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Simplify and Organize: The Hottest Trends in Home Improvement

(ARA) – With the economy remaining uncertain, homeowners are tending to stay in place and upgrade their homes, rather than move up to something newer or larger. Just as economic conditions evolve, however, so does this housing trend. Simplifying and gaining control are now the hot incarnations of the “staying put” trend.

Organizational design expert, TV and radio personality, and author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, Peter Walsh hosts “Extreme Clutter” on the Oprah Winfrey Network and has starred on TLC’s “Clean Sweep.” Walsh offers some advice on how do-it-yourselfers can simplify home improvement, and gain control of their home environment, room by room:

Coping in the Kitchen
The kitchen is the heart of the home, where you spend time as a family, prepare meals and entertain guests. All that activity and use can make it difficult to stay organized in the kitchen, but doing so can save you time and money.

* Maximize cupboard space with easy-to-install sliding racks. These racks make it easy and fast to find items, even in the deepest cupboards.

* Keep cooking utensils and flatware neat and easily accessible with a compartmentalized drawer organizer. You can find them in kitchen and home design stores.

* If you store often-used spices in a cupboard, it’s easy to lose track of what’s in there. You don’t have to give up your cabinet convenience. Just put your most-used spices in a small baking sheet (you can even buy a disposable one) so that when you need something, you can slide the sheet out to make finding it easier.

* Retire your junk drawer – we all have one. It’s the drawer where you deposit receipts, warranties, product manuals and other items. One way to clean up the paper portion of the mess is with an online organizational tool like MyLowe’s on Lowes.com. The free online tool from home improvement retailer Lowe’s allows you to keep track of purchases, warranties and manuals.

“I’m always trying to teach my fans the latest tips and techniques for organizing their homes and simplifying their lives, especially when families are staying in their homes longer in this uncertain economy,” Walsh says. “Keeping track of everything in our homes is now so easy with MyLowe’s, the newest and best way to take home maintenance and planning to a whole new level.”

Cutting Closet Clutter
Whether you have a spacious walk-in closet or a modest single-bar one, keeping your bedroom closet organized can be a challenge. But an organized closet means speedier wardrobe changes and a more harmonious environment.

* “We wear 20 percent of our clothes 80 percent of the time,” Walsh says. Declutter your closet by getting rid of that 80 percent you don’t wear. At the start of the season, turn all your hangers so that they face back to front. When you take something out and wear it, rehang it the correct way. At the end of the season you’ll be able to see which items you haven’t worn. Those are the ones you can probably live without.

* Reclaim vertical space. Look for creative ways to use the walls, backs of doors and other vertical spaces in your closet. Modular home organization systems can solve most storage challenges.

Taming the Toy Room
Children outgrow toys almost as quickly as clothes. It’s important to regularly sort toys with your children to decide what to discard, what to pass on and what to keep.

* Involve kids in deciding what should stay or go. Arrange toys in piles by type of toy, age appropriateness or length of time the child has had the toy. This will help your kids see the toys as distinct groups and make the task more manageable.

* Bring in space-maximizing organizational products like colorful cubbies with canvas bins or decorative shelving units. MyLowe’s makes it easy to find storage products that will fit in your space. Simply enter your room dimensions and the site helps identify solutions that will fit your needs.

Advice for Every Room
Getting organized is great, but staying organized is even more important. Rather than having to tackle organization tasks in a daunting mass once or twice a year, take steps to stay organized throughout the year. A little organization today means fewer headaches tomorrow.

Keep track of your home improvement and decorating purchases, like the paint colors you use and the creative choices you make with MyLowe’s. You can create a home profile and sort information by room, assign products and wish lists to each room, track purchases, store product manuals/warranties and more.

Organization issues stem from the stuff you have, and not just from the space you have. Anyone struggling with clutter faces the decision to either move to a larger home or learn to make choices and live within the limits of their space. By reducing clutter and increasing organization, everyone can learn to honor and respect the space they have.

Vanity Sanity: Organize to Bring Style and Space to your Bathroom

(ARA) – It’s the room where you start and end your day, so it should be one of the most enjoyable places in your home. But, most of the time, your bathroom is not the relaxing retreat you hoped it would be. Whether it is overrun with towels and toiletries – or is tough to keep clean with smudged mirrors and faucets – today’s bathrooms are in need of some serious updates and organization. Luckily, a few simple tips and tricks can bring style and sanity to your bathroom vanity in no time.

Furniture Fix
Furniture pieces can add style, color, warmth, and most importantly, a place to store your bathroom necessities out of sight. Even if your bathroom is small, you may still be able to find room for a small shelf or chest. Large bathrooms have the luxury of added storage space offered by a stylish cupboard, shelving unit or armoire. Lowe’s has a variety of linen and storage cabinets that you can browse to find the best fit for your bathroom’s dimensions.

Fancy Faucets
Haven’t updated your bathroom fixtures in a while? The new Boardwalk bath collection from Moen can take your faucets from drab to fab with their glamorous vintage looks. Available exclusively at Lowe’s, Boardwalk centerset and widespread faucets are certified to meet WaterSense criteria, reducing water usage by up to 32 percent. The best part is that they feature Moen’s new Spot Resist finish that does just what it says – resists fingerprints and water spots. Now you can add style to the bath since you won’t waste time cleaning.

Organize Odds and Ends
Have your bathroom drawers become a catch-all for hotel samples and unused cosmetics? Then it’s time to sort, purge and organize. Once you’ve decided what you cannot live without, find a spot for everything. Try gathering your bathroom cleaning supplies and store them together in a handled tote under your sink or in an upper cupboard. For smaller items, Containerstore.com offers a host of drawer organizers and bins to hold your bathroom essentials.

Store Items in Style
Don’t have much wall space? According to an online consumer survey conducted by Moen Incorporated, 19 percent of men and 22 percent of women state that leaving dirty clothes on the bathroom floor is a top annoyance in the bath. Freeing the floor can be simple. Store your items in style by installing racks, towel bars and robe hooks to hang extra towels, clothes or bathrobes. The back of the door is an often overlooked area to install these essentials.

And don’t forget about your countertop. Soap, bath salts, and other bathroom essentials that you need to keep within reach can also quickly create unwanted clutter. Organize these items in style by incorporating glass bath accessories into your decor. For small spaces, place the canisters on a decorative wall shelf or just arrange by the sink for a chic and simple look.

For an updated bathroom, minus the mess, these quick tips will help you keep your sanity and organize your vanity.