Weekly Home Help with items on small bathroom organization, RecycleMania on college campuses, a new photo editing app and more.
Despite its heavy use, bathrooms are often some of the smallest areas in a home. Cross tight square footage with limited storage, and it quickly becomes cluttered and cramped.
But adding function doesn't require changing your bathroom's footprint. To maximize your bathroom storage, consider these tips.
Install a floating vanity. A big trend in small bathroom design is the floating vanity; its wall-mount installation leaves floor space below open and uninterrupted, which tricks the human eye into reading the space as larger than it actually is. Floating vanities come in a variety of materials and designs that offer plenty of countertop space and storage solutions.
Use hidden space to your advantage. If you have a blank wall, the space between the studs offers a plethora of potential storage space. You can build shelves directly between the studs, which adds lots of extra space for items like washcloths and toiletries, all within the existing footprint.
Revamp the storage drawer. Vanity drawers in disarray steal precious time from your morning and evening routine. First step to function: Purge. Toss old or unused cosmetics, personal supplies, grooming tools or other items you don't use. Next, reorganize with inserts that transform drawers into organizational powerhouses. Look for inserts that will streamline how you use your bathroom, such as options with different sized compartments or even one made specifically for your hair dryer.
Decorating Tip: Organic lines and shapes
Forget straight lines and right angles; organic shapes are in. Not only are rounded shapes visually pleasing, they also encourage a more natural circular traffic flow. Imagine never bumping into a sharp corner again.
-- Scripps Howard News Service
Home-Selling Tip: Renovate personalized rooms
Unique home-improvement projects that suit your personality, like a movie theater or a workout room, can turn off buyers who do not want these amenities and would prefer the extra space. If you can, renovate the space to a regular room that can serve as an office or a bedroom. Or offer to renovate the room for potential buyers as a selling point.
New Product: App to clean up your pics
Scalado, a software company in Sweden, plans on releasing an app called Remove in the near future. Once installed on a smartphone, the app will help users delete any unwanted images from pictures, like bystanders or cars. The app captures several images of your picture, identifies the moving objects and removes them.
-- Consumer Reports Electronics Blog
Did You Know …
In the fourth quarter of 2011, foreclosure and short sales accounted for 30 percent of existing single-family homes sales, down from 34 percent in 2010.
Going Green: RecycleMania hits U.S. campuses
This year, more than 5 million students and 1.1 faculty and staff members will participate in RecycleMania, held on more than 600 college campuses from Feb. 5 through March 30. The competition has nine categories, all to see who can recycle the most and waste the least. Last year, they collected more than 91 million pounds of recyclables.
Garden Guide: Days to harvest
Days to harvest, usually shown in number of days, refers to the average number of days it usually takes after you set out transplants before you can expect your first harvest. This is highly variable and depends on growing conditions, so take the number with a grain of salt.
"Don't always count on having red tomatoes at your Fourth of July picnic even though you counted back the right number of days and planted the plants on time," said Greg Stack, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator.
GateHouse News Service