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    Got small closet woes? Well, don't despair. There are lots of cool tricks for making your closet bigger. Alright, alright, these tips won't magically make your closet physically bigger for reals. However, they WILL allow you to fit in a lot more clothes and accessories and shoes and stuff, and that's what counts, right?

    Over on The Prowl, we rounded up all kinds of smart tools and solutions for maximizing closet space. Check out this sneak peek of cool, space-saving ideas and finally get more out of that closet of yours, little as she may be.

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    The Work At Home Mom (WAHM), is like devil spawn of a Stay-at-Home (SAHM) and a working mom. Though many people think it's ideal (I do), it comes with a shocking amount of guilt, a penchant for procrastination and a sprinkle of self loathing. I know, I'm making it sound awesome, right?

    We have no actual schedule and no other people in "the office" for motivation, and we have constant feeling that we need to be accomplishing many things at once to be productive - like mulitasking on crack, which is why WAHMs have a lot in common. 

    If you're thinking of us in short shorts and high sweat socks, then you're thinking of WHAM and that's a different article, though I do write a lot about being obsessed with the 80s.

    That said, I thought I would make a list of traits, thoughts and occurrences most WAHMs have thought said or done:

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    When it comes to the contents of your drawers, closets, storage spaces, and everything in between -- do you tend to be a bit of a pack rat sometimes? Yeah ... me too.

    We're all guilty of hanging onto things we "just can't bear to part with" for whatever reason -- even though some of them are so ridiculous, it's impossible to understand why we bother keeping them.

    And even though we're not quite done with winter yet, it's never too early to hop on the spring cleaning bandwagon.

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    Nurseries might catch the lion's share of my attention, but I can't pass up a cool kids' room when I see it, either. This one caught my eye, and I knew I had to share. Yes we've got black and white, but with a little splash of neon pink for dramatic effect.

    Click to see more of this hip space for Addison below!

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    When Mark and I moved into our home, I was obsessed with making it fabulous. I painted it myself in hip hues. I placed unread books on bookshelves and organized them by color simply for the aesthetic. I set up little vignettes on counters in groups of three to make my home seem chic, yet warm, you know, a cross between make yourself comfortable and maybe you shouldn't touch that?

    Yes, one day our home would be the perfect blend of comfy/zen/chic and people would gush upon entering and then complement it with gusto and envy. (At the very least it would be clean and organized.)

    HA ha ha ha ha ha haaaa.   

    I'm sorry, did I do that out loud? I was just remembering what I envisioned, you know before my kids and pets ... and husband ruined, stained, chipped, wrote on, or buried (under toys) everything I owned. Oh, and I had the time or energy to care.

    We all had idealistic visions (do these sound familiar):   

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    I have a beauty junkie confession to make: the bathroom drawers where I keep (most of) (ok, some of) my makeup and product stash are in states of complete disgrace. I mean, I should probably submit myself to one of those reality shows, like Hoarders. They're absolute chaos. Are your drawers like this or am I alone?

    Wait, actually, don't tell me ...

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    We’re counting down the days to Christmas, and soon enough, we’ll be ringing in the new year with a brand new 2014 calendar. Can you even believe it? Looks like we all have some serious calendar shopping to do! 

    Over at The Prowl, we rounded up festive Advent calendars to gear up the family for Christmas! There are so many cool, unique options, which offer an extra-special way for kids and their families to count down the days until Christmas -- usually with a small token surprise for each of the 24 days. But don't stop shopping there! We've also rounded up some of the best 2014 calendars to get you ready for the new year. Sure, we use calendars on our smartphones, but a decorative calendar will always have a place in our homes and offices. 

    Check out the preview of decorative calendars below. Then head over to The Prowl to see the rest!

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    Last week, I was innocently wasting time on Twitter when there was an unexpected knock at the door. The mailman? No. Jehovah's Witnesses? Nope. Girl Scouts? Think again.

    It was a friend -- a real life friend -- popping by unexpectedly for a visit. She happened to be in the neighborhood and thought she'd stop by to say hello. Is that ok, she asked? Sure, I nervously laughed. Come on in. It's not that I was unhappy to see her -- not at all. It was that all I could think the whole time was "OMG, what if she needs to use the bathroom and when the hell was the last time I cleaned it?" 

    Fortunately, she left pretty soon after and did not have to use the restroom during those endless 15 minutes. But the experience got me thinking about all the things I scurry to do when preparing to entertain and how it might be a good idea to start doing them on a regular basis. Things like ...

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    A living space can go from organized to cluttered in the blink of an eye. However, with some unique storage solutions and organizers for the home, you can make life a lot simpler.

    Think of those mini disasters that give you the most frustration as you try to leave the house each morning. Do you misplace your car keys? Or maybe you can never find that second earring. Over on The Prowl, we've collected some helpful and decorative ways to solve some of the most common clutter dilemmas.

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    Playrooms seem to inevitably end up as a dumping ground for all sorts of miscellaneous toys and housewares. Which is maybe why I'm drawn to these images of clean, modern spaces that are decidedly free of clutter and excess. I mean, how many toys does a kid really need?

    Don't get me wrong, I get that a sleek aesthetic like this one can come across as rather sterile and impersonal at times, but in this case, I can really appreciate the simplicity, especially in the context of a playroom. Less is more, yes? 

    Here are more modern playroom inspirations below!

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