Before and After: How Smart Storage Transformed our Laundry Room

Before photo of our cluttered laundry room

I've always thought of my laundry room as the most troublesome room in our house. Not only is it narrow, but all of one side is taken up by a washing machine, sink and toilet. Add to that the fact that there are 2 doors that open inward, and the space starts to feel very small indeed.

I'd long ago resigned myself to having a difficult laundry room I didn't enjoy being in. Turns out I couldn't have been more wrong! Continue Reading

Everything You Need to Know to Design the IKEA Closet of Your Dreams

Those Swedes sure do love to organize. Flip through any edition of the IKEA catalog, and the first impression you’ll likely get is: a place for everything, and everything in its place. But don’t our cluttered, modern, go-go-go lifestyles make it seem impossible to live up to this standard? Most especially in that most dreaded place in our homes — the closet. Chances are, if you’re a Curbly reader, you love organization just as much as we do. Continue Reading

23 Affordable Organization Products to Help You Live Your Best Life

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True story: I am a little obsessed with organization. I love my home when it's free of clutter, I do believe heaven is The Container Store, and I get a serious rush when I've folded all my t-shirts just right. Maybe I am a bit on the obsessive side, but I think we all can agree that a clean home is simply an easier one to inhabit. Whether you're feeling overwhelmed by junk, or you're already on a journey towards organizational bliss, this shopping guide is for you.  Continue Reading

10 Ways to Love Your Rental Bathroom

Ugly apartment bathroom solutions: From moldy caulk lines to ugly shower doors, here's one renters take on how to deal with an unsightly restroom.

If you have ever leased a home, you know the struggles that can plague a rental bathroom. Unless it's a brand new building, the restroom is likely going to have a unique set of unfortunate details. I've been a renter for all of my adult life. I've seen my fair share of bizarre bathroom situations – from lime green walls to landline phone accessibility next to the tub (true story). My current apartment bathroom has it's own flaws that over time I've either figured out how to disguise or how to live with. Continue Reading

75 Kids’ Decor Ideas You Can Totally DIY

75 DIY Kids Decor Ideas You Can Totally Do!

Decorating a child's room is such a fun experience. You can go crazy with color, pick animated and adorable elements, and all the furniture is just so tiny. However, these small spaces do come with their own set of unique challenges. As kids grow and change, so do their interests and needs. If you're looking to save money, or are just looking for ways to add your own unique stamp to a room, why not do-it-yourself?  Continue Reading

That’s a Wrap: DIY Storage Ideas for Unruly Wrapping Supplies

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Somehow, the closet in our guest room was bestowed the unique honor of being the gift wrap storage center.  It’s perfectly suitable for the job but, let’s face it, my perpetually sliding stack of paper could use some help.  And don’t even get me started on the ribbons which, as a girl barely pushing 5’4″, are annoyingly out-of-reach.

I know I’m not the only one with A) a wrapping paper hoarding problem and B) a wrapping paper storage problem.  Continue Reading

Built In Stair Step Storage Solution

Am I a little OCD, or does everyone walk into a small, cluttered room and try to figure out how to utilize the above-eye-level wall space?  It’s prime real estate, folks! But the biggest problem: accessibility.

Not any more. Danny Kuo was firing on all creative cylinders when he designed the StairCase.

Part steps, part drawers, part cabinets, it meets all the criteria for high style floor to ceiling storage. The lower drawers are encased in sliding boxes that allow you to step up to reach the higher shelves and cabinets. Continue Reading