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Spring is just around the corner. Something about the days getting longer and the weather getting warmer makes me want to clean my house. Maybe all this daylight shows off the mess in my house better? Ha! Whatever it is, I’m ready to tackle some Spring organizing in my home. Below you’ll find 15 ideas to get you ready for Spring organizing.

1: Get the laundry basket off the floor and make this lovely embroidery hoop hamper. Find the DIY on Making Nice Midwest.

Get the laundry basket off the floor and make this lovely embroidery hoop hamper. Find the DIY on Making Nice Midwest.

2: Make use of all the space in your bathroom. Add a shelf above the door. Found on Martha Stewart.

Make use of all the space in your bathroom. Add a shelf above the door. Found on Martha Stewart.

3: Who else is tired of your shaver falling into the tub during showers? Check out this clever and quick DIY to keep those razors in place using PVC pipe and plastic ties, found on Family Handyman.

Who else is tired of your shaver falling into the tub during showers? Check out this clever and quick DIY to keep those razors in place using PVC pipe and plastic ties, found on Family Handyman.

4: I love this clever toothbrush storage idea. Found on Oh Oh Blog.

I love this clever toothbrush storage idea. Found on Oh Oh Blog.

5: If you have an electric toothbrush, using a broom clip is a neat way to keep it off your counter. Found on Family Handyman.

If you have an electric toothbrush, using a broom clip is a neat way to keep it off your counter. Found on Family Handyman.

6: Add grommets to your rubber gloves to hang them inside a cupboard door, found on Iron and Twine.

Add grommets to your rubber gloves to hang them inside a cupboard door, found on Iron and Twine.

7: Once your gloves are organized, you can move onto organizing the rest of the items under the sink. Use a tension rod to hang cleaning supplies. Found on Jen Thousand Words.

Once your gloves are organized, you can move onto organizing the rest of the items under the sink. Use a tension rod to hang cleaning supplies. Found on Jen Thousand Words.

8: Lids. They are EVERYWHERE and so hard to find in my home. That is probably because we just toss them in a drawer. I think it’s about time we changed that. Organize your lids with wire racks, found on BHG.

Lids. They are EVERYWHERE and so hard to find in my home. That is probably because we just toss them in a drawer. I think it's about time we changed that. Organize your lids with wire racks, found on BHG.

9: It can be frustrating to quickly find a utensil in a messy drawer while cooking. Make your own utensil rack with wire mesh rebar. Found on A Beautiful Mess.

It can be frustrating to quickly find a utensil in a messy drawer while cooking. Make your own utensil rack with wire mesh rebar. Found on A Beautiful Mess.

10: Set up a work station on the side of your refrigerator to keep your notes and pens in one spot. I made this work station using old tins and containers. From the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

Set up a work station on the side of your refrigerator to keep your notes and pens in one spot. I made this work station using old tins and containers. From the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

11: Place a shelf riser in your refrigerator to add more space to place food, from Martha Stewart.

Place a shelf riser in your refrigerator to add more space to place food, from Martha Stewart.

12: Displaying your jewelry on vintage jars. Check it out on the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

Displaying your jewelry on vintage jars. Check it out on the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

13: Never lose track of an earring match again. Use buttons to keep those earrings together! Check it out on the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

Never lose track of an earring match again. Use buttons to keep those earrings together! Check it out on the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

14: Skip the boring (and not so pretty) television stand and install shelving around a wall mounted television. Found on Decorola.

Skip the boring (and not so pretty) television stand and install shelving around a wall mounted television. Found on Decorola.

15: Tired of losing the remote in the sofa? Add some Velcro to the back of your remotes so they can attach to something. You will always know where they are, as long as they are put back. Ha! Found on Brie Brie Blooms.

Tired of losing the remote in the sofa? Add some Velcro to the back of your remotes so they can attach to something. You will always know where they are, as long as they are put back. Ha! Found on Brie Brie Blooms.

If you loved all of these ideas, check my Spring Cleaning Organization Ideas from a couple years ago.

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- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


We all have habits we need to break (“I’ll get to it”) and habits we need to acquire (“It shouldn’t take too long”). Now’s the time to get a jump start on maintaining a clutter-free home by organizing the spaces you neglected in 2015. We discovered stylish and affordable storage solutions from the Better Homes and Gardens collection at Walmart to help you keep a tidy home year round. The BHG Live Better Network of Bloggers were challenged to share creative organization and storage hacks and have revealed clever tips and project ideas that will help you tackle clutter and organize chaotic spaces for every room in your home.

1. Tight on closet space? Stacy Risenmay of Not Just a Housewife installed hanging shelves to maximize space in her 1938 cottage. Mix and match boxes, baskets and bins and be sure to leave room for your favorite collectibles.

2. Taryn Whitaker from Design Dining and Diapers recommends placing all of your utensils in a canister for easy everyday access. Here, she personalizes her Kitchen Storage accessories with simple DIY typography accents.

3. Let Shannon Fox from Fox Hollow Cottage show you how to give your closet the overhaul it deserves. See how she uses the Better Homes and Gardens 11-Compartment Hanging Closet Organizer  to create a functional space for all of her favorite items.

4. A pop of color and a touch of personality, this Square 4-Cube Organizer with 4 Collapsible Fabric Bins styled by Jamielyn Nye from I Heart Naptime helps minimize her son’s messy after school tendencies.

5. Emily Allison from Décorchick tamed her kitchen junk drawer with a simple fix. Declutter the mess with chic and affordable fabric organizers you can find at your local Walmart.

 

6. Don’t let your clothes hang over the chair in your closet, consider replacing it with a Round Tufted Storage Ottoman. Debbie Westbrooks from Refresh Restyle uses her ottoman for storing pillows and out of season clothing (and it looks great too!)

7. Anna Moseley from Ask Anna squeezed in extra storage under her daughter’s lofted bed to create a tidy and creative hideaway. Consider placing decorative pillows atop the 3-Cube Organizer with 2 Collapsible Fabric Storage Bins to be used as a reading perch or extra seating for your little ones.

8. Monica Benavidez from Monica Wants It brightened up her closet space with Better Homes and Gardens cube organizers. Closet organization requires little time and frees up space you never thought you had.

9. Randi Dukes from Dukes and Duchesses retired her old plastic laundry hamper for a stylish Square Caged Hamper on wheels. This easy to wheel hamper is the perfect addition for an industrial style laundry room look.

10. Kim Demmon from Today’s Creative Life used Flip Tite containers to establish a more efficient pantry for the whole family to enjoy. Rid your pantry of half eaten boxes and mix and match container sizes to make the most of your kitchen storage.

11. Chris Nease from Celebrations at Home masters drawer organization by featuring one drawer five ways. This bamboo piece offers enough room to organize a myriad of items and spaces in any drawer throughout your home.

 

12. Select furniture that is versatile and can be used in the kitchen, craft room or garage. This wire cart used by Kimberly Sneed from A Night Owl Blog is suitable for produce and includes cube storage and labels to make organization a breeze.

13. Designate a basket in your living room to hold fun pillows and throws. Camille Simmons from Planning Pretty recommends using a Hyacinth Cube Basket for added storage.

14. Gloribell Lebron from I Don’t Know How She Does It shares five tips for a clutter-free kitchen including the use of this owl lantern, good for indoor or outdoor use.

15. Update your kitchen decor with clear canisters for a perfect addition to any counter, shelf or pantry space. Amy Clark from Mom Advice used an Acacia Wood-Top Jar to rearrange her open shelving unit.

For all of these products and more, visit Walmart.com/BetterHomesandGardens.

 

 


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The gift giving season is upon us. I am sure there is a pattern loving betty in your life (or maybe it’s you!). The thing I love about pretty patterned gift items and accessories is that they really are great to give all year round. These gems work great as bridesmaid gifts, hostess gifts, office gifts, and even little somethings for those occasions when you need to get something pretty for yourself!

Even the most minimalist design can use a bit of pattern and texture to complete the space. Not a minimalist? Go for full on saturated color and interesting pattern in your accessories. Go on, you will be happy you did! This is often the kind of thing someone may not do for themselves unless given a little gentle nudge. Help someone you love get inspired to experiment with a little pattern with these lovlies for the home.

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I love to go pretty basic (and chic) for a lot of my clothing. It is in the accessories that the pop and personality really come through. Patterned accessories are such a great gift because you don’t have to worry about sizing and the person can really make them their own. They can pair with something simple for a pop or work into a more pattern on pattern ensemble. You can never have enough patterned accessories to mix into your wardrobe!

gift guide paper enthusiast

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We all love our devices. I am the queen of to do apps and productivity apps. However, there is still nothing that replaces the feeling and the connection when I take pen to paper. This is true absolutely for the administrative things that need to get done. This is also true for the times when I get to daydream. This especially true when I want to connect with someone and share something from the heart. There is just nothing like a hand written note on something pretty and inspired. It is breath of fresh air.

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Subscription box lovers this one is for you! Have you heard of the latest? You’ve got to check out Box of Chic from noted interior designer Jennifer Wagner Schmidt You get a curated and of course super chic array of items for the home in a great box. This one is totally gift ready! You will probably want to grab one for yourself too!


Hi everyone!  It’s Lauren Liess of Pure Style Home.  I’m a DC-based decorator who loves to keep things simple, relaxed, and natural. I recently decorated the 2015 BHG Innovation Home, and today I’m popping in to share a few of my favorite tips for giving your home a ‘natural’ edge with a few sneak peeks from my new book, Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating.

1. Incorporate natural, textural materials into your decorating. Natural materials, such as natural woven rug and roman shades, wood, and natural fabrics like linen, hemp and cotton make a room feel more ‘touchable’ and relaxed. They bring a natural warmth to a space.

2. Gather, Collect & Display.  Take walks whenever you can and pick up what’s around you and bring it inside to display. My kids love to hunt for natural objects, be it at the beach or a walk around the neighborhood. A simple acorn becomes a treasured object when displayed on the wall in vintage printers’ trays.

3.  Plants Add Life to a Space.  There’s something about a shot of living green in a home that makes it feel fresh and lively. Enliven a tranquil color palette with bright green fern or easy-to-care-for succulents.

4.  Cut Greens Make a Simple Statement.  Even when there aren’t any flowers in bloom or you’ve killed off your houseplants (like I tend to do every now and then!) cut greens from outdoors can bring a bit of nature and life into the house.   I like to display them in little vases throughout the house and especially love varieties that will take root and live for months.

5. Focus on the Views.  If you have a particularly beautiful view just outside, make a focal point out of the window or windows so that the focus of the room is on the great outdoors itself.  Window seats are a seriously cozy way to do this, along with having seating face the windows, or leaving them completely bare or very simply adorned for an unobstructed view.

*Photos by Helen Norman

 

I hope you enjoyed these simple tips from bringing a natural vibe into your home!  We’re giving away 5 copies of Habitat so to enter the contest,  tell us one way you like to incorporate nature into your own home in the comment below. You can enter again by following @BHG on Twitter and tweeting with #BHGHabitatSweepstakes. Official rules here.

 

 


Have you ever been jealous of the mom who seems to be good at just about everything–including sewing? I have. No matter how hard I try, I’m just not a natural seamstress. The farthest my sewing skills take me is putting a button back on.

However, I’ve recently found a new passion that I’ve begun to enjoy very much–weaving. I’m constantly amazed at the countless things you can make and the vast variety of materials you can choose to work with. If you’re like me and you aren’t loving the whole needle and thread thing (or even if you do), then take a peek at these 5 trendy woven projects. Who knows? You might just discover a hidden talent!

 

Isn’t this Woven Circle Mat by A Beautiful Mess stunning? I’ll take 20 please!

 

 

Dress up a plain lawn chair with Henhouse‘s Woven Chair Tutorial. The new transformation is sure to be the talk of the block.

 

 

Okay, yes there isn’t a lot of weaving involved here, but for those who want something simple (and inexpensive) to spruce up a blank wall then check out I Spy DIY‘s Wall Hanging. It’s colorful. It’s fun. It’s bright. And I can’t think of a reason NOT to love it!

 

 

If you’re looking for something a little more natural, then call off the search because you’ve stumbled upon Free People‘s secret to DIY Branch Weaving.

 

 

Say Yes’ DIY Woven Necklace makes a stunning homemade birthday gift.

 

Give weaving a whirl! You never know, it could become your latest obsession.

Happy Friday!

 

xxmadison


 

 

You may know her from Restaurant: Impossible or her work revamping countless spaces for her Boston-based firm, but interior designer Taniya Nayak has a new gig: Ellen DeGeneres handpicked her to represent ED on Air, the comedian’s new whimsical home line for QVC. Writer Jolene Edgar interviewed Taniya for the November issue to find out about her fall obsessions–Ellen-related and otherwise:

“ED is Ellen’s nickname–it’s what Portia and her closest friends call her. These Chunky Becket Knit Throws are among my favorite things in the fall line. I love the textural design of the weave–it reminds me of my most beloved winter sweaters.”

 

“I always keep a travel candle like this one from Paddywax with me—the kind that comes in a tin with a lid—when I’m staying in a hotel, it really soothes me.”

 

“I like a heavy, precise liquid line on top, and Sephora Collection Long-Lasting 12HR Wear Eye Liner stays all day and doesn’t smudge. I pull it out a bit, extending the line just beyond my lashes, not a full cat eye.”

“The day cream and serum from Natura Bisse’s Cure line saved my skin. I’ve struggled with mild adult acne on the sides of my face–I think from the heavy TV makeup–but I started using these products, and suddenly, I feel like I can go out without any makeup on. I could never do that before. They evened my skin tone, and I don’t get blemishes anymore.”

 


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