Affordable Ways to Keep Your Home Organized


Organization is an important part of owning a home, but at times it is not an easy task. It is common for homeowners to become overwhelmed as stuff accumulates and starts to take over the home, especially if there is no order or organization, but many homeowners are not willing to tackle an organization project because of the time and effort that it takes. While organizing a home is a lot of work, once the project is complete, it is much easier to keep the home organized and clean, and homeowners rarely regret it. Here are some helpful tips for organizing your home.

Kitchen organization

The kitchen is the best place to start when organizing your home, because it is the center of the home where everything seems to accumulate and clutter up. Empty drawers, cupboards, shelves, the fridge and pantries and get rid of items that do not need to be in the kitchen. Purchase organization tools such as baskets and drawer organizers that will help you keep your kitchen organized. Buzzfeed suggests installing lazy susans in your pantry and refrigerator to open up space as well as keep your items organized and easy to find. If you need more cupboard space, install hooks in the cupboards to hang mugs from and open up space for dishes and other items.

Closet organization

If you are already working with small closets, there is not enough room for unnecessary clutter. Clothing hangers take up a lot of valuable room, so consider installing a slide out rack for belts, scarves and ties. Slide out racks are easy and affordable to install, and while they look like they take up space, the actually save a lot of closet and drawer space. Shoe organizers do not have to be just for shoes. Use them as an organization tool for utility closets to hold toilet paper or paper towel rolls. Hang racks on the back of closet doors to hold cleaners and other products that take up cabinet or closet space. You might even consider hanging hooks on the back of doors to hold purses, bags and other items that are hard to find a home for.

Storage organization

Finding storage space can be a nightmare, but it does not have to be. If you have exposed beams, install wire shelving underneath them to create storage shelves for bins and other items. Create more storage in cupboards by using stylish baskets to store cutting boards, baking pans and cooling racks. You can also open up drawer space by installing a tension rod to keep your lids and other small items in place.  Get creative when storing items. Recycle products like egg cartons to use as drawer organizers to hold jewelry, nail polish and other small items.

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Increasing the Curb Appeal of Your Home

Homeowners often forget that the look of the exterior of your home is just as important as the look of the interior.  It is easy to become caught up in making sure the interior of your home is perfectly updated and decorated, and forget about the exterior completely.  The exterior of your home should never be forgotten because it is the first impression of your home, and just like all first impressions, you want it to be a good one.  Here are some easy upgrades for the exterior of your home that are sure to create an inviting look.

Updates to the home

Homes are built to withstand harsh weather and climates, but that does not mean that they will look good all of the time.  As homes age and take beatings from weather conditions, they need extra tender love and care every once in a while.  Your home should be power washed at least once a year to keep it looking fresh and new as well as prevent problems that weather, dirt and grime can cause.  If your home is looking drab, consider brightening it up with window boxes, shutters or other features that can make windows shine and add some character to the home.

Updates to the landscape

Obviously a yard needs to be taken care of by mowing the grass and planting and maintaining flowers, bushes and trees.  A yard should be inviting, and you can make it that way by adding special features such as a tree bench for shaded seating.  If you plan on spending a lot of time in your front or back yard, add mood lighting for late summer nights that will be enough to allow people to see without taking away from the beauty of the night sky.  Draw eyes to your beautiful landscape by displaying your house numbers in a creative way such as on old flower pots that sit on your front porch, or a bench next to the porch.  Creativity is essential to bringing your home landscape to life.

Updates that hide eye sores

Hiding eye sores is vital for curb appeal.  Listotic suggests keeping your trash bins hidden one way or another.  If you cannot fit your garbage cans into your garage, consider building a small fence or shed to house them without looking tacky.  Air conditioners are also nothing pretty to look at, but can be easily covered up with a small lattice fence, siding or paneling.  Believe it or not, front doors have a major role when it comes to curb appeal.  Sometimes all a front door needs is a fresh coat of paint, other times it should be replaced completely.  Consider changing the doorknob and locks to give your front door a makeover, and prevent it from being the biggest eye sore of your home.

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Eight home improvement ideas guaranteed to add value to your home

When remodeling, most homeowners are focused solely on what they want out of their newly remodeled home. That’s all well and good if you’re absolutely certain you’ll stay in your home for many years to come. But if you plan on selling down the road, and even if there’s a chance you may sell, you also need to think about added home value when remodeling. Some home improvement projects recoup most of their costs in added home value while others tend to drain your bank account with much of a return on your investment. Here are eight home improvement projects that will practically pay for themselves.

If you plan to sell

1. Minor kitchen remodel. Spending around $10,000 for a minor kitchen remodel is usually a very safe investment if you do it right. Though it might seem like a more expensive, full kitchen makeover would be even better, real estate experts say that’s not the case. You tend to recoup less of your initial cost when you try to do too much.

2. Master bathroom. The same rules apply for the master bathroom. You don’t want to go overboard but a minor remodel costing around $10,000 is a safe investment. That should be enough for new countertops, new fixtures, and a frameless glass shower enclosure.

3. Paint. Repainting your home’s interior is a very cost effective to boost your home’s value. If you have the time, it’s a project you can do yourself to make your investment even better. You can even turn a profit.

4. Carpet. Unless your carpet is very new, replacing it before selling is always a good idea. Just keep in mind that the carpet’s color can be a huge turn off to potential buyers so make sure you stick with a neutral shade that’s a safer bet.

5. Curb appeal. Some minor landscaping projects is another cost effective way to boost your home’s value. This one’s a no-brainer. Trim the hedges, make sure you lawn is nice and green. Plant some new bushes and flowers. Replace the wood chips in your planter area. Upgrade your porch lighting and house numbers, replace the front door and mailbox and you’re in business.

6. Increase square footage. A sure fire way to add value to your home is to add to its square footage. If you’ve got a relatively small room that shares a wall with your backyard, why not push it out? Add some French doors and a small backyard deck and you’ve got more square footage.

If you plan to stay

Even if you don’t plan on selling, there are home improvement projects that will pay for themselves.

7. Heating and air conditioning systems. Upgrading your heating and air conditioning systems is a great way to cut your monthly spending on electricity.

8. Solar panels. Depending on where you live, having solar panels installed on your roof may be a great way to save some money on energy bills. Not only will your monthly expenses be lower, but you may qualify for some tax breaks as well. Your utilities provider may even buy the excess power you produce.

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Things to consider before a DIY remodel

More and more homeowners are opting to do remodeling projects themselves. One big reason for this is to save some money and get the most out of their remodeling budget. But another reason is that many homeowners enjoy the satisfaction of getting their hands dirty and being personally involved in the improvement of their homes. Whatever your reasons for wanting to tackle a DIY remodel, here are some things you’ll want to think about first.


Many homeowners have been injured while attempting to do remodeling work on their own. Injuries can be relatively minor but can also be very serious or even fatal. A good rule of thumb is to avoid doing any work yourself if professionals who specialize in that work are required to have a license. If you do want to tackle it yourself, make sure you follow all directions and safety procedures and that you know how to safely use all of the equipment required for the job.


Homeowners would be wise to remember that time is money. Ask yourself if the amount of time that it will take you to do a given project is worth the savings in money. If you’re hoping to get a project done before the holidays, ask yourself if it’s feasible to make that deadline working by yourself. Rushing a project will result in cut corners and shoddy work so if you don’t have the time to do the project right, hire professionals who will.


Though cost is usually one of the main reasons homeowners cite for wanting to do a remodel themselves, it can also be one of the main reasons they shouldn’t. If a project will require a lot of specialized tools that will sit in the attic collecting dust afterwards, it may be more cost effective to hire a professional who already has the tools. If mistakes can be costly and will need to be fixed by professionals, you’re better off hiring a professional to begin with.

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Four hidden home remodeling costs

If there’s one thing that every home remodeling project has in common, it’s that it tends to cost more than you plan for. That’s because in every remodeling project there are hidden costs and unforeseen setbacks that force you to go over your budget. Remodeling experts recommend setting aside a little extra, at least 10% more than you expect the remodel to cost, so that you’re prepared for anything. Here are four of the most common hidden remodeling costs.

Behind the walls and beneath the floors

The most common unforeseen remodeling expenses tend to involve the plumbing and electrical systems. Because you don’t typically become aware of these kinds of problems until you’re opening up walls and pulling up flooring, it’s hard to plan for. Other problems that might be lurking behind the walls and under the floors are mod, termites, and other pests.
If you do uncover these sorts of problems, there’s nothing else you can do about but get them fixed.

Structural issues

If your remodeling project involves tearing down walls, you may learn after beginning the project that a wall is load bearing. In this case, a structural engineer will have to come in and make changes in order to allow you to tear down that wall. If there isn’t room in your budget for that, you might consider alternatives such as inserting a pass-through rather than tearing the wall down altogether.

Appliances that need extra support

If you’re planning on having an industrial fridge or commercial range hood installed in your kitchen, keep in mind that these large appliances weigh a lot more than standard appliances. A structural engineer may need to strengthen the floor beneath where the fridge will go. A commercial range hood will take up storage space and may require upgrades to your ventilation system.

Shortcuts on previous remodeling projects

You may discover during the course of a remodel that the home’s previous owners weren’t exactly forward-thinking when they did some remodeling of their own. If they’ve cut corners, it’s best to just take care of it rather than let the problems continue for another generation.
If you’ve left room in your budget for these sorts of nasty surprises, you should be able to complete your project despite the setbacks.

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Affordable Home Upgrades

Upgrading a home can be an expensive project, especially if there are several upgrades that need to happen all at once. Do­it­yourself projects are always an option, and a good idea, but many people do not trust their skills or do not think they are creative enough to complete projects on their own, so they end up spending lots of money on products and professionals. The truth is, anyone can complete DIY projects, all it takes is a little time spent on the internet viewing tutorials, and maybe a little trial and error. Here are some more ways you can save money when upgrading your home.

Exterior upgrades

Sometimes all a home needs is a good scrub down to look like new, and that is why you should power wash your home before making any major changes so you can see which upgrades are absolutely necessary. Replacing your front door and window shutters can be pricey, but if you freshen up the ones you already have with paint and new hardware you will save hundreds of dollars and your home will look like new. If you are looking for an upgrade that will spruce up your backyard, install a fire pit. They are easy and cheap to construct, and they add character to a yard. If you are looking to give your yard an updated vibe, install a pergola. According to Choice Home Warranty, pergolas add style to a yard, and are easy to construct on your own.

Upgrades that increase value

If you are upgrading your home in order to raise its value, always start in the kitchen. Statistics show that kitchens are most often the decision for buying and turning down a home. But before you pay an arm and a leg for custom cabinetry and new appliances, work with what you already have. Minor repairs and a fresh coat of paint or stain on cabinets, topped off with new hardware is the perfect way to make your kitchen look updated as well as add value to your home. If you cannot afford brand new stainless steel appliances, update the appliances you already have with stainless steel contact paper or paint. You will be amazed how updated your kitchen will look for a fraction of the price.

Energy efficient upgrades

Your upgrades should help you save money in the long run, so consider installing ceiling fans to keep your heating and air bills low. Exchange recessed lighting for energy efficient light fixtures to start saving money on your electricity bills. If you can afford to replace appliances, make sure they are energy efficient. You might find that the more expensive appliances are worth the investment when you save hundreds on your utility bills each month, and even paying for them monthly is less than you would pay to run your old appliances.

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DIY Home Upgrades and Maintenance

With owning a home comes the responsibility of regular maintenance and upgrading when necessary.  When people think about home maintenance and all that it entails, all they probably see is their savings accounts getting smaller and smaller.  It is true that home maintenance can be costly, especially if it is put off, but if kept up, there are several ways to maintain a home on a tight budget.  Here are some suggestions for upgrading and maintaining a home without spending a lot of money.

DIY home décor

When the seasons change, new décor styles and trends come into play, and if homeowners are not careful, they could end up spending hundreds of dollars on décor that is not going to stay in style for long.  Save yourself that money and modernize your home décor by modernizing old décor with a fresh coat of paint or other additions.  Shop thrift stores, clearance aisles and scratch and dent sections for décor that is much cheaper than the latest and greatest décor, then make necessary additions to upgrade that décor.  For example, modernize old candle sticks by gluing tea plates to top of them and painting them, turning them in to updated candle holders, picture frames or unique accessories.

Regular home maintenance

Keeping a home clean is part of home maintenance, but that does not mean simply picking up the kids’ toys and vacuuming once a week.  According to How Does She, you can save hundreds of dollars every year by cleaning the unseen areas such as refrigerator coils and furnace filters.  This type of cleaning should take place every six months, and not only will it save you money, it will also keep you and your family healthy.  Frequently check the seals on the windows and doors to make sure no air is escaping or entering the home to save money on your utility bills, and once or twice a year give the exterior of your home a good bath by washing the siding and windows, and checking the roof for leaks.

Tricks of the trade

It is smart to keep certain home maintenance items on hand such as leather repair kits for furniture and paint roller bottles for quick cover ups.  There are also natural remedies such as lemon juice that can remove stains in the furniture or carpet.  These items are inexpensive, and can save you a lot of money in repairs along the way, so keep them stocked.  A home goes through a lot of wear and tear, and the more little problems go ignored, the more likely costly renovations will need to be made in the future.  So save yourself valuable time and money by caring for your home like you care for your home, your family, your car and everything of value to you.

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