Cabinets and doors are things we open and close every day. But what lurks behind those closed doors that are not visible to the eye? Storage! Think of all of the potential space that could be utilized to make your home a cleaner and more organized place. I have hunted down some of the most creative and accessible options to help create your hidden storage areas from around the web (and Pinterest of course).
Better Homes & Gardens suggests using none other than a shoe organizer, which in this case has been labelled and re-purposed to hold anything from pencils to kitchen utensils. Shoe organizers are also a great option in children’s closets to hold dolls, toy cars, or stuffed animals.
This super crafty option from Infarrantly Creative saves you the drawer space and hassle of searching for measuring cups while attempting to remember measurement conversions.
The Story of Home Blog has provided a door storage option for wrapping items.
The insides of cabinets and doors can be painted and crafted to match any decor. Chalkboard paint can be used inside of cabinets to add a hidden family calendar or message board.
Things that can be stored behind doors are endless and range from hiding messy office papers to storing cleaning products under the sink so they are easy to find. If you are looking for more ways to utilize door space, Infarrantly Creative offers 4 other equally crafty options on their blog http://www.infarrantlycreative.net/2011/08/5-ways-to-organize-with-cabinet-doors.html and The Story of Home also offers other ways to secretly store items behind cabinets at http://www.thestoryofhome.com/2012/02/use-door.html.
The next time you are rummaging through the kitchen cupboards or closets, ask yourself if these creative storage options would work for you.
Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!
Clotheslines are an amazing way to save money and energy for laundry purposes and contribute to a greener lifestyle. If you have your clothesline at home and use it to dry laundry, why not use it and the accompanying accessories for other creative purposes? Now you can incorporate your old clotheslines and clothespins into your Valentine’s Day Festivities and present ideas.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day by using your clothesline and clothespins to decorate the house. When your kids bring home all of their valentines from school or you collect Valentine’s cards from friends and family, they can be showcased by hanging them on a clothesline. If its nice outside, you can even use a clothesline as the center of the party and hang Valentines or cut out hearts from the lines.
These adorable Valentine’s Day cards with clothespin candy holders can be made in any colour or for any holiday http://simplykierste.com/2010/01/clothespin-valentines.html
Decorate clothespins with hearts to close treat bags with this Martha Stewart tutorial http://www.marthastewart.com/271608/clothespin-valentine
Using clotheslines and clothespins for holiday crafts can help introduce family and friends to the idea of clotheslines while saving money through crafting.
Categories: Clotheslines, Crafts, Eco-friendly, Green Living, Home Decor, Uncategorized
Tags: clothesline, clothespins, crafts, decorate, holidays, valentine, Valentine's Day
Turn green this Valentines Day, and not with jealousy. Saving money and the environment by choosing homemade and Eco-friendly gifts will leave you feeling and having more green in a holiday dominated by red. The following websites have provided some amazing ideas to make or recycle gifts for anyone in your family.
The Daily Green offers an extensive list of green and Eco Valentines Day ideas such as Fair Trade items (with proceeds going to charities around the globe) and where to find organic flowers.
Casa Diseno provides DIY Valentines Day gift ideas on a budget. Some of the ideas and tutorials include homemade tea bags, sharpie mugs and themed pillows.
Martha Stewart seems to always come up with current Valentines Day crafts and this year is no different. Browse the 33 suggestions she gives for homemade gifts including felt coffee cup sleeves, heart shaped pot holders, and homemade candy wrappers.
If you are looking for ideas that help the community and others, why not adopt an animal? Name a tree in an arboretum, or donate to a community cause. Next week at Greenway Home Products we will be having a bake sale with proceeds going to local charity organizations..stay tuned for pictures.
Categories: Crafts, Eco-friendly, Green Living, Home, Uncategorized
Tags: crafts, Eco-friendly, gifts, green, homemade, recycle, Valentine's Day, valentines
With so many ideas on the internet, sometimes you have to wonder how they are all made and if you personally can make them. There are a couple of great websites which show how to make original DIY projects.
Want to start a home project? Ever wondered how something you saw was made? Instructables is a self explanatory website that provides instructions on how to make/do almost any project in the books, all uploaded by users with pictures of their finished projects.
The Family Man is a specific section of the Instructables website which provides answers for all home remodeling questions.http://www.instructables.com/group/familyhandyman
The DIY Network is another site that offers home improvement help, complete with a blog and pictures uploaded by fans. http://www.diynetwork.com/
Do It Yourself, similarly to the DIY Network, provides inspiration and instructions for home projects from making your own aquarium stand to how to level a basement floor. http://www.doityourself.com/
So many ideas, so little time!
Categories: Crafts, Design, GHP, Home, House Renovations, Uncategorized
Tags: crafts, DIY, home, ideas, instructables, projects, remodeling
The world wide web is riddled with pictures of fireplace mantel decorations for every theme and holiday possible. But seeing a picture and executing it properly or within your budget seems daunting. This blog provides great insight and information on how to put together a personalized fireplace mantel showcase. This tutorial can be created on both electric or wood burning fireplaces, all you need is a mantel!
For some inspiration pictures of decorated fireplace mantels visit our Pinterest page to see some of our favorites at http://pinterest.com/greenwayhp/mantel-decor-inspiration/
Categories: Crafts, Design, Fireplace Mantels, GHP, Home, Uncategorized
Tags: decorate, decoration, electric fireplace, fireplace, home, mantel, tutorial
People love to give and receive unique Christmas cards but what do you do with them once the season has passed? Recycle and reuse your Christmas and other greeting cards in creative ways. Turn them into a memorable book or follow these other great ideas at http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/5-ideas-for-old-greeting-cards-177636 to transform beautiful cards into fun crafts!
FRIDAY FUN FACT: You can find some of the best green gifts of the year on the Green Living Green Gift Guide 2012. The guide is divided into categories including gifts for kids, gifts for fashion lovers, and gifts for pets among many others. Check it out now to find those last minute Eco-conscious gifts for everyone on your list!
Creative handmade gifts for everyone on your list from fabric coffee sleeves to candles and pillows. Find these and more great ideas at http://www.bhg.com/christmas/crafts/handmade-gifts-for-friends/
If you have a non-working fireplace in your home, it doesn’t have to be an eye sore. With these 10 creative ways to decorate a non-working fireplace, it can be easily transformed into a stunning focal point. Some of the ideas that Freshome provides include making the space into shelves, a wine bottle rack, a storage area for books, and even a place to exhibit paintings. Individualize your non-working mantel to fit any room or restore it with an electric firebox!
Categories: Crafts, Design, Fireplace Mantels, Home, Uncategorized
Tags: creative, decor, fireplace, Freshome, home, ideas, mantel, non working fireplace