Here is a great solution to give you more storage in your shower or tub space. Use a tension rod that is long enough to go across the width of your tub or shower. Add shower curtain rings that have clips at the end that are designed to clip the shower curtain. We had to buy them online because we could not find them in the store. This allows us to put various items in the clips and easily accessible to you when your need them.
What a great way to reuse and upcycle old jars like these. Clean the label off which might need a product like Goo Be Gone. The top has been spray painted with a silver spray paint that is designed to be used on outside plastic to ensure durability. You can also use steel wool to rough up the plastic to help ensure the paint sticks. Labels like these can be purchased in many craft stores. Use these for spices, nuts, chocolate chips or other snacks and kitchen needs. But don’t just stop in the kitchen. These could work in a bathroom for bath powders, bath bombs, hair bands and first aid supplies. Use in a home office for supplies like staples, rubber bands, new tape rolls, paper clips and other odds and ends.
I can’t tell you the number of items I find around the house that were purchased and either weren’t what I was looking for, didn’t fit just right, or just decided I really didn’t want anymore. They get put down with the intention to return.
Sometime attempts get made to do the return but where is the receipt? If I can’t find the receipt you get store credit and, well, I really want my money back. So it sits, in a pile, until its too late to return. Now what do I do with it? Sigh….
If it really can’t be used it either needs to go to the trash or in a container to be donated. It can be given to a friend or family member, as long as it goes out of your home. A big rule: No holding or storing items for others who do not live with you.
Lots of money is waited this way. I wonder if you took one popular store and added all the sales of product from that store that were never used and had had intention to be returned but ended up in a death pile in someones home would tally up to. Shivers…
So not much can be done for these items once they have been in your possession for a period of time but to donate, five away or trash. But, what can I do to prevent this from happening again in the future. Here is an approach I have developed to keep this from happening.
Get a zippered pouch and keep it in your car and get in habit of putting receipts in the zippered pouch so returns are easy. If you find you need to return something put the item back in the store bag with the receipt taped to the item so it does not get lost and put it in your car. Next time you go to that store or drive by that store do the return.
Make sure you regularly purge your zippered pouch of receipts after a certain time goes by when you can’t usually return, like 90 days, unless you need the receipt for a warranty.
Since I have got this habit it makers returns easy, it keeps a pile from developing and I have not once had to dig through the trash to find a receipt.
It has come to a time in my life that I have had an epiphany to the fact I hate clutter. I hate to move it around, to look for certain items and I certainly hate it to move from one place to another. I have started a quest to rid my life of excess. Don’t get me wrong I do like my stuff, but there has to be a line drawn in the sand.
So I am going to start writing a series of articles about clutter and for some of us hoarding. I will also talk about purging and cleaning and freeing yourself of the burdens ‘stuff’ brings to your life. You can follow these articles under the category ‘My Cluttered Life’ on the side panel of this blog. I will write every now and then. Some will be short and sweet with tips and tricks. Some will be an accounting of my goals and I want you to use them to help make your life a bit more free.
So, I just moved. Not far away but we moved from a temporary townhouse into a house so everything is now in one place. We moved from Rio Rancho, NM to West Jordan, UT (think Albuquerque to Salt Lake City areas). We moved from a house to a townhouse until we got established and figured out exactly where we wanted to live and where work would be. It took us two years. Yes, that temporary housing didn’t end up being so temporary. That caused a problem.
When I moved up here thinking it was a temporary move I packed accordingly. I packed stuff for a storage unit and packed stuff to live with for a few months. I figured I would keep things to a minimum that we were living with and I would handle it. So, most of everything went into storage. But when you live in a home for two years you need stuff (Yes, that temporary thin ended up to be two years). So, instead of digging through a three car garage packed very tight we just bought new. Now everything is in one place we have duplicates and lots of them.
This was the first step to make in my series of articles I am writing. I do not need two of most items. So out went ten good sized boxes that were just literally picked up by Big Brothers Big Sisters. It feels good to pass on items that were perfectly good to someone who could use it while it benefiting a worthwhile charity and in turn freeing up space in my home. I am sure I will find more duplicates as I move through the house but that is alright. I can make another large load to donate or take a box at a time to a local thrift store.
My strategy now is to go to one tote to another. Discard things that are no longer in working condition, broken or just not wanted anymore. I am also using labeled totes to put things that are ‘I don’t knows’. When I am done going through the house I will take one of these totes at a time and everything in the tote will find a home in my home or it will go to the trash or donate. Will write another article on the flip side of doing this. See you all then.
As we love our kids so much, we often strive to give them the best of everything that we can. After all, your little princess or prince is the most important person in your life. Aside from teaching them responsibility and discipline, they also deserve the royal treatment. Why not start by redesigning their castle i.e. their bedroom? As your child grows you’ll get new opportunities to decorate their room, meaning that now you have the full freedom to experiment with the design. Of course, it can be easy to get carried away when you start having fun decorating, so here is what every child’s bedroom actually needs.
1. A personal touch
Without a personal touch, your kid’s bedroom will end up looking cold and generic. You don’t want all that hard work to be for nothing, so a touch of warmth will go a long way. Personal touches can be introduced to the room in many ways. The more unique you are, the better. One of the best ways to bring warmth and love through touch to your child’s room is to let them help with decorating. This may be a fun project for you, but children have a special way of looking at things.
When painting the room, you can let your child paint their palm in a different colour and press it to the wall. Then, let them sign their name in paint next to the palm print. That can be their unique stamp on the room. Just make sure to use non-toxic paints for this project. As well as that, you can look up some interesting DIY projects and create personalized room décor with your kid.
2. The bed
The bed might be the most important part of your child’s bedroom. You may think that you can just get any frame and mattress and be done with it, but that’s not all there is to it. Picking out the perfect bed will tie the room together better than anything else. As well as that, this is the most functional piece of furniture you’ll buy for their bedroom, so you need to make sure it’s comfortable and high quality. Ideally, you want to invest in a good bed that they won’t outgrow and that won’t succumb to wear and tear any time soon. That’s why it’s always a good idea to read a few bed buying guides before you make your purchase.
As well as the quality of the bed, the position is important too. Where you place the bed will set the tone for the whole bedroom. Placing it next to the wall makes for more playing room and concise design, but centre-placement often makes the room look warmer and more complete.
No children’s room is complete without the toys. After all, their magical bedroom will mean nothing to them if they don’t have anything to play with. Toy shopping is also a great opportunity to learn something new about your kid. You’ll be up to date with their interests and will get to see exactly how their little brain works. As well as that, you’ll be working on their creativity.
You should look for quality kids toys in all segments. From art to sport, from dolls to toy cars, your kid should have a little bit of everything to play with. This way, you’ll expand their mind and interests and do wonders for their creativity. The quality of the toys will have a lot to say in how much their interest is sparked, so don’t be afraid to splurge a little.
4. Don’t neglect the walls
The walls are your biggest canvas in any room. When it comes to your child’s room the sky is the limit in wall decoration. Depending on your budget, you could go from painting the room together to incorporating lots of fun gizmos. Your goal is to create a room as colourful and cool as you can. You can start this by painting every wall in a different colour.
If your child is artistic, you can create a drawing section on one of the walls where they would be allowed to create their own art. Those who want to go a step further can easily put a blackboard over the wall surface and let their kid’s imagination run free. A wall blackboard may also be useful for making to-do lists and writing important things down.
Some parents think that going all out for a childhood bedroom is unnecessary because children grow, but what they don’t realize is that they’re giving their child memories they will cherish forever. From being involved in the design process to spending innumerable hours playing in their magical room, the experience is bound to stay with them well into adulthood.