of your remotes in one tray.

If you have several remotes for the various entertainment devices, such as your TV, your Roku device, your DVD player, and a game player, you might misplace one or two of your remotes on a daily basis. If that’s happening to you, try designating a tray to hold all of your remotes in one place.

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The obvious place to put a tray for your remotes is on (or in) your coffee table, but you could also put the tray in a TV set or on a side table.

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Or you could even put your remote tray under your sofa!

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3. Organize your bathroom clutter in a tray.

Do you often find that your bathroom vanity and sinks are covered with your makeup, perfumes, lotions, toothbrushes, and other bathroom items? Try putting a tray on your bathroom vanity to hold your most used items. It will look less messy while still keeping everything you need available at your fingertips.

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Here’s another example of how a tray can organize the space on your bathroom vanity. If you love makeup, you could put all of your makeup supplies in one pretty tray. Add small bowls on the tray to organize your supplies even more.

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Don’t have enough countertop space on your bathroom vanity for a tray? You could put a tray on the toilet tank!

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4. Reduce visual clutter in your kitchen with a tray or two.

Look around your kitchen. Are there several small items that are all over the kitchen countertop? Things like salt and pepper shakes, wooden utensils, measuring tools, spices, and other things that you use daily can all be corralled in a tray.

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See how three separate and different utensil containers instantly look grouped together and organized when they’re simply put in the same tray?

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Here’s another great example of a tray in a kitchen. If you cook with a lot of different oils and spices, put them all in one tray (or basket) next to your stove.

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5. Toss your paper clutter into a tray.

One of the secrets to controlling paper clutter is to go through your mail as soon as you bring it into your home. Have a tray ready in your entryway, your kitchen, or your office to hold the documents that you need to follow through with.

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Even if you just can’t manage to go through your mail right away, simply having a mail tray will help reduce your paper clutter. Just drop your mail into the tray and open them all in one place when you have time. It’ll still look much better than piles and piles of mail all over your kitchen countertop.

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6. Put your most-used office supplies in a tray.

Office supplies, from staples to paper clips, can overtake a small desk if you don’t have that many drawers to organize all the stuff. Find a stylish tray and put it on your desk to hold all of your office supplies and you’ll instantly feel much more organized and productive.

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7. Place a tray on your entryway table to hold keys, sunglasses, phones, and other miscellaneous items.

If you or other people living with you like to empty their pockets when they come into your home, having a tray available for all of the stuff will keep everything looking organized and neat.

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You could also charge all of your household’s phones and devices on a tray in your entryway. Keep it all in one spot and nobody will forget their phone as they’re rushing out of the door in the morning!

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8. Use a tray to set up a bar.

A bar cart is a very trendy home decor item, but you don’t have to have a fancy bar cart to display your liquor or to host a fun cocktail party. Put a tray on a table and put all of your favorite liquors in one spot — it’ll look like a party is about to begin!

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An acrylic tray is the perfect choice to show off your favorite liquors!

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You could have a tray for every room in your home and easily find a use for each of your trays! What other ways do you like to decorate or/and organize with trays?

 

For more organizing ideas, check out 11 Ways to Organize the Little Things.

 

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“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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7 Steps to Reaching Your Goals

  Achieving the goals you set can be hard. Put your failures behind you and set yourself on the path to success with these 7 steps for reaching your goals. 7 Steps to Reaching Your Goals ~ Tipsaholic.com #goals #resolutions #achievement

 

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Making goals is easy, but reaching them is tough, and all the planning in the world won’t make a difference until you take the first step. These seven steps are sure to put you on the path to success, even if you’ve had trouble reaching your goals in the past. Start today and these guidelines will help you keep your motivation up and your eyes on the prize.

 

Make goals you actually want to reach

You’ll be setting yourself up for failure if you aren’t excited about your goal. Make sure it’s something you really want and you’re really ready for, and that you know what you’re going to have to do to reach it. Make sure to not make so many goals that you can’t spare the time each goal requires.

 

Start small

Try not to put your focus on the “ultimate” version of your goal. If you want to start exercising, don’t try to go from no exercise to an hour of exercise each day, or you’ll quickly lose your motivation. Start so small that you can’t possibly find a reason to say “no.” Choose a simple exercise and plan to do it for just five minutes. You can start working up once it becomes a daily habit.

 

Take it one step at a time

Don’t try to tackle every aspect of your goal at once. If you make a goal to eat healthy, don’t immediately eliminate everything unhealthy – you’re sure to feel deprived, which is likely to lead to strong cravings, which are likely to lead to binges. Start by removing one type of food and then another in a month or so when you’ve had time to adjust.

 

Make a schedule

You’ll need to make a schedule if your goal requires time outside of your normal daily activities, or it just won’t happen. Sit down and figure out where in your day you can fit a few minutes to work on your goal. Before bed? After work? Could you get up a little earlier? Pencil it in and don’t let other things take priority over it.

 

Carry some kind of reminder

Sometimes you might just need a little reminder to keep you focused on your goal. Buy a special bracelet, leave a post it note on your mirror, add a sticker to the corner of your phone, or even just put a rubberband around your wrist – anything that you can use to represent your efforts and become a visual support whenever you find yourself slipping.

 

Make it fun

No matter the goal, you’re not likely to continue if you’re not having fun along the way. If your goal is to learn to cook, don’t just read books about it or watch cooking shows all day. Get up and try it. Make your own tutorial. Teach someone else the process. Take pictures of your progress. Celebrate your successes with little rewards. Whatever it takes to keep you interested!

 

Keep track of your progress and reward your wins

You won’t know how close you are to your goal unless you keep track of your progress. Use a journal, a chart on the wall, a document on your computer, or an app on your phone as visual reminders of your success. If you’ve broken your goal into smaller parts as suggested above, reward yourself when you reach each of them! Get that scarf you’ve been dying to buy when you lose five pounds or have a girls’ night out when you finish your first 10-mile bike ride. These things will keep you motivated and working towards your larger goals until, at long last, you reach them.

 

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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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

Great Mudroom Round-Up

 

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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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25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kids

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Whether you have one kid or 8, toys  can quickly take over your home!  Finding a functional, stylish, child-friendly solution to toy storage can be difficult – not to mention pricey.  There’s also the added issue of finding room for storage pieces that are large enough to accommodate all the kid clutter . Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can cut costs, including reusing old or found items, shopping thrift stores, flea markets and rummage sales, utilizing common storage in uncommon ways, and considering underused storage spaces (like walls, doors backs, etc.).  If you need some ideas for wrangling the toy mess, we’ve got you covered!  Here are 25 fun toy storage ideas that are bound to have you thinking outside the toy box!

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsUpholstered Bucket Storage Ottoman, Killer B. Design – Repurpose a galvanized tub with mdf, foam and fabric to create storage that doubles as an ottoman!  Not only is this a green project, but it’s multifunctional and pretty to boot.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsRolling Under-bed Storage, That’s My Letter – This is a simple build from plywood and castors.  The great thing about this storage is that it easily slides completely out of view into an totally unused space – under the bed!  It keeps things organized and tucked away.  Plus it’s easy to build and personalize to your decor.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsHanging Fruit Basket, 8FootSix – In this case, the hanging tiered fruit basket is suspended from a shower curtain rod for bath toy storage – which is a clever enough idea on its own.  But this could easily translate into bedroom storage – in the closet or from a hook on the ceiling.  It’s simple and inexpensive and has an industrial feel.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsPlastic Tote turned Toy Box, Creative Dominican – Using an inexpensive rubbermaid tote for storage?  You can glam that up to look like a fancy pants, custom built toy box in no time!  Cover it with fabric and add some fence post caps for feet!  It’s inexpensive and can hold lots of toys.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsPlastic Tote turned Basket, Happy Go Lucky – Here’s another large plastic tote idea!  Get the look of an oversized, expensive, lined basket by wrapping the bin with jute twine!  Add castors for even more functionality and style.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsPeek-A-Boo Bags, Tiny Sidekick – Here’s a storage solution you can sew yourself.  These bags are super handy for keeping small toys together by category.  It’s easy for the kids to see what goes where and you can hang them, place them in a drawer or box, or line them up on a shelf.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsCrate Bench, Operation Home – Turn old (or new) crates into a trendy storage bench!  Kids will have a place to store toys and books PLUS plenty of seating when playing!  It’s a fairly easy build and requires basic materials.  You can paint or stain it to match decor – or make it shorter or longer to accommodate the size of the room!

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsAntique Tool Box, Better Homes and Gardens – This is a prime example of thinking outside the box and utilizing common storage in an uncommon way!  Large stand alone tool boxes are typically found in the garage, but when you bring it into a play room or kids bedroom, it can be great for storing toys!  Not only does it have a vintage industrial feel that is popular right now, but they can be found at thrift stores and flea markets for a fraction of normal toy storage prices.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsAntique Crate Floating Shelves, Babble – Turn an old crate on its side and attach it to the wall.  You’ve got instant floating shelves for all sorts of storage needs!  If your crate has separate compartments, even better!  You can store small toys in their own slots for even more organization.  The plus with this one is that these crates are relatively easy to find and inexpensive.  Plus, you’re utilizing wall space, keeping your floors clear for playing!

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsRolling Crate Bench, This Little Street – I don’t need to point out all the awesome functions for this little upcycled project, do I??  It’s a storage box for toys!  It’s a window seat for reading!  It’s a footstool to kick up your feet and relax!  Plus, it rolls anywhere you need it – and can even roll out of sight when necessary.  Pick your own look – with fabrics, paint, stain or natural wood – to match it to your room.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsStuffed Animal Net, A Lemon Squeezy Home – A super easy sewing project that you can personalize with colors and patterns leads to some cute hammock-style organization!  You could make this for dolls and small, light toys as well, not just stuffed animals.  Considering making a set and hanging them in a tiered fashion, one above the other, for even more space.  It’s inexpensive, easy and keeps toys up off the floor!  Every room as an unused corner just waiting to be utilized!

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsCar Play and Store Mat, The Creative Vault – This cute car mat cinches up tightly into a bag to hold cars and roadway accessories!  If your kids love playing with a specific “set” of toys, consider making them a themed mat in a circle shape like this one.  With a draw string around the outside, it’s easy to leave the toys where they are and simply pull the bag closed around them.  You could do a zoo theme for animal toys, a neighborhood for dolls or cars, or even a flat “dollhouse” with interactive flaps.  Once the bag is cinched up, hang it from a hook or stash it in the closet for easy storage.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsKnife Rack Storage, Just a Girl and her blog – It might seem counterintuitive to attach knife racks to the wall in a kids’ room, but imagine the storage possibilities!  Anything small and metal just gets stuck right up there!  Cars and trains are the obvious choices, but you could also store magnetic building toys, gear toys, phonics toys, or any toys that come in a small metal box.  The ones from Just a Girl and her blog are from Ikea – they’re super affordable and easy to install.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsRolling Table and Storage, Refurbished Ideas – If you’ve got car tracks, train tracks, legos, blocks, puzzles, or anything that involves a lot of pieces and or building, this idea is not only storage brilliance, it’ll keep you sane!  There’s no way a kid wants to clean up all their hard work and effort and put it away in neat bins at the end of the day.  With a rolling table, they can leave their imaginations on pause, push the toys under the bed, and pick up where they left off the next day!  You can build them yourself with plywood and castors.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsAnimal Swing, It’s Always Autumn – With a little effort you can build a custom animal swing to hold all of your kids’ stuffed animals!  The bonus to this project is that it requires no special skills for the build.  The kids will love that they can still see their toys even when they’re “put away” and the floor remains clear of clutter!  You could use this for dolls, balls, even larger cars or plastic toys.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsDoor Back Tote Bags, Popsugar – Don’t forget about all that empty space on the back of your doors!  Label large canvas tote bags and hang them on hooks for ease in finding items and to keep them out of the way when needed.  No bulky furniture, building required, and even your walls stay clutter-free!

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsHanging Planter Stuffed Animal “Chandelier”, DIY Inspired – You’ve seen hanging metal planters transformed into beaded “chandeliers” or mobiles in a kids’ room, right?  Well, why not make it decorative AND functional?  Pretty up a planter for a decorative element, then pop all the stuffed animals inside.  Don’t just limit it to stuffed animals, either!

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsHideaway Lego Tray – This handy device is great for stowing small toys away out of sight.  When all your kids’ have to do in order to clean up is slip a tray under a couch or bed, their rooms are bound to be spotless!  The tray is great because it serves as play space for almost any small toy, not just legos, and doubles as a hard surface for games, puzzles or placing snacks on!

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsRepurposed Dresser Drawers, The Golden Sycamore – Even if you can’t build your own under-bed storage, and even if your bed is low to the ground, you can still take advantage of the space beneath!  Just use old dresser drawers!  You can find old drawers at resale stores like Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Thrift stores and flea markets.  Just make sure the drawers are sturdy, fill them with toys, and slip them under the bed!  Drawers can be found in tons of sizes, depths, widths, and heights, so they’re a great option for an awkward under-bed area.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsMesh Bag Storage, fudge banana swirl – Keep all those tiny parts together with mesh storage bags!  Even if you’ve found a larger storage solution already, it can be hard to keep multi-piece toy sets together.  Mr. Potato Head loses all sorts of facial features, Barbie can’t find any shoes, legos are scattered throughout four different rooms, and puzzle pieces from all different puzzles end up in the bottom of the toy box… if you’re sick of the headache of searching for that long lost piece, use simple mesh bags to corral sets together, then simply place them in your larger storage area – be it a box, bin or closet.  You don’t have to make them yourself, and you can purchase them on the cheap at the dollar store!

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsFigurine Cubby, Young House Love – Whether it’s action figures, cars, La La Loopsies, Disney Princesses, Squinkies, Littlest Pet Shop, or the hundred other very small toys that kids love to collect, this wall cubby is the perfect place to keep them safe.  The plans and a full tutorial make building this piece a breeze.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsRolling Chalkboard Box, A Beautiful Mess – While these chalkboard boxes started out as simple wooden crates that you can find at nearly any craft store,  the end result is chic and charming!  Covering the slats with plywood makes them even sturdier and allows to small toy storage – since there are no cracks to allow for escaped or runaway playthings.  The chalkboard paint is a nice touch that is both functional and fun – label your boxes for easy cleanup and let your kids decorate them!

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsHanging Fabric Storage Boxes, Ucreate – These are completely DIY-able.  The sewing is fairly easy to accomplish and the only other thing you need is a dowel or curtain rod.  Just slide the baskets on using the tab on the back and you’ve got vertical storage that’s cute and personalized.  You can make them nearly any size, though the tutorial illustrates large boxes perfect for toys and books.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsShelf Zoo, On the Banks of Squaw Creek – There are several versions of the stuffed animal “zoo” out there , with different types of “bars” to keep all the toys wrangled.  This particular idea for stuffed animal storage makes use of a shelf and wooden dowels to create the caged look.  It’s a clever way to keep toys from spilling off of shelves and all over the floor.  It would work well for dolls and other toys, as well.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsFrom Diaper Box to Toy Bin, 2 Little Faces – These toy bins are bright and whimsical with their fun patterns.  They’re also easy for little hands to use with their large, slanted openings.  But the best part?  They’re made from cardboard diaper boxes so won’t cost a dime to whip up!  The tutorial uses wrapping paper in child-friendly prints, but you can cover them with just about anything to suit your tastes.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kids

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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.