7 Creative Storage Options

April 16, 2014 by  
Filed under Living & Storage

Creative Storage

It doesn’t matter whether you live in a tiny studio apartment or a home with enough square footage to comfortably house a family of seven, everyone faces storage challenges. Enormous plastic storage bins are unwieldy and inconvenient, as well as being less than aesthetically pleasing. You probably won’t want them out in the open, but if you’ve got a lot of them, keeping them out of sight might be an issue. Fortunately, there are a lot of great ways to get creative with storage. Why not ditch the Rubbermaid and try some of these storage solutions instead?

1. Trunks – Ranging in size from a small suitcase to a portable wardrobe, trunks can be used to store out of season clothing or extra bedding. They look great in bedrooms, and can do double duty as a bench or a nightstand. They’re also functional and fun in living rooms. Why not replace your coffee table with a trunk? Vintage junkies rejoice when they find an old steamer in great shape, but due to their popularity, you can also buy brand new reproductions of these old favorites.

2. Storage ottomans – Whether you prefer the footstool style or one that can work as a bench or coffee table, storage ottomans are perfect for guest bedding, books, or all of those family photos you haven’t gotten around to sorting into albums, yet. You can even find them in kid-friendly prints, and they’re a great looking alternative to a clunky toy box.
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7 Ways to Simplify Your Kitchen

April 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Kitchen & Dining

If you’re tired of cooking in a kitchen that feels cluttered and disorganized, it’s time to simplify. You don’t have to be a bare bones minimalist in order to reap the benefits of a simplified kitchen. With these 7 easy tips, you can simplify your kitchen without sacrificing your favorite culinary conveniences. It’s not about deprivation, it’s about creating space for the things you love and enjoy.

1. Declutter – This is the first step towards a simplified kitchen. Go through every drawer and cabinet, and get rid of anything you don’t use. Most of us have tons of gadgets gathering cobwebs in the dark crevices of our cupboards, and Tupperware lids whose bowls have been missing for years. If you have a collection of plastic children’s cups and your children have moved on to real glasses, pass them along to someone else. It’s time for them to go!

2. Let it live where you use it – This means that pots and pans should go in the cabinets nearest your stove, and cooking utensils and potholders in the nearest drawers. Your spice rack or designated shelf space should also be in this vicinity. This sounds like common sense, but a lot of people don’t do it. If your kitchen isn’t already organized this way, you’ll love the difference it makes!
Simplify Your Kitchen
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