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Our Guest Room Is Ready

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Small Guest room storage

Our sad, small extra room finally got some attention and I’m excited to share the reveal with you today.small guest room storage

When we first moved into our home, this very small room (10 x 10) was my son’s bedroom. When his older sister started college, my son took over her larger room and this room became our storage/guest room.

small guest room

The room was full of stuff and wasn’t very welcoming. It also lacked storage  and I wanted to change that.

With the holidays upon us, I wanted to create an inviting and functional retreat for our future guests. guest-room-storage-collage

I started by visiting my local Big Lots store. It’s less than 10 minutes from my house and they always carry a wonderful assortment of high quality home decor and organization items that are fashionable, stylish, and also value-priced. Seriously, Big Lots  has baskets, bins, carts & drawers, plastic containers, cube storage, wall hooks, and so much more. I love shopping at Big Lots and I’m in there almost every week. I love how well-stocked and organized Big Lots is and their employees are always helpful and friendly.

small guest room

In the furniture section I found this white 3-shelf with cube piece, which I placed next to the bed, so it doubles as a bed site table. A friendly Big Lots employee helped me carry the heavy shelf box to the car and I only spent 30 minutes assembling it. When it comes to a small room, space is at a premium. One of the best ways to maximize the space is to get dual-purpose furniture.

small guest room storage

The cubes provide additional storage. Big Lots carries them in a variety of fun colors.

small guest room

I purchased a new lamp. The simple and sleek design was just what I wanted for this gender neutral room.

dsc_0019I added a few fun items such as this wire basket – which I filled with snacks – and this lovely smelling candle. I love the snack aisle at Big Lots where I found a nice variety of organic snacks and cereals.

Small guest room

guest room

I also spotted this cute mirror at Big Lots.


The “day bed” is really my son’s old twin-sized bed. Since I had an extra twin mattress, I placed it behind the bed and covered it with a grey bed sheet. If more than one guest visit, we can quickly  pull out the extra mattress and no one has to sleep on the couch. Now the bed functions as a couch during the day, perfect for guests to relax on.

small guest room

To address the lack of artwork in this room, I completed a very easy DIY decor project. I built this simple art ledge using just three boards. I’ll talk more about this in my next post.


I also bought this storage bin for storing extra blankets and sheets under the bed. Sometimes my guests arrive super late and it’s no fun digging through the linen closet in the middle of the night.
small guest room storage

On this side of the room, I placed a white cabinet which I found at a thrift store. I already had the mirror and small shelf. A simple plant completes this area.

small guest room

The room needed hooks for jackets and robes. These multi-color metal hooks add a decorative touch and function. Big Lots has many different types of wall hooks to choose from. They are all so cute!
small guest room

Since this room doesn’t have a dresser (yet), I bought this shelf organizer and hung it in the closet. This cubed unit is perfect for sweaters, shoes, accessories, etc. I also picked up a few extra hangers.

small guest room

New sheets and a firm luxury bed pillow will help our guests unwind.

small guest room

Our small guest room is ready and I think (hope) our guests will love it.

Are you getting ready for guests? If so, be sure to check out  Big Lots for all your organizational needs. They have so much to choose from. Big Lots has everything that you need to prepare for family and other visitors in the coming months.

I’d love to know what you think about this room? Would you like it if you were my guest?

DIY Garage Wall Storage

***I was provided complimentary hardware. I was not compensated to write this post. All opinions are 100% mine.***

DIY Garage Wall Storage

Getting your garage organized is possibly one of the most dreaded tasks you face as a homeowner. On one hand, you want an organized garage, but at the same time you don’t care, because it’s “only” a garage. Who cares if it’s messy?! Well, I did care enough to devote my entire Labor Day weekend to getting my giant mess of a garage organized. And I’m so glad I did.

pegboard storage

Having a messy garage brings up several issues.  Number one, I end up buying more stuff because I can’t find what I already have. When I was cleaning out the garage, I found three rolls of electric tape (who needs three rolls?), an extra box of screws, and two brand new paint brushes I didn’t know I had. Issue number two is that no one wants to go in there. A messy garage can be a scary place.  Thirdly, I waste precious time looking for things like a screwdriver or rake.

pegboard storage

Now, every single tool, tape, screw, etc. I own, is on that pegboard or shelf. diy garage wall storage

I built this wall storage using really cheap 1 x 4’s. The shelves are perfect for storing smaller things like spray paint and boxes of screws and nails.

garage makeover

Do you see this? If your garage looks like this (or worse), trust me, there’s hope.

garage makeover

Cleaning out the garage was a perfect time for getting rid of a bunch of stuff. I made a pile for trash and one for donation.


I started with a clean slate. Once everything was out, I painted the floor. You can read about this here.

garage storage

Next, I built the frame. My inspiration for this wall storage came from Cindy’s blog :The Creativity Exchange. I was looking for very basic, “skinny” shelving. Her built seemed perfect for my garage.

diy garage wall storage

I nailed the pegboard to the 1 x 2’s to keep the board from pushing inward. The 2ft. x 4 ft. pegboard is from Home Depot. It was brown but I painted it with leftover paint. I also painted the frame white, mainly because of the ugly black marks.

tool hooks

I am so happy with the pegboard. I had no idea pegboards could hold so many different things. A few months back, the friendly folks at  National Hardware sent me an assortment of hooks and  tool holders. National Hardware has an amazing selection of pegboard hooks, storage hooks, tool storage clips, etc. Curved hooks, double hooks, loop hooks, organizing trays, and jars… they have it all. They are known to make high-quality products that exceed regulatory standards. Their cabinet knobs are beautiful.

peg board hooks

pegboard storage

peg board storage

garage storage

With the help of the large storage hooks, I was able to organize my yard tools.

tool storage

tool storage

tool storage These steel hooks are strong enough to hold ladders and various other equipment in the garage.dsc_0062

The large size easily accommodates products that are difficult to store.

garage wall storage

It’s hard to get motivated when your garage looks like a dump. Fortunately, with a few simple storage ideas and some elbow grease, you can keep your garage looking clean and organized. Now that my tools are organized and my floor is clean and fresh, I’ve moved on to building a few easy and cheap 2 x 4 shelves for my larger bins.

Stay tuned and thanks for reading!