How to Make Your Clothes Last Longer

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Whether you’re trying to save money, reduce the amount of waste you create, or simply can’t stand the thought of no longer being able to wear your favorite items of clothing, we’ve got some simple tips to help your clothes last longer. Invest more in your clothing The price tag on ultra-cheap clothing or fake designer wear may be tempting, but remember that it’s probably cheap for a reason. In most cases, it turns out to be a false economy, meaning you end up spending more than you save. Lower quality materials and manufacturing processes mean that cheap clothing will start to wear more quickly, leaving you having to throw it out and replace it in a few months as it starts to develop holes or tears. Of course, you…
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Custom vs. Stock Kitchen Cabinets

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Your kitchen cabinets aren’t just an incredibly functional part of your kitchen, providing the majority of the storage for the room, but they also take up a lot of visual real estate, meaning the way they look is also important. So, when choosing your kitchen cabinets, it’s important to consider both style and substance. This brings us to one important decision you’ll need to make – whether to install stock kitchen cabinets or custom-designed ones. Understanding the difference between stock and custom kitchen cabinets Stock kitchen cabinets are mass-produced and pre-manufactured. They’re the cabinets that you’ll see in the catalog or in-store when looking for kitchen elements. They come exactly as they are, with no customization options available, other than the ability to repaint or refinish them after purchase if…
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Your Guide to Under-the-Bed Storage

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If you’ve got a small bedroom or simply too many belongings creating a need for more storage space, then you might have to get creative to maximize all of the space you have available. Things like utilizing vertical space can help you fit more in, but there’s another simple solution for tucking more things away tidily in your bedroom. You just have to look under your bed. Under-the-bed storage ideas There are two main options for utilizing under-the-bed storage. The first is to have a regular bed with empty space beneath it, and using that space to store things – sliding items underneath your bed to tidy them away. The other is to buy a bed with storage built in underneath it – drawers that slide out or an ottoman…
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Bathroom Remodeling on a Budget

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We recently looked at some savvy ways to remodel your kitchen on a budget. Now what about when it comes to the bathroom? Some of the tips from our previous blog can help you here as well, such as remodeling at a less in-demand time of year, making the most of your contractors to get the best price on materials, and keeping the layout the way it is so you don’t have to move the plumbing for your various fixtures. So, let’s look at some more tips to help you save money on your bathroom remodel while still getting great results. Regrouting If your bathroom tiles are looking a little old and tired, then you could spend money on replacing them entirely. However, simply regrouting your tiles and giving them…
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Kitchen Remodeling on a Budget

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A kitchen remodel can leave a big dent in the bank account, but with some proper planning, budgeting, and compromises, you can cut the prices to still get great results on a budget. If you’re remodeling on a budget, read on for some tips to help you save money when remodeling your kitchen. Get advice from designers and contractors You may try to skip steps such as hiring a designer or contractors to help you save some money and do more DIY tasks, however, your contractor will likely be able to find better prices for the materials you need than if you were buying everything yourself. Plus, a designer can give you advice on how to do things more cheaply or which corners to cut without having a negative effect.…
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Storing Items That You Don’t Use Often

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No matter how comprehensive and well-organized your home storage solutions are, there are always things that seem to get in the way and take up unnecessary space. I’m talking about seasonal items that only come out of the closet for a short period each year or other items that don’t get much use. If you want to free your everyday storage spaces of these things, here are some tips for the best ways to store them efficiently. Garage The garage often becomes the dumping ground of these kinds of items, left to clutter up the space and never see the light of day. But the garage can be an effective solution for storing seasonal items while still keeping them in good condition. Utilizing vertical space in your garage through hooks…
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Planning a Bathroom Remodel for Older Adults

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The older we get, the more common aches and pains become, often just from doing regular day-to-day activity. So, mobility problems are something you may want to plan for when it comes to your senior years, even if you are relatively healthy and active. If you or a loved one are facing mobility problems and don’t want to move to a more accessible house, then you can remodel your home with mobility in mind. The bathroom is one area in particular where slips and falls can be common for seniors due to wet and slippery surfaces, so let’s take a look at some remodeling ideas to consider. And bathroom remodels can last decades, so you could even start thinking about this kind of thing in your 50s or 60s if…
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Organization Mistakes to Avoid

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In our past blogs, we’ve provided you with some tips to make your storage as efficiently organized as possible. So, you know what to do, but what about some of the things you definitely shouldn’t do when it comes to storage and organization in your home. Read on for some common storage mistakes that you should avoid. Being too strict with categories It makes it much easier to find what you’re looking for if everything is organized into its own space – a shelf for books, a drawer for arts and craft supplies, a basket for kids’ toys. But people can fall into the trap of setting too strict categories and relying on them too heavily. This can really slow down the organization process and can even make things less…
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A Quick Guide to Upcycling

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Have you got an old piece of furniture lying around that’s past its best or simply doesn’t quite spark joy anymore? Instead of just throwing it out, why not consider upcycling? This is also a good idea if you find cheap furniture for sale online or if you take on something a neighbor is planning on throwing out. Read on to find out exactly what upcycling is and how you can do it. What is upcycling? Upcycling involves refurbishing old materials or objects to give them new life; either turning them into something new or simply improving the quality or appearance of an object. You can upcycle something as simple as an old plank of wood or a plastic bottle, to larger pieces such as an old, worn dresser. Upcycling…
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Tips for Sorting Out That Junk Drawer

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We all have one. A particular drawer, or maybe even a whole closet, that’s the home of all the random stuff that doesn’t really have a home. Often small items, trinkets, maybe stationery, tangled cables and wires, or occasionally useful things like spare batteries. Whatever’s in yours, it typically turns into a mess, making it difficult to find what you’re looking for when you actually need something, and generally stressing you out every time you open the drawer and see the chaos. Closing the junk drawer and forgetting about how much of a mess it is shouldn’t be your only option. Take control of your junk drawer or closet with our organization tips. Empty the drawer and get sorting First, tip everything out of the drawer, crumbs and all. You…
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