16+ Handy Home Improvement and DIY Apps

16+ Home Improvement DIY Apps - Tipsaholic

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What kind of tools do you have in your toolbox? Does your collection include your smartphone? It should, since your phone can be turned into a wide array of useful tools with the help of these awesome DIY apps! For those of you who are interested in home improvement, carpentry, and other DIY projects, check out these DIY apps to see how they can make your life much easier.

Level Apps

If you’ve ever hung up a picture frame or a shelf, you know how important it is to have a good quality level in your toolbox. Make it easy to make sure everything in your home is not crooked by having a level app on your phone so you can whip it out of your pocket at any time.

Multi-Measures (iOS, Android) has both a surface level and a spirit/bubble level, but this DIY app also includes many other tools that you might find useful, such as a plumb bob, compass, and decibel.

iHandy Carpenter (iOS, Android) is similar to the previous app; it includes a level, surface level, plumb bob, and a few more tools. It’s nice-looking and pretty popular with DIYers. However, if all you need is a level, you can just download the iHandy Level Free (iOS, Android).

Measuring Apps

Home improvement includes lots of measurements, unless you like cabinets that don’t fit or furniture that’s too big for your space. A measuring tape always works, but why not use your phone instead so you don’t have to bring your tape to every store you go to?

Dimensions (iOS) is a great DIY app that measures many distances in your home and your yard and saves all of your measurements for you. You can measure your walls, your garden, and even tiny objects! The app also comes with several other features.

There are so many measuring apps that it’s impossible to mention them all, but some notables are Smart Measure Pro (Android), Dot Measure Pro (iOS), and Easy Measure (iOS, Android).

If you need to send over a whole list of measurements to your carpenter or your interior designer, or if you’re shopping for furniture and need to bring a lot of measurements of your home with you to find the perfect fit, you can save all of your measurements and put them around your pictures. You’ll be able to do this with the Photo Measures Lite (iOS, Android) app.

Painting Apps

You’re probably doing (or planning on doing) a lot of painting if you’re a serious DIYer or even just a homeowner. A good painting app will make this task a lot easier to plan for and complete.

Several paint companies have their own apps, but a well-liked one is ColorSmart by BEHR (iOS, Android). You can perform color-matching with your phone, as well as finding paint color schemes and testing out your paint colors in various photos of rooms and styles in the app.

Prefer to test out paint colors of actual photos of your rooms? Get the Paint My Place App (iOS) and do just that. It uses several paint brands so you can choose your favorite one. Change the paint colors of a room or the exterior of your home and narrow down your selections before heading over to the paint store.

If you just need to know how much paint you need to complete your project, the Paint Calculator Pro (iOS, Android) will help you find out. The app also will inform you how much your painting project will cost you and quotes from pros if you’re considering hiring help instead of doing it yourself.

Gardening Apps

Have a garden or a yard you’d like to add a garden to? Or maybe you just need help with increasing your curb appeal with landscaping? Check out these gardening apps and see how your phone can make your outdoor space more beautiful and functional.

Garden Plan Pro (iOS) is an all-comprehensive app that will help you design your garden, know when to plan certain corps, know where to plant your seeds depending on sun/shade, and set reminders that help you maintain your garden throughout the year.

The Garden Compass Plant/Disease Identifier (iOS) app is great for beginning gardeners and landscapers. You can use the app to identify plants that are already around your home by taking a picture of them. It also identifies diseases and pests.

New to gardening? The When to Plant (iOS) app will tell you exactly when to plant whatever you want to grow. You’ll put in your zip code and get all the information you need to begin gardening. For those of you who don’t have an iPhone or iPad, you can also download this app onto your laptop or computer.

Carpentry Apps

Whether you like to make or refinish furniture, you’ll benefit from adding a few carpentry apps to your smartphone.

Woodcraft (iOS) is a handy DIY app to have if you like to build. It develops 3D models of your creations and helps you come up with a list of measurements of wood to buy so nothing gets wasted. This app will be very useful whether you’re looking to build simple shelves to fit a weird space in your garage or to adjust measurements on a DIY furniture plan to better fit your home.

I.D. Wood (iOS) helps you identify the various types of wood so you can select the best type for your project. If you’re refinishing an existing piece of furniture, you can use the app to find out what wood it is and how to best refinish it.

This list only barely scratches the surface of the world of DIY apps. There are sewing apps, floor plan apps, decor and furniture shopping apps, and even garage sale and flea market apps! Whip out your smartphone and find out just how useful it can be. And who knows what our phones can do for us in the future, even just a year from now.

What other DIY apps do you love? This list needs more android-compatible apps, so feel free to add your favorite DIY apps in the comments!

 

“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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20 Must-Read Posts Guaranteed to Improve Your Photography

Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

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More economical options for quality cameras is only one reason photography is growing as a hobby and interest.  If you’ve got a blog, Facebook page, or even an instagram account, you’re likely always on the lookout for ways to improve your photography skills.  Or perhaps you’d just like to know how to take better pictures of your family and friends.  Fortunately, there’s an increasing number of very accessible photography how-to’s, tips and tutorials on the internet.  If you’re searching for a place to start, here’s our list of 20 must-read posts that are guaranteed to improve your photography.  There’s something here for every fotog – beginner and professional alike!

 

1. How to Pick the Perfect Camera For You (Bugaboo Blog for Hi! It’s Jilly!) -Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

This post is the perfect place to start if you’re just picking up photography.  It lays out the basic differences between camera types,  gives some pros and cons of different cameras, helps narrow down your options based on your personal needs and gives you some questions to think about before you go spend a chunk of change on a camera!  Plus there are links to recommended cameras as well.  (also in this same series, check out 5 Photo Tips for Anyone at Anytime and 10 Tips for Shooting Your Kids.)

 

2. 22 Things You Can Do Today To Change Your Photography Forever (Improve Photography) – Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

Just as the title states, there are a lot of actions you can take to change your photography for the better and they don’t take a ton of effort!  This list has some great ideas for taking your photography up a few notches and each action is broken down into doable steps with an idea of how long it will take you to complete it.  You can make an organized action plan and schedule your time accordingly!

 

3. Common Photography Mistakes and How to Fix Them (iheartfaces) – Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotographyEver wonder why some of your photos turn out subpar?  Can’t figure out what’s off in your composition or lighting?  And why can’t you seem to fix all of this post-production?  If you want to learn what the most common blunders in photography are, and how you can avoid them or fix them as you go then this is the perfect post for you.

 

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This is a great mini, condensed guide to composition, aperture and shutter speed.  There’s a ton to learn about each of these, but this short and concise list breaks them down into manageable, usable info for beginners.

 

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If you’ve got a DSLR camera, you’ll want to read this post to figure out some cool tricks.  A DSLR can be a daunting piece of equipment, and the manual isn’t much better!  With all of the functionality at your fingertips, you’re bound to miss something.  Check out this shortlist of fun and useful things you may not know you can do with your camera.

 

6. Know Your Lenses (Sweet C’s Designs) -Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

Here’s a well-written guide to DSLR lenses.  If you’re wondering what each lens does, what the differences between them are, which lens you should purchase next, or which lens you’ll use the most for your personal photography you need to read this post!

 

7. 101 Family Picture Tips and Ideas (Dating Divas) – Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

If you need a one stop shop for all things family photo – either yours or someone else’s – look no further!  This tremendous list has tons of ideas for families.  Tons.  From how to pick a photographer, to how to choose a location, to what clothes to wear!  They also offer ideas for poses and props, along with some great tips for getting your kids and hubby on board and cooperative!  Bonus?  There’s a great printable where you can keep track of everything you don’t want to forget – budget, locations, poses, clothes, etc. – in case you’re super organized.

 

 

8. 10 Photos to Take on Baby’s First Day (lilsugar.com) – Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

If you have a little one on the way, or know someone who does, this info is great!  The first day with a new baby can be a blur, and there’s so much the new parents will want to remember.  This list gives examples of don’t-miss shots for directly after birth.  Read it and you won’t forget a thing!

 

9. 9 Ways to Get Meaningful Expressions in Child Portraits (Elizabeth Halford Photography) -Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

While this is written specifically with kids in mind, many of the points expressed apply to all ages.  Having your photo taken can be uncomfortable, embarrassing or downright painful for some.  This is a concise list of ideas the photographer can keep in mind for helping subjects feel more at ease in front of the camera.

 

10. Photography Tips for Panning (Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke) -Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

Panning is a technique that allows you to clearly capture a moving subject while the background is blurred.  It’s a tricky thing to accomplish, and trying your hand at it can make for some really dynamic photos of people, pets or sports events (like your kids first soccer game).  Kristen Duke gives great step-by-step directions for panning and some helpful tips to make the process go a little more smoothly.

 

 

11. Sports Photography: 11 Tips for the Sideline Parent (Click It Up a Notch) – Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

If you’ve kids, nieces or nephews, or even pets this is really a must read!  This post is specifically geared toward those on the sidelines at sports events, but can really be applied in a variety of settings.  Sledding, skiing, racing, running, biking – really any place your subjects are on the go, go, go!  So if you want to learn how to capture moments like the big goal, the winning sprint, or your retriever running toward you with a ball, this post is a great place to start.

 

12. How to Take Great Backlit Photos (Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke) – Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

As a general rule, photographers want the sunlight (or other light source) shining onto their subjects from BEHIND the photographer – but did you know you can create some stunning portraits and other photos with backlighting?  It can be a tricky task, but backlit photos can be dramatic and create a flare or glow, depending on how you use the lighting and location.  Read through this list of tips and tricks to figure out how to do it.

 

13. Lighting Tips and Tricks for Bloggers and Photographers (Making Nice in the Midwest) -Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

Do you get super frustrated when taking pictures in the wintertime when the sun is rarely present and lighting is a huge challenge?  This post goes over tons of tips for making your photos look amazing in low light/indoor situations.  The best part is the in depth description of various supplies and what they do.  You’ll learn a lot reading this post!

 

14. 5 Secrets to Great Product Photos (Shrimp Salad Circus) -Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

If you’ve got a blog or shop you take photos for, this post will help you up the ante!   There’s no better way to turn people away from your products than taking crummy pictures.  As horrible as that sounds, photos can make or break your blog.   Make your projects (and products) stand out with these 5 simple tips.

 

15. Small Subject Backdrop Ideas (The Gunnysack) – Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

If you shoot a lot of small subjects at home, you can fall into a rut with your backdrops.  It’s easy to place an item on a white sheet or poster board, but doesn’t always allow for the most exciting photos.  Here are a few ideas for simple backdrops that are small and portable – perfect for at home photography of food or blogging items.

 

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A very easy way to take better photos of projects you’ve created, is to actually make a “photography studio” for your items.  Don’t worry, that sounds more complicated than it is!  In this post, you can learn how to make a mini studio with simple materials that is fully portable and non-permenant – aka perfect for your dining room.  Using the best backgrounds and lighting can make all the difference to your indoor photography.

 

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18. A Quick List of Travel Photography Tips (Simple As That) – Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

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Also, don’t miss these 6 simple tips to improve your photography that anyone can benefit from!

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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The Truth about Apple Cider Vinegar

The Truth about Apple Cider Vinegar

tipsaholic title divider - apple cider vinegarApple cider vinegar is an ingredient in many home remedies and some people recommend a dose or two of the vinegar daily for many health benefits. But is apple cider vinegar really that good for you? Here’s what you need to know about apple cider vinegar before trying it for yourself!

1. There is not much scientific evidence that shows the health benefits of apple cider vinegar, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not good for you.

It’s important to realize that there are not very many studies being done on apple cider vinegar and other natural remedies. Therefore, it’s hard to say whether apple cider vinegar is truly beneficial because there’s not a lot of strong evidence for it, but on the other hand there’s not much evidence against it either. It’s unfortunate that this is the reality; wouldn’t it be great if more scientists were studying natural remedies? But as long as a health remedy is not harmful, you can experiment on yourself and see what works and what doesn’t work for you, as long as you talk with your doctor before you try anything new.

2. There is some evidence that apple cider vinegar may lower blood sugar levels.

Elevated blood sugar levels are bad for people with type 2 diabetes, but people who don’t have diabetes still can get health problems from high blood sugar levels, such as certain chronic diseases. A common recommendation for keeping blood sugar levels stable is to avoid refined carbs and sugar. However, consuming apple cider vinegar may also improve blood sugar levels as well as improving insulin sensitivity, as shown in several studies.

3. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence for the health benefits of apple cider vinegar.

Many people have claimed that taking a daily dose of apple cider vinegar has helped their health in a myriad of ways. These health benefits include:

  • Clearing up sinus infections and other infections in the body
  • Getting rid of kidney stones
  • Improving sleep
  • Relieving constipation and other digestion problems
  • Fighting overall inflammation and arthritis
  • Removing moles, warts, skin tags, acne scars, and age spots
  • Soothing bug bites
  • Healing cold sores
  • Reducing dandruff
  • Easing sunburns
  • Reducing mucus
  • Lessening allergy symptoms
  • Reliving acid reflux

Will apple cider vinegar work for you in the same ways? Every human body is different, so there’s only one way to find out: try it for yourself.

4. It is generally recommended that you should only consume organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar if you want to reap the health benefits, but there is no proof that it’s “better” than regular apple cider vinegar.

Some studies suggest that it’s actually the properties of vinegar that give you all the health benefits, so you would probably get the same benefits if you took a daily dose of a different type of vinegar, such as balsamic vinegar. Again, experiment with the various types and see what works for you.

5. A daily dose of apple cider vinegar is usually one tablespoon in a big glass of water, at least as a starting point.

Some people recommend that you increase the dosage slowly over time to build up to 2 or 3 tablespoons per day if you find the increased dosage beneficial to your health.

6. Don’t drink apple cider vinegar straight-up because it can harm your body.

The vinegar is so acidic that it can damage your tooth enamel and your esophagus.

7. Apple cider vinegar capsules probably don’t work as well.

You might want to avoid the acidic taste of apple cider vinegar by taking capsules, but many capsules are very questionable in their contents and some of them might not even contain apple cider vinegar at all.

If you’re curious about the health benefits of apple cider vinegar and want to try it for yourself, here are 5 delicious drinks to make your daily dose a more enjoyable experience.

Do you take apple cider vinegar? How has it helped your health?

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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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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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7 Creative Christmas Eve Gift Ideas

7 Creative Christmas Eve Gift Ideas - Tipsaholic

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Many families like to open one small gift on Christmas Eve. It can be hard picking the right Christmas gift for this tradition, since you don’t want it to be too small and kind of a letdown or too special, which should always be saved for the big day. Here are seven creative Christmas Eve gift ideas that will make everyone happy and even more excited for the next day.

1. Christmas Movie Box

This Christmas Eve gift idea should be done as one big gift for everyone to open together. Inside, put in new Christmas pajamas for everyone (or at least every kid) with a new Christmas movie. Add snacks, such as popcorn, candy, or hot chocolate. After opening the gift, everyone gets into the new pajamas and enjoys the snacks while watching the movie!

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2. Cookie Kit

This is another Christmas Eve gift idea that comes in one box for everyone to rip open as a group. Assemble a cookie kit inside the present with all the ingredients for your favorite Christmas cookies. Add cookie cutters, sprinkles, frosting, and whatever else you like to add to your cookies. Then everyone can run to the kitchen and spend the rest of the evening baking cookies together.

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3. Board Game

If your family loves games, give everyone a new board game and play together on Christmas Eve! Then add it to your family collection. For some great board game ideas, check out this list.

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4. Self-Esteem Books

This is a truly special Christmas Eve gift idea that parents can do for their children. Create a photo book for each kid with lots of great pictures and notes that tell them how special they are. Your kids will treasure the books and spend the whole Christmas Eve evening reading their books and feeling so great about themselves.

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5. Christmas Treats

A simple but always loved Christmas Eve gift idea is to give everyone a special Christmas treat. Peppermint bark and popcorn caramel are traditional favorites and you could even make your own toffee to give to everyone. For the rest of the night, nibble on the treats and just enjoy each others company.

homemade toffee

6. Gingerbread House Kit

This is similar to the cookie kit Christmas Eve gift idea. Pack a gingerbread house kit, either a prepackaged one or assemble one yourself with the ingredients for gingerbread, candy pieces, and white icing. After the present is opened, everyone gets together to create a gingerbread house for the rest of the night! If your family likes a little competition, you could give a kit to each person or team and have each team create their own house.

gingerbread house

7. Sibling Gift Exchange

If your kids are young, you could have your kids choose gifts for each other that cost around $10 and have them exchange their gifts on Christmas Eve. Each sibling could say something really nice about each sibling before giving them their gift. This makes their small gifts more special since they’re the only gifts being opened at that time and the siblings will feel closer to each other after all the nice words are said.

sibling gift exchange

These Christmas Eve gift ideas are so great, I’ll have a hard time choosing just one of them for this year! What other Christmas Eve gift ideas do you have?

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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!

10 Cold Weather Dates to Warm Up Your Romance

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It’s easy to hibernate during the winter but don’t let sleet, snow and wind chills freeze your romance! There are tons of great, inexpensive dates you and your significant other can enjoy together — despite the weather. If you’re looking for fun ideas for an evening out, here are 10 cold weather dates that are sure to warm up your romance.

1. Go snowboarding or skiing

Amp up your adventurous side and don some snow pants and goggles! When you’re finished hitting the slopes you can warm up in the lodge area with some hot chocolate. Never been before? Even better! Trying something new with your significant other can bring you even closer together.

2. Plan a themed movie night

Pick a movie with a very specific theme — try to choose one neither of you have seen. Then make dinner or snacks together that match the theme of the movie. For instance, watch The Breakfast Club and cook up some french toast or pancakes, or My Big Fat Greek Wedding and eat gyros with cucumber sauce. Or pick a movie with a very specific setting (Chicago, New York, Philly, a tropical island) and eat foods native to the area. Make sure to snuggle up close under a warm blanket!

3. Make oven s’mores and hot chocolate

Just roast your marshmallow over the burner. If you have an electric oven or don’t like the idea of using the burner, make s’mores inside the oven on cookie sheets or use the microwave instead. Here’s a great oven-baked s’more recipe. Try this simple, old-fashioned stovetop hot chocolate recipe or this slightly fancier version of hot cocoa with real whipped cream.

4. Warm up with a Hibachi Grill

This Japanese cuisine is also an art form and sure to entertain. Plus, you’re right up close and personal with the grill, so that’s sure to raise temps.  If you’ve never had it before, all the better. You can Google hibachi grills in your area to find an appropriate restaurant.

5. Spend a night at the library

Find your favorite books from childhood, look up love sonnets, read favorite passages from your most-loved novels or choose a topic before you arrive and find interesting books to share with each other about the topic. You might even leave with some new good reads!

6. Grab a sled

Sledding is free if there’s a hill in your area. You could also check out the local ski or sledding hills that have rope tows to take you to the top. These spots are great because there are often lodge or snack bar areas where you can have a warm drink and thaw out.

7. Slip on some skates

You can decide if you’ll brave the elements for an outdoor rink or try a warmer alternative inside, but the goal is the same. Slip on some skates on and impress each other with your best routines. If nothing else, it’ll have you grabbing onto each other for support and laughing at each others antics.

8. Have a picnic

An outdoor picnic in wintertime can actually be a lot of fun. If there’s a lake or something similar in your area that completely freezes over, you can drive your car out on the lake and have a tailgating party, just the two of you (follow safety precautions and rules for your city). Or just find a scenic spot and spread out a thick blanket. Choose a meal that’s nice and warm, like a pot of chili or soup and hot chocolate or tea. Dress for the weather and make sure to snuggle up for body heat! If this idea doesn’t sound appealing, you could opt to have a winter picnic inside, too. Set your picnic blanket up on the floor and add candles for romance.

9. Play games

Pick out a few favorite games for two and have a board and card game marathon. Don’t forget to decide on a prize for the tournament champion beforehand! Some great two player games, include: Sequence, Stratego, Perpetual Commotion, Scrabble, Bananagrams, Boggle, Battleship, Rummikub, Racko, Blink, Qwirkle, Set, Blokus.

10. Have a “tropical beach night”

Set out pictures of tropical beaches and summertime fun. Turn up the thermostat and dress for summer. Make a tropical or summertime meal, like Strawberry Soup, Kalua Pork, or Tangled Thai Salad. Try some yummy frozen drinks like Pineapple, Banana and Coconut Smoothies, Key Lime Pie Shakes, Tropical Slush, or Non-Boozy Mojitos. Dance to tropical or island style music (things with ukulele or steal drums) and make dreams and plans for the summertime months.

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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

9 Ways to Add Winter Sparkle to Your Wardrobe

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There’s something special about winter — the way the sun hits the snow and makes it twinkle, the brilliant glow of a fireplace on a long winter’s night, and the exciting glimmer of holiday light displays in the distance. Winter is certainly the perfect time to sparkle and shine, and your wardrobe should be no exception! A little sparkle goes a long way when added to an otherwise basic outfit. Try incorporating a bit of glitter into your winter today by choosing one of these classic pieces!

 

1. A clutch

Sparkly gold and black clutch

Where to find one: Macy’s

A way to wear one: Gal Meets Glam

 

2. A pair of shoes

Sequin Bob shoes

Where to find some: Zappos for a casual look, or a high-class evening with Kohl’s

A way to wear them: Bedazzles After Dark

 

3. Tops

Sequined gray long-sleeve top

Where to find one: Amazon

A way to wear one: The Perfect Fit

 

4. Leggings

Sparkly black leggings

Where to find some: Urban Outfitters 

A way to wear them: A Diva State of Mind

 

5. A scarf

Burgundy sparkly scarf

Where to find one: Amazon

A way to wear one: Restyle. Restore. Rejoice. 

 

6. Nail polish

Gold sparkly nail polish

Where to find one: Amazon

A way to wear it: Charles Vintage

 

7. Eyeshadow

Green glitter eyeshadow

Where to find one: Makeup Geek

How to wear it: Makeup and Beauty Blog

 

8. A jacket or cardigan

Black sequin cardigan

Where to find one: American Eagle

A way to wear one: Sydne Style

 

9. A skirt

black and white sparkly pencil skirt

Where to find one: J.Crew Factory

A way to wear one: Fancy Napkin

 

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.

 

 

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.

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.

soda box

9. Over the Stairs Mudroom

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

over stairs mudroom

10. Narrow Wall Shelves in the Bathroom

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

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11. Hooks on the Sides of a Kitchen Island

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

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12. Above the Door Shelves

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

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13. Bookshelves on the Sides of a Dresser

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

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14. Hidden Jewelry Organizer as Art

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

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15. Key Storage Behind a Picture Frame

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

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16. Shelves on a Half Wall

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

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17. Canned Food Storage on Wheels

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

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18. Trunk as Shoe Storage

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

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19. Baskets on Hooks

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

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20. Drawstring Storage Bag

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

drawstring storage bag

21. Garage Storage Tower

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

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.

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24. Cable Storage Dresser

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

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.

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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!

How to Keep Your Kitchen Clean

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

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Prevent hard water stains

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

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Wash dishes while you cook

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

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Peel fruits and vegetables into a paper or plastic bag

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

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Clean the oven with natural products

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

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Clean the dishwasher once a month

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

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

10 Simple Clothing Organization Tips

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Is your closet and drawers overflowing with clothes? Does it take you a while to find everything you need to get dressed every morning? Try these 10 simple but effective clothing organization tips to eliminate clothing clutter and keep your closet and dressers neat and organized!

1. Fold T-Shirts in Horizontal Rows

Instead of folding t-shirts and putting them into vertical rows in your drawer, try putting them in horizontal rows so that you can see every single t-shirt when you open your drawer. It’ll also look so much more tidy and organized!

t-shirts

2. Hang Up Boots on Skirt Hangers

Long boots can be hard to store and organize, since they can flop over and cause a mess on your closet floor. Solve this problem with this clothing organization tip: hang them up with skirt hangers that come with clips. This will also help keep the shape of your boots intact throughout warmer (and non-boot) weather.

boots

3. Organize Scarves with Shower Curtain Rings

You’ll need a hanger (a strong wooden hanger is recommended) and shower curtain rings. Slide the curtain rings across the bottom of the hanger and put a scarf in each ring. This clothing organization tip would also work for tank tops and baseball hats.

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4. Plan Out Kids’ Clothes for the Week

Make your mornings much easier by planning out your kids’ outfits for every day of the week. Use clothing tag labels made from cereal boxes and decorative paper and label them by the days of the week. Have your kids choose their outfits on Sunday and they’ll have one less decision to make during the morning rush. If you’d prefer to fold the clothes, a hanging organizer is another clothing organization tool that you could use to plan out outfits for the week.

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5. Display Purses on a Curtain Rod

Take care of your purses and give them a home by putting up a curtain rod on a wall in your room or closet. Mount the rod on the wall and hang the purses on it by lifting the rod from the brackets. So easy and the result is really nice-looking!

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However, if you have lots of smaller purses and clutches, mounted wire baskets might work better to corral your purse collection.

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6. Show Off Baseball Hats

If someone in your family has a collection of baseball hats, they’re probably proud of it and want to show it off. However, baseball hats can be hard to display and are too easily thrown into a messy pile in a dark corner. Organize all these hats by gluing clothes pins on a skinny wood board and then pinning up the hats.

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7. Organize Kids’ Shoes

Tiny shoes are easily scattered all over the house, especially if you have more than one kid in your home. Try using brightly colored stackable bins, one color for each kid, for small shoes. This clothing organization tip would work great in a bedroom closet, a coat closet, or in an entryway.

kids shoes

8. Keep Pants Out of the Drawer

Pants, especially work pants and trousers, can become wrinkled when they’re hidden away in a drawer. Hang your pants on this wall mount trouser closet organization tool and make it easy to find the pair you want every morning, wrinkle-free!

pants

9. Take Control of the Underwear Drawer

Do you just smash all of your underwear in a tiny drawer and struggle to close it everyday? Solve that problem with this cute diamond drawer organizer. Fit in one or two undies per compartment and close your drawer easily. This could be a good opportunity for you to go through your collection and throw out any old underwear.

underwear

10. Hang Up Belts on a Hook

Have a nice collection of belts? Hang them on a hook or a double hook on a wall in your closet or another hidden spot. It’s easy to organize all of your belts, browse through to find what you need, and grab the one you want.

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Here’s to a more organized life, starting with our clothes! What do you think of these clothing organization tips? Do you have a clothing organization tip to share with us?

For more clothing organization tips, check out How to Organize Your Closet in 4 Steps.

 

“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!

8 Easy Ways to Organize Your Refrigerator and Freezer

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

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Categorize food in clear plastic bins

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

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Put extra condiments on a lazy susan

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

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Get extra space with cabinet shelves

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

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

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Store opened wine with a wine holder

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

wine holderUse bowls to hold fruit

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

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Keep it clean with refrigerator liners

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

refrigerator liners

Freeze soup in freezer bags

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

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Write on the refrigerator or freezer (yes, really)

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

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

 

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

10 Great Examples of Family Schedules

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Creating a family schedule can often be a good way to keep track of the many things that keeps everyone busy throughout the day. But since every family has unique events and activities, the key to following that schedule is finding just the right one to fit your family’s needs. Here are 10 great family schedules. Even though each one is different, all are good examples of ways to keep a family’s day planned and organized.

 

1. Visual Family Schedule

If you have little ones who cannot yet read, a schedule with pictures, instead of words, is an easy way for everyone in the family to follow along.

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2. Colorful Dry-Erase Board Schedule

This is a different take on the Dry-Erase Board, and almost becomes a work of art on the wall. Simply frame colorful paper that complements the decor of the room. Then write on the glass with a dry-erase marker to keep all the days of the week planned out.
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3. Family Binder Schedule

For the family where just one schedule won’t do, make a binder to keep the various calendars, plans, and lists together. This is a great way to keep it all in one place and easy to find when needed.

Home Binder: Make your own or buy a pre-made kit. Either way, it's a great way to store all the 'lists' (grocery, menu, phone numbers, emergency, home repair, etc.) that we all tend to keep, but can never find.

4. Post-It Note Family Schedule

Make a large daily calendar on a poster board — if it’s big, you can’t miss it — and create a column for each person in the family. Then fill out each activity on a Post-It note. If the schedule needs to be rearranged later (say now Dad has to take the kids to soccer because Mom has a meeting that will run late), the events can easily be changed around by removing the Post-It from one person’s column and moving it to the new place.

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5. Electronic Family Schedule

Using an app like Cozi is an easy way to keep the family schedule at your finger tips. There are multiple websites that offer family calendars, just find the one that is the easiest for you and your family to use.

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6. Color Coded Family Schedule

Assign each member of the family a color. This way each person can know what they need to be doing at a certain time by looking for their color on the schedule. It also prevents the need to write out the same activity multiple times, if more than one member of the family is also doing the same thing.

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7. Family Schedule Board

Clipping information onto a board (with colorful clothes pins) will keep all schedules easy to read at a quick glance.

8. Decorative Window Chalkboard Family Schedule

Get creative with your family schedule. One way is to convert an old window with chalkboard paint into a handy way to jolt down the week’s events. There is even left over space for a grocery list and extra things to get finished.

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9. Framed Family Schedule

With young children or during certain parts of the year, your family schedule can be predictable. Add some style to the day by typing up your family’s daily to-do list and printing it out on a color printer. Framing it gives a finished look to the timeline.

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10. Store Bought Planner

For those families that would like the ease of a pre-made planner, there are several on the market that can get any family schedule of the right track to being organized.

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Looking for more ways to keep your family organized? Check out these ideas:

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I’m Frances. I am a mother, a wife, and a community volunteer. I work as a scientist by day and moonlight as a blogger. Making lists helps me keep everything on track. While I have a good life, there is always room for improvement. Join me as I decorate, organize, and try new things over at my blog Improvement List.

Get Your Wrapping Under Wraps: 24 Clever Gift Wrap Organization Ideas

 

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Don't let your gift wrap supplies get out of control!  Corral everything you need to make your packages pretty in a convenient gift wrap station - here are 24 clever ways to make it happen!

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We’ve all got them.  Piles of gift bags – purchased, reused, recycled – roll upon roll of wrapping paper, mounds of tissue paper, boxes, bows, ribbons, cellophane, and more!  What do you do with your abundance of gift wrap paraphernalia?  If you’re on top of things, perhaps you have a box (or three) to keep it all confined.  But if you’re like the rest of us, your wrapping products are spiraling out of control!  Either way, digging through all of that stuff for the perfect wrapping can be a pain.  Whether you just need a few new ideas, or require a total overhaul, we’ve got you covered.  If you’re ready to get your wrapping under wraps, check out our round up of 24 clever gift wrap organization ideas.

 

Ikea Rods and Hooks – Brooklyn Limestones

Over the Door Closet Storage – bhg

Simple Hooks - Dwelling Cents

Shower Caddy Storage – bhg

Wall Mounted Towel Bar and Desk Files – bhg

Framed Cafe Rod Storage - In my own style

Pegboard Giftwrap Station  – Leopard and plaid

Chain and Cafe Rod Hanging Storage – In My Own Style

DIY Wood Rack Organization Station - Centsational Girl

Hangers on a Wooden Shelf - Delightful Order

Wood Cabinet and Tiered Dowels – iheartorganizing

Wire Shelving for Hanging Storage – The Old Park Homestead

Ballard Drawer Knockoff - Finding Home

Wooden Trunk Wrapping Storage – Just a Girl and her Blog on I Heart Organizing

Vinyl Labeled Drawers – ‘a casarella

Tall Plastic Boxes - Liebesbotschaft

Wicker Hamper Organization Station – Home Made Simple

Market Cart Gift Wrap Station – Two Shades of Pink

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Wrapping Carts – the Apron blog

PVC Pipe Stand – Craftbits

A Simple Closet Corner (with tension rods) – The Lovebugs

Wrapping Paper Bucket – Martha Stewart

Vintage Suitcase Portable Giftwrap Storage – The Berry

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Featured image via Finding Home.

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

Need more ways to stay organized? Check out these ideas:

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