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Kitchen Message Center | At first glance, this wall appears to be painted a pretty greenish blue, but look closer and notice the surprise. Standard chalkboard paint with just a little white added serves as a great place to jot notes and reminders.
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Chalkboard wall in the mud room
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Kitchen Message Center
Add More Beds | For more sleeping space, build bunk beds into the wall. Here, three bunk beds stack all the way up to the nearly 20-foot ceiling.
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A closet space was turned into a trio of bunk beds. The chairs create a cozy sitting area. Looks like a cute beach house!
Not crazy about bunkbeds but love the airy seating area. - Found @ velvet and linen. "A closet space was turned into a trio of bunk beds. A Solaria Lighting chandelier and Lee Industries swivel chairs create a cozy sitting area."
A closet space was turned into a trio of bunk beds. A Solaria Lighting chandelier and Lee Industries swivel chairs create a cozy sitting area. Great for grandchildren at the cottage.
Cute sitting area in a lakeside cottage bedroom. Love the large chandelier that works so perfectly with the vaulted ceilings. I think I need to try that trick with the ticking stripe with contrast piping on the four arm chairs. stack less beds on the wall, impossible to change bedding on the top one... but love this as a guest room, bunk room and sitting idea. Also like it without the beds a family room idea.
Once we move the table to dining room- for space between kitchen and living room. -- chairs were arranged in a space-saving circle to facilitate conversation better than a traditional sofa-and-chair grouping in this Guesthouse. Three built-in bunk beds stack all the way to the nearly 20-foot ceiling.
A closet space was turned into a trio of bunk beds. What a fantastic idea for a vacation house! A Solaria Lighting chandelier and Lee Industries swivel chairs create a cozy sitting area.
Add More Beds - Lake House Decorating Ideas - Southern Living
Decorating Resolution 28: De-clutter the Mudroom
How To Plan a Gallery Wall | With these helpful hints, planning a wall filled with your favorite framed photographs and artwork is no longer a daunting task.
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How To Plan a Gallery Wall
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Four Handy Extension Cord Storage Tips | Extension cords are hard to work with, often get tangled, and don't stay plugged in. These simple tips will take the stress out of extension cord use and storage.
Four Handy Extension Cord Storage Tips
How To Hang a Frame Without Measuring | Put away those tape measures and pencils! Hanging a frame has never been easier, thanks to this simple tip.
How To Hang a Frame Without Measuring
Decorating Resolution 11: Organize Your Linen Closet
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Great reference for my future kids. Might tweek it a little.
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10 Best Tips for Organizing Paper Clutter | Cozi.com
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10 Best Tips for Organizing Paper Clutter One of the most common complaints from families is of paper clutter. It can be in your kitchen or home office, but the piles of paper that stack up get messy and annoying. Important papers get lost and time is wasted searching for bills or documents, creating stress and frustration. Clean up your paper by trying a few of these tips from Cozi readers who shared their tricks for reducing clutter. Devise a color-coded filing system. Choose a color for each member of the family and use a folder in that color to store papers. This way, when Sally needs her permission slip, you know it’s in the purple folder. Another idea is to use simple files that say “Today,” “This Week,” or “This Month” and organize papers accordingly. This method lets you to keep tabs on what needs to be done immediately and what can be put off for another day without it slipping through the cracks. Use your mobile phone. Take a photo of schedules, lunch menus for school, and other important information to keep it handy. This method keeps your desk and fridge clear! Go paperless with electronic bills. Most monthly bills can be paid electronically. All that’s required is to go to the company’s website and request this service. You can even arrange for automatic renewal for magazines this way, occasionally even scoring lower subscription rates! Skip junk mail altogether. Request to be removed from mailing lists. Simply send a letter with all possible spellings of your name, address and signature. Mail it to: Mail Preference Service / DMA ATTN: Dept. 9407644 P.O. Box 643 Carmel, NY 10512. Even faster? Call them at 212-768-7277. Recycle paper clutter for good use. If being green is your scene, then transform junk mail and school notices into useful items. Readers suggested recycling plain junk mail envelopes to reuse or for lists. Or, cut up notes and unimportant papers from school to create scrap paper. You not only reduce waste, but save money. Consolidate with binders. Binders keep bills, forms, and papers neatly sorted. Readers have binders in varying formats such as one per family member or per year, making it simple to locate documents as needed. Keeping the binders in a convenient location ensures proper and frequent use of this system. Keep paper out of the way with an organization system. Magazine racks or hanging organization systems eliminate the unsightly mess of papers strewn or stacked on counters and desks. Some readers go so far as to set aside a place in the pantry for organizational purposes to get it out of the kitchen entirely. Make a date with paper. Filing systems aren’t for everyone, and even if they are, they still need to be maintained. Set aside a “Desk Day” once a week or twice a month to go through papers and keep things clean and organized. Put it on your calendar as a regular appointment to remind yourself that it needs to get done. Make a plan for schoolwork. Most parents struggle with this dilemma: What to do with all the artwork and schoolwork your child brings home? Try one of these tips to keep yourself from drowning in paintings and tests! Save one picture from your child’s school each month and take pictures of the rest. One reader even makes photobooks of her child’s art. Another scans the artwork and uses it to create greeting cards and stationary. Use bins as a last resort. If you still can’t bring yourself to throw anything away, you can do what one reader suggested: Save everything from school in bins (one per child) and go through it once a year. As time passes, the sentiment has worn off, making it easier to throw items away. photo courtesy of EvelynGiggles What's your system for organizing the neverending stream of paper, bills and schoolwork? Michele Johansen is a writer in Bellevue, WA. She is the co-creator of the Ruby Slipper Guide, a website that lists activities and events for families living east of Seattle and blog that delves into the foils of parenting. bnNeed help simplifying your busy family life? Free online calendar, shopping lists and to do lists Related Content Back to School To Do List Chores for Kids: Starter Lists Morning Musing from the FlyLady: Ducks in a Row! Creating a Summer Schedule that Works Disqus Add New Comment Image Showing 17 comments Sort by Subscribe by email Subscribe by RSS Volunteer 4 weeks ago Several of these comments have really scared me. They advocate just tossing unwanted mail ASPA. Please learn to remove and shred immediately. Help stop identity threats. I keep my shredder handy and use it daily. Dawn Shaffer Kvigne 1 month ago Each family member has a mail slot for their papers. When it gets full, they are responsible to go thru it to toss whatever isn't vital. We also have a mail slot for all schedules/permission slips etc. I put schedules on Cozi, but have often found if I throw the schedule away, I need it later for contact info. Barbara Wood 2 months ago My way of managing mail clutter starts outside in the garage. I sort the mail using the top of the garbage dumpster and immediately discard most mail into the recycle dumpster next to the garbage. I open the mail there and discard envelopes, ads and such. This works to keep most mail clutter out of the house entirely. 1 person liked this. Kathleen_E 2 months ago Put a wall file near the door you enter most often, and put new incoming mail into it when you come in the door with it. This prevents it from getting buried under other papers, and you can deal with it once a week. 2 people liked this. Omojolamichi 5 months ago I love our shoe boxes in all sorts of shapes and colours from our local shoe shop. They have a picuture on the front with the items in it. (pencils, creons, Art&Craft Materials, scrap materials, etc. and the big ones for different coloured paper) All the boxes fit wonderfully on our shelf and they look nice as well and dont cost a penny! :) 1 person liked this. Pernwish 5 months ago One thing I do with the bills that come in is immediately get rid of all those pesky little papers that come with the bill and save only the invoice and the return envelope. That helps with the piles. Also, my son does school at home, and has a designated area in a corner with a shelf for his school books, binders and work, next to his computer. It keeps his items organized and within reach as he works each day. Another thing, is when the mail is collected, the junk mail is tossed into the recycle trash can before it even enters the house. That way, I'm not tempted to look at or pile up what I know I'm not going to use. 2 people liked this. Mukkove 7 months ago Here on Cozi I created a "family" member called Finances and print a monthly calendar with all regular and occasional payments to be made. I write down amount and date when it's paid. For art work we like to scan or take pictures of their treasures. We get to keep the memories without the clutter. 16 people liked this. 9tigger 7 months ago For me, being a Mom of 4, I have colored coded everything for my kids...purple for my daughter, and green, red and blue for my boys. I have done this from their school folders to their lunch boxes (even the sandwich box inside) to the toothbrushes & hairbrushes (even down to the Cozi). I have also developed a filing system near my desk with a colored binders for each person of our house, with all school work or important papers for that week & then on Sunday I go through everything. I always use Cozi for the family calendar but since my little guys that have access to emails or text messages, I have a huge whiteboard in my kitchen listing everything for everyone for the month (again in their colors). Now for my kids artwork...I have precious artwork hanging in my entire house. I prefer to have the artwork of my children hanging throughout my house versus artwork of some artist. I put the artwork in a frame with the name and date of the artwork. To my that is the priceless artwork that every house should have. 13 people liked this. Roberta Mouheb 7 months ago in reply to 9tigger Thanks for sharing! I have 4 kids too, all grown now, and 2 grandkids. I like the color-coding idea, even though life is somewhat simpler and each child has his/her own home and ways of doing things. 1 person liked this. Lori 7 months ago I make a list right here on Cozi everyweek that includes "this weeks payout" for bills; on my calender, i list everything i intend to pay out on payday, with the total amount i will need for that week on bills. I pay the majority of bills on line, and as i pay them, i cross them off my cozi list. When the actuall paper bill comes in the mail, i thumb tack the entire thing to the bulliten board i have hanging up. After i pay the online bill, i write the payment conformation # on the bill, and keep it hanging in the envelope on the board till the next bill comes out and pitch the old one, keeping an electronic record of the conformation #. My husband and i both use Cozi, the lists, calender, etc. when its his turn to do the shopping, i can make the list, and Cozi sends it directly to his phone via txt msg. I love it for myself as well, no more paper shopping list! 7 people liked this. Haileyney 7 months ago My husband and I have a drawer in the kitchen with all of our financial stuff in it. We keep a notebook with our bills and approximate prices of each. then we have an envelope for each expense. They are labeled: rent, insurance, gasoline, etc. and on pay day we put actual cash from our account into each envelope. Then we cant spend allocated money on other things. When bills come in the mail we put them in the envelope they relate to and get money grams to fill the envelope and mail it off. This way, no bills are late, receipts are kept with the bills they apply to, money is never over-spent, and the little bit of paper clutter is at least out of the way and out of sight. It works for us! :) 8 people liked this. Dawn Peterman 8 months ago My paper clutter is scanned with my NeatReceipts and then thrown in the trash. We homeschool, so any written work is displayed in bedrooms (although we use computers, so there isn't much). I have even reduced paper clutter by using my iPad for much of my paperwork that needs to be signed. I never have to print anything. 7 people liked this. Scooze 8 months ago We save precious art, grades,etc on the fridge. Once a month I remove all the fridge items, roll them, & tuck them into an empty paper towel roll. 9 paper towel rolls = one school year. They are super easy to store in a rubbermaid bin. 41 people liked this. CoziFamily Moderator 8 months ago in reply to Scooze I have never, ever heard this idea before, and I absolutely love it! Thanks for sharing. Kati at Cozi 1 person liked this. JoAnn 8 months ago Great tips! You can also go to www.dmachoice.org to set your mail preferences and www.catalogchoice.org to opt out of the catalogs you no longer wish to receive. 5 people liked this. CoziFamily Moderator 8 months ago in reply to JoAnn Thanks for the links, JoAnn! 1 person liked this. Nancy 8 months ago I love the idea of using the phone to take pics of schedules, etc. I am a professional organizer and so many of my clients are bogged down in paper. As parents of small kids now, the amount of school and activity-related paper and artwork that comes into the house is astounding. Also definitely agree with the "making a date" with paper concept...this is something many people dread doing and so, they don't do it! I encourage my clients to make the date, put it on their calendar, and plan the reward in advance (a coffee treat, time alone with a good book, a massage, etc.). If you know there is a light at the end of the tunnel and a reward after you "tame the paper tiger" you'll be much more inclined to keep your date!
10 Best Tips for Organizing Paper Clutter | Cozi.com
If you're anything like us when you're traveling with kids, something always happens. We've come up with 4 must-pack items that are sure to save multiple vacation mishaps (plus you'll probably find most of these items in your closest junk drawer!). 1. Duct Tape 2. Binder Clips 3. Outlet Plug 4. Dental Floss To find out more about why each of these are travel life-savers, head to: http://www.cozi.com/live-simply/4-unexpected-items-to-pack-on-your-trip
If you're anything like us when you're traveling with kids, something always happens. We've come up with 4 must-pack items that are sure to save multiple vacation mishaps (plus you'll probably find most of these items in your closest junk drawer!). 1. Duct Tape 2. Binder Clips 3. Outlet Plug 4. Dental Floss To find out more about why each of these are travel life-savers, head to: www.cozi.com/...
With a clever paper towel holder, a disguised trash pullout, and plenty of storage for linens and utensils, the island was designed to be the room's command center.
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Island Storage With a clever paper towel holder, a disguised trash pullout, and plenty of storage for linens and utensils, the island was designed to be the room's command center.
Island Storage - Best New Kitchen - Southern Living
Adjacent to the kitchen, a built-in office nook looks out onto the backyard, keeping the kids under their mother's close watch. At left, an inset steel panel provides a place to show off artwork.
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Planked Refrigerator | Vertical, not horizontal, planks cover the refrigerator, making it unobtrusive but not hidden. | SouthernLiving.com
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Woodsy Beach House Makeover
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