QUESTION: I am looking forward to purchasing several area rugs. It would be helpful for me to obtain more knowledge on rugs and become more familiar with my options in the actual rug selection. Also, I would like to understand how an area rug impacts a room. ANSWER: An area rug can be a great asset to any room. They work best lying on top of a hard surface such a stone, tiles, hardwood or a tightly woven carpet. Carpet pad is available that is reversible and can be used on hard surface or over carpet which will keep the rug from creeping. The thickness of the pad can vary according to the client needs when considering door swings, transitions, and other height changes. Area rugs were first both utilitarian and decorative. The first rugs were probably animal skins that were thrown on the floors in a caveman’s den and used for comfort and warmth. The gathering of wool fibers could also be made into a rug by wetting the wool and “felting” the fibers together. In time, it was discovered that by weaving two fibers over and under each other, rugs could be woven from grasses or wool and hair from animals. These rugs also became not only useful but also ornamental, timeless works of art, seats of honor, beds, camel carrying bags and other necessary needs for many nomadic tribes. There are two popular types of woven rugs and their origin dates back for centuries. The first type is called “flat weave” which would refer to rugs such as the Kilims or Navajo rugs. These are rugs that are woven without a pile height and are made by the weaver on an upright loom made of poles. The true Navajo rugs are warped on the looms with a continuous warp so there are no fringed ends. The Kilims rugs are woven with the finished fringed ends as part of the rug. New Mexican rugs have appeared on the market and try to emulate the Navajo and Kilims. The method of the flat woven rug is very old, and reference to the flat woven rugs is found in ancient scriptures and classical writing. Handmade, pile rugs are also made on primitive looms, and the weaver stretches the warp (the base yarn fibers) onto the loom, ties the knots by hand, and beats the fibers into place with a primitive comb. The discovery of the first known pile knotted rug was discovered in 1947 by a Russian archaeologist, and was discovered in a Scythian burial mound dating from the 5th century BC. Prior to this discovery, the oldest rugs were found in the Tarim Basin, east of China and Mongolia. Today, there are machine made rugs, which look similar to the handmade rugs; however, the price and value of these rugs is less. These rugs should be defined as oriental design, machine made rugs. Within the definition of handmade oriental rugs, there is also a distinction between decorative rugs and collectible rugs. A qualified rug dealer should be very specific in defining the rugs description and origin, the fiber content, size, and age. For example, a Turkish, handmade rug may have as few as thirty knots per square inch, where a finer woven rug may have a count of four hundred knots per inch which would take the weaver tying three knots per minute, four years to make a Kirman rug five feet by eight feet. Different materials can also be found in rugs. Natural fibers can be wool, silk, hemp, silk, camel’s hair, and the wool being the more stable fiber. Wool rugs are still the best quality today for performance, look, feel, and value. Cotton and hemp are less stable fibers, and synthetics such as olefin, nylon and polyester do not look, feel or perform as well, and tend to have an artificial sheen to the fibers. The dyes in rugs are also an important factor. Various dyes produce more intense and stable colors. The animal dyes and vegetable dyes are most typically used and give a beautiful, soft color palette. The natural dyes come from plants, flowers, fruit, and bark which are most common in each region or country. The aniline and other synthetic dyes were becoming more popular on a commercial basis and were less expensive and less stable. The aniline dye can be tested by rubbing the rug with a damp white cloth to see if the dye rubs off or is colorfast. In some areas, rigid laws forbid the use of cheap dyes like Aniline. The value of a rug is based on it’s dyes, age, texture, the number of knots to a square inch, the beauty and intricacy of design, the pattern, coloring, materials and size. Chrome dyes are being used more often in today’s new rugs along with the use of potassium mordant. These dyes are colorfast and do not disturb the natural oils of the wool. The decision on whether to purchase a machine made, or hand made rug will depend on budget, look, and expectations. It is also worthy to consider a variety of rugs. In an overly active family, it may be wise to use a less expensive machine made rug under the table and save the handmade rug for a study. When selecting a rug, the size of the rug must also be considered for the room. For example, the “ideal” size of a dining room rug would allow 3’ on each side of the table for the rug. This would provide a comfortable width for the dining chairs to sit. A rug in a living room area can be large enough for the entire furniture to sit on the area rug while allowing a minimum of a foot of hard surface flooring to border the room; or if placing the rug in front of the sofa allow approximately 1-½ feet past each end of the sofa for the rug. These are optimal dimensions and may need to be adjusted as don’t pass a great rug up because it is several inches from meeting the standards. Have fun with the selections and make the selections an important part of the interior of your home.

Indoor Area Rugs – A Buyer’s Guide to Quality

QUESTION:

I am looking forward to purchasing several area rugs. It would be helpful for me to obtain more knowledge on rugs and become more familiar with my options in the actual rug selection. Also, I would like to understand how an area rug impacts a room.

ANSWER:

An area rug can be a great asset to any room. They work best lying on top of a hard surface such a stone, tiles, hardwood or a tightly woven carpet. Carpet pad is available that is reversible and can be used on hard surface or over carpet which will keep the rug from creeping. The thickness of the pad can vary according to the client needs when considering door swings, transitions, and other height changes.

Using Indoor Area Rugs in Interior Design

Area rugs were first both utilitarian and decorative. The first rugs were probably animal skins that were thrown on the floors in a caveman’s den and used for comfort and warmth. The gathering of wool fibers could also be made into a rug by wetting the wool and “felting” the fibers together. In time, it was discovered that by weaving two fibers over and under each other, rugs could be woven from grasses or wool and hair from animals. These rugs also became not only useful but also ornamental, timeless works of art, seats of honor, beds, camel carrying bags and other necessary needs for many nomadic tribes.

living room throw rug idea

There are two popular types of woven rugs and their origin dates back for centuries. The first type is called “flat weave” which would refer to rugs such as the Kilims or Navajo rugs.

These are rugs that are woven without a pile height and are made by the weaver on an upright loom made of poles. The true Navajo rugs are warped on the looms with a continuous warp so there are no fringed ends.

The Kilims rugs are woven with the finished fringed ends as part of the rug. New Mexican rugs have appeared on the market and try to emulate the Navajo and Kilims.

The method of the flat woven rug is very old, and reference to the flat woven rugs is found in ancient scriptures and classical writing.

Handmade, pile rugs are also made on primitive looms, and the weaver stretches the warp (the base yarn fibers) onto the loom, ties the knots by hand, and beats the fibers into place with a primitive comb.

The discovery of the first known pile knotted rug was discovered in 1947 by a Russian archaeologist, and was discovered in a Scythian burial mound dating from the 5th century BC. Prior to this discovery, the oldest rugs were found in the Tarim Basin, east of China and Mongolia.

Today, there are machine made rugs, which look similar to the handmade rugs; however, the price and value of these rugs is less. These rugs should be defined as oriental design, machine made rugs.

Within the definition of handmade oriental rugs, there is also a distinction between decorative rugs and collectible rugs.

A qualified rug dealer should be very specific in defining the rugs description and origin, the fiber content, size, and age. For example, a Turkish, handmade rug may have as few as thirty knots per square inch, where a finer woven rug may have a count of four hundred knots per inch which would take the weaver tying three knots per minute, four years to make a Kirman rug five feet by eight feet.throw rug interior design

Different materials can also be found in rugs. Natural fibers can be wool, silk, hemp, silk, camel’s hair, and the wool being the more stable fiber. Wool rugs are still the best quality today for performance, look, feel, and value. Cotton and hemp are less stable fibers, and synthetics such as olefin, nylon and polyester do not look, feel or perform as well, and tend to have an artificial sheen to the fibers.

The dyes in rugs are also an important factor. Various dyes produce more intense and stable colors. The animal dyes and vegetable dyes are most typically used and give a beautiful, soft color palette. The natural dyes come from plants, flowers, fruit, and bark which are most common in each region or country. The aniline and other synthetic dyes were becoming more popular on a commercial basis and were less expensive and less stable.

The aniline dye can be tested by rubbing the rug with a damp white cloth to see if the dye rubs off or is colorfast. In some areas, rigid laws forbid the use of cheap dyes like Aniline.

The value of a rug is based on it’s dyes, age, texture, the number of knots to a square inch, the beauty and intricacy of design, the pattern, coloring, materials and size. Chrome dyes are being used more often in today’s new rugs along with the use of potassium mordant. These dyes are colorfast and do not disturb the natural oils of the wool.

The decision on whether to purchase a machine made, or hand made rug will depend on budget, look, and expectations. It is also worthy to consider a variety of rugs. In an overly active family, it may be wise to use a less expensive machine made rug under the table and save the handmade rug for a study or home office.

When selecting a rug, the size of the rug must also be considered for the room. For example, the “ideal” size of a dining room rug would allow 3’ on each side of the table for the rug. This would provide a comfortable width for the dining chairs to sit. A rug in a living room area can be large enough for the entire furniture to sit on the area rug while allowing a minimum of a foot of hard surface flooring to border the room; or if placing the rug in front of the sofa allow approximately 1-½ feet past each end of the sofa for the rug.

These are optimal dimensions and may need to be adjusted as don’t pass a great rug up because it is several inches from meeting the standards.

Have fun with the selections and make the selections an important part of the interior of your home.

create a home office

Changing a Guest Room into a Home Office

QUESTION:

We have a guest bedroom in our home that is lovely; however, it only gets used three weeks out of a year. I really would like to have a study and am not sure how to set the room up. This room is directly across from the great room and I would like them to relate. I would appreciate some ideas for developing this room into a more useable space.

ANSWER:

Since “Home Office” is all about function, you have already taken the first important step in analyzing a space by considering the use of the space as well as the function. The original room worked well for the week-end guest with the queen size bed, but did not leave enough room for the much needed work area.

The goal was to convert this existing room into a highly efficient home office by taking advantage of the spaces available. As it was also important to provide a nice area for reading, listening to music as well as guest sleeping, we suggested placing the work surfaces along the perimeter of the rooms.

This allowed enough available floor space to install a nice sleeper sofa for the few times guests will be using the room and also provided cozy seating to be used on a daily basis.

NEW ENTRANCE

Interior Designers are always looking for new, creative twists for existing spaces. As our design team began to develop the plan, we suggested removing the one existing, bedroom door which lead into the great room, widening and reframing the opening by an additional 2’6” for a total opening of 5’ wide.

This enabled us to create a gracious entry into the new study and add some dynamite doors while allowing the two spaces to flow and compliment each other.

To add additional drama and interest to these spaces, two custom leaded glass doors were designed and hinged to open into the great room. Whether in the open or closed position, these doors bring in a wonderful element of interest, color, and design to not only the study but also the great room as we hinged the doors to swing into the great room for all to enjoy.

CREATING THE OFFICE SPACE

As long as we were into a little sheetrock tear-out and new paint, the decision was made to remove the closet doors and eliminate the short, wing walls. This “new-found space” worked well for developing a computer workstation with upper bookcases and enclosed upper cabinets for storage. (See revised plan.)

An additional workstation was added under the view window that enables this office to be used by two family members at the same time while keeping each area independent.

An upper bookcase could easily be added to this area on the wall space just left of the window which duplicates the amount of storage and work surface.

By using just a few design changes, the space has become very compact but efficient and with a wealth of practical features which is especially important with the ever changing demands of the modern business world.

GETTING THE RIGHT HOME OFFICE SET-UP FOR YOUR NEEDS

When investing in any item for the home, not only think about current use but also anticipate and plan for future needs. Home offices can often begin with a simple need to escape from family activities while paying bills, and this office can grow into a highly used area by spouses catching up on work, children playing computer games or preparing a school paper.

Home offices often turn into the main office for a home business or a retreat haven for the newly retired.

Make a list of needs for the present office as well as for the projected use of this space during the next six years. List how the space will be used and what family members will be using the space together or at separate times. Include in your list all equipment that you will be using such as computer, copier, printer, scanner, etc., and decide if it is acceptable for you to have this equipment displayed in the open or prefer to have the equipment behind closed doors when not in use.

As equipment will change over the years in type, style and dimensions, keep your dimensions and space flexible.

DIMENSIONS AND DETAILS OF WORK SPACES

As a general rule, the depth of the worktop should be a minimum of 24” deep. The main work area could increase to a comfortable 30” deep for spreading out papers if your room space allows this. The desk work-height should be at 29” to 30” from the finished floor. If a pencil drawer or computer tray is to be installed, be sure the thickness does not exceed 4” high or the legs and knees will be crowded.

With the actual knee space, I recommend keeping the minimum width of the open knee space at 27” or more if possible.

Upper cabinets over the work area should be hung 18” to 24” above the finished work counter. I prefer to keep the open space at 24” above the worktop and add a task light with a light rail under the upper cabinet. This task light gives additional, quality lighting for the actual work area. The upper shelves should have adjustable shelves when possible, and a combination of doors and open shelves on the upper cabinets is an excellent idea.

The doors help conceal items such as copy paper, note books and items that are not that attractive.

PURCHASING THE FURNITURE FOR THE HOME OFFICE

There are several different options for obtaining the furniture for your home office. I would encourage you to keep quality in the forefront, as this will be an investment that will certainly perform well for years to come.

  • Consider purchasing one of the wonderful collections of manufactured home-office furniture. There is a great variety of styles and wood types such as cherry, walnut, maple or oak. The details on these pieces are very attractive and the quality pieces come with all the amenities such as pull-out shelves for printers and scanners, file cabinets, grommets for cords, task lights, fabric corkboard for tackables, keyboard trays, pencil drawers and power tracks that include phone jack outlets, switched electrical outlets and a high speed data “out” port to name a few.
  • Cabinet shops (whether manufactured or custom) can also provide the parts and pieces for compiling a well functioning workstation. If choosing this direction, maintain the design goal of having these pieces look like furniture pieces and not kitchen cabinets.

Select a companion wood, use furniture base and crown moldings and stagger the height of the upper cabinets so the finished project exceeds your expectations.

Home offices are here to stay, and this is where form as well as function should play an important part. Don’t forget to select a great accent wall color, soft panels of window covers, dynamic artwork, and a lush leather chair for reading and retreating in the corner of your new home office/study.

How to Clean Hardwood Floors

How to Clean Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are beautiful. They make a statement and are particularly easy to clean and maintain, compared to other floor types. Cleaning and maintaining your hardwood floors regularly can ensure they last longer. Here are the steps for how to do just that:

Cleaning Hardwood Floors

  1. Give your floor a thorough sweep with a soft broom with fine bristles to get the small detritus and dust out of the way. You can also use a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment.
  2. Use a very dry damp mop when cleaning your hardwood floors. You can use a mixture of half a cup of vinegar to a gallon of water. If you’re worried about leaving a smell, don’t worry: vinegar will not leave any odor after it has dried. You can also use lemon oil for stains and more shine.
  3. Use only a minimal amount of water, and make sure to dry the floor up quickly, especially with the older type of hardwood floors. The older type of hardwood floors don’t have the polyurethane seal that keeps out wood-damaging water.
  4. Use a floor polisher for that extra shine. You should also wax regularly to make sure that the hardwood floors are always sealed. Mop up spills immediately to prevent stains or damage to the hardwood floors.

 

Removing Stains and Spills

There are different methods for you to remove different kinds of stains. Since you are dealing with hardwood, it’s best that you use cleaning agents that will not cause too much damage with the hardwood material.

  • For blood, you can simply use cold water, and for tougher-to-remove blood stains, you can use a bit of ammonia in the water.
  • Lipstick stains can be removed with a mixture of detergent and warm water, using light pressure with a scouring pad.
  • Liquor or alcohol stains can be treated with a cloth dampened with cold water with detergent. You can also alternate the water with another cloth dampened with denatured alcohol.
  • To remove grease, you must first cause it to congeal by using a disposable cold press or a bag of frozen vegetables, like peas. Scrape it off with a dull knife or a bread knife. If there is any residue left, put a rag on top of the grease stain and iron it carefully for the cloth to absorb the grease fully.
  • For ink, warm water and detergent will usually do the trick. If not, commercial ink removers are available in most home supplies shops.
  • Dye can be removed with a solution of 1:3 bleach and water. Do not soak the area.
  • Crayon marks can be removed using mineral spirits. If this does not work, try using toothpaste and rubbing against the marks using a dry rag.
  • Remove fruit stains with a mixture of warm water and detergent. You can also use a solution of water and oxalic acid to rub against the stain.
  • Scuff marks can be removed by a pencil eraser. For stubborn scuff stains, use a fine steel wool with floor liquid wax. Rub gently until the stains are removed.
  • To treat oil spills on your floor, immediately try to soak up the spill using newspapers or paper towels. You should then cover the spill area with a cloth saturated with a dry cleaning fluid for around five minutes. Wipe dry and clean the rest up with detergent.
  • Shoe polish spills can be removed by rubbing a fine steel wool gently against the spill until it is completely removed.
  • If a tar spill is your problem, you should first apply a disposable cold compress or a bag of frozen vegetables to the spill, to make it solid and brittle. Gently scrape it off with a plastic spatula. For the remaining stain, use a detergent.
  • To remove pet urine, soak up the spill using newspapers and towels. Immediately rub the area with a hot damp cloth and scouring powder. Use a 10:1 solution of bleach and water for stubborn stains, and since you are using bleach, make sure that you rinse well with clean water, as bleach can discolor your wood, especially if it seeps through the hardwood’s finish. You can also use vinegar if you do not wish to use bleach.

For any kind of spill and stain, you must make sure that you thoroughly rinse and dry the area. Make sure the area is completely dried and not left to air-dry. If the process of cleaning has stripped off the hardwood’s finish, recoat with the finish or wax.

 

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how to refinish hardwood floors

How to Refinish Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are a beautiful addition to any home, but they can wear out after some years, losing their lustrous appearance. When this happens, you can refinish the floors to bring back their shine.

What You’ll Need:

  • Wide brooms
  • Light and heavy sandpaper variety
  • Brushes
  • Polyurethane finish
  • Floor sanders and edger
  • Rags
  • Vacuum
  • Wood stain
  • Gloves
  • Rollers (preferably long-handled types)
  • Trash bags
  • Masking tape

Preparation

You have to prepare the floor and the whole room before you start this. Here are some tips:

  • Clear the room. Furniture, wall hangings, rugs, carpet, décor, and window treatments must all be gone.
  • Cover your light fixtures with trash bags and masking tape.
  • Shoe moulding must also be removed, but baseboards can stay, unless you plan on replacing them.
  • Vent ducts, electrical outlets and light switches must be taped.
  • Seal the room from other areas of the house by hanging up plastic sheeting. Cracks under doors must be covered with masking tape.
  • To remove debris and dirt, vacuum the floor before you begin sanding.
  • See if there are tacks, carpet staples and nails and remove them. They can rip the sandpaper and ruin the sheet.

Sandingsanding a wood floor

To bring back the grain and level the floor, you’ll have to sand it properly. You’ll need to do several passes, to get a smooth finish. Before you begin, properly ventilate the room by opening a window.

  1. Rent a drum sander from an equipment rental shop. It’s large and noisy, but very efficient, since it can remove plenty of material quickly. Remember that you can easily gouge the floor with this tool, so be careful. Start it while it’s not in contact with the floor or tilted. If it’s your first time to use it, try it on a sheet of plywood first. Keep it moving, working slowly, but allowing the machine to do its job.
  2. Start sanding while in the middle of the room. Make sure you sand with the grain, going from one end of the room to another. You can overlap passes by one or two inches. Repeat the procedure on the other part of the room, sanding the whole center.
  3. When you’re through with the main floor area, use an edge sander to sand the areas the drum sander didn’t reach. A detail sander or hand sand can help you reach corners.
  4. When you’re done with the whole floor, vacuum and repeat the process with a smaller grit sandpaper. Vacuum in between sandpaper changes. Finish by using a 120 grit sandpaper.
  5. When you’re done, vacuum again, then wipe with a dry rag.

Staining

If you want the floor to keep its natural tone, you can skip this part, but if you want to give it a better hue, here’s what you should do.

  1. Use a floor broom to brush away the sawdust.
  2. Get a tack rag or vacuum to pick up finer dust particles. If the floor looks cleaner, the better the finish looks.
  3. Using a rag, apply wood stain to an obscure part of the floor, such as at the back of a closet, to see if its the right one you want. Wait for five minutes, allowing the stain to dry. If you like the color, proceed.
  4. Put the first coat to the rest of your floor. For more controlled and lighter applications, use rags. For a darker and heavier coat, a brush is better. Go with the grain as you apply long and even strokes.
  5. Let the first coat dry. If necessary, apply a second coat.
  6. Before you move on to applying the finish, make sure the stain is thoroughly dry.

 

Putting On The Finish

  1. Stir the polyurethane finish first. Don’t shake, or air bubbles might show up in the final finish.
  2. Apply it on the floor with a roller or brush, using even and smooth strokes with the grain. This will prevent putting marks on the finish.
  3. Let the finish dry. This can take up to three hours.
  4. Add a second coat. Let it dry overnight. After three days, you can move the rugs and furniture back on the floor.

Refinishing hardwood floors is messy and challenging, but definitely worth it. Keep these tips in mind as you proceed with this chore.

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How to Read a Tape Measure

How to Read a Tape Measure

Are you considering a major construction project, or do you just need to measure the width of your wall to make sure that the furniture will fit? Is using a tape measure a painful struggle that you would rather avoid? Practice reading a tape measure by following this simple technique and make your life much easier!

Materials and Equipment

  • Tape measure
  • Piece of paper, 8-½ x 11 inches
  • Pencil

About the Tape Measure:

Examine the tape measure. Pull out a short length of tape and look at the numbers on the edge. On many tape measures, there is a toggle button that, when pushed down, will keep the tape extended. If your tape measure has one, push this down. If not, don’t let go of the tape, or it will snap back.

Most tape measures are in English measurements. These measurements include feet, inches, and yards. The first whole number that you will see is 1. This number marks one inch.

If you pull the measurement out enough to see 12 numbers, you will typically find that the number 12 is marked by a 1F symbol as well. This stands for one foot. One foot equals 12 inches.

Three feet, or 36 inches, equals one yard. Although this is not usually marked on the measure, this is a handy number to keep in mind when you are measuring things.

Each inch is divided into 16 smaller lines. Each of these lines is 1/16 of an inch. Most tape measures measure things to an accuracy of 1/16 of an inch.

How to Read a Tape Measure centimeters

Instructions

  1. Take your pencil and make a mark anywhere on the piece of paper. Make a second mark partway along the length of the paper.
  2. Place the end of your tape measure on your first mark. Holding this end firmly, stretch the tape measure until it touches the second mark. If possible, toggle the button so that the tape measure is locked open to this length. If not, hold the tape tightly.
  3. Look for the first number to the left of the second mark. This is the number of inches between your two marks. Write this number down. (It should be substituted for x in the notation to follow.)
  4. Now, count the number of smaller marks to the right of your number and to the left of your second mark. This is the number of sixteenths of an inch in addition to the number of inches between your marks. (This should be substituted for y in the equation to follow.)
  5. This number should be written as x and y/16 inches. Note: If y is an even number, remember that 2/16 equals 1/8 inches; 4/16 equals ¼ inches; 6/16 equals 3/8 inches; 8/16 equals ½ inch; 10/16 equals 5/8 inches; 12/16 equals ¾ inches; and 14/16 equals 7/8 inches.

 

Tips

  • Practice. It takes time to learn good measuring skills.
  • Hold the tape measure firmly when measuring. Even a small change in the position of the tape measure will affect your measurement.
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Simple Tips to Organize Your Closet

How to Get Your Closet Organized from Scratch

Closets are a place to put clothes away and also a place to store some of our accessories. Often, many people go too far and store every kind of item in their closet, until there is no space left inside.

We have to make as much space as possible in our private area for all the things we need. Some closets are big and almost like a small room. You can walk through them and usually have a place to put everything. They have shelves and storage areas for clothes and shoes, and sometimes even cosmetics and perfumes.

If you don’t have such a closet, you’ll need to think a little about how to organize your closet space better.

We love walking in these great closets and we all wish we had one. But not everyone is fortunate when it comes to housing their wardrobes. Because some of us only have regular closets that have a limited amount of space. You can organize your closet in a way that can keep all your things well organized.

When organizing your closet, you should have everything at hand and go through it one piece at a time. Select only things that you still use on a regular basis and would like to keep them separate for later. There are a lot of things that can be folded and put in your dresser drawer, and things that you don’t use anymore. Throw this last group away or give it to a worthy cause.

This will make extra room in your closet for things you want to keep. Hang the clothes you want neatly on hangers and back in your closet. Try to keep all the same colors together. This will help when you, when you need to choose a certain color to match your wardrobe and everything will look cleaner and more organized in your closet.

When the seasons change, go through your closet and leave the clothes you wear only during that season. And the remaining clothes you can store away until the season changes again. This will make more space when you are using only the clothes for that season. You can buy and put the shelf dividers and closet organizers in your closet to get the most out of your closet space.

This will make a place for your small items of clothing and accessories. And will help you have a place to put everything. You can put things such as hats and belts in the bottom corner of your closet. You can put a shoe rack in the bottom of your closet to store all your shoes and keep them organized. These are just a few closet organization ideas, take time and learn what’s best for you.

How to Organize your Closet

1. Take a close look at the use of your closet space. Consider how much space you have, how it is organized and how much is being wasted. Is there unused wall space where they could install shelves or racks for shoes instead? Is there room for a small book shelf or chest of drawers? What’s in the back of the door (which can be a good place for a hook to hang your bathrobe belt or a rack and accessories)?

Seriously consider adding shelves, drawers, racks and whenever possible use the available closet space and maximize its usefulness. There are a lot of closet organizers available for all budgets and it does make a huge difference in keeping your closet clean and uncluttered in the future.

2. If you only want to use the space you have, it is fine, go to step three. Otherwise, if on the other hand, you decide to add shelving or storage units, do serious research about it and visit local stores for home improvement. Closet organizers are essential for organizing your closet. Don’t underestimate how useful they are. Also, ask your friends for their best ideas for organizing closets. Have a look in your closet.

Once you’ve selected and purchased an organizer, take everything out of the closet and install new storage units. If you add drawers or boxes, label them to make it easier to identify the categories of items (belts, scarves, bags, etc.).

3. Clean the cabinet, vacuum the floor and wash the rods and shelves. Now you are ready to begin the process of selection and elimination. Decluttering is a ungrateful task, but it will be easier and more productive if you have the right attitude.

First, set aside a time to do it when you are full of energy.

Secondly, when work is overwhelming, remember that the satisfaction of a clean, well organized, uncluttered wardrobe of clothes, not to mention the time you can save.

And third, be prepared to be ruthless about getting rid of items that have outlived their usefulness. If you must, set a standard for every item, for example, anything you have not used at all during the past 12 months must, without exception, must be thrown away.

Now that you’re in the right frame of mind, you’re ready to begin seriously decluttering your closet. You’ll enjoy the view of it afterwards.

Decluttering Your Closet

You should declutter your closet at least twice a year. In spring and autumn are an ideal occasion, since most people buy new clothes at this time. But sometimes you may need a deeper reorganization. Here are some steps you can take to make the job easier and more productive.

Before you take anything out of your closet or begin sorting and organizing, do the following.

If your closet door is not closed properly it may be because the closet is too full or just needs more closet organization so that everything fits perfectly. While no one likes to clean and organize the closet, you can do it in a few hours. It will make a big difference. Once your closet is organized you will be able to find things faster in the morning and know what you are buying without purchasing duplicate items because you cannot find things.

To begin to organize your closet, you want to get 3 different boxes. One box is for things to be given away or sold in a sale of things that will no longer be use, which are things that are still fashionable or do not fit anymore. Another box will be for things you can store elsewhere, this is what you have stored in your closet that you still need to maintain, but can be removed because you do not use it much.

The last box is for items you want to keep. The items you want to keep, you can lay on the bed still in on a clothes hanger. For other items that you want to keep, you’ll need a closet organizer, one for each kind of item: ties, shoes, and so on.

You will want to remove everything from the closet to clean it completely. Place the items in one of the boxes mentioned above. Once everything is out of the closet, you can take care of the boxes. This will make your room look less saturated, and you will feel as you’ve moved forward.

Now comes the fun part, putting things back in your closet. At this point you may want to take a few minutes and decide how you want your space to look in your closet. You can buy specialized organizers (recommended) to help your closet get organized and stay that way. Or you may just want to buy plastic containers with lids. When you put your clothes in again, you want to sort by color and season so it will be much easier to find what you want.

Bathroom Organization Ideas

Bathroom Organization Ideas

Bathroom organization is important because a tidy organized bathroom can make all the difference in the world, especially in the mornings. If you share a bathroom with anyone then you know how quickly things can get out of control and you’re now in need of some bathroom solutions!

Your makeup and curling iron here, his toothbrush, shaving tools and cologne there, and then if you have kids….well, times that mess by 10! You can help solve this problem by implementing some of these bathroom organization ideas I’m about to give you. Good luck and may the force be with you! 🙂

  • Use a stacking wire rack to increase space underneath the bathroom sink. These things are not only inexpensive they’ll give you a lot more room. You’re essentially adding another layer to your bathroom vanity and these are perfect for any vanity cabinet that lacks shelving.
  • For the ladies of the house that do their hair keeping your curling iron, flat iron, hair dryer etc neatly tucked away can prove to be pain! A great way to keep them organized and out of the way is to buy a hair dryer and curling iron holder. You can buy one that is specifically designed for that, very inexpensive on Amazon, or you can buy a nice looking wicker or canvass baskets or a nice bathroom storage drawer to keep them in.
  • For the guys, you have to shave, it’s inevitable. It’s a daily routine that creates a mess every time. Buy a simple plastic storage bin to keep all of your shaving stuff together. This stuff typically takes up a lot of room in the medicine cabinet so find one that’s long enough to fit your can of shaving cream, your electric razor, and regular razor. Even your aftershave if there is room. That way when you’re starting your day you just need to grab your plastic storage bin and you’re on your way.
  • Another great bathroom organization idea is the shower caddy! We’ve all seen them but not everyone’s got one. We women have enough shampoos, conditioners, detangler, body washes, shaving cream, razors and other girly smelling stuff that can easily take up all the room in the shower. Adding a shower caddy will give you tons of extra space.
  • If you have a lot of little things that don’t fit in your medicine cabinet such as your makeup, lotions, sunscreen, curlers etc get an over the door organizer to store all that extra stuff.
  • If you have drawers in your bathroom cabinets, buy some drawer dividers to help keep things separated and organized. Using a drawer divider will allow you to separate his and her items or you can use them to separate loose odds and ends.
  • If you need even more storage space you may consider installing a nice bathroom cabinet that you can hang on the wall or you can buy a tall bathroom linen that requires no wall installation.

Once you implement these bathroom organization ideas and you tackle your problem areas in the bathroom, the goal now is MAINTENANCE. Keep on top of it, don’t let it get out and hand and you’ll be on your way to organized bliss.

Did we miss something? Want us to add something or have a great idea you want to share? Please leave me a comment, I love to hear from my readers!

Canvas storage

Canvas Storage: A Practical Home Organizer

Canvas storage has already invaded modern homes. Gone are the days of traditional storage sets and heavy-duty steel cabinets. Today, people are opting for a more convenient, flexible, transportable and decorative type of organizers and these are exactly what storage units made from canvas have in their advantage.

Virtually anything can be stored inside a canvas storage unit. It can provide the best protection that money can buy for your important documents, clothes, shoes, fabrics, books, leathers, electronic gadgets, art materials, and toys.

Moreover, it can also keep even small tokens made of marble, ceramic and metals. Since it is made from canvas, the storage unit is capable of absorbing moisture thereby safeguarding the durability of its content.

One of the best things about canvas storage is its nonconformity to the conventional notion that compartments must only adhere to the box-style design that storage bins have sported for a very long time. Probably the only remaining kinds of canvas-made storage that have kept this form are the underbed compartments, and the modular storage unit.

Underbed storage compartments usually assumes the figure of a rectangular box and its size is pre-determined to match that of the available space beneath the bed. On the other hand, the latter is designed such that it can be piled one after another, perfect for small closet spaces. Many models now duplicate the configuration of laundry baskets and shoe racks.

Most of the time, they come with studs and poppers to support their framework. These models may serve the same purpose as with the traditional sturdy configuration but their looks and overall contribution to the feel in the room is surely not the same.

Another plus in having canvas organizers is that they are collapsible and can be folded away when not in use. Therefore, they will never get in your way or take up unnecessary space in your home if you don’t feel the need to use them.

With these things in mind, be sure to consider purchasing economical canvas storage before embarking on finding impractical compartments for your home.

credit card cable organizer

Card Cable Organizer

Here’s a five minute hack that fixes the annoying problem of having cords fall down behind your desk when they are disconnected.

  1. Locate a discarded stiff plastic card (such as a credit card)
  2. Punch 3-5 holes at regular intervals along one side. Too many holes will weaken the holding power. If your cables are thick you might need something a bit bigger than a regular hole punch.
  3. Cut tiny triangular slits leading to each hole. Keep the slits small to avoid weakening the card.
  4. Finished Card
  5. Staple (other otherwise adhere) to back of desk and run cords through the holes

Since the holes are big enough for the cords, but not the connectors, they will not fall through (as illustrated). The cords stay neatly together as well. The card may be oriented in many different ways. One more cool idea from Creatrope!

What are your cool ideas?

Small Closet Organization Ideas

Small Closet Organization Ideas

It always seems like we never have enough space in our closets, and are always on the lookout for closet organization ideas to gain the most amount of space. This is even more common when we are plagued with a small closet. If this is your situation, here are a few ideas on small closet organization in order to create more space and make your items more accessible and easy to find.

Creating the most storage space out of your closet is the key. First, be sure to de-clutter yourself. Look at what is in the closet and ask yourself if you really need it. Whatever you do not need or use anymore can go towards having a yard sale or donating it to charity. If you find you can not part with it, see if you can store it in another area of the house, such as a storage building or in organized bins in the garage storage area.

Consider using different types of hangers. There are many accessory hangers designed to create more space, and organize, such as multiple pants hangers, tie and belt hangers. These accessory hangers will keep everything together by consolidating it and therefore creating a little more space.

Many small closets are equipped with one rod to hang clothes. Try installing a double-decker rod, which will create additional space for short items. Many name brands sell kits for these purposes that are easy to install.

Instead of having just one shelf, turn it into a series of shelves. This will allow you to separate items and have them easily accessible. It also gets rid of the hassle of pulling out and putting back heavy boxes. Store items rarely needed or used in the back or on the high shelves, with regularly used items more in an easy reach placement.

Also, consider purchasing a closet organizational system. Many on the market add cubbies; shelves and drawers to put you closet items in. Just viewing these items can often give you closet organizer ideas that you may be able to accomplish at home with out the purchase of expensive store solutions. However, use caution when purchasing these because some models can be quite bulky and end up taking more precious space, rather than giving you more.

In addition, utilize your closet door. There are many organizers that fit over the door where you can put your shoes and accessories, freeing up some more real estate in your closet. There are also floor organizers for these items as well that will sort your shoes and keep them nicely tucked away and appear to be in an organized manner.

For smaller items, you may want to pack them up with stackable storage boxes with lids to keep the stored away. This way, the items are not visible, not in the way, but are safe from harm in a durable container.

While you may not have the ideal size for a closet, by using a few neat tricks you can optimize and utilize the maximum amount of closet space for your belongings, and come up with your very own closet organization ideas along the way!