Tuesday’s Tips: ways to organize and have more garage space

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-Have a tall one car garage? Well maybe you can use some dead air to store another vehicle….or bikes…

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-turn the door area into a mudroom. The key is ensuring junk doesn’t enter the house. So keep a place for muddy shoes, garbage and have wipes or hand sanitizer to keep out germs…

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-Use painters tape to outline “parking spaces”to remind kids where to keep their wheeled toys…

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Tuesday’s Tips: chic toy storage

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I like the neat look of the basket in Lena Corwin’s nursery. It’s big enough to store a lot of small toys and lug from room to room. The basket can easily transition in an adult room as well without compromising style…

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Multiple baskets in a modular setting or bookcase can keep related items together. Separating crafts, with legos and sporting goods will make the cleanup easy for kids. Keeping the basket neutral as possible will save money in the long run as the style can grow with the child.


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Boutique Indulgences: Five Hearts in Milwaukee

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Two weeks ago I went browsing the Third Ward area of downtown Milwaukee (which is home to bars, shops, cafes, luxury condos and the river). My consin noticed Five Hearts first which shares a lobby with a salon. Upon entry was a console table of brochures and things happening in the area. Then we walked in…

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An industrial designed clothing boutique for women. Super cute clothes, friendly staff and just a nice vibe overall. We were told that the name came from the owners five daughters….hence….five hearts.

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I really liked all of the storage units…

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Tuesday’s Tips: ways to repurpose small bowls & saucers

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Little saucers can be used to group some olive oils together on the side of the stove….
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Candle holders & large shot glasses can be used to store makeup ot paint brushes..

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A big bowl can be used for printed pictures ot postcards which is an awesome conversation starter. Smaller bowls can hold match boxes, post earrings, spare batteries for a coffee table, loose change for an entry table.

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You put art where? Pt 1: The closet

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This will be the first of a 4 part series that highlights areas where you can put art. Areas most people don’t think about. You know how you come across images of closets & dressing rooms that have art? Well I noticed I’ve pinned quite a bit of quotes that would be fun for those areas. You can either graphic design one yourself or try your hand at calligraphy with a metallic sharpie on craft paper. Once framed you can have fun closet art for the low (cheap). Quotes are at the end of this post but first let’s indulge in some pretty organized closet inspiration…

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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: 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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