As any bride or groom knows, planning a wedding reception is no easy feat. Finding the right venue, catering, entertainment, and decorations can be incredibly stressful. The easiest path to success inolves staying organized and keeping the goal in mind.
The easiest trick I’ve found for staying organized while wedding planning is a simple one- a master to do list. This inovles sitting down before you start calling caterers or thinking about details like decorations. When planning any event, it helps to figure out what direction you plan to head in before zeroing in on the details. Often, it’s best to organize your master to do list into broad sections- catering, venue, invitations, etc. Once you have represented the project on paper, it will seem less daunting.
Next it’s time to think of broad concepts like theme and color scheme. Many couples make the mistake of getting lost in the details and picking out decorations before they even really know what they want. You don’t have to have it all figured out now, but if you at least pick a color you’ll have a better chance of making choices that are consistent. If you have no idea where to start, click through pictures of different weddings online. There are thousands of websites featuring great examples. Checking them out is a great way to figure out exactly what you do and do not like in a cermony or reception.
Next it’s time to get started on the details. Remember to thoroughly research any vendor you are considering before you commit to anything. It’s always a good idea to meet them in person and to get a sample of what they’re offering so you can be sure it’s what you expected. For example, don’t just hire a caterer because a review site said they were great. Take the time to actually try their food and make sure it’s something your friends and family will enjoy.
This step is especially important to remember when searching for a venue. The internet has made it all too easy to spot your “dream” venue online and book it without question. You need to be weary of the photos and promises made on professional websites. Again, always visit a venue in person and request to see the room you will be using before you reserve anything.
Using a captains bed in your room is a really good way to save some space and also to improve the look of the room. Beds like this come with drawers or other storage built into the frame. These drawers are ideal for storing anything you keep in your bedroom, clothes, bed covers and so on, they save you from using valuable closest space around the home. If you are the type of person that has got a lot of clothing you may still need to use your closets or dressers, but these beds will mean you need less furniture in the room.
Captains beds come in all of the usual sizes, from single to queen size. You can get them made from different materials too. From a modern look to a old fashioned look, there really is no limit to the grace and elegance that you can add to a bedroom, while creating more storage space as well. These beds are perfect as kids beds too as children tend to have more things in their rooms like toys, books, computers and so on.
The price that you pay for one of these beds will vary depending on the size of the bed you need and the materials that it is made from. At the lower end of the scale you could spend between one and two hundred dollars, up to anything over a thousand dollars. Because of this you should work out how much money you have available to spend on the bed so that you don’t go over your budget. After you work out your budget you need to think about where you will buy the bed from. Are you going to buy from a local speciality store or maybe even a department store? The best thing to do is to browse online to find something you like and can afford.
You can find many books and magazines dedicated to teaching householders how to organize their kitchen. These guides offer valuable tips and advice that you can apply to your own kitchen. Each of the tips provided, however, will need to be adjusted to fit both your kitchen set up and the way your family works.
If there is one main cook at your house, that person will usually determine how the kitchen is organized. Other family members may be asked for input but the final decisions will lie with the person who uses the kitchen the most. Of course, the decision maker must take into account how the family is growing and changing. Families with grown or no children can take many more liberties in figuring out kitchen layout and make decisions based purely on efficiency or personal preference. Families with young and growing children will need to make more concessions.
A family with small children may need to assign unbreakable items to lower drawers and cabinets and keep glass or special dishes on higher levels of shelves. That family may want to designate lower drawers or shelves in a pantry for kid-friendly snacks so kids can help themselves. You will want to decide how to organize your kitchen to be family friendly with everyone’s needs in mind and prepare for change as the children get older. Eventually you may be able to utilize more counter or cabinet space when you are no longer storing bottles, baby food, or bibs.
Finding the ultimate layout is a difficult process that may require some trial and error. You may end up swapping the cups and plates a number of times before finding the best home for each. You may need to move the silverware drawer a couple of times before the best location is found.
Each family is different and has different needs in the kitchen; the gourmet, exotic dish family will have unique organizational needs when compared to the grab a bite before the soccer game family. Take a month to really examine how your family uses the kitchen before starting to think about kitchen organization ideas that will work best for you.