Archives for March 2013

Master Bedroom Closet Remodel

Before the closet had one rail that went around the entire closet. Additional storage space was not being used effectively above or below the rail. The clothes and accessories needed to be sorted into keep and donate piles and then rearranged in the closet with a system that offered better options and containers.

Closet photo

Closet photo

We sorted all the clothes into two piles; clothes that were being used went into the keep pile and clothes not being used went into the donate pile. It is much easier to find the clothes you do want to wear if they are not being overcrowded by the ones you don’t. And really, how many clothes do you really need! 🙂

We installed beautiful hardwood floors in place of the old gray carpet to really give the closet a finished and clean look.  We painted the closet white and added a brand new, and larger, ceiling light to brighten up the area. You are not stuck with builder-grade ceiling lights, and one way to improve your chances of finding something in a closet is to add sufficient lighting.

The light is so bright that I couldn’t take a good picture with it on so that is while this picture is dark.

Closet Ceiling Light

We purchased and installed a closet system that provided areas for long and short hanging, pant hanging, shoes, drawers for additional clothes or accessories, belt hooks, and shelves. The system also included an accessory tray, which was perfect for storing cufflinks. Baskets were used for storing winter scarves, hats, gloves and other items.

Closet photo

Closet photo

Closet photo

Closet photo

We added wall hooks for hanging extra jackets above the area where the hamper was placed. The hamper is a 3-bag sorter to make laundry day one step simpler.

Closet photo

Every inch of the new closet is utilized, including the angled wall by the doorway. A hanger hamper for extra hangers fits perfectly in this spot.

Closet photo

By eliminating items that were no longer needed and by taking advantage of every inch of closet space, this closet is organized and extremely functional. Every piece of clothing and accessory has a home and can be easily found.

What do you use to organize your closets?


Photo Keepsake Creations

Here are some of the beautiful photo keepsakes I have created with Heritage Makers.

Image of a nature scene on a canvas

Above: 8×8 wrapped canvas featuring a photo I took while in France and a quote I wrote.

Image of a deck of cards of my dog

Above: Playing card deck that is a word game featuring my little boy.

Image of a poster I made for my grandmother

Above: 11×14 print I made for my grandmother featuring her favorite saying, What a Life. I wrote the poem.

Image of a cell phone cover I made

Bucket Bag

Above two pictures: Mother’s Day Gifts!


Above: Metal sign I made for my daughter’s playroom.

Learn how you can create keepsakes with your photos.


Repurposing containers for storage and organizing

My husband, Paul, and I started working on a 1000-piece puzzle a couple of weeks ago. I separated the different pieces by color or shade, as much as possible, so we had several piles laid out on the dining room table. Paul started finding the corner pieces and creating the bottom layer of the puzzle.

He will sometimes work on the puzzle on the weekends while I am making dinner. But, it takes time, and meanwhile our dining room table is covered in puzzle pieces.

Until today.

We recently purchased new flatware. The flatware set came with a wooden drawer tray which meant we no longer needed the plastic white one we had been using. But I didn’t pitch the white tray or put it with items to go to Goodwill. Instead, I decided to give it a new purpose – puzzle piece storage.

The puzzle pieces are still sorted into their original piles, but now they are not taking over the dining room table.

Take a look!

Image of a flatware tray holding puzzle pieces.

This is an example of how you can repurpose containers around the house to organize and store various items.

Other ideas:

  • A cereal box with one side cut off can be used as a paper tray. Think inbox and outbox. 
  • An egg carton can be used to hold push pins, paper clips, rubberbands, hair ties, cufflinks, earrings, craft supplies, and other small items.
  • A napkin holder can hold papers or folders. At home, you could use it for a Bills to Pay container. In the office, you could use it for brochures, surveys, and pamphlets.
  • A wooden box, which came with a flower I received, to hold bottle cleaning brushes in the kitchen.

Kitchen Brushes

  • Glass cups to hold pens, pencils and makeup brushes.
  • A waterproof match holder for camping to hold daily pills.

Image of a match holder for camping, but with pills inside.

When tackling some kind of organizing project at home or at the office, try to avoid shopping for containers right away. It is best to take a look at what you have to organize first (and how much of each item). And, you can save some money by possibly using containers you already own!

What creative storage solutions have you come up with?


Make Your Home More Attractive to Buyers

Image of a home for sale with Sale sign

Did you ever think that your family photos would make your home less attractive? What about your children’s doodles on the refrigerator? Or your favorite oversized chair that is perfect for late night reading? How about the beautiful purple color you carefully selected for the bathroom?

If you answered no, don’t worry. The potential buyers that visit your home would probably answer the same way. But your style, comforts and personal belongings affect how attractive your home is to potential buyers. Most of the time it affects them subconsciously; they don’t realize how much your favorite chair turned them off from the entire house.

When you have your house on the market and you want to sell it, it is all about staging and it’s worth it. Based on various statistics I have read, homes that are staged sell more than three times faster and at a higher price than homes that are not staged.

You can pay a professional stager to get your home ready or you can tackle it yourself. Here are some of my staging tips for making your home more attractive to buyers:

  1. De-clutter: Rent a storage unit to store everything in your home that you can live without, including your family photos, books, extra toys, and off-season clothes.
  2. Minimize furniture: Put large pieces of furniture in storage to make your rooms appear more spacious.
  3. Define spaces: Define each room in your house. If a room is a bedroom, it should look like a bedroom. Using a bedroom as an office is fine; many buyers are including an office on their wish list.
  4. Revitalize: Paint each room with a neutral color and do it neatly. Remove any scuff marks on the walls.
  5. Let the light in: Add new lighting or add new light bulbs to existing lighting. Open the curtains during a showing and open house.
  6. Finish the floors: Clean the carpets or replace carpets with hardwood floors.
  7. Create curb appeal: Put out a new doormat, plant some colorful flowers, paint the front door, replace the door handles if they are worn, and replace an outdated or damaged outside light.
  8. Clean with a toothpick: Clean every inch of the house and keep the house clean.

Put yourself in the buyer’s shoes. Are there parts of your house that do not work for you anymore? A potential buyer will probably notice those defects as well; do your best to minimize them. If your kitchen is too small, remove items from the countertops and put extra plates and cups in storage. Use your imagination and look at your house in a whole new way. You never know. You may end up finding it more attractive and decide to not to sell it after all.

photo source

How do you prepare your home for sale?



Child Care Center Newsletter

This is a sample parent newsletter I made for a pretend child care center caring for infants and toddlers.


Sample Listing Flyer

This is a sample listing flyer I did for my professional real estate assistant certification class. The information is not real.

Sample Listing Flyer