There’s something about emerging from winter hibernation that flips the Spring Cleaning switch in a lot of us. There’s almost a genetic desire to air out, wipe, scrub and scrape everything in sight. But we all miss something in this annual spring cleaning exercise. That’s why we came up with spring cleaning tips focused on the spots–unseen, or just maybe not so obvious–that you might be missing.
Let’s start at the top, and work our way down.
1. Top of the ceiling fan blades
It’s probably a good thing that you can’t see the top of your ceiling fan blades. But you know what’s up there, don’t you? And though the gunk on your fan blades is out of sight, all that dust and dirt is being flung around the room every time you turn the fan on.
Adding glass doors to existing shelves is a great way to upgrade the look of the room. You can store away your glassware when it’s not in use, but you still get the benefit of its eye-appeal.
Jennifer Bridgman of the home improvement blog The Chronicles of Home says you can make your own DIY glass cabinet doors. That’s exactly what she did in her home. And as you can see, her shelves with custom-built glass cabinet doors look smashing.
Here’s her step-by-step tutorial, along with lots of photos of how she built the cabinet doors.
The kitchen in my new house has a great little eating nook with built-in bookshelves on either side of the windows. All the extra shelving is great for storage but as I started putting some glassware away on the shelves I realized the open style was going to be a dusting nightmare.
Who wants to add dusting all of your glassware, piece by piece, to your weekly cleaning list?
Keeping a tidy kitchen can not only make cooking meals at home just a little bit easier, but also a lot more pleasant. Get your kitchen organized, with plenty of good storage space, you might find yourself spending less money on eating out. Here are six kitchen storage ideas that will cut the clutter and create a well-organized kitchen where cooking is a pleasure.
Keeping pots, pans and lids together is one of the biggest obstacles to organizing your kitchen. Our solution is the two-tiered Rev-A-Shelf X-Large Cookware Organizer. It helps you store pots and pans while maximizing the most out of your cabinet space. Say goodbye to reorganizing pots, pans or lids every time you take one off the shelf.
Having a beverage station in place goes a long way toward turning a basement or family room into a space for easy entertaining.
Carmel Phillips of Our Fifth House wanted a place to serve drinks and snacks in her basement. She came up with an easy-to-build DIY beverage station just using a couple of inexpensive cabinets and a small beverage cooler.
Take a look at how she built it, and then start making plans to put a similar beverage station in your home.
We spend a great deal of family time in our basement, and we also do a lot of casual entertaining down there. It’s where the “big” TV lives, so friends and family gather here to watch sports quite often. One thing we were lacking was a place not only to set up a buffet area while we’re entertaining, but also to store all of the stuff we need when we’re hosting a casual gathering. Going up and down the stairs multiple times to grab items from the kitchen is good exercise, but I’d rather watch basketball players get sweaty than actually get sweaty myself on a game night.
What we really needed was a beverage station that could store all of the party supplies and also function as a buffet area for serving.
The garage is generally the last part of the home to get a little love in terms of storage and organization. That’s a real shame since your garage represents a lot of space–space that can become a clutter magnet, or with a little planning, can become a storage solution for your home. Imagine turning your garage into a place where you can actually do projects, or even host a party!
Courtney Fernman, who writes the blog A Thoughtful Place, decided to take action to turn her garage into an orderly, attractive and useful part of the house. The results of her garage makeover are impressive. She even included a brilliant artistic touch by adding her own Greek key detailing to the countertop.
Here’s how she did it.
The side of our garage has been a constant source of frustration. Like most people, we have too much stuff and not enough places to put it. With two small children, a handy husband, and a blog, I have more than enough toys, tools, and craft supplies than will fit in our garage. I had always swooned over spaces that had cabinets but never dreamed that they would actually afford us so much more storage.
The real problem is that I lacked a place to work on my blog and decorating projects. I do not have a dedicated home office or basement and really needed to carve out a spot that could be just for me.
While I am relegated to the garage for my projects, I don’t really mind as it’s so lovely now.
There’s always one room at home that needs a little extra love. Whether it’s the guest bedroom or the bathroom downstairs, you know it’s time for an upgrade when that space has left you feeling underwhelmed.
But even if you love paint as much as we do, deciding between color schemes can leave you puzzled. If you long for colorful rooms but don’t know where to begin, bring color into your home with this orchid-inspired palette. This purple color scheme is guaranteed to enliven any room in your home.
While adding color can give your home the boost it needs, bold hues aren’t the easiest to incorporate in décor. But not to fear, we’re here to help inspire you with the perfect palette for your room.
There is no need to suffer with a disorganized laundry room. And who said the laundry space couldn’t have a little style, too?
Monica and Jess co-author the East Coast Creative Blog, where they dispense advice and ideas for do-it-yourself projects, home decorating and more.
Monica’s laundry room is more of a laundry closet– tiny, with no frills, but it’s functional. The problem was that it was chronically a mess. She needed to bring some order to the space, so it was time for a laundry room makeover. As you’ll see, with some paint and wooden crates, she created a laundry space that’s organized, stylish and a pleasure to work in.
She also has some clever tips on what to do with the solo socks and random change you find in the washing machine.
Surprise your Valentine with a really creative card this year. This pegboard card will be a one-of-a-kind gift, and it’s cleverly devious! Your Valentine has to do some work to open it! Once open, it will reveal a gift card inside.
Of course, this would also make a terrific Christmas card idea or a clever way to present a birthday gift– just decorate it accordingly.
Just follow the step-by-step instructions below to create your own DIY gift card holder. There are lots of photos, too, to show you what to do.
Given a bright, well-organized area with plenty of laundry room storage space, folding and sorting clothes can be a pleasure.
That’s what Jen Jones was thinking when she and her husband took on a project to create extra laundry room storage in their home. She ought to know a thing or two about storage and organization, too, considering she writes a popular blog called IHeart Organizing.
Here, she shows us, step-by-step, how she designed and built her gorgeous laundry room storage area.
For years now, I have been dreaming up a laundry station where I can sort out delicate pieces and linens, quickly fold clothes for our boys, hang important blouses to dry and even do a little sewing. The Home Depot is always our one stop shop for home improvement projects, and they really came through for us in making this little dream of mine a reality.
Traditional holiday cards are great, but they can lack a personal touch. So here’s a unique gift idea for Valentine’s Day– create a card made of wood and hinges, and include a gift card. This is a great gift idea for any holiday, actually, including birthdays, anniversaries or Christmas.
Here’s how to make your own hinged wooden Valentine.