The weekly tip

How to de clutter all your shoes.

Spring is in the air, and I have been in serious spring cleaning mode these past few weeks. As I looked around the house I noticed how many spots we have all of our things – and figured this was the perfect time to de clutter shoes, clothes and jackets for the next season. Out with winter and on to spring and summer shoes and clothes.

Over the past month, I shared how to get your clothes organized in six easy steps. So I followed my tips, and now my clothes are all snug in my drawer and neatly folded. I also shared how to organize your families jackets I colloected all the jackets from all over the house and the car, (yes, I did have jackets in the car). Then I went thru each jacket to see if it fit and if was something I loved. I kept the jackets I loved and fit. These is no point in keeping jackets that you might love but you can’t wear. I know that’s hard to hear, but trust me, you’ll feel better.

How to stage a book case.

Book cases usually end up in a few rooms of the house, and most of the time just end up collecting stacks of books and other things that don’t really belong there and, had you taken a bit of time, could be the focal point of the room, or allow you to tell the story of why you call your house a home.

1.) First, I usually always end up painting a pretty accent color to the back of the book case. Use a fun color to pop, a nice patterned wall paper or stencil, or just a nice contrasting color works great and will give the book case depth and interest.

2.) Pick a color scheme you want displayed. Usually you are good with going with 3 or 4 different subtle colors so the space doesn’t look too busy.

3.) Next, collect all the decorative items in your home you are not using. More times than not you have a handful of great pieces to make it pop, like a candle stick could just use a more updated candle topper, you could spray paint an old frame, or a vase could just use some new silk flowers from the dollar store. No need to spend alot on these items, just that they are visually interesting and will stand out and make an impact. Think height, shape, what colors will pop against the bookcase. I don’t decide how to place things until after I have a bunch of items to use. Sometimes you will end u[ returning items not used, but I say it’s better to be safe and have more to work with.

4.) When it comes to books I display, I usually go around the house and see all of the books there are to work with. I keep the ones that have a pretty spine, and a good colored spine. I always take the book sleeve off and I like to stack them or put them upright on one side ot the other of the shelf. I usually flip one or two around to give visual interest and I try not to have the same colored spine right on top of the same color. Mix them up to give interest. Also I love laying them on top of each other on one shelf or the other.

5.) When you have all of the items lay them out in groups. So all of the frames are together, all of the vases together, ect… its best to see in plain sight what items you have to work with. When displaying the items I usually take some time. I place items in two’s ,then the nest shelf three’s and back to two’s and I make sure what ever item is above and below on the shelf isn’t right above or below the other (don’t have a verticle row of frames or books). try staggering items, shapes and colors from one side to the other. And the key is to give the look of say 2 picture frames as one item.

6.) DIY saves money, and gets you the desired results! For example, don’t forget that you can make your own flower arrangement to save money, and most importantly, fit the space.

7.) Don’t fret if you have to take a gazillion steps back and make sure the items are balanced on the book cases, and my secret to knowing if it really looks good os taking pictures. I take pictures with almost every part of staging a room. Book cases are a must.

Try mixing up the colors ans shapes to give the book case balance.

Try to have the items not clumping together and have them create a natural glow.

The five best bathroom organizing ideas to streamline your space.

Here are some life changing bathroom organization ideas to maximize storage and eliminate the clutter on your counter tops.

Organizing a bathroom can be a tough task. It’s usually the smallest room in the house and it’s often shared by two or more people. That means there’s at least twice the bath and body products, towels, tooth brushes and the list goes on.

In a room with little to no built in storage, it can be over whelming trying to figure out the best way to sort and store all of these various items. You want your bathroom to look tidy but still make items easily accessible for everyone who needs to use them.

I had this issue when trying to organize my own shared bathroom but I get to work and managed to stash all the things I needed to. So, I’m going to share some of the ideas I used that you can try in your own home.

10 bathroom organizing ideas.

1 Assign each person a space.

If you can, assign each person that uses the bathroom their own little piece of realestate in there. Doing this has multiple benefits.

The first one is there will be no confusion about where to find things. Secondly, it controls the amount of clutter that creeps in. Once your shelf, drawer, or bin is full, your done. n Either purge or move things elsewhere.

2 Use bins or baskets.

Bins or baskets are great for containing clutter. The contents can be thrown in however you like, but the space will still look good. I recommend sorting items of similar function into separate bins. For example, put hair products into one and make up in another. Label each so you know exactly what’s inside with out having to pull everything out.

When you use baskets, you also save space. Ever tried lining things up on a shelf and then shoving those same things in a basket? Because you can pile items up on top of the other, you can conserve space on the shelf. Perfect in a small bathroom.

Make sure to use plastic bins with lids if your placing them under the sink. You don’t want your possessions to be ruined in the event of a leak.

3 Only store essentials.

Only store things that your actually using.

If you like to purchase things in bulk, you’ll have some excess items that are not currently in use. Find another place to store these extra products especially if your bathroom is tiny. Items like extra toilet paper, shampoo, and tooth paste can be stashed on a closet near by until you need them.

Store extra towels and wash clothes in a linen closet when your doing laundry, you can easily grab clean towels to replace the dirty ones.

4 Laundry hamper.

Speaking of doing laundry, make sure you keep a laundry basket in the bathroom. This is a great way to prevent dirty clothes and towels from ending up on the floor.

If you don’t have room, then find the nearest available space to put one in the hallway closet ot outside the bathroom door.

5 Use every nook and cranny.

When adding extra storage to your bathroom, think outside the box and use every space available to you. Add over the door organizers to the bathroom door and the cupboard door. Use shower organizers like a shower caddy and even mesh organizers that hang behind the shower curtain.

In my bathroom, not only do I use the shower caddy to corral bath and body products currently in use, I also have an over the toilet storage rack. These bathroom space savers are so handy. Mine has three shelves and allows me to store regularly used items with in an arms reach. I stash products in baskets to maximize the space and also stack a few extra rolls of toilet paper there too.

5 Electric tool storage.

Find a space to store your electrical tools like the hair dryer, curling iron,and your husbands electric razor.

These items can take up alot of space on counter tops and look really untidy with all the cords everywhere.

Here are some ideas for these items:

  • Inside a drawer- let the hot tools cool before storing them in a drawer. Consider lining the drawer with a heat safe material. Like an oven liner.
  • Over the door caddy.
  • My favorite option is a hair styling unit – you can hang it on a wall, a towel bar, or set it on top of the counter.

What ever bathroom organization you decide to use, keep your system simple. Straight forward is always the way to go of you want order to be maintained.

10 easy ways to make your home look inviting in under 10 min.

Have you ever been invited into someones home and instantly felt welcome and relaxed? It doesn’t even have to be someone you know very well, but you still feel right at home in their house. There’s actually a reason for that, and it doesn’t have as much to do with the design and style as it does with creating an inviting atmosphere where guests feel welcome and at home.

One of the most important things you can do as a host is to make your home look inviting. Guests should feel welcomed and free to relax the minute they enter your home. And though this sounds like a lot of work or too time consuming to deal with when your expecting company, it’s so easy you can actually do it 10 minutes before your guests arrive and no one will be the wiser.

10 easy steps to make your home look inviting in under 10 minutes.

1 Let the light in. Nothing says “welcome like natural light, so open up those blinds and curtains and let some light in! Dark, dingy rooms just aren’t as inviting as light, airy spaces. So do yourself and your guests a favor and open up those blinds! All natural light can also help a room look bigger, so it’s really an added bonus for your home.

2 Clear the clutter. Nobody wants to have to push aside a bunch of random house hold clutter just to be able to sit on the couch or at a table. It’s not fun for the people who live there, and it’s certainly not appealing for guests. Create a nice clean space for guests so they’ll feel invited and welcome.

3 Create a space where people can relax. Where ever you like to do your entertaining, make sure it’s a comfy area where people can relax. So whether that’s on your living room couches, at your dining room table, or on your back porch, make sure it’s a comfortable space that’s not overly formal where people can feel free to relax with out worrying about messing something up.

4 Have a place for drinks. An area for guests to set down their drinks invites them to stay a while. A decent coffee table or ottoman and coasters in the living room will give your guests the impression that you actually want them to stay and chat a while.

5 Include soft linens and pillows. As someone who is always cold, I can tell you that extra blankets and throws are always appreciated! And even if you friends aren’t cold blooded, linens add a soft cozy feel to the home, and invite people to sit and relax a while, reguardless of whether they use them or not.

6 Keep your home at a comfortable temperature. It’s never fun to visit someones home and be overly hot or cold. So keep your guests in mind if you typically keep your home at a higher or lower temperature than normal. You can always switch it back to the way it was when they’ve gone.

7 Light a candle. Candles not only provide a warm atmosphere, but they can also create a pleasant scent that can make your home smell wonderful. You can also use a wax burner ot oil to help give your home a boost in the scent department.

8 Open up pathways. walk around your home and pretend you’re someone visiting for the first time. Is it easy to navigate around, or are there things in the way that you’ve forgotten about because it’s become second nature for you to step over them? And open layout thats easy to navigate around is especially helpful for people who aren’t familiar with your home, make sure guest don’t have to trip over toys or a pile of magazines just to set on the couch. This is especially important in smaller homes where furniture and clutter add up quickly.

9 Designate a place for coats and shoes. Not only will this help your home look more organized and clean, but it’s helpful for guests so they don’t feel like their belongings are in the way and cluttering up your home.

10 Hang a wreath. There’s just something about having a wreath hanging on your front door that makes a home look so welcoming and inviting. It’s an easy way to add some instant seasonal cheer to your home.

Luckily, it’s not too hard to create a warm atmosphere and make your home look inviting. In fact, I’m willing to bet that you already do a few of these things. Just a few tweaks here and there and your guests will feel so at home that they might never want to leave.

Do you have any tricks to add to the list? Let me know in the comments.