1. Styling a Practical and Pleasing Bookshelf

    Bookshelves are a handy place to store items but overtime, you may cram in things until left with a cluttered, unsightly display.

    These areas can show off what you read, collect and adore. Instead of viewing bookshelves as mere storage space, create something that’s not only functional but beautiful. Here are some ways how:

    First look at your placement of books: 

    • Who said you had to stay vertical? Stack a few bunches horizontally. Get funky with some piles and move each book slightly to create a spiral effect. You can tinker with groupings, sandwiching a horizontal pile between two vertical ones. Or designate certain shelves to all one orientation. The possibilities are endless. 

    • Feeling artsy? Embrace your inner Roy G. Biv and try sorting them by color. 

    • Highlight especially striking novels and face out some of your favorite covers. 

    • Mix up their sizes, from small reading books to larger photo albums.  

    • Use magazine holders to contain items, or chunk sections with bookends.

    Now that your reading materials are in check, focus on other beautifying elements: 

    • Scour your house for decorative objects. Anything’s up for grabs: frames, mirrors, trays, eye-catching bowls or boxes. Have any souvenirs from that trip to Spain last summer? Perfect. Here’s where you can really personalize it. Don’t be afraid to put some at an angle for an effortless feel. Some can overlap, placed in front of books or on top of stacks. 

    • Create height with tall vases or jars, adding visual interest and filling out shelves. Make sure to even things out by distributing these larger pieces throughout.  

    • Utilize baskets. They’re a great way to hide things that need storing, not displaying. 

    • Organic materials bring life to the space, such as geode rocks, coral and small potted plants. Try to include objects diverse in textures, styles and tones, but that remain within a general color palette.  

    • Odd-numbered groupings tend to look more aesthetically pleasing. Try placements of three or five, incorporating different sizes and heights. 

    • Artwork isn’t just for over the fireplace! If you have room, prop up pieces on the shelf or hang others above for added dimension.

    All in all, there’s no right or way to do things. Have fun with the process and land on an arrangement that’s attractive and functional for you.

    The name of the game is experiment. Keep playing around, adding and subtracting items until things feel balanced. Once in a while, take a step back to look at the bookshelf as a whole. Feel free to leave it alone and come back the next day with fresh eyes.

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  2. An Organized Pantry Makes for a Happy Wallet

    We’ve all kicked ourselves before: Set on making a recipe, you travel to the store and load up on ingredients. It’s not until rummaging through the pantry weeks later that you realize a lot of them were already purchased (four boxes of pasta, really?) Or, once again, you’ve discovered hidden stale chips and moldy produce.

    With the new year in full swing, it’s time to tackle that unruly pantry. No more money gone down the garbage disposal.

    Determine what you have. Feeling ambitious?  Take inventory of your food by removing items from the cabinets and pantry, and grouping them by category—baking supplies, kid’s snacks, etc. This makes things easier to find and less likely to get lost. Make space by tossing what’s gone bad and catch others that need to be used soon. When reloading shelves, place these near the front. Try challenging yourself to get creative and use up as many as possible. You may be surprised by what you can make with what you already have!

    Make your mark. Keep these categories in check by labeling your pantry’s zones. Continue this cataloging by writing the date you purchased or opened an item—no more guessing if something’s past its prime.

    Level up. When dealing with deep spaces, you may lose sight of unused balsamic and half-full bags of rice. If you can’t see what you have, there’s a good chance you’ll accidently buy it again. Using stacked shelves of varying heights can help make more things visible. 

    Spice up your storage. It’s easy for those small seasoning jars to get lost amongst larger products. Using spice racks or packet baskets showcase what you own, so next time you get a hankering to take on that 20-ingredient chili, a quick check will stop you from accumulating multiple smoked paprikas.

    Clear things up. Take dry goods like sugar and flour out of bulky bags and place in clear airtight containers. Not only will this keep things fresher but also prevent the alarming realization that what you need is almost empty.

    Forget forgotten produce. Don’t drop money on potatoes and tomatoes only to let them rot. Keep items contained and visible in large bins for easy access.

    Can It. Let’s be real: canned goods are a pain in the rear, as they take up room and topple over. Invest in specifically designed racks to keep them reachable and in order.

    Take note. Snag a cheap dry erase board and hang it somewhere discreet, like inside the pantry door. Keep track of items you’ve finished so you can stay on top of what you need. And before going shopping, get into the habit of running through your stock. No more duplicate purchases!

    Rotate your goods. After a grocery trip, put newly bought items behind what’s already there. This way, you’ll use up what you need to first.

    With these tips, you can save space, save trouble and most importantly, save money. 

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  3. Start the Day Right: Entryway Decoration Ideas

    We’ve gone on a lot about entryway organization in the past and how it can help you go through your day: getting ready faster, preventing the misplacement of things like mail and homework, and so on.

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  4. Easy Organization Resolutions To Do In 2018

    Ah, the old New Year’s Resolution. A common source of jokes for people that don’t make them and a source of worry for the people that do, resolutions can be a good way to start on some goals you’ve been putting off - so long as you don’t take them too seriously!

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  5. Get Back To Normal After The Holidays (The Easy Way)

    Ah, that old holiday hangover. We’re not speaking totally literally (unless someone got a little into the spirit(s) of the season, if you catch our drift) but the few days after the winter holidays have concluded can be a little...draining. It can feel like there’s too much to do and nobody has the energy to do it - especially if you still have to get ready for New Year’s!

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