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How to: Give Old Candles New Life

Ashley Lee
Feature Candle Tins
Photo: Ashley Lee

The glow of a candle in a pretty tin brings an instant coziness factor to hanging out at home; no Lazy Sunday is complete without TV binges on the couch and a sweet scent burning away. Throwing away the containers feels wasteful, but repurposing an un-light-able, waxy mess doesn’t seem too fun either - but here is where the good news comes in. With boiling water, paper towels, and a little bit of ingenuity, these tins are easily repurposed.

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10 Bookshelves And Libraries Arranged By Color

by Lexy Ward

Over the years, there have been discussions about the pros and cons of color-coordinating your bookshelves. Some speculate that those who do this, don't actually read, but use their books as decoration only. As it so happens, I'm totally for the rainbow shelving look. And I'm an avid reader. Here are ten beautiful displays of shelves beautifully-styled in rainbow fashion!  

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Embracing Simplicity: DIY No-Sew Mail Organizer

by DIY Maven

 

DIY Mail Organizer Feature Image
Photo: DIY Maven

 

I'm happy to report that my office makeover is proceeding nicely. The big stuff--desk, bridge arrangement, seating, even the craft cubby is nearly complete. The only things that remain on the bullet list is artwork, light fixture, and mail organizer. In today's installment of Embracing Simplicity: A Home Office Makeover, we're going to tackle the last on that list. 

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Printables To Help You Pull Off An Organized Multi-Family Garage Sale

by Jennifer Farley

Multi Family Garage Sale

I don't like doing garage sales by myself. If I am going to be sitting outside for hours I want to be there with my friends. Multi-family sales attract more people which means you have a better chance of selling stuff, yet they do require some serious planning and organization. Here are some printables, and a few helpful tips, that can help you pull off a successful multi-family garage sale.      

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How to Organize Your Spice Cabinet Once and For All

by Chris Gardner

 

We like to cook at our house. We'll read cookbooks cover-to-cover as entertainment, subscribe to a nearly ridiculous amount of food magazines and blogs, and think a whole day spent in the kitchen or the grill is a very fine thing to do with a weekend.

And since we like a variety of foods, we have a lot of spices. Like, a alot. Since ground spices only last about six months, we like to buy them in bulk at ethnic markets and toast and grind them as needed. Which means, of course, that our cabinets is full of all kinds of bags and shakers and chip clips and jars and complete insanity.

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Make It: Minimal Wood Desk Organizer

by Stephanie Lee

minimal wood desk organiser

On any given day, if you visit our house you'll find envelopes and papers strewn all over the place because we're not yet ready to file them away. Okay, I'll admit, sometimes we're just being lazy, but for the most part they serve as a reminder to action something important like paying a bill or scheduling in an appointment. 

Regardless, while the intention is well-meaning, the resulting mess is... well, messy! So I decided to put a stop to the chaos and make us a place where we can put all the letters until we're ready to file them. Follow along for the simple how-to!

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Before and After: An Ugly Wall to Open Kitchen Storage

by Jennifer Farley

Open Wall of Kitchen Storage

I have a tiny galley kitchen that will one day be fully renovated. I know you are wondering why I want to renovate it? There is much to love here with the yellow rounded countetop, the little desk area, the hard to clean textured vinyl floor, and multi-colored brick. Here is the deal...we are planning to renovate the kitchen from top to bottom in about three years. I had no shame in living with a 70's kitchen until then, but I only have three upper cabinets and three lower cabinets (not including the sink cabinet). I needed storage. And the cheapest place to gain some storage was right here on this wall.    

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Roundup: 10 Ways to Gain More Storage in Your Refrigerator

by Jennifer Farley

One of the New Years resolutions my family had in 2015 was to eat less processed and packaged foods. Believe me it was a challenge and we have not 100% switched over to all fresh foods, but we have noticed that our fridge storage is becoming more of a priority over our pantry storage. It feels like, to me, that the world is starting to make small or big changes in eating fresh foods and I am wondering if anyone you who are doing this are as frustrated with your fridge storage as I am? Today, here are some refrigerator storage ideas than can help you make full use of your fridge.      

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