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Organize: Laundry Room



Chores suck. Gaining space and getting a more organized laundry room will do wonders when it comes to laundry time. Something about space with interesting elements makes you loath it less. It all boils down to 4 things, shelves, bins, hanging space, and color. All can be acquired for minimal ducats. The room above is adorable and adds so much space to a tiny room.

Instead of the clear plastic bins above these baskets are way cuter and on sale for $10 at Target.

You can also use a tension bar for hanging clothes and use the space on the left side for hanging spray bottles.
If you have space add hooks for jackets, scarfs and bags. These hooks from Ikea are $5 for two.

Color can be found with wall paper, paint or tile, just as long as you get rid of that boring flat white. Good luck!

Photo via I Heart Organizing

DIY Jewelry Organizer

Organize the shit out of your jewelry while adding an interesting and creative element to your space. All you need is a piece of wood and some knobs. Or, for those of us that are slightly less ambitious (read lazy), you can purchase this one for $34 on etsy here: AuntDedesBasement.

Design Blog To Follow – Jen Chu

Jen Chu, the Art Director for Project Runway, has an adorable blog and some great ideas. Here are some favorites. Follow her blog here.

Bedroom Vanity Mirror

Home Office Ideas

Clean The Junk Out Of Your Purse Already!

Life is messy and purses are an example of that mess. Receipts, change, bobby pins, keys, phones, cameras. wallets, lip gloss, hand lotion, tide to go, hand sanitizer….. I could go on. My purse is always a disaster. Ideally, at the end of each week you would have enough time to sit down and clean everything out and start fresh for the following week. But, as we all know, time is a bitch. Every other week or, at the very least, once a month clean out all the junk.

Here are a few tips for the job from Home Made Simple.

Dump and Declutter
From duplicate cosmetics to expired coupons to tattered business cards, the odds and ends in your purse can really add up. Throw all of the bits and scraps to the trash and place other items, like excess makeup and paperwork, in their proper locations.

Once your purse is empty, consider what exactly is essential to carry in your purse. Everybody will have their own opinions and needs, and the ultimate decision comes down to your own preferences. With that in mind, here are seven items we think you should always carry:

1. Keys
2. ID
3. Important medical information, medications and health card
4. Notepad and pen
5. Emergency cash and credit card
6. Cellphone
7. Small flashlight

Divide and Conquer
With our essentials and your own must-haves ready to go, clever organization is crucial to maintaining your purse’s new-found tidiness. Here are some inventive ideas to keep everything neatly separated and ready for access:

* Zip it Up. Break similar items into categories such as health, grooming and office. Next, place like products into small, clear zippered bags. Not only will you be able to clearly identify what you’re looking for, but also neatly transfer each bag from purse to purse.

RG TIP: Use fabric pouches (maybe those free promo makeup bags you have sitting around) to separate purse items.

* Clip it. Keys have a way of nestling into the farthest depths of your purse. Call off the search party with a convenient key clip or carabiner. Simply fasten the clip to a strap and secure them by zipping your purse shut.

* Secure it. Phones seem to disappear every time an incoming call rings. A phone pouch helps prevents scratches and ensures you’ll reach for the same spot the next time you phone rings, whether it be on the strap or secured to a pocket.

* Go Small. Travel-size cosmetics, pain relievers and toiletries are great for conserving space. Just as effective as their larger versions, simply replace as each gets low. And don’t forget Febreze® Fabric Refresher™ TO GO, sized just right for a little freshness wherever you go.

Tip: Despite our best efforts, purses tend to fill up with loose change, postage stamps and small pieces of trash. Create a catch-all bag for all those little items that don’t logically fit into your overall purse organization strategy. Just remember to clean it out regularly to keep the clutter under control.

* Exercise Restraint. Integrated pockets are excellent for keeping items organized, efficiently returning things to the same pocket is quite another story. Try to limit one or two items to each pocket, and if possible, limit your use to only the most convenient locations.

Photo – Valerie Renee/Flikr

Organize the Linen Closet

This one definitely has a place in the Martha Stewart Bible.

How to Keep Matching Sheets Together in the Closet

Don’t let your matching sheets get lost in the linen closet. Use this simple trick: Tuck the sheet set inside one of its pillowcases, and then stack according to size (twin, full, queen, king) or by the room you use the sheets in (master bedroom, guest room.)

Found on MarthaStewart.com

Geeking It Out Under The Sink

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We can all thank Storage Geek for this super smart space saver, one of many on their site.

When You Can’t Hide Power Cables, Embrace Them

Some great ideas from Unluggd here! Not only do you get your cords off the floor, you make something interesting.

We spend a lot of time trying to hide cables and cords away, out of sight. But what are you supposed to do when there’s just no way to avoid having them visible? We say, embrace them! Check out these examples and get some ideas here.

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