Home, Improvement, Lady

How to Reorganize Your Wardrobe to Store Everything


If you are like most people, you probably have a truckload of clothes and only so much storage space for them. Yes, wardrobes are absolutely amazing for storage, but they are not always used to their maximum potential.

So, before you go and buy a new wardrobe, consider upgrading the capacity of the one you already have. There are many ways to cram your stuff and actually find what you need. To pull it off, you are going to have to think smart, declutter, and reorganize.

Win half the battle right away

In a nutshell, the main goal is to use all of the space at your disposal and to do it in an organized manner. Instead of purging half of what you have, take everything out and store off-season clothes away. It’s best if you are working with a closet that is a blank canvas.

Once that is done, focus on the pile of clothes you need to store. Sort and fold them appropriately (yes, even your underwear) and see how they fit. Pick an organization method (clothing type, occasion, season). Note that in drawers and dressers, you can store pieces horizontally rather than vertically.

Don’t overlook dark corridors of the wardrobe, those back areas of deep shelves and high-up places. Store not-so-frequently used clothes there; you are more likely to wear something if you can see it. In case there is open shelving, try not to stack too high.

Explore all avenues

Next, you need to figure out how to make your wardrobe more efficient. First off, break your clothes into different categories.

You can install a second closet rod above the original one to practically double your hanging capacity. Buy a stool if you have to ensure easy access and include a set of hangers in order to use the space to the max. I would also check out cascading hooks, an ingenious way to make the most of hangers and vertical space in the wardrobe.

Furthermore, see if you can fit over-the-door shoe organizer. It’s usually a better option than the hang-in-closet counterpart that takes valuable hanging space. If all your shoes are already stored somewhere else, use an over-the-door rack for your bags and hats. Alternatively, opt for towel racks to make good use of the space behind the doors and store all those scarves.

Of course, the doors sometimes do more harm than good because you are unable to place the wardrobe where you really think it would fit best (corner of the room, for instance). Well, installing versatile sliding wardrobe doors will solves this issue. So, weigh all your options carefully.

Get it down to fine art

Make an effort to leave no wall or cabinet space unused. Attach or screw in hooks you can find dirt-cheap at the home improvement stores (they also come in handy in bathrooms and kitchens). In addition, repurpose small bookshelves to store shoes at the bottom of a wardrobe.

As for small items and knick-knacks, use jars, boxes, and cups. Buy some of these at a thrift store if you need to.

Of course, there are many other ways to maximize every inch of available space. We have covered a fraction of what is possible, so explore further. And if you are still unable to squeeze everything you want inside, consider some space-saving wardrobe alternatives, such as freestanding racks. They are a great mobile solution for smaller spaces, unlike enormous armoires.

Divide and conquer

If you are not happy with your storage situation, take a step back and rethink wardrobe space. Good chances are that there is a plenty of unused space. So, you must put an end to just shoving your clothes inside, closing the doors, and hoping everything will magically fall together. Rest assured that sooner or later, your closet will overflow.

To prevent this, visit a home improvement store and tool up. Use various smart organizing tools to ramp up the current capacity of the wardrobe. Don’t lose sight of wall and door space as well as those neglected deeper realms. The devil is in the details, that small things that make a big difference.

Written by Diana Smith

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Home, Improvement, interior design, Lady

Easy Ways to Create a Vintage Look in Your Home


If you want to bring in some stylistic changes into your home, the vintage style might just be what you’re looking for. It’s a very popular choice for people who don’t want to invest a ton of money into new designer furniture and extravagant art pieces.

In order to achieve a charming vintage look, you can simply visit your local flea market for some cheap finds and spice up the look with a few real antiques, and voila! If these instructions weren’t too clear, here’s a more detailed guide on how to achieve a vintage style home.

Maximize on wood

To achieve a perfect nostalgic feel in your home, wood is an absolute must. Forget about drywall and opt for wood planks all over your home (the ceiling too!). Wood’s warmth and character can’t be replicated with any other material. Opt for natural, locally sourced wood, and try to leave your beams exposed for a maximum effect. However, if your budget doesn’t allow you to go all-in with wood, you can place it on one wall or ceiling, and still reap the benefits of this timeless material.

Bring in salvaged materials

Salvaged and reclaimed materials carry a bunch of character, so don’t forget to introduce some of them into your home. Salvaged wood is an especially interesting flooring option (and much cheaper than the new thing). Leave all the wear and tear marks, as even old nail holes and stains tell an exciting story.

Go vintage with furniture

Any vintage style home can’t be designed without classic vintage furniture. And don’t worry about those tiny wear and tear marks. These scars add depth to the piece and show it has a rich history. However, if the fabric is too damaged or the color or pattern doesn’t appeal to you, you can always reupholster it and give it new life. It’s still cheaper and much more stylish than buying replicas.

Animal imagery

Animal imagery is another key element of any vintage design. Here we’re not talking about leopard prints of the 80s, but about charming birds, bunnies and foxes that peacefully roam the fields. They are super cute (and also quite hipsterish, if that’s your thing). You can incorporate these animal motifs into throw pillows, lamp shades, mugs or even wallpapers. However, don’t go overboard, otherwise, your home will end up looking like a zoo. You don’t need foxes on your wallpaper if you already have bunnies on your cushions.

Don’t forget your entrance

Your doors are just as important as any part of your home, so make sure to match them with your overall style. For instance, get a bunch of old flower pots and plant some red Geraniums to create a warm welcoming feel for all your house guests. You can also opt for herbs like rosemary or basil that will both look amazing and provide you with fresh cooking ingredients. And, of course, hang a wooden swing on your porch for relaxing and romantic evenings. Also, if you think your doors don’t match your desired style, you can replace them with something more stylish. Just take a look at some of these great options from Simply Doors and Windows and take your pick.

Create a tea lounge

There’s nothing more vintage than an old-fashioned tea party. So, designate one part of your home for tea at 5 and go shopping for some vintage teacups.

They come in any color, design and shape imaginable, but make sure you opt for an old-timey set.

Also, don’t bother with being too matchy-matchy. Mismatched saucers and cups are super charming, and they look very vintage.

Vintage style is all about the character of objects and the feeling and atmosphere they inspire. It’s interesting, nostalgic and charming. So, if you can see yourself living in such an environment, feel free to give it a try.

Contributing Writer

Diana Smith

Lifestyle, Uncategorized

Simple and Easy Ways to Decorate Around a TV


Even though television sets are less bulky than they used to be, designing around them is as tricky as ever. Making the TV visible from every point in the room without actually making it the focal point is never easy, so we bring you a few simple and easy ideas to decorate around the TV so that it’s perfectly incorporated into your room’s design and décor.

Hang shelves

A great way to diminish the impact the TV has in a room is by displaying things around it and drawing attention away from it. The easiest way to do so is by getting shelves and placing them around. Simple tiered shelves which are wider than the TV set are a great solution for displaying your collectibles. You can also pick smaller shelves and level them with your TV set, or you can even place your TV set on a specially designed bookcase. Some of these bookcases also have a sliding panel which will allow you to ‘hide’ your TV when you’re not using it.

Accessorize as much as you can

If you feel like your TV overpowers the entire room, you can try ‘fighting’ it with an unusual tactic. Attack the black box from all sides by surrounding it with different colourful accessories: frames, lamps, decorative plates, plants, etc. You can even add bold touches below and hang colourful tablecloths or decorations underneath. This way, your TV will become just another accessory instead of the focal point in the room.

Paint the wall black

If you don’t really like the idea of adding things around your TV, but would still like to keep it out of the centre of attention (at least when it’s turned off), you can try painting the wall black. This way, when it’s turned off, the TV will become just another element of the wall, unnoticeable until turned on. This is a good solution for living rooms with elegant furniture, as everyone’s attention will be drawn to them instead to the TV. If you aren’t really into painting the wall black, you can pick dark wallpapers instead.

Get a TV cabinet

If you’re looking for a way to conceal your TV and draw everyone’s focus elsewhere, you can try getting a TV cabinet. This is an especially good solution in bedrooms, as in the bedroom, the focus should be on the bed, rather than the TV. Both the cabinetry and the TV should be as unobtrusive as possible. If you struggle to find the perfect piece for your room, you can always hire a carpenter to build you a piece which will fit perfectly into your room.

Make a gallery around it

You can make a stylish gallery around your TV; all you need are identical frames and some skill to make sure they are hanged with precision. You can hang them so that they make a special geometric shape: a square, a circle, a rectangle or even a heart. If you’re hoping to colour-coordinate, you should opt for black and white photos and matching frames, but if you’re willing to experiment, adding splashes of colour to your room will work too.

Frame it!

On the other hand, if you want to draw attention to your TV, you can try making it as pretty as a picture – literally. Have a carpenter make a custom frame for it and colour it with bright, bold colours so that it matches the rest of your furniture or your curtains. Keep in mind that this can only be done with a wall-mounted TV, so don’t hesitate to call professionals in TV installation from Sydney to help you install the TV and make sure everything is fine.

It’s never easy to decorate your room so that it looks like your TV belongs right there, but it is possible. Think about the effect you want to achieve, whether you want to draw attention away from the TV or to hide it completely, and try to put your ideas into action with the help of a professional decorator.

Contributing Writer, Diana Smith

Health, Lifestyle

How to Stay Fit on the Road


Developing a workout routine is easy when you’re not constantly travelling. Going to the gym a few times a week becomes a regular part of your schedule, but only until you hit the road. Whether you start travelling for work, or just you just feel the need to explore new destinations, you can easily neglect your fitness routine. In order to prevent that from happening, you should do your best to always fit a workout session into your travelling itinerary.

Pick the right hotel

If your budget allows it, book a hotel that offers a fitness centre. That way, you can work out as efficiently as you would back home. With appropriate facilities, you could do cardio, bodyweight exercises, stretch and dedicate an equal amount of time to every body part, for the best workout. Aside from hitting the treadmill, lifting weights and spending time pumping the iron, make sure you also use the opportunity to go for a swim. It’ll help you stretch and relieve neck pain or backache caused by uncomfortable travelling.

Make the most of the outdoors

Sometimes a little bit of fresh air can go a long way. This is especially true when it comes to working out, because some people feel much better after they’ve spent half an hour running in the park than after breaking a sweat at the stifling gym. Therefore, think about getting up early in the morning, picking up your workout clothes and running a mile to start the day on the right foot. Not only is it a cost-effective solution, but it’ll also offer you a chance to take a look at the city you are visiting, which you might not be able to do otherwise. What’s more, use the opportunity to combine exercising with sightseeing, and do a race walking session while you’re getting to know a new place.

Bring the equipment with you

When you’re packing for a trip, make sure you don’t forget your workout equipment. It’s essential that you pack your comfortable bodybuilding clothes, so you can get the best of your workout. Also, don’t forget a jump rope and a resistance band. A small Pilates ball can be a great companion on your trip, just make sure you deflate it so that it can fit in your luggage. Leave your weights at home because they are too heavy to carry them with you, but don’t worry – water bottles are a great alternative.

Work out in your room

If you didn’t get lucky enough to find the hotel with a gym, you can easily transform your hotel room into a workout room. Use chairs for side planks, and feel the burn just as strong as you’d feel at the gym. Use the sofa in your room for doing push-ups, and unpack the jump rope and resistance bands from the suitcase and start your workout right in your hotel room. If you prefer an outdoor session, you can also use the terrace in your room. Whether you opt for stretching, resistance exercise or Pilates, the terrace can be a great place to feel the burn.

Don’t slack off too much

If you’re travelling only for the weekend, skipping your workout session won’t be too bad. As long as you don’t go more than two days in a row without exercising, you’ll be fine. However, if your trip will last longer than two days, it’s vital that you don’t neglect your workout routine because it will be more difficult to get back in shape once you’re back home.

Physical activity is essential for our well-being, so it’s paramount that we work out at least three times a week. Therefore, even if you’re constantly travelling, or you’ve decided you need a longer vacation, make sure you stick to your workout plan even when you’re on the road.

Contributing Writer, Diana Smith

Home

How to Set Up a Pretty and Modern Living Room


The living room is, as the name implies, the most important room in any home. We spend most of our free time in the living room. We watch the TV, we read books, or we merely spend time talking with our friends and loved ones.

Since we spend so much time in the living room, that means that the room has to be pretty and to have that “comfy” feel to it. Since you’re reading this right now, you’re probably not completely satisfied with your living room, so let’s see how you can change that without spending a fortune, of course.

Colors play a vital role

When it comes to renovating, not just the living room but any other room, picking the right color for the room is probably one of the most challenging decisions. However, it doesn’t have to be. Actually, it’s rather simple if you want your living room to look modern. You have these two color options – soft hues or bold and dramatic hues. Really, that’s it.

These hues will instantly add elegance and that modern feel to any room.

Bonus tip: Pick a color that goes well with the furniture you already have, unless you want to repaint the room or buy new furniture.

Throw your carpets out

It’s true that carpets can give the room that soft and fuzzy feel, but if you really want to set up a modern and pretty living room, you have to throw them out. Wall-to-wall carpeting is not popular anymore.

Solid, gleaming hardwood floors are all the rage now, and for a good reason. They look sleek, and they provide an elegant, classic appearance.

There’s one much more significant advantage of hardwood over carpeting. Hardwood lasts longer, which means it provides an excellent return on investment, which will help you save money in the long run. And of course, it’s much easier to clean hardwood than any other type of flooring.

Bonus tip: You can throw a couple of area rugs here and there to tie the room together if you have a feeling that that will work after you install hardwood flooring.

Lighting can make or break a room

Most contractors like to install standard lighting fixtures. You know, those that they’ve installed over and over again in all the homes they’ve built. But, if you want your living room to look modern, you need to avoid those fixtures.

Designer lighting fixtures are expensive, that’s for sure, but only if you buy new ones. Fortunately, you can use a couple of tricks to get that high-end look without breaking the bank. Visit your local flea markets, yard sales, and secondhand stores.

There’s a big chance that you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for right there. And don’t worry about installing these unique and modern fixtures. Just call an experienced local emergency electrician, and your lighting fixtures will be installed in just a couple of minutes.

Don’t be afraid to accessorize your home

You know how people say that it’s the little things in life that make us happy? Well, that’s exactly why you shouldn’t forget to accessorize your home. Paintings, vases and even fancy ashtrays can give any room some personality.

Now, this doesn’t mean that you should just fill your room with any junk. No, not at all. Accessorize the room only with the things that matter to you. Put some family pictures in photo frames, fill a vase with water and put your favorite flowers in it. Heck, put the Mona Lisa in the room if you like it and can afford it.

At the end of the day, your living room is your safe space, and you should feel comfortable in it. Follow these tips but don’t forget to add your personal touch to it in order to make it really unique and pleasant.

Regular Contributor, Diana Smith