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Looking for Back to School Organization Ideas? Get Them Here!

Friday, October 30th, 2015

School is back in full swing and with it back in full swing there comes stuff. Papers, books, pencils, glue, scissors, erasers, ect. Just a lot of stuff. In order to help you keep everything organized we found this article with ten different organization tips. We hope it helps!

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School’s in once again and with the new school year comes busy mornings, lost homework, and a general sense of disarray. Really. Every parent dreads the beginning of school at some point simply because of the stress of getting them up and out the door on time every morning.

We’ve got the perfect solution. We took the time to gather a few organizing tips that will help you and your students get a better grip on those busy mornings. From planning what to wear the night before to keeping those papers organized so you can find homework easier, you are sure to be able to put these organizing tips to good use.

We’ve even got a way to make homework time a bit less stressful for you and your little ones. Sit back and relax. We’ve got you covered for back to school with great organizing tips that will help you to enjoy a less stressful year.

Always Plan
Planning ahead is the only thing that is going to save your sanity during the school year. If you don’t already have one, create or buy a family planner. A dry erase board, bulletin board, or something similar will do the job perfectly. You can easily create your own back to school organization station and keep track of literally everything that’s going on throughout the year. Include a calendar, homework schedules, and those little things that the kids need to take to school once in a while. You’ll be surprised how well you can save your sanity when you are completely organized.

Get Into a Routine
Above all, you have to get into a routine with your back to school tasks. Whether it’s getting the kids ready for bed at night or making sure that they get all of their homework done, keeping everything on schedule makes it so much easier to ensure that everything gets done. You can print off these amazing schedules that will allow you to keep track of things as they get done. Once the homework is finished, check it off the list and put it back into the backpack. You get things done without stress and you make sure that everything is ready for the next day.

Organize Papers with Binder Clips
Keep binder clips clearly labeled so that you can easily organize school papers. Create a label for papers that need to be signed and returned to teacher, those that are already graded, and any homework or projects that aren’t due right away. This helps you to know that you’ve gotten everything turned back into the teacher that needs to go and you’ll be able to easily tell which papers have already been graded and which ones may need to be taken back to school. Binder clips are really inexpensive and you can hang them near your organization station to keep homework ready to go.

Stock Up on School Supplies
One of the main ways that you can lose it in the morning is when your child tells you that they are out of paper or something else that is crucial to their school day. You can avoid this stress completely by keeping yourself stocked up on everything that they’ll need. Imagine not having to run out at midnight on Sunday night to get that poster board because your child forgot to tell you that she has a project due the next morning. You can even organize those supplies so you’ll always know what you have and what you need to restock. Over the door shoe organizers work great for holding pens, pencils, crayons, and loads of other supplies and your stock will take up very little room.

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Looking to promote healthy family habits? Checkout this article about healthy family habits tips that could be of interest to you.
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Read the entire article here: http://www.diyncrafts.com/7498/organization/10-stress-saving-organization-tips-back-school

Have a Messy Desk? Learn How To Organize it Here!

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Desks are messy. Whether it’s a home office or a desk at work more times than not your desk is a mess. It gets piled with paper and other random items. In order to help you out we found this article with nine different organization ideas. We hope you find some to help you out!

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Personalize your workspace with these easy-to-make projects.

Metallic Pencil Holder Set
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Copper-toned pencil holders are on trend right now, and you can make one right at home. Buy some metal tubes at your local hardware store and paint them with primer and gold spray paint along with the cork trivet. Glue the tubes to the trivet and add some washi tape to the tops of the tube to smooth out edges.

Herringbone Patterned Pin Board
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Organize your to-do lists and important papers by putting them front and center on your walls. With two cork boards, a craft knife, and white acrylic paint, you can create this cool corkboard design to place on the wall in front of your desk.

Magnetic Colorblock Desk Accessories
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Keep your push pins, paper clips, and other metal objects in one place with this stylish magnetic desk accent. Take a paper circular box (which can be found at craft stores) and glue the magnets to the bottom of the box. Decorate the outside with acrylic or spray paint.

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Looking for ideas to redo your home office? Checkout this article about home office that could be of interest to you.
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Read the entire article here: http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/organizing/organizing-home-office/diy-desk-organization

Want to Make Laundry More Fun? Learn These Layout Ideas!

Friday, September 11th, 2015

Laundry is inevitable. Unless you have someone else to do it for you then laundry is a normal part of your life and probably not very enjoyable since it never ends. In order to help you make it more enjoyable we found this article with three different layout ideas for your laundry room. We hope it helps!

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For some, laundry can be a peaceful escape, a quiet time to fold towels and socks. Others never seem to find washing clothes as more than a household chore. If you fall on the not-so-fun end of the spectrum, you may be in need of a laundry room redo to make your laundry duties easier and perhaps more enjoyable. Spice up the laundry room in your Philadelphia home with a few of these tips and design ideas.

1. Get Organized
Sorting clothes before washing makes the job of tossing in a load of laundry faster. Mark separate baskets for lights, darks, and towels. Canvas bags labeled by wash type also work well. Solicit the help of your family members by charging them with the responsibility of bringing their own wash to the laundry room and leaving it in the correct storage container. Another way to organize the room is to install hanging rods for any articles of clothing that you prefer to air dry.

2. Create Space Savers
For busy families, laundry rooms never seem large enough to handle the steady stream of clothes rotating in and out. To maximize your space, install shelving or cabinets above your washer and dryer. Purchase stock cabinets at a home improvement store or look for clearance sales on higher-quality cabinets. This additional storage allows you to conceal cleaning products cluttering an already busy room. If you prefer to fold clothes as soon as they come out of the washer, consider adding counter space spanning the length of the room. Adding a wall-mounted drying rack can also be a great space saver.

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Designing a laundry room and not sure where to put the laundry room? Checkout this article about where to put the laundry room that could be of interest to you.
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Read the entire article here: http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/3-laundry-room-layout-ideas-to-make-washing-clothes-more-fun/

Looking for Cheap Ways to Update Your Kitchen Cabinets? Start Here!

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Having an outdated kitchen isn’t all very fun to look at. If you have a tight budget though it can be difficult to know what you can do to improve the look of your kitchen. One of the biggest areas of your kitchen is the cabinets. We found this article for you on updating your kitchen cabinets cheaply. We hope it helps change the look of your kitchen!

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You don’t have to spend a lot to give your tired cabinets a lift. These five inexpensive cabinet updates will brighten the mood of your entire kitchen.

Handsome Hardware
Knobs and pulls are kitchen jewelry that can dress cabinets up. Note that cabinet hardware can get very fancy and expensive — costing $30 and up for a single ornate knob. But you’ll get a huge bang for a few bucks by buying 10-packs of simple, contemporary hardware at big box stores for less than $20 (that’s $2 a knob!).

To save time and money, replace 1-hole hardware with 1-hole upgrades; 2-hole with 2-hole. That way, you won’t need to drill or patch.

Pretty in Paint
Nothing updates old cabinets as quickly as fresh coat of paint.

Painting cabinets yourself is cost-effective — a few gallons of paint, sandpaper, cleaner — but the process is time-intensive. You can paint most cabinet surfaces, but proper prep is key to success. For laminate and melamine finishes, be sure to rough up the surface with 150-grit sandpaper, and apply a good bonding primer before topping it off with the color of your choice.

If you’re going to dive into this DIY project, keep these tips in mind:

– Lighter-colored paints will make your kitchen seem bigger.

– Don’t skip on prep. Thoroughly clean cabinet doors and boxes to remove grease and dried-on gunk; fill holes or nicks with wood putty, then sand.
Sand each coat of paint so your final coat will look perfect.

– Lay doors flat to paint, and wait until each side is completely dry before painting the other side. It will take more time, but you’ll avoid ugly drip marks.

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Looking for more kitchen design ideas? Then checkout this article about kitchen design ideas that could be of interest to you.
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Read the entire article here: http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/kitchens/how-to-update-kitchen-cabinets/?cid=eo_sm_tw_mxm-social

Designing a Home and Not Sure Where to Put the Laundry Room? Find Out Here!

Friday, June 12th, 2015

A laundry room is important in every home. The placement of it is very important. If you’re lucky enough to build or redesign a house the placement of the laundry room should be given ample consideration. In order to help you out we found this article. We hope it helps you design your dream home!

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Unlike the typical 10-foot by 10-foot kitchen or the 5-foot by 8-foot bathroom, laundry rooms have no standard size. That’s why many laundry rooms end up in awkward places or banished to a dark and dingy basement. “They become afterthoughts,” says designer Amber Linse.

But if you’re lucky enough to have space for a washer and dryer in your home, it makes a job that everyone hates a bit more manageable. So homeowners and designers are always looking for the best solutions for where to put the laundry room. Should it be near the bedrooms? Or should it be off the kitchen? What about in a bathroom?

The truth is, it depends on a variety of factors, including your lifestyle, how much laundry you do and whether you care if guests see your piles of dirty clothes come laundry day. “There’s never one be-all, end-all best spot,” says designer Joanne Padvaiskas.

With that in mind, we wanted to explore the pros and cons of putting the laundry room in the kitchen, bedroom, closet, bathroom and more. Here’s what to know to help you decide where you should put yours.

Off the Kitchen
Let’s start with what many designers say is the best location for a laundry room: off the kitchen in its own room.

Pros: The logic is that most people spend the bulk of their time in the kitchen, and kitchens tend to be on the main level of the house — also where most of our time is spent. So locating the washer and dryer near the kitchen makes sense. That way if you’re cooking, cleaning, watching TV or helping your kids do homework, you’re within earshot of that dryer buzzer and can quickly stay on top of the loads. “You do it where people live, so you can actually use it,” Padvaiskas says.

The laundry room shown here is right off a kitchen and includes a pantry, mudroom and powder room.

Cons: If your home has two or more stories, then putting your laundry room on the main floor off the kitchen means that you’re a flight of stairs away from the bedrooms and hampers. On a busy laundry day, that means a lot of trips up and down. A laundry chute could cut down on some of those trips. But you’ll still have to carry the clothes back up. (Why haven’t more people turned those laundry chutes into dumbwaiters?)

Also, washers and dryers make a lot of noise. If your kitchen is near a room where you enjoy quiet time, watching movies or entertaining with friends, you could have some noise issues. To get around that, you could install sound-insulation batting.

In a Bathroom
For this family home in Virginia, Stubb was tasked with finding space for a laundry room where there wasn’t any space before. The family had already added a second floor to their one-story home and didn’t have the budget to add a laundry room to the reconfigured space downstairs, where they really wanted the laundry to be located.

Stubb came up with the solution to tuck stacked units into a new guest bathroom off the kitchen. “Being from Scandinavia, they were used to the European philosophy of utilizing more than one space for two different uses,” the designer says.

Pros: A guest bathroom can be a really cost-effective option, because you already have water running to the space. If you’re doing a powder room, this option also puts the laundry on the main floor, where the bulk of activity happens.

Con: If you’re opting for a guest powder room or bathroom, you might not want to let laundry day fall on the same day that you’re entertaining. Also, if you’re thinking about this option for a main bathroom, consider what you’ll do when another family member is using the bathroom, or the shower in the bathroom. Waiting to switch loads could be frustrating.

Bathrooms also tend to get wet, so you’ll basically have to fold your laundry elsewhere. And some homeowners won’t be able to cope with having clean laundry in a space that also contains a toilet. “There’s just that clean-dirty mix that creates more of a yuck factor,” says Carter.

Finally, if you like your bathroom to be more of a calming, relaxing, spa-like experience, then you probably don’t want to be staring at a pile of laundry or hear the dryer going while you’re relaxing in the bathtub.

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to where to put the laundry room. It all depends on your family size and lifestyle. In the end most people who have a washer and dryer in the home are just thankful. “We will all just appreciate anything, because to have them in our home is a huge convenience,” Linse says.

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Looking for bathroom design trends? Then checkout this article about bathroom design trends that could be of interest to you.
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Read the entire article here: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/35155424/list/where-should-you-put-the-laundry-room

Are You a Millennial? Learn What Mistakes Other Millennials Make When Buying Real Estate Here!

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Millennials are people that are probably just now looking to purchase real estate. Buying a home is a very big purchase and it’s important to learn from other people’s mistakes. In order to help you do just that we found this article with seven different mistakes that millennials often make. We hope it helps you get your dream home and save some money!

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You’ve cut back on lattes, taken a soul-crushing job on Burrard Street or 2nd Street SW, and borrowed from mom and dad. Congrats! You’re ready to put down a chunk of cash to cover the 20% downpayment on a property. But don’t make newbie mistakes, like trusting your bank to look after you. “The reality is that best rates are not always offered up front,” says mortgage broker Atrina Kouroshnia, 29, of Lavarates.ca in an email.

And don’t forget to look into subsidies, discounts and programs like the Home Buyers’ Plan for first-time buyers. Here’s what you need to know before you sign on the dotted line.

Putting every last cent into a downpayment

Hold on just a second. Tempting as it is to pour all your savings into a home, it may not be the best idea with today’s crazy prices.

“For our parents, it was normal to take out a $200,000 to $300,000 mortgage, whereas now first-time home-buyers regularly borrow $700,000 to $800,000,” says Brandon Wasser, a 29-year-old agent with Royal LePage in Toronto.

Should you divorce, or your car breaks down, those monthly mortgage payments may be impossible to meet. “I’ve seen people buy a place, lose their jobs, and they have to sell quickly because they can’t afford the monthly payments,” Mr. Wasser says.

Solution: Set aside some money. Mr. Wasser recommends socking 6 to 12 months of living expenses in an emergency fund.

DIY property searching
Mr. Wasser says Millennials often search on MLS, find a property they like, and contact the agent pictured. Oops! That’s the listing agent, who works on behalf of the seller. You end up telling him what you can afford and are willing to pay, which is information he’ll pass along to the seller — hurting you in negotiations.

Solution: You don’t have to stop searching MLS addictively under your duvet late at night, but hire a realtor first. “That agent will now be in a relationship with you, where they have legal obligations to you.” Mr. Wasser says. “Everything you say to them is confidential.”

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Debating between buying and renting? Then checkout this article about buying vs. renting that could be of interest to you.
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Read the entire article here: http://business.financialpost.com/personal-finance/mortgages-real-estate/seven-mistakes-millennials-make-when-buying-real-estate