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Make Your Home Work For You

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

We’ve been talking about removing some cabinets around the bay window in our kitchen and replacing them with open shelving.  It’s something I’ve been considering for a while since I’m loving that style lately, and I might have Matt on board to tackle that project this weekend!  Speaking of tweaking your home to suit your style, I’m also excited to welcome back contributing writer and expert home flipper Liz from It’s Great to Be Home

Liz is a wealth of information when it comes to changing out spaces to suit your lifestyle and she’s back with her six smart tips on how to make your home work for you right now.   Please welcome back Liz!

  make your home work for you

 

“Whether you’re planning to live in your home for all of eternity or sell it tomorrow, it’s always a great idea to adapt your home to work with the way you live, and unless you’re living in a house that you built yourself from the ground up, chances are your abode could use a few tweaks to fit your lifestyle.

So when you find yourself faced with a spare afternoon or weekend, think about tackling one of these six projects to make your home work for you – they’re easy, not too expensive, and can be conquered without busting out the serious power tools.  

1.  Create an Entryway.

How many times have you entered a house and walked straight into the living room?  It’s especially common for homes built in the 50s-70s.  While there’s nothing wrong with that layout, wouldn’t it be nice to have a proper entryway or at least a space that functions like an entryway? Everyone can use a place to drop their keys, check their hair before they walk out the door, and maybe even greet guests without making them feel like they’ve walked straight into your personal living space.

So how do you go about creating an entryway?  Just follow this simple formula to create a basic entryway: add a mirror + ledge or console + bowl or tray for stuff!

entry console mirror bhg

Better Homes & Gardens

the marion house entry

House and Home

Of course, there’s always room to gussy things up!  If you have the space, you might want to add a little seating by tucking a bench or ottoman under the console. You can also up the amount of storage you have with baskets and storage ottomans.  Finally, think about dividing up an open floor plan by positioning furniture to create a sort of "hallway" coming from the front door.  It’s easy to do this by using the back of a sofa or chairs to divide the space. 

 

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Organizing the Junk Drawer (please contain your excitement)

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

I followed my own advice yesterday and tackled a project that I’ve let go all summer long.  Those lazy days of summer led to laziness around the house which led to a messy kitchen zone with piles of who knows what’s in there and I came home from vacation to a cluttered mess.  Yay.

 

I’m in back-to-school mode this week so I grabbed some fresh school supplies and then tackled that family zone that hides our junk drawer in the kitchen.

 

In the past I’ve been good about keeping my junk drawer organized but I pretty much let it all go over the summer.  Since it’s ‘hurry up and get organized’ week at our casa  I began with the dreaded dump.

Oh. what. fun !!

Nope, it’s zero fun if you ask me, but a few hours later, I had it all separated, tossing the real junk and organizing what remained into sections – on one side some new supplies and school related stuff like erasers, tape, scissors, chalk, rubber bands, glue sticks, etc. and on the other stamps, business cards, gift cards, small screwdrivers, hooks and pens.

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Organization Please!

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

There’s that old saying, “I need a vacation from my vacation!” and it couldn’t be more true today.  My house is such a mess right now, the suitcases are still not unpacked, the laundry is crazy out of control, the stack of bills needs paid, the emails are many, the piles are mounting, and I’m still recovering from that exhausting red-eye return flight across the country.   Why do the kids bounce back so much faster?  

With fun and functional organization on the brain this week I wrote about it over at BH&G, here are the two most recent articles: 

ten smart ideas for family organization creative ways to display jewelry

 

Also, for a fun diversion there’s a quiz I spotted online which will diagnose your organization personality.  I was hoping for the question “what is the organizational state of your home?” and the choice of “total disaster” but it wasn’t there so I turned out to be a “party planner” type.

  party planner

 

Click below to take the quiz for yourself…

organization personality quiz

… and tell me which one are you? 

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