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When organizing it is key to think outside of the box. Whether living in a dorm room or at home employing items for alternative uses can be a wonderful chance to get your life’s belonging organized and within easy reach. Over the door and under the bed shoe organizers are perfect for many uses beyond the intended storage of shoes.

Enjoy watching me in my e-How video discussing ideas for shoe organizers beyond just shoes!

Shoe organizers can be the perfect tool needed to help keep life organized.

  • Socks need a home and the pocket in the shoe organizer will keep the socks neat and together in pairs.
  • Artists with an array of supplies and medias can use the pockets in a shoe organizer to sort out pens, brushes, paint, etc. for easy finding.

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  • Homework and office supplies will be kept neatly and given a place of their own with a pocket for a stapler, tape, hole punch, post-its, pens and pencils, highlighters, scissors, etc to get work done in an orderly fashion.

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  • Media storage can be kept in control; adapters, cords, game controllers, cameras, media and devices can be kept neatly arranged within pockets.
  • Turn a shoe organizer into a heading out the door organizer perfect to keep keys, gloves, scarves, hats, sunglasses, suntan lotion, and umbrellas.
  • Use the shoe organizer as a bathroom organizer keeping a hairdryer, combs and brushes, hair fashion, toothpaste and toothbrush, soap, hair products, shampoo and conditioner, lotions and makeup in the different pockets.

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Now that you have a place for everything and everything is in its place you will have time to enjoy life. Grab the sunglasses from the organizer and enjoy life. Never be afraid to dance!

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When organizing it is key to think outside of the box. Whether living in a dorm room or at home employing items for alternative uses can be a wonderful chance t

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Shoe organizers can organize more than just shoes to keep the abode clean and neat! Check out the many ideas

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In today’s fast paced and busy world keeping notes and staying organized has become important in order to get through a day. Keeping the home, office, and dorm

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Post-its have grown into beautiful tools to use to organize the abode and beautify life, home and on the go! Check out the newest cool products.

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Living in metro areas such as New York City, and its suburbs like Long Island, dwellers know how cramped life can get in crowded quarters. Manhattanites are forever looking for inventive ways to use every inch of their tiny square footage apartments.

Many in the suburbs are downsizing from larger homes to small houses or apartments. College students are moving into a dorm room discovering that they need to be neat, tidy and creative when sharing a small space for everything from sleeping, eating, studying and entertaining.

It is important to have a plan of action when moving into a smaller living space.

How do you fit everything that you have accumulated and want into this smaller home? Start with a plan; sketch out a few floor plans of how you may fit your furnishings.

If you are purchasing new furnishings then buy what is most important first.

A good night’s sleep should be considered to be the most important function for your room design to provide. Start off designing your sleeping area and work out from there.

Purchase the bed, dresser, sofa, table or desk, and move on as you gather your funds and needs.

For those heading out of the family home to live on their own for the first time enjoy shopping for new furnishings.

  • Cash might be tight; great pieces of furniture can be found at secondhand stores and yard sales. These can be fun for you to refinish yourself. Be careful not to purchase upholstered items or rugs at these places unless you know the seller. You do not want to bring bugs into your home.
  • For dishes, glasses, and silverware, you can save money by asking family and friends. Many have extra sets stored away that they are looking to get rid of, and will loan or give them to you.
  • Check out stores such as IKEA, Home Goods for nice furnishings at reduced prices.

Remember, you will be working with smaller spaces than you are probably not accustomed to.

This is the time to be creative.

  • Loft beds are for adults too. They create a second story to use as your “bedroom”, opening up an area for storage, desk or seating underneath.
  • Murphy beds are a fantastic way to have a comfortable place to sleep and then create a nice space to sit when not in use. These can be expensive but there are Murphy beds that you can make by yourself if you are handy.
  • Futons create a sofa with a comfortable bed, without that uncomfortable bar found across traditional sofa beds. These can be reasonably purchased. IKEA has some good values.
  • A flip down table attached to a wall with folding chairs create a nice dining area and desk top that can easily be folded up when not in use.

Make accessorizing fun and creative.

  • Use scarves as table linen or to wrap a pillow in.
  • If you do not have ceiling fixtures, you can hang a pendant light from a hook and drape a long cord to the ceiling/ wall edge and bring it down the wall to the outlet.
  • A colorful area rug can dress up a dull floor or worn carpeting.

Every inch of a small living space can be used for some necessary purpose.

  • Hang a broom and mop from wall-hooks snuck next to the refrigerator.
  • Shelving can be installed around the top of the walls, above windows and doors for towels, or out-of-season clothes, and extra bedding.
  • Use the often underused and forgotten niches under the staircase for storage.

Whether in a smaller house, an apartment or dorm this is where you will be living, working, and entertaining. Make sure that it is comfortable and inviting. Plan on keeping your abode organized and tidy, this will help you to feel calmer and less stressed. You will be able to relax more when you know where everything is. If someone stops by you will not be stressed out about suddenly having to clean up for entertaining company.

Keep your mind open to new experiences in life and never be afraid to dance!

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As the east coast attempts to recover from super storm Sandy this is the perfect time for everyone to reevaluate the decor, clean out and organize. Once the home is comfortable and well adorned it is important to have a plan in order to keep a happy home.

Prepare your abode for cuddling inside during the colder months. Make sure that every member in the household is involved with daily chores.

  • Beds are to be made each morning. Each person in the home needs to take care of keeping their own bed made. Even if the rest of the room is a bit messy, the clean bed will bring a sense of cleanliness. Remember less is more. Make the bed easy to make with just a duvet and minimal pillows. Alarms should be set in the morning to allow for time to make the bed up.
  • Sweep floors every morning. Have a member of the house take turns sweeping the bare floors every morning. This will keep the dirt and dust at bay.
  • Dust as you go. Every day dust a different surface. It will keep your dusting time down to a minimum and you will not resent doing it. Have everyone in the household have their own designated surfaces to dust.
  • Clean the shower as you bathe. After bathing each person can quickly spray and clean bathroom surfaces. You can keep the bath cleanser in the tub or shower for quick use.
  • Keep the sink clean and clear. Everyone, including children, should be responsible to make sure the kitchen sink is clear and clean after every use.
  • Tables and countertops should be kept clear of debris. Clear off newspapers and junk mail as you read them. Do not let these items accumulate.
  • Make recycling easy. Have a container for recyclables to be dropped in as they are used.
  • Keep your desk papers organized so your desk and surfaces stay tidy. Keep important papers neatly stacked in letter trays or use pretty baskets or boxes. Make a tray for each member of the household. These should be sorted through weekly so that the unnecessary items can be discarded and important items can be taken care of and filed away.
  • Have allocated places for homework. Whether a desk in a bedroom or the kitchen table, each person needs their own space to do their home work. Make sure that before bedtime all desk tops and tabletops are neat and clear with all homework completed and papers in place to take to school or work.
  • Keep a day for heavy cleaning. At least one day should be devoted to heavier cleaning like vacuuming and washing floors. Make sure that everyone takes turns doing these chores.

Have the kids decorate and make a check list that everyone can check off or add a gold star to as each task is completed.

A neater abode promotes a calmer and more relaxed home environment. The colder months will be much more comfortable with organized surroundings. Everyone will be happy. Time to get the fireplace ready, turn up the Jazz and never be afraid to dance!

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As the children grow up every new school year brings many new challenges. Homework can take many quiet hours of research and study. It is important to create the appropriate study space to make an environment that will nurture good study habits.

Desk space is important to have to be used for homework time

Depending on room and home size a desk for each student is as important at home as it is in school.

If a bedroom is shared and there is extra room then there are a number of options:

  • Place a long desktop along a wall that will fit a couple of chairs separated by drawers.
  • Desks can be placed facing each other as well.

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Be creative in a small bedroom

  • A loft bed creates the perfect location for a study space underneath.

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  • Use a desk to replace a night table for double duty.
  • Place a desk in place of a footboard.

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  • Attach a flip down table to the wall; it can be kept tidy against a wall when not in use as a desk.

Desk space in the kitchen or family room can be allocated as homework central.

With a large family household, or for younger children, having a place for homework in the heart of the home creates a space for everyone to have computer time and where parents are available to assist with tutoring. Most older students now have personal laptops but it is important to know what the young ones are doing online.

  • Use a niche in the family center of the home to set up a computer workstation. A computer station can be worked into the kitchen cabinetry or a wall unit in the family room.
  • A desk or desk height console can be placed behind a sofa to be used as a workstation.

Desks are important but organization is key in achieving the best grades.

Shelves

  • A bookshelf or individual shelving it is important to have a space to keep books and software neatly arranged. For a small room think upwards and run shelving around the perimeter of the room one foot down from the ceiling.

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Storage boxes

  • Use attractive letter boxes and file boxes to keep on the shelves to organize papers, pens, and desk accessories.

Cover a wall with cork or paint with magnetic paint

  • Cork is perfect for tacking up notes, calendars, and fun art to keep the room lively.

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  • With a wall painted using magnetic paint in a pretty color the wall becomes a decorative giant magnet board to use to post the periodic table or any other homework aids.

Post the greatest accomplishments to inspire like ‘A’ plus papers, poetry, or beautiful art work.

Hang framed posters

  • Large posters behind glass in frames adorning the wall will add beauty and personality to a room. The glass works great as note boards; use post-it notes to jot down your thoughts and stick them to the glass.

Beyond desk time is important to induce study as well

There are times that a comfy space is needed to plop down when enjoying a good book or reviewing for a test.

  • A bean bag or oversized floor pillows are wonderful places to relax on as the book takes one to exciting places.

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  • Turn the bed into a sofa space as a respite spot to study with large pillows that allow for sitting up.

Do not forget about the importance of good lighting

  • Every work space should have its own private light that will not be glaring into someone else’s space. Whether sitting in a beanbag or at a desk bright lighting is very important to assist in holding the attention while completing homework or reading.

Make back to school a fun time by getting the kids involved with choosing the necessities required for the upcoming school year’s new tasks. Homework should be seen as an exciting time to explore outside of the classroom in order to enhance one’s world and life.

Pay it forward with learning and never be afraid to dance!

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The summer has only just begun and July is already half over. The stores are now filled with back to school items. It may seem early but many colleges begin early in August which leaves little time for students to prepare for their excursions to their new homes in their dorm abodes.

For many nervous students they will be heading out to their first dorm rooms away from the comfort of the home abode. For the first time in their lives, many students will be living with a roommate or roommates.

Decorating your new “abode away from home” can be fun.

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Most colleges give you the advantage of getting to know roommates, through emails and phone calls, before you actually meet in your room.

Roommates can have fun and get to know each other by working on coordinating their décor.

Since most dorm rooms tend to be on the small side, comfort and being organized are very important when planning your decor.

Add immediate comfort with a new bed topper

  • Bed toppers come in many materials such as feathers, memory foam, and synthetics. You will want to make sure your fitted sheets will accommodate a topper on top of your mattress.

New sheets, towels, and pillows will encase you in comfort

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  • It is very comforting when snuggling into bed with brand new cotton sheets and a new fluffy pillow. New towels are fresh and absorbent. Make sure that everything is washed and ready for your new home.

Good personal light fixtures are important for late night studying and reading

  • Consider buying one for your bed and another for your desk. If you do not have a surface next to your bed consider your options such as clip on fixtures that can be attached to a bed frame or a wall mounted fixture.

Accessorize your new room for comfort as well as attractiveness

  • Large throw pillows and body pillows make attractive bed accessories. They provide comfort at night and can turn your bed into a sofa during the day. For company throw the large pillows on the floor for extra seating.

Add style to the room with an area rug

  • Yes, area rugs can be placed over carpeting! Inexpensive area rugs can be found at stores like Target. These will cover boring dorm room flooring and provide some color to the décor.

Staying organized also means keeping spaces neat and tidy, ready for work and guests

  • Command products have reusable hooks and caddies that make organizing a snap. They are easy to install and remove without any harm to the walls. Command has beautiful decorative hooks, as well as simple clear hooks and wire management systems, picture hangers and poster clips, and caddies to organize your walls. They will hold your art, robes, towels, etc and are easily removed, without marking the walls, at the end of the school year.
  • Dorm rooms do not usually have a full length mirror. Full length mirrors can be purchased that hang simply with hooks fitting over your room door.
  • Do not forget memo and cork boards to hold notes and reminders. You can use your mirror to post any reminder notes you may have for yourself or your roommate.
  • Laundry will need its own space and will have to be portable so that can easily be carried to the laundry room. Find a corner in your closet to keep it.
  • A tote to hold all of your personal bath supply items is a must have. Just grab your handy tote and a towel and head to the bathroom for a shower or a splash to the face.

Closet organizing accessories are a must.

  • Depending on your closet space, there are many options to choose from; hanging or over-the-door shoe racks, belt holders, and hanging shelves are all available.

Studying will come easy when you have important papers and documents in order.

File your schoolwork, and documents; insurance papers, pay stubs, tax info.

  • Cube storage ottomans are perfect for keeping files and providing extra seating for company.
  • File crates take up minimal space if there is no room for a full-size cabinet.

Enjoy your first steps into the world on your own. Do not forget to be responsible and to keep your grades up as you balance the enjoyable college life. The more organized you are, the more you will get accomplished, resulting in more time to experience college fun.

Celebrate your good grades and accomplishments; turn up the music and never be afraid to dance!

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It is time to get the things up off the floor and table tops. Hooks make it easy to keep items neatly in place on walls or inside cabinet doors. Take command by having hooks for everyone in the household to keep their possessions, in order to maintain a beautiful and together décor.

Command Brand by 3M has an array of useful hooks in many sizes, finishes, and colors to be used in any room.

Attach a hook to a surface without harm with no holes to damage a wall; perfect for a rental or a dorm room.

General Hooks

  • “Enhance your décor and help control clutter by making use of valuable wall space. Available in a variety of styles, plastic hooks make it easy to organize and decorate your space from top to bottom. Hold items from 0.5 to 7.5 pounds, depending on product.”

Decorative Hooks

  • “Decorative hooks are available in bold colors and finishes that complement a variety of décors and include the timeless and accent brushed nickel hooks. For sophisticated style, arc hooks provide a sleek look while ball hooks are rubberized for extra grip. Hold items up to 3 pounds, depending on product.”

Metal Decorative Hooks

  • There are a variety of styles and finishes of metal hooks for the traditional and modern home. Hold items up to 5 pounds, depending on product.

Clear Hooks

  • “These new clear hooks, clips and organization products –complete with a transparent adhesive strip – blend seamlessly into walls and other surfaces providing endless decorating possibilities. Hold 0.5 to 2 pounds, depending on product.”

The hooks are perfect for décor upkeep

  • Keep the keys handy; hang clear hooks on the wall next to the door and they will blend into the painted surface.
  • The attractive decorative metal hooks are perfect for the foyer or entry; hang jackets and scarves neatly as you enter the abode.
  • Bathrobes and towels can be neatly hung on dorm walls.
  • Hooks and clips are the answer for holiday decorating; hang stockings, wreaths, and garland. They are easy to remove along with the décor after the holiday celebration.
  • Keep jewelry creatively organized and displayed as art hung on the walls.

3M has given me the opportunity to personally test their wonderful Command products.

 

  • Command is very easy to apply and remove.
  • Clean the surface first with rubbing alcohol and let dry.
  • Remove blue or red label liner on tape to attach to hook so that tab in easily accessible on bottom for future removal.
  • Then remove the black labeled liner on adhesive and attach to surface.
  • Press firmly for 30 seconds and wait 1 hour before use.
  • For easy removal simply hold the hook while you pull the tab straight down. Keep pulling until hook is released from the wall (Be prepared to pull the strip as much as 6 inches in order for it to liberate the hook).

3M has come to the rescue with their wonderful Command Brand products

There is truly a Command product for any application and need.

  • Hooks
  • Organizational Products
  • Cord Organization
  • Bath products
  • Picture and Frame Hangers

I am pleased to say that these products are a great invention and lend to creative organizing and decorating. All of the products are easily removable and reusable; simply purchase refill strips.

Command products are perfect for painted surfaces, tiled walls, wood etc. (Command states that this product should not be used on wall paper or vinyl covering).

Have fun hooking up the décor and never be afraid to dance!

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Check out the newest Container Store to open this weekend. Start getting solutions to stay organized!

The Container Store is the cure to help organize your life and abode – New York Interior Design | Examiner.com.

Everyone seems to get caught up with showcasing the “perfect” abode. Decorating does not end with beautiful furnishings. Every day the décor needs to be cleaned and updated as new finds are brought in. It is a constant struggle to maintain the beautifully decorated neat and tidy home.

Adorning the walls is the spot-on finishing touch to any décor. It is a challenge to find the perfect wall furnishings to complement your unique abode and personality.

Think beyond the usual with unique and decorative shelves

  • Shelves can add beauty to a wall displaying framed photos and sculpture.
  • Shelves function to keep the abode in order.

An interesting shelf can act as a wall sculpture along with be used to display objects, framed photos, and books.

  • Homedecorators.com has a wonderful contemporary wall shelf collection, handcrafted in solid wood that is available in a variety of sizes, colors and finishes.

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  • Books can become part of a work of wall art when placed on the Kartell Bookwormfrom module-r.com. Many sizes and colors are available to bend into a unique design for each application. Change the design with the seasons.

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  • A shelf in the winddesigned by Olivia Blechschmidt, actually gives the sense of a simple wood shelf being blown in the wind with its asymmetry side flowing in branch like sections.

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  • ALS designs has designed the eco-friendly angle shelf. “Left or Right pointing angle shelf. Urea formaldehyde-free bamboo with a zero VOC, water resistant finish with 100% natural Tung Oil. Designed in Brooklyn & Made in the U.S.A.”

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  • Momentoiltaiahas unique wall units. Their cod. LWS 49 is a sleek clean lined unit made of five elements in high gloss lacquer; “play with the different elements and fix them on the wall following your own idea of design.”

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Lago (no, not LEGO) has cools shelves that make the owner the designer of his or her own creation.

  • LagoLINEA, designed by Daniele Lago, is clean lined shelf components that is a minimalistic design for creating a usable wall sculpture.

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  • TANGRAM, designed by Daniele Lago, is “a square in seven pieces combined with imagination to make new shapes come to life”. Mix and match colors and make your own shapes to put together a puzzle of art that is totally functional.

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Fluidusa.nethas the coolest shelf/ media systems that speak the language of art.

  • Fluid Metrois geometric in clean lines and circles of woods and metal.

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  • Fluid Earthunits are in shapes of sunbursts and boomerangs.

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  • Fluid Kidsis funky and bright with silhouettes of shapes and animals in lively colors. Not just for kids; these would work great in a fun family room, kitchen, or office.

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Let the walls speak to you and for you. Have fun mixing and matching artwork with wall sculptures, and shelves. Do not shy from expressing yourself in the décor and never be afraid to dance!

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