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I’ve said many times before how much I love furniture with storage compartments. But, unfortunately, they are not always pretty.

Luckily we have fashion designers getting into the business and creating beautiful and useful pieces like this one.

From Lilly Pulitzer.


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This is fantastic! Space saving furniture that is actually design.

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photos from Martha Stewart.

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– If the kids get a new toy, donate an old one;

– Keep only the amount of toys that can fit in the containers;

– Rotate the containers (keep one in the room and another in the storage), they will believe they are getting new toys every time;

– If the kids can’t read, label the containers with a picture.

Ps. Sorry about the quality of the video. I couldn’t fix the problem when uploading it…

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There are simple tricks that can make the tiniest place become functional, practical and, of course, beautiful.

You’ll have to make some compromises in your decorating, get really organized, and make some adjustments to your lifestyle in order to make everything fit and not feel cramped. But that’s not so hard to so, is that?

1-       GET ITEMS OFF THE FLOOR: use shelves and hangers for storage and install appliances on the wall whenever you can.

2-       CLEAR OUT THE CLUTTER: There is nothing that makes a small space feel cramped more than having too much stuff. Use storage services if you need too, but try to keep your things neatly arranged and out of sight. You will feel the space wide open if it’s in order and clean.

3-       MULTITASK YOUR FURNITURE: select furniture that contains storage space or that can act in more than one function.

4-       HANG MIRRORS: A collection of mirrors will open up your space and can reflect light from the window giving a stronger feeling of a wider space.

5-       THINK FUNCTION: Create space based on your personal habits. If you never eat in the kitchen, for example, remove the table to make way for more clutter-busting, useful items.

6-       CHOOSE LIGHT COLORS AND LET IN THE LIGHT: Stick to neutral tones and plain colored upholstery for furniture if you can. Get rid of heavy draperies and open up the windows to let the light into the space. Add more lamps!

7-       USE GLASS: By using materials that you can see through, anything beyond will appear farther away. Glass-topped tables and glass shelves take up less visual space than dark, opaque pieces. And you’ll have to keep it neater, since you’ll be seeing under your dinner or coffee table.

8-        USE BIG FURNITURE: A lot of small pieces will clutter your space. Use a few large, simple pieces of furniture or accessories instead, the room will appear more calm and comfortable.

photos from Better Homes and Gardens

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A few days ago I heard about this company and found it very helpful. The Junkluggers provide services of picking up and removing your unwanted junk: furniture, appliances, construction material, yard debris and anything else.

If you have too much stuff to get rid of and you don’t know where to dispose it, they can help you figure out. If it doesn’t feel right disposing the old couch in the sidewalk, the Junkluggers can pick it up and take it to a specific donation or recycling center. You are going to pay for the service, so it will be a good deal if you had several items at once. They will not throw it out in a dump, they will divide your stuff into donating, recycling and junk. All items that are donated are provided with tax-deductible receipts.

I hear people complaining all the time about how they have something to donate and just needed it to be picked up. If you cannot (or do not want to) pay for the services, try to get your neighbors together and share the bill. I’m sure everyone in the neighborhood has something they want to get rid of.

Ps. this is not a sponsored link and I’ve never had any experiences with them. I just wanted to share the information with you!

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Some people have a hard time finding keys, wallets or cell phones every morning.

It’s not hard to keep things clear and organized; here are some furniture suggestions to start a system that works very well. The secret is installing it where you won’t miss, just as you walk in the door.

Think of the stuff you bring home everyday and go immediately on the dining table such as: keys, purse, jacket, sun glasses, cell phone, i-pod… Now put them together and keep it neat.

If you have a big family, take advantage of the ones with drawers or bins, assigning one for each member of the family.

photos from ginnys.com

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