8 TIPS TO ORGANIZE YOUR CLOSET IN SUMMER

8 TIPS TO ORGANIZE YOUR CLOSET IN SUMMER

It is the season to bring out all your bright, airy dresses and keep away those heavy winter clothes! Here are a few tips to get your closet ready to enjoy the sun, blooming nature and at times a bit of rain!

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1. Store your winter clothes – store your sweaters, blazers, shawls…after getting them cleaned. Fold and arrange them neatly inside spacious organizers which can be tucked away in the attic, loft or under the bed. This way, they won’t take up space inside your closet. See: http://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-clothes-organizer

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2. Get rid of clothes that you no longer wear – no matter how trendy an outfit, if you haven’t worn it in over a year, it’s time to give it away or donate to a charity. For expensive clothes, you can either try to sell it online or to a second hand shop. Also if a piece of clothing is smelly, has stubborn old stains, itches or doesn’t fit, it is time to consider losing them. We know it’s difficult, but still!

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3. Special care for delicate clothes – when you arranging those sheer summer fabrics in your closet make sure the hangers don’t snag on silk or chiffon materials.

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4. Dresses with fragile embellishments – when you hang them in the closet, make sure they don’t get squished among other stuff. Try to give them some space.

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5. Hanging long dresses – make sure they don’t touch the floor of the closet…the hemlines will tend to get dirty!

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6. Summer accessories – Now is the time to show off those funky fashion jewelry, cool sunglasses, or that hot bikini you have been dying to wear. Use drawer organizers to keep even the smallest things, neatly and within easy reach. See: http://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-drawer-organizer

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7. Summer shoes and bags – shoes like sandals and flip flops are usually light, fun and are in bright, fun colors! They won’t take up much space inside your closet. Or use the closet doors to hang them up. Same goes for bags too and use big bags to hold the smaller ones.

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8. One last thing – Try and sort stuff in your closet according to color or type, whichever suits your need. So put shirts together, frocks together, a separate section for pants or long dresses and so on. This will make finding things easy!

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Photo credits: A Personal Organizer, Better Housekeeper, 24-7 Style, Andre Addekar, Coily Cafe, Green Philly Blog, Houzz, Kiki’s List, Mui Fashion, Style Blueprint, Red Neck Couture, Society Girls Blog

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VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT IDEAS FOR HER!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and it’s time to think of a special gift for the special woman in your life! Check out some wonderful ideas to bring that spark in her eyes…

Wine is always a classic. Go for a very premium brand, or choose her favorite year or personalize the bottle with say, a digital print wrap that spells “Be Mine” or “Love You”!

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A woman can never say no to intoxicating fragrance. Gift her a great perfume or our Aromatic Tea Light cum Potpourri set (http://tinyurl.com/tealight-potpourri). Look forward to an amazing evening together 🙂

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Do you know what will be an elegant, useful and thoughtful gift? See our awesome jewelry organizers, perfect for arranging all kinds of ornaments and for carrying on travels! (http://tinyurl.com/jewelleryorganizer)

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If you know the kind of jewelry she likes, then go for it without a second thought. Else, depending on the pocket pinch you are ready to bear…choose a simple but chic silver ring or pair of cute diamond earrings or a fashion statement neck-piece.

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Who doesn’t love a luxurious and smart handbag? Immensely utilitarian and style statement too.

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Gifting fashionable clothes is tempting but slightly dicey! If you are certain of the right size, then buying that sassy dress might be a good idea. But if you have even a single grain of doubt, go for a beautiful shawl or stole to win her heart!

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Up for some spicy romance? Gifting aromatic bath oils and exquisite bath salts is a fabulous idea!

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Moments of love should stay in your hearts forever. Gift our floral, gorgeously finished photo frames…cherish togetherness with your dream girl. (http://tinyurl.com/frame-of-love)

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If you have a creative streak, try these ideas. Make a keepsake box with cardboard, felt, ribbons etc. You can also make heart shaped soaps from colored glycerin soaps usually available. Get the word “LOVE” stamped on each of them! A simple idea is also to tie a chic silver belt around a bright red cushion and dangle a tiny frame with your picture inside. Or pack a romantic movie, a light blanket and a packet of popcorn in a dainty basket for a lovely evening.

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Nothing’s sweeter than chocolates…but make it unique. Make small, round paper cutouts for the paper cup base of each chocolate. Write words of endearment and appreciation on each cutout. She will smile every time she has a chocolate!

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Nothing says it better than flowers…specially if you have created the arrangement yourself or a flowering plant in a stunning porcelain pot will be great too.

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And if you can take her on a vacation, then there’s no better gift possible. Share, connect and enjoy!

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Photo Credits: UberLyfe, BHG, Esquire, Fashion Lady, Houzz, Timeout, Paradizo

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR CLOTHES?

It’s simple to make your lovely clothes last in a good condition for a long time if you take just a bit of care! Here are some small and easy ways to guide you…

After undressing, if you want to wear the same outfit again soon, then definitely put them on hangers! They won’t crumple and the fabric will be protected and look good. Put the rest in a hamper to be washed.

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Avoid getting food stains on your clothes. You will just need to eat a bit carefully and still if you get some, dab ice water or seltzer on them so the stain does not set. Never rub!!

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Wash clothes often using a gentle cycle for delicates. Never use liquid bleach in the wash and always separate colored items from whites. It’s best to avoid chemical bleaches, instead use pure soap with bicarbonate (baking soda).

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Drying clothes in sunlight or open air is much healthier than using a dryer. The latter besides using up a huge amount of electricity, will also wear out your outfits or fade colors quickly. You can use a clothes rack indoors if it’s not sunny. Always iron clothes when they are slightly damp and if you have to use a dryer, the temperature should never be too high. It will tend to wrinkle your clothes!

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After drying clothes, hang them up neatly so that there are minimum wrinkles. Smooth out the fabric with your hands. You can use our light but robust clothes storage boxes to arrange all items neatly and keep the dust and insects away. It will reduce closet clutter and you can tuck them away even under the bed or in the attic when space is lacking!! http://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-brownclothstorage; http://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-greenclothstorage  

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If you keep clothes, inner-wear in drawers or dressers, fold them neatly. Use our savvy drawer organizers to neatly arrange your delicates, ties, socks, scarves, handkerchiefs or other small accessories. You will marvel at how easy your life will become! http://tinyurl.com/amazon-uberlyfe-organizers

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Though washing clothes is good for enhancing their long life, don’t overdo it! Often, simple airing can work wonders for the oil, dust or perspiration that accumulates over time.

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Sometimes, denim can develop creases during a wash which are hard to get rid of! In that case before ironing, just grab it by the waistband, raise your arms and give it a good flick. Repeat if required. Also folding clothes along their seams keeps them in good shape and utilizes space efficiently.

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Finally instead of buying expensive padded hangers for heavy or fragile items, use layers of tissue paper, old socks or hand towels to get the same result!

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IDEAS FOR A SMART CLOSET!

An organized closet is a must simply because it saves you tons of time that is lost when you are hunting for that favorite shirt or a tie or that skirt you reserve for special parties! We know that there are few things more harrowing or frustrating than not being able to find what you want…so here are some tricks that will help you bid adieu to closet clutter forever!

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 Firstly, clever designing goes a long way in using space efficiently when it comes to proper utilization of a closet or wardrobe in a small apartment. You can replace the usual swing out doors with curtains or hanging screens or sliding shutters.

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 Simple shelves with partitions have always worked and are still popular…they help to segregate items with ease!

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 It’s always good to decide what clothes you want to wear the present season so that you can store them close at hand or on lower shelves. For the rest just stash them away in lidded bins or organizers, on higher shelves or top of the closet! Check out our super cool products to help you: http://tinyurl.com/l3e3cen  

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If you are thinking of an inexpensive structure to organize your clothes, shoes, handbags, accessories and so on…take a clue from this image below! A concoction of sturdy rods and wire baskets or racks can do wonders 🙂 Use our clothes / inner wear / accessories organizers to make tidying up, effortless:  http://tinyurl.com/l3e3cen 

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Use the backside of your closet doors to hang stuff. You can go for simple hooks or steel racks specially to support sports equipment! Using a pegboard is also a great idea or fixing hooks on the rods to hang bags can be extremely useful.

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 Get a stylish umbrella stand to hold your sunshades, canes or yoga mats!

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 Categorize your clothes as much as possible for instance keep your formal shirts, tees, trousers, skirts, tops separately. The same goes for handbags, shoes, ties, belts, scarves, delicate wear and so on…makes it simple to spot!

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Finally, installing some lights inside your closet will help you see and pick the thing you want!  And it looks lovely too..

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 Photo credits: Apartment Therapy, Real Simple and Freshome

HOW TO DE-CLUTTER YOUR BEDROOM…

Your bedroom is a place where you relax, unwind, and let your hair down. So it goes without saying that a clean and tidy room will always look more inviting than a shabby one, when you come home exhausted after a tiring day! This is exactly the reason why it’s crucial to control chaos in the bedroom and get organized…here are some great tips:

The traditional closet is always the first resort for most of us. A bit of clever designing can create adequate space…racks for hanging clothes, place for keeping folded items, closed cabinets, drawers for more delicate things, open shelves to hold bins which can house all the little odds and ends…

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A very ingenious way to create more space to contain clutter is having a headboard which is also a wall unit! This trick uses more of the vertical space and does not encroach on the precious floor area. You can store anything you want here or even display some artifacts. Use pretty storage boxes if you don’t want everyone to walk in on your stuff 🙂

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Under the bed storage is another great idea to utilize limited legroom.  If your bed comes with drawers, great! If not, don’t worry…using some sober, coordinated bins can rise to the occasion very well. Use lidded ones to keep dust at bay and this way, you can store all your bedspreads, woolens or summer clothes without stuffing your wardrobe.

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The simple bedside table has potential too…if it’s like a simple shelf or cubby, you can place the night lamp on the top and line up some bins underneath, just like a multifunctional piece of furniture!

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The same goes for a window seat or bench with some space below. Just a couple of matching chic bins or baskets will hide mess and be visually pleasing at the same time…

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Get inspired by our collection here: http://tinyurl.com/lnekw9r; http://tinyurl.com/kqtnd2y

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DESIGNING A NURSERY ON A BUDGET? DON’T WORRY!

Designing a dream nursery for your baby is a wonderful adventure and you should be able to enjoy it! Don’t let the stress of financial planning overwhelm it…we have some tips on how you can decide on what to buy, the decor and what is important:

  • Wall décor – using decals is a great but inexpensive way to brighten up dull, blank walls. They are easy to apply, removable, leave no sticky residue and can be re-positioned easily. So you can keep changing the designs as your tiny tot grows up, keeping pace with his choice and interests. Bold, bright colors and simple, well defined motifs help in nurturing the power of recognition and imagination in a baby. See more: http://tinyurl.com/kzeqlye ; http://tinyurl.com/lk8qm7a

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  • Multifunctional furniture – choose pieces which can be used for different purposes. For example, a dresser which can be used as a changing table or a crib that can later on be converted into a bed! A rocking chair is perfect for nursing and you won’t have to get rid of it in future. Such furniture is good investment…

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  • Storage – Simple shelves or cubbies will not burn a hole in your pocket. Abundant use of colorful bins can keep the clutter at bay and store toys, books, clothes and more! They are excellent for teaching kids, how to organize stuff, use space wisely and improve his cognitive skills. See more: http://tinyurl.com/qjyvg7e

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  • Gifts and Hand me downs – many parents have a lot of stuff that their baby has outgrown and they will be more than happy to give it to you. Say yes to such items if they are in good condition. Will save you a lot of unnecessary expense.
  • Stick to the budget planned – no matter how much you love those cute little clothes or toys, resist the urge to splurge! Most of these things, your baby won’t need after some time. Buy what you really need.
  • Do it yourself – there are many fun projects which you can try and unleash your creativity. Try your hand at sewing, painting, making craft items and see how unique they look!
  • Be safe – this should be the prime concern while planning the nursery. Any furniture or decor that you choose should not pose any health hazard to the apple of your eye.

So, plan wisely, follow simple tricks and cherish this amazing phase of your life 🙂

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Monkey business!!

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This cheeky monkey looks so innocent, it’s hard to figure out what he is up to! A simple cubic storage unit like this is not only extremely useful in the nursery, it teaches your little one skills like sorting, organizing, maximizing the use of limited resources. For a growing toddler it will work wonders in shaping his cognitive and motor skills! The bright color is so attractive, he will want to carry his whole world in this…See more: http://tinyurl.com/kvfovh8 

If you are planning to co-ordinate other furnishing or decor items in the nursery with this organizer, we would love to suggest our fun wall decals. The themes would synchronize very well with the box and add spice to the ambiance…with that you will just need to throw in splashes of yellow or green when you are deciding on the bedspread or cushions or curtains. Better still, get creative and try out different things to get the look you want. That’s it..you are good to go 🙂 See more: http://tinyurl.com/lrwux7t; http://tinyurl.com/n377kmx; http://tinyurl.com/pcv92q9

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