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Decorating your master bedroom is easy with a few décor and organizational tips. The master bedroom
should be the place where you go to relax and escape from the hassles of the day, not a place where
everything that doesn’t have a place gets tossed. It’s easy to shove things in closets or stack them in a
corner when you’re not sure what to do with them. The problem is, before long these items will start
taking up all of your room.

The best way to organize and decorate your bedroom is by moving everything, except the necessary
furniture, out of the room. Stack all of the extra items, clothing, shoes and anything else you have in
boxes and move them to another room while you work.

The next step is to arrange your furniture in a way that is comfortable and that gives you the most
space. You need room to walk between the furniture and the doorways should be clear. This is a good
opportunity to set up a reading chair, table and lamp in the bedroom where you can curl up with a good
book and relax after a long hard day at work.

Purchasing a closet organizer and under-the-bed storage containers will make it easy to organize as you
begin putting the things back that you truly want. Only bring back the items that you need and leave the
rest packed up for now. Once you have the master bedroom looking the way you always dreamed of, it’s
time to start eliminating the things you don’t need.

Go through your clothes and get rid of anything that doesn’t fit or that you haven’t worn in a long time.
If you’re not sure about an outfit, try it on and if it’s not comfortable or doesn’t look the way you like,
it’s time to get it out of your closet. Do the same thing for your shoes and you should have lots more
room in your closet by the time you’re finished. The closet organizer will help keep the items you do
keep neatly put away.

Now it’s time to sort through all those other things that were cluttering up your master bedroom. If
you don’t need it, want it or not even sure what it is, get rid of it. There is no need to keep a bunch
of stuff packed away that serves no purpose. All it does is clutter up your home and collect dust.

The items that you do want to keep but that you no longer want sitting out can be placed in the under-
the-bed storage containers until you do need them again. This is also a great place to store extra
clothing that is out of season to make more closet space.

A well decorated and organized master bedroom will be more comfortable and relaxing. You’ll be able
to rest better at night and wake feeling more refreshed in the mornings. Your master bedroom will
finally be the oasis you always dreamed of.

The summer is coming to an end and everyone is anticipating going back to school. These last few weeks of summer can be very stressful for everyone but you can help to relieve some of the stress with a few end of summer craft ideas. These will help keep your child busy doing something they love so they won’t have so much time worrying about what the new school year will bring.

Here are a few craft ideas for the end of summer along with directions that can help your family get through the next few weeks a little easier:

  • Glow-In-the-Dark Comet– You’ll need a tennis ball, glow-in-the-dark fabric paint and plastic string, tacky glue and a craft knife. Use the paint to decorate the ball and allow it to dry. Make a handle by folding about forty inches of string in half and then place a double knot on both ends. Cut a ½ inch slit in the ball. Squeeze it open and push both of the knots inside the ball and use the glue to secure in place. Allow the glue to dry and then you’re ready to enjoy your glow-in-the-dark comet.
  • Rock Necklaces– You’ll need a small rock, scissors, 22 inch gauge colored wire, needle nose pliers, colored leather cord and a pencil. Place the rock at the center of the wire and wrap it around the rock a few times. Twist the ends together to secure and then wrap the twisted end around the pencil to make a loop. Close the end of the loop off with the pliers and cut off any excess wire. Finish up by placing the leather cord through the loop and tie the ends together to hold it secure.
  • Decorative Light Switch Covers– You’ll need different colored duct tape, light switch plates, waxed paper, permanent marker and a craft knife. Choose a color and cover the switch plate with the duct tape and fold the ends under the edges. Use the knife to cut an “X” in the center slot where the light switch will go and push the edges inward. Cut out strips of the colored duct tape and place on the waxed paper. Turn it over and draw different shapes on the paper with a permanent marker. Cut out the shapes and peel off the waxed paper revealing the sticky side and place your design onto the switch plate.

Children get bored easily and need to be stimulated. When they’re interested in the craft projects you provide for them, they’ll be excited and enthusiastic about the project.

You may want to invest in a good craft book that has a variety of different projects for kids of all ages. Most of these have easy to follow instructions that are simple to use. Some even have pictures illustrating how to do the project and the sections are usually divided up according to the season.

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