Tips for Maximizing Storage Space in Your Home

As your family grows and expands, you may start feeling a little strapped for storage
space in your house. Don’t run out and buy a bigger house just yet, though. Instead, use
your space more effectively. With the tips listed below, you’ll find there’s plenty of room
to store your stuff without sacrificing living space.

Start by organizing. If you store things in every single nook and cranny available,
clean them out and decide what you actually need to keep. Then do the same to your
storage rooms. The better organized your storage rooms are, the more space you’ll have
for storage. Disorganization takes up a lot more room than you might think. The same
applies to your garage. If you just throw everything you don’t want to deal with right now
out there, that stuff will start taking over. Go crazy with plastic storage bins and a label
maker to keep yourself organized. If you have shelves and predetermined areas for
everything, your house will stay clutter-free.

One option if you just don’t have enough room in the house for everything is to buy
a small shed or storage unit that you can put in your backyard. It would be a great place
to store that stuff you don’t need very often, like holiday decorations and keepsakes.
They come in wood and metal composites and in every size you could need. Sheds
are relatively inexpensive and there are ones that would fit most budgets with prices
anywhere from about $500 to $1,500. This would be a quick and easy way to provide
more storage with little effort.

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Win a Rubbermaid Clean and Dry Plunger @rubbermaid

We’re talking about plungers today.
Why are we talking about plungers? ‘Cause we all have bathrooms and let’s face it, your bathroom isn’t complete without a plunger. It’s that least favorite tool in the house but one you need to have on hand. It’s used for a dirty job that every household ends up dealing with sooner or later, so let’s face the dirty facts.
Watch out I’m armed!
The first time you use a plunger it becomes a home to bacteria like no other. Not only that guess what’s dripping on your floor or worse your feet? Yeah those said bacteria swarming all over your plunger. Set the plunger on the floor for a few minutes? Yup you guess it. That makes me cringe. Been there done that, and bet if not all of you most of you have been there as well. Say no more to the puddles of that dripping liquid! Rubbermaid has come up with a great product that I can honestly say have been tested and approved in this house.

  1. The Rubbermaid Clean and Dry Plunger
It’s coated with NeverWet, that not only repels water, but germs as well. The water just beads and runs right off instantly before you even move it and have to set it back down. No more drips, no more rings [Read more…]

Create Your Own “Versailles” with a Front Yard Fountain

<align=”top”>So maybe you don’t live in an actual palace- that doesn’t mean your home can’t be inspired by one!
After all, “A home is a man’s castle,” so why not give your home the royal treatment?

fountain <align=”right”>We may not all have the landscape to command
the grandeur of the fountains in the gardens of the French palace known for opulence, Versailles, but choosing an
exterior fountain is all about proportion, perspective, and design.

Proportion involves choosing a fountain that is relative in size to the size of your home. It sounds complicated
and mathematically involved but it’s really quite simple: a three-tier fountain is too large for a single-story home,
and a single-tier fountain is probably too small for a three-story home. You want to fountain to be noticeable,
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Why the English are Picky about Beds

The following is a guest post from Patric Seeley.

If you’ve ever gone bed shopping with a Brit, you might have noticed a lot of going back and forth about
a certain manufacturer or a certain model. Among all online shoppers, Brits tend to be more scrutinizing
of product descriptions and specifications than others. This is why most online bed and mattress
retailers who cater to UK buyers do take the time to make their website as detailed as informative as
they possible.

But what exactly motivates the English to be rather picky about their beds? A research commissioned by
the National Sleep Council a few years ago had some rather revealing answers, while we provided the
humor and conjecture.

Compared to the rest of the world, the British are less likely to take sleeping pills. About 7%
of British people pop sleep aids while about 18% of people from other countries resort to
pharmaceuticals if they are having trouble with sleep. This means that for the most part, the
British will have less tolerance for an uncomfortable bed or mattress because they need to be
comfy in order to get in the right mood for sleeping.

The British are also more likely to go to bed without anything on. As you could probably
imagine, scratchy bed linens and bare skin don’t mix well together. It can be expected that
people who sleep in the buff would find beddings with high thread counts to be a worthy
investment, especially during the summer, when an estimated 51% of adults wear their birthday
suits and nothing else.

About 39% of adults perceive “relations” to be an effective sleeping aid. (Incidentally, this may also
explain the relatively lower reliance on sleeping pills.) And for people who have err.. more
trouble sleeping than most, sturdy bed frames and supportive mattresses do earn their [Read more…] Catalogue App

Every Sunday there is a ritual in our house, as usually kids get up early and wake up daddy- who for some insane reason likes waking up early. Daddy makes breakfast and then gets the newspaper from outside. Now the real fun begins- the toy flyers. Little goes nuts because he gets to see all the new toys and all that jazz. What if this weekly ritual had a new twist?

Instead of waiting for Sunday and the newspaper to be delivered, what if those very same catalogs could be read through (with 100’s more as well) from your tablet or smart phone? Sounds like fun? I think so. Check out

The Find brings just about every catalog you could imagine to your finger tips through their website, Iphone/Ipad App, Android [Read more…]

Whitney Farms

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Whitney Farms for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
Spring is…springing supposedly. This evening in the north east we actually had to put the heat on for a bit, but anyway. Spring is here. Time to till the soil and get the ground ready for that gorgeous garden that is sprouting in the back of your mind. The soil in our neighborhood is ok, but needs a lot of work. We compost and fertilize etc etc, this year we are going to give organic a shot. One of the most difficult parts of this is plant food.

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Leiton Renu

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Leviton for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
What is a fun and unique way to add a splash of color to a room you previously hadn’t thought of? How about a new light switch. No, I don’t mean a creepy clown faceplate, I mean a brand new lightswitch and faceplate to match or contrast the room. Take a look at Renu the new line of colored light switches, wall plates, dimmers, etc. The line all come in twenty shades of popular colors like red delicous, rich navy, and walnut bark. The colors are bright and vibrant the perfect way to add that little something to a room without braking the bank.

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Mohawk Rug Review and Giveaway

Guess who finally has their basement back in some form of usage? We do! Any of you who have been reading Have Sippy for any length of time know that we were severely flooded in Hurricane Irene, and only 2 months ago did we get any insurance money at all. We did all the tear down ourselves. Now it is finally time for our house to stop looking like a hot mess and be a home again.

In this arduous process, we had to ask ourselves some difficult questions. Most of which involved, “What do we do with the basement now?” It had been the largest part of the house- playroom, office, bathroom, laundry room, and my closet (since I don’t have one in the bedroom). It was a major loss.
We could either make believe this whole hurricane and massive amount of flooding didn’t happen, or we could try again, this time smarter and with the experience of a horrific flood to teach us what to to. Yes it was a fluke- so they say- but still- that was something I never want to deal with again.

The hot water heater is now piped in such a way that it is a bit easier to remove in a pinch, toys will be kept in big [Read more…]