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College housing, whether living into a dorm or apartment, often means moving often as each year begins and ends. The decor should provide not only comfort and b

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Designer organizing tips: Keep the child to adult’s room its own beautiful abode

 

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Nothing makes the Queen or King of the household more happy than living in stress free and peaceful surroundings. Unfortunately when living with children, young

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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

Carol Ruth Weber‘s insight:

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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