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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COOL TIPS FOR JEWELRY CARE IN SUMMER!

Warm, bright summer is here with promises of long vacations, beach getaways, pool parties and more! And we do need to plan what all things to pack and how. It is the same with jewelry…a bit of care and caution is needed when we carry ornaments while going places.

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  • If you are headed for the beach, then sunbathe without your jewelry. Applying sunscreen or other lotions usually coats the gemstones and reduces their reflective and refractive power. Which makes them sparkle less. Also, clean your valuables regularly.

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  • Also remove all your precious bling before entering a hot tub or a swimming pool. Just like salt water of the sea, the chlorine water too, can harm or discolor metals like gold or platinum and polish of gemstones.

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  • If you pack your jewelry all together, they might get jumbled. Bracelets or rings can get tangled with chains, a diamond piece can scratch a pearl and so on. To prevent any kind of damage, use our efficient organizers to keep each piece in a different slot and cushioned against soft lining. Check out more: http://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-jewellery-care

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  • Always make sure that the hotel you check into, has a safe deposit vault. Keep your valuables there. Never leave your fine jewelry unattended in the hotel room, car rental or in the lounge, even for a few moments!

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  • If you are shopping for jewelry in a new destination on your trip, do make sure that the seller has good reputation and has been in business for many years. It might also help to check their ratings or reviews.

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  • Get your jewelry professionally cleaned by a reputed jeweler, after coming back from your vacation. This will help maintain their luster and shine.

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  • If you take along an expensive piece of ornament on your holiday, like your wedding ring, family heirloom or a valuable watch, then ensure that it is fully insured. Consult an insurance agent before going on your trip.

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Photo courtesies: Uberlyfe, Robert’s Jewellery, Style Caster, Wisegeek, Gallery Hip, Observer, Blue Marlinins

20 WONDERFUL WEDDING GIFT IDEAS!

Deciding the perfect wedding gift can be an arduous task whether its for family or friends. Obviously the more you know about someone, it becomes easier to choose something! But even if you don’t, here are some cool ideas you can go for….

A wedding gift basket or an indulgence basket comprising of wine, chocolates, dry fruits, premium tea or coffee, flute glasses and more is always a good idea.

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A wine box is also an elegant gift. Or even a decorative pair of flute glasses for champagne!

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A lavish jewelry box cum organizer will be very useful for the bride. Check out our smartly designed options that not only holds all kinds of ornaments but they also look fabulous! http://tinyurl.com/jewelleryorganizer 

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A smart dinner set always comes in useful when the couple is just about to start their journey together! It comes in very handy for entertaining family and friends too.

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A vintage tea set is a charming present and is a lovely encouragement to spend some cozy, lazy time together!

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A Venetian glass wine set is not just a beautiful gesture, it’s a very utilitarian gift too.

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Nothing expresses romantic extravagance like a home spa bath set! Or you can also get a pair of plush bath robes specially monogrammed with the couple’s initials.

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Preparing a delicious meal together is a great for a newly married to bond. So gifting them a copper cooking set can be a great idea.

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A juicer-mixer-grinder always comes in useful for busy couples!

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Does the couple love to travel and are always planning getaways? Gift them a pair of stylish, lightweight suitcases or travel bags.

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If you don’t want to spend a lot on a wedding present but are looking for something thoughtful, here are some cool options! You can get a beautiful ornate photo frame and frame their invitation in it. It’s a lovely gesture.

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Check out our wonderful collection for ideas: http://tinyurl.com/art-of-framing 

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A set of bed sheets and pillow cases is a very utilitarian gift. Add a touch of fun and feelings to it by customizing the pillow cases with embroidery or applique which says “Mr & Mrs” or “His & Her” etc.

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A spice rack complete with cute engraved jars is an awesome way to wish the couple an exciting married life!

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A beautiful customized ceramic bowl or plate that commemorates the wedding day is an inexpensive but very thoughtful gesture…

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A gorgeous bunch of good quality artificial flowers is an unbeatable decorative piece and will stay fresh all the time! Check out our beautiful real feel tiger lilies here: http://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-tigerlily

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Does the couple love gardening? Or maybe you want to give them something, they can take care of together? Then a low maintenance potted plant or succulents are great options!

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A pair of fun looking mugs is a cool and useful gift. Or you can customize them with their photos too.

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Finally cash or shopping vouchers are always good when you are still in doubt. Or if they are both art lovers or bookworms, get them memberships at the art museum or library!

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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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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

SMART BATHROOM STORAGE IDEAS

When we think about home storage or organization, we usually consider all the rooms but often miss out on the bathroom. But your bathroom has immense potential to store a lot of stuff and look pretty at the same time! Whether it is tiny or huge, there is always a way to make the most of the space.

If you are blessed with a roomy bathroom, then a simple open shelf can carry a lot of things like towels, clothes, bath accessories and even a pretty bunch of flowers or an indoor plant for a homely touch! A wall cabinet will work well too.

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A simple wooden shelf with pull out bins is great when you don’t want everyone to see every single thing. Looks clean too. Labeling the bins is another clever idea to always know where to find what!

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A wall cabinet combined with a mirror is very useful. Just remember, the inside of the cabinet door can house a lot of small items. Or you can fix a wooden plank near the mirror and this can support things like toothbrush, toothpaste, cosmetics, shaving materials, medicines and more!

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The space below the sink is ideal for storage and you can make it look good too! Check out these images to get ideas.

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Colorful, bright wall brackets can add a dash of spunk to the bathroom, besides storage. They save floor area too. Or you can put up some rods on the wall and hang a couple of quaint baskets for the same purpose.

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If you have a stepladder at home, use it to hang towels, robes or anything else you need!

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Never underestimate the space surrounding the bathtub. A clever mechanism as shown below can help you keep all the soaps, shampoo bottles, shower gels, scrubs, lotions near at hand while you are enjoying your bath! Simple shelves or cabinets just above the tub will help too.

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If you are really short on space, simply hang stuff! Get any simple organizer which you can fix in a corner or for a unique look, hang some wicker baskets with ropes…

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Finally, don’t overlook the bathroom door. Hanging a shoe organizer on the backside of the door will banish the need for a cabinet! And a plain shelf above the door can be used to keep things like floor cleaners, detergents or extra towels which you don’t require everyday.

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So go ahead and revamp that part of your home, which rejuvenates you every morning 🙂

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