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DIY From the Inside Out

Apr 13, 2015 04:49AM ● By Family Features
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For many homeowners, the weekend is their chance to get their house in order, tackling that seemingly endless list of projects that take a little more time. After all, the key to improved function, value and comfort at home requires a plan, some elbow grease and a few simple tips to help you do it yourself. Use these projects as inspiration and make your favorite dwelling spaces shine from the inside out.

Indoor appeal
Enjoying the charm and style of your home should be easy, but everyday life has its way of bringing clutter to every nook and cranny. From the room where you dress and sleep to the special areas where guests stay, here are some ideas for keeping your dwelling spaces organized and tidy.

Master bedroom
Your master bedroom, where you start and end each day, is an extension of you and your lifestyle. Make sure your master closet is equally outfitted to reflect your personal style. Beauty meets function with ClosetMaid’s SuiteSympony line, a DIY laminate product, now available in a contemporary Natural Gray finish. This product is an ideal upgrade for your closet, and can typically be completed in one weekend. Optional accessories include drawers, door fronts, shoe shelves and expandable hang rods. You spent time giving the room character and style — boost the functionality of your closet and free yourself from the mess.

Guest rooms
Especially in a smaller guest space, room to store extra belongings may be at a premium. Whether your goal is to make guests feel more at home or to create overflow storage for your own items, make the most of your closet space. ClosetMaid’s ShelfTrack organizer kit comes with everything you need — wire shelves, hang track, brackets, hardware and hang rods — all in one box. This affordable storage solution works on an adjustable mounting system, which makes it easy to reconfigure shelf space or the entire closet design as your needs change. With the right organizer in place, you and guests will have ample room to stow clothing, suitcases and more.

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Tools for a tidy lawn
Make your yard the envy of your neighbors. The LawnMaster 40V Max Lithium-Ion Starter Kit offers everything you need, including a 12-inch Cordless Grass Trimmer and a 22-inch Cordless Hedge Trimmer. To complete the set with incredible power, a 40V Max Lithium-Ion 2.0 Ah Battery and Quick Charger are included, so you can get the job done quickly. Affordably priced at $235.97, visit for more details.

Simple Space Making Tips
From the garage to the living room, every area of the home is susceptible to clutter. Use your weekend, along with some of these clutter-free solutions, and breathe new life into your spaces.

  • Be a successful sorter. Since tidying up a space requires time and patience, sorting your items can make the task at hand a bit easier. Use large laundry hampers or storage bins and label them as “keep,” “trash,” or “donate/sell.” Ask yourself the last time you used the item in question. If the item hasn’t been touched in years, it may be time to let it go.
  • Start small. The task of organizing an entire room can be daunting, so take baby steps. Direct your attention to sorting one shelf, cabinet or wall at a time, being careful not to move to another area until the first section is complete. When you feel like giving up, look at the space you’ve spruced up to reenergize and refocus on your next tidying task.
  • Keep it up. After you’ve tackled a weekend cleaning session, revisit these once-cluttered areas at least once a month. Spending just 15 minutes to keep areas neat and orderly can save you big time later on.

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