The holiday season is long gone. Your decorations are packed into the closet, greenery is tucked into a Christmas tree storage bag, and life is returning to normal after the rush and bustle of the holidays. Suddenly it’s spring cleaning time, but… there’s so much to do! Where do you start?
Follow These Tips to Keep Your Backyard Organized and Fabulous
This article features tips for organizing a stylish backyard and storage tips for keeping items in the shed for when you need them throughout summer!
It won’t be long before your yard will be the backdrop for fun and friends. Try these tips to beautify your backyard space and organize essentials.
Organization is a big market–it seems like people are always coming up with new and improved ways to control the clutter and get things in order.
From organizing holiday decorations (where on earth to store the artificial Christmas tree and boatload of ornaments you never use?) to organizing kids’ closets (how long has that lunchbox been down there?!), there are tips and tricks to getting your home in order. Here are a few easy tips for basic, everyday changes that make a big difference in the overall organization of your home.
1. Find a place for everything.
“A place for everything, and everything in its place” has become so cliché that it’s easy to ignore. But this is a time-tested organizational strategy that really works!
You can break the process into bite-sized chunks by moving through your home one room at a time. Start with a section of a room–a desk, for instance, then an end table, then a set of shelves. Don’t let yourself just relocate the clutter; make sure there’s a place for everything as you go through, or get rid of it. You’ll thank yourself later.
2. Build teamwork.
Unless the whole family is on board, your organizational journey will feel more like a treadmill set on an Olympian’s pace. Talk to your spouse and kids about working together to creatively solve organizational dilemmas and develop a game plan to stay on track.
3. Be creative.
Sometimes organization isn’t just a matter of taking the time to put things where they belong. If you live in an apartment or a small home with limited storage space, you’ll have to look for creative ideas to find all the right places–like using the insides of cabinet doors or repurposing shower curtain rings to organize scarves. Check out this site for a wealth of clever storage ideas that make organization easy, attractive and affordable.
By working through your space a bit at a time, making small, day-to-day changes, and enlisting your family’s help, finding your inner Martha Stewart will be easier–and more effective–than ever.
Time to Clean the Shed! Use these Tips to Make it Easy
Spring is here! The warmer temperatures have you dreaming of walks in the park and gardening. Before you start running through a field of flowers, remember that task that you put on the back burner until the sun came out: cleaning the shed.
The cold weather has kept you from tackling the clutter in your garage or shed, but now – alas – you have no excuse. These quick tips for organizing your shed or garage will get you back into the spring sunshine in no time!
Install shelves in the shed or garage for a simple organizing solution. Build the shelves larger to small, with the larger ones on the bottom and small ones on the top to store less frequently used stuff. Larger shelves can house things like artificial Christmas trees, while mid-sized shelves are perfect for winter clothes boxes or other square-shaped items. Staggering the size of the shelves gives you a host of organization options.
Utility hooks offer an easy way to organize large yard tools like rakes or shovels. Simply hang them on the hooks to prevent a pile of tipped tools.
Tools like shears and saws should definitely not be left lying around the shed. Maintain a safe shed or garage environment by storing these tools on a board rack. Board racks keep tools separate to prevent scratching as well as helping to eliminate hazards.
If the door to your shed or garage is elevated, install a ramp to make pushing in wheelbarrows or lawnmowers a little less awkward.
Hang a basket on the wall to hold wire, garden gloves or other small tools.
Keep your toolbox in top form by putting a charcoal briquette in it. Sounds weird, but the charcoal actually helps prevent rust from forming on your tools. Make sure you stick the coal in a bag first to keep black dust from getting on your tools.
See, organizing your outdoor tools is easier than you thought. Now clap the dust off your hands, rub off the elbow grease and enjoy that sunshine!
It’s springtime! Everything seems to be stirring to life after a long winter season. Finally, a reprieve from the winter blues after the holidays have been boxed up for the year.
Your artificial Christmas tree might be packed away until next winter, but you can pull out a few white or cream colored poinsettias from the Christmas decorations to set off yellow daisies and pink roses. Now is the time to think about springtime flower arrangements to give your home a fresh, bright feel.
Simplicity is in style this season, so it’s easy for you to create classic flower arrangements of your own using fresh cut flowers from your garden or from a local florist. Go with monochromatic color combinations–poppies and tulips are a lively, bright duo that lend cheeriness to any room.
By coupling colorful arrangements with simple, modern vases or bowls, you can mix and match an accent that will work well in any room of your home.
Knowing exactly where to find your keys and coat in the morning just makes the world seem right. If you’re feeling more like the world is out of order, you’ll appreciate these 20 organizing tips.
Use a cord organizer to hide unsightly cords.
Let’s face it. American advertising knows where you live. Keep junk mail from piling up with a mail station at the entrance of your home.
One easy way to keep couch clutter down is to eliminate pillow excess. Fewer pillows mean fewer places for clutter to hide.
Want to brighten up your home’s front door with a splash of color for spring and summer? Here are five fun, crafty wreaths you can put together to add bright style to your home’s entrance. The idea for this super-easy wreath comes from Family Chic. For this eye-catching design, all you need is a foam wreath form and a bunch of bright-colored paper drink umbrellas in various sizes.
Try experimenting with different arrangements to figure out what works best for you! Grapevine wreaths also work well with cocktail parasols–you could even leave a portion of the grapevine exposed for a slightly different look.
Ready… Set…. Spring! Gather the family and welcome the arrival of spring with these easy DIY décor
Winter has already started to pack its bags and make way for Spring. Flowers have started to bloom as an early announcement of the coming season. If you think it’s time for the décor to change, we are right there with you. We have listed down a few easy DIY décor ideas your whole family can enjoy making.
Wooden SPRING Sign for Dad
When it comes to creating challenging crafts that involve power tools, it’s best to let dad handle it. Give the man of the house the job of making this lovely wooden spring sign that you can display in your front porch or backyard. You can purchase a wooden board and some pre-cut wooden letters that spell out “spring”, or dad may want to show off his carpentry skills with wood and power tools by cutting out the letters from wooden boards. Liz from Hoosier Homemade posted this lovely DIY spring wooden craft along with instructions on how to make one.
Being in the outdoors is a great way to spend time with the family. You and your loved ones can bring nature closer to home by creating a window box garden together. This project promotes closeness among family members and keeps them refreshed after a long work week while enhancing your home’s curb appeal.
Kick Start the Project
Getting ready entails purchasing the materials, setting a specific day for the project, and getting family members involved. Have on hand the following basic materials: a ready-made window box container made of metal, plastic, concrete, wood, or terra cotta; concrete screws; wood or metal brackets; gardening tools; and planting materials.
Simple, Affordable Christmas Crafts for the Whole Family
Even though you probably have a long shopping list with a million things to do around the home before your big Christmas party, it’s important to take some time to strengthen family bonds and have a little fun. One of the best ways to do this is by getting the kids involved in some easy do-it-yourself Christmas crafts. The following five projects are both simple and adorable, providing the perfect touch of holiday cheer to bring the family together. Continue reading