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7 Steps for Minimalist Living

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7 Tiny Steps for the Beginner Minimalist
Considering a lifestyle change?

If you’ve ever thought that you’d be happier with less stuff, then check out these tips to get started. Changing takes time and effort as well as bold moves. Follow the link at the bottom of the article to get help at any point during your minimalist journey!

1. Write it down. Make a list of all the reasons you want to live more simply. These are your whys and your whys will provide great leverage when you think it’s too hard to keep going. Your whys will help you remember what matters.

2. Discard the duplicates. Walk through your home with a box and fill it with duplicates. If you have two sets of measuring cups, put them in the box. Copies of the same book or DVD? Put one in the box. Once you fill the box, label it “Duplicates” and put it out of sight for 30 days. If you don’t need anything or don’t remember what was in the box, donate it.

 

3. Declare a clutter-free zone. This area could be a kitchen table, your nightstand, a counter top or a drawer in your kitchen. Use that clutter-free zone as inspiration to live with less. If you enjoy that clean, clear environment, expand the zone a little bit each day.

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4. Travel lightly. Travel always renews my love of minimalism and living simply. The next time you take a trip, pack for 1/2 the time. See how it feels to carry less baggage.

5. Dress with

 Less. If you haven’t considered Project 333, dressing with only 33 items for 3 months (clothes, shoes, jewelry, accessories) sounds extreme, but thousands of people know that it actually makes life easier instead of more challenging.

6. Eat similar meals. When you think about how much time you spend thinking about what you are going to eat for lunch, make your family for dinner, or what you need to pick up at the grocery store, it’s clear that food is not always simple. Try eating the same breakfast and lunch all week and have 2 or 3 dinner choices that rotate throughout the week.

7. Save $1000. An emergency fund simplifies everything. If you are paying off debt, only pay your minimum payments until you can save $1000. If you aren’t in debt, but still spend what you have, set aside money every day or every week until you reach $1000. Try the 52 week money challenge and in 45 weeks, you’ll save more than $1000 without ever contributing more than $45 in a week. Money for emergencies reduces stress and emergencies.

 

For information on getting your minimalist journey started, visit Be More with Less

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Benefits of an Ample Mudroom

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Benefits of an Ample Mudroom

From Closet Works

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The chill of late fall and winter is finally here, which means bundling up. When snow falls in a few short weeks, you’ll add winter boots to the mix, too.

The best place to keep all of this gear is near the door. It makes sense to create a storage area near the entrance you use every day.

Entry storage solutions aren’t just for homes with a dedicated foyer. As long as there’s enough space near the door, you can create an area where everything has its proper home.

First Things First: Banish Clutter

Before you begin planning your entryway or mudroom storage, get a good idea of what you need to store. If your entryway is a landing zone for things that you’d ultimately like to store someplace else, clear those things away before assessing how much and what type of storage you need.

With the addition of baskets, drawers or rollouts, any small items that pile up can at least be stored neatly before they’re put away. If items end up getting stored in your entryway —your mail or your kids’ lunch boxes, for example—then you should plan to incorporate storage for them. A shelf or some rollouts will do the trick. Maximizing space and creating enough storage will help your entryway stay clutter-free.

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What happens when you walk through the door? If you’re like many people, you kick off your shoes or even place them neatly together against the wall. If you add an entryway bench with storage underneath, the whole area will look tidier—and it’ll help you keep your family from tracking dirt and snow through your house.

Coat Storage Can be Hidden … or Not

Adults usually have no problem taking off a coat and hanging it in a closet or wardrobe. But in a household with kids, hooks in open areas function better. They’re easier to reach and require less effort.

You can also have both a wardrobe-style closet plus a row of hooks. This is a good idea if your storage area is smaller and the hooks are mounted above a bench. Short jackets can hang above the bench, and longer coats can go inside the wardrobe.

Add Cabinets, Shelves and Rollouts for Everything Else

You’ll also have to consider everything else you take with you when you leave for the day—hats, sports equipment, gloves, scarves, pet accessories and more. If you’ve got the room, add a cabinet or two, some shelves and baskets or a few convenient rollouts. Corralling odds and ends near the door creates a place for them to live and minimizes the chance of losing one glove or misplacing the dog’s leash.

Entryway or mudroom storage doesn’t have to be elaborate, and it doesn’t have to be built in. Even a few feet along a wall is enough space to create an attractive, hardworking organization center that everyone can use.

When you work with the Designers at The Closet Works, you’ll end up with the right components in the right size for the space that you’ve got. It might be nothing but a bare wall right now. But once installed, your entryway storage system will look like it was born to be there. Because it was. Schedule a free design consultation today.

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Reach In Closet Design Ideas

Reach In Closet Design Ideas

From Closet Works

Reach-in closets are often found in older homes and smaller apartments, and can be almost anywhere in the house. Of course we would all love more storage space, but that’s not always an option. Typically, reach-in closets are outfitted with a simple rod and shelf for hanging clothes and some folded storage, but not much more. But even with the small space that a reach-in closet affords, you can turn it into a lean, mean storage machine with some clever design ideas.

Bedroom Closets

room organizingBedroom closets are always a challenge to keep organized, but custom-built elements that take advantage of every square inch of space can provide you with solutions that meet your unique needs and help you maximize any amount of space that you have. These custom creations take closets from cluttered to clean with ease.

The best part about choosing a custom solution is that it’s built specifically for all your stuff. You know if you need more room for shoes and less room for hangers, or vice versa.

Well-designed closets aren’t just great for the adults in the house—your kids would also surely benefit from custom storage. Kids are notoriously messy, but a custom closet can help them keep their clothes, shoes and sports equipment in view all the time.

Other Closets

Reach-in closets in other parts of the home also present unique storage challenges. You don’t have to settle for stacks of papers, disorganized files and messy drawers.

It’s easy to avoid organizing important documents. Receipts, forms and mail pile up in one spot until you’ve got several hours’ worth of filing to do. Make this process easier from the start with a custom office closet that includes deep corner shelves for storing files, books and other office supplies.

Linen closets are the prime place for custom storage because of the items you need to keep there—bedding, extra pillows, towels, wash cloths and even toiletries won’t fit nicely in a hallway closet that may include just a shelf or two. It’s important that this space look guest-friendly; add baskets that will help keep linens smelling fresh, as well as several shelves to help you make small, neat piles of bedding and towels.

linen closetSometimes even a custom closet doesn’t provide enough storage. If that’s the case, you can also add a custom wardrobe to any room, designed to fit your storage needs.

Getting and keeping your home organized will always be a challenge. But a custom closet design can make it much easier on yourself and your whole family.

To get the full article and your custom closet, visit Closet Works!

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Closet Organizing with No Space

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A lot of Clothes in No Space!

General Tips
  1. Use ALL available space, but keep it organized.
  2. Keep out-of-season (winter/summer) clothes out of the way.
  3. You’re more likely to wear something if you can see it.
  4. Keep 1-2 hooks empty for quick-n-dirty clean up
  5. Don’t forget the backs of deep shelves, and high-up places.
Hanging Clothes

1. Try installing a second closet rod above your main one. Buy a stool or a reaching rod for access.

2. Matching hangers makes everything look so nice.

3. Cascading hooks are genius and work with almost any hanger. Use two at a time!

4. You can get a tiered hanger for skirts.

5. Skirt hangers with spring-clips and smooth rubber grips are best.

Folded Clothes

1. Fold all knit items to prevent hanger bumps.

2. Got deep shelves? Fold clothes appropriately. If you still have space behind your folded clothes store your out-of-season sandals/sweaters back there.

3. If you are using a dresser or other drawers, stack clothes vertically rather than horizontally.

5. For open shelving, be sure not to stack so high that it tumbles.

shoe storage seatShoes & Boots

1. Use an over-the-door shoe organizer. Ideally, look for ones where you can put both shoes in one slot.

2. Small cheap bookshelves are great for boots. Check your local Craigslist for cheap ones.

3. Some people love keeping their original shoe boxes but this can add to clutter

Bags

1. Stuff bags with tissue to keep their shape. When using a bag, leave tissue as holding space.

2. Sit them on a shelf rather than hanging them to prevent handles from stretching out.

3. Use bookends to keep them up.

4. If you must hang, use an over the door coat rack to hang bags, and even hats.

5. For less often used bags, create a drawer out of a long boot box. Line them up in the box, and slide it into a shelf

6. I love having a junk bowl or box for the things that I often but not always keep in my purse like hand sanitizer or a different sized wallet.

Other Accessories

1. Hang scarves on towel racks

2. For beltsjewelrysunglasses, and basically everything else ever, buy some screw in hooks in bulk at the home improvement store, and leave no wall or cabinet space uncovered.

3. Corral smaller items into open boxes, jars, and cups purchased at thrift stores.

4. Items that you intend to use infrequently can be hidden away in boxes. Those are Ikea, and hold travel organization tools, special occasion undies, and hats.

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For the full, informative article, visit Life Hacker.com

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5 Organizing Trends

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5 Favorite Design Trends of 2017

Posted by Classy Closets

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Classy Closets put together their favorite trends at the beginning of this year. Check out the article and see how many trends you followed this year! Based on their article, “Top Ten Home Design Trends in 2017” – we’ve chosen our top favorite trend:

1. Satin Brass

Satin brass is a brushed or muted metal that offers a warm, non-reflective finish to your home, without the high price tag of other metal finishes. Hardware has long been hailed as more than just an afterthought and instead helps to pull your entire design-style together.

2. Marble

Marble is in for 2017! Although marble has never really been out, it’s making a big entrance again this year. As a design staple in beautiful spaces for generations, marble adds instant elegance and quality. Marble can be added to almost any space in your home: kitchens, bathrooms, libraries, home offices and even closets!

3. Green

We’ve been huge fans of green for a long time, so we love that green is finally getting the love it deserves. You won’t have to look far to see a lot of green interiors this year. From light olive green to jewel-toned jade green, green will be blowing up your Pinterest feed in 2017!

4. Maximalism

“Contrary to minimalism we are seeing much more maximalism. Gone are the super clean, plain, unadorned rooms of the past few years. Lines remain clean but prints are layered in and colors pop. More is more and it’s super fun.” – The Decorist

Finally, we close our list with a design trend that’s been around for centuries in Scandonavia and is making a major splash in the United States. So much so that Pinterest predicts it as a major home trend in 2017: Pinterest Predicts the Hottest Home Trends of 2017.

5. Hygge (hoo-ga or hue-gah)

So, what is hygee? Hygee has been explained as a feeling of comfort, joy in the simple and natural, togetherness or cosiness.

The Lux Pad describes it:

“Pronounced ‘hoo-ga’ or ‘hue-gah’, the word is becoming increasingly recognisable and was originally a Norwegian term for wellbeing. Developed into a concept and way of living by the Danish in the 18th century when it first appeared in writings of the time, the country hasn’t looked back since. Hygge is the art form of creating intimacy in any given moment.

Normally a social occasion for loved ones to get together to experience the comradeship, warmth and contentment of the event, it can also be enjoyed alone to calm the nerves and sooth the senses. An idea which not only breaches weather and seasonal barriers but also social ones, it is something everyone in Denmark partakes in and it has spread through to every aspect of Scandinavian living to become a part of the national consciousness. Appreciating the small joys in life at all times, hygge followers have tapped into a source of happiness which the rest of the world can greatly benefit from in an ever-evolving technological society.”

For the full article as published by Classy Closets, Click Here

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