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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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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COOL IDEAS FOR SUMMER STYLE HOME DECOR

Warm sunny days and nature in full bloom, just make you want to give your home, a vibrant makeover…don’t they? Here are some ideas to add some zing and freshness to your interior decor!

The oodles of natural light in summer, is a blessing. Let your rooms be flooded with it for a positive vibe.

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Dull, plain walls are a complete no no. Nature based wall art can magically transform any room. See what we have: http://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-floral-stickerhttp://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-tree-sticker

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 Ombre wall panels or paintings in calming shades will look good too.

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You can use light, flowing curtains with bright, floral patterns to create a breezy look!

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In a room which is primarily white, adding pops of vivid colors will give it a lively appearance. Like a brilliant blue rug or lovely red sofas.

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Summer is the ideal time to decorate your house with greens. They can be succulents, ferns, herbs, flowers or even fruits! You can never go wrong with a touch of nature…

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You can also consider arranging some leafy greens in a large shell…the effect is unique.

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Floral centerpiece is a wonderful idea for dining tables or coffee tables. Use real or artificial flowers, anything that is easy for you to maintain. See what we have: http://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-tigerlilyhttp://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-artificial-orchids

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Don’t ignore your kitchen. With a little tweaking, it can be a fun place in summer! Get crockery in multiple, bold and bright colors. Get trays and plates with patterns of flowers, fruits or veggies!

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Place-mats made from rope or jute looks good and are Eco-friendly. Choose table linen with simple and smart patterns.

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Think different when it comes to home decor. Floating candles and fresh flowers in a  shallow bottomed vessel, is not just for special occasions. They can make every summer evening charming!

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A candle lit dinner in the evening can seem more exclusive with this easy to make candle holders. Just partly fill some glasses or vases with sand and shells. Then stick in a few tall candles!

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30 FUN ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS THIS SUMMER!

Summer vacations are very relaxing for kids but they can easily get bored too! So how about some great ideas to try some fun activities or projects which will keep them happily busy and interested? And we think you can get involved too and enjoy the bright, sunny days to the fullest!

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Camping is a great idea for this season. It can be as simple as a backyard camping or a family slumber party with sleeping bags on the floor.

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Cook out! Try “smores”, barbeque. Experiment with different kinds of foods.

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Arrange a delicious picnic in a beautiful park.

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Take the little ones to the botanical garden or the zoo. Let them get close to nature.

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Visit the beach and have a fun day splashing in the water and collecting shells!

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Motivate kids to organize their rooms with our fun storage solutions! They can also stick colorful labels on the bins to show what contains what…http://tinyurl.com/storage-for-children

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Tiny tots can join a kids’ baking class if they are so inclined. Or you can involve them while you are making cookies, cupcakes or a pizza. Let them do the simple and safe stuff.

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Playing board games or fun card games is a good way to pass time.

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How about adding a bit of spark to your home? Parents and children can get together to decorate any wall with our vibrant and colorful wall stickers! http://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-wall-decor

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Gardening can be a great hobby and teach kids the power of care and nurturing!

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If there is a fair or carnival going on in your locality, take the children there. Fun rides, cotton candy, popcorn, ice cream! What can be more fun?

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A road trip to a nearby tourist spot or city can be immense fun. The sights, the drive, the snack on the road…perfect!

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Visit a museum or a historical site. Kids might find it fascinating.

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Encourage them to create a scrapbook with focus on any particular area that interests them. Or maybe write a comic book with original illustrations!

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Get together for some fun adventure sports like hiking, bike riding, rafting, canoeing and more…

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Arrange for a treasure hunt with your kids and their friends. They can dress up like pirates too!

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Your whole family can put up a drama performance together. It will be a great way to inspire imagination and creativity.

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Having a garage sale for all the stuff which your children no longer use, is a lovely idea. They can earn money and have fun negotiating!

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Tiny tots can have a good time building models with clay, play dough, paper or other scrap materials too.

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How about inspiring them to write a journal or diary, where they can jot down their experiences, wishes, ambitions?

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A puzzle race can be very entertaining. All of you can try to different puzzles with same number of pieces and see who finishes first!

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You can simply go for a walk with your kids and ask them to gather any natural objects that they might find lying around. Then they can create an interesting collage from them!

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Summer is the perfect time to have fresh salads, cool smoothies and fruit juices. Get your kids to help you while making them!

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An evening of stargazing can be absolutely magical. See how many constellations you can recognize…

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Teach tiny tots to make colorful and funky jewelry from beads. They will be engrossed.

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Let the little ones experiment with some cool hairdos, like spikes, braids or non permanent colors!

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Reading is a great hobby. Your kids can join a reading club too or maybe listen to an audio-book of their favorite classic.

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Building a Lego castle is super exciting for toddlers. Make it a family project.

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Put your origami skills to good use. Create fun stuff with your kids and use them as home decor!

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You can also organize an outdoor painting party for your kids and their friends. Use giant canvases if possible. They are great fun!

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And there is so much more to do…learn something together like yoga or a musical instrument, go to the movies, play badminton or Frisbee, fly a kite, do the “back to school” shopping! And of course, we would love to hear about more ideas from you…

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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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WINTER MAGIC IN YOUR BEDROOM!

When the summer heat makes you go crazy don’t you wish you could be in some place icy cool? It’s true that turning on the air conditioner will lessen your misery…but why not go a step ahead and create a winter wonderland in your bedroom? Let us show you how…

Check out these bedrooms here; see how the penguin wall décor gets half the job done. It makes the room look like Antarctica! See more: http://tinyurl.com/kv4tr3w

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The color of your walls can contribute in a major way, when it comes to creating the snowy, chilly ambiance…artificial, shimmering, silvery snowflakes hanging from the ceiling looks simply awesome!

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You can go for a combination of different shades of blue and white while choosing the bedding, blankets or cushions…it will enhance the general feel of the room. Kids will specially love the ones with “cool” motifs on them like igloos, penguins, polar bears or snow. Digital prints on plain sheets or covers are also another option. If the color of the curtains and furniture follow the same rule, like maybe white bed or dresser and pale blue curtains…it will be amazing.

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This bed shaped like an igloo, will definitely steal the show in any “ice age” bedroom! You can either look for one or get it done…

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Some not so big, but fun décor or utility pieces can do wonders too…large stuffed toys, clocks or night lights designed like penguins, faux fur polar rugs, willow bear chair, quirky doorknobs and much more!

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So now that you have already got a peek into the world of snow, you will know what elements to bring together and create your own magic. Needless to say, we are already going brrrr… 🙂

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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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