Friday, March 27, 2015

Awesome Recycling Idea To Declutter Your Home - Turn an Old Crib into a Table

Let's admit it; we all love to keep old items just because they have a sentimental value that we can't let go of. While we'd love to keep them, they sometimes turn into clutter which takes up space, so instead of keeping them stashed in your closet, why not recycle your old items and turn them into functional pieces for your home. Here how you turn your old crib into a table!

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For this project, you need the expertise of your trusted carpenter. Once done, you may place this piece in your kids' study area or bedroom. Learn how to do it here.

Materials needed:

* old baby crib with a removable drop side
* mdf/particle board cut to mattress size
* blackboard paint

Our drop side had already been removed so all I had to do was adjust the base to the highest newborn setting.

I cut two sheets of thick mdf to fit snugly into the mattress base to provide a table top. I deliberately chose thick strong board to strengthen the desk should any small people climb, sit or stand on it (inevitable in this house).

The boards were painted with blackboard paint to create a chalkboard table top.

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It was then easy to use hooks and suction hooks to create storage on the cot sides. I'd love to attach some small shelves for colouring books too.

The paper storage box is made from an empty muesli box, I cut the front to make the paper accessible then primed and painted it before super gluing it to a thick piece of card for extra strength.

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On the left hand side we hung Bubble's whiteboard for doing her therapy homework using 3M removable hooks. The white shelves are a spice rack bought from the local Salvo shop for $5 and repainted, this is where we will store our small craft items like glue pots and beads.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

10 Affordable Essentials for an Organized Closet

The best way to solve the daily dilemma of putting together an outfit is to see every article of clothing that you own. This way, nothing gets pushed to the corner or gets buried under a pile of shirts and jeans -- you will instantly find whatever it is you need. To make dressing up an easy, enjoyable part of your daily ritual, here are 10 closet essentials.

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Wooden or foam-padded hangers

Experts recommend these pieces to prevent creases on the shoulders of your shirts. Hangers of the same color and style also look better than gaudy, mismatched ones.


Install hooks for belts, ties, and other accessories. Experts say that these can be attached to the back of a closet door.


They explain that general lighting is not enough because it does not illuminate the inside of the cabinet. It can also cast a shadow when you are browsing through your clothes. Install lights inside the cabinet to help you see your belongings better.

Fabric softener sheets

These will keep your clothes fresh and fragrant. Experts say you can tuck them in between garments.

Shoe racks

Many room look messy because shoes are left out on the open and on the floor. Improve your space by investing in organizers for all of your pairs.

Drawers and containers

Clothing articles (such as undergarments) and various accessories should be arranged neatly. Choose matching storage boxes for your prized possessions.

Full-length mirrors

Don't you hate having to jump up and down in front of your bathroom mirror or having to stand on a chair to view your entire outfit? Fritz says that a full-length mirror will give you a whole picture of what you've put together.

Garment bags

Clothes meant for special occasions shouldn't be stored like the rest of your everyday clothes. Some may be made from delicate fabric or may have beadwork that might come loose, so store gowns, barongs, and suits in zip-up garment bags.

Cedar wood blocks

While moth balls keep pests away from your clothes, experts share that they leave a strong chemical odor. Try cedar wood blocks for a warm, subtle smell.

Drawer liners

Although homeowners often don't use drawer liners, one might want to reconsider. Experts say that these protect clothes from snags, especially when the finish of the drawer surface is rough.