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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Fun Storage Ideas for the Kids’ Room

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How often do you have to tell your kids to tidy their toys up after playing with them? Or maybe you’re always the one picking up after everyone and keeping your kids’ rooms at least reasonably tidy. Either way, it helps to have sufficient storage in your kid’s room for all of their toys, clothes, and everything else. And there are lots of ways to make it look fun and appealing, making them more likely to clean up after themselves. Let’s look at some fun ideas for efficient storage in your child’s bedroom. Cubby holes Open storage makes it easy for your child to put their own things away without having to mess around with drawers or other storage containers. Plus, your child may like being able to still see…
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All About Feng Shui

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If you’re renovating or redecorating your home, or even just rearranging your furniture, then you might find it difficult to decide where everything should go for the best layout of a space. You’ve probably heard of feng shui before, and this is something that you might want to consider when deciding on this layout of a room or your entire home. What is feng shui? Feng shui is an ancient Chinese practice or philosophy, translating to wind and water. This is thought to be because these elements are associated with good health in China, and that’s essentially what feng shui is about at a basic level; arranging your surroundings in a way that balances the energy (or qi) in the space and promotes good health as a result. The general…
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What is the KonMari Organization Method?

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At The Kitchen Center, we’re all about designing custom storage solutions that help make organization a little bit easier for you, in every room of the house. So, we also like to provide you with tips and tricks to boost your organization skills and keep your house clutter-free. And one organization expert took the world by storm a few years ago through various books and her Netflix special, Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. So, what is the Marie Kondo method of tidying up and how can it help you? Read on to find out… The KonMari Method The simple principle behind Marie Kondo’s method for tidying, decluttering, and organizing is that everything you own should spark joy in some way. Always keeping this in mind will help to reduce the…
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Preventing Odors Inside Your Closet

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Have you ever reached into your closet for an item of clothing you haven’t worn in a while, only to find that it has a bad odor? Instead of putting on that clean item of clothing, you have to wash it again before wearing it. To avoid this annoyance, let’s look at some ways you can keep the clothes and other items in your closet smelling fresh. Check for mold and mildew Mold or mildew could be behind those musty smells your clothes come out with. This is common since closets don’t usually have much ventilation. Try to clean inside your closet on a regular basis and check thoroughly for mold and mildew when you do so. You can get rid of this using a combination of bleach and warm…
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Cleaning Tips Inside Closets and Cabinets

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Simply wiping down the fronts of your cabinets on occasion will keep them looking fresh and clean. But it’s easy to forget about the inside of your kitchen cabinets and let all the dust, grime, and debris build-up. And maybe you clean out your closet from time to time, getting rid of all the old stuff you don’t wear and organizing the rest so that everything’s easier to find. But what about actually deep cleaning inside the closet when it needs it? To help you keep everything looking great, hygienic, and in good condition, let’s look at some tips to help you deep clean your cabinets and closets every few months. Cleaning inside your cabinets Don’t just try to dust around your pans or utensils and call it a job…
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The Best Home Design Apps

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If you’re planning a remodel of your kitchen, bathroom, or any other part of your home, then there are lots of online tools and resources that can help you find new ideas and plan your design. Augmented reality (AR) apps are particularly useful for helping you visualize how things will look in the space, while others allow you to easily take measurements using the app. RoomScan Pro Draw up quick and easy floor plans of a room or your entire home with RoomScan Pro. Great for getting measurements and dimensions to help aid your design process and when working with designers. This app uses AR to draw up accurate plans that help you visualize your space, and can be used outdoors as well. Measured Measured is another app that is…
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Designing Your Bathroom Vanity

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A bathroom vanity can make both a functional and attractive part of your bathroom, a complete space for the sink, bathroom cabinets, countertop space, and more features. If you’re planning a bathroom remodel or are adding a new vanity to your bathroom, then read on for some tips, ideas, and things to consider when designing your bathroom vanity. Size and layout One of the first things you should consider is the size of your bathroom and how much space is available for your bathroom vanity. Decide on where your vanity is going to be in the room and work out the measurements of the available space. You want it to be big enough to be functional but not so big as to overcrowd the space, particularly in small bathrooms. Bathroom…
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Studio Apartment Space Saving Ideas

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If you’re living on a budget or just like the modern and minimalist feel of studio apartments, then it helps to have some space-saving ideas to make your living space as comfortable and efficient as possible. At The Kitchen Center, we design custom storage solutions to help you make the most out of your space. If you’re moving to a studio apartment or are looking for ways to make your current apartment more spacious, then read on for some of our expert tips. Futons and Murphy beds A double bed can take up a lot of space in a small studio apartment, so it helps to have a bed that doubles up as something else, like a futon. Futons or sofa beds fold up into a sofa, allowing you to…
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