Create More Room for Storage this Spring

Tips for How To Create More Room For Storage

If the old saying that you can “never be too rich or too thin” were re-written for a home, it would say you can never have too much storage. Time and time again, houses are short on precious space to hold all our belongings. So, while you’re decluttering this spring, why not take a look at where you can add some more storage?

With the right furnishings, you can literally create more space in your home. Furniture should be put to work and the furnishings that do double and triple duty are good choices. For instance, if you’re thinking of adding a new coffee table, opt for one with storage. Another good choice for your home is to select pieces, such as small chests, to stand in for side tables and consoles. Sofa tables that have shelves or storage are a better option than tables that only have legs. A long, thin dresser used as a sofa table, can anchor the room and offer valuable storage.

Create more function from your furnishings by making them do double duty. A short filing cabinet can be fitted with a round top and table skirt and stand in as both a table and filing cabinet. Or, add a round skirted table to store items out of sight. A collection of pretty hat boxes can be used on top of an armoire for decoration and hold papers or other items.

Rolling storage carts can be put into closets for jewelry or lingerie and can be added to coat closets to store hats, gloves and scarves. Another option is to add wire drawers to create more drawer storage in the closet, add shelf dividers to make your shelf more useable and, if space is available, add a second shelf for more storage.

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If your ceilings are tall, it may even be possible to add a clothes rod up high for seasonal clothing. Storage bins and boxes are still more ways to add more storage to your closet. Homes often need more storage, but by being resourceful and using the storage space you have more creatively, you can greatly improve the amount of storage in your home with just some simple changes.

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Guest Post by Kathryn Weber, author of Living Space: Simple Steps to Transform Your Home

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kathryn Weber is the publisher of the Red Lotus Letter feng shui e-zine for wealth, and writes Living Space, a nationally syndicated newspaper column on decorating for Tribune Media Services. A lifelong Texan, she approaches the home with her true-to-Texas style — no fussy froo-froo stuff going on here. She developed the Red Lotus feng shui jewelry line for Home Shopping Network where almost all her styles quickly became customer favorites. Candid and straightforward, Kathryn has written two scripts, two newspaper columns, multiple features, and over 500 weeks of ezines.

Her family and home are her world—and she shares it with three rescue pets. She’s been happily married over 20 years to a guy she met on a desert island working with chemical weapons. In fact, domestic terrorists stealing chemical weapons were the subject of her first screenplay in 1995. “On Edge” was a quarter finalist in Action Scripts for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. Her son, Steve, is an avid traveler, hunter and fisherman who enjoys golfing with his dad and homeschooling with mom. Kathryn has a degree in English from the University of Texas at San Antonio where she grew up. A fifth generation Texan, she’s a straight-shooter and a trusted friend.

The Entrepreneur Revolution

This is, without doubt, one of the most exciting times to be living and working. The 21st century millionaire looks very different to the millionaires of the past. No longer do you have to be male, from the ‘right’ family, and running a multi national organization to be a millionaire. The person who walked past you yesterday on the street, the person in front of you in the queue to get your morning coffee this morning could likely be one of today’s entrepreneur millionaires – or on the way to becoming one.

And, guess what? They are not all men!

Welcome to the entrepreneur revolution. A ‘job for life’ has not existed for many years now, but most people are having a hard time catching up with that fact. The portfolio career has come into its own. This revolution is perfectly positioned to tap into everything that women do exceptionally well, quite naturally and unconsciously and without any stress.

Why? Because we were born to multi task in our sleep, our default communication style is one of collaboration and sharing, our natural characters are empowering and inspiring, we automatically see the best in everyone, we know how to operate on minimum sleep and maximum distraction and still get the job done, and we have creativity and vision coming out of our pores.

The Body Shop was devised over a cup of tea around the kitchen table, and look what happened with that idea!
By its very nature, the entrepreneur revolution is the perfect fit for the 21st century woman. The woman who has given up the ridiculous vision of previous generations of being super woman, rather the woman who knows what she wants, appreciates her value and power, is prepared to ask for what she needs, is able to stand in the centre of her own magnificence without blame or guilt and has the ability to change the world whilst changing nappies at the same time!

Welcome to our time! And it’s about time frankly! Enough with waiting in the wings for our curtain call, we can do our own calling thanks very much! However, we can live our lives our way whilst keeping our bras on – it would be a disaster for all concerned if I took mine off! We no longer have to mimic male testosterone driven character traits to be successful. We can now embrace our fabulous female character traits with pride and know with every cell of our bodies that we will succeed, flourish and blossom as a result.

We have the passion, the vision and the determination to make the most of this entrepreneur climate, we are in control of how business will run in the future and we are responsible for creating the healthy future for the women coming up behind us to step into.

No longer do we have to wait to be ‘seen’ as being good at our jobs to get the promotion and salary we deserve, as entrepreneurs we set our own salaries and always know we will be paid what we are worth.

All businesses will benefit from female entrepreneurs as we crate a catalyst for change wherever we go, we introduce the benefits of collaboration and inclusion that even the most established multi national organizations cannot ignore.

One of the tracks of my life is Sisters are doing it for themselves by Annie Lennox and Aretha Franklin. That song was released a couple of decades ago, but now we are really living the message, with passion, conviction and power.

This is the time to step into the spotlight of your magnificence and shine. The world needs you!

Guest post written by: Katie Day

katie dayAbout Katie:

Katie Day is now on her 2nd book The Heart of Business continuing on from the The High-Heeled Leader: Embrace Your Feminine Power In Life And Work
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Katie is currently working on some very exciting projects, as well as her new training program from her 2nd book. This very successful program around Unclogging the Arteries of Business and creating workability and love in the work place has been a big hit with small business as well as large corporate company’s.

Guest Post: Back-to-School with Cheryl Burke of Dancing With The Stars

Take a Shine to These Back-to-School Shoe Saving Ideas

Celebrity Ballroom Dancer Cheryl Burke Reveals How to Send Your Children Back to School in Style

As children are preparing to return to school this fall, this season’s television celebrity dancing stars are also heading back to the studio dance floors.  I know I perform better when I look my best, so it’s no secret that children perform better in school when they look and feel their very best too. One way parents can help children put their best foot forward this fall – and to make the most of year’s clothing budget – is to make sure their shoes stay clean and new, and protected from the harsh elements – rain, snow, sleet, etc. Caring for your child’s shoes takes only a few minutes for long-lasting protection and savings that can last through the school year.

As a professional dancer, I always make sure my shoes are in tip-top shape – both on the dance floor and in my everyday life. Just because my shoes may look tired from last season – doesn’t mean I break the bank to replace them. There are simple, wallet-friendly steps I take to extend the life of my shoes – while ensuring they still look good. The best part is, they are easy and can be applied to almost any shoe so moms can follow my tips to keep their kids’ shoes in star condition this fall.

  • Save the Suede. If your child’s winter shoe of choice is the popular suede boot, it’s important to protect that investment and make sure they are ready for the upcoming cold weather. KIWI Shoe Care

    Suede Shoe Care Kit by KIWI

    has a line of protectors that work to create an invisible shield over shoes allowing them to weather the storm and stay protected against water and stains throughout the winter months. These are great products and I use them on all of my suede boots to keep them in good shape. It even works for backpacks and other types of bags.

  • Keep Sneakers White. Keeping sneakers clean is always tough – even if you just wear them to run or go to the gym, like me. We all know how dirty children’s sneakers can get from playing outdoors and how frustrating it can be when they look ruined – especially if they are brand new. KIWI Fast Acting Cleaner will keep your child’s sneakers in tip-top shape. It will quickly and effectively remove grass stains from sneakers to keep them clean and presentable – and can be used on multi-materials in all colors.
  • Change the Laces. Old, dirty laces can make a shoe appear to be in worse condition than it actually

    Cleaning Kit by KIWI

    is. Changing sneaker laces every once in a while helps to keep your child’s shoes looking fresh and new. Tie shoes with strong, abrasion resistant laces so that your child’s shoes survive more than just one season. Or, to bring new life to your child’s shoes swap out the white laces for a brighter color. I know I always loved fun, colorful laces when I was in school!

  • Shine it Up. Just like parents, kids need to keep their shoes looking shiny and new, especially when there is a special function at school like a concert or dance. With KIWI Express Shine™ Sponges and wipes, kids can easily and completely shine their shoes no matter how much – or how little – time they have. Plus, moms can keep wipes in their purse and car for last minute messes.

For additional tips on protecting and caring for your best shoes or for information on the KIWI products I use to keep my shoes in star condition, visit www.KIWIcare.com.

Many thanks to Cheryl for these wonderful tips!  Cheryl’s photo www.strictlycheryl.com.  Kiwi product photos from KIWIcare.com.