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A Canadian couple shares their thrifty design finds,
organization ideas and affordable DIY projects.

How did your decorating style change when you became a mom?

What's your advice on creating a beautiful family space that works for both kids and adults?

How would you decorate a child's room on a budget?

How do you effectively (but stylishly) organize and store your kids' toys?

Shannon Acheson

We use baskets, bins, buckets, typical storage stuff. But we also use traditional furniture pieces and other unique storage options: drawers, coffee tables, hutches, towel bars, hanging kitchen cups, etc.
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What's your one cleaning "guilty" shortcut?

Shannon Acheson

Baby Wipes! I use them to clean everything from the bathroom cupboards, sink & floor to the kid's bunk beds!! Always have them in the house!
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What tips can you offer for closet organization?

Shannon Acheson

First go through and sort out what is in the closet vs what actually needs to be there. Edit, edit, edit. Of what's left, sort like with like. Then decide if you need any storage containers (baskets, bins, etc). If you've got something lying around the house that will work, great! If not, it's time to go shopping (for containers, not more clothes!). Once you've done that, everything should have a place which means you'll be able to clean up the closet in just a few minutes. :)
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Please share a link to a photo of the most organized space in your house -- whether it's a closet, drawer, toy shelf, etc.

Shannon Acheson

Our dining room actually doubles as our homeschool classroom, with the buffet and hutch doing double duty as well. The glass doored- hutch stores glasses and large bowls. The buffet drawers store most of our school supplies - all hidden and neat and tidy. This space stays the neatest because everything is only pulled out for a time and then put right back. http://akadesign.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/hutch-closeup.jpg
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