Tuesday’s Tips: Store shoes in deep drawers

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Store shoes in a deep dresser drawer. You may have enough closet space to hang majority of your clothes and a dresser really isn’t needed for things other than socks, undies and pjs. Well, if you are one of those fortunate folks, use empty dresser drawers for shoes. How easy to simply roll open a drawer and select which ever heels you want. No need to  reach for a step stool to pull down what you want when you can have them within easy grasp.

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Or you can add casters to a drawer for under bed storage…

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Tuesday’s Tips: ways to make small kitchen more functional…

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Oops. Scheduled thispost for today instead of tomorrow. Your tips are a day early

Placing a tiny table with two stools tucked under can give you that eat-in kitchen feel. If you live solo, don’t feel as id you need to purchase a 4 seat table set. Buy what you need. If you only need seating for one, get one seat.

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You may have a free wall in a galley kitchen where you could squeeze in an industrial bookshelf without taking much floor space. Store appliances, cookbooks and things that don’t fit in a cabinet. The key is color coding or leaving out the things you use daily, often and items that ate visually beautiful. So use that crystal bowl wedding gift as a fruit bowl instead of it staying in a big box taking valuable space and collecting dust. Free up counters for food prep by keeping your toaster and coffee maker here…

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Walls are your friends in small spaces. Use them to your advantage like magnetic knife racks instead of typical knife blocks. Rods with hooks can hang mixing utensils etc…

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A wall hung collapsible table can be your key to more surface space when need be…

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Even if you don’t have room for a table, buy a stool that is a comfortable height to sit and dine at the counter. Do you burn something the moment you walk away to sit down and watch tv in the living room or end up with clumpy oatmeal because standing idle at the stove is boring? A stool at the stove can prevent that, rest your feet and allow you to take a quick read of a magazine while you wait for dinner…
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It’s possible to sometimes fit small rolling islands in a small kitchen. They can be used for storage, added surface for food prep or in some cases, seating. Place them along the tile at the edge of the kitchen to separate rooms if the kitchen has an open L shaped floor plan.

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Tuesday’s Tips: quick cleanup can lead to less stress

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I was reading one of my favorite sites Clutch Mag and came across an article about how untidy homes can have an effect on your well being and cause stress. The results of cleaning, even as little as 20 minutes, can make you calmer as you won’t have the cluttered viewpoints that may keep you anxious.

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You ever feel extremely tired but can’t quite go to bed because you think of all the things you need to do? It’s similar to that. I know if my living room coffee table gets cluttered with drinking glasses, mail and magazines, I won’t be able to enjoy the tv show I’m watching. So I usually take a few minutes to tidy up as much as I can. Even if you are short on time, having decorative baskets and ottomans with lids are great ways to do a quick sweep over by dumping random things in it. At a later time you can then go thru the items and organize. At least momentarily it will look neater. So give it a try one night before. As quickly as you gather as much as you can and hide it in a bin or basket. Guranteed you will sleep & feel better.

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Tuesday’s Tips: get more counter and floor space with these hidden storage ideas

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Get more counter space by hiding essentials in a pull out drawer. Instead of housing in jars, you can pull out and easily scoop corn meal, flour etc…
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A ventilated drawer to store non refrigerated foods like onions are great space savers too instead of large baskets on the floor or counter…
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Tuesday’s Tips: have an empty wall? Create more shoe storage

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Going to NYC soon and always curious how people there store their stuff and how would I manage if I had cramped living quarters. Then I thought how easy we all can benefit from the ones who live in small spaces. Taking cues from those with limited closet space, use the tried and true and very inexpensive floating shelves….

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Love the idea of using wood planks and bricks because it’s less time consuming. No measurement required. So simple and can easily look better when painted. Imagine gold leaf bricks with white shelves. Using shelves along any sloped odd dead space makes it functional. Adding decal quotes, mirrors or side chairs for styling can bring the look together if you think two shelves would look funny in the middle of a wall. It looks more polished if your room happens to have a niche or some sort of indent. Spaces like that just scream for shelves…

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I like the smaller shelves as well because those can be used to display purses or standout pieces…
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Tuesday’s Tips: can’t hardwire? Buy a plug-in swag chandelier…

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Sometimes renting sucks when the owners don’t understand that there are attractive flush mount lights. So what is a tenant to do when they aren’t allowed to hardwire? Buy plug in swag chandeliers or pendants. All you have to do is literally hang a few hooks in the ceiling and swag it on over to the area you want lighting. It’s also great for your budget if you don’t have overhead lighting in a room and can’t hire an electrician.  All lamps above are from Lamps Plus and no they aren’t sponsoring this, I just genuinely admire how affordable some of their products are. The lamps above range from $80-$200. World Market also sells some in the form of paper lanterns.

Tuesday’s Tips: divide that space using curtains hung from ceiling rods

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We know how rugs can be used to define areas in a large space but so can curtains. Whether you hang them from ceiling rods ,curtains can not only soften the space but close off any unwanted eyesores, junky storage or act as a privacy wall.  Use the look in a narrow attic, a shared kid’s room, a dorm or studio apartment.

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An example of a bed pushed away from wall and the wall length used for storage. This is when closets are limited. More on how to get more closet space here.

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The shelving is pretty but if this is a bedroom, one may find it difficult to fall asleep. Sometimes all we need to do is tidy up as the less things we see the better we can rest….

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I really like the idea of closing off a kitchen. Who wants to see cluttered counters and dirty dishes when company is present? Plus you can keep pets out if you add velcro like this.

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Let’s say a college kid or adult child is coming back home unexpectantly and you already turned their old room into a closet or something that can’t easily convert back. Well consider repurposing a room and using it for somerthing other than what it’s intended. This post shows how it worked once with a formal dining used as an office. Why wouldn’t it work with a dining room used as a bedroom? That’s what the above looks like. The curtain gives privacy…

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How do you create division in a space?

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