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  1. Affordable Ways to Keep Your Home Organized Organization is an important part of owning a home, but at times it is not an easy task. It is common for homeowners to become overwhelmed as stuff accumulates and starts to take over the home, especially if there is no order or organization, but many homeowners are not willing to tackle an organization project because of the time and effort that it takes. While organizing a home is a lot of work, once the project is complete, it is much easier to keep the home organized and clean, and homeowners rarely regret it. Here are some helpful tips for organizing your home. Kitchen organization The kitchen is the best place to start when organizing your home, because it is the center of the home where everything seems to accumulate and clutter up. Empty drawers, cupboards, shelves, the fridge and pantries and get rid of items that do not need to be in the kitchen. Purchase organization tools such as baskets and drawer organizers that will help you keep your kitchen organized. Buzzfeed suggests installing lazy susans in your pantry and refrigerator to open up space as well as keep your items organized and easy to find. If you need more cupboard space, install hooks in the cupboards to hang mugs from and open up space for dishes and other items. Closet organization If you are already working with small closets, there is not enough room for unnecessary clutter. Clothing hangers take up a lot of valuable room, so consider installing a slide out rack for belts, scarves and ties. Slide out racks are easy and affordable to install, and while they look like they take up space, the actually save a lot of closet and drawer space. Shoe organizers do not have to be just for shoes. Use them as an organization tool for utility closets to hold toilet paper or paper towel rolls. Hang racks on the back of closet doors to hold cleaners and other products that take up cabinet or closet space. You might even consider hanging hooks on the back of doors to hold purses, bags and other items that are hard to find a home for. Storage organization Finding storage space can be a nightmare, but it does not have to be. If you have exposed beams, install wire shelving underneath them to create storage shelves for bins and other items. Create more storage in cupboards by using stylish baskets to store cutting boards, baking pans and cooling racks. You can also open up drawer space by installing a tension rod to keep your lids and other small items in place. Get creative when storing items. Recycle products like egg cartons to use as drawer organizers to hold jewelry, nail polish and other small items. Interior decorating and remodeling news brought to you by exbaseboardheatercovers.com Source: buzzfeed.com/peggy/game-changing-storage-solutions-that-will-expand-your-hor?bfpi&crlt.pid=camp.y5NJVqeQtxXz&crlt.pid=camp.k68FC1YBByBT#.ihEP2A8ZZ
  2. The Perfect Painting Project

    Painting a home is no easy task, no matter if you are painting the whole house, or just one room, it is difficult to keep complete control of a painting project. That being said, there are several ways to ensure a smooth and successful house painting project, it just takes a little patience and preparation. Painting does not have to be as difficult as we often make it, and can actually be enjoyable believe it or not. Here are a few suggestions for house painting that will make the project easy and stress free. Choosing the right colors Choosing colors can be the toughest part of painting a home, because colors have a major effect on the vibe a room gives off. Depending on the size of your home, darker colors can make a room seem small, while light colors can give the illusion of space. Darker colors also have a way of making a room feel cozy and comfortable, while light colors are not as warm. Determine how you want to feel in your home, and let the colors create that vibe. To make your colors really pop, give your baseboards and crown moldings a fresh coat of paint as well to make you home seem brand new. Tricks to an easier job Painting can get messy, but there are many ways to prevent the mess. Live Love DIY suggests using techniques such as lining your paint tray with tinfoil for easy clean up and less mess. Pour lids are cheap and prevent paint splashes and drips, and they also keep paint fresh. Use drop cloths to keep your floors safe from paint spills, and use painters tape to prevent paint drips. When cleaning up after painting, clean paint brushes by soaking them in vinegar and hot water. This technique will keep your paint brushes like new, so you do not have to replace them the next time you paint a room. Clean up as you go, so you do not have a giant mess to take care of when all the painting is done, but do not remove the painters tape until the paint is dry. Keep extra paint on hand so you can fix any chips, or cover up damage that happens over time, keeping your paint looking like new. Topping off the project While paint controls the vibe of a room, other upgrades can bring a room together such as new electricity sockets and light switch covers. This is an inexpensive upgrade that can transform the look of a room. You might also consider replacing old vent covers with new, decorative vent covers to modernize your home. Minor changes like this can make all the difference, and at a low cost. These upgrades also have a way of making new paint shine, and making all your hard work worthwhile. Interior decorating and remodeling news brought to you by EZBaseBoardHeaterCovers.com Source: livelovediy.com/2013/05/10-painting-tips-tricks-you-never-knew.html?m=1
  3. Affordable DIY Home Upgrades

    Affording to keep your home updated with all the upgrades it requires can quickly drain your bank account, so unfortunately many homeowners deprive their homes of necessary upgrades because they think they cannot afford them. Upgrades are important if you want your home to last forever. The truth is, there are many home upgrades that can be completed on a tight budget, and homeowners should understand the importance of keeping up their homes so that their value remains high or increases, as well as the lives of those who reside in the home. Here are some ways to upgrade on a tight budget. The power of new paint Never underestimate how much a fresh coat of paint can upgrade your home and make it look like new. Painting is an affordable upgrade, and is easy to complete on your own. Do not stress about paying top dollar for quality paint, because styles and trends change over time, and chances are you will paint again in the future. Don’t just stop at the walls, either. Freshen up your kitchen by painting or staining your cabinets, or update your kitchen table with a new paint color. A little bit of paint can transform the entire look and vibe of your home, and should be one of the first upgrades made because it is so easy and affordable. Changing hardware and light fixtures Another upgrade that can be done on a budget is changing the hardware on cabinets, door knobs and hinges on all the doors, as well as updating old light fixtures. New hardware has a way of giving any home a fresh new look, and is much cheaper than construction or other major remodeling projects in order to get the same new feel. Consider changing electrical outlets and light switch plates to modernize a room at a small cost. Starting small with upgrades like this can help you determine if major upgrades are needed, or if the small upgrades are exactly what the doctor ordered. Upgrades that lead to a pay off When upgrading your home, consider what you really need rather than what just looks nice. Upgrades should make your life easier in one way or another. Install ceiling fans that can modernize a room as well as cool you off without costing you a fortune to run your air conditioner. Upgrades should increase the value of your home, especially if you are planning on selling it in the future. If your upgrades somehow lead to a payoff, you know they were worth the investment. The best part is that there are several upgrades that do not cost a lot of money, but have a big reward, and those are the upgrades you should aim for before investing in major upgrades that are more expensive to complete. Interior decorating and remodeling news brought to you by EZBaseBoardHeaterCovers.com Source: thriftylittlemom.com/2013/06/24/re-styling-your-older-home-without-remodeling/
  4. Homeowners often forget that the look of the exterior of your home is just as important as the look of the interior. It is easy to become caught up in making sure the interior of your home is perfectly updated and decorated, and forget about the exterior completely. The exterior of your home should never be forgotten because it is the first impression of your home, and just like all first impressions, you want it to be a good one. Here are some easy upgrades for the exterior of your home that are sure to create an inviting look. Updates to the home Homes are built to withstand harsh weather and climates, but that does not mean that they will look good all of the time. As homes age and take beatings from weather conditions, they need extra tender love and care every once in a while. Your home should be power washed at least once a year to keep it looking fresh and new as well as prevent problems that weather, dirt and grime can cause. If your home is looking drab, consider brightening it up with window boxes, shutters or other features that can make windows shine and add some character to the home. Updates to the landscape Obviously a yard needs to be taken care of by mowing the grass and planting and maintaining flowers, bushes and trees. A yard should be inviting, and you can make it that way by adding special features such as a tree bench for shaded seating. If you plan on spending a lot of time in your front or back yard, add mood lighting for late summer nights that will be enough to allow people to see without taking away from the beauty of the night sky. Draw eyes to your beautiful landscape by displaying your house numbers in a creative way such as on old flower pots that sit on your front porch, or a bench next to the porch. Creativity is essential to bringing your home landscape to life. Updates that hide eye sores Hiding eye sores is vital for curb appeal. Listotic suggests keeping your trash bins hidden one way or another. If you cannot fit your garbage cans into your garage, consider building a small fence or shed to house them without looking tacky. Air conditioners are also nothing pretty to look at, but can be easily covered up with a small lattice fence, siding or paneling. Believe it or not, front doors have a major role when it comes to curb appeal. Sometimes all a front door needs is a fresh coat of paint, other times it should be replaced completely. Consider changing the doorknob and locks to give your front door a makeover, and prevent it from being the biggest eye sore of your home. Interior decorating and remodeling news brought to you by ezbaseboardheatercovers.com Source: listotic.com/17-easy-and-cheap-curb-appeal-ideas/12/
  5. More and more homeowners are opting to do remodeling projects themselves. One big reason for this is to save some money and get the most out of their remodeling budget. But another reason is that many homeowners enjoy the satisfaction of getting their hands dirty and being personally involved in the improvement of their homes. Whatever your reasons for wanting to tackle a DIY remodel, here are some things you’ll want to think about first. Safety Many homeowners have been injured while attempting to do remodeling work on their own. Injuries can be relatively minor but can also be very serious or even fatal. A good rule of thumb is to avoid doing any work yourself if professionals who specialize in that work are required to have a license. If you do want to tackle it yourself, make sure you follow all directions and safety procedures and that you know how to safely use all of the equipment required for the job. Time Homeowners would be wise to remember that time is money. Ask yourself if the amount of time that it will take you to do a given project is worth the savings in money. If you’re hoping to get a project done before the holidays, ask yourself if it’s feasible to make that deadline working by yourself. Rushing a project will result in cut corners and shoddy work so if you don’t have the time to do the project right, hire professionals who will. Cost Though cost is usually one of the main reasons homeowners cite for wanting to do a remodel themselves, it can also be one of the main reasons they shouldn’t. If a project will require a lot of specialized tools that will sit in the attic collecting dust afterwards, it may be more cost effective to hire a professional who already has the tools. If mistakes can be costly and will need to be fixed by professionals, you’re better off hiring a professional to begin with. Interior Decorating and Remodeling News brought to you by ezbaseboardheatercovers.com Source: tennessean.com/story/money/real-estate/2015/05/08/weigh-options-remodel/70950858/
  6. DIY Home Repairs and Upgrades

    The most expensive part about owning a home is the constant repairs, replacements and upgrades that you have to make in order to keep your home well maintained and its value as high as possible. The importance of home maintenance is often under estimated, causing homeowners to spend more money on repairs that could have been avoided. It is true that home maintenance is costly, but you can do it on a budget. Here is some advice for home maintenance that all homeowners should consider. Fix before replacing items When household items break, or start to wear out, it is easy to just get rid of them, but replacing certain items like furniture can be expensive. There are several tools that can help you repair household items and make them look and feel like new again. Furniture scratches and dents are inevitable, especially if you have children. According to the Budget Decorator, furniture markers are great to have on hand in order to quickly conceal scratches that happen over time. Keep other tools on hand that can help you unclog drains so you do not have to hire a plumber to solve bigger problems that arise due to clogs. Keep extra paint on hand so you can easily touch up your walls when necessary. If you repair items instead of replace them, you will save hundreds of dollars, and you will be amazed how nice your home will remain. Watch tutorials and trust your skills Many homeowners always hire professionals when it comes to household projects, but hiring professionals is expensive and can be avoided most of the time. If you do not think you are crafty or creative enough to complete certain projects, think again. Spend some time online viewing tutorials for projects you want to complete. You will be shocked at how easy most projects are. Trust your skills. It might take you a little longer than the professionals to complete the project, but it is definitely worth it when you save money. Repairing and refurbishing furniture Do not be so quick to get rid of furniture that looks worn out. Furniture is among the most expensive household items to replace, so save yourself that money by repairing or reupholstering the furniture you already have. Reupholstering furniture is much easier than you would think, and it can give your home a new and modernized look. Consider repurposing furniture you do not necessarily have a need for. Remove the drawers and hardware from a dresser, give it a fresh coat of paint, and turn it into a bookshelf. Repurposing furniture is a great way to add uniqueness to your home without spending a lot of money on new furniture. Saving money by completing projects like these allows you to invest your money in upgrades such as granite countertops or new appliances! Interior decorating and remodeling news brought to you by baseboardradiatorcover.com Source: thebudgetdecorator.com/diy-money-saving-home-repairs/
  7. Five common oversights when remodeling

    Remodeling projects rarely go as smoothly as you hope. No matter how much planning goes into a home remodel and no matter how prepared you feel, it never goes exactly as you have it down on paper. Here are five of the most common oversights homeowners make when remodeling their homes and some tips for avoiding those oversights. Don’t forget the landscaping Many homeowners use up all of their remodeling budget on the interior of the home leaving the exterior feeling neglected. There are a number of good reasons why you should set aside some of your budget for your home’s exterior, and particularly, your landscaping. If you’re doing an addition for your home, or any major work on the exterior of your home, be assured that your yard is going to be trampled on by construction workers. Even when all of the remodeling is taking place inside your home, contractors often use the driveway or yard as a staging area where supplies for the project are stored. When the project is complete, you’ll be left with a yard in poor shape and no budget for fixing it up if you didn’t plan ahead for this. Even if your yard is completely untouched by contractors, it doesn’t make much sense to spend a considerable amount of money updating your home’s interior if your home’s exterior is bland or outdated. So plan to spend some of your remodeling budget on landscaping regardless. Think quality over cost Remodeling projects, even simple ones, can be quite expensive. Homeowners understandably try to cut costs where they can to get the most out of the remodeling budget they’ve spent. But it is possible to take penny-pinching too far. When picking out materials for a remodel, don’t base decisions on cost alone. Choosing whatever is cheapest will lead to you having inferior materials. Going with the most expensive materials isn’t necessarily wise either. Instead of basing decisions entirely on cost, consider the quality of the product and how long you want it to last. If you’ve got products of a similar quality, then you can start thinking about cost in deciding which to buy. Imagine using the remodeled space You’d be surprised how many homeowners make all of their remodeling decisions based on appearance rather than functionality. Don’t forget that at the end of a remodeling project, you have to live in and use the remodeled space. Ask yourself some important questions before you begin a remodeling project. What is the purpose of this remodeled room? What activities will you or your family be doing in this space? Try to visualize yourself in your remodeled room doing whatever it is you’ll be doing in that room. Is it functional? Are there any problems with your intended remodeling plans? Go green A remodeling project is the perfect excuse to make your home more energy efficient. If you’re already tearing open walls, you might as well replace your old insulation, with newer, better insulation. If you’re doing a kitchen remodel, you might as well replace your appliances with ones that are more energy efficient. Whatever remodeling project you’re doing, think about how you can make your home more energy efficient in the process. There may even be some tax breaks in it for you. Have a contingency fund Perhaps the biggest oversight homeowners make is failing to have a contingency fund. Despite all your planning, things can go wrong and there may be unexpected costs in finishing your remodeling project. It’s important that you set aside extra, at least 10% of the cost of the remodeling project, so that you’re prepared for any setbacks. Interior Decorating and Remodeling News Brought to You by BaseBoardRadiatorCover.com Source: deseretnews.com/article/865631074/Common-oversights-when-remodeling.html?pg=all
  8. Tips for decorating your nursery

    As soon as a woman gets pregnant, she starts to think about what is going to happen when the baby arrives. Honestly, you’ll probably be spending quite a bit of time in the baby’s nursery, which is why most women also spend quite a bit of time decorating the room before the baby comes. You have a good nine months to figure out what you want to do (or maybe even less!), so here are a few tips to keep in mind when getting to decorate. Most important pieces to buy Though a lot of things in the nursery may not seem worth it if you don’t use it a lot, there are a few things you will certainly want to use. You’ll definitely want to get a comfortable chair, according to The Orange County Register. When rocking the baby to sleep, sometimes you may just fall asleep yourself or not want to get up for fear of waking the baby. You also need to make sure you get a crib or something for the baby to sleep in and changing table for changing baby’s diapers and clothes. After that, it is all about the theme. Stick with a theme After you’ve picked out your main pieces of baby room furniture, you will want to start focusing on a theme. The Orange County Register recommends picking a theme that relaxes you and is something you feel comfortable with despite the current trends. There are always going to be new trends on the market, but whatever makes you and your family feel comfortable is the right theme for you. Right now, there’s been a lot more gender neutral nurseries out there, but if you want bright pink or blue, go for it! Baby-sleep must-haves As a new mom, there are a couple of things you need to get, whether it is aesthetically pleasing or not. These will help your baby sleep and, therefore, help you get a good night’s rest. Start by putting up blackout curtains. Though it doesn’t have to be perfect, babies will naturally go to sleep when it is dark and wake up when it is light. In the summer, this could make it awfully hard to keep your baby on a sleep schedule. Also, a humidifier will help your baby breath on those nights when his or her nose gets stuffy, and sleeping seems impossible. A white noise machine is often recommended by experts to drown out any outside noise and to help mimic the womb. With these few things in the room, you’ll have not only a safe haven for your baby, but one where they feel relaxed and comfortable. Interior Decorating and Remodeling News Brought to You by BaseBoardRadiatorCover.com Source: ocregister.com/articles/nursery-662490-decorating-very.html
  9. Carpet Cleaning

    Carpets play a big part in my home. That's why it is important to make sure that it's clean especially since I have a daughter at home. Carpet Care Plus here in Illinois provides a great service!
  10. Choosing a Bed Frame

    I agree with you! Bed frames play a big role in making the room more beautiful. When we designed our daughter's room, we had to consider if the frames match the decorations and the color of the wall. It was not easy finding the perfect frame. Good thing there were many options that time!
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