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Organized Closet Checklist

Make it easier to get dressed quickly by following these few easy steps!

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  1. Edit your wardrobe:  The seasons are changing and now is a great time to decide what you wear most, least, or not at all.  Check on things that no longer fit.  Are there any tank tops or summer clothes that you didn’t wear this year?  Be ruthless; toss them out!
  2. Decide what to store:  We are moving into cooler weather; let that and frequency be your guide on what to keep in your closet, and what to store elsewhere.
  3. Organize your “hang-ups” by type and color:  A good place to start is with length and then color, when you have a system in place for where things go, outfits are easier to put together.                                    closet 2
  4. Set up zones:  Low hanging bars hold skirts and pants, while high bars can hold shirts and suits.  For dresses, an eye-level bar, and out of season items can go on high shelves.
  5. Choose the right hanger:  It’s amazing how your closet will look neater when you have one type of hanger – wood, wire, or plastic.
  6. Manage odds and ends:  Hang belts, ties, scarves, bags in plain sight and on hooks that can be attached to the inside of your closet door.  Or use containers, like matching baskets to manage these items.
  7. OMG Shoes!  Decide on a system for storing your shoes.  It could be a rack on the floor, see-through plastic boxes, or original boxes with photographs stapled to them to identify what’s inside.  Out-of-season shoes should be stowed elsewhere, and toss the ones you no longer wear!

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DIY Dining Chairs Makeover for $26.00

Buying new furniture can be very costly.  In my search for new furniture for our dining room, I decided to just change the chairs up to create a new look for the room.  I found these chairs for $8.00 each at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store.

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Ralph is checking out the new additions

Now, these chairs were in pretty bad shape, there was some water damage to the feet of one of them and spiders had made a home in the underside of the other one.  So I gave them a good rub down with some Clorox wipes and then I started sanding.

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Water damaged foot

Well I knew ahead of time, before I bought the chairs, that I wanted to paint them white, so I was able to use painter’s putty or regular Spackle to fill in the damaged parts of the feet.  The only supplies I needed were:

  • paint
  • light grade sandpaper
  • brush and roller
  • spackle
  • Chairs and Fabric

chair project suppliesSo I sanded until the chair felt smooth, and then I sanded in between the layers of paint to make sure that I didn’t have any paint strokes, and then for the final coat of paint I used a spongy roller that is used for cabinets so I was sure to be free of any brush stroke texture. Looking back on it now, It would be way easier to use a sprayer, but if you don’t have access to a sprayer, a little elbow grease doesn’t hurt!

chair foot dualUsing the Design Principles of Unity Harmony and Variety, and painting the two chairs the same color and covering the seats with the same fabric, I created essentially a new set of chairs for our dining room!

chairs afterI got some left over designer fabric for only $10 on sale, the chairs were $8 each, and the rest of the supplies I already had on hand.  So, for $26.00 we have the beginning of a new set of chairs for our dining room! Only four more chairs to go!  Stay tuned for the table and china hutch makeover!

 

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DIY: Storage for Hairdryer and Straightener

diy-storage-hairdryer-straightenerSince I use my hairdryer and straightener just about every day, I usually just leave them lying on my dresser.  In an effort to reduce the clutter, I thought I would try my hand at a DIY project I saw on Pinterest a while back.  One thing to note, you will need to weight the bottom (I used pebbles from my yard and driveway) so that the container doesn’t topple over when you take out the hairdryer.

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