Organizing For School Mornings

I hate school mornings, Grumpy kids – Grumpy me! Arghhhh! So ideas to simplify the mornings are always good. Here is an idea I found on the internet I wanted to share. Each child had 2 sets of three drawers (like pictured – around 12.50 per unit) and stacked on each other. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were written on paper and slipped on the inside of each drawer front. Each drawer had an outfit folded and ready to go. If paperwork like permission slips or something important had to be turned in on a particular day that also would go in the drawer. Their book bag packed each nigh goes on top of their respective drawer system.. This leaves sleepy heads no choices because they already are made. You can place these in a mudroom or in their own rooms out of the way. It just helps make the mornings a bit more quiet and much less panicky….. which is good if I have yet to have my coffee.

Raised Flooring Storage

9372_381666885293135_1218299867_nAlthough this would work in only certain rooms it is a great idea isn’t it? The floor to ceiling height in this room is around 14 feet. The floor to top to new raised floor is 20 inches. The drawer is roughly 18 inches tall allowing for a lot of storage. The drawers are a nice touch but to simplify the process another set of doors would work just fine. The doors do not have to have hinges either – it could just be a simple lift out solution. For those with small living areas – which is so hot right now – this idea warrants further research.

Easy Budget Bathroom Storage By Rida Maqbool

Not everyone can afford homes that come with a lot of storage space. Typically, bathrooms are very small and you have to be really creative to find ways to store your things. The best thing about functional storage ideas is the fact that they don’t require you to spend a lot. So if you are looking for some fun and easy ways to help you make the most of your small bathroom, I advise you to read on.

1. Floating storage
Floating storage comes in handy when you have a small space and you want to make the most of it. For this you need to mount shelves to the wall of the bathroom, and put as much as stuff as you can on it without making it look cluttered. Not only is this tip, space saving but it is also very affordable. You can also attach wooden crates or buckets to the wall. Be sure to attach generous amount of nails so that the crate doesn’t fall off. Using walls for storage purposes is borderline genius.

1Photo credits: custom-contracting.com

2. Décor turned storage
Use decoration pieces that you have in your bathroom to store things. For example if you have a vintage box in your bathroom, you can use it to store your rings, earrings or bracelets. You can also use decorative trays to organize the essentials you need for shower, like shampoo, conditioner or body wash.

3. Borrow it from the kitchen
There are a lot of things in the kitchen that can be used in your bathroom to save space. A simple example of this is spice racks. Spice racks are perfect to store shampoos, conditioners, hairdryers and straighteners. Like I said earlier, using walls for storage purposes is simply a really good idea for saving space and using your small bathroom space wisely.

4. Hair dryer and straightener holder
An inexpensive hair dryer and straightener holder can be easily bought from your local store. With the help of these holders you are able to hang your hair dryer, flat iron and curling rod on the inside of your cabinet door. As these hair styling tools are typically the largest items in a bathroom, this tip will really come in handy.

5. Drawers inside your cabinet
If you have a hard time organizing your things then having drawers inside your cabinet is a great way to make complete use of your cabinets and find everything easily. You can easily buy these drawers from any store as they’ve gotten really popular among people.

6. Three tier DIY bathroom organizer
Buy reflective trays and stands from your nearest dollar store and turn them into a three tier bathroom supplies organizer. From hair pins to rings, you can pretty much place anything on this organizer. This way you’ll have easy access to things that you need the most when you’re in the bathroom.

2Photo credits: www.thiscasita.com

Author Bio: This article was written by Rida Maqbool. She loves interior designing, home décor and art & craft. She blogs at thecanvasprints.co.uk.

Top 5 DIY Home Security Products by Naomi Wheeler

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There are many valuables that we would like to keep protected within our homes including important documents, jewelry, and money. Although burglary and theft can’t always be prevented in your home, there are many ways that you can make it more difficult for them to find your things. Here is a list of the top five DIY home security projects to help prevent theft of your valuables.

 

Hollowed Book

One of the most common, but most successful and popular ways to protect your valuables, is to hollow out a book. It may take you a couple of days depending on how determined you are to finish it, but it’s a pretty simple process. First, you’ll need a hardback book, some glue, a box cutter, and a brush you don’t mind getting glue in. Mix the glue with a little water (making it about 60% glue), hold the pages together and begin gluing the outside of the book. Once it’s dried, you can begin cutting out your pages from the middle leaving about ½ in. around the edges to make it look like the pages are still in the book. Once you reach the back of the book, you can take glue to the inside of the book to make sure that everything stays together. Now, you have a hollowed out book to hide some of your valuables in!

 

Safe Pillow

Although this way is a little bit trickier, it is a great way to make sure that your valuables stay safe. You’ll need a throw pillow that you’re willing to cut up, some scissors, thread the same color as the pillow, and some scissors. Cut a horizontal line on the back of the throw pillow that matches the length of the zipper. Take out the stuffing and start stitching the zipper into the pillow. Then, you can put the box or valuables you have set aside into the pillow with the stuffing, making sure the valuables are surrounded by the stuffing so you can’t feel them, and zipping up the pillow. Now you have a secret hiding place, in plain sight, that can help you keep your valuables safe and away from prying eyes.

Painted Jar

A great and simple project that you can finish in a day is to paint a food jar, particularly mayonnaise jars, to make them look like they still have food in them when in fact, it is holding your valuables. Find a paint that looks like mayo and gradually paint the inside of the jar with the color, making sure that it doesn’t get on the outside. A good way to prevent this is to use a plastic bag on the outside to prevent drips. Then, once your paint is completely dry on the inside (could take a couple of days depending on the paint and how thick it is), you can hide your valuables that won’t be harmed by cold temperatures and put it in the fridge!

 

Potted Plant

Although it may seem simple, using a potted plant to hide your valuables or money is a great way to thwart people who would steal from you. All you need is a plant that you want to hide your items in, and an old medicine bottle or small watertight container. Then, put your valuables or money into the bottle or container and dig a hole big enough for the container in your potted plant. You can then try to remember where your valuables are hidden, or you can put down a small rock or plant decoration to remind you where you hid your valuables.

 

False Bottom Drawers

Hiding things is drawers is not always the best way to protect important documents and valuables, but hiding things ‘underneath’ your drawers is a great way to prevent valuables from getting stolen. All you need is fabric or wood that looks like the bottom of your drawers cut to the size that you need. Then, you can put your valuables in the drawer, put the false bottom over them, and fill up the drawer with things that you normally would such as clothes, office supplies, or less important paperwork. False bottom drawers are a great way to hid paperwork and other important documents that people might want to steal. This way, even if someone rifles through the drawer, they won’t be able to find anything of value.

Cabinetry Of Stairs

425027_10151029565699123_1719864149_nThis is awesome – I could only imagine having this in my home! I am sure it would cost a fortune but the pure design would work well let alone the usefulness of it!