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: 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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Tuesday’s Tips: Use low wattage bulbs for permanent dimmed lighting

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I think this is a great idea when you live in rented spaces and if you are prohibited from changing lighting or doing any electrical work. Using the lowest wattage bulbs will create permanent sexy mood atmospheres. Hallways and nooks or certain areas of the room that serve only an aesthetic function would benefit. I can see this done if you have a vignette that doesn’t really need a bright light but an area that would look wonderful lit at night in  a subtle manner.

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Tuesday’s Tips: art supply storage ideas

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Now that kids are back to school or preparing to go…you may be stuck with a lot of crafty supplies. These ideas are not only great for kids but any art major students out there. To keep supplies together in an organized fashion consider the following:

* cloth shoe racks and cloth tool bags are great because you can see everything at first glance and the the different compartments makes it easier to keep items separate. See other uses for shoe racks here.

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* small pails and coat hooks would look nice hung over a desk area for easy reaching. Hobby Lobby and Anthropology has awesome decorative hooks.

* lazy susans are typically used in cabinets for spices but can easily be repurposed for paints and glues. It’s way more convenient to twist around a lazy susan than reaching through a cabinet, taking out stuff you don’t need and creating a mess. See more cabinet solutions here.

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* plant urns, pretty jars and awards are a visually pleasing way to store paint brushes. That image is revisted from an old post on upright storage ideas for makeup brushes, spatulas etc.

Tuesday’s Tips: budget friendly bed & breakfast wedding ceremonies

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Face it. Weddings cost a ton but that is no reason to start your marriage off in debt if you don’t have the means to pay for an elaborate affair. Having a small scaled wedding but want the details to remain elegant? Consider an intimate wedding gathering by booking a bed and breakfast.

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Book all the rooms to the house (which b&bs typically are……big ‘ol mansions) and if it’s picturesque enough (most have nice pretty yards), have the ceremony there. Depending on how far in advance you book, try to book all the rooms in the B&B so that the entire wedding party can stay. Arrange it where everyone stays overnight so that the morning of the wedding you won’t have to worry about rushing to the location site. You also will save money by not having to rent party buses or limos for the wedding party since you all will already be there.

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If the party is small and there are more rooms, consider booking a room for the hair stylist and makeup artist too since they play important roles in the wedding party look. You may want to eliminate any chance of them running into traffic the day of your wedding.

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As a thank you, host a Thank You brunch the morning after for everyone if it’s a destination or road trip. Otherwise a brunch for the wedding party is a nice parting gesture.

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Most B&B’s tend to have a fancier backyard and landscaping. Look for one with fountains, a gazebo, manicured landscaping, pool, rose bushes and flower gardens. The more flowers and already decorated, the less money you will need for the florist. Also if there are benches along the property, you will less likely need to rent additional lounge seating for “cocktail hour” or informal times during the reception.

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You can also look for a B&B located on a wine vineyard, rolling hills, polo ground (horse back riding would be amazing for picture taking or possibly a horse drawn carriage), ranch, along a golf course or lake. The more beautiful the surroundings, the better. It will make the guests stay that much more enjoyable too. If the B&B is a short road trip away, and the whole guest list is staying in the same place, arriving the day before, you may wish to do something with them as a welcome. You could arrange for various activities to get the families to mingle like horse back riding, golfing, chartering a boat ride or fishing.

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Tuesday’s Tips: Buy Less So You Can Afford To Buy Well

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Often times we may be guilty of buying cheaply made furniture or products because….it’s light on our pockets. You end up spending more money in the end than if you simply wait to buy something of quality that is made well. Items made to withstand time will is way worth it than suffering with something just to save a buck or two. Think mattresses. We shudder at the expense but what is more important than the very piece that will determine how well you sleep at night? Or what about that sofa that will be utilized by not only your family, but all the guests you entertain on weekends? Sometimes it is way better to fork over the dough to have something forever than penny pinch for something that’ll have your butt feeling springs over time.