3 Tips to Untangle the Bathroom Mess

Bathrooms have a tendency to get hairy – numerous appliances on the counter, multiple people banging in and out of the door, sharing one small space, some people getting gussied up, others getting degrimed. How do we manage this space and fit everyone’s needs? It takes organization and planning, but I assure you, in the end you’ll wind up with more peaceful mornings.

1. One of my favorite tools is an over-the-door shoe organizer, which helps take advantage of vertical space in the bathroom. If you can find one with pockets of varying size to accomodate a multitude of needs, even better! Use pockets for hair products, tweezers, nail clippers, etc. Easy to access and easy to put away after use!

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3 Tips for Hanging Art

Art comes in many sizes and shapes and one of the trickiest things is hanging it. There are a few different tips for getting the “hang of it” just right.

1. Lay It Out

By laying out artwork on the floor, getting it spaced and organized how you want it to, you can use waxed paper to transfer everything from the size and shape of each piece to where exactly the nail holes should go. Put the paper up to the wall and pound the nails directly through it. This blog outlines the steps.

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Alternatively you can use any paper cut to the same size as the piece you need to hang and adjust the layout directly on the wall. Again, the nails go directly through the paper.


Lulu & Georgia

2. Measure!

If you’re just doing one piece, this trick using painter’s tape to measure the distance between two hangers is quick and easy. On the back of the frame, line the ends of the tape up with the center of both holes. Once you’ve got that, you’ll use a level to make sure the tape is level on the wall, put the tape up and hammer nails at each end. Viola! Remove the tape and the nails should correspond exactly with each hanger.

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This pin has been floating around Pinterest and I must say, really works well for frames that have the long metal strip especially. Simply put a dab of toothpaste in the center of the metal plate where you want the nail to be, hold the frame up against the wall and lightly press it against the wall to transfer the toothpaste to the wall. Put the nail in, wipe away the toothpaste and you’re ready to hang!


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Grab a Tool

There are a variety of tools available for purchase to help get pictures and artwork hung level and precisely where you want the nails to be therefore avoiding multiple nail holes in the wall. I’ve been using the Under The Roof Hang and Level Picture Hanging Tool, which puts a small indentation on the wall where the nail needs to go for a level picture.

hanging tool

Available at Amazon and hardware stores

It’s time to get that art up on the wall. Choose a method and go for it!

Hanging the First Nail

Continuing in our Photo Wall discussion, this – Hanging the First Nail – is where most people get hung up (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun). My advice? Just pick up a hammer and start.

The collage style gallery lends itself to a more organic look and feel, as if the gallery grew over time.  When starting a collage gallery place a larger frame somewhere in the middle as an anchor and build the rest of the wall from there. The placement doesn’t need to be symmetrical, but do keep the spacing in between photos consistent. And if you think you might want to add more photos in the future, leave room for your wall to grow. Collage style also allows you to mix in some non-photo items for more dimension and interest – things like a pair of baby shoes, shadow box with sentimental trinkets or handprint plaque are all fair game.

Rather skip the guesswork? Companies such as the Picturewall offer frames and a variety of templates to show you exactly where to hang each photo.


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Pick Your Photo Palette

In my last post, we started talking about putting together a photo wall. Once you begin visualizing and putting together photos, your next decision will be about color: color for the photos, color for the frames and/or mats, etc. Again, there is no right or wrong choice, since really the ultimate goal of photos is to help you remember the good times, important people and beauty in your life.

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Picture This!

It’s time again for the Aaron Brothers 1 Cent Sale! Ready to make 2016 the year you get those photos out from dusty photo boxes or freed from the confines of digital storage? Over the next few weeks, I’ll help you accomplish just that by sharing some of my knowledge on an area that can be intimidating by breaking it down into digestible bits. Do you scatter photos everywhere? Focus on a photo wall? How many and what size? To mat or not, etc.?

Let’s start with planning a photo wall. A family photo wall creates a lifetime of memories for your family. And the great news is that there is no right or wrong way to create one. Here are some of the choices you’ll need to make with tips to get you started.

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