Bring Touches of Country to the Kitchen

If your kitchen is undergoing a renovation, or just needs a quick update, consider redecorating it with a country motif. This doesn’t have to mean a galvanized wash basin and antlers on the wall, however. Rather than saturating your kitchen with one theme, try adding in elements of it. Small changes can bring hints of the country inside but without going overboard.

Photo credit: clocksaroundtheworld.com

Details Matter

If the idea of doing too much at once is overwhelming, starting with small changes first can help. Some of the smallest details are what really drive the country idea home. Replace the dusty old wall clock with a rooster kitchen clock. Opt for a wide apron-front sink to add a more rustic feel versus a more modern model. Put a woven rug on the floor. It doesn’t have to be a drastic change to make a huge difference when decorating. 

Color Scheme

Pick color swatches in shades typically associated with the country vibe. Greens and yellows might be an example, or perhaps reds and browns. Whatever the color scheme, give it small “pops” throughout the kitchen before rushing to paint the walls anything bold. Using the chosen colors as a guide, buy coordinating small appliances and dish towels. These can be small, nondescript ways to add color to the kitchen without overdoing it.

Rustic Decor Without Spending Much

Reuse what’s already available and repurpose it to fit the new motif. Turn an unused water jug into a flower vase, or hang pots and pans on the wall instead of hiding them in a cupboard. Be creative with items already within the household and find a way to repurpose them. 

It’s important to be happy with a new kitchen, and going for a particular theme is a bold move. Bring the country motif into the kitchen in subtle ways rather than diving in feet-first. Sometimes in a remodel, less actually is more.

Unique Gifts for Unique People

Gift baskets can be the perfect solution for many people on your gift giving list, but you don’t want to give yet another fruit or cheese basket. Surprise your friends and family with gifts that are as unique as they are. Begin by using some of the following suggestions, or use these ideas to spark your imagination.

Photo credit: cutlery-andblade.com

Focus on a Hobby

Hobbies can make terrific theme for a gift basket. For example, if you have a gamer in your life, use a bin that will hold video games as the basket. Fill it with one amazing trinket such as one of the video game swords for sale online. Next, add accessories like HDMI cords, controllers, or collectibles from their favorite game. Finish it off with a gift card to the local gaming retailer.

Give the Gift of a Night Out

Everyone loves a night out, so why not give one in a basket. Start with a large novelty popcorn bowl. Use shredded paper to create a cushion, and then fill it with microwave popcorn and copies of a couple of classic movies. Include a gift card to the local movie theater as well as one for their favorite restaurant.

Add Excitement to an Upcoming Vacation

If you have overheard a friend or family member talking about an upcoming vacation, use that as your gift basket theme. Instead of a basket, use a small travel cooler. Add your shredded paper filler, and then finish with items related to their destination. For example, if they are heading to Walt Disney World, place some guide books inside along with Disney themed candy, hats, sunglasses, and trinkets. Don’t forget the Disney gift card.

Whether you theme a gift basket around a hobby, a night out, or an upcoming vacation, these unique presents will show your friends and family that you listen and care about them. They will be surprised to find a basket filled with special items that you picked out with them in mind.

5 Simple Home Organization Tips You Can Try Today

As a mother, we always want to spend most of our time with our family, but then we are bombarded with too much work to do and too much clutter to clean. And the best way to optimize your time is to ensure your house stays organized all the time.

Having an organized home saves you time, keeps you sane, and makes every chore easier to do. Though home organization is a tough job that requires time and effort, I would like to share with you my essential organizing tips to effectively conquer home clutter so you can stay on top of life and spend more time with your family.

Use multifunctional furniture

Using multipurpose pieces is one of the best tricks that can save your home a lot of space while providing important functions and sometimes aesthetic values. Choosing these types of furniture over the usual is always a smart move. Some examples are chairs that double as storage and a bed with drawers underneath.

Consider an interior upgrade

Sometimes simple interior design upgrades do the job for reducing clutter in the house. Hide those pesky wires using wire covers, choosing larger furniture over small ones, or simply rearranging the interior helps out a lot.

Manage the clutter

Get used to the habit of throwing away, donating or even selling things you know you won’t be needing anymore. Remove clothes your child isn’t using anymore, and of course, that includes yours as well. Keep seasonal items, such as jackets, summer wear, rain boots in separate plastic containers and place them underneath the bed or at the top of your cabinets. Since these items aren’t needed all year round, you don’t have to add them in your everyday essentials as they also add clutter in the house.

Label, Label, Label

Labeling is one powerful tool to keep everything organized. Put labels on everything, from food in your freezer to spices in the pantry, and from your children’s toys to their school supplies. Plus, labeling is also helpful when you start teaching your child to follow your organization system so they can help you in keeping your house clutter free all the time.

Organize your drawers

Though you might think that stashing your junk in the drawer and keeping them out of sight is an easy way to remove clutter, the truth still stands, a messy drawer kills productivity. Imagine looking for a specific object and have to waste too much time going through a pile of junk, not really a productive practice. This is why you need to start maximizing and optimizing your drawer space. Reuse some old dishes, shoe containers, and trays to act as drawer dividers. This way your pens, keys, clips, and everything in between will have their own spot to live.

So there you have it, moms, five simple home organization tips that you can easily try today so you can start spending more time with your family tomorrow.