37 Clever Ways to Organize your entire Life with IKEA

So many great ideas from BuzzFeed

Do you have a favorite?

There are so many I love, I can’t choose just 1.


1. Use Skubb boxes to organize baby clothes for a nursery.

Use Skubb boxes to organize baby clothes for a nursery.

All those tiny clothing items can get mixed up real fast.

2. Use a Ribba picture frame as a slide-out shoe tray underneath a dresser.

Use a Ribba picture frame as a slide-out shoe tray underneath a dresser.

3. Use the Råskog for cleaning supplies that you can wheel from room to room.

Use the Råskog for cleaning supplies that you can wheel from room to room.

Anything that makes cleaning easier and faster is a huge plus in my book.

4. The $19.99 Sockerärt vase is an elegant way to store your kitchen utensils.

The $19.99 Sockerärt vase is an elegant way to store your kitchen utensils.

5. Hang tank tops on a Lillholmen towel holder instead of taking up valuable dresser real estate.

6. The Bekväm spice rack is a colorful way to hold books you want to display in a kids’ room.

The Bekväm spice rack is a colorful way to hold books you want to display in a kids' room.

7. They also hold two rows of nail polish perfectly, if you’ve got an overflowing collection.

They also hold two rows of nail polish perfectly, if you've got an overflowing collection.

8. Use Riktig curtain hooks to keep your jewelry neat.

Use Riktig curtain hooks to keep your jewelry neat.

You have better things to do with your life than untangle necklaces.

9. Just add casters to the Ekby drawer shelf for some slide-out under-bed storage.

Just add casters to the Ekby drawer shelf for some slide-out under-bed storage.

10. Need storage in a narrow space like a hallway?

Need storage in a narrow space like a hallway?

Trones are the answer.

11. Trones also work well in small spaces like bathrooms to hide toilet paper rolls and cleaning supplies.

Trones also work well in small spaces like bathrooms to hide toilet paper rolls and cleaning supplies.

12. Stack Lack bookcases behind a couch to visually divide your space while also providing tons of storage.

Stack Lack bookcases behind a couch to visually divide your space while also providing tons of storage.

13. Use the Flort remote holder in the car for all your kids’ stuff.

Use the Flort remote holder in the car for all your kids' stuff.

14. Ikea’s wine holder becomes a receptacle for shoes.

Ikea's wine holder becomes a receptacle for shoes.

15. The Ribba ledge works well under a chalkboard.

The Ribba ledge works well under a chalkboard.

16. Use Bygel rails to turn a table into a Lego Duplo table.

Use Bygel rails to turn a table into a Lego Duplo table.

17. Turn Flyt magazine holders into cute organizers with chalkboard labels.

Turn Flyt magazine holders into cute organizers with chalkboard labels.

If you’ve got random scraps of fabric around, you can use Mod Podge to transform them into something much more expensive looking.

18. Compartmentalize your underwear and socks drawer with Komplement.

Compartmentalize your underwear and socks drawer with Komplement.

19. Create slide-out under-sofa toy storage using Trofast containers on H rails.

Create slide-out under-sofa toy storage using Trofast containers on H rails.

They fit perfectly beneath an EKTORP sofa. Get the directions here.

20. Put jewelry storage behind a Stave mirror.

Put jewelry storage behind a Stave mirror.

The mirror is on hinges — how genius is that?

21. Ikea’s kitchen wall storage systems are also useful in a nursery.

Ikea's kitchen wall storage systems are also useful in a nursery.

Especially if you’ve got a makeshift changing table in a small space.

22. Grundtal rails are a sleek way to display magazines.

Grundtal rails are a sleek way to display magazines.

23. The Ribba picture ledge attached to a headboard provides another place for your reading material.

The Ribba picture ledge attached to a headboard provides another place for your reading material.

24. Fake a built-in window seat with tons of storage using the Stolmen.

Fake a built-in window seat with tons of storage using the Stolmen.

25. Here’s a double bike rack made from a Stolmenpost ($30), two brackets, and four hooks, all from Ikea.

Here's a double bike rack made from a Stolmen post ($30), two brackets, and four hooks, all from Ikea.

26. Avskild cork placemats are an inexpensive way to create a large bulletin board.

Avskild cork placemats are an inexpensive way to create a large bulletin board.

27. Rope and Fintorp cutler caddies are a creative way to add some wall storage to a bathroom.

Rope and Fintorp cutler caddies are a creative way to add some wall storage to a bathroom.

28. Hang Magasin cutlery caddies on a kids’ table to hold crayons, markers, and any other art supplies.

Hang Magasin cutlery caddies on a kids' table to hold crayons, markers, and any other art supplies.

29. Those magnetic spice canister thingies can be used in the bathroom to hold tiny things like bobby pins and hair ties.

Those magnetic spice canister thingies can be used in the bathroom to hold tiny things like bobby pins and hair ties.

30. Corral those stuffed animals with Komplement’smulti-use hanger.

Corral those stuffed animals with Komplement's multi-use hanger.

31. The Kvissle magazine rack will reign in your clutter as a mail center.

32. Expedit shelving in a walk-in closet is a cheap alternative to custom closets.

Expedit shelving in a walk-in closet is a cheap alternative to custom closets.

33. The Knuff perfectly fits rolls of aluminum foil and Saran wrap.

The Knuff perfectly fits rolls of aluminum foil and Saran wrap.

34. Skurar planters are an exceedingly adorable way to hold your makeup brushes.

Skurar planters are an exceedingly adorable way to hold your makeup brushes.

35. Arrange Lack shelves in a V shape for an interesting way to display shoes.

Arrange Lack shelves in a V shape for an interesting way to display shoes.

36. Another ingenious way to store shoes:

Another ingenious way to store shoes:

Use Spontan magazine racks.

37. And if you’re looking for a challenge…

And if you're looking for a challenge...

Hack your Ikea kitchen cabinets to include a toe-kick drawer. Get the instructionshere.

#AnnCorrigan, #RoyalLePage Real Estate 905-338-3737

How to save on kitchen cabinets

Are you thinking about a kitchen reno but not sure what to do?  

Especially if it’s to get your home ready to sell you don’t want to spend a lot.  

Here is another great article from Romana King and Money Sense Mag


Remodelling an old, outdated kitchen can be one of the smartest reno jobs a homeowner can undertake. A kitchen renovation can conform to your family’s unique needs, provide a focal point for gatherings, while adding to your home’s market value.

But planning a kitchen renovation is more than just deciding where the stove goes. You need to consider workflow and traffic patterns that includes room to room and within the kitchen itself. You’ll also need to consider material and select fixtures, based on both form and function.

But costing out a kitchen renovation can be daunting and with the multitude of choices it’s hard to know what decisions will work best for both your family’s needs, and your budget. To help you make smarter choices, I’ve put together the Ultimate Kitchen Renovation Guide. In this five-part post, I’ll break down the components that go into a kitchen remodel—components that include: cabinets, appliances, counters & backsplash, sink/faucet/hardware and floors. I’ll start with cabinets, because that will be your biggest expense when it comes to material costs.

Your biggest cost: Cabinets

Cabinets can be your biggest expense, according to Houzz.com, accounting for up to 40% of your kitchen renovation budget (the next two costly contributors are appliances and countertops). Yet, the cost is justifiable. Cabinets set the stage for your kitchen remodel and cabinet quality and construction not only dictates price, but longevity and enjoyment.

Still, it’s daunting picking new cabinets. At one point in time, it was easy to tell the well-made from the cheap by examining how the cabinet drawers were constructed. A dovetail joint—where a portion of one side of the drawer is carved out and the other side is carved to fit the space exactly—used to be the distinguishing mark of high-end cabinetry, but not any more. These days mass-produced cabinetry can also use dovetail joints and some of these factory-produced options use shoddy construction, explains Consumerreports.org.

The key is to match your budget with the best product you can afford. To do this you’ll need to do a bit of research. Find out who manufactures the product and determine whether or not they’re known for good quality products (a quick Internet search should give you a clue). Also, consider if the cabinets come with a warranty and check to see what the warranty actually covers.

Keep in mind, though, that the new cabinets are more than a fresh face for your kitchen. Your cabinetry also serves an integral function. Cabinets create the frame of your kitchen and establish the overall structure of this overused, highly-loved room.

Prices range based on size of kitchen, type of wood (or other material) used to make the cabinet, and whether or not the cabinetry is off-the-shelf (aka: stock), semi-custom or custom. You will also pay different prices depending on the door material and style and the finish of your cabinets and doors.

To price out your ideal kitchen cabinets, let’s examine each facet:

Cabinet Material


(Getty / Justin Horrocks)

(Getty / Justin Horrocks)

Particleboard is a relatively inexpensive waste-wood product made by combining and heat pressing sawdust and resin (a glue-like substance that is heat and moisture resistant). Particleboard is most commonly used in lower-end furniture, sub-floor construction (the floor you put down before you install your finished floor product) and as a substrate for kitchen and bathroom countertops.

The advantage of particleboard is that it is relatively cheap, compared to other material options and can be milled with all power tools. However, particleboard does chip and break easily and it does not adapt well to moisture or humidity. If you buy cabinets made from particleboard you may want to verify that a layer of laminate or melamine has been added (to improve both the appearance and moisture resistance).

Medium-density fibreboard (MDF):

(Getty / Bruce Turner)

(Getty / Bruce Turner)

MDF is made using resin and small wood fibers, rather than wood dust. MDF is preferred by manufacturers of higher-end furniture, cabinetry and shelving because this panel-board is easier to mill than particleboard (because it resists chipping and tearing) and it can be shaped and molded by all power tools. Another advantage is that MDF does not warp or have adherence issues, likeparticleboard, making it easier to paint and repaint.

In fact, most custom kitchen manufacturers agree: MDF performs better than solid wood when it comes to cabinetry. It’s more stable than wood and stands up better to changes in heat and humidity. It’s more water-resistant than particleboard, making it a superior produce for kitchen and bathroom use.

A study conducted by D.C. Wong and R.A. Kozak, published in the “Forest Products Journal” in March 2008, revealed that furniture and cabinet producers across Canada considered MDF superior to particleboard in several respects.

Solid wood has many benefits: it’s strong, sturdy and beautiful in its grain. However, solid wood contracts when subjected to changes in heat and humidity. If these conditions aren’t carefully controlled, all-wood cabinets and doors will shrink, crack and even warp.

Cabinet Construction

When you decide on cabinets you’ll need to choose between framed or frameless cabinets.


(Great Lakes Kitchens)

Framed cabinets have a box and a face frame, where doors and hinges are attached. Frameless—also known as European-style—skip the face frame and doors and drawers attach directly to the cabinet box. Frameless cabinets look more contemporary and many homeowners report that access to this cupboards is easier. However, the lack of a face frame can compromise the box rigidity. According to Consumer Reports, better manufacturers will compensate by using a thicker box (3/4-inch plywood instead of 1/2-inch particleboard, for example).

For a compromise, you can get the sleekier European look with framed cabinets by choosing a full-overlay door that covers all or most of the face frame.

(Flickr/Michael Fogg)

(Flickr/Michael Fogg)

Well-built cabinets have solid wood drawers with dovetail joinery. They’ll also have  full-extension drawer guides not an integrated rail and the doors will have solid wood frames surrounding a solid wood or plywood panel.

Factory-made cabinets and lower-quality cabinets will have integrated rails (notches in the drawer, rather than a separate guide) and will use veneered particleboard or a medium density fiberboard (MDF) panel on the doors. These lower-quality cabinets will also glue and staple (known as pinning) drawer pieces together because it’s the least expensive method of assembling the pieces.

Cabinet Finishes

After you’ve selected the cabinet material, you’ll need to turn your attention to the finish. The finish is the design element that helps make your kitchen remodel your own creation and expression.

The materials used and the complexity involved in the application of the colour and finish has an impact on both the quality of the cabinet as well as the final price. To get the most for your money, consider the following:

Top coat

(Flickr/Chris RubberDragon)

(Flickr/Chris RubberDragon)

Most cabinets will have a top or finish coat applied to them. Typically this is a lacquer or urethane, although factory-made semi-custom or off-the-shelf wood cabinets can also have a baked-on finish, called a catalytic conversion varnish. The key is to determine what type of finish is included, and how well this finish stands up to spill damage from acids, such as vinegar, or oils, such as Canola oil. Typically, factory finishes excel in their resistance of food spillage damage, while all other top coats range from good to excellent in resisting stains. For a great breakdown on the difference between top-coat options, go to theDIYNetwork.com.



(Flickr/Intensified Wood Restoration)

(Flickr/Intensified Wood Restoration)

Used on wood cabinets, the natural part of this finish refers to the fact that no toners, stains or paints have been applied to the wood. Instead, a simple top coat is applied to protect the wood’s natural beauty. A key to this type of finish is to remember that the lighter the stain, the more uniformity the final cabinet appearance will be; the darker the stain, the more inconsistencies and patterns will appear.



(Flickr/S Mogel)

(Flickr/S Mogel)

Stains range from light to dark and from opaque to almost transparent. The staining process involves applying the stain uniformly to the cabinet surface and wiping off the excess so that the desired colour saturation is achieved.

When choosing kitchen cabinets, remember that different materials and even different woods stain differently. For example, although medium-to-dark stains tend to look blotchy on maple-wood cabinets they get deeper, tend to shine more and have more consistent colour on cherry-wood cabinets.



(Flickr/Dona Dora)

(Flickr/Dona Dora)

The most common colours for painted kitchen cabinets are white and off-white. In fact, you can buy off-the-shelf, semi-custom and even custom kitchen cabinets in a white that matches white kitchen appliances.

If painting cabinets, be aware of how the material will accept the paint—particleboard absorbs a great deal so more paint is required, MDF is an excellent product to paint, as is wood, although the panels and doors will expand and contract with humidity and temperature changes.


Specialty techniques
As either a stand-alone or combined with natural, painted or stained finishes, speciality finishes have grown in variety and popularity over the years. Expect to pay more for these finishes, however, because of the additional labour involved.

1. Glaze finish

(Flickr/Ginny Vincz)

(Flickr/Ginny Vincz)

Glazes are great for adding accent colours to a primary finish. They are often used to highlight cabinet details, such as grooves and edges. A glaze finish comes in both a wet and dry look: The wet glaze is applied when the primary finish is still wet to alter the overall colour, while a dry glaze is applied after it is dried and is used to add a separate layer and dimension from the primary finish. You will also need to decide on what type of application technique you like: a brushed appearance, a pencil thin line of glaze, a heavy application, or a wiped look with rag marks.


2. Crackled or speckled finish



To get the crackled effect a chemical is applied to the paint finish before it dries. The result is a painted finish with an aged, worn appearance.  To get a speckled effect, a different colour paint is splattered on the surface of the cabinet door in a random, speckled pattern.


4. Distressed finish



Distressing consists of adding imperfections to cabinet doors, such as worm holes, dings and dents, and uneven sanding (to give it the look of age). This can be done in isolation or it can be combined with other specialty finishes. The intended result is to give the cabinets an aged, antique look.

Cabinet costs: Putting it all together

To appreciate how each element impacts the cost of new kitchen cabinets let’s create an imaginary kitchen that we want to remodel. According to Consumer Reports, a  typical kitchen has 25 to 30 linear feet of cabinets, so we’ll assume an L-shaped space that includes 12-feet of cabinets on one wall and 8-feet of cabinets on another wall, as well as a 6-foot island. Based on these measurements we will need 26 linear feet of cabinetry.




If you’re on a very tight budget, you’ll be limited to the very basic of kitchen cabinets. Found in big box hardware stores or at mass-market kitchen suppliers, such as Ikea, these off-the-shelf cabinets typically come in white, although you may find common darker finishes, such as Espresso-brown, for a tad more per linear foot.

At this price point, the cabinets and doors are made from particleboard and melamine—materials that tend to have a shorter lifespan than MDF or wood. The cabinet boxes and drawers will be glued and pinned and there will be few, if any, embellishments on the door.

A good example of this type of basic cabinetry is Ikea’s Haggeby line. Priced at $59/linear foot, the front is flat and featureless and the cabinets are constructed from particleboard and melamine. (Although Ikea does offer a 25-year limited warranty on their cabinets, just be sure to read the fine print.) For our 26LF kitchen you’d only pay $1,525 (before tax).

STOCK / OFF-THE-SHELF ($125/LF – $360+/LF)

(Flickr/Leif Harboe)

(Flickr/Leif Harboe)

This is bare-bones, simple cabinet that can be found in most big-box hardware stores and at mass-market kitchen supplies. It doesn’t include trim mouldings, customizable interiors or built-in features (such as waste baskets or pull-out pantries). Typically, the cheaper end of these cabinets will be constructed from a combination of wood and particleboard, while the pricier options will be a mix of MDF and wood. For 26LF at $125/LF, expect to pay $3,250 (before taxes). According FineHomeBuilding.com, you’ll pay $360 or more per linear foot for better quality stock cabinetry, meaning we’ll pay closer to $9,360 for the cabinets in our kitchen remodel.

SEMI-CUSTOM ($200/LF – $450+/LF)

(Flickr/Eric Spehr)

(Flickr/Eric Spehr)

These cabinets use dovetail construction with hardwood and MDF throughout. Included are a few more decorative accents, such as crown mouldings and light rail moulding. The cabinets will also feature more customizable features, such as roll-out trays, built-in waste baskets, soft-close drawers and cabinets, tray dividers, and wine racks.

The cheapest semi-custom will cost about $200/SF (for a total cabinet cost of $5,200 for our kitchen remodel), but don’t be surprised if the price climbs to $450/LF (putting our kitchen cabinets at $11,700). Every customized cabinet—such as pull-out pantry drawers, or tray dividers—will add to the overall cost. The more detail you want, the more you will pay. According to Consumer Reports you’ll pay 20% more for specialty features. That said, there are useful features that can be worth this extra cost. These include: pull-out trash cans and built-in charging stations. Also appliance garages—a lift cabinet, with a spring-loaded shelf that swings up and out and offers easy access to your stand mixer or food processor—are also useful additions to remodelled kitchens.

CUSTOM ($500/LF – $1,200+/LF)

(Flickr/Fieldstone Cabinetry)

(Flickr/Fieldstone Cabinetry)

Want the ultimate in kitchens? Then go custom. In this price range you get glass door cabinets, in-cabinet lighting, large pull-out storage (often used as a built-in pantry or as a small appliance garage), customized corner cabinets (that maximize space), microwave cabinets as well as more elaborate customized storage (think display wine racks or more decorative range hood cabinets). For the cheapest custom you’ll pay out $13,000 for 26LF of cabinetry. For more specialized orders expect to pay $31,200 and up. And for the ultimate in customization—such as automatic cabinet door openers and drawer warmers—expect to pay $50,000 or more for your kitchen cabinets.

(For more information on how quality impacts cabinets, read the Kitchen-compare.com blog.)

Now, unless you have an unlimited budget, custom kitchen cabinets are probably a bit unnecessary. That doens’t mean you shouldn’t splurge, it just means you need to consider the overall cost based on your needs. For instance, if you live in a Heritage home, where space is limited, custom cabinets would be integral to getting you a kitchen that fits the space and decor, but offers more modern amenities. If, however, you’re renovating your inner-suburban 1970s home kitchen, you may be able to get away with stock or semi-custom and get the look you want at a fraction of the price. To get some inspiration, here’s an excellent example of how Ikea kitchens are used to create a custom look from stock shelving.



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Magnetic Storage Solutions For Household Woes

Who knew????  How many ways to use a magnet…


Which is your fav?  I love them all but the Light Switch Key Holder is fantastic.


One solution might be the answer to all of your household problems — magnets! Prepare to stick it to ’em, because if you can put a magnet on it, it can get organized in a flash.



Bobby Pins In One Place

It seems like an impossible feat. A house without one bobby pin where it shouldn’t be? If you use bobby pins, you they end up all over the house, but no more! Apply magnetic tape to a convenient bathroom surface to find them easily in the morning and store them at night, thanks to the Superwoman blog.



Bottles Up Here

Metal-topped beer and soda bottles can find a home on top of your fridge. Rather than knocking them over trying to fit new food in, give them a lift with bottleLoft magnets, or attach your own.


Magnetic Makeup

Organize bulkier makeup items in a cute and easy-to-find place by attaching magnet tape to your favorite eyeshadow palettes, brushes and foundations like weddingbee.com.



Hot Wheels Storage

Never play Godzilla again! Spare your feet by using magnetic knife holders to attach your child’s Hot Wheels cars. Depending on the car’s materials, you may or may not need to stick additional magnets on the bottom, but these should make for easy, kid-friendly cleanup.



Shelf-Side Spice Rack

Skip the cabinet clutter with this spice rack by gardenbetty.com, which is simply a sheet of steel and air-tight containers with magnets on the bottom. How clever!



Show Off Their Accomplishments

Don’t clutter your fridge. Instead, decorate a wall with your kids’ accomplishments. Cover a wall with sheet metal and attach that A+ paper, family reminders and greeting cards with a magnet like blogger 4men1lady.com.


Hidden Magnet Light Switch

Always losing your keys? Keep them in one place — on the last switch you turn off before leaving the house. Take off the cover, add your magnets and stick those keys!



Organize Your Bathroom Necessities

Every girl needs her hair tyes and bobby pins, but they tend to clutter up the bathroom counter. Attach magnets to small containers, add your favorites inside and attach to a sheet of metal, which you can hang on the wall, in the cabinet or stand up by the mirror.



Magnetic Strip Spices

Store your spices in a stainless steel-topped jar and attach them below your cabinets with a magnetic knife strip. Genius and pretty!



Get The Kids’ Chores In Order

Keep track of the kids’ daily tasks and accomplishments with these hangable chore charts from howdoesshe.com, made from a sheet of metal and ribbon.


Two-In-One Wall

Let the kids draw on the walls! We’re not crazy. This DIY magnet and chalkboard fromamomstake.com is  two-in-one solution that’s perfect for home learning.



Change Your Lampshade With The Season!

Attach a magnet on the back of a seasonal silk flower and on the back of your lampshade with this super smart idea from twelveoaksmanner.com. Attach the two together, and bam! You have a cute lampshade embellishment you can change with the seasons.



Sewing Pin Dish

This is a quick craft you’ll want to dish about! Add magnets to the back of a pretty dish and use it to hold your sewing pins. No more need to fuss with a pin cushion, plus you can prevent pins from dropping on the floor.


Magnetic Wristband

When you’re working on a project, nothing is more aggravating than losing that screw youjust had. This DIY magnetic wristband from instructables.com is the cure to all of your working woes.



Get Attached

What other item can do so many things around the house? Get on the magnet bandwagon, because they’re about to save you a lot of time and stress when organizing your home.


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12 Things You Should Never Throw Out When Downsizing

Thinking of #Selling your #Home?  

Pre-list is the perfect time to purge and pack.  If you haven’t looked at something in a year or more…do you really need it?  Would someone in your family like it?  Could someone else give it a good home or is it just garbage?


These are the items that are worth finding space for in a new home.


By Lindsey Campbell

Country Living Mag

When you’re packing to move or making over a room, it’s the perfect time to take a hard look at all your stuff — and purge. Just be careful how trash happy you get with these few things.



1. Family heirlooms

Evaluate what you have and ask yourself which ones are meaningful to you and your family now, says Jodie Watson, an organizing expert and owner of Supreme Organization. “These are the ones to keep and take with you to your new home,” she says.



2. Electronics of any sort

Hold on to them until you’ve completely wiped out all your personal information. “I can’t tell you the number of people who go on massive de-cluttering binges and don’t take the time to clear all their personal information,” warns Geralin Thomas, a professional organizer and owner of Metropolitan Organizing who has also worked on A&E’s Hoarders.



3. Photographs

“You may need to digitize these, but you don’t want to lose them,” says Barbara Reich, a professional organizer.



4. Important paperwork

When it’s time to clean out or pack up a house, let go of as much paper as possible, says Reich. But look out for important stuff like birth and death records, marriage licenses, social security cards, retirement documents, medical records, insurance policies, and more that might be mixed into a pile headed for the recycling.



5. A landline phone

You never know when your cell phone’s battery or service might go dead. “Keep at least one,” says Thomas.



6. Collections

“You have obviously enjoyed collecting these items, so select the few items that you value above all the rest,” says Watson. Whether it be dolls or decorative glassware, it’s better to display and enjoy a few than to have the whole collection boxed away in storage.



7. Fine jewelry AND the boxes they came in

“Having a piece of jewelry in it’s original box adds value when reselling it and keeps the piece of jewelry in mint condition,” says Thomas.



8. Extra kitchen and bathroom supplies

Only keep what you need and use from the kitchen, like pots and pans, a good quality chef’s knife, a spatula, a wooden spoon, countertop appliances you use a lot like a blender, and crucial linens. “If you have duplicates, you can donate them, but make sure you have the basics with you,” says Reich. And the bathroom? “You should bring two sets of sheets per bed (one on the bed, one to change) and four towels per person,” she says.



9. Decorative and sentimental items that bring back precious memories

Hold on to things like a lock of hair from your child’s first haircut or the medal you won for running a marathon, says Reich. “These are items that you would not be able to replace,” adds Watson.



10. Emergency supplies

A radio, batteries, a flashlight, and a first aid kit should all be on hand when you move into a new home, advises Reich. “And if you don’t have emergency supplies, now is the time to get them!”



11. Tags from expensive handbags

“If you ever are consigning them, tags will help you prove authenticity and bring a much better price,” explains Thomas.



12. Medication and toiletries that haven’t expired yet

Replacing these can be expensive. “Medication taken daily should be kept with you during the move,” warns Reich.



How do you tell what is TRULY meaningful?

Watson says this is her favorite trick: “In any given category, like artwork, ask this question, ‘If I could only take three pieces with me, which three would they be?’ With books, the question might be, ‘If I can only take 20 with me, which 20 would they be?’ This will help you discover the items that are the musts to take with you; the rest is negotiable.”



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Feng Shui Tips to Boost Your Luck

Do you consider Feng Shui when decorating?  

It might be helpful when you are #Selling your home depending on your target #Buyer.

Intro to Feng Shui from HGTV

You’ve heard the term mentioned by in-the-know designers and free spirited eccentrics, but what does Feng Shui really mean? Put simply, the ancient Chinese art aims to promote the natural flow of chi, the energy of the universe, in your space. It does this through a specific set of decorating and organizing rules in the interest of creating balance – something we all aim to achieve in our daily lives. Here are 10 basic tips that anyone can easily incorporate into their home to promote the flow of positive energy in 2015. Image courtesy of socialsurvival.com


Remove Tchotchkes

Before you attempt any other principles, feng shui asks that you de-clutter your space, since excess tchotchkes can block the natural flow of energy. They’re onto something, because clutter often makes us feel overwhelmed. Purge overstuffed drawers and minimize decorative items to create a clutter-free and chi-centric space. Image courtesy of designsponge.com


Remove Tchotchkes

Clear the Entryway

Feng shui sees your front door as an opening for both people and opportunities, so asks that nothing block it from opening. Tidy up your entryway, keeping shoes off to the side and umbrellas neatly stacked, to encourage the flow of positive energy in and out of your home. Image courtesy ofdecorpad.com


Clear the Entryway

Dining Room Chairs

While we’re accustomed to having two chairs at the head of the table, feng shui suggests that this creates imbalance. All dining room chairs should make the people who sit in them feel like equals. Image courtesy of myscandinavianhome.com


Dining Room Chairs

Front Entrance

Keep the outside of your home welcoming, but not over ornamented. A welcome mat and a couple trees should do the trick – but anything more can disrupt the flow of chi from entering your home. Image courtesy of comeoversunday.blogspot.ca


Front Entrance

Bedroom Layout

Your bed should be the main event in your bedroom. Feng shui suggests propping it against a solid interior wall. If that’s not possible, place it beside a door or window, but never under a window. Also try to avoid under-the-bed storage as it disrupts the flow of chi from moving freely. Image courtesy of c-home.com


Bedroom Layout

Shoe Organization

Organize your shoes so that they’re facing forward and out into the world. This is said to channel progress. Image courtesy of ariannabelle.com


Shoe Organization

Bedroom No-Nos

Feng shui sees your bedroom as a sanctuary meant for sleep and romantic connections. As such, no photos should be kept in your bedroom, unless they’re of you and your significant other. Also, avoid keeping books and mirrors in your bedroom as they encourage too much energy and thought. Remember, this room is a place of rest! Image courtesy of theglitterguide.com


Bedroom No-Nos

Balanced Elements

When decorating, balance your home with the five principles of feng shui: earth, fire, water, wood and metal. Each element promotes something different: wood is for growth and good health, fire is for creativity, metal provides strength and focus, water is about wealth and abundance, and earth generates nourishment and knowledge. Image courtesy of thatkindofwoman.com


Balanced Elements

Family Photos

Relegate your family photos to one section of your home. It will bring goodwill, promote the natural flow of chi and create a nice reminder of the ones you love! Image courtesy of cocokelley.com


Family Photos


Knowing your likely #HomeBuyer is critical and if Feng Shui is important to them, it should be important to you.

Call #AnnCorrigan, #RoyalLePage, 9905-338-3737 to chat about how to stage using Feng Shui practices.


8 Design Tricks for Kitchens With Barely Any Counter Space

Ring in the New Year with a bright, beautiful and organized kitchen…..

Create a room that looks lovely and has a home for all of the tools you need.

Country Living Mag
By Ashley Niedringhaus

Counter space is some of the most precious real estate in your entire house. Not only do you need room to cook, but often counters act as extra storage for everyday tools and ingredients. Here’s how to stretch every inch out of them, while creating a kitchen that look stylish, too.



1. Choose pretty canisters.


If you’re an avid baker who enjoys having easy access to her sugars and flours (or a stretched-thin mom who needs to be able grab Cheerios, stat), it’s OK to devote some counter space to non-perishables. But leaving them in their original packaging is just asking for a cluttered look. Joan at For the Love of a House decanted ingredients into elegant glass jars for an airy feeling, but opaque stainless canisters (like these) can lend themselves to a look that’s even more tidy.


2. Group like items to create a cohesive, intentional feel.


Marian at Miss Mustard Seed practices smart storage and clever design by layering cutting boards against her backsplash, and using a pretty white serving tray to corral large utensils, spices, and olive oil. When you’d prefer to devote a portion of your counter to tools you grab often, a tray can magically take the space from busy to neatly decorated.



3. Treat your drawers to some helpful organizers.

When counter space is limited, make drawers and cabinets more useful (and more enticing to use), by souping them up with clever storage solutions. Items like an in-drawer knife block or spice rack can find a new, helpful spot for stuff that previously only lived on the counter. They’ll still be easy to grab, but you’ll free up much-needed prep space.


4. Try a towel bar.

This simple solution takes major advantage of a portion of your counters you probably rarely consider: the sides. Janette, the blogger behind The 2 Seasons, shows that installing this bathroom staple is easy, and with a few S-hooks, it’s the perfect for hanging pots and pans (which look quite lovely displayed this way, too). Bonus: The bars come in a wide range of finishes so matching your décor is a snap.



5. Park a cake stand by the sink.


In a totally genius move, blogger Liz Marie elevated sink-side soaps and dishrags onto a cake stand (with a cute bin, to boot!). The stand adds a pretty touch, and makes the counter double-decker, so cleaners aren’t always in the way.



6. Choose a cute toaster.

Storing appliances you use every day can be a big pain, so if you must devote counter space to a blender or toaster oven, make sure it’s one you like looking at. If it’s got a pleasing color or shape, you’ll be more likely to keep it (and its surrounding area) clean and tidy.




7. And pick utensils to match.

While you’re at it, if you store ladles, spatulas, and other tools in a canister near the stove, choose versions that look good in a group to create a put-together feel, even when they’re not. Bonus points if you can get your favorite tools to also match your countertop appliances; there’s nothing that says “neat and stylish” quite like monochrome.



8. Make your backsplash work harder.


Magnetic knife holders aren’t a new idea, but don’t discount their sleek design as well as their storage sense. A repurposed curtain rod or towel bar can hold and display your graphic mugs and towels (like Anna did at Door Sixteen). Or, go all out and fill your backsplash with pegboard, for a crafty-chic look that doubles as super-flexible storage.

TELL US: How do you squeeze extra space out of your kitchen?


#AnnCorrigan, #RoyalLePage Real Estate, 905-338-3737

Home Lighting & Hardware terms

More great tips on Home Design…this time, Lighting & Hardware


33. Lampshade Types & How To Measure

Lampshade Types & How To Measure

34. Lightswitch Styles

Lightswitch Styles

35. Types of Lightbulbs

Types of Lightbulbs

                    **** See the full explanation of which ones to use where at Lightopedia.

36. Home Lighting 101

Home Lighting 101

37. Types of Screws


Types of Screws
Bolt Depot Inc.

#AnnCorrigan, #RoyalLePage Real Estate, 905-338-3737

Cheat Sheet on Home Design terms–Part 4 of 4

This is just the best cheat sheet of Home Design Tips & Terms…Part 4 of 4 

thanks to:


22. Print Size Guide

Print Size Guide

23. Gallery Wall Layout Ideas

Gallery Wall Layout Ideas

24. Hanging Style Diagnostic

Hanging Style Diagnostic

25. Staircase Gallery Layouts

Staircase Gallery Layouts

Via Vered Rosen Design.

26. Bedroom Rug Size Guide

Bedroom Rug Size Guide

27. Dining Room Rug Size Guide

Dining Room Rug Size Guide

28. Living Room Rug Size Guide

Living Room Rug Size Guide

29. The Psychology of Colors

The Psychology of Colors

30. House Paint Color Matching Guide

House Paint Color Matching Guide

Better Homes and Gardens / Via omahdesigns.net

31. Color Undertone Guide

Color Undertone Guide

32. Paint Finish Guide

Paint Finish Guide

#AnnCorrigan,#RoyalLePage Real Estate, 905-338-3737

Home Designing tips-Part 3 of 4

This cheat sheet is the 3rd of a 4 Part series…

fabulous info from…