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Maximize Space Under Your Stairs

Maximize Space Under Your Stairs
We’ve seen a lot of indoor arrangements where the space under the stairs is completely neglected. This usually happens because the owners fear not to overcrowd the living room or hallway. In this post we would like to present 15 creative and elegant ways on how to effectively use the space under your stairs without “damaging” your home’s appearance. In fact, we think the ideas below will help improve the overall design of the rooms where they are put to practice. If you are living in a small crib and feel the need for more space, you might consider improvising a bookcase, a home office or an entertaining area. Related:  Home,Garden,Car

34 Ingenious Ways To De-Clutter Your Entire Life 17 Useful tips I received this as an email and instead of saving the email, I decided to post it here so that I know I always have these great tips on my site. I plan on trying every single one of them too. I actually just tried the dryer tip (#17) at the bottom, so we’ll see how that one works out. 1. Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove , set heat to med-low and heat till warm. 2. Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. 3. When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. 4. To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated , place them in a microwave with a cup of water. 5. Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. 6. Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can’t see easily. 7. Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. 8. To keep squirrels from eating your plants sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. 9. 10. 11. 12. Hate foggy windshields? 13. 14. 15. 16. 17.

12 Simple Storage Solutions Heavy-duty utility shelves 1 of 2 Big box storage Build sturdy, simple shelves, custom sized to hold boxes or other storage containers. 2 of 2 Shelf plans Build the shelves from plywood, 2x4s and 2x2s. Store-bought shelving units are either hard to assemble and flimsy or awfully expensive. Refer to the dimensions below to mark the location of the horizontal 2x2 on the back of four 2x4s. If you choose plastic bins rather than cardboard boxes, label the plastic with a wet-erase marker. Stud-space cabinet Shallow cabinet Remove the drywall from between two studs and construct a shallow cabinet to fit the space. Cabinet plans The cabinet fits between two studs. When you can't find a convenient nook for a set of shelves, you can often create one by recessing the shelves into the wall itself. When you find a good space, mark the perimeter of the opening and use a drywall keyhole saw to cut it out. For standard 2x4 stud walls with 1/2-in. Add casing that matches the trim in your house. Hidden shelves

25 clever ideas to make life easier Via: Why didn’t I think of that?! We guarantee you’ll be uttering those words more than once at these ingenious little tips, tricks and ideas that solve everyday problems … some you never knew you had! (Above: hull strawberries easily using a straw). Via: Rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture will disguise dings and scrapes. Via: Remove crayon masterpieces from your TV or computer screen with WD40 (also works on walls). Via: Stop cut apples browning in your child’s lunch box by securing with a rubber band. Via: Overhaul your linen cupboard – store bedlinen sets inside one of their own pillowcases and there will be no more hunting through piles for a match. Via: Pump up the volume by placing your iPhone / iPod in a bowl – the concave shape amplifies the music. Via: Re-use a wet-wipes container to store plastic bags. Via:

Trash To Treasure Decorating: Dresser I am one of those people who is not afraid to stop my car on the side of the road to pick up other peoples cast-offs. I enjoy the process of a good trash to treasure furniture makeover. I find the hunt very adventuresome and love transforming my finds into functional pieces. Best of all – it doesn’t cost me a thing. I found this hollowed out dresser in a field on the way to the supermarket. The transformation begins with a trip to the dollar store for 17 white plastic baskets. Also needed: my computer, printer, and card-stock to make some labels. Vintage looking label holders and labels I made. I used a pair of pliers to attach a label holder to the front of each basket. I cut plywood to fit into the hollow dresser to create shelves. I cleaned it up as best I could and figured it is going to go in my mudroom so it doesn’t have to look perfect, just functional. This dresser sees a lot of action as it is right in the door from our garage where we enter the house. I love how it came out.

25 (more) clever ideas to make life easier . We heard you loud and clear. When we published our first list of clever ideas to make life easier last year, we received an overwhelming response. So without further ado, here’s another 25 ingenious household tips and organisational tricks that will have you saying, “Why didn’t I think of that?!” Source: Got an empty kitchen shelf? Source: Wall mount cutlery trays and add a cup hook in each compartment for brilliant jewelery storage. Source: Avoid messy dresser drawers by “filing” your clothing side-by-side instead of stacking items on top of each other. Photo: William Warby on Has putting Toy Story on constant repeat finally taken its toll? Source: Packing tip: Protect breakables such as wine bottles or food containers with children’s inflatable floaties. Source: Rather than bundling them in your drawer, loop tights over a coathanger and store them in your wardrobe. Source:

Free Recyclable Personal Organizer 101 Household Tips for Every Room in your Home | Glamumous! I love to discover tips which make housework easier! From time-saving tricks to finding new and ingenious uses for old things, the Internet provides a wealth of information and advice. In this post I've collected 101 visual tips from all over the web to help you save time and money in every room of your home. About this post Most of these tips were found via Pinterest (which by the way is a great resource for discovering tips to help around the home!). What are your favourite household tips? Do you have any favourite tips from this list? You might also enjoy these posts...

Organizing Winter Gear Dear scratchy wool hats, keep-warm hats and “cute” hats, mismatched gloves, baby hats, toddler hats, mittens, gloves, outdoor gloves, “just-for-looks” gloves, Even Steven’s 20-gazillion winter scarf-collection and a random faux-fur hat… This year – I am going to win! I will not spend my mornings (or my afternoons or my evenings) looking for hats, mittens or gloves. I will not spend my days finding winter gear strewn around the house. I will not waste a single second trying to find the exact scarf that Even Steven wants to wear. I am going to win! I am going to win, right? Avoid Mildew-Keep it Clean and Dry Normal weather patterns in Florida include afternoon rains that keep humidity high. Humidity causes mildew to thrive outside; spores are being produced by the zillions. Even if the indoor mildew spore level was low this spring, spores from outside come in on our clothing and hair. Every time windows or doors are opened, in come more spores. Clean Mildew must have nutrients to grow.

DIY Home Storage by Becky Striepe on January 9, 2014 Need some help getting organized in the new year? Check out these DIY home storage ideas! Sure, you can hit the big box store for shelves, bookcases, and storage boxes, but those commercial solutions come with a big carbon footprint. 5 Upcycled Home Storage Projects Bike Frame Shelving - Did your bike bite the dust? Have you made any cool upcycled home storage solutions? Image Credit: Crutch Shelf photo via Mamie Jane About the Author: Becky Striepe is a green blogger and independent crafter with a passion for vintage fabrics.