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Books can always make a home more unique and inviting and the way you present your books can have a big impact on the style and overall feeling of your home. A great bookshelf that you can make yourself is the spine bookshelf. Although you can buy this bookshelf, building it yourself will save you money and allow you to personalize it to your specific qualifications.
The first thing you’ll need is wood. Go to your local home improvement store and pick up a 2×4 that is the length that you need. This will be the “spine” of your bookshelf and will eventually be screwed into the wall. Then pick out some sturdy planks that your books will rest on. Get as many as you need. Be sure to check that they are wide enough for your books to rest on. While you’re at the home improvement store, pick up some heavy-duty screws.
Next, prime and paint! The color and texture of your paint will enhance the style of your home, so choose wisely!
Finally, screw the planks of wood onto the 2×4 at the desired widths and screw the spine into the wall.
Whether you place your new spine bookshelf in your family room or your child’s bedroom, it will doubtlessly bring a distinctive, chic style that will brighten any room.
Check out our Pinterest page for more unique home décor!
Summer is a time for fun with your kids with projects and activities. Whether it’s going to the pool or indoor board games, taking time to be with your kids is always important. A great project to do with and for your kids is to make personalized chalkboards! They can spruce up bedrooms, kitchens, or even front porches!
What you’ll need:
- A pretty frame (look at flea markets or second hand stores for cool and unique ones)
- Particle board to use as your chalkboard
- Chalkboard paint
- A roller to apply the paint
1. Outline the unique shape of your frame onto the particleboard and use the saw to cut out the shape. (Be sure to keep the saw out of reach of the kids.) If your frame already comes with a board, just sand it down so it’s smooth.
2. Apply the primer to the board. Let dry.
3. Apply the chalkboard paint to the board. (You can either buy chalkboard paint from any home improvement store, or you can make your own with your choice of color with this tutorial via A Beautiful Mess blog.) Let dry for three days before writing on the board.
Whether it’s in the office, entertainment center, or garage, power cords are messy and always in the way, and in this electronic dominating age, the cords are endless. Luckily, getting them out of sight and out of mind is easy and inexpensive.
1. Identify your cords with labels. With the mess of cords around an entertainment system or office, it is easy to mistake cords. With cord labels, you will never have to unplug the wrong cord again.
2. Gather the slack with cable ties. Most of the mess with cords comes from the length. Tie them up and reduce almost all of the clutter! While you can use regular zip ties to get the job done, reusable ties can be used hundreds of times without being cut.
3. Have a lot of gadgets to charge? Hide the cords with a DIY foam pipe insulator. Just slice the foam down the length and store the cords inside with the ends hanging out the slit. The Unclutterer blog has step-by-step photos to help you.
4. Store extension cords in a paper towel tube. This is great for the garage, where extension cords can hang on a pegboard. It may not be the most attractive thing in the world, but it can make your slew of extension cords a lot more manageable.
5. Keep laptop and phone chargers at hand with binder clips. Simply release one clamp, slip the cord through, and clip it onto your desk! This is a simple, but effective way to keep your cords where you want them. Check out lihab’s Flickr set for step-by-step photos.
6. Keep the cords off the floor with a wire basket (aka cable tray). Snake cords under your desk and through a wire basket. By sticking the wire basket to the underside of your desk, you keep the cords off the floor and create a clean, uncluttered work area.
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Is your schedule becoming too chaotic with the coming of summer? Do you find yourself overworked and stretched thin between all of your appointments and to-do lists?
It might be time for a new way of scheduling.
Effective scheduling is crucial for an organized life, and here at Classy Closets we love organization. Scheduling isn’t just about packing as much into your day as possible. It’s about time management and planning.
With help from She Knows Living and Mrs. January, we have a few tips to help you organize your schedule.
1. Start tracking your time: Begin noting how long daily tasks take, including commuting, eating, social media, and errands.
2. Cut out time-wasters: After a week of tracking your time management, start cutting out wasteful activities that are counter-productive to your goals. Things like social media scrolling and TV watching are usually unnecessary and can be set aside until all of the “must do” items are completed.
3. Stay focused: Time management is key to a successful schedule. Don’t get distracted by other daunting tasks that lie ahead. Stay in the moment and work on one task at a time.
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