Separating kids from their clutter can seem like a never-ending task. The solution? These 6 creative, fun ways to stash, store, and show off your child's most precious stuff.
1. Try Bunk Beds
Look for beds that come with storage options built-in, like drawers and shelves. Toys and art supplies can be tucked away underneath the bed, while books can be at arm's reach for a little bit of pre-sleepy time reading.
2. Curate an Instant Art Gallery
Exhibit the latest works from your mini-Monet with an interactive and casual display made of a clothes-drying rack attached to the wall. Use clothespins and binder clips to proudly show off art projects, family photos, magazine clippings, and the ubiquitous photo booth spread.
Plus: 12 great kitchen-organizing ideas »
3. Create a Sports Storage Zone
This wooden container provides storage for items as diverse as pool toys and stuffed animals. A quick coat of paint ensures that it has a decorative place in your child's room.
4. Take Advantage of a
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Q. Our family just adopted a cat, and my husband and I are debating whether she should stay indoors all the time or go out during the day. What are your thoughts?
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You don't need to invest in a huge remodel to re-do your kitchen. Try these 15 clever design ideas to give your favorite room a fabulous face lift.Read More »from 15 Easy Ways to Update Your Kitchen
1. Vary Textures
Give instant visual interest to your kitchen by mixing and matching multiple materials and textures. In this kitchen, cream-colored custom kitchen cabinets lighten the space and add contrast to the steel stove. The island is made of repurposed cypress wood.
2. Stick to One Splurge
To indulge the splurge on marble countertops, these homeowners saved elsewhere by keeping the original room layout and plumbing as is. Off-the-shelf cabinets and inexpensive tile also help cut costs.
3. Show off Collectibles
Free up cabinet space, and create a clever spot for collectibles, with above-window shelving. This kitchen gets additional warmth from cherry counters, an antique island, gingham-check wallpaper, and an apron sink.
Plus: See 70+ kitchen design ideas »
4. Embrace Contrast
Honed black granite countertops and black-painted
Have heap of mismatched plates gathering dust in the basement? Dig 'em out! Antiques and vintage collectibles are meant to be seen and enjoyed, so here are 5 ways to live comfortably with loads of vintage finds.Read More »from 5 Ways to Declutter Your Collections
There never seems to be cabinet space deep enough to hold platters, so make an artful asset of hard-to-store goods. Here, we used a custom plate rack to displays the oversize dishes.
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Bring baubles into the light. Instead of stashing jewelry in a drawer or box -- where it tends to get tangled and forgotten -- corral bangles in vessels, like these McCoy planters. To devise the perfect spot for beaded bracelets, cover particle board in gift wrap, then pop it into an antique frame. Hang each sparkler from a pretty bridal-bouquet pushpin to complete the look.
Put treasures to work. Stacked up, vintage suitcases read as a single unit of furniture, like a cabinet. And this gorgeous grouping doesn't just
Try these smart organization tips to make your kitchen pantry as beautiful -- and useful -- as any other room in your house.Read More »from 5 Ways to Organize Your Kitchen Pantry
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1. Add Instant Messaging
If your household schedules need as much organizing as your dry goods, consider turning the pantry into a full-scale message center. We painted this pantry door's top panel with chalkboard paint to keep notes easily visible.
2. Make a Great Entrance
Show off a kitchen pantry by fitting it with an eye-catching exterior door, perhaps painted in a bright color, like the screen door above. But remember: If the interior will be on view, you'll want to keep the contents looking picture perfect.
Plus: 70+ amazing kitchen design ideas »
3. Create Sliding Drawers
No room for a dedicated pantry? Cabinet manufacturers offer slide-out units that fit into standard base-cabinet openings, or gaps between cabinets. This pantry, from Kraftmaid, is just nine inches wide.
4. Try a Floor-to-Ceiling Pantry
Treat your sweetheart to an intimate dinner with rich, decadent dishes and sweet, tasty desserts, the perfect combination for an unforgettable Valentine's Day!Read More »from Romantic Valentine's Day Menu
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1. Elisa's Champagne Cocktail
Start off with this delicious cocktail, made with great champagne, budget brut, and garnished with an orange or lemon peel.
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2. Shrimp Bisque with Bourbon
This flavorful cream soup, garnished with shrimp, makes a fancy introduction to your romantic meal. Because of its richness, you could even make this your main course.
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3. Lamb Chops with Mint Gremolata
You only need five ingredients (plus salt and pepper) for this Italian meal for two -- lamb chops, olive oil, mint, garlic, and lemon -- making it a perfectly easy and impressive dish.
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4. Deep Chocolate Pudding
It wouldn't be a romantic dinner without an
These classic game-day recipes are sure to score high points at your Super Bowl party, no matter who you're rooting for!Read More »from 7 Classic Super Bowl Party Recipes
1. Pigs In a Blanket
Nothing will get the crowd going louder than this all-star appetizer. Use frozen pastry dough and all-beef hot dogs for these mouth-watering bites.
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2. Mini Portobello Burgers
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3. Crunchy Rosemary Potato Chips
Don't get stuck with the last bag of crumpled chips from the grocery store. Just one teaspoon of chopped fresh rosemary lends explosive flavor to these quick-frying potato chips.
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4. Chicken Fingers
These pretty projects are perfect for Valentine's Day. Make them for your sweetie, your friends, your kids, or yourself!Read More »from 5 DIY Valentine's Day Gift Ideas
Plus: 7 more craft ideas for the romantic holiday »
Wear your heart on your sleeve. Transform any sweater into a romantic fashion statement by tweaking store-bought elbow patches. See our easy 3-step instructions »
2. Homespun Pincushions
This nifty project pairs up fabric scraps and heart-shaped cookie cutters to make custom pincushions any seamstress will love. To make, see our step-by-step directions »
3. Snappy Bow Bracelet
It's a cinch to craft this arm candy from a strip of leather. Download, print, and cut out our bracelet templates, and start crafting!
4. Custom Jewelry Box
Follow our three easy steps to bring personality and purpose to a plain craft-store box. Give the personalized jewelry box to your mom, best friend, or daughter--and maybe stash something sparkly inside!
5. Paper Airplane Love Notes
Give your love notes a lift, and take
These fun and simple projects will not only give you something fun to work on, they'll also help declutter your life!Read More »from 10 Craft Projects to Help You Stay Organized
Plus: 10 practically free craft ideas »
1. Profile Bulletin Boards
profile bulletin board
2. Almost-Instant Message Board
Repurpose a Sewing Kit
4. Sink Skirt
5. Storage Shelf
We'll show you 12 ways to avoid a fumble and score major points with football fans at your Super Bowl party.
Plus: 38 tasty Super Bowl party food ideas »
DO: Vary Your Drink Options
Beer may be synonymous with football (we blame the beer ads that play during every commercial break), but it isn't everyone's first choice. Make Orange-Ginger Margaritas or Passion Fruit Mojitos by the pitcher and be sure to have a few bottles of red wine on hand.
DON'T: Forget to Prepare for Spills
Cheering can get rowdy, so booze and food are bound to fumble onto the couch or carpet at some point. Create a preemptive strike against stains by removing rugs to expose hardwood floors, which are easier to clean. In case of a stain, try one of these cleaning solutions.
DO: Stock Up on Classic Sports Snacks
Peanuts, pretzels, and chips are practically mandatory on game day. Upgrade the basics with these Spiced Nuts and Crispy Rosemary Potato Chip recipes.
DON'T: Skimp on Hearty Foodsfood
Sports fans need Read More »from 12 Super Bowl Party Do's and Don'ts