Doing Projects the Hard Way

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flower-bedYou want to get your (actual) butt in shape? Try loading a wheelbarrow with 100 lbs and then pushing it up a steep hill. Then do it a few more times, and repeat the following day. This is what I did over the weekend, as I tried to create a planting bed around my house. It turns out that I am an absolute expert when it comes to gardening the hard way. The last time I worked on the landscape, I planted a few shrubs and thought that I could easily dig up the ground. WRONG. Read more

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3 Easy Steps for Time Management through Daily Planning

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overwhelmedHow many times have you started your day with thoughts of the many things you want to get accomplished, but feeling unsure of where to begin or how to prioritize it all? On days like this, you can find yourself succumbing to overwhelm before you ever leave the house. There is so much to do, and so little time and energy!

For adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), time management is one of the hardest skills to master. Read more

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Space Treat: Cheer Up Your Closet

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cute-kid-closetAlready organized your clothing but still feel like the closet is missing something? All your shirts are on hangerspants are accessible…dresses are on display… socks are stashed away… work-out clothes and PJs are separated into their own drawers. Everything has a home and everything else has been donated, but the closet still doesn’t feel as glamorous as you’d like? Throw up some wallpaper inside the closet or paint it a complimentary color to the room it’s in. Use a row of decorative drawer pulls for hanging necklaces and decorative coat-hooks for chunky necklaces, handbags or scarves. Now your closet is not only organized but also looks as fabulous as you do!

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Product of the Week: Pull Out Shelf – One Size Fits Most

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slide_out_shelfA pull out shelf is one of the most versatile household organizers you will ever find. It can be used in any room that has cabinets or closets, making reaching a thing of the past! The problem is, cabinets come in all shapes and sizes, so finding the right shelf to match your cabinet size can be difficult. Many people eventually turn to custom slide out shelves, very nice but a little on the pricey side. This pull out shelf solves all of those problems with a unique design that allows it to expand to the size of your cabinets – voila! No more measuring, guessing and then crossing your fingers in hopes that it will fit – you can expand this shelf up to 20”, perfect for those of us without “standard” cabinetry. Another nice thing about this particular shelf is that the rails mount to the side of the cabinet, so you can create multiple tiers of storage.

Read on for my tips on How and Where to Use Pull Out Shelves: Read more

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Works for Me Wednesday: Zip Ties

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humble-zip-tieZip ties are amazing! I use them for cord control, and a multitude of other little fixes all over my house.

I thought I was particularly clever last weekend when I fixed a broken toilet chain with my own little chain of zip ties and a binder clip to connect it to the rubber stopper in the bottom of the toilet tank. But I guess Elizabeth over at apartmenttherapy.com and I think a lot alike. Check out her tiolet handle fix. We should team up, Elizabeth! Read more

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Space Treat: Prune Away Your Clutter

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pruningWhat do pruning a tree and clearing out your clutter have in common?

Pruning is one of the healthiest things you can do for a tree:
· It prevents diseased branches from further destruction.
· It supports healing when you remove a damaged limb.
· It encourages a tree to develop a strong structure and restores it’s vitality.

This is exactly what happens during the “pruning” phase of organizing. Read more

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Product of the Week: Cedar Shelf Liners

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cedar-shelf-linerCedar wood has many benefits that are complementary to clothes. So it’s no wonder that people sometimes line their entire closet with cedar planks. A custom closet can be expensive, though, so how can we all get a taste of this luxurious type of clothes storage and preservation?

These cedar shelf liners provide an affordable alternative to custom closet work, and are compatible with wire closet organizers, a very popular and widespread choice for closets everywhere today. No installation is required, so you don’t have to hire a contractor to get them. They simply drop into place on most wire closet shelves. Read on for some natural benefits that cedar has to offer. Read more

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