5 Ways To Organize And Clear Up Clutter Using Trays

Are you tired of the stuff on top of your counter in the kitchen?  How about all those shoes lined up in the mud room?  There are products in the market that can make your clutter look good.  Organize and clear up clutter using trays.  When there is a grouping of items on a tray your mind reads it as one, hens cutting down on visual clutter.  Everyone has a room that is unorganized, maybe a corner of a room, a drawer or counter top.  Trays are a tool to organize and make a unified and uncluttered look.

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6 Tricks For Accessorizing And Dressing Up Bookshelves

Transforming a cluttered and not so interesting bookshelf into a stunning display can be over whelming especially if you have more items than space.  We all see it in magazines, the perfectly styled bookshelf; adorned with beautiful books, and gorgeous accessories.  Weather in an office, living room or den bookshelves are decorative and a great place to store books, collectibles and pieces of art and add great functionality.  Book shelves can be built-ins or pieces of furniture, styling them is just as important as designing the room.  It’s not difficult to select accessories for dressing up a book shelf.  In just a few hours you can turn a style less bookshelf into the room’s focal point.  Try these 4 tricks for accessorizing and dressing up bookshelves.  Add some excitement and be inspired with these tips and ideas to for your bookshelf styling endeavor.

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Easy Organization Pointers to Keep Back-to-School Tension at Bay

Back-to-school acts as both relief and stress. The former is because as a parent, you can have a bit of time to yourself, now that the children will spend a certain portion of their time in school, whereas it is stressful due to the amount of work you have to do. However, if you proceed in a systematic manner, it isn’t really that much of a monster!

Here are a few easy organizing tips to assist you:

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Back-to-school can be chaotic to say the least. Music lessons, book clubs, sports activities – there is a lot to be done. Use dry-erase calendar art decals that double as a bulletin board and wall art, which help to maintain a schedule. These are made of vinyl, so the peel-and-stick system allows them to be put up anywhere.Carmel Decor School Organization
Inspect your house from top to bottom and clean it thoroughly. It is evident that children will bring dirt and dust in the house, so ensure the mudroom has sufficient area rugs so they can wipe their shoes before entering indoors.Carmel Decor School Organization 6
There will be abundant homework, which requires a filing system to keep track of everything. You can use storage baskets for homework and projects – there can be an “In” and “Out” system so that you know what is pending and what has been completed. There are different kinds of storage baskets available – some can even be used to store sports equipment too such as a soccer ball, badminton racket, or roller skates.Carmel Decor School Organization 5

Create a study-friendly spot for your children – the area should have sufficient lighting (not too bright though) and a comfortable stool for sitting. Nowadays, poufs are also being used frequently in children’s rooms because they are cozy and comfy.
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Ensure that the child gets a good-sized work surface and don’t forget to unplug the TV or shut off the wireless router, during study-time.

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Plan ahead so that you don’t have to rush in the mornings. Think about the following morning and chalk out a schedule. For instance, breakfast foods should be easy to reach. You should also lay out school clothes the night before.

If you have more than one child, consider jotting down a bathroom schedule so that each kid gets an equal amount of time (one kid shouldn’t spend excess time as it delays the schedule).

There is no hard-and-fast rule in this case because each household operates differently. All you can do to lower the stress and chaos is to stick to a fixed routine as much as possible and make modifications when needed

You can find a large selection of area rugs, throw pillows, lighting, home accents and wall decor to help you organize your home at Carmel Decor.

by Firoozeh Khorrami
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Tools And Tips For Staying Organized At Home


Happy New Year! As soon as we ring in the New Year at midnight I start to think about all the ways I want to redecorate and reorganize our home. There’s no time to waste, on January 2nd all the Christmas decorations come down and are quickly stored away for next December; and I start the year off by reorganizing our storage shed. In the first few days of January I quickly go through the main rooms of the house; once the tree is out of the living room I thoroughly clean the room, rearrange all the furniture and send out the furniture pieces that need to be repaired or reupholstered. I also go through all the coffee table books, throw pillows, and accessories; and start making a pile for the Goodwill. In the dining room the carpet is sent out to be cleaned, the chandelier is polished, and the dining chairs get repaired or reupholstered after all the holiday partying. Than the real fun begins; I start reorganizing the storage areas, kitchen cabinets, and closets. Throughout the year I collect DIY organizing tips and suggestions and try as many of them as I can to keep my stuff organized. Some of the organizing ideas work well and I start recommending them to friends and family, and some are not so great.
Keeping your life organized is a daily task, it’s hard and time consuming at the beginning but once you are use to it and make it into a habit than life gets much easier and less stressful. It does require help and participation from all the family members.
One of the tips I discovered this year that was a tremendous help is “no personal stuff in the common rooms”; so in the living, dining, kitchen and family rooms no member of the family including myself is allowed to leave their personal belongings like, iPod, toys, laptops, shoes, mail etc., this keeps down on the clutter.

Tip number two: I have always been told is to label everything, this year I will including all the plugs on the extension strips.

Tip number three: Use large paper clips for organizing all the cords for your gadgets

Tip number 4: Recycle toilette paper rolls for keeping all those loose wires neat and organized.

Tip number five: Get yourself in the habit of making a seasonal menu, than make sure your pantry has all the necessary ingredients, this will make your weekly shopping trips so much easier.

Don’t get overwhelmed by the task at hand, organizing your home can be a daunting task; take it one bite at a time, try one of these tips a week and see if it makes a difference in your life. I’m sure by spring your home will be a well organized and won’t need to be cleaned.

Happy decorating,
by Firoozeh Khorrami
Carmel Decor

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