on creative organization and storage

With few days left of our vacation, I started organizing our things- shoes, clothing, jewelries, accessories and a lot more! Thanks to the internet and the CastAway the Clutter! Professional Organizing Services’ Community Page’s organizing and storage tips I’m now more inspired to get started my way to better and cleaner homes. With just few hooks, nails, aluminum angles, woods, shelves , common sense , a little touch of carpentry skills and creative ideas, I’m on my way of getting these things done:

the little man in the house, needs his own shelf for his clothing, shoes, books and more…I certainly incorporate the design and just need to change the color to blue:)

 

Under our stairs are shoes…lots of shoes!!! Why not convert it into  “mud room” ? This is inspired by Homedit.

 

I fancy this shoe storage tower from Ballard Designs. Look! There’s even room for boots!

 

Pretty laundry room station converted from an old TV / media cabinet. Now that
flat screen TVs are in, you can find old TV cabinets in second hand
stores. {Photo: Better Homes & Gardens}

Easy Ways to Enhance your Home this Spring

Do you want to add value to your property but are not sure where to start? You can spruce up your home for less with some simple tips that will make your home look and feel brand new.

Spring is finally here and what better excuse to whip your home into tip top shape? If you are tired of living in a messy home, a spot of spring cleaning can breathe new life into your old decor.

Before you dig out the duster, it is essential that you remove all of the clutter from the different rooms in your home. This will not only make your home look tidier but it will also create the illusion of space making your rooms look bigger. Spring is the perfect time for a clear out and you can throw out all of your home accessories that have become worn and tatty over the years. Replacing towels, rugs and door handles is an affordable way to brighten up your home for the spring season.

Once you have had a clear out, it is time to invest in superior storage solutions that can help clutter building up again in the future. Some of you may already have appropriate storage in your home for example if you have a loft, it may simply be a case of bringing down your loft ladder and storing away your winter clothing.

If you do not have a loft, you can invest in superb storage solutions that don’t cost the earth. Make sure that you have sufficient storage in the key areas of your home that are prone to clutter. For example, you can invest in vertical storage in your bathroom that will not take up any of your space but will enable you to find a place for all of your toiletries. A tidy bathroom will look larger and more appealing without bottles and jars taking up room on every surface. Invest in high quality units and this will not only enhance the appearance of your bathroom but it will also improve the functionality of your room.

Once you have demolished clutter and invested in practical storage solutions it is time to focus on improving the appearance of your home. Start with the rooms that require the most work. Updating your decor needn’t cost a fortune. Give each room in your home a fresh coat of paint and you will be surprised at the difference it will make to your home. Using bright coloured paint, you can transform the look and feel of your home for less. Light colours reflect the light and make your rooms appear larger. Painting your walls, windowsills and doors is a great start to making over your decor on a budget.

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5 Ways To Dress Up Your Bath on Budget

On weekends I really see to it that our bathroom is spotlessly clean. If I could find time and spare a budget, I want to turn our bath into a relaxing and soothing retreat for myself and my guests. I already gathered ideas on how to materialize my plan without spending a lot of cash. How? Here are 5 ways to dress up your bath in a flash for little cash:

1. Get rid of clutter! It’s a relief to spend your early morning in bath without clutter. Stow your collection of rubber duckies and other bath and body items in drawer organizers, attractive trays, or decorative bins. You’ll be amazed at how much space you gain and how neat the room will look with just your cosmetic clutter hidden.

2. Keep things simple: Direct the eye with color, accessories, and artwork that doesn’t necessarily include Ariel or Flipper. The overall effect will be lovely.

3. Mirror Makeovers. Swap rectangular mirrors for curvier round or oval versions. Mirrors hung on opposing walls make a space look larger, so don’t limit yourself to just one.

4.Paint the whole room, including the ceiling a deep, rich color. Even though this is a small room, a deep color on the walls allows them to fade away, and at once makes the room cozy and seems more spacious.

5. Lastly, add some detail to the room. Add colorful plastic bin under the sink or next to the tub for your rolled towels. Add a shell for a soap dish or much better use liquid soap in a tasteful dispenser. Customize a solid shower curtain with contrasting ribbon, rickrack, or even a sprinkling of silk flowers. Hang some calendar pictures on the wall in dollar store frames…perhaps of a faraway place you can dream about as you soak away your cares? If you have natural light in the room from a window, add a plant or two.

Now light up some candles, turn on some music, and fill your corner baths with sweet smelling bubbles. Your getaway awaits!

10 Uses For Baking Soda In The Home

Don’t you know that you don’t need to spend for expensive cleaning products when baking soda is by your side? Baking soda is an excellent choice- you save money plus you do your part for the environment by reducing the chemicals you use. Baking soda , therwise known as bicarbonate of soda, is a completely natural ingredient that can be bought in large quantities for a low price. Here are 10 uses for baking soda to get you started (you’ll probably discover many more as time goes on):

1.) Clearing Drains: To clear and prevent drain blockages, put a quarter of a cup of baking soda in the drain followed by hot water. You can also try baking soda and then vinegar for more stubborn blockages.

2) Get Rid Of Odors: One of the most popular uses for baking soda is for getting rid of odors. Keep a box of baking soda in the refrigerator or cupboard to absorb smells, or sprinkle a little in the bottom of a bin.

3) Cleaning Pans: If you’re finding it difficult to clean burnt-on food off your pots and pans then soak them in baking soda for a little while before cleaning.

4) Add To Your Laundry: Add half a cup of baking soda to your laundry, along with standard detergent, to give it an extra cleaning boost.

5) Get Rid Of Limescale: Make a paste using baking soda and vinegar and apply this to surfaces like shower heads or sink plugs to get rid of limescale.

6.) Absorb Moisture In Cupboards: If you have a musty cupboard, leave a box or bowl of baking soda inside to absorb the moisture and keep things fresher.

7) Carpet Cleaning: To freshen up your carpets, sprinkle with baking soda and leave to sit overnight. Simply vacuum away the next day.

8) Use As Deodorant: Uses for baking soda aren’t just limited to cleaning – use it to keep yourself clean. Dust a little baking soda under the arms as a natural deodorant.

9) Help Melt Ice and Snow: If you want ice around your property to melt more quickly, sprinkle it with baking soda when you’d normally use salt. It helps lower the freezing point of water.

10) General Cleaning: Baking soda can be used to clean a number of surfaces. Just sprinkle a little on a damp sponge and clean away!

As you can see, there are many uses for baking soda, so it’s well worth buying a box to have on hand for general cleaning purposes. Not only will it help your budget, but it’s more healthy to use than traditional chemical cleaners.

What to do with Clogged Bathroom Drains?

Our bathroom drain downstairs clogged itself. It’s a real nightmare- mess and flooded bathroom floor! Before we call a plumber we tried to clear it by ourselves first. My hubby removed the drain cover and clean under the surface of the drain. We find lots of hair accumulated underneath the drain but still it’s clogged. We called the house plumber and after checking twice, he opted for a drastic measure- drill the ground, find the pipe, and change the direction of the pipe because it’s formed letter L .

Last weekend, the plumber brought all his tools-from drills to micrometers (use to measure the diameter of pipes). It’s a two-day work and finally the drain was cleared! We got new drainage pipes, cleaner bathroom and we could take a bath as long as we want!

Bathroom clogs can be annoying, but they don’t have to be a catastrophe. Here are a couple of simple tricks that will save you a lot of headaches:

1. Use a screen over your bathroom drains. You can buy drain screens in any hardware store or home center. You simply position these over the drain, and they catch any hair or lint–before it goes down the drain. Simply clean the screen out regularly.
2. Once a month, clean the drain with a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. Simply shake some baking soda down the drain, then follow with a bit of vinegar. There’s no measuring needed here–once the baking soda/vinegar mix starts foaming up, you know you’ve got enough vinegar. Let this work for about five minutes, then follow with boiling water. This will keep your drains clean, as well as deodorized.