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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Handbag Downsizing

I can't be the only one constantly improving and organizing my handbags. Not only do I worry about the look of the handbag, but I also consider the size. I have a large and a small handbag. 

First, the large handbag is a Madison tote from HSN (below in black). It is massive. I can put my laptop, iPad, and so many other things inside. However, the large the bag, the more I accumulate. My arms were hurting! 


Second, the small Nine & Co. handbag (below in white) that I got from Kohl's is my new go-to handbag. It is very light, it has a nice and easy zipper, and there are few compartments that I have to get confused with.


I have been very successful with handbags from HSN, especially those from designer Joy Mangano. I always get compliments from other women. However, they are large and tend to weigh me down. The prices are good, abut $20 to $40. The Madison tote is on sale today for just $27. If you need a large tote to do it all that does not tear and is made well, this is the one. I think I am going to use my small handbag much more.

Diana


Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Guest Room

I have had family member after family member stay with me in the last few weeks. The guest room has had a workout. I treat each guest the same, family or not.

1. Stock the guest bathroom with unopened toiletries:  toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, tampons/maxi pads, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, loofah sponge, bar soap, toilet paper, and fresh towels.

2. Provide new magazines in the guest room. This can include a couple of small novels.

3. Provide at least 10 hangers in the closet.

4. Purchase new pillows for the guest room bed. Dust mites are a very real thing.

The guest room in your home should be better and cleaner than any hotel room. Provide guests with as much care as you would expect in top tier hotel. Other things to remember:

5. Stock the refrigerator with fresh fruit, a veggie tray, and other grab-and-go items. Guests hate to bother the homeowners when they are hungry off meal hours.

6. Stock the pantry with cereal, oatmeal, bread, cookies, and chips. Again, grab-and-go items that they don't need to ask permission to take.

7. Leave a notecard in the laundry room with instructions on how to use the machines. This is especially helpful for out-of-the-country visitors. Yes, other countries have different machines, settings, and soaps.

Lastly, and it goes without saying, keep noise to a minimum, let the guest always have the remote, and always ask if you can get them something to drink. Being courteous goes a very long way.

Diana

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Statement Necklaces

I have been on a hunt for low-priced statement necklaces to fill my wardrobe for Summer. Since I knew I needed a lot of necklaces, I searched countless Twitter and YouTube feeds. One lucky day, I found out about 10dollarmall.com. I immediately purchased pretty necklaces for $1.99 to $4.99. I also purchased a purse, but that came with a defect. The necklaces are perfect and exactly what I was looking for. At stores like Target or Kohls, chunky necklaces are over $10 a piece.

Below are photos of the necklaces. The order shipped in the matter of three days of placement, and I chose the $5 shipping option (USPS). If you are looking for something similar, visit the site. Let me know what you find.

Diana


Sunday, May 5, 2013

Small Laundry Room Organization

Organizing small spaces are hard enough, but a high-traffic room is much harder. The laundry room which connects the house to the garage is the highest-traffic room in the home. Not only do we use that door as the main door, but also it is a catch-all: shoes, keys, mail, cleaning supplies, and tools.

The room is 58 square feet, which is about the size of a bathroom. It is narrow and allows a bit of walking room in front of the washer and dryer. Formerly, I was using the one wire shelf above the w/d to store detergent and other supplies. I had a hard time reaching for these items, so I purchased a six-inch, four-tier rolling cart for $21 from The Container Store. To keep from compulsive shopping, I only go the TCS for certain items. This cart was a must have. It is perfect for so many rooms, such as the laundry rooms, bathrooms, and garages. Since it is very light weight, heavier items should be placed at the bottom.

I am still working on organizing the wire shelf. I purchased two stackable shoe racks from Walmart for $20 each. They are perfect for beside the door.

How are you organizing small spaces on a shoestring?

Diana