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DIY TV Stand Ideas To Hide Cable Boxes And Wires

Making your own TV stand requires that you get a professional finish that hides all your cables and wires.  You need something that is going to help you hide the TV, store all theDVDs you have bought, and stow away a few extra things from the living room that you do not have any room for.  Use all the tips below to make this cabinet a reality.  You can create something really interesting when you start using the options listed below.  You might not have thought of making this TV stand yourself, but it is possible.  Plus, you could consider adding a couple furniture pieces together to get the results you want.

1.  Add A Storage Box

You could add a storage box to your TV stand, and you will find some cool ideas when you are looking at different sites that provide you with the furniture that you need.  You will find that you can store all the things you use every day with just one box that was made to accompany the TV stand.  You could even put a speak on top of this box to complete the look.  Plus, you can run all your wires behind this box if you need to.

2.  Add An Upper Shelf

You could add an upper shelf that will hold all the cable boxes and DVD players that you have.  Because of this, you can run all the wires to the back of the unit where no one can see.  You can make just one hole where all the cables come out of the unit, or you could use a few different holes that are out of sight to move your cables around.  Make sure that you have closed off these holes with a plastic or metal ring so that they will not tear.  If nothing else, they look really nice.  Plus, you can create a cabinet that is easy to adjust if you add or subtract any items from your setup.

3.  Use A Special Bundle Coil

You could run all your cables through a special plastic bundle coil.  The coil will wrap up all the cables, and they will be much easier for you to access because they are all in the same place.  Someone who is using the bundle coil can push the cables to a part of the cabinet where no one can see.  Plus, the coil can be unwrapped at any time to reach the cables if they need to be changed or moved.

4.  Use A Cable Strip

You can use a cable strip to hide cables that are running to a particular location in the room or the cabinet. In fact, the cables could be behind a cable trip that is the same color of the cabinet.  No one would have any idea that you have cables under there to begin with, and you need to be sure that you have bought enough material to build your cable strips.  If you buy a generic rubber strip, you should paint it to match the cabinet

5.  Use Bluetooth

Bluetooth connections for all your devices make a big difference because you only need a power cable for each unit.  You could put a power box in the cabinet that will connect to the outside, and you have but back on all the cables that you would normally.

There are many families that need to get a better TV stand, but you can make the TV stand yourself if you add all these little things to a much more functional unit you built yourself.

5 Great Tips to Organise Your Kid’s Room

kid's roomThe summer vacation is great for your kids but not always so great for their rooms. Being stuck inside all day whining almost always ends in mess and clutter and dealing with this can be even worse when you see the state it’s in. So here are 5 great tips on how to organise your kid’s room without giving up on first sight:

  1. Sort, Store and Simplify

If your kid’s room is lacking in storage, buy some boxes or shelving. You could even ask them to go with you to choose something they like so they’ll be more inclined to help you (see point 4 and this article by Gtech on getting your kids involved with cleaning). Sort through all the mess and divide into subject piles (e.g. one pile for games, one for books, one for clothes, etc.) and then store accordingly.

  1. Make it easier to put away, harder to get out

Shelving is a great way to do this as your kids may not be able to reach the shelf so they won’t be able to take out everything at once. Also consider getting storage solutions that offer padlocks or child-lock technology. This will force your kids to ask you for which toys they want rather than cluttering up their whole room with unused toys and other mess.

  1. Label, label, label

When you’re sorting through the different piles, make sure you store things in boxes or draws that are clearly labelled. Having a colour coordinating system could also work for you (e.g. the red box is for books, the blue for games, the green for dolls and so on). Labelling will also make it much easier for you when it’s time to clear up the mess from around the house or your kid’s room. theartofcleanliness.com has a great post on a closet organiser system to make your kid’s closet much easier to keep tidy; you could label each section of the closet for even clearer organisation.

  1. Bring the child into the process

As I mentioned before, you could ask your child to come with you to choose some storage they like (e.g. boxes with their favourite characters on them) or make cleaning a game. However you decide to bring them into the process, it’s important to get them started in helping you. You could even offer a reward at the end if they’ve done a good job.

  1. Build a maintenance routine

This will help you stay on top of things without the mess getting too hard to control. Set out a weekly cleaning schedule and allocate a day to organising your kid’s room. This is a good habit to get into especially if your child is also getting involved. See this maintenance checklist by Lowe’s Canada for the monthly maintenance you shouldn’t be avoiding.

See more ways to keep your kids busy on mumstheword.me.

THE PURGE (AKA, Don’t Stand Still or Mum Will Throw You in the Bin)

Before Christmas, we were lucky enough to be given a brand new sofa, and in preparation for this, I cleared every stick of furniture out of our living room and cleaned the carpet the day before it was delivered. As it turned out, I quite like having a lounge which isn’t stacked high with toys and other clutter, so much of what we moved has sat in the dining room since the beginning of December, making the room look like a huge version of Monica’s secret closet.

THE PURGE

Last week, I decided that enough was enough; we couldn’t live with one room that looked like one of those storage units, but the rest of the house was by no means ready to receive all of the stuff from my Room of Shame.

And so began…THE PURGE!

I started with the airing cupboard, taking out all of the duvet sets and sheets, and storing them in under-bed boxes, giving us a huge empty cupboard to use for other things. Then I moved on to the girls room, where I managed to clear out SIX black bags of clothes and two massive IKEA bags full of toys for charity, as well as four bags of rubbish, which gave us a whole bunch of empty storage in which to put all of the new things they got for Christmas. Next, I moved on to that dead space at the bottom of the wardrobes that I tend to fill up with things like old pairs of curtains and blankets which don’t really have another home, and managed to fill up two more bin bags of stuff for the charity shop.

My next job is to tackle The Room of Shame, but now that the rest of the house is so much clearer and we have plenty of space to tidy INTO, it doesn’t feel nearly as daunting – I don’t feel the need to start Googling ‘storage near me‘ anymore so that I can just move half of our belongings elsewhere!

The nice thing I’ve noticed is that the decluttering has had a really positive knock-on effect for my mental state, and our lives as a family. I’m taking more interest in other housework because the house looks nice and I want to KEEP it looking nice, and Sausage has a clear desk to do her homework on, rather than perching up at the coffee table each evening. BB has also taken an interest in helping me (in exchange for pocket money, of course!) to put washing away and do other little jobs, which is a habit I’m more than happy for her to get into. I think I’ll make The Purge a six-monthly thing so that we stay on top of it and don’t feel like we’re perpetually drowning in old clothes and toys!

Do you have a purge every now and again, or are you a bit of a hoarder? Do leave me a comment below.

Climate Control: Protecting Your Stuff No Matter Where You Store It

Many people use a shed or other small outbuilding to store their extra belongings or supplies on their own property. This is a great way to save money and have a convenient way to get to the items you need whenever you want.

But if you store items that are sensitive to temperature change and moisture, you need to make sure that the shed is climate controlled. Furniture like wooden tables and couches, or decorations like painting, can very very susceptible to changes in the climate, so you need to take precaution. Here are a few things you can do to make sure your shed is secure and your stored valuables are protected from heat, cold and moisture.

Insulation

If you want to have any hope of controlling the climate in your shed without breaking the bank, you must insulate the walls, doorways, and windows of your shed.

Typically, sheds only have one outside wall that is built around the frame of the shed. If you want to protect your valuables, you’ll need to add insulation and then an inner wall so that the inside is separated from the outside, just like your house is. This will allow you to control the temperature inside, no matter what the weather is like.

Also, make sure to use weather stripping around the windows, doors or any other type of openings. A lot of heat can escape through small cracks.

Heating and Air Conditioning

Next, you’ll need to install a heating unit and an air conditioning unit. The good news is that neither one needs to be that large or that expensive.

If there is a window already build into the shed, you can buy a small window-unit to cool the air in the summer. If not, you plan on creating a space for it to go when you are adding the inner wall. As for heating, having just a small heat lamp, like one you can find on this website, is plenty for a small shed.

Once they are installed, the smart thing to do is to hook both of the units up to a cheap thermostat. This will save you money and energy, as the heater and air conditioning will only turn on when the temperature rises or drops below the temperature you set it at.

Moisture Control

To control the amount of moisture in the shed, a small dehumidifier will work perfectly.

The best part about using a shed as a storage space is that they are usually pretty small, so purchasing an average dehumidifier should be enough to keep the moisture at a good percentage; the insulation will help keep moisture out as well. You will have to change the pan in the unit every so often, especially during the wet summer months, but it’s very easy to do so.

Rather than paying someone else to store your stuff every month, why not try using your own shed as storage space?

Ethan Cameron is a man who can turn his hand to most DIY projects; the bigger the better within reason! Most recently he has finished creating a dedicated craft studio for his wife, and a garden room for his Mother-In-Law.

Easy Additional Storage Options

 

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We’ve all experienced it, there are simple too much stuff for the space in the house. Whether you’re drowning in kids toys, books or clothes then these extra storage options should be a big help for you.

Add some extra shelves

Shelves are great. You can make them so you can hang all your pans for easy access and free up a cupboard or pop your books on them. Wherever you have a spare bit of wall (that doesn’t have electric wires going through it) you can throw up a handy shelf.

Door Hooks

Door hooks are like shelves for doors. By this I mean you can attach them to any door and then you are able to hang anything from coats to dressing gowns on them. They are really cheap and are great if your wardrobes are bulging or you aren’t sure where you should put your nice fluffy dressing gown.

Ottoman Beds

This is one of the greatest space savers ever. The underneath of a bed is an underutilised storage option, but now thanks to ottoman beds that is no longer the case. Companies like Bed Star sell them and the top of the bed, mattress and all, simple flips up like the lid of a box revealing excellent under bed storage. Now you can fit shoes, clothes and pretty much anything else under the bed and access it easily.

Ottoman

Much like the ottoman beds, the ottoman is great storage solution. It is a cushioned box that you use to store things like books or DVDS in. Just like the ottoman bed is works great as it’s primary function which is either a comfy stool or soft leg rest. A great addition to any sitting area.

Additional Wardrobe

Perhaps you’ve tried all these things, but you still need more storage. Then I think it’s time you considered buying a new wardrobe. Whether you opt for a new bigger wardrobe or think a smaller additional one will work, is totally down to you. You want to get one that fits nicely in your room, but I would first consider getting some inserts for your current wardrobe. You can specially designed storage options for inside a wardrobe like special places to put t-shirts so you can maximise the storage. Also did you know that by rolling up closes the use up less space than when they are folded. That’s a pro tip for when you can’t get your suitcase to close before a holiday as well – roll your clothes rather than folding them.

Making Space for a New Baby

Before Burrito Baby came along, Husband, Sausage and I were living in a little 2-bed bungalow. We knew that finding space for a new baby would be tricky but we wanted to wait a little while before moving, so we made do for just over a year, which meant finding space for a whole new human being in our tiny house and utilising every nook and cranny possible!

The infographic below has got some great tips on how to maximise your space when baby comes along and we thought we’d share it with you in case you’re ever in the same predicament as us!
The Best Ways to Make Room for a New Baby

Provided by Alligator Storage

Have you got any top tops for finding space? Share them with us below.

Life After Birth

One of the things that I’m preparing for already is recovering from my c-section, once the baby is born. Last time, I was in my early 20’s (young enough to bounce back with little effort!) and having Sausage in the neo-natal intensive care unit meant that I was backwards and forwards to the hospital and healing just kid of happened because it had to. I was so single minded about being there for Sausage that everything else took care of itself, something for which I’m really grateful.

This time, I’ll be almost 30 when the baby is born, I’m hoping to have a fairly ‘in-and-out’ hospital stay as my c-section will be planned and I’ll be home and caring for a baby (plus Sausage) in no time. Also, my SPD is worse this time around, as is my back pain, so my ‘changing mat on the floor’ method of dealing with Sausage’s nappies just won’t work! That’s why I’m going to be investing in one of these (from Childrens Bed Shop):

changing unit

As well as giving us some much-needed storage for the new babies’ things, the top is a changing unit,  which means I won’t need to bend too much when I’m changing her nappies. I can keep the top drawer stocked with nappies, wipes, cotton wool, Sudocrem and all the other things I’ll need for keeping her clean and dry, and it’ll save me scrabbling around trying to do it on the floor.

Changing units are also great for after the bath, and I’m a huge fan of baby massage, so I will definitely be using this to lay my new daughter on after her bath to give her some soothing rubs before bedtime. Sausage suffered terribly with constipation as a baby and baby massage is the only thing that helped, so it’s something I’m planning to do from the offset this time.

Once they both get older, we may even think about Steen children’s bunk beds, but that’s a long way in the future for now!

Do you have any tips for me on how I can manage with a baby, a five year old and a second c-section wound? I’d love to hear them!