Top 7 Tips to Organize Your Bedroom

by Dinah Wulf

Top 7 Tips to Organize Your Bedroom, written by Denise Baynes

Author Bio: Denise Baynes is a single mother, keen on repurposing and organizing all the stuff around her home that can be repurposed, conceivably.

Leave Only the Essentials. You’re trying to make this part of your home look comfortable and inviting, so it’s a nice idea to be a minimalist in your bedroom design. With a little variation depending on your habits, all you need by your bedside is a box of tissue, a good reading lamp, a nice fan, and perhaps also a remote control, and a couple of your favorite CDs. By the way, Westside Wholesale has a really nice selection of portable fans, and some of them are currently on sale for less than $25! I got one that works really quietly during nighttime, and I was able to get free shipping on it, too!

Use Soft Palette Colors. Remember that your bedroom is a place intended for rest. Keep it light when it comes to picking the colors of your walls, floor, ceiling, curtains, and furniture. These colors make the atmosphere of your bedroom more relaxing and easier on your eyes. A lighter color scheme will also make your bedroom appear visually larger, and that’s a great tip if you have a small bedroom. I got a nice standing lamp from Westside Wholesale, too, and it makes the atmosphere of my room so relaxing and romantic, with the soft beige curtains and linens that I have.

Make Space for Sunlight. Remove all clutter and leave only the furniture that performs the essential functions needed in a bedroom. A medium-size bed for sleeping and napping, a comfortable chair and a standing lamp for nighttime reading, a dresser with a mirror for dressing and skin care, a couple of closets for keeping your garments, and a lady’s desk for writing and reading. The more space you are able to free, the more natural sunlight will be poured into your room every morning!

Start It All From Scratch. The best way to bring order into your room is by digging everything out and taking a minute to think if you are ever using these things. It takes some courage, but it’s actually the only way to really change how the place looks and feels instead of just rearranging a few things here and there. So, you may want to start by getting a few boxes and labeling them “trash”, “to sell”, “to donate”, and “to keep”. Now, divide your room into functional areas and start with the one that needs the most reviewing. Remember that if you spend over 20 seconds thinking if you need something in your bedroom, you definitely don’t want to put that in the “keep” box.

Gotta Face That Closet. If you often feel like you’ve got nothing to wear, yet your closet is bursting from everything that’s in it, it’s time to get it organized. Put all your clothes on the couch. Now, take your time to try everything on and see if it deserves that precious space in your closet. If you are a big “goal clothes” person, hoping to lose weight some day and keeping a lot of clothes you can no longer wear, then find a local charity, or a church you can donate these clothes to. After all, they take up so much space and are depressing to look at!

How to Sort Your Clothes. Now, I find it easier to sort clothes by function and style, rather than color-code them as some experts in organizing suggest. It’s a nice idea to store the things that you use most frequently in immediate sight. The clothes you only use occasionally can be placed in the lower level of your closet, and whatever you use less often you can place on top, outside immediate reach. If you have some empty suitcases, you may want to use them for storing out-of-season clothes, linens, and blankets.

Where did that come from? An empty basket is bound to become the central organizing element of your bedroom. Just put all the items that don’t belong in your bedroom into that basket. It may take some willpower at first, and you may have to remind yourself a billion times to do so. However, it will soon become your second nature, and getting that clutter out of your bedroom will take literally minutes! Better still, get your kids involved in the fun activity and it will soon become their favorite game.

Easy Bathroom Organization Update

by Dinah Wulf

I recently visited my in laws in Wisconsin.  I love going there especially because my daughter Mia gets to see her Grandma and Papa.  Rarely getting to see her Grandparents is definitely a drawback of living so far away from them (my parents are on the east coast).  I particularly love antique shopping there as well… the stuff is SOO much better and less expensive!  While we were there we decided to give a quick and easy bathroom organization update because…well…we wanted to AND it’s fun (I know I’m a Geek).

So, today I just wanted to share a quick little post to show you the before and after of our project.  Here is the BEFORE.

It’s a sweet little bathroom, but the only storage is a small cabinet under the sink and the medicine cabinet.  My husband and I went to Lowes while Mia got some quality time with Grandma and Papa.  We had the intention of getting a brand new sink and vanity but after I took measurements, we couldn’t find an easy replacement because of the dimensions so the vanity will have to wait until we have time to research online.

We ended up buying a new toilet seat and an over the toilet cabinet. I put it all together while we watched television in the living room.  Working with my hands and putting together things like this is therapeutic for me for some reason.  In a short time, I assembled it and we got a much more organized bathroom!

Check out a recent posts I did for making your bathroom a little more spa-like and a few more bathroom organization tips!

DIY Repairs: Yes You Can!

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Repairs Guest Post Written By: Liz Becker


By now you know all about the concept of one man’s trash being another man’s treasure. It applies to everything from the slightly (or maybe even very) banged up stuff you find on curbs and in thrift shops. It applies even to things like wood pallets. If you know what you’re doing, you can even use this philosophy on your own appliances.

For example: that antique refrigerator that you love? You inherited it from a grandparent. It adds so much character to your kitchen…but lately it’s been misbehaving and you’re worried that you might have to toss it and go with something mass produced.


Instead of sending it to fridge heaven, why not repair it? With the right tools and guidance you can do everything from giving the thing a thorough cleaning to installing the specialty coils you need to keep the machine running properly in spite of its age.

Before you throw out anything of character, do the following things:

1. Give it a thorough cleaning and scrubbing. Continuing with our refrigerator example, defrost the freezer and scrub down the inside and the outside. That wall of ice that builds up in the freezer? It can cause both the freezer and the refrigerator to malfunction. It can freeze the machine’s motor in place.

2. Take off the “casings” of your fridge and freezer. Make sure, obviously, that the machine is unplugged and then unscrew the linings from the machine’s frame. Unscrew any Styrofoam that might be covering the fan. Clean both sides of these linings and the Styrofoam and let it dry completely. While it dries, thoroughly inspect every piece that has been exposed to make sure that there is no ice, mold or other buildup in the workings of the machine.

3. If you do find ice, you can use hot water to help melt it safely. Then let everything dry.

4. While you’re waiting for the inside of the machine to dry, inspect the back. Make sure that the refrigerator coil is clean and intact. Inspect every inch for wear and tear and make sure that its connections are installed correctly. If it looks old or like it might be wearing down, you can order new specialty coils to replace it.

5. Scrub the drain pan clean before you put everything back together.

IMPORTANT: Do not mess with the Freon yourself unless you are actually trained to do so. No, seriously, just don’t. Yes it will be tempting to tinker with it but resist that temptation. You don’t want to accidentally render the entire machine useless (and potentially hurt yourself too). If your fridge’s Freon is the problem, hire a professional repair person to fix the machine and return it to working order.

You can use the DIY repair approach with most things in your home: your air conditioner, your stove or oven, etc. Be careful with heating machines, though—you don’t want to accidentally set anything on fire!

DIY Repairs Guest Post Written By: Liz Becker

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Creating a Spa-like Zen in Your Bathroom

by Dinah Wulf

This article, Creating a Spa-like Zen in Your Bathroom is sponsored by hello. All opinions are 100% my own.

Having a clean, organized, and spa-like bathroom is really important to me.  This is because: 1) there is a peace to my morning routine that I love because my husband and I start our day talking while we get ready, and 2) I’m in there a lot because I LOVE to indulge in bubble baths.  Besides craft time in my craft room, a bubble bath in the tub is my ultimate sanctuary.  There are five things that I do to achieve this Zen-like feel.

Lots of Candles

Nothing says “spa” like several candles.  Surround your tub with different sizes and heights.

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Use White Towels

Every spa I’ve been to uses white towels.  They represent cleanliness and purity.

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Oral Care Products I Like and Support

Hello is the first line of seriously friendly oral care. I personally endorse hello because they are Earth-Friendly Products.  All the products are made in the USA using naturally derived ingredients wherever possible, while delivering the experience people want. Their products are never tested on animals.  Also, the toothbrushes are made with 50% recycled materials.

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Decorate with Shells and Other Natural Elements

Shells and other natural elements remind me of being at a tropical getaway.

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Hang Serene Artwork

Speaking of a tropical getaway, hang serene photos or artwork in your bathroom to help you relax.  I bought these in Hawaii from a local Photographer.

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Hello on Facebook

Take $1.00 off any hello toothpaste, mouthwash or breath spray. To access the coupon, “like” hello on Facebook and then click on the “coupons” box under the “like” button. Coupons are limited to one per person.

I wanted to give a big THANK YOU to hello for sponsoring this post!

Redecorating Living And Dining Spaces

by Dinah Wulf

Creating smooth transitions in open floor plans between kitchen, dining room, and living room enhances the appeal of the home when redecorating. Some of these changes are structural, such as making seamless transitions from living room to dining room flooring that incorporates counter space on the open island of the kitchen beside the two. Some of these changes relate to décor.

There are a few steps to creating this pace in the home:

  1. Choose color scheme
  2. Match cabinet with furniture
  3. Select neutrally universal décor

Following these steps will help create a smooth transition from one room to the next, making them all connected in the flow of the room instead of separated from each other by design.

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Choosing Color Scheme

The first step to blending the spaces is to take a look at color scheme. Look at the floors first since they are the most costly and time consuming to replace. Dark woods with light carpet is nice, but it separates the rooms from each other. Consider switching one or the other to match in darkness or light so that they do not contrast with one another. Flooring is the foundation of the color scheme.

Next take a look at the walls. The days of transitioning colors between the two rooms are behind us. In order to make the rooms seem as if they are one choose a color to paint all of the walls. These colors can either contrast with the flooring or compliment it, but you don’t want them to blend together. 

To set off living spaces a little, paint one wall of the living room, opposite the other rooms, a contrasting color. Usually softer hues on all walls but the one is acceptable. The different colored wall should be the main focus of the living room where the fireplace or the TV are mounted and the furniture is facing. If it isn’t don’t paint it a different color.

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Matching Cabinets with Furniture

After the floors and walls are taken care of look at the living room and dining room furniture. Do they match with each other or the colors of the kitchen counter and cabinets? If all three rooms are combined it may be necessary to reupholster or purchase new furniture for one room or another. 

Choose your personal style and decorate both rooms as if they are one. That means if you love your dining room table and the leather seated and backed chairs that go with it, consider getting leather sofas to match. The days of expensive leather furniture are behind us and they are now in the same range as fabric upholstered furniture. If there are bar stools for the kitchen space get matching leather and upholster them yourself.

Don’t forget the kitchen space. If you just spent money on a more modern kitchen make sure that the cabinets and countertops match the color of the tables in the living room and dining room, and that the upholstery smoothly transitions with the countertops.

Selecting Neutrally Universal Décor

The finishing touches are just as important as the foundation. Select visually appealing décor that can be used in all the rooms smoothly. That means if you have metal hangings on the wall in the dining room they should be used in the living room as well; if you have paintings in the living room add a couple to match in the dining room. A floor vase in the dining room should match the end table vase in the living room.

Creating transitions between the rooms should be done from the ground up. Using these three simple steps will enhance the comfort and unity of the home. 

How to Paint Stripes on a Wall

by Dinah Wulf

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I’ve wanted to paint stripes on, my daughter, Mia’s wall for the longest time. Thanks to, who sponsored this post, I was able to do so! 

Initially, I was worried about bleeding, because I have painted many walls in the past and have had issues.  Believe it or not, I managed to paint PERFECT stripes with ZERO bleeding! Woo hoo! With that said, here is my tutorial on how to paint stripes on a wall.

Before we start, here is a 90 second video I did for 3 awesome tips for painting perfect wall stripes.


For Holes:

  • 3M Sandblaster
  • 3M Patch Plus Primer
  • Putty knife

To Paint:

  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Paint roller
  • Paint pan
  • Step Stool
  • ScotchBlue heavy duty non-slip drop

For Stripes:

  • ScotchBlue™™ Painter’s Tape
  • Pencil
  • Yardstick
  • Level
  • Credit Card

Protective Gear:

  • Safety glasses
  • 3M face mask

Here is Mia’s wall BEFORE.

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First, patch any holes using 3M Patch Plus Primerand a putty knife.  Sand the hole smooth with sand paper.  Next, using a yardstick and pencil measure the distance between stripe width across the wall.  My stripes were 13” apart on an 8’ wall.

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Use a level and a straight edge to ensure straight lines.

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Apply the ScotchBlue™™ Painter’s Tapeand create your lines, using your pencil marks as a guide.

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Use a credit card or a clean putty knife and apply pressure to the painter’s tape to ensure the tape is flush to the wall to prevent bleeding.

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Tip: When painting stripes, I marked arrows with a pencil to ensure there were no mistakes on which stripe to paint.  This helps especially if other people are helping you.

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Use a paint brush to paint the exterior of the stripes. Use a paint roller to fill in the middle of thick or wide strips.

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Peel off your painter’s tape and see perfect stripes!

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Here are a couple AFTER photos.

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This post is a collaboration with 3M DIY. To keep up-to-date on projects, products and sampling visit  Connect with 3MDIY on 3M DIY Facebook Page and 3M DIY Twitter Page!

The Windows Are the Eyes to the Room

by Dinah Wulf

The Windows Are the Eyes to the Room

The windows are the eyes of a room is a cliché but, like all clichés, it is based in truth. The windows are the portals that let the people inside the house see out and, when the blinds are open, let the people outside the house see in. It’s natural to want to do something special with them. I am a landlord and have been for several years now.  My husband and I just had a conversation with one of our renters about their blinds and it inspired this post.

What you do with your windows and their treatments is completely up to you. You can be as creative with your windows as you want. If you are renting, though, it gets a little bit trickier. Your landlord probably has blinds already installed. There are probably strict rules that you have to follow if you want to change the blinds or put up curtains. Still, there are creative ways to dress up your windows without breaking your lease.

Switch Out Your Blinds

Even if you have to follow a set color scheme, choosing your own blinds can be really fun. For instance, you can choose wood instead of plastic; you can switch horizontal blinds for vertical blinds; you can go for fatter or skinnier slats. There are ways to be creative, even if you’ve got boundaries that must be respected.

Consider a Window Film

Window films are a great way to dress up a window without having to make any permanent changes. The film in thin enough to let light through, but solid enough that people probably won’t be able to see through it. It’s a great way to give yourself some privacy in areas where your windows look directly into someone else’s windows (urban apartments are famous for this uncomfortable reality). The films come in lots of different colors and patterns and, best of all, are easy to remove when you are ready to move out.

Should You Have Curtains?

Your landlord probably provided blinds and might even require you to have blinds in your windows. If you aren’t careful, adding curtains over the top of that can look cluttered and messy. The trick is to add sheer curtains that complement your apartment’s color scheme as well as the color and texture of your blinds. This way you don’t have to worry about installing what will undoubtedly look like a giant patch over your windows while still adding some personality to your space. Plus, you can always simply keep the blinds pulled all the way up and use the curtains instead.

There are lots of different ways to personalize and dress up your windows—even when you are a renter who has to adhere to strict rules (or risk losing a security deposit). These are just a few of the options that are available to you. With some creativity and designer zeal, you can undoubtedly come up with plenty of others.

Simple Curb Appeal Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

I wanted to give a big thank you to Home Depot for sponsoring this post.  My husband and I really wanted to look for some quick and easy projects that we could do over the weekend.  We found two simple curb appeal ideas perusing down the aisles of Home Depot; 1) a decorative garage door hardware kit and 2) house numbers.

I’m not going to lie; envious of the neighbors, I’ve wanted a garage door hardware kit for a few months now.  Here is a photo of our garage door before.

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We first started out by washing the garage door with soap and water. Well, my husband did as I took photos…

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We purchased two kits for our two car garage.  The directions were simple and easy to follow.

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We measured where we wanted each piece and attached them with a drill.

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When it was time to attach the handles, the screws that the kit came with were a little too short so we had to head back to Home Depot to get longer ones.  They didn’t have them in black, so I ended up spray painting the screw heads. To easily spray the heads only, I punched each screw into an old cardboard box.  It worked beautifully.

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Here is the after photo.

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Our second project for the weekend was to add house numbers to the house. I know! I Know! There weren’t any on the house when we moved in a year ago.  This kit was great because it came with cut outs so that your numbers would align perfectly.

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I added each number one by one removing the adhesive strips on the back.

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Ta dah! Perfect alignment in seconds!

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We attached it with the screws included next to our front entry.


Thanks again to Home Depot for sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% mine.

Organizing Your Bathroom with Command Brand

by Dinah Wulf

I wanted to make a big THANK YOU for Command Brand for sponsoring this post.  I am actually a very big fan and have been using Command Brand for years.  I have hung my family photo collage with them and I have also hung my tribute wall to 90’s grunge wall with Command Brand strips (I know, I know, it was for my husband’s birthday last year). I’m really excited to share with you some helpful tips for you to stay organized in your bathroom.

Command Brand is introducing a new line of bathroom organization to help keep towels razors, loofas, and other toiletries off the floor and the counter.  These work much better than suction cups.  I used a medium bath hook to hold my hand towels near the sink.  I found this to work better than the towel rack.  We have overnight guests come often and the towel rack is needed to hang their bath towels.

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I used another medium bath hook behind the door so that my guests could hang some clothes while taking a shower or bath.

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The toothbrush and razor holder works well in my guestroom shower.  Although we have a built in shelf, this little caddy comes in handy for small items to keep them out of the way of the shampoo and conditioner bottles.

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Right outside the shower door, I hung the large towel hook, which holds up to five pounds.  This will come in handy for guest towels or clothes when getting in and out of the shower.

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Finally, I used the large shower caddy inside the cabinet door right under the bathroom sink.  I’m using to store cleaning supplies because it holds up to seven and a half pounds.  It’s nice because it freed up a lot of cabinet space for other things.

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I hope these tips help!  My guest bathroom is now ready for visitors.  Who’s coming over??

Thanks again to Command Brand for sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% mine.

Etched Glass Laundry Detergent Container

by Dinah Wulf

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I’ve always thought that all rooms in the house should be beautiful and well organized.  This includes rooms like the laundry room. Being a busy work from home mom, it’s important to me to love my home because I’m here so much! Today I wanted to share a tutorial on how to make a pretty etched glass laundry detergent container as well as 3 tips to help save you time in the laundry room. 

Here is what you’ll need to make your laundry detergent container:

  • Glass container with a lid
  • Glass etching cream
  • Adhesive stencils
  • Paint Brush
  • Tide Liquid HE


Step One: Make sure your glass container is clean and dry.  Apply the adhesive stencil to the glass. 

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Step Two: Using a paint brush, generously apply the glass etching cream and leave it on for 5-10 minutes. 

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Step Three: Rinse the cream off with water and remove the stencil.  Fill your container with Tide Liquid HE.

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Although laundry is a chore, added touches like a pretty etched glass container or a well-organized laundry room makes it seem a little less like a boring routine.  Here are 3 tips that I use to save time in the laundry room and make this task a little less mundane.

Tip #1: Sort as you go. Sorting is my least favorite thing to do when it comes doing laundry.  I use a hamper that has three compartments.  I separate my laundry by lights, darks, and delicates.  It makes it easy to just grab each bag to throw in the washer without having to sort it first.

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Tip #2: Separate small items.  I use a mesh bag for all small undergarments.  Also, sock clips come in handy so that you don’t lose pairs.  You can keep a container of clips near your washer for easy access.

Tip #3: Organize your laundry space.  Have your Tide Liquid HE, dryer sheets, and mini trash can within arms-reach.  That way, you can quickly add your detergent, throw in a dryer sheet, or clean out the lint trap with ease.

Hopefully this quick etched glass craft and my three laundry tips will help make your laundry time fast and fun!

This is a collaboration between Tide Original Liquid HE and the AOL Lifestyle Curator Network. Compensation was provided by Tide Original Liquid HE via AOL Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Tide Original Liquid HE.

Four Budget Kitchen Renovation Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

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When it comes to renovating a home, everyone can agree that the kitchen is one of the most important places to begin, but it can also be one of the most expensive rooms to decorate. Still, not only will an upgraded kitchen make you feel more at home, but it’s one of the things that will boost the resell value of your home the most.  That doesn’t mean you have to spend a ton of money, however – there are a lot of inexpensive upgrades you can employ in your kitchen. Here are some great budget kitchen renovation ideas to consider.

Clean Up and Create a Plan

After you’ve cleaned up your kitchen and moved everything into a local storage unit, do a little bit of research and study the design trends.  Having a plan for your new kitchen will save you not only money but also a lot of headache since you’re no longer trying to do it on the fly. This is also a great time to see if there’s anything from your kitchen you no longer need.  Selling it could bring you quite a bit of money you can use toward the kitchen upgrades.

Look at the Layout

With the kitchen cleared out, look at the layout of it.  This is the time to decide if you really need to change the foundation of the room or if it will work as it is.  Most times kitchens have been designed a particular way because of mobility or functionality and you’ll find you probably don’t need to rip up the counters.  It could just be a matter of changing around the appliances and if that’s the case, you’ve just saved yourself hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.

Energy Efficiency is a MUST

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If you’ve decided to upgrade your appliances, make sure that they’re being replaced with energy efficient models.  Not only are these kinds of upgrades usually available for tax credits for the next tax year, but they’ll also save you a lot of money in utilities each month, helping you pay off other bills and debts.  Plus, those homes that have energy efficient kitchen appliances have a much higher resell value than those without and that’s a trend that isn’t looking to go away anytime soon.

Look for Alternatives

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Before you drop a ton of money on new counter tops, consider if you can get a cheaper alternative.  There are a lot of laminate versions of your favorite counter top designs nowadays and they mimic the look of concrete and stone quite nicely.  Most people won’t be able to really tell the difference and it will save you a lot of money. 

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Rather than spending the cash to install new cabinetry, consider just painting the ones you have and adding new handles and hardware.  If the wood is looking worse for wear, a simple coat of wood stain will fix that right up and shiny new hardware can go a long way to making your kitchen look fresh and new.  If you do want to install new cabinets, considering forgoing the custom made models and instead search for base models that will fit well into your kitchen.  Check places like Habitat for Humanity Restore that offer a wide range of different cabinet options, most of which look just as nicely as those custom-made ones.  And they’ll end up saving you quite a bit of money.

It’s no secret that kitchens are one of the most valuable places to renovate inside a home simply because of the incredible resell value they hold, providing you with a potentially huge financial sum if you decide to sell.  But it doesn’t need to be an expensive upgrade to get all the benefits.  With just a few tweaks, you can save a lot of money and increase the value of your home while still having an amazingly renovated kitchen.

My Crafty Toolbox

by Dinah Wulf

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I have a bag that I carry around all the time… my crafty toolbox, if you will.  If my purse is large enough it goes in there, if it isn’t I bring it with me in the car.  I decided that I wanted to share it with you because I use it SO much and it really comes in handy.  I use it around the house, or if I’m out thrift shopping I can easily measure my new find to repurpose or refurbish.

Here’s what I have inside:

One: This mini hammer has come in handy.  I’m always rearranging or hanging new frames and pictures around the house.   It has a screwdriver attachment that conveniently screws into the bottom as well. 

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Two: Screwdriver with both a Phillips and flat head attachment.

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Three:  I found this baby in the dollar bin!  I use it ALL the time for fixing glasses, opening battery covers, remote controls, etc.

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Four: Measuring tape, Sharpie, and a pencil. A small measuring tape is perfect for when you’re out thrift shopping or going to garage sales.

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Five: Scissors and a straight edge.

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And it all fits in this bag that is small enough to carry around or fit in a purse.

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That’s it!  I hope you found this useful.  It’s just so convenient for me that I thought I’d share!

Do you have a crafty toolbox?  What’s inside? Is there anything you think I should add???


Creating a Family Backyard Retreat

by Dinah Wulf

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TIKI Brand®. All opinions are 100% mine.

My family and I spend a lot of time in our backyard.  We didn’t used to because when we first moved into our house a little over a year ago, the patio was the first thing that needed to be worked on.  It was leaning to one side and had been damaged over the years.  Because having a big back yard was new to us, we knew wanted to do our best to create a family backyard retreat.

Here is how it looked before.

In a few weeks we were able to enjoy our ideal outdoor space with a seating and dining area.  We tore down and built a new patio with lighting and a built in ceiling fan.  We added a few small extra decorative touches as well that made a big difference including decorative outdoor pillows that I made.

Since sitting outside during the cool evenings here in warm Southern California is one of our favorite things to do, our TIKI Brand Glowing Torch and Table Torch helped create a beautiful ambiance.  They are a MUST HAVE!

TheTIKI Brand Glowing Table TorchTIKI Brand Glowing TorchTIKI Brand Flame & Solar TorchTIKI Brand on Facebook is stunning both day and night and has the options of using a traditional flame or multicolor LED lights.  The LED lights are a great option when my daughter Mia and our dogs Pablo and Harley join us.  It is safer than having an open flame and as Mia calls it is, “A mini light show, Mommy!”

The TIKI Brand Flame & Solar Torch is a 2-in-1 torch that also has the options of a traditional flame plus a solar LED.  It automatically turns on at night and a full charge lasts up to 8 hours!  The LED flickers like a natural flame and produces 2X larger flame than a standard torch.

Another great option is that you can fill your torches with OFF!®/BiteFighter® Torch Fuel for proven mosquito repellency.  All these items are available at Wal-Mart and Target or log on to  Don’t forget to follow TIKI Brand on Facebook!

Here is a short video I made sharing five great tips for creating a family backyard retreat. Enjoy!


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DIY Pedestal Bowl

by Dinah Wulf

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One of my thrifty obsessions is to walk through the local Goodwill shop on the weekends, particularly because of the half off sale.  Throughout the day, they announce a color and the price tags labeled in that color are half off.  It never fails, each time the make the announcement they assure you that you will find that color label in every department.  Naturally, you will always find me by the home goods and furniture section.  This trip I found a nice white ceramic beaded ramekin and a short pewter candlestick all for less than three dollars.   I had to marry the two together and make a DIY Pedestal Bowl.

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I’ve made something similar to this for my daughter’s birthday party last year.  For her cupcake decorating station, I made party platters made out of plastic serving trays and candlesticks.  I still have them today and have used them several times since then.  This project is quite simple and doesn’t really need too much explanation, so here are just a few tips that may help you out.

Tip #1: When looking for candlesticks, look for the shape you want.  You can always paint them.

Tip #2: The wider the candlestick the sturdier.

Tip #3: Consider wine glasses or champagne flutes instead of candlesticks.

Tip #4: Use a strong bonding agent like E6000 and let it dry for 24-48 hours.

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Tip #5: Consider spray painting them to fit your theme or décor.  Protect the surface with a doily or decorative paper if you are using it for food.

There are several uses for this easy project.  Use them for displaying desserts or appetizers for parties and entertaining.  Use a small pedestal bowl for jewelry or a larger one to hold toiletries in your bathroom.  You can also use them to display flowers or favorite collections.  Make several in different heights and group them together for a unique display.


How to Remove Wax from Glass

by Dinah Wulf

I cannot tell a lie.  Sometimes I purchase items because of the container it comes in.  There.  I said it.  In particular, candles are a splurge for me because they are often “expensive”, so I have to wait until they go on sale.  One thing I CAN count on is that I KNOW I will reuse the glass candle container for other things.  I searched online for how to remove wax from glass and the one I liked the most was from Aunt Peaches.  She had a fantastic tutorial (and funny too) and it worked great!  Here is my version of how to remove candle wax from glass.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • Used glass candle containers
  • Boiling water
  • Plastic utensil
  • Paper towel
  • Warm soap and water

Here are the glass containers I started out with.  Don’t worry about the label and soot,  I’ll address that too.

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First, boil water in a teapot and pour it into your container.

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Next, wait.  Wait until the remaining wax floats to the surface. And the water cools.  I am approximating about 45 minutes.  It will look something like this.

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Next, take your plastic utensil and scrap off the wax and wick base onto a paper towel and discard.  That’s it!! Easy!

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To remove the label and soot, I soaked the containers in warm soapy water and gently scrubbed until they were clean.

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Here is what they look like after!

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I’m using these particular vases for craft room storage, but consider using them for flowers in a centerpiece or holding make-up brushes or toothbrushes in your bathroom.

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Make sure you check out Aunt Peaches original post on this because she has some other great tips and tricks!


4 Tips to Redo a Small Bathroom

by Dinah Wulf



The bathroom obviously needs to be an efficient, comfortable and functioning unit of your home. And it should be treated that way. By focusing on the right things and by using effective decorating techniques/storage ideas, you can get the most out of your bathroom regardless of how small it is. You can actually have everything you need in there to create a soothing/relaxing spa-like atmosphere by fully effectively utilizing the available space.

#1: Go for the Right Colors



One of the things that you can work on is the current colors of your bathroom. It’s a fact that light colors help in creating the illusion of more space in a small bathroom. By using soft pastels such as blue, green and pink you’ll not only make the bathroom look/appear larger than it is, but you’ll also be able to create more soothing atmosphere since such colors are relaxing.

In case you want to go for the contemporary look,  go for neutral colors for your bathroom walls. Besides that, you can also add some color with “decorative touches” such as counter accessories and towels.

#2: Focus on De-cluttering

Most of us try to de-clutter our homes during the spring break. But what when you want to do it specifically for your small bathroom? The purpose of de-cluttering is to make the most out of the space by taking the regular approach and by using innovative, creative ways to get results.  For example, by removing some of that clutter from the bathroom counters it can help you get rid of the “cramped feeling” from the room.

You can also consider eliminating shelves from your bathroom walls and storing any of your extra towels in your hall linen closet in order to make more space in the small bathroom. Although the pedestal vanity for your bathroom sink could be taking lesser space, it still fails to offer you the storage needed to keep the bathroom free from clutter. So go for one of those bathroom vanities that have an under-sink storage area where cleaning supplies and extra toilet tissue rolls can be stored.



#3: Work on the Shower Stalls

An easy and effective method for producing the “illusion of space” in your small, compact bathroom is to get rid of the bathtub and instead create a nice stand up shower stall. By removing the bathtub, you get more space for standing when showering.

Try and use glass doors that are clear enough to allow the eye to look in the direction of the shower stall so that it gives out an illusion of a larger bathroom. Avoid using solid type shower stall doors as they tend to break up the space, invariably making the bathroom feel smaller. Another good way to create this same illusion is to use one of those clear shower doors/curtains if your bathroom has a bathtub.



#4: Use Large Mirrors

In order to enhance the appearance of size of your bathroom, have a large mirror over the sink. Also, the reflection in this large mirror can and will capture some of the bathroom’s decorative elements, enhancing the illusion of space. In case your bathroom has a low ceiling, it would make sense to use vertical mirrors in order to create an effective illusion of height. The more smartly you make use of mirrors in a bathroom, the better it is.